Everest Base Camp and Chola Pass Trek in Nepal
If you are planning to spend your holidays in Nepal trekking in the world highest mountain basecamp; Everest Base Camp Trek could be the perfect holiday destination for you. Mount Everest Trek attracts thousands of visitors each year in Nepal for trekking, Peak climbing, Skiing and for other adventure activities. You would only able to know Everest/Khumbu region once you visit there. For better view of giant snow peaks of the earth and to know Sherpa people and their rituals, and to understand the flora, fauna, customs, traditions Everest trek is a greatest destination.
Highlight of the Trek:
- Trek to the basecamp of the breathtaking Everest, the world’s highest mountain and challenging hike to the Kala Patthar.
- Experience the spectacular mountain panoramas of four of the worlds’ 10 highest mountains including Everest, Lhoste, Makalu, and Cho-oyu.
- Explore and know Sherpa village, people, customs, tradition, religion, and hospitality. Visit ancient monasteries and Sagarmatha National Park.
- Scenic and adventurous flight to Lukla-Kathmandu-Lukla and trekking above 2600m during entire trek.
Duration of the Trek:
12 days to 18 days depending on reaching Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar viewpoint or three high passes Renjo-la (5388m), Cho-la (5380m), and Kongma-la (5535m)in the Everest/Khumbu region.
Mode of the Transportation: Airplane/Helicopter, Trekking, Yak Carvan
Best Season to Visit Everest Base Camp: September-December, March-May, December and January are cold season. June-August is Monsoon season in Nepal.
How to reach Everest Base Camp and Chola Pass ?
Everest trek generally starts taking scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu for 35 minutes to reach the gateway of the Everest, Lukla where there is a small but busiest airport at 2800m above sea level. The trekking starts Lukla onwards. Most of the people choose Phakding for their rest place on a first day, a tribal village in the Khumbu region. Three hours of easy hike is enough to reach Phakding.
For the second and third day, it will be better to choose Namche Bazar as a place for acclimatization before heading to Everest. It takes normally 6 hours to reach Namche Bazar. It is now a center hub and capital of Everest/Khumbu region where trekkers from different part of the world meet and greet together.
Exploring Namche is a good option to acclimatize your body. A visit to Khunde and Khumjung village, Sherpa Culture Museum would be better idea to know Everest region and Sherpas. Do not forget to climb the view point in Syangboche well known as Everest View Point Hotel.
Similarly, on the third and fourth day the destination will be Tengboche where there is an ancient monastery. On the clear days the spectacular view of the Mt. Amadablam welcomes every trekkers passing in this region.
Walking to the Dingboche would be more interesting because of its landscape and the wonderful views of the mountains. Then after, the more challenging hiking day for the trekkers is to hike for 5 hours to reach Dingboche Ri directly above the Dingboche which is physically challenging but better for the scenic views of the mountains. There are good views of Lobuche East, Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). A challenging yet rewarding day and pass your second night in Dingboche
Furthermore, on the sixth day trek to Lobuche passing through the valley of Dughla valley. From Lobuche you can reach to Everest Base Camp at 5355m on the seventh day walking in your own pace and descend down to o Gorakshep at 5180m on the same day. The most challenging and most adventurous part of the trek would be the hiking towards Kalapatthar on the 8th day, a spectacular viewpoint on the highest altitude on Everest Trekking and descend down to Dzongla at the altitude of 4830m.
Next, get ready for another challenging high pass of Chola the next day crossing the altitude of 5380m and descend to Dragnak. Finally, walk to the Gokyo Lake AT 4730m crossing over Ngozumpa Glacier and also hike on Gokyo Ri 5483m for the greatest view of entire mountain ranges like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Everest ranges.
After these challenging high passes descend down to Namche on 14th day and trek to Lukla on 15th day and fly back to Kathmandu on day 16th taking a flight. An option to visit ancient city of Kathmandu would be a great idea or buying souvenirs to friends and families in Thamel Street would added more fun in your holiday. Trekking in the Everest region base camp, Kala Patthar and the high passes would be your long walk adventures and greatest holiday experience in Nepal Himalayas.
Foods, Hotel (Mountain Lodge) and Accommodations:
While trekking to Everest Base Camp once can taste different kind of national and international cuisine. Most of the lodges have their own kitchen and they prepared your foods according to the menu or sometimes according to your demand. If possible, try to be vegetarian during the entire trek. Everest region is a sacred place and there is not any animal sacrifice however to consume meat people kill animals in different region and carries up to the base camp to fulfill demand of the trekkers.
There are a lot of mountain lodges in Khumbu region. Most of the hotels provide all the basic and advance facilities for accommodation. During the main season, March-May and September-December the lodges are full with trekkers and sometimes it will be hard to find room and in such case you the hotels shares their space on dining room or in a tent. It would be most common to see the trekkers laying down in dining room because of the less space. However, there are many luxurious hotels in some place with the spectacular view of the Mt. Everest and other Himalayan Ranges.
Health Condition during Everest Trek:
Everest base camp is considered as a moderate trek. Some sections of the trek are tough in the high altitude and some section needs 8-9 hours walking. Therefore, it is recommended that trekkers should be in good health condition. If you are suffering from a chronic health conditions then please consult your doctor prior to your trek. If you are taking medications then do not forget to carry them.
There are no extra technical requirements needed for this trek in Nepal. Weeks of regular exercise like jugging, hiking, swimming, running, cycling, uphill climbing, other sports will definitely help to build your stamina before the trek.
What should you bring during Everest Trek?
List of Necessary Items:
Head- Hat (with a wide brim), Sunglasses (with UV protection), Sunscreen lotion and Lip balm, Upper body- T-shirts (2), light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece jacket and pullover,Fleece wind-stopper jacket (Optional).
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest/jacket (included) Hands – Lightweight gloves, heavy-weight gloves/mittens with a waterproof outer shell Lower body – Underwear (3), Hiking shorts (2), lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants, waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants Feet – Thin, light-wear inner socks (3), thick, warm wool hiking socks (3), hiking boots with spare laces, camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals), gaiters.
Accessories – Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries, small padlock or combination lock, basic first aid kit, large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag), day pack, water bottles (2), hiking pole/walking sticks, small ear plugs,. Toiletries – Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, small wash towel Extras – Cameras with extra batteries and cards, binoculars, light balaclava or warm fleece hat, reading books, trip map/guide book, journal & pen, iPod, water purification tools or tablets.
If you are the first time trekker then you can find all of the above-mentioned items in Kathmandu or in Lukla. If you have extra luggage then you can leave your luggage in hotels in Kathmandu.