Gokyo Valley Chola Pass Trek

Retrace the footsteps of Tibetan people who walk down to Namche to trade their productions with salts.  The tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang is one of the most dramatic attractions of the Gokyo Valley. The most wonderful experience would be to explore this area during the end of monsoon season when flowers blooms in Nangpa La giving the trekkers the illusion of walking on textured carpet.

Overview

Gokyo -Chola Everest Base Camp Program Highlights Includes

  • Having an experience of flying one of the few most adrenaline to and from Lukla airport
  • Staggering and versatile Himal, Mountain, Glaciers and many more!
  • Experience the warmth of the Sherpa culture, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and unparalleled beauty.
  • Beautiful fir, juniper, rhododendron forests and other flora and faunas in Sagarmatha National Park
  • GokyoRi and associated lakes will open up and provide us 360-degree’s panoramic views of Cho Oyu (27000ft.), Everest (29028ft.), Nuptse (25843ft.), Lhotse (27932ft.), Makalu (27825ft.), Pumori (23514ft), and countless other spectacular Himalayan peaks.
  • Trek would appeal to anyone who is looking for a challenging trek in Everest region of Nepal.
  • Close-up view of Mt. Everest (8848m), the world's highest peak, from where you may be able to follow the Everest ascent expedition teams, especially during the prime climbing seasons of spring and fall.
  • Tyangboche, the most famous and important Buddhist Monastery in Nepal.
  • Kala Patthar (18368 ft.) will open up and provide us 360-degree’s panoramic views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, and countless other spectacular Himalayan peaks.

 
OUTLINES OF ITINERARY

DAY 01:ARRIVE TO KATHMANDU (1300M/4265FT) (A)
DAY 02: ESCORTED KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING, TRIP PREPARATION (A,B)

DAY 03: FLY TO LUKLA (2840M/9315FT), TREK TO JORSALLE (2805M/9200FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 04: TREK TO KHUMJUNG (3,790M/12430FT) 6-7 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 05: REST, ACCLIMATIZATION AND EXPLORATION DAY (A,B,L,D)

DAY 06: TREK TO DOLE (4200M/14295FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)

DAY 07: TREK TO MACHHERMA (4480M/14695FT) 4-5 HRS (A,B,L,D)

DAY 08: TREK TO GOKYO (4790M/157105FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)

DAY 09: AT GOKYO: CLIMB GOKYO RI & EXPLORE AROUND FORTH LAKE: 6-7 HRS (A,B,L,D)

DAY 10: TREK TO THANGNAK/DRAGNAK (4790M/15710FT) VIA CROSSING NANGJUMA GLACIER 3-4 HRS (A,B,L,D)

DAY 11: TREK TO DZONGLA (4800M/15745FT) VIA CHOLA PASS (5330M/17485FT) 7-8 HRS (A,B,L,D)

DAY 12: TREK TO GORAKSHEP (5110M/16760FT) 6-7 HRS (A,B,L,D)

DAY 13: CLIMB TO KALAPATHAR (5600M/18368FT) MORNING AND HIKE TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5364M/17595FT) AFTERNOON, 8-9 HRS (A,B,L,D)

DAY 14: TREK TO PANGBOCHE (3985M/13070FT) 7-8 HRS (A,B,L,D)

DAY 15: TREK TO NAMCHE (3440M/11280FT) (A,B,L,D)

DAY 16: TREK TO LUKLA (2840M/9315FT) (A,B,L,D)

DAY 17: FLY TO KATHMANDU (A,B)

DAY 18: AT LEISURE IN KATHMANDU (A,B)

DAY 19: ONWARD DESTINATION (B)

(Abbreviation: A-Accommodation, B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)

 

Departure Date

Year

Month

Date

Guide

Status

2012

March

Mar 2-18, Mar 9-25, Mar 13-29, Mar 19-4 Apr, Mar 25-10 Apr

Krishna

Book

April

Book

May

Book

June

Book

July

Book

Aug

Book

Sep

Book

Oct

Book

Nov

Book

Dec

Book

2013

Jan

Book

Feb

Book

March

Book

April

Book

May

Book

June

Book

July

Book

Aug

Book

Sep

Book

Oct

Book

Nov

Book

Dec

Book

Price

Package Price (Per Person US$)

Solo

02-04

05-08

09-12

13-16

Single Supplementary

Economic Trekking Service

1292

1115

917

873

855


Standard Trekking Service

1672

1430

1131

1084

1065

Deluxe Trekking Service

2070

1787

1400

1340

1317


Price Includes & Excludes

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Welcome at KTM Airport, airport pick up service & transfer to the hotel

KTM 4 nights 2 stars hotel room with breakfast

Walking tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and local markets of south of Thamel for 3 hrs.

All necessary trekking paper works such as trekking permit (TIMS), national park entry permit & conservation permit

Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Permit fee

Trekking Permit (TIMS) fee

Everest region experienced government licensed and trained local English speaking guide (Get your own guide)

A local porter for each four of you

Local people operated room in lodges

All hot meals on trek as per itinerary order with our hygienic Eco-friendly Outdoor Menu

Treated drinking water to fill in your bottle

Camp/dine fire/warm up charge where available

Guide staff/porter foods, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation & local taxes

All road transport by public/private vehicle as per itinerary

KTM-LUA-KTM round way internal flights

KTM & Lukla domestic airport tax

Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges)

Hotel Domestic airport/bus park-hotel transfers service

Travel and rescue arrangement support

Trip crew medical supplies (first aid kit)

Trip success certificate (case of trip success)

Airport transfer to KTM Airport by vehicle after trip

Your all kinds of insurance

Visa fees

Single supplements except solo trip service

Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu

Bar bills and laundry

Optional trips

Tips

All except explained in "PRICE INCLUDES" section above 

 

Detail Itinerary

Retrace the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, enjoy the hospitality of Sherpa village life and brush against the majesty of Mt. Everest in Solukhumbu region of Nepal.The trek to Everest Base Camp, in the heart of Sagarmatha National Park, has become a rite of passage for many world travelers. The obvious goal is a close-up view of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8848m), from where we may well be able to follow the progress of Everest ascent expedition teams, especially during the prime climbing seasons of spring and fall.

Namche, the most prosperous and largest Sherpa village in Khumbu, offers you an epic view of Everest panorama, unique experience of the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and unparalleled beauty. Afterwards,we will traverse beautiful fir, juniper and rhododendron forests in Sagarmatha National Park on our way to the camping site near Tyangboche, the most important Tibetan Monastery in Nepal. While gradually gaining altitude we will arrive at Dingboche (14295ft/4358m), possibly the highest altitude in the world where barley is grown. We will hike up to Kala Patthar(5,600M/18368FT) through trekking along the lateral moraine of the Pumroi Glacier as well as Khumbu glacier. The view will open up and provide us with a 360-degree panorama and breathtaking views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, and countless other spectacular Himalayan peaks. From GorakShep we will continue to the actual Base Camp of Mt. Everest, home to all expeditions climbing the South Col route to the highest summit on Earth.

 

DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU

Airport representative of Mountain Climbers Treks & Adventure will receive you and transfer by private vehicle to the hotel. Leisure day to adjust with altitude, weather and time difference as well as to take rest from jetlags. In the evening, you will get to know about medieval Kathmandu, with its bustling bazaars interspersed with shrines and temples and interesting architecture while we having dinner together. Overnight at hotel

 

DAY 02: WALKING TOUR IN KATHMANDU 3 HRS

Walking tour of Kathmandu’s cultural heritage sites listed by UNESCO for 3 hours including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple & local markets towards South of Thamel. Later part of the rest of the day is for trekking permit (TIMS), national park permit and final packing for the trekking.

 

DAY 03: FLY TO LUKLA, TREK TO JORSALLE (2805M/9200FT) VIA PHAKDING (2610M/8560FT) 5-6 HRS

An early departure from the Kathmandu domestic airport will see us landing in Lukla a mere 35 minutes later, at the start of our journey to the Mount Everest Base Camp. This is one of the most spectacular and one of the 10th extreme flights in the world. As you fly east, the snow line of the Himalayan range to the north, will be on your left, with the rugged foothills of Nepal immediately below and stretching away to the south on your right. Lukla is situated high above the river on a shelf at 2,800m, and arriving there is a one off experience because the runway is on a slope and there is a difference of almost 60 metres between its lower and upper ends which all makes for an interesting landing! On arrival you can have a cup of tea to warm yourself up while your staffs sort out your baggage. Following cup of tea at Lukla, our trek will commence with a moderate walk to the junction of the Jiri trail at Chablung and from here we shall follow the DudhKoshi River through the village of Ghat, and eventually to Phakding (2610m), three hours to the north. The path leads upstream along the valley, through areas of conifer trees and several more small villages. Another 2-3 hours walking will bring you to Chuma, Monjo and finally to Jorsalle, a picturesque village with several options of lodges, groceries and located below Thamserku Mountain (6,608m) at an altitude of 2805m/9200ft. We are trekking inside Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park the UNESCO listed Natural World Heritage Site already.

 

DAY 04: TREK TO KHUMJUNG (3790M/12430FT) VIA NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M/11280FT) 6 HRS

A principal benefit of walking as far as Jorsalle on the first day is that you can walk up the steep hill to Namche. Since Namche is a stopover of every tourist, overnight stop at Khumjung is smart idea of avoiding touristic crowd of Namche as well as option of acclimatization. Shortly after leaving Jorsalle, we walk on alongside the river to arrive at the confluence of the ImjaDrangka and the NangpoDrangpo, which combine to form the DudhKhosi. Crossing the river on a high bridge you start the steep climb to Namche. Near the halfway point up the hill, we catch our first glimpse of the mighty Mount Everest and Lhotse, away to the northeast.Namche is the largest and most prosperous village in the Khumbu. Thamserku (6,608m) and Kwangde (6,224m) loom to the east and west and the sacred mountain Khumbila (5,707m) dominates the skyline to the north behind the village. The narrow streets at its centre are a mixture of traditional and modern, with Sherpa homes mingled with cafes, handicraft shops and shops selling or renting trekking and climbing equipment, foodstuffs and vegetables, tennis shoes and Tibetan boots. Don’t be surprised if, after the exertion of the climb and the rise in elevation, you feel a little tired and head-ache. You will feel better after a cup of tea and a rest. Overnight lodge

 

DAY 05: REST DAY AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

In order to assist with acclimatization, we will spend another day Khumjung. This rest day would be good for acclimatization as you would end up sleeping lower than you have climbed during the day – it is a mantra of good acclimatization to ‘climb high, sleep low’. Everest View Hotel is perfect spot to enjoy a cup of tea or a hot lemon while looking out at Everest and other Himalayan giants whereas visiting the clinic in Khunde and the Khumjung School to observe Hillary’s work (supported by the Himalayan Trust) on Khumbu region is other stuff to do.  The picturesque Gompa in Khumjung, set in a grove of trees above the houses of the village, is also well worth a visit which is famous for so-called yeti scalp. It is possible to climb the ridge above Khunde, to 4,238m, to view Mount Everest and AmaDablam. You could also visit the memorial to Sir Edmund Hillary’s wife and daughter who were tragically killed in an air accident. Overnight lodge

 

DAY 06: TREK TO DOLE (4200M/14295FT) 5-6 HRS

Over the next two days, we will gain quite a height. After leaving Khumjung, we ascent up quite high at 4000M then dropped all the way down to the village of PhortseTenga which is located in the bank of DudhKoshi River. After having a lunch at this village, we start climbing another three hours through beautiful rhododendron forest anad large herds of grazing yak. Dole is next town at where you stop for overnight.Overnight lodge.

 

DAY 07: TREK TO MACHHERMA (4480M/14695FT) 4-5 HRS

After breakfast, we climb to the view point next to Dole village from where we will have first sight of world’s fifth sixth highest peak Mount Cho Oyu (8201M/26900FT). The trail climbs up through the village of Lapharma and Luza to Machhermu where we are going to sleep tonight. Overnight lodge

 

DAY 08: TREK TO GOKYO (4790M/15710FT) 5-6 HRS

Machhermu –Gokyo Village. Our journey is going to be memorable, with spectacular views down the valley to Kangtega and up toward Cho Oyu, passing the Ngozumpa Glacier and taking a steep narrow staircase trail to the simply stunning, turquoise Gokyo Lakes. We spend the night at Gokyo, a picturesque village on the shores of the largest lake known as DudhPokhari. Overnight lodge.

 

DAY 09: AT GOKYO: CLIMB GOKYO RI & EXPLORE AROUND FORTH LAKE: 6-7 HRS

Climb to GokyoRi to observe whole panoramic views of Khumbu (Everest) Himalayan range with sun rays. It’s an early start as we climb to the summit of GokyoRi (5463m/17920ft) to watch the sunrise over a stunning vista of the regions 8000M peaks including the mighty Everest. Later, we hike up few lakes higher from Gokyo. Overnight lodge.

 

DAY 10:TREK TO THANGNAK/DRAGNAK (4790M/15710FT) VIA CROSSING NANGJUMA GLACIER 3-4 HRS

The trail ascends from Gokyofor half an hour to enter down to the Ngozumba Glacier (possibly world’s longest glacier) which forms from Cho Oyu and come as down as to Fang and turns into river to meet in LobucheKhola, ImjaKhola and becomes a big DudhKoshi River. Walking through amazing ice formation, dirt, dusts and rocks is tiring but one of an amazing experience of the day. Overnight lodge

 

DAY 11: TREK TO DZONGLA (4800M/15745FT) VIA CHOLA PASS (5330M/17485FT) 7-8 HRS (A,B,L,D)

We start our trek early morning as it’s big and long day to cross Chola Pass! The trail climbs to the hill (5110M) for about two hours before descending down to Chola Pass Phedi (5010M) from where you will see the caravan of trekkers struggling themselves climbing towards the pass far – far in distance. It will take another two hours to attempt the Chola Pass after the hill. After taking few pictures and wandering around the top, we descend down to Dzongla and arrive the town in next three hours. Overnight lodge

 

DAY 12:TREK TO GORAKSHEP (5110M/16760FT) 6-7 HRS

Chances of bouncing back all of these cold and fatigue from yesterday is high if you don’t get one while ascending to Chola Pass or descending down to Dzongla. Two hours further walking, we catch busy Everest trail to reach Lobuche, probably our lunch spot. From Lobuche you head north-east, along the side of the Khumbu Glacier through jumbled moraine and shattered rock. There is almost no vegetation here. Even so, small coveys of the delightful Tibetan Snow Cock can often be seen along the way or heard calling from the hillsides. You make several energetic ups and downs across the moraine and descend to GorakShep. Gorakshep is our base to attempt Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp since both of places doesn’t have lodge settlement. We may climb Kalapathar to observe sunset view if weather is perfect and you have energy enough to climb another five hundreds meter. Overnight lodge

 

DAY 13: CLIMB TO KALAPATHAR (5600M/18368FT) MORNING AND HIKE TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5364M/17595FT) AFTERNOON, 8-9 HRS (A,B,L,D)

One busy day to wake up early in the morning to catch sunrise view from Kalapathar if we couldn’t do sunset view from Kalapathar last evening. If the skies clear, we ascend five hundreds metre to Kalapathar from where we have 360-degree magnificent views across to Everest, looking down over the Base Camp area. An early start is essential to get there before any cloud comes down and it will probably be very cold when you set off. Make sure to have something for breakfast even if you don’t feel like it as you will need the energy! You are at high altitude so take some snacks to keep you going along the way and be sure to have your water bottle filled when you set off. From GorakShep to Kala Patar (4 hours return trek). Although not far this next stage is a tough ascent of approximately 3 hours until you finally reach the rocky summit of KalarPattar at 5,600m – quite literally the high-point of your trek! From here there are great views of the summit of Everest as well as other Himalayan giants - Pumori (7,145m), the Tibetan peak Changtse (7,501m), Nuptse, Lhotse and countless other needles and snow fluted ridges. You can also look down on the Khumbu glacier where base camp is located during the climbing season in late spring. to Everest Base Camp for close-up views of Khumbu&Nuptse Icefall, Khumbu&Nuptse Glacier and most importantly, tick on your checklist that you made base of the top of the world. Make sure to have something for breakfast even if you don’t feel like it as you will need the energy! You are at high altitude so take some snacks to keep you going along the way and be sure to have your water bottle filled when you set off. From GorakShep it is a long, fairly arduous trek to base camp, initially following the top of the moraine and then descending onto the boulder-strewn glacier. In the climbing season you may follow mountaineering groups, or yaks carrying supplies, but at other times there are just a series of small cairns along the route. There are no views of apex of Everest from Base Camp, just close-up views of the terrifying Khumbuice-fall since the Khumbu Icefall obstructs the summit of Everest. After taking some photos and spending some half an hour, we head back to Gorakshep. Overnight Lodge.

 

DAY 14: TREK TO PANGBOCHE (3985M/13070FT) 7-8 HRS (A,B,L,D)

After breakfast, we start our walk quite early because you don’t feel like staying even half an hour more there. Tracing our own feet down to Lobuche through Pumori Glacier and the trail branches off to Thukla and finally descending down to Pheriche to breathe enough oxygen. After lunch, we walk another three hours down to Pangboche through Shomare, enjoying beautiful views of Amadablam and Taboche along the way. Pangboche is one of the highest all year round settlement in the valley. Overnight lodge

 

DAY 15: TREK TO NAMCHE (3440M/11280FT) (A,B,L,D)

Today will seem more relaxed than the past few days.The trail from Pangbocheundulates along the valley side and you have fabulous views across to the mountains and Thyangboche perched on its ridge. Also, as you walk look out for Himalayan thar grazing among the boulders and lammergeyer vultures, himalayan griffon vultures and golden eagles fly overhead. Two hours further, an isolated village of Phortse lies below you, situated in a spectacular spot on a promontory overlooking the DudhKosi in one direction and the ImjaDrengka in the other (look out for musk deer and pheasants in these lovely quiet woods). After lunch, we descend down to PhunkiTenga (3250M) and climb again to Kyanjuma (3400M) to level up of Namche. The views from here are absolutely magical, particularly of AmaDablam (6,814m). Overnight lodge

 

DAY 16: TREK TO LUKLA (2840M/9315FT) 7-8 HRS

Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. The trail to Lukla follows the upward route as far as Chablung, and then turns off above the village of Chaunrikharka towards Lukla. The trail, leading uphill to the left, climbs steadily past a few Bhattis (small restaurant and local liquor shop) and the school. After a final steep climb there is a collection of houses and Bhattis in TamangTole, a new settlement near to Lukla. As you approach the airstrip the houses and hotels rapidly proliferate. On arrival you can finally relax and enjoy a last night in Himalaya with plenty of celebratory beers at one of the several Irish/Scottish pubs in Lukla at the same place at where you had enjoyed cups of Starbucks and/or illycoffe. Overnight Lodge

 

DAY 17: FLY TO KATHMANDU

Another chance to enjoy this adrenaline flight. Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to weather conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances, which can occur, will be greatly appreciated. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

 

DAY 18: AT LEISURE IN KATHMANDU

An opportunity to relax and reflect on your adventures and to complete any sightseeing and last-minute shopping. Overnight in hotel.

 

DAY 19: ONWARD DESTINATION

Breakfast at hotel in the morning. We will serve you appropriate vehicle to transfer you to Kathmandu International Airport for your onward destination.

 

Price

Price

Package Price (Per Person US$)

Solo

02-04

05-08

09-12

13-16

Single Supplementary

Economic Trekking Service

1292

1115

917

873

855


Standard Trekking Service

1672

1430

1131

1084

1065

Deluxe Trekking Service

2070

1787

1400

1340

1317

 

Price Includes & Excludes

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Welcome at KTM Airport, airport pick up service & transfer to the hotel

KTM 4 nights 2 stars hotel room with breakfast

Walking tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and local markets of south of Thamel for 3 hrs.

All necessary trekking paper works such as trekking permit (TIMS), national park entry permit & conservation permit

Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Permit fee

Trekking Permit (TIMS) fee

Everest region experienced government licensed and trained local English speaking guide (Get your own guide)

A local porter for each four of you

Local people operated room in lodges

All hot meals on trek as per itinerary order with our hygienic Eco-friendly Outdoor Menu

Treated drinking water to fill in your bottle

Camp/dine fire/warm up charge where available

Guide staff/porter foods, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation & local taxes

All road transport by public/private vehicle as per itinerary

KTM-LUA-KTM round way internal flights

KTM & Lukla domestic airport tax

Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges)

Hotel Domestic airport/bus park-hotel transfers service

Travel and rescue arrangement support

Trip crew medical supplies (first aid kit)

Trip success certificate (case of trip success)

Airport transfer to KTM Airport by vehicle after trip

Your all kinds of insurance

Visa fees

Single supplements except solo trip service

Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu

Bar bills and laundry

Optional trips

Tips

All except explained in "PRICE INCLUDES" section above 


Departure Dates

Departure Date

Year

Month

Date

Guide

Status

2012

March

Mar 2-18, Mar 9-25, Mar 13-29, Mar 19-4 Apr, Mar 25-10 Apr

Krishna

Book

April

Book

May

Book

June

Book

July

Book

Aug

Book

Sep

Book

Oct

Book

Nov

Book

Dec

Book

2013

Jan

Book

Feb

Book

March

Book

April

Book

May

Book

June

Book

July

Book

Aug

Book

Sep

Book

Oct

Book

Nov

Book

Dec

Book