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Gokyo Chola pass trekking

Quick Facts
  • Trip Duration17 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude 5,545 m/18,192 ft (Kala Patthar)
  • Activity Trek
  • Starts/Ends Ktm/Ktm
  • Group Size 1-16
  • Transportation Flights (Ktm-Lukla-Ktm)
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • One of the most adventurous trekking packages in the Everest region, Nepal
  • Thrilling Lukla flights at the start and end of the trek
  • Trek through dense rhododendron forests, beautiful Sherpa villages, and glacial moraines
  • Spend two nights in the iconic Namche Bazaar and hike to Hotel Everest View
  • Visit Tengboche monastery and Pangboche monastery
  • Reach the base of the highest mountain in the world, Everest Base Camp
  • Witness spectacular sunrises and breathtaking mountain panoramas from Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri
  • Cross-challenge Cho La pass and navigate via the biggest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa glacier
  • Witness stunning mountain views and diverse landscapes throughout the trek
  • Enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals and understand the Sherpa community closely
  • Explore gorgeous Gokyo Lakes and go on multiple other sides hikes during the trek

"A perfect 17 days trekking adventure in the Everest region of Nepal for travelers who are on a quest to challenge themselves and explore the remote corners of the region. Led by expert mountain guides and friendly porters, the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes and Cho la pass is our favorite!"

Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes and Cho la pass is one of the most adventurous trekking packages in the Everest region of Nepal. This is a 17 days journey via dense rhododendron forests, beautiful Sherpa villages, and glacial moraines. Leaving the bustling cities behind, you will embark on a lifetime trek amidst towering mountains and welcoming locals.

Compared to the famous EBC trek, the Everest Gokyo Cho La pass trek is much more demanding. Following the trail via villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche, you will ascend to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. From here onwards, the trail turns to Cho La pass via Dzongla and leads to the stunning Gokyo valley, crossing the biggest glacier in Nepal, the Ngozumpa glacier.

You will get to witness diverse landscapes as the trail ascends and descends. From the lush rhododendron and magnolia forests to alpine meadows and glacier moraines, the scenery is just breathtaking. The Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lakes offers views of many tall mountains in the world, including Mt. Everest ( 8,849 m/29,032 ft), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m/26,864 ft), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m/27,825 ft), and Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m/28,169 ft).

Other mountains, like Thamserku (6,608 m/21,680 ft), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft), Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft), Choltase (6,440 m/21,130 ft), Island Peak (6,165 m/20,226 ft), Pumori (7,161 m/23,494 ft), etc, are also seen along the trail. Every bend in the trail offers a distinct landscape, and with the rise in elevation, the vistas only get better. And every prominent site is marked with colorful prayer flags that add more color to the scenery.

You will stop at ancient monasteries along the way and learn about the lives of locals. Get to understand the Sherpa community closely and discover more mountain communities like Rai, Lama, Limbu, Bhotiya, etc. The hospitality of the locals along the trail is top-notch. You will not feel being far away from your home.

Gokyo village and Gokyo lakes are also major highlights of this trek. Located at the shore of the third Gokyo lake, called Dudh Pokhari, Gokyo village is a remote settlement tucked away in the heart of the Himalayas. During your stay here, you will go on a hike to Gokyo Ri and explore other Gokyo Lakes too.

Our Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes (15,400–16,400 ft) and Cho la pass involves many side hikes too. Hotel Everest View from Namche Bazaar and Nagarjuna Hill from Dingboche village are two of our acclimatization hikes. Apart from these two hikes, we also take a rest day in Gokyo village.

This trek is for travelers who can manage to walk 6 hours a day at minimum with a daypack on them. Therefore, we only recommend our Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes and Cho la pass to travelers who have previous high-altitude or trekking experience. Do not underestimate the endurance and determination this trek demands.

How is the Kathmandu to Lukla flight?

The Kathmandu-Lulkla flight is the beginning of our journey in the Everest region. It is a short 35-minute flight from Kathmandu airport to Lukla airport at 2,846 meters (9,337 feet). Given the elevation of the Lukla airport, the weather has to be stable for this flight, and even a slight change can delay or cancel the flight.

Likewise, in the peak seasons, Lukla flights can be operated from Ramechhap airport if the Kathmandu airport has dense air traffic. In this case, you have to leave your hotel around 2:00 to 3:00 AM and drive to the airport, which takes 4 to 5 hours from Kathmandu.

We understand that commercial flights to Lukla can be very overwhelming. So, if you wish to avoid this flight, you can opt for a 45-minute helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla. We can arrange group joining that will lower the per-head cost for you.

What are the challenges trekkers face on the Gokyo Cho la pass EBC trek in terms of difficulty and altitude sickness?

Terrain: You will be following rugged terrain on this trek. The trail goes through lush forests and crosses numerous suspension bridges at the beginning of the trek. Many trails go along uneven hillsides and involve stair climbing. After the Dingboche village, the trail gets much more steep and rocky. Crossing Cho La Pass is also difficult because of the steep uphill climb. Likewise, you will be walking on glacier fields and paths.

Altitude sickness: The Everest Gokyo Cho La pass trek takes you above 5,000 meters five times, and you will be spending many nights above 3,000 meters. So, there is a high risk of altitude sickness during this trek if you do not take proper precautions. To mitigate altitude sickness risk, we have added three acclimatization days to this package and multiple side hikes. Likewise, our team will keep an eye on your health and provide you with any first aid if needed.

How do I prepare for the Gokyo Cho La Pass trek?

To prepare for the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes and Cho la pass, book your trek early and have ample preparation time (3 to 4 weeks is ideal). Begin with regular long walks with a backpack weighing 3-5 kg. You can incorporate day hikes, cycling, swimming, running, etc. into your routine. These activities will help you build stamina and endurance. If you go to the gym, focus on your legs and core strength, and add cardio at the end of your routine.

How does the elevation increase throughout the Gokyo Cho La pass trek?

The Everest base camp via Cho la pass trek begins at 2,846 meters (9,337 ft) in Lukla and goes up to 5,545 meters (18,192 ft) at Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is the highest point of this trek. From the starting point of the trek to the highest point, the altitude gain is 2,699 meters (8,855 ft).

During the trek, you will go above 5,000 meters (16,404 ft) multiple times in these places: Nagarjuna Hill (5,100 m/16,732 ft), Gorak Shep (5,164 m/16,942 ft), Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,598 ft), Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft), Cho La (5,420 m/17,782 ft), and Gokyo Ri (5,357 m/17,575 ft).

Can I make the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes and Cho la pass 2024/2025 booking?

Yes, you can make a booking for the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo lakes and Cho La pass 2024/2025 through our website. We have a safe payment gateway that lets you pay for the package securely from any part of the world. We have small groups, which makes trekking with us very intimate. Likewise, we also have private trek options. For groups of 8 or more people, we always have special discounts.

What will be the Alternative treks in Nepal other than Everest Cho La pass trek?

These are some of our other adventurous treks in Nepal that are ideal for experienced trekkers: Everest three high passes trek, Upper Mustang trek, Manaslu circuit trek, Annapurna circuit with Tilicho lake trek, Kanchenjunga circuit trek, and Makalu base camp trek.

You can also customize the Everest Gokyo lake trek itinerary if you are not happy with our proposed itinerary. We can custom-make it as per your requirements and budget. For more information contact us.

What are the benefits of the Everest Cho La pass trek with Nature Excursion?

We are a team of very experienced guides who have been leading groups and individuals in the Himalayas for more than 10 years. Our expertise and knowledge are unbeatable. All of our packages are well-designed and priced to offer the best trek in the Everest region and throughout Nepal. With a reliable team, you get the following benefits with us:

  • No hidden charges
  • 24/7 support
  • Free airport pickup and drop-off as per our itinerary
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinners in Kathmandu
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable trips
  • Free company t-shirt and trek competition certificate
  • Flexible itineraries and unique, tailor-made trips
Gokyo Chola pass trekking pictures and video
2 High Passes Trek Including Everest Base Camp || With Nature Excursion



Our airport team will welcome you at the terminal gate and transfer you to the hotel. After resting for a bit in your hotel, we will meet you and introduce you to the mountain guide. We will pack and prepare for the trek. In the late evening, there will be a welcome dinner, and later explore the bustling streets of Thamel.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4,600 ft
  • Accommodation:Hotel

The trek begins with a thrilling flight to Lukla airport, situated at 2,846 meters. It will be a short flight with views of the Himalayas. Upon landing at Lukla, we will arrange our luggage and meet with the porters who will support us for the rest of the journey.

To have a better chance of acclimatization, we will trek to Phakding for a night stay. This village is located below Lukla. The trail descends along the Dudh Koshi river and a few small settlements. You will trek through lush forests, crossing a few suspension bridges.

  • Max. Altitude:2,846 m/9,337 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:30 minutes flight & 3 hours trek

The trail to Namche bazaar goes along the northern banks of the Dudh Koshi river. You will cross several suspension bridges on the way, including the long Hillary Suspension Bridge. We will register our permits in Monjo village and walk by lush rhododendron forests all the way up to Namche Bazaar. The final stretch of the trail is steep.

  • Max. Altitude:3,440 m/11,290 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6 hours

We will spend a rest day in Namche Bazaar, the tourist hub of the Khumbu region. In the morning, hike to Hotel Everest View via Syangboche Airstrip to witness the first view of Mt. Everest along with Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Ama Dablam. After spending some time here, return to Namche Bazaar to spend the night. While returning, we will stop at Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum.

  • Max. Altitude:3,962 m/13,000 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:3-4 hours

We will continue the trek to Tengboche village. Leaving Namche Bazaar, the trail descends through forests to Phunki Thenga. From here, we will follow an uphill route that leads to Tengboche village. It is a lovely village that houses Tengboche monastery, the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. The views of mountains like Ama Dabla, Lhotse, Everest, and Nuptse are excellent from this village.

  • Max. Altitude:3,860 m/12,660 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5 hours

From Tengboche, the trail drops down to Deboche village and goes through rhododendron forests to Pangboche village. In Pangboche village, we will visit an ancient monastery and continue trekking following uneven hillsides to Dingboche village. As Dingboche village gets closer, we will see a change in scenery. The mountains are much more prominent, and the later part of the trail mainly has brushes.

  • Max. Altitude:4,410 m/14,470 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5 hours

We’ll spend our second rest day in Dingboche village. Known as the summer valley of the Khumbu region, you can see many terraced fields around the village that villagers use to grow different crops. To acclimatize, we will hike to Nagarjuna Hill, which offers breathtaking views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Everest, Island Peak, Mt. Cho Oyu, etc.

  • Max. Altitude:5,100 m/16,732 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4-5 hours

The trail from Dingboche to Lobuche involves walking via Dughla pass and a glacier field. The trail gets more intense from here onwards. Following a rugged and steep course, we will walk alongside the Khumbu glacier to Dhugla pass and continue ascending towards Lobuche village. On the way, we will also trek past memorial chortens established in the memories of passed climbers.

  • Max. Altitude:4,940 m/16,210 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5-6 hours

On this day, we will be reaching Everest Base Camp. We will leave Lobuche village early in the morning and trek through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier to Gorak Shep. It is the last settlement before EBC. After dropping our luggage in the lodge, we will continue trekking, following a rocky, steep route to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. Upon reaching the Everest base camp, we will spend some time looking around and taking pictures. Later, we will trek back to Gorak Shep to spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude:5,364 m/17,598 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:8 hours

We have a hike to Kala Patthar early in the morning. The hiking trail is rugged and steep. Kala Patthar offers a gorgeous sunrise and jaw-dropping mountain panorama, including one of the best scenes of Mt. Everest. After enjoying the views, we will descend back to Gorak Shep and trek toward Dzongla. The trail is the same up to Lobuche village and then diverts to Dzongla. The view of Mt. Cholatse's north face is excellent from here.

  • Max. Altitude:5,545 m/18,192 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6 hours

Today is a big highlight of the day because we will be crossing the Cho La pass. From Dzongla, the trail gradually ascends toward the top of the pass. On the way, we can see striking views of Mt. Ama Dablam and Chola Lake. The trail is rocky and steep and gets windy by the afternoon. So, we will begin trekking early on this day. From the top of the pass, the mountain panorama is outstanding. Further, the trail descends to Thagnak for a night stay.

  • Max. Altitude:5,420 m/17,782 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6 hours

To reach Gokyo village, we will trek over the Ngozumpa glacier. It is the longest and the biggest glacier in Nepal. On the way, we will also cross a few suspension bridges and pass by the first and second Gokyo lakes. The Gokyo village is situated at the shore of the third lake, known as Dudh Pokhari. It is a beautiful village with very welcoming villagers.

  • Max. Altitude:4,750 m/15,584 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:3 hours

We have our third rest day today in Gokyo village. For acclimatization, we will hike to Gokyo Ri, following a rough and steep trail. The views of snow-capped mountains and spectacular sunrise from Gokyo Ri are heavenly. After the hike, we will visit the fourth and the fifth Gokyo Lakes. It will be a superb day exploring these isolated parts of the Himalayas. Once we are back in Gokyo village, we will pack up our stuff and trek to Dole.

  • Max. Altitude:5,357 m/17,575 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6 hours

The trail from Dole descends and passes by Phortse Thanga. From here, we will go over the Mong La pass and trek through lush forests to Namche Bazaar. The trail offers stunning views of mountains like Khumbila, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Taboche, etc.

  • Max. Altitude:3,440 m/11,290 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6 hours

On this day, we will trek back to Lukla. We'll steeply descend via dense forests, crossing numerous suspension bridges and villages. From Phakding, follow the uphill route toward Lukla via Ghat village. Along the way, cross the Dudh Koshi river multiple times via suspension bridges. It will be a bittersweet moment as we say goodbye to the beautiful Everest region.

  • Max. Altitude:2,846 m/9,337 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6-7 hours

We will catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, our team will transfer you to your hotel. The day is free for you to rest and explore the city on your own. You can go shopping or visit the local markets to buy souvenirs for your loved ones. In the late evening, we will gather for a farewell dinner at a designated hotel.

  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m/4,600 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:30 minutes

Today, you will leave Nepal and fly back to your home. As per your flight departure time, our team will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will also bid you our last goodbye.

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Cost Details
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services on a private vehicle (Car, Jeep, Hiace, or Deluxe Bus) as per group size during arrival and departure time
  • Both-way domestic flight tickets include guide (Kathmandu-Lulkla-Kathmandu) with airport departure taxes
  • 14-night lodge/tea houses during the EBC Cho la Pass Trek twin sharing room
  • All healthy meals during the trek (14 breakfast, 14 lunches, and 14 dinners) as per the itinerary
  • Government-licensed, English-speaking Nature Excursions experienced native guide and porter with their meals, salary, insurance and all necessary equipment covered by the company (you will get an assistant guide group of 6 or more trekkers) also store your non-essential stuff in your hotel or Nature Excursion’s store for free
  • Two-night hotel in Kathmandu before and after the trek, including breakfast
  • Purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies) and fresh fruit during the trek, as per the availability
  • Khumbu, Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance fees
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit fees
  • All government, local taxes and official expenses
  • first aid kit box carried by the guide. An Oximeter to check your Oxygen level and pulse in your body
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket as per your request (has to return after the trek)
  • Companys T-shirt
  • appreciation certificate after the completion of trek
  • Assisting in any emergency evacuation or rescue due to uncertainty or any serious health condition (you should have travel insurance coverage for these costs).
  • Nepal entry visa fees vary depending how much time you want to spend in Nepal (15 days-$25, 30 days-$40-50, and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess luggage for lukla flight
  • Your meals and hotel in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure or early return than schedule itinerary
  • Funds are not refundable or transferable if you have to leave the walk early due to inclement weather, natural disasters, or an emergency evacuation.
  • Your personal clothing and gear
  • Personal nature expenses like: energy bars, hot and cold drinks, laundry, battery re-charge, hot showers, wifi, extra porters, etc
  • Extra costs which are not listed in the included section
  • Gratitude for guides and porters (recommended)

Clients Reviews

  • Best Everest Base Camp Excursion!

    My brother and I hired Raju to be our guide for a 14-day Everest Base Camp trek and it was truly the best experience of our lives. This was the first time either of us had taken a trip like this and we could not have asked for a better person to make sure we were being safe and having fun. Raju went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and I know our trip would not have been as enjoyable without him. If you are considering booking, just do it! It will be the best decision you ever make.

    Thank you, Raju!!

    Evalyse L
    Evalyse LUnited StatesJun 19, 2023
Useful Information

How can I doa Last minute booking for Gokyo Cho la pass EBC trek?

It is better to book this trek with at least 3 to 4 weeks on hand to prepare for the trek. However, if you failed to book the trek on time and wish to join right away, you can make a last-minute booking with us. However, do note that in the case of last-minute bookings, you will not get any refund if you fail to join the trek. Also, we need full payment for the trek for last-minute booking confirmation.

What will be the best time to do Gokyo Cho la pass EBC trek?

Like any other trek in the Everest region of Nepal, the best time to do the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes and Cho la pass is also spring from March to May and autumn from September to December. These two transitional seasons have lovely climate conditions and stable weather, which makes trekking quite pleasant. The trail blooms with many seasonal flowers and vegetation. And you get the company of many other fellow trekkers.

The temperatures range from 18°C to 5°C at the lower altitude. The upper part of the trail can get colder at night and in the morning. Trekking in the autumn season specifically lets you be part of Nepali festivity as the locals celebrate their major festivals in the months of September, October, and November. Gokyo lake and Cho La pass trek in the summer, monsoon, and winter can get very challenging and risky.

What are the accommodation & meals during the Gokyo Cho la pass EBC trek?

The accommodation during the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lakes is the lodge. The entire trail has a good arrangement of lodges, so we do not have to camp anywhere. We will book you the best lodges along the trail. The rooms are better and bigger in the lodges at the lower elevation. You may also find private washrooms in many of them.

After Lobuche village, the region gets quite remote, and the accommodation facilities also get limited, so there are chances we may not get a single room or attached washroom at the upper elevation of the trail. However, we will try our best to find you one. The rooms will be clean with proper bedding. For better sleep, we suggest carrying a sleeping bag with you for this trek.

The meals during the trek are breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All the meals will be given as per the menu of the lodges. Dal bhat and thukpa are the most common dishes. Likewise, you will also get momo, noodles, burgers, pasta, pizza, curries, veggies, roti, mashed potatoes, steak, porridge, and soups in many places. The breakfast menu usually has toast, eggs, jam, butter, oats, muesli, etc.

What are the travel visas required for the Gokyo Cho la pass EBC trek?

Nepal offers on-arrival travel visas to travelers from many countries. It means you can request a Nepali travel visa upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport or any other land entry point. Citizens of some countries may not be eligible for on-arrival travel visas, so make sure to confirm the visa status for your country before leaving.

We, Nature Excursion, do not take responsibility for obtaining the travel visa. If you fail to get there and miss the trip, our company will not bear any cancellation charges. Likewise, you will not be eligible for any refund.

What are the things you should know about our Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes and Cho la pass package?

Airport Pickup/Drop: We provide free airport pickup and drop-off service as per our Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes and Cho la pass itinerary. Our team will be at your service as per your flight arrival and departure time.

Charging: You can charge at lodges along the trekking route. However, every time you charge, it may cost you an additional USD 2 to USD 3, so we highly recommend getting a solar charger and a power bank for your back for a long trek like this.

Communication/Internet: Our team will help you get a tourist SIM that you can use for a better internet connection during the trek. Some lodges offer paid WiFi services, but the connection may not be stable all the time. Using cellular data will give you much more flexibility and opportunities to connect with your friends and family.

Luggage: For trekking, we use duffle bags and day packs. Duffel bags have a 10 kg weight limit for each trekker, and daypacks have a 5 kg weight limit. You can store any additional luggage in our office free of cost during trekking.

Tip: You can tip guides, porters, and drivers at the end of their service because our package does not cover the tip for them. You can tip guides and porters USD 100 or above as per your wish. Likewise, USD 2 for drivers and USD 5 for tour guides are decent numbers. Tipping is common in Nepali travel culture, and our on-field crew may approach you for it.

Travel Insurance: Gokyo Cho la pass EBC trek is a very remote trek & takes you far away in the mountains where there is no access to a road or good health care facilities. As this trek has inherent risks of altitude sickness, we need you to get travel insurance covering at least emergency air evacuation for a safe journey.

ATM: There is an ATM in Lukla, Namche Bazaar, and Dingboche villages only. Sometimes these ATMs may not work or run out of money, so it is better to withdraw money in Kathmandu to use for personal expenses during the trek.

Will I be safe on Everest base camp via Cho la pass?

To assure your safety during the Cho la pass trekking, we make sure to assign you an experienced and friendly mountain guide. Our guides have several years of trekking experience and know the trail thoroughly, which makes trekking with them very safe. They will take care of your health and provide you with first aid in case it is needed. Joining our team for Everest base camp via Cho la pass will allow you to trek freely and enjoy every moment.



  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat, insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra battery


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face and body wipes


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants


  • Hiking boots
  • Thick wool shocks (take an extra pair of thick wool shocks)


  • Backpack or day back (size depends on whether you take a porter or not.)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-20-degree sleeping bag is best in high-altitude trekking)


  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers


  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera


  • First aid kit
  • Extra password photos and photocopies of password
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Gokyo Chola pass trekking FAQs

  • From Everest base camp, Gokyo Lakes are around 17.6 kilometers away. However, crossing the Cho La pass increases the distance by 7 to 9 kilometers. You can reach Gokyo village from EBC in 3 days of trekking.

  • It depends on whether you want the journey to be moderate or challenging. Our 14 day EBC trek follows the classic trail to the base camp. Whereas this package involves crossing Cho La pass and an excursion to Gokyo Lakes too. We have different Everest packages for all types of trekkers, whether you are looking for a short/long trek or an easy/challenging venture.

  • The Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes and Cho la pass cost can range from USD 1499 to USD 2499 per person. The price of the package differs as per the itinerary and the services included in it.

  • The Gokyo Cho La pass trek is one of the most difficult treks in the Everest region. This trek best suits trekkers with previous high-altitude experience. You will be trekking on steep trails and crossing a pass, so good physical fitness matters a lot.

  • The best season to do the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes and Cho la pass are spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November). You can also do this trek in summer/monsoon and winter by removing the Cho La pass from the itinerary. To do this trek in the offseason, get in touch with us.

  • Yes, you will need a guide to trek to Gokyo Lakes. Even though the Everest region remains off-limits by the recent solo trekking prohibition in Nepal, we recommend trekking with an experienced guide like ours for a safe and satisfying journey. This trek navigates glaciers and high passes, so trekking alone can be very risky.

  • The deepest Gokyo lake is the fourth lake, known as Thonak Cho. It is 62.4 meters deep.

  • Yes, the hiking route to Gokyo Ri is difficult. The trail is rugged and steep. You trek on rocky paths too. It requires 4 to 5 hours of walking, including both sides.

  • Ngozumpa glacier is located near the Gokyo Lakes. It is the biggest glacier in Nepal and is known as the largest in the whole Himalayas.

  • No, you do not need additional oxygen support at the Everest base camp or anywhere during the Gokyo Cho La pass trekking. Even though the oxygen level is low at EBC and other higher parts of the trail like Kala Patthar and Cho La pass, you can go by with available oxygen.

  • No, you cannot sleep at the Everest base camp because there is no accommodation facility for trekkers. However, if you wish to spend the night at the base camp, we may arrange a space in the tents of the climbers at an additional cost.

  • Yes, Mt. Everest is visible from its base camp but the size of Mt. Everest will be tiny. Therefore, we hike to Kala Patthar to behold a breathtaking close view of Everest.

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