Gokyo Chola Pass Trek

This is very amazing and pleasant trek in Everest region. Early morning, scenic flight to Lukla with mountain views and trek starts at Lukla for Phakding. We follow the Dudh Kosi valley to Namche Bazaar. The trail to Gokyo Lake is a gradual ascent watching birds and crossing rhododendron forest with blooming flowers in spring season where the Himalayan musk deer can sometimes be seen. Through small yak-grazing settlements,we reach at the Gokyo lake from where next early morning, we climb the Gokyo Ri Peak (5480m) and enjoy with the splendid mountain views including Mount Everest 8848m "Top of the world", Makalu, Choyu, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Nuptse, Baruntse,Amadablam, Thamserku and entire view of Gokyo Lake etc.

After Gokyo Lake, we continue for  Thangnak ( Dragnak) 4750m, to pass massive and challenging Cho La Pass in next early morning to arrive at  Zhongla 4800m walking through blue ice and rocky stoned trails.  We continue towards Gorakshep to trek in Everest Base Camp (5555m)and to climb up to Kalapattar (5545m) from where we enjoy an impressive close view of Everest Himalayan range including other several peaks in surroundings and the great Khumbu Glacier. Our return route passes through Tengboche, a magnificent location with a fascinating Buddhist monastery where spend a night and come down to Namche Bazzar and trek ends at Lukla.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Gokyo Chola Pass Trek
Maximum Elevation: 5545m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 20 Days
Mode of Operation: tea house lodge trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.
Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Gokyo Chola Pass Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome by ART member  and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast included.
Day 02: From Kathmandu to Lukla 2380m 45 minutes  flight & trek to Phakding 2630m. 3 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar 3480m, the biggest ethnic Sherpa village, also known as the gate of Everest region  6 hours. Over night at tea house Lodge.
Day 04: Namche Acclimatization,visit Syanboche airport 3720m,airfield in the 2nd highest altitude in the world and hike up to Khumjung village 3840m to see Yeti monuments in Khumjung Buddhist monastery 6 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Namche to Dole 4000m  5 hours.  Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Dole to Machermo 4400m 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Machermo to Gokyo Lake  4750m 4 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 08: Early morning ascent to Gokyo Ri peak 5480m to see the splendid views of Everest Himalayan range and Choyu. Then, descend to Gokyo Lake  after breakfast rest for acclimatization visit around glacier lakes.
Day 09: Trek from Gokyo Lake to Thangnak (Dragnak) 4700m  4 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Thangnak (Dragnak) 4700m to Dzong La (Dzongla)4700m via Chola Pass 5420m 8 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Dzong La to  Lobuche 4910m 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep 5100m, if your physical condition and weather is good, afternoon visit possible Everest Base Camp 5500m and return to Gorakshep 7 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 13: Early in the morning, trek from Gorakshep 5160m to Kalapathar 5545m to see the finest sun rise view of Everest Himalayan range approach. Descend  to Gorakshep and trek back down to Lobuche 8 hours.  Overnight at Lodge.
Day 14: Trek from Lobuche to Pangboche 3985m 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 15: Trek from Pangboche to Tengboche Monastery 3800m 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 16:Trek from Tengboche monastery to Namche Bazar 3480m 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 17:Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla 8 hours.Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 18:Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu 45 minutes and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 19:Kathmandu reserve day if weather condition is bad in Lukla for flight hotel 2 star bed & breakfast.
Day 20:International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Kathmandu International & domestic airport - hotel transfers by private car or tourist bus according to group size.
-3 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-Trekking permits of Everest (Sagarmatha National Park) and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tea house lodge in twin basis.
-Food (breakfast,lunch & dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, assistant guide and porters.
-Kathmandu to Lukla round flight tickets as mentioned in above itinerary.
-Internal airport tax in Kathmandu & Lukla.
-13 % VAT compulsory Nepal Government tax  and other  local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival,late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, sleeping bags, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal since long.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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