Everest Three Pass Trek
4 USD 2100 Per Person
TRIP DURATION
17 Days
MAX. ALTITUDE
Kongma La Pass (5,535m)
TRIP GRADE
Difficult
LODGING
Tea house
BEST SEASON
Springs and Autumn
MEALS
Breakfast lunch dinner
COMMUNICATION
Local sim card
PER DAY WALK
6 to 8 hours

Everest Three Pass Trek

Are you seeking the ultimate experience of the mountain trek? Then, this Everest three-pass trek is the most holistic experience in the mountain trekking trail of Nepal. The Everest Three Passes trek takes you to the prodigious Everest Base Camp, and the journey goes wide and beyond to uncover the best of the Khumbu region.

The challenging experience of natural and cultural delight (Sherpa culture) during the Three Pass trek was a life-changing experience. Beyond Everest Base Camp, the highest passes you shall climb are Kongma La Pass (5,535), Cho La Pass (5420m), and Renjo La Pass (5,340m).

Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, has never failed to capture the attention of adventure freaks all around the world. However, this Everest three-pass trek takes you around the other tallest mountains, like Makalu (8,516m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Ama Dablam (6,812m). There are literally over a dozen mountain peaks that could be witnessed during this trip.

In addition to the challenging walks to the mountain, this Everest Three Pass Trek is also about Sherpa’s astonishing biodiversity and rich culture. Sherpas are the mountain people who lived in this semi-arid area for a century. They have experienced the peace and power of the mountain like no one else, and it’s a chance to witness the rich Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Renjo, Chola, And Kongmala

This Everest Three Pass trek is about the highest passes in the Khumbu region. Between Lungden and Gokyo, we cross our first pass, i.e., Renjo La Pass, on the 7th day. Then, we shall climb to Gokyo Ri, which is also an equally challenging viewpoint. Our other big challenge is to cross Cho La Pass at 5420m.

Moreover, the most exciting climb is the Kongma La Pass at 5,535m. This pass lies between Lobuche and Chhukung. However, the highest point of our Everest Three Pass trek is actually KalaPatthar Viewpoint at 5,555m. The high passes are literally the most challenging part of this trip; the climb is very steep. However, the view you can witness from this hilltop is very rejuvenating.

Along with Everest (8,848m), you get to witness the beauty of Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8,481m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), and Ama Dablam (6,812m). However, if the Everest Three Pass trek journey becomes difficult, you can skip these high passes. The options are unlimited.

Everest Three Passes Trek Highlights

  • Go beyond the comfort of Everest Base Camp to conquer the highest passes in the Khumbu region.
  • Exciting flight to Lukla airport- a mountain flight to one of the world’s highest altitude runway
  • Wandering in the Everest Base Camp, the foothill of the world’s tallest mountain
  • Panorama of dozens of mountain peaks in the Himalayas from the various viewpoints along the route
  • Unbelievable bio-diversity of Everest View trek– 118 bird species, rarest Himalayan mammals, and sub-tropical/ alpine flora
  • Live a very unique and exciting Tibetan Buddhist culture and festivals for a couple of days.
  • Enjoy the comfort of local guest houses even in a very difficult mountain landscape- a very remote land.

Everest 3 Pass Trek Geography

The Everest Three Passes Trek begins by heading north into the mountains until reaching Namche Bazaar. Once there, hikers can choose between two directions: clockwise or counterclockwise. The counterclockwise route is more commonly taken and is recommended, especially for those experiencing high altitudes for the first time.

During the Everest Three passes, adventurers will traverse four valleys along with conquering the three challenging passes: Kongma La (18,209 ft / 5,550 m), Cho La (17,782 ft / 5,420 m), and Renjo La (17,560 ft / 5,360 m). Kongma La is often considered the most difficult due to its length, Cho La involves crossing a glacier where microspikes can be helpful, and Renjo La is generally thought to be the easiest. However, it’s important to note that the difficulty of each pass of Everest 3 Passes can vary depending on the ever-changing weather and conditions.

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Gokyo Lake and teahouses.

Important Lukla Flight Information*

Sometimes, especially when lots of people are trekking (March, April, May, October, and November), the plan for the trek might change a bit. Instead of flying to Lukla from Kathmandu, we might go from Ramechhap/Manthali because Kathmandu is very busy. If we’re taking a flight from Ramechhap, we’ll leave Kathmandu at 12:30 AM on the planned day, and the drive will take about five hours. On other days, we’ll fly from Kathmandu.

Itinerary of Everest Three Pass Trek

Himalayan Masters organize an Everest three-pass trek, which could be one of your life’s most memorable treks. We organize the Everest Three Passes trek from two different routes. Both routes lead you to the same destination, the three-pass trek.

The difference between the two routes is the gradual height difference and acclimatization. You will pass through different Sherpa villages on the different routes.

Since you need to reach a very high altitude for the three passes trek. So, you need to acclimatize properly and have a good rest for the everyday trek for the Everest Three Pass trek. Here, we will mention our Everest Three Pass Trek itineraries. You can even customize your trek itinerary with us.

Everest Three Pass Trek Itinerary (Clockwise)

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400 m)

Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2860 m) and Trek to Phakding (2610 m)

Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440 m)

Day 4: Acclimatize at Namche Bazar

Day 5: Trek to Thame (3800 m)

Day 6: Trek to Lungden (4380 m)

Day 7: Trek to Gokyo Lake (5340 m) via Renjola Pass (5345 m)

Day 8: Visit Gokyo Ri (5357 m)

Day 9: Trek to Thangnak (4700 m)

Day 10: Trek to Dzongla (4830 m) via Cho la pass (5420 m)

Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4940 m)

Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep (5164 m) and visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m)

Day 13: Trek to Lobuche via Kalapathhar Viewpoint (5644 m)

Day 14: Trek to Chuukung (4730 m) via Kongma La Pass (5545 m)

Day 15: Trek to Tengboche (3860 m)

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazar

Day 17: Trek to Lukla

Day 18: Fly Back to Kathmandu

This clockwise itinerary focuses on the ascent of the altitudes faster than our anticlockwise itinerary, which we will discuss in detail. You can even go with this itinerary, but Himalayan Masters focuses on the Anti clockwise itinerary for the time we get to acclimatize.

ITINERAY

Day 01: Flight to Lukla and start the trek to Phakding

Altitude: 2860m/ 2610m

On the first day of your Everest Three-pass trek, you will catch a flight from either Kathmandu or Manthali, as per the season. Then, you will land at Lukla, a gateway to the Everest region. This is where your trek journey begins. You will have a flight with amazing views of the regions.

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Flight to Lukla.

The altitude of Lukla is 2800 meters. From there, you will descend to a 150-meter altitude.

About Lukla: Lukla is the entry zone to the Everest region in Nepal. You will go through Thadokoshi, Chheplung, Chaurikharka, and then Phakding. Lukla and Phakding both are villages. The path goes through many monasteries and Gompas. The majority of the people are Sherpa. You will pass through many Sherpa villages and schools. Alpine trees can be found around the trail. Around 50-60 houses, excluding the teahouses, lie in the Lukla region.

About Teahouses in Lukla:

There are around 20 -30 teahouses at Lukla. Each teahouse provides basic facilities to meet the needs of visitors. The local Sherpa people run the teahouses. You will have basic services like a hot shower, WIFI, electricity, and charging, as well as an attached bathroom. However, the attached bathroom may not be available at all teahouses.

About Phakding: Phakding is a small village in the Everest region. It consists of 20 -30 houses, and around 150 people reside in this area. Phakding has schools, health posts, and monasteries. The schools operate up to the primary level.

About teahouses in Phakding:

The teahouses in Phakding are the same as in Lukla. There are around 15-20 teahouses in Phakding. Each teahouse provides the basic services and amenities as Lukla. The cost for the hot shower is Rs.300 in Phakding. There is no charge for WIFI and electricity. You will live in a cozy guesthouse with an attached bathroom.

Overnight: At Phakding.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Accomodation : In Guest house with private attached bathroom.

Walking / Driving : 30 mins flight + 4 hours trekking

Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Altitude: 3440m 

The second day of your trek begins in Phakding and ends in Namche. The route passes through many alpine forests and monasteries.

The route goes by Phakding – Champute – TakTak – Banker – Monjo – Jorshalle – Hillary Bridge – Top Danda – Namche.

The total duration of the trek on the second day is around 3 hours.

About Monjo: Monjo is a small village consisting of around 7 teahouses.

About Jorshalle: We will have our lunch at Jorshalle, which consists of 5- 7 teahouses and a Sagarmatha National Park office.

About Top Danda: We will reach Top Danda after crossing a suspension bridge and Hillary Bridge. There is a police check post where our permits are checked.

About Namche: Namche is the trade hub of the Everest region. It is a village consisting of 70-80 local houses. The majority of people are Sherpa and a few Rai people. It is also known as the European city of Nepal.

Teahouses in Namche:

Number of teahouses: 40 -50

Facilities:

Free Wifi, electricity, hot shower (cost extra), single bedroom, attached bathroom.

You can find from basic to luxury hotels in Namche Bazar.

Overnight at: Namche Bazar.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : In the luxury lodge with private bathrooms and electric blankets.

Walking / Driving : 6 hours

Day 03: Active rest day in Namche and hike up to Everest View Hotel

Altitude: 3440m

On this day, you will rest and acclimate to Namche Bazar. Since we are already living at 3,440 m, our bodies need some rest, and what could be a better place than Namche Bazaar? This is the biggest settlement in the Khumbu region, with many restaurants, bars, and bakeries. We can hike to Everest Hotel, one of the world’s highest-altitude hotels, for an awesome sunrise.

As per our itinenary we will visit Everest View Hotel after trekking for 1.5 hours.

Or, we can spend our day strolling around the Sagarmatha National Park visitor centre. We can visit the Hillary School, Dingboche Airport, Khumjung Monastery, and nearby villages in the evening.

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Source: Hotel Everest View.

Overnight at: Namche.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : In the luxury lodge with private bathrooms and electric blankets.

Walking / Driving : 3 hours

Day 04: Trek to Tengboche or Dibuche

Altitude: 3860 m

On this day, you will begin your trek towards Tengboche or Dibuche, depending on your pace.

The route is: Namche- Kyanjuma- Pungethanka- Tengboche- Dibuche

About Pungethanka: After walking for around 2-3 hours, we will stop at Pungethanka for our lunch. It is a small village with 4 teahouses. There is an Army Checkpost where our permits will be checked.

About Tengboche: After 2.5 hours of ascent, we reach Tengboche, a beautiful village in the Everest region. There is a famous Tengboche Monastery, which is believed to be 500- 600 years old.

About Dibuche: Dibuche is a business area with only teahouses. The majority of people are Sherpa and Tamang.

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Monastery in Tengboche.

Teahouses at Tengboche:

Number of teahouses: 5-6 teahouses

Facilities: Hot shower, WIFI, electricity, charging, no attached bathroom or single bed.

For these facilities, you will need to pay extra for all.

Teahouses at Dibuche:

Number of teahouses: 5-6 teahouses

Facilities: Same as Tengboche.

Overnight: Tengboche or Dibuche.

You must check the class and most celebrated Everest Base Camp trek before you pick this option.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : In the guest house with attached private bathroom.

Walking / Driving : 5-6 hours

Day 05: Trek to Dingboche

Altitude: 4430 m

After a heavy breakfast, you will begin trekking toward your next stop, Dingboche.

The route goes: Dibuche- Pangboche- Somare- Dingboche

About Pangboche: Pangboche is a small village in the area. From here, you can have an amazing view of Ama Dablam. There are some schools and monasteries.

About Somare: Somare is a lunch place for us with 8-9 teahouses. This is only a business place.

About Dingboche: Dingboche is also a business area. The majority of people in Dingboche are Sherpa and Tamang. An amazing view of Lotshe and Ama Dablam can be seen.

Teahouses in Dingboche:

Number of teahouses: 25- 30 teahouses

Facilities: From Dingboche, you will have to buy your own wifi card. Everestlink and Airlink are the companies that provide Wi-Fi cards.

The other facilities, like the hot shower, charge the same, but it might be a bit more expensive.

Overnight at: Dingboche.

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Dingboche.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : In the guest house with attached private bathroom.

Walking / Driving : 5- 6 hours

Day 06: Active rest day in Dingboche and hike up to 5000 meters (Nagarjun Hill)

Altitude: 5000 m

This is an acclimatization day for you, but this doesn’t mean you will sleep a day. We will hike up to the Nagarjun Hill Top, which is located at an altitude of 5000 m. You can see the mesmerizing view of the hill. After enjoying some time, we will return to Dingboche for lunch and then rest for the next day’s hike.

Overnight at: Dingboche.

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Monastery on the way to Dingboche.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : In the guest house with attached private bathroom.

Walking / Driving : 3 hours

Day 07: Trek to Chukumng

Altitude: 4800m

After the long rest day, we will begin our trek to Chukumng this day. Sherpa people live in this region. There are no hotels or villages on the route to Chukumng.

After 3 hours of trekking, we will reach Chukumng.

Teahouses in Chukumng:

Number of teahouses: 6-7 teahouses

Facilities: Basic services like wifi data, geyser hot shower, and charging. (need to pay extra for each service)

Overnight at: Chukumng.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : In basic tea house.

Walking / Driving : 3 hours

Day 08: Trek to Lobuche via Khong Mo la Pass

Altitude: 4900 m

On the 8th day, you will walk around 8 hours to Lobuche.

The route goes: Chukumng- Khong Mo La Pass – Lobuche

Since there are no teahouses or villages while on the trek, we will pack our lunch and water and begin our trek, we will. On this day, witness the ending of the Khumbu Glacier, which has a gradual ascent and steep slope at the end of the glacier area.

After 8 hours of trekking, we will reach Lobuche. Lobuche is also a business area. The majority of the locals are Sherpa, and they run teahouses as a source of income.

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Majestic view from Lobuche.

Teahouses in Lobuche:

Number of teahouses: 5-6 teahouses

Facilities: Basic services are available in Dingboche. As the altitude increases, the charge for these services may also increase.

Overnight at: Lobuche.

Meal : Breakfast/ Packed Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Basic Tea House

Walking / Driving : 8 hours

Day 09: Trek to Everest Base camp and back to Gorakhsep

Altitude: 5364 m

Day 9 can be tiring for you because you need to cover a lot of places on this day. You will begin your trek from Lobuche to Goarakshep after walking for 3 hours. After having lunch at Gorakshep, you will again walk for 2.5 hours to reach Everest Base camp.

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Everest Base Camp with Himalayan Masters.

The path has gradual ascents and steep slopes. Because the altitude keeps on increasing, you have to be careful about altitude sickness. After visiting the base camp and clicking some pictures, you will trek back to Goraskshep for an overnight stay. The temperature of Gorakshep is really cold.

Teahouses in Gorakshep:

Number of tea houses: 5 teahouses

Facilities:  Basic facilities like Private room, WIFI, no hot shower, no attached bathroom.

Overnight at: Gorakshep.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Basic Tea house

Walking / Driving : 8- 9 hours

Day 10: Early morning hike up to Kalapathhar and trek to Dzongla

Altitude: 4400 m

You have to wake up early in the morning to catch the sunrise at Kalapathhar. Kalapathhar is located at an altitude of 5664 meters. After walking for 2.5 to 3 hours, you will reach Kalapathhar, where you will see a clear view of Mount Everest.

Then, you will trek back to Gorakshep for lunch. After having a heavy lunch, you will make your way down to Dzongla. After walking for 6 hours, you will reach Dzongla, which is situated at an altitude of 4830 meters.

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View seen from Kalapathhar.

Teahouses at Dzongla:

Number of Teahouses: 9-10 teahouses

Facilities: The facilities provided by the Dzongla teahouse are as basic as those of other teahouses. You will need to pay extra for Wi-Fi, a hot shower, and charging.

Overnight at: Dzongla.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Basic Tea House

Walking / Driving : 6 hours

Day 11: Trek to Thangnak Via Cho la pass

Altitude: 5400 m

You will witness the second pass of your three passes on this day. You will have your breakfast at around 6 in the morning and begin your trek.

You will walk around 4 hours on a steep ascent and reach a small glacier on the way to Cho La Pass. On this day, you will also pack lunch for yourself. From there, you gradually descend 3 hours to reach Thangnak.

Teahouses in Thagnak:

Number of teahouses: 4-5 teahouses

Facilities: The facilities provided on the teahouse of Thagnak are basic.

Overnight at: Thagnak.

Meal : Breakfast/ Packed Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Basic Tea House

Walking / Driving : 9 hours

Day 12: Trek to Gokyo Lake

Altitude: 5340 m

Now, from Thagnak, you will begin your trek to Gokyo Lake. You will have your breakfast at around 7 in the morning. Then, after trekking for around 2.5 hours, you will reach Gokyo Lake. After seeing Gokyo Lake, you will return to Gokyo for lunch. Gokyo is a place with teahouses and luxury hotels.

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Majestic view of Gokyo Lake.

Teahouses at Gokyo Lake:

Number of teahouses: 6 teahouses

Facilities: This area has both luxury and basic hotels, as well as hotels with attached bathrooms.

The other facilities, like Wi-Fi and hot showers, are the same as other places.

Overnight at: Gokyo Lake.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Guest house with a private bathroom attached.

Walking / Driving : 2 hours

Day 13: Hike up to Gokyo Ri

Altitude: 5357 m

On this day, you will hike to see the mountain called Gokyo Ri. First and foremost, we wake up early to walk to Gokyo Ri Viewpoint. This is the most beautiful viewpoint in the entire Khumbu region, with the awesome looks of Thonak Tsho Lake and the Ngozuma Tsho Lake. We can walk to Ngozumpa Tsho glacier at 5,000 meters (only 3kms from the village). There’s also Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. Another option is to hike closer to the fifth Gokyo Lake, which has some promising Cho Oyu Base Camp views. The entire day will be exhilarating.

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Himalayan Masters team at Gokyo Ri.

Overnight at: Gokyo Lake.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Guest house with a private bathroom attached.

Walking / Driving : 5 hours

Day 14: Trek to Lungden via Renjo la Pass

Altitude: 5345m

This is a relatively easy day of trekking in the Everest Three Pass trek; we walk on the village landscape and vegetation. We will pack our lunch with us and begin our trek. After walking for 2-4 hours, we will reach Renjo La Pass. The path has a steep ascent. After trekking for more 4 hours, we will reach Lungden.

Teahouses at Lungden:

Number of Teahouses: 4- 5 teahouses

Facilities: Lungden’s teahouse has basic facilities. The cost for each service, such as Wi-Fi and hot showers, might be cheaper than at other places.

Overnight at: Lungden.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Basic tea House

Walking / Driving : 8 hours

Day 15: Trek to Namche

Altitude: 3440m

Today, we will be walking the classic route to Everest base camp, which means you will meet any trekkers along the way. Here, we walk through the forest, which is inhabited by rare wildlife such as musk deer, mountain goats, pheasants, and snow leopards. Walking on the slopes around the mountains, we enjoy a view of Everest back. In about 3.5 hours, we reach a very typical village called Thamu.

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View of Namche Bazar.

About Thamu: We will stop at Thamu Village for lunch. Thamu is a village consisting of around 20-30 houses. There are around 3-4 teahouses in the area. There are also schools, health posts, and monasteries in Thamu Village. After walking for more than 2.5 hours, we reach Namche Bazar.

We have already discussed the teahouses in Namche.

Accommodation is in the luxury lodge, which has private bathrooms and electric blankets.

Overnight at: Namche.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Luxury lodge with private bathrooms and electric blankets.

Walking / Driving : 6 hours

Day 16: Trek to Lukla

Altitude: 2860m

Our final day of trekking is our final day; we walk to Lukla on a familiar route. Heading downwards from Namche, we first stop at Namche Bazaar. Then, we walk for a few hours to Hillary Suspension Bridge. We continue hiking to the Dudh Koshi River Valley, and then we walk for a few hours. In the evening, we celebrate the victory of such an extraordinary journey with a farewell dinner.

Overnight at: Lukla.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Accommodation in the guest house (with attached private bathroom).

Walking / Driving : 8 hours

Day 17: Flight back to Kathmandu

Altitude: 1440 m

We plan to fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and end our Everest Three Pass trek today. If the weather is good, the flight is scheduled in the morning. The 40-minute comfortable flight to Kathmandu blessed us with an awesome view. This journey will bring a grand end to the journey. Back to Kathmandu airport, we will drive you to the hotel in Thamel. You will have some time to go shopping and have dinner in the evening.

Overnight at: Kathmandu.

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Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Meal : Breakfast

Accomodation : Guest House

Walking / Driving : 30 min

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Trip Cost Includes

  1. International and domestic airport pick-up and drop-off by private car
  2. Kathmandu or Ramechap to Lukla and back airfare
  3. Three nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  4. Guide for 17 days
  5. a strong trekking porter for 17 days
  6. Breakfast, lunch dinner with tea and coffee during the 16 days of trekking
  7. 15 nights tea house accommodation in the mountains
  8. Lukla, phakding and Namche the pretty good accommodation with a hot shower, an attached bathroom room
  9. Three cups of hot drinks a day (Tea, or coffee)
  10. Everest area permits
  11. Khumbu municipality permits
  12. all local airports’ taxes
  13. Guide and Porter Insurance
  14. all governments taxes and company service charges

Trip Cost Excludes

  1. International flight ticket
  2. lunch and dinner in the city
  3. Tips for Guide and Porter
  4. travel insurance

Other things that have not been mentioned above are also on the exclusion list.

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EBC 3 Passes trek DIFFICULTY

Trekking in the EBC three passes is a tough physical challenge, and being in good shape is crucial for an enjoyable experience. However, mental toughness is the most important factor. Most Himalayan trekkers are not professional athletes but regular people with strong determination. This trek is more challenging than Everest Base Camp (EBC) and Gokyo Lakes treks, even for experienced hikers.

While no technical climbing is needed, you’ll cross three high passes, making it demanding. Expect long days, steep climbs, and descents requiring strong legs. Trekking poles are helpful, and a solid training plan is recommended. You’ll reach altitudes exceeding 5500m, requiring a slow, steady pace due to shortness of breath. It’s not a sprint, but a high fitness level is essential for trekking at such altitudes. If you’re comfortable walking 7-8 hours daily with a 1000m ascent for two weeks and possess a determined attitude, you’re fit for this trek. 

Recommended Preparation for Everest Three Pass Trek:

Are you preparing for the Everest Three Passes? Start by improving your fitness with activities like running and biking. Strengthen your muscles with exercises like squats and lunges. Since the Everest 3 passes involve high altitudes, practice climbing stairs or local hills. Mental preparation is crucial, so stay positive and determined. Research the Everest 3 pass trek and local culture to set realistic expectations. Meditate to calm your mind and build resilience. Maintain a positive attitude to enjoy the journey and overcome challenges. Follow this plan for 2-3 months, and you’ll be well-prepared for the adventure. Read EBC difficulty. 

Best time for 3 passes trek

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Gokyo Valley Nepal

The success of an Everest Base Camp 3 passes trek depends on the weather, especially when dealing with high passes. While you can check the live forecast, it can sometimes be unreliable. The best times for an easier and more enjoyable EBC 3 passes trek are spring and autumn when the skies are clear and there’s no rain. The clear blue sky during these seasons makes the journey more pleasant, offering spectacular views without the challenge of extreme cold. Lower Everest trek like Pikey Peak can be done anytime but the case if different for the Three pass trek.

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Language in EBC 3 pass route 

When you’re trekking the Everest Three Passes Trek, you’ll find that many people you come across can speak some English. Don’t stress if your Nepalese or Hindi could be better. Most importantly, learn “namaste” for saying hello and “dhanyabad” for thank you. Some locals also speak Sherpa, their language, but it needs to be written down. This can lead to different spellings for the same village names, like Dzonglha, Dzongla, or Zonglha. So, if you need clarification on spelling variations on your map, the menu at your tea house, or in your guidebook (which might be too heavy anyway), don’t worry too much. The local kids are especially curious and might want to chat with you. Just keep it simple with “namaste” and “dhanyabad,” and you’ll do just fine.

Villages in Everest three passes trek map

When you think about trekking through the Himalayas, you might picture a quiet and peaceful journey, but that’s not entirely accurate. Especially on the Three Passes Trek, you’ll encounter plenty of fellow trekkers, locals, animals carrying loads, and, most importantly, villages. Depending on your chosen path, you might come across five or six villages in just one day. All these villages, especially on the Everest 3 Pass Trek, offer essential things like food, places to stay, and friendly mountain-dwellers who can assist you as you ascend into the mountains.

If you trek alone and need guidance, you can even hire a guide from one of these villages to accompany you on your trek. This adds an extra layer of support and local expertise to your journey. So, the 3 passes trek is not just about the breathtaking landscapes but also about the vibrant life in these mountain villages, making it a rich and engaging experience.

Three Passes Trek Map

Three Pass Trek Map
Three Pass Trek Map

The Everest Three Pass Trekking is easy to follow, thanks to the prominent mountains that guide your way. Unlike dense forests where you might easily take a wrong turn, navigating here is straightforward. Most of the time, you’ll either be walking uphill, downhill, or across valleys with limited options for alternative routes. Don’t worry about accidentally trekking over a towering peak of 23,000 ft (7,000 m) – it’s not that kind of trail.

If you need locals to ask for directions, you can grab an Everest Three passes trek map in Kathmandu before starting your trek. This three passes trek map will come in handy at major junctions, ensuring you stay on the right path. If you’re interested in more details about the Three Passes Trek itinerary, you can explore additional information in the linked post.

The Everest base camp three passes trek is quite clear, and the mountains act as natural signposts. You won’t accidentally wander off course, and having a three passes trek map is a good idea, especially if you ever find yourself alone without locals to guide you.

Hiking from Jiri to Everest 

Starting an exciting adventure, you can take a bus or jeep to Jiri or Shivalaya and start trekking towards Lukla. This less-traveled route offers a unique experience compared to the busier trail above Lukla. If you’re short on time, you can skip Jiri and take a bus or jeep to Salleri or Phaplu, getting you closer to Lukla by about two days from Jiri.

Starting from Jiri or Shivalaya gives you a quieter path, letting you connect more intimately with nature. Instead of flying to Lukla, this ground-based journey enables you to experience the region’s beauty at a different pace. For those in a hurry, starting from Salleri or Phaplu shortens the 3 passes trek, getting you to the heart of the journey more quickly.

Emergency and Turning Around

When you’re trekking in the Everest 3 Passes, there’s often a lot of talk about the 3 Passes trek being closed or difficult due to snow or other reasons. But here’s the thing: if you’re there to hike the Three Passes, go for it! Don’t let the rumors hold you back. Set out early in the morning, and if the trail, three passes, or weather seems too challenging, it’s totally okay to turn around.

The Everest Base Camp 3 passes trek is pretty close to nearby villages, so feel free to see the conditions for yourself. Take the chance, but be ready to change your plans if things seem too tough for your experience level. It’s better to be safe and enjoy your EBC 3 passes trek than to push too hard and run into trouble. Anytime u fell difficulty, remember EBC heli tour is an option. 

Three pass trek with Himalayan Masters 

Himalayan Masters Team

During our Everest 3 Passes Trek, you’ll be accompanied by our experienced guides and Sherpas who know the region inside out. They’ve been trekking and climbing for years, so you’re in capable hands. Our team is made up of local folks from the high Himalayas, known for their incredible stamina.

We take good care of our team members, ensuring they have fair pay, insurance, gear, a place to stay, and tasty meals. If someone is not feeling well or gets injured, they receive medical care promptly. A happy team makes for a happy trekking experience. All our guides have received special training in first aid, are certified trekking guides, speak English and another major language, and have knowledge about conservation and biodiversity. Plus, they’ve got rock climbing skills up their sleeves. So, you’re not just trekking; you’re in for a well-guided adventure.

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Himalayan Masters guide and trekking team.

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Arrival (free airport pickup)

We provide free airport pickup for Everest 3 Pass Trek participants, with our team greeting you at the airport and driving you to your hotel. As a welcome, you’ll receive a Khada or marigold garland, ensuring you feel comfortable and supported in a new country.

Where does Everest 3 pass Trek Trek Start?

You’ll land in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport and arrange your own stay and meals. On the day of your trip, catch an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, with both flights included in the package.

Typical Day of Trek 

Every day on the trek is an adventure, starting with an early breakfast and a trek from 7 AM to 8 AM. Our friendly Sherpa guides share interesting facts, and porters carry your luggage. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch and a one-hour rest are followed by a shorter afternoon walk.

Once at the lodge or tent, enjoy snacks, explore, and have dinner between 6 PM to 7 PM. Evening activities include conversations, games, or watching mountaineering documentaries. Your guide briefs you on the next day’s plan, and before bed, many like learning some common Nepali words. It’s a daily journey of exploration, learning, and friendship.

Trek End

On the final day of our three pass trek, we’ll start early in the morning and head to Lukla Airport for a quick forty-minute flight back to Kathmandu. Once we’re back in Kathmandu, you have the rest of the day to do whatever you please. We’ll have a lovely farewell dinner in the evening to wrap up our trekking adventure.

Trip Extension

Once your Everest three pass trekking is done, consider staying a few extra days in Nepal. You can use this time to explore Kathmandu and nearby areas. Other fun activities include going on a safari in Chitwan, trying paragliding, experiencing rafting, and enjoying canoeing.

Required Permit for Everest High Passes Trek

If you’re planning the Everest Three Passes Trek in Nepal, make sure to obtain two essential permits for EBC: the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit (NPR 2,000 per person) from Lukla or Monjo and the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit (NPR 3,000 per person) from Kathmandu or Monjo. These permits are necessary for accessing the Everest three pass trekking region and are usually included in your trip package.

Hotels in Everest Base Camp three passes trek

Trekking in Everest three passes is incredibly popular, and the places trekkers stay have improved. There were simple huts in the past, but now there are big hotels with running water, indoor toilets, and electricity. You can use the internet and take hot showers, but it might cost you around $10 per day. As you go higher into the mountains, the lodges become more basic, with basic furnishings and fewer amenities. Namche is an exception with some great lodges, and Himalayan Masters works with preferred lodges that are clean and well-kept. When it’s busy, they send a porter ahead to secure a room for the night since they can only be reserved after some time.

Trekking in Everest 3 passes is popular now, and the places to stay have greatly improved. Before, there were simple huts, but now there are big hostels with water, toilets, and electricity. You can use the internet and take hot showers, but it might cost around $10 daily. As you go higher, the lodges become more basic with fewer comforts. Namche has some great lodges, and Himalayan Masters works with clean, good lodges. When it’s busy, they send someone ahead to get a room for the night since you can only reserve them on time.

Food in three passes 

When you stay at Everest 3 pass trek lodges, you get to choose what you want to eat and pay for it the next morning. Spending around £20 to £25 ($30 to $35) per day for meals and drinks is a good idea. While you can eat well without spending a lot, having a bit more in your budget ensures you enjoy your meals more. At lodges, there’s a variety of food options ranging from basic choices like dhal bhat to fancier ones like yak steak with blue cheese sauce. Keep in mind that prices might be a bit higher at fancier lodges. A tip for getting your food in everest faster is to order as soon as you arrive because it’s a ‘first ordered, first served’ system, especially in busy lodges.

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Thakali Nepali local Food.

Internet in Everest 3 pass trekking 

In the Everest three-pass trek, you can still connect to WiFi, but it becomes trickier as you climb beyond Namche Bazaar. Free WiFi is scarce, so you’ll likely need to purchase cards from lodges. These cards grant access to the “EVEREST LINK” WiFi network and are available in various amounts, with the highest being around 1,000 NPR (approximately $10 US) for a 24-hour connection.

Remember that these cards might only sometimes be on hand, and lodges might not sell them at their face value. Some lodges might shut off their electricity after a certain hour, meaning no WiFi availability. It’s advisable to check with the lodges in advance regarding WiFi accessibility and electricity hours.

If you have a SIM card from Kathmandu, especially from Ncell, you can expect to get a cellular signal in many places, offering an alternative means of communication. It’s always good to plan and inquire about these services to ensure a smoother experience during your stay in the Everest three-pass trek.

Electricity and Water 

In the Everest three passes, lodges have electricity for charging your camera and phone, but you’ll have to pay for it.

You can buy bottled water at lodges or shops or pay extra for boiled water. Himalayan Masters provides water purification pills if you need them. Avoid drinking water from rivers, taps, or wells during the trek, as it may not be safe.

Everest Three Pass Trekking Cost and Prices

When travelling to Nepal, it’s essential to know that the local currency, Nepali Rupee, can only be purchased after arrival. It’s advisable to carry US Dollars, preferably new bills, as they are widely accepted. You can exchange money at hotels in Kathmandu or use local ATMs. While Everest three pass trekking, it’s recommended to have local currency for better exchange rates. Inform your card issuer if relying on cards, and remember that meals during the Everest three-pass trek might cost $30-$35 per day. Budget around $500-$800, depending on trip length, for souvenirs and potential expenses like a helicopter ride due to weather delays.

In Kathmandu, a meal for two at a mid-range restaurant costs about $20, and taxi fares start at $0.45 with an additional $0.4 per km. Buses are a more economical option at around $0.15 for a 5km journey. Souvenirs in Kathmandu are reasonably priced. Be prepared for possible weather-related flight delays to or from Lukla, with the option of a helicopter ride costing $300-$500 per person. Overall, a spending budget of $500-$800, along with tips, is suggested for a comfortable experience in Nepal.

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Three Everest Passes Trek Travel Insurance

Before you head off to your Everest base Camp Three Passes trek through the Three Everest Passes in Nepal; getting travel insurance covers medical evacuation and overall travel protection is crucial. This is especially important in remote areas with no other transportation options, where medical evacuation might be necessary due to altitude-related issues like Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Travel insurance also helps safeguard your investment in case of unexpected events before or during your trip. Take the time to research and choose insurance that suits your needs. Remember to carry proof of insurance and share a copy with your family. Make sure your insurance covers all the activities involved in your adventure.

ATMs in Everest

In the Everest 3 pass trek Region, you can find ATMs in Lukla and Namche Bazaar, but it’s not guaranteed that they will always work. To avoid any inconvenience, it’s advisable to bring cash with you from Kathmandu. Most places in this region, about 95%, prefer cash transactions, and only a few places in Namche Bazaar accept cards.

If the ATMs happen to be out of service, you can get a cash advance using your credit card in Lukla and Namche. However, it’s crucial to be prepared with enough cash for your journey up and down the mountains, as many places above Namche only accept cash. Please bring cash from Kathmandu because not all ATMs in Lukla and Namche might work. Just make sure you have enough money for your entire journey up and down the mountains.

Everest Three High Passes Trek Packing Checklist

For the Everest Three Pass Trekking, pack inner thermal wear, socks, underwear, sunglasses, a sun hat, and a woolen cap. Bring inner and outer gloves, a towel, flip-flops, and toiletries. Don’t forget water bottles with purification tablets, a 4-season sleeping bag, and a liner. Wear sturdy trekking boots, carry a 30-liter waterproof-covered daypack, and include trekking pants, waterproof trousers, t-shirts, and a fleece jacket. Bring a headlamp, power bank, extra batteries, a down jacket, and a wind/waterproof light jacket. Also, pack sun protection cream, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer for a comfortable trek.

 

FAQs

What is the three-pass trek?

A three-pass trek is an adventurous walk on the premises of Everest that goes along three passes: Renjo, Chola, and Kongmala. The first pass, Renjo La Pass, is 5,340 m, the second pass is Cho La Pass at 5420m, and the final pass is Kongma La Pass at 5,535m.

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