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Everest High Pass Trek

20 Days USD $1895    kathmandu    Kathmandu  
Accomodation : 3 star hotel in cities & tea house / Lodge on trek
Duration : 20  Days
Grading : Moderate Difficult
Min Pax : 1
Max Pax : 10
Max Altitude : 5,535 meters
Activity : Hiking and Camping
Starts at : kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu
Trip Route : Ktm-Lukla 25 min flight and trek to Phakding
Best Season : Sep-Dec/March-April


Everest High Pass Trek or The Three High Passes Trek is a trek to reach the three high passes of the Everest region, the home to Mt Everest. The three passes that you will climb on tour are Renjo La(5,385M), Kongma La(5,535m), Cho La(5,360m). Not only Choyu and Gokyu Ri, but the walk also goes to Kala Patthar(5,545m) via Everest Base Camp itself. Thus, you can take it as the ultimate trekking trail of the Everest Region when it comes to mountain passes.

You will walk through all the offerings of the Everest Region, through its scenic valleys, traditional Sherpa villages, Buddhist Heritages, lush woods, rough landscapes, and whatnot, by the popular Gokyo Lakes. Mapping out the three passes and EBC trekking, you’ll go about walking most of the region on your feet. And, the breathtaking displays of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, and Cho Oyu will be too regular on the trek.

However, Everest Three High Passes Trek is not an easy piece of cake. It is one of the most demanding and extended treks in Nepal. The 20 days adventure will start from Lukla and then lead to Namche, Dingboche, Imja Valley, Gokyo Valley, Thame Valley, and more, gaining heights every time. The trek’s highest point is about 5600m, and that is undoubtedly a high altitude for every sort of trekker. In between, there will be rough terrains, challenging weather, and other problems. So, it’s not going to be a simple trek. 

If you are an experienced trekker with good preparation, Everest High Passes Trek is just a regular trek for you. You will have a lot to experience and cherish throughout the walk. On the contrary, for those with less or no preparation, it can be a nasty adventure. Thus, we highly recommend this trek to those with prior high-altitude trekking experience and good training. 

We, Sabbatical Explore Nepal, are always on the go if you ever think of doing Everest High Passes Trek. Just let us know!



  • Explore Kathmandu Valley’s cultural heritage sites.
  • Begin the journey with a scenic flight to Lukla airstrip.
  • Trek along the trail of Everest Base Camp Trek.
  • Reach the major Sherpa settlements like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche.
  • Enjoy astonishing mountain vistas of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, and others.
  • Pass via many Buddhist monasteries, Shrines, Mani Walls, Gompas.
  • Experience the impressive woods of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Ascend the famous sites like Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp, Kongma La, Cho La, Gokyo Ri, and Renjo La.
  • Tour the Gokyo Valley and its pristine and blue water Gokyo Lakes.


Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu (1345m)

Our team will be at the airport for your hassle-less arrival. After the warm welcome, we will move to your hotel where you will take a rest. In the evening, we will organize a welcome dinner where you will interact with the team about the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing

Kathmandu Valley’s tour is a must before any trip outside of the valley. So after breakfast, we will take you on a drive-aided tour to the significant cultural heritage sites in the valley. Our guide will make sure you thoroughly explore the places like Swayambunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Basantapur Durbar Square, and Bouddhanath Stupa. If time permits, we will explore some more of such cultural and historical sites. On the other side, our team will prepare all the trek arrangements for Everest High Passes Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2610m-4 hours)

Now, we are all set to move. We will hop into an aircraft to Lukla. It will be an awe-inspiring flight of 30 minutes. Upon landing in Lukla and breakfast, we will eventually start trekking towards Phakding, the first stop of every Everest Region trek. It will be a walk of 3-4 hrs through Dudhkoshi Valley. Beginning with a descent, we will pass Cheplung Village and Ghat to reach Phakding. We will see some of the peaks along the trek. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m-6 hours)

Waking up in Phakding and eating our breakfast, we will move in the direction of Namche. The trek will mainly happen through the packed forest of Sagarmatha National Park. We will also cross one too many suspension bridges across the day. At Jorsale, we will officially enter into the national park by showing permits. 


Following the riverbed of the Dudh Koshi River, we will keep on trekking slowly. If the day is clear, we may see the first sight of Mt Everest. We will call it a day in Namche Bazaar, the hub of the Everest Region.


Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar (4 hours hike)

On the fifth day of Everest High Passes Trek, we will have an acclimatization day in Namche. It will be a vital day where we will hike around Namche to get familiar with high altitudes. We will either visit the nearby Sherpa settlements like Khumjung and Khunde or hike up to the Everest View Hotel to use this day appropriately. 


Khumjung and Khunde are the two biggest Sherpa communities in the region. We will explore the culture and lifestyle of the locals. Similarly, Everest View Hotel is one of the highest placed hotels in the world. We will hike up to the hotel for delicious dining with breathtaking Mt Everest and adjoining peaks. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.


Day 6: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m-5 hours)

Now we head out of Namche Bazaar. We will join a trail that takes us to Phunki Thanga. It will be a descending trek to the Dudh Koshi Valley up to the place. From there, we will start an uphill walk to Tengboche, the home of the famous Tengboche Monastery. The trek will be around 5-6 hours long, and we will get to see Everest, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam quite clearly. Upon reaching Tengboche, we will spend some time around the monastery and the village. Overnight in Tengboche.

Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m-5 hours)

We will wake up to join early morning prayers at the monastery. After that and breakfast, we will take a downhill road which will lead us into a forest of Rhododendron and Birch. The views will keep on getting better and closer as we trek ahead via Debuche. We will cross the Imja River and Lobuche River via several prayer flags dotted suspension bridges. Eventually, after a trek of 5-6 hrs, we will end up in Dingboche, a charming Sherpa hamlet. Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4740m-4 hours)

After a delicious breakfast, we will begin another day of trekking. It will be the easiest trekking of the entire Everest High Passes Trek. Merely walking for 3-4hrs, we will reach Chhukung by enjoying views of mountains and landscapes. Bibre, a yak stable, and pasture will come across as we trek ahead in the Imja Valley. We will also see Island Peak, a famous trekking peak of the region. As we will reach Chhukung early, we may go for a short stroll around the village. Overnight in Chhukung.

Day 9: Acclimatization Day in Chhukung, Climb Chhukung Ri

Now things will slow down a little bit in Chhukung. We will have a full rest day in Chhukung village to acclimate with altitudes. On the day, we will do an uphill hike to Chhukung Ri, the best place to enjoy the amazing angles of Mt Ama Dablam. The climb will not be that hard and long. We will get astonishing views of the Imja Valley and sky towering mountains from the top. After enough time at the top, we will descend back to the village for the night.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche via Kong Ma La(5,535m) | 8-9hrs

On this day, we will climb across the first pass of the Everest High Passes Trek. It will be a long day as well, so we will leave Chhukung right after breakfast.  We will join a route that heads out of the village to the Niyang Khola Valley. Continuing the trek through the valley, we will come across Nuptse Glacier and Amphu Lapcha. And leaving the canyon down, we will climb to approach Kong Ma La Pass via a steep and rugged trail.


The vision from Kong Ma La is simply breathtaking and can leave us awe-struck for a while. We will be able to view the surrounding mountains, valleys, and glaciers from there. Following, we will descend from the top, walking on a slippery and rough trail to Lobuche. We will also walk side by the side of the Khumbu Glacier. Overnight in Lobuche.


Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp(5364m) | 8hrs

From Lobuche Village, we will trek across the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier to reach Gorak Shep. We will gently stroll as we are at a high altitude already. We will take a break in Gorak Shep’s teahouse before going to Everest Base Camp. In total, we will trek for around 8 hours throughout the day. We will successfully climb down Everest Base Camp to enjoy the glorious moment and views. After that, we will trace back to Gorak Shep to call it a day.

Day 12: Trek to Dzong La via Kala Patthar(5545m) | 5hrs

Waking up to a crispy view in Gorak Shep, we will start the trek early today. We will try to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise to get the astonishing views of Mt Everest. It will take us some hours of trekking on an uneven trail to reach Kala Patthar. But the vision from the place will make every step count. We will enjoy the best views of Mt Everest and other peaks. Next, we will descend to Dzong La by retracing the trail to Gorak Shep and Lobuche. Overnight in Dzong La.

Day 13: Trek to Gokyo via Chola Pass(5368m) | 8hrs

Now, we will scale another pass of the trek, Chola Pass. It is going to be another long day as well. Firstly, the hike will reach Cho La Pass(5368m) via a steep section. The climb is also a little tricky in some areas. Overcoming all of that, we will touch Cho La Pass to enjoy a great panorama of the Everest Region. 


Following the moments at Cho La, we will descend to Thangnak. The trail to Thangnak is not that demanding but moving boulders and rocks make it a little risky. Watching our steps and falling gradually, we will reach Thangnak. From there, we will trek along Ngozumpa Glacier to enter Gokyo Valley. We will come across two of six Gokyo Lakes today. Our day will end at Gokyo Village, which is just by the third Gokyo Lake.


Day 14: Exploration day in Gokyo

The day will be one of the busy days of the entire Everest Three High Passes Trek. We will start the day with a hike to Gokyo Ri(5,483m), a significant mountain pass. It will take us 2 hours to reach the pinpoint of Gokyo Ri. We will come across breathtaking views of Gokyo Lakes, mountains, and glaciers from the top. Along with Gokyo Ri, we will reach the remaining Gokyo Lakes along the day. After all of this, we will retrace Gokyo Village for the night.

Day 15: Trek from Gokyo to Lungden via Renjo La(5,360m) | 6-7hrs

It is time for the third and last pass of the Three High Passes Trekking. We will leave Gokyo Village and lakes behind to pursue Renjo La Pass. Soon later, the ascent to the top starts, which takes around 3 hours. Pushing ourselves over the sloppy terrain, we will reach the top to experience the Everest Region from Renjo La Pass. We’ll celebrate the successful climb of all the passes. 


Succeeding, we will descend from Renjo La Pass to Lungden, where we will settle for the night. En route, we will explore some other lakes of the region; Renjo, Relamo Tsho, and Angladumba Lake. Overnight in Lungden.


Day 16: Trek from Lungden to Thame Village | 4hrs

After a night full of sleep in Lungden, we will take a road to Thame Village. The trek will not test us as we have only 4 hours of trekking on a descending trail. We will enjoy this comfortable walk by watching the mountains continuously. En route to Thame, we will arrive in Marulung, a small hamlet with mountain views behind. Catching our breath there, we will move towards Thame Village across the Bhotekoshi River and Taranga Village. We will have a spiritual evening in the village of Thame Monastery.

Day 17: Trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar | 7-8hrs

The morning prayers at Thame Monastery will wake us today. Joining the prayers and eating breakfast, we will bid a farewell to the village. The trail from here is greener than the high areas. We will enjoy walking amid green woods in the direction of Namche Bazaar. It will be a longer trek day than the previous one. But the views of landscapes will keep us moving. Following the 7-8hrs of the trek, we will arrive in Namche Bazaar for the second time. Overnight in Namche.

Day 18: Trek from Namche to Lukla | 6-7hrs

We will wake up to the hustles and bustles of Namche Bazaar. Eating our breakfast, we will join the final trekking day of Everest High Passes Trek. This will be the last chance to witness the beauty of the Everest Region until next time.


On this day, we will push ourselves to reach Lukla by nightfall. Trekking along the same route, we will trace Lukla. Like the other day, we will walk through forests, over suspension bridges, and via villages. It will be a trek of around 6-7 hrs. Overnight in Lukla.


Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu| 30mins

This is when you leave the region and officially complete the trekking part of Everest Three High Passes Trek. After a delicious breakfast in Lukla, we will board a plane to Kathmandu. The flight will take 30 minutes to land us in the capital; the flight is scenic. 


Once landed at the airport, we will head to our hotels in Kathmandu for a rest. You can use the rest of the time to explore and buy souvenirs around the city. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 20: Final Departure

On the 20th day of the Everest High Passes Trek itinerary, we will give you a transfer to the airport at the time of departure. We will bid you goodbye and promise to meet on another adventure.

What's included

  • Airport Pick up and transfer to the hotel (all)
  • Welcome & farewell dinner
  • 3 nights Room Accommodation with Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • All meals during trek with tea and coffee
  • All ground transfer with Private vehicle
  • English speaking tour guide in Kathmandu
  • Experienced Trekking guide
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight
  • Everest region Trekking guide (Kathmandu- Trekking- Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight for guide
  • Entrance fees for above mention places
  • Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit Fees
  • 1 porter (Helper) per two trekkers to carry trekking bag during trek
  • All food, accommodation, salary and Insurance for trekking guide and porter(s)
  • Government Tax & VAT

What's not included

  • Nepal Visa fees
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Client’s personal insurance
  • Any kind of unforeseen expenses
  • Comprehensive Travel/Medical Insurance that covers heli rescue
  • Natural Calamities beyond our control and expenses incurred during rescue services
  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks, cigarettes etc)


What are the main three passes of the Everest Base Camp Trek?

During your Everest Three Pass Trek, you will venture through the major passes:

● Renjo La Pass (5340m)
● Chola La Pass (5240m)
● Kongma La Pass (5210m)

What is the Best Time to go to the Everest Three Pass Trek?

As including every trek in the Everest region, we recommend you to trek in the Autumn (September to early-November) and Spring (late February To May), and avoid winter as well as Summer/Monsoon.
Highlights of Best Season
● Clean and dry trail after Post Monsoon season
● The charming nature and clear weather offers the best experience
● Low chance of downpours
● Perfect and stable weather during day and night
● Easy ascent to cliff

What is the trek distance of the three pass trek in Nepal?

The entire trek is spread out into 16 days of trekking, a distance of 165 km long from Lukla via Gokyo valley to Lukla. Per day the average walk will be 4-9 hours.

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