For the fit trekker with enough time, the most interesting approach to Everest Base Camp is via the Renjola. This is a small pass that links the Bhote Kosi valley with the Gokyo valley.

In early 1950 an Everest training and reconnaissance expedition, led by British John Jackson and supported by local Sherpas, were tracking a snow leopard that had attacked their yaks the previous evening. The snow leopard led them up a hill, past a small lake and through a gap in the rocky peaks, a route even unknown to the local Sherpa people. Originally named, ‘The Pass of the Snow Leopard’, it was later changed by the Japanese to the Renjo La.

The Bhote Kosi valley, also known as the Thame valley, is the main trail leading to Tibet. At both the beginning and the end of the season caravans of yaks carrying heavy loads, and decorated with brightly plaited manes and tails, can be seen going up and down the valley. Their wild-looking Tibetan herders head either into Namche Bazaar or home via the Nangpa La.

A stay in Thame offers you an opportunity to visit the home of the famous Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first Nepalese to successfully climb Everest. One can also visit the tiny monastery perched high on the hillside. This monastery is still very much as it was originally built and as it was when Tenzing Norgay Sherpa lived here.

Everest Three Passes Trek


  • Total Duration: 23 Days
  • Max Elevation: 5,550 Meters
  • Trek Grading: Strenuous to Challenging
  • Best Months: March to May and October to November
  • Journey Starts/Ends: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu and local lodges on the trek.

Trek Highlights

  • World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • Magnificent mountain views.
  • Unique Sherpa culture.

Dates & Prices

Dates: Although this trip is currently unscheduled, contact us about organizing this destination for you or your group. The best months are between March to May and October to November.

Prices: Contact us with your group size and needs and we’ll work out the best possible price for you.

Outline Itinerary

Tour Days

  • Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
  • Day 02: Briefing on trek and guided city sightseeing

Trek Days

  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla and commence trekking to Phakding (2,635m)
  • Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
  • Day 05: A day in Namche Bazaar for acclimation
  • Day 06: Trek to Phortse (3,860m)
  • Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,420m)
  • Day 08: Trek to Chukung (4,730m)
  • Day 09: A day in Chukung for acclimation, take a hike to Chukung Ri (5,550m)
  • Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4920m) via Kongma La Pass (5,550m)
  • Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,180m) and take a hike to Everest Basecamp (5,365m)
  • Day 12: Hike to Kala Pattar (5,550m) and trek to Lobuche (4920m)
  • Day 13: Trek to Dzongla (4,830m)
  • Day 14: Trek to Thagnak (4,678m) via Chola Pass (5,420m)
  • Day 15: Trek to Gokyo (4,760m)
  • Day 16: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,370m)
  • Day 17: Trek to Lungdhen (4300m) via Renjo La Pass (5,420m)
  • Day 18: Trek to Thame (3,800m)
  • Day 19: Trek to Monjo (2,840m)
  • Day 20: Trek to Lukla (2,840m)

Return to Kathmandu

  • Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 22: A leisure day in Kathmandu
  • Day 23: Final departure

Trip Extensions

Do you wish to extend your trip to include more time, additional destinations, or both? Let us know and we’ll help you plan it out.

(These trips can also be extended or modified to fit your schedule.)

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