Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking - 19 Days

Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking - 19 Days
Trip Information
  • Duration18 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate to Difficult
  • Max Altitude5545m
  • ActivityTrekking
  • Group Size1+
  • Trip StartKathmandu
  • Trip EndKathmandu
  • Best TimeSept to Dec and March to May

"Escape the ordinary and witness the extraordinary on the Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking."

  • Adventure on both scenic sides of high  Khumbu valley  with amazing views.
  • Walk into beautiful  Gokyo valley  enriched with marvelous surrounding scenery.
  • Hike to  Gokyo-Ri  for super views of  Mt. Everest,  Lhotse , Cho-Oyu and  Makalu.
  • Pleasant moments at  Gokyo  emerald lakes enclosed by high giant mountains.
  • Traverse from  Gokyo valley  towards  Everest base camp  via high  Chola-la pass.
  • Amazing landscapes views with mountains and towering hills within  Khumbu.
  • Enjoy local villages traditional farm and visiting its interesting monasteries.

Trip Introduction: Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trekking

Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking is a vintage trek that has been successful to provide a vivid splash of adventure and thrill to almost all the trekkers that have visited this destination. Gokyo Cho La Pass trek is also known as Everest Circuit trekking which is popular for its adventure in Everest region.

Gokyo is a hidden valley with gorgeous blue lakes located in the lap of the Himalayas. The Gokyo Lakes are situated in northeastern Nepal's Sagarmatha Zone, under the Khumjung Village Development Committee of Solukhumbu District. This region is also known as birthplace of Dudh Koshi River. The valley offers abundant opportunity for enjoying the amazing views of the Everest and several other majestic peaks. 

Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking is an exhilarating trek that winds through the ancestral home of the legendary Sherpa ethnic community living in the highlands of the region. When travelling with Holiday Tours Nepal visitors can help to explore the Buddhists monasteries and shrines located here immersing themselves with local culture and tradition. Here, Gokyo Ri is an excellent viewpoint which offers spectacular views of the mountains including Mt Everest. While trekking to Gokyo, excursions can be made to the Ngozumpa Glacier, Cho la Pass and colorful monasteries among others. This excellent trekking trail provides a wide range of experiences including ascending the summit up to Gokyo Ri. Viewing mountains including Mt. Everest (8,848.86 meters/29,031.7 feet), Mt. Cho-Oyu (8,188 meters/26,864 feet), Mt. Makalu (8,485 meters/27,838 feet) and other nearby mountains such as Kala Patthar, Nuptse and Pumori is one of the key highlight of this trek.

For daring explorers, the Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek is a dream come true. It provides exhilarating experiences at high altitudes and a chance to view the tallest mountain on Earth. The trip passes via the icy Everest region, displaying breathtaking scenery and a vibrant cultural scene. Trekking to Everest Base Camp via Cho La Pass is one of Nepal's most picturesque routes. The well-known Gokyo Cho La Pass journey offers breathtaking vistas, opportunities to visit Sherpa villages and learn about Sherpa culture, in addition to its historical significance as the birthplace of renowned climbers.

Gokyo Valley, Cho La Pass, and Everest Base Camp trek is a perfect way to utilize holiday in Nepal. Holiday Tours Nepal organizes Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking with reasonable price and provides a quality service. We use experience and qualified guide and porter and make sure their insurance, equipment and daily wages. We provide all possible help and guidelines to make your holiday enjoyable and hassle-free. We also offer to customize treks and tours for individual and group.

Gokyo view

How does Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek Start and End?

The Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek starts and ends at the bustling city of Kathmandu, Nepal. Kathmandu city also known as City of Temples hosts seven of the UNESCO world heritage site including the Pashupatinath Temple (oldest Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva), Swayambhunath Temple (also known as Monkey temple), Kathmandu Durbar Square (the location of historic palace, temples, and shrines showcasing the nation's mastery of architecture), Boudhanath stupa (dome shaped stupa based on Buddhist culture and tradition) and many more. 

The real adventure begins with a thrilling thirty five minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small mountain town known for its challenging airstrip. Lukla located at Khumbu region is immersed in natural beauty and cultural richness is the initial step in reaching the world-famous Everest Base Camp. The trek proceeds to Phakding, a charming village situated at 2780 meters. Phakding is a remote traditional Nepalese style village which consists of unique architectural beauty along the Dudh Koshi River. There are numerous guests house which offer accommodation to trekkers at reasonable price making it a popular overnight stop. The trip commences forward to Namche Bazaar which is also known as the Gateway to Everest. Namche bazaar is the most famous trekking destination for Everest base Camp. Any trekker halts and spends a minimum of one or two days for high altitude acclimatization in this place. Sherpa museum, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and Everest Viewpoint hotel are some popular destinations in this region.

After the stop at Namche Bazaar the trek continues towards the village called Tengboche. Here visitors get to visit Buddhist monastery and Tengboche Monastery which is considered the largest Gompa (temple/monastery) in Khumbu region. After completion, the four to five hours hike leads to Dingboche which gives a stunning view of majestic peaks like Mount Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and many others. Dingboche is another popular location for acclimatization and overnight stop for travellers.

Moving ahead, the next stop after Dingboche is Lobuche which is a small settlement near Mount Everest. It is one of nearest lodging stops on trial to base camp. Located at 4,940 meters (16,210 feet), it remains busy for most part of the year as thousands of porters and Sherpas pass through this region. Himalayan Yaks and mules pass through this way as a means to transport supplies or goods. Visitors here can witness traditional stone made hut in Nepali style.

The last accommodation stop after Lobuche is Gorakshep which is about 2-3 hours walk before reaching Everest Base Camp. Gorakshep is the name of a small town in Nepal that is situated on the edge of a frozen lakebed that is covered in sand. Furthermore, Gorakshep offers the ideal "launching pad" for climbing Kala Patthar. Similarly, trekkers experience the pinnacle of their journey when they reach Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,598 feet), where they stand in the shadow of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. Trekkers visit Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, which is renowned for its expansive views, before making their way to Dzongla and crossing the difficult Chola Pass. It is one of the most difficult passes to cross on this journey of Everest Base Camp (EBC) Chola Pass Gokyo Trek. Next on the itinerary is the gorgeous Gokyo region, renowned for its azure lakes and striking scenery.

Trekkers descend to the village of Dole, which is encircled by gorgeous mountains, after taking in the splendor of Gokyo. Moving down to reach Namche Bazaar, the end of their journey across the Everest region, marks the conclusion of their trek. Trekkers finally make their way back to Kathmandu from Namche Bazaar, where they may take in the breathtaking scenery, amazing experiences, and deep bonds they have formed with the Sherpa people and the Himalayas.

What is the best season/time for Gokyo Cho La Pass?

Nepal has four seasons’ spring, summer, winter and autumn. Among these the best season for Gokyo Cho La Pass trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) periods. 

Spring season, which lasts from March to May is the best time for travelling to Gokyo Cho La Pass trek. During this season the area is covered with vibrant rhododendron blooms, and the weather is usually stable. The sky is clear and the temperatures are reasonable, providing great views of the nearby peaks, including Mount Everest. Trekking is comfortable during this season because of the lovely evenings and moderate daytime temperatures.

Autumn on the other hand lasts from late September to November. Clear, clean skies and mostly steady weather define autumn in the Everest region. Trail conditions are at their driest, and temps are comfortable. The visibility is good and the Himalayan peaks are magnificent to observe during the post-monsoon season. 

The Gokyo Cho La Pass trip offers the right combination of clear skies, reasonable temperatures, and good weather in the spring and autumn, making these seasons the best times to tackle the difficult terrain of the Cho La Pass. Trekkers experience the most spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, tranquil Gokyo Lakes, and the famous Everest region as they approach higher elevations and pass through a variety of landscapes.

The lower risk of avalanches and landslides during these seasons is one of the main benefits of trekking. Trekkers may travel more confidently and safely because the trails are sturdy and comparatively dry. Additionally, there are fewer people on the trails during the busiest trekking seasons, making it a more peaceful and private experience.

gokyo view

How challenging is the Gokyo Cho la Pass Trek?

The Everest Cho La Pass Trek is regarded as a difficult expedition, mainly because it requires traversing the extremely difficult Cho La Pass. This journey takes you down a rough trail that winds through several steep and uneven stretches in the heart of the lonely Himalayan region. Furthermore, the journey's constant high altitude can be physically taxing and raise the risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS). Those who are thinking about doing this trek must be in good physical health and fitness.

Those who have hiked at high altitudes before are probably familiar with this level of effort. Still, there's no reason to be overly nervous, not even for first-time hikers. Because hiking days last anywhere from five to seven hours, and because acclimatization is done strategically, the trek seems doable. However, it is best to do a few warm-up treks or stick to a regular workout schedule for a few months before starting the Cho La Pass trip to make sure your body is ready for the challenge.

Is travel insurance required?

Even though insurance might not be required, especially for those doing the Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek, having travel insurance helps reassure other travelers in the event of unanticipated events. This kind of insurance protects against unforeseen circumstances, such as canceled trips, urgent medical attention, and mishaps involving misplaced or pilfered property, among other things. Should you have to postpone your trip or experience accidents while abroad, travel insurance can be quite helpful in paying some or all of the related expenses.

Similarly, it is important to remember that although while theft instances are uncommon, they can nonetheless happen. It is best to keep all valuables hidden to reduce this risk. Additionally, while on the go, travelers can choose to leave their belongings in our office lockers. It is advised that passengers follow their guide's recommendations in the event of any natural disasters in the mountainous areas, such as avalanches, landslides, flooding, or earthquakes. In addition, you must notify your guide right away if you become ill while on the walk.

Chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) during the trek?

Because of the high altitude of the Gokyo Cho La Pass trip, there is a legitimate risk of developing Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). As you ascend to greater elevations, your risk of developing AMS rises. Even Gokyo itself is situated at about 4,800 meters (15,750 feet), and the climb often takes you to elevations above 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) as you cross Cho La Pass.

AMS can affect individuals differently, and its onset can depend on various factors, including your individual susceptibility, ascent rate, and acclimatization.
To minimize the chances of AMS, trekkers are advised to follow certain precautions

  • Proper Acclimatization
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Listen to Your body
  • Climb High, Sleep Low
  • Consult the professionals
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Upon arrival, you will be picked up from international airport in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel by our airport representative. After refreshment your tour guide will come and take you from your hotel for half day sightseeing tours to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later on this evening you will be picked up from your hotel for cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel.

    Today you have full day guided sightseeing tours to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath; combination Hinduism and Buddhism known as monkey temple as there are many holy monkey living in the north-west part of the temple. Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. Then drive to Buddhanath stupa one of the biggest and oldest stupa in the world. Later in the afternoon there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding our trek as well as provides you opportunity to ask any question of upcoming trip with guide. And sty over night in Kathmandu.

      Today an early morning transfer to the airport for 35min short but scenic fight the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Everest region. The view from the plane is amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing at lukla airport, we walk 3 hours to phakding with few up and down along the Dudh Koshi River. Stay over night at the tea house.

        Today after breakfast, we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi River, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, from larja Dobhan the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region. Stay over night at the tea house.

          Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds move in, reward trekkers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, the beautiful Ama Dablam and many more. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. Stay over night at the tea house.

            The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We spend the night next to the Tengbuche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. With luck, our group will see the Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical chanting and music. Stay over night at the tea house.

              Today after wonder morning in the Tengbuche, from Thyangboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola through the rhododendron forest and climbs to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingbuche with its exciting views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Stay over night at the tea house.

                Today we take another rest and acclimatization day. There is the option of taking a light hike up the valley for a wider variety of photos of the valley and mountains of the Khumbu region.

                  From Dingboche the trail diverts towards north, the path is gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa, from here the trail is begin gentle, with nice view of Pheriche village.  Today’s walk offers beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde and many more mountains. Thugla is the only place with teahouses before Loboche. From Thugla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region. Finally reach Lobuche for over night.

                    After an early morning start, we ascend through the glacier to the Gorek Shep. After meals with some time rest trek to Everest Base Camp which is located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. Back to Gorakshep and say over night at the tea house.

                      Today an early morning your guide will take you to the Kala Pattar from where you will be able to see dramatic panoramic view of the Mt Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many more mountains. Re-trace back to Lobuche than take the gradual trek to Dzonglha which takes about 3 hrs. Stay over night at the tea house.

                        Today an early morning after breakfast you will start you trek with slow up hill until the Pass from where you will see magnificent view of the different mountain. This will be the difficult morning in this trek, goes through the glacier and rocky trail. After the Pass the trail descends all the way to Thangan. There is no tea house, noting available between Thangan and Dzonglha so that we must have to bring pack lunch. Stay over night at the tea house.

                          Today after breakfast, the trek star with few up and down, cross the Ngozumpa glacier. After some time walk you will get to the other side of the Glacier than the trail goes along the second lake with nice view of the Mountain. Stay over night at the tea house.

                            Today an early morning your guide will take you to the Gokyo Ri (5463m) for sunrise view. From here you will have chance to full part of Mt Everest and Cho-yu and lake in the valley and biggest glacier of the named Na-Jumpa glacier. Back to hotel for breakfast and after breakfast in the afternoon you will have chance explore up to the fifth lake passing another forth lake and enjoy the view. Stay over night at the tea house.

                              After wonderful time in the pass and Gokyo, the trail descends all the way to dole via Machhermo. Today’s walk offers you wonderful view of the mountain. Stay over night at the tea house.

                                Today after breakfast the trail star with big descend till Phortse Tanga than ascend to the Mongla dada from where trail goes slow down all the way to Namche. Stay over night at the tea house.

                                  Today after breakfast you will re-trace back to Lukla with few up and down. Stay over night at the tea house.

                                    Today an early morning your guide will take you to the airport for short but scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Up on arrival you will be picked up and transfer to the hotel by our airport representative. Stay over night at the hotel.

                                      Transfer to the international airport for next destination flight.

                                        Route Map

                                        Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking - 19 Days map
                                        Cost Details
                                        What's Included
                                        • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights)
                                        • 03 nights win sharing deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu and at places as per our standard itineraries on bed and breakfast with transportation airport /hotel/airport. (single supplement at extra cost in rooms)
                                        • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle.
                                        • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax
                                        • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
                                        • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
                                        • 02 guest to 01 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment
                                        • We provide an assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size
                                        • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
                                        • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
                                        • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
                                        What's not Included
                                        • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
                                        • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
                                        • Lunch and Dinner  in Kathmandu
                                        • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
                                        • In case of extra more nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of an itinerary
                                        • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
                                        •  The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
                                        • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
                                        • Anything not included in service includes column
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                                        ThursdayNov 30, 2023
                                        SundayDec 17, 2023
                                        Useful Information
                                        • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant
                                        • First aid kit box
                                        • Holiday Tours Nepal’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
                                        • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
                                        • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
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