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Gokyo Fifth Lake & Cho La Pass Trek - 18 Days

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
Trek to the Gokyo fifth lakes and marvel at Everest and the Himalayan vista from Gokyo
The scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back
The fifth Gokyo lakes, Sunrise view from Gokyo Ri
Himalayan views of Mt Everest (8,848m.). Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Oyu (8,153m).
Traditional, cultural and unique lifestyles of Sherpa Community in Everest Region


Gokyo Fifth Lake Trek; lies towards the west of the more famous Khumbu region of the Himalaya. The serene valley boasts extensive pastures for yaks to graze during summer and the pristine turquoise lakes are simply breathtaking. The trek goes up the Everest trail only as far as the teahouses at Kenjoma (where the trail from Khumjung joins the main trail). From this point, the trail leads up towards Mong La pass before dropping steeply back down to the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. The trail then leads past rhododendron and oak forests and waterfalls. A couple of hours on this enchanting trail and Dole is reached, where you spend the night in a teahouse.From Dole, it is only four hours to Machherma. The valley is dominated by the unclimbed Mt. Kyojo Ri. The final trail up to Gokyo goes past teahouses at Pangkha and up the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the largest glacier in the country. Above the moraine you can see the crystal clear lakes.
Cho Oyu (8,153m) is seen towards the north from Gokyo. There are many great views around the valley. The most popular of them is seen by ascending a ridge for 2-3 hours to the north-west to reach a small summit. You can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view extending from Cho Oyu and Everest, to Lhotse all the way to Makalu. This view is  conceivably better than what one sees above GorakShep. We follow the Cho La pass being the most traveled, connecting with the Khumbu valley near Lobuche. Then, we ahead towards Everest Base Camp and Kalapathhar. Finally, we be back to Lukla and fly to Kathmandu.


Outline Itinerary (Gokyo Fifth Lake & Cho La Pass Trek)
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to hotel by our representative.
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03 : Fly to Lukla (2,815 m.) trek to Phakding (2,652 m.) 3 hrs
Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m.) 5 – 6 hrs
Day 05 : Namche Bazaar : acclimatization (3,440m.) 4-5 hrs
Day 06 : Trek from Namche Bazzar to Dole (4,110m) 5-6 hrs
Day 07 : Phorse tyanga Village to Machhermo (4,470 m.) 5 hrs
Day 08 : Machharmo to Gokyo (4,800m.) 4 hrs
Day 09 : Explore Gokyo valley and Acclimatization (4,800m.) 3-4 hours.
Day 10 : Trek to Thangna/Dragnag (4,700m) 3-4 hrs
Day 11 : Trek to Dzongla (4,830m), Over the Cho La Pass ( 5,368m), 6 hrs
Day 12 : Trek to Lobuche (4,910m), 4 hrs
Day 13 : Trek to Gorak Shep (5,110m), then visit Everest base camp (5,364m), around 7-8 hrs
Day 14 : Hike to Kala Pattar (5,545m), and trek to Panboche 7 hrs
Day 15 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 4-5 hrs
Day 16 : Trek to Lukla (2,815m), 6-7 hrs
Day 17 : Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu35 minutes, and transfer to hotel.
Day 18 : Transfer to airport, departure to your own destination.


Itinerary can be make increase or decrease according to yours holidays in Nepal.
After this amazing Gokyo Fifth Lake & Cho La Pass Trek if you are interested for other activities like Jungle Safari, Rafting, or more hiking in other region’s we can organize as yours desire.


Note: We would like to inform and assure you that we always follow the itinerary program but we might have to compel to change the itinerary due to bad weather, route condition and in any other unexpected situation compel in the field. We seek to request maximum flexibility for your safety while you are travelling in the Himalaya. There are also many other optional routes and programs which can be customized based on your interest. The cost will vary for the customized program. Please feel free to contact us for customized program.

GROUP TRIPS

Start Date End Date Status Cost
Guaranteed From € 1,650

Day 1
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to hotel by our representative.

After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel.

Day 2
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation, overnight at hotel.

After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel.

Day 3
Day 03 : Fly to Lukla (2,815 m.) trek to Phakding (2,652 m.) 3 hrs, overnight at lodge.

Early morning your trek guide will be meet you at your hotel and transfer you to airport by private vehicle for the Lukla flight. Kathmandu to Lukla you will fly on a twin-engine (tiny) aircraft. The views from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Lukla (2840m) you will meet the rest of your porters that guide will hire them in Lukla for your whole trek. The trail drops steeply for bit then descends to Chheplung (2,660m) and Thado Khosi gaon there is suspension bridge that you have to cross after that you see the head of the valley Mt. Kusum Kanguru (6,367m). After bridge climbs bit to reach at Ghat (2,590m) on banks of the Dudh Koshi River just short visit at monastery then little easy walk then after climb again to reach at Phakding (2,610m).

Day 4
Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m.) 5 - 6 hrs, overnight at lodge.

Today, the trail we cross the Dudh Koshi river and climb gently the valley to Toktak (2760m) and Benkar (2,710m) The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months, when the flowers are in bloom and also you will see the beautiful waterfall. We will see the snow-capped peak of Thamserku (6,623m) & Khumbi La (5,765m) at Benkar. We cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar. From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2,840m). Just beyond the Monjo trek enters the Sagarnatha (Everest) national park where you need to check your permits. After checking the permits the trail steep rocky descend to large farm aftermath cross bridge at Dudh Kosi and follow the west banks. Just short distance up the river is Jorsale (2,830m). The trail follows the river for a while, then re-crosses the Dudh Koshi along the river bank and after short ups and downs, makes a steep climb near the confluence of the two rivers (Bhote Koshi & Dush Koshi) then little climb and re-crosses bridge at Dudh Koshi after that the trail follows steeply ascent towards the Namche Bazaar(3,440m). One hour before arrive Namche Bazaar from where we may see the Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m) and Nuptse (7879m).Namache bazaar is gate way to khambu. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La pass.

Day 5
Day 05 : Namche Bazaar: acclimatization (3,440m.) 4-5 hrs, overnight at lodge.

Acclimatization is most important before heading higher. Most off the trekker’s acclimatization at Namche on their trek schedule. Today you may excursion either Thame village or viewpoint as your wish but better to consult with your guide regarding the day trip earlier night. If you prefer to Thame it takes approximately 4-5 hours walking both way go and return to Namche. it is popular for visiting Thame monastery but most of the trekker’s choose the easy option just to go Viewpoint in the stand point of splendid view of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8,848), Lhotse (8,516m), Lhotse shar (8,382m), Nuptse (7,879m), peak- 38(7,591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6,783m), Kusum kangaru (6,367), Cholaste (6,335m), Tabuche peak (6495m), Khumbi La (5,765m) and Kwangde Ri (6,011m) etc.

Day 6
Day 06 : Trek from Namche Bazzar to Dole (4,110m) 5-6 hrs,overnight at lodge.

Today the trail at first slightly climb up for a while up to the Chor camp at Namche Bazzar then continue easy level walk to kyangjuma 3,550m. Along the way from chor camp at Namche bazaar to kyangjuma you may enjoy incredible view of Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8,516m), Lhotse shar (8,382m), Nuptse (7,879m), peak- 38(7,591m), Ama dablam (6,856m), Thamserku (6,623m), Kangtega (6,783m), Kusum kangaru (6,367), Cholaste (6,335m), Tabuche peak (6,495m), Khumbi La (5,765m) and Kwangde Ri (6,011m). From kyangjuma the trail follows for a while easy level walk through Rhododendron forest to sanasa .There is three way directions from where one way right hand side leads to the direct Everest base camp trek and another way up ward left hand side leads to the Gokyo valley trek. From here the trail steep climb up approximately one and half hour to reach at Mongla danda (3,978m) where there are a few teahouse and a chorten so you may rest here for a while and enjoy magnificent view of Mt. Ama dablam including numerous mountains. The trail from Mongla danda descends in steep bends trail to Phortse thanga (3,680m). From Phortse thanga you will meet two trails one higher route left hand side lead to Gokyo valley trek and lower trail right hand side lead to Phortse village. From after Phortse Thanga the trail climbs steeply through rhododendron and junipers forests then after small part level walks before to reach at Dole (4,090m).

Day 7
Day 07 : Phorse tyanga Village to Machhermo (4,470 m.) 5 hrs, overnight at lodge.

Today trek from Dole to Machhermo you will climb gradually along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu (8,201m) while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega (6,783m) and Thamserku (6,623m). You are walking through Lhabarma (4,330m), Luza (4,340m) and finally reach at Machhermo (4,410m).

Day 8
Day 08 : Machharmo to Gokyo (4,800m.) 4 hrs, overnight at lodge.

Today trek from Machhermo to Gokyo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down valley to Kangtega and up towards to Cho-Oyu (8,201m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4,390m then descends to the river bank before beginning the climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first small lake Longponga (4,650m) where a family of Brahmin ducks has resided for many years. After first lake the trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake known as Taujung (4,710m) and continue trek to Gokyo Lake (4,750m).

Day 9
Day 09 : Explore Gokyo valley and Acclimatization (4,800m.) 3-4 hours.

This day early in the morning we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo RI (5,357m). There are stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu mountains range, such giants as Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) Mt. Everest (8,848), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,879m), Makalu (8481m), Cholaste (6,335m), Tabuche peak (6,495m) and Gychung Kang (7922m). After enjoy the beautiful views at Gokyo Ri then return to Gokyo (4,750m).

Day 10
Day 10 : Trek to Thangna/Dragnag (4,700m) 3-4 hrs, overnight at lodge.

Today trek from Gokyo lake the trail bit ascends then after trail smoothly up and down in glacier after that about forty five minutes smoothly descends along the valley to reach at Thangana (4,700m), known as base camp of Cho La Pass. Along the trail you will see the fine views of mountains and natural beauty. It is really wonderful trip from Gokyo Lake to Thangna but in Thangna only basic and limited teahouse facilities are available in here.

Day 11
Day 11 : Trek to Dzongla (4,830m), Over the Cho La Pass ( 5,368m), 6 hrs, overnight at lodge.

Today is going to be one of the tough days, the pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trekking trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a narrow valley and a rocky trail we climb up continuously up from Phedi. As we gain height, the view gets increasingly captivating before us. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the Cho La pass (5,368m), decorated with prayer flags. Famous mountains we get sight of during the trail on the Pass and from the top are Kyajo Ri, Tengkangpoche, Numbur, Kangchung etc. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soar on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. After the Cho La pass, the trail descends steeply towards the Dzonglha (4,830 m), passing through some crevasses and pine forests before we reach at Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche and the Pheriche village far below. Finally you reach at Dzongla (4,830m), here are few basic teahouse facilities.

Day 12
Day 12 : Trek to Lobuche (4,910m), 4 hrs, overnight at lodge.

Today you don’t have to walk longer and also not hard trail from Dzongla to Lobuche so you can enjoy the trip after crossing the Cho La Pass (5368m). The trail is descends and ascends gently and level walk finally you reach at Lobuche (4,910m). This trip is providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse, Everest, Pumori, Lobuche peak etc. Lobuche is a small village situated nearby the stream and the sunset on Nuptse is a memorable sight.

Day 13
Day 13 : Trek to Gorak Shep (5,110m), then visit Everest base camp (5,364m), around 7-8 hrs. overnight at lodge.

Today, the trail follows western side of khumbu valley ascends gently through meadows nearby the glacial moraine after that ascends and descends in the rocky path with some rounding the bands. Along the way you can enjoy incredible views of Pumori (7,167m), Lingtren (6,713m), Khumbutse (6,639m), Nuptse (7,879m), Lobuche east (6,090m), as well as Khumbu glacier and icefall. After finishing several bands you will a bit descends to Gorak Shep (5,110m). After reaching Gorak Shep you may have your lunch and leave your bag pack at teahouse then start your journey to Everest base camp (5,364m). You will spend about 4 and half hours trek up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak shep. The trek trail is on glacier and snow capped rocks. You can also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp. There are several mountains including Pumori (7165m), Lingtren (6,713m), Khumbutse (6,639m), Nuptse (7,879m), and Lhotse (8,516m), but you can’t see the mount Everest (8,848m), from Everest base camp although you will see it along the trail. The most impressive view from Everest base camp is the Khumbu icefall. After enjoying beautiful moment at the Everest base camp then return back to Gorak Shep.

Day 14
Day 14 : Hike to Kala Pattar (5,545m), then trek to Panboche (3,985m), 6-7 hrs, overnight at lodge.

The ascent of Kalapatthar or ‘Black Rock’ will offer the best views of Everest. At the top you will see a 360-degree view of some of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Pumori (7,169m), Mt. Everest (8,848m), and Lhotse (8,516m), the Tibetan peak Changtse, Nuptse (7,861m), and countless other smaller peaks. You will then descend and return to Pangboche and retrace your steps to Lukla.

Day 15
Day 15 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 4-5 hrs, overnight at lodge.

Day 16
Day 16 : Trek to Lukla (2,815m), 6-7 hrs, overnight at lodge.

Day 17
Day 17 : Domestic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu35 minutes, and transfer to hotel.

Day 18
Day 18 : Transfer to airport, departure to your own destination.

SERVICES: PROVIDED BY COMPANY

  • Airport picks up and drops off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation at Green Boutique Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu by private AC vehicles as per group size
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu Flight (inclusive with airport tax)
  • Fluent English Speaking and well clarifying Mountain Guide
  • Assistant guide in need if the group size exceeds more than 4 persons
  • Well experienced and equipped trekking porters
  • Hotel/Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Food during the trek (full board with tea/coffee and seasonal fresh fruits)
  • Guide, assistant guide and porters’ insurance
  • Trekking permit and National park fee
  • First Aid kits for the staffs and the groups
  • Farewell dinner during the last day of departure

SERVICES: NOT PROVIDED BY COMPANY (Personal)

  • International airfares and Nepal travel visa
  • Your personal entrance fees for Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Bar and beverage bills
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Helicopter rescue
  • Staff tips

Gokyo Fifth Lake and Chola Pass Trek – 18 Days: Hotel/Lodge

(All rates are in Euro)
PRICING FOR GROUP SIZE BASIS:
All inclusive Trek Cost for 1 Person: Eur 1650
All inclusive Trek Cost for 2-4 person basis : Eur 1550 per person
All inclusive Trek Cost for 5-7 person basis : Eur 1500 per person
All inclusive Trek Cost for +8 person basis : Eur 1450 per person

ADDITIONAL TRIP EXTENSION OPTION:

The trip can be extend based on your holiday duration in Nepal. Special Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Mountain Flight might be your best choice before or after the trip. As well as following programs also can be extend as additional trips from Kathmandu.

RECOMMENDED GEAR LISTS:
CLOTHING:
Warm jacket (down jacket, if possible)
Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
Long sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
Thermal underwear
Hat or Cap, pair of gloves and scarf
Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
Shorts and trousers, or skirt
2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
Proper hiking boots
Running shoes and flip-flops
2-3 t-shirts
Underwear
Light and expedition weight thermal bottom
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Sun Glasses


During winter season, additional clothing’s may include:
The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
Snow gaiters


TREKKING GEARS:
Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
Map of the trekking route,
Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
Sleeping bag and silk liner
Miscellaneous


TOILETRIES:
A small light weight and quick drying towel
Bar of soap
Sunscreen (SPF +20)
Earplugs
Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
First aid kid
Water purification tables or a water filter
Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
Toilet paper


OPTIONAL ITEMS:
Camera, battery etc
Books/magazines
Trekking poles
GPS unit
Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottles (2 bottles recommended)
Sewing/repair kit
Pocket knife
Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

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Trip Facts

  • 18 Days
  • Moderate/Difficult
  • 2815 - 5545 Meter
  • September - December & February – May
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Flight
  • Hotel/Lodge

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