Gokyo Cho La Pass EBC Trek- 18 Days

Annapurna Foothills Treks highly recommends trekking to Kala Patthar 5545m and Everest Base Camp 5363m via Gokyo Valley. The Gokyo Lakes route ventures off the main trail away from the crowds and into the Gokyo Valley for the ascent of Gokyo Ri (Peak) and Cho La (Pass), which are sure to be highlights of your trek.

A morning flight will take you to the small mountain village of Lukla landing on a short precipitous runway. If you are lucky enough to sit on the left side of the plane you will get your first great views of the Everest region. After you are introduced to your support staff, you will start your trek with a gentle descent through cultivated fields and Sherpa villages. Day two however, is a long climb to Namche, a surprisingly modern town where you can enjoy a few luxuries you won’t find in the more remote regions. There is plenty to do while we spend a day here acclimatizing.Besides exploring the bazaar, visiting viewpoints, there is a Sherpa museum where there are many photos of Everest summiteers, as well as a documentary of the Mount Everest region.

From Namche, we leave the classic trail and trek up the Dudh Koshi Valley through Dole and Machermo, until we reach Gokyo. In the Gokyo valley there are five sacred lakes, with clear turquoise water. Besides the lakes themselves, the highlight of Gokyo is the ascent of Gokyo Ri,a small peak just behind the village, from where there are unbelievable views of Cho Oyu and Everest.

After Gokyo Ri, the trek, you cross the Nazing glacier and descend to Tragnag before climbing up to the Cho La Pass: one of three great passes in the Khumbu region. Dropping down from the pass you rejoin the main trail to Everest Base Camp at Lobuche, which passes through Gorak Shep. You will reach base camp in the afternoon.

Early morning the next day you climb to Kala Patthar, 5545m, for a breath-taking view of Mount Everest. From Kala Patthar, you descend to Dingboche, and over the next three days retrace your steps to Lukla, from where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu.

Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.


Trip Highlights


  • beautiful glacial lakes of Gokyo
  • explore part of the Khumbu where few tourists go
  • incredible view from Gokyo Ri, 5340m:  Cho Oyu, Mt Everest and Makalu
  • Cross over the spectacular Cho La Pass, 5420m
  • Ascend Kala Pattar, 5554m, for magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse


Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m

Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3441m

Day 5 : Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar

Day 6 : Trek to Dole, 4200m

Day 7 : Trek to Machermo, 4470m

Day 8 : Trek to Gokyo, 4790m

Day 9 : Trek to Thagnag, 4990m

Day 10 : Cross Cho La pass, 5420m and descend to Dzonglha

Day 11 : Trek to Lobuche, 4910m

Day 12 : Trek to Gorak Shep and back to EBC (Everest Base Camp), 5363m

Day 13 : Early Morning ascend to Kala Pattar, 5545m and descend to Dingbuche, 4400m

Day 14 : Trek to Namche, 3441m

Day 15 : Trek to Lukla

Day 16 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 17 : Free Day

Day 18 : Departure

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
10 March, 2020 27 March, 2020 US $1700 per person Guaranteed
25 March, 2020 11 April, 2020 US $1700 per person Available
05 April, 2020 22 April, 2020 US $1700 per person Available
12 April, 2020 29 April, 2020 US $1700 per person Available
20 April, 2020 07 May, 2020 US $1700 per person Guaranteed
30 April, 2020 17 May, 2020 US $1700 per person Available
12 May, 2020 29 May, 2020 US $1700 per person Guaranteed
20 May, 2020 06 June, 2020 US $1700 per person Available
20 August, 2020 06 September, 2020 US $1700 per person
05 September, 2020 22 September, 2020 US $1700 per person Available
20 September, 2020 07 October, 2020 US $1700 per person Available
01 October, 2020 18 October, 2020 US $1700 per person Guaranteed
25 October, 2020 11 November, 2020 US $1700 per person Available
06 November, 2020 23 November, 2020 US $1700 per person Guaranteed
18 November, 2020 05 December, 2020 US $1700 per person Available
28 November, 2020 15 December, 2020 US $1700 per person Guaranteed
05 December, 2020 22 December, 2020 US $1700 per person Available
15 December, 2020 01 January, 2021 US $1700 per person Guaranteed

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu,Three nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 15 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes


Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

Best Seasons for Everest Base Camp Trekking via Gokyo

The best seasons for the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views.

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

Three meals a day are included during your Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.

Drinking Water on Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Fitness/Health for the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Local Customs You Should Know About on the Classic Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.

Safety for the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility.  While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority.  Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Trek

Annapurna Foothills Treks strongly recommends that you have personal insurance to sufficiently cover all activities you will undertake during this trip. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Flight Delay/Cancellation

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.

If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 18 Days

Price : US $1700 p/p

Trip Grade : Strenuous

Maximum Height:5545m

Miimum Height:1300m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group Size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing,Hiking

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Sagarmatha National Park Fee and TIMS Card

Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Trek:Local lodges 15 nights

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