• EBC Trek via Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek

EBC Trek via Gokyo Cho-La Pass Trek

 

Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 18 Days

Activities: Trekking

Departure From: Kathmandu

Highest Point: 5420

Activity Level:

Country: Nepal

Region: Everest

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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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m & 4428 feet)

After arriving at TIA, Kathmandu - our representative from Accent Himalaya will pick you up and drop you at your respective hotel. In the evening, you will be invited for dinner (Nepali food) hosted by Accent Himalaya - for you to taste the tradition and cultures of Nepal.

  A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

  Welcome Dinner

  Airport Pickup and Hotel Transfer in a Private Car

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast, we will be visiting the - "town of the temple" aka Kathmandu - the main attraction for tourist. We visit some UNESCO world heritage sites such as Pashupati Chhetra (Pashupatinath mandir), the Swayambhunath Temple (also known as the temple of monkey), World largest stupa - the Boudhanath stupa, the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and more places. 

  A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

  Breakfast

  Sightsee Kathmandu in a Private Car

Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2651 m & 8700 feet): 8 km, 3 - 4 hours trek

Today we will take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The route of the flight is wonderful and pretty amazing because of the dynamic views of landscape, snow-covered peaks, and hills. Reaching Lukla, we meet our crew members and then start preparation heading towards Phakding. We then descend gradually for about one hour and reach Cheplung Village. From here, you will be able to see the sacred views of Mt. Khumbila (18900 ft) which no one else try for the expedition. After some sightseeing, we will again descend gradually and reach Phakding where we stay overnight.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3438 m & 11280 feet.): 11 km, 5 - 6 hours

Today we will follow the trail throughout the pine forest to the Benkar Valley. Then we will cross the Dudh Khosi River and passed over the Chumoa to Monjo, the entrance to Everest national park. We cross the suspension bridge, pass Jorsale village and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers.   After some steep ascends, we will reach Namche Bazaar, largest Market in the Khumbu region, mostly inhabited by Sherpa communities. In the clear climate/whether we may see the views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse.  

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3440 m & 11284 feet)

Today we will spend the whole day for acclimatization. We will visit the Namche Market. Namche Bazaar has an Internet café, so you may able to share your feelings and enjoy chatting with others.   We will visit Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, from where you will be rewarded by amazing views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kongde and many more. As your will, we even can take a small trek to Khumjung Village (1240 ft) - one of Sherpa settlements. The trail leads us to beautiful Flora and Faunas and helps for adapting the altitude.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3680 m & 12073 feet): 6 km, 5-6 hours

Today we will be climbing the Khumjung hill and will descend down to the broad valley leading the Dudh Kosi from where we turn north. We have two options for the trails. In this position, our expert Guide chooses the best trail according to weather and condition. 

At the altitude of 3973 m, one gets the chance to observe the beautiful chorten which descends from Mt. Khumbila at the altitude of 5761 m. Here we will visit the birthplace of reincarnated Lama Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet who introduced the Buddhist religion in the Khumbu Region. Our trails descend to Dudh Khoshi and near the river, we spend the night at Phortse Thanga.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470 m & 14663 feet): 10 km, 4-5 hours

Today we will ascend uphill to the Machermo and through the trail, we will trek the Rhododendrons forests, also pass several Waterfalls before reaching the Tonga Village. We will trek through Dhole Labarma and Luza. Luza village has a chorten which we will visit for a while. Then we reach the Machhermo.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4800 m & 15744 feet.): 7 km, 4-5 hours

Today we will begin with climbing a ridge for a magnificent view downwards the valley to Kangtaiga and trek upwards to Cho Oyu (8153 m). Our path slowly widens as the path passes through the Phangkha, then descending to the river bank before climbing the terminated moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep trail. We cross the iron bridge and levels out as the trail follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo (at 4690 m). 

At this juncture, we may able to get a chance to meet the footprints of Lama on the stone. After that at the sight of the second lake - Taboche Tsho, we will be mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. A little ahead of the second lake, we will reach the third lake. Gokyo village is standby on the Third Lake, where Cho Oyu mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing Spectacular sight here. And after lunch, we will explore the third lake Dudh Pokhari. 

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to 5th Lake: 6-7 hours

Today we spend the day by acclimatization and resting with side trek of short distance. Along with that in the good weather condition, we will trek to Gokyo Ri and Fourth lake called Thonak Tsho; then after to 5th lake called Ngozumba Tsho. If we want further, we will climb the hill called scoundrels views point, located at the edge of the 5th lake, from where we get astounding views of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu mountains. We also see the Cho Oyu base camp just away from a stone’s throw and views of world largest Glacier - Ngozumba. Then we trek back to Gokyo.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m & 15580 feet.): 4 km, 4 - 5 hours

Today we complete the plan which (if!) didn't fill the last day. We will be surrounded by panoramic views of mountains and the sight of sunrays of the Everest which towers over all the surrounding peaks - is astounding. We will trek through Ngazumpa Glacier and then cross along the edge of the mountain and then wander into Thagnak.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Thagnak to Cho La pass (5367 m & 17604 feet) to Dzongla (15939 feet): 7 km, 7 - 8 hours

Early in the morning, after having our breakfast - we will start our challenging trek to the Cho La Pass by steep and glacier that cross on the eastern side. The trails from Phedi climbs through the ravine and rocky steeps and while trekking through the side of the frozen lake, we reach to the top of the Pass decorated with prayer flag. We will have to pass through some crevasses before reaching Dzongla village - from where we are reward by magnificent views of Mt. Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche etc.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m & 16207 feet): 6 km, 2 - 3 hours

It will be a short trek with an abundant time to rest and relish the magnificence that environs us.  Then we climb down from Dzongla and trek over a grassy trail while relishing the sight of Lobuche peak. Our trail will curve through the wide river bed just before reaching Lobuche. 

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m & 16961 feet), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m & 17594 feet): 13 km, 6-7 hours

Today we will take the trails head to Everest base camp over the huge Gorak Shep lake through the Indian army Mountaineers’ memorials. Our path may be deceptive - so we have to follow the guides’ instruction very carefully. Because of the high altitude and thin air, the walk is strenuous. Then we pass through rocky dunes, moraine and stream before reaching the Everest Base Camp. After reaching base camp, we will be rewarded by the magnificent views of Mt Nuptse, Mt. Khumbutse, and Pumori. After while we will return to Gorak Shep.

Optional : the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more attractive and splendid than sunrise, so we recommend for a hike to Kala Patthar.  

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m & 18192 feet) to Pherice (4288 m & 14070 feet): 16 km, 7-8 hours

Early in the morning, we will arrange for trek among pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures along with chilly winds. The peaks like Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse are towered to the east even as Everest begins to Expose itself. But after reaching Kala Patthar, we will get to see the Mt. Everest with 360 degrees. After sightseeing, we will come back to Lobuche. Then after we trail to Periche and stay overnight.

Members who visit Kalapatthar last day will visit Everest Base camp today and come back to Lobuche and join together for lunch and descend to Perice.   

  Tea House of Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar: 20 km, 6 - 7 hours

Early in the morning, we will trek down to hillside covered by dense rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the prayer-flag festooned over the Dudh Koshi River, we may come through interesting Pheasants and Himalayan goats. Our trails ultimately reach Sansa from where we can enjoy sights of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. 

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800 m & 9186 feet): 19 km, 6 - 7 hours

Our trails to Lukla is some steeply and our unstable legs may make unbalanced - so we have to trek carefully over the rocky land. Then we cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Khosi. After this, our trails become perfect level and natural. 

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu

Today we will come back to Kathmandu by the earliest flight. Then you will be taken to the respective hotel. After you get freshened up, as your choice - we will visit the tourist market Thamel for shopping antique. 

  A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

  Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

  Airport Pickup and Hotel Transfer

Day 18: Final Departure

Now our journey is going to completely end. After sharing some of the photos and after your reviews, our representative will drop you to the Airport after our farewell program. You will be dropped 3hrs prior to your flight. 

  Breakfast

  Airport Drop Off in Private Car

Includes and Excludes

What's Included

  • 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

Trip Note

 

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.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

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.

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