We are the only company in the world who have an expedition leader and doctor on all Three Passes expeditions, while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Established in 2007, we offer high-altitude trekking and mountaineering in some of the most breathtaking locations around the world.
Trekking The Three Passes
Our 23-day Three Passes Trek itinerary takes a much less travelled, circular route to Everest Base Camp. Although tough, with a number of long days, this trek showcases the very best the Khumbu region has to offer, and is a truly rewarding experience for those with a bit more time and a good level of fitness. As a level 6 expedition, it is much more demanding than our “standard” 18-day Everest Base Camp trip (Level 4).
From Namche Bazaar we head west along an incredibly scenic but more remote course in a clockwise direction, following the traditional trading route with Tibet along the Bhote Khosi river. We visit the small villages of Thame and Lungden, making time to take in the traditional Nepalese way of life as we acclimatise. Thame is home to many famous Sherpas including Kami Rita Sherpa, who set a new record for the most visits to the peak of Everest in May of 2023. Each night we stay in locally run tea houses, enjoying the warm welcome of our hosts and the inviting heat of the stove as we remove our boots after a long day’s trekking. We spend two nights in Gokyo village, known for its glorious turquoise-coloured lakes, and reach Everest Base Camp (5,364m) on Day 14 of the trek. The final leg of our journey takes us over Kongma La, the highest of the three passes, to reach Chukkung, before we start the descent back to Lukla.
Although it is a trek all the way, there are many challenges and this expedition should not be underestimated. We cross three high passes; Renjo La (5,360m), Cho La (5,420m), and Kongma La (5,535m), all of which offer panoramic views across the imposing Himalayas. Optional, but absolutely worthwhile, is the chance to summit three (non-technical) peaks; Gokyo Ri (5,360m), Kala Patthar (5,550m), and Chukkung Ri (5,550m).
The Three Passes trek is ideal for those with a good level of fitness and plenty of perseverance! We climb above 5,000m on seven occasions, so previous experience at this altitude is preferable. Treks like Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp are ideal experiences prior to taking on this expedition.
Three Passes Expedition Costs & What’s Included
The total cost of trekking the Three Passes is highlighted above. You are required to pay a €399 deposit to secure your spot. You can pay the remaining balance by instalments or in full. All fees must be paid three months prior to departure.
Your fees include the following:
- International flights from Dublin to Kathmandu return (Economy Class) Internal flights in Nepal
- Experienced expedition leader
- Experienced expedition doctor
- Training Weekend
- Earth’s Edge team of guides, cooks, and a full support team
- All accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels in Kathmandu and in tea houses elsewhere
- All meals and drinking water, except in Kathmandu and Ramechhap where accommodation is based on B&B
- A celebratory dinner
- All transport throughout the expedition
- All group gear consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment etc.
Flying From The UK?
You are more than welcome to join us from the UK. If so, you can select the ‘exclude flights’ option on the checkout. You can then book your own international flights to Kathmandu.
Read our Three Passes Trek Blogs
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Depart Dublin for Kathmandu. Overnight flight.
Arrive in Kathmandu, Transfer to Ramechhap.
Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to Ramechhap.
Fly Ramechhap to Lukla (2,860m); Trek Lukla to Phakding (2,610m), 3 hrs.
Morning flight to Lukla. Trek to the village of Phakding via Choblung and Ghat following the Dudh Kosi.
Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 8 hrs.
A stunning day on the trail with views of Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,511m), Nuptse (7,879m), Ama Dablam (6,856m) and Taweche (6,542m) if the weather is clear.
A full day in Namche Bazaar with an acclimitisation hike. Visit to the National Park museum with the option of visiting the Sherpa museum too.
Trek Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,800m), 4-5 hrs.
We trek to the small Sherpa village of Thame where some the world’s most famous mountaineers grew, including Apa Sherpa and Tenzing Norgay.
Trek Thame to Lungden (4,380m), 5-6 hrs.
We trek along the Bhote Khosi (“River From Tibet”) up towards Lungden.
Rest and Acclimatisation Day in Lungden.
Another night in Lungden to ensure we are sufficiently acclimatised before our first high pass tomorrow.
Trek Lungden to Gokyo via Renjo La Pass (4,790), 7-8 hrs.
A big day, as we cross the first of our three high passes - Renjo La Pass (5,360m), en route to Gokyo village.
Rest and Acclimatisation Day in Gokyo.
A rest day with optional hikes to keep us busy, including Nepal’s longest glacier, Ngozumba.
Ascend Gokyo Ri and trek to Dragnag (4,700m), 3-7 hrs.
An early morning start and a steep three hour climb will bring us to the summit of Gokyo Ri (5,360m) for sunrise. Option to stay in Gokyo and rest until the afternoon. Descend to Dragnag.
Trek Dragnag to Dzongla via Cho La Pass (4,830m), 8-9 hrs.
A long and more challenging day towards our second high pass - Cho La (5,420m). A long and more challenging day on the trek. Descending to Dzongla.
Trek Dzongla to Lobuche (4,940m), 4 hrs.
A short and relatively easy day today to Lobuche. Relax for the afternoon in Lobuche before another big day tomorrow.
Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep (5,164m), 9 hrs.
We climb to Gorakshep for lunch before reaching Everest Base Camp, a highlight of the expedition. Descend to Gorakshep.
Ascend Kala Patthar. Trek Gorakshep to Lobuche (4,940m), 8-9 hrs.
Optional sunrise hike to summit the trekking peak of Kala Patthar (5,550m). Return to Gorakshep for breakfast before retracing our steps back to Lobuche.
Trek Lobuche to Chhukung via Kongma La Pass (4,700m), 8-9 hrs.
We tackle our last high pass, the challenging Kongma La (5,535m). Descend into the beautiful Imja Valley to Chhukung.
Ascend Chhukung Ri. Trek Chhukung to Pheriche (4,371m), 8-9 hrs.
The final big challenge, an optional trek to the summit of Chhukung Ri (5,550m).. After we descend to Chhukung, then to Pheriche. Overnight tea house.
Trek Pheriche to Tengboche (3,860m), 4 hrs.
An easy descent to Tengboche, with close-up views of Ama Dablam.
Trek Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 4 hrs.
Descend all the way back to Namche Bazaar. You have some time for shopping in the afternoon.
Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m), 8 hrs.
Our last day of trekking takes us back to Lukla.
Fly Lukla to Ramechhap, transfer to Kathmandu.
We fly back to Ramechhap in the morning and transfer back to Kathmandu. Enjoy a celebratory meal in the evening. Overnight hotel.
Kathmandu to Dublin.
Free time to explore Kathmandu before departure.
Arrive in Dublin.
Arrive back in Dublin. Expedition ends.
The mountainous north of Nepal is home to eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. It is also home to more than 240 peaks over 6,000m above sea level.
The people of the Khumbu region are called Sherpas, and have adapted to living at high altitude for generations. Sherpas are key sources of climbing expertise, advice, and help. Most Sherpas under the age of 50 tend to have a good level of English.
The traditional Sherpa village of Thame holds a particularly rich and great history. Most notably, it is home to many famous Sherpas including Kami Rita Sherpa, who set a new record for the most visits to the peak of Everest in May of 2023 with 28 ascents.
Thame also houses one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region, which is known for its annual Mani Rimdu festival.
The Gokyo lakes are the world's highest freshwater lake system comprising of six main lakes, and are considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists.
Best time to trek to the Three Passes?
The best time to attempt your Three Passes Trek is in May or October. Early spring and winter may make the trail unpassable due to ice, and views are likely to be obscured by low clouds and fog.
What do you need to trek the Three Passes?
We have an extensive packing list detailing what you should bring with you while trekking the Three Passes. You can view this packing list here.
How to prepare for the Three Passes Trek
We have classified the Three Passes Trek as a level 6 expedition. For more information about our levels system, click here. This is a relatively long trek, with an average of six hours of walking per day. We expect participants to have a very good level of fitness, and good stamina is essential. For many people, it will be the hardest physical challenge of their lives. The group moves at a comfortable pace and nobody is ever left behind. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to contact us if you have any concerns regarding your level of fitness, health or ability to complete the trek. We recommend that you read our detailed document on the Three Passes before signing up. You can read this document here.
Earth's Edge is a certified B-Corp. In fact, we are the highest scoring B-Corp in Ireland. We are passionate about sustainable travel, bettering the lives of the people connected with the company and minimising our environmental impact.
We plant 8 native trees in Nepal for each person that travels with us in partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects. If you would like to plant more, please contact email@example.com. Each extra tree costs €0.75 cents. Learn more about our tree planting here.