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Everest Base Camp Gokyo Cross Cho La Trek 18 days

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This trek gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu valley. This is a strenuous trek leading to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La at 5,430m making a circuit of Tawache (6,367m.) and Cholatse (6,440m). Emerging into the Khumbu valley above Lobuje the trail continues up to Kalapatthar and then back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche Bazaar. The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4750m) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes and on the ridge above Gokyo, the four peaks above 8000m of Cho You, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu expose themselves. In addition to this you can have a look at the tremendous ice ridge between Cho You and Gyachung (7922m), considered one of the most dramatic panoramas in the Khumbu region. There are many options for additional exploration and high-altitude walking, including the crossing of Cho La, a 5420m-high pass into Khumbu and a hike to Gokyo Ri.

Strenuous trekking is continuously rewarded with dramatic Himalayan scenes, including four of the world's highest peaks: Cho Oyu (8,201m.), Makalu (8,463m.), Lhotse (8,516m.) and Everest (8,848m.). Breathtaking mountain vistas are complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries offering you an insight into the quiet but, culturally vibrant Sherpa way of life.

Fact of the Trek

 

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Place Covers

Lukla/ Namche/ Lobuche/EBC/Chola Pass/Gokyo/Dole/Lukla

Group Size

Min.1, Max. 9

Min. altitude

2640m

Max. altitude

5545 m

Best Season

February to June and September to November

Transportation

Aero plane (Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu)

Trek Duration

18 Days

Age Limit

17 to 65

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Detailed Itinerary :

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu on breakfast basis. Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) and it takes about 30 minutes. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) which takes approximately three hours.  In the early morning we take the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m), flying parallel to giant Himalayan mountains bordering Nepal and China (Tibet). The flight time is about 40 minutes and we land at an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. In the afternoon we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), it is a short walk to Phakding. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five and half hours. We head onwards and upwards as the trail starts to rise through a forest of rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir-trees. Our target this evening is Namche Bazaar, a delightful mountain village and the Sherpa ‘capital’, but first we must ascend Namche Hill; walking at a gentle but steady pace we finally arrive at the town that is itself an important meeting and trading point for the local people. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 04: Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. We take a day to rest in Namche; we can explore the markets (which sell everything a trekker could require here!) or happily laze around in the sun. It is important to note that acclimatization is extremely important and that by using these acclimatization days correctly we greatly improve our chances of reaching our goal of Kalapatar, which lies at an altitude of 5545m Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar (3440m.) to Tyangboche (3867 m.) and it takes about five and half hours. Today after breakfast we start our trek with pleasant walk through the forest with magnificent view of mountains. The great view of the mighty peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak with view of the eastern snow capped mountains. The trail leads up hill through the forested path and the hardly walk to get to Tyangboche. One of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya and the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery, then the large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260 m.) which takes approximately five hours. The trail descends down from Tengboche, winding through the rhododendron forest to Deboche and crossing a bridge over the raging Imja Khol River. Hug the valley wall, and then traverse the plains to Dingboche, the start of the Imja Tse Valley. Dingboche is also the gateway to Chukung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and Hinko Valley via Sherpani col 6,100m and Amphu Laptsa pass 5,780m. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07: Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization. On this day you will rest before the last leg of the journey. You may have full day rest or there are some places where you can go for a day walk like trek to Chhukung (4,730m) is worth while which takes approx. 3-4 hours from Dingboche, towards east with in the Imjatse Valley, although the trek is gradual, however you can feel the thin air as the altitude gains slowly coming towards Chhukung. At Chhukung, there are few teahouses overlooking superb view of the snow capped peaks and glaciers After enjoy stroll back to Dingboche for overnight. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m.) which takes about five and half hours. The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. Today's walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. You stop at Dugla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, continue trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5153 m.) which takes about three and half hours. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5363 m.) and back to Gorakshep which takes about five and half hours. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Dzongla (4620m.) and it takes about six hours. While trekking from Gorakshep the route descends gently upto Lobuche. Now the narrow path stretches at flat level along the riverbed for some distance and the route suddenly goes upward to Dzongla. It gives you the excellent views of Lobuche, Lobuche west, Cholatse and Tabuche. You stay overnight here. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Thangna (4650 m.) via Chola Pass Cross and it takes about five and half hours. The early part of the trek goes through flat stone path for an hour passing through arid valley. Now you head towards steeply ascent path as you reach Chola glacier. You walk for half an hour along the icy trails. After you reach Chola pass the route moves down through the stony path until you reach Phedi. Those who go for camping trek they camp around here and enjoy their lunch. The path goes ups and down for some distance and you arrive at ridge. From here you climb down upto Thangna. It is a small village with few lodges and tea shops. You can catch a glimpse of Machhermo peak and some others. People here mostly grow potato, buck wheat, wheat and some green vegetables. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13: Trek from Thangna to Gokyo (4750m.) which takes about four hours. To reach Gokyo your trails move along the glacier route until you reach first lake. The trek is easier over flat path following Dudh Koshi stream upto Gokyo. It is a windy valley and situated near the third lake. At Gokyo you are stunned by the natural beauty of Dudh Pokhari lake. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 14: Excursion at Gokyo. Hiking upto Gokyo peak (5410m.). And back to Gokyo. Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumba glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can make a side trip to Fifth Lake via Fourth Lake. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 15: Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m.) and trek to Machhermo (4410m.) and it takes about five hours. Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Machermo following Dudh Koshi stream. There are yak pastures and few human settlements. From here you can have an excellent view of Tawoche. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 16: Trek from Machhermo to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about six hours. The walk from Machhermo is mostly downhill to Phortse tenga following the forest covered rhododendron, pine and local incense. After that the trails climb steeply until you reach Monglo, a place with tea shops. The path now descends gently upto Khumjung. To reach Namche you follow flat and then down way to Namche. It grants you panoramic view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 17: Trek down to Lukla (2804m) and it takes about six and half hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu. The duration of this flight is 30 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu on breakfast basis.

OUR TRIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Airport pick up and drop off services
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 or 4 star category hotel on BB basis
  • Welcome dinner at Nepali cultural heritage restaurant in Kathmandu
  • A trekking guide
  • Porter/s (1 porter can carry up to 25kgs of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Entry Permit for Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation (from hotel to airport & from airport to hotel)
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket if required
  • Rescue assistance
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staff
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Airport tax at Kathmandu domestic airport and Lukla airport
OUR TRIP PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Personal nature expenses such as drinks, beverages, hot shower, batter recharge etc.
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal visa fee
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