Gokyo, Chola pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek Overview
|Gokyo, Chola pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek|
If you are are interested in the trekking in Everest Khumbu region then we suggest to do the trek of Gokyo – Chola pass – Kalapathar – Everest Base Camp Trek.
In the world’s highest mountain has several different names. From the westerners it became Mount Everest in 1865. More recently the government of Nepal has given it the name Sagarmatha Himal it means “Head of Ocean”. Mount Everest lies in Solukhumbu Region in Nepal; Everest has been a magnet for travelers ever since it’s opening to foreigners in 1950.
This region is famous not only for its proximity to the world’s highest mountain but also meet the Sherpas and visit monasteries, enjoy their world renowned hospitality and witness how life continues very much as it has done for centuries. Everest Region has received countless trekkers and mountaineers from all over the world. Everest Region has developed to a stage where many options are possible-from a full-scale expedition with tents and porters to an independent trek using the local lodges.
Sagarmatha National Park established in 1976 covers much of the region. This fascinating land surrounded by high mountains is a real paradise for mountaineers and trekkers. This is an outstanding Trek. This trek begins at the mountain airstrip at Lukla a 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu and trek along the river valley of the Dudh Kosi, brings you to the traditional Sherpa village of Namche , the capital of Everest Region. Our destination is the high altitude five lakes of Gokyo at over 4200m. We have several days to acclimatize ourselves, before following the quite scenic trail to Gokyo on reaching Gokyo visit the highest point at Gokyo Ri for the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu four world’s highest peaks at a glance. One of the most remarkable features of the trek is view of tremendous ice ridge between Mt. Cho Oyu (8153m) and Mt. Gyachung (7922m) in Everest Region. From Gokyo we trek over the Cho La pass onwards to Gorak Shep on the main trail and then visiting Evereest Base Camp and hike up to Kala Pattar another striking view point and incredible view of Khangtiaga, Thamserku and the Nuptse-Lhotse wall with the Mt. Everest rearing above..A further five days are spent descending to Lukla for our flight to Kathmandu.
Itinerary for Gokyo, Chola pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1334m), Smile Adventure and Tours representative will transfer to hotel and check in hotel. After refreshment we offer short brief about your trip then rest and overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Morning have a breakfast and transfer to domestic airport then take a flight and fly to Lukla. After arrive in Lukla, trek from Lukla to Phakding (2830m). Overnight at lodger/Tea house.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3480m). Overnight at lodger/Tea house.
Day 04: Today we stay in Namche Bazaar as acclimatization day. Have a breakfast and you can explore around for beautiful Himalayan views, wild animals and Tibetan Monastery or you make hike to Everest view hotel for superb views of Mt. Everest ( 8848m), Mt.Lhots (8516m), Mt. Nuptse (7855m), Mt.Amadablam (6856m), Mt. Thamserku (6723m), Mt. Kantega (6979m), Mt. Kusum Khangaru (6367m), Mt.Kongde (6011m), Khumbila (5761m) and other mountains. Overnight at Tea house/lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (3840m). Overnight at Tea house/lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Khumjung to Dole (4000m). Overnight at Tea house/lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo(4400m). Overnight at Tea house/lodge.
Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo Lake(4750m). Overnight at Tea house/lodge.
Day 09: Morning explore around Gokyo lake then hike to Gokyo Ri/Gokyo peak (5350m) for superb Himalayan views including the Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Pumori (7161m), Mt. Amadablam (6856m), Mt. Thamserku (6723m), Mt. Kantega (6685m), Mt.Kusum Khagaru (6367m), Mt. Kongde (6011m), Mt.Twache peak (6367m), Mt. Cholaste (6335m) and other mountains. After that trek back to Gokyo Lake, have a lunch and start to trek from Gokyo Lake to Thangnak (4850m). Overnight at teahouse/lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Thangnak to Chola Pass (5367m) to Dzongla (4830m). Overnight at teahouse/lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (490m). Overnight at Tea house/lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5180m), after lunch in Ghoakshep we continue our trail from Ghoakshep to Everest base camp (5500m). After that we trek back to Gorakshep. Overnight at Tea house/lodge.
Day 13: Today, we get up early in the morning and hike to Kala Pattar (5545m) for amazing mountain views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Pumori (7161m), Mt. Amadablam (6856m), Mt. Thamserku (6723m), Mt. Kantega (6685m), Mt.Kusum Khagaru (6367m), Mt. Kongde (6011m), Mt. Khumbila (5761m), Mt.Twache peak (6367m), Mt. Cholaste (6335m), Lobuche peak (6145m) and more. We trek back from Kala pattar and have a lunch at Lobuche. We continue our trek from Lobuche to Dingboche (4345m). Overnight at Tea house/lodge.
Day 14: Trek from Dingboche to Tyangboche (3890m). Overnight at Tea house/lodge.
Day 15: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Tea house/lodge.
Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. Overnight at Tea house/lodge.
Day 17: We fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu. After arrive in Kathmandu airport, our office representative will transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Morning, have a breakfast. We will drop you at the airport as per your flight time.
Airport pick up & transfer to hotel (day 01 & day 17) + Airport drop (day 2 & day 18) by private vehicle.
Mid range hotel in Kathmandu (day 1, day 17 & day 18 ) on twin sharing basis with breakfast.
All meals (breakfast, Lunch & dinner) during the trekking in mountain area.
Accommodation in Tea House / Lodge – room on twin sharing basis during the trekking in mountain area.
A professional guide & porter (1 porter for 2 persons) their salary, meal, accommodation & insurance.
Sagarmatha National Park entrance permit fee.
Price does not include
International airfare to and from your country
Nepal visa fee: Nepal entry visa ( US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days . you will also require 2 passport size photos.)
Entrance fee during the sightseeing in Kathmandu (day 18).
Air fare US$ 330 per person for Kathmandu to Lukla (day 2) and Lukla to Kathmandu (day 17)
Travel & Health Insurance – Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
Any alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, boiled & mineral water, beverages etc during the trek.
Tips for trekking & other employed staffs which is 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
Smile Adventure and tours arrange mid range hotel in Kathmandu – room on twin sharing basis where you will find neat and clean environment.
During the trekking, Smile Adventure will arrange your accommodation at standard tea house or lodge – room on twin sharing basis with attached bathroom however some places will not have attached bathroom so; bathroom are on sharing basis.
We offer breakfast in the hotel in Kathmandu but you have to pay your own lunch and dinner.
We will provide all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trekking in Mountain area.
Private Vehicle : – Airport transfer (day 1, day 17) & drop (day 16).
Flight – round trip air fare US$ 330 for Kathmandu to Lukla (day 2) & Lukla to Kathmandu (day 17) which does not include in the above price.
Guide & Porter during the trekking
Smile Adventure and tours will provide a professional trekking guide (license holder). We arrange porter(s) to carry your gears (a porter can carry maximum 15 kg) and the porter will accompany with you. The number of porter depends on group size. We will provide the salary, accommodation, insurance, meals for the guide and porter.
A trekking day in Gokyo, Chola pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek
The trek starts after a delicious breakfast with a cup of tea. Our guide briefs about trail then after we start to walk of 3 to 4 hours. We offer lunch in a local teahouse or shop. After lunch you will relax for a while and continue to walk for for 3 to 4 hours until we reach next destination. When we reach next destination we can enjoy short hiking around the village or enjoy games. Evening have a dinner and overnight at the teahouse/lodge.
We also offer to rest frequently and give enough time to load & capacitor the amazing scenery of mountain, local settlement, and countryside in your camera during the trail.
Personal gears & equipments need during trekking
Sun cream lotion
Comfortable hiking boots
Walking poles (if necessary)
Flash light with extra batteries
Personal medical kit box.
Extra batteries for camera
Backpack- with outsider pockets to handle smaller items.
Health & Experience Required for Gokyo, Chola pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek
The Gokyo, Chola pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek is a strenuous grade trek which offers at least 6-7 hours easy work in a day. We can do the Gokyo, Chola pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek if you have average physical fitness with good health condition. Please note that walking in higher altitude demands more physical fitness than walking in lower altitudes. Several weeks of exercise and jogging before the starting the Gokyo, Chola pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek Trek is highly suggestible. If you have done hiking and have good past experience it also helps to do this Everest Base Camp Trek but technical skill does not require for this trip.
Headaches, fever, vomiting, dizziness, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are symptoms of high altitude Sickness, the main cause of high altitude sickness is lack of enough oxygen in air. We find less oxygen in the higher altitude then less altitude so the Gokyo, Chola pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary have been customized by Smile Adventure and Tours considering the sufficient time to acclimatize in each places.
Trekking grade of Gokyo, Chola pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek
Gokyo, Chola pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek is a Strenuous trek & This trek needs a good physical fitness with some mountain experience also. It offers a magnificent view of mountains range with a vertical climbing. This trip ascends up to 5545 meters.
All trekkers / travelers are requested to insure their travel insurance before traveling for Gokyo, Chola pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek. Please note that the insurance should be covered medical, air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and all treatment costs.