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Gokyo Cho-La Pass & Everest Base Camp Trek


This memorable adventure start with a scenic short flight of Lukla and walking through traditional Sherpa villages towards Namche bazaar, a prosperous trading town; the main center of Khumbu region and an official headquarters of Sagarmatha national park which was enlisted as the natural heritage in UNESCO heritage sites. Trekking in the world’s highest region Gokyo Cho-la pass & Everest base camp trek with Experience Treks, leading to amazing views of giant snow-capped mountains crossing the high pass Tsho-la pass pronounced as Cho-La Pass at 5,380 m/17,650 ft.
After a good acclimatization at Namche Bazaar heading to higher alpine valleys of Gokyo with its pristine glacial lake, the walk leads through verdant rhododendron, birch and pines woods with magnificent views of surrounding snow-capped mountains Thamserku, Kwangde, Taboche and Ama Dablam passing through temporary settlement of Dole, Machhermo and finally reaching at Gokyo. Undoubtedly the most unique and stunning destination and truly a life time experience at Gokyo hike to scenic point at Gokyo Ri for panoramic views of world’s highest peaks of Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Mt. Makalu along with other smaller over 6,000 m snow-capped mountains. After a memorable time cross the Tsho-la to Everest Base Camp, a unique combination of all highlights of Khumbu region, adventure leads to the world’s highest Everest Camp overlooking notorious Khumbu Ice fall and its glaciers. The return journey to another highlights of this trip with a climb up to Kalapatthar at 5,545 m the highest point of this adventure for sensational mountain panorama of Mt. Everest and array of other peaks, then heading back on the main trail back to Lukla via the famed Thyangboche Monastery and Namche Bazaar ending this grand journey to Gokyo Tsho-la & Everest Base Camp at Lukla and then back to Kathmandu.

Trip Highlights:
• Traverse of high Tsho-la from Gokyo area to Everest Base Camp,
• World’s highest National Park in the shade of giant peaks in the grandeur picturesque Gokyo with turquoise glacial lake
• Trek in between the world’s highest mountains Mt. Cho Oyu, Lhotse & Mt. Everest immerse in the old rich Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions
• Warm hospitality of the highlanders in the home of Sherpa’s enriched with rare botanical flora & fauna including rhododendron, magnolia and pines trees.



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Day 01:
Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:
Fly to Lukla 2,846 m & trek to Phakding 2,652 m/04 hrs

Day 03:
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m/05 hrs.

Day 04:
Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.

Day 05:
Trek to Dole 4,100 m/06 hrs.

Day 06:
Trek to Machermo 4,410 m/04 hrs.

Day 07:
Trek to Gokyo 4,775 m/05 hrs.

Day 08:
Morning hike to Gokyo-Ri and trek to Dragnak/Thagnag4,650 m/3+1+2=06 hrs.

Day 09:
Trek to Dzong la 4,750 m via Tsho-la pass/07 hrs.

Day 10:
Trek to Loboche 4,930 m/03 hrs.

Day 11:
Trek to Gorakshep 5,160 m & proceed to Everest Base Camp5,360 m/3+5=8 hrs

Day 12:
Trek to Pheriche 4,250 m with a hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m/04+04=08 hrs.

Day 13:
Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m/04 hrs.

Day 14:
Trek to Monjo 2,830 m/06 hrs.

Day 15:
Trek to Lukla 2,846 m/05 hrs.

Day 16:
Fly Lukla-Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 17:
Free days at leisure or private guided city sightseeing tour.

Day 18:
Transfer to airport for final international departure.

Service includes 
• Airport pick up & drop off by private vehicles
• KTM to Lukla airfare for member and staff/s
• 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on 3 star category B/B plan
• A day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle & professional tour guide
• TIMS & National park entry permit fee
• Basic accommodation during the trek
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during trek
• English speaking guide & porter during trek
• Food and salary for staff and porter
• Trekking gears for the local trekking staffs (shoes, jacket & trouser)
• Insurance for local trekking staffs 
• First Aid Kit box/bag

Service does not include 
• Nepal entry visa fee, Photographs & international flights fare 
• Meals in Kathmandu (lunch & dinner)
• Personal nature expanses: telephone calls, cyber bills, bar bills, laundry service, battery recharge bills, hot shower (On trek),washing water, pots of hot drinks, bottle/boiled water, alcoholic and soft drinks
• Additional cost incurred due to extending your stay at hotel due to cancel and delay of flight because of poor visibility due to heavy raining/snowing/cloudy from Lukla airport & go fly into Lukla from Kathmandu too.
• Essential trekking gears 
• Travel & health insurance
• Tipping for all trekking staffs (guide & porter/s)
• An emergencies or rescue evacuation cost/charge (helicopter), if required

Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airports, our Experience Treks staff will receive and transfer you to respective hotel, at the hotel our guide will brief with orientation program of the hotel, Kathmandu, trekking, do's and don’ts and other related information.

Day 02:
Fly to Lukla 2,846 m & trek to Phakding 2,652 m/04 hrs walk
Starting this wonderful adventure with an early morning flight of Lukla with panoramic views on route as the plane touch downs at Lukla, then the first day walk an easy and moderate way to Phakding village the trail although it is moderate with ups and down along with the grand views of Kwande and Kusumkanguru peaks and beautiful landscapes of the villages and farm fields and Buddhist religious stupa, prayer walls then reaching the overnight stop at Phakding village by the glacial river Dudh Koshi afternoon free to immerse with the local culture.

Day 03:
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m/06 hrs.
After a nice time of Phakding follows the river Dudh Kosi upstream with awesome views of Thamserku peak 6,623 m, Khumbila 5,840 m the patron god of Khumbu area with the moderate nice walk reaching at Monjo village then to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend with a gradual walk to the Jorsalle village the last village till Namche Bazaar is reached, walking on the river bank till the path leads to the last bridge over the Imjatse river, from here trek along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kongde peak, Kusum Kangru Mt. Everest, Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Tawache after ending the last uphill walk reaching the famed Namche Bazaar, the houses with lodge and hotel are situated in an amphitheatre shape.

Day 04:
Rest days at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and hike.
Recommend activities include a short walk uphill to Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter with panoramic views of mountains Ama Dablam,Thamserku, Kwangde, Taboche, Lhotse and Everest visit the museum information on history of the Himalayas, geography, culture, mountaineering on flora and fauna of this region, other activities hike up to Everest View hotel world highest hotel at 3,880 m with an excursion to Khumjung and Khunde village beneath the sacred Khumbila mountain.

Day 05:
Trek to Dole 4,100 m/06 hrs.
From here heading to Gokyo, the first hour walk is easy and moderate till it joins the main trail at Kyangima near Shanasa, chances of seeing wildlife round this area colorful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) national bird of Nepal and the elusive musk deer, and sometime even herds of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat). From here our route diverts from north with a slow climb to the ridge at Mong 3,973 meters. After Mong the path descends into series of switchbacks to Dudh Kosi at Phortse Thanghka. From here continue to Dole, the path ascends to a patch of rhododendron forest then gives way to juniper and conifers trees then to Tongba village at 3,950 m and Gyele 3,960 m and finally reaching at Dole for the overnight halt with striking view of Khumbila and Tawache 6,542 m.

Day 06:
Trek to Machermo 4,410 m/04 hrs.
After Dole, the journey continue along the side of the valley on a moderate level trail for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and to Luza at 4,390 m; then skirting around the ridge line with the first glimpse of Machermo village, situated in the valley, then finally reaching at Machermo for lunch and overnight stop after a good scenic walk, afternoon free for acclimatization for short hike for views of Mt. Cho Oyo 8,210 m and all the mountains that flank the Ngozumba glacier.

Day 07:
Trek to Gokyo 4,775 m/05 hrs.
Slowly and gradually journey leads to Gokyo Lake following a scenic trail to Pangka 4,545 ms, then climbing a rocky path into ablation valley passing the first lake and the second lake, the reaching the third lake known as Dudh Pokhari the bank of the shore is summer settlement of Gokyo at 4,790 meters. After lunch free short hikes and acclimatization the side of the lake offers awesome views of world’s 06th highest Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang with reflection on emerald green Gokyo Lake.

Day 08:
At Gokyo for local hike and trek to Dragnak 4,650 m/04 +02=06 hrs.
The highlights of this great adventure with morning hike to Gokyo Ri 5,357 m. Another highlight of this journey Gokyo Ri offers mind blowing scenery panoramas of world’s highest peak of Mt. Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and to the east rises Mt. Makalu. After a mesmerizing time for Gokyo ri descends to Gokyo for lunch and continue few hours walk to Dragnak on the bottom of Chugyuma or Tsho-la pass near Nha village at the foot of the Ngozumba glacier.

Day 09:
Cross Tsho-la 5,430 m and trek to Dzongla 4,830 m/07 hrs.
Before dawn gets ready for the long step ascend to Tsho-la pass (pronounced as Cho-la) for few hours the walk leads to the rocky moraine in snow condition this will be arduous jobs to find the path of snow and ice however in dry time just walk on the rubble and moraine then reaching at the top enclosed by several peaks of Cholatse, Nirekha and Taboche, after a hard climb traverse leads to a descend to a small valley at Dzong-la for overnight halt.

Day 10:
Trek to Loboche 4,928 m/03 hours.
After the hard walk of previous day, today’s journey will be a piece of cake as the path from Dzongla is moderate looking down below Pheriche village with views of Mt. Tawache, Mt. Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde peak 5,741 ms, Kongma-tse 5,820 m and the great wall of Nuptse, on reaching the junction where the trail of Pheriche meets just near the Thugla hill top with spectacular view of Mt. Pumori and neighboring peaks, near to this place there are number of memorial of unfortunate climbers died in mountaineering expeditions in Khumbu area, the trek from here takes an hour of Loboche, hidden and sheltered with about 08 Teahouses and lodges.

Day 11:
Trek to Gorakshep 5,160 m and continue to Everest base camp 5,360 m/08 hrs round trip.
From Lobuche walk towards another highlight destination of this wonderful journey to Everest base camp, walks from here follows the rocky moraine path and icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below Khumbu glacier. After the moraine dunes a short downhill walk brings to Gorakshep situated below Kalapatthar 5,545 m and Mt. Pumori 7,145 m. Gorakshep has four lodges. After a short break here walk towards Everest Base Camp, the walk are quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the route leads over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till Everest Base Camp is reached this spot is lively during the high expedition season. At Base Camp great view of the Khumbu icefall and other giant peaks that rears above you. After a glorious time here return to Gorakshep for the overnight stop.

Day 12:
Morning hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m continue walk to Pheriche 4,250 m/04+04=08 hrs.
Morning leads to a steep climb to Kalapatthar, the awesome panoramic view points. On reaching the top of Kalapatthar a rocky small peak the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, fantastic views of here as Mt. Everest are within a stone throw distance including Everest Base camp way downs below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier, after a gorgeous time here descends to Gorakshep and continue walk to Pheriche, the route is fairly easy with downhill slopes most of the way to the flat Pheriche Valley, afternoon time is very windy here, after a good walk reaches you at Pheriche for the overnight stop.

Day 13:
Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m/04 hrs.
Walk to the famed Thyangboche with few ups in between Shomare and Pangboche village on reaching the bridge back to tree lines and vegetation with an hour uphill to Thyangboche for the overnight stop with time to visit the monastery this place offers panoramic views of surrounding snow-capped mountains including the majestic towering Ama Dablam and Mt. Everest towards North.

Day 14:
Trek to Monjo 2,835 m/06 hrs.
Trek leads to a descend on a climb after the bridge over Imjatse river then reaching Shomare from here retraces the journey back, on reaching Namche Bazaar downhill all the way to Monjo for the overnight stop, located by the Sagarmatha National Park.

Day 15:
Trek to Lukla /05 hrs.
The last final day trek of this wonderful walking journey to Lukla apart from few short up hills the only long climb is just before Lukla which takes 45 minutes from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla check into respective lodges and last day dinner with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.

Day 16:
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Morning preparation for short scenic flight of Kathmandu the flight can be delayed sometime due to bad weather, on reaching Kathmandu with awesome views during the flight transfer back to respective hotels.

Day 17:
Free days at leisure.
We have reserved this day in case of flight delay at Lukla if all goes well a free day in Kathmandu, inform our staff for short guided city sightseeing tours in and around Kathmandu valley.

Day 18:
Transfer to airport for international departure.
Last days in the magic awesome Himalaya and with grand memorable time in the mountains with Experience Treks, as per your flight time our staff will transfer you to airport for your final departure for homeward bound.


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Health Requirements
You are preparing for a trek in the higher altitudes of remote Himalayan region. Hence during this treks, the physically, emotionally & mentally demanding mountain trek & you may face Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), if you trek/hike quickly/ascended too fast as well as other health related problems. In this regard, Experience Treks strongly recommends for those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lungs and blood pressure/diseases make know to us before booking this trip.

Experience Requirements
The remote mountain trekking requires 4 – 6 hours walking in per day a basis and at times it even exceeds to 7 – 8 hours depending on your walking pace, age groups, weather condition & seasons. Despite this fact, we do not suggest you for mandatory hiking or technical climbing experiences. Yet, it will be better if you have a regular jogging habit of few weeks before booking this trip.

Travel Insurance
Experience Treks does not sell or arranges any kind of insurance plan/packages for foreigners except local staff/s. Yet, it will be mandatory to join our trips that you should be insured for comprehensive expenses that may arise from the trip for your own safety. Your Insurance plan must be covering medical/travel issues as well as unforeseen accidents that may occur to the trips. In such a case, you may to take the facility like an air ambulance, helicopter rescue, Clinical attention and so on.

Acclimatization
Trekking in higher altitudes may even cost the life of travelers! The more you go higher elevation/height, the lesser will be availability of Oxygen pressure in the air. Therefore, your body requires a few days too many days to adopt the newer situation/climate in an environment with less oxygen. The higher you climb the more will be the possibility of undergoing through Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) problems. Hence, Experience Treks`s itineraries are extremely concern on this problem/issue. With our expert team, you can easily cops with altitude sickness problems. The AMS will attract you after 3,000 m. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), non-profitable medical institution recommends to all trekkers/hikers to ascend slowly after 3,000 m (either ascends 300 m each day or every 600 m spend an extra night, the same altitude). The rule is slowly ascents to go higher elevation to be safe!

Trekking Crew Arrangement
To facilitate the best trekking experience in the Himalayas, Experience Treks has arranged most hospitable as it is possible, more professional and long-terms experienced crew members. Your local trip member/s will have most extensive knowledge about mountain trails, mountain names & its height/elevation, people & their cultures, religions, socio-cultural aspects, eco-system, flora & fauna, geography of the respective treks/trips and history of the local regions. Besides, our crew members are fully undergone through Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Intensive wilderness First Aid knowledge, Trekking guides, Eco trekking, knowledge about Responsible tourism business, Sustainable development, English language, Conservation & preservation basic knowledge and Bio-diversity trainings.

Meals Facilities
During the trek in the mountains, you will be served 3 times meals a day with typical Nepali food/meal along with Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, Continental & Italian dishes, depending on your choices. You will have an access to have hot chocolate, tea and other hot drinks as well, breads and snack as well in the camping/tented treks. The early morning breakfast and dinner will be served at the same tea houses or at the local lodges where you spend the night. At times, you too have to enjoy the breakfast and the lunch at the camping overnights sites. Unlike this, you will take your lunch on the way in the mountain trails in the side trips/day excursion. The lunch will be prepared for your team member of the camping/tented treks & in teahouse/lodges treks at local lodge/guest houses. At the climax of the trip, you will enjoy a trip celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Accommodations Arrangements
During your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan & other cities, you will enjoy the budget accommodation to best class hotel /resorts accommodation depending on your budget, interest & hobbies where as on the other hand in the mountain trail, you will have to adjust at twin sharing, double bed & single bed rooms basis accommodations at the standard lodges or tea houses, mostly common sharing bathroom & toilet/rest rooms. However, you have to consider the remoteness of travelled places where single room may not be feasible at all the times & need to be the share with someone else in the peak season. Most of the teahouses/lodges are either double bed rooms or twin sharing rooms. Some of the majors trekking destinations, there are deluxe comfortable hotels & Resorts is also available.

Porter Care
We are tremendously concern over the rights of the porters who facilitate traveler`s adventure dreams in the Himalayas. Without porters hard working, your dream to go to mountains will not be certain/guaranteed. It is our serious concern that the porters should be well paid, make sure their warm clothing, well equipped and treated equally even in the harsh situation in the remote Himalayas. In case of emergency situations, we give equal to rescue facilities as other team members get in the adverse situation in the higher altitude including rescue services by Helicopter. Besides this, we too are concern about International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) which works in the field of trekking porter/s by protecting the rights of porter, basic language training to express their problems, make sure for enough warm clothing & other equipment, compulsory Insurance facility. In doing so, we recommend all our trekkers in the Himalayas just to keep their luggage under 30 kg so that it can be handled by porters smoothly in the higher mountains. If possible, try to make about 25 Kg. over 4,000 m & high passes.

Environmental Concerns
Being human beings, it is our responsibility to protect natural & cultural order, to conserve environment and to love nature. Himalayan region is ecologically very much fragile and hence we try to practice “to leave just footprints and take photos” so that future generation will to have chances to experience the beauty of Himalayan region. Respecting natural balance and being sensible towards local environment yields into protecting local cultures as well. Hence, our trip operations tremendously focus on environmental issues in the Himalayas and thereby eco-tourism.

Trekking Group Arrangement
Experience Treks generally provides one trek guide/trekking leaders for the trip operation and porter/s for luggage carrying. It means if there are 4 trekkers, there will be one trek guide & two porters. In the case of porter/s arrangements, there will be one porter for each two paying trekker. This arrangements helps to carry out the trip smoothly even in the adverse situation. Our trips generally accommodate the group of 10 people at a time. Despite this arrangement, we can adjust or run the trips over than 10 people at a time as well as.

Best Seasons
The best seasons of travelling/trekking in the Himalayas are autumn season (September-November) and spring season (March-May). Apart from these two seasons, there is a possibility of trekking in the Himalayas even in the winter and summer seasons which is called off-seasons. In the winter season, cold, snowing & flight delay or cancellation slightly affects the trips & high passes could be closed. But, travelling/trekking in the summer season comes with tremendous rewards for a passionate botanist despite of rainy days, flooding, landslides, flight delay or cancellation like winter season. It will be great in the least rain fall regions & high passes, where are lots of wild orchid blooming.

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