Gokyo Chola Pass Trek itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival In Kathmandu

    Our staff will pick up from airport and transfer to the hotel.

    • Altitude: 1400m
  • Day 2 Flight From Kathmandu To Lukla & Trek to Phakding

    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. 

    • Altitude: 2610m
  • Day 3 Phakding To Namche Bazar

    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.

    • Altitude: 3440m
  • Day 4 Namche Bazar To 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 5 Sanasa To Dole

      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.

      • Altitude: 4200m
    • Day 6 Dole To 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 7-8 Mechhermo To Gokyo

        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.

        • Altitude: 4790m
      • Day 9 Gokyo Via Gokyo Ri (5,483m) To Dragnag

        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.

        • Altitude: 4700m
      • Day 10 Dragnag – Cho La Pass (5420m) – Zongla

        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.

        • Altitude: 4830m
      • Day 11 Zongla – Lobuche

        We still walk along the glacial moraine with a view of the Kala Patthar and Pumori until we reach Lobuche.

        • Altitude: 4970m
      • Day 12 Lobuche To 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    

        • Altitude: 4970m
      • Day 13 Lobuche via Everest Base camp 5365m To pheriche

        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 Pheriche.

        • Altitude: 4240m
      • Day 14 Pherice – Namche Bazar

        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.

        • Altitude: 3440m
      • Day 15 Namche To Lukla

        This is our last day hike and very easy neither steeped up nor that steeped down we just walk through Monjo Phakding and finally we reach Lukla.

        • Altitude: 2840m
      • Day 16 Flight From Lukla To kathmandu

        Early morning flight back to kathmandu, Takes about 30 minutes time to reach kathmandu on flight.

        • Day 17 Departure

          Our staff will pick up from Hotel and drop down to the airport, Have a safe journey and hope to see you again.