"The Everest three passes trek is the true Himalayan journey that covers six gems of the Khumbu region- Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La, Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Lakes. It is an ultimate venture in the eastern part of Nepal, packed with adventure, challenges, views & lifetime experience."
Everest three passes trek is a 20 days trekking package in the Himalayas of Nepal. The trek route links the stunning Gokyo Lakes and the famous Everest Base Camp with two additional gorgeous trails from east to west. As the name of the package suggests, the itinerary has three high passes all above 5,000 metres. 3 passes trek is for trekkers who are not afraid to face challenges and push their limits. It's a trek for real adventurous hearts.
On Everest's three high passes trek, you explore all the major highlights of the Khumbu region. Kongma La (5,535 m/18,159 ft), Cho La (5,420 m/17,782 ft), and Renjo La (5,340 m/17,520 ft) are the three passes you cross during the trek. The trek takes you to the lap of Mt. Everest, Everest Base Camp (5,364 m). You hike to viewpoints like Hotel Everest View (3,962 m), Gokyo Ri (5,484 m), and Kala Patthar (5,644 m). Likewise, you get to visit the holy Gokyo Lakes (4,700 m to 5,000 m), one of the highest freshwater lake systems in the world.
The trail winds through Sagarmatha National Park. You walk by beautiful rhododendron and juniper forests. Explore gorgeous valleys and picturesque villages. Make friends with Sherpas and see their lifestyle. Likewise, trek along rivers and terraced fields. See mules and yaks grazing on pastures. Visit the ancient monasteries and come across numerous prayer wheels and stupas on the way.
On every bend in the trail, you see a distinct landscape. The giant Himalayan mountains suddenly become your big motivators. And the breathtaking views fuel you to walk further. Some famous mountains you see on Everest three passes trekking are Mt. Everest (8,849 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Island Peak (6,160 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), etc.
3 passes trek route & difficulty
Crossing these three passes is very challenging and demands slow & steady ascents. Your body has to be properly acclimatised and physically fit to make the three long ascents on steep, rocky uphill trails. At the same time, you'll be facing high altitude pressure and may be fluctuating weather conditions.
The daily 6 to 7 hours walk can go above 8 hours on some days. The lower part of the Everest three passes trek route goes through dense forests. The terrain is rugged and sloppy. From Dingboche (4,410 m) onwards, you'll be trekking above the treeline. The rich greenery scenery changes into dry, barren landscapes.
The upper part of the trail has slippery glacier walks, moraines, and gorges. The trail is exposed to sun and cold. Even an easy walk can get very exhausting because of thin air. The lower oxygen pressure tires your body quickly.
The Everest three passes trekking goes above 5,000 metres multiple times during the trek. You'll be traversing at a high elevation that carries the risk of altitude sickness. It is also called acute mountain sickness. Altitude sickness is a common illness during this kind of venture. However, if not cared & controlled, one may need emergency evacuation.
From Kathmandu at 1,300 metres, your journey goes up to 5,644 metres at Kala Patthar. To be honest, everybody reacts differently to the drastic change in elevation, so we cannot guarantee an altitude sickness-free journey. But we'll make sure you get ample time to acclimatise during the trek, and our expert guide will take care of you in any adversity.
Preparation for three passes trekking in the Everest region
We have listed some of the things that you should do to prepare for Everest three high passes trekking. These preparations will help you a lot while trekking.
3 passes trek is not for beginner trekkers or someone who is not physically fit. So, go on a few treks and hikes before to prepare your mind & body for 3 passes.
Get your body and especially legs for all the long ascents. Do cardio and strength training. Build your core strength, stamina, and endurance.
Pack your favourite snacks to munch while trekking.
Eat a balanced diet and keep yourself hydrated. Carry water purification tablets.
Do not wear new trekking shoes during the trek.
Double-check all the documents.
Visit your doctor once before the beginning of the trek.
To book Everest three passes trek 2022/2023, call us anytime or send a booking request through our site. You can tailor-make the Everest three passes trekking itinerary too.
These are some other challenging treks in the Himalayas; Upper Dolpo Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, and Nar Phu Valley Trek.