The route that joins the beautiful Gokyo Valley and its lakes with the Everest Base Camp cross through the Cho-la pass, at 5420 meters of altitude. The Cho-la is a demanding but affordable pass, which joins the valleys surrounded by peaks from which impressive glaciers hang. It is a spectacular itinerary and much more interesting than that of the Everest Base Camp.
18 days / 17 nights full trip in Nepal (minimum recommended)
15 days’ trek
Medium-hard. Cho-La pas is challenging
Highest altitude 5550m
Highest altitude overnight 5140m
Local mountain guide English speaking
Meals and overnight in lodges during the trek
Accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu
Transfers in private vehicle, shuttle and Lukla flights
A very interesting and spectacular option is the one that joins the Gokyo trek with the Everest Base Camp. That is, crossing the Cho-La pass at 5420 meters altitude between both routes, and having just a handful of a truly Himalayan landscape, with huge white summits around and seracks hanging from the mountains well near you. In addition, crossing the Cho-La already penetrates us into a slightly more demanding climbing, out of the well-traced paths in the main routes. This itinerary also allows for a fully circular route, where the landscape and the environment are different every day.
The Gokyo Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in the entire Khumbu area, with its crystalline lakes of frosty and clear waters. While having the highest mountain in the world just in front of us from the summit of the “small” Kala Patthar is always impressive.
The Khumbu region is fully dominated by Sherpas, who arrived here five centuries ago from Tibet looking for a bit kinder area to survive and therefore does not present a cultural or ethnic diversity of other treks in Nepal. However, it is one of the areas where the Himalayas summits are most impressive, creating a feeling that you could reach their summit in the morning and return back at the coffee time.
The Cho-La trek is a step forward to the Base Camp trek or that of Gokyo for those who use to practice mountaineering, but who cannot (or do not want) to face the Sagarmatha 3 passes trek, which, along with the Cho-La, also crosses the Kongma-La and the Renjo-La. The route you have here it runs west-east direction, but it would also be possible to do it east-west, and of course, it could also be extended with one of the other two passes.
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