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EBC & Gokyo Circuit Trek

Climb Gokyo Ri, cross the Ngozumpa Glacier, scale the rock face and cross the glacial ice fields of the Cho La Pass. See the sun set on Everest from the summit of Kala Patthar and finally reach the legendary Mount Everest Base Camp

It's longer than the regular Everest Base Camp trek, but what you gain in memories and experience in those few extra days, many people will wait a life time for.

From 360° panoramas of snow capped glistening monolithic mountains, to ancient Buddhist monasteries, to vast creaking glaciers and the opportunity to see all sorts of unique and captivating wildlife - this Himalayan trek offers uncountable sights and experiences that you'll never find anywhere else. Learn about the traditional ways of life and culture of the Sherpa mountain people and support the local economy through our rigorously ethical practices.

After what may well be the most beautiful flight of your life, flying within touching distance of enormous mountains and making a hard-to-believe landing at Lukla mountain airport, we get stuck into the trek, setting off to the famous Khumbu Valley. The lush greenery of the terraced farmland and villages around Lukla soon fade away as we weave along the Dudh Koshi river, crossing hair raising high wire suspension bridges and climbing on until we reach the thriving Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar - where there is plenty to do and see as we acclimatise.

Soon we find ourselves face to face with the true geological royalty of the Himalayan ranges. We trek for some days in the shadow of the glorious Mt. Ama Dablam, watching the sun rise and set on the picturesque peak and hanging glacier of the "mother and her necklace". We move onwards cautiously but steadily - our expert guides monitoring the progress of each of us as we acclimatise to the thinner air, lower oxygen level and all new surroundings. We ensure we have enough trekking guides in the team that if you have to slow down to acclimatise, someone will always be with you.

Our local staff are paid a decent living wage, get provided with all the right gear and are always well looked after. We pride ourselves on our ethics.

We break away from the main trail to Everest Base Camp after Namche Bazaar, away from the busier sections and out into the wilderness of the Gokyo Valley. After we pass the first of the stunning Gokyo Lakes we reach Gokyo village where we prepare for an early morning summit of Gokyo Ri. Here we hope to look across the valley and see Mount Everest at sunrise.

From our summit we descend and make a thrilling crossing of the Ngozumpa Glacier ready for our climb of the Cho La pass. The trail to the pass is steep and very challenging, but the views from the ice-laden summit are totally worth it. After crossing the vast open glacial snow fields we descend into the Everest valley for the rest of our trek.

As we get close to Mt Everest and to Everest Base Camp, we find ourselves up close and personal with the Khumbu glacier and a number of 8000m+ peaks that can leave you speechless. After passing the imposing face of Nuptse we make our way to Gorak Shep, where we'll spend the night at a whopping 5170m. Weather permitting, we'll see the sun set on the side of Mount Everest after perhaps our biggest challenge - reachng the summit of Kala Patthar (5545m), before we descend under the glow of the Milky Way.

The next day will be the day it all comes together, as we make an early start from Gorak Shep, to follow the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and take ourselves all the way to Everest Base Camp (5365m).

Fast Facts

  • Max altitude: 5545m / 18,192ft
  • Trek length: 17 days
  • Difficulty:
  • Sleeping: Hotels / Teahouses
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EBC, Cho La Pass, Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri

If we were asked to choose, from all the options in the Everest region of what should surely not be missed - it's this. For anyone with enough time, and enough determination, this mighty foursome offers so much. Taking in a bit of everything without being as challenging as some other routes, this trek will surely impress any adventure seeker.

Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1: Welcome & briefing
  • Day 2: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Monjo
  • Day 3: Monjo to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 4: Acclimatisation hike, return to Namche
  • Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Dole
  • Day 6: Dole to Machermo
  • Day 7: Gokyo and the Lakes
  • Day 8: Gokyi Ri Sunrise Summit
  • Day 9: Ngozumpa Glacier Crossing
  • Day 10: Cho La Pass & Glacier
  • Day 11: Dzonglha to Lobuche
  • Day 12: Gorak Shep & Kala Patthar Summit
  • Day 13: Everest Base Camp
  • Day 14: Gorakshep to Pheriche
  • Day 15: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
  • Day 17: Return flight to Kathmandu & dinner

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Memorable Moments

Climb Kala Patthar

Climb the challenging summit of Kala Patthar - 5545m altitude. Stand in the shadow of the mighty Pumori as you watch the sun go down on the top of the world.

Reach Out

High altitude trekking is a challenging experience and the people you're with start to feel like family. An adventure like this can form lifetime frendships.

Experience Altitude

5000m (16400 ft) is high enough to sky-dive. Oxygen and atmospheric pressure are lower, thinking and moving are both more challenging. How will you go?

The top of the World is waiting for You!

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Why choose us?

  • A Fair Deal

    We pay our staff properly. We make sure they have the right gear and the right insurance. We take pride in our ethics.

  • Staying Safe

    Your safety is our priority. We make sure we always have ample, well trained guides on every trek, prepared for any eventuality.

  • Support Nepal

    We source all of our staff equipment from Nepali companies, mostly family owned. This helps to ensure prosperity for hundreds of local people, not corporations.

  • Expert Advice

    If you can't find what you're looking for in our Nepal trekking advice pages, we offer a free Q&A advice service for all our customers.

What's included

  • Hotel in Kathmandu on the night before & after the trek
  • Welcome briefing the night before the trek
  • Awe inspiring (and a little hair raising) flights to/from the mountains
  • Hotel in Kathmandu on the night after the trek
  • Airport transfers for domestic flights
  • Airport meet & greet on arrival into Kathmandu
  • Comfortable Teahouse style accommodation during the trek
  • Breakfast every morning (except arrival day of course)
  • Dinner each night on trail (except arrival day)
  • Hot drink of your choice every morning & evening
  • High quality sleeping bags provided for trek
  • Down jackets available on request
  • English speaking, skilled & experienced Nepali group leader
  • Ample additional English speaking guides for the group
  • Well paid local porters to carry your gear
  • Proper, quality mountain gear to keep our porters safe and warm
  • Insurance of all staff, including porters
  • Trekking permits and Sagarmatha National Park entry fees
  • Full pre-departure briefing and trip information
  • Traditional Nepali dinnre and cultural show on return to Kathmandu

What's not included

  • International flights / transport
  • Any costs incurred as a result of flight delays or cancellations
  • Nepal visa fees (payable on arrival)
  • Trekker's travel insurance
  • Additional drinks and luxuries on the trek
  • Personal needs (e.g. laundry, postcards)
  • Tourist attractions in Namche Bazaar
  • Tips for your Guides & Porters

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