Everest Circuit Trek
In this classic trek, we’ll view Everest from a variety of angles and view Base Camp by traversing over the Cho La – an 18,000-foot pass that connects the Gokyo Valley with the upper Khumbu Valley. By taking this ultra scenic route we’ll experience more of Nepal’s high country, making...
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Vacation Style Camping Trek
Activity Level Hard
Group Size Medium
In this classic trek, we’ll view Everest from a variety of angles and view Base Camp by traversing over the Cho La – an 18,000-foot pass that connects the Gokyo Valley with the upper Khumbu Valley. By taking this ultra scenic route we’ll experience more of Nepal’s high country, making an incredible loop through the heart of the Everest region.
From Namche Bazar at 11,750 feet, we’ll trek steadily up the Gokyo Valley eventually reaching the town of Gokyo at 16,500 feet. Early the next evening, we’ll hike up to Gokyo Ri – a panoramic vista at 17,000 feet – and experience some of the finest views of the Khumbu and Mount Everest bathed in late afternoon light.
From Goyko, we’ll traverse over the Cho La Pass and make our way to Everest Base Camp spending a night at the base of the highest mountain in the world. Before we leave the Khumbu, we’ll make a one-day ascent of Kala Patar (18,700 feet) and enjoy more outstanding views the entire region.
• Pickups and drops from airport and hotel
• Hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek or a twin- shared basis
• Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
• Transportation in a comfortable private vehicle
• Multilingual, trained and experienced guide
• Potter service charges during the trek
• Permit Fees for trekking
• Welcome and farewell dinners
• Four seasonal sleeping bag, Unlimited Himalaya Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt,and trekking map ( sleeping bag and Duffel Bag are to be returned after trip completion)
• A comprehensive medical kit
• All necessary paper work and permit
• All applicable taxes and service charges
Not Included in the Cost
• Nepalese visa fee
• International airfare to and from Kathmandu
• Excess baggage charges
• Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
• Extra night accommodation
• Travel and rescue insurance
• Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower,etc.)
• Tips for guides and porters
• The services which are not included in our ‘What is Included’ section
Arrive in Kathmandu(1350) – Transfer to Hotel
Actually, Nepal opens in the air; just before the plane lands at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. If you are, lucky enough with the bright sunshine on your arrival day the wide range of soaring Himalayan Peaks to the North is a magnificent view. As you complete the immigration formalities of the airport and make your way out from the Arrivals Terminal, we would offer you a warm Nepalese welcome and transfer you to your hotel in Thamel in a private vehicle. At hotel, you will have a very easy check-in procedure. Let the flight exhaustion go off in the cozy hotel room. In the evening, we will offer you a welcome dinner in one of the finest cultural restaurants of the city.Airports pick up and hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast is included.
Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley (1350m) and Trek preparation day
After the breakfast, we will escort you to Pashupatinath- the largest Hindu Temple of Nepal in a private vehicle. The temple dedicated to supreme Hindu God, Shiva banks Bagmati River. At Pashupatinath you will get to see exceptionally carved statues and idols of Hindu deities, a long row of Shiva-Lings, series of small temples and the golden hood at the top of main Temple is truly fascinating. Moreover, an opportunity to witness the Hindu Death ritual at Aryaghat Pashupatinath is an offbeat cultural experience. After the exploration of Pashupatinath we will walk along the busy streets of Kathmandu to Boudhanath. A large domed shaped Buddhist stupa, Boudhanath holds huge religious significance among the Tibetan Buddhists of Nepal. A major shrine on ancient Indo-China trade route Boudhanath offered blessings to traders and scholars for safe journey through the high Himalayan passes to Tibet. Saffron robed monks circumambulating Boudhanath, colorful prayer flags touching the skyline from the dome pinnacle to the base of large monument and the and outlets selling Tibetan souvenirs makes this place a true Tibet outside Tibet. Post lunch the sightseeing tour continues to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The exemplary wooden and stone craftsmanship at the site makes a place the prominent attraction for tourists. The stone paved streets, pagoda style religious monuments inclusive different Hindu deities are the cultural delights of ancient and medieval Nepal at Kathmandu Durbar Square. Today’s final destination for sightseeing tour in Kathmandu takes you to Swayambhunath. A self emerged Buddhist stupa lies on a hilltop overlooking Kathmandu with its watchful eyes. You will get to experience more about Tibetan Buddhism at Swayambhunath.After the full day; sightseeing tour a private vehicle will escort you to your hotel.Day sightseeing and Kathmandu Hotel with breakfast is included.
Flight to Lukla – Trek to Phakding
Early morning we will take the airplane to Lukla, which will take us about 45 minutes of flight time. At Lukla we will head north from the to Chablung (2,700m). Here we will cross the Tharo Kosi river. From here, we can see the peak of Kusum Kangru (6,367m). Beyond the Tharo Kosi the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m), we will climb to Phakding where we will stay overnight (3 hrs).
Phakding to Namche Bazaar
From Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi river, staying on the west bank of the river. We climb over a rocky ridge towards Benkar (2,710m). We cross the Kyashar Khola river and climb out of the valley to Monjo (2,840m). The trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park, and then the trail makes a descent and crosses the Dudh Kosi river towards Jorsale (2,830m). After crossing this river a few times while climbing our way up, we will reach Namche Bazaar (3,420m) (6 hrs).
Rest day at Namche Bazaar – Acclimatization
Today we will take a hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung. We start with a steep climb to the Shyangboche airstrip (3,790m), from where we will ascend towards Khunde passing numerous (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde we follow the trail to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch here we will follow a steep trail descending to Chhorkung (3,540m). From here it is a quick descent back to Namche Bazaar (5 hrs).
Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tenga
The trek of today climbs the hill to Khumjung and descends to the valley of Dudh Koshi. The route to Goyko turns north, climbing above the more frequented route to Tengboche and Everest base camp. It climbs gently to a ridge top at 3,973m. From here we descent in steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Kosi river. After crossing this river on a suspension bridge we arrive in Phortse Thanga (3 hrs)
Phortse Tenga to Dole
Due to acclimatization, the time spent trekking today is short. The trail first climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests. This part of the trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. We pass a herders’ hut at Tongba (3,950m) and then climb gently to Dole. From here the views of Khumbila and Tawachee are tremendous throughout the day, and it is possible to climb a ridge behind Dole for an even broader view up and down the valley (2 hrs).
Dole to Machhermo
The trail starts today by climbing steeply through scrub junipers to a single lodge at Lhabarma (4330m). We pass the small settlement of Luza (4340m) and continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river to Machhermo. It was here that a yeti supposedly killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa woman. This is the most credible yeti incident ever reported, so be watchful as we visit this region (2 hrs).
Machhermo to Gokyo
Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view of Kantega and Cho Oyu. Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail reaches the village of Pangka (4,390m). After Pangka the trail drops briefly, then climbs to a large cave known as Nilibuk. After Nilibuk we climb up until we cross a wooden bridge to the first small lake, Longponga, at 4,650m. The trail now follows the valley past a second lake, known as Taujun, at 4,710m and finally up to Gokyo, which is on the shores of a large lake known as Dudh Pokhari (4 hrs)
Gokyo - Gokyo Ri – Gokyo
The views around Gokyo are tremendous. For the best views we will climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m) today. From here we will have a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lothse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. After we enjoy the view we will return to Gokyo village for the night (4 hrs).
Gokyo to Dragnag
Fit and acclimatized, we leave Gokyo to cross the Ngozumpa Glacier. We descend to the second lake and drop down onto the glacier. The route across the glacier is marked by cairns and is generally quite well defined. We climb off the glacier by a small dwelling known as Dragnag. Where we spend the night before our victory over Cho - La pass. Which is one of the hardest pass of the entire route.
Dragnag to Dzonglha (Cho La pass 5,330 m)
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4/5 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect our journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5300 meters we could be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views, and then we descend to the Dzongla at noon. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Dzonglha to Lobuche
The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes above a lake, the Tshola Tsho, to join up with the main Everest trail from Pheriche and Thyangboche. The trail flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier towards Lobuche. Which is easy walk from Dzonglha. Where you may see the best views around of Amadablam, Cholatse. When we reach at Lobuche you can take well deserved rest or we can visit the local places to get more information about the place.
Lobuche to Gorakshep
The trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep follows along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Just before arriving in Gorak Shep, we will climb adjacent terminal moraines of the Changri Glacier which joins the Khumbu and crosses a stream of glacier melt. After lunch we will settle in at a tea house in Gorak Shep.
Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep
Today’s trail follows the western side of the Khumbu valley and ascents through meadows. The ascent becomes steeper and after rounding a bend , the peak of Pumori comes into view. On the lower slopes of this mountain a ridge terminates in a small peak, known as Kala Pattar (5,545m). The trail then makes a short descent onto the flat expanse of Gorak Shep. From here we will continue to Everest base camp, which is on return walk from Gorak Shep. We will return to this settlement after our visit to the base camp (6 hrs).
Gorakshep – Kalapatthar – Lobuche
After an early morning rise we will start our day by climbing the Kala Pattar (5545m). This is a steep ascent up the grassy slopes west of Gorak Shep. From Kala Pattar the entire Everest south face is visible as well as Lho La (the pass between Nepal and Tibet, also named the Western Camp), Changtse (the northern peak of Everest) and most of the West-Ridge route. We return to Gorak Shep and continue to descent to Lobuche (6 hrs).
Lobuche – Tengboche
To go to Dingboche we retrace our steps back to Dughla, and then go straight up the hill from the bridge to reach an upper trail, staying high above the valley floor. The views from here are great. You can easily recognise Island Peak and the top of Makalu is visible in the distance over the pass to the right of Island Peak. After passing a chorten we will descent to Dingboche, where we will stay the night (4 hrs).
Tengboche – Khumjung
This is a short walk back to Khumjung and we can take the time to relax and enjoy the views across from Ama Dablam and the Everest region. From Tengboche the trail drops steeply to the river at Phortse Tenga, and then rises again to traverse high above the river on the winding trail that leads to Mong la . From here we have an easy walk back to Khumjung where we can tell the newly arrived trekkers the story how easy it was after a cool beer!
Khumjung – Jorsale
This is another short day to get back to Jorsale from Khumjung. We start our day early after having breakfast around 8:00 am and then we just pass through Namche Bazaar and heading directly towards Jorsale. This journey will take approximately four to five hours. We will cross Dudh Koshi river several times during the day. We will stay overnight at Jorsale and continue our journey back to Lukla the following day.
Jorsale – Lukla
The final day of our trek, seems to be full of relief for some and sadness for others as we left our steps along the trail above the Dudh Koshi. We start descending steeply to get out of Namche and shortly before we cross the suspension bridge below Namche, we get a last chance to see Everest before it is out of sight until the next time. We have lunch at Phakding and then continue down the trail, before turning off from the main Jiri route and rising up towards Lukla to arrive there by mid-afternoon.
Flight to Kathmandu
We return to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu with a 45 minute flight back from Lukla airport. Here in Kathmandu you will be greeted and transferred back to your hotel. Arrival times back into Kathmandu vary, however it is usual to arrive back at your hotel by mid-afternoon. After returning, you may have the day off for a well deserved and earned rest or if you are still feeling strong, you may hang around the city.
End of Trek
After a successful journey, we begin our day with a well deserved breakfast for your last day in Nepal. Depending on your flight schedule, will take you straight to the airport so you may begin your trip back home or if time permits, you may do some more shopping.