Everest Base Camp Trekking Via Chola Pass and Gokyo Ri
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu:
In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to transfer you to our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure on your own to relax the jetlag. But we definitely help you with the information to go around in case you’d like to do so.
Day 2: Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu :
We spend a full day in Kathmandu today which will be a necessary acclimatization day as well. Early in the morning after breakfast, we will meet for a trip briefing where we will talk about this amazing trip in details and will answer your questions if you have any. After the brief meeting is over, we are taking you for an amazing cultural sightseeing tour of heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. The sites we take you for the sightseeing will include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding:
As we have already packed our bags the previous night, the thing we do straight in the morning is a drive to the airport for an early morning flight to Lukla. With the excitement of being in the region of the highest mountain in the world, we board a small, fixed winged aircraft and set off on an adventurous yet worthy aerial journey to Lukla. Soon after an incredible flight experience, we will find ourselves in the amazing mountain town of Lukla, the gateway to Everest. We will meet all our supporting crew members at Lukla before setting off on the first day of the trek. Once we sort out our stuff, we start the trek to Phakding today. After about 4 hours of the easy trek on gentle and gradual downhill trail, we reach Phakding on the bank of a beautiful mountain river called Dudh Koshi. The very first day of Everest trail walking will take us past some beautiful cultural and spiritual wonders in the forms of prayer flags, chhortens, mani walls, etc.
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar:
We enjoy our breakfast with the serene sound of flowing Dudh Koshi before starting our second day of the trek to Namche Bazar today. The walk today mostly involves uphill effort with some steep going up. We cross several suspension bridges today on the trail as we proceed towards the destination. We check into the Sagarmatha National Park entrance checkpoint just above the beautiful village of Monjo before continuing up towards Namche Bazar. Once we reach Namche Bazar, a prosperous mountain trading town in the Everest region, we will be able to observe and experience more of the amazing culture and lifestyle of beautiful and famous Sherpa people. A nicely settled town in the terraced slope, Namche bazar showcases some spectacular views of mountains like Thamserku (6,6232m) and Kongde Ri (6,187m) to its west.
Day 5: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar:
We spend an extra day here at Namche today for acclimatization as we are already at 3,440 meters above sea level with a large portion of the stretch left to go higher in the days to come. As this is an acclimatizing day, we will go on a hiking trip to Everest Viewpoint right above Namche Bazar to have the very first glimpse of the Mt. Everest. This spectacular viewpoint brings the wonderful mountain views including Mt. Everest that keeps us motivated to go higher towards the base camp. Once we return back to Namche Bazar after the hike, we can explore the town going through one end to the other of the town. We can indulge in some conversation with locals there; surf internet cafes, or simply relax and save the energy for the days to come.
Day 6: Trek from Namche to Tengboche:
We start the day early after breakfast and proceed towards Tengboche, a beautiful village in the Khumbu region on a hill in the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Imja River. The uphill walk passes through forest and involves ridge walking. After about 6 hours of uphill walk, we reach Tengboche village. Once we reach Tengboche village, we can enjoy Mountain View of the peaks like Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam including Everest. Once we settle into our accommodation, we can set out on an exploration of Tengboche Monastery, the biggest Buddhist monastery in the region where Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first man to summit Mt. Everest along with Sir Edmund Hilary, was sent to be a monk once. The galore magnificence of the monastery is simply overwhelming.
Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche:
Dingboche is the destination for today. After we finish our breakfast with the view, we set off on the trekking journey for the day. We follow the downhill trail towards Dingboche and past it, we reach Pangboche village. We will take some time to explore the village and an ancient and beautiful monastery. Pangboche is a beautiful and the biggest Sherpa settlement in the region. After starting ahead from Pangboche village, we head towards Dingboche leaving the route to Pheriche. After spending about six hours on the trail past forest, villages and beautiful sights to see, we reach Dingboche village where a breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks awaits us.
Day 8: Rest and Acclimatization day at Dingboche:
We are already at the elevation of 4,410 meters above sea level thus a good full day is what we need to adjust to the high altitude climate here and above. This extra day at Dingboche works as acclimatization and rest day as well that is essential to go further higher. Even when we are calling it a rest day, we are not staying idle. We will go for some hiking to higher elevation and return back to Dingboche for an overnight stay. This full day of exploration around Dingboche will expose us to the overwhelming beauty of the place and surrounding mountain peaks.
Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche:
As we are already above tree line on our trek, we now walk through pastures, glacial moraine, boulder-strewn path and like of the terrain all the way to Lobuche. The walk today involves crossing a small pass called Dughla also known as Thukla with several memorial shrines for the brave mountaineers who lost their lives during their climbing expeditions. Although the walk is slow paced on the uphill trail, made difficult by the increasing elevation, it brings wonderful views of the mountains to our sight that helps us forget the strenuous effort we are taking up in the impressive mountain landscape. A well spent seven hours of the effort in the rugged Everest trekking trail that many other adventurers are treading takes us to the small settlement of Lobuche to spend overnight before striving for one more day to reach the base of the highest mountain in the world.
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and Trek to Gorakshep:
We are eventually going to make it to the Everest Base Camp today after these many days of trekking in and amidst the wonderful Himalayan peaks. Our determined and sincere effort to be at the base of the highest mountain in the world is going to materialize this afternoon. We are going to stand at the place where many climbers have spent days and nights training, preparing and attempting the summit of the formidable Mt. Everest.
We walk to Gorakshep, a small settlement on the glacial lakebed in the Everest region, where we are going to spend overnight today as the highest overnight stopover for the trip. After relishing our lunch at our tea house, we set off for the Everest Base Camp. A slow paced walk on the moraine and boulder-strewn gradual path up to base camp is going to test our excitement and stamina. Anyway, we are going to get to the base camp regardless of the difficulty of walking at the elevation. We click countless pictures and enjoy the moment of being at the classic Everest base camp before making a return trip to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.
Day 11: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar and Trek to Dzongla:
We get up early, really early, in the morning to hike up to Kalapatthar, the highest elevation on the trip, for a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other Himalayan panoramas up close with the spectacular sunrise over those mighty peaks. This never-seen-before view and sunrise on earth are going to blow our mind away alluring us to stay there forever. Alas, we wish we could!
We have to make a return trip back to Gorakshep for breakfast. We start the trek to Dzongla today after breakfast. After Everest base camp and Kalapatthar adventure, we are now on another adventure of crossing Cho La pass and exploring Gokyo valley.
Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Thagnak via Cho La Pass
We are going to cross the famous Cho La pass. An early morning uphill struggle towards the pass challenges us in the very beginning of the day. When we reach Cho La pass, a spectacular view of the mountain peaks greets us. After spending a few memorable minutes at the pass, we descend to Thagnak to stay overnight. The descent is a bit tricky so we trek down carefully not to slip off.
Day 13: Trek from Thagnak to Gokyo:
After the incredible Cho La pass adventure, we are entering Gokyo valley today. The trek is short but with spectacular views. The walk goes through the glacial moraine. We reach Gokyo near the third lake to find our accommodation. After settling into our accommodation and having lunch, we go to explore the fifth lake and enjoy the views of the surroundings.
Day 14: Hiking to Gokyo Ri to Dole:
We are going to hike the amazing Gokyo Ri early in the morning. Gokyo Ri lies at the elevation of 5,357 meters above sea level and is an impressive vantage point to admire the incredible Himalayan view including Mt Everest, Lhotse Cho Oyu, and Makalu. Gokyo Ri, also known as Gokyo peak, provides a spectacular view of the lakes and glacier.
Day 15: Trek from Dole to Namche Bazar:
Today, we trek back to Namche Bazar to meet the Everest base camp trekking route. We complete a loop on the route when we arrive at Namche Bazar. We are going to experience the serenity and fewer trekkers so less crowd but when we come at Namche Bazar, we will be back again to the crowd. It has been amazing around the mountains and exploring EBC, Cho La, and Gokyo valley.
Day 16: Trek from Namche to Lukla:
It’s the last day of trekking when we trek to Lukla today. We walk past Monjo village; cross suspension bridges and walk past Phakding and advance towards Lukla. Once we reach Lukla to bring our trekking part to an end, we duly thank our supporting team members. If it were not for their amazing effort, our journey would be very difficult. We celebrate the joy of making it to the base of the highest peak in the world.
Day 17: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu:
We take a morning flight from the Lukla airstrip leaving the mighty mountains behind us. Another exciting flight with adventure takes us back to the city civilization. Once in Kathmandu, we spend leisurely time back in the chaos of the city after so many days of serene mountain air and incredible adventure.
Day 18: See You Again:
As the last day on this trip, we drive you to the airport as per your flight schedule back to home or onward destination. We definitely hope that you enjoyed the EBC Cho La Trek and hope to see you for another adventure soon.