Equator Expeditions (P) Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal , P.O Box 8404 (977)-1-4356644, 4354169

EBC / Chola pass / Island and Lobuje Peak – 27 Days

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The ultimate trekking challenge following in the footsteps of Hilary and Tensing Norgay, this trek will take it in the region, where traditionally base camps have been erected to expeditions, continuing up to the summit of Everest.  The trek is a combination of the Gokyo and Kalapathar treks. From Gokyo, more of Everest itself is visible, though from a slightly greater distance than from Kala Pattar above Gorak Shep.

The mountains are spectacular, the Ngozumpa Glacier is the largest in the Nepal Himalaya and from a ridge above Gokyo, four 8000 m peaks (Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu) are visible at once.  The view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu (8153 m) and Gyachung Kang (7922 m) is one of the most dramatic panoramas in Khumbu.  The route will also take us through Cho La, a 5420 meter-high pass into Khumbu and then walk upto Kalapathar from where you can get closer view of the Everest Range.

  • Arrive Kathmandu
    Transfer Hotel A full expedition briefing and Preparation .
  • Half Day Sight Seeing In Kathmandu
    After Breakfast from 9 AM your sightseeing tours begin to Kathmandu which includes (Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath and Baudhanath Stupa) Trip finish at 5 and then back to hotel.
    Swayambhunath
    The temple is colloquially known as the 'monkey temple', after the large tribe of garrulous monkey which guard the hill, amusing visitors and devotees with their tricks, including sliding gracefully down the long double banisters of the main stairway. The soaring central stupa is topped by an aureate block featuring the watchful eyes of Buddha. Set around the base is a continuous series of prayer wheels which pilgrims, circumbulating the stupa, spin as they pass by.
    Kathmandu Durbar Square
    Pashupatinath
    The country's pre-eminent Hindu temple and one of the most significant Shiva temples on the subcontinent. As the Bagmati is a holy river, Pashupatinath has become a popular place to be cremated - the ghats (river steps) immediately in front of the temple are reserved for the cremation of royalty, while those a little further south are for the riff-raff.
    Boudhnath
    Another site with a religious bent is the huge stupa of Bodhnath, which is the largest in the country and among the largest in the world. It's also the centre for Nepal's considerable population of Tibetans. Late afternoon is a good time to visit. This is when prayer services are held and the locals turn out to walk around the stupa (if you want to join in, remember to walk in a clockwise direction). Surrounding Bodhnath are a number of monasteries, but be discreet and respectful if you intend visiting them. The valley also offers plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten track, with treks to and from the resort villages of Nagarkot and Dhulikhel; wallowing in Tatopani's hot springs; exploring cloud forests in Pulchowki; and mountain biking in the regions of Chapagaon and Bungamati.
  • Fly from Kathmandu towards to world’s highest mountains
    After breakfast at our hotel we drive to the Domestic Airport to fly Lukla. From here we trek to the village of Phakding. The trail descends northwest to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Kosi Valley. The trail is easy and follows the river's course, passing through the village of Ghat to reach the small village of Phakding for your overnight stay.
  • Phakding - Namche Bazaar
    The trail heads beside the Dudh Kosi and continues upstream along the banks to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi. After crossing the large suspension bridge, the trail starts ascending through pine tree forests to reach the distinctive horse-shoe shaped bowl village of Namche Bazar where you stop for your overnight stay. There are fantastic photographic opportunities on the way as the peaks of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7879m), Arna Dablam (6856m) and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time.
  • Rest Day In Namche Bazaar
    Rest day for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar. As the name suggest, Namche is famous for its local market or bazaar. Rising early, those who climb to the ridge above Namche will be rewarded with the stunning dawn and sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. The day can be spent exploring this colourful village, walking along the Thami Valley in the afternoon or visiting the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. Here you can mountaineer in the park and see lots of flora and fauna.
  • Namche - Phortse Thanghka
    The trail today descends to the west of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Kosi River. The Gokyo route turns north, climbing above the more frequented route to Thyangboche and Everest Base Camp. The trail then continues towards a large Chorten on the top of the ridge at 3973 metres. From the ridge, the trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Kosi to stop at Phortse Thanghka for the overnight.
  • Phortse Thanghka - Dole
    The journey to Dole today begins with a steep climb out of the valley through rhododendron forests, which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. This trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. The route passes through the settlements of Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) to reach Dole for the overnight stop.
  • Dole - Machhermo
    The trail today is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub junipers. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machhermo at 4410 meters for the overnight stop. Legends have it that it was here in 1974 that the YETI killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa woman.
  • Machhermo - Gokyo
    The trail climbs a ridge after which the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m. The trail then descends to the riverbank before beginning of climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, dog legging alongside the stream to the first small lake at 4650m. The trail now becomes almost level at 4690m and finally Gokyo at 4750m for the overnight stop.
  • Gokyo
    Today is spent exploring around Gokyo. Best views can be seen from Gokyo Ri (5318m), a small peak above the lake. A 2 hours climb to the top of the peak, provides a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Twachee. Overnight stay in Gokyo.
  • Gokyo - Chhugyuma - Dzongla Lobuje Peak Climbing course itinerary
    The trail crosses Cho La pass (or Chhugyuma La pass) at 5420 meters. The pass is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier crossing on the eastern side. An ice axe, crampons and a rope are often necessary for negotiating the small icefall at the foot of glacier on the other side of the pass. Although in ideal conditions there are no technical problems and there is a trail of sorts in the rocks beside the icefall. The western approach to the pass varies in difficulty depending on the amount of snow. The pass is not possible for yaks and usually not suitable for heavily laden porters. Arrive Dzongla , briefing check equipment, AMS lecture.
  • Acclimatization and instructional day Camp.
  • Acclimatization and instructional day Camp.
  • Trek to Island Peak Base Camp
  • Summit day depart Base Camp 2 a.m. return lunch. Back to Chukung .
  • This Day provides a second opportunity to summit Island peak due to bad weather or illness. If all good then trek 2 hours continues along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalar Pattar and Pumori to reach Lobuche at 4930m for the evening .
  • Lobuche- Everest Base Camp - GorkshepThe trek starts out early this morning and will prove to be both mentally and physically demanding. Visit Everest Base Camp and spend evening at Gorkshep .
  • Gorkshep - Kala Pather - Chukung
    Start earley and walk for a further hour and a half reaches Kala Pattar a small, rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Pumori. Avoid rushing and do not strain yourself. It is a hard climb, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. Huge creaking glaciers surround us and classic views of Everest are available. The views from the summit of Kala Pattar (5630m) are truly outstanding. The surroundings have an awesome and unnatural brilliance with Mt Everest rising above them all.
  • Lobuche – to Chukung / Join Island Peak Group .
    The trail today is an easier walk to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back to the terminal moraines at Dughla, the trail then take a different route following the wide alpine valley covered in scrub juniper, through the temporary settlement of Phulung Karpo (4343m), then onto Chukung . Meet the Group and Team and rest.
  • Rest or Join the group .
  • Trek to Island Peak Base Camp
  • Summit day depart Base Camp 2 a.m. return lunch. Back to Chukung .
  • This Day provides a second opportunity to summit Island peak due to bad weather or illness. Or Rest at Dingboche
  • Chukung to Namche –
    The trail continues down to Orsho, then on through Lower Pangboche and down to Deboche, to reach Thyangboche for the Lunch. The trek today follows a similar trail through a forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga and continues on to cross the Dudh Kosi for a steep descent to Trashinga. The trail continues on to Namche Bazar.
  • Namche – Lukla
    Following a steep descent passing the Bhote Kosi, crossing the river, and along the bank to Jorsale, the trek for the day stops at Fakding for Lunch. After Lunch The trail continues to descend along the Dudh Kosi, before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau by mid afternoon for your overnight stay.
  • Lukla – Kathmandu
    Fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind, before an informal dinner that evening.
  • Free Day In Kathmandu
    Free day for final souvenirs shopping and relaxing after a fabulous achievement, in the evening you will be treated to a well-deserved gala meal.
  • Back To Civilisation
    ---Depart Kathmandu for home. All Airport pick up and drop / Hotel in Kathmandu / Sightseeing with tour guide / Trekking Guide com Porter , all Permit, all meal hot and cold drink , Both way flight Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu , Evening at Tea Houses
    --- Climbing Permit , all meal hot and cold drink , All Camping , Kitchen and Climbing Equipments , Climbing instructor , Sherpa , Yak ( Porter ) , Kitchen Team and Staff insurance.
    NOTES
    -- This route is subject to change due to weather conditions, permits and the overall fitness of the group. However, the structure of the trek will remain the same.
    -- Each day requires about eight hours of activity
Trekking Peak Equipment List
Equator will provide the technical climbing equipment, including: harness, axes, helmets, crampons, carrabinas, ropes and base camp camping and cooking equipment. You will need to supply the following personal equipment. If you do not have the following equipment you can rent it when you arrive in Kathmandu. Our office staff will take you to one of several quality trekking rental stores. Mountaineering
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Gloves (liner/layer/shell)
  • Plastic boots
  • Thermal bottoms / top
  • Day sack
  • Sleep mat (4 wk course)
  • Gaiters
Check your gear works before setting out, hire gear fits, etc. Your mountaineering equipment will be packed into a separate bag provided. Equator will transport this separately to base camp. You will NOT have access to this bag until base camp. You only need to carry what you need for trekking, not climbing. Equator can arrange a porter to Dzongla for you if you would like to trek with just a day pack. Personal Equipment List
  • Backpack
  • Day Pack (if using porter support)
  • Trekking Boots/ shoes
  • Socks x 3
  • Sleeping Bag (4 season)
  • Down Jacket (can be rented in KTM / Pokhara or Namche Bazaar)
  • Shorts x 2
  • Fleece Pant / Jacket
  • Flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Shirt/T-Shirt x 1
  • Thermal Underwear Top 2 / Bottoms 2
  • Book
  • Trekking polls (optional)
  • Sun Hat / Visor
  • Gloves
  • Sun Screen
  • Sunglasses (UV protected. Imperative to have quality eye wear)
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Watch
  • Wool- fleece / Hat with ear protection
  • Water Treatment
  • Permit / Money
  • Camera / film
  • Small First Aid
*If you have something you are particularly prone to, ear infections or sinus problems, bring what you need with you. If you have something you are particularly prone to, ear infections, foot rot, or sinus problems, bring what you need with you. You will definitely want to be carrying some for common illnesses like diarrhea, staff infection and upset stomachs. You will need a complete set of inoculations for Asia, ask your doctor for advise.
Trekking Peak Equipment List
Please bring any of your own food: power bars, granola bars, dried fruit, chocolate, always nice to have. Pre-departure information and trekking tips
Travel: We will be more than happy to organize all your internal travel arrangements in the Kingdom of Nepal. We have a wide variety of services and budget options to suit your needs including, airport pick-ups, sightseeing excursions, airline reconfirmation, hotel reservations and much more. Contact our friendly and experienced staff for a personal itinerary.
Cost: The cost of the trip includes all specialized climbing equipment (see personal equipment list) meals and accommodation during the trip, permits, porters, local transport and internal flights to and from Kathmandu. It does not include personal expenses, alcohol, candy, soft drinks, meals or accommodation when staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Your pre-departure meeting will take place in Kathmandu two evenings prior to the beginning of the course.
Age:Age is an attitude and not a problem, but we do require that group members be at least 18 years old. Insurance: expedition members are responsible for having their own travel insurance including helicopter evacuation. Vaccinations: Nepal has no official vaccination requirements for entry. However we recommend that you visit a doctor for the latest recommendations and protect yourself accordingly.
Visa: Visa can be obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport upon arrival. You will need 2 passport size photograph.
Currency: The best currency to have is US Dollars in travelers cheques, cash and/or credit cards. American Express, MasterCard and Visa are all accepted in Nepal.

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