EBC circuit trek via Gokyo Ri Chola pass

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16 Night/17 Days
Nepal
Everest Region
Min Age : 13+
Max People : 15
Trip Overview

EBC circuit trek via Gokyo ri Chola pass Trek, Also known as Everest Circuit trek, is one of the most adventurous treks in the Everest Himalayas. You’ve never seen Everest like this! Combining a large part of the classic Everest Base Camp trek route with the relatively unexplored wonders of the Gokyo Lakes region, this 17-day adventure is one that cannot be beat.  It follows the route of Three High passes trek including Everest Base Camp , kalapatthar via high pass of Cho La at 5,330 m into the Base Camp of Mount Everest. A unique trek that goes through Lukla, Namche Bazaar and all the way to Gokyo, Cho La Pass, Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp.

EBC circuit trek via Gokyo ri Chola Pass let you explore three high passes trek on Everest Expedition including Everest Base Camp Kalapatthar on EBC trek. Leading you to the home of the legendary Sherpa people, based at the foothills of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest at 8,848 m, this trek follows the highly praised trekking route through the Dudh Koshi to its source, the Gokyo Lake which is to the west of the Everest Base Camp, giving you the benefit to summit Gokyo Peak (5,483 m) and offering a fantastic panoramic view of Cho Oyo, Everest and Makalu.

The EBC circuit trek via Gokyo ri Chola Pass leads though the dramatic Himalayan traverse of the spectacular Cho La pass which links the pristine Gokyo with the magnificent Khumbu valley. This is one of the most wonderful and complete package for trekking in Everest region as it combines magnificent classic close-up views of Everest from Kalapathar, the awesome experience of Everest Base Camp, the sparkling Gokyo Lakes, the rewarding ascent of Gokyo Ri for superb, panoramic views of the Himalayas and the thrill of crossing of the Cho La pass, a remote high altitude pass with captivating scenery at one go.

Trip Highlights

Scenic flight to and from Lukla
Get acquainted with the mountain people in the heart of Himalayas
The beautiful Gokyo Valley
Impressive views of the Khumbu Icefall
Climbing Gokyo Ri at the elevation of 5,483 m
Climbing Kala Patthar at the elevation of 5,555 m
Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier
Visiting Tengboche Monastery

Itinerary

DAY 1 – KATHMANDU: ARRIVAL DAY Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital and cultural hub of Nepal! We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel. Plan on an evening briefing on last-minute specifics about your trek and an early lights-out: you have a big day ahead.

DAY 2 – KATHMANDU TO LUKLA FLIGHT AND PHAKDING

Altitude: 2,800m/9184ft (Lukla) & 2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding)

Walking Distance: 8km (3-4 hours) *

Flight time: 35 min

After a short morning flight to Lukla, you’ll be introduced to your guide and porter. Kick off your trek with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), where we will be staying for the night to acclimatize. Enjoy your free time in Phakding, a popular stopping point.

DAY 3 – PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR

Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft

Walking Distance: 10-12km (5-6 hours)

We’ll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the biggest sherpa village in Nepal. Our trail takes us first over the Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Soon thereafter, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check and then descend to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones along the way!) en route to Jorsale. Lunch will be served here, and then it’s uphill to Namche. Our path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It’s a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you’ll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Everest in its majesty.

DAY 4 – NAMCHE BAZAAR: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft

At this point, we take a well-deserved break! Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. There’s an optional 2 hour hike to Everest View Point, an uphill walk that will help speed acclimatization. Otherwise, spend the day exploring Namche Bazaar. Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals’ marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment.

DAY 5 – NAMCHE BAZAAR TO TENGBOCHE

Altitude: 3,870m/12,684ft (Tengboche)

Walking Distance: 10km (6 hours)

Breakfast in Namche Bazaar fuels us for another day of trekking towards Everest Base Camp today! Breathtaking views of the Himalayas – Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde – are some of the highlights not be missed. A short drop takes us to the riverside, then it’s across the river upwards through the forest pass. Brace your legs for a continual uphill trek at this point, alternating between a gradual grade and some seriously steep ground! Our destination, Tengboche, is known as one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Its views, which include Ama Dablam, are legendary. We’ll stop in on the Tengboche monastery, which is one of the largest in Khumbu. Nourish your spirit with a guided tour of the monastery grounds, followed by chanting and prayer with the resident Buddhist monks.

DAY 6 – TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE

Altitude: 4,400m/14,435ft (Dingboche)

Walking Distance: 11km (6 hours)

Our trek today kicks off with a walk through the rhododendron forest to Deboche followed by a bridge over the raging Imja Khol River. We’ll pass the valley wall and then traverse the plains to Pangboche village, the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region. Enjoy a great opportunity to observe a typical Sherpa village and have lunch with the locals! The intrepid can brave a brief hike to the Pangboche monastery, one of the oldest in the area. Our afternoon trek will be a difficult one, as the landscape gives way to dry, deserted mountains and we hike towards Dingboche.

DAY 7 – DINGBOCHE: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

Altitude: 4,400m/14,435ft (Dingboche)

This is your chance to rest up before the last leg of our adventure! Savor a full day of exploring Dingboche and the surrounding valleys of Chhukung and Imja, the latter of which links with Island Peak, the high passes of Amphu Laptsa, and Makalu Barun National Park. Taking an optional trek to the valleys will pay off in rewarding views, but taking it easy is the most important thing today. You’ll need your rest for the penultimate day of ascent tomorrow.

DAY 8 – DINGBOCHE TO LOBUCHE

Altitude: 4,900m/16,076ft (Lobuche)

Walking Distance: 11-12 km (6-7 hours)

From here on forth, the trek will move more gradually be more challenging, due to the higher altitude. We’ll pass Dungla, but not before a tough, steep walk to the top of a high hill. Here are the memorial stupas dedicated to the climbers and trekkers who lost their lives to Everest over the years. The next part of our adventure brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with amazing views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari and the Nuptse. Prepare to snuggle up for a cold night, as we are now almost three miles above sea level and the evenings can be downright chilly!

DAY 9 – LOBUCHE TO GOREKSHEP AND EVEREST BASE CAMP, EBC TO GOREKSHEP

Altitude: 5180m/16,994ft (Gorekshep) & 5364m/17598 (EBC)

Walking Distance: 15km (6-8 hours)

This is it! Our big day kicks off with an initial, relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep. The subsequent, straight trail to Everest Base Camp is harder, involving rocky dunes and moraine, formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to our destination, we’ll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and icefall, located on the slopes of Everest. At the Base Camp, our goal, you’ll have the chance (during the spring climbing season) to meet climbers attempting to scale the mountain’s summit. Break out your cameras for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty. As the afternoon sun starts to wane, we’ll head back to Gorekshep for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling and busy day.

DAY 10 – GOREKSHEP TO KALAPATHAR TO DZONGLA

Altitude: Kalapathar 5545m/18192ft, Dzonga 4840m/15879ft

Walking Distance: 12km and 6-7 hrs.

We’ll wake before dawn today to trek towards Kalapathar (which means “black rock”) for a fiery, glorious sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day’s first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse and Lhotse.This may be, of the whole journey, your most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterwards, it’s back to Gorekshep for breakfast and onwards to Dzongla.

DAY 11 – DZONGLA TO CHO LA TO THAKNAK

Altitude: Cho La 5364m/17598ft, Thaknak 4358m/14298ft

Walking Distance: 12km and 7-8 hrs.

This could be the most challenging day of the trek as you go over the pass. Fortunately, having already visited Everest Base Camp you should be getting used to trekking at the high altitude and feeling stronger. If the weather is bad crossing the pass can be difficult. Crampons are not normally used but microspikes can be helpful if the weather is at all bad. It’s a tough climb to the top but the amazing views more than make up for it.

DAY 12 – THAKNAK TO GOKYO ~snowed in

Altitude: Gokyo 4750m/15584ft

Walking Distance: 9 Km and 4-5 hrs.

We continue down into the Gokyo Valley and cross the Ngozumpa glacier the longer glacier in this part of the Himalayas and an impressive sight. We should reach Gokyo by lunch. After lunch you should have time to walk up to one of the lakes in the valley and get some great views of the surrounding peaks.

DAY 13 – GOKYO – GOKYO RI TO MACHERMO

Altitude: Gokyo Ri (5,357m)

Walking Distance: 7km (5 or 6 hours)

We will take an early morning hike up to the summit of Gokyo Ri at 5,357m. The views here might even be better than those from Kala Patthar. In front of you are 4 of the 14 tallest peaks in the world, namely, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. Although further away the views of Everest are great and you get to look down on one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayas below you. We will head back to the tea house for breakfast and to start our trek down the Gokyo Valley to Machermo where we will spend the night.

DAY 14 – MACHERMO TO NAMCHE

Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft (Namche)

Walking Distance: 15km (7 to 8 hours).

Today is a relatively long hike but it’s a good trail and all downhill. The lower elevation makes things easier as well. The trek spends most of the day going down the Gokyo Valley with some good views of the peaks before you intersect back with the main route up to Everest Base Camp and head back to Namche. Will spend the night in Namche Bazaar.

DAY 15 – NAMCHE TO PHAKDING AND LUKLA

Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft

Walking Distance: 16km (6-7 hours)

After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in our last Tea House and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.

DAY 16 – LUKLA TO KATHMANDU

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft

Flight time: 35 min

In the morning, you’ll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You’ll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we’ll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip.

DAY 17 – KATHMANDU: DEPARTURE DAY

Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones. END OF OUR SERVICES.

Cost Details

TREK COST: USD 2393.00 per person on Twin Sharing room accommodation

Fixed Arrival Dates in Kathmandu : 01st May 2019 Trip Starting Date: 2nd May 2019

For 2019 For 2020
May: 01, 16
Nov: 08, 24
May: 03, 18
Nov: 06, 22

 

Price Includes

  • Arrival /Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
  • Full board meals while trekking.
  • Responsible trekking policy of 01 porter to each trekkers on this Everest circuit trek.
  • Accommodation in comfortable lodge or Teahouse.
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program as listed in the itinerary.
  • Half day guided city tour with entrance fees as listed in itinerary.
  • All Domestic flights and airport tax as listedon Everest circuit trek itinerary.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  • Free use of quality trekking gear - sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, down jacket, rain poncho etc on your trip to Everest circuit.
  • Professional local trekking group leader well trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Comprehensive First Aid Kit while on Everest circuit trek.
  • Trekking guides and other support staff while on Everest base camp gokyo lakes trek.
  • Everest circuit trekking map.
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  • Insurance of all staff including porters while on Chola pass trekking.
  • Warm clothing and other required trekking gear for porters like Gortex jacket, trekking shoes, woolen hat and gloves, woolen shocks, sun glasses etc.
  • Complementaty trek duffle bag and Mountain Monarch Everest circuit trek T-shirts.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
  • Trekking permit, Everest national park permit and all government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fees.
  • International Airfare.
  • Your Travel Insurance.
  • Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips and Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry .
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