Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo via Chola Pass
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Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo via Chola Pass

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

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The Everest Base Camp Trek  with Gokyo via Chola Pass is an exceptional journey that combines the renowned Everest Base Camp Trek with the breathtaking scenery of the Gokyo valley. This unique journey offers a remarkable fusion of the grandeur of the Everest region with the captivating beauty of the Gokyo Lakes.

Initially this trek traces the well-established path of the classic EBC route, the trek diverges after Kalapatthar, leading towards the serene Gokyo valley. This detour offers a quieter and more serene experience in contrast to the traditional Everest Base Camp route, enabling you to explore along a less frequented trail.

What sets the Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo via Chola Pass apart is its circular loop design, minimizing backtracking until Sanasa, where it rejoins the classic route again. Throughout this expedition, you get to embrace all the highlights of the classic route while reveling in the added charm of the breathtaking Gokyo Valley.

Upon reaching Kalapatthar, the journey diverges from the classic Everest Base Camp route, through the Cho La Pass via Dzongla and culminates at Gokyo. Gokyo Ri presents some of Nepal’s most spectacular sights. The adventure then unfolds further as you explore the stunning 4th & 5th Gokyo Lakes. This segment of the trek unveils Cho Oyu’s base camp and Ngozumpa, the longest glacier in the Himalayas.

Following this, the trail descends to Dzongla before crossing Cho La Pass at an elevation of 5420 meters, one of the three high passes in the Khumbu region. Subsequently, you will descend and reconnect with the main classic Everest Base Camp trail at Sanasa, and continue towards Namche Bazaar.

Throughout this trek, you’ll encounter a unique and awe-inspiring perspective of the Everest region’s natural beauty, accompanied by its challenging terrains and breathtaking vistas that define this renowned trekking experience.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: In Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Lukla-Begin trek to Phakding
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 5: In Namche Bazaar(acclimatization day)
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche
Day 8: Acclimatization Day(Excursion to Nangkartshang hill)
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep
Day 11: Hike to Kalapatthar-Trek to Dzongla
Day 12: Trek to Thangnak(via Cho La Pass)
Day 13: Trek to Gokyo
Day 14: Exploration day in Gokyo
Day 15: Trek to Dole
Day 16: Trek to Namche
Day 17: Trek to Lukla
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 20: Departure

Overview

trekking Trip Type Trekking
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Trekking
Accommodation Accommodation Local village tea house/lodges during the trek.
Meal Meal Only breakfast in Kathmandu and full board during the trek
Best Seasons Best Seasons Spring (March - May) and Fall (Sept -Nov)
Route Route Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche-Tengboche-Dingboche-Lobuche-Gorakshep-Dzongla-Thangnak-Gokyo-Dole-Namche-Lukla-Kathmandu
  Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months September

Lean Months Lean Months June, July, August

Not Recommended Months Not Recommended Months January, February, December

Trip Highlights

The trek in advancing to the base of the world’s tallest mountain maps out spectacular vistas from such celebrated viewpoints as Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. Encounters astoundingly beautiful lakes, valleys, glaciers, and close-up views of the World’s tallest mountains.

  • Visit World Heritage sights in Kathmandu.
  • Spectacular mountain flight to and from Lukla.
  • Explore the bustling Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar.
  • Experience the Sherpa culture and their generous hospitality.
  • Explore the Gokyo valley with 6 amazing azure mountain lakes.
  • See the world’s longest glacier.
  • Climb Gokyo Ri for great Everest views.
  • Traverse Cho La Pass with great views of Ama Dablam and Cholatse.
  • Visit the Everest Base Camp at 5364m.
  • Climb the famous Kala Patthar (5545m) for an unforgettable breathtaking view of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse mountains.

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Cost Information

Cost is based on the number of participants.

Included

  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • 4 nights accommodation in 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu.
  • 15 nights’ accommodation in a tea house during the trek with an attached bathroom where possible.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu.
  • Three standard meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) and fresh seasonal fruits after dinner on the trek.
  • 3 hot drinks (coffee/tea) after every meal during the trek.
  • One welcome dinner with a cultural performance in Kathmandu.
  • 1 full day guided city tour in Kathmandu.
  • English-speaking licensed trekking guide along with a porter (1 porter for every two trekkers).
  • Round trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali-Lukla.
  • 1 hour sauna and steam along with 1 hour massage after the completion of the trek.
  • First aid kit, duffel bag, and trekking map.
  • Trekking staff accommodation, wages, meals, trekking gears, and insurance.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits for the trek (TIMS/National Park Fee/Rural Municipal Fee).
  • All government tax and service charges.

Not included

  • Nepal Visa.
  • International airfare.
  • Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner in Kathmandu).
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, bar, beverages).
  • Bottled/boiled water, battery recharge, Wi-Fi and hot showers during the trek.
  • Tips and gratuities to Guide, Porter and driver.
  • Travel medical insurance covering rescue and emergency evacuation.
  • Personal trekking gears and equipment’s.
  • Trip cancellation cost due to your health, weather condition, political situation, and any other unforeseen events.
  • Any other expenses other than the listed above.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, a Wind Horse representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure until the evening.

Later in the evening, there will be a briefing followed by dinner, along with a cultural performance, at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu

MEALS:
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 1350m
Day 2:

In Kathmandu

Today, you will visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.

At Kathmandu Durbar Square, you will explore the area around the former palace of the kings of Nepal, viewing various temples and monuments. Following that, you will drive to Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Here, you will circumambulate with pilgrims and visit the surrounding monasteries. Afterward the visit, you will proceed to the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal, Pashupatinath Temple. The evening is free for you to shop for any last supplies or gear needed for your upcoming trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs
Day 3:

Fly to Lukla-Begin trek to Phakding

The mountain flight into Lukla is spectacular, and the landing is an exciting experience. One end of the runway is 60 meters higher than the other. The flight is typically on a small Dornier or Twin Otter aircraft, with duration of around 25–30 minutes.

Upon arrival at Lukla (2800m), you will meet your guides and porters before commencing the trek towards Phakding. Begin the trek by descending gradually for about 2 hours to Thado Koshi, then gradually ascend, crossing several suspension bridges, passing through villages, and finally arriving at Phakding (2610m). Overnight in Phakding.

Please be advised that during the high season (March, April, May, October, and November), flights to Lukla are routed through Ramechhap (Manthali) airport, approximately a 4-5 hours’ drive away from Kathmandu. To accommodate this, you must start early (several hours before dawn around 2am).

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: Lukla at 2860m/Phakding at 2610m
Duration Duration: 3-4hrs, Approx. 8kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 4:

Trek to Namche Bazaar

Following the Dudh Koshi River, the trail traverses through Sherpa settlements such as Bengkar and Chumao, and then enters the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. Crossing over the Hillary Hanging Bridge, continue with a steep uphill climb to Chautara, where you get the first glimpse of Everest through the trees.

Continue the ascent to reach the vibrant Namche Bazaar (3440m), the pulsating heart of the Sherpa community, offering accommodations, cafes, and stores vending souvenirs and trekking essentials. Namche Bazaar serves as an ideal location to procure any forgotten items and acclimatize to the altitude for the remainder of the day. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3440m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs, Approx. 11kms. Elevation gain - 820m
Overnight Tea House
Day 5:

In Namche Bazaar

Today is set as an acclimatization day, and you will embark on a short hike to Syangboche Hotel Everest View, situated at 3880m, which takes about 1-2hrs. This location is renowned as one of the best vantage points, offering breathtaking views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other peaks.

After relishing at the panoramic scenery, a brief descent on the other side leads you to the large village of Khumjung, home to Hillary’s School. Following the visit, you will descend back to Namche, where you have the rest of the afternoon to relax or explore on your own. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3440m
Overnight Tea House
Day 6:

Trek to Tengboche

Leaving Namche, it is a brief ascent until you’ll reach Kyangjungma, an area with charming tea shops where the trail from Khumjung also converges. The view of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trail. The journey continues, leading through the quaint settlement of Sanasa before descending to the river at Phunkithenga (3300m).

From this point, the trail takes a steep ascent, weaving through pine and rhododendron forests along the hillside, eventually reaching the saddle where the Tengboche Monastery rests at 3870m. Passing through these rhododendron trees on a clear day provides breathtaking vistas of Himalayan giants like Kongde, Taboche, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega, and Thamserku. Overnight in Tengboche.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3860m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs, Approx. 10kms. Ascent 780m, Descent 350m, Elevation gain - 309m
Overnight Tea House
Day 7:

Trek to Dingboche

Descending through a picturesque forest adorned with rhododendrons, birches, and conifers will bring you to Deboche (3820m). This quaint village hosts a few lodges and a nunnery. Continuing along the journey, you will cross over a stunning hanging bridge and ascend to Pangboche village (3980m). At Pangboche, you will have the option to visit Pangboche Monastery, situated higher up the village.

Beyond Pangboche, the trail ascends above the tree lines through alpine meadows adorned with scrub juniper and a vibrant display of wildflowers during the summer. Along the trail, you will encounter several yak herders’ camps, after crossing a river the trail ascends to a small ridge, arriving at Dingboche(4410). Dingboche is a large village offering breathtaking mountain vistas, and the only place in this region where barley is grown. Overnight in Dingboche.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 4410 m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs, Approx. 11kms, Descent 150m, Ascent 600m, Elevation gain: 550m
Overnight Tea House
Day 8:

Acclimatization day(hike to Nangkartshang hill)

At this point in the journey, it is crucial to allocate a second day for acclimatization owing to the substantial altitude gain. Today’s plan involves a hike to Nangkartshang hill, situated at an altitude of almost 5,100 meters, offering breathtaking panoramic views of prominent peaks like Taboche, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam.

This vantage point also provides stunning vistas overlooking the Imja and Pheriche Valleys. Following this exploration, you will return to Dingboche to spend the night. Overnight in Dingboche.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: Nangkartshang hill at 5073m
Duration Duration: 4-5hrs trek, Approx. 5kms(round trip), Altitude change about 675m up and down.
Overnight Tea House
Day 9:

Trek to Lobuche

Departing Dingboche, the trail gradually climbs through the highlands adorned with sparse alpine shrubs. After crossing a lively stream, a short ascent will lead you to Thugla (4600m), the designated lunch spot for the day’s journey.

Beyond Thugla, the path steepens, passing by stone memorials decorated with vibrant prayer flags, erected in memory of climbers who have passed away. Continuing on the trek, after a brief stretch, you will reach the small settlement of Lobuche (4950m). This village presents breathtaking panoramic views of Nuptse, Lobuche, and Pumori. Overnight in Lobuche.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 4940m
Duration Duration: 4-5hrs trek, Approx. 8kms, Elevation gain: 550m
Overnight Tea House
Day 10:

Trek to Gorakshep-Excursion to Everest Base Camp

Today is one of the most highly anticipated segments of the trek: the journey to Everest Base Camp. The initial phase entails a relatively level walk, transitioning into a path navigating across rocky highlands and glaciers until arriving at Gorakshep (5,164m).

This small settlement stands as the final permanent outpost, adorned with trekking lodges perched on the periphery of the Khumbu Icefall. After taking a short break, you will traverse alongside the Khumbu glacier moraine for an additional hour and a half to finally reach the Everest Base Camp (5,364m).

Congratulations on reaching the base camp! Capture the breathtaking scenery around you, including the majestic peaks, the sprawling Khumbu Glacier, and the mesmerizing Khumbu Icefalls. Absorb the vibrant sight of expedition tents, creating a colorful contrast against the natural backdrop, and then make your way back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay. Overnight in Gorakshep.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: Gorakshep at 5164m/Everest Base Camp at 5364m
Duration Duration: 6-7hrs, Appox. 12kms, Ascent: 390m, Descent 150m
Overnight Tea House
Day 11:

Hike to Kalapatthar-Trek to Dzongla

You will embark on an early morning hike to Kala Patthar, situated at an altitude of 5,540m(although recent measurements suggest it exceeds 5600m). This challenging yet brief hike covers approximately 1.5 kilometers and involves a rapid ascent of about 400 meters within an hour from Gorakshep.

The trail steeply ascends, offering glimpses of Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse after a 100-meter climb. Continuing upward, a breathtaking vista of the Khumbu glacier and the Nuptse massif awaits you. The final ascent to the rocky vantage point of Kala Patthar places you in the midst of an awe-inspiring Himalayan panorama, showcasing majestic peaks, icefalls, and sprawling glaciers.

After marveling at the panoramic vistas, you then descend to Gorakshep for breakfast. After breakfast, you will trace your steps back toward Lobuche, and continue towards Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: Kalapatthar at 5643m/Dzongla at 4830m
Duration Duration: 7-8hrs(including Kalapatthar), Ascent 463m, Descent 350m
Overnight Tea House
Day 12:

Trek to Thangnak(via Cho La Pass)

Today’s trek is both arduous and captivating, featuring diverse terrains and stunning vistas. Initially, the journey unfolds along a flat path traversing yak pastures before gradually transforming into a challenging ascent, culminating in a steep uphill trek towards the majestic Cho La Pass.

As you navigate the icy trail skirting the Cho La glacier, the ascent intensifies, leading you to the summit adorned with vibrant prayer flags dancing in the brisk mountain breeze. At this vantage point, a breathtaking panorama of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche, and Baruntse awaits you.

Descending sharply from the pass, the trail leads to Phedi before transitioning into a gradual climb towards the charming village of Thangnak Kharka. Overnight in Thangnak Kharka.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: Cho La pass at 5420m/Thangnak at 4700 m
Duration Duration: 6-7hrs, 8kms, Ascent 699m, descent 132m
Overnight Tea House
Day 13:

Trek to Gokyo

Today’s hike follows a relatively shorter route than previous days. The journey towards Gokyo, traverses thgough the lateral moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Along this path, a picturesque landscape unfolds, characterized by a flat terrain offering splendid views. En route, you will encounter the pristine beauty of the first and second lakes before arriving at the third lake.

Nestled by the third lake rests Gokyo village, set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Gokyo Peak. The trek promises a blend of natural beauty and panoramic vistas, making it a memorable leg of the journey. Overnight in Gokyo.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 4790m
Duration Duration: 3-4hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 14:

Exploration day In Gokyo

Hiking up to Gokyo Ri at an altitude of 5,330 meters is an extraordinary adventure that offer panoramic vistas of some of the world’s tallest peaks such as Mount Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Pumori, Nuptse, and others.

Begin your hike early in the morning to make the most of the daylight and to witness the sunrise over the Himalayas. Once at the summit of Gokyo Ri, take your time to absorb the incredible vistas. The view of the mountains and the surrounding Gokyo Valley is truly captivating. Soak in the beauty, and appreciate the natural magnificence of the Himalayas before descending to your lodge at Gokyo.

After lunch, depending on your energy levels and available time, you can take a walk around the 4th or 5th Gokyo Lakes. These locations provide different vantage points and perspectives of the surrounding mountains. Overnight in Gokyo.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: Gokyo Ri at 5357m
Duration Duration: 3-4hrs (round trip Gokyo Ri), Approx. 4kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 15:

Trek to Dole

Today’s hike goes alongside the Dudh Koshi river, with the breathtaking views of the Gokyo Lakes and the towering peaks of Taboche and Cholatse. Along this trail lie several charming villages, such as Machhermo, Lhabarma, and Luza, each offering a distinct peek into the rich local culture and Sherpa way of life. These villages also provide opportunities to rest, enjoy local hospitality, and learn about the traditions of the region. Overnight in Dole.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 4038m
Duration Duration: 6-7hrs, 14kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 16:

Trek to Namche

Descending from Dole, you will navigate a steep pathway that winds through picturesque forests adorned with rhododendron and pine trees to Phortse Thenga. Phortse Thenga situated on a river valley offers a perfect and scenic spot for a well-deserved rest.

Continuing onward from Phortse Tenga, the trail gradually ascends towards Mongla, presenting panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains. Further along, the path descends towards Sanasa, intersecting with the classic Everest trekking route. From Sanasa, the journey follows the iconic Everest route, leading you towards the vibrant and bustling hub of Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3440m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs, 11kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 17:

Trek to Lukla

Today you have a long hike from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. You will descend along a rocky path, cross over the Dudh Koshi river multiple times. Then finally ascend over a steep trial to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2860 m
Duration Duration: 7-8 hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 18:

Fly to Kathmandu

Today, you will bid goodbye to the stunning Khumbu Valley and take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. With the rest of the day at your disposal, you have the opportunity to rest and relax or venture out and explore the local market. Overnight in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Duration Duration: 30 min flight
Day 18:

Rest day in Kathmandu

Today has been designated as a contingency day in case the flight from Lukla is canceled due to the unpredictable mountain weather, which unfortunately occurs quite frequently. In the event that everything proceeds as scheduled, you are free to spend this day as you wish. You might opt to go souvenir shopping or, if you prefer, you can request for a additional sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Day 20:

Departure

Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.

MEALS:
Breakfast

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Overview

trekking Trip Type Trekking
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Trekking
Accommodation Accommodation Local village tea house/lodges during the trek.
Meals Meals Only breakfast in Kathmandu and full board during the trek
Route Route Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche-Tengboche-Dingboche-Lobuche-Gorakshep-Dzongla-Thangnak-Gokyo-Dole-Namche-Lukla-Kathmandu
Max Group Size Max Group Size Private Group
Best Seasons Best Seasons Spring (March - May) and Fall (Sept -Nov)
Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months September

Lean Months Lean Months June, July, August

 Not Recommended Months Not Recommended Months January, February, December

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