Everest Three Pass Circuit Trek


  • Cross three famous highest passes of the Everest region; Renjo La Pass (5,360m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Kongma La Pass (5,535m)
  • Opportunity to ascend Gokyo Ri and enjoy the stunning view of Gokyo lake, Gokyo valley, and surrounding mountains and Witness the majestic sunrise view over the towering massif peaks from Kala Patthar (5,550m) Enjoy the jaw-dropping views of lofty Himalayan peaks like Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam from Kongmo La Pass
  • Walk over the glacial path of Khumbu Glacier, the highest glacier in Nepal Relish the spectacular sight of Khumbu Icefall from the Everest Base Camp
  • Enjoy the jaw-dropping views of lofty Himalayan peaks like Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Lhotse,, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Makalu.


Embark Everest, Three Pass Circuit Trek, comprising of three high passes of the Everest region: Kongma La (5,535/18,159 ft), Cho La (5420m/17,782ft), and Renjo La (5,340m/17,520ft), which are also challenging highlights of our trek. Also known as Everest ‘Everest Circuit Trek' or Everest High Passes Trek, it's a great way to enjoy the less-traveled corners of Everest land.

Remote and beautiful landscapes, impressive mountains, narrow ridges, and magnificent villages make the trip a memorable experience for a lifetime. When you go for this trek, you get an opportunity to explore your dream destination: Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft), Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, besides the three passes of Khumbu (Everest).

We spend a day discovering the historic treasures of Kathmandu before flying to Lukla to start the trek. Then, we first take the classic trail through the Sherpa villages of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche. Leaving the classic Everest trail at Dingboche, we fork to Chhukung.

We climb Chhukung Ri to enhance acclimatization and for great mountain views. The next day, we cross our first among three high passes, the Kongma La, and reach Lobuche. From here, we spend two days getting to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Then we march towards Cho La, the second pass. We spend almost two days in Gokyo valley exploring and climbing Gokyo Ri. Now, we trek down through the third pass, the Renjo La, and eventually trek back to Lukla.

Celebrate the success of reaching the Everest Base Camp, the world’s highest base camp.
Enjoy the marvelous glimpse of the Khumbu Glacier and surrounding mountains.
Begin your adventure with one of the most exhilarating flights to Lukla Airport.
Trek across three of the highest mountain passes over 5,000 meters — Kongma La Passes, Cho La Passes, and Renjo La Passes.
Hike to three of Nepal’s most famous viewpoints — Kala Patthar, Gokyo Ri, and Chhukung Ri.
Stop by the Tengboche Monastery — Khumbu’s oldest and most significant Buddhist monastery.
Relish the view of some of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Makalu, and many more
This three-week trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Everest region. Thus, it demands a high level of physical fitness. Since you’ll be crossing three high passes over 5,000 meters, you’re susceptible to high altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness on this trek. Hence, the expert guides and field staff of the Nepal Hiking Team will cater to your needs in the best way possible. You can put all your trust and confidence in our team of experts to ensure safety.

  • Day 1 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu

    Upon your arrival at the International Airport of Kathmandu, the trekking guide from Accessible Adventures will receive and transfer you to the hotel.

    The rest of the time, you can explore the nearby places and prepare for the next day's trip. In the evening, you'll attend a small team meeting where your guide will provide all the necessary details about the trek. Also, make sure to check all the gears and properly pack your backpack before going to sleep.

    Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 3 hours

    Early morning transfer to the airport for Lukla flight. The flight to Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high evaluation, and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about an exceptional 60 meters only. Trek to Phakding with an arresting, green landscape with the view of Kusum Kangraru. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Day 3 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hours

    Continue your trek adventure towards Namche Bazaar, a bustling Sherpa capital. Crossing the majestic Dudh Koshi River over several suspension bridges and crossing pine forests, you'll get to Monjo Village. From here, you'll enter Sagarmatha National Park. After completing short formalities of checking trekking permits, the trail drops steeply to the long suspension bridge. In clear weather, you'll catch the first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge.

    You'll gradually descend towards the suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi river. After a short walk, you reach Jorsalle village. Further, crossing the long Hillary Bridge and gradually climbing uphill, you'll reach Namche Bazaar. It is the main trading town with many shops, restaurants, bakery-cafes, banks, ATMs, and Government offices.

    Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included

  • Day 4 - Acclimatization Day - Everest View Hotel - Return

    Since the Three Passes Trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayan region, the journey demands several acclimatization bases en route. Thus, you'll spend a day acclimatizing by going hike to nearby famous vantage points to enjoy the fascinating views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and other surrounding peaks.

    The famous places for side trips are Everest View Hotel, Syangboche Airport, Khumjung, and Kunde Village. You can enjoy the stunning sunrise or sunset view over the Khumbu peaks from the Everest View Hotel. In Khumjung village, you can visit the oldest monastery and see the displayed Yeti Skull. Similarly, in Kunde, you can visit the old Kunde hospital. Besides, you can also explore Namche Bazaar visit Sherpa Culture Museum. Here you can learn about the history of mountaineering and Sherpa culture.

    Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

  • Day 5 - Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Duration: 5 hours

    The uniform and easy trail leads us towards the view of Mount Everest, descending deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka and from this point, it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Koshi valley to Tengboche Monastery (3860m).

    It is the spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is lengthy, but is more than adequately compensated by gorgeous views of Mount Amadablam and on a clear day, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included

  • Day 6 - Tengboche - Dingboche (4410m/14464ft)walking hours will be from 4 to 5 hours.

    It will be our early morning wake up day to witness cultural affluence of Tibetan Buddhism rituals at ancient Tengboche monastery. There will be more of gradual downhill while passing through yak grazing village of Deboche until we cross the Imja Khola. Then after crossing the river, we will be hiking uphill towards Pangboche, where we will have our lunch and further stretch our legs towards Dingboche. We can see very upclose views of Amadablam infront of us with other nearby peaks. It will be mostly rocky, windy and dusty trail with only small shrubs visible across the surroundings. We will be at around 4410m altitude , therefore we might feel the affect of altitude sickness. Walking slowly taking up plenty of water is the key to success. Later we stay overnight at hotel in Dingboche. Meal includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 8 - Chhukung to Kongma La to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft)Walking time 7-8 hrs

    We start at first light from Chhukung as we have to conquest highest pass of the trip today. We carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there is no tea shops on the way.

    We really enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature!! We can select to go via any of the possible trails- either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Just after some walk there are great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial.

    We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail rises over loose scree gaining the Kongma La after about five hours we leave Chhukung. Upon reaching the top, we seen cairn wrapped in prayer flags,-marks of the pass.

    Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the most difficult stage of the trek today, upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 9 - Lobuche - Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) and back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft) We will be trekking for around 8 to 9 hours

    Our day starts today little early as today it will be long walking day with quite a few challenges across the trails at higher altitude. Crossing the Lobuche pass, climbing the very unstable rocky trail to Gorakshep. Here at Gorakshep, we will have our lunch, take rest and push ourselves towards Everest base camp today. The site reflects sunlight from nearby snow capped Himalayas, we enjoy the view saving ourselves from strong wind. Khumbu glacier comes into view after we approach near to base camp. We feel the moment of great achievement as we step at base of highest mountain on the planet. We will then return towards Gorakshep for overnight stay. Meal includes Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Day 10 - Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m/18188 ft) - Gorekshep and trek to Dzongla (4830m/15840 ft) Duration: 7 hours

    Today morning, reaching the top of the Kalapatthar is our plan, as we gear up at nearly 4 am in morning to hike up to Kalapatthar. It will be pitch black outside, so a head torch is essential. While making our way to the top, plenty of stopping points will be there from where we will take plenty of pictures, snapshots and suddenly magic happens as the sun rises through snow capped Himalayas in a fascinating way. Standing tall at top of the Kalapatthar at 5545m is achievement in itself from where best views of Nuptse, Everest and other peaks are visible. We will descend to Gorakshep and make our way towards Pheriche village for overnight stay in local lodge. In total we walk for 7 to 8 hours. There wont be much of distance, but higher elevation and ascend to Kalapatthar makes walking a challenge for us. Meals include Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Day 11 - Trek to Dragnak/Thangna (4700m/15415 ft) via crossing Cho La pass (5420m/17780 ft) Duration: 7 hrs

    Today as we are going to cross the Cho La pass (5370m), we start early. A steep and somewhat difficult ascent of a rocky ridge and glacier a few hours walk from Dzongla. We start by crossing a small glacial stream, and then start climbing up the pass along a ridge with Lobuche West looming above us. From the iron-stained rock at the top of the ridge we climb a rock staircase to reach the bottom of the melting Chola glacier, often icy and requiring Yak Traxs or micro-spikes. The ascent of the Chola glacier is exciting and stunningly beautiful as we trek across the snow, and we soon reach the gaping and usually frozen crevasse just below the pass. We may hang up Buddhist prayer flags at the top of the pass that will send prayers out across the Himalaya. We amaze at the top of Cho La pass at the stunning view of Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Tarboche, Cholatse and Baruntse on the Khumbu side, and of Nangpai Gosain, Pasang Lhamo, Numbur and on the Gokyo side. We scramble back down on the often icy and slippery pass. At the bottom of this first stretch we still have to negotiate a rocky, hilly trail across the valley followed by a long descent to the hamlet of Thangnak! Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 12 - Trek to Gokyo lakes (4790m/15710 ft) Duration: 2-3 hours

    First we start through the lateral moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier then descend into the glacier itself on its east side. After hiking further north on a slightly exposed trail just inside the moraine, we cross the glacier on a sandy, boulder-strewn trail. We pass through first and second Gokyo lakes, Longpongo and second Taboche Tsho at 4740 m, a larger one where green Brainy ducks are often seen swimming in the freezing waters. As we walk up the valley paralleling the Ngozumpa Glacier the massive lateral moraine separates us from the glacier. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Mt. Cho-Oyu as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight at this juncture. We spend rest of the day chatting with fellow trekkers, watching shaggy yaks amble their way in and around Gokyo and admiring the views. For those with energy left over after the pass, a must is an excursion up to the fourth and fifth Gokyo lakes and Scoundrel’s View Point (4995m) for some Everest spotting and all-around spectacular views of the lakes, the glacial moraine and the Himalayan peaks surrounding the peak on all sides. It is fantastic in the morning, the middle of the day or for sunset, but don’t forget to take a torch with you if you opt for a ‘sunset on Everest’ views, which in our opinion is better than the sunrise view. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 2-3 hours for Thagnak to Gokyo and trip up to fifth lake and back takes about another 5 hours time,Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 13 - Hiking to Gokyo RI (5483m/19083 ft)and back to Gokyo Lake, duration 3-4 hours

    Rest day in Gokyo Valley is an exceptional opportunity. This acclimatization day is grasped as an opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Or, as we know Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts, definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to fifth lake and we get mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water. If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here – the spot is called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. Beyond the fifth Lakes is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. Scenery here is breathtaking with Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang seeming just a stone’s throw away. Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa Glacier. Moved by the charm, we may even try to go sixth lake too but depends upon our own interest and time. Back to Gokyo village. Walking time: 3-4 hours Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 14 - Trek to Lunden (4300m/14104 ft) via crossing Renjo La pass (5340m/17843 ft) Duration: 7 hours

    Starting early we head west of Gokyo lake towards the Renjo La pass. The trail switchbacks very steeply up a sandy ridge, crosses an often-frozen stream, and continues along finally skirting the dramatic rock face below the pass to the top, a climb of about four hours with Makalu looming ever larger on the horizon. Views from the top of Renjo La are some of the best in all of the Himalayas, with a long and impressive panorama of 7000 and 8000 meter peaks all around, and as usual, colorful prayer flags to mark the pass. After snapping plentiful pictures on top of the Renjo La, we begin the even steeper descent down large stone slab steps, often icy, to the lake below. Trekking poles and crampons would be always useful on descending down the slippery icy trails. Continuing past several small meadows, the twin Renjo Lakes and an old lake bed with intertwined streams sparkling in the sun, we finally descend steeply to the Thame valley to Lungden Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included

  • Day 15 - Trek to Thame (3800m/13464ft) Duration: 4 hours

    After taking breakfast, we trek down to Thame more amazing snow peaks. We may meet Tibetan trader encampments along the way for pictures of a rare lifestyle. About 150 meters above Thame, there is a Thame Monastery, a picturesque monastery set among the many homes of monks and lay people. It’s perched on the side of a hill overlooking the valley. This is the site for the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival, held about the middle of May each year. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included..

  • Day 16 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 4 hrs

    We continue our trekking following the flat and descending to first resting place Thamo after heading towards to Namche bazaar. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included

  • Day 17 - Trek to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hours

    While trekking from Namche bazar to Lukla, it will be mostly a downhill trek. And it is suggested to walk with great care while walking down than hiking up as much more balance on shaky leg is needed. We cross the river tributaries, enjoy the landscape views, forest walks and Sherpa culture. In this way keeping the precious memories in our heart we finally arrive at from where all our journey started, at Lukla. We celebrate our successful Everest high passes trek with team members. Later stay overnight at local lodge. We shall walk for 6 to 7 hours today with breakfast lunch and dinner included in a meal.

  • Day 18 - Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - 35 minute flight

    Depart from Lukla, with the fabulous flight to Kathmandu. Enjoying some final views of breathtaking Himalayan views and the surrounding landscape you land at Kathmandu. Drive back to the hotel, and you'll have the rest of the day for yourself. Thus, you can either take some rest or stroll around nearby places like Thamel.

    Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Day 19 - Final Departure

    Finally, our 19 days of Everest three passes trek concludes today as we will transfer you to TIA airport 3 hours earlier your scheduled international departure time. We presume that we have offered services that you can recommend us to others being happy genuinely. In this way, hoping to see you again, we bid farewell. Meal includes breakfast.

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Two night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; we provide private bathrooms with hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag for the trekking
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge
  • International airfares
  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Foods and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • All drinks Inc. coke, water, Fanta etc.

Important Information

hese are standard group departures for Everest Three Pass Circuit Trek trip. We understand these departures may not suit your schedules, if so, please feel free to ask a customized departure date that suits you. Also, if you are looking for a different customized itinerary, please ask our local travel specialist for a new personalized, customized program as per your interests and requirements

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