Everest High Passes Trek - 20 Days

Trek Route Summary

Demanding to Strenuous
Maximum elevation:
5545 m / 18192 ft at Kala Patthar
Destination :
Region :
Everest Region
Activity :
Everest Treks
Duration :
20 Days
Distance :
Group Size :
Min 02 and Max 10 (For single, we offer a private package)
Nature of Trek :
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season :
March, April, May, June, September, October and November
Activity Per Day :
About 5-6 hrs walking
Accomodation :
Hotel in Kathmandu, Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
Transportation :
Private Transportation (Kathmandu Airport-Kathmandu hotel-Kathmandu Airport), Flight (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
Start/End Point :
Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Trip Highlight

  • Reach: Kongma La (5535 m), Everest Base Camp (5364 m), Kala Patthar (5545 m), Cho La (5420 m) Gokyo Ri (5357 m), and Renjo La (5340 m) and get mesmerizing views of world-class peaks, Himalayan valleys, and dazzling landscapes.
  • Cross: Three of the high passes of the Khumbu region: Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La.
  • Walk: Following well-established and marked route of Everest High Passes Trek initially following the trail of Everest Base Camp trek till Dingboche inside the Sagarmatha National Park through Sherpa settlements, deep backwoods, airy suspension bridges, glacial lands, rocky ridges, and high alpine lands.
  • Explore: Ethnic Sherpa cultures, traditions, and lifestyles, colorful Himalayan flora and fauna, Buddhist (specially dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism) shrines as monasteries, chortens, gompas, alleys, mane walls (mane stones), prayer wheels and flags, cultural museums, glacial lake system of Gokyo, Gokyo valley.
  • Have: Excellent sceneries of four of the six tallest peaks of the world, including Everest (8848m) – the tallest peak, Mt Lhotse (8516m) – fourth tallest, Mt. Makalu (8485m) – fifth-tallest,  Mt. Cho Oyu (8188m) – sixth-tallest, Mt. Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Pumori (7161m), Mt. Changaste (7550m), Mt. Amadablam (6856m), Mt. Thamserku (6723m), Mt. Kantega( 6685m), Mt. Kusum Khagaru (6367m), Mt. Kongde (6011m), Mt. Khumbila(5761m), Mt. Twache peak(6367m), Mt. Lingterin (6679m), Mt. Cholaste (6335m), Island peak (6179m), Honku south peak (6119m), Lobuche peak(6145m), Pokalde peak (5806m), and many more with a blossoming Himalayan ecosystem that comprises of lush forests merged with diverse terrains.
  • Get: Astonishing sunrise and sunset views over the Khumbu Himalayan range standing at different viewpoints. Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri are the most popular viewpoints.
  • Immerse: Yourself in the natural setting of the entire Khumbu valley and Gokyo Valley. 
  • Visit: Buddhist monasteries, Chortens, museum, Gokyo Lakes system.
  • Doable side-trips:  Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek, Island Peak Climbing

Trip Overview

Everest High Pass trek, commonly known as Everest Three Passes Trek is a combined trek that takes you three of the high passes of the Everest region; Kongma La (5,535 m), Cho La (5420 m), and Renjo La (5340m) making it more adventurous than other short treks in Everest and Annapurna region. In this single trek, trekkers will not only go for the high mountain passes but also explore Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar and appreciate the glory of Gokyo Lakes standing at Gokyo Ri (5350). Standing at different viewpoints (Everest View Hotel, Nagarjun Hilltop, Chhukung, Kongma La, Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Cho La, Gokyo Ri, and Renjo La), trekkers will get mind-blowing views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt.  Thamserku, Mt. Ama Dablam and several other massifs nestled in Khumbu mountain range.

Among three passes, Kongma La is considered the most challenging of all and Renjo La as the easiest. However, Cho La offers the best views of all. Thus, completing three passes trek will be a challenging yet rewarding lifetime experience. Not only the natural settings, but the cultural richness of the Everest region is also another part of the trek. Trekkers will amaze witnessing the religious and cultural monuments in every village which are preserved for centuries. Monasteries (Tengboche monastery is the most popular one), Chortens, Mane walls, fluttering prayer flags, alleys, etc. come throughout the trek and people seem to buzz holy mantras “Om Mane Padme Hun” despite their busy schedule.

A complete Everest High Pass Trek rises from Lukla to Dingboche, then to Kongma La via Chhukung valley, to Lobuche, ascends to Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar before heading to Gokyo valley passing Cho La. From Gokyo, you will head to Mrlung via Renjo La pass. Then you will join at the main trail of EBC at Namche and hike back to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu

An Introduction to Everest High Passes Trek

Everest High Passes Trek, a set of three high passes of the Everest region: Kongma La (5535 m), Cho La (5420 m), and Renjo La (5340 m). Popular as Everest Circuit Trek, This three passes trek is a great way to taste the unique features of nature and culture in the Everest region. This trek occasionally leads you to the diverse route of Everest, leaving the hectic main trail of Everest Base Camp offering the magnificent landscapes, astonishing views of every single mountain of Everest region, narrow ridges, wide mountain passes, small Sherpa settlements, religious (primarily Buddhist) shrines, cultural museums, making this trip a memorable experience for a lifetime.

Choosing this single trip, trekkers can visit every popular point of the Everest region; Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, and others. The lifestyle of the people in Everest dates back to several centuries, where modernization is quite far. However, they are rich in hospitality. They welcome you in their lands with smiling faces, serve you a yummy meal and offer you as best accommodation they can.

Benefits of Everest High Passes Trek

Among several other benefits, major perks of Everest Three Passes Loop are given below.

  • This is a perfect and neat package that lets us go at the crossing and hike to Three High Passes in the Everest Region; the Kongma La, the Cho La, and the Renjo La, the most rewarding mountain passes in the Everest region.
  • Astonishing views 4 of the six tallest peaks of the world, Mt. Everest (8848.86 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Makalu (8463 m), and Cho Oyu (8201 m), can be witnessed.
  • Experience every majestic view of the Everest region; Everest View Hotel, Nagarjun Hill, Kongma La, Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Cho La, Gokyo Ri, and Renjo La are the significant highlights.
  • Experience authentic Himalayan lifestyle, including Sherpa cultures, traditions, and sceneries.
  • Observe the endangered animal species like Snow leopard, Musk deer, Red panda, and others inside the Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Pristine glacial lakes of Gokyo await you with magnificent mountain peaks around.
  • Come across high suspension bridges, mane walls, colorful prayer flags, prayer wheels, Sherpa ethnic settlements with ever-smiling people.

Everest High Passes Trek Route

Although this trek is possible using a couple of routes, our itinerary follows the main trekking route, initially walking to Kongma La, Cho La, and ultimately to Renjo La. We kick start our epic journey to Everest Three Passes with a breathtaking 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla(2860m). Gearing up, we begin our walk, initially reaching the village of Phakding(2610 m), where we spend our first overnight. Namche Bazaar (3440m) is another halting spot with numerous hotels, lodges, cafes, banks, ATMs, internet cafes, local markets, gear shops, and many more.

We shall visit Sherpa cultural museum, Khumjung monastery, and see the sculpture of Yeti before heading to Tengboche (3860m) and Dingboche (4410m). Now, leaving the main trail of Everest Base Camp, we head towards Chhukung (4600m) for our first mountain pass – Kongma La. Elevated at 5535m above sea level, Kongma La offers stunning views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Katanga. From Kongma La, we hike down to Lobuche and join the main trail of EBC.

From Lobuche, we will be trekking up the rocky ridges leading us to the dazzling Khumbu glacier to Gorekshep. After Gorekshep, we will be at the Everest Base Camp (5364m), the base of Mt. Everest (8848.86m), the world’s tallest peak. Exploring EBC and Kala Patthar, we enter the Gokyo valley crossing Cho La (5420m), our second mountain pass. Visiting the chain of Gokyo Lakes, we ascend to Gokyo Ri (5350m) for the best view of Mt. Everest and its surroundings ever.

Our last mountain pass – Renjo La (5360m), comes after Gokyo valley. Crossing it, we hike down to Marlung and further to Namche bazaar and Lukla before concluding our trek. Flying back to Kathmandu from Lukla marks the end of our epic journey.

In short, Everest High Passes Trek route concluded as Kathmandu Lukla (trek begins) » Phakding » Namche Bazaar » Tengboche » Dingboche » Chhukung » Kongma La Pass » Lobuche » Gorekshep » Everest Base Camp / Kala Patthar » Dzongla » Cho La » Thangnak » Gokyo Lakes » Renjo La » Marlung Namche Bazaar » Lukla (trek ends) » Kathmandu.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlight Overnight
Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival (1,350m/4,429ft) Kathmandu
Day 2 Flight to Lukla (2,840 m/9,184 ft) & Trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,700 ft) Phakding
Day 3 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283ft) Namche Bazaar
Day 4 Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283ft) | Acclimatization Day Namche Bazaar
Day 5 Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Tengboche
Day 6 Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,464ft) Dingboche
Day 7 An Acclimatization Day at Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Dingboche
Day 8 Trek to Chhukung (4730m/15514ft) Chhukung
Day 9 Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) via Kongma La Pass (5535m/18160ft) Lobuche
Day 10 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) via Gorakshep (5,181m/16,994ft) Gorakshep
Day 11 Trek to Dzongla (4,830 m /15,939ft) via Kalapatthar (5,545m/18,188ft) Dzongla
Day 12 Trek to Thangnak (4,750 m/15,580ft) passing Cho La (5420 m/17,780 ft) Thangnak
Day 13 Trek to Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744ft) Gokyo Valley
Day 14 An active Rest Day - Hike to Gokyo Ri (5360m/17586ft) Gokyo Valley
Day 15 Trek to Marlung (4370m/14334 ft) via Renjo La (5360m/17580 ft) Marlung
Day 16 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283ft) Namche Bazaar
Day 17 Trek to Lukla (2,840 m/9,184 ft) Lukla
Day 18 Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft) Kathmandu
Day 19 Leisure day | Kathmandu Sightseeing Kathmandu
Day 20 Departure

Detailed Itinerary

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The city of Kathmandu is full of excellent muses: the bustling roads, the jostling houses, and the amazing street vendors- offering the taste of historical Nepal (Newari cuisines). Once you land at the airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will meet you there. He/she will greet you in a traditional Nepalese style with a warm smile, a fresh garland, and a welcoming Namaste. Then, they will accompany you to your hotel.

Freshen up in your room, and take as much rest as you like. In the evening, you will be introduced to your guide, who will point out all the briefings about the Everest High Pass Expedition.

Accomodation:Kathmandu Sunny Hotel
Overnight at:Kathmandu

Early in the morning, we will head on towards the airport to catch a flight to Lukla. It is a short (25 - 45 mins), but an adventurous flight over the undulating hills and ridges, extended to the seemingly infinite horizon. I mentioned adventurous because there is barely any flat section visible from the airplane, and flying across such hills gives you no options for escape if anything goes wrong.

Soon after we land in the Lukla airport, we will begin our first day of the trek by walking to Phakding via the beaten trail fenced by colorful farm fields. To see, there are few surprises which, in most cases, tempers the anticipation of what is about to come next.

The beautiful Mani walls and prayer inscribed wheels of Buddhist make up an important part of the beauty that the Everest region has to offer. By the time we ascend few kilometers ahead of Choplung, a hamlet of Sherpas, there comes a point from where the mighty Kusum Kanguru peak appears visible. Then, shortly after that, we will reach Phakding- one of the busiest villages in the Everest region.

Walking Hours:3-4
Trek Distance:9km/ 5.6 miles
Altitude:2,610 m/8,700 ft
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Phakding

The trail from Phakding meanders around the west side of the Dudh Koshi river and, finally, drops to a small village named Toctoc. From this point, a few peaks show up on to the sky. But the real beauty could only be felt when we encounter the raging waterfall- falling stepwise to finally land down. From there, another waterfall awaits at Bengkar, which is also famous for offering good apple pies. The trail then descends to cross a wooden bridge that shows the trail leading to Monjo.

Monjo is the entrance point to enter into the woods of Sagarmatha National Park. Through Jorsalle, we will ascend through the dense woods of the National Park. It is a silent walk. From somewhere in the middle of the trek, we could capture a glimpse of Mt. Everest, which is something that invokes the excitement of being blessed by more good views. Upon arriving at Namche, we could see the stone chortens and prayer flags lining across the whole Sherpa Village.

Walking Hours:6-7
Trek Distance:11km/6.8 miles
Altitude:3,440 m/11,283ft
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Namche Bazaar

Namche is an ideal spot for acclimatization as this town is blessed with all the ingredients that are necessary for lowlanders to properly adjust in the high-altitude pressure and temperature. This place has remained a commercial center for over a century, which has helped it in building a few modern-day infrastructures such as electricity and internet in the town.

During the day, we will stroll around the beautiful places at Namche and then, go on a short hike around the Namche. It may be either to Khumjung or to Thame or within Namche itself. Wherever you go, you will feel blessed the beauty of Everest region.

Altitude:3,440 m/11,283ft
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Namche Bazaar

From Namche, a bundle of routes dissociates to Tengboche. Among them, we will choose the rightmost trail along the Tenzing Memorial Stupa. It is because the views from this point are startling, and the side hill views are intoxicating. We will walk along the winding trails and pass through several Mani walls and Chortens on the way.

Just before crossing a suspension bridge at Phunke Tenga, you may turn your eyes right, into the river, where the 7 prayer wheels are spinning by the force of the water. The colorful prayer flags, wrapped around the bottom of these wheels, resonate a vibrant tone in the atmosphere. Continue the slog until arriving at Tengboche. There, the monastery of Tengboche is unmissable. The beautiful décor, in and out of this monastery, makes it one of the must-visit sites at Tengboche.

[Note: Tengboche monastery is the largest monastery in the Everest region of Nepal.]

Walking Hours:5-6
Trek Distance:12km/ 7.5 miles
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Tengboche

This day is reckoned, sometimes, as the best day of trekking in the Everest Region. The views of Makalu, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, etc. appear so intoxicating that not even a pedestrian is left unsurprised. From the two chortens, a few kilometers behind Dingboche, the view of Taboche Peak appears truly spiritual.

Having admired this day as the most beautiful one, there are places where you have to struggle a lot to push yourselves a little further. There are several steep points, as well, to cross, but each rigorous ascend rewards you with something extraordinary and wonderful. Dingboche is a truly appealing spot, which overlooks upon a few mountain ranges.

Walking Hours:5-6
Trek Distance:12km/ 7.5 miles
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Dingboche

The acclimatization at Dingboche is necessary in order to develop more endurance capacity at higher elevations. For that purpose, there are so many exciting places to visit at Dingboche: one of which is the chain of Mani walls. It is said that this wall was built unintentionally. When the farmers plowed their field for cultivation, the stones that came on the way were placed on the side of the field. These stones, later on, got stacked one over the other to form a long wall.

After visiting the site of Mani wall, we will proceed towards the Nangkar Tshang Hill (5616m/18425ft). There is a monastery named Nangkar Tshang on the left of the trail to the main hill. The walk is pleasant as you go through the alpine woods of the Himalayas. It feels so good to be there. Once you rise on to the hilltop, the views of Makalu, Chhopulu, Lhotse, Lhotse, and island peak appears commendable as if they are lined up with perfect spacing. Later, we will return to Dingboche for the overnight stay.

Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Dingboche

The views of Chhukung Ri, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Taboche peak are truly commendable from Chhukung. We will cross the icy rivers and boulder fields on the way before making an appearance at Chhukung. The ridge of Chukkung overlooks a gorgeous panorama of tall mountains distributed randomly in the vast snowscape.

After Dingboche, the trail ascends towards the Chhukung via the jagged path and icy rivers. The ascent can be a little demanding as the altitude plays a part here. Every step feels like running in a marathon. Plus, because of snow, you might require crampons to assist in smooth ascend to Chhukung Ri (5546m/18190ft). However, the shoes with perfect grip may be enough to conquer the elevation of Chhukung Ri. In the end, you will be rewarded with something out of the world views of the mountains. It is truly amazing.

Walking Hours:3-5
Trek Distance:5 km/ 3.1 miles
Altitude:4,740m/15,570 ft)
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Chhukung

The path to Lobuche ascends through the Kongma La (5535m/18160ft), the highest pass in the Everest region, before descending to Lobuche. From the pass, the striking views of the mountains could be seen. Notice, I mentioned mountains because when you rise to the top of the pass, the feeling of conquering such a massive height will leave you literally unaware of the shape and size of the mountains; so, it becomes quite difficult to distinguish them.

Firstly, the path runs towards the westerly direction and then, towards the north. There are so many turnings to take before rising to Kongma La pass. While ascending, don’t hurry to climb as the altitude might let you down. To acclimatize with the soaring altitude, you will walk calmly and breath properly. When you arrive at Lobuche, the view of Nuptse is the only that keeps you alive.

Walking Hours:8-9
Trek Distance:11 km/ 6.8 miles
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Lobuche

Today, we will walk along the ridge, past several chortens and prayer wheels, to finally make an appearance at the base camp of the mighty Everest. A vast snowscape surrounds us in the base camp, and it feels as if we are a tiny dot painted in a large canvas of white. The view of the surrounding mountains, from the base camp, is indeed a soul-piercing one.

From Lobuche, we will leave our room at least 2 hours before sunrise. It is because the wind may get fierce in the morning, resisting you to proceed ahead along the ridge. The trail is slippery and difficult to pass through, so be aware of the position of your legs. By the time we reach Gorakshep, we will continue towards the base camp. After spending a few moments on top of the world, we will return to Gorakshep, which will be our stop for the night.

Walking Hours:7-8
Trek Distance:13km/ 8 miles
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Gorakshep

Kalapatthar is the major highlight of the day. The views, seen from the top of Kalapatthar, is so appealing that your eyes barely get the chance to blink. The gorgeous rocky Southwest face of Everest dominates the eastern skyline, and the randomly alternating series of countless anonymous ranges form an exciting outlook of the Himalayas. When the first beam of sunlight explodes in the Everest, the whitish snow automatically turns golden. This stupendous view is what makes Kalapatthar so alluring.

From Gorakshep, we will climb to the top of Kalapatthar before sunrise, and descend back to Gorakshep for the lunch. After that, we will walk along the same ridge until Lobuche. But then, our feet will proceed to the right towards the Dzongla via Dughla. The is no sharp altitude gain in this day, so it doesn’t feel so taxing to make it up to the Dzongla.

Walking Hours:7-8
Trek Distance:16 km/ 9.9 miles
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Dzongla

Cho La pass is a rewarding viewpoint, offering the stupendous views of Ama Dablam and Cholatse. Few meters ahead, an overhanging icy cliff peeks onto the turquoise-looking pristine glaciers. These views make this day an exciting one, but the heaps of snow, covering the trail, will demand you to push yourself with a bit more effort.

From Dzongla, the way to Cho La is winding and full of snow. Plus, the continuous ascend to the pass will slacken your energy. But, by the time you get on to the top of the pass, the stunning views of the mountains will compensate all the hard times you have been through to reach there. From that pass, the trail descends to Thangnak, which will be our next stopover.

Walking Hours:8-9
Trek Distance:9.38 km/ 5.8 miles
Altitude:5,420 m/17,780 ft
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Thangnak

The Ngozumba glacier, longest glacier of Nepal, is something that you have never seen before. When we arrive at Gokyo and have time then, we may as well explore the lake systems of Gokyo.

From Thangnak, the trail drops to Dragnag via an easy trail. Then, the path ascends to Gokyo across the Ngozumba glacier, which is one of the beautiful glaciers in the world. This glacier can be witnessed at its close proximity when we are proceeding to Gokyo. It is a joyful day.

Walking Hours:3.30-4
Trek Distance:4.4 km/ 2.7 miles
Altitude:4,800 m/15,744ft
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Gokyo Valley

We will stroll around the village of Gokyo and enter into its lake system. The icy water in the lake appears turquoise in color because of the tiny glacial matters decomposed underneath the surface of the lake. This lake is also considered a spiritually sublime center by the pilgrims of Hindus and Buddhists.

From Gokyo, the main ridge is few kilometers up, along the northern direction. When we rise to the top of the ridge, you will notice something strange. The views appear relatively unchanged from what seen from the Kalapatthar, except that the positions of the mountains are different. So, you may expect to witness something glamorous on this day. Later, we will return to Gokyo valley.

Walking Hours:3-4
Trek Distance:4 km/ 2.4 mile
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Gokyo Valley

The Renjo La pass, after the Kongma La pass, is the only left pass to cross in this trek. Like other passes, Renjo La also offers some good views of the Himalayas. The Everest and Makalu dominate the eastern skyline, and other anonymous ranges provide the supporting views. The views begin to fade away as you proceed down the pass.

From Gokyo, the ascend to Renjo La Pass can be taxing. You will have to drag your body as the altitude plays a part here. The path to the theMarlung from the Renjo La pass is rewarding with only a handful of ascents.

Walking Hours:7-7:30
Trek Distance:13 km/ 8.07 miles
Altitude:5,360m/17580 ft
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Marlung

As we leave Marlung, the raging sound of the Bhotekoshi river starts resonating in the air. The tropical forest, with densely spread trees, surprises your eyes with greenery after a long day of trekking in the snow. While the views of the Himalayas grow feeble while descending to Namche, the new aura of warmth provides you an inner relief.

From Lungden, the way is far away to Namche. We will arrive at a beautiful hamlet of Thame, before proceeding to Namche. There is a waterfall on the western flank of the Thame that cascades from the top of the cliff to the plain of Thame. Within a few minutes, we will make an appearance at the Namche Bazaar.

Walking Hours:7-8
Trek Distance:18 km/ 11.1 miles
Altitude:3,440 m/11,283ft
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Namche Bazaar

The route to Lukla from Namche is the same one in which we have been through earlier. But, unlike before, the trail is descending.

Walking Hours:7-8
Trek Distance:21km/13 miles
Altitude:2,840 m/9,184 ft
Accomodation:Mountain Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Lukla

From Lukla, we will catch a return flight to Kathmandu. Despite experiencing the flight above the undulating ridges of the Himalayas before, this flight is equally thrilling. On arriving at the Kathmandu, our vehicle would be there to pick us up. We will be transferred to the hotel.

Accomodation:Kaathmandu Sunny Hotel
Overnight at:Kathmandu

Finally, it is time to alter the taste. On this day, we will travel across the four brilliant world heritage sites (UNESCO listed) in Kathmandu (Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Temple), and stroll around the stalls of souvenirs and handicrafts near the sites. You may as well purchase them if you like to.

Patan is a city of arts. There are temples and centuries-old palaces, each of them adorned with paintings of godly images. The delicate carvings on the windows and pillars of the Patan Durbar Square dictate a sort of mythical construction of events (a story indeed). Similarly, Pashupatinath temple is also bedecked with wood carvings and sculptures. But, the real beauty of Pashupatinath is its spiritual existence in the hearts of the Nepalese.

Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, on the other hand, are the Buddhist stupas. Their spherical architecture makes them stand out among the rest of the structures. The crowning pyramid above the mandala of both of these mansions is plated in gold. It is really an amazing experience to explore these regions.

Accomodation:Kathmamndu Sunny Hotel
Meals:B, D
Overnight at:Kathmandu

Finally, this day is the departure day. Before that, we will have a farewell night, on the 19th day, with all the expedition members of Holy Mountain Treks. We will share our experiences and cultures together, and create some memories.

Today, one of our representatives will drop you at the airport and wish you a safe flight ahead.


Altitude Chart


Price Includes

  • All airport pickup/drops via private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Three nights’ twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in deluxe Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or similar category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing tour accompanied by a professional guide in Kathmandu with private vehicle transfers including temple/monument entry fees
  • Round trip Kathmandu – Lukla– Kathmandu flight
  • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in local lodges (teahouse) throughout the trek; we provide rooms with attached bathroom and running hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Trekking staff: one professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide (1 assistant guide for every six trekkers) and porters (one porter for each two trekkers) including their salary, equipment, transportation, food, accommodation, and insurance
  • TIMS, local permit & National Park Permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket to use throughout the trek
  • Holy Mountain Treks T – shirt, trekking map and certificate to mark the achievement of the trip
  • First aid medical kit
  • All government taxes and office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa, International airfares, travel and rescue insurance
  • Excess baggage charges (domestic flight allows 15 kgs per person and for extra luggage cargo charge is USD 1 per kg)
  • Additional night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Lukla caused by early arrival, late departure, early completion of the trek than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trek than the scheduled itinerary)
  • All kind of beverages (water, alcoholic or non alcoholic hot/cold drinks)
  • Personal expenses including phone calls, internet usage/data, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower, extra porters, etc
  • Tips for guides and porters (tips are expected)

Best Time for Everest High Passes Trek

Everest High Pass Trek is a high elevated journey that takes us above 5000m several times. Pre-Monsoon/ spring (March to May) and Post Monsoon/ autumn are the best periods for this trek. These two seasons offer the best possible views, most stable weather conditions, bearable temperatures, and more.
The skies are clear where there is a rare chance of precipitation and snowfall. The hills and valleys are full of seasonal flowers, and the valleys look astonishingly green with full of cattle grazing all around.

Everest High Passes in Spring

Spring is the most popular season for Everest Three Passes Trek. It brings astonishing views of snow-clad peaks, colorful hills, and vast Himalayan pastures. In the lower parts (Lukla, Phakding, Monjo, and Namche Bazaar), rhododendron and other spring flowers are in full bloom, making the entire surrounding astonishing.

Above Namche Bazaar, there will be never-ending views of mountain ranges that are full of snow (as the Himalayan region receives heavy snowfall during December, January, and February). However, there are fewer chances of snowfall (as winter is already over) and rainfall (as monsoon is yet to come); the days will be longer each day, making us comfortable reaching our desired place. Although the nights are colder, the days are sunny, warm, and bright, making it perfect for trekking.

Everest Three Pass Trek in Autumn

This is another ideal season for Everest High Passes Trek. Gradually, the trekking trails get drier (as due to heavy rainfall in monsoon, they were slippery and wet), the skies become apparent, and days will be bright and sunny. Finally, the weather begins to be stable, and the monsoon escapes leaving less probability of rainfall.

The hills look lush green, mountains open up their face after long monsoon months, people are in a festive mood, and everything will be favorable for trekking. Marigold, Purple globe Amaranth, Poinsettia, and other flowers seem to bloom in the yards and farms, and people from far and near gather to celebrate Dashain and Tihar (the most significant festivals of Nepal, especially of Hindus).  
Crossing the mountain passes will make it easier as the weather will be mostly favorable, the temperature will be bearable, and views will be unobstructed. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees during the day and drops down to 5 degrees during the nighttime.

Everest Three Pass Loop in Winter and Monsoon

Winter (December to February) and monsoon (June to August) are considered off-peak seasons for Everest Three Passes Trek. During these months, the weather remains challenging, and the temperature becomes unfavorable to trek.

In winter, heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures may take a lot of disturbances. In the higher elevations, the teahouses/lodges may get closed due to the freezing cold. You may find difficulties in the places like Chhukung, Gorekshep, Dzongla, and Thangnak for accommodation and food. There might be heaps of snow in the places like Cho La, Renjo La, and Kongma La, making us difficult to cross.

During monsoon months, heavy rainfall might affect your trekking. Due to heavy precipitation, trekking trails may get wet and slippery. Moreover, landslides and floods in the rivers might block the trekking routes, Leeches and misquotes also make our trekking experience unpleasant.

A Typical Day on the Everest High Passes Trek

Everest Three Passes Trek is a combined package that offers you to explore almost every part of the Khumbu and Gokyo valleys. In this 20 days' fantastic journey, adventurous will explore the bustling city of Kathmandu to Sherpa town Namche Bazaar, luxury hotels of Kathmandu to basic teahouses of Khumbu region, lower elevated lands to high mountain passes, sub-tropical forests to alpine bushes, wide, black-topped roads to narrow and steep trekking trails.

All in all, it will be a fantastic experience every moment. During your Everest Three Pass expedition, you will be accompanied by a well-experienced, knowledgeable, kind, and hospitable trekking leader of Holy Mountain Treks and other supporting crews. In addition, a porter (usually a porter for two trekkers) will help you carry your backpack (backpack/duffle bag) where you need to take only your items (passport, money, etc.) in your day pack.

A day begins with a cup of tea/coffee at your hotel/lodge/teahouse. Then, at around 7-8, you will get ready, have breakfast, and begin your walk (expect the high passes days). After walking for 3-4 hours (around midday), you will arrive at the lunch place. You can rest around an hour in this place after lunch. Then will again walk to the day's destination.

Upon reaching the desired place, you will check in the hotel /lodge and get refreshed with some drinks. Now, you shall have free time to explore your surroundings; there can be some historically, culturally, and religiously essential monuments around which you can explore till dusk.

Dinner will be ready somewhere around 6–7 pm. After dinner, your trip leader will explain a further plan for an upcoming day. After this briefing, you can enjoy board games like chess, cards, read books or watch available mountaineering documentaries before heading off to bed.

WIFI and Mobile Network Availability in Everest High Passes Trek

Trekkers can use the internet during the Everest High Passes Trek in two ways; one using the cards (SIM card or Everest Link) another using of Internet/ WIFI in the lodges. Mobile data through the SIM card is the most convenient way of using the internet where they can use the required volume of data after purchasing.

For this, you, first of all, should buy a SIM card. SIM card is available in every street of Kathmandu. You can buy them upon your arrival at TIA. The SIM cards provided by Nepal Telecom (Namaste) and Axiata (NCELL) are used throughout. While trekking to the Everest region, both SIM cards work correctly. Personally saying, NCELL is faster and easier for this trek. To obtain a SIM, you need to have:

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • The original Passport with its copy
  • NPR 100 cash (approx. US$ 1)

In the shop, you need to fill a form provided by telecommunication keeping your detail. Then the shopkeeper gives you a SIM card, and it will be activated after half an hour. After adding the amount to the respective number, you can purchase the desired data pack.

Next, most of the lodges now are facilitated with WIFI. Some of them offer it free, and some charge a certain amount to use it. The speed of the internet in the Himalayas is not as fast as in the cities, but they are helpful to communicate, share your stories, and be updated.

Accommodation during Everest High Passes Walk

Our Everest High Passes Trek is a long day's walk where trekkers will spend 16 nights in the best possible lodges in the mountains and 3 nights in Kathmandu (Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or a similar one). During the trek, five nights at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar (3 nights), will be spent in a room with an attached bathroom.

Rest 11 nights at Tengboche, Dingboche (2 nights), Chhukkung, Lobuche, Gorekshep, Dzongla, Thangnak, Gokyo Valley (2 nights) and Marlung will be a standard room (twin sharing rooms with common bathroom).

Note: In Kathmandu, varieties of hotels are available from budget to five-star ones. If you wish for luxury accommodation, we can arrange them at extra costs. Next, during the trek, luxury accommodation is available in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar. If you wished to stay in luxury lodges there, this is also possible with extra charges. We prefer your choice.

Food during Everest High Passes Trek

As its name refers, Everest High Passes Loop is a journey to high elevations that crosses some of the highest passes of Nepal. As a high elevated walk, it leads us to the foot of the world’s highest peaks.

Trekking there, along with the mental determination, trekkers require sound physical strength. While trekking up there, our body demands high nutrition, carbohydrate, protein, and other food fuel. There are numerous ups and downs to encounter, steep narrow trails to pass and snowy lands to cross.

So, food is the foremost fuel to push us up to the mountains. During the trek, food is available in the teahouses. As you may not find the varieties as Kathmandu and other cities, is sufficiently available.

During the trip, 19 breakfasts, 16 lunches, and 17 dinners will be provided. Food is available according to the menu of the lodges. The menu list will be shortened as we go up in the higher elevations.

Some of the popular menu items include:-

Breakfast: The most popular breakfast items are toast with jam/butter/honey, Tibetan bread or Chapati, local tsampa porridge, egg items (boiled, fried, omelet (plain, vegetable), scrambled, sunny side up), pancakes, noodles, muesli, seasonable fruits, vegetable (grilled), rice pudding, oat porridge, potato items (steamed, fried, chips), etc.

Lunch: Dal Bhat (a set of rice, lentils, vegetables, pickles – the most popular food item), Tibetan bread / local chapatti, momo (dumplings), spring roll, spaghetti, macaroni, cake items, sandwiches, burgers, potato dishes, noodles items (soup, fried), thukpa, pasta, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), rice pudding, porridges and more.

Dinner: Dal Bhat Tarkari (a set of rice, lentils, vegetables, pickles, and salads), various soup items (noodle, chicken, tomato, egg drop, potato, daal, onion, garlic (highly recommended), mixed vegetable), pizza (mushroom cheese, tomato cheese, and mixed), noodle items (soup, fried), spaghetti, salad items, Thukpa, rice puddings, apple pie, pancakes, Korean Raman and many more.

The menu is set, combining the traditional, local, national, and international cuisines. However, as we go up (higher elevations above Namche Bazaar), the menu list will be shortened.

Note: Although the meat items are available even in the Everest Base Camp and the Gokyo valley, we highly recommend avoiding them. The meat in the higher elevations is not guaranteed to be fresh, healthy, and hygienic. We also encourage you to get rid of dairy and cheesy items while trekking. We advise you not to smoke or consume tobacco during the trek.

Drinks for Everest High Passes Trek

Staying hydrated is crucial while trekking. Dehydration leads to Altitude Sickness and several other problems. Therefore, we advise you to drink at least 3 liters of water every day during your walk. Buying water bottles is possible in shops, teahouses, and lodges.

Boiled water, purified water is also probable to refill in the lodges. Moreover, water purification tablets/system is the most convenient way to use water during the trek. You can fill water (from the taps or streams) and purify it whenever you wish to drink.

Other drinks such as lemon tea, hot lemon, soup items (tomato, mushroom, mixed vegetables, garlic soup (highly advised)), green tea, ginger tea are recommended while in the trek. But, highly caffeinated items (strong coffee), alcoholic drinks, and cold drinks are not advised to consume during the tour.

Acclimatization during the trek

Acute Mountain Sickness is one of the major challenges during high altitude treks (Everest Base Camp, Manaslu Circuit, Annapurna Circuit, Everest High Passes, Gokyo Lakes, and Upper Mustang, etc.). While on the trek trekkers need to be adjusted in the surrounding atmosphere to overcome altitude-related challenges. For those who ignore acclimatization and rush for three passes, altitude sickness is common.

During Everest High Passes Journey, we acclimatize at Namche Bazaar (3440m), Dingboche (4410m), and Gokyo Valley (4800m). During acclimatization, trekkers can take short hikes to the nearby hills, visit the religious and cultural monuments scattered throughout the village, and explore the lifestyle of the Himalayan Sherpas.

While acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar, trekkers can visit Syangboche Airport, hike to Khumjung, and go for the perfect view of Mt. Everest at Everest View Hotel, visit Sherpa Museum, and many more.

While in Dingboche, you can hike up to Nagarjun hill to get mesmerizing sceneries of Mt. Ama Dablam, Makalu, Chhopulu, Lhotse, and their surrounding panorama. And during your acclimatization at Gokyo valley, you can hike up to Gokyo Ri and get an unobstructed view of Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks. If you did not wish to hike to the hilltops, can rest in the hotel or just stroll around villages.

Electricity and Battery Recharge during the Trek

Throughout the trek at Everest regions, electricity for recharging your camera and other electronics is possible with an extra cost in every lodges. Many of them have hydroelectricity whereas some are using solar panels as a source of electricity.

Permits needed for Everest High Passes Trek

Two permits; Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality Entrance Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit are obligatory for Everest High Passes Trek. Both of them are available in Lukla. Holy Mountain Treks arranges all the permits and fees for Everest High Passes Expedition.

Everest High Passes Trek Difficulty

Three of the high mountain passes of Nepal will be crossed throughout the trek. Saying so, this trek is a challenging yet rewarding journey. Trekkers need to walk 5-7 hours each day for 13 days in the high altitudes. You may need to walk passing several rocky ridges, glacial lands, snowy areas, rough terrains steep ascends and descends. To trek in such lands the fitter you are, the more comfortable and enjoyable journey will be.

Transportation for Everest High Passes Trek

Holy Mountain Treks will arrange all the ground transportation (Airport pickup and drop, Kathmandu sightseeing) and flight (Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu) for this trip. Otherwise, if trekkers wished to fly from Everest Base Camp, or Gokyo Lakes, we can arrange helicopter flights upon their requests in extra costs.

Required Fitness Level for Everest High Passes Trek

As already mentioned, Everest High Pass Trekking is a challenging yet rewarding walk just near the world’s highest peaks. Depending upon the destination to reach, trekkers need to walk five to seven hours each day in the Himalayan trails taking regular breaks viewing astonishing mountain ranges.

Previous hiking or trekking experiences will be beneficial. Cardiovascular exercises such as Walking on Stairs, Jumping Jacks, Walking, Hula-Hooping, Rowing, Hiking, Cycling, Trampoline-ing, Boxing, Swimming, Power Walking, Organized Sports, Dancing, and Jump Rope will be beneficial for this walk. For such treks, the fitter, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be.

Thus, it is highly recommended to do any of those exercises at least three months before this trek. Note: This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, novice, and solo travelers.

Safety Concerns and Precautions while Trekking Everest High Passes

During our journey to Everest High Passes, trekking safely is our prime concern. While trekking there might be some possible hazards as landslides, altitude sickness, rare cases of thefts or extortion, Covid-19, and so on. Most of such contingencies are handled by our trekking guide and sometimes it will be out of their capabilities.

Holy Mountain Treks does its best to make its valued clients’ travel safe, secure, and a journey of a lifetime. It has taken certain precautions in the following things to make your travel as safe as possible.

  • All our guides are government license holders and are well trained with Intensive First Aid.
  • Trekking leaders, guides, entrepreneurs, porters, and other crews have years of trekking experience who will assist you in case there is any kind of uneasiness, discomfort and make you happy and satisfied.
  • We provide high-quality masks, gloves, and sanitizers for everyday use throughout the Manaslu trip.
  • Our professional trekking experts will encourage and motivate everyday perks.
  •  Leaders will recheck your accommodation and food for hygienic purposes every day.

Travel Insurance for Everest High Passes Trek

Everest Three Passes Trek is ranked on the challenging trek as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential acute mountain sickness, and several other unforeseen events including bad weather, and extreme temperature. Travel insurance is a vital part of trekking for Everest High Passes Walk. All the members of trekking must have a trekking insurance policy that covers medical and emergency helicopter evacuation expenses.

While booking EVEREST HIGH PASSES TREK, everyone is kindly requested to submit their copy of travel insurance with other documents. In case of emergency conditions, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us.

This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help, etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation (5545 m / 18192 ft) of the trekking.

Nepal Tourist Visa Information Info

Every non-nationals, except Indians, must get a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available at the office of the Department of Immigration at Tribhuvan International Airport and it can be extended at the Central Immigration Office, Dillibazar Kathmandu. For a visa application, you need to have a passport at least 6 months of validity, a passport-sized photo, and money (cash).

The current cost of the visa fee is US$ 30 for 15 days, US$ 50 for 30 days, and US$ 125 for 90 days. The visa fee must be paid in cash on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. However, SAARC citizens (expect Afghans) and Chinese people get a free visas.

The tourists from certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, and the Refugees with travel documents) may not get on arrival visas and they are requested to obtain visas before they arrive from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.

Trekking in Group or Solo

Everest High Passes Trek is a long and strenuous journey. Although trekking there is possible solo, it is not recommended. Trekking with guide (licensed guide), porters (experienced porters) and a local based trekking agency will be safe, secured and reliable. Holy Mountain Treks organizes the packages according to the needs of its clients; a group as well as a private trek. If you are in group, there is a provision of group discount as well.

Responsible Tourism

We have core beliefs that we should protect our environment with the collaborative effort of everyone who is, directly and indirectly, involved in the tourism industry. We are thankful to this tourism industry for creating numerous opportunities, employing thousands of people but we are against environmental degradation, noticeable negative impacts on nature and culture.

Thus, we always focus on organizing eco-friendly trips being environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities. Next, we aware everyone to follow every rule of Leave No Trace (LNT) which beliefs on;

"Take NOTHING but Pictures

Kill NOTHING but Time and

Leave NOTHING but Footprints"

Tipping in Nepal

Tipping is a travelers’ preference and it relies on good service that does not form part of wages for your guides, porters, and other crew. Tipping is highly accepted, honored, and highly appreciated as a way to say thank you for their good service.

Generally, the tip is offered at the end of the trek (while on the farewell party) which marks the end of the trip. The amount of the tip is an entirely personal preference that may be more or less depending upon the perception of service quality, budget, and the length of the trip, etc.

It is sure that all the members of Holy Mountain Treks work professionally and take care of their clients all the time during trekking, offer excellent service, and offer an enriching journey of a lifetime.

Booking and Payment Process

Holy Mountain Treks is an authentic, government-registered, licensed, and dedicated trekking agency in Nepal. All our guides are professional and are license holder ones. Our website is SSL enabled, and our payment partners are Himalayan Bank Limited and Siddhartha Bank Limited. While transferring the data, only banks securely receive them.

To make it easy and secure, you can directly share the trip amount with the bank. Thus, you can book your Everest Three Pass Trek with us confidently. At the time of booking, travelers should pay only 20% of the total payment in advance online. For payment, you need to fill in the detail of yourself and should submit it.

Necessary documents as passport copy, passport size photos, and travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight details can be emailed later (within two weeks). The remaining trip costs can be paid either by cash or via bank transfer and credit cards upon your arrival in Nepal.

Last Minute Booking

Holy Mountain Treks accepts last minutes booking for those who are not able to book in advance. For Everest Three Passes Trek, booking before at least 48 hours is taken. We have to arrange your permits, guide, porters, and other crews for you. We do our best to operate a trek at any time; however, we will not be responsible for any delays due to changes beyond our control, such as the weather, flights to Lukla, availability of lodging etc.

Trip Extensions after your Everest Three Passes Trip

After completing this adventurous journey, trekkers can spend a couple of days in Nepal exploring Kathmandu valley (Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur), go for sunrise tour at Nagarkot / Dhulikhel, Chitwan National Park Jungle Safari and so forth.


Holy Mountain Treks organizes a farewell dinner after completing the Everest High Pass Trekking where you will be given a digitally printed certificate of trek achievement. We would highly appreciate if you explained our both strength and weaknesses.

We would continue our positive aspects whereas would improve our weaknesses and always strive to be better in the days to come. We request you to go through TripAdviser and express your real feeling about the entire trip.

Customizable Trip

Although there is fixed departures and itinerary in our website, we customize the schedule as per our valued guests’ interests and time. An itinerary to Everest Three Passes Trek depends upon whether you take a flight to Lukla or walk from Phaplu, prefer sightseeing in Kathmandu or not and so forth.

However, the itinerary mentioned above can be rescheduled due to the some unexpected situations as heavy snowfall, precipitation, terrible weather circumstances, availability of lodges and other natural hazards. In such situations, a new itinerary will be set in the best interest of the entire group members, making it suitable for everyone.

Pick up and Drop off

Don’t worry! We will pick up you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. From there we shift you to your hotel free of cost in a private vehicle. (Vehicle depends upon group size. Mostly we use car). On your final day, we pick up you from the hotel and shift you to the Airport using the private vehicle again.

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