Gokyo cho la pass trek is one of the most popular and adventures trekking route in khumbu trekking via a Sherpa’s rick cultural trail.To start this trek we will need to take a half an hour magnificent scenic mountain flight to Lukla we follow the Dudh Kosi valley to Namche Bazaar and along the way to Gokyo. The trail to Gokyo is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through cultural rhododendron forest where the rare musk deer can be seen sometimes. Along the way we can see small yak-grazing settlements we reach the Gokyo lakes where our main part of trekking destination we can reach and once can climb the Gokyo Peak (5480m) another destination for us which gives a power to heading rest of the trip.
After the Cho La pass, we reach Dzongla. The views of Ama Dablam and Taweche are spectacular. After crossing a Cho la another part on everest region the Gorak Shep and climb to Kala Pattar (5545 m) from where we enjoy an impressive up-close view of Everest. Our return route passes through Tengboche, a magnificent location with a fascinating monastery, where we rest and savor the incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Everest, Ama Dablam (6856 m), Kantega (6809 m), Kwangde (6194 m), Nuptse (7879 m), Lhotse (8511 m) and many more. Clients carry daypack only and walk at their own pace.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Where you will be meet at the airport entrance by our representative. You will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. O/n at the hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing. You will be collected from your hotel and taken for a half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. This will include the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the huge Bodhnath chorten, and the ancient city of Patan. O/n at the hotel.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Lukla (2,840 m) - Phakding (2,610 m). After the exciting flight into Lukla airstrip the trek commences with the short climb to Phakding.
Day 4: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m). The trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where the trail officially enters the Sagarmatha National Park. Continue along the trail, cross the Bhote Kosi River and climb steeply to Namche Bazaar 3500 m. Remember to look out for glimpses of Mt. Everest early on the trail. O/n at the lodge.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar - Thame (3,820 m). Acclimatisation day. A rest day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatise. This town, the hub of Sherpa society, is the administrative centre of the Khumbu region and has a police checkpost (we must all register there), the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park, a bank, several shops selling items of every description and a proliferation of Sherpa inns. O/n at the lodge.
Day 6: Thame - Khumjung (3,780 m). Today you trek up to the interesting little village of Thame which helps with your acclimatization as well as being a good chance to visit another valley in the Khumbu area. O/n at the lodge.
Day 7: Khumjung - Dole (4,200 m). Wake early to climb to the Thame monastery, after which you return the same way skirting the top of Namche before climbing to Syangboche, and continuing on to two serene Sherpa villages, Khumjung 3790 m and Khunde 3890 m. Sir Edmund Hillary established his first hospital in Khunde and he also established a school in Khumjung. The Khumjung Gompa possesses what is supposed to be a Yeti school. O/n at the lodge.
Day 8: Dole - Machhermo (4,470 m). Leaving the main trail to Mt. Everest, climb high on a ridge to 4000m past a large chorten at the village of Mong, said to be the birthplace of the saint Lama Sange Dorje, the reincarnate lama of Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet who introduced Buddhism to the Khumbu. From there descend to the village of Phortse Tenga by the Dudh Kosi (river). From Phortse the trail climbs steeply through forests of rhododendrons and then stands of juniper and large conifers as the altitude increases. You will pass through Sherpa kharkas (high pasture summer settlements used by Sherpas to graze their herds of yaks allowing their lower winter pastures to recover) and the villages of Tongba 3950 m and Gyele 3960m to Dole. You have great views of Khumbila and Tawachee peaks throughout the day. O/n at the lodge.
Day 9: Machhermo - Gokyo (4,790 m). Today you have a short and fairly leisurely trek to allow you to acclimatise to the altitude. In the morning there is a steep but beautiful climb through conifer and rhododendron forests and stands of juniper to Lhabarma 4220 m and Luza 4360 m. There are kharkas wherever there is a flat spot and the slightest hint of water. Continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river to Machhermo (4,410m). O/n at the lodge.
Day 10: Gokyo Rest (4,790 m). This is your first real day at high altitude and the trekking today may be described as moderate to difficult. Climb a ridge from where the valley opens wide as the trail passes through Pangkha. Mt. Cho Oyu 8153 m dominates the skyline to the north as we climb the moraine on the left flank of the Ngozumpa Glacier. The climb is steep to the first of the four lakes that lie in the Gokyo area but the trail levels off towards the second lake, Longponga at 4690 m.
Finally ascend a path past the largest of the lakes Dudh Pokhari to Gokyo at 4,750 m. Gokyo is a typical kharka with stone houses and stone walled pastures. For enthusiasts a rigorous hike up Gokyo Ri 5,360 m, the small peak above Gokyo provides spectacular views of the Everest trinity, Nuptse 7,879 m, Lhotse 8511 m, and Everest 8848 m, as well as Makalu 8463m looming to the east, Cho Oyu 8,153 m to the north and the smaller but closer peaks of Cholatse and Tawachee to the south. There is a wonderful view of Gokyo and Dudh Pokhari spread out below. O/n at Lodge
Day 11: Gokyo Rest – Climb Gokyo Ri. Acclimatization Day As you will be crossing a high pass in the next few days it is important to be properly acclimatised. There is plenty to do here for this day though. For enthusiasts a rigorous hike up Gokyo Ri 5,360 m, and the really fit can climb to the top of a nameless peak 5,800 m overlooking the two lakes. O/n at the lodge.
Day 12: Gokyo - Chhyugima (Dragnag). A long day and the most difficult part of this trek. Cross the southern end of the Ngozumpa Glacier, pass by the stone huts of Thagna kharka then climb steadily up a narrow and steep valley which opens up to a wide shallow valley leading to the Kharka Chhyugima 5,170 m. O/n at the lodge.
Day 13: Chaayugima - Dzonglha (4,830 m). Today you have a steep and challenging but, non-technical climb over rock, snow and perhaps ice to Cho La (pass) 5,420m which links the glacial valleys of Cho Oyu and Everest and from where you have superb views. Descend from the pass, cross a small glacier, negotiate the ice fall at the end of it and descend via Leisyasa to Dzonglha Kharka 4,730 m, a high altitude summer pasture directly beneath the north wall of Cholatse Peak 6,440 m. O/n at the lodge.
Day 14: Dzonglha - Lobuche (4,910 m). After a morning of rest, you hike on a trail above Tsholo Lake and join the main Everest trail at Dughla on the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From Dughla climb up the moraine past a row of stone monuments in memory of Sherpas who died on expeditions to Everest and on to Lobuche 4,930 m. O/n at the lodge.
Day 15: Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,140 m). Excursion to Kala Pattar. Make an early morning start and ascend the trail along boulder fields and glacial debris to the edge of the Khumbu Glacier then continue up to Gorak Shep (5,160 m), nestled below the coned summit of Mt. Pumori (7161 m) and the sheer west face of Nuptse. From there make a steep ascent to the top of a small peak, Kala Pattar 5545 m meaning "black rock". From here we can see Mt. Everest, Mt.Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablan, Mt. Kantega, Mt. Tamserku, Mt. Tawatse and Mt. Pumori all present themselves in a 360 degree panorama. O/n at the lodge.
Day 16: Gorak Shep - Dingboche (4410 m). A short descent to Thukla followed by an easy flat trail and a small descent takes you to Dingboche. This is the highest big settlement in the Khumbu area of Sherpas. O/n at the lodge.
Day 17: Dingboche - Tengboche. The trail makes a gradual descent through scrub junipers and around Mani stones as it follows the hillside. The trail passes many Mani walls in deep rhododendron forests where crossing after the Imja khola, the trail climbs many carved Mani stones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu; a visit will be well worth it. O/n at the lodge.
Day 18: Tengboche - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m). From Thyangboche the trail drops sharply down to the Dudh Kosi and the village of Phunki, where you cross the river, and up toward Namche Bazaar, winding high above the river with views north towards Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. O/n at the lodge
Day 19: Namche – Bazaar - Lukla (2840 m). Retrace your steps down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. O/n at Lodge
Day 20: Lukla – Kathmandu. Early Morning catch flight to Kathmandu. O/n at hotel.
- Private arrival and departure transfers on both domestic and international flights
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed/single and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
- Full board meals while trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Freshly cooked full board meals prepared by our cook while climbing
- Tea and coffee while on trek
- Accommodation in teahouse or lodge while trekking
- Accommodation in tented camp while climbing
- Welcome/fare - well dinner as listed in the itinerary
- 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
- Gear - 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
- Well-experienced climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses
- Necessary porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
- Proper insurance of all staff including porters
- Warm clothing and trekking gear for staff including porters: Gortex jacket and trousers, fleece jacket and pant, trekking shoes/boots, woolen hat, gloves, shocks, sunglasses etc.
- The trekking t-shirt
- Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
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