Gokyo Chola Pass Trek

This is an 18-day trek to reach Gokyo Valley.  During this trek, you will trek through places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Dhole, Macchermo, Gokyo, Cho La Pass, etc.  This trek will offer a magnificent view of different snowcapped mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam, etc.  Also, you will be able to see Gokyo Valley and the beautiful five lakes in this region.  This trek passes through old monasteries, prayer wheels/flags, chortens, mountains, different floras and faunas, animals.  Throughout the trek, you will meet different people from different country and also you will meet Sherpas who are friendly enough to help you.

One must be very careful while trekking in this region as one can suffer high altitude sickness and chances of misleading the way, so we must take precaution while trekking.  Also, you have to take you steps carefully to avoid misstepping and injuring yourself.  An experienced guide will help us with that.  Acclimatization is a must for every trekker.Many trekkers want to visit Gokyo as a side trip after finishing trekking to the Everest Base Camp to enjoy the natural beauty of five lakes, Cho La Pass, and the glaciers.  We can enjoy the panoramic view of mountains ranging over 5000 m high from this region.

While trekking, you can visit local monasteries and beautiful village where you can interact with the local people there and know about the culture and lifestyle of the local people.  This will be your once in the lifetime experience.  You can enjoy this trip with your friends and families.

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Trek Preparation
Day 03:  Kathmandu fly to Lukla and trek to phakding
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazar
Day 05: Namche Bazar Acclimatization day
Day 06: Namche Bazar to dhole ( 4200 m)
Day 07: Dhole to Machheromo ( 4470 m)
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo ( 4750 m)
Day 09: Gokyo sight trip to the fifth lakh a return gokyo
Day 10: Gokyo to thangnak via gokyo Ri ( 5160 m )
Day 11: Thangnak to dzongla ( 4830 m)
Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche ( 4900 m)
Day 13: Lobuche to groak shep and hike to Everest base camp
Day 14: Gorakshep to Pheriche via Kala Patt har
Day 15: Pheriche to Tengboche
Day 16: Tengboche to Namche Bazar
Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 19: Final Departure

 

Itinerary Detail

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu Nepal.
Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be heartily welcomed by our staffs.  After completion of airport duties (visas, documents, etc.), you will proceed towards the arrival gate and look for our representatives.  After that, you will be transferred to hotel.  After checking in, you can take rest.  We will organize a typical Nepali welcome dinner at the evening along with Nepali traditional dance and music.

Day 02: Kathmandu – Trek preparation.
After finishing breakfast, we start our day with sightseeing some local historical and cultural attractions near Kathmandu including Durbar Square and temples like Pashupatinath, Buddha, and Swyambhu (monkey temple) with the tour guide.  After that, we will meet our trekking guide, team leader, and other members for pre-trip discussion and prepare for the Everest trek where you can ask any questions regarding this trek.  Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 03:  Kathmandu – Lukla to Phakding (2610 m).
After breakfast, we will go to Tribhuvan International Airport’s domestic terminal for flight to Lukla (2800 m), gateway from where our trek officially starts.  During the 40-minute flight you will see the magnificent view of Himalayas.  After landing, we meet our crew there and make arrangements to trek further to reach Phakding.  At the end of Lukla village, there is Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate.  We have to cross this memorial to reach Chuplung village and other Sherpa villages.  The trail continues to reach Thado Koshi from where you can see KusumKhangaru mountain.  There are few tea houses and lodges to take rest and for refreshment.  There are many chortens and colorful prayer flags and prayer wheels on the way to Phakding.  This village is situated on the bank of Dudh Koshi river.  From this village, you can see Kongde mountain.  We will spend our leisure time by doing short hike to nearby monasteries and local villages.  Overnight in this village includes meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 04:  Phakding – Namche Bazar (3440 m).
We start our trek today along the bank of Dudh Koshi River and crossing this river through many suspension bridges.  We will walk through jungles of pine and different other vegetation.  While trekking, we will see different breathtaking views of different Himalayan ranges.  You will also see waterfall while trekking on the way to Namche.  We will pass through Sagarmatha National Park and enter our name.  After few minutes of walk from here, we reach Jorsalle river side which is a good place to eat lunch.  After finishing our lunch, we further continue our trek and after few minutes after crossing suspension bridge, we will reach Larja Dobhan where Bhote Koshi river and Dudh Koshi  river meets.  And walking for about 3 hours, we will reach Namche Bazar, which is the gateway to Mt. Everest and main hub for business in this region.  This Bazar is one of the biggest Sherpa village where there are many hotels, lodges, and stores which sells souvenirs and trekking gears.  For entertainment, there are cyber cafes which provide 24-hours internet service.  Local cafes also show documentaries regarding the early expeditions and trekking.  You can enjoy the documentary with cup of tea, coffee, and bakery items.  Also there are banks and ATMs.    Overnight at Namche Bazar includes meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 05:  Namche Bazar rest day (acclimatization).
Today is the rest day for acclimatization.  Today, we will stay around Namche Bazar and do short hike Syangboche village.  There is Syanboche Airport in this village.  After hiking for few minutes we reach to Everest View Hotel from where we can see the beautiful view of different Himalayan ranges like Thamserku (6,608m), Kusum Kanguru ( 6367 m), ( Nuptse (7,861m), Lhotse (8,414m), Ama Dablam (6,856m) and even Mt. Everest (8,850m).  We can also see Khumjung village.  There is a school made by Tenzing and Hillary in this village.  In the center of the school, there is a statue of Sir Edmund Hillary.  There is a sacred mountain Khumbila, where Guru Rimpoche mediated and it is considered to be one of the religious and sacred mountains by the local people.  The main purpose of this short hike is to adjust our body to altitude to ascend further.  This hike will surely help us to acclimatize.

This bazar is the main business market where there are government offices, bakeries, restaurants, cafes, shops, ATM’s, etc.  We can go to Tourist Visitor Center near Sagarmatha National Park, where there are things related to the first Everest ascenders, local Sherpa cultures, and different flora and faunas found in this region.  There is a special market on Saturdays where people from surrounding villages gather in this bazar to buy or sell their local household products like grains and other daily use products.  Overnight at Namche Bazar includes meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6:  Namche Bazar to Dole (4110 m):
After a rest day at Namche, today we trek to Kyangjuma village.  There are two trails; one trail leads to Tengboche and other trail leads to Dole.  Trail is slightly steep up to this village.  We can enjoy the beautiful views of Katenga, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku from this village.  Throughout our entire trek today, we can see different animals and vegetations like musk deer, mountain goats, pheasants and different types of rhododendrons.  The trail is slightly difficult to reach uphill to Mong La where we can take a short tea/coffee break.  From here you can see Phortse Thanga (birth place of Lama Sange Dorje) and Tengboche.  There is an old chorten at the center of Mong La.  We will enjoy the natural beauty.  We will have our lunch at Phortse Thanga river side.  After rest, we further continue our trek travelling through forests and waterfalls to reach Dole.  In Dole, there are few teahouses and guesthouses to stay for a night.  Overnight at Dole includes meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7:  Dole to Machhermo (4470 m):
After finishing breakfast, we climb up from Dole via Lhabarma (4220 m) to Luza (4360 m).  The trail is mostly steep up to Lhabarma.  Throughout the trek up to Luza, we can enjoy beautiful views of Himalayan ranges like Kantega and Thamserku.  In Luza, we can take tea/coffee break.  While ascending from Luza, we can see Dudh Koshi valley from where we can hear the loud roar of this river.  Trail goes through the middle of the hill (like balcony) on the left and river on the down right side, to reach Machhermo, one of the major settlements on the way to Gokyo.  We can see two streams flowing down from Phari Lapche and Kyajo Ri mountains, which then mixes to Dudh Koshi River.  There is a Himalayan Rescue Hospital where we can discuss about different health issues like altitude sickness, its precautions, and primary treatment.  Overnight at Macchermo includes meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8:  Machhermo to Gokyo (4800 m):
Today, we trek further up from Machhermo.  We can see beautiful view of valley and mountains while trekking up.  The edge of the valley widens up as the trail pass through chorten.  Trekking further from there, we reach Phangga (4480 m).  From there, we descend further down and then ascend steep up to reach Dudh Koshi.  From there, we cross the iron bridge over the stream, to reach the first lake, Longpongo (4690 m).  There is a Lama footprint on the stone.  At the second lake, Taboche Tso, we get awesome view of blue water of the lake sparkling in the sun.  Further short trek from second lake, we reach third lake, Dudh Pokhari which is linked by two streams.  We can see duck swimming in this lake.  Gokyo village stands by this third lake and Cho-Oyu mountain in the background with the spectacular view.  We further explore around third lake.  Few minutes of uphill walk from Gokyo village, we can see Ngozumba glacier.  Gokyo village will be our resting point for today.  Overnight at Gokyo includes meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 9:  Gokyo rest day.
Hike to 4th and 5th lake (optional):  Today is the acclimatization day.  We will stay whole day in Gokyo.  We will trek little up to Gokyo Ri.  If the weather is fine, we might get beautiful view of Everest region from there.  From there, we can also see the five lakes.  We will also trek to fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozumba Tsho).  About 3 km north of Gokyo, there is a fourth lake with high cliffs and peaks rising.  This trail continues up to fifth lake.  One can climb up on the hill at the edge of lakes to get breathtaking views of different mountain ranges like Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, etc — this spot is known as Scoundrel’s Viewpoint.  Beyond the fifth lake, there is a base camp for Cho-Oyu from where you can see Cho-Oyu and Gyachung Kang in front of your eyes.  There is Ngozumba glacier in the North part of the Cho-Oyu, which is the biggest glacier in the world.  It will be better to take packed lunch with you while trekking up to fifth lake.  We will then return back to Gokyo village.  Overnight at Gokyo includes meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 10:  Gokyo to Thangnak (4750 m):
We will trek up to Thangnak today.  Early morning, we will trek up to Gokyo Ri.  This round trip from Gokyo to and fro Gokyo Ri will take about 4 hours.  We can get good view of Ngozumba glacier.  Also, we can get panoramic views of different landscapes and mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Cholache, Pharilapche, Cho-Oyu, etc.  Sunlight striking in the mountains is absolute beauty to admire.  This will be one of the memorable times of the trip.  After few time spending here, we descend down Gokyo to trek further to Thangnak.  Trail passes through moraine is zig-zag and slightly uphill as well as downhill.  After about 2.5 hours, we will reach Thangnak.  Overnight at Thangnak includes meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 11:  Thangnak to Cho-La Pass (5367 m) to Zongla (4830 m).
Another highlight of this trip is Cho-La Pass. This trip starts early in the morning.  This pass is slightly steep.  As the trail is little slippery and vertical, one must be very careful while walking.  This trail is mostly rocky and steep up from Cho-La Phedi.  Trekking through the side of the rocky trail, we reach the top of the pass.  There are many prayer flags and small lakes on the top.  We must be careful while walking from the side of the lake to avoid falling.  From the top, we can see Ama Dablam on the south, Cholastse on the west, and Lobuche peak in the east and Baruntse on right.  We need to trek through some crevasses to reach Zongla from where we can see the complete view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche, Mt. Cholatse, and Pheriche village.  Overnight at lodge in Zongla includes meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 12:  Zongla to Lobuche (4940 m).
Today’s trek is shorter than the previous one.  We will have enough time to rest and local sightseeing.  We descend from Zongla, crossing the bridge and then trek through a grassy trail.  After trekking through wide graveled trail, we reach Lobuche.  We can either rest for the whole time or enjoy the beautiful natural view in the surrounding.  Overnight at Lobuche includes meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 13:  Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170 m) (same day hike to EBC):
The trail to Gorak Shep is plain with loose stones for about 1-hour walk.  We will passes through Khumbu glacier.  In about 1.5 hours we will reach Gorakshep.  There is plain sandy land in Gorakshep.  We can see Everest along with Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Lhotse, Pumori, etc.  We will eat our lunch here and will take short break.  After then we follow trail to reach Everest Base Camp through once deep Gorakshep lake.  Further continuing our trek, we come through Indian Army Mountaineers’ Memorial.  After reaching Everest Base Camp, we can appreciate the Everest climbers who are brave enough to pass difficult route through Khumbu icefall.  Colorful tents of mountaineers stand distinct against the gray surrounding of the mountains.  Except Everest, we can see mountains like Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori.  This is our ultimate goal of this trip.  Overnight at Gorakshep includes meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 14:  Gorakshep via Kala Patthar to Pheriche (4280 m):
We will witness the first daylight striking in Mt. Everest.  We get up early to see this magnificent view.  Temperature will drop down to (-10 C to -14 C) followed by chilly wind.  This is quite common here.  During ascend; we can take break in different place to witness beautiful views.  We can reach Kala Patthar after several hours of ascend.  From there, we climb up the rocky hill which is decorated with different prayer flags.  After reaching the top, we can see the panoramic view of different mountains.  After viewing these majestic mountain ranges, we return back to Gorak Shep and have our breakfast.  After breakfast, we will trek further to reach Pheriche.  Overnight at Pheriche includes meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 15:  Pheriche to Tengboche:
Today, we ascend down to reach Tengboche.  Walk today will be much easier than before because of low altitude and descend.  We take back the same route which we have taken to ascend.  We pass through Sherpa village and Khumbu Khola valley.  We can take the different trail to reach Upper Pangboche or take a regular trail to reach Pangboche.  From there we further trek down to Imja Khola and to reach Debuche.  During the full moon of November-December, we might get an opportunity to witness local festival Mani Rimdu in the monastery at Tengboche.  Overnight at Tengboche includes meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 16:  Tengboche to Namche Bazar (3440 m):
Today, we will trek through jungle route which is covered by rhododendron flowers.  Crossing multi-colored prayer flags over the Dudh Koshi River, trail further continue to Dudh Koshi gorge.  This trail reaches to Sansa.  While passing through the forest, we can see different animals, birds, and vegetation.  Then after passing chorten, we reach army camp at Namche Bazaar.  After reaching, Namche Bazaar, we rest in a lodge for the rest of the day.  Overnight at Namche Bazaar includes meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 17:  Namche Bazar to Lukla:  We descend down to reach Lukla today.
We must walk under control while descending as our legs feel shaky on the rocky trails.  We cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River.  After crossing, the trail becomes easy to walk as it is level.  We might feel warm breeze due to low altitude.  We walk through villages mostly influenced by Tibetan and Buddhist culture.   We can see different colored prayer flags as well as prayer stones while walking.  And finally, we reach to Lukla after hours of walking.  Today, we will take rest here.  Overnight stay at Lukla includes meal, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 18:  Lukla to Kathmandu:  Today, we fly back to Kathmandu.
We will reach Kathmandu in the morning and rest the whole day in the hotel or you can go out for shopping for friends and relatives.  You can also go for some local sightseeing if you have leisure time.  At evening, we will have dinner together to celebrate the successfully completing our trekking.

Day 19:  Final departure:
Today will be your last day here in Nepal.  You can still do some last moment shopping or local sightseeing if there is any leisure time left.  And approximately 3 hours before scheduled flight, our representative will escort you to the airport.

Include/Exclude

Cost Inclusive:

  • All airport transfers.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • City tour in Kathmandu covering 4 UNESCO heritage sites.
  • Flights Kathmandu–Lukla–Kathmandu.
  • All airport taxes.
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National Park permit and TIMS).
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging.
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) followed by a cup of Tea/Coffee during the trek.
  • All mountain accommodation. with independent bathroom and remaining Soft, comfortable, twin sharing a private room with shared toilet).
  • Iodine/Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Souvenir; Everest Base Camp Route map printed Polo Shirt.

Cost-Exclusive:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Desserts (cakes, bakes, pies, and pudding).
  • Additional Hot Drinks.
  • Bottled drinks.
  • Boiled water.
  • Electronic device re-charge.
  • Hot shower.
  • Wi-Fi.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance.
  • Tips for trekking staff.
Equipment List

PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING

  • • Fleece beanie
    • sun glasses
    • Chap stick / Sunscreen
    • Face mask or Scarf
    • Hand towel
    • Wind stopper / waterproof top and bottom
    • Cold weather down jacket below waist
    • Fleece jacket and trouser
    • Trekking trouser
    • T-Shirts(short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
    • Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
    • Wind stopper and fleece gloves
    • Socks and under wears
    • Trekking boot
    • Snow Gaiter (optional)
    • Runners / Snickers for camps
    • Head torch
    • Personal medical kit
    • Water Bottle/Camel Pak
    • Trekking / Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
    • Spare batteries for Camera andflash light. Check charging facility along your journey
    • Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
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Trip Highlights

  • DiscountOnly for Group %
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  • Price USD Ask us
  • Duration19
  • Starting PointLukla
  • Ending PointLukla
  • TransportationPrivate vehicle, Tourist Bus, Flight
  • ActivitiesTrekking, Culture Trek, Teahouse Trek
  • Trek StyleTrekking, Flight
  • Max. Altitude5545m
  • Best SeasonFeb/May - Sep-Dec

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