Everest Basecamp Chola pass Gokyo Ri Trek - 17 Days

Trip Facts

  • Plane-Car
  • 1 to 8
  • 5545 meter / 18188 feet
  • Hotel-Tea House
  • Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • High Pass Trek
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English-Chinese-Hindi
  • 14
  • 75
Everest basecamp gokyo ri trek via choloa pass is one of the best trekking experience in Everest region of Nepal. At 88848 meter or 29021 feet above sea level Everest is highest mountain in the world. Top of the world and the valued mountains has still off-beaten trekking trail, so Nepalgram focuses trekking experience in this hidden but stunning part of highest mountain trail. Gokyo lakes and Everest basecamp trekking trail is connected by the high pass of Everest, Cho la pass. Cho la pass stands at 5420 meters or 17778 feet. In the beautiful scenery and altitude, what comes after massive Everest basecamp Trek??  Is none other than Everest basecamp with chola pass Gokyo ri trek in Nepal. The most peaceful trekking experience after Mt.Everest basecamp Trekking.

Sagarmatha National park with 1148 Sq. Km., is one of the attraction for trekkers to explore the variation of Flora and Fauna inside the UNSECO world heritage listed national park with majorly Sherpa, Tamang, Rai, and many other tribes residence. People living here, who are warm-hearted and generous for trekkers and live in absolute harmony. Their local food, culture, tradition, and respect towards guest are treasure valued here which is the loveliest part of Everest basecamp chola pass gokyo ri trek.

Everest basecamp gokyo ri trek is one of the demanding treks in Everest region since we pass high altitude around 5420 meters or 17778 feet during our trekking EBC towards this hidden, beautiful, panoramic valley of Gokyo. We start our trekking after scenic mountain flight to Lukla in a small plane or after driving to Salleri by jeep. Trail explores, two basecamps of mountains above 8 thousand meters and one Vanjyang (narrow valley) of Cho la, this signifies the adventure in this trekking. Since this is a basecamp trekking, we can organize as per your need and requirement, please feel free to contact us for further changes in the suggested itinerary Everest basecamp gokyo ri trek over cho la pass.

Everest basecamp Gokyo Ri trek is the famous trek to the base camp of world’s highest mountain with an altitude of 8848 meters. The name Everest was given by a person who scaled the height of Everest to be 8848 meters. The famous name of this legendary man is George Everest. Before he named this mountain under his name, Nepali used to call it as Sagarmatha (still in says so) whereas Tibetan still says Chomolungma. In Nepal Everest is called mother goddess of earth, so in Tibet.

Gokyo Lakes are world’s highest freshwater Lakes in Nepal’s located inside Sagarmatha National Park with a beautiful cascade pattern in front of world’s tallest mountain; Mount Everest. Six different Gokyo lakes are located at an altitude of 4,700–5,000 meters or 14760-16400 feet above the sea level, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. Gokyo Lake trek has few options to connect with Everest basecamp for Everest base camp Gokyo Ri trek. One via Chola pass and another through Tengboche and another with Phortse village trek. Gokyo lake trek with Everest basecamp chola pass can be an alternative route to traditional Everest basecamp trek for admiring view of Mount Everest and other neighboring peaks from Gokyo Ri (5357 meters) & Kalapatthar 5545 meter.

Gokyo lakes are in the famous valley of Everest, also called Gokyo valley.  Everest basecamp gokyo lake trek is second most popular trek in Everest region. Everest basecamp gokyo Ri trek is not only famous for Gokyo ri and freshwater lakes of Gokyo but also for its remoteness, best accessible viewpoints and less crowed trekking route in Everest basecamp trekking trail.

How do I get to the Gokyo Lakes?

In this trekking package we will go to Everest BaseCamp(EBC) and Cho La Pass to get to gokyo lakes. There are two ways to do the itinerary. You can either go to the Gokyo lakes first and then cross Cho La to get to EBC, or you can go the reverse route and head to EBC first before crossing Cho La to Gokyo.

Gokyo lake is one of the most visited trekking lakes in Nepal, with two high passes leading out of the Gokyo valley – the Cho La Pass being the most trekked, connecting with the Khumbu valley near Lobuche while the other is Renjo La pass that joins the trail between Thame and Nangpa La Pass. Crossing high passes can be a strenuous and will require good physical health/stamina. Being able to complete a high pass is an achievement in and of itself.

If someone wanted to avoid going through any high passes and still do both EBC and Gokyo, that would be doable. However, this specific package would suggest that you go to EBC first, backtrack and then go to Gokyo through Dole. It would be a longer route but would avoid the high pass. Please contact us for a custom itinerary if you would like to go this route.

For those who would enjoy the challenge of a high pass on their trek,   this specific package would suggest that you trek to EBC first, and cross the Cho La Pass (5420 m) to get to scenic lake valley. This trek will lead you to EBC, Kala Pattar (one of the most scenic places to see Mount Everest up close and personal) and also the Gokyo lakes, where you will have another opportunity to see Mount Everest from a distance, as well as the beautiful pristine glacial lakes of Gokyo.

The scenery of Everest base camp Gokyo Ri trek

Being the world’s highest freshwater interconnected lakes, Gokyo is a beautiful blue gem in Nepal’s Everest trekking region, located at Solukhumbu, the north most part of Sagarmatha National park at an altitude range of 4,600–5,100 m (15,400–16,400 ft). Situated at the base of the sixth highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyu (8188m), Gokyo Valley is a must see place. The view from the top of Gokyo Ri(5370meters) is incredible, (Gokyo Peak) has breathtaking mountain view of 100s of towering mountains including Everest (8,848m), Cho You (8,156m), Lhotse (8,501m), Makalu (8,470m). As you will walk in the classical trail of EBC on your ascend; none of the wildlife, flora, fauna and river valley will be missed. Crowded trail of EBC will get quiet and peaceful once your route to Chola Pass splits after trekking down from Everest BaseCamp and Kalapatthar hike (20 minutes after Lobuche village).

Gokyo Ri trek alone is another famous trek of Everest region trek as it is known to offer best white mountain view and reflection of those mountains on Gokyo Lakes.

How is Chola pass?

Villages like Zongla & Thangnak will have less people and a more rugged feel than the EBC trail. There will also be fewer tea houses along your path with more opportunities to see Nepal in its natural glory. Do not forget to capture photos of Khumbu valley with majestic Mt. Amadablam seen just before the top of Cho La Pass. View of Mt. Makalu from the top of Chola pass is mesmerizing, this scenery worth walking on the ice with spikes. Walking over the Nagjumba glacier coming straight from Mt. Cho yu is amazing experience. 2 hours gentle walk on the glacier from Thangnak, you will get to 3rd lake (among 6 lakes) that is where Gokyo village will be waiting you.

For a must go place as Everest BaseCamp and Gokyo Lake, Nepalgram Adventure suggests you the itinerary of Everest base camp Gokyo Ri trek designed as below; but we are always with you to customize your trip.

Overview

Everest base camp Gokyo ri trek is a complete trek in the Everest region as it covers famous Gokyo lakes in the trekking towards legendary Everest base camp.

Trekking to Basecamp is not hard but once you choose to get to other side of Gokyo valley with crossing chola pass; Everest trekking will be little adventurous.

This package is a complete Nepal trip as it covers Kathmandu sightseeing and the mountain trekking as well.

EBC Gokyo lakes trekking tour major attractions

  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
  • Flight to Lukla
  • Trek from phakding to Namche
  • National Park Museum
  • Gokyo valley, Namche village & Tengboche Monastery
  • Everest View Hotel, khumjung village, Nangkarsang peak during acclimatization hikes.
  • Sagarmatha National Park & pine jungle walking
  • sunrise from Gokyo Peak & from the top of Kalapatthar

Everest basecamp Gokyo lake trek itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu

Our representative will welcome you on arrival & assist you transferring to your hotel. S/he will let know about tomorrow’s sightseeing tour.

Day 2
Guided Sightseeing of Kathmandu and preparation for the Trek.

Today is sightseeing tour includes cremation place, Swyambhunath Temple, Boudhanatha stupa and Kathmandu durbar square. Four destinations are suitable for anyone who wants to know Nepali culture, tradition and insights of Kathmandu

Day 3
Flight to Lukla (2880m/9446ft).(Lukla is a airstrip village in Tenjing Hillary airport) & trek to Phakding(a small town).

From Kathmandu airport we will fly to Lukla across the beautiful mountains. 30 minutes to get to Luckla from Kathmandu is a beautiful air travel. Flight will be in a smallest plane – twin otter. After getting to luckla; your trekking guide will brief you about the trail in short and you will start walking for 3 hours towards Phakding for the first day.

Day 4
Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m/11283ft).

Facing Mt. Tamserku, Mt. Kusumkangeu and Mt. Khongde on the right of the Namchhe Bazzar; destination of this day has always been an amazing moment of Everest base camp Gokyo trek. Hike changes scenery from jungle to bushes and once we get to the village Namche you will be amazed with the size and mountains you see around.
Trek from Phakding to Namche is long in distance but is has a lot to see. If the weather is in our favor, we can see mount Everest.

Day 5
Rest day in Namche (3440m/11283ft).

Theory of acclimatizing is to go high and sleep low. We do the same this day, among plenty of options to hike for the acclimatization day; your guide will brief about the hike and you together can decide on what you are doing next day. If you go the National park museum you will witness Everest Mountain range view for the first time. And more, you can Explore Everest View hotel, Sagarmatha National park & Khumjung/Khunde Village or walk all the way to Hidden Valley of Thame). Overnight at the same tea house as you are acclimatizing.

Day 6
Trek to Thyangboche (3870m/12694ft) (Here you will see region’s old monastery)

Thyangboche is a small village just with 5 tea houses and a huge monastery. Landscape of today’s hike is nice, destination Tengboche is on the end of the ridge and Tengboche monastery is beautifully located to the very end of the ridge. Short but beautiful walk, to the end has climbing adventure for two hours. But this climbing part is after lunch break, thus you will be all right and walking through rhododendron forest is picturesque. Once you get to the top of Thyangboche Everest will come even closer and Mt. Amadablam will be really beautiful. Do not miss to watch stars during the night. Overnight at local teahouse at Thyangboche.

Day 7
Trek from Thyangboche to Dingboche [4350m/14268ft]

6 hours hike for today is walk around beautiful mountain Amadablam, approaching from far to very close. Once we start trekking from Tengboche, Amadablam is far and like pyramid and once we get to Dingboche; we will be behind the same mountain. Apart from Amadablam view of other mountains like, Kangtega, Thamsherku, Lotse, Lhotse shaar, Island Peak, Taboche, Pumori and many other is awesome.
Trek is easy and interesting but the altitude above 4000 meters might increase your hearth beat. We will start walking through Rhododendron forest and get to no tree line zone. Feel the absence of tall trees today and presence of close white mountains surrounding; overnight at local tea house at Dingboche.

Day 8
Rest day in Dingboche [4350m/14268ft] and acclimatization hike up to Nangkarsng Peak (5080m/16662ft).

At 4000meters we need another acclimatization day; so we take break for an extra day here and make sure we climb high and sleep low. Nangkarsang peak is our acclimatization hike point at Dingboche.
Right on the nose of Dingboche valley; we start early on the morning to climb this hill ridge for acclimatization in Everest Gokyo trek. We will see the glacial lake, surrounding mountains and the trail leading to Chola Pass. We will see a glacial lake called Chola Lake; and three eight thousand meter high peaks; Lhotse, Lhotse Shaar and Makalu to the Far end. Overnight at the same tea house we stayed last night.

Day 9
Trek to Lobuche (4930m/16170ft) making Everest more near but we don’t see Everest. (Still View of Mt. Nuptse is Nice)

5 hours hike above 4000 meter will make us walk in slower pace. Go slow save your energy to get to the basecamp, at the same time don’t forget to admire the beauty around you. We pass along lots of memorials of those people who died on Everest expedition, this memorials spot is right after a small village called Thukla. From Thukla Village we will climb straight uphill for 200 meters and get to the top to see those memorials, walk around and find memorials of Rob Hall, Scott Fisher, BabuChiri Sherpa and many other climbers. View from this hill top is astonishing.
Getting to Lobuche will be greeted by small village right in front of Mt. Nuptse. Do not miss to check into Worlds highest bakery at Lobuche, an interesting place for all trekkers along the Everest base camp trekking route. Tonight at local tea house at Lobuche.

Day 10
Trek to Gorak Shep [5180m/16990ft] and hike up to Kalapatthar/EBC for Sunset view. (awaited destination of whole trekking)

3 hours hike at the first phase takes us to Gorakshep. But after doing hill top hike to Kalapatthar 5545meters or to Everest base camp 5384 meters; will certainly makes a big day.
Trekking to Ghorakshep is walking over the Glacier and on the side of world’s longest glacier “Khumbu Glacier”. Today’s scenery is undoubtly nice and but thing is altitude which will be so high that you see many people suffering. To meet people coughing is normal; you make sure that, you are warm and our guide will be taking your care. Overnight at Teahouse at Ghorakshep.

Day 11
Trek to Everest BaseCamp [5364m/17594ft]/ climb Kalapatthar (5545meters), and stay for few hours.(your wish!) and get back to Gorak Shep and continue trekking from Goraksheo to Zongla Village.

It takes around 3 hours to Everest basecamp and 2 hours to come back to Ghorakeshep. Todays hike is on the side of Khumbu Glacier so you will be walking on the top of big boulders most of the time. Once you get back to Ghorakshep celebrate your achievement and relax before we head down to Zongla village.
Descend starts to the base of Cho la pass around 9am in the morning. View of Pheriche river valley will be eye catching for today’s hike to Zongla. Trekkers from EBC classic trail will split their way down to pheriche after 20 minutes walk from Lobuche village and you will be with Cho la pass crew. Once you take right turn to the Gokyo trail all you see will be people heading towards Chola pass. Today you walk around Lobuche East peak, so walking on the edge of the hill demands your wind stoppers. Use buff, wind stopper and drink lot to get ready for next days early hike over the pass.

Day 12
Cross the Cho La Pass and stay overnight at Thangnak Village; 5420meters; 8-10 hours

You will start your trek with early breakfast in a teahouse Zongla at around 5 am in the morning. You will have to carry pack lunch for the pass, do not forget to get enough water for whole day hike, as there is no any water point before you get to the final destination. Start your early morning hike with warm gears, go slow and constant. Do not go short of breath but it is suggested top get to the top before noon, because afternoons are windy in the top.

Day 13
Trekking from Thanknak to Gokyo Village; 3 hours

Trekking over the Nagjumba Glacier is nice with the 360 degree view of the surrounding mountain with Mt. Cho Yu (8205meters). After walking about 3 hours on rocks and pebbles you will get to 3rd lake of Gokyo, the village on the side of this Lake is your destination for today. We would suggest you to go for sunset in the same day if weather forecast is good, if not there is option of side trip to walk to 5th lake or walk around 3rd lake or just chill after big day you had yesterday.

Day 14
Sunrise hike to Gokyo peak (Gokyo Ri; 5370 meters) and trek down to Machermo

It takes 2 hours 30 minutes to get to the top of Gokyo Ri, but the scenery is nice even from the height of 4900 meters itself. You will make it to the top before the sun rise and head back to same guest house to have your breakfast and we head to Machermo peak at 9am approx. Hike to Machermo from Gokyo village is around 5 hours and is mostly downhill.

Day 15
Trek down to Namche

You will trek back to Namche, most of the trekkers will be waiting to have shower as soon as they get back to this place, this is because most of you do not choose to take shower higher than Namche. So, clean your an weeks sweat and get a chilled beer. 6-8 hours of walk to Namche is mostly on the river valley and you will get back to Jungle once you reach Dole village. Apart from an hour uphill from Portse Tanga to Mong; most of the trail is downhill.

Day 16
Trek to Lukla

Last day of the trek to Lukla is usually mixed with feeling of detachment and tiredness, celebrate your last night with your team at Lukla and talk about your successful trekking with guides, porters and friends you have earned during the trek. Trekking would take 8-10 hours, mostly downhill; it is same trail that you have walked the very 1st and 2nd day while ascending. I bet it is way easier than that way up and you will love to see yourself completing what you have dreamed.

Day 17
Fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu

Taking off of the small plane from Lukla airport is easy and safe, but you might have to wait for the first plane to Land at the airport. The flight is about 30 minutes; do not forget to take the video of the trip, an adventure that you have accomplished. Once you get back to Kathmandu we will receive you at the airport.

Cost of Details Everest basecamp Gokyo lake Trek-General Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop by private car for domestic and international flights as in the itinerary.
  • Three nights Standard Hotel at Kathmandu, B/B (bed and breakfast)
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking and fresh fruit every night after dinner.
  • All accommodation during the trek.
  • All necessary paper works, entry permit & Sagarmatha national park entrance fee.
  • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government licensed guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking and tour.
  • A helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit) with regular oxygen saturation check up with oxymeter, we will keep the record.
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Guided city tour of Kathmandu; includes 4 destination
  • Card processing fee for online payable amount
  • Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fees, if applicable

Cost of Details Everest basecamp Gokyo lake Trek-General Excludes

  • • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $50 USD dollar.
  • Your Travel and medical insurance for emergency, we assist you for the arrangement
  • International airfare.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).

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Trip Facts

  • Plane-Car
  • 1 to 8
  • 5545 meter / 18188 feet
  • Hotel-Tea House
  • Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • High Pass Trek
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English-Chinese-Hindi
  • 14
  • 75

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