Gokyo – Chola Pass Trekking

Gokyo – Chola Pass TrekkingWith eight of the world ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas. Everest trek in justifiably famous, not only for its proximity to the world's highest mountain (8848m) but also for its friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages great variety of cultures and traditions, colourful festivals and monasteries. The flora and fauna are other ornaments of the Sagarmatha National Park. The story of the yeti is still a mystery to the world from the Kahumbu region.

We descend to the west of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Kosi River. The Gokyo route is turn north, climbing above the more frequented route to Tengboche and Everest Base Camp. Here's choice of routes in the beginning: the yak trails which climbs gently or the steep staircase-like trail made of rocks embedded in a narrow cleft in a large bounder, the two trails soon join and continue towards a large Chorten on the top of the ridge at 3973 metres. This ridge descends from Khumbila 5716m), abode the patron god of the Khumbu. From the ridge, the trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Koshi and we'll be spending overnight in Phortse Thanghka. The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m then descends to the river bank before beginning of climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It's a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first small lake at 4650m, where a family of green brainy ducks resides. The trail now becomes almost level at 4690m and finally Gokyo at 4750m. Stay overnight in Gokyo. After breakfast, trek around Gokyo Ri, the views in the Gokyo region are tremendous. For the best view, climb to Gokyo Ri, the small peak above the lake. This peaks of 5318m, it's a 2 hours climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Twachee. Those with more time and energy can make a trip up the valley to another lake marked with the name Ngozumpa on the maps or even beyond to a fifth lake. There're several small peaks in this region that offer vantage points for the surrounding peaks. Stay overnight in Gokyo.

Trekking Itinerary

Gokyo – Chola Pass Trekking MapDay 01: Kathmandu - Lukla 2,840m/9,317ft to Phakding. 2640m
Day 02: Phakding - Namche Bazar 3446m
Day 03: Namche Bazar - Rest day climb up to see the views & round the Kumjung village
Day 04: Namche Bazaar - Dholey
Day 05: Dholey - Machemermo 4465m
Day 06: Machemermo - Gokyo. 4791m
Day 07: Gokyo - Thankna 5420m
Day 08: Thankna - Rest day.
Day 09: Thankna - Chola pass to Jongla 5420m
Day 10: Jongla - Gorekshep 5160m
Day 11: Gorekshep - Rest day climb up to Kalapatar 5545m to see the Everest view or round to the Everest basecamp
Day 12: Gorekshep - Feriche 4252m
Day 13: Fereche - Tyangboche 3867m
Day 14: Tyangboche - Namche Bazar 3446m
Day 15: Namche Bazar - Lukla 2,840m/9,317ft
Day 16: Lukla - Kathamndu.

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