Gokyo Cho la pass Trekking

Gokyo Cho La pass Trekking
, one of Nepal's most famous treks to the Khumbu Mountains & Sherpa country. After a magnificent mountain flight to Lukla we follow the Dudh Kosi valley to Namche Bazaar. Gokyo Lake is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can sometimes be seen.

Through small yak-grazing settlements we reach the Gokyo lakes where we climb the Gokyo Peak (5480m) and enjoy stunning summit mountain scenery including Everest, Makalu and Cho Oyo. After the Cho La pass, we reach Dzongla. The views of Ama Dablam and Taweche are spectacular. After the Zhongla ascent, we continue towards Gorak Shep and climb to Kala Pattar (5545m) from where we enjoy an impressive up-close view of Everest. Our return route passes through Tengboche, a magnificent location with a fascinating monastery, where we rest and savor the incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Everest, Ama Dablam (6856m), Kantega (6809m), Kwangde (6194m), Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse (8511m) etc.

Facts of This Trip

  • Duration: 21Days
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Region: Everest
  • Grade: Hard
  • Group size:Min. 1- Max.12
  • Season: Aug - Dec / Mar - June
  • Max. Altitude: 5545m
  • Transport:Drive/ Fly in -Out

Gokyo Cho la pass Trekking Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at kathmandu.
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be welcomed heartily by company representative at the airport and transfer to hotel with a short briefing session reflecting ancient local tradition, shrines and temples found over here. Overnight in Kathmandu. (1000m)

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseening tour.
Visit World Heritage site in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square , Patan Durbar Square , Pasupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath, Swoyambhunath ( also called Monkey Temple)as a half day trip . Overnight stay in Kathmandu (1000m/280ft)

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m).
This flight takes about 30minutes and leads toward Phakding. From Lukla you will pass Chauri Kharka village and makes descend towards the Dudhkoshi Ghat (2530m). The trail follows the bank of Dudh Koshi River until camp at Phakding (2652m), Even then, you will have the opportunity to trip to monastery as well.

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namchhe Bazar (3440m).
This trail starts along a level path crossing Dudhkoshi river over a long suspension bridge, walking through beautiful pine forest. This leads you along the river of Hillary suspension bridge. Today in route you will see first view of Mt. Everest. The trail further climbs to Namchhe Bazar, a gate way to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region.

Day 5: Namchhe Bazar (3440m).
Today you will acclimatize to spend a day rest to high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. You walk to Khumjung where you can visit monastery. Khumjung is densely populated area of Sherpa community where you can enjoy with the views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Tawache and so on. After walking an hour, you will reach Syangboche (3800m) where Everest view hotel is situated above Namchhe for an outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, AmaDablam, Thamseeku, and Kusum Kangara. You will also see National park center and museum just above the town which is full of with Sherpa Culture.

Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazar to Thame (3739m).
It takes about 4 hours. From Namche, the route heads towards west and the trail is almost level as you head up the Bhotekoshi valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. After descending to Bhotekoshi, the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here, there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and kangde and to the north is the Nangpa la, the pass leading to Tibet. Thame Gompa is situated above the village over looking the valley and is the site for the spring celebration of the Mani rimdu festivals.

Day 7: Trek from Thame to Khumjung (3790m).
It takes about 5 hours. You retrace your route down the Bhotekoshi valley towards Namche and branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village which also has its own Gompa at the top end of the town. Here, you can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam.

Day 8: Trek from Khumjung to Dole (4040m).
It takes about 5 hours. From Khumjung, the trail climbs to a large chorten on the top of the ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the Patron God of the Khumbu region. The trial descends slightly towards Shanasa and ascends up to Mongla (4000m). You can see panoramic views of various mountains. The steepy descent passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birth forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens.

Day 9: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4410m).
It takes about 3 hours. From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. You can view very excellent views of cho yu. While back down the valley, you can view the peaks Kantega and Thamserku. Machhermo is the final destination to you to have lunched with delicious food.

Day 10: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m).
It takes about 4 hours. You follow a very scenic path to pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt Water Rivers which flow down west side of the Ngozumpa glacier. You will climb a steep rocky mountain inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Chola (5420m). Your route to Lobucche and Everest, later in the trek .The third lake is known as Dudhpokhari and its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. The scenery is magnificient with its summit of cho yu and Gyachung Kang reflecting its emerging green water.

Day 11: Acclimatization in Gokyo visiting around the Sherpa village.
Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumba glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. Today, you can make a side trip to Fifth lake via forth lake.

Day 12: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo RI (5340m) & back to Thangna (4650m).
It takes about four and half hour. Gokyo RI looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly comes into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo ri itself is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region. Some say, it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. You will go to Thangma, a small village situated at the shore of Ngozumpa glacier.

Day 13: Trek from Thangma to Dzongla (4843m) via Cho La Pass (5420m).
It takes about 5 and half hours. Now you ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. The Chola pass is most of the time covered with blue ice giving you a chilled feeling. You can enjoy the panoramic views of various mountains. From here, the trail descends steeply down for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla.

Day 14: Trek from Dzonglo to Gorakshep (5180m) via Lobuche .
It takes about 4 and half hours. From Dzonglo the trail ascends gently & contours around the west side of Lobucche Khola, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse, Lhotse wall and Everest. The trail coming from Periche meets at the Lobucche Khola (stream)

Day 15: Trek from Gorakshep to EBC (5337m) and back to Gorakshep.

This will takes about 4 & half hour. While trekking to Everest Base camp, you pass through a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasse of the Khumbu glacier. During the spring season, you can meet some expedition team on the EBC. The number of the team is less in the autumn season. On the return leg, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. Return to Gorakshep to stay overnight.

Day 16: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m) & to Periche (4250m).

It takes 6 hours. Early morning climb to KalaPatthar from where you can have view of Mt. Everest and many other like Mt. Pumori, Lingten, Nuptse etc. Yaks are regarded as porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town through which the view of Cholatse and Tawache. There is located Himalayan Rescue Operation Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.

Day 17: Trek from Pheriche to Tyanbocche (3850m).
It takes about 4 hours. To reach Tyanbocche, you pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year in khumbu region. Upon your arrival at Tyangbocche village, you come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. There are trekkers visiting center where local Sherpa make an exhibition of different goods to be sold to interested trekkers. They also show slide presentation about Sherpa people, culture, and Buddhist religion and environment development programme.

Day 18: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazzar (3440m).

It takes about 4 hourss. From Tyangbocche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m) crossing the Dudhkoshi. From here, you can view panoramic views of great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt. Everest. Nuptse, Lhotse. Amadablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. The trail ascends steeply to Shanasa where Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods.

Day 19: Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla (2886m).
It takes about 6 hours. The last trek leads from Namche Bazar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhotekoshi River crossing 3 times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.

Day 20: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu and whole day rest provides a good reminiscent of trekking in Everest Base camp.

Day 21: Transfer to International airport for your final departure by the representative.

Service Includes

• Air port pick up and drop by car.
• Meals (breakfast + lunch+ dinner) during trekking
• Accommodation (Tea house / Hotel / Lodge) while on the trek.
• Well trained Trekking Guide & Air fare – Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu (round trip)
• All Ground transportation.
• Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary.
• All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
• Travel & Rescue arrangement.
• TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
• All government taxes.

Service Excludes

• Meals while in Kathmandu
• Accommodation in Kathmandu
• Air fare Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu ( USD 280 round trip)
• Porter (USD15 per day) if necessary.
• Your Travel insurance.
• All kinds of drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
• Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected).

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