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Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass Trek is a challenging trek into the Himalayas that takes you into the heart of the mountains and the culture of the Everest region to the foot of the great peaks itself. Sometimes, Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp trekking trail is also known as Everest Circuit trekking.
This trekking route gives you the grand access to the famous Khumbu Region,widely reputed for the high mountains, unique lifestyle and the top of the world- Mt. Everest (8848 m). The Gokyo Chola Pass leads to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La at 5430m making a circuit of Tawache (6367m) and Cholatse (6440m). Emerging into the Khumbu valley above Lobuje, the trail continues up to Kala Patthar and then back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche Bazaar. The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4750m) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes and on the ridge above Gokyo, the four peaks above 8000m of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu expose themselves. Besides, you can also view tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (7922m) which is said to be the most exquisite panoramas in the Khumbu Region.
This trek offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the culture and stunning beauty of the Himalayas.
Activities:Trekking in Nepal
We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.)that takes about 30 minutes. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) takes approximately three hours. We begin the trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi river. We descend a mountainside path that merges into our route to Everest, with views to a valley to our right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) We continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)for about 5 to 5 and half hours. This day we trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We 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. We can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Stay overnight at lodge.
We take a day rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. For acclimatization we can walk up to Khunde hospital which was set-up by the late Sir Edmund Hillary or enjoy a one hour walk to Syangboche (3800m.), where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse,Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3739m)for about 4 hours. From Namche the route heads west and the trail is almost level as we head up the Bhote Koshi Valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. 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, 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. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Thame to Khumjung [3790m]for about 5 hours. We retrace our route back 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 we have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Khumjung to Dole (4040m)for about 5 hours. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. The trail then descends slightly towards Sanasa before ascending up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, we can see panoramic views of various mountains. Our trail then steeply descends passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Dole to Machhermo (4410m) that takes about 3 hours. From Dole we 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. Ahead of we are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley we can view the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m)for about 4 hours. Today we head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly. We then climb a steep rocky path incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.). 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. Stay overnight at lodge.
We take a day rest at Gokyo and participate inexcursion in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide services to trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of the Ngozumba glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day we can also make a side trip to Firth Lake via Forth Lake. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5340m) and trek back to Thangna (4650m) via Gokyo village for about four and half hours. Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we 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. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843m.) via Chola pass (5420m.)for about 5 and half hours. First we ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. Most of the time the Chola pass is covered with blue ice giving us a chill feeling. Here, we can also enjoy the panoramic views of various mountains. The trail then descends steeply for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Dzonglo to Gorakshep (5180m.) via Lobuchefor 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). Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5337m.) and back to Gorakshep for about four and half hour. While trekking to Everest Base Camp we pass on a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, we can meet expedition teams on their way to Everest Base Camp. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. We return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight.
We trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and then to Pheriche (4250m.)for about 6 and half hours. Early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) to enjoy the view of the spectacular sunrise up over the mountains. From Kala Patthar we have panoramic views of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Thamserku. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3850m.) that takes about 4 hours. To reach Tengbochewe pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have the highest permanent settlement throughout the year in the Khumbu region. Upon our arrival at Tengboche village, we come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m.)that takes about 4 hours. From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply and then slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m.) crossing the Dudh Koshi. Now we have a glimpse of the 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 Tibetan goods. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) that takes about six hours. The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay.
We fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu takes about 35 minutes.
Includes & Excludes
- Accommodation in lodges during the trek
- Airport pick-up and drop-off services
- Airport tax at Kathmandu domestic airport and Lukla airport
- All land transportation (from hotel to airport and airport to hotel)
- All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
- First aid kit
- Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and return
- Insurance and equipments for guide and porters
- One farewell dinner with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last day
- One trekking guide
- Required porters (One porter carries 25 kgs of luggage for 2 persons)
- Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during our trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have our travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost if required.)
- Sleeping bags & down jackets
- Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
- Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
- Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
- Personal nature expenses
- Travel insurance
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Departure Dates for Gokyo Lake - Chola Pass - Everest Base Camp - 18 days
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