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Everest 3-Pass Trek: Your Ultimate Himalayan Adventure

February 20, 2024

Everest 3-Pass Trek: Your Ultimate Himalayan Adventure

“Discover the thrill of the Everest 3-Pass Trek – a breathtaking Himalayan adventure. Conquer stunning landscapes, iconic passes, and create lasting memories amidst the world’s highest peaks.”

Everest 3-Pass Trek General Information:

The Everest Three Passes Trek beckons adventurers to Nepal’s stunning landscapes, featuring the challenging Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La passes. This guide is your key to an unforgettable journey, combining the iconic Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake. The trek demands physical preparedness and acclimatization due to high altitudes, ensuring a safe and rewarding experience. Safe Holiday Adventure Pvt. Ltd. prioritizes gradual acclimatization stops to enhance your well-being.

The itinerary seamlessly integrates Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake, offering a diverse and enriched adventure. Trekkers can revel in the breathtaking scenery while Safe Holiday Adventure Pvt. Ltd. provides a recommended itinerary and comprehensive trail insights in our Everest Three Passes Trekking Route Guide. This guide empowers you with practical details for a successful trek, making your Everest Three Passes adventure truly exceptional.

Everest 3 Passes Trek facts:

The Everest Three Passes Trek offers a challenging and breathtaking adventure covering approximately 160 km, including acclimatization and day hikes. Lasting 17-22 days, the journey begins and ends in Lukla, requiring permits such as the Khumbu Trek Card and Sagarmatha National Park Fee. The trek is best undertaken during April to Mid-May and October to Mid-November, with shoulder seasons in March, Late May, September, and Mid-November to December. It is advisable to avoid the trek during June to August and January to February. The difficulty level is categorized as challenging, with an elevation gain/loss of approximately 13,500 meters, reaching a maximum altitude of 5611 m at Kala Patthar or 5514 m at Kongma La. While trekking with a guide is not mandatory according to Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality, teahouses and guesthouses provide accommodation along the trail. The trek cost ranges from $34 to $140 USD per person per day, catering to both budget independent trekkers and those opting for fully inclusive packages. Recommended trekking agencies, such as Safe Holiday Adventure (P.) Ltd. , may offer a 10% discount.


Everest base camp group picture – Singaporeans group

Everest Three Passes Trek: Map Overview

Everest 3 Passes Trek Itinerary:

Day 1: Lukla to Phakding (Option 1) or Monjo (Option 2)

Option 1: Lukla to Phakding

  • Distance: 7.5 km
  • Time: 3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 472 m
    Elevation Loss: 687 m
    Sleep Altitude: 2660 m

Option 2: Lukla to Monjo

  • Distance: 12.6 km
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 1117 m
  • Elevation Loss: 1148 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 2850 m

Wake up in Lukla, energized for the adventure ahead. After a hearty breakfast, embark on the Option 1 trail to Phakding. The path meanders through picturesque villages, offering glimpses of Sherpa culture. You’ll cross suspension bridges over gushing rivers, traverse dense forests, and might spot Himalayan wildlife. Alternatively, Option 2 takes you to Monjo, passing through charming landscapes with yak herds grazing and prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze. Arrive in Phakding or Monjo, surrounded by the tranquility of the Himalayas, ready for a restful night.

Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (Option 1) or Monjo to Namche Bazaar (Option 2)

Option 1: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

  • Distance: 10.2 km
  • Time: 5-6 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 1628 m
  • Elevation Loss: 851 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 3450 m

Option 2: Monjo to Namche Bazaar

  • Distance: 5.1 km
  • Time: 3-4 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 983 m
  • Elevation Loss: 390 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 3450 m

Begin the day with a wholesome breakfast, fueling up for a day of exploration. Option 1 leads you to Namche Bazaar, crossing the Dudh Koshi River multiple times via suspension bridges. The trail unfolds with lush forests, vibrant rhododendrons, and the distant melody of river streams. Option 2 from Monjo offers stunning views of the Khumbila Mountain, passing through charming hamlets and terraced fields. Both routes promise encounters with friendly locals, their prayer wheels spinning in the mountain air. Arrive in Namche Bazaar, a bustling mountain town nestled in the lap of the Himalayas.

Day 3: Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Hike)

  • Distance: 5.6 km – 9.1 km
  • Time: 3 – 6 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 550 – 740 m
  • Elevation Loss: 550 – 740 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 3450 m

Take a leisurely breakfast in Namche Bazaar, savoring the panoramic views of Everest and neighboring peaks. The day is dedicated to acclimatization with a hike. Ascend towards the Syangboche Airstrip, passing through dense pine forests and open meadows adorned with blooming wildflowers. En route, catch glimpses of Himalayan wildlife, including the elusive Himalayan Tahr. Enjoy the breathtaking vistas from the Everest View Hotel before descending to Namche. Rest in the afternoon, immersing yourself in the vibrant local culture and perhaps visiting the Sherpa Museum.

Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Pangboche

  • Distance: 13.6 km
  • Time: 6-7 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 1541 m
  • Elevation Loss: 1020 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 4,000 m

Rise early to the crisp mountain air and relish a hearty breakfast. Begin the trek to Pangboche, following the Dudh Koshi River. Traverse suspension bridges, witnessing the river’s relentless flow. Ascend through fragrant pine and juniper forests, encountering yaks grazing in alpine meadows. The trail offers panoramic views of Ama Dablam, a stunning backdrop to the journey. Pass through traditional Sherpa villages, where colorful prayer flags flutter in the mountain breeze. Reach Pangboche, a quaint village with a historic monastery, and unwind amidst the serenity of the Himalayan landscape.

Day 5: Pangboche to Dingboche

  • Distance: 5.7 km
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 602 m
  • Elevation Loss: 250 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 4360 m

Fuel up with a nutritious breakfast before setting out for Dingboche. Cross the Imja River, navigating through terrain adorned with vibrant prayer flags. Ascend through the alpine meadows, with stunning views of Island Peak and Lhotse. Traverse ancient Mani walls and witness the spiritual essence of the region. Pass through lush rhododendron forests, alive with bird songs. Arrive in Dingboche, surrounded by towering peaks. The day’s trek offers encounters with Himalayan wildlife, including Himalayan Monals and marmots. Rest in Dingboche, savoring the tranquility and the unmatched beauty of the Khumbu region.

Day 6: Nangkartshang (Acclimatization Hike)

  • Distance: 5.7 km
  • Time: 3-4 hours( go and back both way from Dingboche)
  • Elevation Gain: 602 m
  • Elevation Loss: 250 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 4500 m

Begin the day with a leisurely breakfast, soaking in the awe-inspiring views of Ama Dablam. Embark on an acclimatization hike to Nangkartshang. The trail unfolds through rocky terrain, providing glimpses of the challenging trek ahead. Ascend gradually, allowing your body to adjust to the altitude. Marvel at the panoramic views of Makalu, Lhotse, and the stunning Imja Valley. Descend to Dingboche, feeling accomplished and ready for the next leg of the journey. Spend the afternoon relaxing and absorbing the unique Himalayan ambiance.

Day 7: Dingboche to Chukhung

  • Distance: 5 km
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 451 m
  • Elevation Loss: 19 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 4750 m

Start your day with a wholesome breakfast before setting out for Chukhung. Traverse a scenic trail with majestic views of the surrounding peaks. Cross the Imja River, with crystal-clear waters reflecting the towering mountains. Ascend gently through alpine meadows, with yaks grazing in the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes. Cross a glacial stream, adding a touch of adventure to the trek. Arrive in Chukhung, a high-altitude settlement offering surreal views of Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Rest and rejuvenate, surrounded by the grandeur of the Everest region.

Day 8: Chukhung Ri (Acclimatization Hike)

  • Distance: 4.9 km – 5.9 km
  • Time: 3 – 5 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 645 – 810 m
  • Elevation Loss: 645 – 810 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 4730 m

Savor a hearty breakfast before embarking on an acclimatization hike to Chukhung Ri. The trail takes you to higher elevations, offering 360-degree views of the Himalayan panorama. Ascend through rocky terrain and snow-dusted slopes, reaching the summit for unparalleled vistas of the world’s highest peaks. Witness the sunrise painting the mountains in hues of pink and gold. Descend to Chukhung, feeling invigorated by the mountain air. Spend the rest of the day acclimatizing and relishing the serene ambiance of this high-altitude haven.

Day 9: Chukhung to Kongma La to Lobuche

  • Distance: 9.8 km
  • Time: 8 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 973 m
  • Elevation Loss: 792 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 4910 m
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Kogmala Pass

After a nutritious breakfast, embark on a challenging trek from Chukhung to Lobuche via the Kongma La pass. Ascend through rocky terrain, surrounded by pristine snow-covered peaks. Traverse the Kongma La pass, marked by prayer flags fluttering in the Himalayan winds. Descend into the Khumbu Glacier valley, with awe-inspiring views of the towering peaks. Arrive in Lobuche, nestled amidst the stark beauty of the high-altitude landscape. Reflect on the day’s journey, surrounded by the majesty of Everest and its neighboring giants.

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (Part 1)

  • Distance: 9.8 km
  • Time: 8 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 973 m
  • Elevation Loss: 792 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 4,910 m

Awake to a chilly mountain morning and enjoy a hearty breakfast before embarking on the trek to Gorak Shep. The trail takes you through the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, offering glimpses of Everest’s icy majesty. Ascend gradually, with the Himalayan panorama unfolding at every step. Arrive in Gorak Shep, nestled at the foot of the world’s highest peaks. Settle into your accommodation, surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Everest region, and prepare for the upcoming ascent to Kala Patthar.

Day 10: Kala Patthar (Return Hike, Part 2)

  • Distance: 3.8 km
  • Time: 3.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 495 m
  • Elevation Loss: 495 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 5,180 m
  • Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Top of Kalapathar (5550 m)

Start early, fueled by a quick breakfast, for the ascent to Kala Patthar. The trail leads to a vantage point with unparalleled views of Everest, Nuptse, and Pumori. Witness the sunrise casting an ethereal glow on the world’s highest peak. Capture the moment with photographs and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring scenery. Descend to Gorak Shep, relishing the accomplishment of conquering Kala Patthar. Spend the remainder of the day in Gorak Shep, surrounded by the raw beauty of the Khumbu region.

Day 11: Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp (Return Hike, Part 1)

  • Distance: 6.3 km
  • Time: 2.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 255 m
  • Elevation Loss: 255 m

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast before embarking on the trek to Everest Base Camp. Traverse the glacial moraine, navigating through the Khumbu Icefall’s surreal terrain. Arrive at the iconic Everest Base Camp, surrounded by towering ice pinnacles and prayer flags. Marvel at the expeditions’ spirit and the breathtaking views of the Khumbu Glacier. Capture memories of this iconic location before retracing your steps to Gorak Shep, relishing the accomplishment of reaching the base of the world’s highest peak.

Day 11: Gorak Shep to Lobuche (Part 2)

  • Distance: 4.5 km
  • Time: 1.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 68 m
  • Elevation Loss: 312 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 4910 m

After a fulfilling morning in Everest Base Camp, embark on the descent to Lobuche. The trail weaves through the glacial moraine, offering different perspectives of the towering peaks. Descend past the Khumbu Icefall and immerse yourself in the stark beauty of the high-altitude landscape. Arrive in Lobuche, surrounded by the serenity of the Himalayas, and reflect on the extraordinary journey to Everest Base Camp.

Day 12: Lobuche to Dzonglha

  • Distance: 4.5 km
  • Time: 1.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 68 m
  • Elevation Loss: 312 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 4840 m

Start the day with a nourishing breakfast before trekking from Lobuche to Dzonglha. Traverse through rocky terrain, with breathtaking views of Ama Dablam and the Chola Tsho Lake. Descend into a glacial valley, with the majestic peaks creating a dramatic backdrop. Arrive in Dzonglha, nestled at the base of towering mountains. Spend the afternoon exploring the surroundings or resting, soaking in the unique atmosphere of this high-altitude haven.

Day 13: Dzonglha to Cho La to Dragnag/Thangnak

  • Distance: 6.6 km
  • Time: 2.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 230 m
  • Elevation Loss: 321 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 4,700 m
  • Accommodation: Lodge, Tea House

Chola pass top

Fuel up with breakfast before embarking on a challenging trek from Dzonglha to Dragnag via the Cho La pass. Ascend through rocky terrain, navigating icy slopes and crevasses. Traverse the Cho La pass, surrounded by towering peaks and prayer flags. Descend into the tranquil Dragnag valley, with pristine glacial lakes and expansive views. Arrive in Dragnag, a secluded haven amidst the Himalayan wilderness. Reflect on the day’s journey and relish the unique beauty of this high-altitude landscape.

Day 14: Dragnag to Gokyo

  • Distance: 3.8 km
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 184 m
  • Elevation Loss: 112 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 4750 m

Begin the day with a wholesome breakfast before setting out for Gokyo. Traverse glacial moraines, with stunning views of Cho Oyu and the Gokyo Lakes. Ascend gradually, with the turquoise waters of the lakes reflecting the surrounding peaks. Arrive in Gokyo, a picturesque settlement nestled by the lakeshores. Enjoy the serene ambiance, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Rest and rejuvenate, preparing for the exploration of Gokyo Ri and its breathtaking panoramas.

Day 15: Gokyo Ri (Return Hike)

  • Distance: 3.6 km
  • Time: 3-4 hours(Go & Back)
  • Elevation Gain: 605 m
  • Elevation Loss: 605 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 4750 m
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Mesmarizing Gokyo valley view, Glacier & Sky touching Everest himalaya

Embark on an early morning hike to Gokyo Ri, offering unrivaled views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. Ascend steep trails, with each step revealing a more mesmerizing panorama. Reach the summit for a breathtaking sunrise, illuminating the Himalayan giants. Capture the moment with photographs and immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of the landscape. Descend to Gokyo, feeling inspired by the majestic mountains. Spend the remainder of the day savoring the tranquility and reflecting on the awe-inspiring vistas.

Day 16: Gokyo to Renjo La to Thame

  • Distance: 20.6 km
  • Time: 8.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 909 m
  • Elevation Loss: 1872 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 3800 m

Renjola pass Top

Rise early for a nourishing breakfast before trekking from Gokyo to Thame via the Renjo La pass. Ascend through rocky terrain, with panoramic views of Everest, Cho Oyu, and the Rolwaling Range. Traverse the Renjo La pass, marked by prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze. Descend into the serene Thame valley, surrounded by alpine meadows and traditional Sherpa villages. Arrive in Thame, a charming settlement steeped in cultural richness. Reflect on the day’s journey amidst the tranquility of the Himalayan landscapes.

Day 17: Thame to Monjo

  • Distance: 20.6 km
  • Time: 8.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 909 m
  • Elevation Loss: 1872 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 2850 m
  • Accommodation: Lodge, Guest Houses

Embark on a picturesque descent from Thame to Monjo. Traverse through lush forests, with the melodic sound of the Dudh Koshi River accompanying your journey. Pass through traditional Sherpa villages, where prayer wheels spin in the mountain breeze. Cross suspension bridges, offering glimpses of the river’s relentless flow. Arrive in Monjo, surrounded by the serene ambiance of the Everest region. Reflect on the incredible experiences and cultural encounters throughout the trek.

Day 18: Monjo to Lukla

  • Distance: 12.6 km
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 1155 m
  • Elevation Loss: 1123 m
  • Sleep Altitude: 2865 m
  • Accommodation: Lodge, hotel, Tea House

Begin the day with a satisfying breakfast before trekking from Monjo to Lukla. Traverse through rhododendron forests and traditional Sherpa villages, with the distant peaks providing a majestic backdrop. Cross suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, relishing the final views of the Himalayan landscapes. Arrive in Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region, and reminisce about the unforgettable journey. Spend the evening in Lukla, surrounded by the warmth of the local hospitality and the camaraderie forged during the trek.

Day 19: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu/Manthali

Lukla Airport

Lukla Airport

During the peak trekking season, we offer direct flights from Lukla to Kathmandu, with a swift 25-30 minute journey from the scenic Lukla Airport in the Everest region. Outside the high season, to accommodate increased demand, some of our flights are redirected to Manthali Airport in Ramechhap, about 132 kilometers east of Kathmandu. In such cases, we ensure a seamless transition, providing ground transportation options such as buses or private vehicles for the 4-6 hour journey to Kathmandu. We recommend staying informed by checking with our airline or travel agent for real-time updates and optimizing travel plans accordingly.

You are Suggested to spent 2 Nights at Gokyo:

Absolutely, spending an extra night at Gokyo during a three-pass Everest trek is a fantastic option for several reasons.

Firstly, Gokyo is renowned for its breathtaking views, especially of the nearby peaks and the stunning Gokyo Lakes. The opportunity to witness an up-close view of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Everest(8,848m), Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and others, is unparalleled. The vantage point from Gokyo Ri offers a panoramic spectacle that is truly awe-inspiring.

5 Incredible Himalayan Lakes

Secondly, the accommodations in Gokyo are well-insulated, providing a comfortable and cozy stay, which is especially crucial in the high-altitude environment. After a day of trekking, having a comfortable place to rest and recharge is essential, and Gokyo offers this with its well-maintained lodges.

The magical lake views in Gokyo, especially if you venture to the 5th Gokyo Lake, are nothing short of enchanting. The pristine beauty of the lakes against the backdrop of the Himalayan peaks creates a surreal and unforgettable experience. The 5th lake, in particular, is known for its stunning turquoise color, making it a must-visit destination.

By spending two nights in Gokyo, you not only allow yourself more time to acclimatize to the altitude but also ensure that you have ample opportunity to explore the surrounding area. Gokyo Ri offers spectacular sunrise and sunset views, providing a different perspective of the landscape. The changing colors of the sky and the mountains during these times create a magical atmosphere that is worth savoring.

In summary, choosing to stay an extra night in Gokyo during your three-pass Everest trek allows you to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region, appreciate the serene lakes, and witness the mesmerizing views from Gokyo Ri at different times of the day. It’s a decision that enhances the overall trekking experience and leaves you with lasting memories of this Himalayan paradise.

Everest Three Passes Trek: Navigating the Route – Clockwise vs. Anti-Clockwise

For the Everest Three Passes trek, both clockwise and anti-clockwise routes are viable, but an anti-clockwise direction, beginning with Kongma La, is recommended. This approach allows for a more gradual acclimatization, starting at a lower altitude in Lukla and progressing through Namche Bazaar. The scenic descent from Renjo La and the availability of teahouses along the route enhance the overall trekking experience. Moreover, considering the unpredictable weather in the Everest region, starting anti-clockwise may offer better management of weather challenges. However, personal preferences, group dynamics, and current trail conditions should be considered when making the final decision for a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Is the Everest Base Camp 3 Passes Trek risky for individuals with higher body weight?

The Everest Base Camp 3 Passes Trek is indeed a challenging and adventurous trek in the Everest region of Nepal. The three high passes—Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La—add an extra level of difficulty to the trek. While it’s not necessarily dangerous for heavier individuals, there are certain considerations and preparations to keep in mind:

Mt. Pumori view from Gorakshep

Physical Fitness: The trek involves long hours of walking and ascents to high altitudes. It’s essential to be physically fit and capable of walking 5-7 hours a day. Regular cardio exercises, walking, and running can help prepare for the trek.

Health Check: Before embarking on the trek, it’s advisable to undergo a health checkup, especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions. Altitude-related illnesses can affect anyone, regardless of weight.

Training and Acclimatization: Gradual acclimatization is crucial when trekking at high altitudes. Taking the time to acclimatize properly reduces the risk of altitude sickness. Training hikes at increasing altitudes before the trek can be beneficial.

Trekking Gear: Proper gear, including warm clothing, comfortable trekking shoes, and essential equipment like crampons, is necessary. Make sure you are well-prepared for varying weather conditions.

Experienced Guide and Porter: Having an experienced guide and porter can make a significant difference. They are familiar with the terrain, can provide assistance when needed, and can help carry heavy loads.

Pacing Yourself: It’s important to trek at your own pace and avoid rushing. Listen to your body and take breaks as needed. Hydration is also crucial at high altitudes.

Weather Considerations: The best times to undertake the trek are in the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (September to November) seasons when the weather is relatively stable.

Ultimately, while the trek is challenging, individuals who are reasonably fit, well-prepared, and take necessary precautions can successfully complete the Everest Base Camp 3 Passes Trek. It’s crucial to assess personal fitness levels, be aware of potential challenges, and consult with trekking professionals for personalized advice.

What’s a reasonable cost for the Everest Base Camp Trek and Everest 3 Pass Trek in your view?

The cost of the Everest 3 Pass trek varies based on several factors. For a group of 1 person, the price is USD 1830, and for 2 people, it is USD 1395 per person. The cost decreases with the number of participants, reaching USD 1360 for 4-10 people and USD 1335 for over 10 people. The total cost depends on factors such as the type of hotel in Kathmandu before and after the trek, the number of guides and porters, services during the trek, and food limits. It’s worth noting that Everest Base Camp is included in the Everest 3 Pass trek. This comprehensive trekking experience offers a diverse range of landscapes and challenges.

What is the best time to trek the Everest Three Passes?

Everest Base Camp-5364m

Everest Base Camp-5364m

The best time to trek the Everest Three Passes is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. Here’s a breakdown of why these times are considered optimal:

Spring (April to May):

  • Mild Temperatures: Spring brings moderate temperatures, making it comfortable for trekking. Days are relatively warm, and nights are not overly cold, especially at lower altitudes.
  • Blooming Flora: The landscape comes alive with vibrant colors as the rhododendron flowers bloom during spring, creating picturesque scenes along the trekking route.
  • Clear Skies: The skies are generally clear, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. This is crucial for enjoying the spectacular vistas and capturing memorable moments.

Autumn (September to November):

  • Stable Weather: Autumn is characterized by stable weather conditions with clear skies and dry weather. The chances of precipitation are minimal, reducing the risk of trekking in wet and muddy conditions.
  • Excellent Visibility: The crisp air in autumn provides excellent visibility, allowing trekkers to enjoy panoramic views of the Everest region without the obstruction of clouds or mist.
  • Milder Temperatures: While it can be colder than spring, the temperatures are still moderate, especially during the daytime. This makes trekking more comfortable, and the colder nights are manageable with appropriate gear.

Both of these seasons are popular for trekking in the Everest region due to the favorable weather conditions. Trekkers are advised to avoid the monsoon season (June to August) when the region experiences heavy rainfall, leading to slippery trails, leeches, and potential landslides. Similarly, winter (December to February) is also less ideal due to extreme cold temperatures and the risk of heavy snowfall, making high-altitude passes challenging and potentially dangerous.

In summary, spring and autumn provide the best combination of pleasant weather, clear skies, and optimal trail conditions for trekking the Everest Three Passes. Trekkers can maximize their experience and safety during these seasons.

What gear and equipment are essential for the trek?.

Certainly! Here’s a shorter list of essential gear for the Everest Three Passes trek:

  • Trekking Boots
  • Clothing (Layers, Jacket, Pants)
  • Backpack (40-50L)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp/Flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle/Water Purification
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm
  • Hat and Buff/Scarf
  • Camera/Smartphone
  • Documents (Passport, Permits)
  • Trekking Map and Guidebook
  • Snacks

This concise list covers the essential items you’ll need for a successful and comfortable Everest Three Passes trek.

Acclimatization during the Everest Three Passes trek

Acclimatization during the Everest Three Passes trek is crucial for adapting to high altitudes and reducing the risk of altitude sickness. The trek itinerary is strategically designed with gradual altitude gain and acclimatization days. Trekkers ascend slowly, allowing their bodies to adjust to lower oxygen levels. Rest days in key locations, such as Namche Bazaar and Dingboche, provide essential acclimatization periods. It is essential to stay hydrated, maintain a steady pace, and listen to your body. Trekkers are encouraged to ascend to higher elevations during the day and return to lower altitudes to sleep. This approach enhances acclimatization, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable trek.

Nangarkhan hill Right Behind Dingboche village in Everest

Best View Point in Everest 3 Pass Trekking- Kalapathar & Gokyo-Ri

Nepal’s Everest region boasts two extraordinary vantage points, Kalapathar and Gokyo Ri, offering unparalleled views of the world’s highest peaks. Kalapathar, perched at a high altitude, presents a jaw-dropping panorama that includes the iconic Mount Everest, the majestic Pumori, and the dramatic Khumbu Glacier. The sight of Ama Dablam’s distinct summit, the rugged peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse, and the sprawling Khumbu Icefall contribute to the awe-inspiring landscape. Other notable features in the view encompass Khagtega, Thamserku, and Tawache. Meanwhile, the Gokyo Ri viewpoint offers a unique perspective, showcasing Cho Oyu, one of the world’s tallest peaks, along with the serene Gokyo Lakes and the expansive Ngozumpa Glacier. The crystal-clear lakes add a touch of tranquility to the scene, complemented by the presence of Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Tawache on the horizon. These two viewpoints, integral to the Three Passes Trek, collectively provide a visual feast of Himalayan grandeur, including Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall, and are a testament to the unparalleled beauty of the Nepalese landscape.

Embarking on the Three Passes Trek, adventurers not only conquer challenging mountain passes but also unlock the secrets of the Everest region’s magical valleys. As trekkers ascend Kalapathar and Gokyo Ri, they are rewarded with vistas that transcend imagination – from the craggy peaks of the Himalayan giants, including Mount Everest, Pumori, Lingtren, and Khumbutse, to the pristine lakes and glaciers below. The trek becomes a journey through a living gallery of nature’s wonders, where each step reveals a new facet of the breathtaking landscape. Kalapathar and Gokyo Ri stand as witnesses to the indomitable spirit of those who undertake this trek, offering not just a visual spectacle but an immersive experience that etches the beauty of the Himalayas, including Cho Oyu, Gokyo Peak, Ngozumpa Glacier, and Crystal Clear Lakes, into the memory of those fortunate enough to tread its paths.

How to Reach Lukla from kathmandu?

To reach Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region, you have several options depending on the season and your preference.

Direct Flight from Kathmandu (Available in Non-Peak Seasons):

  • Direct flights from Kathmandu to Lukla are available, offering a convenient and quick 20-minute journey.
  • During peak seasons (September to November and March to May), when direct flights from Kathmandu to Lukla are unavailable, an alternative route is recommended.

Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) and Fly to Lukla:

  • In peak seasons, you can drive for approximately 4 hours from Kathmandu to Manthali (Ramechhap) due to air traffic issues in Kathmandu.
  • From Manthali, a 20-minute flight will take you to Lukla.
    It’s important to note that during peak seasons, the flight to Lukla may be redirected to Manthali both for departure and return due to air traffic congestion in Kathmandu.
  • Jeep and Trekking Route from Kathmandu to Lukla:

Take a jeep from Kathmandu to Sallery.

From Sallery, local jeeps are available to Thamdanda.
Embark on a full day walk from Thamdanda to Lukla via Chaurikharka.

Shared Helicopter Option:

  • Opt for a shared helicopter ride, costing roughly $450-$550 USD per person.
  • This option provides a faster and more scenic journey to Lukla.

Classic Everest Base Camp Trekking Route:

  • For those seeking a traditional trekking experience, drive from Kathmandu to Jiri or Bhandara.
  • Commence the trek, and after a few days of walking, you’ll eventually reach Lukla.

Choose the option that aligns with your preferences, schedule, and the current conditions, ensuring a memorable and safe journey to Lukla and the Everest region.

Recommended travel company and Freelancer guide in Nepal

If you’re planning to embark on the thrilling 3 Pass Everest trekking adventure, you’ve got two fantastic options to consider: trekking with a reputable agency or hiring a freelance guide. Your choice may depend on factors like budget, preference for a guided experience, or the desire for a more independent trek.

For those seeking a reliable and organized trek, I highly recommend Safe Holiday Adventure Pvt. Ltd. They are fully authorized and offer a limited number of guides, all with a minimum of 10 years of experience. This ensures a seasoned and knowledgeable companion for your journey.

However, if you’re a budget-conscious traveler who still wants an experienced guide, hiring a freelancer might be the way to go. Santosh Gauli, from, is an excellent choice with a wealth of experience in the Everest region. His expertise can make your trek not only cost-effective but also enriching and enjoyable.

Remember, whether you choose a trekking agency or a freelance guide, both options have their merits. It ultimately boils down to your personal preferences and priorities. Whichever path you choose, make sure it aligns with your budget, comfort, and expectations for an unforgettable 3 Pass Everest trek.

Food options on Everest 3 pass Trekking 

Nepali local Food- Dhal Bhat

The Three Passes Trek is a challenging and adventurous trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal. It takes you through three high mountain passes: Renjo La (5,360 meters), Cho La (5,420 meters), and Kongma La (5,535 meters). This trek offers stunning views of the Everest region, including Everest itself, as well as other towering peaks.

When it comes to food on the Three Passes Trek, the teahouses along the route provide meals for trekkers. These teahouses are basic accommodations that offer a variety of local and international dishes. Here are some common types of food you might find during the trek:

  • Dal Bhat: This is a staple Nepali dish consisting of lentil soup (dal), rice (bhat), and a variety of side dishes like vegetables, pickles, and sometimes meat. It’s a nutritious and energy-packed meal.
  • Noodles and Pasta: Many teahouses offer different noodle and pasta dishes, which can be a good source of carbohydrates for energy.
  • Soups: Hot soups, such as vegetable soup, chicken soup, or noodle soup, are popular choices to warm up in the chilly mountain weather.
  • Rice and Curry: You may find rice with different curries, including vegetable curry, chicken curry, and occasionally yak curry.
  • Bread and Pancakes: Teahouses often serve freshly baked bread and pancakes. They can be enjoyed with honey, jam, or other spreads.
  • Snacks: You can also find a variety of snacks like momos (dumplings), spring rolls, fried rice, and fried potatoes in some teahouses.

It’s essential to keep in mind that the food options may vary depending on the teahouse’s location and the altitude. As you ascend to higher altitudes, the menu choices might become more limited, and the prices may increase due to the challenging logistics of transportation in the region.

It’s advisable to carry some energy bars, nuts, and other lightweight snacks with you for additional sustenance, especially during long trekking days. Staying hydrated is crucial, so be sure to drink plenty of water or other fluids throughout the trek.

Drinking water Availability during Everest 3 pass Trekking

During the challenging 3-pass trek in Everest, staying hydrated is crucial. With options to purchase bottled water along the trail, the cost rises with altitude. Alternatively, tea houses offer boiled water, a comforting choice in the cold. For a budget-friendly and sustainable approach, bring a metal water bottle to refill at tea houses or streams along the trail. While refilling from natural sources, ensure purification using water purification tablets or liquids. This not only promotes eco-friendly practices but also allows you to carry clean and safe water, essential for maintaining health and energy levels in the demanding terrain. A well-chosen metal bottle keeps water warm, ensuring a practical and sustainable hydration solution throughout the trek.

Phone Signal, Battery Charging and Wi-Fi-Internet services 

During the Everest 3 Pass trekking, staying connected can be a bit challenging, but there are options available for those who need communication and charging facilities.

WiFi and Phone Signal:

  • In most places along the trek, you can access WiFi with a small payment. However, it’s essential to note that the signal availability varies.
  • From Lukla to Everest Base Camp (EBC), phone signals are generally reliable, except for
  • Dingboche and Lobuche where NTC SIM cards work, but Ncell signals are on and off.
  • From EBC to Dzongla, there is partial signal, and Chola Pass has no signal. In places like Dhagnak, Gokyo Renjola, and Lugdern, there is no signal, but you may find satellite phones in Gokyo lodges for emergency calls.
  • Thame is the first place after Gokyo where you can reliably get phone signals.

Battery Charging:

  • From Lukla to Pangboche, electricity is available. However, in places like Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, Dzongla, Dhagnak, and Gokyo, there is no electricity.
  • The good news is that most of these places have adopted solar power for charging. While you can charge your devices, it usually comes with a small fee.
  • Throughout the trail, you will find charging services available at tea houses and lodges for a nominal fee.

Important Considerations:

  • It’s advisable to carry a portable power bank to ensure you have a backup power source during times when charging is not available.
  • Keep in mind that due to the remote location, services may not be as fast or reliable as in urban areas.
  • While some lodges have satellite phones for emergency calls, it’s recommended to inform someone of your itinerary and have a reliable means of communication in case of emergencies.

Overall, despite the challenges, the trekking route is equipped with services to keep you connected and charged, albeit with some limitations and additional costs.

Insurance for 3 pass Everest Trekking:

When you go on the Everest 3 Pass trek, it’s really important to get good travel insurance. This trek is a big adventure, and you need to be ready for any emergencies that might happen in tough areas. Travel insurance helps you by covering the cost of emergency medical expenses, especially important in the isolated and high-altitude places on the trek. If something unexpected comes up and messes up your plans, like your flight getting canceled or a personal emergency, insurance protects your money by giving you a refund for trip interruptions or cancellations. Because the trek is in a remote place, insurance makes sure you can quickly get help in an emergency, like a helicopter ride if you need it. It gives you peace of mind, so you can enjoy the adventure without stressing about potential problems.

Useful tips for Everest 3 pass Trekking

The Everest 3 Pass Trek is a challenging and adventurous trek in the Everest region of Nepal, involving crossing three high mountain passes: Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Kongma La Pass. Here’s a useful list of tips to help you prepare for and navigate this trek successfully:

Reached EBC

Physical Fitness:

  • Start a fitness regimen well before the trek, including cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and endurance activities.
  • Acclimatize gradually by spending a few extra days in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche before attempting the passes.

Altitude Acclimatization:

  • Ascend slowly to allow your body to acclimatize properly.
  • Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol, as it can exacerbate altitude sickness.

Proper Gear:

  • Invest in high-quality, waterproof trekking gear, including a reliable pair of trekking boots, down jacket, and a good quality backpack.
  • Carry a four-season sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures.

Weather Awareness:

  • Check the weather forecast regularly and be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
  • Layer your clothing to adjust to temperature changes during the day.

Hydration and Nutrition:

  • Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Consider carrying a water purification system.
  • Consume a balanced diet rich in carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to sustain your energy levels.

Guide and Permits:

  • Hire an experienced guide who is familiar with the region.
  • Obtain the necessary permits, including the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and TIMS card.


  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone with a local SIM card for emergency communication.
  • Consider a satellite phone for remote areas with no cellular coverage.

Emergency Plan:

  • Familiarize yourself with emergency evacuation procedures and the location of the nearest medical facilities.
  • Carry a basic first aid kit with essential medicines.

Pack Light:

  • Pack only the essentials to keep your backpack light. Consider hiring a porter to carry heavy loads.
  • Prioritize warm layers and be prepared for temperature variations.

Cultural Sensitivity:

  • Respect the local culture and traditions. Dress modestly, especially in the presence of religious sites and local communities.


  • Bring extra camera batteries and memory cards. The scenery is breathtaking, and you’ll want to capture the moments.

Flexible Itinerary:

Be prepared for unexpected delays or changes in the itinerary due to weather conditions or other factors.

Remember, preparation and flexibility are key to a successful Everest 3 Pass Trek. Always prioritize safety and enjoy the stunning landscapes that the Everest region has to offer.

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