Gokyo Valley, Chola Pass, Everest Base Camp & Kongma-La Trek [2 Passes Trek]



Trip overview
Primary Activity: exciting flight to Lukla/walking in the high valley route to Everest Base Camp crossing passes
Duration : 18 Days Trip Code : HNE2P018
Trip Grade : Moderate to fairly challenging Max-Altitude : 5550 m/18315 ft.
Meals : FB during trek Accomodation : Hotel/Mountain lodge
Group Size : Min:2, Max: 10+ Transportation flight/private car
Trip Start : Kathmandu Trip End : Kathmandu
Route : Lukla-Namche-Macchermo-Gokyo- Chola-EBC-Kongmala-Tengboche-Namche-Lukla
Departure Dates
Best Season : Spring(March/April/May/early June) and Autumn(September-October-November-early December)
Trip Notes / Guideline on Itinerary: Price offered is full inclusive and it is quoted in USD. Trip will only starts when you will arrive to Kathmandu International Airport. The given itinerary is just a standard itinerary and could be customized on request.

Description


Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Trek is the entry to the vicinity of Mt. Everest experiencing splendid walk in the glaciers passing electrifying Cho-la Pass and highest Khongma-la Pass attempting magnificent views of Himalayas from Gokyo Lake.

Everest Base camp Trek via Gokyo lake Trek is designed including amazingly fun-walking trail that goes ups and down in the rolling hills as like waves in an ocean. View the perfectly integrated valley of Dudh Koshi river along with lush vegetation of National Park beautified by the panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Experience the authentic Sherpa culture in the mountainous villages, monasteries, the sacred mani-walls, fluttering colorful flags portraying spirituality, Chortains all the way demonstrating Himalayan Buddhism. Walk on the off beaten trail to the Gokyo Lake for a perfect view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Nuptse and cross the most exciting and thrilling Cho-la Pass. The most exciting and highlight of this trek is when you walk along the Khumbu Glacier that extends from Khumbu Icefall. Climb up the Kalapatthar for astonishing view of snowcapped mountains and cross the highest Pass- the Kongma-la Pass is the ever exciting part of this trek.

In addition, if you are looking for better opportunity to enjoy natural beauties, enhance cultural experiences as well as thrill your journey; Hiking Nepal also offer number of choices for trekking in Everest region. You could join our Everest 3 Passes Trekking-19 Days. If you want to add day/s climbing experience while trekking in Everest Base Camp, you may join our Island Peak.  Similarly, if you have a time limitation, then, you can also join Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek or Everest Base Camp 2 Weeks Trek.

If you are not satisfied with this itinerary or if you want to customize this package in your timeline or budget, then you could contact us, or email to info@hikingnepal.com

  • Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Dinner)
  • Day 02 Cultural tour in Kathmandu valley (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Breakfast)
  • Day 03 Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (Altitude: 2840/ 9372 ft. Phakding: 2610 m/8613 ft. Flight: 30 minutes Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 04 Trek to Namche (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 05 Rest day for acclimatization (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 06 Trek Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tanga (Altitude: 3,680m/ 12145 ft. Trek: 5-6 hours Meal: BLD)
  • Day 07 Trek Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (Altitude: 4,470 m/14750 ft. Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 08 Trek Machhermo to Gokyo (Altitude: 4,800 m/15840 ft. Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 09 Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to 5th Lake (Altitude: 5000 m/33000 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 10 Trek to Tragnang (Altitude: 4700 m/15510 ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 11 Trek to Dzongla via Chola Pass (Altitude: Cho-la pass: 5330 m/17589 ft. Dzongla: 4830 m/15939 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 12 Trek to Everest Base Camp, back to Gorakshep (Altitude: EBC: 5357m/17678 ft. Gorakshep: 5140 m/16960 ft. Trek: 6/7 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 13 Trek to Kalapatthar, trek back to Lobuche (Altitude: Kalapatthar: 5550 m/18315 ft. Lobuche: 4910 m/16203 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 14 Trek to Chhukung via Kongma-la pass (Altitude: Kongma-la: 5535 m/18265 ft. Chhukung: 4750 m/15675 ft. Trek: 6/7 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 15 Trek to Namche (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 16 Trek to Lukla (Altitude: 2840/ 9372 ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 17 Fly to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Flight: 30 minutes Meal: B/D)
  • Day 18 Departure Transfer (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: B)

Trip Photos and Videos


Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Dinner)

On your arrival in Kathmandu International Airport, one of our representative will pick up you and escort you to the hotel as well as help you to check-in at hotel. After your refreshment, you will be briefed about the next day trip. In the evening, we, the Hiking Nepal will offer you a welcome dinner introducing Nepalese cuisine and culture.


Day 02 Cultural tour in Kathmandu valley (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Breakfast)

After your delightful breakfast, you will be introduced with guide and takes you to UNESCO Heritages sites of the valley where you will observe living heritage of Medieval Nepal - Witness the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupatinath and capture the sacred moments of Hindu death ritual at Aryaghat in Pashupatinath. Stroll the lively streets of Kathmandu Old Market Asan to Kathmandu Durbar Square and visit the home of The Living Goddess Kumari, Nepalese style of Architecture as well as astonishing wooden carving. A short drive from Kathmandu Durbar Square will take you to a hill top stupa called as “Swyambhu” meaning “self -emerge” and belief that the hill emerged impulsively from the great lake that once covered Kathmandu valley.


Day 03 Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (Altitude: 2840/ 9372 ft. Phakding: 2610 m/8613 ft. Flight: 30 minutes Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)

On a clear bright morning, you will fly over the snowcapped mountains to one of the most electrifying high altitude airports, Lukla at an altitude 2900 m. Your guides and porters will accompany you here for the trek. Hence, the trekking adventure kicks off. Beginning the trek, you will slide down almost 500 meters to Dudh Koshi River. Then, the trek winds along the trial beside the River towards Phakding. Passing several mani-walls and boulders engraved with Buddhist prayers, you will arrive at Phakding where you will spend your first night of your trek.


Day 04 Trek to Namche (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)

The trek chases the northern trial up the Dudh Kosi valley to Monjo. At Monjo the trek officially enters Sagarmatha National Park where you have to issue Sagarmatha National Park Permit Card. Continuing the trial along the steep uphill climb while savoring the first glimpse of Everest, you will arrive at the hub of Sherpa- Namche Bazaar.


Day 05 Rest day for acclimatization (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Meal: BLD)

It is a day to acclimatize you with higher elevation. On this day, you can go for a short hike to Khumjung, a beautiful settlement of Hospitable Sherpas. OR, you can roam around the Namche that offers Internet Cafes, restaurants, ATMs, and colorful markets. Even, you can enjoy the traditional living of mountain dwellers that is getting complimentary by the awe-inspiring surrounding and high altitude flora/fauna.


Day 06 Trek Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tanga (Altitude: 3,680m/ 12145 ft. Trek: 5-6 hours Meal: BLD)

Today, you will climb the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Koshi from where the route turns north. Treading to the ridge top that stretches down from Mt. Khumbila, which is manifested by a beautiful “Chorten”, you will begin to explore Mohang. It is the birth place of the reincarnated revered monk of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet, who has flourish Tibetan Buddhism in Khumbu and neighboring regions.  Beyond, Mohang, you will slide down along the series sheer switchbacks on sandy slope to Dush Koshi Riverbed. Phortse Tanga is a small village that lies at the riverside.


Day 07 Trek Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (Altitude: 4,470 m/14750 ft. Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Your trek from Phortse Tanga begins with the uphill climb to Machhermo. The trail today penetrates wonderful rhododendron woods and then arrives at Tongba. Beyond Tongba the trek still chases uphill trail and passes beautiful villages- Dhole, Labarma and Luza before arriving at Machhermo.


Day 08 Trek Machhermo to Gokyo (Altitude: 4,800 m/15840 ft. Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Today the trek begins with uphill walk to a ridge that caters fantastic view. From the ridge top, the deep valley Kantega down and towering Cho Oyu 8153m above are eye-feasting sights. From the ridge top you tread along the widened valley and cross Phangga- pass, where 40 people during 1995 avalanche lost their lives. Sliding down to the riverbed and then chasing along the steep trail via the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier, arrive to a stream. Crossing the stream on a small iron bridge, tread along the leveled trail and arrive to first Lake Longpongo, at 4690 m. Soon you will sight the second lake Taujung Tsho. A short walk from second lake brings to the third lake called Gokyo Tsho. The famous village of Gokyo sits just above the lake with an amazing backdrop of Mt. Cho-Oyu. You will have lunch & post lunch set out to explore Dudh Pokhari. Overnight in Gokyo.