Everest three high passes Renjo-la, Tsho-la & Kongma-la

Trip Highlights

  1. Trekking in the highest region in the world.
  2. Sherpa Culture at its best
  3. traditional cultural villages, within worlds
  4. Everest and neighboiuring peaks
  5. Gokyo Lake.
  6. 3 high pass of the Everest region.
Everest three high passes Renjo-la, Tsho-la & Kongma-la
Photo Magnificent-view-of-Kongma-La-pass-with-colorful-Prayers-Flag
Trip Duration: 21 days(s) / Trek Duration: 17 days(s)
Max Altitude: 5,400m at Cho-La
Trip Grade: 4
Lodging: Camping and tea house
Transportation: Private vehicle & flight
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: Mid April to May & mid Sept to November

Trip Overview

The three high passes trekking in the Everest region is a popular trekking among adventure lovers who like trekking in the Himalayas. This 21 days trip with 17 days trekking in the Everest region takes you to the base camp of the Everest along with the 3 high passes in the region. The trek starts from Lukla and goes up through Namche Bazar and goes to the base camp. This part is the normal Everest base camp trek. The main attractions in this challenging trek in Nepal are the 3 passes, Renjo la, Kongma la and Tsho La, which are all more than 5000 m high. Besides the adventure part on the trail the view of the mountains, the life style of the people and the feeling of walking in the highest region on earth are very special.
After this extreme adventurous, memorable trip AMN route leads back to Lukla for the scenic short flight back to Kathmandu after an awesome time in the high mountains and valley with one of the best trekking company in Nepal, Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expeditions.


Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day tour.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and 3 hrs treks to Phakding 2,650m.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek to Thame
Day 07: Trek to Mingbo
Day 08: Trek to Chulung
Day 09: Trek towards Renjo Pokhari (pond)
Day 10: Trek and cross Renjo-la
Day 11: At Gokyo for local hike and trek to Dragnak.
Day 12: Cross Tsho-la 5,430m and then to Dzong-la
Day 13: Trek to Lobuche 4,928m
Day 14: Trek towards Kongma-la
Day 15: Cross Kongma-la 5,535m and camp at Dingboche 6-7 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Thyangboche
Day 17: Trek to Monjo
Day 18: Trek to Lukla 5 hrs walk.
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 20: Free day at leisure.
Day 21: Transfer to airport for international departure.


This Itinerary is only a guideline and you can customize the trip as per your budget and time availability. While you are in Nepal we recommend you to try some extra activities such as Paragliding in Pokhara, Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia, Bungee Jump in the Nepal-Tibet border at the last resort etc. You can also try rafting in some of the best white water rivers. A day trip or trips with multiple nights rafting can be arranged as per your requirement. The early morning mountain flight to Mount Everest is also a worthy activity you can do. It needs just couple of hours yet provides you a life time experience.

Service includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard Accommodation in the cities and tea houses in the trek.
  • Full day guided tour of Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu airfare.
  •  3 meals a day during the trek.
  • Guide, porters and other support staff as per your requirement and out agreed price.
  • ECAP fees.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Necessary equipments during the trek.
  • All taxes and fees required for the program.

Service does not include

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staffs.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be transfer to the hotel and the trek guide will meet you in the evening for a dinner. During the meal you can discuss your queries (if any). He/she will brief you about some cultural issues and some necessary things to keep in consideration during the trek.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and half day free for final preparation of the trek.
Early in the morning the staff from AMN will meet you to collect your passport copy and photographs (if not sent via email) for the preparation of Trekking permit and TIMS card. After breakfast you will be taken for a half day sightseeing of the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple, also refer as the Monkey temple. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites. In the afternoon you can have some free time with the guide around Thamel to do some last minute shopping of things you might need for the trek.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and 3 hrs treks to Phakding 2,650m.
We will start early morning from the hotel, usually with packed breakfast from the hotel in Kathmandu. A 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu takes us to Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla we will start the trek towards Phakding. The walk is fairly easy with view of some mountains.  A Little more than couple of hours walk takes us to Phakding where we stay for tonight.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs.
We will cross the Dudh-Kosi River and start the walk of the day. With occasional ups and down, we will reach the village of Monjo in couple of hours. After completing the formalities in the   gate of the Sagarmatha National Park’s office we walk ahead to the village of Jorsalle village. Another 4 hours walk from here we reach the famous Namche Bazaar. The trail from Jorsalle to Namche has a nice view of the mountains such as Kwande peak; Kusum Kanguru & Mt. Everest You can also see mountains such as Nuptse, Lhotse and Taweche peak from some places.

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar.
This is a free day for rest so that you can acclimatize before we go towards the higher altitude. Namche Bazar has lot of things to see and spending a day in this town of the Sherpas is not a difficult thing to do.

Day 06: Trek to Thame 3,800m. 5 hrs.
After breakfast we will head and walk along on the trail along the Bhote Kosi River valley, as the trail goes ahead we see plenty of prayer flags and Mani or prayer stones, which symbolize the presence of Tibetan Buddhism in the area. We will walk past the villages of Gonglha, Drama and Thomde. Thomde has a monastery worth visiting. From here onwards we go down for a short while and another steep climb of one hour lays the village of Thame. The area has nice view of the Everest region and is also famous for the Thame monastery where the spring festival called Mani Rimdu takes place.

Day 07: Trek to Mingbo 3,900m after visiting the monastery 3-4 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Thame the trek leads to absolute wilderness near towards Tibet border of Nangpa-la, where most of the Tibetans enter Nepal to trade. The walk leads on the high slope for the overnight stop at Mingbo a small herder's village.

Day 08: Trek to Chulung 4,380m via Marulung 4,200m 7-8 hrs.
We will leave Mingbo after breakfast and continue moving high in the winding trail.  The surrounding looks barren and you can feel the change in altitude. We will stop at Marlung for lunch after walking for 3 hours. After rest we will continue ahead in the trail to Chulung. The trail has very thin population and few pasture lands where the Yak herds come to stay during summer days for the grazing of the Yaks.

Day 09: Trek towards Renjo Pokhari (pond) at approx 4,600m 4-5 hrs.
This is a shorter day. Although it is short can be tiring as we go up most of the day with occasional descends. We walk for almost 5 hours before reaching Renjo Pokhari.

Day 10: Trek and cross Renjo-la at 5,345m and camp at Gokyo. 3-4 hrs.
We will be climbing the first pass of the trekking in the Everest region today. After walking for more than 3 hours we reach the top of the pass, Renjola.  You can see Cho-Oyu in the Tibet and Nepal border. It is also the sixth highest mountain in the world. After spending about half an hour at the top we will go down to the other side to Gokyo for the overnight camp.

Day 11: At Gokyo for local hike and trek to Dragnak.
We start the day earlier than before as we are climbing the Gokyo Ri, one of the major highlights of the Everest 3 passes trekking. Gokyo Ri is situated at 5,357m and has a 180 degree view of the high mountains in the Khumbu region including Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and Mt. Makalu. It takes us couple of hours to reach the top on a steep trail. We will come back the same way down and continue our walk to Dragnak to set up the camp for tomorrow’s climbing of the Cho-la pass.

Day 12: Cross Tsho-la 5,430m and then to Dzong-la 4,830m. 6-7 hrs.
Climbing the Chola pass in the morning takes us few hours. After reaching the top we will rest for a while and spend some time for photography. We will get down from the other side to Dzongla. The hike up to the pass can be much difficult during the time of snowfall.

Day 13: Trek to Lobuche 4,928m Approx:  5 hours.
In a trail with ups and down we will walk for 5 hours to reach Lobuche. The area is very isolated and you will feel the thrill of walking in complete wilderness.

Day 14: Trek towards Kongma-la 5,150m. 4-5 hrs.
We will walk through the upper moraine in the direction of Khumbu glacier. The trail is narrow and not very easy to walk, is also partially zigzag. Always follow the guide and watch out for rocks falling from the top. Our camping site is located near by the Mera Peak (Khongmatse) one of the most popular trekking peak in Nepal.

Day 15: Cross Kongma-la 5,535m and camp at Dingboche 6-7 hrs.
We will climb the third pass of the Everest 3 passes trekking, Kongma-la at 5,535.  This is the highest pass in the trekking you are doing. the walk leads higher up and then descending towards the glacial pond and the walk leads on the rocks and moraine path most of the way till Bibre after a hard day from here a leisure trek of few hours towards Dingboche with awesome views of the surrounding high snow capped peaks, on reaching Dingboche for lunch and for the overnight stop, with afternoon free for local hike and relaxation.

Day 16: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m.  5 hrs.
You must be very tired after doing the 3 passes in the Everest region. We will make a late start and head towards Pangboche village which is around 3 hours walking from Dingboche. After lunch here we will head towards Thyangboche. Stroll around the monastery and observe the monks practicing Buddhism.

Day 17: Trek to Monjo 2,835m. Approx: 5-6 hrs.
After breakfast we will go down in a descending trail to the river and then climb up for an hour to Namche Bazaar. Another couple of hours going down from Namche we will reach the village of Monjo. We will have lunch here and explore the area. You can spend more time around Namche; have lunch there and then continue to Monjo for overnight stay as well. Consult with your guide regarding your preference.

Day 18: Trek to Lukla 5 hrs walk.
This is the last part of the Everest base camp trek with Arun Valley. It takes us 5 hours to reach Lukla. We will stay near by the airstrip in Lukla. A party with the staff is a must after such a successful trekking around the Everest region.

Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
The flight from Lukla can be delayed sometime because of weather. It is a short panoramic flight of 30 minutes. During the peak season the weather is usually clear and flight is on schedule.

Day 20: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
You can use this day for doing some sightseeing or just resting at your hotel. We recommend you to take some tours in places like Khokana Bungmati, Patan Durbar Square or Bhaktapur. Strolling around won’t be a bad idea for last minute shopping.

Day 21: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
The trek has come to an end and we hope you enjoyed it. You can extend your trip to some destinations within Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan. Transfer to the airport on time. See you again in Nepal!

End of services

Note: Renjo, Tsho-la and Kongma-la passes are possible all the year round, however in heavy snow condition, one's has to be extremely careful including the porters. On normal snow condition, ropes are fixed maximum 100 meters or minimum 50 meters.

Trip FAQs

How fit do I have to be?
The Everest High Passes trek is a very challenging trekking in Nepal. Even though you don’t need any special skills for the trek we recommend you to do this if you are active in your daily life. Having previous experience with snow and climbing helps a lot in this trek.You should be in proper health conditions so a check up with your doctor is advised before starting the trek. We advise you to do some light exercise for some time before undertaking this trip. You should be fit enough to walk 4-7 hours a day. But there will be plenty of rest and we can customize the trip as per your speed and requirement so that you can enjoy it much more.

How are the hotels in the cities and during the trek in Nepal?
In the cities especially in Kathmandu there are hotels of all kinds ranging from Back packer’s accommodation with basic facilities to luxury five star accommodations. You can choose from the various types available. Even the budget hotels have Wi-Fi, neat and clean rooms and attached bathrooms. The hotels that are star categorized have special amenities but the standard of hotels in western world can’t be compared with Nepalese standards. We would say a 5 star in Nepal would have the same kind of services like a 3 star or a 4 star hotel in North America/Europe. Around Namche also you can get proper accommodation and there are few other places in the Everest region with good quality accommodation with attached bathrooms.
The accommodations during the trek are basic and may not have attached bathrooms most of the time. You must share the toilets and bathrooms with fellow trekkers. Even though hot showers are not available you can get buckets of hot water for 1-2 USD depending upon how high you are in the mountains. The tea houses have restaurants with limited options but the foods they prepare are really delicious. The tea houses are often managed by individual families and are very welcoming and friendly. They are neat and clean and not bad for a single night. 

Is enough drinking water available? How many liters of water shall we carry in our day pack?
We advise our guests to bring water bottles with them so that they can refill the bottles at the tea house rather than buying everyday as water prices go proportionately higher with the altitude in the Himalayan region. Carrying purification tablets is also recommended. We advise you to drink atleast 4-5 liters of water every day during the trek to avoid dehydration. Trekking in Nepal is fun but only if you are careful about your health.

Where can I keep my extra luggage during trekking in Nepal?
While you are in the trek you can store the extra luggage at our office or at the hotel without paying anything extra either in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Do I need to take walking sticks?
It depends on you but it is advised to carry them as they help you to balance in the small trails while walking in the mountains. They observe the pressure on your legs (quad muscles) while going up and down. Since they are not heavy you can easily tie them in your day pack and walk while you don’t use them.

Can I buy/rent any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
Kathmandu, especially Thamel has lots of places to buy and rent equipments for trekking.  If you want to buy things at home it might be expensive compared to home. The things you buy or rent here will be cheaper but the quality is not the same. Things such as trekking shoes, jackets etc you can buy from home but petty things such as sun glasses, walking sticks, sleeping bags can be bought here.

Is there electricity to charge iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain?
Yes you can charge the electronic stuffs at the tea houses during the trek but some tea houses charge you for that. The cost would be around 1 USD for a single device. You can charge them in your rooms in the cities.

Can we take showers during the trek?
It depends a lot I where you are. Usually below 3000m there are common bathrooms in the tea houses where you can take a shower and after you go high you might not want to shower often because of the cold weather. Some tea houses charge you for the hot water they provide in the buckets for Shower.

How much money per day do you think I will need? What currency should I take?
Local currency in Nepal is rupees. We recommend you bring US dollars with you to Nepal and exchange them here as this is easily done and is a widely accepted currency. Although you may get a lesser rate on traveler’s cheques, we suggest you carry a mixture of both depending on your needs. The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu.

What do I have to carry with me on trek?
Try not to make the day pack very heavy but don’t miss essential things such as personal items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. You will have a porter helping you will most of the things besides the day pack when you are trekking in Nepal. The porters carry maximum 15 Kgs (can be little more or less depending upon the nature of trekking).

What if I get sick while on trek?
It depends on the seriousness of the health issue. If you have problem with altitude or cramp or something small we will take time and provide basic first aid in the place in case of emergency we will arrange for a helicopter or a horse to bring you to the nearest possible hospital.

Do I need to buy compulsory travel insurance for trekking in Nepal? Where do I buy?
Insurance is a must while going for a trek in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. You can get an insurance that covers health issue, rescue and evacuation and cancellations due to bad weather. We advise you to buy insurance at your home country before coming for trekking in Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan as buying insurance here will be twice as expensive.

Is there any compulsory tipping for Guide/Porters/Drivers etc?
Tipping is completely your personal choice. In Nepal there is no any hard and fast rule for tipping but usually the staff working in tourism gets tips from the guest. You can consult with us regarding the tipping. If you are happy with the services you are most welcome for the tipping.

Are there any communication facilities during this trip?
Most of Nepal is nowadays well connected with cell phone networks. There are cyber café or Wi-Fi in all cities and during the trek even the tea houses have internet services below 3000m but places like Lukla Namche, Tengboche etc are exceptions with internet facilities and good cell phone connectivity so communication is not a problem.

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