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EBC Gokyo Cho-La Pass Lake Trek

EBC Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek is another wonderful trekking experience in the Everest region where you can not only get the glimpses of Everest and other towering mountain peaks but also get the chance to witness some of the major and popular passes in the Everest Region. During the course of EBC Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek, you will come across passes like Renjo-La Pass, Cho-La Pass, etc. The paths often follow steep ups and downs with a ridge of sand. Visitors will cross icy stream, and walk through the spectacular rock, meet several yaks and Twin Lakes Kharkas Renjo. The view that you will see from the top is amazing along with the standing peaks from 7000 to 8000 meters. The excursion to Gokyo Peak usually begins early in the morning. The climb is quite steep for the first 30 minutes, which will take an hour to get to the top with the traditional prayer flags. From west to east you will see the mountain peaks like Cho (8153 m), Gyachung Kang (7922 m), Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,501 m) and Makalu. In addition, visitors can enjoy the magnificent views of the Gokyo Lake and the surrounding ambience.
The best seasons for the trek are February, March, April, May, June, September, October, and November. However, July and August are supposed to be the best one from hiking perspective but sometimes it may not be so clearly visibility due to rain. It is a moderate trek and you can use tea house for the accommodation. The minimum altitude is 2840m and its maximum altitude is 3950m.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2652m) 3 - 4 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) 6 hrs
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m)
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3867 m) 5-6 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4360) 5-6 hrs
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4940m) 5 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5170m), trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) back to Gorak Shep 7-8 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Kala Patthar (5545m), hike to Lobuche (4940 m) 5-6 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Dzongla (4830m)
Day 13: Crossing Cho-La Pass
Day 14: Trek to Thangnak (4700m) 4 hrs
Day 15: Explore Gokyo Lake and trek to Dole
Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 17: Back to Lukla
Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu

Day 01–Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Our team members will welcome you at the Airport and you will then be ushered to the Hotel. Our travel representatives will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
On the second day, you will be taken out for an excursion to some of the chief sites in and around Kathmandu. Visits include temples of Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath and Durbar squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Most of these sites are enlisted by UNESCO in its World Heritage list and it will be a wonderful moment for the foreigners visiting the artistic monuments and temples spanning over a period of more than centuries.

Day 03: Flight to Luka, trek to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hrs
After 40 minute of scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you will trek to Phakding. Everest Base Camp Trek begins at Lukla and follows Phakding, which takes approximately 3 – 4 hours. Along the way, you can have a view of Mount Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and the Cordillera de Monte Kwongde. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Phakding.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) 6 hrs
Starting from a slight rise to Jhorsalle, the trail passes waterfalls and other cultural and natural attractions. During the day, you will be passing through the Sherpa villages viewing magnificent forests. Rhododendron trees, magnolias and giant firs provide a stunning backdrop to this part of the walk. En route you will be rewarded with their first glimpse of Kusum Kangru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m) Everest (8,848 m) and Nuptse (7879 m). Weather permitting, a steep climb up the beautiful village of Namche Bazaar (3440m) which will produce more spectacular views and a comfortable place to spend the second night of the walk. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m)
Acclimatization is important before proceeding to a higher elevation. It is therefore recommended that you should take a short day's hike to Thame, Khunde, Khumjung or up to the Everest View Hotel so that it provides a very near image of Mount Everest. You can even relax and explore the culture of Sherpa in Namche. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3867m) 5-6 hrs
From Phungithanga, you will find the trail passing through the forests where you find musk deer and other animals. Tengboche is situated on a saddle at 3870m, surrounded by a clear dwarf fires and Rhododendrons. Kwongde (6187m), Tawache (6542 m), Everest (8,848 m), Nuptse (7855m), Lhotse (8618m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6608m) offers an inspiring panorama of gigantic Himalayan. You will be visiting the Tengboche Buddhist Monastery which is considered as the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4360m) 5-6 hrs
In the morning you can have the spectacular views of the mountain and monastery in Tengboche. You will put most of the morning in the Imjatse Khola through the birches conifers and Rhododendrons. By following the river to the North, the path goes through several walls chortens and peanuts along with the small villages. On the way you can have the best view of Amadablam. After arriving in Dingboche, you can enjoy the beautiful array of fields surrounded by stone walls aiming to protect barley, buckwheat, potatoes and Island Peak are the beautiful and great views from Dingboche. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 08: Rest day in Dingboche for acclimatization (4360m)
On the 8th day you will be climbing back down rather than just resting in the height. You can go for a short walk of 400 meters, ascending Nangkartshang Gompa in the North of the range, Dingboche from Nangkartshang which offers good scenic view. Makalau (8463 m), alternatively can follow an epic trail along the Imja Khola to Chhukung which may be longer walk taking 4-5 hours. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4940m)
On the 9th day you will continue your trip through the Alpine region Dingboche high concluded Luboche. On the way to Lobuche, you have to cross the frozen river in Thukla glacier and climb up the hill to watch the magnificent views of the Cholatse, Lobuche, Nuptse and Pumori. Overnight stay in a tented camp.

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170m), trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) back to Gorakshep 7-8 hrs
In the first section of trek you will start from Lobuche following the narrow space between the moraine of the glacier and the wall, then cross the tributary mountain glaciers to reach the dry lake bed known as Gokrak Shep. You will stop for lunch at the Gorak Shep, then walked to the base camp of Everest and explore the area which is famous for the many climbing expeditions up to the Mount Everest. The Base Camp area provides an opportunity to experience the rigors of freezing and brave climbers to the summit of this famous mountain. After exploring the Everest Base Camp, trekking you will be trekking back to Gorak Shep. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 11: Trek to Kala Patthar (5545m), hike to Lobuche (4940 m) 5-6 hrs
You will leave early in the morning the next day when the climate is usually bright and clear which is necessary for climbing to Kala Patthar. This is the highlight of the trip as you will be rewarded the points of view of 360 degrees spectacular views of Mount Everest and surrounding mountains. From there you will be back to Gorak Shep, had breakfast following and trekking back to Lobuche taking 5 to 6 hours. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek to Dzongla (4830m)
On the 12th day you will trek to Dzongla (4830m) from Kala Patthar taking breakfast early in the morning through the glacial moraine from Lobuche. The route was changed next to stop in Dzongla (4830m) for the convenience. This is the last stop before you cross the famous Cho-La Pass (5330m). Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 13: Cross Cho-La Pass
On the 13th day you will cross Chola Pass from Dzongla. From here, the trail will be a long walk to the next stop so that you have to carry an extra bottle of water, because on the way there are no shops to buy drinks. Meanwhile the trail descends to the next camping called Thangnak (4700m).

Day 14: Trek to Thangnak (4700m) 4hrs
On the 14th day you will head towards Thangnak (4700m) from Gokyo Lake crossing. The Gokyo glacier takes about 4 hours. Thangnak is one of the perfect destinations for trekking and you can take your lunch on the way to Thangnak. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 15: Explore Gokyo Lake Trek and trek to Dole
The excursion to Gokyo Peak usually begins early in the morning. The climb is quite steep for the first 30 minutes, which will take an hour to get to the top with their traditional prayer flags. From where you will have a magnificent view of the high peaks, from west to east are Cho (8153 m), Gyachung Kang (7922 m), Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,501 m) and Makalu. In an addition, you can enjoy the magnificent views of the Gokyo Lake the way to the offspring and can enjoy the trek to Doles too. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar
On the 16th day you will trek to Namche Bazzar from Dole. For the trek you have to wake up early in the morning so that you don't feel tired and can enjoy the trekking feeling energetic. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche.

Day 17: Back to Lukla (2850m)
On the 17th day you will trek back to Lukla (2880m), which is a beautiful and easy walk and in addition it provides the view to Kusum Kangaru, blue pine along with Rhododendron forest from Namche. This is the last day of the trek in a bustling city so enjoy dinner with the team members. Overnight stay at a guest house.

Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu
On the 18th day you will be back from Lukla to Kathmadu taking the flight. It’s all up to you whether you want to stay one more day or willing to return your own hometown. If you want to depart on this day then you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from where you will board a flight back to your country.

 

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