Everest Three High Passes Trek Overview
"Everest Three High Passes Trek is an epic trek in the Khumbu region that crosses high alpine passes and explores beautiful valleys, Sherpa villages, glacial lakes, moraines & multiple viewpoints."
Everest Three High Passes Trekking is 22 days challenging but adventurous venture in the Khumbu region. It's the ultimate trek in the Himalayas that offers distinct perspectives of Mt. Everest and pushes trekkers to unlock their high endurance level. As the name of the package suggests, you cross three high passes on this trek called; Renjo La (5,360 m), Cho La (5,420 m), and Kongma La (5,540 m).
The fact that you trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and Kala Patthar (5,644 m) while exploring the Gokyo Village (4,750 m) and Gokyo Lakes (ranging from 4,700 m to 5,000 m) makes the Everest Three High Passes Trek itinerary brilliant. And to best spend our acclimatization days, we hike to places like Hotel Everest View (3,962 m), Nagarjuna Hill (5,100 m), and Gokyo Ri (5,357 m). The initial part of the Everest Three High Passes Trek follows the classic EBC trek route, so you also get to explore the iconic villages, including Namche Bazaar (3,440 m).
Everest Three High Pass Trek is like climbing a peak itself. However, no technical climbing is required, or any climbing gear is involved. You get to explore the hidden corners of the Khumbu region on 3 High Passes Trekking and get to witness the most stunning mountain views. This trek is fit for experienced trekkers who can walk at least 6 hours a day on steep, rugged uphill trails and can resist thin air & limited services.
The other part of the 3 high passes trek is all about cultural experience and mingling with the locals. As you'll be spending a long time in the mountains, you get to learn a lot about Sherpas and people of other communities like Rai, Limbu, Bhotiya, etc. You visit ancient monasteries like Khumjung (3,790 m), Tengboche (3,860 m), and Pangboche (3,985 m) while trekking.
Everest Three High Passes Best Itinerary for 2022/2023
This fabulous journey begins in Kathmandu. We explore the stupas, temples, palaces, and the local bazaars of this bustling city and catch a thrilling flight to Lukla on the third day. The first few days of the trail follow the famous route to Everest base camp through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche. From Dingboche, we ascend to Chhukung and cross the Kongma La pass before descending towards Lobuche village. The trail ascends to Everest base camp and Kala Patthar.
From here onwards, we leave the crowd and embark on a furthermore remote/rugged route to Gokyo Valley. But first, we have to conquer the glacial trail to Dzongla and cross the second pass, Cho La. It's time to explore the stunning Gokyo Lakes, which also have huge religious values. We hike to Gokyo Ri and soon cross the last pass, Renjo La. Trekking through Thame, we walk to Namche Bazaar and retrace the trail to Lukla.
Major attractions of the Everest Three High Passes Trek
The bustle of Kathmandu and never-ending temples
Kathmandu is known as the City of Temples. To back up this statement, you can see old temples in every corner of the city. You cannot leave Nepal without visiting without exploring the main historical monuments, and to make sure you visit as many tourist sites as possible; we have two full days in Kathmandu at the beginning and end of the journey.
You explore the palace of the town known as Kathmandu Durbar Square. Likewise, the tour leads you to the famous Monkey Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. You'll be visiting museums and galleries.
Thrilling Lukla flight
You'll have the most exciting flight of your life flying in and out of Lukla. It's a short 35 minutes flight between Kathmandu (1,400 m) & Lukla (2,860 m). The flight offers spectacular aerial views of the Himalayas. The location of Lukla airport and the elevation with a tiny runway have made this airport quite popular in the travel/aviation world.
The lush rhododendron forests and picturesque villages
The Everest Three High Passes Trek begins with a gentle walk-through lush forest and later joins dense alpine forests. Forests of rhododendron, pine, fir, juniper, and birch enhance the lower trekking routes. The diverse flora and fauna along the way add wilderness to the journey.
Likewise, the trail goes through many small and big villages. Some villages are works of art, to be honest. The surrounding views boost the beauty of the villages. Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Chhukung, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, Dzongla, Thangnak, Gokyo Village, Lumde, and Thame are our major night stops.
Locals and their warm hospitality
The natives of the Everest region are very friendly and welcoming. They run the lodges and other services along the trail, which make our journey somewhat bearable. As we all know about Sherpas, Everest Three High Passes Trek provides a huge opportunity to see their lifestyle and spend a lot of time with them.
Expert and reliable on-field crew
You trek with a record-breaking team of guides who have mapped numerous trekking and climbing routes in the Himalayas not once or twice but numerous times. To lead Outfitter Himalaya's trips, we have assembled a hand-picked team that comprises the finest guides and porters in the industry. Moreover, we are offering a tested itinerary that provides the best trekking experience as well as keeps the trekkers safe.
Mountains views & other Himalayan wonders
Regardless of all the hurdles, Everest Three High Passes Trekking involves, this trek is the best option to witness jaw-dropping mountain landscapes. Very few trekkers cross the three high passes in the Khumbu region, and therefore, a very small number of trekkers have seen the dramatic scenery from the top of these passes.
Numerous mountains are visible throughout the trail, including the eight-thousanders Mt. Everest (8,849 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m), and Mt. Makalu (8,463 m). Some other famous giants you see are Nuptse (7,861 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Island Peak (6,160 m), Pumori (7,161 m), Cholatse (6,440 m), Taboche (6,495 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Kangtega (6,782 m), etc. The lower part of the trail is covered with lush green hills, and the upper part boasts barren rocky hills.
Then comes other Himalayan wonders like gorgeous waterfalls, lakes, streams, rhododendron forests, moraines, glaciers, gorges, icefalls, etc. As you approach the high altitude, the scenery only gets alluring.