Everest- Cho-La pass-Gokyo trek is the best way to get the most out of the beauty of the Everest region. It is a strenuous trek that takes you not only to the Everest Base Camp. It also takes you to Gokyo valley. You will also cross a mountain pass- Cho-La Pass during the trek.
During this trip, you will go to Namche Bazaar and Tengboche. In these places, you can interact with the locals as well. You can also visit the Tengboche Monastery in Tengboche. You can be a part of the celebration of the festival called Mani Rimdu in this monastery if you trek here in the autumn season. So, this trek gives you a chance to learn the culture of the Everest region.
Along the way to Everest Base Camp, you can see various towering mountains from villages like Lobuche, Dingboche, and Gorak Shep. You can catch the closest views of 4 out of the 8 tallest mountains in the world during the Everest-Cho-La pass- Gokyo trek. These mountains include Cho Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8516 m) and Everest (8850m).
After you trek back from Everest Base Camp, you will head out to the gorgeous valley of Gokyo. This settlement is home to Gokyo Lakes, which are the highest freshwater lake system in the world. You will also scale Gokyo Ri, which is a small mountain that gives you spectacular sunrise amidst the mountains in the Everest region.
You will also cross the Cho-La pass on your way down from the Everest Base Camp. While crossing the Co-La pass (5420 meters), you will walk along the Cho La glacier.
In this trek, you will get to experience everything that the Everest region has to offer for a trekker. It gives you a chance to view the spectacular mountains, cross a mountain pass, get in touch with the culture of Tibetan Buddhism, and explore one of the most gorgeous valleys in Nepal i.e. Gokyo.
Everest – Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trek Highlights
- A scenic 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back.
- Visit the capital of Sherpas- Namche Bazaar
- A trek to the highest freshwater lake system in the world- Gokyo lakes
- A trip to Tengboche Monastery- the largest monastery in the Everest region.
- Breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Tawache and others
- A trek inside Sagarmatha National Park- a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site
- Splendid views of the sunrise from Kala Patthar
- Crossing the Chola Pass
- Wonderful views of the mountains from Gokyo Ri.
- Visit some picturesque villages like Phakding, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep.
- Learn about the culture of Tibetan Buddhism by interaction with guides, porters, and locals.
Best Time for Everest- Cho-La Pass- Gokyo Trek
Spring and Autumn are the best seasons to complete the Everest-Cho-La Pass, Gokyo trek. The months of March, April, and May mark the spring season. On the other hand, autumn falls in the months of September, October, and November.
Spring season has moderate temperature. The amount of precipitation is quite low in spring. You will also have a very little harsh wind blowing in the Everest region during the spring season You can catch some awesome views of the rhododendron forests in Spring.
A maximum number of trekkers complete the Everest-Cho-La Pass in the autumn season. Autumn starts after the end of the monsoon period in Nepal. So, the temperature for trekking is close to perfect in the autumn season. The views of the mountains are equally good in the autumn. Therefore, autumn sees the largest influx of trekkers to the Everest region.
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Everest- Cho-La Pass- Gokyo Trek Difficulty
Everest-Cho-La Pass is ranked as a moderately difficult trek. The high altitude you will reach during your trek along with the number of days makes it a moderately difficult trek.
The highest point you will reach during the Everest-Cho-La Pass trek is 5545 meters at Kala Patthar. The total number of trekking days is 15 days. You will be walking for an average of 5-6 hours during your trek.
So, it is mandatory for you to train for this trek. You need to train for around 3-4 months prior to coming of this trek.
You can spend an hour in the morning in jogging, running, swimming or cycling. You can also hit the gym to increase your strength and endurance needed for this trek.
Completing a hike or a short trek before attempting this trek will be extremely useful. These short hikes will give you a very good idea as to whether your body has adapted to trekking for long hours.
Everest – Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trek Map
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 03: Flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding (2700 meters) (Tea House)
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar Trek (3440 meters) (Tea House)
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche (3440 meters) (Tea House)
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche. (3860 meters) 5 hours. (Tea House)
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5.30 hours. (Tea House)
Day 08: Acclimatization at Dinboche. (Tea House)
Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours. (Tea House)
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters). (Tea House)
Day 11: Hike up to Kalapattar (5555 meters) and trek back to Dzongla (4620m.) (Tea House)
Day 12: Dzongla to Thangna (4650 m.) (Tea House)
Day 13: Thangna to Gokyo (4750m.) (Tea House)
Day 14: Rest day at Gokyo (Tea House)
Day 15: Climb Gokyo Ri (5483m.) and trek to Machhermo (4410m.) (Tea House)
Day 16: Machhermo to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) (Tea House)
Day 17: Namche to Lukla (Tea House)
Day 18: Morning flight back to Kathmandu. 30 minutes.
Day 19: Final Departure