About Three High Passes Trek

Three High Passes Trek is a stimulating adventure in the Khumbu region. During the Three High Passes Trekking, you get to explore the unspoiled corners of this region where only a few travelers have reached. From the name of the package, you can say this package includes three high and difficult passes that you have to cross. Three High Passes Trek 19 Days is a perfect option for anyone seeking a true challenge in the Everest region or want to step up their game in the Himalayas.

Three High Passes Trek allows you to spend the night in the most picturesque villages. During the trek, you get to see the unique lifestyle of Sherpas and experience their rich tradition & culture. Likewise, on the way, you visit several monasteries and stupas. Three High Passes Trekking is an ultimate package that involves a perfect blend of adventure and experience in it. You will cross three passes, Kongma La Pass (5,535m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Renjo La Pass (5,340m). Likewise, you get to see the tempting landscape and stunning Himalayan mountain views.

Highlights of Three High Passes Trek

  • Thrilling flight to Lukla
  • Trek through Sagarmatha National Park
  • Explore Namche Bazar
  • Experience rich culture and lifestyle of Sherpas
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery, the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region
  • Reach Everest Base Camp
  • Cross three high passes Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass & Renjo La Pass
  • Explore beautiful Gokyo village and stunning Gokyo Lakes
  • Hike to Kala Patthar to witness a glorious sunrise
  • Get to witness breath-taking scenery and panoramic views of Himalayas


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We hope it’s a fine day when you are flying into Kathmandu if it is your tour begins right from the clouds itself. One of our representatives and driver will be on standby to meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rep will help you check into your designated hotel, and after going to our rooms & refreshing yourselves, you will be briefed about your daily activities. Later, in the evening, you head downtown for a delicious welcome Nepalese dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

A thrilling scenic flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding. 

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Crossing and recrossing the river on high airy suspension bridges, you begin trekking towards Namche Bazar. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. From here, you ascend steeply to Namche Bazar. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest.

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Namche Bazar is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Syangboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. You also have the option to hike to Khumjung where you visit a school established by Hillary.

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After breakfast in Namche, you start your trek towards Tengboche enjoying a superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. The trail follows gradually ascends & descends through lush forest. You reach Sanasa, and further, walk through another lush forest. Crossing a bridge over Dudh Koshi River, you reach Phunki Tenga and ascend steeply to reach Tengboche.

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With the Mountains as a backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche looks spectacular more in the morning. Following the upper trail for better views to visit Pangboche village and its ancient Monastery, you pass through several chortens, mani walls, and small villages. Further, enjoying close-up views of Ama Dablam, you reach Pheriche and move towards the confluence of the Lobuche River. The trail then descends to a river and steeply ascends to Dingboche.

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The trail goes through Imja Khola valley, sublime alpine landscapes, and some stone-walled fields. On the way, you will see spectacular mountain views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Island Peak. Soon, you will reach Chhukung, which is a great place to explore the glacier and massive snow-laden mountains.

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This extra day for acclimatization is good for our bodies to cope with the heights before doing the passes that begin with Kongma La (5,535m). Today, you will do a day trip to Nagarjun hillock located above Dingboche. From Nagarjun, you will see superb views of Lobuche East, Lobuche West, Lobuche Peak, Thamserku, Kangtega, and Amadablam. 

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Two routes lead to our next destination. Following any of them, you head towards Kongma La Pass. Just after some walk, the excellent views of Island Peak and the jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha come into view. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, you turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. You then enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail rises over loose scree gaining the Kongma La, and further, descends to Lobuche. 

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You climb through meadows and moraine stones steps to reach Gorakshep by climbing to Everest base camp. From Everest base camp, you do not see the summit of Mount Everest, however, get to witness panoramic views of several mountains. After spending some time at EBC, you descend to Gorak Shep for a night stay.

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Today, you wake up early in the morning and begin the trek to get remarkable views of the sunshine gleaming on the face of Everest from Kalapathar. You will be surrounded by darkness and cold temperatures of approximately 10 to15 degrees Celsius in the morning. It is a testing hike to Kalapather because of the high altitude and shivering cold. On reaching the peak of Kalapather, you will have unbelievable views of the mountains that you will see only once in your lifetime. After spending some time, you trek back to Lobuche.

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After crossing a stream, you come through a fork and later curving round to the wide gravelly river bed of the stream. As it flows southwestward, the trail runs across it and climbs the ridge ahead. From the grassy ridge ahead, the trail runs across to southeast from where you can see soaring heights of Ama Dablam and Thamserku while Taboche looms prominently ahead. As the ridge veers northward, the vast Chola Lake spreads below Mt. Cholatse.

The lake stays with you over a long stretch until you descend to a wide basin. The trail climbs up a spur and descends steeply to another broad basin. After an hour walks transverse from the basin and shortly after crossing a wobbly bridge, you reach Dzongla. 

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Today is going to be one of the toughest days of our trip. The walk begins as you transverse through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin and ascends to Cho La Pass. The trail to the top of the pass is steep and full of boulders. The final climb to the Cho - La can be a little tricky as the trail curves round the bergschrund. From the top, you get to see breath-taking views and descend to Gokyo village passing through Gokyo Lakes. 

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Today, you will take a rest at Gokyo village and relish views of charming sites of Gokyo village. If the day is fine, then you can climb Gokyo Ri and enjoy views of the lovely Everest Region. The Gokyo region not only provides you views of Gokyo peak but also gives you wonderful chances to contemplate at the series of six emerald lakes. You can also see Thonak Tsho Lake (forth lake) and Ngozuma Thso lake (fifth lake). The fourth lake of this series has a high cliff and peaks rising above the lake just about 3 km north. Moreover, you can climb on the hill and get amazing views of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu.

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Down from the Gokyo Valley, you leave the main trail and turn to the Renjo La trail by Dudh Pokhari. After about 3 hours, you gain the Renjo La, where an amazing vista awaits. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse, and Taboche can be seen gleaming in the sun. Continuing from the pass, the trail winds down a stone staircase and then scramble over loose scree to reach the south bank of a small lake, Angladumba Tsho. Further, the trail drops down through narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde. From here, you walk for an hour to reach Marlung.

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You continue to follow the river, and after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega, and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen.

From Tengboche, you descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. The trail then passes through Phunki Tenga and takes you to Namche Bazar.

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Today, you continue trek to Lukla along the Dudh Koshi River. The trail goes steeply downwards with rocky terrain. Even though you hike the same routes, it’s completely different from the walk you did on our way up. The trail passes through the rhododendron, pine and oak forest before reaching Lukla.

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Most flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are scheduled early in the morning to avoid the strong winds. It’s a scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. You touch down at Kathmandu and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner.

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Our representative and office vehicle will be on standby at your hotel to transfer us to the Airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was an honor and pleasure, we at Dream Peak Adventures will treasure the bonds of our friendship created over the time you spent with us.

    Good to Know

    Three High Passes Trek difficulty

    Three High Passes Trek is one of the most challenging journeys in the Khumbu journey. As the name itself says three high passes that mean you will be crossing three high and difficult passes during this trek. Crossing these passes is not an easy thing. You need to be in good health, possess strong physical fitness, and will-power. The trail includes many steep climbs on glaciers, rocks, and snow. Plus, there will be always a chance of high altitude sickness.

    Below you can read about symptoms and preventive measures of altitude sickness:

    Symptoms of altitude sickness:-

    • headache
    • nausea and vomiting
    • dizziness
    • tiredness
    • loss of appetite
    • shortness of breath

    Preventive measures of altitude sickness:-

    • Include an adequate number of rest days during the trek/climbing
    • Avoid climbing more than 300-500 meters a day
    • Make sure you're drinking enough water
    • Eat a light but high-calorie diet
    • Avoid alcohol
    • Avoid smoking
    • Inform your guide immediately so that he can take proper action on time
    • Drop down to lower altitude and rest for a few days until symptoms getaway

    Best time to go on Three High Passes Trek

    March to May and October to November is the ideal time to go on this adventurous journey. The trail is well-prepared by nature with stunning views and stable weather. Likewise, the climate also remains moderate. Other months are not good for Three High Passes Trek due to unfavorable weather, slippery trails, and unclear views.

    Three High Passes Trek cost

    Three High Passes Trek cost can be different from one travel agency to another agency because of the itinerary and services. We provide the best route and cost for this package along with top-notch service. There are many things that are included and excluded in the cost of the package. We recommend you to check our cost includes and exclude section to know in detail about the cost. You can also get in touch with us anytime for further information.

    Food & Accommodation during Three High Passes Trek

    The lodge will be the main accommodation during Everest Three Passes Trek. There are several ranges of lodge available on the trail. We will book the best possible accommodation for you as per your budget during your trip with us. Talking about the lodge, you will get basic facilities with a common/private washroom. The rooms come with two beds, which means you have to share it with your fellow trekker. A nice sleeping bag is recommended as it can get very cold during the night.

    Meals will be served as per the menu of the lodge. The lodge is run by the locals, therefore they are the one cooks the dishes as well. You will find a nice variety of food to choose from. We advise you to go for dal bhat with veggies or curries, as it is the most affordable and filling meal. Likewise, boiled water is also available everywhere. For more safety, you can carry water purification tablets.

    Three High Passes Trek Packing List

    We want you to know that you can rent or buy all the gears in Kathmandu. There are several options from medium range brands to high-end brands for all budget types.

    • Clothing
    • Sun hat/scarf
    • Fleece jacket with wind-Stopper
    • Waterproof shell jacket
    • Down vest and/or jacket
    • Lightweight gloves/Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
    • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece/wool pants
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
    • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Sunglasses with UV protection


    • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees Fahrenheit
    • Trekking poles
    • Headlamp
    • Trek bag-pack
    • Basic First Aid Kit
    • Daypack
    • Thermo-rest sleeping pad
    • Water bottles


    • Quick-drying towel/Small wash towel
    • Soap (biodegradable)
    • Toothbrush/paste biodegradable)
    • Deodorants
    • Face and body moisturizer
    • Nail clippers
    • Small mirror
    • Tissue paper/toilet roll
    • Anti-bacterial Hand wash


    • Trail Map/Guide book
    • Binocular
    • Reading book
    • Journal & Pen
    • Pencils and small notebooks
    • Camera with extra batteries