Everest Circuit Trekking (Cho La Pass EBC) 2022

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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 treasures of this area. As challenging as it is, this is undoubtedly the finest mountain journey in the Himalayas that has 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 into 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 of 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 treasures 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 01:Arrival at Kathmandu (1,350m), Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal

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

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast at the 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 a 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:Lodge
  • 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, banks, and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail. Overnight at lodge.  

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • 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:Lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,445m

The trail climbs steeply out of the 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 Khumbu La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day. Overnight at lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • 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 climb steeply to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. We will reach Machhermo by early noon. Overnight at lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Machhermo
  • Maximum Altitude:4,470m

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

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • 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 supper 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:Lodge
  • 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:Lodge
  • 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 a dormitory-style room because of its remoteness. Overnight at lodge.  

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • 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:Lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Dzongla to Lobuche
  • Maximum Altitude:4,900m

This is a 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 to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from the base camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep for the night. Overnight at lodge.  

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • 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 the 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:Lodge
  • 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 the highest permanent settlement throughout the year in the 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 center 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 views of forests, scenery, and mountains. Overnight at lodge.  

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • 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 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.  

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • 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 the airport, we transfer to the 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 the hotel.  

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast, we drop you at the international airport for your flight back 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.



    Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
    15 Feb, 2023 - 04 Mar, 2023Guaranteed$1695 USD
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    Useful Information

    Taking a flight to Lukla at 2850m where the Everest Circuit trek (with Cho La Pass and EBC) initiates. The view of the snow peaks in our surroundings while walking up from Lukla is eye-catching. The trail is spotted by Buddhist Mani stones, colorful prayer flags, and the stupa representing the mind of Buddha. The mesmerizing waterfalls we see on the way are supported by the smooth flowing Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. Most treks gradually hike up, where budding backpackers reach the lively Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to this throbbing zone of the most honored Tengboche Monastery, and onto soothing Gokyo Lake, breathtaking Chola Pass, alluring Everest Base Camp and many other incredible sites in the Everest region as happy trekkers share the trail with yak trains and other interesting trekkers, creating sometimes the most happening friendships ever known under formidable circumstances. 

    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 do I book Everest Circuit Trekking?

    Once you confirm the trek, we request you to email us a photocopy of your passport with a 20% down payment of the total cost of the trip for necessary flight bookings, hotel reservations, and permit processing.

    Can I do Everest Circuit Trekking?

    This trek is ideal for anyone looking for an adventure and challenging journey with spectacular views of the Mount Everest region. You do not need any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. However, daily jogging or walking exercise is useful and you should be in the good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours every day. 

    When should I come for Everest Circuit Trekking?

    Any time from mid-February to June and mid-September to early December are the best months to trek in the Everest Himalayas, however, July and August and January are also fine and trekking can be done.

    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 paths so you need to have the right equipment with you. Please find a packing list below: 

    Trekking equipment
    Duffel bag and daypack, or rucksack
    Daypack or rucksack cover
    Trekking poles
    Sleeping bag
    Sleeping bag liner
    Hydration bladder
    Water bottle

    Clothing and shoes
    Base layers (and underwear)
    Middle layers
    Outer layer
    Trekking boots
    Neck gaiters or balaclavas
    Warm hat
    Sunhat or sports cap
    Inner gloves
    Waterproof gloves or mitts
    House clothes

    Other essentials
    First aid kit
    Water purification tablets or UV water purifiers
    Microfibre towel
    Head torch (flashlight)
    Dry bags
    High-energy snacks
    Spares (of everything)
    Passport and visa

    Portable charger and adapter
    Hand warmer and/or hot water bottle
    Safety whistle
    Playing cards
    Small gifts
    Journal and pen

    What kind of meal can I get during Trekking?

    All meals are served on a full board basis while trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (Western, Continental and Nepalese food are available everywhere). Meals will be served three times a day.

    Do I have a pre-meeting in Kathmandu?

    Yes, first of all, our staff will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel and inform you about our tour leader's visit. The briefing covers the trek itinerary and introduces your trek guide.

    Can I charge the battery during the Trek?

    Yes, in most places, you can charge the battery on Trek (2-3 USD per hour for charging).

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

    Sure, a leader of our team will come to the airport to pick you up. We will display a company placard with your name on it. Airport transfer is included. 

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