Beautiful and challenging are like two sides of a coin (Everest Three High Pass Trek)

Everest Three High pass
Everest Three High pass

Everest Three High Pass Trek is a dream come true for daring adventure seekers. Firstly, The scenic trekking route is one of the gateways to the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. The trekking route passes through three high passes, namely Cho-La, Renjo-La, and Khumbu, giving it the name “Everest Three High Pass Trek.” The trek is famous for the unique mix of the breathtaking view of high snow-capped mountains and challenging trails which it provides. The serene Sherpa villages give travelers a sense of peace and a chance to take a peek into their eccentric culture and traditions.

The trails are not for everyone. Here are some challenges one might face while mapping the Everest Three High Pass Trek:

Rugged Trails

The Everest Three High Pass trekking trail is regarded as one of the challenging trails in the Everest Region because of its high pass crossing. The trekking trail is steep and rough and will take you up a wobbly trek. It is comparatively more challenging than other trails in the Khumbu Region like Gokyo Lakes Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Kala Patthar Trek, etc.

You will also come across several moving glaciers and slippery rocks along the trails, making the climb difficult.

High altitude and changing weather

All the three high passes lie at an altitude of over 5300m from the sea level. The highest is Kongma La, which lies at the height of 5535m, followed by Renjo La (5388m) and Cho La (5380m). The highest altitude of the trek is at Chhukung Ri (5550m).

Because of high altitude, the trekkers face the danger of altitude sickness. It is necessary to take it slow and let your body adjust as much as possible. The changing weather at the high altitudes also a challenge. Sudden snowstorms are a reoccurring thing at the high passes.

Rural Settlement

There are only a few local settlements which you will find along the trekking route. The lower altitudes have several well-managed teahouses, like in Namche Bazar, so it will not be difficult, but as you move towards higher elevations, the accommodations are scarcer. In the trekking season, these few accommodations get full of travelers from all over. If you have no prior reservation, then you might end up having to share a room with strangers.

Key Attractions

Kongma La Pass

At the height of 5500m, Kongma La pass is the first high pass you come across in the trek. The high pass graced with the beautiful scenic view of mountain ranges including Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Lhotse, Island Peak, etc. You will also get to marvel at the beauty of the Khumbu Glaciers and Nuptse Glaciers.

Renjo La Pass and Gokyo Valley

Passing the Kongma La pass, the second high pass along the way is the Renjo La Pass. The view from the top of Renjo La Pass is the true definition of beauty. You can marvel at the range of highest mountains in the world i.e., Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cholatse, and Mt. Taboche, among many others.

The Gokyo Valley is the highlight of the trek. The valley is filled with spectacular sights like the shining Gokyo Lakes and the domineering Gokyo Ri peak.

Everest Base Camp and Cho La Pass

The spectacular view of Mt. Everest from the height of 5360m awaits you at the Everest Base Camp. Along with the Everest Base Camp, you will also get to experience the marvelous view of Pumori, Lingtren, and Khumbutse and so on from even up close from Kalapatthar.

The trek also takes you to the Cho La Pass, passing through an old moraine. The alluring view of Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, and Rolwaling Valley will greet you at the top of the pass.


However, The rough trails and the beautiful sights follow you through the journey making Everest High Pass Treks one of the most enjoyable treks in the Khumbu Region. The 22 days trek is worth all the strenuous exercise, as what you get at the end are unforgettable memories that last a lifetime. Here are the Top Places to visit in the 2020 list.


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