Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass Trek
Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass Trek is a more adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes and a demanding Cho La Pass that avoids the regular busy route. The trek follows a different and quieter route compared to regular Everest Base Camp Trek and explores most of the valleys higher up in Khumbu. Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass Trek also offers more stunning views and time to acclimatize for the altitude than the regular Everest Base Camp Trek. Return route to Lukla follows same route as of regular Everest Base Camp Trek, thus making sure that Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass Trek misses nothing from the regular Everest Base Camp Trek.
It all begins from an exciting flight to Lukla and after a rest day at the famous Namche Bazaar, the trek enters the Gokyo valley. In the valley, a day is spent at Machermo (4440 meters) for acclimatization. According to the legends, Machermo is the place where the mythical creature, Yeti was last seen. After acclimatization, the trail again heads onward to the valley and get to the beautiful Gokyo lakes. Couple of hours of uphill hiking from the Gokyo Lake takes to Gokyo-Ri (5360 meters), one of the best view point in the whole Khumbu region. Gokyo-Ri offers marvelous panoramic views of the Everest (8848 meters), Lohtse (8516 meters), Cho Oyu (8201 meters) and many more peaks from Khumbu region. Adding to the stunning scenery is the longest glacier of the country, the Ngozumpa Glacier, making the views from Gokyo-Ri an absolute beauty of the nature for the eyes. From Gokyo, the route returns down to the valley and head towards another valley to get to the bottom of Cho La Pass (5330 meters). One has to cross the Cho La Pass to get into the main valley to the Everest Base Camp. The route follows to head towards into the valley and joins the traditional trekking route to the Everest Base Camp at Lobuche (4900 meters). The return route to Lukla descends into the main valley through the major settlements of Pheriche (4200 meters), Pangboche (3900 meters) and Namche (3440 meters), ending Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass Trek at Lukla.
Gokyo Lakes Chola Pass EBC Short guide line trip Itinerary,
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (133500 meters).
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters).
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters).
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek to Dole (4200 meters).
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4440 meters).
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Machhermo.
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters).
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Gokyo.
Day 11: Climb Gokyo Ri (5360 meters) and trek to Dragnag (4700 meters).
Day 12: Cross Cho La (5330 meters) and trek to Dzong Lha (4830 meters).
Day 13: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters).
Day 14: Trek to Gorakshep (5180 meters).
Day 15: Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Lobuche (4910 meters).
Day 16: Trek to Dingboche (4220 meters).
Day 17: Trek to Tengboche (3860 meters).
Day 18: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters).
Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2810 meters).
Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 21: Free day at Kathmandu
Day 22: Departure.
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (133500 meters) .
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)
- Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation .
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters) .
An early morning scenic flight to Lukla (35 minutes) is followed by a leisurely breakfast at Lukla. We meet up with our crew and after a brief introduction and a quick sorting of our daypack and the main bags, our adventure starts. The trail gradually drops into the Dudh Koshi Valley and passes through the lovely Sherpa villages of Chauri Kharka, Cheplung, then undulates through villages of Thado Koshi, Ghat, and finally arrives at Phakding. First views of Kusum Kanguru (6367 meters) can be viewed at Thado Koshi just before a small climb at Thado Koshi. During the day and in most of the other days on the trek, we follow the Dudh Koshi river and pass through couple of suspension bridges and several mani walls, mani stone, chorten, stupas and prayer flags with snow capped mountains in the background. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) .
During the day, we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross the river several times on the suspension bridges. Views of Thamserku (6623 meters) and the holy mountain Khumbila or Khumbu Yül-Lha (5761 meters) shows themselves for the first time as we trek through small villages of Tok Tok, Ghat, Benkar and Monjo. The trail keeps undulating for the whole morning and enters into the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. The path drops down to Jorsalle and steadily follows the river for a while until the start of steep climb with a dramatic suspension bridge (situated at more than 50 meters above the river) joining the two different valley. First glimpse of Everest (8848 meters) with the Lohtse face infront of it can be enjoyed on the midway of the climb through the pine forests, on the way to Namche Bazaar. This famous town in the lap of the Himalayas also offers the best views of the Kongde Range. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar .
A walk to the twin village of Khunde (3840 meters) and Khumjung (3780 meters) through the Syangboche Airport (3720 meters) is considered as one of the interesting days of the trek. With the benefit of gain in altitude, this day trip also offers a chance to visit a hospital and school started by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lohtse (8516 meters) and Ama Dablam (6812 meters) are also an added incentive for the day hike. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 06: Trek to Dole (4200 meters) .
The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path climbs to a different valley leaving the traditional Everest Trail and crosses Mong La and drops down to Phortse Tenga. With the disappearing views of Taboche peak (6501 meters) and Chola Tse (6440 meters), the trail slowly climbs and reaches Dole. (5-6 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4440 meters) .
Leaving the tree line behind, a brief climb starts the day and a gradual climb follows for the rest of day. The trail passes through a couple of tea shops at Luza and finally reaches Machhermo with Cho Oyu (8201 meters) appearing to the north. (4 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 08: Acclimatization day at Machhermo .
A climb to the ridge above Machhermo rewards with view of Everest and the trail into the valley for the next few days. Lecture on altitude at the nearby health post is an option for the afternoon. According to legends, Machhermo was the last place of sightings of the mythical creature of the Himalayas, the Yeti. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 09: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters) .
The trail moves up into the valley on a easy terrain and starts getting steeper near the lakes of the Gokyo Valley. After passing two smaller lakes, the trail leads to the third lake commonly known as the Gokyo Lake with Cho Oyo (8201 meters) towering in the background. (4 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 10: Acclimatization day at Gokyo .
A walk further into the valley on an easier terrain leads to the fourth and fifth lakes of the valley. These lakes are considered to be sacred and holy to the people of the Khumbu region. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 11: Climb Gokyo Ri (5360 meters) and trek to Dragnag (4700 meters) .
An early morning climb to Gokyo Ri (3 hours approximately) offers stunning views of Cho Oyo (8201 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters) and Everest (884 8meters); four of the top ten highest point on the planet. Apart from these many more mountains of the Khumbu region can be enjoyed from Gokyo Ri, making it a popular viewpoint in the region. Breakfast at Gokyo is followed with a return to the first lake and then the trail crosses the longest glacier of Nepal, Ngozumpa Glacier. Dragnag is located under a huge rock face, across the Ngozumpa Glacier. (3 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 12: Cross Cho La (5330 meters) and trek to Dzong Lha (4830 meters) .
Another early start to the day leads to a steep climb to the top of the pass. A steep drop follows a brief walk on the glacier into a new valley with Cho La Tse (6440 meters) towering to the southeast and Ama Dablam (6812 meters) appearing towards east. The terrain starts to get easier and finally reaches Dzong Lha. The day is the toughest and the longest day of the trek and the most basic accommodation of the whole trek at Dzong Lha do not help either. (7-8 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 13: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) .
The trail undulates in the morning but slowly starts to get gradually later in the day. The terrain feels easier compared to the previous day and joins the traditional Everest trail near the end of the days trek. Once on the main trail, a short gradual climb leads to Lobuche. (4 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 14: Trek to Gorakshep (5180 meters) .
An early start leads us into the undulating trail and into the Khumbu Glacier for a while. After getting out of the glacier, the path leads to Gorakhshep (5180 meters). After a brief stop and lunch, the trail again enters the Khumbu Glacier and undulates all the way up to Everest Base Camp. At Base Camp, one can enjoy the close up views of Nuptse (7861 meters), Pumori (7161 meters), Lingtren (6713 meters), Khumbutse (6636 meters), Changtse (7543 meters) and Lho La (6026 meters). We return to Gorakhshep through the same route on the glacier. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 15: Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) .
A steep climb to Kala Pattar (2 hours) is rewarded with the proper view of the southwest face of Everest. Kala Pattar is also the highest point of the trek. After returning to Gorakhshep, we return to Lobuche via same route. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 16: Trek to Dingboche (4220 meters) .
Staying on the main Everest trail, the trail gradually goes down and reaches Thukla Pass (4830 meters). The pass is filled with memorials dedicated to the mountaineers perished in the Khumbu region. From the pass, the path drops down to Thukla and then continues to drop gradually all the way to Dingboche. (5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 17: Trek to Tengboche (3860 meters) .
The path drops and then climbs out of a valley in the morning and follows the Dudh Koshi River gradually on a leveled terrain, through the villages of Pangboche and Somare. The path finally returns to go through the forests and a gradual climb leads to Tengboche. Tengboche is famous for the Tengboche Monastery, the biggest and the most important monastery of the region. Tengboche also offers stunning panoramic views of Everest with the Lohtse face, Ama Dablam (6812 meters), Kang Tega (6782 meters) and the Kongde Range. (6 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 18: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) .
A steep drop through the Rhododendron forest leads to Phunki Tenga and after crossing a river at Phunki Tenga, a steep climb passing through the small villages of Lausasa and Sanasa, finally takes us to Kyangjuma. A gentle walk from Kyangjuma with views of the valleys for the next day leads to Namche Bazaar. (5 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2810 meters) .
We trek back to Lukla via same route taken before and end the trek at Lukla. We also bid farewell to our support crew and formally end their trek for them as well. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu .
A 25 minute flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 21: Free day at Kathmandu .
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 22: Departure .
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.
- NOTE: ITINERARY CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE .
- Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
- Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
- 4 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
- Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
- Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) while on trek in normal teahouses.
- Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
- A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
- National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
- First Aid Kit.
- Service charge and Government taxes.
- Visa Fee.
- Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
- Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.
Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.