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Gokyo - Chola Pass - EBC 19 days

  • Gokyo Lake

Trip Overview

Duration: 19 days
Maximum altitude: 5‘555 m
Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Average walking time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Best season: February, March, April, May, October, November

Gokyo is one of the largest settlements in the valley of the glacier Ngozumpa, which is the largest glacier in Nepal. The Gokyo lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system comprising six main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest.

This trek leads you through the home of the legendary Sherpa's at the foot of the highest mountains in the world. Some Highlights of this 19-days trek are the Gokyo valley, the source of the Gokyo Lake, the Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, the Tengboche Monastery, Khumjung and Namche Bazar. The Gokyo - Chola Pass - EBC Trek offer you the possibility to summit the Gokyo Peak 5'357 m, which gives you a fantastic panoramic view of Cho Oyo Everest, Makalu etc. The trek through the Khumbu Himal, Gokyo Valley and over the pass provides one of the best and most dramatic landscapes.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour 

Day 03: Flight to Lukla – Trek to Phakding 2‘610 m

Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar 3‘440 m

Day 05: Namche Bazar - Sanasa

Day 06: Sanasa - Dole 4'200 m

Day 07: Dole - Mechhermo 4'470 m

Day 08: Mechhermo - Gokyo 4'790 m

Day 09: Rest day

Day 10: Gokyo – Gokyo Ri - Dragnag 4'700 m

Day 11: Dragnag – Cho La Pass 5‘340 m – Zongla 8 hours

Day 12: Zongla – Lobuche 4’910 m

Day 13: Lobuche – Kala Patthar 5'555 m - Lobuche 

Day 14: Lobuche – Everest Base Camp - Pherice 4'240 m

Day 15: Pherice – Namche Bazar 3'440 m

Day 16: Namche Bazar - Monjo 2'840 m

Day 17: Monjo - Lukla 2'840 m

Day 18: Flight back to Kathmandu

Day 19: Flight home


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour
Enjoy the historical cultural sites of Kathmandu including UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath (sacred Hindu temples), Boudhanath (Buddhist shrine) Swayembhunath (monkey temple), etc.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla – Trek to Phakding 2‘610 m
The short flight to Lukla is impressive. We fly parallel to the Himalayas. The trek starts with a descent on a wide trail through the Dudh Kosi valley. Afterwards we walk through beautiful pine- and rhododendron forests until we arrive in Phakding. 

Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar 3‘440 m
From Phakding we climb up the valley and meet among others Sherpa's with their "Zopkio‘s" half Yak half cow transporting equipment for expeditions to their camp. We follow the Dudh Kosi river upstream and can sneak a peek at Kusum Kangru 6'369 m and Thamserku 6‘608 m. At Monjo we enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park.

The path is steep, but for the first time we have the chance to get a glimpse of Mt Everest 8'848 m, Lhotse 8'511 m, Nuptse 7‘879 m, Ama Dablam 6'856 m and Taweche 6‘542 m. We reach Namche Bazar. Stroll through Namche, which seems to be a huge bazar. Enjoy the Mountain view and the Sherpa culture or visit the Sherpa museum.

Day 05: Namche Bazar – Sanasa
From Namche Bazar, we walk a narrow path above the Dudh Kosi river, the view is incredibly beautiful, we see the Nupla and Kwangde Himal 6'194 m in the south of the valley, the towering ice walls of Thamserku 6'623 m in the east and Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest which again rise up about 3‘500 meters from the valley of Dingboche.

Sagarmatha, "Goddess Mother Earth" is a great sight. On a small mountain ridge above the valley, we are able to see the Tengboche monastery as a small spot. You might take the opportunity to try the Sherpa specialty Riki Kur, a type of potato pancake which is enriched with yak butter. On the way to Sanasa we pass the Khumjung Monastery, which, as they say, keeps the head of the Yeti.

Day 06: Sanasa – Dole 4'200 m
We take the Gokyo route. On a ridge, the path leads down to Khumbila where the patron god of Khumbu reside. This trek is especially beautiful in spring, when the rhododendron flowers blossom. We pass Kharkas, the summer settlements of the Sherpa's when they put the yak herds in deeper layers. The route takes us to Tongba 3’950 m, Gyele 4'110 m and finally to Dole. The view towards Khumbila and Tawache 6'542 m is impressive. We have the opportunity to climb behind the ridge of Dole, to enjoy the good view of the valley.

Day 07: Dole - Mechhermo
The way rises up to Lambara at 4'330 m and Luza 4'360 m. The road is very steep as it goes through juniper undergrowth. Wherever there is a flat plane or signs of water, we can find Kharka's. The trail climbs steadily up the valley, high above the river; we reach the foothills of Mechhermo.

Visit in the afternoon, the AMS-school (Acute Mountain sickness Teaching School)

Day 08: Mechhermo – Gokyo 4'790 m
The trail climbs a ridge where we have an excellent view down the valley to Kangtega and also towards Cho Oyu 8'153 m. Beyond the ridge's the valley widens. We pass Pangka before we make our final steep ascent over moraine of the glacier Ngozumpa. The first small lake inhabited by Braminy ducks apears. The path at an altitude of 4'690 m is nearly level and finally we reach Gokyo at 4'790 m.

Day 09: Acclimatization Day
We use the day to hike to Gokyo 5th lake from there we have fantastic views to Mount Everest.

Day 10: Gokyo – Gokyo Ri – Dragnag 4'700 m
After breakfast we climb to the top of Gokyo Ri 5'483 m - a small hill above the lake, the view of the Gokyo region is enormous. It is a 2 hour climb and offers a view of the Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawache.

Day 11: Dragnag – Cho La Pass – Zongla 4'830 m
The road from Gokyo leads us to the second lake. About half way between the first and the second lake, the trail goes over a moraine. We climb the Cho La (or Chhugyma). The pass is steep but easy till to the glacier. The descent of the pass is more demanding and sometimes, depending on the situation, we need an ice ax, crampons and rope. Under ideal conditions, there are no technical problems. Next to the glacier, there is a kind of a rock Trail. The western entrance can be more difficult; it depens on snow conditions. For yak or heavily loaded carrier, the pass is not to cross.

Day 12: Zongla – Lobuche 4‘910
We still walk along the glacial moraine with a view of the Kala Patthar and Pumori until we reach Lobuche at 4'970 m.

Day 13: Lobuche – Kala Patthar 5'555 m - Lobuche
Today we start early in the morning. After we let Lobuche behind us, we follow the path next to the Khumbu glacier. Continuing over rough terrain we reach Gorakshep.

For 1 ½ hours we climb slowly and steadily on to Kala Patthar, a small rocky peak on the south-western edge of the Pumori. We can take our time to make sure that our ascent is successful. It is a hard path, but the view from above, exceed the wildest expectations. In the midst of the great creaking glaciers the classical view of Everest.

In the south, the Khumbu glacier; northwards the Lho La. The first foreigners reached the Khumbu glacier from the Tibetan side in 1921.

Because of the high altitude we stay in Lobuche and not in Gorakshep    

Day 14: Lobuche – Everest Base Camp 5‘400 m – Pherice 4'240 m
Accompanied by stunning mountain views, we climb to the Everest Base Camp, from where the expeditions to the highest mountain in world start. In the afternoon we descend down to Pherice.

Day 15: Pherice – Namche Bazar 3'440 m
We get more down, first to Orsho, then Lower Pangboche and then Deboche. We follow a similar trail as before, it goes through juniper, rhododendron and spruce trees till Phunk Tenga, where we cross the Dudh Kosi River and climb more down and finally we arrive in Namche Bazar.

Day 16: Namche Bazar - Monjo 2'840 m

Day 17: Monjo – Lukla 2'840 m
In Lukla we have enough time to relax and/or celebrate our successful adventure.                                   

Day 18: Flight back to Kathmandu

Day 19: Departure


Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation during the trek
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot (incl. domestic flight)
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.