Everest Three
Pass Trek

Experience the beauty of challenge with this epic trek.

Our Everest Three Pass Trek

Short of climbing the mountain itself, the Three Pass Trek is the ultimate Mount Everest trekking 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 the surrounding Himalayan peaks, and introduce you to the rich culture of the Sherpa people who call this region home.

If you’re looking to learn more about the Himalayan region of Nepal and want to push past the standard Everest Base Camp trek, then the Three Passes is for you. Find out more below.




20 days


Grade D

Max Altitude

5555 m
18209 ft

Daily activity

4 -7 hours


Spring &

Dates Available

24 Oct - 13 Nov

Starting from

USD $4,500

Trekking at high altitude requires hard physical effort - you will need exceptional cardio-vascular fitness and to be thoroughly prepared. When you sign up, we’ll ask you to share key performance data and look closely at your past experience. We’ll then work with you to develop an appropriate training program, which will guarantee you the best chance of success. If there are shortfalls within abilities and experience, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to ensure that you achieve your objective.

What the adventure involves

Elite Exped’s Three Passes Trek takes in all the highlights of the Khumbu region of Nepal, including Everest Base Camp, and three high passes at Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La. This will 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 of the most scenic flights in the world. From here, we head out on the same route as the Everest Base Camp trek, taking 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. At this point, you will enjoy 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 La Pass, before turning back towards Lukla.

The Three Passes Trek is certainly a physically demanding challenge and is one that takes 20 days in all. But if you have the required level of fitness, it’s incredibly rewarding. Our itinerary allows for plenty of time to acclimatise and includes rest days so you can soak up the sights, sounds and culture of the towns and villages we pass through.

All in all, 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 Nepal Three Passes Trek will tick all your boxes.

From our clients
Francesca Santoni And Angus Gardiner
EBC 2019

Our safety and enjoyment was always at the front of their minds and we were the envy of all other trekkers we spoke to. Pure class and professionalism throughout!

Manon Vergé
EBC 2017

This was my first trek and it was just amazing ! They organized it very well, I felt safe and I simply let myself be guided! I recommend them with all my hearth because they made my trek a real pleasure!

Christelle Tachon
Mera 2017

They have the knowledge and the power to keep you safe all the way to the Summit... DARE TO DREAM!!!

Our Everest Three Pass Trek itinerary is informed by decades of mountaineering experience.

As with all adventurous activities of this type, however, circumstances may arise where Elite Exped is forced to make alterations, possibly at short notice. While making every effort to adhere to this published schedule, we kindly ask for your patience if the weather, or other naturally occurring circumstances, intervene.

Your daily schedule

  • 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

    Acclimatisation day in Namche, before a 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 Lobuche to Gorak Shep and hike to Everest View Hotel, with an overstay night in Gorak Shep

  • 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 for a free day

  • Day 19

    Leisure day in Kathmandu and Kathmandu Valley

  • Day 20

    Final Departure

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Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Elite Exped, what this expedition involves, and what is required.

If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated FAQ support page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What skillset and fitness level are required?

All Elite Exped expeditions are within extreme high-altitude environments. Because of this, you must provide concise, honest descriptions of relevant experience and current fitness levels. Upon receipt, we will review your experience and respond accordingly.

If we believe there are any shortfalls at this point, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to achieve your goals.

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Why choose
Elite Exped?


Nimsdai Purja, Mingma David Sherpa’s and Mingma Tenzi’s mountaineering groundbreaking records speak for themselves, but our leaders are more than just supremely talented climbers.

While some choose to direct operations from back office, our three directors lead from the front. Their experience in every aspect of guiding and climbing — from fixing ropes to organising logistics — is unparalleled. It's no surprise that they have the industry-leading success rate when it comes to summiting 8,000m peaks.

Beyond this, our handpicked team of guides have also chalked up dozens of successful summits between them.

Safety through

If it’s controllable we control it: this is key to attaining and maintaining our industry-leading strategy for success and safety.

We maximise our options, agility and responsiveness by running self-sufficient expeditions that don’t rely on any other teams to achieve our objectives.

Our team is capable of setting up our own fixed lines (with a proven track record on all 8,000m peaks) and has backups to cover all scenarios. These include everything from secondary oxygen supplies to the ability and experience to operate our own rescue missions if the situation arises.

A unique

With his Nepalese roots and UK residency, our co-founder Nimsdai Purja brings a unique perspective and an unparalleled ability to bridge the gap between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures.

We can assemble trusted teams and networks anywhere in the world, but our founders’ roots are a particular advantage when it comes to summiting the world’s very highest peaks.

An intimate knowledge of how things work on the ground ensures that everything runs smoothly when you’re 8,000m above sea-level.

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The 67km long trek to Annapurna Base Camp is a Himalayan classic. Demanding, but not too demanding, this epic itinerary gives you the chance to walk among some of the world’s most impressive peaks, and come face to face with an 8,000m peak. Along the way, you’ll dive deep in Nepalese culture, discovering a flavour of what makes these mountains so special. As Himalayan specialists, no-one is better placed to guide you on this adventure than Elite Exped.

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