EVEREST CHO LA BASE CAMP TREK

More remote route to Base Camp

Cho La Pass to Everest Base Camp Trek

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. Not only is Everest Base exceptionally close the world's highest mountain (8,850m) 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. The trek to Everest via the Goyko Lakes 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 Gokyo Ri, Renjo La, Kala Patthar and a high mountain pass, the Cho La at 5420m. That's 4 major high points over 5000m in one single trek, a considerable challenge especially to those unaccustomed to high altitude travel. However, walking up the long valley towards Goyko and the lakes nearby is one of the outstanding treks in the Khumbu region. You'll go past Yak pastures, gigantic glaciers, and the most magical and enchanting scenery in the Khumbu.


EVEREST CHO LA BASE CAMP OVERVIEW

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

Day-4: Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m) (5-6 hrs).

Day-5: Rest day at Namche

Day-6: Namche (3,440m) - Thame (3,800m). (4 hours).

Day-7: Thame (3,800m) - Khumjung (3,790m). (4 hours).

Day-8: Khumjung (3,790m) - Dole (4,200m). (4 hours)

Day-9: Dole (4,200m) - Machhermo (4,410m). (3-4 hours)

Day-10: Rest day for acclimatization or optional hikes.

Day-11: Machhermo (4,410m)- Gokyo (Second Lake at 4,750m). (7 hours)

Day-12: Gokyo (4,750m) - Free Day.

Day-13: Trek to Chyugima Pass (5,169m).

Day-14: Cross Cho La (5,420m). Trek to Dzongla (4,730m).

Day-15: Trek to Lobuche (4,930m)

Day-16: Lobuche (4,930m) - Gorakshep (5,140m). (5 hours)

Day-17: Gorakshep (5,140m) - Kala Patthar (5,545m)- Lobuche (4,930m)

Day-18: Lobuche (4,930m)- Tengboche (3,860m). ( 6 hours)

Day-19: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

Day-20: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

Day-21: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Day-22: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Day-23: Free day

Day-24: Transfer to airport. Final departure.

EVEREST BASE CAMP ITINERARY

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m).

Our early morning hike to Everest Base Camp 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 460 meters! You will land on an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After meeting with guides and porters and a short break for tea we hike away from Lukla towards Everest base camp for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi River to the village of Phakding 2,610m. Once you have trekked through the small village of Ghat (2550m), Phakding is a short walk away.

Day-4: Phakding (2,610m) Namche Bazaar (3,440m).

After leaving the village of Phakding the path takes us through a magnificent forest of rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant fir trees alongside the Dhud-Kosi river through small villages like Bekar and Monju. You will crisscross over the river a few times on high suspension bridges until you eventually come to the Sagarmatha Check Point where your permits needs to be checked. The climb then starts with a downhill trek down to the river and then all the way back up again to Namche. The trail heads up through blue pine forests and as you climb there are rhododendron trees which bloom in Spring time. The trail heads up through blue pine forests and as you climb there are rhododendron trees which bloom in Spring time. Namche is the largest Sherpa village and is the unofficial capital of the Khumbu, gateway to the high Himalayas. This relatively small town is a bustling tourist zone and trading hub literally is perched on a sloping hill. It is surrounded on all sides by mountains, from Thamserku to Kongde Ri. Trekkers heading to Mt. Everest, Gokyo, Island Peak and many other destinations for both trekking and expedition, have at least two nights stopover in Namche to acclimitise.

Day-5: Namche Bazaar (acclimatisation 3,440 m)

We will spend time here on short treks to acclimatise. Although it says acclimatisation, this means you need to walk for the principle of climb high and sleep low, meaning we gain altitude, then descend again to sleep low, enabling our bodies to better adjust to the altitude before we continue our ascent. A slow and steady pace with adequate time for acclimatisation is key to a successful trek. So hike up to Everest View hotel for just that, a view of Mt Everest, assuming the weather is clear.

Day-6 Namche (3,440m) Thame (3,800m). (4hours).

Our hike is moderately easy and very pretty, as we head to the Sherpa village of Thame 3800m.

Day-7 Thame (3,800m) Khumjung (3,790m). (4hours).

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). (4hours)

Now 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). (3-4hours)

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 (4410m). The settlements of Lhabama 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-10: Acclimatisation or optional hikes.

Day-11 Machhermo (4,410m) - Gokyo (Third Lake at 4,750m). (7hours)

Our first day at high altitude will be upon us. The valley opens wide as the trail passes through Pangkha. The climb to the first of the lakes is steep but the trail levels off towards the second lake at 4750 meters.

Day-12 Everest Gokyo (4,750m) Leisure

Time to explore the area around the Gokyo lakes 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 Cho La (5,169m)

This will be the longest and hardest of the Gokyo Lakes Trek. The trail crosses the southern portion of the Ngozumpa Glacier then climbs steadily to a campsite on the 5169m Cho La 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) Gorekshep (5,140m)

The trail from Lobuche follows the side of the glaciers lateral moraine. This section provides good views of the Everest and Pumori from Gorek Shep and Kala Pattar. (5 hours)

Day-17 Gorekshep (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 Gorekshep or Lobuche.

Day-18 Lobuche (4,930m)- Tengboche (3,860m). ( 6 hours)

Trekking to Tengboche we hike down the valley to lower altitudes and into the valley to Tengboche, home to the famous Tengboche Monastery. Apart from natural scenery and mountain views, many festivals take place here, such as Mani Rimdu festival. This festival performed at the monasteries in Tengboche, Chiwang, and Thame. This sacred ceremonies held for nineteen days; culminating in a 3-day public festival. Lamas and monks dress in colorful attire with elaborate masks and dance to the victory of Buddhism over Bon. We will get amazing views of Mt. Ama Dablam, 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 hike down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small village of Phakding.

Day-21 Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

We retrace our steps to the little airstrip of Lukla.

Day-22 Lukla (2,840m)- Kathmandu (1,310m).

Fly to Kathmandu, with remainder free at leisure

Day-23 Final Departure.

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Everest Variations

 
Everest Renjo Cho La Everest Three Passes Trek

Day-1 Arrival to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,400m)

Day-2 Fly from Kathmandu Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,800m)

Day-3 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Day-4 Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar : Hike to Khumjung Valley

Day-5 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,820m)

Day-6 Trek from Thame to Murlung (4,210m)

Day-7 Rest (4,210m)

Day-8 Trek from Murlung to Gokyo (4,790m) Via Renjo Pass (5,340m)

Day-9 Acclimatization day : Hike from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5,300m) and back to the Gokyo

Day-10 Trek from Gokyo to Thagnak (4,750m)

Day-11 Trek from Thagnak to Zungla (4,620m) via crossing Cho La Pass (5,330m)

Day-12 Trek from Zungla to Gorakshep (5,140m)

Day-13 Gorakshep to Kalapathar (5,550m) to EBC (5,364m) and Descend to Lobuche (4,910m)

Day-14 Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung (4,730m) via Kongma la Pass (5,535m)

Day-15 Trek from Chhukung to Pangboche (3,930m)

Day-16 Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

Day-17 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day-18 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel

Day-19 Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

Day-20 Departure

Day-1 Arrival to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,400m)

Day-2 Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

Day-3 Fly from Kathmandu Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,800m)

Day-4 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Day-5 Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar : Hike to Khumjung Valley

Day-6 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,820m)

Day-7 Trek from Thame to Murlung (4,210m)

Day-8 Rest (4,210m)

Day-9 Trek from Murlung to Gokyo (4,790m) Via Renjo Pass (5,340m)

Day-10 Acclimatization day : Hike from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5,300m) and back to the Gokyo

Day-11 Trek from Gokyo to Thagnak (4,750m)

Day-12 Gokyo Lakes

Day-13 Trek from Thagnak to Zungla (4,620m) via crossing Cho La Pass (5,330m)

Day-14 Trek from Zungla to Gorakshep (5,140m)

Day-15 Gorakshep to Kalapathar (5,550m) to EBC (5,364m) to Gorekshep

Day-16 Trek Gorakshep to Dingboche

Day-17 Trek Dingboche to Deboche (3,930m)

Day-18 Trek from Deboche to Namche Bazaar

Day-19 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day-20 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel

Day-21 Day at leisure

Day-22 Departure

Your Questions Answered

This is a lodge trek so you will spend your night in lodges in your room. Beds are provided along with mattresses.
No though crampons are sometimes needed to cross the Cho La. Otherwise, not.
Yes it is. It is the route to various other areas as well as some climbing peaks. There are other routes that are slighly less popular at the start such as via Cho La or Gokyo
The average is around 6 hours a day though days when you cross passes will be longer and extendedif you added Cho La or Gokyo
This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascent too quickly and drink plenty of water.
The circuit can be done throughout the year, however, Autumn (Sep - Nov) is often considered to be the best season for hiking in Nepal with a great climate and several festivals. although it is a little colder than Spring, the skies tend to be much clearer. Spring, (March - May) is the next favourite

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith: Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options


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