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EBC - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trekking

EBC - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trekking is an adventurous and challenging trek organized in the Everest region. The trek covers most of the Himalayan vantage-points located in the Khumbu and trekkers witness Mt. Everest from different angles including the other tallest mountains of the world. The trek is considered difficult but even the easiest treks in the Everest involves high altitude hikes and steep walks up & down giving a tinge of adventure. Despite the difficulties involved, the trek is rewarding standing high over it’s hazards and inspiring lots of intrepid travelers to go ahead. The trek provides not only awesome panorama from every stopover but witnessing the Everest region with closer proximity as well as get to know the local culture and tradition of the mountain community – the Sherpas.

The program starts after the trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to the airstrip of Lukla and follow the ever famous ‘Everest Trail’. Stop over and spend one more day at Namche Bazaar – the central hub for trekkers & mountaineers.  The trekking trail then winds towards the Everest Base Camp and from Kalapathar get rewarded with panoramic views of the mountains in the Everest region. Later on it heads to Zongla and cross the formidable Chola pass (5,483m) to reach Gokyo at the other side. Climb Gokyo-Ri for the panoramic view of the entire Khumbu Mountains and return to Namche, Lukla then back to Kathmandu. Embarking on Everest Base Camp & Chola Pass Trekking certainly boosts one’s morale and witnessing some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth.

Trip Highlights

  • Majestic views of the world’s highest mountains series onboard flight to Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing with visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Trans-Himalayan flight to Lukla in parallel with the mountains in the Everest region
  • Hike through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers 
  • Witnessing Gokyo Lake along with other high altitude lakes and glittering icy glaciers
  • Exploring Everest Base Camp & Kalapathar with panoramic Himalayan views
  • Kala Patthar ( 5550m) with splendid 360-degree panoramic view of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Thamserku (6623m), Nuptse (7816m) etc.
  • Crossing Chola – pass at an altitude of 5,483 meters
  • Sagarmatha National Park with variety of floras and faunas

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu – Lukla (2750m) – Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hours

Day 04 : Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hrs

Day 05 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

Day 06 : Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3860m) 5-6 hrs

Day 07 : Tengboche – Dingboche (4410m) 5-6 hrs

Day 08 : Dingboche – Lobuche (4910m) 5-6 hrs

Day 09 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m) 5-6 hours

Day 10 : Gorek Shep – Kalapathar (5550m) – Lobuche (4950m) 5 hrs

Day 11 : Lobuche – Zongla (4740m) 5-6 hrs

Day 12 : Zongla - Chola Pass (5483m) - Thangna (4650m) 7-8 hrs

Day 13 : Thangna to Gokyo (4750m) 4 hrs

Day 14 : Explore around Gokyo (4750m)

Day 15 : Gokyo to Phortse Thanga 5-6 hours

Day 16 : Phortse to Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours

Day 17 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) 5-6 hours

Day 18 : Lukla – Kathmandu

Day 19 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Sagarmatha National park entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels.  If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. O/N at Hotel

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.  After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. O/N at Hotel

Day 03 : Kathmandu – Lukla (2750m) – Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hours

Start early for the flight to Lukla from Kathmandu; we shall pick you up from the hotel and drive to airport. It’s a scenic flight of about 45 minutes over the Himalayas and landing at the Lukla airstrip. Meet the other trekking team and being trek to Phakding which takes about 4 hours. The trail is fairly plain terrain and following upstream Dudh Koshi River to reach Phakding. O/N at Lodge.

Day 04 : Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, trek towards Namche Bazaar – the central hub for all trekkers and mountaineers and it is also the administrative headquarter of the Khumbu region. It will take around 6 hours to reach Namche. The last 3 hours of trek is bit tough but the surrounding beautiful landscape will make you forget your tiredness. O/N at Lodge.

Day 05 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

Today is set for acclimatization as it’s very important whilst trekking in the high altitude. The full day is spent getting used to the high altitude and environment of higher elevations. After lunch, you will go for a short hike towards the Everest View Hotel from where some great panoramic views of the Khumbu peaks including Mt. Everest can be witnessed. Later on back to Namche. O/N at Lodge.

Day 06 : Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3860m) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast trek starts to Tengboche en-route witnessing majestic views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku peaks. The trail is more or less smooth with few ups and downs. It takes around 6 hours to reach Tengboche. From Tengboche, you can spot Amadablam, Thamserku and other greater part of the Himalayan ranges in the Khumbu region. There is a beautiful monastery at Tengboche – it’s the biggest in the region and important in religious aspects for Sherpa community. O/N at Lodge

Day 07 : Tengboche – Dingboche (4410m) 5-6 hrs

The trek today is towards the summer valley known as Dingboche. You will choose the upper trial passing thru several Chortens, Mani walls & small villages. Cross the Imja Khola including the village of Pangboche (3,900m). En-route keep up spotting the majestic views of Amadablam and other Himalayan ranges. Then the trail enters the Imja Valley and descends into the Lobuche River. You will then climb continuously to finally reach Dingboche. You can spot beautiful green fields protected by stone walls from cold wind and animals. O/N at Lodge.

Day 08 : Dingboche – Lobuche (4910m) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast trek to Lobuche climbing towards Duglha thru the Khumbu Khola Valley. You will continue your walk reaching Dusa, Phulung Karpo and reach Chola Lake. En-route spot some great view of Mt. Pumori. After crossing a small bridge the trail ascends to Duglha from where spectacular Himalayan views can be seen. You still climb up passing thru Chupki Larka and still continue till reaching Lobuche. We might feel some breathing disorder due to high altitude but no need to panic. O/N at Lodge.

Day 09 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m) 5-6 hours

Today is the special day to achieve the ultimate destination of the trek – Everest Base Camp. The trail is with many ups and downs in high altitude and you may feel tired but the journey is still worthwhile. It takes about 3 hours of steady hiking to reach the base camp. Upon reaching the base camp, enjoy the natural splendor of Khumbu Glacier and icefall. This exactly is the point from where expedition to Mt. Everest begins. After base camp, you will return to Gorakshep. O/N at Lodge.

Day 10 : Gorek Shep – Kalapathar (5550m) – Lobuche (4950m) 5 hrs

The trek today is to Kalapathar which takes about 5 hours beginning early in the morning. Located at an altituide of 5545 meters, Kalapathar commands the perfect views of all the major parts of the Himalayan ranges. If weather permits, get to witness the sunrise view of the Himalayas from Kalapathar. Afterwards, return back to Gorkakshep descending down. O/N at Lodge

Day 11 : Lobuche – Zongla (4740m) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, continue the trek from Lobuche to Zongla which takes about 5-6 hours. On this trail, Zongla is the only place where you can spend a night. Upon reaching Zongla, check-in lodge and your stay becomes even more enjoyable meeting people coming from round the globe. O/N at Lodge.

Day 12 : Zongla - Chola Pass (5483m) - Thangna (4650m) 7-8 hrs

Trek starts in the morning with the early part going through flat stone path for an hour then passing through arid valley. The trail then heads towards a steeply ascending path closer to Chola glacier which involves walking for half an hour on the icy trails. Upon reaching Chola pass, the routes goes down through a stony path until reaching Phedi. Then you will have to go up and down for some distance and arrive at a ridge from where climbing down up till Thangna. Thangna is a small village with few lodes and tea shops, and from where a glimpse of Machhermo peak and others can be spotted. O/N at Lodge.

Day 13 : Thangna to Gokyo (4750m) 4 hrs

The trail today moves along the glacier route until reaching the first lake. It’s an easy trek over the flat path following the Dudh Koshi stream up till Gokyo. The valley is windy and located near the third lake. Upon reaching Gokyo, get mesmerized by the natural beauty of Dudh Pokhari Lake. O/N at Lodge.

Day 14 : Explore around Gokyo (4750m)

Today explore around Gokyo and hike to the 5th lake. Another option would be; if the weather is good then climb up to the Gokyo-Ri peak popular viewpoint for majestic mountain panorama. To reach the 4th lake also called ‘Thonak Tsho’ is 3 km north of Gokyo. Then continue to the 5th lake called ‘Ngozumba Tsho’. You can also climba hill called Scoundrel’s viewpoint located at the edge of the 5th lake. From this point, great views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu can be spotted. Cho-Oye base camp also be seen from here. Another great treat is the spectacular view of the biggest glacier in the world, Ngozumba glacier. Afterwards, hike back to Gokyo. O/N at Lodge.

Day 15 : Gokyo to Phortse Thanga 5-6 hours

The trail is descending down in a single long day where the route follows the eastern side of the valley with observing Khumbila with a different view. The trail then retraces an upward route to Pangka and turns east then climbs across the terminal moraine of the Ngozumba glacier. After making few ups and downs, the path then enter Phortse. O/N at Lodge.

Day 16 : Phortse to Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours

From Phortse, you will head towards Namche Bazaar. You will reach Namche Bazaar, the main trading town also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest in the Khumbu Region before sunset.  O/N at Lodge

Day 17 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) 5-6 hours

This is the final day of the trek as you prepare yourself to hike to Lukla following the lower altitude trail in the Everest region. Traversing various Sherpa settlements, and hiking past some dense forest area covered by beautiful rhododendron and pine trees, you will slowly proceed towards Lukla. On the way, you will also see few monasteries that resemble unique Buddhist culture and tradition. You will reach Lukla before sunset.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 18 : Lukla – Kathmandu

Early in the morning, get ready for flight back to Kathmandu. Our representatives will meet you at the airport then transfer to your hotel. The day is free and at leisure, and you can go for shopping around or stroll round the city or just rest at the hotel. In the evening, we shall take you for a farewell dinner at one of the Nepali authentic restaurant. O/N at Hotel.

Day 19 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the EBC - Chola pass - Gokyo Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for EBC - Chola pass - Gokyo Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the EBC - Chola pass - Gokyo Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu .While Everest Base Camp & Chola Gokyo Pass Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 21 days EBC - Chola pass - Gokyo Trekking is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 21 days EBC - Chola pass - Gokyo Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the EBC - Chola pass - Gokyo Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the EBC - Chola pass - Gokyo Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than sixteen people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your EBC - Chola pass - Gokyo Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but  days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 19 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Strenous

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: Feb - May and Oct - Nov

Max Altitude: 5,550 meters (Kalapathar)

Daily Walking: 5-7 hours each day

Transportation: Private vehicles & Flights

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort in Kathmandu, Lodge/Guest house during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge to Lodge Trek

Starts/Ends: Lukla

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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