Everest Circuit Trekking

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Every challenging road to success for an individual is worth the struggle if the sense of accomplishment at the end brings you a realization of your own purpose in life. Everest Circuit trekking is one of those incredible journeys that will leave an indelible memory for a trekker to cherish for a lifetime.

Everest Circuit trekking is a life-changing experience that is designed for those adventure seekers who want to explore the whole Everest region with an enthusiastic and determined spirit. This is a challenging trek that demands physical fitness and a few years of experience in climbing high altitude mountains. Since this is one of the most adventurous and stunning treks in the Khumbu Region, Everest Circuit trekking covers all the beautiful treasure of this area. As challenging as it is, this is undoubtedly the finest mountain journeys in the Himalayas that have a blend of unique Sherpa cultures and traditions in it. The trek provides an opportunity to visit the world-famous Tengboche monastery which is at a height of 3860 m to give you a better insight on Buddhist culture.

Fascinating Everest Circuit trekking leads us to the home of the legendary Sherpa people, based at the foothills of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest which is at an altitude of 8848m. Everest circuit trekking is followed by the highly praised trekking route which passes through the mesmerizing Dudh Koshi to its source the Gokyo Lake. Gokyo Lake is to the west of the Everest base camp which subsequently takes you towards the summit Gokyo Peak (5483 m). Gokyo Peak offers a fantastic panoramic view of the snow-capped, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu and is said to be a paradise for photographers as they get an outstanding shot of the mountains up-close.

En route back to Lukla, we cross the Chola pass which is followed by Everest base camp, Kalapathar, down to Tengboche monastery, Everest view hotel, and Namche Bazaar. On our Everest circuit trekking, we enjoy the awe-inspiring views of Everest including several other similar peaks and explore the Buddhist monasteries located at the world's highest elevation.


  • Enjoy an adventure and challenging trek which demands the physical fitness and experience of doing some high altitude trekking
  • Experience  one of the most adventurous and stunning treks in the Khumbu Region the Everest Circuit trekking covers all the beautiful treasure of this region
  • Explore an exceptional journey in the Himalayas offers a unique Sherpa culture and traditions
  • An opportunity to visit the world’s famous Tengboche monastery at 3860m to learn a bit about Buddhism
  • Enjoy the awe-inspiring views of Everest including several other similar peaks and explore the Buddhist monasteries located at the world’s highest elevation.

Outline Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival at Kathmandu Airport (1,350m):

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our trek leaders greets you and transfer to hotel. Rest and relax. In the evening, we will take you to a typical Nepali restaurant for a welcome dinner. Enjoy the dinner with short brief about your great Everest Circuit trekking. Overnight at hotel.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast at hotel, we take a 35 minute spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla from where our adventure journey really begins. We start our trek to Phakding which is very pleasant hike, on the way we will have a view of Mt. Nupla (5,885m), Kusum Kangaru (6,367m) and Mount Kwangde range. Overnight at lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lukla,Phakding
  • Maximum Altitude:2,880m,2,640m

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Everest National park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes, ATMs, bank and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail. Overnight at lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,445m

We spend an extra day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will hike a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Everest view hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,445m

The trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking very pristine in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day. Overnight at lodge.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Phorste Thanga
  • Maximum Altitude:3,680m

We climb a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. We will reach Machhermo by early noon. Overnight at lodge.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Machhermo
  • Maximum Altitude:4,470m

The trek today takes us at one of our main destinations, Gokyo (4,790m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have couple of sightseeing and hiking trips around Gokyo. Overnight at lodge.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Gokyo
  • Maximum Altitude:4,790m

Early in the morning we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip, we get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Gychung Kang. This day we have for acclimatization and afternoon back to the Gokyo valley. Overnight at lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Gokyo Ri
  • Maximum Altitude:5,483m

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.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Thangna
  • Maximum Altitude:4,500m

We start our trek before sunrise at 4 or 5 am to reach the pass by 9 to 10 am dodge bad weather conditions of the noontime. 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 we reach the top, we are rewarded by the magnificent views then we 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. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Cho la pass to Dzongla
  • Maximum Altitude:5,300m,4,710m

A rather easier and shorter trekking route will take us to Lobuche after 4 to 5 hours of trekking. Overnight at lodge.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Dzongla to Lobuche
  • Maximum Altitude:4,900m

This is difficult day walk along the Khumbu glacier and up to Everest base camp at 5364m the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team there about attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from base camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep for the night. Overnight at lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:EBC to Gorak Shep
  • Maximum Altitude:5,364m,5,150m

This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of morning in this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala patthar, a small peak (by the Himalayan standards) at 5,643m. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama; Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848m, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Chagatse, 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. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kala patthar to Periche
  • Maximum Altitude:5,545m,4,200m

To reach Tengboche we pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year in Khumbu region. The trail ascends and descends at a slow speed. Upon our arrival at Tengboche village we come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. There is a trekker's visiting centre where local Sherpas make an exhibition of different goods to be sold to interested trekkers. They also show a slide presentation about Sherpa people, culture, Buddhist religion and environmental development programs. Overnight at lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tengboche
  • Maximum Altitude:3,860m

From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3,250m.) crossing the Dudh Koshi. Now we have a glimpse of panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche has small ups and downs with view of forests, scenery and mountains. Overnight at lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,445m

The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for 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. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lukla
  • Maximum Altitude:2,880m

After last breakfast in the Himalayan airport at Lukla, we take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes. Upon arrival at airport we transfer to hotel. Rest and relax till evening. One of our team leaders will come in the evening to take you to a typical Nepali restaurant to have a delicious farewell dinner. Enjoy the meal and drinks and celebrate your great Everest circuit trekking. Overnight at hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu

After breakfast, we drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the future. 


    • The entire airport picks up and drops.
    • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
    • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Lukla return trips.
    • Everest National park fee with trekking permit.
    • Tims card (trekking information management system card).
    •  All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) during the trekking period.
    • Accommodation (Guest house or mountain lodges) during the trekking period.
    • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs.
    • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance.
    • All necessary grounded transportation.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
    • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes.
    • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program.
    • Personal nature expenses.
    • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
    • Rescue & Evacuation.
    • Gratitude (tip) for staff.


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    Useful Information

    Everest Circuit trekking is one of the challenging treks in the Everest Region.  Please read about Acute Mountain Sickness before making a final decision to book the Everest Circuit trekking. 


    How can I book Everest Circuit trekking?

    Once you confirmed the trip, we need a photocopy of your passport and a 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

    How can I enter in Nepal?

    Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from the Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghai, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

    Can I do Everest Circuit trekking?

    This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging with stunning views of the Mt. Everest region. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in the good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

    When should I come for Everest Circuit trekking?

    Mid Feb to June and Mid September early December is the best season. However, July, August, and Jan are also okay and trekking can be done.

    Do I need to stay in Katmandu?

    Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. In our program, we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis.

    Can I join with group?

    Yes, you can join with the group, we guarantee a series of fixed group departures dates for Everest Circuit trekking. We can arrange a small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

    Do I need to join with group?

    It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which is best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according to your selecting the starting date.

    Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?

    Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

    What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?

    Everest Circuit trekking is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 5545m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipment with you. Click here to have more info

    What kind of meals I can have during the trip?

    All Meals on full board basis will be provided during the trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

    Do I have a pre-departure meeting?

    Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief you regarding the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

    Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?

    Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

    Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

    Definitely, one of our team leaders will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a placard of the company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included. 

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