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Gokyo Lake - Chola Pass - Everest Base Camp (18 Days)

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Trip Highlights

Duration: 18 Days

Type of Trek: Tea house / Camping

Max Altitude: 5545 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Flight

Grade: Moderate

Gokyo-Chola Pass with Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging trekking in Everest region which takes you to the base camp of Mount Everest.

This Gokyo Chola Pass gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu valley famed for the high mountain villages, charming Sherpa lifestyles and majestic mountains including Mount Everest (8,848 m.). The Gokyo Chola Pass is a strenuous trek leading to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La at 5,430m making a circuit of Tawache (6,367m.) and Cholatse (6,440m). Emerging into the Khumbu valley above Lobuje the trail continues up to Kala Patthar and then back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche Bazaar. The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4750m) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes and on the ridge above Gokyo, the four peaks above 8000m of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu expose themselves. In addition to this you can have a look at the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (7922m), considered one of the most dramatic panoramas in the Khumbu region. There are many options for additional exploration and high-altitude walking, including the crossing of Cho La, a 5420m-high pass into Khumbu and a hike to Gokyo Ri. Breathtaking mountain vistas are complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries offering you an insight into the quiet, but culturally vibrant Sherpa way of life.

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Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) takes about 35 minutes. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) takes about 5 to 5 and half hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3739m) takes about 4 hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Thame to Khumjung [3790m] takes about 5 hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Khumjung to Dole (4040m) takes about 5 hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machermo (4410m) takes about 3 hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Machermo to Gokyo (4750m) takes about 4 hours. Stay overnight at lodge.  

Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5340m) and trek back to Thangna (4650m) via Gokyo village takes about four and half hours.  Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843m.) via Chola pass (5420m.) takes about 5 and half hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Gorakshep (5180m.) via Lobuche takes about 5 hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5337m.) and back to Gorakshep takes about 4 and half hours. You return to Gorakshep to stay overnight.

Day 14: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4250m.) takes about 6 and half hours. Stay over night at lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3850m.) takes about 4 hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) takes about 4 hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 17: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) takes about six hours. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.

Day 18: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu takes about 35 minutes.

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) takes about 30 minutes.

Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) takes approximately three hours. You begin the trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi river. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) takes about 5 to 5 and half hours.

This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and excursion around the places.

For acclimatization you can walk up to Khunde hospital which was set-up by the late Sir Edmund Hillary or enjoy a one hour walk to Syangboche (3800m.), where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse,Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3739m) takes about 4 hours.

From Namche the route heads west and the trail is almost level as you head up the Bhote Koshi Valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. After descending to the Bhote Kosi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north, Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Thame Gompa is situated above the village overlooking the valley and is the site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Thame to Khumjung [3790m] takes about 5 hours.

You retrace your route back down the Bhote Kosi Valley towards Namche and branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village which also has its own Gompa at the top end of town. Here you have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Khumjung to Dole (4040m) takes about 5 hours.

Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. The trail then descends slightly towards Sanasa before ascending up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you can see panoramic views of various mountains. Your trail then steeply descends passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4410m) takes about 3 hours.

From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley you can view the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) takes about 4 hours.

Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly. You then climb a steep rocky path incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.). The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley.

Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide services to trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of the Ngozumba glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can also make a side trip to Firth Lake via Forth Lake. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5340m) and trek back to Thangna (4650m) via Gokyo village takes about four and half hours.

Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region. Some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After lunch, it is a short walk to the village of Thangna, situated at the shore of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843m.) via Chola pass (5420m.) takes about 5 and half hours.

First you ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. Most of the time the Chola pass is covered with blue ice giving you a chill feeling. Here, you can also enjoy the panoramic views of various mountains. The trail then descends steeply for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Dzonglo to Gorakshep (5180m.) via Lobuche takes about 5 hours.

From Dzongla the trail descends and ascends gently and contours around the west side of the Lobuche Khola, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. The trail coming from Pheriche meets at the Lobuche Khola (Lobuche Stream). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5337m.) and back to Gorakshep takes about 4 and half hours.

While trekking to Everest Base Camp you pass on a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, you can meet expedition teams on their way to Everest Base Camp. On the return leg, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. You return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight.

Day 14: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and then to Pheriche (4250m.) takes about 6 and half hours.

Early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) to enjoy the view of the spectacular sunrise up over the mountains. From Kala Patthar you have panoramic views of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Thamserku. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. Stay over night at lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3850m.) takes about 4 hours.

To reach Tyangboche you pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have the highest permanent settlement throughout the year in the Khumbu region. Upon your arrival at Tyangboche village, you come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) takes about 4 hours.

From Tyangboche, the trail descends steeply and then slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m.) crossing the Dudh Koshi. Now you have a glimpse of the panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell Tibetan goods. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 17: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) takes about six hours.

The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.

Day 18: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu takes about 35 minutes.

The price includes the following services:

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off services by vehicle
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (one porter carries 25 kgs of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including fresh fruits, 3 times tea/coffee every day and drinking water
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trek
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and trekking sticks if required
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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Clients Reviews

Gokyo and EBC with family - Outstanding!!!

(5/5)

We have just returned from an 18 day trek to Gokyo and Everest Base Camp. We travelled as two families with four children aged from 10 years to 15 years old. We had originally planned to trek from Gokyo to Lobuche via the Cho La Pass, but on the advise of our wonderful guide we amended our plans and trekked via Phortse, Pangboche and Dingboche instead. Definitely the right choice when we spoke to others who had attempted the pass - very icy.

We cannot speak highly enough of Hari - he was an amazing guide. Always willing to share his expertise, with over 30 years of guiding. He knew all the best places to stay, and acquired the best rooms for us (some even with an ensuite toilet!!). He gave wise advice on staying fit and healthy, to the extent that no-one went down with gastro, and we all acclimatised well to the altitude with a sensible pace. We would absolutely recommend taking Environmental Treks - Nava gave great advice before we left, as there were concerns regarding the aftermath of the earthquake. We needn't have worried as lodges and tracks to Gokyo and EBC were all in excellent condition. Hari somehow engineered a special meal for us to celebrate Christmas - greatly appreciated and fondly remembered. Thanks for your leadership and friendship Hari - if you're travelling with kids then your best move would be to ask for Hari.

Visited December 2015

Gokoyo and EBC with children - Excellent!

(5/5)

This is the second time we've used Environmental Treks and Expeditions for a family trek in Nepal. The first time was in December 2010 (2 adults 2 children aged 6 and 8) when we trekked to Annapurna Sanctuary. This most recent trek in December 2015 was with another family (see AndrewJR105 review below) to Gokyo and Everest Base Camp. Although there was an earthquake earlier in 2015, the Everest region received only a little damage, and the overwhelming majority of the places we saw on our 18 day trek were in excellent condition - the lodges were clean and well maintained, with food very well prepared. Our guide (Hari Krishna Sapkota), with more than 30 years experience, selected outstanding places to stay, gave advice on food and walking, and managed the porters and logistics. Nava, the owner of the trekking company, was professional, gave good advice and briefing before and after the trek, making sure personally that everything was properly taken care of. Email interactions with them are fast and comprehensive. We've trekked in Nepal 7+ times over the past 25 years, and have seen many different organisations and guides over the years. We returned to Environmental Treks & Expeditions because of their high professionalism and organisation, experience and advice and quality of guides - Nava really cares about his clients, and for family groups he and his guides pay special attention re safety and enjoyment. We'll never forget the special Christmas meal of chicken curry that Hari arranged, or his gentle but firm guiding and leadership. Thanks for a fantastic trek!

Visited December 2015

Dear Nava!

(5/5)

Like every time we have had a wonderful trekking in the mountains, also in the remote area like Timlingtar. Very well recommended!

Best regards,

Andreas Stimm (The Netherlands)
Dewein Cornelia(Germany)
04/12/2011

Wonderful 25 days of trekking.......

(5/5)

Thank you very much for a wonderful 25 days of trekking upto Gokyo, Cho La Pass, Everest bae Camp (EBC) and Kala Patthar. Our guide Bhim Prasad paneru is a very Knowledgeable( he knows all the mountains name, heights etc, cultural places as well as other into about his country), capable and extremely friendly and charming. He always tried his best to make our trip pleasant and enjoyable. Nepal is a most beautiful country and the secenery and nature wonders are simply best of this world.

Wishing Nava + his company and Bhim all the very best for the future.We hope to come bach to Nepal for more exploring and trekking one day.........soon!!

Also a big thank you to Ramesh, who showed us all the interesting places in and around Kathmandu and gave us a lot of extra information. Sorry for asking a million and one questions....

Petra Schonlau
Daniel Schonlau
Cape Town, South Africa
02/05/2011

GOKYO + EBC

(5/5)

Nava,
Thank you for arranging a wonderful trek! We planned a 16 days trek to Gokyo+Everest Base Camp which I managed to finish 3 days ahead of schedule!
Than you again for your work responses to e-mail and for being so helpful and responsive to my requests while I was traveling + trying to plan my trek! I will not hesitate to recommend your services to my friends around the world 

Russell Porter
Australia/USA
8th Sep.2010 – 21st Sep.2010

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