Everest Circuit Trek

Everest Base Camp 5364m
At a Glance
  • Duration17 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude5555m
  • ActivityTrekking in Nepal
  • Group Size1-12
  • StartsKathmandu
  • EndsKathmandu
  • Best SeasonMarch,April,May and September,October,November
Everest Circuit Trek Highlights
  • Crossing the challenging popular three high passes of the Khumbu Region:Kongma La (5535 m), Cho La (5420m), and Renjo La (5460m).
  • This trek will take you through the Gokyo Valley's frozen lakes.
  • When you travel these passes, you will have an adventurous and challenging experience.
  • Experience breathtaking thrilling flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • You will gain an intimate understanding of the famous traditional Sherpa village and its culture, tradition, food, and lifestyle.
  • Explore Nepal's Highest airport Syangboche, and the ancient monastery in Tengboche "Tengboche Monastery".
  • One of the World’s highest hotels Everest View Hotel is situated there.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site is protected by the Sagarmatha Conservation Area.
  • Exploring the colorful Prayers flags, Mani stones, ancient monasteries, and huge suspension bridges.
  • During the journey, you are surprised by the diverse flora and fauna, including endangered birds, animals, and reptiles.

The Everest Circuit Trek, also known as the Everest 3 Pass Trek, is an adventurous and challenging trip through the heart of the Khumbu Area in the Everest Region of Nepal. This journey provides a complete experience of the Rounded Everest Trek.

This Classic Everest Circuit Trek has been popular since 1953. It has become more popular around the world since the Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norge Sherpa climbs. Everest was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List in 1979 as part of the Sagarmatha National Park (SNP). Annually more than 40,000 trekkers travel this great Everest Region Trail, and more than 1,000 climbers climb Mt. Everest(8848m).

Mount Everest Circuit Trekking is combined with the three high-altitude passes Kongma La Pass (5535 m), Cho La Pass (5420m), and Renjo La Pass (5465m). The hikers explore the marvelous views of beautiful peaks such as Mount Everest(8848m), Mount Nuptse, Mount Lhotse, Ama Dablam (6856m), Mount Makalu (8463m), and Shishapangma (8013m), which are located in the range of Great Himalayan Trail. The pathway also consists of visits to traditional Sherpa villages like Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche, Lobuche where trekkers feel the local culture, festivals, traditions, and lifestyle.

The 17 Days Everest Round Trek will take you to a height of roughly 5555 m Kala Patthar which is the highest point in the route. it provides an interesting view of many 8000-m high peaks. This challenge will provide the rich Buddhist culture of the view of the Mani stone, monastery, and stupas. Tengboche Monastery is one of the most popular monasteries which lies on the Everest circuit trail. During the journey, trekkers pass the dense rhododendron forests of diverse colors and large white magnolia trees. The northern spring also gives mountaineers from around the world with their goal being to stand at the peak of Mt Everest 8848m.

The Everest Circuit Journey starts and ends from the gateway Lukla 2840 m which is one of the world's most adventurous thrilling flights. we will follow along the Dudh Khosi river floor, passing through farming villages of many mixed religious communities. After many days of trek, we will arrive at the base camp of the world's highest peak Mount Everest. This journey is clockwise or anti-clockwise. Mount Glory Treks designed the clockwise Everest Circuit Trekking 17 days itinerary based on the trekker’s satisfaction. But it is possible to do the anti-clockwise route as well.

The accommodation from the basic teahouses and lodges provides necessary meals to refuel for hiking. It is run by local families and provides Nepali meals like Dal Bhat along with more Western food. 

The Everest Circuit Trek requires permits, which are Sagarmatha National Park permits, cost Nrs. 3000, and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry permits, cost Nrs. 2000. These permits are necessary to ensure the safety of the trekkers and the preservation of the local area. We have all the necessary permits which are included in our package.

In Conclusion, we designed Everest circuit trekking packages for our export at an affordable cost for 2024/2025. If you want to seize the challenging trekking experience in the Everest region this one is the perfect plan for novice and group trekkers. This trek is more strenuous compared with 14 days of regular Everest base camp trek.

How to Prepare for Everest Circuit Trekking in Nepal?

Round  Everest Trip is an adventurous odyssey where you need both physical and mental preparation. This is more important in the trek is high altitude so consult a doctor before travelling.

Here are some tips before going to the Everest Circuit Trek

  • Exercise like running, cycling, and swimming for 3 to 4 hours a day before the trek starts. You need to run an average distance of 8 km every day.
  • Discuss the doctor for altitude sickness prevention, and medications before trekking in the high-elevations.
  • Carrying your important materials like passport, visa, and other necessary documents during the trip.
  • Packing high-quality trekking gear like boots, warm clothing, trekking poles, headlamps, water purification, and first-kit or personal medications.
  • You must buy reliable travel insurance which should cover your emergency during the trek.
  • Plan daily distances and altitudes to manage fatigue and acclimatization.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking during the trek. This reduces oxygen in the blood and stay hydrated drink 3-4 liters of water daily.
  • You also research the food and accommodations in the Everest Region before the excursion.

Everest Circuit Trek Cost For 2024/2025

The exact cost of Everest Circuit Trek is USD 1550 per Person if 4 travelers travel together and the cost might reach up to USD 1750 if a solo traveler this means the price is not the same it depends on the number of travelers, guides, porters, food, accommodation, and other services.

Mount Glory Treks offers group breakdown cost details for Everest Circuit Trek in 2024/2025:

No of TravelersCost Per Person     Inquiry
1-1USD 1750Send Message
2-3USD 1650Send Message
4-6USD 1550Send Message
7-9USD 1450Send Message
10-12USD 1390Send Message

Note: If your group size is more than 12 travelers you can directly contact us for a special group discount offer.


The journey starts in Kathmandu from to Lukla flight in 30 minutes. The flight to Lukla is the most unpredictable part of the Everest circuit trekking region. In the busy months (March, April October, and November), flights are redirected through the Manthali airport. After reaching the Lukla we meet our porter and our foot trail starts from there. After leaving Lukla, walk along the alpine forest downhill. You will cross the Dudh Koshi River over many suspension bridges then we reach Phgakding where we stay overnight.

    After breakfast, our journey starts from Phakding and our trek along the banks of the Dudhkoshi River crossing several suspension bridges on the way. We pass through the Monjo village of Everest National Park, where we check permits and continue the journey. On the way, we will have a breathtaking view of Mount Everest. After approximately, 4 to 5 hours of trek, we will reach Namche Bazar, one of the beautiful Sherpa settlement villages in the Everest Region and we will stay Overnight.

      Today is the acclimatization day to the Namche Bazar. We will spend the whole day on the trekkers exploring the ancient monastery Khumjung village, the wonderful viewpoint of the landscapes, and visit Sagarmatha National Park and Everest View Hotel. You will observe the many traditional sherpa cultures and many floras or fauna.

        After breakfast today, we will continue our journey to Thame. We will see panoramic views from the rhododendron forest and pine forest. On the trek, we will pass the clay-plastered stupa and Thamo Gompa at Furte, and the Khumbu hydroelectric plant in the Khumbu valley. On a 4 to 5-hour tour, we arrive in Thame have dinner, and stay overnight there.

          Today we start our journey from Thame and reach Thangmoche village. On the eastern hills of the valley, we can see Teng Ragi Tau (6940 m) and Langmuche Ri(6617m). We will enjoy the landscape, mountains, vegetation, and dense rhododendron forest. During the trek, we can see lichens, yaks, and snow-capped peaks. We pass through Tauranga and Marunlung villages, and on the 6-hour trek, we can reach Lungden village.

            The trek begins with a wonderful Lungden village. On this day we will trek in the first pass in the trail Renjola pass(5446m). Following through the Gokyo Lakes area, we will view the many human activities like yak herding. When we reach the Renjola pass we see the sublime views of the high peaks of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu. Our 7 to 9 hours trek then we enter the Gokyo Valley, and this day we stay there.

              Today is acclimatization day in the Gokyo Valley. this is an important day for acclimatizing to higher regions to prevent altitude sickness. We will 2 hours climb Gokyo Ri (5400), and we get wonderful views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu mountains. On the north of Gokyo Lake, we can see marvelous scenes of the Cho Oyu Base camp and Ngozumpa glacier- the extensive glacier in the mountains. On this day we will stay in Gokyo Valley.

                After breakfast, we leave the Gokyo Valley and set off for our next destination- the little village of Thangna (4700m). we will back the trek and past the Ngozumpa Glacier. We will walk down the valley on the eastern glacial scenery that becomes wonderful and inspires you to move forward. During the 4-hour hike, we will arrive at Thangank.

                  In the morning, we catch the way and will be trekking on challenging treks to cover rocky trails or reach Dzongla. We will be crossing the Cho La Pass (5420m) that joins Dzongla and Thagnak. These passes provide a marvelous view of Everest and other surrounding peaks. After 8 hour's journey, we will be descending to Dzongla for the night.

                    After breakfast, we will continue to our destination journey Lobuche. At Lobuche, we will reconnect the classic Everest circuit trek, and we begin the day by following the moraine and crossing Chola Lake. We will see the status of the climbers who passed away in this area, and see the wildflowers or wildlife animals. We will trek for 5 hours by following the routes of Imja Khola Valley and arrive at Lobuche.

                      Today, we arrive at the destination place Lobuche to Everest base camp. This journey starts by trekking through the Khumu Glacier and we arrive at Gorak Shep. We continue the trip and climb up north to Everest Base camp. We view the Kala Patthar peak (5555m) from the Everest base camp. We stay on EBC for some time and clicking the several pictures, we will descend to Gorek Shep, where we will stay the night.

                        Yesterday we reached the Everest Base Camp but could not see the Everest, so today we will have a closer look at the Everest. Before breakfast, we start the trek to Kala Patthar (5555 m), during some time walking we arrive at Kala Patthar, enjoy the view of Mount Everest and we will return to Lobuche for destination day.

                          Today, we are crossing the most difficult passes among these three passes. The journey begins from Lobuche. The pass the Kongma la Pass(5535m) to end up to chhunkung (4730m). From the passes, we can see Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse, and Ana Dablam. We back from the Kongma La pass to the eastern side of Nigyang Khola Valley and the Chukung village. Sherpa uses this region as a yak pasture with no permanent habitation but it’s popular with trekkers going to Chhukung Ri and Imja Tse. During, the 7 to 8 hours hike, we will arrive at the Chhukung.

                            We back down the Imja Khola valley, through the village of Dingboche. This village is popular for its alpine pastures, stone-walled and many more. On the way, we will see Kharkas at Tsura Orsho, and Shomare. Up to a 6 to 7-hour hike, we reach Pngboche village and then Tengboche. From the Tengboche, we view the many peaks like Amadablam, Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse.

                              After breakfast, our journey starts from the Tengboche, the route to Namche Bazar takes us through dense forests by highland wildlife like musk deer, mountain goats, or snow leopards. We will trek the steep slopes around which lie prayer flags. During the journey, we can view Everest and the backside of Lhotse. After the 5-hour hike, we will arrive at the Namche Bazar.

                                Today, the final trek of our journey leads us back to Lukla. After breakfast, we will trek back a steep route that descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge. We trekked the many local traditional villages in the Dudh Koshi river valley. Today our 16-day journey ended in Lukla.

                                  We will return to Kathmandu from Lukla after a long Himalayan journey. We will catch a morning flight from Lukla and on 30 flights we will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. When we reach Kathmandu, you can take a rest.

                                    NOTE: All information in this itinerary is accurate to the best of our knowledge, considering the current situation of the itinerary. But please note that the changes might occur at any time despite our best efforts to improve our program or due to logistical regions such as traffic jams, flight schedules, weather conditions, governmental policies, or any external reasons.  

                                    If you are not satisfied with the above itinerary please you can customize it yourself and follow the below Customize Link.

                                    B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner 

                                    What's Included
                                    • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
                                    • 02 Nights Twin sharing 3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu); Breakfast included. (A single room can be arranged upon payment of an extra price of USD 50 per night).
                                    • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
                                    • Standard Guest House accommodation while trekking time on a twin-sharing basis.
                                    • Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu includes airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
                                    • Well, English-speaking Government License Holder and Experienced Trek leader/Guide.
                                    • Porters to carry your bags(1 porter for 2 guests).
                                    • Food, Accommodation, salary, insurance, and equipment are for all staff.
                                    • Everest National Park Permits and TIMS for trekking.
                                    • All government, hotel, and other applicable taxes.
                                    • Official expenses.

                                    Complementary From Mount Glory Treks:

                                    • Mount Glory Duffle(Return After Trek)
                                    • Mount Glory Treks Company T-shirt.
                                    • Sleeping Bag (Return After Trek) 
                                    • First Aid Kit Box which was carried by our trek Leader.
                                    • Oximeter For monitoring Oxygen levels during the trek
                                    • Water Purification Tablets.
                                    • Seasonal Fruits and Snacks.
                                    • Everest Base Camp Trek Map.
                                    • Trip Completion Certificate.
                                    • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant.
                                    • Rescue Service Based on your Travel Insurance: Only in Emergency
                                    What's not Included
                                    • International Airfare and taxes.
                                    • Personal Travel Insurance.
                                    • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
                                    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
                                    • All items of personal expenses.
                                    • Tipping for a guide, porters, and drivers(tipping is expected).
                                    • Any other expense which is not mentioned in the price Includes' section.

                                    Note: Please bring 2 passport-size photos, a copy of your passport, and travel insurance at Our First Meeting In Our Office.

                                    Useful Information

                                    Difficulties during the Everest Circuit Trek

                                    • Ascending the circular three-pass trek is an endeavor that requires physical and mental fit. As hikers make their path up, the altitude increases, making each step challenging.
                                    • One of the most important routes is the Khumbu Icefall. This terrain is filled with massive ice formations, making it dangerous for trekkers.
                                    • During the trek you arrive (5420m), the Cho la pass is one of the most challenging sections of the Everest circuit trekking trail.
                                    • Cho La Pass's high peak trek is known for its steep slopes and ice conditions, making it difficult a cross the hikers.
                                    • Another challenging pass is Kongma La Pass (5535m) on the Everest circuit trek. This high mountain pass is characterized by its rocky terrain and adventurous way. Hikers navigate through loose rocks and landslides, you should carefully foot placement and a steady pace.
                                    • The Renjo la pass(5460m) is an easier pass than the other two Cho la and Kongma la Passes. The trekking route consists of steep terrain, slippery paths, challenging routes, and long steps or rugged trails. The difficulty level is fairly strenuous, and painless to cross through Gokyo Valley.
                                    • The Kala Patthar is the highest elevation(5555m) in the Everest three-pass journey. It is the most challenging and adventurous trek in the Everest region of Nepal. Before trekking, you need a moderate to high level of fitness, endurance, and some prior trekking experience in high region.
                                    • The temperature of the Everest Region is very low. The environment is clear in the spring and Autumn seasons but other seasons are muddy or rainy. The daytime time is 12 degrees and nighttime decreases the temperature to -5 degrees Celsius.
                                    • Another difficulty is altitude sickness. This causes nausea, dizziness, and vomiting. We highly recommended to drink plenty of water, acclimatization, avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol, and following the unique techniques of our experienced guide.

                                    How to avoid altitude sickness during the Everest Circuit Trek

                                    • Altitude sickness mainly gets more serious at night when you sleep. It is a better idea to excursion to a higher area during the day and sleep at a lower altitude.
                                    • Avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, or taking sleeping pills during your trip to a higher altitude like Everest base camp.
                                    • Staying hydrated is also another important tip for preventing altitude sickness. Drink 3 to 4 liters of water per day.
                                    • When you are ascending to the high region, you need more energy, so that, eating too many calories food the best. So, bring healthy snacks, and grains food, to give you the extra calories you want.
                                    • Taking a proper Acclimatization during the Everest Circuit Journey.
                                    • During the journey, you hike at a slower that makes you comfortable.
                                    • Don’t do heavy exercise during the trekking days.
                                    • Medication is most important during the journey; you consult the doctor to ensure you are fully prepared for the trek.
                                    • It is essential to pay attention to how your body responds to any altitude sickness symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, and diarrhea, these symptoms you face move to a lower region immediately.
                                    • During the trek, you hike slowly, and trekking regular breaks every 2 to 3 hours per day.
                                    • Every day consult with your crew members like guides, porters, and assistance guides.

                                    Weather and Temperatures In Everest Region

                                    Everest circuit trek weather in Spring season (March to May)

                                    The classical Everest Circuit Trek in spring is the hiking time for trekkers. This season has suitable weather with a climate and great visibility. So, this season lots of trekkers are hiking in the great Everest trek. you will see many floras and fauna making the route wonderful. During the Everest trek Nights are chilly, and the clear sky is amazing.

                                    Everest Circuit trek weather in autumn (September to November)

                                    After spring, is the perfect season to trek the Everest circuit trek in Nepal. Autumn season consists of September, October, and November. The weather is clear and the temperature is warm. The cloudless sky offers clear Himalayan views and picturesque landscapes. The autumn flowers add a burst of color to nature. Wildlife thrives in dry conditions.

                                    Everest Circuit trekking Weather in the Summer and Winter seasons.

                                    The spring season also known as monsoon season, Nepal transitions into summer/monsoon from June to August. During this time, trekking routes in the Everest area become damp, occasionally slippery, and muddy due to heavy monsoon rains. The normal temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius and goes down between 10 to 5 degrees Celsius in the upper parts of the Everest circuit base camp.

                                    Food and Accommodation on the Everest Circuit trekking route in Nepal

                                    Trekkers on the Everest Circuit trekking trail can find accommodation and food at teahouses that offer simple accommodations and meals. Here, the food is included:

                                    Breakfast set: (Tibetan bread, or chapati, toast, hot drinks), other pancakes, cereals paratha, French toast, vegetarian or chicken soup, eggs, etc.

                                    Lunch set: (Dal Bhat Tarkari, pickles, salad, veg or non-veg items), if you want other foods like MoMo, Thukpa, Chowmein or noodles, fried rice, rice and curry, Pizza, pasta, etc.

                                    Dinner set: (Dal Bhat, salad, Pickles, veg or non-veg items), other foods for dinner like pasta,  momo, Thukpa, noodles or Chowmein, fried rice, curry, etc.

                                    During the Everest Circuit trek, trekkers can stay in teahouses that offer basic rooms with two and three shared beds. They provide a warm blanket at night. Our company also provides sleeping bags if you want extra clothing. In our 17 Days of Everest Circuit Trekking Package Kathmandu accommodation is not included but we arrange different category hotels upon request with an additional cost.

                                    Everest Circuit Trek FAQs

                                    • The north side base camp is situated in Tibet at an elevation of 5515 meters, while the south side base camp is situated in Nepal at 5364 meters. The most well-traveled trekking path in the mountains is to base camp on the south side.

                                    • The trek usually takes about 17 days, including the itinerary and acclimatization days but possible to customize as per the traveler's holidays and budget plan.


                                    • Yes, you can carry extra money while traveling(USD 100-USD 150). You are adjusting to the trek because if you want to buy food, clothes, and many mountain products you can help with this money.


                                    • Weather can vary significantly by season and location, with cold temperatures possible, especially at higher elevations. Be prepared for sudden changes.


                                    • Yes, solo trekking on the circular Everest trek is possible but permits and a guide are mandatory for the trek.


                                    • look for warm clothes, comfort, and safety for weather conditions. You should choose the base layer (thermal and normal underwear), mid layer (warm jacket, hiking shirt, or pants), and outer layer (insulted jacket, waterproof jacket, or pants).


                                    • Yes, trekking gear can be rented in ThamelKathmandu, or Namche Bazaar during the trek.


                                    • The most challenging place of the Everest Circuit trek is the Kala Patthar. which is located in the (5555m). But the other three passes( Kongma La Pass (5535 m), Cho La Pass (5420m), and Renjo La Pass (5465m) are also challenging.


                                    • To avoid altitude sickness on the trekking trail, avoid smoking and drinking, stay well-hydrated, eat carbohydrate foods, take time to acclimatize, and use medication after consulting a doctor.


                                    • The symptoms of altitude sickness on the Everest trek like headaches, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, and sleeping difficulty.


                                    • Yes, all are available in various places in the Everest region, especially in local villages and tea houses. Although features may vary, you can carry portable chargers or power banks as a backup. All of these above lists are not included in our package. Travelers pay the cost of Charging, WiFi, and electricity depending on elevation (USD 2 -USD 3).


                                    • Yes, your travel departure is guaranteed in the Everest circuit trek. 


                                    • Yes, insurance is mandatory on the Everest circuit trek. it covers emergency evacuation at high altitudes.


                                    • Wi-fi is available at most tea houses for a fee, but the connection can be slow. Mobile phone coverage is also available in many areas.


                                    • Use a water purification filter or tablets. Bottled mineral water is available but expensive and environmentally unfriendly.


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