Gokyo-Chola Pass with Everest Base Camp

Gokyo-Chola Pass with Everest Base Camp

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Tea House / Camping

Grade

Moderate

Altitude

5,545 m

Transportation

Flight

Group Size

1+

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Gokyo-Chola Pass with Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging trekking in Everest region which takes you to the base camp of Mount Everest.

This Gokyo Chola Pass gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu valley famed for the high mountain villages, charming Sherpa lifestyles and majestic mountains including Mount Everest (8,848m.). The Gokyo Chola Pass is a strenuous trek leading to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La at 5,420m making a circuit of Tawache (6,367m.) and Cholatse (6,440m). Emerging into the Khumbu valley above Lobuje the trail continues up to Kala Patthar and then back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche Bazaar. The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4750m.) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes and on the ridge above Gokyo, the four peaks above 8000m of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu expose themselves.

In addition to this you can have a look at the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (7922m.), considered one of the most dramatic panoramas in the Khumbu region. There are many options for additional exploration and high-altitude walking, including the crossing of Cho La, a 5420m-high pass into Khumbu and a hike to Gokyo Ri. Breathtaking mountain vistas are complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries offering you an insight into the quiet, but culturally vibrant Sherpa way of life.

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Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2886

Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) takes approximately three hours. You begin the trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi river. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

For acclimatization you can walk up to Khunde hospital which was set-up by the late Sir Edmund Hillary or enjoy a one hour walk to Syangboche (3800m.), where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse,Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3739

From Namche the route heads west and the trail is almost level as you head up the Bhote Koshi Valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. After descending to the Bhote Kosi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north, Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Thame Gompa is situated above the village overlooking the valley and is the site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3790

You retrace your route back down the Bhote Kosi Valley towards Namche and branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village which also has its own Gompa at the top end of town. Here you have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4040

Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. The trail then descends slightly towards Sanasa before ascending up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you can see panoramic views of various mountains. Your trail then steeply descends passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4410

From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley you can view the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4750

Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly. You then climb a steep rocky path incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.). The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4750

Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide services to trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of the Ngozumba glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can also make a side trip to Firth Lake via Forth Lake. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4650

Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region. Some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After lunch, it is a short walk to the village of Thangna, situated at the shore of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4843

First you ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. Most of the time the Chola pass is covered with blue ice giving you a chill feeling. Here, you can also enjoy the panoramic views of various mountains. The trail then descends steeply for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5180

From Dzongla the trail descends and ascends gently and contours around the west side of the Lobuche Khola, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. The trail coming from Pheriche meets at the Lobuche Khola (Lobuche Stream). Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5337

While trekking to Everest Base Camp you pass on a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, you can meet expedition teams on their way to Everest Base Camp. On the return leg, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. You return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4250

Early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) to enjoy the view of the spectacular sunrise up over the mountains. From Kala Patthar you have panoramic views of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Thamserku. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. Stay over night at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3850

To reach Tyangboche you pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have the highest permanent settlement throughout the year in the Khumbu region. Upon your arrival at Tyangboche village, you come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

From Tyangboche, the trail descends steeply and then slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m.) crossing the Dudh Koshi. Now you have a glimpse of the panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell Tibetan goods. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2886

The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu takes about 35 minutes.

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Trekking guide
  • One porter for every 2 trekking participants (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Trekking equipments: Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, etc.
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Local government entrance fee
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary)

Gokyo-Chola Pass with Everest Base Camp Altitude Profile

Route Map

Route map

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets:

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Liquid/Snacks:

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:

First Aid Kit 

Optional:

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

Client Reviews

Hunza

Australia

29th Jun, 2022

Gokoyo and EBC with children - Excellent! This is the second time we've used Environmental Treks and Expeditions for a family trek in Nepal. The first time was in December 2010 (2 adults 2 children aged 6 and 8) when we trekked to Annapurna Sanctuary.   Address: Sydney, Australia


AndrewJR105

Australia

29th Jun, 2022

Gokyo and EBC with family - Outstanding!!! We have just returned from an 18 day trek to Gokyo and Everest Base Camp. We travelled as two families with four children aged from 10 years to 15 years old. We had originally planned to trek from Gokyo to Lobuche via the Cho La Pass   Address: Sydney, Australia


Andreas Stimm , Dewein Cornelia

Germany

29th Jun, 2022

Dear Nava! Like every time we have had a wonderful trekking in the mountains,     Address: Netherlands and Germany


Petra Schonlau , Daniel Schonlau

South Africa

29th Jun, 2022

Wonderful 25 days of trekking.......   Thank you very much for a wonderful 25 days of trekking upto Gokyo, Cho La Pass, Everest bae Camp (EBC) and Kala Patthar.   Address: Cape Town, South Africa


Russell Porter

United States

29th Jun, 2022

GOKYO + EBC   Nava, Thank you for arranging a wonderful trek! We planned a 16 days trek to Gokyo+Everest Base Camp which I managed to finish 3 days ahead of schedule!     Address: Australia/USA


Marie Eleanor Channon

United Kingdom

20th Feb, 2024

TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP Namaste! Had such an amazing trek to Gokyo- Chola Pass- Everest Base Camp- Kalapatthar, am missing the already! Awesome guide Ramesh who knew everything and a great group put together for us. I will definitely be recommending this company. Thank you


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