Kalapatthar & Cho La Pass

  • Kalapatthar & Cho La Pass

Overview

Highlights:

  • Stunning snow-capped peaks such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and more.
  • Two of world's greatest glaciers - Ngojumpa and Khumbu.
  • Visit the most popular monasteries in the region - Tyangboche and Pangboche.
  • Fascinating natural beauty surrounding Lake Gokyo.

Everest Base Camp with Cho La Pass Trek is the most popular trekking destination which offers you the best experience you ever had. The arresting part of the Everest Base Camp with Cho La Pass Trek is to escalate to Kalapatthar which literally mean 'Black Rock' and it reward you with the best sights of Mount Everest, highest peak of the world. The captivating view of sunrise on the snow capped-peaks over the Khumbu Glacier is an extraordinary sight visible from the peak of Kalapatthar. Also, you will be rewarded with a 360-degree picture of some of the immense peaks such as Mt. Pumori (7169m), the Tibetan peak Changtse, Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m) and innumerable other minor peaks. Furthermore, you will have a chance to overview the culture and lifestyle of Sherpas along with natural attractions.

Upon arrival at Lukla airport (2850m) the track continued next to the Dudh Koshi River which flows down the narrow ravines. Sacred stones, prayer flags, chortens will be visible on the route to Everest Highlight trek. And, the wild lives like Himalayan thar, mountain goat, musk deer and shaggy-coated yak can be seen while trekking

Unique Adventure International manages the Everest Base Camp with Cho La Pass Trek in one of the most stunning region including Sagarmatha National Park. Trekking in Everest region is an incredible option that one should experience in his lifetime. With striking views of great Mount Everest, explore unique Sherpa culture, visiting Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, going up to Kala Pattar and most significantly getting to Everest Base Camp will be remembered forever.

Itinerary Details

Day 01 : Meeting upon arrival at Kathmandu International airport by our representative, transfer to hotel

Rest of the day at leisure. 

Day 02 : Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley, overnight at hotel

Today, you will visit the cultural and historical sights in Kathmandu valley including Swoyambhunath, which is said to be over 2,000 years old and one of the world's most fabulous Buddhists Stupas; Kathmandu Durbar Square; the temple of Kumari, the residence of living goddess with its wooden carved window and balconies; Kasthamandap, a pagoda temple believed to have been built from the timbers of a single tree by King Laxmi Narsingh Malla;  Patan City is known as the 'Town with a Thousands Roofs'. You will visit the Durbar Square, the Royal Baths, and Hiranyabarna Mahavihara Temple. Noted for its craftsman and metal workers, Patan is known as the city of artists.

Day 03 : Fly to Lukla (2800meters) and start trek to Phakding (2610meters), overnight at guest house

Transfer to airport to connect 30-minutes flight to Lukla. The trek will begin to Everest trekking gently up the river, along excellent paved footpaths, passing a multitude of teahouses and a scattering of green conifers. Phakding, at 2,610meters, is a pretty village comprising approximately 30 houses. It is roughly a 3-hour walk from Lukla and is located both sides of Dudh Koshi River.  

Day 04 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (gateway to Mt. Everest - 3440meters), overnight at guest house

The day will begin with the gentle walk to Monjo, another beautiful Sherpa settlement of the trek; official entry into the Sagarmatha National Park where you will show your permits at the office in Monjo. The walk to Namche Bazaar involves a tough uphill climb of about 590m, taking approximately 5-hours, however, halfway up the hill you will be able to see Everest and Lhotse for the first time. As you approach the town of Namche Bazaar, the peaks of Thamserku (6, 648) and Kwangde (6,224m) are visible to the East and to the West, the sacred mountain Khumbila (5,707m).

As capital of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar, at an altitude of 3440meters, is famous for its many bakeries and street market which takes place each Saturday. Built on a steep mountain bowl with excellent views of high Himalaya on either side, the town has restaurants, shops, banks and currency exchange. Remarkably, for such a remote location, there are also availability of cyber cafes and pool halls.

Day 05 : Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar, overnight at guest house

It is important to walk to higher altitudes while you stay two Day in Namche bazaar. There are options here to trek to Khumjung where you can visit the local school and hospital or to Thame, village of Sherpa Everest expediters and of the great Everest Sherpa Tenzing Norgay or to airstrip at Shyanboche (3720m), above the airstrip is the Everest view hotel, which was set up by the Japanese to bring affluent tourists in to the region for a prime view of Everest. The scheme was brought down by the fact the hotel was at nearly 4000m and many suffered form altitude sickness.

Day 06 : Trek to Tyangboche, overnight at guest house

The day begins with slightly climb up about 10-minutes and descend back to the Dudh Koshi at 3550m before ascending to Tyangboche at 3870meters. The views of Everest, Thamserku, Amadablam and the valley are mind blowing. At an altitude of 3870meters; Tyangboche is a charming spot built around the main Tibetan monastery in the region, which you can enter and listen to the monks chanting their mantras. The view of Lhotse, Everest and Amadablam are unforgettable.

Day 07 : Trek to Dingboche (4360meters), overnight at guesthouse

Your journey will pass through wooded forests and along the Imja Khola valley. The views will become more impressive as the high Himalaya begin to surround you. You will contour gradually to Pangboche, an interesting gompa site above the main village, this is the oldest monastery in the region and apparently dates form the introduction of Buddhism to Khumbu, you will then climb up to Dingboche at 4360meters. The views of Amadablam and Island Peak are breathtaking.

Day 08 : Acclimatisaiton day at Dingboche (day hike to Chhukung), overnight at guest house

Today, we will have another day of acclimatization. You will head to another beautiful part of the Khumbu region, Chhukung offer you a magnificent views of the Mt. Makalu, Island Peak, Peak 38 etc. 

Day 09 : Trek to Lobuche (4950meters), overnight at guest house

The valley now becomes barren of vegetation as you walk up towards Lobuche, but your attention will be firmly on the snow-capped peaks, which soar above you. The path joins the trail below Thugla and gives beautiful views of Cholatse (6442.) across the valley. The path can become quite rocky in places and it is important to watch your step. After another steep ascent, Tawache and Nuptse are particularly spectacular form Lobuche, towering almost 2 kilometers directly overhead.

Day 10 : Trek to Everest Base Camp (5400meters) and back to Gorakhshep (5160meters), overnight at guest house

Today, the walk towards Everest is along the Khumbu Glacier. You will reach the small village of Gorakhshep, where you will be able to have lunch. After having your lunch, the trail will lead you to the Mt. Everest base camp at an altitude of 5400meters. Everest base camp gives you an unforgettable view of Khubutse, Mt. Pumori, Changtse and Khumbu ice fall instead of Mt. Everest. 

Day 11 : Trek to Kalapatthar (5545meters) and continue to Dzong La, overnight at guest house

The ascent of Kalapatthar or 'Black Rock' will offer the best views of Everest. At the top you will see a 360-degree view of some of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Pumori (7169m), Mt. Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m), the Tibetan peak Changtse, Nuptse (7861m) and countless other smaller peaks. You will then descend and return to Lobuche and continue follow your footsteps towards Cho La Pass, the walk to Cho La and Gokyo will offer spectacular views of Amadablam, Makalu, Baruntse, Cho Oyu, Cholatse, Tawoche etc..

Day 12 : Trek to Gokyo Lake via Thangnak (after crossing Cho La pass), overnight at guest house.

Today, we start with a gentle climb at first hours towards the Cho La Pass. The trail crosses the glacier which is marked by cairns. Once we reach Cho La Pass, the trail goes downward to Thangnak. We then continue our trek passing by the lakes at Gokyo which pours down to the western division of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We go diagonally through the three outstanding lakes and traverse the third lake, Dudh Pokhari, and on the East bank we can mark the community of Gokyo. Walking along the lake, you can view the splendid summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.

Day 13 : Trek to Gokyo Ri and back to Dole, overnight at guest house

We trek to Gokyo Ri, also known as Gokyo Peak, at an elevation of 5357 meters for panoramic views of snowcapped mountains such as Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Cho Oyu, Mount Nagpai Gosum, Cholatse Peak, Tawoche Peak and more as well as the views of Ngozumpa glaciers and Gokyo Lakes. We then return to Gokyo Lake for breakfast and retrace our steps down to Dole.

Day 14 : Trek to Namche Bazaar, overnight at guest house

Today, our trek moves down to Namche Bazaar (3790 meters) and leads up steeply for around 1 hour to Mong La (4000 meters). Here, you can observe beautiful views of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Kusum Kangaru, Tawache peak and Konde-Ri. Again, the trail rises down continuously till Namche Bazaar.

Day 15 : Trek to Lukla, overnight at guest house 

From Namche, our route moves toward Phakding treating you to the stunning scenery of Sherpa villages, snow-capped mountains, lush hills and deep forests all along the way. After reaching Namche, we come across a suspension bridge and arrive Monjo. We then descend downward to Phakding along the Dudhkoshi river. We follow the tracks of the Dudh Koshi river to Lukla. We pass several Sherpa villages and cross a suspension bridge above Thado Koshi along the way.

Day 1 6 : Fly to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel

Catch your connecting flight back to Kathmandu with great memories of Mt. Everest and the great Himalayas.

Day 17 : Buffer day in Kathmandu, overnight at hotel

Day 18 : Transfer to airport, departure on your own destination

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu (International and domestic both).
  • Pre-trek briefing.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the programme. 
  • 1 professional and friendly, A class government licensed and well English speaking mountain guide.
  • 1 well experienced English speaking assistant guide if the group size exceeds 5+ persons.
  • Well experienced and equipped trekking porter/s (one porter carry for 2 guest's luggage, 25 kgs - 30kgs).
  • Food during the trek (full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee and seasonal fresh fruits).
  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All necessary trekking permits: Sagarmatha National Park and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) fee.
  • Internal flight Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu for guest and guide inclusive with all taxes and transfers.
  • In worst case, assist with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • Unique Adventure sleeping bag and down jacket, duffel bag, area trekking map.
  • First aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations.
  • All organisational requirements.

What is not included?

  • Nepal visa (can obtain at the airport or immigration counters at the borders: USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days and two passport size photographs is required).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst trekking).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Tips for guide, porter, driver.

Info

Recommended Gear Lists:

  • Good wind/rain jacket
  • Warm fleece jacket or jersey
  • Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots
  • Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu)
  • A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottom
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Other necessary equipment:

  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oxymeter)
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Water bottles (2 bottles recommended)
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Note

All conditions stated in the itinerary are for the visitors who prefer full package programme. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. The selection of itineraries and the staff depends on your choice and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement regarding your interest and financial condition.

Trip Price

US $ 1,590 per person

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Quick Fact of the Trip

  • Trip Duration : 18 days
  • Best Season : Spring & Autumn
  • Country : Nepal
  • Min Altitude : 2853meter
  • Max Altitude : 5545meter
  • Trip starts : Lukla
  • Trip ends : Lukla
  • Group size : Min - 1