- Total Duration:19 Days
- Best Time:March to May in spring and September to mid-December
- Max Elevation:5554 m/18221 ft
- Trip Grade:Moderate
- Start Point:Kathmandu
- End Point:Kathmandu
- Group Size:2-12
- Transportation:Private Vehicle
- Meals:Full board included
3 pass trek is one of the most authentic adventure trek in Everest facilitating the crossing of 3 different high passes which are not counted on the standard Everest trail, Renjo La (5,388m/17,513ft), Cho La (5,380m/17,650ft) and Kongma La (5,535m/18,159).
Everest Base Camp Trek via crossing three high passes is designed for adventurers. It is popular for its spectacular sceneries of surrounding mountains and the risk involved while crossing the glaciated crevasses. The continuous trekking/hiking on the mountains can be tiresome. After the long day of trek, the hospitality and service offered by the local inhabitants (Sherpa) can make your night pleasant.
Highlights of 3 – Passes Trek
The typical trail of trekking in Nepal, which goes up and down the rolling hills so many times like the waves in an ocean.
The landscapes including the Himalayan panorama that gradually comes closer and becomes more wonderful as the trek goes higher to Everest Base Camp. Also, the views of deep Dudh Koshi River Valley blended so well with the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park
The authentic Sherpa culture in the mountainous villages that we encounter during our Everest Base Camp Trek and the warm hospitality of the families of inborn mountaineers.
The highland monasteries, the sacred main walls engraved with Buddhist prayers, colorful prayer flags portraying spirituality, the memorials, chortens and the every aspect that demonstrates Tantric Buddhism of Nygingma Pa Sect.
The floral and faunal biodiversity of Sagarmatha National Park.
Kalapathar for the whole view of Everest.
The glacial walk over Khumbu Glacier that extends from Khumbu Icefall. The most important highlight the Everest Base Camp itself.
The Gokyo Lakes and the Gokyo River from where 360 degree of Himalayan Panorama is seen.
Three major passes which can be an experience of your lifetime. The Kongma La pass is the highest pass among them. Cho La pass is an Icy and interesting glacier crossing of Ngozumpa before the pass, whereas, Renjo La pass is recently found by an experienced Sherpas. This is a fusion of adventure and ethnic Himalaya culture at its best.
- Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1400m/4600ft)
- Day 2Kathmandu sightseeing tour. (Altitude: 1350m/4428ft)
- Day 3Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (Altitude: Lukla at 2800m/9184ft & Phakding (2652m/8698ft))
- Day 4Trek to Namche (Altitude: 3440m/11283ft)
- Day 5Namche Bazaar-Acclimatize day (Altitude: 3440m)
- Day 6Trek to Thame (Altitude: 3800m)
- Day 7Trek to Lumde (Altitude: 4137m)
- Day 8Trek to Gokyo via Renjo La Pass (Altitude at Renjo La Pass: 5465m/17,929 ft, Altitude at Gokyo Lake: 4800m/ 15748ft)
- Day 9Trek to Thaknak (Altitude: 4750m/15580ft)
- Day 10Trek to Zungla via Cho La Pass (Altitude: 5367m/17604f)
- Day 11Trek to Gorakshep (Altitude: 5,160m/16,929ft)
- Day 12Hike up to the Base Camp (Altitude: 5,357m/17,575ft)
- Day 13Hike to Kalapathar and Trek to Lobuche (Altitude: Kalapathar at 5545m)
- Day 14Trek to Chukung via Kongma La Pass (Altitude: 4,730m/15,518ft)
- Day 15Trek to Tengboche (Altitude: 3,867m/12684ft)
- Day 16Trek to Namche (Altitude: 3440m/11,284ft)
- Day 17Trek to Lukla (Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft)
- Day 18Flight to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350m/4428ft)
- Day 19Departure day (Altitude: 1400 m/4600 ft)
- Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1400m/4600ft)
On arrival at Kathmandu, we will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the traveler's recommended Hotel Blue horizon or similar hotel. Later we will meet with you and take you to our head office. There we will give a brief instruction about your upcoming Trek with us and introduce you to our trekking guide. In the evening, we'll be hosting a welcome dinner at one of the finest local restaurant with music and ethnic dance.
- Day 2
Kathmandu sightseeing tour. (Altitude: 1350m/4428ft)
After breakfast we will depart for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, also known as the “City of Temples”. We will start our visit from Kathmandu Durbar Square where lies the Kasthamandap temple, which is also believed to have been build from a single tree as well as the name Kathmandu is also believed to be derived from Kasthamandap. Many other places like Kumari Chen (The house of the living goddess Kumari), Kal Bhairav, Hanuman Dhoka and Taleju Temple are also within the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Afterwards, we will take you to visit Swayambhunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in the world which is majestically set high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley. After that we will continue our tour to visit Patan Dhoka (also known as City of Fine Arts) which includes Patan Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir, Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), etc. with a visit to the Tibetan Handicraft Centre where you can see the art of making carpets by the Tibetan refugees. And after the tour we will return back to the hotel.
- Day 3
Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (Altitude: Lukla at 2800m/9184ft & Phakding (2652m/8698ft))
As per flight time, our Guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to the domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. It's a very scenery flight with about 35 minutes. Once we reach to the Lukla airport we will leave for the lodge and have our breakfast and then prepare our luggage for the Porters and then start walking through the stone paved trails towards Bhaisekharka. It is a few ups downs to get to Phakding while passing through plenty of prayer Rocks (Mani in local language). After reaching the lodge at Phakding, we can get refresh and take a short walk to the village or hike up to the Gompas to get acclimatize.
- Day 4
Trek to Namche (Altitude: 3440m/11283ft)
After our hot breakfast at the lodge, the trail will lead us towards the suspension bridge and easy uphill to the Monju from where Sagarmatha National Park begins. After short National Park formalities, we will drop down to the river, while crossing another suspension bridge and continue our walk to the high Hilary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge, the trail leads uphill to the Namche Bazaar. On the way, you can get a great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and more with beautiful valleys.
- Day 5
Namche Bazaar-Acclimatize day (Altitude: 3440m)
You will be exploring the Museum and visit Khumjung village and Khongde village where you can enjoy the views of Mt. Everest and surroundings peaks with Sherpa culture. You can also visit Thame which is an old Sherpa village as an option. Remaining day, you can explore Namche Bazaar where you can get access to the Internet or visit National Park head office, Museum and monastery as per your interest and time. And we will stay overnight at Namche.
- Day 6
Trek to Thame (Altitude: 3800m)
After breakfast at Namche, the trail will lead us to the old village called Thamo which is an easy walk through the valley. Thamo is a small Sherpa village. After exploring the village, the trail leads will continue to Thame. After lunch and rest, we can explore the Sherpa village and learn about its culture and traditions. You can also visit a Hydro power project there. We will stay overnight at Thame.
- Day 7
Trek to Lumde (Altitude: 4137m)
After our breakfast at the lodge, we will take an easy walk to Marlung through the Bhote Koshi River where you can take a short break. Then the trail will lead us uphill to Lumde through the dry valley, which is an interesting walk with the views of the snow peaked mountains and the valley. As we go further, we will not come across any villages or Sherpas as Thame is the last village of the valley. Once we get into the village, we will hike a little higher, where the lodge is located to get acclimatize. And stay overnight there.
- Day 8
Trek to Gokyo via Renjo La Pass (Altitude at Renjo La Pass: 5465m/17,929 ft, Altitude at Gokyo Lake: 4800m/ 15748ft)
After our breakfast, we will follow the trail that leads uphill for 1 and half hour and then take an easy walk for a while. At the end, there is hard climb to get to the top of the Renjo La from where you will have an awesome view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse and other surrounding peaks. You will also get to see breathtaking view of Gokyo Lake. From the top of the Renjo La the trail will start to drop down to the Third Lake (Gokyo Lake) and reach to the lodge. After some rest at Gokyo lodge, we take a short climb to the ridge from where you will explore the Glacier with its amazing look with the small glacier lakes around it.
- Day 9
Trek to Thaknak (Altitude: 4750m/15580ft)
This is an easy day but, we suggest you to start early because you will be walking through the longest glacier of Nepal called Ngozumpa glacier. While crossing this glacier you will be able to hear the sounds produced by the rock falling into the small glacier lake. There are many rocks on the way which has ice underneath. During the sunny day, ice melts pretty fast so we should cross this glacier before the sun gets strong. Once you get in to the Thaknak, we will be climbing up to the small hill for acclimatize. And stay overnight at the lodge.
- Day 10
Trek to Zungla via Cho La Pass (Altitude: 5367m/17604f)
This day will be the difficult part of the trip. Starting the day right after the breakfast, we will be climbing steep for a while and then the trail will drop down to the bottom of the Chola. After that the trail will lead us through the rock toward, the top which is a steep climbing. There are some Buddhist prayer flags on the top of the pass which has great views of the mountains. There is an icy part for a while and again the trail will drop down through the huge rock with an easy walk at the end to get to the Zungla. And stay overnight at Zungla.
- Day 11
Trek to Gorakshep (Altitude: 5,160m/16,929ft)
After our breakfast at the lodge, we will walk an easy downhill for a while and few up and down to the Lobuche. Then the trail will lead us toward Gorakshep through the rocky trail. On the way, you will get great views of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori and many more. You will also be able to see Khumbu Glacier on the way. After few ups and downs, we will reach at Gorakshep which is located at the bottom of Kalapathar and stay overnight there.
- Day 12
Hike up to the Base Camp (Altitude: 5,357m/17,575ft)
This is the day which will fulfill our dream to visit the base camp of the highest peak in the earth. It’s a 3 hour walk through the ridge of the Khumbu glacier. You will get to enjoy the surrounding views of the glacier and mountains. There are Buddhist prayer flags which are the symbol of the Base Camp. During the climbing season there will be many tends with colorful looking around. After exploring around, we will trek down to the lodge and spend the remaining day with a chill out at the lodge.
- Day 13
Hike to Kalapathar and Trek to Lobuche (Altitude: Kalapathar at 5545m)
Today, we will start our day without breakfast in the morning for a 2 hour hike up to Kalapathar, from where the greatest view point of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori , Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamerserku, Mera Peak and many more. After enjoying the peaks, we will trek down to the lodge at Gorakshep for breakfast and continue our walk down to Lobuche. And stay overnight at the lodge.
- Day 14
Trek to Chukung via Kongma La Pass (Altitude: 4,730m/15,518ft)
After breakfast at the lodge, our day will start by walking through Khumbu glacier towards east. After crossing the glacier and river the trail will lead up to the pass, which is the highest pass of this trip. There will be no tea shop and water resource so that we will have to carry few bottles of water to drink. After a difficult climb to the top, the trail drops steep down to the Chukung valley where our day will end.
- Day 15
Trek to Tengboche (Altitude: 3,867m/12684ft)
Today will be an easy day to downhill through the valley. The trail continues to lead down to the Dingboche, where after a walk valley will change through few Sherpa villages. After, Pangboche village the trail will start to drop down the river and cross the bridge and lead us up to the Tengboche where the oldest Monastery is situated at the top of the hill. In the evening we can visit Monastery and see the Buddhist chanting ceremony.
- Day 16
Trek to Namche (Altitude: 3440m/11,284ft)
Our day will start by walking steep downhill through the Rhododendron forest. Once we reach at the bottom of the hill, we'll cross the bridge and climb through the steep Pine and Juniper forest to the Khumjung. After exploring the village at Khumjung for lunch we'll continue our walk to Namche Bazaar for overnight stay.
- Day 17
Trek to Lukla (Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft)
After breakfast at the lodge, the trail will drop downhill through the pine forest till the bridge and we will continue to walk to the Monju. After some formalities at the check post of the National park at Monju we will continue our walk to the Phakding for lunch. The last day of our trek will come to an end at Lukla.
- Day 18
Flight to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350m/4428ft)
Normally flights are always in the morning due to the weather. So our guide will be doing all the airport formalities, by the time you can have your breakfast at the lodge. Your luggage will reach the airport with the help of our Sherpas and porters. Once guide comes with the news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, will inform you. You can also watch how the small aircraft lands at the small airstrip. After quick photograph, get in to the airport and straight away get in to the plane to fly out to Kathmandu. Once you are at the airport at Kathmandu, guide will assist to get in to your hotel by private vehicle. At evening time we will have cultural dinner with Alaya Holidays.
- Day 19
Departure day (Altitude: 1400 m/4600 ft)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will drop you at the airport for your onward flight as per time. If you have a late flight, you can use the time to do last minute shopping if you wish to take back anything for your family.
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
- An experienced, English or French speaking and government-
licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- Alaya Holiday's trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
- Farewell dinner by Alaya Holidays
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Nepalese visa fee
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)