Gokyo to EBC Trekking via Chola Pass

Follow the footprints of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norge, explore astounding landscapes, crystalline glaciers, Lakes, mountains

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20 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5545m meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Strenuous Plus Level

This grade includes climbing peaks and the demanding treks in remote areas. Participants having basic knowledge of use of crampons and ice axes.

Following the footprints of the first ever Everest invaders, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norge, Gokyo EBC trek offers us with the most classic trails and an astounding landscape along with varieties of flora and fauna. The fresh chilly breeze of the mountains follows us up the base camp and the marvelous beauty of Kalapather, including Gokyo Ri and the Chola pass, is presented right in front of us. The trail bestows us with the beauty of lush green forests, sparkling rivers, crystalline glaciers and most importantly the most admired community among all the Nepal’s ethnic groups, the Sherpa’s hospitality, culture, and warmth. The viewpoints that we come across en route, is recognized as the best mountain windows to get a stunning view of the ever popular – Mt. Everest.

The trek further entices us with glimmering lakes in the Gokyo Valley which is worth every strenuous step we take. This is truly a high altitude trek recommended for the fittest people with some previous experience of high altitude trekking. This trek is specially designed for the passionate adventure seekers who want to go beyond their physical abilities to a limit where they find enlightenment over their own strength. The climb involves thrilling routes that at the end rewards us with an overwhelming view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam and many other popular peaks.

The trek begins with a scenic flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding and on our way we cross the famous Dudh Koshi River which is also known as “Milk Water” for its white color, four times in a row. Taking a steep ascent in our trail, we reach Namche Bazaar. Namche is basically a land of Sherpas, so enjoying the ambiance of the ancient Buddhist cultures, houses, and people, we head towards Gokyo. Along the painted blue sky along with the shiny mountain peaks, we climb up the valley of Kangtega and up towards Cho Oyu. The views from Gokyo are breathtaking with the best being obtained after a short climb above the lake. The unexplainably wonderful views of the high Himalayas including Mt. Everest, make every step worth taking. Our next destination is Everest Base Camp where you experience a touch of paradise. After exploring the world famous base camp, with a heavy heart we make our way back and embark towards Namche Bazaar. On our way down to Namche, we follow the valley’s eastern side to Phortse which offers us more spectacular scenery. From there, the trail descends to Namche and then to Lukla again, from where we take a flight back to Kathmandu!

Gokyo EBC trekking short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02:
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 03:
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 04: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization, hike to Everest view hotel.
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3800m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Thame to Khumjung (3790m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from Khumjung to Dole (4040m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 08: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m), 4-5 hours walking.
Day 10: Another rest day at Gokyo.
Day 11: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5340m) back to Thangna (4650m), 4-5 hours walking.
Day 12:
Trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843m) via Chola pass (5420m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 13:
Trek from Dzonglo to Gorakshep (5180m) via Lobuche (4900m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 14:
Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorakshep, 6 hrs walking.
Day 15:
Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m), trek to Pheriche (4250m), 8 hrs walking. 
Day 16: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3850m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 17: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 18: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m), 6-7 hours walking.
Day 19: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
Day 20:
Final Departure

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Gokyo EBC trekking - Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350 m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by one of our trek leaders and you will be transferred to your hotel. You will have the whole day for yourself, except in the evening when you will be asked to join a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. The host for your delicious meal will give you a short briefing about the Jiri Gokyo EBC trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
The first part of the trek gently ascends for nearly 2 hours to Chhiplung (2700 m.) which is an intersection point to Jiri and Lukla, passing through Mushe (2650 m). The trail is almost flat with a gentle descent at first followed by a gradual rise to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
After an early morning breakfast, we trek and cross the river on the high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800 m) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche Bazaar and along the way we come across few rhododendron forests which gives a wonderful touch to our climb. Namche Bazaar is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization | Hike to Everest view hotel.
Namche bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. For acclimatization day today, we walk up to Khunde Hospital or go for an hour walk up to Sangboche (3800 m) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3800 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
From Namche, the route turns west and the trail is almost at the same level, hence smoother as you head up the Bhote Koshi Valley. After descending to the Bhote Koshi, the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here, there are good views of the peaks of TengKangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Stay overnight in the lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Thame to Khumjung (3790 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
We retrace our route back down to the Bhote Koshi Valley towards Namche and then branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village that has its own Gompa at the top end of the town. From here we get an excellent view of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Stay overnight in the lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Khumjung to Dole (4040 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
As soon as we arrive at Khumjung, the trail climbs to a large chorten situated on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734 m peak. The trail descends slightly towards Sanasa and then ascends up the Mongla (4000 m). From here, we get a mesmerizing panoramic view of the mighty mountains. The trek steeply descends passing through PhortseTenga and then begins to climb sharply to Dole through rhododendron and birch forests festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. Stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
From Dole, we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements and as we go further we are rewarded with majestic views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750 m) | 4-5 hours walking.
Today we trek to the beautiful Gokyo Lake. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melted-waters. Rivers flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier as we climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420 m), Lobuche and the famous Everest later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 10: Another rest day at Gokyo.
We catch our breather today and stay put as today is an acclimatization day. However, we may go for excursions in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. We can also take a trip to the Fifth Lake via the Fourth Lake. Stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5340 m) and back to Thangna (4650 m) | 4-5 hours walking.
Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after the first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu slowly comes into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest in the Everest region. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843 m) via Chola pass (5420 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
We ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. Most of the time, the Chola pass is covered with blue ice giving us an icy feeling. We can also enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan giants that surrounds the area from all sides. From here, the trail descends steeply for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Dzonglo to Gorakshep (5180 m) via Lobuche (4900 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
From Dzongla, the trail goes uphill and downhill, gently contouring around the west side of the Lobuche Khola, providing an excellent view of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall, and the popular Mt. Everest. The trail coming from Pheriche meets at the Lobuche Khola (Lobuche Stream). Stay overnight at lodge

Day 14: Trek from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) to Gorakshep | 6 hrs walking.
This is the main day of our journey since the grand views of Mt. Everest can be seen from here which takes approximately 4 and half hours to reach. While trekking to Everest Base Camp we pass through a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, we can meet some of the expedition teams on the way to Everest Base Camp. The number of teams is less in the autumn season. While returning back, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. Return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) | Trek to Pheriche (4250 m) | 8 hrs walking. 
Early in the morning, we climb to Kala Patthar (5545 m) and enjoy the view of the sunrise. From Kala Patthar, we get to witness an outstanding panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and much more. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town and from here you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. We can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post where foreign volunteer doctors are stationed to provide medical treatment to trekkers and local people. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3850 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
To reach Tengboche, we pass through the Pangboche village, which is known to have the highest permanent settlement throughout the year in the Khumbu region. Upon your arrival at Tengboche village, you will come across the famous legendary monastery which is the largest in the Khumbu region. There is a trekker's visiting center where local Sherpas make an exhibition of different goods to be sold to interested trekkers. They also show a slide presentation about Sherpa people, their culture, the Buddhist religion and environmental development programs. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 17: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) | 5-6 hours walking.
From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250 m) crossing the Dudh Koshi River. We get a glimpse of panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. KusumKangaru. Stay overnight at lodge in Namche.

Day 18 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880 m) | 6-7 hours walking.
The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times in a row. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay.

Day 19: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu | 35 minutes.
After an early morning breakfast, we take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest and relax till evening. One of our team leaders will take you to a typical Nepali restaurant for a farewell dinner to enjoy and celebrate the Jiri Gokyo EBC trek hosted by Ram Kumar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 20: Final Departure.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight back home. Wish you have a safe and sound flight. We hope to see you again in the future!

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Necessary flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Everest National park fee with Jiri Gokyo EBC trek permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (guest house / tea house) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu host by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential FAQs for Gokyo EBC trekking:

How can I book Gokyo EBC trekking?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Gokyo EBC trekking?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging with stunning views of Mt. Everest region. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Gokyo EBC trekking?
From mid Feb to June and mid September to early December is the best season. However, July, August and Jan are also okay and trekking can be done.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for J Gokyo EBC trekking. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Gokyo EBC trekking is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 5545m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, one of our team leaders will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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