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.
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 had 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.
After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you with checking in.
Flight to Lukla 2,840m and Trek to Phakding 2,610m, Overnight in Phakding, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is 40 minutes of pure mountain experience until we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Our trek begins in Lukla as we descend towards the Dudh Koshi River before following the trail leading to Namche Bazaar.
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.
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.
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 Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku
we follow the Imja Khola through Pangboche until we reach Dingboche.
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.
Today we ascend to Lobuche passing through the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. We camp at Lobuche for the night.
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.
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
Dzongla is a pleasant walk from Lobuche and offers superb views of the Everest, Kala Pathar, and Pumori peaks.
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.
After successful Chola Pass, we walk to Gokyo and night stay in Gokyo.
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.
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.
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.
Again, 40 minutes of pure mountain experience on our flight to Kathmandu marks the end of our journey.
Today, you have time till your departure from Kathmandu and can visit the historical city of Kathmandu and tourist places in Thamel.
Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.
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.
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 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.
The spring season of March/April/May is the best for holidays in the Nepalese Himalayas. The sky and the weather are very clear and sunny in these months and the temperature is warmer. At heights below 3,500 meters, you can expect temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees during the daytime, although these will drop at night. Once above 3,500m, you should expect significant temperature drops at night and early morning, often as low as -15 degrees.
There is some rain in these months, but nothing severe and this really helps to bring out the natural colors in the varied flora and fauna, especially in the national flower of Nepal, the rhododendron.
This is the primary time for tourism in Nepal with trekkers and mountain climbers seen all across the country.
Nepal experiences its monsoon season during June, July, and August, and it can sometimes last until mid-September. Some treks are possible in mid-June before the rains really get heavy, however, visibility can be limited.
The rains bring other challenges and obstacles. Mountain flights are not so frequent, while landslides can block the roads. Trekking in mid-June is still possible but we advise against the classic treks such as Everest due to the risk of long delays at Lukla which could potentially lead to missing international flights. If this is the only season possible for you, then we recommend treks in drier parts of the country such as Upper Mustang or Upper Dolpo. We can also suggest other activities such as white water rafting or visiting the National Parks at Chitwan or Bardia.
With very similar conditions to spring, the autumn season begins in mid-September and runs to mid-December, and is also ideal for trekking. This is a long window of good visibility and so there are a wide variety of trekking options available.
This time of year is also known for its festivals, especially the Dashain festival/Tihar festival and Chhad festival. There are also long national holidays so many people return to their villages to see family, making rural Nepal even more vibrant than normal. There is little rain and the skies are mostly clear with warm weather. This does mean that the trekking routes can be quite crowded in the most popular areas so we advise booking early to avoid the disappointment of full tea houses.
The less popular trekking regions such as Manaslu, Tsum Valley, Upper Dolpo, Mustang, and Naar Phu are great alternatives for those who want to avoid the crowds at this busy time.
December to February is the winter season in Nepal. Trekking at this time is not ideal and we advise against anything that goes into thin air as snowfall is common and temperatures can be extremely low.
Trips that can be done in winter include trekking in the hills around Kathmandu, Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Nagarkot, Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park, or experiencing a homestay in one of the local villages. The biggest positive of this time of year is the excellent sunsets and sunrises which can often be enjoyed in rural areas.
There is something for everyone at any time of year in Nepal and the team at Peace Nepal Treks is happy to advise the most suitable for your needs.
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.
Enjoy the popular trekking and tour packages in Nepal Himalayas. 2022.
Everest Region Trek Durations: 21 DaysTilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Annapurna Base Camp Trek