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Everest – Gokyo Chola Pass and Kala Patar

Trip Title: Everest – Gokyo Chola Pass and Kala Patar

Trip Length: 18 Days

Trip Grade: B       [Grading Overview]

Country: Nepal

Area: Everest

National Park: Sagarmatha       [Parks Overview]

Activity: Trekking

Activity Grade: 4+       [Grading Overview]

Special Focus: Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri

Months: April, May, September, October, November, December,

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Description:

Home to three 8000m peaks (Everest 8850, Lhotse 8441 and Cho Oyo 8188) and with an abundance of other major peaks probably makes this place the best mountain trekking area in the world. Sagarmatha National Park is completely surrounded by peaks above 6000m (except for small gap where we trek in from Lukla and few very high passes) and cut by three major river valleys divided by smaller peaks and valleys; and so giving the trekker huge scope for adventure. From the classic trek to Kala Patar, 5550m, with it’s unparalled views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori and the Khumbu Glacier to the holy lakes of Gokyo, 4790m, and Gokyo Ri (peak- 5360m) with it’s views of Everest and Cho Oyo, you can find a multitude of other options – Gokyo and Kala Patar can be linked by the isolated Chola Pass, 5330m – you can trek to Gokyo from Namche Bazar via the Renjo Pass, 5340m – or join up the Renjo, Chola and Kongma Passes to experience Gokyo, Kala Patar and Island Peak Base Camp (you can even walk from Kala Patar to Gokyo around the back of Chola along a glacier and high pass). For the more adventurous, with winter alpine mountaineering experience, there are many high passes (Tasi Lapche, Henjo La, Kangchu La, Chola Col, Changri La, Amphu La, Mingbo La and the Sherpini Col to Makalu) and Peaks to Climb – See our Mountaineering section or ask for more info.

Itinerary:

World Heritage Area

Day 01.
Flying to Lukla(45 mins) – 2840m – and trekking to Bengkor – 2630m. An easy tree hour walk along the pine forested Dudh Khosi river – Dominated by the Peak of Kongde. Stay at the Yak and Yeti Lodge.

Day 02.
Trek to the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar (3444m). 3-4 hour walk and stay at Camp de Base Lodge.

Day 03.
Namche Bazaar a day acclimatization. Great views of Thamserku (6608m) and Lumding Himal ridge with the peaks of Shar, Kongde and Tenkang Poche. A walk around and above the horseshoe shaped village finds the first stunning view of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablan (6856m) and the entrance to the Gokyo Valley. Himalayan Tahr can often be seen on this walk.

Day 04.
Trek to Phortse Tenga (3680m) Riverside Resort, 3-5 hours. Suberb views of Tengboche monastery, Thamserku, Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablan.

Day 05.
Trek to Dole (4085m). 2.5 hours walking to acclimitise. Stay at the Yeti Inn. The path follows the river high up and gives great views of the Tamserku and Kangtega Glacier. Eagles and Vultures are often seen above.

Day 06.
Trek to Machhermo(4470m). 3.5 hours walking. Stay at Namgyal Lodge. A gentle trek up an increasingly dry and open valley. At Machhermo Basin there are fantastic views of Thamserku and Kangtega with the local peaks of Cholatse (6335m), Taboche (6376m) and Kyajo Ri (6186m) towering above. A short trip gives the first views of Cho Oyo. There is a technical high pass behin Machhermo that goes back to Namche via a remote wilderness.

Day 07.
Trek to Gokyo (4790m). 4.5 hours walk. Stay at the Gokyo Resort. A gentle trek up the side of the Ngozumba glacier which drains the Cho Oyo Massif. Good views of the north west faces of Cholatse, Taboche and the crags of Arakam Tse (6432m). Gokyo is dominated by the peak of Pharilapche (6017m) towering over the holy lake of Dudh Pokari with Choy Oyo ever present up the valley.

Day 08.
Exploration/Acclimatisation Day. A short walk up a ridge gives great views of the entire Cho Oyo range – Cho Oyo – Chakung (7029m) – Jasemba (7350m), as well as close up views of
Cholo and Kangchung (6063m) above the huge Ngozumba glacier. You can also walk around the lake below the Renjo Pass. For those acclimatised you can find two more lakes up the glacier with outstanding views to Everest.

Day 09.
Trek to Gokyo Ri (5360m). Day Trip. 5-6 hours. You can almost see the whole world from here! Well at least most of
Sagarmatha National Park. Probably the best Himalayan Trekking view – and that's saying something – Cho Oyo and its huge ridge to Chakung, full of icefall and glacier, Jasemba with its two weird bunny rabbit peaks to the west, Pumori (7165m), Chumbu (6859m), almost everything you have already seen during the previous days, Everest South West Face, Lhotse, Nuptse, the terrifying (for climbers!) West face of Makalu and loads of peaks we don't know the names of – a 360 degree panorama. The Best!

Day 10.
Trek to Thangnak (4700m). 2.5 hours. Stay Chola Pass Resort. A twisting trail across the awesome morraine of the Ngozumba glacier with unparalelled views of Cho Oyo and Jasemba. In December 2005 TheBlueSpace found snow leopard prints in the sand bars. Thangnak is tucked under the Chola Pass and overlooked by the icey crags of Pharilapche.

Day 11.
Trek Chola Pass (5350m) and to Dzlonga(4830m). 6-9 hours. Stay in Dzlonga Yak lodge. A long day crossing the Chola pass – a small notch between two high rock peaks that divides the Cholatse Range from Lobuche Himal. Great views of Ama Dablam on the way to Dzongla.

Day 12.
Trek to Lobuche (4910m). 3-5 hours. Stay at the National Park lodge. A relaxing walk after the long previous day. We head around the peak of Awi (5245m) above the lake of Chointsho and the river below. Good views of the Khumbu Valley and Nuptse.

Day 13.
Trek to Kala Patar (5550m) 6-9 hours. A walk up ther jumbled Khumbu glacier to the last human outpost of Gorak Shep (5140m) where we take breakfast. As we amble up the hill (!) of Kala Patar the full glory of the Everest range comes into view. Your guide will point out Everest (if you need reminding!), Lhotse, Nuptse, The Western Cwm, Everset Base Camp way below us, the different ridges, Pumori, Changtse, Khumbutse and Lingtren – now turn around and see the jumble back to Gokyo Ri!!!

Day 14.
Trek to Pheriche (4240m) 4-6 hours. On the return you can scan the crags for Himalayan Tahr and Musk Deer and also get different views of peaks already seen.

Day 15.
Trek to Tengboche (3860m) 3- 5 hours. A chance to see the splendid monastery.

Day 16.
Trek to Namche Bazar.

Day 17.
Trek to Phakding.

Day 18.
Trek to Lukla. Fly Kathmandu.

Price:

The below cost is quoted under the basis of per day per person:

For a group size more than 10 persons, a group leader will be offered as complementary by company or if the group has own leader, he/she will be offered the trek free of cost.

Camping Prices:

Minimum 2 Pax – 112
(3-6) Pax – 90
(7-10) Pax – 75
10 to more – 68

+ Nepal Internal Flights.

The Price includes:
Camping accommodation in tents, food (except bar bill), staffs (Guide, sherpas, cook, kitchen boys, porters) and their all expenses including insurance, Everest National Park entry fee, ground transportation and governmental taxes.

Tea-House Prices:

Minimum 2 Pax – 60
(3-6) Pax – 45
(7-10) Pax – 35
10 to more – 30

+ Nepal Internal Flights.

The Price includes:
Accommodation in available hotels or guesthouses in route, food (except bar bill), staffs (Guide and porters) and their all expenses including insurance, Everest National Park entry fee, ground transportation and governmental taxes.

Prices Do not include:
Personal nature expenses like laundry, communication, shopping etc, Nepal Internal Flights.

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