Three Passes with Lobuche East Peak

Three Passes with Lobuche East Peak
  • Duration23 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Hard
  • Maximum Altitude 6119m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Group Size 1+
  • Accommodation Hotel/Teahouse/Lodge
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Best Season March to May and September to December

Three Passes with Lobuche East Peak is an exhilarating expedition that combines trekking through three high mountain passes in the Everest region of Nepal with the challenging ascent of Lobuche East Peak. This adventure offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, remote trails, and the thrill of conquering a Himalayan peak.

Undertaking the Three Passes with Lobuche East Peak expedition is a physically demanding and challenging endeavor. Prior trekking experience, physical fitness, and proper acclimatization are essential. It is highly recommended to embark on this adventure with experienced guides or mountaineering companies who can ensure your safety, provide the necessary equipment, and guide you through the intricacies of the route and the climb.

Overall, the Three Passes with Lobuche East Peak expedition is a thrilling and rewarding experience that combines the beauty of high mountain passes with the exhilaration of summiting a Himalayan peak. It offers a unique blend of adventure, natural beauty, cultural exploration, and a true sense of accomplishment in the heart of the Everest region.

  • Renowned Mountain Passes: The Three Passes route takes you through three high-altitude mountain passes: Renjo La Pass (5,388m/17,513ft), Cho La Pass (5,380m/17,650ft), and Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft). Crossing these passes offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Remote and Less Crowded: The Three Passes route is less traveled compared to the popular Everest Base Camp trek. As a result, you'll have the opportunity to experience the wilderness, solitude, and tranquility of the region, away from the crowds.
  • Scenic Landscapes: The journey takes you through diverse landscapes, including glacial valleys, alpine meadows, rugged terrains, and picturesque villages. You'll encounter beautiful lakes, towering mountains, and breathtaking panoramas at every turn.
  • Technical Mountaineering: Climbing Lobuche East Peak requires technical mountaineering skills, including the use of crampons, ropes, and ice axes. The ascent involves crossing glaciated terrain, negotiating steep slopes, and navigating through crevasses.
  • Majestic Summit Views: From the summit of Lobuche East Peak at an elevation of 6,119m (20,075ft), climbers are rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. The vistas from the top are truly awe-inspiring.
  • Himalayan Achievement: Reaching the summit of Lobuche East Peak is a significant accomplishment. It offers a sense of pride and fulfillment, allowing climbers to celebrate their mountaineering skills and immerse themselves in the grandeur of the Everest region.
  • Sherpa Villages: Along the journey, you'll have the opportunity to visit traditional Sherpa villages such as Namche Bazaar, Dingboche, and Pangboche. These villages provide insights into the unique Sherpa culture, their warm hospitality, and their connection to the mountains.
  • Buddhist Monasteries: The region is dotted with Buddhist monasteries, including the famous Tengboche Monastery. These monasteries offer a peaceful and spiritual atmosphere, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local religious traditions and practices.

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 2:Free Day in Kathmandu and Preparation for Trek and Climbing
Day 3:Flight from Kathmandu (1400m) to Lukla (2800m) then Trek to Phakding (2652m)
Day 4:Trek from Phakding (2652m) to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 5:Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 6:Trek from Namche Bazaar (3440m) to Thame (3800m)
Day 7:Trek from Thame (3800m) to Marlung (4137m)
Day 8:Trek from Marlung (4137m) to Lungdeng (4600m)
Day 9:Trek from Lungdeng (4600m) to Gokyo Lake (4800m) via to Renjo La Pass (5465m)
Day 10:Hike to Gokyo RI (5330m) then Trek to Thaknak (4750m)
Day 11:Trek from Thaknak (4750m) to Dzongla (4850m) via to Cho La Pass (5367m)
Day 12:Trek from Dzongla (4850m) to Gorakshep (5160m)
Day 13:Trek from Gorakshep (5160m) to Everest Base Camp (5357m) then Return to Lobuche
Day 14:Trek from Lobuche to Lobuche Base Camp (4950m)
Day 15:Trek from Lobuche Base Camp (4950m) to High Camp (5400m)
Day 16:Ascend from Lobuche High Camp (5400m) to Summit (6119m) then Back to High Camp
Day 17:Trek from Lobuche High Camp to Lobuche
Day 18:Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung (4730m) via Kongma La (5535m)
Day 19:Trek from Chhukung (4730m) to Tyangboche (3867m)
Day 20:Trek from Tyangboche (3867m) to Monjo (2680m)
Day 21:Trek from Monjo (2680m) to Lukla (2800m)
Day 22:Flight from Lukla (2800m) to Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 23:Final Departure from Kathmandu


    Notes: The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is redirected to Ramechhap due to traffic congestion and a high influx of tourists during the high season. The high tourist season in Nepal is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). In the season of tourism, there are many international and domestic flights operating in different sectors which is more than capacities of the small Tribhuban international airport. Due to this reason, there is the problem with air traffic and delays in Lukla flights too. Lukla flights are only in the morning time and it does not fly during day time due to heavy wind and foggy weather on the way to Lukla. If the flights are from Ramechaap, there is no issue of air traffic and flight duration is also less than from Kathmandu. Flight to Ramechhap will add 5 hours approx. to your journey. It seems like an added inconvenience but let’s see the brighter side

    Cost Details

    1. Arrival & Departure by Private Car

    2. Accommodation in a standard hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on sharing basis

    3. All meals are prepared by our experienced cook during the climb

    4. All accommodation and food in lodges before base camp

    5. All Domestic Flight tickets with Airport Tax

    6. All camping equipment and gear, including two-person tent, dining tent, toilet tent, porter tent, and Kitchen tent

    7. All camping equipment, including kitchen equipment, tables, chairs/stools, etc

    8. Porters/pack animals to carry all personal gear and group equipment

    9. Experienced Guide/Escort

    10. Private Transport from Kathmandu to/ from trek starting and ending points

    11. Basic first Aid kit

    12. Trekking maps

    13. Trekking permit & fees, National Park entry fees, Conservation fees

    14. Insurance for all staff

    15. High altitudes chamber bags (PAC) for very high altitudes


    1. International Air-fare

    2. All bar bills during the trek (soft drinks, hot drinks & alcoholic drinks)

    3. PCR Tests

    4. Items of personal drinks, Dessert, and main meals in cities

    5. Your Travel Insurance

    6. Hot showers during the trek

    7. Personal trekking equipment

    8. Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

    9. Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is respected but it is not obligatory)

    • Everest shares the border with Nepal and Tibet, an autonomous region of China. At 8,848.86 meters (29,032 feet), it is the tallest point on Earth above sea level. 

    • The trek generally takes around 18 to 21 days to complete, depending on the specific itinerary and your pace.

    • Yes, prior trekking experience is recommended for the Everest Three Pass Trek. The trek involves steep ascents, long hikes, and high-altitude conditions, requiring a good level of fitness and familiarity with trekking in rugged terrains.

    • Essential items to pack include warm clothing layers, a good quality sleeping bag, sturdy trekking boots, a backpack, a down jacket, a rain jacket, trekking poles, a first aid kit, high-altitude medication, water purification tablets, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera.

    • Yes, altitude sickness is a concern during the trek, as you will be crossing high mountain passes. Proper acclimatization, staying hydrated, ascending gradually, and being aware of symptoms are crucial. It's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before the trek.

    • The Everest Three Pass Trek is considered a challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness, endurance, and stamina. It involves long and steep ascents and descents, as well as walking for several hours each day at high altitudes.

    • The Everest region is home to various wildlife, including Himalayan thar, musk deer, snow leopards (rarely spotted), and a variety of bird species. However, spotting wildlife requires luck and patience.

    • Teahouses along the route offer a variety of meals, including Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, and Western dishes. Dal bhat (lentil soup with rice), momo (dumplings), noodles, pasta, and fried rice are commonly available. Vegetarian and vegan options are also offered.

    • It's advisable to carry enough cash in Nepalese Rupees to cover your expenses during the trek. ATMs are available in some larger villages, but they may not always be reliable or accessible, and it's better to be prepared.

    • There are rescue services available in the Everest region in case of emergencies. It's important to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuations. Contact local authorities or your trekking agency for assistance in case of emergencies.

    • The three highest passes are Kongma La Pass, 5,535 m/ 18,159 ft, Cho La Pass, 5,420m /17,782 ft and Renjo La Pass 5,360 m /17,560 ft . 

    • Like most of the trekking in the Everest Region, trekking in the Three Pass in Everest requires two main permits.

      Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
      Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance
      [Note: TIMS card is not required for this trek]

      1. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
      Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit can be obtained at the Entry Gate in Monjo.

      The cost of the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit is different for people of different countries.

      For Nepalese – Rs. 100 (Nepali) / 0.84 (USD),

      For SAARC countries -Rs. 1500 (Nepali) / $12 to $13 (USD),

      For Other countries -Rs. 3000 (Nepali) / $24.5 to $26 (USD),

      Note: The above cost is per person and costs an additional 13% VAT.

      Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit
      Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit can be obtained at Lukla.  it can’t be obtained at Kathmandu.

      The cost of the permit to Khumbu Rural Municipality is the same for all nationals which is NPR 2000 or $16 to $18. However, the cost is applicable for 4 weeks only.

      If you decide to visit for more than 4 weeks, you have to pay  NPR 2500 which is equal to 20 to 22 USD.

    • Three Pass trek is one of the longest trekking done in Nepal. The trekking distance ranges between 160 kilometers(99 miles) and 185 meters(115 miles), depending upon the side trips you take.

      And the distance from Kathmandu to Lukla is additionally 138 km which is just a 30-minute flight.

    • Three Pass Trekking is one of the hardest destinations around Everest. You will walk through the three passes which all are above 5300 meters. The trek is classified as Difficult trek and  EBC Trekking is classified as Intermediate.

      And you will be walking for around 5-8 hours of constant walking through the varying lands.

      Walking in the rough, steep, and sloppy paths along with the snowy paths are toiling but rewarding. It will give you a lifetime experience.