Everest Circuit Trekking

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Trip Overview

“Traveling it leaves you speechless, and then it turns you into a storyteller.”

One of the most daring treks in the Himalayas, Everest Circuit Trekking is famous for its tough trek route. This trek takes you through the most beautiful and awe-inspiring regions of the Sagarmatha National Park. From the world’s highest glacier lakes in the Gokyo valley to the base camp of Nepal’s most famous geographic wonder, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha, Mother Earth), this trail journeys into the heartland of the Sherpa people. A unique trek that goes through Lukla, Namche bazaar and all the way to Gokyo (5357m), Chola Pass, Kalapathar(5545m), Everest Base Camp and Island Peak (6189m).

We start the Everest circuit trekking with the exciting flight into Lukla. Following the Dudh Koshi River on the valley floor, our trail passes through farming villages of mixed Tamang, Rai and Sherpa communities. Everest Circuit trek is one of the most enjoyable trekking route of Nepal as it combines the magnificent classic close-up views of Everest from Kalapathar, the awesome experience of Everest Base Camp, the sparkling Gokyo Lakes, the 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. We trek up to Namche Bazaar, the unofficial Sherpa capital with, Sherpa museum, monastery and busy market stalls full of local products and Tibetan art - an interesting and rewarding experience. This adventure will provide an insight into their rich Buddhist culture and their traditional way of life. Sights of Amadablam (6856m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m) and Cho Oyu (8201m) will dominate the landscape, but you’ll also see glimpses of other 8000m giants, Makalu (8463m) and Shisapangma (8013m), from the trail. The route that goes via the high pass of Cho La at 5330meters takes us to the Everest Base Camp. In spring, the valley is awash with flowering rhododendron trees of various colors and large white magnolia trees. Spring also brings climbers from around the globe with Everest ambitions. This amazing trekking route takes you to Lukla, Namche bazaar. After which it continues to Gokyo, Chola Pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp. At the end of our trek we shall retrace our steps and return back to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.

Everest Circuit Trekking takes you to the foothills of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest at 8848 meters. Everest circuit trekking is most suitable from the beginning of March to end of May and beginning of September to end of December. This trek is for trekkers who have experienced Nepal’s trekking routes before and also for the first time trekkers who are willing to test themselves in this most beautiful alpine environment. And you can always change up the itinerary according to your travel plan or holiday.  So contact Adventure Master Treks & Expedition to be part of this surreal adventure trek through the great Himalayas.

Itinerary Overview

Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Day 05 : Acclimatization at Namche bazar

Day 06 : Trek to Phorste Thanga

Day 07 : Phortse to Machermo

Day 08 : Trek to Gokyo

Day 09 : Exploring Gokyo Ri

Day 10 : Gokyo trek to Phortse Village

Day 11 : Phortse trek to Tengboche

Day 12 : Tengboche trek to Monjo

Day 13 : Monjo trek to Lukla

Day 14 : Lukla flight to Katmandu

Day 15 : Final Departure

Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu

Adventure Master Treks warmly welcomes you to Nepal, the land of the Himalayas. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will be waiting for you there holding the signboard of Adventure Master Treks with your name written on it. As you recognize our representative, you will be greeted and transferred to respective hotel in Kathmandu. If you are jet-lagged, then we recommend you to take proper rest or few hours sleep. If you want to go outside in open areas, you can stroll around Thamel Market. We’ll have briefing about our trip in the evening. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02:Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation

The day is scheduled for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Valley is rich in historical and cultural heritages. With our guided tour, you get an opportunity to visit some of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites in the valley including historically significant palace Kathmandu Durbar Square (Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square), sacred Hindu temple Pashupatinath and famous Buddhist’s religious site Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). In the evening after the sightseeing, you can do necessary preparation for trek buying all the equipment required. By the end of this day, you should be ready with your bags packed for Everest Circuit Trekking.

Day 03:Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Early morning, we board a 40 min flight to Lukla. It is a scenic flight over the Himalayan peaks, which offers you great aerial views if the day is clear. Landing is on Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla and after having breakfast, we trek towards Phakding which takes around 3 hours. As we land at the altitude of almost 3000m and it is also the first day of trekking, we only do short trek to assist acclimatization. From the village of Lukla to Phakding, the trail follows the bank of Dudh Koshi River. Overnight stay will be at local lodge in Phakding. Trekking time: 3-4 hrs

Day 04:Phakding to Namche Bazaar

It’s difficult to throw warm blankets away but the beautiful morning slowly inspires us to gear up for today’s exciting trek. Soon after breakfast, we begin our walk through a beautiful pine forest along the bank of Dudh Koshi River. On our way we cross several suspension bridges and pass several villages, monasteries and chortens. As we reach Benkar village, we can admire amazing view of Mt. Thamserku. Our trekking permits are checked at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. With gradual descent, we reach Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. We walk through a river bed and reach famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. Next, we climb up towards Namche and the trail offers amazing views of Kwangde Peak, Kusum Peak, Kangaru Peak, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and many others. Overnight stay will be at guest house in Namche. Trekking time: 5-6 hrs

Day 05:Acclimatization at Namche bazar

Acclimatization is important for achieving great trekking experience by preventing altitude sickness. Today is the acclimatization day to prepare our body for higher altitudes. We don’t go higher altitudes this day but it’s better to remain active even in acclimatization day. We can hike around Namche Bazaar which is a gateway to high Himalaya and a popular tourist hub in Everest region.

Day 06:Trek to Phorste Thanga

We don’t have to start very early in the morning as the trekking duration of today is fairly short (around 3 hours). From Namche Bazaar, we begin our walk on a trail with gradual ups and downs. On the way, we are likely to spot various wildlife of that region including Himalayan pheasants, Himalayan Thars and musk deer. The trail goes gradually down up to Kyanjuma and then reaches Sanasa from where we follow Gokyo trails. As we reach Mong La, we can view the confluence of Dudh Koshi River and Imja Khola River below us as well as catch a glimpse of peaks including Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Khumbila. Next, we descend towards Dudh Koshi River and then ascend uphill through rhododendron forests to finally reach at Phortse. Stay overnight at local lodge in Phortse.

Trekking time: 5-6 hrs

Day 07:Phortse to Machermo

The trek to Machhermo kicks off with a stiff climb of around 40 minutes and then levels out which offers amazing views of the valleys on all sides. We pass through forests, waterfalls and bridges to reach Dole where we can have rest break. From Dole, we climb on a steady trail through a scenic ridge which offers great views of Cho Oyu, Kangtega (The Snow Saddle) and Thamserku peaks. We reach Luza village and from there we ascend above the Dudh Koshi River. We continue our walk through several small settlements and sandy trails to reach Machhermo. Maccherma has an amazing setting with spectacular mountain and valley views. Stay overnight at local lodge in Machhermo.

Trekking time: 5-6 hrs

Day 08:Trek to Gokyo

Today’s trek begins with a steep climb up to the ridge above Macchermo from where we can admire views of the Dudh Koshi valley and mountains including Cho Oyu, Kangtega and Thamserku. We descend the trail beyond the ridge that passes through a Chorten to reach Phangga. Further, we descend to the river bank and climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We follow the trail to Gokyo passing through Longpongo, Raboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari. Stay overnight at lodge in Gokyo.

Trekking time: 5-6 hrs

Day 09:Exploring Gokyo Ri

Gokyo is famous for its turquoise Gokyo lakes (six main lakes) which are the highest freshwater lake system in the world. We spend this day to explore the beauty of Gokyo valley. We climb Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak) and as we reach the top, we can enjoy amazing view of the Himalayas and the tranquil Gokyo lakes. We can hike to the fourth Gokyo Lake which is only about 3 km north of Gokyo. A little further walk from there takes us to the fifth Gokyo Lake. We can also climb a nearby hill to reach the spot called ‘Scoundrel’s Viewpoint’ which offers magnificent views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Gyachung Kang and Makalu. We can view the Cho Oyu base camp and Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier of the Himalayas from the northern part of fifth Gokyo Lake. We trek back to Gokyo for overnight stay. Trekking time: 5-6 hrs

Day 10:Gokyo trek to Phortse Village

It is relatively easy trek back almost all downhill towards Phortse village via Machhermo and Dole. However, the hike down after leaving Dole to Phortse Tenga can be bit tricky due to the path being dusty. To begin our trek, we descend on a path along the Dudh Koshi River and pass the first Gokyo Lake. On our way, we can admire the views of Taboche and Cholatse peaks. We further descend before we climb a hill. Trekking trail leads us to Dole passing Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma villages on way. From Dole, we walk back to Phortse village where we stay overnight at local lodge. Trekking time: 6 hrs.

Day 11:Phortse trek to Tengboche

From Phortse, we follow the trail towards the village of Pangboche and we can admire the views of Kangtega, Thamserku and Ama Dablam on our way. Pangboche is a home to the oldest monastery in the Everest region. Next, we descend to the Imja Khola passing some marvelously carved Mani stones. Then, we cross the wooden bridge and walk passing through rhododendron forest to reach Tengboche which is a home to Tengboche Monastery (Dawa Choling Gompa), the biggest monastery in the Everest region. The monastery is draped with a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks including mighty Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Overnight stay will be at lodge in Tengboche. Trekking time: 4-5 hrs

Day 12:Tengboche trek to Monjo

We descend through rhododendron forest and pine forest to Phunki Tenga. Then, we cross the river and ascend towards Namche passing Tashinga. From Namche, we descend to reach Monjo where we stay overnight at local lodge. Trekking time: 6-7 hrs

Day 13:Monjo trek to Lukla

From Monjo, the trail descends steeply to Chauri Kharka passing Phakding and Chopling villages. From Chauri Kharka, we have to ascend the final climb of the trek and continue our walk to reach Lukla.

Trekking time: 5 hrs

Day 14:Lukla flight to Katmandu

Today, we board an early morning flight to return to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, the trip leader will drop us at our hotel. We can take rest and can stroll around Thamel market rest of the day. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15:Final Departure

This is the end of our journey. For your departure, our representative will drop you at the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. You can depart for your onward destination with beautiful memories of trip and a will to come back.

Includes

  • Airport transfer pick up and drop
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Domestic airfare (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) including the departure taxes
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • First aid Medical kit
  • All government and local taxes (including 13% VAT and 10 % service charge)
  • Transportation on private vehicle as agreed on the itinerary

Excludes

  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation expenses
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu and extra baggage charges in domestic and international flight
  • ­­­­­­­­­­­­Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • All personal expenses (including the gears and clothing taken on hire by the participant, phone calls, battery charge, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

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