Gokyo Chola Pass Trek (5,402m)

Gokyo Chola Pass Trek


  • – See the spectacular views of Mt. Everest from Gokyo Ri
    – Feel lost in the glistening views of the glacial lakes in Gokyo Valley
    – Feeling of contentment after walking to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar
    – Blissful time walking through off the beaten trails full of lush vegetation in the Gokyo valley
    – Feel adrenaline rush during the electrifying Lukla flight


The Gokyo Cho La Pass Everest Base Camp Trek is more technically advanced than some of the other treks in the area – and therefore more adventurous! It encompasses all the ‘usual’ sights in the area, such as Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, Gorak Shep, and Everest Base Camp, but also includes a visit to the Tokyo Lake by crossing the high altitude Cho La Pass (5,330m).


There are some long days of 8 to 9 hours but the majority are 5 to 6 hours in length. This is a stunning trek for those with stamina and a sense of adventure. Flying in and out of Lukla ensures the maximum amount of time is spent in the mountains. However, acclimatization is a must and this is done in the famous Namche Bazaar, from where it is possible to take a short, but steep walk to Syangboche for your first close-up of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.


On this excursion, you can also visit Khumjung Village and the Khumjung Hillary School, started by Sir Edmund Hillary to give back to the Sherpa people. This trek takes you through Rhododendron and pine forests, across a waterfall, and through high pasturelands, past chortens, and fluttering prayer flags.


Coming close to the Ngozumpa Glacier trekkers are awarded for making the narrow and steep climb when they reach three of the Gokyo Lakes with their turquoise, clear water. A highlight of this trek is the steep climb up to Gokyo Ri(5,357m) to view Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. This climb provides you with both stunning mountain views and acts as acclimatization for the long day ahead to cross the Cho La Pass.


In order to cross the pass before the winds set in, it is necessary to start the day very early, around 4 or 5 am. It’s a tough day with the top of the pass being at over 5,300 m. Part of the trail is over ice, making it a real once-in-a-lifetime achievement! This feeling of achievement continues as the trekking route goes on to Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp, and Kalapatthar, also known as Everest View Point.


This trek certainly has its challenges such as long and strenuous walking days but the rewards more than make up for it in terms of personal achievement and a unique album of glorious photographs!


“Twenty years form now you will be more disappointed

by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do”.

– jackso Brown


Maximum Altitude:5,420 meters
Best Season:Spring, Autumn & Winter
Trip Grade:Medium Level
Group Size:1 – 15 people
Duration:18 Days


  • Airport pickup, drop and all ground transport by private vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast as per itinerary.
  • Trekking Lodge (Tea House) accommodations throughout the trek.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the Gokyo Chola pass and Everest Base Camp trek.
  • All necessary paper works for Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and TIMS card.
  • A highly experience and knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government License holder Sherpa guide with his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Friendly and helpful porters with proper walking equipment, his salary, foods, accommodation and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Comprehensive medical box (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Emergency life saver oxygen and mask support.
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private vehicle.
  • Assistant guide group size more than 4 person group.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in typical Nepalese restaurant.


  • International Airfare from and to Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15 days Visa.
  • Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
  • Meals during your stay in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner as per itinerary.
  • Your Personal Expenses and trekking equipment for the trek.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses)
  • All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees.
  • Excess baggage more than 12 kg. (If you have extra baggage you can leave in Kathmandu office with full safety)


Itenary to Gokyo Chola Pass Trek as follows:


Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu.

Arrival Kathmandu and hotel transfer. Evening welcome dinner.


Day 2 : Warm-up tour of Kathmandu City.

    Many things to see in Kathmandu by sightseeing guide and Everest chola pass trek preparation, short briefing about the trek, lukla flight. Hotel B/B plan.

Day 3 : Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding

    Morning, Flight to Lukla – 2,840m, short preparation and hiking along the Sherpa villages, Buddhist prayer walls and suspension bridge with the scenic view of Kusum Kangaroo mountain. Trek to Phakding 2,650m. About to 5 hours stone steps and rough trail.

Day 4 : Trek Monjo – Jorsalle – Namche Bazaar 3,440m.

    Monjo – Jorsalle – Namche Bazaar 3,440m. After breakfast the hike begin along the dudh koshi river bank, cross some of the beautiful pine forest, waterfalls, rhododendron trees, rocky and rough trail with the many suspensions bridges and view of Mt. Thamserkhu, Kusum Kangaroo and rocky mountains you will reach Manjoo village. Officially you will enter UNESCO national park and stop for hot lunch in Jorshelle village. Continue walk along the river bank and pine forest you will cross the famous Hillary bridge which is one of most fascination connection to upper and lower Khumbu valley. You will walk uphill another 2 hours up to Namche Bazaar, it is a gateway of Mount Everest, Small capital of Sherpas.

Day 5 : Rest day at Namche Bazaar.

Acclimatization and hiking around climb high and sleep low, travel to khumjung and Syangboche Airport to see the best view of Mt.Everest. Namche Bazaar.


Day 6 : Hike over the Mong La to Dole 4,100m.

Curves, uphill and downhill panoramic Hike over the Mong La to Dole 4,100m.


Day 7 : Hike to Machhermo 4,350.

Comfortable. Hike to Machhermo 4,350.


Day 8 : Hike to Gokyo.

Three or four enchanting lakes. Hike to Gokyo and get close to Mt. Tso Oyu and Tibet 4850m.


Day 9 : Trek to Dragnak.

The final goal of the Gokyo valley, ascent of Gokyo Ri 5,357m. and trek to Dragnak 4,780m.


Day 10 : Trek to Cho La 5,380m. to Dzongla 4,840m.

    With a lot of effort in high altitude Gokyo glacier mountain cross the Cho La 5,380m. to Dzongla 4,840m.

Day 11 : Hike to Lobuche 4,930m.

Everest conqueror casualties. Hike to Lobuche 4.930m.


Day 12 : Everest Base Camp hiking 5,365 m. – Gorakshep.

In the shadow of Everest. Everest Base Camp hiking 5,365 m. – Gorakshep high-altitude sleep 5,180m.


Day 13 : Hike to Kala Patthar 5,545m. trek back Dingboche.

Even higher! Ascent of Kala Patthar 5,545m. Everest sunrise view, Khumbu glacier and Everest top view, trek back Dingboche – 4,430m.


Day 14 : Hiking to Thengboche monastery.

Juniper and rhododendron hiking to Thengboche monastery for better Mt. Amadablam view and Mt. Lhotse with Mt. Everest Sunset View via Pangboche 3.867m. Stopping in Tyangboche Monastery lodge.


Day 15 : Hike to Jhorsalle via Namche Bazaar 2,800m.

Downhill. uphill and panorama hike to Jhorsalle via Namche Bazaar 2,800m.


Day 16 : Last day trekking to Lukla via Phakding.

Last day trekking to Lukla via Phakding and yaks village


Day 17 : Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.

By Bird’s Eye view flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Transfer to hotel.


Day 18 : Final departure.

Free time and drive to airport for onward destination

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