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Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Via Cho La Pass Trek

in the high Khumbu valley and crossing of high scenic Cho-la pass

Trip Summary

Trip Mode
On Tea House / Lodge
Trek Grade
Moderate to Adventurous
Highest point
5,357m at Gokyo Ri, 5,367m at Cho-la Pass & 5,545 m on top of Kalapathar.
Trekking duration
14 / 15 days (Lukla to Lukla)
Total Trip
18 / 19 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season
All year round except June to August the wet months.

Trip Highlights

  • Around world’s highest Mt. Everest base camp with awesome views visiting world’s highest valley, traditional villages, and cultures, within world’s highest Sagarmatha National Park
  • Panorama of high Himalayan mountains, villages with old culture, custom & ancient monasteries, around beautiful Gokyo Lake and scenic view point of Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar.

Trip Overview

A remarkable and adventurous Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Cho-La Pass Trek around world highest valleys and mountains with great service of View Nepal Treks leading you to picturesque view points of Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar with high Chola- pass to world highest Everest base camp beneath tumbling Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers.

This fabulous adventure leads to high hills dotted with Sherpa villages the Highlanders of Everest with old Tibetan Buddhist culture, walk leads through captivating rhododendron, magnolia, firs and pine forested area, higher into windswept landscapes of rocks, moraines, and glaciers in complete harmony with nature and mountains.

Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Cho-La Pass Trek Starting with a flight to Lukla and then walking past Phakding, Monjo and famous Namche Bazaar to beautiful Gokyo Lake passing through Dole, Machherma settlement to reach at Gokyo Lake with amazing scenery on route.

From Gokyo heading to our next adventure crossing high Cho-la (Tsho-la) at 5,367 m towards Everest Base Camp, at 5,334 m / 17,500 ft. marvel the views of Icefalls and glaciers.

After a wonderful time back to Lukla through interesting Thyangboche monastery, from Lukla a short flight to Kathmandu with a great guidance of View Nepal guides.


Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Cho-La Pass Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 06: Trek to Dole 4,110m – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Machherma 4,470m-04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo 4,800m -04 hrs.
Day 09: At Gokyo hike to Gokyo-Ri 5,357m and trek to Thaknak 4,750m – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Cross Tsho-la 5,367m and trek to Dzongla 4,830 m -07 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche 4,940 m – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m – 05 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Thyangboche – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Monjo 2,860m – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 18: In Kathmandu free day with sightseeing tour.
Day 19: International departure homeward bound.


Useful information while Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Cho-La Pass Trek

Trekking guide and Porter:

Our trekking guide will have long experience in trekking field. He speaks English and keeps knowledge about the mountain, mountain sickness, people, and culture. Generally, he will have a right to choose a guest house to stop overnight and right to take a necessary decision if the weather is not favorable if you are physically not in good condition or if there any potential danger of life or etc.

We will provide a porter (helper to carry the luggage) with warm clothing with warm clothing’s while going to the high mountain. We give priority to the local porter as much as possible.

Guest House in Mountain:

There are nice and tiny guest houses in the village on the way to trekking, also known as a tea house. We will accommodate to our trekkers in that guest houses. You will your own room (twin sharing) and a bathroom is outside. They are safe and people are friendly.

Meal in Mountain:

The general understanding in the mountain, you buy food from the same guest house where you say. We will buy a freshly cooked food from the local guest house. They will have a standard menu which is set by the Local Lodge Management Committee. You can choose your meal from the menu.

Medical facilities:

There are rare medical facilities in the mountain. We generally recommend bringing own medicine (a headache, stomach ache, painkiller, Diamox, bandage, iodine, cotton, gauze, hansaplast, common cold, diarrhea, ) to the normal situation.  If it is serious, you should go down or call an emergency evacuation.

Electricity:

There is not enough electricity in Nepal. You could expect power cut in some certain time of the day. While you are on the mountain, you will require electricity to charge your battery, mobile, camera or etc. generally they will ask you to pay extra money for charging.

Drinking water:

There is bottle water available along the normal trekking trail. Besides that, you can take your own water filter or can buy a medicine to purify the normal water. Further, you can buy boil water as well as in trekking.

Telephone and internet:

Some village has internet facilities. However, you can buy a local telephone SIM card which will help you to buy the internet and use with your smartphone set. You can use for calling to anyone if it requires at the same time.

Transportations:

There require or to use a local transport or you may want to use them as well as. The local people or local club will force to use their transport facilities. The price will be negotiable and a vehicle could be old and with very basic services.

Emergency evacuation:

You might have to be rescued due to some accident or serious ill. We can send rescue Helicopter service immediately to bring you back. The helicopter services are expensive in Nepal. We recommend you to buy insurance which covers search and rescue in need. After you rescued, we can help you for documentation to claim the payment.

Cost Includes / Excludes

Cost Includes

  1. All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  2. Three Star (Tourist Standard) hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with bed / breakfast basis. (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)
  3. Full day Sightseeing tour in Kathamandu
  4. Full board trek basis includes (B-L-D) on Luxurious Lodge accommodation during trekking
  5. Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems)
  6. Sational Park permit for Sagarmatha national park
  7. Service of trekking guide daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  8. Service of trekking staff of porters their daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  9. Welcome dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
  10. Down jackets-sleeping bags and comprehensive medical kits.
  11. Domestic airfare as per the itinerary Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu and trips briefing with full information and reconfirmation of your international air tickets also.
Note: We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu, gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks throughout the trip.
  • Personal trekking gear and climbing equipments.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.
  •  Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.

Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Via Cho La Pass Trek Detail Itinerary

At Kathmandu Tribhuvan international airport received by View Nepal staff, transfer to respective hotels at Thamel area, tourist hub of Kathmandu, after refreshment our guide brief with information regarding hotel, Kathmandu and Gokyo Lake & Everest Base Camp Trekking.

Morning tour of Kathmandu steeped with World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, old Palaces and courtyard; after an interesting sightseeing tour back to hotel, afternoon preparation for Gokyo Lake & Everest base camp trekking.

Mornings, scenic flight to Lukla with views of parallel mountain range, after 30 mins of airborne reaching Lukla, carry on trekking to Phakding village for overnight stop on route passing many farm village and farm lands a moderate walk with few short ups overlooking beautiful scenery.

After a pleasant morning continue walk with a gradual pace crossing few bridges over Dudh Kosi River passing several interesting villages of Monjo, to reach at Sagarmatha National Park gate, from here walk on the river bed for few hours and after last bridge a steep uphill haul for few hours to Namche Bazaar with many good facilities of nice restaurants, pubs, cyber café, post office, money change and banks.

A perfect place and altitude for rest day for proper acclimatization before heading higher area, at Namche relax or take a short hike to Everest View Hotel which takes almost 2 hours or walk up the hill of Namche for views of Everest, Amadablam and adjoining peaks, visit of interesting museum.

From here to Gokyo area, first hour walk is easy to Kyangima near Shanasa, around chances of seeing some wildlife colorful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) National bird of Nepal and musk deer, sometimes Himalayan Thar (mountain goat). From here our route diverts towards north with a climb to Mong ridge at 3,973 meters.

After Mong walk descends with series of switchbacks to Dudh Kosi at Phortse Thanghka, from here uphill to Dole, through rhododendron forest then gives way to juniper and conifers trees.

After Dole, walk the valley on a level trail for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and to Luza at 4,390m; then skirting around the ridge line with first glimpse of Machherma, located below a small valley, finally reaching at Machherma for lunch and overnight stop after a good scenic walk, afternoon free for acclimatization for short hike for views of Mt. Cho Oyo 8,210m and all the mountains that flank the Ngozumba Glacier.

Morning walk leads to Gokyo Lake following a scenic trail to Pangka 4,545m, then climbing a rocky path into ablation valley passing the first lake and second lake, then reaching third lake called Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Lake. Bank of the Lake a summer settlement of Gokyo at 4,790 meters, after lunch a short walk of the lake with view of Mt. Cho Oyo world’s 06th highest, and Gyachung Kang with reflection on emerald Gokyo Lake.

Morning hike to Gokyo Ri 5,357m, offers panorama of world’s highest peaks from Mt. Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and to the east rises Mt. Makalu. After a mesmerizing time at Gokyo Ri descend to Gokyo for lunch and then a short walk to Thaknak beneath Ngozumba Glacier with rest of the afternoon free at leisure to enjoy the surrounding views.

Starting before dawn with long climb to the top of Tsho-la pass (pronounced as Cho-la) over rocky moraine in snow condition this will be tough to find the right path in snow and ice, walking on rubble of moraine reaching at the top enclosed by Cholatse, Nirekha and Taboche peaks, after a hard climb to the top, descend to a small valley at Dzong-la for overnight halt.

After wonderful stop at Dzongla, morning a short uphill climb and then a nice pleasant walk near Thugla (Dugla) on the midway where Pheriche, Dingboche and Cho-la pass joins towards Everest Base Camp. From here a gradual walk to Lobuche for overnight stop.

Today reach another highlight of this adventure at Everest Base Camp, few hours of short steep climb in between over glacier and moraine, reaching Gorakshep, beneath Mt. Pumori and Kalapathar.

Walk continues towards Everest Base Camp, at base camp enjoy the view of notorious Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers, after fulfilling the dreams of lifetime experience retrace the journey back to Goarkshep for overnight halt.

Early morning hike on top Kalapathar at 5,545 meters, highest point of this adventure, offering incredible views of mountains including Mt. Everest at close distance, after a great moment return to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue walk to Thugla, and then downhill to Pheriche windy valley after a nice pleasant walk reaching at Pheriche for overnight stop.

Return journey much easier losing heights every hours, walking downhill with few short ups to Pangboche and then to the bridge with two 2 hours climb to Thyangboche for overnight stop at this wonderful spot visit the famous monastery with young monks and priest on prayer routines.

After a pleasant overnight with great views descend to Imjatse River, with steep climb for an hour to Sanasa, from here on gradual path with short ups and downs to Namche Bazaar, a break here and then walk back to Dudh Kosi river valley and to Monjo for overnight stop.

Morning walk reaching at Phakding, the retrace journey back to Lukla with last climb, on reaching Lukla celebrate last night dinner with fellow trekkers and staff.

From Lukla taking an early morning flight back to Kathmandu with views of mountains, at Kathmandu domestic airport our staff transfers you back to respective hotels with rest of the day free at leisure.

A spare day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay and cancellation due to unfavorable bad weather which might occur, as the Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes if all goes well have a free day or sightseeing tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.

Today, your last day in amazing Nepal with great experience and fond memories of Gokyo Lake & Everest Base Camp trekking, as per your time for international flight, View Nepal staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

Trip Reviews

  • Everest Base Camp Trek in March Everest Base camp review

    I traveled to Nepal to do a trek to Everest Base Camp trek in March.  The scenery once you got away from Kathmandu was amazing. I hired the fantastic guide named  Kumar Adhikari  through View Nepal Treks and Expedition P. Ltd. and would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to explore anywhere in Nepal. He is very friendly and very knowledgeable. He also has a great sense of humor. It is possible to do this trek without a guide but I can definitely tell you that I without our guide our group may have never even gotten out of the airport in Kathmandu to the starting point of Lukla because of weather and the large number of people wanting to get seats on the planes. As it was a trekking season started and bad weather before we started our trek.  The domestic Kathmandu airport is a zoo and having Kumar  to deal with this instead of us was worth it for sure. I think having a guide made my experience a lot more interesting. I can now cross seeing Everest up close off of bucket list.

    It was a best trip with many mountain view with challenges with nature and of course View Nepal Treks is our first choice for our next trip.

    Once again Thank you View Nepal Treks for arranging such a nice guide  Mr. Kumar  for my trip to EBC.

    Cheers

    Rog & Dave

    Review submitted -July 23, 2017
  • EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek Review EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek Review

    Everest Base camp – Cho la pass – Gokyo lake trek.

    We all arrived safely at all our destinations along the way to EBC, Chola and Gokyo. It was a great trek and we found View Nepal Treks to be fantastic. Thank you to Mr. Bhupendra for organising the trek – a few minor hiccups, but nothing that Bhupendra could not sort out for us.we were doing Nepal Himalaya which was more difficult than I expected, but we happily managed it! A big thank you to Biki for guiding us safely all the way, and of course the porters temba and Dawa – glad I didn’t have to carry all those bags and food. Well done by VIEW NEPAL team. No problems in recommending this company. I would certainly use them again without any

    I would certainly use them again without any hasitation. Now the all team in View Nepal they become a great friends, this team will give you a best experience in Nepal.

    Visited November 2016

    -Mark and David USA 

    Review submitted -February 3, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

This is one of the exciting treks on world highest peak base camps; walk is moderate but adventurous due to high altitude of above 3,000 meters. We have set enough rest days for acclimatization on route before heading to Everest base camp at 5,334 m / 15,500 ft high.
Depending upon the season of trekking, autumn and winter months can get cold above 2,000 meters especially morning and night time but the day is pleasant with sunny days most of the season. Other season beside monsoon / wet months is pleasant with occasional thunder showers during late afternoon.
As you will be trekking on mainstream trekking trails, the lodges are nice and cozy with attached bathrooms available till Namche, from then on lodge are simple and basic but clean with common bathrooms. Foods are as per the menu from Nepali set meals of Dal Bhat, Noodles (soup or fired) continental / Chinese to Mexican and Italian with Indian verities. It is better to stick with vegetarian food while on trek as it is not healthy due to hygiene. Higher above 4,000 m food menu are limited due to remoteness and high terrain climate conditions.

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