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Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek

Everest BC, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Cho la Pass Trek (5,422m/17,783ft) is one of the most challenging trek with combination of classic tradition, culture and top class of adventures as it combines entire upper Khumbu Region, crystal Gokyo Lake, renowned viewpoint Gokyo-Ri and in fact the base of world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest.

Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek offers the unimaginable mountain views from Chukung, Kala Pathar and Gokyo RI. This trek is also known as “The Ultimate Trek,” which includes all that Khumbu needs to provide including the fascinating villages and Sherpa Buddhist monasteries, culture and hospitality of the Sherpa people, who can sure enough win your hearts.

After starting with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu we tend to follow to Namche Bazzar through by crossing Dudhkoshi (milky) River valley and the ultimate destination of all the trekker’s base of the Mount Everest, Everest Base Camp (5550M). We then veer off the main trail to cross the Cho La Pass at 5330meters into the Base Camp of Mount Everest. Along the way of Cho La Pass Everest Base Camp trek you will be passing grazing settlement of Yak to reach the Gokyo lakes and we climb the Gokyo Ri peak for the Panoramic views of the greatest mountain scenery in the world – including five giants peaks above 8000m like, Everest, Choyu, Mahakalu, Kanchanjunga, etc. and countless other peaks of the Khumbu Region. After the pass you will drop to the other side of Khumbu valley which take you to explore from Kalapatthar (5545m) ascent and probably the best views of Mt Everest.

Trip Highlights of Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek

Explore beautiful Gokyo Lake region, Gokyo Lake Trek ascending Gokyo Ri Top offers awe- inspiring Mt Everest panorama veiws, encounter highland Sherpa people’s life style and their unique cultural hospitality, probably one of the world’s most popular destination visit Mt Everest region’s holy site.

Fantastic Mountain views above 6000- 8848 m peaks including world’s Highest peak- Mount Everest, Famous Climbing to Gokyo RI Peak ( 5360m), Adventures & scenic walk though Sherpa Villages, The great trekking experience of lifetime. The Ultimate Challenge Climbing of Gokyo Peak, Icefalls and Ngozumpa Glaciers, Crossing over Chola Pass,Hiking to Everest Base Camp and Broad Summit of Kalapatthar.

Recommended Packing list for Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek

Clothing.

  • 2 quick drying long base layer shirts.
  • 2 trekking shirts short sleeve
  • 2 Thermal underwear – base layer.
  • 2 liner socks
  • 3 pair woolen blend trekking socks.
  • 2 pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms
  • 2 fleece sweaters – one lightweight, one heavier
  • Sandels.

 Outer layers. 

  • 1 wind/rain proof overlayer- jacket and pants
  • 1 best down jacket. ( -20 D.C )
  • 1 down vest
  • 1 warm winter hat
  • 1 lightweight thermal layer hat
  • 1 peak hat
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 Pair trekking boots.
  • 1, Head lamp with extra batteries,
  • 1 sleeping bag heavy ( -20 D.C)
  • 1 watch with alarm
  • 1 Sun glasses ( UV protection )
  • 1 camera with, extra batteries.
  • 2-3 portable chargers.

First Aid

  • Diamox – for altitude
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Vicks vapor rub
  • Sunscreen
  • chapstick
  • anti nauseant – you tend to feel just a bit nauseaus a lot at altitude.
  • immodium – diarrhea is common at altitued.
  • bandaids
  • blister bandaids or moleskin
  • eye drops
  • advil cold and dinus
  • nasal moisturizer – altitude causes nasal cavities to be very dry, nasal moisturizer was very helpful.
  • Q-tips
  • tweezers
  • tiger balm.

Toiletries

  • Foot powder (for Deb’s stinky feet)
  • Toilet paper
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • micro fibre towel
  • Gold Bond – this just feels good all the time

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to your  hotel,

Day 02: Free and Arrangement day.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2700 meters)

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters)

Day 05: Rest / Acclimatize in Namche (3440 meters)

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche. (3860 meters) 5 hours.

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5.30 hours.

Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours.

Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters).

Day 10: Hike up to Kalapattar (5545 meters) and trek back to Dzongla (4620m.)

Day 11: Dzongla to Thangna (4650 m.)

Day 12: Thangna to Gokyo (4750m.)

Day 13: Rest day at Gokyo

Day 14: climb Gokyo Ri (5483m.) and trek to Machhermo (4410m.)

Day 15: Machhermo to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)

Day 16: Namche to Lukla

Day 17: Morning flight back to Kathmandu. 30 minutes.

 

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to your hotel.

Arrival in Kathmandu, Meet our representative in the airport and transfer to the hotel Access Nepal or similar categories on B/B.

Day 02: Free and Arrangement day.  

This day is free and arrangement day, can explore Kathmandu.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2700 meters)

Early morning scenic flight to Lukla (2800m.) from Kathmandu. It takes 30-40 minutes to Lukla. Start our trek and head to Phakding. Descend steeply to the Tharo Koshi which is also known as Kusum Kangru Khola (river). After crossing the Tharo Koshi River through the suspension bridge, you climb to Ghat and continue climb to Phakding. Overnight at Phakding.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters)

We follow the Dudh Koshi River and reaches Zamphuti. This is an excellent view point of Thamserku peak. Ascend to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, interesting for visiting farming land, We continue our walk uphill and enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park (1148sq km, established in 1976) at Monjo (2840m.). Reach Namche Bazaar with gorgeous views of different Himalayan peak of Everest region . Overnight. (3420m).

Day 05: Rest / Acclimatize in Namche (3440 meters)

Rest for the proper acclimatization with some excursion. We can hike around , the ideal place to overview some of the outstanding mountains such as Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. You can walk around the Khumjung valley, Hillary School and Khunde Hospital and then return back to Namche. In Namche Bazaar you can spend some time interacting with the fun-loving Sherpa people.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche. (3860 meters) 5 hours.

Walk along the ridge and then descend to Dudh Koshi River at Phunkithanka. Then after crossing the bridge we ascend in the steep path up to the Tengboche. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Tengboche have largest Monastery of Khumbu region. Overnight.

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5.30 hours.

Descend to Debuche, cross suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and then climb to Pangboche amongst thousands of Mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite

Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours.

The trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Overnight.

Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters).

A bit difficult trekking day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365 meters, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest . There will likely be a team there about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep for the overnight. More or less 8 Hours walking in total.

Day 10: Hike up to Kalapattar (5545 meters) and trek back to Dzongla (4620m.)

Most of morning we climbing Mt. Kala Pattar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555 meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028ft, 8848 meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep. Then we descend gently to Lobuche and then go upward to Dzongla.

Day 11: Dzongla to Thangna (4650 m.)

We walk on the flat stone path for some time passing through arid valley. Then we ascend in the steep path to Chola pass in the icy trails along Chola glacier. After we reach Chola pass we descend down on another side through the stony path until we reach Phedi. From there we climb down up to Thangna. It is a small village with few lodges and tea shops. Catch a glimpse of Machhermo peak and many more.

Day 12: Thangna to Gokyo (4750m.)

Walk along the glacier route until we reach first Lake of Gokyo. The trek is easier over flat path following Dudh Koshi River up to Gokyo. It is a windy valley and situated near the third lake. At Gokyo you are stunned by the natural beauty of Dudh Pokhari Lake.

Day 13: Rest day at Gokyo

We take rest and explore the Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumba glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal.

Day 14: climb Gokyo Ri (5483m.) and trek to Machhermo (4410m.)

We first climb the Gokyo Ri which emerges above the village in the northern side of the Lake. From the Peak you can see the beautiful view of the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Then we descend to Gokyo and trek top Machhermo. We follow the Dudh Koshi River. We see large yak pastures there.

Day 15: Machhermo to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)

Walk downhill to Phortse tenga. We pass through the forest covered with rhododendron, pine and local incense. Then we ascend in the steep path to Monglo and then descend gently to Khumjung. From Khumjung we walk in the flat path for some time and then descend to Namche.

Day 16: Namche to Lukla

Descend to Lukla passing through the forest of rhododendron and pine as well as Sherpa villages.

Day 17: Morning flight back to Kathmandu. 30 minutes.

Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Trip Cost US$ 1,295 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
  • Two night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • All your stander Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
  • A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder Guide, his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
  • Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla
  • Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla airport for Group and crews.
  • National Park permits.
  • TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.)
  • Medical supplies, first aid kit box.
  • Treking route map
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company). If in case.
  • Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed)
  • All ground transportation.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expanse.
Cost Excludes:
  • Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
  • International air fare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Extra Activities in Kathmandu.
  • Porter carrier if you need ( 185 USD )

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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions

Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking  disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.

Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.

If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.

1.      Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.

If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.

Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.

If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.

Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.

Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.

2.      Is trekking expensive?

This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.

You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.

Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!

3.      What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.

Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.

If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.

4.      What are the things I need to pack?

There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.

To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-

http://www.thelongestwayhome.com/travel-resources/trekking/equipment-gear-needed-for-trekking-in-nepal.html

5.      Do I need special permission to trek?

You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.

Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-

http://www.taan.org.np/pages/trekking-permit-fees

6.      Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.

7.      What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.

8.      What kind of accommodation should I expect?

Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking

1.      Tea house trekking:

You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.

Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.

The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.

2.      Camp treks

In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.

 

9.      What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-

  1. Attain height gradually and slowly
  2. As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
  5. Eat high caloric food
  6. Avoid smoking or drinking

11. How to diagnose AMS?

In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tiredness
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Feeling unsteady
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:

  1. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  2. Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  3. Take complete rest until you feel well
  4. Do not exercise
  5. Do not smoke
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  8. Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.

12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.

In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.

Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.

13. Can I trek solo?

To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.

A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.

Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.

14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?

Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.

In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.

15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?

Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.

In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.

Conclusion

The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at info@excitingnepal.com

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  • Trekking Destination: Khumbu
  • Group Size: 1 (minimum)
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  • Season: Jan, Feb, March, April, May, Oct, Nov, Dec.
  • Grade Info: Hard
  • Transportation: Car / Van / Plane
  • Total Days: 17
  • Walking Hour: 5 to 7 hours

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