Ultimate Everest three passes trek | Web’s No. 1 guide

Extended post alert: This will be an in-depth guide on how to do the Everest three passes trek independently on your own!

In 2022, I planned to go on a trekking with my hiking buddies Fluffy and Charlie to walk through the three passes of Everest. After completing the Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley, we were confident about our abilities.

However, when we reached the entrance of the Sagarmatha national park, we were disappointed to discover that domestic pets were only allowed up to this point. As a result, we had to turn back from Monjo.

But we didn’t let that stop us. Instead, we embarked on the Pikey peak trek with Dudh Kunda and had an equally fantastic experience. This trek could be a great way to acclimatize before attempting the Everest three passes trek.

If you’re interested, you can check out this video for a preview of what Pikey peak is like.

I left two of my trekking buddies in Kathmandu, embarked on a solo trek to Everest three passes, and climbed a 6000 meters peak.

This post will cover everything you need to know about any trek in the Everest region rather than just being focused on the Everest three passes trek only.

I will only cover a detailed day by day itinerary of my Everest three passes trek itinerary, outlining the itinerary for other routes. The rest of the factors are the same as any trek route you have planned.

Everest three passes trek overview

When it comes to trekking in Nepal, Everest three passes trek is the ultimate challenge for experienced hikers. With its breathtaking views and rugged terrain, this trek is perfect if you crave adventure and want to push yourself to the limit.

Get ready to test your fitness and endurance as you navigate challenging trails and steep inclines. If you’re up for the challenge, the Everest three passes trek awaits you.

You’ll cross three high passes for incredible views of Mount Everest and its neighbors. This trek involves a challenging adventure to the famous Everest base camp, but the stunning scenery and sense of accomplishment make it worth it!

Everest three passes trek quick facts

Distance | 177 km - 110 miles
Days | 16 - 18
Highest Elevation | 5545 m - 18192 ft
Difficulty | Challenging
Permits | SNP entry permit and local municipality permit
Guide | Optional
Accommodation | Teahouse
Cost | USD 1200 - 4000 

Where is Everest three passes?

Solu Khumbu district of Nepal

Everest three passes trek itinerary

Depending on your time and interest, you can add any side trips along the way, or do the Everest three passes trek in any directions. I have done it a total of 18 days including Island peak climbing, so a 17 days of hiking, 1 day of climbing & 1 day of flying out.

Day 01Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding
Day 02Phakding to Namche Bazar
Day 03Acclimatization day
Day 04Namche Bazar to Thame
Day 05Thame to Mislung
Day 06Mislung to Gokyo via Renjo La pass
Day 07Afternoon hike to Gokyo Ri
Day 08Gokyo to Thagnak
Day 09Thagnak to Lobuche via Chola pass
Day 10Lobuche to Gorakshep (Afternoon hike to Kalapatthar)
Day 11Gorakshep to Lobuche (Morning hike to Everest base camp)
Day 12Lobuche to Chukung via Khongma La pass
Day 13Chukung to Island peak base camp
Day 14Summit Island Peak and hike down to Chukung
Day 15Chukung to Pangboche
Day 16Pangboche to Namche
Day 17Namche to Lukla
Day 18Lukla to Kathmandu
Everest three passes trek and Island peak outline itinerary

Note: I stayed two nights in Gokyo to catch the sunset from Gokyo Ri, you can skip that to make the Everest three passes trek itinerary 17 days in total including Island Peak.

Island Peak Climbing Guide
That’s me on the summit of Island Peak

Alternative trekking route variations in Everest other than three passes trek

Everest base camp trek | 12 days itinerary

Day 01Kathmandu to Luka to Phakding
Day 02Phakding to Namche
Day 03Acclimatization day
Day 04Namche to Tengboche
Day 05Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 06Acclimatization day
Day 07Dingboche to Lobuche
Day 08Lobuche to Gorakshep (Afternoon hike to Kalapatthar)
Day 09Gorakshep to Pheriche (Morning hike to EBC)
Day 10Pheriche to Namche
Day 11Namche to Lukla
Day 12Lukla to Kathmandu

Everest view trek | 7 days itinerary

Day 01Kathmandu to Luka to Phakding
Day 02Phakding to Namche
Day 03Acclimatization day
Day 04Namche to Tengboche
Day 05Tengboche to Monjo
Day 06Monjo to Lukla
Day 07Lukla to Kathmandu

Gokyo Chola pass Everest base camp trek | 13 days clockwise itinerary

Day 01Kathmandu to Luka to Phakding
Day 02Phakding to Namche
Day 03Acclimatization day
Day 04Namche to Dole
Day 05Dole to Machhermo
Day 06Machhermo to Gokyo (Afternoon hike to Gokyo Ri)
Day 07Gokyo to Thagnak (Morning hike to Gokyo 4th lake)
Day 08Thagnak to Lobuche via Chola Pass
Day 09Lobuche to Gorakshep (Afternoon hike to Kalapatthar)
Day 10Gorakshep to Pheriche (Morning hike to EBC)
Day 11Pheriche to Namche
Day 12Namche to Lukla
Day 13Lukla to Kathmandu

Gokyo Chola pass Everest base camp trek | 15 days anti clockwise itinerary

Day 01Kathmandu to Luka to Phakding
Day 02Phakding to Namche
Day 03Acclimatization day
Day 04Namche to Tengboche
Day 05Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 06Acclimatization day
Day 07Dingboche to Lobuche
Day 08Lobuche to Gorakshep (Afternoon hike to Kalapatthar)
Day 09Gorakshep to Dzongla (Morning hike to EBC)
Day 10Dzongla to Thagnak via Chola Pass
Day 11Thagnak to Gokyo (Afternoon hike to Gokyo Ri)
Day 12Gokyo to Dole
Day 13Dole to Namche
Day 14Namche to Lukla
Day 15Lukla to Kathmandu

Gokyo Renjo La pass Thame trek | 11 days itinerary

Day 01Kathmandu to Luka to Phakding
Day 02Phakding to Namche
Day 03Acclimatization day
Day 04Namche to Dole
Day 05Dole to Machhermo
Day 06Machhermo to Gokyo (Afternoon hike to Gokyo Ri)
Day 07Gokyo to Mislung via Renjo La pass
Day 08Mislung to Thame
Day 09Thame to Namche
Day 10Namche to Lukla
Day 11Lukla to Kathmandu

5 thoughts on “Ultimate Everest three passes trek | Web’s No. 1 guide”

  1. Found you from your YouTube, such a bummer that they didn’t let you hike with Charlie and Fluffy in Everest. Where are you taking them next?

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    • Glad to have you here Alex 🙂 We already hiked Kanchenjunga circuit, we didn’t film but I am working on another in-depth blog on trekking around Kanchenjunga.

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  2. I am planning Gokyo Chola Pass and EBC Trek in autumn 2024, I noticed two versions on your post where one is 13 days and the other is 15 days. Which itinerary would you recommend, is one better than the other?

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    • There is no significant difference in these itineraries compared to each other. The only difference is 15 days take you to EBC first and need additional acclimatization after Namche.

      Sometime it may not be possible to cross the Chola pass due to weather conditions, so if EBC is more important go with 15 days to make sure you get to the base camp even you may miss Gokyo.

      Difficulty wise, I would say both are similar regardless of direction to cross Chola Pass.

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