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Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes and Chola Pass (17 Days)

This is another famed route to the Everest base camp which is less frequently travelled. By far, this has been  rated as one of the best treks in the Everest region by travellers in the region and no doubt it has all the elements to prove it right. Everest base camp via Gokyo lakes and Chola Pass takes you on the roller coaster ride of trails and never ending vista and the beautiful mountain panorama.

It very rare in the other regions to find lakes made out of glacier deposits and in abundance. This trek takes you to beautiful emerald green and turquoise lakes which has the most magnificent reflection of the highest mountains. To add up, it takes you to the highest walkable passes, which is as well a fantastic vantage point for the world’s highest mountains. Cho La offers the view of Everest and unlike the view from Kala Patthar you can see the Everest dominating the entire landscape. Finally, we as well see the Everest base camp and the Kala Patthar which is the zenith of the trek

Along with the adventure that you come across in the trail, you will as well enjoy the rich sherpa culture, their cuisine and their way of life. Besides that, you will as well have chance of witnessing rare birds and animal. We as well will spot plenty of stupas and some rare monasteries in the region, which carries a history in its back.

Map with Elevation

Short Itinerary:

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2Trek Preparation and Shopping
Day 3Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (200m descend – 50m descend)
Day 4Phakding – Namche bazaar(1000m ascent – 100m descent)
Day 5Rest Day
Day 6Namche – Phortse Thanga (530m ascent – 290m descent)
Day 7Phortse Thanga - Machermo (ascent – 650m)
Day 8Machhermo – Gokyo (ascent – 350m)
Day 9Gokyo Acclimatization and excursion (570m ascent – 570m descend)
Day 10Gokyo to Dragnag (Thaknag)
Day 11Dragnag (Thaknag) – Chola Pass – Dzongla (Ascent 700m – Descent 590m)
Day 12Dzongla – Labuche
Day 13Labuche – Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar/EBC – Gorakshep (Ascent 650m, descent 385m)
Day 14Gorakshep – Pheriche (200m ascent, descent 700+m)
Day 15Pheriche – Namche (Ascent 400m and ascent 50+m)
Day 16Namche – Lukla (Ascent 950m, descend 250m)
Day 17Lukla – Kathmandu
Best Seasons:
Spring(April, June, July),
Number of Days:
17 Days
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Places Visited: Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport

Activities: No Activities Briefing

Thank you for choosing Everest Gokyo Trek as your next adventure destination! Upon your arrival in the Tribhuvan International airport, one of our representatives will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You will not do much on this day but only explore your surroundings and the local culture.

Day 2
Trek Preparation and Shopping

Places Visited: Thamel Dormitory Nepal

Activities: Shopping Briefing

You will meet your trek leader on this day and he would brief you about trekking to Everest base camp. The back office staff will prepare all required permits for your trekking and you will do the last minute shopping for your trekking along with your guide. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to the most happening market in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (200m descend – 50m descend)

Places Visited: Phakding Tribhuvan International Airport Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla)

Activities: Flight Hiking Briefing

The day starts early and as early as 4 in the morning to catch an early flight to Lukla. The flight to lukla is completely dependent on weather conditions and often gets rescheduled. Once we reach Tenzing Hillary airport, Lukla, we have our breakfast and after certain time embark on the stone trail downhill around 45 minutes. We walk along herders and traders with Yak and mules at time. We cross through beautiful Buddhist communities, with prayer flags, chorten and prayer walls. Relatively today’s trek is easy and we trek for 3-4 hours until we arrive Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 4
Phakding – Namche bazaar(1000m ascent – 100m descent)

Places Visited: Phakding Namche

Activities: Hiking Briefing

We start strolling on the same undulating trail we had left the earlier day. On this day we walk on the trail, carved on the hills, on the bank of Dudh koshi. Several times we cross rustic suspension bridges to walk on the left and right banks. We walk our way through beautiful riverside Buddhist settlement intermingled with sparse forest of Rhododendron, pine and fir. The first glimpse of Thamserku 6608 m can be seen on this day, if the weather is clear. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar through sheer, crisscross and pine scented trail is the most difficult section of the day. Furthermore, we also feel the thin air and altitude kick in. On a clear day Namche offers the view of Mt. Everest. We rest overnight in Namche.

Day 5
Rest Day

Places Visited: Namche acclimatization

Activities: Side Trips and Acclimatization Hiking Briefing

On day 5 as well we do not go any further than Namche and stop here itself for much needed acclimatization. On this day in order to get acquainted with high altitude, we explore Namche and its culture on the first place and then do short hikes to higher grounds close to Namche. Namche is interesting village or town which has terrace like settlement and looks like an amphitheatre. This is the most happening village throughout the Everest Gokyo trek. On this day we hike to Syangboche airport; one of the high altitude, non commercial air strip. We also take the opportunity to visit Khunde and Khumjung where we see the school built by Sir. Edmund Hillary. Back to Namche we relax and enjoy the view, meanwhile we get ready for the next day’s trek. This place would be the last place on the trail for any last minute shopping.

Day 6
Namche – Phortse Thanga (530m ascent – 290m descent)

Places Visited: Namche Phortse

Activities: Hiking Briefing

There are two options from here to reach our next destination and we stick with the route via Kyanjuma. With the views of snow dusted, soaring Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse we make sheer ascent through barren ridges. After the ascent we reach Mong La also known as Mond Danda. Mong Danda is where we loosen our load and relax over the lunch. After revitalizing ourselves, we further descend to the root of the hill and banks of Dudh Koshi River. At the bottom of the hill lies our final destination for the day, Phortse Thanga.

Day 7
Phortse Thanga - Machermo (ascent – 650m)

Places Visited: Machermo Phortse

Activities: Hiking Briefing

From Phortse thanga branches two trails, one that heads to Everest base camp and the other which heads to the valley of Dudh Koshi, which is Gokyo. On this day we don’t walk huge distance, but strenuous and sheer uphill. The reason for walking less is as within a very short distance we reach the recommended uphill travel for a day. The trail encompasses beautiful forest of Rhododendron - a beautiful trail and playground of musk deer. Keep an eye for Golden eagle and dramatically soaring mountains of Everest region. The trail is comparatively easy from after we cross a village namely Dole. On the other hand, we would only see tundra grass and dotted scrub Junipers. It is advised to hydrate as much as possible due to remarkable change in altitude over a short period of time.

Day 8
Machhermo – Gokyo (ascent – 350m)

Places Visited: Gokyo Machermo

Activities: Hiking Briefing

The villages we see from Machhermo onwards are all temporary villages and only inhabited at certain time of the year. The views are unparalleled from here as you will get the unblocked views of Kantega, Cho Oyu and others. We keep walking on the trail by the Dudh Koshi river for almost an hour and until we reach the first lake. We see the 1st lake immediately after a sheer uphill walk and then further down the trail we see 2nd lake called Taboche Tsho. Finally, we see the third lake namely Gokyo, which is also known as Dudh Kunda. There is a small settlement, basically a cluster of lodges by the 3rd Lake and we spend 2 days in the same place for acclimatization and excursion. As we walk very short distance on this day, we could further travel to the 4th and 5th lakes which is around 1 and ½ hours hike up and down. Nevertheless, hiking to the 4th and the 5th lake is always dependent on your willingness, physical strength and the weather.

Day 9
Gokyo Acclimatization and excursion (570m ascent – 570m descend)

Places Visited: Gokyo Acclimatization

Activities: Hiking Briefing Side Trips and Acclimatization

After acclimatizing in Gokyo and enjoying the views of Cho Oyu (8204m) for long enough, we further ascent to Gokyo Ri (5346m). Gokyo Ri is one of the most appreciated, nearby viewpoints and a peak that offers an unparalleled, picturesque view of surrounding mountains including the Everest. Travelers love the day trip to Gokyo Ri because it does not require a mountaineering permit and acclimatize perfectly for the following days’ hike to one of the high passes above 5000m. The entire trip takes about 4 hours and we call it a 2nd day at Gokyo itself.

Day 10
Gokyo to Dragnag (Thaknag)

Places Visited: Gokyo Thangnak (Dragnak)

Activities: Hiking Briefing

On this day we walk almost all day on the treacherous trail left behind ever changing trails from the melts and shifts of Ngozumpa Glacier. The trail is only marked by the help of steps and cairns made by the trekkers. This is one of the most difficult sections of Gokyo lake trek already, and the chances of rock rolling from the hills make it more adventurous. There is nothing interesting about Dragnag except the views of the surrounding. This place is basically a group of houses that serves as lodges and the launching pad for trekkers willing to cross the pass next day.

Day 11
Dragnag (Thaknag) – Chola Pass – Dzongla (Ascent 700m – Descent 590m)

Places Visited: Cho La Thangnak (Dragnak) Dzongla

Activities: Hiking Briefing

The day is tedious and we start very early to cover the entire ascent and descent above 5000m, which takes approximately 9 hours. This is one of the most difficult sections of the Gokyo Lake trek. However, we slowly embark on the same trail we left on the day prior and stroll steep and never ending uphill but with some pretty nice and near views of peaks like Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Phari Lapche, Kyajo – Ri. On the other hand, once you reach the top you will be captivated by 360 degree view of the mountains in the region. Not to forget, the view of Mount Everest dominating rest of the landscape is irreplaceable. Further after crossing Chola Pass the trail again becomes sheer, exhilarating scramble, on the edge of the mountains. After reaching the foot of the trail from the Chola pass we cross several streams, from where the trail becomes a walk in the garden. The view of Ama Dablam yet looks at its best and towards the end of the valley until we reach Dongla. We spend overnight at Dzongla.

Day 12
Dzongla – Labuche

Places Visited: Dzongla Labuche

Activities: Hiking Briefing

Comparing with previous days, today can be called as easy hike of 2-3 hours. With the view of Cholatse on our right, majority of our walk will be on this grassy knoll. Furthermore, we come across beautiful streams and finally walking over the moraine we reach Labuche. We spend overnight at Lobuche.

Day 13
Labuche – Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar/EBC – Gorakshep (Ascent 650m, descent 385m)

Places Visited: Gorak shep Kala Patthar Gorak shep Everest Base Camp

Activities: Briefing Hiking

It is very important to be careful on this day as we may feel AMS but cautiously we ascend towards Gorak Shep. Initially we follow the narrow gap between glacier moraine and the mountain. We make a very small but difficult climb to more technically difficult moraine with the first sighting to Gorakshep. Gorakshep 5160 m. Gorak Shep is at the base of Kalapatthar 5545m and is a flat land where we have our lunch. We do 2 trips from Gorak Shep but not on the same day. It is recommended to visit Kala Patthar on this day to view Himalayas of Everest region. On the other hand, many people prefer Kala Patthar in the morning but it is not recommended due to the ruined view the mountains due sunrise from behind the Everest. Going to Kala Patthar on the same day would be photographers delight. We would only do either trek to Everest base camp or Kala Patthar on the same day. Overnight at Gorak Shep.

Day 14
Gorakshep – Pheriche (200m ascent, descent 700+m)

Places Visited: Gorak shep Pheriche

Activities: Briefing Hiking

If we made it to Kala Patthar on the previous day, we hike to Everest base camp on this day, before we descend to Pheriche. We make a very nominal ascent of 200m this day but as it is very technical it takes almost 3 hours. We start our trek early at around 6 am to our destination which is a semi-permanent village made out of bright dome tents and bounder covered by prayer flags. Everest base camp is merely a hub of mountaineers who are waiting for green signal to climb further. Nevertheless, the views of the mountains are spectacular but Everest is not visible due to the towering mountains upfront. After spending brief moments in Everest base camp we trek down for another hour to Gorakshep and further down to Periche in Next 3-4 hours.

Day 15
Pheriche – Namche (Ascent 400m and ascent 50+m)

Places Visited: Pheriche Namche

Activities: Briefing Hiking

From Periche we descend to scenic Imja River and make small and easy ascent and walk through the forest of Rhododendron and Fir. We walk majorly through the banks of Imja stream and further of Dudh Koshi River. We cross several patches of villages until an uphill to Tengboche and further down to Phunki Thanga. Since most of the day is a downhill walk, we walk until we reach Namche Bazaar. The final ascend to Namche is sheer but not technical. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 16
Namche – Lukla (Ascent 950m, descend 250m)

Places Visited: Namche Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla)

Activities: Hiking Briefing

Although we start early and it is all descend from Namche to lukla, it is claimed to be the hardest downhill in the entire Everest Gokyo route. The remorseless incline makes it difficult on the knees but there is always an option to slow down the pace and stroll easy. It’s a flat trail from Benkar to Phakding and Lukla and very easy for the knees. It’s the final day in Everest region, on the trails. Once we reach Lukla, the trekking leader will reconfirm your flights. In the evening we usually enjoy party like atmosphere amongst the trekker who has finished their trek.

Day 17
Lukla – Kathmandu

Places Visited: Kathmandu Dormitory Nepal Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla)

Activities: Briefing Flight No Activities

We board an early morning flight on the world’s most adventurous before the weather is wrecked. With the views of the beautiful peaks on our right we head towards Kathmandu. Gokyo Trek officially ends on this day once we transfer you to your hotel or hostel. We further would transfer you to the international airport as per your schedule. We thank you for choosing Wonderful Everest view treks and Expedition as your adventure partner!

Price :
USD 1,599
Note :
15 % Discount for Group Size 5 and Above
What's Included:
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • Trekking Map
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport taxes
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Two nights in a budget accommodation with breakfast
What's Not Included:
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, day backpacks, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • Excess baggage charges
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
Please make sure that you are equipped with following equipments and resuorces before you proceed for this tour package.
  • Sun hat or scarf.
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts.
  • Lightweight cotton long pants.
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturiser
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • I-pod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Modest swimsuits (for Kathmandu)

Reviews from our gratified travellers

Jeff Hayes Jeff Hayes

Everything on the EBC trek was set up perfectly

When I first got to Nepal I wasn't even sure I would go on a trek, but after meeting Uzul and everyone else in the trekking group I believe I found a great fit. Everything on the EBC trek was set up perfectly so I only had to think about the walking everyday. Overall it was an outstanding trek and definitely the high point of my time in Nepal. Visited May 2016

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USD 1,599

Along with the adventure that you come across in the trail, you will as well enjoy the rich sherpa culture, their cuisine and their way of life.

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Trip Highlights

  • Landing on one of the most adventurous airports of Lukla
  • Viewing the Sherpa culture of Everest region
  • Walking along the Emerald lakes located in high altitude namely Gokyo Lakes
  • Crossing one of the highest man walkable passes namely Chola
  • Viewing the 1st base camp of Mt. Everest
  • Climbing to the Peak of Gokyo Ri and Kalapathhar
  • Witnessing one of the most beautiful panorama from Kalapatthar and Gokyo Ri
  • Viewing sunrise or sunset from mentioned view points
  • Views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and hundred others

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