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Gokyo with Everest base camp via Cho-La Pass treks

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19 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
Min 2 (Single Supplement $275)
All ground transportation and domestic Flight as per itinerary
Best Season
Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge / Tea House during the trek
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
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Trip Route
Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche Bazar - Dole - Machermo - Gokyo Lake - Gokyo Ri - Lobuche - EBC - Kalapathar - Tengboche - Namche - Lukla - Kathmandu


    • Adventure around both scenic high areas of high Khumbu valleys.
    • Enjoy the pleasant walk away from main trails to beautiful Gokyo lakes.
    • Overlooking world’s four highest peaks from the scenic Gokyo-Ri ridge top.
    • Traverse to Everest base camp via Cho-La from picturesque Gokyo valley.
    • Trek to world highest mountain base camp and climb on top high Kalapathar.


‘an adventure on both scenic valleys of high Khumbu and Everest region’
Gokyo with Everest base camp via Cho-La Pass treks, an adventure of great beautiful combination. Visiting both scenic valleys of high Khumbu valleys in the close shadow of towering peaks with Mt. Everest.
Gokyo with Everest base camp via Cho-La Pass trek offers wonderful and pleasant walks around picturesque and dramatic valleys. Where views of high snow-capped peaks remain constant from the beginning to the end of trekking.
Himalayan Forever Treks, have designed this special adventure where all interested trekkers can enjoy the best of the Khumbu region. 
 The walk starts from Lukla following the same popular route of Everest base camp till the famous Namche Bazaar. The major town and center of all Khumbu villagers, as well for foreign visitors, where facilities abound. Making Namche Bazaar the most desirable place for rest days as well to support acclimatization, before heading to higher elevations.
From Namche Bazaar, after a pleasant rest and a short hike around its best viewpoints, the walk leads higher. Our route diverts from the main trail heading north towards Gokyo valley. The trail follows the Dudh-Koshi River upstream to its glacial source at Gokyo, after walking past Dole and Machhermo settlements. 
After a climb and entering a deep river gorge as the walk ends up at an exposed high open ridge. Facing outstanding scenery of towering snow-capped peaks with some rocky mountains, the walk follows a high ridge path. Then slowly a short climb leads to 1st and 2nd lakes and at Gokyo 3rd main lakes. 
Enjoy the spectacular views of a surrounding mountain range with close grand looks of Mt. Cho-Oyu, which straddles the border with Tibet. 
At Gokyo climb to the high ridge of Gokyo-Ri, which offers a breathtaking panorama of the world’s four highest peaks.
Facing Mt. Cho-Oyu in the north with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu in the east direction. Includes grand vista of Gokyo valley, its turquoise colored lakes with Ngozumpa glacier, regarded as the longest glacier around the Himalayas. 
The adventure continues after a wonderful time around beautiful Gokyo valley heading east, a steep climb on top Cho-La pass. The high pass of Cho-La forms the boundary between Gokyo and the eastern areas of Khumbu to the Everest base camp. Crossing the high Cho-La pass on top festooned with colorful Buddhist prayer flags and stone cairns. Sandwiched between the giant peaks of Cholatse and Nirekha with Lobuche peaks nearby, enjoy the grand views. A slow and careful descent brings to the foot of Cho-La pass at Dzongla, a small settlement.
From Dzongla on the main route to Everest base camp, after being in a quiet hidden valley of Gokyo. A pleasant walk to Lobuche and then towards our main destination to Everest base camp. The journey heads above Khumbu glaciers over a moraine of rocks, and ice to Gorakshep, the last settlement before Everest base camp.
Having rest at Gorakshep, the walk leads to the main highlight of the adventure reaching the foot of Mt. Everest. Witness the dramatic arctic zone landscapes of ice, snow, and glaciers with massif Khumbu Ice-Fall. Enjoying the grand time at base camp, the next adventure takes you to the highest point of the trek.
On top of Kalapathar rocky ridge, offers a jaw-dropping panorama of surrounding gigantic peaks with Mt. Everest at its closest distance. After feeling in high spirits on completing the major highlights, downhill to Namche Bazaar. 
Walk down and up, and enjoy tour of Tengboche Monastery, of great religious, cultural interest facing tremendous views of peaks. The walk follows to the end of the adventure reaching back at Lukla for the last overnight around the high Khumbu area; next early morning a scenic swift flight brings you to Kathmandu. 
After a marvelous experience and adventure on Gokyo with Everest base camp via Cho-La Pass treks.

Important Note

Mode of Trekking: Lodges and Guest-Houses till Lukla to Lukla.
Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous due to high altitude.
Area of Trekking: Far North Mid-East, around Khumbu-Everest region.
Highest points: Kalapathar Hill top at 5,643 m / 18,514 feet and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m / 17, 598 feet. Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m / 17, 575 feet and Cho-La Pass 5, 420 m / 17, 782 ft. high.
People and culture: Populated by Highlanders the Sherpa tribes follows strong Tibetan Buddhism and similar cultures.
Trekking duration: 14 Nights and 15 Days (from Lukla to Lukla).
Total Trip: 18 Nights / 19 Days from arrival to main departures.
Best Seasons: Nearly months of the year, except for monsoon wet months of mid-June to mid-September. The best seasons are spring and autumn / fall, the spring time begins from March to May and autumn from September to November.
Interested people can enjoy the trek during winter times of Christmas and New Year Holidays, however much cold temperatures. But most days are bright and clear with sunshine, short daylight hours during autumn and winter times.

Trip Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport our guide and staff will meet you with traditional welcome. After knowing the staff of Himalayan Forever Treks, a short drive to your hotels. Located in the heart of a city within an exciting Thamel area, an interesting place where most good hotels and restaurants situated. Reaching at the hotel, check your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed join in for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offers useful and important information of the trek, hotels and local lodge. 

Includes details of the local culture with do’s and don’ts, evening a group welcome dinner in a nice Nepali Restaurants. 

Morning after breakfast, our city and cultural guide meets the group at the hotel for exciting tour. The drive leads in the heart of Kathmandu city, where interesting historical Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard located. The right spot to observe Nepalese cultures. Tour of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, next tour takes you to old Swyambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years history.  A Buddhist monument situated on a hillock west of Kathmandu city outskirt, the famous landmark of the country. From here back to hotel for lunch, and the get ready for exciting scenic drive to Manthali town at Ramechap district for overnight halt. The next morning taking a short flight to Lukla.

Morning transfer to Manthali town small airport for panoramic flight to Lukla, board in a small aircraft. The flight heads east with stunning views of Himalayan peaks facing Mt. Everest, as the plane makes a smooth exciting landing at Lukla Tenzing & Hillary Airport.

A moderate town, where walk starts heading down to Dudh Koshi River valley through several Sherpa villages. Festooned with prayer flags, Buddhist monument and prayer wall then reaching our first overnight stop at Phakding village.

A long today’s walk to Namche Bazaar, morning after breakfast the trail follows on moderate path. Walking short down and ups crossing a long bridge to reach a nice village of Monjo. The enter Sagarmatha National Park; (Sagarmatha a name for Everest in Nepal, while the native Sherpa calls as Chomolungma of Tibetan origin language). From the park entrance cross another bridge over the same river Dudh Koshi to Jorsalle, the last settlement before Namche Bazaar. Stopping for lunch, afternoon walk on river bed amidst lovely forest, then starts the climb on crossing a high bridge. A steep winding for few hours reaches Namche Bazaar for two overnight halt in the comfort of nice lodge.

An ideal spot Namche Bazaar for rest day to support acclimatization and short hike to view-points. Morning having breakfast facing views of Kwangde and Thamersarkhu peaks, while at Namche there are several side hikes.

Suggested scenic places for hikes around Namche and beyond:Visit the park museum on top of Namche Bazaar, offers interesting information of the Khumbu Sherpa’s cultures. Along with panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamersarkhu and Kantega with Kwangde peaks. 

Hike to Everest View Hotel at above 3,880 m high a refreshing spot for views of Mt. Everest, while having warm cup of hot drinks. For energetic people can enjoy longer hike to Khumjung and Khunde villages, located on a glacial valley.

Rest of the day enjoy leisure afternoon browsing the streets of Namche Bazaar full of shops, stores, restaurants and fresh bakeries. 

On leaving Namche Bazaar following the major trail, the after few hours our route diverts away from the main path. As climb leads on steep trail for few hours to the top of Mong Hill. A small place on a high ridge facing superb views of snow peaks. Enjoying the views the trail heads down to Dudh Koshi River reaching a quiet area at Phortse Tenga for lunch stop. Located on a river gorges amidst forest surroundings.

After lunch climb into a narrow covered in dense tree lines, then finally the day ends reaching Dole. A nice small settlement with several good lodges for overnight halt.

Enjoying the comfort of a nice homely type lodge, having breakfast walk starts with short climb above Dole. Today is a short day walk of few hours to Machermo, from the high ridge with river down below. The high trail follows along the high ridgeline reaching a small settlement of Luza. As walk continues above Dudh Koshi River, a nice pleasant trek facing views of surrounding snow peaks. Overlooking grand views of Mt. Cho-Oyu towards North, standing on a high ridge facing Machermo settlement down below. A gentle downhill walk to a small river gorge and short climb to Machermo for lunch and overnight stop.

A nice place with several good lodges with views of Machermo peak, afternoon relax and enjoy short walks around the high view-points.

Enjoy the breakfast, and get ready for another half day walk to Gokyo Valley.Our main destinations and highlights of the trip, a short climb to a high ridge. As walk follows on the gradual trail to a small isolated place at Panga with few small lodges. From here climb towards Gokyo valley reaching first lake and then coming across second lake. Then reach the main third lakes of Gokyo our final destination for lunch and overnight halt.

Most all nice lodges, situated high above the Gokyo Lake, facing charming views of Mt. Cho-Oyu in the north direction. Getting organized in a nice small rooms of the lodge, having breakfast. Afternoon free at leisure for short hike around the lake and its scenic surrounding.

Rise early morning for exciting hike to the top of Gokyo-Ri. A steep climb after a few minutes easy walk, the uphill begins walking from the southern bank of the lake. The climb on grassy and rocky slope sided hill, as walk continues reaching on top of Gokyo-Ri. The highest point of the adventure, catch the striking sunrise as it hits the world’s highest peaks. Includes glorious panorama of giant snow-capped mountain range with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu and Mt. Makalu towards east. Staying for an hour enjoying the views of Gokyo scenic valley and its emerald colored lakes. Includes grand views of Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glaciers of Nepal and whole Himalayan range. After a grand vista from Gokyo-Ri, walk down back to the lodge for breakfast and lunch.

Afternoon a leisure walk of few hours heading south east past the lakes to Na and beyond, reaching Thagnak. A small settlement for overnight stop, in a nice small lodge, located at the base of Cho-La.

Starting early morning carrying packed lunch for the long day, the climb follows over steep slopes on rocky path. As uphill continues till top of Cho-La pass is reached, a well hidden ridge, close to Cholatse peaks. Enjoy the views of Nirekha and Lobuche peaks as far towards Mt. Cho-Oyu. From the pass after a refreshing rest a long downhill leads to Dzongla for overnight halt. A small settlement situated off from the main trail, with stunning views of Cholatse and Taboche peaks. 

From Dzongla, an easy short pleasant morning walk up to a ridge, and then on nice gradual climb above Thugla ridge. From here the trails from Pheriche, Dingboche and Cho-La pass joins on route Everest base camp. The walk leads on a nice gradual up to Lobuche for overnight halt. 

Another Big Day of the adventure, start the morning walk from the lodge at Lobuche. As well carrying a pack lunch for the long day to Everest base camp, a slow gentle walk to start the fresh cool morning. The trail follows up and then walk on rocky moraine, above Khumbu glaciers. After few hour of steady hike reaching Gorakshep, a small settlement located on a valley below high Kalapathar hill. Facing close views of Mt. Pumori, enjoy a short refreshing break and then walk continues over rocks and boulders. Then finally reaching the highlight of the adventure at Everest base camp, enjoy the dramatic scenery of arctic landscapes.

The base camp, can be busy and active during the mountaineering expedition times of late spring. Enjoy the remorseless fields of ice, snow and glaciers with massif Khumbu Ice Fall. The views of Mt. Everest is not visible, blocked by Lhotse and Nuptse peaks, achieving our goal and highlights. Return walk to Gorakshep for overnight stop, after a long exciting day of the adventure. 

Start the morning as early as possible for the last big climb of the adventure to Kalapathar rocky hill top. After a strenuous climb reaching on the highest point of the adventure, Kalapathar one of the famous, popular scenic ridge.

From Kalapathar, enjoy breathtaking panorama of gigantic peaks that surrounds top of Kalapathar, facing closest views of Mt. Everest. After completing all major highlights descend to Gorakshep for breakfast, and continue walk downhill, feeling in high spirits. The trail follows past Lobuche and Thugla, from here onwards on another route to Pheriche valley. A pleasant walk to join the trail of Dingboche to Pangboche, head downhill to Pangboche for overnight stop.

Morning grand views of Ama Dablam at close distance, towers above Pangboche village. Leaving Pangboche walk down to a bridge and climb up to Tengboche and the monastery. A great exciting place surrounded by range of peaks, with time to visit the impressive Tengboche Monastery. On leaving Tengboche after a pleasant stop, walk down to Imjatse River. Crossing a short bridge an hour climb to Shanasha village then on winding nice trail to Kyang-Jima. A lovely small settlement with several guest houses and lodges amidst tranquil surrounding. From Kyang-Jima, enjoy superb views of Everest, Ama Dablam with Tharmasarku and Kwangde at close range. 

After a pleasant overnight with glorious morning views of stunning peaks, an hour walk to Namche Bazaar. Having time at Namche Bazaar as well for lunch stop, afternoon down to Dudh Koshi River. On reaching the river bank a slow short climb to enter the park entrance and exit. Then ending the wonderful day reaching lovely small village at Monjo for overnight halt.

Last day trek of the adventure, enjoy the walk with few short down and ups to Phakding. From Phakding retracing the same route with last final climb to Lukla for lunch and overnight stop. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the Lukla town lined with shops, restaurants and stores.

Having early breakfast, a short walk to Lukla’s Tenzing & Hillary airport as plane reach from Ramechap or Kathmandu. Board on the small aircraft for swift short flight back to land at Manthali small airstrip. A pleasant and exciting drive brings you back at Kathmandu, rest of the day at leisure and for individual activities and shopping souvenirs of Nepal. 

Reserved as contingency day, in case of flight delay or cancelation in Lukla due to unfavorable weather condition. Can happen sometimes, if all goes well as per the schedule of our itinerary days. Enjoy the leisure day, relaxing with fond memories of Everest base camp trek. Interested people can join for another tour to Patan and Bhaktapur, worth a visit not to be missed.

Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience and adventure on Gokyo with Everest Base Camp via Cho-La Pass Trekking.

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    • All arrival and departure transportation from the airport to hotel and vice versa.
    • 3*** (Three Star) Hotel in Kathmandu on Bed / Breakfast basis. 
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with all entrance fees.
    • Domestic Airfare: Kathmandu- Lukla-Kathmandu. 
    • All applicable trekking permits including Sagarmatha National Park fees.
    • Full board on trekking staying in best available lodge includes breakfast, lunch and dinner with afternoon refreshment tea / coffee.
    • Service of guide, porters includes daily wages, meals, accommodation, transportation allowance and medical insurance only for field staff / porter.
    • Welcome or farewell group dinner, with a briefing regarding the treks.
    • Comprehensive medical kit carried by our guide throughout the trek.
    • On sightseeing tours private vehicles as per size of a group with city guide.

Doesn't Include

    • Nepal Visa, Medical / Travel Insurance.
    • Meals in Kathmandu and expenses of personal nature like laundry etc.
    • Single room in Kathmandu and on treks where available at extra cost.
    • Emergency Evacuation if required by any means of transportation and Helicopter Service.
    • Personal trek gear, sleeping bags, duvet / down jackets, kit / duffel bags.     
    • Extra snacks and other refreshment, including drinking water at own expenses.
    • Early return from the trek due to personal reason or sickness, the client have to bear extra expenses oneself. (To be claimed from your insurance).
    • Personal Medical Kit, as per your doctor advice.

Frequently Asked Questions

The trek overall is not too tough or difficult, the trail is well defined having several nice lodges and settlements. The only hardest is walk fast on high altitude, where one should take it slowly having rest to enjoy the walk each day. The toughest is the climb to high Gokyo-Ri and Kalapathar Hill top just for few hours.

Which is an optional hike, but tough and hard will be the long climb to the top of Cho-La pass. By the time your Cho-La pass, where you will be acclimatized after staying in Gokyo with climb of Gokyo-Ri. The steep descent can be quite tricky sometimes from Cho-La pass to reach Dzongla. The toughest and challenging will be if there is much snow on the pass, otherwise the walk is normal with touch of altitude.

Yes, the famous Gokyo-Ri and popular Kalapathar Hill, one of the best view-points around the Himalayan region. While visiting Gokyo and Everest base camp, climb to Kalapathar Hill, not to be missed, offers grand vista and closest views of Mt. Everest. From Gokyo-Ri one can enjoy views of four world highest peaks at one single glance.

Everest villages and settlements have hydroelectricity or solar power, where trekkers can charge electronic items. A fee is charged for each gadgets as per hour basis, the price differs from one place to another.

Everest region of Khumbu area offers best lodge or hotel accommodation with comprehensive food menu to choose from. From Lukla onwards to Gokyo and up to Gorakshep with several options from budget, moderate to luxury standard.

Trekkers can enjoy rooms with attached bath / toilets, but higher region the toilets and bathe are common. Foods are served in a large warm dining room, the foods served as per the menu from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan and Nepali. Some lodge restaurants also serves fresh homemade bakeries products.

The most famous and popular is Nepali Dal / Bhat (boiled or steam rice, served with various lentil soups, vegetable or meat mild curry, includes pickles of choice).

Our expert guide will help and support in every within his knowledge and capability. If the situation is very critical due to high altitude or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), needs immediate evacuation. For normal headache and touch of altitude, the patient needs to be carried down to same height.

If he / she does not improve the best fastest means call for chopper for emergency evacuation. Bringing the sick person to Kathmandu for further treatment on the best hospitals. Where all extra expenses should be borne by the clients to be claimed through your insurance back home.  

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