Everest Three Passes Trekking is challenging and adventure-filled trekking in the Everest Region of Nepal. Much of the trek takes place inside the Sagarmatha National Park which was established in 1976 with the view of protecting the pristine ecosystem of the region. This trek takes us to three famed passes in the vicinity of Everest. These passes are Cho La Pass (5,368 m), Kongma La Pass (5,535 m), and Renjo La Pass (5,338 m). Collectively these passes are known as the ‘three passes of Everest’.
The Everest Three Passes Trekking starts with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Lukla airstrip is located in the eastern part of Nepal. It is situated at a trekking distance of one to two days from Namche Bazaar, the town which is better known as the ‘Gateway Town to Everest’. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is a thrilling affair. You will first get to see the complete view of the Eastern side of the Himalayas of Nepal from up above the sky. Then the landing experience at Lukla airport is one to cherish for a lifetime. The airport is located between gigantic peaks hence the last-minute descent into the valley where the strip is situated is completely thrilling.
We will head to Namche Bazaar from Lukla. Then we will trek towards Chukung through villages like Dingboche, Tengboche, and Pangboche. This village houses some of the most ancient and largest monasteries in the region.
The Tengboche monastery is the oldest Monastery in the Khumbu Region. We will cross our first pass – the Kongma La Pass – while trekking for Lobuche from Chukung. The Kongma La pass is the highest altitude one among the three passes of the Everest region.
We will head towards Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar from Lobuche. The Khumbu Glacier forms the path between Lobuche and Everest Base camp. Everest Base Camp (EBC) provides a stunning view of the surrounding mountains and the Khumbu Ice Fall. We will head towards Kala Patthar (5,545 m) from Everest Base Camp. Kala Patthar provides one of the best views of the mountains in the Everest Region.
We will cross Cho La Pass while on our way to Gokyo Valley. The Gokyo Valley is home to six beautiful freshwater lakes and a village called Gokyo. We will stay at Gokyo Village for the night and trek to the top of Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) mountain the next morning.
The Gokyo Ri hilltop is equal to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar in terms of the spectacle on view from the place. We will cross the last pass – the Renjo La Pass – while on our way to Namche Bazaar from Gokyo Village.
The entire trek takes place inside the Sagarmatha National Park which is located in the Khumbu Region. The park is home to some of the rarest species of plants, birds, and animals. The Sherpa people are the main inhabitants of the region. They are hardworking and very hospitable apart from being world-famous mountain climbers. The people of the region mainly practice Buddhism. Animal Husbandry and agriculture is the main occupation of the people of the region.