Everest Three High Passes Trek
Everest Three High Passes Trek
Everest Three High Passes Trek

Everest Three High Passes Trek

Thrilling High Pass Adventure: Everest Expedition
Duration19 Days
Trip GradeChallenging
Maximum Altitude5545m
Group Size1-12
Best TimeSeptember to December & March to May

Everest Three High Passes Trek is the most appropriate trek for adventure lovers. It becomes more challenging by adding three high passes to Everest Base Camp Trek. The three high passes are all above 5,000 m. Climbing gears are required to cross these passes to avoid any possible accidents. This trek takes you along the dense forests of Sagarmatha National Park. It is one of the highest altitude conservation areas in the world. So, it is recorded in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It has conserved various animal, bird, and plant species of the Himalayan region.

If you trek around the Everest region in spring, the entire oak, pine, and fir forests are embellished by colorful rhododendron flowers. On the way, you might encounter some animals like musk deer, snow-leopard, Himalayan that, and birds like Himalayan Pheasants. The snow-capped peaks of the Great Himalayas are equally rewarding. The Everest Three High Passes trek rewards you with the beautiful mountains of the Everest region. Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m), and other peaks come into your sights.

The Sherpa Villages of this region are the best source for first-hand knowledge about their lifestyle, culture, and tradition. Besides, you see ancient monasteries, chortens and mane walls during this trek. The howling sound of the prayer flags over these shrines makes your mind and heart peaceful. Everest View Hotel (3,880 m) is a major attraction of this region. One of the highest altitude hotels in the world, you can have a picturesque view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. Moreover, the Sherpa Museum shows you the photos of Tenzing and Hillary from the 1953 Everest Expedition.

Important Buddhist Cultural Heritage and Festival

Tengboche Monastery and Pangboche Monastery are the most important Buddhist cultural heritage sites of this region. Tengboche Monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist shrine in the Solukhumbu region. Additionally, Pangboche Monastery is the oldest of this type in the Everest region. Mani Rimdu Festival is the most colorful festival of the Sherpa living here. This festival falls in between October and November. It is celebrated for 19 days at the premises of Tengboche Monastery.

The monks of the monastery perform the cultural dance by making a circle. They sing traditional Sherpa songs and beat the drums. The people of this region gather in the monastery premises and celebrate the festival in front of the Guru Rinpoche.

Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar  Sunrise View Point

From Lobuche, you trek to Everest base camp by enjoying the view of the Khumbu Glacier and the Khumbu Icefall. Gorakshep is the last human settlement area of the Everest region close to the base camp. You spend a night at a hotel here to hike to Kalapatthar the following morning.

Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) is the highest point one can reach near Mount Everest. From here, you can see the snow-covered mountains except Mt. Everest itself. Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Amadablam, and other peaks are seen from here. Kalapatthar is the best viewpoint of the Everest region that you must not miss. To have the sunrise view of the Great Himalayas, you should begin trekking in Nepal from Gorakshep after midnight. From here, you can shoot pictures and films by keeping Mt. Everest on the background.

Acute Mountain Sickness during Everest Three High Passes Trek

In fact, when you reach a place higher than 2,500 m, there is a possibility of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Everest Three High Passes Trek takes you above 5,000 m passes. You have to spend most of the time in a place higher than 3,000 m. Not only while walking but also spending night in the Everest region trek, you may suffer from altitude sickness. Nevertheless, you can avoid AMS if you take a few precautions. First, you have to drink enough water to prevent dehydration. Then, you should have hygienic food items and sound sleep.

Walking slowly by taking enough rest during the Nepal trekking is also another precaution. You should avoid alcohol, cigarette smoking, and junk food while in high altitude. More importantly, you should not eat non-veg items as they may not be fresh. Next, you should always follow the instructions given by the Nepal trekking guide. In case you feel any of the symptoms like shortness of breath or extreme fatigue, you should tell it the guide.

Food and Accommodation Facilities During Everest High Passes Trek

Everest region trekking is the most popular trek in Nepal. Therefore, numerous hotels, lodges, and tea houses are established en route. All the stopovers on the route have hotels or tea houses to provide good food and accommodation facilities. However, the higher you go, the more basic food and accommodation facilities are found. In the peak seasons, you may have difficulty finding a tea house on arrival. So, you have to reserve them earlier before starting the trek or at least, reaching the destination.

You should be ready to sacrifice the luxury trekking in Nepal at a high altitude. Because of the lack of transportation facilities, you don’t find the foodstuffs of your choice here. The tea houses don’t have hot water for bathing as well. If you need hot water, you have to pay extra charges.

How to Begin Everest Three High Passes Trek?

Everest Three High Passes Trek is a challenging trek in the Everest region. It comprises Everest Base Camp trek crossing three high passes all above 5,000 m. It is more difficult than walking along the traditional route to the base camp of Mount Everest (8,848 m). To start this trek, you have to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (Tenzing Hillary Airport). Lukla is the gateway to start the Everest region trek. You follow the same traditional trail up to Dinboche. You go past Phakding, Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche along the Dudh Koshi River Valley.

From here, you divert towards Chhukung Valley which is a preparation center for Chhukung Ri climbing or Island Peak climbing. By crossing Kongma La (5,545 m), you descend to Louche. From Lobuche, you go to Gorakshep to reach Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and Kalapatthar (5,550 m). After having the 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Everest and other peaks, you climb down to Dzongla. Crossing Cho La (5,420 m), you reach the Gokyo Lake trek which is famous for six glacial lakes. On the rest day, you climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) to have the breathtaking view of four 8,000 m peaks.

Finally, you climb Renjo La (5,370 m), the last high pass, you climb down to Marlung.  Then, by walking past Namche Bazaar, Phakding and Lukla, you fly back to Kathmandu.

Everest Three High Passes Trekking Highlight

  • Kathmandu Lukla scenic flight
  • Kongma La (5,545m), Cho La (5,420m) and Renjo La (5,370m) climbing
  • Exploration Gokyo Lakes Valley
  • Gokyo Ri (5,357m) to have an astounding view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu and many more
  • Ancient monasteries of the Everest region
  • Everest View Hotel and Kala Patthar for breathtaking view of Mt. Everest and other peaks
  • Renjo La Pass and Fifth Gokyo Lake as the other vantage points
  • Flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park
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The member staff of Nepal Trekking Routes welcomes you at the Kathmandu Airport on your arrival day. Afterwards,  s/he transfers you to the hotel reserved for your accommodation. The trekking guide gives you the details about Everest Three High Passes trek itinerary in the evening.

Accommodation: Deluxe Hotel

After having breakfast, you are relocated to the Kathmandu Airport. You will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. During the 30-minutes’ flight, you can enjoy the aerial view of the mountains and hills. The snowcapped peaks of Manaslu (8,167m), Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Rolwaling and Everest (8,848m) will come in front of the eyes.

After the plane lands at Lukla, the gateway of Everest region trekking, you begin trekking towards Phakding. You can visit an ancient monastery built over 300 years back at Phakding village.

Max Altitude: 2610 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 4 Hrs
B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, and D= Dinner

You move further by walking along the dense forests of rhododendron and pine forests of Sagarmatha National Park. Then, you cross the Hillary Suspension Bridge to reach Namche Bazaar. It is the main trading centre of Solukhumbu region that has all types of modern amenities like banks, ATM booths, etc.

Max Altitude: 3440 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 6 Hrs

Today is the time for acclimatization in the higher Himalayan altitude. Here, you have a few alternatives to pass your time. You can visit the Namche Monastery, the Sherpa Museum and Everest View Hotel (3,880m). If you like, you can hike to Khumjung Monastery to see the Yeti Scalp.

Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea House

After having breakfast, you start walking through the lush rhododendron and pine forests. On the way, you walk past some Sherpa cultural villages. When you reach Tengboche village, you visit Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery of this belt.

If you make Everest Three High Passes trek between October and November, you can enjoy Mani Rimdu festival. It is the greatest festival of the Khumbu people observed in the monastery premises. The monks perform the dances in a circle by beating the drums and singing the traditional songs.

Max Altitude: 3878 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 6 Hrs

Walking along the lush rhododendron and juniper forests and enjoying the appealing view of the snow-clad peaks, you continue the trip. On the way, you take a short pause at the Pangboche Monastery. It is the oldest monastery of this region. Following the Lobuche River in the Imja Valley, you reach Dingboche in the end. This windy village is decorated with the prayer flags and chortens reflecting the authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition.

Max Altitude: 4410 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 6 Hrs

Today is another rest day in the Everest region so that you can prepare for further ascend. Here, you can meet the climbers getting ready to Mt. Ama Dablam and Island Peak climbing. As this is the best place for acclimatization, you may also meet other travellers to Everest Base Camp trek.

You can see the wall made of different sized stones to protect the crops from sheep and yak herds.  Then, you can reach the Himalayan Rescue Hospital to take extra information about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If you prefer walking to staying idle, you can hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,050m). Although the trekking is challenging, you have the vistas of snowcapped peaks. Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cholatse Peak, Tawache Peak, Mt. Ama Dablam and etc. are visible from here.

Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea House

Your destination for the day is to reach Chhukung Village.  The trail ascends through the stone-walled fields nearby the Imja Khola banks. While moving ahead, you can relish the amazing view of Ama Dablam and Ambu Laptsa peaks. Chhukung Village is popular for Chhukung Ri (5,559m). It is one of the popular trekking peaks of Everest region.

Max Altitude: 4750 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 4 Hrs

Hold your breath for a while as you are going to cross the first of the three high passes of Everest region. The trail leads you towards the northwest direction of Chhukung. Then, you walking past the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier to reach Kongma La Pass (5,545m). It is the highest pass of Everest region.

You may have to use the climbing gears to climb up the pass. Although it is difficult to climb, the rewards are lifelong memories. The top of the pass is decorated with the Buddhist prayer flags hoisted by the previous trekkers. It rewards you with the best picturesque scenery of the Everest region. Then, by crossing the debris of the Khumbu Glacier, you reach Lobuche.

Max Altitude: (4,940 M) via Kongma La Pass (5,535 M) Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 8 to 9 Hrs

By following the steep trail, you move higher by enjoying the amazing Himalayan views. You walk along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to reach Gorakshep. You also have the glimpses of the Khumbu Icefall, the largest icefall of this reigon.

You keep your backpack at Gorakshep hotel in which you will later spend the night. Afterwards   you start climbing towards Everest Base Camp along the Gorak Shep Lake. From Everest Base Camp (5,364m), you see the breathtaking outlook of the snowy peaks of the region. You see Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Ama Dablam and many more. Nonetheless, you can’t see Mt. Everest Summit which is blocked by Mt. Lhotse. You have to wait until another morning to have the glittering summit of the world’s highest peak. After making the Everest Dream come true, you descend towards Gorakshep for the night stay.

Max Altitude: (5,140 M) Via EBC (5,364 M) Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 8 Hrs

You begin today’s trekking early in the morning so as to have the sunrise view of the Great Himalayas. Kalapatthar (5,550m) is the best vantage point that gives you the best sunrise view in the world. You can see the firm wall of the heavenly snowy peaks standing by one another’s side.

This is the only place that gives you the closest view of the Everest Summit. From here, you can shoot the photos and videos until the camera battery endures. Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Ama Dablam, etc. come on the background of your pictures. These will be the testimonials that you have once been to the Everest vicinity.

After spending enough time at Kalapatthar, you trek back to Gorakshep. You have breakfast at the hotel and then, descend towards Lobuche. From here, you follow the trail that runs along the Imja Khola banks. In the end of the day, you reach Dzongla. From here, you see the magnificent view of Lobuche Peaks, Cholatse and Tobuche peaks.

Max Altitude: 4,830 M via 5,550 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 7 to 8 Hrs

You have another adventurous trek to cross Cho La Pass, another high pass of Everest region. Following the snow-covered path, you climb the top of the pass. To scale this pass, you may need, ice axes, crampons and hand lines to cross especially in winter season. Following the stony track uphill and downhill, you reach Thangna. This place shows you the astounding view of Machhermo Peak (6,237m) and other peaks. Machhermo Peak is another climbing peak of Nepal.

Max Altitude: 4,358 M via 5,320 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 8 to 9 Hrs

You have already gone across two high passes above 5,000m. So, you start the journey towards the Gokyo Lakes Valley after having breakfast. You have to ascend through the snow-covered path, so, you should be a bit more careful. Walk slowly by taking enough rest as you may suffer from AMS. Finally, you reach Gokyo Lakes Valley.

Gokyo Valley is one of the largest Sherpa hamlets located at the bottom of Mt. Cho Oyu, the 6th highest peak in the world. It is named after the network of six glacial lakes with the turquoise water. You can talk to the friendly people to know more about their lifestyle, culture and tradition.

Max Altitude: 4750 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 5 Hrs

To acclimatize and pass the time at the same time, you can do a couple of options. First of all, you can go around the six glacial lakes having natural network with other nineteen emerald lakes. The Fifth Gokyo Lake is the best viewpoint showing you the four eight-thousanders. Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu are the Great Mountains seen from this lake.

If the time favours and you like, you can further hike to the Sixth Gokyo Lake. Apart from this, you can also hike to Mt. Cho Oyu Base Camp (4,900m). From here, you can have the view of the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Nepalese Himalayas.

The main attraction of the rest day at Gokyo Valley is Gokyo Ri climbing. From the top of Gokyo Ri (5,357m), you can have the captivating view of the four peaks above 8,000m. Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu including the Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes are seen at the best appearance from here.

Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea House

Today you will cross Renjo La Pass, the third high pass of Everest region, and reach Marlung. Walking through the Dudh Pokhari, you ascend towards the pass relishing the stunning view of the Everest region, Rolwaling Ranges and other peaks.

The view from Renjo La Pass is exactly like that of Gokyo Ri. You can witness the mesmerizing sight of Mt. Everest and the Ngozumpa Glacier. Then, you walk along the stone staircase along the bank of Angladumba Tso Lake. On the way, you will enjoy the beauty of Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. By walking past Lumde Village, you reach Marlung Village, which is located on the Bhote Koshi River banks.

Max Altitude: 4210 M via 5360 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 7 to 9 Hrs

Following the traditional trade route between Tibet and Nepal used in the past, you begin today’s journey. After you cross the Bhote Koshi River two times, you reach Thame village. This is where the famous mountaineers like Apa Sherpa, Kami Rita Sherpa and Tenzing Norgay were born. Thame Monastery is the central attraction of this village to look into. Afterwards, crossing a few Sherpa settlement areas of Everest region, you reach Namche Bazaar.

Max Altitude: 3440 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 5 to 6 Hrs

Today is the last day of trekking in Everest region. By walking along the lush rhododendron and pine forests of Sagarmatha National Park, you arrive Lukla. Celebrate the evening with your colleagues to make this trek a lifelong memory.

Max Altitude: 2860 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 8 Hrs

You fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla after having breakfast. Capture the aerial view of the entire Everest region in your memory during the flight. After the plane lands at the Kathmandu Airport, the crewmember of the agency transfers you to the hotel.

After becoming fresh, you can take a short walk around the main cultural sites of the Kathmandu Valley. You can also spend the day by taking rest or go for shopping. In the evening, we invite you for the farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant around Thamel.

Max Altitude: 1450 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 30 Minutes Flight

The representative of Nepal Trekking Routes transfers you to the airport according to the flight schedule. We wish you a safe and happy journey ahead!

Meals: Breakfast
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  • Airport pick-up and drop off service ,
  • Trekking Guide and Trekking porter (Two participant=1 porter =Maximum 25 kg of luggage )
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, accommodation during the trekking
  • Three Star level hotel  in Kathmandu
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks (if required)
  • Trekking permit of National park,
  • TIMS(Trekking Information Management System )
  • Flight fare Kathmandu to lukla and lukla to kathmandu
  • Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program in typical Traditional Nepali resturant
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, extra accommodation in kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (with out itinerary)

Yes, it is! Everest Three High Passes trekking is more challenging than the Everest Base Camp trek or the Everest Gokyo Lakes trek. You have to cross the three high passes all above 5,000m. You had better have previous trekking or climbing experience to do this trek successfully. You should use ropes, ice axes, crampons, and hand lines to cross these high passes, especially in the winter season.

You have to walk for about 6/7 hours along the rugged trail every day. You have to cover up to 15 kilometres per day to do this trek. Last but not least, most of the time is spent above 3,000m. So, one may suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You should take the required precautions and medication to avoid AMS, although.

Everest Three High Passes trekking is the most challenging trek in Nepal. It takes you around the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. It combines the three high passes all above 5,000m and the Everest Base Camp trek together. You may have to use climbing gears to cross the high passes, but the trek is rewarding.

Yes, you can do Everest Three High Passes trekking as an organized trek or solo trek as well. However, you must be physically fit and mentally committed to measure the challenging Himalayan trekking route of the Everest region. Although it is not mandatory, you had better have a previous trekking experience as an additional benefit. As you have to cross the three high passes of the Everest region, we recommend you hire a professional trekking guide and a porter. The trekking guide helps you to cross the technical passes successfully as he knows about the route and technique to cover the route. In case of unfavorable circumstances, the guide will prove helpful to avoid any mishaps.

Yes, you do! As the three passes are above 5,000m, you should take climbing gear while doing this trek. The following items are required.

Fixed Rope, Climbing Rope, Tent, Crampons, Altimeter WatchIce,  Axe, Sleeping Bag, Waterproof Trousers, Gas Stove, Gas Fuel, Ascender (Jumar), Mattress, Figure 8/ Descender, Carabiner, Tape Slings, Harness, Helmets, Ice Screw, Belay Gloves, Ski Goggles, Headlamps, Trekking Poles/Ski Poles, Snow Shovel, Large Thermos, Water Bottle, Mountaineering Jackets, Cooking Pots and Equipment, Mountaineering/ Climbing Boots,& Climbing Backpacks

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