Gokyo Valley Chola Pass Trekking description:
One of the major attractions of Gokyo valley chola pass trekking is Khumbu valley. Khumbu valley is known as the gateway for Mt.Everest. Thousands of visitors do gokyo valley chola pass to gain adventure experience for lifetime. The inhabitants of this region are the legendary Sherpas. These hardy people have carved an existence since time immemorial from the frozen landscape. Deep in the Himalaya, in a quite remote valley, are the magnificent azure blue Gokyo Lakes. The series of glacial lakes are set in beautiful high altitude wilderness dominated by the great peaks of Cho Oyu, (8153m.) and Gyachungkang (7922m.). Quite less well-known than the main Everest trail, a trek in this valley provides stunning views of many Himalayan giants. This high altitude trekking explores the heart of the Sherpa homeland, visiting Namche Bazaar and Tyangboche before ascending to our destination.
Justifiably acknowledged as one of Nepals most famous treks to the Khumbu Mountains & Sherpa settlements, the trek offers a unique experience to the visitors. This journey starts with an “eye opening” flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, the trail twists ups and down through the prosperous Sherpa hub like Namche, Thame, Khumjung, Phortse and Dhole to Gokyo Lake at 4790m. Views of western shoulder of Mt. Everest, Lotse Nuptse and far away Makalu are excellent from Gokyo Ri (5483 m.). Then crossing over Cho La Pass (5667 m.), trail heads up to Kalapattar at 5545 m. Most of the famous photographs of Everest where taken from atop this “bump” on the landscape. We retrace back to Namche then to Lukla following the classic route to Everest Base Camp and then we take flight to get back to Kathmandu.
Highlights of Gokyo Valley Chola Pass Trek
Scenic flight to Lukla, abundant flora and fauna, Explore Museum in Namche Bazaar, Panoramic views from Syangboche, Buddhist Monasteries, 5th Lakes, Sandy plain of Gorakshep, summit of Kalapathar (5,545m), The ultimate challenge of Chola Pass, Amazing views of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku and more
past friendly Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries,
Gokyo valley chola pass trekking grading:
Gokyo valley - Cho La trek is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require you to be super fit or have any previous trekking/mountaineering experience. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Gokyo valley chola pass treks covers:
Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche - Thyanbuche - Chhhukung valley - Kalapatar - Everest base camp - Cho la pass - Gokyo Ri / Dole village.
Best season for gokyo chola pass trekking :
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.
Gokyo valley chola pass trekking outline itineary
- Day 01: Arrival in Katmandu (1348m), B/B Plan
- Day 02:Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and then to Phakding (2640m.), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 03:Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3440m.), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 04:Acclimatization at Namche Bazzar, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 05:Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (3780m.), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 06:Khumjung to Dole (4040m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 07:Dole to Machermo (4410m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 08:Machermo to Gokyo Lake (4750m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 09:Gokyo Lake to Gokyo Ri (5,333m.) and back to Gokyo Lake, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 10:Gokyo to Thagnak (4661m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 11:Tagnag to Dzongla (4830m) via Cho La Pass (5330m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 12:Dzongla to Lobuche (4930m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 13:Lobuche (4900m.) to Gorakshep (5180m.), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 14:Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and then to Pheriche (4243m.), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 15:Pheriche to Phortse, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan (3750m.)
- Day 16:Phortse (3750m.) to Khumjung (3790m.), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 17:Khumjung to Monjo (2835m.), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 18:Monjo to Lukla (2800m.), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 19:Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel, B/B Plan
- Day 20: Final departure to Airport
Note of the above itinerary
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
short description mode of packages
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Gokyo Chola Pass Trekking itinerary in Details
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu / Bhaktapur. After time to get refreshed, and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and then to Phakding (2640m.) , 4 hours
We take early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.). After breakfast we start our trek to Phakding (2640 m.). We trek following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in a stone throwing distance on the opposite bank. In the late afternoon, we reach Phakding.
Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3440m.) , 6 hours
Having breakfast at Phakding, we commence our trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). The trail goes along the right bank of Dudh Koshi. Thamserku is standing majestically skyward on the opposite bank, then reach Benkar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. We continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village Monjo. We then come to Sagarmatha National Park Service where a park entrance fee is to be deposited. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks Dudh Koshit to the right Bhote Koshi to the left. Now we begin steep ascent to Namche Bazar. On the way, we would have excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.). Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazar (3440m) is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods. Don't miss to explore Saturday markets of Namche bazar.
Acclimatization at Namche Bazzar
We take rest at Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) for acclimatization. It is considered as an ideal place for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading towards Tyangboche. We go up to Khhumjung monastery. It is a small settlement of Sherpa community. We enjoy the splendid view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and so on from here. While returning to Namche, we would visit Museum just above the town that exhibits Sherpa culture.
Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (3780m.) , 5 hours
Taking breakfast at Namche Bazaar, we would be heading towards Khumjung (3780m.). The route starts by climbing up to the Shyangboche airstrip just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. Overnight at Khumjung.
Khumjung to Dole (4040m) , 5 hours
Leaving Khumjung we have a choice of two trails up to Mong La. The left one goes through the rocks, steep up. The right one is used as yak trail. Both the trails join just before Mong La. After steep down to Phortse Tanga, the trail leads gently to Dole passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can sometimes be seen.
Dole to Machermo (4410m) , 5 hours
Today, the trek goes from Dole to Machermo (4410m.). Walking along the alpine meadow enjoying yaks and alpine highland birds and flowers, with view of Cho Oyu (8153m) to the North is rewarding one. Overnight stay at Machermo.
Machermo to Gokyo Lake (4750m) , 5 hours
We climb up the moraine on the far side of the village and then walk gently downhill to the village of Fanka. The path enters a very steep region where the path is cut into a cliff. Arrive at the foot of a rock staircase and begin the slow climb upwards. We then enter at a wooden bridge over the Dudh Kosi and mark the first of the Gokyo Lakes, populated with its amazing high altitude ducks. Just before Gokyo, there is a chautara (resting place) covered with prayer flags. Gokyo village can be seen from here.
Gokyo Lake to Gokyo Ri (5,333m.) and back to Gokyo Lake
We climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri early in the morning to have stunning views of the upper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas like - Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) and many more. Stay overnight in Gokyo village.
Gokyo to Thagnak (4661m) , 5 hours
We trek down from the Gokyo Valley to Thagnak. Along the way, we experience the Himalayan culture and life. We cross the crevassed glacier and reach the lateral moraine at a far. The village is just below a small cliff.
Tagnag to Dzongla (4830m) via Cho La Pass (5330m) , 6 hours
We leave Tagnag following the path alongside the stream through the yak pastures. On the way, we can see the Cho La. We make our attempt to top the Cho La (5,420m.). Overnight stay at Dzongla.
Dzongla to Lobuche (4930m) , 3:30 hours
Leaving Dzongla, ascend up 20 minutes up, and then gently follow the path to Lobuche. Overnight stay at Lobuche.
Lobuche (4900m.) to Everest Base Camp Gorakshep (5180m.) , 7 hours
Trek from Lobuche (4900m.) to Gorakshep (5180m.) via morriane. We will have our lunch at Gorakshep and walk to Everest Base Camp (5486m.). Trek leads over the rough morriane from Gorakshep to Ebc all the way. There are several landslides on the way to base camp. We will spend some hours in the Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep. We trek on glacier and snow capped rocks. We would also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp.
Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and then to Pheriche (4243m.) , 7 hours
The trek leads over the rough morriane from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and then to Pheriche (4243m.) We climb Kala Patthar (5545m.) in the morning to enjoy the view of sunrise. Besides, we would also have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. There is telephone service at Pheriche from where one can make telephonic conversations to any part of the world. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town as the flow of wind is high at all times. Pheriche is also popular due to the establishment of Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post where foreign volunteer doctors provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.
Pheriche to Phortse (3750m.) , 6 hours
Now we trek from Pheriche to Phortse (3750m.). On the way, one can have a look at wild animals like mountain goat, musk deer and many species of himalayan birds. There are monasteries as well at Pangboche and Phortse which were believed to have been constructed during the 16th century. The Pangboche village has also gained its popularity for highest settlement on earth.
Phortse (3750m.) to Khumjung (3790m.) , 6 hours
We trek from Phortse (3750m.) to Khumjung (3790m.). The trail here descends for early twenty minutes and ascends up steeply for almost one hour to Mongla (4000m.). From this spot, you can see the panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Now the trail descends and ascends frequently up to Khumjung. The Khumjung village is said to be the largest settlement of Khumbu region. There is well-equipped high school built by Edmund Hillary in 1960. Besides, there is an old monastery where the skull of Yeti is believed to have been preserved.
Khumjung to Monjo (2835m.) , 4:30 hours
Today the trek goes to Thame to Monjo (2835m.). While trekking from Thame to Monjo we come across Sherpa settlements and interact with the local people. Upon arrival at Monjo, we get into one of the best lodges of the area.
Monjo to Lukla (2800m.) , 6 hours
Today is the final trekking day. We trek to Lukla (2800m.). During the trekking trails gradually descend along the bank of Dudh Koshi River. We would have plenty of opportunities to walk over suspension bridges.
Lukla to Kathmandu
We board our early flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. Upon arrival at TIA, we would be received by our representatives and transfer to hotel. In the evening, we serve you farewell dinner in Nepal typical restaurant.
Final departure to Airport
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination.
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 3 nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur with breakfast
- Professional license holder Tour Guide during the trekking
- Flights tickets KTM-LUKLA-KTM round fare with domestic airport taxes.
- All land transfer according to programs.
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ) while on trekking
- Guest house accommodation during the trekking days
- Government license holder mountain trekking guide /leader for your trekking tours
- Required no. of porters during the trek.(1 porter two guest basis: Max. 25kg)
- Salary, food, accommodation and insurances of Nepalese staffs.
- Sagarmatha National Park + TIMS permits for Gokyo Chola Pass trekking.
- A special gift Trekking Certificate from our company.
- Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu.
- Nepal entry visa cost US$ 30.
- Personal trekking equipment s and Clothing.
- 2 copies of your passport size photographs.
- Any drinks and bar bills any personal nature expenses.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation, monuments entrance fees and as well as Tips for crew.
- Any other things not mentioned.
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Do I need Experience for Gokyo Valley Chola Pass Trekking?
This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 - 6 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack. For such kind of Gokyo valley trekking - yes, you need to have experience of walking 5- 6 hours a day in high altitude- somehow about 400M above sea level.
What kind of accommodation can I expect on Gokyo Valley Chola Pass Trekking?
We provide you 3 star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accomidation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to own sleeping equipment.
What kind of food can I expect in Gokyo Valley Chola Pass Trek?
All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.
What opportunities will I have for shower along Gokyo Valley Chola Pass Trekking?
Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and in Camping trek- we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.
How do I get drinking water on Gokyo Valley Chola Pass Trekking?
Normally in the trekking in nepal route there is all places hotel and shop as well in shop you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.
Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
in camping trek there are few places where you can charge the battery paying charge but in tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery we recommend to you bring extra pair for incase .Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries.
Is there any communication facilities on Gokyo Valley Chola Pass Trekking?
In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
No, for the trekking you need to have cash beacuse credit cards works city area in nepal only.
When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.
Who will carry my luggage on Gokyo Valley Chola Pass Trekking?
We provide porters they will carry your luggage.
Is there any communication while we are on Gokyo Valley Chola Pass Trekking?
There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
How much distance do I walk each day?
When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.
Do I need walking polls for Gokyo Valley Chola Pass Trekking?
we recomend to take that it will be the helpful to you.
How much additional money do I need per day?
You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in kathamndu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.