Everest Gokyo Cho La Pass

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Trip Introduction

A fantastic trek that offers a good alternative route to the traditional base camp in the Khumbu valley with plenty of time at Gokyo to explore the wild beauty of the less populated area. Additional day trips and high altitude walking including the crossing of Chola Pass can also be tailored as per interest and timeframe of the clients. This trek offers the best of the mountain scenery including the view point of Kala Patthar (5,545m) where you can see more than 30 of the highest mountains along with Mt. Everest, Everest Base Camp and the cracking glacier. An incomparable blend of ancient Buddhist monasteries, serene Sherpa villages, rushing snow-fed river and sequences of the most beautiful panorama of the surrounding Himalayan Peaks are the highlights of this trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer with assistance to Hotel.
Day 02: Full day visit in Kathmandu city and evening free, preparation for trekking.
Day 03: Kathmandu (1310m) - Lukla (2840m) - Phakding (2640m) 04:00hrs.
Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m) 05:00hrs.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar - rest day for acclimatization.
Day 06: Namche -  Dole (4200m) 06:00hrs.
Day 07: Dole - Machhermo (4410m) 04:00hrs.
Day 08: Machhermo - Gokyo  (4790m) 03:00hrs.
Day 09: Gokyo - excursion Gokyo Ri (5360m) 02:00hrs.
Day 10: Gokyo Ri -  Thangnak (4690m) 05:00hrs.
Day 11: Thangnak - Cho La pass (5330m) - Lobuche (4948m) 07:00hrs.
Day 12: Lobuche - Kalapatthar (5545m) - Gorakshep (5100m) 05:00hrs.
Day 13: Gorakhsep - Everest Base Camp (5357m) - Lobuche 07:00hrs.
Day 14: Lobuche - Pangboche (3930m) 07:00hrs
Day 15: Pangboche - Khumjung village (3790m) 07:00hrs
Day 16: Khumjung - Phakding (2610m) 06:00hrs
Day 17: Phakding - Lukla (2840m) 04:00hrs
Day 18: Lukla - Kathmandu (1310m) fly 30 minutes.
Day 19: Departure transfer to onward destination.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m)
Meet us outside the airport, transfer to Hotel. Meet with trekking guide and discuss about necessary things.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu
After breakfast, keep full day valley sightseeing with Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal, visiting Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visiting Swoyambhunath, a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can overlook the scenery of Kathmandu, Visiting Patan city, the second largest town in the valley, Krishna Mandir, Golden Temple etc.

Accommodation: Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Katmandu - Lukla - Phakding
This morning we will be transferred from your hotel to Kathmandu airport for our domestic flight to Lukla. The flight itself is awe-inspiring as we fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibetan China. Flying time to Lukla is approximately 40 minutes. There will be time to explore the village whilst the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment. Lukla lies at an altitude of 2850m. From Lukla we descend on a wide trail northwest to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Kosi Valley. The valley radiates energy through beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. The walking is easy and we follow the river's course, passing through the village of Ghat.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar
We enter the park at Jorsale, cross the Bhote Kosi river and then climb steeply to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the main trading center for the Khumbu.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Acclimatize Day in Namche
To help with our acclimatization, we will spend a second night in Namche. During our second day here we will go to the Sagarmatha National park where we get our first views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. After lunch we hike up to Kumjung to see the famous "Yeti" skull and the Gompa then to Khunde to see the Hillary Hospital.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Namche Bazaar - Dole (4200m)
The Chorten mark path extends from Namche Bazaar and shortly the twin peaks of Thamserku soar into the sky at the east. Well known legend of Yeti is still alive here along with the Yeti-scalp preserved in Khumjung’s red-walled gompa. Ahead, we descend to reach Kumbila after a large chorten marking to the top of the ridge. Khumbila (5761) is the abode of the patron god of the Khumbu region close to the settlement believed to be the birth place of the lama who introduced Buddhism to the area.

The trek continues descending from Phortse Tenga on the bank of Dudh Koshi. The trail then follows the river passing rhododendron, birch forest and Cho Oyu becomes visible through the blooms before reaching the Dole.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Dole - Machhermo (4410m, 4 hrs)
Allowing us for enough time for acclimatization and enjoy the marvelous views we have short distance trek to Machhermo. We pass through summer yak pastures, small settlements and following the valley side far above the river. Machhermo, in khumbu, is renowned site for most credible yeti incident, Sherpa woman being attacked and 3 yaks killed in 1974. We have almost half day rest for acclimatization.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Machhermo - Gokyo (4790m)
The largest glacier in Nepal is few hours away after a pleasant climb towards the moraine of the Ngojumba Glacier. Further passing few beautiful small lakes to the tiny kharka of Gokyo we have an amazing view of the Cho Oyu along with the other snowy peaks.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Ggokyo - Gokyo Ri Excursion (5360m)
The highlight in the trek is the panoramic view of Gokyo Peak. It looks impressive not less than that from KalaPatthar, close to Base Camp. Other peaks like Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, and Tawachee are too visible along with the increadable ice ridge between Cho Oyu, Ngojumba I and II and Gyachung Khang. It is one of the most mystic sights like a folding screen of ice, snow and rock in Khumbu region. Additionally, Ngojumba Glacier and serene glacial lakes lies below.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Gokyo Ri - Thangnak (4690m)
After an acclimatization day we descend to the glacier marked by cairns which is generally quite well defined. We cross the Ngozumpa Glacier immediately after leaving Gokyo and descend to the second lake to finally reach the glacier. Further, the trail climbs off the glacier along by the small dwelling known as Tragnag and follow a shallow valley to our camp situated beside a small kharka.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Thangnak - Chola Pass (5330m) - Lobuche (4948m)
Today, our trek starts early morning to cross a ridge and old lateral moraine before the rock begins to scramble to the pass. Before continuing for the valley we have to pass Cho La and make a long descent to Lobuche. The excellent views across the Rolwaling Valley in the west and Ama Dablam to the south east can be seen. As we descent through the pass crossing a fairly straightforward small glacier more marvelous views of Ama and Dablam is visible. Continue to descend to the pastures below forbidding north face of Cholatse appears in front. The trail then joins the main Everest trail from Pheriche to Thyangboche, after passing grassy slopes above a lake, the Tshola Tsho. Finally, the trail flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Lobuche - Kalapatthar (5545m) - Gorakshep (5100m)
The excursion to Everest base camp through Kalapatthar provides marvelous views of Mt. Everest and other hundreds of beautiful peaks including that of Tibet. The trail also provides good views of the Everest Group from Gorkshep and Kalapatthar.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp (5357m) - Lobuche (4948m)
The Everest base camp, the main camp for Mountaineers, has the beautiful snowy mountains all around making the lifetime memory in our travel history. The exiting route follows the Khumbu Glacier and its interesting 15 meters high sera’s of ice making a unique feature of Himalayan glaciers.

Further, the trail descends to the Lobuche. There are few uphill sections below Gorakshep which might seem endless due to the lethargy induced by altitude.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Lobuche - Pangboche (3930m)
From Lobuche the descending trail leads to Pangboche along with the Lmja Khola. It is the highest permanent settlement and gompa the oldest in Khmbu which is built over the hermitage of Khumbu’s saint Lama Sanga Dorje. It is believed that the juniper trees on either side were sprigged from his head’s hair cut and a rock-like projection is a piece of mountain inside he pulled out for projection one day.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Pangboche - Khumjung Village (3790m)
Further, we move descending to Phunki Tenga and ascend till Khumjng, one of the largest Sherpa villages of the region. It also offers mysterious view of Amadablam and make side excursion through the local Sherpa village to Hillary hospital and Hillary school.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16: Khumjung village - Phakding (2610m)
Today, we have an easy way down to the Phakding village via Namche Bazaar for Lodge stay.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Phakding – Lukla (2840m)
This day is the last day of our terrific trek ending with an easy way down to Lukla. Our representative will make necessary arrangements for your next day flight to Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Lukla - Kathmandu
This morning you will be transferred to Lukla Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be meet our representative at the airport and conveyed to the Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Final Departure
Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.

Meals: Breakfast

Everest Gokyo Cho La Pass

Kathryn

Canada

2009-12-12

October is a great time to visit Nepal. Even though most people are rushing off to the Everest Base Camp, there are still a large number of tourists in and around Kathmandu. The infrastructure in Kathmandu does not support the current population of over 5 million, but it is still an an exciting city. There is much to see, even looking out the car window. And being stopped in traffic is a great time to get candid photos of the ordinary people on the streets. Having a driver was a necessity and my driver was excellent. I could totally relax and watch the city as we drove through different areas. Things went wrong, but alternate arrangements were quickly made so I was able to see what I wanted to see. The most important asset is flexibility. 
 
When something was not possible to do as planned, there were other things to do and Friendship Nepal Tours was able to make alternate arrangements quickly. Visiting the Chitwan Park is an essential part of the Nepal experience. Although it is possible to fly in to the area, driving provides an excellent view of how the people live outside Kathmandu.

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What is Included in the Cost

    • All transport as per in itinerary.
    • Twin share hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB (Bed & breakfast) basis.
    • Twin share or multi share basic lodge accommodation on trek.
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trekking.
    • Everest Conservation entrance fees & Trekking permit (TIMS).
    • 1 Porters on each 2 trekkers to carry personal gear
    • 15kg luggage allowance while on trek
    • English speaking trekking guide
    • Comprehensive medical kit

What is Excluded in the Cost

    • International Flight.
    • Nepal visa fees.
    • Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry.
    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Emergency evacuation.
    • Tips and gratuities.
    • Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of our company.
    • Domestic flight ticket (optional)

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trips information

  • Mt. Everest Flight
  • Air Ticket
  • Airport Pickup

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code: ftn019
  • Trip duration: 19 Days
  • Grade: Tough
  • Group size: 2-12
  • Max-Altitude: 5545m
  • Activity: Trekking in high passes
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Accomodation: Lodge/Teahouse
  • Transportation: Private/Public Transport
  • Best Time: Apr - Jun / Sep -Nov
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