Nepal | Everest

Everest Chola Pass Trekking

Nepal

Everest Chola Pass Trek

Nepal
Trip Overview

The best thing about the Gokyo Ri trail is that it will provide you with an offbeat experience. While travelling this route you will enjoy majestic sightings of Everest (8849 m), Makalu (8475 m), Lhotse (8501 m), and Cho You (8153 m). Gokyo Valley is a remote Himalayan valley which offers views of mountains, glaciers and Gokyo lakes. 

During the trek you also get a chance to enjoy the Dumje festival which is celebrated in April and the Mani Rimdu Dance which is performed in the monasteries of the Sherpa people.
The trail is difficult, as you climb over 5,000m three times –  at Gokyo Ri, Chola Pass, and Kala Patthar. When looking down you will see the Ngozumpa glacier which is the longest glacier in the Himalayas as well as the three of the five amazingly beautiful blue-green Gokyo lakes.

Trip Highlights
  • Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people.
  • Views of high peaks including Lhotse (8,516m), Cho You (8,201m) and Makalu (8,463m).
  • The world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest 8,848.68m/29,029 ft.
  • Amazing panoramic views from Kala Patthar (5,555m)
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • You can feel lost in the glistening views of the 5 glacial lakes in Gokyo Valley.
  • Hiking remote trails full of lush vegetation in the Gokyo valley.
Itinerary

Domestic airport transfer, Flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding.

An early morning start – dressed for trekking – with a transfer to the airport for the short flight to Lukla. The flight itself (by small Dornier / Twin Otter) is a fantastic experience as you fly into the mountains and land at one of the world’s most exciting airports – Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla. Here our Sherpas will be waiting to meet us and will arrange the baggage so comfortable to carry (15kg per porter).

And then … here we go! Today we are going to hike for approximately 3 to 4 hours. The day is just a glimpse of our walking days ahead. To begin we descend gradually to Thado Koshi (2 hours), then start to make the first ascent of the trek, gradually uphill all the way Phakding which will take another 2 hours. We reach Phakding about lunch time.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2800 meters (Lukla) / 2650 meters (Phakding)
  • Duration: 30 minutes approx (Kathmandu – Lukla Flight) / 3 – 4 hours. approx (trek)
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

Continue along the Dudh Koshi River with majestic views all around, crossing back and forth via many suspension bridges, including the Hillary Suspension Bridge. Our trail passes through a pine forest as we continue up the Benkar Valley passing Chumoa and Monjo villages before reaching the entrance of the Everest National Park. Continuing up via Jorsale village, follow the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers to Namche Bazaar, the largest town in the Everest region.

 

Notes:
  • Altitude: 3440 Meters (Namche Bazaar)
  • Duration: 6-7 hours Approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Acclimatization day – hike to Syangboche.

Today is an acclimatization day with a short (3-4 hour round trip) to Syangboche (3860m).

Start our hike with steep uphill walk to the National Park headquarters from where we have the opportunity to enjoy a majestic panorama of Himalayan Peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum, Khangru, Kongde, Phachhermo, Melungtse, Khumbila and Taboche. Along our trail, we have all the opportunity to enjoy the Flora and fauna found in this Himalayan Region.

After visiting Syangboche descend back to Namche Bazaar for lunch. The afternoon is free to wander around Namche Bazaar, visit local bakeries and shops and do last minute shopping (if required) to buy or hire any trekking gear you may need for the trek. Please also talk with your trekking leader if you feel discomfort from the altitude or have any concerns.

Notes:

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole.

From Namche the route heads up all the way to Khumjung, a picturesque village with its own gompa at the top end of town. Here you have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten atop a ridge which descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, which is said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region.  A steep descent to pass through Phortse Tenga is followed by a steep climb to Dole through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging moss and lichen.

 

 

Notes:
  • Altitude: 4038 meters (Dole)
  • Duration: 5 hours. Approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Dole to Machhermo.

From Dole climb steadily along the side of the valley as small thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper with the increase in altitude. Hike past many summer settlements used when yaks are taken to these high pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, whilst back down the valley you can see the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 4410 meters (Machhermo)
  • Duration: 5 hours. approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Macchermo to Gokyo.

Following the valley high above the river, we commence the ascent to Gokyo village. There are excellent views of Cholatse at the village of Pangka and we stop to enjoy them. We are now in high alpine country and as we approach the Ngozumpa Glacier we trek onto the moraine and rock that extends down from it. Enjoy excellent views of Kantega to the south and Cho Oyu to the north. Each mountain has its individual character and presence and you can understand why the Nepalese give them such religious significance. 

Once we have ascended the snout of the glacier the path levels and passes the first of the lakes, Longpongo, before reaching the second, Taoche Lake, a larger body of water and a place where ducks are often seen swimming in the freezing waters. As we walk up the valley our path parallels the Ngozumpa Glacier, separated from us by the massive lateral moraine.

The views from Gokyo Village, on the edge of the third lake, are mind blowing.

 

Notes:
  • Altitude: 4759 meters (Gokyo)
  • Duration: 5-6 hours. approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Excursion hike to Gokyo Ri and trek to Thagnak.

Setting out early, hike up to the Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak). Climbing to Gokyo Ri is obviously strenuous as it is steep, and it takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. Here you have a vast, panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. The effort has been well worth it to arrive as the first rays of sun touch Everest which, from here, clearly towers over its neighbours.

Return to Gokyo for a much-needed breakfast before heading to Thagnak for the night, passing by the second lake and the Ngozumpa Glacier.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 5360 meters (Gokyo RI) / 4750 meters (Thagnak)
  • Duration: 5-6 hours. approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Thagnak to Dzongla via Cho La Pass.

Today will be one of the most challenging and longest walks of the trek. The Cho La Pass itself is not difficult, but it is steep and includes a glacier crossing on the east side. We must be careful because the path is vertical, and smooth ice rocks can make the trail slippery. 

The route from Phedi leads through a gorge along a rocky path. Skirting a frozen lake we reach the top of the pass, which is decorated with prayer flags. The pyramid shaped Ama Dablam presides over a series of mountains including Cholatse in the west and Lobuche in the east.

Eventually we reach Dzongla, a village which affords great views of Cholatse, Lobuche and Ama Dablam, as well as Pheriche Village in the distance.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 5367 meters (Cho la Pass) / 4830 meters (Dzongla)
  • Duration: 7-8 hours. approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche.

Today’s walk is much shorter with plenty of time to observe and relax along the way. Climb down from Dzongla and cross a bridge and before following a grassy trail and enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak.  Following the wide gravelly riverbed, we arrive at Lobuche.

 
Notes:
  • Altitude: 4940 meters (Lobuche)
  • Duration: 2-3 hours. approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorakshep.

This is the big one, the day of Everest Base Camp! From Lobuche, follow the broad valley running parallel to Khumbu Glacier, its gradual ascent enabling you to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. When you reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier a series of small ascents and descents on a rocky trail lined with cairns eventually leads to the surprising glacial sands of Gorakshep (5160m). 

Now’s the time to grab a quick bite, gear up appropriately, and head off towards Everest Base Camp. The trek to the base camp can be achieved in around three hours, and if trekking in the popular climbing period of March to May, you will almost certainly encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to expeditions here. From Everest Base Camp you will not get views of Mount Everest, but you are able to see glorious glaciers, lakes, caves, and the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm. It is regarded as technically the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. The return journey from the Base Camp to Gorakshep takes the same amount of time.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 5,164 meters (Gorakshep) / 5364 meters (Everest Base Camp)
  • Duration: 3 hours. approx. (Lobuche to Gorkshep) / 4 hours approx. (Everest Base Camp)
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek to Kala Patthar (5545m) and return to Dingboche.

This morning,rise early to hike to Kala Patthar to see the sunrise over Mt. Everest. Kala Patthar which means “Black Rock ” in Nepali, is a 5645m hill just beside Gorakshep. The trail is stony and windy up the hill to a big rock which we must climb over. After enjoying the sunrise, return to Gorak Shep for breakfast before starting the trek back to Dingboche.

 

 

 

Notes:
  • Altitude: 5545 meters (Kala Patthar) / 4410 meters (Dingboche)
  • Duration 5 hours. approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche.

Today, we will take the reverse route from Dingboche and trek back to Tengboche.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 4,410 meters (Tengboche)
  • Duration: 3-4 hours. approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Tengboche to Monjo.

Descend steeply down along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing it before continuing along the opposite bank to Jorsale. A few more river crossings and you will arrive at Monjo where you’ll stay overnight

 

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2,835 meters (Monjo)
  • Duration: 8-9 hours. approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Monjo to Lukla.

Start the day trekking through rhododendron and pine forests; passing Benkar and Phakding before reaching Chaunrikhara. Leaving the main trail at Chaunrikhara make the short climb to the small airstrip of Lukla. The trail follows the river the whole way with frequent bridge crossings. 

 
Notes:
  • Altitude: 2,860 meters (Lukla)
  • Duration: 5-6 hours. approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.

We will take an early morning scenic flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to the hotel after landing at the airport.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 1,400 Meters (Kathmandu)
  • Duration: 30 minutes. approx (flight)
Services Included
  • Private transport as per group size to and from the trekking region
  • Flight cost Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in basic Team houses (room only / sharing)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide
  • 01 Porter for 2 trekkers/ maximum 15 kgs luggage per porter
  • Service of assistant guide for groups of 5 trekkers and above
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS permit).
  • Everest National Park permit.
  • Pasang lhamu Entry Fee.
  • Guide flight cost.
Services Excluded
  • Meals during the trek.
  • Travel and medical insurance including evacuation and cancellation (including helicopter evacuation for trek)
  • Expenses of personal nature including bar bills, laundry, telephone calls.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Any item not specified as included.
  • Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of RMT
Impact Footprints
  • Use of locally owned accommodation so that the economic benefits remain with the locals.
  • Source of income for people who will serve you as porters throughout the trek.
  • Everest Region Area Permit fees are used for sanitation, reforestation and protection of endangered flora and fauna of the region.

Fantastic company to deal with , Could not do enough for us, Made us feel like a real Guest in their Country

Hutcho