Everest High Passes Challenging Trek - 22 Days

everest three pass trek


The Three Passes of Everest Region is a challenging feat but one where the rewards are endless! We venture into the beautiful Khumbu Region including Everest Base Camp Trek and visit Kala Pathar before tackling not just one, not two but three high mountain passes. The sense of achievement you will get from this trek is mind-blowing and the scenery is equally spectacular.

We enjoy time in Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital, and gateway to the high Himalaya before increasing the altitude. Tyangboche is a magical resting place for the night enjoying panoramic vistas and is the home to a wonderful, ornate monastery. We head further up, deep into this mountainous region, conquering steep inclines and rocky trails before marveling at the views from three different passes.

This Three Passes Trek is for energetic individuals who like a challenge, 17 days of walking, endless panoramas and an experience of a lifetime.


Day 1
Welcome to Nepal!

Activities: We will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel, just relax for
the rest of the day to recover from your long journey.

Highlights: Bustling Thamel, an array of restaurants, bars and shops.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 2
Meeting with trekking guide, last minute shopping for your trek and Kathmandu sightseeing.

Highlights: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square, cultural and historical sights of the Kathmandu Valley.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 3
Flight to Lukla (45 minutes) and trek to Phakding.

Hours of walking: 3.

Difficulty: Easy.

Elevation reached: 2840m in Lukla and 2610me in Phakding.

Terrain: Flat and downhill, well developed paths, stone steps.

Views on offer: Amazing Himalayan views on approach to Lukla.

Highlights: The breathtaking flight between the mountains.

What’s to see?: The traditional Sherpa people and Buddhist shrines

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 4
Namche Bazaar.

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3440m.

Terrain: Rocky and dirt tracks, stone steps, mostly uphill, gradual with some steep inclines.

Views on offer: Spectacular approaching views of Namche Bazaar, snow capped peaks and the river valley.

Highlights: The colourful Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar – the gateway to the high Himalaya and crossing some impressive suspension bridges over the river valley.

What’s to see? : The milky waters of the Dudh Kosi River, thick rhododendron, magnolia and fir tree forests, herds of yaks carrying supplies.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 5
The world’s highest hotel, Khumjung Village and back to Namche Bazaar. (Acclimatization day.)

Hours walking: 4.

Difficulty: Easy – moderate.

Elevation reached: 3962m at Mountain View Hotel, 3790m at Khumkung.

Terrain: Hilly, grassy trails, some steep inclines and flat tracks.

Views on offer: Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Taboche Peak and Ama Dablam.

Highlights: Your first sight of Everest!

What’s to see?: Khumjung Edmund Hillary School, Sherpa museum, shops and markets around Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 6

Hours of walking: 5

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3860m.

Terrain: River bank path, some steep inclines, some flat and some short descents.

Views on offer: Kwangde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest.

Highlights: Tyangboche monastery, magnificent panoramic views from Tyangboche.

What’s to see?: The Lamas and Monks in the stunning Tyangboche Monastery, ornate wall hangings and a 20 foot statue of Lord Buddha.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 7

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 4360m.

Terrain: Rocky uphill tracks, stone steps, a gentle riverbank trail.
Views on offer: Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam.

Highlights: The beautiful location of Dingboche under Ama Dablam, the mountain views from your teahouse.

What’s to see?: A Yeti scalp in the Pangboche Gompa, the fast flowing waters of the Imja Khola, sacred mani stone walls.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

Day 8

Hours of walking: 4.

Difficulty: Easy.

Elevation reached: 4750.

Terrain: Gradual inclines, riverbank paths, rocky trails.
Views on offer: Chukhung Ri, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar.
Highlights: Enjoying the panoramic views.

What’s to see?: Yaks grazing in the meadows.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 9
Acclimatization day with optional treks to Imja Lake (Island peak Base Camp) or Chukhung Ri.

Hours of walking: 5-6 hours for each trek.

Difficulty: Difficult/strenuous for Chukhung Ri and moderate for Imja Lake.

Elevation reached: 5559m at Chukhung Ri and 5090m at Imja Lake.

Terrain: Steeply uphill, uneven, rocky trails to Chukhung Ri and gradual inclines and glacial paths to Imja Lake.

Views on offer: Ama Dablam, Barantse, Island Peak, Lhotse Lhotse shar, Thamserku, Cholatse and Taboche.

Highlights: Te views of the glaciers and mountains and standing at 5559m! (If you go to Chukhung Ri that is!)

What’s to see?: You will see climbers practicing their ice climbing skills in this area in preparation for a peak ascent.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse (again in Chukhung).

Day 10
Lobuche via the Kongmala Pass.

Hours of walking: 8-9 hours

Difficulty: Difficult to strenuous.

Elevation reached: 5535m on the pass and 4940m at Lobuche.

Terrain: Steeply uphill, rocky and uneven to the pass and then steeply downhill, there maybe snow and ice on the ground until we reach the Khumbu glacier then its “up and down” all the way to Lobuche.

Views on offer: Ama Dablam, Barantse, Island Peak, Lhotse Lhotse shar, Thamserku, Cholatse, Lobuche peak, Pumori, Kala Pathar, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Taboche and Everest Base Camp.

Highlights: Crossing the Khumbu Glacier and the high pass.

What’s to see?: Grazing yaks, and small mountain lakes.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 11
Gorak Shep and on to Everest Base Camp and back Gorak Shep.

Hours of walking: 8.

Difficulty: Difficult.

Elevation reached: 5300m at Base Camp and 5170m at Gorak Shep.

Terrain: Uneven, ridge tracks, rocky, uphill and flat trails.

Views on offer: Too many to mention! You will be surrounded by an icy wonderland, get your cameras at the ready!

Highlights: Congratulations, you made it! You reached the base camp to the highest mountain in the world.

What’s to see?: You may see a group of mountaineers preparing to attempt an Everest summit. Sunset views from your Gorak Shep teahouse.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 12
Kala Patthar and on Zongla.

Hours of walking: 8.

Difficulty: Strenuous.

Elevation reached: 5545m at Kala Patthar, 4830m at Zongla.

Terrain: Steep, rocky climb to Kala Patthar, uneven rocky and glacial paths to Zongla

Views on offer: Everest and the surrounding Himalayas.

Highlights: The most spectacular, panoramic views from the top of Kala Patthar, crossing the Changri Shar Glacier.

What’s to see?: Sunrise from 5545m amidst a mountain wonderland, simply amazing.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 13
Thangnak via the Chola-la Pass.

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Difficult/Strenuous.

Elevation reached: 4680m at Thangnak and 5368m when crossing the Cho La Pass.

Terrain: Uneven tracks, large rocky areas where you will need to climb and jump off the rocks.

Views on offer: Some pretty spectacular Himalayan peaks from the icy wilderness of the Cho La Pass.

Highlights: The Nagozumpa Glacier, standing on the Pass.

What’s to see?: The high altitude pass, glaciers and lots of snow capped peaks!

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 14

Hours of Walking: 4

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 4790m.

Terrain: Glacial paths and well defined trekking paths.

Views on offer: The Gokyo Lakes

Highlights: The glistening waters of the Gokyo lakes.

What’s to see?: The third lake known as Dudh Kunda or Pokhari. The area surrounding the lakes, where your teahouse is located is an ideal place for a leisurely stroll to take in the scenery.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 15
Acclimatization with day hikes to either Gokyo Ri or the fifth Lake.

Hours of walking: 6 for each.

Difficulty: Difficult to Gokyo Ri and moderate to the fifth lake.

Elevation reached: 5357m at Gokyo Ri and 4980m at the fifth lake.

Terrain: Steep incline to the top of Gokyo Ri, rocky and uneven, gentle inclines, meadow paths and rocky trails to the fifth lake.

Views on offer: From the fifth lake; 3rd, 4th and 5th lakes, Ngozumpa Glacier, Cho Oyu, Everest and the surrounding peaks. From Gokyo Ri; EverestCho Oyu, Makalu, and many more magnificent views of some of the world’s highest mountains.

Highlights: Panoramic views from both places and seeing the biggest glacier in Nepal.

What’s to see: The Ngozumpa glacier and mountains as far as the eye can see!

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 16
Lungdhen via the Renjola Pass

Hours of walking: 6-7.

Difficulty: Diificult.

Elevation reached: 5360m on the pass and 4380m at the fifth lake.

Terrain: Some “Nepali flat,” steep inclines, rocky trails.

Views on offer: Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Ama Dabla, Pumori and many more.

Highlights: Enjoying panoramic views from the high pass.

What’s to see: The Gokyo lakes and Ngozumpa glacier and 5 of the world’s “eight-thousanders” and some of the Tibetan mountain range.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 17

Hours of walking: 6-7.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3820m.

Terrain: Steeply downhill, riverbank paths and then gradual descents over well defined paths.

Views on offer: Tibetan Mountain Range, Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru.

Highlights: Visiting the ornate local monestary and enjoying walking throught the meadows, as we have lost altitude now, the greenery will return.

What’s to see: The Bhote Kosi River and the Thame monastery.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 18
Namche Bazaar.

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3820m.

Terrain: Forest paths, “Nepali flat” for most of the day with some short, steep descents.

Views on offer: Kwangde, Thamserku and the Bhote Kosi River Valley.

Highlights: Walking through the forest and meeting the local Sherpa people and farmers.

What’s to see: Pine forest, local, traditional houses and wild mountain goats.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 19

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty: moderate.

Elevation reached: 2840m.

Terrain: By the banks of the river, stone steps and some steep descents and last ascents up to Lukla.

Views on offer: The glistening river amidst a mountain backdrop.

Highlights: Last day of walking in the Khumbu region. Well done, you completed your trip!

What’s to see: Thick forests, an array of birds and some final views of the mountains.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

Day 20
Flight back to Kathmandu.

Highlights: Another breathtaking airplane ride on a twin-engine otter amidst the mighty Himalayas.
Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 21
Free time!

Highlights: Time to shop, relax, get a massage.
Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 22

Goodbye and farewell from Nepal!

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The Cost Include(s)

  • Arrival/departure airport transfers
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour with entrance fees by private vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Government licensed English speaking Guide and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter Between 2 Person basis); their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
  • Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu –Lukla – Kathmandu.
  • Required trek entry permits (Sagarmatha National Park fee and TIMS card fee)
  • Mosaic adventure duffel bag, jacket and sleeping bag to use during the trek (upon request)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Trek completion certificate (upon request)
  • All our government taxes and official expenses.

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, battery charging etc.,
  • All kind of beverages (tea/coffee, coke, beer, bottled water etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
  • Tipping (expected by guides and porters, but not mandatory)
  • Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Mosaic Adventure control.
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  1. Most beautiful Experience of our lives
    Jerry OndrusekNovember 20, 2019

    I finally settled back to my normal life But Camny and I are still full of gorgeous Memories on our trek to Everest base camp with Purna. We just wanna one more time say our biggest thank you for the most beautiful Experience of our lives Thanks and please say hi to Purna.

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