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Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek

Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Everest region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking/Hiking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Full-board on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Kala Patthar (5550m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is an outstanding Himalayan adventure in the Everest region that blends together the prime attractions of Khumbu like Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes and one of the high passes namely Chola pass at 5,350 meters. Along the trekking trail one gets to witness countless Himalayan views of peaks like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Amadablam, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, Mt. Pumori plus others.

Other prime highlights of the trek is enjoying the natural beauty of Khumbu, experience the unique Sherpa culture, trek past high mountain villages and lush forests, crossing over the high mountain passes that provides spectacular mountain views.
To set foot on the base of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest is dream of any adventure trekkers which this trek seamlessly offers. After attending the Everest Base Camp and hike to the popular Himalayan viewpoint Kalapathar at 5545 meters awaits another highlight of the trek i.e. crossing over one of the high passes in Khumbu, the Chola pass at 5,350 meters.

Chola pass is an important pass in Khumbu that connects the villages of Dzongla and Thagnak. The pass is popular with amazing mountain views and one can witness peaks like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak, Cho Oyu including Mt. Everest.
Trekkers will be face to face with the most beautiful Gokyo Valley in Khumbu after crossing Chola. The valley of Gokyo is adorned with Gokyo Lakes which is the world's highest freshwater lake system comprising six major lakes with Thonak Lake being the largest. 

Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek certainly is the best choice for anyone who is planning for an unforgettable Himalayan high mountain trekking that will test your physical endurance and provide you with unforgettable memories.

EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek Highlights

  • Scenic Kathmandu Lukla Flight with spectacular mountain  panorama.
  • Sagarmatha National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Witness the lifestyle of people living in the high Himalayas, especially Sherpas.
  • Visit the biggest monastery in Khumbu in Tengboche - Tengboche Monastery.
  • Everest Base Camp & Khumbu Glacier.
  • Hike to Kala Patthar with 360-degree Himalayan panorama.
  • Mount Everest, Mount Amadablam, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse, Mount Pumori, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak & many more.
  • Conquer the majestic heights of three mountain passes over 5000 meters- the Renjo La Pass (5360 m), Cho La Pass (5350 m) and Kongma La Pass (5535m)
  • Experience unprecedented bliss on the serene milieu and turquoise water of Gokyo Lake (4790m), the highest point of this trek.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m/40min) & trek to Phakding (2610/3-4hrs)
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/5-6 hrs)
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m/5-6 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/5-6 hrs)
Day 07: Rest Day In Dingboche; Hike to Chhukung (4730m) & back to Dingboche (4410m/3-4 hrs)
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/5-6 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140m) / Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) /Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep (8-9 hrs)
Day 10: Hike up to Kalapattar (5545 meters) and trek to Dzongla (4620m/6-7 hrs)
Day 11: Trek from Dzongla to Thangna (4650 m/4-5 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Thangna to Gokyo (4750m/5-6 hrs)
Day 13: Climb Gokyo Ri (5483m.) and trek to Machhermo (4410m/4 & half hrs)
Day 14: Trek from Machhermo to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/5 hrs)
Day 15: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2840m/6 hrs)
Day 16: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m/ 40min)
Day 17: Final Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan trek. 

Hotel

Wake up early in the morning and drive to the domestic section of the airport in Kathmandu for a flight to Lukla. After checking the weather it’s flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at Tenzing Hillary Airport. You will have a packed breakfast from the hotel which can be eaten while waiting for the plane at Kathmandu airport.

After a 40-45-minute flight from Kathmandu, you will finally land at Lukla and then begin your trek to Phakding –a small village in the Khumbu region. Lukla is also the place where your porters will be waiting for you. The trail goes through a green path crossing several villages like Chauri Kharka and Ghat then finally reaches Phakding for an overnight stay. 

Note: Flights from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa may be rerouted to Manthali during the peak trekking seasons of March, April, May, September, October, and November due to increased air traffic congestion. Manthali is 5 hours drive from Kathmandu and we need to start at 12.30am for  Kathmandu/Manthali drive to catch the flight to Lukla from Manthali. During December, January, February, June, July, or August, you will experience a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, the trek begins with the trail going through forests, traditional villages with ploughed fields, and yak pastures then reaches the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park from where Mt. Thamserku can be spotted.

After completing permit formalities and having lunch you will climb up to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest region and the biggest Sherpa town in the Khumbu region where many hotels, luxury resorts, restaurants, pubs, trek shops etc are located. You name it, they have it at Namche and if you forget to shop for any trekking gear in Kathmandu, Namche is the last point to do so but the price may differ. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and to cope with the rising elevation. You can go for a side excursion to Hotel Everest View (3880m) which is considered the hotel located at the highest point on earth. From its balcony, you can have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest and the other world’s highest peaks while sipping tea/coffee. Then it’s back to your hotel in Namche Bazaar. In the evening, you can explore Namche, talk with the locals, and meet many other trekkers and mountaineers from around the world. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today’s trek involves many steep ascents and descents, and it’s also a good opportunity for nice photography. On the list are Stupas (Buddhist shrines), prayer flags, mani walls (walls with Buddhist prayers carved into them), and mountains, such as Ama Dablam, and Tengboche Monastery which all are worth a good picture.

The trail up to Tengboche from Lukla is a dusty switchback path but it is all worthwhile as you reach Tengboche which offers a spectacular panorama. Tengboche has the largest Buddhist monastery which is the largest and the most important monastery in Khumbu. Pay a visit to the monastery and with a small donation, you can light some butter lamps.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trail is quite challenging today but with a very scenic route. The trail follows the Imja Khola ‘River’ climbing up to Dingboche and passing along windswept fields (mainly potato). Dingboche is the highest Sherpa village in Khumbu. The view of AmaDablam is spectacular from Dingboche which arrived during lunch time. After lunch at Dingboche, the rest of the afternoon is free to explore watch the surrounding Himalayas or dig into your books. etc

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

As the altitude increases it’s important to get better acclimatization so it’s rest/acclimatization day at Dingboche. You can rest at your lodge or there are several side excursions like a hike to Nangkar Tshang Peak, with its sacred sites and views of Mt Makalu. Or hike to Chhukung (4,730 m) which provides majestic views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Choyo. You will also notice Imja Khola Valley as well as the fields and pastures of Dingboche. Afterwards, back to the lodge at Dingboche

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today you will gently climb to the Pheriche Valley and then trek above the valley floor passing along alpine scrub and yak pastures. En route get a good view of Tawoch and Cholotse, with Ama Dablam behind us. From here you will notice as if AmaDablam is just rising from the valley floor.

Then you will continue to Thokla Pass, where the ascent is challenging. From here is another good opportunity for the best photos of the peaks like Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and a few other 7,000-plus meter peaks. After crossing this pass will finally reach Lobuche. Lobuche isn’t a big town but is surrounded by dramatic and beautiful surroundings.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the big day as you will be attending Everest Base Camp, the foot of Mt. Everest. You will start first with 3 hours hike to the small village of Gorekshep passing over boulders and rough terrain.
Then hike to Everest Base Camp and upon arrival feel the majesty of the base camp, walk over the Khumbu Glacier from where Everest summiters start their journey to the top. Celebrate your achievement with your trek guide and other members at the base camp. From the base camp enjoy views of Khumbu Icefall, Khumbu Glacier, Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse, and a little bit of Everest. Afterwards, back to Gorekshep for the overnight stay. 

Hike early in the morning to Kalapatthar to witness sunrise views over the Himalayas. The hike from Gorekshep to Kalapatthar viewpoint is about an hour going uphill. From its summit enjoy spectacular views of peaks like Mt.Pumori, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and others.

Then hike back to Gorekshep for breakfast and hike continues downhill to Dzongla losing more than 1000 meters. Soon the village of Dzongla is reached for the overnight stay. Today is the longest trek day about 6-7 hours.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Trek begins after breakfast where the path is a level track at first. Walking further through fields will take you to a parched valley. Then begins the quite challenging trek with the path to Cho La Pass which is a steep and icy uphill walk. Then the trail descends to Phedi on a different path. After walking for a few hours will reach Thangna. The old-fashioned village of Thanga offers a great mountain panorama including Machhermo Peak. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trek begins with ascending upwards on the wall of the valley to enjoy spectacular mountain views. In winter you will enjoy white panorama all over the region. You should take your steps carefully as there might be crevasses along the route as you will be walking on the Ngozumpa Glacier – the longest glacier in the Himalayas, below Mt Cho Oyu- the sixth-tallest peak in the world. Soon the beautiful lake of Gokyo is reached. Explore around the lake walking at its shore looking at the blue water, enjoying the cold wind and the mountains around the lake. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Early in the morning hike to Gokyo-Ri, another popular Himalayan viewpoint in Everest, then to Machhermo via Gokyo village. Gokyo-Ri is above the village on the northern edge of the lake. Climbing up to Gokyo-Ri the sights of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into view and from its summit as well. Some even say that the view from Gokyo-Ri is even better than Kala Patthar. After Gokyo-Ri trek to Machhermo. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Dinner included

Today is trek from Machhermo to Namche Bazaar taking about 5 hours. The trail today gently descends with a crossing over Dole then again descends steeply to Photse Tenga (3650m) passing through rhododendron forests. Then, the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4,000 m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following a small up and down trail to Namche Bazaar.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

It’s the last day of the trek and you head down from Namche Bazaar to Lukla from where you first started your trek to Everest. Today is the distance you covered in three days at the early stage of the trek and it should not be tough since it is downhill to Lukla. Make the most out of your day today. Lukla is reached after 6 hours of walking and check-in lodge for the overnight stay.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Bid farewell to the Everest region and the mountain, and take again the trans-Himalayan flight back to Kathmandu to Lukla. The Himalayas slowly fade from your plane window screen and finally land at the airport in Kathmandu. Then drive to a hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore or simply rest at your hotel.

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

The trip concludes and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours before your flight time at the airport.

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home!

Breakfast Included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu round airfare.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags and duffel bags (to be returned after trip completion).
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Everest National Park, Khumbu Municipality and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • Farewell Dinner at Nepali Authentic Restaurant.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfares.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 15 kgs.)
  • Expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the itinerary due to bad weather, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips to the guide and porters (Tipping is expected). 

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What is the EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek?
The EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is a challenging and adventurous trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal. It combines the famous Everest Base Camp trek with the Gokyo Valley and the crossing of the challenging Chola Pass.

2. What is the starting point of the trek?
The trek often starts from the town of Lukla, which is accessible by a short flight from Kathmandu. From Lukla, trekkers follow the trail to Namche Bazaar, and then some trekkers choose to visit Gokyo Valley before continuing to Everest Base Camp and crossing the Chola Pass.

3. Is the EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek difficult?
The EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is considered a challenging trek that requires a high level of physical fitness and some prior trekking experience. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, and crossing the Chola Pass at an elevation of about 5,420 meters (17,782 feet) can be physically demanding.

4. What is the best time to do the EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek?
The best time for the EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and pleasant temperatures, making the trekking experience more enjoyable.

5. Are permits required for the EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek?
Yes, permits are required for the EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek. The required permits typically include the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

6. What are the highlights of the EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek?
The trek offers a range of highlights, including reaching Everest Base Camp, exploring the stunning Gokyo Valley and its glacial lakes, crossing the challenging Chola Pass, witnessing panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other Himalayan peaks, and experiencing the unique Sherpa culture and hospitality.

7. What kind of accommodation is available during the trek?
Teahouses and lodges are available along the EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek route, providing basic accommodation and meals. The facilities may not be luxurious, but they are sufficient for a comfortable stay.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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