Gokyo Ri, Cho La Pass and Kala Patthar, the three astounding viewpoints in the Everest region, are integral part of making complete circle of Everest Base Camp Trek. Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass and reaching up to Kala Patthar is the most sought after destinations in the Everest region.
The turquoise waters of Gokyo lakes, the chance of encountering rare sights from Gokyo Ri, the magnificent views from Cho La Pass and grand sights from Kala Patthar really intoxicate the trekkers in the Everest region. Furthermore, trekking through Gokyo Ri, Cho La Pass and Kala Patthar exposes you to adventure, fun, and cultural experience of the region.
The real Everest adventure begins from Lukla – the gateway to the Everest Region. The trek in the Everest region along with encompassing Gokyo Ri, Cho La Pass and Kala Patthar also travels through Namche Bazaar-the hub of Sherpa culture and the site of Tengboche Monastery- the largest monastery in the Khumbu region.
1. Gokyo Ri
Gokyo, the lake valley, is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Thonak Tsho and Ngozuma Tsho lakes are astounding. Climbing to Gokyo Ri rewards panoramic views of mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. Sight of sunrays kissing the Everest that towers over all surrounding peaks is unlike from Kala Patthar. It will be unforgettable life time memories.
2. Cho La Pass
Upon crossing the Ngazumpa glacier-biggest glacier in the world, the trek advances towards Cho La Pass. Though the trek is quite demanding around Cho La Pass, the surrounding views from here will be unbeatable. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soar on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to travelers’ right.
Similarly, in moving forth to Everest Base Camp the trek passes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trek in this section rewards the spectacular vistas of the crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. The epic journey reaches its apex once the trekkers reach the dream destination, The Everest Base Camp. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains you can view from the base camp. But, this is not the climax of the trek.
3. Kala Patthar (Black Stone)
The peak of Kala Patthar reveals several dramatic views of the Himalayas. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse too tower before the climbers to the world renowned vantage point. The moment the climbers reach the top of Kala Patthar, the vistas from there rock eyes taking unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. In nutshell, the top of Kala Patthar is one of the most sought after vantage point to have up-close view of Mt Everest. The view point further enhances to enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views of above 8000 meters massifs and other mountain ranges in the region.
Everest high passes trek through Gokyo Ri, Cho La Pass and Kala Patthar will be the most enchanting, most tremendous, and most adventurous experience within the spectacular vistas of Everest region.