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Everest Cho-La pass Trek

TRIP FACTS
DURATION17Nights/18Days
TRIP GRADE
BEST MONTHAll around the year (except in rainy season June &

ITINERARY FOR EVEREST CHO-LA PASS TREK

 

Day1: Kathmandu Arrival - 1300m

On arrival to Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu, one of the representatives from Aarya Village Travel will meet, assists and transfer you in the hotel. Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by the representative from Aarya Village Travel.

 

Day2: Kathmandu Sightseeing (B)

After breakfast start full day sightseeing in UNESCO heritage sites. Sightseeing at Bouddhanath- World biggest stupa, one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage where all devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage, Kathmandu Durbar Square- the medieval Kings palace who ruled the then Kathmandu Kingdom.Visit Hanuman Dhoka Palace, temples, Kumari Ghar which is dedicated to living goddess Kumari, Syambhunath- A Monkey Temple from where you can see the magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley and tribute to Buddhism. Rest of the time is free on your own.


Day3: Kathmandu - Lukla- Phakding- 
3-4 hours walk (B, L, D)

Fly to Lukla early in the morning from Kathmandu Tribhuvan Domestic Airport. It is 30 minutes flight. Lukla is located at the altitude of 2800m so there will be quite cold than in Kathmandu. After walking few minutes from Lukla  airport,stop at restaurant for breakfast. Books, internet facility and trekking gear are available in Lukla.

After breakfast the journey starts from Lukla. Today we have to walk for 3- 4 hours to reach Phakding through Chaurikharka, Chiplong, Thadokovi and Ghat. We can see spectacular Himalayan view from Chiplong and Thadokovi. The religion of the people of this region is Buddhism so we can see many monasteries, Maane and script are written on the rock in Tibetan language. Today journey is not so difficult. Phakding (2650m) is at low altitude than Lukla so we feel quite warmer here rather than in Lukla. Phakding is a commercial place so we can see hotel and Bhattis over there.

 

Day 4: Phakding – Namche – 6-7 hours walk (B, L, D)

Today the journey starts after breakfast. To reach Namche we have to walk through Tok-Tok, Mamju, Jorsalle. The journey from Phakding to Jorsalle is quite easy. There is Everest National Park at Manju so, we have to check in there as a first check point. Then after an hour walk along the bank of Dudkoshi River we reach at Jorsalle where we will have breakfast. There is no any shop available between Jorsalle to Namche. From Jorsalle after some minutes we have to cross Dudhkoshi River and bridge. After bridge there is steep up route we have to follow. If the weather is clear we can see Mount Everest from Thami danda. We can see many beautiful mountains, waterfalls, Mane on the way. Namche is situated at 3440m altitude so we feel cold out there. We can see different mountains from Namche. Namche is the biggest commercial area of Everest Region where we can find everything needed to Trekkers like internet facility, ATM. But sometimes due to technical reason ATM does not work. From every Friday to Saturday a special type of fair held here. Bakery café and Pub are also available in Namche.

 

Day 5: Acclimatization (B, L, D)

Today is the day for acclimatization, so you hik e as per your choice. If you want long hiking you can go to Thame and Thame where you can see Edmund Hillary Nursery and you can also see Monastery and various mountains in Thame. Today at least you have to walk 8-9 hours up and down. We have lunch en route while hiking. For acclimatization we can take a short hike of 5-6 hours for which we have to walk steep up from Namche to Syangboche then to Everest View Hotel to Khumjung where lunch can be taken. At Khumjung we can also see Monastery and the school made by Sir Edmund Hilary. During this trekking we will get chance to see many beautiful mountains. You can also visit Sherpa Museum located at Namche. After a day hiking return to Namche, have dinnerand overnight. 

 

Day 6: Namche- Dole 7 hours walk (B, L, D)

Today's journey starts with a climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Trekking up for about 2 hours and then leveling off until we reach the village of Khumjung. The Khumjung valley surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kondge and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. Most strenuous ascent of the day is obviously to pass the Mong La, a very charming place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. An ancient historical Chorten stands at the centre of the settlement of Mong La. We stop at the top of Mong La to admire the grandstand views of surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys while we have our lunch. The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. Spotting wild lives like pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer while on the way is not unusual. Through forests, some waterfalls and bridges, we reach Dole; a small place with few teahouses. Overnight in Dole.

 

Day 7: Dole- Machhermo - 4-5 hrs walk (B, L, D)

Firstly, we climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above the Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The path is steep in most places as we pass through thorny bushes up to Lhabarma. Offering us good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku the trail takes us through many summer settlements and a charming hamlet of Luza (4360 m). While we ascend from Luza, the Dudh Koshi valley is deep like a canyon with its sheer sides. Walking along the hill side above thundering Dudkoshi passing through some small hamlets and through sandy spurs, we reach Machherma (4,470 m). Machherma is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. The beautiful stream flowing down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche mountains runs through the middle of village before draining into the Dudh Koshi. Overnight in Machhermo.

 

Day 8: Machhermo - Gokyo 5 hours walk (B, L, D)

Today, we climb through a ridge Chorten from where we can see fabulous view of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480 m) after some gentle walk. We descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. After crossing an iron bridge over an stream the trial levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. After lunch, we explore around the third Lakes, Dudh Pokhari. Overnight in Gokyo. 

 

Day 9: Gokyo- Gokyo RI – Fifth Lake (B, L, D)

Today early in the morning we go to Gokyo RI (5357m), which is famous for viewpoint. From here you can see beautiful mountains at 360 degree. It is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). If interested, climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. Beyond the fifth Lakes is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. Scenery here is breathtaking with Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang seeming just a stone's throw away. Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa glacier. Moved by the charm, we may even try to go sixth lake too but depends upon our own interest and time. Back to Gokyo village and overnight at Gokyo.

 

Day 10: Gokyo- Thagna - 3 hours walk (B, L, D)
Today’s journey is short and sweet. Thagna is a place where you can find 4 lodges. The trail for Thagna is changing day by day these days because Nagjumba glacier is expanding everyday. To reach Thagna you have to take left turn from No. 2 Gokyo by crossing Nagjumba Glacier.

 

Day 11: Thagna-Cho La Pass (5367m)-Dzongla – 5 hours walk (B, L, D)

Cho La Pass is also another show up of this trip. Today is the toughest day and we need to start early (4-6 am) compared to other days on the trip. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail we climb up continuously up from Phedi. Trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soar on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below. Overnight at a very basic local lodge.

 

Day 12: Dzongla - Gorkcheep (5170m) – 6 hours walk (B, L, D)

The journey starts after breakfast as usual. We climb down from Dzongla and after crossing a bridge and transverse through grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge. Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku Taboche are seen looming prominently. Curving round through the wide gravelly river bed, we reach Lobuche. The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass though the pyramid sign post. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mount Everest.After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake.  Then return to Gorkcheep, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 13:  Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar / Everest Base Camp - Lobuche: 7-8 hrs (B, L, D)

We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. After several hours of an ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks our eyes taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. Return back to Gorak Shep, the group will have lunch together; and afternoon time is taken to descend down to Lobuche for a good night's rest.  Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 14:  Lobuche-Pheriche-Pangboche-Tengboche- 5-6 hrs (B, L, D)

Today is much easier walk down to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back to the terminal moraines at Dughla and the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Orsho, and Shomare. We might take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche or take the regular trial to reach Pangboche. From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche or if interested, we might visit nuns at the Debuche monastery. If we are trekking during the full moon of November or December, we might get an opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in the monastery at Tengboche. Overnight in Tengboche.

Day 15:  Tengboche - Namche Bazzar - Monjo (2835m/9300ft): 5-6 hrs (B, L, D)

We continuing through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, the surrounding adored by pink and red rhododendron flowers is dazzling. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar.  We continue descending down until we arrive at Monjo. On reaching our lodge, we take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Monjo. Overnight in Monjo. 

Day 16:  Monjo to Lukla: 4-5 hrs (B, L, D)

The final day of the trek. The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on their faces! Overnight in Lukla. 

Day 17:  Fly back to Kathmandu (B)

We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. If get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu take the time to do that today!

 Day 18: Departure (B)

Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.

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INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

    Includes Cost Includes:
    1. Transport: Private car with a/c
    • Airport transfers
    • One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu

    2. Accommodations: 3 star, 4 star and 5 star
    • Kathmandu (3Ns)
    • Tea House Accommodation during trekking (14Ns)

    3. Meals:
    • All breakfasts
    • Lunch: all lunches during trekking
    • Dinner: all dinners during trekking

    4. Trekking Package:
    • Tea House Accommodations, English Speaking License Holder Mountain Guide and all his expenses, all meals during trekking, hot water serve three times a day, trekking map

    5. Guide
    • An experienced English speaking tour guide in Kathmandu

    6. Taxes, Service Chages and Entrance Fees:
    • All the applicable services charges, government taxes, National Park Permit, TIMS and all entrance fees during sightseeing
    Excludes Cost Excludes of above program:
    1. International Airfare
    2. Visa Fees
    3. Supplement Charges for holding single room
    4. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
    5. Meals not listed in the itinerary (Except in trekking which is on full board basis)
    6. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc
    7. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
    8. Excess baggage charge
    9. All personal trekking gears and equipments
    10. Payment Transfer Charge
    11. Travel insurance of the client
    12. Hotel check in and check out as per the hotel’s rule

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