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20 Days 19 Nights
Availability : Throughout the year
Kathmandu
Everest Region
Max People : 16
Tour Details

For the true adventure seeker, The Legendary Three Passes Trek is a challenging tea-house trek to the Everest Region. The itinerary is for those experienced trekkers who intent to cross the highest mountain passes over 5000m in the world. One can take a hike to the small peaks and explore the Himalayan wonders. It is a lifetime experience amid the magnificent mountains and Sherpa villages.

Interested in doing this trek? Get in touch with one of our travel specialists who can organize everything for you. You’ll have an experienced licensed guide, a safely designed itinerary, and the flexibility during the trek to move at your own pace.

Departure & Return Location

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • 3 Nights Hotel at Kathmandu
  • Full Board Meal during Trek (B, L, D)
  • Basic lodge during the trek
  • All Private Transfer in the destination
  • Domestic Flight Ticket (KTM - LUK - KTM)
  • English Speaking Professional Guides
  • Porter to carry 16 kg (1 Porter - 2 guests)
  • All Trekking Permits
  • All Government & Local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Extra Night Accommodation
  • Tips for Guide(s), Porter(s) & Driver(s)
  • Extra use of Transportation
  • Meals & Entrance Fees
  • Medical Kits
  • Visa Passport Fee
  • Travel Insurance & Emergency Evacuation

Complementaries

  • Farewell Dinner
What to Expect

The Legendary Three Passes Trek starts with a flight of 35 minutes over the Himalayas. We trek from Lukla to Namche and make a loop trail around the Everest Region. The circuit trek passes through ancient Buddhist monasteries and local Sherpa villages. The highest passes over 5000m open up with astounding mountain views.

  • Circuit trip around the Everest region
  • View of the highest mountains in the world
  • Crossing the three highest 5000m passes, Cho La, Renja La and Kongma La
  • At Namche, the trail split from the main trail to Everest Base Camp and passes through remote Everest
  • Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages
  • Breathtaking view of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,861m), Lhotse (8,516m), Ama Dablam (6,856m), Cho Oyu (8,201m) and many more.
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Kathmandu (1,300m)

While entering the border of Nepal, you will see the Terai Plain and the everlasting green hills. The Himalayas at the horizon smile over your arrival in Nepal. After Customs clearance, you proceed toward the arrival terminal (gate). Our company representative will receive you and transfer you to the hotel as assigned.


Transfer: Private vehicle as per the group size
Meal Plan: No Meal
Overnight: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Star category hotel


Day 2Explore Kathmandu and Trek preparation

The exploration of Kathmandu Valley starts after having breakfast. We will visit some of the ancient UNESCO heritage sites, which is an important destination. Our tour guide will take you to Pashupatinath Temple and its surroundings to explore. This temple is the holiest destination on Earth for Hindus. The temple’s architecture is a masterpiece to behold. After this, you will visit Boudha Stupa which is the largest stupa in Nepal. After exploration, you will visit Swoyambhu Stupa, the monkey temple of Nepal. These two stupas are a pious destination for Buddhists. The vibes you get from these places are unworldly and divine. As time goes by, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the oldest squares in the valley. From here, you can walk up to the Thamel market if you have some shopping left to do for trekking. Or you will be dropped off to your hotel.


Transfer: Private vehicle
Meal Plan: Breakfast
Overnight: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Star category hotel


Day 3Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860m). Trek to Phakding (2,651m)

Early morning, we drive to the domestic airport. We take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It takes 35 minutes to reach Lukla. During the flight, you will see thousands of hills covered with clouds and veined with rivers. The Mountain View will excite our new venture to the Everest region.
As soon as we land at Lukla Airport, the fresh smells of the Himalayas hype our emotions. We explore the local market while our support staff will load the luggage and gear. The trail to Phakding is almost downhill. We descend and reach Cheplung Village from where the view of Mt. Khumbila is way too incredible to behold. The trail further descends to Phakding which lies at the Dudh Koshi River valley. Phakding lies north of Lukla and this is our first stopover in the trek.


Distance: 7-8 km trek
Time Taken: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours trek
Transfer: Private Vehicle & Aircraft
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Phakding
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 4Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m)

At Phakding after having breakfast, we continue the trek to Namche. We cross the Dudh Koshi River. time and again through the suspension bridge. The prayer flags and khada (Buddhist shawl) decorate the bridge. We pass through the pine forest and approach Monjo. It is an entrance to Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. The trail climbs steeply as we enter the national park. The view keeps on opening with amazing vistas as we approach Namche Bazaar. It is the biggest Sherpa settlement in Nepal. This place is full of hotels, lodges, guesthouses, cafes, restaurants, internet cafes, and other means of facilities. On a clear day, we can see a glimpse of Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse too.


Distance: 10 km
Time Taken: 8 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Namche Bazaar
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 5Acclimatization Day

A day at Namche Bazaar can be well spent either hiking or exploring Namche. If you plan to hike, we can go to Syangboche Airstrip. From here, we can see the Namche Valley along with the Himalayan vistas from a different angle. Later, we can trek to the Everest View Hotel – the highest-placed hotel in the world. It offers a panoramic view of Mt Everest and other series of mountains.
Back at the Namche, we can go to Sherpa Museum and Everest Photo Gallery to explore. Enjoy the liveliness of Namche Bazaar visiting the colourful markets. Savour the local and other delicacies at Namche and prepare for the next day.


Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Namche Bazaar
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 6Trek Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,810m)

Today we split our trek route from the Everest Circuit Trekking and follow a relatively less explored trail. We trek to Thame – a classic village on the side of beautiful mountains. On a clear day, we have an amazing view of mountains standing aloft & beautiful. On the way, we see beautiful wall paintings, mani walls, prayer flags, stupas, and some small Sherpa villages.


Distance: 8-9 km
Time Taken: 6-7 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Thame
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 7Trek Thame to Lungden (4,370m)

We leave behind the beautiful village of Thame and continue our journey to Lungden. We cross over the beautiful rivulets and get mesmerized by the amazing landscape. We could hardly see any vegetation on the way. We reach to Marlung, another stopover for trekkers. We trek further and reach Lungden.


Distance: 9-10 km
Time Taken: 5-6 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lungden
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 8Trek Lungden to Gokyo (4,800m) via Renjo La (5,360m)

Today is one of the longest and toughest trek days. The journey starts with a steep ascent. There are some plateaus and rolling hills on the way. We catch our breath, enjoy the natural beauty, and continue the journey further.

Today’s trek is challenging and the trail is zigzag. Combined with exhaustion and excitement, we finally reach to the top (Renjo La). The view of Mt. Everest along with other mountains is grandeur from here. We descend and reach Gokyo.


Distance: 12 km
Time Taken: 9-10 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Gokyo
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 9Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m). Exploration of Fourth & Fifth Lakes (4,956m)

Today we acclimatize our bodies to prevent High Altitude Sickness. Early morning, we hike to Gokyo Ri to see the sunrise over the amazing Himalayan vistas. The panoramic view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu can be seen on a clear day. Below you will see the small hamlet, Gokyo Valley along the tranquil Gokyo Lakes. We descend the valley and trek to the Fourth and Fifth Lakes of Gokyo. They are the beautiful lakes in the Gokyo Valley.


Time Taken: 5-6 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Gokyo
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 10Trek Gokyo to Thangnak (4,750m)

Climbing Gokyo Ri would be today’s program if we were resting yesterday. The view from the top of the Gokyo Ri is worth experiencing. We trek to Thangnak which lies on the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley. We walk through Ngozumpa Glacier and reach the other side of the mountain. We traverse along this mountain and reach the base of Cho La Pass called Thangnak.


Distance: 8-9 km
Time Taken: 4-5hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Thangnak
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 11Trek Thangnak to Cho La (5,367m) pass to Dzongla (4,830m)

Today, we start our trek early before sunrise to dodge the extreme wind flow afternoon. The journey starts with a steep climb through boulders and ravines. The trail is usually slippery because of ice and snow. So, be careful with your steps. Passing through a rocky trail isn’t easy as we expect it to be. But the reward afterwards is beautiful. As you approach the Cho La pass, you can see cairns and prayer flags. The view of Ama Dablam from here is unique and appealing. You can also see the Cholatse, Lobuche East and Baruntse peeking from hundreds of peaks. We trek down to reach Dzongla.


Distance: 9-10 km
Time Taken: 7-8 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Dzongla
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 12Trek Dzongla to Gorakshep (5,170m)

The trail from Dzongla to Lobuche is quite easy and merry. We descend from Dzongla and walk a grassy trail enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak, Cholatse and Tawoche Mountains. From Lobuche, we trek a further 2-3 hours along Khumbu Glacier and reach Gorakshep.


Distance: 11 km
Time Taken: 6-7 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Gorakshep
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 13Exploration of Everest Base Camp (5,364m)

Today is a big day, we explore Everest Base Camp. From Gorakshep, we continue our journey to base camp. This is the closest we can get to Mt Everest with a trekking permit. The glimpse of Khumbu Icefall and other mountains is breathtaking. During spring, we will be able to meet some of the climbers preparing themselves to climb Mt Everest. After spending some time, we return to Gorakshep retracing the same path.


Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Gorakshep
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 14Hike to Kala Patthar(5,550). Trek to Lobuche (4,940m)

The trek to Kala Patthar is the toughest but the reward awaiting is bigger than you expect. Early dawn, we trek to Kalapatthar (5,550m) passing through rocks and boulders to see the sunrise. At first, the sun’s rays kiss the Nuptse, Changtse, and Lhotse. The whole mountain ranges turn silver to gold. This is the best panoramic view one can see throughout the trek. The tears might drop with excitement. Capture those moments and back to Gorakshep. From Gorakshep, we trek down to Lobuche.


Distance: 8 km
Time Taken: 5-6 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lobuche
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 15Trek Lobuche to Chhukung (4,730m) via Kongma La (5,535m)

We trek early in the morning. Get our backpacks ready and start the ascent journey to Kongma La, one of the highest passes during this trek. We enjoy the view from the top and get awed. We descend to Chhukung.


Distance: 8-9 km
Time Taken: 7 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Chhukung
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 16Trek Chhukung to Pangboche (3,985m)

We descend along the Imja River to reach Pangboche. We cross the suspension bridge over the river and the onward journey gets steep. As we reach Pangboche, we explore the surrounding area. We enter Pangboche Monastery as well.


Distance: 11 km
Time Taken: 4-5 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Pangboche
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 17Trek Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

Leaving behind the Pangboche, we descend a downhill trail. We pass through Tengboche. If time permits, we explore the village as well. We further trek down to Namche Bazaar where our loop trek ends. We take a rest and explore the village.


Distance: 13 km
Time Taken: 7-8 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Namche Bazaar
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 18Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla

We descend to Phakding and take the uphill trek to Lukla. We pass through a steep ridge, pine and rhododendron forest. Then we cross the suspension bridge to reach Lukla. We cherish our last day trek at Lukla with a small party with our team members.


Distance: 18 km
Time Taken: 6-7 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lukla
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 19Fly Lukla to Kathmandu & Rest

We take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. It takes 35 minutes to reach Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and check–in. Rest time and time for shopping and souvenirs.


Time Taken: 35 minutes flight
Transfer: Aircraft
Meal Plan: Breakfast
Overnight: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Star category hotel


Day 20Departure

Enjoy your final day in Kathmandu. Free till final departure. Transfer to the airport 3 hours prior to the flight scheduled.


Transfer: Private Vehicle
Meal Plan: Breakfast


FAQ's

Transportation:

In this travel package, we arrange transport facilities for Arrival & Departure depending upon the group size. For sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, we arrange a good vehicle. The Drop/Pickup facility to/from domestic terminal is within this package. The vehicle will be nice and clean for transfer.

In the case of extra transportation arrangements (leaving the trek earlier from the group or other destinations not mentioned), you are responsible for an extra cost.

Accommodation:

The accommodation at Kathmandu is in the star hotel on a BB basis. During the trek, each night you stay on a tea house/guesthouse run by local communities. Most of the tea houses are basic yet comfortable. The room is on a sharing basis with two beds. You will have a common hall for your meal & relaxing. In some places, the washroom (toilet) during the trek is the Squat toilet and used as a sharing one.

We are not responsible for extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or other destinations. You might have to take extra night accommodation due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the trek, or due to any other reasons than the scheduled itinerary. You have to bear the cost of crew members as well as yours for meal & accommodation if you have to take an extra day in the trek.

Permits:

Permits required during the EBC Three Pass Trek are;

1. Sagarmatha National Park permit
2. Khumbu Rural Municipality permit

Meals:

At Kathmandu, Breakfast is from the hotel side while the guest must arrange Lunch and Dinner on their own. At the same time, it is the best chance to explore Nepali-style food in Nepali Restaurants. On request, Lunch & Dinner is served. Farewell dinner will be served on behalf of Lets Trip Nepal Adventure Pvt. Ltd.

The meal during the EBC Three Pass Trek will be a simple and authentic Nepalese style. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house where you are staying overnight, and lunch will be served on the way. The meals provided are fresh, organic, and locally grown vegetables. We don’t recommend having non-veg items (meats & dairy) during the trek, as they are not hygienic & healthy. Consumption of alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items & hot chocolate is bad during high altitude trek. All the Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be in the package during the trek.

Physical Condition & Experience Required:

The EBC Three Pass Trek is hard. You descend and ascend slowly while taking a rest. Your body condition does not need to be top-notched. But the trek will be easier and more successful if you could walk 7-8 hours per day.

Beware of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) while trekking. There is a gain in altitude and your body must be well acclimatized. We will pay extra attention while traversing through 3 passes, Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. These are the highest alleviation during our trek. To have the stabilized stamina, attitude, and determination you can have a week-long walking practice before your trek day. If you have any critical problems like heart disease, blood cancer, lung problems, and other life-threatening diseases, please consult your doctor before trekking and take the necessary measures. You must inform any kind of such complication to Lets Trip Nepal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. as well.

Best Time to Travel:

The best time to visit EBC Three Pass Trek will be in Autumn (September–November) and Spring (March-May). This is the best time to explore the unexplored terrain and the climatic condition is favorable. The weather will be warm, clean, and sunny with an incredible view of mountains and hills on the horizon. The winter season (December–February) is cold for trekking. The summer/monsoon season (June–August) will also not be favorable as the trail is slippery. You have to take great risks to complete the journey because of rainfall.

Tipping:

Tipping is solely a traveller’s choice, be more or less entirely their perception. The wages provided to Guide(s) & Porter(s) for the trek are basic wage which will be used for meals & accommodation. Normally, tips are offered at the end of the trek or end of the whole trip. The amount to give is decided by the group depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work. In Nepalese culture, tipping is the way to express your happiness about the trip and our service quality. Our company crews; Guide(s), Porter(s) & driver(s) are always there for you to take care and make your trip a success – the trip of a lifetime experience.

Baggage Limit:

The weight limit for your baggage is 8 kg per trekker. Porters will be assigned to carry your baggage for your trek. One porter will carry the bags of two guests. The combined baggage should not exceed more than 16 kg. We are travelling to higher altitudes and should think about porters as well. So, we never overload our porters. You must carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what are essentials as you have to leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Lets Trip Nepal Adventure store for free and it’ll be completely safe.

Medical Kits:

Your trekking trail goes to the remote destinations of Nepal. Most of the places don’t have a good health center or even medicine at a time. So, you have to carry the some necessary medicines and have to think about your travel safety. Our guide(s) and porter(s) will not be responsible for any bad health hazards due to use of any medicine. They are only responsible to make your treks successful and give proper guidance during the trip.

Risk & Liabilities:

We try our 100% effort to make your trip smooth and unforgettable. We guaranteed you to give 100% service of your payment. However, due to some unavoidable circumstances; like a landslide, flood, snowfall, political unrest, flight cancellation, sickness or accident, etc., the overall itinerary might get affected. We will not be responsible for such changes. The guests will have to bear any extra cost of themselves as well as the guide & the porters.

Additional Information:

We have got a wide range of packages for our valued guests. The package starts from Kathmandu and ends up at various well-known destinations of Nepal as well as restricted areas too. If you are looking for any extreme and customized trek you can mail us at letstripnepal@gmail.com. We are at your service 24/7.