Trekking through the Three Passes / NPL – 17

The three passes trek is one of the strenuous trekking routes in Everest region. Three passes trek fulfills the dream of every amateur climbers and serious trekkers, who have been seeking the thrill of adventure. This route is popular among the adventure seekers around the globe and leads you to experience the Everest mountain range. The three passes trek includes Kongma La pass (5535m), Cho La pass (5420m) and Renjo-la pass (5545m). These three passes are the passes which we have to cross during our trek so it is called three passes trek. During trek you will encounter with the natural and cultural beauty of the Everest region. Three passes trek offer magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and many more.

Three passes trek start with an exhilarating mountain flight to Lukla, then we continue our trekking through Namche, Tyangboche and Dingboche to the Kongma La pass surrounded Himalayan giants. From the Kongma La pass, you will descend to the Khumbu glacier and then ascend Kala Pathar for dazzling view of Mount Everest. Then you will cross the glaciated Cho La pass to Gokyo valley, where we can explore the valley and climb Gokyo Ri to enjoy more excellent views of western snowcaps including another angle of Everest. After that, we will scramble ahead to cross third pass Renjo-la pass near to the Tibetan border to the north. After accomplishing the third pass we will re-trace back to Lukla and then fly back to Katmandu. Although you have to cross the high passes above 5000 m, you do not require any technical climbing skills. Anyone with sound fitness and good health can complete the trek.

Brief Itinerary


01 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
02 Free day in Kathmandu.
03 Fly Kathmandu - Lukla and commence trek to Phakding
04 Trek Phakding - Namche Bazaar
05 Free day in Namche Bazaar
06 Trek Namche – Thyangboche
07 Trek Thyangboche – Dingboche
08 Trek Dingboche – Chhukung
09 Trek Chhukung - Ghhukung Ri to Chhukung
10 Trek Chhukung - Kongma La to Lobuche
11 Trek Lobuche – Gorakshep
12 Trek Gorakshep - Kalapattar – Gorakshep
13 Trek Gorakshep – Tuglha
14 Trek Tuglha - Chola La – Thagna
15 Trek Thagna - Gokyo Ri – Gokyo
16 Trek Gokyo - Renjo La – Chhule
17 Trek Chhule – Thame
18 Trek Thame - Namche Bazaar
19 Trek Namche – Lukla
20 Reserve Day
21 Fly Lukla - Kathmandu
22 Kathmandu
23 Kathmandu
24 Departure transfer to the airport for onwards journey

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu - Lukla and commence trek to Phakding
Fly to Lukla early in the morning from Tribhuvan Domestic Airport, Kathmandu It is 40 minutes flight in twin otter. Lukla is located at the altitude of 2800m so there will be quite colder than in Kathmandu. After walking few minutes from Lukla airport, stop at restaurant for tea break. books, internet facility. If you need some trekking gear then you can buy here in Lukla.
Day 04: Trek Phakding - Namche Bazaar
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). The trail starts through a level path along the right bank. Thamserku looms skyward on the opposite bank. You cross a stream and climb the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, to arrive at Bengar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. You continue along a path with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village of Monjo. Now, you descend the path of stone steps and return to the right bank over a wooden bridge. After a short climb you come to Jorsale’s teahouse and hotel, also stop at the National Park Service where a park entrance fee is collected. After your departure from Jorsale you enter a forested mountainside. You follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks - the right is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nampa La. After short distance along the Bhote Koshi you begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, you will emerge at a ridge top rest area that offers excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.) The climb eases somewhat, and Namche Bazaar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. Pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village. Namche Bazaar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi.
Day 05: Free day in Namche Bazaar
Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) for acclimatization. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Thyangboche. For the acclimatization you walk up to Khumjung where you can visit monastery You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and so on. Or, you can have an hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche Bazaar for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.
Day 06: Trek Namche – Thyangboche
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m.). You leave the village for a climb to the top of a ridge and level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangrib. To the right there is a steep cliff that drops down to the Dudh Kosi, faintly visible on the valley floor below. As you make your way around a branch ridge, Ama Dablam (6812m) Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855m) and Tawoche (6501m) suddenly appear. After a gentle descent the mountain path ends; you will come to the fork leading to Gokyo. Now you descend past two tea houses and through the village of Trashinga. Though you cannot see it, you can hear the Dudh Kosi and soon you descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. It is a long climb to Thyangboche; the first half is especially steep. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. Continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Thyangboche (3867m).
Day 07:  Trek Thyangboche – Dingboche
From Thyangboche the trail at first descent to Deboche (3820m) through a forest of birches, juniper, conifers and rhododendrons. There is a small settlement as well as monastery at Deboche. The level trail further ahead from Deboche to Imja khola passes many mane walls in a deep rhododendron forest. Along the way from Thyangboche before crossing Imja khola you can often see the musk deer, pheasant (national birds of Nepal), blue sheep etc. After crossing the Imja khola the trail climbs past some magnificently carved mane stones to lower Pangboche (3930m). Beyond Pangboche the trail lead level and gradually up to somare (4010m) then level walk to orsho (4190m). There are two trails further ahead from orsho whereas one trail higher up left hand side leads to Pheriche and lower trail right hand side above Imja khola leads gradually ascend to Dingboche (4410m). During the day you can see amazing views of Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m) and Island (6189m)
Day 08: Trek Dingboche – Chhukung
From here we have a short walking day as it is very important to avoid getting affected by the thinning of the air and get acclimatization to climb Island peak. Our guide will give important and useful information about the situation on climbing Island peak and about next day’s activities.
Day 09: Trek Chhukung - Ghhukung Ri to Chhukung
Rest day in Chhukung or optional hike to the top of Chukung Ri (5565 m), a non technical walk up a well defined trail for magnificent views of the dramatic South Wall of Lhotse, the pink granite monolith of Makalu, and the southern wall fluted with ice gulleys from 7000m Baruntse to 7000m Ama Dablam, the peak that many feel is the most beautiful in the world.
Day 10: Trek Chhukung - Kongma La to Lobuche
The Kongma La pass takes only an hour or so via Thugla. To reach the Kongma La, we head directly west out of Chhukhung on a small, rocky trail and contour around many hillsides, usually not very steep, until we reach the Pokalden Base Camp. After a few other hills, we will reach another Base Camp for Pokalden and a clear blue lake which sits just below the pass. We climb the last half hour on a trail which is good but looks impossibly built into the cliff-side, and about 4 hours later we will reach the Kongma La at 5540 meters.
Day 11: Trek Lobuche – Gorakshep
After a short climb through meadows, look down on the Khumbu Glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapattar - the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After approximately 3 hrs of hiking you will arrive at Base Camp and enjoy views of the Khumbu Glacier and icefall, where Everest expeditions begin, after the excursion return back to Gorakshep.
Day 12: Trek Gorakshep - Kalapattar – Gorakshep
The day starts with a hike up to Kalapattar (5545m), the best viewpoint to witness Mt. Everest and the spectacular Himalayan range. Then trek back to Gorekshep.
Day 13: Trek Gorakshep – Tuglha
Descend to Tuglha
Day 14: Trek Tuglha - Chola La – Thagna
We begin the day by climbing to Chola-la crossing over and descending once more to Thanga (4500m).
Day 15: Trek Thagna - Gokyo Ri – Gokyo
This day early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m/19083ft) ample rewards to one attempts this trip. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded.
Day 16: Trek Gokyo - Renjo La – Chhule
The crossing of the Renjo La Pass will be exciting and challenging as we descend into remote northern Valley where access is restricted, and the landscape is progressively that of the Tibetan Valleys beyond the border. There is a chance we will meet Tibetan Traders descending from the Nangpa La pass that leads through the Himalayas from Tibet with their caravans of woolly yaks laden with goods.
Day 17: Trek Chhule – Thame
After taking breakfast, we trek down to Thame more amazing snow peaks. We may meet Tibetan trader encampments along the way for pictures of a rare lifestyle. About 150 meters above Thame, there is a Thame Monastery, a picturesque monastery set among the many homes of monks and lay people. It's perched on the side of a hill overlooking the valley. This is the site for the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival, held about the middle of May each year.
Day 18: Trek Thame - Namche Bazaar
Continue our trekking following the flat and descending to first resting place Thamo after heading towards to Namche bazaar.
Day 19: Trek Namche – Lukla
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) takes about five hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.
Day 20: Reserve Day
Day 21: Fly Lukla - Kathmandu
Day 22: Kathmandu
Day 23: Kathmandu
Day 24: Departure transfer to the airport for onwards journey


  "2 Pax" "3-5 Pax" "6-9 Pax" "10-14 Pax" "15 Up Pax" "Single Room Supplement"
Deluxe 2544 2466 2358 2268 2208 438
Standard 2448 2370 2262 2172 2112 390
Budget 2532 2274 2166 2076 2016 294

Note: Airfare, taxes and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Cost Include:
- All necessary airport transfers
- Domestic airfares and airport tax wherever applicable
- Twin sharing accommodation on breakfast basis in hotels
- Twin sharing accommodation in Tea House/Lodge/Camp during trekking on full board basis with English speaking Sherpa guide and porters
- All sightseeing with English speaking local guide
- All applicable surface transfer by private vehicle
- Insurance for our trek crew members only
- National Park and TIMS fee wherever applicable
- Monument Entrance fee.
Cost Exclude:
- Any international airfare and airport taxes
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Meals (Lunch/Dinner) except during trekking
- Restricted area permit fees or Special permit fees wherever applicable
- Peak Climbing fees
- High altitude Climbing Sherpa/Porters and equipment
- Insurance and Tips
- Bottled drinks
- Emergency/Rescue in any form
- Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any cost arise due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc
- Any other arrangements not mentioned in the above cost include section
Trekking Destinations
Langtang Sector Everest Region Trek Annapurna Sector East Sector West Sector
- Tamang Heritage Trail
- Helambu Village Trek
- Helambu Gunjala Pass
- Helambu Paanchpokhari Trek
- Everest Base Camp
- Monastery Delight
- Classical Everest Trek
- Trekking through the 3 pases
- EBC with Island Peak
- EBC with Lobuche Peak
- Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
- Sailung Trek
- Annapurna Base Camp
- Round Annapurna Trek
- Ghorepani Trek
- Panchase Trek
- Upper Mustang Trek
- Kanchanjunga Trek
- Makalu Trek
- Dhaulagiri Trek
- Upper Dolpo Trek
- Rara & Kagmara Trek
Trip Destinations
- Everest Base Camp
- Monastery Delight
- Classical Everest Trek
- Trekking through the 3 pases
- EBC with Island Peak
- EBC with Lobuche Peak
- Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
- Sailung Trek
Highlight of this Trek
Three passes trek start with an exhilarating mountain flight to Lukla, then we continue our trekking through Namche, Tyangboche and Dingboche to the Kongma La pass surrounded Himalayan giants. From the Kongma La pass, you will descend to the Khumbu glacier and then ascend Kala Pathar for dazzling view of Mount Everest.
Trip Facts
Minimum altitude: 2800m.
Maximum altitude: 5483.
Grade: Easy
Mode: Tented Camp
Duration of Trek: 17 Day
Entry: Kathmandu - Lukla
Exit: Lukla - Kathmandu
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