Gokyo Cho-la Pass Trek

Gokyo Cho-la Pass trek is one of the most adventurous trekking routes in the Khumbu Region. It sums up the entire Solukhumbu district with Gokyo Lake, Gokyo RI and Cho- la pass being the major destinations.

Popular Cho-La Pass

Gokyo Cho-la pass trek starts with a short and praise worthy flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport. The flight gives you glimpses of many mountains and their scenic beauty. From Lukla to the famous settlement of Sherpa Namche bazaar also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest, then we head towards Gokyo lake and climb up to one of the viewpoints, Gokyo-RI (5480m). Panorama of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and Cho- Oyo from the top of Gokyo RI is fascinating. Then crossing Cho-la pass (5330m) and reaching Kalapatthar (5545m), an up-close view of Mt. Everest will surely feel like trek worth a lifetime.

Gokyo Cho-la pass trek is the combination of Everest base camp trek, which adds more adventure to it by the routes via Gokyo lake, the high passes of Cho-la. The culture, tradition and hospitality of Sherpa people makes the trek even more fascinating. The route majorly lies within Sagarmatha national park. It is a place to be for nature lovers of the beauty of flora and fauna as well as black and white color of the world’s tallest mountains. The trek is a 20 day trek. March to May and September to December are the suitable seasons for the trek.

This trek covers five important places, namely Gokyo lake, Gokyo RI, Cho la Pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp. The trek is adventurous and we can get close to Buddhist culture.There are many options for additional exploration and high-altitude walking, including the crossing of Cho La, at 5,330m)-high pass into Khumbu and a hike to Gokyo RI (5357m).Nepal Pioneer Treks & Expedition is glad to operate this tour for you to make it your lifetime experience.

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu International then transfers to Hotel.

Day 02:  Trek preparation.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla at 2840m (9088 Ft), then trek to Phakding at 2610m(8352 Ft).

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namchebazaar at 3440m (11008 Ft).

Day 05: Rest day at Namchebazaar.

Day 06: Trek from Namchebazaar to Dole at 4110m (13152 Ft).

Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo at 4470m (14304 Ft).

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo 4790m (15328 Ft)

Day 09: Hike to Gokyo RI at 5357m (17142 Ft), then look around the lake and stay overnight.

Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Dragnak at 4700 (15040Ft).

Day 11:  Trek from Dragnak to the Cholapass at 5368m (17177 Ft), Dzonglha at 4830m (15456 Ft) Then Lobuche at 4910m (15712 Ft).

Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorekhshep at 5140m (16448 Ft), then trek to Everest Base Camp at 5364m (17165 Ft).

Day 13: Hike to Kalapathar at 5550m (17760 Ft), then back to Pheriche at 4240m (13568 Ft).

Day 14: Trek from Pheriche to Namchebazaar at 3440m (11008 Ft).

Day 15: Trek back to Lukla at 2840m (9088 Ft).

Day 16:Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu at 1300m (4160 ft) then transfer to hotel.

Day 17: Departure for home.

Note: Due to the bad weather of domestic flights from Kathmandu to  Lukla and after the trek from Lukla to Kathmandu delayed sometimes by a few hours or canceled for a day or more. It could happen even in best trekking season also as you know how climate changes effecting in the world and especially Himalayan Region of Nepal. Perhaps we always recommend you to add supplement nights in Kathmandu after your trek if possible. If everything goes well, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, as you wish for those extra days. However, if you want a helicopter rescue instade of flight cancellation from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu we can organize according to your request.

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu

Upon on your arrival at the Tribhuban International Airport, one of our staff will be there to warm greeting you with beautiful garland that is our respect and the culture to welcome to the new stranger. After welcoming you our staff will transfer to you to the hotel. After your long journey on a plane, you may get tired, so be fresh and take a bit rest, then our manager will come to meet you to the hotel and talk about the plan of your trip details.

Day 02: Trek Preparation

Today, our manager will come to meet you at the hotel at 10.00 AM.  He will brief about the trip in detail, introduce with the guide and provide you all the documents. You will be free in the afternoon and manage your time for trek preparation. Our guide will meet you at your hotel at six O’ clock in the evening then take you for well come dinner. After having dinner, drop you to the hotel and stay over night.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, trek to Phakding

Fly  from Kathmandu to Lukla. You should be ready early in the morning to fly to Lukla. It’s a 45 minutes scenic fly to Lukla. Lukla is the most critical airport. Once you arrived in Lukla have breakfast,  then start your trek. Lukla is the gateway to do the Everest Base Camp Trekking. Today you have a short day trek approximately three hour trek. You can enjoy the scenery and some of the peaks. You can pass some villages like as Chheplung, Thadokoshi, Ghat and you will be arriving at Phakding then stay overnight there.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namchebazaar

Trek to Namchebazar. Namche Bazaar is the biggest town on this trip. You should have a breakfast in Phakding. After breakfast you should start your trek to Namche Bazaar. The trail much harder than the last day. At the beginning of the day you should cross the bridge, then passages some little towns. While you are walking on the trail you can enjoy the mountain views of Thamserku and Kusumkangaru. You can see the Dodhkoshi river and the scenery. Monju is a nice place where we should check our trekking permit. After 10 minutes walk you should cross the bridge again and reach at Jorsalle. You might stop for lunch there. After you have lunch, you should have a big climb to Namche Bazaar. You will see the Hilary bridge, double suspension bridge and then get to Topdanda. There is a very nice view point. You can see the Everest at the first time if the weather is clear and there is no cloud. Next  one and half hour walk you will reach at Namche Bazaar then stay overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day

Rest day at Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the best place to explore the day. The acclimatization day you should ascend about three, four hundred meters then back to the hotel. Namche bazaar is the main center of the Solukhumbu region. Our guide takes you to the Everest view point to see all the mountain views. It takes about two hours walk, then you can back via Khumjung village, visit Hillary school. If you have more time to explore the day, you can visit the Sherpa Museum then stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Trek from Namchebazaar to Dole

Trek to Dole. Today you plan to go to the Dole, it takes about five to six hour walk. First quite steep to get to the top of Namchebazaar, then very nice and gentle walk to Kyanjuma. You can enjoy the magnificent views of all the major peaks including Amadablam. After Kyanjuma to leave the trail to the Everest Base Camp then you should climb steep to the Mongla Dannda. The trail drops to the Forche Thanga then after gradually climb up to Dole. You should walk through the Rhododendron forest sometimes. Stay overnight at Dole.

Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machermo

Trek to Machermo. The day walks just about three hours like a rest day. The trail very much gradual climb. You may visit to the HRA office if you want. The Doctor will brief you about the altitude sickness. You do not need to worry about the sickness, sometimes they make the tourist afraid. Stay overnight at Machermo.

Day 08: Trek from Machermo To Gokyo

Trek to Gokyo. This is the most important day you book the trip for. It takes about four to five hours walk to reach the Gokyo. Gokyo Vally trek is a very nice because of the lakes in high altitude places. There are several lakes  around and the plenty of hotels to stay. The trail more gradual to reach to Gokyo. You can see the magnificent view of Choyu over eight thousand meter height. Enjoy the view of Gokyo and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Gokyo

Rest day at Gokyo. Today you need the rest. It means the acclimatization. You should hike to the Gokyo RI, takes about three hours to get to the top. The incredible views, you feel really the different world from the top. You can see the views of over eight thousand meters mountain views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and the Choyu just in front of you. Take all the views of mountain, Gokyo valley and the lovely view of Gokyo lake, then back to the Gokyo , have lunch then after looking around the lakes and the surrounding hills. Stay overnight at Gokyo.

Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Thagnak

Trek to Thagnak. Today, you have very short and easy trek just about three hours walk. The trail climbs up in the beginning, then drop down a bit and walk on Glacier. You should be careful while you walk on the glacier. Enjoy the incredible view of Choyu, stay overnight at Thagnak.

Day 11: Trek from Thagnak to Zongla to Lobuche

Trek to Chola, Zongla then Lobuche. Today you have a hard day and must be tired after seven eight hour walk. You should  start early in the morning around four five o’clock. The trail climbs up in the beginning, then drop down a bit afterwards you should be climb until the top of Chola. You should be careful while you take near to the top because of the narrow trail, rocky and it may fall down the stones. After getting to the top of Chola take photographs with your friends and your fellow guide and porters. You should drop down from the top until to Zongla enjoying the magnificent views of Amadoblam, Nuptche, Everest, Makalu and other several surrounding peaks then enjoy the lunch at Zongla. After that you should manage enough time to reach at Lobuche. The trail nice and easy to get to Lobuche, takes about three hours and stay overnight at Lobuche.

Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep to EBC

Trek to Gorak Shep. The trail continues to Gorak Shep at 5160m. It takes approximately three hours gradual climb. Once you arrive at Gorak Shep, you should prepare to go to the Everest Base Camp. The trail more likely rocks, narrow and sometimes windy as well. Today will fulfill your dream. You had very hard time to come to Nepal not only that you dream to do the Everest Base Camp once in your lifetime. Take photograph with the group and your friends, then back the same way to Gorakhshep and stay overnight at Gorak Shep.

Day 13: Hike to Kalapathar, Trek back to Pheriche

Today hike to Kalapathar (Black Rock) at 5545m early in the morning then trek back to Pheriche. Kalapathar is like a small peak offers the best view of Everest without climbing it. The view of Everest is pretty close from the Kalapathar, take some photograph, it must  memorable, then back down to Gorekhshep have breakfast the trek back down until to Pheriche and stay overnight there.

Day 14: Trek from Pheriche to Namchebazaar

Trek to Namchebazaar. Today you feel much better when you descent already from the Everest Base Camp. You have to back the same way passing through the Pangboche, Tengboche, Fungethanga, Lausasa and Kyanjuma. You may see some wild animal and birds if you are lucky. Himalayan Thar, Blue Ship and Musk Deer can see around. The national bird of Nepal Lhophophoras (Danphe) also can see near to the Namchebazaar. You can explore sometimes in Namchebazaar again if you arrive earlier and  manage your time then stay overnight at Namchebazaar.

Day 15: Trek back from Namche to Lukla

Trek back to Lukla. Today is your last day trek. You should walk all the way to Lukla mostly the downhill, passes so many country sites and villages like Jorsalle, Monju, Banker, Phakding, Ghat and some more towns. You had a last night in the mountain, get to gather with your friends and stay overnight at Lukla.

Day 16: Fly back from Lukla tom Kathmandu

Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu. Most of the time you have a  morning flight so you should be prepared to go to the airport on time. You should have very nice and 45 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu. Our guide still with you to drop you to the hotel in Kathmandu. Our manager will meet you in the evening then take you for the farewell dinner and drop you to the hotel, stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Departure day

Departure for home. Today our driver will drop you to the International Airport for the final departure. Wish you have a nice and safe journey back home.

Trip Includes:

  • Two nights accommodation in Kathmandu with twin sharing at tourist standard hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
  • All Ground and air transportation.
  • Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek days including tea & coffee (served in a cup).
  • English speaking trekking guide who has been authorized by the government and necessary number of porters(According to the group size) with their insurance, salary,accommodation and meals.
  •  welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural show. (Ethnic music and dance)
  • All the necessary official documents , TIMS Permit,Trekking Permit etc.
  •  Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking Route map.
  • Insurance of Guide and Porters.
  • All require local and government tax.
  • Three nights accommodation at Namche with hot shower and attached bathroom.

Trip Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
  • Meal except Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guide and porters.
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control.
  • Monument entrance fees.

: Sun Glasses

: Scarf Face Mask

: Fleece Bennie

: Sunscreen

: Cap stick

: Hand Towel

: Cold weather Down Jacket

: Wind Stopper

: Rain Coat

: Fleece Jacket and Trouser

: T-shirt (short or long selves)

: Trekking Trousers

: Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom(two pairs)

: Trekking Boots

: Socks and under wears

: Head torch

: Snow Gaiter(depends on trekking region)

: Camel Pack or water bottle

: Trekking Poles

: Day Pack minimum 25 L with side pocket to keep bottle

: Spare batteries for Camera

: Down Jacket

: Sleeping Bag

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