everest high passes trek
At a Glance
  • Duration20 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Very Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude5550 M
  • Group Size15
  • Trip StyleWalking
  • StartsKathmandu
  • EndsKathmandu
  • Best TimeRound the Year
  • Going Across Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass as well as Renjo La Pass presents a thrilling challenge and rewards trekkers with breathtaking sights of snow-capped tops, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and also lots of others.
  • A visit to the iconic Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters), where mountain climbers prepare to climb the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.
  • Explore the mesmerizing Lakes, a collection of blue-green glacial lakes located at a height of 4,700 meters.
  • A challenging trek requires a high degree of physical fitness, endurance, and previous trekking experience. 
  • Crossing these passes calls for cautious footing, endurance plus appropriate acclimatization because of the high altitude as well as possibly severe climate conditions.
  • Accommodation (Teahouses, standard lodges, and guesthouses) can differ regarding comfort and facilities.
  • Need permits such as the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit. 
  • Takes you through traditional Sherpa villages to immerse yourself in the local culture, visit monasteries, and interact with the warm and friendly Sherpa people.
The Everest High Passes Trek or Everest Three Passes Trek is one of the most challenging and exciting trekking adventures in the Everest region of Nepal. It involves crossing three high mountain passes, namely Kongma La Pass (5,535 meters), Cho La Pass (5,420 meters), and Renjo La Pass (5,340 meters), offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. Three Passes Trek is an amazing trip that offers an unforgettable experience for adventure seekers, giving an up-close experience with the grandeur of the Everest region and also its breathtaking hill landscapes. Everest High Passes Trek is an incredible opportunity to challenge yourself and create lasting memories of a lifetime.
This adventurous trek is designed for every kind of hiker who wants to enjoy and gather some memorable experiences on the laps of the Himalayas. It connects all of the Everest region's main features. It is designed for trekkers who want to explore the high Himalayas by trekking through secluded valleys, towns, terraces, hills, and several other snowcapped summits surrounded by unforgettable scenery. It also includes the grandest Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, adding to the difficulty of your climb. While in the trek, you can gaze directly to the highest peak of the world, Mount Everest (8848.86m), Cho Oyu which is the world's sixth-highest mountain, Mount Ama Dablam (6812 m), Mount Lhotse (8516 m), Mount Nuptse (7861 m), Mount Cholatse (6440 m) and Mount Makalu (8485). Along with the mountains that have befriended the sky, you can see glaciers that embrace the Earth like the Ngozumpa Glacier and the Khumbu Glacier. Amidst the natural beauty, there lies Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lake which never fail to amaze people who come for the Everest High Passes Trek. 

Aside from the sights of the Himalayas and glaciers, this trek also serves as an introduction to the Sherpa community's rich culture. Trekking across the High Passes allows you to learn about the culture, traditions, and way of life of the Sherpa people, who make up the majority of the region's residents. On the trek, you'll also get to visit Buddhist monasteries and see musk deer, snow leopards, Himalayan Thar, pheasants, and a variety of other rare wildlife species, including musk deer, snow leopards, Himalayan Thar, pheasants, and variety of other wild species. And, maybe even the mythical Yeti – well, what if?


The Everest High Passes Trek typically takes around 18-20 days, including acclimatization and rest days, allowing for a gradual ascent to higher altitudes. The road to the Everest High Passes Trek involves trekking along established trails, crossing high mountain passes, and exploring breathtaking landscapes along the way.
The journey begins with a picturesque flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Upon landing in Lukla, your journey sideways on the trail via various Sherpa villages, taking in the breathtaking mountain vistas, until arriving in Namche Bazaar. You will take a detour through the Bhote Koshi Valley from Namche Bazaar, passing through the Renjo La Pass, and reaching Gokyo Lake. Finally, we go to Lobuche, from where you will trek to the Everest Base Camp and then to Gorakshep via Kala Patthar. This trekking is a somewhat stimulating walk that requires a moderate level of physical and mental trekking fitness. All in all, this trek is an elixir that purifies your physical aura and mental well-being. 
The trekkers will visit ancient monasteries, caves, the hotel situated at the highest altitude (i.e.Hotel Everest View), Sherpa villages, Gokyo villages, and many other small villages along the way. Three Pass Trek also allows the trekkers to identify the struggles of Sherpas who live in that region. The trekkers will come to learn a lot about the culture, language, and tradition of Sherpa and Tibetan locale residing in the Khumbu region. Though the Three Passes Trek may be strenuous, it surely guarantees a wonderful experience in the lap of the Himalayas.
Situated in the Everest or Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal, Everest High Passes Trek goes via the Everest Base Camp which is above 5,000m from sea level. The three passes of the trek are Renjo La (5,338m), Chola La (5,368m), and Kongma La (5,528m). All three passes are the gateway to heaven on earth as they host the most appealing view of the gigantic mountains in the world such as Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Khumbila, Nuptse, Gokyo RI, Kala Patthar, Kongde RI and many other Himalayas in the Everest region.
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The Autumn season (September to November) is a great time for trekking in the Everest region. During this time, the temperature is pleasant, neither too hot nor too cold, and the mountain vistas are more or less clear at this time of year, making it a perfect time for trekking.  However, the Spring season (March to June) is the best season for your journey to Everest High Pass Trek. Like in autumn, the temperature is moderate but the clear sky you will find throughout the spring is the difference. This will allow you to witness uninterrupted mountain views and experience a very pleasing trekking adventure. Moreover, rhododendrons and other flowers that only bloom in spring make this season the best for your trek. 

Winter and monsoon seasons aren’t recommended for the Everest Highpass Trek. Monsoon comes with heavy rainfall which makes trekking conditions unfavorable. And, for the Everest Highpass Trek, this season is possibly the hardest time to accomplish your once in the lifetime trekking opportunity. Not only the rainfall will affect the journey but the cold temperature will make sustaining very difficult. 
Mountains are cold and in the winter season, the extent of cold weather reaches the maximum. Heavy snowfall is another issue of this season. So, even for your health, trekking in the winter season is not a good decision. 


The trek is of moderate difficulty at max, but if you don’t have quality experience in trekking, it might become challenging at some points. Till Tengboche Monastery (3860m), the trek will be easier without any hurdles or physical trouble. As the journey to Dingboche (4350m) starts, the trek gets challenging. However, if you are familiar with trekking or walking in higher altitudes, walking to Dingboche won’t pose any problems for you. 
From Dingboche to Chukkung (4700m), the trek will now start to get demanding. The increasing altitude might cause some issues as well. As you start your journey from here, the trek will get challenging physically. As you reach the Everest Base Camp (5365m), you can breathe all you can because the final beauty will come after it. Kala Pattar is where you will walk to after EBC.  Now you will start walking back and once you have walked till there, it will be very easy to return. The difficulty will diminish with every step you take while returning. 


Tea houses on the mountain provide fundamental lodging. The rooms usually include only two or three single beds, as well as pleasant and warm blankets, pillows, comfortable mattresses, and adjoining toilets.
For meals, the common breakfast options include Tibetan bread (a fried bread in oil, it’s also named Gurung bread in the Annapurna area), chapati with cheese (dry bread- a local wheat bread), oatmeal, french toast with jam, honey, and peanut butter, corn flakes, hashed brown, fried, scrambled and boiled eggs, pancakes, porridge with milk, muesli, vegetable items and any hot drinks like milk coffee, tea, and others.
Common Lunch and Dinner options include a different variety of Thukpa (noodle soup), rice and lentil (Nepalese local meal), momos (dumplings), Tibetan/chapati bread, macaroni, spaghetti, sherpa stew, soups, potato items, sandwiches, pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, burgers, pizza, yak steak, and desserts items.
Dessert and Snack options include rice pudding, apple pie, fruit snicker/ mars bar, popcorn, cake, pastries, etc. Furthermore, there are no problems regarding drinking water. It is abundantly available and you can also buy packaged mineral water for around 1 USD.  


The average cost for a single person is around $1800 to $2800. It depends on the duration of the trek too, shorter the duration, the lesser the costs.  As you sign up for the packages paying the required amount, you will get every facility you will require inevitably as you commence your journey. This cost will include your transportation costs from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice-versa. As you have already found what meal options you will get, your payment will cover three meals where you can choose anything you want to eat – from the available options. 

The package will not only cover your accommodation but also fees for your guides and porters. Just so you know, every permit and government fee you will need will be taken care of by your payment beforehand. These include National Park Permit/Conservation Area Project Permit, Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS), Rural Municipality fees, and other Special Permits if you wish to trek in restricted areas.  However, your expenses like your purchases, hot showers, and your choices won’t be covered. Also, you will have to pay for your travel insurance additionally.

Upon landing, you will be welcomed and picked up by our staff at the international airport in Kathmandu. We will accompany you to the designated hotel (3-star). Enjoy and explore the city, Nepali lifestyle and cuisine for the rest of the day. In the evening, we will meet up for welcome dinner and brief the journey.

  • Max. Altitude:1300
  • Accommodation:3-star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals:Welcome Dinner

From Kathmandu, we will take a 45-minute towards Lukla. Lukla flight is unique due to the stunning mountain views and landing at one of world's highest altitude airstrip.

Lukla is a bustling town with shops, restaurants and facilities for guests. After some rest, we will start trekking towards Phakding village. It will take 3-4 hours of trekking according to the pace. Phakding is larger than Lukla and is equipped with restaurants, tea-houses, bars and restaurants for trekkers.

  • Max. Altitude:2880m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Phakding
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wake up to a beautiful sunrise at Phakding. After breakfast, we start the trek following the trails. Encounter local people, children, yaks and fellow trekkers as you move through Sagarmatha National Park and a few registration posts held up by local police. Cross high suspension bridge and climb until you reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. Namche is also housed with various accommodation, food and hangout facilities.

  • Max. Altitude:3445m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Namche Bazaar
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We take to spend the day in Namche Bazaar to adjust physically to the high altitude, referred as acclimatization. Acclimatization helps adopt our body to the increasing altitude and reduces the risk of altitude sickness.

Namche has Tibetan market selling clothes and cheap Chinese goods with the weekly wholesale market to browse. Even though we are acclimatizing, we will still need to stay active. So let's hike up to the famous Everest View Hotel and back.

  • Max. Altitude:3962m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Namche Bazaar
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We leave Namche Bazaar and trek for 6 hours to Thame (3,850m) by crossing a bridge over Bhote Koshi River. Overnight at a lodge in Thame.

  • Max. Altitude:3850m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Thame
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We trek for 5 hours to reach Lungden by crossing few water streams on our way. Overnight at a guesthouse in Lungden.

  • Max. Altitude:4810m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Lungden
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Using the first pass out of three, we trek to Gokyo (4,800) via Renjo La pass (5,338m). The alluring view of Everest, Lhotse, and other mountains will make our 6-trek seem short. Overnight at a lodge in Gokyo.

  • Max. Altitude:5360m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Gokyo
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We hike for 4 hours to reach Gokyo Ri (5,357m) viewpoint. We can relish the view of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Pumori, Makalu, and many other mountains. Overnight in Gokyo.

  • Max. Altitude:5,357m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Gokyo
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We trek through Ngozumpa Glacier enjoying the view of Cho Oyu, Gokyo Ri, and Everest, of course, to reach Thagnak after 6 hours. Overnight at a lodge in Thagnak.

  • Max. Altitude:4750m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Thagnak
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We reach to Dzongla (4,830m) via our second pass i.e. Cho La (5,368m). In 8-hour trek, we stumble across a frozen lake and revel the view of the Himalayas from the top of the pass filled with prayer flags. Overnight at a lodge in Dzongla

  • Max. Altitude:4830m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Dzongla
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Chasing the Lobuche Peak, we trek to Lobuche (4,900m) with the magnificent view of Ama Dablam in the background. After 4/5 hours trek, we rest at a lodge in Lobuche.

  • Max. Altitude:4940m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Lobuche
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Our journey from Lobuche leads us to yet another Sherpa settlement, Gorakshep after 6-7 hours trek. This is a popular stop for trekkers. Nuptse, Cholatse, Lobuche, and Pumori overlook the Lobuche village as we visit the Everest Base Camp including Majestic Mount Everest.

  • Max. Altitude:5150m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Gorakhshep
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Chasing the Lobuche Peak, we trek to Lobuche (4,900m) with the magnificent view of Ama Dablam in the background. After 5 hours trek, we rest at a lodge in Lobuche.

  • Max. Altitude:5545m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Lobuche
  • Meals:Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

We trek to Chhukung (4,730m) via our final pass i.e. Kongma La (5,528m). In our 7-hour trek via Kongma La, we encounter frozen lakes along with the majestic view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, and Nuptse. Overnight at a guesthouse in Chhukung.

  • Max. Altitude:5,528m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Chhukung
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We leave Dingboche for Tengboche (3,860m). After 6 hours of trek, we visit the famous ancient Buddhist monastery of Tengboche Monastery aka Dawa Choling Gumba which hosts the stunning view of the Himalayas in its premises. Overnight at a guesthouse in Tengboche.

  • Max. Altitude:3860m
  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Tengboche
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We are on our way back from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar with 6-7 hours trek. Spending our last night at Namche, talking to locals and kids is an amazing way to get little closer to the mountainous lifestyle.

  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Namche Bazaar
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Bidding our goodbye to glimpses of the highest summit of the world, we return back to Lukla from Namche Bazaar by trekking for about 6-7 hours. Every moment of the last couple of days spent will be a lifetime memory

  • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Lukla
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Taking a 35-minutes flight back to Kathmandu, today is our final day here. This day is ideal for visiting Swayambhunath Stupa and exploring local streets Thamel. Taking a walk through Thamel, a busy tourist spot, buying souvenirs from here is the pretty good option.

  • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel / Kathmandu
  • Meals:Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

This day could be used in the mountains if required. Or we can plan for a sightseeing in the marvelous city of Temples (Kathmandu)

  • Accommodation:Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals:Breakfast

It is our parting time. Hoping you are intrigued by this adventurous trek to Mt Everest, we will be ready to accompany you on any of your future journey to Nepal.

  • Accommodation:Hotels in Kathmandu
  • Meals:Breakfast

In Nepal's Everest region, the Everest High Passes Trek—also called the Everest Three Passes Trek—is a strenuous and daring trekking path. Some of the world's highest and most picturesque mountain crossings, such as Renjo Pass, Cho La Pass, and Kongma La Pass, are traversed on this expedition.

Service Details

  •  Private Arrival & Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  •  Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu( Hotel Arts in Kathmandu or similar) on a twin share bed/Single and breakfast as per the itinerary.
  •  Full board meals while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  •  Accommodation in tea house ( Best Mountain Lodge ) or lodge while trekking.
  •  Welcome / fare- well dinner as listed in the itinerary with Local Cultural Dance,
  •  The sightseeing city tour with world heritage entrance fees as listed in itinerary.
  •  All Domestic flights and airport tax as listed in the itinerary.
  •  Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  •  Sleeping bag, duffel bag etc for the use during the trip, Plastic garbage bags.
  •  Professional local experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid for Everest High Passes Trek,
  •  Comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  •  Respective region (Everest) trekking map, TIMS Card.
  •  Necessary Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  •  Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  •  Warm clothing & trekking gear for staff including porters: Gortex jacket & trousers, fleece jacket and pant, trekking shoes / boots, woolen hat, gloves, shocks, sunglasses etc while Everest High passes Trek
  •  The Trekking t-shirt
  •  Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Meals on the cities except Welcome Dinner (Tentative US$8-$12.00 per meals )
  •  Nepal entry visa fee which you will get it in to Kathmandu airport on upon arrival,
  •  Personal trekking equipment for Everest High passes Trek, gear should be well equipped,
  •  Items of a personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water, hot shower, battery charge, Telephone, etc..
  •  Tips for trekking/ tour guide & porters (expected,)
  •  International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges.
  •  Valid Travel Insurance with Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  •  Single supplement charge USD 250
  •  Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest
Dates & Availability
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DateJun 05, 2024 - Jun 24, 2024
DateJun 12, 2024 - Jul 01, 2024
DateJun 19, 2024 - Jul 08, 2024
DateJun 26, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024

Our Strong and experienced sherpa guides from particular Everest Region will guide you at top of the world most demanding trek route via Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar. Everest High Passes Trek is available for joining on our fixed departure dates throughout the year.Specially for the high passes trek due to walking in high altitude and long days and hours walk we strongly recommed take a personal extra porter carry duffle bags rather than sharing two member one porter. 

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