Gokyo Cholapass EBC Trek


The Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek is a challenging and rewarding trek in Nepal that takes you through the heart of the Himalayas. The trek combines the popular Gokyo Lakes trek with the classic Everest Base Camp trek and crosses the challenging Chola Pass, making it an adventurous and unforgettable experience.

The trek starts in Lukla, where you will fly from Kathmandu. From Lukla, the trail gradually ascends to the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar, which is the largest town in the Everest region. From Namche, the trail continues to the Gokyo Lakes, a series of turquoise glacial lakes located at an altitude of 4,700 meters. The Gokyo Lakes offer breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including Mount Everest, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

The next section of the trek takes you to the Chola Pass, which is the main highlight of the trek. The Chola Pass is a high mountain pass located at an altitude of 5,420 meters, offering panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. The trail then descends to the small village of Dzongla and continues to the famous trekking destination of Gorakshep. From Gorakshep, you will hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, which is located at an altitude of 5,364 meters.

The trek then continues to Kalapatthar, a viewpoint located at an altitude of 5,550 meters, which offers breathtaking views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks. The trek then descends to Lukla, where you will fly back to Kathmandu.

The Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek is a physically demanding trek, as it involves daily ascents and descents ranging from 500-1,000 meters. The trek takes around 14-20 days and can be done from September to November and March to May, with the best time being from October to November. Accommodation during the trek is available in teahouses, which offer basic facilities and meals. It is recommended to carry warm clothing, as temperatures can drop significantly at night, especially at higher elevations.

Overall, the Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek is an unforgettable experience for those who love adventure and are in good physical shape. The trek offers a chance to immerse in the beauty of the Himalayas, witness the magnificent Mount Everest, and cross the challenging Chola Pass, making it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Facts of the trek

Accommodation:- Hotel in Kathmandu /teahouse or camping in Trek
Grade:- Moderate/Strenuous
Best time to visit:- September to December /February  to May
Culture:- Tibetan Sherpa
Elevation up to:- 5357 m (gokyo ri)/ 5420 m (Chola pass)/5643 m (kalapathar)/5364 m (EBC)
Trek start:- Kathmandu
Trek end:- Kathmandu
Group:-Minimum 2 Pax /Maximum 12 Pax

Highlights of  Gokyo Chola pass  and Everest Base Camp Trek
•Enjoy magnificent views of the Himalayas
•Take the scenic flight to Lukla
•Explore the Sherpa and Hillary Museum in Namche Bazaar
•Enjoy the Ngozumpa Glacier; largest Glacier in the Himalayas
•sunrise and panoramic views from Gokyo Ri and Kalapathhar
• Explore Chola passwhich is one  of the highest mountain pass of the Himalayas.

Basic Itinerary of Gokyo। Chola pass । Everest Base Camp Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Trek preparing day
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2810m). Trek to Phakding (2652m)
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446 m)
Day 05: Rest in Namche Bazaar/ Excursion Namche Bazaar and Syangboche(3880m).
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Dole (4200m)
Day 07: Dole to Machhermo (4470m)
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4790m)
Day 09: Morning climb to Gokyo - Ri (5340) / Afternoon walk around the Gokyo Lake
Day 10: Gokyo Lake to Thangna Kharka (5025m)
Day 11: Thangna Kharka to Dzongla crossing Chol- La Pass (5330m)
Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4930 m)
Day 13: Lobuche to Gorkhashep(5140m), Trek to Everest base camp.
Day 14: Climb to Kalapathar (5545m). Trek back to Pheruche (4240m).
Day 15: Pheruche to Namche Bazaar (4440 m)
Day 16: Namche Bazzar to Lukla.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Free Day
Day 19: Transfer to the airport for your onward journey

Details Itinerary

Details Itinerary of Gokyo। Chola pass । Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu(Altitude 1400m).
After arrival in Kathmandu International airport, we will meet you and transfer to hotel. You will have welcome dinner in Nepalese tradition cultural restaurant.
Over night at Kathmandu hotel.
Day 02: Trip briefing and trek preparing Day.
Our tour leader/Manager come for the pre-trip meeting in the morning which includes briefing and preparation for the trek. After you have option for city sightseeing tour around Kathmandu
Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (Altitude2810m). Trek to Phakding (Altitude 2652m)35 min flight/4 hours walk.
Early morning transfer to Kathmandu airport domestic terminal to catch flight to Lukla (2810m).The flight duration is approximately 45 minutes. Have a tea and coffee in Lukla. One hour rest at Lukla in mountain Lodge. Then your trekking starts from Lukla. The trail contour through the Sherpa village and yak pasture land. Have a lunch in Thado Koshi (2591m) with stunning view of Kum Kangaru(6370m). You will see the painted Mani wall in Ghat (chhuthawa) village. In the late afternoon you arrive to Phakding.
Overnight  at mountain lodge .
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (Altitude 3440 m) 6 hours.
Your trekking starts after breakfast at mountain lodge. You cross long suspension bridge over the Dhudh Koshi River which is originated from Khumbu glacier. Today you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo village. You have lunch in Jorsale(2740m).The trail goes ahead along the Dudhakoshi river. You cross anther suspension bridge in Larja Dobhan(2830m). From here the trail moves to steep staircase through pine forest. After half and hour steep walking you will see Mt Everest (8848m). The trail ascends until Namche Bazaar through the alpine forest. You will be delighted to see Namche Bazaar. The Namche bazaar is gate way of the Everest base camp trekking. Enjoy staying two nights here.
Overnight  at mountain  lodge.
Day 05: Rest in Namche Bazaar/ Excursion Namche Bazaar and Syangboche(Altitude3880m).
Rest day in Namche Bazaar is especially for acclimatization with altitude. On this day you can walk around Namche Bazaar. Here you can get many facilities such as bank, internet, bakery and shopping. After the breakfast one and half hour steep walking to Syangboche (3880m). From Syangboche you can see Mt. Everest(8848m), Lhotse(8516m), Ama Dablam(6814m), Thamserku(6618m) and more mountains. Have a tea and coffee in Everest view hotel. The trail descends half an hour to the Khumjung village (3780m), the village of Sherpas, the worldly renowned climbers. In Khumjung village you can visit Kumjung Hillary School and Kumjung Gompa. After lunch hike back to the Namche Bazaar.
Overnight at mountain lodge.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Dole (Altitude 4200m) 5 hours
The trek starts steep stone staircase over the Namche. After the top the trail becomes easier and trail contour the Dhudhkosi valley.  By walking you can see incredible Khumbu valley with world highest mountains and Tengboche Monastery. After nearly 2 hours of walking you reach to Sanasa(3600m). Here have a few minutes rest before hard steep 2h climb to Mong Danda (3973m).From here you will see the magnificent views of Mt. Ama Sablam, Mt. Kangtaga and Mt. Thamserku with Dudhkosi valley. The trail climbs away from the Phortse Tenga passing through the Rhododendron and pine forest. After 20m steep climb first appears Cho Oyu.  You will cross the beautiful water fall and yak pasture. Then reach to Dole.
Overnight  at mountain lodge.
Day 07: Dole to Machhermo (Altitude 4470m) 5 hours
Today is easy day and better view of in your past days. From Dole the trail descend to stream than cross the wooden bridge. You will cross the few teahouses, the trail ascend one hour to top hill. You can take time here for picture.  You will reach in Luza(4390m) after 1 hour 50 minutes  walk from Dole. Here you can take rest and tea. From Luza trail becomes a ups along the side of valley than cross the more high pastureland and chorten with prayers flags. Many writers saying yeti killed the Sherpa women and Yak here. Form this hill enchanting view of eastern part Gokyo valley, Mt. Taboche and Mt. Cholatse. Then walk down to Machhermo valley.
Overnight  at mountain Lodge.
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (Altitude 4790m) 5 hours
The trail climbs the ridge of valley excellent view of Kantaga and big Mountain Cho-oyu. The tail becomes more ups to Kharka. Here few stone hoses, then trail will be easier to Pangka at 4380m. In November 1995 big avalanche came here and killed trekking group and villagers. From here the tail will be narrow and steep climb close to the Ngozumpa glacier. The end of hard ascends cross the bridge over the stream which is flow from Gokyo Lake. This is the first small lake of Gokyo. From here the trail almost in level appears second lake at 4720m. It called Taujun Lake. Finally your will climb to the last lake of Dudha Pokhari at 4750m in Gokyo Lake (4790m).
Overnight  at mountain Lodge.
Day 09: Morning climb to Gokyo - Ri (Altitude 5340) / Afternoon walk around the Gokyo Lake
Have a breakfast early in morning. Before climbing make sure you have water, some snacks and plenty of warm clothes. The trail climb steep ups directly above the Gokyo lake.2h and half hour hard climb to Gokyo-ri at 5340m. From the top great Himalayan views of world highest mountain with Makalu range better than Kala Pattar above the Gorkhashep. After taking picture all the way downhill to Gokyo Lake. Have lunch and rest two hours. If you're feeling good you can hike to the oldest and longest glaciers of Khumbu valley.
Overnight  at mountain Lodge.  
Day 10: Gokyo Lake to Thangna Kharka (5025m) 5 hours
From Gokyo the trail descends, looking at the views of the fine mountains and natural beauty, towards Thangna which is consider as the base of Cho -La Pass.
Overnight  at mountain Lodge.
Day 11: Thangna Kharka to Dzongla crossing Chol- La Pass (Altitude 5330m) 7/8 hours
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4/5 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect your journey. You cross over at an altitude of 5300 meters. You could be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. You start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views then you descend to the Dzongla at noon.
Overnight  at mountain Lodge.
Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (Altitude4930 m) 6 hours
The trail continues along the moraine from Dzongla affording you splendid views of Kala Pattar and Pumori before you reach Lobuche. Today you walk around 4 hours.
Overnight  at mountain Lodge.
Day 13: Lobuche to Gorkhashep(Altitude 5140m). Trek to Everest base camp (Altitude 5364m) 8 hours
From Lobuche in beginning you walk along the flat trial through yak pasture trail (1 hour ). Then you have to walk in glacier. The trail is rough and icy in some part. And you arrive to Gorak Shep (5140m). At this time the temperature is nearly 10 to 15 degree Celsius. You might feel fatigue. Have lunch and rest in Gorak Shep. After light lunch you will start to trek to the Everest base camp (5364m). The trail is narrow and rocky so that we suggest trekkers to concentrate their mind in trail before stepping. The Everest base camp is moving up and down every year because Khumbu glacier is moving to the down. In Everest base camp you can’t spend your overnight because there is no facility of tea houses. Only people stay at night in camp who are climbing to Mt. Everest. Trek back to Gorkhashep.
Overnight  at mountain lodge.
Day 14: Climb to Kalapathar (Altitude 5643m). Trek back to Pheruche (Altitude 4240m) 8 hours.
After breakfast around 5:00 AM you will start to climb Kalapatthar (5550m). This morning you might feel chilly because temperature may go down -2 to -3 degree Celsius. After nearly two and half hour climbing, you will reach on top of the Kalapatthar (5550m). There you get little bit strong wind. Kalapatthar is one of the prime points for the massive view of Mount Everest (8848m). Enjoy the view of Mt. Everest and other towering mountains. Here you can see people sharing exciting moments each other. From here you also can see Everest base camp just below. After a while return back to Gorak Shep. Then return to Gorak Shep and have a tea and coffee. Trek back to Pheruche(4240m).
Overnight  mountain lodge.
Day 15: Pheruche to Namche Bazaar (Altitude3440 m) 7/8 hours
From Pheruche you will cross River which is origin from Everest base camp. The trail descend through the Yak pasture land with spectacular view of the Amadablum , Khantega and Thamserku mountains. After 4 h walking you will you will are in Tengboche Monastery. The Monastery is the biggest monastery in mountain region in Nepal it is situated at 3880m. The trail decend to the Phungi Thanga through the rhododendron and pine forest after crossing suspension bridge over the Dudhakoshi river the tail ascend to the Sannasa. From here the trail gradually descend to the Namche Bazaar.
Overnight  at mountain Lodge.
Day 16: Namche Bazzar to Lukla. 7/8 hours walking. Overnight at mountain lodge.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu(Altitude 1400m) 35 min flight
You should pack up early in the morning. Then have a breakfast and hike down to Lukla airstrip. Take a flight to Kathmandu. The rest of your day is free in Kathmandu. In evening you can stroll around Thamel, the major tourist destination of Kathmandu. You can do some last minute shopping of souvenirs for your family and relatives.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Free day.
Flight reserve day for Lukla weather condition.
Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
Day 19: Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Today is you’re the last day in Nepal. Our officer will come  to escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight home.

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What's Includes:

  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: Enjoy comfortable hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast.
  • Three Meals a Day During the Trek: You'll be provided with three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on the trek.
  • Trekking Guide and Porter: For every two trekkers, you'll have the support of an experienced trekking guide and one porter.
  • Permits: All the necessary paperwork, including Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Entry Permits and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS), are included.
  • Accommodation During the Trek: You'll stay in available lodges and tea houses during the trek.
  • Airport Transfers: We offer airport-to-hotel and hotel-to-airport transfers for your convenience.
  • First Aid Medical Kit: Your guide will carry a first aid medical kit for any necessary medical attention.
  • Trekking Map and Achievement Certificate: You'll receive a trekking map to assist your journey, and upon completion of the trek, you'll be awarded a trip achievement certificate.
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner: Join your fellow trekkers for a warm welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Government Taxes and Office Service Charge: All government taxes and service charges are covered.

What’s excludes:

  • Personal Equipment for Trekking: You are responsible for bringing your own personal trekking equipment.
  • Personal Travel Insurance: Ensure you have adequate personal travel insurance for your trip to Nepal. This should cover international airfare to/from Kathmandu and Nepal entry visa.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses, such as phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, Wi-Fi, and shower costs, are not included.
  • Meals in Kathmandu: Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu are at your own expense.
  • Emergency Rescue Evacuation: It's advisable to have insurance covering emergency rescue evacuation for added safety.
  • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks: Any drinks during the trek are not covered in the package.
  • Tipping: Tips for the trekking staff are not included and should be given at your discretion.

Please make sure to plan and budget for these items not included in the package to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trekking experience in the Everest region.



What to Remember:

  1. Customize Your Trek: You have the option to adjust the length of your Gokyo Lake, Chola Pass, and Everest Base Camp trek to suit your preferences. Whether you want it shorter or longer, feel free to discuss your requirements with us.
  2. Optional Activities: Beyond trekking, you can enhance your Nepal adventure with various optional activities, such as city sightseeing in Kathmandu, a 2-night/3-day jungle safari in Chitwan, white-water river rafting, or a mountain flight. Don't hesitate to let us know your preferences, and we can tailor your program accordingly.
  3. Contact Us: For any questions, suggestions, or specific requests regarding the program, please send us an email. We're here to make your journey as memorable and enjoyable as possible.

Equipment for Gokyo Lake, Chola Pass, and Everest Base Camp Trek:

  • Down Jacket
  • Lightweight Cotton Pants for Daytime
  • Warm Track Top and Pants for Nights
  • Cotton T-Shirts
  • Sun Hat
  • Woolen Socks (thick outer, thin inner)
  • Vaseline for Feet and Groin Area
  • Two 2-Liter Water Bottles
  • Iodine for Water Purification
  • Sunglasses
  • Toilet Paper and Cigarette Lighter
  • Small Headlamp/Flashlight/Torch with Spare Batteries
  • Personal Medical Supplies (including band-aids and elastic bandage)
  • Pocket Knife
  • Sunscreen, Sunblock, and Sun-Tan Lotion
  • Small 25-Liter Daypack
  • Rain Jacket (poncho style to cover backpack)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • First Aid Kit
  • Small Towels
  • Sleeping Bag Rated to -15°C (with inner sheet)
  • A Pair of Gloves
  • Snow Glasses with Strap
  • Snow Gaiters

Having the right equipment ensures your safety, comfort, and enjoyment during the Gokyo Lake, Chola Pass, and Everest Base Camp trek. Be well-prepared for varying weather conditions and challenging terrains.


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