EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek

EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is one of the most demanding trekking routes in Nepal. The whole Everest region is famous for its various trekking routes. EBC Chola Gokyo Lake Trekking is a journey of 17 days.

It is one of the most adventurous trekking routes. This journey offers you a majestic view. It is the view of the great Himalayas, Sherpa villages, and monasteries. It is an alternative route for trekking lovers. You may want to avoid the regular and traditional jammed routes. It passes through different beautiful lakes, high mountains, glaciers, and many more. You will also enter the Sagarmatha National Park and Syangboche.

This journey will take you through Everest Base Camp, Gokyo lake, Gokyo Ri, Chola Pass, and many more. Beautiful Sherpa settlements, their culture, and lifestyle seek your attention. Not only Mount Everest but four other highest peaks are here in the Khumbu region. This journey of Everest Base Camp (EBC) Chola Pass Gokyo Trek allows you to view different other mountains apart from Mount Everest.

These mountains are Mount Cho Oyu (8201m), Mount Makalu (8485m), and Mount Lhotse (8516m). A few others are Amadablam, Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse, and Thamserku. You will also visit the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. It is the Tengboche monastery. You will be here at Lukla to start this 17 days journey of Everest Base Camp (EBC) Chola Pass Gokyo Trek.

A thrilling mountain flight will take you to Lukla from Kathmandu. It is the place where you start your Gokyo Trek in Nepal. EBC and Gokyo Lakes Trek require reasonable fitness and the ability to walk 5 to 6 hours daily. Life Himalaya Trekking would be more than happy to be your traveling partner. You will receive the best customer service. A precisely arranged itinerary makes your journey exciting and memorable.

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Highlights of the EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek

  • A cultural exploration of Kathmandu.
  • Thrilling mountain flight to Lukla.
  • Enjoy the best Himalayan view.
  • Explore the Sherpa community and monasteries.
  • Majestic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and many more.
  • Visit Sacred Gokyo lake.
  • View of Kala Pattar, Namche Bazar, and Tengboche monastery.
  • Visit Khumbu glacier and Ngozumpa glacier
  • The majestic view from Gokyo Ri.
  • A lifetime experience.

Best time to visit EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek

Nepal has four seasons. Summer, Winter, Spring, and Autumn. The best seasons are Spring and Autumn.

Autumn Season

The autumn season starts in September and ends in November. This is the best season for any trekking route and Everest Base Camp (EBC) Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is no exception. Everything is clear and beautiful.

This season is best from every perspective. The weather is perfect. This is the peak season. Tourists are all around you. Pre Booking of flights and tea houses may be necessary.

Spring season

This is the second-best season. Everything is green and beautiful. The flower starts blooming and there are green leaves on the trees.

If you want to enjoy the raw nature of Nepal then it is the best season for you. The sky is clear and snow-capped mountains are visible enough to make you fall in love with them. The weather in this season is warmer than in the Autumn season.

This season is adorable to trek. But, there is a chance for light rainfall in late May. Pre-monsoon starts in May. The spring season starts in March and ends in May. You need to carry proper trekking gear and clothes.

Difficulty in EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek

This trek is a high-altitude trek. The trails and passes are not easy to follow. There are various bridges. You have to be careful enough to pass through it. There is one main bridge that you have to cross. This bridge connects the Gokyo valley and Khumbu valley.

Cho La bridge is a lifeline for the Khumbu region. Cho La pass requires your physical and mental strength. It is one of the most difficult passes to cross in this journey of Everest Base Camp (EBC) Chola Pass Gokyo Trek.

After Everest Base Camp, you can also trek to Kala Pattar. From Kala Pattar, everything is near and clear. This is at an altitude of 5643m. Oxygen level and air pressure continue to decrease. You may find it difficult to breathe.

There will be extra difficulties if you are traveling in Winter or Monsoon season. The weather can be extreme this season. Heavy rainfall and snowfall only make your trek difficult. It might put your life at risk. It is better not to travel this season.

The trail is slippery and muddy. Raincoats and rainproof boots/clothes are necessary. Bring warm clothes. You need to carry your essential accessories.

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Detail Itinerary for EBC, Chola Pass, and Gokyo Trek

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and overnight at hotel

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is ready to welcome you to Nepal. Hope your flight was comfortable. A hotel representative will take you to your hotel.

You change and be fresh at the hotel. Rest for a while too. You will have a meeting in the Life Himalaya Trekking office. It will be a short briefing about the trekking and schedule. You can roam around the local market or have a rest in the hotel room.

Day 02: City sightseeing

Today you will enjoy the flavor of Kathmandu city. It is the capital city of Kathmandu. It is one of the largest cities in Nepal.

Kathmandu is famous for its cultural and historical background. It is famous for temples, monasteries, and the hospitality of local people. After having a proper breakfast, you will start exploring Kathmandu city. There are various places under the UNESCO world heritage site. You can visit these places.

Pashupatinath Temple is the main attraction. It is popular among both local and foreign tourists; a Lord Shiva Temple. It is one of the main temples in Hinduism. You can visit three durbar squares here in the Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Another famous temple is Monkey Temple. Swayambhunath is another name for it. Boudhanath is another famous tourist destination. It is one of the largest stupas in the world. In the evening, you will roam around Thamel. You can enjoy the nightlife. It is famous among tourists. You can also buy some trekking gear if necessary.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2700m)

Now it is time to take the flight to Lukla. It will take you about 40 minutes to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. You will have your breakfast here.

Lukla airport is one of the world’s most dangerous airports. This mountain flight will take you above the great Himalayas. Book your window seat and enjoy the view. This will be a thrilling experience for you.

You will start your trekking today. You will follow the Dudh Koshi. It is an easy 3 hours trek to Phakding. On this journey, you will descend and reach Cheplung village. From this village, you can see Mount Khumbila. From Cheplung, you will ascend and reach Phakding.

Phakding is a small village in the Khumbu region. It lies in the northern direction of Lukla. You will see various monasteries along this journey.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m)

Today you will reach Namche Bazar. Namche Bazar is also a gateway to the Everest region. The journey of Everest Base Camp (EBC) Chola Pass Gokyo Trek starts from Namche Bazar.

It will take you 5 hours to Namche Bazar. Trek is easy until you reach Jorsale. At Jorsale, you will reach Sagarmatha National Park. It comes under the UNESCO world heritage site. You will also pass through waterfalls. Rhododendron and Pine forest are all over these trails.

You will cross the Dudh Koshi River five times through different suspension bridges. After crossing Hillary’s bridge, the trek starts to ascend. From Namche Bazar, you can have a majestic view of Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse. Prayer flags are welcoming you to Namche Bazar.

Day 05: Rest in Namche Bazar

Today you will rest here at Namche Bazar. You need proper acclimatization to continue this journey further.

The oxygen level is less here. With increasing altitude, it is a normal thing. Your body is not used to these conditions. Your body must adjust to these changing environmental conditions. You have to spend this day here at Namche Bazar.

You will enjoy sunrise and sunset at Khumbu Peak. There is beauty in every direction. You need to cherish every moment here. You can visit local markets and talk to local people. Sherpa people here are lovable.

On this day, we will hike for 2 to 3 hours to the nearest villages like Khunde or Khumjung. There is an Everest view hotel in Khumjung. It is one of the hotels at the highest altitude. There are a few monasteries, you will also see the head of Yeti in one of them.

You will visit the Bakery at the world’s highest altitude. Panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Amadablam will make you hypnotize. You will visit Khumjung valley, Hillary school, Kunde hospital, and many more. After this hike, you return back to Namche.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche

It is time to move from Namche Bazar to Tengboche. You explored the Namche Bazar yesterday, now it is time to explore Tengboche.

Today you will walk for 5 to 6 hours. After having breakfast, you will start the trek to Tengboche. You will walk through the side of the valleys. Entering and exiting from different valleys. You will climb a hill and descend to a low hill on this journey to Tengboche.

You will pass through different tea shops in Kenjoma. As you continue, you will join the trail from Khumjung. Do you know the most exciting part of this trek? It is the view of Mount Everest and Lhotse. You will pass through the small settlement of Sanasa.

Continuing the journey, you will get through the pine forest and Rhododendron forest. The Monastery of Tengboche stands straight at 3870m. It is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. From here you will majestic view of Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), and many more. You will stay here today.

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m)

Today is your seventh day of Everest Base Camp (EBC) Chola Pass Gokyo Trek. You will reach Dingboche today.

It will take you 5 to 6 hours to reach Dingboche from Tengboche. The height of Dingboche is more than Tengboche but you have to descend first. It is 11 kilometers. This route is full of pine forests. You will smell the scent of Rhododendrons.

After crossing the Khumbila River, you will be steep towards Ridgeline. A few hours later you will reach Pangboche. Somare is ahead of Pangboche. You will reach Dingboche after you cross Imja valley.

Day 08: Day trip to Chhukung valley and back to Dingboche

You will start this trek after having your breakfast. It is a nice and easy trek to Chhukung valley. You will see all the mountains, especially Mount Ama Dablam.

Moraines towards Island Peak are mesmerizing. This is a short but beautiful trek. You will return to Dingboche when you finish this hike. It is also an acclimatization day. You will stay here at Dingboche.

Tomorrow you will trek towards more height. So it is necessary to adjust your body to these changing conditions. At night in Dingboche, you may encounter some strong winds.

Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m)

Lobuche is your destination today. It is a 5-hour-long journey. It is a gentle climb until you reach Chorten trails.

After climbing for one and a half hours you will reach Chorten trails. You will reach Thungla 4600m. This route is full of prayer flags. You can have lunch here. Few tea houses and lodges are available. Mount Pumori and Mount Nuptse feel closer as you walk forward.

The trails forward are broad and clean. While moving forward, you will reach the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. As you continue to your destination to Lobuche, you will see several mountains.

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp Then back to Gorak Shep (5180m)

It is a difficult trek towards Everest Base Camp. Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. You will walk for 7 to 8 hours.

We will cover a total distance of 15 kilometers. You will start your trek to Gorak Shep. During this trek, you will see majestic Everest, Nuptse, and many other mountains. After the climb of 150m, the trails get better.

There is the world’s highest settlement at Gorak Shep at a height of 5160m. It is the place where you sight the Khumbu Glacier. The trails are rough. You begin the trek to Everest Base Camp from here.

We will walk through the ridge of Khumbu Glacier. You are now heading towards Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp is 5360m. You will see climbers all around this place. It is the clearest and closest view of Mount Everest from the base camp.

You will get a proper view of the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu icefall. Click as many photos as you can. It is a lifetime moment and experience. You will return back to Gorak Sheo for your stay.

Day 11: Hike to Kalapattar and trek back to Dzongla

With the intention of seeing the sunrise from Kalapattar, you should move ahead. The view of sunrise is extraordinary.

It will take you 7 to 8 hours to reach Kalapattar. The view of the mountains is breathtaking. After reaching Kalapattar and taking photos, you will return to Gorak Shep. You will again start the journey toward Dzongla.

Day 12: Dzongla to Thangla (4650m)

This trek takes around 7 to 8 hours. It is 23 kilometers long. You will first cross the Chola Pass. This is the second destination of our Everest Base Camp (EBC) Chola Pass Gokyo Trek.

Now we have visited Everest Base Camp and Chola Pass. You have to walk over the glacier. It is a lifetime experience. It is a satisfying experience. In the winter season, it is almost impossible to cross this pass.

You have to cross the bridge after this pass. You will follow the straight trail until you reach Phedi. After Phedi, you reach the destination for today. It is Thangla 4650m. Thangla is a small village. You see a few tea houses and lodges. You will stay here tonight.

Day 13: Thangla to Gokyo

Gokyo is a new destination for today. This is the last destination under Everest Base Camp (EBC) Chola Pass Gokyo Trek.

This path from Thangla to Gokyo is easy and comfortable. You will follow the route of Dudh Koshi. The sideways of Dudh Koshi will take you to Gokyo. You will reach Gokyo Valley.

You will explore this valley today. There are various lakes and glaciers in this valley. You can view the majestic Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Makalu, and many more. Night stay here at Gokyo.

Day 14: Climb to Gokyo Ri and trek to Machhermo

The trek to Gokyo Ri is an upward journey. The Gokyo Ri trek has steep hills and mountains throughout the journey. It may be painful for some of you but the view is worth the pain.

Once you reach the pass, your every pain transfers to happiness. The astounding view of Gokyo valley will make you nostalgic about this journey. Ngozumpa glacier is a major attraction in this region. After you summit the pass, it is time to descend back.

You will follow the same trail side of Dudh Koshi. You will follow this route to reach Machhermo.

Day 15: Machhermo to Namche Bazar

Today’s journey will take you to the gateway of the Everest region which is Namche Bazar. This route is full of Alpine forests and Rhododendron forests.

There are various Sherpa villages throughout this journey. You can buy some gifts for your friends and family in Namche Bazar. You will stay here at Namche Bazar today.

Day 16: Namche to Lukla

First, you will reach Phakding and only to Lukla. It is a beautiful trail. It will take you 5 hours to complete this trek.

You will reach Lukla in the evening. You will give rest to your tired legs. It is almost the end of the Everest Base Camp (EBC) Chola Pass Gokyo Trek. You will have some drinks at a local pub in Lukla. Every member of the team will enjoy this moment.

Before leaving for Kathmandu this is your last moment of this wonderful journey. You will take the first flight tomorrow.

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu

Today is the day you will leave all these wonderful memories with mountains. The Morning flight will take you to Kathmandu. This beautiful journey comes to an end.

From the window seat, for the last time, you will see the beautiful scenery of the mountains. You will be in your hotel room. You will enjoy your last days in Kathmandu.

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