There might be very few trek loving people who might not have heard or known about the Khumbu Region. As most of you could have already known, this region has a handful of trekking routes, so it is quite confusing for trekkers to choose one. The Everest Base Camp-Chola Pass-Gokyo Ri trek route is a fairly challenging trek route that offers stunning views of high snow-capped mountains, insight to Sherpa culture and traditions, and high altitude pass trekking. If you are looking for a moderately challenging trek route, which consists of at least one high altitude pass, few glacial lakes, and the popular destination-the Everest Base Camp, then, this route is the most suitable one.
In this trek route, you start walking from an altitude of 2886m. (Lukla) and reach the peak altitude of 5,545m (Kala Patthar). During the trip, you reach Everest Base Camp (5,365m), Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and you hike a high altitude pass at 5,420m (Chola Pass). Gokyo valley offers you a serene view of glacial lakes inside the valley and a different perspective view of the mighty Everest and surrounding peaks such as Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu.
Once you complete your trek, you would have witnessed amazing peaks like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Amadablam, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, Pumori, and so on. Moreover, you would have walked over snow, glaciers, high altitude pass, visited settlements of Sherpa people, walked across lush forests and many more things would have been discovered.
The whole trekking trip would be of 17days. However, the trip would consist of only 12 days of walking; the remaining 5 days would include flight trips and rest days. In addition to it, you can always add extra days of trekking if you chose to start walking from Phaplu or Jiri instead of flying to Lukla and starting your trip from there.
The best seasons for trekking this route would be Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November). During the spring season, you would discover much more of greenery all around and the temperature is also warmer in comparison to autumn. Moreover, if you do your trek in April, you can also enjoy the Dumje festival and Mani Rimdu dance which is performed in the monasteries of the Sherpa people. However, you can expect drizzle in late May due to pre-monsoon activities, but that might not really affect your trip. If you trek during autumn, the weather condition is very much favorable for views and scenic activities.
In addition to other permits, this specific trek route requires Sagarmatha National Park Permit, but you do not need to get concerned, as we will guide you through all the required procedures.
- Walk across one of the highest passes in the Khumbu region, Chola pass (5,420m)
- Explore three different viewpoints, EBC, Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri, which provide you three different perspective of the mountain peaks in the area.
- Astounding views of peaks above 8,000 metres in addition to Mt. Everst.
- Mesmerizing view of mountains like Amadablam, Lhotse Cho Oye, Kanchenjunga, etc.
- Exploring the Gokyo Lakes inside the Gokyo valley.
- Exploring Ngozumpa Glacier.
- Discovering different Khumbu icefalls while you trek.
- Experience the warmth of Sherpa hospitality and cultures.
- Once in a lifetime experience flight to Lukla.