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Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek
Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek
Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek
Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek
Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek
Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek
Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek
Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek
Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek
Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek
Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek
Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek
Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek

Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek

Overview And Highlights

Everest Base Camp – Chola Pass – Gokyo Trek is an anti-clockwise trekking route combined with classic EBC and Gokyo Lake with superb panoramic views from Gokyo Ri.

Although there’s nothing really at the Everest Base Camp, the views from Kala Pattar and Gokyo Ri make this trek worthwhile.

Everest Two Valleys Trekking Route

This trekking route is popular as two valley trekking on Everest because we visit the two valleys of Everest Khumbu valley and Gokyo valley on the same trekking route.

The Everest Base Camp – Chola Pass – Gokyo trek begins in Lukla, like all other standard Everest treks. From Lukla, you’ll trek along a trail into the Dudh Koshi valley, through several dozen villages, yak pastures, rhododendron forests, suspension bridges, and more suspension bridges.

On your way to Everest, you’ll stop at Namche Bazaar, a famous town where backpackers and climbers flock in droves during peak trekking seasons, especially in October. Usually, most trekkers reach Namche Bazaar on the second day of their trek. The hike to Namche, however, is quite challenging and is a test of stamina, since the trail is long and gets quite steep in the final stretch.

After spending two nights in Namche for acclimatization, The trails head up to Gorak Shep (5,165m) and finally Kala Pattar (5,550m). Gorak Shep is the Base Camp of the historical 1953’ Everest Expedition and the site where Peace Nepal Treks had successfully organized the 2009’ Everest Cricket Match. You’ll get two days around Gorak Shep, the base camp, and Kala Pattar. There’s nothing interesting about the base camp Everest that cannot be seen clearly from there. The best views of Everest can be seen from the summit of Kala Pattar – a hill that looks like a small brown “bump” on the landscape when compared to the dominating snow giants above it. 

From Gorak Shep, you’ll walk for two more days before crossing over Cho La Pass  (5,420m). The trail then takes you to the Cho La pass (5,420m), one of the most trekked passes in the region. Crossing Cho La is difficult because there are snow and ice covering the small rocks on the steep slopes on the Gokyo side. Although crossing this pass needs a lot of care, you won’t be needing a crampon.

GOKYO is one of the most dramatic and interesting valleys in the Everest region. Once in Gokyo, you can also climb Gokyo Ri (5,360m) for a panoramic view of all of the region’s eight-thousanders including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. 

From GOKYO, you’ll retrace back to Namche and then to Lukla and take a “hair-raising” flight to get back to Kathmandu. you’ll retrace back to Namche and then to Lukla and take a “hair-raising” flight to get back to Kathmandu.

The trail then takes you to the Cho La pass (5,420m), one of the most trekked passes in the region. Crossing Cho La is difficult because there are snow and ice covering the small rocks on the steep slopes on the Gokyo side. Gokyo Ri (5,360m) for a panoramic view of all of the region’s eight-thousanders including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. 

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you with checking in.

Flight to Lukla 2,840m and Trek to Phakding 2,610m, Overnight in Phakding, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is 40 minutes of pure mountain experience until we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Our trek begins in Lukla as we descend towards the Dudh Koshi River before following the trail leading to Namche Bazaar.

The trek to Namche Bazar is a steep climb through forests of rhododendron around the Sagarmatha National Park. After crossing several suspension bridges and four hours of walking we reach the Sherpa market of Namche Bazaar.

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Two days of rest in Namche Bazaar helps us in acclimatization and prepares us for our journey ahead. Namche, the trading capital of the Khumbu region was once the trading grounds of Tibetan Salt. Even today we can see Tibetans selling rugs, clothing, salt, and dried meat in the region. Namche is believed to be one of the best places on earth to see the sunrise and set.

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After breakfast, we walk through many mani walls and stay beautiful village of Tengboche. The largest Buddhist monastery in Khumbu (Tengboche Monastery also known as Dawa Choling Gompa is situated in Tengboche village 3,860m.
We can see the beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountains, including the well-known peaks of TawacheEverestNuptseLhotseAma Dablam, and Thamserku

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4410

we follow the Imja Khola through Pangboche until we reach Dingboche.

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4410

Today is a day of leisure day and walk around the places for good acclimatize about 2/ 3 hours walking around. We stay for the night in Dingboche.

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Today we ascend to Lobuche passing through the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. We camp at Lobuche for the night.

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Gorak Shep is the Base Camp of the historical 1953’ Everest Expedition and the site where Peace Nepal Treks had successfully organized the 2009’ Everest Cricket Match. We have a time climbing the famous Kala Patthar peak (5,550m) in the evening and next early morning visit the Everest base camp 5,364m.

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4910

Early morning, we walk towards the Everest base camp (5,364m) and return to Gorakshep. From Gorak Shep, we return to Lobuche, overnight stay in Lobuche

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Dzongla is a pleasant walk from Lobuche and offers superb views of the Everest, Kala Pathar, and Pumori peaks.

Food
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
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5420

Today we trek to Chola Pass 5,420m which is a comparatively difficult climb due to steep slopes and glacial traverses. We stay for the night in Thangnak kharka.

Food
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
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After successful Chola Pass, we walk to Gokyo and night stay in Gokyo.

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Gokyo is a small village at the foot of the magnificent Gokyo Ri 5,360m, a 3-hour ascent from its base. The view from the top of this small snow-covered hill is breathtaking and captures a stunning Everest between the Changtse and Nuptse.

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3400

The trail now descends to Namche Bazaar which offers superb views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kwangde peaks. We stay overnight at Namche, a perfect place to celebrate the success of our two-week trek.

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3440

On our way back, we cross suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, make our way through steep descends and walk past numerous tea houses before finally arriving at Lukla.

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1400

Again, 40 minutes of pure mountain experience on our flight to Kathmandu marks the end of our journey.

Today, you have time till your departure from Kathmandu and can visit the historical city of Kathmandu and tourist places in Thamel.

Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.

 

What Is Included ?

  • Transportation: return transfers from the International airport to your hotel
  • Hotel stay: one-night hotel accommodation stay in Kathmandu
  • Entry fees: all government taxes and Everest National park entry fees
  • TIMS CARD: (Trekking Information Management System) & local tax
  • Guide & porter: One experienced English speaking guide & necessary supporter to carry your luggage (two guests = 1 porter (we pay their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment, food, and accommodation)
  • Digital pulse: Oximeters for high altitude check
  • Crampons: Snow walking crampons in mountains if necessary
  • Wages: 16 days guide wages including his insurances/meals and accommodation/insurances/equipment
  • Wages: 16 days porter (to carry your luggage) wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • 15 nights mountain lodge accommodation (best available) with twin sharing basis on tea house services trek
  • Guest flight: ticket Kathmandu to Lukla and fly back Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Guide flight: ticket Kathmandu to Lukla and fly back Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Trekking equipment: trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag/down jacket (we provide these if necessary), to return after the trek completed
  • Water purification tablets: unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bars and cookies at base camp
  • Fruits: Seasonal fresh fruits where is possible
  • Local SIM CARD (NCELL), to return after the trek completed
  • Rescue arrangements: in the emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • Diamox: Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc)
  • Map: Everest region trekking map
  • Rubbish disposal
  • government taxes & PNT official service charge

Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks (paying your own). You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

What Is Excluded?

  • Meals: All meals (lunch/dinner/breakfast) in Kathmandu & on the trek
  • Snacks: chocolate/aerated drinks/mineral water/alcoholic drinks/nutria bars
  • Hotel stays: extra night hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Tipping: end of the trek tips to guides and support staff
  • Rescue services: additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate medical & travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies), including helicopter evacuation & hospitalization (medical test, medicine) if required
  • extra expenses: personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as bottle water/coca-cola/WIFI on trek/hot shower/electric device recharge
  • city visit: sightseeing in Kathmandu entrance fees/transportation/hire guide
  • Flight ticket: Your International flight ticket airfare & Nepal entry visa fees which travel visa can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport, On Arrival Visa Fee 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, 90 Days – 125 USD
  • Services not mentioned herein Personal trekking equipment

Food on tea house trek: During tea house treks our guests pay for their own food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge. It can be about USD $25 each day per person. You can choose your own meal as a menu for every tea house.

Travel Insurance: –

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness, and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while traveling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Altitude Graph

Additional Information

Spring: March-May

The spring season of March/April/May is the best for holidays in the Nepalese Himalayas. The sky and the weather are very clear and sunny in these months and the temperature is warmer. At heights below 3,500 meters, you can expect temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees during the daytime, although these will drop at night. Once above 3,500m, you should expect significant temperature drops at night and early morning, often as low as -15 degrees.

There is some rain in these months, but nothing severe and this really helps to bring out the natural colors in the varied flora and fauna, especially in the national flower of Nepal, the rhododendron.

This is the primary time for tourism in Nepal with trekkers and mountain climbers seen all across the country.

Summer: June – August

Nepal experiences its monsoon season during June, July, and August, and it can sometimes last until mid-September. Some treks are possible in mid-June before the rains really get heavy, however, visibility can be limited.

The rains bring other challenges and obstacles. Mountain flights are not so frequent, while landslides can block the roads. Trekking in mid-June is still possible but we advise against the classic treks such as Everest due to the risk of long delays at Lukla which could potentially lead to missing international flights. If this is the only season possible for you, then we recommend treks in drier parts of the country such as Upper Mustang or Upper Dolpo. We can also suggest other activities such as white water rafting or visiting the National Parks at Chitwan or Bardia.

Autumn: September – November

With very similar conditions to spring, the autumn season begins in mid-September and runs to mid-December, and is also ideal for trekking. This is a long window of good visibility and so there are a wide variety of trekking options available.
This time of year is also known for its festivals, especially the Dashain festival/Tihar festival and Chhad festival. There are also long national holidays so many people return to their villages to see family, making rural Nepal even more vibrant than normal. There is little rain and the skies are mostly clear with warm weather. This does mean that the trekking routes can be quite crowded in the most popular areas so we advise booking early to avoid the disappointment of full tea houses.

The less popular trekking regions such as Manaslu, Tsum Valley, Upper Dolpo, Mustang, and Naar Phu are great alternatives for those who want to avoid the crowds at this busy time.

Winter: December – February

December to February is the winter season in Nepal. Trekking at this time is not ideal and we advise against anything that goes into thin air as snowfall is common and temperatures can be extremely low.

Trips that can be done in winter include trekking in the hills around Kathmandu, Ghorepani, Poon HillNagarkot, Chitwan National ParkBardia National Park, or experiencing a homestay in one of the local villages. The biggest positive of this time of year is the excellent sunsets and sunrises which can often be enjoyed in rural areas.

There is something for everyone at any time of year in Nepal and the team at Peace Nepal Treks is happy to advise the most suitable for your needs.

Below is a checklist of equipment that we advise people have with them when visiting Nepal. This is a guideline only and will depend on the type of trip you are undertaking.

While we always suggest bringing your most important equipment from home, it is possible to buy or rent equipment in Kathmandu where almost all products and major brands are available, often at cheaper rates than you might find at home.

This equipment listed is prepared by our long experiences in trekking. During the treks, our porters can carry approximately 20kg in total while we recommend that any trekker carries their own day-pack that weighs between 8-12kgs which would include a camera, snacks, and drinking water for easy access.

trekking_equipments list for trekkers

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swimwear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woolen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunblock
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

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