Everest, Gokyo & The Cho La Pass
Price GBP 1,900
A trek of epic proportions, this trip takes you up the Everest Base Camp trail and deep into the Himalayas, before crossing the renowned Cho La pass into the Gokyo region. From soaring 8000m peaks to shining glacial lakes this trek covers an incredible diversity of landscapes.
Because of the altitude and the terrain this is no walk in the park, the pass itself involves crossing the top of the Cho La glacier over hundreds of metres of ice. It’s a real mountaineering experience requiring technical equipment and experienced guides. If you want to get stuck in and take on a challenge this trek will reward you will some of the most impressive scenery on the planet.
“What an amazing trip! The scenery, the atmosphere and the sense of achievement is something I will never forget. It was tough but with such an amazing leader and support crew I was determined to reach the top – I honestly don’t think I would have made it with any other leader!”
Days: 19 (15 days of trekking)
Daily walking time: 3 to 10 hours
Max group size: 10
Who suits this trip: You’ll need to be reasonably fit to take this trip on, the trek involves walking at high altitude for several days, so you’ll need to be prepared for some tough physical & mental challenges.
Itinerary See Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 Arriving in Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the vibrant capital of Nepal, jam packed with temples, taxis and tea-stalls. See our city guide for more info: See Kathmandu Guide >
Day 2 Fly to Lukla
A short but spectacular flight over the mountains takes us to Lukla (2840m). Where we set off to Phakding
Day 3 Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is a Nepalese trading town and the capital of the Sherpa people. Here you will have a final opportunity to buy any missing items.
Day 4 Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar
This day will give your body an opportunity to adapt to the high altitude. There is also the option of a day hike to Thami, a traditional Sherpa village with outstanding mountain views.
Day 5 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
Tengboche (3860m) is the religious centre for the whole of the Sherpa lands and home of the largest Buddhist monastery in Nepal.
Day 6 Acclimatisation day in Tengboche
Explore Tengboches’ grand monastery or take a trek up a hill behind Tengboche to get some impressive mountain views.
Day 7 Tengboche to Pheriche
At an altitude of 4240m, Pheriche is considerably windier and subsequently feels colder than most places in the Khumbu region.
Day 8 Acclimatisation day in Pheriche
Keen on some peak spotting? Spend the day relaxing or take a short hike to the Nangkartshang Buddhist temple with great views of Mt Makalu, the world’s 5th highest mountain.
Day 9 Pheriche to Dughla
En route to Dughla (4620m), you will have excellent views of Mt Tawache and Mt Cholatse
Day 10 Dughla to Lobuche
En route to the summer village of Lobuche (4910m), you will have the sobering experience of walking through Chukpilhara, with memorials to sherpas and climbers who lost their lives on Mount Everest.
Day 11 Lobuche to Gorak Shep
A steady walk takes us to Gorak Shep at 5160m. There is an optional trek up Kala Patthar hill, which provides the best view point of Mount Everest.
Day 12 Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp, then back to Lobuche
This is a long day, climbing to Everest Base Camp at 5367m, and then descending to Lobuche.
Day 13 Lobuche to Dzonglha
We’ll be trekking to Dzoglha at nearly 5000 metres, but the walking is easy and the route has magnificent views of Cholatse and Chola Tsho glacial lake lying at the bottom of the valley.
Day 14 Dzonglha to Dragnag
Arguably the toughest day of the trek but equally memorable. Scrambling past a sheer wall of mountains we reach the end of the Cho La Glacier. This immense mass of glacial ice stretches across the entire pass, so with crampons we’ll cross the glistening sea of ice.
Day 15 Dragnag to Gokyo – with an optional hike up Gokyo Ri
Leaving Dragnag, we’ll cross the Ngozumba Glacier towards the 8000m giant Cho Oyu. Climbing out of the strange desolate landscape of the glacial moraine, the aqua lake of Gokyo suddenly gleams into view. The 2-hour climb to the summit of Gokyo Ri is well worth it, with a jaw-dropping panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.
Day 16 Gokyo to Portse
The day starts walking along the lateral moraine of the Ngozumpo Glacier and past 3 of the sacred glacial lakes. We’ll have a very pleasant walk steadily downhill all the way to Portse.
Day 17 Portse to Namche Bazaar
We’ll be re-joining our original path and retracing our steps, mostly heading down in altitude.
Day 18 Namche Bazaar to Lukla
We’ll be retracing our steps back down to Lukla, where hot showers and good food await!
Day 19 Lukla to Kathmandu
After flying back to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, you’ll be free for the rest of the day to rest and recuperate or explore the city.
Day 20 ½ day guided tour of Kathmandu
We’ll be offering an included half-day tour of Kathmandu, led by a local English speaking guide – don’t forget your camera!
Day 21 Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 22 Fly home
The Fitways Adventures goal is to provide you with a stress & hassle free trip a cut above the rest. We go the extra mile to organize everything using quality sources so you can sit back and enjoy the trip. We don’t want to be one of the companies guiding trains of people up the mountain, so we limit our group size to 10, giving you a more personal service. We also include hidden trip costs in our prices so there aren’t any nasty surprises. Feedback from clients going on other trips concluded that they were frustrated at having to continually pay out additional money. Many companies don’t provide meals for example, and these can prove expensive at altitude. We have supplied an inclusive price so nothing can spoil your trip.
The only additional costs to you are your international flights, travel insurance and the visa required for entering Nepal (£25 for a 30 day visa – processed on entry)
- Local guides with good English and a good knowledge of local flora & fauna.
- First-aid qualified Western guide (most trekking companies don’t provide this)
- Porters to carry equipment – each person will have a 10kg weight allowance – our porters are professionally kitted out and fully insured.
- Oxygen – we take safety extremely seriously and as a precaution we carry a spare oxygen tank and mask for use in emergencies.
- Hyperbaric chamber – this is for use in emergencies and gives you peace of mind. These are extremely effective for dealing with cases of altitude-induced mountain sickness.
- Pick-up from Kathmandu airport
- 4 nights’ B&B accommodation in a smart, modern hotel in Kathmandu
- 15 nights’ food & accommodation in teahouses – these are basic but clean and you will usually be sharing a twin room
- All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Morning tea with breakfast, along with one or two tea breaks and snacks during the day.
- Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, including domestic taxes
- All Permits on the mountain
- Water (due to environmental considerations, we don’t buy bottled water on the hill, we purify our own)
- Porter & Guide tips – it’s customary to tip guides and porters in Nepal, and we’ve made a provision for this within the price.
- A half-day guided tour to see the spectacular sights of Kathmandu when you return from the trek.
- Up to 3 hot showers while on the mountain – subject to availability
What’s Not Included:
- International flights
- Arrival Visa in Nepal
- Travel Insurance – please ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for delays, repatriation and emergency rescue.
- Equipment – although we will assist you if you need buy/hire any items prior to the start of your trek (See our Kit List)
- Any additional meals and drinks you may decide to purchase
- There is a single room supplement of £105 if you want your own room whilst in Kathmandu, as opposed to a twin/double.
Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices
|3 November, 2018 - 24 November, 2018||8|
|22 days in Nepal||£1,900|
Note – There needs to be a minimum of 6 people booked for this trip to run
Want to do it your way?
If you have a group size of 4 or more people, and have ideas for a different itinerary just get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to discuss possibilities.
Don’t want to leave?
You book your flights so you can set the dates, if you want to extend your trip feel free.
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