The Everest Three Pass Trek is the ultimate trekking experience in the Nepalese Himalayas. Taking you to 3 high-altitude mountain passes of the Khumbu region, along with Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Gokyo Valley, and Gokyo Lakes, the Everest Three Passes Trek showers you with the outstanding beauty of the region’s hidden gems. Explicitly designed for adventure seekers who want more than just a traditional trekking journey, this 18-day Everest Trek escorts you to a secluded area of the Everest region, where you can discover secret settlements, lovely valleys, high passes, confined gullies, stunning moraines, pristine lakes, crystal-clear mountains, and many more.
As the name implies, you will travel via the Khumbu region's three most difficult and high passes: Renjo La Pass (5345 m), Cho La Pass (5420 m), and Kongma La Pass (5540 m). It takes a lot of effort even for experienced trekkers to traverse these passes. So, it’s not for novice trekkers. On the other hand, the views you get to see from the top of them are breathtaking. The untouched beauty of the Khumbu region can be discovered through Everest Three Passes Trekking.
The famed high mountain people known as "the Sherpas," who live a traditional life, inhabit the untamed terrain of the high passes. The walk offers the opportunity to experience Sherpa culture, see Buddhist temples, and occasionally see uncommon animals including musk deer, Himalayan tahr, snow leopards, pheasants, and snow cocks. The pleasant flora and an exquisite site of endangered fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park make the trip even more exciting. Additionally, this area is thought to have been home to the mythical Yeti.
Additionally, this journey takes you to Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar, two of the most well-known viewpoints in the Everest region. At 5545 meters above sea level, Kala Patthar is the trek's highest point. From the top of this viewpoint, you can see all of the mountains, including Mt. Everest, Pumori, Lingtren, Nuptse, and Changtse. Likewise, Gokyo Ri at 5357 meters presents a mindblowing view of turquoise blue lakes and snow-white mountain peaks. This Himalayan walk offers yet another view of the natural splendor, thanks to the Gokyo Valley and the Gokyo Lakes.
Outfitter Nepal has vast experience leading hikes in the Himalayas of Nepal. You can embark on the most exhilarating experience of your life with the help of our 18-day Everest Three Passes Trek package. Join us on one of the dates for our Everest Three Passes journey, or get in contact with us to create a personalized Everest itinerary that meets your unique requirements. We are open to customizing the trek as long as you book a private trip.
Enjoy this gorgeous, exhilarating trek knowing that our knowledgeable, experienced porters and guides will be there to help you at every step of the way. At Outfitter Nepal, we go above and beyond to make sure that your trekking dreams become a reality. We look forward to helping you make unforgettable holiday memories. Read along for more information on the Everest Three Passes Trek.
Best Features of the Everest Three Pass Trek
- Thrilling yet scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla
- Exploring Namche Bazaar, the modern Himalayan Sherpa town
- Visiting the Tengboche Monastery, the oldest and biggest in Khumbu
- Reaching the Everest Base Camp at the foothill of Mt. Everest
- Breathtaking views of Khumbu Ice Fall and Khumbu Glacier from EBC
- Panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, etc. from Kala Patthar
- Crossing the 3 high mountain passes - Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La
- Incredible vista of the Himalayan landscape from Gokyo Ri
- Staying at Gokyo Valley, enjoying the pristine Gokyo Lakes
- Learning about the rich historical culture of the Sherpa people
Is the Everest Three Pass Trek right for me?
Not everyone would enjoy trekking via the three high passes in the Everest region. You will cross three difficult passes totaling more than 5,000 meters on this excursion. To complete this trek, you must be physically fit with good endurance. The trek is a rewarding experience with its enticing mountain views, panoramic views of the Himalayas, rich cultural traditions of the inhabitants, action-packed days, and starry nights. However, getting such benefits is not a simple feat. It requires strenuous hiking for three weeks in the high altitudes and tough terrain of the rocky Himalayas.
Serious travelers looking for a challenging journey in Nepal's Everest region should only consider hiking three passes. This adventure lasts 18 days and you will need to walk for about five to six hours per day on this adventure. Regardless of its difficulties, the trek introduces you to the Sherpa native cultures, a simple way of living, stunning mountains, pristine lakes, and high passes. You will occasionally be surrounded by locals and other trekkers, but other times it will just be your team and the Himalayas staring at one another.
How can I prepare myself for the Everest Three Pass Trek?
It is really helpful to have done high-altitude hiking before to complete this trek successfully. Why? Because you'll be trekking for 5-7 hours every day for over 3 weeks in the chilly Himalayas, sometimes in the pitch-black before dawn and sometimes in the sweltering sun. No matter your level of endurance, there is no other adventure sport that can compare to the commitment required to hike in the isolated Himalayas with its many ups and downs. The hardest part of walking at high altitudes is the decreasing oxygen content of the thin Himalayan air. So you may gain some experience first by going on a shorter high-altitude walk, even up to 4,000 meters.
We realize not everyone has access to the Himalayas to go on multiple hiking journeys. So you can begin your preparation for the journey from your home. Start with cardiovascular workouts. If you're not used to working out, start going to the gym a few months before the expedition. Be ready physically and mentally for the trek because you'll need both physical and mental toughness to continue on the difficult Himalayan path through the three passes.
What to anticipate from the Everest Three Passes Trek of 18 days?
The Everest Three Pass Trek 18 Days in the Everest Region gives you the chance to take in the breathtaking grandeur of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, as well as other treasures, including Gokyo Valley and three high mountain passes. The adventure begins with a spectacular Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. We follow the Dudh Koshi Valley toward Sherpa's "bustling Namche Bazaar," which is encircled by stunning Himalayan views all around it.
While trekking, you will be awed by the grandeur of the village's surroundings, including the magnificent Rhododendron, Magnolia, and vast Fir forest. If you're lucky, you might come across some wildlife that is at risk of extinction. You will go via the thrilling Gokyo Valley, which is close to the Everest Base Camp. Enjoying your time by the side of Gokyo Lakes is one of the highlights of the trek.
You can enjoy the stunning mountain peak views all around you while on the trip. The splendor you can see from the three high passes appears to be something from a fairy tale. Along with Mt. Everest, other mountains that you will see include Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kwangde, Kangtaiga, and Gyachyung Kang.
How much does the Everest Three Passes Trek cost?
Depending on your group size, the Three Passes trek might cost anywhere from US$ 1365 to US$ 2000. If you’re trekking alone, the cost turns out to be US$ 2000. The group price for the trek is less. For a group of 2 to 3 people, the cost is US$ 1550 per person. Similarly, the cost for a group of 4 to 6 is US$ 1465 per pax and a group of 7 to 10 people just have to pay US$ 1365 per person. This is Outfitter Nepal's regular package cost. If there are more than 10 guests in your group, we can additionally manage the package budget.
Please keep in mind that changing the lodging or food services included in the overall standard pricing package will increase the trek price. We may upgrade your lodging options for you to a deluxe hotel room or tourist-standard lodging with attached toilets for the deluxe and luxury plans even when you are hiking. While lodges at higher elevations are more basic and have fewer amenities and may not go as high, the cost of deluxe lodging in Namche and similar places can reach as high as US$150 per night.
As a result, the price of a trekking package in the Everest region can change based on whether you want to customize your lodgings or change the itinerary! Read the cost including and cost excluding sections below to find out more about the services provided with the regular trek pricing for three passes.
Major Attractions of the Everest Three Passes Trek
Three high passes on the Everest region
The Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Passes are three high passes that we trek to during the Everest Three Passes Trek, in addition to Everest Base Camp. Adventure seekers who want to experience the real Himalayan trekking adventure are drawn to this arduous quest. The route to these passes is difficult, treacherous, and rocky. At the top of these passes, though, you may enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. The breathtaking views one can see from these mountain passes make every sweat drop and every upward and downward stride in the difficult terrain worthwhile.
Picturesque Valley of Gokyo
Gokyo Village, situated in the breathtaking Gokyo Valley, offers a serene atmosphere. Only a few hikers make it to this challenging journey through the Three Passes region, which leads to a lonely village in the stunning Gokyo Valley. Here, you'll enjoy stunning vistas that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The lofty Himalayan peaks, enormous glaciers, icefalls, frigid streams, and dazzling lakes are all examples of surreal beauty. Gokyo village in the Himalayas is a quaint little community that is unique in its nature and culture.
Beautiful Gokyo Lakes
The Gokyo Lakes, near the Everest Base Camp in the Sagarmatha National Park, are a great area to unwind and take in the tranquil yet energetic ambiance. These lakes are the highest freshwater lakes in the world, rising between 4,700 and 5,000 meters above sea level. There are six lakes in the Gokyo Lakes, with Thonak Lake being the biggest. The Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier in the Himalayas, provides fresh water to the lakes. It is amazing to watch the turquoise-colored lake encircled by snow-capped mountains against a blue sky.
Hiking to the Everest Base Camp
What could be more fascinating than getting to the base of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, and traversing the three high passes of the area? It is an enormous accomplishment just to get to Everest Base Camp. From here, you may enjoy panoramic views of many Himalayan peaks, including Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Baruntse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and others. Similarly, Everest Base Camp offers stunning views of the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Ice Fall.
Gorgeous Everest view from Kala Patthar
Although the Himalayas are magnificently visible from the Everest Base Camp, Mount Everest is not visible. So, you make your way up to Kala Patthar, one of the most well-known viewpoints in the Khumbu area, from which you can enjoy the stunning dawn and panoramic views of Mount Everest and the nearby mountains. You get to take in the stunning beauty of the region as well as the majestic Everest in all its grandeur!
Namche Bazar, the major Sherpa town
Namche Bazaar, at 3,500 meters, is a notable rest point along the Three Passes route. If you wish to discover Nepal's mountains and Himalayan region, this is a fantastic destination to go to. Treks in the Everest region usually start in Namche Bazaar. It is a bustling market town where you can find anything from Tibetan souvenirs to gear for climbing and trekking. Namche, which was once a significant commerce hub in the Khumbu region, is now a tourist center filled with trekkers and mountaineers. In addition, Namche provides details on Sherpa culture and way of life as well as a memorial to earlier mountaineering expeditions.
Tengboche Monastery, the largest and oldest in the Khumbu region
The Tengboche Monastery is another main draw for hikers, mountaineers, and everyone else along the Everest Three Passes Trek route. This Khumbu region's ancient monastery, which is also a revered religious place, provides stunning views of Mount Amadablam and the neighboring Himalayas. Built by Lama Gulu in 1916, the monastery suffered serious damages due to an earthquake in 1934 and a fire in 1989. Despite these tragedies, the Tengboche monastery continues to be the oldest and biggest in the Khumbu region.
Exciting mountain flight to Lukla
The starting point of the ultimate Everest Trek, Lukla, is a quick 35-minute flight from Kathmandu. It will be an exhilarating and breathtakingly gorgeous flight as you fly over the Himalayas with shiny mountain peaks below you. It is the small runway at Lukla Airport that makes this flight so exciting. It features one of the shortest runways in the world, measuring just 525 meters (1,729 feet), and one of the world’s highest airports, standing at 2,845 meters (9,334 feet). Lukla Airport is a unique airport to land in because of how steep the runway is and how it hangs from the side of a mountain.