Everest Circuit

Trek through the rich scenery of the Gokyo Lakes to reach world-famous Everest Base Camp. 16 days.

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Everest Circuit

Trek through the rich scenery of the Gokyo Lakes to reach world-famous Everest Base Camp. 16 days.

Experience true mountain beauty, Sherpa culture and the achievement of climbing to Base Camp of the World’s highest mountain. This trek from Gokyo to Everest Base Camp offers one of the most adventurous routes out there, as you hike the rugged Himalayan terrain and traverse the Cho La Pass (5330m), with the view of Everest always at a touching distance.

This unmissable and unforgettable adventure includes:

  • 14 days of trekking the Himalayan mountains
  • 2 days of acclimatisation and exploration of Sherpa villages
  • 15 nights of accommodation along the trek
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Flights to/from Lukla
  • Local, professional English-speaking guides
  • Assistant leader on 4:1 basis
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Transfers to/from Kathmandu city
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for: Those who want astounding mountain views and a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Kathmandu

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), your host will pick you up via private vehicle and drop you at your hotel. After checking in, you will have a 5:00 pm pre-departure meeting with the guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the upcoming trek.

You’ll finish your first day with a team dinner to get to know everyone before you fly to Lukla tomorrow!

Day 2: Kathmandu - Lukla

Your trip starts in Kathmandu, a hub for trekkers and mountaineers, but we recommend arriving the day before as your flight to Lukla Airport leaves early this morning. You’ll fly on a 19-seater otter plane, with scenic views across the Everest region, reaching Lukla airport which hangs on a 2800m cliff - a breathtaking and (sometimes) thrilling journey!

Upon arrival at Lukla, you will meet the other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding along the Dudh Kosi River and spend the night in the village. The first day’s trek is relatively short to introduce you to the typical trek day.

Day 3: Phakding - Namche

Your day will begin walking through the beautiful pine forests and along the track to the Dudh Koshi River. One of the (many) suspension bridges is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge with a wonderful viewpoint of the gleaming Mt. Thamserku (6618 m).

You’ll continue through the last village of Jorsale before a challenging 3-hour uphill climb to Namche Bazaar. Here, you will get your first glimpse of Everest…

Day 4: Acclimatisation and Exploration in Namche

Today will be your first acclimatisation day in order to acclimatise to the altitude and the thin air. But don’t think we’ll leave you to get bored. Instead, you’ll hike to a hill just above Namche in the morning which offers views of Mount Everest as well as a panorama of the Khumbu Himalayas. The afternoon will be free to relax or explore Namche before dinner.

Day 5: Namche - Phortse

Gradually the trek will reach heights above 4000m as you chase the main trail towards Phortse (3680m) and the Mon La Pass (3900m), which offers amazing views of the Dudh Koshi River.

Upon arrival in Phortse, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a local monastery as well as a local powerhouse.

Day 6: Phortse - Dole

After breakfast, the trek begins with a steep climb out of the rhododendron forests and into the settlements of Tonga and Gyele (3960m) which offer marvellous views of the Khumbila and Tawache mountains.

As the gradient increases, it is important to walk at a leisurely pace, so the hikes will be much shorter. This does mean that you’ll have plenty of time to explore your overnight villages and immerse yourself in the Sherpa culture.

Day 7: Dole - Machhermo

As you ascend higher and higher, the jungles you’ll become used to will blend into alpine and juniper forests, interspersed with yak pastures and summer settlements.

By lunchtime, you will arrive at Machhermo, where you will be able to explore the valley and take in the amazing views of Cho Oyu.

Day 8: Machhermo - Gokyo Valley

The morning views today will be of the deep-seated Khantega Gorge, overlooked by Cho Oyu. You will descend to the river bank where the hike will continue along the vast Ngozumpa glacier until you reach the Gokyo Valley.

Day 9: Exploration around Gokyo Valley.

The Gokyo Valley has everything you could want from a high mountain trek; beautiful hikes along gorges, alpine valleys and glorious lakes, while all the meantime surrounded with stunning scenery. That being said, you’ll want one full day to explore the heart of the Himalayas, including a hike to a viewpoint of Mount Everest.

Day 10: Gokyo Valley - Tragnag:

Your morning will be spent trekking to Gokyo Ri (5463m) where you’ll be able to see the peaks of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu. So charge up those cameras!

When you’re ready to leave the viewpoint, the trek will continue to the small highland hamlet of Tragnag, which lies at the bottom of the Cho La Pass - tomorrow’s goal.

Day 11: Tragnag - Cho La Pass - Dzongla

The hike to Cho La Pass involves a steep climb and a glacier on the Eastern side but offers such magnificent panoramic mountain views, it will feel well-earned. You will continue on to Dzongla where you will spend the night.

Day 12: Dzongla to Gorak Shep

As our goal is in touching distance, you will reach Gorak Shep, a highland camp which acts as the gateway for trekkers heading to EBC. The camp itself offers fantastic mountain views, framed with flying prayer flags.

Day 13: Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp

Today is the day to reach Everest Base Camp. With the goal so close, your guide will navigate you through the Khumbu Glacier and leaves you with only the awesome, humbling South Face beyond. With the last climb, we will reach Everest Base Camp and spend some time to reflect and enjoy it.

You’ll be able to inspect the Khumbu ice fall, visit ice and glacier areas around the EBC and of course, fill your camera memories with jaw-dropping photos. You may even see the camps of climbers preparing to summit Everest.

Once you’re ready, we will continue back to Gorak Shep (5364m) where you will spend the night before beginning our decent.

Day 14: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar - Pheriche

After lunch, you will ascend to Kala Patthar (5550m), the highest point of our trip so far, for its views of Everest and many other mountains. You will be able to watch the sun set before heading on down to Pheriche, where we spend our overnight.

There is the option here to spend an extra night in Gorak Shep, but descending down will minimise the risk of altitude sickness.

Day 15: Pheriche to Namche

And so down to Namche (3440m).

As you trek lower, you will cross suspension bridges before entering the jungles again. Your guide will take you to Tengboche for its magnificent views, before steeply declining into Phungi Tenga (3440m), and then on another few hours to Namche, where we will stay for a night of celebrations.

Day 16: Namche to Lukla

Today, we begin our final descent into Lukla (2860m). On the way, we will trek through the forest of rhododendrons and pine until we reach the Sherpa village. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to say a final goodbye and thanks to the local team staff before we move on to Lukla.

Day 17: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Today will be our last day at Khumbu region as we fly back to Kathmandu after our mountain journey. Back in Kathmandu, you can spend some time reflecting on the trek and doing last-minute souvenir shopping in Thamel.

We meet up for some beers and dinner in the evening to celebrate a successful completion of our trek.

Day 18: Last day in Kathmandu

Enjoy a lie and breakfast in at your hotel. You can spend your last day exploring the city or take the transfer back to the airport, and back to reality.

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. We have different star hotels available in the city area but during the trek we will be staying at tea houses. They have dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you need a sleeping bag. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers for a small surcharge.

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay at the centrally situated Kathmandu Resort Hotel. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television and wifi. Should you wish to treat yourself to a more comfortable place in Kathmandu, just let your host know and they will upgrade you to stay at the renown Kathmandu Guest House. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the shopping centres and the heritage sites. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television, 24/7 room service, and a balcony to look over the city.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu £20.00
Additional Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu £65.00
Additional Night in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Pokhara £30.00
Additional Night in Kathmandu £25.00

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Mount Everest is one of the most famous and awe-inspiring mountains in the world, capturing the excitement of mountaineers and trekkers alike since the 1920s. Combining the breathtaking scenery and unique Sherpa culture with the overwhelming sense of achievement from following in the footsteps of famous climbers, the Everest Circuit trek is one of most unforgettable and sought after adventures going.

Kathmandu is famed for its World Heritage sights which include the holiest Hindu temples and one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Despite the 2015 earthquake which brought devastation to parts of the city, the heart of Kathmandu is as intoxicating and exciting as ever.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Aiport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • International airport tax
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance (incl. Helicopter Evacuation)
  • Tips for guides (optional)
  • Late check out in hotels

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Nepal has a huge variety of different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable)

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

You’ll hike from 4 to 7 hours a day, averaging around and gradually ascend from 2610m to 5550m. While the trail is generally good, there are some more challenging uphill sections of the journey.

Much of the trek is within the capabilities of people with good fitness. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations.

When you trek in the mountains, there always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger.

From October to December and March to May the weather is general warm at 10 - 15°C but as you climb higher, the temperatures will drop significantly.

Trekking in the Monsoon season - June to August - is generally not recommended unless you enjoy rain, cloudy skies and very slippery trails. Outside of the monsoon months of June to September you can do an Everest Base Camp trek at pretty much anytime. October is thought to be the premium month to trek when skies are clear, temperatures warm during the day and not too cold at night, but this means the trails are at their busiest.

Yes, of course. We work with some of the best leaders in the industry. Every single one of them is government licensed.

In order to ensure guides’ high standard of performance, the host provides them with top-notch in-house training that covers, Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, advanced wilderness first aid, hyperbaric chambers, oxygen system, mountain rescue and incident management.

Yes, of course. Just send any enquiries to the host and they will create a bespoke itinerary that suits your needs. Alternatively, have a look at our shorter itineraries.

Yes, of course. Just send any enquiries to the host and they will create a bespoke itinerary that suits your needs. Alternatively, have a look at our shorter itineraries.

Your host recommends to pack the following:

  • 1 pair rucksack/backpacks
  • 2 pair lightweight trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 small daypack (20-30l)
  • Trainers
  • Money belt
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • 1 Torch / flashlight
  • 1 Swiss army knife
  • 1 Swimming costume
  • 1 pair shorts
  • Underwear (including thermals)
  • Personal medication / first aid kit
  • 1 Washing kit
  • 1 pair of strong walked-in mountain boots
  • 1 four-season sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
  • 1 down jacket / All-weather anorak
  • 1 water bottles (1 ltr.)
  • 1 pair waterproof gaiters / over trousers
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
  • 2 Long sleeve cotton or (polypropylene) shirts
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • 3 Pair heavy wool sock, 2 pairs light socks
  • Cotton headscarf/bandana
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Sunblock / lotions
  • Water purifying tablets (if you don’t want to buy bottled water)

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Aiport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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