Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek via Cho La Pass - 18 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 18 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-10
  • Max. Altitude 5545M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November, December

Highlights

  • A scenic 30-35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport.
  • Majestic mountains view from the Cho-La high pass (5,367 meters).
  • Breathe in the holy ambiance of the highest summit in the world, Mt. Everest (8,848 m).
  • Mysterious Gokyo Lake and Valleys above 5,000m from sea level.
  • Embrace the pure beauty of nature in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Stunning Khumbu Sherpa dwells and cultures in the alpine region of Nepal.
  • Kala Pathhar vantage point (5,644 m). 

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek by Cho La Pass are often regarded as the ultimate adventure in the Nepalese Himalayas, technically advanced, calling all adventurers around the world. It is one of the most adventurous trekking routes in the Everest region, offering trekkers a perfect blend of the major highlights such as alpine Gokya Lake, Cho La Pass, and the base camp of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest itself, including the scenic Vantage Point of Kala Patthar at an elevation of 5,644 m, which is also the highest altitude of your overall journey to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake by Cho La Pass.

The trekking route follows the classic Himalayan Trail, famed amongst all sorts of thrill lovers, including trekkers, mountaineers, hikers, and so on, leading to the foothills of Mt. Everest with an awesome added side trip to the turquoise alpine Gokyo Lake and valleys on making a way through one of the high mountain passes, Cho La, at an elevation of 5,367m. Throughout this extraordinary voyage to the Khumbu/Everest trekking region of Nepal, you will be able to witness several snow-capped peaks, including four of the eight-thousanders in Nepal and the tops of the world: Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Makalu (8,485m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), and Lhotse (8,516m).

Trekkers are bound to be mesmerized by the unique and diverse landscape seen on the way to the Everest Base Camp, extending up to Gokyo Lake and passing by Cho La Pass in a surreal blend with the region's rich cultural and historical heritage, still retaining the authentic feel of it, rooting to the Himalayan nature and its warm people as you rest for the night at locally regulated tea houses and local lodges, providing trekkers and travelers with an intimate insight into the life of the Sherpa, often referred to as the “Tigers of Snow,” for their exceptional ability to adapt to the highland effectively.

Therefore, the Everest Base and Gokyo Lake Trek via Cho La Pass is a challenging yet fascinating journey through the majestic Himalayas of Nepal, offering you four of the major iconic gems of the Everest trekking region: Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Cho La Pass, and Gokyo Lake, while trekking aspirants, mountain climbers, and hikers immerse themselves in the distinctive Sherpa culture of the realm, evoking a once-in-a-lifetime experience to relish during your holiday.

What makes the joint tour to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass special?

The merged trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake on passing by the adventurous Cho La Pass offers a top-notch fusion of some of the secret hidden natural marvels of the region, diverse landscapes, demanding terrain, spectacular mountain views, and a true sense of achievement on successfully completing the 18-day journey encircling around the tallest mountain giant in the universe, Mt. Everest (8,848m).

Further, the thrilling Himalayan expedition to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass gives you greater exposure to the Sherpa communities and their unique way of living in the heart of the Himalayas, making it one of a kind of special voyage to create unforgettable memories ensured by:

The paradise of adventurous spirit, Everest Base Camp

It is no wonder that every adventurer has at least once dreamed of summiting the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest, which might not be feasible for everyone considering the overall climbing difficulty level and budget. You will be glad to reach the base camp of it for sure, granting you the equally gratifying experience of being at the top of the earth, winding all the way through the picturesque Sherpa valleys, verdant lowlands, alpine meadows, and varying landscapes during an incredible odyssey to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass.

Making it to the center of the Himalayas at a high altitude of 5,364 m (17,598 ft) is a testament to the determination and extra adventurous spirit for exploration as trekkers and travelers hike through tough terrain, scenic Sherpa dwellings, snow-capped peaks, glacial lakes, and many other spectacular natural formations, finally landing at the base of the highest mountain in the earth, Mt. Everest (8,848 m), epitomizing adventure and inspiring a sense of awe and wonder in an incredible voyage to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass, where you might get to encounter groups of climbers in the peak trekking and climbing seasons of autumn and spring.

The challenging Cho La Pass

Located at 5,420 m (17,782 ft) above sea level, the Cho La Pass is one of the formidable challenges trekkers and travelers come across during the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek, traversing through some steep ascent, rocky terrain, and potentially snowy and icy encounters requiring a notable navigation skill, physical preparedness, and a strong determination.

However, on crossing the high Cho La Pass, you will be rewarded with the never-before-seen sight of the regional top peaks such as Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and Mt. Pumori, including Mt. Everest (8,848 m), marking a moment of triumph and exhilaration on conquering the pass connecting you to the Everest Valleys in isolation called Dzongla (4,830 m/15,850 ft) to the east and Thagnak (4,700 m/15,400 ft) to the west, making the journey worthwhile a challenge leading you to the another major highlight of the entire region, Gokyo Lake, adding much to the true sense of accomplishment and jaw-dropping beauty.

The turquoise water bodies of Gokyo Lake and its valley

One of the most enchanting places to exist on earth, the vibrant blue lake of Gokyo and its valley, in stark contrast to the snow-capped mountain atop and rugged terrain creating an otherworldly sight to behold, is one of the major highlights of the overall odyssey to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass.

Nestled amidst the towering Himalayan giants at an elevation of 4,800m above sea level, Gokyo Lakes are a series of serene glacial lakes, granting trekkers and travelers the gorgeous panorama of the azure water in the backdrop of the totally snow-covered peaks, whether you are hiking along the lakeshores or taking an alternative side trip to the vantage point of Gokyo Ri.

Flowing directly from the melting of glaciers from the surrounding mountains, the Gokyo Lake and its valley are just the perfect tranquil setting for trekkers seeking an opportunity to self-reflect and explore as the alluring Gokyo Lake charms spiritual individuals across the world, making it a once-must-visit destination for adventurers worldwide. Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks is offering a must-grab special group discount for the years 2024 and 2025 on this combined trek package heading to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass.

The Sherpa Capital of Nepal, Namche Bazaar

Serving as the gateway to the Everest region, Namche Bazaar is a natural amphitheater providing a very first refined look out at the region's sky-soaring Himalayas, including Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and others, which is also functioning as the melting pot of various cultures, majorly dominated by the Nepalese ethnic communities of Sherpa, admired for their extraordinary mountaineering skills and resilience even in the arduous high Himalayan surroundings that you will be exploring to the fullest in the 18-day Himalayan expedition to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass.

The picturesque Himalayan town of Namche Bazaar owns numerous religious monasteries, Chortens (holy Buddhist shrines), Mani walls, and Gompas, usually adorned with colorful prayer flags in between the typical mountainous houses with stone-paved alleyways and terraced fields, which once were a crucial trading center for the Khumbu/Everest region and are still a lively stopover for trekkers and climbers before and after heading deeper into the Everest Himalayas.

Unlike several other typical mountain villages of the Everest region and other high Himalayan trekking destinations such as the Manaslu Circuit Voyage, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and Annapurna Circuit Expedition, Namche Bazaar at an elevation is well facilitated with modern amenities for travelers, including a teahouse, lodges, restaurants, and shops selling essential trekking gear, equipment, and souvenirs, along with wifi and a few ATM booths to spend at least two nights before embarking for a higher altitude to prevent acute mountain sickness or altitude sickness.

The side excursion to Kala Patthar

Although the scenic vantage point and the maximum elevation you will reach during the 18-day adventurous journey to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass do not lie on the direct trekking route, according to the itinerary set by Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, you will get to clamber this iconic black stone at an altitude of 5,544m above sea level in 14 days.

Situated near the verdant village of Gorak Shep, the small rocky hill is a notable landmark in the Everest trekking region of Nepal, offering the most unparalleled iconic vistas of the gigantic snow-capped peaks such as Nuptse, Lhotse, and Changtse, including that of the tallest mountain range in the planet, Mt. Everest (8,848 m), that might not have been possible to see from the base camp.

Besides the unmatchable panoramic 360 views of the mountain ranges, the viewpoint of Kala Patthar is specifically famous for the otherworldly sunrise and sunset when the first and last ray of sunlight illuminates the snow-capped peaks in golden hues with the changing colors to capture this dramatic play of light and shadow in the lens hence Kala Patthar otherwise is called a photographer's paradise.

Therefore, the optional side trip to Kala Patthar is a must, which is often used by mountaineers to access weather and terrain conditions before ascending Everest’s southern side to include as a part of the 18-day trekking route to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar via Cho La Pass for an overall enhanced Himalayan experience.

Why is the 18-day trekking route to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass the best itinerary?

The 18-day journey to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass begins with a rigorous 25–30 minute mountain flight to Lukla upon arriving in the country of hills and mountains on the first day and strolling around the UNESCO world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley on the second day.

The official trek begins with Lukla resting for the night at Phakding, blessing you with the glazing glances of Mt. Nupla (5,885m) and Kusum Kangaru (6,367m) on crossing a few wooden suspension bridges, following the footsteps of the local Sherpa guide. From Phakding, you will gradually jaunt through several Sherpa dwellings, such as Namche Bazaar, Phortse Thanga, and Macchermo, before reaching the pristine Gokyo Lakes and Valleys, where Namche serves as the major cultural and trade hub of the Khumbu/Everest region.

Throughout the trekking route to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake, you will be hiking past the subtropical woods simultaneously upgrading to the high alpine vegetation, where the lowland primarily consists of forests of rhododendron, fir, junipers, and fir, where the very common to internationally elusive wildlife plays hide and seek with nature’s grandeur, making a thrilling ascend to the bluish water of Gokyo Lake and its valleys in around a week.

Upon venturing the group of Gokyo Lakes for better acclimatization, you can climb one of the highly elevated viewpoints of the Everest region, Gokyo Ri, so that the steep declining trek on the following day to Thangnak can be easier, which can observe fluctuation in between experiencing a steep ascend to the Cho La Pass and a coherently declining trekking trail to Lobuche and Gorak Shep.

Based on the 18-day itinerary to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake by Cho La Pass, you will make it to the base camp of Mt. Everest on the same day as you descend to Gorak Shep for a dramatic Himalayan landscape and the ultimate satisfaction of being at the foothills of the top of the planet. You will return to the lake bed of Gorak Shep with pasture grassland for the night, relishing the unforgettable moments on the base camp, while the next morning marks the hike to the highest elevation of your holistic journey to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass in Kala Patthar.

On a sharp climb to Kala Patthar, you will make it all the way to Pheriche then to Namche and Lukla to catch a flight back to Kathmandu on the 17th day and departure for your home country lastly disclosing the overall 18-day package to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass providing you profound exploration, acclimatization, and a wonderful guided Himalayan embarkment at an affordable price with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks that further can be customized as per the needs and preferences of our client.

Hence, the 18-day itinerary to go trekking to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass is considered one of the most amazing trekking routes to circumnavigate Mt. Everest, locally known as Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in China, embodying a true sense of adventure.

However, suppose you are looking for a short Himalayan expedition to the Everest Base Camp with equivalent natural and cultural experience. In that case, you may like the 14-day voyage to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, whereas if you are more into short Himalayan journeys, you might want to consider:

Group Discounted Trekking Cost to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass

Although the cost of the standard 18-day trekking package to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass can range anywhere from USD 1875 to USD 2,500, usually providing coverage for most of the accommodation, meals, permits, guides, porters, and transportation used during the trek, as a team of expert Himalayan travel and trek operators, at Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks we provide you with a special discounted price on groups of trekkers consisting of more than 10 members, which is:

  • USD 1875 for 1 pax
  • USD 1775 for 2-3 pax
  • USD 1725 for 4-6 pax
  • USD 1675 for 7–10 pax
Itinerary
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Our representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and transfer you to your designated lodge by private coach.

In the evening, there will be a short and sweet discussion regarding necessary equipment and trekking permits.

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel
  • Max. Altitude1,320 m

On this day, you will tour some of the major historical and religious UNESCO monuments in the valley.

The holy shrines on the list are Pashupatinath (the holiest to visit), Swyambhunath (a monkey temple with a pack of fur babies), and Boudhnath (to worship for liberation). The historic Durbar Squares are fun to explore, with several alleyways in chaotic streets.

After an entire day of sightseeing, you will make preparations as briefed by our guide for the trek beginning the following day.

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast

After an early morning surreal flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you will have breakfast here and head for Phakding at an altitude of 2,652 m.

You will do a short trek today, approximately 3–4 hours while descending Thado Khola and crossing a few riveting suspension bridges adron with dancing prayer flags.

The acclimatization of this day is blessed with a magnificent glimpse of Mt. Nupla (5,885m) and Kusum Kangaru (6,367m) and an overnight stay at Phakding

  • AccommodationLocal Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,652 m

This day you will hike through waterfalls and several cultural-natural attractions of the region after a slight rise to Jorshalle viewing some of the lovely Sherpa villages, dense woods of rhododendrons, firs, and magnolias.

On the way, you look forward to receiving the rewarding views of Kusum Kangru, Thamserku, Nuptse, and some glimpses at Everest. If weather permits today you might get to climb a steep hill in Namche as well as welcome a more expansive Himalayan sight and spend the night at a comfortable guest house or tea house.

  • AccommodationGuest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,440 m

Namche evokes the much-needed acclimatization day to adapt to the highly elevated mountain area by taking a hike to Thame, Kunde, Khumjung, or up to the Everest Hotel for an unobstructed sight of the surrounding snow-capped peaks or strolling around the Namche Bazaar.

For your kind information, hiking up and spending the night at a relatively lower elevation is considered to be much more effective for acclimatization; hence, it is recommended that you climb high-altitude hills and later spend the night at a guest house in Namche.

  • AccommodationLocal Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,440 m

The day begins with a steep climb to Khumjung hill, descending gradually to the east of the village, leading to the Dudh Koshi River, changing course to the north, and finally reaching a chhorten on the ridge at 3,973m on a downhill walk straight from Mt. Khumbila (5,716m).

Upon arriving at the ridge, you will visit the infamous birthplace of the reincarnated Lama of the Eongbuk Monastery of Tibet, revered as the initiator of Buddhism in the Khumbu region of Nepal, and head down to Phortse Thanga for the night, near the river, making your way through the trail with a series of steep switchbacks on the sandy slopes of the Dudh Koshi River.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,680 m

Maccheromo from Phortse Thanga is an uphill climb, hiking alongside the beautiful forest of rhododendron, passing through the cased waterfalls before Tonba Village, making way to Dole, Labarma, and Luza, and finally ascending to the Macchermo as the destination of the day, as marked by the Chhorten on walking past Luza village.

The journey throughout the day is along the river shore of the Dudh Koshi River, with an overnight stay in the tea house of Machhermo to view the river valleys at night.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,470 m

The day begins with a climb of a ridge from Macchermo, widening the valley onward through Phangka with an excellent lookout at the valley of Kang Taiga, and up towards Cho Oyu, experiencing descents to the riverbank before hiking up the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep hill that levels out on crossing an iron bridge over a stream following the valley past the first lake of the trek, Longpongo at 4,690m.

Hereafter, you will make your way to the Gokyo village, observing the sacred footprints of the holy Lama and watching the shimmering second lake of the overall journey, Taboche Tsho, while the third lake provides you with a stunning backdrop of Cho Oyu to finally rest for the night at the tea house in the village of Gokyo.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,800 m

It is one of the major trek days when you will hike up to one of the scenic vantage points of the Everest region, Gokyo Ri, early in the morning to savor the panoramic sunrise view and the entire Khumbu valleys, granting you an insider view of Everest, Makalu Barun, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and many others.

En route, you will come across the fourth Gokyo lake, called Thonak Tsho, to retrace the trekking trail to the third lake, which will be a pleasurable and serene experience. Additionally, on a clear day, if your fitness supports you, you can ramble up to the fifth lake, the longest glacier in the Himalayas, Ngozumba Glacier, to return to Gokyo village for a night.

  • AccommodationTea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,357 m

In case you were not able to summit the Gokyo Ri previously, today is when you will head for a slightly demanding steep hill hike of about 3–4 hours quite early in the morning to grasp the striking scenery of the Gokyo village, particularly lying on the edge of the third Gokyo Lake, and the mesmerizing dynasty views of Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Toboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori.

Nonetheless, the destination of the day is Thangnak as you descend through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the other side of the mountain, traversing back and forth along the cliffs with a fair elevation gain in the last section of the trek

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,750 m

One of the most adventurous days is here when trekkers and travelers will make their way across one of the major high mountain passes of the Khumbu/Everest region, Cho La, including the glacier traverse on the eastern side that might be slippery due to ice on the rugged terrain dominated by pyramidal Ama Dablam to the south, Cholatse to the west, Lobuche to the east, and Naruntse to the right.

The vibrant prayer flags denote the arrival at the Pass through a massif, a ravine, and frozen lakes on the way to finally take a descending trail to Dzongla village amidst the radiant peaks, along with Pheriche village far below, on making your way through a few crevasses.

  • AccommodationTea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,367 m

It is comparatively a short trek day, allowing you ample time to unwind in the tranquil natural beauty as you first climb down from Dzongla, walking through a grassy route accompanied by dazzling Lobuche Peak curving through the wide river bed before Lobuche rests for the day to recharge yourself for your upcoming journey.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,940 m

The much-awaited trek day is here when you will ascend to the foot of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest’s Base Camp, which begins with a trek through the narrow space in between the moraine of the glaciers and the wall, crossing the tributary of the mountain glacier to reach the dry lake bed of the region on route to the base camp, Gorak Shep.

After grabbing the delicious lunch on Gorak Shep, you will move forth to the base camp of Everest and explore the area for a while, which is definitely going to be unforgettable, added by an amazing encounter of mountaineers en route hoping for a successful summit to Everest, and lastly, call it a day at the local tea house in Gorak Shep.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,364 m

This day, you will leave early in the morning, when the weather is bright and clear, favoring the climb to Kala Patthar.

It is one of the major highlights of the trip, with a rewarding 360-degree panoramic view of Mount Everest and other surrounding peaks from the towering hill.

Afterward, you will return to Gorak Shep for breakfast and gradually descend to Pheriche to rest for the night at a guesthouse.

  • AccommodationGuest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,545 m

You will be walking along the hillside covered with rhododendrons and junipers during the peak trekking season. If it is spring, you will be enchanted with pink and red rhododendron flowers.

Before Tengboche, the trail drops, and Phunki Thanga passes through pine forests, where you might get to see rare wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful pheasants.

At last, you will reach Namche for the night at a comfortable guest house.

  • AccommodationLocal Guest house
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,280 m

Today, the trail descends steeply before crossing the suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. From here, the trail becomes more flat and passes by forests of rhododendrons and pine trees, along with a view of the snowy peaks in the distance.

You will get a small break at Phakding to take lunch, and you will continue the trek to Lukla.

The last night with the trek crew will be memorable. Overnight stay at a guesthouse

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,440 m

This is the last day of the trek. Thanking the crucial part of the trek, the porters, and saying goodbye to the heavenly, snow-capped mountains

From Lukla, you will fly back to Kathmandu, which will be an impressive flight with the sights of dramatic landscapes, terrains, and a chain of mountains from the left or right side of the window.

When the flight is as scheduled, you are likely to be back at the hotel before noon. You can utilize the remaining time by taking a good shower and getting plenty of rest in the afternoon.

At the end of the day, you’ll get to enjoy a celebratory dinner in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationThree-Star-Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast- farewell Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,860 m

A representative from Adventure Himalayan Travels will transport you to the airport.

Thank you for choosing us for your trip. We look forward to seeing you again!

  • MealsBreakfast

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Route Map
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek via Cho La Pass - 18 Days Map
What's Included
Includes
  • 14 nights and 15 days of food ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu airfare
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters( porter carry maximum 20 k.g and one porter between two person)
  • Sagarmatha National Park fees
  • Pasang lamu Entrance fees
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Three nights’ accommodation at three star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Adventure Travels Duffle/Kit Bag.
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter etc.)
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Trekking achievement certificate
  • Adventure HImalayan Tshirt
Excludes
  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 50  (Details in Visa Page)
  • International flight fare
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
  • Extra accomodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
Dates and Prices
Date PriceAvailability 
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 22, 2024End DateEnds: ThursdayAug 08, 2024PricePriceUS$1775StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 29, 2024End DateEnds: ThursdayAug 15, 2024PricePriceUS$1775StatusStatusAvailable
Useful Info

When is the best time to commence Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via the Cho La Pass Himalayan expedition?

Both spring and autumn, pre-monsoon and post-monsoon, are taken into consideration as the best time to embark on a thrilling Himalayan trip to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass due to its notably mild temperature, ideal trekking trail and weather conditions, crystal clear visibility, and mind-blowing natural beauty, while several months of these seasons coincide with some of the major Nepalese festivals to breathe in the vibrant festive air.

Similarly, the months of winter and summer/monsoon are also feasible times to commence the journey to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass, where it might be essential to keep yourself up to date with additional trekking gear, equipment, and backpacks to enjoy the unique beauty of the Himalayan landscapes, enriching culture, and majestic peaks of Nepal, along with the awe-inspiring intimacy with Mt. Everest.

Who issues the permits for the combined trek to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass?

To embark on the ionic renowned trekking destination within the Everest region, a joint pilgrimage to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass, you will need two mandatory permits called the Sagarmatha National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality instead of the TIMS card generally issued by the Department of Immigration and the National Park authorities under the Nepalese Government.

These permits are intended to provide necessary aid in need to trekkers and travelers, which generally charge USD 30 for the Sagarmatha National Park Permit, where adventurers from SAARC National pay NPR 1,500 only, which is USD 2,000 for the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, regardless of the time of the year of visit and citizenship of the people embarking on the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek.

Accommodation and facilities during the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek

Along the trekking trail to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake, you will find a range of accommodations, from typical guest houses to local lodges that provide you with simple bedding, including twin beds, pillows, and blankets. Carrying an extra-warm sleeping bag is highly advised for a comfortable night at high altitudes, particularly above 3,000m.

Further, these basic to cozy teahouses and lodges provide much-needed hearty menus along with charging facilities and sometimes wifi as well, depending on the remoteness of the area where you can fill boiled water on the way to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake, usually at an additional cost.

If you are seeking a camping experience, this route to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake is the best one that might be as convenient as it sounds, having to consider the overall budget and camping gear.

Although the amenities we relish every day might get limited on the way to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake, remember us for the best of the best services for comfortable hiking and trekking involvement.

What are the difficulties that you might encounter on the way to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake?

Trekking to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via crossing the Cho La Pass is considered a strenuous adventure in the upper Himalayas where trekkers and travelers might have to push themselves beyond their limits in a remote Himalayan location that might involve some steep ascents and descents in rough terrain that can test your physical and mental strength several times.

In the meantime, the majority of the rambling is at high altitudes 3,000m above sea level, where the Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lake, Cho La Pass, and Kala Patthar pose as potential acute mountain sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness vulnerable areas being elevated above 5,000m that might expose you to the unpredictable and harsh weather conditions demanding appropriate packing, gearing, and wise selection of trekking and climbing equipment during the winter and summer seasons.

How to prepare yourself for the 18-day adventurous wilderness to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake via Cho La Pass?

To truly be prepared for the raw Himalayan wilderness voyage to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake on crossing one of the high mountain passes of the Everest region, Cho La Pass, it is important to put a remarkable effort into the logistical management along with the compulsory addition of government authorization, whether you are seeking a solo trip, a small group departure, or a large group expedition beside the three months prior physical advancement on:

  • Engaging yourself in regular exercise emphasizes cardiovascular endurance, core strengthening, and stamina-building routines such as walking, hiking, jogging, and cycling.
  • Make sure to incorporate high-hill trekking and hiking to familiarize your body with the low oxygen level and rugged terrain.
  • Make sure to obtain the necessary permits, where taking service from one of the locally based travel, trekking, and tour operators capable of arranging crucial logistics.
  • It is good to hire a professional guide, whether you buy a package from trekking agencies and companies or not.
  • Lastly, always remember to consume healthy food even before the beginning of the trek to Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lake, etc.

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