The Three Passes Everest Base Camp Trek is considered the most adventurous excursion in the Everest region, perhaps in all of Nepal. The passes include Kongma La (5,555m), Cho La (5,330m) and Renjo La (5,360m). It's a challenging, technical and demanding trip, but the snowy mountains, glaciers, lakes and abundant Sherpa culture make it all worthwhile. Nepal Hiking Trek has the expertise and experience to arrange and support your adventure. We provide a fully equipped medical kit and oxygen, warm drinks, excellent assistance and all other necessities of the trip.
Starting from the Lukla airport, the trek goes through the important Sherpa settlements of Jorsale and Namche Bazaar, where you can appreciate the mountain Tibetan Buddhist culture with their monasteries and gompas. Then we explore Khumjung village and walk further to Chhukung and cross the Kongma La Pass, the highest of the three passes. From there we reach Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. Next, we cross the Cho La Pass, which is regarded as the most technical to cross, and from there we are rewarded with the spectacular beauty of Gokyo Valley and its stunning glacial lakes. Hiking up Gokyo Ri provides incredible views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,481m), Lhotse Shar(8,385m) Cho Oyu (8,201m), and the glacier lakes.
Crossing the Renjo La Pass is yet another challenge before we trek down to Lukla via Jorsale. The best time for this trek is during the fall and spring. We recommend that you include some extra days in your trip because flights out of Lukla can experience long delays and cancellations, even for cloud cover. For any queries, please feel free to contact us.
Day 01:Kathmandu arrival (1350m).
Day 02:City tour or free day to explore and shop on your own.
Day 03:Day 3, Fly to Lukla (2,869m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m).
Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m).
Day 05:Namche Bazaar, Rest and Acclimatization (3,440m).
Day 06:Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m).
Day 07:Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m).
Day 08:Dingbuche to Chhukung (4,730m).
Day 09:Cross Kongma La Pass (5,555m) and trek to Lobuche (4,940m).
Day 10:Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) via Gorekshep (5181m).
Day 11:Hike to Kalapattar (5,545m),
Day 12:Trek Gorakshep to Dzongla (4,380m).
Day 13:Trek to Thaknak via Cho La Pass (5,330m).
Day 14:Thaknak to Gokyo Valley(4,790m)
Day 15:Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,350m),
Day 16:Goyko Valley to Lumde (4,368m) via the Renjo La Pass (5,360m).
Day 17:Lumde to Thame (3,800m).
Day 18:Thame to Jorsale (2,740m).
Day 19:Jorsale to Lukla (2,869m).
Day 20:Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 21:Rest day, farewell dinner.
Day 01Kathmandu arrival (1350m).Namaste and welcome to Nepal! We meet you on arrival and transport you to your hotel. Bed and breakfast plan (BB).
Day 02City tour or free day to explore and shop on your own. The tour includes the Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Boudhanath. We offer an expert tour guide for this day excursion. BB.
Day 03Day 3, Fly to Lukla (2,869m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m). After an early breakfast, we take you to the domestic airport for the short, scenic flight to Lukla. We begin the trek above the Dudh Koshi River and walk to Phakding. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (BLD) included.
Day 04Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m). We begin our walk uphill after check-in at the Sagarmatha National Park counter. As we approach Namche Bazaar, we can see the stunning Himalayas, including Mt. Everest. Namche Bazaar, a bustling market town, is considered the Sherpa capital. BLD.
Day 05Namche Bazaar, Rest and Acclimatization (3,440m). During our acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar, we take short trips to explore the shrines, markets and natural surroundings. We can opt to walk around villages such as Khunde, Khumjung and others, experiencing the colorful monasteries and Chhortens. BLD.
Day 06Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m). Today's walk gives us outstanding views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and many other white peaks. BLD
Day 07Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m). We cross the Imja Khola River below the Ama Dablam peak as the route becomes more difficult. On the way, we see ancient monasteries and Sherpa settlements. BLD
Day 08Dingbuche to Chhukung (4,730m). After passing fields surrounded by stone walls, we follow the Imja Khola river, enjoying views of Lhotse and Ama Dablam. We then gradually ascend to Chhukung, with views of the pyramid-shaped Island Peak. BLD
Day 09Cross Kongma La Pass (5,555m) and trek to Lobuche (4,940m). We start early, packing our lunch, to climb up the challenging Kongma La Pass. The route is steep, both up and down. From the top of the pass, we are rewarded with spectacular panoramas of the Everest Region mountains. Trekking down, we walk through the Khumbu glacier and reach Lobuche. BLD
Day 10Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) via Gorekshep (5181m). Another exciting day. We begin the trek from Lobuche and reach Gorakshep for lunch. Then we walk to our target destination; Everest Base Camp. If our timing is good, we'll see the movement of climbers practicing for their ascent. After a short time, we return to Gorakshep for our overnight stay. BLD
Day 11Hike to Kalapattar (5,545m), Descend to Gorakshep (5,181m). We get up early to catch the sunrise on Kalapatthar and enjoy views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and other peaks. Then we trek down to Gorakshep and walk around for acclimatization. BLD.
Day 12Trek Gorakshep to Dzongla (4,380m).We trek down with the trail splitting at Lobuche, There are eye-catching views of Thamserku and Taboche as we go both up and down on a rocky route, We can see a glacial Lake and Mt. Cholatse in the distance. We continue walking through the traverse and cross a wooden bridge before reaching Dzongla. BLD
Day 13Trek to Thaknak via Cho La Pass (5,330m). Crossing the Cho La Pass is always an adventure and if there's snow, it will be more challenging. We at Nepal Hiking Trek are there to help you if you need assistance. The views of Ama Dablam and Cholatse are outstanding as we cross the pass. Fluttering prayer flags across the cairns add to the splendor. Climbing down, we have an easy walk to reach Thaknak. BLD
Day 14Thaknak to Gokyo Valley(4,790m)On our way, we cross the Ngozumba glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. Soon, the spectacular Gokyo lakes appear and we reach the Gokyo Valley. Our lodging is on the bank of a glacial blue lake. BLD
Day 15Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,350m),Return to Goyko Lake. We get up early for the short climb of Goyko Ri and the wonderful sunrise views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,481m), Cho Oyu (8,201m) and others. The Ngozumba glacier is also viewed. After this amazing excursion, we return to the Gokyo Valley lodge. BLD
Day 16Goyko Valley to Lumde (4,368m) via the Renjo La Pass (5,360m).Today we cross our third and final challenging pass, the Renjo La, with superb views of the Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche mountains. We use a stone step trail and pass Renjo Lake before arriving at Lumde. BLD
Day 17Lumde to Thame (3,800m).Walking about an hour from Lumde, we reach Marlung, on the bank of the Bhote Koshi River. Then we trek down to Thame via Taranga and a glacial stream. We have a chance to visit a nearby gompa, established centuries ago. BLD
Day 18Thame to Jorsale (2,740m).Trekking down from Thame, we go by Namche Bazaar to Jorsale, the entrance and exit of the Sagarmatha National Park. BLD
Day 19Jorsale to Lukla (2,869m). This is the last day of our trek and we celebrate our successful adventure in the airport town of Lukla, where we began the trek. BLD
Day 20Fly back to Kathmandu. Early in the morning, we go to the airport to fly back to Kathmandu. From the Kathmandu airport, we transfer you to your hotel. BB
Day 21Rest day, farewell dinner. Enjoy a full day in Kathmandu, whether it’s shopping in Thamel or visiting historical sites. We also want to celebrate your wonderful trek with a farewell dinner. BB
Day 22Departure.After a memorable experience, we take you to the airport for your flight home. Thank you for your journey with us!
October 27, 2017
I was introduced to Tara by a friend who trekked with him twice for both ABC and EBC a few years ago. Under Tara's arrangement, this time I trekked with one of his guides, Raj, for EBC & 3 passes (16 days, 4th-19th Oct, 2017). Raj is in his late 30s, strong, very experienced, helpful, and is exceedingly careful with details. It's the best trekking experience I ever had, and I have no doubt to highly recommend Nepal Hiking Trek. I will certainly continue to use their service for my next Annapurna circuit trek, hopefully next year.
January 08, 2017
Last month we successfully trekked most, if not all, of the Three Passes Everest Base Camp Trek. My friend Ron highly recommended Hari of Nepal Hiking Trek because of Ron's glowing experience during past treks with Hari. I quickly discovered why.
During our three-week trek, Hari was attentive, outgoing, personable, and patient (“Jam-Jam--Slowly! Slowly!”); his intelligence, knowledge, and years of trekking experience were so appreciated; he's a man of integrity anyone can trust; and he's an excellent communicator who keeps his promises while being polite, straightforward, and reliable.
Another important trekking guide quality--he's responsive to client needs, making every effort to meet them. Our group had extra days in Kathmandu due to no Lukla delays, so on very short notice, I requested Hari to be my guide in Lumbini, the Buddha’s birthplace. Hari promptly put together a successful two-day itinerary. Also due to his planning skill, we had time to visit Kapilavastu.
Without hesitation to any prospective trekker, I highly recommend Hari of Nepal Hiking Trek. I look forward to my next adventure with Hari and know know that we will share lots of laughs along the trail.
Visited November 2016
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September 05, 2016
Hari made our trip to Nepal the best it possibly could be! He was always making sure we were well taken care of, sensitive to our needs, extremely knowledgable about the area, very safety conscious, and made us laugh along the way. From Kathmandu to trekking in the Everest region, Hari made us feel safe and welcome. It was an unforgettable experience made perfect by Hari sharing his beautiful country, culture, and making us feel like family!
April 26, 2016
Hiking in the Everest region with Hari was one of the greatest adventures of my life. We spent a month relying on his expertise and guidance and couldn't have asked for a better guide. Hari and his team went above and beyond to make sure everyone was comfortable, well fed, happy and educated. I loved the breathtaking vistas, the freedom of trekking and the absence of normal day to day worries. We became like family, I would gladly welcome him to come to Alaska to go hiking with us here :) I have personally recommended Nepal Hiking Trek to everyone who has considered a trip to Nepal and eagerly await the chance to return to hike the Annapurna circuit!