Key Information

  • Destination:
  • Accommodation:
    3 Star Hotel + Tea House Lodge
  • Trip Style:
    Trekking and Climbing
  • Foods:
    Breakfast in City + BLD in Trek
  • Transportation:
    Private Vehicle + Domestic Flight
  • Min Person:

About Everest Three High Passes Trek

There are various options for trekking in the Everest region. Some of them are Everest Base Camp trek, Gokyo Valley trek, Everest Panorama Trek etc. But the most thrilling and adventurous of all the treks there is the Everest High Pass trekking.

Everest High Passes trek takes you to 3 mountain passes of the Everest region. These are Renjo La Pass (5340 m), Chola Pass (5420 m) and Kongma La Pass (5535 m). All of these mountain passes are wonderful vantage points for viewing the Himalayas of the Everest region.

Trekking to these mountain passes also takes you to the three beautiful valleys in this region. They are Gokyo Valley, Thame Valley, and Chhukung Valley. All of these valleys are draped with majestic mountains of this region.

Another wonderful attraction of the Everest High Passes trekking is that you get to go to places like Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. So the High Passes trekking offers you many more places in the Everest region than the Everest Base Camp trek.

The three passes trek is also the most difficult trek in the Everest region This trek takes you to amazing vantage points. So you will need very good preparation and training to complete this trek.

The three high passes trek in the Everest region is also cost-effective. Most of the places that you will go to are the ones you go to in the EBC trek. Further, the trip is only around 4 days longer than the Everest Base Camp trek. So the expenses of the additional days are also not high.

During your trip, you will have mesmerizing views of the sunrise and sunset as well. You will be heading out to Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri. These are two of the most renowned places in the Everest region for viewing sunrise and sunset. You will also trek to the beautiful Gokyo Lakes.

If you want to see Everest but you do not have enough time or can't walk for long days, we have  Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The helicopter will land at different places to explore the Everest region.  

Major Attractions of Everest High Pass Trekking:

Kongma-la pass

Kongma La pass is the second highest point along your trek. It is located at an altitude of 5528 meters.  You will get to see beautiful mountain panorama from this pass like Lhotse (8516 m), Lhotse Shar (8,383 m ), Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7,220 m), Ama Dablam (6814 m) and many others.

Everest Base Camp

One of the most beautiful things about the Everest High Passes trek is that you don’t have to miss out on going to the Everest Base Camp. After you cross the Kongma-La Pass during your trek, you will head out to Everest Base Camp the next day to view Khumbu glacier and icefall and other mountains visible from the Base Camp.

Kala Patthar

Kala Patthar, whose literal translation is “Black Rock” is another place of astounding beauty in the Everest region. In order to get to this place, you hike early in the morning from Gorak Shep. You will get sunrise views from this region that are magical. This is one of the most popular regions for the close view of the various mountains in the Everest region.

Cho-la pass

Chola Pass is located at an altitude of 5420 meters. It is a summit pass that connects two villages in the Khumbu region- Dzongla and Thagnak. The trek to Cho-La pass is quite slippery. You might have to use crampons to get to this mountain pass.

Gokyo Lakes

There are six lakes in Gokyo. All of these lakes are collectively known as Gokyo Lakes. These lakes are located at an altitude of 4700m - 5000 m. The views of the Himalayas from these lakes are beautiful. These lakes also hold great religious significance for Hindus as well as Buddhists.

Gokyo Ri

Gokyo Ri is the peak in the Everest region that stands 5357 meters tall. It is located to the west of the biggest glacier of the Himalayas- Ngozumpa glacier. Alongside Kala Patthar, it offers some of the best sunrise and sunset views in this areas.

Everest Three High Passes Trek Itinerary & Map

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport
  • Picking you up at the airport
  • Get to the hotel where you will spend the night
  • Roam around the streets of Thamel
  • Prepare for the trek

As soon as you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be picked by Sublime Trails representatives and will be taken to a hotel. You will reach the hotel, keep your luggage there and freshen up. You can take a shower go out for a meal and chill around the streets of Thamel. You can either go visit different places or stay in your hotel room and rest. It depends upon how tired you are and how much time you have. We will give you a tour briefing and you can prepare for your trek that starts from tomorrow.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected temperature: (3.1 - 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m


DAY 02: Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Tour briefing and gathering
  • Flight to Lukla
  • Reach Lukla and trek to Phakding
  • Rest at a tea house in Phakding

Your adventure starts from this day since you will be flying to Lukla, the gateway to Everest. Every trekker trying to reach Everest Base Camp of every mountaineer dreaming to ascend Mount Everest itself start their journey at Lukla. You will fly for 35 minutes, enjoying the beautiful scenery and land at Tenzing Hillary Airport. Then you will start your trek towards Phakding descending towards Dudh Kosh river. It is almost 4 hours of trek. This is the place you will spend your night. Your accommodation will be a basic Tea House, you will have your dinner and sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected temperature: (-1.7 - 19.6) °C
Elevation: 2610 m
Duration: 3-4 hours approx.

[If the flight to Lukla gets delayed due to bad weather or other technical issues and you want to get there at your scheduled time, you can book a helicopter with an extra 500 USD per person]


DAY 03: Trek to Namche Bazar
  • Trek towards Namche Bazar
  • Lunch at Monjo village
  • Walk steeper uphill trek
  • You get to see the view of Mt. Everest and adjacent mountains
  • Reach Namche Bazaar

You will wake up at Phakding, have your breakfast and leave for Namche Bazar. You will also be entering Sagarmatha National Park today so you will require a permit. You will first reach Monjo where you will have your lunch. Then, you climb a steep uphill path. After almost 6-7 hours of trek, you will reach Namche.

Namche is famous for yak cheese and butter, Tibetan artifacts, yaks, porters carrying goods to Kumbu villages and its unique terrain. You can get views of mountains like Kusum-Kanguru, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, etc. To reach Namche you will also have to climb steep stairs. After reaching, you will rest, have your dinner and sleep at a Tea House in Namche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m
Duration: 6-7 hours approx.


DAY 04: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
  • Roam around the town, buys the stuff you want
  • Hike up to Everest view hotel, you may get a beautiful glimpse of sunrise and sunsets over mountains or rest and roam around
  • Rest during the afternoon at the guesthouse

Acclimatization is very necessary for trekkers and climbers who are trying to ascend to an elevation more than 3000m. So, you will spend another night at Namche. This doesn’t mean that you can’t walk anywhere or stay at the same place. You can go to various places to view sunrise, sunset, explore people and culture, etc but you have to return to Namche to spend your night.

You can go to the Everest View Hotel, headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park or to Tenzing Hillary School. You may also just stroll around exploring Sherpa tradition and resting at your Tea House. In the end, you will return to your tea house in Namche for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m

DAY 05: Namche to Tengboche
  • Breakfast at Namche Bazaar and set off for the trek  to Tengboche
  • Gentle uphill climbing to Phunki Thanka
  • Get the spectacular view of Ama Dablam and Mt Everest along the way
  • Trekking to  one of the oldest monasteries (Tengboche monastery)

After spending two days at Namche, you will head towards the Tengboche village, where you will find Tengboche monastery. You can explore the monastery and learn about its rich culture and history. Your path won't be steep uphill ascend or downhill descend for few first hours of the trek then you will have to ascend an uphill path for almost 4 hours. You will also have crossed a suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi river. You will get to see the wonderful view of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. You will have your dinner and sleep at Tengboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected temperature: (-8.5 - 14.5) °C
Elevation: 3860 m 
Duration: 5-6 hours approx.


DAY 06: Tengboche to Dingboche
  • Cross the several villages including Pangboche and Somare and streams to get the splendid views of Mount Ama Dablam
  • Walk gentle downward slope to Debuche
  • Lunch at Somare village
  • Rest at a Tea House at Dingboche at the end of the day

You will leave Tengboche in the morning and move towards Dingboche. You will also leave the forests and descend towards the rocky landscape. You will see small villages along the way. You will then climb a gentle slope. You will get to see mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, etc. You will also have passed through the ancient village of Pangboche. Upon reaching Dingboche, you will rest, have your dinner and sleep at Dingboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected temperature: (-15.3 - 13.7) °C
Elevation: 4410 m
Duration: 5-6 hours approx.


DAY 07: Acclimatization at Dingboche
  • Take a rest at Dingboche
  • Explore the beauty and people of Dingboche village
  • Take a short hike around the village or climb to Garstang hill to witness the beautiful Lhotse, Nuptse.
  • You can catch a glimpse of Island Peak and Expedition crew from Chukung Ri

By the time you reach Dingboche, you will have gained another level of altitude and continuing your trek can prove to be hazardous. So, you will spend another day at Dingboche as acclimatization. You can hike to Chukung Ri or to Ama Dablam Base Camp or you can also stroll around the village exploring culture and tradition of people living there. You can see mountains like Taweche, Cholatste, Lobuche, Lhotse, Nuptse. The views you can get are outstanding. You will return to Dingboche for dinner and stay there overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected temperature: (-15.3 - 13.7) °C
Elevation: 4410 m


DAY 08: Dingboche to Kongma-La (5536 m) to Lobuche
  • Get to High Camp and rest
  • Walk a quite narrow and slippery path to Kongma La
  • Walk a trail over a hill that is northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines
  • Walk along the highland and plain terrains  to get to Lobuche
  • Go through the trail above the Niyang Khola
  • Descend to Lobuche
  • Enjoy the warm meal and cozy bed of the tea houses at the end of the day.

You are getting closer and closer to the Everest and you are going to conquer higher altitude. You are going to cross first of three high passes of this region. You will first move towards the High Camp, from where you will ascend Kongma La Pass. The views of the mountains will get wider and vivid. You will reach Thukla and have your lunch. The number of Tea Houses you will see is very few. You will get to walk alongside the mighty Khumbu glacier. After about an hour of steep ascent, you will reach a place, memorial built in remembrance of departed mountaineers who tried to conquer Everest. You will see cairns built all over the place. You will get to view Mt. Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbuste, etc.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-18.3 - 11.7) °C
Elevation: 4910 m
Duration: 8-9 hours approx.


DAY 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) and back to Gorak Shep
  • Leave Lobuche and head towards the foot of Everest
  • Reach Gorak Shep where you will return later after getting to Base Camp
  • Have your lunch at Gorak Shep
  • View the amazing Khumbu Icefall
  • Long descend on a downward slope
  • Catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and other peaks
  • Reach Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight

You are now very close to the Everest Base Camp. You will first reach Gorak Shep and check in into a hotel after walking a gentle slope. It is almost 3 hours of trek and it may seem a little more than that because of the altitude you will have reached up to this day. You will need to walk slowly and steadily, and with the help of your guide, you will be there in no time. You can see some people settling down over the frozen lakebed, covered in sand.

You will now be ascending a slightly elevated uphill and after a while, you will descend until you reach Everest Base camp. You will see prayer flags when you reach to the Everest Base Camp, and the giant mountains you see in front of you is not Everest but Lhotse and Khumbutse. You can only see a little peak of Everest behind those mountains. You will return to Gorak Shep for your night’s sleep and dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-19.6 - 10.8) °C
Elevation: 5140 m
Duration:  7-8 hours approx.


DAY 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and back to Gorak Shep and head towards Dzongla
  • Get towards Kala Patthar (5555m), the highest altitude of our whole trek
  • Early morning uphill trek to view sunrise over majestic Everest
  • Get the best view of Everest and its adjacent peaks and Khumbu icefall
  • Trek back to Gorak Shep and have lunch
  • Head towards Dzongla

Waking up early, you will head towards Kala Patthar, a viewpoint to see the actual beauty of Mount Everest. You have to ascend for about 3 hours to reach Kala Patthar where you can see the beautiful sunrise over Everest and the Khumbu glacier. Kala Patthar is the highest place you will get to during this trek. This is also the limit of how high you can go with general trekking equipment. You will need mountaineering equipment to go higher than this. Other mountains you can view from this place are Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse, etc.

As you move towards Dzongla, you will leave Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse and Nuptse behind you. Along the way, you will see Chola Tsho, a lake on the foot of Cholatse. You will continue your trek and find that Lobuche is just behind you and Cholaste on your right. You will rest and have your dinner at Dzongla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-17.8 - 11.4) °C
Elevation: 4830 m
Duration: 7-8 hours approx.


DAY 11: Dzongla to Cho La Pass (5420 m) to Dragnag
  • Leave Dzongla and walk northwest
  • Walk on a relatively flat terrain
  • Climb a steep long path with boulder all over the place
  • Walk on a steep moraine to reach Cho La
  • A long  descent to Dragnag
  • Check in into a Tea House and have your dinner

After waking up in Dzongla, you will walk towards Cho La Pass, one of the three high passes of the Everest region. Today’s trek will be adventurous and exciting and will take you through a series of emotions. You will start your trek walking a relatively flat terrain. After walking for a distance, you will cross a stream and the path you will take also becomes steeper.

You will climb a steep uphill filled with boulders. You can’t yet see Cho La from here. You will continue your trek and reach Cho La after walking on a steep moraine. You will see glaciers along the way, it will be a sight to behold. After reaching Cho La, you will have to descend a long and difficult path to reach Dragnag. Upon reaching Dragnag, you will rest in a tea house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Excepted Temperature: (-16.1 -13.2) °C
Elevation: 4770 m
Duration: 7-8 hours approx.


DAY 12: Dragnag to Gokyo Village and Lakes
  • Leave Dragnag and hike towards North
  • Walk alongside Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Descend towards the glacier
  • Get to see Gokyo Tsho, a lake and Gokyo Ri
  • Hike up to Gokyo Ri
  • Explore the Gokyo Lakes

Today’s trek is a short and easy trek, almost balancing the strenuous and long trek we had yesterday. You will hike towards North to get to Gokyo. You will walk alongside the Ngozumpa Glacier and descend towards it. You will cross the glacier and reach Gokyo. You can climb the Gokyo Ri hill or you can explore the Gokyo lakes and return to your Tea House in Gokyo village. You can see mountains like Makalu, Everest, Choyou, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Makalu, Amadablam, Cholatse, and Kwangde from Gokyo Ri.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-17.1 - 12.5) °C
Elevation: 4790 m
Duration: 3-4 hours approx.


DAY 13: Gokyo to Renjo La Pass (5390 m ) to Lumde
  • Leave Gokyo and head towards Renjo La Pass
  • Walk steep, flat, gentle and again steep slopes
  • Reach Renjo La Pass, and get amazing views of Makalu, Tengi Ragi Tau, the Rolwaling Range, and Gyachung Kang
  • Descend and spend your night at Lungden (Lumde)

Leaving Gokyo, you will head towards Renjo La Pass, 3rd of the three high passes of Everest Region. After you leave the lakes behind, you will climb a steep trail to reach a flat surface. After that, you will again face a gentle uphill ascent. You can look at a distance and see prayer flags which mark the Renjo La Pass. When you almost reach the pass, you will again face a steep uphill climbing. After reaching the pass, you will descend towards Lungden and spend your night there.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-14.6 - 14.5 ) °C
Elevation: 4368 m
Duration: 6-7 hours approx.


DAY 14: Lumde to Thame
  • Leave Lungden (Lumde) crossing a narrow valley
  • Cross Marulung through Bhote Koshi river
  • Descend the trail to Tarngga and get to Thame
  • Explore Thame monastery
  • Rest and have dinner at Thame

Today you will trek towards Thame, a village of Sherpa culture. It is said that it holds its secrets in Thame monastery. This village lies in the foot of Kongde Peak. Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who with Edmund Hillary first climbed Mt. Everest spent his childhood here. You will get to Thame by ascending a narrow valley, crossing Marulung through Bhote Koshi river and descending the trail to Tarngga. Upon reaching Thame, you can explore the Sherpa culture and Thame monastery and rest at a tea house there.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-7.9 - 15.2) °C
Elevation: 3820 m
Duration: 5-6 hours approx.


DAY 15: Thame to Namche Bazaar
  • Walk through Rhododendron and Pine forest
  • View traditional Sherpa villages
  • Walk along the valley with small villages
  • Get to Namche Bazaar after few hours of moderate hiking

You will return to Namche Bazar this day. This will be your third day in Namche Bazar. To get here, you will leave Thame and walk through Rhododendron and Pine forests. Along the way, you will see small villages with Sherpa settlements. You will walk along this valley and get to Namche after few hours of moderate hiking. Today you won't have to do any steep downhill or uphill climbing. You may also see yaks and porters carrying goods along the way. After reaching Namche, you will rest and have dinner at a Tea House.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m
Duration: 5-6 hours approx.


DAY 16: Namche to Lukla
  • Breakfast at Namche
  • Downhill trek to Phakding
  • Reach Lukla and visit the places around

Waking up at Namche, you will have your breakfast and walk towards Phakding. You will have your lunch there and continue your trek towards Lukla. You will have completed your three high passes, Everest Base Camp, and Gokyo Lakes trek within these 16 days. You can look back and bid farewell to the mountains. As you move away and reach Lukla, you will have a sense of accomplishment. You should, because you will have completed the most adventurous trek successfully.

You can stroll around the town, charge your batteries, call/text your friends and family if you couldn’t do it when you were up in the mountains. You will spend your night at Lukla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-2.8- 18.7) °C
Elevation: 2860 m
Duration: 7-8 hours approx.

DAY 17: Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Breakfast at Lukla
  • Fly to Kathmandu
  • Visit places in Kathmandu where you can do   like Rafting, Safari, Shopping, etc
  • Enjoy the farewell dinner

You will take the same 35 minutes flight to Kathmandu and leave the mountains. You can have an aerial view of them from your plane. After reaching Kathmandu, you can rest or go for sightseeing or other activities. You can also go to bars, live music, or spas. We will prepare a farewell dinner for you, which will be a cultural dish with a cultural dance performed by local dancers. You will spend the night at your hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected temperature: (3.1 - 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m


DAY 18: Departure

This is your last day in Nepal. You will leave for your country and our representatives will drop you to the Airport. It is our pleasure to help you make your time in Nepal fun and worthy. You can contact us for more trekking adventures or any other activities you want to do in Nepal. Sublime Trails will always be there for you.

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  • Flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return to Kathmandu.
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  • National park entrance fees, Tims card fee.
  • Necessary Paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department.
  • All the Necessary insurance for the sublime crews.
  • All the Necessary Bus, car and jeep Service for the trip.
  • Sleeping bag down jacket, which should be refunded to the company after trip completion.
  • Salary, foods, and accommodation for sublime crews.
  • Emergency evacuation assistance service but the Helicopter or necessary transport and Hospital cost should be paid by clients them shelf or insurance company.
  •  Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu.
  •    Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and Drinking water during the trip.
  •  All the chocolate and dessert items and sweet items.
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Tipping for the sublime crews.

Everest Three High Passes Trek Reviews

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Diligent and respectful. Ram was our guide and he was great, made our trip memorable and kind of amazing! Ama Dablam!!

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