18 days Everest Base Camp Trekking with Gokyo Cho-La pass
Everest Base camp trekking with Gokyo Cho-La pass is one of challenging and adventurous trekking itineraries in Everest region. Diversified landscapes, known unknown peaks, towering mountains, genuinely appeal numbers of trekkers to embrace the challenge. Everest Base Camp Trekking with Gokyo Cho-La pass receives high admiration from frequent and new trekkers.
The itinerary Everest base camp trekking with Gokyo Cho-La pass combines both the Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp through one of the famous pass, Cho-La pass (5370m). Trekker can see a clear portrait of Mount Everest and surrounding landscape from Gokyo. Equally important, the achievement of conquering base camp in the single itinerary of Everest Base camp trekking with Gokyo Cho-La pass. Crossing Cho-La pass from Gokyo to reach Base camp in the snowline zone is the most difficult part of trekking.
Trekker mostly treks through dense upper temperate forest of pines and juniper in between Lukla and Namche Bazaar. The landscape sharply changes upon reaching sub-alpine village Namche Bazaar. After proper acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, trekker continues the journey to Gokyo crossing settlements like Dole and Machhermo. Trekking through numerous small gullies and open meadows, trekker reaches Gokyo valley.
Upon capturing the astonishing view from Gokyo Ri, trekker follows a rocky, snowy and isolated path from Gokyo to reach base camp through Cho-La pass. Stepping Everest base camp and enjoying a close-up view of Mount Everest from Kalapatthar, itinerary Everest Base camp trekking with Gokyo Cho-La pass climaxes. Trekking gradually descends to Dingboche, Tengboche, Namche and ultimately Lukla.
Trekker can spot different types of mammals and birds during Everest base camp trekking with Gokyo Cho-La pass. Especially, around places like Dole and Tengboche, rich in sub-alpine forest of juniper, birch, blue pine, and firs. Musk deer often crosses the trekking path of trekkers. Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan monal, blood pheasant can be spotted in steep slopes. Moreover, trekker can spot some other bird species in snowline of Gokyo lake and Lobuche as well.
Sherpa is the ethnic group around the Everest trekking region that follows Buddhism. The people in the lower trekking region are engaged in tourism, agriculture and animal husbandry. In contrast, people in upper trekking region relies on income from tea houses and other tourism business.
Undoubtedly Everest base camp trekking with Gokyo Cho-La pass delivers adventure, thrill as per the expectation of trekker. Trekkers also can choose either Everest base camp or only Gokyo valley trekking depending upon their choice and number of days they have. Moreover, level of adventure trekker wants during trekking.
Day 1 International Arrival in Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu,Permit preparation day, briefing by official executive, handing assignment to guide
Day 3 Fly to Lukla(2845m) and Trek to Phakding(2650m)
Day 4 Trek From Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Day 5 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Day 6 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole(4200m)
Day 7 Trek from Dole to Machhermo(4450m)
Day 8 Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo(4780m)
Day 9 Acclimatization day in Gokyo, Trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m) in the morning.
Day 10 Trek from Gokyo to Dragnag (4750m)
Day 11 Trek from Dragnag to Dzonghla(4440m) Via Cho-La Pass(5370m)
Day 12 Trek from Dzonghla to Lobuche(4930m)
Day 13 Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep(5160m) Continue to EBC(5364m) back to Gorakshep
Day 14 Gorakshep to Kalapathhar (5600m) and trek back to Pheriche(4245m)
Day 15 Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Day 16 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2845m)
Day 17 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 18 International Departure
Detailed Day to Day Itinerary
We will drive you straight to your hotel in private vehicle as soon as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. We will give you short briefing on our final agreed program. And if you are the first time traveler in Nepal we will give information about restaurant, ATM, money exchanges and other useful information until we meet for next day.
There are various major cultural historical and religious places around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur for sightseeing. Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar square are our top lists. Most of them are listed on UNESCO world heritage sites. Later in the evening we will arrange dinner with your trekking guide. Equally important you can know each other and talk about your trekking itineraries.
Flying to Lukla is always a thrill. The 45 mins flight from Kathmandu highly depends upon vulnerable weather. You need a lot of patience to fly to Lukla since most of the time the flights are delayed. As you fly you can see beautiful Himalayan ranges on Northern part. You can take a short tea break in Lukla until your guide finds porters to carry your luggage. You are already in upper forested temperate region so you can already see some beautiful landscape as soon as you land in Lukla. Easy walk for 3hr to reach Phakding.
After crossing suspension bridge at Phakding we trek by the bank of Dudhkoshi river .The beautiful pine forest dominates the most of the vegetation. The trail is fairly easy with gentle up and down with numerous suspension bridges. Passing by Monjo and entering Jorsalle valley the trek continues by the bank of river fairly straight with small up and down. We reach a famous suspension bridge and climb steep up to reach the biggest permanent sub alpine village of region, the Namche Bazaar. You can see a glimpse of Mount Everest(8848m) for the first time as you trek to Namche.
Acclimatization is necessary to adjust your body and mind with the change of altitude, environment ,humidity and temperature for the success of trekking. You will make a day hike to the ridge of Namche where you can see magnificent views of numerous peaks and high mountains from the top. Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde peak are some notable peaks and mountains. Spending an hour at the top and you will trek to another nearby beautiful village Khumjung. Most of the young men of Khumjung are engaged in tourism while women spend their days in household and seasonal agriculture. You can see lots of contribution made my sir Edmund Hillary on this village . You can see awesome Namche village from top ridge while you trek back down to Namche. A day hike to Thame is another absolute fasciniating option to acclimatize.
Instead of following traditional route to Everest Base Camp,we head further North to reach Dole from Namche Bazaar.The trail is fairly easy gentle and flat till we reach Sanasha. From Sanasha the trail is steep climb up for an hour and the trail becomes flat and dusty just before reaching Mongla. Mongla is another beautiful spot to view the massive Everest valley .Passing by sub-alpine forest there is always good chances to spot Musk deer,Himalayan Thar,and numerous alpine pheasants. The road is steep down to Phortse Thanga at the bank of Dudhkoshi river through alpine forest .The trekking path becomes more pleasant with rhododendron forest .We trek gradual up to reach Dole from Phortse Thanga.
The trekking hour is less so your body can acclimatize automatically in high altitude. The day is easy and short from Dole to Machhermo with about 3-4 hr walk. The alpine vegetation starts to appear, mainly the dry meadows with small bush of juniper trees. The wide and open terrain let you see the magnificent Cho-Oyu(8188m) just upfront your trekking path. Other peaks are Cholatse,Taboche,Khantega,and numerous black rocky cliffs all around you. Ascending and descending numerous small gullies will finally take you to hidden settlement of Machhermo. You may take short and easy walk around the ridges of Machhermo to see the magnificent glacial landscapes after enrolling in your lodge.
You climb the small section of Machhermo ridge as the day starts. A small descend to Pangka gives the beautiful sight of isolated icy and rocky terrain consumed by Ngozumba glacier. The path is easy and flat but the altitude makes the footsteps heavy and time consuming. Climb the last section of the rocky path to reach one of the sixth sacred lakes in Gokyo valley. The path continues to be flat and wind-up just to spot another lake which is much bigger than the first one. You can see Gokyo ri ridge as you continue and soon you are in third lake, Dudhpokhari lake .You can see few seasonal trekking tea houses at the bank of the lake where you spend your night.
As the daybreak we climb to Gokyo Ri the most awaited moment of the trekking trip. The trail is zigzag up demanding lot of energy to climb. You will get exhausted with few steps but the panoramic view that gradually appears at your back motivates you to continue. After 2 hr of climbing you are at the top from where you can see vistas of Everest trekking region with Cho-yu, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Nuptse, Tawache on horizon with stretched and infinite Ngozumpa glacier. A small ridge separates the Ngozumpa glacier and Gokyo village an amazing landscape worth to stare at. Returning back to Gokyo village you will have plenty time to explore around fourth and fifth lakes that lies on the foothill of Cho-yu and in the deep heart of Gokyo valley. Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cholatse ranges has entirely new view than usually you had seen before.
The trekking distance is short for today about 2 hr walk but still altitude and low level of oxygen in the atmosphere makes the climb time consuming. Every steps cost high level of energy and stamina. The path remains icy for most of the time and late in autumn most of the time you need to abandon the trekking due to harsh weather. We cross the section of vast Ngozumpa glacier to reach Dragnag at the foothill of Cho-La pass.
The most difficult and demanding part of the trekking is just awaiting you. The steep climb on icy and rocky path need some experiences on mountain. The weather keeps changing so it is always better to keep eye on each other and remain as group and follow the instructions. The narrow trail leads to the top of the pass adorned by prayer flags and voila you made it. The beautiful view of Ama Dablam , Cholatse, Tawache and Lobuche east makes all hard walk worthy. The path now mostly descends to reach another temporary alpine settlement Dzonghla.
The trekking starts to get easier as the trail descends down. You can see wide Pheriche valley down and beautiful view of Tawache, Lobuche and Pokalde surrounding you while Pumori, Nuptse and Ama Dablam are seen far in horizon. The lively vegetation appears mainly green meadows as you trek down to Thugla ridges. The path is winding flat and rocky as you trek further to reach hidden settlement of Lobuche.
The long awaited day starts after trekking breakfast .The first part of trekking is gentle up the valley of Lobuche on icy meadow and the path becomes more rocky and hostile as we further trek to Gorakshep. The Pumori peak is seen more beautiful than ever before. Gorakshep is the last temporary human settlement(tea houses) in this region that lies in open and flat land that lies on the foot of Kalapatthar. After short break on Gorakshep our trekking continues for Everest Base Camp. The path is rocky and is eaten up by massive glaciers. Huge icebergs and small natural water ponds are seen as we trek to Everest Base Camp.In the right side you see huge Mount Nuptse and flank of Lhotse. You can see the prayer flags on the piled up stones . Congratulation to you, you made to Everest Base Camp. We retrace same path to Gorakshep.
Early in the morning we climb to Kalapatthar a windy hill that lies on the top of Gorakshep and on the south ridge of mount Pumori. From Kalapatthar you can see close up view of Mount Everest surrounded by Changtse and Nuptse. We can even spot northern flank and summit of Lhotse .You can see massive Khumbu glacier below down the foot of mountains. After picture session we trek back down to Gorakshep. After Gorakshep we retrace the same path up to Lobuche,we took earlier.Then we trek down to open flat plateau of Pheriche passing Thugla. The afternoon becomes windy and sun stroking. The alpine vegetation gradually reappears mainly small bushes and meadows.
The lively green vegetation and landscape starts to appear as we trek down from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar. The day becomes much more calm and easy. We climb gentle up to reach Tyangboche by the bank of river for an hour after crossing bridge and descend down to reach Phortse Thenga. A gradual climb from Phortse Thenga followed by straight and flat path takes to our destination Namche Bazaar. A busy,crowded and happening place for trekkers all around Everest trekking region.
The last day of trekking. We follow down the same trail we took earlier while climbing up. The trail is steep down the forest. After crossing the suspension bridge we trek small ups and downs to reach Lukla followed by green upper temperate region forests of pine,juniper and rhododendron broken by some lower alpine trees. You can enjoy the last dinner with your guide and porter as a tribute their hard work for making your trekking successful.
A final good bye to Everest trekking region. We take a short flight from Lukla to reach Kathmandu. After refreshment and relaxing in your hotel you can take evening walk around the town to buy some souvenirs for your relatives and friends.
Our office representative will be in your hotel 3 hour prior your flight time to drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport.
- All Airport Transfers.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast.
- Tea House Accommodation during Trekking.
- 3 Meals in Trekking Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
- Air and Road transportation as per the agreement made.
- All the necessary trekking staffs and porters for the trekking including 1 English speaking guide.
- All the paper works and documents required for the trekking including all the permits.
- Sleeping Bag.
- Salary, wages, food, accommodation and transportation of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
- Insurance of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
- First Aid Kit Bag(specially for Nepali staffs).
- All local taxes and fares.
What's not included?
- International Flight Fare.
- Visa fees.
- Travel Insurance (mandatory) of all the clients that needs to cover medical and Helicopter evacuation.
- Expenses of Personal nature (Laundry bill/Telephone bill/Equipment Charging Bill/Bar bill etc).
- Expenses incurred due to the unexpected situation (Strike/Natural calamities).
- Tip to trekking staffs.
- All Expenses not mentioned on Cost Includes section.
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) on Everest Base Camp Trekking with Gokyo and Cho-La pass
1. What is Everest Base Camp Trekking with Gokyo and Cho-La pass?
Everest base camp trekking is named after the Mount Everest 8848m and base camp is the place from where mountaineering expedition is carried out for Mount Everest. However, the addition of famous Gokyo valley gives this itinerary thrill with wide exploration opportunity on Everest trekking region. Cho-La pass connects the base camp and Gokyo valley.
2. How can I go to Everest Base Camp trekking with Gokyo and Cho-La pass ?
You take an early morning short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and start your trekking on the same day. Trek to Gokyo valley and continue your trekking to Everest Base Camp through Cho-La pass (5370m).
3. What is the landscape features of Everest Base Camp trekking with Gokyo and Cho-La pass in general ?
You are already on Forested temperate landscape as soon as you land on Lukla then trekking gradually ends on icy isolated and hostile landscape to Gokyo valley and stretches further to Everest Base Camp with Cho-La pass (5370m).
4. Why Everest Base Camp trekking with Gokyo and Cho-La pass is popular itineary?
Gokyo ri(557m) in Gokyo valley is the hill from where you can see Mount Everest from bottom to top along with numerous peaks and mountains while it has been always matter of challenge and pride among the trekkers stepping the Everest Base Camp though landscape has nothing beautiful to offer unless you climb Kalapatthar.
5. What kind of weather and temperature can I expect during trekking?
The weather and temperature is highly unpredictable on mountain but generally during March April May (spring) and September October November (autumn) you can expect clear and warm day while evening will be cloudy and cold. The temperature is freezing in morning and evening in upper trekking region while lower region is considerably cold.
6. What equipment do I need to trek to Everest Base Camp with Gokyo and Cho-La pass Trek?
Good pair of trekking boots, thermal wear, fleece jacket, Down jacket, light weight wind cheater, trekking pants and shorts, long sleeve and short sleeves T-shirts, rug sack or duffel bag, personal day bag, gloves, enough pair of socks, sunglasses, headlight, woolen beanie caps, water bottle, personal toiletries , gadgets and books depending on number of days.
7. I am amateur trekker in Nepal, is this trekking suitable for me?
We genuinely do not recommend this trekking itinerary for amateur trekkers until they have some experience of trekking on other trekking regions of Nepal.
8. How flexible is Everest Base camp with Gokyo and Cho-La pass trekking itinerary?
There is always possibility to add or reduce 1-2 days on this standard itinerary with exchange of some emails but we will never compromise with the safety issue of clients neglecting the delicacy of this trekking region.
9. What if I finish Everest Base Camp with Gokyo and Cho-La pass trekking before schedule date?
We strongly advise you to follow the agreed final itinerary since we do not refund the trekking money, but somehow if you finish earlier we will always try our best to adjust the reservation of your accommodation and flight but cannot be guaranteed.
10. What permits and documents do I need to trek to Everest Base Camp with Gokyo and Cho-La pass trekking?
Sagarmatha National Park fee ( Np fee) and Pasang Lahmu VDC local tax is required to trek on this region.
11. What kind of food and Room can I expect during Everest Base Camp with Gokyo and Cho-La pass trekking?
Generally the food is fresh, tasty and can choose wide range of dishes from menu cooked by moderately professional cooks. You will get comfortable and clean common twin bed room throughout trekking but Everest Base Camp and Gokyo is extremely busy with countable tea houses so sometime it is really difficult to get good room.
12. What about drinking water during trekking?
Plastic water bottle are available in tea houses but it is highly recommended to avoid plastic bottles and use boil water instead, as well you may buy high grade water purification tablets on your home country or in Nepal.
13. What can I expect from Nepali staff?
Guide speaks good English so there will be no any problem for communication while porter might or might not speak English but you can always speak with your guide to know more about the porter. Nepalese trekking guide are friendly and responsible with good sense of humor so you can open up for any conversation you like.
14. Do I need to buy Medical and evacuation Insurance?
Yes,this is mandatory. You can purchase the insurance policy on your home country or we can assist you to buy the policy in Nepal.
15. Do I need special vaccination or Medical assessment before starting Everest Base Camp with Gokyo and Cho-La pass trekking?
Generally any kind of vaccination is not required. But,if you have long term health problem and under regular surveillance of your doctor it is recommended to consult your doctor. Though we provide basic medicines to our Nepalese staff but for you we advise to bring the general medicine from your own country.
16. Is there risk of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS)?
Yes there is high risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) if you choose random trekking itineraries and do not follow the standard itinerary whereas we always provide you the best and safe itineraries to avoid this deadly situation.
17. What should I do if I get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
We are always concerned with your safety. We suggest talking with your guide ASAP and descend to safe altitude and if the situation doesn’t get any better we evacuate you immediately with helicopter and take you for further medical examination.
18. What is the price of Everest Base Camp with Gokyo and Cho-La pass Trekking?
We have provided you various options on our website homepage to know approximate price regarding the trekking in Nepal; however there is always room to reach final agreement through private emails if there is any and we assure you there will be no any extra cost once we reach the agreement.
You are always welcome to send us private messages for the information that you could not find in this section regarding Everest Base Camp with Gokyo and Cho-La pass Trekking. We will always provide the accurate information within 12 hours upon receiving your messages.
Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.