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Gokyo and Cho La Pass Trek - 20 Days

Gokyo and Cho La Pass Trek

A spectacular flight to Lukla sets the scene for the splendors to come as you make your way up Namche bazaar, the vibrant center of Sherpa life. After acclimating by spending time exploring this bustling Sherpa village, it’s time to trek to Gokyo Lake and Chola pass towards Everest Base Camp. Cho La is a pass scaling at 5420m above sea level. Gokyo and Cho La Pass Trek is a fantastic trek, visiting all of the high valleys of Khumbu with extra time at Gokyo to explore the upper valley. We then reach Gokyo Lakes where the Khumbu range is reflected in the emerald green water below, and an optional excursion to Gokyo Ri with stunning views of Makalu and Everest. This may bring forth a slight detour to the pre-planned Gokyo and Cho la Pass Trek Trail.

From there you will head for the Everest Base Camp trail and the rocky summit of Kalapathar (18,193′), and its unrivaled close view of Mt. Everest and its giant neighbors. After accomplishing this feat you will trek back through the Khumbu valley to Lukla for a flight back to Kathmandu for some city adventures to match your trekking heights. Our return journey takes us to Tengboche monastery, the most important center of Buddhism in the Everest area, before descending to Lukla to fly back to Kathmandu the next day.

Day 1
Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 2
Day 02 : Trek Preparation or Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.

Day 3
Day 03 : 40 minutes of fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)

Day 4
Day 04 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m) 3:30 Hours

Day 5
Day 05 : Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar

Day 6
Day 06 : Trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3860m) 5:30 Hours

Day 7
Day 07 : Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 6:00 Hours

Day 8
Day 08 : Acclimatisation day at Dingboche or day hike to Chhukung Ri.

Day 9
Day 09 : Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche to Gorakhshep (5140m) 6:00 Hours

Day 10
Day 10 : Trek from Lobuche to Gorakhshep (5140m) 4:30 Hours, and Everest Base Camp

Day 11
Day 11 : Morning hike from Gorakhshep to Kalapathar (sunrise view) (5545m) –back to Gorakhshep and trek to Lobuche (4910m) 6:00 Hours

Day 12
Day 12 : Trek from Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m) 5:00 Hours

Day 13
Day 13 : Trek from Dzongla to Thangnak (4700m) Via Cho La Pass (5330m) 7:00 Hours

Day 14
Day 14 : Trek from Thangnak to Gokyo Lake (4790m) 6:00 Hours

Day 15
Day 15 : Exploration day around Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Peak (Gokyo Ri)

Day 16
Day 16 : Trek from Gokyo to Dole (4470m) 6:30 Hours

Day 17
Day 17 : Trek from Dole to Namche Bazar. 5:30 Hours

Day 18
Day 18 : Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla 7:30 Hours

Day 19
Day 19 : Morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 20
Day 20 : Transfer to International Airport for your onward destination.

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
  • Standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by car / van / bus.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (mainly in twin sharing).
  • A local government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • National Park permits.
  • TIMS Permit (Trekker’s Information Managment System)
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag by Base Camp Adventure (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
  • First aid medical kits.
  • All necessary land transport
  • Domestic airfare and airport tax.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff .
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

We are advised to consider the following equipment as these are essentials while packing for the Everest Base CampGokyo and Cho La Pass Trek. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to the requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.  We can find variety of these gears to rent or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured and some are imported from china and they are much cheaper. And there are some famous branded gear shops in Kathmandu, Thamel.

Equipment List:

– Lightweight and comfortable hiking boots: fit them with hiking socks and wear them wherever possible before you go to trekking. – Sleeping bag and liner – Sandals/ Flip flop – Hiking socks – at least 4 pairs of cotton socks and 2 pair of wool socks – Lightweight long sleeve hiking shirts – Windproof/Waterproof pants and jacket – Plastic rain poncho – Light weather protection and warmer weather – Hat for sun and wind – Windproof gloves – Warmer clothes – Long underwear – Thermals (socks, t-shirts, sweater) – Wool hat/beanie (for winter) – Shorts – Hiking trousers – Down jacket


– Sunglasses with good UV protection – Sunscreen – Lightweight bag to carry your personal needs during the day – Insect repellent – Camera with extra battery – Flashlight – Backpack – Aluminum water bottle – Head lamp – Trekking Poles – Crampons – Gators

Q: I’ve never trekked before.  Can I do this trek? Answer: As long as you are reasonably fit, mentally prepared and can walk for 6-7-hours a day then no matter who you are and what your background is, a bit of training may be necessary, but even that is not 100% essential for most.

Q: How many miles do you walk each day? Answer: It is about 40 miles from Lukla to EBC and another 60 miles from EBC to Gokyo and back to Lukla. In average you walk around 4-7 miles per day while going up and 8-12 miles while coming down.

Q: Is there battery charging facility? Answer: The tea houses have charging ability via their solar panels but if it has been cloudy for several days, there may not be enough reserves to charge barberries for your camera, and thus it is better to have an extra battery. Teahouses usually charge for it – maybe a 300-500 rupees per hour. Many people want to charge their batteries so try to plug your stuff in as soon as you arrive.

Q: Can I do laundry on the trek? Answer: Yes, you can. You can take this service with guest house. This will not be by machine, it will be by hand. Or, you can do your own laundry in a bucket.

Q: Is there bottled water on the Everest Base Camp, Gokyo and Cho La Pass Trek? Answer: Yes, there’s bottled water from Lukla all the way up to base camp, Cho La Pass and Gokyo Valley. But, the price goes up the higher you go. One liter bottle of water cost start around 70 rupees and at base camp cost well over 300 (around $3). A budget solution to this is to use water treatment solution or use water purifier tablets. Some purification tabs and drops make the water taste weird. Please be aware of that too. Buying boiled water can be a solution to save money from expensive bottled water but make sure if water was fully boiled or not before you buy.

Q: Is there age limit for this trek? Answer: There isn’t any official age limit saying you can and cannot trek to this trek.

Q: How difficult is Everest Base Camp -Gokyo and Cho La Pass Trek route? Answer: In terms of terrain there are no ropes needed and no ice picks needed. There is no vertical climbing involved. The ground is not paved. It is rough, rocky and gravel strewn. Most of the trek involves long paths that go up and then down. People with weak ankles should take caution. Depending on the time of year you go there can also be snow and ice in the trails. But crossing Cho La pass is more challenging. It is recommended to carry Ice axe.

Q: Can children go on the Everest Base Camp -Gokyo and Cho La Pass Trek ? Answer: Yes is the general rule. It’s advisable that your child is reasonable and able to understand and follow instructions immediately. Your child should be mature enough to recognize altitude sickness symptoms.

Trip Reviews
5 stars
- based on 2 reviews
  1. We are amateur trekkers at best, and this was by far the longest and most physically demanding trek we had been on. For such a daunting challenge, we were extremely fortunate to have been in the experienced and dedicated hands of Base Camp Adventure's guides. Even before the trek, Base Camp Adventure was incredibly responsive to our email queries, and was accommodating of our special requests. Base Camp Adventure's boss, Shree, was also very personable and both received and sent us off to the airport. During the trek, the three guides we had (Jwala, Tika, Bhim) were patient and adjusted our itinerary to suit our walking pace. They also took care of our welfare, such as ensuring we had enough blankets to keep us warm at night. The scenery was, of course, breathtaking, with fantastic views of the Himalayas, and the trek was generally well-maintained. We are very grateful for the support of Base Camp Adventure, which made the trip all the more enjoyable.
  2. Me and my husband did 11 days Gokyo Lakes with Base Camp Adventures.. absolutely beautiful trek and the best company ever!!!! Shree is the owner and since our first contact via email he was always very kind, helpful and promptly responded all my questions and doubts! He arranged the best accommodation and took care of us since the first day in Kathmandu. My husband had his luggage lost by Air Asia on the day we arrived and Shree was absolutely kind taking care about everything until we get the luggage back. We felt very welcomed, happy and safe. We had all the necessary information about the trek and the best guide Raj and porter Rebu who were absolutely fantastic at all times during the trek!!! They always made sure we were safe, comfortable,in good health conditions due to the mountain sickness and very flexible with the itinerary. They became our very good friends, such a beautiful and professional people!! Himalayans Treks are UNFORGETTABLE with Base Camp Adventures! We HIGHLY RECOMMEND them!!! We are now looking forward to come back and do Everest base Camp!

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