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


  • 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). 

The Everest Trek is one of the most thrilling adventures to captivate in your life. When Mt. Everest is a very familiar name around the globe, it really does possible a series of nerve-wracking mountainous activities. Any kind of tour, expedition, or trek in this region is going to be one of the best moments you have ever lived on. The EBC Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass Trek is one such experience that combines Everest Base Camp with turquoise Gokyo Lake and High Cho La Pass at an elevation of 5,367 m.

Gokyo Lake shelters some of the most stunning hidden villages never seen before, with the untarnished authentic lifestyle of the locals. The whole scenario resembles an imaginary heaven becoming real. It is an absolute eye candy to unleash one's negativity in the hands of goddess nature and reincarnate. Cho La pass, on the other hand, is one of the major high passes encompassed by three of the eight-thousanders: Mt. Cho Yo (8,201 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), and Mt. Cho Yo (8,201 m), besides Mt. Everest itself. The Khumbu ranges from here are jaw-dropping throughout the trail, with some steadily lateral mountains that compel every individual to appreciate their human essence.

The trek begins eventually at the exciting Lukla airport after a breathtaking scenic flight from the Kathmandu Valley. Then, this, which is also called the Everest Circuit Trek, passes through several beautifully ornate Sherpa settlements such as Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Phortse Thanga, and others. On the way while passing through these inhabitants, you will encounter numerous religious ancient monasteries, including Tengboche monastery (one of the oldest monasteries), with scented incense and holy chanting creating an amazing peaceful divine atmosphere.

It is a perfect package to enjoy the high Himalayan terrains and landscapes that come with the extra gift of rich culture and customary life of the people from the Himalayas while you reach the ultimate destination, Everest Base Camp (EBC), that you have dreamed of for ages.

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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
  • MealsComplimentary Dinner
  • 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

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

Today you will be passing through waterfalls and other cultural and natural attractions after a slight rise to Jorshalle.

During this trek, you will get to encounter some of the lovely Sherpa villages after crossing dense forests of rhododendron trees, magnolias, and giant firs, which look gorgeous.

En route, you will receive rewarding views of Kusum Kangru (6,369 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Nuptse (7,879 m), and a glance at Everest (8,848 m) as well.

If the weather permits, you will climb a steep hill in Namche that welcomes more spectacular sights and comfortable guest houses to spend a second night.

  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3,440 m

In the capital of Sherpa, Namche Bazaar, you will take a short hike to Thame, Khude, Khumking, or up to the Everest Hotel, which gives you an unobstructed view of Mount Everest as well.

Instead of hiking, you can choose to relax and explore the Sherpa culture. However, you must keep in mind that moving your legs up and resting low is a way of acclimatizing, which is important before hopping for further elevation.

At night, you will be staying at a guest house.

  • AccommodationLocal Guest House
  • MealsAll three meal courses
  • Max. Altitude3,440 m

You will begin this day by climbing the Khumjung hill, descending to the east of the village, down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Koshi River, and turning north.

There is a Chorten on the ridge top at 3,973 m, descending from Mt. Khumbila (5,761 m). From here, you will visit the birthplace of the reincarnated Lama of the Eongbuk Monastery of Tibet, believed to be the initiator of Buddhism in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

Then, the trail gradually descends through a series of steep switchbacks, down a sandy slope to the Dudh Koshi.

At the end of the day, you will stay in Phortse Tanga, near the river.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,973 m

Machhermo is an uphill climb from Phortse Thanga, walking alongside a rhododendron forest and passing through a waterfall before Tonba village.

You will continue to do an uphill hike, passing by Dole, Labarma, and Luza villages, till you reach Machhermo, where the Chhorten on the way to Luza village indicates the arrival of the destination of the day.

The journey throughout the day is along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, with an overnight stay in Machhermo.

  • MealsFull meal courses
  • Max. Altitude4,470 m

The day starts with a ridge climb for an excellent view of the valley to Kangtaiga and also up towards Cho Oyu (8,153 m).

The valley afterward widens while passing through Phangka, then descends to the riverbank before hiking up the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep hill.

When you cross an iron bridge over a stream, the trail levels out, following the valley past the first lake of the trek, Longpongo, at 4,690 m.

Here, you get a chance to observe the footprints of Lama on stone and the mesmerizing, shimmering second lake, Taboche Tsho.

While the Gokyo Valley stands by the third lake linked by a surging stream with a sparkling backdrop of the Cho Oyu mountain range after moving a few steps ahead from the Taboche Tsho Lake,

You will explore the third lake, Dudh Pokhari, after lunch and call a day at Gokyo.

  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,800 m

You will go to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above Gokyo village, in the morning to savor the fantastic sunrise and view of the entire Khumbu region.

The more you ascend, the more fascinating the view becomes of the highest peaks of Nepal: Everest, Makalu Barun, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse.

Upon reaching the fourth lake, Thonak Tsho, you will get the pleasure of the serene lake and retrace the trail to the third lake.

In addition, you can hike up to the fifth lake, the longest glacier in the Himalayas, Ngozumba Glacier, if the permits and physical fitness support the expedition, and return to Gokyo for a night.

  • MealsAll three meals
  • Max. Altitude5,357 m

In case you were not favored to summit Gokyo Ri the previous day, you will head for it today, which is going to be a little demanding with a steep hike of about 3–4 hours.

The striking scenery of Gokyo village, on the edge of the third lake, overlooked by Cholatse and Nogzumpa glaciers, makes up for all the hardships of the day.

To be in the center of soaring Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Toboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori will be gratifying.

The sight of sunrays kissing Everest, which towers over all the surrounding peaks, is astounding.

Then, you will trek through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the other side of the mountain, traversing along the cliffs, and mender into Thagnak.

The trail doesn’t cover much distance, with an afternoon and evening rest to prepare for the next long hiking days with fair elevation gain.

  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,750 m

It is one of the toughest days of the trip, involving a glacier traverse on the eastern side of the Cho La Pass, which itself isn’t difficult.

The vertical trail glazed by ice on the rocks is the actual confrontation, which might be slightly slippery.

Whereas the trail from Phedi is through a massif, a ravine, and the sides of the frozen lake to the top of the pass, decorated with prayer flags.

The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over mountains in the south, Cholatse to the west, and Lobuche to the east, while the Naruntse rises sharply to the right.

Before you reach Dzongla Village, which has great views of the mountains mentioned earlier, along with Pheriche village far below, you will have to pass through a few crevasses.

  • MealsFull meal course
  • Max. Altitude5,367 m

The trek of this day is a very short one that includes ample time to relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty.

At first, you will climb down from Dzongla and walk through a grassy trail with a dazzling view of Lobuche Peak.

Then, it curves through the wide river bed before Lobuche. Here, you will spend the rest of the day resting to recharge yourself for the next day’s long trek.

Overnight stay in Lobuche!

  • MealsAll three meals
  • Max. Altitude4,940 m

The first section of the trek starts from Lobuche, which follows the narrow space between the moraine of the glaciers and the wall, then you will cross the tributary mountain glacier to reach the dry lake bed called Gorakshep.

You will stop here for lunch and then head for the base camp of Everest and explore the famous area for climbing expeditions up to the highest summit on the planet, Mt. Everest. It is a brilliant opportunity to experience the energy of the brave climbers.

After living the best moment in the Everest Base Camp, you will trek back to Gorakshep and stay overnight at a guest house.

  • AccommodationLocal Guest House
  • 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-Dinner-Lunch
  • 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, thetrail descends steeply before crossing the suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. From here, the trail becomes more flat and passes by forests of rhododendron 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
  • MealsFull Meal Courses
  • 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.

  • AccommodationComfortable Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast-Dinner

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
  • 14 nights and 15 days of food 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
  • 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: MondayOct 02, 2023End DateEnds: ThursdayOct 19, 2023PricePriceUS$1575StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: ThursdayOct 05, 2023End DateEnds: SundayOct 22, 2023PricePriceUS$1575StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayOct 09, 2023End DateEnds: ThursdayOct 26, 2023PricePriceUS$1575StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: ThursdayOct 12, 2023End DateEnds: SundayOct 29, 2023PricePriceUS$1575StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayOct 16, 2023End DateEnds: ThursdayNov 02, 2023PricePriceUS$1575StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: ThursdayOct 19, 2023End DateEnds: SundayNov 05, 2023PricePriceUS$1575StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayOct 23, 2023End DateEnds: ThursdayNov 09, 2023PricePriceUS$1575StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: ThursdayOct 26, 2023End DateEnds: SundayNov 12, 2023PricePriceUS$1575StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayOct 30, 2023End DateEnds: ThursdayNov 16, 2023PricePriceUS$1575StatusStatusAvailable

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