Gokyo Valley Trek View From Gokyo Ri
The Gokyo Chola Pass trek is a high elevation trek and extreme adventurous. The trekking trail is also called Everest Circuit trekking. It takes after the course by means of high pass called Cho-La Pass at 5330 meters into Everest Base Camp. This trek starts from Lukla.
After a grand trans-Himalayan flight to Lukla, take the Everest trail to Namche Bazaar and an acclimatization day. At that point branch North West to climb the quiet DudhKoshi Valley to the lake town of Gokyo on the Ngozumpa frosty moraine. Utilize a rest day to investigate the valley. The trails to Gokyo Valley winds through run of the mill Sherpa towns and lavish vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park arranged on the lifted Khumbu Region at the base of Everest.
From Gokyo Valley you appreciate the 10,000 foot perspective of Gokyo Valley, Gokyo lakes, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Amadablam among others. A solid scale Gokyo Ri for dawn offers taking off perspectives over the icy mass that incorporate Cho Oyo, Ghyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. At that point stroll down the valley for 60 minutes and cross the 1km icy mass to Tagnag.
Begin before dawn for the extreme Cho La climb and long plunge to Lobuche. This can be a troublesome, frosty yet extremely lovely trek. The trail then ascents, for two less demanding days, to GorakShep. After lunch stroll to see the ring of pinnacles encompassing Everest Base Camp, on the Khumbu Glacier – and the ice fall towards the summit.
From GorakShep, a dawn climb up Kala Patthar offers sublime perspectives of Everest, the South Col, Nuptse and the ice sheet underneath. After breakfast, start the less demanding, hotter, four day descending trek to Lukla. At Lukla, take the return flight to Kathmandu for your final departure or you can extend your trip available with us.
Gokyo Chola pass trekking Itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu.
Our airport representative will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few meters from the exit door. Please check your name at play card. He will bring you to hotel in Kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes
Day 2: Kathmandu (1360m)
In the morning we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour. We visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. We also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2652m)
approx 3 hours In the early morning we take the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m), flying parallel to giant Himalayan mountains bordering Nepal and China (Tibet). The flight time is about 40 minutes . After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. In the afternoon we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat(2550m) it is a short walk to Phakding.
Day04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446m)
approximately 7 hours From Phakding we cross the river and head up the valley, following porters from the south that are ferrying supplies to Namche Bazaar. The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months, when the flowers are in bloom. We cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, where there are tantalising glimpses of the snow-capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m), where we arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon the walking is a little tougher and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo it is a short walk to the entrance of the national park, before we cross the Dudh Kosi River to Jorsale (2805m). The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi Rivers, where we start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river, we slowly ascend at a steady pace. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar (3446m) (Acclimatization Day)
We remain at Namche Bazaar for a second night to allow for proper acclimatization to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village situated in a large protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade still exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village. The stunning vista includes a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. After breakfast, a variety of options exists. Perhaps a walk towards Thame (3810m) above the beautiful Bhote Khola River Valley or a visit to the national park headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and information on the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides are on hand to offer advice and escort you on walks.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3875m) (Trekking: approx 6 hours)
From Namche Bazaar, climb towards the park headquarters and follow a contouring trail high above the Dudh Kosi River. Above Namche the route to Thyangboche becomes visible with the monastery seen nestling below the summit of Everest and surrounded by other Himalayan peaks. On today’s walk there are opportunities to spot local wildlife including the beautiful Danfe pheasant, often seen among the birch and silver fir forest between Shanasa and Trashinga, and Himalayan tahr, on the high ground above the trail. After reaching the reforestation nursery at Trashinga, the trail drops steeply before crossing the Dudh Kosi River at Phunkitenga (3250m) After lunch,. In the afternoon we ascend, initially steeply, through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forests towards Thyangboche. The monastery and our lodge are located in a beautiful meadow surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks in a truly peaceful and tranquil setting. The most notable peaks seen from here are Kantega, Ama Dablam (perhaps the most beautiful peak in the region) and, of course, Mount Everest.
Day 07: Thyangboche to Dingboche (4360m) (Trekking: approx 4 hours)
Today it is a very pleasant walk, ascending gradually high above theImja Khola River and passing the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the river and old glacial moraines on our way to our lodge in the settlement of Dingboche. The scenery is spectacular and although Everest here disappears behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge, the huge peaks that tower above the eastern end of the valley are ample compensation. We are now almost completely above the tree-line and, in clear conditions, can look out for spectacular sunsets here and on Ama Dablam.
Day 08: Dingboche (4360m) (Rest and Acclimatization Day)
Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of small fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. It is occupied mainly through the monsoon months, when large numbers of yaks are brought here to graze in the valley pastures. Behind the lodge the huge rock faces of Taweche seem to soar to the heavens. Our trekking guide will advise us on activities for today, but the short excursion up the valley towards Chukkung is a worthwhile option. The views are fantastic in this valley; the towering south face of Lhotse to the north, Island Peak in the centre of the valley and the fluted ice walls of unnamed peaks that line the southern end of the valley.
Day 09: Dingboche – Lobuche (4930m) (Trekking: approx 6½ hours)
In the morning we ascend the small ridge behind the village above Pheriche Valley. From the chorten at the top, Taweche and Cholatse (6440m) make for a striking scene as they seem to lean forwards from across the valley in the west. To the north, Lobuje Peak (6119m) and the snowfields of Cho La dominate the skyline. The walking is now generally fairly flat on wide-open fields, but do take your time and ensure you are well hydrated. Late in the morning we cross the Khumbu Khola at Dughla (4620m) and take a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of Khumbu Glacier, which flows off Everest. In the afternoon, there is a solid and quite steep climb on a rocky trail to the top of the moraines. On the crest of the ridge, we pass a line of memorial cairns, built in memory of Sherpa’s and other climbers who have died on the various Everest expeditions over the last 50 years. From here the view is spectacular – Pumori (7145m) and, across the border in Tibet, Changtse (7550m), are seen at the head of the valley whilst Everest remains hidden behind the towering walls of Nuptse and Lhotse.
Day 10: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5160m) – Everest Base Camp
(Trekking: approx 3 hours to Gorak Shep, 5 hours round trip to Everest Base Camp) As the trek to Gorak Shep is relatively short, we have the opportunity for a leisurely breakfast before beginning the day’s walk. From Lobuche we follow the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu Glacier. A gradual ascent enables us to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. When we reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, we make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that leads eventually to the surprising glacial sands of Gorak Shep (5160m) – reached after about three hours of walking. After a quick bite we gear up accordingly to head off towards the Everest Base Camp.
Day 11: Gorak Shep – Kala Patar – Labuche (Trekking: approx 6 hours)
Day 12 : Labuche to Dzongla (4850m) (Trekking: approx 5 hours)
Early in the morning trek to Kala Patar (5545m) to experience sensational sunrise views from this amazing vantage point. From the lodge the ascent is quite steep, so start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady rhythmic pace. Kala Pathar is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk because of the altitude, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. Returning back to lodge and having breakfast we set off to Lobuche, where we stop for lunch. We then follow the Lobuche Khola downstream where, after a while, we take a trail to the right heading off towards Dzongla.
Day 13: Dzongla via Chola Pass – Thangnak (4600m) (Trekking: approx 6-7 hours)
The day begins very early in order to reach the top of the pass in the best possible conditions. From camp we ascend steeply on a narrow trail passing large boulders and huge rock slabs and keeping to the left of the main glacier. There are a number of cairns lining the route to the snowfield and, while the trail is well-defined, it does involve a little scrambling. Once on the snowfield the angle eases off and we soon reach the top of the pass (5420m), where the views are spectacular and include Baruntse (7220m) and Ama Dablam, as well as a sea of lesser peaks. Do not wander around the snowfield as there are crevasses and we may need to rope up for the pass crossing! The descent from the pass is steep and care should be taken as we follow the narrow rocky trail down to the Nymagawa Valley, After lunch we cross rocky screed and boulders and ascend the short distance to a small saddle that leads downhill all the way on an easy trail to the huts and tea houses at Thangnak.
Day 14: Thangnak to Gokyo Lake (4720m) (Trekking: approx 3-4 hours)
We head off towards the Ngozumba Glacier where we do a touch of boulder hopping as we pass small glacial lakes. The views are astounding as we enjoy different views of the Gokyo Valley as Cho Oyu and adjacent mountains bordering Tibet loom to the right. The trail then reaches the second lake of Gokyo, where we can see Brahmin ducks swimming in pairs and feeding on algae. From the second lake it takes another 45 minutes to reach the settlement of Gokyo where we spend the night.
Day 15: Rest day at Gokyo Lake (4720m) (Rest and Exploration Day)
Those who have opted for the morning views at Gokyo Ri have to rise early for an ascent of Gokyo Peak (5360m), while others can have a late breakfast and possibly take an optional walk up the Gokyo Valley to enjoy further magnificent scenery.
Day 16: Gokyo vio Renjola Pass lung den (4650m) (Trekking: approx 8 hours)
We have an early start as we have a long day ahead of us. The trail goes around north of Gokyo Lake and climbs up though screed slope as we as reach. Looking back, we enjoy excellent views of Gokyo and the mountains in the background. We continue to climb on screed and also boulder hop towards Renjo Pass (5420m). We finally reach the top of the pass, which is marked by prayer flags, from where we can have a look into Nangpa Valley and, looking back; we have views of Everest and Makalu. From the pass descending is tricky as we have to walk on screed and loose rocks (ropes are fixed in icy conditions to facilitate the descent). After a while we reach a glacial lake from where the valley opens up. We continue to head down the valley through open pastures for sometime before bearing right to reach the small settlement of Aria.
Day 17: Lungden – Thame (4289m)
(Trekking: approx 4-5 hours) We have a late start and descend all the way, following the Bhote Kosi River downstream. We walk down Nangpa Valley, passing through small settlements to finally reach the village of Marlung, where we stop for lunch. From Marlung the trail continues to descend and undulate passing through the village of Taranga to reach Thame.
Day 18: Thame to Manjo (2800) (Trekking: approx 6 hours)
After breakfast we leave Thami and descend to cross the Bhote Khola on a sturdy suspension bridge. There are some impressive Buddhist rock paintings in the area and, from here and on the cliffs above and below, Himalayan tahrs are often seen. Our route continues through the village of Thamo and back to Namche Bazaar where we take a welcome break for lunch. In the afternoon we descend steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. We follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where we take lunch. In the afternoon it is a short walk via Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest, with great views of Kusum Kangaru, back to our lodge in Phakding.
Day 19: Manjo to Lukla (2827m) (Trekking: approx 4½ hours)
A day is last day of trekking, where it is only a short walk on the valley before making the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla.
Day 20: Lukla to Kathmandu by air (1360m)
We rise early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel.
Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu and shopping
Day 22: Departure to Airport back to Home Tour ends.
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* Accommodation with breakfast at Standard hotel in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu city tour and all entry fees as per the above itinerary.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with hot water, tea & coffee during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 persons) if necessary, their food &accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
* Transportation by private car/van.
* National Park permits.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid medical kit box.
* Tourist service charge, Vat.
* Office Service charge.
* All Government Tax.
* any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and
* any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver…