Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek Via Cho-la Pass - 17 Days

  • Everest base camp Gokyo trek via Chola pass

Highlights

  • Adventure covering the best scenic areas of Everest around high Khumbu area
  • A great combination visit of legendary Everest base camp with scenic Gokyo valley
  • Exciting traverse crossing over high Cho-La Pass facing glorious towering peaks
  • Adventurous walks with magnificent views from the start to the end of the treks
  • Walk-in lovely forest of tall rhododendron, pines, magnolia, firs, and juniper trees
  • From green rolling hills to remorseless fields of ice and glaciers at base camp
  • Enjoy wonderful scenic walks in the harmony of local Sherpa immense cultures
  • Duration17 Days
  • Max. Altitude5554m
  • Trip GradeChallenging
  • Group Size1 - 10
  • Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu, Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner During trek
  • Accommodation3- Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Best Available Teahouse During trekking

Overview

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek via Cho-La Pass is a wonderful combination that allows trekkers to enjoy both scenic sides of high Khumbu in the close shadow of towering Mt. Everest. One of the most popular trekking in Nepal is the Everest base camp trek. Few groups seldom venture to take the high route over Cho-La Pass to reach around beautiful and very scenic Gokyo Valley and its turquoise-colored glacial lakes.

Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek via Cho-La Pass will be a great adventure holiday where you will be walking on a quiet mountain path to cross over the high Cho-La Pass. After completing the trek to Everest base camp and the highest spot Kalapathar rocky hilltop for a breathtaking panorama of giant peaks that encircle you with Mt. Everest at its closest distance.

High Route Adventure, has designed the itinerary with flexible rest days, for proper acclimatization. So that all travelers booked with us can enjoy the fabulous adventure to Mt. Everest base camp and Gokyo valley trek, crossing Cho-la pass. Our program is slightly different from other companies, visiting Everest base camp and Kalapathar on the first part of the adventure. This will make it more accessible to climb over Cho-la Pass to reach scenic Gokyo, a beautiful valley enclosed by high snow peaks.

Everest Cho-La pass trek, the original spelling is Tsho-La means a pass with an icy pond, generally, most trekkers use the word Cho-La making it simple for foreign travelers. Likewise, Mt. Everest is called Sagarmatha in Nepal, while the Sherpa knows the name Chomolungma in Tibetan origin language as Everest straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet / China.

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek via Cho-La Pass

To begin this wonderful adventure, take a swift panoramic short flight from Kathmandu to land at Sherpa town in Lukla, with a unique airstrip enclosed by high green hills and snowy mountains. The airport in Lukla is named Tenzing-Hillary Airport, a tribute to the first conquer of Mt. Everest.

From Lukla, starts with easy gradual walks through several Sherpa farm villages, and following the Dudh Kosi River to reach Sagarmatha National Park, designated in World Heritage Site in 1979. On entering the park into a nice woodland of rhododendrons and pine trees with a winding scenic uphill climb to reach the famous Namche Bazaar.

At Namche Bazaar, with a free day for acclimatization before heading towards our higher destinations, a great place to be where one can take a short hike to viewpoints, and the museum displays all the information on the Khumbu and Everest area.

After a pleasant relaxing time at Namche where once a week a busy colorful Saturday market is held, hence the name tagged as Bazaar, our journey continues on a scenic trail with a climb to picturesque Tengboche and its impressive monastery.

Festival celebrates in Everest Region

A wonderful location surrounded by high snow peaks with views of Mt. Everest and majestic Amadablam, within the serene alpine forest. Herewith is time to explore the monastery, once a year in autumn time a grand festival takes place called ‘Mani Rimdu’. From Tengboche leaving the tree lines into the mountain wilderness, a walk leads to the last permanent Pangboche village, and then to Dingboche situated on a lovely Imjatse valley for another pleasant rest day to explore its scenic viewpoints.

Spend overnights at Dingboche, a settlement with many good lodges facing views of Amadablam North Face, and then our adventure takes you to our first destination at Everest Base Camp. After walking past Lobuche and Gorakshep temporary settlements with a few nice lodges for trekkers.

From Dingboche into the harsh and mountainous terrain walk leads on moraine and glaciers to reach the famous Everest base camp, within close to the notorious massive Khumbu Ice-Fall and glaciers.

During the peak season of mountaineering in late spring, this stupendous spot is filled with tented camps of expeditions, enjoy grand views of surrounding giant peaks with the tip of Mt. Everest.

Attractions of Everest Base Camp Trek

Our next highlight within Everest Base Camp takes you to the highest spot at the rocky hilltop of Kalapathar 5,643 m and 18,514 feet, an amazing place with views of Mt. Everest within a stone-throw distance, including Pumori peak in front of you.

After completing our first phase of the adventure on Everest base camp and Gokyo valley trek with Cho-La pass. Trek towards Cho-la pass base, at a small place called Dzongla, The next early morning the toughest and longest day of the adventure takes you on a steep climb at high Cho-La pass, festooned with rock cairns and Buddhist prayer flags in respect to mother nature and mountain spirits.

Enjoy, breathtaking views of surrounding peaks with Cholatse, Lobuche, and Nirekha, as far as Cho-Oyu in the north. From here a long descent to reach the other scenic side of Khumbu around Gokyo Valley and close to the famous Ngozumba the longest glaciers of Nepal Himalaya.

At Gokyo, enjoy a rest day in the comfort of the nice lodge overlooking the grand scenery of the glacial lakes with Mt. Cho-Oyu, our marvelous adventure is completed with a steep hike to the top of Gokyo-Ri, which offers a spectacular panorama of a mountain range with world four highest peaks, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and the 6th high Mt. Cho-Oyu, includes views of scenic Gokyo valley and the lakes.

Finally, our exciting adventure concludes by heading down to Lukla for a super flight back to Kathmandu, after a glorious and mind-blowing experience on Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek via Cho-La Pass with the great support of High Route Adventure expert guides, and staff.

Is this trip the right fit for you?

  • The trek is 17 days long. It takes 5-7 hours of moderate to strenuous walking every day. Good fitness is essential because it traverses a steep pass.
  • Extreme cold temperatures in higher elevations with a chance of snow and rain. Carry proper cold-weather clothing & gear.
  • Along the path, there are basic tea house lodges. Most offer modest dorm beds and shared bathrooms. Limited conveniences and comforts.
  • Above 3000 meters, might cause headaches, nausea, and other health problems. Acclimatize correctly and descend if symptoms last.
  • Allow for a few days of rest or delays in your schedule. If you are having difficulty with the terrain or altitude, you can reduce the route or exit early.
  • Lower altitude treks, such as the Everest Panorama Trek and the normal Everest Base Camp Trek, skip the pass crossing.

What makes this trip enjoyable for you?

  • Majestic mountain views of giants like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu inspire awe while scenic valleys and rhododendron forests are serenely beautiful.
  • Crossing the high mountain pass, Cho-La Pass (5367m), gives an immense sense of achievement.
  • Witnessing the spectacular turquoise blue lakes of the Gokyo Valley region is a highlight. The views are breathtaking.
  • Visiting historic sites like the Tengboche monastery and Pangboche village provides perspective on the rich culture and spirituality.
  • Meeting the friendly Sherpa people and learning about their lives in the Himalayas is fascinating. Their hospitality is wonderful.
  • Following the “footsteps of Edmund Hillary” to Everest Base Camp adds historical significance to this iconic trek.
  • The day hike to Kalapatthar peak (5545m) for sunrise views of Everest range is mesmerizing and unforgettable.
  • Finding peacefulness while appreciating Buddhist prayer flags, carved mani stones, small stupas, and rural mountain simplicity along the journey.

Short additional Information

There has been confusion regarding the height of Kala Pathar. Previously, the height was thought to be between 5,545 m and 5,550 m. According to the research conducted by Dr. Luis A, Ruedas, an assistant professor at reputed Portland State University on 6th December 2006, the elevation of Kala Pathar was found to be 5, 643 m / 18,514 ft.

This fact was deducted after taking an average from 48 different readings. Also, to confirm this fact, another similar research was conducted again in 2008 and at this time, the height of Kalapathar was found to be 5,644.5 m.

There are two base camps of Mt. Everest, on opposite sides of the mountains: South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 m / 17,598 feet coordinates Longitude and Latitude 28°0′26″ N 86° 51′ 34″ E, while North Base Camp is in Tibet, China at 5,150 m /16,900 feet with Longitude and Latitude 28° 8′ 29 ″N 86°51′5″ E.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport, received by our High Route Adventure staff and guide with a warm welcome, then transfer to your hotel with a short drive in the heart of Kathmandu city around Thamel, the most happening and interesting place to be.

    At the hotel, after checking in to your nice rooms for refreshing rest after jet-lag, then meet our guide with other members of Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek via Cho-La Pass for a briefing with other useful information regarding your time in Nepal and treks.

    Evening welcome dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurant with a Folk Cultural program to entertain as you enjoy typical Nepalese meals. Rest of the night rest and preparation for the next early morning flight to Lukla for the trek to Everest base camp and Gokyo valley.

    Altitude: 1,400 m
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and trek to Phakding- 04 hour walks.

    Early departure from the hotel after breakfast, where our guide and staff Transfer to Kathmandu domestic air-terminal, after checking in with security formalities then board in a small aircraft of respective airlines, either Twin Otter or Dornier types of aero-plane for a sweeping short scenic flight to Lukla.

    During air enjoy a super panorama of the Himalayan mountain range with Mt. Everest and beautiful Nepalese country landscapes. As the plane hits the runway to a parking area at Lukla airstrip. The airport named after Tenzing and Hillary to make the first ascent on top of Mt. Everest on May 29th, 1953.

    From Lukla airport after baggage clearance and carried by our strong porters, the start the trek through lively Lukla town and its shops, stores, and fancy restaurants heading short downhill, and then on a gradual winding path past Sherpa farm villages to reach Phakding for an overnight stop in a nice cozy lodge with large dining hall, located next to Dudh Kosi glacial river.

    Altitude: 2,641 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar- 06 hours walks

    One of the long days to reach the famous Namche Bazaar, where altitude picks up to above 3,000 m onwards. The morning after nice breakfast walk for few hours till lunch at Jorsalle village, where walk follows gradually up to cross over a suspension bridge above Dudh Kosi River, to reach lovely Monjo village facing views of Kongde, Thamserku and Khumbila the holy and patron mountain of Khumbu Sherpa. Enter Sagarmatha National Park, where your guide will pay for the entrance tickets of the park. As you reach Jorsalle for a lunch stop in a nice lodge restaurant after a refreshing break walks into a lovely cool forest lined with tall rhododendron, oaks, magnolia, pines, and fir trees following a river bed to reach the last bridge before Namche Bazaar.

    From the bridge a long winding uphill climb facing views of surrounding peaks, with Mt. Everest in a clear fine day, as the walk continues for another few hours to reach colorful Namche Bazaar, a large village nearly a size of a town with many good facilities for travelers with banks, post-office, well-stocked shops and restaurants with fresh bakeries.

    At Namche check into a nice lodge for two overnight stops with the warm hospitality of the Sherpa landlord, and relax with warm refreshment overlooking views of Kongde peaks.

    Altitude: 3,440 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and short hike

    A perfect height and location for a rest day to support acclimatization, before heading higher ground, the best way to get acclimatize is to climb up and rest or sleep at a low altitude. At Namche, after leisure breakfast, one can take a short hike to follow scenic and cultural places around and beyond Namche Bazaar.

    Options for Hike and short walks Namche Rest Day:

    Short distance walk above Namche to a museum at Sagarmatha National Park headquarter. Offers grand views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Amadablam with other adjoining peaks. The museum with full information on Sherpa culture and custom, landscapes, flora, and fauna with the history of the Mt. Everest mountaineering expedition.

    Hike to Everest View Hotel, the highest deluxe hotel in the world at 3,880 m high offers views of Everest and Amadablam, for energetic people can hike to Khumjung and Khunde villages. Located on a glacial valley where you can have lunch at Khumjung or Khunde and return to Namche overnight.

    Altitude: 3,440 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 05: Trek to Tengboche- 05 hours walks

    Another scenic day walks in the morning to Tengboche and its famed monastery, leaving Namche Bazaar after breakfast, where the route takes you on a nice winding trail with glorious views of Mt. Everest and majestic Amadablam with adjoining peaks. As the walk leads within the beautiful forest with down to Imjatse River at a small called Phunge-Tenga. A favorite lunch stop for all trekkers on route Tengboche, having simple hot lunch, the afternoon climb into serene woods of rhododendron, pines and fir trees to reach the overnight stop in Tengboche, a scenic spot with an impressive Buddhist monastery.

    At Tengboche check into a nice lodge, with time for a tour of the monastery and observe monks on prayer ritual, where mountaineers visit to get blessed by the high priest for a successful and safe climb.

    Altitude: 3,867 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 06: Trek to Dingboche- 05 hours walks

    Morning enjoys the views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse with Amadablam and other peaks that surround this beautiful place Tengboche. The walk starts downhill into lovely tree lines to reach a strong metal bridge, above the deep gorge of Imjatse River, as walk heads uphill behind tree lines to Pangboche the last permanent village on route base camp and Gokyo valley.

    The other places beyond are temporary settlements to cater to the needs of travelers with several lodges and restaurants, as the adventure continues towards Imjatse valley where overnight halt at Dingboche located, a nice place with many good lodges with views of Island Peak and Amadablam north face.

    Altitude: 4,260 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 07: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization hike to Nakarjung or Chukung from 3-5 hours walks scenic excursion

    Another spare and rest days for acclimatization, as well as for side trip to the high hill of Nakarjung above Dingboche and Imjatse valley, where you can gain more heights for acclimatization, offer grandeur views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar with towering Island peak with Amadablam, includes world 5th highest
    Mt. Makalu in the east direction. Another hike is to Chukung at the end of the valley of 5-6 hours round trip where interested and energetic people can enjoy the full day hike both ways.

    Altitude: 4,260 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 08: Trek to Lobuche- 05 hours walks

    After pleasant stops at Dingboche, our adventure heads closer to our first major highlights Everest base camp, morning a short steep climb to a ridge above Dingboche, and then on easy gradual uphill to reach a small place in Thugla.
    Possible lunch stop with close views of Amadablam and Cholatse peaks, this is where Pheriche, Dingboche route joins with the trail to Everest base camp and Lobuche. Having a refreshing lunch stop, an hour or less steep climb to Thugla small pass at 4, 780 m high, this is the spot with many stone memorials of unfortunate climbers on an expedition to major mountains and Everest.

    From here a slow easy walk, but the altitude gain makes it makes the trek longer with few stops till Lobuche is reached for afternoon tea and an overnight stop in a nice cozy lodge.

    Altitude: 4,960 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 09: Trek To Mt. Everest Base Camp 5,364 m past Gorakshep - 08hours walks.

    Today’s adventure leads to our first target at Everest base camp, an early morning start with slow and steady walks with short steep up to reach a place where the route to Everest base camp and Glass Pyramid a metrology station located. Interested people can visit tall glass pyramid and acquire information about the movement of glaciers, and the change of climate around the Himalaya region.

    After an interesting short visit, head back on the main trail as a walk follows above Khumbu glacier with a view of mighty Everest and the lofty peak of Pumori, and then reach Gorakshep, a small settlement with few lodges located beneath Kalapathar and to Everest base camp. Gorakshep was an earlier Everest base camp in the 1950s to late 1970s. After a rest, continue to walk towards the east on a vague path within moraine and glaciers to reach right in the heart of Mt. Everest at base camp.

    Enjoy, marvelous stupendous scenery looking around giant peaks with a close view of Khumbu Ice-Fall and glaciers, after a great experience standing beneath the world's highest peaks, then back to Gorakshep for an overnight stop.

    Altitude: 5,180 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 10: Climb Kalapathar 5,643 m trek to Dzongla - 06 hours walks

    Early morning to catch the best panorama of surrounding high mountains and for a sunrise that reflects on snow peaks. A strenuous climb of two hours to reach the highest spot of the adventure, facing grand views of towering giant peaks with Mt. Everest at a close distance from where you stand.

    After achieving our major target Everest base camp and climb of Kalapathar, descend to Gorakshep for breakfast, and then continue to walk back to Lobuche. From Lobuche an easy pleasant walk near Thugla, where our route diverts from the main Everest base camp trail to reach a small hidden valley at Dzongla for an overnight stop, after a lovely scenic morning. Dzongla is located at the base of Cho-la pass with a few simple lodges. Cho-la passes the forms a barrier between east and west of the Khumbu area.

    Altitude: 4,850 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 11: Cross Cho-la pass at 5, 367 m to Thagnak- 08 hours

    Our longest and hardest day of the adventure, with an early morning start with an easy walk for short while to reach at the bottom of Cho-La, and then climb begins on rocky slopes close to Cholatse peak, as route leads to more steep slopes on a rugged path to reach on top of Cho-la pass, marked with prayer flags and stones piles, the pass offers incredible views of surrounding peaks of Cholatse, Nirekha, Lobuche east and west peaks with Cho-Oyu.
    Enjoying a great feat of the journey, then descend with care on a moraine with rocks to reach North-West side of Khumbu within Gokyo valley at Thagnak, a small settlement with some lodge.

    Altitude: 4,750 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 12: Trek to Gokyo Valley and Explore Gokyo Valley - 04 hours walks

    This morning a gentle short scenic walk to the main Gokyo third lakes, a leisure walk beneath Ngozumba glacier, then reach the first and second lakes to reach Gokyo third lake, where many good lodges are located close to the crystal clear glacial lake with awesome views of Mt. Cho-Oyu towards the north. Enjoy the afternoon, walking around the lake or just relax and marvel at the beautiful scenery that surrounds you.

    Altitude: 4,800 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 13: Morning hike to Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m and walk to Dole- 07 hours walks

    Early morning before breakfast, last big climb to reach on top Gokyo-Ri, where you can overlook views of the world's four highest peaks namely, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho-Oyu with an array of lesser peaks. The view includes Gokyo valley and its beautiful turquoise-colored lakes with Ngozumba the longest glaciers of Nepal Himalaya that feeds the Dudh Kosi River further downstream.

    After a marvelous moment around the high valley of Gokyo and glacial lakes descend to the lower valley on the downhill to Dole for last overnight around the Gokyo area.

    Altitude: 4,110 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 14: Trek to Monjo past Namche Bazaar - 06 hours walks

    From Dole short descend to Phortse Tenga, with a climb to Mong Hill a place with small lodge and shops, offer grand views of the snow mountain range, enjoy a short rest then continue downhill to reach on the main trail near Shanasa village, from here on the nice pleasant wide path to Namche Bazaar for a possible lunch stop.

    From Namche downhill to Dudh Kosi River valley, and back into green tree lines to reach Sagarmatha National Park and at Monjo village for an overnight stop.

    Altitude: 2, 880 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 15: Trek to Lukla- 5 hours walks.

    Our last day walk of the journey starts with an easy descend with a short up then crosses a long bridge to follow the Dudh Kosi River till Phakding village. From Phakding, a nice pleasant trek with few ups and down to Ghat and Tade-Kosi, and then with last climb for an hour to reach at Lukla for final overnight stop around Everest and Khumbu. Afternoon free at leisure to explore around interesting Lukla town.

    Altitude: 2810 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 16: Morning flight to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

    Early morning short walk to Tenzing and Hillary airport, as a time for your flight board in a small aircraft for a short scenic flight to Kathmandu, during air enjoy a panorama of the Himalayan peaks with Everest. On reaching Kathmandu airport, transfer back to your hotel, with time in the afternoon for individual activities and a shopping spree.

    Altitude: 1400 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 17: Final departure for International flight homeward bound

    Last day in Nepal, a country of great bio-diversity of cultures and landscapes with Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time transfer to airport for final flight departure homeward bound, after a great mesmerizing experience and adventure on Gokyo Everest base camp trek via Cho-La Pass.

    Meals: Breakfast

Tailor Made Holiday

You can change the itinerary, services, accommodation, and duration of this trip to suit your needs, budget. The choice is your.  Let us help you tailor-make your precious Vacation.

Inclusion

What's included ?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Two-night 4-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with a BB plan
  • Fourteen -night teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell dinner after complete your mission
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek Guide
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (Returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork
  • Medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

What's not included ?

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (If more the 15 kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porter

Notes

Accommodation in Everest Region

The two Night in Kathmandu in the pleasant hotel and fourteen-night teahouse accommodation on the trek

In Kathmandu, we usually occupy a 3-star hotel located within walking distance of the Thamel (Tourist hub of Kathmandu). It is most popular and most of the tourists stay at Thamel. All rooms have suite facilities and there is a restaurant, a bar, and an outside courtyard. There's complimentary Wi-Fi within the hotel lobby and Wi-Fi throughout.

On the trek, we offer twin-share bedrooms all through the trek. Beds with foam mattresses, bedsheets, and a pillow are providing on the teahouse. Bedrooms are unheated and may get cold in the dark so you'll get to bring or hire a sleeping bag. Most lodges have just one or two basic toilets and sometimes these are located outside the most lodge building. The teahouse is that the dining room, typically decorated with colorful established mat. Most teahouses sell snacks and other essentials like tissues, soap, and toilet tissue. Most lodges have electricity but it's not wholly reliable and lighting might not be bright enough to read by – a torch is important. Electrical charging is generally offered only within the dining room (charged at approx. Rs130-400 per hour per device). Most of the lodges use solar energy so sometimes there's not sufficient electricity for charging. Many lodges have Wi-Fi not long – in some areas it works well but in others, it's slow and unreliable.  Most of the teahouse has hot 'showers' now a day. (They charged at approx. Rs200-500 per shower). Sometimes a hot shower is just a bucket of predicament and not a showerhead.

Food On Everest Region

In every lodge on the route of Everest Base camp Gokyo trek via Chola pass with nice cozy restaurants with simple food menu or La Carte served. Where trekkers can choose the main meals, snacks, and drinks as well some home-made bakery products in few lodges.

Especially around main villages, most meals served as per the menu from breakfast with muesli-oats for porridge, fresh oven made bread served with jam, honey or butter with eggs as per one choice, from boiled, omelet, scramble to poach or sunny-side-up. Lunch served from Nepalese famous Dal / Bhat sets (boiled/steamed fine rice with lentil soup of variation, includes veg or meats if available with some hot/spicy sauce). Includes Fried / Boiled Noodle Soups veg or meats, as well as eggs, in few lodges serves Continental, Mexican, Italian, Indian, and Chinese to local Nepalese set meals.

The menu includes snacks, like French Fries (fresh Potato chips), local Tibetan or normal bread, as well instant noodles. Dinner is always lavish one can order from the menu or set meals best for large groups, to save time and fuel energy.

After dinner, a choice of desserts from fresh fruits where available, with some bakery products like cakes, pies, or hot custards. Followed by hot drinks of choice from tea-coffee-hot chocolate to hot lemon with honey.

The Best Time to Travel around Everest Region: 

The best time to visit and trek around the Everest region, where one can travel all year round, depending upon your holiday duration and chosen destination. As Everest offers many various regions for the trek, as well as climbing peaks and major mountaineering expeditions.

The most favorable and best time to visit around Everest region is in spring, as well one of the high seasons for trekking and mountaineering, almost every day from morning till afternoon is fine and clear for excellent views of snow-capped peaks and surrounding beautiful scenery. Can get cloudy in the late afternoon with clear bright starry nights.

Springtime is also the best time for the famed bloom of rhododendrons that occurs during the spring season from March to May months, makes the country enchanting with flowers in seasonal bloom, especially when you trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. Where the trail is covered with various species of rhododendron from tall trees to bush includes magnolia and other wildflowers.

During spring morning and nighttime is much cold with additional wind-chill factor around higher areas, day time temperatures are pleasant for walks and to enjoy the views of surrounding dramatic scenery. It can get snowed sometimes even in the best season.

The next best time is in autumn or falls till pre-winter season from September to early December months, most days are clear with the crystal blue sky a great contrast against the white snow mountain range. Much colder morning and from late afternoon till night time, but one can enjoy clear starry nights.

It can get snow-fall sometimes during this time of the year, but a pleasant day with short sunlight hours due to autumns and the per-winter season.

For botanists and naturalists or trekkers who enjoy walking with fewer foreign visitors can trek in December till February, which is a low season with few trekkers to encounter, most days are clear and fine despite the cold morning and night time.

Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization:

Altitude Sickness and acclimatization are the main major topics that all trekkers and adventurers should know, which is very necessary when traveling on high altitude Himalayan destinations. Altitude Sickness is also known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), which can occur to some people on the higher altitude from above 2,000 m to 3,000 m, trekkers who are well acclimatized sometimes catch AMS above 3,000 m to 5,000 m high.

To avoid AMS, a rest day is very necessary at a certain height like around 2,800 m or above 3,000 m spending few days to support acclimatization. Enough rest and taking a short hike around, as well as drinking much fluid like water, a light cup of black or green tea, lemonade can overcome high altitude sickness or AMS.

Where some can take protective measures using Diamox or Acetazolamide tablets this prevent and reduce symptoms of AMS can lower headache in high altitude walks and climb. The common symptoms are mild headache, lack of appetite, feeling nausea and dehydration as well lack of sound sleeps. Critical and severe cases when one gets the symptoms of HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) which is water in a brain and HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema), a symptom with some water in lungs.

Where the victim should be brought down to safe and secure places with a medical team or doctors to attend, the fastest means is emergency evacuation by any means of immediate and fast transportation where available. In Nepal Himalaya the quickest emergency evacuation by Helicopter services to bring the victims back to Kathmandu for further treatments.

For emergency evacuation where trekkers should be well insured with a good Insurance policy that covers all medical sides and the use of a Helicopter or other means of transportation.

Drinking-Water:

Safe drinking water, most important part of daily life as well as trekking or taking exercise. Drinking water available in every place, while you are on a trek to Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek Via Chola Pass.

Three types of safe drinking water available while on the trek, which is fresh from the creek or spring, but one needs to have a good water filter to be on the safe side, as Himalayan water contains heavy minerals like iron, magnesium, and bicarbonate. Where travelers are not used to liking the local people.

Mineral or bottled water is available in every store, shop, and restaurant of the lodge on route trekking, one can buy bottled water but can be very expensive as you go to higher areas the price will be double or triple the amount that you pay in Kathmandu.

As Nobel Holidays, very much involved in Responsible Tourism and Eco-Trekking, we try to discourage trekkers from buying bottled water, as it is a plastic bottle that adds more garbage for the country to cope with and as well much expensive. Unless you are very desperate and sick, you can buy the bottled water, to keep fit as per medical advice on high altitude, one needs to consume a minimum of 3 liters per day.

The best safe drinking water, buying a liter or more from the lodge or on a route around local lodge and restaurants, where you will be served with boiled and filtered water which is very safe.

Internet Communication on Everest base camp Gokyo trek via Chola Pass:

Internet facilities and Wi-Fi available on route trek to Everest base camp, but not in all villages or at some small settlements. Internet and Wi-Fi available in major hotels, lodge-like at Lukla, Phakding, Monjo, Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche including Dingboche and Lobuche. After Lobuche on the way to Everest base camp, the internet communication won’t be available, except for one place which is well hidden little beyond the main trail, at Glass Pyramid a metrological station on route to Gorakshep and Everest base camp. Which you can request for internet service, the charge will of standard prices like at Lobuche and other high places.

Sometimes the internet network is slow, and disturbing in some areas due to weather with overcast conditions, as well as in places that are located on deep valley and gorge. Nearly, in all places where you can get cell phone services and even with a re-charge card the main popular and widely used in Nepal is Ncell and NTC or Namaste. Sometimes the network of internet communication is much slower.

The other SIM card, one can buy is the local one used by the Khumbu Sherpa, the main station and service are at Namche Bazaar, the problem with internet service will be the same as mentioned above. The other problem related is electric power, beyond Tengboche and Pangboche most lodge have their solar power that might be weak due to bad weather condition.

Guide and staff, porters’ arrangement on Everest base camp trek:

When you book for the trek to Everest base camp with other reputed trekking company of Nepal or with us. Where all arrangements will be organized by Nobel Holidays, with a guide, field staff including porters.

All trekkers in groups or solo / single travelers must be accompanied by an expert guide, the guide should have a proper license authorized and registered by Nepal Government related to tourism and trekking.

Trekking with local expert guides, field staff, and porters entirely depends upon your budget and the way you book as per the Government Regisrated Company’s rules and regulations. Some companies can provide only guide cum porters, or with a guide with strong healthy porter.

On booking a trip with us all expenses of the guide, porters and some field staff will be covered by the local company. Like daily wages, meals, accommodation, transportation, and medical insurance. Trekkers can have options as well, where few young trekkers require only a guide to accompany them throughout the trip.

For Everest base camp and other regions of Khumbu where porters are picked from Lukla, including a local guide who will meet and receives you at Lukla airport on your arrival. Depending upon the size of the group of a minimum of 2-4 or more people, where a guide will take care of you from the main arrival to final departure.

Most guides of Nobel Holidays, are honest and friendly with a wide knowledge of Everest region from culture, flora/fauna as well with basic medical trained. All porters and guide we provide are friendly and has worked with us for many years and most reliable to make your trek enjoyable and memorable.

 Permit and requirement:

The permit requirement is much important and necessary, where all visitors and adventurers require entry permits, in all Himalaya region including Gokyo Valley Trek. Around the Everest region, past few years TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card had to be obtained, issued by TAAN (Trekking Agent Association of Nepal) in Kathmandu by all visitors to Everest Area. For the past few years, the local Sherpa communities issue entry permit passes/tickets to enter the high Khumbu area and to Everest base camp.

Where all trekkers need to pay the entry fee, which will be done by your guide of the Nobel Holidays. Besides, the entry fees for the trek to Everest, other permits required is of Sagarmatha National Park (Sagarmatha name for Mt. Everest in Nepal). Where all trekkers and mountaineers are charged with some fee of a little amount of rupees 3000 per person and communities fee of little amount of Rupees 2000. All trekking permits and park fees help to maintain the trail condition and welfare of local villagers, as well as to protect and conserve the fragile beautiful environment.

 

Travel and Medical Insurance:

All trekkers and adventurers require Travel and Medical Insurance to travel around Nepal high Himalaya, including the Everest area and base camp and Gokyo Valley.

It is very important and necessary to obtain travel and medical insurance for own safety purposes. One can never know what befalls ahead like you might get very sick from diarrhea or altitude sickness known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), or other illness as well sudden unavoidable accidents.

Where the victims need to be evacuated immediately by any means of quick transport like on Helicopter, where all your medical bills including service of Helicopter, which will be reimbursed by your insurance company, depending upon the nature of insurance policy. Another reason for travel insurance, just in case the trip can be obstructed by bad weather, where the trek needs to be re-routed to another destination or might get canceled.

Most important is the flight to Lukla or flying back to Kathmandu, which operates only in good and fine weather conditions, sometimes the flight can get delayed or canceled, which will affect the whole itinerary days or you might be stuck in Lukla for many days till the flight resumes. In this situation where you’re insurance can cover most of your expenses.

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