Everest 3 Passes Trek – 16 Days

Trip Highlights

The best route is fairly new, via three high passes: Kongma La- 5350m, Cho La- 5,380m. Renjo La- 5,380m. & Gokyo lake If 3 Passes are not challenging enough.

you do to side-trip 3  peaks: Gokyo Ri – 5,483m. Kala Pattar – 5,545m. Chukkung Ri – 5,550m. Pokalde Peak -5806m.

Trip Overview

Everest Three Pass Trek is one of the tough treks provided by High Altitude Sherpa. Everest Three Pass Trek covers the complete package of trekking to Everest Region, which is one of the most demanded trekking in Nepal. This exciting trek begins right from the scenic flight to Lukla. After spending a couple of nights at Namche for acclimation purpose, we head to the trail towards the Thame and Lungden close the Tibet border. We reach Renjo La, the top of the Renjo La from where you will have an awesome view of Mt. Everest with Mt. Nuptse with surrounding peaks. You will also see Gokyo Lake which breathtaking views. From the top of the Renjo La the trail drops down to the Third Lake (Gokyo Lake) and get in to the lodge. Evening short climb to the ridge from where you will explore the Glacier which is amazing looking with its small glacier lakes.


Climb Gokyo Ri for panoramic view. We will hike Ngonumpa glacier before crossing the Chola Pass. We then reach Khumbu valley trekking route and hike to Kalapathar. We explore the Everest Base Camp which will provide us with a fascinating view of Mount Everest. Our trek then follows the trails to Chukung from Lobuche crossing the Kongmala Pass which is the final pass in the trek. Then for the amazing view of peaks like Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu, we hike to the top of Chukung Ri.

High Altitude Sherpa can organize your all-inclusive 16 days teahouse trek. The trek will fill you with pride and feel of an achievement. Finally, we trek down to Lukla via Thyangboche monastery which is the biggest monastery in Khumbu region.



Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December – February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June – August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas. Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.

Team Composition in Trek

There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required. Guide have inclusive knowledge of wilderness medical training. this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. Porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. It is depend number of porter where and how long you doing trek and Depending on the nature of the travel.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light bag. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength and stability. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. You are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude. Self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding 2651 m lodge
Day 2 Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440 m lodge
Day 3 Acclimatization day- hike to everest view poin hotel 3700 m lodge
Day 4 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3956 m lodge
Day 5 Tengboche to Dingboche 4440 m lodge
Day 6 Acclimatization day 4900 m lodge
Day 7 Dingboche to Lobuche via Khong Ma La Pass(5350m) 4900 m lodge
Day 8 Lobuche to Gorakshep 5368 m lodge
Day 9 Gorakshep to Lobuche (Morning trip to Kalapatthar) 5545 m lodge
Day 10 Lobuche to Dzongla 4830 m lodge
Day 11 Dzongla to Gokyo via Chola Pass (5330m) 4800 m lodge
Day 12 Acclimatization Day- Hike to Gokyo RI 5367 m lodge
Day 13 Gokyo Valley to Lumde/Marlung via Renjo La Pass (5380m) 4210 m lodge
Day 14 Lumde/Marlung to Namche Bazaar 3440 m lodge
Day 15 Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2860 m lodge
Day 16 Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight) 1300 m 40 m

Detail Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m) in airport:

High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the Everest Three pass trek each day program. O/N at hotel.


Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trip preparation.

having breakfast you explore in Kathmandu.World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. O/N at hotel.


trip preparation:

We rest for most of the day and unpack. We visit your hotel in the afternoon. Our trek leaders will check our trekking equipment to make sure that they are in good condition for our coming journey. We also get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip. O/N at hotel.


Day 03: Kathmandu fly to Lukla treks to Phakding (35 minute flight): 3-4 hours.

trekAs per flight time, Guide will meet you at your hotel and takes you to the domestic airport to fly 35 minuts to Lukla. once you get in to the Lukla, breakfast at the lodge and prepare luggage for the Porters then walking starts, It is few up downs to get in to Phakding passing through plenty of prayer Rocks (Mani in local language). After getting in to the lodge at Phakding, fresh up and short walk to the village . O/N at hotel.


Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3500m): 6-7 hours.

From phakding the trail leads towards the suspension bridge and easy uphill to the Monju from where Sagarmatha National Park begins. After short National Park formalities, drop down to the river, cross another suspension bridge and continue walk to the high Hilary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge the trail leads uphill to the Namche Bazzar. On the way you will have great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and more with beautiful valley. Stay overnight at the Lodge. O/N at hotel.


Day 05: Namche Bazaar-Acclimatize day-to Adjust your body with height.

Today you explore the Museum, visit Khumjung village and Kongde village where you can enjoy the views of Mt. Everest and surroundings peaks with Sherpa culture. You can also visit Thame which is old Sherpa village as an option. Remaining of the day you can explore Namche Bazzar where you can use Internet, visit National Park head office, Museum and monastery as per your interest and time. O/N at hotel.


Day 06: Namche to Thame (3800m): 3 – 4 hours.

From Namche, trail leads to the old village called Thamo which is easy walk through the valley. Thamo is a small Sherpa village. After exploring the village, the trail leads continue to Thame. After lunch, rest a little while and explore the Sherpa village and its culture. O/N at hotel.


Day 07: Thame to Lumde (4137m): 4 – 5 hours.

After breakfast at the lodge, an easy walks to Marlung through the Bhote Koshi River where you can have short break. Then the trail leads uphill to Lumde through the dry valley. It is an interesting walking with enjoying the views of the snow peaked mountains and the valley. Today you won’t see Sherpa village because Thame is the last village of the valley. Once you get in to the village, hike a bit higher than the place where lodge is located to get acclimatize. O/N at hotel.


Day 08: Lumde to Gokyo (4800m): 8 hours. via Renjo La Pass (5380m).

After breakfast the trail leads uphill for an hour half and then easy walks for a while. At the end, there is hard climb to get to the top of the Renjo La from where you will have an awesome view of Mt. Everest with Mt. Nuptse with surrounding peaks. You will also see Gokyo Lake which breathtaking views. From the top of the Renjo La the trail drops down to the Third Lake (Gokyo Lake) and get in to the lodge.  Evening short climb to the ridge from where you will explore the Glacier which is amazing looking with its small glacier lake. O/N at hotel.


Day 09: Rest day in Gokyo 4800m.

The top most attention of our Everest 3 High Passes Trek is adjusting to the high altitude environment to avoid Altitude sickness at its best. As the trek to Renjo La is tiresome, you are going to love this rest day. But, we can still hike to first, second and third lake in order to delight the enchanting views of nature if you are energetic.  Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu will be right in front of you and you can view full part of these high mountains. The views of Northern part of Cho-Oyu base camp and Ngazumpa glacier looks cool from here.

If you are willing to get more views similar to this, this excursion, Everest three high pass can be extended further and we will walk to fourth and fifth lake that are taken as extra attractions in Gokyo Valley from where you get to rejoice incredible views. O/N at hotel.


Day 10: Gokyo to Thangnak (4750m): 3 hours.

This is an easy day but we suggest you to start early because you will have to walk through the Glacier which is the longest glacier of Nepal called Ngozumpa glacier. By the time of crossing this glacier you will hear many sounds of the rock falling in to the small glacier lake. There are many rocks on the way which has ice underneath. During the sunny day ice melts pretty fast so we should cross this glacier before the sun gets strong. Once you get in to the Thaknak, better to climb up to the small hill for acclimatize. O/N at hotel.


Day 11: Thangnak to Dzongla via Chola Pass (5367m) to lobuche (4900m): 7-8 hours.

Today is the hardest day of the trip. Start your day just after the breakfast which is steep climbing for a while and the trail drops down to the bottom of the Chola. After that the trail leads you through the rock toward the top which is steep climbing. There are some Buddhist  prayer flags on the top of the pass which has great views of the mountains. There is icy part for a while and again the trail drops down through the huge rock and an easy walk at the end to get to the Zungla. from jungla an easy downhill for a while and few up and down to the Lobuche. After refreshment, look around Everest glacier. O/N at hotel.


Day 12: Dzongla to Gorakshep (5,160m): 5-6 hours.

Then the trail leads toward Gorekshep through the rocky trail. On the way you will have great views of the Mt. Everest,Mt. Nuptse,Mt. Pumori and more. You will be able to see Khumbu Glacier on the way. After few up downs, you will reach at Gorekshep which is located at the bottom of Kalapatthar. After reaching Gorekshap you can hike to Everest Base camp back to hotel. O/N at hotel.


Day 13: Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545m) and trek to Lobuche : 6-7 hours.

Today you will have to start your day without breakfast in the morning which is 2 hour hike up to the Kalapatthar, the greatest view point of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori , Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamerserku, Mera Peak and many more. After taking many photographs, trek down to the lodge at Gorekshep for breakfast and continue your walk down to Lobuche. O/N at hotel.


Day 14: Labuche to Chhukung (4760m) via Kongma la pass (5350m): 6-7 hours.

After breakfast at the lodge, your day will start walking through Khumbu glacier towards east. After crossing the glacier and river the trail leads up to the pass which is the highest pass of this trip. There will be no tea shop and water resource so that you will have to carry few bottles of water to drink. After hard climb to the top, the trail drops steep down to the Chukung valley where your day ends. O/N at hotel.


Day 15: Chhukung to Tengboche (3,867m): 5-6 hours.

Today is an easy day which is downhill through the valley. The trail continues leads down to the Dingboche then after the walking valley gets change through few Sherpa villages. After Pangboche village the trail drops down to the river and cross the bridge. After that the trail leads up to the Tengboche where the oldest Monastery situated on the top of the hill. Evening visit Monastery, see the Buddhist chanting ceremony. O/N at hotel


Day 16: Tengbuche to Namche (3440m): 4-5 hours.

Today your day starts walking steep downhill through the Rhododendron forest. Once you get at the bottom of the hill, cross the bridge and steep climbing through the pine and Juniper forest to the Khumjung. After explore the village at Khumjung,Lunch and continue walk to the Namche Bazzar. O/N at hotel.


Day 17: Namche to Lukla (2,800m): 6-7 hours.

After Breakfast the trail drops downhill through the pine forest till to the bridge and continue walk to the Monju. Again some rules had to be done at the check post of the National park at Monju then continue walk to the Phakding at lunch time. After you all way treks back to Lukla. O/N at hotel.


Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu (1350m, 35 minute):

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu,  Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Overnight in Kathmandu. O/N at hotel.


Day 19: Final Departure to your own destinations

Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal.


Equipment List


1. Sun hat or scarf

2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

3. sunglasses with UV protection


Upper Body:

4. T-shirts

5. Light and expedition weight thermal tops

6. Fleece jacket or pullover

7. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)

8. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

9: Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]-  necessary



10: Lightweight gloves

11: Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

12: Fleece liner gloves


Lower Body:

13: Underwear ( minimum 4 and according to length of your trip)

14: Hiking shorts ( minimum 2 and according to length of your trip)

15: Lightweight cotton long pants

16: Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms

17: Fleece or wool pants

18: Gore-tex jacket

19; Gore-tex jacket trouser



20: thin, lightweight inner socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

21: Thick, warm wool hiking socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

22: Hiking boots with spare laces

23: Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp



24: Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F [Can rent in Kathmandu]

25: Headlamp and batteries

26: Basic First Aid Kit

27: Daypack (approximately

28: Water bottles (2)

29: Small wash towel

30: Swise knife

31: Leap gurd 30spf


What is the best season for this trekking?

  • Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal. The best season for this Tour is any time between January to June and September to December.


How fit do I need to be for this trek ?

  • This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack.  Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip are a good idea to improve our strength and stability. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however you are in excellent health with average physical fitness.  Have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.


How long do we walk each day?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 1015 km) in hilly terrain. In the morning we walk from 811 am and in the afternoon from 13 or 4 pm. A 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length


Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.


Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.


What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.


Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to receive you at the airport. high altitude sherpa will be showing high altitude sherpa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.


What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.


Are the food and water safe to eat and drink? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.


How much additional money do I need per day?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.


What mode of transportation do you use  ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.


Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.


Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee..


Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. Especially in the Everest trail, ATM would be available only in Namche Bazer and relying on it is not a better idea as you never know when things stops working. Also, if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.


Can I add extra days to my trip?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

Cost Included

  • Airports pick and drop by private Car
  • Accommodation Kathmandu with bed and break fast
  • Domestic Flight and All land transportation as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with Guide by privet car
  • Sagaramatha National Park entry fee.
  • khumbu Pasang lhamu Rural Municipality
  • All Accommodation in Tea houses and tented camps as per the itinerary
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trip
  • Experienced High Altitude Guide and staff and porters services
  • Satellite Phone for emergency communication.
  • Oxygen Bottle Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask and regulator for emergency .
  • Gamow Bag 1 Rescue sled (Gamow bag) for emergency
  • Transportation, meals, accommodation, allowance, equipment and insurance for all the staff including guide
  • Trekking camping equipment
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali culture

Cost Not Include

  • International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepali Visa fee US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
  • Lunch & dinner In during the stay in Kathmandu city (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.)
  • Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  •  Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required.
  • Personal Expenses Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, beer, coke,
  • Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears & Equipment.
  •  internet Service during the trek in not included.
  • Tips:  Tips for Guide, porters and staffs.
  • Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.


First Aid Kit:

1. Povidone-iodine cream-1 tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton- 1 roll.

For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze –5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage –2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid –10.

6. Dressing tape -1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin-1 packet:

 Great for treating chaffing and blisters.

Finger Pulse Oximeter:

1. Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).

2. Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

4. Values under 90 percent are considered low.





8. Paracetamole 500 mg- 20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg -10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges -20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11.Decongestant -10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine -10 tablets:

 For allergies.

13. Antiemetic -10 –tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:

 For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg -10 tablets:

 For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg-10 tablets:

 To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Nepal-Everest Region
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Best Seasons: Mar/june & Sept/Nov
  •   Transportation: Flight

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