Three Passes Trek

Hi, I’m Steve! I’m travelling from Canada to Kathmandu, arriving in Kathmandu on April 16, and then flying to Lukla the morning of April 17 to start out on the first day’s trek to Phakding.

Looking for an individual or a few individuals to join me — I am an experienced hiker, and am very easy-going. I would hope to do this mostly independently, and stay in teahouses overnight.

Not sure how long it would take, but estimating 16-20 days.

Looking forward to hearing from you!



15 replies
  1. Hi Steve, I would be interested as I am in Nepal till apr 12th doing Annapurna base camp trek. Let me know how to reach you to understand your expectations from a fellow hiker.

  2. Hi Steve! I would absolutely love to join you! I’m an American living in Singapore and I haven’t booked my flights yet but I was planning to fly in on the 16th. I’ve done a lot of hiking over the years in the Sierra Nevadas since I’m from California but am super excited to be trekking around Nepal.

  3. Hello Steve

    I’m interested in trekking the Three Passes Trek independently, Will you be including the side trek to Gokyo Lakes?

    • Hi Joe,

      Nice to hear from you regarding the Three Passes trek. I’ve been looking at itineraries and, based on a 17-20 day itinerary, most of them have days 14 and 15 set aside as “rest days” where you can do the side trip to Gokyo Ri and/or up the valley past the Gokyo lakes, so I’m definitely hoping to include this part! Is this what you were thinking of doing as well?

  4. Hi Steve
    I’m definitely interested
    have you got any links to those itineraries you mentioned?

    • Hi again Joe,

      I’m looking at an itinerary something like this:

      However, for acclimatization purposes, it seems to make sense to probably go the other direction (heading from Namche to Tengboche and then returning through Thame on the way back) and take your time climbing upwards.

      I’m looking at a LonelyPlanet book’s itinerary, which I quite like. This is the rough itinerary (rest days can be added/removed as needed, or filled with side hikes, and I’d probably try to compress the last few days a bit on the way down):

      1: Lukla to Phakding
      2: to Namche Bazaar
      3. Rest day (side hikes?
      4. Namche to Tengboche
      5. Rest day
      6. to Dingboche
      7. to Chhukung
      8. Rest day
      9. to Lobuche (via Kongmala Pass)
      10. to Gorak Shep and basecamp and back to Gorak Shep
      11. to Lobuche
      12. to Dzonglha
      13. to Gokyo (via Chola Pass)
      14. Rest day (Gokyo Lakes)
      15. Rest day
      16. to Lungden/Marulung
      17. to Thame
      18. to Namche
      19. to Phakding
      20. to Lukla


  5. Hello Steve

    Your itinerary looks good to me, but how do you feel about including Kalapathar after EBC

    Gorak Shep to EBC and back to Gorak Shep
    Gorak Shep to Kalapathar and back to Lobuche

    • Absolutely. I omitted it, but day 11 should indeed include Gorak Shep to Kalapathar to Lobuche all on the same day. Seems like a bit of the hike not to be missed!

  6. Hey all, I’m Kari from Canada (Winnipeg). Where are you in Canada, Steve?? I’ll be touching down in Kathmandu on the 16th, might be able to meet up with you guys.

  7. Hey Steve, I plan on flying into KTH on April 6, out to Lukla on the 9-10. I was hoping to do the 3 passes trek, as well. I’m pretty wide open on my schedule and relaxed, so let me know what you think. I’ve hiked the Appalchian Trail, and done some trekking in South America, but this will be my first journey to Nepal. Cheers

  8. Hey steve! I’m interested in joining if you were still looking for partners to trek and split costs with… I’m open to itenarary but really would like to do all three passes and the lake!

  9. Hi Steve,

    My friend and I are doing ebc+three passes from 18th April.
    We hope to do this independently, and it would be nice to have a few people to join us, especially on the part where the trail is not as easy to find, such as Cho la Pass.

    Our itinerary is looking like:

    D1 Lukla-Phakding-Manjo
    D2 Manjo-Namche-khumjung-Namche
    D3 Namche-Tengpoche-Panboche
    D4 Panboche-Dingboche-Chhukhung
    D5 Chhukhung-Chhukhung Ri-Island Peak BC
    D6 Chhukhung-Kongma la Pass-Loboche
    D7 Loboche-Gorap shep-EBC-Gorap shep
    D8 Gorap shep-Kala Pattar-Gorap shep-Dzongkha
    D9 Dzongkha-Cho la Pass-Thagnak-Gokyo
    D10 Gokyo-Gokyo Ri-Gokyo-Gokyo
    D11 Gokyo
    D12 Gokyo-Renjo Pass-Thame
    D13 Thame-Namche-Phakding
    D14 Phakding-Lukla

    We are from China and have experience in hiking in Himalaya and US.
    Let me know if interested:)

  10. Hello Mountain Lovers,
    I am doing 3 passes ,Gokyo and EBC starting from Phaplu on 15th of April,hoping the passes will be open by then (which is not yet till date) due to the heavy snowfall recently. anyone interested in this thread ,please feel free to give me a shout..

    Happy Trekking

  11. Hi Steve,
    I’m also planning the three passes trek independently. I’ll be arriving in Kathmandu on April 15th. Let me know if your plan is still on so that we can coordinate.

  12. Hi Steve,

    I’ll be in Katmandou the 17th of april, ready to trek.

    Can I join?

    Thanks for your answer.