Gokyo Chola Pass Trek is a challenging and famous side trek in the Everest region of Nepal. Trekking in this area gives a chance to witness the way of life of Sherpa’s people, their religions, culture, and traditions. Birds like the golden eagle and snow pigeon make the trip a delight of nature. Moreover, the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest from unmatched viewpoints of Gokyo Ri & Kalapatthar give you the experience of real heaven. Camping at Everest Base Camp with the famous Khumbu Icefall along with Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, and Mt. Lhotse is probably the best part of this trek.
This adventurous trip, Gokyo Chola Pass Trek starts with a scenic flight to Lukla; also called the gateway to Everest. From here, the trek follows farms with traditional Buddhist villages such as Namche, Khumjung, Phakdin, Kunde, and others villages. Massive views of the high snow-capped peaks in combination with surrounding scenery decors nature in the most beautiful way. Before following the quiet trail to Gokyo and Khumjung villages in the high valley, we visit the ancient Buddhist monastery. Then, to the highest spot of this adventure at Gokyo Lake & Gokyo Ri (5357m) through Chola pass (5420m) to Kalapatthar. We can see the world’s most fabulous views of the surrounding peaks and landscapes including Mt.Everest, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyo from the top of Gokyo Ri. It also offers outstanding panoramic views of peaks and glaciers including Mt. Everest from a close distance. After this adventurous and memorable trip, Nepal Dream Path Treks leads you back to Lukla and returns to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing Tour around world heritage sites of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla [2,800m] and Trek to Phakding [2,650m] [45min flight & 3-4 hrs walk].
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar [3,450m] [5-6 hrs walk].
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.
Day 06: Trek to Khumjung [3,730m] [2-3 hrs walk].
Day 07: Trek to Dole 4,200m via Phortse Tenga [3,900m] [5-6 hrs walk].
Day 08: Trek to Machermo [4,410m] [3-4 hrs walk].
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo [4,760m] [4-5 hrs walk].
Day 10: Morning hike to Gokyo-Ri and trek to Dragnak [4-5 hrs walk].
Day 11: Trek to Dzongla [4,830m] via Chola pass(5420m) [6-7 hrs walk].
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche [4,930m] [5 hrs walk].
Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep [5,180m] & proceed to Everest Base Camp & back to Gorakshep.
Day 14: Trek to Pheriche[4,200m] with a hike to Kalapathar [5,555m] [5-6 hrs walk].
Day 15: Trek to Tengboche [3,867m] [5-6 hrs walk].
Day 16: Trek to Monjo [2,830m] [6-7 hrs walk].
Day 17: Trek to Lukla [4-5 hrs walk].
Day 18: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.
Day 19: Free day at leisure.
Day 20: Transfer to the airport for international departure.
30m drive BB Plan Hotel/Resort
Nepal Dream Path Treks staff will welcome you at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, and transfer you to the Hotel. Our guide will brief you about the Hotel, Kathmandu tour, Trekking, do's and don’ts with related information that might require while in Nepal with us.
After the first night in Kathmandu, well informed regarding the time for a half-day for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Depart the hotel for guided sightseeing at places of interest. Click here for detailed information about where to visit Kathmandu Valley.
Note: We can skip this day as per your interest.
45m fly & 3 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea house
Gokyo Chola pass trek starts with the morning domestic airport board in the small twin otter or similar plane for the scenic flight to Lukla, on arrival meet our guides. At Lukla, you will have time to visit around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load, and lunch depending upon the time of arrival either in Lukla or a few hours trek further on route to Phakding. The first-day trek on the gradual path all the way, with few ups offering views of Mt. Kusum-Kanguru (6369 m); 2-3 hrs of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop.
5 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House
From Phakding to crossing the bridge over the River Dudh-Koshi; the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill. Re-crossing the same river again, with a magnificent view of Thermasarkhu 6,608m, reaching Monjo village. After Monjo, walk to the entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descent with a gradual walk to Jorsalle village; the last village till Namche Bazaar. After a pleasant walk on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse River. From there, trek along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with grand views of Kwande Peak, Kusum Kanguru & Mt. Everest with Nuptse wall, Lhotse, and the closer view of Taweche Peak can be seen all the way up. Another hour walk up leads us to Namche Bazaar where the colorful houses are situated in amphitheater landscapes.
A rest day with a short walk for acclimatization to Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters. A panoramic view spot on top of Namche Bazaar with surrounding snow-capped mountains, and valleys scenery. Visit the museum with all kinds of information history of the Himalayas, Geography, Culture, Mountaineering, and flora and fauna of this region. Afternoon leisure time for the activities of your personal interest.
2-3 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House
After a rest day at Namche, our team will move forward to Khumjung. The walk leads to Syangboche's small airstrip, overlooking the magnificent view of Mt. Kwangde, Thermasherkhu, and other peaks with an aerial view of Namche Bazaar down below. After Syangboche, a short climb towards Khunde village situated in the glacial valley of Khumjung village beneath the sacred Mt. Khumbila 5,761m. A peaceful trek brings us to the quiet village of Khunde for an overnight stop. At Khunde, there is Khumbu’s one and the only hospital built by Sir Edmund Hillary's Foundation.
5-6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House
After a peaceful time at Khunde and Khumjung, the trail leads an hour downhill joining the main trail at Shanasa. In this area, chances to see the beautiful colorful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) national bird of Nepal and the elusive musk deer, and sometimes a herd of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat). From here Gokyo route diverts from the main trail towards the north, the walk climbs on the steep rock steps embedded in a narrow cleft in a large boulder; the two trails soon join towards a large Chorten on the ridge top at Mong (3973m). From the Mong, the path meanders in a series of switchbacks down to a sandy slope to Dudh Kosi at Phortse Tenga. From here continue the trek to Dole with a steep climb through the path of rhododendron forest which gives way to juniper and conifers trees. The trek winds through the Tongba village at 3,950m and Gyele at 3,960m and finally arrives at Dole. A superb view of Khumbila and Tawache 6,542m can be seen throughout the walk.
3-4 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House
From Dole, the 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 level path for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m. Further, an hour's walks to Luza at 4,390m; then skirting around a ridge for the views of Machermo village, spread out in the valley below. There is an excellent Swiss chalet-style lodge at Machermo. Arrived at Machermo at a good time for the overnight halt, with time to hike above the village. Just above the village, there is a grand view of the world's 6th highest Mt. Cho Oyo 8,210m and all the mountains that flank the Ngozumba Khumbus longest Glacier.
5-6hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House
Today’s trek leads to the pristine lake at Gokyo, following a scenic trail to Pangka (4,545m) and then descending slightly on the glacial-fed rivers which flow down the west of Ngozumba Glacier. Then climb a steep rocky path to the 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, then reaching the third lake known as Dudh Pokhari and on the east shore the summer settlement of Gokyo at 4,790 meters.
4-5 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House
The early morning hike to Gokyo Ri is one of the highlights of this trekking, the view around is fabulous, Gokyo Ri, a small ridgetop above the lake at 5,357m with panorama views of Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche, and far as to Mt. Makalu towards the east, taking about 2 hrs to reach this wonderful top. After a marvelous time return back to Gokyo and head to Dragnak. The trail climbs up in the beginning then drop down a bit and walks on the glacier. We should be careful while walking on the glacier. With the incredible views of Choyu, we reach Dragnak for an overnight stay.
6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House
After the morning breakfast, we start the trek. The trail ascends in the beginning then descends a little bit afterward the trail ascends to the top of Chola Pass. The trail is narrow and rocky and it may fall down the stones so we should be a little careful. From the top, you can enjoy the incredible views of Amadoblam, Nuptse, Everest, Makalu, and other surrounding snow-capped peaks. Take some photographs on the top and descend to the Dzongla with the great memories from the Chola Top and overnight stay there.
5-6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House
Today's walk offers a beautiful view of Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam, and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-Tse 5,820m, the great wall of Nuptse & after reaching the junction where the path from Pheriche joins above Thugla ridge with great views of Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. Overnight at Tea House.
2-3 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House
The trek leads to the foot of Mt. Everest, the first-hour walk is gradual up to the valley at the end of the grassy field. A short downhill reaches Gorakshep located on the flat field below Kalapatthar at 5,545m and Mt.Pumori at 7,145m. Gorakshep has three teahouses. Everest Base Camp is lively during the high expedition season. On reaching the foot of the world’s highest peak, after an enjoyable time walk back to Gorakshep for the overnight stop.
5-6 Hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] tae house
After reaching the top ridge of Kalapatthar a small rocky peak from the southwest ridge of Mt.Pumori, with incredible views Mt. Everest looks close between the peak of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse with surrounding high snow-capped. Overnight at Tea House.
5-6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea house
After a wonderful time here with views of the snow-capped peaks DP Treks route climbs and contours around the west side of the Imjatse Khola River valley offering excellent views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Nuptse-Lhotse wall, and Mt. Everest. The trail has some steep drops but the paths are nice and wide, after a few hours of good walking reach Pangboche upper village near 4,000 m and visit the old monastery. From Pangboche trek heads downhill towards Imjatse River, after crossing the bridge a gradual walk brings you back to green vegetation and tree lines, and a short half-hour climb reaches Tengboche for the overnight stop, a wonderful spot with views and Monastery.
6-7 hrs walk. All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] tea house
Retrace the journey back to Shanasha, where the trail from Khumjung, Gokyo, and Namche joins. From here the route follows the main busy path, as the walk winds all the way to Namche Bazaar on reaching Namche Bazaar retrace the journey back to Monjo for the overnight camp at Monjo, located just near the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and exit gate.
4-5 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] tea house
The last day of this great adventure is a nice walk to Lukla, enjoying the lush green scenery around, apart from a few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla takes about an hour from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day dinner and party with Sherpa staff, porters, and trekking members.
45m fly BB Plan Hotel/Resort
The flight time to Kathmandu is in the morning sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason, as the flight time takes about 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks can be seen during the flight. At Kathmandu air terminal, DP Treks staff receives and transfers you back to your respective hotels.
This is a leisure day for personal activities to buy something or go around Kathmandu. this is the second last day so Nepal Dream Path Team explores a Kathmandu valley at your request.
Today as per your international flight time, Nepal Dream Path Treks staff transfer you to the airport for your final departure from this high-magic Himalayan country, Nepal.
- Sun Hat
- Worm hat (it means worm one to protect your head from cold)
- Sun Cream/lip guard
- Down Jacket
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Jumper/fleece jacket
- Long underwear
- Windbreaker trouser
- Wool socks
- Cotton socks
- Trekking boots
- Sewing kits
- Water bottle
- Swiss knife
- Extra batteries
- Flip flops
- Raincoat/ Umbrella
- Rucksacks(For a Day)
- Sleeping Bag
- Medical & first aid kit
- Trekking Crampon (If you are going to do a trek in winter then you need a Crampon for your trekking.)
- All transportation and Arrival, Departure transfers are as per the Itinerary.
- Standard Accommodation in the cities and tea houses on the trek.
- Full-day guided tour of Kathmandu including private vehicle, Entry permits, and a well-experienced city guide.
- All meals are included during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee).
- Guide, porters, and other support staff as per your requirement and out an agreed price.
- National Park Fee.
- Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
- General First-Aid Kits for All.
- All taxes and fees are required for the program.
- Welcome drinks at hotels.
- Welfare dinner
- Insurance for staff.
- Double Bag with our company names.
What's not included?
- Meals in the cities.
- Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water, etc).
- Travel Insurance (Essential).
- Personal trekking gear is not mentioned in the contract.
- Tips for staff.
- Personal first aid kit.
Gokyo 20 days trek
We have chosen this company for my Gokyo to Chola pass trek because they have the best itinerary which suits on my holiday. The company is very professional, providing good accommodation during our trek with hot water bag which is very helpful in the winter trek to Gokyo. Guide Sudip is knowledgeable and familiar to this region. Thanks to him for making my trip wonderful.