Everest Base Camp – Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trek
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Overview

Out of all trekking destinations in Nepal, if any of them push the boundaries with both adventure and challenges, it’s Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek. It makes the trekkers explore many hidden places, enjoy the scenic views, and capture a perfect shot of Mt. Everest.

The trek is slightly more difficult than others, but you’ll have an exciting journey with the Nepal Eco Adventure. There’ll be a trekking guide and porter accompanying you throughout the journey, which makes the trip a little easier and better right from Lukla.

NOTE: This is 15 days trek(KTM to KTM) which doesn't include Arrival, Sightseeing tour and Departure days.  Also, this 15 days tour doesn't include hotel and sightseeing tour costs. If you want to include sightseeing tour and hotel include please checkout our 18 days EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek which costs $1,650  per person.

Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass and Gokyo are situated in Khumbu village in north-eastern Nepal. While Everest Base Camp is perched on the foot of Mt. Everest, Gokyo Valley sits on the base of Gokyo Ri at 5,357 meters.

The base camp lies on the main EBC trail while Gokyo makes its way through the Cho La Pass, one of the toughest walks of the entire hike. It’s pretty incredible, though, with breathtaking scenery of glistening mountains like Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse, and Gokyo Ri.

The small village of Gokyo is situated on the eastern shore of Dudh Pokhari, the third Gokyo Lake. All buildings and houses in the valley are used for the accommodation of trekkers. There are six main lakes in Gokyo, including Thonak, which feeds on the melting glaciers.

Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Trek via Cho La Pass is lauded for its unparalleled beauty, geological wonders, local grandeur, and impressive views. The hike is quite incredible, with breathtaking scenery of glistening mountains like Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest Nuptse, and Gokyo Ri.

Its historical landmarks with medieval monasteries, Mani walls, and prayer wheels provide an insight into the local culture of the Himalayan people. This helps them better understand the customs and traditions of inhabitants in the Everest region, which primarily includes Sherpa and Tibetan.

Over the years, people of different castes have migrated to the region, so you may even encounter Brahmin, Chhetri, Sherpa, and Rai. Tengboche monastery is one of the most significant tourist attractions of Khumbu, where most trekkers stop by and take a visit.

Everest Base Camp lies in the south of Khumbu at 5,364 meters altitude. It’s about 144 km away from Kathmandu, with the actual trek starting from Lukla. The trail running from this small Sherpa town passes through several villages, including Namche Bazaar and Dingboche.

There are multiple times when the trail crosses suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River and climbs the steep hill. It runs alongside a terrace farm and over the rugged trails with sharp rocks to arrive at Everest Base Camp.

The trek gets extremely difficult from the base camp with terminal moraines and ice sheets. The trail to Gokyo walks through Cho La Pass at 5,420 Meters, crossing the Ngozumpa glacier in the east. This mountain pass joins two villages of Thangnak and Dzonglha, which are by mountains and lofty hills.

From here, the trail ascends upward from the jagged and rocky terrain passing Thangnak. The trek to the first Gokyo Lake from the village takes 2-3 hours, and trekking further will take you to the second lake of Gokyo. The third Gokyo Lake lies near the Gokyo Valley and comes with a stunning view of Gokyo Ri.

The fourth and fifth Gokyo Lake lies beyond Gokyo villages walking over rugged terrain with loose rocks and boulders. After arriving at the last lake, you’ll get a spectacular view of tranquil lakes, diverse landscapes, sheer glaciers, and breathtaking mountains. Trekkers will also climb Gokyo Ri before trekking back to Lukla with the crew of Nepal Eco Adventure.

Things you can experience on Everest Base Camp and Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek

  • Scenic flight to Lukla with a view of gentle sweeping hills, charming villages, and lush meadows
  • Spectacular glimpses of Khumbu Icefall, Mt. Everest, and Ama Dablam
  • Visiting Tengboche monastery to offer prayers
  • Chance to encounter wild animals and birds in Sagarmatha National Park
  • Exploring the surrounding landscapes, steep-sided hills, and cliffs
  • Discover hidden Gokyo Valley and its nearby glacial lakes and moraines
  • Sighting old Chortens, Gompa, colorful Mani walls, and prayer wheels
  • Impressive close-up view of snow-capped mountains, icefalls, and rocky hills

Itinerary

Day 1
Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding.
Phakding Altitude: 2,640 meters Walking Hours: 3 hours Overnight at at the Lodge At the crack of dawn, we’ll leave Kathmandu and fly to Lukla, which takes around half an hour to forty five minutes. Up until then, enjoy the breathtaking view of undulating landscapes, vast meadows, local farms, and clifftops. Flying over the traditional Nepali villages and lofty hills, we’ll arrive at the lovely town of Lukla. After a small break for brunch, we begin the trek to Phakding with an downhill decent from the right bank of Dudh Koshi River. Going steadily, we walk through the pine forest and pass the old Mani walls to get to Ghat. There’s a time-worn path, which walks both ups and downs, leading to Phakding. We’ll head to a lodge after reaching the village.
Day 2
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Namche Bazaar Altitude: 3,440 meters Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs Overnight at at the Lodge Trek to Namche Bazaar starts by crossing a small stream and scrambling the terraced hill until Benkar. Following the Dudh Koshi River Valley below and beyond, we are surrounded by rhododendron and pine forests. Passing the village of Manjo, we head to Sagarmatha National Park, where the entry fee is collected. Throughout the trek, we’ll use the suspension bridge several times to cross the Dudh Koshi River. After a few miles above Jorsale, the hike gets extremely difficult with a steep and continually upward trail. There’s no level ground walking from here, so it may take us more than two hours to reach the Namche Bazaar. After arriving at the town, we can enjoy the magnificent views of mountainous terrains, lush hills, and steep-sided ridges. Overnight stay at a beautiful lodge in Namche.
Day 3
Acclimatization day at Namche.
Since the trek from Namche is relatively tough with an upward slope, we’ll spend a day in the town. For acclimatization, we’ll climb the trail to twin villages of Kunde, Khumjung and return to Namche via Everest View Hotel, which are less busier compared to other settlements. Day hike today is may takes 4-5 hours pleasant walk. Upon reaching the village, we’ll get an impressive view of snow-capped mountains including Ama Dablam, Mt Everest, Thamserku and many other mountains. These villages are also popular stops for trekkers to have lunch and spend the night. From there, we’ll take an hour-long walk of the rugged hill which ends at Everest View Hotel. Once for all, the difficulty pays off as the hilltop offers a fascinating view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. We’ll be getting breathtaking scenes of steep-sided valleys, lush green forests, and imposing villages. After enjoying the views, we’ll descend the trail back to the Namche village. Exploring the town of Namche Bazaar and its colorful local shops is equally exciting. We’ll spend the night in the lodge.
Day 4
Trek to Tengboche (3790m).
Tengboche Altitude: 3,867 meters Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs Overnight at at the Lodge After having a local breakfast, we’ll set off on the journey to Tengboche. Turning up to the steep hill, we’ll come off the ground level and then walk into the forest from where the trek gets a bit easy. After an hour or two of a painless walk, we’ll climb down the trail to the gushing river at Phungi Tenga. Crossing the river through an old wooden bridge, we now begin an uphill trek, which takes about two hours. After a delicious lunch at the local tea house, we’ll make the final climb of the day. Because of the low oxygen in the air, the hike gets exhausting from here with a decline in the pace. We’ll finally wind up our trek at Tengboche, a small village in the Khumbu subregion, upon the long and steep climb. It has one of the country’s oldest Tibetan monasteries with the stunning backdrop of Ama Dablam. Lying at a hill across Imja Khola, Tengboche is a common accommodation stop for hikers.
Day 5
Trek to Dingboche (4350m).
Dingboche Altitude: 4,260 meters Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs Overnight at at the Lodge Early in the morning, we’ll pay a visit to the beautiful Tengboche monastery, partake in the prayers there and receive blessings. Shortly after that, we’ll leave the village and head upward, enjoying the spectacular views of Kantega and Ama Dablam. As we continue steering the trail, several Mani walls, Chortens, and green hills come to sight. The upper trail passes Pangboche while the lower course heads to Pangboche Olin, where you can notice a long stone fence. Our trail slowly makes its last push for Dingboche with an upward climb to the giant Mani Stupa. A few more hours of moderate trekking, and we’ll end up at Dingboche. It’s the most popular stop for trekkers and is located in the northeast of Chukhung Valley at 14,000 ft above. The village offers an incredible view of snow-capped mountains, including Imja Tse and Lhotse . We can also witness vivid valleys and the Imja River from the ridge. Tonight, we’ll stay in a trekking Lodge.
Day 6
Day trip to Chhukung valley and back to Dingboche.
After a day of the tiring and long expedition, a day-off is well-deserved. So, the following day we’ll take some rest at Dingboche to gain full strength for the extended walk. To make the most of the day, we’ll take a walk up to Chukhung Valley, which is mostly upward. The trail runs through the stone-walled fields and Imja Khola Valley before ending at the glacial moraine. Here the paths are jagged and filled with rocks, making it a bit difficult for trekkers to navigate. But, once you reached the valley, you’ll be awe-struck by the stunning charm of Lhotse and Nuptse. Besides glimpses of Mt Ama Dablam, the trek rewards us with an incredible view of Lho and Nup Glacier. In a little while after exploring the valley, we retrace the steps back to the village and spend the night there. Rising above the village of Chukhung is Chukhung Ri, which is immensely popular for an acclimation side trek. The trail leading to the peak is steep and rugged but equally impressive with unique geographical features and landforms. Another alternative trek is Nagarjun Peak, at 5,050 meters, preparing hikers for the Cho La Pass trek. Its trails are not easy either, winding up and down before ending at the clifftop, providing spectacular views. Hiking to top of Nagarjun Peak(5000m) offer great view of Mt. Makalu(fifth highest mountain in the world)
Day 7
Trek to Lobuche (4950m).
Lobuche Altitude: 4,930 meters Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs Overnight at at the Lodge in Lobuche After a fantastic time at Dingboche, we now return to the trail that heads toward Pheriche. Our day starts with a steep ascent up the edge of the hill, which provides a great view of Chukhung Valley and Island Peak. After walking for about two hours from Dingboche village and crossing the small stream on a wooden bridge, we arrived at Dugla. There’s a small teahouse in the village where we stop for a little while and grab our lunch. Shortly after that, we’ll continue an uphill trek that takes another hour or so, depending on the pace. Though the walk on this section is a bit exhausting, it’s worth the effort as we get a fantastic view of Mt. Pumori, Kantega, and Cholatse. Upon arrival at the remote settlement of Lobuche, we’ll get to enjoy the beautiful scenes of towering hills, steep-sided valleys, and shimmering snow peaks. Unlike Dingboche, Lobuche hasn’t many villages except for a few lodges and camping areas.
Day 8
Trek to Everest Base camp (5360m.), back to Gorakshep.
Everest Base Camp Altitude: 5,380 meters Gorakshep Altitude: 5,164 meters Walking Hours (Base Camp): 2-3 hrs Walking Hours (Gorakshep): 4-5 hrs Overnight at at the teahouse in Gorakshep Today will be a tiring and busy day on the trail as we trek to Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp. Since it’s a long journey to the campsite, an early trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep will give us a head start to reach the base camp on time and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Coming out of the village, we follow the rocky moraine route, which comes with an eye-catching view of glacial lakes and icebergs. The path heading to Gorakshep is steep and rocky with loose rocks, which increases the challenges. There’s low oxygen at this altitude level; therefore, trekkers will have to be extremely careful while walking the course. Gorakshep is a small hamlet sitting on the edge of a frozen lakebed at 16,942 ft high. After dropping by the teahouse in the village and having lunch, we proceed to Everest Base Camp from the northeast. The three-hour walk to the base camp is slightly tiring due to the challenging course with rocks and debris. The thin air doesn’t make the trip any easier, igniting altitude sickness. The path takes over the sheer glacier, finally ending at the base of the Khumbu Icefall. We get an incredible view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, and Cho Oyu from the Everest Base Camp. During exploration, you can also witness diverse landscapes, glistening Khumbu glaciers, and rocky mountains. Once the sightseeing is over, we retrace the steps back to Gorakshep, but the trek will be a bit easier with less time. Overnight stay in the teahouse.
Day 9
Early morning to Kalapather then trek to Dzonglha(4830m).
Kalapatthar altitude: 5,545 meters Walking Hours: 7-8 hrs Overnight at at the Guesthouse With the first light of the day, we start our trek to Kalapatthar, which is definitely not easy. The trail is straight uphill with no descent and takes anywhere between 2 to 3 hours. The climb to the summit provides the closest possible snap of Mt. Everest alongside some impressive views. From the clifftop in a slight breeze, it feels like you’re just beside the mountain. The mesmerizing orange and red color of the sunrise makes the whole sky look glorious. After spending some great time at Kalapatthar and catching the sunrise view, we make our way down to Dzonglha. The trails are rough with full of gigantic rocks and boulders at the start of the trek. They are steep up to a few miles and then downward, making the walk a little easier. There are a few teahouses on the way to Dzoglha where you can sit and have warm tea. From there, the course is flat but not too much, losing some of the elevations gained. After a swift descent, the trail gets narrow and steep, running from the skirt of the hill. The last few hours to Dzonglha are pretty difficult with a continuous uphill walk. The view is astonishing from here, but we’ll give ourselves enough time to rest at the teahouse.
Day 10
Cross the Chola pass (5420m) then trek down to Tagnag(4695m).
Cho La Pass Altitude: 5,330 meters Thangnak Altitude: 4,695 meters Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs Overnight at at the Guesthouse Wake up early in the morning and have breakfast as we leave for the trek to Cho La Pass in next to no time. The pass is on the Gokyo trail and starts with a steep climb over rocks and mountain ridges before switching to an icy track. From here, we’ll need crampons,gaiters and ropes to ascend the slippery trail, or else it’ll be tough to make it to the top. After an uphill walk for a few hours, we’ll end up at the summit pass. There are no human settlements to be seen anywhere near Cho La Pass. It’s only surrounded by the towering mountains, snow-capped hills, and glacial lakes, putting a great display. At the hilltop, you can witness many colorful prayer flags fluttering with the wind gust. After enjoying the view, we climb down the snow-covered trail to Thangnak. The terrains are made of ice, loose rocks, and boulders, so we’ll have to be extremely careful on our way down. Not to forget that the weather is chilly atop so make sure to bring some warm clothes. The village of Thangnak is on the west of Dzongla at 15,850 ft above sea level. There are a few teahouses in the settlement for trekkers to spend the night.
Day 11
Trek to Gokyo (4800m) then visit fifth lake back to Gokyo.
Gokyo Altitude: 4,958 meters Walking Hours: 3-4 hrs Overnight at a Guesthouse The trek to Thangnak was wild, but climbing Gokyo is even more strenuous and physically demanding. With the trail running over a glacier, it’s hard to keep up with the pace. It’s a steep uphill walk along the narrow valley and through the Ngozumpa Glacier. After steering the rugged trail for another one or two hours, we’ll come across the first Gokyo Lake. Surrounded by the glistening mountains and rock cliffs, Gokyo Lake offers an incredible view, and so do the other five glacial lakes, including Thonak. Following the rough terrains ahead, we make it to fifth Gokyo Lake which rewards us with a fantastic view of Mt. Cho Oyu and Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lakes, lying at an altitude of 4,700 to 5,000 meters. After spending some wonderful time at the lakeside, we’ll head back to the village. Situated at an altitude of 4,750 meters, Gokyo Valley makes one of the highest settlements in the world. For accommodation, there are plenty of hotels, inns, and guesthouses in the village.
Day 12
Early morning climb up Gokyo Ri then trek down to Dole(4200m)
Dole Altitude: 4,280 meters Walking Hours: 7-8 hrs Overnight at Teahouse We explored all five Gokyo Lakes on the last day, so today, we’ll be heading to Gokyo Ri. We’ll leave for the trek early in the morning and start climbing the steep trail from the southern slope of Ngozumpa Glacier and south of Taujun Lake. The trails are steep here and rugged, so we’ll take a slow and steady walk. Upon arrival at the peak, we can watch the stunning mountain view of Lhotse, Gyachung Kang, Makalu, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, and more. There’s a small settlement of a few stone houses at the top of Gokyo Ri. After the sighting, we trace our steps back to the trailhead and climb our way down to the Dole. The trek follows the same path as previous leaving from the lake and through the Ngozumpa Glacier. Along the course, you’ll notice many Tibetan chortens, including the splendid view of Thamserku and Kantega. After a mile-long walk, the glimpses of Gokyo Valley start to fade away, but we can still get to sight the lofty hills and mountains. The trek from Gokyo Valley to Dole takes a 6-7 hours walk depending on the effects of high altitude. The village of Dole lies in the north of Khumjung in the Dudh Koshi River Valley. It is the main stoppage point for trekkers of Gokyo, so it’s easy to see why there are so many guesthouses in the village.
Day 13
Trek to Namche bazaar.
Namche Bazar Altitude: 3,440 meters Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs Overnight at a guesthouse Starting from Dole, the trail slopes downward until arriving at the flat terrain. After a gentle walk, we cross the suspension bridge and pass several villages, including Kyanjuma. Walking through the alpine forest full of pines and rhododendrons, we make our way to the valley. It’s a relaxed descent to Namche Bazaar, along with a majestic view of towering mountains, rolling green hills, and lush meadows. After a short walk downhill alongside the Tibetan monasteries and Chortens, we’ll arrive at the beautiful town of Namche.
Day 14
Trek down to Lukla.
Lukla Altitude: 2,860 meters Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs Overnight at a hotel It’s the last time we’ll be walking the trail of the Everest region. We’ll descend the course from Namche to Lukla on this day. Unlike last time, the trek is downhill, walking alongside Dudh Koshi River and crossing the suspension bridge. The trail makes its way through the pine forest and passes a few villages before ending at Lukla.
Day 15
Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
It’s time to head back to Kathmandu as we’re nearly at the end of our Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek. After breakfast, we’ll trek a few miles to get to the Lukla airport and board our flight. The journey from Lukla to Kathmandu lasts about half an hour and comes with some marvelous views of cascading waterfalls and lofty hills. After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, we’ll drive you back to the hotel.

Cost Include(s)

  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after dinner.
  • Trekking Lodge (Tea House) accommodations throughout the trek.
  • All necessary paper works Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit & Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight including airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government License holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment his salary, foods, accommodation and insurance (one porter for two trekkers).
  • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available with guide).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company).
  • Use of Sleeping bags, Down Jacket, Duffel bag and Walking Poles (if you do not have your own, to be return after you complete the trip).
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and cap.
  • Everest base camp Chola pass Gokyo route map.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Airport pick up and drop from and to your international flight.
  • Meals and hotel whilst you are in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport ,$50 USD for 30 days visa.
  • International airfare.
  • Your Travel and Medical Insurance(Recommended)
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Desserts Sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Battery charging and hot shower during trek on the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide and porter (Tipping is expected).
  • Excess baggage more than 15kg for Lukla flight.

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What are the chances of getting Altitude Sickness on Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek?

As trekkers gain high altitude in a short time and are likely to suffer from altitude sickness at the Everest Base Camp due to high altitude and low oxygen levels. Many are of them show primary symptoms like headache, insomnia, dizziness, and fatigue after getting at the height of Namche Bazaar. Since the trail spends most of the time at a higher altitude, it gets even more extreme. The mountain sickness usually gets worse when ignored or at the lack of medical care. Most hikers also face the consequences of ascending the trail too fast and high without enough rest. Therefore, to prevent the impact, we make all our trekkers acclimatize and have a regular break along the way. It helps them adapt to the weather and temperature at higher elevations and even deal with the sickness. The planned trip of base camp has two days off for trekkers to get good rest and adjust to the weather.

How difficult is Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek

Like most trek destinations in the Everest region, Base Camp Cho la Pass and Gokyo hike is moderately challenging. Most of the trails are rugged and winds ups and downs, making the trek demanding for trekkers. The paths running to Everest Base Camp and Cho La Pass are rough with boulders and rocks. The hike makes its way through the glacier, which is quite slippery; therefore, climbers need a trekking pole and crampons.

Is travel insurance worth for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek?

Travel insurance is essential for incidental expenses during Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek. It minimizes the financial risks and protects travelers from certain losses. Travel insurance compensates against medical expenses and emergency evacuation that may require during the travel. If the trekkers get sick, travel insurance helps settle their bills for helicopter rescue and even fly them to the nearest hospital for immediate medical treatment. Therefore, we highly recommend all our trekkers to purchase travel insurance so that they don’t have to care much about the expenses.

Is trekking permits/entry fees required for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek?

Hikers do need to pay for national park entry fee to access Sagarmatha National Park. Foreign nationals have to pay US$30 per person for entry to the sanctuary, while residents of SAARC nations are only charged US$15. Similarly, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality permit is required. Which costs US$20 for the first four weeks and for the extended length of stay beyond four weeks, trekkers will have to pay US$25.

Do I have to buy all the trekking gear myself?

There’s no need for you to buy the trekking equipment as we provide most of the needed essentials, including a sleeping bag, down jacket and duffel bag. We also make trekking poles available to the hikers to ascend the sloppy glacier of Cho La Pass. After the trek is finished, the equipment has to be returned to Nepal Eco Adventure. Apart from the items mentioned, if there’s any other apparatus that trekkers find missing from the list, they’ll have to purchase it themselves. Trekkers can bring the equipment from their hometown, but it may cost them higher. Therefore, the right decision is to purchase them at local shops in Thamel. They provide all the trekking equipment at the best deal that you can’t get anywhere else. There are a few shops which even rents the gear needed for hiking at a little price.

Is there accommodation facilities available on the trek?

Accommodation is basic at a higher altitude. There are plenty of accommodation options during Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek. But, the most popular one is teahouses as it’s convenient and available even at distant settlements. They are more affordable and have all the necessary facilities, including a single bedroom with a pillow, blanket, and a bed covers. They have to share the bathroom, though. But for the price it comes, there’s not much to bargain.

Do I need to hire a porter?

If you were just trekking the base camp, it could be possible to do the hike without a porter. But with the added trek of Cho La and Gokyo, you must have to hire a porter who’ll help you carry the backpack. They’ll take the load off and make your trek to Gokyo Lake somewhat easier and more relaxing. Porters in the Everest region charge US$20 to US$25 for 20 kg weight. But, since your travel package already covers it, there’s nothing to worry about. However, you have to ensure that there isn’t an extra load; otherwise, the porter will charge a higher price.

Is there wi-fi on the lodges of the Everest region?

There are ample lodges and guesthouses on Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek, which provides the facilities at a small cost. Even at a higher altitude, teahouses use a solar panel to offer wi-fi to the guest. However, don’t forget the cellular network in the mountain is poor, and it keeps disconnecting every now and then.

Where does the trek start from, and where does it end?

Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trek starts from Lukla, a beautiful town in Khumbu at 2860 meters. A part of the trek to base camp takes almost two weeks, crossing the river before passing over the wild forest, vivid valleys, and towns. Even though it’s a long way to the base camp, the trail allows you to acclimatize properly and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes. It travels the main EBC trail up to base camp, then switches to the Gokyo trail, which passes through Cho La Pass. The trail even passes Ngozumpa Glacier to arrive at the Gokyo Valley, which is considered one of the most challenging walks of all. From Gokyo, the trail heads back to Lukla and takes a scenic flight from the town.

How crowded is Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek?

The trail to base camp is usually crowded in the prime trekking season, Spring and Autumn. Winter and Monsoon relatively have fewer visitors due to extreme climate and temperature. Compared to Everest Base Camp, Gokyo is less traveled by trekkers following the harsh topography and rough terrains.

What is the accommodation like in Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek?

EBC Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek is mostly a teahouses trek, which means you’ll find guesthouses in almost every stop and village. Their facilities are basic but satisfying with comfy bedrooms and delicious food. These guesthouses do provide blankets, but it’s always a good idea to bring a sleeping bag with you as the weather is cold at a high altitude.

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Best time for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek

The weather of Everest Base Camp, Cho La Pass & Gokyo is known for being quite unforeseeable, but it’s usually cold. Trekkers regularly carry warm clothes and crampons to combat the weather. Everest Base is a year-round trek destination, but there are few seasons where trekkers have more difficulty climbing the trails than the other.

Winters are generally cold here, while the summers are hot and humid with relatively high temperatures. Autumn and Spring typically have moderate weather with warm sunshine, clear blue sky, and crisp air. So, if good weather is your priority, then it’s good to go with these two seasons as they have a perfectly balanced climate.

Weather and Temperature in Autumn

The best time for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek is in Autumn when the weather is mild and sunny. It is not too hot and cold during the season, making it the perfect time to navigate the course, particularly steep hills.

Although the days are a bit warm, trekkers aren’t very sweaty in Autumn. They’re more calm and relaxed due to the gentle breeze. Trekkers of September may experience light rainfall on their way to the base camp. But, after a week or two, they get to enjoy pleasant and warm weather.

Leaves are changing in bright orange, red, and yellow on the peak season of October, which puts a great view. Thanks to the cloudless sky, hikers can easily glimpse Mt. Everest, Imja Tse, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam.

The fall foliage disappears from the forest, and leaves rest on the ground to the season’s end. As the days start to count the arrival of winter, the temperature gradually falls below -12 Degree Celsius.

Weather and Temperature in Spring

Spring is another ideal time for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek as it too offers lovely weather with a joyful atmosphere. The climate is moderate in the season, with temperatures at base camp ranging from 1 to 12 Degree Celsius.

The climate favors hikers by offering them a cool breeze now and then to ascend the upward trail comfortably. After the cold winter, spring returns with verdant meadows, colorful wildflowers, and rhododendron.

With the start of spring, birds migrate to the region so trekkers can hear the chirping of birds. They are likely to encounter different wild species, but mostly Himalayan Thar, snow leopard, and musk deer.

Days are relatively long in April and May, so hikers have extra time on their hands to prepare well before the trek. Unlike winter, they don’t have to rush and can even go slow on the trail if needed.

Trekkers of Everest Base Camp in spring get a marvelous view of snow peaks due to high visibility. Temperatures begin to rise after the end of the season so, trekkers in May will face sweltering hot weather.

Weather and Temperature in Winter

Winter is the coldest month in the Everest region, with temperatures dropping up to -17 Degree Celsius. It’s even lower at the Cho La Pass with as minimum as -20 to -30 Degree Celsius. The weather is cold from the lower region, but it's extreme by the time the trail arrives at the base camp and above.

Trekkers will have to brave heavy snowfall with the frosty wind to arrive at the Cho Lake Pass and Gokyo Lakes during January. They’ll also have to be careful of the trail besides Ngozumpa Glacier, and even base camp is covered in deep snow, which is wet and sticky.

Therefore, dressing in layers is the best way to stay warm and cozy in winter. It also helps prevent blizzards, frostbite, dry skin, and irritation during the hike. Other than the hard weather, winter puts a great show with a blanket of snow in the valley and forest.

The picture-postcard view of frozen lakes, glistening mountains, and glaciers are some of the best scenes during the season. Most magical of all, the white-washed sherpa villages and colorful shops, which look nothing but spectacular.

Weather and Temperature in Summer and Monsoon

Everest Base Camp’s weather in summer is a bit unpredictable as it’s blazing hot in the lower hills whereas, at higher altitudes, the weather is chilly. The minimum temperature can be up to -7.1 Degree Celsius in May at Gokyo Lake.

Those who prefer fewer crowds will find summer impressive for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek. It might be a little cold in base camp and Cho La Pass, but there’s nothing to be scared about as the weather remains friendly in the daytime.

With the summer temperature rising to 12 Degree Celsus, trekkers will be seated a lot during the trek. Walking the trails at higher altitudes is slightly more comfortable due to crisp weather.

Everest experiences warm, wet, and humid weather in monsoon. Unlike summer, they aren’t too long and last only from June to August. Despite it, trekking the base camp is still difficult in the season more than ever,

With heavy rainfall and windstorms, climbers have inconveniences reaching the mountain pass in the season. Monsoon washes off the trail at a lower hill and makes it murky while covering the path with snow at a higher altitude.

The paths are usually slippery, so trekkers will have to be extremely careful during the trek. Vivid valleys, snow peaks, and lush hills often hide behind the clouds, giving a rare glimpse to the visitor. But, once the sky is clear, you’ll be able to witness the lovely view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Imja Tse.

Difficulties of Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek

Trekking may seem fun and adventurous outdoor activity with scenic views. But, in actual it’s extremely tough and severe, especially the one like Everest Base Camp Cho La Gokyo trek. With harsh weather, extreme wilderness, ice slopes, and basic living standards climbing the mountain pass and Gokyo Lake won’t be a breeze.

Its trail cannot be taken lightly as they have many ups and downs with glacial moraines and elevated crests. Walking steep hills continuously for 2-3 hours drains most of the energy that you’ll be weak even to walk the flat terrains. Trekkers will also have to battle the harsh weather of the mountains to come across one of the hardest sections, Cho La Pass.

1. Altitude Sickness

The most common challenge faced by trekkers of Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo is altitude sickness. It’s because they spend most of their time at higher altitudes, where there’s a rapid change in air pressure. The low oxygen level makes it difficult for trekkers to breathe and even causes insomnia.

But, the most frequent symptoms witnessed are dizziness, headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, and nausea. Altitude sickness mostly happens when you climb higher elevations without letting your body have enough rest.

Therefore, to prevent altitude sickness, trekkers are recommended to acclimatize well before going high. They have to get a break from hiking at least twice during the entire trip. Trekkers must also spend quality time on training, especially cardio exercise as it helps resist the gradually declining atmospheric pressure.

2. Weather Risks

Trekkers have difficulty adjusting to the weather of the Everest region as it changes with the elevation gain. They are generally harsh with low humidity and reduced temperature. The cold weather can hit you harder while climbing the trail to and above the base camp.

Winters are severely cold in the mountains, with temperatures falling up to -30 Degree Celsius at times. Wild storms, heavy snowfall, and blizzards can obstruct the way to the mountain pass and even leave them stuck on the trail.

Monsoon weather isn’t great either, even to walk the flat terrains with a continuous downpour, dry winds, and muddy trails. It’s raining all day long for most of the season, which prevents trekkers from going out for the trek. Overcast weather with nonstop showers can hamper visibility and forbid visitors from taking the clear shot of Mt. Everest and its nearby mountains.

3. Extended trails

Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass and Gokyo have a long winding trail, stretching from Lukla to Gokyo lake. The one-way trek to base camp alone has 38.5 miles pathway with primarily steep hills and rugged terrains.

The trail heading to Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass is more severe, passing through Ngozumpa Glacier. Trekkers have to pave their way from the edge of a rugged mountain beside the seemingly complex lofty hill.

Thus, they will rely on their physical stamina and perseverance to get through the mountain pass. If beginners are ascending the trail, they have to train themselves ahead of the trek and maintain their physical fitness level. It helps them prevent discomfort and injury while walking the path to the pass and even combat the jagged trails.

4. Frostbite and Backache

Climbing the ice sheet of Cho La Pass can cause frostbite to the trekker, so they have to be extra cautious while traveling the section. Exposed skin in extremely low temperatures can freeze, swell and become numb to feel anything. Therefore, trekkers will have to suit themselves in warm clothes to avoid the cold.

They will also have to make sure not to go too hard on the trail, or else they might suffer from back pain. Trekkers will have to take a slow walk while going upward, or it may cause them severe injury.

They must wear crampons over the mountaineering boots and also wear mittens to protect their hands. In addition, they must carry a trekking pole with themself as it provides balance on the uneven trail of Everest Base Camp.

It’ll also improve your posture and save the knees from pain while descending the steep hills. The hiking accessory provides them stability and makes them relatively comfortable climbing the sheer slope.

Preparation for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Goyo Trek

Everest Base Camp may have moderate hiking routes but with the mix of Cho La Pass and Gokyo, the trek becomes incredibly difficult. They’ll have to combat the rugged trails of great height with steep slopes, which is tiring.

The trail heading to Cho La Pass and Gokyo is, in fact, the most challenging of all. It has maximum steep hills to walk with just a few descents. They run beside the glacial moraine and over the snowy ridge, making trekkers suffer from frostbite and cold.

When trekking at a high altitude, the air pressure is significantly lower. It’s enough to trigger altitude sickness and also cause shortness of breath. Therefore, to prevent risks, hikers will have to come well prepared for the trek. They must work on their physical stamina and stability to have a safe journey up to the crest.

Physical Preparation

Trekkers of Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo will have to spend a good amount of time in the training to get through the mountainous terrains. They’ll have to increase their inner strength and enhance their physical ability to maintain a steady pace.

Your routine workout should comprise aerobic exercise like running, cycling, brisk walking as it helps you stay fit. It improves cardiovascular conditioning and helps trekkers handle the low oxygen without getting intimidated easily.

Hiking with a backpack on both long and short trails gives the trekker’s confidence to tackle courses of the Everest region. It will also help them withstand an average of 6-7 hours walking each day during Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek.

Mental Preparation

As much as physical preparation is crucial, trekkers will also have to prepare mentally especially when trekking at a higher elevation like that of the base camp. If not well prepared, trekkers can quickly come to stress and have self-doubt.

So, to avoid setbacks, they have to come all set even, for the worst of times.

Hikers should be able to adjust to the unfamiliar environment of the Everest region with primary living conditions. During the trip, you must ease yourself and blend in with the local culture and people dwelling in the area.

If you’re not used to doing the long treks, make preparations beforehand and take a short down the lane every day. It builds your capability and helps maintain speed even on the actual hike. Give yourself enough time for backpacking so that none of the trekking gear is left out.

Trekking in the wilderness of Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo trek by yourself isn’t easy. Therefore, hire a pro trek guide who can accommodate you on the trail and make the journey less harsh. Build mental toughness and practice healthy eating habits so that you don’t get unwell during the trip.

Essentials

More than 5,000 meters high above deep valleys and cliffs, the Cho La Pass and Everest Base Camp is the most impressive landmark in the Khumbu region. But, trekking here is not easier, with many challenges to brave, including its long and steep trails.

They also have to deal with unforeseeable weather in the Himalayas that changes instantly. To tackle these difficulties, hikers will need the right equipment that makes the journey more comfortable and better. They have to carefully select the items going in a backpack and ensure that it suits the preferred season.

Trekkers will have to determine what they need before the trek and plan accordingly. They must eliminate unwanted equipment as it only adds the load and makes the walk even more difficult. Not to forget that the weather impacts your need for trekking equipment, so buy the suitable essentials for the particular moment.

Clothing

  • Waterproof or breathable rain jacket and wind shell
  • Quick-drying t-shirt and long sleeve shirt
  • Moisture-wicking pants and trousers
  • Fleece or insulated jacket

Footwear

  • Climbing boots that suits all kinds of terrains
  • Hiking shoes or trail runners with ankle support
  • Synthetic or wool socks

Personal Items

  • Personal toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Emergency kit and prescribed medicines
  • Extra batteries and portable charger
  • Water purifications and reusable water bottle
  • Journals and pen
  • Hiking poles, dry bags
  • Rucksack or Duffle bag
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  1. Everest Base Camp – Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trek
    I just did the Trekking EBC - Chola pass - Gokyo Lake and I am still assimilating the landscapes and the experiences, it has been amazing ... I will never thank Eco Nepal Adventure enough for the magnificent organization of the route and for lending me a good coat, sleeping bag and even trekking poles at no cost. Infinite thanks to my guide, Deepen, for taking care of me all the time, for always listening and helping me, incredible his ability to recognize the road even when it is new and there is no visibility! You're the best! I recommend this company to everyone to do any trek, Chhatra (its manager) is a great professional, responsible and attentive, aware of everything you may need and with excellent treatment both with the client and with his workers. Recommended 100% and I hope to repeat soon!
  2. Everest Base Camp – Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trek
    It was a adventure! And in the beginning I didn’t know what I have to expect or what will expect me. Chatraum, the most helpful General Manager answered all of my (silly) questions and the day we met it was like meeting a friend. After having a 6hr sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with a fabulous guide (sorry, I missed to write down the correct name spelling), Chhatra explained everything about the trek and advised us to our guides Arun and Bijay. The 10-man group didn’t know each other but became suddenly very close...adventurous flight to Lukla and then the trek starts. Arun and Bijay led the group perfect, mixed with fun and knowledge about nature and culture. The stays were perfectly chosen and even they introduced us to Sherpa food. The days went easily by. Unfortunately I got healthy problems after day 2 but Doctor Bijay had the right stuff to cure... Reaching EBC was hilarious, once in a lifetime moment I could share with my new family! Wonderful days, perfect organized trek, great guides and porters...thanks to all Nepal Eco Adventure team members! Finally we were stucked in Lukla but Bijay found a way out of this situation so that I could manage to reach my international flight...that’s what I really appreciated I came as a foreigner but Chhatra, Arun, Bijay and all the guys made me feel like a friend...and we stay like that. To everyone: I can really recommend Nepal Eco Adventure! Hiking tours on highest level!
  3. Everest Base Camp – Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trek
    I booked the Base Camp/Chola Pass/Gokyo trek. I couldn’t have been happier with the trip. The Owner, Chattra, was extremely helpful in assisting me prepare for the trek. He was informative and timely in answering my questions. In addition, once in Kathmandu Chattra provided our group with some last minute recommendations to make sure that we were ready for the trek. While out in the mountains, our guide, Keshab, along with the assistant guide and porters were all fantastic. They catered to everyone’s needs and were always looking out for our safety. By booking the tour and having a guide it really helped alleviate much of the stress one would incur if they attempted to trek in the Himalayas guideless. Everything from our passes/permits, accommodation and food was taken care of. All we had to follow our guide and walk (which at times can be a litter harder than it sounds). Also, as a solo traveler I found it enjoyable to trek with a group. I was fortunate to meet some great people from all over the world. Oh, and of course the trek itself was amazing. The mountains were absolutely gorgeous. Clearly, I’d highly recommended booking a trip with Nepal Eco Adventure. They’ll provide you with a professional and care-free Himalayan trekking experience.
  4. Everest Base Camp – Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trek
    I joined the EBC, Cho-la Pass and Gokyo trek leaving in mid-March. I was introduced to the group in Kathmandu before we flew to Lukla. The trek was incredible, exceeding expectations with nearly perfect weather, stunning views and great people. Keshab, our lead guide was excellent. Clearly explaining our plans, making sure we were in good condition (food, medical checkups including blood oxygen tests etc.) and always giving us honest advice. He really went above and beyond, tweaking our itinerary as we went to make sure we saw the sights in the best conditions (lighting, weather, avoiding other groups etc.) while at the same time taking into account everyone's speed, making sure to push us just the right amount to get the best experience. When one of our group members started suffering from altitude sickness, our guides were prompt and professional, explaining the situation, the options and always putting safety first. Having heard stories of some guides being over-eager to fly in rescue helicopters, it was great to see the professionalism on display here (everything worked out fine in the end). Chhatra was always quick and clear when responding to email (seemingly regardless of timezone!) and when we saw him in Kathmandu. I looked into lots of options when planning a trip to EBC, including other tour operators, independent guides and going solo, but after my experience with Nepal Eco Adventure, I'm already thinking about returning to Nepal and will undoubtably be organising things through Nepal Eco Adventure in the future!
  5. Everest Base Camp – Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trek
    My brother in law Marc and I booked a group trip not knowing who were in our team. We were so fortunate to spend 2 weeks with 4 wonderful other trekkers, Steve, Seth, Claire and Jon and with the nicest team led by Keshab. With his experience leading a group up the mountain, he showed us the most amazing scenery, told us stories about the people and made our trip so much fun. I can really recommend this organisation and Chattra who runs it from Khatmandu goes to the extreme to make it a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
  6. Everest Base Camp – Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trek
    I was going to Nepal solo and booked the EBC/Cho-la/Gokyo trek. From beginning to end, everything was perfect. Chhatra, the owner, was really responsive and could answer all questions quick and thouroughly, so the booking amd preparation was easy. On arrival everything went very smooth, the pick-up, the hotel and all the rest. For the trek we were only two people along with our guide and porter. This was really nice and worked out perfectly. Accomodation is often rather basic, but Nepal Eco Adventures made sure we were staying at the best places in the villages we went through. Our guide Bashu took care of everything, from the morning we left Kathmandu up to our return. He was very knowledgable, spoke great English and took great care of our every need. He always walked at the perfect pace for us (i am sure he could have gone a lot faster) and helped us out whereever he could. As he said "You come as a customer and leave as a friend", and that's exactly how it went. Thanks Bashu! I can wholeheartedly recommend Nepal Eco Adventure and will surely go with them again on my next Nepal trip. If you book your trip, make sure to ask for Bashu for the best service, fun and experience!
  7. Everest Base Camp – Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trek
    I had a great experience with Nepal Eco Adventures, trekking to Everest Base Camp and the Gokyo Lakes (with two additional days sightseeing in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur), and enjoying a wildlife safari in the Chitwan National Park. With so many other tour agencies in Kathmandu, it is difficult to choose who to go with, but I highly recommend Nepal Eco Adventures. Chhatra is extremely welcoming, trustworthy, and well-organised. He was very attentive and always full of good humour. From his introductory email to my last few hours in Kathmandu, Chhatra answered every question promptly and in good detail, going out of his way to provide the smoothest experience possible. Chhatra provides a personalised and friendly service that's excellent value for money. I wouldn't hesitate to use his company again or recommend it to others. Truly, the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes trek was one of the best experiences of my life. Our guide was Ram who was brilliant throughout; easy-going, very friendly, always ready to joke and laugh, but professional, very hardworking, reassuring and encouraging too. He answered our every question about the trek, about life in the mountains and Nepali culture, and was always at hand with facts about the Himalayas and its many mountains. Having never been on a trek before, I was glad we had Ram to guide us. We had no worries, just time to enjoy the beautiful views. Having spent hours researching this trek online, I am surprised that so many other groups trek to Gokyo first, before crossing the Cho La Pass to base camp. I'm glad Eco Adventures took the eastern route first. Not only is the route a safer choice for altitude acclimatisation, the scenery ascending to base camp via Tengboche and Dingboche is far more spectacular. It also makes crossing the challenging Cho La Pass more manageable, going down the steep western side rather than struggling up it. The scenery going down from Gokyo was beautiful too, but less dramatic, and the journey down takes less time than going up. I was glad to spend more time dwarfed by the snow-capped mountains. I'm a person of average fitness, but believe most people would enjoy this trek. There is no pressure to go beyond your ability, just take your time and enjoy. Do it and you will not regret it! Visited October 2014
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  • 15 days Everest Base Camp – Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trek
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  • Minimum 01 person
  • March-end of May and September -end of December.
  • 5550m
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