Everest Base Camp, Chola Pass & Gokyo Lake Trek - 18 Days

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  • Duration: 18 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: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) 3 hrs

Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,280ft) 6 hrs

Day 4: Rest day in Namche for Acclimatization

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

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

Day 7: Machhermo – Gokyo (4800 m/15,744 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 8: Explore 5th Lake and Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17585ft)

Day 9: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m/17,570ft) and hike to Thangnak (4733m/15528ft) 3 hrs

Day 10: Trek over Cho La Pass (5,330m/17486ft) and trek to Dzongla (4,830m/15,842ft) 8hrs7-8 hrs

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep (5,140m/16,859ft) 8hrs

Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) then trek to GorakShep (5,140m / 16,859ft) 8hrs

Day 13: GorakShep – Kala Patthar (5545m/18192ft) – Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 14: Dingboche – Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 15: Tengboche – NamcheBazzar (3440 m/11,280 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 16: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 17: Lukla – Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure from TIA.

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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.

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 using private A/c vehicle as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu with Domestic Airport Taxes.
  • Two Nights accommodation using Three star Hotel in Kathmandu on Twin sharing basis (BB).
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trekking days using Twin Sharing/Dormitory room.
  • Three meals a day followed by tea/coffie while on trekking days. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Government licensed English speaking Guide throughout the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek. (02Trekkers:01Porter)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, and transportation for office staffs.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park fee and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show and Authentic Nepalese Cuisine in Kathmandu.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Service charge and Government Taxes.

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu (Each item costs about $4 - $7 dollars depending on place where you eat)
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items, Wifi access fees in lodges, fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services and Personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory), this must include helicopter rescue (Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost. One can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like( natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Which is not mandatory but highly appreciated)
  • Any other items not mentioned on above Include Section.

Route Map

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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