Trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes and cross the Cho La Pass. This high-altitude adventure takes you to the last frontier of wild Sherpa country. Get an amazing 360-degree outlook of the Himalayas and Gokyo Lakes from Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. Additionally, visit old Sherpa settlements and experience Sherpa culture.
Guided by our experienced trek leader, your first day’s trek begins from Lukla. Walk past swinging suspension bridges and yak trains to reach Namche, the cultural and economic heart of Khumbu region. Pay your respects at the sacred Tengboche Monastery. Traverse the Khumbu glacier to reach Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Follow a secluded route to the stunning Gokyo Valley and the cobalt blue Gokyo Lakes. Negotiate your way across the high mountain pass of Cho La and Nzogumpa Glacier, Nepal’s longest glacier. These non-technical ascents may test you physically but will reward you with incredible mountain views. In Lukla, celebrate the last night in the mountains with your teammates and crew.
This trek is ideal for those seeking a challenge off the beaten track. Our Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes Cho La Pass itinerary offers a longer and more challenging alternative to our shorter 14-day Everest Base Camp Trek. Our experts have set aside enough rest days in the itinerary for acclimatization. You can do this trek if you are reasonably fit and have some high-altitude trekking experience. Take this amazing adventure to one of the most isolated corners of the world and let the stark Himalayan landscape stun your senses! If you are looking for a less challenging trek with dramatic views then we suggest you try our Annapurna Circuit Trek. If it’s Everest you want to visit then we recommend you to try our Everest Heli Trek. You get to walk to the popular EBC trail and return to Lukla via helicopter.
The ideal seasons are pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (late September to December). Trekking in Autumn (post-monsoon) will give you clear skies and stunning mountain vistas. In Spring (pre-monsoon) wildflowers will be in bloom and it would be divine to walk on alpine meadows filled with flowers and colourful rhododendron blooms. The higher you go the colder it’s going to be. Above 4000 meters, you can expect snow and temperatures to plummet below zero degrees. Nighttime temperatures can drop as low as -10 degrees.
Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If traveling alone, you will share the room with a person of the same sex. In case you need a single room, it will be available at an extra cost. Just click on the ‘single supplement’ tab while booking your trip. Single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and at lower elevations while trekking. Please remember at higher elevations it is very difficult to get a single room.
Standard Package: Stay at Oasis Kathmandu Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights. The hotel is located in a peaceful corner of Thamel (the city’s tourist hub). All the major attractions and international airport lie close to the hotel. Lying next to the establishment is the beautiful Edwardian garden, ‘Garden of Dreams’. All the rooms have air conditioners, attached bathrooms, hot and cold water etc. The hotel features free wi-fi, restaurant, bar, coffee shop, and a travel desk.
On the trail, 14 nights’ accommodation at standard teahouses or mountain lodges. Do keep in mind that at higher elevations teahouses are few and far between and may feature shared washroom facilities. These are generally clean and have basic facilities.
Deluxe Package: Spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at the luxurious Dwarika’s Hotel. The beautiful hotel is a living work of art. Designed like a Newari royal palace, carved wooden pillars and hand-crafted bricks have been used to build this hotel. The rooms are tastefully decorated and feature modern amenities. The hotel features fine dining restaurants, bars, swimming pool and free wi-fi. Tribhuvan International Airport and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pashupatinath lie close to Dwarika’s.
While trekking, 14 nights’ accommodation at deluxe mountain lodges and teahouses. Stay at luxury lodges of ‘Yeti Mountain Home’ in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche. These lodges have rooms with en-suite bathrooms (with hot and cold running water) and beds have electric blankets. Food served at the dining table are fresh and organic. Most of it is sourced from the lodges’ organic farms. Other amenities include free wi-fi, bar, dining area, leisure room, spa, library etc. Enjoy mesmerizing views of the Himalayas from the resorts’ grounds.
At other stops en route, accommodation will be at the best available lodges. Please remember that you are trekking in the wilderness with limited or no proper facilities.
In Kathmandu, breakfast, welcome dinner and farewell dinner will be complimentary. While trekking, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the teahouse where you will be spending the night. For lunch, you will be stopping at one of the teahouses on the trail. Try the local Dal-Bhat (lentils, rice & curry), momo, Tibetan bread, yak cheese etc. or international fare (pancakes, pizza, mac & cheese, toast, noodles etc.). The food on the trail is high on nutrition and carbohydrate.
At the airport our representative will meet you and drive you to your hotel. Late afternoon or evening meet up with your other team members and trek leader. A briefing will follow where your trek leader will apprise you on the finer points of your upcoming trek. Ask questions if you have any and check your gear for the final time. Later on you can rest at your hotel or explore a bit of Thamel (Kathmandu’s tourist hub). Since you have an early morning flight to Lukla on Day 2, it is advisable to schedule your arrival to Kathmandu in the morning or during the daytime as this will give you enough time to recover from jet lag and attend the pre-trek briefing. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla, the first Sherpa settlement on your trail. Meet the rest of the crew and pack your belongings before setting off. Begin your trek from Lukla and head to Chauri Kharka. Follow the trail on the banks of Dudh Koshi River till Phakding, a small Sherpa village in the Dudh Koshi valley with a smattering of teahouses and cafes. Stroll around the village and soak in the sights or take a well deserved rest and prepare for tomorrow’s tough ascent. Overnight in Phakding.
Wake up early and hit the trail to Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpa homeland. Walk through a verdant pine forest and cross a metal suspension bridge covered with colourful prayer flags. Follow a scenic trail to Monjo and enter the Sagarmatha National Park. From here you get the first glimpse of Mount Everest. Walking past chortens (Buddhist shrines), mani walls inscribed with Buddhist mantras and awe inspiring Himalayan scenery, you finally reach Namche Bazaar. The settlement is set like a spectacular amphitheatre cut deep into the mountains. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Stay in Namche for acclimatisation. Namche is the main trading hub in the Khumbu region. Here you will find ATM booths, budget as well as high-end mountain lodges, bakeries, cyber cafes and restaurants. A ‘Saturday Market’ is held at the bazaar area every Saturday, where traders from the Khumbu region as well as Tibet trade their wares. Options for acclimatisation walks include a hike to the vantage point of Everest View Hotel for close up views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Everest and walks to the neighbouring Sherpa villages of Kunde or Khumjung lying at the foot of Khumbila, the sacred peak of the Sherpas. While Kunde has a hospital built by Sir Edmund Hillary, Khumjung’s claim to fame is its monastery which houses the scalp of a Yeti, the abominable snowman. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Follow a steep path out of Namche. As the trail winds along the mountainside, you will be presented with innumerable photo opportunities. The sparking white Himalayan peaks of Ama Dablam and Thamserku appear so close. Walk through a pine and rhododendron forest before descending to Phortse Tenga. Cross the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi and climb up a winding path to Tengboche. Ama Dablam seem to welcome you with outstretched arms as you approach Tengboche. Once you arrive at the village head to a teahouse and get refreshed. Later on visit the ancient Tengboche Monastery, the most important monastery in Khumbu region. Explore the monastery. Observe the monks chanting prayers during prayer service and seek their blessings. Overnight in Tengboche.
Wake up early to catch the sun rising over Ama Dablam. Later proceed to Dingboche. Follow a forested path down to Deboche which has a Buddhist nunnery. Hike past mani walls, mesmerizing Himalayan views and yet another Sherpa settlement of Pangboche which has the oldest monastery in Khumbu Himal, Pangboche Gompa. Walk by some yak herders’ cottage and cross a river before entering the village of Dingboche. The picturesque village lies in a valley surrounded by farmland and snow-capped peaks. Head to a teahouse and get recharged. Overnight in Dingboche.
You are at 4,400 metres and can feel the difference in the atmosphere. A rest day at Dingboche will help your body cope with the decrease in oxygen level. There are several options available for acclimatisation hike. Ascend Nangkartshang or Nagerjun Hill and enjoy the panoramic views of Makalu and surrounding mountains. Standing higher than the Alps(4810m) at 5083m, the hill offers an easy and non-technical climb. Stop by a small chorten known as Nangkartshang Gompa, for 360-degree view of Himalayan peaks. Or you can take a challenging round trek to Chukkung Valley for amazing views of rolling glaciers and Tibetan peaks. You can also drop by the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic located in Pheriche, a neighboring Sherpa settlement. If you don’t want to exert yourself too much and take it easy, then explore the village and ascend one of the small hills surrounding the village. Overnight in Dingboche.
Leaving Dingboche proceed towards Lobuche. Walk past the village of Dughla and the base of the Khumbu Glacier. You are now in wild country. Stone memorials dedicated to those who lost their lives in Everest indicate how harsh and unforgiving the mountains can be. With some of the world’s highest peaks looming around you, walk past a barren and rocky terrain all the way to Lobuche, one of the few villages in this high altitude snowy desert. The settlement, which was once a summer camp for yak herders, has just a couple of teahouses. Overnight in Lobuche.
From Lobuche trek to Gorak Shep, one of the highest Sherpa settlements in the Everest Region. Follow the Khumbu Glacier and walk round a rocky moraine before reaching the tiny settlement of Gorak Shep. Once you are in Gorak Shep, you can either head to EBC or Kala Patthar. If you choose to visit EBC today Kala Patthar hike can be done tomorrow and vice versa. For the best view of Mount Everest we suggest a hike to Kala Patthar before sunset
As Kala Patthar is located west of Mount Everest’s summit, the mountains surrounding Kala Patthar look more alluring at sunset than at sunrise. The last rays of the sun brushing the summits of Everest and other peaks is a sight to behold. Kala Patthar is a small black hill located about 2 hours hike from Gorak Shep. The name Kala Patthar or ‘Black Rock’ was coined by Jimmy Roberts, adventurer and pioneer of commercial trekking in Nepal. It is one of the most popular viewpoints in the Khumbu region from where one can view the rocky summit of the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest (also known as Sagarmatha and Chomolungma). The lookout point at Kala Patthar offers close up views of Pumori, Nuptse, Mount Everest, Changtse and Lhotse. Later descend to Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
If you are ascending EBC today then you will have to make an early morning start and return to Gorak Shep by lunchtime.
The route to EBC is filled with glorious views of Everest, Pumori, Nuptse and Khumbutse. The base camp is the first camp of expedition groups attempting an Everest summit. During climbing season, the place looks festive with colourful tents covering the base camp area. Walk on the Khumbu Glacier and watch the magnificent Khumbu Icefall, a frozen river of ice and snow flowing down the base of Mount Everest. Visit the camps of expedition groups and interact with the climbers. Record your ascent to the foot of Mount Everest by taking photographs. After lunch, follow the route to Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.
Today is special as you cross the high mountain pass of Cho La. One of the trek’s highlights, the traverse involves a non-technical ascent to the saddle of Cho La at 5367m. Snow conditions will determine how long you will take to ascend the pass. Even though the ascent is a non-technical one, the hike up the pass is a challenging one. From the top, enjoy fascinating views of the valley spread below. The Himalayan peaks including Ama Dablam, Baruntse and Lobuche East rears in the horizon. The glacier envelops the snow covered pass till it reaches its greatest height. Watch your step while hiking down steep portions littered with loose rocks. Cross a grassy ridge and make a slow descent to the small Sherpa settlement of Thaknak, located at the base of Cho La Pass. Overnight in Thaknak.
Thaknak lies at the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley. This is one of the last human settlements on the Nepal side; on the other side is Tibet. From Thaknak make your way to Gokyo. Follow a trail that meanders along the Nzogumpa Glacier. The path goes up and down with cairns marking the way. Stop at intervals to catch your breath and take in the rugged mountain scenery. Head to the settlement of Gokyo set on the eastern shore of the largest of the Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Cho or Dudh Pokhari. Make your way to a teahouse and take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Gokyo.
Wake up early and take a challenging ascent up the Gokyo Ri for jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the Gokyo Valley. From the summit watch frozen glaciers tumbling down into emerald lakes framed by an unbroken chain of snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Gokyo Ri offers inspiring views of the Himalayas and is one of the most popular viewpoints in the Khumbu region. This is one of those sights that gets engraved in your mind forever.
Later in the day follow the solitary and ruggedly beautiful trail to Machhermo. The trail follows the side of Nzogumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal which originates at the foot of Cho Oyu in Tibet and tumbles down to the Gokyo Valley in Nepal. As you traverse the glacier, tread carefully on the moraine and loose rocks. Cross Pangkha before an uphill ascent brings you to the village of Machhermo. Head to a teahouse and take rest. Overnight in Machhermo.
Better get an early start because today’s walk is a long one. Follow a trail covered with pine and rhododendron forest and walk past solitary huts of yak herders. Walk above the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola and enjoy splendid views of Everest, Lhotse and other peaks. Amble past colourful Buddhist prayer flags and chortens before reaching Namche. Overnight in Namche.
The final leg of your trek brings you to Lukla. Wash off the dirt and grime with a hot shower. The hot shower acts as a soothing balm for your sore and aching muscles. Celebrate your last evening in Khumbu with your team members and crew. We are sure that the bonds you have created during this journey are special and will be cherished forever. Overnight in Lukla.
Bid goodbye to your Sherpa crew and fly to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, check in at your hotel and take a well-deserved rest or explore the city on your own. Walk down Ason Bazaar, the oldest market in Kathmandu and shop for souvenirs or visit some of Kathmandu’s iconic landmarks. Overnight in Kathmandu.
This day is set aside as a contingency day for any unforeseen emergencies like flight delays or cancellations, bad weather on the trail etc. If your trek ends without a hitch then you can spend this day as you wish. Just let us know if you want to book a city tour. Choose from our vast range of city tour itineraries or let us customize an itinerary for you. End your day with a complimentary farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our representative will drop you at the international airport three hours before your flight’s departure. If you feel the need to explore more of the Himalayas just let us know. We operate tours across the Himalayas - Tibet, Bhutan, India and Nepal.
On Day 9, after reaching Gorak Shep, you can choose to hike either to Kala Patthar or Everest Base Camp. If you visit Kala Patthar on Day 9, you can hike to Everest Base Camp on Day 10 and vice versa.
The dates listed above are for Fixed Group Departures only. In case you want to book a Fixed Group Departure Trip but the slots are already full, we can still reserve a place for you. The itinerary is also flexible and if you want to add or deduct a day or two it can be done. Just send us an email or call us, and we will do the needful.
This trek takes you to one of the highest destinations on Earth. Before beginning your journey we urge you to read as much as possible about the destination. It is important for you to realize that you will be traveling in a high altitude zone and need to be prepared for it. Our objective is to provide you with detailed information about the places you will be visiting. With this in mind, we have tried to incorporate as much information as possible about this trip on our website. Read more about visa rules, travel insurance, culture etc. by going through the Trip Note and Nepal General Information page.
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For this particular trip, the porter and the guide come with the package. If you want to hire only a porter or a guide only, please email us with your request and we shall arrange the trek as per your needs
AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness usually occurs due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere in high altitudes. Our body is not used to walking in high altitude and it requires a lot of time to adapt to thin air in the mountains. Technically there is no way of stopping AMS but you can surely prevent it by following the given tips:
When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget