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Three High Passes Trek 19 Days

Quick Facts
  • Trip Duration19 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude 5,545 m/18,192 ft (Kala Patthar)
  • Activity Trek
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-16
  • Transportation Domestic flight
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • Enjoy breathtaking Himalayan mountains panoramas throughout the trek, including Mount Everest
  • Get an opportunity to explore hidden gems in the Everest region
  • Trek through lush forests of rhododendron and magnolia, crossing numerous suspension bridges and streams
  • Spend nights in picturesque villages and experience the mountain lifestyle
  • Intimate interaction with locals and learning about the tradition and culture of Sherpas and other mountain communities
  • Visit ancient monasteries along the trail and hike to viewpoints for acclimatization
  • Each Everest base camp and enjoying gorgeous sunrise from Kala Patthar
  • Explore the alpine Gokyo Lakes and hike to Gokyo Ri
  • Cross three high mountain passes: Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La

"The three high passes trek is an unparalleled adventure in the Everest region of Nepal. This trek offers the ultimate Everest experience for those seeking an adventurous and daring journey. The trekking route encompasses breathtaking mountain vistas and the rich Sherpa culture. Note that the 3 passes trek is renowned for its formidable nature, ranking among the most demanding lodge treks in Nepal."

Embark on a thrilling adventure and immerse yourself in the ultimate Himalayan experience. This 19-day trek is an extension of the classic Everest Base Camp trek, leading you on a remarkable journey across three high mountain passes soaring above 5,000 meters: Kongma La pass (5,540 m/18,176 ft), Cho La pass (5,420 m/17,782 ft), and Renjo La pass (5,360 m/17,585 ft).

The three high passes trek presents a harmonious blend of breathtaking Himalayan landscapes and vibrant Sherpa cultural heritage. As you traverse, you will encounter remote villages nestled amidst towering peaks, high river valleys, and lush rhododendron forests. Throughout the trek, you will have the opportunity to experience lodge accommodations and understand the lifestyle of Sherpas.

The trek further takes you to three of the world's highest viewpoints: Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft), Gokyo Ri (5,357 m/17,575 ft), and Chhukung Ri (5,546 m/18,196 ft). From the top of these majestic viewpoints, you will be treated to panoramic vistas that unveil the splendor of some of the world's highest mountains. The sight of Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), Cho Oyu (8,188 m/26,864 ft), Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft), Makalu (8,481 m/27,825 ft), and many others are out of this world.

You will reach the Everest base camp (5,364 m/17,598 ft), the lap of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. Similarly, our Everest three passes trek itinerary also takes you to the holy Gokyo Lakes (4,700–5,000 m) and lets you witness the grand view of Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal. The forests, mountains, locals, suspension bridges, flora and fauna, narrow streams, alpine lakes, and moraines, every aspect of this trek offers a lifetime experience.

How's is Kathmandu-Lulkla flight?

Lukla, located at an altitude of 2,860 meters (9,383 feet), serves as the gateway to the three high passes trekking route. As there are no roads connecting Kathmandu to Lukla, flying is the primary means of reaching Lukla and commencing the trek.

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is a thrilling experience. However, note that the flight can be subject to weather conditions, particularly during the monsoon and winter seasons, when fog and poor visibility may disrupt the schedule. Therefore, keep a few extra days to accommodate any potential flight delays or cancellations. In the spring and autumn seasons, the flights are mostly on time.

Is it possible to do a three-high pass trek without a guide?

Three passes trek in Nepal is considered strenuous and demanding, and having a knowledgeable guide can greatly enhance safety and navigation throughout the journey. We strongly do not recommend this specific trek without a guide because the risks are very high if you are trekking alone.

Still, if you choose to trek without a guide, it is essential to be well-prepared and equipped with proper maps, navigation tools, and trekking permits. Familiarize yourself with the route, including the locations of the high passes, rest stops, and possible acclimatization points. It is advisable to have prior experience with high-altitude trekking and be confident in your physical fitness and endurance.

What is the total distance during the Three Pass trek?

The total distance covered during the three high passes trek can vary depending on the specific route you take and the side trips chosen along the way. On average, the trek covers a distance of approximately 160–180 kilometers (100–112 miles) in total. This distance is usually completed over a span of 16–20 days, including acclimatization and rest days. The daily trekking distances can range from 10–20 kilometers (6–12 miles), with varying levels of elevation gain and loss.

Everest three high passes trek difficulty & altitude sickness

Terrain: The Everest three passes trail presents challenging and varied terrain. The trekking route is uneven and rugged in nature, requiring trekkers to navigate through different types of landscapes. The journey begins with traversing lush forests and meandering along foothills. As the trail ascends further, you will enter the alpine zone, where the scenery transforms into a more barren and rocky environment. The upper part of the trail includes sections with glaciers and moraine. Throughout the trek, you will encounter numerous ascents and descents, some of which are quite steep and demanding.

Elevation and altitude: During the three high passes trekking, each day the elevation gradually increases. This means that there is a definite risk of altitude sickness during the journey. Over the course of the entire trek, you will gain an impressive 5,545 meters, or 18,192 feet, in altitude. To mitigate the effects of altitude sickness, keep yourself well-hydrated and allow your body to acclimate to the changing conditions. Our experienced guide will consistently remind you to drink water and stay hydrated throughout the trek. If you experience any discomfort or symptoms related to altitude sickness, please don't hesitate to communicate with our guide, as they are trained to assist you in such situations.

How do I prepare for three-high pass trek Nepal?

The three high passes trek is a challenging and strenuous trek that requires good physical fitness. Engage in regular exercise and cardio workouts, such as hiking, running, or cycling, to build stamina and endurance. Likewise, invest in high-quality trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, comfortable clothing layers, a waterproof jacket, a warm sleeping bag, a backpack, trekking poles, and a good-quality backpack.

What are other alternative adventurous treks in Nepal?

As three high passes trek, we also have other similar-level treks in Nepal, such as the Manaslu circuit trek, Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek, Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake trek, and the Kanchenjunga circuit trek. You can join any of these treks with us or customize your dream trek in Nepal.

What are the benefits of Everest three high passes trek with Nature Excursion?

We, Nature Excursion Team, are committed to providing our guests with an exceptional trekking experience on the three high passes trek 2024/2025 departures. Below are some of the benefits of choosing us as your trekking partner:

  • Experienced and knowledgeable guides
  • Customizable itinerary
  • Safety and emergency support
  • Small group size
  • Responsible tourism
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinners
  • Free airport pick-up and drop-off service
Three High Passes Trek 19 Days pictures and video
2 High Passes Trek Including Everest Base Camp || With Nature Excursion



Our airport team will welcome you at the terminal gate and transfer you to the hotel. After resting for a bit in your hotel, we will meet you and introduce you to the mountain guide. We will pack and prepare for the trek. In the late evening, there will be a welcome dinner, and later explore the bustling streets of Thamel.

  • Meals:Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel

Our trekking adventure commences with a breathtaking flight to Lukla airport. This short but exhilarating flight will offer us panoramic vistas of the Himalayan mountain range. As we touch down at Lukla, we will get our luggage in order and meet porters who will be our companions throughout the journey.

To adjust to the high altitude, we will trek to the peaceful village of Phakding, located below Lukla, where we will spend the first night. The trail leads us down along the meandering Dudh Koshi river, past a few small settlements. We will trek through lush forests and cross several suspension bridges, enjoying the enchanting beauty of the surroundings.

  • Max. Altitude:2,846 m/9,337 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:35 minutes flight & 3 hours trek

Setting off from Phakding, we continue our trek through the lush forests of rhododendron and magnolia, breathing in the fresh mountain air. The trail leads us past Toktok (2,760 m) and Bengkar village (2,630 m). The trail takes us across the legendary Hillary Bridge, which is a thrilling experience in itself, and we arrive at the scenic village called Monjo (2,835 m).

At Monjo, we register permits and begin trekking inside the Sagarmatha National Park. Along the way, we will cross several suspension bridges, each offering a unique landscape. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar is steep.

  • Max. Altitude:3,440 m/11,290 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6 hours

We will take a rest day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize ourselves to the high altitude. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy some side hikes and explore the daily lifestyle of Sherpas. On this day, we will hike to the renowned Hotel Everest View, which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of snow-capped mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Nuptse.

For those who crave more adventure, you can continue your hike to Khumjung monastery or return to Namche Bazaar, stopping by the famous Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum on the way. Spend the remaining day witnessing the day-to-day lives of the local communities and soak in the tranquil ambiance of the mountains.

  • Max. Altitude:3,962 m/13,000 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4-5 hours

The trail from Namche Bazaar takes us along an uphill path, winding through the lush foothills. We will be greeted with spellbinding views of the mountains as we ascend toward Kyangjuma (3,550 m). As we continue our trek, the scenery gets even more breathtaking.

The trail winds uphill and descends to Phungi Tanga (3,250 m), where we will cross a bridge and walk through a dense forest that teems with wildlife. Finally, we will reach Tengboche village, which boasts a spectacular view of Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Everest. This quaint village is home to the Tengboche monastery, which is the biggest monastery in the Everest region.

  • Max. Altitude:3,860 m/12,660 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5 hours

We begin our day with a delicious breakfast. The trail takes us through verdant rhododendron forests, where we may be lucky enough to spot some exotic wildlife such as monal, blue sheep, and musk deer. The trail descends to Deboche (3,320 m) and continues crossing the Imja Khola on a suspension bridge.

Further, we will trek past Pangboche village (3,930 m). Here, we will explore the ancient Pangboche monastery, which is one of the oldest monasteries in the region. Afterward, we will continue our ascent, crossing another bridge and walking past Shomare (4,010 m) and Orsho (4,190 m) to finally reach Dingboche village.

  • Max. Altitude:4,410 m/14,470 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5 hours

After reaching Dingboche village, we will take a much-needed break to acclimatize to the high altitude. During our second acclimatization break, we will have two hiking options to choose from. The first option is to hike up to Nagarjuna Hill, which offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Cholatse, etc.

After the hike, we can spend the remaining day relaxing and mingling with the friendly locals. This is a great opportunity to learn more about their culture and lifestyle. We can also indulge in some local cuisine and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of this quaint Himalayan village. This acclimatization break will leave us recharged and rejuvenated, ready to tackle the rest of our journey.

  • Max. Altitude:5,100 m/16,732 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4-5 hours

The trail from Dingboche follows the Imja river valley. We will be trekking through moraines, enjoying striking views of the Island peak. The trail gets steep and rocky as we ascend toward Chhukung village. As today is a short trekking day, we can go on a quick hike to Chhukung Ri. The majestic view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Island Peak, Cho Oyu, etc is outstanding from here.

  • Max. Altitude:4,730 m/15,518 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:3-4 hours

We begin our trek towards the first high mountain passes of the Everest region. The trail is rugged and full of harsh landscapes, providing a thrilling experience for adventure seekers. After a delicious breakfast, we head towards Lobuche via Kongma La Pass.

We cross a river and start an uphill climb along the trail. We have to be cautious as this area is prone to landslides. The path becomes steeper as we reach a green hill and walk along short trails before making a steep ridge climb to the lake. The stunning view of Lobuche from here is truly mesmerizing.

After another steep climb from the lake, we’ll finally arrive at Kongma La Pass. The descent from here is challenging but rewarding as we make our way to the bottom of the pass. The final climb through the Khumbu Glacier brings us to Lobuche, where we will rest for the night.

  • Max. Altitude:5,540 m/18,176 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:7-8 hours

Leaving Lobuche village early in the morning, we will trek following a steep and trodden trail to Everest base camp. The trail goes past Gorak Shep. Upon reaching the base camp, we can see many other trekkers and mountaineers. We will be surrounded by icefall, mountains, and hills. After enjoying our time at the EBC, we trek back to Gorak Shep to spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude:5,364 m/17,598 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:8 hours

In the morning, we will hike to the very famous Kala Patthar to catch a gorgeous sunrise along with a jaw-dropping view of Mt. Everest and surrounding mountains. After the hike, we will hike back to Gorak Shep and retrace the path to Lobuche village. From Lobuche, the trail goes to Dzongla, where we will spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude:5,545 m/18,192 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6 hours

On this day, the trek will take us through the challenging Cho La pass to reach Thaknak. We will begin trekking early in the morning and navigate through steep and narrow trails. The path goes through rocky boulders along the left side of the glacier. The terrain will be challenging, but the stunning views of the Ama Dablam and Baruntse mountains will make it worth the effort.

After reaching the top of Cho La pass, we will pause to admire the stunning mountain views and take photographs. Then, we will proceed through the narrow path to reach the beautiful Nyamagwa valley. After taking a break for lunch, we will continue trekking through rocky boulders, taking a slight uphill climb to a small saddle. From here, we will descend to Thaknak, where we will rest overnight at a teahouse.

  • Max. Altitude:5,420 m/17,782 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:7-8 hours

Today, we will trek to beautiful Gokyo village. Our first stop will be the stunning Ngozumpa Glacier, where we will traverse rocky boulders and glacial lakes. The breathtaking views of Cho Oyu and the Tibetan mountains will leave you spellbound.

After a few hours of trekking, we will reach the second lake of Gokyo. From here, it's only a short 45-50 minute hike to reach the village of Gokyo. We'll have plenty of time to explore the area, including the famous fifth lake, Gokyo Lake, which is a must-see attraction.

  • Max. Altitude:4,750 m/15,584 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:3-4 hours

We have a rest day in Gokyo village. In the morning, we will hike to Gokyo Ri, a vantage point with stunning views of mountains like Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Baruntse, etc. After the hike, we will walk to the fourth and fifth Gokyo Lakes. After a day full of adventure and sightseeing, we will return to the Gokyo village, where we will rest and recharge for the next day's journey.

  • Max. Altitude:5,357 m/17,575 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4-5 hours

We will trek on the north side of the Gokyo lake and gradually ascend towards Renjo La pass. Walking via a steep boulders-filled trail, we will reach the top of the pass, from where we can see stunning views of Everest and Makalu. After enjoying the views, we will descend through loose rocks and scree. Passing by a glacial lake, we will continue trekking. The valley soon opens up, and we drop down via pastures to Lungden.

  • Max. Altitude:5,360 m/17,585 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:7-8 hours

The trail is relatively easy. We can enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains as we walk down towards Namche. Once we arrive at Namche, we can treat ourselves to a cold bottle of beer as a reward for completing the trek. We will spend time hanging around the vibrant town of Namche, interacting with the locals and fellow trekkers.

  • Max. Altitude:3,440 m/11,290 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6-7 hours

On this day, we will be trekking back to Lukla, the starting point of our Everest 3 pass trek. The journey will take us through steep descent via dense forests, crossing numerous suspension bridges and villages. From Phakding, we will make our way uphill toward Lukla via Ghat village. Along the way, we will cross the Dudh Koshi river multiple times.

It will be a bittersweet moment as we say goodbye to the beautiful Everest region but also a time to reflect on the unforgettable memories we have created during this incredible trek. We will spend the night in Lukla and prepare for our flight back to Kathmandu the next day.

  • Max. Altitude:2,846 m/9,337 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:8 hours

After our thrilling adventure in the Everest region, it is time to return to Kathmandu. We will catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, our team will transfer you to your hotel. The day is free for you to rest and explore the city on your own. You can go shopping or visit the local markets to buy souvenirs for your loved ones.

In the late evening, we will gather for a farewell dinner at a designated hotel. You will have a chance to share your experiences and memories of the trek. It will be a great way to end our journey together.

  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m/4,600 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • Accommodation:Hote
  • Duration:35 minutes flight

Today, you will leave Nepal and fly back to your home. As per your flight departure time, our team will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will also bid you our last goodbye.

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Cost Details
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services during the arrival and departure dates
  • Both-way domestic flight cost, including guide, Ktm-Lukla-Ktm
  • Both-way ground-floor transportation for domestic airport pick-up and drop-off  before and after the trek (hotel-airport-hotel)
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Kathmandu, including complimentary breakfast
  • Mountain standard room during the three high passes trek
  • All fresh food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner—the main course from the menu) during the trek
  • Pasang Lhyamu Municipality entrance fees: Rs. 2000.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit Fees: Rs. 3000
  • Government-licensed, English-speaking Nature Excursion’s experienced trek guide (you will get an assistant guide group of 6 or more trekkers)
  • Strong sherpa or porter to help your luggage (luggage weight limit is10 kg per trekkers), 1 porter for two trekkers
  • Guide and porter cost: their meals, accommodation, insurance, salary and other necessary equipment covered by the company
  • Basic first aid kit carried by the guide, Oximeter to check your oxygen level and pauls
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruit every evening after dinner, as per availability
  • Certificate of successful trek completion
  • Souvenir: company t-shirt and cap
  • Either welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at nepali cultural restaurant (complimentary dinner)
  • Arrangement for the rescue operation in case of health-condition emergencies (incurring charges should be covered by your travel insurance)
  • International flight costs
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA)
  • Excess luggage charge (limit is 10 kg per trekkers)
  • Extra meals and accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure or, in case of an early return from the trek than schedule itinerary
  • Personal expenses: shopping, hot and cold drinks, mineral water, wifi, hot shower, battery re-charge, laundry, donations, extra porter, etc
  • Personal clothing gear
  • Travel insurance, which has to cover emergencies involving high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory),
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control, like- landslide, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, weather conditions, illness, changes of government policies and strikes
  • Tips for guides and porters 

Clients Reviews

  • Fantastic moment in Nepal with Karan

    Really nice experience with Karan as my guide we hiked through the everest region. We did the three high peaks in the Everest region. He knows the mountains and is a people person so listens very well to the needs of the group. There was a really good vibe like hiking with friends through the mountains. Highly recommend taking Karan as a guide. Thanks for this really unforgettable experience Karan! πŸ™

    Maarten VanstappenNew ZealandApr 28, 2023
  • Andre Bogdanow

    We had an awesome experience with Nature Excursion. Karan did a perfect job, so many explanetions and a lot of fun during the hike. In the evening we sat togehter, had some ginger tea and he tough us a local cardgame.
    If we come back we will go on an other trek with Karan and Nature Excursion!

    The best experience we had!
    The best experience we had!New ZealandFeb 06, 2023
Useful Information

Is it possible to do last-minute booking?

Last-minute bookings are only available on full payment of the package, and there is no refund if you miss joining the trek. You have to be present in Kathmandu at least one day before the day trek begins. We will need your general information, travel insurance documents, and passport/visa documents to book the trek.

We take last-minute bookings frequently for three high passes, so you can freely contact us anytime at [email protected] or call/test us on this number: +977 9818809994 for more information.

When are the best time to trek to three high passes?

The best time to cross the three high passes of the Everest region is during the spring and autumn seasons. These two seasons see hundreds of travelers in the region because of stable weather and mild climate. Unlike the instability of weather in monsoon, summer and winter seasons, spring and autumn have good weather conditions for trekking.

The temperature ranges from 15°C to -5°C in the spring season and 20°C to -10°C in the autumn season. The daytime is warmer than nights and mornings. Rhododendrons and many other vegetation enhance the trail in the spring season. While in autumn, you will enjoy the fading color of the forests and experience a very festive air.

Everest three high passes trek in offseasons (summer, monsoon & winter)

Trekking in offseasons requires a lot of preparation, and the challenges and risks are high too. As per the trail condition, we organize 3 passes trek in the off-season for our guests who are up for additional challenges. So, if you wish to do three high passes trek in winter, summer, or monsoon, get in touch with us. Do note that trekking in the offseason comes with its own set of pros and cons. And everything is more on the unpredictable side.

How is the Accommodation and Food during the trek in the Everest region?

We use lodge accommodations during the trek. Up to Dingboche, we can arrange single rooms and twin-shared rooms with an attached washroom. However, from Dingboche village onwards, the accommodation gets quite limited and basic. We will still do our best to arrange a nice room. Talking about rooms, they are small and carry a cozy vibe. The blankets and pillows will be clean. You have to carry a sleeping bag for this trek.

Meals are available as per the lodge's menu, which usually has multi-cuisine. Dal bhat, thukpa, and momos are staples. Other items like sandwiches, pizza, burgers, roti, curries, steak, porridge, soups, etc are also widely available. The breakfast menu generally consists of oats, muesli, toast & jam, eggs, chapati, fruits, etc. A wide range of bakery items are also available, along with beverages like coffee, tea, juice, etc.

Do I need Travel Visas and Everest three high passes trek Permits?

You can either obtain a Nepal travel visa from the Nepalese Embassy close to you or get an on-arrival visa at any entry border of Nepal, including Tribhuvan International Airport. Check your country's visa status before deciding which will be best for you because citizens of some countries are not eligible for on-arrival visas.

Note: We are not responsible if you fail to get a travel visa. Our company will not be liable for any refund or bear any cost involved because of the failure to get travel insurance.

The three passes trek requires two kinds of permits, and for your information, our package is inclusive of both permits, so you do not have to pay extra money for them. The first one is the Sagarmatha National Park Entry permit, which costs NPR 3000 per person, and the second one is the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit, which costs NPR 2000 per person.

Things you should know about our Three high passes trek 19 days package

Airport Pickup/Drop: Our package includes free airport pickup and drop-off service as per our three high passes trek itinerary. Our team will be at the international airport to receive you and transfer you to the hotel on your arrival day. Likewise, during your departure, they will drop you off at the airport as per your flight departure time.

Charging: 3 passes trek is a long trek in the Everest region, so the most efficient and inexpensive way to charge your devices is by using a solar charger. You can also carry a power bank or spare batteries. You often have to pay an additional USD 2 to USD 3 to charge your device every time in lodges.

Communication/Internet: Paid WiFi is available in many villages in lower altitudes. Nepal's telecommunication company, Ncell, offers decent coverage up to EBC. You can get their tourist sim and use data to stay connected with your family. Do note that the connection may not be reliable all the time if the weather gets unstable.

Luggage: For the trek, you will need two bags: a duffel bag and a day bag. Duffel bags are used to store all the heavy luggage for the trek and are carried by porters. Each trekker has a 10-kg weight limit. Likewise, trekkers carry daypacks to have essentials with them all the time. You can pack up to 5 kg in the day pack. We, Nature Excursion, will provide you with a duffel bag for the trek that you have to return at the end of the trek.

Tip: Tipping is a customary practice in the travel industry of Nepal. Our package cost does not cover tips for an on-field crew like a driver, tour guide, mountain guide, and porter. Therefore, we advise you to tip them as you wish. It is the best way to say thank you to them for their hard work.

Travel Insurance: You have to be well covered with travel insurance that includes emergency air evacuation and medical bills to join three high passes trekking. It is a remote trek with the inherent risk of altitude sickness. Even though our itinerary provides ample time to acclimatize, it's better to have a backup.

ATM: There are ATMs in Lukla, Namche Bazaar, and Dingboche villages where you can withdraw Nepali cash to use during the trek. Sometimes these ATMs run out of cash or get down due to technical issues. If this happens when you want to use it, it can be inconvenient. So, we recommend withdrawing money in Kathmandu.



  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat, insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra battery


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face and body wipes


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton trouser
  • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers


  • Hiking boots
  • Thick wool socks (take an extra pair of thick wool socks)


  • Backpack or daypack (size depends on whether you take a porter or not.)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification (tablets or ultraviolet light)
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bag (-20-degree sleeping bag is best in high-altitude trekking)


  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers


  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera


  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Three High Passes Trek 19 Days FAQs

  • The three passes trek is an adventurous and challenging journey in the Everest region that takes to the Everest base camp and Gokyo Lakes while crossing the three high passes- Cho La, Renjo La, and Kongma La.

  • The three passes trek approximately covers 166 kilometers (103 miles). The trek is 19 days long and involves 6 hours of walking every day.

  • The three passes trek is one of the most demanding treks in the Everest region. This trek is ideal for individuals who have previous trekking experience and are fit to undertake all the challenges of the trek.

  • The mornings and nights can get quite cold even in the spring and autumn, the peak trekking seasons. The temperature varies from 18°C to -12°C at higher elevations.

  • Boiled drinking water is easily available throughout the trail. Instead of buying plastic water bottles, which are bad for the environment, you can refill your usable water bottle. For additional safety, you can carry water purification tablets.

  • Everest three high passes trek is not ideal for beginner trekkers unless they are physically fit and capable of enduring all the challenges. If you have never trekked before and want to do three high passes, get in touch with us. We will assess your fitness and customize the package to suit you best.

  • No, there is no age limit for Everest three passes trekking. Underage trekkers can do this trek with an identified guardian. Our team provides full support to trekkers of all ages to successfully complete this trek.

  • The toilet facility is decent along the trekking route. Most of the old lodges and tea houses have squat toilets whereas recently built ones have Western-style toilets. Carry your own toilet paper and other toiletries. Hot showers are available at an additional cost that can go from USD 4 to USD 15, depending upon the elevation.

  • In the peak trekking seasons, the flights to Lukla are usually on time. In rare cases, there can be delays or cancellations. In a situation like that, we will arrange the next best Lukla flight for you or arrange a helicopter flight at an additional cost.

  • If someone gets ills during the trek, our trained guide will provide first-aid and assess the situation for further action. If the ill person cannot trek further, then he/she will descend to a lower altitude to spend time there, and in serious condition, we will use an air ambulance to evacuate the person to Kathmandu for medical treatment.

  • Yes, solo female travelers can join the three passes trek with us without any worries. We have organized many successful treks for our solo female guests over the years.

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