18 Days



Max Altitude

5,546 M


The Everest Three Passes Trek is the ultimate adventure and one of the most popular and highly-regarded treks in the Everest region. This trek offers not only the opportunity to reach the famed Everest Base Camp but also traverse through the three highest passes in the Khumbu region - the Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,782ft), and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft). This trek is a challenging but rewarding experience that offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers, as well as a chance to immerse oneself in the unique Sherpa culture and lifestyle.

The Everest Three Passes Trek takes you on a journey from the lively streets of Kathmandu to the sublime grandeur of Nepal's high Himalayas. This challenging trek leads you not only to the base of the world's highest peak but also over three imposing 5,000m+ passes - Kongma La Pass (5,535m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Renjo La Pass (5,340m) - and to the Gokyo region and its beautiful lakes. While trekking along the traditional trade routes through the villages, you will gain a deeper understanding of the mountain life in Nepal and appreciate the remarkable adaptability, resilience, and tenacity of the Sherpa people.


The Everest Three Passes Trek is not for the faint-hearted but is ideal for those seeking a challenge, wanting to delve deep into the mountains, cross lofty Himalayan passes, and immerse themselves in the rich Sherpa culture.

  • Day 1: Trek briefing and preparation day.
  • Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2,886m), trek to Phakding (2,640m) approx.. 3-4 hrs.
  • Day 3: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), approx 5-6 hrs.
  • Day 4: Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar and local excursion
  • Day 5: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m), approx 5-6 hrs.
  • Day 6: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m), approx 5-6 hrs.
  • Day 7: Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and a local excursion
  • Day 8: Trek Dingboche to Chhukung (4,750m), climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m), approx. 6 – 7 hrs.
  • Day 9: Trek Chhukung to Lobuche (4,940m) via Kongma La pass (5,535m), approx. 6 – 7 hrs.
  • Day 10: Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m), approx. 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 11: Trek Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545 m), then to Lobuche (4,940m) approx. 8 – 9 hrs.
  • Day 12: Trek Lobuche to Dzongla (4,830m), approx. 3 – 4 hrs.
  • Day 13: Trek Dzongla to Gokyo Lake (4,800m) via Cho La pass (5,368m), approx. 7 – 8 hrs.
  • Day 14: Exploration day at Gokyo. Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m), visit 4th and 5th lakes
  • Day 15: Trek Gokyo to Marlung (4,210m) via Renjo La Pass (5,360m), approx. 7 – 8 hrs.
  • Day 16: Trek Marlung to Namche Bazaar (3,870m), approx. 5 – 6 hrs.
  • Day 17: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,886m), approx 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 18: Fly o Kathmandu
  • Note: The trek itinerary is a guide only and may be subject to change at short notice

Initiative Outdoor uses a layering system where different pieces of clothing are worn together or separately to achieve optimum body temperature control. The upper body garments listed here are either synthetic or merino wool garments that retain their insulating properties when wet, or nylon or Gore-Tex layers which help prevent heat loss by cutting wind, rain, and snow.


T-Shirts – walking2We recommend merino wool, Capilene or other synthetic fabric as they wick away the moisture and dry quickly. No cotton.
T-shirt – sleeping1This can be cotton
Base layers (ie thermal top)1Lightweight or mid-weight long-sleeved t-shirt of merino wool, polyester, Capilene, or Polartec power dry
Top insulating Layers1Mid-weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece Vest1 
Rain jacket1 
Down Jacket1 


Underwear Sufficient for the trek (remember you can wash them)
T-shirt – sleepingThermal long johns/long underwear1 
Trekking Trousers2Lightweight quick-dry trousers (no cotton). Zip offs are good
Evening/sleeping trousers1(optional)1 pair of lightweight tracksuit bottoms (sweat pants) or yoga style trousers for evening wear and sleeping in. No jeans.
Hiking Shorts1If no zip-off trousers. Below the knee for ladies
Rain Pants1 


Day pack1Approx. 35ltrs. We will provide you with a duffle bag for your trekking gear
Sleeping bag with compression sack1Minimum 3 season
Sleeping bag liner1Optional


Hiking boots1Must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support
Flip flops/Camp shoes1Lightweight for evening use


Water bottles2One liter each, Nalgene or Sig style or a bladder if preferred
Water purification drops1Cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (Piyus)
Lip Balm1With SPF factor
Sunscreen1We recommend SPF 30 or greater
Mosquito repellent1 
Personal first aid kit1To include any prescribed medications
Bandana/Buff1Useful for a variety of purposes.
Flashlight /head torch1Head torch is best as it leaves your hands free + extra batteries
Travel towel1Lightweight and compact
Wash kit Travel size items for the trek & eco friendly if possible
Instant Hand Sanitizer1Alcohol-based for keeping hands clean
Sun hat1 
Warm hat1 
Trekking poles (Optional)
Trekking snacks Good selection available in KTM
Camera With charger &/or extra batteries
Toilet paper & rubbish bag  
Pack of cards/travel game1For evening entertainment
Passport photos Always useful and a must-have if you want a local sim card
Photocopies of all your important documents  
A great sense of humor & a positive attitude Essential – don’t come without it!! J

This is a guideline only

Your trek cost includes:

  • Pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Expert trip leadership and motivated staff for the duration of the trek
  • Airport transfers in Nepal (where applicable)
  • 2 nights accommodation pre-trek & 1-night post-trek in Kathmandu
  • 1-night accommodation pre or post-trek in Pokhara (where applicable)
  • Transportation to and from trek start and finish for you and your trekking team (different budget options available)
  • Basic teahouse/lodge/camping accommodation during the trek on a twin sharing basis
  • During the trek all meals on a full board basis (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to include tea/coffee during the meals, but excluding any drinks outside of the meal times
  • All permits, conservation area, and restricted area fees
  • Porters
  • Insurance and equipment for Nepali staff
  • Rescue assistance
  • Group medical kit

Your trek cost does NOT include:

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Visa for Nepal
  • Travel insurance (insurance to include evacuation is mandatory. Please make sure you are covered to the correct altitude)
  • Personal expenses such as fizzy drinks, chocolate, gifts, snacks, hot showers during the trek, etc.
  • Meals unless specified
  • Sightseeing
  • Gratuities
  • Excess baggage on internal flights
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Initiative Outdoors

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