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Gokyo - Cho La Pass and Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo and Chola Pass

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Facts of Trip

Destination: Solu Khumbu, Everest Region, Nepal

Duration: 18 Days

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Trek Duration: 14 Days

Group Size: 1 - 14

Best Season: March - May & October - November

Max. Altitude: 5545 meters

Transportation: Car and flight

Trip Highlights

  • Moderate to fairly challenging but thrilling to the core!
  • exciting flight to Lukla
  • Sherpa home down; Monasteries; amazing view of mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Views of Khumbu Ice - Fall
  • Namche Bazar, the gateway to Everest Base Camp
  • Crystal Gokyo Lake
  • Amazing view from Gokyo Ri
  • Chola pass, memorable adventure
  • Close up view from Kalapathar
  • Everest Base camp
  • Tengboche Monastery

This unforgettable wilderness trek takes you to the base of the world’s tallest peak- Mt Everest, past beautiful mountain scenery & right into the heart of the Sherpa homeland…

This venture displays the unbelievable scenery of the remote Gokyo Valley and its grandeur of beautiful turquoise lakes, mars-like glaciers, and the breathtaking Himalayan vistas that include Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu - four of the eight tallest peaks on the planet! The 360-degree view from Gokyo Ridge is the best in the Khumbu! The trek begins the same way as when hiking to Everest Base Camp. On the way, we bunk out for two nights in the village of Namche Bazaar to acclimatize. Namche is considered the trading hub for the Khumbu region, and people hike the miles from as far as Tibet every Saturday to peddle their wares down here. This is also the junction onto whom each trail converges, so yaks and people jostle for space in this bowl-shaped mountain town in the Himalayas that’s now almost comparable to sin city on the casino strips of Nevada in the USA; despite its being a remote outpost & gateway to the Himalayan Khumbu which houses the highest mountains in the world.

Your arrival into this high mountain valley called Gokyo is welcomed by a string of sapphire blue lakes that continue for the 3-hour hike to Gokyo Village, which sits at the foot of Gokyo Ri at (18,300 ft) a huge black heap of rock and silt. The next morning, you\'re invited to take the 3-hour hike to the summit of this black, rocky mound to witness the 360-degree Himalayan view offered only from this vantage point. The Himalayas stand like giants guarding the border into Tibet. From Gokyo Ri you\'ll see much more than Mount Everest – we come across glorious views of many of the other 8000-meter peaks from here as well.

The Chola pass-Everest Base Camp trek is designed for zealous trekkers who are looking for more challenging treks that involve some of the high mountain passes in the world. During this trek you will also have the option of hiking to the top of two viewpoint summits: Gokyo Ri (5357 m) and Kalapatthar (5545 m). The summit of Gokyo Ri (5,360m) provides a life time memory from where the 360 degree view of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu is truly panoramic. An excursion to the fourth and fifth lakes would be an extra adventure from Gokyo.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]

Day 02 : Kathmandu-Lukla [2840 m/9320] - Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]: 40 minutes flight, 3-4 hrs trek (time generally required to go from one destination to the other on the trail)

Day 03 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which takes about 5 to 6 hours at your pace.

Day 04 : Namche Bazaar: Rest day…hike to Everest view point

Day 05 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4, 110m) 5-6 hours trek

Day 06 : Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4410m) we reckon this takes about 5 hours.

Day 07 : Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4, 800m) 4-5 hours trek

Day 08 : Second rest at Gokyo for acclimatization (4,800m) Explore the Gokyo valley.

Day 09 : Hike to Gokyo RI (5,330m) & trek to Thaknak (4,750m.) 6-7 hours

Day 10 : Trek from Thaknak to Cho-la Pass (5, 367m.) - Lobuche (4,950m.) 8-9 hours trek.

Day 11 : Trek to Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp (5,364m.) then return to Gorakshep (5,140m.) 6-7 hours trek.

Day 12 : Ascend to Kalapathar (5,545 m.) and return to Pheriche (4,280 m) 7-8 hours trek.

Day 13 : Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3, 440m) 5-6 hours trek

Day 14 : Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,400m.) 5-6 hours trek

Day 15 : Trek from Namche bazaar to Lukla (2, 600m) 5-6 hours trek

Day 16 : Fly to Kathmandu/ Explore or free day in Kathmandu.

Day 17 : Spare day in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 18 : Transfer to airport for final departure. Tour ends.

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up and drop off by car
  • Twin sharing accommodation at guest houses during the trek, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 1 night pre-trek and 2 nights post-trek accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing room, Bed and breakfast only at 2-3* hotel in Kathmandu)
  • 1 highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide
  • Porters (1 porter among 2 members), their food, accommodation, salary, equipments, insurance
  • Round trip flight (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • Trekking permits (Sagarmatha National Park permit and TIMS card)
  • First Aid Medicine (clients are advised to bring their own as well)
  • Government taxes (13%)
  • Office service charge

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Winter clothes including sleeping bag (you should bring a 4 season sleeping bag) and warm down jacket
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold and hot drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]Upon your arrival in the International airport at Kathmandu, after completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc), pick up your luggage and look for our representative with an Accessible Adventure Travels & Tours Trekking display board at the arrival gate. You will be transferred to a hotel of your choice. After check in, you can take rest, hang around in the city, or go for a stroll to get familiar with your surroundings; it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Your first overnight in the ancient city of temples & cows, probably the most in the world.

Day 02Kathmandu-Lukla [2840 m/9320] - Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]: 40 minutes flight, 3-4 hrs trek (time generally required to go from one destination to the other on the trail) After breakfast, we get transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway to the destination from where our trek starts. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Here we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding

Day 03Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which takes about 5 to 6 hours at your pace. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend pretty steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. You can also visit some of the village monasteries on your trails to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04Namche Bazaar: Rest day…hike to Everest view point This is the first of the three scheduled "acclimatization" days. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest days instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting the Everest view point or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4, 110m) 5-6 hours trek We climb steeply out of Namche Bazaar up to Kyangjuma Village from where; we can enjoy outstanding views of Thamserku, Kantenga, and Ama Dablam. Most strenuous ascent of the day is obviously to pass the Mong La, a very charming place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. An ancient historical Chorten stands at the centre of the settlement of Mong La. We stop at the top of Mong La to admire the grandstand views of surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys while we have our lunch & rest the body. The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. Spotting wild animals like pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer while on the way is not unusual. Through forests, some water falls and bridges, we reach Dole; a small pert place with few teahouses. We bunk out for an overnight in Dole.

Day 06Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4410m) we reckon this takes about 5 hours. From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley you can view the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. It’s just great. Stay overnight at your lodge.

Day 07Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4, 800m) 4-5 hours trek Today you head for wonder lakes of Gokyo. As you hike, you follow a scenic trail to Pangkha & then descend slightly, following one of the melting-water Rivers which flow down from the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky path inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m) - your route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore lays the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, your eyes take in the scenery which is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 08Second rest at Gokyo for acclimatization (4,800m) Explore the Gokyo valley. This day you rest at Gokyo and do some excursions in and around the Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide their best services to the trekkers going through this area. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, said to be the biggest glacier in Nepal. This day you can also make a side trip to Fifth Lake via the forth Lake. Stay overnight at your lodge.

Day 09Hike to Gokyo RI (5,330m) & trek to Thaknak (4,750m.) 6-7 hours Trek Via Gokyo village which takes about four and half hours Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest to behold in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After lunch, it is a short walk to the village of Thaknak, situated at the shore of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Stay overnight at your lodge.

Day 10Trek from Thaknak to Cho-la Pass (5, 367m.) - Lobuche (4,950m.) 8-9 hours trek. Cho La Pass is also another flash point of this trip. Today is the toughest day and we need to start early (4-6 am) compared to other days on the trip. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail we climb up continuously up from Phedi. As we gain height, the view gets increasingly captivating before us. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. Prominent mountains are viewed while on the trail on the Pass and from the top are Kyajo Ri, Tengkangpoche, Numbur, Kangchung etc. 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 our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below. Depending upon our own condition and interest, we might take overnight at Dzongla or simply go ahead to Lobuche for overnight.

Day 11Trek to Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp (5,364m.) then return to Gorakshep (5,140m.) 6-7 hours trek. While trekking to Everest Base Camp you pass through a trail which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, you will come across some expedition teams at the Everest Base Camp. The number of teams is always less in the autumn season. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorakshep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers´ memorials. As we reach Everest Base Camp we cannot stop ourselves from appreciating the Everest climbers who took the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer´s tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbetse and Pumori are the mountains we can view from base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. By now we have met the ultimate objectives of our trip. On the return leg, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. You then return to Gorakshep to stay overnight.

Day 12Ascend to Kalapathar (5,545 m.) and return to Pheriche (4,280 m) 7-8 hours trek. At the break of dawn, climb to Kalapathar (5545m.) and enjoy the views of sunrise. It’s a magnificent experience; make sure you get some good pictures into your camera. From Kalapathar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. The 4 legged Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known well for its windy environment. Here you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. The Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post is located down here, and foreign volunteer doctors are based at this post to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as the local folks. Stay over night at your lodge.

Day 13Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3, 440m) 5-6 hours trek To reach Tengboche you pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have the highest permanent settlement throughout the year in the Khumbu region. Upon your arrival at Tengboche village, you come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. There is a trekker´s visiting centre where local Sherpas make an exhibition of different goods to be sold to interested trekkers. They also show a slide presentation about Sherpa people, culture, Buddhist religion and environmental development programs. Tengboche is a good place to hang around for some time. Stay overnight at your lodge.

Day 14Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,400m.) 5-6 hours trek From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m) crossing the Dudh Koshi River. Now you get one of those final glimpses of astounding views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several lively villages and numerous teashops that never stop waiting on you, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell Tibetan goods. Stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 15Trek from Namche bazaar to Lukla (2, 600m) 5-6 hours trek This is our last day on these gigantic rugged but beautiful mountains…it offered us so much all of these days, may have even changed our lives in several ways… The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes at a trot will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay. This is the last day of our trek on the beautiful mountains. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel differently on the views. We click a combo of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages´ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayer flags blowing in the wind. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those weary legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with faces that show happiness! This last day calls for a fantastic celebration as we call up a party with our crew whom we’ve come to know so well all of these days; our cooks will stir up a delicious dinner & we’ll taste the famous ‘Chhang’ {mountain beer brewed from fermented rice} & shake a leg & do a jig to some sherpa dances around an open fire. Altogether, it’s been an awesome merry holiday with some of the toughest hiking we’ve done in a long, long time. On the conclusion of our trip, we wish each other well & retire to bed under starry moonlit skies…as we begin to slumber into a sweet sleep & reminisce on the wonderful things we enjoyed on this great adventure. We go to bed amidst the hooting of owls & the howling of hungry wolves on the prowl for prey. We’re safe & in bed. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 16Fly to Kathmandu/ Explore or free day in Kathmandu. Flights to Kathmandu are generally scheduled for morning because strong winds can create problems to fly the aircraft in the afternoon but sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reasons that are beyond our control. We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. The rest of your day is entirely free to do whatever you want. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 17Spare day in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu Spare day in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 18Transfer to airport for final departure. Tour ends. Transfer to airport for final departure. Tour ends.

Please bring:

  • Down Sleeping Bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Jumper or fleecy jacket
  • T - shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Polypropylene/wool socks
  • Light cotton socks for under wool sock
  • Rucksack
  • Sun hat
  • Woolen hat
  • Gloves
  • Sun block for lips
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Long underwea
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon windbreaker
  • Nylon wind pants
  • Water bottle
  • Sewing kit
  • Medical & first aid kit
  • Flash light
  • Batteries and bulbs
  • Swiss army knife
  • Towel and toiletries

When is the best time for this trek? Mid October through mid December and March through May are considered the best time for this trek.

Do you operate the trek based on our time schedule? Yes, please choose your own convenient depature date from Check out dates and prices or Book Now button. 

Do you accept booking for solo trekker? Yes, we do.

Is there any alternative way to reach Everest Base camp in case we could not cross Chola La? Yes, you can trek via Thare and Phortse.

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