Everest Basecamp trek via three passes

follow us over three high mountain passes

"Will it be easy? Nope. Worth it? Absolutely."

Photo credits:
Indrik Myneur, Gunther Hagleitner, Lampertron, Katie and Rick McCharles.

your private 3 Passes EBC trek

Everest region

Mar-Apr & Aug-Dec

19/20 days

hard

max. 5545 meter

guide & porter

about the route

This is a challenging and famous trekking route in the Everest region with the most scenically stunning areas. The Everest three passes trek includes crossing Kongma La pass (5535m), Cho La pass (5330m) and Renjo La pass (5445m) linking the five major valleys of the Everest region. This is an ultimate high-altitude trek, in the world’s most spectacular mountain terrain. It’s undoubtedly tough – but the scenery provides more than ample rewards. 

From Katmandu we fly to Lukla from where we follow the classic Everest trail. We trek via Namche Bazaar, Tyangboche and Dingboche to Kongma La pass that's surrounded by dramatic views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and Lhotse. From the Kongma La pass, we descend to the Khumbu glacier and then ascend again to Kala Patthar (5545m), the highest point of this trek, for breathtaking close-up views of Mount Everest. We traverse the glaciated Cho La pass to Gokyo where we explore the valley and climb Gokyo Ri to enjoy more excellent mountain views including another angle of Mount Everest and Cho Oyu on the Tibetan border to the north. Then we scramble across Renjo La, dramatically back-dropped by the Everest range and enter the Bhote Kosi valley. There we will walk along grazing pastures and a trading route used by yak trains from Tibet to Thame. It is a short day from Thame to Namche Bazaar from where we re-trace our earlier steps to Lukla and fly back to Katmandu.

This trekking is perhaps the ultimate Everest experience in the Khumbu Himalaya range. Think of this not just as a trek but more as one of the finest mountain journeys you are ever likely to undertake in your lifetime.

alternative trekking routes

You could also consider our adventurous Island Peak climbing in which you go to Island Peak (6189m) via EBC and Kala Patthar (5545m).

The classical EBC trek to Everest Basecamp is also a wonderful route which you can do in 14 days.

altitude

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itenerary

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day 01 | Pre-trip meeting.

day 02 | Flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804m) and trek to Phakding (2610m) - 3/4 hrs. 

day 03 | Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m) - 5/6

day 04 | Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.

day 05 | Trek Tengboche (3860m) - 4/5 hrs.

day 06 | Trek to Dingboche (4350m) - 4/5 hrs.

day 07 | Acclimatization day at Dingboche.

day 08 | Trek to Chhukung (4730m) - 2/3 hrs.

day 09 | Trek to Gorek Shep (5140m) via Kongma La pass (5535m) - 8/9 hrs.

day 10 | Explore Everest Basecamp (5365m) then trek to Gorek Shep (5140m) - 7/8 hrs.

day 11 | Trek to Dzongla (4830m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 12 | Cross Cho La pass (5330m) descend to Thangnak Kharka (5025m) - 7/8 hrs.

day 13 | Trek to Gokyo (4790m) - 6/7 hrs.

day 14 | Excursion to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and back to Gokyo - 5/6 hrs.

day 15 | Cross Renjo La pass (5345m) and trek to Langden - 7/8 hrs.

day 16 | Trek to Thame (3820m) - 4/5 hrs

day 17 | Trek to Manjo - 6/7 hrs

day 18 | Trek to Lukla (2804m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 19 | Morning flight to Kathmandu. 

day 20 | Transfer for your final flight departure.

Note: It's possible to combine your trek with other activities such as white water rafting and wildlife safari in the jungle. Your itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your stay in Nepal.

Contact us for more information.

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day 01 | Pre-trip meeting.
By Mountain People welcomes you at your hotel for a pre-trip meeting. We introduce you to your guide and we will talk about the trekking route. If you have any questions or requests, we would like to hear them from you.
Note: Please make sure you bring your passport to the meeting along with three copies and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting we request you to clear the due balance if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

overnight at a hotel

day 02 | Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding - 3/4 hrs.
Early morning your guide takes you to Tribhuwan International Airport for the short but scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2804m).
Once we are in Lukla you can explore the village while your Sherpa crew sorts and loads the trekking equipment. When everyone’s ready, we begin our trek! First we descend towards the Dudh Koshi river where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walk is easy. After we pass the small village of Ghat (2550m) there is only a short walk left to Phakding (2610m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 03 | Trek to Namche Bazaar - 5/6 hrs.
After breakfast we continue our trek along the banks of the Dudh Koshi river. We cross this majestic river many times via exciting suspension bridges full with prayer flags. After we enter Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply. And if the weather is clear, we have breathtaking views from here.
Namche Bazaar (3441m) is known as the Gateway to Everest and is home to many restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, bakeries and even money exchanges and internet cafes. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the entire Everest trail.

overnight at mountain lodge

day 04 | Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.
Today we spend the day here in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize and adjust to the thinner air. If the weather is clear, it’s a great opportunity to hike up to Syangboche for rewarding views of the Khumbu peaks.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 05 | Trek to Tengboche Monastery - 4/5 hrs.
Now our trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi river with magnificent views of the mountains. Today we trek to an altitude of 3860 meters. By reaching Tengboche we see local Buddhist monastery. Inside we can see incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha and the musical instruments and robes of Lamas. Here we can observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning, depending on how our trek went today.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 06 | Trek to Dingboche - 4/5 hrs.
From Tengboche the trail drops to Debuche and crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola. Then we climb to Pangboche along thousands of mani stones. Today our uphill trek takes us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche (4350m) with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam. We take our time to prevent getting affected by the altitude.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 07 | Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
Since this is a challenging trek, we need regularly free days so that we keep our energy. Today we explore the nearby ridge and enjoy striking views of soaring Makalu, Lhotse and the Cho Oyu mountains. The ridge also offers us views over the Imja valley and Lobuche’s and Cholatse’s peaks.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 08 | Trek to Chhukung - 2/3 hrs.
The trek today begins through crop fields. We climb to the valley of Imja Khola which offers us views of the mountains of Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Then our trail continues through Bibre, a scattered settlement of yak herders. When we walk further, we reach the village of Chhukung that offers us a striking view of Imja Tse that is also known as Island Peak.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 09 | Cross Kongma La pass and trek to Gorakshep - 8/9 hrs.
Crossing Bibre, we climb all the way to the Niyang Khola valley. To reach Kongma La pass, we head east and cross the gorge with frozen lakes. From the pass we can enjoy the views of mountains in Nepal and Tibet. After a short break we head down to the Khumbu glacier and trek to Lobuche and finally, to Gorakshep.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 10 | Explore Everest Basecamp and back to Gorakshep - 7/8 hrs.
Today we explore the lake of Gorakshep with freezing cold water. When we trek past the Indian Army Mountaineers’ Memorials, we reach Everest Basecamp. We hope for a bright, clear day as this place offers striking views of Nuptse, Khumbutse and the Pumori mountains. But we won’t spend the night here in Everest Basecamp, instead we go back down to Gorakshep.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 11 | Trek to Dzongla - 5/6 hrs.
From Gorakshep we return to Lobuche and trek down further until we will reach the river bank. Then we cross the river and take the ascending trail to the top of the ridge for striking views of Ama Dablam and the Thamserku mountains. And we trek further to Cholatse lake. From here our trail goes through few ups and downs to reach the bridge to reach Dzongla.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 12 | Cross Cho La pass and trek to Thangnak Kharka - 7/8 hrs.
When we trek to the hilltop of Dzongla we have a striking view of the Cholatse mountains. Then we head west before descending to the gorge. We climb the gorge and reach the vantage point which offers views of Ama Dablam and again the Cholatse mountains. We climb Cho La pass which offers panoramic views of several mountains and peaks in Nepal. Finally, at the end of our route today we there’s only left the rocky path to Thangnak.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 13 | Trek to Gokyo - 5/6 hrs.
Today we continue following the rocky path with striking views of mountains and valleys. We also pass the Ngozumpa glacier today, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. We cross the glacier and to reach the third Gokyo lake which is located on the verge of Gokyo village (4790m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 14 | Hike up to Gokyo Ri and back to Gokyo - 5/6 hrs.
If our trek goes as planned, we have a spare day now. We can either spend it with a visit to the fourth and fifth lake of Gokyo. In total there are six lakes in the Gokyo valley. Or we climb the Gokyo Ri peak (5357m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 15 | Cross Renjo La pass and trek to Langden - 7/8 hrs.
From the Gokyo valley we now head west and trek to the foot of Renjo La pass. Renjo La is the high pass of this trek, with an altitude of 5320 meter. From the pass we can enjoy the gratifying views of mountains and peaks of both Nepal and Tibet. For instance we can see Kyajo Ri from the western section of Renjo La. Then we continue our trek to reach Lungden where we spend the night.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 16 | Trek to Thame - 4/5 hrs.
A walk along the rocky path leads us to the river. When we reach the Sherpa village of Thame, we explore the village to get to know the local culture, the traditions and way of living. Also we visit Thame’s Buddhist monastery today.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 17 | Trek to Manjo - 6/7 hrs.
From Thame we return to Namche Bazaar, cross Dudh Koshi river and move through Sagarmatha National Park to Manjo village. The entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park is at Manjo.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 18 | Trek to Lukla - 5/6 hrs.
Finally, today we return to Lukla where our trek began. It seems like a lifetime ago. Together we enjoy our evening and reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 19 | Morning flight back to Kathmandu.
When we fly back to Kathmandu, we enjoy our last glimpse of the mountains. On arrival in Kathmandu we bring you back to your hotel.

overnight at a hotel

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  • airport transfer and drop off
  • flight tickets KTM-LUA and LUA-KTM
  • trekking permit
  • EBC permit
  • experienced, English speaking guide
  • porter per two persons
  • government taxes, VAT and tourist service charges
  • accommodation during your trekking
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trekking
  • accommodation in Kathmandu (as per as iitenerary)

cost does not include

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Nepal airport and airfare departure tax
  • travel health insurance
  • meals in Kathmandu
  • alcohol, hot and cold drinks
  • trekking equipment
  • tips for trekking staff and drivers
  • all other expenses that are not mentioned below 'cost includes'

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Post Author
Govinda
Namaste! As a Nepali I proudly welcome you to my beautiful country. When I first started doing business, I runned a trekking gear shop in Thamel, Kathmandu. Since I have discovered the joy of traveling myself, I got the license for mountain trekking guide. And now, with by Mountain People, I am excited to show travelers from all over the world Nepal’s most beautiful places.