Everest High Passes Trek - 16 Days

Everest High Passes Trek is the longest and the hardest trekking in the Everest Region. The hike will take us to three high passes: Renjo La, Cho La, and the Kongma La Passes.

Coupled with the alias, Everest Three Passes Trek, the trek through the passes will make you wonder how hard the life in the Himalayas is. Enjoy the views of the high Mahalangur Mountain Range. Also, experience the lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa people.

Trip Highlights

  • Three High Passes: Renjo La (4,790m), Cho La (5,420m), and Kongma La (5,528m) Pass
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Sherpa culture, tradition, and lifestyle
  • Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and other peaks of the Mahalangur Mountain Range
  • Tengboche Monastery, one of Nepal’s oldest monastery
  • Peak Climbing: Kala Patthar (5,545 meters) and Gokyo RI (5,357m)
  • Khumbu Glacier
  • Sagarmatha National Park
  • Tenzing and Hilary Airport
  • Gokyo Lakes
  • Scoundrel’s Viewpoint
  • Ngozumpa Glacier, largest glacial body of Nepal

Trip Overview

“A trek through Cho La Pass, Renjo La Pass and the Khongma La Pass with added attraction of the Everest Base camp and Gokyo Lakes”

Everest 3 Passes Trek, majorly known as the Everest High Pass Trek, is the most difficult trek of the Everest Region. With views of the base camp, Gokyo lakes and the high passes, this trek will turn you into a local with experience of the major part of the Region.

As the geographical location of Nepal is hillier than flat, we will need to climb up and down them to get to our destination. Hike along the Dudh Koshi River through the forest of pine and rhododendron. Our trekking journey starts with a 30-minutes scenic flight to the Lukla Airstrip. From there, it is all hikes up and down the valleys until we get to the first pass, the Renjo La Pass. As we cross the pass, we will reach the village with 5 bluish lakes and the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint with views of the eight-thousanders and the Ngozumpa Glacier. Encounter the second pass, the Cho La Pass before getting to Dzongla and hiking all the way up to the Everest Base Camp. Finally, we will come across the Kongma La Pass on our way to Chukkhung. With this trek, you will get the whole look of the Khumbu Region in one go.

Join us in this 16 days hiking expedition to challenge yourself and explore the Everest Region as it is. A decent to fairly fit fitness level is necessary to complete this trek. Usually, the walking period is 5-6 hours but, at times, we will need to walk for 7-8 hours a day. Contact us in case of professional expertise and a tailored trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m) to Phakding (2610m)

Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 03: Acclimatization Day

Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Lungden

Day 05: Lungden to Renjo La Pass (4790m) to Gokyo (4800m)

Day 06: Gokyo RI (5357) hike and Gokyo Lakes

Day 07: Gokyo to Thagnak (4695m)

Day 08: Thagnak to Cho La Pass (5420m) to Dzongla (4830m)

Day 09: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940m)

Day 10: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorakshep (5164m)

Day 11: Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) to Lobuche (4940m)

Day 12: Lobuche to Kongma La Pass (5528m) to Chukkhung (4730m)

Day 13: Chukkhung to Tengboche (3860m)

Day 14: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2860m)

Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 1
Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m) to Phakding (2610m)

With our preparation the previous night, we will start our journey with a drive to the international airport of Nepal. From there, a short 30-minutes flight will take us to the Tenzing and Hilary Airport of Lukla. After our arrival at the airstrip, we will meet the porters and then, sort out the most important things. Give the rest of the baggage to the porters to carry. From Luka, it is an easy walk along the Dudh Koshi River to arrive at the village of Phakding where we will rest for the day.

Day 2
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Walk uphill on a rough path to get to the village of Monjo. The village is the entry point of the Sagarmatha National Park and is also stays as one of the UNESCO listed World Heritage Site since 1979. Up and up through the rhododendron and pine forest to get to the village of Jorsalle before further hike up to the Sherpa Village. Namche Bazaar is the major trading center for the Sherpa people living in the upper Himalayas. The village offers panoramic views of the Kongde RI (6187m) and the Thamserku (6623m). The village also has the Syangboche Airport, which currently stays non-operational.

Day 3
Acclimatization Day

Today, we take a break from all the hassles of climbing and take a day off to stay safe from the Altitude Mountain Sickness. Since, we need to be safe from such illness, we will hike up to the Everest View Point from where we will have extraordinary views of the Everest, Cho Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8481m), Changtse (7550m) and several other peaks. After a nice look at the peaks, get back down to the village of Namche Bazaar to explore the Sherpa culture and tradition. Strike a conversation with the Sherpa elderly and listen to their stories to get a gist of their difficult lifestyle.

Day 4
Namche Bazaar to Lungden

A long day for us to cover! Wake up early and walk past the pine forest to get to the village of Thame. Thame is the village where the Tenzing Norgay Sherpa was born. There is a 300 years old monastery here, so after our visit there, we will start our long walk to the village of Lungden. Pass the village of Marlung before getting to the village of Lungden. The village lies just below the Renjo La Pass.

Day 5
Lungden to Renjo La Pass (4790m) to Gokyo (4800m)

Today, we hike up the Renjo La Pass and again drop down to arrive at the village of Gokyo. Hike up the steep path which will get steeper path near the end to get to the top of the Renjo La Pass. The top offers us views of the Ngozumpa Glacier, Mt. Everest and the Gokyo Lakes. Descend to make our way to the village of Gokyo. We will explore the 3rd Gokyo Lake, the Dudh Pokhari for the time being.

Day 6
Gokyo RI (5357) hike and Gokyo Lakes

Early in the morning, we set out to conquer the high peak of Gokyo RI. Up along the ridge with the sandy path and rocky boulders to slow us down. The top of the Gokyo RI offers us the views of the shiny peaks hit by the rising sun and also of the Gokyo Village sitting peacefully amidst the snowy valleys. We will hike down to the peak for breakfast. After that, we will hike to the 4th and 5th lakes of Gokyo. The 4th lake, Thonak Cho is the largest and the 5h lake, Gyazumpa Cho is the second largest of the Gokyo Lake system. If time lets us, we will also visit the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint to view the largest glacier of Nepal, the Ngozumpa Glacier. The point also offers us the views of the 4 eight-thousanders; Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu and the Lhotse. Get back to the village of Gokyo to end the day.

Day 7
Gokyo to Thagnak (4695m)

The walk from the village of Gokyo to the Thagnak Village is short and flat. So, we will start off late with our trekking journey. Just a couple of hours walk above the glacial moraine will take us to the village of Thagnak. Thagnak is only a small settlement with several lodges to help the climbers of the Cho La Pass.

Day 8
Thagnak to Cho La Pass (5420m) to Dzongla (4830m)

Start early as we head up to the top of the 2nd pass of our trekking journey. Keep ascending up through the rocky boulders and loose rubble to get to the top of the Cho La Pass. Enjoy the views of the Eastern snow-capped peaks and then start our hike downhill to reach Dzongla. The downhill walk might get a bit technical as the path is slippery and narrow. Check-in at the lodges quickly and then explore the surroundings.

Day 9
Dzongla to Lobuche (4940m)

Some steep path with more of an easier walk will take us to the village of Lobuche. During the day, we will be able to see the Cholatse, Amadablam and the Taboche peaks. Lobuche is also a small settlement with several lodges to support the trekkers of the Everest Base Camp.

Day 10
Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorakshep (5164m)

Let our dreams come true! Today, we will finally get the chance to look at the starting point of the Everest summit. Climb out of the village of Lobuche to get to the small settlement of Gorakshep, the last settlement before getting to the base camp. There, we will have lunch and leave unnecessary items at the tea house before starting our way up to the EBC. Finally, after a walk through thick ice, we will arrive at the Everest Base Camp. Enjoy your time at the Everest Base Camp.

Day 11
Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) to Lobuche (4940m)

Get up early once again to hike up to the top of the Kalapatthar. The walk up is narrow and difficult, but it is all worth it. After the hard climb through the rocky trail, we will arrive at our destination. The views from there are breathtaking as we see the glorious Everest, Nuptse, Changtse and also the Lhotse. The top of the Kalapatthar is home to the Mount Everest webcam, the highest webcam of the world. Hike back down to the small settlement of Gorakshep and track our way back to the village of Lobuche.

Day 12
Lobuche to Kongma La Pass (5528m) to Chukkhung (4730m)

An easy walk up the wide path will take us to the third pass of our journey. The walk to the Kongma La Pass is peaceful and straightforward. A downhill walk to the village of Chukkhung will end the day for us. Chukkhung lies just south of Lhotse and west of the Baruntse mountains. Also, the village is home to the Chukkhung RI at 5550 meters.

Day 13
Chukkhung to Tengboche (3860m)

Up through the pine forest to get to the village of Tengboche. It is the village with the oldest monastery of the Everest Region. The village offers splendid views of the Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse and the Thamserku peaks. Explore the Tengboche monastery with Tibetan influenced architectural designs.

Day 14
Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

A steep climb downhill will take us to the village of Phunki Thanga. From there, we will hike uphill until we reach the Kenjuma village. Kenjuma offers landscape views of the Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawache and the Thamserku peaks. A descent from Kenjuma will take us back to the trading hub of the Sherpa people.

Day 15
Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2860m)

With our bellies full, we start our hike downhill. Pass through the rhododendron forest to get to the entry point of the Sagarmatha National Park. From there, it is a steep downhill to get to the village of Phakding. An easy hike along the Dudh Koshi River will take us to the Lukla Village, where we will bid our porters goodbye.

Day 16
Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m)

The last day at the Everest Region! Wake up early to eat a fulfilling breakfast. Then, board the plane to fly out of the most dangerous airport of Nepal and have a last look at the snow-capped Himalayas. On our arrival at the city of temples, we will guide you to your hotel room and say goodbye to the adventure we had.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • AD-09
  • Nepal
  • Lukla
  • Lukla
  • 5,545m/18,192ft
  • 1-12
  • March to June, September to December