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Gokyo-Cho La Pass and Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 Days

Overview and Highlights

Key Information

Best Seasons

Spring / Autumn

Group Size

Min 2 to more pax ...

Duration

16 days program

Trek Difficulty

Moderate

Maximum Altitude

5644m

Accommodation

Hotel/Teahouse

Meal

Available delicious food

Region

Everest

Country

Nepal

Activity

Trekking

Destination

Lukla to Gokyo and Cho La pass till Everest Base Camp

Trip Starts

Kathmandu

Trips Ends

Kathmandu

Gokyo-Cho La Pass and Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Spectacular Mountain Views: Witness Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and more.
  • Gokyo Lakes: Explore stunning turquoise lakes amidst snowy peaks.
  • Cho La Pass: Conquer rugged terrain and breathtaking vistas.
  • Everest Base Camp: Fulfill your dream of standing at the foot of Everest.
  • Kala Patthar: Watch the sunrise over Everest from this iconic summit.
  • Sherpa Culture: Immerse yourself in local traditions and hospitality.
  • Scenic Flight: Enjoy a breathtaking flight over the Himalayas.
  • Teahouse Accommodations: Stay in cozy lodges and connect with fellow trekkers.

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes, along with the series of beautiful turquoise lakes in the Gokyo valley and the famous Cho La Pass, takes you through the Khumbu region in the company of majestically elevated mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries, the Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park to the base of the mighty Everest.

The trek to the base of the world’s tallest mountain makes you experience the spectacular panoramas from such celebrated viewpoints like Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar, and also excites you with great views of the Khumbu Icefall. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp through Gokyo Lakes will be really a lifetime experience with the enthralling sights of Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori, and Tengboche Monastery – the largest monastery in the Khumbu region.

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes’ itinerary is ideal for hikers who wish to take up more challenges and enjoy the remote Nepalese trails. Usually, you can make your trek for 14-16 days to spend your moment with the base camp trek of the highest mountain of the world- Mt. Everest. Mountain Layers Treks and Expedition  Pvt. Ltd. is proud to organize Gokyo valley trek.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival TIA in Kathmandu pickup by private transfer at hotel with B/B plan

Once you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, complete all customs formalities and meet up with our representative outside the terminal. They will be waiting for you with signboards of your name. Once the meet and greet is done, they will welcome you to Nepal and escort you to the hotel. After checking-in to the hotel, you can simply relax there, visit our office or head out for a light stroll.

Food Breakfast
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 1350

Day 2 : Fly to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2660m) 5hrs overnight at lodge

Once you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, complete all customs formalities and meet up with our representative outside the terminal. They will be waiting for you with signboards of your name. Once the meet and greet is done, they will welcome you to Nepal and escort you to the hotel. After checking-in to the hotel, you can simply relax there, visit our office or head out for a light stroll.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2660

Day 3 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 7hrs. overnight at lodge. .

The real trek begins today as the trail leads you through pine forests, rivesr and valleys up to Namche. Precisely speaking, we will first tread north through the Benkar valley and cross the Dudh Khosi River to reach Monjo. Here, we will have our permit checked as we are entering the Sagarmatha National Park. Afterwards, we will resume our trek, pass Jorsale and eventually reach the hub of the region – Namche Bazaar.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3440

Day 4 : Acclimatization and rest day in Namche Bazaar overnight at same ladge.

Rest day for acclimatisation Namche Bazar and explore hiking up to Everest first view point and to see Mt: Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) Nuptse peak (7855M) & Ama Dablam( 6856m), Thamserku (6608m), Khangtheka, Tauche Peak many more.and back to same lodge.
Today is first rest/acclimatization day on the Everest Gokyo Cho La pass trek. Such rest day is important as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can cause serious problems, especially in later parts of the trek as we ascend higher. Taking proper measures right now will help stay on top of our game throughout the trek.</p>Namche Bazaar offers a lot of commodities, as well as other ways to spend your day without getting bored, from ATMs and cyber cafes to restaurants and bakeries. The generally popular options for this day in terms of hiking are Khumjung, Thame and Everest View Hotel. We can hike up to the first Everest View Point for an exciting view of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) Nuptse peak (7,855m), Ama Dablam (6,856m), Thamserku (6,608m), Khangtheka, Tauche Peak and many more.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3440

Day 5 : Trek from Namche Bazar to Dole (4200m) 7hts.overnight at lodge

Today, we will head out of Namche and pass Sanasa and Phortse Tenga on our way to Dole. On our trek, we will pass by and witness close views of Mount Khumbila (5,761m) or Khumbi Yul La, which translates to ‘God of Khumbu’. After around 6 to 7 hours of trekking, we will reach Dole, where we will have our overnight stay.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4200

Day 6 : Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4470m) 5hrs overnight at lodge.

A short and easy day of trekking from Dole to Machhermo. We will have a brief stop at Luza before soon reaching our destination. We will relax and rest early to prepare for the tough trek tomorrow.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4470

Day 7 : Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m) 5hrs. overnight at lodge.

After heading out of Machhermo, we will first reach Pangka and reach the first of the Gokyo lakes soon after. We will pass the second Gokyo Lake as well and finally reach Gokyo village, a settlement situated right beside the third lake of Gokyo. Since we have leisure time in afternoon, we can trek further to explore the fourth and fifth lakes as well or simply rest and enjoy the views nearby. Rest early once again to start the trek early the next day.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4790

Day 8 : In the morning hiking up to Gokyo-RI (5360m) up and down 3hrs and trek to Thangnag (4680m) 3hrs overnight at lodge.

Early in the morning hiking up to Gokyo-RI (5360m) 3hrs from there you we will be see Excellent view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt.Cho Oyu & other many mountains range and then back to down same lodge  after breakfast trek to Thangnag  (4680m) 3hrs over night at lodge.

Wake up early for one of the main highlights of this trek, the hike up to Gokyo Ri. We reach there in time for sunrise and get to enjoy one of the most breathtaking panoramas in all of the Himalayas. The view encompasses most of the Everest region including the pristine Gokyo lakes, Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and much more. After enjoying the view for a while and taking some pictures, we will slowly descend back down to our lodge. After the breakfast, we will have short trek up to Thangnak.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4680

Day 9 : Early in the morning climbing up to Thangnag from Cho- La pass (5420m) 5hrs via trek to dowan Dzonglha (4840m) 3hrs overnight at lodge

This will possibly be the hardest day of our trek as we will have to cross a high mountain pass known as Cho La (5360m). It certainly won’t be easy to cross it but the view from the top point of the pass is honestly breathtaking. Gradually, we will make the journey down to Dzonglha where will rest after a long day of trekking.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4840

Day 10 : Trek from Dzonglha to Luboche (4910) 5hours. overnight at lodge

Compared to the last few and next few days, this can even be considered a rest day as the trek is fairly short and easy. In just around 4 hours, we will arrive at Lobuche and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at preparing for the coming days.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4910

Day 11 : Trek from Laboche to Gorakshep (5185m) 4hrs and hiking up to Everest Base camp (5363m) up and down 5hrs. overnight at lodge.

Today is the one of the main days of the trek as it includes the hike up to the Everest Base Camp. The trek in itself isn’t that hard but the pattern of ascending and descending can make it tedious in a way. After just a few hours of trekking, we will reach the final settlement going forward in the region, Gorak Shep. Although only a temporary settlement, the views of Pumori, Nuptse and Everest are still decent from here.</p>Once we’ve had our lunch, we will begin the hike up to Everest Base Camp. The distance we need to cover here is only around 3km but trekking through the rocky trail along the glacier will certainly not be the easiest endeavor. At the Everest Base Camp, we can explore around for a bit and enjoy the superb scenery surrounding us – comprising of Nuptse, Khumbutse, Lhotse, Pumori and more while Everest is hidden away behind the ridge. After a while there, we will trek back to our lodge in Gorak Shep.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 5185

Day 12 : Early in the morng hiking up to Kalapatthar (5644m) up and down 5hrs and trek from down Gorakshep to Pheriche (4371m) overnight at lodge.

Our trek starts early in the morning as we make the 1-2 hour long hike up to Kala Patthar. As we arrive at the summit just in time for sunrise, you’ll be treated to a once in a lifetime view. As one of the best viewpoints in the Khumbu region, Kala Patthar sports a stunning panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Cho Oyu and the Khumbu glacier. The 360 degree view of most of the region, and particularly the close up view of Everest is quite memorable. After a while there, we will retrace our steps back to our lodge in Gorak Shep. Enjoy some warm breakfast at the lodge before beginning the usual routine of trekking. As our main goals are now accomplished, we will simply retrace our steps back to Lukla. However, this is a journey of a few days, so our first stop for overnight stay will be at Pheriche.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4371

Day 13 : Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 7hrs. overnight at lodge.

Another day of trekking through the tranquil rhododendron and juniper forests offers the chance to further explore the wildlife and natural beauty of the region. The trek is mostly a descent but a number of occasional ascents are also involved today. The view of Ama Dablam and Nuptse peaks is prominent on the trail today as we reach Sansa and trek around the hillside to finally reach Namche Bazaar.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3440

Day 14 : Trek from down Namche to Lukla (2840m) 8hrs. overnight at lodge.

We will cross the Dudh Koshi a number of times via suspension bridges and mostly follow the same trail as the one at the start of our trek to reach Lukla. At Lukla, we can have a breath of relief and accomplishment as we have successfully completed our trek. Enjoy the final evening amidst the hills and mountains of the Everest region.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2840

Day 15 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 45 minutes overnight at hotel with B/B plan.

A scenic early morning flight lets us enjoy the beauty and magnificence of the Himalayas once more. After landing at the Kathmandu airport, we will drop you off at your hotel. In the afternoon, you can spend your leisure time as you prefer; resting at the hotel, exploring the capital or heading out for some last day shopping. Thamel caters to tourists of every kind and sort, from souvenirs to any other kind of shopping as well, so take a look there if you are interested.

Food Breakfast
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 1350

Day 16 : Departure your own destination drove from hotel to TIA by private transfer

After beautiful sunshine morning will sadly wake up you, your trip in Nepal comes to an end today; our spokesperson will escort you to the airport approx 3 hours before your flight scheduled. On your way to home, you have plenty of time to plan for your next adventure tour in the amazing Himalayan country. There will be a heart touching relationship between you and our company during this trip.

Food Breakfast
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 1350

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drops
  • Standard accommodation in Kathmandu (on the arrival day and after the Trekking).
  • Your meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking.
  • All necessary paper works and Sagarmatha national park entry permits.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) .
  • Domestic flight ticket (LUK-KTM-LUK)
  • All accommodations in lodges during the treks.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Porter, salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the
  • All Transportation .
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service as you paid by your travel insurance company.

Cost Excludes

  • Personal equipment for trekking
  • Nepal entry visa fee you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.
  • International airfare and Airport departure tax.
  • Food while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and desert.
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Tips for the Guide, Porter and others staffs

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FAQs

The trek typically lasts around 18-20 days, including acclimatization days and travel to and from Kathmandu.

The trek is considered challenging due to high altitude, rugged terrain, and long hiking days. Previous trekking experience and a good level of fitness are recommended.

The best time to trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is clear, and the views are stunning.

Yes, trekkers require various permits, including the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card. Your trekking agency will arrange these permits for you.

Gokyo is situated at an altitude of approximately 4,800 meters, Cho La Pass at around 5,420 meters, and Everest Base Camp at about 5,364 meters above sea level.

Altitude sickness is a potential risk due to the high elevation. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your guide's advice.

Accommodation is typically in teahouses along the route. These are basic but comfortable lodges offering meals and a place to rest.

Yes, comprehensive travel insurance covering high-altitude trekking and medical evacuation is highly recommended.

While it's not mandatory, hiring a guide and porter can enhance your trekking experience, provide local knowledge, and assist with logistics and safety.

Essential items include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, a first-aid kit, and water purification tablets.

Additional Information

01. Altitude Acclimatization: The trek itinerary includes acclimatization days at key points to help your body adjust to the high altitude. It's essential to listen to your body, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

02. Physical Fitness Preparation: Prior physical conditioning, including cardiovascular exercises and hiking, can help prepare you for the demands of the trek. Building endurance and strength will enhance your overall trekking experience.

03. Emergency Evacuation Plan: Familiarize yourself with the emergency evacuation procedures in case of altitude-related illness or other emergencies. Your trekking agency should have a plan in place for evacuations if needed.

04. Environmental Considerations: Practice responsible trekking by minimizing your environmental impact. Carry out all waste, avoid single-use plastics, and respect local customs and wildlife.

05. Weather Conditions: Be prepared for variable weather conditions, including cold temperatures, high winds, and occasional snowfall, especially at higher altitudes. Layering clothing and packing waterproof gear are essential.

06. Communication and Connectivity: While trekking in remote areas, mobile phone and internet connectivity may be limited. Consider bringing a satellite phone or renting one for emergencies. Stay connected with your trekking group and guide at all times.

07. Trekking Permits and Documentation: Ensure you have all necessary permits and documentation before embarking on the trek. Keep copies of important documents such as your passport, permits, and travel insurance in a secure location.

08. Cultural Sensitivity: Respect local customs, traditions, and religious sites during your trek. Ask for permission before taking photographs of people, and dress modestly, especially in villages and monasteries.

09. Food and Hydration: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the trek. Purify water from natural sources or use water purification tablets. Enjoy local Nepali cuisine at teahouses, but also carry some energy snacks for quick boosts during the trek.

10. Enjoy the Journey: Lastly, take time to appreciate the beauty of the Himalayas, connect with fellow trekkers, and immerse yourself in the unique culture and landscapes of the Khumbu region. The journey to Gokyo, Cho La Pass, and Everest Base Camp is as much about the experience as it is about reaching the destination.

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Gokyo-Cho La Pass and Everest Base Camp Trek

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