Everest Circuit Trek

Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most dramatic treks in Nepal, as it combines classic close-up views of Mt. Everest, sparkling Gokyo Lakes, views from Gokyo Ri, a challenging Pass (Cho La) which is rarely attempted by the trekking groups, huge Ngozomba Glacier, Khumbu Glacier, Chang Ri Glacier etc.

Trek Profile:

Grade : Moderate Hard
Average walking per day : 5 hrs
Maximum altitude : 5,545 m
Best seasons : Feb-May, Sep-Dec
Type of Trek : Teahouse/Camping
Starting Point : Lukla
Ending Point : Lukla

Standard Itinerary:

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our airport representative who will be displaying our company’s placard just outside the airport terminal. Then, get transferred to the respective hotel in a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 2

Pre-trip Meeting; Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

After breakfast, at around 07:30 AM, pre-trip meeting is hosted in your hotel in Kathmandu in order to introduce the trek leader/guide. It is recommended to seek this opportunity to ask any question relevant to the trek. Please remember to bring the passport, 3 copies of passport-size photos, and a copy of the travel insurance policy. In any case that you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the meeting, please inform in advance.

After that, get ready for the sightseeing tour that will start at around 09:30 AM. A private vehicle and professional tour guide is provided to guide you through the Kathmandu Valley including Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A full-day sightseeing takes no more than 8 hrs to complete including the lunch time and rest of the time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 3

Fly to Lukla (2,810 m) & trek to Phakding (2,610 m)

From Kathmandu, take an early flight to Lukla. It’s a 40 minute flight with excellent views of Langtang, Rolwaling and Everest mountain regions in the north and beautiful green valleys in the south. Upon arrival to Lukla, get briefing by your guide and get introduced with the porters before walking towards Phakding following the Dudh Koshi River. On the way, pass through several beautiful villages and cross a few suspension bridges. Overnight at lodge, Phakding

Day 4

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,450 m)

After breakfast, continue the trek along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing this river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagarmatha National Park, where the permits are checked, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest, is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, cyber cafes and bakeries. This is one of the largest villages along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at lodge, Namche Bazaar

Day 5

Rest day for acclimatization

A necessary day to spend here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air; a short trek exploring the beautiful town as well as going for an easy acclimatization walk up Syangboche or Khumjung. After breakfast, hike to the Everest View Point Hotel, an ideal place to overview some outstanding mountains such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku etc. The hike can be extended to Khumjung Village or Khunde Village to explore more about the Sherpa people and their lifestyle. Also it is worthwhile to visit the hospital in Khunde and Hillary School in Khumjung. Overnight at lodge, Namche Bazaar

Day 6

Trek to Dole (4,085 m)

After breakfast, walk for 2 hrs on a relatively flat trail; diverge from the main trail to EBC to enter the Gokyo Valley. From the point of diversion, it’s 1.30 hrs climb to reach Mong Danda (which is the birthplace of Saint Lama Sanga Dorje, the reincarnation Lama of Rongbuk Monastery). From Mong Danda, one can have a good look at the Dudh Koshi Valley. Afterwards, the trail descends to the Dudh Koshi and reaches Phortse Thanga. And then, the trail climbs steeply through rhododendron forests, passing many Kharkas on its way to Tongba (3,950 m), Gyele (3,960 m) and finally Dole. Overnight at lodge, Dole

Day 7

Trek to Machhermo (4,410 m)

After breakfast, climb through a huge rock at Lhabarma (4,330 m) and carry on to Luza (4,340 m). From Luza, the trail continues to climb to Machhermo (4,410 m) where you can have good views of the mountains. Overnight at lodge, Machhermo

Day 8

Trek to Gokyo (4,750 m)

After breakfast, pass through Machhermo, climb and reach Pangka (4,390 m). Beyond Pangka, the trail drops and again climbs steeply. From there, you can see the massive Ngozomba Glacier. Pass from the side of two lakes and finally reach Gokyo. Situated right below Gokyo Ri (5,387 m), placed in between Ngozomba Glacier and the Third Lake. Overnight at lodge, Gokyo

Day 9

Rest day for acclimatization

In the morning, one can have a walk around Gokyo Lake. For a splendid panoramic view climbing Gokyo Ri is a must. It’s better to climb in the afternoon as most of the mountains are on the eastern side. From Gokyo, one can see the Everest, but a bit far. One can see 4 out of world’s 6 highest mountains (Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu) from a single point. Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Ghyachung Kang appear as a big ice wall bordering Tibet. The massive Ngozomba Glacier is right below. One can take a walk to the lakes following the Gokyo Valley further towards the north. From the Fifth Lake, a magnificent view of Mt. Everest can be seen. Overnight at lodge, Gokyo

Day 10

Trek to Thangnak (4,690 m)

After breakfast, descend to Thangnak, looking at the views of the fine mountains and natural beauty. It is considered as the base of the Cho La Pass. Overnight at lodge, Thangnak

Day 11

Trek to Dzongla (4,830 m) via Cho La Pass (5,420 m)

Start before sunrise at around 04:30 AM to reach the pass by 09:30 AM in order to dodge the bad weather conditions of the afternoon. Crossing over at such altitude, one could be exposed to strong dead-cold wind, if attempted to cross too late. At first, climb is steep but 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. Atop the pass, get rewarded by the magnificent views, then descend to the Dzongla at noon. This remote village has a magnificent view with Mt. Cholatse towering on southwest and Mt. Lobuche on the north. Overnight at lodge, Dzongla

Day 12

Trek to Lobuche (4,930 m)

After breakfast, continue along the grassy hills from Dzongla, enjoying splendid views of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbutse and Mt. Nuptse, before reaching to Lobuche. Overnight at lodge, Lobuche

Day 13

Trek to Gorak Shep (5,180 m)

After breakfast, a 2 hrs walk going up and down on the side of the Khumbu Glacier, as well crossing the shore of Chang-Ri Glacier, reach Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep, only the tip of Mt. Everest can be seen, but the pinpointed Nuptse looks splendid. Overnight at lodge, Gorak Shep

Day 14

Hike to Everest Base Camp (5,300 m)

After breakfast, walk on the trail that is relatively flat but the thin air makes it a big effort; 2 hrs walk on a very rough trail and 1 hr walk through Khumbu Glacier leads to Everest Base Camp, right on the foot of Mt. Khumbutse and Khumbu Ice Fall (which has taken the lives of many climbers). Mt. Everest can not be seen from here, but the ice blocks falling frequently from the Khumbu Ice Fall can be seen and heard. One can spend a long time here, especially in springs (April-May), when there are a lot of climbers with the dream to conquer the ‘Top Of The World’. In the end of the day, return all the way back to Gorak Shep for the night. Overnight at lodge, Gorak Shep

Day 15

Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,545 m); Trek to Pheriche (4,200 m)

Kala Patthar, an excellent viewpoint which appears as a small grassy hill from Gorak Shep, is there to be climbed for the spectacular view of Mt. Everest. This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. It is better to reach at the top of the Kala Patthar before around 09:00 AM. It can be climbed in the afternoon too, but the weather in the mountains is generally clear in the morning. Starting to climb early in the morning (say, around 06.00 AM) the grassy slope, the ‘Top Of The World’ starts to appear little by little; though the thin air makes the climbing really hard, with every step of your climbing, you can see a little bit more of Everest. It takes 1.30 hrs to 3 hrs to arrive at the summit of the Kala Patthar which is right below Mt. Pumori. From here, one can see the ‘Top Of The World’ resting on its southwest shoulder, the wall of big white mountains (Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Lingtren, and Mt. Pumori) bordering Tibet along with Mt. Changtse, which is in Tibet, also pinpointed Nuptse is standing tall in the east, as well Mt. Chang-Ri and Chang-Ri Glacier on the west, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Kang Taiga, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Taboche, Mt. Cholatse and Mt. Lobuche make the circle complete; One can also have a look at Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Ice Fall and huge Khumbu Glaciers. Afterwards, make a quick descent to Gorak Shep and continue downwards to Pheriche. Overnight at lodge, Pheriche

Day 16

Trek to Namche Bazaar

After breakfast, take a slightly different route down to Orsho, then to Pangboche Village, where there is the oldest monastery in the region that contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a Yeti – the monstrous snowman. Leaving the mountains behind, the trek takes down through Tengboche before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar. Overnight at lodge, Namche Bazaar

Day 17

Trek to Lukla

After breakfast, trek back to Lukla, the starting point of the trek, enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part and also giving time to explore the town. Overnight at lodge, Lukla

Day 18

Fly back to Kathmandu

After early breakfast, fly back to Kathmandu enjoying the last glimpse of the mountains that have been recently visited for one last time on the 30 minute scenic flight. On arrival in Kathmandu, get transferred to the respective hotel. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 19

Free day in Kathmandu

After breakfast, relax and enjoy the day on your own. It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 20


After breakfast, free till check out time; get transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for your final departure.