Client embracing the beauty of the Gokyo Region
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    Highlights
    • Experience every breathtaking view of snow-capped peaks and serene lakes throughout the trek. 
    • Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek allows you to avoid the crowds of people heading to Everest Base Camp with less busy trails and gets you mesmerized with solitude trails through the trek.
    • Explore the spectacular and eye-striking blue-green Gokyo Lakes, a glacial lake in the Himalayas.
    • Conquer the challenging Cho La Pass an alpine hill mountain pass giving you breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding peaks.
    • Reach the top of Gokyo Ri for a spectacular 360-degree sight of the Himalayas including Everest, Lhotse, as well as Makalu.
    • Immerse yourself in the abundant Sherpa society by checking out standard towns and engaging with local areas along the trek.
    • Spot unusual Himalayan wild animals such as musk deer, Himalayan that, and colorful Himalayan pheasants in Sagarmatha National Park.
    • Challenge on your own with a trek over Renjo La Pass, another high-altitude pass offering breathtaking views of Everest and neighboring peaks. 
    • Explore the dynamic community of Namche Bazaar recognized for its dynamic markets and Sherpa culture together with magnificent hill sights.
    • Stay in relaxing tea houses and lodges along the route offering a cozy and welcoming environment after a day of trekking.
    • Reaching Gokyo as well as going across Cho La Pass is an exceptional success as well as gives you a feeling of satisfaction plus success.

    Gokyo Chola Pass Trek is the hidden gem of the Himalayas that allows you to avoid the crowds of people heading to Everest Base Camp with less busy trails and stunning views of the world's highest mountains. Your extraordinary trek will begin with a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After landing, the trail will take you along the Dudh-Koshi River through the villages of Phakding and Monjo to Namche Bazaar, the entrance gate to the 8,000 m high-strong giant mountains.  

    Namche Bazaar- the gateway to Mount Everest is the largest village in the Khumbu Valley, where most travelers spend at least two days acclimatizing. This historic Sherpa village is a trade center for Tibetan and Nepalese trade. As soon as you leave Namche, you will walk down the main busy trail that will take you to the peaceful villages of Dole and Machermo. On the way, you can witness dramatic landscape changes as broad meadows suddenly turn into narrow paths with steep ascending paths that will take you to the beautiful and charming village of Gokyo with emerald white lake Dudh Pokhari.
    After two or three hours of steep ascent, the peak of Gokyo Ri (5357 m) rises above the village. A well-deserved reward for your efforts will be viewed not only of the lakes but also of Nepal's longest glacier Ngozumpa. And that's not all; in good weather, you will have majestic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

    The Gokyo Chola Pass Trip offers a calm trip with the Mountain ranges providing a serene alternative to the bustling Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar route. It starts with a short yet attractive trip from Kathmandu to Lukla where travelers start their walking along with the Dudh-Koshi River. 

    EXPLORING THE ROAD TO GOKYO CHOLA PASS TREK

    The Gokyo Chola Pass Trek begins with a trip to Lukla, which can be taken by a breathtaking trip or a bus flight from Kathmandu. From Lukla, trekkers begin going through a course with picturesque towns like Phakding and Monjo. As travelers ascend they experience serene towns such as Dole and also Machermo gradually gaining altitude.

    The trail leads to the charming settlement of Gokyo, snuggled next to the gleaming Dudh Pokhari Lake. From Gokyo, trekkers encounter tough ascents towards the direction of Chola Pass, navigating high slopes along rocky terrain. The route offers panoramic views of towering mountains like Everest (8848.86 m), Lhotse (8516m), and Cho Oyu (8188m), offering a feeling of both accomplishment and wonder. 

    After conquering Chola Pass, travelers come down to explore new areas, running into awesome landscapes and tranquil environments. Throughout the journey, the road to Gokyo Chola Pass Trek provides an extraordinary adventure in the middle of stunning Himalayan views.

    DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF GOKYO CHO LA PASS TREK 

    The Gokyo Chola Pass Trek is matched for trekkers of differing capabilities, from beginners to seasoned trekkers. It's taken into consideration modest walking in Nepal, with steady increases in altitude together and well-kept trails. However, the journey involves 5-6 hours of hiking each day over challenging terrain, so being in good physical shape is important. Regular exercise, like walking and aerobics, can help build stamina for the trek, especially since higher altitudes have less oxygen, making it tougher to adjust. 

    The highest point of the trek is at Chola Pass, reaching around 5,420 meters above sea level. Trek days are prepared with shorter distances to ensure trekkers’ health and comfort. Rest breaks at teahouses along the way help alleviate fatigue and stress. There’s a danger of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) due to the high altitude, so precautions for altitude safety are crucial. Even though the risk of AMS is lower, maintaining good health is still important to avoid any complications. While it’s possible to trek alone, it’s not recommended, as being alone in the mountains can be challenging in case of emergencies. 
    The ascent to Chola Pass is the most challenging part of the trek, but the breathtaking views from the Gokyo Chola Pass viewpoints make the effort worthwhile, providing trekkers with a memorable experience amidst the stunning Himalayan scenery.

    BEST SEASON OF GOKYO CHOLA PASS TREK

    Autumn, from September to November, stands out as the prime time for trekking the Gokyo Chola Pass route. This period sees clear skies after the monsoon rainfall offering spectacular sights of the mountains surrounding scenery. The weather is mild and pleasant, with very little rain, making it perfect for trekking experiences. Spring, from March to May, rates as the second-best time for discovering the Gokyo Chola Pass. Throughout this duration lively blossoms like rhododendrons blossom, creating a colorful backdrop for trekkers.

    On the other hand, the summer season from June to August, brings warm temperature levels as well as constant rainfall plus rainstorms, making trekking conditions challenging as well as muddy. Fewer individuals trek throughout this time providing a quieter experience however the trails can be unsafe and also dangerous. On the other hand, the winter months from December to February see most trails covered in snow, with cold and completely dry weather conditions dominating. Hefty snow loss along with avalanches might shut hill passes, making winter months hiking much less prominent. Heavy snowfall and avalanches may close mountain passes, making winter trekking less popular. However, the snow-capped landscapes offer a unique and picturesque sight for those willing to brave the cold.

    ACCOMMODATIONS AND MEALS DURING GOKYO CHOLA PASS TREK

    During your trek, food and accommodation are taken care of at guest or tea houses, which are traditional Sherpa houses serving authentic local cuisine. The lodges are basic and can be cold, so it’s essential to bring warm clothing. As you ascend, prices for accommodation and food increase, while quality may decrease. Extras like hot showers, charging electronics, and Wi-Fi come at an additional cost. 

    During peak trekking seasons, finding a room, especially a single one, can be challenging as they’re often booked in advance. It’s advisable to ask your guide or porter to make reservations or be prepared to share a room with other guests. Meals offer a variety of options, from local Nepali cuisine like Dal Bhat Tarkari (Lentil soup, Rice, and Vegetable) to Chinese cuisines like Momos (dumplings) and Chow Mein. Also, International options like pizza, sandwiches, and sizzlers are available. Additionally, beverages like tea, coffee, fruit juice, and alcoholic drinks can be purchased for an extra charge.

    GOKYO CHOLA PASS TREK COSTS

    For the Gokyo Chola Pass Trek, the total cost typically ranges from $1500 to $2000 per person. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you’ll need to purchase a Nepal Visa, which varies depending on the duration of your stay. However, it is suitable that you acquire a Visa for 30 days which costs you $50 per person. Your trip commences with a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (one of the most dangerous airports in the world) and ends with a domestic flight to Kathmandu. A flight from Kathmandu to Lukla can cost you anywhere between USD 434.00 per person. On the contrary, it can be quite expensive on your return.
    Hereby, your tour options, hotel accommodations, and mode of transportation all impact the cost of the trek. Your budget, choice between normal and deluxe trip plans, and the size of your group will also influence the overall price.

    HAT Representative will be waiting with your name plate just outside the International Airport in Kathmandu. After your arrival, we will organize your transportation to the designated hotel in Kathmandu. Spend the afternoon browsing the beautiful streets of Thamel or visit the nearby Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, we will meet for welcome dinner and tour briefing.

    • Max. Altitude:1300m
    • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu
    • Meals:Dinner

    After breakfast, we will join guided tour to visit various sites in the valley - most of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get off and browse the famous Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Come back to hotel and prepare for the morning flight, drive and short trek the next day.

    • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu
    • Meals:Breakfast

    From Kathmandu, we will take a 45-minute towards Lukla. Lukla flight is unique due to the stunning mountain views and landing at one of world's highest altitude airstrip.

    Lukla is a bustling town with shops, restaurants and facilities for guests. After some rest, we will start trekking towards Phakding village. It will take 3-4 hours of trekking according to the pace. Phakding is larger than Lukla and is equipped with restaurants, tea-houses, bars and restaurants for trekkers.

    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Phakding
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Wake up to a beautiful sunrise at Phakding. After breakfast, we start the trek following the trails. Encounter local people, children, yaks and fellow trekkers as you move through Sagarmatha National Park and a few registration posts held up by local police. Cross high suspension bridge and climb until you reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. Namche is also housed with various accommodation, food and hangout facilities.

    • Max. Altitude:3445m
    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Namche Bazaar
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    We take to spend the day in Namche Bazaar to adjust physically to the high altitude, referred as acclimatization. Acclimatization helps adopt our body to the increasing altitude and reduces the risk of altitude sickness.

    Namche has Tibetan market selling clothes and cheap Chinese goods with the weekly wholesale market to browse. Even though we are acclimatizing, we will still need to stay active. So let's hike up to the famous Everest View Hotel and back.

    • Max. Altitude:3962m
    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Namche Bazaar
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    After breakfast, we start our trekking following the Gokyo trails and separating from Everest Base Camp trail. On the way, there are incredible view of Mount Ama Dablam, Tawoche and Thamserku mountains. We descend to Dudhkoshi River and finally arrive to Phorse.

    • Max. Altitude:3810m
    • Accommodation:Lodge in Phorse
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    After breakfast, we cross a bridge and follow the trails towards Dole. Like earlier day, there will be great views of mountains. We are mostly walking along Dudhkoshi River. At Phorse, we will visit a non-profit medical center established to help trekkers in the high altitudes, including getting vital information about Altitude Sickness and Emergency protocols.

    • Max. Altitude:4470m
    • Accommodation:Lodge in Machhermo
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    After breakfast, we continue our journey towards Gokyo. Dudh Koshi Valley widens up for a great view along with Cho-Oyu Mountains. After 6-7 hours of enjoyable trek, we finally reach Dudhpokhari (Milk Pond) for overnight stay.

    • Max. Altitude:4800m
    • Accommodation:Lodge in Gokyo
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Today will be spent acclimatizing our body and exploring the beautiful Gokyo Region. Climbing on top of Gokyo Ri will bring us great view of the sparkling Gokyo Lakes. Later, we climb down and hike towards the two other Lakes in the region. The region provides great views of the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest (8848m) along with Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu peaks. The world's biggest glacier, Ngazumpa, will also be visible from there.

    • Max. Altitude:5350m
    • Accommodation:Lodge in Gokyo
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    It's a fairly short hike today from Gokyo to Thagnak. This day also works as contingency to explore more of Gokyo if the previous day wasn't enough. Otherwise, a short 4-hour trek will bring us to Thagnak in the afternoon. As you might have guessed, our journey is now towards Everest.

    • Max. Altitude:4750m
    • Accommodation:Lodge in Thagnak
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Brace yourself as it's going to be a tough part of our trip today. Be careful as you travel through the Cho La Pass to reach the other side of the mountains, and open up our trail towards Mount Everest. The views of rising Ama Dablam and nearby mountains will be amazing as we arrive to the other side of the pass.

    • Accommodation:Lodge in Dzongla
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    After the previous day's challenging trek, today will again be a short 3-hour hike towards Lobuche, a famous village in the Everest Region. Take rest and prepare for another long journey the next day.

    • Max. Altitude:4940m
    • Accommodation:Lodge in Lobuche
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Our journey from Lobuche leads us to yet another Sherpa settlement, Gorakshep after 6-7 hours trek. This is a popular stop for trekkers. Nuptse, Cholatse, Lobuche, and Pumori overlook the Lobuche village as we visit the Everest Base Camp including Majestic Mount Everest.

    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Gorakhshep
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Our next 7-8 hours trek leads us to Pheriche from Gorakshep with Kala Patthar along the way. Kala Patthar offers an amazing panoramic view of the summit of soaring high mountains. We will climb the hill and enjoy an elevated view of the Himalaya.

    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Gorakhshep
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Marking the start of our return journey, we climb down from Pheriche to Tengboche. Trekking for about 5-6 hours, all the beautiful view and close inspection of Sherpa culture make it worth the rocky trails among the Himalayas.

    • Max. Altitude:3860m
    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Tengboche
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    We are on our way back from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar with 6-7 hours trek. Spending our last night at Namche, talking to locals and kids is an amazing way to get little closer to the mountainous lifestyle.

    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Namche Bazaar
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Bidding our goodbye to glimpses of the highest summit of the world, we return back to Lukla from Namche Bazaar by trekking for about 6-7 hours. Every moment of the last couple of days spent will be a lifetime memory.

    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Lukla
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Taking a 35-minutes flight back to Kathmandu, today is our final day here. This day is ideal for visiting Swayambhunath Stupa and exploring local streets Thamel. Taking a walk through Thamel, a busy tourist spot, buying souvenirs from here is the pretty good option.

    • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel / Kathmandu
    • Meals:Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

    It is our parting time. Hoping you are intrigued by this adventurous trek to Mt Everest, we will be ready to accompany you on any of your future journey to Nepal.

    • Meals:Breakfast

    Service Details

    Includes

     

    •  Private Arrival & Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
    •  Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu( Hotel Arts in Kathmandu or similar) on a twin share bed/Single and breakfast as per the itinerary.
    •  Full board meals while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
    •  Accommodation in teahouse ( Best Mountain Lodge ) or lodge while trekking.
    •  Welcome / fare- well dinner as listed in the itinerary with Local Cultural Dance
    •  The sightseeing city tour with world heritage entrance fees as listed in itinerary.
    •  All Domestic flights and airport tax as listed in the itinerary.
    •  Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
    •  Sleeping bag, duffel bag etc for the use during the trip, Plastic garbage bags.
    •  Professional local experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid.
    •  Comprehensive First Aid Kit. Respective region (Everest) trekking map, TIMS Card.
    •  Necessary Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
    •  Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
    •  Warm clothing & trekking gear for staff including porters: Gortex jacket & trousers, fleece jacket and pant, trekking shoes / boots, woolen hat, gloves, shocks, sunglasses etc.
    •  The Trekking t-shirt Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
    Excludes
    • Meals on the cities except Welcome Dinner
    •  Nepal entry visa fee which you will get it in to Kathmandu airport on upon arrival
    •  Personal trekking equipment
    •  Expenses of a personal nature such as alcoholic/cold drinks, laundry, mineral water, hot shower, battery charge, Telephone, etc.
    •  Tips for trekking/ tour guide & porters (expected)
    •  International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges
    •  Valid Travel Insurance with Medical evacuation in case of emergency Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest
    Dates & Availability

    The Gokyo Chola Pass Trek is rated as moderately difficult, requiring moderate physical and mental fitness levels. Tea houses along the road provide modest food and lodging options, while utilities such as hot water may be unavailable in isolated regions. A day spent in Kathmandu is a wonderful way to acquire a sense of Nepali culture. The tour begins with a local flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, where you will land at one of the world's most perilous airports. You will then embark on a range of climbs, ranging from small and steep alleyways to wider flat roads. The Gokyo Chola Pass Trek in Nepal's Everest region provides breathtaking views and one-of-a-kind experiences. Check out complete itineraries and travel details.

    Essential Information

    What to Pack for Gokyo Chola Pass Trek?

    • Headlamp or Flashlight with extra batteries as teahouses charge you for charging your electronics.
    • Pack a backpack that is preferably waterproof
    • Water filter: Any water filter will suffice because there are numerous water taps along the route where you can refill your water, and it is also environmentally friendly. 
    • Sturdy and waterproof boots 
    • Sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm with SPF 
    • Shampoo and soap: If the lodge does not provide these, bring your own. 
    • Thermal Layer 
    • Towel, Personal toiletries, and medications
    • Camera and Portable Charger
    • Insect repellent 
    • Sleeping Bag suitable for cold temperatures.
    • Hiking Poles: Helps to maintain the ascent while traversing high terrain. 
    • Windproof mittens: This would keep chilly hands from freezing and make high-altitude viewing sites more enjoyable. 
    • Water bottle that can be refilled 
    • If you’re traveling during the monsoon, don’t forget to bring your rain gear.
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