Three High Crosses Trek


This challenging route takes trekkers over the ‘three high passes’ of Renjola 5320m Chola 5340m and Kongma La 5535m. The three week long trek connects the beautiful vallies of Thame Valley, Gokyo Valley and the Khumbu Valley, with it’s famous glacier and Everest base camp perched just beside it. Providing the most extensive and formidable trekking in the Sagarmatha region, with countless stunning views of the world’s tallest mountains, this trek cannot fail to impress and inspire!

Beginning at Lukla after a scenic flight from Kathmandu, the route begins on the expedition trail, working it’s way up through the heartland of the Sherpa people with their famous hospitality and Buddhist traditions. After a stay at Namche Bazaar, the trail ascends to the higher valleys where we make the passes. At many varied points on the trail there are outstanding views of Mt Everest 8848m, Choyu 8188m, Maklu 8463m. While in Gokyo valley we encounter the peaceful blue holy mountain lake at Gokyo, and a number of other high altitude lakes. The trail culminates in its challenging ascent of Kala Pattar 5550m, from where there are unrivalled 360 views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks.

This trek is recommended for the fitter and hardier trekker. The length of time on the route combined with the number of steep ascents at high altitude mean this route is not for the faint hearted. It can also provide an excellent challenge for those in training for peak climbing and mountaineering in the future.

As with all our treks, we can be flexible with the itinerary and can adjust many details according to your time, availability and special interests.

At a Glance

Cross 3 major high passes in the Everest area with spectacular view

Visit old Buddhist monastery in Thame

Trail from clockwise direction for crossing


Day 1   Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport Kathmandu. Pick up by Sherpa Brothers treks representative, transfer to hotel check in and welcome drink from receptionist. Rest and briefing about trip, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 2   Half day sightseeing around world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and preparation for the trip. In the evening welcome dinner offer from Sherpa Borthers at typical Nepalese restaurant, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 3   Morning scenic flight to Lukla (2,840m / 9318ft) and trek start to Phakding (2,652m/8701ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 3 hours

Day 4   Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,446m / 11306ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours

Day 5   Rest day, hike to world highest point hotel Everest view hotel (3800m), O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours

Day 6   Trek to Thame [3,820m / 12,533ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours

Day 7   Trek to Lungden [4,300m / 14,104ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours

Day 8   Lungden cross Renjo pass (5,338m / 17,509ft), and trek to Gokyo (4,800m / 15,744ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 8 hours

Day 9   Rest day, hike to top of Gokyo Ri (5,330m / 17,483ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours

Day 10   Trek to Thaknak (4,750m / 15,580ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours

Day 11   Thaknak, cross Cho-la Pass (5367m / 17604ft) and trek to Dzongla (4,850m / 15,908ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 8 hours

Day 12   Dzongla to Lobuche (4,900m/16,072ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours

Day 13   Labuche to Gorakshep [5,160m / 16,929ft) and hike to world highest peak Mt Everest base camp (5,316m / 17,437ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 8 hours

Day 14   Early morning before sunrise hike to top of highest point of trek Kalapathar (5,550m / 18,204ft) and trek to Labuche (4,900m /16,072ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 6 hours

Day 15   Lobuche cross Kongma La (5,535m / 18,159ft) and trek to Chhukung, O/N in tea house : Approx 9 hours

Day 16   Chhukung to Tyangboche (3,867m / 12,684ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours

Day 17   Tyangbuche to Manjo (2,835m / 93,02ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours

Day 18   Monjo to Lukla (2,800m / 9,186ft) trek ends, O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours

Day 19   After having early morning breakfast, flight to Kathmandu rest, free time and last minute shopping in Kathmandu, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 20   Extra day for mountain weather contingency

Day 21   As per flight time, pick up from hotel and drop 3 hour earlier to international airport for home departure

Day 22  

Services Includes

    • Accommodation and 3 times meal during 17 days Three high pass trekking period
    • Professional and experience license holder trekking guide salary and insurance
    • Porter salary, equipment s and insurance
    • Airfare to Lukla and back to Kathmandu with guide
    • Standard hotel with deluxe BB in Kathmandu for 4 nights
    • Sagarmatha National park and TIMS permit
    • Private transport for airport receive and departure in Kathmandu
    • Trip route map
    • Warm sleeping bag
    • Half day word heritage sites sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Duffel bag for packing daily trip gears
    • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu

Services Excludes

    • Personal nature expense, bar and beverage bills
    • Personal insurance
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and during the trek
    • Unforeseen accidental rescue
    • Days beyond the itinerary
    • Gratitude to staff


Additional Information

During this trip several part of the trail integrates the demanding walking rank. Due to raise altitude level and variable geographical terrain. Region of Renjo la 5,363, Chola pass 5,420 m and 5,535 Kongmala pass are the highest and bodily demanding trail of usual 6- 7 hours daily walk. Although, most of the initial day trek begins from lower point with slowly but sure and unhurried walking pace offer this trip genuine sense to have achievements and success. Participants planning and attempting for this trip is recommended having physically fit, positive attitude and obviously in good health. Regular exercise or jogging couple of months prior to the trip is essential. It is important that participants with pre-existing health check problems or conditions should make these known to us at the time of booking. Medical and evacuation expenses are the responsibility of the participants.

Accommodation and food on Trip

4 nights in 3 star hotel with Deluxe BB in Kathmandu on twin sharing, 16 days twin sharing accommodations in mountain tea house (lodge) and food on full board( Breakfast, Lunch, dinner and tea coffee)

Travel Insurances

Sherpa Brothers Treks Expedition Pvt. Ltd. take every care to make our treks safe and enjoyable. All our routes are scouted to ensure the trails are safe and the facilities along route are of an acceptable standard. In addition, we have vast experience of trekking at altitude and are trained to deal with Acute Altitude Sickness. However, due to terrain, weather and altitude, risk is not always predictable in the Himalaya. To ensure you have a worry free time with us, personal travel insurance is essential to cover the cost of unforeseen accident, illness or rescue. The costs involved can be large and personally overwhelming in the unlikely event of accident or injury.
All Nepalese staff, guides and porters employed by Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. are covered locally but we regret that we cannot offer insurance for our clients.
Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt.Ltd. is not liable should anything go wrong due to unforeseen circumstances.
When choosing an insurance policy be sure to confirm with your insurer that your policy covers adventure holidays and trekking at high altitude. Some insurers makes special exception for these types of trip so please read the small print and contact your insurer if you are unsure.

Required gears check list

Hiking gears

Day bag – 1
Dry Bag – 1
Walking pole – 1
Water bottle – 1
Head light – 1
Knife / Multi tools – 1

Cloth and body wear

Down jacket – 1
Sleeping bag – 1
Light warm hiking trouser – 2
Warm liner – 2
Towel – 2
Warm and sun hats – 1/1
Fleece / jacket and pants – 1
Windproof jacket – 1
Long and half sleeve hiking shirt – 3
Buff for (neck and head) – 1
Walking boot – 1
Gloves / mittens – 2
Warm hiking socks (wool / synthetic) – 4
Gaiter – 1
Flip flap/ Sandal – 1

Sun protection, health hygiene and water

Sun cream – 1
Sun glass – 2
Sun hat – 1
Lip guard – 1
Tooth brush – 1
Face wash soap – 1
Sanitizer – 2
Prescription medicine
Water bottle / Camel bag – 1
Water purifier tablet / lightweight filter
Toilet paper
Menstrual product

Personal belonging items

Visa / credit card
Cell phone Power bank backup and charger
Camera / Gopro

Tour Cost & Schedule

Start Finish Availability Price (PP)  

Trip Facts

  • Trip Grade :  
  • Trip Durations :  17 Days From Kathmandu
  • Highest Point :  5,535m / 18,157ft
  • Best Season :  Sep, Oct, Nov - Mar to June
  • Meal Plan : Breakfast in Kathmandu and Full board on Trek

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