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Visiting the Everest basecamp & Gokyo makes Everest base camp Gokyo trekking a perfect destination to know the culture and tradition in Sherpa hubs like Namche, Thame, Khumjung, Phortse and Dhole.
All of these sherpa villages are on the way to Everest basecamp Gokyo trekking trail, which will bring a smile and amazement on your face from the simplicity of their happy life.
Really close and stunning views of mountains like mt Everest, mt Lhotse, mt Nuptse, mt Ama Dablam, mt Thamserku and far away mt Makalu defines Everest basecamp Gokyo trekking a perfect way of spending your adventure holidays. Video Gallery
Best time for Everest BaseCamp Gokyo Trek
Best time for Gokyo lakes and Everest base camp trek is autumn. Months from September to November are autumn season in Nepal. View at the base camp, Gokyo ri, lakes, kalaptthar is nicer with cloud less blue sky. Everest basecamp chola pas Gokyo ri trek is done through our the year, however.
Winter trekking to EBC chola pass Gokyo is not recommended. Chola pass at 5420 meter might get closed during the month of December or late January. If you con not make over the pass of Chola, major highlight of Gokyo lakes will not be achieved in your Everest base camp with Gokyo lakes trek.
Apart from autumn another big season for chola pass trek is spring. Month from early march to late May is regarded as the spring season for trekking in EBC Gokyo via chola pass.
Trekking in the peak season might be annoying with the huge crowd of people trekking in the Everest base camp part. So if you want to skip the crowd of the trekker, it is recommended to sign up trek in the winter or monsoon. Smart idea might be, to trek towards the end of autumn or spring trekking season in Nepal.
Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek vs. Everest Base Camp
Both trekking package takes trekkers to the famous Everest base camp. The first 8 days of trekking follows the same itinerary and route of trekking, unless nothing customized in the existing trekking package.
Comparing these 2 trekking, Everest base camp trek – and Everest back trek with cho la pass Gokyo valley trek; the second trekking package beats EBC trek alone. As Gokyo lakes are one of the famous places to see in Everest region. In spite of Cho la pass being harder to trek over, Gokyo trekking is preferred by many trekkers over Everest base camp kalapatthar trekking.
- Physical Requirements / Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek Difficulty
Everest base camp Gokyo ri trek has extra challenge on top of Everest base camp kalaptthar trekking. To trek over the one of the 3 high pass trek of Everest, is involved in EBC chola pass Gokyo lake treks.
Trekking over 5420 meter high pass is not long walk but the straight downhill trek from the top of chola pass towads Gokyo side. Thus ebc Gokyo lake trek is physically demanding trek. Trekking in Everest Nepal is famous because both Everest base camp and the Gokyo lakes. Thus, both of EBC trek and EBC chola pass Gokyo lakes trek are overwhelmingly beautiful trekking destinations for mountain lovers.
EBC trek with Gokyo Lake over chola pass is trekked from the both side. When attempted from the Gokyo lake side, this trekking is not just hard but might be dangerous with rock fall.
In other hand trekking EBC first and do chola pass, to get to the Gokyo lakes is famous and strongly recommended. Doing this will do two major things; firstly doing Everest base camp and climbing the summit of kalaptthar will complete you 50 percent goal, in the worst case. Secondly spending 2 nights above the height of 5000 meters above the sea level will help you to acclimatize properly, to trek over the chola pass, stress-less, in general.
EBC and gokyo lakes trek is one of the best trekking experience in Nepal. Everest base camp is one of the amazing tourist attractions around the world, whereas Gokyo lakes are admired by people who have been to Everest base camp or kalapatthar.
Everest base camp & Gokyo are distinctly 2 gems of Everest.
The view of Mount everest from gokyo ri is, one of the best view of Everest. Which Everest view point comes after Kalaptthar? It is Gokyo ri, nearly at the height of Everest base camp itself.
The view of Everest from Gokyo ri is said as the best view because, from the top of Gokyo peak, you will be able to see almost half of the Mount Everest.
Apart from the view of Everest gokyo ri & lake from its summit is unbeatable. Everest base camp trekking with Gokyo pass is one of the best adventure activities you can sign up in Everest region of Nepal. These 2 ideal destinations of Everest are compatible and admiring destination for mountain lovers.
Everest view, Gokyo lakes and the valley of Gokyo with access to Cho yu base camp has made Everest basecamp Gokyo trek as the best trek in the region.
Solo ebc gokyo ri trek has both pro and cons. If you love your private time, trekking solo might be a best idea, whereas if you love making strange friends while travelling; you better go with our group join trips to Everest base camp chola pass Gokyo trek.
As a solo trekker,there will be feasibility of easy customization of day to day itinerary. You can skip some boring destination and stay longer in in some awesome spots, as per you and your trekking guide’s knowledge. Also, solo trekkers will have private guide to take care the entire trip scheduling and delivering information, en route.
Single supplement of guide, porter, accommodation is going to cost you more. As one person will be paying for private trip, no splitting of cost in between.
Despite of costly trip, solo trekking trip will be a best choice for a lifelong experience in Everest base camp chola pass Gokyo valley trek.
Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek altitude
Maximum altitude of Everest basecamp gokyo trek is the top of Kalapatthar at 5545 meters above the sea level. This black stone hill top is not just a highest point on EBC Gokyo trek, but also a perfect view point to see Everest base camp, Khumbu glacier, Khumbu ice fall, Mount Everest, Hillary step, Gorakshpe village, Chmbu glacier, Mt pumori (very close in entire EBC trek), South col of Everest and infinite mountain range of Khumbu & Makalu & Numbur Himlaya range.
HINT – Ebc chola pass gokyo trek starts at 2800 meters altitude of Lukla and it descends to 2600 meter before it starts rising all the way to 5545 meters atop of, stunning kalaptthar view point. Climbing kalapatthar is getting above the altitude of Chola pass, thus, crossing chola pass is considered easy from Everest base camp side.
After getting at 5364 meters at Everest base camp, the altitude of Everest base camp chola pass Gokyo lakes treks will descend all the way to 4700 meters before climbing Chola pass. This altitude profile of chola pass trek will makes your body properly acclimatized to the high altitude of Everest trek.
The altitude profile of Everest base camp trekking from Gokyo side is not properly acclimatized as of from Kalaptthar side of trekking trail.
Trek in December
Everest base camp with gokyo ri trek via Chola pass is not preferred in December. But Chola pass can be done even in December, in favorable weather conditions. If the pass to get to other side is closed with chunck of fresh ice, there will be option to trek down to Phortse and trek up – avoiding chola pass. But for this option you must have spare days for trekking.
Our competent guide will find a way out for your dream to come true.
NOTE – Everest base camp via Gokyo lakes trek is not recommended as climbing the top of chola pass from Gokyo side is nearly impossible if there is chunk of snow and loose rocks.
Most importantly, the lakes of Gokyo will be frozen during the month of December that is why EBC chola pass Gokyo lake trek will be tricky in December. But our team will get you through in full safety, we love adventure and will succeed your trip.
EBC chola pass Gokyo trek cost includes cost of guide, food, accommodation and the transportation and permit, in general. But there are some national and international companies who provide the service package. In service package you pay your food and beverage yourself. This is a win-win deal in between the trekking agencies and client.
Number of days for Ebc chola pass Gokyo valley trek, facility during the trek, private or group join trip are few parameters to determine the cost of the trekking package.
“Everest base camp trek with chola pass and Gokyo valley is not an easy adventure; it needs attention and average fitness and good guidance. Saying that, it is recommended to look at the quality of service rather than budget travel.”
To avoid the cost of guide & porter you can research in the internet, there is tons of information in the internet, these days. But as you will be supporting local economy while travelling and at intense reason you will collect a life time experience with a local person from the region, while trekking with Nepalgram Adventure team.
Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek itinerary
Itinerary of Nepalgram is superior than other trekking companies as the route of trekking package cares your interest, has back up plan, follow the easiest route. Spending 2 nights above 5000 meters at Lobuche and Gorakshep will acclimatize you properly and also our itinerary avoids straight uphill section of Chola pass.
“In Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake; straight uphill while climbing the top of chola pass from Gokyo side is not just hard but also dangerous because of rock fall. Also, trekking on top of fresh glacier of Chola pass in downhill route is not just tricky but very dangerous. Cho la pass is not a ski spot; you miss a step means a big danger.”
For all those reasons, Chola pass trek route for everest base camp via gokyo lakes is not recommended.
EBC via Gokyo splits its route from the village of Kyangjuma on the left river valley, along the river of Gokyo. In comparision between the normal EBC gokyo lakes via Chola pass itinerary and everest base camp trek itinerary, the route will follow exactly similar trekking timeline and route as Everest base camp kalapatthar trekking. And once EBC kalapatthar trek starts its descend, on the very first day, trekker going over Chola pass will split near Thukla pas, and trek all around the base of Lobuche peak.
From the ascend of 5545 meter at Kalaptthar, trekkers will come down at Dzongla village at 4700 meters above the sea level, before climbing chola pass to get the Gokyo valley of Everest region.
Trek In april
April is the best month of spring season trek in Nepal. Trekking Everest basecamp Gokyo trek in April will be a perfect choice. The the clear weather for trekking, mild temperature and the dry season is preferred month for trekking in Everest. However, October month of autumn season is the best month for Gokyo chola pass Everest base camp trek.
“Unlike to other months through out the year, in April you will be able to see the line of climber towards the top of Everest. Thus taking binocular with your is recommended for trekking to ebc Gokyo, in April.”
Either during the sunrise/sunset hike to kalapatthar or Gokyo ri, trekkers will have chance to see the movement of climber on the Everest. If you hike for sunrise up to kalapatthar top, every stop you take to hold your breath, take a look towards the Khumbu ice fall. You must see moving lights, they are climber to the summit of Everest.
Apart from all the best things in EBC Gokyo chola pass trek in April, the crowd of people might annoy. A private trip might dodge this crowd, however.
Highlight of the Everest base camp cho la pass trekking is crossing over the Cho La Pass (5420 m) and head up to Kalapattar (at 5545 m). Generally gokyo lakes and everest base camp over chola Pass trek is adventurous in character because we pass some hurdles at the Chola-pass and other minor passes like Thukla pass before lobuche village. The ascend of Kalpattar is not easy, but the mind blowing view from the top of kalapatthar will create a memory, lasting for a lifetime.
Hidden joy of trekking!!
Reaching the Everest base camp, Gokyo Ri and Kalapatthar will be a joyous experience after all the excitement and challenges along the Everest basecamp Gokyo trek.
And the entire World’s highest mountain will be just in front of you with thousands of snow-capped top really close teasing you, Everest is 5 kilometer in distance from the base camp.
Among all, Gokyo Ri (5364 m) is one of the most awaited destinations after completing EBC and Chola-pass. View of the wide mountain range and the Gokyo lakes from the top of the Gokyo Ri is definitely one of the major highlights of the trek.
You might have seen the picture in the front page of lonely planet book; it will look the same. The Gokyo lakes are in cascade pattern, which makes trekking in this area even more beautiful and interesting for trekkers. You will spend a night in the Gokyo village, right next to the 3rd lake and it’s bright blue water. During winter the water might be frozen but still looks cool.
IMPORTANT – Pack list with needed gears for Gokyo EBC trek can be found here – CLICK
Our entire packages are customizable and we are more than happy to help you to design the trip in a proper way which matches your interest and element of the trip.
This is a complete Everest trekking as it takes us to Everest base camp, chola pass, Kalapatthar, Gokyo lakes and Gokyo ri. A best view of Everest can be captured in this trek.
EBC Gokyo trek is a best trek and admired by many. However, it has an adventure of crossing the Chola pass, before getting to Gokyo lakes.
What to expect from Everest Basecamp Gokyo Trekking tour?
- Scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla in a small plane
- Semi circular Namche bazzar and view of Mt Everest herself from Sagarmatha national park museum and Everest view hotel (a star hotel in Everest)
- Tengboche monastery and attending regular prayer at the monastery
- Thukla Pass and the Everest memorials on the top of Thukla pass - memorials of Scott Fisher, Rob hall and many other who died in Everest
- Sunrise and sunset on the top of mt Nuptse from Lobuche village
- Everest Base camp on foot
- Kalapatthar sunrise hike and the wide vies of khumbu ice fall, khumbu glacier and entire khumbu range
- Chola pass adventure and view on the way
- Walking on the glacier, easy walk but different than regular
- Closer view of Khumbu ice fall
- Gokyo lakes and village beside 6 different lakes of Gokyo lake
- View from the top of Gokyo ri climb including Everest and the long glacier