Everest Trek with three passes - Renjo La, Cho La & Kongma La

Travel duration 21 Days
Trip Facts
21 Days

Advance trekking grades is best described as Alpine and most strenuous, which require mountaineering and rope climbing skills and knowledge.  The elevations range from 4000m to 6000m from sea level and about 7 hrs walking a day from very remote areas to snow-covered passes.

Max. Altitude
5550 m
Trip Starts
Trip Ends

Conquering a 6,000 m peak is a great achievement. You can do it in the package. It may be the beginning of mountain expeditions. Crossing a series of Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La high passes in the mountain area of Everest region trekking is a dream for many trekkers. The lodge-based trekking is a great opportunity for trekkers to get to know the culture and tradition of the Sherpa ethnic group who follow Tibetan Buddhism. The trail follows some of the typical Sherpa villages, crosses the mountain loops of Renjo La (5,340 m), Cho La  (5,420 m), and Kongma La  (5,535 m) before experiencing the dramatic and surreal viewpoint summit of Kala Patthar (5,550 m).

A combination of frozen lakes, impressive monasteries, and smaller ethnic settlements in the backdrop of massive mountains will keep on mystifying you during the trek. On the way back you may notice how wonderful the human and nature works.

Trip Highlights
  • High mountain passes (Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La) in the Everest region.
Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and welcomed by a guide at the airport. Transfer to the hotel where the guide would brief the trekking program. You may have some time, depending upon your time of arrival, to explore areas near to the hotel.

Drive: 25 minutes

Day 2. City Walks

A day of rest or options for sightseeing tours or city walks and enjoy areas around the hotel.

Day 3. Arrive Phakding (2610 m)

Drive to Ramechhap to take a flight of 25-minute flight to Lukla. Lukla is the gateway to Everest Area. A gentle trek through the lush green forest beside the icy Dudh Koshi river. Arrive Phakding.

Ascent 270 m and descent 500 m.

Trek: 6 hours

Drive: 4-5 hours

Lukla: 2860 m

Day 4. Arrive Namche (3400 m)

Prepare for a challenging day of trekking. An enchanting trek through the forest, waterfalls, and amazing landscapes. Arrive Namche. 

Ascent 1,100 m and descent 310 m.

Trek: 6 hours

Day 5. Mountain sightseeing and pleasure walking Khumjung: 3,780 m

Rest or a day for acclimatization in Namche.
Hike around the villages and view of highest mountains at 360 from the Tenzing Hillary Park, a famous viewpoint renowned for sunrise on the top of Mt. Everest. After breakfast, hike to the popular village of Khumjung, visit the revered monastery there, and visit Everest View Hotel and back to Namche.

Day 6. Trek to Thame (3820 m)

We trek through pine and rhododendron forest to Phorte. Reach Thamo village to visit a nun monastery. Thamo is the gateway to Tibet. Trek to Samde and then cross a suspension bridge to reach Thame which is also regarded as the last Sherpa village. We will see a lot of Mani walls (prayer wheels) and stupa (Chhorten) on the trail. Himalayan tahr, yak, and the national bird of Danfe can be seen on the way. In Thame, we have a choice to visit one of the oldest monasteries in the region.

Ascent 550 m and descent 250 m.

Trek: 4-5 hours

Day 7. Acclimatization in Thame (3820 m)

A day for acclimatization in Thame. Visit Thame Monastery and trek up through the mountain to Thyangbo at 4,250 m on way to Tashi Labcha. Back to Thame.

Ascent 650 m and descent 650 m.

Trek: 4-5 hours

Day 8. Trek up to Marulung (4210 m), Cross Lungden (4370 m)

Trek along the river beside Bhote Koshi River on the way to Tibet. Easy trek up through the villages of Tarnga and Marulung. Cross the Bhote Koshi River and Lungden.

Ascent 700 m and descent 125 m.

Trek: 4-5 hours

Day 9. Trek to Gokyo (4790 m)

Early morning trek to Renjo La pass filled with prayer flags. We will see superlative views of mountains of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse. Steep trekking trail in the beginning, then gentle ascent to reach three mountain lakes. After the lakes, the trail is rocky with stairs to reach Renjo La pass. Short and steep descent, trek to Gokyo.

Ascent 925 m and descent 625 m.

Trek: 7-8 hours

Day 10. Trek to Dragnag (4800 m)

We have two options to climb to Gokyo Ri.
Option A is to climb early morning for sunrise over Everest and photography opportunities. We will need a headlight to get prepared.

Option B is to trek during the day for mountain views.

After lunch, trek over the Ngazumpa Glacier on the moraine to Dragnag. We will walk over the glacier for a couple of hours.

Ascent 725 m and descent 725 m.

Trek: 6-8 hours

Day 11. Descent to Dzong La (4830 m)

We climb up over the steep trekking trail up to 5,000 m. Descent a bit and then the trail becomes challenging and rocky on the way to Chola Pass (5,420 m). After the pass, the trail is over the icy glacier with lots of moraines. Descent to Dzong La.

Ascent 850 m and descent 750 m.

Trek: 6-7 hours

Day 12. Lobuche (4940 m) - Gorakshep (5140 m)

Trekking trail overlooking Pumori, Lhotse, Lobuche, and Ama Dablam. Join the main trail of Everest Base Camp when we reach Lobuche. Trek up to Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the high pastureland surrounded by mighty mountains.

Ascent 450 m and descent 200 m.

Trek: 6-7 hours

Day 13. EBC (5416 m) - Kala Patthar (5550 m) - Gorakshep (5140 m)

In the morning, we trek up to Everest Base Camp over the Khumbu Glacier. We will see a lot of tents and movements trekkers and mountaineers of expeditions in the spring season. It is a favorite place for trekkers. Back to Gorakshep. After lunch, scale the hilltop of Kala Patthar for breathtaking sunset views just below Pumori. Back to Gorakshep.

Ascent 650 m and descent 650 m.

Trek: 5-6 hours

Day 14. Trek back to Lobuche (4910 m)

Trek back the same way to Lobuche. Today’s trek is short to prepare for tomorrow’s challenge of Kongma La pass and to take a good rest.

Ascent 250 m and descent 450 m.

Trek: 4 hours

Day 15. Kongma La (5535 m) - Chukhung (4730 m)

Early morning trek to Kongma La pass passing over the Khumbu Glacier within a couple of hours. It is advised to strictly follow the guide during the trek to avoid crevasse. Climb up to the pass-through moraine to reach Kongma La pass. While returning, the pass becomes challenging with a steep descent. we will see a lake and gentle descent to Chukhung Village.

Ascent 650 m and descent 825 m.

Trek: 7-8 hours

Day 16. Down to Kangjuma (3570 m)

Descent down to Kangjuma via Pangboche and Tengboche.

Ascent 525 m and descent 1,225 m.

Trek: 7-8 hours

Day 17. Stay in Monjo (2840 m)

Comfortable trek to Namche. A good day-break in Namche. You will have time to buy souvenirs and some free time. After lunch, descent to Monjo crossing the high and interesting suspension bridge crossing Dudh Koshi. Stay in Monjo.

Ascent 170 m and descent 925 m.

Trek: 6-7 hours

Day 18. Trek to Lukla (2820 m)

An easy trek day to Lukla. The final evening in Lukla is normally celebrated with the trekking team.

Lukla is a place to celebrate the great trek experienced. You may offer to leave trekking gears you don’t need to your trekking team. It may be a generous gesture to those who cannot afford to buy such.

Ascent 375 m and descent 375 m

Trek: 5-6 hours

Day 19. Flight to Ramechap

Time to say goodbye to the trekking crew. Flight to Ramechap and drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

Flight: 25 minutes

Drive: 4-5 hours

Day 20. In Kathmandu Valley

Options for sightseeing to World Heritage Sites/city walk/ayurvedic massage or rest in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Valley has, perhaps, the densest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Seven UNESCO WHS of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Boudhha, Pashupati, Patan Durbar Square, Swoyambhu, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Changu Narayan Temple are framed within 400 sq km. For a full day tour exploring three UNESCO WHS are comfortably possible. For example, you may choose Bhaktapur Durbar Square (a medieval city square), Pashupati (the holiest Hindu temple) and Bouddha (a Buddhist stupa) for a smart mix of culture and architecture with two major religious (Buddhism and Hinduism) sites of Nepal.

Day 21. Flight back home

Free time in Kathmandu and transfer to the airport in time to fly back home.

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