Three Pass Trek

  • Duration: 21 Days


  • Difficulty LevelStrenuous
  • Trip ModeTea House
  • Best TimeMarc - May, Sept - Dec
  • Max Altitude5550 m

Three Pass Trek: A Complete Hiking Journey in the Everest Region 

The Three Pass Trek in Nepal offers the ultimate and complete trekking experience in the Everest region. Truly this strenuous 3 passes Everest trek itinerary fits best to the experienced trekkers intent on crossing the high altitude passes in the Himalayas. Furthermore with the hike to the smaller peaks to explore the Himalayan wonders. Definitely, no commitment or requirement of any climbing skills, thus purely a challenging trekking adventure in Nepal. Obviously, it crosses 3 high passes linking the four distinct valleys of Bhotekoshi, Gokyo, Khumbu, and Imja Tse. Crossing the rugged high passes of Renjo La (5388 m), Cho La (5380 m), and Kongma La (5535 m) with climbing of the three peaks of Gokyo Ri (5483 m), Kalapathar (5545 m), and Chukung (5550 m) along with the hike to Everest base camp makes this 3 pass trekking the incomparable and unforgettable trekking experience in Nepal.

Everest Three pass trek - 7 superb destination over 5000 meters: Renjo la, Chola, Kongmala, Gokyo ri, Kalapathar, EBC and Chukung Ri in one trip - a truly Himalayan journey of lifetime

3 High Passes of Renjo, Chola, and Kongmala in the Himalaya

Your adventure to three passes trek in the Everest region begins with an exciting flight to STOL airport at Lukla. We spend two nights at Namche for proper acclimation. Later on, we hike to the less trodden trail towards the Thame and Lungden close to the Tibet border. No doubt the Renjo la crossing is tough but very much rewarded with stunning views. From the pass, you can get the parades of Himalayan giants including Mt. Everest with pristine Gokyo lakes at a single frame. Besides that, we climb the Gokyo Ri, the first of our three peaks on our list to climb. Furthermore, we hike on the largest Ngonumpa glacier before crossing the Chola Pass. Ultimately we join the popular Khumbu valley trekking route to hike the Kalapathar peak and to explore the Everest base camp.

Furthermore, we trek to Chukung from Lobuche crossing the Kongmala the less trodden and tough pass but very rewarding. From Chukung we climb our third peak: Chukung Ri. The climb to the top of Chukung Ri offers a stunning view of Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu. On our way down we trek via the Thyangboche monastery making a big circle to complete the three passes trek. Undoubtedly the entire journey is being accompanied by a hundred memories and a huge sense of achievement. Our experts' recommendation: If you are having a problem selecting the strenuous trekking in the Himalayas, then look no further. Simply book this three pass trek as it covers all the highlights which Everest region has to offer.

Besides the 3 Passes Trek in Nepal if you wish to add the trekking peak climbing experience we suggest you do the Everest High Passes and Peaks trip. This trip offers the most popular trekking peak climbing of Island peak with high altitude venture in the Himalayas. Another alternative is to do the Everest Circuit Trek which is the combination of Everest base camp trek with Gokyo lake via the Chola pass.

3 Passes Trek Itinerary:

Everest Three Pass Trekking Itinerary: Check out the hiking route details with elevation, walking hours, teahouse condition, meals on trek, stunning panorama highlights, etc.

  • 1 Day
    Arrival in Kathmandu / welcome dinner / stay at hotel in Thamel.
    • Hotel
    • Welcome Dinner
    • 1340 m
    • Car

    Mountain Monarch representative receives you at Airport and transfers to the hotel check-in briefing about Hotel facilities. Pre – trek briefing and trek pack distribution. Traditional Nepali dinner with cultural show in the evening.

  • 2 Day
    Cultural Tour / Preparation for the adventure journye.
    • Hotel
    • Tour @ 9 am
    • Brekfast
    • 1340 m
    • Hiace
    • City Tour

    Half-day guided city tour World Heritage sites Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Hindu temple. Trek preparation in the afternoon/evening free for last-minute gear shopping

  • 3 Day
    Fly to Lukla (2,800 m) and hike to Phakding (2,850 m) to start the Everest 3 pass trip.
    • Teahouse
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 2650 m
    • Plane
    • Trekking

    Early morning 40 minutes flight to Lukla. 3 hours picturesque trek to Phakding for first night sleeping in a mountain. Follow Dudhkoshi River valley and encounter trekkers/ mules and Zopkyos and Buddhist monuments along the trail.

  • 4 Day
    Hike to Namche (3,440 m).
    • Teahouse
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 3440 m
    • Trekking

    Enter into the Sagarmatha National Park World Heritage site with spectacular high mountain views including the majestic Mt. Everest.

  • 5 Day
    Acclimatization rest day.
    • Teahouse
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 3440 m
    • Acclimatisation hike

    Morning Acclimatisation hike to Everest view hotel. Afternoon explore Sherpa Museum and explore the local market of Namche Bazar.

  • 6 Day
    Walk to Thame.
    • Tea House
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 3820 m
    • Escape the Crowd

    Trek clockwise direction of Everest Base Camp following the West Bhotekoshi river valley towards Nyangpala Pass a gateway of Tibet-Nepal traditional way. These valleys have a high profile of mountaineers and have set records on climbing histories since the first ascent to Mt. Everest by Late Tenzing Norgay to Appa Sherpa who climbed Everest 21 times.

  • 7 Day
    Walk to Lungden.
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4370 m
    • Less Trodden Route

    It is a short day trek from Thame to Lungden takes about 4 hours in the direction of the Nangpa La, the glaciated pass on the Nepal Tibet border.

  • 8 Day
    Exploration day at Lungden.
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4370 m
    • Exploration hike

    Second acclimatization day hike to the surrounding Hills, climb high for proper adjustment in Altitude.

  • 9 Day
    Climb to Gokyo.
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4790 m
    • Crossing Rinjola @ 5360 m

    Start early to reach Rinjola on top of the time for a great view. The views from the pass are incredible Majestic Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu the fourth highest of the world, many more gigantic Himalayan peaks, and Cho- Oyu above 8000m in very closed view.

    Descend all the way into Gokyo at an elevation of 4,800 meters.

  • 10 Day
    Exploration climb to Gokyo Ri and hike to Thangna
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4700 m
    • Climb Gokyo Ri @ 5350 m

    • We start a steady ascent of Gokyo Ri early in the morning. Average 4 hours walk to top Nepal’s best panoramic viewpoint. 
    • Afternoon we cross the glacier sections on the way to Thangna for the overnight stay at the local teahouse.

  • 11 Day
    Trekking to Zhongla via Chola pass.
    • Tea House
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4830 m
    • Cross Chola @ 5420 m

    We start walking early morning to avoid unforeseen situations during the mid-day. The frozen condition has more advantages of stability so there are fewer chances of fallen loose rocks before a pass. After the Pass, there are no hazardous sections to come across

  • 12 Day
    Hiking to Lobuche (4,910 m).
    • Teahouse
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4910 m
    • Popular EBC Route

    After a cozy breakfast with exposes a dramatic panorama of the spectacular snow-capped peaks, we traverse high pasture land before we reach Lobuche. We reach Lobuche normally by lunchtime.

  • 13 Day
    Hike to Gorak Shep and explore Everest base camp (5,365 m).
    • Tea House
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 5140 m
    • Hike EBC @ 5365 m

    Walk Westside of Khumbu Glacier and pass the moraine on the way to Gorak Shep. Light lunch at Gorakshep to continue for Legendary Everest Base Exploration. Strenuous day due to EBC excursion and high altitude.

  • 14 Day
    Climb Kalapathar and walk to Lobuche.
    • Teahouse
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4910 m
    • Climb Kalapathar @ 5550 m

    Early morning Ascent Kalapathar with help of a flashlight. The trail is difficult to follow in the dark but gets rewarding views from the summit of Kalapathar. After sufficient shots of dramatic mountains we decent down to lodge and take breakfast before continuing to Lobuche.

  • 15 Day
    Hiking to Chukung crossing the Kongmala.
    • Tea House
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4730 m
    • Cross Kongmala @ 5335 m

    The route leads to another absolute wilderness away from the main trekking area, the trek follows the upper moraine. We walk carefully to climb and cross the glacier and reach nearby the Nuptse wall. Steady climb toward the Kongmala pass 5535 meters the highest pass on our trip, the walk leads higher up and then descending towards the glacier pond and the walk leads to the Chukung village.

  • 16 Day
    Climb the Chukung ri and explore the valley.
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4730 m
    • Climb Chukung ri @ 5550 m

    Chhukung Ri 5,550 meters is being open since the year 2015 for the free trekking peak which used to be an NMA peak required climbing permits to scale it. Don’t require any specific climbing gear and skills to summit this trekking peak. The view of Mt. Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse, Amadablam, Cholaste, Thamserku, Kantega and Tawache peak is simply breathtaking.

  • 17 Day
    Descend to Pangboche.
    • Tea House
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 3930 m
    • Trekking down hill

    Descend the windy trail to Pangboche passing the beautiful village Dingboche set on the Imjatse valley. After late lunch, there will be still spare time to explore the oldest monastery in Khumbu valley.

  • 18 Day
    Descend to Namche.
    • Teahouse
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 3440 m
    • Descending

    There can be a tendency to rush as everyone long been waiting for proper hot showers however can’t prevent visiting Tengboche Monastery awesomely setting on the lap of snowy peaks. After the Monastery visit, we walk down to the bottom of the riverside then continue towards Namche uphill initially to level the elevation.

  • 19 Day
    Trace to Lukla to end the Everest 3 passes and 3 peaks trip.
    • Teahouse
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 2850 m
    • Trek ( last day)

    We retrace the trail back to Lukla with full of memories of Himalayan Journeys and last night dining with Mountain Monarch staff who accompanied you on your trek.

  • 20 Day
    Fly to Kathmandu after the Everest 3 passes and peaks trip.
    • Hotel
    • Breakfast
    • 1340 m
    • Plane
    • Rest day

    Possibly in the morning we fly back to Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. There will be ample time in hand choices is yours.

  • 21 Day
    Three passes trekking ends / Airport transfers.
    • Breakfast
    • Car
    • Departure transfer

    Transfer to the airport to fly back home with exhilarating Everest three pass trek experiences with us.

Trip Inclusion

  • Airport transfers on both domestic and international flight
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin with breakfast.
  • OPEN and CHOICE full board meals while on Everest three passes trekking.
  • Properly boiled drinking water while on the trek
  • Responsible trekking having 01 porter to each trekkers
  • Accommodation at teahouse or lodge on twin share a private room.
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program as listed in the itinerary.
  • Half-day guided city tour with world heritage entrance permit.
  • All Domestic flights and airport tax as listed in the itinerary.
  • Free use of quality trekking gear - sleeping bag, fleece liner, down jacket, rain poncho, snow gaiters as required while on a trek.
  • Professional trekking group leader well trained in Wilderness First Aid along with assistant trek guides and porters with their salary, wages, transportation, proper insurance, and required trek gears.
  • Supplementary OXYGEN cylinder or Gamow bag with comprehensive First Aid Kit as a safety back up
  • Complementary trek Duffle bag, Mountain Monarch T-shirts, and trek map
  • TIMS or VDC trekking permit, Everest national park entry fees, VAT, all government taxes, etc.
  • Nepal entry Visa fees, Your travel insurance of any kin
  • International Airfare
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips and Items of personal expenses like the hot shower, battering charge, telephone and beverage drinks

Cost and Dates

Everest Three pass trek departure dates:

Making your plan for the stunning and strenuous less trodden trekking, then here is the Everest 3 passes trek with its group joining trek departure dates for 2021 and 2022. The trip cost includes the Kathmandu Lukla flight and all meals on the trek.

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice 
18 Sep, 202108 Oct, 2021AvailableUS$2150

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