Everest 3 High Pass Trek - 21 Days

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  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Trip Grade: Very Strenuous Very Strenuous
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Khumbu
  • Max. Altitude: 5,535m/18159ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

This trek which takes in Everest, 3 High Pass Trek is considered to be one of the most difficult treks in the Everest Region. It is a wonderful opportunity to cross three high passes, Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18159ft), Cho La Pass (5,330m/17486ft), Renjo La Pass (5,345m/17536ft). On this trek, you will be passing through vintage points with extraordinary views of the 8000m peaks including Mt Everest, the world’s tallest peak.

Other features of this trek are the visit to Thame, one of the oldest Sherpa villages in the region, home of an ancient monastery and the childhood home of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (the first to summit Mt Everest along with Edmund Hillary). Other highlights of this trek are the picturesque Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar viewpoints. The viewpoint from Kala Patar 5545m allows a classic view of the Everest range including 4 of the world’s 8000m+ peaks. This magnificent trek will bring you to the starting point of summit attempts and in spring you can even view the hustle and bustle of the climbing expeditions preparing for summit attempts.

During this trek, you will enjoy crystal clear view of The Himalayan range including Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori among others.

This is not an easy trek but if you have courage, persistence, and endurance then you can accomplish this strenuous trek

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Full day Sightseeing Tour Kathmandu

Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2860m/9383ft, 45mins) and trek to Monjo (2,840m / 9,315ft) 4 hrs

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft) 8hrs

Day 5: Acclimatization day.

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (2hrs exploring) trek to Debuche (3,820m/12,529ft) 5hrs

Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4,410m / 14,465ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 8: Acclimatization day

Day 9: Trek to Chhukung and Chhukung Ri (4,730m / 15,514ft) 4-6 hrs

Day 10: Trek over Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18159ft) and trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,104ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17598ft) then trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,859ft) 8hrs

Day 12: Ascend Kala Pathar (5,554m/18221ft) and trek to Zongla (4,830m/15,842ft) 8hrs

Day 13: Trek over Cho La Pass (5,330m/17486ft) and trek to Thangnak (4,700m / 15,416ft) 7-8 hrs

Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4,790m / 15,711ft) 2 hrs

Day 15: Exploration day, Explore 5th Lake and Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17585ft)

Day 16: Trek over Renjo La Pass (5,345m/17536ft) and trek to Ledgen (4,560m/14,956ft) 7-8 hrs

Day 17: Trek to Thame (visit a Monastery) (3,820m/12,592ft) 5 hrs

Day 18: Trek to Monjo (2,840m/9,315ft) 6hrs

Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,315ft) 4hrs

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu (45mins)

Day 21: Depart to your own destination

Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 1350m. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. If your arrival is late in the evening then there is always tomorrow to provide you with information about your tour.

Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.

Then you will be transfer from hotel to the domestic terminal for the flight of Lukla (2,840m). After you reach Lukla your trail will lead to the sightseeing of amazing mountains like Gauri Shankar (7,135m), Melungtse (7,181m) and Numbur (6959m). The walking is easy today but physically you will need to adjust to the altitude that you are visiting so you will be staying overnight at Monjo.

After breakfast your trek gets started for the Namche Bazar passing through the pines and rhododendron trees. The Dudh koshi river will be beside you till you cross the suspension bridge and start your ascent to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is located in between the two great valleys Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi. It’s a gate way to reach the world highest mountain Mt Everest. The amazing view from Namche is popular and one of the reasons for our acclimatization day. Overnight in Namche.

You may think its waste of your day to rest in Namche but that’s not the reason we want you to be adjusted to the high altitude and grab the opportunity to explore the local market, villages like Thamo or Syangboche to get the scenic view of Everest. Overnight in Namche.

Today you will be passing through the Dudh Kosi Bridge. Then climb toward Tangboche, which provides you eye pleasing views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taboche. Tyangboche,has it’s own meaning due to the it’s monastery, it contains the largest Monastery in Khumbu. You can experience the monastery and museum. After that you will walk toward Debuche. Overnight in Debuche.

Passing through the pine trees and crossing the small bridge will become a common sight. You will see amazing views of Ama Dablam on way to Dingboche. You have the chance to visit the home of an ancient monastery at Pangboche. Listen to legendary stories of the Yeti as told by the locals. You will spend your night at Dingboche.

We have an acclimatization day today. You can choose whether you would prefer to spend day in your bed or if you like to explore the Imaj Khola valley with a walk to Nagarjun Ri. Overnight in Dingboche.

Let me remind you are already at the altitude 4,730m so the mountains have already surrounded you. You will be experiencing the Lhotse Mountain which is the 4th highest mountain in the world. Similarly you can experience the mountains like Ama Dablam, Island Peak and Thamserku.

Your first pass Kongma La at 5,535m is waiting for you today. After your breakfast you have the meeting with the pass. On your way to Lobuche you can see prayer flags and views from east to west. Khumbu glacier is one of the charms of this trek and you can experience that today. Overnight at Lobuche.

The trail keeps on heading northwards after the Khumbu Glacier towards Gorakshep and then toward Everest Base Camp. Pomo Ri will be beside once you reach Gorak Shep and on your right is Nuptse. Gorak Shep (5,140m) is the spot for your lunch. Return to Gorak Shep overnight.

Today is the day to get incredible eye pleasing scenery and capture great photos with your camera. On your way to Zongla Everest will be watching you. From Kala Pathar’s summit (5,554m) you can get the one of the best panoramic views: Ama Dablam, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse and other many mountains. You will be passing back through Lobuche and arrive at the Zongla village overnight.

Today you will cross the Cho La (5,330m/17486ft) pass where you will have eye pleasing views. Most, of the time Cho La Pass is covered with snow. On the way you will experience plenty of small snow covered glaciers. You will stay for the night at Thangnak.

You will be heading to the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley and over the Nagjumba Glacier. You will be climbing down to Gokyo Lake beside which is the small village where you will be staying overnight night.

After breakfast your day is packed for the exploration of Gokyo and Gokyo Ri. Today you will experience views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. You will also get stunning views of Khumbila and Taboche. Overnight in Gokyo.

Renjo La pass 5,345m is the last pass of the trek and you will accomplish all the 3 high passes after you pass this Renjo la pass. Today on your eastern side Everest, Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Makalu and the Gokyo lakes will be watching you and on your western side Tengi Ragi Tau, Rolwaling Himal and the small Rermo Pokhari Lake will be watching you.

Your trek will be much easier as you will be walking the old paths of Himalyas. Thame one of the oldest Sherpa villages in the Everest region is waiting for your welcome. Thame is the childhood home of the legendary late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Overnight we will stay at Thame.

Today as are walking to catch the amazing views of Kusum Kanguru (6,367m). On our way we will be passing through the Koshi river. Overnight at Monjo.

After breakfast we will be walking toward Lukla. On the way we will be passing through the Dude Koshi. Finally we reach at Lukla and you can stretch your legs and get some relaxing time.

You will be flying back to Kathmandu if the weather is favorable. The weather of Lukla may change at any time. It’s a free day you can rest at the hotel or walk down to the Thamel to buy some souvenirs.

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.


  • All transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • Accommodation whilst in Kathmandu (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (on twin share basis).
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • Sagamartha (Everest) conservation’s park fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Trekking equipment’s i.e.- down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag and trekking pole (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
  • First aid medical kid.
  • Official expenses.


  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
  • Wifi access fees in lodges while trekking.
  • Fees for recharging of mobile phones at lodges while trekking.
  • Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section.


To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:

  • Antiseptic cream (Betadine).
  • Sunblock SPF 30+.
  • Throat lozenges
  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
  • Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and 'Second Skin' for blisters.
  • Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
  • Dextrose glucose tablets.
  • Water treatment tablets.
  • Your prescription medications
  • Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips

You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude.The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body' metabolism.

Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. 
Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.

Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
•    Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
•    Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not. 
•    Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
•    Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat. They will feel as if they want to vomit.
•    Pins and Needles: Sensation of a limbs falling asleep.
•    Fatigue: Physical pressure while trekking the long hours followed by Insomnia shows the next symptom of AIMS which is fatigue.
•    Dizziness: A feeling of falling down, it is the early symptoms of AMS.
•    Malaise: Malaise is the feeling of being sick which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
•    Swelling of hands, feet & face: Due to the accumulation of fluids, the tissues swell which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.

Symptoms associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness includes:
•    Cyanosis (alteration of skin color into bluish or purplish)
•    Chest tightness or congestion
•    Confusion
•    Coughing up blood
•    Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
•    Grey or pale complexion
•    Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
•    Shortness of breath at rest
At high altitude, all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.


High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?
•    Breathlessness
•    A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
•    Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
•    Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
•    Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)? 
•    Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
•    Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
•    Nausea/vomiting
•    Loss of balance or coordination
•    Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
•    Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
•    Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
•    Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
•    Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
•    Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
•    Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
•    Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.

Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS.  Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
•    Don’t ascent up rapidly.
•    Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
•    Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
•    Climb high and sleep low.
•    Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
•    Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
•    Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
•    Never leave or descent sick person along.
•    Avoid getting cold.
•    Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
•    Sleep more than normal.

Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.
With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition.  So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal,please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.

On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.

Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

Our company is not only governmentally recognize but also affiliated with several other national and international agencies related to tourism. Our Managing Director Mr. Surya Bahadur Ghimire has already performed Media and press coordinator role being the Executive Member for two years (2015-2017) in TAAN (TREKKING AGENCIES ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL), which is only an umbrella organization of all trekking agencies’ in Nepal. 

Why is Tipping essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the same percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly be invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.


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Trip highlights

  • Authentic Sherpa culture in the mountain villages
  • Feel the warm hospitality of the families of born mountaineers.
  • The sacred Wheel prayer engraved with Buddhist mantras, colorful prayer flags portraying spirituality, the memorials.
  • View the stunning sunrise or sunset from Kalapattar.
  • The glacial walk over the Khumbu Glacier
  • One of the most popular trekking trails in the world which offers the combination of natural and cultural beauty.
  • Explore the landscape of the whole Khumbu region, green forests with rare wild animals and birds, lush valleys with spectacular views of the world tallest mountains.
  • Pass through three important passes of the Everest Region—Kongma La (5,535/18,159 ft), Cho La (5420m/17,782ft) and Renjo La(5,340m/17,520ft)

Why with us?

  • Your Safety Come first.
  • Great Value of Money
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Social Responsibility
  • Tailor-Made Program
  • Financial protection

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