Overview

Overview

Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek is one of the most comprehensive trekking destinations in the heart of the Himalayas. This trek will take you through the rugged trails of the Khumbu region — from the top of Cho La Pass to the foothills of the world’s highest massifs.

Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek is among the most challenging tea house adventures in Nepal, demanding you to scale a high Himalayan pass at 5,367. This trek also guides you to two of the most famous viewpoints in the Himalayas — Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri.

Your adventure to Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek begins with one of the most exhilarating flights from Kathmandu to Lukla. Upon landing at this mountain airstrip, you’ll be traveling across several Sherpa settlements and navigating the rugged trails before reaching the Everest Base Camp, the foothills of the world’s highest mountain. The entire route overlooks picturesque landscapes, rustic villages, chortens, mani walls, ancient monasteries, and colorful prayer flags.

Kala Pathar, at 5,643 meters, is marked as the highest elevation point in Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek. From the summit of this viewpoint, you’ll savor the 360-degree panorama of the mountains, including Nuptse, Mt. Everest, Pumori, Lingtren, and Changtse. It is also one of the best places in Khumbu to relish the sunrise and sunset over the Himalayas.

Likewise, at 5,357 meters, Gokyo Ri offers a distant sight of four 8,000-meter mountains — Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. You can also enjoy the glorious view of Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Valley, and Ngozumpa Glacier from the summit of Gokyo Ri.

Similarly, other significant highlights of Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek include the exploration of Namche Bazaar, Khumjung Monastery, Everest View Hotel, Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Lakes, Ngozumpa Glacier, Tengboche Monastery, and Everest Base Camp. Along the way, you’ll get to walk under the shades of some of the highest massifs in the world, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Pumori, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.

Our 18-day Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek is an excellent choice for experienced and avid trekkers willing to challenge high altitudes and uneven trails. This Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek itinerary caters proper acclimatization days for a safe and adventurous experience.

Note that Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek is a teahouse adventure. Therefore, the teahouses and lodges in the Everest region are considerably cozy and comfortable compared to other treks in Nepal. They provide all the necessary services, including twin rooms, meals, WiFi hot showers, and charging facilities.

Why You’ll Love This Trek

  • Fly over the Himalayas to one of the world’s most extreme airports at Lukla Airport
  • Stand at the base of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain
  • Trudge under the shades of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu
  • Explore the famous Sherpa Capital at Namche Bazaar
  • Marvel at the epic 360-degree mountain panorama from Kala Patthar
  • Get a glimpse of Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall
  • Visit the largest monastery of the Khumbu region at Tengboche
  • Stand at the shore of pristine Gokyo Lakes
  • Hike up to Gokyo Ri
  • Cross over the high Himalayas pass at Cho La Pass
  • Witness the rustic lifestyle and unique culture of Sherpas

Is Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek Right For You?

  • Bear in mind that Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek is not a luxurious holiday package! On this trek, you’ll be reaching the maximum elevation point at 5,643 meters at Kala Patthar. Besides, you’ll also be navigating one of the high Himalayas passes of the Khumbu region at 5,367 meters. Therefore, this trek demands not only physical fitness but also requires mental preparedness.

So, make sure to train and prepare well before the trek. This trek is especially suitable for avid and experienced trekkers who have prior trekking experience in the Himalayas. However, if you’re a first-time trekker, we suggest you go for a relatively less strenuous trek in either Everest or Annapurna region.

  • In the entire 18-days of Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek, you’ll be walking the rugged trails of the Himalayas for 15 days in total. On average, it is mandatory to walk about five to six hours each day on this trek. If you’re confident that you have what it takes to tackle this challenge, you’ll certainly be able to pull this through.

We recommend you put adequate time and effort before you pack your bags and head to the Himalayas. It is advisable to engage in cardio-oriented activities and go for short hikes around the city to keep you moving.

  • On the Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek, you will be gaining around 300 to 900-meter altitude every day. Commencing the adventure at the elevation of 2,840 meters at Lukla, you’ll traverse up to 5,643 meters at Kala Patthar. This significant altitudinal variation possesses a massive threat of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) on the upper reaches of the trek. Therefore, before heading to the mountains, make sure that your body and mind can handle such a massive altitude gain.

Even if you are an experienced trekker, we advise you to stay cautious and take all the necessary precautions to minimize high altitude sickness. Always walk at the most comfortable pace and drink as much water to keep yourself hydrated.

  • When it comes to high altitude treks like Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek, it is always better to prepare for the worst. Keep in mind that the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable, especially in the upper regions of the trek. You’ll have a tough time anticipating when you might have to bear the terrible weather while navigating the high pass of the Khumbu region.In the upper reaches of the trek, you might also come across extremely cold, heavy showers, or even snowfalls in the worst case. Make sure to stay aware of such situations and make all the necessary preparation to tackle them.

Even if you’re trekking during the autumn or spring season, you should wear enough layers to tackle the cold and carry weather protection gear for harsh weather. Although these seasons have the ideal weather conditions, you never know when your luck might run out in the mountains.

  • Note that Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek is not as luxurious as your days in the city. The 15 days in the mountains are likely to be tough and slightly uncomfortable. During the trek, you’ll be spending your night at the Everest region’s local tea houses. Although the tea houses in Everest only provide basic amenities, they are far more comfortable and standard than the teahouses of other regions.

The Everest region’s tea houses mostly provide cozy twin-shared rooms, warm blankets, delicious food, WiFi, charging facilities, and hot showers. So, if you can adjust to these conditions, this trek is ideal for you.

Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek – Outline itinerary

DayDescriptionAltitude (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet at Airport and Transfer to Hotel1350-
2Morning Flight to Lukla (2,840m) and Trek to Phakding26104 hours
3Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar34406 hours
4Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar3440-
5Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche38605 hours
6Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche44105 hours
7Acclimatization Day at Dingboche4410-
8Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche49104.5 hours
9Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Excursion to Everest Base Camp (5,364m)51407 hours
10Morning Hike to Kala Patthar (5,643m) and Trek to Lobuche49107 hours
11Trek from Lobuche to Dzongla49404 hours
12Trek from Dzongla to Gokyo Valley via Cho La Pass (5,367m)48008 hours
13Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,570ft) and Return Back to Gokyo Valley48004 hours
14Trek from Gokyo Valley to Dole41107 hours
15Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar34406 hours
16Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla28406 hours
17Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu135040 mins
18International Departure--

Important Notes

  • You should always be cautious about high altitude while trekking to Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek. Remember, you’ll be trekking up to 5,643 meters at Kala Pathar and crossing Cho La Pass at 5,367 meters on Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek. Traversing through such a high altitude possesses a serious risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Not only that, but you’ll be spending 10 nights above 3,500 meters.Sleepover above 3,500 meters possesses maximum possibilities of high altitude sickness if you do not stay cautious. So, we highly advise you to take it slow and walk at the most comfortable pace. It is also advisable to drink at least 4-liters of water each day to stay hydrated and reduce the risk of AMS.
  • Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek is hands down one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas of Nepal. On this trek, you’ll be navigating a high pass of the Khumbu region. Some sections of the trail are perilous along the way as you’ll have to walk through glacial paths, moraines, and rocky terrains.Not only that, but you’ll be walking up to 5,643 meters at Kala Patthar and 5,357 meters at Gokyo Ri. Therefore, it is mandatory to have travel insurance before trekking to Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek. Make sure to buy a policy covering all the necessary expenses above 6,000 meters, including helicopter evacuation, accident, medical charges, trip cancelation, and theft.
  • As one of the most strenuous trekking destinations, Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek is likely to test your endurance. This trek will challenge both your physical fitness as well as your mental strength. Therefore, it is important to do proper training and preparation before the trek.Instead of heading straight to the Himalayas, it is advisable to engage in cardio-related workouts, such as swimming, running, biking, and jogging at least one month before the trek. We recommend you go for a short hike in the nearby destination around your hometown to get used to rugged terrains and break your boots.
  • Bear in mind that your trekking guide/leader will be the in-charge of the trek in case of any emergencies. The guide will be fully liable to make the required changes during such circumstances, be it in the itinerary or day-to-day plans. If the trekking guide notices any health issues, accidents, or unforeseeable situations, they will instantly make the required alterations to ensure your safety.
  • Nobody likes to run out of money in the middle of their adventure in the remote mountains. So, carry adequate cash for your personal expenses in the Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek! You can find tons of ATM lounges and credit card services in Kathmandu and Namche Bazaar. But beyond Namche Bazaar, you will not find any ATM service throughout the trek. Therefore, it is best to dispense as much cash as necessary for the trek in Kathmandu itself.

While you may also dispense the cash in Namche Bazaar, ATM and credit card services may not always be reliable, given the circumstances and geographic location. If you have any foreign currency, it is advisable to exchange them in local cash in Kathmandu or Namche Bazaar. Note that most teahouses in the upper reaches of Everest do not accept foreign currency.

  • Carry a universal travel adapter! Make sure to carry a universal travel adaptor to charge your mobile phone, camera, go pro, or any other electronic appliances while on the trek. Usually, the teahouses in the Himalayas use Type C Plug for charging sockets. These charging sockets may not be compatible with the adapter of your devices. If you do not carry an adapter, you may not be able to charge your phone, camera, or other electronic devices.
  • Remember, not every teahouse and lodge in the Everest region has access to hydroelectricity. Most tea houses in the upper reaches of Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek are solar-powered. In these regions, electricity may not always be reliable. Therefore, we recommend carrying a portable charger or solar power bank to charge your electronic devices.
  • While packing your bags for the trek, we recommend you carry a copy of your passport and a few passport-sized photographs. You may need these documents while obtaining the trekking permits at Lukla and Monjo.

Required Permit for Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek

For Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek, you’ll need to acquire two different permits — Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit.

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit

Where to obtain: Lukla and National Park Entrance Gate in Monjo

How much does it cost: NPR 2,000 per person

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

Where to obtain: Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and National Park Entrance Gate in Monjo

How much does it cost: NPR 3,000 per person

Itinerary

Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek Itinerary (18 Days)

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Day 01:
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft). Meet at Airport and Transfer to Hotel

Once your flight lands at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel. They will also inform you of the timing and location of the meet and greet session. After that, you’ll have the entire day for yourself. So, make the most of the leisure time, get some rest, take a walk, read some books, and get rid of the jet lag.

In the evening, you’ll be attending a brief meeting with your trekking guide and the rest of the group. The trekking guide will provide you all the details regarding the trek. After the session, you’ll be sitting with the rest of the group members for the welcome dinner.

Highlights

  • Pick up at the Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Transfer to the prearranged hotel via a private transportation
  • A brief meeting with the trekking guide
  • Meet and greet session with the rest of the group
  • Enjoy the welcome dinner with cultural program

Special Note

Attending the meeting is mandatory! It is because your trekking guide will provide loads of crucial information about Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek. In the session, he will discuss the itinerary, flight schedules, accommodations, day-to-day lifestyle, difficulty, altitude sickness, food, culture, etc. 

If you have any concerns or queries regarding the trek, make sure to ask as many questions as you want and be informed about it. In addition to that, make the meet and greet session as interactive as possible and get along with the other members of the group as well.

Since you’ll have an early flight to Lukla the next morning, we recommend packing your bags and readying your gear before bedtime. It helps to avoid the last-minute rush in the morning.

Dinner
Hotel - 3 Stars
Day 02:
Morning Flight to Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)

You’ll begin the day with an exhilarating flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla is one of the world’s most extreme airstrips. The 40-minutes flight over the Himalayas will truly be an experience of a lifetime. On a clear day, you’ll marvel at the spectacular view of the high hills and snow-capped mountains right outside your window.

Upon landing at Lukla, you will meet the rest of the staff and porters at the village. Then, you’ll begin the adventure on a fairly comfortable and easy walk towards the village of Cheplung. From the village, you’ll get the first glimpse of the Himalayas with a distant sight of Mt. Khumbila. Furthermore, you’ll continue the walk on a gradual path alongside the Dudh Koshi River until you reach Phakding.

Highlights

  • A thrilling flight from Kathmandu to the world’s most extreme airstrip at Lukla
  • Majestic view of the mountains and surrounding terrains
  • Walk past several traditional villages
  • Gradual hike at the shore of Dudh Koshi River

Special Note

Bear in mind, the flight to Lukla is highly dependent on the weather. Since the Himalayas weather is unpredictable, the flight to this small airstrip is frequently delayed or canceled.

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 03:
Trek from Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)

On this day, you will be traversing through the rustic Sherpa villages, dense pine forest, and occasional yak pastures to reach Namche Bazaar. After breakfast, you’ll depart from Phakding and then walk through the narrow path on the bank of Dudh Koshi River. You’ll travel across several traditional settlements, including Benkar and Chumoa, and cross a few suspension bridges to arrive at the entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo.

Once you enter the national park, you’ll follow the trail upwards to the village of Jorsalle. Furthermore, you’ll continue the walk on a beautiful trail decorated with the view of Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Everest, and Nuptse unfolds on the backdrop.

From Jorsalle, the trail climbs steeply towards the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. At an elevation of 3,440 meters, this village is one of the most commercial hubs of the Khumbu region. It has an array of colorful markets, fancy restaurants, coffee shops, cages, and trekking stores. From the village, you’ll get to marvel at the close-up glimpse of Kongde-Ri and Thamserku.

Highlights

  • Travel across a few suspension bridges
  • Enter Sagarmatha National Park
  • Savor the view of Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, Everest, and Nuptse
  • Take a walk around the bustling streets of Namche Bazaar.

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 04:
Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)

This day marks your first acclimatization day in Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek. On this day, you’ll take a much-needed day-off at Namche Bazaar to acclimatize with the increasing elevation and reduce the possibilities of altitude sickness.

To keep your feet moving, you’ll go for a short hike to the village of Khumjung. In the village, you’ll visit a local school built by Sir Edmund Hillary and an ancient monastery. On your way back from Khumjung, you’ll also visit the Everest View Hotel, one of the world’s highest luxury hotels. From the balcony of the hotel, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Taboche, and Kwangde. 

Highlights

  • A much-needed rest day to acclimatize to high altitude
  • Take a short hike to the village of Khumjung
  • Visit the ancient monastery of Khumjung and a local school built by Sir Edmund Hillary
  • Take a tour to Everest View Hotel, the world’s highest luxurious hotel
  • Enjoy the breathtaking glimpses of the Himalayas, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 05:
Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)

After a good rest, you’ll get the ground running again! You’ll start the day by walking on a relatively gradual trail along the dense forest. Traversing through the hillside directly above the Dudh Koshi River, you’ll enjoy the marvelous view of the mountains on your way to Phungithanga.

Upon reaching Phungithanga, the trail abruptly turns into an extremely steep uphill. Along the way, you’ll walk past a water-powered prayer wheel. You’ll continue the walk under the shades of dense rhododendron forest until you reach Tengboche.

At 3,860 meters, Tengboche is a small settlement scattered in a grassy saddle directly under a massive crescent-shaped ridge. From the village, you’ll get an exceptional view of some of the highest mountains, including Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. It is also home to the largest Buddhist gompa of the Khumbu region.

Highlights

  • Traverse through the dense rhododendron forest
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery — Khumbu’s largest gompa
  • Relish the stunning view of Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 06:
Trek from Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft) to Dingboche (4,410m/14,468ft)

After a hearty breakfast at Tengboche, you’ll head northwards and cross a small suspension bridge. You’ll then continue the walk on a relatively narrow route. In an intersection, you’ll take a lower path towards the western bank of Imja Khola and head towards Orsho.

The route on this day passes rhododendron, birch and conifer trees. You’ll continue the gradual walk across a few Sherpa settlements, well-decorated chortens, and mani walls before reaching the overnight destination at the Dingboche village.

Dingboche is the highest Sherpa village in the entire Khumbu region at an elevation of 4,410 meters. Stone walls enclose the entire settlement, protecting the fields from the animals. You’ll get to relish the close-up view of Ama Dablam from the village.

Highlights

  • Cross over a few suspension bridges
  • Traverse through the trail adorned with chortens and mani walls
  • Enjoy the close-up view of Ama Dablam

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 07:
Acclimatization Day at Dingboche (4,410m/14,468ft)

Another much-needed rest day at Dingboche! To adjust your body with the increasing elevation and decreasing air pressure, it is significant to have an acclimatization day in this village. On this day, you’ll go for a short hike to the summit of a nearby hill to keep up with the momentum.

You’ll be heading towards the northern ridge of Dingboche and climbing about 400 meters to the summit of Nangkartshang Peak. From the village of Dingboche, it takes around two hours to reach the top of the peak. The summit of Nangkartshang Peak, located at 5,083 meters, is one of the best viewpoints in the Everest region to witness Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse, Kantega, and Cho Oyu.

Highlights

  • A free day to rest and acclimatize with the increasing elevation
  • Hike up to the summit of Nangkartshang Peak
  • Enjoy the magnificent sight of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse, Kantega, and Cho Oyu

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 08:
Trek from Dingboche (4,410m/14468ft) to Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft)

Once you depart from Dingboche, you’ll gradually climb towards the valley of Pheriche. Walking along the yak pastures and high alpine scrubs, you’ll reach the Trekkers Aid Post at the Pheriche. You’ll enjoy the breathtaking sight of Ama Dablam, Taboche, and Cholatse soaring directly above the valley.

Furthermore, you’ll continue the walk as the trail becomes a bit more strenuous. You’ll climb a steep path over the moraine of Khumbu Glacier. Once you climb the ridge, you’ll reach the summit of Thukla Pass. The top of the pass adorns colorful prayer flags and stone shrines dedicated to the climbers who lost their lives. You’ll cross the pass and continue the walk through the rocky terrains and grassy valley to reach Lobuche’s teahouse settlement.

Lobuche lies in a narrow meadow tucked between the massive Lobuche Peak and Khumbu Glacier. From the settlement, you’ll get to marvel at the magnificent sight of Taboche and Nuptse. Later in the evening, you’ll go for a short hike to a nearby hill to look at the pristine Khumbu Glacier.

Highlights

  • Cross over the memorial park of Thukla Pass
  • Enjoy the sight of  Ama Dablam, Taboche, and Cholatse along the way
  • Get a close glimpse of Nuptse and Taboche from Lobuche
  • Take a glance at the marvelous Khumbu Glacier

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 09:
Trek from Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft) to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,863ft) and Excursion to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)

Remarkable day on Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek! Early morning after breakfast, you’ll depart from Lobuche and walk along the rough and rocky path. The way to Gorak Shep has a few gradual switchbacks over the glacial path. En-route to the Everest region’s last settlement, you’ll also get to enjoy the marvelous view of Pumori, Nuptse, and other surrounding mountains.

Upon arriving at Gorak Shep, you’ll leave your daypack at the teahouse and get the ground running on a rocky trail towards Everest Base Camp. On your way to the base of the world’s highest mountain, you’ll come across a few small streams and glacial moraine.

Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, you’ll relish a close-up view of Pumori, Nuptse, Khubutse, and the Khumbu Icefall. After spending a wonderful time at the base camp of Mount Everest, you’ll retrace your route to Gorak Shep.

Highlights

  • Walk along the glacial path
  • Hike to the Everest Base Camp
  • Stand at the base of the world’s highest mountain
  • Savor the astonishing sight of Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbu Icefall, and Khumbutse

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 10:
Morning Hike to Kala Patthar (5,643m/18,513ft) and Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft)

This day is another significant highlight of Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek. On this day, you’ll hike to the world’s most popular viewpoint, Kala Patthar. You’ll begin the journey early at dawn and climb the strenuous trail towards the viewpoint. Kala Pathar is the highest elevation point of the Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek at 5,643 meters. While the distance from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar is not so much, the steep and rocky path makes it quite challenging.

Once you reach the summit of Kala Patthar, you’ll witness one of the most spectacular sunrises gleaming over the Himalayas. You’ll also get to savor the 360-degree panorama of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, Lingtren, Khumbetse, and so forth. After spending the most memorable time at Kala Patthar, you’ll hit the trail and descend to Gorak Shep.

At Gorak Shep, you’ll pack all your belongings and retrace your route back to Lobuche. You’ll be walking along the gradual switchbacks on a considerably rocky path over the glacial moraine. Upon reaching Lobuche, you’ll get to enjoy the wonderful sight of Taboche and Nuptse.

Highlights

  • Hike to the world’s most popular vantage point at Kala Patthar
  • Witness the most spectacular sunrises gleaming over the Himalayas
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of some of the highest mountains in the world from Kala Patthar

Special Note

Keep in mind that you’ll begin the hike to Kala Patthar early before the first light. It is advisable that you carry a torch or a headlamp to keep track of the route. Make sure to wear warm jackets, a beanie, and a pair of gloves to stay protected from the cold.

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 11:
Trek from Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft) to Dzongla (4,940m/16,207ft)

After breakfast, you’ll take an alternative route to the classic Everest Base Camp Trek and head towards Lobuche Kharka. The trail from Lobuche to Lobuche Kharka boasts an impressive sight of the majestic Avi Peak. The route on this day is fairly comfortable and easy to walk. As you continue the walk further from the Lobuche Kharka, you’ll reach the shore of the icy blue lake of Chola Tsho. Directly above the lake, you’ll get to marvel at the vertical face of Cholatse and Taboche.

From here, you’ll be gradual descending on a route surrounded by the arid landscape. After a while, you’ll reach a small stream. Upon crossing the stream, the trail gradually leads upward until you reach the overnight destination at Dzongla. Compared to the last few days, the walk on this day is considerably comfortable and short. It only takes about four hours to reach Dzongla from Lobuche.

Highlights

  • Relatively comfortable and short walk
  • Enjoy the occasional sight of mountains, including Cholatse, Taboche, Lobuche West, and Avi Peak
  • Take a glance at the pristine view of icy blue Chola Tsho Lake

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 12:
Trek from Dzongla (4,940m/16,207ft) to Gokyo Valley (4,800m/15,748ft) via Cho La Pass (5,367m/17,608ft)

This day is one of the most challenging days of the trek. On this day, you’ll be navigating Cho La Pass at the elevation of 5,367 meters above sea level. You’ll begin the day early! Once you depart from Dzongla, you’ll cross a narrow stream and walk uphill on a steep glacial path. The icy slopes of Cho La Glacier are quite steep and slippery. Therefore, it is advisable to wear crampons or spikes and carry a trekking pole for a proper grip.

Upon reaching the top of Cho La Pass, you’ll marvel at Cho La Glacier, Ama Dablam, and Cholatse. After spending a decent time at the summit of the pass, you’ll descend a challenging section towards Thagnak. Make sure to stay cautious while descending the vertical section as the path here is quite narrow and slippery. Once you reach the village of Thagnak, the trail leads to a gradual uphill towards Dragnag.

From Dragnag, you’ll be walking along the gradual switchbacks until you reach Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalaya. Here, you’ll be walking over the glacial path of Ngozumpa Glacier. Be careful while walking over this section! Bear in mind that there are plenty of crevasses on this glacial route. Upon crossing the glacier, you’ll reach Gokyo Valley at the shore of pristine Gokyo Tsho.

Highlights

  • Navigate Cho La Pass, one of the high passes of Everest region
  • Enjoy the breathtaking sight of Cho La Glacier, Ama Dablam, and Cholatse
  • Traverse through the icy slopes of Cho La Glacier
  • Cross over the glacial path of Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Stand at the shore of the pristine lake of Gokyo Tsho

8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 13:
Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,570ft) and Return Back to Gokyo Valley (4,800m/15,748ft)

After a strenuous day crossing Cho Lo Pass, you’ll have a much-needed leisure day at Gokyo Valley. However, you will not spend the entire day in the valley. Instead, you’ll go for a hike to another famous viewpoint of the Everest region at Gokyo Ri.

You’ll start the hike early in the morning and climb the steep uphill! While scaling this hilltop does not require any technical climb or mountaineering skills, it is quite a challenge as the route is rock-strewn, rough, and steep. Once you reach the top of Gokyo Ri at 5,357 meters, you’ll enjoy the breathtaking sight of Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Valley, Ngozumpa Glacier, and the surrounding mountains, including Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Mt. Everest.

After enjoying the sight from the summit of Gokyo Ri, you’ll make your way back to Gokyo Valley. You’ll spend the rest of the day strolling around the valley and relaxing at the shore of Gokyo Tsho.

Highlights

  • Hike to the viewpoint of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,357 meters
  • Marvel at the glorious view of Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Valley, Ngozumpa Glacier, and the surrounding mountains, including Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Mt. Everest from the top of Gokyo Ri
  • Explore the Gokyo Valley
  • Relax at the bank of Gokyo Tsho

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 14:
Trek from Gokyo Valley (4,800m/15,748ft) to Dole (4,110m/13,484ft)

After spending a couple of nights, it’s time to depart from Gokyo Valley and head towards Dole. You’ll begin the walk from the shore of Gokyo Tsho, the third lake.

After walking a little ahead from the third lake, you’ll reach the second lake, Taboche Tsho and the first lake, Longpongo. As you walk past these pristine lakes of Gokyo, you’ll encounter a challenging path over the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier.

After crossing the moraine, the trail gradually descends towards the riverbank of Dudh Koshi River. Walking on a route decorated by beautiful landscapes and mountains alongside the river, you’ll reach the village of Macchermo. You’ll continue the walk alongside Dudh Koshi River towards the hamlet of Lhabarma and Luza. You’ll get to enjoy the distant view of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku. You’ll then make a steep descent from a small ridge to reach Dole.

Highlights

  • Visit the second and first lakes of Gokyo
  • Traverse through the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Walk past a few Sherpa villages, including Macchermo, Lhabarma, and Luza
  • Relish the distant view of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 15:
Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)

After breakfast, you’ll continue the walk on a gradual path towards Phortse Thanga. Upon reaching the village, you’ll climb over the hill to reach Mong La. The small hilltop of Mong La stands at the confluence point of two massive canyons. The hilltop offers an excellent panorama of the surrounding landscapes and mountains. 

From Mong La, the trail descends steeply towards the intersection of Sanasa. Here, the route meets the trail of the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Furthermore, you’ll follow the gradual route downhill until you reach Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching the village, you’ll get to savor the close-up view of Kongde-Ri and Thamserku. In the evening, you can take a walk around the vibrant streets of Namche Bazaar.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the excellent panorama from the hilltop of Mong La
  • Explore Namche Bazaar
  • Savor the view of Kongde-Ri and Thamserku from Namche Bazaar

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 16:
Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) to Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft)

After breakfast, you’ll depart from Namche Bazaar and descend steeply towards the bank of Dudh Koshi River. This section might be considerably challenging, especially for people with weak knees. Along the way, you’ll cross over the high suspension over the Dudh Koshi River. Upon crossing the bridge, the trail becomes significantly pleasant and comfortable.

You’ll be walking under the shades of pine and rhododendron forest alongside the Dudh Koshi River. En-route to Lukla, you’ll also get to see the distant sight of a few towering mountains. As you continue the walk, you’ll reach the small settlement of Phakding.

You’ll cross another steel suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and head gradually upwards to Lukla. On the way, you’ll travel across several chortens, monasteries, and mani walls. Upon reaching Lukla, you’ll gather up with the entire team members and celebrate the Gokyo Chola Pass Trek’s success.

Highlights

  • Cross a few suspension bridges over raging Dudh Koshi River
  • Travel through an easy path surrounded by rhododendron and pine trees.
  • Celebrate the success of your trek with dedicated staffs in Lukla

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 17:
Fly from Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft) to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft)

Right after breakfast, you’ll part ways with all the local staff and porters in Lukla and catch a flight back to Kathmandu. The 40-minute flight from Lukla to Kathmandu offers a sensational sight of the Himalayas. You’ll take a final look at the snow-capped mountains and bid them farewell from a distance.

Once you arrive at the capital city, the representative of Nepal Social Treks will receive you at the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to the hotel. Upon reaching the hotel, you’ll have the entire day to yourself. So, it is up to you to decide whether you want to take some rest at the hotel or take a walk around the streets of Thamel.

If you’d like to buy some gifts or souvenirs for family and friends, you can do it around the shops of Thamel. Later in the evening, the representative of Nepal Social Treks will receive you at the hotel and take you for the farewell dinner.

Highlights

  • Breathtaking 40-minutes flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Witness the magnificent sight of the Himalayas and surrounding landscapes
  • Take a walk around the vibrant Thamel and buy some gifts and souvenirs
  • Farewell dinner in the evening

40 minutes
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel - 3 Stars
Day 18:
International Departure

Departure day! On this day, your exhilarating adventure of Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek will end as you make your final preparations and packing. Depending upon your flight schedule, one of the representatives of Nepal Social Treks will receive you at the hotel. Once you’re all set to go, he’ll drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport on private transport for final departure.

Special Note

It is advisable to inspect the entire room at the hotel before you check out of your room. Make sure you’ve packed all your belongings and haven’t left anything behind in the room. We also recommend you to pack your bags a day prior to the final departure. It allows you to have enough time to pack your bags and avoid the last-minute hassle.

Cost Include(s)

  • Arrival and departure transfer for both international and domestic flight
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (in three-star hotel including breakfast)
  • Two-way domestic flight from Kathmandu and Lukla
  • Accommodation in teahouse during the trek
  • Three meals per day during the trek (B/L/D)
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry fees and local entry permits
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Licensed trekking guide with necessary staffs and porters
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment for all our staff
  • Insurance and required transportation for support staff
  • All government taxes

Cost Exclude(s)

  • International flight ticket and airport tax
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Dinner and lunch in Kathmandu, except farewell dinner
  • Personal trekking gears and equipment
  • Tips for trekking guide, porters, and local staff
  • Travel and medical insurance in case of emergency
  • Emergency rescue evacuation
  • Personal expenses such as battery charging, laundry, alcohol, cold drink, hot showers at teahouses, etc.
  • Unforeseeable costs incurred due to accidents, strikes, natural calamities, political unrest, etc.

Why Nepal Social Treks?

Professional and Well Qualified Teams

With Nepal Social Treks, you will be accompanied by a dedicated, hardworking, and well-organized team on every trek. For this trek, we provide you a passionate and dedicated group of professionals who have specialized in Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek with years of experience.

Our trekking guides have carried out more than 100 different treks all around the Himalayas of Nepal. Throughout the years, our team has consistently delivered at a whopping 99 percent success rate in all the treks. One primary factor for consistent success in the trips we operate is our hardworking guides and porters. Our professional field staff ensures exceptional service to make every trip a success.

Better Experience

With Nepal Social Treks, you can rest assured of a better experience. Our company has been providing reliable trekking services in Nepal since 2006. With over a decade of experience, we still strive to improve our service quality to satisfy your needs.

Our company is clear about your expectations for the trek! It is our ambition to make your Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek a success by providing top-quality service during the trek. To ensure this, we provide proper training to all field staff members, including trek leaders, guides, Sherpas, and porters, to deliver excellence on every trek.

Superb Food and Accommodation Facilities

The number one priority of Nepal Social Treks has always been the health and well-being of our clients. On the Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek, we provide three meals (B/ L/ D) each day, balancing the calories to compensate for your effort. Our team guarantees that the food served at your table is hygienic, delicious, and comfortable.

Additionally, we also provide you with a cozy bed at the end of every night. According to the overnight stops in the itinerary, Nepal Social Treks take full responsibility for providing you with the best teahouse accommodation on the trek.

Impressive Success Rates

Ever since its initiation in 2006, Nepal Social Treks has been consistently serving the clients with a high success rate. The glowing reviews from our beloved clients for our service tell the tale of our success in the past. Much of the credit to our consistent performance and success goes to our highly professional guides and field staff.

Additionally, the trekking guides of Nepal Social Treks are also first-aid responders. All the trekking guides associated with our company are trained professionals capable of assisting you during emergencies. With over a decade of experience in this sector, our company operates more than 300 treks every year, with a staggering success rate of 99 percent.

Could I get high altitude sickness while trekking to Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC?

Normally, the risk of high altitude sickness starts once you exceed the altitude of 3,500 meters. On Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek, you’ll navigate a high pass above 5,000 meters and walk up to 5,643m at Kala Patthar. Therefore, the risk of high altitude sickness in Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek is significant.
However, our 18-day itinerary includes proper acclimatization to reduce the risk of such unfortunate circumstances. Moreover, all the trekking guides associated with Nepal Social Treks are certified first-aid responders who can handle such situations effectively. Our guides and leaders have been operating such high altitude treks in the Himalayas with a staggering 99 percent success rate.
Remember, this trek is not a race. Therefore, we highly recommend you to walk steadily at the most comfortable pace, rather than pushing yourself and rushing to the destination. In addition to that, we suggest you drink enough fluids and water to keep your body hydrated.
It is advisable to drink at least 4 liters of water every single day. In case you notice any symptoms of AMS, inform the situation to the trekking guide as soon as possible so they can assist you.

When is the best time to go trekking in Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC?

Unlike most of the treks in Nepal, Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek is not a year-long trekking destination. The most favorable seasons to go trekking to Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek are spring and autumn.
During this time of the year, the sky tends to stay crystal clear and offers scintillating views of the mountains and surrounding landscapes. In addition to that, the weather also remains moderately warm during these seasons, making it suitable for all-day hiking.
Although most treks in Nepal span all year long, it is not the case with Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek. Since you’ll have to cross a pass over 5,000 meters and walk over the glacial path, we do not recommend you to trek in this region during monsoon or winter.
During the monsoon season, the route to Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek might be wet and slippery, which adds an excessive risk of accidents. Likewise, during the winter season, the upper reaches of the trek may not be accessible due to extreme cold weather and excessive snow.

What is the difficulty level of the Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek?

Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek is one of the most strenuous trekking destinations in the Himalayas of Nepal. Although this trek does not require any mountaineering skills or technical climbs, you’ll have to cross a high pass over 5,000 meters at Cho La Pass.
Navigating this pass alone demands physical fitness. Along with physical fitness, this trek also demands mental strength. Trekking in such elevation brings a higher possibility of altitude sickness.
During the trek, you’ll be walking through rocky, unpaved, and gravel-strewn routes for two weeks, averaging 5 to 7 hours of walk every day. If you have weak knees or ankle, we highly recommend you to watch your steps and stay careful while trekking.
The level of difficulty on this trek also depends on which season you’re planning to trek. If you’re planning to trek during the monsoon, the trail will most likely be wet and slippery. Similarly, if you’re planning to trek during the winter, the trail will most likely be covered in ice and snow. Therefore, trekking in these seasons is only going to add more challenges compared to the regular seasons.
Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek is achievable, even for novice trekkers. However, it is advisable to start training at least a month prior to the trek and also make all the necessary preparations beforehand.

What kinds of insurance do I need for Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC?

Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC is one of the most challenging treks in the Everest region. It is because this trek takes you up to 5,643 meters at Kala Pathar and 5,367 meters at Cho La Pass. This trek possesses a higher risk of Acute Mountain Sickness and other unforeseeable events in the rugged mountain trail.
So, all the trekkers must have travel insurance for Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek. You should provide a copy of your travel policy to Nepal Social Treks before heading to the Himalayas. Since this trek is one of the toughest in the country, we advise you to buy a comprehensive travel policy that covers all the necessary expenses.
Make sure your insurance covers the medical expenses, accidents, trip cancelation, theft, and, most importantly, helicopter evacuation charge at high elevation (up to 6,000 meters).

What is the accommodation like in the Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek?

Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek is a teahouse adventure in the heart of the Everest region. Although this trek is relatively remote and challenging, it lies in one of the most popular trekking destinations not only in Nepal but across the globe. So, the teahouses and lodges in the Everest region are cozy, comfortable, well-managed, and hospitable.
While you’ll be spending a couple of nights in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu, the accommodation facility during the trek will be relatively basic in the teahouse. Although these teahouses and lodges are not as luxurious as the star hotels in the cities, they provide all the necessary amenities during the trek.
They provide basic amenities such as rooms, blankets, food, toilets, WiFi, charging facilities, and hot showers. Nonetheless, if you choose Nepal Social Treks for this trek, we will ensure the most comfortable and hospitable tea houses.

What is the food like on the Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek?

The teahouses in the Everest region offer both Nepali as well as western cuisines on their menu. So, while trekking with Nepal Social Treks, we serve you both Nepali and western meals on the trek. Our company highly prioritizes the health and well-being of all of our clients. Therefore, we ensure that all the meals served during the trek will be fresh, healthy, hygienic, nutritious, and delicious.
Here is a list of popular items on our menu:

Breakfast – Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolates, Oatmeal, Pancakes, French Toast (with Jam, Butter, and Honey), Tibetan Bread, Local Tsampa Porridge, Muesli, Fruits, Egg (Boiled, Fried, Omelets), etc.

Lunch – Dal Bhat, Tibetan Bread, Sherpa Stew, Hot Soup, Momo, Pizza, Sandwich, Pasta, Noodles, Spaghetti, Fruits, Thukpa, Vegetable Salads, etc.

Dinner – Dal Bhat, Sherpa Stew, Hot Soups, Momo, Sandwich, Macaroni, Thenduk, Thukpa, Pizza, Noodles, Pasta, Vegetable Salads, Desserts, Tea, Hot Chocolate, etc.

While there are a few non-veg items available in Everest’s tea houses, we suggest avoiding them as they are not hygienic and healthy. It is also advisable to avoid too many dairy items, like yak cheese and yak milk, during the trek. In addition to that, we strictly recommend you to cut down alcoholic beverages during the trek.

Are there provisions for ATMs or credit cards on the trek?

There are plenty of ATMs and credit card services available in Kathmandu and a few in Namche Bazaar. However, once you go beyond the village of Namche Bazaar, you aren’t likely to find any ATMs or credit card facilities. Therefore, we recommend you carry adequate cash to cover up your extra expenses on the trek. Nobody likes to run out of money in the middle of their adventure in the remote trails of the Himalayas.

Additionally, we recommend exchanging your foreign currencies into local cash in Kathmandu before heading off to the mountain. Most teahouses in the upper reaches of the Everest region do not accept foreign currencies.
If you forgot to dispense cash from the ATM or exchange your foreign currency to local cash in Kathmandu, you could also do it at Namche Bazaar. But, given the circumstances and geographical location, the ATM and credit card services in Namche Bazaar may not always be reliable.

Packing List for Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek

Here are a few essential gears you need to pack for Gokyo Chola Pass via EBC Trek:

Bags:

Duffel Bag
Daypack

Clothing:

Trekking Shirt – Pack 4 to 5 breathable trekking shirts, balancing both half and full sleeves

Trekking Trousers – Minimum 2 water and wind-resistant trekking pants

Trekking Shorts – Pack a couple of trekking shorts for lower reaches of the trek.

Thermal Layer – At least one pair of a thermal layer

Fleece Jacket – Pack a light-weight fleece jacket for the lower region.

Down Jacket – Carry a high-quality down jacket to keep you warm from the extreme weather in the upper reaches of the trek.

Waterproof Shell Jacket – One waterproof jacket to stay protected in the wet weather.

Breathable Underwear – Carry at least 4 to 5 pairs of breathable and comfortable underwear.

Footwears:

Hiking Boots – A pair of high-quality hiking boots will be enough for the trek.

Sandals/Trainers – A pair of either sandals or trainers, depending upon your preference.

Hiking Socks – Pack at least 4 to 5 pairs of comfortable hiking socks.

Thermal Socks – Carry at least a 2 to 3 pair of warm thermal socks to keep you warm in the evening and night.

Gaiter (For Winter) – You can pack a gaiter for any season, even though it is ideal for winter.

Head Wear:

Warm Beanie – One beanie to keep your head warm in the upper reaches of the trek.

Sun Protection Hat – One sun protection hat to keep your face protected from harmful UV rays and sunburn.

Buff/Neck Gaiter – One buff or neck gaiter to protect your neck from the harsh wind.

Hand Wear:

Inner Gloves – A pair of inner gloves for the lower region of the trek.

Outer Gloves – A pair of outer gloves to wear as an additional layer in the upper reaches of the trek.

Other Accessories:

Crampons
High-Quality Sleeping Bag
Trekking Poles
UV Protection Sunglasses
Water Bottle
Water Purification Tablets
Prescribed Medications
Toiletries
Headlamp with Spare Batteries
Hand Sanitizers
Sunscreen/Lip Balm
Trekking Towels
Camera
Portable Chargers

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Trip Facts

  • 5,643m at Kala Patthar
  • Strenuous
  • Lukla/Lukla
  • Hotels and Teahouses
  • Flight
  • 5-6 hours per day
  • Autumn and Spring
  • Minimum 2 People

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