Gorak Shep Elevation: 5125 m/16814 ft
Dzongla Elevation: 4830 m/15850 ft
Trek Distance: 6.7 mi/10.8 km
Trek Duration: 4-5 Hours
The Gorak Shep to Dzongla section in the Everest Cho La pass Gokyo trek is quite challenging. The trekking trail provides you with an incredible adventure that you need to traverse with caution. The majestic views of the snow-clad mountains and other Himalayan landscapes of the region is quite enchanting.
Dzongla village settlement remains located just below the Cho La Pass. This path of the trek is known for connecting the Gokyo and the Gokyo lakes with the rest of the Everest region. The Gorak Shep to Dzongla required rigorous trekking and takes around 4-5 hours of high altitude trekking.
The Gorak Shep and Dzongla trek begins as you wake up early in the teahouse. You can observe the snow-capped mountains of the region from the teahouse. There you will have breakfast and start your trekking journey for the day.
After taking the snacks and other items required for the trek, you will start your trekking journey to Dzongla. The beautiful walk provides you with the scenic Himalayan vista from the various viewpoints along the trail. The trail to Dzongla requires you to climb along the glacier.
However, as you cross this trek section, you will find a more manageable trail. The Khumbu Glacier is on the left side along with snow-clad Himalayan peaks all around. There are rocky sections as well in this. Therefore, you should trek with proper caution.
The trail then descends as you will lose elevation along the route. You will get views of the Khumbu glacier along the path for some time. The view then gradually disappears as you descend further.
After trekking for a few hours along the trail, you will arrive at Lobuche. You will rest at the tea houses and then have lunch in the teahouse. After resting in the teahouse for some time, you will continue along the trail to Dzongla.
There are two routes split after trekking for around 30 minutes from Lobuche. The left route will take you to Dingboche/Pheriche. Similarly, the right path will take you to Dzongla. We will hence take the right path from this intersection.
The route takes you through the mountainside that leads to Dzongla. You will observe the entire valley’s tranquil views, including Ama Dablam and other snow-clad Himalayan peaks. There is a river along the trail below the settlements of Pheriche.
After trekking through these terrains, you will pass through a region from where you can observe turquoise lakes. You will continue the trail, and after a few hours, you will finally arrive at Dzongla. There you can explore the region after arriving at the village settlement and rest overnight at the teahouse.