Everest Base Camp with Gokyo & Chola Pass Trek is our great trek program to satisfy you with adventure, thrill and challenge. Gokyo Lake system in the Everest region ( Sagarmatha National Park ) is a glacial high altitude freshwater lake system comprising of 6 main lakes at an altitude of 4,700 m to 5,000 m ( 15,400 ft to 16,400 ft). The main lake called Gokyo Tso or Dudh pokhari is situated at an altitude of 4,790 m and a village called Gokyo lies in the eastern shore of the lake. Thonak Tsho and Ngozumpa Tsho at an elevation of 4,990 m / 16,372 ft are called 4th and 5th lake respectively. A day hike from Gokyo will be rewarded with the most beautiful view of mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu and other peaks.
Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,360 m / 17,585 ft is a peak located north west of Gokyo Lake and Ngozumpa glacier which is the largest glacier of the Himalayas. Gokyo Ri is the most popular viewpoint in the khumbu region from where five 8000 – metre peaks can be seen. They includes Mt. Everest ( 8,848 m / 29,029 ft) – the highest peak in the world, Kanchenjunga ( 8,586 m / 28,169 ft) – third highest peak, Lhotse ( 8,5146 m / 27,940 ft) – fourth highest peak , Makalu ( 8,481 m / 27,825 ft) – fifth highest peak in the world and Cho – Oyu ( 8,201 m / 26,906 ft) – sixth highest mountain in the world.
We cross Cho – La Pass at an altitude of 5,420 m / 17,782 ft as one of the high himalayan pass to Everest Base Camp. During the whole trek to Gokyo lake, Gokyo Ri, Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar we see the other numbers of stunning mountain peaks and they include Lhotse Middle (East) 8,414 m / 27,605 ft , Lhotse – Shar south ridge ( 8,393 / 27,536 ), Nuptse ( 7,861 / 25,790 ft ) with other peaks in Nuptse massif such as Nuptse II, Nuptse Shar etc all over 7000 m, Pumori ( 7,161 m / 23,494 ft), Khumbutse ( 6,665 m / 21,867 ft), Chumbu ( 6,859 m / 22,503 ft), Kongde (6,168 m / 20, 236 ft ), Thamserku (6,608 m / 21,680 ft ), Kantenga ( 6,685 m / 21,932 ft), Tawache (6,495 m / 21,309 ft ), Cholatse ( 6,335 m / 20,784 ft ), Lobuche East ( 6,119 m / 20,075 ft), Lobuche West ( 6,145 m / 20,161 ft), Amadablam ( 6,856 m / 22,493 ft), , Baruntse ( 7,162 m / 23,497 ft)and other many smaller named or unnamed peaks.
We walk in the Sagarmatha National Park which covers 1,184 sq km with Mt. Everest a jewel during the trek. The park was established in 1976 and in 1979 became the first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site of the country. The major flora of the park in the lower elevation are blue pine, birch, juniper, hemlock, rhododendron, bamboo etc and the higher elevation covers with shrubs such as lichens, and mosses. Above snow line ( 5,750 m / 18, 860 ft) all plant life come to an end. The forest shelters at least 118 species of birds which includes Himalayan Monal, Pheasant, Chough with major mammal species such as musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, red panda, Himalayan thars, Monkeys, Wolves, Martens etc. The national park is listed in the Special Bird sanctuary by Birdlife International and included in the Sacred Himalayas.
The trek begins with a short yet thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport towards the eastern Himalayas. After landing in the tiny Hillary and Tenzing airport at Lukla ( 2,850 m / 9,350 ft) , the adventure to the Base camp Everest with Gokyo lake and Gokyo ri begins. From Lukla we trek to north through beautiful pine forest along Dudh Koshi river valley to bustling Sherpa ‘capital’, Namche Bazaar. We then trek to Gokyo lake, walk in the Ngozumpa glacier, cross Cho La pass to Everest base camp valley. We then walk through the classic Everest Base Camp Trek trail to Lobuche / Gorakshep. The climb to the summit of Kala Patthar ( 5, 545 m / 18,192 ft) for marvellous view of Mt. Everest and 360 – degree panorama of other mountains mentioned above is just a WOW ! Then after the visit to Base Camp Everest and enjoying the view from Kalapatthar, we return back to Lukla via Dingboche, Pangboche, Tengboche, Namche Bazaar, Monju, Phakding.
Day 01 & 02: Depart your home and arrive Kathmandu.
Depart your sweet home for lifetime adventure in the Himalayas and Nepal.
Arrive to Kathmandu international airport – the only international airport in Nepal. You may proceed for visa if you have not obtained in your home country.
Requirements for Visa: Two passport sized photographs and USD 40 for one month visa.
Upon completion of immigration formality, you will proceed to claim your baggage and then to arrival terminal. There is only one arrival terminal at the airport.
Once you reach the meeting and reception area, meet with our representative and then drive to your hotel.
It is about 20 -30 minutes drive to your Hotel. You will be amazed with hustle and bustle of the city management at first !
Based on your arrival time either participate in short tour of the Kathmandu City and Basantapur Durbar Square ( 18th century palace complex square) or stroll around the Hotel, do final shopping and relax before your great trek begins . Overnight stay in the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu – Lukla (2,850 m ) & Hike to Phakding ( 2,652 m. / 8,700 ft.)
6 – 7 am : Your guide and other support staff meet you at your hotel lobby and transfer to the domestic terminal at the airport to board thrilling flight to Lukla. This half an hour flight is very adventurous from where majestic Himalayan ranges can be viewed. Landing in the Lukla Airport ( regarded as the most dangerous airport of the world) is always fun, adventure and thrill.
9 – 10 am : Hiking begins from Lukla after small breakfast. The day is comparatively easy and gentle uphill and downhill. We pass through various small towns, settlements, waterfalls, streams,hanging bridges, beautiful rolling midhill farming fields during hiking.
1 – 2 pm : We stop for Lunch, place our order of Lunch in some teashops, wait 30 – 40 minutes before they serve our delicious meal.
After the Lunch, we walk another good hour. The beautifully carved stone wall with Buddhist mantras ( sacred chanting ), colourful prayer flags, Dudhkoshi River valley are awe inspiring for the day.
3-4 pm: Arrive Phakding and overnight stay in the mountain lodge. We eat dinner in the same hotel where we stay.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar ( 3,440 m. / 11,286 ft. )
7.00 am: Breakfast in the hotel.
7.45 am: start hike for the day which is longer and tougher day of hike than the first day. We walk on the western bank of Dudhkoshi river towards north till Bengkar in the most beautiful gorge with pine forest, waterfalls, streams, little villages. We come across with first sight of beautiful Thamserku in the morning towards north – east.
12- 1.00 pm: We enter SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK from Jorsalle. After entry formality we cross high hanging bridge to the other side of the river and enjoy our lunch. We can adjust lunch place based on our group’s pace.
After lunch, we walk on the eastern bank of river till Larja Dobhan where Bhote Koshi flowing down from western corner and Dudh Koshi flowing down from eastern corner meet. We cross scary hanging bridge over the river Dudh Koshi and then walk steep uphill to Namche Bazaar for about 2 hours. We gain approximately 800 mtr height today and reach above 3,000 m from where precaution should be taken to avoid altitude sickness.
3 – 5 pm: Arrive beautiful and bustling town Namche Bazaar which is the gateway of the Everest Region. Namche Bazaar is the most popular town among trekkers for acclimatization stop prior to the hike to Base Camp and party after the Base Camp.. Bank and ATM service, grocery shops, restaurants, bakeries, world class climbing and hiking gears are available in the town. Overnight stay in the lodge in Namche.
Day 05: Everest View Hotel / Khumjung Excursion & Acclimatization
8 am: Breakfast in the hotel.
8.45 am: Start hike. We visit National Park’s museum and information centre situated in the eastern ridge of the town, from where Mt. Everest along with various peaks can be seen.
After this, we walk steep uphill towards Everest View Hotel which is located at an altitude of 3800 mtr and the view of mountain peaks such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kantega are stunning.
We can drink coffee in the Hotel yard enjoying the view of majestic himalayan peaks and then walk about 30 minutes downhill to Khumjung valley, a large permanent settlement of Sherpa community.
1-2 pm: Lunch in Khumjung and walk through the Hillary School which was established by Sir Edmund Hillary and run by Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust. The establishment of this school is the milestone of academic development among Sherpa children.
3- 4 pm: We then, return back to Namche, the way back is basically downhill except small uphill immediate after we start. Enjoy delicious dinner in the hotel.
Day 06: Hike Namche – PhortseTenga ( 3,680 m./ 12,074 ft. ) Or Dole ( 4,200 m/ 13,780 ft )
7.00 am: Breakfast in the Hotel.
7.45 am: Start hiking towards the north eastern ridge of Namche town and then continue towards north (Mt. Everest). First stretch until Kyangjuma is gentle up and down from where the view of the himalayan peaks such as Mt. Everest (8.848m / 29,029 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m / 27,939 ft), Lhotse shar (8382m / 27,500 ft), Nuptse (7879m / 25,850 ft), Peak- 38 (7591 m / 24,905ft), Ama Dablam (6,856 mtr / 22,493 ft), Thamserku (6,623 m / 21,729 ), Kangtega (6,783 m / 22,254 ft), Kusum kangaru (6,367 m / 20,889 ft), Cholaste (6,335 m / 20,784 ft), Tabuche peak (6,495 m/ 21,309 ft), Khumbi La (5,765 m / 18,904 ft) and Kwangde Ri (6,011m/ 19,721 ft ) is amazing.
From Kyangjuma, the trail forks where the lower trails leads towards Tengboche and Imja valley whereas the upper trail leads towards Gokyo valley. We take the upper trail to Phortse. The trail up to Mong La (3,975 m / 13,041 ft) is beautiful with magnificent view of the river valley, Tengboche, Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Kantega and Thamserku.
12-1 pm: Lunch in Mong la. After lunch we walk down to the river DudhKoshi which takes about forty minutes to Phortse Tenga. We stay overnight in the lodge situated in a lonely bank of the Dudhkoshi river. OR, we continue to Dole another 2 hours uphill if the accommodation in Phortse Tenga is not available or not suitable.
4-5 pm: Arrive Phorse Tenga or Dole and enjoy the rest in the lodge.
Day 07: Hike Phortse Tenga/ Dole to Machhermo ( 4,470 m / 14,665 ft )
7.00 am : Breakfast in the Hotel ,
7.45 am: We walk through a beautiful forest in a ridge today with awarding view of the mountain peaks. The charming view of Kantenga, Thamserku, Cho Oyu pul us strongly to climb steep uphill. Dole is a small town where we stop to drink tea/coffee.
12.00 – 1.00 lunch in Labharma ( 4,330 m ) and walk to Machhermo through Luza ( 4,360 m ). Here, we walk in the western hillside of the Dudh Koshi river which makes a deep canyon beneath and roars continuously. A beautiful river flowing down from Kyajo Ri ( 6,186 m ) and Phari Lapcha pass ( 6017 m ) through the middle of village and drained out finally in Dudh Koshi river.
4 – 5.00 pm : We reach Machhermo and overnight stay in the tea house lodge.
Day 08: Hike Machhermo – Gokyo ( 4,790 m / 15,715 ft )
7.00 am: Breakfast in the lodge and,
7.45 am: Start walking for the day to Gokyo which is short but in the high altitude, takes lots of energy. We climb through a ridge passing through the villages, streams, waterfalls etc. The view of Mt Kantega, Thamserku, southern face of Cho Oyu (8,201 m/ 26,906 ft) is stunning. We reach a small town Phangga (4480 m ) in about one hour walk, where 40 people were killed by an avalanche in 1995.
From here we descend a bit to the river bank and start climbing uphill in the moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier and rocky cliff. Longonga ( 4,710 m ) is the first small lake we come across and then the Taujung Tsho ( 4740 m ) the second one. The turquoise blue water sparkling in the sun is breathtaking in the summer and frozen white lake in the winter. Little above the second lake we reach to the third lake called Gokyo Lake and the hotels are located in the eastern shore of the lake and western side of Ngozumpa Glacier ( Nepal’s largest glacier of Nepal and entire Himalayas).
1 -2.00 pm: Lunch and explore the surrounding of the lake and praise her beauty. Overnight stay in the lodge situated in the bank of the lake.
Day 09: Climb Gokyo Ri ( 5,360 m / 17,585 ft ) / Excursion to 4th and 5th Lake
4.00 am: Wake up ; prepare yourself with warm clothes on, water, flashlight and then start to climb to Gokyo Ri or known as Gokyo Peak which is 5,360 m / 17,585 ft. It takes about 2.5 – 4 hours to reach the top. The view of Cho Oyu, Chola Tse, Ngozumpa Glacier, the lakes are mind blowing on the way.
On the top we are surrounded by the mountain peaks such as Kusum Kangaru ( 6,367 m ), Thamserku, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, Pumori and other many. Gokyo Ri is taken as better place to view Mt. Everest than Kalapatthar.
8 – 9.00 am: We climb down to the hotel and after breakfast we take a excursion to the 5th lake, 4th being on the way is included as well. It is long day though about 5 hours up to 5th lake and about 3 hours return walk.We walk complete north toward Cho Oyu Base camp and the view of Cho Oyu in front is really breathtaking. We walk along the ridge of Ngozumpa Glacier which lies on the eastern side of the trail . It is good for acclimatization as well. Overnight stay in the hotel in Gokyo.
Note: The day excursion will be for those who wants to face challenge and take long day excursion, if you do not feel good with altitude or feel tired after the climb of Gokyo Peak, you just can relax rest of the day and prepare for Cho La pass.
Day 10: Walk across Ngozumpa Glacier to Thaknak ( 4,700 m / 15,420 ft )
8.00 am : Breakfast in the Hotel,
9.30 am: Start walking towards Thanknak. After we leave the Hotel, we walk south east towards the ridge and then walk over the Ngozumpa glacier. Walking over the glacier is amazing experience, you can hear and witness the movement of glacier giving huge sounds of melting and moving.
It is not long day today, we reach to Thaknak by lunch time, Lunch in the hotel and relax the rest of the day, prepare for the most adventurous hike of the next day.
Day 11: Cross over Cho La Pass ( 5,420 m / 17,782 ft ) – Dzongla ( 4,830 m / 15,846 ft )
4.00 am: Wake up, wear all warm clothes, drink coffee and set for the adventurous yet marvellous day.
We walk gradual uphill in a valley from the Hotel in the early morning. The trail for today is long, challenging and adventurous. We cross high himalayan pass Chola Pass at 5,420 m./ 17,782 ft. The pass itself is not very difficult but with glacier traverse, moraine and huge rock boulders on which we are supposed to walk, high altitude, cold temperature and slippery trail makes it tough. The view of the peaks including Chola Tse, Ama Dablam, Baruntse, Lobuche East are just superb.
3-4 pm: Arrive Dzongla and enjoy your coffee, meal and rest after the long day walk. Overnight stay in the lodge in Dzongla.
Day 12: Hike to Lobuche ( 4,940 m. / 16,210 ft. )
8.00 am: Breakfast,
9.00 am: Hike to Lobuche. Today is short day of walking so we can rest for longer period and relax. We walk in the side of Chola Tsho a beautiful lake before we reach meeting point of major Everest Base Camp trail near Lobuche. We walk towards north – east direction along the Khumbu glacier which flows on the right behind the ridge.
1-2.00 pm: Arrive Lobuche which is beautifully located in the lap of Lobuche peak ( East and West ) near the confluence of Lobuche Glacier and Khumbu Glacier. Lunch and rest the remaining day. Overnight stay in the lodge.
Day 13: Hike to Gorakshep ( 5,170 m / 16492 ft)
8.30 am : Breakfast in the Hotel.
9.30 am: Start hike to Gorakshep that takes around 3 -4 hours. On the way we can visit Italian Research Centre named EV-K2 CNR which is taken as one of the highest located research centre for the mountain environment and development. The first part of the trail today is gradual uphill and last part is in the moraines and glacier.
Gorakshep is a sandy lake bed situated at the height of 5,170 m/ 16,962 ft from sea level in the lap of Kalapatthar ( the most popular viewpoint named after black rock on the summit ). Gorakshep was the original Base Camp Everest for Swiss Mountain climbers who attempted to climb Mt. Everest on 1952. The Base Camp that is in use by current expedition groups which lies few kilometres away towards the Everest mountain near Khumbu Icefall is shifted due to global warming. From Gorakshep it is about 3 hours walk in the moraines created by the Glacier towards north east direction to the Base Camp Everest. The view of Nuptse on the right across the Khumbu glacier is beautiful from Gorakshep.
Overnight stay in the lodge in Gorakshep.
Day 14: Excursion to the EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364 m / 17598 ft)
8.00 am: Breakfast in the lodge and,
9.00 am: Excursion starts to the EVEREST BASE CAMP. This is one of highlight of our entire trek. Being at the Base of the world’s highest point is amazing and achieving.
The trip is long and exhausting but very impressive. We walk in the moraines and glacier. The walk is rewarded with 360 degree himalayan towering peaks, beautiful view of Khumbu Glacier. Often you come across with various expedition groups at the Base Camp.
From the Base Camp Everest, surprisingly you will not be able to see Mt. Everest. She hides herself behind some other smaller peaks.
Return to the hotel and rest of the day in rest.
Day 15: Climb Kalapatthar ( 5,545 m / 18,192 ft. ) – walk back to Pheriche
4.00 am: We start to climb uphill in a pre dawn to Kalapatthar which takes about 2 – 2.30 hours to enjoy the most stunning, marvelous, excellent, remarkable, smashing, spectacular, wonderful, mind blowing, majestic, awe inspiring , astonishing, mesmerizing, spell bound, fascinating, enchanting, charming view of the mountain peaks. You may use any word by yourself to describe the beauty in the morning around you or no word , but just WOW. The view of Mt. Everest is the best from this top and you might be standing on the highest point ( 18,192 ft / 5,545 m) of your lifetime.
View of Mt. Everest and other mountains including Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, Amadablam, Lobuche with many other peaks make a perfect circle around you. Mt. Everest is best viewed from the top of Kalapatthar than from any place. Take photo of Everest and yourself and then climb down to Gorakshep again.
8.00 am: Climb down to the hotel,
9.30 am: After breakfast, we say Ciao to this playground for adventure lovers and heaven on earth, We walk back to Pheriche.
4-5.00 pm: Arrive Pheriche and enjoy the rest day in lower altitude.
Day 16: Hike Pheriche to Tengboche ( 3,867 m / 12,687 ft)
7.30 am: Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy the stunning view of the Himalayan peaks all around you.
8.30 am: We start our hike back to Tengboche.We take it easy and walk in a normal pace rather rushing down to Namche. You can enjoy the beautiful surrounding with mesmerizing mountain peaks, lifestyle in the village of Pangboche while coming down since you should not struggle for breathing. Arrive Tengboche and overnight stay in the Lodge.
Tengboche is a beautiful town sloped and faced towards Everest in a ridge where the most famous Tengboche Monastery dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism is situated. All expedition teams and climbers receive blessings from the reincarnated monk ( Rinpoche ) of monastery for a successful climbing. The monastery is popular for its mask dance ( mani rimdu festival ) which falls in the month of October – November. The dance continues for nine days of ceremonies and special meditation by the monks.
Day 17: Hike to Monju | Jorsalle or Namche Bazaar
7.30 am: Breakfast in the lodge in Tengboche. The view of Mt Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Thamserku, Kantega and others is awesome in the morning.
8.30 am: We walk long way down to the river Imja, and cross Dudhkoshi in Fungi Tenga from where we walk steep uphill in the pine forest until Kyanjuma ( the trail forked to Gokyo Valley on day 06 ). From this point we walk same way back to Lukla as we ascended earlier.
We just walk back to Monju, Jorsalle, or Namche Bazaar. If you want to party in Namche, you can stay overnight in Namche as well.
Day 18: Hike back to Lukla
We walk back to Lukla today from any point we stopped last night, If we walk from Namche it will be a longer day and start early in the morning.
Arrive Lukla and then enjoy rest of the day in Lukla. Party after successful adventure trek to BASE CAMP EVEREST of lifetime.
Day 19:Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
6.00 am: We walk to the airport in the morning for the flight to Kathmandu. Most of the flight to Lukla take place in the early morning.
Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning and transfer to your Hotel. The day is free for your to explore the City on your own.
Day 20: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour | Extra day for contingency for the flight Lukla – kathmandu
After breakfast we set for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. The major places to tour around includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Stupa and Swoyambhunath Stupa.
Kathmandu Durbar Square used to be a royal palace complex square of Nepal’s Malla and Shah King’s. They rule in Kathmandu from the palace from 14th Century till 18th Century. The palace complex is completely decorated with artistic temples, shrines , statues etc. Whole palace square reflects the opulence of Malla era and little from Shah dynasty. Most popular in the square is 9 storey royal palace complex built by King Prithvi Narayan Shah in mid 18th century. King Prithvi Narayan Shah was the king of Gorkha and triumphed over Kathmandu kingdom after many attempts in 1768 A.D. Living Goddess “ KUMARI “ and beautifully crafted and decorated palace where she lives during her tenure is another attraction. Kumari is young girl ( prepubescent ) worshipped in Kathmandu valley as manifestation of goddess Durga ( a divine female energy) . You can have a glance of Goddess Kumari while she appears in the window of her palace upon request. Huge black Bhairab statue of 6th century, mask of white Bhairava, Shiva temple, Vishnu temple, Taleju temple, various courtyards are others to see and explore in the square.
Pashupatinath Temple is our next destination, which is the most prominent Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva ( God of destruction according to Hindu philosophy) . It is taken as one of the holy abode of Shiva among 275 on the continent. The present temple was erected in 17th century, though the history of site goes back to many centuries. Cremation in the bank of river Bagmati amazes you along with various shrines, temples, stories related to Hinduism.
We then visit Boudhanath Stupa, the most famous and the holiest stupa in Nepal and biggest in terms of its expansion and height. Present sky high stupa was erected and renovated in 18th century. It is located in ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet. With influx of Tibetan refugees in 1959, the area is home to many Gompas ( monasteries ) which follows tibetan buddhism.
In the afternoon, enjoy shopping in Nepal. You find Silk Carpets, Tibetan Carpets, Pashmina Shawls, Thanka Paintings, Statues, Handicrafts, Jewellery, Gurkha Knife, Garments and other various items either in a narrow street of Thamel or other shopping areas.
Overnight stay in the Hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, enjoy farewell dinner with cultural dance.
We take this day as a reserve day as contingency. The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. In this case, we can use this day to fly back.
Day 21 & 22: Departure Kathmandu – Arrive your sweet home
You will enjoy free time before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to home or other destination. Arrive home with fond memories of the World’s Highest Mountain.
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