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Everest Base Camp - 3 Passes Trek

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highlights
  • Crossing over the Three Adventure Passes (Cho La , Renjo La and Kongma la )
  • Impressive views of Khumbu Ice fall
  • Everest Base Camp, walking on the Khumbu glacier, Climbing Kala patthar
The Three High Passes Trek (Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La) is a picturesque trek in the Nepalese Himalayas, weaving through the Everest region over three of the world's highest passes. The trek offers unparalleled mountain scenery with an opportunity to explore the Khumbu region and the Everest Himalayan range. The Three Passes trek offers not only views of several eight thousand meter peaks, but also offers views of many peaks in the seven thousand meter club: including the region’s most beautiful Ama Dablam, Pumori, Cholatse, Khumbutse, Khangtega, Nuptse and Lhotse. The Three Passes trek is well-worth the effort, because of the amazing views and unforgettable experience of crossing three high Himalayan passes. This itinerary is developed for trekkers who are looking for an adventurous and challenging mountain excursion.

On the Three Passes Trek you will observe the ancient culture of the Sherpa people. The trail passes through traditional villages where Buddhist monasteries, prayer wheels, and monuments abound. Sagarmatha National Park, home to a variety of wildlife including musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, barking deer, blood pheasant, Tibetan snow-cock, crimson-horned pheasant, and domesticated yaks, is a highlight of the region. A major attraction of this trek is Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 5340 m. Other worthwhile attractions are Kalapathar 5545 m near Gorak Shep, and Gokyo Ri 5350 m near Gokyo for the most spectacular views of Everest.

In short, it's an adventure trek of a lifetime and we look really much forward to taking your on this fantastic adventure, in a very safe, but adventurous manner!
Day 1 Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding (2600m) 4-5 hours Guest house

Early morning we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. The 30 minutes flight from Tribhuvan Domestic Airport (Kathmandu) to Tenzing Hilary Airport (Lukla) offers marvelous views of mountain ranges as rays of light fall on them. We start a 3-4 hours trek to Phakding shortly after meeting our crew members in Lukla.

Day 2 Phakding-Monju-Namche Bazaar(3441m) 6-7 hours Guest house

We continue along the trail soon after having our breakfast in Phakding. After crossing Dudh Koshi River we register our permit number and group details at National Park office in Monju, the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. Then we ascend to Namche Bazaar crossing the Hillary Suspension Bridge.

Day 3 Acclimatization Day Guest house

This is the day to rest in the center of Khumbu region, the Namche Bazaar. It’s also a day to adjust our body to the high altitude. Though we stay in Namche, it is recommended that we stay active and moving. The place is well facilitated with banks, ATMs and Cyber Cafés and you can also visit the Sherpa museum or visit the local community.

Day 4 Namche Bazaar- Tyangbuche (3800m) 6-7 hours Guest house

We start for Tyangbuche after breakfast in Namche. On our way, beautiful views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt Ama Dablam and Thamserku accompany us while walking the smooth and sometimes zigzag trail.

Day 5 Tyangbuche- Dingbuche (4410m) 6-7 hours 6-7 hours Guest house

The morning view of the mountain panorama is outstanding and you can click the breath taking views of Kangtega range, Thamserku, Amadablam, Taboche, Kwangde, Tengboche, Lhotse and Nuptse. Our day begins along the trail through Imja Khola then to Tengboche where we descend to river bank, through the rhodedondron and birch forests. At Deboche we visit a Buddhist nunnery and cross few chortens to reach Pangboche where we can have a splendid view the wonderful mountains. One can easily notice the thinning vegetation on walking from upper Panboche to the dry and alpine terrain of Shomare. The apical ridge of Mt. Pumori can be viewed from Orsho then finally we reach the cold and windy village of Dingboche where we stay overnight

Day 6 Dingbuche- Chukung 2-3 hours Guest house

we wake up to find ourselves amid stone walled alpine landscape of Dingboche. We continue our trek through Imja Khola valley to glacier moraines in the middle of towering mountains. Our walk continues for next 2-3 hours through the valley viewing Lhotse Mountain and Ama Dablam on our sides until we reach yak Bibre, the herdman’s place. Walking further we can have wonderful view of rocky and icy appearance of Imja Tse peak at the terminal moraine. Half an hour walk from Bibre leads us to Chhukung where we can view the glaciers, and snowy mountains

Day 7 Acclimatization Day Guest house

On this day we chose to take rest at the height of 4750m/15,580ft of Chhukung to suit our body at this height. We could choose to hike to the rocky Chhukung Ri or climb the base camp of Island peak and enjoy the stunning view of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu and several others including Baruntse. If we do not choose to hike we make sure that we keep ourselves active and not stay idle and sit leisurely

Day 8 Chhukung-Kongmala pass-Lobuche (4900m) 7-8 hours Guest house

Getting acclimatized to this height we start to ascend early in the morning. On this day we enter the remote hinterlands of the mountains where we cannot find any teashops further so we carry plenty of water for ourselves. We have option of either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over Nuptse glacier; the other option is to walk down the valley of Bibre then to high trail above Niyang Khola. On walking further we can have stunning view of Island peak valley and the jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. On ascending along east side of Niyang Khola valley through stony trail we reach wide basin dotted with frozen lakes. We leave Chhukung after 5 hours walk through the trail Kongma La. We reach the top to see the prayer flags fluttering to mark the pass at ridge. Now the descent begins which is difficult and challenging experience of today’s trek. We then climb the moraine on the far side, then turn north through the trail of Khumbu glacier which finally leads to today’s final destination:

Day 9 Lobuche-Gorekhshep(5100m) and EBC ( 5364) 8-9 hours Guest house

Ahead of Gorakshep the trail leads through the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier. Passing through the pyramid sign post we find ourselves we can view the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse etc. We can view the 360 degree vista of snow covered mountains after ascent to Thangma Riju. On climbing the top of Changri glacier we catch the sight of Kalapatthar, a green knoll beneath Mt. Pumori. When we reach Gorakshep we can view the snow capped mountains al around including the crown of the world, the Everest. We then take trail to Everest base camp through once Gorak Shep Lake and reach Indian army mountaineers’ memorials on continuing. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp we realize the hazardous route of Khumbu icefall

Day 10 Gorekhshep-Kalapathar(5550m)-Dzonglha (4860m) 6-7 hours Guest house

This is the climax of our trip which starts with the walk to catch dramatic view of shining Everest from Kalapatthar.As we descent to Kalapatthar we can catch breath while snapping the pictures of peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbuttse, Changtse appear to the East, the Everest revealing between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. After several hours we reach Kalapathhar where we sit to quench the ultimate thirst of eyes to see the unparalleled Himalayan panorama. We leave our footsteps take away the memories and snapped pictures for the lifetime experience.

Day 11 Zongla-Chola pass-Dragnag ( 4700m) 7-8 hours Guest house

In morning we will wake up to see the mesmerizing view of Cholatse. The early part of this one of the toughest trip begins as we transverse through Dzonglha across spur forest which then descends to a basin. As we climb the height again we see the picturesque view of Chola lake and Mt Ama Dablam. The steep climb is made worse by boulders which then leads us to the curvy trails of Bergschrund. At the top of CHO- LA ( 5368 m) we can enjoy the sight of majestic peaks all around standing by the side of fluttering prayer flags. The descent to Dragnag is relatively easier unless the rocks are glazed by iced making the path slippery and hazardous. We stay in Dragnag for the night.

Day 12 Dragnag-Gokyo(4700m) 6-7 hours Guest house

Early morning the next day we step out of the small village and keep following the trail through Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. As we reach the other side of the glacier, we can catch the sight of second Gokyo lakes, which is one of the six series. On the edge of the third lake which is at short distance from the second; we see Gokyo village. Stay and rest in Gokyo for 1 day and 2 nights.

Day 13 Exploration Day Guest house

Towards the end of second week of our trek we stay to rest in Gokyo valley. The acclimatization day is an excellent opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri which is one of the best place to catch view of Everest region, the six lakes. The fourth lake is 3 Km north to Gokyo with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to the fifth turquoise blue shimmering lake which is the biggest. We can even climb the hills at the edge of lake to catch the breathtaking scene of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu.

Day 14 Gokyo-Renjola pass- Lungden ( 4375 m) 6-7 hours Guest house

Today we start to walk to Renjola pass early in the morning. We leave the main trail of Gokyo valley to take Renjola trail by Dudh Pokhari. After 3 hours walk the vista of the Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be enjoyed. The trail continues down the stairs to reach Angladumba Tsho. On further walking we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake then we walk through these narrow valley teemed with giant boulders to Lungden.

Day 15 Lungden-Thame-Namche Bazaar (441m) 6-7 hours Guest house

The next day we follow the traditional route that had been followed for centuries by the tibetean traders which is a descent from Marlung to Thame. Crossing Bhote Koshi, descending to Taranga we reach Langmuche Khola. We can view astonishing view of the mountains such as Thamserku, Katenga, Kusum Kangguru etc from the lodges besides seeing the famous Buddhist shrine (Gompa) at Thame. We cross the bridge reach Samde, the place which offers breathtaking beauty of mountain views. Down the steep path we reach Thamo village where there is a monastery called Khari Goma which is the nunnery.. Finally we reach to Namche through some gompas, prayer flags, chortens and Mani stones. Overnight in Namche.

Day 16 Namche-Phakding-Lukla(2800m 6-7 hours 2 Star Hotel

This is the final day of the three day high pass trek. On this day we start from Namche and reach Lukla but the challenges are huge walking down the steep with shaky legs until we reach the airport area.

Day 17 Fly Back to Kathmandu 30 minutes

An early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. The taking off is a dramatic scene just as the landing. The rest of the day can be used for sightseeing or relaxation .

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what’s included
  • Airport pick up drop service
  • Pre trip meeting
  • All permits such as National park, TIMS Permit
  • First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking professionals guide
  • All nights lodge accommodations on mountain
  • 3 times meals day such as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu flight tickets
  • Trekking gear duffel bag for your trekking stuffs
  • Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket and Duffel Bag ( return after the trip )
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip
  • Staffs insurance, well paid salary, equipment, foods & Hotel
  • Worst case, arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, if needed (paid by your Travel insurance)
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate( Very useful to check Altitude sickness symptom)
  • Purified Drinking Water
  • Luggage Storage facilities
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
what’s excluded
  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee
  • Hotel and meal in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance & personal expenses
  • Tips for Guide and Porter (it is expected).
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 17 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English & Nepali
Maximum altitude 5550 meters
Trek difficulty Hard
meeting/Start point Pick-up at your hotel or location in kathmandu, Nepal
customer reviews
4.7 - Excellent Based on 11 reviews
Excellent High Passes Trek
Anonymous From United States of America USA At
5 - Excellent
“Green Valley organized an awesome trip for me to do the Three High Passes trek in Everest region. Unfortunately, I had to come down early due to altitude sickness, but Green Valley was with me every step of the way. The owner Raj met me at the hospital and helped smooth over things so that I could get discharged as soon as possible. I had no intention of spending the night in the hospital while on holiday. He even picked up my medical records for me later in the week since I had moved on to Pokhara. Highly recommended trek as well as Green Valley and Raj!”
Brilliant EBC - 3 passes Rapid Trek
Plamen Ivanov From Bulgaria At
5 - Excellent
“Brilliant trek, perfect adventure, hard work. I've just got back from this trek. I've done it for 11 days.”
Just WOW
Dirk van der Zwan From Netherlands At
5 - Excellent
“Green Valley hooked me up with a great guide, with whom I had the pleasure to do the Three Passes trek for 17 days. We ended up doing it a little bit faster, this is the benefit if you can decide upon the itinerary day to day.
The guide was knowledgable, warm, funny, proficient in English and just allround helpful and supportive.

As for the trek, well I can let the pictures you can find on internet speak for itself. If you are fit enough I cannot recommend this highly enough over 'just' Basec the passes really stand on their own in terms of experience.”
Amazing Before and After Care Service
Clare Newell From United Kingdom UK At
5 - Excellent
“My boyfriend and I booked the 17 day 3 high passes and Everest Base Camp Trek with Green Valley Tours. I booked with Green Valley as the price was very good but also the owner Raj, was excellent at getting back to me to answer any questions I had before making the booking. This level of service continued in the run up to our arrival in Nepal and it was great to know that Raj was at the end of an email or whatsapp message for any questions we had.

As part of the trek Green Valley also picked us up from the airport in Kathmandu and took us to our hostel. This is a vital service as Kathmandu airport is crazy busy.

We had a few days in Thamel before our trek and Raj was always on hand to help, answer questions and give us recommendations for additional equipment to buy and how much it should cost.

The trek itself was breath taking (and HARD). The porters were absolutely brilliant and great fun to play cards with in the evening. Our guide did a good job and had a good sense of humour. Unfortunately though after 9 days I got very sick and our trek was cut short but I did manage to trek the highest pass and made it to EBC.

(TRAVELLER TIP: as soon as you start to feel unwell be sure to tell your guide you need a rest day. I didn’t do this and just kept pushing myself each day and in the end made myself very ill.)

If like me you do fall ill then the aftercare I received from Green Valley and Raj was outstanding. Raj was already at the hospital when I arrived to make sure I was okay and he visited everyday. When I was due to leave hospital he came to pick me and my boyfriend up and take us to our hotel.

Once I had recovered, as our trek had been cut short, he also helped to arrange the bus so we could visit another part of Nepal. On return to Kathmandu, Raj had followed up at the hospital for me and collected all the paperwork. If all that wasn’t enough, he also arranged an evening meal with the rest of the trekking group when they returned from the trek so we could catch up with them and say our farewells…..AND took us back to the airport when it was time to leave.

The care and consideration shown by Raj and Green Valley really was more than I could have asked for, Raj did a brilliant job when was I ill and he continued the service until I left Nepal . I would happily use them again for any treks or tour in Nepal and can’t thank Raj enough for the amazing after he provided.”
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