About Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking
Annapurna Foothills Treks highly recommends trekking to Kala Patthar 5545m and Everest Base Camp 5363m via Gokyo Valley. The Gokyo Lakes route ventures off the main trail away from the crowds and into the Gokyo Valley for the ascent of Gokyo Ri (Peak) and Cho La (Pass), which are sure to be highlights of your Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trekking.
A morning flight will take you to the small mountain village of Lukla landing on a short precipitous runway. If you are lucky enough to sit on the left side of the plane you will get your first great views of the Everest region. After you are introduced to your support staff, you will start your trek with a gentle descent through cultivated fields and Sherpa villages. Day two however, is a long climb to Namche, a surprisingly modern town where you can enjoy a few luxuries you won’t find in the more remote regions. There is plenty to do while we spend a day here acclimatizing. Besides exploring the bazaar, visiting viewpoints, there is a Sherpa museum where there are many photos of Everest summiteers, as well as a documentary of the Mount Everest region.
From Namche, we leave the classic trail and trek up the Dudh Koshi Valley through Dole and Machermo, until we reach Gokyo. In the Gokyo valley there are five sacred lakes, with clear turquoise water. Besides the lakes themselves, the highlight of Gokyo is the ascent of Gokyo Ri,a small peak just behind the village, from where there are unbelievable views of Cho Oyu and Everest.
After Gokyo Ri, the trek, you cross the Nazing glacier and descend to Tragnag before climbing up to the Cho La Pass: one of three great passes in the Khumbu region. Dropping down from the pass you rejoin the main trail to Everest Base Camp at Lobuche, which passes through Gorak Shep. You will reach base camp in the afternoon.
Early morning the next day you climb to Kala Patthar, 5545m, for a breath-taking view of Mount Everest. From Kala Patthar, you descend to Dingboche, and over the next three days retrace your steps to Lukla, from where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu.
Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.