• Duration: 21 Days
  • Diffculty: Moderate Plus 
  • Best Time: Marc - May, Sept - Dec
  • Max. Altitude: 5550 m

Three Passes Trek - A Complete High Passes Route in Everest

The Three Passes Trek offers the ultimate and complete trekking experience of the high pass route in the Everest region. Truly this strenuous 3 passes trekking itinerary in Nepal fits best for 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 in the Everest region 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 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 Everest three high pass trekking the incomparable and unforgettable trekking experience in Nepal.

Everest Three passes 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

Everest 3 High Passes of Renjo, Chola, and Kongmala in Nepal

Your adventure to three passes trek in Nepal 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 in 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 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, and Makalu. On our way down we trek via the Thyangboche monastery making a big circle to complete this less trodden route. 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 strenuous trekking in the Himalayas, then look no further. Simply book this Everest Three passes trek as it covers all the highlights of the Everest region.

Three Passes Trek in Spring or Autumn 2022 and 2023

The Spring season of March, April, May, and Autumn seasons of September, October, and November are the best time to do this Three passes trekking in the Everest region. We accept the individual and group booking and sets up departure dates for the spring and autumn of 2022 and 2023. We offer all-inclusive package costs including almost all of your expenses while on a journey to the high passes route along with a responsible trekking policy to have a private porter for each trekker. If you wish to have the customize and private itinerary and departure dates, we are flexible to run this trip accordingly.

Besides the three 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 including the Island peak with high altitude venture in the Himalayas. Another alternative is to do the Everest Circuit Trek which is the combination of the Everest base camp trek with Gokyo lake via the Chola pass.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Venture to 3 passes and 3 valleys in the Himalayas
  • Crossing the Renjo, Chola and Kangmala passes
  • Climb the Gokyo Ri, Kalapathar and Chukung peaks
  • Explore the less trodden Thame, Gokyo valley with Khumbu and Imtatse
  • Responsible trekking policy of 1 Trekker: 1 Porter
  • Proper safety backup with Oxygen Cylinder and Medical box with a trained guide
  • Full board meals B, L, D, and drinking water on the trek
  • Best Three passes trek cost with guaranteed group departure dates
  • Curated itinerary with the hike to the less trodden section in Everest
  • Lukla Flight and private twin room accommodation
  • Free use of trek gear sleeping bag, down jacket
  • Complimentary Trek Dubble bag and T-shirt

Trip map

Three Passes Trek map


Mountain Monarch representative receives you at Airport and transfers you 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.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Mealswelcome dinner
  • Altitude1340 M

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.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

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

  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude2650 m

Enter into the Sagarmatha National Park World Heritage site with spectacular high mountain views including the majestic Mt. Everest. The next morning Acclimatisation hike to Everest view hotel. Afternoon explore Sherpa Museum and explore the local market of Namche Bazar.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude3440 m

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.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude3820 m

It is a short day trek from Thame to Lungden that takes about 4 hours in the direction of the Nangpa La, the glaciated pass on the Nepal Tibet border. At Lungen we spend our second acclimatization day hike to the surrounding Hills, climb high for proper adjustment in Altitude.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4370 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 4,7900 meters.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4790 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.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4700 m

We start walking in the 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

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4830 m

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.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • Altitude4910 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.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude5140 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.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4910 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.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4730 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.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4730 m

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.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude3930 m

There can be a tendency to rush as everyone has 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.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude3440 m

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.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude2860 m

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.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 M

  • MealsBreakfast

Three Passes Trek Itinerary:

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

What's Included
  • 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 trekking.
  • Properly boiled drinking water while on the trek
  • Responsible for trekking having a Porter for each trekker
  • Accommodation at teahouse or lodge on twin shares 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 taxes 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 backup
  • 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.
What's Excluded
  • 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

Dates & Availability

Here is the list of Three passes trek in Nepal with departure dates for the years 2022 and 2023.

October Departure
Start DateStart DateOctober 08, 2022End DateEnd DateOctober 28, 2022StatusStatusGuaranteedPricePriceUS$2150
Start DateStart DateOctober 15, 2022End DateEnd DateNovember 04, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$2150
Start DateStart DateOctober 22, 2022End DateEnd DateNovember 11, 2022StatusStatusGuaranteedPricePriceUS$2150
Start DateStart DateOctober 29, 2022End DateEnd DateNovember 18, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$2150

Customer Reviews

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    Oliver Needham 5.0United KingdomJune 30, 2022logo

    Three Pass Trek - an amazing experience with Mountain Monarch

    I trekked the Three Pass route + Everest Base camp with Mountain Monarch in May 2022. The trip was one of the most rewarding and inspiring experiences of my life and couldn't have been better organised and ran by the team at Mountain Monarch. Despite some challenges along the way (one of our group suffered from altitude sickness) the trip was a safe, well-planned and deeply rewarding experience. Our Sherpa (MingMa) was amazing - knowledgable, inspiring and always on hand with anything we might need. His experience, stories and openness to share was one of the highlights of the trip - we felt like family for the 21 days we trekked together. The Three Pass route is awe-inspiring - amazing varied scenery throughout, some challenging but achievable climbs and more impressive views and mountaneous landscapes than I could have imagined. Having a local share their knowledge and wisdom of the area was a true highlight and made the trip what it was. From start to finish, Mountain Monarch arranged a seemless, safe, inspiring trip and I can't wait to be back to take on the next challenge.

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    Florence Luy and Pascal Bonvin 5.0SwitzerlandDecember 07, 2016logo

    A perfect trekking

    “Three passes and peaks trekking - 18 days” is a fantastic trekking, unforgettable, thanks to the perfect organization of Mountain Monarch. Our guide, Mingma Chiri sherpa, was competent, kind, understanding. The idea of one trekker-one porter is fair and greatly appreciated. The material we did borrow from Monarch was top quality. Our special thanks go to the managing director Pradip, who followed closely our trip from the beginning to the end.

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    Thomas Bristam 5.0AustraliaDecember 02, 2015logo

    Excellent Service

    Excellent Service, Great Team and Company to trek and climbing in the Himalayas

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