Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek

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Gokyo Lake, Khumjung, Nepal
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Duration

15 Days 14 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is a popular and challenging trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal. It combines the classic Everest Base Camp trek with a detour to the stunning Gokyo Valley, offering trekkers a unique and diverse Himalayan experience.

This trek takes you through the heart of the Khumbu region, where you’ll encounter breathtaking landscapes, towering snow-capped peaks, remote Sherpa villages, and Buddhist monasteries. The journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small mountain airstrip that serves as the gateway to the Everest region.

From Lukla, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi River, passing through vibrant Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche. Along the way, you’ll be surrounded by magnificent views of Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), and other awe-inspiring peaks.

After experiencing Everest Base Camp, the trek takes a thrilling turn as you cross the challenging Chola Pass (5,420m). This high-altitude pass offers panoramic vistas of the surrounding peaks and leads you to the pristine Gokyo Valley. Here, you’ll find a series of glacial lakes, including the breathtakingly beautiful Gokyo Lake.

You’ll have the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m), a nearby viewpoint that rewards you with an unforgettable panorama of Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and other Himalayan giants. The tranquil setting of Gokyo Valley provides a peaceful contrast to the bustling Everest Base Camp.

Essential Tips for a Successful Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek

  • Prioritize physical fitness and prepare with regular exercise.
  • Allow for proper acclimatization by taking rest days and staying hydrated.
  • Obtain the necessary permits: Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit.
  • Consider hiring a knowledgeable guide or porter for assistance and navigation.
  • Pack light, including essential items such as warm clothing, trekking boots, a sleeping bag, a waterproof jacket, sunscreen, and a first aid kit.
  • Dress in layers to adjust to changing weather conditions.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
  • Follow a balanced diet to fuel your trek.
  • Use trekking poles for stability and to reduce strain on knees.
  • Respect the local Sherpa culture, learn basic Nepali phrases, and ask permission before taking photographs.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and emergency medical evacuation.
  • Plan well in advance, be flexible with your itinerary, and enjoy the journey!

Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek Safety Considerations

  • Proper altitude acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Consider hiring an experienced trekking guide.
  • Carry out a list of emergency contacts and share your itinerary.
  • Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Trek in a group or find trekking companions.
  • Familiarize yourself with emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Follow local guidelines and respect the advice of authorities.
  • Be aware of your physical fitness and personal limitations.

About Chola Pass

Chola Pass is a tough but beautiful mountain pass in the Himalayas of Nepal. It’s a part of the Everest Three Passes Trek and is really high up, giving trekkers an exciting and wide view. The pass has steep and rocky paths, and it’s surrounded by big snow-covered mountains. While the exact height can change, reaching Chola Pass often means going over 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) high. People who trek through this pass get to see amazing alpine landscapes, icy features, and the untouched mountain wilderness. Chola Pass is a big deal on the trekking route because it gives trekkers stunning views and a feeling of achievement when they conquer its tough paths. The experience at Chola Pass is all about having an adventure and exploring,

Chola Pass Height

The Chola Pass, also known as Chhoya La or Chhoyala, is a high-altitude mountain pass located in the Himalayas, specifically in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal. Generally, mountain passes in the Himalayas are known for their challenging terrain and breathtaking landscapes, and Chola Pass is likely no exception.During this trek you are crossing Cho La Pass which is at the height of 5368 m from sea leavel. Trekkers often navigate through this pass as part of the Everest Three Passes Trek, or combine with Everest Base Camp Trek, which includes crossing Cho La, Renjo La, and Kongma La passes, offering a spectacular and challenging trekking experience amidst the majestic peaks of the Everest region. The pass is likely to provide panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and glaciers, making it a notable highlight for those exploring the Everest region in Nepal.

About Gokyo Lake

Gokyo Lake is a really beautiful place in the Everest region of Nepal. It’s a stunning natural sight that people find very peaceful. The lake is part of a group of amazing lakes, all surrounded by big mountains. When people trek to Gokyo Lake, they usually visit six main lakes, and the third one is the biggest and most special. The lake has calm water, and the color is a pretty turquoise that stands out against the snowy mountains. Gokyo Ri, a tall peak in the area, gives trekkers incredible views of the mountains, including Mount Everest. The trek to Gokyo Lake is a bit challenging because it goes up to about 4,700 meters (15,420 feet) high. But it’s an exciting adventure, and being at Gokyo Lake is not just about seeing amazing things; it’s also a peaceful and enjoyable time with nature. It’s a great place for people who want a special and calm adventure in the Everest area.

Gokyo Lake Altitude

Gokyo Lakes are beautiful lakes in the Himalayas of Nepal. There are six main lakes, and the third one is the biggest. These lakes are really high up, about 4,700 meters (15,420 feet) above sea level. They have pretty blue water and are surrounded by tall mountains, like Gokyo Ri, which is a great spot for trekkers to see a wide view. People who trek to Everest Base Camp often visit these lakes because they are so pretty and peaceful. The high altitude makes it challenging and exciting to reach and explore these lakes, making them a special place for people who love nature and trekking in the Everest area.

Gokyo Lake Trek

The Gokyo Lake Trek is an amazing journey in the mountains of Nepal and a part of Everest Base camp Trek. It gives people a special and breathtaking experience. During this trek, you walk through beautiful landscapes in the Solu-Khumbu area and reach the famous Gokyo Lakes. These lakes are stunning and are found at different heights. The trek usually includes visits to six main lakes, and the third one is the biggest. The Gokyo Lakes are surrounded by tall mountains, especially Gokyo Ri, which gives trekkers fantastic views. The trek takes you to altitudes of about 4,700 meters (15,420 feet) above sea level, making it both challenging and exciting. As you go, you get to see the impressive Himalayas, including glimpses of Mount Everest. The Gokyo Lake Trek is not just about beautiful sights; it’s also a fulfilling and peaceful experience. It’s a great choice for people who love nature and want a unique adventure in the Everest area.

You Can do this trek separately without combine with other trek, Just visit this package for Gokyo Lake Trek. If You have limited time and low in Budget then just do this trek.

Highlights

  • Breathtaking views of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, and other towering peaks in the Everest region.
  • Trekking through picturesque Sherpa villages and experiencing the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people.
  • Crossing the challenging and adventurous Chola Pass, located at an elevation of 5,368 meters.
  • Exploring the serene Gokyo Valley, home to stunning turquoise lakes and magnificent glaciers.
  • Climbing Gokyo Ri for panoramic sunrise views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.
  • Visiting Everest Base Camp and getting a close-up view of the iconic Khumbu Icefall.
  • Experiencing the unique culture and traditions of the Sherpa people.
  • Enjoying the pristine beauty of the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Witnessing the natural beauty of the Himalayan landscape, including glaciers, moraines, and alpine forests.
  • Challenging yourself with high-altitude trekking and crossing the snow-covered Chola Pass.
  • Capturing incredible photographs of the majestic mountains, glacial lakes, and diverse landscapes.
  • Creating lifelong memories and a sense of achievement by reaching the base of the world's highest peak.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Kathmandu Lukla , Lukla Kathmandu Flight.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a gateway to the Everest region.
  • Meet your trekking crew in Lukla and begin the trek to Phakding.
  • Trek through picturesque Sherpa villages and cross suspension bridges.
  • Enjoy the stunning mountain views and immerse yourself in the Himalayan landscape.
  • Overnight stay in Phakding.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek from Phakding, following the Dudh Koshi River.
  • Cross suspension bridges and ascend through pine forests.
  • Reach the bustling Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, a major trading hub of the region.
  • Explore the town, visit local shops, and experience the Sherpa culture.
  • Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a rest day at Namche for acclimatization.
  • Explore the town, visit the local market, and hike to the Everest View Hotel for panoramic mountain vistas.
  • Learn about the Sherpa culture and lifestyle at the Sherpa Museum.
  • Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume the trek from Namche and descend to the Dudh Koshi River.
  • Cross a suspension bridge and ascend through rhododendron forests.
  • Reach Tengboche, home to the famous Tengboche Monastery.
  • Attend the evening prayer ceremony and soak in the serene atmosphere.
  • Overnight stay in Tengboche.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek through lush forests and cross the Imja Khola river.
  • Ascend gradually through alpine landscapes and arrive in Dingboche.
  • Enjoy stunning views of Ama Dablam and other peaks.
  • Overnight stay in Dingboche.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Spend a day in Dingboche for acclimatization.
  • Take a short hike to Nangkartshang Peak for panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Rest, relax, and allow your body to adapt to the increasing altitude.
  • Overnight stay in Dingboche.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume the trek and climb through the Khumbu Glacier moraine.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Arrive in Lobuche, a popular stop on the Everest Base Camp trek.
  • Overnight stay in Lobuche.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Gorak Shep, the last settlement before Everest Base Camp.
  • After a short rest, continue the trek to Everest Base Camp.
  • Explore the base camp, witness the climbers' preparations, and soak in the unique atmosphere.
  • Return to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Start early and hike to Kalapattar for sunrise views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks.
  • Descend to Gorak Shep and continue the trek to Dzongla.
  • Enjoy the scenic landscapes and the tranquility of the region.
  • Overnight stay in Dzongla.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Embark on a challenging trek, crossing the high-altitude Chola Pass.
  • Trek through icy trails and snowy terrain, enjoying panoramic views.
  • Descend to Dragnag, a small settlement nestled in the mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Dragnag.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume the trek and reach the beautiful Gokyo Valley.
  • Enjoy the serene turquoise lakes of Gokyo and the stunning mountain views.
  • Explore the Gokyo village and surrounding areas.
  • Overnight stay in Gokyo.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Start early and hike to Gokyo Ri for a breathtaking sunrise view of Everest and neighboring peaks.
  • Descend to Gokyo and continue the trek to Dole.
  • Enjoy the scenic landscapes and alpine forests.
  • Overnight stay in Dole.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume the trek and descend through rhododendron forests.
  • Cross suspension bridges and pass through small Sherpa settlements.
  • Arrive in Namche Bazaar, where you can rest and relax.
  • Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the descent from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
  • Enjoy the last day of trekking, passing through Sherpa villages and lush landscapes.
  • Reach Lukla and celebrate the completion of your trek with your team.
  • Overnight stay in Lukla.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take an early morning scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Spend the day relaxing or exploring the vibrant city.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.

Durations

15 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The best time to do this trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making it ideal for trekking in the Everest region.

The Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is considered a challenging trek. It involves long and strenuous daily hikes, steep ascents and descents, and crossing the high-altitude Chola Pass. Prior trekking experience and a good level of physical fitness are recommended to undertake this trek.

Yes, you need several permits for this trek, including the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card. Additionally, if you plan to visit Gokyo, you will need a Gokyo Valley Permit. Your trekking agency will assist you in obtaining these permits.

Accommodation during the trek is in teahouses or lodges along the trail. These basic yet comfortable accommodations offer private or shared rooms with twin beds, blankets, and simple toilet facilities. Please note that the higher you go, the more basic the facilities may become.

Yes, altitude sickness is a concern during the Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek due to the high elevations. It is important to acclimatize properly by taking rest days, drinking plenty of fluids, and ascending gradually. It is recommended to consult with your guide and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.

The teahouses along the trail offer a variety of meals, including traditional Nepali dishes (such as dal bhat), international cuisine (such as pasta and soups), and basic snacks. It is advisable to consume hygienic and cooked meals and to avoid raw or uncooked food items.

While it is not mandatory, hiring a guide for the Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is highly recommended. A guide will provide valuable assistance, navigate the trail, offer cultural insights, ensure your safety, and assist in case of any emergencies.

Yes, most teahouses offer charging facilities for a small fee. However, it is recommended to carry extra batteries or power banks as electricity availability may be limited in higher-altitude areas.

ATM facilities are limited and generally not available beyond Namche Bazaar. It is advisable to carry enough cash (in Nepalese rupees) for the entire trek, including any additional expenses and emergency situations.

Yes, hiring a porter is a common practice on this trek. Porters can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek with less weight and more comfort. Hiring a porter also supports the local economy and provides employment opportunities for the local community.

Tour's Location

Gokyo Lake, Khumjung, Nepal

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