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Three High Passes & Peaks

The Ultimate Challenge in the Everest Region - one to really test your body and mind!

Are you ready to take on the most famous, all-encompassing and most challenging trek in the Hiamalays?

The three high passes and peaks trek (sometimes called just the '3 passes' because, for reasons we don't understand, many groups don't get to climb all the peaks - they just.. look at them) takes in all of the highlights of all the other treks in the Everest region - the best valleys, the best passes and the best peaks, plus views. Not only do we cross three stunning high passes but we also climb three of the most fantastic peaks that can be accessed without a full blown mountaineering expedition.

First we must cross the Renjo La pass (5465m), looking over into wild Tibet, before dropping down past the stunning blue Gokyo lakes where we'll make a pre-dawn start to tackle Gokyo Ri (5357m) and be rewarded with stunning sunrise views over the Ngozumpa Glacier, to Everest and more in the valley beyond. From Gokyo Ri we go on to face an exhilarating glacier crossing and a tough climb up to the peak of the winter wonderland, glacier covered Cho La pass (5420m), which will lead us down into the Everest Valley and on to Gorak Shep. We'll tackle Kala Patthar (5545m) in time to watch the sun set on Mount Everest and let the stars guide us down from the summit, before we follow Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's infamous footsteps to Everest Base Camp (5365m) the next morning. From this valley we must cross the ever fluid Khumbu glacier, not far from the all powerful icefall, before making our way up a challenging route to the Kongma La pass (5535m) which often throws it's own set of extra challenges at us thanks to the ever changing conditions. The final assault for our trek-beaten bodies will be the highest altitude reached in any of our treks.. the "middle peak" summit of Chukhung Ri (5559m) where we'll see the whole Khumbbu region laid out from a brand new and much less often seen perspective.

Our local staff are paid a decent living wage, get provided with all the right gear and are always well looked after. We pride ourselves on our ethics.

Few things in our lives will ever be this challenging...

If you believe you're ready for the ultimate challenge, often as psychologically difficult as it is physical, then we invite you to join us as we cross Sherpa country in the best way imaginable!


Fast Facts

  • Max altitude: 5559m / 18,238ft
  • Trek length: 19 days
  • Difficulty:
  • Sleeping: Hotels / Teahouses
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Sometimes we have to get a little lost, to find ourselves

To take on a trek like this, is to really immerse yourself in the mountains and the wilderness. More than that, it's opportunity to remove yourself from the madness and the trappings of the modern world. It's a chance to reconnect with the Earth, a chance to reconnect with yourself.

Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1: Welcome dinner & briefing
  • Day 2: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Monjo
  • Day 3: Monjo to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 4: Acclimatisation hike, return to Namche
  • Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Thame
  • Day 6: Up the Bhote to Lundge
  • Day 7: Renjo La Pass Crossing to Gokyo
  • Day 8: Gokyo Ri Sunrise Summit
  • Day 9: Ngozumpa Glacier Crossing
  • Day 10: Cross the Cho La Pass
  • Day 11: Dzonglha to Lobuche
  • Day 12: Kala Patthar Sunset Summit
  • Day 13: Everest Base Camp
  • Day 14: Khumbu Glacier & Kongma La Pass
  • Day 15: Chukhung Ri Summit
  • Day 16: Tengboche via Dingboche
  • Day 17: Descent to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 18: Namche to Lukla
  • Day 19: Return Flight to Kathmandu

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Memorable Moments

Climb Kala Patthar

Climb the challenging summit of Kala Patthar - 5545m altitude. Stand in the shadow of the mighty Pumori as you watch the sun go down on the top of the world.

Reach Out

High altitude trekking is a challenging experience and the people you're with start to feel like family. An adventure like this can form lifetime frendships.

Experience Altitude

5000m (16400 ft) is high enough to sky-dive. Oxygen and atmospheric pressure are lower, thinking and moving are both more challenging. How will you go?

Why choose us?

  • A Fair Deal

    We pay our staff properly. We make sure they have the right gear and the right insurance. We take pride in our ethics.

  • Staying Safe

    Your safety is our priority. We make sure we always have ample, well trained guides on every trek, prepared for any eventuality.

  • Support Nepal

    We source all of our staff equipment from Nepali companies, mostly family owned. This helps to ensure prosperity for hundreds of local people, not corporations.

  • Expert Advice

    If you can't find what you're looking for in our Nepal trekking advice pages, we offer a free Q&A advice service for all our customers.

What's included

  • Hotel in Kathmandu on the night before the trek
  • Welcome dinner, briefing and cultural show the night before the trek
  • Awe inspiring (and a little hair raising) flights to/from the mountains
  • Experience all the major valleys in the high Khumbu
  • Hotel in Kathmandu on the night after the trek
  • Airport transfers for domestic flights
  • Airport meet & greet on arrival into Kathmandu
  • Comfortable Teahouse style accommodation during the trek
  • Breakfast every morning (except arrival day of course)
  • Hot drink of your choice every morning
  • High quality sleeping bags provided for trek
  • English speaking, skilled & experienced Nepali group leader
  • Ample additional English speaking guides for the group
  • Well paid local porters to carry your gear
  • Proper, quality mountain gear to keep our porters safe and warm
  • Insurance of all staff, including porters
  • Trekking permits and Sagarmatha National Park entry fees
  • Full pre-departure briefing and trip information

What's not included

  • International flights / transport
  • Nepal visa fees (payable on arrival)
  • Trekker's travel insurance
  • Evening meals, drinks and luxuries on the trek
  • Personal needs (e.g. laundry, postcards)
  • Tips for your Guides & Porters
  • Tourist attractions in Namche Bazaar

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