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Gokyo Chola Pass & Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Gokyo Chola Pass Trekking
  • Everest Chola Pass Trek
  • Gokyo Chola Pass & Everest Base Camp Trek

Overview

Trekking in the Everest region is a once in a lifetime opportunity for every passionate trekker. Exploring the base camp of highest peak of the world Mt. Everest is in the wish list of many travelers around the globe. The Gokyo-Chola Pass EBC Trekking provides the opportunity to discover the scenic beauty of the world’s tallest peak while exploring the some of the highest lakes in the world in the Gokyo region. The trip also allows you to discover the culture, tradition and lifestyle of people living in the higher Himalayan region. Varieties of floras and faunas found in this region are yet another attraction of this trek. You will get to witness the authentic Sherpa villages, Buddhists monasteries, and other natural and cultural attractions. The Gokyo-Chola Pass EBC Trekking lands you to the beautiful Gokyo valley. The Ngozumba Glacier, the famous Chola Pass, Kala Patthar and the base camp of mighty Everest are the main attractions of this trek. Many trekkers visit the Gokyo valley, Gokyo Peak and the famous pass, Cho La during their trek to the Khumbu region.

Our 22 days Gokyo Chola Pass & Everest Base Camp Trekking is rated difficult and challenging trek suitable for physically fit and experienced hikers who would love to take challenge. We highly recommend physically sound and experienced trekkers who have the passion to walk at least 6-7 hours a day to sign up for this challenging trek. We have arranged our itineraries in such a way that you get ample time to rest and acclimatize during this adventure trekking to the Himalayan region.

Highlights of Trips   
• Sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu
• Magnificent flight to Lukla from Kathmandu (Enjoy the view of Himalayan range from the flight)
• Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
• Trekking in Sagarmatha National Park (Listed in UNESCO world heritage natural site)
• Discover numerous Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments.
• Variety of floras and faunas to witness
• Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar, a busy Sherpa settlement at the altitude of 3440m
• Discover rich Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions
• Visit to Sir Edmund Hillary memorials (Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung and Sir Edmund Hillary Hospital in Khunde Valley)
• Explore Everest Base Camp and a decent walk on the Khumbu Glacier.
• Eye-popping view of world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest
• Ascend Kala Patthar, a rockey hill at the height of 5550m for the view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho oyu (8201m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Mt. Nuptse (7816m) etc.
• The largest glacier in the world; Ngozumba Glacier and beautiful Gokyo valley and its lakes
• Eye Popping views of snowy mountains and the Himalayan range.

Outline Itinerary (Day to Day Itinerary)
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours of trekking]
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) [6 hours]
Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche (3420m)
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3500m) [5-6 Hours]
Day 07: Phortse Thanga to Dole (4200m)
Day 08: Dole to Machhermo (4470m)
Day 09: Machhermo to Gokyo (4800m) [5-6 Hours]
Day 10: Acclimatization and Explore Gokyo
Day 11: Gokyo to Thaknak (4750m) [4-5 Hours]
Day 12: Thaknak to Cho-la Pass (5367 m) to Dzongla (4830) [7-8 Hours]
Day 13: Dzongla to Lobuche (4910m) [2-3 Hours]
Day 14: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170m)
Day 15: Site trip to Everest Base Camp (5360m) and Kala Patthar (5445m)
Day 16: Gorak Shep to Pheriche
Day 17: Pheriche to Pangboche to Tengboche
Day 18: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar
Day 19: Namche Bazaar to Lukla [6-8 hours]
Day 20: Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]
Day 21: Leisure Day in Kathmandu
Day 22: Transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Departure dates:
Departure dates and the itinerary arrangements can be arranged as per your requirement. Please contact us for the arrangement of the departure dates. Breakfree Adventures allows you to plan your expedition to Gokyo Chola Pass & EBC Trek as per your convenience.

 

Note : The above itinerary is prepared as per our standard trekking Plan. Please let us know if you would like to make changes in the itinerary plan. We can make a custom trek plan as per your convenience and requirement.

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Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later escort you to the hotel. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel. O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Today after breakfast we will set out for a guided city tour where you get to discover several historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. You will be seeing the world heritage sites like historical Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of lord Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists), Boudhanath Shrine and many more cultural and natural monuments. The Kathmandu City tour will more or less familiarize you with Nepalese urban lifestyle. Later we will have a discussion session where we discuss about our trek plan and preparation. Our trek leader would be obliged to brief you about our expedition and answer your queries. O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours of trekking]
After breakfast you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu airport to board a flight to Lukla, a gateway for our trekking expedition. The scenic flight to Lukla is surely going to be a once in a lifetime experience for you. The air route to Lukla is one the most beautiful air route in the world. The 40 minutes flight above the majestic mountains will land you at Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla we start our trek until we reach Phakding. The trail to Phakding lets you discover the green landscape with a scenic view of Kusum Kangraru. 0/N we stay in a guest house.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) [6 hours]
Today we take a stiff walk through a beautiful pine forest that leads us along the Dudh Koshi River and Hillary Suspension bridge to reach the check post and the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. Walking further we reach chautra where we have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Two hours of more walk eventually lands us in Namche Bazaar(3440m) which is a gateway to Mt. Everest and trading point for many Sherpa people and Tibetan merchants. Namche Bazaar is an ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional crafts and other mementos. We will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization and visit local markets and traditions of the people living in the Himalayas. O/N we stay in a guest house.

Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche (3420m)
We have set this day for acclimatization. We have all the options today whether go for hiking to Thame or visit Khunde or relax and explore Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the center of the Khumbu region and it has government offices, internet cafes, Shops, restaurants and colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. A few hundred vertical feet of trekking will really us to properly acclimatize. Our guide will take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO world natural heritage site) where you can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. A day full of hangout at the Namche Bazaar lets you discover the Himalayan beauty of the Khumbu region. O/N we stay in a guest house.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3500m) [5-6 Hours]
After a lovely morning breakfast at Namche we gear up our expedition to reach Phortse Thanga. We start our trek enjoying the scenic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Muptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and a close up view of Mt. Thamserku. The trail takes few ups and downs but still the magnificent view of the Himalayas makes our trekking a worthy one. We will also spot wild lives like colorful pheasant, musk deer and Himalayan Thar on our way. The trail ascends via Kayangjuma and reaches Sansa which is a major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. We trek further ascending through Mongla Pass (3975m) that offers a great view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Tawache and Mt. Khumbila (Mt. Khumbila is considered sacred by the Sherpas). We will then descend down to Dudh Koshi River (3250M0, cross a bridge and further ascend via rhododendron forest to finally reach Phortse Thanga. The Phortse Thanga resides under the peaks of Tawache and Cholaste. Overnight, we stay in Phortse at a guest house.

Day 07: Phortse Thanga to Dole (4200m)
We will be doing a short trek today. After having breakfast at Phortse we set off for Dole. The trail is quite moderate with few ups and downs along the way. We cross the bridge on the Dudh Koshi River and continue our walk. On the way we will spot the Himalayan wild lives like Peasants, Mountain goats and musk deer which makes our expedition even exciting. We the walk further through forest crossing bridges and enjoying the scenic waterfalls on our way. After crossing few brides we reach Dole. If we have leisure time we may choose to hang around Dole and its wonderful village. Overnight we stay at a guest house.

Day 08: Dole to Machhermo (4470m)
Today we climb through a ridge above Dole and ascend via Lhabarma enjoying the mystical beauty of the Himalayan region. The trail further continues offering great views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Kantega and Mt. Thamserku eventually taking us to a small village of Luza (4360m). We then ascend via Luza reaching Dudh Koshi valley. Walking further above roaring Dudh Koshi and crossing few villages, we reach Machhermo. Machhermo is probably the last major settlement on the way to Gokyo. Exploring Machhermo could be an ideal idea if you have a leisure time. It is also believed that this is the place where the Khumbu people got sight of Yeti during the early seventies. We will also pay our visit to Himalayan Rescue Hospital for a lecture regarding the high altitude climbing, sickness its precaution and treatments. Overnight, we stay in a guest house at Machhermo.

Day 09: Machhermo to Gokyo (4800m) [5-6 Hours]
We gear up for our expedition to reach Gokyo today. We climb through a ridge Chorten that offers a fabulous view of Mt. Kangtega, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. Cho Oyu. The trail further passes through the Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480m). Phangka is the place where a deadly avalanche killed forty people in 1995. We pass through the bank of river and ascend the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. Walking further we will have our glimpse of the first lake of the valley. Ahead is the second lake that offers a mesmerizing view of sparkling blue water. Little ahead of the second lake we see the third lake, the two lakes are linked by a stream. Upon reaching Gokyo that stands by the third lake, we will be amazed to enjoy the scenic view of Cho Oyu. We will also explore around the third lakes, Dudh Pokhari. Gokyo has lot more to be explored along with its natural beauty. Overnight, we stay in a guest house.

Day 10: Acclimatization and Explore Gokyo
Today is an acclimatization day. Few hours of walk even during the rest day is ideal for trekkers. We take a chance to climb Gokyo Ri which is the best viewpoint of the Everest region. The mesmerizing view that it offers is really luring and leaves your eyes wide open. We will take as many photographs as we like. Gokyo is rather famous for its awesome lakes that have added more beauty to this region. We will visit the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and Fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). Thonak Tsho the fourth lake lies approximately 3 KM north of Gokyo. The trail further continues to Ngozuma Tsho the fifth lake. We may choose to climb a hill at the edge of the lakes to enjoy the scenic view of rising peaks like Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. The view point is called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. We can also see the base camp of Cho Oyu from the northern part of the fifth lake. The view of the world’s biggest glacier; the Ngazumpa glacier is yet another attraction of our trip. You may also choose to trek further for the astonishing view of the sixth lake depending upon the availability of time. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse.

Day 11: Gokyo to Thaknak (4750m) [4-5 Hours]
After spending magnificent day in mystical Gokyo valley we will today set off for Thaknak. The trail to Thaknak is takes few ups and downs passing through the forest and crossing small streams. We reach Thaknak scaling the second lake and the Ngozumba Glacier. Overnight, we stay at the guesthouse.

Day 12: Thaknak to Cho-la Pass (5367 m) to Dzongla (4830) [7-8 Hours]
Today is probably the toughest day of our expedition. We will be trekking all the way to Cho La pass and then to Dzongla. Cho La pass is yet another attraction of our trip. We will start early in the morning and pass through Cho La. The pass is not difficult in itself but it is rather steep and we even need to cross a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need be cautious as the trail is quite vertical and rocks are glazed by ice adds trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. The trail from Phei ascends through a gorge and rocky route. We climb up continuously until we reach at the top of the pass festooned with prayer flags. We find ourselves surrounded by the Himalayas from all sides. Ama Dablam reveals in the south, Cholatse on the west, Lobutse in the east and Baruntse rises to our right. We walk further passing through some crevasses until we reach Dzongla. Dzongla is yet another attraction of our expedition that offers a scenic view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Lobuche. Overnight, we stay at the guesthouse.

Day 13: Dzongla to Lobuche (4910m) [2-3 Hours]
We would be walking a short and relaxed trail to Lobuche. We start our expedition descending from Dzongla crossing a bridge and then further travelling through grassy trail. As we walk we will enjoy the view of scenic Lobuche peak en route. Walking further we reach a ridge that entices with the vibrant beauty of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Kangtega, Mt Thamserku and Mt. Taboche. The trail now take a twist curving through the wide stony river bed eventually landing us in Lobuche. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse.

Day 14: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170m)
The trail to Gorak Shep heads through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. On our way to Gorak Shep we will witness north ridge of Mt. Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Nuptse etc. Climbing further through the Changri Glacier we have a first glimpse of Kala Patthar. Our walk continues all the way to Gorak Shep. As we Gorak Shep, we will find ourselves surrounded by snow-capped mountains along with the highest peak of the world Mt. Everest. We take the trail that further takes us to Everest Base Camp. O/N we stay at the guest house.

Day 15: Site trip to Everest Base Camp (5360m) and Kala Patthar (5445m) and Back to Gorak Shep
Today we will be exploring the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. We will take the trail to Everest Base camp through Gorak Shep Lake. Trekking straight ahead we come through the Indian army mountaineers memorials. Upon reaching Everest base camp we will enjoy the natural splendor of Khumbu Glacier and icefall. This is the point from where the Everest expedition actually begins. One can truly salute the courage and bravery of Everest climbers witnessing the deadly trail that leads to the peak of the Everest. We can see the rising peaks of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori but mighty Everest still remains hidden. After enjoying the magnificence of Everest Base Camp we head towards Kala Patthar. The early morning view of Mt. Everest and the other Himalayas is simply mind blowing. We need to gear up with some fine cloths so as to protect ourselves from the cold wind which is quite common in the region. En route we can see some scenic mountains like Lingtren, Changtse etc from a distance. We can also witness Mt. Everest revealing itself as we continue our trek. On our way we can stop for some time to snap the beautiful natural scenes and the Himalayan range. A long but exciting walk finally lands us in Kala Patthar. We can truly enjoy the panoramic view of Himalayas and capture the moments in our cameras. This moment is going to be the most memorable moments for you which would keep your memories alive for rest of your lifetime. We will trek back to Gorak Shep and stay at the guesthouse.

Day 16: Gorak Shep to Pheriche
Today we will descend down to Pheriche from Gorak Shep. We will follow the regular trail that descends all the way to Pheriche. En route we will enjoy the majestic views of ever shining mountains of the region. Upon arrival at Pheriche we may choose to hang around the Sherpa settlement in this village and discover more about traditional Sherpa culture and tradition. Overnight, we stay at the guest house.

Day 17: Pheriche to Pangboche to Tengboche
We would be trekking an easier walk down to the lower altitude today. We will follow the same route back to the terminal moraines at Dughla and the wide valley of Khumbu Khola. The trail pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Orsho and Shomare. We will also pay our visit to a monastery in Upper Pangboche and then take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. From Pangboche we trek further via Imja Khola and ascend through the forest to Debuche. We may choose to visit Debuche monastery. Upon reaching Tengboche we may choose to hang around the region and enjoy the beauty of the Himalayan range from this region. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Nuptse. The biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region “Tengboche Monastery or Gompa” is the central attraction of Tengboche. We pay our visit to the monastery and witness some ceremonies out there. We will also spend plenty of time capturing the scenic beauty of the Himalayan range in our cameras. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse.

Day 18: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar
We would be trekking down to Namche Bazaar today. We follow the trail through the hillside filled with Rhododendron, Pine and Juniper trees. The trail offers superb view blended with natural vegetation and the high Himalayas. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi river, the trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge further descending through the pine forest eventually reaching Sansa. We may also get chance to see the wild lives of the region such as mountain goats, snow leopards, pheasants etc. while travelling via forest. Trekking further we pass through a Chorten and reach army camp of Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching at Namche we may choose to hang around and take beautiful pictures of Mt. Lhotse, peak of Mt. Everest and Tengboche from this juncture. Overnight, we stay at a guest house.

Day 19: Namche Bazaar to Lukla [6-8 hours]
We will be wrapping up our trekking expedition today. Leaving Namche Bazaar behind we descend down the rocky trail crossing suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river. As we walk the trail becomes more smooth and easy. We find the environment really warm and cozy compared to previous days of our expedition. We can feel the fresh air blowing from Himalayas that makes our expedition more energetic and vibrant. We pass through beautiful forest filled with Rhododendron, pine trees and different natural vegetations. We get to snap beautiful mountains and the panoramic views on our way. We will be pleased passing through Sherpa villages that offer a unique blend of Sherpa culture and tradition. Upon arrival at Lukla we conclude our long expedition and have a relaxing time with our friends and crew members. Overnight, we stay in Lukla.

Day 20: Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]
We will wave our final goodbye to the beautiful mountains today. The flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for the morning because the windy afternoon may cause difficulties flying the aircraft. The early morning scenic flight over the Himalayas drops us at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport from where you will be escorted to the hotel. Today we have the whole day to relax at the hotel or hang around in the city at your convenience.

Day 21: Leisure Day in Kathmandu
Today you have relaxing day in Kathmandu. You have all the day to hang around in the streets and bazaar of Kathmandu. You may spend time in buying gifts and mementos for your friends and family. If you are interested you may choose to have a guided city tour to explore Kathmandu and its vicinity. You will be joining a special farewell dinner in a cozy traditional Nepali restaurant hosted by Breakfree Adventures and its team in the evening. Overnight, at the hotel.

Day 22: Transfer to airport for your onward destination.
Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the wonderful trekking adventure. We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

The price includes the following services:
• Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
• Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast on twin/triple sharing basis
• Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
• Round trip flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
• Domestic airport tax
• Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
• Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
• A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters (two trekkers, one porter) during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance coverage
• Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS)
• Sagarmatha National Park entrance Permit with entry fees
• First Aid/Medical Kit
• Duffle Bag
• Welcome dinner with Nepali Cultural show
• Government taxes
• Service charge.

 

The price does not include following services:
• Any meals other than the breakfast in Kathmandu
• Monuments entrance fees
• Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise buy a travel insurance policy
• Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
• Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
• Tips for guides and porters

Everest Chola Pass Trekking Depature Dates 2013/2014

Start Date End Date Price Availability  

 

Private departures are available everyday upon your request.

Note:
AVAILABLE : You can book up to four places on this trip. Available and guaranteed.
GUARANTEED : This trip is guaranteed to depart as we have fulfilled the minimum numbers of travelers.
LIMITED : Immediate booking is recommended as the availability is limited in this departure.
JOIN : Join this offer as soon as possible before time runs out.
CLOSED : This trip is now full or unavailable on the specified date. Please contact us, if you are interested in travelling on this available date.
REQUEST : Due to some aspects of the trip we are unable to confirm the trip immediately. However, we will inform you about the status of your request within 2 business days.

Useful Information
We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

The Trekking Group:
For Gokyo-Cho La Pass EBC Trekking we allocate one guide, an assistant guide (4 trekkers: 1assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying the luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). We make sure that the trek expedition will still go ahead as planned if any of the group members falls sick. We operate the Everest High Passes Trek for any group size but generally a largest group consists of twelve people. We also make customized group size as per your requirement. Please do let us know in advance.

A Typical day in the trail
Our day begins with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning. After freshening up we have our breakfast and gear up for our expedition. Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking requires a minimum of 6-8 hours of walk everyday so we have to plan our daily itinerary accordingly. After 2-3 hours of trekking we take a break for lunch somewhere in the trail (restaurants if available). We take frequent rest en route to rejuvenate our expedition. We also halt in many places to capture the scenic view of the Himalayas, beautiful rivers, landscapes, monasteries, cairns etc in our cameras. Our day’s trek ends once we reach our destination as planned in the itinerary. Once we arrive at the guest house, we take a brief rest, take shower and enjoy a light snacks with tea or coffee. We may choose to hang around the local village and community if we have a leisure time. We would be delighted to witness the culture and traditions of the people living in the Himalayas. We will have ample time to chat with our crew members before going to bed. Dinner is usually followed by a next day’s itinerary briefings by our trek leader. You have all the good reasons to drink available locally made alcoholic liquors. Finally you can catch up your bed for a good night sleep.

When to go (Best Season to Travel)
Autumn (Mid September-Mid December) and spring (March-May) are the best season for the Gokyo Chola Pass & Everest Base Camp Trekking. The weather during the season is sunny and warm during the day that offers you to enjoy the magnificent view of the Himalayan range whereas the nights are chilling and cold and can fall to freezing in the higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan and Feb) is also ideal for this trek but cold is something that bothers you during these seasons. Trekking during summer will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon of a keen botanist as the vegetations bloom in this reason. The trekking routes are always busy with trekkers during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and crowded and you can have a great journey enjoying the scenic views.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended for trekkers who plan their trekking in the Himalayas. Everest High Passes Trek is usually a safe expedition but it is always better to stay in a safe side. Travel insurance is mandatory while going for trekking, hiking etc in Nepal. Please make sure that your insurance policy covers personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that your policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered by your policy. You must carry proof of insurance (i.e. your insurance certificate) with you during your expedition.

Meals and Accommodation:
We will arrange three or four star hotel for your accommodation (Upgradable upon request) in Kathmandu. During the Everest High Passes Trek we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house/Lodge. Tea Houses are like hotels that serve with hot showers, western foods and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guest houses are ordinary guest house with shared washing and toilet facilities and comparatively cheap in price. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with one of the group member with same sex. If you wish to stay single in a room then you have to let us know in advance and some surcharges are applicable in such arrangement. Please be noted that there are several guest houses that do not allow a single accommodation during the peak season so sharing the room with somebody becomes a compulsion. We will arrange your dinner and early breakfast in the guest house itself but the lunches will be arranged in some restaurants en route or sometime you need to have your breakfast on the way. Your stay at a local guest house helps you to be more familiar with local culture and traditions.

Breakfree Adventures is highly concerned about the standard of food and hygiene. We make sure that sufficient food is provided to our guest. A special menu will be offered so that you could choose the kind of food you like to eat. A cup of tea or coffee would be included in your meal menu. Our guide will always be there to assist you while choosing the food from the menu. The menu comes with comparatively high price due to the availability of food items and spices and extreme locations. Most of the tea houses serve you with delicious local cuisines along with international foods. You can get food items like biscuits, chocolates, cold drinks, soft drinks and seasonal fruits and veggies. Bottled water is always available in the tea house and restaurants or shops en route. You may ask your guide to fill the bottle with boiled water from the lodges and purify them with purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our twenty two days Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking is graded as strenuous trek suitable for passionate trekkers who have the ability to walk at least six to eight hours a day. Sometimes you may have to walk even more than eight hours. Walking in higher altitude is rather challenging and it requires a lot of physical caliber. A good physique, positive altitude, self confidence and strong determination are the keys to success to successfully accomplish the Gokyo-Cho La Pass EBC Trekking. There have been some changes in icy landscape of the Cho La that is making pass more difficult and challenging compared to previous years. Prior preparation like walking or jogging few hours a day before starting your trek is beneficial and it simplifies your expedition. Past hiking experience is mandatory for Gokyo-Cho La Pass EBC Trekking. Participants with chronic illness, physical disorder, heart, blood and respiratory disease are strongly advised to inform Breakfree Adventures before booking the trek. Consultation with a medical professional is highly recommended before starting your trekking adventure.

Acclimatization:
Breakfree Adventures’s twenty two days Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking is planned with high degree of awareness about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Trekking in the higher altitude too fast might cause a medical condition serious enough to cause death. The level of oxygen fluctuates as the height increases. For example, at an altitude above 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Our body requires many days to adapt the less-oxygen environment so the itinerary should be planned accordingly. Our itinerary is planned in such a way that it provides sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible trek plan is therefore very crucial to minimize the risk of AMS. Breakfree Adventures highly advises specially the person with known heart, blood or respiratory diseases to consult their medical professional before travelling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Our leaders are well trained to administer the AMS. Breakfree Adventures’s itineraries are designed to avert the risk of AMS as much as possible.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
Trekking guides and staff plays a vital role in making a trek a successful one. We allocate trained, experienced, courteous and expert guides and crew members for every trekking endeavor. The staff and guide we deploy during the trekking have the utmost ability of operating your days in the mountains. The team will be lead by the best and professional guide from the industry. Our guides and staffs are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, expertise, guiding skills and aptitude. We deploy the guides and crew member who are familiar with the local culture and community and geographical distribution. Trekking guides of Breakfree Adventures are trained with the following trainings so that to enhance their potentials on medical issues, biodiversity, environmental issues and English language proficiency.

• Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Government's Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language - KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our trekking guides speak English (Some may have the potentials to speak other foreign language like French, Spanish etc) adequate enough for the smooth communication but please consider that English is not our mother tongue. Our guides and porters know the routes and trails and are well aware of local culture and traditions.

Safety and Security:
We do not compromise on safety and security of our guests. We highly prioritize safety and security measures during the Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking. We have to understand that there are certain risks while travelling in higher altitude which you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and trekking trail and they would cancel or re-route a trip if they feel any destination is unsafe to travel.

Responsible Travel:
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel professionals who are always passionate to make your stay in Nepal a memorable one. Our team adopts social philosophies that highly value the responsibility for their clients, local people and the environment we work in. We admire the natural environment and social, cultural and traditional aspect of this majestic country. We always opt to assist our guests in discovering the beauty and culture in the best possible way we can. Responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism in the environment while opening employment opportunities and generating income for local communities. Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving environment and we keep a close watch to ensure the environmental protection. As a responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local people and community through which we travel. While trekking to different destination, we choose environment friendly lodges that ensure high level of guest care. During the treks and other expeditions we follow a zero garbage policy (Pack in, Pack out) and leave nothing behind in the campsites and travel areas. We would appreciate your feedback and suggestions regarding the responsible travel.

Trip Facts

Trip Code: BANETE07
Trip Duration: 22 days
Activities: Trekking & walking, city sightseeing tour, scenic flight.
Max. Altitude: 5545m/18192ft
Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
Best Season: Feb - May and Sept - Nov
Group Size: Minimum one
Daily walking: 6 - 8 hours each day
Transportation: Private vehicle as per itinerary, Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight
Accommodation: 3 star in Kathmandu and lodge/teahouse during the trek (Upgrade on request)
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
Trip Type: Lodge/teahouse trek (Camping on request)

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