Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake is one of the most popular treks in the world. First of all, the Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake leads us to the viewpoint which is famous for a panoramic view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest, Mount Nuptse, Amadablam, and many other peaks called Gokyo Ri. The Trekker can explore the 4 tallest peaks of the world. Namche bazaar itself is the introduction of Sherpa society and the monasteries for this reason show the culture of Buddhist devotees. Tengboche monastery is the biggest monastery in the Everest region and the monastery in upper Pangboche is the oldest one. The highlight of The Everest Chola Pass Treks is Kalapatthar, Everest base camp, Chola pass, and Gokyo peak and Gokyo Lake, and the trail itself is for this reason because it’s in UNESCO world heritage site which is called Sagarmatha national park. It shows us different floras and faunas such as rhododendron, pine trees, herbs, pheasant, mountain tahr, etc.
Activity – Trekking
Country – Nepal
Group Size – 2 to 12 people
Arrive On – Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure from – Kathmandu, Nepal
Max-Altitude – (5545mtrs)
Transportation – Private vehicles and domestic flights
Trip grade – Strenuous
Area – Everest region
Trip code – Everest Chola Pass Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1380mtrs)
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu (TIA), our representative from Adventure Team will be there to pick you up. You will be transferred to the hotel in half an hour’s drive by private vehicle. We discuss our trip and you have time for refreshment. In the evening we are together again for a welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with a cultural program.
Day 02: Half-day sightseeing in Kathmandu (1380mtrs)
After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up for half a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa. You will have your lunch in the restaurant with a view of Stupa then you back to the hotel. You will meet your trek leader and discuss the trek and do last minutes arrangements.
Day 03: Fly to, Lukla trek to Phakding (2660mtrs) 3-4 hours
Early morning wake up and transfer to domestic airport with pack breakfast or after breakfast, depending on your flight schedule. Then you will experiment with the flight to the real Himalayas with the view of Gaurisankar, Shisapangba including Mount Everest in your half-hour flight. When you arrive in Lukla you will meet the rest of our trekking crew and manage to arrangements for your backpack and begin our trek to Phakding. You will enjoy the trek downhill till Thadokoshi with the view of Khumbi-hyula and the snow-capped mountain Kusum kangaroo. The trek will continue to Phakding through Ghat with a view of the monastery and some mane walls.
Day 04: Trek to Namche bazaar (3440mtrs) 5-6 hours
The day begins with crossing the river Dudhkoshi and heading to the Benker through Tok Tok with gradual walking. We slightly climb up to Monjo where the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park is. We cross the river, again and again, to go to Namchebazaar via Hillary bridge. Till Hillary bridge, the trail goes gradually up and down then it goes step up till Namche bazaar. If the weather permits, we can see the view of Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse on the way. Namche Bazaar is the transit point for a different trek in the Everest region and the big marketplace of the Sherpa community as well as Tibetan.
Day 05: Acclimatization Day (3440mtrs) 3-4 hours
The day begins with a spectacular view of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Amadablam, and many more mountains of the Himalayas. After breakfast, we head up to Khumjung village and monastery via Everest view lodge which is located at the altitude of 3900mtrs and it’s really useful for acclimatization. We visit the place where the Yeti scalp still exists. We back to Namche bazaar through the Khumjung secondary school whose founder is Sir Edmund Hillary himself and Syangbochen where the highest airstrip is located on.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3867mtrs) 5-6 hours
The day begins on the flat trail with the view of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Amadablam, Mount Thamserku, Mount Kongde, and so on. From Kyangjuma the trail goes descent to the Dudh Koshi river and ascent to Tengboche through beautiful Rhododendron forest. On the way, we will see one more beautiful snow-capped mountain Kangtega. We visit the monastery, which is the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. Internet cafes and bakery cafes are also attractions of Tengboche.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410mtrs) 5-6 hours
After breakfast, the trail descends down from Tengboche, through the rhododendron forest to Debuche, and crosses a bridge over the raging Imja Khola (River). The trail for Dingbuche follows the climbing route of Island peak and the face of Amphu Laptsa. The trail goes down to the river again and climbs up to Dingboche with a boundary of stone walls and the view of a famous trekking peak called Island peak. It is the gateway to Chukung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards the Makalu area and Hinko Valley.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
On this day you may have a full day’s rest or there are some places where you can go for a day hike; up to Chhukung(4,730m) for acclimatization (point of climbing famous Island peak) or climb up to Nanjajung Peak about two hours offer a view of Imjatse Valley with Dingboche village and Mt.Makalu(8,463m), Ama Dablam, Island peak, etc.
Day 09: Trek Labuche to (4,930mtrs) 5-6 hours
After your complete acclimatization, the trail heading you gradually climb up until Dughla offering stunning views of Tabuchi and Cholatse. From the Dughla trail directly up to the Khumbu Glacier for an hour, then left into the memorial area before reaching the village of Labuche. In this stage, the effects of the altitude will be kicking in and you can expect colder nights.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5,180mtrs) – 3 hours & Everest Base Camp (5,364m) 2-3 hours
After breakfast, the trek continues gently climbing and sometimes directs ascent to a nearby glacier. The trail goes to Gorakshep is rocky and windy but it offers a good view of Mt. Pumori and there are beautiful views of the Everest Base camp and glacier with a scenic view. After lunch, we are ready for our adventure to the targeted destination and we continue our trek towards the Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Icefall, 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. If you are during the high expedition season have fallen like the city. It takes 2-3 hours to get to base camp and after a grand time here go back over the journey to Gorakshep.
Day 11: Trek to Kalapatthar (5,545mtrs) -2 hours & Trek to Zongla,5-6 hours
Early in the morning climb up 2 hours on our pace to Kalapatthar for a 360-degree view of the mountain peaks. When reaching the top, you will feel joyful as you achieve the moment that you have been dreaming, of since the planning of your journey. A small rocky peak “Kalapatthar” offer you beyond imagination as Everest looks amazing, the panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and you feel it’s worth to hard climb up here and to feel at the top of the world, and you can see Khumbu Glacier, Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier and many mountains scenery; Pumari (7,145m), Lingtren (6,695m), Khumbutse (6,623m), Changtse (7,550m), Nuptse (7879m), Everest itself, etc. After breakfast in Gorakshep, we trek further to Zongla.
Day 12: Trek to Thagnak via Cho-La pass(5420mtrs) 7-8hours
Early in the morning after breakfast, we ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. The Chola pass is most of the time covered with blue ice giving you a chill feeling. Here you can also enjoy the panoramic view of various mountains. From here, the trail descends steeply down to Thagnak. It is about 7 hours of trek.
Day 13: Trek to Gokyo(4720mtrs) 2-3hours
Today is a short walk to Gokyo through the Ngozumpa glacier which is the longest glacier in the Himalayas. After the glacier, we reach Gokyo which is situated nearby Gokyo lake as known as Dudhpokhari In the afternoon we can explore the lake and Gokyo valley.
Day 14: Early morning hike up to Gokyo Ri (5360mtrs) for a sunrise view of the Himalayas, trek down to Dole (4130mtrs)
Today is the main day of the trek. Early in the morning hike up to Gokyo Ri for a sunrise view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest. Gokyo Ri is the viewpoint from where we can see the four highest mountains in the world out of fourteen. The view of Gokyo lake, Gokyo village, and the Ngozumpa glacier is memorable. After breakfast, we trek back downhill to Dole via Machchermu.
Day 15: Trek to Monjo (2840mtrs) 5-6 hours
We go all the way downhill except for the step climbing up to Mong for about 45 minutes. We again discover the breathtaking view of Amadablam and other mountains as well as the village Namche Bazar. The trail goes step down to the Hillary bridge and we get to Monjo after crossing the Dudhkoshi river a couple of times on a gradual walk.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2,800mtrs) 5-6 hours
Today is the last day of the trek. The trail goes gradually up and down. We will remind you again to enjoy the lush green scenery around and pass through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village until Lukla. You’ll have time to wander around the areas and the guide will re-confirm your flight ticket and you enjoy the last celebration dinner with your crew.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu
Normally, the flight for Kathmandu is morning due to the wind in the afternoon; sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our control. Anyway, we will fly back to Kathmandu and drive to the Hotel, where you relax after a long journey and take back your breath, and rest at your hotel for the rest of the day.
Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu
After the long trek, you need a day to relax and refresh. You can go for a massage or buy souvenirs for your family and friends etc. We meet in the evening for farewell dinner.
Day 19: Departure
We will transfer you to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onward destination. You must leave the hotel 3 hours earlier than your scheduled flight time.