Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo and Cho La Pass is one of the most exciting trekking routes of the region. It doesn’t just have the best of the classic Everest Base Camp trek, but it also takes you through the beautiful villages around Gokyo. The route also leads the trekker to Cho La pass, one of the highest altitude passes of the region that offers the most amazing views.
The trek is longer, and therefore, covers more places and offers more attractions for the trekkers to experience, in comparison to the other short treks in the region.
Highlights of the Trek
Travel Style: Active
Physical Rating: Hard
Service Level: Basic
Group Size: 1+
Max. Altitude: 5545m
Overview of Everest Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek
Quite unlike the regular Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo and Cho La Pass takes you through the beautiful villages of Phortse Thenga, Machhermo, Thagnak, Dzongla, and Gokyo. These villages are known for their unique culture, which the people have been able to preserve for centuries.
Also, you get to go for the Cho La Pass trek, a significant attraction of this route. It gives you this amazing opportunity to go for a side trip to Gokyo Ri (5357 m). From here you can have amazing views of the nearby mountains, and be in close proximity with Ngozumpa Glacier, which is the largest glacier in Nepal.
Like other treks in the region, you will get to experience the amazing views of the great peaks of the Khumbu Region like Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Pumori and so on. There is no better feeling than relaxing in one of the settlements on the route and view the summits of these amazing mountains.
If you have more time, you could take day trips to Gokyo Lakes, which is a complex of high altitude lakes in the region. They are in close proximity to the village of Gokyo. You’re sure to be mesmerized with the beauty of these lakes and the environment around the lake.
During the trek, you’ll be making your way through green hills covered with trees of rhododendron, birch, juniper, and fir, which is an amazing experience altogether. Don’t be astonished if you come across one of the exotic mountain birds that are found in a great number in this region.
Apart from these attributes that are quite unique to this trek, you also get to experience the Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar and lots of other settlement areas that are equally amazing.
Undoubtedly, Gokyo Cho La Pass is one of the best treks in the region. This 15-day tour lets you experience trekking, along with the magic of the Khumbu region to the fullest. You should definitely go for this package, if you’re planning to spend your time in the hills, during your upcoming holiday.
Trekking through this amazing places and landscapes is definitely one of the best experiences you’ve experience you’ll ever have. Totally worth it! You could also try the Everest Base Camp trek through the other alternative routes as Everest Base Camp from Tibet is also one of the great experience to accept the wilderness and beauty of Everest through this route.
The following is the itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo and Cho La Pass. Of course, modifications could be made to the routine to suit the preference of the trekkers.
Day 1 - Kathmandu (1400 m) to Lukla (2860 m) to Phakding (2610 m)
Day 2 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
Day 3 – Rest Day at Namche Bazaar
Day 4 – Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thenga (3680 m)
Day 5 – Phortse Thenga to Machhermo (4470 m)
Day 6 – Machhermo to Gokyo (4800 m)
Day 7 – Rest Day at Gokyo
Day 8 – Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m)
Day 9 – Thagnak to Cho La Pass (5367 m) to Dzongla (4858 m)
Day 10 – Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m)
Day 11 – Lobuche to Gorakshep (5164 m) to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) to Gorakshep
Day 12 – Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) to Pheriche (4371 m)
Day 13 – Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Day 14 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 15 – Lukla to Kathmandu
√ Airport pick up and drop by private vehicles
√ Hotel stay in Kathmandu (2 nights)
√ Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Airfare
√ Government license holder and the experienced Himalayas guide
√ Porter to carry your baggage (1 porter= 2 hikers )
√ Kathmandu-Lulka-Kathmandu guide Airfare
√ Full board meals during trekking period as mentioned in the itinerary
√ Basis tea house and lodge accommodation during trekking
√ All government and local taxes
√ TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System) and Permit for Restricted Area
√ Basic First Aid Kit
√ All company service charges and necessary paperwork
√ Rescue arrangement
√ Typical Nepali farewell dinner
× Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
× Travel insurance for trekking
× Nepal entry visa and excess baggage charge
× Tips for Guide and porter (20% of your total spent is normally given as a tip for a guide and porter )
× Wifi, shower, camera and mobile charging cost
× Basic drinks (mineral water, Beer, cane juice, and Hot water )
× Personal shopping
× Things not mentioned in Cost includes a section
Notes:- Cost is prone to change in itinerary. So the cost will be recalculated if anything changes.
We are local experts i Nepal. We have a well-designed package and our field staffs are very professional. We have a 100% success rate Even you are a solo hiker. We have designed local food which prevents you from high altitude sickness. Once give us a chance then we will never let you down. We assure you that you can fully trust us and you get the things what you have paid for.
It is very easy to book the trip with us. At first, we need your Passport photocopy to book everything here for you. And once we got 20% of the total cost in advance through bank or Money transfer then we will confirm your trip with us. A flight detail is optional but you have to provide before 1 week of arrival to pick up.
You can get all kind of food. You have different choices but personally, I would like to say to eat that local food or our designated food because it prevents you from high altitude sickness.
It is hard to say that you will have altitude sickness or not because everyone’s body reacts to the altitude differently. In general, most of the trekkers have suffered from normal altitude problem during trek but if anyone highly suppers from altitude problem we manage Helicopter rescue. So be sure before starts trek that your insurance cover Helicopter rescue as well. Otherwise, you have to pay extra for a Helicopter rescue.
Yes! The Lukla airport is one of the dangerous airports in the world. The runway is tiny and built on a slope with a mountain at one end and a huge drop into a valley at the other..,
Yes! You can buy a SIM card (Ncell) in Kathmandu before starts trek but the 3G only really works the first and last couples of days of the trek. But you know you could buy wi-fi cards at tea houses which cost 3-6$ for 200mb and the signal is medium.
-Daypack (25–35 liters), Pack cover, Sleeping bag comfortable too – 20 °c (depending upon the season, weather forecast and personal preference) and it is possible to rent it from Kathmandu which cost 2$ per day.
-Waterproof (optional) hiking boots, Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes) LED headlamp with extra battery, trekking poles. Camelback water bladder or sipper (water bottle).
-Chocolates, Energy bar, Dry fruits, ORS. Down jacket cover comfortable too -15 • c which you can hire or buy in Kathmandu and cost will be cheap for you to compare your country and another normal jacket. T-shirt, goggles (UV protected) and 5 pair thermal pants and cap for sun cover, Waterproof gloves, woolen gloves, and socks. Sunscreen, moisturizer, lip balm and sanitizer handy.
In my experience, I would like to say you need to have a good level of fitness, but no means need to be an athlete. It is a completely different world being that high up and everyone’s body reacts to the altitude differently. Simple training before you go.
Mainly you have to be fit physically and mentally for this trek and pass. I already mentioned above about physical conditions. Normally you have to walk 4-6 hrs per day so you have to prepare your body and mind that you can walk 4-6 hrs per days but during Cho-la pass day you have to walk more than 7-8 hrs. Besides this, you have to care what kind of guide and which company you are following because your guide is a doctor in Mountain and company is a hospital.