Trip Duration
11 days
Start/End Point
Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude
5545m
Trip Difficulty
Moderate to Hard
Activity
Trekking
Best Season
Mar-May and Sept-Nov
Per Person US$ 3200

US$ 3100

Per Person US$ 3200

US$ 3100

Overview of EBC Gokyo Chola Pass Trek

In the Khumbu region, the EBC Gokyo Chola pass trek is a fantastic journey that leads you to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo valley and Cho-La pass. The tough Everest Base Camp hike including Gokyo valley is best suited for intrepid travelers. The best Cho-La pass and the highest base camp in the world are combined in the Gokyo Valley & Everest Base Camp Trek.

This EBC Gokyo Chola pass trek, also known as the fantastic EBC trek via Gokyo Lake, offers stunning scenery, traditional Sherpa culture, a gorgeous Gokyo Lake, and Gokyo Valley in the backdrop of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Cho-Oyu, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhoste, Pumori, and mighty of peaks.

Despite the fact that there are other ways, the route via Gokyo Lake and Cho-La pass is the most exciting and daring. Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo RI, World’s longest and biggest glaciers, Beautiful Sherpa settlement with their own lifestyle and traditions.

Mountain villages, old monasteries, vibrant sunrise and sunset views, flora and fauna, Sagarmatha National Park, and more are the main highlights of the Gokyo valley and Everest base camp trek.

EBC Gokyo Chola pass trek with Helicopter return

The itinerary is perfectly designed for individuals who want a short holiday at Everest Base camp. In just 11 days. The off-beaten pathway from Gokyo Valley to Everest Base Camp via Chola pass is an amazing experience that ends with a relaxing, panoramic, and birds-eye view of the Khumbu Region of Nepal.

 

Highlights of EBC Gokyo Chola Pass Trek

  • Views of iconic peaks such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt Pumori, Mt Amadablam, and many more.
  • Explore the geographic variations and biological diversity of the Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Delightful journey to Lukla with vistas of lush, green hills, lovely towns, and verdant fields.
  • Discover the enigmatic Gokyo Valley as well as its surrounding glacier lakes and moraines.
  • Experience Sherpa Culture & Taste Local Cuisine.
  • Traditional Sherpa settlements and their distinctive culture, customs, and way of living.
  • Adventurous Travel Route to the Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lakes via Chola Pass.

EBC Gokyo Chola Pass Trek Itinerary

On the first day of EBC Gokyo Chola pass trek, the guide will pick you up from your respective hotel and drive you to Kathmandu Domestic Aiport (20 min drive from the Thamel-tourist hub). The flight to Lukla takes 35 min. After landing in Lukla you will meet with the porters who will carry your luggage throughout the trek. 

We will have our breakfast and start our trek to Phakding. Phakding is a short descent down to Dudhkoshi river. The way to Phakding is comparatively easier with suspension bridges and stone-paved trekking trails. The first day is a short trek which will take around 3-4 hrs. from Lukla. You can have your Lunch on the way or directly upon reaching Phakding.

Flight 35 min& 3-4 hrs walk
Accommodation Lodge
Meals B L D
Altitude 2623m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

On the second day of EBC Gokyo Chola pass trek, we trek to Namche Bazar. After having breakfast, we start the uphill journey to Namche Bazaar. On the way, we will find villages like Monjo, Jorsaley, etc.

Monjo is the checkpoint and entry point for Sagarmatha National Park. We stop for lunch in Jorsaley and continue our trekking to Namche Bazaar.

We reach Hillary Bridge. After Hillary Bridge the trail up to Namche is uphill. The curvy zig-zag route can be challenging but our guide will set the pace with water breaks and rest.

It is also the place where you see Mt. Everest for the first time while walking on the trek in case of clear weather.

Walking 6 hrs
Accommodation Lodge
Meals B L D
Altitude 3440m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Today after breakfast, we visit Hillary Museum to see Clear views of Everest, Lhoste, Amadablam, Thamserku, etc. Then we hike up to Syangboche to acclimatize with the weather and high altitude. Hike to Syangboche takes about 3-4 hrs. We can also visit Hotel Everest View (3960m) ( one of the Highest 04-star hotels in the world).

After returning back to Namche, we have our lunch and you have free time to roam around Namche Bazar for shopping and refreshment, beverages, etc.

Walking 3-4 hrs
Accommodation Lodge
Meals B L D
Altitude Max: 3880m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

We pack our bags, have breakfast, and start trekking toward Dole on the fourth day. The path up to Kyamjuma is paved and easy to walk on. From Kyamjuma up to Mong Danda, it is a strenuous windy, and uphill trail.

We will take a break and have our Lunch in Mong Danda (3950m). After that, we descend up to Phorste Tenga and again climb up to Dole (4200m). Close views of Tabuche, Amadablam, and Thamserku bless you throughout the day.

Walking 6-7 hrs
Accommodation Lodge
Meals B L D
Altitude 4200m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

On the fifth day of the EBC Gokyo Chola pass trek, after breakfast, we start trekking towards Machermo. It’s not too difficult to get from Dole to Machhermo. It is essentially a traverse that is slightly uphill and acquires a net elevation of 1,200 feet; for most people, this is a half-day trek that allows for some rest and acclimatization.

However, the view is getting better all the time. Cho Oyu, the fifth-highest mountain in the world at 26,864 feet, begins to loom above you.

Your evening’s destination, Machhermo, isn’t much on its own like Dole. It is located in a small cove, yet a stunning snow-capped peak rises just above it.

Both towns are mainly Sherpa summer farming and pasture towns that have been transformed into rest spots for trekkers. These hillsides will be lush and flower-filled in the summer and monsoon, with yaks grazing there.

Walking 6-7 hrs
Accommodation Lodge
Meals B L D
Altitude 4450m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

It is a comparatively straightway. There is no major uphill trail. The altitude may cause tiredness but with proper acclimatization and hydration, you can reach Gokyo. You will reach Gokyo First lake, then Gokyo Second Lake, and the Biggest and main Lake Gokyo Third Lake.

The Gokyo village sits on the lakeside of this Lake. It is situated in between bug snow-capped peaks. The crystal clear water of Gokyo relaxes all the tiredness.
After a short photo and video-making session, we check in at our lodge and have our lunch. The rest of the afternoon can be spent walking around the lake or resting for the upcoming journey.

Walking 5-7 hrs
Accommodation Lodge
Meals B L D
Altitude 4750m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Early in the morning about 4 or 5, we climb Gokyo Ri, one of the best viewpoints in the Everest Region. Breathtaking views of Cho-yu Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, and Thamserku can be seen from Gokyo Ri. 

After returning from Gokyo Ri – we have our breakfast and start trekking to Thangnak.

Walking 6-7hrs
Accommodation Lodge
Meals B L D
Altitude 5357 m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

The most important day and one of the hardest days. The path is steep and rocky. The top of the Cho-La pass offers majestic views. After crossing we descend down and walk on top pf the glacier-covered in debris and sand. Finally, we reach Dzongla.

We will have our lunch in Dzongla and start slowly for our place of an overnight stay, Lobuche. Lobuche is a small area with a cluster of teahouses and lodges to accommodate trekkers.

Walking 6-7hrs
Accommodation Lodge
Meals B L D
Altitude 5387m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

One of the most rewarding trekking days of the EBC Gokyo Chola pass trek. We start trekking after breakfast. We travel to Gorakshep first leave our luggage there and hike to Everest Base Camp. We witnessed incredible vistas, and reach one of the most loved adventure destinations, it is a beautiful moment. 

We stop there to enjoy and click photos and videos for memories. Then we head back to Gorakshep for our overnight stay.

Walking 6-8 hrs
Accommodation Lodge
Meals B L D
Altitude Max: 5364m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Early morning we hike to Kalapthar to see the amazing golden sunrise on Everest and other mountains. The last day of the EBc Gokyo Chola pass trek ends with a scenic 360-degree bird’s eye view of the Everest Trekking Regions. We arrive at Lukla and spend our relaxing evening in Lukla

Walking 3-4 hrs
Accommodation Lodge
Meals B L D
Altitude Max: 5545m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Early morning, on flight time board the flight to Kathmandu and end your amazing and memorable journey of Gokyo and Everest Region with Life Himalaya.

Helicopter 1 hr
Meals B
Altitude 1350m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Includes/Excludes

What's Included

  • Private Domestic Airport picks up and drops.
  • Complete departure information, about the trek, flight ticket, guide, altitude
  • sickness, and reconfirmation and extend visa service (if necessary)
  • During the flight to Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu, only 15 kg of luggage was allowed. (10 kg big bag & 5 kg handbag)
  • Flight to Kathmandu-Lukla for member and involved staffs
  • Heli returns from Gorakshep to Lukla as well as Lukla to Kathmandu Helicopter.
  • Best tea-house accommodation throughout the trek
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included chosen from a lodge menu
  • Twin-share accommodation during the trek
  • As per group size experience, government license holder trek guide, helpful and friendly strong, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.(5 trekkers 1 assistant guide)
  • A warm Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bags will be provided during the EBC trekking If necessary (the down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after the trip)
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permits)
  • Sagarmatha National Park trek permit fee & Khumbu Development Committee fee
  • First Aid kits for the staff and the groups including an oxi-meter for checking pulse and heartbeat
  • Services coordination for emergency and rescue operations
  • Government taxes & office service charge
  • Farewell dinner at a reputed Nepalese restaurant
  • Life Himalaya Trekking printed Duffel bag and T-shirts, Everest base camp trail map, etc
  • Achievement certificates

What's Excluded

  • Travel insurance covers 6000,m emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Meals are not quantified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa charge.
  • All beverages and other personal expenses.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses.
  • Battery charge, hot showers, internet & international phone calls.
  • Tips for Guide, Porter, and Drivers.
  • Service not mentioned above.

EBC Gokyo Chola Pass Trek - Essential Information

EBC Gokyo Chola Pass Trek Difficulty:

The EBC Gokyo Chola Pass Trek is a relatively difficult trek that traverses through the Everest Region of Nepal. On an average day, the hike requires walking for 3–4 hours. You must hike for 7-8 hours on a demanding day. Likewise, this trek takes you through the icy mountains and lush valleys of the Khumbu Region in Nepal. It combines the traditional classic Everest Base Camp Trek with excursions to Gokyo Lakes and Chola Pass.

The trek involves long days of strenuous uphill ascents and descents in high-altitude conditions. With up to nine days at elevations reaching almost 5500 meters, it is a challenging but rewarding trek that offers amazing views of Himalayan peaks along with stunning alpine landscapes. Thus, those who plan to participate should be prepared physically and mentally for long days of trekking at high altitudes in this trek.

Food and Accommodation:

Along the way, you will stay at teahouses of various villages, which offer delicious local cuisine and comfortable accommodation. With meals ranging from traditional Nepali dishes to western style food, your every need is taken care of on this trek. These provide basic services such as accommodation, meals, and toiletries to travelers. Depending on individual preference, accommodations range from basic camping tents to more comfortable lodges with basic amenities available on this trek.

Best time for EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Trek

The best time to go on the EBC Chola Pass Gokyo trek is during the spring season from late March to May and the autumn season from September to November. This period offers pleasant weather and clear skies that yield breathtaking views of Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks. It’s also an ideal time for trekking as temperatures will be mild, with no adverse weather conditions experienced during these months.

The majestic views of the Himalayas, lush scenery and unique culture and traditions make these months the best choice for this exciting adventure. Here, winters are typically cold while summers are typically hot and muggy with high temperatures which are not recommended. However, you can also explore this trek-challenging route in winter and in monsoon, although conditions may be harsher due to weather and altitude.

Customizable EBC Gokyo Chola pass trek

EBC Gokyo Chola pass trek is fully customizable and flexible. You can add days to change your overnight stops, route, helicopter flights, acclimatization, no of guides and porters, accommodation lodge, etc. You have full ownership to develop the most suitable itinerary and package according to your wish. After all, it is your holiday time and we care for your satisfaction more than anything. Contact us to book your trip now.

Note: This trip is also possible from EBC-Chola and Gokyo Ri and Heli return from Gokyo.

Required Equipments for the Trip

Different types of equipments are required to fully enjoy your trip in Nepal. The required equipment may depend on the trip type, weather conditions, season and the maximum altitude of the trip.

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