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Everest Three High Passes Trek

Everest Three High Passes Trek

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Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Everest 3 High Passes Trek

Best Month:

Sep - Nov & Mar - May

Max Elevation:

5550 m

Walking hours Per Day:

5 - 8 Hours

Trip Grade:

Moderate - Challenging

Meals:

BLD

Accommodation:

Hotel / Guest House

Group Size:

2+

Destination:

Everest Region

For an adventurous experience, choose the Everest Three High Passes Trek. This trek takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes in the Everest region of Nepal. It is a challenging trek that crosses three high passes, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and others.

The Everest Three High Passes Trek is a popular and challenging trekking route in the Everest Region of Nepal. It is designed for experienced trekkers and adventurers who seek a more adventurous and less-travelled path in the Himalayas. It is  offering panoramic views of the surrounding Mountains, lakes and glaciers.

Everest Three High Passes Trek, named so because the trek is conducted through the three high passes Renjo La Pass (5465 m), Cho La Pass (5425 m), and Kongma La Pass (5535 m), is one of the most adventurous and less crowded trekking routes in the Everest Region. This trek offers the ultimate and complete trekking experience of the high pass route in the Everest region and provides a more thorough understanding of the harsh terrain, cold climate, and constant struggles in high altitudes.

This high-level trekking requires good health with physical fitness because we will have to walk a long day (8-9 hours) in the challenging ascends and descends in the mountainous region. This trek is made unforgettable by stops at the most well-known destinations in the Everest Region, including Everest Base Camp, Kalapathar, Gokyo Lake, Tengboche Monastery, and Namche Bazaar. The finest opportunity for any adventure trekkers who want to do high pass trekking with Everest Base Camp in a single itinerary trip, this is the best journey. This trek includes a visit to the base camp of Everest, Kalapathar - the best viewpoint, holy Gokyo Lakes, and adventure three high passes. 

Furthermore, the Everest Three High Passes trekking trail goes to the remote Sherpa villages in Thame and Lungden. Thame village is famous for its oldest monastery and an annual festival of Mani Rimdu. There are many more monasteries you will be able to visit during the trek.

After that,  You will cross the first high pass Renjo-la and head to Gokyo the following day. From the Gokyo, you will head to Dragnak. The next day you will be crossing the second high pass Cho-La to get to Zongla. From Zongla, you walk uphill to Gorak Shep, have your lunch there, and hike to Everest Base Camp. You will spend a couple of hours reaching the base and later descend to Gorakshep for an overnight stay. The next morning, you hike to Kala Patthar for panoramic sunrise views and drop back to Lobuche the following day. The following day you will be crossing the final pass Kongma-La and descend to Chhukkung. From here, you will be hiking back to Namche after descending the trail, and the next day heading to Lukla for ending the walking journey. From Lukla, you fly back to Kathmandu.

Overall, you will be welcomed by the four "above eight thousand mountains" - Mount Makalu (8463 m), Mount Lhotse (8516 m), Mount Cho Oyu (8201 m), and Mount Everest (8848 m) in the region. There are many below 8000 m peaks as well. This trekking is an ideal fusion of an action-packed excursion, Sherpa Cultural exploration, a tour to a historic monastery, and breathtaking Himalayan scenery.

Everest Three Passes Trek  Highlights 

  • Sagarmatha National Park- worthy of Nature with various species of flora and fauna, spectacular culture, and scenic mountain views 
  • Sherpa Village- having unique culture and lifestyle
  • Namche Bazaar- the gateway to Everest Base Camp
  • Three High Pass- Renjo-La (5465 m), Cho-La (5425 m) Kongma-La (5535 m)
  • Wonderful View Point- Gokyo Ri (5360 m) and Kalapathar (5545 m)
  • Massif Glacier- Ngozumpa Glacier and Khumbu Glacier
  • Beautiful Valley - Gokyo Valley and Chukkung Valley
  • Beautiful Lake – Gokyo Lakes and Imja Tso 

Three High Passes are given below:-

The Everest Three High Passes Trek is a challenging trek in the Everest region of Nepal that crosses combined three high passes namely: Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass. It's known for its stunning scenery, including views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other peaks, as well as its remote and rugged terrain. The trek typically takes around 17-20 days to complete and is considered one of the most adventurous treks in the Everest region.

Renjola Pass (5,360m)

Renjo La Pass is one of the three high passes in the Everest region of Nepal, situated between the Thame and Gokyo valleys at an altitude of 5,360 meters (17,585 feet) above sea level. Renjo La Pass provides breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, making it a popular destination for trekkers in the region.

Chola Pass (5,420m)

Cho La Pass is another second pass of the three high passes in the Everest region of Nepal. It is located between Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp Valley at an altitude of 5,420 meters (17,782 feet) above sea level. Cho La Pass is known for its challenging terrain and stunning views of surrounding peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The pass is a key feature of the Everest Three High Passes Trek, offering a thrilling and adventurous crossing for trekkers.

Kongmala Pass (5,535m)

Kongma La Pass is the third pass of the three high passes in the Everest region of Nepal. It is located between Everest Base Camp and Chukkuing valley at an altitude of 5,535 meters (18,159 feet) above sea level. Kongma La Pass is renowned for its panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Lhotse, Makalu and others mountain. Crossing Kongma La Pass is a challenging and rewarding experience, making it a highlight of the Everest Three High Passes Trek.

Why choosing the Everest 3 High Passes Trek with us?

Choosing High Pass Adventure for the Everest Three High Passes Trek ensures a well-organized and memorable trekking experience in the Everest region. There are several advantages choosing High Pass Adventure Treks:- 

Expertise and Experience: High Pass Adventure has experienced guides who are familiar with the Everest region and the Three High Passes. They can ensure your safety and provide valuable insights into the local culture and environment during staying in Nepal.

Customized Itineraries: High Pass Adventure Treks makes tailor the itinerary to suit your preferences and fitness level. We can also provide flexible options in case of unexpected changes in weather or other conditions.

Quality Services: High Pass Adventure Treks offer quality services, including comfortable accommodations, nutritious meals, and reliable transportation arrangements, ensuring trekkers to focus on enjoying the journey without worrying about any challenges.

Logistical Support: High Pass Adventure Treks takes care of all the logistics, including permits, accommodation, meals, and transportation, allowing you to focus on enjoying the trek.

Safety Measures: High Pass Adventure Treks prioritizes safety, with guides trained in first aid and high-altitude rescue procedures. They also provide the necessary equipment for the trek.

Support Local Communities: High Pass Adventure Treks is committed to responsible tourism and supports local communities along the trekking route. 

Positive Reviews and Reputation: Positive reviews and a good reputation in the trekking community is indicating that High Pass Adventure has consistently delivered memorable experiences for its clients, making it a reliable choice for the Everest Three High Passes Trek.

Best Time to Everest 3 High Passes Trek

The best time to the Everest Three High Passes Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May or the post-monsoon (autumn) season from late September to November. These seasons offer the most stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making to all trekkers ideal for trekking in the Everest region.

During the spring season, the weather is generally mild, and the days are longer, allowing for more daylight hours for trekking. The post-monsoon season offers similar conditions, with clear skies and stable weather, making it an excellent time for trekking as well.

Both seasons also offer stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and others, enhancing the overall trekking experience. However, it's important to note that while these seasons are considered the best for the Everest Three High Passes Trek, weather conditions in the Himalayas can be changeable. Therefore, it's essential to be prepared for changing conditions and consult with your experienced trekking guide.

Everest Three high Passes Trek Guide and Safety

The Everest Three High Passes Trek is indeed a challenging adventure that necessitates a skilled guide and a strong focus on safety. It is crucial to select a reputable trekking agency that provides knowledgeable guides to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience in the stunning beauty of the Everest region while minimizing risks. The Everest Three High Passes trek is a challenging journey that requires responsiveness due to the changeable weather at higher altitudes.

For this adventurous trek, we prioritize the safety of our clients by adhering to all safety regulations. Our program includes an acclimatization day, which helps prevent altitude sickness. The Everest Three High Passes trek was crafted by experienced guides who have traversed this route multiple times. Our guides are trained by the government and always equipped with a first-aid kit and a pulse oxy-meter. Furthermore, guide provide a comprehensive safety briefing before the trek, covering topics such as altitude sickness, emergency procedures, and trekking best practices. They also carry a first aid kit and have basic medical training.

Additionally, there is a need for a flight to Lukla, which has a smaller airstrip for landing aircraft. Sometimes, the weather can be bad and crucial, resulting in delays for flights to and from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu. The weather in the Himalayan and Hilly Regions can be changeable. However, we will try to create the best possible itinerary. In the event of flight delays or cancellations, you may need to allocate extra days before and after the trekking days from the itinerary. Our trekking staffs are experienced and professional in trekking and problem-solving, so there are fewer chances of mishandling the situation during the Everest Three High Passes Trek.
 

Everest Three High Passes Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Pvt. Ltd. welcomes you to Nepal, One of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying on A4 size paper with your and our company name. This person will take to you the hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into the hotel, rest, freshen up, and be ready for the meeting with your programs in our trekking office.

Food
Welcome Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You will enjoy your breakfast in the hotel and get ready for the Kathmandu valley tour with an experienced tour guide. Our tour is of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath, which are the best and most popular places in 4 out of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting by comfortable privet vehicles before walking a tour of these sites. There is an interesting tour full of fascinating insights into Buddhism, Hinduism, ancient art and historical architecture, lifestyle, and culture of the people of Kathmandu Valley. After this tour, you will come to the office and finalize your trekking clothing and gear.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Our trekking guide will be transferred to you at the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport by privet vehicles to depart for the Lukla flight. You will board a flight and fly to Lukla with your trekking guide. You will be enjoying the scenic flight for about 35 minutes and land on Lukla airstrip (Tensing-Hillary Airport). You will meet your trekking porter and be introduced. They are waiting for you at Lukla airport. Treks start from Lukla after the Pasang Lhamo memorial Gate, through Lukla town. Our trekking trail drops down to the Toktok Village through the Chheplung, Thadokosi, Ghat Phakding, and somewhere forest as well. From the trail, you will see the wonderful Mountain View of Kusum Kanguru and Kongde peak.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House
Elevation
2700

From Phakding, the Everest Base Camp trek goes continues north. There are a few uphill and downhill climbs, through the forest of pine and rhododendron, suspension bridges, and local Sherpa village will follow and take to you, Monjo. Monjo is the gateway of the Sagarmatha National Park to Everest Base Camp Trek. Our trekking guide will manage the entrance fee of the Sagarmatha Notational Park. From the Monjo Gate, the trail continues down to the bridge crossing the Dudh Koshi River and you will get the Jorsalle village.  Your trekking trail continues following the north and crosses another bridge of the same river and follows the river bank trail until the large Dovan. There is a very high bridge on this river, we have to cross and we will climb into a forest of pine trees on lot Zigzag trail until Namche Bazaar. Before getting to Namche Bazaar we will see and enjoy the first view of Mt Everest and other lot mountains.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House
Elevation
3440

Namche Bazaar is a beautiful town, with an elevation is 3440m. We have to stay two nights for acclimatization for further altitude. During the daytime, we have to hike up somewhere for acclimatization. There are two places to hike, one is Thame village and another is Khumjung village. Your trekking guide decided on your plan for the hike up. After breakfast, you will visit either Thame Sherpa village or Khumjung Sherpa village. From both sides, you will be enjoying panoramic Mountain Views, pine forests, mani wall, Gompa (Buddhist monasteries), and Sherpa village. And remain to your time can spend visiting the National Park Head office and Museum or relaxing in a hotel.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House
Elevation
3440

After Breakfast from Namche, the trekking splits the popular Everest Base Camp route and goes northwest through the pine forest and small Sherpa villages of Phorte, Thamo, and Samde before reaching Thame, Where you will stay the night. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House
Elevation
3800

The trekking trail leads the north side from Thame to Lungdhen through a few Sherpa villages and you will cross the Bhote Kosi River before reaching camp. That day you will get some wonderful views of the snow-capped peaks.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House
Elevation
4380

That day early breakfast to cross your first of the three passes-Renjo La.  The trekking trail starts ascent until the top of the Renjo La. You will feel a hard day hiking near the before pass due to a bit of hard up. From Renjo La you will see Magnificent mountain Views including Mt. Everest (8848 m) Mt. Makalu (8456 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), and Cho-You (8201 m). After passing, you will descend to Gokyo Lake and Valley for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House
Elevation
5360

Before breakfast (for a sunrise View) or after breakfast you will climb Gokyo Ri for panoramic views of many mountains (same as Renjo top). After summiting Gokyo Ri, you will back down to the hotel for Breakfast or Lunch and continue the trek to Dragnag through Ngozumpa Glacier (the largest glacier in Nepal). 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House
Elevation
4700

That day also had early breakfast to cross your second of the three passes- the Cho La pass.  The trekking trail starting up to reach the top will require a hard day of hiking.  You will stop at the top of Cho La for mountain views and trekking continues to descend to Dzongla for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House
Elevation
5368

That day is quite easy downhill and gentle up to reach Lobuche (the main stop place for the Everest Base Camp Trek). From there you will follow the main busy trekking trail with many trekkers to make your way to Gorakshep. You will capture the panoramic mountain views.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House
Elevation
5180

Early morning start hiking up to the summit of the trekking peak (Kalapathar) for a magnificent sunrise view of the many snow-capped mountains including Everest. Or you will short hike following the ridge of the Khumbu Glacier to reach the popular base camp of the tallest mountain. After capturing some pictures, you will head back to Gorakshep for the meal before descending to Lobuche for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House
Elevation
4900

After early breakfast at Lobuche, we are heading right up to Khongmala Pass (the third and final pass) through the Khumbu glacier. At 5,535 m is the highest of the three passes and lacks any shops or tea houses along the trail. The top of the pass provides an incredible view of different Himalayan ranges such as Mt. Makalu ranges. After spending 10/15 minutes, we continue to descend to Chhukhung.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House
Elevation
5535

You will have breakfast there and you will follow back to continues trail to Namche through of regular Everest Base Camp route on Somare, Pangboche, Tengboche (popular Buddhist monasteries), Phungi Tanga, and Kyanjuma.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House
Elevation
3440

You will have breakfast in Namche and you will continue downhill to a large bridge from Namche. After the cross large bridge of the Dudh Kosi River and you will follow the trail on the bank of this river until TokTok, where you did spend the first night on this trek. You will stop TokTok for the lunch. After lunch, you will walk up/ down and ascend before reaching the  Lukla.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House
Elevation
2800

After the last Breakfast in Lukla of your Everest Base Camp trek, you will catch a morning flight to Kathmandu from the Lukla airport.in Kathmandu. Your trekking guide manages a private vehicle to transfer you to your hotel. That day you can explore the market in Kathmandu. We will take to you a farewell dinner in the Nepali culture kitchen.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Your trip to Nepal is coming to an end today. When it's time for your flight to depart, a member of our High Pass Adventure crew will transport you to the Kathmandu International Airport. High Pass Adventure can assist you with your next vacation and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and India if you're seeking to take an additional trip to Nepal.

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us

  • Airport Pick up & drops, domestic / International by private vehicles 
  • 3 night's Hotel in Kathmandu (three stars)
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing (Bhaktapur durbar square, Psupatinath Temple and boudhanath stupa)
  • Flight Fare Kathmandu –Lukla- Kathmandu (Guest and Guide)
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea or coffee with per meal
  • Seasonal fresh fruit after the dinner
  • Accommodation on Tea-house (twins sharing room) during the trekking
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fees (trekking Permits)
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fees (trekking permits)
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Guide and porters’ salary, food, accommodation and insurance during the trek 
  • All organizational requirements
  • Usage of a down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag, and walking poles (if you don't have your own) will incur a $8 USD charge each for maintenance and washing, which will be returned after the trip is completed.
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant
     

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 
  • Extra trekking days other then itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Entrance fees for the Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, monasteries and museum along the trekking
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above
     

Route Map

route map

FAQs

The Everest 3 Passes Trek is considered one of the most challenging treks but not a technical climb in the Everest region. It involves crossing three high passes: Kongma La Pass (5,535m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Renjo La Pass (5,340m), along with trekking to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. The trek requires a good level of fitness, as you'll be walking for long hours each day at high altitudes. While it's a challenging trek, it's also incredibly rewarding, offering stunning views and a sense of achievement.

The names of the three passes on the Everest Three Passes Trek are:

  1. Kongma La Pass (5535m)
  2. Cho La Pass (5420m)
  3. Renjo La Pass (5360m)

These passes are located in the Everest region of Nepal and are known for their stunning views of the Himalayas. Crossing these passes is a challenging but rewarding experience for trekkers.
 

The best time for the Everest Three Passes Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these times, the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, offering the best views of the Himalayas. The temperatures are also more moderate, making it more comfortable for trekking.

The difficulty level of the Everest Three High Passes Trek is considered to be a very challenging trek due to it involves crossing three high mountain passes—Kongma La Pass (5,535m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Renjo La Pass (5,360m)—as well as trekking to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar.

Yes, it is highly recommended to undergo training and preparation before attempting the Everest Three High Passes Trek. This trek is considered very challenging and requires a high level of physical fitness and stamina. Training should include cardiovascular exercises such as hiking, running, or cycling to improve stamina, as well as strength training to build muscle strength, especially in the legs and core. Additionally, practicing trekking with a loaded backpack to simulate the conditions of the trek can also be beneficial. Proper training and preparation will not only improve your chances of successfully completing the trek but also enhance your overall experience.

The safety of the Everest Three High Passes Trek for a solo traveler depends on various factors, including your experience, preparation, and the conditions during your trek. However, we highly recommend joining a guided group to enhance safety and support, as this trek is challenging due to the high-altitude terrain and passes that need to be crossed.

The Everest Three Passes Trek is typically around 15-20 days long, depending on the specific itinerary and side trips included. The trek covers a distance of approximately 130-160 kilometers (80-100 miles) in total, with each day's trekking ranging from 5 to 8 hours on average. The actual duration will be varying based on factors such as weather conditions, acclimatization days, and the pace of the trekking group.

The cost of the Everest Three Passes Trek can vary depending on several factors, including the duration of the trek, the level of service you choose, the season, and whether you hire a guide and porter. The total cost typically includes permits, guide and porter fees, accommodation, meals, and transport.

On average, the total cost of the Everest Three Passes Trek can range from USD 1,500 to USD 2,200 or more per person for a 16-21 day trek, depending on the level of comfort and services you choose. It is advisable to book through a reputable trekking agency, as they can help arrange all the necessary permits, accommodation, and logistics for your trek.

Yes, there are internet hotspots along the Everest Three High Passes trail, but the access is limited and unreliable. Due to the high altitude terrain and weather conditions, the signal is often weak, and connections frequently drop. Therefore, it is advisable not to rely on internet access for communication or navigation during the trek.

It's best to inform your family and friends that you may be out of contact for several days. You can also discuss alternative communication methods with your guide if necessary.
 

The Everest Three High Passes Trek is not suitable for beginners because it is a challenging trek that involves crossing three high passes in the Everest region: Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Kongma La Pass. This trek is difficult due to the high altitude, rugged terrain, and long trekking days. It is a strenuous trek that requires a good level of physical fitness, trekking experience, and acclimatization to the high altitude. An experienced trekking guide is highly recommended for this trek for enjoyable trekking experience. 

Traveller Useful Information

How to reach Everest Region

Located in the northeastern part of Nepal and Protected by Sagarmatha national park, the Everest region can be reached in different ways direct flights to Lukla from Kathmandu, Jiri, or Phaphlu are among the most common ways due to the unavailability of direct road links. Taking the bus to Jiri takes a 4-5 days trek and 2-3 days for Phaplu to enter the region.  

About Lukla Flight 

Lukla is the small town and starting point of all trekking to the Everest region in Nepal. There is no direct road link to Lukla from Kathmandu due to which trekkers to Lukla either have to fly to the Tensing Hillary or Lukla airport or trek from Phaplu or Jiri. Many airlines operate regular flights from Kathmandu. 

The weight limit of the luggage bag is 12 kg and an extra cost is to be charged for the extra weight at the airport. We suggest you make less weight than 15 kg because Sometimes overload in a plane can cause you to replace the luggage on the next flight which could take more time. 

Please be responsive in taking a smaller aircraft for the flight to the highlands.  Sometimes, the weather could be bad and crucial resulting in delaying the flights to and from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu. Himalayan and Hilly Region weather can be changeable. But, we will try to make the best itinerary days possible. In case of flight delay and cancellation, you’ll need an extra few days before and after the trekking days from the itinerary. Because our trekking staff are experienced and professional in trekking as well as problem-solving so there are fewer chances of miss handling the situation.

Weather and temperature conditions along the Everest 3 High Passes Trek

The weather conditions along the Everest Three High Passes Trek will be different significantly depending on the season and the altitude. Here's a general overview of weather condition and temperature. 

Spring (March to May): Spring is one of the best times to trek in the Everest region. The weather is generally stable, with clear skies and mild temperatures. Daytime temperatures at lower altitudes can range from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F), but temperatures drop  in the higher altitude as you ascend.

Summer/Monsoon (June to August): The summer months bring the monsoon season to Nepal, bringing heavy rain and cloudy skies. Trekking during this time can be challenging due to slippery trails, leeches, and poor visibility. It's not the best time for the Everest Three High Passes Trek.

Autumn (September to November): Autumn is another popular trekking season in Nepal. The weather will be stable, with clear skies and mild temperatures. Daytime temperatures at lower altitudes are similar to spring, but it can be colder at higher altitudes.

Winter (December to February): Winter brings cold temperatures and snowfall to the Everest region so difficult to cross the high passes. Daytime temperatures at lower altitudes can range from 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F), but it will be much colder at higher altitudes. Trekking during this time requires proper cold-weather gear and preparation with experienced trekking guide.

Altitude Considerations: As you ascend to higher altitudes, temperatures decrease significantly. It's necessary to be prepared for cold weather, even during the main trekking season. Weather conditions will be changing rapidly in the mountains, so it's important to be flexible with your itinerary and be prepared for all conditions.

Anyway, the best times to trek the Everest Three High Passes are in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is most stable. However, it's necessary to be prepared for a any range of conditions and to check the weather forecast regularly during your trek with your guide.

Everest 3 High Passes Trek Difficulty 

“The most difficult roads lead to the most beautiful destinations.”

The difficulty level of the Everest Three High Passes trail is considered moderate to challenging. There is no road access to this remote and beautiful area, making it difficult to reach. Trekkers have expected to walk 5 to 8 hours a day, facing many obstacles in the higher elevations during the trek. The trek typically starts from Lukla (2820 m) and reaches its highest altitude at Kalapathar (5545 m).

This journey is challenging for those without previous trekking experience and requires strong physical and mental health and fitness. Crossing three high passes, climbing Gokyo Ri, Kalathar, and Nagarkhang are the most challenging aspects of the trek.

Proper preparation for high altitude trekking, including suitable cold-weather trekking gear and an experienced trekking guide, is highly recommended to successfully complete the Everest Three High Passes Trek.

Food and Accommodations along the Everest 3 Passes Trek 

During the Everest Three Passes Trek, you'll stay in teahouses, which are basic lodges offering accommodation and meals. Due to the popularity of the Everest Three High Passes Trek, the accommodations in the area are well managed with the availability of lots of accommodations and restaurants along the trekking trail. Therefore there will be less or no difficulty in finding the best accommodations in the region.

Accommodation: Teahouses along the Everest Three Passes Trek are normally simple and provide basic facilities. Rooms are usually twin or dormitory style with shared bathrooms. While some places along the trek offer luxury accommodations, these are limited, and availability may vary. The qualities of lodges are varying from place to place, so you can choose accommodations that best suit your budget and preferences along the route.

Food: Teahouses along the Everest Three Passes Trek offer a variety of meals, including traditional Nepali dishes like dal bhat, as well as international options like pasta and noodles. Each lodge has a menu with similar food items, but you are free to choose from the menu. The food is simple yet hearty, designed to provide energy for trekking. The cooks are skilled, but the taste of the meals may differ from that of Western cuisine.

As you ascend, the variety of food available may decrease, and prices may increase due to the difficulty of transportation. Meat options are limited and may not always be fresh in the mountains, so we advise you to try vegetarian recipes during your trek.

Drinking Water: It's necessary to stay hydrated at higher elevations, so you'll need to drink plenty of water. Bottled water and boiled water are available along the trail, but they can be expensive. Many trekkers use water purification tablets or a water filter to treat water from taps or streams. Therefore, bringing a reusable water bottle for drinking water is highly recommended for the Everest Three High Passes Trek.

Hot Shower and Toilets: Hot showers are available at all teahouses along the Everest Three High Passes Trek for an extra charge. These showers are heated using gas geysers. However, the cost of a hot shower will be high, ranging from 400 to 600 NPR per shower, especially at higher altitudes where heating water is more challenging due to the cold temperatures.
Toilet facilities in the teahouses along the Everest Three High Passes Trek range from Western-style toilets to squat toilets, and they are commonly shared among trekkers. As you ascend to higher altitudes, the facilities may become more basic due to the cold temperatures.

Electricity and Charging Facilities

Most teahouses along the Everest Three High Passes trail have electricity, but there will be limited availability beyond Lukla, Phakding and Namche. Electricity in the lower regions is often generated by mini electronic hydro power, while solar power is more common in teahouses at higher areas. Charging electronic devices like phones and cameras usually incurs an extra cost. However, during the busy trekking season, charging facilities will be in high demand, so it is highly recommended to bring a power bank to charge your electronic devices.

Communication (mobile and Wi-Fi Network) along the Everest 3 high passes trek

Communication (mobile and Wi-Fi Network) along the Everest Three High Passes Trek will be challenging due to its remote and high-altitude location. 

Mobile Network: In lower elevations and some parts of the trek, you may find irregular mobile network coverage from Ncell or Nepal Telecom. However, the signal will be weak and unreliable, especially in the more remote areas and at higher altitudes. If you plan to use your mobile phone, it's advisable to purchase a local SIM card from Ncell or Nepal Telecom in Kathmandu. This can provide better coverage in some areas along the trek but not reliable for mobile data. 

Wi-Fi Network: Most teahouses along the trek offer Wi-Fi for an additional cost, typically through a prepaid card system. However, the connection can be slow and may not always be available due to weather conditions or technical issues. Therefore, we highly recommend not relying on regular Wi-Fi to connect with your family and friends. If you have an emergency and need to contact your family, our guide will assist you in managing the connection with your family.

Acclimatization during the Everest 3 High Passes Trek

Acclimatization is essential for trekking the Everest Three High Passes and traveling to higher elevations in the high Himalayan region due to the risk of high altitude sickness. This is a common problem when ascending to higher altitudes. If you have prior experience with high-altitude trekking, it may be beneficial. However, if you do not, it's important to take safety measures to avoid altitude sickness when trekking above three thousand meters.

To prevent altitude sickness while trekking in Nepal, it's advised to walk carefully, stay hydrated by drinking enough water, avoid alcohol, ascend slowly, and sleep at lower elevations. For the Everest Three High Passes Trek, it's recommended to spend two nights for every 500 meters over the elevation of 3500 meters. This itinerary is flexible and includes days for acclimatization. Your health and safety are paramount, so you must complete the trek without incident. In case of emergencies, we provide essential medications for emergency rescue.
It's important to inform your guide or leader of your health status each day. Based on their assessment, they will decide whether or not you can continue on your trek.

Equipment and gear list for 3 High Passes Trek 

Before departing from your home, it is necessary to pack your trip necessities. While it might be weighty to transport everything from your country to Nepal, some necessary equipment can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu's Thamel area.

For Everest Three High Passes trekking in Nepal, basic but warm gear suitable for all seasons is necessary, although specific items may vary depending on the season and the length of the trekking days you choose. 

It is highly recommended to choose lightweight and multi-functional gear and to minimize unnecessary items. This approach will help reduce the weight of your pack and make your trekking experience more comfortable.

Documents: 

  • Passport and 4 passport size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD (minimum $500)
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card incase an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)

Sleeping:

  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -20 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional) - not necessary 

Footwear:

  • Trekking boots: one pair lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional) - not necessary
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for Body: 

  • Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking:
  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
  • Fleece/Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Base-layer trousers (optional)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking shorts (Optional)
  • Gloves, wool hat and sun hat
  • Bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu
  • Sanitizer, shampoo, Towel, wet wipes and washing soap

Others: 

  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Book (reading and writing materials) - not necessary
  • MP-3 /Music, headphones and ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as optional.
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry) - normally provide by trekking agency
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag- optional
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgen bottles best.
  • Mobile and camera charger
  • Power Bank

General Toiletries:

  • Toilet papers/ tissue – you can buy in Nepal
  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror - optional
  • On Personal Hygiene
  • Anti-bacterial hands wash

Others (optional):

  • Trekking Poles 
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (For luxuries) 
  • Binoculars (for luxuries)
  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

Getting There: Nepal

Between China's Tibet Autonomous Region and India, Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation. It has eight of the top ten mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. There are numerous points from China and India where one can enter Nepal by land. Tourist visas for Nepal are available on arrival at all Indian and Chinese borders if you are traveling there by land. There are numerous foreign airlines providing nonstop connecting flights to Nepal if you're arriving by air. Nepal Airlines, Turkish Air, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Travel Dubai, Air Arabia, and Air China are a few of the well-known airlines that fly to Nepal. From China or India, one can also go overland. Please check your flight and get in touch with us before arriving in Nepal. At the airport in Nepal, you can easily obtain a on arrival visa.

Visa and passport information

Except for Indian passport holders, all foreign visitors to Nepal need a visa; however, you must have a passport with a six-month validity date in order to apply for a tourist visa. At the Tribhuvan International Airport and the Chinese-Indian border in Tibet, visas are available on arrival. To apply for a visa to enter Nepal, you must have a color photograph in PP size. Please click this link for more details about Visa Information. 

Money exchange rate and prices

If you're seeking for the best foreign exchange rates and locations in Nepal, you may easily exchange the majority of your foreign currency at a local bank or authorized money exchange facility in a well-known tourist destination. The Nepal Rastra Bank controls all exchange rates (Center Bank of Nepal). You can exchange small amounts of money at the hotel if you want to. Because our banks will not take dirty or old notes, kindly bring clean and fresh notes.

In order to avoid the time-consuming processes associated with cards and traveler's checks, Nepalese people typically prefer cash in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use an ATM to get cash (in Nepali Rupees) if you have a credit or debit card. In the main tourist city, there are a number of ATM counters with 24-hour service. If you use a card, the maximum withdrawal amount is between 30,000 and 35,000 rupees at once, plus a processing fee of 500 rupees. 

You must convert your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the hike because the majority of trekking routes do not offer a facility for international currency exchange. Additionally, inquire about the amount of money required for a Himalayan trek from your trekking operator or guide.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Safe drinking water

For a healthy body while traveling and staying hydrated, clean water is essential. It will be the most effective method of completing the Himalayan journey. If not, getting sick and having diarrhea is simple. Almost everywhere during the Nepalese tea house trip, but not during the camping trek, sells bottled water. Unfortunately, bottled water is very pricey. 

Please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles since plastic bottles are detrimental for the environment. Reusable water bottles are a good idea because they help keep the mountain clean. If you are concerned about finding a typical water tap to fill up your bottles in the trekking region of Nepal, they are very simple to locate. It can be found in rivers, streams, and lodges.

Travel insurance and insurance policy

Nepal hiking tours: The difficulty levels of the Himalayas range from easy to tough. As a result of the Himalayan climate changing, there is a risk of high altitude and potential mishap. 

Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas demands practical trekking abilities at high altitudes (above 4,000 meters), so travel insurance is essential. If an accident occurs during a trip and requires medical attention or evacuation, the cost of returning to a city and receiving treatment may be significant. Therefore, you must ensure that your insurance covers the price of an air ambulance, medical care, and any risks associated with travel, such as delayed flights and lost, stolen, damaged, or missing baggage. Your complete itinerary while visiting Nepal should be covered by your insurance policy. Make sure your insurance policy covers hikes higher than 5,500 meters. If not, you will be responsible for all unforeseen costs associated with your trek through Nepal. 

All trekkers must send a copy of their certificate from their comprehensive travel insurance policy to High Pass Adventure as part of the booking process for trekking and climbing in Nepal.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, If you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

1) Types of Altitude Sickness

There are three types of altitude sickness:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): It is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): it is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): it is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) High Altitude Sickness Cause

Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 

Had the sickness before

Climbing quickly

Not being acclimatized to the altitude

Drinking alcohol when you ascend 

Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) High Altitude Sickness Symptoms

These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

Difficulty sleeping

Dizziness 

Fatigue

Headache

Loss of appetite

Nausea or vomiting

Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)

Short breath with action

Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 

Chest tightness or blocking

Confusion

Dry cough or coughing with blood

Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention for High Altitude Sickness

Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

Climb the mountain gradually. 

Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.

Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.

Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.

Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.

If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.

If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:

Drink plenty of water

Climb slowly.

Take it easy

Do not drink alcohol.

Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.

Sleep lower elevation 

Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor 

Client Reviews

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Billy son

Brazil

Best Trip in Life Time!!!

16th July, 2023

The operator of High Pass Adventure trekking company was extremely well managed on our trip from start to finish. We hiked from Lukla to Renjo-La pass, Gokyo, Cho-La pass, EBC, and Kalapathar. Prakash was our guide and provided an outstanding trekking experience, which skillfully balanced the desire to lend trekkers some freedom to make it their own adventure while still providing the proper structure, guidance, and insight into the Nepalese culture, landscape and snow capped mountain. This took the trip to another level. I cannot recommend High Pass Adventure enough. Outstanding!!!

David

David

Australia

Best Guide in Nepal

16th July, 2023

Me and my 2 friends arrived in Kathmandu without contacting any trekking company and guide for trekking. We met with a few companies in Thamel but they did not give us good information. Then we contacted Purna on the recommendations of a friend and knew right away he was the one for us. He quickly managed the Lukla flights for us the next day because that was impossible. He is a kind and funny man with lots of knowledge of all the mountains, places and people in the regions. The trip was amazing and very flexible, we decided to change our route and this was never an issue. 
I can not recommend this High Pass Adventure company enough and When I go back to Nepal I will always use this company. 10/10

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