Gokyo Lakes with Chola Pass and Everest Base Camp

Gokyo Lakes with Chola Pass and Everest Base Camp

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the Sherpa people’s lifestyle and their unique cultural hospitality, adventurous & scenic walk through Sherpa Villages
  • visit the monasteries and see the stunning snowcapped mountains
  • witness the spectacular mountains, lush green valleys, and lakes from the plane
  • Explore beautiful Gokyo Lake region
  • Witness the awe-inspiring Mt Everest panorama views from the top of Gokyo Ri
  • The Ultimate Challenge is climbing Gokyo Peak, Icefalls and Ngozumpa Glaciers and crossing over Chola Pass

Gokyo Lakes with Chola Pass and Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most adventurous trekking routes. You will experience the mighty Himalayan Range through picturesque villages, beautiful landscapes, diverse culture, and old monasteries. No other trek can offer these. Moreover, this trek takes you to different and wonderful places of the famous Khumbu Region that will bestow lovely memories for an entire lifetime.

The Everest Base Camp Trek by means of Gokyo Lakes with Chola Pass presents you perfect turquoise lakes in Gokyo Valley along with the exciting Cho La Pass which can be difficult but rewarding. All the way towards EBC there are historical and famous villages which present diverse traditions and cultures of the people. Also, they display the best in hospitality. The trek in progressing to the base of the world’s tallest mountain maps out staggering vistas of peaks such as; Gokyo Ri (5,360m), Kala Patthar (5,550m). Trekking to the Everest Base Camp through Gokyo Lakes will also offer captivating sights of Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188m), Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,414m), Makalu (8,463m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam (6,856m), Pumo Ri (7,165m). Similarly, the famous Tengboche Monastery – the biggest religious community in the Khumbu locale of Nepal as well.

In addition to the journey of Gokyo Lakes with Chola Pass and Everest Base Camp

The trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park just north of Namche Bazaar and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This park preserves rare and endangered wildlife along with the incredible diversity of flora and fauna. Furthermore, Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes with Cho La Pass Trek truly has everything, high-altitude trekking, breathtaking perspectives unrealistic of anyplace else on the planet, and the inviting society of the Sherpa people all with the culmination of a visit to the famous Everest Base Camp.

Himalayan Summit Treks and Expedition is a renowned company, best known for its quality of service. The company has repeatedly stood out with its tireless work ethic and has been given numerous prestigious awards and certified by Travel life. So what are you waiting for? Dust off your climbing boots and come along with us on this exceptional adventure.

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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 18 Days
  • Vacation Style Trekking
  • Max-Altitude 5,364 m
  • Activity Level Tough
  • Best Season Mar- May , Sep - Dec
  • Group Size 2 - 12 pax
ACCOMODATION

Double/Twin Sharing In Hotel/Lodge

Transportation:
Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight

Meal:
Full Board During The Trek


    Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu Valley, you will be greeted by a representative from our office. You will then be transferred to the hotel. At the hotel, you will have a briefing about the daily activities and other details important to a safe and enjoyable trek.

    Today is for sightseeing the beautiful Kathmandu Valley and its significant religious and cultural places guided by our experts. You will visit the historical and cultural sites of Kathmandu which many are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa can be visited. Private transportation will take you through the busy streets of Kathmandu making a stop for lunch at an authentic neighbourhood Nepali eatery.

    Early the next morning we take a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu which is about 40 minutes. Some exceptional views can be seen of the spectacular mountains, lush green valleys, and lakes from the plane. Once landed we will meet the other trekking crew waiting there, and trek downhill to the village of Phakding located on the banks of river Dudh Koshi.

    The trail clings tightly along the left bank of Dudh Koshi River and through a pine forest, passing by the villages as Bengkar, Monjo, and Jorsalle. We then reach Namche Bazaar, the main trading hub of the Khumbu region. Along with the market, Namche Bazaar is famous for altitude acclimatization.

    Namche Bazaar is also known as ‘Passage to Everest’ and we will spend the day here by doing a short trek to the historical centre. Discover the culture and traditions of Sherpa along with information about the natural history of the region.

    After breakfast in Namche Bazar, we will continue our trek from Namche Bazar to Dhole. On our way, we will visit the monasteries and see breathtaking snowcapped mountains, namely Mt Everest (8,848m). Continuing along the trail, we reach Tenga which is the checkpoint of Sagarmatha National Park. We then trek ahead from Tangwa Kharka and finally reach Dhole.

    On this day, we will pass through beautiful villages like Kele and Luza with lovely cultivated fields. Continuing on the trail allows us to view the activities of village and farming life, and finally, we arrive at Machhermo. Here we can see the spectacular mountain view of Kyajo Ri (6,186m).

    Today we will trek to ascend steeply up to Gokyo Village. We pass through the villages of Karnasa and Phangga. On the way, we will also see stunning views of Mt. Chadoten (5,360m) and our first views of Lake Longponga Tsho (4,710m). Walking ahead we reach the second Lake which is Taujung Tsho (4,740m). After that, we continue walking and arrive at Gokyo Village.

    This is also a free day to visit the main highlights of Gokyo and spend another day acclimatizing. First, we will go around the Gokyo Tso which is the main attraction of this region. Then we will hike towards Gokyo Ri (5,360m). From here we are rewarded with excellent views of Mt. Everest (8,848m) and Mt. Makalu (8,463m). If we have enough time, then we can visit a few more lakes in the area. Then we will return back to Gokyo and enjoy a hearty meal and spend the night.

    Today we trek to Thangnak early in the morning to see the first rays of dawn kiss the crown of Mt Everest. As the trail continues on we see views of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Next, the trail navigates along the edge and afterward wanders into Thangnak. It will be a short climb today with an evening of rest which will set us up for long climbing days to come.

    Today will be a challenging but rewarding day of the excursion. The Cho La Pass (5,420m) isn’t itself troublesome, however, it is steep and includes rocky terrain to navigate on the eastern side. We should be watchful as the trail is vertical and the stones coated by ice may cause walking to tricky. The trail from Cho La to Phedi also descends into a beautiful gorge. The pyramidal Ama Dablam (6,856m) is viewable from here as well as Cholatse (6,335m) Lobuche (6145m) East and Baruntse (7,129m). The trail then winds its way to Dzongla Village. The town gives awesome perspectives of Cholatse (6,335m), Ama Dablam (6,856m), Lobuche (6,145m) mountains.

    With a view of Mt Everest (8,848m) and Pumori (7,165m) in the backdrop, we descend from Dzongla along a grassy path to reach Chola Tsho. We then follow the curving trail leading to the tombstones of the deceased mountaineers, from where we follow the moraines of Khumbu Glacier until we reach Lobuche. We will have plenty of time to explore the village which sits on the foot of Lobuche East (6,119m). Stay overnight in Lobuche.

    Continue climbing alongside Khumbu Glacier to reach the frozen Gorakshep Tsho. The trail forwards takes us through a snow-covered trail leading towards Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the base camp, we can see colorful tents of mountaineers aiming to summit the giant Everest (8,848m) against the amazing backdrop composed of gorgeous peaks of Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,414m), Nuptse (7,861m), Khumbutse (6,665m), Pumo Ri (7,165m), and many other peaks of the Khumbu Himalayas. After spending some quality time at the base camp, we return to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.

    The day begins before dawn to reach the summit of Kala Patthar for sunrise and watch the first golden rays drop over the summit of Mt. Everest (8,848m). Snap some pictures, and appreciate the glorious mountain display after which we will trek back and down to Lobuche for a decent night’s rest. Those members group who wish to visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to begin ahead of schedule as the climb to Everest base camp takes longer than the Kala Patthar climb.

    We trek down through slopes covered by rhododendron and juniper trees. In the forest, we may have the chance to see brilliant birds. The way inevitably reaches Sansa from where we can appreciate the perspectives of Ama Dablam (6,856m) and Thamserku (6,608m). After an opportunity to take in the sights the trail continues on to stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

    The trail descends downward and crosses the suspension bridge over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries. After which the trail becomes leveler. Concluding our trek on this day, through a mostly moderate uphill trail, we will reach Lukla in about 7 hours and exchange farewells to our trekking crew.

    A Forty-minute flight will take us back to the capital and you will be transferred to your hotel to enjoy the day as per your own discretion before attending the farewell dinner. This marks the final day of our adventure-filled journey. In the evening, you can roam the streets of Thamel and buy Nepali handicrafts for your loved ones.

    After your breakfast, our team member will drop you at the airport. This day you will board the flight to your home country or next destination.

Fixed Departure
Trip StartTrip EndPRICESTATUS
23 November 2019 10 December 2019$1650 Available
24 November 2019 11 December 2019$1650 2 more to guarantee
30 November 2019 17 December 2019$1650 Available

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • Trekking permits/TIMS.
  • Stay in the city at the finest hotel (3 nights twin sharing room at Kathmandu).
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • All required local and government taxes.
  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Official T-shirt
  • Adventure Certificate (after completion the trek)
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Extra hot showers, wifi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Extra porter charge.
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.

FAQs

Trekking Days are designed so that the walking is enjoyable and safe. Typically, our trekking holidays involves 4 -8 hours of hiking per day, including a lunch stop. The trail varies from easy hiking on the lower elevation to strenuous walking over 5000 meters in the Himalaya Mountains. The day begins early at around 6.30 in the morning with a cup of tea. Before breakfast is the best time to pack your items not needed during the day into duffle bag keeping the essentials or items you wish to access throughout the day in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually on the trail by 8.00 am. Lunch is around 12 pm and is generally 1-2 hour break. We reach our camp or teahouse by 4 pm as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. The time from arriving at the teahouse or campsite till dinner is your free time. There is always tea available, and sometimes side trips are available. Dinner is normally served around 7.00 pm. A common misconception is that if you are a slow walker you may hold people back – NOT SO. The group members often string out and there will be an hour or two between the first to arrive and the last. You walk at your own pace and stop when you feel like it. There will be always our trekking Sherpas, guides and porters at the front and the rear ensuring no one gets lost.

Himalayan Summit is a professionally managed trekking company based in Nepal, we have a policy of employing competent local trekking group leaders and guides. They are fluent in English and have undergone extensive courses in both guiding and health and safety including but not limited to wilderness first aid, mountaineering, eco-trekking training etc. Our team has had a year’s trip leading experience and are highly dedicated to providing quality programming. Much of our team has had working experience with international adventure travel companies.

We offer an open choice menu in our teahouse trekking programs where you can select the food you like for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your guide is available to assist you with menu selection and is there to ensure the food is hygienic, plentiful and nutritious. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. Properly boiled water is served for drinking during the breakfast and dinner meals.

We have our own experienced trekking cook on all of our camping trips. We adhere to strict hygienic guidelines to ensure our food served during the camping portion of the trek is properly prepared. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli, and cereal followed by eggs either fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional bread. Dinner is a hearty 3-course meal: soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice, and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. Please communicate any dietary restrictions or special request to our staff when booking your adventure. Properly boiled water is served for drinking.

We book clean and comfortable teahouses which we have developed long and successful relationships with. Our standard trips are based on twin bedded with shared accommodations. We can book a private room for you if you like, which will incur an additional cost.

We discourage buying plastic bottled water because there is no proper disposal system in place and discarded water bottles cause an environmental and aesthetic concern in the backcountry. Therefore, we will provide properly boiled water to refill your water bottles and when serving hot drinks in camp or at the teahouse. Your guide is very concerned for your health and well-being and thus oversees all water processes.

We can offer top quality service and facilities at a competitive price because we do not operate overseas offices and thus do not incur the cost of such. There are no hidden or extra costs not mentioned in our programs and price-lists. In every detail, we set the highest possible standards, from safety to the type of gear provided to the food we serve. Rest assured we meet international standards on all aspects of our programs.

To book any of our trips, please completely fill out the online booking form on our website, https://www.himalayansummit.com/, and send it to us along with the booking amount. The deposit can be paid by wire transfer or by credit card (Visa or Master Card only). Upon receipt of your booking details, we will send you a trip confirmation receipt of your booking.

Fitness is perhaps the key factor in the trek. Most people of average fitness for their age can complete our trekking programs. It is important not only to have the most enjoyable experience but for your safety that you are both medically cleared for our programs by your doctor, and have embarked on a training program prior to leaving on our program. With that said, on all our treks you are encouraged to take your time, set your own pace and enjoy the surroundings. Most first-time trekkers are concerned that they won’t keep up. They soon discover that a steady and moderate pace will ensure an enjoyable trek, and have the energy for the duration of the trek. Trekking is not a walking competition. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it, and you will have enough energy for extra activities. The best preparation for trekking is a program that includes both cardio exercises with moderate resistance training. It is also helpful to take day hikes at least once a week gradually progressing in distance and elevation gain to simulate some of which you will encounter on the trek.

We are committed to the welfare of our staff from the trek leaders and guides to Sherpas, cooks, and porters. We ensure good wages, salary, and proper insurance. We provide the proper equipment and clothing needed for all our staff, including porters. Each one of our staff is an integral part of our programs.

You need general travel insurance which includes both cancellation insurance, as well as rescue insurance. Read your policy’s fine print to make sure it covers you for trekking and/or climbing, depending on what trip you have booked, and that it covers you for helicopter evacuation.

In the case of a serious medical emergency or in the unlikely event of a casualty, we will coordinate rapid medical evacuation procedures. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in any evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance.

Himalayan Summit trip itineraries have been professionally designed to minimize the effects of high altitude. However, many will feel some basic symptoms of the change in altitude. Your guides are medically trained to know these symptoms and if they are progressing to a more dangerous and serious condition. It is important to be a participant in your own safety and report any ill effects to your guide as soon as possible so they may make assessments as to your condition. Extensive medical kits are carried on all our trips, and your guides are trained in the use of all the equipment. In addition, we carry a Portable Altitude Chamber which is designed to mimic air pressure at lower altitudes. Our guides are trained in wilderness medicine and adhere to international standards and have a duty of care to you, the client.

Safety is our top priority. All of our trekking group leaders and guides have undertaken the Wilderness First Aid Medical Course and have years of experience in planning, organizing, and executing a well-designed program focused on safety. We carry Portable Altitude Chamber (hyperbaric bag) along with a comprehensive medical kit. We plan adventure travel trips so that safety and comfort are not compromised.

Definitely! Our airport representatives will greet you at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Do check the Himalayan Summit clipboard on your arrival in Kathmandu airport outside the arrival terminal hall. Make sure you have provided your flight details to us in advance.

Trekking in Nepal Himalayas is an adventure holiday and thus please do not expect a shower each day. Hot showers are sometimes available, however, we strongly discourage the use of hot water due to the fact that it is usually heated with wood, and deforestation due to tree cutting is an environmental crisis in many Himalayan places.

You will be carrying your day pack with warm clothes, drinking water, snacks, sun block, camera and any other personal items you wish to access throughout the day. Generally, your daypack will be around 5 kilograms.

Most airlines fly directly from many Asian and Middle Eastern countries, however, there are no direct flights from most western countries.

All our trips itineraries have an arrival and departure day from Kathmandu built in to allow for rest from your journeys on both ends of the programs. You are also welcome and encouraged to arrive a day earlier or leave Nepal a day later to have a look around the vibrant Kathmandu valley. Himalayan Summit arranges airport transfers, hotel bookings or any extra activities as required.

Almost every teahouse has electrical outlets in the rooms for recharging. For camera batteries, there may be a cost of usually about 2-3 US$ per hour for re-charging. We use the 220-240 volts to power their appliances and two point’s plugs are recommended to bring.

Trekking poles can certainly be helpful. They can help shift some of the stress of descent especially off of your knees and onto your upper body. Many fine trekking poles to be beneficial for the trek, but they are not required.

Yes. There are dozens of trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Our trekking guide and representatives will be happy to assist you on this matter if needed.

If you want to take your phone with you, there is a good chance that it will work in most major cities. Please discuss this with your phone company prior to leaving for your adventure to see what the rates are and if you have an international calling and texting plan. You can also get the local mobile SIM card in Kathmandu.

It is notoriously difficult to predict the weather condition in the Himalayas. With that said, in general days may be warm and nights are cold. You can expect some snow or rain storms at times. Between 1000 and 3500 meters the temperature could be as high as 20°C to 5°C at the low end. At higher altitudes, the temperature ranges from 20°C to -10°C. During winter it is around 10°C colder.

Tipping is an accepted part of trekking although it is a completely personal matter. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Budgeting up to 10 % of the trek is a good estimate.

Trekking peaks is a permit classification, and are the least expensive permits for climbing. They are also peaks that have been classified as having the least amount of technical climbing to reach the summit. Generally, these peaks can be done in a day from a high camp to the summit and back to high camp on the same day. The routes we use are chosen for their objective safety, involve easy angled snow slopes, straightforward ridges and occasionally minor scrambling. You will be using crampons, an ice axe, harnesses, fixed ropes, etc. for ascending and descending. We will introduce, review, demonstrate and provide ample time to practice all the skills required for the climbing. Trekking Peaks are carefully designed to deliver an exciting opportunity to climb a Himalayan peak while providing proper acclimatization. These treks are open to fit, determined walkers who have previously undertaken ‘strenuous’ treks; previous mountaineering experience is an advantage but not essential.