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Everest via Cho La Gokyo Trek

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Days

23

Altitude

5545m

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Everest via Cho La

  • The Everest Trek via Cho La in Nepal

    This is one of the most spectacular treks in the Himalayas, along routes lined and carved out by beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags, prayer wheels and intricately carved Mani stones. It is the same route along which Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary headed to the summit of Everest in 1953. It is one of the more popular of the Himalayan treks.

    Not only is Everest Base exceptionally close the world's highest mountain (8,848m) but it is also home to the wonderful friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, and variety of cultures, traditions, colourful festivals and monasteries. With eight of the world's ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas.

    This trek to Everest gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu Valley. Compared to the standard Everest Base Trek, this route is far more challenging as the trek includes a high mountain pass, the Cho La at 5420m - a considerable challenge especially to those unaccustomed to high altitude travel. 

    Note that this trek takes you up a peak called Kala Pathar, as it is from here that you get incredible views of Mt Everest, which unfortunately cannot be seen from base camp.  If you also with to trek to base camp itself, it is advisable to add on an extra day to avoid having to chase your companions heels on the descent.

    Everest via Cho La Trek

  • Everest Base Camp via Cho La

    Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel.

    Day-2: Full day guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley.

    Day-3 Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m). (2-3 hours). Our early morning trek begins with a flight into Lukla - is a lifetime experience, in itself. The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters! We start the everest base camp trek for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi River to the village of Phakding 2,610m

    Day-4 Phakding (2,610m)  Namche bazaar (3,440m). (5 hours) The trek today takes us through a magnificent forest of rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant firs, as we head up toward Namche. After a steep descent and another steep climb through the forest to Namche.

    Day-5 Namche bazaar (Acclimatization Day-3,440 m). We will spend a day to help acclimatization.

    Day-6 Namche (3,440m)  Thame (3,800m). (4 hours). Today's walks is moderately easy and very pretty, as we head to the Sherpa village of Thame 3800m.

    Day-7 Thame (3,800m)  Khumjung (3,790m). (4 hours). After an early morning visit to the Thame Monastery, we trek to the serene Sherpa villages of Khunde 3890 m and Khumjung 3790m, where Sir Edmund Hillary established his first school and hospital.

    Day-8 Khumjung (3,790m)  Dole (4,200m). (4 hours) Today, we break away from the main trail to Mt. Everest, climb high on a ridge and then descend to the village of Phortse. From Phortse the trail leads through forests to Dole.

    Day-9 Dole (4,200m)  Machhermo (4,410m). (3-4 hours) This morning we head on a steep but beautiful climb through pine, fir and rhododendron forests to Lhabama and Luza, before we arrive at Machhermo 4410 m.

    Day-10 Rest day for acclimatization or optional hikes.

    Day-11 Machhermo (4,410m) Gokyo (Second Lake at 4,750m). (7 hours) Our first day at high altitude will be on this days trek. The valley opens wide as the trail passes through Pangkha. The climb to the first of the four lakes is steep but the trail levels off towards the second lake at 4750 meters. The settlements of Gokyo and Luza are temporary, high altitude villages where the herders live when they bring their cattle up to high summer pastures during the warmer months.

    Day-12 Everest Gokyo (4,750m)  Free Day A free day to explore the area around Gokyo or rest, or hike up the ridge above the camp for spectacular views of the Everest trinity: Nuptse 7879 m, Lhotse 8511 m, and Everest 8848 m, as well as Makalu 8463 m looming to the east and Cho Oyu (8153 m.) to the north.

    Day-13 Trek to Chyugima Pass (5,169m) This will be the longest and hardest day of the. The trail crosses the southern portion of the Ngozumpa Glacier then climbs steadily to a campsite on the 5169m Chyugima Pass.

    Day-14 Cross Cho La (5,420m). Trek to Dzongla (4,730m) A steep and challenging climb awaits us, as we head over rock, snow and perhaps ice with superb views of the glacial valleys of Cho Oyu and Everest. Camp will be at Dzongla 4730m.

    Day-15 Trek to Lobuche (4,930m) After a morning of rest, we will hike above Tsholo Lake and join the main Everest trail near the end of the Khumbu Glacier.

    Day-16 Lobuche (4,930m) Gorkshep (5,140m) The trail from Lobuche follows the lateral moraine. This section of the trek provides good views of the Everest group and Pumori from Gorek Shep and Kala Pattar. (5 hours)

    Day-17Gorkshep (5,140m) - Kala Patthar (5,545m)- Lobuche (4,930m) We will take an early morning hike up to Kala Patthar for stunning views of mount Everest and those feeling strong, an optional hike to Base Camp of Everest (5,200m). We will overnight at Gorakshep or Lobuche.

    Day-18 Lobuche (4,930m)- Tengboche (3,860m). ( 6 hours) Trekking to Tengboche we head down the valley to lower altitudes and into the valley to Tengboche, home to the famous Tengboche Monastery. We will get amazing views of Mt. Amadablam, meaning Mother's Charm Box.

    Day-19 Tengboche (3,860m)  Namche (3,440m). (5 hours). We head off on a long descent down the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Namche. Lodge Overnight.

    Day 20 Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours). We head down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small village of Phakding.

    Day 21 Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs). Today, we head to the little airstrip of Lukla.

    Day 22 Lukla (2,840m)- Kathmandu (1,310m). Fly to Kathmandu, with remainder of the day free.

    Day 23 Final Departure.

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    Everest via Cho La Trek

  • All year, but best: March to May, September to mid November

    The trek to Everest Base Camp trek via Cho La is best trekked in Spring from the beginning of March to around May. It is around this time that many of the trees come into bloom such as the Rhododendrons. The downside to this period, is that the mountain views can often be obscured.

    The second best time is from September to mid November, and although the days are colder with more chance of snow, the mountain views are much clear, being post monsoon season. However, trekking through the Cho La pass in heavy snow can be difficult and cause delays and so too late in November it is not always possible.

    June to September is quite wet given the monsoon season, and as a result, again, less tourists.

    Everest via Cho La Trek

  • On this trek we make use of hotels in Kathmandu, and then lodges on the trek.  We start the tour with two nights in 3-star, Thamel Eco Resort, well situated within the heart of Thamel, or, if it is full, a similar category in Kathmandu.At the end of the trek, we return to the same hotel. While on trek, we stay in lodges or what is known as standard tea houses. The quality of the lodges vary and generally become more basic as one gets to higher elevations.

    Your guide will always seek out a lodge which offers comfortable rooms. Note that while some lodges have private bathroom facilities, others only offer shared facilities. Some offer attached bathrooms which you can pay extra for. Some lodges have hot shower facilities at an extra charge.

    Everest via Cho La Trek