Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek

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Gokyo and Cho La Pass Trek - 19 Days

Gokyo, Cho La Pass, Everest Base Camp Trekking the most famous trek to Everest region and combines the awe inspiring mountain scenery, Buddhist monasteries at high elevation and Sherpa habitation. Sweeping through the home of Sherpa people, round the foothills of the highest peaks, and following the source of Dudh Koshi River to the mystical blue Gokyo Lake in the lap of the Himalayas. Viewpoints at Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Ri all offer awesome views of the majestic white giants. The route is graded as difficult and is meant for experienced trekkers.

The Everest Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek begins with a day of sightseeing and preparation day. Next day after an exciting mountain flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport landing at Lukla, the real trek starts through the Sagarmatha National Park all the way through the colorful landscapes, we take steep ascent to Namche Bazaar.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Arrival in Kathmandu airport. Transfer to the Hotel. Evening briefing about the trek next day.

Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding.
From Lukla the route is almost flat with gently descent and ascent to Phakding.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)
It takes about 5 to 5 and half hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo(2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. You can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar(3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La.

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3739m)
It takes about 4 hours. From Namche the route turns west and the trail is almost level as you head up the Bhote Koshi Valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. Along the way you pass many prayer flags, mani walls and carved stones, all indicative of the Tibetan Buddhist culture of this area. After descending to the Bhote Kosi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Thame Gompa is situated above the village overlooking the valley and is the site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival

Day 05: Trek from Thame to Khumjung (3790m)
It takes about 5 hours. You retrace your route down the Bhote Kosi Valley towards Namche and branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village which also has its own Gompa at the top end of town. Here you can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam.

Day 06: Trek from Khumjung to Dole (4040m)
It takes about 5 hours. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla(4000m.). From here, you can see panoramic views of various mountains. You trek steeply descend passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. You can enjoy delicious meal at Phortse Tenga (3650m.).

Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4410m)
It takes about 3 hours. From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch.

Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m)
It takes about 4 hours. Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky path inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.) - your route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.

Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo
Today rest day in Gokya and excursion in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers.Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumba glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can make a side trip to Firth Lake via Forth Lake.

Day 10: Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5340m) & Trek back to Thangna (4650m)] via Gokyo
It takes about 4 and half hours. Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Thangna, situated at the shore of the Ngozumpa Glacier.

Day 11: Trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843m.) via Chola pass (5420m.)
It takes total 5 and half hours. Now you ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. The pass you pass through is covered with rocks. The Chola pass is most of the time covered with blue ice giving you a chill feeling. Here you can also enjoy the panoramic view of various mountains. From here, the trail descends steeply down for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla.

Day 12: Trek from Dzonglo to Gorakshep (5180m.) via Lobuche
It takes about 5 hours. From Dzongla the trail descends and ascends gently and contours around the west side of the Lobuche Khola, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. The trail coming from Pheriche meets at the Lobuche Khola ( Lobuche Stream).

Day 13: Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5337m.) and back to Gorakshep
It takes about 4 and half hours. While trekking to Everest Base Camp you pass through a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, you can meet some expedition team on the Everest Base Camp. The number of team is less in the autumn season. On the return leg, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. You return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight.

Day 14: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4250m.)
It takes about 6 and half hours. Early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. Pheriche is the place where one can make phone calls to any part of the world. You can see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. There you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. There is located Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.

Day 15: Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche.
It takes about 4 hours. To reach Tyangboche you pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year in Khumbu region. The trail ascends and descends at a slow speed. Upon your arrival at Tyangboche village you come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. There is a trekker's visiting centre where local Sherpas make an exhibition of different goods to be sold to interested trekkers. They also show a slide presentation about Sherpa people, culture, Buddhist religion and environmental development programs.

Day 16: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar
The trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m.) crossing the Dudh Koshi. Now you have a glimpse of panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru . Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche has small ups and downs with view of forests, scenery and mountains.

Day 17: Trek from Namche to Lukla.
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where we can sample some chhang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.

Day 18: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu.
You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to the Hotel. Evening Culture dinner program

Day 19: Final departure

  • Airport transfers
  • Twin sharing accommodation at standard hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • All land transfers by private vehicle
  • Domestic flight of Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Twin sharing accommodation at trekking lodge during the trek
  • Food ( Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner), Drinks ( Tea or coffee) during the trek
  • Trekking Guide/Sherpa, Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) and their insurance
  • Trekking permit and entrance fees
  • First aid kit
  • One cultural dinner program on the last day in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Nepalese visa
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • All soft and hard drinks during the trek
  • All personal items and equipment
  • Tips for staffs
  • Emergency medical and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary