Everest Three High Pass Trek - Clockwise Route

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Clock Wise Everest Three High Pass Trek Highlights

  • Cross Renjo La Pass (5,360 m), Cho La Pass (5,420 m), and Kongma La Pass (5,535 m).
  • Take a thrilling and scenic flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla.
  • Follow the trails into the Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Witness the diverse Himalayan flora and fauna.
  • Traverse picturesque Sherpa settlements, rivers, suspension bridges, waterfalls, and glacier moraines.
  • Get a surreal view of the Gokyo Valley and its glacial lakes—up close and grand view of Mount Everest from Kala Patthar (5,545 m).
  • Spectacular views of Mount Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, and other peaks.
    Hike past age-old monasteries, stupas, chortens, mani walls, and colorful prayer flags.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and traditions of the Sherpa community.

Clock Wise Three High Passes Trek Overview

Everest Three High Pass Trek Clockwise Route is one of Nepal’s most challenging but rewarding trekking destinations. The trek takes you on a whirlwind adventure into Nepal’s Himalayas. You will cross three of the highest mountain passes in the country: Renjo La Pass (5360 m), Cho La Pass (5420 m), and Kongma La Pass (5535 m).

The Three High Pass Trek covers most of the Everest region’s trek destinations. It includes a trek to the secluded Gokyo Valley and a classic Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar route. You will traverse through scenic and dense verdant to arid and glaciated landscapes. The trail passes charming Sherpa settlements, fields, age-old monasteries, valleys, rivers, and waterfalls. You will also trek alongside the turquoise Gokyo lakes and glaciers like the Ngozumpa Glacier and Khumbu Glacier.

While on trek, you will have the opportunity to witness the beautiful Himalayan flora and fauna. You can get an up-close view of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, from the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Similarly, you can also witness the surrounding panoramas, including Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, and more. ​

The trek is best suitable for intermediate and seasoned trekkers. However, trekkers without prior experience can also participate. Remember, it will push your physical limits and test your mental resilience. The Everest Three High Pass Trek combines adventure with a rich cultural experience. The high-altitude regions remain untouched by the modern world. Thus, the locals have successfully preserved their ancient culture and traditions. You will also get to taste the warm Sherpa hospitality and local delicacies.

The trekking adventure begins with a scenic flight to Lukla from either Kathmandu or Ramechhap. Then, you will travel past famous Sherpa settlements like Namche Bazaar, Thame, Lungde, Gokyo Valley, Lobuche, Gorakshep, and more. Everest Three High Pass Trek-Clockwise Route is truly a one-of-a-kind experience!

Three Passes of Everest Three High Pass Trek

Renjo La Pass

During the Trek, you will first cross the Renjo La Pass. The pass sits at an altitude of 5,360 meters above sea level. Trekkers must cross past the pass to reach the beautiful Gokyo Valley. The trail to the Renjo La Pass is the easiest than the other two passes. It requires trekkers to climb on rough terrain, but there are few steep sections. The Renjo La Pass offers majestic panoramic views of Mount Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu.

Cho La Pass

The second high mountain pass trekkers have to conquer during the Everest Three High Pass Trek—Clockwise route is Cho La Pass. At 5,420 meters, it is one of the most frequented passes in the Everest region. This pass connects the Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek. Climbing the pass is challenging as it has steep sections and requires glacier crossing. Most of the time, snow covers the pass. The Cho La Pass offers gorgeous views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche, Everest, and more.

Kongma La Pass

The third mountain pass of the Trek is the Kongma La Pass. Kongma La Pass is the most difficult and the highest of the three high passes. It sits at an elevation of 5,535 meters. Climbing the pass is physically demanding, as its trail has steep sections with rocky terrain. Likewise, trekkers have to cross a few glacial sections. Descending is equally challenging. The Kongma La Pass offers a gorgeous view of Mount Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Everest, and Makalu.

Difficulty of Clockwise Three Passes Trek

Everest Three High Pass—Clockwise route is a physically and mentally demanding trek. It requires a good fitness level, as trekkers have to make steep ascends and descends on mountainous and icy terrain. The daily average trekking hours during the trek are 6 to 7 hours. Depending on the destination, trekkers may even have to walk 9 hours. It is physically strenuous and puts a heavy strain on one’s body.

Another difficulty of the trek is the high altitude and the risk involved. The trek’s highest point is Kala Patthar, which is 5,545 meters. The lower oxygen level in the atmosphere results in trekkers experiencing various altitude-related sickness symptoms. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and without immediate medical assistance, they can be fatal.

Climbing to the high mountain passes requires great physical strength, stamina, and endurance. Trekkers must overcome cliffs, rocky and icy terrain, narrow sections, and glacial crossings. Unpredictable weather can make the climb even more difficult. While these challenges can push your physical limits, they are also mentally draining. Thus, the Everest Three High Pass—Clockwise route requires proper and adequate preparation.

Weather Conditions During The Trek

Despite the season, altitude highly influences a region’s weather and climatic conditions. The weather also becomes unpredictable as you ascend to higher altitudes. During the Everest Three High Pass Trek, you will travel from low-altitude areas to high altitudes above 5000 meters. So, you will experience varying temperatures. Here is a brief of the different seasons and weather conditions.

Spring (March to May)

Spring is one of the best times to trek in Nepal. This season offers pleasant weather with moderate temperatures for the Everest Three High Pass Trek. The precipitation level is low, so there is minimal chance of rainfall, but there can be occasional rain showers. The flora and fauna are the most active at this time of the year. Trekkers can enjoy the trails of colorful, blooming forests of rhododendrons and Himalayan wildflowers.

The sky is clear, and the visibility is brilliant. Thus, one can enjoy the gleaming snow-capped mountain panoramas. The temperature at lower altitudes ranges between 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. However, the temperature in higher areas remains cold and ranges between -5 to 10 degrees Celsius.

Summer (June to August)

As spring transitions into summer, there is a rise in temperature across the country. Likewise, the monsoon season also enters Nepal. Lower areas receive heavy rain, making the trails wet, muddy, and slippery. Rain clouds cover most of the views, as visibility is relatively poor. The heavy rain also increases the risk of landslides and mudslides.

Because of the hazards, summer is not ideal for trekking Everest Three High Pass. It makes trekking more challenging. The temperatures in the lower areas range between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius, while the temperatures at higher altitudes can reach 5 to 15 degrees Celsius.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is another best time for the Everest Three High Pass Trek and is also a peak season for trekking in Nepal. The season is a favorite among trekkers due to the stable weather and mild temperature. Visibility is also excellent, as the rain from the prior season cleanses the surroundings. Similarly, the autumn foliage adds colors to the vibrant landscapes.

The autumn season offers one of the most spectacular mountain views. However, it starts to get chilly as the season progresses. The daytime temperature of lower altitude regions is between 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. The temperature of higher altitudes can range from 10 to -5 degrees Celsius.

Winter (December to February)

As the winter season begins, the temperature starts to drop. The temperature of higher elevations plunges to freezing. Heavy snowfall can also cause the risk of avalanches and blockage of high mountain passes. Similarly, the trails get icy and slippery. It is incredibly challenging to trek in such harsh weather conditions. However, many seasoned trekkers prefer winter for an adventurous trek experience.

Trekking in winter requires a lot of meticulous planning and preparation. Trekkers will also need specialized equipment. The daytime temperature of lower altitude regions ranges from 5 to 10 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the nighttime temperature can get from -10 to -5 degrees Celsius or even lower.


01 DAY

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel - 1400m

A Glorious Himalaya representative will pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport and help you transfer to the hotel. You will have some time for refreshment after check-in. Then, our senior Sherpa guide will come to meet and provide you with a brief orientation about the upcoming trek. They will also answer your queries if you have any. After orientation, you can spend your time exploring around the city and bustling markets. You can try Nepali cuisine in a traditional Nepali restaurant and retire for the day.

02 DAY

Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2610m) - 3-4 hrs trek

We will take an early morning flight to Lukla. The scenic flight will give us the first glimpse of the Himalayan ranges and Everest region’s landscapes. After a 35-minute flight, we will land on the steep mountain runway of Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla. From here, we will begin our trek.
The trail follows the Dudh Koshi River on the east side. We must also descend to the Thado Koshi River while crossing several suspension bridges. The trek is short and takes around 4 hours. The Phakding village lies at an elevation of 2,610 m, and we will stay overnight here.

During the peak trekking season, you will take a flight from Manthali Airport, Ramechhap, to Lukla. It is ideal to avoid the crowded Tribhuvan Airport and air traffic. However, you must drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap, which can take 4 to 5 hours.

03 DAY

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) - 6 hrs trek

After breakfast in Phakding, we will continue our trek towards Namche Bazaar. The trail goes north along the Dudh Koshi River banks. Then, it enters the dense forests of rhododendrons through Monjo Village to the Sagarmatha National Park entrance. There is a checkpost at the entrance, where we must show our permits.

From here onwards, the trail ascends through dense woodlands and rocky trails. We will keep moving upstream until we reach the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers junction. Similarly, we will see Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and other peaks. Finally, after crossing several bridges, we will reach Namche Bazaar.

04 DAY

Acclimate day at Namche - Hike up to Everest View Hotel

On this day, we will take an acclimatization day. Namche Bazaar is a picturesque town and trading center of the Everest region. It is also famously known as the “Sherpa Capital.” There are several luxury accommodations, restaurants, the world’s highest pub, and souvenir shops. The bustling and vibrant market is also full of amusing tiny local shops.

Since staying active during acclimatization is crucial, we will take a short hike to Everest View Hote. The hotel is slightly higher than Namche, at 3,880 m. The hotel offers excellent services and mountain views. It is one of the best vantage points to enjoy the views of Mount Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Everest. After the excursion, we will return to our hotel in Namche.

05 DAY

Trek to Thame (3820m) - 5 hrs trek

From Namche Bazaar, we will follow the Bhote Koshi River through dense forests of rhododendrons and pines. En route, we will pass by the mud-plastered stupa at Phurte and Thamo Gompa. Then, the trail descends steeply to Khumbu Hydroelectric Plant. After climbing downhill for a while, we will reach Thame at the end of the Khumbu Valley.

Thame village is home to some of the world’s most renowned Sherpas. Tenzing Norgay, the first person to climb Mount Everest, and Appa Sherpa, who climbed the summit 21 times, were from Thame. The village also offers stunning views of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde peaks.

06 DAY

Trek to Lungde (4500m) - 5 hrs trek

Our destination for the day is Lungde. After breakfast, we will begin trekking north towards Marulung. En route, we will pass several charming settlements like Thambuteng, Hungmo, and Taranga. Similarly, the trail passes several green highland pastures where you can see yaks grazing before arriving at Maralung. The village sits above the Bhote Koshi River.

From here, you will follow the ancient salt trading route between Nepal and Tibet. Several ancient Tibetan settlements are along the way. Then, we will begin climbing uphill to Lungde. As we get closer to the village, the mountain views get closer.

07 DAY

Acclimatization day

We will take another acclimatization day at Lungden. It will help our body adapt to the growing altitude. On this day, we will prepare for a high mountain pass climb the following day. We will explore around the village. We can visit the ancient Nakpa Valley, the old trading route to Tibet. Likewise, we can take a short excursion hike to Cho Relmo Lake.

08 DAY

Trek to Gokyo (4790m) via Renjo La Pass (5360m) - 8-9 hrs trek

We will begin our trek to Gokyo via Renjo La Pass on this day. The trek starts with relatively easy trails but soon becomes demanding as we get closer to Renjo La Pass. The mountain pass is at an altitude of 5,360 meters. Once at the top, we can get the majestic views of Mount Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu. Similarly, we can also catch sight of Dudh Pokhari and the villages around it.

Then, we will slowly descend from Renjo La Pass. It is essential to be careful as the trail can be icy and slippery. Finally, we will reach the Gokyo Valley. The valley sits right next to a beautiful turquoise lake. We will rest overnight in the valley.

09 DAY

Rest day. Hike up to Gokyo Ri for surreal Gokyo valley view - 3-4 hrs hike

We will have a rest day at Gokyo. After breakfast, we will hike up to the Gokyo Ri viewpoint, which is at 5,357 meters elevation. From here, we can get a surreal view of the Gokyo Valley and surrounding mountains. Similarly, we can get incredible views of Thonak Tsho Lake and Ngozuma Tsho Lake.

The Ngozumpa Tsho Glacier lies three kilometers north of Gokyo. Five minutes from the glacier lies the Scoundrel’s viewpoint, which offers mesmerizing mountain views. Likewise, we can also see the Cho Oyu Base Camp and the Ngozumpa Glacier. The Ngozumpa Glacier is one of the country’s longest glaciers. It flows down the Gokyo Valley and passes near the Gokyo Lakes.

10 DAY

Trek to Thangnak (4750m) - 6-7 hrs trek

After resting at Gokyo Valley, we will resume our trek to Thangak. We will cross the Ngozumpa Glacier. Then, we will make several ascends and descends. The terrain becomes rougher and rockier, making the trek more difficult. The vegetation around the trekking route is sparse and barren.

The trail then descends to a valley on the eastern glacial moraine. A few hour’s walk from the second lake, we will arrive at Thangnak. We will stay overnight at a teahouse in Thangnak.

11 DAY

Trek to Dzongla (4830m) via Cho La Pass (5420m) - 7-8 hrs trek

We will begin our trek early in the morning, ascending to Cho La Pass and heading towards Dzongla. The Cho La Pass is at an altitude of 5,420 m. The trail ascending to the pass has steep sections, and we must also cross a glacier on the eastern side. As we get higher, the trail gets slippery, and the frozen rocks make the ascension more challenging.

Numerous colorful prayer flags adorn the top of the Cho La Pass. Similarly, we can get stunning views of Kyajo Ri, Numbur Himal, Tengkangpoche, Kangchung, and several other snow-capped peaks. Then, we will descend steeply by crevasses and alpine meadows to Dzongla.

12 DAY

Trek to Lobuche (4910m) - 5 hrs trek

After breakfast in a teahouse at Dzongla, we will head towards Lobuche. The trail goes alongside the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and descends alongside the Chola Lake. Similarly, we will come across a memorial for the Sherpas who lost their lives during Mount Everest expeditions. Then, the trail goes lower and west of the Imja Khola Valley to Lobuche. From here onwards, we will rejoin the classic route of Everest Base Camp.

13 DAY

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) then return to Gorakshep for overnight stay (5140m) - 8 hrs trek

Today is an exciting day for us as we will climb Everest Base Camp. We will begin an early morning trek to Gorakshep and head towards the base camp. We will first head to Gorakshep, leaving our belongings at a teahouse. Then, our ascent to the base camp begins.

We must trek on rocky, rough terrain, passing the beautiful Khumbu Icefall. When we reach Everest Base Camp, the majestic towering mountains greet us. We can get an up-close view of Everest, along with Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, and other peaks. Similarly, we can see bright-colored tents of expedition teams scattered around. You will have time to take photos and explore for a while. Then, we will descend back to Gorakshep.

14 DAY

Hike to Kala Patthar (5545m) and then descend to Lobuche (4910m) - 7 hrs trek

Our day begins early on this day as well. Today, we will first hike to Kala Patthar, a popular viewpoint. The viewpoint offers an even more spectacular view of Mount Everest than the Everest Base Camp. We will enjoy the sunrise view from Kala Patthar. It is one of the most beautiful sunrises you can observe. It is enchanting to see the golden sun rising amidst the snowy peaks.

Then, we will return to Gorakshep for breakfast. We will then head towards Lobuche and stay there overnight.

15 DAY

Trek to Chhukung (4730m) via Kongma La Pass (5535m) - 8 hrs trek

From Lobuche, we will descend to Chhukung via Kongma La Pass. The Kongma La Pass takes us to an elevation of 5,535 meters. It is the most challenging of the three passes. The trail goes alongside the frozen lakes, and a mummy-wrapped crane denotes the pass. We must make a steep uphill climb and cross a few glacial sections. Once we reach the top of the pass, we can see Mount Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Baruntse, and more.

After descending from the Kongma La Pass, we will head east of Nigyang Khola Valley. Then, we will enter the Chukkung village. No permanent settlements are here, but we can see beautiful green pastures. Likewise, we can see Island Peak and Amphu Lapcha from here.

16 DAY

Trek to Tengboche (3860m) - 7 hrs trek

After breakfast, we will trek towards Chubejung Kharka. Then, the trail descends to Imja Khola Valley and towards Dingoche. En route, we will cross the Pheriche village and Orsho. From here, the route goes along the Imja Khola’s west bank.

We will continue descending to Pangbochee and Deboche. En route, we will also pass by several monasteries. After a 7-hour trek, we will reach Tengboche village. It is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region, the Tengboche Monastery. We will visit the monastery and learn about its significance.

17 DAY

Trek to Monjo (2835m) - 6 hrs trek

Today, we will descend on the trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River and into dense rhododendron forests. We will head towards Namche Bazaar and then descend towards Larja Dobhan. As we continue descending, we can glimpse Mount Everest and Lhotse at a distance.

After reaching Larja Dobhan, we will pass under a bridge, and the trail will continue along the Dudh Koshi River. After Jorsale, we will have to cross a suspension bridge. Then, we will climb steeply for a short while to reach Monjo.

18 DAY

Trek to Lukla (2800m) - 6 hrs trek

On this day, we will begin our trek to Lukla after breakfast. The trail goes alongside the Dudh Koshi River and makes a steep descent. Similarly, we will trek on the familiar forest trail of rhododendrons, oaks, pines, and firs. We will stay overnight at a lodge in Lukla.

19 DAY

Fly back to Kathmandu or Ramechhap

We will take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. But during the peak trekking seasons, all the Lukla flights fly to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap. From Ramechhap, you must take a 4-hour drive to Kathmandu. The weather at Lukla is infamous for changing rapidly and causing flight delays or cancellations. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel. You can spend your remaining time as you please.


20 DAY

Farewell - Departure from Nepal

Our representative will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. We hope your time in Nepal was memorable and enjoyable. Have a safe journey!

Price includes

  • All the airport pick-ups and drop-offs are by private vehicles.
  • Total 19 nights of accommodations at the hotels and local teahouses throughout the journey.
    2 nights of 3-star standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city inclusive of breakfast.
    17 nights of twin-sharing local lodges accommodations while on the trek.
  • Meals on full board during the trek in the mountain region. (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Seasonal fruits as a dessert every evening after dinner.
  • An experienced and government-certified guide for the trek.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu–Lukla–Kathmandu) including airport taxes.
  • Rain protection duffel bag and sleeping bag to use for the trek. (provided on request)
  • All the necessary trekking permits and paperwork for the trek.
  • First aid medical kits with oximeters to measure your pulse and oxygen level while on the trek.
  • Trip achievement certificate after the successful trip completion.
  • All the government taxes and company service charges
  • In the end, we offer a Nepalese cuisine farewell dinner in Kathmandu with a cultural dance performance.
  • Pre-meeting at Kathmandu before the trek.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Nepal entry visa.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu hotel stay.
  • Extra hotel nights in Lukla and Kathmandu if other than the itinerary.
  • Your personal expenses such as the use of WIFI, hot shower and charging while on the trek.
  • Gratitude to the guides and porter.
  • Porters are available at an additional cost.
  • Excess baggage of more than 10 kg for Lukla flight.


Traveller’s Review

We went on a guided Everest Three High Pass Trek clockwise route with guide Ganesh and porter Ramesh from Glorious Himalaya company. It was an unforgettable adventure in our lifetime.

Our guide Ganesh and Ramesh’s unwavering support made crossing the challenging passes of Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La seamless and safe. Their local knowledge and warm hospitality enriched the experience, making it a perfect trek for anyone seeking the ultimate Himalayan journey.

Thanks a lot for the great support.

Visited in May 2024


We recently did the Everest 3 high pass trek clockwise with the supportive Glorious Himalaya Team.

Company owner, Ganesh managed everything properly and our guides Uru Ghale and Porter Sandip were very supportive and experienced.

My wife (45y) and I (48y) successfully did all 3 passes that are Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La though it was tough and challenging.

Thanks to the entire team of Glorious Himalaya who seamlessly assist us during our Nepal stay.

We are planning to do a Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek with this company on our next visit.

Without any doubt, this team will make your Nepal trip remarkable. We strongly recommend Glorious Himalaya company.

Wishing you all the best.

Visited in April 2024

Best regards,

Carla and Jason from Germany



Can beginners join the Everest Three High Pass Trek - Clockwise Route?

The Everest Three High Pass is a challenging trek that requires reasonable fitness, strength, and stamina. Prior experience is not necessary, but having one helps. So, any trekker, including a beginner, can participate. Anyone joining the trek must make proper physical and mental preparations. We suggest trekkers undertake cardiovascular exercises and training that enhances their stamina, strength, and endurance a few months before the trek.

How long does the Everest Three High Pass Trek - Clockwise Route take?

The Everest Three High Pass Trek—Clockwise route takes 18 to 21 days to complete. It is a high-altitude trek whose highest point is 5,545 meters above sea level. Hence, the trek itinerary must have days set aside for acclimatization. It is crucial for minimizing the risk of altitude sickness and for the overall well-being of the trekkers.

Do I need to hire a guide for the Everest Three High Pass Trek?

Hiring a licensed and experienced guide offers immense logistical support during the Everest Three High Pass Trek. Guides have the skills and expertise to ensure trekkers’ safety. They also have training in providing first aid during emergencies. They offer valuable insights into the region’s culture, tradition, and lifestyle. Similarly, they help trekkers communicate with the locals.

Is the Three Passes trek clockwise or anticlockwise?

You can do the Everest Three High Pass Trek either clockwise or anticlockwise. When you do the Three Passes Trek clockwise, you will first cross the Renjo La Pass (5360 meters). Meanwhile, you will first cross the Kongma La Pass (5535 meters) during the anti-clockwise trek.

What permits are necessary for the Everest Three High Pass Trek?

Trekkers will need the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit for the Everest Three High Pass Trek. They can obtain the permits through government-registered trekking agencies.

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