Gokyo – Chola Pass – Everest Base Camp Trek

Mount Everest, rising 8,848m (29,028ft) above sea level reigns as the highest mountain on Earth. For decades summiting Everest has been considered one of the greatest mountaineering achievements.

Mount Everest, rising 8,848m (29,028ft) above sea level reigns as the highest mountain on Earth. For decades summiting Everest has been considered one of the greatest mountaineering achievements. In the spring of each year, we embrace this intense challenge by taking a group of qualified climbers to Nepal to climb Mt. Everest via the South Col route. The South Col was the first successfully climbed route on Mt. Everest as Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay accomplished this feat in 1953. Since then, the South Col has seen over 400 ascents. It is by far, the most successfully climbed route on the mountain.

The Everest area, known locally as Sagarmatha National Park, is home to some of the world’s highest peaks as well as the famous Sherpas, migrants from eastern Tibet who crossed over the Himalaya and settled here sometime in the late 1400s or early 1500s. This trek is one that goes deep into the heart of the Himalaya. “View of Mt Amadablam (6,812m) from Tengbouche”.

The mountain views are stunning, and the simplicity and hospitality of the Sherpa community are heartwarming. You will get to take in the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest, the tallest of them all, Mt Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Lobouche Peak, Mt Amadablam, Kasum Kangru peak, Thamserku peak and Kwangde peak.

You will also be visiting Sherpa villages and monasteries to gain insight into their culture and lifestyle from up close. Trek to the north of Gokyo towards to the Ranjo la Pass (5,340m) and to the border of Tibet Nangpa La are most interesting and quiet area of the Everest region. The people and area are pretty much looking alike Tibet and Tibetans. The area to the North of Thame to Nangpa La is a restricted area so that to visit the area of Nangpa La, we have to obtain a special trekking permit from the Dept of Immigration.

This high Passes trek into the Solu-Khumbu region begins with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla & continually trekking along the Dudh Kosi (“Milk River”). After crossing the Namche Bazzar “Sherpa headquarter/Capital” we will continue on to Everest Base Camp via Dingbouche (4,350m) & Gorekshep (5,150m) with its beautiful natural beauty of the Himalayas & better introduction of local Sherpa cultures. Another part of this trek continues to North West of Thame/Everest region to the border to the Tibet Nangpa La. You will see the areas quiet and fewer trekkers and little bit different cultures and people’s there, kind of Sherpas and Tibetans mix up cultures.

Trek Highlights

  • Explore the ancient & fascination city of Kathmandu
    • Our experienced Sherpa guide ensures you enjoy the high-quality adventures
    • Take a flight to Lukla & view numerous Himalayan Giants on the way
    • Trek through the Khumbu valley & Gokyo valleys. • Climb Kala Patther 5,550m, Ranjola Pass (5,340m) viewpoint of Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Ri (5,367m) viewpoint of Cho Oyu.
    • Learn about the Sherpa Culture with our friendly staff & local peoples
    • Trekking to the North West of Everest region to Nangpa La, Border of Nepal & Tibet/China
    • Enjoy the Nangpa La area, quiet, less tourist, Tibetan cultures, view of Tibetan Plateaus.

Is it right for me?

Nangpala, Chola pass and Everest Base camp trek is an appropriate goal for bushwalkers and hikers or day-walkers looking for an extra challenge. This is a chance to get amongst the Himalayas in the relative comfort of simple lodges.

 

Fitness

The trekking days are not long, as your body needs time to acclimatize and after all, you are on holiday. You will need to be able to walk for 4-8 hours a day with a daypack.

We are generally early abed but you might want to hang around and chat with your fellow trekkers, staff or local people or play a game of cards. Rest days normally involve a part-day hike to a place of interest or viewpoint as well as some relaxation time.

Depending on your general level of fitness you may benefit from a training regime in the lead up to the trek.

 

Experience

This expedition introduces you to high altitude trekking. A spirit of adventure and a willingness to stretch your horizons are what you’ll need. Some experience of hiking will be an advantage.

 

Why go with Blue Dragon Adventure?

Our style

On this Nangpala, Chola pass and Everest Base camp trek, your trek leader will be a qualified Nepalese trek guide. They are there to ensure your trek is a wonderful, fun and safe experience.

Your accomplished and friendly trip guide will help you to enjoy and appreciate the cultural, and natural attractions of the region. They will assist with daily arrangements as you eat in and stay in the tents. The package uses a steady acclimatization program and allows time for bad weather along the way, giving participants the maximum chance of success.

The trek will be well planned, well led, and well resourced with good quality food, transport, equipment, first aid and communications.

 

Accommodation and Food

In Kathmandu: We will be staying at the Shanker Hotel (4 stars). This charming historic palace has a huge peaceful garden with a pool and is just on the edge of the main tourist area, Thamel.

It is safe and clean and well staffed and is a safe place to leave your clean town clothes and other gear when you are in the hills. There are many restaurants in Kathmandu catering to western tastes as well as plenty of local Dahl Bhat (rice and lentils) shops at very reasonable prices.

On the Trek:

 Generally, along the regular trekking areas have developed well facilities available teahouse lodges. Which are mainly used by trekkers walk along the trail, however some are very cosy and comfortable and some are a basic standard. Blue Dragon Adventure will accommodate you as best available lodges en route along the journey and your lodge room will be provided with a bed, pillow blanket. If you are using your own personal sleeping bag is always recommended to bring with you.

Foods at local teahouses are hygienic and usually delicious which are prepared by using local agro-products. They offer a variety foods, for breakfast, Toast, different styles of eggs, pancake, porridge, Muesli with milk, and other creels, For lunch and dinner, variety of potato, different curries, rice, noodles and pasta, pizza, spring roll, Nepali food and others food, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. They also use some from the market which is not possible to grow up there and produce locally.

When to go?

Autumn season (Sept-Nov) being the best season for trekking, offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views, and also the best season for peak climbing.

Summer months (June-September) of the year which coincides with monsoon begins in mid-June and drains in mid-September making travel wet and warm. The mountain views may not be at their best as rain clouds and haze overhang the mountains occasionally obscuring the enchanting views. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.

Spring season (March-May) is the expedition season and the best time for climbing the high peaks. It is mildly warm at lower elevations but occasional haze mars the beautiful view of mountains. At higher elevations over 4,000 meters, the mountain views are excellent and the temperature is quite moderate even at night.

Winter season (December-February) is noted for cold weather with occasional snowfall at higher elevations. Again, excellent views are common. These months are popular and ideal for trekking for those who are well equipped or who remain at lower elevations below 3,000 meters. Most of the hotel owners will come to the lower altitude cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Although trekking in Nepal can be organized throughout the year, October through May is considered to be the best months for trekking.

TRIP ENQUIRY

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TRIP SUMMARY

Destination Nepal
Trek Level Moderate-Strenuous
Accommodation Camping / Lodge
Duration 19 Days
Max Altitude 5550m
Best Season April/May/Oct/Nov/Dec

INCLUDED:

  • Conservation/national park fees and all govt. taxes
    • All required trekking permits
    • 4 (four) nights 4 STAR in Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
    • Round trip domestic airfares to (KTM- Lukla –KTM) and domestic airport tax
    • Cargo of camping loads both ways
    • All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private vehicles
    • An Experience Trek Guide
    • Cook Kitchen boys & Helper as necessary
    • Support Sherpa staffs on 1:3 ratios
    • A required number of porters
    • All meals quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
    • All hot drinks and beverages (boiled water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice)
    • Single sleeping tent with form mattress to each client
    • All Kitchen & Camping equipment
    • Group first aid kits
    • Medical Oxygen with a mask set
    • Insurance of all local team members
    • Equipment for porters
    • Half day world heritage sites tour with Guide & private transport Group celebration meal after trek (cost didn’t add)
  • Our guide will carry a comprehensive medical kit including high altitude sickness tablets

EXCLUDED:

  • Medical/personal high-risk insurance,
    • International departure tax
    • Personal trek gears
    • Major meals in Kathmandu
    •Cost of personal expenses
    • Tips for the Guide, porters & local staffs

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel

Day 02: City tour & trek briefing(1,400m)

Day 03: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding(2,600m)

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar(3,450m)

Day 05: Rest/Acclimatization day

Day 06: Trek to Dole(4,200m)

Day 07: Trek to Machhermo(4,410m)

Day 08: Rest/Acclimatization day

Day 09: Trek to Gokyo(4,700m)

Day 10: Climb Gokyo Ri(5,550m) & trek to Tragnag(4,700m)

Day 11: Cross Chola pass(5,350m) & trek to Dzong La(4,830m)

Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep(5,100m)

Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp(5,300m)

Day 14: Hike to Kalapattar & trek to Pangboche(4,100m)

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar(3,450m)

Day 16: Trek to Lukla(2,800m)

Day 17: Morning fly to Kathmandu

Day 18: Leisure day/back up day for weather

Day 19: International departures

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