Everest Base Camp Trek Gokyo Chola Pass

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass is one hell of a tough trek that makes you dive into an unforgettable journey to the peaceful lake of Gokyo Lake and the Everest Base Camp via Cho La pass. Gokyo Lake is known for its stunning beauty and turquoise blue waters set against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayan mountains create a breathtaking landscape that is truly mesmerizing. Trekkers are often left in awe by the serene and peaceful atmosphere of the lake. With challenging uphill hikes and breathtaking vistas, this trek is a true test of your strength and endurance. This strenuous trek to the base camp of the world’s highest peak has a lot to offer for its trekkers. The trek can be tough, but it will leave you with memories and experiences that you'll cherish for a lifetime.

This trek provides an exhilarating trekking experience that trekkers have never expected. You'll be surrounded by the magnificent Himalayas and awe-inspiring natural wonders including the famous Khumbu Icefall, tranquil Gokyo Lake, and breathtaking viewpoints like Gokyo Ri and Kalapatthar, giving you a front row seat to the magnificent peaks of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Toboche and more.

 As you trek along the beautiful Dudh Koshi River, you'll pass through stunning valleys and witness the local culture and traditions of the Sherpa, Tibetan and other ethnic groups. Explore ancient Buddhist monasteries, trek through ancient villages like Namche Bazaar, PhortseThanga, Machharmo, and Thagnak and learn about the unique culture and way of life in the Himalayan region of Nepal. Also, the trekkers will hike up to the Hotel Everest View, the hotel which operates at the highest altitude and get to be around varieties of floras and faunas in Sagarmatha National Park which is also listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage site.At Destination Unlimited, we're committed to ensuring that our guests have the time of their lives in Nepal. With over 10 years of experience and a reputation for excellence, we offer top-notch transportation and communication facilities, and a wide range of tour packages to make your trek a hassle-free and unforgettable experience. Book your adventure today! 

Trip Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek Gokyo Chola Pass

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass is a spectacular and adventurous variation of the classic Everest Base Camp trek. It offers stunning landscapes, high-altitude lakes, challenging passes, and unparalleled views of the Himalayas. Here are the highlights of this trek:

Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass Trek Highlights

Scenic Landscapes and Panoramic Views

  1. Gokyo Lakes:

    • A series of six stunning glacial lakes at high altitudes, known for their turquoise blue waters and breathtaking surroundings.
  2. Gokyo Ri:

    • A challenging hike to the summit of Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters) provides one of the best panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.
  3. Ngozumpa Glacier:

    • The longest glacier in the Himalayas, offering trekkers a chance to witness its vast expanse and dynamic features.
  4. Cho La Pass:

    • Crossing the Cho La Pass (5,420 meters) is a challenging yet rewarding experience, offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers.

Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar

  1. Everest Base Camp:

    • Reaching Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters) is a thrilling milestone for trekkers, offering close-up views of the Khumbu Icefall and the bustling base camp during climbing seasons.
  2. Kala Patthar:

    • A climb to Kala Patthar (5,545 meters) provides an iconic view of Mount Everest, Nuptse, and other surrounding peaks, especially at sunrise and sunset.

Sherpa Culture and Monasteries

  1. Namche Bazaar:

    • The bustling Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, serving as a major trading hub, offers trekkers a chance to experience Sherpa culture, buy local crafts, and acclimatize.
  2. Tengboche Monastery:

    • One of the most important monasteries in the region, Tengboche Monastery, offers spiritual insight and stunning views of Everest and Ama Dablam.
  3. Traditional Villages:

    • Villages like Khumjung, Khunde, Phortse, and Dingboche provide a glimpse into traditional Sherpa life and hospitality.

Diverse Flora and Fauna

  1. Sagarmatha National Park:
    • The trek passes through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sagarmatha National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan thar, and various bird species.

Challenging Adventure

  1. Varied Terrain:

    • The trek involves a variety of terrains, from lush rhododendron forests to rocky trails and icy paths, offering a diverse trekking experience.
  2. High Pass Crossings:

    • Besides Cho La Pass, the trek involves navigating other challenging sections, providing a sense of adventure and accomplishment.


Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,860m), trek to Phakding (2,651m): 3 - 4 hours trek
  • Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m)
  • Day 06: Namche Bazaar to PhortseThanga (3,680m): 5-6 hours
  • Day 07: PhortseThanga to Machharmo (4,470m): 4-5 hours
  • Day 08: Machharmo to Gokyo (4,800 m): 4-5 hours
  • Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m): 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 10: Gokyo to Thagnak (4,750 m): 4 - 5 hours
  • Day 11: Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m) to Dzongla: 7 - 8 hours
  • Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m): 2 - 3 hours
  • Day 13: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,180 m), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) 6-7 hours
  • Day 14: Gorak Shep to Kalapatthar (5,545m) to Pheriche (4,288m) 7-8 hours
  • Day 15: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar: 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m): 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu 35 minutes
  • Day 18: Final departure

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m) Pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02 :Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation We take a short tour of Kathmandu or trekking preparation Day.. We can visit 1-2 UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites located in the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight in Kathmandu.
  • Day 03 :Fly to Lukla (2,860m), trek to Phakding (2,651m): 3 - 4 hours trek Early morning Drive to Tribhuwan International Domestic side or Drive to Manthali airport Ramechhap( New route for Luckla) We begin our thrilling journey with a 35-minute flight to Lukla. We enjoy the spectacular panorama of the Himalayas throughout our flight. After we reach Lukla, we begin our trek. We trek across several cultural villages and monasteries to reach Phakding. Overnight at a lodge in Phakding.
  • Day 04 :Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5 - 6 hours Walking through beautiful lush forests, we trek along Dudh Koshi River and enter Sagarmatha National Park. We cross few suspension bridges on our way to encounter the jaw-dropping view of Everest, Lhotse, and Thamserku on our way to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel in Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 05 :Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m) We take a short tour of the Namche Bazaar and learn the Sherpa and Himalayan cultures. Later, we take a short hike to Hotel Everest View and enjoy the stunning view of the Himalayas. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 06 :Namche Bazaar to PhortseThanga (3,680m): 5-6 hours Trekking along Dudh Koshi River, we walk past several alpine forests to reach Kyangjuma. We follow the Gokyo trails enjoying the terrific view of Ama Dablam, Khumbila, and the other Himalayas to reach PhortseThanga. Overnight at a lodge.
  • Day 07 :PhortseThanga to Machharmo (4,470m): 4-5 hours Passing several water streams, forests, rivers, and bridges, we come across few villages on our way to Machharmo. We visit a couple of monasteries in our route. After a short trek, we reach Machharmo. Overnight at a lodge.
  • Day 08 :Machharmo to Gokyo (4,800 m): 4-5 hours Enjoying the stunning view of Dudh Koshi Valley, we trek uphill and reach the moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier. We trek along Longpongo and Dudh Pokhari along some stone houses to finally reach Gokyo Lake. The lake is situated in the peaceful environment. We enjoy the peaceful environment with the breathtaking panorama of the Himalayas. Overnight at a lodge in Gokyo.
  • Day 09 :Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m): 3 - 4 hours Today, we take a tour of Gokyo Valley. We hike up to the Gokyo Ri viewpoint which hosts the mesmerizing view of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and other neighboring Himalayas featuring Ngozumpa Glacier and Gokyo Lake. We return to our lodge for an overnight stay.
  • Day 10 :Gokyo to Thagnak (4,750 m): 4 - 5 hours Relishing the astonishing view of Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and the other Himalayas, we trek across Ngazumpa Glacier and pass few trails to reach Thagnak. We may come across some Sherpa villages and ancient Buddhist monasteries on our way. Overnight at a lodge in Thagnak.
  • Day 11 :Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m) to Dzongla: 7 - 8 hours We’ll have a hard day of trekking today. We trek along steep Cho La pass filled with Buddhist prayer flags and some Mani stones to reach Dzongla. On our way, we enjoy the magnificent view of Ama Dablam which is also a sacred mountain. Overnight at a lodge in Dzongla.
  • Day 12 :Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m): 2 - 3 hours Today, we’ll trek relatively shorter than the previous days. With the delightful view of Lobuche Peak, we march toward Lobuche village passing along some steep trails. Overnight at lodge in Lobuche.
  • Day 13 :Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,180 m), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) 6-7 hours Passing through rocky ridges, streams, and moraines, we leave Lobuche for Gorak Shep. We may experience some altitude sickness today. After we reach Gorak Shep, we rest for an hour or two before visiting the Everest Base Camp. Passing Gorak Shep Lake, we reach Everest Base Camp. The base camp of world’s highest peak hosts the brilliant view of the Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, and other many snow-capped mountains. After exploring the base camp, we return to Gorak Shep. Overnight at a lodge in Gorak Shep.
  • Day 14 :Gorak Shep to Kalapatthar (5,545m) to Pheriche (4,288m) 7-8 hours We take a sunrise hike to Kalapatthar which is popularly known as the best viewpoint to view Mt. Everest along with Khumbutse, Changtse, and Nuptse. After relishing glorious panorama, we trek downhill to Pheriche. Overnight at a lodge in Pheriche.
  • Day 15 :Pheriche to Namche Bazaar: 6 - 7 hours Trekking through dense rhododendron and juniper forests, we march towards Namche Bazaar. We explore some Buddhist monasteries on our way and get to learn about Buddhism. We cross a bridge decorated with Buddhist prayer flags over Dudh Koshi River to reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 16 :Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m): 6 - 7 hours Today is the last day of our trek. Crossing several suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River, we pass a couple of trails and ridges to reach Lukla. Overnight at a hotel in Lukla.
  • Day 17 :Fly to Kathmandu 35 minutes We relish the panoramic view of the Himalayas for the last time on our flight back to the capital. After we reach Kathmandu, we’ll have farewell dinner at a restaurant. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 18 :Final departure As per flight schedule we will transfer to the airport or extend the trip.

Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers 
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Tea-house Lodge during the Trekking
  • Experience, Government Licensed English-speaking Guide
  • Beautiful Finisher Medals for every trekkers
  • Porters : 2 Member one porter
  • Domestic Airfare/ Ktm-Luckla-Ktm. Airport Tax
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking.
  •  Every meals cup of tea or coffee
  • All Trekking permits and Necessary documents 
  •  Sleeping bag, Down Jacket( If Necessary) & Duffle bag by company
  •  Staff insurance, medication and equipment,
  •  First Aid Kit and Special Care
  •  Rescue arrangements for our clients
  • All Govt. and Local Taxes
  • Trekking Certificate from Destination Unlimited Treks

Cost Excludes

  •  International airfares
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Kathmandu sightseeing  Entrance fees
  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  •  Khumbu Tax Worth 20$
  • Mountain rescue charges or insurance
  • Bottled drinks on trek (cold and alcoholic) and Hot Drinks
  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Additional food or drink on trek in addition to three standard meals
  • Personal expenses, Emergency Expenses, road blocked, snakes, desert.etc
  • Tips, Hot Showers
  • Which is not mentions in Cost Included Section.
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    Trustworthy, Professional, Caring and Loving team


    Trustworthy, Professional, Caring and Loving team. This is my third time trekking with them and will continue to use them in the future.  Our guide (Hari) is fun, extremely well-versed in terms of the mountain, plants (Poisonous plants which we should not touch to edible peppers and berries), animals, people and cultures. His knowledge make the trip interesting and enjoyable which I have definitely benefited from. I was extremely well taken care of and felt safe at all time as, Hari will 1) Help me in difficult terrain by holding my hands 2) Remind me to keep warm and wear a hat/beanie to protect my head 3) Constantly ask how I feel as I have previous history of altitude sickness in the mountain Being able to hike in the Everest Region for 24 days and to heights greater than 5,000m is a FANTASTIC experience thanks to Hari (the Guide), Prakash and Mamar. Also, thank you Ashok (the Boss) for your quick and patient reply to all my questions.

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    After two years of contacting Destinations Unlimited, i was finally able to take my trip. From the time I arrived in Nepal to the time I departed. Ashok and his team catered to everything I could ever need and more. Detailed information about what, where, and when things would happen. I needed some last minute items, no problem! The guide and porter supplied were not only top professional people, they have become life long friends. They took care of everything. Making sure my experience was nothing but the best and I say EPIP! We laughed, we cried(because of gorgeous views and overwhelming joy); and we danced the trek dance up and down! I could not be more pleased.

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    Pues después de ver la pagina poco mas se puede decir.... pero lo haré. Nepal es uno de esos destinos que todo montañero debería conocer, eso está claro, pero si además lo hacéis con esta agencia, os garantizo que la experiencia será inolvidable y os explico el porqué: 1- En primer lugar, te olvidas de cualquier problema imprevisto. Nosotros tuvimos problemas con el avión , pues el tiempo no era el mas adecuado y lo cerraban constantemente. Ashok (propietario) se encargo de todas las gestiones de cambio de billete, nuevos hoteles, idas y recogidas de aeropuerto..... muy atento y eficiente durante todo el viaje.  2- Los guías y la selección de lotges fue todo perfecto. Buenos establecimientos sin ningún problema de comidas, eliges lo que quieras (dentro de la monótona carta) y adaptas el recorrido a tus condiciones o las de tu grupo. Nuestro guía Hari todo un profesional, atento, servicial y conocedor del terreno el cual explica con gran maestría, orografía, fauna y flora incluida. 3- Nosotros hicimos el treking del EBC via gokyo, pero disponen de cualquier treking que puedas hacer en Nepal ABC, Manaslu y además con el precio más competente que seguramente encontréis. 4- Todo tipo de detalles como un recibimiento floral, cena de despedida con música y danzas típicas , mapas de los recorridos y en definitiva una completa organización de tal manera que solo te preocuparas de caminar y hacerte la maleta. No puedo estar más agradecido a Ashoh y su agencia por el fabuloso trato y la gran experiencia que hemos vivido en este bonito país. No os lo penséis!!!! si queréis una buena agencia, aquí la tenéis. No os digo más.  

General Information

  1. What is the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo and Cho La Pass?

    • This trek is a variation of the classic Everest Base Camp trek that includes a visit to the beautiful Gokyo Lakes, a climb to Gokyo Ri, and a challenging crossing of the Cho La Pass before reaching Everest Base Camp.
  2. How long is the trek?

    • The trek typically takes about 18-20 days, including acclimatization days and time to explore key locations.

Best Time to Trek

  1. When is the best time to undertake this trek?
    • The best times are in the pre-monsoon (spring) from March to May and post-monsoon (autumn) from September to November. During these periods, the weather is generally stable, and the views are spectacular.

Physical Fitness and Preparation

  1. How difficult is the trek?

    • The trek is considered strenuous due to the high altitudes, challenging terrain, and the crossing of Cho La Pass. Good physical fitness and prior trekking experience are recommended.
  2. How should I prepare for the trek?

    • Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and practice hiking with a backpack. Acclimatize properly during the trek and ensure you are in good health before starting.

Permits and Regulations

  1. What permits do I need?
    • You will need the following permits:
      • Sagarmatha National Park Permit
      • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card
      • Gokyo-Ri Permit (sometimes included with the Sagarmatha National Park Permit)

Accommodation and Food

  1. What kind of accommodation is available?

    • Tea houses and lodges along the route provide basic accommodation. Rooms are often shared, and facilities may be rudimentary, especially at higher altitudes. Some luxury lodge available on extra costs.
  2. What food options are available?

    • Tea houses offer a variety of meals, including traditional Nepali dishes (like dal bhat), pasta, noodles, soups, and snacks. Food quality can vary, and prices increase with altitude.

Altitude Sickness and Safety

  1. How can I prevent altitude sickness?

    • Acclimatize properly by taking rest days, staying hydrated, and ascending gradually. Be aware of symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), such as headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Consider carrying medication like Diamox.
  2. Is it safe to trek solo?

  • While it's possible to trek solo, it's safer to go with trekking agency or hire a guide and porter. They can assist with navigation, carrying gear, and responding to emergencies.

Packing and Equipment

  1. What should I pack for the trek?
  • Essential items include:
    • Sturdy trekking boots
    • Warm clothing (layers, down jacket, gloves, hat)
    • Sleeping bag (rated for -20°C/-4°F)
    • Trekking poles
    • First-aid kit and personal medications
    • Water purification tablets or filter
    • Snacks and energy bars
    • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat
  1. Do I need any special equipment?
  • No technical climbing equipment is needed, but crampons may be helpful for crossing the Cho La Pass, especially if there's snow or ice.

Communication and Connectivity

  1. Is there internet and phone access?
  • Wi-Fi is available at some tea houses, but the connection can be slow and unreliable. Mobile network coverage is sporadic, so consider carrying a satellite phone for emergencies.

Cultural Considerations

  1. What cultural practices should I be aware of?
  • Respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, especially in villages and religious sites. Always ask for permission before taking photos of people or religious artifacts.
  1. Can I visit monasteries along the route?
  • Yes, trekkers are welcome to visit monasteries like Tengboche Monastery. Be respectful and follow any guidelines provided by the monastery.

Environmental Responsibility

  1. How can I minimize my environmental impact?
  • Follow the principles of Leave No Trace. Carry out all trash, avoid using single-use plastics, and use eco-friendly products. Stick to established trails to prevent soil erosion.

Health and Insurance

  1. Do I need travel insurance?
  • Yes, Comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking, medical emergencies, and evacuation by helicopter is essential.
  1. What health precautions should I take?
  • Carry a basic first-aid kit, stay hydrated, and maintain good hygiene. Consult your doctor about necessary vaccinations and altitude sickness prevention.

By addressing these FAQs, you’ll be well-prepared for the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo and Cho La Pass, ensuring a safe and enjoyable adventure in the Himalayas.





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Key Information

  • Trip Cost US$ 1550
  • Trip Duration 18 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Trip Style Trekking
  • Accomodation Hotel + Lodges
  • Max Altitude 5545m
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