Three Pass Trail Challenge Trek

Trek through the Renjo la Pass, Cho La Pass and Kongma La Pass in the Everst region.

Days 15
Extreme Small Group
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The Everest three passes treks is a rare and challenging trek in Everest trekking region of Nepal. You get to cross three different passes, Renjo La at 5360m, Cho La at 5420m and Kongma La at 5535m, in a single trekking trail.

Beside these high passes, the trek offers the glimpses of spectacular landscapes in the Himalaya along with culture and tradition of Sherpa people. The trek acts as an aperture to traditional Sherpa villages and ‘gompas’ (monasteries), their mountain Buddhist culture and their sacred peaks and valleys.

The other major highlights of this trek are the Chhukhung valley, Chhukhung Ri peak, Ama Dablam base camp, Everest base camp, Kala Pattar and the Gokyo lakes. Enjoying sublime views from Gokyo Ri peak, you can cross the Renjo La to emerge in the pristine Thame valley which leads to the Nangpa La and Tibet. The trek starts from a 35-minute mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek goes through Namche, Thame, Renjo La Pass, Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Ri, Cho La pass, Everest Base Camp, Kala Pathar, Kongma La pass and finally Chhukhung. Then the trek descends downhill to Dingboche, Tengboche, Namche and finally Lukla from where you’ll fly back to Kathmandu. Favoured during the spring and autumn, the Everest three passes trek gives you an ultimate experience of the Himalayan Range.

Day by Day


  • Day 1

    Your adventure begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Manthali, which takes approximately 3 to 4 hours. The journey will take you along the Roshi Khola and Sunkoshi River, before crossing Sunkoshi and following the Tamakoshi River to reach Manthali Airport. From here, you'll take a short 18-minute flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu region. On reaching Lukla, you'll start your trek to Phakding, which takes around 3 hours. This trek takes you through the breathtaking scenery of the Khumbu region, following the Dudhakoshi River and passing by several old monasteries. Phakding is a unique destination, renowned for its rich Buddhist heritage and the presence of an old monastery. Stay overnight in Phakding and soak in the local culture and heritage of the Khumbu region, a hub of spiritual and cultural activity with a strong Buddhist influence. This trek provides a rare opportunity to gain insights into the local culture and history while immersing yourself in the beauty of the Himalayas. Please note that the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is not always regular and can sometimes be subject to change or cancellation. It is always best to check with the flight provider for the latest information and to ensure that your plans are not impacted. Despite this, taking a flight directly to Lukla is a convenient and efficient way to reach the heart of the Khumbu region, and to start your trek to Phakding.

  • Day 2

    After spending a night near the riverside in Phakding, we will continue our trek for 4 to 5 hours to reach Namche (3440m). Along the way, we will follow the Dudh Koshi River and check in at the Jorsalle check post of the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail from Jorsalle to Namche is dotted with stunning views of the Himalayan Thar and the Lophophorus (known in Nepali as the Daphe or Himalayan Munal). The population of Namche is approximately 2300, and it is a hub for both trekkers and locals. Namche is also known for its weekly market, where Tibetan merchants come to sell their wares twice a year. Here, we can find a variety of trekking gear and equipment, and make arrangements for mule transportation or the use of yaks and jokyo to reach higher elevations. During our stay in Namche, we will have the opportunity to explore the local culture, which is steeped in Buddhism, and to take in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

  • Day 3

    Today, we will embark on a 6 to 7 hour hike around Namche. Our first destination is the view point at Japanese Hotel, located at an altitude of 3859 meters. From here, we will be able to witness the beauty of some of the world's highest mountains including Tabuche Peak (6495 meters), Choletse Peak (6335 meters), Nuptse (7864 meters), Everest (8848.86 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Lhotse Middle (8382 meters), Peak 38 (7591 meters), Amadablam (6814 meters), Kangtega (6783 meters), Thamserku (6618 meters), Kusum Kangaru, East West Middle, Nupla (5885 meters), Kongde (6088 meters), Kongde Nup and Sar, and Sundar Peak. We will then make our way to Syangboche, the world's highest airfield, located at an altitude of 3720 meters. After taking in the views, we will visit the nearby villages of Khumjung and Khunde. The roofs of the houses in these villages are of the same color, creating a picturesque landscape. In Khumjung, we will visit the Yati sclap, the education center and hospital that was established with the help of Edmund Hillary. In Khunde, we will visit the hospital, Yak breeding center, and the museum where we will be able to view a documentary slide show about the Everest region and its people. We will also visit the national park visitor center. Finally, we will head back to our hotel in Namche, stopping at the Namche Gumba along the way. After a long and exhilarating day, we will spend the night in the hotel, recharging our batteries for the next leg of our journey

  • Day 4

    Our journey begins in Namche, from where we will embark on a trek that will take us approximately 6 to 7 hours to reach Thame (3820m). Thame is a prominent village in the Khumbu region, famous for being the birthplace of several peak climbers, including Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. In addition to its rich cultural heritage, Thame is also known for its hydropower generation that supplies electricity to surrounding areas. We will continue our trek through the lush forest area, passing through Phurte, Thamo, and Samde villages, while following the Bhote Koshi River. Upon reaching Thame, we will visit its local monastery and nunnery, where we will have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local culture and history. Finally, we will conclude our day by heading to Thamo for an overnight stay. This trek offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and historical significance, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

  • Day 5

    After a nutritious breakfast in Thame, today's journey will take us on a trek to Lumde, situated at an altitude of 4380 meters. The trek will follow the stunning Bhotekoshi trail, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains throughout the journey. Our journey will take us through the picturesque villages of Taranga, Dinjung, Marulung, and Gomo, providing an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local culture and tradition. The trek from Thame to Lumde is estimated to take around 5 to 6 hours, allowing us ample time to take in the magnificent scenery and to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. With the guidance of experienced trek leaders, we will make our way up to Lumde where we will spend the night, surrounded by the beauty of the Himalayan mountains. This promises to be a truly memorable experience, filled with natural wonders, cultural richness, and a sense of accomplishment as we reach our destination.

  • Day 6

    After a filling breakfast in Lumde, we embark on another exciting day of our trek towards Rengola Pass (5360m) and eventually Gokyo (4790m). Our journey today is expected to take approximately 9 to 10 hours, and will take us away from the Bhotekoshi river as we make our way towards the destination. As we progress on our trek, we will come across several magnificent lakes such as Rengo Lake, Relama Lake, and Angladumba Lake. The highlight of today's journey will be the ascent to Rengola Pass, which stands at 5360 meters above sea level. From the top of the pass, we will be rewarded with stunning views of the Everest region, including the peaks of Rolwaling and Choyu. After reaching the summit of Rengola Pass, we will then make our way towards Gokyo, where we will spend the night. Along the way, we will be treated to breathtaking views of several small ponds, adding to the already stunning scenery. At Gokyo, we will rest and recover from the day's journey, and prepare for the next leg of our adventure.

  • Day 7

    Following a delicious breakfast in Gokyo, today's itinerary takes us on a journey to explore the renowned fifth lake. This visit is sure to be a highlight of the trip, as we bask in the tranquil beauty of the surroundings and the breathtaking views. Regardless of one's level of trekking experience, the awe-inspiring beauty of the fifth lake is sure to leave a lasting impression. After taking in the serene splendor of the fifth lake, we will return to Gokyo for a well-deserved lunch before embarking on our next journey to Thangnak (4700m). The trek to Thangnak is expected to take 2 to 3 hours and will take us through a glacier, offering yet another opportunity to take in the beauty of the mountains. We will spend the night in Thangnak, where we will rest and rejuvenate in preparation for the next leg of our adventure.

  • Day 8

    After a nutritious breakfast in Thangnak, today's itinerary takes us on a journey towards Cholapass (5368m). The ascent to the top is expected to take 3 to 4 hours and will be filled with stunning mountain views. After reaching the summit, we will make our way down to Dzongla (4830m), a journey that will take an additional 3 to 4 hours. We will take a late lunch in Dzongla, where we will fuel up with energy bars and water to keep us well-nourished during the trek. With proper gear in hand, we will overnight in Dzongla, ready to take on the next day's adventure.

  • Day 9

    After a delicious breakfast, we will embark on a journey towards Gorakshep (5140m), which will take us approximately 7 to 8 hours of trekking. Along the way, we will be blessed with breathtaking views of Chaurikharka, several lakes, and awe-inspiring mountains. We will take a light lunch at Lobuche before continuing our trek to Gorakshep. As we make our way, we will traverse rocky terrain, including glaciers, and carry energy bars and water to sustain us. Finally, we will reach our destination, a peaceful haven surrounded by majestic mountains and glaciers, where we will spend the night.

  • Day 10

    Today, we embark on a journey to visit the revered and sought-after destination of the Everest Base Camp. After an early morning wake-up call, we will enjoy a cup of tea or coffee to start the day on a refreshing note. We will equip ourselves with energy bars, water, and proper gear to make our ascent to the South Base Camp of Everest. During this journey, we will be surrounded by stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and after spending several hours at the Base Camp, we will return to Gorakshep for a well-deserved breakfast. After refueling, we will then embark on our journey to the charming village of Lobuche, where we will enjoy lunch and rest for the night.

  • Day 11

    After a hearty breakfast, we will be embarking on a challenging yet rewarding trek to Kongma La pass (5535m) and Chhukhung (4730m). The journey is expected to take around 9 to 10 hours and will require you to be well-equipped with packed lunch, energy bars, water, and necessary gear. The trek to Kongma La pass is considered the hardest day of the entire journey and is only suitable for those who are energetic and physically fit. Along the way, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks including Makalu Island Peak, Ama Dablam, and Imja Lake, among others. After reaching the summit, we will then descend to Chhukhung for an overnight stay.

  • Day 12

    After a filling breakfast, we will embark on a trek towards Diboche, which is located at an altitude of 3820m and will take approximately 6 to 7 hours to reach. During the journey, we will stop at Somare for lunch, where we can rest and enjoy a sunny location. After recharging, we will continue our trek down to Diboche where we will spend the night amidst the breathtaking scenery of the rhododendron forest.

  • Day 13

    After a filling breakfast at Diboche, we will embark on a 6 to 7 hour journey towards Monjo (2835m). Our first stop will be at Tengboche Monastery, where we will take in its serene beauty and spiritual significance. After, we will continue our trek down to Kyangjuma where we will pause for lunch and admire the picturesque scenery. During this break, we will also have the opportunity to enjoy a hot beverage or quick snack. After our lunch, we will make our way to Namche Bazar, where we will pause for a short break to grab a hot tea or coffee. Finally, we will conclude our day's journey by walking down to Monjo, where we will spend the night.

  • Day 14

    On the final day of the trek, we will embark on a 6 to 7 hour journey back to Lukla (2840m). After a hearty breakfast, we will make our way down along the Dudhakoshi river, passing through the lush vegetation zone, and stopping for lunch at Chheplung. This path is a combination of Ziri and the way to Lukla, and after lunch we will continue our trek to reach our final destination. Upon arrival in Lukla, we will secure a room for the night and make arrangements for our flight back to Kathmandu or Manthali. To end the trek on a high note, we can enjoy dinner together as a team and, if you so choose, offer tips to the crew.

  • Day 15

    After a fulfilling journey in the Himalayas, we will end our trek and head back to Kathmandu. In the morning, after having breakfast, we will walk to the airport, which is 15 minutes away, to catch our flight. The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu or Manthali will take approximately 25 minutes and 18 minutes, respectively. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu, where we will be able to rest and reflect on our memorable adventure in the mountains.

Three Pass Trail Challenge Trek

What is included?

  • Airport transfer pick up and drop
  • Hotel accommodation in city.
  • Conservation and national park Entry permit fee.
  • TIMS pass (trekking information management system).
  • Domestic air fare or vehicle service.
  • Supporting staff as well as necessary insurance meals and allowance.
  • 3 meals per day for guest and accommodation hotel and lodge along the trail.
  • Comprehensive first aid kit pack.
  • One porter each per two Guest.
  • Farewell dinner in authentic Nepali Restaurant and Cultural program in ktm.
  • All Gov. Taxes.

What is excluded?

  • Travel / Medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Personal expenses telephone, alcoholic beverages, drinks shower and hot water, donation and tips etc.
  • Additional costs extra days stay in case of flight cancellation due to the natural climates, bad weather forecast and other unforeseen circumstances .
  • In our services if you need extra things you should pay your-self.

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