3 Pass Trek Nepal Everest

  • Updated on May 2, 2024
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The 3 Pass Trek is one of the toughest trekking routes in Nepal, leading you to Everest Base Camp. While other challenging treks exist, like the Dhaulagiri Circuit and Manaslu Circuit, the Three Pass Trek remains the most popular option in Nepal. This 20 day trek is designed for experienced trekkers, not casual tourists. If you're looking for a big challenge, the Three Pass Trek is the perfect choice to test your limits.

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Standard 3-Pass Trek Package

The standard 3 Pass Trek itinerary in Nepal includes two nights' accommodation in Kathmandu with a Heritage Tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After that, you take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (or Manthali), where your journey to the breathtaking viewpoints of the Khumbu Region begins. You'll visit places like Namche Bazaar, Renjo La Pass, Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Valley), Cho La Pass, Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Kongma La Pass, Tengboche Monastery, and more. Here below, you can see the outline trek itinerary for the 3-pass trek. For details on the itinerary, follow the trek package link. Everest High Passes Trek. The 3 pass trek in Nepal covers nearly 115 kilometres from Lukla to Lukla.

Everest 3 Passes Trekking Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Day 2: Trek Preparation and Sightseeing Around Kathmandu.
  • Day 3: Kathmandu - Lukla, and Phakding.
  • Day 4: Phakding - Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 5: Acclimatization Day, Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 6: Namche Trek to Thame.
  • Day 7: Thame Trek to Lungden.
  • Day 8: Lungden - Renjo La Pass, 5400 m (17,717 ft) to Gokyo (4790m).
  • Day 9: Gokyo rest; explore the Gokyo RI 5,400 m (17,717 ft).
  • Day 10: Gokyo to Thaknak (4750m). –3 Hours
  • Day 11: Thagnak - Cho La pass 5,420 m (17,782 ft) to Dzongla.
  • Day 12: Dzongla Trek to Lobuche.
  • Day 13: Lobuche - Gorak Shep 5,164 M (16,942 ft) Everest Base Camp, 5,380 M (17,600 ft) Gorak Shep.
  • Day 14: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar, 5,545 M (18,192 ft) and Trek to Lobuche.
  • Day 15: Lobuche - Kongma La Pass, 5,545 m (18,192 ft) - Chhukung.
  • Day 16: Chhukung Trek to Tengboche.
  • Day 17: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 18: Namche Bazaar Trek to Lukla.
  • Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.
  • Day 20: Final Departure.

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3 Passes Trek: Clockwise vs. Anticlockwise

While most travel companies recommend the anticlockwise route for its shorter daily distances, we, along with our experienced guides, believe the clockwise route offers the best experience. Here's why:

  • Unforgettable Views: Imagine trekking with the majestic peaks always in front of you, allowing you to capture breathtaking photos every step of the way. The clockwise route prioritises these picturesque views, justifying your investment in this incredible journey.
  • Gradual Acclimatisation: The clockwise direction offers a more gradual ascent, making the trek easier and smoother.

It's important to note that other trekkers may have different preferences. We prioritise the visual experience, understanding that you've come for the most stunning views on Earth.

Three Passes Trek in Nepal: Lodges and Experienced Guides

The Three Passes Trek in Nepal is a lodge-to-lodge trek, meaning you'll stay in comfortable guesthouses along the route. However, due to the high-altitude nature of this adventure, having an experienced guide (Sherpa) is essential.

The cost of the Three Passes Trek in Nepal starts around $2,000 USD for solo trekkers. For groups of two or more, the price typically ranges from $1,700 to $1,800 USD per person. We strongly believe that for a challenging trek like this, guides and porters deserve fair and proper wages to ensure their safety and well-being.

Joining on the Three Passes Trek

Insurance: Trekking insurance is mandatory for the Three Passes Trek. You can purchase affordable coverage (between $100 and $300 USD) from World Nomads or other reputable travel insurance companies.

The Challenge Awaits

The Three Passes Trek, also known as the Everest Three High Passes Trek or Everest Loop Trek, is a world-renowned route offering breathtaking beauty. However, it's important to remember that this trek is challenging. Be sure to prepare yourself physically and mentally before embarking on this adventure.

Group Trekking Considerations

While group treks can be a great way to experience the Everest Base Camp Trek, we recommend private treks for the Three Passes Trek. This allows for a more personalised pace and itinerary, especially if there are significant age differences within the group (e.g., individuals over 60 trekking with those under 40). 

Gear Provided for 3-pass trek Nepal

We'll provide each member with a Three Passes Trek map during the trip briefing, eliminating the need to purchase one beforehand. Additionally, duffel bags will be provided in Kathmandu, so you can pack light with just a suitcase and a 20-litre daypack.

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Pre- and Post-Trek Support

We're happy to assist you before or after booking your trek. Whether you have questions about the itinerary or simply want to chat with a live representative about your plans, please don't hesitate to contact us. Read the solo female traveller 3 passes trekexperience with our team and all the trek reviews we receive from our happy customers.  Book in advance for the best guides, and we accept bookings for the autumn of 2024 and 2025.