Three Passes Trek

Hi everyone,

I’m Raoul from Germany, and I’m considering to make the Everest Three Passes Trek in the beginning of March 2017. I’m arriving on March, 9th in Kathmandu. My plan is to hike without a guide/porter. I would be glad to share the experience and make new friends along (parts of) the trek. Feel free to contact me.

Here is my first sketch of the itinerary:

1. Lukla – Phakding
2. Phakding – Namche
3. Namche: visit Khumjung
4. Namche – Tengboche
5. Tengboche – Pangboche: visit Ama Dablam BC
6. Pangboche – Dingboche
7. Dingboche – Chhukung
8. Chhukung: climb Chhukung Ri
9. Chhukung – Lobuche: via Kongma La
10. Lobuche – Gorak Shep: visit Everest BC
11. Gorakshep – Lobuche: climb Kala Patthar
12. Lobuche – Dzongla
13. Dzongla – Gokyo: via Cho La
14: Gokyo: climb Gokyo Ri
15: Gokyo: visit Gokyo lakes
16: Gokyo – Lumde: via Renjo La
17: Lumde – Thame
18: Thame – Namche
19: Namche – Phakding
20: Phakding – Lukla

Some words about me. I have recently finished my studies and therefore have some spare time. While I have a little experience of hiking in the German alps, this would be my first longer trek at a high altitude. At home, I boulder/climb, do fitness training and go jogging regularly. My pace is moderate.

Best, Raoul



8 replies
  1. Hello,
    I’m also considering doing the Three Passes Trek at the beginning of March and am looking for someone to do it with. I have never been to Nepal and don’t have experience doing a trek like this but I’m interested in trying something new! How much do you think your trip will cost?

    • Hey Jen,
      nice that you are also considering to do the trek. I haven’t been in Nepal either, but on the basis on reports from others I think realistic costs are:
      Kathmandu – Lukla flights (there and back): 300 USD
      TIMS + National Park Fee: 50 USD
      Lodging + Food (etc.): 600 USD for 20 days

      So, in total probably 1000$. Here is a link to a report I found helpful:

      There are extra costs if you need gear or want to hire a guide/porter.


  2. Hello Raoul and/or Jen,
    I’m Barry from Vancouver, Canada.
    I’m arriving in KTM on March 5th and am in Nepal until March 28th. I’m currently in favour of doing the Three Passes Trek as it seems like the best option for a challenging & scenic adventure in the high mountains. I will be doing the trek independently without a guide or porter. My pace is moderate. I’ve done independent trekking in the Annapurna circuit in 2012 without problems. I’m a bit concerned about the sustained high altitude (& the cold) on the Three Passes, but it seems a 20 day trek with appropriate acclimatization days seems to be standard for most trekkers on this route.
    I would be a pleasure to share the experience & hike some of the trail together with other independent trekkers (especially the high passes & glaciers!), so please do let me know how your planning is proceeding & if you would like to join up for some of the trek.

  3. Hello Barry,
    it would be a pleasure to join up for parts of the trek, especially the high passes and glaciers. Do you think that crampons and ice axes are needed for crossing them? Currently, I am considering to take only microspikes with me.
    Best, Raoul

  4. Hi Raoul,
    Regarding crampons & ice axes, the Lonely Planet guide advises the following for Three Passes, “In good weather, you should be able to cross all three passes without axes, ropes and crampons, but snow can create difficult and potentially dangerous conditions on all of these trails.”
    I’m a fairly experienced trekker, including some at altitude, but have no experience with crampons or axes. My plan is to check the weather & consult with locals & other hikers before attempting the passes. If it doesn’t look good, I won’t attempt them and will detour, which I understand is entirely possible for all 3 passes. I am planning on taking a pair of hiking poles (for sure) and slip-on microspikes/snowtrax (maybe).
    I’m looking forward to the adventure.
    I’ll private-message you my email contact & travel details and perhaps you can also when you have time.
    Best regards,

  5. Hi Raoul and others?

    I am aiming to arrive in Kathmandu on March 6th. I am becoming more and more interested in this trek. I have experience in the mountains, with ice axe and crampons, although it sounds like I am not going to fly them over (thanks Barry). I am fine with any pace, I tend to move quick then stop to take it all in.

    I don’t know what group size you want, or how many are confirmed, but let me know if there is a spot. If not, I might see you out there anyway!

    Enjoy life,

  6. Hi raul how can i offer you. To team up and extend the trip a bit with the walk in from jiri. Adds onther week to the trek, brings a new mining to climb a mountain and helo build your hiking shape befor high alt

  7. Hey, sorry for not responding earlier. I am currently travelling in the north of Thailand, and was not active on this site for quite a while. My arrival date in Kathmandu has changed to the 9th of March. @Barry and @Brandon: I think you will start trekking earlier than me, but we will probably see each other along the trek. Best, Raoul