Gokyo Cho la pass trekking is one of the most fascinating and physically demanding trek in the Everest region via Sherpa Rich cultural tail. Gokyo Cho la pass trek combine beautiful Gokyo valley trekking, Gokyo Ri, Gokyo Cho la pass and Mt. Everest base camp trekking trail. Gokyo Cho la pass tekking offer beautiful views of 8 different highest peak of the world.
Himalaya means Adobe of the Snows and of course the main purpose of any self respecting pilgrimage to Nepal is to reach out to the Himalaya. To touch a piece of this wild and jagged abodes. To feel their power. And of course to walk among the high peaks and deep valleys.
Gokyo Cho la pass trekking starts from Lukla (after 35 minute magnificent mountain flight from Kathmandu). Then the journey starts from the trail twists ups and down through the prosperous Sherpa hub like Namchee, Thame, Khumjung, Phortse and Dhole to Gokoyo Lake at 4790m. Views of western shoulder of Mt. Everest, Lotse Nuptse and far away Makalu are excellent from Gokyo Ri(5483m). Then crossing over Cho La Pass (5667 m), trail heads up to Kalapattar at 5545m. Finally, trek demanding previous experience and walking over the pass in to the Himalayas, takes you into the heart of the mountains and the culture of the Everest region to the foot of the great peaks itself.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, and welcome dinner (1350m)
you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be collected from the airport and transported to your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, you can explore the city, rest in your hotel.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and then trek to Phakding (2640m)
We fly on a twin-engine Otter to the Himalayan foothills where we will begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The views from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants.
After arriving in the village of Lukla (2,750 m), we will introduce of our staff (porters) and trek for about two and a half hours to Phakding, phakding is situated river side 2600m.
Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m): 5 hours
The distance between Phakding and Namche Bazaar is not that far, however, the high altitude can make this trek difficult. The best strategy is to trek at a slow and gentle pace. Namche Bazzaar is a large town surrounded by two great valleys, Dudh Kosi and Bhote Kosi. It is also the gateway to Mount Everest. There are well-stocked markets and shops giving you one last chance to buy anything that you may have forgotten.
Day 4: Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds move in, will reward climbers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. Some clients want to visit Everest view hotel, where from you can see panoramic views of Himalayas including Amadablam, Tawache peak, Thamserku, peak 38, Mt. Everest etc.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Thame [3739m]
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame [3739m] and it takes about four hours. From Namche the route turns west and the trail is almost level as you head up the Bhote Koshi Valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. Along the way you pass many prayer flags, mani walls and carved stones, all indicative of the Tibetan Buddhist culture of this area. After descending to the Bhote Koshi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Thame Gompa is situated above the village overlooking the valley and is the site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival.
Day 06: Thame to Khumjung [3790m]
Trek from Thame to Khumjung [3790m] and it takes about five hours. You retrace your route down the Bhote Koshi 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 town. Here you can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam.
Day 07: Khumjung to Dole [4040m]
Trek from Khumjung to Dole [4040m] which takes about five hours. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla(4000m.). From here, you can see panoramic views of various mountains. You trek steeply descend passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. You can enjoy delicious meal at Phortse Tenga (3650m.).
Day 08: Dole to Machhermo [4410m]
Trek from Dole to Machhermo [4410m] and it takes about three 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, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch.
Day 09: Machhermo to Gokyo [4750m]
Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo [4750m] which takes about four hours. Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky path 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 Cho La (5420m.) - your route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.
Day 10: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion
Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can make a side trip to Fifth Lake via Forth Lake.
Day 11: Gokyo to Gokyo Ri [5340m] & Trek back to Thangna [4650m]
Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri [5340m] & Trek back to Thangna [4650m] via Gokyo village and it takes about 4 and half hours. 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 come 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. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Thangna, situated at the shore of the Ngozumpa Glacier.
Day 12: Thangna to Dzongla (4843m.) via Chola pass (5420m.)
Trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843m.) via Chola pass (5420m.) and it takes about 5 and half hours. Now you ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. The pass you pass through is covered with rocks. The Chola pass is most of the time covered with blue ice giving you a chill feeling. Here you can also enjoy the panoramic view of various mountains. From here, the trail descends steeply down for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla.
Day 13: Dzonglo to Gorakshep (5180m.) via Lobuche
Trek from Dzonglo to Gorakshep (5180m.) via Lobuche which takes about 5 hours. From Dzongla the trail descends and ascends gently and contours around the west side of the Lobuche Khola, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. The trail coming from Pheriche meets at the Lobuche Khola ( Lobuche Stream).
Day 14: Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5337m.)
Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5337m.) and back to Gorakshep which takes about 4 and half hours. While trekking to Everest Base Camp you pass through a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, you can meet some expedition team on the Everest Base Camp. The number of team is less in the autumn season. On the return leg, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. You return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight.
Day 15: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4250m.)
Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4250m.) and it takes about 6 and half hours. Early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. Pheriche is the place where one can make phone calls to any part of the world. You can see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. There you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. There is located Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.
Day 16: Periche to Tengboche (3867m)
This morning you may be interested to visit the Nagkartshang gompa before descending to Tengboche a journey of around 4 hours.
Day 17: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Mostly downhill today it will take you 4 to 5 hours, there is a steep climb for about an hour before you encounter the scenic walk back into Namche. From Khumjung you can pass through Khunde where you may enjoy a visit to the little monastery if you haven’t already.
Day 18: Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2652m)
A four hour walk today descending steeply for the first half then on to Phakding, where you will spend the night.
Day 19: Phakding to Lukla (2886m)
This is your final day trekking; it will take you around 3 hours to Lukla. This evening you will have a farewell ceremony with your guides and porters where you will be able to sample some Chang and try some Sherpa dancing.
Day 20: Lukla to Kathmandu (1300m)
You will be on an early flight back this morning, on arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and taken to your hotel.
Day 21: Flight Home
= Three times meal while in trekking (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) all served with flavored of Nepalese tea.
In Breakfast: there will be alternate between: porridge or bread with tea or coffee, eggs any style (boiled eggs or poach eggs or fried eggs or omelet etc.)
In Lunch: there will be light lunch as like fried Rice or fried Noodles or Noodle soup or MOMO with tea.
In Dinner: there will be option to have Nepalese local food ( Dal Bhat: lentil soup, green vegetable, pickle) or spaghetti or any main course meal choose from hotel menu.
= Guide and porters salaries, theirs food and accommodation, insurance or Nepalese staffs
=Accommodation while in trekking(basic lodge)
= Ground transport (pick up and drop airport)
=Trekking permit and all necessary documents in trek.
=Both way, flight cost of clients and Nepalese staffs etc.
Does not include:
=International fight and Nepali visas charge
=Food and hotel while in Kathmandu
=Personal insurance for members ( you should so your insurance from your own country )
=Personal equipments as like jacket, sleeping bag
=Rescue operatin or emergency evacuation
=Soft and hard drink like mineral water, boiled water, coke, fanta, alcohol etc.