EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is the adventurous trek into the Everest/ Khumbu region which combines the Everest base camp with the Gokyo valley and the high chola pass at the elevation of 5420m. This trekking trail offers the stunning views of many Himalayan giants like Mt. Everest (8848m.), Lhotse, Makalu, Amadablam, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, Mt. Pumori and many more. The natural beauty, rich and unique culture of the Sherpa inhabitants, lush forest, walking over the snow, crossing high pass provides the heavenly pleasure to the visitors which will be the lifetime memory. Gokyo valley is the remote Himalayan Valley which offers the view of the mountains, Glaciers, Gokyo Lake etc. During the trek you also get chance to enjoy the Dumje festival which falls in the month of April and Mani Rimdu Dance, which is performed in the monasteries, of the Sherpa people. The major highlights of this trek are the mountain vistas, Sacred Lakes of Gokyo valley, beautiful River valleys, glaciers, crossing Chola pass etc.
EBC Chola pass Gokyo Trekking trip commences with a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. From Lukla you start our trekking following the Dudh Koshi River valley. You pass through the lush forest of rhododendron and pine, Dudh Koshi valley, Sagarmatha national park, high passes, waterfalls, beautiful Sherpa villages like Phakding, Namche bazaar, Tengboche, Lobuche, Pheriche etc. Sagarmatha national park is the UNESCO listed heritage site where you can find various flora and fauna and wild life like snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan thar etc. The warm greeting and the friendly behavior of the Sherpa people add further pleasure the visitors. In this trek you also hike to Kala Pattar which is the perfect view point to observe the panorama of Mt. Everest as well as Ama Dablam (6856m.), Kantega (6809m.), Kwangde (6194m.), Mt. Nuptse (7879m.), Mt. Lhotse (8511m.). The best time to go for the Everest base camp trek is from mid-March to May and September to Mid-December.
Sensational views of array of high snow capped mountains, dramatic landscapes, verdant high valleys, buddhist culture, warm-friendly hospitality of high landers, pristine lakes, breathtaking view points, in the heart of world's heritage 'Sagarmatha National Park' and on the foot of world's number one Mt.Everest".
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour
Day 03: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2700 meters)
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters)
Day 05: Rest in Namche (3440 meters)
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5.30 hours.
Day 08: Rest at Dingboche
Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters). 8 hours.
Day 11: Hike up to Kalapattar (5545 meters) and trek back to Dzongla (4620m.)
Day 12: Dzongla to Thangna (4650 m.)
Day 13: Thangna to Gokyo (4750m.)
Day 14: Rest day at Gokyo
Day 15: Climb Gokyo Ri (5483m.) and trek to Machhermo (4410m.)
Day 16: Machhermo to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)
Day 17: Namche to Lukla
Day 18: Morning flight back to Kathmandu. 30 minutes.
Day 19: Departure.
Although it can be customized by request to accommodate your specific needs. The above itinerary is only a guide line; it might change due to fluctuating weather conditions, availability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen political, trail and environmental or any other factors beyond our control. In this happen, your Nepal Hiking Adventure guide/leader will choose the best way to the final decision on the best alternative after consulting with the group.
At last if the itinerary will be not suitable for you please do let us know and will make a tailor-made on it. The itinerary will be very flexible from our side if clients want to change will be possible.
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu You arrive in Kathmandu and you meet our representative in the airport who will take you to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02Kathmandu City Tour Today you visit different historical and cultural sites of the Kathmandu valley with our guide. In the morning after having breakfast you go visit Buddhist and Hindu temples Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, which reflect the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society. Then in the afternoon you visit Kathmandu Durbar square and Patan durbar square. In the evening you will return to the Hotel.
Day 03Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2700 meters) In the morning you have a scenic flight to Lukla (2800m.) from Kathmandu. It takes 30-40 minutes to reach Lukla. Then you start your trek and head to Phakding. You descend steeply to the Tharo Koshi which is also known as Kusum Kangru Khola (river). After crossing the Tharo Koshi River through the suspension bridge, you climb to Ghat and continue climb to Phakding. In Phakding you can climb to the Gompa to see your first view of the high peaks. O/N at Phadking.
Day 04Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) This day at first we follow the Dudh Koshi River and reaches Zamphuti. From here you can see excellent views of Thamserku peak. Then you ascend to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, an interesting place to have a look around and gain an insight into the farming way of life of these people. From Chomoa, we continue our walk uphill and enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park (1148sq km, established in 1976) at Monjo (2840m.). We continue our walking up hill with mountain views and finally reach Namche Bazaar. Stay at Guest house- Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Namche Bazaar (3420m).
Day 05Rest in Namche (3440 meters) Today we take rest for the proper acclimatization with some excursion. We can hike to the Everest View Hotel, the ideal place to overview some of the outstanding mountains such as Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. You can walk around the Khumjung valley, Hillary School and Khunde Hospital and then return back to Namche. In Namche Bazaar you can spend some time interacting with the fun-loving Sherpa and Rai people.
Day 06Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours. This day we leave Namche bazaar and walk for some time along the ridge and then descend to Dudh Koshi River at Phunkithanka. Then after crossing the bridge we ascend in the steep path up to the Tengboche. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Tengboche have largest Monastery of Khumbu region. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 07Tengboche to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5.30 hours. At first we descend to Debuche, cross suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and then climb to Pangboche amongst thousands of Mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Overnight at Guest house.
Day 08Rest at Dingboche This day is also rest day for the proper acclimatization. We hike to Chukung valley and then to Chukung-ri (5445m.) from where we can see the wonderful View of Makalu, Everest and their surrounding mountains. We finally return to Dingboche.
Day 09Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours. Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 10Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters). 8 hours. This is another big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365 meters, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team there about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep for the night. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 11Hike up to Kalapattar (5545 meters) and trek back to Dzongla (4620m.) Most of morning in this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Pattar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555 meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028ft, 8848 meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep. Then we descend gently to Lobuche and then go upward to Dzongla.
Day 12Dzongla to Thangna (4650 m.) This day at first we walk on the flat stone path for some time passing through arid valley. Then we ascend in the steep path to Chola pass in the icy trails along Chola glacier. After we reach Chola pass we descend down on another side through the stony path until we reach Phedi. From there we climb down up to Thangna. It is a small village with few lodges and tea shops. You can catch a glimpse of Machhermo peak and some others.
Day 13Thangna to Gokyo (4750m.) We walk along the glacier route until we reach first Lake of Gokyo. The trek is easier over flat path following Dudh Koshi River up to Gokyo. It is a windy valley and situated near the third lake. At Gokyo you are stunned by the natural beauty of Dudh Pokhari Lake.
Day 14Rest day at Gokyo This day we take rest and explore the Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumba glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal.
Day 15Climb Gokyo Ri (5483m.) and trek to Machhermo (4410m.) This day we first climb the Gokyo Ri which emerges above the village in the northern side of the Lake. From the Peak you can see the beautiful view of the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Then we descend to Gokyo and trek top Machhermo. We follow the Dudh Koshi River. We see large yak pastures there.
Day 16Machhermo to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) From Machhermo we walk downhill to Phortse tenga. We pass through the forest covered with rhododendron, pine and local incense. Then we ascend in the steep path to Monglo and then descend gently to Khumjung. From Khumjung we walk in the flat path for some time and then descend to Namche.
Day 17Namche to Lukla This day is the last day of trekking. From Namche we descend to Lukla passing through the forest of rhododendron and pine as well as Sherpa villages.
Day 18Morning flight back to Kathmandu. 30 minutes. Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19Departure. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Thank you very much Bishnu for providing us two lovely Treks. Annapurna (Jomsom) Trek and Everest, Gokyo Peak. The Annapurna Trek was very beautiful and comfortable, although I was sick. You took very good care of us and gave us an unforgettable service. The second Trek to Gokyo Peak and back was just amazing. During the 10 days we had a great time and I felt very save as you were patient and well organized. I will never forget all the cookies coming out of your small backpack every day! So thank you again for an amazing experience in the Himalayan mountains! Take good care of you and your family. We are looking forwards seeing you again sometime. If anybody is interested to do a trek in Nepal, don't hesitate to go with Bishnu. He will make your trip flexible and comfortable and for sure you will be overwhelmed by the stunning nature.
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