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.