Gokyo Lake Chola Pass Trekking through Jiri is the best option for Everest Trekkers following the footsteps of the old approach route followed by Everest expedition
Gokyo Lake, also known as the oligotrophic lake is situated at the altitude of 4700m-5000m above the sea level. It is the highest lakes of fresh water with six other lakes among which Thonak is one of the largest lakes. Located in the northeastern region of Nepal, Gokyo Lake lies in Khumjung village of Solukhumbu district. This lake is scared for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is one of the most popular treks among other.
Gokyo Lake Chola Pass Trekking through Jiri is the best option for Everest Trekkers following the footsteps of the old approach route followed by Everest expedition from the 1950's to 70's. For the nature lover, Jiri Gokyo Chola Pass Trek provides a good opportunity to see the densely populated middle hills and the high altitude splendor of the Khumbu, or Everest region. In 1952 two renowned figures Sir Edmund Hillary and Mr. Tensing Sherpa had taken the same route to Mt. Everest. The trek provides an insight into the many traditional aspects of the lives of the different ethnic groups of the area. Some of the ethnic group of this area is Tamang, Kami, Brahmins, Kshetri and Sherpa. When we enter Sagarmatha National Park which is an exceptional area, we can view dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys; dominated by Mount Everest (8848m), the highest peak in the world. Several rare species, such as the snow leopard and the lesser panda are found in this park. The presence of the Sherpa’s with their unique culture, adds further interest to the trekker who wants to learn the culture of the Sherpa.
The portion of the trekking begins from Jiri to Lukla which is often less crowded and it is much better trekking countryside. Jiri Gokyo trek explores around the breathtaking Gokyo valley which is located adjacent of the Khumbu along with diverse Everest Base Camp where we will have some magnificent view of highest peaks, from the west to east as Cho you (8,153m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m), Everest, Lhotse (8,501m) and further way Makalu stands throughout. This trek gives you the grand tour of the famous Dudh Koshi River. This is a strenuous trek leading to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La at 5,430m making a circuit of Tawache (6,367m.) and Cholatse (6,440m). The trekking route is one of the tourist attractions of this circuit. The challenge during the Cho La Pass trek is the hike across Cho La Pass (5,420m), which covers both the Gokyo Lake and the Everest Base Camp area (EBC). During Cho La Pass trek there is some short and interesting ascent of Gokyo RI, Chukkung RI and Kalapatthar for the classic views of icefalls and glaciers of Mahalangur Himalayan range.
March, April, May, September, October, and November is the best season for this trek. Jiri Gokyo valley Everest base camp trekking is one of the longest and challenging trekking trails in Everest region. Jiri Gokyo Lake Chola expedition offers you different species of wildlife throughout the forest such as deer and rhododendron. Breathtaking mountain vistas are complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries offering you an insight into the quiet but, culturally vibrant Sherpa way of life. We pass through other villages like Khumbu, Khunde, and Khumjung. We will encounter friendly people with picturesque villages, great variety of cultures and traditions, colorful festivals and monasteries. The story of the Yeti is still a mystery in the world from the Khumbu region. It offers an ample chance to explore the beautiful forest, farming country sides, several monasteries, enjoy unique culture and golden chance to chase your dreams of marvelous mountains along with the greatest Mt. Everest itself. The unforgettable happiness is waiting for your journey in this Jiri Gokyo Lake Chola pass trekking
Day 1:Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Where you will have your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2:A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath might make you feel calm and peace and visit Patan the city of fine arts and Durbar Square is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. On journey back to hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. After your dinner, you can perhaps take leisurely stroll through the famous streets like Thamel and Durbarmarg.
Day 3:Kathmandu to Jiri drive 7-8 hours
We will have a drive for about 7-8 hours from Kathmandu to Jiri over a distance of 187km. It might be a difficult but scenic full day’s bus ride up the Sun-Koshi river valley to the town of Jiri. Jiri is the largest settlement of the Jirel tribe, a Tibeto-Burman people with cultural links to the Sherpa and Sunuwars.
Day 4:Jiri to Deurali (2705m) walking hours: 5-6 hours
We begin the walk with a climb to the ridge top at 2400m and drops down to Shivalaya (1800m). The trek continues with a steady climb through cultivated fields and tiny Tamang villages. The direct route to Deurali climbs a muddy gully up the end of the spur. After crossing a couple of flat wooden bridges, you will begin the steep ascent to the Deurali pass on a winding forest trail. Deurali (2705m)is covered by a grid of mani walls inscribed thousands of times with the Tibetan Buddhist mantra. Spend night at lodges of Deurali.
Day 5:Deurali to Sete (2575m) walking hours: 6-7 hours
The next day main trail plunges straight down the hillside. After an hour, you will reach the outskirts of Bhandar (2200m), a Sherpa village which is littered witty prayer walls and small Gompas (Buddhist temples). After following the dirt road east you will encounters two suspension bridges at the bottom of the valley. The final stroll is leisurely stroll along the east bank of Likhu Khola, crossing one last suspension bridge to reach kinja (1630m).
Leaving back Kinja, the trail begins a steep ascent switching back up almost vertical slope above the village. The trail climbs steeply up a ridge richly forested with oak and rhododendron to Sete (2575m). A small but ancient ihakhang (Buddhist temple) is a worth for visit.
Day 6:Sete to Junbesi (2675m) walking hours: 6-7 hours
Have a good breakfast before you leave Sete. The first half of the day is a long and draining climb to the Lamjura Bhanjyang (3530m). There you are rewarded with frost and often snow along the trail in winter. The trail picks its way through a dripping, moss-cloaked forest of gnarled rhododendron, magnolia, maple and birch tree. If the skies are clear there are distinct views to the white-tipped peaks above Rolwaling.
Lamjura Bhanjyang is the highest point on the trek between Jiri and Namche Bazzar. From the pass, the trail makes a long, slow descent to the bottom of the valley through fragrant fir and rhododendron forests. The final stage to Junbesi passes some coloured mantras carved into a rock face and drops steeply through terraced fields. You will have some good views of Mt. Gaurishankar, Number Himal and Dudh Kunda.
Day 7:Junbesi to Nunthala (2200m) walking hours: 6-7 hours
At the bottom of the Junbesi, the trail crosses the Junbesi Khola on a wooden bridge at 2560m, reaching an important trail junction. The route to Khumbu leads steeply uphill into the trees and landscape with all pines and cows. The first glimpse of Everest, tucked between the snowy crowns of Thamserku (6608m), Katenga (6685m) and so on. The trail turns north and descends through meadows and copses of pines to the hamlet of Salung (2860m).
We follow the shepherds' huts and the hidden route in dense forest with several scenic streams through pines to a large suspension bridge over Dudh Khola at 2510m and ascent through the incant Buddhist Chorten and several Mani. Below Tarkshindu (3071m), the trail descends through the conifer and rhododendron forests alive with birds. The tail crosses picturesque stream and dissolves into the clutter of loose rocks as it reaches Nunthala.
Day 8:Nunthala trekking to Kharikhola (2010m) walking hours: 6-7 hours
From here the descent continues to Dudh Kosi (milk river), so named for the chalky sediment carried down by the river. The first stage drops steeply for an hour through mixed forest and farmland. The trail switches back onwards through fields of barley, wheat and maize to the Rai village of Jubling (1680m). The path took us a slow climb around a ridge to the village of Khari Khola.
Day 9:Kharikhola trekking to Puiyan(2770m) walking hours: 6-7 hours
The Kharikhola is crossed by a drooping suspension bridge at 1930m. The path makes a steep climb to Bupsa (2360m), set among cascading wheat and maize terraces below a dense oak forest. The path ascends through Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, and then winds steeply up and down through the Dudh Koshi canyon to Puiyan. Spend your night in any of the lodge.
Day 10:Puiyan treeking to Phakding (2652m) walking hours: 6-7 hours
The trail climbs for about an hour after Puiyan to a ridge at 2800m. Then up to another ridge. Passing through Lukla Airport follow a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way you will have a view of Mt Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and the Mount Kwongde Range. We then take an easy walk for about two hours to Phakding village for the overnight stop and rest of the time stroll around the village for local knowledge.
Day 11:Phakding trekking to Namche Bazzar (3440m) walking hours: 4-5 hours
From Phakding the trail follows the Dudh Koshi valley north, meandering through the pines, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. Beginning with a slight climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes waterfalls and other culturally and naturally occurring items of interest. Villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of Rhododendron, Magnolia and fir. Along the way to you will be rewarded with your first glimpse of Kusum Kangru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m), Everest (8848m) and Nuptse (7879 m). A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche bazaar (3440m) will afford you further spectacular views and a comfortable place to spend the second night of the trek.
Day 12:Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m)
Set in a natural amphitheatre looking across to the jagged ridge of Kongdi RI (6187m), Namche Bazzar is one of the most attractive settlements in the khumbu region. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at a high altitude before heading off. We will have a full day rest so that we won't face any problem ahead. Today we make a short acclimatization trek up to Khumjung, a delightful Sherpa village above Namche. You have full day leisure for wonderful panoramic view or stroll around the market You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on.
Day 13:Namchebazaar to Phortse Thanga (3500m) walking hours: 5 hours
Our trek follows on the gradual trail continues overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way we can enjoy wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Khumjung. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then ascends up to Mongla (4000m) from where glimpses of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Mt. Khumbila are awesome. Sherpa regard Mt. Khumbila (5761m) as sacred mountain of the patron god of the Khumbu area. Descending to Dudhkosi Khola (3250 m), we cross a bridge and again trek up passing the rhododendron forest, a host for Himalayan wild deer and musk deer. We arrive at Phorse Thanga which is just under the snow dusted peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste. It can be best place for our camping.
Day 14:Phortse Thanga to Machermo (4410m) walking hours: 6-7 hours
The trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. On our way wild lives like pheasants, mountain goats and the mysterious musk deer are amazing. Offering us good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku, the trail takes us through many summer settlements and a charming hamlet of Luza (4360 m). We will work across a rocky terrain scattered with a few dwarf rhododendrons also where small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The Dudh Koshi valley feels deep like a canyon with its sheer sides. Walking along the hill side above thundering Dudkoshi passing through some small hamlets and through sandy spurs, we reach Machhermo. The beautiful stream flowing down from the Kyajo RI and Phari Lapche mountains runs through the middle of village before draining into the Dudh Koshi. Most probably we will be here by our lunch.
Day 15:Machermo to Gokyo (4750m) walking hours: 4 hours
Today, we climb through a ridge Chorten from where we can see remarkable view of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480 m) after some gentle walk. After crossing an iron bridge over an stream the trial levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone.The second lake, Taboche Tsho mesmerizes us by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little we reach the third lake, called Dudh Pokhari, linked by a surging stream to the previous one. Gokyo village stands by the third lake andCho-Oyu Mountain. Above the lake provides panoramic views of Cho Oyu,Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Makalu, cholatse and Tawache. Stay overnight in a tea house lodge.
Day 16:Gokyo Lake explore around and trekking down to Thangnak (4700m) walking hours: 3 hours
Spend a day in Gokyo strolling around the lakes and hiking up to some of the mountain viewpoints nearby. Start your trek in morning and get to steep climb of about 30min to reach the top with its traditional prayer flags. View the Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. Definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). From where you will have a magnificent view of highest peaks, from the west to east are Cho you (8,153m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m), Everest ( 8848m), Lhotse (8,501m) and further way Makalu. Trek down to Thangnak, enjoying superb view of Gokyo Lake. It can be a break point to Lobuche.
Day 17:Thangnak- Cho La (5330m) crossing to Dzonglha (4830m) walking hours: 8 hours
The trek to the Cho La pass can be a rather difficult route. But on the way you will be able to experience the best part of your hiking; difficult but very worthy. In good weather you can cross the Cho La with no special equipments but warm clothing and an ice axe might provide added peace to mind. The path skirts around the ridge, staying mostly level. Stop overnight at the village of Dzongla.
Day 18:Dzongla to Lobuche (4910m) walking hours: 3-4 hours
The first step is gentle stroll between snowy peaks that seem almost close enough to touch. The trail runs east past a series of ominous looking black boulders beneath the looking peak of Cholatse. You can turn around to see the Ama Dablam (6856m). About 4 and half hour slowly working takes you Lobuche (4910m). On the way you can see Dughla Lake. Stark and rugged beauty creates almost moonscape campsite at Lobuche a windswept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Lobuche peak. Tawoche and Nuptse are particularly spectacularly from Lobuche towering.
Day 19:Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m), trekking to Everest Base camp (5364m) back to Gorak shep (5170m) walking hours: 6-8 hours
The first section of the trail from Lobuche follows the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain walls, past turn off to the Italian pyramid. Take time to detour to the edge of moraine to look over the Khumbu glacier. Along windy and rocky path with the wonderful view of Mt. Pumori, Nuptse and other magnificent peaks, we reach Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. After lunch our adventure continues towards Everest Base Camp. The trail passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams. The Base Camp area provides an opportunity to experience the freezing and harsh conditions that mountaineers brave to summit this famous mountain. In Everest Base Camp the climbers gather for summiting Everest during the high expedition season. We explore base camp and its surroundings glacier and return back to Gorakshep.
Day 20:Gorak Shep trekking Kala Patthar (5545m) and back to Pheriche (4280 m) walking hours: 6-7 hours
It is around 7-8 hrs trail today. Mornings are usually sparkling and clear and this is the best time to climb the Kalapathar for one of the world's definitive mountain views. We will be rewarded the 360 degree dramatic panorama views of Mt Everest and surroundings mountains like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku along with many other peaks.
You will have an easy walk for about 2hrs to reach Lobuche and continue downhill to Pheriche. Continue down moraine to Dughla and drop to the bridge over the gushing stream that flows out of the glacier. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 21:Pheriche Trekking to Namche Bazaar via Pangboche and Tengboche (3867m) walking hours: 7 hours
We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. Ittakes approximately four hours to Tyangboche. It is a small village with a famous monastery offering you splendid views of Mt. Amadablam, lush green hills and river views.
After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River trek onwards to the Kyanjuma the junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village and Namche Bazzar. Dense wildlife of some species of Pheasants, Himalayan Griffons, Musk deer and wild goat can be found abundance inside the rhododendron forest. Evening explore small surrounding area with magnificent scenery.
Day 22:Namche Bazaar trekking back to Phakding (2652m) walking hours: 4-5 hours
The descent from Namche to the Dudh koshi can be the hardest stage of the entire trek. The trail descends over the ridge past rocky cliffs and scattered pines to the tiny village of Toktok. Although the path is all downhill, the unrelenting slope places massive impact on the knees. Once you cross the high suspension bridge, the path runs mostly level. We will work though rhododendron and pine forests with the view of distance snow covered peak before arriving Phakding. Phakding is a crowed place but better for your overnight settlement.
Day 23:Phakding trekking back to Lukla (2,850) walking hours: 2-3 hours
It will be just a 3hr easy and gentle trail back to Lukla.Thetrail drops steeply and runs level through out the day.Enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village arrival in Lukla. You'll have time to stroll around the local areas. In the evening you can enjoy a typical Nepalese dinner and cultural show.
Day 24:Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Saying final goodbye to our porters, we will have a flight back to ktm of an exciting one hour. (It also can be a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla which makes the Lukla flight delayed and cancel.) At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show exchanging greetings among friends and with all Nepalese people. You can buy some souvenirs.
Day 25:Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
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