Gokyo Chola Pass Trekking Via EBC is most famous trek to Everest region. This trail combines the awe inspiring mountain scenery, Buddhist monasteries athigh elevation and Sherpa habitation. Sweeping through the home of Sherpa people, round the foothills of the highest peaks, and following the source of DudhKoshi River to the mystical blue Gokyo Lake in the lap of the Himalayas. Viewpoints at Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp and GokyoRi 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, AmaDablam, 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, GorakShep 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. GokyoRi 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.
GokyoChola 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.
Day 01:Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
Day 02:Kathmandu – Lukla (2750m) – Phakding (2610m)
Day 03:Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 04:Namche Bazaar (Rest Day)
Day 05:Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3680m)
Day 06:Tengboche – Dingboche (4250m)
Day 07:Dingboche – Lobuche (4950m)
Day 08:Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5160m)
Day 09:Kalapathar (5545m) - Everest Base Camp (5365m)
Day 10:Gorak Shep – Zongla (4740m)
Day 11:Zongla to Chola-La Pass (5483m)
Day 12:Chola-La to Gokyo (4790m)
Day 13:Gokyo - Gokyo-Ri (5483m)
Day 14:Gokyo – Dole
Day 15:Dole - Namche Bazaar
Day 16:Namche Bazaar – Phakding
Day 17:Phakding – Lukla
Day 18:Lukla – Kathmandu
Day 19:Final departure onward destination
Day 01Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) KathmanduArrival in Kathmandu.Our Airport Representative will meet you at the TribhuwanInternational 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 02Kathmandu – 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 03Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m)Today’s walk starts along pine forests and pasture lands with several suspension bridges to cross at various points of the DudhKoshi River. Upon reaching the confluence of DudhKoshi and BhoteKoshi, 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.
Day 04Namche 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.
Day 05Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3680m)We follow the trail that climbs the top of a ridge offering a panorama of Thamserku, KusumKangrib and Kantega. After walking around a branch ridge, the views of AmaDablam, 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 DudhKoshi 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 AmaDablam makes for an outstanding view. Tengboche gives one of the best panoramic views of the snow giants. You can spend your night camping at the plateau in front of the monastery or stay in a lodge.
Day 06Tengboche – Dingboche (4250m)From the Tengboche Monastery, we take a trail through rhododendron forest to Deboche and further to ImjaKhola. 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 camp.
Day 07Dingboche – 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 in a tented camp.
Day 08Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5160m)After a strenuous three hour walk, we reach GorakShep at an altitude of 5160m. We are just next to our final destination. We set tents and prepare for the next day’s exploration.
Day 09Kalapathar (5545m) - Everest Base Camp (5365m) Today we explore to Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp. The Kalapatthar hill is renowned for panoramic and most exquisite views of Mount Everest and other snow giants like Pumori, Nuptse and Lintren. Everest Base Camp is another outstanding destination. We return back to GorakShep and stay overnight.
Day 10Gorak Shep – Zongla (4740m)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 spend the night.
Day 11Zongla to Chola-La Pass (5483m)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 in a tent.
Day 12Chola-La 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 TabocheTsho. The third lake, DudhPokhari 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.
Day 13Gokyo - Gokyo-Ri (5483m)We start early today to GokyoRi (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 Gokyowhere we stay overnight.
Day 14Gokyo – DoleFrom Gokyo, we take the downhill to DudhKoshiriver 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.
Day 15Dole - Namche BazaarAs we further drop down, the flora and fauna get richer. The steep descent passes through PhortseTenga to Mong La and gradually towards Namche. While on the way you can take bid farewell to Mount Khumbila, Taboche, Thamserku, AmaDablam, Everest and Tengboche that form a backdrop. Overnight stay in Namche.
Day 16Namche Bazaar – PhakdingThe trail further descends through juniper, pine and rhododendron forests and crosses the highest suspension bridge over DudhKoshi to reach Jorsale. A walk further to Phakding takes around an hour and a half. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.
Day 17Phakding – LuklaThe final day of the trek is a short one from Phakding to Lukla. It’s a pleasant walk along beautiful terrain. You can explore the lifestyle of people in Lukla or take rest. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 18Lukla – 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.
Day 19Final 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.