Three Passes Trek
Three Passes Trek Overview
The Everest region is one of the most explored destinations in Nepal as it has so much to offer. Three passes trek which lies in the Everest region is its ultimate trekking adventure, crossing three passes over 5000m, Kongma La (5535m), Cho La (5380m), and Renjo La (5388m). It is important to know that it is one of the most difficult treks and best suited for experienced trekkers. It follows the route of Everest base camp before splitting off and taking you all over 3 passes which offer an amazing view of the Himalayas and Mount Everest.
The trail passes through Sagarmatha National park which includes lots of rare flora and fauna, several Sherpa settlements, remote alpine highland areas, beautiful landscapes, and the Khumbu glacier. Everest three-pass trek provides the thrill and adventure but requires great physical and mental fitness. Some mountaineering skills are also needed for this trek since the passes are frozen. Three pass trek is relatively less explored than an Everest base camp. So basically, you can enjoy a peaceful journey in the off-beaten path.
Marvel Trek is a licensed expedition company. It has been providing best facilities and services to its climbers since 1998 along with some great experiences. We not only keep your safety as the priority. But also guide you to fulfill your wish of experiencing the thrill of climbing a mountain. The entire team of Marvel Trek is full of professionals who will be there to support and guide you throughout your mountaineering adventures.
Highlights of Three Passes Trek
- Cross three of the popular and difficult passes of Nepal
- Explore the beautiful Khumbu valley
- Experience the traditions and hospitality of the Sherpa people.
- Close-up view of Mount Everest along with the other Himalayas.
- Day 1- Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding, 35 minutes flight, 3 hours walk
- Day 2- Phakding-Namche Bazar, 5-6 hours walk
- Day 3- Namche Bazar-Thame, 6-7 hours walk
- Day 4- Thame-Lungdhen, 4-5 hours walk
- Day 5- Lungdhen-Renjo La- Gokyo, 8-9 hours walk
- Day 6- Gokyo-Thangna, 4-5 hours walk
- Day 7- Thangna-Cho La pass-Dzongla, 6-7 hours walk
- Day 8- Dzongla-Lobuche, 3-4 hours walk
- Day 9- Lobuche-Gorakshep-EBC, 7-8 hours walk
- Day 10- Gorakshep-Kalapathhar-Lobuche, 6-7 hours walk
- Day 11- Lobuche-Khong La-Chukkung, 8-9 hours walk
- Day 12- Chukkung-Dengboche, 5-6 hours walk
- Day 13- Dengboche-Tengboche, 3-4 hours walk
- Day 14- Tengboche-Phakding, 8-9 hours walk
- Day 15- Phakding-Lukla, 4-5 hours walk
- Day 16- Lukla-Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight
Safety and difficulties of Three Passes Trek
Three passes trek is categorized as a challenging and difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to three passes is all about walking 5-7 hours per day for at least 15 days. This only reason is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, maybe snowy in off-seasons. The maximum height in this trek can be Kalapathhar (5644m) with other high passes on the way. It is best to complete the three-pass trek counter-clockwise. Clockwise is not recommended due to its steep altitude gain of crossing the Renjo La pass first. There is also a high risk of mountain sickness. The primary cause of altitude sickness is a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. It’s important to carry handheld oximetry. Oxygen saturation below 75% may be a risk.
Symptoms of Mountain sickness
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeats
Preventing mountain sickness
- Walk slow
- Stay hydrated
- Have nutritional food
- Have enough rest
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
Medicines for mountain sickness
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Clothing and equipment
|Trekking shocks||Torch lights|
|Water proof pants||Sunglasses|
|Water proof jackets||Beanies and gloves|
|Warm shirts and t shirts||Medicines|
|Thermal tops and bottoms||Toiletries|
|Fleece jacket||Safety kit|
|Down jacket||Hand sanitizers|
|Trekking pole||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Raincoats||Trash bag and tissue papers|
|Sleeping bags (optional)||Charger/adapters|
|Duffel bags||Power banks|
|Raincoats||Cooking gas (optional)|
|Cooking utensils (optional)||Passport|
|Passport size photographs||Permits|
Travel insurance- Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you.
Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.
Visas/passports- If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.