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Gokyo Valley & Chola Pass Trek

This route takes trekkers over one of the highest passes available to visitors to the Mount Everest area. The trail winds its way up through the Sagarmatha national Park, heartland of the world-famous Sherpa people and their traditional Buddhist culture. Rare wild life in the region is a draw for many, including the chance to spot Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep, the endangered Snow Leopard and just maybe, the elusive and fabled ‘Yeti’! The ever changing landscapes of the Khumbu valley are spectacular and make this trip a unique and hugely rewarding adventure experience.

Chola Pass trek fers the perfect opportunity to observe many mountains which stand above 8000 meters, such as Mount Everest, Choyu, Nuptse, Lothse, and Manasalu. Further afield, smaller peaks of 6000 meters and above complete breathtaking vistas of these, the world’s tallest, most charismatic mountains.

The trek starts from Lukla, gateway of many Mount Everest expeditions, after a 30 minute scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu. The route then continues alongside the Dudhkoshi River passing lush fertile Himalayan land, suspension bridges, pine forest and the colourful Sherpa settlement, Namche bazaar. Here we take a day’s rest for acclimatization before continuing along the trail, staying at well furnished mountain trekking guest houses, observing the holy blue lake at Gokyo and taking a day trip ascent of Gokyo Ri (5363m). Further on, the trail passes the Nyajuma Glacier before crossing the high pass at Chola (5340m) to connect to the more popular Everest base camp route.

This trek is of a moderate to difficult grade and those wishing to undertake it should have a good fitness level and certainly some trekking experience. It also provides excellent pre- exercise and acclimatization for peak climbing.

As with all our treks, we can be flexible with the itinerary and can adjust many details according to your time, availability and special interests.

Trip Facts

  • Trip duration: -  16 days from Kathmandu.
  • Highest point: - Chola pass (5,420m / 17,782ft)
  • Best season: - October, November, March, April & May.
  • Meal: - Breakfast in Kathmandu & Full board on Trek.
  • Physical rating: -

  • Day 01 Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport Kathmandu. Pick up by Sherpa Brothers treks representative, transfer to hotel check in and welcome drink from receptionist. Rest and briefing about trip, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast
  • Day 02 Half day sightseeing around world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and preparation for the trip. In the evening welcome dinner offer from Sherpa Brothers treks at typical Nepalese cultural restaurant, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast
  • Day 03 Morning   scenic flight to Lukla (2,840m / 9,318ft) and trek to Phakding (2,652m / 8,701ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 3 hours
  • Day 04 Trek to Namche bazaar (34,46m / 11,306ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours
  • Day 05 Rest day, hike to world highest Everst view hotel (3869m), O/N in tea house : Approx 3 hours
  • Day 06 Trek to Dhole, O/N in tea house  (4410m / 13,485ft) : Approx 5.5 hours
  • Day 07 Trek to Machhermo (4470m / 14666ft), O/N in tea house  : Approx 3 hours
  • Day 08 Rest day and acclimatize, O/N in tea house : Approx 2 hours
  • Day 09 Trek to Gokyo (4,790m / 15,716ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours
  • Day 10 Early morning hike to  Gokyo Ri (5,357 m / 17,576ft) for the great view of Gokyo Lake, Mt Everest, Choyu and Mt Makalu. Back to Gokyo and trek to Thangna  (4500m / 14,764ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours
  • Day 11 Cross Cho La pass (5368m / 17,612ft) and trek to Dzongla (4830m / 15847ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 5.5 hours
  • Day 12 Dzongla to Labuche.  (4,910m / 16,109ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 3.5 hours
  • Day 13 Labuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m / 16,864ft), hike to highest mountain of the world Everest base camp (5363m / 17,598ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 3 hours
  • Day 14 Early morning hike to Kalapathar (5,555m / 17,599ft), and trek to Pheruche, O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours
  • Day 15 Pheruhe to Kyangjoma (3550m / 11,644ft),O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours
  • Day 16 Kyangjoma to Phakding (2610m / 8,560ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours
  • Day 17 Phakding to Lukla (2840m / 9315 feet), O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours
  • Day 18 After having early morning break fast, flight to Kathmandu rest, free time  and last minute shopping in Kathmandu, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast
  • Day 19 Extra day for weather contingency
  • Day 20 As per flight time, pick up from hotel and drop 3 hour earlier to international airport for home departure
Cost Included

  • Accommodation and food during 15 days Chola pass trekking period
  • Professional and experience license holder trekking guide salary and insurance
  • Porter salary, equipments and insurance
  • Airfare to Lukla and back to Kathmandu with guide
  • Standard 3 star category hotel with deluxe bb in Kathmandu for 4 nights or Extra 2
  • Sagarmatha National park and TIMS permit
  • Airport receive and departure 4 times
  • Trip route map
  • Duffel bag for packing daily trek gear
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Half day word heritage sites sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
Cost Excluded

  • Personal nature expense
  • Bar and beverage bills
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Unforeseen accidental rescue
  • Days beyond the itinerary
  • Tips for staff
Additional Info

Physical Grading Level

Three circles indicate the Challenging grade trip. It usually require 6-7 hours of walking every day. Gokyo Ri (5357m/17570 ft) Cho-La pass (5,420 m / 17,782 ft) Kalapathar (5,555 m / 18,045 ft) and Everest base camp (5,357 m/17,575 ft) are the high altitude level  of the trail. This is an altitude and physically demanding trail and one has to have physically fit, positive attitude, excellent health and self confidence.  At least 3500 m altitude experience is required to do this trip. Hiking and jogging exercise couple of month’s prior the trek is required. It is important that participants with per-existing medical problems or conditions make these known to Sherpa Brothers Trek at the time of booking.

Accommodation and Food on Trip

4 nights in 3 star hotel with Deluxe BB in Kathmandu on twin sharing, 16 days standard twin sharing accommodations in mountain tea house with food on full board( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & tea, coffee)

Travel Insurance
Sherpa Brothers Treks Expedition Pvt. Ltd. take every care to make our treks safe and enjoyable. All our routes are scouted to ensure the trails are safe and the facilities along route are of an acceptable standard. In addition, we have vast experience of trekking at altitude and are trained to deal with Acute Altitude Sickness. However, due to terrain, weather and altitude, risk is not always predictable in the Himalaya. To ensure you have a worry free time with us, personal travel insurance is essential to cover the cost of unforeseen accident, illness or rescue. The costs involved can be large and personally overwhelming in the unlikely event of accident or injury.
All Nepalese staff, guides and porters employed by Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. are covered locally but we regret that we cannot offer insurance for our clients.
Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt.Ltd. is not liable should anything go wrong due to unforeseen circumstances.
When choosing an insurance policy be sure to confirm with your insurer that your policy covers adventure holidays and trekking at high altitude. Some insurers makes special exception for these types of trip so please read the small print and contact your insurer if you are unsure.

  • Required gears check list
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    Sleeping bag – 1
    Light warm walking trouser – 2
    Sun glass – 2
    Walking pole – 1
    Hat – 1
    Phillips jacket – 1
    Windproof jacket – 1
    T- shirt – 3
    Walking boot – 1
    Gloves – 2
    Day bag – 1
    Water bottle – 1
    Torch light – 1
    Warm socks – 4
    Sun cream – 1
    Lip guard – 1
    Tooth brush – 1
    Face wash soap – 1
    Flip flap/ Sandal – 1
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