18 Days Everest Three High Passes Trek Highlights
- The amazing landscapes including Himalayan panorama which melt your heart.
- Trek circuit around the entire Everest/ Khumbu Region
- Close views of the highest peak in the world
- Crossing 3 world's highest passes: Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La
- Trek to the world-famous Everest Base Camp
- Stand at the shores of a chain of six turquoise, glacial-fed lakes
- Explore one of the biggest glaciers in the Khumbu region- Ngozumpa glacier.
- Enjoy a 360 degree view of the mountains from Kala Patthar(5,555m)
- Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people
- The unique culture and Himalayan lifestyle
About the 18 Days Everest Three High Passes Trek
The Everest 3 High Passes Trek is one of the classic treks in the Everest Region taking trekkers to the Everest Base Camp through three world's highest passes; Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo La.
The Everest High Passes Trek is only for experienced trekkers looking for an adventure. The trek offers unparalleled mountain scenery with an opportunity to explore the Khumbu region and the Everest Himalayan range. For an adventurer, the Everest 3 High Passes Trek is the best option among all treks offered in the Everest region.
The Everest 3 High Passes Trek is the ultimate option to experience the snowy ups and downs of the Himalayas. On the Three Passes Trek you will observe the ancient culture of the Sherpa people. The trail passes through traditional villages where Buddhist monasteries, prayer wheels, and monuments abound. Sagarmatha National Park, home to a variety of wildlife including musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, barking deer, blood pheasant, Tibetan snow-cock, crimson-horned pheasant, and domesticated yaks, is a highlight of the region.
Brief Itinerary: 18 Days Everest Three High Passes Trek
Itinerary: 18 Days Everest Three High Passes Trek
Day 1 - Welcome to Kathmandu
You will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be given in the evening where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members.
Day 2 - Sightseeing Kathmandu
- After Breakfast, we will drive with our private vehicle towards our three sightseeing points in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath).
- We visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the bank of the holy River Bagmati. Here, we visit Hindu holy men (Sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats.
- After Pashupatinath, we visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa.
- We take a lunch break in front of the Stupa. After a lunch break, we will visit Swayambhunath.
Day 3 - Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding
We will pick you from your hotel and drive you to the airport in Kathmandu. A quick, 25-30-minute flight from Kathmandu will take you to Lukla (2,840m), the gateway to the Khumbu region and the starting point of this trek. Travel through the Dudhkoshi River Valley, past various settlements such as Chheplung and Chaurikharka, before reaching Phakding. Enjoy great views of the Himalayas during the trek. It's a leisurely day with a gradual descent of approximately 200 meters.
Day 4 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar
From Phakding, you’ll cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. From here the walk will be easy and pleasant with short uphill and downhill climb. You’ll get a spectacular view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m), from the village of Benkar.
Likewise, after crossing the long suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi river, you’ll reach Monjo village (2,834 m). Monjo lies below the magnificent peak of Thamserku. Near the village, there is the main entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. It is the checkpoint where the officials will check your trekking permits. Further, after a few hours of gradual walk, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar.
Day 5 - Namche Bazar (acclimatization)
Stay in Namche and allow your body to acclimatize to the altitude. You have the option to hike to the nearby areas. The trading and administrative centre of the Khumbu region, Namche is home to various government offices, banks, plenty of shops and eateries. One of the most interesting optional hikes on our list is the one that takes you to Everest View Hotel, from where you can enjoy great views of Mount Everest and other mountains in the Himalayas.
Day 6 - Namche to Tengboche
The first half of the walk from Namche is fairly easy. Within a 20 minutes walk, you’ll reach the top of the Namche village. After two hours of pleasant walk, we’ll reach a small village called Shanasa. After a gradual descent, we’ll reach the Imjatse River at Phungi Tenga village at the altitude of 3,250 meters.
Continuing our walk for an hour, we’ll reach the main entrance of Tengboche Monastery. It rests on a high ridge across the canyon from Khunde. It is beautifully surrounded by the ancient mani stones and prayers flag.
Day 7 - Tengboche to Dingboche
From Tengboche, we’ll now head towards Dingboche (3,650m). The trekking route goes through the beautiful forests of pine, rhododendron, fir, juniper, and birch. This village rewards you with magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Lhotse.
At Deboche we visit a Buddhist nunnery and cross a few chortens to reach Pangboche where we can have a splendid view of the wonderful mountains.
Day 8 - Dingboche to Chhukung
It is a pleasant walk from Dingboche to Chhukung. The trail will take us through high alpine terrains along the stone walled fields. We will continue to climb, a few hours walk to Chhukung (4760m), from where we can see the beautiful mountains up close and even better. We will spend the night here. Here, at Chhukung, we will rest or go for exploration. The point is to adapt to high climate to avoid Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Day 9 - Chhukung - Cross Kongmala Pass - Lobuche
Today we will cross one of the first three passes, Kongma La Pass. We begin today’s trek very early in the morning to reach the highest part of the entire trip which is Kongma La pass. We hike high above the Pheriche and Dingboche villages, near the ridge of Pokhalde Peak, before crossing the Kongma La. It is a pretty long tiring day but you will be rewarded with the amazing views of the entire Khumbu Valley.
Day 10 - Lobuche to Gorakshep, hike to EBC
After enjoying our hot breakfast at Lobuche we will head towards Gorakshep. The trek does not have any steep climbing though it will be difficult and tiring due to high elevation. We will be walking in between 4,900 meters to 5,300 meters on this day. The trail is quite wide and easy to walk. It is a short hike to reach Gorakshep.
Once we reach Gorakshep we will keep our belongings in the lodge before we have our lunch. After lunch we will start hiking to Everest Base Camp.
The route from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp includes numerous short ups and downs. We need to be careful of the slippery rocks on the trail. We will spend some time enjoying the moment of reaching the Everest base camp. After finishing our activities around the base camp we will return back to Gorakshep through the same trail and prepare for another day.
Day 11 - Gorakshep - Hike to Kalapatthar - Trek to Dzongla
The hike to Kalapatthar is not easy, especially because of the altitude. It is an early morning cold walk in the dark, but it's enjoyable and it will be one of the most memorable times of your life.
Depending on the sunrise time our guide will give you time to start hiking to reach this beautiful hill top. The hike from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar is about an hour steep climbing. Depending on your walking speed it may take a little more or less.
Kalapatthar gives authentic and magnificent views of Himalayas just in front of you. It's a wonderful view point that only a few people have seen.
After the sunrise view, we will descend and return to Lobuche the same way and then continue to DzongLa and Gokyo Valley for crossing another two high passes, Cho La and Renjo La.
Day 12 - Dzongla - Cross Chola Pass - Trek to Gokyo
We will be starting our hike early in the morning to avoid strong wind hitting us on the top of the pass. The trail starts with a short gentle walk downhill but once we reach the base of the pass we will have to start climbing. Going down from Chola is difficult, slippery and often dangerous. We have to be careful walking around and be cautious as stones can be falling down from the cliffs. Once we finish descending we will reach a small village called Thaknak. We will have our lunch here before we start climbing gentle uphill to Gokyo Lakes.
Day 13 - Gokyo - Hike to Gokyo Ri - Exploration day
Today we start trekking early in the morning and it takes about 2 hours to reach Gokyo Ri for a stunning view of sunrise over Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam and other several huge peaks. This is simply an amazing viewpoint. Hiking to this viewpoint for sunrise or sunset is undoubtedly magnificent. Once we reach the top we will take enough time to take shots for our memories before we will descend down to Gokyo Lakes again.
Day 14 - Gokyo - Cross Renjo La Pass - Trek to Lungden
Today is one of the hardest days of our adventure. Crossing Renjo La is quite hard because of small rocks along the route. The trail from Gokyo starts with gentle climbing and comes with steep climbing before we reach the top of Renjo La. Renjo La pass offers some excellent views of Gokyo valley and an uncountable number of close Himalayan peaks. The trail from Renjo La pass descends down to Lungden. Lungden is the only village that we will meet after Gokyo and Renjo La pass.
Day 15 - Lungden to Namche Bazaar
The trail from Lungden to Namche is mostly downhill. We will walk via Marulung village before reaching Thame. Thame is one of the most popular villages of this region.
This village has hundreds of years old monastery. This is a beautiful Sherpa village hosting world famous mountaineers situated on the west of Khumbu region. Continuing our trek further we will reach Namche Bazaar.
Day 16 - Namche Bazaar to Lukla
A long day on a downhill trail awaits you. The last day of this trek is full of steep descends along the Dudh Kosi until you reach Phakding for lunch. The trail from Phakding to Lukla is mostly a gentle, uphill climb.
Day 17 - Fly to Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport to catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. This is the end of our services. We will provide a departure transfer upon request.
Day 18 - Depart Kathmandu
Time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast, a city stroll, and/or souvenir shopping. Our representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. It's good to be at the airport at least two hours prior to departure.
Note: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!
All accommodation during the trek (in lodges and guesthouses)
A highly experienced, English-speaking trekking guide (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment.
All necessary trekking permits as well as government taxes and official expenses
Transportation as per the detailed itinerary in private/public jeep and bus
The meal inclusions on trek are breakfast (one set breakfast and tea or coffee), lunch (one main meal and tea or coffee) and dinner (soup, main and dessert with tea or coffee).
Water purification tablets for safe drinking water.
Use of a sleeping bag, down jacket and a duffel bag (in case you don't have them). They have to be returned after the trek.
A first aid kit and basic supplies appropriate for the group size. In a worst case scenario, arrangements of an emergency helicopter evacuation service (to be paid for by your travel insurance). Note: if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
A first aid kit with basic supplies appropriate for the group size and trek route – if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
An appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek
Note: The local tea houses are basic but clean and they do not often have attached bathrooms or hot showers. The price is based on twin share and does not include any extra charge that lodge owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms or hot showers (if these facilities are available) or for battery charging. We can’t know in advance what they may charge for such things in the different lodges along the way, so we prefer to leave this cost out, rather than pass along an estimated charge to you.
International flights to and from Kathmandu; Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes; any excess baggage charges
Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and emergency rescue / evacuation that covers all of the activities you will undertake during your trip should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary above (eg additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours)
Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy - please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent
All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
Personal expenses (eg mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, entrance/photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks etc)
Costs incurred due to unforeseen events (eg caused by natural disasters, adverse road conditions / flight delays, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc)
Any extra charge that tea house owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms, or hot showers (if these facilities are available) and charging of batteries
Tips for the guide, and porter (if you have added a porter to help you carry your backpack)
All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes
Best Season/Time for Everest Three High Passes Trek
There are mainly two different trekking seasons. The best months to trek to Everest three high passes trek are pre-monsoon (February, March, April and May) and post-monsoon (late September, October, November and December) It is possible to make the journey in February and early September
January doesn't necessarily mean lots of snow, so it's possible to trek to Everest Base Camp then, but it is chilly. Wrap up warm, though, using lots of layers and enjoy being one of the very few people up in the Himalayas.
Temperature: Temperatures ranges from 15°C to -15°C
February and early March are cold, especially at night (around -20°C or colder), but you should get clear skies providing good, uninterrupted views of Everest. In addition, the trail will be less busy and the teahouses quieter, giving a sense of true adventure to a trek to Base Camp.
Temperature: Around 18 °C. At night the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.
Late March and April are popular months for trekking, with the warmer weather and the rhododendrons and other flowers in bloom further down the trail. Days are beginning to stretch out to provide lots of daylight for exploring, too, with good visibility in the early mornings.
Temperature: Around 18 °C. At night, the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.
In early May trekking to Everest base camp is still possible, just before the monsoon arrives, but we don’t suggest trekking during this season.
Temperature: Around 25°C. At daylight and it drops down to around -5°C.
By late May the monsoon has arrived in Nepal and lasts through June, July, August and into early September. During the rainy season, the trails are muddy and rife with leeches and cause disruption to travel.
Temperature: Around 27°C at daylights to 5°C
The autumn trekking season kicks off in late September as the monsoon dissipates. Clear skies and fresh air characterise this time of year, with October to early November particularly great for trekking. Temperatures are comfortable, although the weather is colder now than during the spring season (around -10°C at Base Camp during the day), the days are dry and the views are perfect. The landscape has been washed clean by the monsoon rains, too, and looks particularly lush and verdant.
Temperature: Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees
Late November and December are also good times to go trekking, but it will be colder, with temperatures dropping well below zero at night. The upside is that the trail to Everest Base Camp will be much less busy as people eager to avoid the cold clear out.
Temperature: Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees
Packing list / Equipment checklist
List of Equipment for Everest Three High Pass Trek
It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The following belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each).
- Headband or Beanie
- Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
- Hat for Sun Protection
- Inner Gloves
- Outer insulated gloves
- Base Layer
- Insulated Jacket
- Outer Layer
- Trekking Shirts/T-Shirt
- Fleece Jacket
- Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
- Base Layer
- Trekking trousers and shorts
- Rain and Windproof Trousers
- Hiking Boots
- Trekking shoes/sandals
- Hiking/Thermal Socks
- Gaiters (not necessary)
- Sleeping bag
Bags and Backpacks
- Duffle bag
Miscellaneous & Accessories
- Trekking Poles
- Head Torch
- Sunscreen/Lip balm/Wipes/Hand Sanitizer/Toiletries
- Reusable Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
- Small Locks
- Trekking Towel
- Waterproof Ziplock Bags
- Camera/Video Camera/Extra Batteries/ Extra Chargers
- Notebook/Journal and Pen (optional)
- Playing Cards/Book/Kindle (optional)
- Water Purification Tablets
- General Medications
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Blister Plasters
- Durable wallet for travel documents, money & passport
- Favourite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in EBC trail. Along the way to Everest three high passes trek, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.
Basically, you’ll find twin-basis type of accommodation on the EBC trail. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. Almost all tea houses provide blankets as it will be freezing at night.
Mainly on the lower elevation, most lodges offer western-style toilets. As you move higher on the trail you’ll find squat toilet facilities. Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water.
Documents & Permits
If you are planning for a trip to Everest three high passes trek, there are different kinds of costs and permits that are involved.
TIMS card was necessary for trekkers in the Everest region. TIMS Card is still valid for trekkers in other regions of Nepal. But if you want to trek to EBC from Jiri, you will need a TIMS Card. TIMS is issued by the Tourism Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). There are 2 kinds of TIMS cards that are issued- one for an Independent trekker and one for an organized trekker.
TIMS Card for Independent Trekker
- Color- Green
- Cost- Rs 2000 Per Person
- Photos – 2
- Collected by- Self
TIMS Card for Organized Trekker
- Color- Blue
- Cost- Rs 1000 Per Person
- Photos – 1
- Collected by – Local Trekking Agency
So a TIMS Card is not necessary if you take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then start your trek. It is only needed for Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek.
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
This is a new permit which was imposed from 1st of October 2018 replacing an existing TIMS Card. The local government of Khumbu directly collects NPR 2000 Per Person from each foreigner. Please note that this permit cannot be obtained in Kathmandu. First, if you are flying through Lukla you can obtain this is Lukla. If you are trekking from Jiri or Salleri this can be obtained in Monjo.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
This is an existing permit system for entering National Park. You can obtain this permit either in Kathmandu at Nepal Tourism Board Office or in Monjo at Park Entrance Gate. This will cost NPR 3000 Per Person. The most convenient way is to obtain this at Monjo.
Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek
If you are following the classic Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek, then you will obtain the permit from Monjo. You will also need to obtain an additional permit for Gaurishankar Conservation Area if you come through Jiri. This can cost you NPR 3,000.
The Everest three high passes trek is a challenging and tedious yet rewarding trek. The EBC Trek requires no technical expertise or mountaineering skills as it is basically a long hike at altitude. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well.
If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.
18 Days Everest Three High Passes Trek FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the altitude of Everest three high passes trek?
The maximum altitude of Everest three high passes trek is 5,380m
What is the best time for Everest three high passes trek?
There are mainly two different trekking seasons. The best months to trek to Everest base camp are pre-monsoon (February, March, April, and May) and post-monsoon (late September, October, November, and December). But October is considered the best time for the Everest Region Trek.
How is the accommodation during the 18 days Everest three high passes trek?
Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in the EBC trail. Along the way to Everest Base Camp, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.
How many hours a day do we walk?
The Everest three high passes trek is graded difficult, meaning that you generally walk eight hours of activity in a day. Some days can vary from 4-5 hours a day to just 2-3 hours.
How is the food like on the 18 days Everest three high passes trek?
There is an abundance of regular meals and food during the Everest three high passes trek. You will enjoy both national and international foods like Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Nepalese and Indian. You can also enjoy hot beverages like hot chocolates, coffee, and others.
What Kind of Sickness Did we face during Everest three high passes trek?
During Everest three high passes trek the major problems that you can face are altitude sickness (both major and minor), cold, vertigo, and acrophobia, immediate tiredness or swelling of the legs and other natural calamities that can occur.
I have never gone trekking yet. Is Everest three high passes trek for me?
Yes, of course, you can do it. Trekking is hard but not the hardest one. To accomplish this, you can take training like swimming, aerobics, jogging, etc. in order to increase your stamina and endurance.
How is the weather in Everest three high passes trek?
The weather at Everest three high passes trek depends on the different seasons you trek to. The temperature at the base camp rarely gets above freezing throughout the year, but cold winds that blow make the temperatures feel even colder. The coldest months of the year are from December to February and the temperatures are warmer in the rainy season in July and August.
Is trekking to Everest three high passes trek?
The Everest three high passes trek trek might look dangerous for the beginners as they will be hiking at an altitude up to 5000m. There are nearly zero cases of any accidental event during the trek. Only altitude sickness is the main danger for trekkers.
How much Luggage can I take during Everest's three high passes trek?
The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. Only carry what is essential.
Can I extend my trek?
Yes, you can. But for this, you have to update us before the trek so that we could manage the itinerary as per your requirement.
How can I use toilets during the trek?
On the trail, you will find the Toilet in the small villages where there are restaurants and tea houses. Most toilets in this region are squat toilets. And in other options prepare to hide behind big rocks and do your business.
Do I Need Insurance?
100% Yes! Injury and altitude sickness and any other calamities may occur during the trek, so it is best to get travel insurance before you go. Better safe than sorry!
What is the average size of the group?
Groups can vary between 6 to 16 travelers, who typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends traveling together who have a shared interest in outdoor adventure and nature.
Where can I exchange my money?
There are a number of registered money exchanges in the streets of Thamel and it's common to find near your Hotel in Kathmandu.
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