The Everest three passes trek gives an all-round tour of the famous Khumbu Valley of Nepal. This is a hard trek following through the Renjo la Pass (5,340m/17,520ft), Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,586ft) and over the Chola Pass (5,330m/17,487ft) making a circuit of Tawache (6,367m/20,890ft) and Cholatse (6,440m/21,129ft), Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft), Kalapatthar (5,545m/18,192ft) and Kongma la Pass (5,535m/18,160ft). This trek refers to as the Everest traverse trek also. The trip highlights adventure, Sherpa culture and their village life.
The highest peak in the world and magnificent panoramas of the Himalayas, lakes, high passes of Renjo, Chola and Kongma la are the major attractions of this trek. The Renjo-Chola pass-Everest Base Camp and Kongma la pass trek is for passionate trekkers who are looking for more challenging treks that involve some of the high mountain passes in the world. The summit of Gokyo Ri provides a lifetime memory from where a 360 degree view of Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,907ft), Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,028ft) and Mt. Makalu (8,463m/27,767ft) is truly panoramic. Additionally, an excursion to the fourth and fifth lakes would be an extra adventure from Gokyo.
The crossing of Chola pass involves a long steady climb up the valley from Thangnak (also spelt as Tagnak) and a drop of about 300 meters into the valley again and then a steep climb of about 500 meters across the loose rocks and boulders to the top. The trek then continues up to Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp. After Everest Base Camp, we take a challenge accross the Kongma la pass and reach Chhukung. We trek back to Lukla along the Dudh Koshi valley via Tengboche and Namche Bazaar.
|01||Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding||2,610m/8,563ft||Fly: 35 minutes
Trek: 3-4 hours
|02||Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar||3,446m/11,306ft||Trek: 5-6 hours|
|03||Rest day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatisation||3,446m/11,306ft||Free time|
|04||Trek Namche Bazaar to Thame||3,820m/12,533ft||Trek: 4-5 hours|
|05||Trek Thame to Marlung/Marulung||4,210m/13,813ft||Trek: 5-6 hours|
|06||Trek Marlung to Gokyo crossing over Renjo la pass||5,340m/17,520ft||Trek: 8-9 hours|
|07||Climb at Gokyo Ri in the morning||5,360m/17,586ft||Trek: 2-3 hours|
|08||Trek Gokyo to Thangnak||4,950m/16,241ft||Trek: 3-4 hours|
|09||Trek Thangnak to Dzonglha crossing over Chola pass||5,330m/17,487ft||Trek: 6-7 hours|
|10||Trek Dzonglha to Lobuche||4,910m/16,109ft||Trek: 2-3 hours|
|11||Trek to Everest Base Camp, return trek to Gorakshep||5,364m/17,598ft||Trek: 7-8 hours|
|12||Trek/Climb to Kalapatthar and return trek to Lobuche||5,545m/18,192ft||Trek: 5-6 hours|
|13||Trek Lobuche to Chhukung crossing over Kongma la pass||5,535m/18,160ft||Trek: 7-8 hours|
|14||Trek Chhukung to Pangboche||3,930m/12,894ft||Trek: 4-5 hours|
|15||Trek Pangboche to Namche Bazaar||3,446m/11,306ft||Trek: 5-6 hours|
|16||Return trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla||2,840m/9,318ft||Trek: 6-7 hours|
|17||Fly Lukla to Kathmandu||1,350m/4,430ft||Fly: 35 minutes|
Trip Customization with Island Peak
This trek can also be customized with Island Peak for those who are also looking for small peak climbing. Please visit the combined itinerary of Three Passes with Island Peak Climb.
- The fabulous Renjo la pass (5,340m/17,520ft)
- The challenging Chola pass (5,330m/17,487ft)
- The adventurous Kongma la pass (5,535m/18,160ft)
- The spectacular views from Gokyo Ri
- An excursion trek to the fourth and fifth lakes
- Amazing view of the Khumbu Ice-fall
- Scenic mountain flight to/from Lukla