Do you know? You are going to venture into the core wilderness of Khumbu/ Everest region in your Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass (5368m /17611ft) –Gokyolake Trek and at the same time, you will uncover the gem of the entire region upon your victory over it. This trek magnificently connects the major highlights of Everest region including Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Khumbu Glacier, Chola Pass, Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village. Therefore, everyone who adores experiencing the world-class thrills of adventure in a trekking, they find Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek truly a rewarding.
This sensational adventure trek, Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek commences with a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Next, the trekkers’ footsteps will venture into Sagarmatha National Park that will take them to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the most prominent tourist hub in Khumbu region which opens up all the ways to uncover the great mysteries of entire Khumbu region including Everest, the top of the world.
The holy Tengboche Monastery, the absolute serenity of Sagarmatha National Park, the national park located at the highest elevation of the world, the local settlements of Dingboche and Lobuche will tremendously delight you before you get to Gorekhshep. Gorekhshep, the town located at the bottom of Kalapatthar and the last human settlement before Everest Base Camp paves the way to Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp. Putting your footsteps at the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar and witnessing Mt. Everest, Pumori, Loa Tse, Nupse and many other alluring mountain peaks in Khumbu region will be breathtaking moments to celebrate.
Next, Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek takes you to the second section of adventure to Chola Pass (5368m /17611ft), one of the highest mountain passes of the world. Most significantly, while crossing Chola Pass, you will feel as if you are hovering above all the towering mountain peaks in Everest region. Finally, your switch to Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lake astonishes with a huge freshwater lake, Gokyo ri and jaw-dropping mountain peaks from it and Gokyo village. Now, you will trek to Lukla via Namche to end your Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek.
Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek is not for the beginners; it is only for the experienced ones who already owned two/three ordinary/easy treks. More specifically, one must have done at least one trek above 4000m beforehand doing Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek since it is considered to be one of the most adventurous treks in the world. Moreover, one must have consistent stamina of walking 6-7 hours in the high Himalaya with right and reliable trekking gears.
Frankly telling, it is a strenuous trek and also known as one of the most thrilling adventures of the world. Do not dare to do Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek without prior trekking experience. Prepare well in professional way and then only go for it.
Also, you must pack up highly reliable trekking equipment in order to triumph over this trek. Therefore, those who are undertaking this trek should physically and mentally sound to confront any kind of wilderness during the trek.
Expect to have basic accommodation all round the trek. However, you can enjoy Luxury Accommodation in Phakding, Namche and Dingboche if you really want and the cost, of course, will be higher.
Basically, you will be staying at local teahouses/guesthouses owned by the local Sherpa people. The accommodation will be on the basis of twin sharing. If you trek during autumn (Sept- Nov), you will find these teahouses/guesthouses crowded with trekkers from various countries. But don’t worry; your accommodation will be beautiful with neat and clean bedding. In case of washroom/bathroom/toilet, normally, you won’t find the attached bathrooms; you have to use the common bathroom outside of your room.
Mostly, you will get common food items like noodles, bread items, vegetable curry, lentil soup, dumpling, chicken curry, Nepali Daal Bhat and the like. Yes, some of the restaurants/teahouses/ guesthouses/ hotels have winder range food items in their menus and they even can serve the continental, Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Thai food items. Most importantly, you are supposed to have your dinner and breakfast where you stay overnight and lunch on the way as directed by your guide/leder.
The best time/weather for Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek is the spring ( Mar-May). Since we are going to cross one of the highest passes of the world, Chola Pass ((5368m /17611ft), we must avoid the snow during the crossing. Therefore, the spring offers us the most favorable timing with best temperature and no big masses of snow on the apex of Chola Pass. Optionally, you can also go with Autumn( Sept-Nov) which will also be fine for the trekkers.
Since Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek takes the trekkers above 5000m, there is possibility of getting altitude sickness but it doesn’t denote that you will get it all the time. Undoubtedly, there are some cases of altitude sickness every year during this trek which is successfully rescued and some were treated with first-aid measures on the trek. So, if you are prepared well with strong determination, you will achieve success over it.
In order to prevent altitude sickness, you must be with right trekking equipment, ascend with proper acclimatization, use right food and pure water, take regular medicine if you have any health issues, don’t smoke and drink above 5000m. In case you have the problems like diarrhea, light-headedness, dizzy, vomiting and fever, report it to your guide and he will handle rest of the things.
Lukla flight is a short and spectacular flight for 35-40 mins. The flight offers you magnificent views of mountain peaks and landscapes. During the bad weather condition, the flights are disturbed, postponed or even cancelled sometimes but it is not the case all the time. Normally, we have fairly fine weather in the morning and gets gradually worse in the afternoon and in the evening, therefore, most of the Lukla flights are schedule for morning. Here, we suggest you to have one of two spare days if you are planning to do Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek so that your time schedule won’t be affected by the postponement/cancellation of Lukla flight.
You land at 1400m. in Kathmandu, then, you fly to Lukla which is 2840m. /9320ft. Next, you will trek to Namche (3440m) via Phakding (2610m) and then to Tengboche (3860m). After that, you will trek to Gorekhshep(5170m) and Everest Base Camp (5300m) via Lobuch(4940m). Ascending up to Kalapatthar (5545m), you go for Chola Pass (5368m) and then finally to Gokyo Valley(4750m) and Gokyo ri (5357m) and follow the descent to Namche and Lukla again to end your Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek . So, the important higher altitudes for you to challenge are : Everest Base Camp (5300m), Kalapatthar (5545m), Chola Pass (5368m) and Gokyo ri (5357m).
Trekkers must obtain two different permits for Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek. These are: TIMS Card ( Trekking Information Management Card) and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. One can obtain these two permits by visiting Nepal Tourism Board Office on his/her own. Or, you can simply ask your travel partner to obtain for you beforehand the trek. TIMS Card costs USD 10 and USD 30 for foreign tourists and USD 15 for SAARC nationals.
One has to provide a copy of passport and 2-4 pieces of recent passport sized photographs to prepare TIMS Card and Permits.
You can simply install local Nepali SIM card in your cellphone and take it to the mountain. You can also buy data pack to run internet on the trail. In fact, for some days at higher elevation, it may not work, but, it will help you a lot during the trek. You can buy either NT or NCELL Sim car and install call and internet on your phone. It will take no more than Rs.100 for you to get it.
You can also have the access of internet or Wi Fi on the trail at local lodges/teahouses. They may charge you Rs. 200-500 per password or per device.
You can even talk to your family, relatives and the friends from the Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake TrekkingTrail very easily and can share your images and the videos instantly.
No. Solo traveler cannot do Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek. No solo traveler is permitted to do trekking in any trekking area in Nepal by the government. Also, the group has to be accompanied at least a guide during the trek. It means, without hiring an authorized and licensed guide, the group is not allowed to go on Everest Base Camp –Kalapatthar-Chola-Pass –Gokyolake Trek trail. It means, one cannot make their independent trekking on their own without a guide or a porter.
You can arrive in Kathmandu via any international flight that people recommend for you. Optionally, you can take a drive if you are using road to enter Nepal. You can use Indian and Chinese border for this. Whatever way you use for arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will receive you and takes you to the hotel. The representative will let you know about the short orientation meeting regarding your Everest-Gokyo Lake Trek. Since we do not have any scheduled activities to do for today, you just rest and relax at the hotel or take a short walk around the city if time favors you.
Today, largely, you will spend your time with astonishing UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu. You will go to explore them one by one after your breakfast. The private vehicle will come to receive you along with a professional and experienced city guide at the hotel where your stay and transfer you to the historical and religious sites which includes Swyombhunath Stupa( Monkey Temple), Patan Durbar Square, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. You end this trip at around between 3-4 pm and prepare for your Everest-Gokyo Lake Trek.
Initially, you will take a short drive to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport with your guide and then will take a spectacular 35 minutes flight to Lukla. As you take off, you head to Langtang Himalayan range and will switch the direction towards Lukla. Slowly the astonishing mountain panoramas begin to loom in your sight and you will them at fullest. But, actually, these moments won’t last for long, only 35 minutes and you land at Lukla airport. From Lukla, you excitedly begin your walk towards Phakding. You begin your trek from 2860m which is Lukla and end at 2610m which is Phakding. You will enjoy this short walk for 3-4 hours today through traditional Sherpa settlements and lush forest. Arrive at Phakding and stay overnight at the lodge.
Today’s trek will delight you tremendously taking you to one of the most incredible towns in Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. Also, you will begin your walk in Sagarmatha National Park from Monjo which is located at 2835m high above the sea level. One of the most astonishing attractions of today’s walk is the suspension bridges and Sagarmatha National, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy walk along the Dudhkoshi river and ascend up to Namche Bazaar after crossing a suspension bridge with colorful prayers flags. Namche Bazaar is located at 3440m above the seal level. You can go around the town and observe the things if you have time in the evening. Stay overnight at hotel/lodge.
Hiking up to Hotel Everest View will the first priority for us today. We will go to see stunning sunrise and breathtaking mountain views including Mt. Everest from Hotel Everest View point. The Hotel Everest View is located at 3962m high above the sea level. Besides, you will also enjoy the spectacular Tamang and Sherpa settlement of Khumjung Village at the same time. With incredible views of Thamserkhu and Abadablam, we walk down to Namche Bazaar and explore the town in the afternoon. You can observe very busy Tibetan traders selling the goods like warm jackets and hiking boots in the evening. Take rest and relax at hotel and enjoy the dish you like.
Optionally, you can trek to Thame village to explore sacred Thame Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries of Khumbu region.
After your acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, we trek to Tengboche today which is situated at 3860m hight above the sea level. You will enjoy the walk in Sagarmatha National Park with magnificent view of Ama Dablam and other alluring summits.
Walk past through Namche Bazaar and get to the main path to Tengboche. You will also see herd of mules and yaks carrying loads while walking along the flat trail. Leaving the trail to Gokyo, we walk down to the river, cross it and walk up to Tengboche. The very impressive Tengboche Monastery and the serene surrounding of Tengboche town will make our evening blessed and beautiful.
The walk today is all though serene lush forest of birch, juniper and rhododendron of Sagarmatha National Park. On the way, you will also witness some panorama of mountain. Relatively, today’s walk is going to be mild and moderate because you will trek along the flat trail till you get to Dingboche village Arrive at Dingboche and explore the town in the evening.
This is the second day- acclimatization at Dingboche after Namche before heading towards Everest Base Camp. People, normally walk to Chukkung Valley, have lunch there and get back to Dongboche for overnight stay today. Further, the lover of adventure climb Chukkung ri which is located at 5559m above the sea level and capture spectacular Himalayan panoramas including Imja Tse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, and of Nuptse . Or, simply, you take a walk around the town, watch the views and relax at the hotel.
We trek to Lobuche afrer we have a warm breakfast at Dingboche. We pass a few ridges and Sherpa people graveyards; see colorful prayer flags before arriving Lobuche. Lobuche village is located at 4940m above the sea level. Before you get to Lobuche village which is also popular for yak pastures, the trekkers will get to Thugla at 4600m where they can have their break, rest and tea. Enjoy today’s walk with incredible mountain panorama and arid landscapes of Sagarmatha National Park including Mt. Pumori and Mt. Nuptse. Arrive at Lobuche and enjoy local accommodation.
Today will be very important day for us because we are going to achieve our final goal of stepping at the Base Camp of world highest mountain, Everest. First, we trek to Gorekhshep which is located at 5160m above the sea level, where we keep our bigger luggage for we are returning there for overnight stay. As we head closer to Gorekhshep, we capture more breathtaking views of Mt. Nupse and alluring Pumori. We also encounter moraines, experience Khumbu Glacier and some huge crevasses on the way to Gorekhshep from Lobuche. Next, we trek to Everest Base Camp which is located at an elevation of 5364m. above the sea level, make the moments memorable by making photographs, rejoice every second and minute and walk back to Gorekhshep, finally.
You need to be at the top of Kalapatthar before the sun rises because we are going to capture the most fabulous sunrise and mountain views in our life. Climbing up to the top of Kalapatthar (5644m)takes around 40 minutes . We get our cameras ready for capturing the blissful moments of sunrise and the dazzling mountain panoramas. We can capture entire mountain range include Mt. Everest , Lhotse, Nupse, Pumori, Nupse and many other numerous towering peaks.
Then, we walk down to Gorekhshep, have breakfast and trek down to the place called Dzongla and prepare for the next adventure to cross Chola Pass. Stay overnight there at Dzongla.
Today’s trek will be very important for us because you are going to cross Chola Pass (5368m), one of the highest mountain passes of the world. Initially, you begin to ascend until you get to the apex of Chola Pass and then walk down to the place called Thangak. The decent is a bit slippery. Be careful while doing the descent. Importantly, you will view entire mountain peaks of Khumbu region including Mt. Everest from Chola Pass today.
You will spend larger portion day passing via numerous moraines. You head to Gokyo Village and Gokyo Lake beating the flat trail through the moraines. Finally, you will be astonished to see a massive freshwater lake with beautiful settlements at the edge.
Rise early in the morning and walk up to Gokyo ri. It takes around 2 hours to ascend up to the apex of Gokyo ri. You are doing it before the sun rises. As the sun rises, you will make your camera and the eyes to capture marvelous sunrise and the mountain summits including Everest from Gokyo ri. After you celebrate the beautiful moments, you descend down to Gokyo village and have your breakfast. After breakfast can either go round the lake and the village for exploration or you can simply take rest at the teahouse and enjoy the dishes you like.
This is the first day of backtracking via same route. As you leave Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Valley, you walk all the way down to Machhermo and finally to Dole. On the way, you will witness some magnificent mountain panoramas and incredible yak pasture and local Sherpa Settlements.
Walk down through alpine plants and pine forest initially. Next, you will catch the lat trail leading towads Namche Bazaar. On the way, you will witness Mt. Amadablam visibly. Arrive at Namche Bazaar and you again can explore the town if you want and then trek to the lower elevation, Jorsalle.
Though you will pass through the same topography of Sagarmatha National Park, you still enjoy the lush forest, the trail alongside of the Dudhkoshi River and the local Sherpa Settlements. You will walk past Phakding and ultimately ascend up to Lukla town.
Today, you say good bye to the mountains and take another short and spectacular flight to Kathmandu with astonishing views of mountains and the landscapes. No sooner you arrive at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to the hotel and we will have a cultural farewell dinner together in the evening.
Today, you will leave Kathmandu for your home or for other trips that you are going to undertake. For this, we receive you from the hotel and drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport and we bid farewell and you will depart. Have a wonderful time ahead
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