Everest Basecamp - Chola Pass - Gokyo Ri- 20 Days
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EVEREST BASECAMP - CHOLA PASS - GOKYO RI
Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo trek is one of the most adventurous trekking routes in Everest region. This trekking trail is also known as Everest Circuit trekking. This trek begins from Lukla and after one day acclimatization in Namche Bazar, it follows the trail all the way to Everest base camp and on the way back trek leads us via Chola pass to Gokyo Valley to explore glacier lakes around the Gokyo Valley and two hour climb to the Gokyo Ri(5480mtr) for enjoying the stunning view of summit scenery of mountains including Everest, Cho Oyu and largest glacier named Ngozumba glacier.
Adventurous Chola Pass
Beautiful himalayan scenery
Exploratino of buddhist monastries and ancient gompas, stupas and mani walls
Various types of himalayan vegetation and animals
Explore of naturally beautiful Gokyo lake
Histories, cultures, tradition and life style of himalayan sherpa community
Flight to and from Lukla with beautiful himalayan range
Everest basecamp and kalapathar
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1400 Mtr/4592 Ft)
Our airport representative with name board will come to pick up in airport. The tour starts at our hotel in Kathmandu. There will be a full trek briefing this evening and welcome dinner in typical nepali restaurant with nepali cultural dances.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
After the breakfast our city tour guide with luxury vehicle will come to pick you up for the city sightseeing of some UNESCO world heritage sites for half day.After that your free time for leisure and preparation for the trek.( Exchanging the money,shopping, gear check etc)
Day 3: Flight to Lukla(2840 Mtr/9315 Ft) and trek to Phakding(2610 Mtr/8560 Ft)
We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m) with beautiful views of Himalayan ranges if the weather permited.and start the first day trek with full of energy and enthusiasm.Heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). The place where we going to stay tonight is lower than the airport we landed.We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.
Day 4: Trek to Namche(3440 Mtr/11283 Ft)
Heading towards the Namche, we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards.Todays walk takes us along the river through forest with some views of mountains as well until lunch. We cross the river several times by bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo and Jorsale.Jorsale Last point before Namche where we have lunch.There is the check point of Sagaramatha national park,from that point the SNP area begins. A final bridge brings us to the steep climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent, if weather permited we get the chance to see the summit of Mount everest hiding behind Lhotse and Nuptse. After steep climb of 2 hours and ascents of 300 mtr climbing brings us to Namche. Namche is the main gateway of mount Everest and it is the trading center of Khumbu.It has weekly market on friday afternoon and saturday Morning but the shops,supermarkets,trekking shops,Bakeries are open for all day and everyday.
Day 5: Trek to Khumjung (3790 Mtr/12431 Ft)via Khunde (3840 Mtr/12595 Ft)
Khumjung and Khunde are the twin villages knowing with green valley located in lap of Khumbila,rocky mountain known as khumbu county diety which is sacred.We climb steeply out of Namche past the airstrip at Shyangboche to the Hilary viewpoint in Khunde height of approx 4100 Mtr,From where most spectacular view of Mount Amadablam,Thamserku,Khangteka etc. can be seen. Descending through forest we come to Khunde, where we have lunch,visit the Khunde Monastery and Edmund Hillary hospital.After lunch, we walk down to Khumjung where we spent our night there,and we visit khumjung Monastery to see the Yeti's Skull and the Hillary school. Khumjung Monastery is one of the oldest monastery of Khumbu, it was badly destroyed by recent earthquake but is now being constructed.
Day 6: Trek to Tyangboche(3860 Mtr/12660 Ft)
Our trails descends down to the deep dudh koshi Gorge to Phunki Tenga which takes 2 hours from khumjung,where there is suspension bridge to cross the Dudh Koshi river , Then we have steep climb until Tyangboche. Tengboche is the spiritual and training center for new monks of the Khumbu .It is surrounded by spectacular mountains, including Kangtega and Thamserku.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche(4410 Mtr/14465 Ft)
We descend down to Deboche following the trail trough rhododendron forest. From Deboche trail goes gradually up until suspenson bridge over Imja Khola.Steep climb about 40 minutes brings us at Pangboche, which is highest permanent settlement of Sherpa people in khumbu region.Ascending along the Imja Khola (river) with stunning close view of Mount Amadablam , Mount Lhotse and Nuptse we get to Shomare for lunch break,from here tree line is over, following the trail all way on pastureland until small bridge over the river flown from Khumbu glacier. About 40 minutes of steep climb brings us in Dingboche valley.This is the second largest town with hotels and lodges after Namche, which is properly closes for 2 months in summer
Day 8: Rest Day in Dingboche and Day trip to Ngankarsang Peak (5080 Mtr/16662 Ft)
We spend another day in Dingboche for acclimatization. We climb up to Ngangkarsang Peak (5083 Meter) to be adjust well in altitude and great views of Mount Makalu,Cholatse,Taboche,Amadablam and so on.We come down for lunch , today going to be late lunch, so recomanded to carry some snacks bar.After lunch free time to relax,Showers and coffee with cakes.
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche( 4930 Mtr/16170 Ft)
Two more days to get to Everest basecamp,coming two days going to be bit tougher than as usual.The track climbs steeply up along the arid terrace is awarding with awesome views of mountains on all sides and ascends the valley gradually to Dugla at the end of the moraine of Khumbu Glacier.Where we have lunch before steep climb up to Memorial place,where there is line of memorial in tribute to the climbers who have died in Everest.As we come to a yak herder's place called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow and we continue through Phulung Kharka the camp sites during first successful Everest Expedition in 1953.Continue walk along the Khumbu glacier from left side of 1 more hour with infront views of Mount Khumbutse,Lingtren,Pumori brings us to Lobuche (4910 Meter). In afternoon we have options to climb up to 5000 Mtr to see khumbu glacier.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5160 Mtr/16925 Ft)and Day trip to Everest Base Camp( 5365 Mtr/17597 Ft)
Today is the longest and hardest day of the trip and going to reach in our final destination. We leave quite early along the Khumbu Glacier in right side. After one hour walk of gradual , we climb steep for 20 Minutes and trail follows up and down in moraine and some steep sections all the way to Gorakshep (5185 Meter).Where we have quick lunch and with some snakes bar ,enough water , we hit for the basecamp for another 2.5 hours walk to basecamp.Climb onto a moraine of khumbu glacier, Continuing straight ahead up an down walk in 3 hours bring us in Everest basecamp.In Spring season, Everest basecamp can be seen as small tented city,but in rest season, we can rarely see some expedition group to Everest or Lhotse.We spend here for 30 minutes to take photo click with basecamp rock and ice, enjoying the view of Khumbu Ice fall then we move our steps to Gorakshep.
Day 11: To Kalapather(5545 Mtr/18188 Ft) and trek to Dzongla(4830 Mtr/15842 Ft)
We still have another hard day for the best view of Mount everest from Kalapathar ( Means Black Rock ),as we climb steeply quite early with cup of tea and biscuits,after climbing of 2 hours from Gorakshep we reach in the summit of Kalapathar,We spent short time to take pictures of world highest mountains and khumbu glacier,then we return to Gorakshep for breakfast and step towards Lobuche for lunch then continue walk down to Dzongla for the night. Dzongla is just 2.5 hours from Lobuche ,the trails goes like gradual down and straight.This is the last point before chola pass
Day 12: Trek to Dragnag (4700 Mtr/15416 Ft)through Chola pass(5330 Mtr/17482 Ft)
Today is another challenging day to cross over the chola pass , the trial goes gradually up and steep in some section , then we need to step on snow and sloping surface of the glacier . From top to down ,initially it is very steep and should be very careful while one walk. Now the trail is maintained with some safely ropes ,which makes much easier to walk over moraine.After 2.5 hours descend brings us in Dragnag where we spend night
Day 13: Trek to Gokyo (4790 Mtr/15711 Ft)
Today is an easy and short walk day , just about 2 hours of bit hard walk crossing over Ngojumba glacier takes us in Gokyo.We come here in lunch time, we have rest for whole remaining day.
Day 14: Rest Day in Gokyo and Gokyo Ri (5360 Mtr/17580 Ft)
Another beautiful day here in Gokyo, After the breakfast, begin to steep climb towards Gokyo Ri (5360 Meter ) which is the highest point we reach in this trip and final destination . From where amazing different view of Mount Everst,Mount Cho oyu,Mount Makalu and Lhotse can be explore. Just look down behind the Gokyo village, Ngojumba glacier is there, which is longest glacier of Nepal. We spend about 30 minutes to explore the views and descend down to lodge for Lunch.
Day 15: Trek to Phortse (3840 Mtr/12595 Ft)
Leaving from Gokyo and descending down to one of the old Sherpa settlement, which is known as by village of mountaineer. Each house is at least one Mount everest summitter. The trail goes down passing first lake following the river flown from First lake. We going to cross the small bridge then turn left for the another route to get to phortse. The path going to be bit tough than usual but the views and landscape are amazing.
Day 16: Trek to Namche(3440 Mtr/11283 Ft)
Steep descending about 250 Meter, then again steep climb about 350 meter in rhododendron and fir forest, we reach to Mongla (Ridge), can be seen of some different views of mountains and landscape .Again descend about 40 Minutes will meet of main trail to Everest basecamp in place named sanasa. After crossing sanasa and having lunch in Kyangjuma , trails goes straight in steep hill until Namche in Luxury hotel named Yeti mountain home.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2840 Mtr/9315 Ft)
Long day walk before flying back to Kathmandu. it takes about 7 hours to get to Lukla from Namche.We are following the same trail that we took on the way up from Lukla, but the views are completely different.The trail descends steeply downward so should be careful with slow walking. After crossing the suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi,the trails becomes more easy and natural.We follow the trails along the Dudh kosi river with rhododendrons and pine forest.Upon arrival in Lukla, sharing the happy moments and great experience with staffs,dinner together and happy note with everyone back safe and sound.
Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Today we have a early breakfast in order to catch the flights,sometimes weather doesn’t permits, should be patient for the waiting. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Kathmandu
Day 19: Free time in Kathmandu for shopping
Trip is over now, you can take your own time for shoppinp,sightseeing and relaxing.Thamel area is full of shops and restaurants and coffee shops for those who want a more relaxing day.We will have the farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with nepali cultural music and dances to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
Day 20: Departure for homeland
You will be transfer to Airport as your schedule flight.
All airport/hotel pick ups and drops within Nepal
Flight Fare for both way (KTM-LUA-KTM)
All trekking permits , TIMS card,Government and local taxes for the trek
All Meals (Breakfast , Lunch and DInner ) During the trek
3 Star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itenerary
An experienced English speaking and government licensed trekking guide
Porter Services(2 Trekkers : 1 Porter)
Medical kit incase of Emergency
Insurance for Nepali Staffs
Sleeping Bag for the trek
Welcome and farewell dinner
Staffs Cost including their Salary, food , accomodation and equipments
What's not included
Nepal Visa Fee
Personal Trekking gears
International Flight fare
Lunch and Dinner in the city , extra night accomodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure and early return from the trek due to any reason than the scheduled itenerary
Any rescue cost
Tips for Guide and Staffs
Personal Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses as phone calls, laundry , Bar, Battery charge, extra porter, shower and bottled or boiled water
Helicopter charter flight
Good to Know
Face Mask / Muffler
Wind stopper/Waterproof Jacket
Fleece Jacket/ trousers
Woolen gloves/Water/wind proof gloves
Trekking Trousers(light weight long Paint)
wind stopper/waterproof Paint
Fleece or woolen pants
Thin Lightwear/heavy poly or wool Socks
Medium Rucksack (50-70 Ltr)
Small Day Pack
Personal Medical Kit
Large Duffel bag
Spare batteries for Camera and Flash Light
Head lamp with extra Batteries
Sun Glasses with UV protection
Suitcase (For stored in Kathmandu hotel for not needed items for trek)