Crossing Cho La pass at 5330 metres from Gokyo, the hike gets a person to Everest Base Camp that is one of the sort after trekking destination, of not only Nepal, but also in the world. The trek is all done in the unique and classic region of Khambu after having reached Namche Bazar; a central hub for the Sherpa community. That is why you would find most of the porters and guides of this ethnicity. The routes which one takes, is history by themselves. The treks are done passing small hamlets and we get to spend a night in a monastery; Thyangboche high in the Himalayas at 12,887 feet from where you are rewarded with the panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Everest and Lhotse.
Climbing Kala Pattar is non-technical in nature. This trek has for long, been a delight among all form of trekkers due to the spectacular, scintillating and panoramic views it offers one, and at the same time, one gets to learn of tradition of the Sherpa community who have adapted to this difficult but beautiful environment.
Even though arduous in nature, the trek inspires one on by the determination which is instilled into you with the countless fluttering prayer flags and the prayer inscribed boulders asking you to carry on. The wonders of the Everest region is so surreal in life right from the moment one set foot at Lukla to the moment they board the plane back to Kathmandu. It is only reasonable that people flock to this part of the world from other parts, to partake in treks.
1. Day One – Welcome – 1400m
You will be met at Tribhuwan International Airport by a representative of Green Lotus Trekking holding a welcome placard and token for your overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu and to freshen up. Prior to dinner a briefing will be held. You could spend the rest of the day resting or wandering around the city of Kathmandu sightseeing.
2. Day two – To Padking (2600m) – (Approx 3 hour trek)
Short drive to Tribhuwan international Airport and a forty minute flight to Lukla Airport getting your first glimpse of various Himalayan peak and Mount Everest from the air. While our staffs get things organize, you are free to lunch and at noon, we begin for Padking up an easy trail and to meet up with Dudh Kosi (Milk River) via small village, Ghat (2550m).
3. Day three – To Namche Bazaar(3440m) – (Approx 7 hour trek)
After short while from Pakding, you will cross the river and move up the valley; the trail stays close to the river valley – beautiful sight with blue pine and rhododendron forest. You again cross the Dudh Kosi River near Benkar getting glimpses of snow studded crowns of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). A short hike to Monjo (2835m) gets you in lunch time. The trek here is along flat terrain till the confluence Bhote and Dudh Kosi Rivers after which you start your steep climb at a steady space to Namche Bazaar. Here is a chance to showcase you photographic skills of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche initially.
4. Day four – (3400m) – Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Today you will acclimatize for the day to the altitude you are in. Namche Bazaar is a prosperous town which gained popularity when salt was traded to Tibet from the low lands. It is still a market town for village rugs, Chinese-made products, clothes, salt and dried meat. Take the opportunity to view the sunrise and set at the national park above the town and to get a stunning view of Everest and other Khumbu peaks. If not a variety of options are available – a walk to Thami (3810M) above Bhote Khola River Valley or to the National Park to see the interesting Sherpa lifestyle and information on the flora and fauna. Your guide will offer you advice and escort you on your walk.
5. Day five – To Devuche(3810m) – (Approx 6 hour trek)
The trail moves to the side of the valley high above the Dudh Kosi. Here we get a really good view of the peaks of the Khumbu region such as Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Trekking past a few villages and many tea houses, we move down steeply to a bridge over a river at Phunki Tenga, a proper place for rest and lunch before we hit the steep climb for Tengboche dropping off just before we hit Devuche. The trail is a taxing zigzag but is rewarded with the pretty sights of rhododendron trees, beautiful birds and mountain scenery.
6. Day Six – To Dingboche (4360m) – (Approx 4 hour trek)
After a short descend you will cross the Imjo Khola (stream). The trail gradually climbs with a wonderful view of Ama Dablam (mountain) onto the village of Pangboche from where we head towards Tawachee. The walks becomes more pleasing as you ascend high above the Imjo Khola and teahouses at Orsho ahead of crossing the river and old glacial moraines as we head to Dingboche. You are always above the tree lines and can expect a spectacular sunset. Since it is a tiring walk, is advisable to take the advice of the guide.
7. Day Seven – (4360) – Acclimatization at Dingboche
At Dingboche, we get to acclimatize to the high altitude. It is a beautiful patchwork of petite fields surround by stone walls. Behind the Tawachee seem to touch the heavens. Your guide may advice you on a short trip to Chukkung, a valley; a worthwhile short excursion where you get to see the south face of Lhotse and Island Peak. A hike up the hill will you give a scintillating view of the fifth highest mountain, Makalu.
8. Day Eight– To Lobuche(4930m) – (Approx 6.5 hour trek)
Early you will ascend a small ridge behind the village above the Pherich Valley. From this height, Taweche and Cholatse are a wonderful sight. Towards the north Lubuje Peak and the snowfields of Chola capture the skyline. Walking is quite flat but beware to top up on fluids. Late morning you will cross Khumbu Khola (stream) and sit down for lunch at the foot of moraine of Khumbu Glacier fed by Everest. The afternoon climb will be quite steep to the top of the moraine. The top of the crest, you will pass memorial cairns of dead Sherpas and other of Everest expeditions. Here you get a spectacular view of Pumori (7145m), Lingtren(6697), Khumbutse(6623m) and Changtse(7750m) in Tibet. You will follow a stream to Lobuche. The trip may be tiring but worth the while.
9. Day Nine – Everest Base Camp and Gorekshep(5160m) – (Approx 5 hour trek)
We follow the winding Khumbu Glacier through ice pinnacles and crevasses. Everest Base Camp does not hold any permanent settlement except the dotted camps of those aspiring to scale Everest. Later, we trek down via the Khumbu Glacier to the summer pastoral camp of the yak headers at Gorekshep.
10. Day ten – Climb to Kalla Pattar and descent to Dzongla (4750) – (Approx 6 hour trek)
We head first trek towards Kalla Pattar (Black Rocks) (55455m) to get a picturesque view of Mount Everest with a Eastern angle. After an hour of the breathtaking view, we head for the day’s destination at Dzongla. From Gorakshep is a steady descent to Lobuche along a flat river bed and then route moves upwards to Dzongla. On the way we get lovely views Lobuche, Lobuche west, Cholatse and Tabuche.
11. Day eleven – To Gokyo via Cho La Pass(5420m) – (Approx 8 hour trek)
Initially the going is on a flat stone trail across an arid valley and climb steadily as we head closer two Cho La Glacier, a half hour walk across an icy walk. After crossing Cho La Pass (5420m), we hike down a stony trail till Phedi. The path goes up a bit and finally goes down till Thangma on the way giving us glimpses of Macchermo peak. From here we head to Gokyo along a glacier path to the first Gokyo lakes following a path along the Dudh Kosi stream till the third lake.
12. Day twelve – Excursion to Gokyo Ri
An early morning start is best to Gokyo Ri which is a steady and unrelenting. You will exuberant on reaching the summit with the spectacular view with the comprehensive view of 8,000 meter peaks in Nepal – Cho Oyu(8153m), Gyangchung Kang(7922m), Lhotse(8501m), Makalu(8475m), Cholatse(6440m), Taweche(6542m), Kantega(6685m), Thamserku(6808m), Lobuche(6145m) and Mount Everest(8848m). Further below is the largest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa Glacier. Here we get to view the entire expansion of the Himalayan range in relative peace.
13. Day Thirteen- To Phortse(3850m) – Approx Trekking time 5-7 hours
Instead of the western part of the valley, we trek via the western side to get a varied view of the Khumbila region as well as to enjoy the warmer weather off the afternoon flanks. We retrace our steps to Pangka then turn east and climb across the terminal moraines of the Ngozumpa Glacier(4400m), the only year around settlement in the valley. The descent from Ngozumpa via the eastern side of the Dudh Kosi Valley is straight as the trail makes a few ups and down where landslides and streams have carved side valleys.
14. Day Fourteen – To Namche(3440m) – Approx trekking time 3- 5 hours
The trail till Phortse is a bit tricky as the descent till the bridge at Phortse Tanga is a bit slippery after which we join the original route from Khumjung to Namche.
15. Day Fifteen – To Lukla(2800m) – Approx trekking time 6-8 hours
Our legs might be a bit shaky due to the steep descent and battle against the rock terrain till the suspension bridge arcoss the Dudh Kosi and other tributaries, after which the trail becomes more level. All levels of discomfort of the high altitude might now leave as we hit warmer climate. The view will be different even though we are retracing the same path. The view is a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests with snow in the distance. We pass a few Sherpa villages and prayer flags and prayer inscribed stones.
16. Day Sixteen – To Kathmandu (1400m) (forty minute flight)
A short hike to the airport at Lukla for an early morning flight back to Kathmandu where you get to rest for the rest of the day or sightseeing the capital city to buy souvenirs for people back home.
17. Day Seventeen – Farewell from Kathmandu
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
What is the best time of year to trek?
You can find good places to trek somewhere in the Himalayas at anytime of the year. However for most regions the best time is from October to May, with Oct-Nov having best weather for trekking. During the autumn nights are cold in the high Himalaya, but the bright sun makes for pleasant daytime temperature (20 degree centigrade to 5 centigrade in the night). Above 3500m temperature range goes down to -10 degree centigrade, and in winter (Dec-Jan) it is about 10 degrees colder.
How fit do I have to be to do a trek?
Whilst you do not need to be super-fit, you need to be fit enough to comfortably walk for 5-6 hours per day in the mountains on reasonable trails. Most of our customers have an interest in walking in the hills or countryside of their homeland and are used to similar daily trips.
What is a typical group size? Will I fit in?
We pride ourselves in our small group approach to Adventure Travel. Small groups allow you to share great company without crowding your experience. Our typical groups range in size from 2 up to 8. One of the attractions of such a trip is the chance to meet people with different backgrounds and personalities
What if the dates for the group treks don’t fit my itinerary?
If this is the case, we can organize a personalized trek for you. Additionally if you want to spend more time in Kathmandu before or after a trek we can organize the hotels and quote you a price.
Are your tours guaranteed to run?
If you are group of two and more the trip is guaranteed to run.
Do I need to buy special equipment?
Usually our clients simply bring their existing clothing and equipment and if necessary supplement this with some extra items purchased cheaply in Kathmandu.
What gear to bring?
Passport (with photocopies)
Photos for Nepal visa on arrival
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
Day pack for daily personal items
Light sandals or plimsolls to wear in the lodges
2 pairs of underwear
2 pairs of walking socks
2 warm shirts/ thin fleece
1 pair of thin thermal under trousers.
Long trousers for walking (or long skirt for women)
Gloves (it’s cold on the Thorung La, Laurebina Pass and Cho La)
Warm hat which covers your ears (for the Kali Gandaki and Thorung La – it’s windy)
Base ball cap or broad brim hat to keep the sun off (Australian Barmah recommended)
Soap and soap dish
Toothbrush and toothpaste.
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Hand sanitizing lotion
Moisturizer, Lip balm
Tampons – hard to buy in rural areas
Ear plugs for light sleepers
Sheet of plastic (Use as a poncho if it rains)
1 roll of toilet paper. You can buy more on the way.
2 large plastic bag. One for smelly clothes, one for things which must be kept dry.
Small good quality padlock
Iodine tablets for water purification
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
Notes. All of the trekking items are available in Kathmandu at nominal prices. However we suggest you bring hiking boots from your home country if you decided to purchase these items in Kathmandu .
Can I store stuff that I do not use on trek?
Yes, all hotels provide storage facility for free.
Do I need travel insurance?
Personal travel insurance is not included in the tour price. It is a condition of booking a tour with Green Lotus Trekking, and your responsibility to ensure for type of tours you are undertaking; the policy must include satisfactory cover for repatriation, high altitudes, trekking and climbing, and helicopter rescue. Please forward your insurance details (e.g. policy number, 24-hour emergency telephone number, name of insurance company) to Green Lotus Trekking when available.
Do I need a visa to visit Nepal?
Yes. You can apply in your home country thorough Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or obtain it at the airport on arrival by paying fee as below:
Multiple entry 15 days: US $25
Multiple entry 30 days: US $40
Multiple entry 90 days: US $100
Notes. We suggest you to bring the exact change. You also need bring 2 passport size photo.
Tourist Visa Extension
Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day
Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).
Gratis (Free) Visa
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries.
Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.
I am a single trekker. How does this work?
Normally single trekkers have no problems fitting in with a group. Normally single trekkers share rooms or lodges with other trekkers of the same sex, but if we have an odd-number we ensure that a room or lodge is organised accordingly.
How will my booking be processed?
To confirm your booking we will require deposit of $250 for treks and $300 for a peak climbing which can be made by bank transfer or online through paypal.com (leading transaction site). The balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or traveler cheque. Alternatively balance can be paid by bank transfer or PayPal shortly before arriving in Kathmandu.
Beside deposit payment what information do I need to forward?
Following details is needed to process your trekking permit, national park permit, flight booking etc.
Place of issue:
Date of birth:
Your arrival details (time, date, flight no., airlines):
All above info can be sent electronically via email.
How far do I trek each day?
You will typically walk 4-9 miles (5-8 hours) each day. Some days may be rest days for impromptu exploration. In high and steep areas, you may move more slowly. Most people begin to feel the effects of high altitude over about 2000 meters and your trekking pace is always adjusted to permit safe acclimatization. Our treks follow established trails used by local people. You will probably carry only a light day pack.
How flexible is the trekking day?
You can hike at your own pace, stopping when you wish. There is ample time to cover the necessary hiking distance each day with lots of stops. If you are on a private trek, you may wish to take more or fewer days to cover a given distance, or add in rest days. If you like to hike fast, your guide will be concerned that you acclimatize to high altitude effectively. You may wish to reach camp at a measured pace, but take a side hike after camp arrival. Your guide is always interested to learn about your personal interests and to accommodate those interests as the trip permits.
What is altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a particularly important medical consideration while trekking in Nepal. Altitude sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:
Loss of appetite
Dizziness, light headaches, confusion
Disorientation, drunken gait
Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, slight swelling of hands and face
Breathlessness and breathing irregularly
Reduced urine output
These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of the appearance of any of the above symptoms, any further ascent should be reconsidered; otherwise more serious problems can occur which can cause death, sometimes within a few hours. The only cure for the Altitude Sickness is to descend to lower elevations immediately. Acclimatization by ascending to no more than 300 to 500 meters per day above 3000 meters and the proper amount of rest are the best methods for prevention of AMS.
Will I be able to deal with the high altitude?
Our itineraries are designed so that our clients ascend at a sensible and safe rate. The effects of altitude are felt by everyone, even the Sherpas, but most people find that gentle acclimatisation allows them to reach their high point without any problems.
What is teahouse and camping treks?
Tea House accommodation: There are a number of lodges along the popular trekking routes in Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang regions. These lodges are called Tea House Lodges and managed by local people. These lodges have basic requirements for over night accommodation like private rooms, dormitories, toilets, shower room with hot and cold water, and one attached restaurant. The quality of food offered might vary from lodge to lodge but most serve simple and hygienic meals. The teahouse trekking provides you an opportunity to feel the warm hospitality of friendly Nepali hosts. The money you spend goes to the local community.
In a typical camping trekking, each pair of trekkers will sleep in a spacious mountain tent with a durable rain, fly, and full insect netting. The tent is fitted with foam mattresses. When your campsite is near villages or lodges you may be invited to sleep in the lodges or homes of local people.
What are the typical foods on the treks?
Breakfast options includes Oatmeal,French toast,Chapatti, Tibetan bread, eggs,, pancakes,, muesli and for Lunch or dinner you can have sandwich, soups momo (dumpling), macaroni dishes, pizzas, noodles, steak, dal bhat (rice, lenthal, veg platter) pasta etc.
What is your guide like?
Our trekking guides are carefully selected for their ability and are generally from Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung, Magar, and other communities from remote mountain villages. Each guide is trained and has abilities in eco-friendly trekking methods and safety. They help to maintain your health and your happiness as well as his crew members. Our guides are committed to making sure that all our trekkers have an enjoyable trek, come back safe and are overwhelmed by their experience. Your guide will be a friend and companion, who takes pleasure in showing you his country’s specialties and, perhaps, meet his home and family too.
What about the Porters?
Services of porters and pack-animals to carry your luggage and equipment are hired at the beginning of a trek to make sure that most of the costs our clients pay go directly into the local community where you trek.
How much should I tip the guides and porters?
Tipping is at your discretion but always appreciated. A good rule of thumb is anywhere from $2- 5 dollars per day for the guide and $1.5 to 3 dollars per day per porter. The total amount can then be divided among the group.
What is your Kathmandu contact address in case if my family needs to contact me in case of emergency?
Please have them contact at any of the following numbers:
Cell : ++977-98510-32108+977-98510-32108 or 9841-250248. Landline (office hour) 977-1-400-5037977-1-400-5037 or 444-5475. We check email frequently throughout the days so you could also write to our email: [email protected] if it’s not urgent.