Everest Three Passes Trek via Renjo-La, Cho-La and Khongma-La Pass, 20 Days
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Everest Three Passes Trek via Renjo-La, Cho-La and Khongma-La Pass, 20 Days

Days: 20 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)

Everest Three Passes Trek is one of the most exciting treks to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, Everest (8848.86m), which offers trekkers a lifetime experience amid magnificent geological setting and natural diversity. Everest Three Passes Trek is situated in the Everest or Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal. It is a trek to Gokyo and Everest Base Camp through the three high passes of Everest region: Renjo La (5360m), Cho La (5420m), and Kongma La (5535m). All three passes offer breathtaking views of massive mountains such as Everest (8848.86m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8481m), Pumori (7161m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), and many other mountain peaks in the Khumbu region. 

The 20-days Everest Three Passes Trek is a challenging and strenuous trek but worth every struggle for the exposure to nature and culture, it gives to the trekkers. The journey starts from flying to Lukla relishing the amazing snow-capped mountain views. Throughout the journey, the trekkers pass through several Sherpa villages, which give them an opportunity to meet friendly Sherpa people and understand their unique culture and lifestyle. The trekkers also pass through Khumjung village, the largest Sherpa village in the Khumbu region. The trekking route also passes through several ancient monasteries, which provides them with an insight of Buddhism in the Himalayas. Crossing the first pass, Renjo La (5360m) takes the trekkers to the pristine Gokyo Lakes and Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Khumbu region. The trail across the second pass, Cho La (5420m), leads to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and Kalapatthar (5550m), both of which provide an amazing view of Khumbu Icefall and glaciers along with the majestic Khumbu Himalayas. The walk across Khongma La Pass (5535m) marks the start of the return trek to Namche, Lukla, and then a flight back to Kathmandu. The three passes trek is the perfect combination of natural beauty with profound cross-cultural discovery. 

Highlights of the Trek: 

  • Guided sightseeing tour in World heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley,
  •  the definitive Himalayan trek to the foot of Mt. Everest through breathless high alpine landscapes, 
  •  visiting an ancient Buddhist Monasteries where Yeti Skull kept, 
  •  spectacular touching the tops of some of the most famous mountains in the Himalaya, 
  •  crossing over high suspension bridges, homeland of Sherpa people and their pictureaque villages along the trail, 
  •  mirror the towering landscape all around, 
  •  stunning view point at Kalapattar, 
  •  following in the footsteps of great mountaineers, 
  •  smooth walking up and down through the dense Rhododendron and Pine forest, 
  •  scenic mountain flight in and out of Lukla, 
  •  meeting with local Sherpa people, 
  •  passing several Buddhist monuments,
  •  detouring off the main trail and exploring the excellent excursions from Chhukung Ri, 
  •  well-maintained trails and confortable lodges, but the trekking routes here start higher and stay higher. 

Swiss Family Treks and Expedition is a renowned travel company in Nepal, running since 2002. We make sure your stay in Nepal remains joyful and unforgettable. We deal with all kind of legal permits to travel in the country. We assign you a local English speaking guide so that you can make the most out of the trip. We get you the best accommodation in the area to make your stay a comfortable one. So, remember us if you're planning for a trip to the Himalayas.

Fact of the trek

Trek Region
Everest Region
Type of Trek
20 Days
Highest Elevation
5,550 m (18,209 ft)
Full board during the trek
4* Hotel in Kathmandu & lodges during the trek
Best Season
Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) & Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by
Domestic Flight & Private Vehicle

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1338m

Pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport by our company representative, and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private vehicle
Today, you visit the famous places of Kathmandu valley that includes Swayambhunath stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. Our local guide will accompany you to help you to navigate as well as to give you an insight of the Nepalese culture and history. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m/40 minutes & trek to Phakding 2610m/3-4 hours
Leaving the capital city behind, we catch our early morning scenic flight to Lukla. After landing in the most thrilling airport of the world, Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, we begin our first-day trek towards Phakding following the up and down trail through rhododendron forest. We also walk past several Buddhist monasteries and Chortens along the way. Overnight at a lodge in Phakding. 

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m/5-6 hours
Crossing several suspension bridges on our way, we reach Monjo village. We continue to trek gently ascending through steep trail and again cross a suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River before reaching Namche Bazaar, which is also known as the gateway to Everest. We get the first panoramic view of Everest (8848.86m) from the tourist hub of Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Acclimatization Day, Hike to Everest View hotel and down to Khumjung and Khunde village for visiting Monasteries
We spend this day taking a short and pleasant hike to Everest View Hotel (3880m) which offers a panoramic view of different mountains like Everest (8848.86m), Thamserku (6623m), and others. After taking a few photographs, we hike to Khumjung, the largest Sherpa village in the Khumbu region, to visit the ancient monastery. We can also see the skull of yeti preserved inside the monastery. We then continue to trek towards Khunde village and visit the old monastery before returning back to Namche. Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar. 

Day 6: Trek from Namche to Thame 3800m/5-6 hours
Today, we head towards Thame passing several villages, Chortens, prayer flags, and monasteries along the way. Ascending alongside Bhote Koshi River, we can view the skyline graced with several snow-capped mountains of Khumbu region. Then, crossing a bridge over the Bhote Koshi River, we finally arrive in Thame. Overnight at a lodge in Thame.

Day 7: Trek from Thame to Lumde 4370m/4-5 hours
Leaving behind Thame, we begin our trek climbing over the moraine and follow a route that is used by the traders for centuries across the Nangpa-La into Tibet until we reach Marulung. Still following Bhote Koshi River upstream, we come across many Chortens and monasteries on our way to Marulung. We then continue to ascend to Lumde for an overnight stay. Overnight at a lodge in Lumde.

Day 8: Trek from Lumde to Gokyo 4790m/7-8 hours, via Renjo-La 5360m
Today, we ascend until we reach Renjo-La (5360m) which offers a breathtaking view of the rooftops of Gokyo valley shining distantly on the shore of the lake. We come across small glacial lakes as we walk on a steep and slippery trail to reach the top of Renjo La for a panoramic view of massive peaks of Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8848.86m), Cholatse (6335m), and Taboche (6367m). After enjoying the stunning view, we descend to Gokyo valley. Gokyo valley sits behind the third Gokyo Lake. You can spend the evening around the pristine lake. Overnight at a lodge in Gokyo. 

Day 9: Exploration to Fourth and Fifth Lake
We take a day off from trekking and spend this day exploring the Gokyo valley. We go to visit fourth and fifth lake climbing the hill on the north shore. We are also rewarded with the mesmerizing view of Cho Oyu (8201m) and Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier of Khumbu region. After exploring the lake, we return back to Gokyo for an overnight stay. Overnight at a lodge in Gokyo.

Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo-Ri 5360m to Thangnak 4700m/2-3 hours
We take an early morning hike to Gokyo Ri to view the amazing sunrise over the snow-capped mountain peaks. Beside sunrise, the viewpoint also offers an awe-inspiring view of Everest (8848.86m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m), Nuptse (7861m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Pumori (7161m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and other peaks. We, then, climb down to Gokyo and continue our trek to Thangnak. We walk on the icy and slippery path through the massive Ngozumpa Glacier to arrive in Thangnak. Overnight at a lodge in Thangnak. 

Day 11: Trek from Thangnak to Dzongla 4830m/6-7 hours via Cho-La Pass 5420m
We continue to trek gradually ascending on the steep rocky trail which leads us to our second pass i.e. Cho-La Pass (5420m). Ascending on a slippery path with difficult icy crossing, we reach the top of Cho La Pass, which hosts a breathtaking panorama of Ama Dablam (6856m) and Cholatse (6440m). We then make a steep descent to Dzongla stumbling across frozen lake, Chortens and prayer flags. Overnight at a lodge in Dzongla. 

Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche 4910m/3-4 hours 
Today, we head towards Gorakshep passing the village of Lobuche which is a major joining point of the classic trek to EBC. Accompanied by the stunning Himalayan range in the background. Later in the afternoon, you can climb the ridge east of the vallage for your first views of the Khumbu Glacier, with Mt. Everest mostly obscured by Lhotse and Nuptse. Overnight at a lodge in Lobuche. 

Day 13: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep 5140m/2-3 hours and Exploring the Everest Base Camp 5364m
We trek following the trail in the left bank of Khumbu Glacier and ascend steeply until we finally reach Gorakshep. Today, we spend the full day exploring the areas nearby the Everest Base Camp which takes about 2 hours to reach from Gorakshep. The trail to Everest Base Camp is a steep ascend on a moraine route. Basecamp offers an unreal view of Everest (8848.86m) along with an amazing panorama of Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Lingtren (6749m), Khumbutse (6636m), and other peaks of Khumbu region. We return back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay. Overnight at a lodge in Gorakshep.

Day 14: Hike to Kala Patthar and trek from Gorak Shep to Lobuche 4910m/2-3 hours
To view the amazing sunrise over the mountain peaks, we take an early morning hike to Kala Patthar before sunrise. The viewpoints offer an incredible view of Everest (8848.86m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8516m), Khumbutse (6636m), and many other peaks of Khumbu region. After the amazing sunrise view, we hike back to our campsite and continue to trek towards Lobuche passing the Changri Glacier. Overnight at a lodge in Lobuche. 

Day 15: Trek from Lobuche to Chhukhung 4730m/6-7 hours via Khongma-La 5535m
Today, we trek to Chhukhung via our last pass: Khongma-La Pass (5535m). We cross the Khumbu Glacier and continue to ascend towards Khongma-La. The top of the pass provides an amazing view of different Himalayan ranges. After spending some time, we continue to steeply descend towards Chhukhung. Overnight at a lodge in Chhukhung. 

Day 16: Trek from Chhukhung to Pangboche 3930m/4-5 hours
Hiking through the rocky trail, we make our way up to Chhukhung Ri (5550m) which offers a great view of Makalu (8481m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and many more peaks. We then descend steeply passing through yak pastureland and monasteries to reach Pangboche via Dingboche and Somare. Overnight at a lodge in Pangboche. 

Day 17: Trek from Pangboche to Namche 3440m/5-6 hours,
Leaving behind the village of Pangboche, we begin to trek to Tengboche through the forested trail. Upon reaching Tengboche, we can visit Tengboche Monastery which is the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. We then continue to descend till Dudh Koshi River and make a climb until Kyangjuma before reaching Namche. Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar. 

Day 18: Trek from Namche to Lukla 2840m/6-7 hours,
For our last day trek, we head towards Lukla through the forested path filled with rhododendrons and pine trees. Crossing over several suspension bridges over Bhote Koshi River, we walk past Phakding and several other Sherpa settlements as we continue to trek to Lukla for an overnight stay. Overnight at a lodge in Lukla. 

Day 19: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 40 minutes
We catch our early morning 40-minute scenic flight to Kathmandu. We then transfer you to a hotel in Kathmandu and give rest of the day to yourself. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 20: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Our company representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport approximately 3 hours before scheduled flight.

Pricing for Group Size Basis:
All inclusive Trek Price for single trekker; USD 2605
All inclusive Trek Price for 2 trekkers basis; USD 2150 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 3 trekkers basis; USD 2000 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 4 trekkers basis; USD 1870 per person 

Join with Us on a Everest Three Passes Trek in 2022/2023.

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at snftnepal@yahoo.de

NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks  & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.

Dates Price Adult Status *
2022-11-06 to 2022-11-25 USD 1,870
EUR 1.883
SFr 1.777
Trip is guaranteed
* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Trek Package Cost includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 3 nights deluxe accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 4* Hotel Kathmandu Guest House or Dalai-La Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu City Tours as per above program, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide, car / van.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee, hot/cold filter during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation in the mountains.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter between 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, equipment and their insurance.
* Round Trip flight to & from Lukla & Domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla.
* First Aid medical kit.
* Sagarmatha National Park Permit and other necessary permits.
* Government taxes.
* Office Service charge.

Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee. 
* Items and expenses of a personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Trekking Equipment (down sleeping bag and down jackets are available to hire or buy in Kathmandu).
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Horse renting and additional porters used due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver... 
                                                Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

Everest Three Passes Trek via Renjo-La, Cho-La and Khongma-La Pass, 20 Days


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