Chola Pass EBC Trekking

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US$ 1400.00 (Per Person)
  • Trip Duration: 16 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 3867m
  • Min Pax: 1
  • Trip Style: Tea House Trek/Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transportation: By Air
  • Chola pass EBC trek : Nepal
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The Everest base camp trek is one of the greatest trekking adventures in the world. The most known trails to the Everest base camp passes through the well-traveled and much-loved route of Namche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep. 

However, a little detour from Namche will lead us to the off the beaten treks of Gokyo lakes
Trekking in the quiet, peaceful trails is an incredible experience. Sure, the lodges and settlements are scarce along with the facilities but the trail adds the value of adventure to the trek. 

Moreover, you can explore the Sherpas culture and lifestyles. The beautiful village's settlements rich in Buddhist heritage are incredible. The authentic lifestyles, heritage and warm hospitality of the local people will melt your heart.

The Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lakes Route is a scenic diversion a tough from the regular Route. While both the treks use the same route till Namche. The trail then diverts from Day 4 through Day 9 the Gokyo Route follows a trail along the scenic Gokyo lakes and passing by the tough Chola pass. We also climb the Gokyo Ri peak along the way. The trail again converges to the regular Route at Lobuche crossing the dzong la and Chola pass.

This trek is perfect if you love to trail alone lost in the enchanting world of Himalayas. You will also get to experience the spectacular sunrise Kala Patthar near Base Camp, serene Gokyo lakes, and several hidden viewpoints along the trail.

The Difficulty Level of Gokyo Lake Trekking

The trek moves along the altitude of more than 4000m at all times. The oxygen levels and air pressure decrease rapid;y as you move up in the attitude. The Khumbu region is dry and icy and the “Khumbu cough” affects hundreds of tourists every year along with altitude sickness. 

Besides that Walking, every day for 6-7 hours on the rough terrain is not a walk in the park. These trails move up and down and you need to have a great deal of stamina as well as physical fitness to complete the trek. Moreover, you will be trekking with your stuff and heavy mountain gears and clothing. The trek demands immense physical strain. 

Climbing Gokyo Ri is another challenge during this particular trek. It does not require any technical climbing but the trekkers must be in the proper physical condition and have great fitness levels. Overall, the difficulty level of the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes is extremely challenging.

Highlights

• Spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains, including Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Thamserku,  Nuptse, among others all along the trail

• Exploring the beautiful turquoise Gokyo lakes

• Beautiful sunrise overlooking the entire Himalayan vista from KalaPathar

• Exploring the longest glacier in the Himalayas ngozumpa glacier

• Climbing the Gokyo Ri trekking peak

• Spotting rare wildlife like a snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, among others

• Exploring the Sherpa culture and traditions

• Incredible hospitality of the Nepalese people

Day to day itinerary:

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02:Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and Trek to Phakding
  • Day 03:Phakding to Namche
  • Day 04:Acclimatization Day in Namche
  • Day 05:Namche Bazaar to Dole
  • Day 06:Dole to Machhermo
  • Day 07:Machhermo to Gokyo
  • Day 08:Gokyo to Thagnak (Gokyo Ri in the morning)
  • Day 09:Thagnak to Cho Dzongla via Chola Pass
  • Day 10:Dzongla to Lobuche
  • Day 11: Lobuche to Gorakshep ( Everest Base Camp during the day)
  • Day 12:Gorakshep to Pheriche (Kalapathar in the morning)
  • Day 13:Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 14:Namche Bazaar to Lukla
  • Day 15:Lukla to Kathmandu Flight
  • Day 16:Departure to your home Country or next destination

Cost Include

  • KTM International Airport Arrival & Departure Transfer by Private Comfortable Car/van/ Hiace
  • Total 3 Nights Accommodations on B/B Plan Twin Sharing in Kathmandu at 3 Star hotel or single bed when it requires.
  • Round Trip (flights Lukla/KTM/Lukla bus/ fare and taxi to bus stop for Guests & Guide with all taxes.
  • NOTE: Hiece, Mini Bus and Jeep will be available for your personal travel or for the whole crews in your extra payment.
  • English Speaking experienced Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder Guide for whole Trek
  • Porter (1 porter Between 2 Person basis, Max 30 KGS per Porter) for Whole Trek
  • NOTE: you have to Ask to your guide or office when you need extra one PORTER which will be extra cost.
  • Sagarmatha national park Entry fees, TIMS card & Any required permits or Official Documentation
  • Full Board basis Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner- as locality available) as per above Itinerary.
  • Selected Home stay can will be provide and sometimes you have to sleep on the mated floor where local people used to. Toilet should be used where the local people suggested.
  • Note: If you are curies to know, you have to inform/ better to ask your guide.
  • Insurance, Daily Wages, Equipments and all meals & Lodges of Porters and Guide in Whole Trek
  • First Aid Kid Box (for Normal Treatment only)
  • Emergency helicopter rescue Evacuation Coordination Service (This is only in case of Emergency condition of guests, however all guests are responsible to pay helicopter Evacuation Charge- if necessary. So all our Valued guests are kindly advised to make sure that they have necessary travel Insurance which should cover helicopter Evacuation expenses in case needed)
  • Government taxes & Other Applicable Fees
  • Complementary from Company (to our Valued Guests)
  • Trip Certificate( for memory of Nepal trip)
  • Porter Carrying kid Bag- Trekking bag for Porter
  • Farewell/welcome Dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Exclude

  • Entrance fees of all sightseeing Monuments/temples/stupas during sightseeing in Kathmandu and its whole sightseeing cost.
  • International Airfare to and from your country Nepal Visa fee: Nepal entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days & US$ 100 or equivalent foreign currency for 90 days. you will also require 2 passport size photos.)
  • Departure Airport tax: NRS 1700 (if it is not included in your tickets) at International Airport, KTM
  • Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu - keep $ 5 to 10 for per meal in Tourist Restaurant
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Boiled & Mineral Water, Beverages, deserts etc.. in Trek
  • Tips for Guide & Porter( Not mandatory but expected)
  • Hot Shower, Battery Charges( Available in Trek with Extra cost or Free in some lodges)
  • Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation or Delayed, Sick in Trek, and Helicopter rescue in Trek. Cost due to bad weather etc which is out of our control
  • Any Other Cost, which is not mentioned in Cost Includes Items as Above
  • Extra Hotel cost
     

Trip Map

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu
    Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will get picked up by our representative at the Tribhuvan International airport. You will get transferred to the hotel where you can relax and stroll around the city in the evening. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and Trek to Phakding
    Our day begins with an early morning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The adventurous mountain flight lands on a tiny airstrip in the Tenzing- Hillary Airport in Lukla. We start our trek as soon as we arrive in Lukla. The trail takes us through the rugged paths of the Everest region before we arrive at Phakding. The trek takes about 3 hours from Lukla and we spend the night at a lodge in Phakding.
  • Day 03Phakding to Namche
    The trail from Phakding to Namche is relatively easy as we pass through the flat trail along the banks of the Dudh Koshi river. You will also have to get over your fear of heights if any as you will need to cross 4-5 suspension bridges along the trail. After a trek of almost 3-4 hours, you will arrive at the commercial of the entire region, Namche.

    Maximum Altitude:
    Trek duration: 3-4 hours
  • Day 04Acclimatization Day in Namche
    Namche is the perfect acclimatization spot in the Everest region. The commercial hub of the region Namche has many hotels, lodges, cafes, banks, post offices, and even a bakery. You can explore around Namche during the acclimatization period.

    Acclimatization is an extremely important process that every trekker must undergo. The process of acclimatization helps you cope with the problem of altitude sickness that is so prevalent in the Himalayas.
    Acclimatization does not mean that you stay idle. In fact, you will be trekking in the acclimatization period as well.

    You could explore the sherpa cultural museum which displays the achievements of sherpa climbers. You could also visit the everest view hotel via the syangboche airstrip. The everest view hotel is the highest placed hotel in the world. The hotel provides us with some of the best views of Mt everest.
  • Day 05Namche Bazaar to Dole
    After an early breakfast, we make our way to Dole from Namche Bazaar. The beautiful trail from Namche continues to Kyanjuma village. The wide trail moves along the paths perched between the rocky mountains along the gorge of Dudh Kosi.

    The beautiful mountain vista of Mt. Everest, Thamserku, Kongde, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, is the highlight of the trek to Kyanjuma.

    From Kyanjuma we find a crossing where we can find two trails one to the Everest Base Camp and the other to Gokyo lakes. We take the off the beaten path that is the Gokyo lake trail and ascends towards the Mong La pass. We cross the Mong La pass 3972 meters and descends into Khumbila.

    From khumbila the trail moves along the banks of Dudh Kosi river and continues till Phortse Thenga. The trail then goes out of the valley ahead of Phortse and passes through the forests of Rhododendron and Juniper trees.

    You will find yaks grazing in the green pastures. The trail finally arrives at Dole (4040 m). The sunset view overlooking the Khumbila and Tawoche peak from Dole is spectacular. We stay overnight at Dole.

    Maximum Altitude: 4040 meters
    Trek duration: 7 hours
  • Day 06Dole to Machhermo
    After breakfast we ascent towards Lhabharma and Luza along a peaceful trail. The fragrance of Junipers will follow all along the trail. You can see the stunning Dudh Koshi river flowing in all its glory from trail till we arrive at Machhermo. After arriving at Machhermo, we climbed a ridge above Machhermo from where we can see the enthralling view of Mt. Thamserku.

    Maximum Altitude: 4410 meters
    Trek duration: 4 hours
  • Day 07Machhermo to Gokyo
    From Macchermo, we climb up a scenic ridge after breakfast. You can observe the majestic view of Kangtega. The trail traverses through the narrow valley towards the widening valley. After some time we arrive at Pangkha from where we descent towards the riverbanks of Dudh Kosi.

    The trail then turns steeper as you climb the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier. After some trek, you can find the surreal lake of the first Gokyo. There are some small shepherd settlements and the vast green landscapes in the surroundings.

    The beautiful village of Gokyo situated next to the third Gokyo lake, Dudh Pokhari. The serene Ngozumpa glacier is visible from a hill in the village. The best viewing point of the Ngozumpa glacier is the hill in Gokyo. You will stay overnight at a lodge in Gokyo.

    Maximum altitude: 4750 meters
    Trek duration: 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 08Gokyo to Thagnak (Gokyo Ri in the morning)
    We start our trail from Gokyo village towards Thangnak. The short trail is short in distance. The views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu look closer and fantastic from the rugged trails. When you look down, you see an incredible view of the Ngozumpa glacier. Thangna is the eastern part of Gokyo and is a beautiful place.

    Maximum altitude: 4750 meters
    Trek duration: 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 09Thagnak to Cho Dzongla via Chola Pass
    The trek from Thangnak to Dzongla is the most challenging trek of our journey. We start our trek from Thangnak passing through the stunning Cho La pass (5420 m) before we arrive at Dzongla.

    The boulder-filled trail gets followed by a steep ascent to the Cho La pass. You get The icy and slippery rocks along the trail. From the top of the Cho La pass, we can observe the beautiful multi-colored prayer flags flowing along with the wind.

    As we descended down the spectacular Mt. Ama Dablam is seen in all its glory. We at Dzongla after a trek of some hours. From Dzongla we get the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche, Cholatse, and the village of Pheriche. We stay overnight at a lodge in Dzongla.

    Maximum Altitude: 4830 meters
    Trek duration: 5 hours
  • Day 10Dzongla to Lobuche
    We trek early from Dzongla to Lobuche. The trail ascends gently on the foothills of the mountains. Then, we descend shortly ahead towards Lobuche overlooking the breathtaking views of Mt. Cholatse and Tawache. The trail finally reaches Lobuche where we stay overnight.

    Maximum Altitude: 4910 meters
    Time Taken: 3 hours
  • Day 11 Lobuche to Gorakshep ( Everest Base Camp during the day)
    We start our trek from Lobuche toward Gorakshep passing through the foothills of the Himalayas. As we move along the trail we can find the spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse, and Lingtren becomes more prominent.

    Gorak Shep is a frozen sand bed near the Everest base camp. It was the original Everest base camp where the first expeditions set up their tents.

    We also visit the surreal Everest base camp during the day. The everest base camp is bustling with energy as the trekkers and mountaineers from all around the world will be converging in the place. Most of the climbers expeditie to Mt. Everest, from here. After enjoying the atmosphere, we return back to gorak shep where we stay overnight.

    Maximum altitude: 5180 meters
    Time Taken: 4 to 5 hours

  • Day 12Gorakshep to Pheriche (Kalapathar in the morning)
    We start our trek today in the wee hours because the goal today is to experience the sunrise from kalapathar. We start our ascent towards Kalapathar which is the best viewpoint of Everest.

    The spectacular sunrise where the first rays of sun fall upon the silver mountains turning golden is a sight to behold. After experiencing this beautiful sunrise in the incredible Himalayan range, we trace our way back to Gorakshep.

    From Gorakshep, the trail descends to Lobuche. The trek is downhill and easy for the trekkers. We also pass through the Shukla village along the way before arriving at Pheriche. We stay overnight at a lodge in Pheriche

    Maximum Altitude: 5555 meters
    Time Taken: 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 13Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
    We start our trek early after breakfast from Pheriche to Pangboche. We cross a bridge over the Imjatse River and then ascent for an hour to reach Tengboche Monastery.

    The Tengboche monastery is a spiritual center of the Khumbu region. We descend downhill to Phunki Tenga and arrive at Kyanjinma after a trek of one hour.

    We can observe one of the best views of the Everest mountain range including Everest, Ama Dablam and Thamserku, and other peaks from Kyanjima. Finally, we arrive at Namche after a trek of almost 7 hours and stay overnight at a lodge.

    Trek duration: 7 hours
    Maximum altitude: 4371 m
    Walking distance: 13 km
  • Day 14Namche Bazaar to Lukla
    We start our descending trail from Namche to Lukla along the same route we took earlier in our trek. The reverse trail gives us a new perspective of the region.

    We pass through Phakding which is a beautiful village along the route to Lukla. We spend the night at a lodge in Lukla.

    Trek duration: 7 hours
    Maximum altitude: 3440 m
    Walking distance: 15 km
  • Day 15Lukla to Kathmandu Flight
    Our trek comes to an official end in Lukla. We take the scenic mountain flight from Lukla overlooking the beautiful snow-capped mountains and the trails we trekked on for.

    The 35 minutes flight takes us back to Kathmandu where we stay overnight at a hotel rejoicing on the successful completion of the everest base camp trek.

    Flight duration: 35 minutes
    Maximum altitude: 2860 m

    Day 16: Departure
    We will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport from where you can board a flight to your desired destination
  • Day 16Departure to your home Country or next destination
    We will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport from where you can board a flight to your desired destination

Cost Include

  • KTM International Airport Arrival & Departure Transfer by Private Comfortable Car/van/ Hiace
  • Total 3 Nights Accommodations on B/B Plan Twin Sharing in Kathmandu at 3 Star hotel or single bed when it requires.
  • Round Trip (flights Lukla/KTM/Lukla bus/ fare and taxi to bus stop for Guests & Guide with all taxes.
  • NOTE: Hiece, Mini Bus and Jeep will be available for your personal travel or for the whole crews in your extra payment.
  • English Speaking experienced Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder Guide for whole Trek
  • Porter (1 porter Between 2 Person basis, Max 30 KGS per Porter) for Whole Trek
  • NOTE: you have to Ask to your guide or office when you need extra one PORTER which will be extra cost.
  • Sagarmatha national park Entry fees, TIMS card & Any required permits or Official Documentation
  • Full Board basis Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner- as locality available) as per above Itinerary.
  • Selected Home stay can will be provide and sometimes you have to sleep on the mated floor where local people used to. Toilet should be used where the local people suggested.
  • Note: If you are curies to know, you have to inform/ better to ask your guide.
  • Insurance, Daily Wages, Equipments and all meals & Lodges of Porters and Guide in Whole Trek
  • First Aid Kid Box (for Normal Treatment only)
  • Emergency helicopter rescue Evacuation Coordination Service (This is only in case of Emergency condition of guests, however all guests are responsible to pay helicopter Evacuation Charge- if necessary. So all our Valued guests are kindly advised to make sure that they have necessary travel Insurance which should cover helicopter Evacuation expenses in case needed)
  • Government taxes & Other Applicable Fees
  • Complementary from Company (to our Valued Guests)
  • Trip Certificate( for memory of Nepal trip)
  • Porter Carrying kid Bag- Trekking bag for Porter
  • Farewell/welcome Dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Exclude

  • Entrance fees of all sightseeing Monuments/temples/stupas during sightseeing in Kathmandu and its whole sightseeing cost.
  • International Airfare to and from your country Nepal Visa fee: Nepal entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days & US$ 100 or equivalent foreign currency for 90 days. you will also require 2 passport size photos.)
  • Departure Airport tax: NRS 1700 (if it is not included in your tickets) at International Airport, KTM
  • Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu - keep $ 5 to 10 for per meal in Tourist Restaurant
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Boiled & Mineral Water, Beverages, deserts etc.. in Trek
  • Tips for Guide & Porter( Not mandatory but expected)
  • Hot Shower, Battery Charges( Available in Trek with Extra cost or Free in some lodges)
  • Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation or Delayed, Sick in Trek, and Helicopter rescue in Trek. Cost due to bad weather etc which is out of our control
  • Any Other Cost, which is not mentioned in Cost Includes Items as Above
  • Extra Hotel cost
     
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Best Time for Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake 

The best time for Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake is the Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) season. The perfect trekking conditions, moderate temperatures, and soothing climate are the primary reason for trekking the Everest base camp during these months. The clear, cloudless skies and the beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains is another attraction of the trek during these months. 

The spring season is when the Everest region looks most beautiful with rhododendron flowers painting the hills pink and red. The unobstructed views of the snow-capped mountains and the clear blue skies make for a great trekking experience. Similarly, the weather is also soothing and there are fewer chances of precipitation which makes spring favorable for trekking. 

The monsoon season brings many avalanches and landslides in the region which increases the risk factor for trekkers. Besides, the trail also becomes quite slippery and the skies are covered in thick clouds. The summer season brings a lot of precipitation in the region as well.

The winters are obviously extremely cold and frigid, and the risk of frostbite is always present, even for the most experienced of trekkers. Hence, you should avoid this time of the year for your safety.