Key Information

  • Destination:
  • Accommodation:
    3 Star Hotel + Tea House Lodge
  • Trip Style:
    Trekking and Hiking
  • Foods:
    Breakfast in City + BLD in Trek
  • Transportation:
    Private Vehicle + Domestic Flight
  • Min Person:

About Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Cho-La Pass

Everest Base Camp trekking via Gokyo Cho-La pass rewards you with everything Everest region has to offer.  This trip takes you to the foothills of the tallest peak in the world (Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar).

Putting the joy of reaching at the foot of Mt. Everest aside, you get the chance to explore many of the wonderful places along the way. Ever since you start your journey with the thrilling flight to Lukla, you get a plethora of beautiful vistas of Himalayas, landscapes, forests and rivers. 

Unlike regular Everest Base Camp trekking trail, Everest Base Camp, Gokyo and Cho-La pass trekking package provides you with the additional opportunity to explore the beautiful lakes of Gokyo, chance to have a panorama of the Himalayas and landscapes from a different perspective. Cho- La Pass is the beautiful vantage point to have glimpses of Himalayas and landscapes.

Everest Base Camp Cho-La Pass Trekking itinerary is designed in such a way that you don’t miss out on any of the significant places of Everest region. You will return from the base camp using a different trail. Using different trail gives you the opportunity to explore plenty of new places without lowering your enthusiasm. 

Everest Cho-La Pass group trek will be full of scenic vistas. You will pass through the beautiful pine and oak forests, rivers, glaciers and moraine valleys. You get to explore the Sherpa culture and their lifestyle at its best on your 17 days of the journey. Our humble and experienced guide and assistants will help you get the best out of this trip. 

Everest Base Camp trek via Cho-La pass lets you explore the Sagarmatha National Park, rare floras and faunas, lifestyle of local people with additional opportunity to admire the beauty of Gokyo lakes and village. It provides you with the opportunity to get to the exceptionally beautiful vantage points such as Gokyo Ri and Cho-La pass. 



  • A scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back.
  • A trek into the wilderness of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Get a glimpse of the culture of this region in places like Namche Bazaar and Phakding,
  • The ascent of Gokyo Ri and a mesmeric sunrise from there.
  • A visit to the highest freshwater lake system in the world- Gokyo Lakes.
  • Beautiful panoramic views from the enthralling Cho La pass
  • Visit for glorious  mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, etc. from Kala Patthar


What to Expect

1. Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

On the first day of your trip, you fly to Lukla from Kathmandu. On your 40 minutes of flight, you will have the best aerial view of the landscapes. The view of green forests, rivers and waterfalls is heartwarming. When you get closer to Lukla, you can have the first glimpse of Sherpa settlement and their Buddhist tradition. Your flight will be full of scenic views. 

2. Tea houses

On your trekking journey to Everest Base Camp, most of the time you will be staying at tea houses run by Sherpas. They are small hotels which provide you with the best place to sleep and relax and to have simple yet delicious meals. They may lack in luxury but their hospitality is what makes you feel wonderful. Apart from that, you will get plenty of opportunities to get exposes to the tradition and culture of Sherpas while staying at tea houses.

3. Sherpas, tradition and culture

Sherpa community resides at most of the places you will pass through during your Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo and Cho-La Pass trek. Sherpas are Known for their Buddhist tradition and culture heavily influenced by Tibetan culture. They are also famous for their loyalty and mountaineering skills. You will be staying at the tea houses run by them where you get to have closer exposure to their lifestyle. You will also have some Sherpa people on our crew. You can learn a lot of things about their culture from them as well. 

4. Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites of Nepal. This Park contains the tallest Mountain (Mt. Everest) and several other mountains which have an altitude of over 5000 m. This park is the habitat of several rare species such as Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Lesser Panda etc. The Sherpas dwell in this Park, who has a unique culture and tradition. This park is the perfect place to explore nature and culture at its best. 

5. Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar

Everest Base Camp( south) is the final destination of our trekking journey. It is the foot of the tallest mountain in the world (Mt. Everest). You can have the beautiful view of Khumbu icefall from there. However, you won’t get the grand view of Everest itself from the Base Camp.  So you hike to Kala Patthar to have the most spectacular view of Himalayas. You can see the Everest standing right in front of you from Kala Patthar. You will have the mesmerizing view of Khumbu icefall, glaciers, and other adjacent peaks of the Himalayan range. 

6. Gokyo lakes and village

Gokyo III lake, famously known as Gokyo lake is one of the major attraction of your Everest Cho-La pass trekking package. Village of Gokyo lies on the eastern shore of this lake. This dark blue colour of the lake makes it exceptionally beautiful. You will spend a day at Gokyo village where you will get plenty of time to admire the mystic beauty of Gokyo village and lakes. 

7. Gokyo Ri and Cho-la Pass

Gokyo Ri is a peak located on the west side of Ngozumpa glacier. It is a vantage point from where you get the spectacular panoramic view of the Everest region. You will walk through the snow-covered trails of Cho-La pass during which you will get adrenaline rush and feeling of great adventure.

The view of Gokyo village, lakes, glaciers, mountains is mesmerizing. You will climb to the peak of Gokyo Ri when you stay at Gokyo village for acclimatization.

8. Glorious views of Himalaya 

Your 15 days journey starts from the flight to Lukla. Since then you will get the beautiful and glorious views of Himalayas from different perspectives. You get the wonderful aerial view of the Himalayas from the plane. And since your trekking journey gets started you will get the beautiful panorama of Himalaya range. You can expect to see the peaks such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse etc. The view of sunrise and sunset over these Himalayas is wonderful.

9. Landscapes along the way

On your 14 days of trekking journey, you will get to witness the wonder of Nature at its best. You will pass through pine and oak forests. You will walk by the rivers crossing many of the suspension bridges along the way. The beautiful landscapes covered in greeneries are mesmerizing. You will walk past these beautiful landscapes. 


If you want to see Everest but you do not have enough time or can't walk for long days, we have  Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The helicopter will land at different places to explore the Everest region.  

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Cho-La Pass Itinerary & Map

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport
  • Picking you up at the airport
  • Get to the hotel where you will spend the night
  • Roam around the streets of Thamel
  • Prepare for the trek

When will reach Tribhuvan International Airport, one of Sublime Trail representatives will be there to pick you with your name in our signboard. You will then be taken to the hotel where you will stay during your days in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a city rich in culture and you will find various historical and cultural sites. You can go around the city if you aren’t tired and you have enough time. Else you can freshen up, go to a cafe to have your lunch/dinner, enjoy live music or rest. Our crew may then give you a tour briefing.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected Temperature: (3.1 - 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m

DAY 02: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Tour briefing and gathering
  • Flight to Lukla
  • Reach Lukla and trek to Phakding
  • Rest at a tea house in Phakding

You will have your breakfast and head towards the airport to reach Lukla, the gateway to Everest. The flight takes 35 minutes and you may enjoy beautiful sceneries including mountains from your flight and land on Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Lukla is known for its notorious weather shift, and flight to/from Lukla will be postponed in such extreme cases. With your group of partners (if any), guides and porter(s), you will then head towards Phakding. You will descend towards Dudh Koshi river and walk through a village Ghat. After 3-4 hours of trekking, you will reach Phakding, where you will have dinner and stay overnight. This is the first night leaving your comfort and sleeping in a basic tea house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-1.7 - 19.6) °C
Elevation: 2610 m
Trek Duration: 3-4 hours approx.

[If the flight to Lukla gets delayed due to bad weather or other technical issues and you want to get there at your scheduled time, you can book a helicopter with an extra 500 USD per person]

Note: Kathmandu International Airport will remain closed until December 2019 due to maintenance. Therefore any flights to/from Lukla has to be performed from Manthali Airport, Ramechhap. We can help you book a bus/car to get to Manthali.

DAY 03: Trek to Namche Bazar
  • Breakfast at Phakding
  • Trek towards Namche Bazar
  • Lunch at Monjo village
  • Walk steeper uphill trek
  • You get to see the view of Mt. Everest and adjacent mountains
  • Reach Namche Bazaar

Your today’s destination will be Namche Bazar. To reach there you will walk uphill, cross Dudh Koshi river over a suspension bridge, reach Monjo, enter the Sagarmatha National Park and walk towards Namche. After a total of 6-7 hours of trek, you will reach Namche, a trade hub for people living in villages of Himalaya where you may see Yaks and porters carrying tons of goods towards Himalayan villages.

You will have your lunch at Monjo, and have dinner and rest at a tea house in Namche. You will get views of Mt. Kusum-Kanguru, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse etc. You may also get a slight glimpse of Everest. After Monjo, you will need a permit of Sagarmatha National Park. You will climb the steep stairs to get to Namche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.


DAY 04: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
  • Roam around the town, buys the stuff you want
  • Hike up to Everest view hotel, you may get a beautiful glimpse of sunrise and sunsets over mountains or rest and roam around
  • Rest during the afternoon at the guesthouse

In places higher than 3000m, you are at risk of altitude sickness. Before climbing any further, you are required to spend the first night in the same elevation and ascend the next day. This way your body gets some time to adapt with increasing altitude and decreasing oxygen level.

Today you can go to various places or rest as a part of acclimatization. You can go to Everest View Hotel walking steep uphill for a few hours, which is only 3962 meters high or to headquarters of Sagarmatha National park where you may capture beautiful sunrise/sunset over the mountains. This day is also a great opportunity to explore the culture of people residing in the region. You can also visit Tenzing Hillary School in  Khumjung. Ultimately, you will return to Namche for dinner and rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m


DAY 05: Trek to Dhole
  • Walk through Pine forests of Kyangjuma and trek uphill towards Mongla Hill
  • Follow Cho Oyu mountain at a distance and Cholatse on the right-hand side

From Namche Bazaar, you will walk upstream of Dudh Koshi river. The area will be covered with Sherpas living in small houses and small monasteries. You may see mountains like Everest, Ama Dablam and Lhotse. You will also see a hamlet of Kyangjuma. You will follow Cho Oyu Mountain and it will be thrilling to walk narrow trails along pine forests to reach Dhole. You will have dinner and stay at Dhole.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (- 13.9 - 14.6) °C
Elevation: 4200 m
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours approx.


DAY 06: Trek to Machhermo
  • Pass through oak and pine forests to reach Machhermo

You will have breakfast at Dole and you towards Machhermo. You will see lots of oak and pine forests along the way. You will get to see peaks of like Taboche, Cholatse, Cho Oyu and Everest along the way The total trekking will take you about 5 hours and you will reach Machhermo. You will have gained almost 300 meters in altitude. You will rest at a tea house in Machhermo after having dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected temperature : (-15.9 - 12.1) °C
Elevation: 4470 m
Trek Duration:  4-5 hours approx.


DAY 07: Trek to Gokyo Village and lakes
  • Walk through the rocky trails to get to beautiful Gokyo village
  • Walk on the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Enjoy the beautiful views of Mountains
  • Explore the Gokyo lakes and village

Your today’s destination will be beautiful Gokyo village and lakes. This day you will ascend a steady uphill, which will take about 5 hours. First, we will get to the first lake which we will get to after a few monasteries. We will walk on the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier to get to Gokyo 2nd and 3rd Lakes. You can go around Gokyo villages, explore the beauty of lakes and view mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. You will rest in a tea house in Gokyo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-17.1 - 12.5) °C
Elevation: 4790 m
Trek Duration:  4-5 hours approx.


DAY 08: Hike of Gokyo Ri, Trek to Fifth Lake as Part of the Acclimatization
  • Early Morning hike to Gokyo RI to have a mesmerizing panoramic view of the Himalayas
  • Trek to the fifth lake of Gokyo

This will be the second day during your trek which you will spend as acclimatization. You can either get to the top of Gokyo Ri (5260) from where you can catch a glimpse of beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas or you can roam around Gokyo village and rest.  From Gokyo Ri, you can catch an astounding view of the mountains and glaciers. If time allows and you aren’t tired, you can as well go to the Fifth lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Excepted Temperature: (-17.1 - 12.5) °C
Elevation: 4790 m


DAY 09: Trek to Thagnak via Gokyo village
  • Catch the great view of Mt. Cholatse along the way
  • Walk down the rocky terrain  above the glaciers to get to Thangnak

Today you will leave the village of Gokyo along with its lakes and head towards Thangnak. You will continue walking over the rocky terrain which is actually the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier. You will get amazing views Mt. Cholatse. The moraine makes it a bit difficult to walk. Though it is not an uphill climbing, you will have to walk slowly and carefully since the path is a very irregular and rocky terrain.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Excepted Temperature: (-16.1 -13.2) °C
Elevation: 4770 m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.


DAY 10: Thagnak to Cho-La Pass (5429 m) to Dzongla
  • Walk towards Cho La pass on a steep and rocky trail
  • Ascend through crevasses, scree and boulders
  • Steep descend towards the valley of Dzongla
  • View beautiful landscapes

Today you will walk towards Cho-La pass, one of the three high passes of the region. You will have to walk carefully since the path is rocky, steep and a bit difficult. Today’s trek may be a bit challenging and will require you to be fully alert since you will be walking through crevasses, scree and boulders. You will get to see beautiful landscapes covered in snow. After getting to the top of the pass you will get a beautiful view of Mt. Cholatse, Lobuche, Ama Dablam. Then you will proceed to reach Dzongla, from where you will see those mountains’ full sight. You will stay at a tea house in Dzongla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-17.8 - 11.4) °C
Elevation: 4830 m
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours approx.


DAY 11: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche
  • Descend from Dzongla
  • Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan range
  • Cross a bridge, trek through a graveled trail
  • Reach Lobuche for the hike to Everest Base Camp

Your two destinations, Gokyo lakes and Cho-La pass are now behind you and now you will head toward your final destination, Everest Base Camp. You will descend from Dzongla, cross a bridge and view beautiful landscapes and mountains. This day requires your caution too but today’s trek will be shorter than yesterday’s. So, you will have time to stroll around to explore the villages and culture or rest. You will spend your night at Lobuche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-18.3 - 11.7) °C
Elevation: 4910 m
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours approx.


DAY 12: Lobuche to Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) and back to Gorak Shep
  • Leave Lobuche and head towards the foot of Everest
  • Reach Gorak Shep where you will return later after getting to Base Camp
  • Have your lunch at Gorak Shep
  • View the amazing Khumbu Icefall
  • Long descend on a downward slope
  • Catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and other peaks
  • Reach Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight

Lobuche to Gorak Shep trek won’t be long, steep, or intense but you’ll have gained a considerable amount of altitude till this day so you will have to take care of yourself against altitude sickness and look for signs. After walking for about 3 hours you will reach Gorak Shep, our today’s station. Then we will trek towards Everest Base camp and our path is a dry frozen lakebed. It is a gentle uphill climbing then a gentle long descend.

After reaching Everest Base Camp, you may see the peak of Everest peeking behind Lhotse and Khumbutse and they both may seem to us to be taller than Everest itself. You can find piles of stones, prayer flags and few banners stating the height of the base camp. To view the majestic view of Everest, you will have to go to Kala Patthar which is tomorrow’s destination. You will return to Gorak Shep and spend your night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-19.6 - 10.8) °C
Elevation: 5140 m
Trek Duration:  7-8 hours approx.


DAY 13: Hiking to Kala Patthar (5555 meters) and trek down to Periche
  • Get towards Kala Patthar (5555m), the highest altitude of our whole trek
  • Early morning uphill trek to view sunrise over majestic Everest
  • Get the best view of Everest and its adjacent peaks and Khumbu icefall
  • Trek back to Gorak Shep and have lunch
  • Descend to Pheriche and spend the night at a tea house

After 2-3 hours of strenuous uphill trek, you will reach Kala Patthar and it will be worth all the effort once you get the mind-blowing view of Everest, Khumbu Glacier and other peaks.

It will be the limit of how far you can go without mountaineering kits. You can wake up early and trek to Kala Patthar to catch a glimpse of sunrise over Everest. You can also get an amazing view of Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and many other peaks. After you collect the mesmerizing views into your memory, you can now head toward Pheriche. You will get to Gorak Shep first where you will have your lunch and continue your trek to reach Pheriche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-14.2 - 14.1) °C
Elevation: 4210 m
Trek Duration:  6-7 hours approx.

DAY 14: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
  • Descend to Namche from Pheriche while exploring the new route
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas along the way
  • Possibilities to see musk deer Himalayan giant Thar and Snow leopard

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours approx.

We will descend to through Khumbu Khola and Sherpa settlements. Finally, we reach the spot from where we will return the same route we came. We will move towards Namche. We may see Rhododendron and oak trees, birds and animals. We will see prayer flags and greenery will start to appear as you move forward. As we bid farewell to the mountains slowly we will see the same beautiful landscapes, markets, and yaks as you arrive Namche.


DAY 15: Trek Back to Lukla airport from Namche
  • Walk down the rocky terrains to book a flight to Kathmandu
  • You can visit the School and the hospital established by Sir Edmund Hillary
  • Relieve yourself from the fatigue of the long journey of trekking

Today will be the last day you will spend during this trek in the lap of Himalayas. You can look back to the days you spent here exploring Gokyo Lakes, Cho-La Pass, Everest Base Camp and everything else this trek offered you.

The oxygen level will have increased considerably and altitude is comparably low. Looking back you will see the same mountains you witnessed so closely glimmering in snow, the feeling you will get will be incomparable. You will have your dinner and rest to let away your exhaustion from the earlier days.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-2.8- 18.7) °C
Elevation: 2860 m
Trek Duration:  6 hours approx.


DAY 16: Flight to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
  • Catch a flight to Kathmandu
  • You can roam around and explore Thamel
  • Chill in the restaurants, spa and bars
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner which is offered by Sublime Trails Pvt. Ltd.

You will return to Kathmandu through a flight taking 35 minutes. You can have your last glimpse of Everest region as an aerial view. You will land in Kathmandu and go to the hotel where you spent your first night. You can either go around for activities like shopping, live music, exotic food, safari, rafting etc or you can rest in your hotel room. In the evening, you will be provided a farewell dinner by the Sublime crew in a traditional restaurant. You will also get to see a wonderful cultural dance.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected Temperature: (3.1 - 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m

DAY 17: Departure
  • Transferring you to the local airport and bidding you farewell

You will return to your homeland today, taking with you your memories of these 17 days. You will have conquered your fear, felt joy, expanded your limits and seen astounding beauty Everest region has to offer. We will have taken any measures to make your trip worth your visit and we will be more than happy to continue providing you with our service if you plan to return Nepal for new adventures or if you want to extend your visit.

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  • All the airport pick up and drops
  • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Lodge accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return to Kathmandu
  • Well experienced guide, assistant guide and porter for the trekking (One assistant guide between 6 people and 1 porter for two people Porter can carry up to 30 Kg)
  • Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after trip completion 
  • National park entrance fees, TIMS card fee
  • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
  • All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
  • All the necessary bus, car and jeep service for the trip
  • First Aid service in case of minor injuries
  • Salary, foods, and accommodation for guides and porters
  • Emergency evacuation assistance service (Helicopter/necessary transport and hospital cost should be paid by clients themselves or insurance company)
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fee to monuments
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain or due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • All the chocolate and dessert items
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

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Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Cho-La Pass Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 2 reviews

On the process of completing this trek, it evoked a range of emotion in me. I was happy, tired, frustrated sometimes, excited and above all I felt adventurous. When I felt I couldn't move any further our guide motivated us and made us complete our daily goals, when I underestimated nature, he let me go because I wouldn't stop and I learned a great knowledge to never underestimate the power of nature. When I decided to do something really stupid, he suggested me not to and he also gave me reasons why. I think it wasn't just trekking, it was a life-time experience.

Ram was extremely caring, friendly and patient. He would go the extra mile to ensure that you are comfortable and safe. We had 2 great treks with him ans cant wait to go back again!

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