Three Passes Nepal Trek

Yak with view to Ama Dablam
Gokyo Ri view to Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse
Crossing the Kongma La is a real highlight on the Three Passes Nepal trek

This magical trek enables you to see much more in the way of breathtaking mountain vistas than is usual on a trek in this region. Our journey is complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries to offer you an insight into the quiet but culturally vibrant Sherpa lifestyle.

Travel through three different valley systems linked by high passes in Nepal’s Khumbu region on the doorstep to Mount Everest. First we explore the monasteries and culture in Kathmandu then fly into Lukla in the Khumbu Valley to begin the trek.

We are accommodated each night in good lodges with hearty meals to sustain the daily journey. We stay two nights in Namche Bazaar, the emphatic centre of the Sherpa culture. We cross the lofty Kongma La (pass) then trek to Everest Base Camp for close-up views of the world’s highest mountain. We subsequently cross the Cho La into the beautiful Gokyo Valley with deep blue lakes and mountainous backdrops. Our final pass crossing takes us over the Renjo La and into the upper reaches of the Bhote Koshi Valley where yak herders inhabit small stone huts in this rarely visited valley. The trail then takes us back through Namche and on to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.

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  • Incredible Himalayan trekking adventure
  • Three remote high passes in one expedition
  • Visit Everest Base Camp
  • Kongma La 5,535m/18,159ft. Cho La 5,420m/17,782ft. Renjo La 5,465m/17,930ft

Trek Level

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26 days





Arrive in Kathmandu


Gear check, sightseeing in Kathmandu if time permits


Fly to Lukla 2,860m/9,383ft and trek to Phakding 2,610m/8,563ft


Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m/11,286ft


Rest day and sightseeing


Trek to Khumjung 3,780m/12,402ft via Hillary View point


Trek to Tengboche 3,870m/12,696ft


Trek to Pheriche 4,270m/14,009ft or Dingboche 4410m/14469ft


Rest day

DAY 10

Trek to Chhukung 4,730m/15,518ft

DAY 11

Climb Chhukung Ri 5,550m/18,209ft

DAY 12

Trek over Kongma La 5,535m/18,159ft to Lobuche 4,925m/16,2047ft

DAY 13

Rest day

DAY 14

Trek to Gorak Shep 5,165m/18,209ft, climb Kala Patar 5,554m/18,222ft for world’s best view of Everest!

DAY 15

Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,300m/17,400ft for lunch, descend to Lobuche

DAY 16

Trek to Dzongla 4,830m/15,846ft

DAY 17

9hr trek over Cho La 5,420m/17,780ft to Dragnag 4,700m/15,420ft

DAY 18

Trek to Gokyo 4,790m/15,715ft

DAY 19

Rest Day or climb Gokyo Ri 5,357m/17,575ft for views of sunset on Everest!

DAY 20

Trek to Lungden, cross Renjo La 5,465m/17,930ft

DAY 21

Trek to Thame 3,844m/12,612ft

DAY 22

Trek to Namche Bazaar

DAY 23

Trek to Lukla

DAY 24

Contingency day

DAY 25

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

DAY 26

Trip ends

Interactive Map of Three Passes Trek

Departures and Pricing

Note: Dates are subject to change due to many factors out of our control
Start/End Pricing Book
12 Sept - 7 Oct 2024 $5,990 USD $ Book Now
2 Nov - 27 Nov 2024 $5,990 USD $ Book Now
25 Apr - 20 May 2025 $5,990 USD $ Book Now

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The trek is challenging and you MUST train for several months prior to departure to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Training should include regular walking on hills, in combination with swimming, light running or biking and gym work to develop strength. Expect to be trekking for 10 hours on the days that you cross the passes.

Trekking Experience

You should be experienced in hiking/trekking off-trail on rocky and icy terrain.

Altitude Experience

No prior altitude experience required.

Climbing up to Renjo la on the Three Passes Trek
Why Adventure Consultants?

Because we want you to remember this trek for being so much more than just a hike, we at Adventure Consultants have taken enormous pleasure in planning a fusion of all the best components that we know make this a truly memorable experience. We are renowned for our quality of service and the strategy applied to our treks. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination.

We have a philosophy of investing in every trip to offer our trekkers the best possible experience. We employ strong and specialised trek leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams and the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up. Our staff are the most affable western or Sherpa guides working in conjunction with our excellent cooking teams, to promise you an experience of a lifetime!

Many of our team members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make our trips safe and successful.

The trail passes ancient mani stones and Buddhist stupas

The price of your trek includes the following:

  • Qualified and experienced trek leaders
  • Helicopter flights Kathmandu-Lukla and return
  • High end lodging
  • Visit Everest Base Camp
  • Small groups
  • Regular dispatches for families and friends to follow your expedition
  • Comprehensive pre-trip support from our New Zealand office.
Worth the hike up Kala Patar at sunset for views of Everest and Nuptse

On the Three Passes Trek you also visit Everest Base Camp and hike up Kala Patar for incredible sunset views of Mt Everest

Sunset from Lobuche camp site

The Adventure Consultants campsites are located away from the main trail, a very special place to visit and stay.

Receiving a blessing from the lama in Pangboche

Visits to monasteries and Sherpa homes make the trip forever memorable.

It's a huge highlight reaching Everest Base Camp

With our small groups and expert guidance, the result is a fun team environment.

Gokyo Ri view to Everest in the clouds

Enjoy rewarding and spectacular views from the trails highpoints!

Our Team
Bronwen Waters
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Chhiring Sonam Sherpa
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Kelly McLaren
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Expedition Liaison
The trail has spectacular views to Ama Dablam

"Adventure Consultants offers a great service with nothing to worry about. You can fully focus on the trip because you know everything is taken care of. For my next adventures, I’ll have a look at what AC has to offer for sure!"

Martin Pögelt, Germany
You have to see the Kongma La views for yourself

"Adventure Consultants have to be congratulated on the high professionalism of the organisation that went into the Three Passes Trek that we experienced."

Guy and Davida Mead, New Zealand
Plenty of time to stop and enjoy the incredible Khumbu mountain scenery

"We had a brilliant time, and really appreciated the overall pace of the Three Passes Trek, which gave us lots of time to really appreciate the many different layers of beauty in the Khumbu."

Lydia Jenkin, New Zealand
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