Everest circuit trek-Gokyo Everest base camp via Chola pass – 21 days

Visit this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom and explore its peaceful, challenging and unspoiled trails and landscape.
Trip Code : DH/N-10
Duration : 21 days


  • Well bodily trekkers with some prior mountains experience.
  • Mesmeric views of century-old Monasteries, Mountains, and flora and fauna.
  • The threshold to the landing point of Mt: Everest.
  • The trail is studded with the name of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary
  • Blend of both burdensome and gleesome
  • The ecstatic feeling while exploring Sherpa village and understanding their norms, lifestyle, and values
  • The sight of more than 10 mountains including 4 mountains of height above 8000m
  • Amazing experience of being in Everest base camp and Kala Patthar
  • Challenging but lifetime walk to Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Valley
  • Astonishing flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice-versa
  • Panoramic view of the highest peak of the world, Mt. Everest, three passes (Cho La, Renjo La, and Kongma La), and Gokyo valley with lakes

Trip Information

The Everest circuit trek is one of the most famous trekking trails in the Everest region of Nepal which takes us to the outstanding Cho La pass and pristine blue Gokyo Lakes. It is a really amazing trek in the dramatic Himalayan traverse by following the magnificent Khumbu valley and reach to our destination, the Everest Base Camp and famous viewpoint, Kalapathar. The Everest Circuit trek will provide us an opportunity to explore the Kalapathar and enjoy the majestic classic close-up views of Everest and make an awesome experience in travels life. Not only that, you will also explore Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri with the stunning views of the Himalayas and Gokyo valley below. The trail goes through the isolated high-altitude pass called Cho La Pass with the captivating scenery around it. 
The Everest Circuit trek begins with the stimulating flight to Lukla from the Kathmandu Valley. From Lukla, we will begin pleasing trail to Namche Bazaar, where you will get chances to encounter with the Sherpa People and get involved with their unique cultures and traditions. Furthermore, you can explore the Sherpa museum, century-old Buddhist monasteries, and stroll around the vibrant market of Namche. You will continue your trek by following the serene Gokyo Valley with the awesome blue glacial lakes and stunning snow-capped peaks on the backdrop. The Gokyo Ri also offers us the impressive sunrise views and awe-inspiring 360-degree view of many of the world’s highest peaks such as; Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nupste, Makalu and many more. The route of Everest Circuit Trek is filled with the massive Nagozumpa glacier, Gokyo valley, Cho La pass, Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar on the way to the Circuit. Finding world highest Mountain Everest in front of us is a truly memorable experience for the enthusiastic trekkers. As we explore the Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes, challenging Cho La Pass then we will descend back through Lungden, Thame, Phakding, a traditional village by following with its famous Dhudh Koshi River.

 Short Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m) – then Trek to Phakding (2,652 m) – 3 hours
Day 04: Phakding(2,652 m)  – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) – 6 hours
Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) – Day to take rest and to acclimatize
Day 06: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) to Thyangboche
Day 07: Thyangboche to Dingboche
Day 08: Dingboche (Rest and Acclimatisation Day)
Day 09: Dingboche to Chhukung
Day 10: Cross to Khongma la Pass – Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m)
Day 11: Lobuche (4,910 m) – Gorakshep (5,170 m) - Everest Base Camp (5,365 m)
Day 12: Gorak Shep (5,170 m) to Dzongla (4830m)
Day 13: Dzongla (4830m) to Gokyo Lake (4,790 m)
Day 14: Rest day at Gokyo Lake (4,790 m)- trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m)
Day 15: Gokyo to Renjo La Pass -Lungden(4500m) 
Day 16: Lungden (4500m) to Thame (4,265 m)
Day 17: Thame to Phakding(2640m) 
Day 18: Phakding(2640m) to Lukla (2,800 m)
Day 19: Lukla (2,800 m) to Kathmandu (1,350 m)
Day 20: Kathmandu rest day. (1,350 m)
Day 21: Departure to the International Airport

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the Hotel

  • Pick up from Airport and drop to the hotel.
  • Hotel checkout and rest and relax.
  • Afternoon strolls in Tourist colorful market, Thamel downtown. 
  • Enjoy welcome dinner.
  • Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley
  • Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa and Swyambhu. 
  • The Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more.
  • Short description about trek and trekking equipment. 
  • Pack and be preparing for an early morning start.
  • Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

  • Morning breakfast
  •  Take an early morning flight to Lukla, a gateway town to the Everest Base Camp.
  • Enjoy around 45 minutes scenic flight with a spectacular breathtaking view of green and white mountains, 
  • Land at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. 
  • Trek through beautiful Sherpa settlement Choplung following Dudh Koshi valley.
  • Reach our Final destination Pakhding, a small village on the bank of the beautiful Dudh Koshi River.
  • Overnight at Pakhding.

Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek begins through a delightful pine forest, along Dudh Koshi River.
  • Crosses various suspension bridges. 
  • Trek uphill to the Monjo and Jorsole. 
  • Check post and visit Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Cross suspension bridge and proceed forward to the Tenzing-Hillary suspension bridge.
  • Enjoy an extraordinary view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Kusum Khangru. 
  • Ascent up to get first sight of Mt. Everest is peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge.
  • Hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest. 
  • Enjoy the trek with the spectacular beauty of Namche Bazaar and the view of Himalayan peaks.
  • Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day)

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Rest and relax at Namche Bazaar
  • Either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Museum, Khumjung town and Khunde town or resting and exploring Namche Bazaar itself.
  • Use all facilities that Namche Bazaar offers; ATM’s, Restaurant, bakery, and colorful market, Internet cafes and government offices. 
  • Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek uphill trail to Tengboche, higher elevation for this trip.
  • Enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Nuptse and closes up view of Thamserku, Khangtaiga. 
  • Walk through Dudhkoshi River suspension bridge, pine and juniper forest bring you to Tengboche. 
  • Enjoy well-known Tengboche monastery with the foundation of AmaDablam, Nuptse, Mt. Everest, and many more peaks.
  • Overnight at Tengboche.

Day 7: Thyangboche to Dingboche

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Trek continues from Thyangboche and treks gradually ascend up above the Imja Khola.
  • The further trek will pass the several tea houses at Orsho and cross the river and old glacial moraines.
  • Continue trek will take us to the Dingboche. 
  • You can enjoy the beautiful landscape and view the magnificent Mount Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse, and other small peaks.
  • Overnight at Dingboche.

Day 8: Dingboche (Rest and Acclimatisation Day)

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Today is a rest day at Dingboche.
  • You can stroll around the Dingboche, where you can discover the striking assortment of small fields surrounded by stone walls.
  • You can also witness barely crops potatoes from the chilly winds.
  • On the way, you can see yaks are grazing in the valley meadow. 
  • Enjoy witnessing enormous rock looks of Tabuche look as if we are moving towards the heaven.
  • From Chukkung, we can witness unbelievable valley below and the soaring south face of Lhotse, Island Peak, and other stunning peaks.
  • Overnight at Dingboche

Day 9: Dingboche to Chhukung

  • Morning breakfast and continue trek through passing stone filled fields and Imja Khola Valley.
  • The further trek will take us to the Chhukung.
  • During your trek, you can enjoy surrounded Himalayas such as; the Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa.
  • Overnight at Chhukung.

Day 10: Cross to Khongma la Pass – Trek to Lobuche

  • Early morning breakfast.
  • Begin trek and reach to the Khongma la pass. 
  • Explore the Pass and continue trek towards hill way, northwest of Chhukung.
  • Crossover Nuptse glacier moraines and cross back to Bibre and trek on the path above Niyang Khola. 
  • We will pass the cairns and Buddhist prayer flag. 
  • After ascending the moraine, we will turn north by Khumbu Glacier and trek towards the Lobuche. 
  • Stay overnight at Lobuche.

Day 11: Lobuche - Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp

  • Morning breakfast and depart.
  • Continue trek through the passing Lobuche and towards Gorakshep.
  • During our trail, we will board towards the valley that is parallel to Khumbu Glacier. 
  • Walk steeply upward with the steady pace and reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier.
  • Continue trek and cross the way to the glacial sand of Gorak Shep (5160m). 
  • The further trek will lead us to the Everest Base Camp, that lies at an altitude of 5380m (17,600ft).
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the stunning Himalayas provided by Base Camp.
  • Overnight at Everest Base Camp.

Day 12: Gorak Shep to Dzongla

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Continue trek pretty up to the amazing viewpoint.
  • We will trek towards the famous viewpoint called Kala Patthar (5545m).
  • You can enjoy observing awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas.
  • Kala Patthar is the rocky peak below Pumori Mountain.
  • The trail is quite tough due to its elevation.
  • You can enjoy unbelievable mountains.
  • Cross along the Lobuche Khola and make our path right towards Dzongla.
  • Overnight at Dzongla.

Day 13: Dzongla to Gokyo Lake

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Continue trek from Dzongla and move towards Gokyo Valley.
  • We will cross the narrow path passing through rocky chunks.
  • Enjoy witnessing the main glacier and pass the snow-filled track.
  • Explore the top of the pass (5420m) and enjoy magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Baruntse, and other stunning peaks.
  • Continue walking down to Nymagawa valley and few hours of further walks to reach Thangnak.
  • Cross rocky chunks and reach Gokyo Lake. 
  • Stroll around the Gokyo lake and explore the lake.
  • Overnight at Gokyo Lake.

Day 14: Rest day at Gokyo Lake

  • Morning breakfast and explore the lake.
  • Ascent upward the peak (5360m) and enjoy the view of the Gokyo Valley below.
  • Enjoy the glorious scenery of Gokyo Ri, highest mountain in the Khumbu region.
  • Located on the west side of Ngozumpa glacier (largest glacier in Nepal as well as all over the world).
  • Enjoy the mesmerizing view of four 8000m peaks including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu. 
  • Enjoy the natural and cultural beauty, and walk back to Gokyo village.
  • Overnight at Gokyo Lake.

Day 15: Gokyo to Renjo La Pass Lungden.

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Continue trek through the Gokyo and pass Renjo La pass and reach Lungden. 
  • We will trek through the north of Gokyo Land and goes upward. 
  • Ascend and enjoy the exceptional views of Gokyo Valley with its lake, and mountains in the background. 
  • The further trek will take us to the Renjo La Pass (5420m).
  • Witness uncountable prayer flags over there.
  • Enjoy splendid views of Nangpa Valley and Mt. Everest and Makalu.
  • The way down is steep and sliding of rocks.
  • Enjoy the Glacial Lake.
  • Overnight at Renjo La Pass

Day 16: Lungden to Thame

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Continue trek through the down by following the beautiful Bhote Koshi River and walk down to Nangpa valley.
  • You will pass through small settlements and finally reach the village of Marlung.
  • The descent down and pass through small settlements and reach the village of Taranga.
  • The further trek will take us to the Thame.
  • Overnight at Thame

Day 17: Thame to Phakding

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • We begin our trek from Thame.
  • Trek down across the Bhote Khola, you will also cross the beautiful suspension bridge. 
  • Explore the Buddhist Rock paintings, Rock faces Himalayan Tahrs.
  • Continues trek through the valley of Thamo and back to Namche Bazaar. 
  • In Namche Bazaar we will have a lunch.
  • After lunch, we will trek down steeply to the large suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River. 
  • Trek back to Monjo by passing through for sale. 
  • Cross the Benkar via blue pine, oak and rhododendron forest with the splendid view of Kusum Kangaru.
  •  Finally, reached Phakding.
  • Overnight at Phakding.

Day 18: Phakding to Lukla

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Today we will end our trek here at Lukla.
  • Stroll around the Lukla and explore the place.
  • Enjoy the magnificent view of the Everest region.
  • Enjoy the beautiful views of the Himalayas, greenery and local Sherpa cultures and lifestyle of Lukla. 
  • Overnight at Lukla.

Day 19: Lukla – Kathmandu by Air

  • Morning breakfast
  • Take a morning flight to Kathmandu 
  • Enjoy splendid mountain views during the flight. 
  • Take a rest and enjoy the images which were captured during the trek.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 20: Rest day in Kathmandu and enjoy farewell dinner

  • Early morning breakfast.
  • You can visit the world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
  • You can do some souvenir shopping in the vibrant Thamel if you want.
  • Enjoy farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 21: Final Departure

  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • Airport transfer 3 hours before departure

Departure Dates

Start Date
End Date
06th Mar, 2019
26th Mar, 2019
12th Mar, 2019
01st Apr, 2019

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