Gokyo Lake – Chola Pass – Everest Base Camp Trekking - 16 Days

Gokyo Lake ChoLa Pass trekking is one of the best treks to explore the adventures and beauty that Khumbu region has to offer. The trek leads to the most spectacular destinations from glacier moraines and valleys to the base camps of the mountain giants. The trek to the lap of the highest peak in the world is one of the most cherished memories of a lifetime.

The trek explores Sagarmatha National park that protects the exotic biodiversity of Nepal. The rhododendron and pine forest trails include Red Panda, Musk deer, Snow leopards, and mountain goats. The trail from cities to valleys and icy glaciers is a truly natural experience.

Many traditional villages with unique cultures and monuments are explored in the route. We get a glimpse into the adventurous lifestyles in the difficult high altitude regions. The warm hospitality and customs add a cultural flavor to the adventurous trek.

Trek covers diverse terrain from valleys and hills to mountains for an eclectic experience. The highlights of the trek are:

– Lukla airport is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Known for its short runway in front of a hill and a gorge makes every flight an exciting experience.

– Gokyo is another famous place in the Khumbu region. It comprises of a village with few huts at the highest altitude in the world. It lies at the base of Gokyo Ri which is a peak at 5357 m. It is also famous for the five tranquil, turquoise lakes that are sacred to Hindus and Buddhists.

Everest base camp is the lap of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. It is famous for the formidable mountain giants like Cho Oyu, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam among others. Check out our Everest Luxury trek.

– Cho la (5420m) is a challenging pass that connects Dzongla and Thaknak villages.

– The trail is also famous for ice falls, glaciers, moraines, frozen lakes, and peaks.

– There are some monasteries (Tengboche), stupas, chortens and Mani stones of religious significance.

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, trek to Phakding.

From Kathmandu, we take a 30 minutes flight to Lukla. We will enjoy our breakfast with our porters and rest of the trek members. The first day’s trek is only three hours long through Dudhkoshi Valley. First, we head north from the airport towards Chheplung. We cross Thado Koshi River on a suspension bridge from where we can see Kusum and Kanggru. Beyond Thado Koshi, the trail climbs towards Ghat. When we cross a ridge marked with Mani stones, we climb to Phakding. We stay here overnight.

Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

The second day’s trek moves through the valley of Dudhkoshi River.  We cross the river five times on the suspension bridges that are decorated with prayer flags. After the last bridge, there is a steep climb that leads to Jorsale. After 2 and a half hours climb with two viewpoints, we finally reach Namche.  We spend the night here.

Day 3: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

We rest in Namche for a day to acclimatize to the higher altitudes. We hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung during the day.  We take a steep climb to Syangboche airstrip and ascend to Khunde through chortens. Then the hike proceeds to Khumjung, the largest village in the area situated at the foot of sacred Khumbila peak. We can see the head of a yeti in one of the monasteries and visit the bakery at world’s highest altitude. We enjoy panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam among many others. We return back to Namche and spend the night here.

Day 4: Namche – Dole

The trek begins from the stone steps above Namche. After the stairs, the trail becomes easier and passes through Dudhkoshi Valley. We see Khumbu valley surrounded by the world’s highest mountains and Tengboche monastery. After a few hours of easy trekking through rhododendron forests, we reach Sanasa. From here, we take the left trail leading to Gokyo Lake. The climb steepens from here, finally reaching Mongla Danda after few hours. We rest here for awhile enjoying the magnificent views of Ama dablam, Mt. Thamserku and Dudhkoshi valley. From Mongla Danda, the trail turns into steep bends leading to Phortse Thanga. From here we again take the left route through rhododendron and juniper forests to finally reach Dole. We spend the night here.

Day 5: Dole – Machermo

We climb along the side of the valley through the summer settlements and pastures. As the altitude increases, we find thick bushes and scrub junipers on the trail. We enjoy the beautiful views of Cho-Oyu, Thamserku and Kantega. We pass through Lhabarma, Luza and finally reach Machermo. We stay here overnight.

Day 6: Machermo – Gokyo

Today we pass through a ridge that enjoys the view of Cho-Oyu above and Kantega valley below. After the ridge, the trail opens into a valley. After some time, we descend to a river bank and then climb the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa glacier. At the end of the hard ascend, we cross a bridge over a stream flowing from Gokyo. Here, we see the first lake of Gokyo, Longponga.  Then the trail levels and we explore the second lake, Taujung and continue to Gokyo trek at 4750m. We stay here overnight.

Day 7: Rest day at Gokyo

We stay in Gokyo for the day to rest and explore the lakes.  We explore Gokyo valley with its people and unique culture. Then we also explore the turquoise 5 lakes of the area. We rest and acclimatize for the remainder of the trip.

Day 8: Hike to Gokyo RI and trek to Thaknak

The hike to Gokyo RI is considered difficult by many trekkers. It is advisable to carry water and extra clothes for the hike. After a steep climb for 2 and a half hour, we finally reach Gokyo RI at 5340m. Every difficult step is made worthwhile by the jaw-dropping sceneries of the region from the top. We can enjoy Gokyo valley, Ngozumpa glacier, and panoramic views of Khumbu giants. Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and many others can be seen here. Then we return to Gokyo.

From Gokyo, the trail ascends to the glacier. After that, the trail descends along the valley to reach Thaknak, the base of Cho- La pass. It is a short easy walk as we enjoy the mountain views and natural beauty of the area.

Day 9: Thaknak to Cho la pass and to Dzongla

We start the trek before sunrise to reach the pass early and avoid bad weather conditions. Trekking is made difficult by the slippery trail and glacier traverse on the eastern side.  We climb through a narrow valley and then a rocky trail as we continue climbing from Phedi. As the trail ascends, it becomes more mesmerizing with the surrounding views and frozen lakes.  We finally reach Cho la pass at 5368m which is decorated with prayer flags. From here, the trail steeply descends towards Dzongla at 4830m after passing through crevasses and pine forests. Dzongla is a perfect spot for the breathtaking views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt Cholatse and the villages below.

Day 10: Dzongla – Gorakshep 

From Dzongla, we take an easy trail to reach the beautiful village of Lobuche. From here, we follow the western side of Khumbu valley as we walk past rocky and icy moraines. After a while, we reach the world’s highest settlement at 5160m in Gorakshep. We forget the exhaustion of the trip with beautiful mountain vistas, especially the formidable wall formed by Everest, Nuptse, and other Himalayan giants. We spend the night here.

Day 11: Trek to EBC and back to Gorakshep

On this day, we explore the destination of our trek, Everest Base camp. From Gorakshep, we trek on glaciers and snow-capped rocks for a few hours to reach Everest base camp. We come across a few frozen lakes in the base camp area. We see Pumori, Khumbutse, Lhotse and others from the camp. The most exquisite sight is that of Khumbu icefall. After enjoying the majestic and adventurous base camp of the tallest mountain in the world, we trace our steps back to Gorakshep.

Day 12: Hike to Kalapathar and stroll back to Dingboche

The early morning hike to Kalapathar takes about 2 hours. The trail is mostly steep climbs and bends that lead to the thump in the Khumbu region called Kalapathar. A rocky climb leads to the summit of Kalapathar at 5545m. The climb is rewarded by the exquisite sunrise from the viewpoint accompanied by peaks like Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama dablam, Thamserku, and Kusum Kanggru among many others. We also see many other peaks, icefalls, and lakes in the area. We have a life-changing experience as we stare at Pumori and Mount Everest right in front of us.

Then we move down towards Gorakshep and then continue to Lobuche. After a while, we cross a river and follow the left route that leads to Dingboche. It is a smooth descent to Dingboche passing through chortens. We spend the night in Dingboche.

Day 13: Dingboche to Tengboche

From Dingboche, we mostly descend through the trail crossing various villages like Pangboche. After a while, we reach Tengboche which is most famous for its monastery. It is one of the most beautiful places in the region with settlements nestled below the majestic views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and other peaks. We stay here overnight.

Day 14: Tengboche – Namche

We trek through rhododendron forests, waterfalls, and pine trees along the river to finally reach Namche. Namche bazaar is a busy hub where all tourists, porters, guides, and Sherpas converge for the different treks.  We spend the night here.

Day 15: Namche – Lukla

The final day’s trek is mostly a smooth descend to the flat lands of Lukla. We end the trek as we exit the Sagarmatha National Park. After the 7 hours journey, we explore the area and take a rest. We stay in Lukla.

Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu

From Lukla, we take a flight back to Kathmandu in the morning. We can enjoy the rest of the day travelling to the various tourist destinations in the city. Durbar Square and Thamel are great spots for souvenir shopping.

Cost Includes

      • All domestic flight, hotel/airport transfer
      • All ground transportation by comfortable vehicles
      • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks no extra charge for single travelers
      • Safety drinking water
      • Down jacket, 4 seasonal sleeping bag if it’s needed for you
      • Welcome & farewell dinner
      • All cost for a guide (First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking)
      • Necessary paper works and permits.
      • Monastery fees
      • Travel & Rescue arrangements
      • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
      • All government and local taxes if necessary

Cost Exclude(s)

      • Visa fees/ International airfare to & from home city/
      • Excess baggage charges
      • Accommodation, Lunch & evening meals in Kathmandu.
      • drinks in the mountain such as ,beer ,juice,m water ,tea coffee etc
      • Travel and rescue insurance
      • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
      • Tips for the guides.
      • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend

FAQs on Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is a paradise filled with natural flora and fauna. From the plain lands of Terai to the high Himalayas, there is diversification and singularity in every aspect. This is what makes Nepal so unique.

Due to variation in the topography and altitudes, Nepal has been famously spotted as a diverse Trekking Region. Nepal offers normal trekking routes starting from 2000m (Dhampus Trek, Ghandruk Trek) to 5500m (Everest Base Camp). And I can tell you that every single trek has its own peculiarity and adventure.

You may have a lot of queries regarding trekking in Nepal. In this article, I have tried to answer some of them.

Is it safe to travel in Nepal?

After the devastating earthquake in 2015, every visitor has had this common question in mind. And the answer is yes, it is safe to travel in Nepal. You can come here and enjoy without any hesitation or second thoughts.

After the quake, numerous reconstruction activities have been done and many are even going on. So, you will be witnessing a different outlook of the country. If you are willing, you can even lend a hand financially or through volunteering for reconstruction in the remote areas.

How is the current political scenario in Nepal?

The political situation in Nepal is facing a transitional shift. Nepal is in the process of adopting a federal structure of governance form.  From the political view, there are not many obstacles as you might think.

How can I get a Nepal visa for arrival?

You can get your arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of the people can obtain a visa on entry to Nepal. Some countries’ visa will need to be arranged prior traveling.

The price of visa depends on the number of days you will be staying. $25 is for 15 days from the date of issue, $40 for 30 days and $100 for 90 days tourist visa. You will need two passport size photos. Other documents are not required.

You can apply for an online visa through (http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ ).

Do you have any pickup facility from the airport on arrival and departure?

Yes, our company has a pick-up facility as a complementary policy. At your arrival, our agency airport representative will pick you up from the airport. You can recognize us at the spot easily through our company’s name card.

And when you complete your trip, we will drop you back.

What type of insurance should I get? How can I get it?

We advise you to get your general travel and medical insurance cover from your respective country. In Nepal, you should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for traveling. But, we don’t offer mountain rescue insurance here.

Who can go on the trips?

Our trips are designed for everyone who has a love for outdoor adventure and cultural experience. Of course, some trips may be a bit difficult for people who are physically unfit.

In such cases, you need to choose only those trips that suit you best. Please contact for prior management.

What if I am a solo traveler? Is there any supplementary service for singles?

Not a problem at all. Many of our customers are traveling single. You also have the option to join a small group or another solo traveler.

Even if you are a single traveling woman, you need not worry. You will not face any kind of awkwardness.

Yes. There is an extra charge for traveling alone. Please contact us to find out more.

Do I really need a trekking guide?

According to recent changes in policy, trekking guides are almost mandatory for trekking in Nepal for everyone. It is to ensure safety and protection of all visiting tourists.

Plus, the journey will be a lot more informative and memorable with guides. S/he will be your friend and company during the journey.

But if you are well experienced and have trekked before as well, you may not require one. But if you are with a guide, it will be easy for you to tackle any problems during the trek.

Do I need a porter?

This part completely depends on your choice. If you think you are able to carry backpacks on your own, you can avoid them. If not, it is better to hire one.

You can have double benefits as well. As porters may have knowledge about the trails and settlements, you may not even require a guide.

Do you have tailor-made trips?

Yes. If there is any specific place that you want to visit that is not on our itinerary or if you want to combine trips or do multiple treks, we can surely arrange that. Send us your ideas and we will work with you to put together a customized trip of a lifetime.

When is the best time to visit Nepal for trekking?

Spring and Autumn season can be considered as the best time for trekking in Nepal.

October to November is the most popular time for trekking in Nepal. As it is the post monsoon period, the climate is clear and the mountains have an amazing view.

After that, March to May is the second most popular time. This pre-monsoon time has warmer weather with good visibility.

Besides, short tea house treks can be done during the winter season as well. I suggest you guys not to make plans for treks during monsoon and winter as far as possible.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

Nepal is known worldwide for its adventurous and interesting trekking spots. You certainly need to keep in mind that the journey will be challenging.

The toughness of the trekking depends on its altitude, grade, and location. There are different gradings for trekking such as; easy, medium, challenging, and demanding. You can make your choice depending on these grades.

Regarding time, you will be trekking 5 to 7 hours per day for altitudes ranging from 3000m to 8848m. But again, it will depend on the type of trek.

So no need to be afraid! You will enjoy extreme wilderness untouched by modern development. You will be grateful for the thrill and adventure of exploring the exotic nature.

How long will be the trekking period?

The period of trekking will depend on its type and grades.

As I have already mentioned about the grading of trekking, the most challenging treks will be for more than 4 weeks. The easy type of trek completes in about 1-3 days whereas the moderate will take about a week. The days taken cannot be exactly calculated as it might depend on weather conditions and other emergencies.

How fit should I be for the trekking?

You should be mentally and physically prepared for the trekking. The success of trekking wholly depends on you. We suggest you choose the trekking routes that suit your fitness level. Obviously, shorter treks are easier than longer ones. The longer treks will require a better standard of fitness.

So, be in your best physical form. Believe in yourself and move on!

What are tea houses and camping trekking? Is it possible here?

Teahouse trekking and camping trekking are the two general types of trekking in Nepal.

Teahouse trekking is the most popular type of trekking in Nepal. It is available in the trekking regions of Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, and Manaslu.

In this type, you will get good accommodation and fooding with a variety of items in the menu including Nepali Dal Bhat.

Camping trekking means making a full camp, carrying everything for the whole trip and getting along for the destination. In this type, you will fully cater for camping. You (or porters or packed animals) will carry all the camping gears including food, tents, sleeping bags, medical kits, etc.

You will be pitching your camps wherever suitable. You will be accompanied by a guide, cooks, porters, and sometimes a packed animal.

As compared to the tea house trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.

What types of food will be served during the trekking?

All kinds of food, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food will be mostly available. But, I recommend you to eat vegetarian during the trekking period. It will be more hygienic and physically helpful.

About food standards in tea houses, the fruit and vegetables are hygienic and well soaked in iodine before cooking. Food will be simple and homely reflecting the Nepali culture. Continental and international cuisine can be also served (depending upon the places).

Most of the lodges serve boiled and filtered water, safe for drinking. If you want, you can buy bottled mineral water as well.

Will there be any telephone/internet facilities at higher altitudes?

Most of the villages along the popular trekking routes have good coverage of cell phone and internet.

The Wi-Fi service is slowly becoming popular. You can also find telephones for international calls. But, these extra services will cost you extra money.

What do I need to carry on the trek?

If you hire a porter, he will carry your luggage and belongings. A porter will carry up to 50 kg of load.

You should remember to carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, waterproof clothes, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle, first aid kit and water purification kit. Besides, you can carry any other stuff you think is important.

What is AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)? Can I suffer from AMS?

Altitude sickness is one of the major problems you may face during trekking in higher altitudes. It is also referred to as AMS. AMS is a kind of dizziness due to failure to adapt to the surrounding.

A severe headache, nose bleeding, rapid heartbeat, instant respiration, nausea, vomiting, coughing etc. are the common symptoms of AMS. Your lungs and brain will be the most affected during AMS. If you get any such indications, you have to be immediately moved to lower altitudes.

The chances of AMS cannot be predicted exactly. It sometimes depends on the surrounding and on your diet as well.

I recommend you to take proper advice and medication regarding AMS before you hit the road.

What happens in the case of emergency?

If you get in an emergency, we are ready to reach out and help you anyhow. Plus, our guides are properly trained to tackle such situations.

In the case of physical problems, the guides will help you out with their basic knowledge. If a serious emergency occurs, rescue operation by helicopter is available. Their expenses will be recovered from your insurance company.

Additionally, you have to be mentally and physically prepared for everything that might come on your way.

What currency should I bring?

We advise you to bring US dollars/British pounds/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost, and other expenses. Almost all the major currencies are usually accepted. But, it is always better to travel with US dollars.

What essential documents/items do I need to bring along with me?

You must bring a valid passport, a copy of your travel insurance, cash, necessary tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and the required medications you will/might need.

Are your staffs fully insured?

Yes! Our guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are fully equipped and insured as well. They are all experienced and have adequate knowledge about trekking. You will surely have a great time with them.

Can I extend the period of trek?

The itinerary that we provide you is a type of guideline and a standard pattern only. So, the schedule can be modified according to your time and requirements. We provide both types of trekking, tea house, and camping.

Please do contact or email us for the latest updated info.

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