Three High Passes Trek

Three High Passes Trek

  • Destination
  • Region
    Everest Region
  • Duration
  • Transportation
  • Max Height
  • Activities
  • Trip Grade
  • Accomodation
  • Group Size
    Mini. 1 Pax
  • Start / End Point
  • Meals
  • Best Season
    September - December & February to June

Trip Overview

Test your perseverance in the Everest region of Nepal. Trek the trail to experience the authentic high Himalayan wilderness. The Khumbu region of Nepal has numerous adventure trekking routes where one can relish the splendid harmony of Sherpa villages, the massive glacier, and various landscapes with gigantic mountains. Besides the three high passes trek is an engrossing high adventure journey in Nepal and it has incorporated numerous places.  It is always fascinating to sweat in the high mountains crossing the high-altitude mountain passes.

It’s purely an adrenaline junkie kind of adventure. Join the Three High Passes Trek and experience the mini mountaineering feel. It’s an ideal and challenging destination to discover the hidden beauties and cultures of Khumbu Valley. Take your spirit to the next level by conquering three arduous yet gorgeous high passes of the Everest region. These high passes are Chola Pass (5420), Renjola Pass (5345 m), and Kongma La Pass (5550 m).

The trail of Three High Passes Trek traverses through authentic Sherpa Villages, mountain passes, and Everest Base Camp. Therefore, one can consider the journey as the Khumbu Circuit Trek. Explore almost every area of the Upper Khumbu region of Nepal. Get ready to visit the Everest Summiteers’ villages. Apart from the chance to leave footprints at the top of the mountain passes, the trip has cultural benefits too. The village-like Thame is on the trekking trail. Almost every house in the village has at least one Everest Summiteer. Therefore, it can become a fantastic opportunity to know the untold stories of the Everest Expeditions and the mountaineering lifestyle of Sherpa.

What makes Three High Passes Trek Adventurous?

In order to know about the things that make Three High Passes Trek adventurous, you need to know about the landscape where the trail traverses. The landscape is an ultra-Himalayan. Trekkers have to visit five amazing places located at more than five thousand meters from the sea level. The altitude alone can make it harder for people to walk. Moreover, the trail requires trekkers to walk at least 6 – 7 hours daily. On some days, the trip starts very early in the morning.

Altitude, trail conditions, unstable climate, and fatigue are the major factors that make Three High Passes Trek adventurous. Moreover, the Everest region of Nepal is not like a walk in the park. After all, it is an abode of the world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest along with two other top ten mountains (Mt. Choyou & Mt. Lhotse).

Can I visit Everest Base Camp During the 3 Passes Trek?

Yes, the Everest Base Camp (5364m) is on the trail of a high three passes trek. If you start trekking in a clockwise direction, you can reach the base camp after crossing Renjo La and Chola Pass. However, if you do the trek in an anti-clockwise direction, you can reach the base camp after crossing one pass i.e. Kongma La Pass. The presence of the Everest Base Camp on the itinerary adds gloss to this high-altitude trekking journey.

Best season to do Everest Three Passes Trek

Monsoon and winter seasons are the worst time to do the trek. During the winter season, the crossing of mountain passes is not safe. Excessive snowfall may result in the covering of the walking trail. If you can’t see the trail, you might fall into the crevasses or glacier lakes. And monsoon season is also not recommended time for trekking as the climate is unstable along with the view of mountains is also blocked. The best season to do Everest Three High Passes Trek is during the spring and autumn seasons. In fact, in these two seasons, trekkers can get fantastic weather and visibility.

17 Days Three High Passes Trek Cost and Itinerary

Do you know that the high passes trek trail covers more than five trekking routes in the Everest region of Nepal? While you do the trek, you will experience the 10 Days Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest View Trek, Gokyo Valley Trek, Gokyo Chola Pass Via EBC Trek, and Everest Panorama Trek. Yes, the route is a detour of an entire Khumbu region of Nepal. Therefore, the cost of Three High Passes Trek is slightly higher that ranging from 1350 $ to 1950 $ per person. The itinerary of the trek is knitted by clubbing together all the itineraries of the above-mentioned treks.

Trekkers cross the Kongma la pass at first in order to reach the Lobuche. The trekkers leave the Everest Base Camp Trek route from Dingboche and head to the Chhukung area. They will again meet on the EBC Trek route in Lobuche. Again, it follows the EBC itinerary and explores the Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and Kalapathar (5545 m). After crossing the Chola Pass, trekkers reach the Gokyo Valley. On the shores of an amazing Gokyo Lake, the place offers solace in this tiring walking journey up in the Himalayas. Upon crossing the Renjo La Pass, trekkers reach the Everest Summiteers’ village, the Thame. Finally, trekkers rejoin the Everest Base Camp Trek route in Namche Bazaar.

How to avoid altitude sickness during the Everest Three High Passes Trek?

The trek is at an altitude where there is no vegetation above 4000m. Moreover, these places have thin air making it harder for the trekkers to breathe. A simple mistake in trek planning can become fatal. AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is the biggest hurdle in this high-altitude trekking. Therefore, you need to know about the things that help to avoid altitude sickness. Choose the best trekking agency for the trek.

It is the most important thing to do before the trek. Having a reliable company as your trek operator helps in tackling the arduous problems that may arise during the trek. Do the acclimatization activities sincerely. Some people tend to skip the acclimatization activities. This kind of thing must be avoided especially during the high-altitude voyage. Take good food and drink plenty of water or soupy foods. Heed the instructions of the trekking guide. Get travel insurance in order to cover emergency situations and unforeseen events.

Why Nepal High Trek is an ideal trekking agency for High Passes Trek in the Everest region?

For a successful trekking trip, you need experienced crew members. Especially in high-altitude places like Chola, Renjola, Kongmala, and Everest Base Camp, navigating through the safe route is a high priority. Some sections of the trail are not trekked by many people. There are hidden crevasses and icy lakes. Moreover, trekkers have to traverse the vertical uphill trails with the support of rope too.

Because of these arduous hurdles, you need an experienced person as a support crew. Nepal High Trek deploys Sherpa guides and porters. These people are the locals and are known the world over as expert mountaineers. At an affordable cost, you can get the Sherpa guide and assurance of safety. So, don’t be late, contact the travel planners and book the Everest Three High Passes Trek now!

Details Itinerary

Upon reaching Kathmandu International Airport received by our staff and guide with a warm welcome then a short drive to your hotel in the main areas of Kathmandu city, here joining with other members of Everest Base Camp Trek, our guide will brief with full information about the trek – hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts, include welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant with folk programs.

Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a sweeping short flight to land at Lukla, during 30 minutes on air view of the stunning mountain range with Mt. Everest, as the plane lands at Lukla named as ‘Tenzing-Hillary Airport’ in honor of the legendary climbers’ first summiteers of Mt. Everest.

From Lukla, our first-day walk starts on a winding downhill path with a short climb passing many traditional Sherpa farm villages with views of peaks, after a pleasant walk reaching at Phakding for an overnight stop near the glacier-fed Dudh Kosi (river).

After a pleasant overnight stop in Phakding, the morning walk starts following Dudh Kosi, and crossing bridges to reach Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo village, from here walk to last Jorsalle village before Namche Bazaar and then on crossing a last high bridge climb leads with beautiful views of Everest and other peaks, walk finally ends at famous Namche Bazaar for two overnights in this prosperous town or large village with facilities of ATMs, Cybercafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with a busy colorful Saturday market.

Namche an ideal spot for rest and acclimatization, free day with a morning short hike up to the park museum with the necessary information on mountaineering, flora/fauna with Sherpa culture, and Buddhist religions, this scenic spot offers grand views of mountains Mt. Everest, and stunning Amadablam, for interested people hike uphill to Everest View Hotel for best views of Mt. Everest and other mountains.

A good day walks with a pleasant trail through an enchanting forest of rhododendron, oaks, and pines trees, then passing small farm villages following the Bhote Kosi River upstream and to Thamo village with a small hydro project that supplies hydroelectricity to most of the Khumbu area, from this village continue to walk then reaching a small bridge, with beautiful Buddhist Rock Wall Paintings on the rocky wall, from the bridge a short walk to Thame a quiet and sleepy village seldom frequented by trekkers, at Thame with time visit one of the oldest monasteries of the region.

Morning with time visit of the monastery and then walk towards our first pass of the adventure, as the route leads to Marlung village above Bhote Kosi River, past the villages of Thyangmoche and Hungmo, and then walking into complete wilderness passing yak grazing land, onwards walk leads to arid terrain of sparse vegetation, finally, our walk reaches our overnight stop at Marlung after Taranga village

The journey continues to Lungden near an old salt trade trail of Khumbu and Tibet, our route diverts from the Tibet border route heading northeast, walking for few hours to our overnight stop at Lungdeng a small village with fantastic views of the surrounding high snow mountains.

From Lungden a long tough day to cross over the first high pass of the adventure, the walk follows to frozen ponds beneath Renjo La pass, our walk leads to cross the pass with marvelous views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, and Taboche, and then crossing Renjo La pass at 5,465 m / 17,929 ft, one of the most difficult section of this adventure, after enjoying the views downhill to Gokyo valley for an overnight stop in the comfort of a nice lodge overlooking Gokyo glacial lake.

A rest day allows you to acclimatize better, with time to skirt the surrounding area of this valley with stunning views of the first and the second lake of Gokyo valley.

A steep hike uphill early morning to catch striking sunrise over mountains from Gokyo Ri at above 5,357 m, after a climb rewarded with brilliant views of the world’s highest mountains from Mt. Cho Oyo 8,201 m, straddles the border with Tibet along with Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest 8,848 m, worlds 4th highest Mt. Lhotse 8,516 m, Cholatse, Taweche and towards east worlds 05th highest Mt. Makalu at 8,463 m. After a great time on top of Gokyo Ri, downhill to Gokyo and then continue a few hours walk to Thangnag along the glacier and moraines to reach a small settlement of Thangnag for an overnight stop.

Today, is another Big Day! Crossing the high Cho-la pass ( Tsho-la) with an early breakfast walk leads to a step up and then crossing the glacier of the eastern side. The top of Cho-la at 5,367m and sometimes it can be challenging to cross in snow conditions; the top offers excellent views of high mountains and of Cholatse Glacier, from here descend carefully to a small lake on the way to Dzongla for an overnight stop after a tough morning and day walk.

Today’s walk leads to Lobuche following a path that descends to yak herder’s summer pastures. Then the walk climbs up to the terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier and continues on the pleasant gradual path all the way to Lobuche for an overnight stay, Lobuche a small hidden settlement with about ten or more nice lodges.

The morning walk leads on a gradual trail with a few short steps up gaining high altitude with superb views of Mt. Pumori, Lingerie, Khumbutse, and Mt. Everest. After a few hours of scenic trekking reaching at Gorakshep after walking past the moraine and glaciers, Gorakshep with few nice lodges for an overnight stop, this isolated spot is located beneath Kalapathar Hill and Pumori peak on route Everest base camp.

Everest Base Camp is located beneath massive Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers, this super spot with immense views can be crowded during peak expedition season around April and May months, here enjoy surrounding views with Mt. Everest hidden behind the high peaks of Lho-la and Nuptse and walk back to Gorakshep for an overnight stop.

Morning climb to Kalapathar for a fantastic view of Mt. Everest and other adjoining peaks, Kalapathar at 5,545 m offers the entire south face of Mt. Everest at the closest, after an exciting moment heading back to Gorakshep and continue the journey all the way to Lobuche for lunch and overnight stop, afternoon at leisure rest and preparation for the last high pass of the adventure.

Today is our last tough and Big Day! crossing the last pass over Kongma La, starting early before dawn, the morning walk leads towards Khumbu glacier and moraine, walk with care on the misleading icy glacial path, from here onwards our route leads on a rocky trail beneath Kongma-la and the peak of Kongma or Mehra, after a short good rest traverse the Kongma-La pass at 5,535 m / 18,159 ft enclosed between the great Nuptse wall, Mehara and Pokalde peaks, after a long descend walk leads on a pleasant trail to join at Imjatse wide valley with incredible views of Island peak, Amadablam, and other high peaks. On reaching at Bibre at Imjatse valley a few hours of nice walk brings you at Dingboche village with many fine lodges, after a hard day walk retires in one of the nice and cozy lodges for overnight at Dingboche.

Leaving Dingboche with super morning views of Amadablam, and then on a downhill walk with a short climb then losing altitude heading past Pangboche and from the bridge back into tree lines with an hour climb to Tengboche Monastery, a beautiful and scenic spot surrounded with mountain views including Everest and majestic Amadablam, time here to visit Tengboche interesting monastery.

The morning walk leads to a long descent reaching at Imjatse River in Phunge Tenga, after crossing a bridge with a short steep uphill and then on a gradual winding trail to Namche Bazaar, after a short break at Namche, continue to walk on the downhill to Dudh Kosi River valley, and then with short ups and downs to reach at the entrance and exit gate of Sagarmatha National Park, a short walk from brings you at Monjo village for an overnight stop.

After a marvelous and enjoyable time on high Khumbu valley and ridges with super Everest Three Passes trek, our last day walks of this adventure leads you back to Lukla, reaching by Lunch and for last overnight stop, after lunch free and celebrate dinner with fellow members, staff and guides.

Waking early morning to catch the flight back to Kathmandu, transfer to Lukla airport terminal and then board in a small aircraft either twin otter or Dornier, for a super scenic flight to reach at Kathmandu, on arrival in Kathmandu airport, transfer to your respective hotels with rest of day free for individual activities and souvenirs shopping.

It an important and necessary to have one extra day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay and cancellation, due to bad unfavorable weather which can happen sometimes as Himalayan weather is unpredictable. If all goes well as per our itinerary days, one can join in our delightful and interesting tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur, all these places full of world heritage sites of historical-culture and religious importance.

Your last day in Nepal, an amazing country of Himalayan wonders, as per your flight time leaving your hotel where our staff transfers you to an airport, after a great memorable adventure with an enjoyable time on Everest Three Passes Trek.

Cost Includes:

  • Airport Pick up drop
  • Two-night Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • Meals During Trek: (14 Breakfasts, 15 Lunch, and 14 dinners) during the trekking.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit (Rs, 3000 per person)
  • Pasang Lhambu Rural Manicipility entrance fee (Rs,2000 per person)
  • Including Domestic airport pick-up and drop service.
  • Both-way domestic flight ticket (Kathmandu to Lukla / Kathmandu)
  • Government license holder mountain guide.
  • 14 nights of tea house accommodation throughout the trek.
  • Fresh fruit during the trek
  • Trekking gears Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffle bag, and trekking pole.
  • Adventure Certificate: NHT provides Adventure Certificate.
  • The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service will be paid for by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical kit bag.
  • Farewell dinner.

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Katmandu).
  • Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal porter.
  • All the Food in Kathmandu except the breakfast & farewell dinner.
  • All the expenses in the mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay, or canceled flight)
  • Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, a bottle of water, hot water, shower.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

Three High Passes Trek Route Map

Three High Passes Trek Route Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Definitely, Everest Three High Pass Trek is a high adventure passes trek in the Everest region. This trek has included Kongma La Pass (5540 m), Chola Pass (5420 m and Renjo La Pass (5360 m).

Usually, The Everest Three Pass Trek can be done 15 to 19 days from Kathmandu. However, if you’re fit and strong you can complete it within 15 days from Kathmandu.

Nepal High Trek & Expedition highly recommends the spring and autumn seasons. Both seasons are the best and most favorable times to trek around the Himalayas of Nepal. The spring begins from March to May and the autumn season starts from September to December. The spring season would be warmer than the autumn season.

Three passes are more difficult and tough to cross the pass but the Kongma La pass is tough than the other two passes. Because nearly Kongma La passes a rocky trail that is difficult to decent.

Before starting the trek you should be prepared in mentally and physically. This trek is a high altitude with adventure throughout the trek everybody has suffered from altitude sickness. However, you must eat very well, drink enough liquid and use Diamox during the trek, Moreover, you should avoid alcohol as well.

Nepal High Trek & Expedition has been successfully leading the three high passes trek throughout the year but sometime in winter, the trail will be blocked by heavy snowfall. We highly recommend hiring a professional guide for the trek.

Travel insurance is mandatory for the Three High Pass Trek. Your travel insurance should be covered your emergency helicopter and medical evacuation expenses as well.

You have required quality gear such as a sleeping bag, down jacket, trekking boot, and other goods as well. Please visit our website and check out the compulsory equipment list.

The weight limit on flights to Lukla and available is 10 kg per person. If you want to bring extra goods you can pay an extra charge as well. A porter carries a maximum of 25 kg of two clients and Nepal High Trek provides you with one porter for every two people.

You should bring some crucial documents such as your validated passport, Pasang Lhahmu Rural municipality entrance fee, and Sagarmatha National park permit.

However, the weather will be clear in the spring and autumn season. Around the mountain, the weather will change very quickly and sometimes very difficult to correctly predict.

Regarding the drone flying around the Khumbu valley, without an approved permit, you can’t fly the drone and it’s very hassle to get a drone permit. We suggest to you don’t bring a drone during the Everest Region Treks.

The Everest region treks are completely based on the tea house. So each room has twins sharing beds. The accommodation is very good than Annapurna and Langtang regions

Along the trail, there are no separate restaurants but there are some tea houses. You can get meals from the local Guest house. They have varieties items meals that you can order the meal to accordingly the menu card.

We highly recommend to you bring your regular medicines and furthermore, Nepal High Trek will carry bring small first aid kit box as well.

Yes, all ground transportation is included in the package.

Usually, you must walk 5 to 8 hours per day and some walks would be strenuous during the crossing of the pass.

Yes, paying Wifi service is available during the trek. The Everest link is more

The tipping is not fixed and it depends on the trekking difficulty and duration. The trekking crews highly appreciate the tipping.

Client Reviews

Jim Enright


Three High Passes Trek

Nepal High Trek rocks.

Kirk and I are two Babyboomer’s,
59 and 69, at the time we trekked Three High
Passes and Everest Base Camp.

Nepal High Treks is a local family based business With strong ties to the mountains and Sherpa community.

We met 3 Sherpa’s, two of which summited Mount Everest 10 times. Certificates on the walls. Very neat!

We chose Nepal High Treks because we did not want to trek with a major company and 15+ other people.

We liked the idea of One on one attention and local knowledge that our guide Pawan (brother in Law) gave us during our trip.

Hiking with a large group of diverse age groups sounds Keen in theory. But, a 30 year olds trekking pace vs 50 or 60 year old is quite different, and you could feel pressure to push Yourself harder than necessary to keep up.

Pawan was very aware of the pace we needed to go In order to complete the trek. “Slow and Slower” were his Favorite chants as we were on the ascent.

Of special importance, as we were descending from Dingboche, my Acute Mountain Sickness hit a point where I needed to descend rapidly.

Anjan coordinated the helicopter.
Was in the hospital for three days. During this time Pawan Was there until my discharge. Very helpful and Reassuring. If there were questions or concerns, Nothing was lost in translation.

I recommend Anjan and Pawan, Nepal High Trek, highly. We had a wonderful and informative trip.

Jim Enright
North Carolina

Guided by: Pawan Tamang

Kirk Obeatan


Three High Passes Trek

I have been so very impressed with this tour company. From the initial contact and development of an itinerary to our pickup at the airport, an amazing welcoming dinner, a personal guided sightseeing tour of the area, a wonderful selection of the hotel and probably most importantly the diligent work done getting our flight to Lukla at a challenging time when the weather was not cooperating. What a great company!! Thank you for all you have done this far to make this a trip of a lifetime!!

Guided by: Pawan Tamang

Liz Grant

Canberra Australia

Three High Passes Trek

We have done two fabulous treks with Anjan as our guide: The Annapurna Circuit and the Gokyo Three Passes Trek. On both treks Anjan took great care in planning each day’s stage, preparing us for the day’s terrain, checking on our health and wellbeing, as well as making sure each night’s accommodation was of a good standard.

Anjan has great knowledge and experience of many of the big treks in Nepal, and has completed years of training to deliver an excellent and safe experience to those wanting to travel in a smaller group. He listened to what we would like to achieve, and designed a route that met our expectations and abilities. We allowed several spare rest days in case one of us fell ill, and Anjan was able to adjust the itinerary accordingly when we had to call on the odd day to rest up or recover. that, I believe is THE benefit of going with your own personal guide such as Anjan, and not being beholden to a fast paced and immovable itinerary of other more established and larger trekking companies.

Our Goykyo 3-passes trek was indeed the hardest thing we have tackled. Our good friends Mark and Andrea and ourselves, all reasonably fit Aussies in our 50s, could not speak higher of Anjan’s calm and reassuring manner as we crested those massive passes, felt at times we had nothing left in the tank to go on, or collapsed exhausted but always exhilarated at the end of each day. The porters Anjan works with were lovely guys, who never complained and always had a cheery smile, a joke and were wicked at cards in the evening.

Pre-arrival communications were excellent, and Anjan was able to flexibly work around unfavourable weather issues when it cam to arranging flights to Lukla and return.

But the best thing about trekking with this company is this: You know that your money is going STRAIGHT back to Anjan, his family, his wider family and village, his porters, and the local lodges you stay in. Since the Nepal earthquake, small operators, like Anjan have suffered greatly from lack of trekking bookings. This has had a direct hit on his own small family, and his wider family in the Ghorka District that was devastated by the quake.

We would highly recommend Anjan/ Nepal High Trek & Expedition for any of your bucket list dreams of trekking in Nepal.

Guided by: Three High Passes Trek

Mark Clinton


Three High Passes Trek

I traveled with another guy to Nepal in March – April 2022 and used Nepal High Trek team for all logistics and they handled everything with great care. Our trek was to be of the 3 High Passes.
My hiking partner had some difficulty at altitude however the team worked diligently to get a helicopter in and transport him to a hospital. While many try to get by with the least expensive guide team they can it’s important to know that when the “stuff hits the fan” the guides can handle the issue. I was able to complete all 3 passes and EBC as well as some excellent “side trips” during acclimatization days. I am giving thought to going back for 2 months and if I go I’ll for sure use Nepal High Trek team again. No issues, no worries!!

Guided by: Shyam Tamang

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