Khumbu Three Passes Trekking

Three Passes Trekking itinerary with Trexmount Ventures is the perfect choice, for the people who are looking for an adrenaline-pumping and challenging trekking option in the Everest region. Trek to the base camp of the world’s highest peak Everest Base Camp, Kalapather and Gokyo Ri. 

Three Passes Trekking offers trekkers stunning and unrivaled panoramic views of the Khumbu region. See first-hand the incredible Mount Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), Nuptse (7,855m/25,771ft) and Lho-La or Khumbutse Peak (6,036 m/19,803ft), Mt. Lingtren (6,749m/22,142ft), and Chanagtse (7,583m/24,879ft).

Across the Tibetan border you will be able to see Mt. Pumori (7,161m/23,494ft), Ama Dablam (6,812m/22,349ft), Kangtenga (6,782m/22,250ft), Tharmarserku (6,623m/21,729ft), Kwangde (6,011m/19,721ft), Kusum Khanguru (6,373m/20,909ft), the holy peak of Khumbi-La (5,761m/18,900ft), the world’s fifth highest peak Mt. Makalu (8,463m/27,766ft), sixth highest mountain Mt. Cho-Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), trekking Island Peak - Imjatse (6,160m/20,210ft), Lobuje Peak (6,119m/20,075ft) Khongma Tse Mera Peak (5,849m/19,190ft), Pokhalde (5,806m/19,049ft) and many other unnamed peaks. The Three Passes Trekking itinerary starts with a short and magically scenic flight to Lukla which sits at an altitude of 2,820 meters and is the gateway to the Upper Khumbu and Everest area. Here is where all treks around Everest begin and end.

From Lukla, trek to the source of the Dudh Kosi River passing through the local villages of Choplung, Ghat and Phakding, all the while heading higher through the cool shade of the forest of rhododendron, pines, firs and oak trees. The contrasting backdrop of snow-capped peaks with the forest is a joy to witness. We hike on to Monjo at the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park, where all TIMS and park permits are checked and recorded.

After a few bridge crossings, we leave the last village of Jorsalle behind, hiking along the river bed towards a steep but rewarding climb to the famous Namche Bazaar. An ever-popular stop among trekkers, Namche Bazaar holds busy Saturday markets and is the last place offering ATMs, banks, a post office, and Internet cafes. You will also find shops and a delightful array of restaurants and bakeries.

After two nights in Namche to acclimatize to the altitude, we continue climbing to Tengboche Monastery amid the forest with awesome views of Mount Everest and the majestic Ama Dablam. Explore the monastery before leaving the lush vegetation of the forest for the barren terrain heading towards the beautiful Imjatse Valley. Prepare for the next adventure as we lead you higher to Dingboche, starting with the first of the high pass crossings, Khongma-La at 5,535 meters high! Hike and climb through the gully of Nuptse, through rocky terrain and glacial ice, over the pass, descending to the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche.

The adventure continues with a trip to Everest Base Camp, overlooking the great Khumbu Ice Fall that tumbles towards the glacier. After some time to take it all in, head up to the highest rocky point at Kalapathar, sitting at an altitude of 5,545 meters and the highest point of the Three Passes Trekking itinerary. Witness first-hand the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the lofty peaks of Everest and Pumori before heading back to Lobuche for the next thrilling climb over Cho-La standing at 5,380 meters. The hike to Gokyo Lake, continue hiking to Gokyo Ri which is another highlight of this trek with 360 degree view of high mountains including Mount Everest, with stunning view of Gleciers. We have another pass Renjo-la waiting for us after Gokyo. We descend from the top of Renjo-la through the temporary settlements to Reach Namche Bazzar. 

Day 1
2 Hours

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will conduct a pre departure meeting in the Hotel or at our office. The meeting will covers trip related information & the collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance copy).

Day 2
4 Hours

Kathmandu: Free day for Trek preparation

Breakfast, free day for trek preparation. You can do your own activities OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with visiting fascinating world heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as Hindus holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Squire ( One is in Kathmandu, in patan and also in Bhaktapur), Museum,  monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note:  this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3
4 Hours

Fly to Lukla (2,886m-9,468 ft) & trek to Phakding (2,640m-8,661 ft) – 04 hrs

Early morning depart from the hotel for the flight to Lukla on reaching Kathmandu domestic airport board in a small plane Dornier or Twin Otter, flight offers great views array of snow capped peaks with Mt. Everest as the plane touches down after 30 minutes of scenic flight to Lukla, a unique airstrip with a runway with uphill slope, Lukla airport at present named after legendry climber Tenzing & Hillary Airport. After spending some time here with meeting porter, We start the hiking to Phakding for overnight stop, the trek passes several villages and farm lands with great scenery of hills and valleys then finally reaching at Phakding village located by the Dudh Kosi (river). Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4
6 Hours

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m-11,286 ft) – 06 hrs.

We follow the valley in the beginning and heads uphill at above 3,440 meters high at Namche Bazaar, starting the morning with crossing few suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river, and then reaching at an entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. After checking the Park & Trekking tickets and permits, further walk leads on the bank of the river, then after the last high bridge an uphill walk for few hours all the way to Namche Bazaar, here we will have two nights in this large prosperous trading town –village as well the main centre and capital of Khumbu area with facilities of ATMs, Cyber cafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with busy colorful interesting Saturday market.

Day 5
4 Hours

Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

An ideal and perfect place for rest day for acclimatization, We start after the breakfast to visit National park museum with great range of information about mountaineering, flora – fauna, Sherpa culture and religions, this scenic spot offers a grand panorama of high snow capped mountains including Mt. Everest and stunning Ama Dablam. We do hike further to syangboche and Everest View Hotel for another beautiful view spot of the surrounding mountains above old Syangboche air strip. and return back to Namche in the afternoon.

Day 6
5 Hours

Trek to Tengboche (3,867 m-12,687 ft) – 05hrs.

After a good rest and acclimatization in namche, We start hiking along a gradual winding wider nice path, maintained by old Sherpa man since last 2 decades doing it voluntarily for goodwill to mankind with small funds and donation from the trekkers passing on this route. We will be walking through conifer and rhododendron woodland, with the striking views of Ama Dablam, the walk further offers striking views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and Kwangde peak, then the path descends towards Imjatse river at Phunge Tenga, After a short rest here, we start ascending through a nice serene forest to reach at Tengboche Monastery which has a well renown Buddhist Monastery and biggest in the region. This is a scenic spot with awesome views of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kwangde, Mt. Everest and many more. You can visit inside the monastery premises while the monks are praying and see the function every day. The head lama (Rinpoche) of the monastery resides here and many believers take blessing from the high lama priest for better success and safe Journey.

Day 7
5 Hours

Trek to Dingboche (4,260 m-13,976 ft) – 05 hrs.

We start after the breakfast and descend to Imjatse river passing a small place of Debuche, walking into beautiful birch-rhododendron and pines forest, on reaching the strong steel bridge where the tree lines vanish for smaller juniper and rhododendron bushes, after the bridge a gentle climb to reach at Pangboche which is a great permanent village, beyond are settlement with lodges to serve the trekkers. The trail leads slowly through exposed landscapes with excellent view of  Ama Dablam at close distance, and then stopping for lunch break at Shomare popular spot for lunch and short break, after lunch on the gentle uphill to reach at Dingboche located in the wonderful Imjatse valley.

Day 8
4 Hours

Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization with short hike.

A pleasant and scenic place for another acclimatize day at Dingboche, which is very important before heading higher. Today, once again we start after the breakfast and  hike to Nagarjun hills (4820m) above Dingboche offers great views of surrounding snow capped peaks with North Face of Ama Dablam soars high above Imjatse valley, views of Island / Imjatse peak and as far to world 5th highest Mt. Makalu towards further east behind Peak 29. Enjoy the afternoon relaxing or take a walk around the village. Day

Day 9
9 Hours

Trek and traverse Kongma-la and to Lobuche (4,930 m-16,175 ft) – 09 hrs.

Today, It is going to be a very long and great adventure. We will be heading towards a small place at Bibre with an gentle ascend. We have challenging ascending after here towards complete isolation in pure wilderness over rocky moraine in the gully between great Nuptse Wall and Pokdale peak and beneath the massive Khongma Tse, Mehara Peak

and then slowly heading over Kongma-la and descend towards Khumbu glacier for a short while and lastly reaching at Lobuche for overnight in the cozy lodge after thrilling long trekking day.

Day 10
6 Hours

Trek to Gorakshep (5,170 m-16,962 ft), Everest Base Camp (5, 364 m-17,598 ft) – 06 hrs.

This is going to be Highlighted day as we will be heading into most waited Everest Base Camp. We again start with gentle climb to Glass Pyramid house, a metrological station funded and run by Nepalese and Italian scientists, from this spot a small steep climb reaching at Khumbu glacier, we hike further through over moraine of rocks and small icy streams to reach at Gorakshep with views of Mt. Pumori, Lingtrin, Khumbutse and Mt. Everest and get ready for next venture to reach Everest Base Camp which will make dreams comes true of this adventure. We hike continue toward Everest Base Camp along the moraine and ice, on reaching at Everest Base Camp after a tiring but exciting walk, enjoy the break overlooking tip of Everest with tumbling Khumbu ice falls close to base camp, around high season for expeditions, this place will be like a Jambore with many colorful camps and busy. After a great moment feeling high return journey back to Gorakshep.

Day 11
5 Hours

Hike to Kalapatthar (5,545 m-18,192 ft) trek to Dzong la (4, 850 m-15,912 ft) – 05 hrs.

Getting up early morning, trek and climb on a steep uphill to Kalapatthar for stunning panorama view of Mt. Everest with array of surroundings peaks, this will be the highest point of this great adventure at 5, 545 m, after a thrilling and breathe taking scenery, downhill walk to Gorakshep and then continue the return journey all the way near Thugla and then walk on the path to next adventure to Tsho-la pass with an overnight stop at Dzongla at the base of the pass.

Day 12
7 Hours

Cross Tsho-la (5,367 m-17,608 ft) and to Dragnag (4,750 m-15,584 ft) – 07 hrs.

Starting again early morning with a slow climb over the rocky area, at first crossing small icy frozen streams and reaching higher with few breaks in between reaching at Tsho-la after 3-4 hours of vigorous climb, the top marked with prayer flags and pile of stones with awesome scenery of surrounding high peaks of Nirekha, Cholatse, Tawache, from here a steep descend brings you at a small place of Dragnag for overnight halt after a great, thrilling adventure over the 2nd pass of this great journey.

Day 13
7 Hours

Trek to Gokyo Lake (4,800 m-15,748 ft) – 02 hrs.

Today a short of few hours walk to picturesque Gokyo Lake with lazy morning, trek into an ablation valley reaching the first lake and after a while heading to a second lake, and then finally at Gokyo third lake also known as Dudh Pokhari.

From the bank of the lake stands Gokyo village at 4,790 meters, use to be a summer settlement of Khumbu area before the trekking started, on reaching Gokyo for lunch and overnight stop, with afternoon free to acclimatize, or a short walk around, from this spot offers fabulous views of sixth world’s highest Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflecting on this turquoise emerald Gokyo Lake.

Day 14
4 Hours

Hike to Gokyo Ri at (5,330 m-17,487 ft) and Back to Gokyo. 4 Hours.

We start in the morning hiking to Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m, a steep climb to the top with awesome panorama views of world’s highest mountains from Mt. Cho Oyo 8,201 m straddling the border with Tibet along with Gyachung Kang,

Mt. Everest 8,848, Mt. Lhotse 8,516 m, Cholatse, Taweche and Mt. Makalu at 8,463 m. We have magnificent view of Gokyo lakes and Glaciers. After a great time at the top Gokyo Ri, we descend in a steep downhill to Gokyo Lake, afternoon rest and preparation for the final high pass Renjo-la of this adventure.

Day 15
6 Hours

Trek, traverse over Renjo -la (5,388 m-17,677 ft) to Lungdeng (4,600 m-15,092 ft) – 06 hrs

Starting earlier morning with steep uphill for few hours to get into the Top of Renjo-la. This is less trekking area and at present the path has improved than before, however in snow condition can take time and can lead to vigorous walk.

Finally reaching the top at 5,388 meters Renjo-la with fantastic views of snow capped peaks that surround this scenic top, after enjoying the break with the views, a long descend passing small glacial ponds on route and finally a small settlement with few lodges at Lungdeng, offering great scenery located near the route towards Nangpa-la pass that goes to Tibet.

Day 16
7 Hours

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m-11,286 ft) – 07 hours.

After a great successfully journey traverse of all three High Passes of Khumbu Khongma-la 5,535 m, Cho-la 5,380 m & Renjo-la 5,388 meters. We start on the downhill path most of the way to Thame passing several smaller villages of Marlung, Thyangmoche and Hungmo reaching at sleepy Thame village home of late Tenzing Sherpa and present world record holder Apa Sherpa who have climbed Everest 20 times. We continue our journey to Namche Bazaar and over night in a nice Lodge.

Day 17
5 Hours

Trek to Lukla (2,860 m-9,383 ft) – 05 hrs.

Our final day of trekking returns us to the town of Lukla from where you have begun hiking. The overnight stay gives you time to explore the town as well as reflect upon the mountains before heading back to Kathmandu.  Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18
3 Hours

Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

The flights at Lukla operate from early morning to Kathmandu, sometimes the flight times are delayed due to unfavorable and bad weather, as per the flight time board in a small Dornier or Twin Otter plane for the scenic flight back to Kathmandu.  Upon reaching Katmandu domestic terminal Trexmount Ventures staff transfers you back to respective hotels. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 19
4 Hours

Free day In Kathmandu .

This day is reserved in case of a flight delay in Lukla due to unfavorable weather conditions. You can do your own activities OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with visiting fascinating world heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as Hindus holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Squire ( One is in Kathmandu, in patan and also in Bhaktapur), Museum,  monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note:  this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally.  Farewell Dinner in the Evening. Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 20
2 Hours

Departure from Nepal.

Breakfast, We will transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for departing from Nepal. Meals included: Breakfast


    –        Airport Pick up and drop transfers.
    –        Private Ground transportation as per itinerary
    –        Return Flight Kathmandu|Lukla|Kathmandu
     –       3 Star Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
    –        Private Twin sharing room during the trekking.
    –       19 Breakfast, 15 Lunch, 16 Dinner

    –        Seasonal fresh fruits during the trekking.

    –        Sagarmatha national park entry permits.
    –        TIMS Permit.
    –        An experience Trained guide and required number of porters (one porter in between two pax), their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, insurance, and equipments.
    –        Warm sleeping bag, warm down jacket and walking stick, if necessary.
    –        Trek bag
    All Taxes are included


    –        Meals as Mention in the inclusive list. 
    –        Tips to staff or any donations.
    –        Nepal Visa
    –        International Flight
    –        Your travel insurance, Medical and emergency evacuation.
    –        All types of drinks (such as Hot & cold, Mineral water and alcoholic drinks) during the trek.
    –        All personal expenses which are not mention into the price inclusion.


    Free cancellation up to 50 days prior departure, 50% of deposit will be refunds 30 days prior to departure after which the deposit becomes non-refundable


    We are happy to refund and transfer your deposit amount of advance payment after your tour cancellation under the goodwill of our Cancellation policy. However we won't take responsible for Bank Transfer fee, if it has applied.  

Other adventures you might be interested in...