EVEREST CHOLA PASS & GOKYO TREK

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  • DURATION19 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELFairly Strenuous
  • GROUP SIZE1-14
  • MAX ALTITUDE5555

Highlights

  • Pass over the Cho la, the high pass
  • Scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla
  • Visit Namche and Khumjung village
  • Visit Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar
  • You have unforgettable views of Khumbu Ice fall

Trip Overview

Everest Cho la pass and Gokyo is an amazing trek in Khumbu region that covers the Everest Base Camp, Chola pass, Gokyo valley and Gokyo Ri and offers jaw dropping scenes and sceneries of majestic mountains and opportunity to sneak amazing paradise of steep cliffs, landscapes, including beautiful villages of legendary Sherpa, explore their culture, rituals, lifestyles and enjoy with the local dishes and more. A high and breathless trail that links EBC over Cho la pass to Gokyo valley which is superb place for sneaking over the knife-edge ridge between Cholatse and Kangchung.

Everest Cho la pass Gokyo is adventure trekking journey into high Himalaya and we have 19 days itinerary for this adventure that includes arrival and departure days to and from Nepal plus a day tour in Kathmandu. The real trek starts after the short flight to Lukla and continue through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengbuche, Dingbuche, Lobuche, Gorekshep, Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar view point, Dzongla, Chola pass, Thangnak and finally reach Gokyo Lake. You will then climb Gokyo Ri retrace back to Namche via Machchermo and dole and trek down to Lukla and flight back to Kathmandu.

You summit on the top of the Cho La pass to have superb views of majestic Himalayas including of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), including Mt. Ama Dablam (6,856 m), Mt. Lingterin (6,679 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,723 m), Mt. Cholaste (6,335 m) to name a few, that Ngozumpa Glacier that cuts across in front like a massive tear in the landscape, moreover in the dawn you have superb views of Himalayas.

You also visit the Everest base camp, Kalapattar and Gokyo lakes and valleys in this 19 days adventurous Everest Chola pass Gokyo trek. Further, you also have sceneries of incredible landscapes, rocky hills, you also have an opportunity to spend time in the beautiful villages legendary Sherpa, explore their culture, rituals, lifestyles and enjoy with the local dishes and delicacies.

Itinerary

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On your arrival at Kathmandu airport you will be met & greeted by our airport representative and he will transfer you to hotel.

Your evening is free and after you’ve refreshed and you can go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the surroundings.

  • Hotel
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

After having breakfast at hotel, you go for full day tour in Kathmandu and you will be escorted by a professional tour guide.

The tour include visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Bouddhanath stupa and Pasupatinath temple and all these places are UNESCO cultural heritage sites in Nepal.

You will return to hotel and have some time to shop trekking hear around Thamel if you required.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

The trek starts after having breakfast at lodge and the trek goes following the Dudh Koshi River and by crossing it few times. You enter to the park in Jorsale where you also have lunch.

You trek to Namche and after few hours walking Namche Bazar will appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2600
  • Phakding

The trek starts after having breakfast at lodge and the trek goes following the Dudh Koshi River and by crossing it few times. You enter to the park in Jorsale where you also have lunch.

You trek to Namche and after few hours walking Namche Bazar will appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3440
  • Namche Bazaar

This is your first rest day on adventure Everest Chola pass trek for acclimatization and you walk up to Khhumjung village through Everest view Hotel. You will see the beautiful view of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest during the hike.

The Khhumjung is densely populated by Sherpa community and there is an old monastery as well so, we visit that as well then return to Namche for overnight stay.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3440
  • Namche Bazaar

The trek starts after breakfast at lodge. The trek goes through ridge and level mountain path that offers excellent panoramas of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangaru. After walking few hours on flat Zigzags, you descend to the river to arrive at Phunki Tenga, you also have lunch in Phunko Tenga.

You then start trek to Tengbuche through Rhododendron forest. Check into lodge in Tengbuche and you can go to visit the Monastery in the evening.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3867
  • Tyanbgboche

The trek starts after breakfast at lodge. You descends through Rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola and cross suspension bridge on it. You trek passing by a long Mani stone wall to enter the village of Pangboche.

The trekking route continue through summer pastures to Dingboche village, on reaching in Dingbuche, check in to lodge and evening is free.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 4260
  • Dingbuche

Today is the remarkable acclimatization day in Dingbuche village. You have some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge.

You can walk to Chukum and return to Dingbuche for the acclimatization or alternatively there is small hills around like Nagarjan hill that you can hike.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 4260
  • Dingbuche

You have breakfast at lodge and start the trek, the trek today leads north for up to 50-minutes until you come to a Mani-prayer Stupa.

Today's walk offers views of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m) Kongma-tse (5820m) and the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier.

You then continue trek for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, after a short break and continue trek to Lobuche.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 4930
  • Lobuche

You start the trek after breakfast at lodge. The trek goes following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier.

After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, Check into the lodge in Gorekshep and have lunch.

You then start trek to the Everest Base camp for another 2-3 hours. Reach at EVEREST BASE CAMP- WOW!!! Congratulation!!! Your Dream has come true now. After visiting the base camp, you return to Gorekshep to stay overnight.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 5300
  • Gorakshep

You climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) peak early morning to view the sunrise views over the Himalayas that includes the Everest and many high Himalayas then return trek to Gorekshep to have breakfast.

You then start trek to Zongla by taking the same trail to Lobuche and little further down, you then take another route to reach Zongla.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 5545
  • Zongla

The trek starts early morning today as you are going to cross the Cho La pass (5370m), the high pass over the Chola is not a joke, a steep and somewhat difficult ascent of a rocky ridge a few hours. You start by crossing a small glacial stream, and then start climbing up the pass.

You will be treated by views of Ama Dablam, Kantaiega, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse and Baruntse, and to Nangpai Gosain, Pasang Lhamo, and Numbur from the top of Chola Pass.

You then descent to the yak Kharka of Tangnak.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 5370
  • Thangnak

The trek starts after breakfast at lodge. You will cross the Ngozumpa Glacier on a sandy, shifting trail, the frozen lakes creaking below and beside you as you turn way to the other side.

Once back on the main trail to Gokyo, you have an hour's hike past the second lake to the lodge at Gokyo.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 4790
  • Gokyo

You climb to Gokyo Ri in the morning which 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 in the Everest region and return to Gokyo.

You then have short trek to the village of Machhermo and overnight stat at lodge in Machhermo.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 5483
  • Machhermo

You start the trek after breakfast at lodge. The trail today gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga passing through rhododendron forests.

Then the trail immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma following small ups and down to Namche Bazaar.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3440
  • Namche Bazaar

Today is the last day of your adventure Everest Chola pass trek. The trek today is pleasant, except few short uphill climbs and down to the Bhote - Koshi River crossing it few times.

The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2840
  • Lukla

You have an early breakfast and flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu on landing at Kathmandu airport.

The rest of the days is free to explore yourself.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if you could not fly on scheduled date and time, or we can organize you a day tour of Bhaktapur and Patan if you want and you arrive Kathmandu on scheduled dates.

We can also remove this day if you do not have any extra day.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

You be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home.

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What's Included

  • All the airport transfers.
  • 4 nights’ hotel Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
  • Sagarmatha national park entry permits and TIMS permit.
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu) with domestic airport tax.
  • 14 nights’ accommodation on trek in lodge/guest houses.
  • A guide and porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter will carry from 20-25 KG).
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if Necessary (returned after the trek).

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • Travel insurance (compulsory) that covers emergencies and evacuations.
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Your personal expenses/shopping and entrance fees to visit on day 2 in Kathmandu.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate bars and bar bills.
  • Hot shower during the trek.
  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Tips for the guide and staffs.
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section.

Check Available Dates

  • We have set date to departure the Everest Chola pass Gokyo Trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 14 people only so, if you are more than 14 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
  • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date04 Nov, 2020End Date22 Nov, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$1500
Start Date16 Nov, 2020End Date04 Dec, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$1500

Useful Information

Extra nights in Kathmandu pre or post the Everest Chola pass Gokyo Trek

The extra night hotels in Kathmandu is available at US $55.00 per night including breakfast and airport transfers. Let us know if you want to arrive earlier or stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates and need to book extra nights.

Electricity and battery charge facilities in Everest Chola pass Gokyo Trek

The electricity available in Kathmandu and in most of the villages of Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo trek where you can charges your camera/mobile batteries. However, we suggest you to have spare batteries to use in case of unavailability.

Guide and crews on Everest Cho La Pas Gokyo Trek

You have professional tour guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day 02 and trained/certified trek guide for the whole trek who handles the logistics and guide you and your team.

We also provide porters to carry your luggage and there is 1 porter for each 2 members and a porter carry about 20 - 22kg which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

We also provide a Sherpa (assistant guide) when there are 8 or more members for the Everest Chola pass Gokyo trek.

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FAQs

Yes, the domestic flights to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu are included in the itinerary and price of Everest Chola pass Gokyo lake trek.

We book these domestic flights once you book the trek.

No, the International flight to and from Nepal are not included in our itinerary and price of Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo trek and you need to book the international flights yourself.

The Twin Otter airplanes are the only to reach Lukla and return from Lukla. Occasionally, flights to and from Lukla may be cancelled due to unpredictable mountain weather conditions on Everest Chola pass Gokyo Trek So, we have kept one extra free day at the end of the trek to use in the case of a flight delay or cancellation.

If the flights are cancelled for 2 or more days, we charter a helicopter flight to ensure that you are on scheduled flight to your home or other destination. The cost of this extra service is payable directly to our office in Kathmandu in US cash, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only).

A receipt of payment will be provided from which you can claim from your insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of people.

No, you do not have to carry your luggage yourself on Everest Chola pass Gokyo trek as we provide porter to carry your main luggage. You will simply carry a day bag pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. as a small load allows full enjoyment.

Yes, however, the tip for all services provided on Everest Chola pass Gokyo trek is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.

The recommended tip is US$ 5 from each member (of group) for tour guide (day 2) and US $ 3 from each member for driver (day 2) and total of US 125.00 from each member for the trek part to divide to guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling so, our trek guide will give you clearer idea when the trek come to end).

Yes, you need to some extra money to spend in Everest Chola pass trek and the personal expenses on Everest Cho La Pass Trek depend largely on your habit.

All the Accommodation and most of the meals are included in the price. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), snacks, souvenirs, hot shower etc…If you do not drink alcohol and sopping then US $10-12 per day per person should be enough for these expenses.

Yes, you need to have travel insurance to do Everest Chola pass trek in Nepal. In case of a serious sickness or injury while on trek, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital.

You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before departure to Everest Cho La Pass Trek.

Equipment play vital role to have comfortable and successful Everest Cho la pass Gokyo trek. So, you need to pack your trekking gear carefully and pack things that you need and you should not pack anything that you do not need on trek.

To help you to pack your gear for Everest Chola pass gokyo trek, we have given some list that you should not miss while you packing.

General

  • Four seasons sleeping bag (we provide you one if required and it to be returned after the trek).
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep all your gear and this will be carried by the porter.
  • Daypack for yourself to keep your personal things such as camera, water, things that you need for the day and this is carried by you.
  • A small lockable bag to keep your extra stuff that you do not use on trek and this can be kept at the hotel in Kathmandu.
  • A down Jacket (we provide you one if you do not have and it is returned at the end of the trek).
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2-3 pieces
  • Light weight thermal tops
  • A fleece jacket
  • Raincoat (if you are traveling in monsoon time)
  • A pair of quick-drying nylon hiking shorts
  • A pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • Four pairs of liner warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair light trekking shoes or sandals for camp/lodges
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend to consult with your doctor for medication suggestions to take for these regions.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies) - these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm at least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  • Pocket knife
  • Water purification Iodine tablets (optional)
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

You need to obtain some permits to trek to Everest Cho La pass Gokyo Valley Trek which are Sagarmatha National park entry permits, TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permit and another entry permits from Khumbu-Pasang Lhamu rural Municipality. We apply and get all these permits for you once you book the Everest Cho La pass and Gokyo Trek with us.

The best seasons (time) to do Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek are autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until end of May).

The temperatures drop considerably as the trek goes higher on Everest Chola Pass Gokyo Trek. The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C).

The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappearing at night.

You have a good 3 star hotel accommodations for 4 nights in Kathmandu and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for rest of the 14 nights on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek. The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on trek lodge/guest house.

We accommodate you/group in local lodge/guest house available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required number rooms for you/group (rooms cannot be booked in advance in all places). Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Moon light or similar : 4 nights
  • Hotel on Trek Routes- Simple Mountain lodge : 14 nights

Accommodation will be on double/twin share mostly on trekking lodge and single room available in Kathmandu at extra cost.

Note: Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu is available. There are luxury 4 and 5 star hotels available in Kathmandu so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu.

The meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) total of 46 meals on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek is included in our price. The meals are taken in lodges, you have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trail and drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) as well. The drinks are not included in the cost so you can buy them yourself on the available lodge/guest house.

You can bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek since you have normal water for free or you can simply buy bottled water or boiled/safe water to drink

Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately the Everest Cho La Pass Trek is currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those have less mobility.

Please note that a moderate-strong level of fitness is mandatory with daily trekking from between 3 hours to 8 hours for Everest Cho La Pass Trek.

You will reach an altitude of 5,545m above sea level on this trek. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to book our Everest Cho La Pass Trek.