How it looks trekking Everest Base Camp via Three Passes?

  • 28 Jul 2019
  • By Travel Adventure Nepal
How it looks trekking Everest Base Camp via Three Passes?

This is an intense 20 Days long trekking adventure at the most challenging circuit on offer categories as one of the most rewarding treks offered in the Nepal. It gives adventurers an opportunity to visit the ever popular Everest Base Camp, while also taking them off the beaten path to some of the most astonishing (and too often missed) sights that Nepal has to offer. It is famous for its circuit that leads the climbers to a circular route covering most of the Everest region covering 3 different passes: CHO LA PASS (5400m), KONGMA LA PASS (5535m) and RENJO LA PASS (5360m). Giving the reward of “Club House of 8000m” wouldn’t be wrong as it provides a spectacular view of World’s highest peak MT Everest along with Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and hundreds of other snow capped Himalayan peaks. 

Why Everest Base Camp via Three passes?

1. The Most Challenging Trek

This trek is challenging and tougher than the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. The distance coverage is longer and also the route involves traversing the three high passes that has given the trek its name: Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La–all of which are over 5,000 m (16,500 ft). The trek program consists of two days of rest and acclimatization period and involves most of your days with around 5-8 hours a day of hiking at high altitudes, which requires a certain level of fitness, determination, and endurance. This trail is a true challenge, even for experienced hikers in the Himalayas. However, if you are up to the task, the Three Passes trek really does offer all the best of the Khumbu region.

2. Off The Beaten Path

Reaching up to The Everest base is a dream most people have in their bucket list with so many facilitators providing treks up its Base Camp everyday, it has become more common and much easier task many can achieve at this age. During peak season, some 500 travelers may head out to the Base Camp every day. However, there are still parts of this vast and beautiful region that remain quieter. The Three Passes diverges from the traditional, and busier, Everest Base Camp route after Namche, and takes you around the backcountry of the extraordinary Khumbu Region. Because it is challenging, and less well known, the trek won't see nearly as many people as on other routes of treks, in fact you can walk for hours without seeing another group on some sections of the trail. This makes for a more immersive, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and offers  a moment to really connect with the breathtaking nature that envelopes you. 

3. Unique Sherpa Village - THAME

Uniquely positioned and known as a gems of this trek is Thame (the sherpa village) that is on offer to explore with this three pass route. For such a small village with less trekking movements, Thame holds a particularly rich and great history. It is most notably home to many famous climbing Sherpas including Kami Rita Sherpa, who set a new record for the most visits to the peak of Everest in May of 2018 with 22 ascents. Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa, also from Thame,  previously tied for this record with 21 summits. In addition to it’s Sherpas, other famous people from Thame include Tibetan Buddhist scholar and philanthropist Lama Zopa Rinpoche who founded the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) with Lama Thubten Yeshe.

Aside from its people, Thame also houses one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region, which is known for its annual Mani Rimdu festival. Unfortunately, during the earthquake in 2015, much of Thame was damaged, including their large stupa, which was totally destroyed. But, thanks to generous contributions to the Stupa Fund, a new, larger one, standing at nearly 46 feet tall has been built using much of the materials from the original stupa. 

Thame is a place unlike any other. It is a village of resilience, beauty, spirituality and strength, and it is an experience that is not to be missed.

4. Round the Path with Stunning Highlights of Everest Region

Making the circuit around those extreme passes, you will mesmerize with the view of popular highlights of Everest Region. Take the opportunity to summit two peaks of Everest Region- Kala Patthar (5,545m) and Gokyo Ri (5,357m) with stunning view of Everest,up-close and personal, in addition to excellent views of the surrounding peaks of Nuptse, Changtse and Lhotse. At the same time Everest Base camp Three pass trek is done as a circuit which means Pass and Base camp at the same time which can be navigate the trek either Clockwise or Anti Clock wise though it is worth noting that when you go counter clockwise–going up northeast to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar first before taking Cho La Pass to Gokyo and snaking back down through Renjo La and Thame to Namche Bazar–the scenery gets progressively better, and acclimatization is easier.



What Travel Adventure Nepal offers you on this Trek?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in EP
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader for each 4 trekkers
  • Porter service
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Travel Adventure Nepal logo’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (TIMS)
  • First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • All government and local taxes
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner


Best Time of Year

Because of heavy snowfall on the high passes during the winter months, these passes, like Cho La, are often closed from late November to Mid-February. June to August is also the rainy season and is not a recommended time for any trek in Nepal. So the best time for this trek is typically in spring from March to May and autumn from September to November when the temperature and weather conditions are at their best.


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