The classic route of EBC Trek goes through Tengboche, and Dingboche, instead there are also some other routes to pass through to experience EBC Trek. So, EBC Trek via Gokyo Chola Pass is also a wonderful track that crosses Chola (5,420 m) offering extraordinary scenery of Mt Ama Dablam (6812 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,481 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Cho Oyu (8,201 m), and the highest Mt Everest (8848 m). Gokyo Valley en-routes on the way where you may stay one more night and hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m). Within EBC Trek via Gokyo Chola Pass Trek itinerary, we have also added an adventure climbing to Lobuche East (6119 m) in order to make this trip more entertaining and adventurous. After you complete the trip, you feel like you conquered your lifetime dream adventure.
This route properly acclimatize you since you stay one more day at Gokyo and also crosses Chola Pass with the elevation of 5420 m. Finally, you
- Breathtaking view of world’s highest mountains
- Flora and Fauna of Sagarmatha National Park
- Crossing one of the highest passes – Chola Pass (5,420 m)
- Summit Lobuche East (6119 m)
- Exploration of 200 years’ old Thyangboche Monastery
How difficult to climb Lobuche East ?
Lobuche East is a non technical mountain. Unlike Ama Dablam Expedition (6812 m), it does not take 2 weeks long. It can be conquered in one day. Go For Nepal has designed an optimal itinerary by adding acclimatization at gokyo and Chola Pass crossing, because it makes you to become more familiar with the high altitude. Hence o our itinerary makes this climb more feasible.
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1350 m ), and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2850 m) – 40 minutes, and Trek to Phakding (2610 m)
Day 03: Phakding to Namche (3235 m) – 5 hours
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche
Day 05: Namche to Phortse Thangna (3680 m) – 5 hours
Day 06: Phortse Thangna to Machermo (4470 m) – 4 hours
Day 07: Machermo to Gokyo (4800 m) – 4 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization at Gokyo / Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357 m)
Day 09: Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m) – 5 hours
Day 10: Thangnak to Dzongla via Chola Pass (5420 m) to Lobuche East High Camp – 8 hours
Overnight at Tent
Day 11: Summit to Lobuche Peak (6119 m) and back to base camp – 8/9 hours
Day 12: Contingency day in case of bad weather
Day 13: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m) – 3 hours
Day 14: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170 m) and visit to Everest Base Camp (5364 m), back to Gorakshep – 6/7 hours
Day 15: Hike to Kala Pathar (5545 m), and back to Pheriche (4288 m) – 7/8 hours
Day 16: Pheriche to Namche (3235 m) – 6/7 hours
Day 17: Namche to Lukla (2850 m) – 6/7 hours
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu and Rest in Hotel
Day 19: Kathmandu Sightseeing / Leisure day
Day 20: Final Departure
What's included !
- Airport pickups and drops
- Accommodation in a 3-star level hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Climbing peak permit & other necessary permits (Sagarmatha National Park Permit, TIMS and Climbing Permit),
- Internal Flight Tickets (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
- A professional English speaking trained trekking guide and a climbing guide
- Daily wages, insurance, cloth, food, the shelter of staffs and porters,
- Internal Flight Tickets (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
- Tea House accommodation during the trek
- Tent/camping accommodation during the climb
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during trek and climb,
- Complete camping equipment
- Transport of all food supply & equipment from the trip starting point to the ending point as per itinerary,
- Down Jacket and Sleeping bag (should be returned after completion of the trip)
- Trekking bag or duffel bag to keep your things
- Good quality tents and kitchen equipment for camping
- Farwell dinner
- First Aid Medical Kit box
- Trekking Map
- Rescue arrangement only (must cover by your travel and rescue insurance)
- All local and governmental taxes
What's not included !
- International air fare
- City sights entrance fees.
- Bar bills & personal expenses.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel Insurance
- Climbing bonus for Sherpa Climbers
- Emergency rescue charges if necessary.
- Extra shower, battery re-charge fee, snacks, etc.
- Personal clothing & gears.
- Tips to guide and porter.
- Cost raised by cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness which are not under our control.
What is trekking ?
Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.
Is trekking good for me ?
In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.
Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?
You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.
How difficult is trekking and climbing ?
Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.
Is travel insurance necessary ?
Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.
What types of permit are required for trekking ?
It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.
How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?
During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.
What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?
Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.
Will I have to carry my own luggage ?
Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.
Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?
Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.
What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?
There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.
Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?
It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.