Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass 18 Days

$1620 USD
- 18 Days
- Challanging
2-10 Pax

Trekking, Sightseeing

October to December and March to May

Private Car & Flight

Hotel & Lodge

Lodge Trek

5545m

Breakfast in Kathmandu and Full board meals during the trek

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Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass Overview

Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass is the most popular trek in the Khumbu region, beginning with a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu before continuing with a walk through the various Sherpa villages, offering spectacular views of snow-covered mountains. On this trek, you can enjoy unparalleled scenic beauty on your way to Gokyo lake. At the same time, you may hike up to Gokyo Ri, which has the best views of Mount Everest and other mountains within the region,along with glaciers and beautiful lakes. You will also cross a glacier enroute to get to Dragnak from Gokyo, which is an interesting walk. At the same time, this trek leads you to the high pass of Chola, which is a lifetime experience offering truly spectacular views and landscapes. All of this goes without mentioning the walk to Everest Base Camp, which is one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

Special Notice: Due to unpredictable weather conditions in the Himalayas, there may be unforeseen schedule changes in domestic flights to Lukla and from Lukla. The flights may be delayed for several hours or pushed back by a day or more, depending on the circumstances. Although this is rare, it can happen even during the best trekking seasons. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you plan for this by allowing for an extra day or two in Nepal after your trek, if possible. This will help ensure that you have some flexibility with regard to your trek. On the other hand, if everything goes according to plan, you will have time to enjoy other activities such as rafting, wildlife viewing, shopping, or just relaxing after your adventure.

*Another option (in case of flight delay/cancellation) is to take a helicopter to/from Lukla. If you choose to go this route, we can arrange upon request.
 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding; 3-4 hour trek (2,652m/8,700ft)

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m/11,283ft); 5-6 hour trek

Day 05: Acclimatize day

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4,200m/13,779ft); 6 hours trek

Day 07: Trek to Machharmo (4,470m/14,665);5 hours trek

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15,715ft),5 hours trek

Day 09: Acclimatize day

Day 10: Trek to Dragnak (4,700m/15,419ft); 3 hours trek

Day 11: Trek to High Chola Pass and walk down to Djungla (4,830m/15,846ft);7 hours trek

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft); 4 hours trek

Day 13: Trek to Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp - Gorak Shep: 6-7 hour (5,140m/16,863ft)

Day 14: Hike to Kala Pattar - Pheriche: 7-8 hours (4,240m/13,910ft)

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft), 8hours trek

Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft), 8 hours trek

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 18:  Departure day

Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola pass Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, we will greet you and take you to the Hotel.  We can meet later on that day or the next day to take you to our head office to brief you on your upcoming trek with us. Here, we will introduce you to your trekking guide and Sherpa. If your flight arrives on time, we will take you to one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance. This will give you a glimpse into the different ethnic groups of the country. If you arrive late in the evening we can do this the next day. 

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

After breakfast, you will begin a city tour of Kathmandu where you will see the main attractions of the valley. On this tour you will visit the Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace). After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). This evening will be spent in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding; 3-4 hour trek (2,652m/8,700ft)

We drive to airport early in the morning as per flight departure time to take our flight to lukla (2,800m). It is scenic flight about 35 minutes. Once you are at Lukla airport, meet our other trekking member there and breakfast at the lodge. By the time prepare luggage for the Porters then walking starts through the stone paved trails towards Bhaisekharka. Then walk to Phakding passing through plenty of prayer Rocks (Mani in local language). After arrive at the lodge at Phakding, fresh up and short walk to the village or hike up to the Gompa to acclimatize. vernight at the lodge.
 

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazzar. (3440m/11,283ft)

After breakfast at your lodge, the trail leads towards the suspension bridge and easy uphill to the Monju from where Sagarmath National Park begins. After short National Park formalities, drop down to the river, cross another suspension bridge and continue walk to the high Hilary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge the trail leads uphill to the Namche Bazzar. On the way you will have great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and more with beautiful valley. Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 05: Acclimatize day

Today you explore the Museum, visit Khumjung village and Khongde village where you can enjoy the views of Mt. Everest and surroundings peaks with Sherpa culture. You can also visit Thame which is old Sherpa village as an option. Remaining of the day you can explore Namche Bazzar where you can use Internet, visit National Park head office, Museum and monastery as per your interest and time.  Overnight at Namche.

Day 06: Trek to Dole. (4,200m/13,779ft)

After breakfast at Namche, the trail  leads uphill to the ridge of Namche and an easy walk to Kyagjuma - breathtaking  views of Mt. Everest,Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam and many more peaks. After short break at Kyagjuma, the trail leads uphill towards east of the ridge and to the Mongla pass which is on the top of the ridge having great scenery. After that the trail drops down to the river side walking through the Rhododendron forest and continue climb up to Dole for Overnight.
 

Day 07: Trek to Machherma. (4,470m/14,665)

Today your walk begins with a short climb to the ridge and continue walk towards north. There are some tea shops on the way where we can have tea break and by the time to have rest. Finally arrive at Machharmo for overnight.

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15,715ft)

After breakfast at the lodge, the trail ascends for a while to the ridge and an easy flat walking to the bottom of small rocky mountain. Then short climb to cross the bridge and get in to the first lake. The trial continues up to the second lake and other hand glacier which we can not see from the trail. Finally reach to the Third lake which is Gokyo lake. Lodges are located on the lake side which is very good looking. Overnight at the Lodge.
 

Day 09: Acclimatize day

Today we will hike up to the Gokyo Ri for beautiful mountain views and probably the best view of Mt. Everest and many more mountains. It is steep climbing and hard walking but as you climb up you will see better views. After taking photographs from the top, walk back down to the lodge for lunch and you can hike around the glacier. Overnight at the Lodge.
 

Day 10: Trek to Dragnak (4,700m/15,419ft)

After breakfast at the lodge the trek drops easy downhill towards first lake and turn left towards the Glacier to cross. We must start early morning to cross the glacier which is amazing walk. It is short day today but very exciting walking through the glacier where you will see many icy lakes and sometime will see ice falling. Overnight at Dragnak.

Day 11: Trek to High Chola Pass and walk down to Dzonglha (4,830m/15,846ft)

Today we must start very early morning at 5 am and beginning part of the walk is pretty steep to the first ridge and an easy walk to the second ridge. After short descends to get to the bottom of Chola pass then steep climb up to the top of the Chola which has few pray flags and stone pile at the beginning part of Chola. We will have to walk about half an hour (depends on what time of the year) through the icy part and steep descends to the valley. After that easy walk to Djungla for overnight.

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft)

After breakfast an easy downhill towards east of the valley and turn left to get in to the Lobuche which is easy walk where you will enjoy the views of different mountains and glacier. Have a lunch once you get in to the Lobuche and hike a bit towards Khumbu Glacier to explore a bit. Overnight at the Lodge.
 

Day 13: Trek to Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp - Gorak Shep: 6-7 hour (5,140m/16,863ft)

The trail continues climb to Gorak Shep, check in to Mt. lodge, lunch and start your hike to EBC. You finally reach Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) by walking through rocky and glacial trails which is the most wonderful renowned place of this trek. After visiting the Everest Base Camp you will return to Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,929ft) for overnight.
 

Day 14: Hike to Kala Pattar - Pheriche: 7-8 hours (4,240m/13,910ft)

Today early morning, you will take a dark climb up to Kala Pattar. It takes a couple of hours to walk up to the famous viewing point of Kala Pattar (Black Rock) at 5,545m/18,192ft. This small peak offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lotse, Pumori and Ama Dablam. The views are golden along with sunrise and then back to its original color of white snow capped. Explore sunrise with Everest as long as you want then hike back to Gorekshep, breakfast and will retrace back to Pheriche for overnight.

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3440m/11,283ft)

Today pretty easy downhill at the beginning and steep from Tengboche towards Dudhkoshi river to cross suspension bridge over. Then the trail leads uphill to Kyanjuma where we can stop for lunch or we can make directly to Namche for overnight.
 

Day 16: Trek to Lukla(2,652m/8,700ft)

After breakfast at the lodge, the trail drops downhill through the pine forest till to the bridge and continue walk to the Monju. After some formalities at the check post of the National park in Monju then continue walk to the Phakding for lunch. After that your last day of the trek continue to the Lukla. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Flights are always in the morning due to the weather. So guide will do all airport formalities while you have  breakfast at the lodge. Your luggage will get checked in with the help of our sherpas and porters. Once you are at the airport at Kathmandu, guide will take you to your hotel by a private vehicle.

Day 18: Final departure.

Today is the last day of your trip with us. If you would like to extend your holiday with us, we will help you otherwise we will assist you to the airport as per your flight departure time.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola pass Cost :- US$1530

Include

Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
Sagarmatha national park permits and Tims permits
Flight tickets to Lukla and return
All meals during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Tea/ Coffee in a cup (three cups a day)
Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
Insurance of Guide and Porter
All required local tax and Gov tax
Down jackets and sleeping bags
Trekking route Map
Oficial T-shirt

Exclude

Nepal arrival visa
Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
Monument entrance fees
Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
Tips and any other extending trips and accommodation.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola pass Information

Nepal at a glance

Area:147,181 sq. kilometers
Geography: Situated between China in the north and India in the south
Capital: Kathmandu
Population: 2,642,799
Language: Nepali is the native language. However, travel-trade people understand and speak English as well.
Currency: Nepali Rupee
Political System: Multi-party democracy
Religion: The major number is Hindu. However, there is a harmonious blending of Hinduism and Buddhism.
People: Nepal has more than 91 ethnic groups and 70 different spoken languages.

Travel season
we do have two best seasons to visit our beautiful country. We suggest you to come at the right time of the year if possible. So the best time is spring and autumn.
Spring :-( March, April, May) - warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Warmest weather of the year.
Autumn: -(Mid September, October and November) - excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility.
Winter : -(December, January and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this.
Summer: -Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid June, July and August).We do not suggest you this time to visit Nepal. Nepal can be visited the whole year round.

Travel Insurance
You should have an adequate travel insurance. A travel insurance policy that should cover cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors' fees and repatriation costs are the client's responsibility. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it.

Health and Fitness
We strongly recommend you to consult the doctor before planning your holidays.

Foods and Accommodation
In Kathmandu we use tourist standard hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share – depending on group size and room availability, triple share may be offered up on your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. For breakfast you expect to have porridge, toast or chapattis, omelet and local bread. We will provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Whilst trekking on the Everest, the accommodation is in guesthouses or Lodges which are basic with shared facilities. Some lodges offers shower and mostly offers bucket hot water up on request. During the trip you can expect 2 hot showers.

Our effort while you are on a trek
Our guide will have cell phone and we often speak with you so that easy for us to deliver message. Our every effort will be made to keep to the proposed itinerary, however as this is adventure travel in a remote Himalayan region. The health of member, weather conditions can all contribute to changes the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. If you are delayed longer than the itinerary date we can help reschedule your international flights but prepare to pay some extra charge if required.

What to bring
Pack list: It is essential to have warm clothing and equipment to plan this trip. Here below are some suggestions for planning this trip.

Equipments:
Head;
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sun Hat
Lip balm
Upper body:
T- Shirts (2)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/ or jacket (Included)
Hands:
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves/ mittens with a waterproof outer shell
Lower body:
Underwear (4)
Hiking shorts (2)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet:
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/ or sandals)
Gaiters only for winter)
Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F (Included)
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small padlock or combination lock
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags- for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Day pack (you will carry your own small daypack)
Water bottles (2)
Hiking poles/ walking sticks
Toiletries:
Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothbrush etc

Ear plugs

Small wash towel

Extras:

Camera with extra batteries and cards/ film

Binoculars

Sun hat or scarf

Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

Reading book

Trail Map/ Guide book

Journal & Pen

IPod & Travel games (i.e. cards, chess, and backgammon)

Passport & Visa Information
Nepal visa is easy to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip. Nationals of SAARC countries, India and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following border.

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)

Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)

Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)

Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)

Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)

Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)

Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Tourist Visa Fees

3 days transit visa - Free of cost

Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar Kathmandu

Tel: 00977-1 42219964433934 / 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868, Download visa form-: www.immi.gov.np