Everest Three Passes Trek is the most suitable high passes trek for those trekkers who are a bit experienced and daring to challenge the giant Himalayas of the Everest Region. Everest Three Passes Trek is for those who seek for more wild and challenging holidays experience as it is more demanding and the longer route crossing through three high passes in the Everest Region. These are the Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5,420m) and the Renjo La (5,417m). You will also climb three hiking peaks; Gokyo Ri (5,360m) and Kala Pattar (5,54m) offer superb views of Everest, whilst Chukkung Ri (5,550m) is a lesser-known summit, tucked under the imposing Lhotse-Nuptse wall and more beautiful and heavenly sight.
Everest Three High Passes Trek starts with an exciting mountain flight to the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla – a beautiful mountain town. We begin our hiking from here to Phakding on the first day and on the second day we trek to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. We have a rest and acclimation day at Namche as it is vital to get acclimatized ourselves to adapt to high altitude. On the rest day, we have the option to hike to Khunde and Khumjung – charming twin Sherpa Villages. We follow the regular Everest Base Camp Trek route walking through the places of Tengboche; where we will visit the region´s most active monastery, enjoy colourful landscapes, other Buddhist monasteries, prayers walls and Dingboche in the land enclosed by the soaring peaks. At Dingboche, the trail breaks off with the main trail and we head up to Chhukung (the beautiful hamlet of Sherpa Village ). We climb Chhuking Ri on the acclimation day at Chhukung and overnight in Chhukung, also it is always recommended that “hike higher and sleep lower” helps you acclimatise. Then our first three passes, the Kongma La, is probably the toughest day, but your reward is stunning views of Makalu (8,485, the world´s fifth highest mountain) to the east. It is a leisurely descent to Labuche, where we rejoin the classic Everest Base Camp Route, before climbing the famous viewpoint of Kala Patthar, the second of our three peaks.
Our Everest Three Passes Trek to the viewpoint of Kala Pathar is followed by the tough climb through Cho La pass that takes us to the cobalt-blue lakes at Gokyo. Here we trek our third peak; Gokyo Ri (5,360m). This is a lovely peak above the Gokyo Valley, with fabulous views of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Cholatse and many smaller snow-capped mountains. After enjoying awe-inspiring views from Gokyo Ri and exploring Gokyo lakes, we make our way to the next great pass, the Renjo La. Making a night in Lungde or Marlung we follow a little of the route used for centuries by the Tibetan Traders via Nangpa La to get to Thame. Following the classical route, we drop down to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu leaving behind our footprints in the shadow of Everest.
Kongma la is the highest pass of Everest Three Passes Trek being at an altitude of 5528m. It gives an unbelievable panoramic view of the mountains. It is generally less crowded and less visited by people and is the most challenging of all. Kongma la pass takes all the way to Chhukung village giving the most stunning and detailed views of several mountains. The stimulating paths and wonderful views make the pass more daring and exciting.