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Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek

Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass Via Gokyo Trek

Facts About Trip

Days 17 Days
Grade Moderate to Difficult
Best month March/April/May & Sep/Oct/Nov/December
Maxi Elevation Gorak Shep 5,140M and visit Kala Pathar 5,550M/Chola Pass 5,420M
Group size 2 pax
Accommodation Lodge Stay Accommodation
Meal Self - Food
Starts From Flight: Kathmandu/Ramechhap to Lukla
End at Flight: Lukla to Kathmandu/Ramechhap

Overview And Highlights

Everest Base Camp – Chola Pass – Gokyo Trek is an anti-clockwise trekking route combined with classic EBC and Gokyo Lake with superb panoramic views from Gokyo Ri.

Although there’s nothing really at the Everest Base Camp, the views from Kala Pattar and Gokyo Ri make this trek worthwhile.

Everest Two Valleys Trekking Route

This trekking route is popular as two valley trekking on Everest because we visit the two valleys of Everest Khumbu Valley and Gokyo Valley on the same trekking route.

The Everest Base Camp – Chola Pass – Gokyo trek begins in Lukla, like all other standard Everest treks. From Lukla, you’ll trek along a trail into the Dudh Koshi valley, through several dozen villages, yak pastures, rhododendron forests, suspension bridges, and more suspension bridges.

On your way to Everest, you’ll stop at Namche Bazaar, a famous town where backpackers and climbers flock in droves during peak trekking seasons, especially in October. Usually, most trekkers reach Namche Bazaar on the second day of their trek. The hike to Namche, however, is quite challenging and is a test of stamina, since the trail is long and gets quite steep in the final stretch.

After spending two nights in Namche for acclimatization, The trails head up to Gorak Shep (5,165m) and finally Kala Pattar (5,550m). Gorak Shep is the Base Camp of the historical 1953’ Everest Expedition and the site where Peace Nepal Treks successfully organized the 2009’ Everest Cricket Match. You’ll get two days around Gorak Shep, the base camp, and Kala Pattar. There’s nothing interesting about the base camp Everest that cannot be seen clearly from there. The best views of Everest can be seen from the summit of Kala Pattar – a hill that looks like a small brown “bump” on the landscape when compared to the dominating snow giants above it. 

From Gorak Shep, you’ll walk for two more days before crossing over Cho La Pass  (5,420m). The trail then takes you to the Cho La pass (5,420m), one of the most trekked passes in the region. Crossing Cho La is difficult because there are snow and ice covering the small rocks on the steep slopes on the Gokyo side. Although crossing this pass needs a lot of care, you won’t be needing a crampon.

GOKYO is one of the most dramatic and interesting valleys in the Everest region. Once in Gokyo, you can also climb Gokyo Ri (5,360m) for a panoramic view of all of the region’s eight-thousanders including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. 

From GOKYO, you’ll retrace back to Namche and then to Lukla and take a “hair-raising” flight to get back to Kathmandu. you’ll retrace back to Namche and then to Lukla and take a “hair-raising” flight to get back to Kathmandu.

The trail then takes you to the Cho La pass (5,420m), one of the most trekked passes in the region. Crossing Cho La is difficult because there are snow and ice covering the small rocks on the steep slopes on the Gokyo side. Gokyo Ri (5,360m) for a panoramic view of all of the region’s eight-thousanders including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. 

Day to Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
1299

After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you with checking in.

Day 2 : Flight Kathmandu/Ramechhap to Lukla 2,840m and Trek to Phakding 2,610m, Overnight in Phakding, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
2609

In April, May, October, and November, flights go from Ramechhap to Lukla and Lukla to Ramechhp. We leave early in the morning, around 2 AM, from Kathmandu to Ramechhap, which takes about 4 hours by car or by shuttle bus. Then, we catch a flight to Lukla. These months are busy for trekking, so there's a lot of air traffic. That's why the flight departs from another airport called Ramechhap.

In other months, the flight goes directly from Kathmandu to Lukla and back.

Day 3 : Trek Phakding 2,610m to Namche Bazaar 3,440m, Overnight in Namche Bazaar, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
3439

The trek to Namche Bazar is a steep climb through forests of rhododendron around the Sagarmatha National Park. After crossing several suspension bridges and four hours of walking we reach the Sherpa market of Namche Bazaar.

Day 4 : Acclimatization day in NamcheBazaar 3,440, Overnight in Namche Bazaar, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
3439

Two days of rest in Namche Bazaar helps us in acclimatization and prepares us for our journey ahead. Namche, the trading capital of the Khumbu region was once the trading grounds of Tibetan Salt. Even today we can see Tibetans selling rugs, clothing, salt, and dried meat in the region. Namche is believed to be one of the best places on earth to see the sunrise and set.

Day 5 : Trek NamcheBazar 3,440m to Tengboche 3,860m. Overnight stay in Tengboche, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
3860

After breakfast, we walk through many mani walls and stay beautiful village of Tengboche. The largest Buddhist monastery in Khumbu (Tengboche Monastery also known as Dawa Choling Gompa is situated in Tengboche village 3,860m.
We can see the beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountains, including the well-known peaks of TawacheEverestNuptseLhotseAma Dablam, and Thamserku

Day 6 : Trek Tengboche 3,860m to Dingboche 4,410M, Overnight stay in Dingbuche, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
4410

we follow the Imja Khola through Pangboche until we reach Dingboche.

Day 7 : Acclimatization day in Dingboche, Overnight sta in Dingbuche, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
4410

Today is a day of leisure day and walk around the places for good acclimatize about 2/ 3 hours walking around. We stay for the night in Dingboche.

Day 8 : Trek Dingbuche 4,410m to Lobuche 4,910M, Overnight stay in Lobuche, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
4910

Today we ascend to Lobuche passing through the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. We camp at Lobuche for the night.

Day 9 : Trek Lobuche 4,910m to Gorak Shep 5,140m and visit Kala Pathar 5,550m in the afternoon ascent 2 hours & visit Everest base camp
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
5364

Gorak Shep is the Base Camp of the historical 1953’ Everest Expedition and the site where Peace Nepal Treks had successfully organized the 2009’ Everest Cricket Match. We have a time climbing the famous Kala Patthar peak (5,550m) in the evening and next early morning visit the Everest base camp 5,364m.

Day 10 : Trek back Gorakshep 5,140m to Lobuche, Overnight stay in Lobuche, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
4910

Early morning, we walk towards the Everest base camp (5,364m) and return to Gorakshep. From Gorak Shep, we return to Lobuche, overnight stay in Lobuche

Day 11 : Trek Lobuche 4,910m to Dzongla 4,830M, Overnight stay in Dzongla, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
4830

Dzongla is a pleasant walk from Lobuche and offers superb views of the Everest, Kala Pathar, and Pumori peaks.

Day 12 : Trek Dzongla 4,830m to Chola pass 5,420M, Overnight stay in Thangnak, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
5420

Today we trek to Chola Pass 5,420m which is a comparatively difficult climb due to steep slopes and glacial traverses. We stay for the night in Thangnak kharka.

Day 13 : Trek Thangnak 4,700m to Gokyo 4,790M, Overnight stay in Gokyo, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
4790

After successful Chola Pass 5,420M, we walk to Gokyo and night stay in Gokyo.

Day 14 : Walking Gokyo 4,791m to Gokyo ri 5,360m and walking further down to Machhermo, Overnight stay in Machhermo, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
4470

Gokyo is a small village at the foot of the magnificent Gokyo Ri 5,360m, a 3-hour ascent from its base. The view from the top of this small snow-covered hill is breathtaking and captures a stunning Everest between the Changtse and Nuptse.

Day 15 : Trek back Machhermo 4,470m to Namche Bazar 3,400M, Overnight stay in Namche Bazar, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
3400

The trail now descends to Namche Bazaar which offers superb views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kwangde peaks. We stay overnight at Namche, a perfect place to celebrate the success of our two-week trek.

Day 16 : Trek back down Lukla, Overnight stay in Lukla, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
2840

On our way back, we cross suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, make our way through steep descends and walk past numerous tea houses before finally arriving at Lukla.

Day17 : Flight: Lukla to Ramechhap Airport and drive to Kathmandu about 4-5 hrs. Overnight stay in Kathmandu hotel.
Food
Self-Food
Accomodation
Kathmandu Hotel Stay

Again, 40 minutes of pure mountain experience on our flight to Kathmandu marks the end of our journey.

Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.

What Is Included ?

  • Transportation: return transfers from the International airport to your hotel
  • Hotel stay: one-night hotel accommodation stay in Kathmandu
  • Entry fees: all government taxes and Everest National park entry fees
  • TIMS CARD: (Trekking Information Management System) & local tax
  • Guide & porter: One experienced English speaking guide & necessary supporter to carry your luggage (two guests = 1 porter (we pay their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment, food, and accommodation)
  • Digital pulse: Oximeters for high altitude check
  • Crampons: Snow walking crampons in mountains if necessary
  • Wages: 16 days guide wages including his insurances/meals and accommodation/insurances/equipment
  • Wages: 16 days porter (to carry your luggage) wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • 15 nights mountain lodge accommodation (best available) with twin sharing basis on tea house services trek
  • Guest flight: ticket Kathmandu to Lukla and fly back Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Guide flight: ticket Kathmandu to Lukla and fly back Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Trekking equipment: trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag/down jacket (we provide these if necessary), to return after the trek completed
  • Water purification tablets: unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bars and cookies at base camp
  • Fruits: Seasonal fresh fruits where is possible
  • Local SIM CARD (NCELL), to return after the trek completed
  • Rescue arrangements: in the emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • Diamox: Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc)
  • Map: Everest region trekking map
  • Rubbish disposal
  • government taxes & PNT official service charge

Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks (paying your own). You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

What Is Excluded?

  • Meals: All meals (lunch/dinner/breakfast) in Kathmandu & on the trek
  • Snacks: chocolate/aerated drinks/mineral water/alcoholic drinks/nutria bars
  • Hotel stays: extra night hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Tipping: end of the trek tips to guides and support staff
  • Rescue services: additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate medical & travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies), including helicopter evacuation & hospitalization (medical test, medicine) if required
  • extra expenses: personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as bottle water/coca-cola/WIFI on trek/hot shower/electric device recharge
  • city visit: sightseeing in Kathmandu entrance fees/transportation/hire guide
  • Flight ticket: Your International flight ticket airfare & Nepal entry visa fees which travel visa can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport, On Arrival Visa Fee 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, 90 Days – 125 USD
  • Services not mentioned herein Personal trekking equipment

Food on tea house trek: During tea house treks our guests pay for their own food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge. It can be about USD $25 each day per person. You can choose your own meal as a menu for every tea house.

Travel Insurance: –

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness, and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while traveling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

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Additional Information

Best time to visit in Everest Base Camp Chola pass Trek 

Embarking on the Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Trek is a dream for many adventure seekers, offering an unparalleled journey through some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes. However, choosing the right time and month to undertake this epic expedition is crucial for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Ideal Time for Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Chola pass trek in autumn September to November

Mild Weather: Autumn brings clear skies, mild temperatures, and stable weather conditions, making it the perfect time to embark on the Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Trek.
Spectacular Views: The crisp, clear air provides unmatched visibility, allowing trekkers to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including the majestic Mount Everest.
Festive Atmosphere: During the autumn months, Nepal celebrates various festivals, such as Dashain and Tihar, adding cultural richness to the trekking experience.

Recommended Months for Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek in October

Optimal Weather: October strikes the perfect balance between clear skies and moderate temperatures, ensuring comfortable trekking conditions without the risk of extreme cold or heavy rainfall.

Peak Season: While October is a popular month for trekking in the Everest region, it offers fewer crowds compared to the peak months of November, allowing trekkers to enjoy a more peaceful journey.

Colorful Landscapes: The autumn foliage adds vibrant hues to the landscape, creating a picturesque backdrop for the trekking adventure.

Everest Base Camp chola pass Trek in November

Post-Monsoon Clarity: By November, the monsoon season has ended, leaving behind clear skies and pristine mountain vistas. Trekkers can expect excellent visibility and minimal precipitation during this time.

Quieter Trails: As the autumn trekking season begins to wind down, November offers quieter trails and fewer tourists, allowing for a more serene and intimate experience amidst the Himalayan wilderness.

Accessible Passes: Chola Pass, a highlight of the trek, is generally more accessible in November, with less risk of snow accumulation and hazardous conditions compared to later in the winter season.

Choosing the best time and month to undertake the Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Trek is essential for a memorable and rewarding adventure. While both autumn and specifically the months of October and November offer optimal weather conditions, stunning scenery, and fewer crowds, trekkers should consider their personal preferences and priorities when planning their journey. Whether seeking vibrant landscapes, cultural experiences, or a tranquil escape into nature, embarking on this epic trek during the recommended months promises an unforgettable Himalayan odyssey.

Below is a checklist of equipment that we advise people have with them when visiting Nepal. This is a guideline only and will depend on the type of trip you are undertaking.

While we always suggest bringing your most important equipment from home, it is possible to buy or rent equipment in Kathmandu where almost all products and major brands are available, often at cheaper rates than you might find at home.

This equipment listed is prepared by our long experiences in trekking. During the treks, our porters can carry approximately 20kg in total while we recommend that any trekker carries their own day-pack that weighs between 8-12kgs which would include a camera, snacks, and drinking water for easy access.

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swimwear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woolen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunblock
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

Client Reviews

Anna Bedineishvili

Kathmandu, Nepal

Jun 12, 2024

EBC + Gokyo We organized a 16-day trek with Nir’s help. He was extremely responsive and flexible. Invited us to his home for a delicious family meal. Provided us with sleeping bags and poles. Arranged a lot of transportation for us even outside the trek. The trek itself was phenomenal. Our guide Prem was very professional and perceptive. Made sure we were always safe and closely monitored us for any AMS signs. Our porter Hasta Rai was incredible too. Always arrived a few hours before we did ... + See more at the tea houses so we were able to change out of our sweaty hiking clothes. Thank you, Nir, Prem, and Hasta Rai for a once in a lifetime experience we will never forget! ... - See less


Pajo

Kathmandu, Nepal

Jun 12, 2024

Amazing trekking experience to Gokyo Ri and Renjo La Pass The trekking was amazing and it was one of the most exciting travel experiences for me so far. Everything was really well organized and the guide did a great job. He made sure we got the most out of the trekking, setting the proper pace and sharing his rich experiences along the way. Next to the ascent to Gokyo Ri also Renjo La Pass was included, which for me was one of the highlights of the whole trip. I really appreciate everything th ... + See more at was provided for me and the opportunity I had to experience the beauty of the Himalayas and the kindness of the people I met on the way. ... - See less


Ashleigh S

Kathmandu, Nepal

Jun 12, 2024

Amazing Trek to Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Ri Trek We went on a 17-day trek, to EBC and across to Goyko Ri and it was the highlight for us out of our 13 months of traveling the world. The views are breathe taking and we felt well looked after by our guide and porter. The organization was superior and we were able to plan the trip in one day as Nir responds immediately which is great! Thanks, guys!! ... + See more ... - See less


Bezzanewb

Kathmandu, Nepal

Jun 12, 2024

A truly amazing experience!!! Peace Nepal Treks provided us with a truly incredible experience. An amazing time trekking through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal with wonderful, friendly, and knowledgeable guides, incredible food, and the most spectacular views you could imagine, I would definitely recommend this company if you are visiting Nepal. They were able to help us with all our additional tourist activities, including organizing sight seeing flights, sightseeing in and around Kathmandu ... + See more , as well as recommending great places to visit, eat and shop. Peace Nepal Treks absolutely made my time in Nepal! ... - See less


markstevens71

Kathmandu, Nepal

Jun 12, 2024

a stunning experience This really was one of (not the) best experiences I've ever had & it would never have been the same if not for the care and professionalism of nir and his amazing team. So, after hanging around at Kathmandu airport and reading that flights to Lukla had been canceled due to bad weather, Bil and Mila suggested that we do the "old school route" that starts at Jiri, adding 5 extra days onto our trek. THIS WAS THE BEST ADVICE WE COULD'VE HAD!! from Jiri you experience such an a ... + See more uthentic way of Nepali life, the food was amazing, and the people are just wonderful. Once you reach Lukla then the crowds come in and something is lost, but our guides were there for us at every turn, giving us advice on health issues (we had none thanks to these guys) and making us howl with laughter all the way up. I even learned a little Nepali. the only regret we had was failing to go to nir/bill/Mila's village while back in Kathmandu after the trek, even though we had been invited and we would've had a great time. to this day we greatly regret this and we are very sorry for being silly Westerners. I cannot recommend Peace Nepal Treks highly enough, we have photos of the trek all over our wall at home, thankyou so much again nir and team. we will always cherish these memories. amazing ... - See less


Ironman K

Kathmandu, Nepal

Jun 12, 2024

great trekking company I like the guys of this trekking company. they just doing things simple, easy & straightforward. good experience guide & good arrangements with very competitive pricing... will plan my next trip with them again.... ... + See more ... - See less


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