Everest Three Passes Trek - 17 Days

Duration: 17 Days


When John Haul visited the Khumbu region in 1953 A.D he described it as follows- “The mountain sides became more precipitous and rugged, civilization seems patchy and cottages are more scattered; the scenery became first more Alpine and then more truly Himalayan. Equally marked by the changed appearance of the people. We recognized the pronounced Mongolian features, broad and bland, the heavier, more decorative clothing. This "Sherpa Land” obtains its name "Khumbu" from its guardian deity "KhumbilaTetsanGelbu". The literal translation is "Khumbu Country with God."

The 3 (three) passes (Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La) trek involves a tremendous amount of up-and-down walking and 5,000 m + Passes. Even though the trek begins at an elevation of 1,860m, but the highest elevation will be 5,535 m at Kongma La Pass.


  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival in Katmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet, assist and transfer to hotel. After welcome refreshments and room check in the hotel, there will be a short briefing and orientation about the trek

    Eve:Trip briefing followed by welcome dinner at Authentic Nepali restaurant with culture program.

    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. (Welcome Dinner) 

  • Day 02: Fly To Lukla (27 mins) & start Trek to Phakding (2,652m / 8,700 ft.) – 3 Hrs.

    Early morning transfer to the airport to fly to Lukla (2880m). This 27-minute flight provides a magnificent entry to the trek. It highlights the snowline of the Himalayan Range in the north and the rugged landing at the Lukla airport, which is said to be one of the most spectacular flights in the world. Upon arrival the guide will arrange the porters at the nearby lodge. During this break, the guests are welcome to explore this bustling town on top of a hill with rows of houses, hotels and shops lining both sides of the traditional cobbled street.

    The trek starts by following the trail leading to the northwest direction through the narrow street, which immediately descends from the end of the village on a trail through the open hillside. The trail is well defined and there are many shops and lodges catering to the trekkers. This day’s trek is an easy one and ultimately descends to the river at Phakding (2,652m).

    Overnight at teahouse lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 

  • Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,447m / 11,300 ft) – 5~6 Hrs

    Leave the main village and the follow the trail on the left bank of the DudhKosi River. It is a pleasant walk for the first half of the day as one passes through agricultural countryside and small wayside villages. Just before lunch, there is a steep climb of about 20 minutes to arrive at Monjo for Lunch. After lunch, trek up to the check post to check the permits and enter into the Sagarmatha National Park. Descend for 10 minute and then cross a suspension bridge to arrive at Jorsale (2,800m). Pass through several small villages and beautiful pine forest. This is a busy trail with plenty of human interest.

    Our first good views are of west ridge of KusumKangru (6,339m). Follow the DudhKosi River, crossing a rickety suspension bridge, which is in a dilapidated condition, and then slowly climb up a very steep trail to Namche Bazaar.  Near half waypoint, we enjoy our first views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,879m) and Lhotse (8,383m) - the big three. The climb is for nearly 3 hours as one gain in altitude making breathing difficult due to rarified air. Arrive at a gate with a sign saying, "Welcome to Namche Bazaar" but it is very misleading as it takes another 20 minutes to arrive at the main town.

    This prosperous town is the largest in Khumbu. Mt.Thamserku (6,648 m) and KwangdeRi (6,624 m) loom along the east and west of the village. The sacred mountain Khumbila (5,707 m) dominates the skyline along the west.

    Overnight at teahouse lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • Day 04: Rest day for acclimatization in Namche

    In the morning after breakfast go for a walk and later return for lunch. After lunch the guest are free to rest or go around the bustling Namche Bazaar.

    Overnight at teahouse lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 


    Day 05: Trek to Thame (3,820m/12,530 ft) – 5~6 hrs

    Traverse westward with view of Kwangde (6,343 m) and the waterfall cascading off its flanks. Follow Bhote Kosi as the side hills high on its bank through the red and yellow rhododendron forest (in full blossom in May). Cross the river and look down the valley for views of Thamserku    (6,648 m) and Kusum Kanguru (6,370 m). Climb upto Thame village through the forest. It is a secluded village and the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay the first Sherpa to climb the Mount Everest.

    Overnight at teahouse lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 

  • Day 06: Trek to Lungden (4,380m/14,370 ft) -  4~5 hrs

    Today we start our serious high altitude trekking. We walk for about 4 hours through a stunning landscape on an old trade route to Tibet to the village of Lungden. This village has only one lodge and very aptly called the Renjo La Support Lodge.

    Overnight at teahouse lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 

  • Day 07: Trek to Gokyo via Renjo La Pass (5,360m/17585 ft) - 9 hrs

    The big day starts real early and it is a long day, as we have to walk about 6 hours to reach the pass, going slow because of the high altitude. After a brief stopover to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Everest Range and photographs, we start on a remarkably difficult downhill journey for about 3 hours to reach the village of Gokyo walk along the stunning and beautiful Dudh Kunda.

    Overnight at teahouse lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 

  • Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Fifth Lake and return back to Gokyo Valley - 8 hrs

    After breakfast trek to Gokyo Fifth Lake which offer the excellent view of Everest and Cho oyu. Later return back to hotel for rest.

    Overnight at teahouse lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 

  • Day 09: Trek to Thangna (4,700 m) - 4 hrs

    Its an easy trail but we will be walking through glaciers. After 4 hrs of gradual walk reach Thangna and rest. 

    Overnight at teahouse lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)


    Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4,931 m / 16,173 ft) via Cho La Pass (5,420m / 17782 ft) – 9 hrs

    After breakfast, we start the trek. Its a tough day, where we will cross another pass i.e. Cho La Pass and reach Dzongla for lunch. Later, walk gradually to reach Lobuche.

    Overnight at teahouse lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 

  • Day 11: Trek to Dingboche (4,410 m / 14469 ft) via Kongma La Pass (5,535m / 18160 ft) – 9 hrs

    Today, start our trek early morning with packed breakfast and lunch. We will be crossing the 3rd and final pass of the trek, highest pass comparing to other two passes. Walking through the Khumbu Glacier will lead to the Kongma La Pass. Now walking little bit downhill and later walk gradually and reach beautiful valley Dingboche.

    Overnight at teahouse lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 

  • Day 12: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,800 m / 12,464 ft) – 8 hrs

    After breakfast, continue walking downhill. At rear is the view Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Island Peak and Ama Dablam getting further away. After having lunch, continue walking further downhill until you reach Deboche. 30 mins steep climb, we will reach Tengboche, beautiful place with Monastery.

    Overnight at teahouse lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • Day 13: Track Back to Namche - 8 hrs

    After breakfast, start decent to the Imja Khola and the small village of Phunki (3,250 m) with its water powered Prayer Wheels takes about one and half hour. The original bridge built by Sir Edmund Hillary was washed away when a flood caused by the landside from the Ama Dablam caused a flooding in this region. Cross the river over the smaller bridge and start the climb towards Khumjung. At the rear is the beautiful west face of the Thamserku (6,608 m) and Kang Taiga (6,685 m).

    Overnight at teahouse lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 

  • Day 14: Track Back to Lukla - 9 hrs

    From Namche, head to the end of the village and then immediately start to descend to the river. If going up was tough, then it is equally hard to get down the hill. Head along the banks of the river and then further descend to Monjo or Phakding for lunch.


    It is interesting to watch others staring enthusiastically on the trek. From Phakding, it is a surprising hard uphill climb to Lukla, which should take about 3 hours. It is a delightful ending to the trip as one enters into this busy village of Lukla.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 

  • Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu

    Early morning, fly from Lukla to Katmandu. Upon arrival, meet, assist and transfer to hotel.

    Rest of the day is free for shopping and personal activities.

    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast) 

  • Day 16: Rest in the Morning, Half  Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

    Today first half of the day you take rest. Later after lunch go for sightseeing, visiting the Boudhanath Stupa- an ancient colossal stupa and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world, Pashupatinath Temple- the Temple of Lord Shiva situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River and Patan Durbar Square one of the ancient city of Nepal.

    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast and farewell Dinner) 

  • Day 17: Final Departure

    Free for final minute packing and shopping until transfer to the airport for final departure (Breakfast).

cost includes

    1. All transfers, sightseeing tours & drives as per itinerary in a private tourist vehicle accompanied by English speaking guide from Himalayan Holidays.
    2. Welcome Garlands of seasonal flowers upon arrival.
    3. Airfare cost of Lukla-Kathmandu-Lukla.
    4. Sagarmatha National Park fees & TIMS Permit.
    5. 3 nights stay at hotel (as above) in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis including American breakfast and all taxes.
    6. Nepali Welcoming Dinner at a Nepali authentic restaurant in Kathmandu.
    7. Tea House Trek as per Itinerary including meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) accommodation at Lodges and Tea Houses, and the service of English speaking trek leader and a team of experienced Sherpa assistant/s and a reliable porters.
    8. Cost of guides, sherpas and porters according the size of group.
    9. Sightseeing tours as per itinerary including applicable monumental entry fees.
cost excludes

    1. International airfares and airport departure taxes.
    2. Nepal entry visa fees (US$25 & US$ 40 per person for 15 days and 30 days respectively for multiple enrtry visas).
    3. Single supplement cost.
    4. Items of a personal nature such as; laundry, bar bills, snacks, alcoholic beverages (except on welcome dinner), extra mileage, optional tours such as Mountain Flights, telephone calls, internet services, personal gratuities as tips to guides, bell-hops or hotel porters, drivers, etc.
    5. Comprehensive Travel Insurance or “Umbrella Insurance” to cover – Illness, hospitalization, travel medicines, loss of valuables, thefts, change of itinerary, flight and tour cancellations due to unavoidable circumstances and most of all Emergency Helicopter Charter for evacuation purpose.
    6. Tips for guide, porters and sherpas.
    7. Any items that are not mentioned in above the costs include section.

Nepal visa is easily issued from Nepalese Embassy in your country. Nepal also issue on arrival visa for 15 days, 30 days and 90 days charging fee of USD 25, USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please carry two passport size photos along with you.

Best season for trekking in Nepal is from March to May and September to November. During this time weather is clear and warm. But, if you like to avoid crowd then best time for your trek will be from May to September. 

Yes, we do provide international airport pick up and drop off services. Outside terminal, our staff will be displaying companies play card or your name card depending upon group size, for your convenience.

It is compulsory to have your insurance before you visit Nepal. For trekking and Alpine Climbing you must have High Altitude Insurance. And for Tour and sightseeing you must have travel insurance.

You must be physically fit and healthy for trekking in Nepal. It’s better to do at least 2 hours morning or evening walk to prepare yourself for this trekking. Please let us know in advance if you have any medical problems like heart disease, asthma and blood pressure.

Difficulty level depends upon the remoteness and altitude of the trekking route. Basically, trekking below 3,000m is easy. Higher the altitude, it’s more difficult to walk.

In trekking, wide variety of food is available. Teahouses prepare Nepali food, Indian food and Continental food as per menu. All the foods are freshly prepared. We suggest you not to consume meat items during the trekking.

Basically, we accommodate our clients in 3 to 4 star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other major cities in standard rooms on twin sharing basis. For luxury package we accommodate you in 5 star and beautiful boutique hotels in available places. On trek we accommodate you in best available lodges and teahouses standard rooms on twin sharing basis and occasionally dormitory on busy season.

In teahouse trekking basic facilities are available, with clean rooms, blankets, freshly cooked warm food. Sometimes there will be common toilets and bathrooms outside your room. Warm water is available for shower on extra cost.

In camping trekking, we will use the tents that can keep us warm from -20 degree Celsius to -40 degree Celsius. Tents for toilet, shower, dinning and kitchen will be set up for your convenience. Comfortable trekking chairs, tables and mattress will be available. Fresh and healthy food will be prepared by our professional cook.

Means of transportation depends on places you travel. We have our own fleet of transportation like car, jeep, Hiace and Coaster tourist bus for ground transfer. Domestic airplane and helicopter are used for air transportation.

Weather in the Mountains is highly unpredictable. So we should always be prepared to tackle the cold. From March to May and September to November in the morning and evening temperature will be (from 3000m to 6000m) 0 degree Celsius to 5 degree Celsius, in afternoon it will rise upto 20 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius and at night it might fall down till -5 degree Celsius to -10 degree Celsius. Similarly, during winter i.e. December, January and February there will be heavy snowfall in the Mountains dropping temperature till -15 degree Celsius at night. Morning and evening will be around -5 to 5 degree Celsius and temperature will rise upto 15 degree Celsius during day time. And our monsoon season from June to August where we expect heavy and continuous rainfall. But if we go above 3000m altitude ratio of rainfall will decrease. Temperature during day will reach upto 25 degree Celsius high and reduce till 0 degree Celsius to -5 degree Celsius. Morning and evening will be chill from 5 degree Celsius to 15 degree Celsius.

For trekking in the Mountains you will need very warm, windproof, waterproof clothes. You must bring trekking/hiking boot which is comfortable to wear and walk. Beside that quick dry t-shirt, trouser and towel is important.

On average you have to walk 6 to 8 hrs a day covering 12 to 18 km in distance.

Of course, this trip is completely safe for solo travelers. You will have your guide and porter for your assistance; they will definitely take care of you along the trip.

Health and safety of our clients is a major concern of our company. All our guides have got first aid training. Your guide will be carrying first aid kit and satellite phone during the trekking in case of emergency and we can use the helicopter service for immediate evacuation.

Yes, you can use your debit/credit card in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. We suggest you to carry cash (Nepali Currency) during the trekking for your personal expenses.

If its Altitude Sickness problem then we will immediately carry you down to lower altitude. We will take you to the nearby health post and if the case is serious we will immediately do helicopter rescue and admit in major hospitals in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

We have included rest/spare day in your itinerary to acclimatize in the thin air. Your guide will encourage you to drink more soup and garlic which is believed to help in high altitude. Besides that, your guide will be carrying medicine (Diamox) to reduce altitude sickness.

Giving tips to your guide and porters is a small gesture of thank you for your service. We don’t fix the amount of tips but it’s completely depends on the level of satisfaction from your guide and porters service during your trekking. This small gesture will really help to support their family living. Tipping system in Nepal is 10% of the amount that you paid for your trip.

Yes there are telephones and internet facilities available in the most places during trekking. Your guide is always carrying a mobile phone, you can request him to make international call and in return you can recharge/top-up or give small amount as international call charge.

Yes all your electronic gadgets charging facility is available on your trekking. They do charge NRS 200 to NRS 500 for service.

Yes, it’s possible to extend your trip. You can always let your guide know about it and we will arrange the logistic.

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