Everest Three High Passes Trek is a classical trek for adventure buffs in the panoramic Everest Region of Nepal. Happening in such a heavenly and recognized region, Everest Three Passes Trek offers breathtaking sceneries, adventurous trails, diverse vegetation, unique culture, and more. We welcome you on this trek with the Mountain Rock Treks team.
As said earlier, Everest Three Passes Trek is the top trekking option for any thrill lover. It is an exhilarating journey to the three high passes of the Khumbu Region Cho La Pass(5,420m/17,782ft), Renjo La Pass(5,340m/17,520ft), and Kongma La Pass(5,535m/18,159ft). It looks exciting, right? Well, it's.
On this trek, you will cross those three pinpoints and reach Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp. Not only that, but you will also traverse Gokyo Valley and its pristine blue lakes. Yes, you read that right! In a sentence, Everest Three Passes Trek is a complete trek to explore the whole Khumbu region. Therefore, you can say that this trek is a blend of Everest Base Camp Trek and Gokyo Valley Trekking with the Three Passes Trek. Altogether, you will investigate the four different valleys of the Everest Region; Khumbu, Imja Tse, Bhotekoshi, and Gokyo Valley.
Talking about its main highlights, Three Passes Trek has quite a lot of them. First thing first, the mountain vistas during the trek are awe-inspiring. There will be numerous occasions when you watch peaks like Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, etc. How can we forget the mountain panoramas from the view stations like Kala Patthar, Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Kongma La Pass? You will remain short of words.
Not only mountains but the captivating views of vast valleys like Goky and Imja Tse, the five Gokyo Lakes, varied landscapes, glaciers, and electric rivers will also keep your eyes busy. Similarly, the trek enables you to trek through the region's dense vegetation. In addition, the Sagarmatha National Park protects the rich flora and fauna of the area. So you will experience that part also.
This trek favors you if you love exploring new places, new cultures, and unique lifestyles. While you trek through the Khumbu Region, you will meet, talk and share moments with Sherpas and other region ethnicities. You will have ideas about their way of living and thinking. Also, you will pass through numerous religious Buddhist monasteries, gompas, shrines, and mani walls along the trek.
This Three Passes Trek is a 19 days long plan, beginning and ending in Kathmandu. It will start with a flight to Lukla Airport and then to Phakding. Slowly, the trek will progress through Everest Region's notable stops, such as Namche and Tengboche. The first pass you will climb on tour is Kongma La Pass.
After Kongma La Pass, you will climb Cho La Pass via Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp. Then, you will arrive in Gokyo Valley to summit the last of the Three Passes, Renjo La Pass. Upon ascending all the passes, you will trek back to Lukla through Khumbu Region and fly back to Kathmandu to conclude the trek.
Those nineteen days of the expedition will be full of sceneries, excitements, adventures, and challenges. If you are not someone who has trekked similar high elevation and long treks in the Himalayas before, the tour can be challenging. But do not worry; our experienced team will guide you thoroughly.
However, you must prepare for the trek and possess excellent physical perseverance to climb the steep and rough sections. This can be an arduous journey without preparation if you are entirely a newbie. This trek has 5-7 hours of daily trekking, steep areas, rough trails, elevating altitudes, harsh temperatures, etc. Therefore, you and your body should be ready to take on all the trek challenges. Then, the skilled team of Mountain Rock Treks will see the rest of it.
So prepare yourself for this exhilarating but demanding journey with us! You will have a fantastic trek.
Everest Three Pass Trekking Route
One of the most inclusive treks in Nepal, the Three Passes Trek 19 Days, starts with a flight to Lukla(2,600m) from Kathmandu. After landing at the entrance of the Everest Region, you'll pass through the beautiful trekking trail to Phakding. From Phakding, you will reach Namche Bazaar(3441m), the region's hub.
You'll spend an off day in Namche to get habituated to the altitudes. On this day, you will have a few hiking options to spend the day well. One to Khumjung village, another to Everest View Hotel, and the last to Sagarmatha National Park Tourist center.
One acclimatization day in Namche will make you ready for the walk to Tengboche(3,800m), Dingboche(4,410m), and Chhukung(4,730m). You will trek through those villages in three days. And you will have another acclimatization day of the trek in Chhukung village, which is a must. There will be a big day after Chhukang's stay to climb the first mountain pass, i.e., Kongma La Pass(4,900m).
After summiting Kongma La Pass, you will travel through Lobuche village(4,900m) and the Gorakshep stop. This is where you will hike to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar(5,550m). Finally, in the wake of exploring the two notable stops, you will head towards Cho La Pass(5,420m) via villages like Dzongla(3,810m) and Thangnak.
And then you march into the picturesque Gokyo Valley(4,700m). Traveling and exploring the villages and lakes of the valley, you will find yourself at the pinpoint of Renjo La Pass(5,340m), the last pass of the trek.
As all the passes and stops are done, you will trek back to Lukla(2,800m). To reach Lukla, you will spend three more days walking through Marlung, Thame, Namche Bazaar, and Phakding. The exact stops like Namche Bazaar and Phakding will come along once again. You will retrace your footprints to cross those places to get into Lukla. And joining a flight back to Kathmandu from there, you will conclude this beautiful long trek in Kathmandu(1,400m). This is how you will cover the Three Passes Trek's route.
Best Time for Everest Three High Passes Trek
The timing for any trek is quite an important thing to look at. If you have all the knowledge about the right timing for a tour, you have already lowered the uncertainties and adversities of the trek by half. That is why it is essential to know the best timing for the hike you opt for. And that is the main reason why we have written this heading for you.
We will guide you through the Everest Region's weather experiences for over a year. Below, We have written about all four seasons: Autumn, Spring, Monsoon, and Winter. And after reading this, you can choose the best time for 3 Pass Trekking without any confusion. Let's get started.
Everest Three High Passes Trek in Autumn (September, October, November)
Autumn, one of the best times to visit Nepal, functions through September, October, and November. Nepal is a post-monsoon time when the monsoon season has left the atmosphere. Due to that fact, the terrain and landscapes in Nepal look like they have been washed up. So that is the first benefit of traveling in Autumn.
Temperatures in Autumn in Nepal are pretty good for trekking in the mountains. The average temperature around the lower region of the trek remains around 10-18 degrees during the day hours. With such a temperature, you will have no difficulty with the temperature this season. However, there will be some plunge in temperature in the Everest Region when it's dark and when you gain more elevation. So make sure you have a few good clothes for such hours.
Moreover, Autumn is known for its stable weather conditions. Therefore, if you travel in Autumn around Nepal, there are meager chances of trip cancelation. The Khumbu region and other parts of Nepal undergo beautiful climate situations. Some are unobstructed mountain views, clear skies, bright trekking days, calm breeze, and snow-loaded peaks.
Travelers worldwide know Autumn is a perfect time for adventures in Nepal. That's why you will meet many wanderers along the trek. Autumn is an option if you love learning about new people and their stories.
To sum up, Autumn is an unparalleled time for trekking around Nepal. The Three Passes Trek will happen quite nicely during the months of Autumn, that is for sure.
Everest Three High Passes Trek in Spring (March, April, May)
Spring, the time through March-May, is another right time for trekking in Nepal. It is the peak trekking season in Nepal. That is why you will find overwhelming numbers of people throughout the journey.
It is the pre-monsoon season coming into Nepal way before Monsoon does. This means there are no chances of massive rainfall until May. So instead, you will get the most pleasant circumstances. Warm temperature, continuous clear mountains, vibrant landscapes, colorful trails, and bright days are some of the perks of Spring.
If you see the temperature graph for the Spring season in Nepal, the lower parts of the trek like Tengboche, Namche, and Gokyo have average temperatures of around 5-20 degrees during the day.
However, the night and morning hours in Khumbu Region can constantly be freezing below 0 degrees. Furthermore, the temperature is frigid in the much higher parts of the region like Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Kongma La Pass, and other factors.
Moreover, Spring is cheered for the flowering season. The forests of Nepal are colorful due to the Rhododendron flowers, and so are the trekking trails. This could be another reason why you should choose Spring. Alongside, the peaks of the Khumbu region like Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Lobuche, and others are snow washed by the winter season.
In short, Spring season Three Passes Trek is a big yes. The good conditions of the season will make your trek a pleasing one.
Everest Three High Passes Trek in Winter (December, January, February)
Winter is the coldest time of the year in Nepal. This is because so many people take Winter as an off-season for trekking in Nepal. And the trekking routes of Nepal are pretty peaceful during this season.
Yes, Winter is a cold and snowy season in Nepal. There is massive snowfall in the mountains, and the temperature is freezing. However, not all three months of Winter- December, January, and February, are that bad for trekking. The first two weeks of December are worthwhile. You will get conditions of the Autumn season in that period. Thus, trekking in the mountains is possible in early Winter.
Similarly, the last few weeks of February can be another time in Winter for trekking. Winter is at its peak in January but slowly lowers through February. Therefore, that time of Winter is also good to go on the trails of Nepal. You can't put Winter aside for trekking in Nepal.
The rewards are considerable if you are bold enough to opt for Winter's early and late weeks. Winter is the best time for mountain vistas due to massive white snowfall. Also, the trekking paths are less crowded than in Autumn and Spring. As a result, you will have a quiet time in the Everest Region.
Overall, Winter is not as good as Autumn and Spring for trekking. But the early and late days of the Winter season are okay for trekking. So if you want to do Three Passes Trek in Winter, we can find the right day.
Everest Three High Passes Trek in Monsoon ( June-July-August)
It is listed at last for some reasons. Monsoon is a less preferred time for trekking in Nepal. It is entirely off-season in Nepal. You will find a few travelers around Kathmandu preparing for treks in the mountains. And that is rightfully alright.
The monsoon or Summer season is the warmest and wettest season of all. June, July, and August in Nepal are three humid months of the season. The country receives massive rainfall throughout the season. Consequently, the higher areas observe colossal snowfall. The trails of Nepal remain wet, slippery, and landslide-prone. Mountains are not always visible. As of these conditions, Monsoon is a not-so-popular time for trekking in Nepal.
However, the early days of June and the last few weeks of August are somehow doable. Monsoon is less active in Nepal during those two sessions than in July. And you can do the trek. But make sure you have an experienced guide to help you out. The monsoon treks are pretty prone to problems. Thus you will need an excellent guiding person in front of you.
The monsoon season rewards spectacular mountains and landscapes, especially after rainfall. This is the most exciting part about the Monsoon season trekking. Also, the trails are pretty peaceful.
But, as said earlier, you must take on various uncertainties to enjoy the benefits. The weather is quite unpredictable throughout Monsoon. Thus, we do not highly recommend the Monsoon season for Three Passes Trek. But if you want to trek anyway, our experienced team will find an appropriate time in the season and safely guide you.
Everest Three (3) High Pass Trekking Difficulty
Everest Three High Passes Trekking is a moderate trek in the heavenly Khumbu Region. The tour can be a hard one for some and easy for others. We mean to say it depends on your trekking experience and physical endurance level.
If you have been trekking in the Himalayas for some time, if you have done similar treks more than a couple of times, Everest 3 Passes Trek should not be difficult. However, if you have never done anything like that in the mountains, this trek is a challenging climb for you.
In general, the critical difficulties of Everest Three High Passes Trek are its distance, duration, elevation, trail nature, and weather. First, let's start with length. The trek is about 166km long through the Khumbu Region. Such a distance is not a joke. It will surely test you.
Likewise, you will need at least 15 days to complete the trek. You will sleep, eat, walk and repeat in the rural part of the region. On trekking days, you will trek for about 5-7hrs daily. So this part of the trek is also not easy.
Moreover, the elevation of the trek is sky-touching. You will reach the highest height of the tour at Kala Patthar(5,550m). And you will hike above 5000m+ several times. Trekking and crossing those elevation numbers several times takes so much calm, perseverance, acclimatization, and hard work. So the altitude gains of the trek will test you a little bit.
Similarly, the trek will climb steep sections, slippery trails, glacier walking, and rough terrains. You will have those things for more than two weeks. To take on such a trail is another difficult part of the trek. Also, the higher parts of the region have extreme weather conditions. You will have strong winds and freezing temperatures at times of the tour. Thus the weather also demands you do something on the journey.
So these are the significant challenges of the trek. But like there is a saying, difficult roads often lead to a beautiful destination. The Three Passes Trek will lead you to many beautiful destinations. You will not regret taking those adversities on.
But make sure you come with enough preparation for the trek. Before the trek date, you better do cardio training and exercises such as cycling, trekking, hiking, jogging, swimming, etc.