EBC,Chola pass and Gokyo Lake trekking 

EBC,Chola pass and Gokyo lake trekking is  one of Nepal's most famous treks, through the Khumbu Mountains - Sherpa country. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the most unbelievable scenery ima ginable. Nepal is a beautiful country, not only for its outstanding scenery, but for its people as well. The trek through the Khumbu region will allow you to experience both. You will pass through small Sherpa villages meeting friendly people at every turn, while at the same time gazing in awe at the many surrounding Himalayan peaks. Our ascent is well paced to allow time to experience and enjoy all the surroundings as well as to acclimatize. This trek is for those who love a sense of adventure, trekking at high elevations and wanting to push themselves to the limit. It is a tough, challenging, but exciting adventure. The trek follows well graded paths through the Khumbu region with somewhat tougher sections along the Khumbu glacier. 

 

FACT OF THIS TREK
Trip Duration      15 days trek
Max. Altitude: 5550m./18315ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2650m./8745 ft.
Grade: Hard
Activities: Trekking 
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner 
Transportation: Plane
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 1 person to 14 persons (maximum)
Best season: March, April, May, September, October & November
Available Time: All months
Per day hiking: 4 to 6 hours

Suggested Itinerary 

Day 1: Kathamandu-Lukla over flight ( 22 minutes fly)- Ghat- Phakding (2650m./8745 ft.) 3 hours walk
A magnificent 35 minute flight to Lukla (2800m./9240ft.)  and an exciting landing  on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek. We head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail to our first stay at a lodge in Phakding .
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Phakding-Manju-Joresalle-Namche Bazzar (3440m./11352ft.) 5 hours walk
We continue north following the Dudh Kosi river and on to Jorsale where we enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the lmja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (for about 2 hrs.) to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market. Stay there overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Acclimatization/ Explore around Namche Bazzar 
Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Once named the ‘Trekkers Mecca of Nepal’ Namche now boasts plenty of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude  before heading off towards Everest Base Camp. Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to Khumjung Village and Khumjung gompa which has a Yeti skull,  and also an hour walk up to the Everest Hotel (3850m./12705ft.) above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. Stay at same Lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Namche Bazzar-Phunki Tenga –Tengboche (3850m./12705 ft.) 4 hours walk
The trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. Now we get our first really good views of the great peaks – Khumbu, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam, including Everest. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an excellent lunch spot, and here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although tiring, the hike up the zigzag path has numerous distractions, with rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. We stay near the monastery with Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam framed in the doorway of our lodge. Stay overnight there at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:  Tengboche- Pangboche- Somare- Dingboche (4400m./14520ft.) 5 hours walk
The trail leads past the tiny village of Devuche, crosses the Imja Khola  and, after passing beautifully carved mani stones and a few chortens, we reach Pangboche. Ama Dablam dominates the skyline as we make our way to the village of Dingboche where we stay for two nights at a lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:  Acclimatization
Dingboche is a good place to rest and acclimatize. There are magnificent mountain views and many options for acclimatization hikes. We need to ensure you will be successful on your trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar. Today we hike to Nagarjun hill and see the stunning views of Makalu, Island Peak, Ama Dablam and Tawache.  Stay in same lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Dingboche-Thukla- Lobuche (4900m./16170ft.) 4 hours walk
We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier and Lobuche east peak. At the top of this climb, there are many stone Pyramids, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. It takes 4/5 hours walking from Dingboche to Lobuche then stay overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Lobuche-Gorakshep-EBC-Gorakshep (5130m.16929ft.) 6 hours walk
We continue our trek along the Khumbu Glacier in the early morning for a  wonderful walk to the Everest Base Camp (5364m./17701ft.). We leave our bags at the Lodge then after lunch, we hike for two hours up the Khumbu Glacier to the EBC. After spending time viewing the famous Khumbu Icefall and wandering through the ‘village’ of climbing groups, we return to Gorak Shep and stay overnight at lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9:  Gorak Shep – Kala Pattar – Lobuche- Dzongla( 5840m./15972ft.) 3 hours walk
We rise very early in the morning for the hike to Kala Pattar (5550m./18315ft.) Our objective is to reach the summit of Kala Pattar just as the sun rises. After 2 hours of hiking, you will stand on Kala Pattar, just beneath Pumori (7165 m/23644 ft). From here, you have an unobstructed view of the Everest south face, Nuptse and many other peaks. The scenery is breathtaking and you will want to extend your stay as long  as possible to take picture after picture and enjoy the vast array of mountains that surround you. And, at some moment while you stand looking out over the scene below, you will realize the significance of your achievement and the great feeling of satisfaction of a job well done. Soon, however, we have to leave Kala Pattar and  make our way back to Gorak Shep,  then trek  to Dzongla then stay there overnight at lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Dzongla-Chola pass-Thangna(4550m./15015ft.) 7 hours walk
The trail leads us to Thangna after crossing Chola pass( 5430m.17919ft.) The  trail goes steep down through blocks of rocks. After the pass, we shortly cross an easy segment of the glacier then we reach Thangna. We stay there overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Thangna- Gokyo ( 4750m./15675ft.) 3 hours walk
We walk crossing through moraines of the terminal spit of ngojumpa glacier to the Gokyo. Stay overnigth at lodge. Explore around Gokyo lakes, glaciers and sorroundings.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Gokyo peak ascent (5480m./18084ft.)- Dole ( 4020m./13266ft.) 4 hours walk
We head down toward Dole . Stay overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Dole-Phunki tanga-Namche bazzar (3440m./11352ft.) 5 hours walk
Trek to Namche bazzar then stay there overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Namche bazzar-Phakding-Lukla (2800m./9240 ft.) 6 hours walk
Trek steep down to Manju . We gradually ascend after Phakding then we reach Chaurikharka and the trail that leads up to the airport at Lukla. This is a long, but pleasant day of trekking and after long  walking you will be glad to reach the lodge in Lukla!

This will be the final day of your trek and an opportunity to gather with your guides and porters to celebrate your achievement! Enjoy your last evening in the Khumbu region by relaxing at the lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Lukla- Kathmandu ( 22 minutes fly) 
In the morning, we rise early for breakfast, then walk to the airport. Before boarding the flight to Katmandu, you say goodbye to the porters and also goodbye to the mountains. The plane rolls down the short runway, then soars across the Dudh Kosi River and makes its way back to Katmandu. Transfer to your hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast

Trek Ends

Sagarmatha National Park fee
You must obtain Sagarmatha national park fee to enter Everest region. It is determined as the world heritage site by UNESCO. It’s main aim is to protect the wild life, flora and fauna in Everest region. We can find there himalayan tahr, ghoral, musk deer, pika (mouse hare), weasel, jackal, black bear, wolf, lynx and snow leopard. 193 species of birds including impeyan pheasant (Danphe), blood pheasant, red-billed chough, yellow-billed chough, snow cock, snow pigeon, Himalayan griffon and lammergeyer birds are found in this national park area.  As the vegetation, pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes, while above 3,500 m, forests are dominated by silver fir, birch, rhododendron and juniper trees . Entrance fees are fixed for SAARC nationals - NPR 1,700 per person per entry, foreigners - NPR. 3,390 per person per entry. Trekkers can apply to obtain it in Nepal tourism board ( NTB) or government registered company as Nepal alternative treks or directly in entry point at Manju. You are required to bring your passport copy, one passport sized pictures and fee in cash. 

Local Government Tax
Local government tax is collecting at Lukla by Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality after local government is formed. You will have to pay NPR 2000.00 per person at Lukla directly. Passport copy is required to obtain. TIMS has been stopped to execute by local government. So, you don't need it. 

Trekking Clothing equipment
When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters. 
- Light weight pants, shorts
- At night -track top, pants 
-  T-shirts. 
- Long sleeve shirt, if susceptible to sunburn. 
- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes. 
- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton 
- Vaseline for feet and crutch.
- Water bottle - 2 liters.
- Sunglasses and strap 
- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch
- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage 
- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion. 
- Small daypack - 25 liters. 
- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack. 
- Small towels 
- Warm down fiber filled jacket ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 
- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 
- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters. 
- A pair of gloves 
- Snow glasses and strap 

Travel insurance 
It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Nepal alternative Trekking. 

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What is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) ?
Acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect trekkers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). If you follow precautious and our guide then you can avoid it. 

How do we know if I get AMS ?
Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you push (exert) yourself. Symptoms are as below:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • shortness of breath with exertion
  • Cannot walk in a straight line

Treatment 

  1. Rest, Rest , Rest
  2. Go down, down, down
  3. Diamox

Diamox may be given to help you breathe better. It can help reduce mild symptoms. This medicine can make you urinate more often. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug. This medication works best when taken before reaching a high altitude.

Prevention and pre-cautious 

Keys to preventing acute mountain sickness include:

  • Climb the mountain gradually and slowly
  • Stop for a day or two of rest for every 2,000 feet (600 meters) above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters)
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
  • Drink plenty of fluid – 3 liters per day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat regular meals, high in carbohydrates
  • Sleep well
  • Be well equipped

First aid

Owing to a sudden change in climate, altitude and other factors, it is obvious that there could arise some alterations in your health. It would be hard to know all aspects of Nepal's health problems.You will be eating and drinking in various outlets. Diarrhea is a common illness that a tourist would be facing. So, it is recommended to drink purified water and eat in clean outlets. Drinking and eating precautions will surely help to take care of many health problems that could arise during the trip. Staying hydrated during the travel, trekking, tours is highly recommended too. If any problem should arise during the trip. Being on good health before leaving for a trip would help you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.Though Nepal alternative treks will be carrying first aid medical kid, you are also suggested to take personal basic first medicines for in case.

Accommodation

We will leave you free to choose hotel in Kathmandu as there will various choices. We will arrange twin share basis room in lodges during the trek. You will have provided shared washing room and toilet.

Meals

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) at lodges. There will be served breakfast, lunch and dinner three times along the route on your own choice from MENU .

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

EBC, Chola pass and Gokyo Lake trek is hard  trek, Suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. As we will  get the highest elevation 5550 meter you are preferred an excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our 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 diseases should inform Nepal alternative treks before booking the trek.

Mr. Karalepa Amatmontri  ( Guru)

Everything is very good! EBC-Kallapathar-Gokyo lake and Gokyo ri was highlight of this trip. First time, I saw Mt. Everest from so close which was amazing. Thanks to all staff for their support.

Nuttima
Thailand

To,
Nepal alternative 
With the kuru Rama Kala Rapa and Nepal alternative treks & expeditions (P) Ltd ourteam got successful trekking to Mt. Everest, Chola pass and Gokyo ri. Thanks to Hari & Jai and whole porters team. Good support to us. Thanks again !

Peter Macfarquhar

USA

It was my second trek through this company. Tej organized this trip very well too, Dhan treated me in very professional way and Strong porter. It was different in my last trip to upper mustang and this trip to Khumbila pass but no difference in arrangement. It was quiet along the pass and weather was perfect. There were no clouds at all for whole trekking. I think, I was very lucky and Tej recommended me in best time to trek. It is unforgettable moment for me. I already planned to trek again in Nepal. See you next year ! Thanks to all your team!

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