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Gokyo – Cho La Pass

  • Trip Duration:15 Days
  • Trip Grading: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 5,545m (Kalapathar)
  • Best Time: March-May & September-December

Trip Overview

The Gokyo – Cho La Pass trek is another of the classic treks in the Everest Region. This trek gives trekkers the opportunity to encounter two of the highest trekking passes in the world, Khangma-La Pass (5535m) and Chola La pass (5368m). You will also get to visit Kalapatthar (5545m) for a close up view of Everest, the Gokyo Valley with its beautiful lakes, walk over Khumbu Glacier which extends from Khumbu Icefall and visit the famous Everest Base Camp (5363m). Along the way you will visit Sherpa villages and experience the unique culture and vibrant lifestyle of these friendly people.
Your trekking adventure begins with a 30 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. On the same day we trek to Phakding where we spend our first night. The following morning we trek to the bustling village of Namche Bazaar in the heart of Sherpa country. On the way you will have great view of Everest (8,850m) and Lhotse (8,516 m). We spend one extra day here to acclimatise with the chance to explore the surrounding area and villages of Kunde and Khumjung. After a further two days trekking we arrive in Dingboche, a small village set among grazing pastures where we spend another day acclimatising before we head over the first major pass at Kongma La (5535m), a further two days trek away.

During the following days we trek to Everest Base Camp (5363m) and Kalapatthar (5550m) before heading over the pass at Chola-La (5368m) to visit the spectacular Gokyo Valley and its stunning lakes. All the way you will be rewarded with spectacular views over four of the world’s eight highest peaks, Everest (8,850m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463m) and Cho Oyu (8,201m).The next day hike to Gokyo Ri where you will experience more breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains before descending via the Dudh Khosi to Namche Bazaar then on to Lukla for the return flight to Kathmandu.
This challenging trek offers sensational scenery in a dramatic landscape as well as the opportunity to enjoy the culture and hospitality of the local people, all at the foot of the worlds highest peak, Mount Everest.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2610) 3 hrs
Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5 hrs
Day 3: Acclimatisation day – Namche Bazaar
Day 4: Trek to Tengboche (3860m) 5 hrs
Day 5: Trek to Dingboche (4110m) 5 hrs
Day 6: Acclimatisation day – Dingboche
Day 7: Trek to Lobuje (4910m) via Kongma La Pass ( 5535m) 8.5 hrs
Day 8: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5363m) and back to Gorekshep (5153m) 7.5 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Kalapathar (5545m) and on to Zongla (4710m) 6 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Thagna (4500m) via the Chola-la Pass (5368m) 7.5 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Gokyo (4790m) 4.5 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and down to Marhhermo (4480m) 7.5 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Lukla 6.5 hrs
Day 15: Fly from Lukla to Katmandu 0.5 hrs

Cost Included

  • Airport transfer to and from hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara prior to commencement and after the end of the trek if requested.
  • Road transport, normally by bus, as per the trek itinerary.
  • Flight within Nepal as per the trek itinerary.
  • Three meals a day while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) including one cup of hot beverage (tea or coffee) with the meal.
  • Accommodation on twin share basis in teahouses, lodges or homestays for the duration of the trek.
  • All trekking, climbing and restricted area entry permit fees required for the trek.
  • Government licenced English speaking guide.
  • Porters (one porter per two trekkers) carrying a maximum of 25kgs.
  • Salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation guides and porters.

Trek Price Excludes

  • International flights to and from Nepal.
  • Domestic flights within Nepal except where indicated on the itinerary.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fees.
  • Travel and rescue or emergency evacuation insurance.
  • Any costs associated with rescue or emergency evacuation.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner prior to and after the trek.
  • Drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
  • Meals and snacks other than breakfast lunch and dinner while trekking.
  • Personal equipment or any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Single trekker supplement.
  • Peak climbing permit.
  • Cost of additional porters for excess luggage or equipment above 12.5kg per person allowance.
  • Tips and gratuities.

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