19 days
Duration
5540 meters
Maximum Elevation
Moderate/ Strenuous
Trek Grade
Approx. 160km
Distance

Everest Base Camp via Cho La Pass and Gokyo Lakes is now accepting reservations for treks beginning October 10, and December 1, 2018.

Please select from the following dates to book. For custom treks, contact us directly.

Everest Base Camp trek via Cho La Pass and Gokyo Lakes is an alternative way to get to Base Camp. It’s a bit more challenging but, with quiet and stunning views, it’s worth it! This trip includes every part of the traditional EBC trek, plus a stop at the turquoise glacial lakes of Gokyo and an exhilarating trek through Chola Pass.

From the Gokyo Valley, you will see Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, and others. Many say the view of Everest is better here than anywhere else in Nepal!

This trek is truly the best the Himalayas have to offer. You will encounter every kind of terrain and view available in this region and cross the high valleys of Khumbu Glacier.

Highlights include:

  1. Experience Sherpa culture and lifestyle in Khumjung
  2. Tengboche Monastery
  3. Everest Base Camp and Khumbu glacier
  4. Climb Kalapathar at sunrise for incredible view of Mt. Everest
  5. Cross the famous Cho La pass (5300 meters)
  6. View the tranquil and stunning Gokyo lakes
  7. Trek on Ngozumpa, the biggest glacier in the world
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Day 1: Arrival

Arrive in Kathmandu, taxi to hotel

After going through Immigration and gathering luggage, grab a taxi outside the hotel (25 mins), located in Thamel, a vibrant neighborhood with wonderful restaurants and shopping. Relax and explore! (Visa instructions and address will be provided.)

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Day 2: Kathmandu

Free day, sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Short meeting with your trekking guide for info about the trip and departure to Lukla tomorrow. Now is the time to ask any last minute question and make final preparations.

Breakfast included

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Domestic flight to Lukla – Trek to Phakding or Monjo  (approx. 2835m / 5 hours)

The mountain flight into Lukla is spectacular and the landing an exciting beginning to the trek. Once in Lukla, head through pine and cedar woods along the Dudh Kosi to Phakding. Today is an easy 5 – 6hrs of trekking if you go to Monjo, a bit shorter if you stay in Phakding.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 4: Monjo

Monjo – Namche Bazaar (3500m / 5 – 6 hours)

Just after Monjo is the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, and an hour after that you cross the last of the suspension bridges. From here, it’s about an hour and a half of steady uphill trekking to Namche Bazaar. Just outside the village is a rest area where you may see Everest for the first time, weather permitting!
Namche Bazaar is the main trading village for the region, and a wonderful place to find a few last Western luxuries, or relax in an internet café.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 5: Namche Bazaar

Climb up to Namche Bazaar (3500m)

Acclimatization Days, “Climb high, sleep low”
There are a variety of lovely day treks to take from Namche to help gain additional altitude and help your body acclimate. Your guides will take you to some favorite spots, maybe even The Everest View Hotel – where in good weather there are outstanding views of Mt. Everest, Mt.
Nuptse, Mt..Lhotse, Mt.Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and Mt.Kusum Kangaru.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 7: Dole

Trek Namche Bazaar – Dole (4110m /5-6 hours.)

The walk out of Namche up to Kyangjuma Village is quite steep. The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the variety of wildflowers and Rhododendrons and it’s also a great place to perhaps see pheasants, mountain goats, and maybe a musk deer. The trek continues through forests and over bridges, spotting a few waterfalls along the way until we reach Dole for the night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 8: Machhermo

Trek Dole – Machhermo (4410 / 4 – 5 hours)

From Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small, thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. We will have excellent views of Cho Oyu. This is a pretty short day and you will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch at the lodge where we will spend the night. Machhermo is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. You can visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital here for a lecture on altitude sickness.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 9: Gokyo

Trek Machhermo – Gokyo (4750m / 5 – 6 hours)

Today, we head for the breathtaking lakes of Gokyo. We will follow a scenic trail to Pangkha and then descend slightly, following one of the melting-water rivers which flow down from the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. There is a steep climb up rocky path, inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the three holy lakes. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and you can see Cho-Oyu Mountain as an amazing backdrop. After lunch, you can explore around the third lake, Dudh Pokhari. We’ll stay overnight at a tea house here.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 10: Rest at Gokyo

Rest and exploration day at Gokyo Valley

If the weather is good, we can climb Gokyo RI and enjoy one of the best viewpoints of the Everest Region. Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. We will see the Northern part of Cho-Oyu base camp and the biggest glacier in the world, Ngozumpa glacier. Gokyo is situated on the side of this glacier and is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide services to the trekkers.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 11: Gokyo RI

Trek /climb Gokyo – Gokyo RI (5340m) – Thaknak (4650m / 6-7 hours)

Gokyo RI looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and if we did not have a chance to go the previous day, we will hike it in early morning. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into view. After descending we’ll have breakfast, then
trek to Thaknak for overnight being by the second Lakes and the Ngozumba Glacier. We stay overnight at a tea house.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 12: Lobuche

Trek Thaknak – Cho La Pass (5367m) – Lobuche (4950m / 6 – 7 hours )

This will be one of the toughest days and we need to get an early start. Cho La pass itself is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. Trekkers need to take care, as the trail is vertical and the rocks can be covered in ice, making the trail slippery. The rocky trail climbs continuously up from Phedi, and as we gain height, the view is increasingly captivating. We’ll pass through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass and also through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla. Overnight at a tea house.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 13: Everest Base Camp

Trek Gorak Shep (5170m) – Everest Base Camp (5364m / 7 – 8 hours)

After breakfast, we continue to Gorak Shep, crossing through an area with huge boulders and glaciers. The trail is rocky and windy but it offers great views of the Khumbu glacier. After a brief lunch and rest. We continue towards Everest Base Camp.
The trail from here can be misleading, as every year the path changes due to the movements of the glacier – be sure to stay with your guide. The walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams,
till you reach the base camp! After celebrating your achievement, we will retrace the trail back to Gorak Shep. Overnight at tea house.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 14: Pheriche

Climb Kalapatthar (5545m) Trek to Pheriche (4250m / 7 – 8 hours)

Those who want to experience the sunset atop Kala Pattar will rise before dawn to summit the highest point on this trek (optional). It is a 90 min tough ascent (usually very cold) but it has the best views of the summit of Everest. After experiencing an amazing sunrise view we return back to Gorak Shep, and will have breakfast together; and descend down to Pheriche. Overnight at a tea house.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 15: Tyangboche

Pheriche – Tyangboche (3850m / 5 – 6 hours)

To reach Tyangboche we’ll pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have the highest permanent settlement throughout the year in the Khumbu region. In Tyangboche village is a legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. There is a trekker’s visiting center where local Sherpas make different goods to be sold. They also show a slide presentation about Sherpa people, culture, the Buddhist religion and environmental development programs. Overnight at tea house.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 16: Namche Bazaar

Trek Tyangboche – Namche Bazaar (3440m / 5 – 6 hours)

The trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m) crossing the Dudh Koshi River. Here we will have panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu, including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell Tibetan goods, and then brings us back to Namche. Overnight at tea house.

Breakfast included

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Day 17: Lukla

Trek Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2886m / 6 – 7 hours)

This is the last day of our trek which takes us out of the bustling outpost of the Everest Region;
Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The latter end of our trek is an easy hike, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote Koshi River crossing it three times in different areas. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla where we
have enough time to rest and celebration with our team. Overnight at tea house.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 18: Kathmandu

Lukla – Kathmandu

You’ll need to be up early for breakfast and be ready for your flight back to Kathmandu. You should be at your hotel by noon. You can spend the day sightseeing or shopping, or perhaps just relaxing in one of the many cafes or bars in Thamel

Breakfast included

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Day 18/19: Kathmandu

Free / Spare Day

Depending on your flight arrangements, you will have a day or two to continue exploring KTM.

Breakfast included

Price Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast at deluxe hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day while trekking
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek.
  • Experienced, English-speaking guide and porters (1 porter between 2 people). Also included is their food, accommodation, salary, and insurance.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS Card).
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla/Kathmandu.
  • Sagarmatha national park permit.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost. (see our info on Travel Insurance)
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 60 days from date of issue)
  • Personal gear and equipment including sleeping bag.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, wifi, alcoholic beverages, soda, showers
  • Tips for guide and porters.
Cho La Pass and Gokyo Lakes

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