Gokyo Chola pass and Everest Base Camp

Gokyo Chola pass and Everest Base Camp

Trekking in the e vall e Gokyo is incredibly amazing. Ri Gokyo Lakes region as diverse as glacial Lake Gokyo

Trip Introduction

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes, recognized for the series of beautiful turquoise lakes in the Gokyo valley and the famous Cho La Pass, takes us through the landmarks of the Khumbu region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries, the Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and, of course, to the base of the mighty Everest. The trek in advancing to the base of the world's tallest mountain maps out spectacular vistas from such celebrated viewpoints like Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. The trek also awards us with great views of the Khumbu Icefall. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp through Gokyo Lakes, in a nutshell, will be a lifetime experience with the enthralling sights of Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori, and Tengboche Monastery - the largest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

Highlights
  • Stand at the shores of a chain of six turquoise, glacial-fed lakes
  • Hike along Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalaya
  • Avoid the Everest crowds, but enjoy the selection of great views
  • Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) for spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu
  • Return via Renjo La pass (5,340 m), over one of Nepal's most beautiful passes
  • Trek through the Sherpa town of Khumjung, home of a ‘real’ yeti skull
  • From 'Scoundrel's viewpoint' near the fifth lake, peer over a wasteland of rock and ice that is the vast Ngozumpa Glacier

As well as trekking to the six glacial-fed Gokyo Lakes, trekkers can include a climb to the top of Gokyo Ri, which is at the same altitude as Everest Base Camp. From the summit, you will enjoy spectacular views of Everest and other very high mountains and glaciers.

Trekking this route provides a lot of variety: views of the bright turquoise high-altitude lakes, Ngozumpa glacier (the largest glacier in the Himalayas), and views across to Everest as well as other 8,000 meter-plus mountains from the top of Gokyo Ri (Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu).

Interested in doing this trek? Get in touch with one of our local Nepal specialists who can organize this trek for you with an experienced licensed guide. 

Best Season

As with most treks in Nepal, the best times to do it are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). In these months the weather is likely to be clear, and daytime temperatures warm. The Khumbu region, however, is known to be particularly cold and dry, and many trekkers develop the ‘Khumbu cough’ due to the dry dust.

It is usually possible to trek in the summer/monsoon and winter seasons, but greater preparation for difficult conditions is required, and you may not get clear views.

For more information, check out our article on the best time to visit Nepal.

Getting There & Away

As the first part of the trek follows the same route at the Everest Base Camp trek, the most common way of getting onto the trail is to fly to the small airport at Lukla. This is a stunning experience in itself. Numerous flights are made daily from Kathmandu, in small fixed-wing airplanes, taking around 30 minutes. However, bad weather frequently closes the airport, so it’s wise to prepare for delays if flying to Lukla and to keep a day or two as buffer days.

The alternative to flying to Lukla is to trek overland from outside Kathmandu, the “pioneers’ route” that was taken by expeditioners to Everest in the 1950s. This connects to the trailhead at Jiri, which passes beneath Lukla. Taking this option significantly lengthens the trek, adding about an extra seven days. It also requires crossing several passes, including one of over 3,500 meters. This is not the ‘easy’ option of getting onto the Gokyo Lakes trail, but it is adventurous and will help with acclimatization.

The Gokyo Lakes trek is in-and-out, meaning that you retrace your route back once you’ve finished.

Brief Itinerary

Below, you'll find our itinerary from trekking from Lukla to Gokyo and back to Lukla. (Extra days can be added if trekking to Jiri/Lukla if visiting more lakes.)

Day 01 – Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu/welcome dinner (NNGTA)

Day 02 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley  day  (B)

Day 03 – Flight to Lukla (2800m) & trek to Phakding (2640m) (B, L, D)

Day 04 – Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m) (B, L, D)

Day 05 – Acclimatization day/exploring around Namche Bazar (B, L, D)

Day 06 – Trek to Phortse Tanga (3600m) (B, L, D)

Day 07 – Trek to Machhermo (4410m) (B, L, D)

Day 08 – Trek to Gokyo (4750m) (B, L, D)

Day 09 – Exploring around Gokyo, trek to Gokyo Ri (5360m), back to hotel  (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Trek to Thangna  (4765m) (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Trek to to Dzongla (4840m) via Cho La Pass (5420m) (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Trek to Lobuche (4930m) (B, L, D)

Day 13 – Trek to Gorak Shep (5190m), side trip to Everest Base Camp (5365m) (B, L, D)

Day 14 – Ascent of Kala Patthar (5545m) and trek to Lobuche (4930m) (B, L, D)

Day 15 – Trek to Tengboche (3870m) (B, L, D)

Day 16 – Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m

Day 17 – Trek to Lukla (2800m) (B, L, D)

Day 18 – Fly to Kathmandu /Hotel (B)

Day 19 – Sightseeing day around Kathmandu/good bye dinner (B, D)

Day 20 – Transport to airport, flight back home (B)

No of Guests Price ( With GSG ) Price ( With ESG)

* All Price is Per Person Price

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the Everest base camp  trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Nepal New Generation Trek trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes:

• Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)

• Excess baggage charges

• Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

• Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)

• Travel and rescue insurance

• Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)

• Tips for guides and porters

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EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY

The program will be followed by sightseeing, Village tour, Rafting, Hiking, Horse ridding and the Mountain flight on the interest of the clients.
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All Inclusive Price:

$2010USD

Total Duration 20 days
Max Altitude 5550 m.
Difficulty Level Difficult
Best Time March April/ October November