Everest Base Camp, Chola Pass & Gokyo Lake Trek - 19 Days

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  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous Strenuous
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Khumbu
  • Max. Altitude: 5545m/18192ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/Land transportation

The Gokyo Valley, with it’s turquoise lakes and ring of snow capped peaks is the most picturesque location in the Khumbu Region. You will also experience the amazing Everest Base Camp, Chola Pass and Gokyo Lake Trek and connect you get the best of both.

Everest Base Camp is the ultimate bucket list trekking location. This trek takes you into the lap of the Himalayas and the home of the highest mountain in the world Mt Everest at 8848m. Everest Base Camp is situated at an altitude of 5364m and brings you as close as you can get to the highest peak in the world (without a climbing permit). The viewpoint from Kala Patar 5545m allows a classic view of the Everest range including 4 of the worlds 800m+ peaks. This magnificent trek will bring you to the starting point of summit attempts and in spring you can even view the hustle and bustle of the climbing expeditions preparing for summit attempts.

A highlight of the trek is the climb of Gokyo Ri (5357m) which provides a wonderful early morning view of the surrounding ranges as well as of Mt Everest and 3 other 8000m plus peaks. It is said that the view from Gokyo Ri surpasses that of Kala Pattar (the highlight of the Everest Base Camp trek).

During this trek, you will enjoy crystal clear view of The Himalayan range. Cho Oyu takes center stage in the Gokyo Valley but you will see Mount Everest, AmaDablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu andPumoriamong others. The local people in this area are Sherpas, they are very welcoming and consider every tourist as their own guest. Guests are regarded as Gods according to Nepalese tradition and culture. You will be greeted with a soft voice saying “Namaste” accompanied by the joining of palms together. Save plenty of space on your memory card as you will witness countless photographic moments. You will be immersed in the fascinating Sherpa community, culture and traditional way of life.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Full day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu city

Day 3: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) 3 hrs

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,280ft) 6 hrs

Day 5: Rest day in Namche for Acclimatization

Day 6: Trek to Phorse Village (3810m/12,496ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 7: Phorse Village –Machhermo (4,470 m/14,663 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 8: Machhermo – Gokyo (4800 m/15,744 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 9: Explore 5th Lake and Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17585ft)

Day 10: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m/17,570ft) and hike to Thangnak (4733m/15528ft) 3 hrs

Day 11: Trek over Cho La Pass (5,330m/17486ft) and trek to Dzongla (4,830m/15,842ft) 8hrs7-8 hrs

Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep (5,140m/16,859ft) 8hrs

Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) then trek to GorakShep (5,140m / 16,859ft) 8hrs

Day 14: GorakShep – Kala Patthar (5545m/18192ft) – Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 15: Dingboche – Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 16: Tengboche – NamcheBazzar (3440 m/11,280 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 17: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 18: Lukla – Kathmandu

Day 19: Departure from TIA.

You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. Overnight stay in hotel.

Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. There will be a welcome dinner tonight where you will enjoy local cuisine and folk dance. Overnight stay at hotel.

On the third morning, you will board a flight to the Lukla Airport commonly known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. After wonderful 30 minutes on one of the most scenic mountain flights, you will be at Lukla. After having breakfast, you begin the trek which takes around to Phakding village and spend the night there.

On the forth morning, the trail will take you along the Dudh Koshi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Deodar Cedar forests to the your destination, Namche Bazaar, a historic trading point for Nepalese and Tibetan traders and the tourist “hub” for Khumbu trekking. Along the way you will get your first glimpse of Mt Everest as well as other mountain peaks such as Kusum Kangru (6369m) and Mt Thamserku (6608m). You will see paintings of Buddhist deities at Benkar and a small gompa at Monjo as well as exploring the granite bluff carved with Tibetan Mantra’s en route to Jorsale. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche.

Rest day in Namche for acclimatization The fifth day of the trek will be spent in Namche itself for acclimatization purposes. As the altitude will now increase significantly, a day for acclimatization is paramount and strictly advisable for prospective trekkers. Options for today include a visit the Everest View Hotel which is situated at 3900m for panoramic views of the surrounding mountain range and our first proper view of Mt Everest. On our way we pass the Syangboche airstrip and there is an option to visit Khumjung Village which is the location of the Hilary School. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche.

Today as we start trekking we are rewarded with an amazing view of Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The trail follows the ridge and great views are with us for much of the way, we also have a great day for wildlife spotting with pheasant, musk deer and Himalayan Thar common on this section. It’s a fairly easy trek today with gradual uphill for most of the way until we descend at the end of the day to Phorse village where we stay overnight.

We start the day with an ascent through thick forest with hanging moss, waterfalls and bridges before reaching Dole. From Dole it’s a gradual climb along the scenic ridge where a beautiful vista of mountains unfolds. From here we get our first glimpses of Cho Oyu as we pass through beautiful hamlets along the hillside before arriving at Mahhermo where we stay overnight

Our day is fairly easy today with a gradual climb to Gokyo. The landscape here becomes quite barren and the valley narrows through a boulder field as it climbs up the terminal moraine where we reach the first lake. The second lake follows soon after and is larger with turquoise water sparkling in the sun. On reaching the third lake we are also at the small hamlet of Gokyo located beside the lake. Overnight in Gokyo.

Today we have an acclimatization day and trek to the lake to get another amazing view from a spot called the “Scoundrels viewpoint” and as good as the one from GokyoRi. Overnight in Gokyo.

The highlight of our day is today with an early morning climb of Gokyo Ri. From here we can get an amazing panoramic view of Mt Everest and also of all of the surrounding ranges and other 8000m + peaks. The weather is normally lovely and clear in the morning and the sunrise is incredible. After returning for breakfast we head out to the fifth lake to get another amazing view from a spot called the “Scoundrels viewpoint” and as good as the one from Gokyo Ri. Overnight in Gokyo

Today you will cross the Cho La (5,330m/17486ft)) pass where you will have eye pleasing views. Most, of the time Cho La Pass is covered with snow. On the way you will experience plenty of small snow covered glaciers. You will stay for the night at Dzongla.

Today you will be trekking to the highest village on the trek, Gorakshep. Enjoy the high mountain views on the way.

After breakfast you will be heading off to Everest Base Camp. This is the base for all of the climbing expeditions. Return to Gorakshep overnight.

Early this morning you will climb Kala Patthar for a panoramic sunrise view of Mt Everest. This is the highlight of the trip and includes the classic view of the entire Everest Range and surrounding peaks including 4 of the world’s highest peaks all over 8000m. We then head down the valley to Dingboche overnight.

Today’s trek will take you through magnificent Rhododendron and Juniper forest. On the trail, mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants can be seen. Overnight in Tengboche.

Today we walk back down the trail accompanied by magnificent mountain views to reach Namche where we stay overnight.

Today you will descend from Namche Bazar. Along the trail you cross the Cross the suspension bridges on Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries. Also you will get a chance to witness Sherpa culture and their impressive devotion to God.

You will board a flight back to Kathmandu while enjoying exhilarating mountain views for 30 minutes. The rest of the time in Kathmandu, you can spend time shopping or for buying souvenirs. Tonight there is a farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with typical Nepalese cuisine and folk music to celebrate the successful completion of your trek. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • Accommodation whilst in Kathmandu (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Farewell dinner with cultural program in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (on twin share basis).
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • Sagamartha (Everest) conservation’s park fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Trekking equipment’s i.e.- down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag and trekking pole (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
  • First aid medical kid.
  • Official expenses.

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
  • Wifi access fees in lodges while trekking.
  • Fees for recharging of mobile phones at lodges while trekking.
  • Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)

Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section.

Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

WHAT KIND OF PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT SHOULD I CARRY?
Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:

  • Antiseptic cream (Betadine).
  • Sunblock SPF 30+.
  • Throat lozenges
  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
  • Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and 'Second Skin' for blisters.
  • Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
  • Dextrose glucose tablets.
  • Water treatment tablets.
  • Your prescription medications
  • Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips

DOES HIGH ALTITUDE EFFECTS AND BENEFITS?
You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude.The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body' metabolism.

WHAT IS ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS? (AMS) 
Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. 
Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AMS? 
Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
•    Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
•    Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not. 
•    Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
•    Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat. They will feel as if they want to vomit.
•    Pins and Needles: Sensation of a limbs falling asleep.
•    Fatigue: Physical pressure while trekking the long hours followed by Insomnia shows the next symptom of AIMS which is fatigue.
•    Dizziness: A feeling of falling down, it is the early symptoms of AMS.
•    Malaise: Malaise is the feeling of being sick which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
•    Swelling of hands, feet & face: Due to the accumulation of fluids, the tissues swell which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.

Symptoms associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness includes:
•    Cyanosis (alteration of skin color into bluish or purplish)
•    Chest tightness or congestion
•    Confusion
•    Coughing up blood
•    Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
•    Grey or pale complexion
•    Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
•    Shortness of breath at rest
At high altitude, all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.

LIFE THREATENING FORMS OF AMS.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?
•    Breathlessness
•    A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
•    Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
•    Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
•    Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)? 
•    Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
•    Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
•    Nausea/vomiting
•    Loss of balance or coordination
•    Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

HOW TO PREVENT? 
Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
•    Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
•    Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
•    Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
•    Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
•    Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
•    Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
•    Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT? 
Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.

Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS.  Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
•    Don’t ascent up rapidly.
•    Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
•    Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
•    Climb high and sleep low.
•    Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
•    Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
•    Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
•    Never leave or descent sick person along.
•    Avoid getting cold.
•    Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
•    Sleep more than normal.

Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.
With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

HOW DO WE HANDLE DURING THE CASE OF EMERGENCY?
You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition.  So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal,please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.

HOW TO GET SAFE DRINKING WATER?
On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.

DO WE BE SECURE DURING OUR JOURNEY?
Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

IS YOUR COMPANY GOVERNMENTALLY RECOGNISED?
Our company is not only governmentally recognize but also affiliated with several other national and international agencies related to tourism. Our Managing Director Mr. Surya Bahadur Ghimire has already performed Media and press coordinator role being the Executive Member for two years (2015-2017) in TAAN (TREKKING AGENCIES ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL), which is only an umbrella organization of all trekking agencies’ in Nepal. 
 

Why is Tipping essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the same percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly be invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.

 


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Trip highlights

  • Scenic Himalaya flight to and from Lukla
  • Experience lifestyle of Sherpa people in the heart of Himalaya
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery
  • Remarkable views of Khumbu Icefall
  • Climbing Kalapatthar at elevation of 5,545m
  • Visit the beautiful Gokyo lake from the Gokyo peak

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  • Great Value of Money
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  • Social Responsibility
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