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Duration: 22 days

Cost: USD 1750

Trip Type: Hotels & Lodge

Grade: Moderate to Adventurous

Altitude: 5,545 m

Activities: Sightseeing tour, exciting flights and scenic adventurous walks.

Area of Trekking: Nepal North Mid-East within Khumbu areas of Everest region.

People and Culture: Buddhist

Start & End of treks: Lukla to Lukla

Season: March to May and September to early December

Trekking Duration: 17 Nights and 18 Days (Lukla to Lukla) with flights and walks.


‘traverse high passes of scenic Khumbu to beautiful destinations with Everest Base Camp’

Everest Three Passes Trekking, an adventure that leads you to awesome experience within world’s highest areas of scenic Khumbu valley in the shade of mighty Everest that dominates you along the walks.

Everest Three Passes Trekking, where adventurer and physical fit trekkers can join in this outmost thrills of exciting moments in the harmony of giant peaks that encircles you and exploring rugged and beautiful country of Everest region around Khumbu Himal.

Our marvelous walks a combination of scenic adventure with cultural visits around lovely high Khumbu Sherpa villages, the highlanders of Everest where Sherpa are famous as pioneering mountain guides interwoven with strong Buddhist religion and fascinating colorful culture.

Starting Everest Three Passes Trekking from Lukla a Sherpa busy town where short and scenic flight on smaller aircraft brings you to this interesting town at Lukla, where walk begins heading into nice farm villages and river gorge of Dudh-Kosi River.

All along the walks grand views of peaks then entering into cool serene woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-pine and fir tree lines as our route leads high at famous Namche Bazaar, here with rest day for acclimatization and short hikes to some view points.

From Namche heading higher to beautiful Thyangboche and its impressive monastery surrounded by lush vegetation and woodland with views of peaks that encircles this lovely spot, where walk continues beyond tree lines heading into sheer wilderness towards arid and barren country.

Finally walk takes you to cross first pass of the adventure over Kongma-la at 5,535 m the highest traverse of the trip to reach Everest base camp and on top Kalapathar 5,545 m the highest point of Everest Three Passes.

Enjoying fantastic panorama of mountains with Everest at close distance and then heading over second pass over Tsho-la to reach beautiful Gokyo valley and its emerald colored lakes with views of world 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu.

After Gokyo with time to marvel the scenic views and panorama of mountains from Gokyo-Ri as our adventure leads to the final last high pass of the journey traversing Renjo-la with fantastic views during climb and descend towards remote and isolated village at Thame.

At Thame visit its old monastery of great interest and then heading back to Lukla after completing all three high passes of Everest, where a swift scenic flight from Lukla brings you into hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu with memorable experience and adventure on Everest Three Passes Trekking.

Why Everest Three Passes Treks?

  • “An amazing adventure around beautiful Khumbu crossing high and scenic three passes
  • Grand views of high mountains range traversing over 5,000 m passes with Everest base camp
  • An adventure of a lifetime experience enclosed within world’s highest mountains
  • From mainstream trekking trails to off the beaten tracks in complete wilderness
  • Glorious panorama from high Kalapathar, Gokyo-Ri including crossing in high passes
  • Explore Sherpa villages enriched with age-old culture with interesting monasteries
  • Adventure leads you from lush green forest to remorseless fields of ice and glaciers
  • Trekking into World Heritage Sites around Sagarmatha (Everest) National Parks
  • Short sweeping flights with super panorama of mountains and close views of Everest”

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels

Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour and preparations for the trek.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and trek to Phakding 2,670 m - 04 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.

Day 05: At Namche Bazaar rest day for acclimatization and short hikes.

Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m - 05 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,340 m - 05 hrs.

Day 08: At Dingboche rest with short hike to support acclimatization.

Day 09: Trek to Chukung 4,780 m - 04 hrs.

Day 10: Trek and cross Kongmo-la at 5,535 m to Lobuche 4,980 m - 08 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep 5,180 m and continue to Everest base camp 5,364 m - 06 hrs.

Day 12: Hike to Kalapathar Hill top 5,545 m and walk to Dzongla 4,780 m - 05 hrs.

Day 13: Cross over Tsho-la 5,367 m and descend to Thaknak 4,760 m - 07 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Gokyo main 3rd Lake 4,810 m - 04 hrs.

Day 15: Rest day at Gokyo with option of hike to Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m.

Day 16: Trek can cross Renjo-la 5,360 m and walk to Lungden 4,240 m - 07 hrs.

Day 17: Trek to Thame 3,880 m - 06 hrs.

Day 18: Trek to Monjo 2,860 m past Namche Bazaar - 06 hrs.

Day 19: Trek to Lukla and transfer to lodge with free afternoon - 04 hrs.

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu 30 minutes on air and transfer to hotel.

Day 21: Reserve and spare day with optional sightseeing tour.

Day 22: Depart for International flights homeward bound.

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Day 01: Reach Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels

On reaching at Kathmandu international airport received by our representative and guide, then transfer for short drive in the heart of Kathmandu city and to your hotels.

After checking into your pleasant rooms then join in for group briefing regarding ‘Everest Three Passes’ treks includes useful information to make your stay in Nepal more enjoyable and worth-while with us.

Evening includes group dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs as entertainment.

Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour and preparations for Everest Three passes.

Morning after breakfast in the hotel, our tour guide will take you in the heart of Kathmandu city, for exciting historical and heritage tour of old Durbar (royal palace and courtyard) square of great importance.

Tour includes Temple of Kumari (Living young virgin Goddess) Kastamandap Temple where Kathmandu name derived from, a temple built with the wood of a single tree, tour of old palace during the reign of Malla and late Shah kings.

As tour continues towards famed landmark of Nepal at Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,500 years old a Buddhist Chaitya or Stupa, facing all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, as tour continues towards famed landmark of Nepal at Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,500 years old a Buddhist Chaitya or Stupa, facing all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.

Afternoon tour of famous Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath and visit Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the largest dome shaped monument in Asia of Buddhist religion and culture.

After an exciting and interesting tour head back to hotel preparation for Everest Three Passes trek next early morning with exciting flight to Lukla around high Khumbu area of Everest.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and trek to Phakding 2,670 m - 04 hrs.

Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic air-terminal for exciting scenic flight to land at Lukla, a small aircraft either Dornier or Twin-Otter could be of similar types where you can witness amazing panorama of snowcapped Himalayan range of peaks with close views of Mt. Everest, as flight lands at Lukla airport known as Tenzing-Hillary airport (after legendry late mountaineers who first stepped on top Mt. Everest in 29th May 1953).

In Lukla after having refreshing stops, then walk through Lukla Sherpa town, Lukla the gateway Town for high Khumbu valley and to various adventures around Everest region, as walk leads downhill for short-while and then on gradual winding path past nice Sherpa farm villages and tended crops and vegetable fields and terraces.

As walk encounters several Buddhist monuments Mani (prayer walls) and rows of spinning bells and into cool shade of woodland to reach our overnight stop at Phakding village located by the Dudh Kosi a glacial river.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.

Morning walks follows Dudh Kosi River upstream crossing bridges few time to reach at Monjo nice village with views of Kongde and Tharmasarku peaks with holy Mt. Khumbila in the north direction.

After Monjo enter into Sagarmatha National Park (Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepalese while Sherpa Calls Chomolungma which means Great Mother in both languages), a short downhill and over a bridge to Jorsalle the last village before Namche Bazaar.

From Jorsalle walk on river bed with climb up after crossing the last high bridge and into cool shade of pines and rhododendron woods with views of peaks as winding uphill walks takes you at famous Namche Bazaar for two full overnights.

Day 05: At Namche Bazaar rest day for acclimatization and short hikes.

A full rest day for acclimatization at Namche, an interesting large village and town with many excellent facilities of ATM-Banks-nice restaurants and bakeries with many stores and shops, at Namche once a week Saturday Market is held which will be active and colorful to witness.

On this day one can hike on top Namche for grand views of Everest-Lhotse-Amadablam and other series of high peaks and visit its interesting museum with full information of Khumbu and Sherpa culture with various flora-fauna.

Other short hike to Everest View Hotel, where climb leads above Namche for few hours rewards you with stunning views of Everest and other high peaks, for energetic people can take walk around Khumjung and Khunde villages to observe culture and traditional life of Khumbu Sherpa located on a glacial valley.

Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m - 05 hrs.

After an enjoyable and pleasant time at Namche with rest days, morning walk leads to scenic walks on gradual wide winding trails with views of Everest and other giant peaks, as walk leads downhill to Imjatse river at Phunki Tenga, a small place with few lodges an ideal spot for refreshing break or lunch stop.

Afternoon walk leads to uphill climb into cool shade of alpine forest to reach beautiful surrounding at Thyangboche Monastery facing panorama of mountains with Everest and Amadablam at close distance, here with time for tour into monastery and witness monks and priest on prayer.

Thyangboche holds an important ‘Mani-Rimdu’ a colorful religious festival where monks perform mask dance to wade evil spirits, the festival falls in the month of October as per Buddhist lunar calendar.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,340 m - 05 hrs.

Morning enjoy views of Everest, our route descends into forested areas reaching a metal bridge, from here a slow climb encountering mani (prayer) walls along the walks to Pangboche village, last permanent village on route to Everest base camp.

From here walk leads around barren and windswept country where tree lines fades for small bushes of juniper and dwarf rhododendron (azalea).

Walk leads uphill into a river gorge and then finally opens up into a wide glacial valley on reaching Dingboche with many good lodges around facing views of Imjatse or Island peaks towards east.

Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and short excursion.

Another pleasant rest day for good acclimatization, on this lovely scenic spot within beautiful Imjatse valley, where one can take a short walk uphill for best views of the valley and high mountains with views of Mt. Makalu towards east past Island peak.

At Dingboche enjoy the afternoon relaxing and marvel the surrounding scenic mountains and high landscapes.

Day 09: Trek to Chukung 4,780 m - 04 hrs.

From Dingboche morning leads to short half day walk heading towards east of Imjatse valley to reach at Chukung for overnight stop and to make it easier for next early morning adventure towards Kongma-la pass.

Day 10: Cross Kongma-la 5,535m and to Lobuche 4,928m - 08 hrs.

After Chukung starting early morning to cross first pass of the adventure over Kongma-la, where route leads beneath towering Lhotse and Nuptse peaks. As walk leads to a steep climb over moraine to reach on top Kongma-la between peak of Kongma or Mehra.

With rest in between cross Kongma-la pass at above 5,535 m and 18,159 ft, after a tough climb descend towards Khumbu glacier, walk on glacier and then to a steep climb to a ridge before heading down to Lobuche for overnight stop.

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep 5,180 m and walk to Everest base camp 5,364 m - 06 hrs.

One of the highlight of the adventure heading towards Everest Base Camp, morning starts on wide valley with slow climb to reach above Khumbu glaciers, walking past moraine dunes reaching at Gorakshep, a place with few lodges on the junction of Everest base camp and Kalapatthar, this spot with wide field use to be an early Everest base camp.

From Gorakshep few hours walk over moraine and glacier to reach our ultimate destination at base camp with sweeping views of giant peaks of Nuptse-Lo la, Nuptse with notorious huge Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers.

In high mountaineering season this place will be active with climbers and crews with many camps set on top of moraine and glaciers.

After a grand time then head back to Gorakshep for highest overnight stop of the adventure with fantastic memories of the day walks to Everest base camp.

Day 12: Hike to Kalapathar Hill top 5,545 m and walk to Dzongla 4,780 m - 05 hrs.

Morning a steady climb to Kalapatthar at 5,545 m, the highest spot of the adventure offers super panorama of mountains with Everest at close distance.

After an amazing time head back to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue downhill walk past Lobuche to reach at isolated place around Dzongla with few lodges and views of Cholatse and Taboche peaks at mere distance.

Day 13: Cross over Tsho-la 5,367 m and descend to Thaknak 4,760 m - 07 hrs.

Our second High Pass of the adventure with another tough day crossing over high Tsho-la pass after an early breakfast following the path leading to a steep up and then crossing over a glacier on the east side.

The pass at 5,367m high, quite challenging to cross in snow conditions, from the top views of giant mountains and of Cholatse Glacier then descend carefully to Thanknak for overnight stop at 4,760m a small isolated spot with few small lodges.

Day 14: Trek to Gokyo main 3rd Lake 4,810 m - 04 hrs.

After a great climb over Tsho-la pass, morning walk on easy trail to Gokyo on the trail near Na a place at the foot of Ngozumba glacier. Slowly walk lead to Gokyo Lake after first lake and second lake then reaching third lake known as Dudh Pokhari by the bank lies summer settlement of Gokyo at 4,790 meters.

Day 15: Rest day at Gokyo with option of hike to Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m.

Full rest day after crossing two main high passes, with morning options for hike to Gokyo Ri at 5,357m, for panorama of world’s 4 highest mountains Mt. Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and to the east views of Mt. Makalu.

After a great exciting time descend back to Gokyo for lunch with afternoon free to enjoy the surrounding beautiful views.

Day 16: Trek can cross Renjo-la 5,360 m and walk to Lungden 4,240 m - 07 hrs.

Last Big Day! of the adventure to complete all three high passes with last Renjo-la, starting early where a small leads to climb at the rim of Gokyo Lake, on route offers views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche.

On reaching the high ridge cross over Renjo La pass at 5,460 m, one of the most difficult section of this adventure, on reaching at the top facing panorama of Mt. Cho-Oyu and other high surrounding peaks.

After a refreshing and pleasant stop walk towards frozen ponds beneath Renjo La pass, and then a long descend to reach a small settlement at Lungdeng for overnight stop, after a tough day on completing the last pass of the adventure, Lungdeng is on-route Nangpa-la pass to the border of Tibet.

Day 17: Trek to Thame 3,800 m - 06 hours.

After feeling in high spirit on completing all three high passes of Khumbu and Everest, morning starts downhill to Marlung village, walk continues to quiet village at Thame located west of Namche Bazaar.

At Thame with time to visit its old and interesting monastery believed to be of more than 500 years old.

Day 18: Trek to Monjo 2,860 m past Namche Bazaar - 06 hrs.

An easy trekking today back into tree lines of rhododendron and pine trees with views of Kwangde peaks all the way to Namche, walk leads past nice Thamo village with small Hydro station above Bhote Kosi River which supplies electric power to Khumbu villages.

From Thamo few hours of good walk reaching Namche with time for rest and then continue downhill walk to Dudh Kosi River valley gorge and then reach Monjo for overnight stop.

Day 19: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs for last overnight with free afternoon.

Our last walk of the adventure, morning short trek of few hours following the same trail back to Lukla past Phakding and Ghat villages crossing over Dudh Kosi, and then with last final climb to reach Lukla town for last overnight stop around high scenic Khumbu and Everest region.

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel with free afternoon.

Early morning get transferred to Lukla ‘Tenzing and Hillary’ airport for short scenic flight back to Kathmandu overlooking mountain panorama with green hill landscapes as flight reaches at Kathmandu airport and then transfer back to your hotel, with free afternoon at leisure.

Day 21: Free and contingency day in Kathmandu and for individual activities.

Reserved as free and or contingency day,in case of flight delay and cancellationin Lukla in case of Himalayan unfavorable and unpredictable bad weather that might happen sometimes.

To be safe and secure having an extra day in Kathmandu, if all goes well as per our itinerary days, enjoy this free day for individual activities or join in for another exciting sightseeing tour around places of great interest visiting Kathmandu-Patan or Bhaktapur.

Day 22: Depart for International flights homeward bound.

Final and last day in Nepal, country of high Himalaya and varied culture, after a memorable experience and great adventure of a lifetime on Everest Three Passes trekking, as per time for international flight our staff transfer you to the airport for homeward bound or to your next port of call and respective destinations.

Cost Include

  • Airport pickup and drop facilities via private vehicle
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B & B basis
  • Kathmandu city sightseeing tour in private vehicle with a professional city guide.
  • Tea house accommodation and all meals during the trek ( three meals-breakfast-lunch-dinner with a cup of tea or coffee)
  • All the ground transportation on a cozy vehicle as per mentioned on itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English speaking professional trek guide and assistant guide ( more than 5 trekkers:1 guide)
  • An experienced porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All the staff expenses including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • All the necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Sagarmatha National Park, TIMS)
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • All the governmental, local and official taxes 
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket (to be returned after the trip)

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Monumental and cultural heritage sites entry fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency evacuation and rescue service
  • Personal nature expenses – Phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra potters, phone calls, internet and more
  • Service not Included other than Section "Cost Include"
  • Tips for guides, drivers and porters

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