Nepal – Everest Circuit (Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass)
The Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year. The trek has become an achievable goal for people from all walks of life who want a glimpse of the world’s highest peak.
For those with more time and stamina to spare, it is well worth to include Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass to Everest Base Camp for a Everest Circuit Trek. This circular trek combines all the significant places in the Everest region into one trek. It covers the classic close-up views of Everest from Kalapathar, the exciting thrill of stepping foot on Everest Base Camp, the awesome experience to reach the world’s highest freshwater lakes - Gokyo Lakes, the rewarding ascent of Gokyo Ri (5357m) for a superb panoramic view of the Himalayas and the highlight of crossing a 5000m pass - Cho La Pass.
The pristine blue and green Gokyo Lakes are one of the Himalayas' most magnificent sights. They formed the world’s highest freshwater lake system at around 5000m. There are 6 main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. A trek to the lakes often include an ascent to Gokyo Ri (5357m) where the panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Mt Everest and the lakes can be seen.
Cho La Pass
Cho La Pass located at 5420m is the "bridge" between Gokyo Valley and Khumbu Valley. It connects the village of Dzongla (4830m) to the east and the village of Thagnak (4700m) to the west. Crossing the pass is a highlight, at the same time, one of the most physically demanding section of the Everest Circuit Trek.
About The Climb
We start the Everest Circuit Trek with a 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, passing 3 breathtakingly beautiful blue glacial lakes set among glistening, snow-capped peaks. At Gokyo Valley, we'll have a chance to ascend Gokyo Ri in the crisp early sunrise for an incredible, awe-inspiring 360 degree view of many of the world’s highest peaks – Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nupste and Makalu and the massive Nagozumpa glacier (the longest glacier in Nepal). After exploring the Gokyo Valley, we cross the challenging Cho La Pass to Khumbu Valley to head to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. The pass will bring you from snowfields into a broad secluded valley. After exploring Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp, we start our descend through Pheriche, Pangboche (traditional Sherpa villages) and Thyangboche (Buddhist monastery) to end our Everest Circuit Trek.
There are four main seasons in Nepal. The best seasons to visit Nepal are spring, autumn and winter. Trekkers can trek from March to early June in spring. The next trekking season starts in mid-September and goes up till March. During this period, the visibility is good and it does not rain usually. You can get excellent views of landscapes and mountain ranges in this season. After November the temperature in higher altitudes becomes very low and snowfall starts
Autumn (September to November): Autumn season is considered the best time for trekking in Nepal. It offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.
Winter (December - February): Winter is when snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas is a common occurrence. Though it gets colder in night, it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail. However, not all treks are suitable to be done in winter especially those involving climbing and crossing high passes.
Spring (March - May): Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside a wild flowers paradise during the spring season. The temperature is warmer as compared to autumn and winter.
You should have some high altitude trekking background. You will be required to trek above 4000m most of the days; having trekked above 4000m is an advantage.
Equipment and Gear
You'll need thermal base layers, a fleece jacket and a water/wind proof outer shell jacket for the trek. When at the teahouse, after sundown, and as you ascend higher, a down jacket will be required. A good down sleeping bag is also needed.
A packing list will be provided for all our participants. Down jacket, sleeping bag, fleece liner and duffel bag are provided during the trek. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to read about the layering system to be better prepared and choose the right gear/equipment for your climb.
We also organize these treks in the Everest Region
|Trek||Open International Group Price|
|12 Days Tengboche Trek||$2085 per person|
|18 Days Gokyo Lakes Trek||$2475 per person|
|23 Days Everest 3 Passes & Peaks (Renjo La, Chola, Kongmala, Gokyo Ri, Kalapathar, EBC and Chukung Ri)||$3150 per person|
You can form a private group or join an international open group for these treks. For enquiry, send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Group size: 6 - 12 people
- Our Nepal treks are part of our charity initiative More Than A Trek. More Than A Trek aims to give back to the local communities we travel to. S$100 of the package fee will be contributed to D2N's Nepal Scholarship's fund. Education is free in Nepal, but many children cannot afford school supplies, uniforms, backpacks or even adequate shoes and a winter coat. The scholarship fund preferentially selects women of lower castes. As long as the kids are attending school and progressing, their scholarship will be renewed annually
- You can also form a private group or join an international open group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at email@example.com
|Day||Itinerary||Meals||Altitude At Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive Kathmandu.||-/-/-||1330m|
|Day 2||Half day city tour. Trek briefing & preparation. Welcome dinner.||B/-/D||1330m|
|Day 3||Flight to Lukla. Trek to Phakding.||B/L/D||2600m|
|Day 4-5||Trek to Namche Bazaar. Acclimatisation & rest day in Namche Bazaar||B/L/D||3440m|
|Day 6||Trek to Kumjung.||B/L/D||3970m|
|Day 7-10||For the next few days, trek to Gokyo Valley where the magnificent views of Cho Oyu is in full sight and climb to the top of Gokyo Ri for the stunning views of Mt. Everest and the pristine Gokyo Lakes.||B/L/D||4790m|
|Day 11||Trek on the moraines of the Ngozumpa Glacier to Thangna.||B/L/D||4700m|
|Day 12-13||Cross the challenging Chola Pass and trek to Lobuche.||B/L/D||Dzonglha - 4830m|
Lobuche - 4940m
|Day 14-15||Trek to Gorak Shep and spend the next 2 days on excursions to Kala Pathar and Everest Base Camp||B/L/D||Gorak Shep - 5140m|
|Day 16-18||Descend to Lukla via Pheriche and Thyangboche.||B/L/D||Pheriche - 4200m|
Thyangboche - 3860m
Lukla - 2840m
|Day 19||Lukla to Kathmandu.||B/-/-||1330m|
|Day 20||Contingency day. Free & easy in Kathmandu if not used.||B/L/D. (Only breakfast in hotel is included in Kathmandu if contingency day is not used on trek)||1330m|
|Day 21||Depart Kathmandu. (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )||B/-/-|