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The Three Passes Trek : Exploring Nepal’s Everest Region

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20 days
Availability : October through June
Kathmandu Airport
Lukla Airport
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 16
Home » Holiday Packages » Everest Region » The Three Passes Trek : Exploring Nepal’s Everest Region

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Embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey, the Everest Base Camp Trek through the three high passes of Renjo La, Chola, and Kongma La commences in Lukla (2804m), where you’ll take a flight from Kathmandu. The flight itself is incredibly short and rarely takes more than 35 minutes; this gives you time to take in the glorious green, peaked terrain and promises to be an exhilarating flight you won’t forget.

Once you reach Lukla Airport, the trek begins, and you will trek to Phading (2610m), a nice local settlement. On the second day, you’ll trek to Namche Bazaar (3400m), a unique hillside village. At just over 3400m above sea level, it’s an ideal spot for acclimatization, higher than many are accustomed to without reaching the trek’s dizzying heights. The trek then heads towards Thame and then Nangpa Valley.

Three Pass Trek: Hiking through challenging mountain passes in the Himalayas.
Conquering the Three Passes: A High-Altitude Himalayan Odyssey.

Three Passes Trek of Everest Base Camp

After this, you’ll encounter Renjo La (5340m) – the first of the three high passes – particularly challenging. Therefore, a good level of fitness is vital while crossing the passes. After crossing the Renjo La, you’ll have a stunning view of Mt. Everest and the Crystal Gokyo Lake.

During your stay at Gokyo Lake, you’ll spend two nights exploring the hidden valley. This includes visiting the 4th Lake and a half-day hike to Gokyo Peak (5483m). You will then cross the 2nd Pass – Cho La (5420m) in a 2–day trek, rejoin the main Everest trail and head towards Lukla Airport. You’ll then trek downwards to Lobujue before making your way to Kongma La (5400m), the last of the high passes, followed by the summit of Chukhung, the final peak. Here, you’ll find unparalleled views of the North Ridge, the surrounding area, and Cho Oyu.

Return to Lukla after successful completion of the Three Passes Trek

Coming around in a full circle, it brings you back to Lukla through many villages rich in culture and tradition, such as Dingboche, Pangboche, Thyangboche, Namche Bazar, Manjo and Phakding. Once back in Kathmandu, you’ll have a chance to discover the city properly, get a hotel to rest in or allow yourself to take in what you’ve just achieved.

Essential Permits for Three Passes Trek

Securing permits is crucial for trekking through Nepal’s Three Passes region, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes. Here’s what you need:

Firstly, obtain the TIMS Card, mandatory for all trekkers, aiding in safety and emergencies. Secondly, the Sagarmatha National Park Permit for park entry should be secured to support conservation efforts. Lastly, acquire the Khumbu Rural Municipality Entry Permit for accessing Khumbu region trails. Obtain these permits through authorized agencies or government offices in Kathmandu or trekking starting points, such as Lukla. Throughout your journey, ensure compliance with regulations and conservation practices by carrying them along.

rekkers posing amidst the scenic beauty of the Three Passes Trek in Nepal's Everest Region.
Adventurers posing amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Three Passes Trek.
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu Suite Home, Thamel (Google Map)

Departure Time

Between 7-8 am

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, including breakfast (pre and post-trek)
  • Accommodation at guest houses during the trek
  • Meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Friendly English-speaking guide and strong porter (sharing between 2 members)
  • Entrance Fees (National Park, TIMS and Local Government Fee)

Price Excludes

  • Tipping for guide and porter
  • Any private expenses
  • Any bottled drinks (including tea/coffee, mineral water etc.)
  • Trekking items (sleeping bag etc.)
  • Travel Insurance


  • Company T-Shirt
  • Trekking Duffle Bag
What to Expect

The route to Everest Base Camp is said to be one of the most gruelling treks around, covering over 60km and climbing up to 5545m, and none are more challenging than this 3 passes trek. Test yourself by trekking with us through the high passes – Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La – which tower at over 5,000m each and aren’t featured on the standard Everest Base Camp (E.B.C.) trek.

  • Better than the best adventure trek in Khumbu Region for Adventure lover
  • Unbeatable views of the Himalaya Ranges from 3 Passes
  • Amazing crystal view of Gokyo Lake
  • Pyramid view of Mt. Everest

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal

Upon arrival, you’ll be assisted and escorted to the hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 2Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)

Fly to Lukla and then embark on a 3-hour trek to Phakding. Spend the night at a local lodge, with meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3Namche Bazar (3400m)

Trek from Phakding to the bustling Namche Bazar. Spend the night at a traditional local lodge, with meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4Acclimatization day

Day of acclimatization in Namche with a hike to Khumjung and Khunde for breathtaking Everest views. Stay the night at a local lodge; meals are provided: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5Trek to Thame (3820m)

Journey to Thame (3820m) through Phurte and Thamo. Spend the night at a local lodge with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 6Trek to Lungden (4350m)

From Thame, climb to the higher altitudes of Lungden at 4350m, traversing the majestic Himalayan landscapes. Stay overnight in a local lodge with meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

Day 7Acclimatization day

Acclimating at Lungden, take a day trip to the viewpoint for breathtaking views of the Renjo Pass range and the mountainous borders of Tibet. Overnight at a local lodge, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 8Renjo La Pass (5340m) and Gokyo Lake (4790m)

Trek via the Renjo La Pass (5340m) to reach Gokyo Lake (4790m), with a stunning view of Mt. Everest en route. Stay the night at a local lodge with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

Day 9Hiking to Gokyo Ri (5483m)

Early ascent to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and a return to Gokyo Lake for lunch. The trek then progresses to Dragnag (4700m) through the Ngozumpa Glacier. Overnight stay at a local lodge, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 10Cho La Pass (5420m) and Dzongla (4830m)

Trekking through Cho La at 5420m to reach Dzongla at 4830m. Stay the night at a local lodge with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

Day 11Trek to Gorakshep (5140m)

Journey to Ghorak Shep at 5140m, passing through Labuje at 4910m. Spend the night at a local lodge with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 12Trek to Everest Base Camp (5400m)

Embark on a trek to Everest Base Camp at 5400m, then head back to Gorak Shep at 5140m. Stay the night at a local lodge with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

Day 13Kala Pathar Hiking (5545m)

Ascend to Kala Pathar at 5545m to witness the majestic Mt. Everest standing tall at 8848m. Afterwards, make a descent to Gorakshep for a midday meal, followed by a further descent to Labuje at 4910m. The night is spent in a local lodge, complete with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 14Kongma La (5400m) and Dingboche (4360m)

Journey across the Kongma La at 5400m, leading to Chhukung (4750m) or Dingboche at 4360m. The evening is reserved for relaxation at a local lodge, with meals covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 15Trek to Tengboche (3867m)

Navigate through Pangboche on the way to Tengboche at 3867m. Spend the night at a local lodge with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

Day 16Trek to Monjo (2800m)

Journey through Namche Bazar en route to Monjo (2800m). Stay the night at a local lodge with meals covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 17Trek to Lukla

Follow the Dudh Koshi River as the path leads to Lukla. Settle in for the night at a local lodge, with meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 18Return to Kathmandu

Taking a morning flight back to Kathmandu, with an overnight stay at the hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 19Leisure day in Kathmandu

Additional days are reserved in Kathmandu to account for potential flight delays. Stay overnight at the hotel with breakfast included.

Day 20Departure

Proceed to the airport for your onward journey.

4 Reviews
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Christopher Robertson

Family Traveller

Nepal Hiking arranged all aspect of out hike of the three passes, Everest base camp and other peaks. All communication from Nepal to Australia prior to us landing in Kathmandu was first class. A real credit to the experienced company. Our guide and porters were very experiences, welcoming and eager to please. I cant speak highly enough of all three (we had a group of four very experienced and well travelled adventures). The hotel facilities at either end were 5 Stars in the main tourist district. Nothing was to much to ask. Probably one of the best if not the best trips we have done over the past 20 years
Do yourself a favour and book any adventure or touring activity through Nepalhiking.com.
Thanks again Gukul & Bhairam

23 November 2023

Isabella Martinez

Solo Traveller

Definitely a challenge, but well worth the effort! Nepal Hiking – Bhairam, Tulak, and my guide – very professional and thorough. I highly recommend!

26 May 2022

Bill Passman

Solo Traveller

Namaste Tilak

I just wanted to thank you and your wonderful staff for my incredible trip to Gokyo Ri, Chola Pass, Kalapathar, and Everest Base Camp. It was the best trip of my life. I especially want to thank my guide, Ram, and porter, Santos, who made the trip much easier than ever imagined. The scenery was incredible and will forever be remembered by me. Your staff in Kathmandu was always there to ensure everything was running smoothly. After talking to those on the trail who did not have guides or porters about their difficulties, I cannot imagine even attempting the trip without my wonderful help.

I also had a great time on the tour of Kathmandu, river rafting, and Chitwan National Park. It was a great way to end my trip. The hotels in Kathmandu and Chitwan were especially nice. I did not expect such luxury at such a great price.

I look forward to returning to Nepal to do the Annapurna Circuit. I look forward to seeing everyone again.

Thanks again.

Mississippi, USA

18 September 2018

Ethan Thompson

Solo Traveller

Highly, highly recommend, please use this company.

What can I say about Nepal Hiking…. I owe these guys my life!

Having broken my ankle (slipped on some scree) on the way down from Cho La, Nepal Hiking couldn’t have done any more to assist me. They organised a helicopter evacuation as well as all the hospital arrangements once back in Kathmandu, liaising with my insurance company throughout.

I cannot thank my guide and porter, Gakul and Jit, enough for taking care of me and getting off the mountains.

Bhairam and Gakul made regular visits while I was in hospital, ensuring my welfare was being looked after while there. Even after I left the hospital, Bhairam arranged for lifts for me when I needed to return for treatment, as well as organising me a lift to the airport.

A truly professional company throughout my ordeal. Do not hesitate to use them for any tours in Nepal.

8 March 2018
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