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Gokyo Lake Chola Pass Trekking

Gokyo Lake Chola Pass Trekking

Gokyo Lake Chola Pass Trekking

Gokyo Lake Chola pass trekking is one of the very special and more challenging trekking route in Nepal and also the most popular and demanded trekking trails in the Everest region. This is considered to be one of the unique trekking trails as that leads you to home of the legendary Sherpa ethnic people living in the Himalayas and through Gokyo, the hidden valley with gorgeous blue lakes in the lap of Himalayas. One of the attractions of this trekking is the Gokyo Lake which is the main source of Dudhkoshi River. This trekking gives you the wide range of experience submitting of Gokyo Ri, view of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and other neighboring Himalayas such as Kalapather Nuptse, Pumor among others. You will have trekking in the Gokyo; make excursion to the Ngojumba glacier, famous Chola pass, Sherpa ethnic peoples settlement and colorful monasteries.

The trekking to this trail is designed to them who are interested to take more remote and adventurous sports. This ideal trekking gives you enough opportunity to enjoy the amazing view of Mt. Everest including several other similar peaks and explore the Buddhists monasteries and shrines located at the highest elevation. The ascending of the Gokyo Peak (5330m) is considered to be one another attraction in this trail. The Gokyo Lake-Chola pass trekking begins from Kathmandu flight by mountain airstrip to Lukla, the heart of the Everest Region, then you walk up to Phakding and you will continue your trip to the north up to the Dudh Kosi valley and Namche Bazaar. Next day, the trekking continues to Everest base camp, after having one day rest in Dingboche or Pheriche, where you will have some magnificent view of Everest along with Nuptse, Lohtse and Mount Pumori Himalayas and then return back to Lobuche head to Zongla and we pass the Choula and stay over-night at Thangnak. Subsequently, next morning, you will have trekking to Gokyo Lake. Then return back down to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu again.

Gokyo Lake Chola Pass Trekking / 20 Days - Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (40 min) & trek to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hrs

Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Trek Namche Bazaar to Dole (4200m) 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Trek Dole to Machharmo (4470m) 4-5 hrs

Day 08: Trek Machharmo to Gokyo (4800m) 3-4 hrs

Day 09: Explore day at Gokyo

Day 10: Hike to Gokyo RI (5330m), and trek to Thangnak (4750m) 6-7 hrs

Day 11: Thaknak to Cho-la Pass (5367m) to Dzongla (4850m) 7-8 hrs

Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep (5160m) 5-6 hrs

Day 13: Trek to EBC (5316m) and Gorakshep (5160m) 5-6 hrs

Day 14: Hike to Kalapathar (5555m) and stroll back to Dingboche (4358m) 5-6 hrs

Day 15: Trek Dingboche to Tyangboche (3867m) 4-5 hrs

Day 16: Trek Tyangboche to Namche (3440m) 4-5 hrs

Day 17: Trek Namche to Lukla (2800m) 6-7 hrs

Day 18: Fly back Lukla to Kathmandu, 40 min,

Day 19: Leisure at Kathmandu

Day 20: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination)

Gokyo Lake Chola Pass Trekking / 20 Days - Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m)
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, if time allows, you will visit MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
The day after breakfast we will start sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide to the several of most historical and spiritual Place in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered the World Heritage historic Sites such as Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After come back from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. Mountain Guide Trek will brief you regarding your trek as well as we may have an opportunity to discuss any difficulties regarding our upcoming adventure. Rest of the time you could use for travelling around the Thamel and shopping of needed equipments and other necessaries. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (40 min) & trek to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hrs
Early morning you'll be transferred to domestic airport to fly to Lukla (2800m). It takes 35 minutes scenic flight to Lukla airport (2800m) and you will have tea break, while the guide sort out and divide the load baggage to be carried by porters. Guide will manage the lunch place depending upon the time of arrival at Lukla. The trek starts with most scenic view of Numbur Himal & Phari. We further on to Phakding passing some Sherpa farm villages. We follow the trail to Dudhkoshi River with gradual with few ups from Thado Koshi, where you can have a lunch with superb view of Kusum-Kangaru (6369m) crossing a short suspension bridge, from here after a short climb brings us to the Ghat village, another 1 ½ hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hrs
We follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
You may have full day leisure today for the acclimatization or stroll around the market, if Saturday can be seen many people in Saturday market for shopping to fulfill their daily needs and only one shopping market in the surrounding areas. Also you can visit Sherpa Museum as well a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering or visit up to the luxury Everest view hotel & Syangboche airstrip and stroll back to hotel. . (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 06: Trek Namche Bazaar to Dole (4200m) 5-6 hrs
After stroll around the Namche area, today we refreshed and fairly easy to walk further on. Our walk follows on the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak after a pleasant walk of two hours to a small place at Shanasa, from here and trek ascents the left side to Mongla hill and continue down to Phortse Thanga for the overnight stay. We serve our lunch at here. Enjoy the walking and further few hours walk ascending will reach at Dole. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 07: Trek Dole to Machharmo (4470m) 4-5 hrs
Firstly we climb to the scenic ridge above the Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The path is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub to Lhabarma. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machharmo at 4410m. It was in Machharmo in 1974 that one of the first Yeti sightings was reported in Khumbu. There are few good condition hotels and good mountain views from Machharmo. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 08: Trek Machharmo to Gokyo (4800m) 3-4 hrs
Today, we climb up to the ridge and can be seen excellent view both down the valley to Khangtega and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangram at 4390m. We descend to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4690m, where you'll have chance to find the Lama Foot prints on a stone. Enjoy the lake view and after an hour walk will reaches at Gokyo valley at 4,750m, on the edge of third lake. There are some few tea houses with comfortable bed room and after lunch explore around the Lakeside. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 09: Explore day at Gokyo 
This may have full day rest at Gokyo or have chance to explore up to the fifth lake passing another forth lake and enjoy the view. This is great place and an opportunity to view full part of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu with a lake view in Himalayas from fifth lake. Northern part you can see the Cho-Oyu base camp and biggest glacier of the world named Ngazumpa glacier and stroll back to hotel. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 10: Hike to Gokyo RI (5330m), and trek to Thangnak (4750m) 6-7 hrs
This morning hike up to Gokyo Ri for the amazing view of splash a sunrise top of the mountain including Mt. Everest view and many more Himalayan scenery. This will be unforgettable life time memories and enjoy around the top. We have a great memories and stroll back an hour's to Gokyo for breakfast. We trek down to Thangnak for the overnight passing through the second lake and walk on the glacier and will reaches at Thangnak. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 11: Thaknak to Cho-la Pass (5367m) to Dzongla (4850m) 7-8 hrs
Today, we walk in the high passes and one of the tough days to cross the Cho-la at 5,367 meters height. The pass is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. After crossing the Cho-la pass and reaches at Dzongla. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep (5160m) 5-6 hrs
We continue trek along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalapathar and Pumori, before reaching at Lobuche (4910m) for lunch. You'll have good chances for the best view of Mt. Nuptse a front of you walking along the Gorekshep. The trail up to the Gorakshep is rocky and windy but it offers the good view of Pumori and there are beautiful views of the Everest Base camp and glacier with scenic Mountain View. We stop at the Gorakshep and enjoy the night at higher elevation but care with alcoholic drinks and need to be sincere with altitude. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 13: Trek to EBC (5316m) and Gorakshep (5160m) 5-6 hrs
After the breakfast at Gorekshep we ready for our adventure to the targeted destination and we continues our trek towards the Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively with commotion during the high expedition season. It takes 2-3 hrs to get to base camp and after a grand time here retrace the journey back to Gorekshep. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 14: Hike to Kalapathar (5555m) and stroll back to Dingboche (4358m) 5-6 hrs
Early morning our journey continue steep climb to the top after 2 hour walk on our pace. After reaching the top, you will feel beaming as you achieve the moment that you been dreaming, since the beginning of the journey. Top of Kalapathar is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Everest looks amazing, the panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and you feel it's worth the hard climb up to here and to feel at the top of the world, and can be seen to the south Khumbu glacier sweeps below you, and you can also see the Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier and lot of picturesque scenery. Re-track to Gorakshep and after breakfast trek down to Dhugla then go to Dingboche. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 15: Trek Dingboche to Tyangboche (3867m) 4-5 hrs
The walk today will be easy heading downhill to a lower elevation from Dingboche the walk is pleasant and all the way to Tyangboche. After the bridge our route descends following the stream towards Pangboche village, and further down to Tyangboche is one of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery or Gumba, then the large field with campsites and tea houses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam, Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east and more peaks all around you from Tyangboche. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 16: Trek Tyangboche to Namche (3440m) 4-5 hrs
Trek down to Phungithanka a small settlement with couple of tea houses. The trail leads downhill through the forested path of silver fir, blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees and with a great memories and after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river trek onwards to the Sanasa and re-track to Namche bazaar. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 17: Trek Namche to Lukla (2800m) 6-7 hrs
After a long walk today we'll have long and last day trek back to Lukla, Firstly we descend the long way before cross the bridge and further walk to Monju and ten Phakding for lunch. We trek back with enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. After long walk 7-8 hrs we arrival in Lukla and you'll have time to stroll around the areas and guide will re-confirm your flight ticket and enjoy the last celebrate dinner with your crew member for memorable trip. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 18: Fly back Lukla to Kathmandu, 40 min, 
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. Anyway we will fly back to Kathmandu and your guide will transfer to hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel with ending your wonderful Himalayan trip with us. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 19: Leisure at Kathmandu 
Today is your leisure day, if interested you could buy some gifts from Nepal for your friends and relatives, you will visit some nearby shops or venture at Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If enthralled to explore some other areas of Kathmandu you could take some more time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner" at traditional Nepalese restaurant with Mountain Guide Trek staffs for successful completion of the Gokyo Lake-Chola Pass-Trek! (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 20: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination) 
Today is last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.

(Useful: - Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to bad weather conditions. Such conditions may happen even in the best seasons. Therefore, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits both at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We do our extreme to avoid such delays, and fix you on next flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellation, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. We also organize Heli rescue in such conditions, if it's available and upon request by our clients. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla)

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • One day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with license holder tour guide
  • 4 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis
  • Guest house/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in 2 bed room) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic air ticket (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • "Farewell dinner "before a day your departure from Nepal.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Down jacket, for seasonal sleeping bag, Mountain Guide treks & Expedition kit bag/duffel bag, trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit.

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipment & clothing
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee
  • Tips for guides and porters

Note:- Cost includes and exclude section may give you better idea on how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested traveler and departure date we would get back to you with actual cost for the trip.

Equipment

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for Gokyo Lake Chola Pass Trekking Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we are feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

Head

  • Light or warm fleece hat.
  • Watch with light & alarm
  • Sun hat and scrap
  • Sunglasses

Upper Body

  • T-shirts (4)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • Body lotion/Anti-sunlight cream

Hands

  • Playing cards
  • Lightweight gloves (water/wind proof)
  • Trail map and guide book
  • Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body

  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (4)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4-pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4-pairs)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag
  • Money belt
  • Head touch and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Optional Items

  • Swiss Knife
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Trekking map
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Reading books
  • Journal & pen
  • Photo's of home/family
  • Energy/protein bars (optional)
  • Walkman

Note: If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

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Our Grand Discount Offer For 2018/2019

  • 04 to 06 people in a group, there will be 10% discount in total cost.
  • 07 to 09 people in a group, there will be 15% discount in total cost.
  • 10 to 19 people in a group, there will be 15% discount in total cost and 1 group leader free of cost.
  • 20 & above people in a group, there will be special discount in total cost and + + member free of cost.
  • Winter Special Offer: If you travel in winter time (Dec / Jan / Feb), there will be 10% discount in total cost.
  • Summer Special Offer: If you travel in summer time (June / July / August), there will be 10% discount in total cost.
  • Early Booking Special Offer: If you Book a Trip before 6 months from the trip departure, there will be 10% discount in total cost.

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