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Everest Base Camp Trek With Cho La Pass

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16 Days
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Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Everest Base Camp Trek with Cho La Pass is another most sought-after trekking destination for adventure-seekers in Nepal. Everest Base Camp Trekking with Cho La Pass takes the adventurers from the splendid Dudh Koshi River, great Gokyo Valley, via the famous Cho La Pass, and to the popular region of Kala Patthar and the Everest Base Camp. Trek Everest Base Camp with Cho La Pass traverses through the majestic looking mountains clad with snow, colorful monasteries, the famous Namche Bazaar and the conserved region of the Sagarmatha National Park. This also provides one with the opportunity of looking at the Mountain Everest, world’s tallest mountain peak, from incredibly close distance.

Many trekkers believe that their Everest trek is incomplete if they do not make it to the Gokyo Valley, the Gokyo Peak, and the the all-famous pass, Cho La Pass. The entire area of Everest Base Camp is blessed with great natural beauty. Besides the tranquil appearance of the shimmering glacial Lakes, we can also enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the towering mountains including four above 8000 meters of altitude. From Gokyo valley, we can observe the world famous peaks above 8000 meters including Mount Cho Oyu (8201m), Mount Makalu (8463meters), Mount Lhotse (8,516meters) and Mount Everest (8848meters).

The Everest Base Camp Trek with Cho La Pass begins from Kathmandu when we board a flight to Lukla or the Tenzing-Hillary Airport from Kathmandu. It is a wonderful mountain flight and the flight itself can be no less than an adventure as the airport is enlisted as the most dangerous airport in the world, given the location, altitude and topography. The real trek starts from Lukla as we trek until Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. Namche Bazaar is also called as the capital of Sherpa’s where we are greeted by spectacular mountains and the friendly Sherpa’s. The Sherpa village, its culture and the monasteries are also one of the features of this trek. The lush alpine forests and wildlife, glacial rivers and the waterfalls, rugged trails, the mountains, and the abundant Buddhist monasteries all come under the way to Everest Base Camp. Gokyo Valley is another important destination of this wonderful adventurous trek. From Gokyo valley we then proceed towards Cho La pass. The most strenuous and demanding part of the trip is crossing the challenging Cho La Pass.

Thed cresendo of the trip is upon reaching the EBC and Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar became popular a couple of years ago when then Prime Minister of Nepal Madhav Kumar Nepal held a cabinet meeting with the ministers at Kalapatthar to attract global attention on climate change and its affect on the mountains. From Kalapatthar trekking, we return to Lukla to board a flight back to Kathmandu completing the breathtaking trek to the Everest Base Camp.


Itinerary outline

Day 01–Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu (welcome dinner)
Day 02–Fly to Lukla and trek until Phakding (2610m)
Day 03–Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hrs
Day 04– Rest day in Namche for acclimatization
Day 05–Trek to Dole (4190m) 5 hrs
Day 06–Trek to Machhermo (4470m) 5 hrs
Day 07–Trek to Gokyo (4790m) 4 hrs
Day 08–Gokyo to Dragnak (4700m) 3 hrs
Day 09–Trek to Chola Pass and to Dzongla (4830) 7 hrs
Day 10–Trek to Lobuche (4910m) 3 hrs
Day 11- Trek to Gorak Shep (5164m) 4 hrs
Day 12– Trek to Kalapatthar (Everest Base Camp) -5364m and back to Gorak Shep and Dingboche (4410m)
Day 13– Trek to Namche 7 hrs
Day 14– Trek to Lukla 7 hrs
Day 15– Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 16– Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
Day 01–Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our team members at the Airport and will be then ushered to the Hotel. Our travel representatives will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02–Fly to Lukla and trek until Phakding (2610m)
On the seond morning, you will board a flight to Lukla Airport, also commonly known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. It is a wonderful mountain flight and the flight itself can be no less than an adventure as the airport is enlisted as the most dangerous airport in the world, given the location, altitude and topography. In less than 30 minutes, you will reach Lukla while enjoying the breathtaking views of the mountains during the flight. After landing at Lukla, we take light breakfast and embark on our trek. In around 3 hours, we reach Phakding village where we will be staying overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 03–Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hrs
On the third morning, we resume our trek and follow the trail along the Dudh Kosi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Doedar Cedar forests to the ultimate destination, that of popular village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche has remained a historic trading point for Nepalese and Tibetan traders who exchange salt, dried meat and other consumable and textile items. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche.

Day 04– Rest day in Namche for acclimatization
The fourth day of the trek will be spent in Namche itself for acclimatization purpose. As the altitude will now increase significantly, a day for acclimatization is paramount and strictly advisable for prospective trekkers. One can spend the day in Lukla visiting the local Bazaar of Namche or visiting the nearby Sherpa villages. If you are not much tired and are ready for a few hours of trek, then you can go to Everest Hotel for great panoramic views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse and others. Located at an altitude of 3900m, Everest Hotel is the hotell that is situated at the highest altitude in the world. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 05–Trek to Dole (4190m) 5 hrs
The trail is easy in the begging as we cross valleys along the rhododendron, juniper and large coniferous forests. During spring the forests are great to see as that is the time when rhododendrons bloom and the fragnance lingers on your nose for many days. We also see Sherpas bringing their herds of Yaks for grazing on the green pastures. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 06–Trek to Machhermo (4470m) 5 hrs
The trailo now becomes gradually difficult as the trekkers will have to negotiate thick forests, the increasing altitude and the lack of settlement areas. The trails continue to climb up along the side of the valley until it reaches Machhermo. It is also believed that the region of Machhermo is the home of Yeti, mythical snow man. It is believed that Yeti lives on snow and somewhere around the region of Everest. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 07–Trek to Gokyo (4790m) 4 hrs
On the seventh day, we climb just around 300 meters and reach Gokyo Valley. We come across several glacier lakes on our way before reaching the amazing Gokyo Valley. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 08–Gokyo to Dragnak (4700m) 3 hrs
From Gokyo, we head towards Dragnak which is located at almost the same altitude as Gokyo. Trek towards Chola Pass is much easier from Dragnak and that is the reason whey we trek until Dragnak on day eight. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 09–Trek to Chola Pass and to Dzongla (4830) 7 hrs
The most crucial day of the trek is on the ninth day as it is along trek and we have to reach the Pass by 9-10 AM in the morning else the weather conditions will greatly hinder our journey. The trek starts early in the morning at 5 AM. The trail can also be difficult due to snow and slippery way. Strong winds and the high altitude could also pose problems for the trekkers. However, once you reach the Chola Pass, you will forget all the difficulties that you endured during the trek as
you will be dazzled by the view from the top. We then descend to the Dzongla at noon. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 10–Trek to Lobuche (4910m) 3 hrs
Today will be a short trek compared to yesterday’s trek as we will trek for around 3 hours and reach Lobuche where we will staying overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 11- Trek to Gorak Shep (5164m) 4 hrs
Trek to Gorak Shep will also be a short trek as we will hike for around four hours and reach the destination for day eleven. Overnight stay at a guesthouse

Day 12– Trek to Kalapatthar (Everest Base Camp) -5364m and back to Gorak Shep and Dingboche (4410m)
The most sought after point of the trek comes on day 12 as we head towards Kalapattar - the best place to view the entire Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks from ridiculously close distance. Kalapatthar is also the Everest Base Camp and it is located at an altitude of 5364 meters. And it is also the point from where the Everest expedition starts. After staying at Kalapatthar for some time, we head back towards Gorak Shep. A couple of hours hike will bring us back there. We will take lunch at Gorak Shep and will then head towards Dingboche, the place for overnight stay on day twelve.

Day 13– Trek to Namche 7 hrs
Journery back to Namche is quite easy and comfortable as it traverses through several Sherpa settlement areas and villages. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche.

Day 14– Trek to Lukla 7 hrs
The trek continues further downhill as we reach Lukla after almost seven hours of trek. You will be staying in Lukla for the rest of the day and prepare yourself to board a flight back to Kathmandu the next day.

Day 15– Fly back to Kathmandu
On the penultimate day of the tour package, you will board a flight back to Kathmandu while enjoining the 30-minutes of exhilarating mountain flight. The rest of the time in Kathmandu, you will be shopping and buying souvenoirs to your loved ones. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 16– Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
On the 16th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the international Airport in Kathmandu.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Flight ticket for guide Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Flight ticket for Clients Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).

Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 16 Days
Accomodation: Tea house or Guest House
Seasons : Spring & Autum
Type: Hard
Activities : Trekking and walking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Everest Base Camp Trek with Cho La Pass is another most sought-after trekking destinations for adventure-seekers in Nepal.
  • Everest Base Camp Trek with Cho La Pass begins from Kathmandu when we board a flight to Lukla or the Tenzing-Hillary Airport from Kathmandu.
  • Many trekkers believe that their Everest trek is incomplete if they do not make it to the Gokyo Valley, the Gokyo Peak, and the the all-famous pass, Cho La Pass.

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