Gokyo Chola Pass Trek

18 Days 17 Nights
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Gokyo Chola Pass trek to Gokyo Ri is less travelled compared to the more traditional Everest Base Camp Trek, however, trek to Gokyo Chola Pass offers similar views and more solitiude along the trail.

Gokyo Chola Pass is one of the most famous and adventurous treks in the Everest region. Gokyo Chola Pass trek is the culmination of classic tradition, culture and top class of adventures as it combines entire upper Khumbu, crystal Gokyo Lake, renowned viewpoint Gokyo-Ri and ofcouse, the base of world's tallest mountain, Everest.

After Short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the trail twists ups and down through the prosperous Sherpa hub like Namche, Thame, Khumjung, Phortse and Dhole to Gokyo Lake at 4790m. Views of western shoulder of Mt. Everest, Lotse Nuptse and far away Makalu are excellent from Gokyo Ri (5483 m.). Then crossing over Cho La Pass (5667 m.), trail heads up to Kalapattar at 5545 m. Finally trek demanding previous experience and walking over the pass in to the himalayas, takes you into the heart of the mountains and the culture of the Everest region to the foot of the great peaks itself.

The first few days of the Gokyo Ri trek are the same as those of the Everest Base Camp Trek as one have to walk down the same trekking trail. Most trekkers fly into the Lukla airport where the trail winds through pine forests before a steep climb to Namche Bazaar and a more alpine type environment. Shortly after Namche, you veer off from the path to Tengboache and head through the villages of Dole, Machhermo, and eventually Gokyo.

The summit push from Gokyo is quiet pleasant when compared to the long day up to Kala Pathar. The views are equally stunning, although Mount Everest does take a little bit of a back seat to the expansive views of the valley as seen from Gokyo Ri.

Highlights

Kathmandu
- Pashupatinath
- Boudhanath Stupa
- Swayambhunath Stupa
- Kathmandu Durbar Square

Trekking
- Tenzing Hillary Airport (Lukla 2840m)
- Namche bazzar (3450m)
- Everest view hotel(3900m) - Splendid view of Mt Everest, Lobuche, Thamsekhu, Thame, Kongde, Anadablam
- Hillary Village (One of the most beautiful and developed village in Nepal)
- Gokyo (4750m) - beautiful lake
- Gokyo ri (pass of 5360m)
- Chola pass (5330m)

Accomodations

Kathmandu
– Hotel Marshyangdi/similar standard

Trekking
- Lodge/tea house

Itinerary - Gokyo Chola Pass Trek
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Day 1
Arrive Kathmandu
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be met by our Airport Representative, and transfer to hotel. A brief meeting with the tour leader about the programme.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 2
Sightseeing and personal shopping (buying personal gears)
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu durbar square). Late afternoon shopping at thamel for trekking arrangements.

Overnight at hotel

Day 3
Kathmandu - Lukla(2850 m) - Phakding(2650 m)
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

We will be taking an early morning flight for Lukla. We begin our trek to Phakding (2610m.) - 3 hours easy walking.

Overnight at Guest House.

Day 4
Phakding - Namche Bazar
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3535 m.). Namche Bazar is the Sherpa “Capital” and administrative centre of Khumbu district. The headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park and a military post are both situated above the town, just off the trail to Tengboche. Namche has a gompa and several chortens overlooking the amphitheatre in which a town is set. “It is far from being a city, it has remained unvisited not because of nay very serious difficult on the way, but because no one has thought that it worth a trouble of overcoming them. Nevertheless, he confessed, it had for long been by humble Mecca many a trekker would echo those last words” – Yet Bill Tilman(first westerner to arrive in Namche Bazar)

Day 5
Acclimatization day
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

This is a day for an acclimatization. We have a fine walk around the valley to adjust with thin air. We will take a short hike to reach Syangboche airport ,the highest airport in the world.Further hike will drive us to Everest view hotel with a stunning view of Cho oyu, Ama Dablam,kangtega,Thamserku,Nuptse ,Lhotse ,Everest and many more. After our tea we will hike to the Most beautiful village in Nepal named as Hillary Village. Here we will visit to a monatery,wher the head of an legendary animal “Yeti ”is kept.

Day 6
Trek to Phortse Thanga (3680 meters)
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

We trek to Phortse Thanga. Today, the trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 7
Trek to Machherma (4470 meters)
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. We will reach at Machherma by early noon.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 8
Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters)
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

Today the trek takes us at one of our final destination, Gokyo (4790m). We will make this camp our base for 3 nights as we will have couple of sightseeing trips around Gokyo.

Overnight at Guesthouse,

Day 9
Gokyo Rest (4,790m)
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

This is your first real day at high altitude and the trekking today may be described as moderate to difficult. Climb a ridge from where the valley opens wide as the trail passes through Pangkha. Mt. Cho Oyu 8153 m dominates the skyline to the north as we climb the moraine on the left flank of the Ngozumpa Glacier. The climb is steep to the first of the four lakes that lie in the Gokyo area but the trail levels off towards the second lake, Longponga at 4690m. Finally ascend a path past the largest of the lakes Dudh Pokhari to Gokyo at 4,750m. Gokyo is a typical kharka with stone houses and stone walled pastures. For enthusiasts a rigorous hike up Gokyo Ri 5,360m, the small peak above Gokyo provides spectacular views of the Everest trinity, Nuptse 7,879m, Lhotse 8511m, and Everest 8848m, as well as Makalu 8463m looming to the east, Cho Oyu 8,153m to the north and the smaller but closer peaks of Cholatse and Tawachee to the south. There is a wonderful view of Gokyo and Dudh Pokhari spread out below.

O/n at Lodge

Day 10
Gokyo - Tagnak - Cho-la high camp (5368m) - Dzongla
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

Trail supports the same way and crossing the Ngojumba glacier where we will reach Thangna of few teahouses. You will continue to Cho-la Base camp (4,920m/16,142ft) for overnight. Next day follows with continue walking across the moraine, the trail makes a steep ascent to the top of the snow covered Cho La. From the top, you can enjoy excellent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Mt. Everest. After the pass, the trail descends steeply towards the Dzongla (4,830m/15,912ft) passing through pine forests o/n at Lodge

Day 11
Dzongla(4830m) - Lobuche (4910m)
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

From Dzongla, the trail levels and then makes a gradual climb up and down to the small Sherpa settlement of Lubuche (4,910). This is a small village situated nearby the stream. The sunset on Nuptse is a memorable sight. Overnight in Lobuche (4,910m/16,175ft).

O/n at Lodge

Day 12
Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,140m)
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

Excursion to Kala Patthar. Make an early morning start and ascend the trail along boulder fields and glacial debris to the edge of the Khumbu Glacier then continue up to Gorak Shep (5,160 m.), nestled below the coned summit of Mt. Pumori (7161m.) and the sheer west face of Nuptse. From there make a steep ascent to the top of a small peak, Kala Pattar 5545m meaning "black rock". From here we can see Mt. Everest , Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablan, Mt. Kantega, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Tawatse and Mt. Pumori all present themselves in a 360 degree panorama.

O/n at Lodge

Day 13
Gorak Shep-Dingboche (4410m)
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

A short descent to Thukla followed by an easy flat trail and a small descent takes you to Dingboche. This is the highest big settlement in the Khumbu area of Sherpas.

O/n at Lodge

Day 14
Dingboche - Tengboche
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

The trail makes a gradual descent through scrub junipers and around Mani stones as it follows the hillside. The trail passes many Mani walls in deep rhododendron forests where crossing after the Imja khola, the trail climbs many carved Mani stones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu; a visit will be well worth it.

O/n at Lodge

Day 15
Tengboche- Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

From Tengboche, the trail drops sharply down to the Dudh Kosi and the village of Phunki , where you cross the river, and up toward Namche Bazaar, winding high above the river with views north towards Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse.

O/n at Lodge

Day 16
Namche - Bazaar - Lukla (2840m)
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

Retrace your steps down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu.

O/n at Lodge

Day 17
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

Early Morning catch flight to Kathmandu. Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon free for shopping, Evening we will be sitting for a farewell dinner with all the staff of STT.

O/n at Hotel

Day 18
Home Sweet Home
(Breakfast)

Final transfer to the airport for home.

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Cost Includes - Gokyo Chola Pass Trek

01. Three star level hotel as per the itinerary at Kathmandu.

02. Applicable Permit & TIMS(Trekkers Information Management System)for trekking.

03. English speaking guide (Liecence holders)

04. Strong porters for carrying loads.(2 paying guests are followed by one strong porter)

05. All the transportation arrangement as per the itinerary

06. Accommodation on trekking are on Basic lodges that meets basic needs.(clean and tidy rooms)

07. Flight ticket Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu


Cost Excludes - Gokyo Chola Pass Trek

01. Nepal Arrival visa (USD 25 for 15 days)

02. International flight to Nepal & vice versa.

03. Personal equipment and gears for tour and trekking.

04. Tipping to the crew is mandatory.

05. Bar bills coke bottle of water beer etc.

06. Water shower, battery charge.
 

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