Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek is one of the adventurous and challenging treks in Khumbu region of Nepal. The destination of this trek is Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley where we trek through the Gokyo Cho La Pass. Along with the Everest Base Camp, this trek also covers Lukla, Namche Bazar, and as a whole Solukhumbu district. This trek also covers the magnificent mountain such as Gokyo Ri or Kala Patthar.
This trek is suitable for those who wish to trek to a more thrilling and challenging adventure. As you walk to the Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Chola Pass Trek, you will surround yourself with the beautiful Himalayan mountains and Sherpa Community. Along the trek, you will also see the Khumbu icefall and many glaciers.
Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek awards you with the scenic beauty of the Everest region. The colorful Sherpa Monasteries and communities will catch your eyes because of its beauty and eye-pleasing effect.
If you are an adventurous trekker and want to explore the adventure of the Everest region of Nepal, you should start packing for your incredible journey to Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek.
Trip Highlights of the Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek
- Majestic view of the mountains such as Gokyo Pi and Everest Kala Patthar.
- The scenic beauty of the Everest Region along with Sherpa Community and Buddhist Monasteries.
- Exploration of Gokyo lakes and Ngozumpa Glacier.
- View of the Khumbu icefalls along the trek.
- An insight into the local culture and tradition of the Sherpas.
- You will follow the footsteps of Tenzing and Hillary to the Everest.
- Sagarmatha National Park, UNESCO world heritage site.
- A lifetime of experience.
Best Time for the Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek
There are four main seasons in Nepal, namely, summer, winter, spring, and autumn. The best time for this trek is in the spring (March, April, May) and autumn seasons (September, October, November).
Autumn (September October November)
Autumn is one of the best seasons in Nepal for Trekking. Many tourists around the world visit Nepal in the month of September for trekking experience. During Autumn, the weather condition of the Everest Region is favorable for trekking and sightseeing. The views of the mountains are clear and beautiful.
Spring (March April May)
Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons in Nepal. During Spring, the flowers start to bloom and the forest turns green. It is one of the best seasons to visit Nepal where you see the natural beauty of Nepal even more vividly.
The Everest region is full of trekkers during the spring season. The temperature is comparatively warmer than autumn and winter in the Everest region. Therefore the weather is suitable for trekking and mountain expedition in this season. Light rainfall may occur during the night time in late May as it is the pre-monsoon season.
The Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek is doable all around the year in Nepal. You need to bring proper trekking gears when you trek during the winter and monsoon seasons. During the monsoon season, the trials get muddy and slippery. Likewise, during winter, the snow starts to fall as you climb to the higher altitude. However, the trek is doable in all seasons.
Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek Difficulty
Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek is a high altitude trek. You have to pass through various challenging trails and passes in the trek. You have to pass the Cho La bridge between Gokyo Valley and Khumbu Valley. Crossing the Cho La pass is one of the most difficult and physically demanding parts of the Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass trek. After crossing the path you will reach to the Everest Base Camp and Everest Kala Patthar.
Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek is considered among the highest altitude treks in Nepal. As you walk to a higher altitude, the amount of oxygen in the Everest region becomes thinner. You may have difficulty in breathing. Many trekkers also face altitude sickness as they climb to a higher altitude.
You may also face some difficulties trekking in monsoon and winter season. During monsoon, the trials are usually muddy and slippery due to which you may fall while walking. It is better to bring proper rain gears when trekking during the monsoon season. Likewise, winter in the Everest region is very cold and snow starts to fall as ascend to a higher altitude.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to your hotel,
Day 02: Free and Arrangement day.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2700 meters)
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters)
Day 05: Rest / Acclimatize in Namche (3440 meters)
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche. (3860 meters) 5 hours.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5.30 hours.
Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters).
Day 10: Hike up to Kalapattar (5545 meters) and trek back to Dzongla (4620m.)
Day 11: Dzongla to Thangna (4650 m.)
Day 12: Thangna to Gokyo (4750m.)
Day 13: Climb Gokyo Ri (5483m.) and trek to Machhermo (4410m.)
Day 14: Machhermo to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)
Day 15: Namche to Lukla
Day 16: Morning flight back to Kathmandu. 30 minutes.
Day 1: Arrive In Kathmandu and Transfer To Your Hotel
As soon as you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will welcome you and guide you on the way to your hotel on our private transportation. Your hotel will provide you with proper facilities and homely environment.
Day 2: Free And Arrangement
On this day, you free yourself to relaxation. You can explore the Kathmandu Valley and its beauty if you want.
You can buy some trekking accessories in the Thamel area in Kathmandu if you haven’t bought. Along with buying goods, you can visit some beautiful places of the Kathmandu Valley. 7 out of 10 UNESCO world heritage site lies in Kathmandu Valley.
Day 3: Flight To Lukla and Trek To Phakding ( 2700 meters)
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 2700 meters
Early in the morning, you will take a flight to Lukla. It takes around 30-40 minutes to reach Lukla Airport. After reaching to Lukla you will have your breakfast and head towards the trek to Phakding.
You will for about 5-6 hours till we reach to Phakding. On the way to Phakding, you will see the Dudh Koshi River. You will walk on the trails following the river till we reach Phakding. You will cross the Tharo Koshi River through a suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge you will climb toward Phakding. You will stay overnight in Phakding.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440 meters)
On the fourth day of your trip, you will walk from Phakding to Namche Bazar. You will walk on the trails following the same Dudh Koshi River and reach to Zamputhi. You will have an excellent view of Thamserku Peak. You will also have to cross five suspension bridges in this trek. The fifth bridge will be exciting to you as it is the world’s 123rd tallest bridge.
After walking for 3 hours you will visit the Sagarmatha National Park(1148 sq km) which is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. After walking further, you will reach Namche Bazar which is in Khumbu region. As you reach there you will encounter different mountain ranges of the Himalayas. You will stay overnight in Namche.
Day 5: Rest/ Acclimatize In Namche (3440 meters)
The fifth day of the trek is exploration and acclimatization day. On this day you will hike around for 2- 3 hours where you will explore various things. You will hike around places which will give you excellent views of the mountains such as Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Mount Lhotse etc.
You will walk towards Khumjung Valley, Kunde Hospital, Hillary School and return Back to Namche. In this day you will adjust yourself before climbing the crucial trekking at high altitude.
Day 6: Trek To Tengboche ( 3860 meters)
On the 6th day of the trek, you will walk around 5-6 hours. In the early morning, you will leave Namche Bazar and trek towards Tengboche. You will walk around the ridge and descend towards the Dudh Koshi River at Punkithanka.
On the way, you will see small Buddhist monuments and stupas. Tengboche Monastery is the largest monastery of the Khumbu region. You will stay overnight at Tengboche.
Day 7: Tengboche To Dingboche ( 4350 meters)
On the seventh day of the trek, you will walk around 5-6 hours from Tengboche to reach Dingboche. You have to walk around 11 kilometers. You will walk around the lane of the alpine forest where you can smell the scent of rhododendron.
You will pass the Khumbila river valley and ascend to the ridgeline. You will walk uphill to Pangboche and head towards Somare. You will walk to Imja Valley and then towards Dingboche.
Day 8: Dingboche TO Lobuche ( 4910 meters)
The trek duration is 5 hours where you have to walk 11 kilometers. You will walk to a small village named Dughla, where you will see prayer flags hanging around the valley. On the way, you will ascend to a moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.
After walking from the Khumbu Glacier you will come across several mountain peaks along the way to Lobuche. You will stay overnight at Lobuche.
Day 9: Trek To Everest Base Camp Then Back To Gorak Shep ( 5180 meters)
On this day it might be a bit difficult for you to walk as you are trekking to the Everest Base Camp, one of highest altitude trek of Nepal. You have to walk around 7-8 hours and complete a distance of 15 kilometers.
You will walk towards the Gorak Shep where you will have a sight of Khumbu glacier. The trails is quite rough along the way to Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep, you will walk toward the Everest Base Camp. You can have the closest view of Mount Everest from the Everest Base Camp. After reaching Everest Base Camp you will move back to Gorak Shep for the night stay.
Day 10: Hike Up to Kala Patthar And Trek Back To Dzongla
You will walk to a distance of 13 kilometers for about 7-8 hours on this day to reach Kala Patthar. You will get to see different mountain views during this trek. After enjoying the beautiful mountain ranges you will descend back to Gorak Shep to La bouche and then to Dzongla.
Day 11: Dzongla to Thangna (4650 m.)
This trek takes around 8-9 hours and you will have to walk around 23 kilometers during this trek. You will cross through the Cho La pass in the icy trails along the Cho La glacier. After crossing the bridge, you will walk along the same trail until you reach Phedi and then to Thangna. You will see small villages and tea houses where you take rest for the time being.
Day 12: Thangna To Gokyo
After reaching Thagna, you will walk all the way to Gokyo. The path is comparatively easy where you will walk following the Dudh Koshi River along the route to Gokyo. You will reach to the Gokyo valley where you rest for a while and enjoy the beauty of the area. You will also see many glaciers along the way to Gokyo.
Day 13: Climb Gokyo Ri, Trek To Machhermo
You will take rest after you reach to the Gokyo Valley. Then you will begin your journey climbing to the peak of Gokyo Ri. From Gokyo Ri, you will see many mountains that are at a height of more than 8000 sq. kilometers.
After you climb the Gokyo Ri, you will descend back and start your trek to Machhermo and follow the Dudh Koshi river.
Day 14: Machhermo To Namche Bazar
As you walk to Namche Bazar, you will see different forest covered with Alpine trees and rhododendron. You will walk the Sherpa villages on the way to Namche Bazar.
You can buy several souvenirs for your family and loved ones in the Namche Bazar. Overnight you will stay at a lodge in Namche.
Day 15: Namche To Lukla
On the 15th day of your trip, you will walk back to Lukla which is the gateway of the Everest region. You will walk back to Lukla following the way to Benkar and Phakding. You will walk for around 5 hours covering a distance of 10 kilometers. After reaching Lukla you will stay there for a night.
Your trek is almost to an end as you will be leaving for Kathmandu the next day.
Day 16: Morning Flight Back To Kathmandu
In the early morning, you will catch your flight and fly back to Kathmandu viewing the scenic beauty of Nepal. After you reach Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel.
You can get some rest in the hotel room as we will provide you with the best facilities.
Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Chola Pass trek will provide you with different new exciting experiences. You should go for this trek if you are seeking for wonderful adventures. It is best you prepare yourself before leaving for Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek.
You can contact Exciting Nepal if you want to book your trip. We can provide suitable trekking packages for you.
Trip Cost US$ 1,325 Per person
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
- Two night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- All your stander Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek. A cup of tea or coffee during the breakfast.
- Seasonal fruits.
- Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek. Attached bathroom Namche and Lukla.
- A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder Guide, his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
- A Strong Porter among the two trekkers ( one porter sharing among two member ) including all his expenses including full insurance during the trek.
- Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla
- Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla airport for Group and crews.
- National Park permits.
- TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.)
- Medical supplies, first aid kit box, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
- Treking route map
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company). If in case.
- Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed)
- All ground transportation.
- All our government taxes.
- Official expanse.
- Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
- International air fare.
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
- Personal trekking Equipments.
- Extra night hotel in Kathmandu.
- Extra Activities in Kathmandu.
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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions
Packing List For Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek
- Bring a couple of Windcheater and waterproof jackets which will protect you from the occasional storm and rainfall.
- Bring a pair of hiking boots which are comfortable and durable. It is best to bring waterproof hiking boots if you are trekking in monsoon season.
- Bring a pair of gloves that will protect your fingers from cold and frostbite.
- Bring a couple of cotton t-shirts.
- Bring a down jacket which will keep you warm as you climb to a greater altitude.
- Bring few pairs of socks.
Most of the lodges and tea houses in the Everest region will not provide proper toiletries. So, it is best if you bring them on your own. Some of the important toiletries are as follows:
- Toilet papers
- moisturizer/ lotion
- Cotton towel
First Aid Kit
It is best to bring a First Aid Kit which will help you to prevent minor injuries. First Aid Kit should contain the following items:
- Antiseptic creams
- Antiseptic wipes
- Adhesive bandages
- Adhesive tapes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Safety pins
- Some medicines
- Sleeping bags
- Hot water bottles
- Hand sanitizers
Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.
Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.
If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.
1. Is trekking difficult?
The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.
If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.
Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.
If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.
Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.
Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.
2. Is trekking expensive?
This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.
You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.
Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!
3. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.
Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.
If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.
4. What are the things I need to pack?
There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.
To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-
5. Do I need special permission to trek?
You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.
Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-
6. Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.
An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.
7. What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.
Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.
8. What kind of accommodation should I expect?
Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking
1. Tea house trekking:
You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.
Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.
The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.
2. Camp treks
In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.
9. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.
You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-
- Attain height gradually and slowly
- As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
- Drink plenty of water
- Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
- Eat high caloric food
- Avoid smoking or drinking
11. How to diagnose AMS?
In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Upset stomach
- Feeling unsteady
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty sleeping
If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:
- Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
- Descend to a lower altitude if possible
- Take complete rest until you feel well
- Do not exercise
- Do not smoke
- Drink plenty of water
- Take external oxygen supply if necessary
- Take anti-sickness medicines
If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.
12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.
A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.
A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.
In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.
Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.
13. Can I trek solo?
To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.
A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.
Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.
14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?
Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.
In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.
15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?
Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.
In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.
The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at firstname.lastname@example.org