Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Trek via Chola Pass follows NW trail from Namche to Gokyo Lake Valley and eventually leads you to EBC via high pass. The entire trail goes through Sagarmatha National park (USESCO world heritage site of great natural values): dotted with exotic forest and Sherpa settlement. Trekkers will get opportunity to visit timeless monasteries and museum; portraying the ancient culture and architecture. Moreover, you will stay at local tea-house: the hospitality and warmness of locals are really intriguing.
Those, who are seasoned and would like to give themselves a challenge, should try this Gokyo Ri + Everest Base Camp via Cho La Pass Trekking. With ever-changing sceneries – from lush montane forest to alpine glacial lakes and snowy barren lands, this exotic hike offers you a diverse visual experiences.
This trek is also known as Everest Circuit Trek; with every mountain highlights that Everest region has to offer. Four out of six highest along with countless other peaks and glaciers are visible during the trek. As you continue along the trail, you experience the lush landscape, forest, monasteries, people, culture, glaciers and lakes. Above all, you will step foot on the base camp of Everest, a lifetime experience. Not to forget, the summiting of Kalapatthar, Gokyo Ri and challenging Cho La Pass. Everest base camp and Gokyo ri trek offers you the great views of snow-giants – Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Pumori and numerous 7,000m+ & 6,000m+ peaks.
Best Time to Trek: September – November and March – May are the best time to trek Gokyo Ri – Everest Base Camp via Cho Pass. Snow and severe cold can be issue in the high pass during other months.
Accommodation: You will stay at local lodges/ tea-house serving great facilities and warm Sherpa hospitality. You will be amazed to find lodges with WiFi connections, hot shower and extensive food menu. But finding lodges can be challenging if you don’t book beforehand the trip.
Risks: As this trek concerns walking over 5,000m, AMS can be a potential risks. However, the itinerary presented here allows proper acclimatization and gradual climb; AMS will not be the major issue on the trek. Consult the local before crossing Cho La Pass.