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Everest circuit trek is one of the most popular trekking trails in Everest region which involves three commanding vintage points close to Everest. Everest circuit trekking is known as Everest base camp trekking which includes Chhukung valley. It is popular to see the top of the world Khumbu Himalaya glaciers, Tibetian Sherpa culture, ancient Tibetian monasteries, beautiful landscape, wild animals, and green forest surrounded by more than 27 Himalayan peaks. Everest circuit trek begins from the 35 minutes mountain flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. This trek leads through the Sherpa village, Buddhist monasteries, close views of Mount Everest, neighboring Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse Nuptse , considered by many to be among the most beautiful mountains in Everest Himalaya region.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla then to Phakding. O/nt Altitude 2610m. (2.5 hrs. approx)

Day 3 & 4: To & In Namche Bazaar. O/nt  Altitude 3440m. (5 hrs. approx)

Day 5: To Dole. O/nt  Altitude 3780m. (6hrs. approx)

Day 6: To Machhermo. O/nt Altitude 4470m. (4 hrs. approx)

Day 7 & 8: To Gokyo & Gokyo-Ri. O/nt Altitude 4790m (5hrs. approx)

Day 9: To Thangna. O/nt Altitude 4610m. (4 hrs. approx)

Day 10: To Dzongla. O/nt Altitude 4860m. (8 hrs. approx)

Day 11: To Lobuche. O/nt Altitude 4910m. (5 hrs. approx)

Day 12: To Everest Basecamp (5300m) & Gorakshep. O/nt Altitude 5160m. (8 hrs. approx)

Day 13: To Kala Patthar (5545m) & Dingboche. O/nt Altitude 4410m. (8 hrs. approx)

Day 14: To Tengboche. O/nt Altitude 3860m. (4 hrs. approx)

Day 15: To Monjo. O/nt Altitude 2840m. (6 hrs. approx)

Day 16: To Lukla. O/nt Altitude 2800m. (4 hrs. approx)

Day 17: An Optional day in hand for bad weather contingency, additional acclimatization or detour.

Day 18: To Kathmandu.

Day 19: In Kathmandu

Day 20: Departure.Transfer from hotel to the airport.

Day 1: Arrival.

Transfer from airport to a hotel. Pre-trek briefing by your trekking guide.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla then to Phakding. O/nt Altitude 2610m. (2.5 hrs. approx)

We take an early morning stunning flight to Lukla 2,800m/9,800ft (40mins approx), gateway to The Everest. We are now in the region of the legendary Sherpas whose features are much more distinct from the rest of the Nepalese you’ve encountered so far. After lunch, we trek north towards Phakding along meandering trails which are lined with many stone walls, made with hundreds of stone tablets and giant carved boulders, brilliantly adorned with brightly colored paints. This portion of the hike is an easy walk through the lush landscape of the Himalayan lowlands.

Day 3 & 4: To & In Namche Bazaar. O/nt  Altitude 3440m. (5 hrs. approx)

Following the Dudh Koshi, the trail heads north as it gently starts to rise through rhododendron & magnolia forests with giant fir trees to the village of Jorsalle, where the lunch break will be taken. After a brief stop-over for lunch, the climb proceeds towards Namche Bazaar, a delightful mountain village, and so-called ‘Sherpa Capital’ of Khumbu.

We take a day off to get acclimatized to the high altitude  In the meantime, one can explore the local markets, mingle with the people, walk up to the Everest viewpoint, visit the museum , and happily laze around and bask in the sun later in the afternoon.

Day 5: To Dole. O/nt  Altitude 3780m. (6hrs. approx)

The beginning of the trail is almost level-stretched and abruptly the passage ascends on a staircase made up of rocks embedded in a narrow cleft in a large boulder and continues towards a large chorten (a smaller version of Stupa) on the top of the ridge which is in Mong La, the birthplace of the saint Lama Sange Dorje, the reincarnate lama of Rongbuk monastery in Tibet who introduced Buddhism to Khumbu.

From Mong La, the trail descends in steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Koshi river for short period and then climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests, which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. The trail passes a herders’ hut at Tongba, then ascends smoothly to Dole with few lodges and predominant views of Khumbila , the abode of the patron god of the Khumbu region, and Tawache.  From here on, it is possible to climb a ridge behind Dole for a broader view up and down the valley.

Day 6: To Machhermo. O/nt Altitude 4470m. (4 hrs. approx)

This day the route is steep in few places as it climbs through scrub junipers and along the way Kharkas (grazing field for yaks) are seen wherever there are a flat spot and the slightest hint of water. Most of the Kharkas are noticeable at Luza and people from Khumjung own them. The trail carries on to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, traversing sandy spurs to Machhermo, where a yeti had killed three yaks and had attacked a Sherpa girl, the most credible yeti incident ever reported in Khumbu, so be on guard as you visit this region.

Day 7 & 8: To Gokyo & Gokyo-Ri. O/nt Altitude 4790m (5hrs. approx)

Away from Macchermo the trail ascends a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho Oyu. Further, then the ridge, the valley widens as the trail reaches Pangka and leaving this place behind you drop briefly, then again climb to a large cave area known as Nilibuk. As we pass Nilibuk the trail climbs steeply along a narrowly crafted staircase trail and down below, the clear water from the Gokyo lakes merging with the glacial outflow from the massive Ngozumpa Glacier is seen. Atop the staircase, the trail crosses a simple wooden bridge to the first small lake, where a family of Brahminy ducks has dwelled for many years. Head on past a second lake is known as Taujun, and finally up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo, a collection of stone houses. In Gokyo, we again take a day off to acclimatize. After early morning breakfast, hike up to Gokyo-Ri (5357m, 2 hrs approx), the small peak above the lake.  The place offers an astonishing panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Kakalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. This small peak is sometimes called Kala Patthar (which is entirely different from Kala Patthar above Gorakshep).

Day 9: To Thangna. O/nt Altitude 4610m. (4 hrs. approx)

The route we trek today is a challenging side trip across Cho La to the Khumbu valley into the Everest region. Just about halfway between the first and second lakes, a trail leads across the moraine to the east past the steep pass, which involves a glacier crossing on the eastern side finally reaching Thangna with a small number of houses where we make a night stop for crossing Cho La pass the following day.

Day 10: To Dzongla. O/nt Altitude 4860m. (8 hrs. approx)

We wake up earlier than usual to prepare for the challenging trek across Cho La pass. We’ve to pack our lunch for the day as houses and lodges are non-existent on the route. Besides moraine trail, you may come across ice falls, if there had been enough snowfall in the region. The trail, which comprises moraine and rocks, towards Cho La (5340) is comparatively steep with a snowcapped upper part. The descent from the pass to Dzongla is quite straightforward.

Day 11: To Lobuche. O/nt Altitude 4910m. (5 hrs. approx)

Leaving Dzongla, the trail continues to descend. Walking past frozen rivers, we reach Lobuche where stone houses sit in an icy wilderness of stunning beauty. Once in Lobuche, you get the sense of being close to the ultimate goal.

Day 12: To Everest Basecamp (5300m) & Gorakshep. O/nt Altitude 5160m. (8 hrs. approx)

Today you will spend the whole day trekking to the Base Camp and then back to Gorakshep. Your trek Sirdar will navigate the Khumbu glacier as you make your way to The Base Camp of Mount Everest. You will be standing at the base of the tallest mountain on Earth and shall see the infamous Khumbu icefall. Reaching Basecamp fills you with a real sense of achievement as you’ve done what you set out to do and stare in awe at the spectacular surroundings. Soon it will be time to descend back to Gorakshep for the overnight halt.

Day 13: To Kala Patthar (5545m) & Dingboche. O/nt Altitude 4410m. (8 hrs. approx)

The day will start earlier than usual with the aim of reaching Kala Patthar before sunrise, the best vantage point for viewing Everest and the other surrounding peaks. A feeling of being in unison with the mighty nature overwhelms you as you ascend to the top of Kala Patthar. The views are amazing and Everest is breathtaking. Continue to descend to a sandy flat expanse of Gorakshep, and continue the trek down to Dingboche where mountains views are terrific.

Day 14: To Tengboche. O/nt Altitude 3860m. (4 hrs. approx)

The route descends from the Imja valley, then traverses across the Khumbu Khola on a wooden bridge and ascends to rejoin the upward trail near Orsho and continues to descend passing several yak herders and tea shops to Shomare. Leaving behind alpine meadows, we get down to the tree line for our night stop in Tyangboche, the religious focal point of the entire ‘Sherpa land’,  where you can visit the largest monastery in Nepal that was founded in 1919 by Lama Gulu, a monk from Khumjung.

Day 15: To Monjo. O/nt Altitude 2840m. (6 hrs. approx)

Descend through the woods to Phunki Tenga, then uphill to Kenjoma. Retrace your steps back past Namchhe to Monjo .

Day 16: To Lukla. O/nt Altitude 2800m. (4 hrs. approx)

The last day in Khumbu Region. The trail that is followed is fairly easy with some steady climbs through scrub forests with a final steep ascent that leads to a Tamang village and shortly thereafter to Lukla, where the time to relax in Sherpa ambiance is abundant.

Day 17: An Optional day in hand for bad weather contingency, additional acclimatization or detour.

Day 18: To Kathmandu.

A short but spectacular flight will bring you back to Kathmandu. You can spend rest of the day exploring, shopping or simply just relaxing in numerous cafes in Thamel before the entire group meets for the end of the trek celebration dinner at The Rum Doodles.

Day 19: In Kathmandu

Free day for rest & relax or exploration in a city (services available for any sort of arrangements).

Day 20: Departure.Transfer from hotel to the airport.

Cost Includes On:
per itinerary with a tour guide, vehicle & entry fees
Kathmandu to Lukla and return flights including trekking guide’s flight
All meals – full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek as per given itinerary
Twin sharing tea house/lodge accommodation during the Mount Everest circuit trek
Mount Everest circuit trek experienced trek leader (English speaking, First Aid, and Eco-trained), one Sherpa porter
Trek support staff insurance
Sagarmatha National park entry fee, TIMS permit, plus all major permits and entry fees
Everest circuit trekking map, printed itinerary etc.
Comprehensive medical kit bag (First Aid bag)

Cost Does Not Include On:
Nepalese visa fees and international airfare
Excess baggage charges (Domestic plane allows only 15 KG maximum)
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except mentioned in the itinerary
Travel and rescue insurance (Book your travel insurance in advance)
Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills, hot shower, battery recharge & extra porters
Tips for driver, trekking guide and trekking Sherpa and trekking porter
Any extending trips besides 21 days Everest circuit trek
Any services that don’t include in-service inclusive column