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Everest Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Lake Via Cho La Pass

Kathmandu
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Duration

16 Days

Tour Availability

Fixed Departure

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English, Other

Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal Tours via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass trek starts with a Kathmandu-Lukla flight while trekkers make sure they are well equipped with necessary trekking gears. The trek is relatively easier for fit and healthy trekkers aware of conditions at high altitudes. However, the trip can be customized per the trekkers’ physical condition and interests.

A regular Everest Base Camp Trek lasts about 14-16 days; however, the extended trek lasts 18-22 days. The highly experienced and licensed trek leaders and skilled crew members join the trekkers during Everest Base Camp Trek. One of the most enthralling treks on earth Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to the mighty Everest region along Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with so much to offer. The trekkers have their trip of a lifetime exploring the adventurous trails to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain. The majestic sights of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Oyu, and Mt. Everest make you want to come back for the rest of your life. Further, the historical Tengboche monastery offers fascinating information on Buddhism practices and their religious significance in this part of the world. Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass is undoubtedly the best trek in the Himalayas with its natural, historical, cultural, and geological significance. We prioritize the local staff with adequate environmental, cultural, and historical knowledge of the Everest region to accompany trekkers. They are well trained to ensure the safety of trekkers even in adverse conditions. Further, they are good at speaking English and local languages.

Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth; it scales 8848 m above sea level. Mountaineering is one of the extreme adventures. Climbing mount Everest needs very high immunity and stamina. The above picture shows mount Everest on the left and the Nuptse ridge on the right.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • World Famous Everest Base Camp
  • Amazing Himalayan views, including Mt. Everest from Kalapatthar
  • Visiting sherpa villages of Namche, Khumjung, Khunde, and Dingboche
  • Visiting the biggest and oldest monastery in the region, Tengboche
  • Follow the epic trail through the alpine region
  • Pass through Sherpa valleys and learn about Buddhist culture
  • See the alpine flora and fauna
  • Enjoy the magnificent views of the Himalayas

Arrival in Kathmandu (1400 m)

Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Mount Adventure Holidays who will take us to our hotel. After checking in.Overnight in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2651 m)

During the 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (9,186ft), we enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating on a hillside surrounded by high mountainous peaks. At Lukla, a gateway destination from where our trek begins, we meet our other crew members and begin packing and arranging with them. From Lukla, we start trekking. After one hour’s gradual descent, we will be at a Cheplung village from where we have a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila (18900 ft), a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From Cheplung, we gradually descend until we reach Phakding and spend the night.

Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3438 m)

Walking through a beautiful pine forest, we follow the trail north up the valley of Benkar. We then cross Dudh Koshi River and go on passing Chumoa to Monjo, the entrance to Everest National Park. Then after crossing a suspension bridge, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. A steep ascent brings us to the prime heartland of Sherpa village – Namche Bazaar. At one hour’s distance to reaching Namche Bazaar, if the weather permits, we can view the sights of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar - Phortse Thanga (3680 m)

We climb the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Koshi from where the route turns north. There are two trails and our guide will choose the best option for us to follow. A chorten on the ridge top at 3973 m descends from Mt. Khumbila (5761 m). We visit Mohang, the birthplace of the re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet who is believed to have introduced Buddhism in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dush Koshi. We stay overnight in Phortse Tanga, near the river.

Phortse Thanga - Machhermo (4470 m)

From Phortse Thanga it is an uphill climb to Machhermo. We walk on a trail alongside a rhododendron forest and pass through a waterfall before reaching Tongba Village. We continue our uphill trek and pass through Dhole, Labarma and Luza villages before reaching Machhermo. There is a Chhorten right before the Luza village. Throughout today’s journey we will be walking alongside the Dudh Koshi River. Overnight in Machhermo.

Machhermo - Gokyo (4800 m)

From Machhermo, we follow the trail to Gokyo.

Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357 m)

We will hike to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above Gokyo village, in the morning and savor the fantastic views of the entire Khumbu region. As we ascend, the views become even more fantastic and we can see four of the seven highest peaks of Nepal, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Reaching the fourth lake, Thonak Tsho we take pleasure in the lake’s serene beauty after which we trek back along the retracing trail to the third lake. We may take an additional hike up to the fifth lake, Ngozumba Tsho if time permits and depending on our physical conditions. The view of Ngozumba glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas, is so fascinating. Overnight in Gokyo.

Gokyo - Thagnak (4750 m)

If we did not climb the Gokyo Ri the previous day, we could do that today. Climbing to the top of Gokyo Ri is demanding as it is steep and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. But the scenery of Gokyo village, on the edge of the third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier, is magnificent. We are surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. The sight of sunrays kissing Everest which towers over all the surrounding peaks is astounding. We trek through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Next, traverse along the edge of that mountain and then meander into Thagnak. It will be a short hike today with an afternoon of rest, preparing us for long hiking days and elevation gain to come.

Thagnak - Chola Pass (5367 m) - Dzongla

Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice may cause trouble by making the trail slippery. The trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, we reach the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rise sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla Village. The village provides great views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche mountains, and the Pheriche Village far below.

Dzongla - Lobuche (4940 m)

This will be a very short trek so we have a lot of time to relax and enjoy the beauty surrounding us. We climb down from Dzongla and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak. The trail curves through the wide river bed before reaching Lobuche. We can spend the rest of the day taking a rest which will help us prepare for the next day’s long trek. Overnight in Lobuche.

Lobuche - Gorakshep (5170 m) - EBC (5364 m)

We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence, it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to the thin air at the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is recommended that we visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. The resulting scenery is incredible as the setting sun’s rays strike the snow-capped mountains. Therefore, for those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar today instead of the next day please inform your guide and he/she will coordinate accordingly.

Gorakshep - Kalapatthar (5545 m) - Pheriche (4288 m)

We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest reveals itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see 360-degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return to Lobuche for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Lobuche. Those participants who will visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to start early as the Everest base camp hike takes longer than the hike at Kala Patthar. After returning to Gorak Shep, both the groups will have lunch together; the afternoon is taken to descend to Pheriche for a good night’s rest.

Pherice - Namche Bazaar

We trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through pine forests. In the forest, we may come across colorful pheasants and mountain goats. The path eventually reaches Sansa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. We also pass winding trails and then through a forest before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar - Lukla

The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After we arrive in Lukla,we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of days. Overnight in Lukla.

Lukla - Kathmandu

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping and sightseeing.

Departure Day

Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Mount Adventure HolidaysTrekking will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Meals: Breakfast

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off.
  • All ground transport in a private vehicle.
  • Two nights' accommodation with breakfast on a twin-sharing basis.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek.
  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Experienced, helpful, and friendly guide.
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla, and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee.
  • Sleeping bags and Down jackets for the trek (should be refunded after the trek
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Trekkers' information management system (TIMS) fee.
  • Government taxes and office service charges.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Beverage bills, bar bills, telephone bills, and Personal expenses.
  • Extra night accommodation and meals in Kathmandu because of late departure or early return from the mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 10 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)

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Kathmandu

Is visa on arrival available?
YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring two copies of passport size photos.)

Is wifi available on the trail?
Yes, Wi-Fi hotspots are available on the Everest Base Camp trail. But please do keep in mind, that due to the mountainous terrain the network may be erratic. Often the signal gets lost or the strength is poor.

How does it work with a porter?
Generally, the porter will pick up the baggage and drop it at the hotel in the evening. You will not always be walking with your porter or have access to your bag during the day, while trekking.

What is the weather going to be like when I am trekking?
The weather in Nepal varies by season. For example, November to January is the dry season with sunny days, clear skies and usually no rain. However, at Everest Base Camp, the temperatures at this altitude will be cold, particularly at night. February to May and September to October is the most popular time to travel to EBC, with usually fairly dry and stable weather, although there may be the occasional shower. June to August is monsoon season in Nepal, but once you pass 3,000 meters altitude there is less and less rain. Check out our guide on the best time to visit Nepal for more on specific monthly climates and seasons.

The best season for this trek?
The best time to visit Everest Base Camp is either side of the late May to mid-Sep monsoon season. Late Sep-Nov and Mar-May are the main trekking months for this trek.

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