- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration 15 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 5+ years old
- max group size 16
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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- World's one of the most famous point; Everest Base Camp
- Kalapatthar and Gokyo RI gives superb views of Everest Himalayan range
- Most beautiful and one of the toughest Chola Pass
- Unmatched cultural diversity of Khumbu valley
Although trekkers can choose to join Gokyo and Everest Base Camp without crossing Cho La , most prefer to cross Cho La Pass due to the stunning views of Himalayas.
Connecting three major places in Khumbu region; Gokyo Lakes, Cho La and Everest Base Camp, this trekking route is a combination of adventure and nature’s wonders.
The Cho La Pass is physically demanding during the winter season and may require crampons. Despite its difficulty during winter, this is an excellent trekking route that connects both Gokyo Lakes / valley and the Everest Base Camp. Visiting two main viewpoints i.e. Gokyo RI and Kalapatthar is demanding but worth reaching the top where you will have marvelous views of numerous Himalayan peaks.
This is an adventurous trekking route that is suitable for mid-experienced trekkers. The route is filled with dramatic landscapes, towering snowy Himalayan peaks like Thamserku, Kangtega, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse including the majestic Everest itself. The trek is arranged in a clockwise direction which is equally versatile in an anticlockwise direction as well.
The trail starts from Lukla and goes through Dole, Machhermo and Gokyo before we stop in Thaknak for overnight before crossing the pass. Starting early morning from Thaknak, we will cross Chola Pass and then descend down to Dzongla for another night. We continue towards Lobuche, Gorakshep and Kalapatthar and descend down to Lukla where we will conclude our adventure.
Please refer to the itinerary for day-by-day activities.
During the trip, one of our friends had a family emergency for which we had to arrange an emergency return to NYC from Dingboche. In Lobuche, we were hit with a very strong Blizzard which had us stuck in Gorakshep for multiple nights. Despite these challenges, Dal helped us experience a once in a lifetime experience.
Upendra, the coordinator at Himalayan Leisure was also an incredible asset to the team. Communicating with him over a period of a year to plan out a customized itinerary, and his support during the actual trek was absolutely essential. I will book with Himalayan Leisure again. Request for Dal. He is the best”
Day 1: Fly to Lukla (2,840M), trek to Monjo (2840M)
Day 2: Trekking to Namche Bazaar (3,440M)
Day 3: Rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Day 4: Trek to Dole (3980)
Day 5: Trek to Machhermo (4,410M)
Day 6: Trek to Gokyo Lakes / Valley (4760M)
Day 7: Climbing Gokyo RI (5403M), acclimatization day in Gokyo
Day 8: Trek to Thaknak AKA Dragnag (4,700M)
Day 9: Cross Cho La Pass (5420M), Trek to Dzongla (4,830M)
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5,140M), walk around
Day 11: Hike to Kalapatthar (5545M), hike to EBC (5364M)
Day 12: Trek down to Pangboche (3,930M)
Day 13: Trek to Jorsalle or Monjo (2840M)
Day 14: Trek to Lukla for overnight (2840M)
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu (1310M) end of our services
- Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle before and after the trek
- Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu domestic airline tickets
- All applicable domestic airport taxes
- All meals [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner / main course] during the trek as per the itinerary
- Accommodation on cozy tea houses during the whole trek
- Everest National Park Entry Permit
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) registration card
- Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
- Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
- Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
- International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
- Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
- Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
- Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.