Everest Base Camp Trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo RiEverest Base Camp Trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri

Everest Base Camp Trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri

Trip Summary
  • Trip Duration19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Trek through the Khumbu region
  • Explore Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery
  • Hike To Kalapatthar
  • Cross the Cho La Pass, a high mountain pass connecting the Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola valleys
  • Climb Gokyo Ri, a peak offering breathtaking views of the Ngozumpa Glacier and surrounding peaks
  • Visit Gokyo Lakes, a series of high-altitude freshwater lakes

Are you looking for the ultimate outdoor adventure? If so, an Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri is a must! This incredible journey takes you high into the Himalayan Mountains, giving you breathtaking views of some of the world's highest peaks.

This once-in-a-lifetime experience is full of surprises, from snow-capped mountains to ancient monasteries and unspoiled landscapes. And if you're a thrill-seeker, you'll be rewarded with incredible memories that will last a lifetime.

The Everest Base Camp Trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri is a highly sought-after excursion in Nepal, providing a rare chance to encounter the magnificence of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Cho La Pass, and Gokyo Ri. This journey showcases a captivating array of natural beauties, ranging from forests to snow-capped peaks.

Throughout the trek, you'll be exposed to the rich culture and hospitality of the Nepalese people as well. Suitable for individuals with varying fitness and experience levels, this trek is a perfect option for those seeking an unforgettable adventure.

Cho La Pass In Everest Base Camp Trek

The Cho La Pass is a mountainous route at an elevation of 5,420 meters (17,782 ft) and constitutes a crucial segment of the journey to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The pass, positioned between Dzongla and Gorak Shep, is renowned for its breathtaking vista of the adjacent peaks, including Mount Everest.

The Cho La Pass serves as a connecting route between Gokyo Lake and the Everest Base Camp. The trek to Cho La Pass commences at Dzongla and terminates at Gokyo, covering 12 km or 7.5 miles. One of the trek's highlights is the opportunity to traverse moving glaciers during certain portions of the hike, making it a unique and exhilarating experience.

However, traversing the Cho La Pass can prove formidable due to the rugged topography and unpredictable weather patterns. It is advisable to possess proper physical fitness and to be adequately prepared before attempting to cross the Cho La Pass for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Gokyo Ri In Everest Base Camp Trek

Gokyo Ri is a peak located in the Solu-Khumbu area of Nepal, adjacent to the base camp of Cho Oyu. It is widely known to the trekkers and mountaineers visiting the region to experience the magnificence of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest. The summit of Gokyo Ri offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding peaks and valleys, attracting photographers and sightseers alike.

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Location: Kathmandu

On the first day of your Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri, you will land at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on the first day in Nepal before starting your trek to Everest base camp with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri. Our representative will pick you up from the airport and escort you to your hotel, where you will stay overnight.

  • Max. Altitude:1350 meters
  • Accommodation:Hotel

The next day, you will be engaged in sightseeing and exploring the beauty of Kathmandu valley. You can visit several tourist destinations like Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, and more. Similarly, you can experience the nightlife of Thamel and Bouddha. You will be staying in your hotel overnight.

    The next step is getting to Lukla to start your Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri. You will catch a flight from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and head towards Lukla, located at 2,860 meters. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the destination from the capital.

    After reaching Lukla, you will hike to Phakding at 2,652 meters, which takes 3 to 4 hours. You will rest there for a night in a local teahouse with an attached bathroom and toilet.

    • Max. Altitude:2,860 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House

    It is one of the most extended hikes you will go through the Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri - you will hike from Phakding to Namche Bazaar at 3,440 meters above sea level. Namche is a Sherpa residence rich in culture and history - it is also considered the gate of the highest peak, Mount Everest. You will reach Namche after a hike of around 6 to 7 hours from Phakding, where you will stay at a tea house with an attached bathroom and hot shower.

    • Max. Altitude:3,440 Meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Duration:6/7 Hours

    Acclimatization is essential if you are trekking to high-altitude destinations. Since Everest Base Camp sits above 5000 meters, it is recommended to acclimatize yourself. Take enough rest, hydrate yourself, and be physically and mentally prepared to carry on the trip to Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri.

    You can explore the Everest View Hotel at 3,880 meters, where you will stay for a short time before returning to Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

    • Max. Altitude:3,880 Meters

    You will start a hike from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche at 3,860 meters, which takes around 5 to 6 hours. You will be welcomed by one of the ancient Buddhist monasteries, Tengboche Monastery, here. Similarly, you can view the scenic beauty of peaks like Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.

    • Max. Altitude:3,860 Meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Duration:5/6 Hours

    To reach Dingboche from Tengboche it usually takes 5 to 6 hours. You will leave the beautiful village of Tengboche early in the morning, setting your arrival time in Dingboche in the afternoon. You will catch the Pangboche trekking trail that leads to Pangboche Monastery and Dingboche. You will pass across the Imja Valley and Lobuche River during your hike before reaching your destination.

    • Max. Altitude:4,410 Meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Duration:5/6 Hours

    It's the second phase of acclimatization during your Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri. You will be staying in Dingboche and acclimatizing - you can also go for a short hike and explore the beauty of Dingboche village. You can visit the Pangboche Monastery and learn about Buddhist culture in detail. In addition, you can also trek to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m) and view the surrounding beauty.

    • Accommodation:Tea House

    After acclimatization, your next destination is Lobuche, and reaching there from Dingboche takes around 4 to 5 hours of straight walking. You will be passing across Dughla pass, viewing the spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and others.

    • Max. Altitude:4,910 Meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Duration:4/5 Hours

    The destination is finally in front of you and your dream of having Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri gets fulfilled. You will be starting your trek to Everest Base Camp from Lobuche. It takes around 7 to 8 hours to reach the destination, where you will have a 360 view of Mount Everest and other major peaks like Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori mountains. After engaging in different activities, you will head back to Gorakshep at 5,180 meters - you will stay at a teahouse overnight there.

    • Max. Altitude:5,360 Meters (EBC), 5,180 Meters (Gorakshep)
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Duration:7/8 Hours

    After a long and engaging day in Everest Base Camp and Gorakshep, you will start an early hike to Kala Patthar the next day. You will be welcomed by the incredible vistas of mountains like Everest, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse in Kala Patthar. It is the landmark on the south ridge of Pumori, which lies 1.2 kilometers from Gorakshep. Similarly, you will catch a trail that leads towards Dzongla, which takes around 7 hours to reach there.

    • Max. Altitude:5,545 Meters (Kala Patthar), 4,843 Meters (Dzongla)
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Duration:7 Hours

    Trek from Dzongla to Thangna is around 7 to 8 hours of walking. The trek starts from Dzongla, passing through Cho La Pass at 5,414 meters before reaching Thangna at 4,650 meters. In the course of your hike, you will always experience the emerald beauty of the mountains like Everest, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. You will stay in a teahouse in Thangna.

    • Max. Altitude:4,650 Meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Duration:7/8 Hours

    Your next trek phase starts from Thangna - you will be heading towards Gokyo from there, and it takes only around 3 hours to reach. Gokyo is rich in its natural abundance, and the lakes have mesmerized its beauty. The lake and its sister lakes were named after the famous peak Gokyo Ri - you will explore the wonders of these lakes along with cherishing the natural vibrant of the snow-capped mountains. Similarly, the dense Rhododendron forest and diverse flora and fauna will keep your journey alive and worthy.

    • Max. Altitude:4,780 Meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Duration:3 Hours

    Gokyo Ri is the next destination from Gokyo Lakes. You will be climbing this peak at 5,357 meters above sea level, just at the west side of the largest glacier in Nepal, the Ngozumpa glacier. Gokyo Ri features a settlement at the highest altitude, where you can find stone houses.

    Also, you will view the spectacular view of Mount Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other peaks. After conquering the Gokyo Ri, you will head back towards Machchhermo, located at 4,470 meters. You will reach there after 5 hours of walking, where you will be staying overnight at a tea house.

    • Max. Altitude:5,357 Meters (Gokyo Ri), 4,470 Meters (Machchhermo)
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Duration:5 Hours

    The next is also returning day - you will be heading back towards Namche Bazaar from Machchhermo. You will reach Namche after a 6-hour hike. You can stay at a tea house with a bathroom and a hot shower.

    • Max. Altitude:3,440 Meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Duration:6 Hours

    Lukla is around 6 to 7 hours of walk from Namche. You will walk through some of the rugged routes in this region, so make sure you have quality hiking boots. You will be staying at a tea house overnight.

    • Max. Altitude:2,860 Meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Duration:6/7 Hours

    From Lukla, you will fly back to Ramechhap Airport, and it takes just 15 minutes to reach there in a flight. You will also catch a bus or a rented vehicle from there to return to Kathmandu, and after 5 hours, you will reach the capital city. For the overnight stay, you will be escorted to a hotel by our agent.

    • Accommodation:Hotel

    This is the last day of your Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri package. You will stay one additional day in Kathmandu, exploring the beauty of the inner city and its people. There are several destinations you can go around - if you are a party lover, you can hang out in several lounges and bars in Thamel.

      After completing the Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri, you will depart from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be taking all your experiences from this incredible trek with you.

        Essential Information

        Tips for Preparation

        Physical preparation and training

        The Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri, without a doubt, is physically demanding. Preparing your body and getting in shape before embarking on this journey is important. Start incorporating cardiovascular and muscle-building exercises into your routine at least 6-8 weeks before your trek.

        Packing and gear considerations

        It is important to pack light but practical. Bring only the essentials and extra layers of clothing, as temperatures can drop drastically during the night. Also, get a good quality sleeping bag and waterproof gear.

        Acclimatization tips

        Acclimatization is critical when it comes to the successful completion of this trek. Make sure to take your time by slowing down your pace or adding additional rest days if needed. Additionally, drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol and smoking.

        Tips for selecting a tour provider

        When selecting a tour provider, it is essential to consider their reviews, safety record, and experience leading successful treks. Additionally, make sure that there is an appropriate support system in place in case of an emergency.

        Safety Considerations

        Risk of altitude sickness and how to prepare

        Altitude sickness can be very dangerous if not taken seriously. Since Everest Base Camp lies above 5000 meters, it is crucial to consider altitude sickness. Pay attention to any signs or symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc. If you experience any symptoms, you must descend immediately and seek medical help.

        Weather hazards and safety tips

        Weather conditions can change quickly at high altitudes and can be unpredictable in the Everest region. If you are trekking in the winter season, you might get in trouble due to heavy snowfall. Make sure always to have an eye on the weather forecast and be prepared for sudden changes. Additionally, wear proper attire when needed, such as fleece jackets or windbreakers.

        Tips for avoiding theft and scams

        Thefts and scams are rare on the Everest Base Camp Trek, but it is important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions such as not carrying large amounts of cash or leaving your valuables unattended. Additionally, make sure that you are aware of any current regulations in place regarding permits and fees.

        Food safety and hygiene considerations

        Food safety is essential when it comes to high-altitude trekking. Ensure only to consume foods that have been cooked properly, wash your hands regularly, avoid raw foods, and drink only boiled or bottled water.

        Accommodation and Meals During Everest Base Camp Trek

        The accommodation and meals during the Everest Base Camp Trek are basic but comfortable. You will be staying in teahouses, guest houses, or lodges. They feature traditional Nepali food as well as western cuisine. You can also experience the traditional Nepali kitchen and food items like Dal Bhaat, Dhindo, and many others.

        Here is a detailed overview of the accommodation facility in Everest Base Camp Trek:


        Teahouses are the most common accommodation during the Everest Base Camp trek. Basic lodges along the trail offer meals, drinks, and dormitory-style rooms for trekkers. Teahouses vary in quality and amenities, but most provide a comfortable place to rest, recharge and socialize with fellow trekkers.


        Hotels are available in some larger villages along the trek, such as Namche Bazaar and Gorak Shep. These offer more comfortable rooms, hot showers, and western-style toilets. However, they can be more expensive and less accessible than teahouses.

        Camping Stays

        Camping stays are a more rugged option for the adventurous trekker. They involve setting up a tent and cooking meals in the wilderness. This option offers a unique and immersive experience but requires more gear and planning.

        Cost Required For Everest Base Camp Trek With Cho La And Gokyo Ri

        An estimate of the cost for an Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La and Gokyo Ri can range from $1000-$1500 depending on where you stay, what you eat, etc. This estimate does not include additional costs, such as travel insurance or tips for porters/guides, which are highly recommended while trekking in Nepal. For more information on trekking in Nepal, see below:

        Accommodation Cost

        In terms of accommodation, there are plenty of options available in the Everest region ranging from basic guesthouses to luxury lodges. Prices range from $10-$50 per night, depending on the type of accommodation you choose and the season.

        If you are camping on your own, you will be free from paying the organizer. But remember, you will have to manage all your necessities by yourself, including tents, utensils, food, and gas.

        Permits Cost

        In addition to accommodation, there are also permits and other fees that need to be taken into consideration when planning an Everest Base Camp trek. The cost of tickets for the Everest Base Camp Trek ranges from 2000-3000 NPR, equivalent to approximately $16-$25. Indian tourists may benefit from slightly reduced pricing at 1500 NPR. According to policy, children under ten years of age may also receive a reduced fee. The Sagarmatha National Park, Entry Permit fee is estimated at 2000-3000 NPR, while the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit fee is 2000 NPR or higher.

        When traveling from Jiri, obtaining a Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit is necessary, which can be purchased for 2000 NPR at the Tourist Service Center. The price of permits in Shivalaya is significantly higher, costing around 4000 NPR. To reduce costs, purchasing the license at the Tourist Service Center is recommended. It is important to ensure the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Permit and Sagarmatha N.P.

        Food Cost

        Food is also plentiful in the Everest region, with many options available. Prices range from $3-$15 per meal, depending on where you eat and what you order.

        For options, you can get traditional Nepali dishes (Dal/Bhaat/Dhindo) and Chinese Dumplings to western cuisine. If you are in a remote place up in the Everest region, you can have the experience of tasting traditional Nepali food - if you are in Namche Bazaar, you can still go with the Western one or the food of your choice.

        Transportation Cost

        Regarding transportation, there are two options: flight and local ride. A flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is the primary option to reach the Everest region. A one-way flight from Kathmandu to Lukla can range from $120 to $200, depending on the time of year and availability. Local transportation includes private vehicles like jeeps or minivans and shared jeeps for transport between towns and villages in the Everest region. The cost of vehicles for airport transfers can range from $30-$50, while shared jeeps can cost around $15-$20 per person.

        Moreover, you can also reach Lukla by bus from Kathmandu. You can take the bus to Salleri or Ramechhaap and start trekking to Lukla from there.

        What Are The Required Permits for Everest Base Camp Trek?

        Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

        Nestled within the new boundaries of Sagarmatha National Park - a World Heritage Site and one of Nepal's most treasured natural gems, boasting a sprawling expanse of 1,148 square kilometers (443 square miles) - lies the revered Everest Base Camp. This national park serves as a sanctuary for some of the world's most endangered species, including the musk deer, snow leopard, and the elusive Red Panda (Habre). With a dedicated mission to conserve these precious creatures, Sagarmatha National Park is a true gem of Nepalese biodiversity.

        As your Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri primarily traverses through the Sagarmatha National Park, obtaining Entry Permits is a mandatory requirement. Due to their status as protected zones, National Parks and Conservation Areas have restricted access, requiring authorized permission for entry. Obtaining entry permits before arrival is essential to ensure a seamless and safe experience within these protected zones.

        Upon successful payment of entry fees, embark on an awe-inspiring journey to conquer the Khumbu region in Solukhumbu District, including the iconic Everest Base Camp and the challenging Three Passes.

        The local administration requires a modest fee for permit access.

        Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit

        The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit serves as an additional form of authorization, in conjunction with the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, for those embarking on their trek. Obtaining this permit is essential for every trekker to ensure a seamless and successful adventure.

        The new Entrance Permit System was implemented on October 1st, 2018, to replace the previously utilized Trekkers' Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card. A designated fee must be paid to obtain this permit, and failure to possess it renders travelers ineligible to explore the picturesque Khumbu region, including the iconic Everest Base Camp.

        Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit

        For those tackling the epic journey to the Everest Base Camp in 2023, obtaining a Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit is a requirement. This permit is only necessary for those trekkers who plan to travel the alternate route through Jiri and is deemed optional for those who choose a different trail. Individuals who travel from Jiri to the Everest Base Camp can obtain their permits from either Shivalaya or the Tourism Board in Kathmandu.

        Some Other Destinations To Visit During Everest Base Camp Trek

        Kala Patthar

        Located at an altitude of 5,545 meters, Kala Patthar is one of the highest points on the Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri and offers a magnificent view of Mount Everest. The ascent to Kala Patthar involves navigating a steep ridge with several deceptive peaks that may give the illusion of proximity to the summit.

        Nonetheless, the panoramic views from the top are truly captivating and make the ascent well worth the effort. Upon reaching the peak, one will have an unobstructed view of Mount Everest, along with other towering peaks such as Nuptse and Changtse. Kala Patthar is also renowned for its picturesque landscapes, making it one of the most photogenic destinations on the Everest Base Camp Trek.

        Tengboche Monastery

        The Tengboche Monastery, located at an altitude of 12,687 feet, is a must-visit destination in the Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri. Known for its vibrant and stunning architecture, the monastery offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a spiritual ambiance and take in breathtaking views of Mount Everest and other neighboring peaks like Ama Dablam and Mt. Lhotse.

        Visitors can participate in prayer sessions with the monks or witness a puja ceremony during festival times. Whether you explore the interior, the Tengboche Monastery is a highly recommended stop on your trek.

        Island Peak

        The next destination on Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri is Island Peak, commonly referred to as Imja Tse. This mountain affords trekkers breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Himalayas, and its peak sits at 6,160 meters, rendering it an ideal option for an advanced climbing expedition. Before embarking on this majestic challenge, it is imperative to ensure that appropriate gear and sufficient experience have been secured.

        Gokyo Lakes

        Gokyo Lakes is a beautiful destination situated near the village of Gokyo. This scenic location boasts six emerald-green lakes surrounded by glaciers and snow-capped peaks and is considered the main attraction of Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri. While all five of the primary lakes - Thonak Tsho, Ngozumpa Tsho, Longpongo Tsho, Gyazumpa Tsho, and Tanjung Tsho - are worthy of admiration, it is the sixth lake, Dudh Pokhari, that truly embodies magnificence.

        Dudh Pokhari, measuring approximately 4 kilometers in length and over 1 kilometer in width, is one of the largest glacial lakes in Nepal. The highlight of this serene location is the awe-inspiring backdrop of four prominent mountains - Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, and Lhotse - that form a stunning frame around its tranquil waters.

        Chhukung Valley

        Chhukung Valley is the must-visit site during your Everest Base Camp trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri. Upon passing Chhukung Ri on the EBC route, you will see the stunning views of the tallest peaks in the Himalayas. You will behold the breathtaking views of Ama Dablam and Cho Polu, which rise majestically above the surrounding terrain. You will also see the majestic Nangkartshang Peak and Makalu, towering at over 5,000 and 8,000 meters - they serve as inspiration to numerous thrill-seekers.

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