Everest Region

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek (Cho La Pass Trek) - 15 Days

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Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

WEEKLY DEPARTURE: EVERY SATURDAY TILL 31 MAY, 2021 INCLUSIONS Both way Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla Trekking Guide from Lukla Accommodation in twin sharing basis Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 2 liter hot water per day Crampons for Cho La Pass Permits ADD ONS Porter from Lukla: NPR 1,800 per day

INR 53,999

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

WEEKLY DEPARTURE: EVERY SATURDAY TILL 31 MAY, 2021 INCLUSIONS Both way Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla Trekking Guide from Lukla Accommodation in twin sharing basis Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 2 liter hot water per day Crampons for Cho La Pass Permits ADD ONS Porter from Lukla: NPR 1,800 per day

USD 999

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

WEEKLY DEPARTURE: EVERY SATURDAY TILL 31 MAY, 2021 INCLUSIONS Both way Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla Trekking Guide from Lukla Accommodation in twin sharing basis Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 2 liter hot water per day Crampons for Cho La Pass Permits ADD ONS Porter from Lukla: NPR 1,800 per day

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the serenity of Gokyo Lakes and the thrill of seeing Mount Everest from Kala Patthar in one single trek.
  • Earn some serious bragging rights for crossing the Cho La Pass (5,420 meters).
  • Cleanse your body with sweat and clean your mind with stillness as you walk the beautiful forests, surreal landscape, and alpine pastures .
  • Share a laugh with the Sherpas as you share tall tales from the mountains with them. ;)
  • Get a chance to see the majestic Himalaya Tahr, the iridescent Himalaya Monal, and the shy Musk Deer up close.

QUICK FACTS

  • Difficulty Level
    Hard
  • Total Length
    108 km
  • Highest Altitude
    5,644 meters
  • Elevation Profile
  • Start location
    Lukla
  • Finish location
    Lukla
  • Permits
    Sagarmatha NP Permit, Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit.
  • Best Season
    March To June. September To December.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

DESCRIPTION

As the name suggests, this treks combines two of the best places of the Everest Region in one amazing trek. After seeing Everest from Kala Patthar in the Khumbu Valley, you hop across the Cho La Pass, past scree slopes, ice fields and glaciers to reach the fabulous Gokyo Lakes.

And while Cho La Pass with a lot of fixed metal ropes and guiding poles, isn't too bad of a pass to cross in good weather, things can take a quick turn as clouds start to close in. As such, proper planning is key. To begin with some level of physical fitness will be necessary to do this trek. Second proper gear is essential. And third and most importantly a safe and sensible itinerary is approach will be important.

It will be mandatory for all groups on this trek to take a guide from Dzongla to Gokyo. The guide will help you safely across the Cho La Pass and Ngozumpa glacier. The guide will also provide you with crampons which will be important for this trek.

DAY 1 ~ Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (25 min). ~ Walk for around 3 hours through villages, forests, and some long ass bridges to reach Phakding for lunch. ~ Walk for another 3 hours to settle for the night at Monjo.

DAY 2 ~ Get your Sagarmatha National Park permits at Jorsalle. ~ Walk uphill for around two to three hours to reach Namche Bazaar for lunch. ~ Stroll around Namche and enjoy the sunset from the National Park View Point.

DAY 3 ~ After breakfast at Namche, walk to Hotel Everest View to enjoy amazingly stunning mountain views. ~ Play the grand piano at 3,880 meters. ~ Return to Namche through the twin Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde (2 hours).

DAY 4 ~ Walk past some beautiful mountain views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega to reach Phungi Tenga for lunch. (3.5 hours) ~ Walk out for Himalaya Tahr and Himalaya Monals on the first section. ~ Climb up to the famous Tengboche Monastery. (2.5 hours) ~ Settle for the night at the quiet monastic village of Deboche. (20 minutes)

DAY 5 ~ Walk past the village of Pangboche, past the treeline, to have lunch at Syomare. (3 hours) ~ As you settle in for the night at Dingboche (2.5 hours), make sure to take an oximeter reading and see hoy you are feeling. Read more about AMS.

DAY 6 ~ Acclimatization Day at Dingboche. ~ Hike to Chukung and return to Dingboche after lunch. (5 hours)

DAY 7 ~ Walk past some amazing mountain sceneries to have lunch at Thukla right at the mouth of the Khumbu Glacier. (3 hours) ~ Settle in for the night at Lobuche (3 hours). This is another spot where you have to take stock of your physical well being with regards to altitude. If you are not feeling too well, let us know. We can help you with the best course of action.

DAY 8 ~ An early start from Lobuche will make sure that you get to Gorakshep in good time to have a leisurely lunch. (3 hours) ~ After lunch walk to Everest Base Camp and come back to Gorakshep to settle down for the night. (3 hours)

DAY 9 ~ You might want to start real early on this day if you want to enjoy the sunrise from Kala Patthar. (3 hours) ~ Come down to Gorakshep for lunch and trek to Dzongla. (4 hours)

DAY 10 ~ This is the Big Day. Check the internet and the lodge owners for weather updates. ~ Start real early with packed lunch and reach Cho La Pass for lunch. ~ Descend to Thagnag and settle in for the night.

DAY 11 ~ Cross the Ngozumba Glacier to reach Gokyo for lunch. ~ Hike to Gokyo Ri for some amazing evening view.

DAY 12 ~ Walk to fifth lake and come back to Gokyo for lunch. ~ Walk down to Machhermo for the night.

DAY 13 ~ Have lunch at Dole and walk to Namche for some crazy celebrations.

DAY 14 ~ Walk down from Namche to Lukla. (7-8 hours)

DAY 15 ~ Fly back to Kathmandu. (25 minutes)

Please note that we will be more than happy to assist you to tweak this tour to your liking. However, we will not entertain requests to shorten this trek as we like our trekkers to come back smiling rather than in a rescue helicopter. Some possible changes are: ~ Book a trekking guide / porter-guide / porter. - NPR 2,000 / 1,800 / 1,800 per day. ~ Room with attached bathroom where possible.

In case you have any questions, feel free to Call / WhatsApp / Email Ashish at +977-9841370673.

INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS Includes ~ Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla ~ Trekking Guide ~ Accommodation on twin sharing basis ~ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner ~ 2 liter hot water per day ~ Crampons Hire ~ Permits Learn more.

Excludes ~ Tips for guides and porters (15% of wages is considered fair) ~ Battery Charging. (NPR 100-500 per hour from Deboche onwards) ~ Extra Hot Water. (NPR 100-300 per liter from Deboche onwards) ~ Hot Shower. (NPR 300-500) ~ Everest Link WiFi Cards. (NPR 600 for 600MB) ~ Drinks, Travel Insurance, and anything else not mentioned in Inclusions.

Relevant Links: Best Time and Weather / Packing List / Accommodation / Lukla Flight / WiFi, Mobile Network, and Electricity / Food and Drinks / Sherpa Food / Wildlife / Flowers / Birds

FAQS

Traveling to the mountains poses some inherent risks. As such, the best strategy is to prepare for the worst and then hope for the best.

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

The first thing to keep in mind is to see if you have pre-existing conditions that could cause complications at high altitudes. Specifically, suppose you have sickle cell disease, pulmonary hypertension, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, or congenital heart problems. In that case, we highly recommend you consult with a qualified physician before planning a trip to the mountains. Read more.

ALTITUDE-ILLNESS

Given the low amount of oxygen at high altitudes, a sensible ascent is essential to give your body the time to acclimate to the thin air. Failure to do so can lead to your lungs or brain filling up with water leading to death in some cases. The key is not to climb more than 500 meters in one day once you pass the 2,500 meters mark. Read more.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

Given the extreme weather in the high mountains, proper gear and regimen must have a safe and comfortable tour. The three most important things that you have to prepare for are cold, snow, and radiation. As such, invest in the right sunglasses, sunscreen, boots, and clothing. Read more.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We highly recommend everyone get travel insurance covering high altitude evacuation before leaving on a trek to the high mountains. Global Rescue and World Nomads are both highly recommended. For Nepali travelers, please note that insurance that covers helicopter rescue is not available as of now. As such, please be careful while planning your tour and only work with companies that can provide timely evacuation service if needed.

RESCUE AND EMERGENCY

As health facilities are limited in the mountains, a helicopter's evacuation is usually the only option during an emergency. As such, the right insurance provider is essential. If you are not buying insurance for some reason, please ensure that there is someone in Kathmandu who can coordinate payments for a helicopter rescue. Here are some other contacts that might come in handy during an emergency. If you still have questions, please feel free to call / whatsapp us at +977-9841370673 or email Ashish at honeyhunter@honeyguideapps.com

HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT?

To confirm your tour, you will have to make complete payment either through one of your integrated payment gateways or transfer the funds to the following bank accounts:

For Nepali citizens:
Account Name:: HoneyGuide Pvt. Ltd. Beneficiary Bank: Himalayan Bank, Patan Branch Account Number: 00606903770018
For Indian Citizens:
For USD transfers
Account Name: HoneyGuide Apps, Inc. Bank Name: Silicon Valley Bank Account Number: 3302225311 Swift Code: SVBKOS6S ABA Routing Number: 121140399

BOOKING A TOUR

Deposit Required for Reservation: 50 percent of total tour cost Deadline for Full Payment: 2 weeks before the tour begins

CHANGING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No extra charge 1 to 2 weeks before tour date: 10% additional charge Two days to 1 week between tour date: 20% additional charge Within two days of tour date: Above 30% (variable)

CANCELLING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No charge (transaction charges may apply) One to two weeks before tour date: 20% Cancellation Charge Two days to one week between tour date: 50% Cancellation Charge Within two days of tour date: No Refund.

DELAYS AND CHANGES DURING THE TOUR

In case of flight delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, HoneyGuide will change the dates at no additional costs. However, any extra cost incurred, including but not limited to accommodation and food, will be the responsibility of the traveler.
In case of changes due to the trekker's health issues, HoneyGuide will make all the changes without any additional cost. However, any extra charge because of the changes will be the responsibility of the traveler.

While Nepal's mountains see six seasons, the best period to go to the mountains is from March-May and September-December. However, every season has its quirk, just like people. So keep reading to find your match.
For those going to Everest Region, do check out the Best time to go to Everest post.

January/February (Winter)

January/February is a good time for trekkers willing to brave the cold and snow for empty trails, fantastic mountain views, and wildlife sightings.

March/April (Spring)

This is a period that offers a little bit of everything: a little bit of mountain view, a little bit of warm weather, a little bit of flowers, a little bit of crowd, and a whole lot of fun.

May/June (Summer)

This is the best time for those into nature. The flowers are quite something this time of the year, and the bird activity is fantastic. The monsoon hasn't started, and as such, mornings are still clear with beautiful mountain views.

July/August (Monsoon)

Only for hardcore trekkers who are willing to put up with the elements for an authentic cultural experience and high altitude flowers. Also, flight disruptions are very likely, and chances of mountain views are close to zero.

September/October (Fall)

This period is everyone's darling, and the trails are as crowded as they can be. The mountain views are something to write home about, and the temperature is just perfect.

November/December (Pre-Winter)

Another popular period among trekkers and the driest two months in the calendar. Indeed it has gotten a bit nippy during the mornings and evenings, but it is still manageable. Count on a lot of sunshine and crystal clear mountain views.

The difficult thing with gear is to make sure you have enough without carrying too much. Whether you are walking or taking the helicopter, the most important thing is to layer up. As such inner thermals, shirts, fleece, a down jacket, and trousers are essential. A warm hat and a buff are beneficial. As for shoes, feel free to make your pick depending on the weather and altitude. Given the amount of UV up there, good sunscreen and sunglasses are also essential. Read more.

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    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes
    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes