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Everest Three Pass Trekking

everest three pass trekking

Ultimate Everest Trekking also known as Everest Three Pass Trekking is the combination of three trek pass i.e. Everest Base Camp Circuit Trek, Gokyo Circuit Trek and a Trekking circuit in lower Khumbu region. Ultimate Everest Trek takes us through dynamic panoramas of huge peaks, as we follow through the three valleys, and high passes of the Everest region. This is a challenging trek for experienced trekkers which requires good fitness, stamina and some prior altitudinal trekking experience.

We begin our Everest Three Pass trekking with a spectacular flight to the mountain strip of Lukla, entry point to Everest Region from where we head to the capital of this region – Namche Bazaar. In Namche Bazaar we acclimatize for a day and a half, enjoying the culture and traditional lifestyle of the native Sherpa people in this busy town before heading towards the big mountains.

We explore the Everest region, ascending a number of remote high passes and vantage points to claim some of the most incredible mountain vistas for about two weeks. Our first peak to ascend is Chukkung RI at 5,546m from where we can have perfect views of Mount Nuptse. We then head towards Gorak Shep, Kala Pattar (5,545m) for classic views of Mount Everest and the Khumbu ice-fall. Crossing over a glacier and another high pass – Cho La (5,420m) we head for the Gokyo valley where Cho Oyu (8,153m) and Gyanchungkang (7,992m) dominate the skyline on the Tibetan border to the north. We then take a rest for a day and then ascend Gokyo RI (5,360m) for more stunning panoramic views of the entire Khumbu region before heading off south west over our final high pass Renzo La (5,345m). At each of the 5 vantage peaks (Chukkung RI, Kongma La, Kala Pattar, Gokyo RI and Renzo La) we can achieve spectacular views of five of the world’s 8000m peaks and countless others. The sensation of exposure is a common feeling for those who have made this trek before; unsurprisingly one where they feel like they are on top of the world!

Our return trip takes us down the thundering Bhote Khosi River valley to Thame, to the confluence of the Dudh Koshi River (River of Milk), where we join the main trail down the valley to the airstrip at Lukla. Catching our return flight to Kathmandu, we have a little time to relax in our comfortable hotel and taste some of the city’s cultural delights before catching a return flight to Hometown.

Trip Highlights of Everest three pass trekking

With 16 days walking around 3 high passes over 5,000m including a glacier traverse, this circuit of the Everest region is undoubtedly the most rewarding Khumbu expedition as we trek and camp at altitude amongst the highest peaks on earth. Also this Everest Three Pass trekking covers almost all the route of Khumbu Area.

Elevation and altitude profile for Everest three pass trekking.

Everest three pass trekking
Everest three pass trekking

Recommended packing list for Everest three pass trekking.


  • 2 quick drying long base layer shirts.
  • 2 trekking shirts short sleeve
  • 2 Thermal underwear – base layer.
  • 2 liner socks
  • 3 pair woolen blend trekking socks.
  • 2 pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms
  • 2 fleece sweaters – one lightweight, one heavier
  • Sandels.

 Outer layers. 

  • 1 wind/rain proof overlayer- jacket and pants
  • 1 down jacket.
  • 1 down vest
  • 1 warm winter hat
  • 1 lightweight thermal layer hat
  • 1 peak hat
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 Pair trekking boots.
  • 1, Head lamp with extra batteries,
  • 1 sleeping bag heavy
  • 1 watch with alarm
  • 1 Sun glasses ( UV protection )
  • 1 camera with, extra batteries.
  • 2-3 portable chargers.

First Aid

  • Diamox – for altitude
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Vicks vapor rub
  • Sunscreen
  • chapstick
  • anti nauseant – you tend to feel just a bit nauseaus a lot at altitude.
  • immodium – diarrhea is common at altitued.
  • bandaids
  • blister bandaids or moleskin
  • eye drops
  • advil cold and dinus
  • nasal moisturizer – altitude causes nasal cavities to be very dry, nasal moisturizer was very helpful.
  • Q-tips
  • tweezers
  • tiger balm.


  • foot powder (for Deb’s stinky feet)
  • Toilet paper
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • micro fibre towel
  • Gold Bond – this just feels good all the time

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Free and arrangement day.
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Lukla and then trek to Phakding (2610m, )
Day 04 : Phakding to Namche (3440, 5hours walking).
Day 05 : Rest day.
Day 06 :Trek to Thame (3800m, 4 hours walking).
Day 07 :Trek to Lungdeng (4380m).
Day 08 :Trek to Gokyo (4790 m.)
Day 09 :Visiting 5th Lake?Explore fifth lake (4/5 hours walking).
Day 10 :Visit to Gokyo Peak (5360 mtr.) and trek to Trek to Thangnak (4200m. 6/7 hours walking)
Day 11 : Trek to Zhonglha (4830m, 6/7 hours walking).
Day 12 : Trek to Lobuche (4910m, 3/4 hours walking).
Day 13 : Trek to Ghorakshep (5140m,3/4 hours walking). Explore EBC.
Day 14 :Visiting Kalapattar (5550m, 3/4 hours walking) Trek down to Lobuche.
Day 15 :Trek to Dhingboche (4410m, 7/8 hours walking).
Day 16 : Trek Back to Tengboche (3860m, 4/5 hours walking).
Day 17 : Trek Back to Jorsalle (2740m, 5/6 hours walking).
Day 18 :Trek Back to Lukla (2853m, 5/6 hours walking).
Day 19 :Fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning (30 minutes).

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

we will pick up you from the airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day.

Today is free and arrangement day, introducing your guide for your trek, east of the day you can do the sightseeing around Kathmandu valley as an option.

Day 03:Kathmandu-Lukla Phkading

Kathmandu to Lukla by 30 minute scenic fligth and then hike up to Phakding (2610m, 3hours walking) and then overnight at Lodge.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche

Phakding to Namche (3440, 5hours walking) and then overnight at Lodge. A great walking to Namche villege via Sagarmatha national park.

Day 05: Rest and explore day at Namche

Hike to Khumung village,Everest View Hotel which is best of Mt.Everest, 4 hours round trip and then overnight at same place.

Day 06:Namche to Thame

(3800m, 4 hours walking) Overnight at lodge, we explore to Thame Monastery in the afternoon. This village is well known by all Everest climbers, overnight at Lodge

Day 07:Thame to Lungdeng

4380/6 hours walking and then stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 08:Lundeng to Gokyo

4790 m. via Renjo La Pass (5338m, 6 hours walking) and then overnight at Gokyo.

Day 09:Visiting 5th Lake, Explore fifth lake

4/5 hours walking for view of Mt.Everest and close view of Cho oyu back to Gokyo and then overnight at Lodge.

Day 10: Visit to Gokyo Peak and Trek to Thangnak (4200m. 6/7 hours walking).

5360 m. in the morning (4 ½ hours walking) for sun rise view and all mountain views, from here we able to see 4 highest Mountain which more than eight thousand meters high, and trek to Thangnak (4200m, 3/4 hours walking) overnight at Lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Zhonglha

4830m, 6/7 hours walking via Chola Pass (5368m) and overnight at Lodge.

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche

4910m, 3/4 hours walking and then overnight at Lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Ghorakshep- Everest Base camp.

5140m,3/4 hours walking, same day visit to Everest Base Camp (5364m,5 hours walking) and back to Gorakshep, over night at Lodge.

Day 14:Visiting Kalapattar

5550m, 3/4 hours walking early in the morning for the best Everest view, trek back to Ghorakshep and the trek down to Lobuche (4910m,2 hours walking) and then Overnight at Lodge.

Day 15:Trek to Dhingboche

4410m, 7/8 hours walking viaCross to Kongma-La Pass (5535m) and then overnight at Lodge.

Day 16: Trek Back to Tengboche.

3860m, 4/5 hours walking rest of the explore Tengboche Monastery and then overnight at Lodge.

Day 17: Trek Back to Jorsalle.

2740m, 5/6 hours walking and then overnight at Lodge.

Day 18:Trek Back to Lukla.

2853m, 5/6 hours walking and then overnight at Lodge.

Day 19:Fly back to Kathmandu.

Early in the morning (30 minutes) Transfer to the hotel. overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Trip Cost US$ 1,495 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Two night deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on B/B, Before and After the trek. Hotel Access Nepal Pvt.ltd.
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle  .
  • All your stander Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and a cup of tea or coffee during the breakfast only.
  • Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
  • A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder Guide, his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
  • Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla airport for you and guide.
  • A Porter (carrier) including all his expenses with full insurence.
  • A Trekking route map
  • Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company). If in case.
  • Medical supplies, first aid kit box, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
  • National Park permits.
  • TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.)
  • All ground transportation.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expanse
Cost Excludes:
  • Food, hotel extra night whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance. (compulsory)
  • International air fare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Extra Activities in Kathmandu.

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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions

Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking  disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.

Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.

If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.

1.      Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.

If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.

Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.

If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.

Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.

Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.

2.      Is trekking expensive?

This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.

You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.

Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!

3.      What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.

Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.

If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.

4.      What are the things I need to pack?

There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.

To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-


5.      Do I need special permission to trek?

You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.

Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-


6.      Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.

7.      What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.

8.      What kind of accommodation should I expect?

Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking

1.      Tea house trekking:

You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.

Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.

The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.

2.      Camp treks

In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.


9.      What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-

  1. Attain height gradually and slowly
  2. As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
  5. Eat high caloric food
  6. Avoid smoking or drinking

11. How to diagnose AMS?

In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tiredness
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Feeling unsteady
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:

  1. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  2. Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  3. Take complete rest until you feel well
  4. Do not exercise
  5. Do not smoke
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  8. Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.

12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.

In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.

Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.

13. Can I trek solo?

To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.

A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.

Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.

14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?

Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.

In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.

15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?

Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.

In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.


The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at info@excitingnepal.com

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  • Trekking Destination: Everest region
  • Group Size: 1 (minimum)
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  • Season: March-May-Oct-Dec.
  • Grade Info: Hard
  • Transportation: Car / Van / Plane
  • Total Days: 17 Days
  • Walking Hour: 5 to 8 hours

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