Everest Three Passes Trek - 17 Days

Trip Facts
ActivityEverest Treks
AccommodationHotel/Lodge/Tea House during the trek
RegionEverest Region
Distance166km / 103Miles
Start / End pointKathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration17 Days
Max. AltitudeKala Patthar (5,555m)
Meals IncludedAll Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trek
Group size2-30
Nature of TrekLodge to Lodge Trekking
Best SeasonFeb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Trip CodeDWTTK15
Activity Per DayApproximately 4-6 hrs walking
TransportationDomestic flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM) and private vehicle (Transportation)

Everest 3 Passes Trek Insights

Everest Three High Passes Trek is the ultimate trek for thrill-seekers and adventurers in the Everest region. In this trek, you will not only reach the Everest Base Camp but also cross the three highest passes in the Khumbu region – Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft), and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft).

Highlights of Everest 3 High Passes Trek

  • A scenic flight to Lukla
  • Spellbinding view of mountains from the three high passes (Kongma La, Cho La & Renjo La)
  • Famous Sherpa town in the Everest region - Namche Bazaar
  • Nepal's highest airport Syangboche
  • Stunning views from Gokyo Ri
  • One of the world's highest hotels - Everest Hotel
  • Gokyo Lakes
  • Ancient monastery in Tengboche
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Prayer wheels, colorful flags, Mani stones, high suspension bridges
  • The wide range of flora and fauna
  • Wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopard, and Himalayan Thar
  • Highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4900m)
  • Amazing panoramic view from Kala Patthar (5,555m)

Benefits of Everest 3 High Passes Trek with DWT

  • Free airport pick-up to the hotel on arrival and vice versa on departure in a private vehicle
  • Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
  • Frequent blood oxygen saturation monitoring using pulse oximeters in high altitudes to recognize early signs of altitude sickness. 
  • Medical kits as a precaution.
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom)
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own
  • Free excess luggage storing service during the trekking period
  • Duffle bag for porters


Online Trip Briefing

The online briefing will clear all your doubts about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available dates and times for the trek briefing, and once we receive your essential documents, we will conduct the online trek briefing.

Lukla Flight Information

There might be slight alterations to the trek itinerary, mainly during peak trek seasons (March, April, May, October, and November), as the flight to Lukla will be from Ramechhap/Manthali instead of Kathmandu due to traffic congestion. At other times, the flight will be from Kathmandu. To catch a flight from Ramechhap, we must leave Kathmandu and head to Manthali around 12:30 a.m. on the scheduled departure date. The drive will take around five hours.


Everest Three High Passes Trek Description

Your 17-day Everest Three Passes Trek begins with a breathtaking 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m). After crossing several suspension bridges over the fast-flowing white rivers, you will reach Namche Bazaar (3,440m) the next day. You will stay one more day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization

While in Namche Bazaar visit shops, restaurants, and internet cafes. You can also visit nearby monasteries, the chief being Khumjung Monastery.  If you want to get views of Mt. Everest, you can hike to Everest View Hotel. 

After a rest day at Namche, you will continue the Three High Passes Trek by heading to Thame (3,750m). This is where your path separates from the classic Everest Base Camp Trek as you follow the Bhote Koshi River to reach Thame.  You can see a small hydroelectric plant just before arriving at Thame. 

The next day, you will wake up at Thame and brace for a long trek towards Lungden (4,500m). The paths are quite challenging, and you must trek for about six hours to reach Lungden.

Then, you will leave Lungden behind and head for the Gokyo Lakes region. Somewhere in between Lungden and Gokyo lies Renjo La Pass (54,35m), the first among the three major passes you will cross.

From Renjo La Pass, you can see amazing views of the Gokyo Lake system and many Himalayan Peaks - including Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8,481m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), and Ama Dablam (6,812m). You will stay at Gokyo for the night and spend the following day acclimatizing. 

As you acclimatize in Gokyo, we will take you to Gokyo Ri (5,483m), from where you can see four of the six highest mountains in the world - Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,485m), and Cho Oyu (8,188m). The scenes from the Gokyo Ri are probably the best in the Everest Region. 

Next, you will continue the journey from Gokyo to Thagnak (4,700m), crossing Ngozumpa Glacier. From the trails, you will see yak pastures or lucky yaks grazing on them.

The next day's destination is Dzongla (4,855m), and Cho La Pass (5,420m) lies on the way. You will cross the Chola Pass, the second major pass in this trek. This pass connects the Gokyo and Everest regions.

By crossing Cho La Pass, you have entered the Everest region, and you will reach Everest Base Camp, but you will have to stop in two places - Lobuche (4,910m) and Gorak Shep (5,185m). 

The eleventh day of the trek is going to be extraordinary. You will wake up at Lobuche (4,930m) and head to Gorak Shep (5,185m).  After reaching Gorak Shep, you will leave your belongings and head to the Everest Base Camp (5,364m). Stepping on Everest is a huge achievement, as reaching Everest requires conquering the harsh terrain, high altitude, and challenging climate. 

After spending time on EBC, we will descend to Gorak Shep and spend the night there. The following morning, you will wake up at Gorak Shep and trek to Kala Patthar (5,555m), from where you can catch the heavenly sights of dawn-breaking Mt. Everest. You will soak in the incredible scenery from Kala Patthar, get back to Gorak Shep, and finally descend to Lobuche to spend the night.

The following morning, we will wake you up at Lobuche and trek to Chhukung (4,730m), and in between lies Kongma La Pass (5,535m) - the last of our three major passes. It is also the highest pass among the three passes and is challenging. However, remember that the more challenging a trek is, the more rewards you will reap. 

On the fourteenth day of the Everest 3-pass trek, you will leave Chhukung and to Tengboche (3,855m) and pass Dingboche and Pangboche on the way. The path allows you to see some of the spectacular scenes of Amadablam (6856m), Everest (8848 m), Nuptse (7861m), and Lhotse (8501m). We will not forget to visit the famous Tengboche monastery as well.

The next day's trek will take you back to Namche Bazaar. The way is uneven and passes through dense forest, and if you are lucky, you can get glimpses of Himalayan pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, or even snow leopards. 

On the last day of the Everest Three High Passes Trek trails, you will head from Namche to Lukla. We return to Dudh Koshi Valley, cross Hillary Suspension Bridge, and trek for about seven hours to reach Lukla. You will be staying in Lukla for the night. Your Everest Three Passes Trek in the Everest region is almost over, and you are just a night away from returning to Kathmandu.

On your seventeenth day, in the morning, you will board a plane back to Kathmandu. You will leave the Everest region behind with fresh memories, new experiences, and perhaps a new way of thinking. For a complete Three-pass trek itinerary, please see the section below.

Why Everest Three Passes Trek?

The Everest 3 High Passes Trek (or 3 pass trek)  is one of the most adventurous treks in the world that takes you deep into the Everest region. You get to see what lies around Everest and how the geography elevates to give rise to the world's highest mountain. The trek is challenging and provides a more detailed picture of the harsh terrain, cold climate, and constant human struggle in high altitudes. All in all, the Three Passes Trek distance is 103 miles (166km).

DWT recommends all our valuable clients arrive at Kathmandu as early as possible, at least one day before the trek departure date, for last-minute preparations. If in case you missed the online trip briefing, it will allow us time to conduct an in-person briefing. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu may get delayed due to the weather. In such cases, we reschedule these flights to the next available flight. So, we suggest our clients add at least 2 extra days as a cushion to the trip to avoid international flight delays back to their home country.

Everest Three High 3 Passes Trek Itinerary

  1. day1

    Flight from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft) Trek to Phakding (2,650m / 8,562ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6.2km / 3.8miles
    Flight Hours 40/20 Minutes
    Highest Altitude 2650m / 8562ft
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    Your Everest 3 Passes Trek begins with a flight to Lukla. In the busy trekking seasons (March, April, May, September, October, and November), flights from Kathmandu to Lukla might be redirected through Manthali Airport. To catch the early morning Lukla flight from Manthali, we'll pick you up from your hotel around 12:30 am and take you on a 5-hour drive to Manthali Airport. From Manthali, you will fly for about twenty minutes before stepping on Lukla.

    You can hire a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla to skip the Kathmandu-Manthali-Lukla route. The cost is around 550 USD per person, provided the helicopter expenses are split among five passengers. 

    During, December, January, February, June, July, or August, you will directly fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. After breakfast, we'll take you to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for a 40-minute flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla.

    After arriving at Lukla, you descend to the Thado Koshi River and cross a few suspension bridges before reaching Phakding. The trek will be short and enjoyable as you will also be acclimatizing. In Phakding, we will take you for a visit to the local Rimishung Monastery. 

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel Lodge, room with attached bathroom
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day2

    Trek from Phakding (2,650m /8,562ft ) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7.4km / 4.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    We will begin early in the morning at Phakding and move north along the banks of Dudh Koshi River, passing many suspension bridges -including Hillary Suspension Bridge.

    Our path also takes us through Monjo Village, deep forests, and rocky trails to Sagarmatha National Park Check Post, where we will register our permits and climb up into the forest. From this forest, you will see Mt. Everest for the first time. However, we will continue the trek until we reach Namche Bazaar - the destination for the day. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House, room with attached bathroom
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day3

    Rest day to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar

    Today will be an acclimatization day at Namche. We recommend you to explore Namche Bazaar. This town contains numerous Wi-Fi-linked cafes, restaurants, souvenirs, and gear shops. There are other options - visit the Sagarmatha National Park visitor center, traditional Sherpa settlements, Hillary School, Khumjung monastery, Dingboche Airport, and Everest Hotel. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House, room with attached bathroom
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day4

    Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Thame (3750m / 12,303ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6.8km / 4.2miles
    Highest Altitude (3750m /12,303ft)
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    We leave Namche Bazaar and head to Thame following Bhote Koshi and past the pine and rhododendron forests. On the way, you will also get to see the mud-plastered stupa at Phurte. As you move ahead you will come to Thamo and Thamo Gompa, and from here the path drops steeply to Khumbu Hydroelectric Plant, ultimately leading to the Thame, which lies at the end of Khumbu Valley. 

    Thame is home to many famous Sherpa mountaineers, including Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record for summiting Everest 21 times. It is also a childhood home of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, one of the first men to climb Mt Everest. The other person is Edmund Hillary. 

    • Overnight stay at Thame View Guest House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day5

    Trek from Thame (3,750m / 12,303ft) to Lungden (4,500m / 14,764ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.2km / 5miles
    Highest Altitude 4,500m / 14,764ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    This day you will be walking around the villages while enjoying the views of the landscape, vegetation, and mountains. During sparkling mornings light-painted rocks, lichens, yaks, and snow-capped peaks look surreally vivid. The last village in the valley is Taranga, but we continue the hike through Marulung (4200m) village and finally to Lungden, the destination for this day. In our spare time, we can visit Nakpa Valley that used to be the old trade route to Tibet. Additionally, we can hike to Cho Relmo Lake as well.

    • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day6

    Trek from Lungden (4,500m / 14,764ft) to Gokyo Lake (4,750m / 15,583ft) via Renjola Pass (5,446m / 17,867ft))

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9km / 5.6miles
    Highest Altitude (5,446m / 17,867ft)
    Trek Duration 8 hrs

    It will be one of the most exciting days for you as you will be walking through the first pass in the route - Renjola Pass. We leave Lungden behind to continue our journey forward to the Gokyo Lakes region, depending on the season, you will be able to observe different human activities like yak herding. 

    Once you reach the Renjo La Pass, you will be able to see the majestic views of high peaks like Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m). You will also see the third major Gokyo Lake (among five) - Dudh Pokhari, and the Gokyo village lies alongside this lake. The path then descends and lets you enter the Gokyo Valley, but you need to be careful because the trail might be icy. 

    • Overnight stay at Thanka Inn
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day7

    Rest day to acclimatize at Gokyo. Early morning at Gokyo Ri (5,400m / 17,814ft ) Viewpoint

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 1.5 km / o.9 miles
    Highest Altitude 5,400 m/ 17,814ft
    Trek Duration 1 & ½ hrs

    Acclimatization provides us time to climb the Gokyo Ri Viewpoint from where you can see the mesmerizing views of the Everest region - including Thonak Tsho Lake and the Ngozuma Tsho Lake. 

    Three kilometers north of Gokyo lies Ngozumpa Tsho glacier (5,000m), and within five minutes walk lies Scoundrel's Viewpoint. From here, you get fantastic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu.

    On the north of the fifth Gokyo Lake, you can see astonishing views of the Cho Oyu Base Camp and the Ngozumpa Glacier - the longest glacier in the Himalayas. 

    • Overnight stay at Thanka Inn
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day8

    Trek from Gokyo (4,790m / 15,584ft) to Thangnak (4,700m / 15,400ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 3.7km / 2.3miles
    Highest Altitude 4,790m / 15,584ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    We will be back on our trek on this day, walking past the Ngozumpa Glacier, but the trail is rocky and passes through several ups and downs. We will be walking down the valley on the eastern glacial moraine as the scenery becomes stunning and inspiring for you to move forward. Eventually, we arrive at the collection of lodges known as Thangnak. This place lies in a serene setting optimally placed for Cho-La high pass crossing.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Khumbi-la
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day9

    Trek from Thangnak (4,700m / 15,400ft) to Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft) via Cho La Pass (5420m /17,783ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 16km /9.9miles
    Highest Altitude 5420m / 17,783ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    There are some more challenging treks to cover today as we will be trekking on rocky trails and the glacial moraines - eventually reaching Dzongla. However, the exciting part is - you will be crossing Cho La Pass (5420m / 17,783ft) that connects Dzongla and Thagnak. This pass provides spectacular views of Everest and the other Himalayas. After enjoying the views from there, you will be descending to Dzongla for the night.   

    • Overnight stay at Maison Sherpa Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day10

    Trek from Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft) to Lobuche (4,910m / 16,175ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.36km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 4,910m / 16,175ft
    Trek Duration 4 hrs

    After spending the night at Dzongla, we will wake up the following day and continue our trek. Today's destination will be Lobuche. At Lobuche, we will rejoin the classical Everest Base Camp Trek. But first, we start the day by following the moraine and descending alongside Chola Lake. As we proceed, we will be seeing memorial statues of the climbers who passed away in this region. The hike to Lobuche should be very enjoyable. We will just follow the trails of Imja Khola Valley to reach Lobuche. 

    • Overnight stay at Mother Earth House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day11

    Trek from Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft) to Everest Base Camp and back (5,364m / 17,598ft) to Gorak Shep (5,185m / 17,010ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 15km / 9.32miles
    Highest Altitude 5,364m / 17,598ft
    Trek Duration 6-8 hours

    Finally, on your eleventh day, you will reach Everest Base Camp. The trek begins by trekking through the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier until we arrive at Gorak Shep. 

    We will leave our belongings at Gorak Shep and climb up north to Everest Base Camp. The camp itself forms the base for mountaineers ascending or descending the Everest mountain. 

    Reaching Everest Base Camp (EBC) is not easy, and by reaching EBC, you have shown how determined you are. In a way, it is a victory over yourself -a triumph of determination, a positive attitude, and perseverance. We will stay on EBC for some time soaking in the magnificent views that only a few on earth ever will. After clicking several pictures, we will descend to Gorak Shep, where we will stay for the night.

    • Overnight stay at Buddha Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day12

    Hike to Kala Patthar Viewpoint (5,555m / 18,208ft), trek to Lobuche (4,910m / 16,175ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 5km / 3.10miles
    Highest Altitude 5,555m / 18,208ft
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    You were at Everest Base Camp the previous day, but despite reaching EBC, you couldn't really see Mt. Everest. So this day provides you the chance to see Mt. Everest up-close and in all glory.

    To catch the dawn breaking at Everest, we wake up early in the morning and hike to Kala Patthar (5,555m) - the famous Everest View Point. We will stay at Kala Patthar for some time, enjoy the sunrise over Mt. Everest and then descend to Gorak Shep for breakfast. After having breakfast, we will hike back to Lobuche, the destination for this day.

    • Overnight stay at Mother Earth House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day13

    Trek from Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft) to Chhukung (4,730m / 15,580ft) via Kongma La Pass (5,535m / 18,159ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 10.5km /6.5miles
    Highest Altitude 5,535m / 18,159ft
    Trek Duration 7-8 hrs

    Today, you will be crossing the final among the three passes that lie on your trail. This pass is considered the most difficult among these three passes. The trek starts from Lobuche. The ascend to Kongma La Pass is easy with the path dotted with frozen lakes, and a mummy-wrapped crane marks this pass. From the pass, you can see Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse, and Ana Dablam.

    We descend from the Kongma La pass to the eastern side of Nigyang Khola Valley and into the Chukhung Village. Sherpas use this area as a yak pasture, but there is no permanent habitation. Recently, this region has gained popularity as a trekking peak, and the trekkers often use Chhukhung for acclimatization purposes.

    • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day14

    Trek from Chhukung (4,730m / 15,580ft) to Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12.9km / 8miles
    Highest Altitude 4,730m / 15,580ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    We descend the Imja Khola valley, trek through the village of Dingboche, famous for its stone-walled potatoes fields, alpine pastures, and continue forward. On the way, you will also see Kharkas (highland sheds) at Tsura, Orsho, and Shomare. 

    As we continue our hike, we will reach Pangboche Village - the place for year-round settlement in the valley, and then to Tengboche. From the Tengboche viewpoint, you can see awe-inspiring views of distinctive peaks like Amadablam (6856m), Everest (8848 m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8501m). We will also be visiting Tengboche Gompa - the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region.

    • Overnight stay at Paradise lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  15. day15

    Trek from Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 5.9km / 3.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,855m / 12,850ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    The trail to Namche Bazaar takes us through forests inhabited by highland wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, or even snow leopards. We will be climbing on the steep slopes around which lie chortens and prayer flags. From the path, you can enjoy the view of the tip of Everest and the backside of Lhotse. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House, room with attached bathroom
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  16. day16

    Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 13.5km / 8.3miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    Our final day of trekking will lead us back to Lukla. After breakfast, we will be hiking down a steep trail that descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge. However, we continue walking through several local villages in the Dudh Koshi River Valley until we reach Lukla. It is your sixteenth day of trekking, and your trekking is almost over. We hope you enjoyed the whole trek thoroughly.

    • Overnight stay at Comfort Inn, room with attached bathroom
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  17. day17

    Fly to Kathmandu/Manthali from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40/20 Minutes

    If everything goes according to the schedule, you will return to Kathmandu on this day. You will fly to Manthali or Kathmandu, depending on the trekking season. It's likely that if your trek is in March, April, May, September, October, or November, you'll board a flight to Manthali, and we will then drive you to Kathmandu. During other months (December, January, February, June, July, and August), from Lukla, you will directly fly to Kathmandu.

    To avoid the Lukla-Manthali-Kathmandu route, you can partner with four other individuals to book a helicopter. This will cost you approximately 550 USD extra per person.

    We hope your trek will be a relaxing one, and you will probably be looking back at the time spent in the Everest region. We will organize a farewell dinner on this day.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

What is Included?

  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) tickets and airport departure taxes
  • Total 16 nights (Five nights at Lukla, Phakding and Namche(3N), rooms with a private attached bathroom, Eleven nights standard rooms at Thame, Lungden, Gokyo (2 N), Dzongla, Lobuche (2 N), Chhukung, Gorak Shep, Thangnak, Pheriche.
  • All standard meals (17 lunches, 16 dinners, and 17 breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Government licensed, English Speaking, experienced Discovery World Trekking trek leader (12 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porters for trekkers luggage. One porter for two trekkers. 18kg maximum weight limit for a porter. One trekker luggage limit - 9kg.
  • Guides and porters coverage - meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and necessary equipment
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official Expenses
  • Souvenirs - Discovery World Trekking t-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking certificate of appreciation after a successful trek
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek

What is Excluded?

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance that covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by things beyond the company's control like landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "What is included?"

Official Everest 3 Passes Trek Map

Equipment list for Everest 3 High Passes Trek

Here is the complete list of items you will require during the trek. We advise you to carry the essentials as your luggage limit is capped at 9 kg. We provide one porter for every two trekkers. Hence, we encourage you to find a fellow trek partner and pack both things in a duffle bag of over sixty liters. You can store excess luggage at our store for free. 


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Light weight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Light weight cotton pants
  • T- Shirt (bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants


  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trekking)


  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Everest Three High Passes Trek Cost, Difficulty, Accomodation, Insurance & Best Time

Arrival (free airport pickup)

We provide free airport transfer from the airport to a hotel during arrival and vice-versa during departure for our clients taking part in Everest 3 Passes Trek.

Our representative will be at Tribhuvan International Airport, holding a pamphlet with your name.

As a welcome gesture, they will either present you with a Khada or a marigold garland. Then, they will take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. We provide this service so you will not feel alone in a foreign country. 

Trek start

You will arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport and stay at your hotel.  Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu are excluded from the package.

Early in the morning,  on your trip departure date, you will take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This trip package covers Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu flights.


The Everest Three Pass Trek is a 17-day-long hike with 16-night stays at the best possible lodges in the Everest region. 

You will be staying five nights at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (3N) in rooms with a private attached bathroom and eleven nights in standard rooms at Thame, Lungden, Gokyo (2 N), Dzongla, Lobuche (2 N), Chhukung, Gorak Shep, Thangnak, Pheriche (twin sharing). You can enjoy hot showers in these lodges by paying a small fee. 

You may require a two-night hotel stay before and after the trek, but it is not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and tastes.



Everest 3 High Passes Trek takes place at high elevations, and your body needs enough nutrition. We ensure that you get enough nutritious food throughout the trek.  

We will provide 17 breakfasts, 17 lunches, and 16 dinners during the trek.

We hand-select the lodges for fresh, hygienic, tasty, and nutritious food. The menu consists of traditional, Asian, and Western cuisine, but as we climb up, the menu becomes shorter.

Make sure to try Nepali foods - Dal (lentil), Bhat (rice), Tarkari (curry), Momos (dumplings), and Chowmein (noodles).

We highly recommend you take lots of liquids - green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup(must). Similarly, we advise you to eat fresh vegetables.

Though plenty of non-veg items are available in the trek regions, we do not recommend them because the meat may not be hygienic. We also encourage you to avoid dairy items, alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, and hot chocolates.

All personal bills (alcoholic drinks, hot (tea, coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or cafes, except standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.



The luggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker. One porter will carry two trekkers' luggage. We do not allow our porters to carry more than 18 kg. If you want to bring more luggage, we can arrange a porter for you.

We expect you to carry a regular backpack for valuables and essential documents. You can store excess luggage at the Discovery World Trekking store for free.


Typical day

Almost daily, you will experience trekking on the fantastic trails, exploring new places, enjoying the sceneries, taking pictures, and seeing traditional settlements.

Throughout your trek, our experienced and friendly Sherpa guides will accompany you. They will share information and historical facts about the places you visit. The porters will carry your luggage. 

The day starts with an early breakfast. Then we will pack our bags and set off on that day’s trek from around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on trek duration and nature. After trekking for three to four hours, you will have lunch, rest for about an hour, and continue the trek.  

The afternoon walk is generally shorter - about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food, then explore nearby places.

You will have dinner between 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner, you can indulge in friendly conversations with your team members. Your expedition leader/guide will brief you about the next day’s plan.

After this briefing, and before going to bed, you have time to enjoy onboard games like Monopoly and cards or watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most foreigners choose to learn some common Nepali words.


Electricity and water

Throughout the Everest region lodges, electricity is available and you can recharge your camera and mobile. However, you need to pay for the service.

You can buy packed mineral water from local lodges and en-route shops or fill your bottle with boiled water at an extra cost. DWT provides water purification pills if you need them.

You shouldn't drink water from the rivers, taps, or wells in trek regions because water might not be drinkable.



On the Everest 3 High Pass Trek, you can use the internet in the lodges you will be staying in for a small charge. However, at high altitudes, we use phones for safety purposes. 

Discovery World Trekking remains in contact with all the trekking teams through trek leaders at least once daily via mobile.

Depending on the network, you might get phone signals, but they may not be strong enough. You can buy a local SIM card in Kathmandu. 


Tipping is at travelers' discretion and should reflect on the service quality, trek length, and trek cost. Nepali culture accepts tips as a way to show gratitude. We recommend you tip at the end of the trip and collectively as a group.

Trek End

On the last day at the trek region, early morning, we will take you to the Lukla Airport for a flight back to Kathmandu.

The flight will take around forty minutes. After arriving in Kathmandu, you are free to spend your time as you like. Later in the evening, we will host a farewell dinner. 


After completing the Everest 3 High Passes Trek, Discovery World Trekking will organize a farewell dinner. After dinner, we will present you with a trek completion certificate, and you will also get a chance to give us feedback.

Useful Info

There is a slight chance that the flights to Lukla or from Lukla get postponed due to bad weather. Hence, we advise you to add two extra days for this trip. This ensures that you will not miss your international flight back home.

If you want, you can reserve a helicopter but it will cost you around 500 to 1000 USD. In rare cases, due to circumstances beyond our control, such as bad weather, or landslides, we might need to alter the itinerary. If the itinerary needs adjustment, we try our best to diminish the effects.

Trip extension

After completing your trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. You can use your free time exploring Kathmandu and nearby places. There are other options, such as Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, and canoeing.


We hope you enjoyed your stay in Nepal. On the departure date, we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope you enjoyed your trek in Nepal and will be back for more exciting adventures.

Trek season

The weather is the most decisive factor for a successful Everest Base Camp trek through three high passes. Though you can get a live forecast of the Everest Region here, we cannot be sure.

However, locals and adventurers trek to Everest Base Camp throughout the year, but trekking is easy in certain seasons - mainly spring and autumn when the skies are clear, and there is no rain.

The magic of the clear azure sky allows you to enjoy the most spectacular vistas without fighting the cold during Spring and Autumn.

The trek gets challenging during winter and monsoon, but some trekkers are attracted to these challenges. Discovery World Trekking conducts 3 high passes treks throughout the year.

  • January to February
    It is the coldest season - especially from early January to February, with heavy snowfall and cold temperatures, mainly at night. If you are allergic to colds, we advise you not to trek during these months.

Temperature: 15°C to -15°C

  • March to April
    This is one of the best seasons for Everest 3 High Passes Trek. During this time, you can see stunning views of Himalayan ranges and glaciers. The Spring Season begins in March, the weather warms up, and suddenly the dormant flora and fauna become active. It is a busy trekking season.

Temperature: 18 °C to -12 °C

  • May to June
    This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Rainfall in Nepal starts at the end of June till mid-August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.

Temperature: 25°C to -5 °C

  • July to August
    The rainfall hits its peak during this time at altitudes below 3500 meters. There are chances that the flights from and to Lukla may get canceled during this time. However, during this period, you will still find trekkers on the trails, and the rainfall provides spectacular views of the waterfall. The Everest 3 High Passes Trek gets a bit difficult but not impossible. DWT conducts treks this season too.

Temperature: 27°C to 5°C

  • September to October
    This is also one of the perfect seasons for Everest 3 High Passes Trek. As the monsoon slowly ends, clear skies appear, and a favorable trekking climate sets in. The temperature rises to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees at night. If you are looking for an easy Everest 3 high passes trek, this is the season for you. During these months, Hindus celebrate their most important festivals, which allows you to immerse yourself in the festive environment. 

Temperature: 20°C to 5°C

  • November to December
    As winter slowly sets in, snowfalls begin in the Himalayas region, and it eventually gets tough to trek. Nights get very cold. But still, November is a busy season as trekkers take advantage of clear skies and sparkling days that allow amazing views of humongous mountains. From December, the temperature dips, and heavy snowfall starts.

Temperature:  18°C to -10°C

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable, and the temperature may change quickly.

Trek difficulty

The Everest Three High Passes Trek is challenging but rewarding. If you have experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage but not required. 

The hiking will last around 5 to 7 hours a day, depending upon the destination, and you will be taking regular breaks to admire the mountain views.

The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents, and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and forests. So, the fitter you are, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be.

We do not recommend this trek to those who suffer from serious medical conditions like heart, blood, or lung diseases.

Trek safety

Everest 3 Passes Trek is one of the most adventurous treks in the world, making it one of the most self-gratifying. This trek is very famous among thrill-seekers, mountaineers, and rock climbers.

The trails are challenging, but Discovery World Trekking ensures the trek is safe, secure, and comfortable. We carry standard gear and equipment. Our team will monitor blood oxygen saturation levels in high altitudes. 

Altitude sickness is common to trekkers who try to rush their way to the Everest Base Camp. Therefore, we will be acclimatizing in two places - Namche and Gokyo.

Your health and safety are important to us, and we will take care of you like a family member. Altitude sickness may require immediate treatment.

If you are seriously affected, the only remedy is to descend immediately. In such cases, your group leader decides whether to continue to trek forward or descend immediately. We will also deploy a helicopter (funded by insurance) during emergencies. 

DWT team

During your Everest 3 Passes Trek, our well-experienced guides/Sherpas will be by your side, ensuring your journey is comfortable and enjoyable. All of our guides are well-trained and licensed, and they have spent years trekking/climbing peaks. 

Our crew members are local people born and raised in the high Himalayas, and their physical endurance is phenomenal.

Each staff member is valuable to us, and we care for them. It includes providing them with good pay, adequate insurance, gear, equipment, accommodation, and food. They also receive medical care if ill or injured.

We ensure each team member is happy as we believe that only a happy person can make others happy.

Our team members have: 

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid Training
  • Government-Authorized Trekking Guide Training Certificate
  • Fluency in English and a major language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity Training
  • Rock climbing Training



All foreigners, except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. You can get an on-arrival Visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport. 

The visa application will require a passport valid for at least six months and a passport-size photo. The current visa fee is USD 50 for 30 days, which you should pay on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport.

Chinese and SAARC citizens will receive a free visa.

Citizens from some countries - including Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan, may not receive an arrival visa. So citizens from these countries will have to contact their local Nepalese embassy.

You can find more information about visas at https://www.immigration.gov.np/.


Trek booking

Discovery World Trekking is a Nepal government-registered, bonded trek and tour operating company. We are also members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Hence, you can book trek packages with us confidently. 

We require a 10% payment in advance while booking. After booking, you need to send us other necessary documentation, such as a passport copy, passport-size photos, travel insurance policy, and arrival and departure flight details within a week from the booking date. 

You can pay the 10% booking advance by bank transfer, Western Union, or online payment directly from our website. You can pay the remaining trip cost in cash or by bank transfer or credit card after you arrive in Nepal. Furthermore, we also forward payment details in your email.

You can book this EBC trek here.


Currency exchange 

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.130 NPR)

You can exchange most major foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Legal money exchanges display their ongoing exchange rate visibly for the public. 

Discovery World Trekking recommends cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and a high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from ATMs in Kathmandu and all over Thamel.

Many ATMs are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupee processing fee if you use your foreign card. If you use banks or financial institutions for money exchange, they will charge a service fee of about 4% or more.

The trekking regions have no banks, and money exchange services, so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu -depending on how much personal expense you require. In the Himalayan regions, people only accept Nepalese currency.

Most established banks in Asia do not accept old, torn, or faded foreign currency notes. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Extra personal expenses

Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves. Kathmandu has all kinds of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) that you can book easily online.

All our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money to cover meals and accommodation costs in Kathmandu, visa fees, and travel insurance policy purchases. While on the trek, you will require money for beverages, snacks, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, souvenirs, and tipping crew. 

We recommend bringing cash (dollars), which you can change to Rupees in Kathmandu. The trekking regions only honor Nepali Rupees.


Travel Insurance

Three Passes Everest Trek in Nepal is quite challenging as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness, and other unforeseen events - including sudden climate changes.

Travel insurance forms a part of our booking condition for The Everest 3 High Pass Trek. All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy to Discovery World Trekking.

The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation - including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes (up to 5,500m).

We can recommend insurance companies to help you based on our previous clients' experiences, but we do not sell insurance policies. 

We request our clients to send their detailed insurance information once they book the trekking. In emergencies, we will use the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us.

It will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help, etc. Please ensure that your insurance policy includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue services at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Before buying travel insurance, make sure you call them and recheck if they have helicopter rescue and evacuation up to 5,550m. Do not just believe what insurance companies have on their website.

Last-minute booking

It is best to book in advance, but for those unable, Discovery World Trekking provides a last-minute booking facility. For this, you need to pay 100% of the trip cost 24 hours before the trek departure.

We do our best to operate a trek at any time, but in case of last-minute booking, we cannot be responsible for delays due to events beyond our control, such as the weather, or availability of lodging. For more information, call us at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us at [email protected].


Group & private trek

We organize groups as well as private treks. Group discounts are available based on your team size. The bigger your team is, the more discount you will get. Please view our price list for details. Just click on the - We offer group discount -on your right.

However, if Discovery World Trekking assembles the group, you will not be eligible for discounts.  We can handle all group sizes. Your group will consist of a group leader, a porter for every two trekkers, and an assistant guide for a group of 12 or more.


Responsible travel

We are aware of the consequences of traveling in remote regions. Hence, we ensure that our actions do not hurt the environment needlessly. We have been partnering with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips so that it is in the best interest of both the travelers and the locals.



Though the Everest Three Passes trek has fixed departure dates from Kathmandu, please review your dates, and if they do not suit you, let us know. We can adjust these dates for you. 

We look forward to guiding you to Everest Base Camp.

Trip Departure Dates

Note to solo travelers:

If you are a solo traveler, please contact us via Call/WhatsApp/Viber at +977-9840055491 or email [email protected] before booking the trip to confirm the departure date. Please note that we organize private treks only.

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5 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand


Written May 11 , 2023

Did the three passes trek solo with Discovery World Trekking in May and was thoroughly impressed by the professionalism and care shown by the team.


Paul took care of everything pre-arrival and answered all questions promptly, he also checked in almost every day during the trek to make sure things were going smoothly and to address any potential concerns.


My guide Ngima and Porter Moneyraj were awesome. Ngima is very knowledgeable about the region and adapted the route accordingly when we had bad weather the first few days, not to mention a great sense of humor and good advice on food & drinks so I didn’t experience any altitude sickness.


Moneyraj took extra steps to ensure my safety throughout the trek as sometimes it gets steep and slippery on the passes, even lent me crampons when mine were not fitting properly. The trek itself was beyond beautiful. Overall, definitely recommend booking any future trekking with them!


Written Apr 13 , 2023

I did the Three Passes trip with Discovery World trekking and would highly recommend this trip! We walked it clockwise. It’s steep up, but gives you the opportunity to beat the crowd and experience the real Himalayas. At first I was pared with an other girl by the agency. She became sick and the company took really good care of her. She had to fly back and I continued on my own.


My guide Sujan and Porter Jogat where really friendly, took there job serius and brought a lot of joy. You can tell they love there job and are willing to do everything to provide you the best experience. They even made it possible to change the innitary during te trip, to adapt to your wishes. I would definitely recommend trekking with this company.

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Dec 18 , 2023

Trekking the Everest Three Passes with Discovery World Trekking was an amazing experience. Paul and his team provided exceptional support throughout the journey. They planned and executed everything we needed for our trip.

The trek was challenging but the breathtaking views at each pass made the challenge worthwhile. Thanks to our guide whose knowledge of the region and his passion for adventure improved the trekking experience. Thanks to Paul, I overcame my fear and completed my trek. I highly recommend DWT to anyone seeking an unforgettable trekking experience.


Jan 28 , 2024

My adventure trekking the Everest Three Passes with Discovery World Trekking, led by CEO Paul Gurung, was truly remarkable. From my first contact with them, Paul and his team offered exceptional support and guidance, ensuring I was well-prepared for the challenging journey ahead.

The trek itself was an unforgettable experience, filled with awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas and leading us through some of the most remote and stunning landscapes in the region. Our guide's expertise and leadership were invaluable.  He ensured our safety and enjoyment throughout the trek.

The accommodations and meals provided were decent. It gave us comfort and nourishment after each day's trekking. Thanks to Paul, I conquered the Everest Three Passes and made memories that will last a lifetime. I highly recommend them to anyone seeking an adventurous and fulfilling trekking experience.


Based on the opinion of at least 174 people in the Travel & Vacation Category.

4.9 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand

Carl J


Jan 10, 2023

Discovery World Trekking made my dream of reaching Mount Everest come true. The entire team including Paul, Prem, and everyone was dedicated and supportive, ensuring our group's success in every aspect of the journey. The attention to detail in organizing accommodations, and meals was commendable. Their insights about the region enrich the experience even further. DWT provided a seamless and unforgettable adventure that will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Gary H


Feb 14, 2023

Paul, I cannot say Thank you enough. You and your team made this journey the turning point of my life. I feel mentally more alive after doing this Everest three-pass trek. The warm hospitality of the local communities we encountered along the way made the journey even more memorable. Paul truly knows how to create an immersive and unforgettable adventure, and I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone seeking a remarkable trekking experience.


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