Everest Three Passes Trekking

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Trekking Destination: Everest Three Passes Trekking
Transportation: private and public vehicle
Trekking hour: 5-6 hours each day
Duration: 23 Days


The Everest three pass trek links Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake trek with two additional trails to the east and west of this central region. It includes three Everest high passes as each over 5 300m, plus the possibility of poor weather conditions, requires thorough acclimatization and slow, steady ascents that make for three long and demanding trekking days. This Everest 3 pass trekking can be tackled in a clockwise or, less-demanding, anticlockwise direction. 

From Lukla, trek to Namche Bazaar for a rest and acclimatization day; visit the Sherpa village of Khumjung. The eastern arm adds a trek up to Chhukhung for two acclimatization nights and add a walk to Chhukhung Ri or to the Island Peak Base Camp for views over and beyond the Lhotse and Ama Dablam glaciers. 

Then conquer the Kongma La (5535m), en-route to Lobuche and Everest Base Camp. Return to Duglha and take the long route up the Cho La (5368m) and steep descent to Thangnak. Cross the Ngozumpa Glacier and head for Gokyo: and a rest day to climb Gokyo Ri for superb views of Nepal’s longest glacier of Cho Oyo and the Everest range. 

The western section includes the steep ascent to the Renjo La, some four hours above the lake for stupendous views of the valley and glacier below and numerous high ridges crowned by the Everest Group including the northwest face of Everest. The descent to Marulung faces new dramatic landscapes. Below this village, the trail joins an old Tibetan salt trade route and continues to Thame and then back to Namche Bazaar; and on to Lukla for your flight to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

1 Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1, 300m

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our representative and transfer to Hotels over night at Hotel on BB basis.

2 Day 02: A day in Kathmandu.

Singhseening at world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley along with national tour guide. Meet the trekking crew members and brief about trekking.

3 Day 03: Scenic flight to Lukla & trek to Phakding.

35 minutes flight to Lukla 2,800m and trek to Phakding at 2,652m. After breakfast in the early morning you will be transferred to domestic airport. Upon arrival you will be received by our trekking guides. In Lukla you will have time to stroll around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load baggage on the Ghopkyo (mix breed of Yak & normal cow, as the Yak cannot survive below 3000m) some loads are carried by porters, lunch hour depending upon the time of arrival at Lukla either in Lukla or few walks farther down on route to Phakding. The walk is gradual and most of the way, with few ups from Tarhe khola, where you can have a superb view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing a short suspension bridge, from here after a short climb brings us to the Ghat village, another 11/2hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi river.

4 Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs.

From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thermasarkhu 6,608m, then reaching a small village of Monjo after the last 20 minutes climb from the stream, after Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend to the Jorsalle village, the last village till Namche Bazaar is reached, the walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum kangru Mt.Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Taweche peak can be seen all the way up, from here another 1-2 hour walk up brings to the famed Namche Bazaar.

5 Day 05: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.

Suggested activities a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking view of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down, with an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region, afternoon at leisure.

6 Day 06: Trek to Thame 3,885m 4-5 hrs.

From Namche walk leads towards west with a short climb to the ridge overlooking grand views of Namche and surrounding snow peaks, from here the path leads to the serene forest and passing through scattered farm villages including Thamo where there's a hydro-electric plant for the Khumbu region, from here few hours of good walk brings you at Thame for the overnight stop with time to visit its old monastery.

7 Day 07: Trek to Mingbo 3,900m after visiting the monastery 3-4 hrs.

After a wonderful time at Thame the trek leads to absolute wilderness near to wards Tibet border of Nangpa-la, where most of the Tibetans enter Nepal to trade.The walk leads on the high slope for the overnight stop at Mingbo a small herder's village.

8 Day 08: Trek further to Marulung 4,200m 5-6 hrs.

From Mingbo the walk follows further up on the high barren hills overlooking great views of the surrounding snow capped peaks looking further down towards Thame, after a vigorous walk of 5 hours to camp at Marulung or further depending upon the availability of water and good campsite.

9 Day 09: Trek to Sumna 4,900m 5-6 hrs.

After a great time at Marulung, the walk leads to further up on the grassy meadow with grand views of the distant mountains and valleys and hills and then reaching at Sumna a small yak herders temporary settlement for the overnight stop.

10 Day 10: Trek to Chulung 4,380m 5-6 hrs.

Today's walk leads on towards near Renjo with breathtaking scenery of the surrounding high snow capped mountains and barren hills, reaching to a small summer pasture at Chulung for the overnight camp.

11 Day 11: Trek towards Renjo Pokhari (pond) at approx 4,600m 4-5 hrs.

The trek leads uphill for few hours on the grassy meadow with striking views of the landscapes and mountains with overnight stop near by the small glacial of Renjo.

12 Day 12: Trek and cross Renjo-la at 5,345m and camp at Gokyo. 3-4 hrs.

The walk today takes nearly four hours to reach the top of Renjo over looking great view of Mt. Cho-Oyu world's 6th highest mountain which straddles the border with Tibet and Nepal on reaching the top the first pass of this great trek traversing over 5,345 meter ridge top, the route of the pass is made much better over the past 4-5 years making it possible for everyone to cross including the ponies and Yaks, the pass leads to a descend near by the Gokyo lake for the overnight camp and for lunch depending upon the time permitted while crossing the pass.

13 Day 13: Morning at Gokyo for local hike and trek to Thagnag.

Today, after breakfast a hike to Gokyo Ri is one of the highlight of the trip, the view around Gokyo itself is marvelous, for the very best panorama take a hike to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above the lake, Gokyo Ri at 5,357m. offers breathe taking views providing a panorama of Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and far as to Mt. Makalu in the east. A two hours climb brings you to this wonderful spot, afternoon walk to Thagnag After a wonderful time at Gokyo, a short walk of few hours leads to Thagnak on the base of Chugyuma or Cho-la pass, just above the village of Na situated at the foot of the Ngozumba glacier.

14 Day 14: From Thangnag to Dzongla 4,830m via Cho-la 5,430m. 4-5 hrs.

From here the walk climbs steadily towards Cho-la pass for few hours, then descending towards the small hidden valley at Dzong-la for the overnight stop.

15 Day 15: Trek to Loboche 4,928m Approx. 5 hours.

From Dzongla the trail diverts towards north east, the path is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village; today's walk offers beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse. Then reaching to the junction where the path from Pheriche meets above Thugla ridge. From here you can have great view of Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the great scenic walk, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region, From here an hour gradual up brings you to Loboche, situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind. Loboche has about 5-6 Teahouses.

16 Day 16: Trek towards Kongma-la 5,150m. 4-5 hrs.

After a great walk completing high scenic two passes, the path leads for another absolute wilderness away from the main trekking area, the trek follows the upper moraine and the towards the Khumbu glacier, on the zig-zag path walking carefully in case of fallen rocks slide, then climbing steeply towards the other side of the glacier near by the Nuptse Wall, walking slowly for the overnight Camp near by the Mehara Peak (Khongmatse) and Pokalde peak by the base of Kogma-la at 5,200m.

17 Day 17: Trek and cross Kongma-la 5,535m and camp at Bibre 5-6 hrs.

From this closed area the walk leads towards the top of the pass of Kongma-la at 5,535 the highest pass of this trip, the walk leads higher up and then descending towards the glacial pond and the walk leads on the rocks and moraine path most of the way till Bibre is reached for the overnight camp where the path from Dingboche and Chukung meets.

18 Day 18: Trek to Dingboche 4,350m. 2-3 hrs.

After a hard day, today's walka leisuretrek of few hours towards Dingboche with awesome views of the surrounding high snow capped peaks, on reaching Dingboche for lunch and for the overnight stop, with afternoon free for local hike and relaxation.

19 Day 19: Trek to Kyangjungma 3,600m. 6-7 hrs.

The walk from here leads on the main path where one can come across many trekkers, yaks and other beast of burden, the scenic walk leads past the village of Pangboche, after a break here, a short walk brings you to the bridge from the bridge it is nearly downhill all the way with few ups in between to Pangboche, from here descend towards the bridge with a pleasant walk through the pine, rhododendron forest to Deoboche, after Deoboche 40 minutes uphill climb reaches you at Thyangboche for the overnight stop. Thyangboche offers excellent scenery of the surrounding peaks including Mt.Everest and of the majestic peal of Ama Dablam, visit the famed Thyangboche monastery as per the time rules for the visit.From here a slow descend with a slight climb to the ridge and a gradual walk brings you at Kyangjungma for the overnight stop offering grand views of Ama Dablam, Thermasarkhu and Kangtenga with chances of seeing some wild life.

20 Day 20: Trek to Monjo 2,835m. Approx. 4-5 hours walk.

From here the walk leads on the main busy path, to Namche Bazaar, after Namche retrace the journey on the same track to Monjo for the overnight stop, located just near after the Sagarmatha National Park entrance.

21 Day 21: Trek to Lukla. 5 hrs walk.

Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own chosen pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around.Apart from few short up hill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Chop lung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.

22 Day 22: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu

Fly Lukla-Kathmandu

23 Day 23: Departure to next destination for join to another program.

Departure to next destination for join to another program.

Note: B = Breakfast, B.B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmadu
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea & coffee during the trek
  • Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
  • All surface transfer to/from Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Himalaya Message Adventure duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag
  • TIMS Fee- (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Sagarmatha National park permit • Government taxes & office service charge.


Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Hot and cold showers during the trek
  • Personal shopping and laundry • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)


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Useful Info

Upon Arrival

When you arrive at Tribhuban International Airport, our staff will greet you and transport you to your accomodations. After resting, the next day you will have a sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural landmarks. Before departing for your trek, we will review your itinerary, introduce you to your guide and help with the final preparations for your journey.

Meals and Drinking Water

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu .A Tea or coffee is also included with meals. While Annapurna Base Camp Trek, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Our Trekking Guides and Staff

Your guide's role is to ensure that all aspects of the trip run smoothly. He will share his local knowledge, and provide advice on how to fill your free time as well as co-ordinate the day-to-day running of the trek - although occasionally he may need your understanding if things do not go according to plan. If you have any problems on the trek, please let your guide know so that steps can be taken to correct the situation. We are a well-established company and we employ professional trekking guides with comprehensive knowledge of English and all required supplementary crew members (everyone has basic communication skills). We also provide training for our staff, thus enhancing their work efficiency. Our guides are intimately familiar with all local castes and customs along the trails and will share with you many cultural insights that are not covered in any guide book. You will have many chances to learn Nepali phrases and other cultural aspects throughout your trek. All of Himalaya Message Adventure Team's guides receive training in the following courses.

  1. Trekking Guide Training &licensed- Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre
  2. Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  3. Intensive Wilderness First Aid KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  4. English Language KEEP
  5. Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN 6. Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association


We are experts in operations at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created the Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trek.

Climate and Weather

The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters. The Annapurna Camp trek is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.

Group Size

We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.

Responsible Travel

The beautiful environment of the Himalaya is also an extremely fragile one. At Himalaya Message Adventure Team, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have campfires and we use kerosene as cooking fuel. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar energy, a far more eco-friendly alternative. Garbage disposal is another major problem. Some of the busier trails are at times strewn with litter and garbage thrown by irresponsible trekking groups. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry the non-biodegradable garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burned at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.

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