Short Gokyo-Cho La-Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

5 Reviews
  • 15 Days
  • High Passes Trek
  • USD 1460
  • 5545m

Short Gokyo-Cho La-Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

Trip At Glance

Duration:

15 days

Accommodation:

3 star Hotel in Kathmandu Best Available Lodge in Trekking

Meals:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Activities:

Active walking flight to Lukla Kathmandu sightseeing explore Sherpa culture

Overview And Highlights

Constantly admitted as Everest Circuit Trek, Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is one of the best Everest trekking packages. Trekking to Gokyo lakes and then to Everest Base camp is arduous. But with adequate trekking experience and preparations, you can complete this trekking with ease. 

Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo lake trek takes you to Gokyo Lakes, Cho La pass at 5,330 metres, and ends at Everest base camp, Kalapatthar at 5,364 metres. The rough terrain of this route makes it an arduous yet thrilling trekking route in the Himalayas.

Aesthetic Gokyo valley sits on the remote landscape of the Everest region. It is home to 19 oligotrophic lakes and some 8000 metres tall peaks. A short trip to Gokyo Ri in the morning is the best option for the panoramic scenery around the valley.  Hiking Cho La Pass, sightseeing from Gokyo Ri over pristine Gokyo Lakes and mountains are the best attractions of the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes. 

Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and so forth are the prominent peaks you'll see throughout Everest base camp trekking via Gokyo lakes and Cho La pass. The rugged landscape of Gokyo is rich with the natural aesthetics that lure travellers as flowers attract the bees. The giant ice ridge between Gyachung and Cho Oyu is elegant, adding delight to this outlook. 

Not only natural aesthetics but Gokyo valley is also known for tribal festivals. A picturesque village at the bank of Gokyo Lake and the flawless Himalayan lifestyle of Sherpa is the best attraction of Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo trek. People here celebrate the Dumje festival during April and perform the Mani Rimdu dance. The preserved culture and rituals at Gokyo make it a perfect place for trekking. 

Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek - Itinerary Overview

The 15 days Everest Base camp trek via Gokyo and Cho La Pass starts from Lukla. The hike to Phakding includes hiking along the Dudh Koshi River and crossing many suspension bridges en route. It acts as an appetiser for the EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Lake trek. Acclimatisation for a day at Namche Bazaar makes you feel adapted to the high altitude of the Everest trekking route. 

We head to Phortse Thanga for six hours after completing acclimatisation at Namche. On the sixth day of our Everest base camp Chola Pass and Gokyo lake trek, we'll hike to Machhermo. On the following day from Machhermo, we'll trek to Gokyo valley. 

Before heading for Everest base camp, we'll acclimatise at Gokyo valley. On this day, you can hike to Gokyo Ri for the best sightseeing in the Everest region.

On the next day, we'll resume our hike to Thangnak and then to Cho La pass on the next day. From Cho La Pass, we'll hike further to Dzongla and Lobuche. On the 11th day of the EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Lake trek, we'll hike to Gorak Shep and then trek to Everest base camp. 

After Everest sightseeing from Kala Patthar, we'll head back to Pheriche, Namche, Lukla, and fly back to Kathmandu.

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

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Today early in the morning we assist you to airport from where we fly a scenic flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. Lukla the most dangerous airstrip of Nepal is one beautiful place to visit. After we land our representative will escort your accessories and then we began our trek all the way to Phakding. We start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. Overnight at lodge.

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Today we trek from Phakding al the way to the gate way town to Everest region. Namche Bazaar one of the most famous name at khumbu region is the trade center of Everest region. The walk today is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Benkar village. We cross more bridges and reach entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked in order to keep record of trekkers and local trekking staffs as well. Passing through scenic natural surrounded and colored Sherpa villages we trek all the way to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at lodge.

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Today after breakfast we set out towards Tengboche, enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows more or less smooth trail with few ups and downs which will not bother us as the magnificent view of the Himalayas keeps our company all through the journey. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. Overnight at Lodge.

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Today early morning enchanted scenic beauty of Tengboche takes our breath away. The mountain panorama includes ranges of Kangtega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Kwangde, Tengboche, Lhotse and Nuptse. We start the day journey through the trial that follows through Imja Khola upstream. Descending rapidly from the Tengboche meadow to the river bank, the track traverses a deep forest of birch and rhododendron with magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. As we reach Deboche, a charming place amidst the woods. Explore the sightseeing places around and then overnight at lodge.

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The walk is pleasant as we leave Dingboche through stone walled fields and alpine landscape. We take the trial from Dingboche through Imja Khola valley to land raven by glacier moraines amidst towering formidable mountains. We walk leisurely as our schedule for today is only 3 - 4 hours trek. While walking through the valley, Lhotse towers on our left and Ama Dablam on our right. After walking about 3 km, we reach at yak herdman's place called Bibre. Straight ahead, beyond a terminal moraine wall, soars the Island peak (Imja Tse), a most popular trekking peak. The pyramidal Imja Tse looks awesome with its step rock and-icy south face. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. We reach Chhukung in about half an hour from Bibre. There are glaciers and massive snowy mountains all around the place. We might choose to hike to the rocky knoll of Chhukung Ri which offers stunning views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu and several others including Baruntse. Overnight at lodge.

Today will be full day rest and acclimatization at Chhukung. The view from Chhukung and further up the valleys on the moraines towards Island Peak (6189 m) are tremendous. We grasp this opportunity to climb the Chhukung Ri or climb to the base camp of Island Peak. Explore the sightseeing and religious places around. At evening enjoy delicious dinner at lodge and rest overnight.

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5535

Today after breakfast we trek from Chhukung crossing Kongma La pass all the way to Lobuche. We trek for 6-7hours passing dense forest and steep climbing. We really enjoy the isolation of the area and absolute nature!! We can select to go via any of the possible trails - either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Crossing via fascinating sightseeing site and passing via various colored and cultural villages we reach to our destination. Enjoy evening dinner and rest overnight.

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Today after early morning breakfast we start our trek trekking the rough trail of Everest region from Lobuche via Gorak Shep all the Way to Everest base camp. The trekking trail is covered into snow and the scenic beauty presents is flawless. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. You will be offered with delighted Himalayan beauty and the clear sight of Mt Everest above. Enjoy evening dinner at the base camp and rest overnight.

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Today we start our trek early. We climb all the way to the top of Kalapathar to visualize the first shine of the sun at mighty Everest. This view is the best and most common view at khumbu region. Kala Patthar is the best Himalayan sightseeing area of khumbu region. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Further, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. This is an adventurous trekking tail flourished with huge amount of risk and beauties. We take as many pictures as we can and take the in view with our mind's eye to last lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and wait other participants to return back. Enjoy evening dinner and rest overnight.

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Hotel
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Today we start our trek without any rush. This is the shortest trekking day. Today we trek from Lobuche all the way to Dzongla trekking for 3-4hours. The path to Dzongla branches off from the main trail some distance from Lobuche. After crossing a stream we come through a fork and later curving round to the wide gravelly river bed of the stream. As it flows southwestward, the trail runs across it and climbs the ridge ahead. Following the trail and enjoying the scenic beauty all around us we trek all the way to Dzongla. Enjoy evening dinner at hotel and rest overnight.

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4800

Today early in the morning we trek from Dzongla crossing Cho La pass via Thangnak all the way to Gokyo. We will be greeted by the gripping sight of Cholatse ominous over. Today is going to be one of the toughest days of our trip. The walk begins as we crossways through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring stream coated with ice at places. Following the scenic and adventurous trekking trail and enjoying the sightseeing and cultural experience from the inhabitants we reach to Gokyo. At evening enjoy dinner and rest overnight.

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Rest and acclimatization day at Gokyo. After breakfast we go to explore the sightseeing sites and lakes around Gokyo valley. This fascinating place is blessed with beautiful lakes and highest pass that offers you an astonishing view of mighty Himalayas. Gokyo is famous for its six charming lakes and grand sightseeing site Gokyo Ri. We visit the HOLY and sightseeing places and return back to lodge. Enjoy evening inner and rest overnight

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Following the trail today we trek from Marlung all the way to Namche Bazaar. We trek descending from the Everest trekking trail after visualizing some of the most scenic natural calamities and wilderness flourished with natural and cultural beauty. Enjoy evening exploring at the market of Namche Bazaar. Enjoy evening delicious dinner and rest overnight.

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3440

Today after breakfast we descend through the same root we trekked all the way from Namche bazaar to lukla. Lukla the most scenic hilly village consisting of the most adventurous and dangerous airport of Nepal. Explore around at Lukla and visit Lukla airstrip. Enjoy evening dinner and rest overnight.

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Today we fly a scenic flight from Lukla airstrip all the way to Kathmandu valley. Enjoy the exotic flight and resemble the memories and visual you have visualized throughout the trek. Explore around Kathmandu valley or rest overnight.

What Is Included ?

• Pick up and drop facilities from Airport-Hotel-Airport (by private car)

• Welcome and farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with live cultural program.

• Stays in 3 star standard hotels or clean lodge/guest houses during the trek. (as per availability)

• Every meals during the trek.( breakfast, lunch, dinner, including tea and coffees)

• Seasonable fresh fruit.

• Experienced, well trained, English speaking guide with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period.(4:1)

• One porter for each two member in a group (with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period)

• Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per itinerary.

• Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)

• Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

• All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (national Park Permit, TIMS)

• Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)

• All government and local taxes.

What Is Excluded?

• Tips for guides porters and drivers

• Nepalese visa fee.

• Extra night accommodation due to any reason in Kathmandu.

• Extra luggage charge.

• Person expenses not included in the itinerary.

 

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FAQs

Everest base camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trek is moderate grade trekking in the Everest region. But, some parts of this trekking trail are challenging for inexperienced trekkers. The hiking track to the Everest base camp trek is rough and follows ups and downs hikes. Rocks and boulders are throughout the trekking trail of Everest base camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trek. 

On the way to Gokyo, you have to walk through some glaciers. In such parts of the hike, the trails often get slippery. Thus, crampons and trekking poles make the walk a lot easier. 

Altitude sickness is prone at high altitudes when you don't acclimate your body with proper rest. At the high altitudes of Everest base camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trekking, you'll get a low amount of natural oxygen to breathe.

Everest base camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trekking is mostly at higher places above 5,000 metres. But, trekkers on this route start developing signs of altitude sickness around Namche Bazar. It includes nausea, vomiting, insomnia, dizziness, etc. 

Trekkers try to avoid acclimatisation and want to ascend without any rest. Thus, they get altitude sickness. Also, without any proper medical attention, you may die. 

Thus, we at Actual Adventure care for our valued clients. We plan the trip in a way that you'll get enough rest and break between the trek days. Also, we use experienced trekking guides and porters to make your Everest base camp trekking a lot easier. 

It is always better to have your travel insurance before heading for Everest base camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trek. Why? Because situations on trekking above 5,000 metres can become unpredictable at any time.

The most important thing your travel insurance for Everest base camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trek covers in this trekking is medical expenses. You may need emergency evacuation in a helicopter. If you don't have travel insurance, you'll have to pay more than 300k for the helicopter cost of evacuation. But, travel insurance covers your expenses. 

Thus, to get immediate attention and a medical guarantee, we recommend all our valued clients buy travel insurance. 

Accommodation in high altitude trekking is tea house based. These lodges are convenient to accommodate in Everest base camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trek. It provides the basic requirements of food and lodging. 

Most importantly, these lodges are affordable and provide necessary services. If you want a single bedroom, you can have one. But in peak season, you have to adjust to twin sharing rooms. 

You can have wifi and hot showers at these places. But, they charge extra money for every service you take. 

Yes! For Everest base camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trek, you must have a porter and a guide. If you trek to Everest base camp, you'll complete it without any porter. The trek to Everest base camp is much easier than from Gokyo to Everest base camp. To make the hike easy, you need to lower the backpack weight. Thus, a porter is essential to carry your backpack. 

Porter on Everet carries around 30kg. It lets you share the backpack with another trekker. 

Also, an experienced Everest trekking guide is crucial in this trek. With proper guidance and fluency in English, Everest base camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trek guides make your conversation and guidance a lot easier. 

If you go through a local tour agency like us, we'll manage all the porter and guide costs in the package. Thus, you don't have to worry about them.

Read our Everest base camp trek-cost breakdown blog to know more about the price of a guide and porter to Everest base camp. 

Yes! You can get internet services at high-altitude places like Gokyo. In the last decade, the tea houses to Everest base camp route via Gokyo and Cho La Pass have significantly improved the services to travellers. 

The people here run solar-powered wi-fi support for the valued customers. When you book the Everest base camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trek with us, we'll manage the best tea house for you with internet service.

But don't forget, the internet service in the mountains is not as smooth and stable as in Kathmandu. 

If you are an independent traveller to the Everest region and want to know about internet services in the Everest region, read our Everest Base Camp trek blog to get an idea of the cost of internet and other services. 

Your Everest base camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trek starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Apart from the flight, the trekking runs for two long weeks. It takes you through the diverse yet alluring landscape of the Everest region. 

Even though the trekking is two weeks long, there will be plenty of days where you'll acclimatise. Also, there are some days when you have to hike for only a few hours. Apart from all, the best sightseeing experience from Cho La Pass, Gokyo Ri, and Kala Patthar makes this trek a lifelong experience. Our guides will entertain you throughout Everest base camp trekking via Gokyo and Cho La pass. 

The trek will be somehow challenging while crossing Ngozumpa Glacier to Gokyo. But, with crampons and trekking poles alongside our best guidance, you'll traverse it successfully. 

On returning to Kathmandu, you'll head to Lobuche, Pheriche, and finally back to Lukla to catch a flight. 

During the months of Spring and Autumn, Everest base camp is people's favourite. So, in the peak season, you'll encounter many trekkers on this route. 

But, compared to Everest base camp trekking, this route is less crowded during the peak season. The moderate to the somewhat arduous grade of this trek is why fewer travellers prefer the Gokyo route. 

Nepali nationals are free to trek the Everest region. For foreign nationals, there are some permits that you must obtain. Indian and other SAARC nationals also have to pay the permit fees, but less than western travellers. 

There are two main permits for Everest region trekking. 

One is the Sagarmatha National Park permit which costs USD 25. Another permit is Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit which costs USD 17. If you wish to take the classic Everest base camp trek route from Jiri, you must get Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit for USD 17. 

Learn more about the cost of Everest base camp trek permits here.

Everest Base Camp with helicopter return is a moderate-grade trek. The best gears are a must for the Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return. Thus, proper preparations and the best trekking gear complete this trek with ease. 

To name a few, you must have Trekking Boots, Trekking Poles, Thermal inner wear, Windproof gloves, Innerwears, etc.

Also, Toilet paper, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, and Lip Balms are a must. For photography and sightseeing, you can also carry a camera and binoculars.

To know more about the trekking gears for this trek, read our Complete Packing Guide for Everest region Trekking

The best time for Everest region trekking is Spring and Autumn. Why? For the best Everest sightseeing, the best months are April, March, and May. Also, rain-free days and clear weather days in these months make Everest base camp trekking one of the best. 

The mild temperature in the daytime makes hiking comfortable. Also, during this time, you can find trekkers to chat with. 

Read our Best Season for Everest Trekking for a clear understanding of the weather and temperature in the Everest region.

Yes! You should buy trekking gear for yourself. We don't provide any trekking gears for you in the Everest base camp. 

There are many trekking gear stores in Thamel from where you can buy things you need. You can get them at lower prices too. 

For Everest base camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trek, there are some places where you have to cross the glaciers. In such locations, trekking shoes won't work. Thus, a pair of crampons will be handy to make the hike easier and non-slippery. 

For your convenience, there are many gear stores in Thamel from where you can hire trekking gears at cheap rates. 

Trip Reviews (5)

Awesome Trekking Experience!

I’m glad doing this trek with Everest Base camp Treks and tours. They were amazing and everything was on point. Thank you for your superb service and great trek. 

 

 

 Ewan Roger

Monday, 15 August, 2022


Highly Recommended

Cannot explain the experience in words. It was fantastic and I can highly recommend these guys and Everest Base Camp Treks and Tours. 

 

 

 

Marry Duryea

Monday, 15 August, 2022


Fantastic Trek!

The trek was fantastic. Thank you to Sujan, Uttam and my guide Phurba for helping me during my trek and stay in Nepal. And also thanks to the very talented CEO, Mr Kedar Neupane for wonderful services and management. I really had no problems and the trek went so good that I cannot wait to come back to Nepal again. Loads of Love Nepal! 

 

 

Derek Harris

Monday, 15 August, 2022


Experience for a lifetime!

It was one of the toughest treks I did so far and away more challenging to my expectations. Had I not chosen Everest Base Camp Treks and tours I may not have completed my trek. Pasang my guide took a very good care of me during the whole trek and I’m thankful I didn’t get major altitude sickness. The team members of the company were very helpful and king. They gave me very homely environment and treated as a part of their family. Had a wonderful time in Nepal and I’ll cherish these moments for forever.

 

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Tyler West

Monday, 15 August, 2022


Great Service!

15 days Gokyo-Chola-Everest Base Camp Trek was a wonderful experience and I thank Everest Base Camp trekking tours for all that I’ve received during my stay in Nepal. The views were stunning and people were very helpful. Nepal is truly amazing and so are the peoples here! I promise to be back very soon. 

 

 

 

Chad Carson

Monday, 15 August, 2022


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