Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek takes the trekkers into the heart of the mountains while exploring the culture and the beauty of the Everest region.The trek starts from Lukla and passes the beautiful Gokyo valley to Everest base camp via high pass called Cho-La Pass at 5330 meters. The Goko Cho La Pass Trek travels around the high altitude regions which carries significant risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Proper acclimatization is required to minimize the risk of AMS while travelling in the mountain region. The safety and health of the trekkers are our paramount concerns. Our itinerary is specially designed to give you ultimate satisfaction while minimizing the risk of altitude sickness. Our Itinerary provides sufficient time for acclimatization, which will aid to have greater experience during the trek. Our knowledgeable guides are well versed with local culture and geography providing you with an insightful adventure.
Day by day details
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Welcome to the Paradise on earth, Nepal. Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, we will be greeted and transferred to our Hotel in Kathmandu Valley. After the hotel Check, a brief trek orientation regarding any outstanding formalities will be conducted. After the short briefing, we are free to rest in our comfort in the hotel or stroll around to explore the vibrant surroundings. In the evening, we will relish a wonderful Nepali dinner along with a cultural program in an authentic Nepali restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Half day Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Patan Durbar Square
After a hearty breakfast, we will go for a guided tour around the UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu Valley boasts a rich Newari culture along with the artistically designed temples and palaces. The art and architecture of the valley show the unique fusion of Hindu and Buddhist influences. We have plenty of time to explore the site in our pace. After the insightful tour around, we will meet our guide who will give us a trek briefing helping us with our final trek preparations. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2845 m)/ Start Trekking to Phakding (2610m)
We will rise early to be transferred to the domestic airport for an early flight to Lukla. The 30 to 40 minutes scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is an exciting flight filled with a superb view of the eastern Himalayas. We will meet the rest of our crew members in Lukla. After exploring the new atmosphere of the Everest region, we set out on our trail to Phakding. The walking begins through the stone paved trails towards Bhaisekhark with a few up downs on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over the Thado Koshi river to reach a settlement a Ghat. We pass through several prayer stones and prayer flags as we make our way towards Phakding. We enjoy our first view of a high peak as the snow capped peak of Kusum Kangru( 6367) comes to our view. We have a short and easy walk to Phakding to aid our body to adjust to the sudden rise in altitude. (3 hrs).
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3420m)
After the breakfast at Phakding, we set out on or trails along the Dudh Koshi River. We walk through a magnificent forest of pine and rhododendron to climb to the village of Monjo. Further from Monjo, we pass through the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, where our trekking permits will be checked. After the short trekking formalities at the Sagarmatha National Park, the trail abruptly takes a steep rocky descent to cross a 120 meter long suspension bridge towards Jorsale. We pass through several caravans of mules and yak on the way. The trail crosses another bridge over the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi river to open us to the magnificent view of Mount Everest peeking through Nuptse and Lhotse wall. We continue our beautiful walk, enjoying the splendid view as we enter the vibrant town of Namche bazaar (3420m). (6 hrs).
Day 05: Namche Bazaar / Acclimatization (3440m)
We stay in Namche for a second night to allow us appropriate acclimatization as we gain altitude. This is a great opportunity to explore the energetic town of Namche. Namche Bazaar is the most famous trading center in the Everest Region interspersed with colorful panoply of houses, restaurants, lodges, shops, ATMs, and Bakeries. We make the best out of our stay at Namche by enjoying both the sunrise and sunset over the Khumbu Peaks from the National Park headquarter. After the breakfast we can climb out of the village to Shyangboche Airstrip to enjoy the panorama of glorious mountains such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, Tawaoche, Amadablam, Peak 38 and Thamsherku. We can also visit the Sherpa Museum at the national Park headquarter to gain an insight about the Sherpa’s culture, lifestyle and Mountaineering. (4.30 hrs)
Day 06: Namche Bazzar to Dole (4090m)
From Namche Bazaar, Our trail climbs to pass through a village Khumjung, a rhododendron forest and the beautiful southern slope of Khumbila. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa to cross over the Mongla Pass (4000m). We enjoy the outstanding view of the panorama of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Kangtaga and Mt. Thamserku from the Mongla Pass. Enjoying the spectacular peak of Thamserku looming in the near background, we descend to Phortse Tenga alongside the Dudh Koshi River. The trail steeply climbs through rhododendron and birch forest to Dole where we will spend our night.
Day 07: Dole to Machhermo (4410m)
We start our trek from Dole with an ascent through a scenic ridge offering us splendid views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku. The trail passes through a small settlement at Luza (4340m) as we continue our walk along the hillside above the roaring Dudh Koshi river until we reach Machhermo. Machhermo is the last major settlement on the way to Gokyo. It is here that a yeti had supposedly killed three yaks and attacked Sherpa woman. This is one of the most incredible yeti incidents ever reported. (4 hrs).
Day 08 : Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m)
We start our trek by climbing a ridge which will reward us with a beautiful view of of both down the valley and of Thamserku, Mt. Kangtega, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens to reach the village of Pangka (4390m). Further, the trail drops briefly to climb a large cave known a Nilibuk. We climb a steep stairs along a narrow trail to cross a wooden bridge which leads us to the first lake, Longponga (4650). We walk on a levelled trail in the valley to reach a second lake. The mesmerizing sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho with the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun leaves us awed. Gokyo village is a collection of stone houses and walled pastures on the shores of a large lake called Dudh Pokhari. The Gokyo village sets a spectacular sight as it stands by the stunning lakes and Cho-Oyu Mountain in the background. (4 hrs)
Day 09: Gokyo Ri -Gokyo
Gokyo is famous for its marvelous views and beautiful shimmering high altitude lakes. The acclimatization at Gokyo is an ideal day to enjoy the outstanding beauty of the Gokyo Valley. We take a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5,483m) which rewards us with stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas including the Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. Gokyo valley has 6 beautiful lakes, we can spend the day visiting the other three lakes which we have not yet come across. After we enjoy the views, we will return to the Gokyo village for the night (4 hrs).
Day 10: Gokyo to Dragnag (4700m)
We leave the Gokyo Valley as we descend to Dragnag, which is the gateway to the Chola Pass. We enjoy the view of the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas as we take the descent to Dragnag. We will have plenty of time to relax and explore the village as we prepare for a long walk tomorrow. (3hrs)
Day 11: Dragnag to Lobuche (4950m) via Chola Pass (5420m) and Dzongla
We start out early as we head up along the steep gorges to Lobuche with beautiful view of mountain at dawn. The trail then follows a twisted path to reach the base of Chola, from where we will start our steep climb through a rocky trail to the top of the pass. Waving prayer flags welcomes us to the pass from where we can enjoy the splendid mountain views. We slowly descend our way through a snowy path towards the valley to Dzongla. The trail continues along the moraine from Dzongla offering us with splendid views of Kala Pattar and Pumori before reaching Lobuche. (10 hours)
Day 12: Rest in Lobuche
We stay in Lobuche for the second night for acclimatization. We should keep us active even on the day of acclimatization. So, we will take a small hike to the top of ridge to enjoy the splendid mountain panorama and come back to Lobuche.
Day 13: Lobuche to Gorakhshep(5200 m)
After a hearty breakfast, we start our walk along the broad valley parallel to the Khumbu Glacier. The trail follows the western side of the Khumbu valley gently climbing through meadows nearby the glacial moraine to walk on a rocky path to Gorak Shep. Along the way we can enjoy incredible views of Pumori (7167m) Lingtren (6713m), Khumbutse (6639m), Nuptse (7879m), Lobuche East (6090m), Khumbu glacier and ice-fall. After a lunch, we set off to the Kala Pathar to experience the astonishing sunset over the beautiful mountains such as Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest. (6 hours)
Day 14: Gorakhshep to Dingboche after Kala Pathar (5550m)
We start out early to climb the Kala Pathar below the giant Mount Pumori. We can enjoy the entire Everest south face and Lho La, Changtse, Nuptse, Lingtren and other mountains from the Kala Pathar. After the view, we return to Gorak Shep to continue our descent to Lobuche. We retrace our way to Dughla to walk along the upper trail of the valley. We continue our walk, enjoying the magnificent view of the island Peak and Makalu. We pass through several prayer stones and Chorten to descent to Dingboche where we will spend our night. (6:30 hrs).
Day 15: At Dingboche
We spend our second night in the Valley of Imjatse. Dingboche is a beautiful valley surrounded by the stunning mountains such as Amadablam,Lhotse, Makalu, Island Peak, Kantega,Pathivara and Mingbola. We will take a short hike to Chhukung at the base of the Island Peak for the best views of the grand mountains. We stop at this tranquil place for the lunch before returning back to Dingboche.(5hrs)
Day 16: Dingboche to Tengboche (3860m)
The route from Dingboche is an easy walk downhill through the Imja valley. The trail crosses the Khumbu Khola on a wooden bridge to rejoin the upward trail via the Sommare village. The trail descends from the Sommare village along the Imja river to the village of Pangboche. Further from Pangboche village, the trail drops down, crosses a steel bridge and passes through a dense forest of Birch and Rhododendrons. The trail finally leads up to Tengboche where one of Nepal’s most important monasteries lies sitting on a meadow surrounded by massive peaks. We enjoy one of the most magnificent views of the mountains from the monastery and settle for the night in Tengboche.(4 hrs).
Day 17: Tengboche to Namche
We descend steeply from Tengboche to cross a suspension bridge at Phunki Tenga. After a tea break at Phunki Tenga, we cross the Dudh Koshi river and ascend to Tashinga. The trail takes us above the valley of Sanasa before returning to Namche bazaar. We enjoy the final day at Namche by visiting colorful shops and delicious Bakeries. Overnight at Namche. (5 hours)
Day 18: Namche to Lukla
We retrace our way back to Lukla through the busy Namche bazaar. We take a descent to Jorsale bridge through the rhododendron forest to reach the check point right before Monjo. We cross a long suspension bridge to retrace our steps back to Phakdingma. We enjoy our lunch at Phankding and slowly walk towards Lukla. Lukla is known for its end of the trek celebrations. We will enjoy the fun mood of Lukla but head to the bed early to get ready for an early flight to Kathmandu tomorrow.(7 hours)
Day 19: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
We rise early for an exciting fight back to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our comfortable hotels in Kathmandu. This may be a good way to relax our exhausted muscles with a spa or massage. We can also celebrate the end of the trek with a party at one of the happening places in Kathmandu.
Day 20 : Leisure in Kathmandu
Leisure Time in Kathmandu is ideal for visiting the earlier missed out destinations in the Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Valley has numerous temples, shrines and palaces with historic and artistic value. This will also be an ideal for shopping for souvenir. Himalayan Eco treks and tour offers an extra drive and drop facility anywhere around the Kathmandu valley.
Day 21 : International Departure Transfer
It is indeed the time to bid farewell to this amazing Himalayan adventure land. We get transferred to the International Airport for our departure. We play the pleasant memories of the last few weeks as fly back to our next destination. Himalayan Eco treks and Tour- Nepal is always happy to serve you for your next adventure holidays in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India.