Everest Base Camp

Cho La Pass to Everest Base Camp Trek

This is one of the most spectacular treks in the Himalayas, along routes lined and carved out by beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags, prayer wheels and intricately carved Mani stones. Not only is Everest Base exceptionally close the world's highest mountain (8,850m) but it is also home to the wonderful friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, and variety of cultures, traditions, colourful festivals and monasteries.

With eight of the world's ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas. The trek to Everest via the Goyko Lakes gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu Valley. Compared to the standard Everest Base Trek, this route is far more challenging as the trek includes Gokyo Ri, Renjo La, Kala Patthar and a high mountain pass, the Cho La at 5420m. That's 4 major high points over 5000m in one single trek, a considerable challenge especially to those unaccustomed to high altitude travel. However, walking up the long valley towards Goyko and the lakes nearby is one of the outstanding treks in the Khumbu region. You'll go past Yak pastures, gigantic glaciers, and the most magical and enchanting scenery in the Khumbu.

Everest Base Camp Cho La Overview

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

Day-4: Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m) (5-6 hrs).

Day-5: Rest day at Namche

Day-6: Namche (3,440m) - Thame (3,800m). (4 hours).

Day-7: Thame (3,800m) - Khumjung (3,790m). (4 hours).

Day-8: Khumjung (3,790m) - Dole (4,200m). (4 hours)

Day-9: Dole (4,200m) - Machhermo (4,410m). (3-4 hours)

Day-10: Rest day for acclimatization or optional hikes.

Day-11: Machhermo (4,410m)- Gokyo (Second Lake at 4,750m). (7 hours)

Day-12: Gokyo (4,750m) - Free Day.

Day-13: Trek to Chyugima Pass (5,169m).

Day-14: Cross Cho La (5,420m). Trek to Dzongla (4,730m).

Day-15: Trek to Lobuche (4,930m)

Day-16: Lobuche (4,930m) - Gorakshep (5,140m). (5 hours)

Day-17: Gorakshep (5,140m) - Kala Patthar (5,545m)- Lobuche (4,930m)

Day-18: Lobuche (4,930m)- Tengboche (3,860m). ( 6 hours)

Day-19: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

Day-20: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

Day-21: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Day-22: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Day-23: Free day

Day-24: Transfer to airport. Final departure.

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Cho La

Everest Base Gokyo Cho La Itinerary

Day-1: Kathmandu
Kathmandu overnight at the Hotel

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu and some preparations for the climb.

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m). (2-3 hours).
Early morning transfer to airport for flight to Lukla. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience, in itself.The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters! Here, you will meet with your trekking crew and identify your gear.Then, after lunch we will begin the trek for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi River to the village of Phakding 2,610 m. Camp or Lodge overnight.

Day-4: Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m) (5-6 hrs).
We continue north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where we officially enter the Sagarmatha National Park. After we have cleared our trekking permits, we continue along the trail, crossing the Bhote Kosi River to begin the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. This is the administrative centre of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society. We will also get glimpses of Mt. Everest from the trail along the way.

Day-5: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization.
Namche is the famous picturesque Sherpa village and we will spend a day at rest, or to enjoy walking round the village and visiting the Sherpa museum. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Day-6: Namche (3,440m) - Thame (3,800m). (4 hours).
A moderately easy and beautiful walk to the Sherpa village of Thame 3800 m, situated at an important junction along the old primary trade route to and from Tibet via the Nangpa La pass. The trail leads west past a large array of prayer flags and Mani stones - some of them very picturesque. After the village of Thomde the trail descends to the river and makes a steep climb to Thame. Lodge Overnight

Day-7: Thame (3,800m) - Khumjung (3,790m). (4 hours).
Morning visit to the Thame Monastery, then trek to the serene Sherpa villages of Khunde 3890 m and Khumjung 3790 m. Sir Edmund Hillary established his first school and hospital in these villages. Lodge Overnight

Day-8: Khumjung (3,790m) - Dole (4,200m). (4 hours)
Leaving the main trail to Mt. Everest, climb high on a ridge and then descend to the village of Phortse. From Phortse the trail leads through forests to Dole. Lodge Overnight

Day-9: Dole (4,200m) - Machhermo (4,410m). (3-4 hours)
A steep but beautiful morning climb through pine, fir and rhododendron forests to Lhabama and Luza. After a leisurely afternoon trek, high above the river, lodge at Machhermo 4410 m. The days trek is short so that you are not exhausted and to allow time for acclimatization. Lodge Overnight

Day-10: Rest day for acclimatization or optional hikes.

Day-11: Machhermo (4,410m)- Gokyo (Second Lake at 4,750m). (7 hours)
This is your first real day at high altitude. The valley opens wide as the trail passes through Pangkha. Mt. Cho Oyu (8153 m.) dominates the skyline to the north as the trail leads up to the moraine on the left flank of the Ngozumpa Glacier. The climb is steep to the first of the four lakes that lie in the Gokyo area but the trail levels off towards the second lake at 4750 meters

Day-12: Gokyo (4,750m) - Free Day.

Day-13: Trek to Chyugima Pass (5,169m).
The longest and most difficult part of this trek. The trail crosses the southern portion of the Ngozumpa Glacier then climbs steadily to a campsite on the 5169-m Chyugima Pass.

Day-14: Cross Cho La (5,420m). Trek to Dzongla (4,730m).
A steep and challenging but, non-technical climb over rock, snow and perhaps ice with superb views links the glacial valleys of Cho Oyu and Everest.Today you will cross the 5420 meter Cho La. Camp will be at Dzongla 4730 m, a high altitude summer pasture directly beneath the north wall of Cholatse at 6440 m.

Day-15: Trek to Lobuche (4,930m)
After a morning of rest, hike on a trail above Tsholo Lake and join the main Everest trail near the end of the Khumbu Glacier. Camp at Lobuche 4930 m.

Day-15: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) (4 hrs).
Our trekking distance today is not so far, but we will wake early in the morning and move forward to Gorek Sherpa for our next night stop. Overnight Lodge.

Day-16: Hike up to Kalapatthar / Everest Base Camp / Retrace your steps to Lobuche (4,920m)
We will head off early morning up Kala Patthar for breathtaking views of Everest. We then return and continue to Lobuche for our overnight stay in a lodge.

Day-17: Lobuche to Tengboche (3,860m) (5 hrs).
Today we have a relatively easy walk along the Imja Khola with a visit to the gompa at Pangboche, before climb up the famous Tengboche Monastery. Camp or Lodge overnight.

Day-18: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).
The trail today will descend quite steeply as we head back down towards Namche. To get to camp, there will be a steep climb to reach our overnight stop.

Day-19: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).
We trek down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small village of Phakding. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Day-20: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).
Trek further to the mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare a farewell treat for you. You would be expected to join in the singing and the dancing! Overnight Camp or Lodge at Lukla.

Day-21: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Day-22: Free day

Day-23: Final Departure.

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Trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo

Nepal Visa Information

Tourist entry visas can be obtained for the following duration from Nepal Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad, or at the following entry points in Nepal:

Tribhuvan International Airport,
Kathmandu Kakarvitta,
Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Parsa (Central Nepal)
Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal

Tourist Visa Fees Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Trek to Everest Base Camp via Cho La
Duration 24 Days
Best time April to October
Sleeping Hotels and Lodges
Altitude 5545m

Nepal Visa Information

Trek Grade: 2CFP
A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude. There is no need for technical climbing experience. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m.

Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill cycling. Backpacks will weight about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Cycle weight loss in the region of 4kg.

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Dates and Costs

All of these treks are arranged on a private basis. Costs vary based on the number of people.

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Trek to Everest Base Camp via Cho La

Price includes
Local English speaking guide
Private transfers
Entrance fees
Flight: Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
Park fees and climbing permits Trekking arrangement, including all camping equipment and tents
Tent, Dinning Tent, Toilet Tent, Tables, Chairs, Mattresses, Hot Water Bags etc.
All meals while trekking
Hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing, including breakfast).
One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (for Kathmandu joining)
All ground transfer as per our itinerary
Dinner with Nepalese Cultural program (for Kathmandu joining)

Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's and vaccinations
Porters tips
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.
Airport Taxes (see below)
Extra expenses and/or additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)

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