Everest High Pass Trek - 16 days

Duration: 17 Days   |   Based on 3 Reviews
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Hikking and Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Food: Full Board Plan
  • Accommodation: Hotel And Guest House
  • Group Size: 1-10
  • Max Elevation: 5,545 m./18,190 ft.

Everest High Pass Trekking is perhaps the most adventurous and challenging trek in Nepal. See if you can achieve the daring feat of crossing the three high Himalayan passes, Kongma- La 5,535 m./18,154 ft, Cho- La 5,380 m./17,646 ft. And Renjo-La La 5,388 m./17,672 ft. then surely this is the right trip for you. The trek covers all major places in Everest classical trekking in Sagarmatha region including Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, Everest base camp, and Gokyo Lake over Chola-La pass and Sherpa village of Thame crossing Renjo-la pass.

The Everest 3-pass trek starts after the scenic half-hour flight to Lukla. This flight is the most exciting one with the view of Panoramic Mountain and diverse landscapes. The first part of the trek allows you to pass through the serene forests of birch and Juniper, up the Bhote Koshi stream. You will have enough time to acclimatize in Namche whilst experiencing Sherpa culture, Customs, cuisine, and hospitality. You will be trekking through rough terrain, moraines, and glaciers once at a higher altitude. Visiting the Nuptse Glacier near Kongma-La Pass, Gokyo Valley near Cho-La Pass, and Ngozumpa Glacier in Renjo-La Pass will be a captivating and rewarding experience. The three passes provide spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu 8,481 m./27,817 ft, Cho Oyu 8,201 m./26,899 ft. Peak 38, Cholatse, Tobuche, and Island Peak. Other attractions of this trek are an exploration of Gokyo Tsho, Angladumba Tsho (4,500 m) lakes, and Gokyo Ri (5,300 m) peaks.

Everest Three Passes Trekking Highlight

  • Morning scenic flight to Lukla and Explore the remote corner and valley of the Himalayan region
  • Everest High Passes Trek is an enormous challenging trek that goes over Kongma La, Cho La & Renjo La
  • Hike to Everest Base Camp and Experience Sunrise and Sunset from Kala Patthar 
  • Enjoy stunning views of Mt. Everest and its neighboring Mountain from Kongmala
  • Experience Sherpa culture and explore the hidden valley on the lap of High Mountain.

What is the possible best time for the Everest High Pass Trek?

Trekking at low altitudes is possible around the year. However, High altitude trek is more challenging, and you should pick the best time for the clear visibility. Pre-monsoon-March to June and Pre-winter-September to December are the best times for the Everest High Pass Trek. November and December are the best time even though it is cold weather. The weather is super nicer than any other month. Highly recommended!

Date and Price for Everest High Pass Trek

We are 100% guaranteed on our published departure date. However, if the departure dates do not match your solo travel, family tour, or with friends then we can help you gladly to plan the tailor-made trips. The price is based on the group joining, but we can offer you the best price which depends on the number of people and services. Please contact us without hesitation.

How hard is the Everest high pass trek

Everest Three Pass also known as Everest High Pass covers the Everest highland trekking area. The Everest Three Pass Trek is suitable for hardcore adventure seekers. Everest High Pass Trek is a long walk in the middle of the Mountain without anyone to hassle your peace. To Embark on the Everest High Pass Trek, you should be physically fit and experienced with high altitude. We/Global Adventure proposed a 16-day clockwise trek itinerary to minimize the probability of altitude sickness.

The Everest Three Pas Trek is a never-ending adventure trek also known as the Everest Highland Trek, this is the only adventurous trek in Sagarmatha National Park of the Everest region. This three-pass trek involves crossing three high mountain passes: Renjo- La Pass 5,340 m./17, 515 ft, Cho-La Pass 5,420 m/17,777 ft. And Kongma- La Pass 5,535 m./18,154 ft. including Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp.

We believe the Everest High Pass Trek is physically demanding and trekking in the high Mountain terrain requires mental resilience and high-altitude acclimatization. Physically fitness, experience, acclimatization, and mental resilience, with the support of a Guide and support porter people can undertake this trek. Before embarking on this trek, it is advisable to research and plan well about the Everest High Pass Trek. It is recommended to start this trek clockwise if you are first time trekking in high altitude.

Everest High Pass Facts

Renjo La Pass 5,340 m./17,515 ft. The first pass of the trek, from Namche, leads you to the biggest Marlung village-the riverside settlement. Renjo La provides breathtaking views of the Everest region, including Gokyo Lakes.

Cho La Pass, 5,420 m./17,777 ft. This pass is known for its steep ascent and descent and connects the Everest Base Camp route with the Gokyo Valley.

Kongma La Pass 5,535 m./18,154 ft. This pass is the last and the highest of the three. It offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers.

Major Highlights of Three Pass Trek:

Everest Base Camp (5,364 m./17,593 ft. The trek includes a visit to the Everest Base Camp, where climbers prepare for their ascent of Mount Everest.

Kala Patthar 5,545 m./18,190 ft. A popular viewpoint for (Sunrise and Sunset) stunning panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Nuptse, and other Himalayan peaks.

Gokyo Lakes: The trek takes you to the beautiful Gokyo Valley, known for its pristine lakes, Cho Oyu Base Camp, 5th Lake, and panoramic mountain views.

Tengboche Monastery: The oldest and a significant monastery with cultural and spiritual importance in Tengboche a heavenly paradise in the Everest region.

Accommodation while Trekking: Teahouses and lodges along the trekking route provide basic accommodation and meals. The level of comfort can vary, and facilities may be more basic at higher elevations, but in some places, you can stay in luxury accommodation.

Of course, you will visit Everest Base Camp (5,357m) and climb atop Kala Patthar to enjoy an up-close view of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Khumbu Glacier. You also visit the 500-year-old Tengboche Monastery. The lower part of the Everest high pass trek views is as the picture shows.

As you are trekking in high-altitude terrain, you have to be physically fit, and sometimes it requires the basic knowledge of mountaineering. However, it depends on the trekking seasons and weather conditions. April to May and September to November are the best time for Everest High Pass Journey. Global Adventure Trekking provides the best-skilled trek leader. Here is the list of trekking and climbing gear, please visit the link. Our crews are well-insured and familiar with high altitudes. Take this most adventurous activity in the Nepal Everest region and reward yourself by conquering the world-famous Everest high pass trekking.

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding 2,620 m./8,593 ft./ 8 km./4 hrs.

Iconic morning flight to Lukla (135 km.) and start the trek through Sherpa village. The trail goes gradually flat and easy to Phakding. 

Note: In high season (October/November and April/May), all the STOL flights may be conducted from Ramechap-Lukla-Ramechap to avoid air traffic and delays. Kathmandu to Ramechap is 130 km (5 hours). The flight to Lukla from Ramechap is just 15 minutes.

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/Guest House
  • 2,620 m./8,593 ft.

the path is beautiful with its local settlement, diverse landscapes, and Hillary Bridge.  On the way, you will have your first encounter with Mount Everest, Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22349 ft). Themserku (6,608 m/21,680 ft.) and many more. 

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/Guest House
  • 3,440 m./11,283 ft.

This is a great day for the acclimation and day hike to Khumjung Monastery/Everest View Hotel and back to Namche Bazaar. During the day, you can hike up to Everest view hotel, one of the highest placed hotel in the world, situated at an elevation of 3,750 m (13,000 ft). Later in the afternoon, you can come to Namche to spend a warm and comfortable stay.

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 3,440 m./11,283 ft.

Trekking to Thame is not physically hard. Thame and Marlung are the most beautiful and old village routes to Renjo-La Pass.  Today, you can have a smooth and pleasant walk after the acclimatization day at Namche. Magnificent views of the high mountains and surroundings. Cross the river and head to Thame. spend time with locals and have interesting conversations about the culture and lifestyle of Sherpa people.

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/Guest House
  • 3,800 m./12,533 ft.

After having breakfast, you will walk through herb and pine forests in the highland until Lungden. You could have a mesmerizing view of the landscape and mountains around you. You will meet Yak and sheep along the way. Once you reach Lungden, get into the room at the guest house, try to be warm, and have some hygienic local food. Stay hydrated, and sleep well.

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/ Guest House
  • 4,500 m./14,760 ft.

 The trail to Renjo-La is beautiful but a little bit hard. This trek features a rocky trail along with pine, Jupiter, fir, and many more. From the top, you will be welcomed by Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and amazing landscapes. Descending to Gokyo will take about 3 hours through an icy and rocky path.

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/Guest House
  • 4,700 m./15,416 ft.

 Today is a rest day after completing the Renjo La pass. Visit Cho Oyu base camp 4,900 m/16,072 ft. Fifth Lake, Visit Ngozumpa glacier and read books.

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/Guest House
  • 4,700 m./15,416 ft.

Morning: visit Gokyo Ri for the sunrise and get back to the lodge, then trek to Thaknak. The path is easy to follow to Thaknak apart from crossing the glacier. arrive and check in at the guest house.

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/Guest House
  • 4,750 m./15,580 ft.

Another challenging day of the trek! Starting early is recommended because of the icy and fragile rocky path. From Thaknak (4,750 m), walk to the top of Chola (5,420 m) and descend to Dzongla (4,830 m)  Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the Mountain and Lobuche Peak.

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/Guest House
  • 4,830 m./15,842 ft.

The Dzongla to Lobuche trek is easy and short; it takes about 3 hours and 7 km to Lobuche. Save your energy for the next day at the Everest Base Camp.

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/Guest House
  • 4,900 m./16,072 ft.

 Walk through the glacier moraine, rocky and dry, to Gorak Shep. It takes only 3 hours to go to Gorak Shep, check in at the guest house, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and take an evening walk to Kala Patthar for a sunset view and back.

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/Guest House
  • 5,170 m./16,957 ft.

Congrats on being at Kala Patthar 5545m! After having breakfast, walk to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m). It is 6 km one way and back. After exploration, return to Gorak Shep and trek down to Lobuche for the night.

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/ Guest House
  • 4,700 m./15,580 ft.

This is the longest and most difficult pass among the three passes. The path is completely into the wilderness, with no huts, and no lodges on the way to the top. It is a 10-kilometer distance, but icy, rocky, windy, and fragile rocks make your day longer than you expected. Prepare dry food and water for yourself.

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/Guest House
  • 4,730 m./15,582 ft.

 Another celebration At Chhukung!! Follow the Everest classical trek route to Tengboche. On the way back, if time allows, visit Ama Dablam Base Camp and Pangboche Monastery.

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/Guest House
  • 3,860 m./12,660 ft.

Descend about 1000 m to Phunki Tenga and climb all the way up to Sanasa. Then gradually up and down to Namche Bazaar. 

  • Full board plan
  • Tea House/Guest House
  • 3,440 m./11,283 ft.

As you are on the way back, you are faster and want to be in Lukla as soon as possible, for the party night. Everybody enjoys their time with good food and alcoholic drinks, Make good fun with your dedicated trek team. You still enjoy the walk with the different angle views of the surroundings and small settlements.

  • Full Board Plan
  • Tea House/Guest House
  • 2,846 m./9,334 ft.

Grab your warm breakfast and get into the Tenzing Hillary Lukla airport for the iconic short flight to Kathamndu. Once you have safely arrived in Kathmandu, the domestic airport, you will be comfortably transferred to your hotel for a pleasant stay.

  • Breakfast
  • 1,350 m./4,228 ft.

What's included

  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit.
  • TIMS-Card (Trekkers Information Management Systems)
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu regular flight ticket with departure tax (October to mid-November and April to May all the flights will operate from Ramechhap)
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • An Experienced English-speaking Sherpa Guide with equipment.
  • 16-night Mountain accommodation with full board meals.
  • All Meals, lodging, and salary of Sherpa Guide
  • Local Permit of Rural Municipality
  • Insurance of Nepalese Staff
  • Seasonal fruits
  • Duffel bag/sleeping bag (refundable)
  • Company T-shirt
  • Farewell dinner in a Nepalese typical restaurant
  • Gov't tax and VAT and services changes
  • Company token of love T-shirt
  • Nepalese visa fee, Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Visa cost 30 USD, 50 USD, and 125 USD for 15, 30, and 90 days respectively
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, or early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights Tickets
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide (not mandatory but expected)
  • Porter if required. 1 porter is for every 2 clients. A porter cost per day 25 USD on sharing basis.
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Useful Info

Important Note for Everest High Pass trekking

Medical and health information:

All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate in this trip. Before buying this trip please read the details itinerary carefully. You should consult your doctor for your Medical travel information or any necessary vaccination before departure. We suggest you bring your personal medical kid.

Accommodation while Three Pass Trekking:

Accommodation at the local lodge known as Guesthouses is simple but comfortable. Toilet and washing facilities are shared. In the guesthouse, travelers are provided a twin-sharing room with twin beds, mattresses, and pillows. In high season (March to May) and September to November) in places there are few numbers of guesthouses so sometimes travelers may do dormitories. In some places, guest house depends on solar power. In remote regions, the guest house does not have a toilet and running water can mean just a hole in the ground. A hot shower facility is available in some guesthouses for a price but occasionally hot shower means a bucket of hot water that is enough to wash your body. Electricity and Wi-Fi are available someplace for a small additional cost.


Air: Kathmandu to Lukla flights are often delayed due to poor weather conditions. All travelers are suggested to have a few backup days in the end to catch their International flight. If the flights keep canceling then you have the option to take a charter Heli flight which will cost about 500 USD per person. This also depends on the number of people who want to have that Heli flight. So make sure you have prepared your emergency fund just in case. All domestic flight has a strict weight limit. 10 kg of your baggage and 5 kg of hand luggage are included in your tickets. Excess baggage will be charged at your own expense. 

Flight Note: All the Lukla sector flights are going to operate from Manthali Airport (Ramechhap) due to the air traffic in Kathmandu.  Effective from 25th March 2024 till 31st May 2024. Ramechhap Airport is about 127 km east of Kathmandu and takes a 5-hour drive. The sharing private vehicles are available daily.

Phone and Internet services in Everest High Pass Trek:

Most of the hotel in Kathmandu offers free Wi-Fi with excellent connection. While trekking Wi-Fi is available in the teahouse for a small cost. The higher you go the more use of Wi-Fi and the internet will cost and likely the shower the speed. Remember your room may not have an electrical outlet. You have to share the dining hall for your recharge. Type C, D, and M are the most common adaptors for charging your accessories in Nepal. 

How Safe Is Everest Three Pass Trek?

Nepal is a safe travel destination in the world. Just to be sure travelers are suggested to have their neck belt money wallet while traveling, for the safe keeping of their money, passport, and some valuable items. During your trip, you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy, or explore at your leisure. This trek is fully safe and enjoyable despite high altitude sickness. The Everest three-pass trek is good for those people who are physically fit and strong.

Abbreviation: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner, M=meters, Ft=feet, HRS=Hours


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