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Trip Overview

The 3 high passes of the Khumbu is a trailblazing trek into the familiar wilderness above the tree tops of the Everest region. These 3 truly gritty high passes known the world over as the Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5,420m) and Renjo La at (5,340m) of the better known Khumbu zone is what daredevil climbers will want to do once in a lifetime because of its sheer beauty and the formidable challenges it poses.Our 19 days Everest 3 high passes trip begins with a curious historical and cultural tour through the ancient souks of the medieval Kathmandu valley and tour covers some world heritage sites of immense interest. This follows with a scenic flight to the Everest legend Hillary’s airport of Lukla, one of the highest in the world and most dramatic. We then begin our popular hike through Phakding up the raging ‘Dudh Koshi’ [river of milk] on our way to Namche and the world famous Sagarmatha national park. After summiting our fast pass at Kongma la, we then make a beeline for the famous Everest base camp. We hike past the dreadful Khumbu icefalls, the gateway to Everest from the western cwm. Cho la is the next challenge we overcome after which; we trek to the majestic vantage point of Kalapatthar and then it’s a blessed downward trail to the emerald lakes of Gokyo. Enjoying glorious views from the fifth lake near Gokyo ri, we set out for the formidable final pass of Renjo La. When this is done, we take an ancient route used for centuries by Tibetan traders via Nangpo La reach Thame and crash out in Marlung for the night. After setting our markers in the laps of Everest, we conclude our trip at Lukla to hop our flight back to Kathmandu and a warm soft bed at our hotel.


Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu Airport(1360m)

After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport  you will be warmly greeted by Harka Adventure representative and transferred to the hotel. After check in and some refreshments, our senior Sherpa guide will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about 3 High Passes Trek. 

Day 2 : Flight to Lukla(2840m) and trek to Phakding(2,652m) - 4 Hrs Trek

A thrilling scenic flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding (2652m).

Day 3 : Trek to Namche Bazar(3,440m) - 6 Hrs Trek

After a good breakfast, we cross and re-cross the river on high airy 2 suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo we will be entering to the Sagarmatha national Park area where you need to check the entrance permits . We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Namche is the gateway to the Khumbu. 3440m.

Day 4 : Acclimatization Day

Namche is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Syangboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel for the view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. We then go to Khumjung where we visit a school established by Hillary. We begin our hike after enjoying lunch; bypassing the route of Khimde. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. 

Day 5 : Trek to Tengboche(3,860m) - 6 Hrs Trek

We start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying a superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way, we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kyangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Kosi River, we reach Phunki Tenga,  where we have our relaxed lunch then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests for approx 2.5 hrs while before we reach Tengboche, where you can visit the oldest tengboche monastery and overnight in the lodge nearby.

Day 6 : Trek to Dingboche(4,360m) - 6 Hrs Trek

 We click pictures of the monastery and the sceneries around and as usual start the day journey on a merry note.  We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. We enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam, from here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River, we descend into the river and begin the last climb of the day up to Dingboche .Overnight at lodge.

Day 7 : Trek Chhukung(4,750m) - 4 Hrs Trek

our walk takes off at a cool pace with only about 3-4 hours hike to Chhukung after our breakfast. The trek goes through Imja Khola valley , we will have spectacular mountain views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Island Peak. Imja Tse has a splendid pyramid shape with its step rock and icy south face. Chhukung is a great place to explore the glacier and massive snow-laden mountains all around the place. Overnight at an elevation of (4,750m) where the air gets thinner.

Day 8 : Rest Day

This extra day for acclimatization is very important  before doing the passes that begin with Kongma La (5,535m). Today we will do a day trip to Nagarjuna hillock. Nagarjuna is a hill located on the glands of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. After breakfast, we will head to Nagarjuna which takes 5 hrs of hike leades you to the great views of Lobuche East, Lobuche west, Lobuche peak, Thamserku, Kangtega and Amadablam and makalu which is the 5th highest peak. We then descend back to Chhukung. Overnight at a lodge

Day 9 : Trek to Lobuche(4,940m) via Kongma La Pass(5,535m) - 7 Hrs Trek

finally the first high pass adventure day have come ,wee carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there are no tea shops on the way. We can select to go via any of the possible trails- either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes.  Upon reaching the top, we can see cairn wrapped in prayer flags,-marks of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the toughest stage of the trek , upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which culminates at Lobuche (4940) . overnight in the lodge.

Day10 : Trek to Everest Base camp(5,364) - Gorakshep(5,170m) - 9 Hrs Trek

Today we climb through meadows and moraine stones steps to reach Gorakshep, by either climbing to Kalapathar or continue heading to Everest base camp. We suggest that you make for the Everest base camp. By the way, from Everest base camp we do not see Mount Everest. However, from Kalapathar, we get to see the entire south face of Mt. Everest. Overnight at the height of (5,364) in lodge.

Day11 : Trek to Lobuche(4,940m) via Kalapather(5,545m) - 9 Hrs Trek

Today we start early in the morning to get the view of the sunshine from the kalapathar, We will be  surrounded by darkness and cold temperatures of approximately 10 to15 degrees Celsius in the morning. On reaching the peak, we will have stunning  views of the mountains that you will see only once in your life time,We return back to the gorekshep and after breakfast we will decent to labuche.

Day12 : Trek to Dzongla(4,830m) - 4 Hrs

we will be heading towards Dzongla this day for another pass (chola pass). The trek is about 3 to 4 hours on the small river side trial which get frozen most of the time, The ancient village, Pheriche village is also clearly visible during our trek. We will go through mound in Chukpi Lhara, Chola Lake spread below Mt Cholaste is a view to observe on the trek which gives us a fresh view until we descend a basin. Then we have to climb up a spur and the then have to descend a steeply way down to another broad basin and an hour walk, we reach Dzongla. overnight in the lodge

Day13 : Trek to Gokyo(4,800m) via Chola pass(5,368m) - 8 Hrs Trek

 After our breakfast, we will start our trek from Dzongla. We have to head towards the western side of Dzongla. The trip today is a little harder than earlier. The path descends and ices on some places. About after an hour, we will reach to the top of the basin. From there we can have the enchanting view of the Chola Lake and the Ama Dablam.  We may have to be more careful  as the rocks can be glazed by ice. when we reach the top the exciting views will take you breathe out. The path from here is little easy as we just have to descend but it can be found dangerous if rocks are gazed by the ice. after crossing all this hard paths we will reach to thagnak, After a short walk, we will be at the edge of Ngozumpa glacier. Then after from the other side of the glacier, we can have the view of beautiful Gokyo Lake. On the edge of the Gokyo Lake, Gokyo village is situated. It is our destination for today after all that hard hike we deserve a good meal and a nice bed to rest for the night.

Day14 : Rest Day (EXPLORATION DAY )

If the day is favorable then we can climb Gokyo Ri and enjoy the view of clear Everest and many other ranges and the six lakes of the region. You can also see Thonak Thso Lake(forth lake) and Ngozuma Thso lake(fifth lake).Moreover, we can climb on the hill and get an amazing view of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu. Cho-Oyu base camp situated beyond the fifth lake, from where we can have a closer view of Mt. Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. Cho-Oyu base camp and the biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa Glacier. If possible we may even head to the sixth lake as well and then we return to Gokyo village and spend overnight at lodge.

Day15 : Trek to Marlung(4,210m) via Renjo La(5,360m) - 8 Hrs Trek

our next trek will be to Marlung via Renjo-La pass  another challenging day . After we leave Gokyo valley, we will turn to Renjo-La trial by Dudh Pokhari we need to little hurry this day because there is no any place to stay in the Renjo-la pass. After a walk of about 3 hours, we can reach to Renjo-La from where we again can see the stunning view of the mountains which the different angle .Continuing our journey, the trial steps down a stone staircase and then need to scramble to reach the south bank of a small dazzling lake named as Angladumba Tsho. after decending e can see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake during our walk but need to be careful while decending of the ice . Then we walk down the narrow valley to Lumde where we may find a hotel but it is often found closed, after an hrs walk we reach Marlung. Overnight in lodge

Day16 : Trek to Namche Bazar(3600m) - 6 Hrs Tre

Today we follow the tiberan traders route , we cross Bhote Koshi and step downwards Taranga. The path goes through the valley of Langmuche Khola. This Khola (stream) drains from the glacial lake named Dig Tsho. which once burst in 1985 causing floods affecting Dudh Khosi valley and Thame village.   we also can see the gompa established some 325 years ago on the way to  Namche Bazar. Overnight in the lodge

Day17 : Trek to Lukla - 8 Hrs Trek

after all that tough hike this will be the last hike for the trek and ready to fly back to kathmandu the next day leaving only foot prints back and taking a lovely experience with you.

Day18 : Fly Back to Kathmandu

Harka Adventure arranges all the airport pickup for you and transfer to the Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19 : Final Departure 

you will be transfer to the airport for the final departure ..

have a wonderful journey.



  • All the airport pick up and drop off by tourist car/van.
  • 2 nights' hotel accommodations in Kathmandu city inclusive breakfast.
  • All the required domestic airfare and airport taxes
  • Sagarmatha National park entry fees, TIMS card and other essential paper works.
  • First aid medical kit box for the trek.
  • Company duffel bag to use for the trek.
  • Every evening seasonal fruits after dinner.
  • Local lodges accommodations during the trek.
  • Everyday full board meals while on the trek. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 1 professional trekking guide for the trek and his salary, meals, accommodations and insurance.
  • Local supporting porter for the trek and their salary, meals, accommodations and insurance.
  • Oximeter to measure your pulse and oxygen in high altitude.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu after trip completion.
  • Pre-meeting at Kathmandu before the trek.


  • International airfare
  • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival {bring 4 copies passport size picture too}
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu hotel stay.
  • Extra nights in Lukla and Kathmandu then the itinerary, if the flight has been cancel due to the bad weather in Lukla.
  • Any other alcoholic beverages / mineral bottle water and soft drinks
  • Tips to the guides and porter.