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Everest Three Passes, 18-day trek in Nepal

Let Phurba, an IFMGA certified guide, take you across this Everest 18-day adventure. Trek across three of the most iconic passes on this region in Nepal.

Mountain RangeHimalaya
Duration18 days
Offer periodApr, May, Jun
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


There are few places around the world that don’t need any introduction. And Mount Everest is one of them. The sheer presence of this colossal mountain, transports anyone that sees it into a peaceful place.

However, reaching it requires advanced skills and there’s a huge risk when climbing it. But, that shouldn’t discourage you. If you want to get the experience of climbing Everest, from a safer and more comfortable place, this trip is for you! You’ll get to admire its magnificence as close as you can, without reaching its summit. As we’ll trek across some of the most iconic places around the Khumbu Everest region in Nepal.

The trek will be challenging, yet incredibly rewarding. We will venture across 3 high passes:

  • Renjo pass (5,388m)
  • Chola pass (5,420m)
  • Kongma La Pass (5,535m)

And we will  arrive at the heart of the Khumbu valley, as well as the Everest Base Camp region. Then, we will get to see the absolutely most mesmerizing views of the Himalayas. Also, our adventure will take us around Sherpa country. So we’ll explore the intriguing region of the Khumbu valley, while we cross some of the tallest mountain passes on Earth!

Also, we’ll learn about the local culture. Since most of the staff on our expedition are experienced sherpas, they’ll offer a good insight into their lifestyle and homeland.

Moreover we’ll ascend Gokyo Ri (5,357m), Kala Pattar (5,545m) and of course Everest Base Camp (5,364m). Therefore, we will get the most amazing close-up views of Mt. Everest, and other equally impressive peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu amongst others.

So if you want to join this wonderful trip please send me a request. I promise it will be an unforgettable adventure.

But, if you feel you are ready to tackle Everest, I also guide this 58 days Mount Everest expedition from Tibet.




Day 1: Phakding

We will begin our adventure flying into Lukla (2840m). Then, we’ll meet up and start a quick ascent to Phakding, where we’ll spend the night.

Day 2: Namche Bazaar

On day two, we will trek to the region’s main commercial center: Namche Bazaar (3440m).

Day 3: Acclimatization

We’ll rest in Namche Bazar. And we’ll use the time for acclimatization. So we can visit several interesting points such as the Tourist Visitor Center and museum, or the Everest View Hotel for wonderful views.

Day 4: Thame

Day fourth will be an amazing day. We’ll begin early morning. Then we’ll trek to Thame (3820m).

Day 5: Thame

As we are reaching higher altitudes, we’ll take more time for acclimatization in Thame. So we’ll explore Thame Gompa, a village that overlooks a mesmerizing valley. And it is the best site for the spring celebrations of the Thame Mani Rimdu festival.

Day 6: Lungden

The day will begin with a moderate trek to Lungden (4350m). Then we’ll have a lunch break in Marlung, another beautiful village in Thame Valley.

Day 7: Mountain passes

We’ll cross the Renjo La (5,340m) – Gokyo (4,790m) pass. So we will get the absolutely best views of Everest, Lhotse,Nuptse, Cho-Oyu, Makalu and Cholatse.

Day 8: Gokyo Ri

Our day will begin with a trek to Gokyo Ri (5360m), from where you’ll get great views of the Himalayas. And the rest of the day will be free so we can rest.

Day 9: Dragnag

We’ll trek to Dragnag (4700m), a small village south-east from Gokyo. Also, it is on the other side of the glacier. So we will get hypnotizing views of the region.

Day 10: Cho La - Dzonglha

On this day we will trek across Cho La (5,330m)-Dzonglha (4,830m). And we will admire all the beauty from the pass that connects these two charming villages.

Day 11: Loubche

We’ll hike to Lobuche (4,910m). This trail is amazing, as it joins the main Everest trail.

Day 12: Everest Base Camp

Finally we will reach Everest Base Camp (5,364m)! We’ll take some time to admire having reach this goal. And then we will trek back to Gorak Shep (5,140m). Gorakshep is an amazing place. As it is the highest settlement before the Everest Base Camp.

Day 13: Kala Pattar

We will hike up to the Kala Pattar (5,550m) viewpoint. So we will get stunning panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Lobhuche. Finally we’ll trek back to Lobuche.

Day 14: Kongma La

On this day we will reach the highest pass, Kongma La (5535m). Then, we’ll head to Chukung (4730mm).

Day 15: Pangboche

We’ll begin the day with a trek to Pangboche (3,930m). After that we will trek downhill along the Imje Khola. And we will pass through Orso village.

Day 16: Namche Bazar

Our day begins heading back to Namche Bazar. Due to its location we’ll get great views of the majestic Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains.

Day 17: Lukla

Finally, we’ll head back to Lukla.

Day 18: Lukla-Kathmandu

Your schedule flight Lukla-Kathmandu will be set. And there will be a transfer to your hotel there.

About the guide

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I'm a certified NNMGA / UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide from Nepal. I found my passion for the outdoors and climbing early in life when I was first contracted as a trekking guide for a Japanese team to Yala peak (5520m). Since then I have worked with many adventure tourism agencies and successfully summited Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam , Mt. Baruntse and many other peaks in Nepal. I'm fluent in German and English which allowed me to guide in the Alps several times. I have a right temperament, I'm dedicated and I have a friendly approach to lead and help the climbing teams accomplish their goals.

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