Khumbu Three High Passes Trek- 21 Days

The Khumbu Three High Passes Trek  is for the adventurous who crave something more challenging than the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. The Khumbu Three Passes  Trek crosses three non-technical high altitude passes: Renjo La, 5345m, Cho La 5420m, and Kongma La, 5535m. The Khumbu Three Passes Trek is packed with spectacular panoramic views of the world’s most awesome peaks: Everest , 8848m, Lhotse, 8516m, Makalu, 8463m and Cho Oyu, 8201m( four of the world’s eight highest peaks).
Besides the three high passes, this trek includes Khumbu favorites like Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and Everest Base Camp.

The Khumbu Three High Passes Trek has long days of trekking at high altitudes, which are strenuous, even for the physically fit. Your senses will be saturated with the natural beauty of the Khumbu and you will be ready for the warm welcome of the local guest house where you experience the cultural beauty of the Sherpa people. Picturesque villages and monasteries give glimpses into the Khumbu culture.

Starting at Lukla, 2828m, on the Classic Everest Base Camp trail, we follow the Dudh Koshi River up to the bustling, modern Sherpa capital of Namche. We make the most of luxuries we will do without on the rest of the trek, and head off up the Bhote Kosi Valley via Thame. The long ascent to Renjo La is challenging, but the view from the top makes it well worth the effort. The scene from here will be one of your favorite memories of this trek.

We descend into the Gokyo Valley where we see the turquoise blue, sacred Gokyo Lakes alongside the Ngozumpa Glacier. From Gokyo we climb up to Gokyo Ri, 5330m, which is considered as the best view point in the entire Everest Region. Next, we cross over the creaking glacier, and start the ascent to Chola La. The trail covers grassland, then scree and finally loose stones and ice. Chola La pass, on the edge of a glacier, offers another fantastic view. Besides watching your step on the tricky descent over glacial icefall and boulders, you will look up and see Ama Dablam is facing you, beautifully framed by the Khumbu Valley. We rejoin the main trail to Everest Base Camp which follows along the Khumbu glacier. From nearby Kala Patthar, 5550m, we get the best close up view of Mt. Everest.

The trail to Kongma La, the final and highest of the three passes, branches off the Everest Base Camp trail at Lobuche. It crosses the Khumbu glacier to grassy slopes. The most challenging part of the ascent is on loose stone.The mountains seen best from Kongma La Pass are Makalu, Lhotse, 8516m, Nuptse, 7861m, Pumari, Lobuche and Ama Dablam. The descent into the Chhukung Valley is steep. We make our way back down to Lukla via Dingboche and Tengboche.

The Khumbu Three High Passes Trek is a 20-day trek but the itinerary can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference and needs. The best season for Three High Passes Trek is from March to May and from September to November. Many companies will guide you through Kongma La, the highest pass, first. We, at Annapurna Foothills Treks, prefer the itinerary to start with Renjo La first and Kongma La last. Trekking to Renjo La first gives your body more time to acclimatize, reducing the risk of climbing too high too fast.

Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.


Trip Highlights


  • Stunning views of Mount Everest and other mountains of the Khumbu from many vantage points
  • learn about Sherpa Culture in remote parts of the Khumbu
  • visit facinating Namche Bazaar
  • Visit Gokyo Lakes
  • Cross the Renjo La & climb Gokyo Ri
  • Challenging trek with ample acclimatisation days built in
  • Himalayan Mountain flight to and from Lukla

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1300 m

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610 m

Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3441m

Day 5 : Acclimatization day

Day 6 : Trek to Thame, 3820m

Day 7 : Trek to Lungdeng, 4500m

Day 8 : Rest day: Trekking around Lungdeng

Day 9 : Cross the Renjola Pass, 5415m to Gokyo Lake 4790m

Day 10 : Rest day or hiking 5th Lake in Gokyo, 4790m

Day 11 : Morning ascent to Gokyo Peak 5360m and descent to Gokyo lake and trek to Thagnag 4990m

Day 12 : Cross Cho La pass, 5420m and descend to Dzongla 4830m

Day 13 : Trek to Lobuche, 4910m

Day 14 : Trek to Gorak Shep and hike to EBC (Everest Base Camp), 5363m

Day 15 : Early Morning ascend to Kala Pattar, 5545m and descend to Lobuche

Day 16 : Cross Kongma La Pass 5535m, and descend to Chhukung, 4710m

Day 17 : Trek to Namche, 3441m

Day 18 : Trek to Lukla

Day 19 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 20 : Free Day in Kathmandu

Day 21 : Departure

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
20 March, 2020 09 April, 2020 US $1890 per person Available
31 March, 2020 20 April, 2020 US $1890 per person Available
07 April, 2020 27 April, 2020 US $1890 per person Guaranteed
15 April, 2020 05 May, 2020 US $1890 per person Guaranteed
22 April, 2020 12 May, 2020 US $1890 per person Available
30 April, 2020 20 May, 2020 US $1890 per person Available
11 May, 2020 31 May, 2020 US $1890 per person Guaranteed
22 May, 2020 11 June, 2020 US $1890 per person Available
15 August, 2020 04 September, 2020 US $1890 per person
10 September, 2020 30 September, 2020 US $1890 per person Available
28 September, 2020 18 October, 2020 US $1890 per person Guaranteed
08 October, 2020 28 October, 2020 US $1890 per person Available
20 October, 2020 09 November, 2020 US $1890 per person Available
10 November, 2020 30 November, 2020 US $1890 per person Available
25 November, 2020 15 December, 2020 US $1890 per person Available
01 December, 2020 21 December, 2020 US $1890 per person Available
18 December, 2020 07 January, 2021 US $1890 per person Available

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 16 nights(Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid  & medicine kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

Best Seasons for Everest Three High Passes Trek

The best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views.

Everest Three High Passes is a Tea House/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

Meals on the Everest Three High Passes Trek

Three meals a day are included during your Everest Three High PassesTrek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.

Drinking Water on Everest Three High Passes Trek

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.


If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Local Customs You Should Know About for Everest Trekking

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.


When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Travel Insurance for Everest Three High Passes Trek

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Flight Delay/Cancellation

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.

If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 21 Days

Price : US $1890 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Maximum Height:5545m

Minimum Height:1300m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group Size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing,Hiking

Transport:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Sagarmatha National Park Fee and TIMS Card

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Trek:local lodges 15 nights

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