The Everest circuit trek leads though the dramatic Himalayan traverse of the spectacular Cho La pass which links the pristine Gokyo with the magnificent Khumbu valley.
The Everest circuit trek includes the dramatic Himalayan traverse of the spectacular Cho La pass which links the pristine blue Gokyo lakes with magnificent Khumbu valley leading up to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. This is one of the most wonderful and complete package for trekking in Everest region as it combines magnificent classic close-up views of Everest from Kalapathar, the awesome experience of Everest Base Camp, the sparkling Gokyo Lakes, the rewarding ascent of Gokyo Ri for superb, panoramic views of the Himalayas and the thrill of crossing of the Cho La pass, a remote high altitude pass with captivating scenery at one go.
Everest circuit trek – Gokyo to Everest base camp with Chola pass
We start the Everest Circuit trek with the exciting flight into Lukla. We trek up to Namche Bazaar, the unofficial Sherpa capital with its diverse and colorful mix of people. Sherpa museum, monastery and busy market stalls full of local products and Tibetan artifacts – an interesting and thoroughly rewarding experience. Leaving the popular Everest Base Camp trails behind us, we trek up the serene Gokyo Valley, pass 3 breathtakingly beautiful blue glacial lakes set among glistening, snow-capped peaks. We continue the dramatic chola pass trek by ascending Gokyo Ri in the crisp early sunrise for an incredible, awe-inspiring 360 degree view of many of the world’s highest peaks – an unforgettable experience – Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nupste and Makalu and the massive Nagozumpa glacier, the longest in the Nepal. After exploring the Gokyo valley, we cross the challenging Cho La pass on the way to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar which offers fabulous views as you descend from the pass through glistening pristine snowfields into a broad secluded valley in our Everest circuit trek making a big circle of Everest region.
You feel the increasing thrill and anticipation of drawing ever closer to the mt. Everest, the highest mountain on earth which is always just ahead of you. We hike to Kalapathar and Everest base camp to leave the historical footprint at base camp – a truly memorable experience and great achievement. We descend through Pheriche, Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa villages and Thyangboche with its famous and ornately decorated Buddhist monastery – still many things and places to see. In short this Everest Circuit trekking is a combination of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes linked with the climb over the challenging Cho La pass.
- Day 01:
Arrive Kathmandu / dinner with cultural program to start the Everest circuit trip.
- Day 02:
Explore Boudhnath and Pashupatinath / Everest circuit trek orientation and preparation.
- Day 03:
Fly to Lukla and start Everest base camp gokyo lakes trekking.
- Day 04 - 05:
Trekking to Namche / Acclimatization rest day.
- Day 06:
Trek to Kumjung.
- Day 07-08:
Trekking up the Gokyo Valley and enjoy views of massive Cho Oyu.
- Day 09-10:
Climb Gokyo Ri / savour the stunning looks of Mt. Everest and pristine lakes.
- Day 11:
Trekking on the moraines of the Ngozumpa Glacier to Thangna.
- Day 12-13:
Cross the challenging Chola pass and trek to Lobuche: enjoy the superb beauty of Nature.
- Day 14:
Trekking Kala Pathar for views across Khumbu Glacier to Everest.
- Day 15:
Exploration to the Everest Base Camp.
- Day 16-18:
Trekking down to Lukla to end the Everest circuit trek via Pheriche, Thyangboche.
- Day 19:
Himalayan flight back to Kathmandu after the Everest circuit trek / Rest day.
- Day 20:
Free day in Kathmandu.
- Day 21:
Trip ends / Airport transfer to end the Everest base camp gokyo lakes trek.