Everest 3 Peaks 3 Passes Trek

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Everest 3 Peaks 3 Passes Trek is the complete experience in the Everest region for Trekkers. First to not only conquer Everest Base Camp (5364m) but also to head over the high passes of Renjo La (5,360m), Cho La (5,420m) and Kongma La (5,535m) along with the hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m).

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  • Activity Level Challenging
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the Everest 3 Peaks 3 Passes Trek.

The Everest Three High Passes Trek in the Khumbu region of Nepal offers one of the most rewarding and truly special experiences in trekking. With the first challenge being Everest Base Camp(5364m) you will then conquer the altitude of the three high passes: Renjo La (5,360m), Cho La (5,420m) and Kongma La (5,535m) along with Kala Patthar (5,545m).

The altitude and steep inclines make the hike to the 3 High Passes of Everest one of the most demanding treks in the Everest region. However the spectacular views make the tough journey worth while and the experience of natural and cultural beauty offered by the Khumbu region of Nepal literally takes youre breath away. Highlights also include ther views of many peaks towering 8000m or more from sea level. You will see the beautiful Island Peak, this a great peak in its own right for mountain climbing and some see this as a first step into mountaineering(See our peak trips for more information). The 2 glaciers, Ngozumpa and Khumbu glacier, with the otherworldly view of Gokyo valley with its glorious lakes making this a photographers dream.

This trek is also an opportunity to meet friendly Sherpas, their picturesque settlements, lifestyle, culture and traditions. March-May & September-December are the best times to plan Everest Three Passes treks, as one can also participate/observe the Tengboche Mani Rimdhu festival and dance (October) and Dumje festival (April). Nonetheless, Bucket List Adventures can design a perfect package throughout the year if required. Previous experience is not required; however, sound health, excellent stamina, mental and physical determination are definitely required to successfully complete the Everest 3 High Pass trek.

The standard 19 days Everest Three High Passes Trek itinerary is a guided trek (by team leader and local Sherpas) ensuring proper acclimatization with an average of 5-7 hour walk in a day. However, the itinerary can be fully customized to your requirements. The package price includes full board during the trek and bed and breakfast in Kathmandu.

After a 30-35 min flight to Lukla, the Everest 3 high passes hiking trail continues along the train until Namche from where the trail turns west to follow a clockwise trail that passes through different small settlements, forests, high passes, river, glaciers, lakes, and hills making a complete circuit route. 

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Join us on the Everest Base Camp via Three High Passes

  • A unique trip designed by Bucket List. This circuit is our ‘dream’ Everest trek and something that should be on everyones Bucket List.
  • Our Everest Base Camp Trek includes 2 rest days, giving you more time to acclimatise
  • Our Team in Nepal have been guiding to Everest since 2001. In the spring season, you can meet climbers at base camp.
  • You stay in comfortable lodges (or “Tea Houses”) rather than camping
  • We take special care of our porters & guides. They are probably the best equipped in Nepal.
  • Your kit bag is carried for you, so you only need carry a day pack
  • Prices include all permits
  • You can take advantage of our free duffel bag, down jacket and sleeping bag for the trek.

Experience Required

The Everest Base Camp via Three high passes is a tough and arduous trek. It is meant to be challenging. You must be a fit, regular hillwalker to take part, used to long, consecutive days walking in the British Mountains, preferably in Winter. You should have experience of walking steep, boulder-strewn paths where the use of hands has been essential to scramble upwards over rocky steps. Previous experience of Himalayan trekking is preferable, but not essential as long as you are a very regular and committed hillwalker. As this route takes you over remote high passes, experience of having been to 5000-metres before is ideal.

We can forward a detailed equipment list upon booking. However you can also view our Recommended Equipment for this trip »

Over the years, we have gained an incredible amount of experience and expertise in outdoor equipment and clothing. We have applied this to each trip that we offer and recommend what we believe to be the most suitable items for your trip

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private vehicle

  • 3 night accommodation in the excellent Aspara Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.

  • Full day guided city tour in a private vehicle

  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants with traditional, ethnic music and dance.

  • Airport transfer for domestic flight

  • Trekking permit and TIMS permit

  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek

  • All accommodation whilst on trek (Lodge/Tea house) or Tent on request

  • Fresh fruit after dinner

  • Tea/Coffee

  • Government licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses

  • Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses

  • Insurance of Guide and Porter

  • All required local and government taxes

  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)

  • Duffel bag if required

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International flight to Kathmandu
  • Nepal arrival visa

  • Meals in the city except breakfast and other mentioned special dinner

  • Personal expenses including mineral water, and alcoholic drinks and beverages

  • Monument entrance fees

  • Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation

  • Any other extended trips and accommodation

  1. 09:00 AM Day 1: Arrival day. (1,300m/4,264 ft)

    Welcome to Kathmandu – the capital city of Nepal. Today is your first day with Bucket List Adventure Travel. Therefore, we send one of our company representatives to receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), who will further escort you to a tourist standard hotel. If possible, we also schedule a meeting at our office for the briefing regarding the trek followed by an introduction session with other team members (especially Sherpas and guides). Today, we also arrange a welcome dinner in one of the most popular local restaurants, where you can also enjoy the ethnic dance and cultural music along with great Nepali food. If your flight arrives late, both the meeting and the dinner can be scheduled for the following day.

    Meals included: Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Nepali food, Cultural music and Ethnic dance.)

  2. 07:30 AM Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

    The capital, Kathmandu valley itself, is a big storehouse of exclusive natural, cultural and historical sites. Therefore, today, we take you on a few hour tours to the major attractions of Kathmandu valley. After spending few hours observing these wonderful sites, we again meet for a few hours to finalize your clothing and trekking gears (down jacket, trekking boots, sleeping bags etc.) required during the trek. The night will be spent at a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    (Highlights of the day: World Heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square (a historical structure offering architectural wonders), the Pashupatinath temple (a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva- lord possessing the power of destruction), Swyambhunath and Boudhanath (a Buddhist shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha- Light of Asia. Optional site:Another World Heritage site ‘Patan Durbar Square’ along with other historical masterpieces like Mahabouddha Temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple and Kumbeshwor Temple.)

  3. 07:30 AM Day 3: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)

    Today is the first day of the trek and our destination is Phakding. We will be escorted in a private vehicle to the Tribhuvan International Airport to board an early morning flight to Lukla. After 30-35 min the plane will finally land at the Lukla Airport (Tenzing Hillary Airport). On reaching the airport, we will be introduced to other crew members awaiting our arrival. At the same time luggage will also be prepared for the porters. Once everything is set, the ultimate trek begins towards the destination of the day leaving Lukla behind. After four hours of downhill and flat trail experience, we finally reach Phakding. You can freshen up and rest for some time. Then we will go for a short walk in the village of Phakding or even a hike to nearby Gompas for acclimatization purpose. The night will be spent at a lodge in Phakding.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Wonderful aerial view of the terrain from the plane, colorful Lukla village, ‘Mani’ prayer rocks, Phakding village and ‘Gompas’ monasteries, downhill and flat trail)

  4. 08:00 AM Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazzar. (3440m/11,283ft)

    Today is the second day of the trek and our destination is Namche Bazaar. Without wasting a single minute we leave Phakding and move towards Monju crossing a few suspension bridges and small settlements. Monju is popularly recognized as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. On reaching Sagarmatha National Park, the team leaders will take care of the necessary national park formalities at entrance while you enjoy small tea houses and shops. We then enter the national park from where a vertical drop down the hill will bring us across a few suspension bridges. On crossing these bridges the trail leads uphill towards Namche Bazaar that offers the first view of Mt. Everest along with other peaks. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: small settlements like Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa and Monju, Sagarmatha National Park, small tea houses and shops, suspension bridges, steep trail, Namche Bazaar and the very first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mt. Kusum Khangru.)

  5. 07:00 AM Day 5: Explore day/Acclimatisation Day

    Today, the third day of the trek, we get involved in the activities that help us to adapt to the change in altitude and thinning air. Remaining active is the best way to acclimatize. Therefore, instead of resting, we visit nearby popular Sherpa villages like Khumjung, and Khunde which further aids in acclimatization. We explore the monasteries and the lifestyle of the people at Namche. Namche bazaar offers varieties of options to spend the day. Hence, remaining days can either be spent visiting the National Park Head office, Museum and other nearby monasteries. Or, you can also spend some quality time at cafes and bakeries or talking to your family making internet calls. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Thame-an old Sherpa village, settlements like Khumjung/Khunde/Khongde, National Park Head office, Museum, monasteries, cafes, bakeries, shops, restaurants, post office, hospital, government health post, 24 hour electricity and water supply and high speed internet access)

  6. 07:30 AM Day 6: Trek to Thame (3,800m/12,467ft)

    Today is the fourth day of the trek and our destination is Thame. Leaving the traditional Everest Base Camp route, we take a clockwise flat trail that first descends to Phurte crossing Gongla accompanied by different monasteries and Chorten en route. We then cross the Thesebu river and ascend towards Thamo. We explore the Thamo village and continue to ascend the trail along the Bhote Koshi river until we reach the Thame village. Before reaching Thame, we cross a suspension bridge across the Bhote Koshi river. We spend the remaining day exploring the Thame village. The night will be spent at a lodge in Thame village.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Sherpa villages: Thamo and Thame and the lifestyle of people living in these villages, Thame Gompa, and other small monasteries and Chortens en route, a pleasant company of the Bhote Koshi River as well as a small hydro power plant at Thame.)

  7. 07:30 AM Day 7: Trek to Lungde (4,380m/14,370ft)

    Today is the fifth day of the trek and our destination is Lumde. From Thame, following the south bank of the Bhote Koshi River, we ascend towards Marulung crossing several suspension bridges and passing various small settlements, monasteries and Mane en route. On crossing a bridge before Marulung, we follow the north bank of the Bhote Koshi river and walk uphill to Lumde through the dry valley. On reaching Lumde, we rest for some time at the lodge and again hike above the lodge for the purpose of necessary acclimatization. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lumde.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Spectacular view of snow capped peaks of the Khumbu region, humming Bhote Koshi river, monasteries and Mane, experience of dry land)

  8. 08:00 AM Day 8: Trek to Gokya via Renjo la (4,790m/15,715ft)

    Today is the sixth day of the trek and our destination is Gokyo. Today, the trail takes us to the first actual destination of the trek – Renjo La (5,360m). Today’s walk is quite difficult as the path is quite slippery. After ascending for about one and a half hour the walk becomes comparatively easy until we reach the base of Renjo La. Now, a tough climb from here will take us to the first pass out of the three high passes en route. From the top of Renjo La we walk down to the Third Lake (Gokyo Tsho). On reaching Gokyo we rest for some time at the lodge and then again, we walk up to the ridge to enjoy the amazing view of the largest glacier of the Himalayas, the Ngozumba glacier. The night will be spent at a lodge in Gokyo.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Dramatic view of the Everest Himalayan range, Makalu, Teng Ragi Tau, Rolwaling Range, Gyachung Kang, and Gokyo Lakes from Renjo La Pass, magnificent view of Ngozumba glacier accompanied by small glacial lakes, vertical uphill and downhill walk on a slippery trail.)[

  9. 07:30 AM Day 9: Trek to Thangnag (4,700m/15,419ft)

    Today is the seventh day of the trek and our destination is Dragnag. Leaving the Third Lake behind, we start to walk early in the morning as we need to walk across the Ngozumba glacier. We cross the glacier before the sun gets stronger as during the sunny days the ice melts, making the trail more slippery and difficult to walk. After crossing the glacier, following the east bank of the glacier we slightly descend to Dragnag. We rest for some time and again hike up to small nearby hills for the purpose of acclimatization. The night will be spent at a lodge in Dragnag.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Slippery trail across Ngozumba glacier, view of small lakes formed by the glacier and hike to small hills in Dragnag.)

  10. 08:00 AM Day 10: Trek to Dughla via Chola pass (4,620m/15,157ft

    Today is the eighth day of the trek and our destination is Dughla. Today, the trail takes us to the second destination of the trek, Cho La Pass (5,420m). Initially, we walk a vertical uphill trail along a small stream crossing Cho La Phedi. Then the trail drops down to the bottom of the Chola pass. The trail here is icy, slippery and difficult to cross. From the base, a steep rocky trail will take us to the top of Chola Pass. The top greets you with flapping prayer flags and a wonderful view of Gokyo Valley. After spending some time here, a steep descent following the icy trail (use of crampons recommended) and rocky, trail that first takes us to Dzongla. From here, we further descend to Dughla. The night will be spent at a lodge in Dughla.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day:Walk across Ngozumba glacier, magnificent view of Ama Dablam & Cholatse and the Gokyo Valley from Cho La pass, flapping prayer flags on top of Chola pass, icy, slippery and rocky trail and a grand view of Cholatse North Face from Dzongla.)

  11. 08:00 AM Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,863ft)

    oday is the ninth day of the trek and our destination is Gorakshep. We start with an easy downhill walk till the point the trail meets the traditional Everest base camp trail. From this point we continue to ascend towards Lobuche crossing Thokla pass. Following the west bank of the Khumbu Glacier, the trail continues to ascend till Lobuche pass. Shortly after crossing this pass, we come across a junction of Changri Nup Glacier and Changi Shar Glacier that merge to Khumbu Glacier. We walk across the glacier to reach the destination of the day, Gorakshep, at the bottom of Kalapatthar. The night will be spent at a lodge in Gorakshep.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Highest, small but temporary settlement in Dughla, cairns in memory of climbers who lost their lives in the mountains, glaciers like Khumbu, Lobuche, Changrir Nup and Changri Shar, Lobuche & Thokla pass and the view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori along with other snow capped peaks.)

  12. 07:30 AM Day 12: Visit Everest Base camp (5,364m/17,598ft)

    Today is the tenth day of the trek and our destination is the Everest Base Camp. Leaving the trail to Kala Patthar, we hike up to the base camp through the ridge of the ridge of the Khumbu glacier. Colorful Buddhist prayer flags greet us at the base camp of Mount Everest. We spend some time exploring the area and then walk back down to the lodge at Gorakshep. The remaining day will be spent either exploring the area or simply resting at the lodge. The night will be spent at a lodge in Gorakshep.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlight of the day: North ridge of Everest along with 360 degree vista of mountains like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, glimpse of Kala Patthar, rocky and glacial trail and the Everest Base Camp.)

  13. 05:30am Day 13: Hike to Kalapatthar and Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft)

    oday is the eleventh day of the trek and our destination is Lobuche. Before heading to Lobuche we walk up to Kala Pathhar which is the best vantage point in the entire Khumbu region. Today we start early, in fact, before breakfast to see the early morning sun rays striking the mountains. Initially we hike for about two hours, which will take us to Kala Patthar. We observe the first rays of the sun striking the mountain. Then we hike down to Gorakshep, have breakfast and then walk towards Lobuche retracing the same trail used earlier. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lobuche.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Sunrise view and the mind blogging view of majestic Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Amadablam, Thamserku, Mera Peak and other peaks of the Everest region from Kala Patthar, and a second chance to experience the view of glaciers like Changri Shar, Changri Nup and Khumbu.)

  14. 07:30 AM Day 14: Trek to Chukkung (4,730m/15,510ft

    Today is the twelfth day of the trek and our destination is Chhkhung. From Lobuche, on crossing the icy trail over Khumbu Glacier, we head towards the final destination of the trek and the highest pass (Kongma La – 5,535m) out of the three high passes. It’s a tough climb to the top of the Kongma La pass as the trail is icy and slippery. Also, the area lacks water resources and tea houses. Therefore, it is suggested to carry enough water to drink. After enjoying the view, a steep downward trail will lead us to Lhangbo which is a junction of Everest Three High pass trail and Island peak trek trail. Leaving the main trail, we follow the Island Peak trek trail. On crossing Nuptse glacier, a short ascent will finally take us to Chhukhung. The night will be spent at a lodge in Chhukhung.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Explore the area over Kongma La, magnificent views of Island peak and rough ridge of Amphu Lapcha, glaciers like Nuptse, Lhotse Nup, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.)

  15. 08:00 AM Day 15: Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)

    Today is the thirteenth day of the trek and our destination is Tengboche. Leaving Island Peak trekking trail behind, we walk down to Chubejung Kharka, where the trail again meets the regular Everest Three High Passes trekking trail. Following the trail along the Imja Khola, we further descend to Orsho after crossing a suspension bridge. Then, we walk on a flat trail for some time, cross two more suspension bridges and walk down to Milingo. A fair ascend from here will finally take us to Tengboche crossing Deboche. The remaining day will be spent exploring Tengboche. The night will be spent at a lodge in Tengboche.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Vertical descent and flat trail experience, humming Imja Khola River, major villages like Dingoboche, Pangboche, Deboche and Tengboche, trail accompanied by a number of monasteries and Chortens, Tengboche Monastery – the largest monastery in Khumbu region along with the view of majestic peaks: Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Tawache. Also, culture, lifestyle and settlement of Sherpas in the Khumbu region.)[

  16. 08:00 AM Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m/11,283ft)

    Today is the fourteenth day of the trek and our destination is Namche Bazaar. A steep descent from Tengboche through rhododendron forest will first lead us to the bottom of the hill, where we cross a suspension bridge to reach Phunke Tenga. From here, a steep climb through pine and Juniper forest will take us to Khumjung. We explore the village of Khumjung and then continue to walk down to Namche Bazaar, which completes the circuit in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The evening can be spent either exploring Namche Bazaar or simply resting at the lodge. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Experience of rhododendron, pine and juniper forest, vertical up and downhill walk, experience of water driven prayer wheels, stone-steps, the longest Mani walls, Tenzing Norgye Memorial Stupa, the pleasant view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar Taboche, Kangtega & Thamserku and the modern facilities at Namche Bazaar.)

  17. 08:00 AM Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft)

    Today is the last day of the trek and our destination is Lukla. Starting Namche, a 6-7 hour trek will finally take us to Lukla. The trail continues downhill towards the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, where the Bhote Koshi River meets the Dudh Koshi River at Larja Dobhan. A slight descent from here will then take us to Monjo (entry and exit point of the Sagarmatha National Park). After the national park exit formalities, we walk down to cross a suspension bridge across Kyashar Khola, and following the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River we further walk towards another bridge over the Bhote Koshi River. Now, following the west bank of the Bhote Koshi River, we walk down to Phakding. From Phakding, the trail descends till Thado Koshi Gaon, and a gradual ascent from here will finally take us to Lukla. Today, after reaching Lukla, you can either spend your time with the crew member or opt for some alone time to recollect memories. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lukla.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Last view of Mt. Everest from Namche Bazaar, Kongde RI from Phakding and Kusum Khangkaru from Thado Koshigaon, beautiful rhododendron and Magnolia forest, trail accompanied by various prayer rocks –Mani wall and monasteries including 500 years old monastery – Pemacholing Monastery, small Sherpa settlements like Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa and Monju, and finally the colorful village of Lukla.)

  18. 07:30 AM Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

    oday is your last day in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Our Sherpas will carry your luggage to the airport while other formalities will be taken care by your team leader. Once the plane lands at the airport, we will directly board the plane and fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning, enjoying the scenic view once again from the sky. A comfortable private vehicle will be awaiting our arrival in Kathmandu Airport, which will safely escort you to the hotel. In the evening we meet for some time to discuss your trek and get feedback. The night will be spent at a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Wonderful aerial view of the terrain from the plane, tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu)

  19. 09:00 AM Day 19: Departure day

    Today is the last day of your trip in Nepal with Bucket List Adventure Travel. If your flight is scheduled early morning, then one of our company representatives will escort you to the airport as per your flight departure time. But, if the flight is scheduled later in the evening, you can go shopping and collect a few mementos or simply hang around shopping areas in Kathmandu. However, if you are planning to spend some extra days in Nepal, we can also make the arrangements for some other top adventurous activities that you can attend while you are in Nepal.

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Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

Accommodation in Kathmandu is at the Apsara Boutique Hotel. This friendly and very spacious hotel lies in the center of trekking city aka Thamel! There is a relaxing spa attached to the hotel to unwind and relax and is perfect for a post trek massage

Along the trek you will stay in comfortable lodges and Tea houses. These do change depending on the time of year you visit but all are on a twin sharing basis unless stated.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights 
October 22, 2017 - November 9, 2017
November 5, 2017 - November 23, 2017
March 17, 2018 - April 4, 2018
April 7, 2018 - April 25, 2018