Everest Three Passes Trekking - 21 Days

Everest Base Camp Trek

 Reach the iconic Everest Base Camp, Enjoy incredible views of Everest and other Himalayan giants, Cross 3 passes and ascend 5 summits, Trekking at altitude in remote areas, 17 days walking, Altitude maximum 5545m, average 3900m, Most Extreme Airports, broadcast on The History Channel in 2010, rated the airport almost dangerous in the world. Wonderful photographic opportunities. It’s fun to leave the main trails; take to the paths less traveled very little gear is needed.

Experience extreme Everest Circuit with Challenging three passes and 3 amazing Hiker's Peaks.

Experience extreme Everest Circuit with Challenging three passes and 3 amazing Hiker's Peaks.
Everest Three Passes Trek also well-known as Everest high passes trek is one of the best venture through an astonishing a rugged high altitude mountain trail that offer best adventure trekking holidays in Nepal. Everest three passes covers Kongma la (5,535m), Cho La Pass (5420m) and Renjo La (5,360m) rewards you with the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world and thrilling lifetime adventure experience. If 3 passes are not challenging enough, you can add side trips of 3 trekking peaks: Gokyo Ri (5,483m) having alike vista to Renjo La, Kala Pattar (5,545m), Chukkung Ri (5,550m), Pokalde Peak 5806m (19,048ft) is an option, too and it doesn't require climbing permit as does the much more popular Island Peak 6,189 m. The sacred Gokyo Lakes is a superb side-trip.

The rough and harsh trek of Everest three passes includes also Everest Base Camp is thrilling and most daring trek among all other tea house treks in Nepal Himalaya. The Journey includes high altitude, steep and rocky terrain, snow and ice. Your journey begins from Kathmandu followed by exciting mountain flight and land at Lukla (2800m); a mountain town after landing at Tenzing Hillary airport (officially named since 2008). The journey goes through delightful Sherpa villages, prayer walls, Buddhist monasteries; ever flowing glacial rivers. We acclimatize before following the trail taken by many of the great Everest climbers and tackle some of the most unbelievable passes and summits one can trek in the Himalayas. During this Everest round trip we are thrilled repeatedly by amazing views of the highest peaks in the world, glacial lakes and serene valleys. With most of the walking above 3600m this is not for the novice, but will appeal to those who are fit and have previously trekked at high elevation. You should have a good level of fitness and are looking for a physically challenging holiday. Previous experience is important for activity based trips.

If you are a real adventurer looking for more of a challenging trek crossing some of the most famous high passes in the world, you definitely need to consider Wilderness Excursion's Everest High Passes Trek. If we are looking for trek slightly less adventurous than this involves suburb views of Gokyo Lakes along with Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, "Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes - 18 Days" would be best for us! Wilderness Excursion's "Everest Base Camp - 14 Days" itinerary would be perfect for you if we are young, energetic, physically fit, and yearn to hike up to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar but will have a limited amount of time to trek. If we are a novice trekker and want some easier itinerary but want to visit the Everest Base Camp, Wilderness Excursion can customize a tailor-made tour for you specially. We will assign best experience local Sherpa Guide for your Everest high passes trek to make your holiday ever best trip.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Join Kathmandu, meet and greet at airport. Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Visit ancient old temples, get permits and prepararion
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m); 5-7 hours walk.
Day 05: Rest and acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar, explore surroundings.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3870m); 5-6 hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410m) via Pangboche; 5-6 hours walk.
Day 08: Trek to Chhukung 4730m), 2-3 hrs walk.
Day 09: An acclimatization day in Chhukung, excursion Chhukung Ri (5546m)
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4930m) via Kongma La Pass (5535m) 7-9 hours walk.
Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep (5160m); 3 hours walk. Excursion Everest BC.
Day 12: Excursion Kalapattar (5545m) and trek to Dzonglha (4830m); 5-7 hours walk.
Day 13: Trek to Thakna (4700m) via Chola Pass (5420m) 7-8 hours walk
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4750m) 2-3 hours and hike to Fourth Lake
Day 15: Rest or Excursion Day in Gokyo, Hike Gokyo Peak (5560m)
Day 16: Trek to Lungden (4350m) via Renjola Pass (5417m) 7-8 hours walk.
Day 17: Trek to Thame (3800m) 3-4 hours walk.
Day 18: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 4-5 hours walk.
Day 19: Trek back to Lukla 7-8 hours walk.
Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu. Pick by car/van as per group size.
Day 21: Fly back to home or further destination.

Day 01: Join Kathmandu/1300
Arrival in Kathmandu from your home country, we will pick you up at International airport with free transport to selected hotel in the heart of Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Tour, get permits and prepare
Sightseeing with tour guide in Kathmandu Valley. You will visit the UNESCO listed several World Heritage Sites and your trekking permits are proceed on same day.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla/2800m and Trek to Phakding/2610m
Take exciting and adventurous flight of 35 minutes To Lukla from Kathmandu with beautiful views of landscape and snow capped mountains and start our trek to Phakding. It is pleasant walk of 3 hours today passing many Tibetan Buddhist prayer walls, monasteries and monuments. We have a tea or lunch trek on the way to Phakding. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar/3440m; 3 hours walk
After hot breakfast; we start our trek to Namche viaToktok, Benkar, Monjo and Jorsalle. After 3 hours hike passing many suspension bridges with good view of Mt. Thamserku and we should entry our Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and will have lunch in Jorsalle. Then we start to climb steep up slowly passing high suspension bridge till Namche Bazaar which takes about 2 and half hour. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
As it is very important for the trekkers to schedule an ‘acclimatization day’ to acclimatize our body and to avoid AMS further up the trail. This never means we have to stop walking but it is always recommended to hike to higher elevation and sleep at lower so we can hike up to Everest view hotel for panoramic and spectacular view of mountains, walk to twin Sherpa village (Khumjung and Khunde) and vist Sherpa museum or hang around at Namche Bazar. There are many hotels, lodges, restaurants, bars, cyber café, boutiques, souvenir shops and groceries at Namche. This place is nice to hang around. Stay over in lodge.

Day 06: Namche - Tengboche3870m; 5 hours
Trek continues to straight until reaching Kyanjuma and it takes about 1 & half hour walk and then the trail climbs down to the Dudh Kosi River and cross by suspension bridge. We can see a series of picturesque water driven prayer wheel. Then we will have lunch in Phungi Thengna. The steep ascent brings us to Tengboche village. Explore the region’s most active Buddhist monastery which is region’s most active monastery. The monks open Gompa at 4pm for the visitors and we can also visit sacred land exhibition center. The views of the mountains are fabulous in the morning and evening. Stay overnight in Lodge.

Day 07: Tengboche - Dingboche 4410m; 5-6 hours walk.
The trail continues through the Rhododendrons, birch and blue pine forests until reaching the suspension bridge near the Pangboche village which takes about 2 hours. Then we cross the bridge and we climb up gently steep trail until Pangboche village. We will have lunch break at Somare. After lunch the trail continues in the isolated pastures and fields till Orsho, left trail goes to Pheriche and right trail continues to Dingboche. Then we continue our trek to following the upstream of Imja Khola. Finally we arrive in Dingboche which takes about 2 hours. Now we have a good view of Amadablam, Island Peak, Lhotse, Tawache, Tsolache, Lobuche and other peaks. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 08: Dingboche – Chhukung/4730m, 2/3 hrs walk
After breakfast we set up for Chhukung. It is a short day today so we can trek leisurely. We can have stunning sun set view over Mt. Lhotse and Kwangde in south from Chhukung. And stay overnight in lodge.

Day 09: An acclimatization day in Chhukung
It is strongly recommended before setting off for the Kongma La Pass. We can hike up to Chhukung Ri which is at the height of 5546 meter and 800 meter hike from the hotel. The mountain view is brilliant from there, return to same hotel, stay overnight in same lodge.

Day 10: Chhukung– Kongma La Pass/5535m - Lobuche/4930m, 7-9 hours walk.
To cross Kongma La in a single day, we start early morning. Carry plenty of water and snacks. There is no tea house facility between Chhukung and Labuche. You have an amazing view from top of the pass. Walk down to Labuche and stay overnight in lodge.

Day 11: Lobuche - Gorakshep/5160m; 2/3 hours walk.
After breakfast hot breakfast in the morning, we continue our trek in the left bank of Khumbu glacier and steep climb up till Changri glacier, and then short descend to reach Gorak shep. It takes about 2 and half hour. We take lunch break there, book room and dropped stuffs then hike to Everest Base Camp. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 12: Hike up to Kalapathr/5545m and trek to Dzonglha/4830m; 5-6hours walk.
Early in the morning, hike up to Kala Pathar/5545m; meaning black stone. It is 400m ascends to Kala Pathar view point from hotel, takes max. 2 hours. Now the view is 360˙degreet view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Khumbutse, Pumori, Lingtren, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lobuche peak and other peaks all around. There is also unobstructed view of sunrise and sunset. Then we walk down to hotel after breakfast continues our trek to Dzongla via Lobuche. It takes about 4 hours to Dzonglha from Gorakshep. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 13: Dzonglha – Chola/5420m – Thakna 4700m; 7-8 hours walk
We should take a heavy breakfast because there is not any tea shop between Dzonglha and Thakna. We have to carry some snacks, dry food, cookies and enough water. It is better to start to trek very early in the morning as it is windy at day time. Our guide or porter carries tea or hot water to keep you rehydrate on the way. It takes 7-8 hours to get to Thakna from Dzonglha via strenuous Chola Pass/5417m. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 14: Thangnak - Gokyo 4750m/2-3 hours and hike to Fourth Lake
After breakfast, the trail continues gently up and down by crossing Nzojumba glacier until reaching Gokyo which takes about 2 and half hour. Now you have a great view of Cho-Oyu and other peaks. You can see the second lake during the trail before reaching Gokyo. Gokyo Lake is third lake which is also known as Dudh Pokhari; meaning milk pond. You have lunch break and take rest. After lunch walk to fourth or fifth lake with your guide to explore. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 15: Rest or Excursion Day in Gokyo,
Hike up to Gokyo Peak or Gokyo Ri/5560m. About 2 hours climb up; for sun rise view and incredible mountain. The view is far better thanr Kala Pathar in your trekking. You have an excellent view of four of eight, eight-thousanders including Mt Everest/8848m, Mt. Lhotse/8510m, Mt. Makalu/8463, Cho Oyu/8153m, Pumori, Amadablam and other peaks. You have also unobstructed view of Sunrise from the top. Come back to hotel and stay there overnight.

Day 16: Gokyo – Lungden; 4350m, 7-8 hours walk.
Early in the morning, we start our trek to Lungden via Renjola Pass/5417m; last pass of 3 high passes in our trek. The is now tremendous from top of Renjo La. World’s highest peak Mt Everest/8848m, Mt. Lhotse/8510m, Mt. Makalu/8463, Cho Oyu/8153m, Amadablem And many other peaks are seen.. Stay overnight at lodge

Day 17: Lunden – Thame/3800m 3-4 hours
We walk down to Thame village which is beautiful Sherpa village. It is an easy walk down to the village and we can explore the area upon reaching there. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 18: Thame - Namche Bazaar/3440m, 4/5 hours walk.
Trek to Namache from Thame. An easy walk of about four hours takes us to Namche Bazaar. You can treat yourself with bottle of beer. Yes you deserve it! And hang around in Namche as your trek is about to end after one day. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 19: Namche - Lukla/2800m, 6/7 hours walk.
After breakfast set off to trek to Lukla via Jorsalle, Manjo, Phakding, Ght and Chhplung. Hang around in Lukla Bazzar. There are bars, cyber café, banks, restaurants, curio shops and groceries. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 20: Lukla - Kathmandu by flight
After hot breakfast at Lukla fly back to Kathmandu at around 8:30am, flight of 35 minutes to Kathmandu from Lukla. After arriving in Kathmandu, rest and relax or you could visit to Bhaktapur or shopping whatever you are interested.

Day 21: Fly back to home
We will drop you off at internationl airport. Wish you a safe journey back home after Nepal Mountain holiday.

Trip Cost Includes


  • All airport transfers by private care or va as per group size
  • 3 Nights sharing twin bed room in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu with buffet breakafst basis.
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing in UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites. 
  • 1 Well experienced, government registered and friendly guide and 
  • 1 Sharing high altitude porters for 2 trekkers to carry the luggage.
  • All meal: lunch, breakfast and dinner during the trikking.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies, fresh fruits during the trip.
  • Sharing twin bed room in mountain/teahouse lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round (cost USD 330.00) per person and airport taxes.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round ticket (cost USD 100.00) for your guide.
  • TIMS Card, Trekking permit,
  • Sagarmatha national Park Entrance Ticket NPR 3390 (U$ 34) per person
  • Office service charge and government taxes and vat etc
  • Food, accommodation and salary of your guide and porters.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porter.
  • Government tax, vat and office service charges.
  • Farewell dinner in one of authentic Nepalese Restaurant with Live culture dance permaces show


Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except farewell dinner.
  • All the bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Hot shower, battery charging and hot water during the trekking
  • Personal travel insurance, internet, phone calls and laundry service.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Additional porters hire if needed.
  • Advance deposit transfer fee to book your trek
  • Gratitude and tips for guide and porters.
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When to Trek

Best time to trek Everest Three High Passes are September – November and March – May. The temperature is comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will be around degree Celsius above 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking. The days crossing the passes can be very cold. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as -10 degree Celsius or lower at the higher altitudes in November. Pre-monsoon: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 28-30 degree in Kathmandu in May. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring. There can be snow on the passes. Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. There will always be snow/ice on the top of the Cho La as it is a glacier. If a pass is closed due to snow an alternative route will be chosen by your leader. Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.


Everest Three Passes Trek is a tough trek with 18 days hiking. The maximum altitude we reach is 5545m, Kala Pathar and the average is 3900m. It is recommended for those who have earlier experience of trek at high altitude, are physically fit and have plenty of stamina. The rewards include the best views possible of the world's highest mountains. Acclimatization time is built in to maximize the chances of everyone completing the circuit. It requires 16-18 days minimum for 3 Passes. 21 days would allow for rest, illness, side trip and other. This trek is mostly at high altitude in remote areas. Most of the trails are good, but some scrambling and walking on rock, scree, ice and snow should be expected. There are also some steep ascents and descents and long days when crossing the passes. The nights will be cold, often well below freezing. The Cho La crosses a glacier so this will always be on ice and snow. It should be noted that in very bad conditions, for example when there has been heavy snowfall, it might not be possible to cross a pass, in which case a lower route will be taken. Our guide leaders have first aid training. And all 3 passes are weather and health permitting. It’s easy to skip any one of the 3 if you like to avoid due to tiredness.


3 nights standard hotels, 17 nights teahouses trek, In Kathmandu we use a centrally-located hotel. All rooms have en suite facilities. On trek we use teahouses, most of which have twin- bedded rooms. However you should be prepared to sleep in multi-bedded rooms on the occasional night. In the last decade the quality of the tea houses and the food has improved significantly, but expect fairly basic accommodation at the highest points of the trek. Some tea houses have showers (charged at USD 3 – USD 4 per shower) and all have basic toilets. There is no single supplement available whilst on the trek. Accommodation in Kathmandu is on a twin share basis, but single rooms are usually available from an additional cost. Please let us know as early as possible if you would like a single room while at the hotel in Kathmandu.


During your Everest Three Passes Trek, you will get to enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian) Breakfast of a day will be served from the tea house where we spend the night. Similar arrangement will also be made for dinner. Lunch will be served on the way to the your next destination. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during your stay in Kathmandu.

Getting there and away

Getting there and away Many airlines fly to Lukla from Kathmandu and it costs USD 161.00 per person/flight. The flight takes about 30-35 minutes to Lukla. You can enjoy wonderful view wide range of Himalaya while flying. Take the left side seats to see the mountain vista. If you can allow the time you could take local bus to Jiri or Shivalaya and hike to Lukla but it requires 6-7 days get to Lukla on foot. That will make you physically much fitter and better acclimatized. Wilderness Excursion can arrange a car or 4WD on request. For your information Lukla flight is notorious for being delayed by few hours or canceled for a day or more rarely, it may happen even in top trekking season also as you know how climate change effecting our world. So, please allow a couple of spare night/s in Kathmandu following your trek if possible

How much does it cost?

Everest Three High Passes Trek price here we offered USD 1785.00 is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. Single supplement cost will be extra USD 175.00. The price will be according to budget, standard and deluxe tour plan and group sizes. Accommodation in Kathmandu will be twin/double sharing deluxe bed room with buffet breakfast basis in Hotel Samsara Resort. Wilderness Excursion will providing proving international and domestic airport transfers.

Threat and Risk

Participants should be mindful trekking, mountaineering and travelling in a developing country are activities that involve a risk of personal injury or death. As a condition of booking you must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement. Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips. However Wilderness Excursion tries our best to maximize you trip is great fun and life time memory.

Packing List for Everest Three High Passes Trek
  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, 
  • Trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal or flip flop to take shower and walk around, 
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.
Leg wears
  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.
  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.  
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)
  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place, very important for Everest High Passes Trek. 
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • head lamp/torch with spare batteries
Personal Trekking Equipment 
  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage. 
Optional items
  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS. 
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.
For water 
  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary.
Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.
Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade, 
Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
This above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: info@wildernessexcursion.com or consult your expert.

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Sunset view on Lhotse
View from Kala Pathar in Everest Three Passes Trek
Buddhist prayers wall on the way to Everest Trek
Kongma La Pass in Everest high passes trek

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Altitude: 5550m
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trek Duration: 17 Days
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax
  • Best Season: Spring and autumn
  • Accommodation: Teahouse and Lodge
  • Transportation: Domestic Flight

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