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Gokyo, Chola Pass and Everest Base Camp

19-day adventure around the most impressive spots in the Everest region, with renowned local IFMGA guide Tshering's team.

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Himalaya

19 Days

Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec


Description

This is a 19-day trek around some of the most impressive spots of the Everest region, in Nepal. From the spectacular Gokyo Lake to the Everest Base Camp, including the challenging Cho la Pass.

For this adventure, I will take you to the origin of the river Dudh Koshi, the beautiful Gokyo Valley and Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas.

Also, we’ll take the popular trail to Cho La pass, and enjoy the amazing views of Gokyo Ri (5357 m) and Kala Patthar (5643 m) Finally, we’ll reach Everest Base Camp.  

Along the way, you will be able to see some stunning views of the highest mountains in the world, impressive Nepali monasteries and the traditional colorful prayer flags.

The starting point of this trip is the city of Kathmandu. We’ll stay there for one day to visit and prepare. The following day, we’ll fly through the mountains to Lukla.

As for the trek adventure, it will start in Sagarmatha National Park, a protected natural area in the Himalayas.

In the surroundings of the small town village of Gokyo, we’ll explore some places in this valley like the Gokyo Lakes and the amazing Gokyo Ri viewpoint.

After that, we’ll face the most difficult part of this adventure: crossing Cho La pass at 5420 m.

Finally, we’ll continue towards Everest Base Camp. From Kalapatthar, we’ll enjoy a wonderful panoramic view.

For this trek you must be physically very fit, more than average. You can also choose to take only the trek to Everest Base Camp if you don’t feel quite prepared.

You can find the complete itinerary for this trip below. Take into consideration we can make changes according to your wishes and the time you have to travel in Nepal.

Please contact me if you’re interested in this great adventure, or any other similar mountaineering expedition in Nepal.

I’m one of the few IFMGA certified guides in my country and will be glad to share with you the beauty of the Himalaya, as well as our culture, history and traditional food.

Price details

All of the guides on the Tshering Pande Bhote Guiding Team have local mountaineering certifications and have summited Everest several times. The coordination is carefully supervised every step of the way by some of the top IFMGA guides in the region.


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m).

Day 2: Sightseeing and preparation in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m).

Day 4: Trek to Namche ( 3440m).

Day 5: Namche acclimatization - Hike to Khumjung ( 3780m)

Day 6: Trek to Dole (4040m).

Day 7: Trek to Machhermo (4470m).

Day 8: Trek to Gokyo (4790m).

Day 9: Gokyo peak (5357m) summit and stay.

Day 10: Trek to Thangnak (4700m).

Day 11: Trek to Lobuche 4910m through Chola Pass (5368m).

Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep (5140m).

Day 13: Trek to EBC(5364m), Kallapatther (5550m) and stay.

Day 14: Trek to Pheriche (4270m).

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m).

Day 16: Trek to Thame (3740m).

Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2840m).

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu / Free afternoon.

Day 19: Departure.

 

About the guide

Hi! I'm Tshering, IFMGA/NNMGA certified mountain guide. I work together with a team of certified and professional mountain and trekking guides. If I'm not available to guide you, one of my colleagues will take great care of you.

I have been climbing since 1996, starting on the 8000m mountains in the Himalaya. I'm one of the few IFMGA/NNMGA certified mountain guides (Instructor) from south Asia, gaining my qualification from the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA) & Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA).


I have successfully guided on Mt Everest on multiple occasions, and other 8000m peaks such as Mt Cho-oyu (8,201m) (3 times), Sisha Pangma (8,013m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lhotse (8,515m) and many more.


I have have also a strong international climbing experience and extensive knowledge of the logistics, planning and group dynamic that are also very crucial to successfully lead adventures in the Himalaya and around the world. I guided in New Zealand, Norway, France, Scotland, Thailand, Bhutan, Pakistan, India and Tibet. I'm also a rescue expert and a technical trainer for the mountain guides training.


I very much like guiding my clients in remote places, where no tourist goes. I like also discovering new routes and peaks. Please have a look to the different trekking and mountaineering expeditions I propose and contact me if you want to discuss about them. I can of course also guide you in more 'classic' routes, just get in touch with me and let's talk about your wishes!

My team of guides consists of:

Climbing guides:

Chhiring Sonam Lama
Pasang Lama
Dukchung Lama
Pekma Lama
DAWA Chhedar Bhote
Wang Chhedar Bhote
DAWA Phinjo Bhote
Phurpu Thilen Bhote

Cook kitchen crew:
Jusbir Tamang
Sonam Bhote
Tenzing Bhote
Guru Bhote

All climbing guides have summited Everest several times.

Languages

Norwegian | Nepali | English

Certificates

NNMGA | IVBV | UIAGM | IFMGA

Residence

Kathmandu, Nepal


What people are saying about Tshering Pande Bhote Guiding Team

Steve Corroyer

1.00

December, 2022

It was a trip of a life time ! But unfortunately there was a few issues that I will list here : - Before booking, I specifically asked if our guide will really be Tshering Bhote, and you told me "yes". I book the trip, arrive in Kathmandu, and realize that our guide will NOT be Tshering... Not cool... - The "to buy" list we got from you (Explore Share) included ropes of certain diameter and certain length, and when you arrived in Kathmandu, the guide told us right away that it was not suitable ! We had to buy new ones. - Before leaving, I asked if I can rent some of the heavy gear (crampons, ice axe, also helmet) and I was told yes. Once in Kathmandu, they tell you that you cannot rent crampons, you need to buy them. This is not nice because then you don't get much choice in models and in prices... And I didn't allow for this extra weight in my bags too, which then creates problems at the airport on the way back home. But the worst was the helmet : the company lent me a helmet that was broken in many parts. I asked the guide several times to have another one, he didn't want to. I didn't pay for it, but the helmet was not comfortable and made me have sore head, and it was a serious safety issue. - The itinerary makes us climb LOBUCHE EAST first, then ISLAND PEAK, and finally AMA DABLAM last. Which makes sens because AMA DABLAM is the highest and more complicated mountain to climb, so it gives us time to acclimate, to get used to the mountain gear, and to gain confidence hiking in high altitude before trying the big one. But right from day 1, our guide's plans was not to do AMA DABLAM last (but he didn't tell us). Indeed, he forced us to go to AMA DABLAM before ISLAND PEAK, even though we didn't want to. And sad to say that on summit day, the weather was better on ISLAND PEAK than on AMA DABLAM. I later on learned that they always do it this way. So why not telling us right from the beginning and change the itinerary that we receive before booking ? The fact that they receive a summit bonus on AMA DABLAM and not on ISLAND PEAK could explain this... But then the hike is not done according to the hiker's needs and will, which is a shame. - After doing AMA DABLAM, we were then supposed to go to ISLAND PEAK. But to our surprise, our guide stayed in AMA DABLAM to guide another group ! (another summit bonus...). Instead, he asked one of the sherpas to guide us to ISLAND PEAK, along with 2 porters. The sherpa/guide is a really nice guy, trying hard to help, but could barely speak any English and had no mountain certifications at all. The trip advertises, in big block letters and in the trip's title, a guide with big fancy mountain certifications, and we ended up with someone not speaking English and with no certifications, to take us to the second highest mountain of the trip ! Not cool... The guide that I paid for is on AMA DABLAM, also getting paid by another group. How does this work ? - On LOBUCHE EAST, the guide also skipped the crevas rescuing training day. He explained that other people in the group didn't feel so well, that's why he preferred skipping it and doing it later on AMA DABLAM or ISLAND PEAK. The problem is that we never did this training day, even though we finished the trip with a few spare days left. Overall, it was still a great trip. The THG staff is great, nice, positive and helpful people. The cooking was just amazing ! The porters are always smiling, and everyone gets on well, making it a nice atmosphere. It's just lacking some communication between Explore Share and THG I think, and a guide maybe a bit more frank with his clients. Hope this helps ;-)

Frédéric DANIEL

3.00

December, 2022

It was an excellent trip with a good team to take care of us. I just didn't liked 2 things : - Hidden cost that were revealed at the last minute (differents bonus not talked before) - The guide that pushed us too fast even when i was feeling sick and knowing we got plenty of time... Else Tseering and his teams were always there to help and adapt to our need.

David Gahan

5.00

November, 2022

A truely amazing experience that I would recommend for anyone serious about climbing AMA Dablam. You need a very high level of fitness & mental strength to climb ama Dablam, it is not a beginner peak. Research the climb, gear required & treking around the Khumbu area before you desire to do this course so you are under no illusions prior to leaving for Nepal. If you have done the research, have all the right gear and have trained appropriately I guarantee you will love this. I recommend purchasing Uphill Athletes 24wk mountaineering training program to get you into mountain shape.

Mattias Gunnarsson

5.00

December, 2021

I had an amazing experience with Tshering’s experienced and highly qualified team including guide Sonam Shalaka and Sherpa Thomas Vechayba. I really enjoyed the concept of acclimating for Ama Dablam by doing the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes and climbing a number of peaks along the way, including Lobuche, rather than the typical repetitive climbs from base camp. It is always my preference to climb with local guides who intimately know the mountain and local customs and this was a perfect example of the benefits of that rather than going with a large group of westerners. Explore-Share always does a great job of facilitating those connections. This was an outstanding experience all around and I would gladly recommend Tshering and his team for any mountaineering experience in the Himalayas.

Charlotte Gevaert

5.00

November, 2021

I would definitely recommend booking with Tshering’s company, Top Himalaya Guides! He is very welcoming and due to his extensive experience with the mountains, he can help you with all the arrangements and any questions or other service requests you have. Due to his recommendation, we were able to change my itinerary to something that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on! He also provided excellent staff, my guide Namja was very experienced and qualified, which made me feel super safe in the mountains at all times. I can only look back on an incredible trip! Already looking forward to the next!

Matt Hook

5.00

January, 2020

I can't say enough about Top Himalaya Guides (THG)! Extremely knowledgeable and experienced guides with a genuine passion for the mountains. Our lead guide Sonam did a great job of managing expectations and ensuring that we stayed healthy and happy throughout the expedition. We were fortunate to summit all of our objectives including Ama Dablam, which was an experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend THG for any Himalayan experience and will definitely be using them again when I return to Nepal!!

John Jansen

5.00

December, 2019

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Caspian Nasser

5.00

January, 2019

Tshering was so great and informative. Very nice personal day out. He made sure everything was great and that we enjoyed ourselves! :)

Florian

5.00

October, 2018

Thanks for the email. After the initial confusion, climbing was great and Sonam was an amazing guide! Both Eveline and myself had a wonderful time and wish we could have kept climbing! Thanks for making our trips to Nepal even more unforgettable!!

Fabien Bousquet

4.00

November, 2017

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Stig

5.00

April, 2015

My self and two friends planned a trip to Everest region in December 2014. We were recommended Tshering of Tormod Granheim, a Norwegian who has been at Mt. Everest with Tshering. With ski ... Our trip was far far less demanding than that. But no less reason to be very pleased with Tshering. We walked from Lukla, to Namche Bazar, further to Everest View Hotel and then finally we reached our goal; Varak Peak. 4,618 meters above sea level. Tshering is in addition to being a pleasant companion also well known and experienced guy. Especially fun is it to be with him in this region where he knows "all" the local people. We had good days in the mountains, and were also lucky with the weather. To see Mt. Everest both in sunset and sun rice is amazing!

Per-Arne

5.00

April, 2015

I am planning an expedition to Ama Dablam in 2016, I choose Tshering, because I met him in Norway and had a conversation with him. He then suggested that we could train together in Norway before I go to Nepal. We have done some climbing on glacier, some rock climbing and alpine ascents in Norway and I will never regret that I choose him and his company. He seems very professional and he is a very good instructor. Looking forward going to Nepal.

Jimmy

5.00

April, 2015

Tshering and his company was our guides during our Medical Aid Mountaineering trip in October 2014. Their way of preparing the trip, handling the challenges underway, securing our safety, including us in the process and taking care of us, in addition to sharing their knowledge of their culture and the Himalayas, was fantastic! I have been in the Himalayas in different countries and with other companies, but this company and Thsering was the best so far! Especially his knowledge about safety and climbing was essential for us as we where there during dangerous times, but his decisions got us safely through. In addition to that he and the rest of his guides where nice, open and smiling people, that we could laugh, have fun, enjoy the landscape and culture with, to the full! I would recommend him and his company to anyone travelling in the Himalayas and other places they arranged trips. Jimmy Westerheim


 

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