Trekked a circuit (85 miles) around the entire Everest region with glorious views of the highest mountains of the world. Summited Kala Patthar (at 18,200 ft) on Day 6 and crossed two challenging summit passes (Cho La and Renjo La) on Day 8 and 9. I wanted to test my limits so I completed this trek in 11 days (it usually takes a minimum of 15) with the help of a private guide and porter. Luckily, I was able to adjust my itinerary along the way and deviate from the standard EBC trail route towards Gokyo. Following the more strenuous but less crowded Three Passes trail, I made it back to Namche Bazaar through the rarely-visited western valley, completing a full circle. One of my favorite experiences was traversing the glaciated Cho La Pass (at 17,782 ft) to get to Gokyo Lakes. Crossing the world’s largest glacier – Ngozumpa Glacier was surreal. I felt like I was being swallowed by an infinite ocean of gravel and sand dunes. It was so rewarding to arrive to the cozy lodge (after a 9-hour hike on snow, ice, loose rocks, and glacial rubble) and wake up by the serene calmness of Gokyo Lake with the perfect mountain reflection in the emerald blue water!