Embarking on the Three Passes trek is synonymous with the quintessential Everest experience. Widely recognized as Nepal’s second-best trek by Kimkim, this challenging teahouse journey seamlessly blends breathtaking mountain vistas with an immersive journey through Sherpa culture.
Located in the heart of Nepal’s premier trekking destination, the Everest Region, this trek stands out as the ultimate adventure. Traverse three passes exceeding 5,000 meters, each unveiling stunning scenery and panoramic views. Combining the best of mountain landscapes and Sherpa traditions, the Three Passes trek offers an unparalleled experience in the Himalayas.
Prepare for the trek of a lifetime as we take you through the exhilarating Everest Three Passes Trek. This challenging yet rewarding journey will lead you through some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on Earth, showcasing the grandeur of the Himalayas. Trekking Venue Nepal (TVN) invites you to join this adventure, promising an experience that will push your limits and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
Itinerary for Everest Three Passes Trek
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu Arrive in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, the gateway to the Himalayas.
Day 2: Sightseeing around the city Explore the cultural richness of Kathmandu before your trek begins.
Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2610m), trek to Phakding (2610m) Embark on a thrilling flight to Lukla and start your trek to Phakding.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche (3440m) Ascend to Namche Bazaar, a bustling Sherpa town nestled in the heart of the Everest region.
Day 5: Acclimatization day Allow your body to acclimatize to the altitude while enjoying the breathtaking views.
Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) Head to Tengboche, a spiritual hub with panoramic views of Everest.
Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche (3870m) Continue your journey to Dingboche, surrounded by stunning mountain vistas.
Day 8: Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m) Reach Chhukung, a gateway to the high-altitude passes.
Day 9: Second acclimatization day Prepare for the challenges ahead with a day of acclimatization in Chhukung.
Day 10: Chhukung to Kongma La (5535m) Conquer the first of the three major passes, Kongma La.
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5160m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m) Reach the iconic Everest Base Camp, surrounded by towering peaks.
Day 12: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5550m) to Dzonglha (4830m) Climb Kala Patthar for a breathtaking sunrise and trek to Dzonglha.
Day 13: Dzonglha to Cho La (5420m) to Thangnak (4799m) to Gokyo (4800m) Cross the challenging Cho La Pass and arrive at the stunning Gokyo Valley.
Day 14: Third acclimatization day Absorb the beauty of Gokyo and prepare for the next pass.
Day 15: Gokyo to Renjo La (5345m) to Marlung (4210m) Conquer Renjo La Pass, offering unparalleled views, and descend to Marlung.
Day 16: Marlung to Namche Bazaar (3440m) Descend to Namche Bazaar, retracing your steps with new memories.
Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla Head back to Lukla, celebrating the completion of your epic journey.
Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu Fly back to Kathmandu, reflecting on your incredible adventure.
Day 19: Departure/ Farewell Bid farewell to Nepal, carrying the spirit of the Himalayas with you.
Trek duration: 19 days
Trek grade: Difficult
Highest altitude: 5,364 meters
Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge/ camping
Group size: 2 to 12
Best season: Spring and autumn
Per day walk: 4 to 6 hours
- Cross three major challenging passes: Renjo, Chola, and Kangmala
- Spectacular views of Everest, the highest mountain on earth
- Trek around the Everest area, exploring the glacial lakes of Gokyo Valley
- Insight into Himalayan Sherpa people and their lifestyle
- Opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri, Kalapatthar, and Chukung Mount Peak
- Encounter with endangered species/flora and fauna
What Not to MissSunrise from Kala Patthar
- Everest Base Camp experience
- Glacial lakes in Gokyo Valley
- Cultural interactions with Sherpa communities
- Summiting the three high passes
Best Season to Trek
Spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-November) are the best seasons to do this trek. The monsoon season (June – early September) has less predictable weather, but some trekkers still choose this time as it aligns better with their vacation schedule. Winter season (December – February) gets quite cold, and snow may block the passes, but often offers clear skies.
The three-pass trek is rated “Challenging”. It is a very serious adventure given its high pass crossings. It is more challenging than its sibling treks Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes, but not quite as challenging as trekking peaks such as Island Peak and Mera Peak.
Embark on a life-changing adventure with Trekking Venue Nepal and conquer the Everest Three Passes Trek. This adventure promises not only breathtaking views and physical challenges but also a deep connection with the rich culture and warm hospitality of the Himalayan region. Let TVN’s experienced team guide you on a journey you’ll never forget. Embrace the extraordinary and make this trek a chapter in your life’s grand adventure.