Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek - 15 Days

Khumbu region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. This region offers many exotic and adventurous trekking routes. Among them, trek to Everest Base Camp has always been a famous trekking route of this region.

Every Year many trekkers walk in these trails to visit the Base of the world’s highest Mountain i.s. Mount Everest. It also organizes other major treks such as Gokyo Trek via Cho-La Pass, Pikey Peak Trek, Everest Three Pass, etc.

But the members of Radiant Treks present to you an exciting package of Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek that takes you on an amazing journey to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley via Cho-La pass.

The Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Cho-La Pass routes are less crowded compared to the regular routes of base camp. This detour is scenic and challenging which gives an unbeatable sensation for trekkers.

On this trek, you will be climbing and reaching higher elevation. Thus many acclimatization days are held in different places.

Also, the Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek routes are moderate making the walk quite challenging. So prepare yourself for an action-packed trek.

This region is mostly home for the Sherpa Community that showcases the Tibetan influenced culture and tradition. You will be mesmerized by the warm welcome and hospitality these people offer.

In these routes, you will encounter forests filled with beautiful species of flora and fauna. Such as Rhododendron, Pines, Oaks, Ferns, Daphne, Deers, Himalayan Tar, etc.

You also get to see the striking view of Mount Everest up-close. Along with other mountain peaks such as Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Pumori, and many more.

This trek is a complete package that combines many famous and thrilling trek routes of the Khumbu Region. Reach Everest base camp- the base of Mount Everest; Kala Patthar– best close-up view of Mount Everest; Cho-La Pass- one of the three passes of Everest; Gokyo Lake- glacier lakes and Gokyo Ri- high peak.

Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime experience, that is worth all your time. This 15 days Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek itinerary lets you explore the Everest region making wonderful memories.

Itinerary Summary

Your journey begins as you fly out of Kathmandu taking the domestic airlines till Lukla then trek to Phakding from there and stay the night in one of the lodges.

The next day you head towards Namche Bazaar, a famous town of this region and have a rest day there. You can explore the beautiful town and visit places near Namche.

From here you head towards Tengboche and stay there for the night. After that, you trek till Dingboche where you will have another rest day. On your rest day, you will take a short trip to Chhukung and return back to Dingboche for the night.

Then leaving Dingboche you move forward the trails that lead towards Lobuche where you will be staying for the night. From Lobuche, you head towards Gorak Shep and hike to Everest base camp from there and after a small tour return back to Gorak Shep.

Following day you wake up early and climb up to Kala Patthar to view the beautiful sunrise and from there head towards Dzongla. As you stay the night here.

You then trek down to Tagnag crossing the Cho-La Pass and stay there for the night. The next day you leave the village and head towards another attraction of the trek i.e. Gokyo, from there you visit Fifth lake and return back.

Waking up early you climb till Gokyo Ri where you spend some time taking snaps and watching the scenic views. Then head down to Dole where you stay for the night.

From dole, you trek back to Namche Bazaar where you stay for the night and leave for Lukla the following day and fly back to Kathmandu along with great memories.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek

  • Reach the base of the world’s highest Mountain
  • Close view of Mount Everest
  • A striking view of many snowy mountains
  • Climb up to Gokyo Ri
  • Experience Tibetan influenced culture
  • Reach Kala Patthar
  • Thrilling flight to Lukla
  • Forest trails filled with colorful Rhododendron

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Day 1
Day 01: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Flight Duration: 30 to 35 minutes

Flight Distance: 136.17 km

Maximum Altitude: 2860 m above sea level

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Trek Distance: 6.2 km

Maximum Altitude: 2610 m above sea level

On your first day of Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek itinerary. You begin your trekking journey by flying towards Lukla from Kathmandu. The flight takes about 30 to 35 minutes covering a distance of 136.17 km on air.

You will wake up early this morning and get ready for this trip. Our respective representative will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the domestic airport.

Then boarding your flight you soar into the sky looking at scenic views surrounding you. The mesmerizing mountains and lush green valleys look quite remarkable as you look out your window.

After half an hour or so you reach Lukla airport which is famous for having a short and narrow runway. And considered one of the thrilling flights over the world situated at an altitude of 2860 m.

Reaching here you start your trek by heading towards Phakding which is about 4 to 5 hours walk from there. You begin by walking through the narrow paths of the town and ascending to Pasang Lhamo Memorial Gate.

You then make a descend from here on following the paths that lead through the beautiful forest of rhododendron and small Sherpa settlements. This day you will have walked past many chortens, mani stones, prayer flags, etc viewing the Kusum Kangru and Dudh Koshi River.

Walking downhill for some time you reach your destination situated at an altitude of 2610 m above sea level. Phakding is a beautiful village that has many monasteries you can explore as the rest of the day is unplanned.

You stay here for the night.

Day 2
Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Trek Distance: 9.4 km

Maximum Altitude: 3440 m above sea level

After a wonderful breakfast, you head towards Namche Bazaar on the second day of your trek. It is about 6 to 7 hours walk from Phakding covering a distance of 9.4 km.

You begin this day’s trek by crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. And heading on the north side take a zigzag trail that leads you through forests filled with pines.

From there you cross Ghatte Khola and reach a small village named Toktok over the ridge. Then you descend the trails till you arrive at Bengkar and crossing a bridge from here make a gentle climb to Chhamuwa.

Then crossing the wooden bridge makes a slight ascend until you enter the Sagarmatha National park. Entering the park you walk the trails viewing beautiful scenarios throughout the paths.

From the park, you make a descend and crossing the river over Dudh Koshi River enter a lush green forest. This day you will have made many up and downhill walks crossing several bridges and forests.

As you head out the forests you cross a suspension bridge and make a steep ascend in the trails and walk-in flat land from Mislung till you arrive at Namche Bazaar.

It is a beautiful town situated at an altitude of 3440 m which is the main trading place of the Khumbu region. It is also the gateway towards the great Himalayas.

You will stay here for the night.

Day 3
Day 03: Acclimatization day at Namche

You will have climbed altitude above 3000 m while arriving at Namche. So acclimatization is held here to help your body to adjust with the climate in higher altitude.

It is better to go on short hikes and explore the valley or give your body some rest during this day. You can hike up to Everest View Hotel that gives the best view of mountain peaks such as Mount Everest, Ama Dalam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and many more.

Or you can hike around Hillary school, Khunde hospital, and Khumjung valley. After a wonderful time, you return back to Namche Bazaar. You can roam around the town and interact with the Sherpa and Rai people living in this region.

Day 4
Day 04: Namche to Tengboche

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Trek Distance: 9.2 km

Maximum Altitude: 3860 m above sea level

Having your rest day in the beautiful town you head toward Tengboche on the fourth day of this trek. It is about 5 to 6 hours’ walk from Namche Bazaar covering a distance of 9.2 km.

Firstly, leaving the town behind you walk around the ridge and make a descend in trails that lead towards Dudh Koshi River.

From there you cross a suspension bridge and make a steep uphill climb through colorful forests of Rhododendron. Viewing the striking mountain peaks such as Ama Dablam, Thamserku, etc.

Tengboche is a beautiful Sherpa village situated at an altitude of 3860 m. This village has one of the largest monasteries of the Khumbu region.

Also, the mesmerizing view of the various mountains seen on the back of the monastery gives it the perfect background.

You stay in one of the lodges for the night.

Day 5
Day 05: Tengboche to Dingboche

Trek Duration: 3 to 4.5 hours walk

Trek Distance: 9 km

Maximum Altitude: 4410 m above sea level

On the fifth day of your trek, you head towards Dingboche which is about 3 to 4.5 hours walk from Tengboche. The distance between Tengboche and Dingboche is 9 km.

You wake up early and visit the monastery to see the amazing morning prayers. Then having your breakfast you begin the trek by walking in the stone steps and make a slight descend in the trails.

Entering the forest of Rhododendron and conifer you walk in the paths and cross a small wooden bridge over the Imja River. Then make an ascend to Somare and again cross a bridge and walk ahead in flat land.

Walking for about a few hours you make a steep climb along the banks of the Imja River and reach Dingboche.

Dingboche is situated at an altitude of 4410 m that gives out the striking view of snowy mountain peaks such as Island peak, peak 38, etc.

You stay in one of the lodges for the night.

Day 6
Day 06: Acclimatization day at Dingboche. Day trip to Chhukung, back to Dingboche

Hike Distance: 5.3 km

Maximum Altitude: 5550 m above sea level

This is your second rest day in this trek before you climb higher in this trail. Reaching here you will have crossed elevation above 4000 m. As there are high chances of suffering from Altitude sickness in this height acclimatization is held.

Today, you will do a full day hike to Chhukung from Dingboche which is about a few hours walk covering a distance of 5.3 km. You will have made many steep climbs before arriving at Chhukung.

Reaching here you head towards Chhukung Ri situated at an altitude of 5550 m. The panoramic view of mountains such as Everest, Makalu, etc looks amazing from here.

Day 7
Day 07: Dingboche to Lobuche

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Trek Distance: 10.7 km

Maximum Altitude: 4940 m above sea level

After a peaceful night, you head towards Lobuche on the seventh-day of this trek. It takes about a 6 to 7-hour walk from Dingboche covering a distance of 10.7 km.

You begin by making a slight uphill climb that passes through the beautiful village of Dusa and Palrung Kharka. Heading towards the Pheriche trail junction you get accompanied by the view of Cholatse, Taboche, etc.

Reaching this junction, you head down in the trails until you reach Dugla where you can see many prayer flags hanging around the valley. Then you make an ascend until you reach the Khumbu Glaciers.

From there you head towards Lobuche situated at an altitude of 4940 m. Along the way, you will have walked past many stone memorials kept for the perished climber.

You stay in one of the guest houses for the night.

Day 8
Day 08: Lobuche to Gorak Shep; Hiking to Everest base camp; Back to Gorak Shep

Trek Duration (Gorakshep): 4 to 5 hours

Maximum Altitude (Gorakshep): 5164 m above sea level

Hike Duration (Everest Base Camp): 2.5 to 3 hours

Maximum Altitude (Everest Base Camp): 5364 m above sea level

Total Trek Distance: 15 km

On the eighth day of your trek, you will be heading towards Gorak Shep from where you will hike up to the Everest Base Camp. Firstly, you trek Towards Gorak Shep from Lobuche which is about 4 to 5 hours’ walk.

After a healthy breakfast, you begin by walking in a narrow trail between mountain walls. And making a gentle ascend through the rocky paths reach Lobuche Pass.

Heading ahead from there you cross the moraine of Changri Shar Glacier and reach Gorakshep situated at an altitude of 5164 m.

Reaching here you check-in to your hotel and hike up to Everest Base Camp which is about 2.5 to 3 hours walk from here.

Following the new moraine routes and making an uphill climb you reach your destination situated at an altitude of 5364 m.

Reaching the base of the world’s highest mountain will overwhelm you with happiness. After taking snaps and spending some time you retrace the steps back to Gorak Shep.

You must be tired after the long journey so you call it a night.

Day 9
Day 09: Early morning climb up to Kala Patthar for sunrise then trek to Dzongla

Trek Duration (Kala Patthar): 2 to 3 hours

Trek Distance: 1.2 km

Maximum Altitude: 5643 m above sea level

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hour

Trek Distance: 10 km

Maximum Altitude: 4830 m above sea level

This day you wake up early as you have to hike up to Kala Patthar situated at an altitude of 5643 m. The sunrise view from up here looks ravishing. As the sun rises from behind the peaks shining its ray above the beautiful valley and mountain peaks.

Also, the close-up view of Mount Everest will mesmerize you with its beauty. Viewing the scenes and taking snaps you now return back to Gorak Shep.

From there you now head towards Dzongla which is about 5 to 6 hours walk from here. The distance between Gorak Shep and Dzongla is about 10 km.

You begin by retracing your steps back to Lobuche and making a slight descend for about 30 minutes. Again climb uphill till you arrive at Dzongla situated at an altitude of 4830 m

You stay in one of the guest houses for the night.

Day 10
Day 10: Cross the Chola pass then trek down to Tagnag

Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Maximum Altitude: 4650 m above sea level

On the tenth day of this trek, you head towards Tagnag from Dzongla via Cho-La Pass which is about 7 to 8 hours walk today.

You begin by walking on flat land through arid Valley then make a steep ascend in the paths till you reach the icy trails of Cho-La Pass along the Cho-La glaciers.

Cho-La Pass is one of the three Everest passes situated at an altitude of 5420 m. Reaching here you descend in the trail on the other side of the trails till you arrive at Phedi.

From here you make a slight downhill walk and reach Tagnag situated at an altitude of 4650 m.

You stay in one of the lodges for the night.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Gokyo then visit Fifth lake; Back to Gokyo

Trek Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

Maximum Altitude: 4790 m above sea level

On the eleventh day of this trek, you head towards Gokyo and visit the Fifth Lake. It is about a 2.5 to 3 hours trek from Tagnag.

You begin this trek by walking in the glacier route till you reach the first Gokyo lake. This day’s trek is easier as you will be walking in flat land alongside Dudh Koshi River till you reach Gokyo.

Then from Gokyo you head ahead in the trails and reach the fourth lake. From there you make a slight ascend and reach Fifth Lake. The view of Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu looks awesome from here.

After the wonderful view, you retrace your steps back to Gokyo situated at an altitude of 4790 m.

You stay here for the night.

Day 12
Day 12: Early morning climb up to Gokyo Ri then trek down to Dole

Trek Duration (Gokyo Ri): 4 to 5 hours

Maximum Altitude (Gokyo Ri): 5360 m above sea level

Trek Duration (Dole): 5 to 6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 4200 m above sea level

You wake up early this morning as you will be climbing up to Gokyo Ri which is about 4to 5 hours walk from Gokyo valley. You will be making a steep climb in the uneven paths to reach Gokyo Ri.

It is situated at an altitude of 5360 m from where you get to see the scenic view of Lhotse, Makalu, etc. You can explore the valley and take snaps for memories.

Spending some time, you head back retracing your step back to Gokyo and head towards Dole from there. It is about a 5 to 6 hours walk.

Leaving the valley you follow the trails from Ngozumpa glacier to Taujung Tsho. Then from here, you make a descend and leave the moraines behind walk-in rocky paths till you reach Phangga.

After that, you follow the ridge till the hilltop and make a steep descend till Machhermo and continue to walk downhill till you reach Dole.

Dole is situated at an altitude of 4200 m where you will be staying for the night.

Day 13
Day 13: Dole to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Maximum Altitude: 3440 m above sea level

On your fourteenth day, you head towards Namche Bazaar which is about 4 to 5 hours walk from Dole.

After a wonderful breakfast, you begin your trek by making a descend in the trails past houses made of stones and waterfall till you reach Tongba. Then from there, you make the uphill climb in a zigzag trail till Mong La.

And following the ridge, you make a gradual descend and reach Namche Bazar at an altitude of 3440 m.

The rest of the day is unplanned so you can roam around the area and visit cafes and restaurants. This town is very lively and crowded with trekkers.

You stay in one of the lodges for the night.

Day 14
Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Trek Distance: 17.7 km

Maximum Altitude: 2860 m above sea level

On the fourteenth day of this trek, you will head towards Lukla which is about 6 to 7 hours walk from Namche Bazaar. The distance between Namche Bazaar to Lukla is 17.7 km.

You head towards Phakding retracing your paths making up and downhill walks. And crossing many suspension bridges, entering in and out of the forests. Taking a gentle descend you arrive at Phakding

After reaching Phakding you ascend the trails till you reach Lukla at an altitude of 2860 m.

You stay here for the night.

Day 15
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel.

Flight Duration: 30 to 35 minutes

Flight Distance: 136.17 km

Maximum Altitude: 1400 m above sea level

Today is the fifteenth and last day of your Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek. This day you fly back to Kathmandu viewing great scenic views throughout the flight.

Arriving at the airport situated at an altitude of 1400 m. We drop you off at your hotel and bid you farewell.

Radiant Treks members hope you had a great time and created many awesome memories in this Everest Base Camp- Cho-La Pass- Gokyo Trek.

Best time for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek

Any time of the year is considered fine to do the trek in these routes. But most of the trekkers usually prefer Autumn and Spring season as the best time for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek.

Nepal has four seasons you can choose from Spring, Autumn, Monsoon, and Winter. Each season has its own benefits and disadvantages for the trekkers. You can study them in detail from below:

Spring Season

Spring Season is the phase that brings a new beginning along with it. As this season starts you can see nature recover it’s lost beauty. The months from March to May fall under this season.

During these months the routes are mostly packed with nature lovers. Many trekkers visit this time of the year to see the beautiful valleys and unique landscape.

Your paths will be surrounded by blooming flowers and lush green trees. While the clear sky gives out the striking view of Mountain peaks making the walk quite remarkable.

As for the temperature, it is sunny during the day time and a bit chilly in higher elevation during the night time. The temperature ranges from 15 degrees to 20 degrees in spring.

During these months, you will get lost in the beauty of mother nature. So get ready to be mesmerized with it.

Autumn Season

Autumn Season is the peak season for trekking in this region. It is considered the best time for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek. The months from September to November fall under this season.

During these months, everything is at its peak; the beauty of nature, packed trails, climate, and temperature. The flowers will have already bloomed making the trails beautiful to walk in.

Also, the lovely view of snowy mountain peaks that you get to see in the clear blue sky, not to be missed. These months have the most favorable climatic condition.

The weather is neither too cold nor too hot, it is just perfect. The days are sunny and warm while the nights are chilly. The temperature ranges from 5 degrees to 20 degrees during Autumn.

If you are lucky you can also see many amazing animals and birds. The national bird of Nepal Danphe is seen in higher altitudes. So keep your cameras ready if you are carrying one.

Winter Season

Winter Season is the off-season for trekking in this region. This season is the coldest time of the year when it gets chilly as you climb higher in elevation. The months from December to February fall under this season.

During these months, the routes are less crowded making the walk quite peaceful. Viewing the beautiful mountain peaks and valleys covered in snow in the crystal clear sky.

But the treks are thrilling and challenging as heavy snowfall occurs during these months. Flights also tend to get canceled or delayed if the weather is not clear.

As for the weather, it is warm during the day but during the night and early morning, it gets chiller as you rise higher in the altitude. The temperature tends to drop below the freezing point during winter.

Trekking during this season you should carry extra warm clothes.

Monsoon Season

Monsoon Season is the least preferred time for trekking. This is the season when heavy rainfall occurs making the routes slippery and muddy. The months from June to August fall under this season.

However, there are low rain showers in higher elevation. But rain clouds tend to hide the view of mountains in this season. These are the months when new species of vegetation are found blooming in these routes.

Also, you don’t see many trekkers in these trails, most of the people visiting are researchers or botanists. The weather and temperature are also not very favorable.

If the weather condition worsens flights might get canceled or delayed. So, check your weather forecast before starting the trek.

Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek Difficulty

Like any other trek, this trek also has its own hardship you will have to overcome to complete the journey. Trekking in high altitudes is never an easy task but it is not unachievable as well.

Some Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek Difficulties you can face are given below:

Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek Route Difficulty

This trek is a higher altitude climb so the routes are going to be thrilling and challenging. Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek routes have been graded as a moderate level climb.

If you are a novice trekker this climb can be difficult but for experienced trekkers, it will be quite easy.

As you will be making many steeps up and downhill walk in these routes. Also, walking in uneven trails for 7 to 8 hours can be harsh for your first trek.

This trek will be requiring huge stamina and a positive body plus mindset to complete it properly. Thus your body stamina can be increased with physical training.

You can do physical training such as cycling, meditation, swimming, short hike, etc 2-3 weeks prior to your actual climb. It is better to prepare yourself before starting the climb.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness has always been a major problem for trekkers while climbing in high altitudes. Trekkers usually suffer from this as they trek in elevation above 3500 to 4000 m.

To prevent altitude sickness acclimatization is held in places to let your body adjust with the climate above. While suffering from altitude sickness you can see symptoms such as Headache, Nausea, Dizziness, Shortness of breath, Difficulty in sleeping, etc.

If you see any of the symptoms, inform your guide immediately. S/he will give you instructions on what you should do. So follow it properly because if the condition worsens it can be a risk to your life.

Also, you should keep your body hydrated throughout the trek. Drink plenty of water, And walk slowly as walking fast makes you tired easily.

Weather Condition

Weather is unpredictable in the higher region, you can never be too sure of them. Trekking during the Winter and Monsoon season is harsh compared to other seasons.

The routes are slippery and muddy due to heavy rain in Monsoon. And the paths are covered in snow during Winter. The walks are more challenging during these seasons.

Also, the higher you climb the more chilly it gets. You should carry extra clothes to keep you warm and raincoats for the rainy season.

Accommodation

If you are planning your trek during the peak seasons i.e. Spring and Autumn. Then you should know that these seasons are the most crowded time of the year.

During these seasons, hotels are packed making it is quite hard to get a room of your choice. You might have to share your room with fellow companions.

Also, hotels in high elevation have public bathrooms, so you might have to wait in long queues for your turn. Thus it is better to book rooms in advance.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek