Three Passes Trek

Hello everyone 🙂 I’m planning on doing the Three Passes Trek, departing in November. Original plan was to hire a private guide, but now I think I would like to share the experience with other independent trekkers.

I’m a very relaxed, open-minded person, who loves adventure and meeting new people. I’m interested in learning about the local culture of Nepal. My fitness level is medium to high. The idea is to escape the trappings of my normal day-to-day life and make the most of trekking in a landscape that is quite unlike anywhere else in the world.

If anyone out there is interested, it would be great to hear from you 🙂

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13 replies
  1. Hey! I am Todd from Canada and wanting to the Three passes as well during that time frame. Looking for partner to share costs and the overall experience! Please let me know more details 🙂

    • Hello, that’s great news! 🙂 I’m definitely keen to team up. I’m currently talking to Tristan about his trip and my potentially of joining up with him. We plan to take it at a medium-pace, without rushing, but still enjoying the scenery around us. At present, we have a start date of either 2nd or 3rd of November. Would this suit you? We plan to stay in teahouses and lodges, but aren’t opposed to camping should the need arise. We also are considering hiring a guide, more for the insight they would give us into the culture and place, more than for need of one.

    • Hey todd, im landing ib katmandu on the 24th an fancy giving the 3 passes ago – let me know if your still thinking about it, i’ll be staying at the alobar 1000 hostal when i get in !

  2. Hey Robyn, thanks for the response 🙂
    I’m definatley in for a porter/guide if you guys want as I am willin lg to split the cost. I think I am walk in from Jiri as I’d like to take the extra 5 days to take in that scenery and acclimatization so I would do this before meeting you in Lulka or Namache even. I will be taking the flight from Lukla back to KTM on the way back when finished the trek.
    Do you have an itinerary that you have decided on?

    • Hi Todd, this is a rough idea of an itinerary that myself and Tristan were considering:

      Day Section Hours
      1 Lukla to Cheplung 1:15
      Cheplung to Phakding 1:15
      2 Phakding to Benkar 1:30
      Benkar to Monjo 1:00
      Monjo to Namche Bazaar 3:00
      3 Rest Day
      4 Namche Bazaar to Sanasa 1:00
      Sanasa to Phunki Thenga 1:30
      Phunki Thenga to Tengboche 1:30
      5 Rest Day
      6 Tengboche to Pangboche 1:15
      Pangboche to Orsho 1:15
      Orsho to Pheriche/Dingboche 1:00
      7 Pheriche/Dingboche to Chhukung 3:00
      8 Rest Day
      9 Chhukung to Kongma La 5:00
      Kongma La to Lobuche 4:00
      10 Lobuche to Gorak Shep 2:30
      Gorak Shep to Base Camp (Return) 6:00
      11 Gorak Shep to Kala Pattar 2:00
      Kala Pattar to Lobuche 3:00
      12 Lobuche to Bzonglha 3:00
      13 Dzonglha to Cho La 3:00
      Cho La to Gokyo 5:00
      14 Rest Day
      15 Rest Day
      16 Gokyo to Renjo La 4:00
      Renjo La to Liungden/Marulung 4:00
      17 Lungden/Marulung to Thame 3:00
      18 Thame to Namche Bazaar 3:00
      19 Namche Bazaar to Monjo 3:00
      Monjo to Benkar 1:00
      Benkar to Phakding 1:30
      20 Pahakding to Cheplung 1:15
      Cheplung to Lukla 1:15

      It’s frim the Lonely Planet Guide to Trekking in the Himalayas 🙂 we are considering a start date of 2nd Novemberish. Happy to share the cost of a guide and will either camp – if needs be – or stay in tea houses and lodges. Have you booked your flights? What day will you be starting in Jiri? I wanted to start in Jiri too but alas I don’t have the time =/ have heard amazing things about it though so exciting stuff for you!

  3. I Robin,
    I sent you a private message, I hope it worked I never used this website before. I didn’t see your post before to write it.

    Your plan will be perfect for me and I read probably the same book than you about this trek.

    The only thing is, I’m traveling presently and don’t have the required material for camping. I’ll need to use tee house or guest house.


    • Hellp Julien 🙂

      Great to hear from you. It’s actually looking like we will be aiming to be in Kathmandu around the 13th of November, to start trekking on the 16th. Does that suit you? We will also be staying in teahouses as we go so no worries regarding the camping stuff 🙂

      Look forward to hearing from you!

  4. Hi Robyn!
    November 16 is a bit late for me… I’m flying back to Canada December 15 from New Delhi. I would like to stay in India for more than a week.

    I will probably do this trek with Tristan at the beginning of November.

    I’m sad to won’t be able to fix this trip with you.

    Enjoy it!!


  5. Hi Robyn!

    I am interested in doing the 3 Passes trek on the same dates as you are, around 13th in Kathmandu and 16th from Lukla. I was planning to do the exact itinerary as you posted and I’m looking for partners to share the experience. Would be great if I can join you guys. Looking forward to more details from you 🙂

    • Hey Ravi, that is excellent news 🙂 I’m of the opinion the more the merrier! So you’d be more than welcome to join us.

  6. Hi Robyn, have you already done this trek? Thanks, Rosie

    • No I haven’t. I land in Kathmandu on Saturday, 28 November.

  7. Hey robyn, im getting to katmandu on the 24th and am hoping to check out the three passes, let me know if your still looling for trekking partners ! I will be staying at the alobar 1000 hostal