Trip Duration:

18 Days

Region:

Everest Treks

Country:

Nepal

Group Size:

2 to 15 person.

5 / 5 from 3 reviews

Nepal Trekking
Nepal Trekking

Arrival On

Kathmandu

Departure From:

Kathmandu

Best Season

Spring and Autumn.

Max Altitude

5545m

Trip Overview

Numerous hikers dream achievements of trekking in Nepal-reaching the highest mountain in the world-Mount Everest base camp. Trekking to Everest Base Camp has become the most popular route for mountain expeditions in Nepal. But outside the Everest Base Camp, there are many hidden roads and secrets waiting for us to explore, one of which is Gokyo Lake. If you are willing to add an extra three days, it is very easy to add this spectacular lake tour to the itinerary of the Everest Base Camp. It will be very beneficial to make a difficult hike through Cholo pass.

Trip Highlights:

  • Acute Mountain Sickness friendly itinerary.
  • High suspension Hanging Bridges.
  • 5 nights attached bathroom with a hot shower in lodges.
  • Explore Local Sherpa Culture and tradition with Tibetan Buddhism and practice.
  • 2-night acclimatization before heading Everest Base Camp.
  • Dramatic take on/off in Lukla gateway to Everest Base Camp.
  • The highest Base camp of highest Mountain (roof of the world).
  • Heart-touching view of Mount Everest (8848) Sunrise and Sunset from Kala Pathar(5545m).
  • Hygiene meals every day and Comfortable Accommodation.
  • Closest view of the Himalayas and glacier lakes on the route to Everest Base Camp.
  • Minimum 15 years experienced local guide and porter.

How is the scenery of the Chola pass trek?

When trekking through the mountains of Nepal, you cannot miss the scenery there. In other words, every hike has its own scenery and experience. Hiking to the Everest Base Camp, you will pass by local villages, visit Tyangboche Monastery, walk through the forest, and admire 4 of the highest peaks in the world, including; Cho Oyu(8201m), Lhotse(8516m), Makalu, and Mount Everest(8848m). On Lake Gokyo, you can see a peaceful view of a relatively untouched place, passing through forgotten valleys, traditional villages, impressive glaciers, and of course, peaceful mountain lakes. Gokyo Lake is composed of six spectacular glacial lakes with an altitude between 4700 meters and 5000 meters, making it one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. From these sparkling turquoise lakes, you can see amazing panoramic views of more than 8,000-meter-high peaks, including Mount Everest from Gokyo RI.

Trekking itinerary:

Day 1st: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft) and transfer to hotel (15-minutes driving).

Day 2nd: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)(6 hours sightseeing).

Day 3rd : Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & trek from Lukla to Chheplung(2660m)- Ghat(2492m)- Chhuthawa(2591m)-to Phakding (2,610m/8,8562ft) {9 kilometer 3 to 4 hours trek}.

Day 4th : Trek from Phakding to Zamfute(2730m) to Toktok(2750m)- Benkar(2630m) to Monjo(2835m) to Jorsalle(2740m)to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 12 kilometer, 5 to 6 hours trek.

Day 5th: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (day hike to Everest viewpoint (3880m). The world's highest point star hotel.

Day 6th: Trek from Namche to Kyangjuma (3550m) to Mongla to Phortsethanga(3680m) to Tongba(3950m)to Dole (4200m/13,776ft), 7 kilometers 5 to 6 hours trek.

Day 7th: Trek from Dole to Lhabarma(4330m) to Luza(4360m) to Machharmo (4470m/ 14,663ft), 4 kilometer 4 to 5 hours trek.

Day 8th: Trek from Machharmo to Pangla (4480m) to Longpongo (4720m) to Gokyo (4790m/15,744ft), 6.8 kilometers 3 to 4 hours trek.

Day 9th: Rest and buffer day at Gokyo. Day hike to Gokyo RI for seeing Everest's best view.

Day 10th: Hike to Gokyo RI (5,330m/17,483ft), and trek to Thaknak (4750m/15580ft), 8 kilometer, 6 to 7 hours trek.

Day 11th: Trek to Cho-la Pass (5367m/17604ft) to Dzongla (4,850m/15908ft), 5-6 hrs. walk, 9.5 kilometer.

Day 12th: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4920m/16,929ft), 3 hours trek, 4 kilometer.

Day 13th: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) and Gorakshep, 5 to 6 hrs. trek, 11.4 kilometers.

Day 14th: Kalapatthar (5,550m/18,204ft) hike and stroll back to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft.), 7-8 hours trek, 8 kilometer.

Day 15th: Trek to Namche (3,440m/12684ft), 8 hours trek, 22 kilometers.

Day 16th: Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 8-9 hours trek, 19.8 kilometers.

Day 17th: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft.)(30 minutes flight).

Day 18th: Departure your trip or extend your trip to Kathmandu with an add-in cost.

Required experienced and physical condition:

According to the categorized trekking Chola pass and Everest Base Camp trekking is considered one of the difficult popular trekking in the world. Although this trek is difficult some of the success to complete whole trekking some of them will suffer to complete by high altitude and pain. It is the most popular trekking in the world because of this hundreds of trekkers trekking every day during the high season of trekking.

The trekkers who can afford a 6-7 hours walk every day up and downhill can complete this trek.  We suggest the trekkers exercise and jogging every day at least 30 days prior to start this trek Chola pass and EBC. This trek is easy for those trekkers who have experienced in trekking high altitude environments. Big technical issues not necessary for this trek. If you have a blood disease, lung, and heart problem please consult with your doctor and inform us before booking this trek. MHTAE suggests you bring knee support. Is training makes this trek much easier than the people who come without training? Altitude is the focus reason for this trek is difficult because above 5000 m will make it tourists hard to breathe as well.

Trekking is an adventure sport. Based on the difficulty of the routes, it requires high motivation and previous experiences. Some of the treks in Nepal are suitable only for highly experienced trekkers where some routes are suitable for novice trekkers as well. An average fit person with regular training can do most of the treks. Please consult with us if you are concerned about your fitness level.

Altitude Sickness

 Most trekking routes in Nepal are in high altitudes above 3500 meters which are part of the high altitude. Trekking at a high altitude is a serious activity especially for those without having previous high altitude experiences. Drinking lots of water and ascending slowly by catching your breath regularly helps a lot to fight altitude sickness, however, there is no bulletproof plan to prevent altitude sickness at all.

Meals on the Trek: 

During your trekking period, we will provide all the meals but only breakfast will be given in Kathmandu. Depends your international flight time we will provide you a farewell or welcome dinner in a typical Nepali local restaurant with a cultural dance show. During your trek breakfast and dinner will be taken in the lodges where you sleep overnight but lunch takes in the middle of the trekking period. Indian, Italian, Nepalese, and continental food is the choices in the trekking menu provided by the tea houses. Like noodles, soups, handmade bread, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are available in the mountains.

These meals are prepared after your order. Most of the places meats also available but we recommend you not to take them as they are not fresh. Sometimes unhealthy food affects your body and trekking. Do not expect western meals as you take in the city and in your home. We give you full freedom to select your preferred meals from the menu provided by the lodges. The food and raw materials are locally prepared and taste different than the city.

Our trek includes meals on the trek prepared by the lodges means we do not need to carry food for all the major trekking routes of Nepal.  Most lodge-based treks offer foods prepared in the lodges locally however it's recommended to carry some energy bars and other quick bites as some camps might be longer than the usual waking hours.

Itinerary

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  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle including before and after the trek.
  • Tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek as per the itinerary.
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with up to 3 cups of hot drinks) during the trek.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu including for the guide) with all applicable taxes.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) with meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance.
  • Strong, experienced, porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter) with all meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant in Kathmandu (Optional).
  • All government and local taxes, company service charges.

Accommodation

You will be staying at 3-star category hotels in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trekking period. All accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. However, the single supplement will be provided at your request and will be the additional cost. But during the trekking period, a single supplement will be given if there and available in the lodges. Some lower elevations can be fine but the upper elevation might be difficult to give a single room. The accommodation in the city might be two single beds or 1 king-size big bed. If a guest has a special performance for the room selection please feel free to inform MHTAE.

We will try to provide you with a special appropriate room during your stay in Nepal. Numerous lodges provided blankets in the rooms but we suggest you bring your own sleeping bag. In the whole trekking, you will be accommodating in lodges no need for camping and a tent. Please do not expect high-standard rooms during your trekking period. If you are a single traveler in the higher elevation you need to share the room with another single trekker like you (same-sex). In case we are not able to provide you single supplement we will refund your single supplement charge. We hope you understand the situation of trekking places. Please do not expect high-standard luxury lodges, you are in a remote place. They offer basic rooms for accommodation.

Gear List

Based on your experiences and fitness, you may need more or fewer gears than mentioned in our gear list. Please find the list of recommended gears below.

Clothing:

Boots and spare laces, Light shoes/trainers, down jacket, Fleece or sweater, Shirts*3, Socks*3, trekking trousers (or the long skirt for the woman), waterproof jacket /poncho/ umbrella, over trousers, underwear (including thermals), Gloves, woolen Hat/ balaclava, sunhat, etc.

Other Essential items:

First Aid Kitbag, trekking poles, sleeping bag(4 seasons +), sleeping bag liner, water bottle (min 1-liter capacity) thermal better choice, head torch, batteries for camera and torch, Sunglasses, Sun cream (SPF 50), and lip salve, Towel and washing kit, Money belt, Map, Whistle, Toilet paper and lighter, Passport, Small padlock (to secure kitbag and lodge bedroom).

Optional things:

Notebook and pens, Altimeter, Binoculars, Gaiters, Plastic bags, Insulation Mat, Camera and plenty of drives, Personal snacks, and other games equipment.

Note: do not bring too many things because porter can carry a maximum of 25 kilos and airlines do not allow bringing more than 20 kilos in another sector domestic flight or 15 kilos only for Lukla flights.

Reviews
Richard Chu
Richard Chu
China

I trekked Nepal in 1993 but at that time camping trekking was famous. This time I choose Mission Himalaya Treks And Expeditions PVT Ltd. I think my choice is the best choice.

Even I choose budget trekking packages from this trekking company MHT staff gave me excellent services like a clean and comfortable tea house, Good food, and attached toilet rooms where they can manage.

The Mission Himalaya Treks is the most popular and professional trekking company that gives you services with a memorable experience. The lifetime you cannot forget it. 

Yang Wan YU
Yang Wan YU
Taiwan, china.

Deb kulung is a great guide and porter. He Made our trekking to EBC (Everest base camp) and Gokyo lake Chola pass a great experience.  Thanks to Mr. D. kulung and Mission Himalaya guide and all team.

Mary Lau
Mary Lau
Hongkong, China.

Mission Himalaya treks and expeditions Pvt Ltd My husband and I were heading to Mt Everest Base Camp through Gokyo and Chola. Guides Birendra and Rajkubir were managed all trip we had everything we needed. They behave like a best respectful friend or a mothers love. Also our porters the strongest was amazing. we cannot except happier then this even we travel anywhere in the world. In the Chola pass, I feel very tired and weeping because it is very difficult for me. But Birendra encouraged me a lot to success the trip. he carries my handbag too and gives me steps of the foot to use his foot. wow!!Thanks, Mission Himalaya for the memory. See you again and again soon. I cannot forget Nepal in my entire life. Only some people recommended not enough. I forever help your team.

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