EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek - 18 Days

EBC-Chola-Pass-Gokyo-Trekking

Overview

EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is one of Breakfree Adventure itinerary packages in which you get to hike to Everest Base Camp, where aspiring mountaineers get ready to summit the pinnacle of Earth, mountain and later to trek over the Gokyo Chola Pass, one of the many in the region, which were once, the only way to get to other parts of the region and to the outer world. It was a necessity back then for the people of the region, the Sherpa community, who made it their home about 500 years ago.

Khumbu or Everest region, not only houses the highest mountain, Mount Everest (8848m) on our planet Earth, but because of it, has given vent to a regional barrier between the Indian subcontinent and the north part of Asia. The only means of getting to the north only for Nepal, but also for the sporadic commerce that took by the Indian, were through these passes all along with the mighty Himalayan range. This EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek, simply gives you a taste of hiking over the pass with reasonable more comfort, than back then with the additional advantage of doing so, in a pristine environment in the shadows of Mount Everest.

In addition to having done EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek and getting to do so in the shadows of Everest this Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trekking also gives you the sights and sound of a world far apart from the world that you do most of your trekking in. You get to see and feel some of the unique culture evolved by the Buddhist faith of the Sherpa community so entrenched into the ecology of the terrain. It just goes to show that man and nature can co-exist in total harmony if untouched by total modernisation. It is the spiritual reverence that brings about such vital harmony which is shown by the prayer flags on the trails fluttering away as if in respect to the almighty, boulders made into walls with etched in prayers and mystic symbols called mani walls, the Chorten gates with prayers and deities worked into them at the entrance to even the smallest cluster of home, the monasteries where spiritualism and the walk of life are kept alive and so made to allow the denizens of the area, not forget the past and the cattle like yaks so acclimatized to such terrain are some of the side spectacles of this Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lakes and Chola Pass trek. They not only give you something more to do in such treks and others like Classic Everest Base Camp Trek.

Some of the takeaway that you would get from this is in the abundance. The first being the most important is that you do the trek mostly in the shadows of Mount Everest and secondly, the trek gives you various angles from which you are able to see this gigantic mountain. The next being the thrill of landing and taking off by air to Lukla the only airport in the region. Though, the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla might be just 40 minutes, in it you get to see Everest from the top along with other High Himalayan Mountain range along with glaciers that are born from them being in such high altitude, along with the mid – Himalayan range with the plethora of valleys below lush green hills. Then there is the trial itself, in which the culture of the region is portrayed so entwined into natural harmony giving the aspiring mountaineers the fortitude to climb to the pinnacles of Earth from Everest Base Camp, which you visit on this Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek. Then there is Kalapathar, an anomaly, in a region where everything, seems either rustic in the high altitude cold or different shades of white because of snow, it seems to be a pile of boulders which happened to have popped up from the crust of the earth in black to blackish grey in colour. The climb to this section of the trek, gives you a look at Everest from a totally different angle in the glory of an early morning sunrise. The crowning glory of it all besides trekking in the region of Everest, is passing over one of the high altitudes passes, being then vital to the people of this region and feeling how it might have been, these passes in historical times. Furthermore, this Gokyo Chola Pass EBC Trek brings you in touch with unique flora, fauna and birds on Earth while on the trek, special among them, and the yak domesticate for the sustenance of the people of this region.

What do I gain in such Treks?
You might have hiked in other parts of the world, but not having trekked in the vicinity of Mount Everest, is the equivalent of not having done it at all. But to the contrary, having trekked even one of the trekking in Nepal itinerary such as Everest Luxury Trek Pikey Peak Trek Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is an experience accumulated to the rest. Besides, hiking in mountain and getting to see various aspects of human endearment associated with it, you do the hike in a secure, undulated atmosphere not touched by road, so it is naturally understandable that not being polluted like others, the hike is rejuvenating to the body physically, spiritually and psychologically where you return to whatever your life is associated with, you turn out better. You are totally a new person. Holidays ought to have such attributes associated with them especially with modern living.

Outline Trekking Itinerary for EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation
Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla (40 min flight) hike to Phakding (2610m) – 3 hours walk approx.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3627m) – 4 hours walk approx.
Day 5: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar – Short Hike to Everest Hotel
Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3790m) – 5 hour walk approx
Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m) – 6 hour walk approx.
Day 8: Acclimatize at Dingboche and Short Trek to Chhukung Valley
Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche (4950m) 8 to 9 hour walk approx.
Day 10: Gorak Shep to EBC to Gorak Shep – 8 hours Walk approx.
Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kalapathar (5550m) to Dzongla (4830m) 8 hours Walk approx.
Day 12: Crossing Cho La Pass (5420m) and onto Dragnag (4600m)
Day 13: Dragnag to Gokyo (4870m) and Visit to Fifth Lake and back to Gokyo
Day 14: Hike to Gokyo Ri and onto Dole (4200m) – 4 to 5 hour walk approx
Day 15: Dole to Namche Bazaar – 4 to 5 hour walk approx.
Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla – 6 to 7 hours walk approx.
Day 17: 40 Minute Flight to Kathmandu
Day 18: Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu

A representative of Breakfree Adventures will welcome you at the International Airport in Kathmandu and will take you by vehicle to the three star hotel allotted for your stay. If you arrive early or mid-day, then you can either freshen up and relax or spend the remaining seeing what’s new in the vicinity of your hotel.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Preparation for the Trek

Today, we begin our first full day in Nepal with sightseeing to some UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley. We first visit, Kathmandu Durbar Square, from where once the kings ruled Nepal. Then, it is onto Pashupatinath Temple, a temple built to honour Lord Shiva in the fourth century. After lunch, we head to the Monkey Temple as anointed by tourist actually known as Swayambunath, atop a hillock, made in the early centuries in honour of Lord Buddha. Later in the afternoon, we go to Boudhanath, a stupa, one of the biggest in Asia, said to have been built around the single hair of Lord Buddha.
In the evening a meeting will be held with a Breakfree Staff giving you details of the hike and other necessary information for a successful trek.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Lukla (40 min flight) hike to Phakding (2610m) – 3 hours walk approx.

On this day, we take the first flight out to the Everest Region to Lukla Airport that is a 40 minute ride. This ride goes without disappointment as you catch you first glimpse of rural Nepal and the Lush green Mid-Himalaya with deep valley gorges, fast flowing rivers and them slowly giving way to the Higher Himalayas and Mountain to the North. By the time you realize it, you have landed at Lukla where after a refreshing breakfast, and you start the first day’s hike to Phakding. You will then cover a distance of 7.8 kilometres in your approximate three hour trek. The hike is a slow climbing ascent and gradually increases coming closer to Phakding (2610m). You stay the night at a lodge.

Day 4
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3627m) – 4 hours walk approx.

After a refreshing breakfast and an early start, we are into our second day of our trek. Today, we head to Namche Bazaar, which stands at a height of 3627 metres and we would need to cover a distance of 10.4 kilometres. The trail is a slight ascent for nearly two and a half hours and then begins to increase in elevation as we approach our destination. It should takes us about 4 hours to complete. Nevertheless, the moderate trek would be alleviated by the prayer flags fluttering in the soft breeze, the mani walls going in number in approach and the Chorten prayer gates couple with the monasteries on the way. Not to forget mentioning the herd of yaks pasturing down below the trails. At Namche Bazaar, we stay the night at a guest house.

Day 5
Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar – Short Hike to Everest Hotel

Today you simply remain the vicinity of Namche Bazaar, as now you would need to get acclimatize to the air density you are in so that you would be able to encounter the higher elevation that you would be going to. You can roam around the town of Namache Bazaar which also happens to be the central hub of the Sherpa Community. You can take the short hike to Everest Hotel which stand at a vantage point for a beer and to get a cinematic look of Everest while you dine. You then return to Namche for your nightly stay at a guesthouse.

Day 6
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3790m) – 5 hour walk approx

Today, we head to Tengboche which stands at elevation of 3790 metres, is village which houses the largest Monastery in the Khumbu Region that was built in 1923. It should take us about four to five hours to cover the 8.6 kilometre hike. The trail, take starts with an ascent to Hotel Everest, then begins to descend all the way to Phungi Thenga and then it is a 35 degree ascent all the way to Tengboche. The Monastery is a place to visit here, that would give you some fine thoughts of the way of life back then in the being of the last century. We stay at a guesthouse here.

Day 7
Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m) – 6 hour walk approx.

Today, we hike to Dingboche that covers a distance of 10.7 kilometres, which should take you six hours to cover. The trek starts off with a descend for about 20 minutes and then a slow ascent all the way to your destination. While on the hike you get a spectacular view of Ama Dablam peak to the east. We stay the night at a guesthouse for the night.

Day 8
Acclimatize at Dingboche and Short Trek to Chhukung Valley

Today, once again, we get to acclimatize at Dingboche but will take a short hike to Chhukung Valley and return to Dingboche for our night’s rest at a Guesthouse.

Day 9
Dingboche to Lobuche (4950m) 8 to 9 hour walk approx.

Today, we head to Lobuche which should take us about nine hours to reach covering an average distance of 18 kilometres. From Dingboche, we begin the hike with a short descent to meet with the Three Passes Trail and begin to ascend slowly at Pheriche the trail slow turns westwards and after crossing a glacier at Dughla north following the west bank of the Khumba glacier we come to Lobuche. We stay the night at a guest house.

Day 10
Gorak Shep to EBC to Gorak Shep – 8 hours Walk approx.

Today we head to Gorak Shep and take the hike further to visit Everest Base Camp, where aspiring mountaineer, gear up to ascend the pinnacle of Earth. We then hike back to Gorak Shep where we stay for the night.

Day 11
Gorak Shep to Kalapathar (5550m) to Dzongla (4830m) 8 hours Walk approx.

Today, we first take a short trek to Kalapathar (5550m) known for its black boulders and from where we get another of Everest while the sun is in the background. We then return to Gorak Shep and head to Lobuche and the junction of the Three Passes trail and turn west to ascend slowly towards Dzongla, where we stay the night at a guest house.

Day 12
Crossing Cho La Pass (5420m) and onto Dragnag (4600m)

Today, we get the opportunity of crossing Cho La Pass, at an elevation of 5420 m. Take the trail along the north face of the hill we begin to ascend, get a lovely view of Ama Dablam and Chotse on the way. Once we pass through Cho La Pass, the hike is ascending most of the way to Dragnag (4600m) where we put up at a guesthouse for the night.

Day 13
Dragnag to Gokyo (4870m) and Visit to Fifth Lake and back to Gokyo

Today we trek to Gokyo (4870m) and take a visit to the fifth and the biggest of the four others which we pass as well. Seeing the biggest of these high altitude lakes and spotting duck or so, that these lakes are also known for, we return to Gokyo to a guesthouse to spend the night.

Day 14
Hike to Gokyo Ri and onto Dole (4200m) – 4 to 5 hour walk approx

Today, we will take an early morning hike to Gokyo Ri (5360m), a small peak to catch the sunrise over the Himalayan mountains and Everest. Return back a little later to Gokyo we take trail head south to Dole (4200m) that is practically ascending much of the way. We stay at a guest house for the night.

Day 15
Dole to Namche Bazaar – 4 to 5 hour walk approx.

From Dole we trek to Namche Bazaar which is again ascending most of the way. At Namche, we once again stay at a guesthouse for the night.

Day 16
Namche Bazaar to Lukla – 6 to 7 hours walk approx.

Today, we head straight for Lukla passing through Phakding where we once halted for the night. This because it much easier on the legs as it descending most of the way. At Lukla, we stay the night at a guesthouse.

Day 17
40 Minute Flight to Kathmandu

Since now, that we have completed the trek, we take the first flight back to Kathmandu, getting our last chance of looking at Everest and other Himalayan peaks to the North. On land at the airport in Kathmandu, we are check into our hotel for the last night’s stay. Now we get freshened up and have the time to spend to do window shopping and buy gifts for folks back home. In the evening, you will be taken to an authentic Nepalese restaurant for your farewell with the staff at the company.

Day 18
Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

Now, having had a successful trip, a representative will bid you farewell at the International Airport three hours ahead of your flight out for checking in formalities.
At Breakfree Adventures, we will have hoped that your hiking holiday tailor made by us was achieved by you and us alike.

Cost

What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Two night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • All accommodations during the trek at lodges/Teahouse.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
  • Trekking staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
  • Sagarmatha National park permit fee.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
  • Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
  • Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos))
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters.

Trip Information

 

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.

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EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek

Trip Facts

  • 17 Nights/18 Days
  • Feb - May and Oct - Nov
  • Minimum 2 people
  • Private vehicles & Flights
  • Kalapattar (5,545 meters)
  • Strenous
  • Lukla
  • Lukla
  • Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking
  • 5 - 7 hours each day
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, Kalapattar, Hotel Everest View, Gokyo Lakes, Gorky-Ri, Chola Pass
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, Lodge/Guest house during the trek

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