Everest Base Camp via Gokyo-Ri -Cho-La Pass Trek - 18 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 18 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Domestic Flights
  • Activity Cultural Sightseeing Tour, Trekking and Hiking
  • Best Season March - May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5545m/11283ft

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo -Cho La pass Trek Overview

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La pass Trek Overview is an adventurous journey through the turquoise lakes and the high landmarks in the Khumbu region. This trip also combines the beauty of the lakes with the Himalayas and skies. Gokyo Lakes (4,700m/15,400ft), Gokyo Ri (5,357m /17,575feet), the Everest base Camp(5,364m/17 598ft), and Kala Patthar (5,545m/ 18,192ft) are the key elements that offer a spectacular view of the Himalayas.

 

The trail goes through the forest of rhododendron, juniper, fir, and pines, crossing waterfalls, streams, rivers, and villages of Sherpas. The trekking route via Cho La Pass goes through landmarks and diverse landscapes. You will explore the oldest monasteries in Tangbouche and culturally important Sherpa villages such as Thame, Marlung, and settlements in Nangpa La Valley in the Khumbu Region. Everest Base Camp Trip via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La pass offers a magnificent view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Pumori, and Khumbu Icefall. It is an ideal trek for trekkers looking for a little extra challenge in the Himalayas, especially for those who want to explore more remote trails in the Khumbu region.

 

Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass Trekking is an incredible adventure into the outback with views of emerald lakes that pass onto green meadows amid Godly nature. Making this trip will help you get rid of your demons. Many trekkers long to visit the Gokyo valley as an off-shoot trip during their ventures to the Everest Base Camp. However, this is a unique discovery outing to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Peak, the famous Chola pass, and KalaPatthar. Bask in the full exploration of the valleys of the Khumbu, Gokyo lakes, Sherpa country, monasteries, and the friendly welcome of the local folks. The trek would also enable you to enjoy the wonders of the mighty and famous Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, and Mt. Amadablam, among others.

 

This trek features the fantastic scenery of remote Gokyo Valley and its grand array of beautiful turquoise lakes, moonscape-like glaciers, and breathtaking mountain vistas that include Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu - four of the eight highest peaks on planet earth! The 360-degree view from Gokyo Ridge is arguably the best in Khumbu! The beginning of this trek is the same as we plod down to Everest Base Camp. On the way, we crash out for two nights in Namche Bazaar village to acclimate. Namche is considered the commercial hub for the Khumbu region, and people walk from as far as Tibet every Saturday to peddle their wares hereabouts. This is the junction onto which each trail converges, so animals and people jostle for space in this amphitheater-style city.

 

Breathtaking mountain vistas are complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes, and monasteries, offering insight into the quiet but culturally vibrant Sherpa way of living on these rugged steppes of the Himalayas. We take you into a genuinely well-known paradise where destiny is yours for the keeping…pass it down to the generations to come.

 

The booking of the trip for 2023 is now open. If you want to know about the cost of the Everest base camp trek, the itinerary of the Everest base camp trek, or have any further queries, please feel free to contact us at WhatsApp on this number: +977-9851025658.

 

 Highlights of Everest Base Camp via Gokyo-Ri -Cho-La Pass Trek

 

  • Complete tour of the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valleyincluding the three Durbar Squares, Basantapur, Patan, and Bhaktapur.
  • Around 35 minutes scenic flight from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to Tenzing-Hillary Airport with views of some of the world’s highest mountains.
  • Get acquainted with the Sherpa culture and their daily lifestyle.
  • Acclimatize in Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the Khumbu Region, also enjoy the fantastic view of the majestic Everest from Everest View Hotel.
  • Explore the Gokyo Village and hike up to Gokyo Ri at 5,364m to enjoy the magnificent views of Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.
  • Also, explore the fourth hoy lake, Thaknak Tsho.
  • Conquer one of the highest passes in the Everest Region, Cho-La Pass, at 5,367m.
  • Step foot on Everest Base Camp with views of Pumori, Khumbutse, and Nuptse, including the Khumbu Icefall on the backdrop.
  • Enjoy the best view of Everest from Kala Patthar at 5,545m.

 

 

How difficult is Everest Base Camp Trekking via Gokyo-Ri-Cho-La Pass?

 

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Ri Cho La Pass is challenging compared to other tours in Everest Region. The trek gives you the experience of a lifetime but also demands significant effort and energy from your side. The walk is not a beginner-friendly trip. It requires some trekking knowledge and a solid will to beat the trails and conquer the Everest Base Camp region. In addition to prior trekking experience, one must have a healthy habit of exercising and walking daily. Even if you do not have such a habit, you must prepare your body for the trek beforehand.
 

When is the time for Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo-Ri-Cho-La-Pass?

 

Fall or spring is a suitable time to go on the Everest Base Camp Trek. In Nepal, spring is from March to May. The temperature is neither cold nor hot this season except for Lobuche and Gorakshep, and the daylight is longer. Spring is the time when the rhododendrons and wildflowers bloom.

On the other hand, for travelers who wish to view the Himalayas at their best, autumn is the best time. Autumn falls between September and November in Nepal. During the fall, there is a low amount of rain, and beautiful clear blue skies contribute to excellent views of mountains. However, there is no season limit for the Everest Base Camp Trek. It can also be made in other seasons.

The seasonal monsoon characterizes summer in Nepal. Overcast weather, downpour, and monsoon-fed rivers with high currents can be imaged during monsoon, which makes it difficult to get a better view of the Himalayas. However, the trekkers who wish to avoid sharing a crowded trail with flocking tourists choose summer for Everest Base Camp Trek. On the other hand, winter is an excellent choice; though the temperature remains rather cold, you will appreciate the fantastic view of snow-capped mountains. To sum up, it does not matter what season you choose; the Adventure Club Trek will organize the Everest Base Camp Trek making it a memorable part of your life.

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 customs formalities (visa and so on), you will be transferred to your respective Hotel in Adventure Club Trek's private vehicle. After resting 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 a picture of Kathmandu valley from a bird's view. Pashupathinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus, is located in the city's eastern part. Likewise, Buddhanath is the largest spherical stupa 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 architecture, straight 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 in Kathmandu.

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

You will be driven to the domestic airport in the early morning to fly to Lukla. The 40-minute flight offers splendid views of mountains till landing at Lukla (2,800m) airport, the gateway to the Everest Base Camp Trek. The air route is considered majestic as high peaks are a joy to behold from closer. In Lukla, you will have time for tea while our guide will divide a load of baggage to be carried by porters. Now the trekking starts through the pretty well-off Sherpa village. After that, you will cross several tributaries down the trail. The splendid views will reveal the natural beauty as you make it to the small settlement of Phakding (2,650m). Here, you can take a rest, go for a short hike to a nearby monastery, or just stroll around to get a feel of the land. Overnight in Phakding.

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. Altitude2,651m/ 8700f

After breakfast, we head for Namche Bazaar, following the trail through the pine forest alongside the Dudhkoshi River. We cross several suspension bridges over rivers, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. We pass by Chumoa and Monjo villages before entering the Sagarmatha National Park. The Park offers a scenic view of green vegetation and wildlife. We make a steep ascent for about two hours, then we get the first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the ridge of Lhotse-Nuptse. We halt at Chautara to admire the surrounding view. We continue hiking to reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt Everest and the main trading center in the Khumbu region. Various decent offices, hotels, internet cafes, and other offices and trading concerns exist. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

 

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

For all the trekkers, getting used to the climate and situation is essential to make the Everest Base Camp Trek successful. After that, you may go on a short hike to Sagarmatha National Park, from where you can enjoy views of Lhotse, Mount Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kongde, and Thamserku over the sunrise.


For the speedy adjustment to the higher altitude, we make an excursion to Syangboche and ascend to the Everest View Hotel, which is considered to be located at the highest place. From the Hotel, we get a splendid view of the Himalayas; Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and others. After having a tea or coffee break, we gradually descend to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung, where we will have lunch. We may visit the Sherpa village of Khumjung, where we can have lunch. In Namche, there is Khumjung Monastery. The legend has it that the monastery houses a Yeti's scalp.


Returning to Namche, we may choose to relax or enjoy roaming the town. You may visit the Sherpa museum to learn about the Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering, or nearby Thame, a historic village. It is worth visiting the Khumjung Hillary School, established by Sir Edmond Hillary, the first person to climb Mt. Everest. Overnight in Namche.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3860m/12664ft

After breakfast, we set off for Phortse Thanga. We ascend Khumjung hill and descend east of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudhkoshi River, from where the route turns north. At a point ahead, the trail is divided into two, and your guide will decide which path you will follow. You will witness a Chorten, a Buddhist shrine, on top of the ridge at 3973m. On the way, we visit Mohang, the birthplace of the re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet; the Lama is believed to have introduced Buddhism in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Then, we follow the trail that descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dush Koshi River. We stay overnight near the river in Phortse Tanga. Overnight in Phortse Thanga.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,680m/12,073ft

After breakfast, we set off for Machhermo. First, we prepare for the challenging climb we will be making. Next, we hit the trail through the rhododendron forest and crossed a waterfall before we reached the village of Tongba. Finally, we continue the uphill path as we pass by several villages, including Dhole, Luza, and Labarma, before reaching the destination for the day. At night you are likely to hear the bubbling of the Dudhkoshi River. 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,470m/14,665ft

After breakfast, we begin the trek with a climb on a ridge that rewards us with a splendid view of the valley below Mt. Kang Taiga (6,685m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,153m). We halt at Phangkha, then we descend to a riverbank. We climb up the Ngozumpa Glacier’s terminal moraine via a steep route. The route evens out making the journey easier after crossing an iron bridge over a local stream.

On the way to the Gokyo Valley, we come across Longpongo Lake at 4,690m. Next, you will come across Taboche Tsho Lake that appears bright turquoise when the day is sunny. The two lakes are linked by a stream. There is also another lake called Dudh Pokhari. We will head for Gokyo village near the shoreline of the lake. You will have adequate time to explore around the lake in the afternoon. The sight of Mt Cho-Oyu in the backdrop of turquoise Dudh Pokhari Lake can be a lifetime memory. Overnight in Gokyo.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,800m/15,748ft

Today, we reserve the day for acclimatization in Gokyo valley. We hike to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above the Gokyo village. The Gokyo Ri offers a magnificent view of four 8,000ers — Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu — and the bird's view of Gokyo village located on the edge of the third lake along with Ngozumpa Glacier and Cholatse. We also witness the beam of sunlight turning Mt Everest into a golden object. Subsequently, we will bask in the tranquil serenity of the fourth holy lake, Thonak Tsho. Depending on the extra time and your physical condition, we will decide whether to hike to the fifth sacred lake, Ngozumba Tsho, where you can observe the Ngozumpa glacier, the longest in the Himalayas. Finally, we went back to Gokyo village for the second night. Overnight in Gokyo.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5,357m/17,575ft

After breakfast, we trek through the magnificent Ngozumpa glacier to reach the other side of the mountain. You will enjoy the impressive sight of the Himalayas on this short trek from Gokyo to Thagnak. Overnight stay in Thagnak.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4750 m/15,583ft

Trek to Dzongla via Cho La pass could be the most challenging because of the steep and slippery path on the glacier. It is difficult to hike through the rocks covered by ice. Although crampons are not used, microspikes can be helpful in adverse weather conditions. Acclimatization made in Gokyo valley becomes useful here while ascending to the Cho La pass. We hike through the side of a frozen lake to reach the top of the Cho La pass decorated with prayer flags. Here, you will notice Mt Ama Dablam presiding over the range of the Himalayas on the south even as Cholatse soars to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. We pass by some crevasses and reach Dzongla village, which offers a fantastic view of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, and Lobuche, along with Pheriche Village, farther below. 
 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5,367m/17,608ft

This will be your short and relaxing trek descending from Dzongla. We hike through a meadow-like trail with a constant view of Lobuche peak. The path then curves from the wide river bed on the way before we reach Lobuche. We will take a rest and prepare for the upcoming challenging day. You will trek to the Everest Base Camp the next day. Overnight in Lobuche .

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,950m/16,240ft

This is the day to realize the dream of exploring the Everest Base Camp. In the early morning, we embarked on the journey through rocky terrains alongside the Khumbu glacier to reach Gorakshep(5181m/16994ft). Subsequently, you will find it hard along the straight trail to the Everest Base Camp due to the accumulation of glacial debris, rocky dunes, and moraine. At the Everest Base Camp, we enjoy the Khumbu Glacier and icefall. The Everest Base Camp is stunningly beautiful as we get awe-inspiring views of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori. You may engage yourself in capturing the best experience and memories through the lens as we take enough time here. We may find beautiful mountain mice called 'pika' and flocks of Tibetan snow peacocks called Khongma at the base camp. After sinking in the beauty of the mountains, we go back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5,383m/17,660ft

It is a challenging trek to Kala Patthar, located at a height of around (5,550m/18,208ft). We start our journey before dawn to catch the first light, illuminating the peak Nuptse Nup, Changtse, and Lhotse. Kala Patthar stands for black stone in Nepali. Apparently, our trail passes through the rough terrain of black rocks.

The whole process of sunlight falling on the peaks and turning them into golden objects seems alchemical. We also get the panoramic view of Nuptse (7, 861m/ 25,791 ft.), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/ 22,350 ft.), Lobuche (6,119m/20075 ft.) and Mt Everest from the summit of Kala Patthar. This could be one of the best places and times to capture the panoramas through the lens. Finally, we return to Gorakshep for breakfast, pick up our luggage, and descend to Pheriche for the night's stay. 

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,288m/14,068ft

We descend back to Namche Bazaar today. We walk through rhododendron and juniper woods and cross the bridge over Imja Khola as we trek down to Orsho. In the pine forest, we can spot mountain goats among other wild mammals and pheasants inhabiting the Sagarmatha National Park. We keep on going down the trail to Pangboche. We will make a short ascent to Tengboche. By late afternoon, we arrive in the familiar town of Namche. Overnight in Namche Bazaar,

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

After breakfast, we prepare for the final epic of this adventurous trek. We take the same path back to Lukla. We cross the Hillary Suspension Bridge, pass by various settlements going uphill and downhill, and reach Lukla. You will have free time to enjoy sightseeing and roam the Lukla village. In the evening you can have fun and celebrate the moment. Overnight in Lukla.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,804m/9,199ft

In the early morning, we take a flight to Kathmandu. After landing at the airport in Kathmandu, you will transfer to the Hotel for much-needed rest. In the evening, Adventure Club Trek will host a farewell dinner for you at a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Note: In case of a flight delay, you will have to stay in Lukla until the weather becomes apparent, or you can take a helicopter ride. In case of maintenance of a domestic airport in Kathmandu, you may have to fly from Lukla to Manthali Airport and drive further to Kathmandu. The 4 to 5-hour drive may extend due to traffic congestion.

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

Our Everest Base Camp via Gokyo-Ri -Cho-La Pass 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 in experiencing other adventurous activities like jungle safari, RaftingBungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern while 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 illness or injury can occur. To avoid dangerous situations, we may occasionally change the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That being said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Trip Map

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo-Ri -Cho-La Pass Trek - 18 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 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 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 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: SaturdayFebruary 25, 2023End DateEnd: TuesdayMarch 14, 2023StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1287
Start DateStart: TuesdayFebruary 28, 2023End DateEnd: FridayMarch 17, 2023StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1287

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

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 tour, 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 get 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 can make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek

 

Accommodation

During the trek, you will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu and a guesthouse/teahouse. 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 needs to provide water. The best option is to treat the local water with chlorine/iodine tablets or 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 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 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 regular AMS feels giddy, gets headaches, has Nausea, is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomiting, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines.

A person suffering from severe AMS shows heightened symptoms, including shortness of breath, even while taking rest. The trekker with severe symptoms can barely walk, and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having severe AMS has to be taken to a 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 body's tissues. 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 frothy pink sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are rare. All our Adventure Club Trek guides are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it 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. However, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory for expeditions that take on isolated and off-the-beaten trekking paths; the same goes for climbing expeditions.

  • 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 per the trekkers' particular needs 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 to 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 own articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the imported objects 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 taken 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 still need to send me a gear list.

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

* Our leading 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, snacks, and for buying 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 valuable 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, consisting of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a hot 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 and contact lens supplies.
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guidebook
  • 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 via Gokyo -Chola Pass Trek is a challenging trip suitable for passionate trekkers who can walk at least 6-7 hours daily with a light rucksack. We may need to walk for 8-9 hours on some days. Trekking at higher altitudes is more physically demanding than at lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with good physical fitness, a positive attitude, and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek. Exercising and jogging three days a week is an excellent idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required for this trip. Before booking the trek, participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Adventure Club Trek. We also recommend 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 a permit for 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 visas on arrival. After arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks to assist with your visa processing. After taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you must stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for the online visa within 15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo 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 in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the 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 is convenient, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate worldwide, you can CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90-day visa 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 150 days a year, and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices in Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visas, 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 expeditions or climbing treks)

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

 

Porters Care

On any team, courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. After your trek, you will find they fully earned gratitude and respect. We expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a total commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of severe 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 you will undertake 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 spend a cash deposit on the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism, or you may need help settling a claim.

 

Electricity, WIFI, and Battery Recharge

During your trek on the Everest region, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, and iPads from micro-hydropower 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 internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.

 

Communication On Trek 

On Everest via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La pass Trek 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 daily to ensure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly touch you for help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to the 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 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. This is because we need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members does not apply. We always strive to form a team, ensuring members are comfortable with one another.

 

Tipping

Tipping is optional in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express gratitude, you are free to tip drivers and hotel staff. People usually welcome such generosity. When listing 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 to show appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

FAQs

  • Q1. How is weather and climate in the Everest region?

    The coldest temperatures at the Everest Summit and Base Camp occur from mid-December to the end of January. The temperatures at the summit drop to average -37C (-35F) while those at Everest Basecamp to -17C (1.4F). Temperatures rise rapidly in the spring (from mid-April) although nights still remain cold and chilly. Day temperatures are comfortable with sunny skies, but it gets below freezing at night during the winter. During the spring, the day temperatures are warm enough for travellers to trek in t-shirts while it can be chilly at night. During monsoon, rain and snowfall are common. Autumn is a great time with clear days and comfortable temperatures.

  • Yes, cell phone networks can be found on the trail of Everest Base Camp trek. Most of the places get cell phone coverage either by Nell or NTC networks. However, at certain areas, there may be no coverage at all.

  • During your trek, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, iPads from micro-hydropower 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.

  • Yes, the Cho La Pass is quite dangerous and the intensity of the challenges depends on the time of the year you are doing this trek. Trekkers must be very careful to do this trek during winter, post-winter and rainy seasons. To be precise, the rocky path from Gokyo to Dzongla is the most challenging segment on the entire trek. During the pre, mid or post winter months of January, February and early March, the trail is filled with snow and ice making it very difficult to navigate the track at times. We move ahead with plan A and plan B after gathering information about whether any other team ahead of us has crossed the challenging section or not. Plan A is making sure to cross the pass and plan B is just giving up and returning for safety measures. There is nothing to worry about as we have expert leaders with experience and proficient knowledge to make sure about your safety measures at difficult times.

  • Adventure Club Trek is a professionally managed trekking company based in Nepal. We have a policy of employing competent Local Trekking Group Leaders and Guides, who cares about the fragile environment, know Nepal better, and have empathy to porters and staff. They are fluent in English and have undergone extensive Trek leader and Guide courses, wilderness first aid, mountaineering, eco-trekking training, etc. to ensure that they are fully competent in all aspects of trekking, climbing, nature, and conservation, first aid to high altitude medicine. All of them have year's long trip-leading experience and high dedication to rendering qualitative services. Many of them have work experience in international adventure travel companies.

  • You can meet the guides before leaving, the porters are all local to the area of your trek (this helps us to give something back to the local community) so you will meet them upon your arrival to your trekking gateway.

  • Yes, our guides are well trained and qualified with fluent English. Some of them have also conversational skills in other European languages.

  • The Adventure Club Trek has qualified and certified guides who have fluent English speaking. Most of the porters understand basic English, but do not speak it.

  • The trekkers suffering from high-altitude sickness feels dizzy, gets headache, Nausea and out of breath, and are suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body get used to with less amount of oxygen.

  • Operating lodges at Everest Base Camp is strictly prohibited. However, Everest authorities allow sleeping at the base camp in tents during the Everest Expedition Spring Season with special permits. If you have friends or acquaintance in the expedition team, you may get opportunity to sleep at the Everest Base Camp with an approval from our guide leading your team.

  • The tea houses at lower elevation may have proper facilities while accommodations get quite basic with minimal facilities at higher altitudes. Tea houses are operated by locals.

    Rooms and Beds

    Each room with a twin bed may be found partitioned with wood to keep them warm. During the off-season, single rooms can be booked. However, during the peak season, two persons have to share a room. In some guest houses, the rooms are set in dormitory-style. The guesthouses may not have heaters which is why carrying a sleeping bag is recommended.

    Toilets and Shower

    The tea houses in lower altitude have western-style flushing toilet. At higher altitude, there are squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside the room. Most of the guesthouses do not provide toiletries. Hence, you have to carry the toiletry kits yourself. For the hot shower, a tea house provides a bucket full of hot water which needs to be paid for.

  • Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. As first aid, we can take Diamox on the Everest Base Camp trek. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle the situation 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.

  • Yes, we do. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families and colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 and maximum 50 at a time). Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style, and is negotiable. We also arrange TREKS FOR SINGLE WOMAN. If none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you, you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about making it solo trip. We assign local guide, porters etc who you can trust your life with.

  • There will be the main guide as well as assistant guides who accompany the slowest person in the group. Take note that trekking in high altitude is not about speed and pace. Every day you will have your target destination and whether you reach there in the early afternoon or a few hours late does not really matter. What really is important is that the slower you go, the better you will be able to acclimatize. The Everest Base Camp -Chola Pass Trek is not about being the fastest person at all. It is about taking your time, going super slow and having an amazing journey. It is said, the best adventures are not the ones that are rushed or the ones that you just pass by, they are the ones where you stop, look around and take it all step by step.

  • Yes, tea houses have electricity in common areas. They do charge an extra fee of Rs 100 Up to Tengboche for charging the battery of a device. Moreover, there are solar panel in the tea houses in higher altitudes above Tengboche which charge Rs 200 to 400.

  • Your gear will be divided into two packs — you will carry your daypack every day during the trek while your duffle bag will be carried between tea houses by porters. All extra luggage can be left at the hotel before you begin your trek. Every morning, your porters will carry your duffle bag to the next tea house. It will be difficult to assess your gear from your duffle bag until the evening when you arrive at the next tea house. That is to say, you will have to include the gears that you use on daily basis into your day pack. You may keep your daypack as light as possible to make trekking easier. We advise you to carry the essentials including water, snacks, poncho, headlamp, camera, sunscreen lotion etc.

  • We will lend you the sleeping bags and down jackets which will be enough for you. But if you want extra, you may get them at a rent of US Dollar 2 per day.

  • You should bring only the items that you will use during the trek. The main pack or the duffle bag provided by the Adventure Club Trek should weigh no more than 11kg/24 lbs. which will be carried by porters. We advise you to bring some dry bags inside your duffle bag in order to pack wet clothes, shoes, dirty clothes etc. There will be one porter to carry two trekkers' main pack during the trek. Apart from this, you should also carry a daypack that weighs about 5kg (11lbs)

  • Yes, absolutely! You can do the Everest Base Camp Gokyo -Chola Pass trek with us, but you need to contact us on time, i.e., at least three months prior to the trek date. We need to know about your health history and your daily lifestyle as well. Once we get to know about these parameters, then we can advise whether you are eligible for the trek or not. We may also suggest you to undertake certain exercises and short-day hikes accordingly.

  • Since there is no ATM in the mountain region past Namche Bazaar, you will need a total of US Dollar 250 to 280 for bottled water, boiled water, toilet paper, showers, electronic device charging, purchasing souvenirs and for optional tips offerings.

  • Yes, a representative from the Adventure Club Trek will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and also see you off at the airport during the departure.

  • Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass is harder than the Everest Base Camp classical route. One must read and acquire important information, consult and prepare better with a strong mind set to take up the challenge. This trek is more technically advanced than some of the other treks in the Everest region – thus it is more adventurous. With little technical skills and a good physical fitness and acclimatization, you’ll have nothing to worry about on the trek. Sometimes trekkers simply tend to get overwhelmed by hearing from others about the difficulties and various challenges of this trek. Our expert travel consultants will guide you for better counseling and preparation to take up this challenge.

  • The best time to visit Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake Chola pass depends on what kind of activities you hope to do.

    Spring (March-May) or fall (October-November) is a suitable time for trekking. The weather remains favorable with clear skies, little-to-no rain, and less chance of problematic snowfall. The trails are the busiest with flocked travelers during the Spring and the Autumn.

    Although the monsoon season (June to early September) is not an ideal time to travel to EBC due to wet weather and muddy conditions that can lead to landslides on trails, the temperatures remain warmer. If you do not mind getting a bit wet trekking can be done on this route as the higher you go in altitude, there will be less rain. You can also do trekking in the winter. you will get crystal-clear views of mountains despite extremely cold weather. You will need to be well prepared for freezing conditions. Helicopter tour can be done any time except for monsoon season.

  • Due to adverse weather condition or other technical issues, flights may get cancelled or delayed to and from Lukla. In such a case, we can rebook your flight for the next day. In order to deal with such an unpredictable situation (adverse weather condition, flight delay), we recommend you to prepare and schedule a couple of extra days for the trek.

    Alternatively, there is an option to charter a private helicopter to ensure you do not miss the deadline for the trekking or the scheduled international flight. The helicopter takes 4 to 5 passengers at a time. A chartered helicopter flight will cost an extra USD 2,500. On a sharing basis, it costs USD 500 per person. The trekkers will have to bear and share the cost of the trekking guide also for the helicopter ride. The price is applicable during emergencies.

    As there are a limited number of helicopters that are also engaged in other activities in the mountains, you will have to be in a queue to get the helicopter flight. The possibility to get the helicopter flight at the requested time is less. So, earlier you book the flight, earlier your turn comes to get the helicopter flight. (Case: Trekkers are liable to the post-trek expenses)

  • Yes, most of our departures sell out during the peak seasons but during the off-season, we generally have smaller groups. We guarantee all departures. Once you make the deposit, we will certainly organize the trek for you. Your departure can also be scheduled.

  • You can pay the balance with a credit card or in cash (we accept all major currencies) before making the departure on the trek. This is to inform you that we charge 3.5% fee for credit card payments. So, it’s up to you to choose the modes of payment.

  • It is sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case, please understand that we cannot offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

  • Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Nepal, but during the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass, the credit cards are accepted only in Namche Bazaar.

  • Adventure Club Trek and Expedition is one of the leading trekking agencies in Nepal. We have been organizing all kinds of trekking tours in Nepal. We also operate tours in neighboring countries like Tibet, Bhutan, and India since 2008.

    • Over the years, the Adventure Club Trek has acquired the trust and confidence of clients.
    • All our professional and locally trained guides have field experience for over ten years.
    • As we have gained a reputation in the trekking and tour, we always conduct the guaranteed departure.
    • During the trip, we provide all our clients with hygienic food and accommodations at a reasonable price.
  • Our EBC- Chola Pass 18 days trekking packages include 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu and we can arrange extra nights for $45 (single) or $60 (double room). Please let us know in advance if you need extra nights so they can be reserved. You can pay any extra nights when you arrive to the hotel directly. Sometimes you will find cheaper rates online for these hotels, but the advantage of having us make the arrangements is that if your Lukla flight is delayed we can shift or cancel the reservation at no extra cost.

  • This is certainly possible if you have arranged a private trek with us. If you are doing a group trek, please ask us in advance on how this might be arranged and we will do our best to find a good solution.

  • Yes, make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Chola pass trek. You should be careful in choosing a policy while traveling to a Himalayan country like Nepal as some insurance companies may make special exceptions for adventure travel. If you are confused about the insurance, please inform us and we will help you. It is usually better to arrange your insurance in your country before you travel.

  • We can arrange a private room in Kathmandu. In some of the villages on the trek, it may be possible to have a private room (with a little bit of extra cost) and we will do our best to arrange that. However, during busy times of the year there is a limited amount of lodging available in some of the villages so it's generally impossible to arrange private rooms. This is the case even if you're willing to pay extra since the tea house owners will not give out a private room if it means someone else goes without a room.

  • Make sure to keep all of the items in your carry on during the flight. You don't want to be without important documents or medication if your luggage is delayed for some reason. You should carry these in your day pack on the trek as well.

  • Yes, all of our staff at the Adventure Club Trek are insured against sickness and injury.

  • The two most probable causes that you cannot continue via Cho La Pass are either due to your physical condition or because of the heavy snowfall and ice-trail or landslide with continuous rock falling. Adventure in the high mountains comes with limited access while health and weather challenges are always to be considered. The time of the year you would want to do this trek also matters when considering the weather conditions. Adventure Club Trek is always available with an alternate plan – plan B, for safety reasons as well as equally enjoyable climbing and trekking adventures. We do not anticipate any adverse conditions but, in case of weather gets bad and disrupts the trail, we offer you to continue the trip via another side of the valley – the regular route from Tengboche onwards. In such cases, we request trekkers to be flexible enough to either completely give up the Everest Base Camp trek or then increase their hiking duration by a few days if necessary and if your health conditions permit.

  • The foods provided during the trek are healthy. We provide you with breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend night and lunch at other tea-houses on the way. You can choose from varieties of Nepali, Continental, Tibetan and Indian cuisines. Locally produced organic food and seasonable fruits are kept on priority.

  • Deborah B
    Deborah BUnited KingdomDate: April 29, 2017

    First class organisation, stunning scenery, perfect group - loved every minute

    Birendra and his team came and recommended me and I wasn't disappointed. Birendra offered help and advice leading up to our trip and he and his team inspired confidence all the way. The food and accommodation were well organized as was every aspect of our trip.

    All of the group were cared for and supported the whole way. Birendra, Prem, and Prakash were funny, warm, friendly, and professional, knew every aspect of this trip inside out, and clearly wanted to help us all achieve our goal.

    As for the Everest region itself.....absolutely stunning. Jaw-dropping views, snow-topped peaks, turquoise rivers, wonderfully friendly, peace-loving people. The trek to Everest Base Camp is the best and most beautiful hard work I've ever done.

    Do not be in any doubts about joining Birendra and his team to travel wherever you are thinking of going in this region. And if you do please raise money for the Himalayan House Project and take clothes for the orphanage!!

  • András D
    András DHungaryDate: January 23, 2015

    Trekking to Everest Base Camp

    In March 2014, I have trekked from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. The trek was organized by Adventure Club Treks and the Hungarian travel agency Eupolisz. We trekked in a large group consisting of 20 trekkers and 12 porters; our chief guide was Birendra Chudal. We have been in the mountains for 13 days. The tour also included a side trip to Gokyo Valley, where we successfully scaled the Gokyo Ri peak (5360 m). After reaching Everest Base Camp, we also bagged Kala Pattar peak (5545 m). Climbing these peaks does not require any special skills or technical gear, but it is very strenuous due to sparse air. From both peaks, we could see Mount Everest and several other peaks exceeding 8000 m in height. I have never been on such a high mountain before (my highest mountain so far was 4165 m Jebel Toubkal in Morocco). A part of the group, led by Chetan Sherpa, also climbed the 6000-odd Imja Tse peak, using crampons, piolets, and ropes, but I did not take part in this part of the tour. Asides mountains, we also visited the lively Sherpa town Namche Bazaar and the stunning Lama monastery of Tengboche. During the trip, we spent the nights in lodges that provided good food and warm rooms, and sometimes even warm showers. Our guides Birendra and Szilveszter were very helpful and educative. Porters have done their exhaustive work excellently. We had luck with the weather, as most of the time it was sunny, we had some snow in Gokyo Valley that made the mountains look beautiful, but did not hinder us in walking. After trekking, we also visited the stunning monuments of Kathmandu and nearby towns Patan and Bhaktapur. I hope that I will return one day to this beautiful country.

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