Everest Three Passes Trek

Everest Three Passes Trek - 20 days

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Duration
20 days
Max. Elevation
5545m
Group size
Min. 2 Pax
Level
DIFFICULT
Transportation
Private car/van, and flight
Best Season
February-June, August-November
Accomodation
  • 3* Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Basic tea house Lodge during the trek.
Meals
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • All meals include during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner)
Starts at
Lukla
Ends at
Lukla
Trip Route
Lukla-Namche-Chhukung-EBC-Labuche-Gokyo-Thame-Namche-Lukla

Highlights

    • Start with exploring Kathmandu city- the city of arts and cultures and the history. 
    • Take a scenic flight to Lukla- the gateway to Mount Everest. 
    • Explore the vibrant Sherpa villages with unique cultures and the traditions. 
    • Cross the three challenging high passes of Rengo La, Cho La and Kongma La- over 5000 meters above the sea level. 
    • Collect the best views of Himalayas including Mount Everest. 
    • Create a lifetime experiences with A1 Trek.
The Everest Three Passes Trek is an epic Himalayan journey through three of the highest passes in the world. It is considered one of the most challenging treks in Nepal and offers an unparalleled experience in the heart of the Himalayas. It is an alternative trek to EBC trek.

Everest Three Passes Trek is an adventurous high-altitude trek in the Everest region of Nepal. It takes trekkers through the three high-altitude passes of the Himalayas - Kongma La (5535 m), Cho La (5420 m), and Renjo La (5345 m). The trek starts from Lukla after a 35-minute flight from Kathmandu. The trail ascends to Namche Bazaar and then onto Thame, the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. From here, trekkers can take in the stunning views of the Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Cho Oyu (8188 m), and Nuptse (7879 m). The trek then continues to Gokyo and onwards to the high-altitude passes of Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La. 

During the trek, trekkers can witness some of the most beautiful Himalayan landscapes such as the Ngozumpa Glacier, Dudh Kunda Lake, and the Gokyo valley. The trek will also take you through some of the world's highest villages such as Gokyo and Thame. These villages offer a unique insight into the lives of the local people and their culture. The trek is a strenuous one and requires a good level of fitness and acclimatization. 
However, the experience is worth the effort as you get to witness some of the most spectacular views of the Himalayas and its people. Along the way, you will also get to meet a number of friendly Sherpas who will guide you through the passes and help you reach your destination. The Everest Three Passes Trek is an ideal trek for those looking for an adventure into the Himalayan wilderness. It offers an incredible opportunity to take in the majestic beauty of the Himalayas, its people, and its culture.


Everest Three Passes Route

The trek begins in Lukla, where you will spend a few days acclimatizing before heading up to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region. From there, you will follow the traditional route, trekking through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche. You will also have the opportunity to visit the famous Tengboche Monastery and the Everest Base Camp. The toughest part of the trek is the crossing of the three passes. 
The Kongma La pass is the highest of the three, and also the most difficult to traverse. The path is steep, icy, and exposed, so it is essential to be prepared for the cold and windy conditions. From the top of the pass, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Everest and the surrounding mountains.
The Cho La pass is the second highest, and the Renjo La pass is the third. Both passes require a bit of scrambling, but the views from the top are equally impressive. Once you have crossed all three passes, you will make your way back down to Lukla for a well-deserved rest. 
The Everest Three Passes Trek is a challenging but rewarding journey. It is a great way to explore the majestic Khumbu region and get a glimpse of the world’s highest mountains.


Best season

The best season for the Everest Three Passes Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) during these times, the weather is generally dry and sunny with clear views of the mountain peaks. 
The risks of altitude sickness are also lower during these months, as warmer temperatures mean the air is less dense. The summer months (June to August) are usually wet, making the trails muddy and slippery. This can make the trek difficult and dangerous, and it is best avoided during this time. 
Similarly, winter (December to February) is very cold and temperatures can drop below freezing. The trails may also be covered in snow, making them difficult to navigate. Overall, the best time to do the Everest Three Passes Trek is during the spring and autumn. During these months, temperatures are more comfortable and the trails are generally dry and clear.


Difficulty 

Everest Three passes trek is not for the faint of heart, as it involves high altitudes, long days of walking, and sometimes grueling ascents and descents. It is a physically demanding trek that requires a good level of fitness and the ability to cope with the extreme conditions of the high Himalayas. 
The trek begins with a flight to Lukla, where the trekking begins. The first few days involve walking through the Dudh Kosi Valley, passing quaint villages and terraced fields. As the altitude increases, the landscape changes to that of alpine meadows and rocky terrain. 
Trekking can become increasingly difficult as the days progress due to the altitude, the terrain, and the weather. The three passes are the highlight of the trek, offering stunning views of Everest and the surrounding peaks. However, they are not to be taken lightly. The passes can be quite treacherous  
 

Accommodation 

Three Passes Trek is an incredible journey through the legendary mountain kingdom of Nepal. It is one of the most challenging and rewarding treks in the world, taking you over three high mountain passes, and providing stunning views of the world’s highest peaks, including Mt. Everest. 
Accommodation during the trek varies depending on the route taken but generally consists of a combination of camping, teahouses, and guesthouses. Camping is often used on the more remote sections of the trek, providing the ultimate flexibility. Teahouses are located along the main trails and provide basic accommodation with shared bathrooms. 
Guesthouses can be found in the villages and provide a more comfortable stay with private bathrooms. Camping is the most popular option for those wanting to get closer to the landscape and experience the outdoors. Camping equipment can be hired in Kathmandu, or rented from local providers. 
Teahouses are the most common form of accommodation on the Everest Three Passes Trek, and provide a comfortable, if basic, stay. They are usually small, family-run establishments, with basic facilities such as shared bathrooms. Guesthouses are a great option for those looking for something a bit more comfortable. They provide private rooms 

Everest Three passes trek Cost 

Everest Three Passes trek is considered to be one of the most challenging treks in Nepal, but it is also one of the most beautiful and rewarding experiences. The Everest Three Passes Trek cost depends on the season you choose to trek. Generally, it costs around USD 1,300 to USD 1,500 per person. 
This amount includes the necessary permits, accommodation, meals, guides, and porters. In addition, you will need to pay for any gear, equipment, and extra food if you want to eat, you will need on your treks, such as trekking poles, warm clothing, and a sleeping bag. 
The Everest Three Passes Trek cost also depends on the length of the trek. Longer treks will cost more since you will need to pay for more permits, food, and accommodation. Finally, the cost of the Everest Three Passes Trek also depends on the type of guide and porters you choose. Professional guides and porters are more expensive, but they can make your trek much safer and more comfortable. 


Important Note

As per the Itinerary can customize as your need and the primary piece of gear for day hiking is about 15/20 Liter. you can keep your personal belongings in this bag.

Trip Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu international airport, the A1 Trek representative welcomes you and will help you to transfer to the hotel. You can then take a good rest in the hotel. Later you can explore around yourself if interested. 

  • Accommodation: at a 3-star category hotel on a twin/double sharing basis. 

With an early morning flight, you will be arriving at Lukla airport. At Lukla, meet the porters before starting the trek. The route to Phakding is an easy one. Just keep on your eyes as the finest views of Kusum Kanguru can be collected. Phakding is a small settlement on the Dudh Koshi river bank. Enjoy a comfortable night's stay at the Phakding teahouse.

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

Start the day with a good breakfast. Get into Monjo then enter to Sagarmatha National park- the home to the greatest Himalayan flora and faunas. The dense forest of blue pine, deodar, rhododendron, and more. On a clear day, you can also catch the first glimpse of Mount Everest on the way up to Namche Bazar. After six hours of trek, you will be reaching Namche Bazar- which is also famous as the Sherpa capital. Namche is the home of famous mountaineers. You will be staying two nights at Namche before heading up. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

After breakfast, you will be hiking up to Everest view point to collect the 360 views of the mountains. The viewpoint offers stunning views of the Himalayas including Mount Everest. Later in the afternoon, you can explore Namche Bazar or can take a good rest in your hotel. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

After spending two beautiful days in Namche Bazaar, you will be trekking to Thame this day. The route to Thame from Namche Bazar is gradual uphill and some part of a downhill combination. The views along the route are exceptional as Mount Ama Dablam especially looks the greatest. Upon reaching Thame, you can take a good rest in your teahouse. You will be staying at a local teahouse at Thame. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

After the two excellent days in Thame, today you will be further hiking to Lungdhen. The walk begins with a short ascent to the ancient chorten just above Thame village. Then you will enter the village in between the hills where the big mountains hide. Lungdhen is a small Sherpa village with very few local teahouses. You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

On a long and exciting day, you will be crossing one of the three passes- Renjo La pass at 5435 meters. Starting early with a packed lunch and sufficient water to drink, you will first ascend the steep uphill to get to a flat valley.  Walking some time inside the flat valley reaching the bottom, you will then take a steep uphill through the loose rock area and then to the top of the pass. The top of the pass is full of good views of mountains including Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Thamserku Himal, and more. Additionally, the Ngozumba glacier looks stunning from the ridge. After enjoying the best views, you will be descending down to the Gokyo valley for the night. Gokyo is one of the best valleys In Everest with many glacial lakes. You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse at Gokyo valley. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

Hike the steep uphill to reach to the Gokyo ridge, which is widely famous as Gokyo Ri at the elevation of 5340 meters. The top offers excellent views of the whole Gokyo valley. The massive Ngozumpa glacier and the top are enriched with the best views of the Himalayas including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Gychung Kang, and other adjoining Himalayas. You will be then coming back to the teahouse for the breakfast. During the day you will be hiking to the fifth lake, which is also the base of Cho Oyu Himal. This way it is one of the beautiful days of the trek. You will be spending the night at a local teahouse

Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

After spending two wonderful days at Gokyo valley, you will be trekking to Thangna this day. It is an easy and pleasant day trip. The route to Thagna is an easy downhill from Gokyo. Upon reaching Thagna, you can take a good rest. You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse.

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

One of the exciting and challenging days of the trek, you will be getting to Dzongla after passing Cho La pass this day.  The route first crosses the valley before taking a steep uphill route to Cho La pass. Into the rough ridge, the gradual ascend allows collecting the excellent views of the Himalayas including Mount Everest and the beautiful valley on the other side. You will be than walking across the Cho La glacier which is slipper and a bit adventurous to get to the viewpoint to enjoy the mesmerizing views. You will be making the final descent to Dzongla for the night. You will be staying overnight at a local house.  

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

After an exhausting day, today you will be trekking an easier way to Lobuche. Lobuche is a small settlement in the valley. You can collect the good views of Mount Ama Dablam and other adjoining mountains from the teahouse. You will be spending your night at a local teahouse at Lobuche.  

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

One of the exciting days, you will first trek to Gorakshep for three hours. You will then have your lunch there. Post lunch, leave your bag packs and start the hike to Everest base camp with some essentials (day pack, water, camera, and some chocolates). It takes ninety minutes to get to base camp from Gorakshep. Enjoy the moments, collect the memories and leave a footprint at Everest base camp. Then retrace back to Gorakshep for the night. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

Early morning, get to Kalapatthar to collect the best sunrise view. Kalapatthar is actually the better place to see the closer views of Mount Everest. And collecting the sunrise view at Kalapatthar is the best experience. You will then get back to Gorakshep for the breakfast. After having a delicious breakfast, you will be retracing back to Lobuche for the night. You will be spending your night at a local teahouse.  

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

On this day you will be completing all three passes as you will be traversing the Kongma La pass at 5535 meters. The route to the Kongma La pass is mostly uphill till the top through the rough moraine trail beneath Lhotse and Nuptse Peak. The top offers excellent views of the Himalayas including Mount Everest. You will then take a sweeping downhill to reach Chukung village. Situated at the elevation of 4760 meters above sea level, Chukung is a small settlement with an incredible view of peaks including; Island Peak, Lhotse Shar, Lhotse, Nuptse, and the beautiful Amadablam. You can take an optional hike to Chukung Ri for the best views. You will be staying overnight at Chukung.

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

After completing the three high passes, you will be now getting to the main trekking route of Everest base camp. From Chhukung, following a downhill route with the good views of the Himalayas, you will be getting to Pangboche. Pangboche is a small and beautiful village in the lap of the mountains. You can enjoy the excellent views of the mountains at Pangboche. You will be spending your night at a local teahouse at Pangboche.  

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

The easy and pleasant way. Although the distance is a bit longer, the route is mostly descending. You will be crossing the familiar village of Pangboche, Tengboche before getting back to Namche Bazar. At Namche Bazar, you can go to the café to enjoy the good coffee and the fresh bake. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

Retrace the same way back, that you have followed up. Get the final glimpse of mount Everest, enjoy the stunning trails, and wish good luck to the trekkers going up. At Lukla, you will be saying goodbye to your porter as well. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

After collecting all the greatest memories of the trek, today you will be flying back to Kathmandu. From Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to the hotel where you can take a relaxing rest. 

  • Food: Breakfast Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a 3-star hotel on a twin/double sharing basis.

With all the finest memories, today you will be flying to your next destination. Our representative will be transferred to Kathmandu airport. With the hope to see you again in Nepal, we will be saying bye for this time. 

Food: Breakfast Included
Accommodation: not included. 

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Includes

    • Airport pick up and drop off by a private vehicle 
    • Hotel in Kathmandu at a 3-star category hotel on a twin/double sharing basis. 
    • Private vehicle and guide during Kathmandu valley sightseeing. 
    • All the entrance fees, and the permits needed for the trip. 
    • Domestic flight (Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu). 
    • An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses during the trekking.
    • Porter(s) during the trekking and their all expenses.
    • Food (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking 
    • Teahouse accommodation during the trekking. 
    • Guide and porter insurance. 
    • All the government taxes and the company service Charge. 

Doesn't Include

    International airfare, Travel Insurance, and Nepal Visa Fees
    Food in Kathmandu. 
    Extra charges of WIFI, hot shower, boiled water, and electricity to charge the devices during the trekking.
    Laundries and beverages
    Tips for Guide, Porter, and Driver 

Complimentary

    • Everest Region Trekking Map
    • Welcome, and welfare Dinner in Nepali cultural dance shows restaurant,
    • A1Trek company logo print T-shirt
    • Trekking Certificate of A1trekking company.

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Made it in march 2020... Great organisation, landscapes... To be recommended

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