Everest Base Camp Trek with Chola and Renjo La Pass 20 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Domestic Flights
  • Activity Cultural Sightseeing Tour and Trekking
  • Best Season March- May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1 to Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5545m/11283ft

Highlights

  • UNESCO listed world heritage Sites' tour in Kathmandu
  • Thrilling and rewarding Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • The incredible trail with steel bridges that are decorated with the Buddhist prayer flags
  • The entrance of Sagarmatha National Park- Jorsalle
  • The commercial hub of the Khumbu region- Namche Bazaar
  • Explore around Syangboche and Everest View Hotel along with the cultural valley of Khumjung
  • The antique Tibetan Buddhist cultural sites of Pangboche and Tengboche
  • Remarkable excursion to the Everest base camp
  • Breathtaking 360-degree views of the Everest Himalayan chain, including Mt. Everest from Kalapatthar
  • Technical Cho La Pass (5420 meters) and descend to the luminous Gokyo valley
  • An acclimatization hike to the Gokyo RI, which is exceptionally rewarding
  • Cross another high pass of Everest- the Renjo La Pass (5340 meters)

Everest Base Camp  with  Cho La and Ranjo La Pass trek  Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek with Chola and Renjo La Pass-20 Days is an ideal trip for those who are looking for a challenging Himalayan trail combined with Everest base camp. The trek allows you abundant Himalayan sceneries, including the top of the world, Mt. Everest (8848.86 meters). The trek begins in Lukla and escorts you all the way to EBC passing through the Sherpa villages and naturally diverse route. Then it connects to the Gokyo valley via the icy route of Cho La Pass (5420 meters) and crosses the Renjo La Pass (5340 meters). This is a journey mixed up with excitement, thrill, cultural fascinations, and Himalayan charms through the inner and isolated parts of the Everest region.

The entire trail ofEverest Base Camp Trekking with Chola and Renjo La Pass lies in the Sagarmatha National Park, which is a home of 8000-meter peaks, and rarely found flora and fauna. To adapt to the high altitude, proper acclimatization is an important part to avoid mountain sickness, especially while walking above 3000 meters. For the best walking weather and impressive views, spring and autumn are the best recommended seasons with crampons. The variations of lodges and hotels support you with comfortable accommodation in the Himalayas with great food.

EBC Treks with Chola and Renjo La Pass is an adventurous trip in the Khumbu region. It covers some of the challenging sections in the Himalayas, including the world-renowned EBC, Kala Patthar, and Gokyo valley after passing the thrilling high passes- Cho La and Renjo La that go above 5000 meters. The dramatic Himalayan views of the Everest region, glacial Lakes, diversity of Sagarmatha National Park, and typical and outstanding Sherpa valleys along the colorful monasteries make the trek outstanding.

Flying to Lukla for half an hour, the trek starts following the Dudh Koshi River valley. The enchanting trail is dotted with Mani walls, and bridges with colorful Buddhist prayer flags and passes through the rhododendron and pine forest. During the trek, you pass some of the delightful Sherpa towns like Namche Bazaar, Khumjung,Pangboche, Tengboche, and Gorakshep, which escort you to the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. The Gokyo valley and Thame are other a couple exclusive Sherpa habitats on the Everest Base Camp Trek with Chola and Renjo La Pass trail.

Climbing to Everest base camp and Kalapatthar is challenging enough, which is further adventurous to cross the Cho La Pass (5420 meters) and Renjo La Pass (5340 meters). Exploring the Gokyo Ri is another exciting trip on the journey. The exquisite Himalayan sceneries of Mt. Everest (8848.86m.), Lhotse, Makalu, Amadablam, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, and the neighboring peaks look dramatic from the high passes.

We recommend spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) as the best times to do the Everest Base Camp trips with Chola and Renjo La Pass. We can expect wonderful weather for trekking and a less snowy route in these seasons. The trekking can be done also in December and January; however, the trail becomes much more challenging and technical due to heavy snowfall. Everest Base Camp with Cho La and Rejo La pass Trek  OvrviewYou need to have good physical fitness and proper acclimatization to cross the challenging Cho La and Renjo La high passes in the Everest region. Crampons are essentials for this trek and are easily available to buy or rent in Kathmandu. Tea houses and hotels are available for the accommodation on the trek. They offer basic facilities like room, shower, and food items.

Adventure Club Trek organizes the adventurous 20 Days Everest Base Camp Tour with Chola and Renjo La Pass with professional and experienced altitude guides, offering uncompromising services. We are aware of guests' safety and security especially about the high-altitude sickness and while crossing the high passes.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After resting for some time at your Hotel, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

After breakfast, our city guide will take you to the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath stupa, the famous Buddhist monkey temple is located on the hill from where you can get the picture of Kathmandu valley from a bird’s view. Pashupathinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus, is located in the eastern part of the city. Likewise, Buddhanath is the largest spherical stupas in Asia. You will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Squire, a centuries-old royal palace, now turned into national museums, temples, and other buildings, with the finest architectures, with fine cuts and wood carvings. In the afternoon, we get our equipment checked by our Trekking leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip. Overnight at the hotel.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

We need to catch the early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. So, it's better to pack breakfast and drive to the domestic airport. Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla is about 40 minutes, but offers an amazing experience of exploring the towering Himalayan peaks. We meet our further trip crew and manage the stuff, we commence through the magnificent trail, dotted with the fields, chhortens, and scattered Sherpa houses. Walking above the Dudh Koshi River, we ultimately cross the suspension bridge and reach Phakding, where we stop the walk today. 

Note: Sometimes, due to the maintenance of the domestic airport of Kathmandu, the flight takes off to Lukla from the Manthali airport of Ramechhap. It's about a 4-hour road trip, which begins early in the morning (around 3 am). Driving early, you don't have to face traffic and catch the flight on time.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2652m/8699ft

Having breakfast at Phakding, we kick off the trek following the Dudh Koshi River. After a short walk, we get a stunning Himalayan summit of Thamserku peak. Then we head further through the agricultural terrain. We reach Monjo, walk continuously and get the Sagarmatha National Park (1148sq km, established in 1976) entry permit. We stop for the lunch at Jorsalle. The trail hereafter is straight uphill and we encounter yaks frequently. The first view of Mt. Everest on the trek entices us. Ascending gradually, we reach a trade hub in the Khumbu- Namche Bazaar. It is densely populated in a horseshoe shape.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,438m/11286ft

Acclimatization is a significant part of the Everest Base Camp with Chola and Renjo La Pass Trek. Breathing should be easy, especially while walking above 3000 meters as the air lacks oxygen hereafter. We just roam around the exclusive marketplace of Namche Bazaar, around Khunde, Everest View Hotel, and Khumjung. The Everest view hotel is an amazing Everest Himalayan viewpoint located at the ridge of the hill, which offers outstanding mountains such as Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, etc. Khumjung, on the other hand, is a spiritual center, where centuries-old monasteries and myths related to the cultural attractions. Exploring the surroundings, we hike back to the Namche and take a rest.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,438m/11286ft

With the sunrays, Namche Bazaar wakes up with the bustling movement. Trekkers begin their journey after having breakfast at the hotel. From Namche, we climb up to the ridge through the straight uphill route via Kyangjuma. Then we have a quite easy hiking route for a while until we descend to the Dudh Koshi River at Phunki Tenga. Having lunch with the Riverside view is great. After lunch, we head gradually through a gentle route and climb all the way to the Tengboche monastery, which is one of the biggest monasteries in the Khumbu region.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3860m/12660ft

The morning vibes at Tengboche are amazing that come from the monastery and are accompanied by the towering Ama Dablam peak. After breakfast, we trek down to Deboche, crossing a bridge over the Imja Khola, which is an icy stream. We climb to Pangboche, where another olden monastery lies with the attraction of several mani walls. We continue walking till Somare, where we stop for lunch. Gradually trekking via uphill route, we move further all the way to quaint Sherpa hamlet of Dingboche. It is a viewpoint of the outstanding peaks, including Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4410m/14464ft

Dingboche is another suitable destination for acclimatization. We have a couple of options to hike around- either to climb up the Nangkhartshang Hill, which is of 5100 meters altitude, or hiking towards Chhukung. After breakfast, we head towards the hill with packed lunch. Hiking is advantageous to adapt to the alpine altitude, which bears less oxygen in the air. From the hilltop, the exclusive view of Chhukung valley, Imja Khola, and the Lhotse South wall can be explored. If you just want an easy side trip, we recommend the hike to Chhukung.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5100m/16728ft

Khumbu glacier is on the way that we encounter today. We make an uphill climb as soon as we embark on the excursion for a couple of hours then we reach Thuk La. We take a short break and follow quite an adventurous route and cross the Thuk La Pass (4830 meters). We witness the sights of Everest climbers' memorials on the way that belong to those who died in a mission of climbing Mount Everest. We continue our trek all the way to Lobuche, a beautiful Sherpa hamlet at an altitude of 4910 meters.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4910m/16105ft

Catching the uphill trail right after breakfast, we gradually head through the rocky and icy route. We witness the dazzling view of Mount Nuptse and Pumori. We pass the Pyramid and cross the Lobuche Pass (5110 meters). The last human settlement on this route is Gorakshep, where we stay tonight. At the moment, we stop there, check in at the hotel, and have lunch. After this, we walk further to the Everest base camp (5364m/17594ft), which is in total about a 4-hour journey round trip. Due to the low level of oxygen, hiking is quite tough. We take group pictures and spend about 20 minutes at the base camp exploring the stunning view of Mt. Everest and the surroundings. Then we hike down Gorakshep and take a break after a long and tiresome journey

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5181m/16994ft

Hiking to Kalapatthar (5545m/18188ft) is an excellent day to begin in the early morning. We climb gradually to the Himalayan viewpoint and enjoy the 360-degree views of Everest Himalayas- Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and the surrounding vistas. Then we hike down and proceed further downhill. Crossing the Lobuche Pass, we reach Pyramid. We extend our trek to Lobuche for lunch and take a rest. After a while, we begin our trek again through the Lobuche Kharka and pass the Tomb Stones (Everest Climbers who passed away during the expedition). We walk all the way to Dzongla and take a rest after a long walk.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4830m/15840ft

Crossing the Cho La Pass is an adventure dream that we are going to do today. Having breakfast early in the morning, we also begin the trek early because starting late means facing more challenges. We climb gradually enjoying the view of Cholatse north face. The glacial moraines are quite technical to defend. You need to be aware while crossing the steep and slippery section as the danger of crevasses cannot be underestimated. The Cho La Pass (5420m/17780ft)offers excellent Himalayan sceneries, including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Cholatse. Crossing a 5420 meters high pass, we descend through the slippery path and tough icy route, which takes us to Thangnak. The feel of the exhaust will be flown away with the achievement.

Note: Crampons are recommended. You can buy/hire them in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4700m/15415ft

The tired muscle needs to be awakening, so we have breakfast a bit late today and kick off the journey towards the Gokyo Third Lake. The route is isolated, where only the rock faces and the Everest Himalayan views accompany us on the alpine terrain. We have an easy schedule, and following the enchanting route, we reach the beautiful Gokyo valley with a giant Lake nearby. It remains frozen for several months in the winter. It is also known as Dudh Pokhari.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4790m/15710ft)

The widely spread Gokyo Lake is the third Lake in an area of 43 ha, a maximum depth of 43m, a length- of 1000 meters, and a width of 855 meters. After having breakfast at the hotel, we begin our hike towards the Gokyo Ri (5360m/17880ft). The real charm of the Everest region begins to appear as you hike higher. You may climb the Gokyo peak or even hike to the Thanak Tso, another isolated Lake in the Gokyo region. The day hike offers spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, and the neighboring peaks. The longest glacier in Nepal- the Ngozumba glacier can be seen as amazing. Then we hike down to Gokyo.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5360m/17880ft

With acclimatized feet, we kick off the excursion from the Gokyo valley early in the morning. We have a long and tiresome trip to make through the high pass. However, the journey becomes pleasing with the breathtaking Himalayan views of the Everest range, Makalu, Rolwaling range, and Ghyachung Kang along with the Ngozumba glacier. Crossing the Renjo La Pass5340m/17843Ft, we descend through the steep and slippery trail all the way to Lumde. So, the adventure tale of crossing a couple of high passes concludes at this point.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4300m/14104 ft

Experiencing the hospitality at Lumde, we begin to climb down after having breakfast. We pass Marlung and Taranga. Heading further, we cross a stream and hike through Thumla Kharka. On the way, we explore the Kyaro Gumba. Heading further, we get the enticing scenery of Thamserku, Kantenga, and Kusum Kangguru. Reaching Thame, we check-in at the hotel and explore the nearby monastery, dating back about 300 years.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3800m/13464ft

A beautiful morning at Thame invites us to enjoy the dazzling surroundings. Having breakfast, we start our excursion on the flat terrain and eventually follow the downhill route to Thamo. It welcomes us with the delightful monastery, named Khari Gompa. Exploring it, we find how smileys are the monks and nuns over there. We continue our journey to Namche Bazaar, meeting the place that we are already familiar with

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3440m/11283ft

We begin to walk after breakfast at Namche. The trail is all the way down to the Dudh Koshi River. We check-out from the Sagarmatha National Park and cross a couple of bridges before we catch a trail to Lukla. At Lukla, we organize a small achievement party celebrating with the team as it will be their (porters') last day.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2800m/9184ft

Taking an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu of 40 minutes, we receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After releasing the tiredness, you have abundant options of massage, shopping, walk around and enjoy the last day with a beautiful memory. Then we meet for the farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight at the hotel. (B,D,A included)

Note: In case of maintenance of domestic airport of Kathmandu, first you fly from Lukla to Manthali airport and drive further to Kathmandu, which is about 4-5 hours drive. But, the duration can extend due to the traffic.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, and Farewell Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

Our Trek ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safariRafting, Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding. 

Trip Map

Everest Base Camp Trek with Chola and Renjo La Pass 20 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the Itinerary, 
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Government licensed; English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla including airport departure tax
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permits for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walk with the group to support as necessary.
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs include their salary, accommodation, food, domestic airfare, and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Duffle bag for the trekking.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, and 90 Days – 125 USD
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 07, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayOctober 26, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 11, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 30, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 14, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayNovember 02, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: MondayOctober 17, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayNovember 05, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: ThursdayOctober 20, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayNovember 08, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: SundayOctober 23, 2022End DateEnd: FridayNovember 11, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: WednesdayOctober 26, 2022End DateEnd: MondayNovember 14, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 28, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayNovember 16, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: SundayOctober 30, 2022End DateEnd: FridayNovember 18, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

Useful Info

Meals

All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu and a guesthouse/teahouse during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Adventure Club Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower altitudes but, it might be complicated to find them at higher altitudes.

Drinking-Water

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

Acclimatization And High-Altitude Sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS) which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headache, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomit, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines.

A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms including shortness of breath even while taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to the lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle them with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on the isolated and off the beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  • A bandage in case of sprains.
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  • Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  • Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  • The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  • Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items marked with an asterisk (*) will be provided by Adventure Club Trek at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your such articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many of the trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the items imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since your pack will be carried by our porters, please remember the weight limitation is 15kg (33 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you did not send me any list of gear.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s and duffle bags.

* Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, and snacks, and for purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc

 HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Experience Required

Everest Base Camp Trek with Chola and Renjo La Pass is a challenging trip and suitable for passionate trekkers who can walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light rucksack. On some days, we might even need to walk for 8-9 hours. Trekking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than trekking at the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with good physical fitness, have a positive attitude, and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek. Exercising and jogging three days a week is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Adventure Club Trek before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept -Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but a summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visas for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visa, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expedition or climbing treks)

All our guides are highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conversation, first-aid, and emergency evacuation. They are all very professional, knowledgeable, and passionate about the field of tourism. They are local guides and their English is sometimes limited to trek-related topics. They know how to facilitate running a smooth and safe trip whilst appreciating the beauty of the Himalayan world.

Porters Care

Courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience on any team. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. After your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Electricity, WIFI, and  Battery  Recharge

During your trek on the Everest region, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, iPads from micro-hydro power, and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places offering free Wi-Fi are Starbucks coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At other places upwards, you need to pay for using internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.

Communication On Trek 

On  Everest Base Camp Trek with Chola and Renjo La Pass in Nepal, the internet service will be available at lodges with some extra service charge. You can also contact your family and friends from the guesthouses, but as we reach high altitudes, the communication will be through the phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once a day to make sure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly touch for help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to network before the high altitude. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card for a better network. Many places have WIFI service available at an extra cost.

Group Size and Team Composition 

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 16 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members do not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping 

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

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