Gokyo chola pass trek is one of the famous adventure treks in Everest region of Nepal. We cross one of the famous trekking pass, known as Chola pass ((5,420m/17,782ft) in this trek. this pass is one of the challenging high pass in Everest region trek. you don’t need any technical awareness to cross this Pass. However, this pass is physically demanding for all average trekkers.
Our three weeks of Gokyo chola pass trek allow you to enough time to explore the beautiful Gokyo Valley, to climb the Gokyo Peak (5357m/19,216ft) & Glacier. Our adventure journey to Khumbu region will begins after the short flight to nearest airport (Lukla), from where; thousand of trekkers begin their journey to scale the highest peak on earth. We follow the Everest trail up to Place called Kenjoma (where the trail from Khumjung joins the main trail). Our Expert local Sherpa guide will lead your trek day by day with full of care. You’ll spend the nights and dine in the Mountain Lodge run by Sherpa People. Of course, you can get fantastic hospitably by our Sherpa team in this trek.
Guide Nepal Holidays organized hundred of treks to Gokyo valley and Chola pass every year. Our trek itinerary is well designed for proper acclimatization. After crossing the high chola pass on our return journey we visit the Tegboche Monastery. This is one of the popular places of Buddhism in the Khumbu area. Join your trek with Local Expert Sherpa team and enjoy your adventure holiday in Nepal with our friendly staff.
Our office Staff with Car & driver will welcome, greet you at International Airport on Arrival. After Visa formalities complete, you have to come downstairs to collect Luggage and proceed to outside from terminal Building. Please look after your Printed Name and Our Company Signboard and follow them. Meet our Staff and then Transfer to Hotel. Check in at Hotel, free welcome drinks tea/coffee or any cold drinks. Company Manager will meet you with your guide and will provide detailed Plans and Briefing about the trip. Balance trip Payment should clear if any etc. Free day for relax or explore around the city yourself. Overnight Stay at lodge.
Estimated time: 3-4 hours
estimated height gain: ~1352m/ 4436ft
Early morning you will be picked up by your guide to go to the Kathmandu airport, from where we will take the airplane to Lukla, which will take us about 30 minutes of flight time. At Lukla we will be meet our porters and will head north from the airstrip to Chablung (2700m). Here we will cross the Tharo Kosi river on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge we can see the peak of Kusum Kangru (6367m), which is the most difficult of the so-called “trekking peaks”. Beyond the Tharo Kosi the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m), we will cross a ridge marked with painted mani stones and climb to Phakding where we will stay overnight at Lodge.
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
estimated height gain: ~788m / 2580ft
From Phakding we follow the valley of the Dudh Kosi River, staying on the west bank of the river. We climb steeply over a rocky ridge towards Benkar (2710m). From here the trail continues alongside the river. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it a beautiful walk. We cross the Kyashar Khola River and climb out of the valley to Monjo (2840m). Just beyond Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, which was established in 1976 to protect a 1148 sq km area surrounding Mt Everest. Beyond the national park entrance station, the trail makes a steep rocky descent and crosses the Dhud Kosi river on a 120m-long suspension bridge towards Jorsale (2830m). After crossing this river a few times while climbing our way up the valley we will reach Namche Bazaar (3420m). Overnight Stay at lodge
Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher. Today we will take a day hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung. We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Shyangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde we follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch here we will follow a steep switchbacking trail descending to Chhorkung (3540m). From here it is a quick descent back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight Stay at lodge
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
estimated height gain: ~23m / 75ft
In aid of acclimatization the time spend trekking today is short. The trail first climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests, which give away to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers. This part of the trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. We pass a herders’ hut at Tongba (3950m) and then climb gently to Dole. From here the views of Khumbila and Tawachee are tremendous throughout the day, and it is possible to climb a ridge behind Dole for an even broader view up and down the valley. Overnight Stay at lodge
Estimated time: 4-5 hours
estimated height gain: ~390m / 1279ft
The trail starts today by climbing steeply through scrub junipers to a single lodge at Lhabarma (4330m). We pass the small settlement of Luza (4340m) and continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river to Machhermo. It was here that a yeti supposedly killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa woman. This is the most credible yeti incident ever reported, so be watchful as we visit this region. Overnight Stay at lodge
Estimated time: 4-5 hours
estimated height gain: ~460m / 1506ft
Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and upwards to Cho Oyu. Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail reaches the small village of Pangka (4390m). After passing Pangka the trail drops briefly, then climbs to a large cave known as Nilibuk. After Nilibuk we climb steeply along a narrow, newly crafted staircase trail. Atop the staircase the trail crosses a simple wooden bridge to the first small lake, Longponga, at 4650m. The trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Taujun, at 4710m and finally up a boulder strewn path to Gokyo. Gokyo is a collection of stone houses and walled pastures on the shores of a large lake known as Dudh Pokhari. Overnight Stay at lodge
Estimated time: 4-5 hours
estimated height gain: ~557m / 1826ft
The views around Gokyo are tremendous. For the best views we will climb Gokyo Ri (5357m) today. From here we will have a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lothse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. After we enjoyed the view we will return to Gokyo village for the night.Overnight Stay at lodge
Estimated time: 4 hours
This is short trek to Dragnak. We will spend overnight at this place.Overnight Stay at lodge
Estimated time: 7-8 hours
Early morning trek to Cho la pass (5320m). If there is lots of snow in top of Cho la and seems like not possible to cross this high pass, the alternative route will be trek to Portse and follow the Everest base camp trek route via Pheriche and Lobuche. Normally, we can cross this pass with little snow. Overnight Stay at lodge
Estimated time: 4-5 hours
estimated height gain: ~158m / 519ft
Trek to Lobuche is easy and short for today. After long walk, you may need rest and acclimatization. Or you can trek direct to Gorakshep too. This is all depending on you and need to fit everything.Overnight Stay at lodge
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
estimated height gain: ~346m / 498ft
We will trek to Gorakshep (the Last point where lodges are Available). From these places, we have to walk up to Everest base camp and back to Gorakshep for Overnight. There are no lodges at Everest base camp or kalapattar. This high places are a day walk and return to Gorakshep and down as per necessary. Overnight Stay at lodge
Estimated time: 6 hours
After an early morning rise we will start our day by climbing the Kala Pattar (5545m). This is a steep ascent up the grassy slopes west of Gorak Shep. From Kala Pattar the entire Everest south face is visible as well as Lho La (the pass between Nepal and Tibet, also named the Western Cwm), Changtse (the northern peak of Everest) and most of the West-Ridge route. We return to Gorak Shep and continue to descent to Pheriche. Overnight Stay at lodge
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
This is descending trek, so you can either trek down to Tengboche ( same way back) or trek up to Namche. which offer much better views of Everest and others and Namche Bazzar is really nice sherpa Village at 3440 m. Overnight Stay at Lodge
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
This is easy day and short day. All the way descend via Namche bazaar. You can spend time around Everst view hotel at Khumjung and take lunch at Namche and slow trek all the way to Lukla. Overnight Stay at Lodge
After breakfast, fly to Kathmandu (this is scenic flight of 35 min). Drive to Hotel and easy day at Kathmandu city for rest day or shopping. Overnight Stay at Hotel
Morning free for last Minute shopping or time as your own. Our driver and airport representative drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home. We ensure that you leave Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime. Breakfast included.
We are trekking on a remote mountain, where we could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for all quickly changing conditions and temperatures. In overall, a down jacket, a warm fleece jacket, thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, and sturdy boots are recommended to wear, and a good sleeping bag, backpack, and camera are recommended for your kit. If you take any medication, this should obviously be a packing priority. Utilize common sense - you don't want to end up short-handed on the mountain, but over packing is undesirable. It's worth noting that just about anything you need in the way of trekking clothing and/or equipment can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu when you first arrive. Our guide will help you to find best shop in Kathmandu for buying and renting gears. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on booking. We are always available if you need advice.
In Kathmandu breakfast is included in the price. Lunch and dinner is not included. However,We will provide you free welcome/farewell dinner at special local restaurant. You will dine in a local restaurant and be entertained with traditional Sherpa & Nepali music with cultural show with traditional Sherpa dance. For Dinner & lunch, There are plenty of nice restaurants located near the hotel and you can also eat at the hotel. It is usually cheap to eat at restaurants in Kathmandu. On the trek you will have to buy all the meals at the lodges. You will eat your breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you spend the night and you can buy lunch on the lodges you pass by during the day. Continental menus are generally available, along with soups, Sherpa stew and dishes of noodles or rice. A typical day’s meals are as follows:
Breakfast is usually fairly hearty, and includes porridge, eggs, potatoes and toast. In some places you can get freshly made chapatti instead of toast. Of course, you’ll also have hot drinks, generally a choice of tea & coffee. Our guides always ensure hygiene meals in lodge.
For Lunch & Dinner entrees, they typically begin with a nice hearty soup/ Sherpa stew and then a main course such as potatoes, Mo. MO., noodles, pasta or plenty of rice. You can add vegetables (usually carrots and cabbage), eggs, cheese, or any combination of these to your carb of choice. In some places you can also have a yummy dessert like mars bar roll & pudding.You can buy clean bottled water as well as soft drinks hot tea, drinking chocolate, coffee and beer in most lodges. There is a welcome/farewell dinner with the guide included on the last evening in Kathmandu.
We highly recommend buying good travel insurance to all our valued clients. Your insurance must cover helicopter evacuation if it becomes necessary, as well as the costs of repatriation should you miss your scheduled flight due to accident, injury, illness or simple bad luck. Your insurance must specifically include coverage at altitudes up to 6000 meters before you can attempt to climb the mountain.
Your insurance should also protect against the ‘standard’ travel dangers, including: baggage delay and the loss of personal items; flight delayed, cancelled or interrupted travel; financial default; loss of employment or layoff; missed connection; pre-existing medical conditions; terrorism; and weather, including medical expenses. We will send you the best insurance companies name list & links once you book your trek with us.
Anyone with normal physically fit person can do this trek. The best preparation for nepal treks would be walk everyday. If you can walk uphill and downhill that would even be better. Prepare with cardiovascular exercise many times a week: biking, swimming, hillside climbing and strolling. Go for a four to five-hour walk minimum once a week. Discovery hillsides or high staircases and frequently hike up and down on them.
Generally, You have to walk about 4-7 hours a day with your light day bag in this trek. During the whole trek, our strong porter will carry your main baggage.This will allow you to carry only your light day bag packs. This will certainly help you to complete your trek with enjoyable way.The timing is most important in order to complete this trek without problems. If you want to do it fast, you might run into difficulties. Our itinerary is well plan with few extra days for acclimatization where our expert guide will take you for hike to higher altitudes and sleep at lower altitude.
Last but not least, make sure you always drink enough water. We normally recommend to drinking at least 3-4 liters everyday. Our expert Sherpa guide will be always ready to stop for short breaks whenever you need. once you booked your trek, we will send you more information.
Once you arrive in Kathmandu, we will provide you our company duffel bags. You can put all your trekking gear in duffel bags. We highly suggest you to bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day.
At the start of every morning the porters will take your duffel and carry it up to the next teahouse. What this means is you need to pack a daypack with everything you need for the day of trekking as will be difficult to access any of your gear that the porters are carrying until the evening when you arrive at the tea house. To make trekking easier you should keep your daypack as light as possible and only carry what you will actually need while hiking such as snacks, camera, headlamp, poncho, extra layers, sun protection and water bottles.
When flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, there is a weight restriction of 15 Kg about 33 pounds per person including your handbag. To help keep the weight of your checked bag below the 33-pound limit, we suggest you to wear your hiking boots and any heavier clothing items on the plane. Once you arrive in Lukla you can change and repack.
We also provide free luggage storage service for our valued guest. Therefore, You can store your luggage in hotel or in our office whatever you don’t take trekking.
Gokyo Chola Pass trek is quite challenging trek, but the main challenge lies in the altitude & crossing the pass. So well designed itinerary and expert local Sherpa guide advice play vital role for your safe Journeys. Our itinerary is well designed that allows for excellent acclimatization to the altitude as we have 2 nights at Namche Bazzar & sufficient time for well acclimatization along the way to Gokyo Valley. On your acclimatization day our expert Sherpa guide will take you day hiking at higher altitudes places around Sherpa villages and sleep at lower altitudes.
During the Chola pass cross our expert Sherpa guide team will always take care our valued guest for safe cross & do their best to take right & easy path. Symptoms of being at altitude include tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches and nausea. Altitude affects people differently and being super-fit is no guarantee of being less likely to feel the effects. Where a participant is suffering from the effects of altitude, it may be necessary to walk them back down the mountain. In case if you couldn’t cross the Pass, still you can walk to Everest base camp as our expert Sherpa guide will find you alternative way to go Everest base camp.There will be more information about altitude in the information pack we send you upon booking.
In Kathmandu you will stay 2 nights in comfortable, clean and centrally located tourist category hotel. During 15 nights in trek you will sleep in local family run lodges. The lodges are small guesthouses run by local Sherpa families. The property differs, but our guides attempt to be book the best lodges for you, but you must be set, that the lodges are in comparatively basic conditions at higher altitude. You will typically find blankets on the beds, but they are not warm enough at high altitude and you must bring your own sleeping bags on the trek or you can hire sleeping in Kathmandu. Most of the places it is possible to get a hot shower. Please make sure whether the water is heated by solar energy in order to protect the vulnerable forest growth. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 250. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher altitudes.