Everest Base Camp with Gokyo and Cho La Pass Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo and Chola Pass

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Diffculty Level: Strenuous 
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Best Time: mar-may | sep-dec
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Max. Altitude: 5545m

The Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary through Gokyo Lakes and Chola Pass is designed for those Hikers who want to take on greater challenges and “remain off the beaten path” while traversing rural Nepalese terrain with beautiful scenes of Himalayas and vegetation.

The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes and Chola Pass itinerary is designed to explore the scenic and beautiful turquoise lake in the Gokyo Valley and the famed Chola Pass takes us through the Khumbu regions milestone, including majestically rising mountains, historical monasteries, friendly Sherpas, and their culture, the Namche Bazaar, Sagarmatha National Park, and of course, Everest Base Camp.

The trip to the base of the world's altitudinous peak is marked by stunning views from well-Known overlooks similar to Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. We also get amazing views of the Khumbu Glacier on our Hike. In a nutshell, exploring Everest Base camp through Gokyo Lakes will be a kind of a lifetime experience with stirring views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, and Tengboche Monastery – Nepal’s Largest Friary.


  • Altitude1310m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner

Kathmandu city tourYolo Hike airport representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel in Kathmandu as denoted in the itinerary. All the trip plans will be discussed. You will be given the permits and necessary documents which we will prepare before your arrival. The welcome dinner is organized and guides are introduced. Overnight at Hotel

  • Altitude1310m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast

Bouddhanath Stupa KathmanduToday after a light breakfast, we visit a variety of places in Kathmandu Valley. You will explore Pashupatinath Temple and worship lord Shiva and learn about the culture more vastly, next stop will be Guheswori Temple one of the holiest temple 1 km east of Pashupatinath on the bank of the Bagmati river. We will then drive a short distance to the Boudhanath Stupa. In Boudhanath, wander the Tibetan-inspired streets and illustrate some local delicacies, Final destination will be Jalnarayan Temple (Sleeping Vishnu, Budanilkantha) which takes around 45 minutes and stretches into Shivapuri National Park, worship Lord Vishnu, and Transfer to Hotel.

  • Altitude2610m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Kathmandu Lukla flightWe will take the packed breakfast or arrange the very early morning breakfast at the hotel (Depending on the flight time). We will then head towards Domestic Airport for the flight to Lukla. It is about 35 minutes of flight and offers lots of mountain vistas and landscapes. This flight is also an adventure in itself. Once we land in Lukla we will take a tea break and meet the rest of the crew members (porters & Sherpa helpers).

After tea and baggage assembly we will walk towards Phakding. The trail is downhill and gentle slope through small towns and forests. There are numerous stupas and manes (rotating wheels) on the trail which is believed to bring good luck. We will rest at the teahouse in Phakding.

  • Altitude3440m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Namche Bazar KhumbuAfter breakfast, we start our journey toward Namche. Today is a hard day for walking as it has steep ascents. However, the view is fantastic and you will stop numerous times to capture the marvelous view. As we reach Monjo we will have to enter the Sagarmatha National Park which is listed as the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Until we reach the Larpchen Bridge also known as the Hillary Bridge the trail is comfortable. There are numerous suspension bridges to cross and villages to pass by. The crossing of Hillary Bridge is so fascinating that you will get glimpses of things to come in the upcoming days.

About half an hour from Namche Bazaar we will get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest too. Once we enter Namche Bazaar you will be surprised to see the hustling town up in the Himalayas. You will find numerous teahouses, café, shops, and banks. You can stroll around the town in the evening after check-in at the teahouse.

  • Altitude3440m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

view from Namche bazarToday is for acclimatization to the altitude. We will follow the standard protocol to avoid altitude sickness. Hike higher and rest lower is the main principle. Therefore, we will hike to Everest View Hotel (3880 m). The view of Mt. Everest, Thamserku, Amadablam, Cholatse, Nuptse, and Lhotse is breathtaking from place.

After spending about 1 hour on the top we will trek back to Namche Bazar from the Khumjung Village route. If time permits, we will visit the mountain museum at Namche. You can stroll around and get acclimatized to the surrounding. Stay in Namche is unique as the place is the highest-situated town in Nepal.

  • Altitude3680m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, after Breakfast We climb Khumjung Hill and then hike down to the east of the settlement via a vast valley to the Dudh Koshi, where the trail swings north. There are two trails to pick from, and your guide will choose the best one with us. On the ridge top at 3973 meters, there is a chorten that falls from Mt. Khumbila (5761 m). We travel to Mohang, the birthplace of the reincarnated Lama of Tibet's Rongbuk Monastery, who is credited with introducing Buddhism to Nepal's Khumbu region. The trail descends a sandy slope in a succession of steep switchbacks to the Dush Koshi. We spend the night along the river in Phortse Tanga.

  • Altitude4470m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We will hike up to Machhermo, an uphill from Phortse Thanga. Before arriving in Tongba Village, we walk along a trail that runs alongside a rhododendron forest and passes through a waterfall. Before reaching Machhermo, we continue our climb through the villages of Dole, Labarma, and Luza. Right before the Luza settlement, there is a Chorten. We'll be strolling alongside the Dudh Koshi River for the duration of our excursion. Overnight at Machhermo.

  • Altitude4800m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Gokyo Lake in the backgroundAfter light breakfast, we start by climbing a ridge for a great look down the valley to Kangtaiga as well as up to Cho Oyu (8153 m). As the trail goes through Phangkha, where you might have to tackle with avalanche and had a tough history. We next descend to the riverside before ascending a steep trail to the Ngazumpa Glacier's terminal moraine. The trail levels out after crossing an iron bridge over a creek and continues the valley through the first lake, Longpongo, at 4690 meters. We get an opportunity to see lama footprints on a stone at this point.

The glittering turquoise blue sheet of water gleaming in the sun mesmerizes us as we approach the second lake, Taboche Tsho. We arrive at the third lake, which is connected to the second by a rushing stream. With Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop, Gokyo village lies by the third lake, creating an incredibly stunning image. We go for a walk around the third lake, Dudh Pokhari, after lunch. Overnight in Gokyo.

  • Altitude5357m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Gokyo RiThe hiking of Gokyo Ri for sunrise is the best highlight of this trekking. You can view mountains as far as Mt. Makalu from this famous viewpoint. Everest, Choyou, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Makalu, Amadablam, Cholatse, Kwangde, and many others can be witnessed in 360 degrees. Another hike takes place to 5th Lake is the best place to witness Everest from a different angle. The magnificent Tibetan side can be seen from the Fifth Lake area.

  • Altitude4750m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We go today through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the other side of the mountain. Then meander into Thagnak by traversing along the mountain's side. Today's hike will be brief, with an afternoon of recovery and acclimatization to prepare us for the long days of elevation gain ahead.

  • Altitude5367m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Gokyo-chola-passToday will be one of the most difficult days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not challenging in and of itself, but it is steep and includes a glacier crossing on the eastern side. We must be cautious because the trail is vertical, and ice-glazed boulders may cause problems by making the trail slick. Phedi's trail climbs through a ravine and along a steep path. We arrive at the top of the pass, which is decked with prayer flags, after hiking across the side of a frozen lake. Even as Cholatse peaks to the west, Lobuche to the east, and Baruntse rises sharply to our right, the pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south. Before we reach Dzongla Village, we must cross through some crevasses. Cholatse, Ama Dablam, and Lobuche mountains, as well as Pheriche Village, are all visible from the village.

  • Altitude4940m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

On the way down, we pass Chola Tsho Lake. We go on and pass by another, much smaller lake than Chola Tsho Lake. Before arriving at Lobuche, we cross the Chola Khola on a bridge. We hike uphill to Lobuche along a path that runs alongside the Khumbu Glacier. When our trail splits in two, we select the left-hand path. We can get a better look at the rising Awi Peak along the way. In the distance, we see a stupa and tombstones. We start downhill after a bit of walking. Overnight in Dzongla.

  • Altitude5364m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Everest Base Camp Finally, today is the day we visit Everest Base Camp. Before EBC we will have to walk through moraines and glaciers towards Gorakshep. We will take lunch at Gorakshep and check-in in the room. After brief rest, we will then hike towards Everest Base Camp.

This is probably the most stunning day as you will finally step on the foothill of the world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest. After spending some time at base camp, we will then return to Gorakshep.

  • Altitude5545m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Gorekshep and KalapatharWe begin our walk to Kala Pathar early in the morning to enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Everest as the sun rises. However, we must be prepared to journey in the dark and in freezing temperatures (the temperature varies according to the season). Additionally, there is always the possibility of frigid winds, which are extremely prevalent. The familiar peaks of Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Everest, and Nuptse tower above us as we continue our walk. We shall reach the summit of Kala Patthar after several hours of ascent. From Kalapathar, the view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks is breathtaking. We take in the breathtaking Himalayan views before descending to Pheriche, where we will spend the night.

Those going to Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to get a head start because the journey to Everest Base Camp is lengthier than the hike to Kala Patthar. Both groups will have lunch together after returning to Gorak Shep; the afternoon will be spent descending to Pheriche for a nice night's rest.

  • Altitude3438m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We make our way down the hillside, which is covered in rhododendron and juniper trees. Our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge, rapidly dropping through pine forests, after crossing the prayer-flag-draped bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. We might see beautiful pheasants and mountain goats in the forest. The road eventually leads to Sansa, from which we can see the mountains of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse. Before arriving at Namche Bazaar, we pass through a forest and meandering trails. Namche Bazaar is where you'll spend the night.

  • Altitude2800m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

view from PhericheWe will head back to Lukla. At night after or before breakfast we will have a small farewell party for all the porters who joined from Lukla. This is the day of celebration. You can stroll around Lukla town in the evening if you like.

  • Altitude1310m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast and Dinner

We will board the flight back to Kathmandu. Our airport representative will take you again to your hotel in Kathmandu. Farewell Dinner will be organized with a cultural program and Nepalese food.

  • Altitude1310m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast

Today our representative from Yolo Hike will drop you at Tribhuwan International Airport. You officially complete the journey today and proceed toward your homeland. Or you can find other Treks and Tour on our website www.yolohike.com if you have more days to stay. Farewell.

What's Included
  • All Ground Transportation by private Vehicle
  • Airport to Airport Transfer in Private Vehicle
  • 2 Night accommodation in Kathmandu on BB Basis in Star category Hotel
  • Three times meals (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Best available accommodation in Tea House Lodge on a twin-sharing basis during the trek.
  • Private Bathrooms and Hot showers in Phakding, Namche, and Lukla
  • Highly Experienced and Certified Guide and porter (1 porter for every two trekkers)
  • Trekking Guide and Porter Salary, Food, Accommodation, and Insurance
  • Flight Ticket (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • All entrance fees and taxes including Airport Tax
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fees
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) (2 Passport Size Photograph Required)
  • All Government Taxes and Services Charges
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag by YOLO Hike
  • Duffle bag by YOLO Hike
  • First Aid Medical Kit
What's Excluded
  • Meals (Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu) are not listed in the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance
  • International Flight Tickets
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee (Nepal entry Visa can be taken upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Single entry Visa fee cost USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, and USD 125 for 90 days), For Arrival Visa you are requested two Passport size photograph
  • Soft Drinks including water and other beverage not listed in the itinerary
  • Snacks, tea and coffee
  • Personal expenses like bar bills, laundry, and others
  • Hot Showers except in Phakding, Namche, and Lukla
  • Personal Trekking Gears
  • Internet, Phone calls
  • Tips for Staffs

Additional Info

Everest Base Camp Trek Accommodation

Yolo Hike provides you with comfortable and Best Hotel and Tea Houses overnight and your whole journey where you perform twin room sharing ideas, you can have the best Typical housing experience with friendly staff and stroll around and learn Nepalese culture as well. We also provide you with Wi-Fi services and a Hot water Shower which costs you extra cash, services are always better.

Everest Base Camp Meals

During Everest Base Camp Trek, we'll be Hiking at great altitudes around the world's highest peak, your body will require plenty of carbohydrates and proteins. The meals we give on this walk are easy and hygienic, but they pay little attention to the options available in major towns. We have three categories of Food consisting Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

We select the best hotels and Tea houses for you to have the proper and hygienic food during your trek and stay. Ensuring that the Tea House is fresh, clean, delicious, and nutritional. The majority of menus feature regional, Asian, or popular western cuisines. The meal items available become fewer and fewer as we climb altitude.


Fruits and Vegetables, Muesli Breads, Hashed Brown Eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes, Corn Flakes, French Toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey, Oatmeal, Hot Chocolates, Tibetan Bread or Chapati, Hot Drinks, Teas and Coffeed, Local Tsampa Porridge, etc.


Dal, Bhat and Tarkari, Pasta and Macronis, Potatoes, Pizza (Mixed, Mushroom, etc.), Salad, Tibetan Bread, Sandwiches, Mo:mos, Soup Items, Thukpa, Vegetable curries, Snacks, Dessert items i.e. Apple pie, Rice Pudding, Spaghetti Noodles


On the menu are Dal (lentils), Bhat (rice) & Tarkari (curry), Tibetan Bread, Various Soup Items, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni Dishes, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potato Items, Vegetables, Salads, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks

At high elevations, we highly recommend liquids such as green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup (a necessity), as well as fresh vegetable items. Though there will be lots of non-vegetarian options, we will not encourage them because the meat in such establishments is unsanitary.

We strongly advise you to avoid dairy and cheese products, as well as alcoholic beverages, caffeinated beverages, and hot chocolates, as specialists advise against them on high-altitude hikes.

Everest Base Camp Trek Water and Electricity, Recharge

In all lodges, electricity for camera and phone recharge is available at an additional expense. During the trip, you can either buy pre-packaged mineral water or bring boiled water with you. You will also receive a water purifying pill. We advise against drinking water from rivers or taps because the water may be contaminated.

Everest Base Camp Trek Travel Insurance

Everest Base Camp Trek comes with different aspects of Journey, if you have never trekked before you might have a common problem during the hike up to Base camps such as sudden climate change, altitude sickness due to a high altitude of up to 5365m above the sea level, and another unknown risk like an avalanche.

The Everest Base Camp trip requires travel insurance. Yolo Hike requires a copy of each trekker's full travel insurance policy certificate. Medical and emergency repatriation must be covered, as well as helicopter rescue and evacuation costs at high altitudes (up to 6000m). We can suggest insurance firms based on previous client referrals and our own experience, but we do not sell insurance policies.

After booking a trek, trekking members are kindly asked to give their comprehensive insurance information. We shall use the insurance policy and informational materials you supplied us in the event of an emergency. It will assist us in planning a rapid and efficient rescue effort, as well as a transfer for emergency medical assistance. Please double-check that your insurance is valid.

Group and Private Trek

Yolo Hike being an experienced and competitive agency we can arrange both group and private treks. Please be aware that if we add people to your group, it will no longer be considered a group trek, and you will not be eligible for any group-related discounts.

We can accommodate groups of any size. A group leader serves as a guide for each group, with a porter assigned to every two trekkers and an auxiliary guide for groups of more than 11 trekkers.

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  • Private trek to EBC and Gokyo Lakes

    I had an amazing 8-day private trek to EBC and Gokyo Lakes. No matter all my requirements and short time, Yolo Hike did a great job with the organization, I appreciate very much the personal attitude. My guide Sonam was very understanding and patient (😁) to me, even when I caught a cold, he reacted very professionally and gave me the right medicals, so I recovered very quickly. Thank you, and see you again in the Himalayas 💗!

    Christina Yosifova
    Christina YosifovaApril 30 2023, Bulgaria
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