From mountains and vistas to rich cultural experiences, the trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo and Cho La pass has it all. Although there’s nothing really at the Base Camp, the views from Kala Pattar and Gokyo Ri make this trek worthwhile.
The trek begins in Lukla, like all other standard Everest treks. From Lukla you’ll trek along a trail into the Dudh Koshi valley, through several dozen villages, yak pastures, rhododendron forests, suspension bridges and more suspension bridges. On your way to Everest, you’ll stop at Namche Bazaar, a famous town where backpackers and climbers flock to in droves during peak trekking seasons, especially in October. Usually most trekkers reach Namche Bazaar on the second day of their trek. The hike to Namche, however, is quite challenging and is a test of stamina, since the trail is long and gets quite steep in the final stretch.
After spending two nights in Namche for acclimatization, you’ll walk for two more days before reaching Gokyo, one of the most dramatic and interesting valleys in the Everest region. Once in Gokyo, you can also climb Gokyo Ri (5360m) for a panoramic view of all of the region’s eight thousanders including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. The trail then takes you to the Cho La pass (5,420m), one of the most trekked passes of the region. Crossing Cho La is difficult because there is snow and ice covering the small rocks on the steep slopes on the Gokyo side. Although crossing this pass needs a lot of care, you won’t be needing a crampon.
After crossing over Cho La Pass, the trail heads up to Gorak Shep (5,165m) and finally Kala Pattar (5,550m). Gorak Shep, is the Base Camp of the historical 1953’ Everest Expedition and the site where Peace Nepal Treks had successfully organised the 2009’ Everest Cricket Match. You’ll get two days around Gorak Shep, the base camp and Kala Pattar. There’s nothing interesting about the base camp and Everest cannot be seen clearly from there. The best views of Everest can be seen from the summit of Kala Pattar – a hill that looks like a small brown “bump” on the landscape when compared to the dominating snow giants above it. From Gorak Shep you’ll retrace back to Namche and then to Lukla and take a “hair-raising” flight to get back to Kathmandu.
After your arrival in Kathmandu our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you in checking in.
The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is 40 minutes of pure mountain experience until we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Our trek begins in Lukla as we descend towards the Dudh Kodhi River before following the trail leading to Namche Bazaar.
The trek to Namche Bazar is a steep climb through forests of rhododendron around the Sagarmatha National Park. After crossing several suspension bridges and four hours of walking we reach the Sherpa market of Namche Bazaar.
Two days of rest in Namche Bazaar helps us in acclimatisation and prepares us for our journey ahead. Namche, the trading capital of the Khumbu region was once the trading grounds of Tibetan Salt. Even today we can see Tibetans selling rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat in the region. Namche is believed to be one of the best places on earth to see the sun rise and set.
On the journey from Namche Bazaar to Dole we get to see plenty of rhodendrons, pheasants mountain goats and musk deers. The uphill trail to Dole consists of long granite staircases built into cliffs. A panoramic view of several peaks, especially Ama Dablam is the main highlight of the day.
The trail climbs via Lhabarma (4,220m) to Luza (4360m) from Dole. The trail is steep sometimes and leads us to Machhermo after a climb along the side of the valley high above the river. The first Yeti sightings in the Khumbu region was reported in Machhermo in 1974.
The Cho Oyu (8,1513) peak is best seen from Machhermo and the valley of Kantega below. The trail passes through Pangram (4,390m) and past the Ngozumpa and Longponga glaciers before we finally reach Gokyo at 4,750m.
Gokyo is a small village at the foot of the magnificent Gokyo Ri, a 3 hour ascent from it’s base. The view from the top of this small snow covered hill is breathtaking and captures a stunning Everest between the Changtse and Nuptse.
After spending some time around Gokyo Ri in the morning, we head back to Thangna after a hearty breakfast. We cross the Ngozumpa glacier on our way.
Today we trek to Chola Pass (5,420m) which is a comparatively difficult climb due to steep slopes and glacial traverses. We stay for the night in Jongla.
Lobuche is a pleasant walk from Jongla and offers superb views of the Everest, Kala Pathar and Pumori peaks.
Gorak Shep, is the Base Camp of the historical 1953’ Everest Expedition and the site where Peace Nepal Treks had successfully organised the 2009’ Everest Cricket Match. We also have the option of climbing the famous Kala Pathar peak (5,545m) in the evening.
From Gorak Shep we return to Lobuche and continue heading down the Khumbu valley until we reach Pheriche. Near the Khumbu glacier we come across memorials for climbers who died while attempting to conquer Mount Everest.
Once again we follow the Everest trail through Pengboche and reach the Tengboche monastery.
The trail now descends to Namche Bazaar which offers superb views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peaks. We stay overnight at Namche, a perfect place to celebrate the success of our two week trek.
On our way back, we cross suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, make our way through steep descends and walk past numerous tea houses before finally arriving at Lukla.
Again, 40 minutes of pure mountain experience on our flight to Kathmandu marks the end of our journey.
Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
Accommodation and meals: During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation.
Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.
Nepal has four climatic seasons
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.
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In 2005 I had the honor assisting to build a primary school in Pakuwal Tulo Parsel Nepal, together with a friend and on behalf of the Lions Club Schoorl. Tulo Parsel is the home ground of Nir Bahadur Lama, managing director of Peace Nepal Treks. During the building time I was in close contact with him, and still we are.…