Everest Chola Pass Gokyo Trek

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  • DURATION19 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELFairly Strenuous
  • GROUP SIZE1-14


  • Pass over the Cho la, the high pass.
  • Scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla.
  • Visit Namche and Khumjung Village.
  • Visit Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar.
  • You have unforgettable views of Khumbu Ice fall.

Trip Overview

Everest Cho la pass and Gokyo is an amazing trekking holiday in Khumbu Region that covers the Everest Base Camp, Chola pass, Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Ri and offers jaw dropping scenes and sceneries of majestic mountains and opportunity to sneak amazing paradise of steep cliffs, landscapes, including beautiful villages of legendary Sherpa, explore their culture, rituals, lifestyles and enjoy with the local dishes and more.

A high and breathless trail that links Everest Base Camp over Cho la pass to Gokyo Valley which is superb place for sneaking over the knife-edge ridge between Cholatse (6,335 m) and Kangchung (6,063 m).

In a good weather conditions you can easily cross, Cho La with no specialist equipments, but then warm clothing is necessary, but if the snow is falling, you better need mountaineering gear, because the trail is filled with snow and ice, maximum slippery, the trail no doubt is steep cliff, you undoubtedly have utmost adventure and lifetime experience of not merely crossing of high mountain pass—Cho La but equally superb sceneries of Himalayas, and hiking a bit to the north you have an opportunity to explore more glacial lakes strung out along the moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier.

We have 19 days itinerary for Everest Cho La pass and Gokyo trek that includes arrival and departure days to and from Nepal plus a day tour in Kathmandu. The real trek starts after the short flight to Lukla and trekking to Namche Bazaar via Phakding, where you have rest for a day for acclimatization and you also explore the legendary Sherpa settlement.

Next day, the trek continue to Tengbuche, continuously trekking to EBC with extra overnight at Dingbuche, Visit Everest Base Camp and after climb Kalapattar, you trek to Dzongla, trekking pass over the Chola and reach Thangnak and reach Gokyo Valley, climb the Gokyo Ri for the Himalayan panoramas retrace back to Namche via Machchermo and dole and trek down to Lukla and flight back to Kathmandu.

As you summit on the top of the Cho La pass, you have superb views of majestic Himalayas including of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), including Mt. Ama Dablam (6,856 m), Mt. Lingterin (6,679 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,723 m), Mt. Cholaste (6,335 m) to name a few, that Ngozumpa Glacier that cuts across in front like a massive tear in the landscape, moreover in the dawn you have superb views of Himalayas.

Apart from majestic mountain views, sceneries of incredible landscapes, rocky hills, you also have an opportunity to spend time in the beautiful villages legendary Sherpa, explore their culture, rituals, lifestyles and enjoy with the local dishes and delicacies.

It is awesome experience of having local rice beer and Tongba in the chilly cold weather.


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Arrive at Kathmandu airport and you be met & greeted by our airport representative who will be on standby to pick you up and transfer you to hotel. Your evening is free and after you’ve refreshed, you can go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the surroundings.

  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu

After having breakfast at hotel, you have sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and you be escorted by a professional tour guide.

Your tour will include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Bouddhanath stupa and Pasupatinath temple and all these places are UNESCO cultural heritage sites in Nepal.

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  • Kathmandu

Early in the morning, you drive to Kathmandu Airport for the 35 minu tes to take short scenic flight to the small mountain airport Lukla. After reaching at lukla our guide will introduce with the porters, then start today’s trek following mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi, it is easy trekking and takes about 3 and half hour to reach at Phakding.

  • Guest House
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  • 2600
  • Phakding

The trek starts after having breakfast at lodge and the trek continue following the Dudh Koshi River and crossing it few times. You enter to the park in Jorsale and you stop there for lunch and again you continue the trek, after few hours walking Namche Bazar will appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines.

Pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village. Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Duch koshi Koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and food, sundrie and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.

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  • Namche Bazaar

The Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tengbuche.

You walk up to Khhumjung village through Everest view Hotel in Syangbuche and you see the beautiful view of the Himalayas including Mt.Everest, Khhumjung is densely populated by Sherpa community and there is an old monastery as well so, we visit that as well then eturn to Namche.

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  • 3440
  • Namche Bazaar

The trek starts after breakfast at lodge with the ridge and level mountain path that offers excellent panoramas of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangaru, after walking few hours on flat Zigzags, you descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. Then climb through Rhododendron forest to the Tengbuche.

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  • Tyanbgboche

The trek starts after breakfast at lodge with descends through Rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola and cross suspension bridge on it and walk passing by a long Mani stone wall to enter the village of Pangboche, the trekking route continue through summer pastures to Dingboche village.

  • Guest House
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  • 4260
  • Dingbuche

Today is the remarkable acclimatization day in Dingbuche Village, There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Chukum and Island Peak and you hike to Chhukum and return to Dingbuche.

  • Guest House
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  • 4260
  • Dingbuche

The trek today leads north for up to 50-minutes until you come to a Mani-prayer Stupa then The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below.

Today's walk offers views of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m) Kongma-tse (5820m) and the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier then continue for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, after a short break, continue trekking up to Lobuche.

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  • Lobuche

The Trek goes following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, where you stop for lunch and we leave all our stuff there at lodge as this is the last place where lodges are available for overnights.

You start your Himalayan journey to the Everest Base camp for another 2-3 hours and Reach at EVEREST BASE CAMP- WOW!!! Congratulation!!! Your Dream come true now, after visiting the Base Camp, You return to Gorekshep.

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  • 5300
  • Gorakshep

You climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) peak early in the morning to see the sunrise views over the Himalayas including the Everest then return trek to Gorekshep and have breakfast and trek to Zongla.

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  • Zongla

The trek starts early morning today as you are going to cross the Cho La pass (5370m) today, the high pass over the Chola is not a joke, a steep and somewhat difficult ascent of a rocky ridge a few hours. You start by crossing a small glacial stream, and then start climbing up the pass.

From the top, you are treated to views of Ama Dablam, Kantaiega, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse and Baruntse, and to Nangpai Gosain, Pasang Lhamo, and Numbur and on the Gokyo side. Once up on top of the glaciated pass, you trek across the snow, with Lobuche, West looming above us, to the summit and hang some Buddhist prayer flags to send prayers out across the Himalayas, it's a scramble back down the pass, a rocky, hilly trail across the valley, and a descent to the yak Kharka of Tangnak.

  • Guest House
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  • 5370
  • Thangnak

The trek starts after having breakfast at lodge crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier on a sandy, shifting trail, the frozen lakes creaking below and beside us as you turn way to the other side. Once back on the main trail to Gokyo, you have an hour's hike past the second lake to the lodge at Gokyo.

In the Gokyo valley, the character of the trekking changes abruptly. The opaque powder-blue lakes are often on the verge of freezing over, and sometimes perform a Himalayan symphony of expanding and retracting ice.

You have entered the grassy ablation valley running beside the Ngozumpa Glacier, and have our first sight of Gokyo, a seasonal village and grazing area built beside the third and biggest lake. Gokyo has become something of a Himalayan resort without the crowd – at least in terms of the comfortable lodges with sunrooms, unbeatable views, excellent food and warm stoves. It is a great base to explore from, and we have plenty of time for it.

  • Guest House
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  • Gokyo

Early in the morning, you climb to Gokyo Ri and it looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest to be in the Everest region, some say it is even better than from Kala Patthar, return to Gokyo.

You then have short trek to the village of Machhermo.

  • Guest House
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  • Machhermo

The trail today gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3650m.) passing through rhododendron forests.

Then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following small ups and down to Namche Bazaar.

  • Guest House
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  • Namche Bazaar

Today is the last day of your trek, the trek today is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote - Koshi River crossing it few times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla.

  • Guest House
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  • Lukla

You have an early morning flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel, take hot shower and relax.

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  • Kathmandu

It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on scheduled date and time, or we can organize you a day tour in or around Kathmandu, shopping tour etc if you want.

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  • Kathmandu

You be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home.

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What's Included

  • All the airport transfers.
  • 4 nights’ hotel Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
  • Sagarmatha national park entry permits and TIMS permit.
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with domestic airport tax.
  • 14 nights’ accommodation on trek in lodge/guest houses.
  • A guide and porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter will carry from 20-25 KG).
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if Necessary (returned after the trek).
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charge.

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • Travel insurance (compulsory) that covers emergencies and evacuations.
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Your personal expenses/shopping and entrance fees to visit on day 2 in Kathmnadu.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate bars and bar bills.
  • Hot shower during the Trek.
  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Tips for the guide and staffs.
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section.

Check Available Dates

  • We have set date to departure the Everest Chola pass Gokyo Trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 14 people only so, if you are more than 14 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
  • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date04 Sep, 2020End Date22 Sep, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$1500
Start Date16 Sep, 2020End Date04 Oct, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$1500

Useful Information

Passport, Visa and permits for Everest Chola Pass Gokyo Trek

Travelers need to have valid passport (at least 6 month) to travel Nepal and do the Everest Cho La pass Gokyo Valley Trek and need to have Nepal tourist Visa to travel Nepal. You can obtain Nepal tourist visa on arrival at Kathmandu Airport/border entry point or you can apply online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) as well. It cost US $50.00 for one month tourist visa to Nepal.

You also required having some permits to trek to Everest Cho La pass Gokyo Valley Trek. You are required to Sagarmatha National park entry permits, TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permit and another entry permits from Khumbu-Pasang Lhamu rural Municipality. We apply and get all these permits for you once you book the Everest Cho La pass and Gokyo Trek with us.

Best Time to do Everest Chola Pass – Gokyo Trek

The best seasons (time) to do Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek are autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until end of May).

The temperatures drop considerably as the trek goes higher on Everest Chola Pass Gokyo Trek. The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C).

The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappearing at night.

Accommodation on Everest Chola Pass Gokyo Lake Trek

You have a good 3 star hotel accommodations for 4 nights in Kathmandu and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for rest of the 14 nights on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek. The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on trek lodge/guest house.

We accommodate you/group in local lodge/guest house available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required number rooms for you/group (rooms cannot be booked in advance in all places). Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Moon light or similar : 4 nights
  • Hotel on Trek Routes- Simple Mountain lodge : 14 nights

Accommodation will be on double/twin share mostly on trekking lodge and single room available in Kathmandu at extra cost.

Note: Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu is available. There are luxury 4 and 5 star hotels available in Kathmandu so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu.

Extra nights in Kathmandu

If you arrive Nepal earlier and stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates then the extra night cost 75.00 USD per night including breakfast and airport transfer and it does not include any extra tours/activities.

Contact us if you need any extra nights for pre or post the Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek and want to plan any extra tours and activities for your extra days.

Domestic and International flights on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek

The International flight to and from Nepal are not included in our itinerary and price of Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek. You need to book the international flights yourself.

The Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu are included and we book these flights for you once you book the Everest Chola Pass Gokyo Valley Trek with us.

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla on Out Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek

The Twin Otter airplanes are the only form of transport to and from Lukla when you do the Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Lake Trek. Occasionally, flights to and from Lukla may be cancelled due to unpredictable mountain weather conditions.

We have kept one extra free day at the end of the trek to use in the case of a flight delay or cancellation.

If the flights are cancelled for 2 or more days, we charter a helicopter flight to ensure that you are on scheduled flight to your home or other destination. The cost of this extra service is payable directly to our office in Kathmandu in US cash, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only).

A receipt of payment will be provided from which you can claim from your insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of people.

Electricity and Battery Charge

There is electricity available in Kathmandu and in most of the villages of Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek, where you are able to re - charges your camera/mobile batteries however, we also suggest you to have spare batteries.

Meals and Drinks on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Lake Trek

The meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) total of 46 meals on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek is included in our price. The meals are taken in lodges, you have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trail and drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) as well. The drinks are not included in the cost so you can buy them yourself on the available lodge/guest house.

You can bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek since you have normal water for free or you can simply buy bottled water or boiled/safe water to drink.

Luggage on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Lake Trek

Your main luggage on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Lake Trek is carried by porters; you simply carry a day bag pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. on trek as a small load that allows full enjoyment of the Everest Cho Lass Gokyo Trek.

A trek bag or duffle bag is ideal for your main luggage for Everest Cho La Pass Trek, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge.

Guide and Crew for Everest Cho La Pas Gokyo Trek

You have professional tour guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day 02 of the itinerary (The tour guide for this day may different from the trek guide from next morning) and trained trekking/certified trekking guide for the whole trek (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek).

There will be a Sherpa (assistant guide) when there are 8 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there is 1 porter for each 2 members and a porter carry about 20 - 22kg which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

Child Policy for Everest Chola Pass Trek

Children of 10 or more years can take part on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek and must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old. No discount for 10 or more years and full price are applicable.

If you are planning to does Everest Cho La Pass Trek with children less than 10 year, please contact us for the price and booking process.

Gratuities/Tips for Everest Cho La Pass Trek Staff

Tips are not included in price for services of tour guide, trekking guide, porter and driver. The recommended tip is US$ 5 from each member (of group) for tour guide (day 2) and US $ 3 from each member for driver (day 2).

The Total of US 125.00 from each member for the trek part to divide to guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling so, our trek guide will give you clearer idea when the trek come to end).

Note: Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.

Personal expenses on Everest Cho La Pass Trek

Personal expenses on Everest Cho La Pass Trek depend largely on your habit. All the Accommodation and most of the meals are included in the price.

You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), tips, souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in t some places).

If you do not drink alcohol and sopping then US $10-12.00 per day per person should be enough for the hot drinks, shower and snacks.

Fitness Level Required for Everest Cho La Pass Trek

Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately the Everest Cho La Pass Trek is currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those have less mobility.

Please note that a moderate-strong level of fitness is mandatory with daily trekking from between 3 hours to 8 hours for Everest Cho La Pass Trek.

You will reach an altitude of 5,545m above sea level on this trek. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to book our Everest Cho La Pass Trek.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation for Everest Cho La Pass Trek

In case of a serious sickness or injury while you are on Everest base camp trek, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital.

You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before departure to Everest Cho La Pass Trek.

Suggested Equipment List for Everest Cho La Pass Trek


  • Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional) [One can be provided if required, to be returned after the trek]
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
  • Daypack for yourself to carry on Trek.
  • A down Jacket (alternatively these can be hired and returned at the end of the trek free of charge)
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2-3 pieces
  • Light weight thermal tops
  • -Fleece jacket
  • Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • A pair of quick-drying nylon hiking shorts
  • Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  • Four pairs of liner warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  • A pair of sandals (optional)
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting your local Medical GP regarding any medication suggestions to take for these regions.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies) - these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

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