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    Everest Base Camp-Kalapathhar-Chola Pass-Gokyo Trekking - 19 days

    After leading several Himalayan expeditions myself, including the first American ascent of Annapurna I, I can attest to Chandra’s outstanding qualities as leader and organizer. He is an especially good guide for student groups. I first met Chandra when my daughter attended 8th grade at the Lincoln School in Kathmandu, Nepal, and he was the guide selected by the expat community to lead the 8th  grade students on a week-long “Explore Nepal” trek.  The students and parents really appreciated Chandran’s thoughtful planning and leadership.
    In the last twenty years, I've enjoyed a dozen diverse adventures in Nepal with Chandra.  He always provides great food, gear, and guides as well as personalized itineraries and attention for individual travelers and small and large groups. His company is a good choice for any individual, school, group or family that wants to enjoy their own trek with a personal itinerary at a relatively low cost.
    If you might like a Nepal adventure customized to your interests, abilities, and schedule,  you can learn more at at  Himalayan Icefall Trekking or contact Chandra at himtrekzone@gmail.com.
     

    Ms. Arlene Blum PhD, Biophysical Chemist, Author, and Mountaineer

    UC Berkeley, United States



    Mount Everest Base camp (5364 meters) is the most unique and one and only memorable trekking experience that every hikers, climbers, and trekker should do at least for once in a lifetime. Mount Everest Base camp trekking is considered the holiest place for every Trekker in the world. Everest Base camp Trekking is compared with the Mecca, Jerusalem, Pashupatinath, and Lumbini for every trekkers and nature lovers around the world. The journey to Everest base camp starts from Kathmandu, Where we fly to Lukla Airport and from Lukla Airport we trek towards Everest base camp, via Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche and several other villages and finally arriving at Everest base camp and Kala Patthar. After a few days around Everest base camp, we trek towards Gokyo Lake via Chola pass (5414m).
    The Gokyo Lake (4790m) is a beautiful lake in the Everest region, also part of an extended Everest Base Camp trek known as the EBC trek via Gokyo Lake or vice versa. This trek is commonly trekked by people with slightly more time to trek as the trail is 4-5 days longer than the standard EBC trek. From Gokyo lake trekkers also can trek to Everest base camp and Kala Patthar via Chola Pass or Trekkers who wish to go to Gokyo lake from Everest base camp or Kala Patthar can trek to Gokyo Lake via the same Chola pass trail. The Gokyo Lakes trek also has the added benefit of being a circular route as opposed to the standard EBC trek which returns along the same trail.

    Trip Hightlight


    Everest Base camp-Kalapathhar-Chola Pass-Gokyo Trekking (18N/19D

    Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport.
    Day 02: Kathmandu full day city Tour.
    Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)
    Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) (6-7 hours)
    Day 05 Acclimatization in Namche (3,440m)
    Day 06: Trek Namche to Tengboche (3900m) (6-7 hours)
    Day 07: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4380m) (6-7 hours).
    Day 08: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4900m) (4-5 hours)
    Day 09: Trek Lobuche to, Everest Base Camp (5364m), Back To Gorakshep: 7 - 8 Hours
    Day 10:  Trek Gorakshep to Kalapathar (5550m) then return to Dzongla (4843m) (7-8 hours)
    Day 11: Trek Dzongla to Thangna (4650m) via Chola Pass (5414m) (5-6 hours)
    Day 12: Trek Thangna to Gokyo Lake (4790m) (4-5 hours)
    Day 13: Rest Day in Gokyo and Hike to Gokyo Ri (5483m)(4-5 hours)
    Day 14: Trek Gokyo to Dole (4200m) 6-7 hours)
    Day 15: Trek Dole to Khumjung (3780m) (6-7 hours)
    Day 16: Trek Khumjung to Phakding (2610m) (5-6 hours)
    Day 17: Trek Phakding to Lukla (2840m) (3-4 hours)
    Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
    Day 19: Final Departure for your onward destination.

     
    Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport.
    Arrivals at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, Then welcome by our office representative and transfer to the respective hotel. After checking in to the hotel, meet our experienced trekking guide then detail briefing about the Trekking. Trekking permit collection as well as other required documents for the trekking. Finally, settle down all the payment procedures.

    Day 02: Kathmandu full day city Tour.
    After the morning breakfast, briefing about the Kathmandu full day city sightseeing. i.e Swoyambhunath, it is one of the holiest pilgrims for Buddhist and Hindus, and it is located at the hilltop in the Kathmandu also popularly known as the monkey temple.  
    Then after we drive to Bouddhanath stupa, which is also the main important shrine for Buddhist around the world. Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the largest spherical Stupa of Nepal and one of the largest Stupa in the world. Then finally we drive for Pashupatinath.
    Pashupatinath is located nearby Bouddhanth, this temple is one of the major important sacred pilgrim site for the Hindus around the world. And not to forget all above three shrines are enlisted in UNESCO world heritage site. Finally drive back to the hotel, then have some rest, prepare for trekking which starts from tomorrow. Overnight.

    Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)
    Early morning drive to Kathmandu domestic Airport then fly to Lukla, this will take around 25-30 minutes. After Landing at Lukla Airport, we Trek to Phakding. The trek to Phakding is an easy walk for the first day with a mostly downhill leg. The trek will take you through pastoral lands through several small villages and farms. Approximately after 3 hours, we reach Phakding where we spend our overnight.

     

                                       (Lukla Airport)



                                                  (Phakding village)

    Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) (6-7 hours)
    After breakfast trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar, An easy walk today to Monjo will take you through the pine trees and glimpses of distant snow-capped peaks. You will pass through the checkpoint before reaching Monjo where the officials check your permits. All trekkers to this region require TIMS cards and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee. After Lunch at Monjo we will head towards Namche . After one hrs walk you will cross the bridge in over Dudhkoshi River and start climbing to Namche. Stay at hotel and lodge.

    Day 05 Acclimatization in Namche (3,440m)
    This day is for acclimatizing. During the day you can visit Syangboche (3-4 hours) two ways. You can make your days more effective by viewing Mount Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse, Thamserku. Stay overnight at Namche.


                                                      (Namche village)

     
    Day 06: Trek Namche to Tengboche (3900m) (6-7 hours)
    Today we will ascend towards the biggest monastery of the Everest region located at Tengboche. It lies within Sagarmatha National Park which is listed in a UNESCO world heritage site. The trek to Phunki tenga will be easy, but afterward ascending will become relatively harder. The panoramic view of the Himalayas from the monastery shows us a divine universe built under the same range. We can observe a Buddhist religious ceremony. Stay overnight at Tengboche.

     

                                                        (At Tengboche)

    Day 07: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4380m) (6-7 hours)
    With a magnificent view of a rhododendron forest followed by a bridge over the raging Imja khola (River), we ascend towards Dingboche. We’ll pass the valley wall and then the plains to Pangboche village, the biggest settlement of the Sherpa in the region. It is a great opportunity to have a lunch with the Sherpa locals. Stay overnight at Dingboche.


                                               (Dingboche village)

     
    Day 08: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4900m) (4-5 hours)
    After breakfast we will trek from Dingboche to Lobuche, from here on forth, the trek will be gradually more challenging due to the increase in altitude. By trekking steep to the top of a high hill, we will be passing Dughla (Thukla). The company of the Himalayas will be on all sides of our trek. After crossing Dughla, the trail passes through boulder-strewn slopes. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing great peaks. Stay overnight at Lobuche.


                                                         (Lobuche)

     
    Day 09: Trek Lobuche to, Everest Base Camp (5364m), Back To Gorakshep: 7 - 8 Hours
    After Breakfast trek to Everest base camp via Gorakhshep, this will take around 7-8 hours. The distance between Lobuche and Gorakshep is of 4.5 km and will take approximately 2 hours to reach. From Gorakshep, It is approximately 3.4km to the Base Camp and approximetly two and half hours are required to reach Everest base camp from Gorakshep. As we walk for the base camp we can see many Buddhist prayer flags that mark the spot, you will arrive at Everest Base Camp. Excursions around the Everest base camp then return back to Gorakshep. Stay overnight at Gorakshep.


                                    (Everest Base Camp)


                                    (Gorakshep)

    Day 10:  Trek Gorakshep to Kalapathar (5550m) then return to Dzongla (4843m) (7-8 hours)
    In the early morning, we hike to Kalapatthar this takes around two hours from Gorakshep, which is also a good viewpoint of the Everest range. The views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche East and Pumori on the background, which is just behind the Kalapatthar. The golden mountains during the sunrise period are fabulous, including the top of the world. After spending some time at Kalapathar we trek to Dzongla for overnight.


                                                   (View from Kalapathhar)


                                            (Local Tea Houses at Dzongla)

    Day 11: Trek Dzongla to Thangna (4650m) via Chola Pass (5414m) (5-6 hours)
    The initial 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.


                                   (Chola Pass (5414m)


                               (Tea Housees at Thangna)

    Day 12: Trek Thangna to Gokyo Lake (4790m) (4-5 hours)
    Trek from Thangna to Gokyo (4750m.) which takes about four to five 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, situated near the third lake. Arrive at the Gokyo Lake for Overnight mean while you may also get the opportunity to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Gokyo Lake.


                                         (Gokyo Lake)


    Day 13: Rest Day in Gokyo and Hike to Gokyo Ri (5483m)(4-5 hours)
    Have a breakfast early in morning. Before climbing make sure you have water, some snacks and plenty of warm clothes. The trail climb steep ups directly above the Gokyo lake, two and half hour to three hours hard climb to Gokyo-Ri at 5340m. From the top great Himalayan views of world highest mountain with Makalu range better than Kala Pattar above the Gorkhashep. After taking the pictures and spending some time at the top, we then descend all the way downhill to Gokyo Lake. Have lunch and rest few hours. If you’re feeling good you can hike to the oldest and longest glaciers of Khumbu valley. Overnight at Gokyo.


                               (View From Gokyo Ri)

    Day 14: Trek Gokyo to Dole (4200m) 6-7 hours)
    Today. You will trek back from Gokyo Lake to Dole. You will have the nice view on the way back. The trail is downhill all the way. The trek from Gokyo Lake to Dole takes 6 hours walk. Dole is located at 4200m elevation, overnight at Lodge.


                                         (Dole Village)

    Day 15: Trek Dole to Khumjung (3780m) (6-7 hours)
    After Breakfast we trek Dole to to khumjung, From Dole we descend to Phortse tenga for about two hours, and then ascend to Mong Dada for another two and half hours. After arriving at Mong Dada rest for a while then trek towards Sanasa, from there we will trek towards Khumjung, this will take for about 30-40 minutes. . Khumjung village is at an elevation of 3,790 meters above sea level, and is situated near Mount Khumbila. This place is also famous for its khumjung monastery where we can visit to see the purpoted Yeti scalp. During the leisure time we can also visit the Khumjung School, established by Sir Edmund Hillary. Stay overnight at Khumjung


                                                  (Khumjung Village)

    Day 16: Trek Khumjung to Phakding (2610m) (5-6 hours)
    After Breakfast at Phakding we trek khumjung to Phakding, this is also one of the best trail within this itinerary where we can see stunning views of mountain range, amazing landscapes and beautiful forests. The trekking though the trail will be exciting as well as easier as it will go through the forest of rhododendron and pines. We will pass Monjo after a short walk and then to Phakding. Stay overnight at Phakding.

    Day 17: Trek Phakding to Lukla (2840m) (3-4 hours)
    The trek from Phakding to Lukla is an uphill walk. The trek will take you through pastoral lands through several small villages and farms. Approximately after 3-4 hours, we reach Lukla where we spend our overnight.

    Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
    Early morning fly Lukla to Kathmandu this will take around 25-30 minutes. Arrive in Kathmandu Domestic Airport, drive to Hotel, and Check in, breakfast then easy day at your own. At evening enjoy typical Nepali farewell dinner. Overnight Kathmandu.

    Day 19: Final Departure for your onward destination.
    Cost:
    Cost starts from USD 2050.00 per person (Minimum 2 pax)
    From 3-5 person USD 1850.00 per person
    From 6-10 person USD 1650.00 per person
    From 11-15 Person USD 1450.00 per person


    Included: 
    •         Conservation/national park fees and all government taxes.
    •         Kathmandu/Lukla/ Kathmandu flight cost
    •         Accommodation in the Lodges in trekking areas.
    •         All required land Transportation during the Trip
    •         Experienced & professional Trekking Guide, his Salary, food & Insurance.
    •         Necessary number of porters
    •         Kathmandu Valley city sightseeing tour
    •         Kathmandu Hotel on BB plan
    •         Porter’s salary, foods. Insurance & equipment’s
    •         All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
    •         First aid box.
    •         Celebration dinner after the trip in Kathmandu.


    Excludes:
    •         Medical/personal high-risk insurance (suggest have rescue coverage policy as well)
    •         Personal Clothing/Gears for the trekking
    •         Tips for Nepalese staffs.
    •         Cost of personal expenses, shopping, Beverage bills etc.
    •         Nepal Visa Fee
    •         International Airfare
    •         Extra night at Kathmandu.
    •         Extra night at lukla in case of flight cancellation.
    •         Internet cost during the trekking
    •         Hot water Showers during the trek
    •         Major meals in Kathmandu.

     
    Start Date End Date Availability Price  
    The major important checklist for the trekking are as follows: 

    1) Trekking boots - 01 pair with 4 pairs of  warm shocks
    2) Dawn Jacket - 01
    3) Sleeping bag- 01
    4) Long sleeves - 02 pairs
    5) Sun glass  - 01
    6) Hat  - 01
    7)  Water Bottle  - 01
    8) Half Pant  - 01
    9) Trousers  - 02
    10 ) T- Shirts - 04
    11) Trekking Stick - 02
    12) Sunscreen  - 01
    13) Mosquito repelling cream - 01 ( in case in the low land areas)
    14) Rucksack - 01
    15) Gloves -01 pair
    16) Wind proof jacket- 1
    17) Warm Cap-1
    18) Personal Medicines
    19) Flash light-1

    Price Start From

    USD 1450

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    Trip Facts

    Duration : 19 Days

    Grading : C

    Trip Start : Kathmandu

    Max. Altitude : 5483

    Trip Ends : Kathmandu

    Destination : Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake

    Trip Route : Ktm-Lukla-Everest base camp-Chola pass-Gokyo Lake-Lukla-Ktm

    Trip Style : Trekking

    Group Size : 1

    Activity Per Day : Trekking 5-6 hours average per day

    Best Season : March- May, September-November

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