The Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trekking is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the Khumbu region. Footing at an elevation of(8,848m). above sea level trekking to the neck of this highest mountain of the world Mt. Everest is the ultimate adventure for any tourist seeking thrill and excitement. Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek is made in by thousands of tourist every year. Whoever has explored through this the adventurous trail has claimed it to be the most memorable event of their life time thanking to the amazing landscapes of Nepal and a very delightful Nepali people. Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trekking start Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Than from Lukla we walk for the first three days ascending up towards the Everest Base Camp. The Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trekking trail in Everest region are filled with ups and down the hills passing the steep sided valleys of Dudh koshi river, cutting the valleys, moraines, and lush valleys, famous monasteries with some of the places offering the most splendid view of some mesmerizing mountains, Mount Everest (8,848m). Mount Nuptse, Mount Lhotse (8586m), Mount Amadablam, Mount Cho-yu (8201m), Mount Makalu and lots of small peaks in the region. On the trek we spend a day as acclimatization in Namche bazaar, exploring nearby peaks and Khumbu glaciers.

As you ascend up the Namche bazaar you will reach Machhermo via Khumjung.  From Machhermo the trail takes you over west for a gradual ascent up to beautiful five lakes of Gokyo (4,790m). where, we can take rest for some period and do some side treks including a climb of Gokyo-Ri (5,360m). for close up view of some spectacular mountains in the region. From Gokyo we trek over the Cho-la pass (5,330 m). onwards to Gorak Shep (5,130 m). on the main trail to our final destination Kalapathar (5,550 m). which offers incomparable and different views of Everest. After arriving to Kalapathar we spend some time enjoying ourselves with some sight-seeing and photography before descending back to Lukla. While returning back to Lukla trail pass through picturesque water driven prayer wheel and reach Tengboche (3,860m). you will visit the famous Buddhist  Gompa named Tengboche monastery

Day 01:Flight from Kathmandu (1300m) to Lukla (2850m) and trek to Phakding (2620m)

Duration of time:3-4 hours

First of all, you will go to Lukla by the flight which lasts for 30 minutes. You will reach the hotel in Lukla and have some breakfast after reaching there. If you’ve hired a local porter, you will meet him. After the settlement, you will start your trekking. From Lukla you will head to the north from the landing strip to Chheplung (2670m). You will need to cross the Thadokoshi River(2550). Just passing the bridge, you can see the Kusum Kanguru peak (6367m) which might be a bit difficult to climb. Far away from the Thadokoshi River, the trail goes upwards to Ghat (2580m). During this trek you will come across the rocks or stones that are carved with Tibetan Buddhism six words which are known as Mani stones. You will continue the climb to reach Pakhding village which is attractive.

Overnight at lodge in Phakding 

Day 02:Phakding(2620m) to  Namche Bazaar(3460m)

Duration of time:6-7 hours

Today, through the Dudh Koshi river along with pine forests, you will start the second day of your trek. You will cross altogether 5 suspension bridges on your way to Namche. You can see the  fascinating village Banker Manjo(5364m), which is the headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park. After passing through the last bridge you will continue the 2 hours climb. On the trail you will relish a fascinating view of Mt Everest. At the entrance, you need to authenticate your permit checkpoint. After climbing 15-20 minutes you will reach Jorsalle which is the last place before Namche. Here you will have your lunch. Then continuing the ascend you can see influencing the impression of Everest and Nuptse. A climb through pine forests for 2 to 3 hours depending on your speed leads to the auspicious trading and managerial town of the Namche Bazaar.

Overnight at lodge in Namche Bazaar

Day 03:Acclimatization and exploration in Namche Bazaar(3460m)

Duration of time:2-3 hours 

Acclimatization is the adjustment to high attitudes so to avoid altitude illness acclimatization is very important.Today you will go on a hike around Namche Bazaar. Firstly you will visit  the Hillary museum. On the way you will see a panorama view of the Everest range which is considered as one of the fascinating viewpoints of the world. After half an hour, you will be continuing your trek to Syangboche Everest(3780m) view hotel where you will enjoy the fabulous mountain views.You will be fascinated by broad views of Everest, Lhotse and other mountains on a day. You will enjoy visiting Syangboche landing strip (3780m) from where you will climb towards Khunde(3840m) passing stone Buddhist Monuments. Then you will enjoy here a lot and descend to Namche.

Overnight at lodge in Namche Bazaar

Day 04:Namche Bazaar (3460m) to Tengboche(3860m)

Duration of time:5-6 hours

Today you will continue towards Tengboche. On the way to Tengboche ,the views of Everest and Ama Dablam(6812m) are extraordinary. You can look at the spotted deer and colourful Himalayan birds, namely Daphne which are also known as Nepal’s national bird. The trail reaches to Sanasa(3600m) and drops towards Phunki Thenga (3190m).Then it enters the rhododendron and pine forests.Then your destination will reach to hill top village of Tengboche at 3870m .The scene from there is said to have splendid landscapes like Everest, Nuptse, Kantega, Ama Dablam and other peaks. During the time of October and November, local people here celebrate Mani Rimdu festivals during the full moon. You can also visit the monastery in the afternoon.

Overnight at lodge in Tengboche

Day 05:Tengboche(3860m) to Dingboche(4410m)

Duration of time:4 hours

You will begin your trek with a descent through beautiful forests.You will cross the Imja khola and gradually ascend to Pangboche(3985m). Continuing your trek along the river and ascending with Lobuche Khola(4940m), you reach Dingboche. Here, you can find numbers of lodges and tenting areas since it is the most famous village for tourists.The west of the Imja River(4360m) exists a helicopter landing pad. It is a very moderating village with lots of views of mountains.

Overnight at lodge in Dingboche

Day 06:Acclimatization in Dingboche(4410m)

Duration of time:5 hours

After a savory breakfast, around 8:30 in the morning you will start your trek to Chukhung(5550m).You can view the amazing mountains mainly Ama Dablam.The wind over here is really fresh and strong too.Chukhung is really famous for Island Peak climbing which is a great way to explore the best and most stunning views of mountain range. And finally you will go back to Dingboche.

Overnight at lodge in Dingboche

Day 07:Dingboche(4410m) to Lobuche(4940m)

Duration of time:5 hours

At morning, your trek will begin after your breakfast.Today your trek will be more challenging due to higher altitude.Through the trail you will reach to Thugla(4600m).After walking some time you will get closer to high mountains like Mt.Nuptse and Mt. Pumori.You can see the beautiful views of Mt.Lobuche too.There would be a freezing cold so you need to carry warm clothes because we will be approx. 5000m above sea level. It will be quite pleasant as it is 4-5 hours long.When you come out of the valley, you will descend to lobuche yak pastures.

Overnight at lodge in Lobuche

Day 08:Lobuche(4940m) to Gorak Shep(5164m) to Everest base camp(5364m)

Duration of time:8 hours

In the morning,You will hike till you reach up to Gorak Shep from Lobuche. After you walk for one hour, the path gets difficult but you will be astonished by really nice views on a big range formed by Everest, Nuptse and other mountains. You will take lunch at Gorakshep .After having lunch,you will head to your final destination for Everest Base Camp.On your destination you will come closer to Khumbu Glacier(4900m). After walking for about one hours you will cross the glacier and enter the Everest Base Camp area(5364m).After reaching there you can view famous Khumbu glacier and Icefall.After exploring, enjoying sunset and capturing mesmerized memories you will return to Gorak Shep because of low altitude and high altitude then  Everest Base Camp.

Overnight at lodge in Gorak Shep

Day 09:Gorakshep(5164m) to Kalapathar(5643m) and Dzongla(4830m)

Duration of time:7 hours.

Early morning at 4 am your leader gives you a wake up call then you head off to Kala Patthar (5550m) to see the best sunrise and  Everest view.  You will see the whole Everest region Himalaya from Kala Patthar top. It is challenging to wake up early in the morning. You must wear good mountain gear. This morning you might feel freezing cold on the way to the top. When you reach 5550m you will be back at the same guest house in Gorakshep then pack your things, having breakfast then heading down via  Labuchhe village to Dzangla. On the way back you will pass glacier and landslide you  must be hearing your guides.  You will have some Lunch in Labuchhe then heading a gradual trail to Dzangla. You have a perfect valley ,close mutation and glasser on the way. You must have another good day today.  

Overnight at lodge in Dzongla.

Day  10:Dzongla(4830m) to Cho La pass(5420m) to Dragnag(4700m)

Duration of time:8 hours

You are having your breakfast early and then set up for Chola pass(5420mt). It is a more adventurous day for you. First you will go a gradual trail to Chola phedi for 1 and half hours then you will start climbing to the top of Cho La. The trail is so rocky with a bit big steps but you are going surely and safely. About a 2 and half hour climb, you reach the top of Cho La pass. You will find more ice and snow  in winter on the trail. You will surely need crampons in the winter season. Yours leader tells you when to use it and when to take it out. When you reach the top you will feel as an adventure trip on top of the world. It is also time to make a group picture. You can have some snacks and packed lunch on the top with a perfect view of the mountain. Then you are ready to go down with rope. It is steep down a rocky trail for 45 min. You must be careful after the top down trail. From here on, you will have a better trail to heading Dragnag. It takes you about two an hour down an easy trail. When you reach the guest house of Dragnag you will have a hot shop and tea.

Overnight at lodge in Dragnag

Day 11:Dragnag(4700m) to Gokyo(4790m)

Duration of time:4 hours

Today you will start a little later than normal. After breakfast, you leave for Gokyo. Today  your trek is on the glacier of Gyazumba which is the biggest glacier in the world. You will be enjoying about three hours on the glacier. Do not climb the rocks or make noise in this trail. This is a narrow and rocky trail. When you reach near Gokyo, you will pass a landslide area and climb to the ridge of the lake.You have a perfect lake view from the reach. You will go to have lunch in Gokyo then you will explore the lake area sight visit.

Overnight at lodge in Gokyo

Day 12:Gokyo(4790m) to Gokyo Ri(5357m) to  Dole(4200m)

Duration of time:7 hours

Early morning, you wake up then head up to Gokyo Ri. It offers you the scenery of all the mountains of Everest valley including Mount Everest. You will have a great sunrise from the top. You start before breakfast with a head lamp. You cross the lake and follow the trail uphill for 2 and half hours to the top. You will be so surprised as you reach here. You must have enough water and good gear for this morning. When you finish taking pictures, you head down to the same guest house on the lake and pack your things and have breakfast. After that, you head down to Dole. You have such a beautiful trail on the way down to Dole. You will often stop for tea and lunch in Machharmu. It is a great place to have Lunch and rest your body then another two hour trek to Dole. Dole is a small town to explore mountains. 

Overnight at lodge in Dole

Day 13:Dole(4200m) to Namche( 3440m)

Duration of time:6 hours

After breakfast you start your trek to Namche Bazaar. You walk through forests and waterfalls. You trek downhill towards Phorche Thanga. This village lies on the bank of river. After this village, you will now head uphill to Mogla hill top where you will have lunch today. You have a 360 degree view from here then your trek leads you down to Kanjuma village. Then you have a gradual flat to Namche bazaar. If you wish to buy some light souvenirs from the mountain you will get here.

Overnight at lodge in Namche

Day 14:Namche Bazar(3440m) to Lukla(2800m)

Duration of time:7 hours

After breakfast you will be heading down to Lukla. Today you will descend to a high bridge and follow the bank of the river.You will pass a few suspension bridges, forests and waterfalls along the way. You will pass such a nice Sherpa village with so much tradition of Sherpa. You will find a handcraft Buddhist mantra in the maniwall. You will stop a few paces for tea and lunch. you have a good lunch at Phakding then you have a mixed trail to Lukla. Before Lukla you will ascend one hour. Lukla village welcomes travelers through a huge traveler gate and statue of Pasang Lhamu Sherpa. She is the first women summit of Mt. Everest. 

Overnight at lodge in Lukla

Day 15:Lukla(2800m) to Kathmandu(1400m)

Duration of time:40 minutes

Today you will fly with small aircraft to Kathmandu. It takes a 40 minute flight. When you land in Kathmandu airport, you drive via a private transport to your hotel. Today we will have a welfare dinner with your trip leader. Then you will finish your trip.

The Trip cost will vary depending on the Group Size, Duration of days and Services required. Please contact us via our website with your details to obtain a Quote.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup after Arrival in Kathmandu on Request
  • All Land Transportation as per Itinerary
  • 3 Meals per Day During the Trek (B L D) Including Tea or Coffee
  • Domestic Flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • An Experienced, English-Speaking and Government-Licensed Trek Leader and Assistant Trek Leader (6 Trekkers: 1 Assistant Guide)
  • Porter Service (2 Trekkers: 1 Porter)
  • All the Staff Salary, Insurance, Equipment, Domestic Airfare, Food and Accommodation
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag (To be returned after the Completion of the Trip)
  • All the Required Paperwork, Documents
  • Trekking Permits (National Park Permit and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance fee)
  • All the Local and Governmental Taxes
  • Medical Kit (Carried by Trek Leader)

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight and Visa Fees
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Extra Baggage Charges
  • Extra Night Accommodation in Kathmandu ( In case you arrive early or departure late and early return from mountain due to any reason) than the Scheduled Itinerary
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any Type of Personal Expenses such as Alcoholic Beverages, Phone Bills, Internet Bills, Laundry and Hot Shower
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance
  • Trip Cancellation Cost
  • Accident or Health Issues
  • Loss Theft or Damage of Personal Properties(We advice you to take out Personal Travel Insurance)
  • Tips and Gratuities

Accommodation

We will be accommodated in star hotel or similar in Kathmandu and teahouse during the trek. All the accommodation are offered on twin-shared basis. Single accommodation can be provided on request but will cost an additional charge. The charge depends on the hotel you are staying.

Private rooms are readily available in Kathmandu, and the trekking region, except in high altitudes where there will be just dormitories. Usually there are no heaters in teahouse; they provide warm blanket. You can bring sleeping bag with extra liner for more comfort and warm. There is normally on electricity connection in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric powers. The rooms and dining halls are connected with solar lighting. Most teahouses now have source of power to charge small appliances – mobile phones and cameras.

Meals

During Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trekking, we get to taste authentic Nepalese cuisine and as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) but the choice of foods are limited. We provide the “Breakfast & Dinner” from the teahouse or lodge where we will be spending overnight and lunch will be served on the way to next destination.

We also offer welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. All the meals (B, L, D) will be provided during the trek but only the breakfast will be served in Kathmandu (except for welcome and farewell dinner).

Drinking Water

Crown Himalaya Trek offers Chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All the teahouses provide mineral water and boiled water for trekkers on additional charge. We suggest you not to buy mineral water or bottled water while on the trek as plastic bottles are difficult to dispose- off.

What to bring

Firstly, you need to carry some documents to purchase Sagarmatha National Park Permit and TIMS. Passport size phots and valid passport are required for the Permits. For Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek, you have to bring hiking boots, trousers, wind and water proof jacket and trousers, down jacket, sun glasses, hat, flash light, water bottle, refillable water and positive attitude. As it is difficult to find the charging port in high mountains, you need to bring back-up for your camera and mobile phones. Crown Himalaya Treks will arrange comprehensive medical kit for the trekkers.

This is very physical trip, meaning you will be walking on rough terrain, so pack as lightly as possible. Crown Himalaya Trek provide an experienced porter on (2 trekkers: 1 porter) basis. Your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag; the maximum of 15 kgs are carried by porters – 30 kgs by 2 porters. You can stock your unnecessary luggage in Kathmandu on absolutely free of cost.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is the unusual physical condition that occurs at higher elevation (more than 2,000m) due to change in air pressures. The symptoms are nausea, diarrhea, dizziness and loss of appetite that may lead to more fatal conditions. Consult Crown Himalaya treks for more information about altitude sickness.
The Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trekking itinerary offered by Crown Himalaya Treks offers ample time to acclimatize and rest. We walk on slow pace; taking proper rest which lets your body acclimatize well. We ensure our “trekkers” zero risk of altitude threat.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trekking is a moderate trek perfect for passionate hikers with the ability to walk at least 5 – 7 hours on mountain terrain with a light rucksack. With excellent physical condition, positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination, anyone regardless of size and age can accomplish the trek successfully.
We suggest you to engage on physical training for few weeks prior the trip to boost your strength, stamina and confidence. Cardio, swimming, running and leg exercise are few recommended physical training to prepare yourself for the trek. Previous trekking experience is always an asset but not mandatory. And no technical skills are required as well.
Trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lung and blood diseases are suggested to consult their doctor prior the trip.

Best Time to Trek

Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek is possible to conduct throughout the year but autumn (Sept to Nov) and spring (March – May) are considered as the best time of the year for the trek. If you want to avoid the traffic, you can enjoy the trek during winter (Dec, Jan and Feb). However, the extremely cold temperature and frequent snow-fall might distract the trek. Trekking in summer or Monsoon seasons (June – August) are full of rain; which might invite the risk of landslide and flood. But the rainy season could be paradise for keen botanist.

Route Map

Crown Himalaya Treks will provide the complementary route map and T-shirt for the trekkers.

$ 1500 USD

Trip Facts

Duration15 Days

Best MonthSep to Dec and March to May

Group Size1-15 persons

Max. Elevation5,545 m

GradeEasy – Moderate

Trek StyleLodge Trek (Tea House)

Walk Per Day5-6 hours

MealsBreakfast in Kathmandu and all meals(B L D) during the trek

AccommodationSimple lodge to 5 star hotels in cities but in trekking only simple lodge available

TransportCar, Jeep Van, Land Cruiser, Bus, Flight 

Departure FromKathmandu

Arrival InKathmandu