Duration: 18 Days
Departure From: Kathmandu
Highest Point: 5420
Price: USD 1,650
Group size: 2-10
Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek
EBC trek Via Gokyo Cho La Pass trekking is another irresistible and arduous trekking in the Khumbu region linked with the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake. This trekking is also popularly known as Everest Circuit. This trek leads you to the high pass of Cho La Pass (5365 m). This trekking combines the Everest region with particular highlights like viewing the splendid Gokyo Lake with the challenging trek to Cho La Pass and the Everest Base Camp and up-close view of Mount Everest (8848 m) and several other peaks.
We will also be trekking to the challenging and daring Kala Patthar and explore all this beautiful area in the Khumbu region. The Cho La Pass trekking will not only reward you with the mountainous view but you also get the chance to explore the Sherpa land and visit magnificent Buddhist monasteries. On the trail, occasionally you might sight some exceptional wildlife like musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan Thar, snowcocks, pheasants and the communities also have telltale stories about the mythical Yeti living here!
Our thrilling adventure begins from an airstrip mountain flight to Lukla and trekking to Phakding. Next, we trek to the central point of the Sherpa community, Namche Bazaar and heading towards Gokyo, steady climbing up the valley through areas of birch and dense rhododendron forest. On our trail, we might spot musk deer and reach yak-grazing settlements. Then we reach the Gokyo Lake, one of the Lake in high altitude, which looks magnificent cobalt blue. This lake is one of the sacred lakes where Hindus and Buddhists visit mostly during the festival of Janai Purnima.
Then we ascend to the Gokyo Ri (5355 m) from where we get the splendid view of the Everest (8848 m), Mount Makalu (8485 m) and Mount Cho Oyu (8188 m). And heading towards the Cho La Pass, we reach Dzongla where Mount Ama Dablam (6812 m) and Mount Taboche (6495 m) are magnificently spotted. As ascending further we reach Gorakshep and continue to the Everest Base Camp (5365 m) and then to Kala Patthar where we get an up-close view of the highest mountain; Mount Everest (8848 m). And retracing back to our route, we will be also passing through Tengboche monastery with the splendid mountainous view where you get vista of Mount Ama Dablam (6855 m), Mount Kantega (6808 m), Mount Kwangde (6195 m), Mount Nuptse (7878 m), Mount Lhotse (8510 m) and numerous other peaks.
These treks are usually done in spring and autumn but we the team of Accent Himalaya can arrange this trek according to your vacation schedule and we can also customize and design the itinerary as per your request. We have other many options in the Everest region from tranquil trekking to strenuous trekking. You can go explore our website for more information and different pursuits in the Everest region. If you would like to cover up some more information on this trek, please feel free to inquire by email or contact us. We are here 24/7 at your service.
Here we list you the detailed itinerary for Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Cho La Pass:
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m & 4428 feet)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2651 m & 8700 feet): 8 km, 3 - 4 hours trek
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3438 m & 11280 feet.): 11 km, 5 - 6 hours
Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3440 m & 11284 feet)
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3680 m & 12073 feet): 6 km, 5-6 hours
Day 07: Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470 m & 14663 feet): 10 km, 4-5 hours
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4800 m & 15744 feet.): 7 km, 4-5 hours
Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to 5th Lake: 6-7 hours
Day 10: Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m & 15580 feet.): 4 km, 4 - 5 hours
Day 11: Thagnak to Cho La pass (5367 m & 17604 feet) to Dzongla (15939 feet): 7 km, 7 - 8 hours
Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m & 16207 feet): 6 km, 2 - 3 hours
Day 13: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m & 16961 feet), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m & 17594 feet): 13 km, 6-7 hours
Day 14: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m & 18192 feet) to Pherice (4288 m & 14070 feet): 16 km, 7-8 hours
Day 15: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar: 20 km, 6 - 7 hours
Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800 m & 9186 feet): 19 km, 6 - 7 hours
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18: Final Departure
Includes and Excludes
- Airport pick up, drop and all ground transports in private vehicle
- 2 nights accommodation with breakfast at a 2 - 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Twin sharing lodge accommodation during the trek
- Experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
- Round trip flight Kathmandu - Lukla, and Lukla - Kathmandu including departure taxes
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (if needed)
- Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medical kit
- Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
- TIMS Fee (Trekkers Information Management System)
- Farewell dinner
- Government taxes & office service charge
Not Included in the Cost
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple entry tourist visa, good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple entry tourist visa for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos and cash for the visa.)
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain other 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) other 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
Accommodation for EBC via Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek
Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 stars) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels.
But once you set out for EBC via Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking, normal lodges or teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.
Meals and Drinks on EBC via Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek
All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and teahouses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.
A Typical Day on Trek
On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.
Guide and Porter on Trek
Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.
Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member
Accent Himalaya organizes EBC via Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 10 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and a couple of them for up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.
Personal Expense on Trek
A personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available at some places) tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.
Luggage/Backpack on Everest Base Camp Trek
During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.
Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.
Itinerary and Possible Changes to it
Our normal Itinerary includes 18 days package for EBC via Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.
Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.
Flight Delay at Kathmandu and Lukla
The Twin Otter Plane is the only mode of transportation to and from Lukla on this tour. Sometimes flights to and from Lukla may be canceled due to sudden changes in mountain weather. So, we have kept an additional day at the end of the tour on our trekking itinerary to use it in case of flight delayed or canceled.
So, if the flights cancel for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on a scheduled flight to your destination and the cost of this extra service is payable directly to our office at Kathmandu. If you have to use this service in US dollars or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only), we will provide you the receipt of the payment with which you can claim the amount from your insurance company. The minimum cost for helicopter charter will be US $ 500 and the maximum US $ 3500 depending on the number of people in a flight.
Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or a casualty while you are on EBC via Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.
Our Greetings at Airport
We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your EBC via Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and it would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.
Best Season to Travel
The best Seasons for traveling in Nepal are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July, and August.
Gears Available at Kathmandu
All the necessary gears required for the trek are available at Kathmandu for a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.
Booking and Payment
You are required to make 20% (nonrefundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book EBC via Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek along with a copy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have options of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept Pay Pal.