Everest Circuit Trekking – Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350 m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our trek leaders greets and transfers you to your hotel where you rest and relax at leisure. In the evening, we will take you to a typical Nepali restaurant for a welcome dinner. Enjoy the dinner. We will brief you about your Everest Circuit trek after that. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2880 m) | 35 minutes| Trek to Phakding (2640 m) | 4 hrs walk.
Breakfast at hotel. We take a 35-minute spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla from where you will get a chance to look down on the rolling hills of Nepal and witness the rocky mountains up-close. This is where our adventurous journey really begins. We start our trek to Phakding which is a very pleasant hike. On the way, we will get a beautiful view of Mt. Nupla (5885m), Mt. KusumKangaru (6367m) and Mt. Kwangde range. Overnight at lodge.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) | 6 hours walk.
We continue trekking alongside the banks of Dudh Kosi River. We cross the majestic river many times walking over it through exciting suspension bridges loaded with colorful prayer flags. Eventually, after entering the Everest National park, the trail goes steeply straight up passing through breathtaking views of mother nature. Namche Bazaar which is considered the Gateway to Everest is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops and also has facilities like money exchange services, internet cafes, ATMs, bank and bakeries if needed. Namche is the biggest town in the Everest trail. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 04: Acclimatization day - Namche Bazaar | Hike to Everest View Hotel.
We spend an extra day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will then hike a short distance to a museum that is renowned for its exhibits of traditional ritual and customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Everest View Hotel which is at a height from where we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Dinner and overnight stay at a lodge in Namche.
Day 05: Trek from Namche to PhorsteThanga (3680 m) | 5 hours walk.
The trail climbs steeply out of valley alongside the rhododendron forest which brightens up the route with its vibrant red color. Eventually, juniper and large conifers appear as the elevation increases making the trekking very pristine in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Mt. Khumbi La and Mt. Tawache are splendid throughout the day. Overnight at lodge.
Day 06: Trek from PhorsteThanga to Machhermo (4470 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walk.
We climb a ridge for an excellent view both, down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu. We then descend alongside fresh blue rivers and climb a steep trail to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. We will reach Machhermo by early noon and spend the night at a lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4790 m) | 6 hrs walk.
The trek today takes us at one of our main destinations, Gokyo (4795m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights, enjoying a couple of sightseeing and hiking trips around Gokyo. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 08: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483 m) and back to Gokyo | 5 hrs walk.
Early in the morning, we travel through a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5483m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt to complete this trip. They get an overwhelming view of the fabulous Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas. The journey does not end there since travelers will get to witness the Himalayan giants Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Gychung Kang. We take a day off for acclimatization and return back to the Gokyo valley afterward. Overnight at lodge.
Day 09: Trek from Gokyo to Thangna (4500 m) | 5 hrs walk.
We trek to the foot of Cho La pass. Accommodation in Thangna will be very basic and in a dormitory-based room because of its remoteness. Overnight at lodge.
Day 10: Cross Cho La pass (5300m) then trek to Dzongla (4710 m) | 6 to 7 hrs walk.
We start our trek before sunrise at around 4 to 5 am and reach the pass by 9 to 10 am in order to dodge the bad weather conditions that occur at noon. We start our climb by walking on the steep trails that are regularly used and easy to follow. However, difficulties may arise due to the altitude and heaps of snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by a heavy snow. As we reach the top, we are rewarded by the magnificent views that surround us. We then descend to the Dzongla at noon. Accommodation in Dzongla will be very basic and in dormitory style room because of its remoteness. Overnight at lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4900m) | 4 to 5 hrs walk.
A rather easier and shorter trekking route will take us to Lobuche after just 4 to 5 hours of walk. Overnight at lodge.
Day 12: Trek to EBC (5364 m) then back to Gorak Shep (5150 m) | 7 to 8 hrs walk.
This will be a difficult day for the trekkers as we will have to walk alongside the Khumbu glacier and up to Everest base camp which is at 5364 m, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest, without any mountaineering equipment. There will likely be another team there about to attempt the trek to the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from base camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep and stay there for the night.
Day 13: Hike to Kala patthar (5545m) and trek down to Periche (4200m) | 6 to 7 hrs walk.
This is considered to be the toughest day of the whole journey to Everest Circuit, yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of the morning this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar, a small peak (by the Himalayan standards) at 5643m. The mounting is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama view of Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8848 m, which towers directly ahead and is visible from all sides along with other giants like Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Chagatse, Mt. Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180m then trek down to Periche. Overnight at lodge.
Day 14: Trek from Periche to Tengboche (3860m) | 5 to 6 hrs walk.
To reach Tengboche we pass through Pangboche village which is known to have the highest permanent settlement throughout the year in Khumbu region. The trail ascends and descends at a gentle speed. Upon our arrival at Tengboche village, we come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. There is a trekker visiting the center where local Sherpas make an exhibition of different goods to be sold that interests the visitors. They also demonstrate a slide presentation about Sherpa people, their culture, Buddhist religion and environmental development programs. Overnight at lodge.
Day 15: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3445m) | 5 to 6 hrs walk.
From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250 m) crossing the Dudh Koshi River. Now we get a glimpse of the panoramic views of the great peaks of Khumbu including Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. KusumKangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell their Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche has small ups and downs with the stunning view of dense forests, scenery and snowy mountains. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m) | 6 to 7 hrs walk.
The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay.
Day 17: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu | 35 minutes flight.
After our last breakfast in the Himalayas, we head back to the airport at Lukla. We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which is about 35 minutes. Upon arrival at an airport, you will be escorted back to the hotel you will be given enough time to rest and relax till evening. One of our team leaders will take you to an authentic Nepali restaurant to have a farewell dinner. Enjoy the meal and drinks and celebrate your accomplishment of climbing the thrilling Everest circuit. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Final Departure.
After breakfast, we drop you to the international airport for your flight back home. We wish you have a safe flight and we hope to see you again in the future.
Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.