Everest Cho La Pass and Gokyo Trek explores the hidden wonders of the Khumbu region and takes you on an adventurous venture beyond the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar into the stunning Gokyo Valley, crossing Cho La Pass.
Everest Cho La Pass & Gokyo Trek is the extended version of the usual Everest Base Camp Trek. The trek combines the base of the world's highest mountain- Everest Base Camp (5,364 m), hike to the famous vantage point of Khumbu region- Kala Patthar (5,545 m), the crossing of challenging Cho La Pass (5,420 m), and an excursion to stunning Gokyo Lake (5,000 m). Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek is an ultimate adventurous journey for travel-lovers looking to go beyond the EBC and explore the more hidden parts of the Everest region.
Reaching the base of Mt. Everest is a huge achievement itself. The Everest Cho La Pass & Gokyo Trek package is an adventure trek in Everest Region in Nepal. The EBC Chola Pass trek surely tests your endurance and helps you raise your bar in the Himalayas. You have to be physically fit with prior trekking experience to go on Everest Cho La Pass & Gokyo Trekking. The trail involves uncountable numbers of ascends and descends along with many steep & rugged sections. You will be walking through dense forests, above rushing rivers, moraines, and glaciers.
Trekking through the remote mountain villages, you will reach Namche Bazar and further ascend to Everest Base Camp via Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche villages. On the way, the trail passes by lush forests of rhododendron and offers you breath-taking views of the Himalayan Mountains. Explore EBC and Kala Patthar before leaving for the Gokyo Valley. From Kala Patthar, you will descend to Dzongla and move towards the top of Cho La Pass. Crossing the pass, drop down to Thangnak and continue the trek to picturesque Gokyo village. Further, the trail descends to Machhermo and goes through Namche Bazar to Lukla.
You get to see the lifestyle of the locals and their rich cultural heritage on Everest Cho La Pass & Gokyo Trek. Get blessings in different monasteries and observe the practices of the locals closely. Likewise, taste delicacies that are only found in this part of the world and have unforgettable moments throughout the trek. Feel free to send your queries to us. We would love to answer all of your questions and possibly create lifelong memories too.
Major Attractions Everest Cho La Pass & Gokyo Trek
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
We have added a guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley in our Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek package cost. The tour will be led by a professional tour guide. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the largest stupa of Nepal- Boudhanath Stupa, the holy Pashupatinath Temple, the famous Monkey Temple- also known as Swayambhunath, and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. During the tour, you will get to know in-depth about the history, architecture, and art of Nepali people.
Fly over the Himalayas to reach Lukla
Lukla is the starting point of the trek and a 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu is the quickest way to reach there. Located at 2,860 meters, Lukla airport is famous for its short runway at such a height. The flight offers breath-taking aerial views of the Himalayas and lush green hills. Travelers say, "Lukla flight is one of the thrilling flights we have boarded in our lifetime", and we cannot agree less.
Follow the trail through the Sagarmatha National Park
The trail from Lukla descends to Phakding and heads towards Monjo from where the Sagarmatha National Park begins. The trail goes through the national park, where you might get to see Himalayan birds and animals. Likewise, most of the route goes through dense forests of rhododendron, juniper, fir, oak, etc..., crossing numerous streams and wooden/suspension bridges.
Explore Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar is situated at 3,440 meters, and it is the gateway to Mt. Everest. Namche Bazar is the most developed village in the Khumbu region that offers top-notch accommodation and several cuisines along with other services like ATM lounge, internet connection, cafes, restaurants, museums, and gear/souvenir shops. Here, you will visit the Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum. Likewise, you will go on a short excursion to Everest View Hotel and Syangboche Airstrip.
Pass by beautiful villages and get to see the lifestyle of the locals
During the trek, you will be spending nights in remote villages and pass by many small settlement areas. Some of the major villages along the trial are Phakding, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, Dzongla, Thangnak, Gokyo village, and Machhermo. Every village will bring something new to you. Similarly, you will have a glimpse of the lifestyle of the locals. People from communities like Sherpa, Bhote, Rai, Limbu, etc resided in these villages. Get to see their culture and tradition as well.
Visit ancient monasteries along the Route
The trail takes you to the biggest monastery of the Khumbu region that is Tengboche monastery which is constructed in 1916 by Lama Gulu. Even destroyed twice, this monastery is still standing firmly at 3,867 meters. Likewise, you will visit other ancient monasteries and stupas on the way. The trail also includes prayer wheels and fluttering prayer flags.
Explore EBC and hike to Kala Patthar
The Everest Base Camp in the lap of Mt. Everest, situated at 5,364 meters. You can see mountaineers preparing to scale Everest upon reaching the base camp, along with other fellow trekkers marking their steps on the base camp. Likewise, Kala Patthar is the popular vantage point in the Khumbu region at 5,545 meters from where you can see the gorgeous sunrise and 360-degree views of Mt. Everest. Kala Patthar is located above Gorak Shep, and the route is steep & rugged.
Cross Cho La Pass
Located in the northeastern part of Nepal, Cho La Pass stands 5,420 meters above sea level. Connected by Dzongla village to the east and Thagnak Village to the west, Cho La Pass is difficult to cross. You will wake up early, around 5 AM, and push towards the summit to cross it before mid-day. There is a chance of rockfall along the way as well. The route to the top of Cho La Pass is very steep and made of loose rocks, ice, and large boulders.
Spend a couple of nights in picturesque Gokyo village and hike to Gokyo Ri & Gokyo Lakes
Located at 4,750 meters, the Gokyo village is one of the highest settlement areas in the world. It is a beautiful village situated at the eastern shore of the third Gokyo Lake, Dudh Pokhari. There are altogether six Gokyo Lakes extending from 4,700–5,000 meters. During your acclimatization day in Gokyo village, you will explore these lakes and hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357) to witness panoramic views of the mountains.
Witness stunning mountain views and breath-taking landscapes
The trek offers you excellent views of glaciers, lakes, and Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Kongde Ri (6,187 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), and many others. Throughout the trek, you will witness breath-taking sceneries.