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Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Chola Pass - 17 Days

Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Chola Pass
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Highlight off Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Chola Pass Trek
 
  • Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek provides you an opportunity to observe the tallest and stunning mountains like Cho you (8188m\26864ft.), Gyachung Kang (7952m\260ft.), Everest (8848m\29028ft.), Lhotse (8516m\27940ft.).
  • Views of biggest Sherpa village and Tengboche monasteries where you can explore the famous Sherpa culture.
  • Attraction views of this trek is enchanting Gokyo Lake and world’s biggest glacier, Ngozumpa Glacier. Trek to Gokyo provides you unforgettable moments of your life.
 
 
Trip Summarize –
 
Everest base camp with Gokyo lake famous trek . The magnificent view of Himalayas, Sherpa villages and Monasteries, Sagarmatha National Park & Syangboche. Airstrip Everest Renjo-La pass trek is one of the best trekking routes for anyone. This trek leads the High pass Renjo-La which on the way to Tibet Boarder Nag pa-la and Gokyo valley. The trek is to one of the most fascinating lake Gokyo, situated 5350m above sea level. In Gokyo Lake Trekking we get to enjoy the true scenery of Nepal including the High mountains like Cho you, Gyachung Kang, Everest Lhotse.
 
Likewise, one of the breathtaking moments is when you can enjoy the up-close view of Mt.Everest. visit the biggest Sherpa society and geographical area of the Everest. Khumjung village which is another attraction during the trek because we can explore the village and visit exotic monasteries. You can do Everest Panorama trek if you have shot time in Nepal. 
 
The Hillary School and finally return to Namche bazar for overnight stay, then back to Lukla and back to Kathmandu. This trek is best for trekkers who wish to take up more challenge and “stay off the beaten path”. It also offers the chance to speculate the biggest monastery of Khumbu region – Tengboche Monastery. Experience the harmony of Hinduism and Buddhism during Kathmandu sightseeing. Overall the trek is exhausting and not to forget the piece of memory created by the whole journey because we believe this is one exciting journey.


Outlined Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,620m/8,594ft) – B.L.D

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,420m/11,218ft) – B.L.D

Day 04: Acclimatization/exploration/rest day at Namche Bazaar. – B.L.D

Day 05: Trek to Dole (4,110m/13,481ft) – 6 hour – B.L.D

Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (4,410m/14,465ft) – 3 to 5 hour- B.L.D

Day 07: Trek to Gokyo (4,760m/15,613ft) – B.L.D

Day 08: Day hike to Gokyo Ri and trek to Thagnak (4,678m/15,343ft) – B.L.D

Day 09: Trek to Dzonglha via Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,778ft) – B.L.D

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4,940m/16,203ft) – B.L.D

Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,147m/16,882ft) – B.L.D

Day 12: Morning hike to either Everest Base Camp (5,365m/17,597ft) or Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,204ft) and trek to Pheriche (3,950m/12,956ft) – B.L.D

Day 13: Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,661ft) – B.L.D

Day 14: Trek to Monjo (2,635m/8,645ft) – B.L.D

Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2840m/9,315ft) – B.L.D

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu – B.D

Day 17: Trip concludes and departure. – B

 

  (Note:  B.L.D, Plan Including / B: Breakfast, L: Lunch & D: Dinner.)


Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

Welcome to Kathmandu, our Sunrise Adventure Trek airport representative will welcome you in the airport then transfer to hotel and will give shortly brief further details of the trip program.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 2
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,620m/8,594ft)

Lukla is a famous as the village of Sherpa’s. We arrange loads and commence our journey further ahead. Flying over the spectacular scenery of mountains for about 40 minutes provides you unforgettable memories. After arriving at Lukla our journey passes through Dudh Koshi (“Milk River”).

With beautiful ascents and descents over the trails surrounded by lush green forests we get to observe the magnificent views of mount Kusum Kangaru and many other mountains. We pass through the small Sherpa villages, monasteries and finally after hours of trek we reach to Phakding.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 3
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,420m/11,218ft)

Namche Bazaar is the main administrative and trading center for the Khumbu region. You can observe the Himalayan people involved in different occupations. The magnificent forests of blue pine, fir, juniper and rhododendron as well as first view of Everest; it helps you to control the anticipation of the thrilling journey.

As we enter into the Sagarmatha National Park, we pass by many villages Tok Tok, Banker, Monjo, Josalle, Thamserku, Kangtega, and Konde. Here we get to explore the daily living style of Sherpa people following different traditional norms and values.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 4
Day 04: Acclimatization/exploration/rest day at Namche Bazaar.

To adopt with the altitude and new surrounding we acclimatize in Namche Bazaar. We spend the day by enjoying the scenes of mountains and sunrise and sunset in Khumbu Peak. We take a short trek to Sherpa museum where we get to observe the unique traditions and cultures of Sherpa people.

Beside that we you will either be taken to explore Thame Monastery or Khumjung village. Khumjung village is a huge settlement of Sherpa people where we live observe their daily living style with unique cultural values. Adjusting ourselves with the less dense air, we enjoy the panoramic views of mountains and prepare for the next day trip!

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Dole (4,110m/13,481ft)- 6 hour

Today taking our breakfast early in the morning, we start our trek to Dole. Firstly, overlooking snow-capped mountains of Shanasa we finally cross the loop of Namche Bazaar and ascend uphill to Mongla hill then head down to Phortse Thanga and then we walk to Dole. Dole is a small village of this region with teahouses.

We pass through the magnificent views of mountains like Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Everest, Kantega etc. Reaching at Mong, we start walking down to the bank of Dudhkoshi. Again ascending to the hill, we cross a small village and finally reach Dole.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (4,410m/14,465ft)- 3 to 5 hour

Climbing over the scenic ridge, we head off from Dole. We will walk high over the valley and along the river reaching to cross sand spurs. Passing by the villages Lhabharma and Luza offers us a chance to explore the living ways of local people with different cultural values. Following the amazing scenic views, we walk by Dudhkoshi valley.

We also will visit the Himalaya Rescue Operation, established for basic treatment and take a refreshing rest before continuing our next journey.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo (4,760m/15,613ft)

Today following the lama footprints, we trek to Gokyo which is surrounded by dramatic views of mountains. We cross the second lake Longponga (4690m) and arrive to Gokyo after crossing a boulder-strewn path at the edge of third lake. Climbing over the ridge, offers the spectacular views of stunning mountains Cho-Oyu, Kantega, Cholatse and Pangka. On the way we explore Pangka where 1995 incident was happened: more than 40 people were killed by avalanche. Now we descend down to the river and steep climb up to the moraine of Ngozumpa. We cross by the lower and upper Gokyo Lake and finally walking some hour’s takes us to Gokyo.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 8
Day 08: Day hike to Gokyo Ri and trek to Thagnak (4,678m/15,343ft)

At the elevation of 5483m., there’s Gokyo Ri. And, early in the morning we steeply trek up there. This place truly is rewarding as we can get super great view of Gokyo Valley and Khumbu Himalays such as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. Trekking to Gokyo is also known for the excellent sunrise and sunset views above the stunning Everest peaks.

Descending down to the Gokyo Valley, we get to observe the views of Kusum Kagaru, Kantega, Thamserku along with many others. Walking through the green forests around the glaciers for some hours takes us to Thangnak.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Dzonglha via Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,778ft)

Today is really the day where nature tests our strength as we have to climb over the steep path on the highest point of this region and some really icy tracks. First we will climb steep path and ascend to sharp drops trail which leads to Cho la pass then we again climb. This time we pass through Buddhist prayers flags and mountain views on our side.

As we are next to the marvelous peaks Cholatse and Tabuche, we can closely observe these mountains. After we cross the Cho La Pass we descents gently to Dzongla with beautiful views of valley and villages from the top.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4,940m/16,203ft)

The ascent towards Everest Base Camp continues through Alpine meadows and summer yak pastures towards the end of the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, it is a steep, tough climb towards the village of Gorak Shep. Continue on towards Lobuche, where the view is straight towards Nuptse and the sunset is truly magnificent. Walking through the glacial panoramas, we get to observe the amazing views of mountains like Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam and many more.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,147m/16,882ft)

From Lobuche we trek to Gorak Shep. This is 5KM trek offering us an excellent time to see glacier named Changri and see other mountains, mostly dominated by Pumori. Trek to Gorakshep is among the best time of trekking to Everest Cho La Pass. Trek brings us through lots of ups and downs along the lush green forests.

Ascending above the glacial route, we reach to the base camp. We enjoy the excellent glacial surroundings with breathtaking views of mountains here.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge..

Day 12
Day 12: Morning hike to either Everest Base Camp (5,365m/17,597ft) or Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,204ft) and trek to Pheriche (3,950m/12,956ft)

Today we take a hike to Kalapatthar, basically Kalapatthar is the best spot to speculate Everest whereas EBC is the base of the Everest where in season we can meet climbers and take amazing snapshots. Kalapathar offers the excellent views of mountains Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Taboche, Cholatse, Pumori, Everest and many others.

After that we trek to Periche from Gorak Shep. Trek to Periche descents us through the downhill, forests with rhododendron.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 13
Day 13: Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,661ft)

From Periche we trek downhill to Tengboche and visit old monastery. This monastery has recently been reconstructed. As we trek just below the stunning Himalayas, we get to observe the panoramic views of mountains Thamserku, Kangtega, Khumbi La and Kongdo Ri. Passing through the small village, Pangboche we explore the local living ways of people.

Then walking for some time, trail takes us to the oldest monastery, Tengboche.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 14
Day 14: Trek to Monjo (2,635m/8,645ft)

From Tengboche we trek to Monjo. This route offers great views of many gorgeous mountains. Walking by the lush green forests containing charming rhododendron flowers and pine, bamboo trees offers a chance to observe mountains Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Makalu, and many more.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge.

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Day 15
Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2840m/9,315ft)

This will be our last trek and today we will be trekking back to Lukla to catch our flight to Kathmandu. We will spend the day by sightseeing around Lukla. We walk above the hill and pass by the beautiful villages of Khumbu region. Crossing the suspension bridges, we follow the trail edge of Dudhkoshi Rive and finally reach at Lukla.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 16
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu

In the morning we take the flight back to Kathmandu and once again enjoy the scenic valleys and terrains full of beautiful mountains views and locations. At evening you can join the evening meal and cultural program provided by the company.

Day 17
Day 17: Trip concludes and departure.

Last day, you can either safely make return journey to home or you can join for another exciting adventure. And according to flight schedule you will be escorted to airport approximately 3 hours earlier to catch flight to your next destination.

What's Include

  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis
  • Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All fees for TIMS card and Trekking Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket & necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

What's Exclude

  • International Flight ticket & your personal expenses
  • Major meals in cities cold & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance

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Useful information

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Everest region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Everst Base Camp Gokyo Chola Pass trekking ranges from easy to a moderate and to difficult trek which is suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Cho La Pass. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Everest Base Camp Gokyou Cho La Pass trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, and Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise Adventure Trek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cho La trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal).

Foot Wear

- Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Accessories

- Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene

- Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturize- Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Everest region. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Best Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Everest region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

  • 1. How difficult is trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Chola Pass and how can we prepare?

    Trek to Everest region is very challenging and life changing experience can be attainable by many people nowadays. Our company provides you a porter and a guide with policy or travel insurance. As altitude is one of the main reasons of sickness, people with very weak ankles, knee, hearts and lungs will not be appropriate for such trekking. It’s not just like a walk around the park; there are numerous ups and downs during trekking. So, you should be well prepared for trekking.

  • 2. What about safety measurements and altitude sickness do the guides and porters have their insurance in Everest Base Camp trek?

    Worrying for safety measurements?  Our guides having long experience are much professional for handling such issues with various means of safety measurements. For common health issues like: headache, common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, we provide you first aid medicines. In case of being sick in the mountain, Sunrise Adventure Trek will make proper arrangements rescue by helicopter, for this you should have better travel insurance. If our guide and porters may suffer from sickness, they have also travel and medical insurance and we will also rescue by helicopter.

  • 3. What about guide & porter, do they have well training?

    Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.

  • 4. What about communication system during trek?

    As all the porters and guides are well certified by the Ministry of Nepal tourism they can easily understand and speak English languages during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding languages.

  • 5. Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?

    It’s difficult to mention about tipping which is up to your happiness, but guides and potters do expect the tips at the end of the trip. However, normally people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.

  • 6. What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on EBC trek?

    Trek to Everest Base Camp with Sunrise Adventure Trek includes trekking lodges or guest houses as accommodation with twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group and if you are a solo traveler, you have private room.  Regarding meals, we will have some options to choose like: continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. For drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from hotel either you can bring water tablets.

  • 7. How many hours should I walk per day and what happened if I am a slow walker in the group?

    Normally, we have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day, if you are slow in walk the team leader will professionally manage to you walking with our assistance guide and potter.

  • 8. What about the weather conditions and Lukla flight?

    Firstly, we have to take a flight to Lukla in the morning then we start trek from Lukla but sometimes due to the air traffic and weather problems, the flight may be delayed or canceled. Due to uncertainty of Lukla weather, we are not sure about untimed flight. If there will be frequent weather problem, we do arrange a flight by helicopter chopper and for this you have to pay additionally.

  • 9. What is the limitation of weight to Lukla flight and where do I store my extra bags?

    You can carry 10 kg luggage plus 5 kg hand bag and if you want to carry more than the limit you have to pay extra charges. You can keep your extra bags in your hotel or in the office in Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

  • Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culure
  • Nepal
  • 5,357m at Gokyo Ri and 5,540 at Kalapatthar
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Moderate to Strenous
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • February to June & September to December

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