Gokyo Chola Pass Trek

Gokyo Chola Pass Trek

  • Destination
  • Region
  • Duration
    16 Days
  • Transportation
  • Max Height
  • Activities
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate/High Pass
  • Accomodation
  • Group Size
    Mini. 1 Pax
  • Start / End Point
    Lukla to Lukla
  • Meals
  • Best Season
    Sep-Nov & Mar-May

Trip Overview

The Everest region of Nepal is the backbone of the Trekking industry in Nepal. Gokyo Chola Pass Trek is an ideal trekking route that combined the Everest Base Camp Chola Pass with Gokyo lake Trek. The presence of countless snowy mountains, moraines, glaciers, and Sherpa Villages has made the region a majestic destination. There are countless trekking routes in the region. The most popular one is the Everest Base Camp Trek. However, there are equally mesmerizing trekking routes around the EBC Trek route. Nepal High Trek proudly presents the best itinerary for trekkers to enjoy the Khumbu Circuit. Relish the lakes, mountains, base camp, and high-altitude pass in one single trip of Gokyo Chola Pass Trek.

The Khumbu region is undoubtedly the most pristine and legendary place to do trekking activities. Over the years, the region has hosted thousands of trekkers. The Everest Base Camp Trek attracts the highest number of trekkers. However, there are many places inside Khumbu that need to be cherished or relished. Gokyo Lake and Chola pass are the two places that offer quintessential and adventurous memories. Therefore, Nepal High Trek has knitted a beautiful itinerary that encompasses Everest Base Camp, Chola Pass, and Gokyo Lake in one single trek.

Trekking to Everest Base Camp

One of the major reasons behind the popularity of the Gokyo Chola Pass Trek is the chance to reach Everest Base Camp. Yes, while doing the trek, trekkers reach the Everest Base Camp (5364m)in the first phase. However, some of the trekkers do the trekking in a clockwise direction too. If you do the trekking in a clockwise direction, Gokyo Lake or Gokyo Valley comes first. The most common and safe way to do the trek is in the anti-clockwise direction.

Trekkers follow the itinerary similar to Everest Base Camp Trek until they reach the Gorakshep. After exploring the Everest Base Camp, trekkers return back to Lobuche and take the route of Chola Pass. If you would like to know more about this section, please visit our Everest Base Camp Trek package. The major advantage of doing the Gokyo Chola Pass Trek in an anticlockwise direction is the proper acclimatization. Before reaching the Everest Base Camp, trekkers will spend two days as an acclimatization breaks in Namche Bazaar (3440 m) and Dingboche (4400 m). Moreover, trekkers reach a maximum altitude of 5545 m which is the height of Kalapathar. The altitude of Everest Base Camp is also above five thousand meters which is 5364 m.

The Thrill of Crossing Chola Pass (5420 m)

In between Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp Trek route, trekkers have to cross the challenging Chola Pass (5420 m). The pass is also known famously as the summit pass. No wonder, while crossing the Chola Pass, trekkers can feel as if they are scaling a mountain. The trail is often covered by snow and you need to heed the instructions of the trekking guide at all costs. From the top of the Chola Pass, you can see the mesmerizingly panoramic view. The mountains like Cholatse, Amadablam, Pumori, Lobuche, etc. are seen from the top. Upon crossing the pass, you can enter the magnificent Gokyo Valley.

Gokyo Valley During Chola Pass Trek

One of the most scenic locations of Khumbu is the Gokyo Valley. The place is slowly becoming popular among foreigners and Nepalese trekkers. Lots of documentaries, movies, and music videos are being shot in the valley. The presence of beautiful blue-turquoise lakes beautifies the region. Moreover, the Sherpa hospitality, panoramic view of mountains, and tranquil environment can enthrall people. It is truly a blissful place to spend a holiday.

There are five lakes within the Gokyo valley. People believe these lakes are interconnected through the underground natural canal. However, it is still unproven. Whatever the geographical finding, the beauty of these lakes and landscapes is there to behold for the trekkers. The major lake of the valley is the third lake and trekkers spend overnight on the shores of the lake. The hiking of Gokyo Ri adds value to the trekking. The view of the mountains from the top of the Gokyo Ri is unmatched. You can see the vista of Mt. Choyou, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Everest, etc. It is indeed the most prolific way to end the trek in the high altitude even though you still need three more days to reach Lukla.

Khumbu Circuit Trek or Gokyo Chola Pass Trek

Some people refer to the Gokyo Chola Pass Trek as the Khumbu Circuit Trek as well. The itinerary of the trek consists of Everest Base Camp, Kalapathar, Chola Pass, Gokyo Valley, Dole – Machhermo – Phortse belt, and Namche Bazaar. Trekkers do the circumambulation of the Lobuche – Cholatse – Tawuche mountain range in one single trek. The route encompasses more than 3 densely populated Sherpa villages like Namche, Pangboche, Dingboche, Dole, Gokyo, etc. During this trek, popular trekking destinations alike Kong Ma La Pass and Renjo La Pass are omitted. These are the only two destinations that are omitted. However, almost all the trekking routes and destinations are covered by the itinerary. Therefore, Gokyo Chola Pass Trek is also called as the Khumbu Circuit Trek. Besides, this trek is part of the Three high pass treks including 3 popular passes such as Kongma La (5540m), Chola Pass (5420m), and Renjola Pass (5360m)

Things to know before Gokyo Chola Pass Trek

Here is the list of the important information you need to know before doing the Gokyo Chola Pass trek:

Best Season:  Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn Seasons (September, October, and November)

Accommodation & Food: Trekkers have to spend overnight at teahouses. The choice of menu is limited but trekkers can find western cuisine to local delicacies.

Risk of Altitude Sickness: The maximum altitude on this trek is 5545 m. The altitude is an AMS-prone zone. Therefore, it is highly likely that you may get altitude sickness. However, it can be avoided if you follow the guidelines of Nepal High Trek guides.

Travel Insurance: You must get travel insurance mandatorily. The plan of your trekking insurance must include medical expenses, accidents, emergency evacuation by helicopter, trip cancellations, etc.

Sagarmatha National Park Permit & Khumbu Entrance fee: Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee, Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee, and TIMS card must be purchased to do the trek.

Solo Trekking: After 1st April 2023, you are not allowed to do solo trekking in the region. In fact, you can’t do solo trekking in any of the trekking routes of Nepal after the date. You must hire a licensed guide and do the trek from a responsible government-registered trekking agency.

Book the Gokyo Chola Pass Trek in Nepal with us. Relish the chance to explore almost every locale of the Khumbu region of Nepal.

Details Itinerary

The representatives from Nepal High Trek & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. will welcome you at TIA. Then we will take you towards the hotel arranged by our company for the overnight stay. We will have a discussion about trekking with delicious dinner.

Everest Base Camp Trek begins with the sweeping short flight to land at Lukla, during 30 minutes on air view of stunning mountain range with Mt. Everest, as the plane lands at Lukla named as ‘Tenzing-Hillary Airport’ in honor of legendary climbers’ first summiteers of Mt. Everest.

From Lukla, our first-day walk starts on winding downhill path with short climb passing many traditional Sherpa farm villages with views of peaks, after a pleasant walk reaching at Phakding for an overnight stop near the glacier-fed Dudh Kosi (river).

After a pleasant overnight stop in Phakding, morning walk starts following Dudh Kosi, and crossing bridges to reach Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo village, from here walk to last Jorsalle village before Namche Bazaar and then on crossing a last high bridge climb leads with beautiful views of Everest and other peaks, walk finally ends at famous Namche Bazaar for two over nights in this prosperous town or large village with facilities of ATMs, Cybercafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with a busy colorful Saturday market.

Namche an ideal spot for rest and acclimatization, free day with morning short hike up to park museum with necessary information of mountaineering, flora/fauna with Sherpa culture and Buddhist religions, this scenic spot offers grand views of mountains Mt. Everest and stunning Amadablam, for interested people hike uphill to Everest View Hotel for best views of Mt. Everest and other mountains.

Trek to Tengboche(3840m/12664ft). walking 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse

Trek to Dingboche(4410m/14468ft). walking 5:30 hours, Overnight at guest house.

Acclimatization day at Dingboche. walking 4:25 hours, Overnight at guest house.

Trek to Lobuje(4910m/16108ft). walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house, FB plan.

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365) and back to Gorekshep(5180m). walking 7:30 hours, Overnight at guest house.

Hiking up Kalapathar(5545m) and overnight at Zongla (4710m/15453ft). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Trek to Thagna(4500m) via the Chola-la cross(5420m). Walking 8 hours, Overnight at guest house.

Trek to Gokyo (4790m). walking 4:30 hours, Overnight at guest house.

Hiking up to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and trek down Marhhermo((4,480m) walking 8 hours, Overnight at guest house.

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Walking 5 hours, Overnight at the guest house

Trek down to Lukla (2810m) walking 7 hours, Overnight at guest house.

After a marvelous and enjoyable time on high Khumbu valley and ridges with super Everest Three Passes trek, our last day walks of this adventure leads you back to Lukla, reaching by Lunch and for last overnight stop, after lunch free and celebrate dinner with fellow members, staff and guides.

An early morning flight back to Kathmandu.Overnight at guest house

Your last day in Nepal, amazing country of Himalayan wonders, as per your flight time leaving your hotel where our staff transfers you to an airport, after a great memorable adventure with enjoyable time on Everest Three Passes trek.

  • Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car.
  • Hotel In Kathmandu: Three night’s standard selected Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • Meals During Trek: Your stander meals in the mountain (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • Trekking permit: ‘Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit. And Everest National park permit.
  • All necessary paper works.
  • Domestic airport picks up and drops by car/.
  • Domestic Flight Ticket From Kathmandu to Lukla / Kathmandu. including airport Tax.
  • Accommodation In Trekking: All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • During the trek necessary toilet paper
  • Fresh fruit during the trek
  • NHT’S Dawn jacket and sleeping bag
  • NHT’s gifts, as like a pashmina and T-shirt
  • An experienced, expert, helpful and friendly Guide. Porters: Experience Trekking Porters(1 porter for 2 clients). And Their well-paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter. (Guide flight Katmandu / Lukla/ Katmandu.)
  • Adventure Certificate: NHT provides Adventure Certificate.
  • The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical kit bag.
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.
  • Drop to airport by car/van/Bus
  • Welcome and farewell dinner with company’s Director.

Cost does not include on:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Katmandu).
  • Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight)
  • Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, a bottle of water, hot water, shower.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

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