This is the ultimate Everest Circuit Trek meant for only the truly adventurous as this trail takes us from Thame to Gokyo over Renjo La pass (5345m) and Gokyo to EBC over Cho La pass (5420m).
The summit of Mt. Everest is the highest elevation above sea level on planet Earth, and its name has entered the language as a metaphor for the ultimate of anything.
The Everest transverse trek travels to the remotest parts of the Khumbu and visits all the main valleys of the region. It is one of the best trekking routes in Nepal and is very challenging and famous trail with unforgettable memories of Himalayan experience.
You can explore fascinating Sherpa villages and visit the Buddhist monasteries. The Everest high altitude transverse is an ultimate three weeks trekking experience for those who wish to visit Everest Base Camp.
The route is longer and more challenging as it crosses two high passes, the Renjo la (5345m) and the Cho La (5420m) and takes to the Everest view point of Kala Patthar (5545m).
Kathmandu Tribhuwan Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: NO
After breakfast we depart the hotel for a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “city of glory.” We visit Durbar (Palace) Square, the epicenter of religious and cultural life, an area filled with old temples and historical significance with old glorious Newari architecture. Some of the sights include Kal Bhairav, Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple, Kasthamandap and Kumari Ghar; home to the Living Goddess. Afterwards we visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world, which is majestically set high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley. We proceed towards Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This massive temple complex sits alongside the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the courtyard of the temple, whereas tourists can see the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati River. Later we visit Boudhanath, a Buddhist Stupa said to be one of the largest in the world. This massive structure stands tall with four pairs of eyes each facing the four cardinal directions, watching for righteous behavior of mankind and for human prosperity. Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner
Early morning flight from Kathmandu International Airport to Lukla Airport and trek to Phakding. Descending above farmlands we pass through Sherpa villages of Chheplung, Ghat and Sano and Thulo Gumela and shrines and monasteries of Drangdrak Gompa and Pema Choling Gompa with breathtaking views of sacred mountain Kumbila and sister summits Kusum Kanguru peaks. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Heading for the Namche Bazar, we cross through the hamlet of Zamphute and Tok Tok to see dazzling Thamserku glistening in the sun that stays all the way with us in most of our trek. Passing through the scenic Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo, we reach Utche Choling Gompa on a bluff abutting the Dudhkoshi river and further we make our way between the bluff to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO declared world heritage site. Completing halfway to Namche Bazar, we head for the second half of the march that would likely to take more time due to steep climb at the end. Crossing through the last village of Jorsale, a steep stepped path leads us to an amazing high bridge over the Dudhkoshi River gorge and just before this bridge, the Dudhkoshi is met by its tributary, the BhoteKoshi. Beginning the final steps uphill slowly we reach heights of Namche from where we can have first look at Mt. Everest, peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and finally after about 1.5km/0.9mile) we reach Namche Bazar.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This day, we start the climb through the U shaped hillside above Namche from beside the Gompa. In the way we see several snowy peaks of Kwangde, Khumbila and Thamserku and Tagi Tau and Pharchamo, Tip of Ama Dablam and Taboche and we reach a sign posted intersection from where we move towards right hand for Khumjung. Walking past a large chorten and a long mani wall, we reach a viewpoint to Everest “THE EVEREST VIEW HOTEL” for lunch, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar ( East ) peak, besides Thamserku , Ama Dablam and Taboche and then path drops to Khumjung past the Hillary School. Khumjung is famous for its gompa that stands in a grove of cedar in the upper part of the village where there is an image of the Guru Padmasambhawa, who helped establish Buddhism in Tibet, flanked by his two consorts. Inside the gompa is preserved a skull that lamas believe is that of the yeti, but was disapproved by scientists in US. In the evening we return back to Namche for the night stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We leave Namche Bazaar and head up the Thame valley which takes around 4-5 hours depending on the pace of walking. This valley is off route for most trekking groups and we are likely to find the paths relatively quiet. The village houses are very spread out. In the afternoon we can visit the small gompa situated on a rocky promontory above the village. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From Thame we head north into the remote Nangpa Valley. Until 2005 this valley was off limits to trekkers because it was a main access route to the Nangpa La, a high pass linking Nepal with Tibet. For hundreds of years, many Tibetan traders have traveled this route, bringing a variety of Chinese goods on the backs of their yaks to sell in Namche Bazaar. Following this trail we reach Marulung on the east bank of Bhotekoshi River. From Marulung it is only about a one hour ascent to Lungden. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continuing our trek from Lungden, we reach the south bank of Angladumba Tsho, the small serene lake and crossing which we travel through Renjo La pass (5345m/17537ft), where an eye-popping vista awaits. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Early in the morning, we continue our journey towards the Gokyo Ri. In this trek we have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful isolated Himalayan scenes by exploring around or climbing Gokyo Ri. We return to Gokyo for the night stay.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Descending down steeply crossing the lakes the trail brings us to the edge of Ngozumpa glacier that is among the longest in Nepal and covered with debris. At places beneath is exposed and large melt water ponds are formed. We reach a settlement of Thangnak crossing through the fabulous mountain views of Phari Lapche (6017m/19740 ft), more distant and higher peak of Kyajo Ri (6186m/20295ft) and great icy wall of Cho Oyu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From Dzongla, the trail levels and then makes a gradual climb up and down to the small Sherpa settlement of Lobuche. This is a small village situated nearby the stream. The sunset on Nuptse is a memorable sight from here. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc. Meals: Breakfast
The first stage of the trek from Lobuche to Gorek Shep is mostly easy walking (other than the fact that we are approaching 5160m of elevation). We start below the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and gradually ascend. Now the Changri Shar and Changri Nup Glaciers descend from the two sides of Changri Mountain down to Khumbu Glacier. At first there is a steep section of switchbacks up onto the glacier and then a series of rocky and occasionally icy ups and downs. We finally pass across and then a short descent brings us to Gorak Shep. It is extremely cold here (night temperatures almost always well below freezing) and often windy but the place is very scenic with snow capped mountains looming all around. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This day leads us to the Base Camp of Mount Everest walking through rocky and glacial trails where climbers gather for summiting Everest. We have a free afternoon at Everest Base Camp. This will provide an opportunity to trek to the foot of the Khumbu icefall or perhaps chat with some of the climbing teams here. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Finally this is our date with Everest. Although Everest in first light is a dramatic sight, the mountain paranoma from Kalapatthar looks best when the sun is someway up in the sky. Crossing through the wide sandy bed of the dried up lake and steep zigzags we ascend about 100m to have the great view of Lingtren, Khumbutse and Changtse. As the climb begins again, we get a grand view of Khumbu glacier and Nuptse massif and finally we climb to the rocky viewpoint of Kala Patthar. It’s a slow tough climb but every meter ascended is rewarded by a bit more of Everest and finally we find ourselves sitting on the Kala Patthar rocks in middle of unbelievable Himalayan Panorama. We descend down to Dingboche for the night stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The hike to Chukhung from Dingboche takes us up the Imja khola valleyto a land driven by glacial moraines amidst towering formidable mountains. It is a 3-4 hour trek and we can return the same day, but once there, we will be tempted to stay back and climb Chhukung Ri (5546m/18196ft), the rocky hill behind the village. The hike to Chhukung Ri takes 2-3 hours. We return back to Chhukung for night stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The trail makes a gradual descent through scrub junipers and around Mani stones as it follows the hillside. The trail passes many Mani walls in deep rhododendron forests where crossing after the Imja khola, the trail climbs many carved Mani stones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu; a visit will be well worth. Walk down to the valley from where the trail is shallower through alpine meadows. Followed by climb gradually up to Tengboche where the biggest monastery lies in the whole of Khumbu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We walk down from the rear of monastery and continue down until we reach Phunki Tenga. Climb up gradually through a forest. Once we are out of the forest, we will be walking along a ridge from where we can see down on our left some of the deepest gorges of Nepal. In spring, the rhododendrons will look superb making the valley even more beautiful. We reach Namche Bazaar for overnight. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla retracing the way we came up. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu and are dropped to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc.
Many people say that trekking in winter is not good. Yeah , it’s more cold, but it’s possible with well preparation. It’s not bad at all. I like to trek without crowded, and winter is best option for a traveller like me, coz without so many people in the trail, i can enjoy the nature more deeply. This is not ﬁrst time i use serene Himalaya to organize my trek. So far they are very reliable, they provide well educated and knowleadgable guide, so i dont ﬁnd many difﬁculties during the trek. Sujan also very professional , he provide complete information and he help me so much to decide which itenaries that suitable for me. Well organized & reliable. Thx-Ismet