Trip Facts
  • Activities: Trekking and Hiking
  • Min. Age: 15
  • 2 Nights 4* Hotel 
  • 17 Nights Best Available Teahouse
  • 19 Breakfasts
  • 17 Lunches
  • 18 Dinners
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Everest Three High Passes Trek is an unbeatable high altitude challenge that takes you through the less-travelled and challenging 3 high passes of Everest Region. This Everest Circuit Trek takes you across 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. Walk through shifting glaciers and lunar landscape 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 Passees Trek take you to summits higher than the Alps.

Starting from Lukla you walk through traditional Sherpa villages, mesmerizing alpine scenery and swaying metal bridges spanning deep river gorges. 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. Walk through 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 upto 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 site – 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.

If you are looking for a shorter trek or a different route you can check out our other Everest Treks - Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days, Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass Trek -14 days, Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 days, Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes- 18 days, Everest Base Camp Heli Trek-11 days, Everest Base Camp Short Trek Heli Return-12 days and Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek - 8 days. Heli Treks lets you visit EBC and return to Lukla via helicopter.

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 5000 metres - Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5,420m),  Renjo La (5,360m), Everest Base Camp (5,364m) , Kala Patthar(5550m) 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 moderate to difficult 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 5000 metres. Trail goes through glaciers with loose rock and scree. Steep ascents up rocky boulders and snow covered path. Crampons may be needed but no technical climbing involved.
  • Maximum time spent walking on the trail is 9 hours and minimum 3 hours. On an average, each day you spend about 7 to 8 hours on the trail. 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.

 Lukla Flight Alert: As there's too much traffic at the Kathmandu airport during 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 try to 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. 

Price From
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per person

No. of People Price per person
1 - 1   USD 3880
2 - 4   USD 3230
5 - 8   USD 3110
9 +   USD 2970
No of traveller
USD 3880
Total: USD 3880

Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu Nepal | Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) expand

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Shanker

DAY 2:

Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) - Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft) expand

Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek

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 in 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Sherpa
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 3:

Trek to Namche (3440m/11285ft) expand

Walking Distance: 5-6 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 of this world.

The pine and rhododendron forests and the snow covered peaks lining the horizon are picture 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Namche
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 4:

At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft) expand

You spent a day acclimatizing in Namche before you head higher. Carved on the side of a mountain, this beautiful horse-shoe 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, bank 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. 

Accommodation: Hotel Namche
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 5:

Trek to Pangboche(3,930m/12,893.7ft) via Tengboche(3,860m/12,664ft) expand

Walking Distance: 7-8 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 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.

Accommodation: Wind Horse Lodge
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 6:

Hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp(4600m/15,091.86ft) – Back to Pangboche (3930m/12,893.7ft) expand

Walking Distance: 6-7 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 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 colourful tents propped 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 worn by Sherpa ladies. Take pictures and later head back to Pangboche. Overnight in Pangboche.

Accommodation: Wind Horse Lodge
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 7:

Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14469ft) expand

Walking Distance: 4-5 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Countryside
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 8:

At Dingboche - 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft) - Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5100m) expand

Walking Distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek

Prepare your body for your challenging 5000m 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Countryside
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 9:

Trek to Chukkung (4730m/15,518ft) expand

Walking Distance: 3-4 hours (4.5 km) trek

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 climbing season it’s usually filled with climbers attempting to summit Island Peak. Head to a teahouse and take 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.

Accommodation: Sunrise Guest House
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 10:

Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft) via Kongma La Pass(5,535m/18,159ft) expand

Walking Distance: 8-9 hours (11 km) 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.

Accommodation: Himalayan Eco Resort
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 11:

Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) – Hike EBC (5,364m/17,598ft) expand

Walking Distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek

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 of Earth. Celebrate with your team mates 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.

Accommodation: Everest Inn
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 12:

Hike to Kala Patthar(5,550m/18,209ft) – Trek to Dzongla(4,830m/15,879ft) expand

Walking Distance:6-7 hours (12 km) trek

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 point 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 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.

Accommodation: Mountain Home
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 13:

Trek to Thaknak (4,680m/15,354ft) via Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,782ft) expand

Walking Distance: 7-8 hours (6 km) trek

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 a 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. 

Accommodation: Chola Pass Resort
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 14:

Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15,715ft) expand

Walking Distance: 3-4 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 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 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.

Accommodation: Himalayan Eco Resort
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 15:

Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,585ft) expand

Walking Distance: 3-4 hours (3.8 km) trek

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 metre 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 degree 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.

Accommodation: Himalayan Eco Resort
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 16:

Trek to Lumde(4368m/14,331ft) via Renjo La Pass(5360m/17,585ft) expand

Walking Distance:7-8 hours (11.5 km) trek

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 moon walk. Colourful prayer flags marking the path add colour to the landscape.

Trek to the top of Renjo La pass. Compared to Kongma La and Cho La, Renjo La’s traverse is by far 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 grassy trail to the village of Lumde. Overnight in Lumde.

Accommodation: Best Available Tea house
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 17:

Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft) expand

Walking Distance: 7-8 hours (18 km) trek

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

Accommodation: Hotel Namche
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 18:

Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) expand

Walking Distance: 6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek

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 treks, it affirms your belief in you.

After arriving in Lukla, head to a teahouse and take 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 by 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.

Accommodation: Lukla Numbur Hotel
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 19:

Fly to Kathmandu – Evening Photography Tour (Boudhanath and Pashupatinath) expand

Duration: 35 minutes flight, Photography Tour: 3-4 hours

Take a final look of the beloved mountains from your flight as you fly to Kathmandu. The takeoff through the narrow runway and off the cliff is a hair rising one. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be driven back to your hotel. Take 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 Boudhanth, a holy Buddhist site. This ancient stupa is Nepal’s biggest Buddhist stupa. It is believed that the remains of the Kasyapa Buddha is buried beneath the stupa. The white domed stupa comes alive very evening when it is lighted up with electric lights and butter lamps offered by devotees.

An important centre of Tibetan Buddhism, Boudhanath is surrounded by monasteries, souvenir shops, restaurants and art galleries. Soak in the sacred ambience 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 goes on to build up a wonderful ambience. 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. 

Accommodation: Hotel Shanker
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 20:

Final Departure expand

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.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast

Tailor Your Holiday

You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip etc.to suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.


What's Included

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • An extra 5kg luggage allowance on Lukla flight, total 20kg
  • Guided sightseeing tour as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking, government licensed local tour guide for sightseeing
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (4 trekkers : 1 Asst. guide) for personalized care
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee and Community Fee
  • Monument entry fees during Sightseeing tour

  • Souvenirs - Third Rock Adventures’ kit bag (Duffel bag), T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trek completion)
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Excess baggage fee (15 kg Baggage allowance for Lukla flight, 10kg check-in baggage + 5 kg hand baggage – for extra baggage it will cost around USD 1 per 1 Kg)
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

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During your Everest Three High Passes Trek, you spend 2 nights at Hotel Shanker, a four star hotel in Kathmandu. A heritage hotel, Hotel Shanker is housed in a 19th century palace. Keeping much of the original charm, this magnificent palace has be ...Read More

During your Everest Three High Passes Trek, you spend 2 nights at Hotel Shanker, a four star hotel in Kathmandu. A heritage hotel, Hotel Shanker is housed in a 19th century palace. Keeping much of the original charm, this magnificent palace has been renovated and fitted with modern conveniences.The hotel is centrally located, close to Thamel. The establishment offers luxurious rooms with en suite bathrooms, spa, restaurant, swimming pool, bar, cafe and a spacious garden.

While trekking you will be staying at the best available teahouses. These are run by locals and are a source of livelihood for Sherpa families. At Lukla, Phakding and Namche you will get rooms with attached bathrooms and can enjoy free hot showers. At higher elevations, the lodges will have only basic facilities – bed, shared washroom and a communal sitting and dining area. You will have to pay extra for using the wi-fi hotspot and charging your electronic devices. 
Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. A single room will be available on request, at an added cost. It’s possible to get a single room in Kathmandu and at lower elevations while trekking. But at higher elevations there are very few lodges and single rooms are not available during high season. 


 In Kathmandu, enjoy breakfast and farewell dinner. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided while trekking. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge you will be staying at, lunch will be taken at a teahouse ...Read More

 In Kathmandu, enjoy breakfast and farewell dinner.

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided while trekking. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge you will be staying at, lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route. Items on the menu include the traditional Nepali and Tibetan fare like dal-bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread etc. as Indian and continental dishes (chapattis, apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, noodles etc.).

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We have more than 23 years of experience in planning adventure holidays in the Himalayas. Our trips are fully-supported and we offer personalized service to our clients. The care and attention that we put in your trip ensures that your holiday is more enriching, satisfying and successful. When you travel at your personal timeframe with your own group it's guaranteed that you will have the trip of a lifetime.

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USD 3880
Total: USD 3880

Best Time To Travel

The best seasons for Everest Three High Passes Trek are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (mid-September to November). Trekking in Autumn (post-monsoon) promises clear skies and stunning mountain vistas. In Spring (pre-monsoon) the alpine meadows are covered with flowers and colourful rhododendron blooms. 

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Everest Three High Passes Trek 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.

Latest Traveller's Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

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Callum James
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Mar 15, 2020
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,
Natalie Farrow
Mar 05, 2020
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.
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.
Julieta Correia
flagsUnited States of America
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.
Ethan Fuller
flagsUnited States of America
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 (Babu) 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.

Guinness World Record holder Gives Third Rock Adventures a Review!

werner berger

Werner Berger is the Guinness Book of World Records holder for being the oldest person in the World to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven (7) continents (incl. Mt. Everest).

I am Werner Berger and my "claim to fame" is probably best defined as being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.

Little did I know my life was to change forever on my first trek into the Himalaya in 1992 at age 55. It was the beginning and just a matter time before I realized I could combine my leadership and climbing skills to create a program in which people could explore their own possibilities.

So, in 2010, I began leading Transformational Life Experiences, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other high places.

One of the earliest keys to success is to find a company with the right mix of professionalism, support, and, of course, experience. I have used Naba Amgai and his teams on all my Nepal trekking adventures.

Naba's caring and climber support, is second to none. In my estimation, Third Rock Adventures is one of the very best in the business, in or outside of Nepal. They know the mountains. So you can relax, enjoy and transform.

- Werner Berger

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