Gokyo Cho la Pass Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest base camp trek through Gokyo Lake is also commonly known as the Everest Circuit Trekking. We will be trekking through various stunning places like Namche Bazar, Chola Pass, Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp. This Cho la pass trekking trail was first discovered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first summiteers of Mt. Everest. Gokyo Lake is a wonder in itself and Cho la pass, Everest base camp makes it an ultimate place to visit in Everest region which has been the paradise for trekkers from all around the world.
We start our Gokyo Cho la pass Everest base camp trek after boarding the short flight to Lukla. This trekking trail takes us to the famous viewpoint Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri which offers the spectacular panoramic views of world highest mountain Mt. Everest along with other giant snow-capped mountains. The local Sherpa people will be welcoming us by displaying their culture, beautiful monasteries, and famous places like Namche Bazaar, Sagarmatha National park, and others. Khumbu glacier and the Khumbu icefall are another major attraction of this region. The glacial lakes, snow-capped mountains, and peaceful environment will surely make you spellbound. It is like no other places on the earth that this Everest region offers.
Trekking in the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes is considered as the strenuous and enduring adventure of 18 days. You must be physically fit and passionate towards trekking in the high altitudes. Join us and make your adventure holiday in Nepal worth remembering for the long period of time.
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Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu1,300m via respective airlines
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by BUNA staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where BUNA guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do’s and don’ts and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding
Approx: 30 minutes flight to Lukla 2,830m 9-10km (3hrs walk) to Phakding at 2,652m. Early morning after breakfast transfer to the domestic Airport after necessary security formalities, board on the smaller Twin Otter, Dornier or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, on arrival you will be received by our trekking guides. In Lukla you will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load baggage. Lunch depending upon the time of arrival at Lukla either in Lukla or few hours walks further down towards Phakding. The walk is gradual and most of the way, with few ups from Tarhe khola, where you can have a superb view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing a short suspension bridge, from here after a short climb brings us to the Ghat village, another 11/2hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi river.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs.
From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thermasarkhu 6,608m, then reaching a small village of Monjo and to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend with a gradual walk to the Jorsalle village is reached, the last village till Namche Bazaar, the walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum kangru Mt.Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Taweche peak can be seen all the way up, from here another 1-2 hour walk up brings to the famed Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatisation
A leisure day to enjoy and relax around the town or visit the Sagarmatha National Park museum just above Namche Bazaar for out standing views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse,Ama Dablam, Taboche, Thermasarkhu, Kang tenga and Khunde peaks.
Day 06: Trek to Khunde / Khumjung village 3, 730m. 3-4 hrs
After a great time at Namche, trace the route above the ridge of Namche towards Syangboche just above Namche, following the trail to Khunde and Khumjung the largest of the Sherpa villages in the Khumbu area, trek leads towards the Syangboche small airstrip, the first one and half hour walk is quite strenuous uphill due to high altitude overlooking the magnificent view of Mt.Kwangde, Thermasherkhu and other neighboring peaks with an aerial view of Namche Bazaar down below. On reaching Syangboche small airstrip, take a short climb towards the Khunde village situated in the same glacial valley as Khumjung village beneath the sacred Mt.Khumbila 5,761m. A quiet gentle path brings to the sleepy village of Khumjung via Khunde for the overnight halt. At Khunde there’s a hospital built with the help of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Foundation. Afternoon visit the Khumjung old Monastery, the only place believed to have Yeti scalp. Khumjung also has a High School built with the help of Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation.
Day 07: Trek to Phortse Tenga. 3,900m.
4 hrs. After a wonderful time here, the walk is fairly easy for the first half, from Khumjung the trail leads to an hour downhill joining the main busy trail at Shanasa, on this area there is chances of seeing the beautiful colourful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) national bird of Nepal and the elusive musk deer, and sometime even herd of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat). From Shanasa, Gokyo route diverts from the main trail towards north. The path climbs gently on the steep rock steps embedded in a narrow cleft in a large boulder; the two trails soon join and continue towards a large Chorten on the top of the ridge at Mong 3,973 meters. This ridge descends from Khumbila 5,716m abode of the patron god Khumbu. From this ridge, the path meanders in a series of switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Kosi at Phortse Thanghka for our overnight stop.
Day 08: Trek to Dole. 4,200m. 3-4 hrs.
After Phortse, continue trek to Dole, from here the trail climbs steeply out of the valley through a patch of rhododendron forest which gives way to juniper and conifers trees. In the spring time this place will be vivid when all the flowers in bloom. This path passes many summer pastures where the Yak and other cattle graze in this high pastureland. The trek winds through the Tongba village at 3,950m and Gyele 3,960m and finally arriving at Dole. A superb view of Khumbila and Tawache 6,542m can be seen throughout the walk.
Day 09: Trek to Machermo 4,410m. 3-4 hrs.
From Dole, our route climbs steadily along the side of the valley, rhododendron forest giving way to scrub juniper as altitude gains gradually. The trail climbs on a fairly level path for one hour to Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and a further an hour to Luza at 4,390m; eventually skirting around a ridge to gain the first views of Machermo village, spread out in the valley below. There is an excellent Swiss chalet style lodge at Machermo, Arriving at Machermo on good time for the overnight halt. With time for exploration above the village. Just above the village there is a superb view encompassing Cho Oyo 8,210m and all the mountains that flank the Ngozumba Glacier.
Day 10: Trek to Gokyo 4,760m. Approx: 4-5hrs.
From here, head for the holy lake at Gokyo. By following a very scenic trail to Pangka 4,545m and then descend slightly, following one of the glacial fed rivers which flow down the west of Ngozumba Glacier. Then climb a steep rocky incline into the ablation valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first lake. Soon arriving at the second lake, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to the Cho -La (another tough route to Loboche and beyond to Everest base camp) Coming to the third lake known as Dudh Pokhari and on its east shore is the summer settlement of Gokyo at 4,790 meters. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the peak of Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters we will be camping just by shore of the lake depending upon the availability of the campsite with a good view.
Day 11: At Gokyo for local hike and trek to Dragnak 4,645m.
Today, morning free for a hike to Gokyo Ri one of the highlight of this trip, the view around Gokyo itself is marvelous, for the very best panorama take a hike to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above the lake, Gokyo Ri at 5,357m. Offers breathe taking views providing a panorama of Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and far as to Mt. Makalu in the east. A two hours climb brings you to this wonderful spot. After a wonderful time at Gokyo, a short walk of few hours leads to Dragnak on the base of Chugyuma or Cho-la pass, just above the village of Na situated at the foot of the Ngozumba glacier.
Day 12: Cross Tsho-la 5,430m and then to Dzong-la 4,830m. 6-7 hrs.
From here the walk climbs steadily towards Cho-la pass for few hours, then descending towards the small hidden valley at Dzong-la for the overnight stop. In snow condition this route can be quite difficult and the guide will decide whether its possible to proceed or retrace by another safe way.
Day 13: Trek to Loboche 4,928m Approx. 5 hours.
From Dzongla the trail diverts towards north east, the path is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village, today’s walk offers beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse. Then reaching to the junction where the path from Pheriche meets above Thugla ridge. From here you can have great view of Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the great scenic walk, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region, From here an hour gradual up brings you to Loboche, situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind. Loboche has about 5-6 Teahouses.
Day 14: Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m & continue to Everest base Camp 5,357m.
Today towards the final destination of this adventurous journey at the foot of number one, the first hour walk is gradual up the valley at the end of the grassy field, a short 20 minutes climb, the walk from here follows the rocky moraine path, as you walk you can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes a short downhill walk bring you to Gorakshep on the flat field below Kalapatthar 5,545m and Mt.Pumori 7,145m. Gorakshep has three teahouses. After a break here at Gorakshep continue towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively during the high expedition season. On reaching at the foot of number one, a great view of the Khumbu icefall awaits you. After a grand time here retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for the overnight.
Day 15: Morning hike to Kalapathar 5,545m continue walk to Pheriche 4,243m 5-6 hrs
Early morning a steep walk towards Kalapatthar, on reaching the top ridge of Kalapatthar which is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt.Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Everest looks within a stone throw distance, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse and with all the higher snow capped giants that dominates all around, with a view of Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier, after a wonderful time here descend back to Gorakshep and continue walk to Pheriche, the walk is downhill most of the way, after Thugla where the Dingboche trails branches off from here our route descends further to the flat Pheriche Valley, afternoon can be very windy here, after an hour of good walk reaches you at Pheriche for the overnight stop.
Day 16: Trek to Thyangboche approx. 5 hrs
From Pheriche a short walk brings you to the bridge, after the bridge it is nearly downhill all the way with few ups in between to Pangboche and Thyangboche, on reaching the bridge back to the woodlands and vegetation with an hour up hill to Thyangboche for the overnight stop.
Day 17: Trek to Monjo 2,835m.
Approx: 5-6 hrs. Retrace the journey back to Shanasha, from Shanasha where the trail from Khumjung, Gokyo and to Namche meets. From here the route follows on the main busy path, the walk winds all the way to Namche Bazaar on the downhill and gradual path. On reaching Namche Bazaar retrace the journey all the way to Monjo for the overnight camp at Monjo, located just near the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and exit.
Day 18: Trek to Lukla 2,830m 5 hrs walk
Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at on your own normal pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take about 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
Day 19: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason. Depending upon the flight time this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 35 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen during the flight. At Kathmandu domestic terminal, BUNA staff will receive and transfer you back to the Hotel.
Day 20: Free day at leisure.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
Day 21: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. BUNA staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.