Everest Base Camp - Gokyo - Chola Pass Trek


Overview

EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is the adventurous trek into the Everest/ Khumbu region which combines the Everest base camp with the Gokyo valley and the high Chola pass at the elevation of 5420m. This trekking trail offers the stunning views of many Himalayan giants like Mt. Everest (8848m.), Lhotse, Makalu, Amadablam, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, Mt. Pumori and many more. The natural beauty, rich and unique culture of the Sherpa inhabitants, lush forest, walking over the snow, crossing high pass provides the heavenly pleasure to the visitors which will be the lifetime memory. Gokyo valley is the remote Himalayan Valley which offers the view of the mountains, Glaciers, Gokyo Lake etc. During the trek, you also get a chance to enjoy the Dumje festival which falls in the month of April and Mani Rimdu Dance, which is performed in the monasteries, of the Sherpa people. The major highlights of this trek are the mountain vistas, Sacred Lakes of Gokyo valley, beautiful River valleys, glaciers, crossing Chola pass etc.  EBC Chola pass Gokyo Trekking trip commences with a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. From Lukla, you start our trekking following the Dudh Koshi River valley. You pass through the lush forest of rhododendron and pine, Dudh Koshi valley, Sagarmatha national park, high passes, waterfalls, beautiful Sherpa villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Lobuche, Pheriche etc. Sagarmatha national park is the UNESCO listed heritage site where you can find various flora and fauna and wildlife like snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan that etc. The warm greeting and the friendly behavior of the Sherpa people add further pleasure the visitors. In this trek, you also hike to Kala Pattar which is the perfect viewpoint to observe the panorama of Mt. Everest as well as Ama Dablam (6856m.), Kantega (6809m.), Kwangde (6194m.), Mt. Nuptse (7879m.), Mt. Lhotse (8511m.). The best time to go for the Everest base camp trek is from mid-March to May and September to Mid-December.


Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

After arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, you will meet our officer. He will assist you to transfer to your hotel. At the hotel, our officer gives you the orientation of the overall trip. A WELCOME DRINKS WILL BE PROVIDED UPON ARRIVAL. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu- Lukla, and trek to Phakding(2610m).

The day for the trip starts with the early flight to Lukla from Kathmandu airport. During your flight, you can see the magnificent view of the Himalayas on your way to Lukla and a half hour of your flight will land you at Lukla airport. You can have an early lunch at the Lukla bazaar with several restaurants and hotels serving international standard of meals. A trail starts with the walking gently up and down. You will leave behind with the prayer flag, paintings and passing through the farmlands. A 45 minutes walk will welcome you to CHHEPLUNG village and further, a deed  passing the bridges and some rivers will reach you to GHAT and finally to PHAKDING. O/n at  guest house.

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446 m).

The trails from Phakding is very pleasant as it passes through the hillside, past farmsteads and fields. After  a mile from Phakding, ZAMPUTE  stands in your way. It is from here that the path leads up to Gumela and Pema Choling Monastery. Then the trails climb a bit, then descends across a small settlement of TOKTOK. Further ahead is a beautiful   village BENKER. Soon , after a gentle climb, you are in CHUMOA that lies in the bushes of rhododendron and pine trees. A climb after crossing a bridge is MENGO and an entrance of SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK. A couple of hour walks from MENJO will take up you to Namche Bazaar. O/n at  guest house.

Day 04: Rest in Namche Bazaar/ Excursion Namche Bazaar and Syangboche(3880m). Back to Namche Bazaar.

Rest day in Namche Bazaar is especially for acclimatization with altitude. On this day you can walk around Namche Bazaar. Here you can get many facilities such as bank, internet, bakery and shopping. After the breakfast One and half hour steep walking to Syangboche (3880m). From Syangboche you can see Mt. Everest(8848m), Lhotse(8516m), Ama Dablam(6814m), Thamserku(6618m) and more mountains. Have a tea and coffee in Everest view hotel. The trail descends half an hour to the Khumjung village (3780m), the village of Sherpas, the worldly renowned climbers. In Khumjung village, you can visit Kumjung Hillary School and Kumjung Gompa. After lunch hike back to the Namche Bazaar. O/n at  guest house.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Dole (4200m). 

The trek starts steep stone staircase over the Namche. After the top, the trail becomes easier and trail contour the Dhudhkosi valley.  By walking you can see incredible Khumbu valley with world highest mountains and Tengboche Monastery. After nearly 2 hours of walking, you reach to Sanasa(3600m). Here have a few minutes rest before the hard steep 2h climb to Mong Danda (3973m). From here you will see the magnificent views of Mt. Ama Sablam, Mt. Kangtaga and Mt. Thamserku with Dudhkosi valley. The trail climbs away from the Phortse Tenga passing through the Rhododendron and pine forest. After 20m steep climb first appears Cho Oyu.  You will cross the beautiful water fall and yak pasture. Then reach to Dole. O/n at  guest house.

Day 06: Dole to Machhermo (4470m). 

Today is an easy day and better view of in your past days. From Dole, the trail descend to stream than cross the wooden bridge. You will cross the few teahouses, the trail ascend one hour to top the hill. You can take time here for a picture.  You will reach in Luza(4390m) after 1 hour 50 minutes  walk from Dole. Here you can take rest and tea. From Luza trail becomes a ups along the side of the valley than cross the more high pastureland and chorten with prayers flags. Many writers saying yeti killed the Sherpa women and Yak here. Form this hill enchanting view of eastern part Gokyo valley, Mt. Taboche and Mt. Cholatse. Then walk down to Machhermo valley. O/n at  guest house.

Day 07: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4790m).

The trail climbs the ridge of valley excellent view of Kantaga and big Mountain Cho-oyu. The tail becomes more ups to Kharka. Here few stone hoses, then trail will be easier to Pangka at 4380m. In November 1995 big avalanche came here and killed trekking group and villagers. From here the tail will be narrow and steep climb close to the Ngozumpa glacier. The end of hard ascends cross the bridge over the stream which is flow from Gokyo Lake. This is the first small lake of Gokyo. From here the trail almost in level appears the second lake at 4720m. It called Taujun Lake. Finally, your will climb to the last lake of Dudha Pokhari at 4750m in Gokyo Lake (4790m). O/n at  guest house.

Day 08: Morning climb to Gokyo - Ri (5340) / Afternoon walk around the Gokyo Lake.

Have a breakfast early in the morning. Before climbing make sure you have water, some snacks and plenty of warm clothes. The trail climb steep ups directly above the Gokyo lake.2h and half hour hard climb to Gokyo-ri at 5340m. From the top great Himalayan views of world highest mountain with Makalu range better than Kala Pattar above the Gorkhashep. After taking a picture all the way downhill to Gokyo Lake. Have lunch and rest two hours. If you're feeling good you can hike to the oldest and longest glaciers of Khumbu valley. O/n at  guest house.

Day 09: Gokyo Lake to Thangna Kharka (5025m).

From Gokyo the trail descends, looking at the views of the fine mountains and natural beauty, towards Thangna which is consider as the base of Cho -La Pass. It takes around four hours to reach Thangna Kharka from Gokyo lake.O/n at the guest house.

Day 10: Thangna Kharka to Dzongla crossing Chol- La Pass (5330m).

Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4/5 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect your journey. You cross over at an altitude of 5300 meters. You could be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. You start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views then you descend to the Dzongla at noon. O/n at  guest house.

Day 11: Dzongla to Lobuche (4930 m).

The trail continues along the moraine from Dzongla affording you splendid views of Kala Pattar and Pumori before you reach Lobuche. Today you walk around 4 hours. O/n at  guest house.

Day 12: Lobuche to Gorakshep(5140m)-Kalapatter(5545m). Return back to the Gorakhashep.

Today in the beginning you walk along the flat trial through yak pasture trail (50 minutes). Then you to walk in the glacier. The trail is rough and icy in some part. And you arrive to Gorak Shep (5140m). Have lunch and rest in the mountain lodge of Gorak Shep. After light lunch start to climb Kalapatthar(5550m). After nearly three hour climbing, you will reach on top of the Kalapatthar. There you get a little bit of strong wind. Kalapatthar is one of the prime points for the massive view of Mount Everest (8848m). Enjoy the view of Mt. Everest and other towering mountains. From here you also can see Everest base camp just below. After a while return back to Gorak Shep. O/n at the guest house.

Day 13: Gorkha shep to EBC and down to the Lobuche(4930 m). 

Early in the morning start trekking towards Everest base camp (5364m). The trail is narrow and rocky so that we suggest trekkers to concentrate their mind in the trail before stepping. The Everest base camp is moving up and down every year because Khumbu glacier is moving to the down. In Everest base camp you can't spend your overnight because there is no facility of tea houses. Only people stay at night in camp who are climbing to Mt. Everest. Spend half an hour there take photos for your memory. Then return to Gorak Shep and have a lunch. After lunch back to the Lobuche(4910m). O/n at  guest house.

Day 14: Lobuche to Pangboche (3930m).

From Lobuche, you descend and retrace your steps to Pangboche. It takes around seven hour of walking. O/n at a mountain lodge. O/n at the guest house.

Day 15: Pangboche to  Namche Bazzar (3446m).

From Pangboche you walk down to Namche Bazar crossing Tengboche Monasery, one of the most reverend Buddhist monasteries of Khumbu region. It takes around six hour of walking. O/n at the guest house.

Day 16: Namche Bazzar to Phakding. 5h walking. O/n at the guest house.

Day 17: Phakding to Lukla. 4h walking. O/n at  guest house.

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.

All the belongings are requested to make ready  in the morning. Then have a breakfast and hike down to Lukla airstrip. Take a flight to Kathmandu. The rest of your day is free in Kathmandu. In the evening you can walk around Thamel, the major tourist destination of Kathmandu. You can do some last minute shopping of souvenirs for your family and relatives. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Transfer to the airport for your final departure.

Our office staff  will come to meet you at your hotel to escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure wishing you a happy and safe journey back to your home.


Cost Details

  • All airport/hotel transfers.
  • Three nights 3-4 star hotel in Kathmandu on a B&B basis.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees.
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging.
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Glacier Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (Trekking permit).
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs ).
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).
  • Tips for guides and porters.

Departure Dates

No fixed departures.
  • Trip Level
    Moderate
  • Destination
    Nepal
  • Duration
    19 Days