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Gokyo Ri Chola Pass Everest Base Camp 19 Days

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Destination

Nepal

Region

Everest, Gokyo-Ri, Chola Pass, Everest Base Camp

Max.Altitude

5,550m

Grade

Hard

Activity

Trekking

Duration

19 Days

Route

Lukla-Gokyo-Everest Base Camp-Tengboche

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day

Accommodation in Trekking

Lodge

Meal

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner during the trekking

Start/End

Kathmamdu/Kathmandu

Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu

By Air Plane

Group Size

2-15 Person

Accommodation in Kathmandu

3 Star Class Hotel

Transportation in Kathmandu

Car/Jeep/Hiace/Coaster/Sutlej
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Overview

The region's "high altitude trek" is the Gokyo-Cho La Pass-Everest Base Camp trek. An early morning scenic twin otter flight takes you to Lukla, where you will follow the Everest Base Camp trail to Namche Bazaar. A visit to Khumjung Sherpa village allows you to learn about Sherpa culture and traditions while also getting a close-up view of Ama Dablam and Mt. Everest. 

Then, Everest Cho La pass trail branches North West to ascend the serene Dudh Koshi Valley to the lake village of Gokyo on the Ngozumpa glacial moraine. Use a rest day to explore the valley. A stiff climb up to Gokyo Ri for sunrise and soaring views includes Cho Oyo, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. Then walk down and cross the 1km glacier to Dzagnag.


Start before sunrise for the tough Cho La ascent and long descent to Lobuche. This is tuff, but beautiful day. The trail then rises, for two days to Gorak Shep. Walk to view the ring of peaks surrounding Everest Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier – and the icefall towards the summit.

A sunrise hike up Kala Patthar offers superb views of Everest, the South Col, Nuptse, and the glacier. After breakfast, begin the easier, warmer, four days downward trek to Lukla filling your camera gaps


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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. (1300m/4,265ft)

Your trip starts today when you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our ANA representative at the airport. He'll be carrying an ANA board with your name written on it. Then you will be transferred to the hotel.  After you check into the hotel, our representative will brief you about your trip. Then free till pick up time for the welcome dinner. In your spare time, you can relax, walk around the hotel, go shopping for necessities, and so on.

Welcome Dinner Included. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2
City Excursion and Trek Preparation. (1300m/4,265ft)

We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of the theory, culture, art, architecture, and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include; Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple: The oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley, Swoyambhunath is an important Buddhist spiritual site having a history of two thousand years old. This site has gained a popular name as monkey temple as this small forested hill is a good habitat for hundreds of monkeys. The visit there will heighten your spiritual and cultural experience. Patan City including Patan Durbar Square: A tour to the city of Patan gives you a great insight into the  Newari culture, Buddhist spirituality, religious harmony, art, and architecture while you stroll around the charismatic alleys taking you to magnificent local community squares known as Bahal and eventually leading you to an incredible medieval palace square. The monuments and skills of the local artisans displayed on those monuments in the square will stun you with their unbelievable charm. Pashupatinath- This temple is located at Gausala Devpatan. Pashupati is one of the revered and holiest pilgrimages for the d’s Hindus. In the holy Bagmati River Ghat Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the unique way of Hindu tradition in the world as well as you will observe typical Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus. Boudhanath Stupa: The largest of its kind in the world, this magnificent stupa is a very important center of faith for the people following Tibetan Buddhism. This place is a nice Circular Square with a stunning stupa in the middle of it which spreads a lot of spiritual vibrations around the atmosphere.

Breakfast/Lunch Included. Overnight at Hotel

Day 3
Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft) to Lukla(2,845m/9,333ft) to Phakding(2,610m/8,562ft); 8 km, 3-4hrs trek.

Take an early morning flight from Kathmandu airport to Lukla. The flight is a scenic Himalayan panoramic flight to the gorgeous mountain town of Lukla, the gateway to Everest trekking. After landing at the Lukla airport, take some time to prepare for the walk of the day. Start the trek for the day today to Phakding, a beautiful town on the bank on the Dudhkoshi River. Approximately four hours of gentle walking on the Everest trail takes you to Phakding to spend overnight at a tea house.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 4
Phakding(2,610m/8,562ft)- Namche (3440 m/11,285ft); 11km, 6-7hrs trek.

After taking breakfast at the tea house, you start the trek to the astounding Sherpa town of Namche today. The walk today is mostly uphill making you cover a good distance of elevation. You will come across lots of yaks, Buddhist prayer flags, and many trekking adventurers like you, and several other beautiful things. Once you arrive at Namche, you praise the charm of the town and the Himalayan view from there more. Check into a hotel and relax.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 5
Acclimatization and Exploration day.

Already at an elevation of 3,440 meters above sea level, you need to acclimatize with the high altitude atmosphere. Thus it is an extra day at Namche to acclimatize doing some uphill side hikes around Shyangbohce Airstrip, Everest View Hotel, and Khumjung Village. Enjoy the view of Mt. Everest and other mountains from the Everest viewpoint. Once you return back to Namche from the hike, you will have some time to explore the charming town of Namche as well.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 6
Namche (3440 m/11,285ft) to Dole (4,200m/13,778ft); 12km, 6-7hrs trek.

The trail climbs up from the town and then contours around the hillside, offering great views including Everest and Khumjung. It then ascends along the lower slopes of Khumbila, branching northwest of the Everest trail and continuing up the Dudh Koshi Valley. It climbs steeply to the tiny village of Mong La (built around an ancient Chorten), then drops to Phortse Thenga before climbing through a pine and rhododendron forest and on up to Dole – from where there are marvelous views of snow-capped peaks. Look out for spotted deer, Himalayan Tahrs, and birds – including the colorful (male) Danphe pheasant (Nepal’s national bird).

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 7
Dole (4,200m/13,778ft) to Machhermo (4470m/14665ft); 7km, 4-5hrs trek.

The hike today takes you along a high trail through thorny alpine scrub to scenic ridges above the river. Beautiful views of Cho-Oyo, Thamserku, and Kangtega are offset by charming views into the valley below, where we pass summer-grazing hamlets like Luza on our way up to Machhermo. From Kyajo Ri and Pharilapche, the Machhermo Khola flows through the village before draining into the Dudh Koshi. This is the last settlement before Gokyo and has an HRA aid post for victims of AMS.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 8
Machhermo (4470m/14665ft) to Gokyo (4,790m/15,715ft); 7km, 3-4hrs trek.


The trail gradually ascends from the village to a ridge that provides the first views of Cho-north Oyo's face (8210m/26 907ft) and additional views of Kangtega and Thamserku. Ahead in the valley is the snout of the Ngozumpa Glacier: the trail drops back towards the river. A metal bridge crosses the edge of the frozen Longponga Tsho (4,690m/15,383ft): the first of the Dudh Koshi’s six sacred lakes. Before Taboche Tsho, a path leads up onto the glacier – and the Cho La. A strenuous half hour’s walk beyond the lake leads to the summer village of Gokyo set on the side of the moraine and overlooking the blue-green Dudh Pokhari which nestles in a semi-circle of high peaks at the foot of Gokyo Ri. Cho-Oyo and the ice ridge to Ghyachung Kang, from which the Ngozumpa glacier flows, are clearly visible behind ridges.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 9
Acclimatization and exploration day at Gokyo valley(4,790m/15,715ft).

 To protect against AMS, another rest day is scheduled. Gokyo has two main points of view. The first ventures north of the village to the fourth through sixth lakes. These lakes, together with meltwater from the glacier are the source of the Dudh Koshi that is followed by Lukla. A trail rises gently, for three kilometres, north of the village to Thonak Tsho (4,870m/15,980m), the Ngozumpa Tsho (4,980m/16,340ft) and Scoundrel’s viewpoint (5,000m/16,405ft). From here there are tremendous close-up views of Cho-Oyu, Ghyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu. Approximately two hours is needed for the 200m descent back to Gokyo. If there is time, continue north along the path to the Cho-Oyo Base Camp at the northern end of the sixth lake; the Gyazumba Tsho. There are several small peaks in this region that offer vantage points for the surrounding peaks and views of the Nagpa La, the old trade route into Tibet further west.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.



Day 10
Gokyo (4,800m/15,747ft) to Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,584ft) to Gokyo to Dzagnag (4,700m/15,500ft); 8km, 7-8hrs trek.

Gokyo Ri, the region's second major viewpoint, begins on the northern side of the lake, opposite the village. Its breathtaking scenery encourages an early start and a two-hour climb to the summit. It overlooks the broad, rubble-covered Ngozumpa Glacier, Nepal’s longest, gouged out beneath a wall of towering peaks on its south-eastern flank. From the flag bedecked summit is the unforgettable vista of the Himalayan chain that includes Cho-Oyu and Ghyachung Kang, the north face of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cholatse, Taboche, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Kanguru (all over 6,300m/20,670ft) and much more, some unnamed. After breakfast at the hotel, take a leisurely stroll back down the trail to past the second lake, Taboche Tsho, and then climb up the moraine and cross the kilometer-wide glacier to the tiny summer hamlet of Dzagnag.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.


Day 11
Dzagnag ( 4,700m/15,500ft) to Chola Pass ( 5,420m/17,781ft) to Dzonglha ( 4,830m/15,845ft); 9km, 8-9hrs trek.

Today will be the toughest, but most rewarding day of the trek. It calls for a very early start – to beat likely cloud at the pass. The trail is steep from the hotel and climbs through grazing lands over a hill. It then drops into a minor valley before climbing steeply up a vast, loose scree slope on ill-defined paths that eventually lead to the flags that mark the narrow neck. Behind are views of the glacier, Pharilapche and Kyajo Ri. At your feet is the Cho La glacier and to the southeast views that include impressive Cholatse, Baruntse, Lobuche West and East and out to pyramidal Ama Dablam. The descent requires walking down the glacier followed by a boulder scramble to easier terrain below, then down to the summer grazing village of Dzonglha

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 12
Day 12: Dzonglha (4,830m/15,845ft) to Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft); 6km, 4-5hrs trek.

A two-hour trek takes you further down the valley and around the ridge below Awi Peak before heading northeast up a gradual slope to Lobuche.


Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 13
Lobuche(4,910m/16,108ft) – Gorakshep (5,160m/16,928ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,597ft) – Gorakshep: 14km, 8-9hrs trek.

Another exhausting but fruitful day. Follow the windblown and rocky path along the barren moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to the final village of Gorak Shep. After an early lunch, set out on the treacherous trail to the world's highest Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier: opposite the dreaded icefall – the most dangerous section of an Everest ascent. In April/May the trail is busy with porters carrying in supplies and the site is a riot of colorful tents perched on the dirty ice. For the rest of the year, it is a bleak and lonely place set below the impressive ice walls (and avalanches) of the Mahalangur Himal along the Tibetan border. From west to east, the visible peaks are Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Nuptse. Everest and the Cwm are hidden behind buttresses. Trek back to Gorak Shep for the night at Lodge.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 14
Gorakshep(5,160m/16,928ft)- Kalapatthar (5,550m/18,207ft) and Gorakshep to Pheriche (4,230m/13877ft); 15km, 7-8hrs trek.


Very early morning climb of 2-3 hrs up Kala Patthar, behind the village, offers a sunrise awakening of the Himalayan chain. First Everest (8,848m/29,028ft), then its surrounding vassals: Pumori (7,145m/23,443ft), Lingtren (6 697/21 973ft), Khumbutse (6,623m/21,730ft), Changtse (7,550m/24,772ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,941ft) and Nuptse (7,861m/25,792ft). Plus Cho Oyo (8,201m/26,907ft) in the west and Ama Dablam to the south: amidst countless other peaks that crowd the horizon in all directions. Drop back to Gorak Shep for breakfast and then retrace your steps down to Lobuche before continuing south on the Everest – Lukla trail. At the southern end of Khumbu’s glacial moraine is a group of stone-pile memorials to lost climbers and Sherpas. From here there are wonderful views of the Mahalangur Himal along the Tibetan border; including Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and the Nuptse – Lhotse ridge: which hides Everest from view. Drop down the moraine and continue on to the village of Pheriche for a lower and warmer night.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 15
Pheriche (4,230m/13,877ft) to Namche (3,440m/11,285ft); 17km, 8-9hrs trek.

Today's trail gradually descends to Deboche before a gentle ascent through rhododendron forest to Tengboche, a hilltop village with an important monastery and panoramic views in all directions. A long descent leads to the Imja Khola's Phunki Thenga (3,250m/10,663ft): the trek's lowest point north of Lukla. The path then ascends to Sanasa (where the trail to Gokyo splits), after which it broadens.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 16
Namche(3,440m/11,285ft)to Lukla(2,845m/9,333ft); 19km, 8-9hrs trek.

The next morning we head for Lukla. In the end, we spend more time descending this day. During this day we see many new groups on the trail heading out to Namche. At a teahouse at Lukla, we will toast over a beer the incredible trip we just finished and spend some time reflecting on our experiences.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 17
Lukla (2,845m/9,333ft) to Kathmandu (1300m/4,256ft) flight(30-40 minutes flight)

We pack up early and head for the airstrip to catch a flight back to Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last-minute shopping and packing, or send a few postcards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel.

Breakfast Included. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 18
Flight Reserve Free Day in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last-minute shopping and packing, or even go down for a stroll to Thamel or walk around the local market.

Breakfast/Farewell Dinner Included, Overninght in Hotel

Day 19
Final Departure

We will drop you at to airport three hours prior to your flight time.

Breakfast Included.

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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)

CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)

FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)

SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f ( ANA will Provide)
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack

DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes

FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping

OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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What is Included

  • All airport transfers
  • 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast
  • Guided City tour in Kathmandu covering 4 UNESCO heritage sites
  • Flights Kathmandu–Lukla–Kathmandu (Weight limit:10 kg main baggage and 5 kg hand per passenger/flight) 
  • All airport taxes
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner of your choice
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner
  • Supplementary snacks: energy  bar and cookies
  • Seasonal fresh fruits desert every day
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water 
  • Accommodation:  Lodge (Twin room)  
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit 
  • Oxi-meter: To check, heart rating and oxygen saturation to Everest Base Camp and return
  • All government and local taxes
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles, and duffel bag
  • Souvenir;  T-Shirts, Trekking Success Certificate

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What is Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Your Travel/Medical insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu as per mention in itinerary
  • Hot shower while on the trek.
  • Single supplements in hotels except for solo trekking service.
  • Bar bills and laundry.
  • Battery Charges( Available during trek with extra cost).
  • Optional trips not specified in the itinerary.
  • Tipping to guide and porter.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage).
  • City entrance fees 
  • Hot and bottled drinks
  • Wi-Fi         
  •  Helicopter evacuation/rescue in case of emergency
  • Donation to the local organization.
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