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Everest Cho La Pass trekking


Trip Facts

Duration:
16 days,
Trip Destination:
Everest/Khumbu region
Program Type:
Tea house trek,
Max. Altitude:
5545m, Kalapathar,
Minimum Pax:
one,
Activities:
Walking and sightseeing,
Start Trip:
Lukla,
End Trip:
Lukla,
Accommodation:
Tea house and local lodges,
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner,
Best Season:
Sep to Dec and Feb to June,
Transportation:
bus/car and domestic plane,
Per Day Walking:
4 to 7 hours,
Trip Grade:
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Everest Cho La Pass trekking

Overview

Everest Chola pass trekking is the most popular trekking areas in Nepal, here you see 4 mountains over 8000 meters known in climbing as the 'death zone' due to the lack of oxygen at this height and of course Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. You will experience views that you can find nowhere else on Earth, mighty glaciers, towering peaks and a culture virtually untouched by time. Everest treks are for adventurous people but there are routes that enable the less experienced trekkers to still enjoy this magical place. September to December is the busiest time in this region as the views are amazing and the weather is good. By traveling with a guide or porter it guarantees you a bed space which can be hard to find at this time. Many people end up sleeping in the dining room during the busy season!

The main center of this region is Namche Bazaar, situated on the side of the hill just below the Khumjung village. Namche Bazaar is known as the 'Switzerland of Nepal', beautifully kept with a fantastic Saturday market and chances to meet many of the local people. The flight into Lukla to access this area provides you with majestic views over some of the highest peaks in the worlds, it is an experience in itself. The peaks you will see include Choyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.

The trek follows the same path that leads to Everest Base Camp the trail then splits to reach the Gokyo Cho La Pass (this can also be included as an extension to the Base Camp trek). Views extending over isolated mountain lakes, formidable glaciers, and Mount Everest are here to be enjoyed.

                 EVEREST BASE CAMP SHORT VIDEO CLIP 



Trip Highlights:

  • Flight to Lukla in a small Plane,
  • Tengboche and Pangbuche Monasteries,
  • Everest base camp (5364 m) & Kala Patthar(5550 meters),
  • Unbelievable Chola pass top (5420 meters)
  • Gokyo Lakes, Glacier and Gokyo Ri  5380 meter ( Popular viewpoint),
  • Syangbuche airport & Khumjung Monastery,

Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m),

On Arrival, as you give me your flight details I will be waiting to you in Kathmandu TIA airport with your name on the board or white paper, which helps to catch you easily when you are in the airport. The driving to your hotel will be by private car/jeep takes about 25 minutes. When we checked in to the hotel we manage some time to talk about your holiday and trek preparation, what to take to trek and what now to take in the trek. Over Night stay in Kathmandu.

DAY 02:  Flight to Lukla (2860m) then trek to Phakding (2660m).

We begin our day early this day because we will be taking our early flight. We will take a small plane to Lukla, it takes about 30 minutes to Lukla but it is wonderful flight through the massif mountain. Lukla is quite a big village of Sherpa and Rai people. We will stop for tea at Lukla once we reach there and repack our bags for a porter and our self then we will begin to walk to Phakding. The walking route going to be very easy today because We have to walk gradual downhill all the time through Sherpa villages, Suspension bridges, Farming, Monastery, buddies Mani wall and Stupas. When we reach Phakding we will drop our bag get our room then we can explore Phakding village. Over Night stay in Phakading.

DAY 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3480m).

We will have our breakfast at the same lodge we slept last night than we begin to walk. The first 2-hour walking will be easy such as passing the house, Stupa, Bridges and Potato fields. We will follow the Dudh Koshi River about 3 hours than we have to ascent through the pine forest for about 2 hours. If you are lucky we can see some wild animals in this a part of the day and the view of Mt. Everest. Namche Bazaar is big Sherpa residency has about 60 to 70 Hotel and Lodge. It is a busy area as it is like junctions of different trekking routes. You will spend two night there.

Day 04: Acclimatization day

We can sleep a bit longer today because it is our rest day and acclimatize day because Namche bar is already 3450 m. we will make sight walking near the Namche about 2 hours all together. We can visit the monastery, Sherpa museum, Sagarmatha national park museum, a popular spot for exploring Everest and many other popular mountains. Overnight at Namche Bazar.

DAY 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4041m).

When we have two days time in Namche Bazaar we will be refreshed and back on power again, so the first 20-minute walk from Namche will be steeply up than we will just follow the wide road till Sanasa which is a 1.30-minute walk from Namche. After passing Sanasa we have to go uphill about 1 hour to Mong Danda which is situated on the ridge of the mountain where we will take our lunch and explore magnificent view from there. The time food get ready we rest can rest and walk another 30 minute downhill than 1.30 minute ascending to Dole. Dole is a small area has about 8 lodes but it is a wonderful place. Overnight at Lodge.

DAY 06:  Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4400 m).

Day 6 is our short walking day and also easy day because we don’t have to walk steep up and also open trail without forest and bushes along the trail. We just follow the small river to the right side and walk only 3 hours to Machhermo, we have to stop there because of altitude. We spent a night there in the lodge.

DAY 07: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo(4750m).

Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo is one of the best days because we can see wonderful landscapes and massif mountain view all around and crystal clear lakes along the walking route to Gokyo. It is only 4 hours walk to Gokyo but the valley we going to follow is just unbelievable and pleasant. Gokyo is just a hotel area whereas about 12 lodges next to the big lake. We will sleep one night at the lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Thangnak(4700m)

Hiking to Gokyo Ri (5380m) then back to Gokyo hotel after breakfast we walk just 2 hours to Thangnak for the night in the lodge. It is about 6 hours walk including morning hike to Gokyo Ri. It is one of the best and popular viewpoints.

DAY 07: Trek from Thangnak to Dzongla(3840m),

It is an adventure day. We have to leave early this day after breakfast at the lodge because we have to cross the high pass Chola (5416m) before 10 or 11 am otherwise it will be windy and dangerous to walk around the pass, Chola pass is a magnificent punctual place on top of snowy mountain and we can see Gokyo valley, lakes and clear open sky from the top. After the Cholapass top, we have to go steeply downhill and flat at last to Dzogla. Overnight at Dzogla  Lodge.

DAY 08: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche(4910m).

We will have breakfast again in the Lodge where we slept than we just pack our bag and walk to Lobuche which is 4940 meters high and there are only 7 lodges. It is only 3 to 4hours gradual and flat walking on the edge of mountain and valley. Overnight at Lobuche

DAY 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep(5180m) to EBC and back to Gorakshep.

This morning we will get our early breakfast because day11th is our long walking day in high altitude area so it is about 3 hours walk gradually up to Gorakshep. Once we reach Gorakshep we have to get our room because if we are late to ask for room in season time we might not get room and need to sleep on the floor so we get room and food there than we go to Everest base camp with small day bag with bottle of water, energy bar, camera, and medicine. it is about 4 hours from Gorakshep to EBC and back so all together we have to walk about 7 hours. 

DAY 11: Gorakshep to Kalapather and trek to Pheriche(4210m),

Weak up early in the morning and trek to Kapather without a backpack for the Everest view, massif  Himalayan Glacier, and hide down to Pheriche(4210m).it is about 6 hours walk all together but we will be going down today so we will sleep perfectly this night at Pheriche.

DAY 12:  Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar.

Pheriche to Namche is about 6 hours walk and we have to descend about 650 meters it means we will sleep even better and we can find so many good foods in Namche and still, you will have the mountain view. We just descent most of the time except 2 small ascend. Overnight at Namche.

DAY 13: Namche to Lukla(2860m)

It is our last walking day but still, we have to walk long day about 7 hours. It is the same trail when we were going up so we will have to walk down along the Dudh Koshi river and last 30 minute we have to walk slightly up then we will reach Lukla. And we can celebrate with all groups in the lodge or pub. Overnight at Lukla.

DAY 15: Lukla to Kathmandu

Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning from Lukla and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

DAY 16: Departure

Our representative will drop you to Kathmandu international airport for onward journey.

Whats Included?

Service Includes

  • Airport/Hotel/Airport pickup and drop by private car/van/bus.
  • 2-night Hotel in Kathmandu,
  • Everest National Park trekking permits,
  • Full Board Plan (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation) during the trek,
  • An experienced Government licensed holder Guide and  porters (one porter for two trekkers)
  • Salary, food, accommodation for  guide and porters,
  • Transportation by bus, car or by Air,
  • Basic Medicare,
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems)card,

Service Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Your travel insurance,
  • International flight and departure tax,
  • Any expense of personal nature,
  • Nepal entry visa fee,
  • Any kinds of Bar bills,
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks,
  • Rescue operation. 
  • Tip for guide and porter,

Essential Infos

Accommodations:

Safe holiday adventure gives the first priority to our guest service that is what makes us today safe holiday adventure. For the city accommodation in Kathmandu we have been providing at list 3-star category hotel at a location and also on request, we can provide comfortable but cheap accommodation too for budget travelers.

During the trekking, we provide a standard guest house, calm environment and local healthy food for our guest.

Meals:

There are so many different tastes in food and international standard restaurants in Kathmandu where you can try your own taste in food and lots of choices. But in the trek mostly we can have Indian, Nepali, continental, via menu especially each settlement provides Pasta, momo, soup items, potato item, rice, hot drink, cold drink etc.

What to take with you for the trek:

As a guide myself for 14 years, I give first priority to cloths which are most important in the cold mountain area. Equipment does matter to make your trek easy and comfortable. Carrying excessive quantity of trekking equipment doesn’t make your trip more interesting but the disadvantage. So, we request you to carry only selected and recommended teams and we have our potential porters. Warm Clothes, Down Jacket, Trouser, T-shirt, Hiking Boot, Sunglasses, Sun cream, Knife, Walking Steak, day backpack, Head Light, Sleeping Bag etc. These are the equipment's which you must carry during the trek.

Clothing

  • Liner socks, Trekking shirts short sleeve,
  • Thermal underwear, fleece sweaters lightweight,
  • One heavier Easy drying long sleeved base layer shirts,
  • Woolen blends trekking socks, pair trekking pants with zipping off bottoms

Outer layers

  • Down vest, wind/rain proof over layer - jacket and pants,
  • Peak hat, headband, Warm winter hat, lightweight thermal layer hat,
  • Pair gloves, down jacket,
  • Pair down booties Great for keeping feet warm in the tent and while sleeping and for in the tent. Pair flips flops, it is practice.

Best Season to Trek in Nepal:

Autumn (September - November) and Spring (March-May) is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal Because by that time the Weather is mostly clear and the temperature is moderate which offers the magic view of snow cap mountains and valley each day. Spring Season is such a beautiful time to see many different flowers, plants, and rare animals especially Rhododendron flower along the way is a major attraction. Walking and trekking are also very suitable for this season.

Summer (June - August) and winter (December - February). This season provides a different scenic views each hours unpredictable weather ,heavy monsoon rainfall mostly in Annapurna region it is very much clear to trek around Mustang by summertime because of altitude you can skip the rain if you go those areas., so, Everest, Langtang, and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Experience & Fitness:

You should be fit enough to make those trekking because it is situated on quite a high region however certain training like running, walking, exercising, balanced diet all those things definitely will help to make it easy this trek.

Mountain sickness and Acclimatization:

Altitude sickness is a significant risk when trekking on any trails above about 2,500m. However good health,  proper care and drinking plenty of water will definitely help you to prevent from altitude sickness. Every trekker need to be familiar with the heights so, for this, we have life-saving acclimatization days during the trek, peak climbing, and expedition. We also provide certain medical support for your relief and emergency rescue through helicopter whenever guest require.

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Giusy Bertolotto

Giusy Bertolotto Aug 1, 2012

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

The trip to Nepal was a great experience.  I organized the tour (10 days) with Santosh Gauli . Very good flexibility on his part to change the program to suit our needs (both of time and things to see). Santosh welcomed us at the airport and we have always followed the best. I was really happy for his organization of all the pro ... Read More

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