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Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trek


Trip Grade:Strenuous

Max. Altitude:5,545m

Walking hours:Approx 6-8 hrs/day

Activities:Tour, Trekking

Type:Tea House

Season:Sep-Dec, Feb-Jun

Group size:1 +

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EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is the excitingly wonderful trek into the Everest/ Khumbu district which joins together the Everest base camp with the Gokyo valley and the high chola pass at the rise of 5420m. This trekking trail offers the staggering perspectives of numerous Himalayan mammoths like Mt. Everest (8848m.), Lhotse, Makalu, Amadablam, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, Mt. Pumori and numerous more. The common excellence, rich and one of a kind society of the Sherpa tenants, lavish woodland, strolling over the snow, intersection high pass gives the glorious delight to the guests which will be the lifetime memory. Gokyo valley is the remote Himalayan Valley which offers the perspective of the mountains, Glaciers, Gokyo Lake and so forth. This trekking journey depends on the most output of trekkers as to get the life long experience throughout the trek you additionally get opportunity to delight in the Dumje celebration which falls in the month of April and Mani Rimdu Dance, which is performed in the cloisters, of the Sherpa individuals. The major highlights of this trek are the mountain vistas, Sacred Lakes of Gokyo valley, excellent River valleys, ice sheets, intersection Chola pass and so forth.

With an exciting feel, EBC Chola pass Gokyo Trekking outing starts with a beautiful flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. From Lukla you begin our trekking emulating the Dudh Koshi River valley. You pass through the lavish backwoods of rhododendron and pine, Dudh Koshi valley, Sagarmatha national park, high passes, waterfalls, excellent Sherpa villages like Phakding, Namche bazaar, Tengboche, Lobuche, Pheriche and so forth. Sagarmatha National Park is the UNESCO recorded legacy site where you can find different verdure and untamed life like snow panther, red panda, Himalayan thar and so on. The warm welcome and the cordial conduct of the Sherpa individuals include further joy the guests. In this trek you likewise climb to Kala Pattar which is the ideal view indicate watch the scene of Mt. Everest and in addition Ama Dablam (6856m.), Kantega (6809m.), Kwangde (6194m.), Mt. Nuptse (7879m.), Mt. Lhotse (8511m.). The best opportunity to strive for the Everest base camp trek is from mid-March to May and September to Mid-December.

Himalayan scenery treks and expedition provides you with excellent services and the facilities one deserve. Our experienced guides and porters will inform you with every detail that falls on the route of the trekking journey. Come and join us to explore the naturally blessed areas to make your holiday a truly a pleasant memory.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2656m)

Day 02:Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 03:Namche Bazar (Acclimatization day 3440m)

Day 04:Namche Bazar - Dole (4084m)

Day 05:Dole - Machermo (4410m)

Day 06:Machermo Rest Day

Day 07:Machermo - Gokyo (4750m)

Day 08:Rest days - Ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m)

Day 09:Gokyo - Thangnak (4690m)

Day 10:Thangnak - Chola Pass (5350 m) - Jhongla (4780m)

Day 11:Jhongla - Gorak Shep (5184m)

Day 12:Gorak Shep - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5357m) and return to Gorak Shep

Day 13:Gorak Shep - Pangboche (3985m)

Day 14:Pangboche - Namche (3450m)

Day 15:Namche - Lukla (2800m)

Day 16:Lukla - Kathmandu (Fly)

Cost Include

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
  • All your stander Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
  • A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder Guide, his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
  • Porter if needed.
  • Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla airport for Group and crews.
  • National Park permits.
  • TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.)
  • All ground transportation.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expenses.
  • Himalayan Scenery Treks will provide you last night mouthwatering dinner with typical Nepalese cultural shows

Cost Exclude

  • Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
  • International air fare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2656m) After landing in Kathmandu and getting transferred to the hotel of your stay, we start our trekking adventure from the following day or as per the scheduled date. The adventurous trek to the tricky and challenging Chola Pass and to the marvelous Gokyo begins with e flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla from the domestic terminal of Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. We meet the other member of our trekking team and then start our trekking adventure from the beautiful hill town of Lukla. Trek start from Lukla and move for the destination of Phakding, the overnight stay place for today. Navigating through the villages of Chheplung and Nurning and along the trail shared by locals, yaks and trekkers, we move forward along the trail with the view of green lush hills and landscape, fantastic scenery, view of mountains we reach to Phakding. Intermittently, we also encounter the prayer flags, prayer wheels and some suspension bridges. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 02Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m) The further we trek in this path the beautiful scenery we encounter. We begin the trek with the view of Kongde Ri and march ahead along the trail crossing through the suspension bridges. With some serious ups and downs along the trail we descend to the Benkar valley and have uphill trek to the village of Monjo, the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. Further ahead the trail we pass through village of Jorsale and cross the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi at Larja Dobhan and the first view of Mt. Everest. We reach to the Sherpa capital of Namche after crossing a few bridges and then climb of several hundred meters, a steep descent and another steep climb through the forest. In between the trail we also explore the monasteries, gompas, prayer flags and prayer wheels that radiate the lessons of Buddhism. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 03Namche Bazar (Acclimatization day 3440m) An essentiality of high altitude trekking, acclimatization is most important before processing to a higher elevation. In the culturally rich town of Namche, we can explore the Sherpa Cultural Museum that provides information on mountaineering, the richness of Sherpa culture and tradition in the region and other information. There are several options for day hikes to the satellite villages surrounding Namche. A day taking a day hike to Thame, Khunde or Khumjung are the popular hiking options that takes the trekkers to ancient monasteries, diverse landscape and traditional heritages as well as festivals. Hike to the Everest View Hotel for the up close views of the massifs of Everest, Ama Dablam and others is another popular hiking option. Exploration of Namche Bazaar, a Sherpa community, provides insider information on the dos and don’ts during the trek. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 04Namche Bazar - Dole (4084m) At the end of today’s trek we shall in the vicinity of the Gokyo valley. Beginning the trek we shall first follow the main trail north, along a big hill, out of Namche to Everest Base Camp trek. The trail to Everest drops down the hill but we part our ways off the main trail to Everest little ahead of Kenjoma and climb to cross the Mon La and then a steep downhill trek to Phortse Thanga, the birthplace of Lama Sangde Dorje. The trail climbs steeply and flattens a bit as we have ups and downs in the trek to Dole, passing the waterfalls, rhododendron forests, several suspension bridges as well as unique villages. Gorgeous views of Everest, Ama Dablam and other snow-capped mountains, green hills and blue sky as the backdrop of the trail, chortens and gompas adorned with prayer flags, the scenery overlooking the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi, terraced fields and cultivation, glimpses of pheasant and musk deers, stone steps and a strenuous climb of couple of hours before reaching Dole. Interact with the locals and enjoy the unique and delicious cuisines. Overnight in Dole.

Day 05Dole - Machermo (4410m) We start the trek for today with a climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the rhododendron forests give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. Initially we descend to the small settlement of Kele and after that the trail is an uphill climb. We navigate through the Lhabarma and Luza before we reach to the destination of Machermo. The trail to Lhafarma and further to Luza is an uphill trek while the trail becomes bit easier past the hamlet of Luza which passes through summer settlements and villages. Marching ahead in the trail we follow the trail to the valley above the Dudh Koshi River and reach to the small settlement with few teahouses, the village of Machermo. Excellent views of Cho Oyu accompany us all along the trail, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. Overnight in Machhermo.

Day 06Machermo Rest DayAnother planned rest and acclimatization day of the trekking schedule, we have the day at our disposal to explore the beautiful landscape around Machermo. There are plenty of possibilities for exploration around the camp, one of them being the hiking option to the spot just above the village that provides an excellent view encompassing Cho Oyu (8210m) and the mountains which flank the Ngozumpa Glacier. The last human inhabited place on the way to Gokyo ri trek, Machermo has cultivation by the locals as well as the unique religious and cultural practices that provides insider information on the culture of the people in the highlands. Overnight in Machermo.

Day 07Machermo - Gokyo (4750m) We resume the trek along the increasingly beautiful trail as we head for the lakes at Gokyo in today’s section of the trek. We begin the trek after crossing the Machermo River shortly ahead of Machermo and trek along the trail following the melt-water rivers generating from the glaciers at higher altitude in the region. After a gradual trek through the settlements of Karnasa and Phangkha, we have an uphill section in the trail to the lateral moraines of the Ngazumpa glacier after descending to the riverbank from Phangkha. We cross an iron bridge and reach to the first of the Gokyo lakes, Longpongo at 4690. Marching along the trail to the west of Ngazumpa glacier, we move ahead to the second lake called Taboche Tso to have a view of marvelous view of the lake. Connected to the second lake via a stream is the third lake that is also known as Dudh Pokhari. Our destination for today, the Gokyo village lies at the bank of Dudh Pokhari and with the background of the majestic Cho Oyu Mountain. Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 08Rest days - Ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m) One of the most remarkable and breathtaking section of the trek, today we have ascent to the Gokyo Ri Peak. We leave early in the morning to have the jaw-dropping view of the sunrise from the Gokyo Ri peak. After around 2-3 hrs of strenuous hike, we reach to Gokyo Ri for sunrise View with Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Taweche, Kantega, Thamserku, Makalu, Gyangchung Kang and many more Mountains view from your eye level. The ascent should be in a gradual fashion without much strain on our body. Supposedly the better view of Everest than from the Kala Pathar, the view of panoramic Himalayas is unexplainable. Besides these mountains the view of Ngazumpa glacier is a masterpiece of the view. After capturing the memories in the summit, we trek back to the Gokyo village slowly and gradually. Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 09Gokyo - Thangnak (4690m) Fit and acclimatized, we leave Gokyo to cross the Ngozumpa Glacier. We descend to the second lake along the same trail that led us to the marvelous Gokyo valley. We further descend along the trail to the vicinity of the First Lake and then turn towards the destination past the majestic glacier. The exciting part of crossing over the glacier is that you can hear the sound of glacial movement while you trek. The route across the glacier is marked by cairns and is generally quite well defined. After we cross the glacier, we have the settlement of Dragnak, used by many trekkers as the place of overnight stay. However, we trek little ahead to the settlement of Thangnak, a settlement with few teahouses as the preparation for the crossing of the Cho La Pass. Overnight in Thangnak.

Day 10Thangnak - Chola Pass (5350 m) - Jhongla (4780m) One of the much challenging trekking sections of the trek, today we shall cross the Cho La Pass (5350 m. the climb to formidable pass has steep climb on the glacial traverse on the eastern side and further through the rocky trail ahead. Decorated with prayer flags, the top of the pass provides the view of humongous Ama Dablam, Baruntse and Cholatse peak. Snow greased path may make the ascent a difficult climb due to which the guidance of experienced guide is required. After the ascent, we also have to make the long descent to Leisyasa and move past the trail leading to the false summit of Lobuche peak. Ahead in the trail, we reach Jhongla. In the trail we explore and continue trekking up the valley, crossing ridge and an old lateral moraine. After the strenuous trek we have an overnight stay in Jhongla.

Day 11Jhongla - Gorak Shep (5184m) The descent from the overnight stay of Jhongla marks the initial section of the trek dotted with several summer settlements. Further along the trek we descent past the lake of Chola Tsho and then have a gradual uphill climb near to the settlement of Dughla after which we turn towards the Gorak Shep as we join the main trail to the Everest Base Camp trek. Through the Thokla Pass and along the moraines of Khumbu we pass through Lobuche, the Italian research centre, the memorials of mountaineers and Lobuche Pass before we reach the Gorak Shep. The trail has ups and downs on the rocky terrain before we reach there. To reach our next objective, Kala Pattar, the trail continues to follow the valley beside the Khumbu Glacier and at Gorak Shep. We have a marvelous sunset from the summit of Kala Pattar, arguably more beautiful than the sunrise over the Himalayan massif including the tallest peak, Mount Everest. After having a memorable ascent to the Kala Pattar with stops in between, we trek back to Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Day 12Gorak Shep - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5357m) and return to Gorak Shep Another day in the natural amphitheatre of Everest region among the Himalayas is there for us today. We head for the trek to Everest Base Camp with an early start in the morning. It takes several hours on a trail across the Khumbu Glacier which weaves its way between almost translucent ice pinnacles and past seemingly bottomless crevasses. This trek to the new moraine route has lots if ups and downs in the rough terrain, incredible ice melt patterns all around the sight of avalanches and rock falls besides the gentle ice towers in the surrounding. After exploring around the snowy landscape and close up view of the Himalayas, we then return to Gorak Shep. The return in the winding trail requires a gradual descent. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Day 13Gorak Shep - Pangboche (3985m) It’s a downhill most of the way today, past Lobuche to Dughla and Pheriche. Though uphill ascent for same distance needs a longer time, we have a relatively quick descent. The Himalayan Rescue Association has trekkers’ aid post here which is interesting to visit en route the trek. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche. The trek explores past the memorials dedicated to mountaineers deceased during their Everest expedition, the high altitude clinic in Pheriche, and flat trails before approaching the settlement of Somare and further ahead the settlement of Pangboche, the Sherpa village with ancient monastery and rich culture. Through the couple of passes, several suspension bridges and landscape decorated by rhododendron forest and greenery, glimpses of wildlife and company of other trekkers we reach to the destination for today, Pangboche. Overnight in Pangboche.

Day 14Pangboche - Namche (3450m) The trail along the Imja River continues Continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Thyangboche. From Thyangboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche. Along the trail we have views of wildlife such as Musk Deer, Monal, Blue sheep, exploration to the ancient monastery at Tengboche, stone steps before approaching the settlement of Kenjoma, and the Everest view point before approaching Namche Bazaar are the other highlights in this section of the trek. We finally reach to the bustling Sherpa settlement with buzzing market, diverse and rich cultural heritage and outstanding view of the mountain peaks. Overnight in Namche.

Day 15Namche - Lukla (2800m) Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. The trek begins with the descend to Larja Dobhan, the confluence of Dudh Koshi River and Imja River as well as the view of several mountains including the Ama Dablam and then to the settlement of Jorsale. After that we have an ascend to Monjo past which the trail is rather a downhill march past the settlements of Phakding, Nurning, Chheplung and others before we reach to the destination of Lukla. Dense and colorful forests, stone walls and prayer flags, train of trekkers and locals and the ever accompanying mountain peaks make the section of the trek and entertaining one. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 16Lukla - Kathmandu (Fly)The trekking expedition in this marvelous and enchanting region comes to an end today. We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. The short and scenic flight to Kathmandu takes the trekkers through the vicinity of snow capped mountains, above the lush hills and beautiful scenery. Explore the Kathmandu valley and do some souvenir shopping if the time permits. You will be transferred to the Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight to the onward destination. We hope that the adventure in this enchanting nation was a rewarding one.

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Trip Highlights

Fantastic Mountain views above 6000- 8848 m peaks including world's Highest peak- Mount Everest, Famous Climbing to Gokyo RI Peak ( 5360m), Adventures & scenic walk though Sherpa Villages, The great trekking experience of lifetime. The Ultimate Challenge Climbing of Gokyo Peak, Icefalls and Ngozumpa Glaciers, Crossing over Chola Pass,Hiking to Everest Base Camp and Broad Summit of Kalapatthar.

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