Gokyo Chola Pass trek via Everest Base Camp
The Gokyo Chola pass trek via Everest base camp is a popular and challenging trekking route that combines the stunning Everest base camp trek with a detour to the Gokyo lakes and crossing the high- altitude Chola pass. The Gokyo Chola pass offers incredible views of Himalayan peaks, pristine lakes, and an opportunity to experience the unique culture of the Sherpa people.
Everest base camp is located at an elevation of 5364 m on the south side of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. It provides breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range. The trail passes through diverse landscapes, including dense forests, high- altitude settlements, lush valleys, and glacial moraines.
* The best time to visit
The best time to visit the Gokyo Chola pass trek via Everest base camp is during the spring (March to May) and Autum (September to November) seasons. These seasons provide the most favorable weather conditions and impressive views of the Himalayas.
Spring seasons offers generally clear and stable weather, with mild temperatures and longer daylight hours. The trails are filled with blooming rhododendron flowers and lush vegetation, making the trek even more enjoyable.
Autum months are the time of the harvest season. Leaves on the trees will turn yellow, orange, red, and brown, making the colorful hills. The high mountains are still cold and lower elevations are still warm but the day time walking temperatures are the most pleasant overall.
Winter and monsoon are less favorable for the Gokyo Chola Pass trek via Everest base camp. Winter brings cold temperatures, heavy snowfall, and limited teahouse availability whereas Monsoon season brings heavy rainfall making the path slippery, muddy, and less safe.
* Altitude sickness
While ascending quickly you may feel symptoms like nausea, headache, difficulty in breathing, increased heart rate, and uneasiness. And, if the symptoms persist for a longer duration then know that your body could not resist the altitude variation. So, if you feel these symptoms, please let your guide and your group know. Your guide will provide you with immediate first aid.
To minimize the risk of altitude sickness here are some guidelines:
Stop and rest where you are
Do not go any higher for at least 24 to 48 hours
Make sure you are drinking enough water
Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or exercise
* Accommodation and Foods
During the trek, teahouses usually provide basic room with a bed and shared bathroom facilities. The beds have mattresses, pillows, bed sheets, and some blankets. Hot water is available for some additional charge. Most hotels now have geyser, otherwise you will get a bucket of warm water.
Tea shops and lodges provide plentiful and delicious foods to suit the preferences of various trekkers. All the food will be cooked by the local cook by using local vegetables so the taste would be very local. However, the many teahouses provide food with Nepali, Indian, Italian, Tibetan, and continental flavors.
* Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend you to get travel insurance before going on a Gokyo Chola pass trek via Everest base camp. The trek includes high-altitude trekking, which may be physically challenging and dangerous. Make sure that, your insurance covers high- altitude trekking, medical expenses, emergency evacuation by helicopter, trip cancellation, and loss or theft of personal belongings. It can offer you with peace of mind and financial protection in the event of an unforeseen accident.
However, depending on your plan you may also want to consider obtaining additional coverage of activities like hiking, mountaineering, and adventure sports. Before you buy it, read the insurance documentation thoroughly and understand the coverage.
You need to obtain necessary permits to undertake Gokyo chola pass trek via Everest base camp. They are:
1 Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
2 Trekker’s Information Management System Card (TIMS)
* Guide and Porter
Hiring a guide and porter for the Gokyo Chola Pass trek via Everest base camp can greatly enhance your trekking experience, safety, and provide valuable cultural insights, allowing you to fully enjoy the trek. They can provide you valuable insights into the local culture, traditions, and history of the Everest region. They can explain the significance of monasteries, festivals, and other cultural aspects you encounter along the way.
Moreover, they are familiar with the trail conditions and alternate routes. Similarly a porter carries your heavy backpack, and allowing you to trek with a lighter load. Therefore, you can join us for hiring a highly experienced, helpful, friendly, and English speaking licensed trekking guide and porter with their insurance.
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On your arrival to Kathmandu from Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), the representative from Nepal Holiday Treks and Tours welcome you and then you shall be transferred to the categorized Hotel in Kathmandu to which you are comfortable with.
We will head towards Lukla early in the morning by flight. We will see the scenic fight of the Himalayan foothills and then we will start trekking in Everest region. And after reaching Lukla we will meet corresponding trekking staff and we will do packing and arrangement over there. We will walk 3 hours to Phakding along the Dudh koshi river then we will start to trek to Phakding. We will spend a night in Lukla with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We will start to trek along the banks of dudh koshi river by crossing the majestic river through suspension bridges. After reaching the Sagarmatha National Park, we will climb slowly and observe some views of mountains. We will finally reach to Namche Bazar which is also known as home of many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, and money exchange services. We will stay a night over there with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We will spend a day in Namche Bazar in order to alleviate our tired and lethargic muscle. We will make a short distance to the way of museum which is celebrated for exibits of traditional culture of Sherpa people. After that we will hike up to the Syangboche Airport which lies closer to the Everest View Hotel where we can observe the views of the Himalayas with a astonishing sunrise and sunset over the panoroma of khumbu peaks. Namche is a colorful village which includes interesting and exhilarating shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of mountains. We will stay a night over there with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
As we climb steeply out of valley passing through the rhododendron forest, we will see juniper and large conifers according to the altitude being increased which makes the trekking very much pristine in spring time. We will observe Khumbi La and Twache throughout the day. We will spent a night over there with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We will ascend to the ridge to observe the perfect view down the valley to Kengtega as well as upward to Cho Oyu and then we will climb down to a river and again climb upwards to the final moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. Eventually, we will reach to Machhermo by early noon. Then, we will stay a night over there with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We will head from Machhermo to Gokyo which is one of our primary destination. We will spend 2 night for this base camp as we have a lot to do like sightseeing, hiking and trekking in Gokyo. Therefore, we will stay a night with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Today we are having a acclimatization day and make up to the top of Gokyo RI (5357m). There are stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu mountains range like Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cholaste, Tabuche peak and Gychung Kang.
We have a short trail from Gokyo to Dragnag since the next destination for us is bit difficult concerning the health. But we still have continuous views of fine mountains and nature. So we take a slow and steady walk on this day.
Today is going to be a tough day, since the pass is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. Our trail climbs through a narrow valley and a rocky trail, we climb up continuously from Phedi. As we gain height, the view gets increasingly captivating before us. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the Cho La pass (5368m) decorated with prayer flags. We get the sight of famous mountains like Kyajo Ri, Tengkangpoche, Numbur, Kangchung etc. Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soar on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. After the Cho La pass, the trail descends steeply towards the Dzonglha (4,830 m) passing through some crevasses and pine forests.
The trail is descends and ascends gently to Labuche. The whole trip provides us with excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse, Everest, Pumori, Lobuche peak etc. Lobuche is a small village situated nearby the stream and the sunset on Nuptse is a most for sight on this day.
Today we follow the rocky moraine path and we can enjoy incredible views of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Nuptse, Lobuche east as well as Khumbu glacier and ice fall. Down below the Khumbu glacier we have a short downhill walk after the last rocky moraine dunes bring us to Gorakshep. And after having lunch at Gorakshep we head towards Everest Base Camp leaving our bag pack in lodge. The trek trail is on glacier and snowcapped rocks. We can see many small frozen lakes around the EBC. There are several mountains including Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Nuptse,etc in our sight. The most impressive view from Everest base camp is the Khumbu icefall. And making all this beautiful day we head back to Gorakshep for our overnight stay.
We will have a easy walk and declination to pheriche. We will observe big Monastery, large field with camp sites and tea houses, logdes. We will stay and enjoy a night there with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We will trek down to Phunkethanga which is a small places of tea houses. This track leads to the downhill from the forested path and after that we will cross the bridge along the Dudh Koshi river and incline to climp from Sanasa to Namchebacher. We will stay a night over there with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Waking up early in the morning we will trek back to Nepal. During our trek we will enjoy Fascinating scenario of mountains and the Local Sherpa village. Then after that we will reach back to Lukla where we will take some rest and relax and also get some time to celebrate our journey. This trek will be a strong memories for a life time.
Now, finally we will flight back to Kathmandu and then we will reach Kathmandu.
On this day, you shall be transferred to the International Airport at least 3 hours before your flight for the onward destination by a representative of Nepal Holiday Treks and Tours.
My stay in Nepal and the trekking tour via Namche Bazar to Kala Patthar as well as via Cho La Pass to Gokyo and back to Lukla was a wonderful and unforgetable experience thanks to Nepal Holiday Trek and Tours. The tour was very well organised and everybody was very friendly and helpful. I had an exellent guide with a long experience who explained a lot in good English. He also made sure that I could carefree enjoy the fantastic nature (e.g. with calling at tea houses to reserve rooms prior to our arrivel). Talking about nature, the scenery on this tour is truely stunning: high mountains, glaciers, green valleys, clear rivers, breathtaking views. Sadly I stumbled over some hidden piles of rubbish in the middle of nowhere and with some distance to villages. So to all the trekkers out there: Please avoid buying plastic bottles (tap water can easily be treated) and take your rubbish out of the beautiful mountains (rubbish thrown in bins at tea houses might end up on those piles). I warmly recommend booking this tour with Nepal Holiday Trek and Tours.
I booked my trek to EBC with Nepal Holiday Treks and Tours. Thanks to Ramesh for arranging everything and making my trekking experience great. He arranged us a porter (Prem) who carried a lot of weight on his back and never complained. During the trek Ramesh checked up on us to see if we were doing ok.
Waterproof day pack
Small waterproof bags
Warm down jacket
Woolen hat and scarf
Raincoat and rain trousers
Antibacterial hand wash
Tooth brush and tooth paste
Small personal power bank
Camera and batteries
Other required equipment’s