Trekking itineraryOn September 26, 2017 by Mark Thomson
Everest Base Camp – Chola Pass – Gokyo Trek
Oct 19/DAY 1 — Last minute prep in Kathmandu (1400m)
Perform gear check and buy anything that’s missing. Attend altitude sickness lecture given by HRA.
Oct 20/DAY 2 — Fly to Lukla, trek 7k to Phakding (2610m)
We board a 30 minute flight to Lukla early in the morning then head north from the airstrip and cross the Thado Koshi River. Beyond the ThadoKoshi, the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m), then we will cross a ridge marked with painted Mani stones and climb to Phakding.
Oct 21/DAY 3 — Trek 11k to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
We cross the Dudhkosi River five times on the suspension bridges (laden with prayer flags) on the way to Namche. After the last bridge, there is a steep climb up to Jorsale and then Namche. At Jorsale, we enter the Sagarmatha National park where we will need to verify our permits.
Oct 22/DAY 4 — Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Acclimatization is very important before proceeding higher to higher altitude. We will be taken for a day’s hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung and come back to Namche. We’ll also visit the world’s highest bakery and enjoy panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam (weather permitting). We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Syangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will slowly ascend towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde, we follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila.
Oct 23/DAY 5 — Trek 10k to Tengboche (3790m)
The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek. We pass the small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunkithanga (3250m). From here the trail climbs steeply through pine forests and around Mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on which the monastery of Tengboche sits at 3870m. The view from here is one of the world’s most magnificent scenes. Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Amadablam, Kantega and Thamserku provide an inspiring panorama as the Himalayan giants.
Oct 24/DAY 6 — Trek 10k to Dingboche (4350m)
We descend through a beautiful forest then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche.
Oct 25/Day 7 — Acclimatization at Dingboche
We’ll have a second day of acclimatization before approaching 5000m. Acclimatization days aren’t rest days exactly. We’ll do some local hikes to sample thinner air before we return to Dingboche for sleep. This aids in the production of red blood cells.
Oct 26/DAY 8 — Trek 7.5k to Lobuche (4950m)
We’ll get close to high mountains like Mt. Pumori and Mt. Nuptse as we proceed towards Lobuche, where only basic accommodation and food is provided. Then we trek along a broad valley floor to Thugla, leaving behind the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m). A western volunteer doctor, supported by The Himalayan Rescue Association is stationed here and offers treatment and consultation to trekkers as we continue gaining altitude.
Oct 27/DAY 9 — Trek 12.5k to Everest base camp (5360m) via Gorakshep (5160m)
This morning, we will hike up to Gorakshep, the world’s highest human settlement and then follow the Khumbu glacier to Everest base camp at an altitude of 5360m. Here we will be able to meet and talk to other mountain climbers and get a good view of Khumbu glacier and Khumbu Ice fall.
Oct 28/DAY 10 — Climb Kalapather (5643m) for sunrise then trek 12k to Dzongla
We’ll rise before the sun and make our way in the cold to the summit of Kalapathar. We spend some time enjoying the sunrise on the splendid Himalayan ranges, relishing in a unique view of Everest and then head back to Lobuche. From Lobuche, a few hours hike will take us to Dzongla (which is the only place where we can spend the night).
Oct 29/DAY 11 — Trek 9k across Cho-la pass (5420m) and down to Tagnag(4600m)
Early morning, we start our walk from Dzongla to the Cho-la pass. The walk over the glacier is an enjoyable experience unless excess snow makes it impossible to cross the pass. As the darkness returns we trek down to Tagnag to spend the night.
Oct 30/DAY 12 — Trek ~7k to Gokyo (4800m) visit fifth lake and return to Gokyo
It is a short day trek as we reach Gokyo in about 4-5 hours just in time to have lunch. Then we spend the rest of the day exploring the Gokyo valley. We can also visit the glaciers and turquoise lakes of the Gokyo valley while witnessing the spellbinding views of the Himalayan giants like Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse Makalu and others.
Oct 31/DAY 13 — Pre-sunrise hike up to Gokyo Ri then 14k trek to Dole(4200m)
Every step of the cold, steep climb to the summit of Gokyo Ri will be difficult but will pay off once we reach the pass and see the astonishing views of the Gokyo valley, the Ngozumpa glacier and a panoramic scene of the Khumbu Himalayan giants. After spending some time there, we make our way down to Dole.
Nov 1/DAY 14 — Trek 11.5k to Namche Bazaar.
The trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar takes about six hours. During the course of the day, we cross the Khumjung village while walking on the base of Mount Amadablam. Once we reach Namche Bazaar, we rest and spend the night there.
Nov 2/DAY 15 — Trek 18k to Lukla
From Namche, we make our way towards Phakding which takes about 5-6 hours, and then a leisurely walk takes us to Lukla by evening where we spend the night in a hotel or a Sherpa village.
Nov 3/DAY 16 — 35 minute flight back to Kathmandu.
Today we fly back to Kathmandu early from Lukla and will be transferred from the airport to the hotel. We can choose to either rest or stroll around the various tourist attractions in Kathmandu.
Nov 4/DAY 17 — Buffer day
It’s recommended to allocate one or two buffer days before departing Kathmandu for home. This is to account for weather, transport and logistics delays. Flights in and out of Lukla are particularly susceptible to delays and cancellations due to weather.