One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure! And surmounting the Three Passes is no less than an expedition in itself, where you spark up your wanderlust, witness the world from an unimaginable perspective, and explore the heart of the Himalayas. It truly is unlike any of the other treks in Nepal!

The Three Passes Trek is an upgraded version of the globally renowned and often ventured Everest Base Camp Trek. It unveils the mysteries of the Himalayas and takes you further than any other trek in the region. The eerie persona of Mount Everest looms over you as you explore numerous Sherpa settlements overlooking tremendous valley purviews, yogi-still emerald lakes, thundering massifs, and statuesque passes.

Set foot on the alpinist passes of Kongma La, which is considered the most difficult in Nepal; the rewarding passes of Renjo La; and a glacial crossing into Cho La. And be held in awe and wonder as you retreat into the wonderful adventure that is the majestic Gokyo Lake. 

And if Everest Base Camp is one of your deepest desires, then don’t despair. This trek also takes you to the foot of the world’s most famous mountain, and gives you the chance to glimpse the rustic lifestyle of mountain-dwelling Sherpa villages through ancient forests and lyrical rivers as you make your way to the landmark of Kala Pathar.

Trip Highlights

    • Three Passes Trek, is where the journey to the top of the world really starts. With 360-degree mountain views (mountains as far as the eye can see!), this is the REAL taste of the Himalayas.

    • The Three Passes Trek is an all-year excitement to venture, which brings with it a variety of delectable options specific to each season. For instance, the spring will captivate you with mesmerizing views of blooming rhododendrons and swaying woods. The second best season falls between September to November when the rainfalls have just stopped, and mountains are awaiting the season’s snow. Be amused with the unbelievable clear sights of the highest massif of the world. WOW!

    • A scenic crossing of Renjo La Pass through the glacier to reach pristine Gokyo Lakes. These lakes are crystal clear lakes where beautiful fairies fly at midnight. Also renowned as the highest freshwater lake system globally, Gokyo Lake is endearing and a must-go place to visit in all seasons. Relish the romantic ambiance as you approach the yogi-still lakes in the core of a cold, frozen desert!

    • The Three Passes at no man’s land awaits adventuresome souls to traverse at 5,000 meters. Kongma La (5,540m) is considered the most difficult as it pushes you past your limits - but the sense of achievement afterwards is well worth the effort. After that, Cho La Pass (5,420m) introduces you to four of the six highest peaks in the world- – Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,470m), and Cho Oyu (8,201m) and many other known peaks.

    • This trek traverses in a way that can help minimise the risk of altitude-related sickness (ie. Acute Mountain Sickness). Taking the counterclockwise route towards Everest Base Camp compared to the traditional route allows for a more gradual ascent, giving you more time to acclimatize. This diversion is also beneficial as the trek is less crowded, and you get to have more fun in lodges communicating with locals and cherishing solitude in wild views of the Himalayas. From EBC the trail redirects westwards through the always moving glaciers and crosses the famous passes into Gokyo Lakes before descending back to Namche Bazar. Sounds interesting, right?!

    • Sagarmatha National Park: A protected area in the Himalayas dominated by snow-capped mountains including Mount Everest (Sagarmatha), and encompasses glaciers, valleys, and trails. It is home to many species of rare animals and birds like the snow leopard, musk deer, and red panda. 

    • The Solu-Khumbu region is the homeland of the Sherpas, Buddhist people who migrated there from the Tibetan plateau around the 15th century. Get acquainted with the rich culture, tradition and mountaineering history of the guardians of the Himalayas, the Sherpa people.

    • Lukla airport, also known as the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, is situated atop a cliff and drops off downwards at the end of the runway and is sure to be the most adventurous flight you’ve ever undertaken in your life.

    • Namche Bazaar, also known as the gateway to Mount Everest, is famous for being a trading point and a resting place for trekkers. Visible from this town are the mountains KongdeRi (6,187m) and Thamserku (6,623m). A fascinating Sherpa Museum sits atop Namche Bazaar. 

    • Get to know more about Buddhism, as you will find many monasteries in the region. One of the most famous being the Tengboche monastery. It is a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community, and trekkers often visit to receive blessings for a successful journey from the Buddhist monks who reside there. You can visit the Khumjung monastery to take a look at the alleged Yeti’s scalp! 

    • The sacred Khumbila mountain (5,761m), roughly translated as "God of Khumbu", is one of the high Himalayan peaks that people are not permitted to climb due to its holy association. However, it can be enjoyed in the backdrop during this trek.

    • Kala Patthar, a notable landmark located above Gorakshep, provides spectacular views of Everest, Nuptse, and Changtse as well as glimpses of the northern flank and summit of Lhotse. Kala Patthar (5545m) is considered the highest altitude most will reach without a climbing permit, which must be obtained in Kathmandu, at the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

    • The Khumbu Glacier is located between Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. With elevations of 4,900 m (16,100 ft) at its terminus to 7,600 m (24,900 ft) at its source, it is the world's highest glacier. The Ngozumpa glacier, sitting below the sixth highest mountain in the world Cho Oyu in Nepal, is considered the longest in the Himalayas, at a length of 36 km (22 mi)!

    • If you happen to do this trek in spring, then magnificent rhododendron blossoms await you from the lower stretches between Lukla and Namche. Trust us, it’s worth considering to plan your trek for this time because the experience of trekking through these blossoms is amazing!

    Want the ultimate cultural experience? 

    Why not Plan Your Trip to coincide with local festivals such as Dmje, Mani Rimdu, Buddha Jayanti (Birthday of Lord Buddha), GyalpoLhosar (Tibetan New Year). Just Contact Us to find out more about these festivals and when they fall each year.

Trip Features

  • Price :$2,795 USD per person
  • Trip Duration :17 days
  • Group Size : Min. 1 pax
  • Accommodation : Teahouse
  • Max. Elevation : 5,550m
  • Activities : Trekking
  • Grade : Challenging
  • Group Discount :
  • $2,395 USD per person for groups of 4-8 pax
  • $2,195 USD per person for groups of 9+
  • Single Supplement :
  • $225 USD per person (in groups of 2+ See our Travel Guide for more information

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