Everest High Pass Trek

Duration: 22 Days5/5(1 review)
At a Glance
  • Duration 22 Days
  • Trip Grade Very Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 5545m

Highlights

  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu. Visit all the famous tourist sites like Monkey Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Squares, etc.
  • Thrilling flight in and out of Lukla airport with sensation aerial views of the Himalayas
  • Trek through Sagarmatha National Park. The trail is full of lush forests, streams, rivers, and waterfalls
  • Spend nights in beautiful mountain villages and get to see the lifestyle of Sherpas
  • Visit ancient monasteries
  • Cross the three high passes; Renjo La, Cho La & Kongma La
  • Reach Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar
  • Explore the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri
  • Adventurous, challenging trek with rewarding mountain views and once-in-a-lifetime

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.

You'll Experience

View Grom Gokyo Ri

Itinerary

The Everest High Passes Trek is 22 Days trek program that includes all 3 high trekking passes of the Everest Region. The 3 passes are Kong La, Cho La, and Renjo La. The 22-day itinerary includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal, a day tour in Kathmandu, and an extra buffer day at the end of the trek. The buffer day is to use in case you need any extra on a trek or if there is any delay or cancelation on a flight to Lukla, which may happen sometime due to the bad weather.

The given 22-day itinerary is the standard itinerary, however, if the given itinerary is not suitable for you, We at Outfitter Himalaya are always happy to tailor and offer you the best itinerary suitable for you as per your requirements.

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We meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport terminal gate. Our team will welcome you and escort you to the hotel. In the remaining time, rest, and if you wish, explore around your hotel.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

We have divided this day into two parts. In the first half of the day, we go on Full Day Kathmandu tour and visit tourist sites like Monkey Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. The tour introduces you to Nepali culture and architecture. It's a guided tour, so you'll learn a lot about the monuments.

In the latter half of the day, we meet with the trek guide in our office and prepare for the three passes trek. Our trek briefs about the trail and double-checks all the gears. All the duffel bags are packed today, and last-minute shopping is done if needed.

  • MealsB
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

Today, we have a morning flight to Lukla airport. So, you have to wake up pretty early and get ready. We'll pick you up from your hotel lobby and drive to the domestic airport. The flight to Lukla is short and scenic. In Lukla, the rest of the crew (porters) join us.

We spend the first night in Phakding village instead of Lukla to avoid altitude sickness. Phakding is situated around 250 meters below Lukla. The trail descends along the side of the Dudh Kosi river through forested paths. Passing by Ghat village (2,530 m), we trek for an hour to reach Phakding.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2610

The trail from Phakding to Namche Bazaar is very impressive and adventurous. Trekking through pine forests listening to the rushing sound of Dudh Koshi River, we ascend and pass by villages like Benkar, Monjo & Jorsale. The trail up to Monjo crosses many suspension bridges.

From Monjo, we trek in a protected area called Sagarmatha National Park. The trekking route from here onwards gradually follows an uphill path through dense forests and crosses thrilling hanging bridges. We'll come across lovely waterfalls on the way and pass by small settlement areas before steeply ascending towards Namche Bazaar.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

We have come very far at 3,440 meters from sea level. So, an acclimatization day is crucial at this point. Also, taking a rest day in Namche Bazaar lets you explore nearby famous places like Syangboche Airstrip and Everest View Hotel. We hike to these places to witness breathing views of the mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, etc.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

The trail descends to Khumjung monastery, where we take a short break to explore it and have some snacks. From here, we walk toward Sanasa. On the way, we may get to see the Himalayan tahr and Danphe (national bird of Nepal).

The trail takes you to Tashinga and descends steeply to Dudh Koshi. Crossing the river, we reach Phunki Tenga (3,250 m) and further ascend through lush forests of rhododendron, pine, fir & juniper to Tengboche village.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3860

We visit the Tengboche monastery early in the morning and also witness a stunning sunrise. After breakfast, we continue walking through the forests of rhododendron, fir, pine, birch, etc. The trail takes us to Debuche, from where we steeply ascend.

The trail passes by Imja Khol and leads us to Pangboche village. We take a lunch break here and follow an uphill route through alpine hillsides/terraced fields to Dingboche.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4410

We’ll spend the second rest day in Dingboche. To acclimatize, we'll hike to a nearby hill that offers wonderful mountain views. Later, we can explore the Digbcohe village and its terraced fields.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4410

From Dingboche onwards, we leave the main EBC trail and trek to Chhukung Valley. It is located beneath a rock wall that links Nuptse with Lhotse. The trail is rugged and rocky. We get to enjoy the fantastic panorama of Ama Dablam, Island Peak, etc along the trail.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4730

We are going to cross the first pass of our trek, Kongma La, today. From Chhukung, we have two routes to reach Kongma La. We can either walk on an isolated area and ascend over a hill northwest of Chhkung, following the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier, or there is another option to descend to Bibre and take a high trail above the Niyang Khola. We pass by small frozen lakes on the way and steeply ascend over loose scree to the top of the pass.

The top is marked with colorful prayer flags. The feeling of conquering the first pass and getting rewarded with heavenly scenery will motivate us to walk further. Further, we do the final descent to Lobuche. It's a very tricky section of the trail that climbs moraine on the far side and walks by Khumbu Glacier.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5535

The trail to Everest base camp is windy, and the thin air makes the walk more exhausting than it is. We walk on a rocky trail on the north crest of Everest. The trail offers prominent views of Pumori, Khumbutse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Lingtern, etc.

Walking alongside Khumbu Glacier, we reach Gorak Shep. From here, we follow a steep, rocky trail to Everest base camp. We’ll spend the night in Gorak Shep.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5364

We wake up before the sunrises and hike to Kala Patthar. It's a popular viewpoint that offers mountain panorama all around it, including one of the best views of Mt. Everest. After enjoying gorgeous sunrise and mountain views from Kala Patthar, we descend to Dzongla to spend the night. It's a relatively short day and allows us to rest.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5545

Leaving Dzongla, we embark on an adventurous route today. The trail goes west and descends through landslide areas. We walk on a glacial path and reach the top of the basin. Soon, we come across the Cho La lake and witness breathtaking views of Ama Dablam.

The trail gets steeper, and the last climb over boulders takes us to Cho La pass, marked with fluttering prayer flags. From here, we descend to Thangnak. The downhill route is rocky and glazed with ice, so be careful while descending.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5370

The trail from Thangnak leads us to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is the biggest glacier in Nepal. From here, we walk, enjoying stunning mountain views, and pass by a series of small lakes to the Gokyo village. It's a beautiful village tucked away amidst a snow-capped mountain at the shore of an alpine lake.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4790

We spend another acclimatization day in Gokyo village and hike to Gokyo Ri (5,350 m). It's a few hours' walk from Gokyo village to Gokyo Ri on a steep rugged path

The viewpoint offers a surreal view of Cho Oyu, Island Peak, Gyachukang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Tawache, and many other mountains. Later, we’ll explore the Gokyo Lakes and spend the rest of the day with the locals.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5365

Today, we'll cross the third and last pass, Renjo La. From Gokyo, we follow a gray screen above the northwest corner of the lake. The trail descends from Gokyo valley and leaving the main trail, we follow an uphill route that leads to Renjo La pass.

The walk is strenuous, but once we reach the top of the pass, the crisp wind and phenomenal mountain views will make us forget the pain. From here, we descend to Lumde to spend the night.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5345

From Lumde, we walk on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi to reach Marlung. The trail keeps descending. We cross Bhote Koshi and trek towards Taranga.

Walking along the Langmuche Khola, we cross another bridge to reach Samde. The last part of the route steeply drops down to Thame, where we visit Khari Gompa.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3820

Leaving Thame, we walk and reach a small village called Phurte. Here, we visit the old Laudo monastery. Walking through forested paths and small villages, we reach Namche Bazaar. On the way, we also pass by gompas, mani walls, and chortens.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

After having breakfast, we begin trekking out of Namche Bazaar and steeply descend through lush forests. On the way, we pass by waterfalls and streams, crossing many suspension bridges until we reach Phakding village. We'll be retracing the path on this day to Lukla, so you may remember a few things. From Phakding, it's a few hours of ascent to Lukla.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2840

We fly back to Kathmandu today. Our team will drop you at the hotel. The remaining day is free. You can explore Thamel and its narrow lively streets. There's a royal garden called Garden of Dreams located just at the entrance of Thamel, you can visit there too.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

We have a full extra day in Kathmandu. We use this if we need it on the trek or if there is any delay or cancelation on our Lukla flight due to the bad weather.

On this day, we recommend you visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. You get to explore palaces, gates, courtyards, museums, galleries, and temples.

We also highly recommend you to visit the local market. In the evening, meet us over farewell dinner.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

We have marked an end to our adventurous trip to Nepal. On this day, you fly back to your home. Our airport team will help you in check-out and drop you at the airport.

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Everest High Pass Trek map

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • Four nights’ hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Sagarmatha national park entry permits, TIMS permit, and rural municipality fees
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with domestic airport tax
  • 17 nights accommodation in lodges/tea houses during the trek on twin sharing basis (dormitory-style sometimes)
  • A Trekking guide and porters (1 porter for every two trekkers and a porter will carry from 20-25 KG)
  • Salary, meals, accommodation, transportation, and Insurance for the guide and porters
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service, which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffel bag, If necessary (returned after the trek)

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu
  • Your personal expenses/shopping
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Hot shower, telephone, internet, battery charges fees
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Tips for the guide and staff

Essential Info

Fitness Required for Everest High Pass Trek

You have to be physically fit with a strong-moderate level of fitness to do Everest high pass trek with daily walking/trekking between 3 to 9 hours on mountain trails. You better have previous trekking experience and need to be healthy with strong desire and stamina.

Permits Required for Everest High Pass Trek

You need to have some permits to do Everest High Pass Trek, which are Sagarmatha National Park entry permits, TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permit, and a permit from Khumbu-Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality.

We apply and get all these permits once you book the Everest High Pass Trek with us.

Best Time to do the Everest High Pass Trek

The best seasons (time) to do Everest High Pass Trek are autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until the end of May). However, the trek is possible in June, January, and February.

Accommodation on Everest High Pass Trek

We provide good 3-star hotel accommodations for the 4 nights in Kathmandu and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for the rest of the 17 nights on Everest High Pass Trek. The rooms are basic, just a bed with a pillow, and blankets on the trek lodge/guest house. Please remember that some of them are very basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Hotel We Provide:

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Moonlight: 4 nights
  • Hotel on Trek Routes: Simple Mountain lodge: 17 nights

Notes:

  • If the above-mentioned hotel is not available, a similar category of hotel will be provided.
  • A hotel upgrade in Kathmandu is available. There are luxury 4- 5-star hotels available in Kathmandu. Let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu.

Extra nights in Kathmandu pre or post the Everest High Pass Trek

  • The extra night’s hotel in Kathmandu for pre- or post-trek is available at the same hotel you stay on our package.
  • Let us know if you need any extra nights for pre or post the Everest High Pass Trek and want to plan any Extra tours and activities for your extra days.

Meals & Drinks on Everest High Pass Trek

A total of 55 meals (21 breakfast, 17 lunch, and 17 dinners) are provided on Everest High Pass Trek, and the meals are provided in lodges. You have breakfast and dinner at the Lodges, where you stay overnights, and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals on Everest High Passes Trail and drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) as well. The drinks are not included in the Everest High Pass Trekking Package. So, you can buy them yourself at the available lodge/guest house.

We advise you to bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Everest High Pass Trek since you can have normal water for free. So, you can use medicine and drink, or you can buy bottled water or boiled/safe water to drink.

Travel Insurance for Everest High Passes Trek

You need a travel insurance policy while coming to Everest high pass trek, as there is always a risk while doing high mountain trek, and in case of any kind of serious sickness or injury happen then, we need to do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital.

You are liable for all the expenses, that incurs in the evacuation/rescue. Please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy.

FAQs

  • Q1. How Difficult is Everest High Passes Trek?

    Three High Passes Trek is a demanding trek with over 15 days of walking in the Himalayas. The trail goes above 5,000 meters many times during the trek. The trekking route is forested and rough at the beginning and gets steeper, rugged & packed with loose boulders in the upper part. It's an incredibly demanding yet rewarding journey that requires strong fitness.

    Everest Three High Passes Trekking is one of the longest treks in the Himalayas. The trek covers approximately 160 to 185 kilometers (99 to 115 miles). Each day has on average 6 hours of walk. The minimal modern facilities get scarce and expensive with the increase in elevation. And the risks of altitude sickness are always there.

  • Here are a few things that you can do to prepare for the Everest Three High Passes Trek. Once you book the trek, our team will closely assist you to prepare for the trek and provide other essential information.

    • We advise you to keep at least 4 weeks on your hand to get your body ready for the trek. If you are an active high-altitude traveler and fit, you can do last-minute booking (at least 5 days to one-week time).
    • Strength training and cardio are the best exercises. You have to focus on building stamina and core body strength.
    • Go on short hikes in your trekking shoes. Do not wear a brand-new pair of shoes while trekking.
    • If you have any medical history, we recommend you visit the doctor and consult him about all the medical possibilities your body may see because of the high altitude.
    • Do the research and see what trekking gear is best for you & your budget. You can buy/rent gears in Thamel, Kathmandu at the best price.

Client Reviews

  • 5/5

    Everest High Passes Trek

    The Everest High Passes trek with Outfitter Himalaya was one of the best decisions I made. I spent about 3 weeks (18 days on the trek) doing the Everest Three High Passes Trek with a friend. The lodges arranged were great, which includes a friendly and helpful crew in each of the lodges.

    Our guide, Dipak was very knowledgeable. He knows his stuff and reacts calmly and efficiently to emergencies (or actually, any situation). Due to unforeseen circumstances, my friend and I decided to split up and he was able to come up with a "best fit" solution for both of us and because of that, I was able to go on and complete the trek (my childhood dream!).

    I was impressed with such quick wit and flexibility on the trek. It is, in my opinion, crucial to have a guide you can trust, and the bonus would be to earn a friendship out of it. Our porter, Birta, was equally awesome. He was very experienced and took good care of us like a silent care bear. This combination of crew and us (and the gorgeous Everest region) or what the guide would call "team”) - eventually grew on me so much that I felt sad that it had to end! I just totally had the best trip of my life.

    Back in Kathmandu, our requests for an accommodation upgrade were also quickly responded to by Arjun. Everything stated in the package was delivered, and emails were replied to promptly.
     

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    princeFrom: Singapore,May 02, 2022
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    Dear prince,

    Thank you for your good review about the Everest High Pass Trek in Nepal and it is our great pleasure to know that you had good travel holidays with us and satisfied with the guide and the team. We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again.

    Have a good day.

    Arjun
    Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd
     

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