Gokyo Chola Pass EBC Trek

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Starts at: Lukla Ends at: Lukla
Trek Region: Everest Transport: Flight
Duration: 16 Days Trip Grade: Challenging
Max Altitude: 5643 m / 18513 ft (Kala Patthar) Accomodation: Teahouse

Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • See the spectacular views of Mt. Everest from Gokyo Ri
  • Feel lost in the glistening views of the glacial lakes in Gokyo Valley
  • Feeling of contentment after walking to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar
  • Blissful time walking through off the beaten trails full of lush vegetation in the Gokyo valley
  • Feel adrenaline rush during the electrifying Lukla flight

The Gokyo Cho La Pass Everest Base Camp Trek is more technically advanced than some of the other treks in the area – and therefore more adventurous!

It encompasses all the ‘usual’ sights in the area, such as Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, Gorak Shep, and Everest Base Camp, but also includes a visit to the Gokyo Lakes by crossing the high altitude Cho La Pass (5,330m).

There are some long days of 8 to 9 hours but the majority are 5 to 6 hours in length. This is a stunning trek for those with stamina and a sense of adventure.

Flying in and out of Lukla ensures the maximum amount of time is spent in the mountains. However, acclimatization is a must and this is done in the famous Namche Bazaar, from where it is possible to take a short, but steep walk to Syangboche for your first close-up of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.

On this excursion, you can also visit Khumjung Village and the Khumjung Hillary School, started by Sir Edmund Hillary to give back to the Sherpa people.

This trek takes you through Rhododendron and pine forests, across a waterfall and through high pasturelands, past chortens, and fluttering prayer flags.

Coming close to the Ngozumpa Glacier trekkers are awarded for making the narrow and steep climb when they reach three of the Gokyo Lakes with their turquoise, clear water.

A highlight of this trek is the steep climb up to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) to view Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. This climb provides you with both stunning mountain views and acts as acclimatization for the long day ahead to cross the Cho La Pass.

In order to cross the pass before the winds set in, it is necessary to start the day very early, around 4 or 5 am. It’s a tough day with the top of the pass being at over 5,300 m. Part of the trail is over ice, making it a real once in a lifetime achievement!

This feeling of achievement continues as the trekking route goes on to Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp, and Kalapatthar, also known as Everest View Point.

This trek certainly has its challenges such as long and strenuous walking days but the rewards more than makeup for it in terms of personal achievement and a unique album of glorious photographs!

Gokyo Chola Pass EBC Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding

Phakding – 2651 m / 8697 ft – 3 hrs

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar – 3438 m / 11279 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 4: Acclimatization day

Namche Bazaar – 3438 m / 11279 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Dole

Dole – 3680 m / 12073 ft – 6 hrs

Day 6: Dole to Machhermo

Machhermo – 3870 m / 12696 ft – 4 hrs

Day 7: Machhermo to Gokyo (Afternoon hike to Gokyo Ri)

Gokyo – 4800 m / 15748 ft – 4 hrs

Day 8: Gokyo to Thagnak (Morning hike to Gokyo 4th Lake)

Thagnak – 5367 m / 17608 ft- 4 hrs

Day 7: Thagnak to Cho Dzongla via CholaPass

Cho Dzongla – 4843m / 15889 ft – 8 hrs

Day 10: Dzongla to Lobuche

4940 m / 16207 ft – 4940 m / 16207 ft – 3 hrs

Day 11: Lobuche to Gorakshep (Afternoon hike to Kalapatthar)

Gorakshep – 5368 m / 17611 ft – 8 hrs

Day 12: Gorakshep to Pheriche (Morning hike to EBC)

Pheriche – 4200 m / 13779 ft – 8 hrs

Day 13: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar – 3440 m / 11286 ft – 7 hr

Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Lukla – 2860 m / 9383 ft – 8 hrs

Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight)

Kathmandu – 1400 m / 4593 ft – 35 min

Day 16:Departure


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  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flight x 2
  • Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu Flight
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and Local Entry Permits
  • Guide for 14 days
  • Porter for 13 days
  • 2 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Norbulinka boutique hotel or similar)
  • 13 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
  • 13 x set breakfast, 13 x set lunch and 13 x set dinner while on trek.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personnel expenses of any kind and travel insurance

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