Equator Expeditions (P) Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal , P.O Box 8404 (977)-1-4356644, 4354169

Everest Base Camp By Chola Pass-20 Days

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Duration : 20 days
Grade : Medium
Season : Feb-May, Sept- Dec

TO THE BASE OF THE WORLD’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN.

The ultimate trekking challenge following in the footsteps of Hilary and Tensing Norgay, this trek will take it in the region, where traditionally base camps have been erected to expeditions, continuing up to the summit of Everest. The trek is a combination of the Gokyo and Kalapathar treks. From Gokyo, more of Everest itself is visible, though from a slightly greater distance than from Kala Pattar above Gorak Shep.
The mountains are spectacular, the Ngozumpa Glacier is the largest in the Nepal Himalaya and from a ridge above Gokyo, four 8000 m peaks (Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu) are visible at once. The view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu (8153 m) and Gyachung Kang (7922 m) is one of the most dramatic panoramas in Khumbu. The route will also take us through Cho La, a 5420 meter-high pass into Khumbu and then walk upto Kalapathar from where you can get closer view of the Everest Range.

GOKYO - KALAPATTER TREK (Everest)
  • Arrive Kathmandu Transfer Hotel A full expedition briefing and Preparation .
    A full expedition briefing and Preparation .
  • Half Day Sight Seeing In Kathmandu
    After Breakfast from 9 AM your sightseeing tours begin to Kathmandu which includes (Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath and Baudhanath Stupa) Trip finish at 5 and then back to hotel.
    Swayambhunath
    The temple is colloquially known as the 'monkey temple', after the large tribe of garrulous monkey which guard the hill, amusing visitors and devotees with their tricks, including sliding gracefully down the long double banisters of the main stairway. The soaring central stupa is topped by an aureate block featuring the watchful eyes of Buddha. Set around the base is a continuous series of prayer wheels which pilgrims, circumbulating the stupa, spin as they pass by.
    Kathmandu Durbar Square
    Pashupatinath
    The country's pre-eminent Hindu temple and one of the most significant Shiva temples on the subcontinent. As the Bagmati is a holy river, Pashupatinath has become a popular place to be cremated - the ghats (river steps) immediately in front of the temple are reserved for the cremation of royalty, while those a little further south are for the riff-raff.
    Boudhnath
    Another site with a religious bent is the huge stupa of Bodhnath, which is the largest in the country and among the largest in the world. It's also the centre for Nepal's considerable population of Tibetans. Late afternoon is a good time to visit. This is when prayer services are held and the locals turn out to walk around the stupa (if you want to join in, remember to walk in a clockwise direction). Surrounding Bodhnath are a number of monasteries, but be discreet and respectful if you intend visiting them. The valley also offers plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten track, with treks to and from the resort villages of Nagarkot and Dhulikhel; wallowing in Tatopani's hot springs; exploring cloud forests in Pulchowki; and mountain biking in the regions of Chapagaon and Bungamati.
  • Fly from Kathmandu towards to world‚Äôs highest mountains
    After breakfast at our hotel we drive to the Domestic Airport to fly to Lukla. From here we trek to the village of Phakding. The trail descends northwest to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Kosi Valley. The trail is easy and follows the river's course, passing through Ghat and finally leads to the small village of Phakding for our overnight stay.
    Flight Time 35 minutes
    Trek 3 hours
    Guest House
    Altitude 2623m
  • Phakding - Namche Bazzar
    The trail heads beside the Dudh Kosi and continues upstream along the banks to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi. After crossing the large suspension bridge, the trail starts ascending through pine tree forests to reach the distinctive horse-shoe shaped bowl village of Namche Bazaar where we stop for our overnight stay. There is a Sherpa Museum in Namche which details their home life and mountaineering achievements. Today there is a long uphill section in the afternoon, however there are fantastic photographic opportunities on the way as the peaks of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7879m), Arna Dablam (6856m) and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time.
    Trek 6 hours
    Guest House
    Altitude 3440m
  • Acclimatisation Day in Namchee Bazaar
    Rest day for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar. As the name suggest, Namche is famous for its local market or bazaar. Rising early, those who climb to the ridge above Namche will be rewarded with the stunning dawn and sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks with views of Everest, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. The day can be spent exploring this colourful village, walking along the Thami Valley in the afternoon or visiting the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture.
    Guest House
    Altitude 3440m
  • Namche Bazaar-Tengboche
    Today is fantastic walking with stunning views throughout, as we follow a fairly flat route in the morning, followed by a steep ascent into Tengboche. Tengboche is a lovely town with a bakery and famous monastery that we can visit.
    Trek 5 hours
    Guest House
    Altitude 3867m
  • Tengboche-Dingboche
    Today is a very short walk although the altitude can make for slow going. Despite being a short day the route takes us through some wonderful scenery. The day begins with a steep descent out of Tengboche through rhododendrons and the village of Deboche. We then cross another of precariously perched bridges before beginning the steep ascent to Pangboche itself. This final ascent takes us past some magnificent Gompas with tremendous views back to Tengboche where the monastery dominates the ridge. We continue on a relatively easy track as we clear the tree line and are rewarded with uninterrupted mountain views. The final section of the track is the steepest but relatively short and it should not pose a problem.
    Trek 5 hours
    Guest House
    Altitude 4350m
  • Dingboche - Lobuje
    Today we have a short but very picturesque walk to Duglha beginning with a steep ascent out of Dingboche onto the ridge above Pheriche. On reaching the Gompa on the top of the hill we are rewarded with fantastic views of the previous days trek as well as views of the Cho La pass and Labouche peak. From here our trail is very easy and relatively flat and affords uninterrupted views. Duglha is reached around lunch time and is situated just below the Khumbu Glacier.We have a steep climb in the morning up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and up over the snow line. We pass by a set of memorials to climbers – a fitting tribute to those who have risked everything on their attempts to summit Everest. From here we have a very beautiful and easy walk into Lobuche, and again we are treated to spectacular views of the mountains.
    Trek 7 hours
    Guest House
    Altitude 4930m
  • Lobuche- Everest Basecamp- Gorakshep
    It is from Lobuche that we make the attempt to get to Base Camp. Depending on conditions we will either make the attempt today (a long walk of approximately 9 hours) or we will stop for lunch at Gorak Shep and climb Kala Patthar in the afternoon, weather permitting. Due to the now severe altitude and ever changing weather conditions it will be the decision of the Expedition Leader in consultation with the doctor as to which of the options we take, but any decision will be with the safety of the whole group in mind.
    Trek 9 hours
    Guest House
    Everest Base Camp 5364m
    Altitude 5288m
  • Gorakshep-Kala Pathar- Chukung
    Start earley and walk for a further hour and a half reaches Kala Pattar a small, rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Pumori. Avoid rushing and do not strain yourself. It is a hard climb, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. Huge creaking glaciers surround us and classic views of Everest are available. The views from the summit of Kala Pattar (5630m) are truly outstanding. The surroundings have an awesome and unnatural brilliance with Mt Everest rising above them all.The trail today is an easier walk to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back to the terminal moraines at Dughla, the trail then take a different route following the wide alpine valley covered in scrub juniper, through the temporary settlement of Phulung Karpo (4343m), then onto Chukung. Meet the Climbing Group and Team and rest . briefing check equipment, AMS lecture.
  • Acclimatization and instructional day Camp
  • Acclimatization and instructional day Camp
  • Trek to Island Peak Base Camp
  • Summit day depart Base Camp 2 a.m. return lunch. Back to Chukung
  • This Day provides a second opportunity to summit Island peak due to bad weather or illness. If all good then trek 2 hours continues along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalar Pattar and Pumori to reach Lobuche at 4930m for the evening.
  • Chukung - Namche
    The trail continues down to Orsho, then on through Lower Pangboche and down to Deboche, to reach Thyangboche for the Lunch. The trek today follows a similar trail through a forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga and continues on to cross the Dudh Kosi for a steep descent to Trashinga. The trail continues on to Namche Bazar.
  • Namche ‚Äì Lukla
    Following a steep descent passing the Bhote Kosi, crossing the river, and along the bank to Jorsale, the trek for the day stops at Fakding for Lunch . After Lunch The trail continues to descend along the Dudh Kosi, before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau by mid afternoon for your overnight stay.
  • Lukla ‚Äì Kathmandu
    Fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind, before an informal dinner that evening.
  • Free Day In Kathmandu
    Free day for final souvenirs shopping and relaxing after a fabulous achievement, in the evening you will be treated to a well-deserved gala meal.
  • Depart Back To Civilisation
    Free day for final souvenirs shopping and relaxing after a fabulous achievement, in the evening you will be treated to a well-deserved gala meal. NOTES
    --This route is subject to change due to weather conditions, permits and the overall fitness of the group. However, the structure of the trek will remain the same.
    -- Each day requires about eight hours of activity.
  • Backpack / Duffel Bag
  • Day Pack
  • Trekking Boots/ shoes
  • Socks x 4
  • Sleeping Bag (4 season this can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Shorts x 2
  • Fleece Pant / Jacket
  • Flashlight
  • Shirt/T-shirt x 2
  • Thermal Underwear Top 2 / Bottoms 2
  • Book
  • Trekking polls (optional)
  • Sun Hat / Visor Gloves
  • Sun Screen
  • Sunglasses (UV protected- imperative to have quality eye wear)
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Watch
  • Warm Hat with ear protection
  • Permit / Money
  • Camera / Film
  • Down Jacket (this can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Small First Aid Kit

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