Everest Base Camp via Gokyo and Cho La

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Everest Base Camp via Gokyo and Cho La

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$1,740.00

The world-famous Everest Base Camp trek takes 20 days and reaches a maximum height of 5,545m at Kala Pattar, offering fine views of Mount Everest. This option takes the more difficult and remote route via the Cho La Pass, visiting the beautiful Gokyo lakes on the way. This really is the best approach to EBC and well worth the effort. The trek has a number of stunning attractions which include spectacular scenery, monasteries and the Sherpa people of the Solu Khumbu. The trek starts and finishes at Lukla where there is a small airport at 2,800m.
Our trip is a few days longer than most to allow for full acclimatization by party members.

Introduction

The trek to Everest Base Camp is for good reason one of the most famous in the world and is a ‘must-do’ trip for all outdoor enthusiasts. With awe-inspiring views of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountains, our treks are carefully organized to ensure you have plenty of time to acclimatize comfortably, making sure you can enjoy the trekking experience to the full.

The first day we have a briefing and sightseeing day in Kathmandu, where we can make sure that your kit is what you need and help you to get anything in the shops of bustling Thamel where our office is based. Then we’ll fly to the world-famous mountain airstrip at Lukla and begin the trek up the Khumbu Valley. We pass through many Sherpa villages, including the famous Sherpa ‘capital’, Namche Bazaar, as well as visiting the monastery at Thyangboche (or Tengboche).

The trekking is on good trails, with some moraine stretches nearer to our destination but nowhere is this climbing or even scrambling – there are good paths all of the way. You can expect to trek for 4 to 6 hours each day, with some days spent resting and acclimatizing to ensure that we are all fit and healthy at altitude. This makes the trek suitable for any averagely fit walker. On the route accommodation is in Nepal’s famous tea houses – the accommodation is basic but comfortable and the friendly, hospitable Nepali people make your stay a memorable one.

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Rest day / Sightseeing (Boudha, Pashupatinath and Swambunath)

Day 3: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding

Day 4: Phakding – Namche 3,440m

Day 5: Namche

Day 6: Namche – Dole

Day 7: Dole – Machhermo

Day 8: Machhermo – Gokyo

Day 9: Gokyo

Day 10: Gokyo – Thangnak 4,750m

Day 11: Thangnak – Cho la pass 5,420m – Dzongla 4,843m

Day 12: Dzongla – Lobuche 4,940m

Day 13: Lobuche – Gorakhshep 5,160m – trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364m

Day 14: Kalapattar – Gorakshep 5,160m – Dingboche 4,410m

Day 15: Dingboche – Deboche

Day 16: Deboche – Namche

Day 17: Namche – Lukla

Day 18: Lukla – Kathmandu

Day 19: Rest day

Day 20: Departure

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

And transfer to the hotel upon arrival.

Day 2
Rest day / Sightseeing (Boudha, Pashupatinath, and Swambunath)

Day 3
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding

This is an hour flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport 2,840m. The trail from Lukla, leads north from the airstrip and drops steeply for a bit, then descends gently to Phakding 2,610m, your first overnight stop. This is a two-hour trek.

Day 4
Phakding – Namche 3,440m

From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi Valley. (Kosi means river in Nepali and it comes down from the Everest glacier). All along this part of the trail, there is a magnificent forest of magnolia, rhododendron and giant firs. On the cliffs above the river, it is possible to see musk deer and Himalayan tahr. At Monjo, the trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the river and crosses Dudh Kosi and makes a steep climb to Namche 3,440). Namche is a very colorful Sherpa village where you will see vendors selling antiques and each Saturday there is an important weekly haat or market.

Day 5
Namche

We stay one more extra day at Namche for acclimatization. This will allow our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3,440m (11,300ft). We’ll see local sights and visit the village of Khumjung where there is a school built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Himalayan Trust. The views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Taweche are really breathtaking. Khumjung’s elevation is 3,790m.

Day 6
Namche – Dole

Dole is another 6-hour trek from Namche. The trail passes through many Kharkas, summer settlements used when Sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The views of Khumbila and Taweche 6,542m are tremendous throughout the day.

Day 7
Dole – Machhermo

From Dole, the trail climbs to Lharbama at 4,220m and luza at 4,360m. The trail is steep in most places as it climbs through junipers to Lhabarma. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo at 4,410m.

Day 8
Machhermo – Gokyo

Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho Oyu 8,153m. Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail reaches Panka. The trail descends to the river bank before beginning the climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first lake at 4,650m. The trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga, at 4,690m and finally up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo at 4,750m.

Day 9
Gokyo

The views in the Gokyo region are tremendous. For the best view, we climb Gokyo Ri 5,357m. It is a two-hour climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taweche.

Day 10
Gokyo – Thangnak 4,750m

About halfway between the first lake and second lake a trail leads off across the moraine to the east. This is the route to the 5,420m Cho la into the Everest region.

Day 11
Thangnak – Cho la pass 5,420m – Dzongla 4,843m

The pass is not difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier crossing on the eastern side. After crossing the pass, we rest at Dzongla from where you have a splendid view of Lobuche East, Ama Dablam, Taweche and Cholatse.

Day 12
Dzongla – Lobuche 4,940m

We start heading down to Tugla. From Tugla, we head up towards Lobuche. The trail climbs higher on the moraine to a row of stone monuments in memory of six Sherpas who died in an avalanche during the 1970 Japanese skiing Expedition. The trail then drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche, a summer village. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses several side moraines. After rounding a bend in the trail, the conical views peak of Pumori 7,145m comes into view.

Day 13
Lobuche – Gorakhshep 5,160m – trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364m

About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach Gorak Shep 5,160m, the site of the 1953 expedition’s base camp. Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After about 3 hours we will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. For those visiting base camp in the spring, it is a chance to meet teams making an ascent of the mountain. Base Camp is actually spread over quite a wide area and we will spend some time wandering through it and getting a sense of what it must be like to be camped here for two whole months, whilst attempting the mountain. To go any further than base camp, you will need to be a mountaineer! A fascinating day before the return trek to Gorak Shep.

Day 14
Kalapattar – Gorakshep 5,160m – Dingboche 4,410m

On this lower slope of this Mt Pumori a ridge extending to the south terminates in a small peak. This peak, Kalapattar, is 5,545m and provides the best vantage point for viewing Mt Everest. We will climb Kalapattar in the morning and spend some time on the top. Return to Gorakshep for breakfast and trek downwards to Dingboche.

Day 15
Dingboche – Deboche

We start heading down to Pangboche where we will visit the oldest monastery in this region. From Pangboche, we will head down to Debouche and stop at the Deboche nunnery which is the oldest nunnery in the Everest region, established in 1924.

Day 16
Deboche – Namche

From Pangboche, we descend down the alpine desert and back into the greenery of pine forests. The path leads to a steep uphill climb into Tengboche. We pay our visit to the famous Tengboche Monastery. We will stop here for at least an hour and will tour the monastery. The trek from Thyangboche to Phortse Tanga is all downhill. After stopping for a short tea break, we will continue our trek to Namche and slowly climb to Sanasa for two hours and the trail from Sanasa to Namche is pretty straight and easy.
Hot shower in Namche!!

Day 17
Namche – Lukla

Day 18
Lukla – Kathmandu.

Transfer to hotel upon arrival.

Day 19
Rest Day

Day 20
Departure

Cost:
US$ 1740 Per Person

Services Includes:

    • Flights Kathmandu|Lukla|Kathmandu,
    • Airport|hotel transfers
    • Airport tax
    • Domestic baggage 15kg
    • All meals and accommodations in tea houses during the trek
    • Guide|Trek leader
    • Porters for the trek
    • Insurance for guide and porters
    • Sagarmatha National Park fees
    • Trekking permit (TIMS)
    • Climb High duffle bag
    • First-aid kit,
    • Hotel in Kathmandu – 4 nights
    • Rescue arrangements
    • VAT.

Services Excludes:

    • Insurance, which must cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency and from Lukla if normal scheduled flights can’t fly due to weather disturbance
    • Soft and hard drinks
    • Bottled mineral water
    • Personal trekking gear
    • Meals in Kathmandu
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Tips for staff and porters
    • Any other expenses in case of any natural disaster.

Private trek or group option

We can organize this trek on a private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may want a Climb High leader or have no ‘leader’ but still, use the help of one of our guides and/or porters. Costs for this option are available on demand but are often not a huge amount greater than joining one of our ‘fixed departures’. Please contact us with your preferred dates and itinerary and we’ll give you a quote.

Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trek or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone:

00 (977) 1-470-1398

Alternatively, you can contact us by email at info@climbhighhimalaya.com

Booking

To book a place on this trek, please complete the booking inquiry on our ‘Reservations’ page.

As we are a Nepali company, you will need to send your deposit by bank transfer to our bank account in Kathmandu. This is a completely safe process and may be done at any UK, European, Aus/NZ or US bank in a few minutes. Some banking websites even allow this to be done online.

Details will be sent to you once you have decided to proceed with your booking.

Equipment

Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. It is recommended that you use tried and tested kit on the trip rather than relying on the brand new kit you’re not sure of.

A complete kit list is to be found on this website.

Porter Protection

Climb High is a local Nepali company and as such we treat our own people with the respect and good conditions you would expect. Many team members are from our own families and you can be assured that the treatment they receive is second to none. All insurances and porter conditions are met, and more.

Why use Climb High?

Our acclimatization schedule and trip organization are designed to give everyone in the team the best chance of reaching base camp in great condition and feeling healthy.
This trek is accommodated in lodges with traditional Nepali hospitality.
Treks are led by highly experienced leaders plus Sherpas and porters.
Porter’s welfare is paramount to us – we are a local company and want to ensure that we take care of our own staff.
We are a premium Nepali trekking operator, with impeccable local contacts – any changes in plan can be dealt with far more effectively using our experience and network of local contacts.
We have our own modern offices in central Kathmandu in Mandala Street – Thamel’s premium street

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, please take the itinerary as a statement of intent rather than an absolute. Travel in Nepal can be dangerous, delayed and highly changeable. Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.

 

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo and Cho La

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