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.
If you have less time and want to reach to Everest base camp or see its beauty, Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a perfect fit for you.
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. You may want to check our Everest Luxury trek package.
– 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 01||Arrival||1,400 m||-|
|Day 02||Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding||2,840 m||3-4 hrs|
|Day 03||Phakding to Namche Bazaar||3,445 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 04||Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar||3,700 m||5 hrs|
|Day 05||Namche to Dole||4,038 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 06||Dole to Machermo||4,470 m||3-4 hrs|
|Day 07||Machermo to Gokyo||4,800 m||4 hrs|
|Day 08||Rest day at Gokyo||4,750 m||5 hrs|
|Day 09||Hike to Gokyo Ri and trek to Thaknak||5,367 m||4 hrs|
|Day 10||Thaknak to Cho La Pass and to Dzongla||4,843 m||7-8 hrs|
|Day 11||Dzongla to Gorak Shep||5,170 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 12||Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep||5,380 m||4-5 hrs|
|Day 13||Hike to Kala Patthar and stroll back to Dingboche||4,410 m||6 hrs|
|Day 14||Dingboche to Tengboche||3,867 m||6-7 hrs|
|Day 15||Tengboche to Namche||3,441 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 16||Namche to Lukla||2,840 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 17||Fly back to Kathmandu||2,840 m||45-min|
Welcome to the Nepal, the Himalayan kingdom!
You’ll receive by our representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to Maya Boutique Hotel. You’ll be given some time for rest and then you’ll attend small team meeting, where you’ll be briefed about the trip. Overnight stay at Maya Boutique Hotel.
Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
Max Altitude: 2,840 m
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.
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 3,445 m
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.
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 3,700 m
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.
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 4,038 m
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.
Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
Max Altitude: 4,470 m
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.
Walking Hours: 4 hours
Max Altitude: 4,800 m
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.
Walking Hours: 5 hours
Max Altitude: 4,800 m
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.
Walking Hours: 4 hours
Max Altitude: 5,367 m
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.
Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
Max Altitude: 4,843 m
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.
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 5,170 m
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.
Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
Max Altitude: 5,380 m
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.
Walking Hours: 6 hours
Max Altitude: 4,410 m
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.
Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Max Altitude: 3,867 m
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.
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 3,441 m
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.
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 2,840 m
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.
Flight Hours: 45-min
Max Altitude: 2,840 m
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.
- 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
- 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
Q1. Is Everest Base Camp Trek difficult or easy?
Generally, the trek is not as hard as it sounds. It is rated as a moderate level hike. To get to Everest Base Camp, the trail traverse through many different Sherpa settlements. Also, the trail traverse through a huge variety of the terrain.
There are easy flat trails and difficult steep climbs but overall it is manageable for someone with little or no trekking experience. Also, the itinerary is designed with enough extra days for acclimatization. If you need, you can even spend extra days.
Q2. How much fit do I need to be to complete the Everest Base Camp trek?
Everest Base Camp trek is a moderate level trek. You will get enough time to acclimatize with the high altitude.
During the trek, you have to walk for 7-8 hours per day. Even slow walkers can manage comfortably, walking at own pace. But for this, a reasonable fitness is required.
However, if you train your body before the trek, it’ll help to build endurance level. The more fit you are, the trekking will be more enjoyable. You can go for a day hike in your home country. You can do daily exercise like jogging, running, and cycling.
But if you have heart and lungs problem you should consult with your doctor. Be aware, that the medical facilities on the trail are very hard to find and if you find by chance it’s very basic.
Also, due to the steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and some moraine walking, Everest Base Camp trek is hostile to anyone with knee problems.
Q3. Am I prone to altitude sickness?
During the Everest Base Camp trek, there is a high risk of altitude sickness (read: how to prevent altitude sickness in EBC). It is often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). No matter how fit you are altitude sickness can hit you. Careful! it can be fatal.
The effect of altitude is likely to come once you’re above 3,000 meters. The initial symptoms of altitude sickness are as follows:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- A persistent headache
- Weakness, fatigue, heavy legs
- Slight swelling of hands and face
- Shortness of breath upon exertion
The above symptoms of AMS need to be taken seriously. The only cure for altitude sickness is to descend to the lower elevation immediately. Although there is no way to train your body against altitudes, there are some ways you can prevent it :
- Ascend slowly and gradually as you reach higher
- Drink plenty of water
- Take plenty of rest
- Do not smoke, drink alcoholic and high caffeinated drinks
- Eat high-calorie food
Q4. How long does the Everest Base Camp Trek take?
This depends upon the route you take and the number of days you spend in acclimatization.
Normally, Everest Base Camp trek can be done in 12-16 days. You can also extend the itinerary from 19-22 days and opt Three Passes Trek and Gokyo Valley Trek. If you want to explore more of the Everest region then these places are worth to visit!
Q5. What kind of accommodation is available along the trekking route?
During the trek, you’ll spend most of the nights in tea houses. Tea houses is a synonym of guesthouses. The rooms are very simple but comfortable to sleep. In some places, you might have to use the squatting toilets. On the Everest trekking route till Namche Bazaar, there are many luxurious lodges and hotels. Here you’ll find a luxurious room with attached bathroom and hot shower. As you move to higher altitudes “don’t expect luxurious accommodation”! Check: Everest Base Camp Accommodation Guide
Q6. What kind of food is available?
There are a variety of foods in Nepal you can try. During the trekking period, you’ll spend a lot of time in tea houses. Almost all the tea houses have the same food menu.
For breakfast, you’ll get boiled or cooked eggs, bread-butter-jam, pancakes, boiled potatoes, cereals and many more.
For meals, the most preferred dish is Nepalese traditional food “Dal-Bhat”. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentil, chutney, salad, and meat (optional) cooked in Nepalese style.
Q7. Is drinking water easily available?
Yes, throughout the trail you’ll get mineral, boiled or tap water. Mineral water is safe but it is costly especially at higher elevation. The cost of mineral water per liter ranges from USD 1-3.5 from start to the end of the trek.
Another alternative is to carry a spare water bottle and get them filled in teahouses. The tea houses will sell boiled water at a relatively cheaper rate.
Although, you can save money by using reusable water bottle and water purification tablets. It’s cheaper,also controls environment pollution. On the trail, there are enough water taps, you can use purifying tablets and drink.
Q8. Do I need travel insurance for Everest Base Camp?
Yes, you need to purchase travel insurance and make sure it covers altitude upto 6,000 meters. Everest Base Camp trek goes above 5,000 m above sea level. Most of the travel insurance policies will not cover you over 3,000 m.
Medical treatment at high altitude can be expensive as it often involves a helicopter airlift rescue. So, a general insurance is not enough for this trek. Before purchasing the packages you must read terms and condition very carefully.
Besides altitude, you may fall sick in the new surrounding, make sure to have all necessary vaccinations prior to going abroad.
Similarly, while traveling your luggage might get lost or stolen or damaged. You may have to loose expensive trekking equipment. Thus, make sure your travel insurance covers for lost, stolen and damaged luggage.
Also, if you’re doing side trips to Island Peak, then it’s best to get the travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation up to 6,000 m.
Q9. When is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The best time for Everest Base Camp trek is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). October is the most popular time for this trek. The views are good and the weather conditions is moderate.
During March and April, expect warm and sunny days. There will be very little or no rainfall. The skies are clear with an amazing view of snow-capped Himalayan ranges.
Besides, if you love solitude, then the monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February) are the great time to do it. But it solely depends on how well you cope with the extreme weather conditions.
Also, while trekking during this time, you need to prepare yourself for flight delays and cancellations. Be aware the trail conditions can be difficult. Compared to the winter season, the visibility can be poor during monsoon.
So, if you go trek in winter you need to be prepared with the right clothing for challenging temperatures. Winter trek can be rewarding though. It could be an exciting way to celebrate Christmas and New Years.
Although the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek is Spring and Autumn, the trail is overcrowded. During this time, the tea houses are often packed by trekkers. You have to pre-book for accommodation and flight.
Q10. Do I need a guide/a porter/ a porter-guide?
Although hiring a guide or porter while trekking in Everest region is not mandatory, trekking with a guide or a porter is more safe and enjoyable. A guide is a person who will look after all aspects of your trek. They’ll arrange flight tickets, rooms, meals and camping gears. They’ll also brief you about the history of the village, monastery, the local culture, and traditions.
A porter is someone who’ll carry your baggage for you. Hiring a porter will help you enjoy long walks comfortably. But at the same time, they may not know the trekking route well and may not speak English.
A poter-guide will speak some English, carry loads and do some basic guiding. They’ll help you to get the room, communicate with the locals, show the way, and explain the local culture and traditions.
Besides, if you want to enjoy the solitude, you can do a solo trek. The trekking route is well-marked and busy, so you may not need a guide to find the way.
Q11. Can I charge my electronic devices?
Along the route most of the tea houses have electricity powered by solar. Charging your electronic devices will cost you some money especially at the higher elevation.
During the trek, to save some money, you can carry spare batteries for your camera, iPod.
Also, during the peak trekking season, teahouses are packed with trekkers. So, you may not get free space for charging your devices. In that case, you can charge your devices after paying few dollars to the lodge owners.
Q12. Is trekking permit required for Everest Base Camp trek?
Yes, TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Permit are needed.
For TIMS card, you can apply in Nepal Tourism Board office in Thamel. There are three different types of TIMS card. Each card is different in color and cost.
The first one is organized TIMS card is blue in color cost USD 10. The second one is freelance individual trekkers card is green in color cost USD 20. The third one is SAARC Country TIMS card is red in color cost USD 3.
Note: You do not need TIMS card to trek to EBC. A local permit costing USD20 works for this trek
Sagarmatha National Park Permit can be issued either in Kathmandu or directly in Monjo. The cost of this permit is USD 30 + 13% Govt. Tax. The cost is same for individual trekker and organized trekkers.
While trekking from Jiri to Everest Base Camp you need Gaurishankar National Park entry permits. The cost of permits is USD 20 and it’s same for both individual and organized trekkers.
Q13. Is tipping the guide or porter mandatory?
No, tipping the guide or porter is not mandatory while trekking in Nepal. But it’s always appreciated. At the end of the trek, if you’re really satisfied with their job you can show your appreciation through a small gratitude.
Q14. Do I need to bring camping gear?
No, you don’t have to bring unless you want to camp. Everest Base Camp trek is a teahouse trek. There are a lot of tea houses along the entire trekking route.
Q15. Is there are any alternative way to see a close-up view of Mt. Everest without walking for longer days?
Q16. Do I need to bring all the necessary gears or can I get in Nepal?
This is totally optional. There are plenty of shops in Kathmandu that sell trekking gears. You’ll find few other shops in some places along the trek route too.
Apart from high quality and popular branded stores, you’ll also find many other shops selling a high-quality copy of these brands but at a relatively cheap price.
Apart from this, you can also rent most of the trekking gears and equipments from Kathmandu. The rental cost is quite cheap, it doesn’t exceed more than $3-4 per day.
Right trekking gear can make or break your entire journey. So, it is not advisable to compromise on the quality especially when it comes to down jacket, sleeping bags, and hiking boots. Check this Packing list for Everest Base Camp Trek to get more idea.
Q17. Is there any chance of a flight delay or cancellation either in Kathmandu and Lukla?
Since the weather in the mountainous region is quite unpredictable there may be a chance of flight cancellations or delays. But that does not mean it is frequent.
The heavy rainfall, strong winds, and blinding fog may cause such inconveniences in your flight.
However, during the best trekking seasons (spring and autumn) the chances of flight cancellation and delay are comparatively lesser than in off seasons (monsoon and winter).
In case of flight delays or cancellation, you have two options: either charter a helicopter or travel by road to Salleri (approximately 11 hours by private jeep).
If you opt for the first option then we’ll arrange the charter flight. Where you have to fly with six people and the price per person will be approximately USD 350 per person.
Another option is by extending a trip for two days and travel from Kathmandu to Salleri by private jeep. Normally, the jeep carries 6 passengers and costs NPR 25,000 per private jeep.
Likewise, if a delay occurs at the beginning of the trip, then you can either wait for few more days or opt for an alternative trek like Annapurna Base Camp.
Lastly, flight delays or cancellations may happen any time in mountain flights so we request you to add extra days on your itinerary and have patience.
Further, in case of flight cancellation, your costs of flight will be refunded.
During the Everest Base Camp trek, weather changes drastically as you ascend from low to high altitude. You’ll notice huge temperature difference between day and night time.
Thus, while trekking in higher altitudes clothing in layers is the best option. If you dress in layers, with the changing weather you can adjust your body temperature by taking off or putting on extra clothes.
The weight limit for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights is 15 kg or 33 pounds. This is a combined weight of both duffel bag and the daypack. If your luggage exceeds this weight boundary, you’ll have to pay an additional charges.
You can purchase or rent trekking equipments in stores of Kathmandu at reasonable prices.
The checklist of gear and equipment below is a general guideline, use this list as a reference.
- 4-season Sleeping Bag (You can rent for $35 per piece, after trek it must be returned)
- Duffel Bag
- Down Jacket (It’s compulsory for mornings, evenings, and nights and for high altitude above 4,000 m)
- Full and half sleeve T-shirts
- Lightweight expedition thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Wind / Waterproof shell jacket
- Synthetic sports bras (for women)
- Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
- Hiking shorts
- Trekking pants
- Windproof trousers
- Casual Pants
- Sun Hat
- Wool or Synthetic hat that covers the ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Neck Warmer
- Scarf / Balaclava
- Fleece / woolen gloves
- Waterproof gloves
- Waterproof Hiking Boots
- Camp Sandals / Sneakers
- Heavyweight socks
- Light hiking socks
- Gaiters (Optional: Monsoon and Winter)
- Sock liners
- Water Bottle / Bladder
- Water Purification Iodine Tablets
- Toiletry Kit ( face towel, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant etc)
- Trekking Poles
- Feminine Hygiene Products (for women)
- Lip balm (SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
- Pee Funnel
Other Travel Accessories
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Personal Medication
- Diamox for altitude sickness
- Baby wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Insect repellent
- Camera, memory card, and spare batteries
Besides, you can use your personal judgement to choose what to take with yourself.
Pack light, Pack Smart!