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Everest Base Camp / Chola pass / Island and Lobuje Peak.
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Duration : 28 days
Grade : Medium
Season : Feb-May, Sept- Dec

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.

DAY 1: arrive Kathmandu Transfer Hotel A full expedition briefing  and Preparation .

Day 2: 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.

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

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.

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.

Day 3: 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.

Day 4: 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. 

Day 5:    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.

Day 6: 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.

Day 7: 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.

Day 8:  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. 

Day 9:  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.

Day 10:    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. 

Day 11:   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.

Day  12  : Acclimatization and instructional day Camp.

Day  13 : Acclimatization and instructional day Camp.

Day  14 : Trek to Island Peak Base Camp

Day  15  : Summit day depart Base Camp 2 a.m. return lunch. Back to Chukung .

Day  16  : 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  . 

Day 17:  Lobuche-  Everest Base Camp  - Gorkshep 
The 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 . 

Day 18: 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. 

Day 19:  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 .

Day 20 : Rest or Join the group .

Day  21 : Trek to Island Peak Base Camp

Day  22  : Summit day depart Base Camp 2 a.m. return lunch. Back to Chukung .

Day  23  : This Day  provides a second opportunity to summit Island peak due to bad weather or illness. Or Rest at Dingboche 

Day 24: 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. 

Day 25:  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. 

Day 26:   Lukla – Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind, before an informal dinner that evening.

Day 27:  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.

Day 28:    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 .

-- 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.



» Backpack / Duffel Bag
» Day Pack
» Trekking Boots/ shoes
» Socks x 4
» Sleeping Bag (4 season this can be rented in Kathmandu)
» Shorts x 2
» Fleece Pant / Jacket
» Flashlight
» Shirt/T-shirt x 2
» 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
» Waterproof Pants
» Watch
» Warm Hat with ear protection
» Permit / Money
» Camera / Film
» Down Jacket (this can be rented in Kathmandu)
» Small First Aid Kit

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Equator Expedition management was professional and experienced. The Team were very helpful and also the food and accommodation was great. This is the first time of expedition, I will never forget it. I would surely recommend Equator expeditions to my friends.
Lao Wei