Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 Days

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Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 Days
  • Duration16 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate Trek
  • Maximum Altitude 5550m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Group Size 1-16
  • Accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu and Teahouses in Mountains
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
  • Best Season March-May and September- December

One of the difficult adventure treks in the Mt. Everest trekking zone is the trip between Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake across the Cho La Pass. The hike combines breathtaking vistas and mesmerizing views of the world's tallest peak, including Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri (5467m), Everest Base Camp (5356m), and the renowned Mt. Everest Sunrise View Point (Kalapther 5545m). For those who desire to experience the Everest Base Camp Trek with additional rewards, there is this trek.

The 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is the starting point for the 18-day climb to Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake through Cho La Pass. The walk takes you to Kalapather and Everest base camp first, then via the Cho La Pass, and to the Gokyo Lakes. The magnificent Gokyo Ri offers views of the Gokyo valley, one of the Himalayas' unsung jewels, the enormous Ngozumpa Glacier, and picturesque vistas of the Himalayan peaks, while the trek's high point is magnificent up-close views of Mount Everest.

For many hikers, reaching Everest Base Camp is the ultimate goal. And the cause is clear. The vistas of Everest and other towering peaks are just breathtaking as the trail meanders along the base of snow giants. And by including Gokyo & Cho La pass.

Gokyo Lake, Kalapather, and Everest Base Camp Trek require excellent physical condition because you must be able to trek on difficult mountain terrain for 6 to 7 hours each day. If you have any concerns about your physical capability, no problem. Our staff and trained mountain guides will take care of everything; they are aware of your interests and demands and, above all, will ensure your safety at all times. In order to prevent mountain sickness and ensure that we acclimate according to plan, we shall ascend gradually.

If you follow basic advice, trekking to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake is generally not that challenging. However, the main issues with this trek are acute mountain sickness (AMS) and the frequently severe weather. No need to fear; heli rescue services are accessible in case of emergencies.

Difficulty Level of Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek

The Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek is known for its challenging terrain and high-altitude conditions, making it a demanding and strenuous trek. This trek combines some of the most iconic and adventurous elements of the Everest region, including crossing high mountain passes and reaching the base camp of the world's tallest peak.  One of the primary challenges of this trek is the altitude. As you ascend to significant heights, the air becomes thinner, leading to lower oxygen levels. Acute Altitude Sickness is a real concern, and trekkers must acclimatize carefully to avoid health risks. Proper acclimatization days are built into the itinerary to help mitigate this risk.

Additionally, the Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek involves crossing challenging passes, including the Cho La Pass, which can be steep and icy depending on the season. These passes demand physical fitness, stamina, and a good level of trekking experience. The terrain can be rocky and rugged, with uneven paths, so trekking poles are highly recommended to aid balance and stability. Weather conditions can also pose difficulties, as the region experiences unpredictable weather patterns, especially at higher altitudes. Winter trekking means dealing with snow and freezing temperatures, while the monsoon season can bring heavy rain and slippery trails.

Overall, while the Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek offers unparalleled beauty and adventure, it is considered a challenging trek that requires adequate physical preparation, careful acclimatization, and a strong determination to conquer the formidable Himalayan terrain. Trekkers should be in good health and possess some prior trekking experience to fully enjoy and safely complete this incredible journey.

Best time to trek to Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek

The trekking experience in the Everest region is significantly influenced by weather conditions. Therefore, it's crucial to select a season that provides the best views of the towering mountains and the natural beauty of the landscape. While weather can be unpredictable, spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are generally regarded as the optimal times to visit this destination.

Spring Season: This season is considered the best for trekking in the region. The temperature starts to rise, and the weather becomes clear. The lush greenery returns to the forests after the dormant winter, enhancing the scenic beauty. During this time, you'll have the opportunity to witness the stunning Himalayan views.

Autumn Season: This is the peak tourist season, with both international and domestic tourists flocking to the region. In Nepal, autumn is marked by festivals, adding a vibrant cultural dimension to your trek. The temperatures are ideal for trekking, with warm days. It's highly recommended to plan your visit during this season, as you may also find festive discount offers for certain plans.

Foods During Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek

Your nutrition and well-being are our top priorities during this high-altitude trek. We ensure that you receive a high-calorie diet each day to sustain your energy levels. Our open menu allows you to choose from a variety of options, including vegan choices, catering to your dietary preferences and any food allergies or restrictions you may have. Your health and satisfaction are our utmost concerns.

Accommodation during the Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek

Throughout your 14-day journey on the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo, you'll enjoy top-notch accommodations. In places like Namche, Phakding, and Lukla, you'll have the freedom to choose your preferred room. However, as you ascend and acclimatize, your choices may become more limited, and you'll typically stay in twin-sharing rooms at higher altitudes. There will be no compromise on your comfort and essential services, as Nepal Nirvana Trails is committed to providing you with the best service during the trek.

Extraordinary view during Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lake offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the grandeur of the Himalayas. Nepal is home to eight of the world's 14 mountains standing at over 8,000 meters, and the Everest region provides awe-inspiring views of peaks from five different regions. While the towering Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu are prominent, you'll also be treated to extraordinary vistas of other majestic peaks. These breathtaking views are so captivating that they have the power to make you forget the fatigue of the long trek.

Permits Required During Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek

For the Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek, you will need two essential permits to trek in the Everest region of Nepal:

  1. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: This permit is required for entry into Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to the Everest region. The cost for this permit is NPR 3,000 per person.

  2. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit: This permit is specific to the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality area, which covers much of the trekking route in the Everest region. The cost for this permit is NPR 2,000 per person.

These permits are necessary to access and trek through the designated conservation and trekking areas in the Everest region. They help fund conservation efforts and support the local communities in the area.

Highlights
  • Sightseeing in major historical sites of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan
  • Remarkable Gokyo Valley and crossing Cho La pass
  • A stunning 35-minute flight between Kathmandu and Lukla.
  • Namche Bazaar, gate to Everest
  • Khumjung sherpa village,
  • A glimpse into the life of the “mountain people” living in the heart of the Himalayas.
  • Remarkable views of the Khumbu Icefall on the slope of Mt. Everest.
  • Climbing Mt. Kalapatthar (18,225 feet) is the most accessible point from which to view Mt. Everest from its base camp to its peak. Cho La Cross and Gokyo Ri Peak climbing
  • The views from Mt. Kalapatthar include a 360-degree panorama of the surrounding mountain peaks.
  • Arriving at Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier.
Itinerary

Upon your arrival, a representative from all Nepal Hiking will receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). Our representative will transfer you to your hotel and briefly explain the trek. You may ask our guides if you’ve any queries regarding the trek. Our staff will also assist you with trek preparation. In the evening, you may enjoy the Kathmandu night around your hotel.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:40 mins driver

Early in the morning, we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla: a panoramic view of Nepal's eastern part of the Himalayas. Langtang, Gauri Shanker, Numbre, Manglungtse, and finally, Everest appear during this flight of 30 minutes. The trek begins with a short descent to the valley of the Dudh Kosi. From the village of Chaunrikarka (2621 m), the path heads north through the Sherpa villages, where they grow wheat, potatoes, corn, and vegetables. We cross the Dudh Kosi on a suspended wooden bridge.

 

 

  • Max. Altitude:2600m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:30 mins, 4-5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day begins with a walk along the Dudh Kosi. The path rises gently. On several occasions, we cross the river, pass the village Jorsale (2805 m) then begin a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Half an hour later, we can see Everest. We arrive at Namche early to learn about the famous Sherpa village and its inhabitants. Some shops and traders sell Tibetan jewelry and handicrafts from Tibet. Each week is an important market in Namche where farmers sell their crops around wheat, maize, millet, etc.

 

 

  • Max. Altitude:3440m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast,, Lunch, Dinner

Acclimatization and rest in Namche (3440 m). Visit the Sherpa capital, depending on market day and Tibetan shops.

 

 

  • Max. Altitude:3440m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We climb above Namche Bazar by a gently sloping path on the mountainside to the Col de Mong view Ama Dablam and Kantega, two of the most spectacular peaks of Nepal. We then descend to Phorte Trenga to 3600 m at the edge of the Milky River ( Dudu Khosi ). This allows a leisurely day of acclimatization to the altitude.

  • Max. Altitude:3600m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We climb steeply through rhododendrons, junipers, and conifers. This part of the trek is wonderful in spring when the rhododendrons bloom. Along the way, we meet many huts used in the summer when the Mountaineers take them to graze their herds of yaks. Some of these huts are occupied until the end of December. We pass through the villages of Tongba pastures (3960 m), Gyele ( 3960 m), and Lhabarma ( 4220 m). The view is beautiful, Tawoche Khumbila, and all during the day.

  • Max. Altitude:4450m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We regularly rise view of Cho Oyu, which rises to 8135 m, a fortress of snow and ice. We spend Pangka to 4390 m, then descend to the riverfront to back to the terminal moraine of the glacier Ngozumpa. We reach the first lake at 4720 m. We discover a second lake, 4690 m, and finally, we arrive at the Gokyo Lakes at 4750 m. Gokyo is a place for grazing yaks, consisting of seven huts.

 

 

  • Max. Altitude:4750m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is by climbing a small peak above the lake, we get the best view of the Everest region. The ascent of this peak is easy; it takes about 2 hours. From the top, the idea is unforgettable; the highest peaks of the Earth are here: Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, and Cholaste Tawachee. We then descend to Dragnak, where we spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude:4700 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We descend to Tajung Tso and cross the moraine of the glacier Ngozumpo. We arrive at Thangnak and then gradually climb up the Cho La Pass. The descent is gradual until Dzonglha.

 

 

  • Max. Altitude:4860m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:8 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We arrive at Lobuche. Superb views of Nuptse , Pumori , Lobuche Peak and Langtren .

 

 

 

  • Max. Altitude:4930 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:3 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

We skirt glacier Khumbu; the climb is relatively easy to Gorakshep. Installation at the lodge and in the afternoon can be an optional excursion to the base camp of Everest and back to Gorakshep.

 

 

  • Max. Altitude:5364 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early morning start, we ascend Kala Pattar (18,450 feet) and enjoy famous views of the Himalayas without having to climb Everest! We will enjoy tea and breakfast in the morning before our parting view of Everest and our descent. We head down the glacier and reenter the lush and beautiful valleys, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks. Upon reaching the village of Pheriche, you can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Aid Post.

 

 

  • Max. Altitude:4350m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:9 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we trek back along the Dudh Kosi River through a magnificent rhododendron forest and past brilliant waterfalls. Before reaching Namche, the trek takes us through a pine forest, where musk deer often graze in the early morning. Arriving in town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpas, and Tibetan people trading food and supplies during Namche’s market time. We stay at the Hotel with hot showers and a comfortable bed.

 

 

  • Max. Altitude:3400m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, where we spend the night at a Lodge.

 

 

  • Max. Altitude:2800m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departure Morning flight to Kathmandu. On a clear day, the view is superb on the Himalayas. Transfer to the hotel. In the evening, we'll treat you to a farewell dinner.

 

 

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:30 mins flight and 40 mins drive
  • Meals:Breakfast, Dinner

If you're returning, then we will drop you at the Tribhuwan International Airport for your onward flight.

 

 

  • Meals:Breakfast

Here are some essential tips and guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable Everest Base Camp trek:

  1. Physical Conditioning: Prioritize your physical fitness and endurance. Regularly engage in exercises like hiking, running, and strength training to prepare your body for the trek's physical demands.

  2. Acclimatization: Allocate sufficient time for acclimatization during the trek. Ascend gradually and include rest days to help your body adapt to higher altitudes and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

  3. Pack Wisely: Keep your backpack as light as possible by packing only the essentials. Remember that you'll be carrying it throughout the trek.

  4. Layering: Dress in layers to accommodate changing weather conditions. Bring warm clothing for chilly nights and higher elevations, as well as lightweight attire for lower altitudes.

  5. Hydration and Nutrition: Stay well-hydrated by drinking ample water and carry water purification tablets. Maintain energy levels with balanced meals during the trek.

  6. Quality Gear: Invest in high-quality trekking gear, including comfortable boots, appropriate clothing, a warm sleeping bag, and a waterproof jacket. Don't forget essentials like a headlamp, sunglasses, and a hat.

  7. Travel Insurance: Obtain comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and potential medical emergencies.

  8. Weather Preparedness: Be ready for unpredictable weather changes. Pack rain gear and be prepared for varying weather conditions.

  9. Listen to Your Body: Pay close attention to your body's signals and communicate any health concerns to your guide. Prioritize your well-being throughout the journey.

  10. Enjoy the Experience: Take time to savor the stunning scenery, cultural interactions, and the camaraderie of fellow trekkers. The Everest Base Camp trek is a unique and unforgettable adventure, so make the most of every moment.

Notes: The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is redirected to Ramechhap due to traffic congestion and a high influx of tourists during the high season. The high tourist season in Nepal is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). In the season of tourism, there are many international and domestic flights operating in different sectors which is more than capacities of the small Tribhuban international airport. Due to this reason, there is the problem with air traffic and delays in Lukla flights too. Lukla flights are only in the morning time and it does not fly during day time due to heavy wind and foggy weather on the way to Lukla. If the flights are from Ramechaap, there is no issue of air traffic and flight duration is also less than from Kathmandu. Flight to Ramechhap will add 5 hours approx. to your journey. It seems like an added inconvenience but let’s see the brighter side

Cost Details
Includes
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu
  • Farewell dinner
  • All accommodations and meals during the trek
  • Pickup and drop to start your trek and from the ending point to your Hotel In Kathmandu or your destination
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • All Nepal Hiking duffel bags, and a trekking map (The duffle bags are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Sleeping Bags can be rented on $30
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit, TIMS)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Early check-ins and late Check out 
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.  (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US$ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks and water, soft drinks, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek ( its payable some places)
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is respected but it is not obligatory)
Departure Dates
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Trip Date PriceStatus 
Start DateStartsJul 05, 2024End DateEndsJul 20, 2024PriceUS$1399StatusAvailable
FAQs
  • Though you can see a few non-vegetarian items on the menu of the tea houses. We strongly recommend staying on a vegetarian diet throughout the trek. Fresh meat aren't available at the trekking region. 

  • Trekking is the combination of the two trekking routes: Gokyo and EBC.

    So, the length of this trekking is longer than these two individual treks. 
    The length from Lukla to EBC is 65 km while hiking to EBC via Gokyo Lake is approximately 130 km. 

  • EBC Via Gokyo Lake trekking takes a longer time than average trekking. It covers the two separate trekking destinations, Gokyo and Everest Base Camp.

    The different agency offers different time for this trek. It may vary between 16 days and 24 days. The standard time of the trek is 21 days.

    You can choose the days provided by different agencies as you see fit. All Nepal Hiking provides the customization of days you want. However, we recommend you the standard 19 days trekking in the route. There are other several aspects that can decide the cost of trekking to Everest Base Camp. All Nepal Hiking provides a special package at just $1499 per person.

  • Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake Trekking is comparatively considered tougher than EBC Trek only. But it is less difficult than Island Peak Climbing and Mera Peak Climbing.

    You will pass through the Cho La Pass which roads are challenging but rewarding.

  • When to do it?

    The best time to do this trekking is Spring and Fall which avoid the monsoon season. The Spring months include March, April, and May while post-monsoon aka Fall includes October, November, and December.

    The weather during this time is the best as well as you can enjoy a clearer view of the mountains.

    When not to do?

    Though you can go there in Winter and Monsoon, it is not recommended as the weather will be more challenging. In winter, from December to February, it is extremely cold but you can enjoy the clear skies and mountains too.

    And during the monsoon, from June to August, there is a high chance of landslides and muddy roads.

Clients Reviews
  • green star

    Awesome and memorable trip with Raj and All Nepal Hiking team

    Thanks for the team to make my dream come true. Such an amazing trip. Without Raj and team i couldnt make it. Raj has 20 years experience working in this sector so he knows the mountain so well. Every time we got trouble he always cared and motivated us to keep going. Hes such an awesome trek guide :)

    H
    Hạ VVietnam,May 2024
  • green star

    Unforgettable experience with all nepal hiking

    An extraordinary experience for trekking to EBC, an unforgettable experience, thank you All Nepal Hiking for helping a lot so that this trek can be successful 💪🏿

    M
    michel kweektartoIndonesia,May 2024