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Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp (Chola-pass) Trekking

‘in the heart of world’s highest peak via Tsho-la pass’

Activity
Trekking
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Everest
Trip Basis
On Lodge / Tea House
Trip Grade
Moderate & Adventurous
Highest Elevation
5,545 m
Total Trip
17 / 18 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu
Season
All season except mid June to August
Highlights
Trekking around world’s highest Mt. Everest at 8,848 m / 29,028 ft from Himalayan mediterranean climate, alpine to arctic climate zone  awesome scenery of world’s highest peaks from the highest point at Gokyo Ri, Tsho-la and Kalapatthar hill top, amazing traditional Buddhist culture of the Highlanders ‘Sherpa’ Sweeping scenic flight both ways with parallel views of snow capped peaks, in the picturesque turquoise Gokyo lake with view of Mt. Cho-Oyu.
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition offers an outstanding exotic destination Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp, where you will be surrounded by awesome high peaks within its amazing landscapes from both side of high Khumbu Valley.
On this trek Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp you can marvel the scenery from Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft), Nuptse (7,855m-25,772 ft) and Lho - La or Khumbutse peak (6,036 m - 19,992ft) Mt. Lingtren (6,749 m / 22,142 ft) Chnagtse ( 7,583 m / 25,230 ft) Mt. Pumori (7,161 m / 25,772 ft)  Ama Dablam ( 6,812 m / 22,480 ft) Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft) Tharmarserku ( 6,623 m / 21, 855 ft) Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft) Kusum Khanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft) holy peak of Khumbi-la (5,761 m / 19,012 ft) and as far world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu (8,201 m / 26,906 ft) with trekking peaks Island Peak / Imjatse (6,160 m / 20,328ft) Lobuje Peak (6,119 m / 20,192 ft) Pokhalde ( 5,806 m / 19,159 ft) and many other smaller unnamed peaks.
Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp one of the most fascinating and adventurous trek with a traverse of high pass Thso -la 5, 367m this adventure starts from the small airstrip at Lukla and then towards Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp and concludes back at Lukla, the trek is moderate  in the beginning and to adventurous where all types of travelers can join in this wonderful walking journey and the time duration taking just a little more 2 weeks in the comfort of warm cozy lodge known as tea houses along the route. 
Everest Base Camp & Kalapathar is the second busiest trekking destination after Annapurna region, one of the most unique journeys leading from mediterranean of mid hills to arctic landscapes and climate zone, all these drastic change in temperature found only in the high valleys and mountains of Khumbu area with dramatic change in vegetations and its awesome scenery.
This trek leads through many traditional Sherpa villages famous as mountaineers and warm hospitality and has been a high altitude porters and guides since last five decades.
This remarkable trek starts from Lukla the gateway to Everest area and then over to famous Namche Bazaar at 3,440 meters and then with rest day for proper acclimatization and then heading higher to Imjatse valley through the scenic spot to Gokyo Lake and tremendous views from Gokyo Ri at 5, 330 m overlooking four top world’s highest peaks from Everest, Lhotse, Makalu to Cho -Oyu then over the high Tsho – la ( cho-la) to reach our destination at world’s highest Mountain base camp at 5, 364 meters and then climb up to Kalapathar the highest point of this trek at 5,545 meters and slowly with a scenic walk ending this beautiful and awesome trekking at scenic valley at Lukla for the scenic sweeping short flight back to Kathmandu for your international flight after a memorable time with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition trekking Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp.
Day 01:           Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:           Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.
Day 03:           Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 05 hrs.
Day 04:           Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 05:           Trek to Dole 4,110 m - 06 hrs.
Day 06:           Trek to Machhermo 4,470 m - 05 hrs.
Day 07:           Trek to Gokyo Lake 4,800 m - 04 hrs.
Day 08:           Hike to Gokyo ri 5,330 m and trek to Thangnag  4,750 m - 04 hrs.
Day 09:           Cross Tsho –la pass 5, 367m and to Dzongla 4,850 m - 06 hrs.
Day 10:           Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.
Day 11:           Trek to Gorak Shep  5,170 m and Everest Base Camp
                        5,364 m and return to Gorakshep - 06 hrs.
Day 12:           Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m - 05 hrs.
Day 13:           Trek to Thyangboche - 05 hrs.
Day 14:           Trek to Monjo 2,860m - 06 hrs.
Day 15:           Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs.
Day 16:           Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 17:           In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Day 18:           International departure for home ward bound.
 

SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK 1,148 SQ. KMS:

LOCATION: Sagarmatha National Park is located to the Northeast of Kathmandu in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park includes the highest peak in the world,
Mt.Sagarmatha (Everest), and several other well-known peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyo, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thermasarkhu, Kwangde, Khangtiaga and Gyachung Kang. The park was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.
FEATURES: The Mountains of Sagarmatha National Park are geologically young and broken up by deep gorges and glacial valleys. Vegetation includes pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes, fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods, scrub and alpine plant communities, and bare rock and snow.
The famed bloom of rhododendrons occurs during spring (April and May) although other flora is mostly colorful during the monsoon season (June to August)
Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are the Himalayan thar, ghoral, serow and musk deer. The snow leopard and Himalayan black bear are present but rarely sighted. Other mammals rarely seen are the weasel, marten, Himalayan mouse hare (pika), jackal and languor monkey.
The park is populated by approximately 3,000 of the famed Sherpa people whose lives are interwoven with the teaching of Buddhism. The main settlements are Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame, Thyangboche, Pangboche and Phortse. The economy of the Khumbu Sherpa community has traditionally been heavily based on trade and livestock herding.
But with the coming of international mountaineering expeditions since 1950 and the influx of foreign trekkers, the Sherpa economy today is becoming increasingly dependent on tourism.

Extension trip within Kathmandu and beyond:

Para Gliding - Bungy Jumping - Cannoning - Rafting at Upper Sun-kosi
(Bhote-kosi) Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park or tours in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur & Patan ( Lalitpur)
For more information and trip details please contact us:
Day 01:           Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding your trekking with do’s and don’ts.
Day 02:           Fly to Lukla 2,886m & trek to Phakding 2,640m - 04 hrs
Morning transfer to domestic airport for a sweeping scenic flight of 30 minutes to Lukla, Lukla airport at present known as Tenzing –Hillary Airport.
After a time here for a while then start the walk to Phakding for overnight stop, the trek passes several villages and farm lands with great scenery of hills and valleys then finally reaching at Phakding village located by the Dudh Kosi (river)
 
Day 03:           Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.
Today’s morning walk leads to the bank of Dudh Koshi, then crossing bridges to reach the entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. After checking the Park & Trekking tickets and permits, further walk leads on the bank of the river, then after the last high bridge an uphill walk for few hours all the way to Namche Bazaar, here we will have two nights in this large prosperous trading town –village as well the main centre and capital of Khumbu area with facilities of ATMs, Cyber cafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with a busy colorful
saturday market.
 
Day 04:           Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.
Namche an ideal place for acclimatization, this rest day one can relax or take a short hike up to the park museum which houses great range of information from mountaineering, flora – fauna and Sherpa culture and religions, from this spot offers grand panorama of high snow capped mountains including Mt. Everest and stunning peak Ama Dablam, with time here an optional walk up to Everest View Hotel for another beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
Day 05:           Trek to Dole 4,200m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk from Namche starts with a short climb on the main trail to Everest base camp for a while, then on the gradual winding track to Kyangima near Shanasa a small settlements with few houses, here chances of seeing some wildlife as this area if full of colourful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) National bird of Nepal and elusive musk deer, Himalayan Thar (mountain goat).
After a good walk our route to Gokyo Lake diverts from the main trail then continue trek towards Gokyo with steep climb to Mong ridge top at 3,973 meters, from here walking downhill path to Phortse Thanghka near Dudh Kosi River.
From here walk heads to Dole for the overnight stop, after a climb through small forest of pines, birch and rhododendron trees as then it changes to juniper and conifers bushes then passing Tongba 3,950m and Gyele 3,960 m a small settlements before Dole, the final day walk ends at Dole with impressive views of Khumbila and Tawache peaks.
Day 06:           Trek to Machermo 4,410m - 04 hrs.
From this lovely spot at Dole morning journey continues along the valley side on a slight level path for an hour to a settlement of Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and to Luza at 4,390m; with pleasant walk around the ridge top with views of Machermo village situated on a glacial valley, from here the top then descend to Machermo for overnight stop with afternoon free at leisure for acclimatization or for short walk around.
Day 07:           Trek to Gokyo 4,760m - 04 hrs.
After Machermo morning walk to our destination at Gokyo Lake, gaining high altitude slowly moving further to the ridge top with glamorous views of surrounding high peaks, then reaching at a small place of Pangka 4,545m, from here walk climbs to a rocky path into ablation valley then reaching the first lake and after a while heading to a second lake, and finally reaching at Gokyo third lake also known as Dudh Pokhari. From the bank of the lake stands Gokyo village at 4,790 meters, use to be a summer settlement of Khumbu area before the trekking started, on reaching Gokyo for lunch and overnight stop, with afternoon free to acclimatize, or a short walk around, from this spot offers fabulous views of
sixth world’s highest Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflecting on this turquoise emerald Gokyo Lake.
Day 08:           Hike to Gokyo Ri at 5,330 m trek to Thangnag 4,750 m - 04 hrs.
Early morning to catch the sunrise over the tall snow capped mountains at Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m one of the highest point of this wonderful trek, after a steep hard climb to the top with awesome panorama views of world’s highest mountains from Mt. Cho Oyo 8,201 m straddling the border with Tibet along with Gyachung Kang,
Mt. Everest 8,848 m world’s number one, then worlds fourth highest Mt. Lhotse 8,516 m, Cholatse, Taweche and to the east worlds 05th highest Mt. Makalu at 8,463 m. After a great time at the top Gokyo Ri a steep downhill walk to Gokyo and then continue few hours journey trek to Thangnag walking along the glacier moraines to reach the small settlement of Thangnag  for overnight stop.
Day 09:           Cross Tshso-la 5,367m / 17,604 f and to Dzongla 4,850 m - 07 hrs.
Today, a Big Day! crossing the high Tsho-la pass ( Chola) after an early breakfast following the path leading to a steep up and then crossing the glacier on the eastern side. The top of the pass at an altitude of 5,367m and sometimes it will be quite challenging to traverse (in snow conditions), from the top it offers awesome views of giant mountains and of Cholatse Glacier then making descend carefully to a small lake on the way to Dzongla for overnight stop after a hard day walk.
 
Day 10:           Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.
Today’s walk to Lobuche will be much easier after the hard previous day, morning leaving Dzongla following the path that descends to yak herder's summer pastures. Then the walk climbs up to terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier, and continues on the pleasant gradual path all the way to Lobuche for overnight stay,
Lobuche a small hidden settlement with about 10 lodges and teahouses.
 
Day 11:           Trek to Gorakshep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp 5, 364 m.
The trail today is quite hard due to altitude gain with tremendous views of
Mt. Pumori, Lingtrin, Khumbutse and Mt. Everest world’s highest peak at 8,848 meters / 29,028 ft. After few hours of strenuous and scenic walk reaching at Gorakshep through moraine and icy path, Gorakshep houses 4 lodges, this place with the last lodge before Everest Base Camp, after a break here our journey continue to Everest Base Camp walking along then moraine with view of Khumbu Icefall and then reaching at Everest Base Camp our goal and destination of this adventurous memorable trek. After spending some time at the base camp, return journey back to Gorakshep for the overnight stop after fulfilling the high light of this trip.
 
Day 12:           Hike to Kalapatthar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4, 240 m - 05 hrs.
Morning climb with a steep uphill to Kalapatthar for the most fantastic view of
Mt. Everest with other surroundings peaks all the way to south eastern horizon. Kalapatthar at 5,545 m the scenic view top for entire south face of Mt. Everest and other high snow capped peaks, after a memorable moment here and the highest point of this awesome trek, spending some time here a steep downhill back to Gorakshep and continue the journey all the way to Thugla after Lobuche and finally towards Pheriche valley for the overnight stop.
Pheriche a temporary settlement near to Dingboche with more than 20 lodges and teahouses with fabulous views of snow capped peaks of Taboche, Cholatse, Ama Dablam and as far to Mt. Cho-Oyu in the distance.
 
Day 13:           Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.
Leaving Pheriche with super views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse wall, Lhotse, then heading on the downhill path and back to lower altitude and tree lines, the walk leads past Pangboche, from this village afternoon walk continues to the famed Thyangboche monastery on the easy downhill path for an hour to the bridge over Imjatse river, after crossing the bridge on the good trail and back into the lush forest of pines, birch and rhododendron trees, from a nice place at Deoboche an uphill climb for 45 minutes brings you at the famous Thyangboche and its monastery  and then walking uphill into tree lines with thick vegetation to the famed Thyangboche Monastery for overnight stop, this is an amazing scenic spot with awesome views of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kwangde and Mt. Everest, this place is also a holy spot as the head lama (Rinpoche) of the monastery resides here. In this monastery, mountaineers take blessing from the high lama priest for better success and safe expedition.
 
Day 14:           Trek to Monjo 2,880 m through Namche Bazaar - 06hrs.
Morning walk begins with a descend to Imjatse River at Phunge tenga, here after crossing the bridge a steep uphill for an hour then with gentle winding walk all the way to Namche Bazaar, ( for energetic people can use the route to Namche visiting Everest View Hotel or Khumjung and Khunde village) from Namche on the downhill path to Dudh Kosi River bank, from here with short ups and downs to reach the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and then Monjo village for overnight stop in this quaint nice village.


Day 15:           Trek to Lukla - 05 hrs.
After a memorable trip to Everest base camp, today the last day walk of this fascinating journey, from here retrace the trail back to Lukla on the gradual winding trail passing Phakding and Ghat village then with the last uphill climb to Lukla for lunch and overnight stop, evening time enjoy the last meal with fellow trekkers, staffs and porters.
 
Day 16:           Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
From Lukla the flight starts early morning to Kathmandu, sometime the flight time can get delayed due to bad weather, as per the flight time board in the small plane for a super, scenic flight back to Kathmandu, on reaching at Katmandu domestic terminal our guide and staff transfer you back to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu in and around Thamel area.
Day 17:           In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.
This day reserved a free day in case of flight delay in Lukla due to bad weather conditions, and one can join for sightseeing tour at leisure, depart hotel for few hours in our interesting cultural tour of heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.
Day 18:           International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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