Gokyo Cho la Pass Trek - 18 Days

Gokyo Cho la pass

Gokyo Cho la pass Trek is a standout amongst the most daring trekking Route of the Everest region. You will encounter the strong Himalayan Range through pleasant towns, delightful scenes, various cultures, and old religious communities. No other trek can offer these. In addition, this trek takes you to various and brilliant spots of the well-known Khumbu Region that will give extremely beautiful recollections for a whole lifetime.

Gokyo Chola Pass Trek begins from mountain flight to Lukla. From the bank of Dudhkoshi, the civilization on remoteness influenced by Buddhist culture show you the way. Peace with the scenic beauty of the Everest region makes each moment meaningful.

The glacier lakes Gokyo 1st   (4661m /15,292ft), Gokyo   2nd   (4720m /15485ft), and Gokyo 3rd (4750m /15584ft) with greenish-blue color surrounded by White Mountain have enormous beauty. Ascending and descending trial follows challenging off the beaten road, grandly makes you an adventurous trekker.

The crevices before reaching Chola Pass (5,367m / 17,604ft), holds the most challenging route of the entire trek. The majestic view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Cholatse soar, Lobuche and Baruntse from the peak point of Chola Pass fulfills your thirst for Himalayan beauty.

In short, the Gokyo Chola Pass trek includes Khumbu region exploration with Gokyo lakes, Chola pass, Everest base camp, Kalapather, various Sherpa villages, monasteries, mani walls, and Chorten. The panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Cholatse soar, Lobuche and Baruntse, Kongma La pass, Cholaste peak, Lobuche peak, Mt. Lhoste, Mt. Nuptse, Island peak, Mt Makalu, Baruntse, glacier lakes, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Pokalde peak from a different destination is most amazing.

The critical life on extreme climatic conditions, facility on such a difficult landscape shows more humanity, less business.

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The highlight of Gokyo Cho la Pass  Trek

  • The world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848m above mean sea level)
  • Combination of Nature beauty and Sherpa culture.
  • Can see other peaks Lhotse, Ch Oyo and Makalu higher than 8,000m from Trail.
  • Explore Sherpa village  Khumjung Namche and
  • Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Panda, and Himalayan Monal
  • monastery ( Porste and Khumjung)
  • Gokyo lake and other lakes
  • Amazing view from Chola pass and peak Gokyo Ri
  • Everest Base camp

Itinerary

Gokyo Chola pass trekking outline itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 : World heritage sightseeing. Trek preparation.
Day 03 : Fly to Lukla (2886m/9,437 ft). Trek to Banker (2698m /8,822 ft.), 5 hours
Day 04 : Trek to Namche (3450m./11,249 ft.), 6 hours
Day 05 : Trek to Khumjung (3789m) via Sengboche hill, 3 hours
Day 06 : Trek to Dole village (4040m/13,211 ft), 6 hours
Day 07 : Trek to Machhermo village (4150m/13,571 ft), 4 hours
Day 08 : Trek to Gokyo village (4750m/15,533 ft), 5 hours
Day 09 : Gokyo valley and glacier lakes excursion day !
Day 10 : Trek to Thagnak (4661m / 15,241 ft), 5 hours
Day 11 : Dzongla (4830m/15,794 ft) via Cho La Pass (5330m/17,429 ft), 6 hours
Day 12 : Trek to Lobuche (4930m/16,121 ft), 4 hours
Day 13 : Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,540 ft) , 7 hours
Day 14 : Hike to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,132 ft). Descend to Pheriche (4243m.), 9 hours
Day 15 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/12,249 ft), 5 hours
Day 16 : Trek to to Lukla (2886 m/9,337 ft.), 6 hours
Day 17 : Scenic mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 18 : Final departure from Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu and Check into Hotel

As you arrive on Tribhuvan International airport: Kathmandu Nepal, our company member will welcome you and drop you to hotel. In the evening, you will have welcome dinner in cultural restaurant. Meeting with guide and discussion about trip can be done on the mean time.
Night stay at hotel

Day 2
World heritage sightseeing and trek preparation.

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal, rich in both cultural and historical beauty. We will manage our time to visit the most important location listed in world cultural heritages. Starting from Bouddhanath, we will visit Pashupatinath, Shyambunath and Kathmandu Durbar square on the second day of Gokyo Cho la pass trek. Since we have to prepare for trek, we will come to Thamel from Ktm durbar square and star our preparation.
Night stay in hotel.

Day 3
Fly to Lukla (2886m/9,437 ft). Trek to Pakhding (2698m /8,822 ft.), 5 hours

We will leave hotel of Kathmandu and head towards Tribhuvan International airport in the early morning for Lukla flight. The short mountain flight (40min) lands you on Lukla, the gateway of Everest region.
The glimpse of Himalayan beauty from the flight, and scenic beauty of Lukla will definitely give glow in you. After having breakfast in Lukla, we will start our walk. Descending from Lukla, we will pass villages, mani walls, chorten and reach the bank of Dudhkoshi. The burble of dudhkoshi increases as we cross suspension bridges.
After around 4 hours of walk on the bank of Dudhkoshi, we will reach Pakhding and stop our walk. Pakhding is beautiful village on DudhKoshi valley, Khumbu region. It serves good accomdation.
Night stay in tea house of Pakhding.

Day 4
Trek from Pakhding to Namche (3450m /11,249 ft.), 6 hours

After having breakfast in Pakhding, we begin our walk towards Namche. Uphills, stony path, crossing suspension bridge and enjoying the rhododendron forest we will enter Sagarmatha national park, Manjo village. Take permit and start walk on pine trial. The cold wind, fluttering prayers flag, Chorten, and mani walls fills joy in us.
Namche, the thamel of Himalaya arrives as we complete a long walk on off road. The highest mountain around Namche, the beautiful houses, market and hospitality of Sherpa welcomes us. Choosing one of the tea house, we will take rest and have food.
Night stay in tea house of Namche bazzar.

Day 5
Trek to Khumjung (3789m) via Sengboche hill, 3 hours

As soon we finish breakfast, our trial begins towards Khumjung. Leaving Namche behind, we walk uphills, the narrow path in-between rocky walls. The green forest along the path gives freshness. The more we ascend upward, downward scenery becomes more attractive. You will have Everest view along with many Snowy mountain far away in horizon.
Slowly we decend down to Khumjung, the valley on high altitude with glimpse of white Himalaya and green mountain around. After having lunch in Khumjung we will walk towards Sangboche. Passing the educational institude, hostel, Sengboche airport, and visit Khumjung village. We will also Interact with local people, enjoy with beauty of place. We will walk only around 3 hours so that our body will rest and acclimatize.
Night stay in Khumjung

Day 6
Trek to Dole village (4040m/13,211 ft), 6 hours

As we leave Khumjung, the view of different mountain ranges along with of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Tamserkhu makes the moment precious. At the beginning we will have narrow trail, afterward have wide path with staircase ascending and descending along with respected landscape.
We will reach Mong village, have lunch and began our walk. The rhododendron forest, Himalayan glimpse remain in our surrounding. We will walk downhill the following staircase and reach Dole village and enjoy its amazing beauty. After around 6 hours of walk from Khumjung, we will reach Dole village.
Night stay in Dole village.

Day 7
Trek to Machhermo village (4150m/13,571 ft), 4 hours

Day by day we will ascend to high elevation until we reach Gokyo. Today’s trial is less challenging then previous days. We will leave Dole village and start walk above tree line. The reduced vegetation, rocky surrounding begins as we move forward.
The glorious view of snowcapped Cho Oyu, fifth highest peak of the world adds beauty of the place. The straight path gives us comfort even we will be in high altitude. After around four hour of walk we will reach Machhermo village, surrounded by white Himalaya.
Night stay in tea house of Machhermo.

Day 8
Trek to Gokyo village (4750m/15,533 ft), 5 hours

Our trail begins with ascending path over rocks. The chortens, Phang village passes and the area of Dudh Koshi valley seems more expanding with increase in elevation. The scenic beauty includes the largest glacier of the world Ngozumba glacier towards the south.
The wonderful Longpunga tho, (1st gokyo lake), Taujung Tsho (2nd Gokyo lake and Gokyo Tsho (3rd Gokyo lake) gives majestic view from the hill top. We will descend to Gokyo valley – a small village settled on the bank of Gokyo lake.
Night stay in tea house of Gokyo lake.

Day 9
Gokyo valley and glacier lakes excursion day!

Today we will take a break, a rest day for exploring Gokyo lakes. We will climb Gokyo ri (Gokyo peak, 5360m) early in the morning. Enjoy the sunrise view along with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu from the summit.
After having breakfast we will visit Gokyo valley. We will spend enough time on the bank of all three Gokyo lakes: Longpunga lake, Taujung lake and Gokyo lake.
Night saty in teak house of Gokyo lake

Day 10
Trek to Thagnak (4661m / 15,241 ft), 5 hours

From Gokyo lake we will descend to Taujung lake and trek towards Thaknak. The path is less challenging and totally with non-green surrounding. You will pass nearby Ngozumba glacier. The snowcapped hills surrounds you.
Around five hours of walk on rocky trial, moranes and snowy path we will reach Thagnak.
Night stay in Thagnak

Day 11
Dzongla (4830m/15,794 ft) via Cho La Pass (5330m/17,429 ft), 6 hours

The most challenging trail of the trek comes while we start our walk from Thaknak. We will leave thaknak before 6 am and start our walk on rocky trial, the fluttering player flag from Cho la Pass welcomes us. The panaromic view of Mt. Everest, Cholatse soar, Ama Dablam, Baruntse, Lobuche from Cho La Pass (5330m / 17, 429ft) will makes our more special.
As we leave Cho la pass, we should become very careful while crossing crevaces (snow cracks). Up hills and downhills on rocky trail takes us to Dzongla (4830m / 15, 794 ft), a small valley on Khumbu region.
Night stay in tea house of Dzongla

Day 12
Trek to Lobuche (4930m/16,121 ft), 4 hours

We will start our trek after having breakfast in Dzongla. The moranes, glacier lakes, view of Cholatse and Taboche peaks pass behind us as our walk proceed forward. The great Ama Dablam smile to us before we reach the end point of Khumbu Glacier valley, Lobuche.
The frequent wind, non – green, rocky surrounding is common feature of Lobuche.
Night stay in Lobuche.

Day 13
Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,540 ft) , 7 hours

After having breakfast in Labuche we will ascend toward Gorekshep, The last settlement below Everest base camp. Passing the moranes, enjoying the close up view of Mt. Pumori, and Nuptse, we will reach Gorekshep.
We will take rest, have lunch and start our walk towards Everest base camp leaving our backpack in the room of Gorekshep tea house. After around 45min we will reach Everest base camp, the foot of Mount Everest. The pleasing moment definitely spread joy and happiness on you as you step on Everest base camp.
Following the moranes, walking on snow and rocky trial, we will return to Gorekshep after spending enough time on Everest Base camp. Since the wind blows hardly and temperature falls very low, we should not spend more hours on Everest base camp.
Night stay on Gorekshep.

Day 14
Hike to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,132 ft). Descend to Pheriche (4243m.), 9 hours

With the aim of reaching Kala patthar before sunrise, we will wake up in sharp morning, 4am and ascend towards Kalapatthar. The snowy surrounding, walk on the mountain makes you more adventurous treker. The morning view of Mt. Everest close to you, rising sun behind the mountain will be much attractive beyond the imazination.
After stepping on Kalapatther, we will take photographs and video of majestic view of Mt Everest, sunrise and the divine snowy surrounding then return back to Gorekshep.
We will leave Gorekshep, and descend towards Pheriche. The more we descend down the glorious view of Mt Everest goes far from us. Until we are in Khumbu region, the snowcapped peaks always remain around us and our eyes will pleasantly view the glory of wonderful scenery throughout our trek.
Night stay in Pheriche.

Day 15
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/12,249 ft), 5 hours

After having breakfast with Mountain View from Pheriche, we will descend down to Namche Bazzar. Passing different villages Monasteries, mani walls and Chorten we will reach Namche after around 5 hours.
Night stay in Namche Bazzar.

Day 16
Trek to to Lukla (2886 m/9,337 ft.), 6 hours

The descending path remains quite easy, after leaving Himalayan Thamel, Namche. Passing Manjo village, and Sagarmatha national park, we will reach down to Pakhding. The trail on the bank of Dudhkoshi, many times over suspension bridges we will reach Lukla.
Night stay in Lukla

Day 17
Scenic mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Depending on the time of Flight, we will wake up earlier and return to Kathmandu with mountain Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. The long Journey to Gokyo, Chola pass successfully come to the end point after landing Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu.
We will check into a hotel and take rest. In the evening you will have farewell dinner with company members.
Night stay in Hotel.

Day 18
Final departure from Kathmandu.

One of our company member will drop you to Airport and remain with you until your flight. The Gokyo Cho la pass trek completes as you depart from Nepal.

Price Includes:

  • Airport pickup and drop by private car/Van/Bus
  • • Two night **star Category accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed n breakfast
  • • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Kathmandu
  • • Three meals a (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • • All accommodations during the trek. (Toilet will be outside from your room)
  • • All necessary paper works Everest National park entry permit
  • • Trekking information management system (Tims) permit
  • • A helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, well English speaking trained, government license holder guide With all his salary, food, drinks and insurance.
  • • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • • Trekking route map
  • • Domestic Airport tax
  • sleeping Bag, Filling water bottle & Water purification tablet

Price doesn't Include:

  • Nepal entry visa fee $40
  • • International airfare/Your Travel insurance
  • • Lunch/ Dinner in Kathmandu
  • • Meniral water/bottles drinks/Sweets things during the trek.
  • • Hot shower/Battery charge /WI-FI for camera during the trek
  • • Tips for guide.
What is the highest elevation we reach?

The maximum elevation we have to reach is 54260 meter/ 17783 feet of a Cho La pass and 5545 meters/ 18193 feet on Kalapather. You don’t have to be worried with high elevation because we will do acclimatization in Namche and Gokyo Lake.

How hard is Cho La pass trek?

Comparatively, Cho La pass trek is quite tough trail then other classic treks cause of crossing the high elevation, glacier, slippery ice path and rocky trail. You should be fit and fine both mentally and physically, then it’s gone to be nothing regarding to difficulties.

How many day does it take?

Actually, we have 18 days plan with including trekking and tour. But if you want then you can also customize your trip according to your holidays. If you are fit then you can also do Cho La Pass in 15 Days. But in general all trekking companies has 13-15 days trekking plan excluding Kathmandu tour.

Do we need previous trekking experience?

Yes, we highly recommend to do some minor hike before the Cho la pass trek. So that it would be easy for you to understand about the trek which makes you mentally fit. And the other reason is, we are going to do trekking at high altitude. So if you have a trekking experience then it will be not that much difficult than doing trekking for the first time.

Can I get the private trek?

Yes, you can do a private trek with your own Guide and potters. Private trek is quite good because you can customize the trip as per your requirement. Normally private trek is for thus trekkers who don’t have a time to join another group or if they have their own group.

What kind of accommodation do we aspect?

In Kathmandu we have a nice room with the Breakfast but on trek we will have basic room even bathroom will be outside. We promise you that we will provide you neat and clean room in Mountain. In mountain, a room will be with bed only and even for charging the gadget you will have to go into the dining hall and have to pay a certain amount.

Is there charging and shower facilities?

Yes, you will get the charging and shower facilities in every hotel. But it is not free because the hotel has to pay a very high amount for use of electricity. The charging cost depends on area. In low altitude the cost is around 2-3 USD for per gadget, but in high altitude you should pay around 3-5 USD per hours. In case of Shower, hotel use gas shower and cost per shower is 5-7 USD. The gas brought by hotel is from the city so the transportation cost is high. Therefore we have to pay a certain amount for Shower and Charging.

Can we see Mount Everest from Cho la pass?

Yes, we can see the amazing view of Mount Everest from Cho La pass. Not only from Cho la pass, we can see the mount Everest from Sangbuche, Tangbuche and from Kalapather as well.

What time do we need to wake up for Cho la pass day?

The day of Cho la pass is quite tough day, then other days. You have to wake up around 3:30 AM and start to climb from 4:00 AM with head lamps. The weather will be very cold on that day so you have to prepare very well because your porter will take your bag ahead than you, so you have to keep gloves, warm wool hat, water bottle, some chocolate and sun cream with you.

Does every trekker get the altitude sickness during Cho la pass trek?

No, all trekkers will not get altitude sickness during Cho La pass trek. Only few trekkers may get the altitude sickness. If you drink water, sleep and acclimatize properly, then you can do the trek very easily. If you suffer from high altitude, then please don’t climb up. You should come back to low altitude and acclimatize your body by resting for a day or more. If you get better then climb to high altitude again. But when condition does not become well, please follow the guide instruction otherwise your body condition may turns to worse.

What is the process of the trip booking?

The process of trip booking is not tough, you just have to choose your trip date and tell to us about your desire of trekking. We will arrange you all things required for booking. But you have to book the trip one month earlier cause of Lukla Flight. To confirm the booking you have to send 20% of the total cost in advance, passport and insurance copy.

What are the payment mode?

The payment mode is bank transfer and western union for advance payment and the rest of the amount can be paid for us in cash on arrival.

Gokyo Cho la pass trek is an adventurous trek in the Khumbu region Nepal. It offers an exploration of Gokyo lakes (Gokyo 1st – Longpunga Lake, Gokyo 2nd Taujung lake and Gokyo 3rd, Gokyo lake), Gokyo Ri, Cho La pass, Everest base camp and Kalapather, the hidden treasure of the Everest region.

Total 17 nights 18 days long trip, Gokyo Cho la pass comprises 3 nights 4 days in Kathmandu (arrival day, Kathmandu day tour – 2nd day and second last day after returning from Lukla and last day – departure day). Rest of the 14 nights and 14 days will be in trekking sites, Khumbu region.

The difficulty range of Gokyo Cho la pass trek is high, as you have to face extreme temperature, rocky off roads, snow-covered crevices, and a windy atmosphere. Although the weather and landscape remain challenging, the services of accommodation on such a high elevation remains much supportive. You will not spend any night in tents. All days and nights will be facilitated with good food and warm rooms for night stay.

Brief information regarding services available in trekking sites are:

Accommodation

Tea houses with clean rooms and good food are available. The attached bathroom is found up to Namche Bazaar. Above Namche Bazaar, the bathroom will be a bit far from room. You will get a twin sharing room.

Food

Varieties of food items are available. Generally, Nepali food, Chinese food, and Indian food are common. In Breakfast, you will commonly have tea, coffee, bread, egg items, porridge, pasta, curry, fruits, etc in the menu. Similarly Nepali thali (rice, lentil, curry, pickles and pappad), momo. Chowmein, pasta, pizza, etc is found for Lunch and dinner. We suggest you eat veg items to maintain your health.

Drinks

Soft drinks including tea, coffee, milkshake, cane juice and hot lemon. Don’t think about taking hard drinks before completing the trek. You will be unable to walk at high altitude in case you drink hard drinks.

Charging gadgets

You can charge your gadget in the dining hall of tea houses. Your bedroom will not be facilitated for charging gadgets. Even you should pay around 5 $ for charging each gadget. Some tea house may charge per hour of charging.

Shower

You will get the facility of a hot shower in all tea house but have to pay around 5$ extra.

Mobile tower

The mobile tower is available in EBC and places below Tanbuche.

WI-FI is available in all tea houses. You should buy data card for using WI-FI.

Transportation

Private car or taxi will be available to reach the hotel from the airport and vice–versa. We will reach Lukla on a mountain flight from Kathmandu and do the same while returning as well. From Lukla, the entire trek is done on foot. In case any emergency arises we may do a Helicopter tour or return back in Heli as an option.

Visa

You can come to Nepal on a tourist visa. If there comes any difficulties, you can take visa in Tribhuvan International airport. For the Gokyo Cho La pass trek you should take a visa of 1 month because 15 days visa will be insufficient.

More Information

  • General Clothing recommended
  • Warm jacket – down jacket,
  • Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
  • Long-sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Hat, a pair of gloves and a scarf.
  • Comfortable hiking trousers. (loose fitting)
  • Shorts and trousers, or a skirt.
  • 2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks.
  • 2 pairs of running socks or liner socks.
  • Proper hiking boots.
  • Running shoes and flip-flops.
  • 2-3 T-shirts.
  • Water bottle.
  • Altitude Sickness

This is a kind of illness that is caused by ascent to high altitudes. The symptoms will occur within 6 to 24 hours of achieving a high altitude. Altitude sickness is fatal and can result in death if not treated in time. You need to stay alert to any of the symptoms that occur.

Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Upset stomach
  • Feeling unsteady
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased heart rate
  • Difficulty sleeping

An effective measure to recover from early AMS

If you happen to notice any of the symptoms, follow the guideline mentioned below-

  • Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  • Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  • Take complete rest until you feel well
  • Do not exercise
  • Do not smoke
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  • Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no improvement in your health within 48 hours, you will have to be immediately deported to the city for medical support.

Preventive Measures

There is no way to train your body prior to trekking so as to adapt to the high altitude. Some ways in which you can prevent it are as follows:

  • Take plenty of rest
  • Ascend slowly and gradually as you reach higher
  • keep yourself hydrated
  • Eat high-calorie food
  • Do not smoke, drink or consume tranquilizing medicines

Permits of Gokyo Chola pass trek

Sagarmatha National park permit and Pasang Lamu Rular Muncipility entrance fee are required permits.

  • Insurance

During times of emergencies like acute altitude sickness or a natural calamity, you might have to be immediately deported in a helicopter. The cost of such deportation is covered by health insurance that needs to be purchased before you start the trek.

Trekking option

  • Solo trekking with private guide and porter.
  • Trekking with the only Guide.
  • Trekking with Guide and porter.
  • Trekking in Group with guide & Porter

  Important Note:-

  • You have to send us your passport copy to book flight to Lukla.
  • You must have an increase which is cover evacuation.
  • We use the mountain Flight so sometimes it may be canceled due to bad weather. In such condition, we will change your plan for next day.
  • You will not get the luxury hotel in the trail. So you have to adjust whatever you get but we promise you that we will prioritize you a clean room.
  • Please carry your valuable think with you don’t put in potter bag.
  • Before taking the photographs you should take the permission
  • Avoid bargaining.

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Gokyo Cho la Pass Trek
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