Everest Base Camp - Gokyo Cho La Pass trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Everest region that Skyline has been operating since our start years. This combined trekking route consisting of Everest base camp and Gokyo Cho La has been imparting visitors with unique and unforgettable memories of stunning mountains to last a life-time.
Trekking to this regions starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airstrip, after 3 hours of walk from the airport we reach the first stop of the trail at Phakding and continue the trail passing through the Dudh Koshi Valley until we reach at Namche Bazaar. The trail to Gokyo is a slow ascent up the valley passing through the patches of dense rhododendron and birch forests - the elusive musk deer also can be seen sometimes. The Gokyo peak (5480m) ascent is the center-point of this trek that offers incredible scenery including magnificent views of Everest, Makalu, Cho OYu, Lhotse and Nuptse. Apart from the beautiful mountain views, the trek to Everest base camp and Gokyo Cho La Pass lets you have an insight of local culture, and explore the landscapes and wildlife's at the same time. We at Skyline arrange trekking to this region, the whole year around, however the best times to have trekking are March, April, May and September, October and November.
If you have any additional queries about the Everest base camp through Gokyo Cho La Pass trekking package, feel free to contact us online! We at Skyline will try our level best to provide you the best trekking services to Nepal. We appreciate your feedback.
Day 01: Welcome with bunch of flower assistance at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel. Rest at the hotel some time and after that our staff will brief you regarding about the trip.
Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing in Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square. (B)
Day 03: An early morning to Lukla (2713m) from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding. (2610mtrs/8563ft). Flight 40 minutes and walking 3 hours (B, L, D)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3446m/11286ft). walking 5:30 hours. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazzar. walking 5 hours (B, L, D)
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12664ft). walking 5 hours. (B, L, D)
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14468ft). walking 5:30 hours, (B, L, D)
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Dinbuche. walking 4:25 hours, (B, L, D)
Day 09: Trek to Lobuje (4910m/16108ft). walking 5:30 hours,(B, L, D)
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5153m/16906ft). walking 3:30 hours,(B, L, D)
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5363m/17595ft) and back to Gorekshep. walking 5:30 hours, (B, L, D)
Day 12: Hiking up Kalapathar (5545m/18192ft) and overnight at Zongla (4710m/15453ft). Walking 6 hours. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Trek to Thagna (4500m/14764ft) via the Chola-la cross (5420m/17782ft). Walking 6:30 hours, (B, L, D)
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4790m/15715ft). walking 4:30 hours, (B, L, D)
Day 15: Hiking upto Gokyo Ri (5483m/1983ft) and trek down to Gokyo lakes. Walking 4:30 hours, (B, L, D)
Day 16: Descend to Dole (4210m/13812ft). Walking 5:30 hours each day, (B, L, D)
Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3446m/11286ft). walking 6:30 hours, (B, L, D)
Day 18: Trek to Lukla (2840m/9317ft). Walking 6:30 hours, (B, L, D)
Day 19: An early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Flight time 40 mintues. (B)
Day 20: After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure. (B)
Note: In case of emergency for helicopter rescue during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by our company (Skyline Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd.) The rescue charges and medical evacuation must be paid by the clients themselves.
Where is Nepal?
Nepal, a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east by Sikkim and West Bengal of the Indian Union on the south by Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and on the west by Uttar Pradesh of Indian Union. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south. Climatically, it lies in the temperate zone with the added advantage of altitude.
Why is Nepal such a fascinating country for many people?
The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best walking trails on Earth. It's a small country, but it's rich in scenic splendor and exotic cultures. The people of Nepal are as diverse as their country and represent distinct cultures and races.
Though they speak a variety of tongues and practice different religions, they are the friendliest people that you would ever meet. The kingdom has long exerted a pull on the Western imagination and it's a difficult place to dislodge from your memory once you return. So, wait until you're actually here in Nepal.
As a traveler, there is endless number of surprises Nepal has to offer you. Kathmandu Valley with its thousands of Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, stunning architecture and rich pageantry can be quite beyond words. If you are careful enough not to get entangled in the superficial facade of a flatly "modernizing" capital city, Kathmandu probably offers you as exotic and urban experience as you can get.
Beyond Kathmandu, it’s another world altogether. Most travelers to Nepal want to check out the truly spectacular Himalayas along with the higher hills. A few go there to scale the high mountains, but many are nature lovers who trek along landscapes filled with deep valleys, lush forests, snow trails, terraced fields, and above all, the most hospitable people.
Travelers to Nepal also love making a safari trip to one of the National Parks in Nepal. The most popular one is the Chitwan National Park in the southern plains which hosts a diverse wildlife reserves including the rare Asian one-horn rhino.
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.
What do I need to get my visa?
You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office upon your arrival day at the entry points of Nepal.
What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?
There's no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Nepal Airlines (NAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight. Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option.
When is the best time to travel in Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and March to May.
What is the national language of Nepal?
Nepal's national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language - the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.
What's the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.
What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?
What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?
Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977 1 4212737 First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last digits are telephone numbers.
What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn't been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.
Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming' package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.
What are health requirements to visit Nepal?
Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.
What about getting to Nepal from Tibet?
The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organized groups but not to individual travelers heading north. Be prepared with alternative plans if you're thinking about using this route, because landslides regularly make it impassable during the monsoon.
We trekked Up to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar aswell as Gokyo Lakes in winter 2015. Nima Sherpa was very experienced and very good with all the different people we interacted with and great with the children.