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Gokyo Chola Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek - 12 Days

Gokyo Chola Everest Base Camp trek is one of the strenuous treks in Khumbu region. This trek combined Everest Base Camp with Gokyo valley and the high Chola Pass trek.

Throughout the journey, the trail offers the stunning views of many giants Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and Mt. Pumori.

Walking through the green lush forest, over snow, and crossing high pass provides you amazing feeling which will be your a lifetime memory.

The major highlight of this trek is the sacred lake of Gokyo valley, crossing Chola pass and incredible mountain views from Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and Everest Base Camp.

Gokyo valley holds its own charm and you’ll be overwhelmed throughout the journey. You’ll be mesmerised with turquoise lakes and divine glaciers. The other focus of attraction in this valley is the 360-degree view from Gokyo ridge.

Gokyo Ri is peak located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier. This is the largest glacier in Nepal and you should trek this place once.

Gokyo Ri has the high settlement in the world. After the successful ascent from here, you can see four 8000m peaks i.e. Mt. Everest. Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Makalu.

This trek also includes the beautiful hike to Kala Patthar. It is also considered as the best viewpoint to witness the amazing view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt, Nuptse, and Mt. Lhotse.

The trail also goes through one of the high pass, Cho La Pass to the base camp of Mt. Everest.

Gokyo Chola Everest Base Camp trek is best for experiencing high mountain life. You’ll cater wonderful adventure in Everest region with jaw-dropping views of giant mountains.

Gokyo Chola Everest Base Camp trek has been always the best options for those who want to experience wholesome in one trip.

One of the reasons Gokyo Chola Base Camp trek is gaining popularity is it covers Gokyo lake with Chola Pass and EBC. Everest Base Camp via Gokyo valley and Chola pass requires 12 days and worth full.

Day 1
Day 01: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding

Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Duration: 3-4 hours

Gokyo Chola Everest Base Camp trek begins with the short and scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight duration is approximately 45 minutes.

On arrival, you'll encounter with our Sherpa guide and porters and get a first glimpse of life in the Khumbu. After taking some rest your trek starts from Lukla mainly downhill to Phakding.

The trail come across through yak pasture land, fields of potatoes and buckwheat. After passing small villages and rows of tree you'll reach Ghat village.

After that again walking through pine forest and several terrace field you'll cross Kusum Khola. Also, from here you can see the peak of Kusum Kanguru to the East. Then after another one and half hour walk, you'll reach to Phakding village. You'll spend your night in Phakding at Yeti Mountain Home.

Note:

If you're taking the flight to Lukla then it's very common your flight might be cancel due to poor weather conditions. So, you need to be mentally prepared to get a later start.

Day 2
Day 02: Phakding - Namche Bazaar

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Duration: 5-6 hours

On this day, the trail ascends through the forest of pine to the village of Namche Bazaar, Sherpa capital of Nepal. It is easy the walk you'll cross via the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Koshi river.

You'll reach Monjo which is situated below the magnificent peak of Thermasherkhu. After a few minutes walk, you'll check into Sagarmatha National Park. Again from here you'll come across another suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river.

Now, you'll climb gently and lead to Village of Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is well-known for the trading destination in the Khumbu region. Before, people from Tibet used to come for the business. You'll spend your night at Namche Bazaar.

Note:

Since there is the huge difference in altitude in this two days. So, there is a high risk of altitude sickness. So take rest and drink plenty of water.

Day 3
Day 03: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Duration: 5-6 hours

On this day, you'll rest in Namche Bazaar. This will help you to adjust to the changing altitude.

You can also go to the Sherpa Museum to get a view of Everest. It'll just take one or one and half hour round trip. Here, you'll get a chance to learn about the local culture and which surely helps to get the picture of the local community.

After this, you can also hike up the hill over Namche to the Sherpa Village Lodge. This small hike with little steep climb will surely help you in future.

Day 4
Day 04: Namche - Dole

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Duration: 5-6 hours

On the fourth day, you'll start our journey early in the morning. Initially, after short climb trailhead towards the Gokyo region.

As you're walking through alternative route of EBC you'll see relatively fewer trekkers on the trail. After passing through birch, rhododendron and pine forests you'll come across Porse Tenga.

On the trail, you'll be able to see flattering flags and chortens. Also, there are some amazing views of Mt, Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam and other giants Himalayan peaks. Then trail continues through the beautiful countryside to Dole. You'll spend your night at Dole.

Day 5
Day 05: Dole - Machharmo

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Duration: 4-5 hours

On this day you'll climb from Dole via Lhabarma to Luza. You need to be careful as the path is quite steep. Again the trail continues along the side of the valley and crosses sandy spurs and reach Machharmo.

Like other few small villages in the valley, Machharmo has only a few buildings. If you want to cope with the altitude you can also take a small walk behind Luza and get a view of beautiful Gokyo Valley.

You can also visit the Machhermo Porter Shelter and Rescue Post. Here you can learn about more altitude. You'll spend your night at Machharmo.

Day 6
Day 06: Machharmo - Gokyo

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Duration: 3-4 hours

On the sixth day following the valley, the trailhead towards the Gokyo village. On the way to the Gokyo village, you can stop at Pangka village and enjoy the magnificent views of Cholatse.

After getting to Gokyo valley you'll see sudden changes in the landscape. As all the pine and birch forests changed to the alpine shrubs. Furthermore, land also becomes more arid and dry.

Along the trail, you'll enjoy the awesome views of Kantega to the south and Cho Oyu to the north. You'll slowly ascend down and pass the first lake, Longponga.

Continue on the trail you'll reach the second lake, Taoche Lake. This lake has the pretty large body and you can see duck swimming in the freezing water. You'll spend your night at Gokyo valley.

Day 7
Day 07: Rest day at Gokyo

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Duration: 4-5 hours

On this day you'll take a rest day at Gokyo and explore the rest of the place. Gokyo is best known for its divine lakes and Himalayas largest Glacier "Ngozumpa Glacier".

Especially in the morning, the view of Gokyo lake is worth to see. As the blue water is calm and the picturesque view of mountains are reflected on the lake. You'll spend your night at Gokyo valley.

Day 8
Day 08: Gokyo Ri - Thaknak

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Duration: 5-6 hours

On this day early in the morning, you'll hike to the Gokyo Ri. Depending on your level of fitness to ascend Gokyo Ri might take 2 to 3 hours.

From the top, you'll get the world's most fabulous views of the surrounding peaks including Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. One of the reasons Gokyo Chola Everest Base Camp is gaining popularity is Gokyo Ri, a peak next to the lakes.

Beside the best mountain views, your eyes will keep stretching on the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in Nepal.

After catering some beautiful moments of the best mountain views you'll head towards Thagnak. This is a point where you'll leave Gokyo and move forward to Cho La Pass. You'll spend your night at Thaknak.

Day 9
Day 09: Thaknak - Cho-La-Pass - Dzongla

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Duration: 6-7 hours

On this day you'll start your day with early morning hike to get on top of the Chola. This is a special day and other major highlights of Gokyo Chola Everest Base Camp trek

Almost you've to walk for three hours to get there. Before that, you've to be on the ice for 20 minutes. If the weather condition is favorable then without using any types of equipments you can cross this high pass.

After short descent walk, you'll reach to Dzongla. Here you'll reward with great views of Cholatse to the north and Ama Dablam. You'll spend your day at Dzongla.

Note:

You're recommended to reach to the top of Cho La Pass before 9 am. Because later in the day the ice at the top may get start melting which make it dangerous to cross. So, you need to start early to make it in time.

Day 10
Day 10: Dzongla - Gorak Shep

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Duration: 5-6 hours

On this day you'll head to the final stop of this trek i.e. Gorakshep leaving behind the village of Chola. On the way to Gorak Shep, you'll see the stunning view of Nuptse rising above the Khumbu Glacier.

Now, you'll join the busy trail from Thyangboche to Lobuche. Onwards the trail gently slopes upwards and continue to Gorak Shep in the background you'll have an incredible view of Khumbu Glacier. You'll spend your night at Gorakshep.

Day 11
Day 11: Gorak Shep - EBC- Gorak Shep

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Duration: 5-6 hours

On this day early in the morning, you'll hike up to the Everest Base Camp. Climbing time from Gorak Shep to base camp might range from 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on your health conditions and weather conditions.

The trail from Gorak Shep is full of short ups and downs over loose rock. You'll also come with a few flat parts. Actually talking about the distance it's really not far the only couple of hundred meters higher in elevation.

But you'll find little difficult because of the thin mountain air. After spending some time at the camp you'll return back to Gorakshep. As there is no any settlement in base camp you'll spend your night at Gorakshep.

Day 12
Day 12: Kalapathar - Lukla - Kathmandu

On this day, you'll hike to Kala Patthar, it's a massive rock pile. From the top, you'll get the incredible 360 degrees views of giant peaks including Mt. Everest, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Nuptse. Actually, Kala Patthar is the only place from where you'll get the best views of Mt. Everest.

Once you've taken some pictures in the top, you'll fly back to Lukla and heads towards Kathmandu.

Cost Includes

  • Basic Tea Houses Accommodation as mentioned in itinerary
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek.
  • Domestic Flights.
  • English speaking guides and climber during the trek.
  • Porters
  • Down jacket and sleeping (only for the duration of the trek)\
  • Medical Kit
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • All Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Climbing Equipment
  • Tips for Guides and Porters.

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Price From USD$3,690 USD$2,900/person
2,900
Total $ 2,900 USD

Trip Facts

  • 5357m
  • Moderately Challenging
  • Medium
  • 2 - 12

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