Gokyo Cho-La Everest Trek | Magnificent view of Gokyo Lake

16 Days

The Gokyo Cho-la Everest trek is a popular trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal. It combines the stunning Gokyo Valley, the challenging Cho-La pass, and the iconic Everest Base Camp, offering trekkers an unforgettable journey through some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. The duration of the Gokyo Cho-La trek typically ranges from 16- 20 days.

One of the highlights and challenges of this trek is, crossing the Chola-Pass(5420 meters). This high-altitude pass involves ascending steep, rocky terrain and navigating glaciers, but it rewards you with stunning vistas. The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and a hike to the picturesque Gokyo Valley. Here you will find a series of turquoise glacial lakes, surrounded by towering peaks, including Gokyo Ri, which offers panoramic views of Cho-Oyu, Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse.

The trek takes you to the iconic Everest Base camp(5364 meters), where climbers prepare their ascent to Mount Everest. The views of Khumbu icefall and the surrounding peaks are awe-inspiring. From Everest Base Camp, you hike to Kala Patthar(5545 meters), one of the best viewpoints in the region. It provides an up-close view of the Everest and the surrounding giants. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture, visiting monasteries, and villages like Namche Bazaar, and interacting with the friendly locals.

Gokyo Lake is located in the middle of all the trekking routes i.e. the Everest base camp trek, Everest view trek, and Everest three-pass trek. If you have enough time you can continue the trek towards Everest Chola Pass. For more information, you can directly connect with our team via mail or WhatsApp.

Best Seasons for Gokyo Cho-La Everest Trek

View of Gokyo from Gokyo lake, during the winter season before falling snow our client went Gokyo Cho-La Everest Trek and they took this nice picture.

Spring season(March-May) is one of the most popular times to undertake the Gokyo Cho-La Everest Trek as the weather is generally stable, with clear skies, comfortable temperatures, and minimal rainfall. The rhododendron forests along the trail bloom in a riot of colors adding to the scenic beauty and making it an excellent time for trekking.

The Autumn season(September-November) is another ideal time for the Gokyo Cho-La Everest Trek and is often considered the best overall trekking season in Nepal. The weather is stable and dry, offering excellent visibility of mountain views. During this season, the trails are in great condition and the landscapes are beautifully adorned with clear skies and colorful scenery.

Seasons to Avoid for The Gokyo Cho-La Everest Trek

Monsoon season(June-August) brings heavy rainfall in the Everest region, making the trails muddy, slippery, and vulnerable to landslides and avalanches. This season must be avoided if you want a suitable and safe trek as leeches and insects become more prevalent during this time.

The winter season(December-February) in the Everest region is very cold, with sub-zero temperatures at higher altitudes. Many tea houses and lodges along the trekking route may close due to the winter season, limiting the accommodation options. The high passes, especially the Cho-La pass, are prone to heavy snowfall and icy conditions, making them treacherous to cross.

Permits Required for the Trek

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: The Sagarmatha National Park is home to the Everest region, and all trekkers heading to the Everest Basse Camp, Gokyo Valley, or Cho-La Pass, must obtain this permit.

Trekker’s Information Management System Card(TIMS): The TIMS card is a trekkers database system that helps ensure the safety and security of trekkers in Nepal. It is required for trekking, in most trekking regions, including the Everest region.

Outline Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival In Kathmandu

DAY 2: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding

DAY 3: Phakding-Namche Bazaar

DAY 4: Acclimatization Day

DAY 5: Namche Bazaar-Dole

DAY 6: Dole-Machhermo

DAY 7: Machhermo-Gokyo(Afternoon hike to Gokyo Ri)

DAY 8: Gokyo-Thagnak(Morning hike to Gokyo 4th Lake)

DAY 9: Thagnak-Cho Dzongla via Chola Pass

DAY 10: Dzongla-Lobuche

DAY 11: Lobuche-Gorakshep(Afternoon hike to Kala Patthar)

DAY 12: Gorakshep-Pheriche(Morning hike to EBC)

DAY 13: Pheriche-Namche Bazaar

DAY 14: Namche Bazaar-Lukla

DAY 15: Lukla-Kathmandu

DAY 16: Departure


The Gokyo Cho-La Everest Trek, spanning 16 awe-inspiring days, unfolds as a captivating odyssey through Nepal’s enchanting Khumbu region. Commencing in the bustling heart of Kathmandu, the journey is a symphony of diverse landscapes and cultural encounters. After a heart-pounding flight to Lukla, trekkers traverse picturesque Sherpa villages, verdant forests, and the tranquil valleys of Dole and Machhermo. The Gokyo Valley emerges as a highlight, adorned with emerald lakes and crowned by the exhilarating ascent of Gokyo Ri. Conquering the challenging Cho-La Pass, adventurers reach the iconic Everest Base Camp, where glaciers and the Khumbu Icefall awe-inspire. The return to Lukla via Pheriche and Namche Bazaar marks a triumphant conclusion to this epic Himalayan adventure, leaving indelible memories of Nepal’s majestic beauty and the resilience of those who dare to explore it.


  • The trek offers breathtaking views of some of the world's highest peaks, including, Mt Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and many more.
  • Explore the stunning Gokyo Valley with its pristine emerald Lakes, including the renowned Gokyo Lake.
  • Conquer the challenging Cho-La Pass, a high altitude adventure that involves ascending rocky terrain and navigating glaciers.
  • Stand at the Everest Base camp and feel the aura of this legendary place.
  • Hike to Kala Patthar, one of the best view points in the region, to witness an up close view of the Everest and surrounding peaks bathed in the golden hues of sunrise.
  • Transverse thrilling suspension bridges that span deep gorges and roaring rivers, adding an adventurous element to your trek.
  • Savor local Nepali and Sherpa cuisine, providing a taste of the region's culinary traditions.


Day 1:
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft)

Welcome to Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu Airport, our representative from Himalayan 360 will greet you and escort you to your hotel. Reaching the hotel, check in and relax. In the evening you can explore the city and attend a briefing session, regarding your trek.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu

Day 2:
Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding (2651m/8697ft)

On the second day of your trip, wake up early to catch your flight to Lukla. Have a quick breakfast at the hotel, and board your domestic flight to Lukla which lasts for about 35-40 minutes. The flight offers spectacular views of the mountains, making it feel like impossible. Upon your arrival in Lukla, you will disembark at Tenzing-Hillary Airport, which is one of the world’s most challenging and scenic airport. Meet your trekking guides and porters at the airport, who will help you with your luggage and gear. Begin your trek towards Phakding, which is approximately a 3-4 hour hike from Lukla. The trail is relatively easy with some ups and downs. Stop for lunch at one of the tea houses along the way and try some local dishes.
Continue your trek to Phakding after lunch, which is just a short distance from the lunch spot. Once you arrive at Phakding, check into your tea house where you will spend the night.
Overnight stay in Phakding
Trek Duration: 3-4 hrs.
Trek Distance: 8 km/5 miles

Day 3:
Phakding-Namche Bazaar (3438m/11,279ft)

Start your day with a breakfast at the tea house and prepare yourself for today’s trek. Begin your trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, which is one of the most scenic and challenging sections of the Everest Base camp trek. Today’s trek involves both ascents and descents, and you will cross several suspension bridges over the Dudh Kosi river. After crossing the final bridge, known as the Hillary Suspension bridge, you will face a deep ascent that will lead you to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, here you’ll need to show your permits. Continue uphill till you reach the vibrant village of Namche Bazaar. Reaching Namche Bazaar, check into a tea house and you can explore the area.
Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar
Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs.
Trek Distance: 9-10kms/5.6-2.6 miles

Day 4:
Acclimatization Day

Start your day with a leisure breakfast as today is dedicated to allowing your body to adjust to the higher altitude to avoid altitude sickness. Visit the Khumjung village, which is known for its ancient monastery and its connection with Sir Edmund Hillary. Khunde Hospital and Khumjung school were both set up by sir Edmund. Take a short hike to the nearby Everest View Hotel. This hike provides stunning panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and several other peaks. It is crucial to take your acclimatization day seriously and avoid strenuous activities or rapid ascents.
Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar

Day 5:
Namche Bazaar-Dole (3680m/12073ft)

Today you will trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole, which is another beautiful day of trekking in the Everest region. Begin your trek from Namche Bazaar, gradually gaining elevation, you’ll pass through rhododendron forests and small villages including Kyangjuma. After Kyangjuma, the trail descends to Phortse Thanga, where you will stop for a lunch break. After having a satisfying lunch, continue your trek from Phortse Thanga to Dole, which again includes ascends. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Khumbu mountains, including, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Pass through the village of Tongba and continue your trek till you reach Dole, where you will spend the night.
Overnight stay in Dole
Trek Duration: 6 hrs.
Trek Distance: 11-12 kms/6.8-7.5 miles

Day 6:
Dole-Machhermo (3870m/12,696ft)

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at your tea house and then begin your trek from Dole to Machhermo. Before setting off, ensure that your daypack is well equipped with essentials. The trail gradually ascends, immersing you even deeper into the heart of the majestic Himalayas. As you traverse lush pastures and rolling hillsides, you will be graced with panoramic views of the iconic Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho Oyu. Come to a stop at a tea house for lunch and continue your trek through the winding trails filled with alpine meadows and rhododendron forests. Upon reaching the rocky terrain near Machhermo, you will be treated to the views of Dudh Kosi Valley below. Your day’s journey will end in the welcoming village of Machhermo, where you will spend the night.
Overnight stay in Machhermo
Trek Duration: 3-4 hrs.
Trek Distance: 6-7 kms/3.7-4.3 miles

Day 7:
Machhermo-Gokyo (4800m/15,748ft)[Afternoon hike to Gokyo Ri]

Day 7 of your trek begins in Machhermo, where you’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast before venturing out on an exhilarating adventure. Your trek to Gokyo will include a gradual ascent, tracing the meandering path alongside the Dudh Kosi River. Along the way, you will pass through charming settlements, breathtaking views of the mountains and witness the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes. Upon your arrival in Gokyo, a serene village nestled beside the pristine lakes, you’ll refuel with a satisfying lunch. After lunch, you will embark on a challenging yet rewarding hike to Gokyo Ri. This vantage point at an elevation of approximately 5360 meters, offers a jaw dropping 360 degree panoramic view of the Himalayan giants including the iconic, Everest and Lhotse. As the sun begins to set, you’ll descend back to the Gokyo village, where you will spend the night.
Overnight stay in Gokyo
Trek Duration: 7-8 hrs.
Trek Distance: 9-11 kms/5.6-6.8 miles

Day 8:
Gokyo-Thagnak (5367m/17,608ft)[Morning hike to Gokyo 4th Lake]

Day 8 of your trek begins with a nourishing breakfast in Gokyo, with the scenic views of the mountains. Equipped with your daypack, embark on a morning hike to Gokyo Fourth Lake. The trail will lead you further into the Gokyo valley, offering increasingly challenging terrain as you ascend. The serene beauty of Gokyo Fourth Lake, situated amidst glaciers, captivates your senses and reveals a canvas of towering peaks. After savoring the tranquility and beauty of the place, you will make your way back to Gokyo for lunch. In the afternoon, continue your trek towards Thagnak, where you will spend the night.
Overnight stay in Thagnak
Trek Duration: 4 hrs.
Trek Distance: 7-8 kms/4.3-5 miles

Day 9:
Thagnak-Cho Dzongla (4843m/15,889ft) via Chola Pass

Your journey today, will take you over the challenging Chola Pass. Rise early and enjoy a hearty breakfast at your tea house, preparing yourself for the challenging day ahead. Depart from Thagnak and head toward the Pass, which is one of the high mountain passes in the Everest region. The trail will be steep and rocky as you ascend toward the Chola Pass, and you’ll need to navigate through glacial terrain. As you reach the Chola Pass, marked by prayer a flag, take a moment to savor the achievement and the breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Then, you will descend down a steep trail from Chola Pass to Cho Dzongla. Reaching Cho Dzongla, relax for a lunch break and spend the afternoon acclimatizing in Cho Dzongla, allowing your body to adjust. In the evening you can explore the surrounding area or take a short walk around.
Overnight stay in Cho Dzongla
Trek Duration: 8 hrs.
Trek Distance: 9-11 kms/5.6-6.8 miles

Day 10:
Dzongla-Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft)

Leaving the picturesque village of Dzongla behind, today you will trek towards Lobuche which presents a journey filled with anticipation and awe. Your trek will consist of a meandering trail through rocky terrain with prayer flags fluttering in the winds. You will pass by frozen lakes, traverse moraines and as you approach nearer to Lobuche, you will witness change in landscape as it takes on more desolate and rugged character. Reaching Lobuche, relax and prepare yourself for the final leg of your trek.
Overnight stay in Lobuche
Trek Duration: 2-3 hrs.
Trek Distance: 6-7 kms/3.7-4.3 miles

Day 11:
Lobuche-Gorakshep (5368m/17,611ft)[Afternoon hike to Kala Patthar]

Trekking from Lobuche to Gorakshep and undertaking an afternoon hike to Kala Patthar is a day of high-altitude adventure and stunning vistas in the Everest region. The trek, presents you with rugged mountain landscapes and a sense of anticipation as you draw closer to the iconic Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching Gorakshep, you’ll have a brief rest before embarking on the exhilarating hike to Kala Patthar, which is renowned for its breathtaking panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other Himalayan giants. As you ascend, you’ll witness the transformation of the landscape, culminating in awe-inspiring vistas of the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest, bathed in the soft hues of the setting sun. The hike to Kala Patthar offers a memorable and humbling experience in the heart of the Himalayas, allowing you to connect with the grandeur of this remarkable region.
Overnight stay in Gorakshep
Trek Duration: 8 hrs.
Trek Distance: 7-8 kms/4.3-5 miles

Day 12:
Gorakshep-Pheriche (4200m/13,779ft)[Morning hike to EBC]

Day 12 begins in Gorakshep and early in the morning, you will set out on an unforgettable hike to the Everest Base Camp(EBC). Begin your day with an early breakfast and prepare for your morning hike to EBC by ensuring you have all the necessary gears, warm clothing, trekking poles and other necessary equipments. The trail to EBC is approximately 3 to 4 kilometers one way and involves trekking over the rocky and often icy surface of the Khumbu Glacier. As you approach the EBC, you will colorful tents of mountaineering expeditions during the climbing season. Reaching the EBC, take your time to explore the area. After spending time at EBC, return to Gorakshep for lunch. In the afternoon, begin your trek from Gorakshep to Pheriche. The trail descends gradually, as you leave the higher altitudes of the Everest Base Camp. Arriving in Pheriche, check into a tea house, where you will spend the night.
Overnight stay in Pheriche
Trek Duration: 8 hrs.
Trek Distance:

Day 13:
Pheriche-Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,286ft)

Day 13 of your trek takes you from the serene village of Pheriche to the bustling mountain town of Namche Bazaar. The journey begins with a descent, as you gradually leave the higher altitudes behind. You’ll pass through picturesque Sherpa villages, cross suspension bridges over the roaring Dudh Koshi River, and retrace some of the familiar trail from your earlier days of the trek. Along the way, the lush rhododendron forests and prayer flags remind you of the unique beauty and spirituality of the Khumbu region. While the terrain may be less challenging than your ascent, the day’s trek offers a different perspective on the landscape. As you finally arrive in Namche Bazaar, you’ll find yourself amidst the vibrant market stalls and welcoming teahouses that characterize this renowned hub of the Everest region. It’s a moment to reflect on your remarkable journey as you prepare to bid farewell to the high Himalayas and immerse yourself once more in the comforts of civilization.

Day 14:
Namche Bazaar-Lukla (2860m/9383ft)

Day 14 marks the conclusion of your memorable trek in the Everest region as you make your way from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu. The trail retraces familiar terrain, leading you back through the picturesque villages of Phakding and Monjo. You’ll traverse suspension bridges that span the Dudh Koshi River, climb hillsides adorned with prayer flags, and soak in the last panoramic views of the towering Himalayan peaks. Your descent is accompanied by a mix of nostalgia for the mountains you’ve come to know and a sense of accomplishment for the journey you’ve completed. As you approach Lukla, the vibrant energy of the town contrasts with the tranquility of the higher altitudes. It’s a time for reflection, celebration, and perhaps a farewell toast to your fellow trekkers and the incredible landscapes you’ve traversed. Enjoy a well-deserved rest and the comforts of Lukla, where your adventure began, and prepare for your flight back to Kathmandu, where you can reminisce about your Everest Base Camp trek and the memories you’ve created along the way.

Day 15:
Lukla-Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft)

Today, you will fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. The flight will be spectacular filled with mountain and farmland views. On Day 15, your Everest Base Camp trek adventure continues with your journey from Lukla back to Kathmandu. The day typically starts early as you head to Lukla Airport for your domestic flight. Lukla Airport is known for its short and thrilling runway, and the flight itself offers stunning aerial views of the Himalayan landscapes.

Once you touch down in Kathmandu, you’ll be back in the vibrant capital city of Nepal. Take this opportunity to relax, unwind, and reflect on your incredible trekking experience. You can explore more of Kathmandu, visit local markets, enjoy delicious Nepali cuisine, and perhaps do some last-minute souvenir shopping.
As you prepare for your international departure, you can reminisce about the awe-inspiring landscapes, the warmth of the Nepali people, and the friendships you’ve forged during your Everest Base Camp trek. Cherish the memories and experiences as you bid farewell to Nepal, knowing that this journey will stay with you for a lifetime.

Day 16:

Today, will be the end of your trip in Nepal and after your breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the airport for your onward journey. You will board your flight taking the unforgettable memories with you. Hope you come back again.


Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure transport
  • All meals during the trek(breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in tea house during the trek
  • Trekking guide and porters with insurance
  • Flight tickets-Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu(bed and breakfast)
  • Trekking permits
  • All government fees and taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Entry visa fees
  • Food in Kathmandu(lunch and dinner)
  • Travel insurance and sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Beverages of any kind
  • Tips and gratuities for guides and porters
  • Personal expenses


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Is prior trekking experience necessary for this trek?

Yes, prior trekking experience is highly recommended, especially at high altitudes. The Gokyo Cho-La Everest Trek involves challenging terrain and high passes.

Is it possible to do the trek independently, or do I need a guide or porter?

While it is possible to trek independently, hiring a guide and porter is recommended for safety, navigation, and carrying heavy loads. Guides are especially helpful for those, not familiar with the region.

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Gokyo Cho-La Everest Trek | Magnificent view of Gokyo Lake