Everest Region, TrekkingModerate

Three Passes Trek

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  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:5,545 meter
  • Total Duration:21
  • Geography:Mountain/Country Side/ Forest/ Village
  • Religions:Hinduism/Buddhism
  • Ethnic People:Sherpa/Rai
  • Transportation:Tourist Bus/Private Vehicle/Flight
  • Region:Everest

One cannot think of more challenging trek to the Everest Base Camp via three passes that offer the breathtaking panorama of the Himalayas in Khumbu region of Nepal. Trekking via Renjo La (5,338m), Cho La (5,368m), and Kongma La (5,528m) is the essence of the trek. Three Passes Trek is one of the most exciting trek routes that exist in Nepal.

Three Passes Trek will require a lot of hard work and dedication from the trekkers to trek to the base camp of the world’s highest summit. Three Passes Trek offers the trekkers the outstanding view of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Pumori, Makalu, Khumbila, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, Kongde Ri, and many other gigantic peaks. Featuring with these gigantic mountains are the beautiful glacier lakes along with Khumbu Icefall, Sagarmatha National Park, Gokyo Lake, several viewpoints with the breathtaking scenic view of forth mentioned mountains. The trekkers will always have the companion of the Himalayas throughout the trek. With their flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the trekkers will be able to view the mountains from their airplane as well. In the trek, the trekkers get the chance to visit the hotel operating at the highest altitude i.e. Hotel Everest View, take a tour of ancient Buddhist village of Tengboche, meet Sherpa people of Gokyo village and other Sherpa-Tibetan people of Khumbu region. The trekkers will definitely love this thrilling trek to the Everest Base Camp.

Independent Trekking Guides Adventure is the best traveling and trek operating company in today’s tourism market. We treat our guest with warm hospitality which has boosted our rating in the social media. We provide all kind of transportation services with packages that suit the clients. We make sure that your trip in the country of the Himalayas is memorable.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Free & prepare for trekking
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
  • Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 05: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar
  • Day 06: Trek to Thame
  • Day 07: Trek to Marulung
  • Day 08: Marlung to Lungden
  • Day 09: Lungden to Renjo La Pass to Gokyo
  • Day 10: Hike to Gokyo Ri
  • Day 11: Trek to Thaknak
  • Day 12: Cross the Cho-La Pass and down to Dzongla
  • Day 13: Trek to Lobuche
  • Day 14: Trek to Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep:
  • Day 15: Hike up to Kala Patthar and descend to Lobuche
  • Day 16: Climb up the Kongma La and descend to Chhukung
  • Day 17: Trek to Tengboche
  • Day 18: Trek to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 19: Trek down to Lukla
  • Day 20: Fly Back to Kathmandu
  • Day 21: Transfer to International Airport
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

Pick up at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transferred to a hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Free & prepare for trekking

Free day in the capital. We show you places to buy trekking gears. Later, we discuss the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

We enjoy the 35-minute scenically flight to Lukla (2,800m). We trek for 4 hours to Phakding (2,652m) enjoying the beautiful panorama of the Himalayas. Crossing a suspension bridge, we reach Ghat village that will lead us to Phakding. Overnight at a lodge in Phakding.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Crossing the Dudh Koshi River on a suspension bridge, we enter Sagarmatha National Park. We trek for 6 hours to reach Namche Bazaar (3,440m). We come across small villages which host the splendid view of Everest and its sister Himalayas. Overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar

Morning hike to Hotel Everest View. Later, we take a tour of an ancient Buddhist monastery of Khumjung Monastery where we enjoy the vista of the Himalayas. We also visit Sagarmatha National Park. Overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Trek to Thame

We cross Bhote Koshi River over the suspension bridge to reach Thame (3,800m) after 5 hours of trek. The Himalayas look incredible on our way. We run into some villages and monasteries to reach Thame. Overnight at a lodge in Thame.

Day 07: Trek to Marulung

We trek along Bhote Koshi River via several small villages to reach Marulung (4,210m) after 6 hours. We enjoy the delightful view of Kongde Ri throughout today’s trek. Overnight at a lodge in Marulung.

Day 08: Marlung to Lungden

After a short trek of 5 hours, we reach Lungden (4,380m). We trek along many water streams, dense forests, and villages to reach Lungden. Our trek is short today. Hence, we get more time to rest. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 09: Lungden to Renjo La Pass to Gokyo

We enter the Gokyo village (4,800m) via Renjo La pass (5,338m). Our first pass to the base camp hosts fascinating view of the Himalayas. On our way, we stumble across Longpongo Lake, Dudh Pokhari, and Taboche Tsho which are exceptionally beautiful. Overnight at a lodge in Gokyo.

Day 10: Hike to Gokyo Ri

To enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, and the other Himalayas, we hike up to Gokyo Ri viewpoint (5,357m). The panorama looks fascinating from Gokyo Ri. We also manage our time to visit Ngozuma Tsho Lake and Thonak Tsho Lake. Overnight at Gokyo.

Day 11: Trek to Thaknak

We leave Gokyo for Thaknak (4750 m) passing through the beautiful scenic view of the Himalayas. We come across Ngozumpa Glacier which is featured with the marvelous view of Everest, Cho Oyu, and Gokyo Ri. Overnight at a lodge in Thaknak.

Day 12: Cross the Cho-La Pass and down to Dzongla

Crossing Cho La pass (5,368m), we trek down to Dzongla (4,830m). In our 8-hour trek, we stumble across a couple of frozen lakes on our way. We may need some special trekking equipment to cross the pass. Overnight at a lodge in Dzongla.

Day 13: Trek to Lobuche

With the marvelous view of Ama Dablam, Lobuche, Everest, and other mountains, we trek for 5 hours to reach Lobuche (4,940m). We stumble across Chola Lake on our way to two trails. Overnight at a lodge in Lobuche.

Day 14: Trek to Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep:

We trek to the base camp of world’s highest summit i.e. Everest Base Camp (5,364m). We trek for 9 hours via Gorak Shep (5,170m) to reach the base camp and return to Gorak Shep on the same day. We enjoy the charismatic view of Everest, Kala Patthar, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Khumbutse, Nuptse, and the other Himalayas seen from the base camp. We trek downhill to Gorak Shep and spend overnight at a lodge.

Day 15: Hike up to Kala Patthar and descend to Lobuche

We trek up to Kala Patthar viewpoint (5,555m) which is regarded as the best viewpoint that offers the breathtaking view of the Everest along with the other Himalayas. We descend to Lobuche after 6 hours trek. Overnight at a lodge in Lobuche.

Day 16: Climb up the Kongma La and descend to Chhukung

In our 8-hour trek, we descend to Chhukung (4,730m) via Kongma La (5,528m). We get a chance to view the magnificence of the Himalayas in our today’s trek. Overnight at a lodge in Chhukung.

Day 17: Trek to Tengboche

We trek for 6 hours to reach Tengboche (3,860m) which is home to the famous ancient Buddhist monastery of Dawa Choling Gomba. We enjoy the terrific view of the Himalayas from the monastery. Overnight at a lodge in Tengboche.

Day 18: Trek to Namche Bazaar

After 6 hours of trek, we reach Namche Bazaar. We spend our evening learning Sherpa cultures. Later, we move to some local bars to enjoy the local beverage of the town. Overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.

Day 19: Trek down to Lukla

On our last day trek to Lukla, we trek for 6 hours. We look back at the memories we collected throughout the trek. Overnight at a guesthouse in Lukla.

Day 20: Fly Back to Kathmandu

We enjoy our superb panoramic flight back to the capital. Later, we have dinner in a restaurant in Thamel, Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 21: Transfer to International Airport

We drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport in our car.

What to Bring for the trip? (Trekking Gears)

  • Pair trekking boots and waterproof
  • Pair lightweight trekking sandals
  • Pairs thin walking socks
  • Pairs lightweight trekking trousers must be windproof as well.
  • Pair shorts
  • Trekking shirts
  • Fleece jumper
  • Wind stopper
  • Set lightweight thermals
  • Down body warmer
  • North Face Waterproof Jacket (Preferably)
  • North Face Waterproof trousers (Preferably)
  • Four seasons down jacket ( Can be rented in Kathmandu )
  • Hat with ear covers
  • Neck warmer
  • Pairs ‘thinners’ gloves
  • Rucksack with hydration kit and belt bag
  • Personal wash kit (include fabric washing solution)
  • Leki Pole (Preferably)
  • Pack tissues and wet wipes and liquid detergent
  • Pair sunglasses
  • Camera and films
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • The sleeping bag can be -20 (4 seasons)

Above things are required for the normal trekker and if you have yourselves, you can bring and if do not have and want to buy and hire in Nepal, we have every equipment cheaper price than your country.


You require your crampons and best waterproofing boots, Ice ax but, except boots, you can get as renting in Nepal and you don’t need to bring from your country.

Normally, I use to organize every bodies trip as package base for that easiness for the trip. It means, they are free from all kinds of dealing with the cost every day. They can explore with beautiful sceneries of Himalayas and natures every day with flexible itineraries & dynamic services.

So many my previous clients they were so satisfied and enjoyed a lot with our Guiding performance and all kinds of services during those trips. So, I am sending you my very reasonable package cost with some more options. I hope, you will understand we are working crews ourselves and we don’t need to pay commission and your payments goes directly to the workers.


This is fairly demanding trek and so you should be reasonably fit, or know that you can get fit quickly. It isn't possible nor necessary to get truly trekking fit before the trek. I trek a daily itinerary that suits loaded porter, who carrying 20 kg loads cover more distance that you might think, but not so much so as to finish you. Over the course of the first week you'll be amazed at how your fitness improves. You can even get exercise in your city before you come; swimming, small day hiking and physical fitness may help you to hike in Nepal Himalaya.

High Altitude Sickness:

When trekking or climbing above 3000m/10,000ft it is important to take into account the effect of altitude on your body. The thinner air affects you in many ways and if you go high too fast you can kill yourself as we have seen on this year one of 53 years old Indian and 57 years Russian citizens from Pune and Moscow died suddenly in Namche as soon as they arrived.

AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness

Commonly called altitude sickness, this has the potential to affect all trekkers from 2500m and higher. Your body needs time to adjust to smaller quantities of oxygen in the air - at 5500m/18,044ft the air pressure is approximately half that of sea level, ie there is half the amount of oxygen (and nitrogen). This is approximately equivalent to the top of Kala Pattar, in the Everest region.

For treks below an altitude of about 3000m/10,000ft, it is not normally a problem. AMS is caused by going up high too fast and can be fatal if all the warning signals are ignored. Note that it is not the actual altitude, but the speed at which you reach higher altitudes which causes the problems.

Altitude sickness is preventable. Go up slowly, giving your body enough time to adjust. These are the 'safe' rates for the majority of trekkers: spend 2-3 nights between 2000m/6562ft and 3000m/10,000ft before going higher. From 3000m sleep an average of 300m/1000ft higher each night with a rest day every 900-1000m/3000ft. ultimately it is up to you to recognize the symptoms, and only ascend if you are relatively symptom-free.

Rescue? if incase?

I trek with limited distance every day so that my every client can take advantage of being in the Himalaya, However, Some time suddenly or Just in case of your usual disease or other accidental causes may need you to get rescued from Himalaya.

So at that duration you will be fully responsible to pay the Helicopter charges as soon as you arrive in Kathmandu by yourself or asking amount from your home country or with the response from related Embassy in Kathmandu, which will be paid back by your Insurance company in your country after claiming your paid in Nepal amount with the help of Doctors certificates, Airlines Certificates and other documents given from authorized Person like Guide, Local Govt. Member or People of related fields where you get sick.

We are the authorized Trekking Guides and Porters Cooperative only one trekking company in Nepal which is registered in Nepal Government company, Nepal Tourism board and every single affiliate companies of Nepal trekking.

The Trail Conditions:

Straight, Uphill, Downhill, Jig Jag with small rocky, pebbles, muddy, somewhere dusty, man-made stone steps, through the moss covered forests, Rocky glacier or If snows, snowy path crossing suspensions metal bridges and wooden bridges over the rivers and streams are the main features of Trekking trials of Nepal. So You should be mentally prepared to spread over your foot on this land. Do not need to be the worry, if you have already physical exercises and practices to the hiking would be easy. We have acclimatized days and it makes you so comfortable to do Nepal trek.


Just in Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazar, Thame, Khumjung, Tengboche, and Pangboche does have hydroelectricity, You can recharge your camera batteries just in those places. After that level, you will need to sleep with candles and Solar battery lights just in the Dining Room during the dinner time and you can not recharge the batteries.

Water and Chances of getting sick:

However Nepal is second richest in the world for water after Brazil, The water here is just 0.3% of total water is pure. Because most of the rivers flow from the glacier and from top to bottom and hilly mountains. As you know people live on the mountain and the animals graze in the pastures and most of the manual flows together. On the other hand, you can buy the mineral water bottle but we feel very sorry to discourage you from not to buy, considering our Environment. But there is an idea, We can purify the water using some Iodine Pills or Purifying drops which can be available in drug stores in Kathmandu. We can use the water after nearly boiled which is safe.

Telephone and E-mail facilities during your Trek:

You can call at your home or friends from Just in Lukla, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, and Dingboche by now. Those destinations have telephone facilities for the moment. However, you have chances to send and receive e-mail from Namche Bazar. Here are several internet cafe facilities via satellite and quite fast by now. So you do not need to worry about the communication gap with your family or friends during your trek.

Insurances of Guide and Porters.

We do our life insurance and Trekking insurance for the duration of 10 or 15 years from the reputed insurance company in Kathmandu, Nepal which covers our insurance for the duration of our trek as well. Well, I hope above details will be quite enough for you to understand for your upcoming trip to Nepal Trekking. If you agree with my proposal please do let me know your opinion. Please do feel free to contact me if you have found any error in my sending.

Do not hesitate to ask me any question; I am here ready to answer your specific questions. I hope you will give me the opportunity to work with you if I am Lucky. I will be waiting for your reply. Please do feel free to ask me if you have found any error in my sending.

For our further contact and voice communication, you can provide me your contact Number either Mobile or Home office phone will be much more appreciated.

Further information? You are always welcome to spread over your footprint in our Khumbu Region.

Our trip to Nepal such a memorable one

I am part of a group of 4 girls who coordinated with Jagat for our 'mini' version of the Annapurna Circuit in early September 2017. We wanted to do the circuit badly but did not have enough time. Jagat and his team came up with a customized itinerary for us to start the trek from Jagat and end at Jomsom which we then flew to Pokhara to take a bus back to Kathmandu. The whole itinerary was very flexible and day to day arrangements can be altered by just communicating with our guide, Gopi. He will come up with the best plan to accommodate our wants and needs. 

From the moment we landed at the airport in Kathmandu to the moment we flew out of Nepal, everything was extremely well taken care of by Jagat and his team. Our guide, Gopi and porters, Raju and Tej (whom we call Dada) were like family to us during the entire trek. They were always checking on us to see if we have enough to eat, enough drinking water or can we cope with the trek. They even offered to carry our day packs when they saw us struggling. In fact, I think at most times, if not all, our interests were placed above theirs. They will go all the way out just to help you if there is anything you need at all on the trek. 

I don't think we'll be able to find another more patient, caring, trustworthy and detailed team of guides and porters. It was our pleasure to be able to trek with them. They had made our trip to Nepal such a memorable one that all of us didn't want the trip to end. Thank you for the great hospitality. I really look forward to visiting and trekking in Nepal again.

I would readily recommend Jagat and his team to anyone planning to trek in Nepal.

Love from Malaysia,


WanLing ,

This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable.

I recently had the great pleasure of climbing Island Peak in the Khumbu, Nepal. Jagat Lama was a passionate and dependable resource for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. He was on the spot as far as preparation for the trip. This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable. Hiring a light and independent team allowed for a cost-effective, flexible and efficient way to climb in Nepal. His assistance was with me from the airport arrival through to departure. He took care of my every need and allowed me to focus on my goal of the summit of Island Peak. My climbing guide, his brother Lal, was competent, caring and successful. I left Nepal with new friendships. I readily endorse his services and would encourage anybody to go with the Independent Trekking Guides. They are honest, caring and willing to make your holiday the most memorable you have ever had. Please, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my experiences in Nepal.
Mark Lui,

It was my dream trip come true.

I am 66 years old and have done a lot of hiking in the USA as well as climbing Mt. Fuji, Orizaba and Iztaacchuatl volcanoes in Mexico. We have hiked to the bottom and back of the Grand Canyon at least 25 times on most of the various trails to the bottom. For me, the crowning trek was to hike in the Himalayan range. We contacted Jagat Lama in Kathmandu, Nepal and signed up for our adventure to hike for two weeks with porters and guides. Our group of friends included three men and three women aged from 60 to 75. I'm sure this would be a daunting task for Jagat and his guides.

We all hiked from Lukla to Namche which was Bill's goal (he's the 75-year-old). One of the guides stayed with Bill, and we continued with the two outstanding guides, Chet and Chandra. These two guides did everything for us; got all of our bags from the porters and put in our rooms, took our menu selections to the cooks, and discussed the plans for the following day. The guides made allowances for some who were having some altitude adjustment issues and gave positive feedback to everyone. They were very patient with all of us and really tried hard to ensure we stayed healthy and happy. I can honestly say that these were two of the best guides weíve ever had. On our hikes, the guides had to work around some of us who liked to take pictures but needed to do some additional acclimation at higher altitude. As a result three of us were able to hike all the way to Mt. Everest base camp. It was like a moonscape. We met the Korean team that was going to climb Everest as soon as the weather looked better. The base camp is awesome with tents all over the place with prayer flags, and ice towers and rocks everywhere.

At 5:00 am we were going to climb Kalapathar (5545m.) When we went out it was snowing and foggy. The weather in the valley is usually clear in the morning, foggy in the afternoon, and big clouds in the later afternoon. Chandra said we should start for Kalapathar as he felt it would clear up - and sure enough, the snow stopped and the sun came out. We made it to the summit in snow and ice.

From this mountain, we took fantastic views of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. We saw an avalanche and heard the cracking sounds coming from the Khumbu glacier. The valley we hiked was very interesting. It surpassed my expectations. I had no idea how many memorials there would be erected for the Everest climbers. It's a sight to see. There were many stupas and monasteries. There are many rock faces that have a Buddha painted or adorned with prayer flags and the rows of prayer wheels to spin. The landscape goes from lush vegetation to flower trees, to pine trees and then the tree line to tundra and almost a moonscape. The children were fun to play with and photograph. As we headed down the valley to Lukla, my wife became sick and we saw that she couldn't hike all the way down. Our great guides arranged for a horse for her to ride so we wouldn't miss our plane. At Lukla, I took my wife to a new, wonderful hospital where she was treated and given medicine. When we reached Kathmandu, there was a strike by the Maoist Communist Party that closed all of the businesses. Jagat again came to our rescue by getting a van and getting us to the airport. He, Chet and Chandra babysat us to make sure we got through the security hassle and on to the right plane. I can't imagine anyone doing anything more or better that Jagat, Chet, and Chandra could have done to make this a wonderful experience that exceeded our expectations. I recommend his services to you if you're planning to go anywhere in Nepal or Tibet. It was my dream trip come true.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Bob Hacken / Catherine L. Bordner,

Dreams of trekking in the Himalaya.
May 2010

In April/May 2010 I was part of a group of nine individuals who used Jagat Lama to coordinate our trek to Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp. From taking care of obtaining our TIMS cards on the first day all the way through to seeing us off to the airport in Kathmandu when our trip was finished, Jagat took care of everything. Trust me when I say that there are a lot of details that need tending to in between the two above events. Jagat and his crew exceeded all expectations and made our trip stress free. This fact allows one to concentrate of the arduous task of getting to Base Camp while trusting Jagat and his crew to care of the daily details such as obtaining food and shelter. I highly recommend that you do as I did and have Jagat and his crew work with you to meet your Nepali dreams of trekking in the Himalaya.
Tom Tracey,
Rose Valley, WA USA

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