• Chola Pass EBC Kalapathar

Chola Pass EBC Kalapathar

Trip Facts :

Program Code: TT-HE03
Duration: 17 days
Program Type: Trekking
Maximum Altitude: 5545 M
Mode of Travel: Teahouse
Start Trip: Lukla
End Trip: Lukla
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Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal is a unique trek that goes through Lukla, Namche bazaar and all the way to Gokyo, Chola Pass, Kalapattar and Everest Base Camp. Leading you to the home of the legendary Sherpa people, based at the foothills of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest at 8848 meters. This trek follows the highly praised trekking route through the Dudh Koshi to its source the Gokyo Lake which is to the west of the Everest Base Camp, giving you the benefit to summit Gokyo Peak (5483 meters) offering a fantastic panoramic view of Cho Oyo, Everest and Makalu.

As we cross the Cho-La pass, and return back to Lukla following the route through Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar down to Tengboche monastery, Khumjung village, Namche Bazar and Lukla. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Everest including several other similar peaks and explore the Buddhists monasteries located at the world’s highest elevation.

Price Starts from: $ 1500 ++ USD

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m).

Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m).

Day 03: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3680m)

Day 05: Phortse Thanga to Machherma (4470m).

Day 06: Machhherma to Gokyo (4790m).

Day 07: Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and back to Gokyo.

Day 08: Gokyo to Thangnag Kharka (4700m).

Day 09: Thangnag Kharka – chola pass – Dzonglha (4830m).

Day 10: Dzonglha to Lobuche (4910m).

Day 11: Lobuche to Kala Pathar and back to Gorak Shep (5140m).

Day 12: Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp and to Lobuche.

Day 13: Lobuche to Pheriche (4240m).

Day 14: Pheriche to Pangboche (3930m).

Day 15: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m).

Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m).

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m).
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla for 35 minutes and trek along the bank of Dudhkoshi River till Phakding (3hrs). Overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m).
After the breakfast, the trek starts to Namche Bazar. We continue our trek along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region. Overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation. On this day we will explore around Namche Bazaar. We will have a Short walk around museum to celebrate the traditional custom of the Sherpa’s people. Overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3680m).
Today, the trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest. Juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day. Overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Phortse Thanga to Machherma (4470m).
Today the path goes through the middle of forest and offers the first view of Cho you peak (8,153m). The trail passes through summer settlements to Dole. After that, we will work across a rocky terrain scattered with a few dwarf rhododendrons. Overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Machhherma to Gokyo (4790m).
It takes about 5 hours trek from Machherma to Gokyo. Overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and back to Gokyo.
Early in the morning, climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5357m) – ample rewards to ones that attempt this trip. There are stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m). Lunch for this day will be a packed lunch. Trek down to Gokyo and Overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Gokyo to Thangnag Kharka (4700m).
Trek down from Gokyo to Thangnak Kharka crossing the Gokyo glacier. Overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Thangnag Kharka – chola pass (5368m) – Dzonglha (4830m).
After the breakfast, we continue towards chola pass at 5368m. This part is not difficult but is steep and involves traversing a glacier on the eastern side. After crossing chola pass, we reach to Dzonglha for our overnight. Overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Dzonglha to Lobuche (4910m).
Trek about 5 hours from Dzonglha to Lobuche. On the way you can see the Dughla Lake. Overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Lobuche to Kala Pathar and back to Gorak Shep (5140m).
After an early morning start, we ascend Kala Pathar (5550m) and enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas, without having to climb Everest. Then we make our return to Gorak Shep at an elevation of 5140m at noon for our overnight stay. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 12: Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Lobuche.
This day leads you finally to the Everest Base Camp (5364m) walking through rocky and glacier trails where climbers gather for summiting Everest. Continuing the trek we’ll return back to Lobuche for overnight. Overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Lobuche to Pheriche (4240m).
On this day, we will trek down to Pangboche via Duglha. It takes about five hours trek from Lobuche to Pheriche. Overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Pheriche to Pangboche (3930m).
Today’s trek is mostly down hill. We cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 15: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m).
Trek down from Pangboche to Namche Bazar via Tengboche and Phungi Thanga. Overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m).
The last day of your trek is from Namche Bazar to Lukla. En route you will pass through Monjo and Phakding. Also you will cross Bhote Koshi River many times on a suspension bridge landen with prayers flags. Overnight at lodge

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu, which takes around 35 minutes. Overnight at hotel on BB basis.

Cost Include

•   Airport/Hotel/Airport pickup and drop by private car/van/bus.
•    Hotel in Kathmandu as your requirements,
•    Everest National Park permits,
•    Trekking Map of Everest region
•    Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during trek,
•    Nepali Cultural Program with dinner,
•    An experienced licensed holder Guide and required porters
•    Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters,
•    Transportation by bus, car or by flight,
•    Medical kit box
•    TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
•    Trekking Equipments
•    All government tax
•    All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees
•    All necessary transportation while sightseeing

Cost Exclude

• Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu,
•    Your travel insurance,
•    International flight and departure tax,
•    Any expense of personal nature,
•    Nepal entry visa fee,
•    Any kinds of Bar bills,
•    All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks,
•    Rescue operation.

When trekking in Nepal Himalayas “Altitude related Problems” are the important factors to be considered because there is always a real danger of mild to serious problems related to altitude and it is important that trekkers understand that they will be affected to a greater or lesser extent when they ascend to altitudes over about 3000 meters. Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and it means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevation above 3000 meters. The victim can develop severe symptoms very rapidly if the mild effects are ignored.

We advise our clients to remember the following suggestion when you are on trekking in the high altitude areas above 3000 meters. The following are the basic symptoms of the altitude sickness and to avoid such sickness we recommend few important points.

1. Basic Symptoms:
•    Headache.
•    Nausea.
•    Dizziness.
•    Tiredness.
•    Loss of appetite.
•    Up set stomach.
•    Feeling uneasy.
•    Shortness of breath.
•    Increase heart rate.
•    Difficult to sleep.
•    Generally feeling unwell.

2. Medium Symptoms:
•    Severe headache.
•    Nausea and vomiting.
•    Increase shortness in breathing.
•    Lack of co – ordination.

3. Serious Symptoms:
•    Worsening of the symptoms above.
•    A persistent, irritating cough.
•    Breathlessness (even when resting).
•    Bubbling sound in the chest (caused by fluid in the lungs).
•    Clumsiness and difficulty walking.
•    Irrational behavior.
•    Double vision.
•    Swelling of hands and face.

What to do about Altitude Sickness?
Altitude illness can be prevented by acclimatization; that is, by a graduate rate of ascent (not more than 400 – 500 meters), allowing sufficient rest at various intermediate altitudes. The dry air of the mountains tends to dehydrate you so an increased fluid intake is necessary. Try to drink at least four liters of water a day. On the trail you can drink hot garlic soup that will help you to some extent. When we reach to our destination it is better to make some hiking up to a bit higher point and come down to the camp or hotel. This is a really good way to get acclimatization. You may take Diamox 250mg tablets the night before flying / going to altitude. Sometimes the symptoms often disappear and the trek can be resumed.

If you feel obviously suffering from the serious symptoms of AMS then descent should not be delayed even if it means going down in dark. In such case, should an emergency situation arise, horse, or porter will be arranged; or we carry you and run to lower (descend) altitudes. There is communication facility at Namche Bazaar; Doctors at Khunde hospital in the Everest Area and HRA Clinics and in some trekking areas also have the Gamow Bag. The hospital or the clinic will take fees or charges for such services. We can arrange for immediate evacuation, by horse or helicopter, depending on the severity of the case.

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