Everest Circuit Trek Gokyo Chola Pass is one of the most famous and adventurous treks in the Everest region. It connects the Gokyo Valley following the route via the high pass of Cho La at 5330meters into the Everest Base Camp Valley. This is one of the most scenic treks in Nepal and is also very popular because of the Sherpa Culture as it goes right to the Sherpa Heartland.
This trek follows the highly adventrous trekking route through the Dudh Koshi to its source the Gokyo Lake to the west of the Everest Base Camp. The excellent trek gives the benefit to summit of Gokyo peak (5483m) offering a fantastic panoramic view of Cho Oyo, Everest, Makalu etc. During traveling through Khumbu Himal, Gokyo valley and pass, one is rewarded with some of the most dramatic landscapes.
Trip: Everest Base Camp, Gokyo via Chola Pass Trekking
Duration: 20 Days
Per day walking: 5 – 7 hrs
Grade: Moderate to Hard
Best Season: March – May / September - November
Accommodation: Tea House
Transportation: Domestic flight/ Car/ Haice/ Bus
Scenic and adventures flight to Lukla, real Nepalese life styles, settlement of mixed ethnic group, Visit to the Edmund Hillary School, Buddhist Monastry situated at the highest place on the way, Sherpa’s settlements, culture and religon. Spectacular views of the World’s Highest Mountain of Mount Everest and the Ama Dablam, Tawache, Thamserku, Lobuche, Island, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse, Khumbila, Kongde and other peaks. Gokyo Lake at 4350 and Hard pass Chola and visit Buddhist Monastery Tengboche.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Himalayan Mountain Guides representative will meet you at the Tribhubhan International Airport and transfer to the hotel. You will have short briefing regarding your trip.
Day 02: City tour & preparation in Kathmandu (1300m)
In the morning you will meet your tour guide to visit historic, religious and architectural places of Kathmandu valley. You will visit Swoyambhunath (Bhuddhists Shrine, also called monkey temple), Baudhanath (Largest Stupa in the world), Pasupatinath (Hindu’s greatest pilgrimage site) and Patan Durbar Sqare (Historic place for ancient art and architecture). Your guide will check all your trekking and climbing equipment. You can rent or buy the required equipment in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2810m) & trek to Phakding (2660m): 2: 30 hrs walking
Early in the morning you have to wake up to have stunning flight to the gateway to the region of the Legendry Sherpas. It takes 30 minutes to reach Tenzing and Hillary airport of Lukla. You can have wonderful views of mountains from your aircraft. Lukla flight itself is a world’s most adventures flight. In Lukla you will meet our rest of the staffs and yaks for baggage then your first day trekking begin from Lukla to Phakding (Meandering trails lined with stoned walls)
Day 04: Trek to Namche (3440m): 6 hrs walking
Today we will trek from Phakding following the torrent of Dudh Koshi the trail climbs north through forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs etc. Namche, the largest village often called administrative centre of Khumbhu region where you can also buy and rent the equipment needed for the treks.
Day 05: Namche- acclimatization day >Khumjung Hiking (3900m)
Today is your acclimatization day in Namche ; to adjust by exploring the local markets, mingle with the people, walk up to the Everest view point (you can see the stunning view of Mt. Everest and Amadamlam etc), breathing deeply and happily lazing around in sunshine. We visit to Sir Edmund Hillary’s school and hospital at Khumjung and Khunde.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3870m): 6 to 7 hrs walking
Today you walk down to Tengboche. You can visit the significant Buddhist Monastery; yak pasture and world’s highest sacred institution combined. Tengboche is in the panoramic place surrounded by Kwangde (6187m.), Twachee (6542m.), Amadablam (6812m), Everest (8848m.), Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse (8501m.), Kangtega and Thamserku. The trail now forks northeast along a tributary valley with the mountain views opening up to become very dramatic as the steep climb approaches the holy ground of Tengboche.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche (4243m): 5 to 6 hrs walking
Today we descent down to Debuche through the forest of birches conifers and rhododendrons. It is the home of the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) which runs hospital built in 1975 by the Japanese. Crossing Imja Khola (river) on a steel bridge, the route climb to the Pangboche.
Day 08: Pheriche – acclimatization day > Nangakarshang hiking (5010m)
To adjust with high altitude today also you stay at Pheriche. Today you will hike to Nangakarshang hill for acclimatization. You will have short briefing class regarding the high altitude sickness at HRA. HRA runs high altitude information class every day.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4940m): 5 to 6 hrs walking
Ascending at a sensible pace, traversing ice covered torrents, to Lobuche where stone houses sit amongst a frozen wilderness of stunning beauty and where a thrilling sense of closeness to our ultimate goal exists. From Lobuche you can have magnificent view of Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori and Nuptse which gives you more pleasure. At the top of the ridge you can see the memorials of the climbers.
Day 10: Trek to Everest B. C. (5360m) > Gorakshep (5170m): 5 hrs walking
The goal that is Base Camp is a demanding day. After breakfast you will start your trek to Everest Base camp. At Everest Base Camp you can see many expeditions’ tents during the spring season of Expedition. It is great place to view Khumbhu glacier. The first section of the trail goes through the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall At Gorakshep you have the glorious view of Mt. Phumori and Nuptse standing above us.
Day 11: Trek to Kalapathar (5545m) and stay at Dzongla (4830m): 6 hrs walking
The way is straight line up above the Gorakshep along the grassy ridge. Kala Pathar means black rock which is located at 5550m high, very closed and front side of the Mt. Everest. From Kala Pathar one can see panoramic view of Mt.Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt.Pumori, Mt.Lingtren, Mt. Khumertse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt.Lhotse, Mt.Ama Dablam, Mt.Thamserku and many more. Re-trace back to Lobuche than take the gradual trek to Dzongla.
Day 12: Trek to Taknak (4700m) via Chola Pass (5368m): 5 to 6 hrs walking
Today an early morning, after breakfast you will start your trek with slow uphill until the Pass: from where you will see magnificent view of the different mountain. This will be the difficult morning as you have to go through the glacier and rocky trail which may be interesting for you. After the Pass the trail descends all the way to Tanak.
Day 13: Trek to Gokyo (4790m): 4 to 5 hrs walking
Today after breakfast, the trek star with few up and down, cross the Ngozumpa glacier. After some time walk you will get to the other side of the Glacier than the trail goes along the second lake with nice view of the Mountain.
Day 14: Trek to Machhermo (4470m): 4 hrs walking
Early in the morning we hike towards the Gokyo peak/Gokyo Ri. From Gokyo Ri we can see fascinating view of Himalayans of Khumbu region like; Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m,Mt. Nuptse 7855m, Mt. Pumori 7161m, Mt. Amadablam 6856m, Mt. Thamserku 6723m, Mt. Kantega 6685m, Mt. Kusum Khagaru 6367m, Mt. Kongde 6011m, Mt. Twache peak 6367m, Mt. Cholaste 6335m etc.
Day 15: Trek to Khumjung (3780m): 5 to 6 hrs walking
Today is easy walking day. The trail goes downhill passing through Imja River Bridge.
Day 16: Trek to Manjo (2835m): 5 hrs walking
Today you walk all the way downhill to Monjo; En route you have to pass Namche Bazzar.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2810m): 5 hrs walking
Today is the last day of your adventure. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with our staff.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu: 30 minutes flight
You will take again the scenic and adventures flight from Lukla to reach Kathmandu.
Day 19: Kathmandu
Today is the free day in Kathmandu. You can have shopping. In the evening you will have farewell dinner in authentic Nepali restaurants with variety of cultural programs.
Day 20: Final Departure
Himalayan Mountain Guides representative will drop you to the Tribhubhan International Airport and give you Khada, for good luck.
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