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Gokyo - Chola Pass - Kala Patthar - EBC Trek  

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Gokyo - Chola Pass - Kala Patthar - Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek is one the most famous treks in the entire Khumbu region. The trek is gaining popularity day by day as it provides an awesome experience in the high Himalaya region covering the major sites of attraction of the Khumbu region like Lukla – the airstrip, Namche – the major trading village in Khumbu region, Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp, Chola pass, Gokyo Lake, Thyangboche and so on.
 
The trail gives outstanding and breathtaking views of world’s top four highest peaks i.e. Cho Oyu (8,201m), Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,516m) and Everest (8,848m). Besides, en route rhododendron forests, rocky hills, rivers, lakes, glaciers are the other attraction of the trek. In addition, trek provides tourists and trekkers can study and explore Sherpa villages and socio-cultural aspects of the communities, i.e., their traditions, culture and life style.
 
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 
Day 05: Rest day in Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Trek to Phortse 
Day 07: Trek to Dole 
Day 08: Trek to Machhermo
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo 
Day 10: Trek to Gokyo Ri and Return to Gokyo
Day 11: Trek to Thangna
Day 12: Trek to Dzongla via Chola pass
Day 13: Trek to Lobuche
Day 14: Trek to Everest base camp via Gorakshep and Return to Gorakshep
Day 15: Trek to Pheriche via Kalapatthar 
Day 16: Trek to Phortse 
Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung 
Day 18: Trek to Lukla
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 20: Depart Kathmandu
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Name: Gokyo, Chola Pass, Kalapatthar Everest Base Camp Trek
Duration: 20 days
Grade: Streneous Trek
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking
Accomodation: Hotel,Lodge, Teahouse, Camp
Transportation: Private vehicle and flight
Maximum altitude: 5,545m
Per day walking: 5 - 6 hours
 
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our Fishtail representative and driver will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you to check into your hotel. In the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities during the trek.
 
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley 
Kathmandu valley is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The valley offers you a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. In the morning, after breakfast, you will visit renowned and one of the largest Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Swoyambhunath Stupa. After lunch, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.
 
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,850m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m)
In the early morning, you will board a flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings you to the start of your trek at the village of Lukla (2,850m). Even during the entire flight, you can enjoy panoramic sights of great Himalayas of Nepal including Everest (8,848m), Makalu (8,463m), Cho Oyu (8,153m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Shar (8,393m), Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar, Ganesh, Langtang etc. From Lukla, you will head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and will be accommodated in a local lodge in Phakding.
 
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Leaving Phakding, you will be crossing the river twice through high suspension bridges and arrive at Monjo – the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve fragile mountainous environment. From here, you will follow the path to reach Namche, which is the major trading village in entire Khumbu region. If the weather is clear, you will get the first glimpse of Everest from this point.
 
Day 05: Rest day in Namche Bazaar
Today you will spend your entire day in Namche by taking complete rest in order to acclimatize to gain altitude, plan for forthcoming trips and get habituated to your trekking destinations. 
 
Day 06: Trek to Phortse (3,590m)
From Namche, you will move ahead towards Thame, which is an old Sherpa village residing along the Bhote Koshi river valley. On the way you will be mesmerized with the view of Tibetan nomads with hundreds of Yak caravan moving to trade goods at Namche. After couple of hours of walk, you will reach Khumjung. Khumjung is a Sherpa village where trekkers can observe and explore traditions and cultures of local communities. 
 
Finally you will reach Phortse. Phortse is a unique Sherpa settlement of about 80 households situated at the buffer zone of Sagarmatha National Park. The village has been developed as a model ecotourism village with the aim of adding cultural aspect to the Everest experience.
 
Day 07: Trek to Dole (4,000m)
To help with acclimatization, you will spend a very short time trekking today. The trail first climbs steeply out of the valley crossing beautiful rhododendron forests. You will then pass a herders’ hut and climb to Dole. 
 
Day 08: Trek to Machhermo (4,465m)
Today the trail climbs steeply to a single lodge at Lhabarma. You will then pass a small settlement of Luza and continue to climb along the side of the valley high above the river to Machhermo.
 
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo (4,750m)
From Machhermo, the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view of Kantega and Cho Oyu peals. Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail reaches a small village of Pangka Nilibuk. From there, you will reach the ridge heading towards a small lake Longponga and then another lake Tauja. Finally you will make a climb up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo. Gokyo is a seasonal village and grazing area built beside the third and biggest lake, Dudh Pokhari. The village has become something of a Himalayan resort without the crowd – at least in terms of the comfortable lodges with sunrooms, unbeatable views, excellent food and warm stoves. 
 
Day 10: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483m) and Return to Gokyo (4,750m)
For the best view of mountains like Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lothse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee, we will climb Gokyo Ri before returning to Gokyo village. 
 
Day 11: Trek to Thangna (4,600m)
Today, you will be crossing the Gokyo glacier making your way downwards to the village of Thangna, situated at the very shore of the Ngozumpa Glacier.
 
Day 12: Trek to Dzongla (4,850m) via Chola pass (5,420m)
The pass from Thangna to Dzongla is not difficult. However, it is steep and involves a glacier crossing and takes about five and half hours to complete. There’s a slight ascent along the valley towards Chola pass, which is covered with blue ice most of the time. From here you can enjoy the panoramic views of various mountains before the trail descends all the way to Dzongla.
 
Day 13: Trek to Lobuche (4,910m)
From this route both Pheriche and Dhugla are visible amidst the backdrop of magnificent mountain views. It takes about four and half hours to complete the trip.
 
Day 14: Trek to Everest Base (5,364m) via Gorakshep (5,164m) and Return to Gorakshep
To reach Gorakshep you will have to pass Kalapatthar and Khumbu glaciers surrounded by astoundingly beautiful snow-clad mountains. Three hours of further walking and you will be at Gorakshep. From the EBC you can see not just the great views of Mount Everest, but also notorious Everest Ice Fall that flow from the Western Cwm, which is technically regarded as the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. After spending some time in EBC, you will head back to Gorakshep for accommodation. 
 
Day 15: Trek to Pheriche (4,371m) via Kalapatthar (5,545m)
In the early morning, you will proceed to Kalapatthar (5,545m) from where you can enjoy the view of sunrise in the Himalayas including the mighty Everest, and many other mountain peaks like Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbetse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. You will then proceed to Pheriche where your accommodation will be managed for the day.
 
Day 16:  Trek to Phortse (3,590m)
Today you will return to Phortse village. 
 
Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) via Khumjung (3,790m)
To make your trek more worthwhile, you will proceed through beautiful forests of Rhododendrons, Birch and Willows. After crossing the Dudh Koshi River, you will climb up hill to Mong La (4,020m). From Mong La, you will walk to Khumjung village and descend towards Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.
 
Day 18: Trek to Lukla (2,850m)
This will be the final day of the trek and the ultimate destination is Lukla. The path goes along the Dudh Koshi River to reach Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla in the evening, you will have time to enjoy local drinks with a company of Sherpa guides and porters.
 
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will check in to the airport to fly back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching the Kathmandu airport, your guide will transfer you to the designated hotel. In the evening, you have free time for refreshments and shopping.
 
Day 20: Depart Kathmandu
After checking out of the hotel, our representative will take you to the international airport for your flight to onward destination. If you want to continue your stay in Nepal for short tours i.e. National parks, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, etc., please do let us know. We will be proudly serving your needs.
 
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