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 Icefall

Trip Overview

Everest Cho la pass and Gokyo is an Amazing trek in the Khumbu region, which covers the EBC, Chola pass, Gokyo valley, and Gokyo Ri. Everest Cho la pass and Gokyo trekking offer jaw-dropping scenes and sceneries of majestic mountains and opportunity to sneak Amazing paradise of 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 a superb place for sneaking over the knife-edge ridge between Cholatse and Kangchung.

Everest Cho la pass Gokyo is an adventure trekking journey into the high Himalayas, 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 continues through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorekshep, Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar viewpoint, 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 from where you have superb views of the majestic Himalayas. The Views include 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), and Mt. Cholaste (6,335 m). The Ngozumpa Glacier cuts across in front like a massive tear in the landscape, moreover in the dawn, you have superb views of the Himalayas.

You also visit the Everest base camp, Kalapattar, and Gokyo lakes and valleys in these 19 days adventurous Everest Chola pass Gokyo trek. Further, you also have sceneries of incredible landscapes, rocky hills, and you also have an opportunity to spend time in the beautiful villages legendary Sherpa, explore their culture, rituals, lifestyles and enjoy 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 the 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 the hotel, you go for a full-day tour in Kathmandu with a professional tour guide.

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

You return to the hotel and have some time to shop trekking gear around Thamel if you required it.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

You drive to the airport after having early breakfast at the hotel. Then take a short flight to Lukla, which takes about 35 minutes. You will meet with the porters and crew on your arrival at Lukla and start trek to Phakding by following the bank of the Dudh Koshi River.

The trek for today is easy and takes about 4 hours to reach Phakding. Stay overnight at Lodge in Phakding, the first overnight on the Everest Cho La passes Gokyo Trek.

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

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

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

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

Today is your first rest day on adventure Everest Chola pass trek for acclimatization, and you walk up to Khumjung village through Everest view Hotel. You will see a beautiful view of the Himalayas include Mt. Everest.

The Khumjung village is populated by the Sherpa communities, and there is an old monastery as well so, we visit that then return to Namche for an overnight stay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today is another acclimatization day in Dingboche 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 Dingboche for acclimatization, or there are small hills around like Nagarjan hill that you can hike.

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

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

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

You start the trek after breakfast at the lodge. The trekking 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, and 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 a 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), and the high passes 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 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 the lodge. You will cross the Ngozumpa Glacier on a sandy, shifting trail, the frozen lakes creaking below and beside you as you turn away 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 a short trek to the village of Machhermo and an overnight stay at a lodge in Machhermo.

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

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

Then the trail immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma by 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 a 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 a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if you could not fly on the scheduled date and time, or we can organize you a day tour of Bhaktapur and Patan if you want, and you arrive in Kathmandu on scheduled dates.

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

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

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

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What's Included

  • All the airport transfers
  • Four 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.
  • Fourteen nights’ accommodation on the trek in lodge/guesthouses.
  • A guide and porters (1 porter for every two 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, and returned after the trek.

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu
  • Your personnel expenses/shopping and entrance fees on day 2
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Sweet things like chocolate bars and bar bills
  • Hot shower, telephone, internet, and laundry
  • 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 a date to depart the Everest Chola pass Gokyo Trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If the preferred date is not listed, then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your date as the trekking 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 process to book the trek.
  • The 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 Mar, 2021End Date22 Mar, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$1500
Start Date16 Mar, 2021End Date03 Apr, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$1500

Useful Information

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

The extra night hotels in Kathmandu are available at the US $55.00 per night with 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 is available in Kathmandu and in most of the villages of Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo trek, where you can charge your camera/mobile batteries. However, we suggest you have spare batteries to use in case of unavailability.

Guide and crews on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek

You have a tour guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day 02 and a 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 one porter for every two members, and a porter carries about 20 - 22KG, which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

We also provide a Sherpa (assistant guide) when there are eight 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 trekking.

No, the International flight to and from Nepal is 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 modes of transport to reach Lukla and return. Occasionally, flight to and from Lukla can be canceled due to the 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 canceled for two or more days, we charter a helicopter flight to ensure that you are on a 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 a maximum of 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 a porter to carry your main luggage. You need to carry only a day bag pack with a water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.

Yes, You need the staff of Everest Chola Pass Trek. However, the tip for all services provided on Everest Chola pass Gokyo trek is always a matter of personal discretion. Please be aware that tipping is considered as part of the remuneration, and they may approach you for payment.

We recommend US$ 5 for the guide and $ 3 for the driver from each member of the group on day two. And a total of US 125.00 from each member of the group for the guide and porters to divide. (It depends on the size of the group. So, our guide gives you a clearer idea on trekking).

Yes, you need some extra money to spend on the Everest Chola pass trek, and it depends on your habit. All the accommodations and most of the meals are included in the itinerary and price of the trekking. So, You only need some money for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), snacks, souvenirs, and a hot shower. If you do not drink alcohol and not sopping then, the US $10-12 per day per person should be enough for these expenses.

Yes, You need travel insurance to do the Everest Chola pass trek in Nepal. In case of any sickness or injury happens while on the trekking, 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, the insurance policy should cover all these expenses.

We wish that you won’t have AMS or any other sickness while on Everest Chola pass Gokyo trek. However, there is always a risk of AMS (Altitude mountain sickness) while going on a high mountain trek. The guide provides you with information about AMS and ways to avoid it. However, if in case you or any member of the group get AMS then, we do everything to bring you back safely.

The action against AMS depends on the situation and the place you get sick. As such, if someone gets AMS and still able to walk then, we take a day rest (while others continue the trek) with one of the porter/guides. We then see the situation and decide. We continue to trek from the next day if the situation is improved. And,  if there is not any improvement or even worse. Then, we do not have other options rather than return down, as this is the only way to avoid AMS. If the situation is worse then, we rescue/evacuate to bring you back to Kathmandu to visit the doctor.

The cost of evacuation by helicopter is expensive in Nepal, and it is almost impossible to pay by a person. So, we strongly suggest you purchase an insurance policy that covers the evacuation in this situation.

Equipment plays a vital role in a 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 the trek. To help you to pack your gear for the Everest Chola pass Gokyo trek, we have given some list that you should not miss while you are 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 things such as camera, water, things that you need for the day, and this is carried by you.
  • A small lockable bag to keep the extra stuff that you do not use on the 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
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • A fleece jacket
  • Raincoat (if you are traveling in monsoon time)
  • A pair of quick-drying nylon hiking shorts
  • A pair of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • Four pairs of warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair of 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 consulting 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
  • 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, and soap

You need to obtain some permits to trek to the Everest Cho La pass Gokyo Valley Trek. The permits are Sagarmatha National park entry permits, TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permit, and other 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 the 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 3-star hotel accommodations for four nights in Kathmandu and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for the rest of the 14 nights on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek. The rooms are just with a bed with a pillow and blankets on the trek lodge/guest house.

We accommodate you/group in the local lodge/guest house available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required number of rooms for you/group (The Rooms are not available to book 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 Moonlight: 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), a total of 46 meals on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trekking are included in our price. And, the meals are provided in lodges. You have breakfast and dinner at the lodge, where you stay overnights, and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

You 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 buy bottled water or boiled/safe water to drink

Please note that a moderate-strong level of fitness is mandatory with daily trekking between 3 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 health concerns please consult your healthcare provider before booking Everest Cho La Pass Hiking Adventure.