Everest Three High Passes Trek - 20 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Cost start: US$ 1545 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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Trip Highlights

  • Sagarmatha National Park and its scenic splendor and myriad wildlife species
  • Historic Everest Base Camp and its views of Everest, Lhotse and Khumbu Glacier
  • Stunning panoramic views from Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri
  • Township of Namche Bazaar & it's famed weekend market
  • The famed Sherpa community & its Buddhist culture, including the monasteries of Khumjung and Tengboche
  • Serene mountain lakes of Gokyo
  • The three high passes of Kongma La (5535 m), Cho La (5420 m), and Renjo La (5340 m)

About Trip

The Everest Three High Passes Trek takes us to some of the highest mountain passes of the world and is considered by many to be the ultimate trekking tour of the Everest region. The route incorporates some of the most popular trails through the region as well as a number of the Khumbu/Everest region's hidden gems, not to mention the wonderful opportunity to become immersed in the area's famed Sherpa culture along the way.

The Everest Three High Passes Trekking is a challenging one that involves three of the Himalayas highest passes - Kongma La (5535m), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5340m) - each of which would present a considerable challenge in its own right — this adventure presents trekkers with three to surmount in the space of seven days! Everest Three High Passes trek is thus the perfect choice for true adventurers with the fortitude, determination and general fitness to tackle the region's most demanding yet rewarding trek, surrounded by four of the highest mountains in the world and some of the best mountain panoramas in all of Nepal. At Nepal Trekking Experts we love to challenge ourselves, and the Everest Three High Passes Trekking is an incomparable and unforgettable journey that meets all of our expectations — and hopefully yours.

There are multiple options for departure points, but the one we recommend is to fly in to Lukla from Kathmandu, the flight in via a Twin Otter plane giving a glimpse of the towering mountains and passes waiting to be conquered.

From Lukla we follow in the footsteps of renowned mountaineers and explorers to cross the first high pass of Kongma La before moving on to the open air museum of climbing that Everest Base Camp (5364m) represents. Nearby Kala Patthar (5545m) provides glorious sunrise vistas of the mountains as well as breathtaking 360 panoramas of the entire region. Rather than retracing our steps in the traditional fashion the trek moves on towards the remaining pair of high passes, reinforcing the sense of trekking across the roof of the world. Cresting Cho La leads to Gokyo (4790 m), one of the highest human settlements and known for the picturesque string of turquoise-colored lakes dotting the surrounding vales. The rest day there provides the opportunity to hike up to Gokyo Ri (5360 m) for the stunning sunrise and arguably the clearest views of Everest (8848 m) and Makalu (8485 m) to the east and of Cho Oyu (8188 m) to the north. After crossing Renjo La the trail descends to the fabled Tibetan trading route running through Thame Valley, then concludes at the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and the return leg to Lukla.

If you're in the market for a trip to Everest that ranks amongst the best treks in all of Nepal and think you can handle the challenge of one of the most consistently high altitude trails in the world, why not contact us and let Nepal Trekking Experts put you on the road to achieving your goal?

Additionally you might consider classic Everest Base Camp TrekGokyo valley via Everest Base Camp, Pikey Peak trek and many more beautiful packages.  


Trekkers are required to obtain a TIMS card and the Sagarmatha National Park permit to trek Everest region. For further detail please feel free visit our blog Nepal trekking permits and fees or contact us.  

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport then transfer to your Hotel.

Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation and sightseeing around the valley.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m, 4 hrs)

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 6 hrs)

Day 05: Acclimatize day and side trip around the Everest view hotel.

Day 06: Namche to Tengboche (3860m, 5 hrs)

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m, 5 hrs)

Day 08: Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m, 2/3 hrs)

Day 09: Another acclimatization day!

Day 10: Chhukung to Lobuche via Kongma La pass (4940m, 8 hrs)

Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5140m, 7 hrs) Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Gorak Shep

Day 12: Hike to Kala Patthar (5550m), then descend to Dzongla (4830m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 13: Dzongla to Dragnag/Thangna (4700m, 7 hrs) via Cho La pass (5420m)

Day 14: Dragnag to Gokyo lakes (4790m, 3 hrs)

Day 15: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5483m) then back to Gokyo Lake

Day 16: Gokyo Ri to Lumde (4300m, 7 hrs) via crossing Renjo La (5340m)

Day 17: Lumde to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 18: Namche to Lukla (2840m, 7 hrs)

Day 19: Flight to Kathmandu

Day 20: Departure

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport picks up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits for Sagarmatha National Park, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary duffel bag, agency T-shirt, trekking map, sleeping bag 
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Return flights between Kathmandu and Lukla
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft etc.
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc.)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc.
  • Tip to staff 

Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied, please feel free to customize your own and contact us.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport then transfer to your Hotel.

Welcome at airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.

Day 02Free day for trekking preparation and sightseeing around the valley.

Day 03Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m, 4 hrs)

Day 04Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 6 hrs)

Day 05Acclimatize day and side trip around the Everest view hotel.

Day 06Namche to Tengboche (3860m, 5 hrs)

Day 07Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m, 5 hrs)

Day 08Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m, 2/3 hrs)

Day 09Another acclimatization day!

Day 10Chhukung to Lobuche via Kongma La pass (4940m, 8 hrs)

Day 11Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5140m, 7 hrs) Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Gorak Shep

Day 12 Hike to Kala Patthar (5550m), then descend to Dzongla (4830m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 13Dzongla to Dragnag/Thangna (4700m, 7 hrs) via Cho La pass (5420m)

Day 14Dragnag to Gokyo lakes (4790m, 3 hrs)

Day 15Hike to Gokyo Ri (5483m) then back to Gokyo Lake

Day 16Gokyo Ri to Lumde (4300m, 7 hrs) via crossing Renjo La (5340m)

Day 17Lumde to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 18Namche to Lukla (2840m, 7 hrs)

Day 19Flight to Kathmandu

Day 20Departure

Departure Detail

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
10 March, 2023 29 March, 2023 US $1490 Guaranteed

Read Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 3 reviews


Everest 3 Passes with Nepal Trekking Experts - an amazing experience and adventure!


In September, I went to the Everest Three Passes Trek with Nepal Trekking Experts and my senior guide Bikram. To start with, from arriving at the airport in Kathmandu to dropping me off at the airport after the trek, I was delighted with Rajesh and his staff's superior service. Rajesh picked me up from the airport punctually and reliably. He welcomed me very warmly, so that I immediately felt comfortable. This feeling has continued over the next 2 days, when I was able to benefit from his real all-inclusive service. Everything necessary was perfectly organized in advance (pre-meeting, clearing up all questions, sleeping bag, duffel bag and including a sightseeing day in Kathmandu with a private driver and my guide because we could not fly to Lukla on the first scheduled day). To accompany me on my trek I got one of the most experienced guides of the agency, Bikram. Together with Sujit as a carrier we have formed a great trio. The trek itself was a unique experience and adventure. I highly recommend this route, which explores the entire Khumbu region. Passing the passes is challenging, but feasible for fit people. My guide Bikram has almost 20 years of trekking experience. He has a great knowledge of the country, people and culture and knows his way around the region perfectly. Together with my carrier, Bikram took perfect care of me, my well-being and also my health. Bikram picks out the best lodges and offers an all-round service for everything you need on the mountain. At any time I felt in good hands. In comparison to some other guides, I felt a clear class difference in terms of knowledge and experience, and I am glad that Rajesh has put one of his most experienced guides to my side. So I could not only enjoy the trek completely carefree, but also learned a lot about the country, people and culture. However, what I would like to add at this point: If you are looking for a pure entertainer as a guide, Bikram might not be the best choice, as he is a rather quiet, relaxing contemporary with a highly professional attitude towards all important things (in my opinion much more crucial and valuable). The weather in september was good, but not very good. The first week was much better than week two (though I would have expected this more otherwise). Good means, that in week one nice weather prevailed until about 11 o'clock, then many clouds drove into the valleys. In week one it rained only from the evening and at night, so this was no problem at all. In week 2, however, we had mostly only in the first two hours of the morning really good sky blue weather, then again and again it pulled very strong clouds and fog, so we were hiking the last 4 days in often miserable view for the majority of the day. For me this is an extremely crucial point as walking 2/3 of the day in fog isn’t what you are looking for when trekking in the Everest Region. Nevertheless, we had many magical and dreamlike moments and views of the 8,000m peaks around Everest, Lhotse and Manaslu. In addition, fantastic views of the beautiful mountains such as Ama Dablam, Pumori, Cholatse, Lobuche and many more. Going in pre-seasion has its advantages to really enjoy the nature and the area on many empty paths. For example, we were almost alone when we reached the EBC. Very beautiful! In my opinion trekking in the pre-season has its pros and cons and you have balance what is most important to you. Next time I'll take the hustle and bustle of the main season in order to have much better weather. Point # 2 (which I do really criticize, but I where I had more hopes): I first contacted Nepal Trekking Experts in December 2017. I, as a solo trekker, quickly chose the Everest Three Passes Trek as the route that suits me best. From the beginning I said that I would like to go with other trekkers in a small group for more fun, group interaction and many shared experiences. At the time Rajesh sounded that it will be very likely to find more trekkers, even though it's early in the season (same I heard from other trekkers who ended up going solo). Unfortunately up to my start no other trekker could be found. It is important to know that at the beginning of the season you have to be lucky enough to find like-minded trekkers, as there are not that many on the way. This is especially true for the Everest Three Passes, which is still very empty except for the EBC Trail section). Meaning, if going solo is no option for you, you have to either look for other travelers from the beginning or have some luck on the trek (which was the case for me for 2/3 of the time!). I just want to state that you cannot count on more trekkers joining your self-booked route. This is probably also due to the incredible number of available agencies which offer the same trekking routes. All in all, I can wholeheartedly recommend Nepal Trekking Experts and their offer 100%! Service, organization and the performance of all people involved, the value you get for your money is outstanding and is a clear USP in this highly competitive market. This also applies to Bikram as an incredibly experienced and professional guide! So if you are looking for a perfect well-rounded all-inclusive Trekking Agency, go with Nepal Trekking Experts! I am happy to have been traveling with them and look forward to next time!

, Germany


Fantastic experience with an excellent team


I wholeheartedly recommend Nepal Trekking Experts. I completed a 15-day trek in mid-November 2017 with Nepal Trekking Experts and had an incredible and rewarding experience. When I originally searched for a trekking company, I emailed five different companies, only two of which responded. Rajesh was by far the most responsive and helpful of the two—the choice was obvious almost immediately. HIs support after my arrival in Kathmandu and at the end of the trek were fantastic (airport transportation, dinner at a local restaurant, walking tour of Thamel). My guide (Bikram) and porter (Rijan) were excellent as well. I am incredibly grateful for their support—they were excellent travel companions. Bikram kept me on track (starting with my arrival in Kathmandu), safe and informed, and he was always available when needed. Rijan was always where we needed him—he and Bikram were a great team. Also, Bikram's planning was outstanding. I can't say enough good things about the whole experience.

, United States

Volveré a Nepal para subir el Mera Peak y lo haré con Rajesh

Volveré a Nepal para subir el Mera Peak y lo haré con Rajesh


Organice el trek por Nepal totalmente por mi cuenta, buscando y preguntando en varias agencias a través de Internet. Finalmente, por cuestión de precios y recomendaciones de otros viajeros con los que coincidí en Groenlandia, me decidí por Rajesh... Y acerté. Planifique junto con Raj los sitios que quería ver de acuerdo a los días disponibles, aproximadamente el "Everest 3 passes trekking", pero aun así cuando quise adaptar algo sobre la marcha lo hicimos sin problemas. Hice el trek con Rabin, el hermano de Raj, y un porteador. Ambos buena gente. Todo fue rodado: los tea house donde dormíamos y cenábamos eran estupendos, cualquier problema se solucionaba de inmediato aunque realmente nada se pudo considerar un problema, había comunicación diaria entre Rabin y Raj, habilitaron las etapas para conseguir la mejor aclimatación posible... Técnicamente un trek perfecto, inolvidable. Pero ademas de las excelentes sensaciones del trek me quede con el trato con Rajesh. Llegar a su oficina y disfrutar de un café, de un par de cervezas o de algo de comida nepalí, picante como ella sola, mientras echas unas risas y charlas sobre el viaje, antes y después de hacerlo, es impagable. Como digo en el titulo de mi comentario: volveré a Nepal para subir el Mera Peak y lo haré con Raj.

, Spain

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and kindly ask for permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect the local culture and customs
  • For your own personal safety always stay on the uphill side of a trail when being passed by Yaks/donkeys.
  • In landslide zones either traverse them quickly or climb over and around if at all feasible
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol at altitudes above 3000 meters is not recommended
  • Drink a minimum of three liters of water per day
  • Remain aware of symptoms related to altitude sickness and be honest about any signs with yourself and your guide
  • Even when not mandated there are always benefits to using the invaluable services of a guide on a trek

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