The Three Passes trek is the ultimate Everest experience. This route takes in all the highlights—both in terms of mountain views and local Sherpa culture—and combines them into a complete journey through the Everest region. Keep in mind, this trek is one of the most challenging teahouse treks in Nepal.

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  • Trek a circuit around the entire Everest region
  • Amazing views of the highest mountains in the world
  • Cross three challenging 5,000 m passes: Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La
  • Leave the crowds of the Everest Base Camp trek behind


Fast facts
Duration 22 days
Max. elevation 5,545 m (Kala Patthar)
Start/finish Lukla/Lukla
Difficulty Very Challenging
Accommodation Teahouse

The Everest Region is one of Nepal’s top trekking destinations, and the Three Passes Trek is its ultimate trekking adventure, crossing three passes over 5,000m, each offering amazing scenery and views. This trek was ranked the number 2 on kimkim's list of the best treks in Nepal

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Kimkim travelers, Lidia and Franke, describe their Three Passes trek in October 2017

Getting There & Away

The typical starting point of the Three Passes Trek is the mountain airport of Lukla, a 30-minute spectacular flight from Kathmandu.

If you have some more time, there are a couple of alternative trailheads that add a number of trekking days in the Lower Khumbu: The small airport of Phaplu (adds about 4 days of trekking) and the trailhead at the end of the road in Jiri (adds about 7 days).

Please note: Kathmandu's airport is undergoing renovation for the rest of 2019. During this time, flights will operate from Manthali's Ramchhap airport, a 4-5 hour drive from Kathmandu. For more information, click here.

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Permits & Regulations

As with other treks in the Everest region, you’ll need a TIMS ($10 USD) permit and a Sagarmatha National Park permit ($30 USD). If you’re going through a trekking agency, they will arrange these for you. If you’re arranging your trek yourself, you’ll need to pick up your TIMS permit in Kathmandu, and your Sagarmatha National Park permit in Monjo (a village checkpoint you’ll pass through on the first day of your trek).

Brief Itinerary

Day Destination Altitude Duration
Day 1 Welcome to Kathmandu    
Day 2 Explore Kathmandu    
Day 3 Phakding 2,610 m 3 hours
Day 4 Namche Bazaar 3,440 m 5.5 hours
Day 5 Namche Bazaar 3,440 m (Rest day)
Day 6 Tengboche 3,870 m 4 hours
Day 7 Dingboche 4,410 m 6 hours
Day 8 Dingboche 4,410 m (Rest day)
Day 9 Chukhung 4,730 m 3 hours
Day 10 Chukhung 4,730 m (Rest day)
Day 11 Lobuche (via Kongma La, 5,535 m) 4,940 m 6 hours
Day 12 Gorak Shep (via EBC, 5,380 m) 5,164 m 7.5 hours
Day 13 Lobuche (via Kala Patthar, 5,545 m) 4,940 m 5 hours
Day 14 Dzonglha 4,200 m 3 hours
Day 15 Gokyo (via Cho La pass, 5,420 m) 4,750 m 8 hours
Day 16 Gokyo (visit to Gokyo Ri, 5,330 m) 4,750 m (Rest day)
Day 17 Lungde (via Renjo La, 5,340 m)   6 hours
Day 18 Thame 3,800 m 2.5 hours
Day 19 Namche Bazaar 3,440 m 3 hours
Day 20 Phakding 2,610 m 4 hours
Day 21 Lukla 2,850 m 2.5 hours
Day 22 Depart Kathmandu    

Best Season

Chorten, Khumjung
Passing by a chorten en route from Kumjung to Namche Bazaar

Spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-November) are the best seasons to do this trek. The monsoon season (June - early September) has less predictable weather, but some trekkers still choose this time as it aligns better with their vacation schedule. Winter season (December - February) gets quite cold, and snow may block the passes, but often offers clear skies.


The three passes trek is rated “Challenging”. It is a very serious adventure given its high pass crossings. It is more challenging than its sibling treks Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes, but not quite as challenging as trekking peaks such as Island Peak and Mera Peak.

Accommodation & Meals

The Everest Region has excellent infrastructure for trekkers. The teahouses (lodges) are of relatively high quality and they serve good meals, especially in Namche Bazar which you’ll pass on the way up and down .


Generally, it’s best to complete the Three Passes trek counter-clockwise. It is possible to go clockwise, as well, but not recommended due to the steep altitude gain of crossing the Renjo La, first. From Gokyo, you can also add an extra day to visit the remote Gokyo Lakes farther up the glacial valley.

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Map of Three Passes Trek: Ultimate Trek in the Everest Region - 22 Days
Map of Three Passes Trek: Ultimate Trek in the Everest Region - 22 Days

Upcoming Departures

Date Duration Availability Cost per person
Oct 7, 2023 20 days Available $2,215 USD Inquire
Nov 2, 2023 20 days Available $2,215 USD Inquire