Duration: 17 Days
Trip Grade: Challenginng
Altitude Max: 5545m
Best Season: Sep-Dec/March-June
Group Size: 1 - 10
Transportation: Private Vehicle and Flight
Accomodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea House during the trekking
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Gokyo Chola Pass Trek is categorized under a laborious trek, but nevertheless is exotic experiences. Views of snow peaks form a panorama during the trek. Beautiful valleys with small human settlements, lakes, breathtaking passes, hospitable Sherpa communities makes the trek an oasis for the adventure hungry.
Gokyo Chola Pass 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.
After a 40 minutes early morning flight to Lukla with breathtaking views of the snow peaks, our trek begins. For acclimatization and other reasons, the short hike stops at Phakding. The next day, we head to Namche Bazaar, the gate way to Mount Everest. We spend another day here for acclimatization, and meanwhile, also get an insight into Sherpa culture and lifestyle. Beautiful morning views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Khantenga, Thamserku et cetera await us here to inspire us in our journey ahead. At Tengboche the next day, we get we get even better views. As we climb higher to Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp, we pass deep hidden valleys, monasteries and viewpoints offering breathtaking views, the best being at Kalapathar. Passing Zongla and Chola Pass in two subsequent days, we reach Gokyo, where the mesmeric Gokyo Lake, a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists awaits us. Gokyo Ri the next day offers views of the whole of Everest region. Khumjung, the largest settlement village passes as we make our way to Namche Bazaar, the commercial heart of Khumbu region. Dropping from Namche to Pakding and back to the starting point Lukla, we take a flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 1 :Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
Day 2 :Kathmandu – Lukla (2750m) – Phakding (2610m)
Day 3 :Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m): 5-4 Hours
Day 4 :Namche Bazaar (Rest Day)
Day 5 :Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3680m)
Day 6 :Tengboche – Dingboche (4250m)
Day 7 :Dingboche – Lobuche (4950m)
Day 8 :Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5150m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m), back to Gorakshep: 7-8 Hours
Day 9 :Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) – Zongla (4740m)
Day 10 :Zongla to Chola-La Pass (5483m) - Thangnang
Day 11 :Thangnang to Gokyo (4790m)
Day 12 :Gokyo - Gokyo-Ri (5483m)
Day 13 :Gokyo – Dole
Day 14 :Dole - Namche Bazaar
Day 15 :Trek from Namche to Phakding and then to Lukla (2800m): 5-6 Hours
Day 16 :Lukla – Kathmandu
Day 17 :Final departure onward destination
Day 1 :Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) KathmanduArrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 :Kathmandu – Lukla (2750m) – Phakding (2610m)The early flight to Lukla from Kathmandu airport after breakfast is thirty minutes of breathtaking mountain views. From the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, we move on to meet the rest of the crew and make arrangements and final preparations. The hike to Phakding takes around three hours and passes the Chaurikharka village to follows the Dudhkoshi River, a short one to assist acclimatization. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 3 :Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m): 5-4 HoursToday’s walk starts along pine forests and pasture lands with several suspension bridges to cross at various points of the Dudh Koshi River. Upon reaching the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi, the climb becomes steeper. After walking for about two hours, we reach a viewpoint giving the first sight of Mount Everest. After passing Jorsale, we reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest and a trading center as well where we take rest for the day. Overnight stay in a lodge/tea house.
Day 4 :Namche Bazaar (Rest Day)Namche Bazaar, the biggest settlement in the Khumbu region, is well facilitated with ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries et cetera. Although it’s rest day for acclimatization, we go for a short hike to a nearby viewpoint (Thame or Khunde) and take a tour of the place including the Tourist Visitor Center where information about Everest climbers, Sherpa people and their culture and flora and fauna of the region are briefed. Overnight stay in a lodge/tea house.
Day 5 :Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3680m)We follow the trail that climbs the top of a ridge offering a panorama of Thamserku, Kusum Kangrib and Kantega. After walking around a branch ridge, the views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Everest, Tawetse and Nuptse suddenly become unveils. We then start descending and come to the crossroad with one way leading to Gokyo valley. Walking through the village of Trashinga, we soon reach the Dudh Koshi River. The first half of the climb to Tengboche is strenuous, however eases off as the trail approaches forested area. With splendid views in the backdrop, the climb along the mountainside leads to a stone gate that marks the entrance to Tengboche. The sunset falling on Everest and Ama Dablam makes for an outstanding view. Tengboche gives one of the best panoramic views of the snow giants. Overnight stay in a lodge/tea house.
Day 6 :Tengboche – Dingboche (4250m)From the Tengboche Monastery, we take a trail through rhododendron forest to Deboche and further to Imja Khola. Then we climb to Pangboche (3930m), a Sherpa village with the oldest monastery in the region. We move on to another village Somare and reach the beautiful Dingboche (4250m) late in the afternoon. Overnight stay in a lodge/tea house.
Day 7 :Dingboche – Lobuche (4950m)With clear views of the peaks, we move on towards Lobuche. The trail drops to Dugla and crosses a river to ascend again atop a ridge and continues on to the moraine of Khumbu glacier, and further on to Lobuche (4950m) where we stay for the night stay in a lodge/tea house..
Day 8 :Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5150m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m), back to Gorakshep: 7-8 HoursThis is the most important day of the Everest Base Camp trek route. At Thangma Riju one can experience the 360 degree panoramic view snow-capped mountains. Actually Mount Everest is not seen from here however Mount Nuptse, Mount Nuptse and Mount Pumori can be viewed very well. Below Mount Pumori a grey grassy land of Kalapathar can be seen after climbing up the steep through terrain of Changri glacier. Overnight stay in a lodge/tea house.
Day 9 :Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) – Zongla (4740m)Early morning climb to Kalapathar for sunrise view then trek back to Gorak Shep for breakfast. After Breakfast we drop down from Lobuche along the glacial moraine and change the path to Zongla, where we stop for the day. Zongla is the last stop before crossing the Cho La Pass at 5483m, so we set camps here and overnight stay in a lodge/tea house.
Day 10 :Zongla to Chola-La Pass (5483m) - Thangnang It’s a long and strenuous day ahead. The climb to Cho La pass is a difficult one, with no water stations, so you ought to carry an extra bottle. Descending from the pass, the trail reaches Thangnak, our next camp site where we stay overnight stay in a lodge/tea house.
Day 11 :Thangnang to Gokyo (4790m)From Thangnak, we descend to Ngozumpa Glacier to cross it and pass through mesmerizing natural beauty of the turquoise lakes Longpongo and Taboche Tsho. The third lake, Dudh Pokhari is where the Gokyo village is situated. With the backdrop of Cho-Oyo, the beautiful and well facilitated village and its outstanding periphery is our shelter after this adventurous day. Overnight stay in a lodge/tea house.
Day 12 :Gokyo - Gokyo-Ri (5483m)We start early today to Gokyo Ri (5360m) which lies above the village. The steep climb of about four hours to the top is quite strenuous, yet rewards with one of the best views of Everest, Makalu and Lhotse among others. The fourth, fifth and sixth lakes also lie along the way. We return back to Gokyo. Overnight stay in a lodge/tea house.
Day 13 :Gokyo – DoleFrom Gokyo, we take the downhill to Dudh Koshi river and across the Ngozumpa Glacier. The easy walk passes through second and first lakes. Views of Cholatse, Taboche and other peaks are magnificent along the way. We gradually drop to Machhermo where Cho Oyu, Kangtega and Thamserku form amazing views. The trail further passes through small settlements of Luza and Lhafarma to reach Dole where we stay overnight. Overnight stay in a lodge/tea house.
Day 14 :Dole - Namche BazaarAs we further drop down, the flora and fauna get richer. The steep descent passes through Phortse Tenga to Mong La and gradually towards Namche. While on the way you can take bid farewell to Mount Khumbila, Taboche, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Everest and Tengboche that form a backdrop. Overnight stay in a lodge/tea house in Namche Bazaar.
Day 15 :Trek from Namche to Phakding and then to Lukla (2800m): 5-6 HoursThe last day of the trek continues with the steep downward trail. Trekkers need to walk really slow very controlled and in a balanced manner on the steep rocky terrain until reaching the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi, passing through the open plain, rhododendron forest while enjoying distant view of snow covered mountains. Finally Lukla is reached. Overnight stay in a lodge/tea house.
Day 16 :Lukla – KathmanduAn early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. The taking off is a dramatic scene just as the landing. The rest of the day can be used for sightseeing or relaxation and celebration. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 17 :Final departure onward destinationDeparture from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also extend your trip by opting for another program.
The 3 passes trek in Nepal was a once in a lifetime trip during the winter months of December and Green Valley helped to give me the most memorable experience and journey. Every day the walks we did had me giving it the ‘wow’ factor and all my pictures were like postcards ...read more
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