The Gokyo Lake Chola Pass to Everest Base Camp Trek takes you through the gorgeous Gokyo lake area. The Trek takes trekkers through a less explored trail to the base camp of Everest. The trail is more challenging than the traditional route as trekkers have to pass the incredible Cho La Pass which sits between in between the Gokyo and Khumbu valley. The trail goes through all the major villages of Khumbu. Thus, trekkers get the opportunity to experience the culture and traditions of the Sherpa people to the full. Villages like, Khumjung, Namche, Pangboche and Tengboche are major highlights where culture prevails over nature.
Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Trek starts at Lukla and takes about two weeks to Everest base camp. From Lukla the trail goes through Sherpa villages like Namche moving upwards through beautiful high altitude landscape to the Gokyo lakes. At Gokyo lakes trekkers get to witness a panoramic view of the Himalayas and the lakes fitting so perfectly with the high mountains in the backdrop, make this an unforgettable experience.
From Gokyo trekkers have the challenging task of crossing the Cho La (5363m). Crossing the Cho La is one of the many highlights of the trek, trekkers are put to the test as they tread along the rugged terrain of the high Himalayas. After successfully crossing the Cho La trekkers enter the Khumbu Valley where the Everest Base Camp lies. At the base camp trekkers will be welcomed by the stunning views of the Khumbu Ice Fall. It’s an incredible journey so pack up! if you are interested about Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Trek contact us today.
DAY 1 – Arrival at Kathmandu
After your trip to Kathmandu, We will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. On the way you could have your first impress about Nepalese culture.
Change of sceneries guaranteed. Sounds, smell, rickshaws, colours, street… You could have a rest in the hotel.
DAY 2 – Fly fromKatmandu to Lukla – 3 hours flight (2,616 m)– Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) 3 hours
After a good night sleep, we will flight from Kathmandu to the Tenzing – Hillary Airport at Lukla. Upon arrival, we will strat the trek to Phakhing. The trail comes around the DudhKosi Valley before to uphill to Phakding.
DAY 3 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) / 5 hours trekking
We will cross a river thanks to a suspension bridge and uphill following the shoreline to Chumoa, where there are some coffee shops. Afterward we will walk through the forest and different small villages. The last two hours, uphill climb to Namche Bazaar village, also know with the nicknamed of the capital of Sherpa.
DAY 4 – Acclimatization day.
Because of the altitude sickness, you will have a free day in Namche Bazaar but if you are feeling good and wants to explore, you could hike to Syangboche Everest View hotel (the highest hotel in the world) to observe close view of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse.
DAY 5 – Trek to PhorsteThanga (3,680m) / 5 hours trekking
The trail will start with gradual ups and downs and we could be lucky to see Himalayan animals like, pheasants or musk deer. We will go down to DudhkoshiKhola and go up through rhododendron forest before reaching Phorse. This place is a good view point on Tawache and Cholaste mountains.
DAY 6 – Trek to Machherma (4,470m) / 5 hours trekking
Our trail will pass through forests, waterfalls and bridges before to reach Dole. Afterward we will climb steady on a scenic ridge and walk above the DudhKoshi River and through small villages. Once arrival in Machherma, if you want, you could visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital
DAY 7 – Trek to Gokyo (4,790m) / 5 – 6 hours trekking
The trail climbs and gives an excellent view of Kantaga and big Mountain Cho-oyu. Then, we will descend to the riverbank before to climb up to the moraine Ngozamba Glacier. We will pass through Longpongo, RabocheTsho and DudhPokhari, which are high-altitude lakes, we will take time to enjoy those landscapes and we will finally reach the beautiful high-altitude lake: Gokyo.
DAY 8 – Trek to GokyoRi (5,364m) and back to Gokyo / 5 hours trekking
To enjoy the most beautiful and peaceful view of Gokyo Lake with mountain range in the background, we have to climb on a steep trail. We will spend time on the top to enjoy the beauty of the landscape.
Afterward we will go down to Gokyo and you will have chose to have a rest or explore the lake area.
DAY 9 – Trek to Thangna (4,730m) – 4 hrs.
The trail will start to up and down in glacier before to descend along the valley to reach the base camp of Thangana. Get your camera out, the trail offers beautiful views of mountains and the natural beauty of the area.
DAY 10 – trek to Cho La Pass (5,363m) then trek to Dzongla (4,830m) – 7 hrs
The trail to reach Cho La Pass comes to a glacier. It is not difficult but we have to be careful, it is vertical and the iced rocks are slippery. After reaching Cho La Pass, enjoy the panoramic view of various mountains. From here, the trail descends all the way to Dzongla, passing through some crevasses and pine forests with some beautiful viewpoints.
DAY 11 – Trek to Lobuche (4,910 meters) / 5 hours trekking
Today, the trail is more relaxing. A nice walk to enjoy the excellent views that the trip provide of AmaDablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse, Everest, Pumori, Lobuche peak…The small and lovely village of Lobuche, situated nearby the stream,is a very good spot to watch the sunset on Nuptse.
DAY 12 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) and back to GorakShep / 8 hours trekking.
Today, we will finally uphill to reach the Everest Base Camp.The highest peak of the world.The trek trailis on glacier and offers a view of the mount Everest. Whenyouwillget the base camp, youwillseemanysmallfrozenlakesaround and an impressive view of Khumbuicefall.
Enjoy this unforgettable experience before to get down to GorakShep.
Day 13 – Hike up to Kalapatthar (5,555 meters) and trek down to Phiriche (4,200 meters) / 7 hours trekking.
Early in the morning, we will hike up to Kalapatthar. This peak offers the best view of the Everest summit of the entire trek. Enjoy and take some photos to keep memories of this breath-taking view.
Now, its time to going back and after your great ascension, the trail to go down is going to seem easy.
Day 14 – Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860meters), 4 hours.
On the way you could see the heritage of Buddhism with some magnificently mani “carved stones” and we will walk trough the colourful vegetation of rhododendron. Upon arrival at the monastery, you could appreciate the view of different mountains especially during the sunset or sunrise.
Tengboche Monastery is an important place for Sherpas of solukhumbu area.
Day 15 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 meters) / 6 hours trekking.
The trail will mostly downhill to Namche Bazaar.
Day 16 – Trek to Lukla (2,804 meters) / 6 hours trekking
This is your last trekking day, which will finish in the same place when we started the trek: in the city of Lukla.
Day 17 – Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (3 hours flight)
When you will arrive in Kathmandu, Asian Journey will pick you up to transfer you in your hotel. Free time at your leisure.
Day 18 – Kathmandu
It is important to add a day in your itinerary, in case of the weather conditions for our fly back. Like the day before you will have free time to enjoy as you want.
Day 19 – Fly back home
We will transfer you to the airport and hoping you spent a beautiful time with us.
- All the transportation between airport and hotel
- 3 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 11 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
- All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
- An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters