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Lukla Flight Notice

As per Civil Aviation Association of Nepal (CAAN) decision, flights to and from Lukla airport will be operated from MANTHALI airport, Ramechhap. The Civil aviation association of Nepal (CAAN) has acquainted that there is rapid accession of traffic blockage at Kathmandu Airport and the Lukla sector is believed to be the busiest domestic flights sectors of Nepal. Flight to Lukla is one of the most occupied flights during the trekking season in Nepal and to avoid the traffic congestion and minimize the workload of TIA, they’ve drawn a conclusion i.e. all the flights to and from Lukla are rerouted from Kathmandu Airport to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap again.

The Chief of Tribhuwan International Airport, Raj Kumar Chhetri has informed that all the airlines have prepared for their morning flights to Lukla via Ramechhap. So, if you’ve already booked a trek to Everest region with us within the period above mentioned, make sure that you are prepared for a flight to Lukla via Ramechhap (Manthali airport) instead of Kathmandu. So, we would like to request all our admired guests who have confirmed trips in Everest region to have this information updated: We’ve to drive to Manthali Airport from Kathmandu at 2 am (approx.) to catch the flight from Manthali to Lukla. The 137 km drive will take around 4-5 hours.

Another reliable and a bit expensive option is going for a helicopter upgrade and flying to Lukla straight from Kathmandu. The Kathmandu helipad area will not be affected and you can have Helicopter flight to Lukla from 6.30 am onwards. The upgrade could cost you a top up of USD 350-500 per person depending on the payload and availability of the flights.

  • Duration:17 Nights 18 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:1 - 12
  • Activity:Hiking and Trekking
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 5545m

About Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking

Annapurna Foothills Treks highly recommends trekking to Kala Patthar 5545m and Everest Base Camp 5363m via Gokyo Valley. The Gokyo Lakes route ventures off the main trail away from the crowds and into the Gokyo Valley for the ascent of Gokyo Ri (Peak) and Cho La (Pass), which are sure to be highlights of your trek.

A morning flight will take you to the small mountain village of Lukla landing on a short precipitous runway. If you are lucky enough to sit on the left side of the plane you will get your first great views of the Everest region. After you are introduced to your support staff, you will start your trek with a gentle descent through cultivated fields and Sherpa villages. Day two however, is a long climb to Namche, a surprisingly modern town where you can enjoy a few luxuries you won’t find in the more remote regions. There is plenty to do while we spend a day here acclimatizing. Besides exploring the bazaar, visiting viewpoints, there is a Sherpa museum where there are many photos of Everest summiteers, as well as a documentary of the Mount Everest region.

From Namche, we leave the classic trail and trek up the Dudh Koshi Valley through Dole and Machermo, until we reach Gokyo. In the Gokyo valley there are five sacred lakes, with clear turquoise water. Besides the lakes themselves, the highlight of Gokyo is the ascent of Gokyo Ri,a small peak just behind the village, from where there are unbelievable views of Cho Oyu and Everest.

After Gokyo Ri, the trek, you cross the Nazing glacier and descend to Tragnag before climbing up to the Cho La Pass: one of three great passes in the Khumbu region. Dropping down from the pass you rejoin the main trail to Everest Base Camp at Lobuche, which passes through Gorak Shep. You will reach base camp in the afternoon.

Early morning the next day you climb to Kala Patthar, 5545m, for a breath-taking view of Mount Everest. From Kala Patthar, you descend to Dingboche, and over the next three days retrace your steps to Lukla, from where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu.

Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.

Highlights of Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking

  • beautiful glacial lakes of Gokyo
  • explore part of the Khumbu where few tourists go
  • incredible view from Gokyo Ri, 5340m:  Cho Oyu, Mt Everest and Makalu
  • cross over the spectacular Cho La Pass, 5420m
  • ascend Kala Pattar, 5554m, for magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped towering peaks. After completing the visa formalities in airport, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives carrying your name on our company’s’ signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. Moving forward, you’ll be taken to your hotel in our vehicle. Once you reach at hotel, you’ll be welcomed by them as well and after that you can relax in your room or go for a walk exploring the city.

  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Private Tourist Vechile

The Managing Director of our company will be there to meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your climbing equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it today. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft

An early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes only 35 minutes. On your arrival in Lukla airport, one of our guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakdingma.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 2,610 m/8,562 ft
  • Domestic Flight

Today will be one of the hardest days of the trek. So, we take it slowly, giving our bodies a chance to acclimatize and our senses a chance to take in the sights and smells on this trail into the heart of the Khumbu. From Phakding, the trail follows the Dudh Kosi valley north for 2-3 hours to Monjo, the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. There is a good view of Thamserku, 6608m. We follow the river to the Hilary Bridge, a fantastic suspension bridge that spans the deep chasm over the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Bhote Koshi. From here, it is a tough climb to Namche. The trail continues to climb through forests of pine. About half way up there, is a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt. Everest rising majestically from behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse.

Namche is a beautiful village in itself with colourful houses and lodges and prayer flags, and the setting is majestic as it is spread on the steep sides of a horse-shoe shaped valley facing the beautiful Kongde Ri Peak. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,289 ft

If we are acclimatizing well, we will want to walk up a hill for spectacular viewpoint where we can see all the way up the Imja Khola Valley to where the glacial moraine begins below the towering Mt Everest, 8848m. Other spectacular peaks. We can see Taweche, 6542m, Thamserku, 6808m, Kantega, 6685 m, Ama Dablam, 6856m, Nuptse, 7896m and Lhotse, 8511m. Besides, the great bazaar with a wonderful variety of shops to visit, today gives us a chance to visit the Sherpa Cultural Centre which has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. There is also the option of a day walk to the pretty village of Khumjung where Sir Edmund Hillary built his “Schoolhouse in the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital. We can see the “scalp of a yeti” at the Khumjung monastery. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,289 ft

Today as we trek, Ama Dablam, 6812m, one of the most beautiful peaks of the world will be showing its glimpse to us in a distance. As we go along, the trail follows the hillside of Khumbila and reaches our first pass, Mon La, from where the trail descends steeply to Phortse Drangka village. We leave the Everest trail and branch off to follow the Gokyo Valley along the tree-line until we reach the small mountain settlement of Dole. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 4,200 m/13,776 ft

The trail goes through small yak mountain pastures, waterfalls and small villages namely Khele, Lhabarma and Luza before reaching Machermo. Machermo is a small village looking out on Cholatse, 6440m, Taweche, 6542m and facing the Kyajo glacier. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 4,470 m/14,665 ft

The trail from Machhermo climbs a ridge from where you will get an excellent view. In front of you, will be the great Gokyo Valley with its streams and lakes, and the Cho-Oyu peak, 8153m and Kantega peak , 6686m and Ama Dablam 6812m on your back. We descend to the river bank below before beginning the steep climb up to a small mountain lake from where the trail levels out and follows along to Longponga Lake, 4690m, then finally up a boulder-strewn path to glorifying Gokyo.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 4,790 m/14,730 ft

In the morning, we climb for around two hours up to Gokyo Peak (5360m). This is a straight-forward but steep climb and also tiring because of the altitude. However, It will be worth the effort as this is one of the best panoramic views in the Khumbu. From the rocky summit, four peaks over 8000 metres can be seen: Everest, 8848m, Cho Oyo, 8153m, Lhotse, 8511m and Makalu, 8481m along with other awesome peaks.

From here, we follow the lateral moraines and walk for two hours on glacial scree across the Ngozumpa glacier, a series of ups and downs. After crossing the glacier, we reach the yak herders' huts and tea houses of Thagnag. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 3 hrs
  • 4,990 m/16,367 ft

This day will be a big day as it will be tough. You should carry at least 2 liters of water before we start as it is not possible to buy in this area. We have to start in early morning between 4:30-5:30. The first two hours we have will be a steep climb up to yak pastures which we call the Chola High Camp. Though there aren’t any houses there, you will see Buddhist prayers flags blowing in the wind instead. The next one and half hours is not so steep because of loose stones and uneven ground. So, we recommend that you use walking sticks, be careful and take the advice of our guide whenever needed. The ascent to the snowy Cho La pass is very steep and it will take about 2 hours. From the pass, there is a superb view of Dzonglha Valley and its lake as well as the impressive North face of Jobo Lhaptshan, 6300m. The descent to Dzonglha, on the Cho La glacier is an endurance test. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 7-9 hrs
  • 4830 m/15,850 ft

We continue along the moraine of the glacier with views of Kalapathar and Pumori. Henceafter, we will reach Lobuche,

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 4,910 m/16,104 ft

Today, we start very early following the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep (5,180m). After a rest, we trek across the sandy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to the area known as Everest Base Camp where in spring, we may see some of the expedition teams as they prepare to summit the mountain. From the Base Camp, we get fantastic close up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us. We retrace our steps to Gorak Shep. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 5130/ 16,830ft

An early morning climb will take us to our destination peak, Kala Pattar following the Khumbu Glacier. From Kala Pattar, we will see the sunrise and enjoy superb views of the surrounding mountains. After celebrating our efforts and photographing this achievement, we return back to Lobuche. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 4,400 m/14,435 ft

Gradually, we trek down to Pheruche and again pass through the Pangboche village, the same trail we used on the way up. The trail leads down to a river. After crossing the river, we walk for an hour up through the forest and reach Tengbuche. After taking a good break there, we'll walk continuously to Namche. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 3441 m/11,289ft

Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath toward Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla footpath leads us back to the first villages we visited two weeks ago: Gumila, Phakdingma, and Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. In Lukla, this last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters and a good chance to sample some chhyang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 2810m/9219ft

You will take an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu.

  • Breakfast,
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Domestic Flight

After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft

We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight. 

  • Breakfast
  • Private Tourist Vechile

What's included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu,Three nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 15 nights (With twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • All standard meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

 

Availabilities

FromToStatusPrice  
start date25 Aug, 2020end date11 Sep, 2020Available$1550

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed - The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 


The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

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Useful Info

Best Seasons for Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking

The best seasons for the Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views.
 

Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking is a Tea House/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
 

Meals on the Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking

Three meals a day are included during your Everest Three High PassesTrek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.
 

Drinking Water on Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
 

Fitness/Health

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
 

Local Customs You Should Know About for Everest Trekking

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.

Safety

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
 

Travel Insurance for Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
 

Flight Delay/Cancellation

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.

If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your ex

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