Trip Hightlights

  • Hike to the main destinations in the Everest region: Everest Base Camp (5,364m), Kala Patthar (5,545m), Gokyo RI (5,360m) or the Scoundrel’s View point (5,000m) and Chola Pass (5,420m) – all in one attempt
  • Walk across the longest glacier in the Himalayas – the Ngozumpa Glacier and along the world’s highest glacier – the Khumbu Glacier
  • Witness the grandeur of the series of emerald-green Gokyo Lakes – Longponga Tsho, Taujung Tsho, Gokyo Tsho, Thonak Tsho, Ngozumpa Tsho and Gyazumba Tsho
  • Appreciate the magnificence of the sunrise view over Mt. Everest and her siblings
  • Witness Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,481m), Cho Oyu (8,210m) and the Mt. Everest (8,848m) – 4 out of 10 highest peaks in the world  
  • Explore the largest monastery in the Khumbu region and take part in the morning/evening prayers with monks
  • Enjoy the trail full of interesting side hikes and acclimatization treks
  • Experience the hometown of Sherpa people and their lifestyle, culture, tradition, religion, festivals, food and hospitality
  • Enjoy scenic flight Lukla-Kathmandu-Lukla
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, the Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Sagarmatha National Park.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass in the Everest region of Nepal, is the most rewarding, one-attempt adventure of the major attractions of the Khumbu region. This high-altitude, teahouse trek in Nepal is a very systematic exploration of the Everest region that rewards you with insurmountable views of the mountains and the landscape protected and enhanced by the unique settlement, culture of the highland Sherpa people.  

Desire Adventures’ standard Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass is a perfectly planned 18 days Everest base camp, Chola Pass and Gokyo Lake adventure package, including the arrival, departure, one-day city tour and two rest days for acclimatization. After a privately-guided, half-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley, the trek begins with a scenic flight to Lukla. From Lukla, following the regular base camp trail, you will directly head to the base camp of the Mt. Everest and hike to Kala Patthar. After the base camp, you will make a detour to Chola Pass and Gokyo Lake; before continuing down to Lukla, to catch a flight back to Kathmandu.

Your Everest Base Camp with Chola Pass and Gokyo Lake trek is led by an English-speaking, knowledgeable guide, who, along with sharing the information about the area, will also help you connect to the local people. The arrangement of food and accommodation is made in local teahouses/guesthouses, which provides you an opportunity to uplift the local economy. The package is made more ideal with an offer of free spa and free one-hour full body massage, in Kathmandu; after the trek. Nonetheless, if you have any additional ideas to make your Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass more special, please feel free to discuss the ideas with us. We will help you customize the trip to meet your specific requirements. Also, if you have a group, we offer special group discount.       

Although, not very technically challenging, the trail is very demanding. You will hike over 5000m, 4 times during the entire trek. Also, most of the walk is on a rough terrain. Therefore, the trek demands excellent stamina and robust physical and mental grit. Moreover, selection of the right season plays vital role in successful completion of the trek. Therefore, we suggest planning this trek either during autumn (September to November), or Spring (March to May).

 Furthermore, if you are looking for a more challenging trek in the Everest region, try our Everest Three High Passes Trek -19 days. However, if you are only looking for a base camp experience, our Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 days or Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 days are the best options. Bound by time? Let us help you plan a Short Everest Base Camp Trek - 12 days.

(“Climb High, Sleep Low” is the rule one needs to follow, in order to avoid altitude sickness. Therefore, apart from the 2 days’ acclimatization, at Namche and Dingboche, to aid the acclimatization process, we will hike a little higher than our overnight stop and get down for overnight rest every day.)

What's included

  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private vehicle
  • 4 Nights tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu, 11 days guest house/teahouse/lodge in Khumbu
  • 17 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches and 16 Dinners
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants with traditional, ethnic music and dance
  • Airport transfer for domestic flight
  • one-hour full-body massage after the trek
  • Sagarmatha National Park entrance permit and TIMS (Trekkers security Card) permit
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets and departure tax
  • 4 hot showers (Attached bathroom) while on a trek
  • Fresh seasonable fruits after dinner (while on a trek)
  • Tea/Coffee (Served in a cup only)
  • Purified drinking water during the trek
  • Government licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
  • Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of Guide and Porter
  • All required local and government taxes
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)
  • Desire Adventures duffel bag if required
  • Desire Adventures T- Shirt
  • Trekking route map
What's Excluded
  • Nepal arrival visa
  • Meals in the city except breakfast and other mentioned special dinner
  • Personal expenses like all kinds of drinks including mineral water, and  alcoholic and soft beverages
  • Extra Hot showers, Wi-Fi & battery charging while on a trek
  • Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla (only 15 kg included)
  • Extra porter if you required (it cost USD20 per day)
  • Monument entrance fees while on a tour in Kathmandu (aprox USD25 per person)
  • Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation
  • Any other extended trips and accommodation
  • Tipping to staff (as an appreciation)

Welcome to Nepal and Desire Adventures. Your arrival, at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, will be met and greeted by one of the company representatives. After the meet and greet, you will be driven to your hotel in Kathmandu, in a private vehicle. This company representative will also help you check into the hotel, once you reach the hotel. Spend some time at leisure and then get ready for the meeting in the afternoon, which will be conducted at our office. In the meeting, you will be introduced to your tour guide and fellow travelers and briefed regarding the trip. After the meeting, around the afternoon, together we will go to one of the top typical Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu to enjoy the welcome dinner, hosted by the company. Enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine and the cultural show (ethnic dance and cultural music), while having dinner. After the dinner, you will be guided back to your hotel for overnight stay.

(Both, the meeting and the dinner will be postponed to the following day, in the case of late arrival or delayed flight.)

Accommodation: Tourist-standard hotel, Kathmandu.

Meals: Dinner

Start your day with a full breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu. After breakfast, you will go on a privately guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and the Kathmandu Durbar Square), in Kathmandu. Your private driver will drive you to these destinations and you will explore these sites, taking in the highlights with your private guide. The exploration of these sites will help you understand the art, architecture, religion, culture and history of the Kathmandu Valley. After the tour, around the afternoon, we will meet at our office to finalize your trekking gears and clothes that you will need to do the Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass in Nepal. After the meeting, you will be guided back to your hotel. The evening is spent at leisure.

Accommodation: Tourist-standard hotel, Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, you will be driven from your hotel to the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (in a private vehicle). You will board a plane and fly to Lukla. After enjoying the aerial view for about 30-35 minutes, your plane will land on the airstrip of the Tenzing Hillary Airport, in Lukla. In Lukla, you will be introduced to your private porter and other team members. Enjoy your breakfast, while the luggage is prepared for the porters. After breakfast, your ultimate Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass begins with a short climb to the Pasang Lhamo Memorial Gate, through the alleyways of Lukla. Enjoy friendly passages of Lukla decorated with colorful flags, chortens and shops run by local people. From the gate, you will drop down through the forest managed by community people to the bridge across the Thado Koshi River, past Thalsharoa, Cheplung and Thado Koshigaon. Enjoying the mind blogging view of Kusum Khangkaru, you will cross the bridge, to climb around the ridge to continue to Ghat. Crossing Ghat, you will enter a complex of Mani walls, chortens and boulders, decorated with Tibetan mantras and prayer wheels. Leaving the complex behind, you will now climb to Chhuthawa and continue to the village of Phakding, through the forest. After reaching Phakding, you will check into the lodge and spend the remaining time at leisure. The leisure time can be spent exploring the settlement and monasteries near Phakding under your own steam.   

Accommodation: Tourist-standard hotel, Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy full breakfast in Phakding and get ready to continue to Namche. You will cross the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and following the west bank of the river, you will continue on a winding trail, through the forest of pine to Toktok. From Toktok, you will continue downhill through the forest of pine and a few small waterfalls to Benkar. From Benkar, you will continue north to another bridge, cut across to the east bank of the river and enjoy a pleasant walk through the forest of rhododendron and magnolia to Chumoa. From Chumoa, you will continue to the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. After the national park check in formalities at Monjo, you will continue on a descending trail to the suspension bridge, past Kani and huge granite bluffs carved with Tibetan prayers. You will cross the bridge and continue to Jorsale. From Jorsale, continuing on a gravel and boulder river bank trail that passes through the forest, you will hike to Larja Bridge. Enjoy the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River, before crossing the bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will first hike to the viewpoint that presents the first view of the Mt. Everest. You will enjoy the view for some time and continue on a steeply ascending switchbacks, through the forest of pine to Mislung. The forest ends and the steeply ascending trail levels out from Mislung. The walk from Mislung to Namche is on a level path. After reaching Namche, you will check into the lodge and spend the evening at leisure. You can take a stroll around the Namche Bazaar and enjoy bakeries and internet cafes, before dinner.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

Although, altitude sickness can occur at heights over about 2,500m above sea level, the more severe symptoms start to occur above the altitude of 3,600m. Therefore, Namche is the best and first acclimatization station for every trekker, trekking the Khumbu region. To boost the process of adaptation your private guide will take you for an acclimatization hike, after breakfast in Namche.

The most popular acclimatization trek around Namche is a circuit through Shyangboche, Khunde, and Khumjung. You will start on a trail above Namche Gompa to climb the ridge on a steep zigzagging path that will take you to the village of Zarok. From Zarok, you will continue to climb to the airport in Shyangboche, past the turn off to Thame. Walking past the runway you will continue ahead, towards Khunde, through the sandy gully between juniper scrubs. You will further continue to the top of the ridge in Khunde to enjoy carved boulders, chortens, juniper and rhododendron. From the ridge, you will hike down to the edge of Khunde that greets you with two beautiful man-made structures: Kani and Boudhanath –style chorten.  The view of Khumbila, Ama Dablam and Thamserku is as pretty as a picture. You will now hike to Khunde Tsamkhang and taking the side trail, continue over to the left of the ridge to the Hillary Memorial Viewpoint to enjoy 360-degree view of Khunde, Namche, Ama Dablam and Pachermo Peak. After enjoying the view, you will walk up to the ridge to witness the memorial chortens to Edmund Hillary, his wife and daughter. From Khunde, you will head east through the potato fields to the largest village in Khumbu, ‘Khumjung’. In Khumjung, you will visit Hillary School, established by Sir Edmund Hillary; witness the longest Mani wall in the Khumbu region and explore gompa that puts Yeti’s Skull at display. After exploring Khumjung, you will hike back to Namche, picking up the path behind the Hillary School.

(Hiking to Thame is another good option for acclimatization hike. Thame is a secluded village, located beneath the mountain wall of Kongde RI, in Namche VDC, west of Namche. Hiking to Thame is more ambitious than the circuit through Shyangboche, Khunde and Khumjung.)   

Once you are back to Namche, the remaining time is spent at leisure. Explore the attractions in Namche on your own to best utilize the leisure time.    

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy your breakfast in Namche, before starting off for your day’s trek to Tengboche. You will leave Namche either taking an undemanding path via Chhorkung, or the steeper, but a very picturesque trail via Khumjung. Both the trails meet at Sanasa junction. From Sanasa, you will climb down on a gently descending trail to Leushyasa, enjoying the imposing view of Ama Dablam. From Leushyasa, a steep descend on stone steps will take you to Phunki Tenga. You will cross the bridge and go past some water driven prayer wheels, before the steeply climbing, through the forest of rhododendron to Tengboche. A beautiful Kani and a pair of chortens welcome you to Tengboche. On reaching Tengboche, you will check into the lodge, have lunch and go for a tour of the Tengboche Monastery and the Eco Center; taking in the highlights with your private guide. Enjoy the exquisite view of the panorama of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku that provides perfect background to the Monastery Complex and the settlement of Tengboche. You will get back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay, after exploring these attractions in Tengboche.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Tengboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

If you like, before breakfast, you can join the monks for morning prayers at the Tengboche monastery. After breakfast, leaving Tengboche, you will gently continue down to the bridge at Chaturje, through the forest of conifer and rhododendron; past Deboche and Milingo. A big chorten greets you on the other side of the bridge. From the Chorten, you will continue north on a gradually ascending trail to Chuto; past a turn off to Pangboche, Somare and Orsho. Crossing the bridge at Chuto, you will climb along the bank of the Imja River for about half-an-hour to finally reach the settlement of Dingboche. Dingboche welcomes you with the finest view of the Island Peak, Peak 38 and Lhotse. At Dingboche, you will check into the lodge and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Exploring the settlement of Dingboche is recommended to best utilize the leisure time.  

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Dingboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Acclimatization in Dingboche is highly suggested, before gaining further altitude. Therefore, after breakfast, you will go for an acclimatization hike, either to Nangkar Tshang Gompa and a viewpoint above it, or to Chhukung with your private guide.

If you are looking for a short acclimatization hike, your guide will take you to Nangkar Tshang Gompa. It’s an hour long hike to the ridge north of Dingboche. Along the way, you will be accompanied by chortens and prayer flags. Your guide will also help you with the details, as you explore a number of retreats built around the meditation cave of Sange Dorje. After exploring the monastery, you will hike to viewpoint above the monastery to enjoy the magnificent view of Cholatse, Taboche, Chhukung, Makalu as well as a lake at the foot of Ama Dablam.

However, if you are up for a longer acclimatization hike, your guide will take you to Chhukung, in the upper Imja Valley and climb Chhukung RI to help you adapt to the thinning air, lowering oxygen level, while witnessing the most stunning views of Ama Dablam, Baruntse and Makalu.

After any of these acclimatization hikes, you will get back to the lodge in Dingboche for dinner and overnight rest.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Dingboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy full breakfast in Dingboche, before leaving for Lobuche. Leaving Dingboche, you will slowly climb along the ridge, past Dusa to a junction, where the trail you are walking merges with the Pheriche trail. From the junction, you will run down to the glacial stream and cut across the stream to climb to Dughla. From Dughla, you will continue directly up the rough terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, before turning left to the cluster of memorials to the lost climbers and Sherpas. Enjoying the soaring view of Pumori, you will continue to the trail junction, from where a challenging scale over loose moraine will finally take you to Lobuche. In Lobuche you will check into the lodge and spend the remaining time either resting, or hiking up the ridges east of Lobuche to enjoy the view of the Khumbu Glacier with Nuptse and Lhotse. Hiking to the Italian Pyramid, north of Lobuche, is another good option to utilize the leisure hours. After the hike, you will come back to the lodge for dinner and accommodation.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Lobuche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast in Lobuche, you will start your day’s walk leaving Lobuche. You will continue on a rocky trail, squeezed between the glacial moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and the mountain walls. After a few vertical climbs, you will reach the Lobuche Pass. The walk ahead is across the terminal moraine of the Changri Shar Glacier (for about 45 minutes), before reaching Gorak Shep, nestled at the bottom of Kala Patthar. Once at Gorak Shep, you will check into the lodge, leave your luggage, have breakfast and continue to the base camp of Mt. Everest; following the new moraine route. Colorful prayer flags wedged between the rocks, below the Khumbu Icefall, mark the arrival of the base camp of Mt. Everest. You will spend some time capturing the views in your camera and making lifetime memories; before retracing your path to Gorak Shep for overnight stay and dinner.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Gorak Shep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

Kala Patthar is the best vantage point in the Everest region to enjoy the view of Mt. Everest. The sunrise view over the Himalayan giants from Kala Patthar is also ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ view. Therefore, to witness this view, you will start this day 2 hours before the break of dawn. You will hike to the summit of Kala Patthar, before sunrise. The top greets you with fluttering colorful prayer flags wedged between the rocks. Gradually, breaking the dawn the sun sheds its first light on Himalayan giants, revealing the world’s highest mountain, the Mt. Everest with its sibling peaks: Pumori, Lingtren, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse and other small peaks. Looking down from the summit of Kala Patthar, you can spot the views of frozen river of the Khumbu glacier, the base camp of Mt. Everest and Gorak Shep. Spend some time enjoying the view and hike down to Gorak Shep for breakfast. After breakfast, you will retrace your path to Lobuche. From Lobuche, you will trek downhill, following the trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier, to the trail junction. From the junction, choosing the trail on your right and enjoying the distant view of stupa and the tombstones, you will continue around the edge of the ridge to enter the wide side valley; enjoying the pleasing views of Ama Dablam, Pheriche, Taboche and Cholatse Tsho. From the valley, you will briefly ascend and then descend to continue to the village of Dzongla. After reaching Dzongla, you will check into the lodge before dinner and a night of rest.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Dzongla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It is very important to cross the pass before noon; therefore, trekking today begins at the crack of dawn. Breakfast will also be served in the early hours. Carrying packed lunch, the journey begins, leaving Dzongla. From Dzongla, the trail runs over the crest to the flat valley floor and continues to the cliff. From the cliff, you will continue to the moraine on a rocky path. After reaching the moraine, following the slippery path along the glacier you will advance towards the pass. Soon leaving the glacier, a steep hike up on a rocky slope will take you to the Chola Pass (5,420m). The top of the pass, marked by colorful prayer flag, greets you with once-in-a-lifetime view of Cholatse and Ama Dablam, Ngozumba Glacier, Pharilapche and Kyajo RI. You will spend some time enjoying the view and capturing the best ones in your camera. Now following the zigzagging trail on rock and scree slope, you will hike down to the base of the cliff from the Chola Pass. Small stone cairns will help you track your trail. From the base of the cliff, you will continue on a rough terrain, full of rocks and boulders, to climb the ridge, up the valley. Enjoying the last view of the Chola Pass, perfectly located between the two peaks, you will continue down the ridge, into the valley, on a desolate landscape for about one and a half hour to reach Thaknak around the afternoon. Once at Thaknak, you will check into the lodge. The remaining time is spent at leisure.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Thaknak.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy your breakfast in Thaknak. Leaving Thaknak, the trek starts on a trail between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall that continues to the frozen lake, situated around the lateral moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Taking the trail above the lake, you will climb down to the inner side of the moraine, to cut across to the opposite moraine of the glacier. The walk across the glacier is on ever changing rock and scree slopes, which is very challenging. As you reach the opposite moraine, you will climb out of the moraine to continue to Gokyo; beautifully located on the eastern shore of Gokyo Tsho and at the foot of Gokyo Ri. Once at Gokyo, you will check into the loge, have lunch and climb Gokyo RI. Gokyo RI (5,360m) is a peak located north of Gokyo Tsho. Crossing the stream at the north end of the Gokyo, you will climb for about 2 hours to reach the summit of the peak (Gokyo Ri) that greets you with prayer flags and unparalleled panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche and Ngozumpa Glacier, Gokyo and the very beautiful jade-green Gokyo Tsho; presenting you wonderful photographic opportunities. You will spend some time relishing and capturing the views, before hiking down to the lodge in Gokyo. Spend the remaining time at leisure.  

(While in Gokyo, you also have an option of hiking up to the fifth lake, that is, the Ngozumba Tsho or the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint, instead of climbing Gokyo RI.)

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Gokyo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy full breakfast in Gokyo. Following a shallow incline trail passing the Gokyo Tsho, you will continue to the second lake (Taujung Tsho). From the second lake, the trek ahead, to the first lake (Longponga Tsho) is on a lichen-covered boulder. Leaving the lake, the trail enters a rock cleft, from where, you will continue down on stone steps to the village of Phangga; located at the end of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Following the ridge, you will continue to a cluster of chortens, built on the hilltop. From the top, a steep descend down the scrubby slope will bring you to Machhermo. You will continue out of Machhermo on small sand dunes to Luza. From Luza, a gentle descend, past a large chorten will take you to Lhabarma. From Lhabarma, you will hike downhill and following the hillside covered in tundra grasses and scrub juniper, you will continue to Dole; located at the opening of the Phule River.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Dole.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

Enjoy your breakfast in Dole. The trek continues past the traditional stone houses, a series of waterfall and big boulders on a narrow trail to Tongba. Henceforward, you will continue through the forest of pine and rhododendron to Phortse Thanga. From Phortse Thanga, a steep ascent through the forest of pine on switchbacks for about 1.5 hour will take you to the stupa and the birthplace of the saint, Lama Sange Dorje, who first introduced Buddhism to Khumbu. From the stupa, you will head towards Mong La. Now outlining the ridge, you will continue to the trail junction at Sanasa. Enjoy the houses of Tengboche on the ridge below the towering Ama Dablam and the fenced fields of Phortse that stretches across the flat-topped ridge, below Taboche and Cholatse, as you advance to the trail junction. From the junction, you will continue to Namche via Chhorkung. In Namche, you will check into the lodge, before dinner and a night of rest. 

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner   

Enjoy your breakfast in Namche. Leaving the town of Namche, you will first continue to Mislung on a flat trail. Entering the forest of pine, you will now continue on a steeply descending zigzag trail to the suspension bridge, floating above the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the bridge, you will continue on a level path to Jorsalle, before rising to Monjo. After the national park check out formalities at Monjo, you will retrace your path down to Phakding, crossing several suspension bridges. A gradual ascent, past a number of Sherpa villages, will finally take you to Lukla, where you will spend the remaining time celebrating your success with your team members; after checking into the hotel.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Lukla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy your breakfast in Lukla, before flying to Kathmandu. Once the plane arrives at the airport in Lukla, bidding farewell to your friends in Khumbu and the Khumbu itself, you will board the plane and fly back to Kathmandu. From the airport in Kathmandu, a private vehicle will transfer you to your hotel. Around the afternoon, enjoy free spa and one-hour free body massage to relax your muscles. In the evening, we will meet for the farewell dinner (hosted by the company). While having dinner, we will also discuss your trip and the feedback. You will be guided to your hotel for a well-earned night of rest, after the farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Tourist-standard hotel, Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass has come to an end. To perfectly end the trip, you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport (in a private vehicle), as per your flight schedule, to help you catch your international flight back home, or your next destination. Hope you enjoyed your vacation with Desire Adventures. 

Meals: Breakfast

 

Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass Useful Information

Dossier disclaimer:

The trip detail in the website is provided with sincere intention to deal fairly with our clients. However, please be informed that the information does not form a part of the final contract between the customer and the company. The itinerary will be tailored to meet the specification of the clients; before the final booking of the trip. The changes made, will completely be in the favor of the customer; therefore, the information in the final document will look a little different than the ones in our website. The final copy of the itinerary (which will be 100% correct) will be emailed to the customer, before the final booking of the trip. We strongly recommend that you print the final copy of your Trip Details and review the information a few days before the trip, for any updates regarding the last minute changes (if any).

Itinerary Disclaimer:

Our team leaders will strictly follow the itinerary provided to you; however, in case of unsupportive situation[31] (mostly a threat to client’s safety): sudden change in weather, occurrence of natural disasters, unsupportive health of a group member, local strike and protests, etc., the team leader is authorized to make changes in the final itinerary provided by the company.

Although, the itinerary provided by the company ensures enough acclimatization, some of you might still feel the effects of altitude sickness. Under such circumstances, your team leader will alter the itinerary provided by the company and descend to lower altitude, rather than gaining more altitude and not continue up until you are physically ready to ascend further.

The situations are rare; however, we request you remain flexible and cooperate with the team leader, in case of any necessity to make changes in the itinerary. Also, to complete the trek, despite all the unforeseen unfavorable circumstances, we highly recommend that you add a few extra days to your trip, to be on a safe side.

Important Notes:

  1. The Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass requires permits: TIMS Card and Sagarmatha National Park entry permit. The company will make the arrangement of these permits, once you provide a scanned color copy of your passport and color copy of two passport sized photographs.
  2. The Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass is a lot of up and downhill walk. The oxygen level in the air decreases with the increase in altitude (you will hike to Chola Pass, Kala Patthar and the Everest base camp – all above 5000m), making it difficult for trekkers to adapt to the thinning air. Therefore, we suggest slow and steady climb, instead of rushing to the destination. Stand to rest is recommended than sitting. Protect yourself from intense sun, wind and cold by dressing up in layers, using sunscreen with high SPF, sunglass, hat and scarf. Also, we suggest you put on your layers, as soon as you reach the shaded areas (if you have taken them off).
  3. Extra expenses like drinks, shopping, tipping and any extra activities, not mentioned in the trip detail is not included in the trip cost. Therefore, we suggest you carry enough extra money to spend for these purposes. We also suggest you set aside USD200 (or equivalent Nepalese currency) as an emergency fund. This fund will be utilized in case of any changes in the itinerary caused by unforeseen unfavorable situations (although rare).
  4. Neither the team leader, nor the company will take the responsibility for the safety involved, during any extra activity not mentioned in the trip detail.

 

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is compulsory, in order to do the Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Cho La Pass in Nepal. While selecting a travel insurance policy for this trip in Nepal, we suggest you select a ‘Comprehensive Insurance’ package that covers trip cancellation and interruption, medical evacuation, baggage and missed flight insurance, theft or political evacuation, and helicopter rescue and repatriation. We strongly recommend that you choose a policy that covers all additional activities (not mentioned in the trip detail), that you are planning to undertake, during your stay in Nepal. This trekking in Nepal take you above the altitude of 5,000m, many times during the trek; therefore, we highly recommend that you ensure your policy covers treks that go beyond 5000 meters.

   

Best season to plan this trek:

Autumn (October and November) is the best season to plan the Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass in Nepal. This season is very supportive in terms of weather, visibility, temperature and trail.

Spring (March and April) is the second best season to plan the Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass.

Apart from early December, winter (December to February) is very cold and freezing, especially during the night time. Heavy snow blocks the trail, water supplies freeze and most of the accommodation options in higher altitude close down. So, winter isn’t considered the best time to do this trek.

Summer or Monsoon (June- August) is not considered the best season to plan the Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass in Nepal. All- weather, temperature, trail is very unsupportive and the visibility is also affected by pouring rain and cloud.  

 

Joining Instruction and Arrival Complication:

The Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass trek package by Desire Adventures also include the cost of airport-hotel-airport transfers. Therefore, a company representative will be sent, as per your flight time to receive you at the airport and guide you to your hotel in Kathmandu (in a private vehicle). Thus, once outside the luggage hall, look for the company representative carrying paging board with your and company’s name print on it. Once you find this person, carry your luggage and follow him/her to the airport shuttle, waiting for you to drive you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Make sure to avoid every person, who offers to help you carry your luggage or guide you to the taxi stand, as they will be asking for money as a service charge, once you get to the taxi or your private transfer.  

 

The package guarantees…

  1. A half day guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley
  2. An English-speaking, professional, trained, experienced and licensed private guide
  3. A full support team of local porters and assistants
  4. 24x7 off-site team for addition support
  5. A full board – meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Tea/Coffee) and accommodation, during the trek
  6. Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu
  7. Ground transportations: airport shuttle service and private vehicle for city tour
  8. Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets and departure tax
  9. Free spa and one-hour body massage, after the trek
  10. Free Welcome and Farewell dinner

Group Leader Description

The group leader/team leader/guides appointed by Desire Adventures are licensed, experienced, friendly and know the Khumbu region extremely well. These team leaders are very dedicated to providing friendly and professional service and are very passionate about sharing their knowledge. Your 18 days Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass will be led by one of these guides. These guides, apart from guiding you to your destination, will also provide information about the places you are travelling through, suggest things to see and do, recommend best eateries, introduce you to the local people: their lifestyle, culture, tradition, history, society and their community. These team leaders will also help you make friends with local people. Most importantly, these guides ensure that you return home with the best and hassle-free travel experience.

Meals

(17 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners on company)

The Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass, guarantees Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea/coffee during the trek, breakfast in Kathmandu and two complimentary dinners (Welcome and Farewell dinners) in Kathmandu. However, for the remaining meals, the team leaders will suggest you some of the best and most popular restaurants/eateries in the area, allowing you the flexibility to decide as per your taste and budget.

Enjoy typical Nepali cuisine for welcome dinner. Breakfast in Kathmandu will be as per the hotel menu (usually buffet). Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek will be served as per the teahouse menu (variety of options to choose from) and your-choice food (from the restaurant’s menu) will be served for farewell dinner. Since food is the major part of this adventure, our guides will make sure that they are made fresh using local ingredients and are in good portion. Soft drinks and light snacks is not included in the trip cost, but can be purchased by paying extra cost.

Breakfast and dinner will be provided in or near your accommodation and lunch will be served at one of the best teahouses/restaurants, along the way to the day’s destination.

Accommodation

(3 nights in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu and 15 nights in a guest house/teahouse/lodge in the Everest region)

In Kathmandu, your accommodation is arranged in a tourist standard hotel, whereas, during the trek, guest houses/teahouses/lodges are the available accommodation options. The rooms are booked on a twin-share basis. Therefore, you will be paired up with another member of your group (same sex). Triple share can be arranged upon request, but single supplements are only available at extra cost.

Teahouse are guest houses with restaurants. The rooms provided by the teahouses are very basic with basic furniture and most of them only feature two beds, pillow and blankets. Despite few amenities, the rooms are very comfortable. The room amenities decrease with the increase in altitude. Also the chances of getting attached bath decrease with the increase in altitude. Where hot shower options are unavailable, a few bucket of hot water (for bathing purpose) can be arranged at extra cost. Dining hall and toilets/bathrooms/ restrooms (squat or western type) are usually common.

Where hydroelectric power options are not available (especially at higher altitude), rooms are lit using solar power. Therefore, make sure you charge your mobile phones and camera batteries at lower altitude. At higher altitude, some tea houses might allow you to charge you electrical appliances, but only at extra cost.

Transportation

The Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass trek package cost covers the cost of flight tickets (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu), airport shuttle and the charge of the vehicle used for city tour.

Communication Facilities

Enjoy free Wi-Fi service in the hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, internet and telephone services are available at most of our night stops, but can only be used by paying extra charge. At places, where communication facilities are not readily available or during emergencies, you can use the cell phone provided to your guide, by the company to communicate with the off-site team in Kathmandu. You can leave your message to representative of the off-site team. This person will further deliver your message to the concerned person. Another option to regularly communicate with your family and friends is to buy a local SIM card, that is, a prepaid phone card (requires you to submit 2 passport sized photos and passport visa copy to purchase this card) and use it during your stay in Nepal. You can make both international and national calls using this card.

Solo Travelers

If you are looking to do the Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass in Nepal, solo trekking is not recommended. However, if you are interested to do this trek, but don’t have a company, then you can join our groups. Joining groups ensures safety. You will also save money as you will be sharing accommodation and other facilities with another member of the group.

Group Size

Maximum 15, Average 5, Minimum 2

Tipping:

Tipping the service providers: guides, porters, drivers and waiters, although is not compulsory, it is appreciated. Tipping shows your satisfaction and gratitude towards the service provided and the service provider respectively. The amount is a personal preference. 

Health, Fitness, Medications and Medical Facilities:

Health – Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass in Nepal is a challenging trek; therefore, in order to successfully complete this trek, you need to be in the best health condition. For this, we suggest you to get a physical examination at least 4-6 weeks, prior to the trek and seek advice, medication and permission from your doctor. Make sure that you are screened for illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, anemia, ulcer disease, cardiovascular disease and lung related problems. Cardiovascular risk assessment should also be made, especially for anyone with strong family history or person over the age of 40. Get a good dental checkup; identify medicines that you are allergic to. Make sure you are immunized and vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, varicella, Hemophilus influenza type b infection, Hepatitis A and B Typhoid, rabies, yellow fever, cholera, meningococcal disease and encephalitis. In the absence of doctor, seek advice from local General Practitioner or travel clinics.

Fitness -The Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass trekking trail demands excellent stamina, along with tough determination. At an average you will have to walk for 6-8 hours every day and it’s a lot of uphill and downhill climb. The ascent to Gokyo RI, Chola Pass, Kala Patthar as well as the base camp of Mt. Everest is very challenging. Trekkers need to be physically fit; therefore, we suggest you consult your GP regarding the necessary guide walk, prior to this trek. A few weeks of cardio exercise: brisk walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, skipping etc. will help you get the fitness level required to successfully complete the trek. Also, short hiking and camping experiences, before the trek, are considered the plus points.

Medication - For the Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass trek, we recommend that you carry your regular personal medicines, along with a First Aid kit. Also, add blister kit, sunscreen, bandages, insect repellent containing DEET, topical antibiotic cream, iodine tablets and /or water filter, Diamox or Acetazolamide, Acetaminophen or Tylenol for analgesia, Ibuprofen or Advil for analgesia and as an anti-inflammatory agent, Immodium or Lomotil for diarrhea, Afrin-a nasal decongestant, Pepcid or Zantac for heartburn, an antibiotic, especially a Quinolone such as Ciprofloxacin or Leavaquin, pain medicine such as Tylenol with codeine or Hydrocodone and, if you are prone to exercise-induced Asthma or Asthma associated with bronchitis or upper respiratory infections, add Asthma inhaler to the kit.

Medical Facilities - Khunde Hospital, north of Namche Bazaar and a health post run by Himalayan Rescue Association at Pheriche are the medical facilities in the Khumbu region. Khunde Hospital has decompression chamber and the health post at Pheriche is equipped with Gamow bags and bottled oxygen for emergencies. 

The most important of all, we request you to inform us regarding your present health condition, pre-existing medical condition, illness and your regular medications. We also request you to be honest regarding these issues, so that we can provide instant assistance in emergencies, during the trek.

Safety and Security:

During this trek, your safety and security is our greatest concern. Since your team leader will be with you the entire time, during the trek, he is given the responsibility to safely take you to your destination and bring your back. The team leader is also given the authority to amend or cancel the itinerary, if it concerns your safety and security.

For the safety of your belongings (passport, air tickets, traveler’s check, cash, and other valuable items) we request you bring a neck wallet or money belt. We strongly recommend not bringing valuable jewelry with you and even, if you happen to bring any, we request you store it in the safety deposit boxes available in the hotels in Kathmandu. Secure your luggage with a padlock.

Additional Rules:

  1. Do no contravene the laws and rules of the country.
  2. Do not carry any illegal drugs.
  3. Do not get involved with the sex workers

Local Dress:

Since the dress standards are conservative in Nepal compared to most of the other countries around the world, we recommend you pack comfortable yet modest clothing, respecting local culture. Pick loose, lightweight, long clothing, when packing your luggage, especially if you are planning your trek during summer. Also, avoid short dresses like shorts/skirts/singlet/tank tops, especially while visiting holy sites.

Emergency Contact Detail

Desire Adventures Pvt. Ltd.

From outside of Nepal: +977-1-4412014

From within Kathmandu: 4412014

From outside Kathmandu: 01-4412014

If you are using NTC, Ncell or any other mobile networks in Nepal: 01-4412014

Additional Information:

Visas

Foreign tourist (except Indians) visiting Nepal require a visa to enter Nepal. Chinese nationals can obtain free visa. Visas can either be obtained from the nearest Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or upon your arrival in Kathmandu at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, receipt of online application, Visa fees in US dollars, your passport that is valid for at least 6 months, before the trip and a copy of passport of guardian, in case of minor below 10 years of age. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. For the convenience of foreign nationals, visas are also provided from the borders listed below:

Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)

Tel: 977-1-4485173/4113045

Fax: 977-1-4113090

Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)

Tel: 977-23-562054

Fax: 977-23-563569

Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-51-5527447

Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-11-840196

Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)

Tel/Fax:  977-71-520629

Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-81-412005

Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-91-523246

Kanchanpur (Far Western Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-99-402004

Rashuwagadi

Tel: 977-10-6922722

Fax: 977-10-540133
Tourist Visa Fees:

Transit visa (3 days) Free of cost

Minimum USD 30 for up to 15 days

After 15 days USD 2/day (extension of the tourist visa, the fees chargeable for 15 days shall be levied, if the period is less than 15 days in every extension) 

Extra USD 20 for MRE facility for valid visa period.

Late fee to be charged extra USD 3/day

In case of minor, below 10 years of age, the visa is free of cost

(For more information, please visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np  or contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu)

Tel: 977-1- 4429659/4429660/4438862/4438868.

Fax: 977-1- 4433934/4433935

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Pack List for Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass

The company provides one porter for every two travelers. Each porter is only allowed to carry at a maximum weight of 25-30 kilograms. Therefore, we suggest you pack as lightly as possible. Our porters carry all the trekking gears in a shared water-proof duffle, provided by the company. Your extra luggage can be left in a hotel in Kathmandu (free storage available). We recommend you carry a lightweight cotton or plastic bag to keep your trekking gears separate. Kindly follow the checklist below to pack the required stuffs during the trip:

Checklist for all seasons:

  • Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, 3 passport-sized photo (2 for visa application and 1 for trekking permit)
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Reading/writing materials
  • Travel games, like chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronic or paperwork
  • Binoculars, camera
  • Umbrella/Raincoat
  • First-aid kit (containing lip balm, Aspirin/paracetamol, Band Aids/plasters, bandage for sprains, iodine or water purifier, Moleskin for blisters, antiseptic for cuts, anti-bacterial throat lozenges, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for diarrhea, re-hydration powder, Norfloxacin or Ciprofloxin, antibiotic for Girdia, Diamox and any extra prescription drugs you are currently taking)
  • Protein bars, chocolates, dried fruits, candies and snack foods
  • Money- cash/VISA Card
  • Crampons
  • Trekking poles
  • Money bag
  • Swiss army knife (Optional)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Light weight Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Toiletries (quick drying towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, multipurpose soap, deodorant, nail clippers, face and body moisturizer, feminine hygiene products, small mirror
  • Day pack (with waist straps)
  • Alarm clock and torch/flashlight/headlamp
  • Lighter (Optional)
  • Insect repellent (Optional)
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Small padlock
  • Stuff sack for dirty clothes/shoes
  • Dry bags in several sizes
  • Duffle Bag (will be provided by the company)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
  • Small wash towel
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Bandana or broad brimmed sunhat, sunglasses, scarf
  • Bag liners (Optional)
  • Sewing kit (Optional)
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket & trousers (preferably breathable fabric)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Running shoes or sandals
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Underwear and Shorts
  • T Shirts 2 or 3
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Lightweight long trousers (no jeans)
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket
  • Trekking pants

Special Checklist for winter and high altitude

  • Layered clothing /Thermals and Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March)
  • 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweight wool jumper/sweater/fleece jacket
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Fleece or wool trousers/pants
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens – wool or fleeced with a waterproof shell outer
  • A four season sleeping bag/sleep sheet (rated to -250C)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Gaiters (for winter and monsoon)
  • Crampons and trekking poles

        Special Checklist for summer

  • Lightweight wool jumper/sweater/fleece
  • Umbrella/water proof jacket with hood and waterproof trousers (May to September)
  • Sunscreen lotion with maximum SPF
  • Water bottle

Our Guides:

With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.

Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:

Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.

Round the clock service:

Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.

Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:

Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.

Importance to Sustainable Tourism:

We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.

No exceptions with quality and equipments:

Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency.  Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.

5:1 Client Guide Ratio

We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles. 

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