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Short of climbing the mountain itself, the Three Pass Trek is the ultimate Mount Everest experience. Taking you deep into the Khumbu region of Nepal, this trek will offer you the most stunning views possible of the world’s highest mountain, and introduce you to the rich culture of the Sherpa people who call this region home. If you’re looking to learn more about Nepal, and want to push past the standard Base Camp trek, the Three Passes is for you.

What the adventure involves

Royal Nepal Group’s Three Passes Trek takes in all the highlights of the Khumbu region of Nepal, including Everest Base Camp, and three high alpine passes at Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La, that take you over 5,000m above sea level.

Beginning in Kathmandu, we explore the temples, stupas and busy bazaars of the Nepalese capital before catching a plane to Lukla, one the most scenic flights in the world. From here, we head out on the same route as the Everest Base Camp trek, taing in the Khumbu Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, the monastery village of Tengboche, and climbing up to 5,545m above sea level to reach Kala Patthar, from where you will have a stunning view of Mount Everest itself.

After visiting Base Camp, we leave the crowds doing the Everest Base Camp trek behind, and head on towards the Cho Lo Pass, and past the glacial blue water of the Gokyo lakes towards the last of our 5,000m passes, the Renjo Lo Pass, before turning back towards Lukla.

It’s a physically demanding challenge that takes 20 days in all. But if you have the required level of fitness, it’s incredibly rewarding. Our three passes trek itinerary allows for plenty of time to acclimatize, and rest days so you can soak up the sights, sounds and culture of the towns and villages we pass through. 

Royal Nepal Group is an entirely Nepalese-run, with our record-breaking leaders priding themselves on their ability to bridge the gap between western and Himalayan climbing cultures, and offer the best of both worlds. Their mountaineering prowess is well-documented, but perhaps more importantly, their safety record is second to none, and the handpicked guiding team they have assembled to lead Elite Exped’s trips and treks are all trained in the latest high altitude rescue and recovery techniques.

Because we’re used to operating at above 8,000m, nothing on an Royal Nepal Group trip is left to chance - and that includes our treks. We oversee every aspect of every expedition, keeping as much in-house as possible, so we’re self-reliant.

We know this region intimately, and speak the language ourselves. Our local knowledge further bolsters our ability to operate safely, but it also allows us to offer you insights that other operations can’t. If you’re looking to make the most out of a trip to the Khumbu region, and you’re ready for a tough physical challenge, the Three Passes Trek will tick all your boxes.


Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day 02

Trip preparation and trip briefing with welcome dinner

Day 03

Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Day 04

Trek from Phakding to Namche

Day 05

Acclimatize day in Namche; Hike to Everest View hotel and Sagarmatha National Park Museum

Day 06

Trek from Namche to Thame

Day 07

Trek from Thame to Lungden

Day 08

Early start trek from Lungden to Gokyo viaa Renjo La Pass

Day 09

Early morning hike to Gokyo Ri and trek to Thagnak

Day 10

Early morning start of trek from Thagnak to Zongla via Chola Pass

Day 11

Trek to from Zongla to Labouche

Day 12

Trek from Labouche to Gorakshep and hike to Everest View Hotel; Overstay night in Gorakshep

Day 13

Early morning hike to Kalapathar for Sunrise view and trek descend to Labouche

Day 14

Early start trek from Labouche to Chukung via Khongma La Pass

Day 15

Trek from Chukkung ri to Pangbouche

Day 16

Trek from Pangbouche to Namche

Day 17

Trek from Namche to Lukla

Day 18

Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel; free day

Day 19

Leisure day in Kathmandu/Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley

Day 20

Final Departure


  • Arrival & Departure: Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop)
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu on bed & breakfast Basis- Twin Bedroom
  • Welcome Dinner: One Welcome Dinner in Kathmandu with the Office’s Staffs
  • Permit: All necessary paper works: Sagarmatha National Park permits, All entry fees, and government fees
  • Insurance: Insurance for all involved Nepalese staffs during the trek
  • Trekking Map: Everest Region Trekking map
  • Member transportation: Air Transportation: (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla & returning Lukla - Kathmandu, with Guide as per itinerary
  • Member Luggage: Up to 15 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by porters
  • Lodging & Food: Food 3 meals a day (BDL; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek
  • Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek
  • Comprehensive Medical kit.


  • Air Fare: International flight fare (to/from Kathmandu) Personal transportation beyond the aforementioned programs
  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Lunch & Dinner: Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, Boiled water, beer, coke, and Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears & Equipment
  • $50 USD for an extra porter per day (If extra porter demanded)
  • Tips: Tips for Guide, porters, and staffs
  • Note: At times Climbers have been delayed in Lukla awaiting return to KTM. During these times when Airplane cannot fly, Helicopter flights can be arranged (subject to their availability). The cost is approximately $400 paid by the trekker
  • Any other item not listed in the “Price Includes” section.

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All Elite Exped expeditions are within extreme high altitude environments, with differing requirements for ability. Due to the nature of these operational landscapes it is essential you provide concise, honest descriptions of relevant experience and current fitness levels. Upon receipt we will review your experience and respond accordingly. At this point if we consider there to be any shortfalls, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to achieve your goals.

All accommodation is included from the initial meeting point through to the end of the expedition. We always choose the highest quality hotels, even when travelling through more remote areas with less established infrastructures.

Our base camp accommodation is also of the highest quality and comfort and can be completely tailored to the demands of global lifestyles. We can discuss options and your needs during the booking phase.

All communal equipment is included ie. high quality ropes, stoves, tents etc. You are responsible for personal gear and clothing, eg. harness, crampons, helmet, ice axes etc. A full essentials list and advice (if required) will be provided at time of booking.

We will cover all transport costs detailed within an expedition programme. This will exclude international flights to and from the destination countries. It is your responsibility to ensure these align with the start and finish of the expedition.