Everest Three High Passes Trek- Anticlockwise Route - 20 days

Everest Three High Passes Trek- Anticlockwise Route - 20 days

Everest Three High Passes Trek (Anticlockwise Route) is an unbeatable high altitude challenge that takes you through the less-traveled and challenging 3 high passes of the Everest Region. This Everest Circuit Trek takes you through Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass, the top three mountain passes for daredevil trekkers seeking an adrenaline rush in the Everest Region. Hikes to Gokyo Ri, Everest Base Camp, and Kala Patthar further spikes up the intense excitement. Walkthrough shifting glaciers and lunar landscapes filled with boulder fields and frozen scree. Get up close to Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, and Ama Dablam. The ascents through the Everest Three High Passes Trek take you to summits higher than the Alps.

You walk through traditional Sherpa villages, mesmerizing alpine scenery, and swaying metal bridges spanning deep river gorges starting from Lukla. Visit Namche, the capital of the Sherpa homeland. Take a hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp and view the most beautiful peak in the world in its totality. Walkthrough the Khumbu and Ngozumpa glaciers and cross the 3 challenging passes in the Everest Region- Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La. Enjoy stupendous views of four of the world’s highest peaks – Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Lhotse. Walk beside the magical Gokyo Lake (Gokyo Tsho) and hike up to Gokyo Ri for a 360 degree Himalayan panorama. End this once-in-a-lifetime trip, ultimate Everest Three High Passes Trek with a phenomenal evening photography tour at Kathmandu’s sacred Hindu and Buddhist sites – Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. The wonderful spectacle of devotees performing the evening worship ritual with huge oil and butter lamps and dispelling the darkness serves as a fitting finale for your unforgettable Nepal adventure.

Likewise, you can also do Everest Three High Passes Trek in a clockwise direction. You'll get first to Thame, and the path stretches to the first pass, Renjo La. Further, the route extends to Gokyo Valley, and after crossing Cho La Pass, the trail leads to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Eventually, making the way to Kongma La Pass, the trail follows the EBC Classic route, and the trek ends at Lukla.

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Everest Three High Passes Trek takes you on a walk through the less crowded and challenging Everest circuit involving 3 high passes
  • Hike up to 6 places above 5,000 meters - Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5,420m), Renjo La (5,360m), Everest Base Camp (5,364m), Kala Patthar (5,550m), and Gokyo Ri (5,360m)
  • Walk on glaciers – Imja Glacier, Khumbu Glacier, and Ngozumpa Glacier, Nepal’s longest glacier
  • Enjoy 360-degree Himalayan views of the world’s highest mountains ( Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse) from Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri. Walk alongside the spectacular Gokyo Lakes.
  • Experience Sherpa culture at traditional Sherpa villages en route and visit Pangboche Monastery, the oldest Buddhist Monastery in Khumbu Region
  • Evening Photography Tour at Pashupatinath Ghat and Boudhanath (UNESCO World Heritage Sites and important Hindu and Buddhist religious sites)

Is This Trip Suitable For You?

  • Graded difficult to challenge, this Everest Three High Passes Trek is for those who have some high altitude experience and can withstand the harsh and unforgiving terrain. Not for novice trekkers.
  • Challenging crossing of three high mountain passes over 5,000 meters. The trail goes through glaciers with loose rock and scree steep ascents up rocky boulders and snow-covered paths. Crampons may be needed, but no technical climbing is involved.
  • The maximum time spent walking on the trail is 9 hours and a minimum of 3 hours. On average, each day, you spend about 7 to 8 hours on the trail. The highest point reached is Kala Patthar at 5,550m. 
  • Four acclimatization days (at Namche, Pangboche, Dingboche, and Gokyo). You will be accompanied by an experienced local guide who has crossed the 3 Passes several times.
  • Overnight stays at local teahouses run by Sherpa families. Facilities are basic at higher elevations.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Trip Preparation
Day 2 Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) - Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft) - 35 minutes flight and 3 to 4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 3 Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,285ft) - 6 to 7 hours (10.7 km) trek
Day 4 At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 5 Trek to Pangboche (3,930m/12,893.7ft) via Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft) - 7 to 8 hours (13 km) trek
Day 6 Hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,600m/15,091.86ft) – Back to Pangboche (3,930m/12,893ft) - 6 to 7 hours (10 km) trek
Day 7 Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft) - 4 to 5 hours (6 km) trek
Day 8 At Dingboche - 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft) - Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m) - 4 to 5 hours (4.5 km) trek
Day 9 Trek to Chukkung (4,730m/15,518ft) - 3 to 4 hours (4.5 km) trek
Day 10 Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft) via Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft) - 7 to 8 hours (11 km) trek
Day 11 Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) – Hike Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft) - 7 to 8 hours (12 km) trek
Day 12 Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft) – Trek to Dzongla (4,830m/15,879ft) - 6 to 7 hours (12 km) trek
Day 13 Trek to Thaknak (4,680m/15,354ft) via Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,782ft) - 6 to 7 hours (6 km) trek
Day 14 Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15,715ft) - 3 to 4 hours (4 km) trek
Day 15 Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,585ft) - 3 to 4 hours (3.8 km) trek
Day 16 Trek to Lumde (4,368m/14,331ft) via Renjo La Pass (5,360m/17,585ft) -7 to 8 hours (11.5 km) trek
Day 17 Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft) - 7 to 8 hours (18 km) trek
Day 18 Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) - 6 to 7 hours (18.5 km) trek
Day 19 Fly to Kathmandu – Evening Photography Tour (Boudhanath and Pashupatinath) - 35 minutes flight
Day 20 Final Departure

Video Highlights

Route Map

Everest Three High Passes Trek Anticlockwise Route Map Everest Three High Passes Trek Anticlockwise Route Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Trip Preparation

Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative at the airport. Look for a person holding a placard with Third Rock Adventures or your name written on it.  You will be driven to your hotel in a private vehicle. Check in, enjoy a welcome drink, and get refreshed.

Later in the day, there will be a trip briefing, where you will be introduced to your guide. Your guide will talk briefly about the trek, the route you will take, and the important things you need to keep in mind while trekking. If you have any queries regarding the trek, you can ask your guide.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) - Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft) - 35 minutes flight and 3 to 4 hours (8 km) trek

Prayer wheel Prayer wheel in Phakding

Wake up early and head to the airport to catch your flight to Lukla. The flight is one of the highlights of this trip as you get your first view of the mighty Mount Everest and other giants.

Once you arrive at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla you meet the other crew members. You sort out your belongings and begin your trek. The first day’s trek is pretty short and it takes you to the picturesque Lukla settlement of Phakding.

Leaving Lukla you walk down to the Dudh Koshi River and cross a suspension bridge to arrive at the village.

Overnight in Phakding.

Day 3
Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,285ft) - 6 to 7 hours (10.7 km) trek

Today you get the first taste of real Himalayan trekking. It is a bit strenuous but filled with incredible views. There are steep ascents and several crossings on high suspension bridges over thundering Himalayan rivers that will leave you giddy. At the same time, the mesmerizing alpine views will make you pause and feel glad about your decision to trek in this amazing world.

The pine and rhododendron forests and the snow-covered peaks lining the horizon are pictures worthy and you stop to take several photos en route. A heart-stopping crossing past the swaying Hillary Suspension Bridge brings you to Namche.

As you enter the settlement you get your first view of Mount Everest. You make your way to a teahouse and rest your tired muscles.

Overnight in Namche.

Day 4
At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek

Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar - A tourist hub, is the major meeting point for trekkers and mountaineers

You spent a day acclimatizing in Namche before you head higher. Carved on the side of a mountain, this beautiful horseshoe-shaped Sherpa settlement is known as the Sherpa capital of Khumbu. It is an important trading point filled with shops, teahouses, high-end mountain lodges, restaurants, bakeries, banks, and ATMs.

Take a hike up to Shyangboche and Hotel Everest View that lies right above Namche for excellent views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Khumbila, etc. While returning, take a detour to Khumjung Village and visit the first school in the Khumbu region established by Sir Edmund Hillary.

The village is also famous for its monastery, Khumjung Monastery, where the scalp, believed to be that of a Yeti (the abominable snowman) is kept in a casket.

Overnight in Namche. 

Day 5
Trek to Pangboche (3,930m/12,893.7ft) via Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft) - 7 to 8 hours (13 km) trek

We take an upward trail and head out of Namche. The trail evens out and you get to walk easily on flat ground as you leave Namche behind. The trail winds around the eastern part of the plateau offering outstanding views of the mountains. Ama Dablam and other Khumbu peaks rise up welcomingly.

In a short while, you reach Kyangjuma. You proceed onwards to Tengboche, the village with the most important Buddhist Monastery in Khumbu. Visit the monastery and feel the sacred vibe. After praying for a successful trek, head on to Pangboche.

Following a steep up and down the trail and after the Imja River crossing, you arrive at Pangboche, the highest permanent settlement in the Khumbu region. The village is known for its ancient gompa (Pangboche Monastery), the oldest in Khumbu.

The gompa had been established by the patron saint of Khumbu, Lama Sanga Dorje. The monastery has preserved the heart, tongue, and eyes of the patron saint.

Overnight in Pangboche.

Day 6
Hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,600m/15,091.86ft) – Back to Pangboche (3,930m/12,893ft) - 6 to 7 hours (10 km) trek

Today you hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp. The trail to Ama Dablam Base Camp begins from Pangboche and this is the last stop at a permanent settlement for Ama Dablam expedition groups. It takes around 2 to 3 hours to reach the base camp.

Head down from the village to the Imja River. The scenery filled with yaks grazing on green pastures and the lovely view of the river gorges is stunning. Cross the river and climb up.

The Ama Dablam Base Camp lies on a scenic grassy pasture surrounded by mountains, with a small stream running through it. If it’s climbing season there will be colorful tents popped up at the base camp. The whole Ama Dablam peak, from its base to its summit, can be viewed from the base camp.

One of the most beautiful peaks in the world, Ama Dablam in Sherpa language means ‘Mother’s Necklace’.  It is so named because the ridges of the mountain resemble a woman with outstretched arms and the glaciers, a necklace was worn by Sherpa ladies. Take pictures and later head back to Pangboche.

Overnight in Pangboche.

Day 7
Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft) - 4 to 5 hours (6 km) trek

Leave Pangboche and walk to Dingboche. It is a short but not less demanding trek as you are gaining altitude. You cross the confluence of the Imja and Khumbu glacier and head up.

As you climb higher, the vegetation getting sparser and the landscape barren. The tree line vanishes. The frozen summit of Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world, dominates the background.

The mountains appear closer as you near Dingboche. The village of Dingboche lies in a deep valley surrounded by mountains. Walk to a teahouse and take a well-deserved rest.

Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 8
At Dingboche - 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft) - Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m) - 4 to 5 hours (4.5 km) trek

Prepare your body for your challenging 5,000m ascents by spending a day at Dingboche. Take a hike to Nagarjun Hill that lies next to the village. The climb to this hill does not involve any technical maneuvers.

It is a straightforward hike with excellent views of Himalayan peaks and glaciers. You get close-up views of Island peak, Imja Glacier, Cholatse, and Kantega plus panoramic views of the three highest mountains in the world - Makalu (5th highest) and Lhotse (4th highest).

After taking in the views and clicking pictures head down back to the village.

Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 9
Trek to Chukkung (4,730m/15,518ft) - 3 to 4 hours (4.5 km) trek

Chhukung Chhukung - Chukkung lies below the Island Peak Base Camp

Take a gentle ascent north-east of Dingboche and hit the trail to Chukkung. After leaving Dingboche you feel the altitude gain as Chukkung lies at a higher elevation.

From the trail, you get marvelous views of Island peak and Lhotse. You lie surrounded by huge mountains, rolling glaciers, and glacier moraines.  A handful of lodges lie scattered on a desolate but beautiful landscape.

Chukkung lies below the Island Peak Base Camp and during the climbing season, it’s usually filled with climbers attempting to summit Island Peak. Head to a teahouse and take a rest. Tomorrow is a big day as you will be crossing Kongma La, the first and the highest of the 3 passes.

Overnight in Chukkung.

Day 10
Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft) via Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft) - 7 to 8 hours (11 km) trek

Everest Three High Passes Trek Everest Three High Passes Trek

Wake up early and take the westward trail out of Chukkung. Cross a stream and follow the Kongma La route.

Lying beyond the busier EBC route, the trail is isolated and you can find yourself connecting with nature. Walk along the Imja Valley and cross the Imja Khola(river). Take a steep ascent and walk along grassy yak pastures. You come across a frozen lake and some waterfalls.

Follow the well-defined path up the mountainside for the first view of Kongma La. You hike across rock and scree to reach the top of the Kongma La Pass. From the top, you can enjoy panoramic views of Mount Everest, Gauri Shanker, Pumori, Makalu, and the frozen 8-mile long wall of Nuptse and Lhotse.

After taking in the views head down. It is a steep descent over boulders and loose rocks. Mind your step and walk carefully. You are walking on the Khumbu glacier and there are crevasses you should be careful of.  You can actually hear the glacier moving, the ice shifting below. The stark and bare landscape has a beauty of its own, and you can’t help taking pictures, however, tired you may feel.

After a long hard day of your first mountain pass traverse, you finally reach Lobuche. Have your dinner and take a much-needed rest at the teahouse.

Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 11
Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) – Hike Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft) - 7 to 8 hours (12 km) trek

Gorak Shep Gorak Shep - the last stop before heading to Everest Base Camp

Today you hike to Everest Base Camp, one of the milestones of your trek. Though the trail is not that difficult, the walk is not easy. High altitude makes it difficult to take each step. Take deep breaths and keep your breathing and pace steady. Don’t walk too fast. It’s better to maintain a slow rhythm. Drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated.

You stop at Gorak Shep, have refreshments and some rest. You leave your stuff at the teahouse and continue your hike to EBC. Walk along the amazing Khumbu Glacier. The landscape devoid of greenery and filled with frozen icicles, snow, dirt and pebbles, and rocks feel out of this world. It feels as though you are in the midst of a sci-fi movie.

 Your arrival at Everest base Camp fills you with exhilaration. You have reached one of the highest hiking destinations on Earth. Celebrate with your teammates and take pictures. You can see the massive wall of the Lhotse, Western Cwm, Nuptse and the Khumbu Icefall.

The summit of Mount Everest is too high to be seen from the base camp. On the far side, there’s a rocky valley where camps of Everest summiteers are set up (if it’s climbing season). Soak in the sights and take more pictures before heading down to Gorak Shep.

The day had been tiring and it’s great to snuggle in the warm comfort of your bed. Have an early night because you have another eventful day tomorrow.

Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Day 12
Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft) – Trek to Dzongla (4,830m/15,879ft) - 6 to 7 hours (12 km) trek

Dzongla On the way from Lobuche to Dzongla

Your day begins early with a hike to Kala Patthar just before sunrise. The black hill that lies behind Gorak Shep is named Kala Patthar (meaning black dirt) for its dark appearance. The hill is one of the best vantage points in the Khumbu region.

Enjoy panoramic views of Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse, etc. While the summit of Everest is not visible from Everest Base Camp, from Kala Patthar you can enjoy a close-up view of the summit of the world’s tallest mountain.  The early morning sun lighting up the snow-covered peaks in a golden light is a sight you will cherish forever.

Take pictures and head down to Gorak Shep. Have breakfast and later head down to Dzongla. It is mostly downhill and in a short while you arrive at the village.

Overnight in Dzongla.

Day 13
Trek to Thaknak (4,680m/15,354ft) via Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,782ft) - 6 to 7 hours (6 km) trek

Walking Distance: 7-8 hours (6 km) trek
Cho La Pass Cho La Pass - one of the most popular and challenging trekking passes of Nepal

Make an early start and walk out of the village. Enjoy close-up views of Cholatse as you make your way to a stream, cross it, and climb a steep hill. It is a tough climb through boulders and rocks.

Walk across the Cho La glacier, which looks magnificent. You may have to wear crampons or spikes at some icy sections. Walk on flat terrain for some time and later take the final ascent up to the top of the Cho La Pass. Enjoy fascinating Himalayan views of glaciers and mountains and later take a steep descent.

The descent is equally tough through more rocky and boulder-strewn portions. Use your trekking poles to steady your legs at steep sections. Walk down on a grassy slope just before you reach the settlement of Thaknak, your overnight stop for today.

Overnight at Thaknak. 

Day 14
Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15,715ft) - 3 to 4 hours (4 km) trek

Today’s hike to Gokyo involves crossing Nepal’s longest glacier Ngozumpa Glacier. Walk up and down through a rocky field. From a lateral moraine take a steep descent to the glacier.

Enjoy the close-up view of Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world from the trail. Walk on the glacier. Ngozumpa Glacier originates from  Cho Oyu in Tibet and rolls down to the Nepal side. The glacier feeds the Dudh Koshi River and the Gokyo Lakes.

Be careful where you step because there are crevasses at places. Crossing glaciers and mountain passes alone is risky and you will be glad to have our knowledgeable guide with you to accompany you on this hazardous section.

Your first sight of Gokyo lying on the bank of the heavenly third lake, Gokyo Tsho, also known as Dudh Pokhari, will leave you spellbound. It is a beautiful sight to behold and you feel invigorated after the long trek to gaze at such a beautiful sight. Head to a teahouse and take a well-deserved rest.

Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 15
Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,585ft) - 3 to 4 hours (3.8 km) trek

Gokyo Lake Stunning view of surrounding mountains along with the turquoise blue Gokyo Lake.

Today you hike to Gokyo Ri, a small hill and a popular viewpoint overlooking the village. No technical climbing is involved. The path up the hill is steep with excellent views of the Gokyo Valley, Ngozumpa Glacier, and 8000-meter peaks including Cho Oyu and Mount Everest.

Depending on your pace it will take 2 to 3 hours to reach the top and about an hour to descend. Enjoy the magical view of the emerald Gokyo Lakes and 360 degrees Himalayan panorama – Cho Oyu, Mount Everest, Makalu, and the Tibetan peaks.

Take pictures and head down. If you still have some energy left you can stroll around the lake area.

Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 16
Trek to Lumde (4,368m/14,331ft) via Renjo La Pass (5,360m/17,585ft) -7 to 8 hours (11.5 km) trek

Renjo La Pass Renjo La Pass -generally considered to be the easiest pass compared to Kongma La and Cho La Pass

Today you cross the last of the 3 passes. After breakfast, walk out of the lodge and head towards the lake’s northern shore.

The trail goes up and levels out. With barren rocks, no sign of vegetation and craters, you feel as though you are taking a moonwalk. Colorful prayer flags marking the path add color to the landscape.

Trek to the top of Renjo La pass. Compared to Kongma La and Cho La, Renjo La’s traverse is the easiest of the 3 passes. From the top of the pass, you can enjoy heart-stopping views of Makalu,  Mount Everest, Rolwaling Range, Gyachung Kang, and other peaks.

It is an easy descent down the pass to the trail that leads to Lumde, your overnight stop. Take a zigzag route past the grassy trail to the village of Lumde.

Overnight in Lumde.

Day 17
Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft) - 7 to 8 hours (18 km) trek

Leave Lumde and head towards Namche. Walk past yak pastures and cross traditional Sherpa village. After 3 hours of the walkthrough in small villages en route, you will reach Thame. Continue and the trail mostly downhill until you reach the central hub of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 18
Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) - 6 to 7 hours (18.5 km) trek

Lukla Airport Lukla Airport

Retrace your steps to Lukla. The final leg of your trek takes you past the same beautiful alpine scenery that mesmerized you at the start of your trek.

You can’t help feeling that the challenges you have faced and overcome in the past days have left you a changed person, a better person who can take any challenges in life. This is one of the best perks of an Everest trek, it affirms your belief in yourself.

After arriving in Lukla, head to a teahouse and take a rest. Later in the evening, get together with your crew members and celebrate the completion of one of your best and challenging journeys. There will be Sherpa brew and lots of singing and dancing.

Thank your crew for tipping them. They have helped you carry your load and guided you through the inhospitable terrain. A small monetary gift is nothing to what they have helped you achieve.

Overnight in Lukla.

Day 19
Fly to Kathmandu – Evening Photography Tour (Boudhanath and Pashupatinath) - 35 minutes flight

Take a final look at the beloved mountains from your flight as you fly to Kathmandu. The takeoff through the narrow runway and off the cliff is a hair-raising one. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be driven back to your hotel. Take a rest and shop for souvenirs. Later in the evening, you will be driven to Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temple for a photography tour.

First drive to holy site Boudhanath, a holy Buddhist site. This ancient stupa is Nepal’s biggest Buddhist stupa. It is believed that the remains of the Kasyapa Buddha are buried beneath the stupa. The white-domed stupa comes alive every evening when it is lighted up with electric lights and butter lamps offered by devotees.

An important center of Tibetan Buddhism, Boudhanath is surrounded by monasteries, souvenir shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Soak in the sacred ambiance and take pictures.

Later drive to another Pashupatinath Temple Ghat (bank of the Bagmati River). Fire worship (aarati) is offered to the temple deity (Lord Shiva) as well as the sacred river by priests standing on the banks of the river.

Huge oil lamps are lighted up and the priests perform the aarati (fire worship ritual) holding these lamps while devotees sing devotional songs and dance. The lighted pagoda temple in the background, the dancing flames of the huge oil lamps, and the harmonious voices of the devotees and priests chanting songs all go on to build up a wonderful ambiance. It is electric and you feel the sacred vibe and energy.

Please note we provide a knowledgeable local guide for this tour. Our guide is not a professional photographer but he/she knows the ideal spots to capture the best shot.

Later, head to a nearby restaurant for farewell dinner.

Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Day 20
Final Departure

Our representative will drop you at the airport three hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please do let us know if you want to explore more of Nepal or take a trip to Bhutan or Tibet.

Best Time To Travel & Weather Condition

Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) are considered the best seasons for Everest Three High Passes Trek. The weather stays dry and clear during these times, making it ideal for trekking and enjoying unobstructed views of mountains. The days are warm and the nights chilly. On the downside, however, these are peak seasons, and the trails get crowded and busy.

During spring, the hillsides are verdant and covered with wildflowers, including rhododendron blooms. It is also the climbing season, and the Everest Base Camp is transformed into a tented city filled with climbers and Sherpa guides.

Autumn is the most popular season for trekking to the Everest Three High Passes. With the end of the wet monsoon season, which clears the skies of dust and impurities, you can enjoy crystal clear views during this season. Timing your trek around October will allow you to experience the most important festival in the Everest region, Mani Rimdu. This festival is held in the monasteries of Tengboche, Chiwong, and Thame. 

As this trek involves crossing 3 of the high mountain passes in the Everest Region, which can be hazardous during bad weather, taking this route during the monsoon or winter season is not recommended.

Lukla Flight

The easiest way to reach Lukla (2840m), the trailhead of your Everest Three High Passes Trek, is via a flight. One of the highest and most extreme airports in the world, flying to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla has its own challenges. The chief among them is the weather.

The airport is built on a narrow plateau, over a steep cliff. Navigating the plane along the short and narrow runway is difficult when strong winds whip across the mountains. Surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world, the weather here is unpredictable and changes frequently. It would be clear and sunny one minute, and the next moment the clouds will appear, and everything will turn hazy. Flights operate only when the weather is stable and visibility clear.

The chances of your Lukla flight getting canceled cannot be ruled out. If this happens, your trek may get extended by a day or two. So come prepared and keep buffer days so that you may not miss your international flight.

If there is a long delay due to bad weather, we will try to secure a space for you on a helicopter flight. The cost for the heli flight is not included in the trip price and should be borne by you.

Due to congestion at the Kathmandu airport during the high season (spring and autumn), flights to and from Lukla now operate from Manthali Airport in Ramechhap. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu.

However, airline companies operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you book your trip early, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to or from Lukla. It will be easier and more comfortable to fly directly from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa, instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap.

Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Entry Permits & Requirements

The permits needed for the Everest Three High Passes Trek are

  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, and
  • Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit. Unlike other treks in the Nepal Himalaya, you won’t be needing a TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) card.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s Office in Kathmandu or at the park’s entrance gate by paying NRS 3000. For citizens of SAARC countries, the fee is NRS 1500. You need to fill out the permit form and show your passport or a copy of your passport.

To get the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, you need to be in Lukla. You have to pay NRS 2000 for the permit at the rural municipality counter, which lies at the edge of the village.

If you plan to trek from Jiri, you will be required to pay the Gaurishanker Conservation Area Project Entry Permit fee of NRS 2000. The permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s office in Kathmandu before the start of your trek.

You won’t have to worry about queuing up to get the permits as the company, or our guides will arrange all the permits for you.

Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization

Trekking in Everest Region, the highest trekking destination in the world, exposes you to several dangers, including altitude sickness. The air begins to thin as you walk higher making breathing becomes difficult. Everest Three High Passes Trek involves crossing 3 of the highest mountain passes in the Everest Region. This is a challenging adventure as this itinerary takes you to several points above 5,000 meters, where the oxygen level is almost half of that at sea level.

To let your body get used to the thin air, you need to walk slowly, steadily, and keep your body hydrated. If you try to hasten and walk fast to reach your destination in less time, chances are you may suffer from AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness.

AMS symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc., are seen at elevations above 2,000 meters. Usually, these symptoms occur once you reach Namche or beyond Namche.

Taking Diamox and a good night’s rest may work for mild cases. Drinking plenty of fluids (water, tea, soup, etc.) and keeping your body hydrated will also help keep the sickness at bay. One should take the necessary precautions to ensure that the condition does not worsen. But if the symptoms worsen, one may have to return to a lower elevation and get medical help.

There are clinics at Lukla, Namche, and Pheriche which offer basic care for minor ailments. In the worst-case scenario, an air evacuation will be arranged, where the patient will be flown to Kathmandu to receive medical aid. AMS, if untreated or ignored, can take your life.

For a high-altitude trek like the Everest Three High Passes Trek, acclimatization is very important. Your body needs time to get used to thin air which can be done by resting at a lower altitude before reaching a higher elevation level. Our experts have included two days in the itinerary for acclimatization and a contingency day for emergencies. You will be spending extra days at Namche (3,440m) and Dingboche (4,410m) to acclimatize successfully before trekking further.

The chart given below will give you a rough idea about the oxygen level in the atmosphere on the trail.


Oxygen Level

















Drinking Water

It is important to keep your body hydrated on the trail as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 liters of fluids daily.

We dissuade you from buying bottled water as it adds up to the thrashing problem in the mountains.  Moreover like everything else, bottled water is also expensive in the mountains.

We highly recommend you carry a reusable water bottle with you, which can hold hot water.

You can use one with a steri pen or an inbuilt filtration system like LifeStraw.

You can also use water purification tablets to treat the water. While the water in the mountains tends to be pure and without impurities, it’s better not to take chances and filter or treat the water before drinking.

Using chlorine or iodine tablets to treat the water may alter its taste. You can add flavored electrolyte powder (which is readily available at pharmacies in Kathmandu) to mask the bitter chemical taste. Adding electrolyte to your drinking water may also be beneficial as the minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc.) you lose while walking gets replenished.

Teahouses offer boiled drinking water at an additional cost. It can cost anywhere between 1 USD to 4 USD. Up to Namche, you may have to pay around 1 USD per liter or pot (every teahouse uses a different sized pot). The price increases gradually as you climb higher. You pay the highest for boiled water at Gorak Shep, i.e., 4USD.

Internet Connectivity

Despite being the world’s highest trekking trail, internet connection (though erratic and irregular at some places) is available in the Everest Region.

While trekking, you can connect with your loved ones, post updates, and upload pictures on social media. Wi-fi is available at all teahouses up to Gorak Shep. While it is free at some cafes in Lukla and Namche, most teahouses will charge you extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot.

It will be cheaper and easier to get a sim card (preferably Ncell) in Kathmandu and purchase internet data that could last you for your entire trip. Ncell offers 3G connectivity up to Everest Base Camp (5364m).

Everest Link, another local internet provider, also offers paid internet access on the trail. You can purchase the username and password at any of the teahouses or shops along the trail.

Packing Checklist for Everest Three High Passes Trek

As opposed to popular belief, you don’t need a lot of complicated gear and equipment for an Everest adventure. Here’s a basic packing checklist of the essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your Everest Three High Passes Trek:

  • A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Rucksack or daypack (30 liters) with a waterproof cover
  • Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
  • T-shirts or shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/ waterproof light jacket
  • Fleece jumper or jacket
  • Inner Thermal (top and trouser)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap, or balaclava
  • Inner and outer gloves
  • Headlamp, power bank, and extra batteries
  • Sun protection cream, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
  • Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
  • Water bottle and water purification tablets
  • 4 season Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner

These are only some of the essential items. Find a more detailed list by clicking here.

Most of the trekking equipment is available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the essential items and renting or buying the rest in Kathmandu. Shops in Thamel offer branded as well locally made gear and equipment.

You can leave your spare luggage in your hotel’s storage room. It is completely safe and free. But do make sure to lock your luggage before leaving it at the storage unit.    

Guide(s) & Staff Arrangements

Everest Three High Passes Trek takes you to the highest trekking trail in the world. Having an experienced local guide accompanying you will enrich your trip in so many ways. Trekking with a person who has in-depth knowledge of the mountain will also keep you safe and secure.

When you book a trek with us, we pair you up with one of our local guides. All our guides have experience of more than 10 years and have a vast knowledge of the area you are visiting. They have completed the trekking guide course and have the required government license to work as mountain guides. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.

A chief guide or trek leader will lead the trek. For every 4 trekkers, there will be an assistant guide assisting them personally. One porter will carry the luggage of 2 clients. Ensure that your luggage does not exceed 15 kg, as the porter can only carry a weight of 30 kg.

We believe in the ethical treatment of our staff. All our Guides and Porters are provided with weather-appropriate gear and clothing to battle the harsh weather in the mountains. Before the start of a trek, we ensure that our mountain guides are fully insured. They are given fair wages and treated with respect.

We seriously follow the guidelines set by IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) and offer assistance to porters to develop other skills. A portion of the booking fee goes to fund the education of our field staffs’ kids.

Travel Insurance

For Everest Three High Passes Trek, you need a good travel insurance policy that offers you coverage for all activities and altitudes included in your itinerary. The highest altitude you reach is 5,550 meters, and your travel insurance should offer you suitable coverage up to this elevation.

Though we take your safety as our number one priority, we cannot rule out mishaps and emergencies that may occur at this altitude. There is less oxygen in the environment, and trekkers usually suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness, which could prove fatal if not treated on time.

Walking in a treacherous mountain environment also exposes you to physical injuries. Therefore make sure that your insurance covers the cost of all injuries and emergencies that you can possibly face during this trekking adventure.

 Your insurance policy should especially cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization in case of an accident or medical emergency, as these happen to be quite expensive. Check for vaccination requirements as some travel insurance policies make it mandatory to immunize yourself before leaving your country. 

Before you decide on a policy, be mindful and don’t forget to read the fine print. It would be advantageous for you also to choose a company that offers insurance cover on domestic and international flight cancellations and lost or stolen baggage.

Trip Safety

We ensure the safety of our clients by following all safety protocols during the trip. This itinerary has been designed by travel experts and veteran guides who have trekked on this route innumerable times.

To prevent AMS, the required number of rest days has been added to the itinerary. Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them. The guides assigned to you have more than 10 years of experience and know what steps to take during an emergency. They are well-trained in wilderness first aid and crisis management.

If a client shows symptoms of AMS and needs to descend to a lower elevation, an assistant guide will escort them and follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and take the required steps for his well-being.

After a night’s rest, the guide will escort the client back to join the group if they feel alright. But if the condition worsens, the client will be escorted down to Lukla or get airlifted to Kathmandu for expert medical aid. Check out Nepal Travel Health And Safety 

A typical day on the Everest Three High Passes Trek

A typical day on the trail begins with a wake-up call at around 6 AM by your guide. Freshen up and get ready. Pack your belongings and head to the dining area for breakfast by 7 AM. Check your luggage for the final time and fill your water bottle before you hit the trail by 8 AM, along with your guide.

To avoid walking in the heat and enjoy clear views of the mountains, you make an early start. En route, there will be short breaks to enjoy the views and take photographs. You stop for lunch at a local teahouse around noon or mid-day. After a quick rest of about an hour or 40 minutes, you get back on the trail and continue till you reach your overnight stop.

Upon reaching the stop for the night, you head to your teahouse, check in, and have some rest. Tea with some light refreshments (cookies or biscuits) will be served at 5 PM. As the rooms are not insulated, you can warm yourself by the heater or stove in the communal area.

Exchange stories or play cards with other trekkers and sherpas till dinner is served (around 7 PM). After dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s trek – the route you will take, difficulty, where you will stop for lunch, etc. Afterward, retire for the night and have a well-deserved rest.

On average, you may have to walk 6 to 7 hours daily. The most difficult days will be Days 10, 11, 13, and 16 when you cross the 3 high passes (Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La) and hike to Everest Base Camp. On Day 12, a hike to Kala Patthar for the sunrise view is scheduled. So you will have to wake up before 4 AM to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise. Your guide will share the details of the hike at the post-dinner briefing on Day 11. 

Responsible Travel

Travel responsibly and try to limit any negative impact on the environment. Limit the use of plastic and be mindful of throwing waste in the mountains. When you trek with us, you will be supporting local communities (from the guides and porters to teahouse owners). We, as a company, support sustainable tourism and patronize local businesses. We partner with service providers who work towards saving the environment.  As an active member of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project), we ensure that our trips are environment-friendly.

Altitude Map

Everest Three High Passes Trek 20 days Altitude Map

Everest Three High Passes Trek- Anticlockwise Route FAQs

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget

These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occasional spring shower and hazy weather during spring. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow on the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperature dips after sun down.

If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.

If the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather there is no alternative but to stay an extra day. You will have to bear the cost for the accommodation. Sometimes even when the airlines cancel their flights, helicopter companies offer charters. If you would like, you can take a heli flight. This will incur an extra cost and you have to pay for it. 

There is mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. At most places the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.

Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.

If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary. 

You can either buy bottled mineral water or fill up a reusable water bottle with boiled or sterilized water. During the trek, the teahouses or lodges serve you bottled and filtered water which is generally safe and have to be paid for. A liter of water would cost anything between 1 to 4 USD. As you go higher the cost of all commodities, including water, increases. But do note there is no dearth or scarcity of drinking water at teahouses. We encourage our guest to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking.  You need to drink at least 3-4 litres of water each day to stay hydrated at higher altitudes.  Keeping your body hydrated helps you to keep away the symptoms altitude sickness.

No, the company won’t provide drinking water or any extra drinks or beverages other than the ones that are specified in the trip cost.

If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.

While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.   

You need to be in good shape and have an ability to walk 6 – 7 hours uphill and downhill per day. This trek is suitable for passionate trekkers. Positive attitude, excellent health, and strong determination are required for successful finish. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Besides, it is advisable to trek with a highly reputed trek operator like us, with experienced guides who can help you with significant mental preparation with a personal touch.

Regarding the difficulty, the only challenging factor is the altitude. Our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed for this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers in a good physical shape, who exercise regularly, has positive attitude and has healthy heart and lungs can easily complete this adventurous trip.

As Everest Base Camp is situated at a high altitude of 5,364 metres, you spend only 1 to 2 hours at the base camp. Since the base camp lies at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain Mount Everest, the hike to EBC is probably the highlight of your trek. Though one cannot view the summit of Mount Everest from the base camp (as the mountain is too huge) you can get close up views of the massive walls of Everest, Khumbutse, Lingtren and Nuptse. The Khumbu Icefall appears spectacular. Though the icefall lies close to the Base Camp, it is not possible explore it as you need proper climbing gear to walk on it. But you get to explore the actual base camp of the Everest expedition groups. During climbing season, it is like a mini city of tents and you get to meet mountaineers (sometimes celebrities too!) from different countries attempting to summit Mount Everest. After taking pictures and soaking in the magnificent views you descend down to Gorak Shep again. Please do note the visibility of mountains depends on the weather. If it’s foggy you may not get good views of the mountains.

No, we do not spend the night at Everest Base Camp as there are no teahouses or lodges there. Moreover it is advisable and more comfortable to spend the night at a lower elevation. After enjoying the views we trek down to Gorak Shep and stay overnight at a local teahouse.

No, the summit of Mount Everest is not visible from Everest Base Camp.  Rising above 8000 metres, the mountain is just too gigantic to be viewed in its entirety from its base. The summit of Everest can be viewed from Kala Patthar and from places en route to EBC. If you want to view Mount Everest without having to trek to Everest region, you can do it by driving to Nagarkot, taking an Everest Mountain Flight and an Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The best view you get of Mount Everest is from Kala Patthar.

Each day you can expect 5 to 7 hours of walking, covering around 10 to 14 km. However when you reach 3500m, you will be walking around 5 to 7 hours but the distance covered will be less as you will be walking slowly at higher altitudes. We want you to know that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, geographical and physical condition of the individual participants.

In all our Everest Treks the teahouses that we use have western toilets. In luxury lodges and teahouses in the lower elevations the rooms come with attached bathrooms and hot showers. At higher elevations the facilities may be a bit basic and you may have to share the bathroom with other travellers. Please do note that in case of extreme cold, the water in the toilet basin may freeze and you may have to use an Asian (also known as ‘squat’) style of toilet that is located outside. Please do carry toilet paper rolls with you at all times. It is important that you carry enough rolls of toilet paper and hand sanitizer while trekking.

We provide sleeping bag and down jacket but you need to bring your own personal gear. We can recommend some good stores where you can hire or buy new ones.

Teahouse trekking is one of the most popular ways of trekking in Nepal. Teahouse trekking has almost replaced old style camping treks in Nepal along the popular trekking routes of Annapurna and Everest regions. Teahouse Trek involves resting or stopping at teahouses or lodges scattered along the trail for the night. The teahouses are locally owned and they provide accommodation and food. While the standard of teahouses varies, most of these establishments usually offer basic services - small rooms (usually on a twin sharing basis with comfortable beds), shared washroom, a heated communal dining area and a menu with a range of dishes. Some may offer wi-fi and hot shower. As these teahouses are located in remote locations, one should not expect the service of a city hotel while staying in one. But in popular trails like Everest Base Camp trail and Annapurna Base Camp trail one can expect luxury standard accommodations too. 

You need to have local currency to purchase items on the trail. While Lukla and Namche in the Everest Region may have lodges that would accept payment with cards, we strongly advise to carry enough local cash with you to buy essential items en route. You can exchange your currency at any of the money exchange centres in Kathmandu or use your credit or debit card at the local ATMs to get local currency.

You can store it at your hotel (most hotels in Kathmandu have storage facilities) or you can leave it at our office.

Yes, single supplement will be available in the cities and at lower elevations while trekking. At higher elevations there are very few teahouses. During peak season when there is high demand for rooms, it will be difficult to book single rooms. However if you are travelling during off season a single room can be arranged at all places.

Yes, wifi hotspots are available on the Everest Base Camp trail. But please do keep in mind, due to the mountainous terrain the network maybe erratic. Often times the signal gets lost or the strength is poor.

 Lukla Flight Alert: As there's too much traffic at the Kathmandu airport during the high season (Spring- March, April, Autumn - October, November), flights scheduled to and from Lukla will operate from Ramechhap Airport. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu. However, most airlines will operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you make an early booking, we can secure a place for you on the direct flight to Lukla (KTM-Lukla).  It will be easier to fly directly from Kathmandu instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap.  Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will continue to operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. 

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Bella Gareh
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Jan 23, 2024

Five star trip with Krishna!

We did the Three Passes Trek with Third Rock and couldn’t recommend the company, and the trek, more highly. We thoroughly researched the trip and decided to go with Third Rock, as the founder Naba’s attention to detail was faultless and no question was too much. Our guide was Krishna, and he excelled in all areas - he was so knowledgable about the trek, every place and village we visited, the culture and traditions, the animals, the local people, the terrain and all the mountains we saw and climbed - everything we learnt about Nepal and the Khumbu region is all thanks to Krishna. Along with being very knowledgeable, he is kind, conscientious and caring. From the very first day, nothing was ever too much of an ask. He made sure the whole trip ran smoothly, from us acclimatising well on the way up the mountain, to booking the very best tea houses along the route. Across all Three Passes, Everest Base Camp and Ama Dablam Base Camp, it was Krishna who got us there - we couldn’t have done it without him. Every day he went over and above to make sure we were ok and enjoying the trip. He helped us across icy rivers, over rockfall avalanche fields and even took our poles from us when we scrambled up the steep passes. He gave us great advice every day too - from what food to eat based on where we were staying, to how many layers we should wear. He also knows the very best spots to take photos. He always has a smile on his face and a very sunny disposition, a friendly attitude to wake up to every morning, even when climbing Kala Patthar at 4am in the morning! Overall, our trip has been incredible. The trek, the people, and the epic views from the valleys to the big mountains were breathtaking and out of this world. We would highly recommend it - five stars!
Best Destination,Good Value,I like itinerary,
Miracle Monroe
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Jan 14, 2024


This trek wasn't just a journey; it was a lyrical composition of challenges conquered and breathtaking vistas. Third Rock Adventures, under Naba's baton and Bimal's guiding notes, harmonized nature and exploration into a crescendo of memories that will linger in our hearts.
Good Value,
James Scott
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Jan 14, 2024

Fantastic Experience

Embarking on the Everest Three High Passes Trek through the Anticlockwise Route with Third Rock Adventures was an awe-inspiring experience. Naba, the founder, has crafted an exceptional 20-day journey that seamlessly combines adventure and breathtaking scenery. The professionalism and dedication of the team were evident throughout. Bimal, our guide, stood out for his profound knowledge and unwavering support. His expertise ensured a safe and enjoyable trek. The route itself was challenging yet immensely rewarding, showcasing the majestic Himalayan landscapes. Third Rock Adventures delivers an unforgettable trekking adventure, with Naba's vision and Bimal's guidance making it a truly remarkable and enriching expedition.
Good Value,
Callum McGill
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Dec 05, 2019

Awesome adventure

Dear all, I am writing this review to share a few things with you that you might not get from any other person traveling to Nepal. First thing, Nepal is a country where you can go through any circumstances, and it depends on you and the travel agency you choose, so it is very important to know the travel agency you choose. I chose Third Rock Adventures for two reasons: 1) Recommended by friends and 2) Naba (whom I happen to contact when I inquired for a trip). I asked some of my friends if they know any trust-worthy tour operator in Nepal and they recommended this agency as they had personally known Mr. Naba. Naba, the president of this company called me and asked me few things and eventually we became friend. I then knew I am in the right hand and booked immediately. Mr. Naba helped me throughout the booking process and when I was in Thamel, Nepal, we met and had amazing time. He showed me his office and his team. It was so so wonderful to have personal touch. Then he introduced me to his guide and other team, briefed me about the trip, dos and don'ts and most importantly- the flight to Lukla. It was very hard to get first flight to Lukla from Ktm, but Naba through his contact booked me first hour ticket to Lukla. It was impressive. I had guaranteed departure just as the company promised me.. Talking about my trip, it was best days in the mountains- crossing rivers, high mountains pass, talking with local people, and enjoying their local food and warm hospitality. My guide ensured every task was done before and perfectly. All I did was follow the guide and enjoy the trip. Had I gone with another company, I would not have enjoyed much, so I am absolutely thankful to the company for this. I owe them many many tons of thankfulness. I will be doing trip with them next year. And if you ask me to trust this company, a BIG YES from me! Because I have been with them and done with them- and they excelled . I could not thank them more.
Good Value,Recommended by Friend,
I wanted to do other than Everest Base Camp
Crossing all three mountain passes in Everest Region and the Himalayan vista (I am now obsessed with the mountains)
Just go to the mountains, you'll learn a lot.
Rogelio Dieguez
Nov 07, 2019

Himalayan high passes are great

We went to Everest 3 high passes trek with Third Rock Adventures on last spring season. It was amazing trip and great experience we really enjoy and got have good weather. Third Rock Adventures well organizing everything and very friendly people. Very clear everything and easy to communication each other. Our nepal trip was inenof thr best trip and its really nice places and mountains in Nepal. Our guide Gadul and porters did the best job and made our trip successful. Thank you all, highly recommended.
Callum James
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Oct 15, 2019

3 passes trek - Hooray!! an achievement

It was not easy but that was what we were looking – a trail that would challenge us immensely. Me and my buddies (all adrenaline freaks!) had a helluva time crossing the 3 passes. In terms of difficulty, Kongma La tested us to the max physically, while Cho La was okay. Renjo La was the easiest of the 3 passes. Like TRA told us before we started this journey, this was an adventure of a lifetime. No regrets at all. The views were mind blowing! One should do this just for the views. Thanks Third Rock for this awesome experience. You bet we will be back for more!!!
Good Value,
Julieta Correia
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Oct 13, 2019

Amazing Trip to EBC

Hiked to Hike up to 6 places above 5000 meters - Kongma La, Cho La, Renjo La, Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Ri. Had super-exciting days in the forest areas, hills and mountains. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at local tea houses, with the warmth in the dining hall and stories of people. The meals were so good, dal bhaat really is amazing. The trekking trails of Everest Region is full of magic and wonders. We meet fellow travelers en route and shared feelings and excitement. Our guide was friendlier than we expected. He managed everything beforehand and let us enjoy. With tired legs and hands, the night was all to rest and relish the beautiful moments of the day. Gokyo Ri rewarded us the most stunning views. We were awestruck by the beautiful views of mountains: Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, and Ama Dablam. Overall, this trip was a lifetime experience for us. I loved Nepal.Thanks to Third Rock Adventures for your service. We admire you as our travel companion.
Obviously for the highest mountain in the world.
The mountains and the local people and their lifestyle
Explore the Everest Region of Nepal. You will enjoy beyond your imaginations.
Paul Rodriguez
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Oct 10, 2019

Thrilling yet the most memorable travel experience

An amazing travel experience I ever had in my life. Third Rock Adventures made my time in Nepal the most positive experience of my life. Before I got there Naba was incredibly responsive to all my questions and helped me figure out timing, the packing list, and made sure I had all the information I could possibly need for a successful trip. Naba was friendly, courteous, and helpful, and made sure I arrived safely in Kathmandu and even took the time while I was in Kathmandu before the trek to show me the sights in the city. Once the trek began, our guides, Dol and Ram, would brief us every morning on the elevation change, the distance and approximate time that we would be hiking that day, and where we would be stopping along the way. They also made sure that on the rest days we still did small day hikes to improve acclimatization. Dol and Ram were friendly, open, and incredible guides, both of whom I would highly recommend to anyone considering doing an EBC trek.
Ethan Fuller
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Sep 30, 2019

Tantalizing Three Passes Trek

This trek was thrilling and tantalizing trip for me. The Everest Region of Nepal is a trekker's paradise. Crossing three high passes in the Everest region - Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass is an adventure in itself. I did it. It was impossible without the guide (Shiva) of Third Rock Adventures and his attentiveness. He was always caring and active just to make sure everything was in place. I never had a doubt about him from day first to the day we were back in Kathmandu. He professionally handled all task and never made a tiny mistake. I have to admire his experience and proficiency. The trekking trail was pleasant enough to walk for hours- the backdrop of the Himalayas was awe-inspiring. The fellow trekkers were friendly and we enjoyed the companionship of everyone we met on the way. Everyone seemed to enjoy the trip just like me. The Operation Manager of Third Rock Adventures was amazing to talk with. His calm nature convinced me that this company is amazing. In addition to this, he briefed me every details of the trips, arranged a meeting with my guide and had a delicious cup of tea. I was so happy that I chose Third Rock just because of my contact with Naba. And soon realized that my guide was equally professional. The service was beyond imagination; I was placed in good hotels, great accommodation and meals and everything were superb just like I expected. I told the same thing to Naba and he assured me the same quality service for my future trips. And this leaves no room for me to choose some other travel agency and with my heart.
Natalie Farrow
Sep 05, 2019

Three high passes in the Everest, Nepal

This year, I had an opportunity to explore three high passes in the Everest region of Nepal and I did it. All the credit to Third Rock. Had I contacted another company, I would not have got satisfied. Mr. Naba personally called me, I asked him to contact me again as I was not able to talk. I thought he won't do it but he called me and we had a great conversation, planning and preparing for this trek. He helped me prepare my gear and stuffs and when I was in Kathmandu, my trekking leader was great. He was knowledgeable and friendly. He made sure, I had good sleep and proper rest. He was able to answer to all my questions and that was impressive. I loved my trek. I think I will ask my friend to join me for my next trek to Everest Base Camp and no doubt, I will choose them again.
Etienne Tremblay
May 16, 2019

A wild adventure walk on 3 highest passes of Khumbu region

Since the beginning of my childhood, I have a strong appetite for unusual challenges. This time in my travel history I selected to go for the highest passes (toughest trekkings) of the Everest region. Being in the midst of the highest mountains on earth is truly a humbling experience. Third Rock Adventures and guide Gadul are very knowledgeable of the region; we're well prepared for the trip making sure our hike was unforgettable. Highly recommend this local outfitter for their personal approach. We will come back to Nepal and we will very likely book again with Third Rock Adventures.
Mason Miller
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May 14, 2019

Most memorable time of my life in Everest region

I and my team decided to do something challenging this time and we booked our Everest Three Pass trek with Third Rock Adventures. We liked the communication with Naba from the company as well as the price that he offered. The Service was excellent from Airport pick to the final drop. A hotel was provided for two nights before the trip so that was easier for us. We had a flight from Ramechap to Lukla that we had to drive for more or less 4 hours, a private car was arranged so that was not that much difficult. We had our guide Dol from Kathmandu and Porters from Lukla. We had two rest days, one in Lukla and one in Dingboche. We did khongma-la first and then after the base camp, The pass of Khongma-la was challenging and tuff. We found after that pass the Gorekshep and the base camp was not that much difficult however the Cho-la pass was also not that much easy but the Renjo-la was fie for was. Guide Dol always motivated us during the trek, Taking care of a lot of our food and hotel as well as water. Most of the lodges, the tea houses were basic but were nice and clean. I really had a great time of my life in Nepal with this team and I recommend them with confidence. Thank you for everything.

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