Everest Base Camp Trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri - 19 Days

Gokyo lake
Gokyo lake in everest region
Everest region
Duration19 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude5420 M
ActivitiesTrekking & Passess
Group Size2
StartsKathmandu
Endskathmandu
Best TimeSep to Nov and Feb to June

This 19 days epic is for those who crave a challenge and dream of witnessing the crown jewel of the Himalayas - Mount Everest. The trek combines the classic Everest Base Camp route with a thrilling detour through the Cho La Pass and the serene Gokyo Lakes.

The journey begins in Kathmandu, Nepal's vibrant capital. After acclimatization, you'll take a scenic flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. Lush valleys adorned with rhododendron and magnolia forests greet you as you follow the Dudh Kosi River.

Reaching Namche Bazaar, a bustling Sherpa trading center, is a major milestone. Here, you'll acclimatize to the increasing altitude, soaking in the unique Sherpa culture and enjoying breathtaking mountain vistas.

The path diverges from the traditional route as you embark on the challenging Cho La Pass crossing. At over 5,400 meters, this high mountain pass rewards you with unparalleled panoramic views of the Everest giants like Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam.

Descending into the magical Gokyo Valley, you'll encounter the turquoise Gokyo Lakes, nestled amidst towering peaks. Gokyo Ri, a viewpoint at 5,357 meters, offers arguably the most stunning panorama of the Everest region, with glaciers sparkling under the clear mountain sky.

After basking in the beauty of Gokyo, you'll retrace some steps and conquer Everest Base Camp, standing at the foot of the world's highest mountain. Imagine the feeling of accomplishment as you stand amidst the colossal Khumbu Icefall and glaciers.

The return journey follows a similar path, offering another chance to appreciate the majestic landscapes. By the time you reach Lukla and take the return flight, you'll be brimming with memories of the world's most incredible mountain scenery, the warmth of Sherpa hospitality, and the satisfaction of pushing your limits.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri

The Everest Base Camp Trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri combines some of the most iconic highlights of the Everest region into one epic adventure. Here are the main highlights of this trek:

  • Scenic Flight to Lukla: Begin your journey with a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, offering panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Namche Bazaar: Explore the vibrant Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, the bustling heart of the Khumbu region, and acclimatize to the altitude.
  • Tengboche Monastery: Visit the renowned Tengboche Monastery, a spiritual center nestled amidst stunning mountain vistas.
  • Cho La Pass (5,420m): Challenge yourself with a crossing of the high-altitude Cho La Pass, surrounded by towering peaks and glaciers.
  • Gokyo Lakes: Discover the pristine beauty of the Gokyo Valley, with its series of azure glacial lakes set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
  • Gokyo Ri (5,357m): Hike to the summit of Gokyo Ri for unparalleled panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.
  • Everest Base Camp: Reach the legendary Everest Base Camp, the starting point for expeditions to the world's highest peak, and witness the Khumbu Icefall and surrounding peaks up close.
  • Khumbu Glacier: Trek through the dramatic landscape of the Khumbu Glacier, surrounded by towering ice seracs and crevasses.
  • Sherpa Culture: Immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture, visiting traditional villages and interacting with local communities along the way.
  • Sagarmatha National Park: Trek through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sagarmatha National Park, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including rare Himalayan wildlife.
  • Breathtaking Mountain Views: Enjoy awe-inspiring views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and more.
  • Sense of Achievement: Experience the sense of achievement that comes with completing one of the most iconic trekking routes in the world, surrounded by the majesty of the Himalayas.
Itinerary
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Upon your arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. After settling in and freshening up, you can take some time to relax and recover from your journey. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu or simply unwind at your hotel.

Max Altitude: 1,300m Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast at your hotel, embark on a half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, a city steeped in history and culture. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, home to ancient palaces, temples, and courtyards. Explore the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, where you can witness cremation rituals along the banks of the Bagmati River. Continue to the stupa of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world and a center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. After the tour, return to your hotel and prepare for your trek.

Accommodation: Hotel

Early in the morning, transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your scenic flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas during the short but thrilling flight. Upon arrival in Lukla, meet your trekking crew and begin your trek to Phakding. The trail descends through rhododendron and pine forests, following the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way, you'll pass through picturesque Sherpa villages and cross several suspension bridges. Arrive in Phakding and settle into your tea house accommodation for the night.

Max Altitude: 2,651m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 3 – 4 hrsDistance: 7.5km

After breakfast, continue your trek along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, crossing suspension bridges and passing through charming villages. Begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, the largest Sherpa town in the Everest region. As you climb higher, enjoy panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Arrive in Namche Bazaar, a bustling trading hub nestled in a natural amphitheater surrounded by mountains. Check into your tea house accommodation and spend the evening exploring the colorful streets of Namche.

Max Altitude: 3,430 m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 5 – 6 hrsDistance: 9.2km

Today is a rest day to acclimatize to the altitude and explore Namche Bazaar. You can take a short hike to the nearby villages of Khunde and Khumjung, visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum, or simply relax and soak in the stunning mountain views. It's important to stay hydrated and listen to your body as you adjust to the higher altitude.

Max Altitude: 3,430 m Accommodation: Tea house

Resume your trek with a scenic hike to Tengboche, home to the famous Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. The trail winds through rhododendron and juniper forests, offering glimpses of Everest and Ama Dablam. Upon reaching Tengboche, visit the monastery and take in the serene atmosphere amidst breathtaking mountain scenery. Overnight at a tea house in Tengboche.

Max Altitude: 3,870m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 5 – 6 hrsDistance: 9.2km

Set out on a picturesque trek to Dingboche, a charming village nestled in a wide, open valley. The trail offers stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam as you gradually ascend through alpine meadows and yak pastures. As you gain altitude, the landscape becomes more barren and rugged. Arrive in Dingboche, where you'll spend the night acclimatizing to the higher elevation.

Max Altitude: 4,360 m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 5 – 6 hrsDistance: 12km

Take another rest day in Dingboche to acclimatize to the altitude. You can explore the surrounding area or opt for a short hike to Nagarjun Hill or Chukhung Valley for panoramic views of the Himalayas. Use this day to relax and recharge before continuing your trek to higher altitudes.

Max Altitude: 4,360 m Accommodation: Tea house

Resume your journey towards Everest Base Camp as you trek to Lobuche, situated at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail gradually ascends alongside the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, offering stunning views of Pumori and Nuptse. As you approach Lobuche, the landscape becomes more rugged and barren. Arrive in Lobuche and settle into your tea house accommodation for the night.

Max Altitude: 4,940 m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 5 – 6 hrsDistance: 8.5km

Today, embark on the final push towards Everest Base Camp. Trek across the rocky terrain of the Khumbu Glacier moraine, with spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse surrounding you. Reach Gorak Shep, the last settlement before Everest Base Camp, and enjoy a short break before continuing to Everest Base Camp itself. Explore the iconic site, where climbers prepare for their summit attempts, and soak in the breathtaking scenery. Afterward, return to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.

Max Altitude: 5,364 m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 6-7 hrsDistance: 15km

Rise early to hike to the summit of Kala Patthar, a rocky outcrop offering unparalleled views of Everest, Nuptse, and the surrounding peaks bathed in the golden light of dawn. After soaking in the breathtaking sunrise views, descend to Gorak Shep for breakfast before continuing your trek to Dzongla. The trail descends steeply through rocky terrain, offering dramatic views of the Khumbu Glacier and surrounding peaks. Arrive in Dzongla and settle into your tea house accommodation for the night.

Max Altitude: 4620 m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 5-6 hrsDistance: 7.5km

Today marks one of the most challenging and rewarding days of your trek as you cross the formidable Cho La Pass. Begin the day with a steep ascent to the pass, navigating rocky terrain and possibly snow depending on the season. Reach the top of Cho La Pass, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Descend carefully on the other side of the pass, following a steep trail that leads to Thangna, a small settlement nestled amidst rugged mountains. Spend the night at a tea house in Thangna, resting and recuperating after a challenging day of trekking.

Max Altitude: 4700 m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 6-7 hrsDistance: 10km

Continue your trek to Gokyo, a tranquil village located along the shores of the pristine Gokyo Lakes. The trail ascends gradually, offering stunning views of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. Arrive in Gokyo and settle into your tea house accommodation, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Himalayas reflected in the turquoise waters of the lakes.

Max Altitude: 4750m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 4-5 hrsDistance: 4km

Take a well-deserved rest day in Gokyo to explore the surrounding area and acclimatize to the altitude. You have the option to climb Gokyo Ri, a rocky peak offering panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. The hike to the summit is steep and challenging but rewards you with unparalleled views of the surrounding Himalayan giants. After descending from Gokyo Ri, spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the tranquility of Gokyo.

Max Altitude: 5357 m Distance: 1.5km

Resume your trek as you descend from Gokyo and make your way to Machhermo, a small village situated in a picturesque valley. The trail descends gradually, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glacial lakes. Arrive in Machhermo and settle into your tea house accommodation for the night, surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Himalayas.

Max Altitude: 4410m. Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 4- 5 hrsDistance: 5.7km

Continue your descent as you trek back towards Namche Bazaar, retracing your steps along the trail you followed on the way up. Enjoy the familiar sights and sounds of the Khumbu region as you descend through rhododendron forests and charming Sherpa villages. Arrive in Namche Bazaar and spend the evening exploring the bustling streets and vibrant markets of this lively mountain town.

Max Altitude: 3,430 m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 5 – 6 hrsDistance: 16km

Today marks the final day of your trek as you make your way back to Lukla, where your journey began. The trail descends steeply, offering sweeping views of the Himalayas as you descend through forests and pastures. Arrive in Lukla and celebrate the completion of your trek with your fellow trekkers and crew. Spend the evening reminiscing about your adventures and enjoying a well-deserved rest.

Max Altitude: 2860 m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 6 – 7 hrsDistance: 13.5km

Bid farewell to the mountains as you board a morning flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy a final glimpse of the Himalayas from the air before touching down in Kathmandu. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You can explore the bustling streets of Kathmandu, shop for souvenirs, or simply relax and reflect on your incredible journey.

Accommodation: HotelDuration: 30 min

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey. Depart Kathmandu with fond memories of your Everest Base Camp Trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri, and the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas.

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Included
  • Airport pickup upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu hotel on BB Plan.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu on the second day, including visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa.
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, providing scenic views of the Himalayas.
  • Trekking permits and TIMS card (Trekkers' Information Management System) for the Everest region.
  • Professional trekking guide and porter(s) to assist you throughout the trek.
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek, with basic amenities such as meals, clean bedding, and hot showers.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Guided sightseeing tours, trekking activities, and cultural experiences as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu at the end of the trek.
  • Transfer from Kathmandu Airport to your hotel upon return.
Excluded
  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Travel insurance (required for trekking in Nepal) covering emergency evacuation, medical expenses, and trip cancellation.
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, beverages, souvenirs, and tips for guides and porters.
  • Additional accommodation, meals, and transportation in Kathmandu beyond the first and last nights of the trek.
  • Any extra costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, natural disasters, or political unrest.
  • Optional activities, excursions, or extensions not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any expenses arising from changes to the itinerary or early departure from the trek due to personal reasons.
  • Additional porter services for carrying personal belongings (available upon request for an extra fee).
  • Any expenses not specifically mentioned as included.
Essential Information

Equipment

Trekking Boots: Sturdy, comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support are crucial for navigating the varied terrain, including rocky trails and uneven paths.

Trekking Clothing:

Moisture-wicking base layers: Shirts and pants made from synthetic or merino wool materials that wick away sweat and keep you dry.

Insulating layers: Fleece jackets or down jackets to provide warmth during chilly mornings and evenings.

Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants: Essential for protection against rain, snow, and strong winds.

Trekking pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants with multiple pockets for storing essentials.

Trekking socks: Thick, moisture-wicking socks to prevent blisters and keep your feet warm and dry.

Headwear:

Wide-brimmed hat or cap: Provides protection from the sun during the day.

Beanie or warm hat: Keeps your head warm in colder temperatures, especially at higher altitudes.

Sunglasses: Polarized sunglasses with UV protection to shield your eyes from glare and harmful rays.

Handwear:

Lightweight gloves: Provide protection against cold temperatures and wind chill.

Waterproof gloves: Necessary for colder and wetter conditions, especially at higher altitudes.

Backpack:

Trekking backpack: A comfortable, well-fitted backpack with adjustable straps and hip belt to carry your essentials, including water, snacks, extra clothing layers, camera, and personal items.

Sleeping Gear:

Sleeping bag: A warm, lightweight sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures (0 to -10 degrees Celsius) to ensure a good night's sleep in mountain lodges.

Trekking Accessories:

Trekking poles: Provide stability and support on uneven terrain, reducing strain on your knees and legs.

Headlamp or flashlight: Essential for navigating in the dark, especially during early morning hikes and in lodge accommodations with limited lighting.

Water purification tablets or filter: Ensure access to safe drinking water by treating water from natural sources along the trail.

First aid kit: Carry a basic first aid kit with essentials such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, blister treatment, pain relievers, and any personal medications.

Toiletries: Pack travel-sized toiletries, including toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and biodegradable soap, as facilities may be basic along the trail.

Lightweight towel: Quick-drying microfiber towel for personal hygiene and washing up at lodge accommodations.

Snacks: Energy bars, nuts, dried fruits, and other high-energy snacks to keep you fueled during long days of trekking.

Trekking map and guidebook: Carry a detailed trekking map and guidebook to navigate the trail and learn about the landmarks and points of interest along the way.

Personal Items:

Passport and permits: Carry your passport, along with any necessary permits or documents required for the trek.

Cash: Carry enough local currency (Nepalese rupees) for expenses such as meals, snacks, drinks, and souvenirs, as ATM access may be limited in remote areas.

Camera: Capture the stunning landscapes and memorable moments of your trek with a camera or smartphone.

Power bank: Portable charger or power bank to keep your electronic devices charged, as electricity may be limited or unavailable in some lodges.

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Why With Us?

Choosing the Everest Base Camp Trek with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri - 19 Days with Real Adventure Nepal is a decision that promises a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, offering a perfect blend of breathtaking landscapes, cultural experiences, and high-altitude challenges. Here's why you should embark on this trek with Real Adventure Nepal:

Comprehensive and Unique Itinerary

Extended Adventure: The 19-day itinerary allows for a more immersive experience, covering iconic highlights like Everest Base Camp, Cho La Pass, and Gokyo Ri, ensuring you witness the best of the Everest region.
Less Crowded Route: By including Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri, the trek offers a less crowded and more serene alternative to the standard Everest Base Camp route, allowing for a more personal and tranquil experience.

Expert Guidance and Support

Experienced Guides: Real Adventure Nepal employs highly experienced and knowledgeable guides who are familiar with the terrain, weather conditions, and local culture, ensuring a safe and informative journey.
Porter Services: Professional porters assist with carrying your gear, allowing you to focus on enjoying the trek without the burden of heavy luggage.

Safety and Acclimatization

Proper Acclimatization: The extended duration of the trek includes ample acclimatization days, reducing the risk of altitude sickness and ensuring a safer ascent to higher altitudes.
Safety Protocols: Real Adventure Nepal prioritizes safety with comprehensive safety measures, including first aid trained guides, proper equipment, and contingency plans for emergencies.

Scenic and Cultural Highlights

Stunning Landscapes: The trek offers spectacular views of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Crossing the Cho La Pass provides thrilling high-altitude adventure, while Gokyo Ri offers panoramic vistas of the Himalayan giants and the stunning Gokyo Lakes.
Cultural Immersion: Experience the rich Sherpa culture by visiting traditional villages, monasteries, and interacting with the friendly locals. The trek passes through iconic villages like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Gokyo.

Comprehensive Services

Well-Organized Logistics: Real Adventure Nepal handles all logistical aspects, including permits, accommodations, meals, and transportation, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free trek.
Quality Accommodations: Comfortable teahouses and lodges are chosen to provide a restful stay after long days of trekking, with options to experience local cuisine and hospitality.

Positive Reputation and Reviews

Trusted Operator: Real Adventure Nepal is a reputable and trusted trekking company with numerous positive reviews and testimonials from satisfied trekkers, reflecting their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.
Customer-Centric Approach: Personalized attention, flexible itineraries, and responsive customer service ensure that your needs and preferences are met throughout the trek.