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Highlights

Overview

Three Pass trek in the Everest region is one of the most sought out trek  in the Himalayas as it covers most of the region on its circular route as well as being a bit secluded from the classic EBC trek.  The three pass trek is more challenging than the classic Everest Base Camp trek as you walk three high passes all over 5000 m namely Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass, Khongma La Pass, and also Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp.  

The starting point of this trek is similar to the classic route i.e. the popular Lukla, before heading north along Namche Bazaar. From Namche, the route goes to the west splitting from the main route and heading up to the Dudh Koshi Valley, the legendary Sherpas home town Thame village where the first pass of the trek lies – Renjo La pass (5359 m). This pass has stunning views of some majestic 360 degree panorama like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho-Oyu and the turquoise Gokyo lakes. 

After crossing the Renjo La, you reach Gokyo valley from where you turn east crossing one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayas i.e. Ngozumpa Glacier to get to Thangnak. You encounter the second pass of the trek, Cho La (5416 m) after leaving Thangnak. This pass is physically demanding as the routes might be covered with snow most of the times which makes your trek more tricky. But the walk is totally worth it as the views from up above will compensate all your tiredness and effort. 

After the second pass, you will have the opportunity to explore the classical Everest Base Camp as well as soaking up some of the best views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and other surrounding peaks when you climb the vantage point of Kala Patthar. Finishing this, you traverse the final pass of the trek – Khongma La Pass (5,535 m) then getting down to the famous Imjatse valley on the main Island peak site trail.

The Three Passes Trek is an idyllic adventure in Nepal and Some of the major highlights of the Three Pass Trek are walking in the Thame valley, which is also known as the monastery village, experiencing the unique culture of the Sherpa people, taking in the beauty of Gokyo valley and its picturesque lakes and obviously relishing the magnificence of the surrounding peaks. This trek also introduces trekkers to the remote and untouched Nangpa La Valley. 

You have two acclimatizing zones during this trek, Namche Bazaar and Gokyo village. Acclimatizing is the process of adjusting your body with the high altitude and trekkers tend to do this by hiking in a high altitude but sleeping in the same altitude they started in. During the acclimatizing day at Namche, there are many hiking options for you to choose. You could hike up to Tenzing Hillary View Point, which gives you amazing views of the valley and the peaks nearby. Additionally, you could also go to Khunde and Khumjung, which are the ancient Sherpa villages letting you observe the traditions of Sherpas. From Gokyo, you have two hiking choices. Gokyo has 5 lakes in total. The three lakes can be seen from the top of Renjo La but the other two are about 3 km northwest of Gokyo village. You can hike up to the two lakes namely Thonak Tsho and Ngozumpa Tsho, which will take 4-5 hours depending on the level of your fitness for the return trip from Gokyo. The other hiking choice from Gokyo, which is walking up the Gokyo Ri (5361 m), is optional as the vista from the top of Gokyo Ri is the same as from Renjo La. The trail is a rocky one and you have to climb almost 650  m vertical from Gokyo to get to Gokyo Ri.


Getting There

Mostly, the trek in the Everest region starts from Lukla after a 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu. You get to see an amazing view of the mountains that is only if your seat is on the left side of the plane. The option to fly to Lukla from Kathmandu might not be available at the moment as the Tribhuwan International Airport is being renovated and direct flights to Lukla only flies from Manthali Airport in Ramechhap. Ramechhap is about 130 km southeast of Kathmandu and is about 3-4 hours drive depending on the traffic. 

If you have plenty of time and want to experience the hilly village life, then you can start from Jiri or Phaplu. To get to Jiri, you can either hire a jeep or take a bus from Kathmandu. Jiri is about 185 km east of Kathmandu and will take about 7-8 hours to reach there. After the ride, you take a day break and start hiking early the next day from Jiri. The hike from Jiri takes you to a really scenic route with classical villages in between like Shivalaya, Deurali, Junbesi, Kharikhola and the iconic Lamajura Pass. If you decide to go to Phaplu, there is a 4×4 jeep from Chabahil that takes you 270 km east of Kathmandu via Khurkot. But only opt these options if you have a copious amount of time in your hands. 

No matter how you decide to get to Lukla, you won’t regret the experience. After crossing Lukla, the path is an easy walk with a couple of ups and downs but not too much daunting. The trail follows the Dudh Koshi River until you reach Namche. The hike till Namche isn’t generally exceptional in terms of the view, but you get to walk on different terrains and cross staggering high suspension bridges. Namche is the hub to start and end the three passes trek. Trekkers either follow the classic route to EBC from Namche or they take an alternative route on the other side from Thame. It is best to spend an extra day for acclimatization at Namche before you cross the passes. Regardless of the route you choose, you’re certain to have an experience of a lifetime.

If you feel dubious about going to the Everest region as it is crowded most of the time, don’t worry as the trail to the three passes are relatively clear. You are sure to have a ton of solitary time to enjoy the majestic mountains in peace. 

Food & Accommodation

Like every remote region in Nepal, the Everest Three Pass Trek accommodation will be in typical teahouses and lodges although you might get luxury hotels in the lower altitude of the trek which is in Namche, Phakding and Lukla. Enjoying the luxury is really rare in the high altitudes. The rooms will be simple yet comfortable, the charging facilities might be available at an extra cost and hot showers are impossible to find in the highlands. Most of the teahouses have a common fireplace in the dining area which will keep you warm and safe from the chilling cold weather. If you’re in the main EBC trail, you might be in a company of many trekkers so you might have to book your place in the fireplace sooner.

As for the food, almost all lodges serve typical Nepalese food. Even at such a high altitude, you come across Wi-Fi cafes and fancy coffee shops. You can get anything you want for a certain price from yak burgers to pizzas, pasta to sizzlers and many more. At such high altitude, eating meat is not recommended though. Sticking to dal-bhat will be the best option as it will restore energy and fuel you up with good calories. The price of the drinks and food increases with the increasing altitude. It is recommended you carry Aquatablets as some of the trekkers might not be comfortable drinking water straight from the tap. 

Best Time to Visit

As with all treks in Nepal, it is recommended to avoid the winter months as well as the peak summer months during the monsoon season. The best months to do the Three Pass Trek would be April-May and October-November that provide the most stable and dry weather conditions for trekking.

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