Gokyo – Cho La Pass

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  •   Destination: Nepal
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Strenuous
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu,Nepal
  •   Arrival on: kathmandu,Nepal
  •  Max Attitude: 5500 M
  •  Group size: 1-12 people
  •  Best Seasons: Spring ,Autumn

Trip Introduction

Gokyo- Cho La Pass, a trek that takes you to the heart of Sherpa habitation, Buddhist monasteries exploring the wilderness of world’s number one peak, Mt. Everest (8848 m). Commonly known as one of the popular trekking destination among the trekkers, Gokyo Cho La Pass not only cover Everest base camp but also includes, Lukla, Namche Bazar, Tengboche and the entire Solukhumbu (District). It gives you a tour of Khumbu area leading to Gokyo Lake, over Cho La Pass (5330 m), moving towards Everest Base Camp.  The breathtaking 360 degrees view of Gokyo ridge is something you will not get to view every day.


You probably do not want to take back home memories of the panoramic view of Cho Yo, Everest, and Makalu alone. Make this trek even more memorable with the expert group of individuals and guides from Asian Alpine Treks and Expedition, who will take the responsibility of managing everything for you.


The difficulty level of this trek is, however, moderate. But, trekkers are required to be physically fit and active. Trekkers are welcomed to Gokyo Cho La Pass by sapphire blue takes smiling, snow-capped mountains standing firm, glorious view of the scenery and much more. If you want to explore and know about the hidden mystery of yeti and the presence of the legendary around the Khumbu area then this trek is definitely for you.


Day 1

Arrive into Kathmandu after about a 45 minute bus journey to the heart of the city and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!


Day 2

A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.

The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!


Day 3 Trekking time 3 hours

After an early breakfast we will head straight to the airport where we will fly to Lukla. The flight is about 40 minutes but one that you will never forget as we fly over the foothills of the Himalayas.

We will arrive and as porters are employed to carry the luggage we will have chance for a cup of tea before starting the trek.

Lukla is 2800m above sea level and we will be trekking to Phakding which is 2653m. It is a short trek around 3 hours- through local villages and alongside a river.


Day 4 Trekking time 3.5 hours

Today we begin the trail up the valley alongside the river. It is a short day trekking and we will be in Monjo (2835m)in time for lunch. This is in order to help the body to acclimatise and in the afternoon there is the small Chholing Monastery and village which can be visited.


Day 5 Trekking time 4 hours

This is the first day where the uphill really kicks in! the reward is worth it as it is the first time you will get a view of Mount Everest . Today we enter the Sagarmatha national park and then we cross the Dudh Kosi river and through to the village of Jorsale.

After this the steep climb up to Namche begins and it is at a well timed rest stop where we will see Everest.We will be in Namche for lunch and a well deserved rest. There are many shops here and a chance to relax and any supplies needed.Namche is at 3440m and so is where the altitude can sometimes start to effect people.


Day 6

We will stay in Namache for an acclimatisation day with a walk up to a village Khumjung which is interesting to see village life and also you get great views of the mountains.As we will be walking higher to around 3780m this will also help in the acclimatisation process.


Day 7 Trekking time 5-6 hours

We leave Namache and head towards Dole at 4100m. This is a gradual walk and then we have a descent to Dudh Koshi river where we cross the suspension bridge and we will be at Phortse for lunch. We will have fantastic mountian views!

After lunch we continue have to climb the Gokyo valley to Dole where we will sleep for the night.


Day 8 Trekking time 5 hours

Today is a hard days walk with all the way being up hill until Machhermo at 4470m, however it is not a long day so with little rests everyone can get to the destination ok.

It is claimed that here a Yeti killed three yak’s and also a Sherpa women. So be careful!


Day 9 Trekking time 5-6 hours

Today we head for Gokyo valley and again another steep climb. It is a rocky path but we are rewarded with ponds and also the famous Gokoyo lake. It is a fascinating day and we will also have a great view of The Ngozumpa Glacier which is the longest glacier in Nepal. As we continue we will see the clear waters of the lakes mixing with the river. We spend the night in Gokyo 4790m which enables us to take in the amazing scenery.


Day 10

We have an acclimatisation day in Gokyo and we will walk to Gokyo Ri. It is about a three hour walk and there we will have stunning views of all the mountains 4 of which are over 8000m as we stand at 5357m. We will spend a second night at Gokyo.


Day 11 Trekking time 5-6 hours

Today we gradually climb up taking in the atmosphere and terrain of this awesome part of the world.

We have to cross the glacier before reaching Thanga, this is a very small village with a few houses, but here we will spend the night.


Day 12 Trekking time 6 -7 hours

An early start today as we have a challenging trek across the Cho La. The trail is rough and covered in rocks and we might see ice falls if there has been a lot of snow, Cho La is at 5320m and is often covered in Snow.We will then descend the path to Dzongla.


Day 13 Trekking time 4-5 hours

We leave Dzongla and continue our descent. We will pass frozen rivers and then reach our goal and home for the night at Loubche at 4930m.


Day 14 Trekking time 3-4 hours

We will trek after breakfast to Gorak Shep which was the first base camp for the climbing of Everest in the 1950’s. It is at 5160m above sea level. After a rest and lunch at Gorak Shep we will trek onto the Everest Base Camp which is used now. As we are going in May this is peak climbing time for the summit so it will be good time to see it as it should be full. We will descend back down to Gorak Shep for an early night.


Day 15 Trekking time 8-9 hours

We will get up early at 5am and after a cup of tea we will climb to Kala Pattar which is the peak of our trek at 5545m. The early morning will provide memories of Everest and her neighbours which will stay with you forever. We will spend time on the top giving everyone the opportunity for photos and to soak up the experience. After this we will descend back to Gorak Shep for lunch and then after that we will walk back down to Pheriche where we will spend the night.


Day 16 Trekking time 5 hours

We will continue back down the valley and as we full our lungs with oxygen and as we descend anyone who has suffered will continue to feel better. We will stop for lunch in Tengboche and then a short walk down to sleep in Khyangjuma.


Day 17 Trekking time 5 hours

Again we will descend and even the up hills will become easy as we feel the benefit of the altitude trekking. We will walk back through Namche and if all is well we will have time to stop the shopping you wish you had bought on the way! Maybe even a second piece of the famous Apple Pie!

We will spend the night in Jorsale.


Day 18 Trekking time 4 hours

A relatively easy and short day for your last day trekking and we will be in Lukla hopefully by lunch time ensuring plenty of time for a wander through the village and four years ago there was even a Starbucks!


Day 19 Lukla to Kathmandu

An early start to the airport and weather permitting a flight back to Kathmandu. We will arrive back to hotel mid morning and a welcome shower and clean clothes will be waiting for you. The rest of the day will be at your leisure with lunch, shopping in the Thamel and adjusting to civilisation!


Day 20

Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and a place which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture.

A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.


Day 21

Return to home. Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.

Included in the Cost

  • Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.
  • All accommodation whilst on trek. This will also include en-Suite rooms until Deboche.
  • We also use the best possible hotels in Pheriche, Lobuche and Gorak Shep.
  • You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Return internal flights from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Trekking leader, guides accommodation and internal airfare.
  • Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.
  • Trekking Leader, guides and porters insurance.
  • An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.

Not Included in the Cost

  • Flights to and from Nepal
  • Visa to Nepal. (Available when you land)
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu.
  • Snacks and any extra drinks which you need on trek.
  • Tip for Guides and Porters.
  • Your insurance.

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