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Everest Base Camp via Cho La Pass with Gokyo Ri

Trip Introduction

Everest Base Camp via Cho La Pass with Gokyo Ri
Everest Base Camp via Cho La Pass with Gokyo Ri is one of the adventures and challenging trek in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The destination of this trek is Everest Base camp Gokyo Valley where we trek through the Gokyo, Cho La Pass. Along with the Everest Base camp, this trek also covers Lukla Namche Bazaar and as a whole Solu Khumbu district. This trek also covers the magnificent mountain such as Gokyo Ri or Kala Pathar.
The trek is suitable for those who wish to trek to more thrilling and challenging adventures. As you walk to the Everest Base camp, Gokyo, Chola Pass trek, you will surround yourself with the beautiful Himalayan Mountains and Sherpa Community. Along the trek, you will also see the Khumbu Icefall and many glaciers.
Everest Base       Camp, Gokyo, Cho La Pass Trek awards you with the scenic beauty of the Everest region. The colorful Sherpa Monasteries and communities will catch your eyes because of its beauty and eye-pleasing effect.
If you are an adventurous trekker and want to explore the adventure of the Everest region of Nepal, you should start packing for your incredible journey to Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek.
There are four main seasons in Nepal, namely, summer, winter, spring, and autumn. The best time for this trek is in the spring (March, April, May), and autumn seasons (September, October, November)
Spring (March, April & May)
Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons in Nepal. During spring, the flowers start to bloom and the forest turns green. It is one of the best seasons to visit Nepal where you see the natural beauty of Nepal even more vividly.
The Everest region is full of trekkers during the spring season. The temperature is comparatively warmer than autumn and winter in the Everest region. Therefore the weather is suitable for trekking and mountain expedition in this season. Light rainfall may occur during the night this time in late May as it is the pre-monsoon season.
Autumn (September, October, November)
Autumn is one of the best seasons in Nepal for Trekking. Many tourists around the world visit Nepal in the month of September for trekking experience. During Autumn, the weather condition of the Everest region is favorable for trekking and sightseeing. The views of the mountains are clear and beautiful.
The Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Ri, Cho La Pass trek is doable all around the year in Nepal. You need to bring proper trekking gear when you trek during the winter and monsoon seasons. During the monsoon season, the trails get muddy and slippery. Likewise during winter, the snow starts to fall as you climb to the higher altitude. However, the trek is doable on all seasons.

Group Size : Minimum 02 Pax Max - altitude : 5643m
Destination : Destiny Country Fitness level : Adventure
Arrival : Kathmandu Departure from : Kathmandu
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation : Double/Twin Sharing in Hotel/Lodge
Day 01: arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Pre-Trip meeting in the morning and sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Manthali (475m/1558ft)-4 Hrs, and flight to Lukla airport- 30 minutes
Day 04: Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2700m/), duration: flight for 30 minutes and 3 hours trek
Day 05: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/)
Day 06: Acclimatizing day (rest day)
Day 07: Trek to Tengboche (3860m)
Day 08: Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m)
Day 09: Acclimatization day (rest day)
Day 10: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5380m) then back to Gorak Shep (5180m)
Day 12: Hike up to Kala Pathar (5643m) and trek back to Dzongla
Day 13: Dzongla to Thangna (4650m)
Day 14: Thangna to Gokyo
Day 15: Climb Gokyo Ri, Trek to Machhermo
Day 16: Machhermo to Namche Bazaar
Day 17: Namche to Lukla
Day 18: Flight back to Kathmandu
Day 19: End of the tour and time to the final flight home
Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences. You tell us what you want (either detail, or give us some parameters to work within), and then we arrange services to fit your wishes for your Holiday. For more information please contact us at [email protected]

Day 01: arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
 You will arrive in Nepal at Tribhuvan International, Kathmandu. Tribhuwan International Airport is the only airport in Nepal. You can meet our representatives from Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition outside the airport terminal. A signboard that “Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition” will help you find these representatives easily. You can check into your hotel with them. You have a couple of options as to how you spend your day/evening. Either you can relax in the hotel or you can go for exploring small towns likes Thamel on your own.
Day 02: Pre-Trip meeting in the morning and sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
You will meet our representatives from Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition in the morning and discuss your Salleri (Phaplu) Everest Base Camp Trek. In this pre-Trip meeting, you will have plenty of information about the weather, difficulty, etc during the trip. You can meet your guide and meet the various members of your trip.
You will get for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley after the briefing. The many UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu make it a beautiful place for an excellent sightseeing tour.
Pashupatinath Temple: 
Pashupatinath Temple lies on the bank of the Bagmati River, is one of the holiest sites in Kathmandu. It is the biggest Hindu temple in the world. The main temple is two-storeyed. It also has smaller monuments as well as places for pilgrimage surrounding it.
Baudhanath and Swayambhunath
Baudhanath and Swayambhunath are the most famous Buddhist temples you will go to on this trip. The feel of the Buddhist culture as well as the peaceful setting of these two monasteries is made for a wonderful visit to these places.
You will also get to two Durbar Squares- Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Square- during this trip. Historical temples like Krishna Mandir, Hanuman Dhoka, museums, and other smaller temples make these two squares some of the most delightful in this trip. You can see the perfect representations of the medieval architecture of Nepal in these two squares.
Day 03: Drive to Manthali (475m/1558ft)-4 Hrs, and flight to Lukla airport- 30 minutes
Today early in the morning we will take a tourist bus to Manthali. After 4 Hrs drive we will reach Manthali airport, most of the time flight will be canceled so if the flight cancels then we will stay overnight at Manthali or if the flight is on its schedule time then we will fly to Lukla airport.
Day 04: Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2700m/), duration: flight for 30 minutes and 3 hours trek
If the flight was canceled on the day when we reach Manthali then we will fly today. Early in the morning, you will take a flight to Lukla. It takes around 30 minutes to reach Lukla Airport. After reaching to Lukla you will have your breakfast and head towards the trek to Phakding. On the way to Phakding, you will see the Dudh Koshi River. You will walk on the trails following the river till we reach Phakding. You will cross the Thado Koshi River through a suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge you will climb toward Phakding. You will stay overnight in Phakding.
Day 05: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/)
On the fifth day of your trip, you will walk from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. You will walk on the trails following the same Dudh Koshi river and reach to Zamputhi. You will have an excellent view of Thamserku Peak. You will also have to cross five suspension bridges in this trek. The fifth bridge will be exciting to you as it is the world’s 123rd tallest bridge.
After walking 3 hours you will visit the Sagarmatha National Park (1148 sq. km), which is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. After walking further, you will reach Namche Bazaar which is in the Khumbu region. As you reach there you will encounter different mountain ranges of the Himalayas. You will stay overnight in Namche.
Day 06: Acclimatizing day (rest day)
The sixth day of the trek is exploration and acclimatization day. On this day you will hike around for 2-3 hours where you will explore various things. You will hike around places that will give you excellent views of the mountains such as Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, and Mt. Lhotse, etc.
You will walk towards Khumjung valley, Kunde Hospital, Hillary School and return back to Namche. On this day you will adjust yourself before climbing the crucial trekking at high altitude.
Day 07: Trek to Tengboche (3860m)
On the seventh day of the trek, you will walk around 5-6 hours. In the early morning, you will leave Namche Bazar and trek towards Tengboche. You will walk around the ridge and descend towards the Dudh Koshi River at Phurki Thanga.
On the way, you will see small Buddhist monuments and Stupas. Tengboche Monastery is the largest monastery of the Khumbu region. You will stay overnight at Tengboche.
Day 08: Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m)
Today you will trek around 5-6 hours from Tengboche to reach Dingboche. You have to walk 11 km. You will walk around the lane of the alpine forests where you can smell the scent of rhododendron.
You will pass the Khumbila river valley and ascend to the ridgeline. You will walk uphill to Pangboche and head towards Somare. You will walk to Imja valley and then towards Dingboche.
Day 09: Acclimatization day (rest day)
The trek up to Chhukung is quite nice and easy, we will start after breakfast at the lodge. There you will have a really nice view of most of the mountains especially mount Ama Dablam. The view from Chhukung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island Peak is tremendous. To the south-west, the eastern face of Ama Dablam provides an unusual view of this picturesque peak. This short trek is one of the highlights of the trek. It is a fast trip back down the valley to Dingboche for the night. While going back to Dingboche we might encounter strong winds. We will stay overnight in Dingboche.
Day 10: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m)
The trek duration is 5 hours, where you have to walk 11 km. You will walk to a small village named Dughla, where you will see prayer flags hanging around the valley. On the way, you will ascend to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.
After walking from the Khumbu Glacier you will come across several mountain peaks along the way to Lobuche. You will stay overnight at Lobuche.
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp then back to Gorak Shep (5180m)
On this day it might be a bit difficult for you to walk as you are trekking to the Everest Base Camp, one of the highest altitude trek of Nepal. You have to walk around 7-8 hours and complete a distance of 15 km.
You will walk towards the Gorak Shep where you will have a sight of Khumbu glacier. The trails are quite rough along the way to Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep, you will walk toward the Everest Base Camp. You can have the closest view of Mount Everest from the Everest Base Camp. After reaching Everest Base Camp you will move back to Gorak Shep for the night stay.
Day 12: Hike up to Kala Pathar and trek back to Dzongla
You will walk to a distance of 13 km for about 7-8 hours on this day to reach Kala Pathar. You will get to see different mountain views during this trek. After enjoying the beautiful mountain ranges you will descend back to Gorak Shep to La bouche and then to Dzongla.
Day 13: Dzongla to Thangna (4650m)
This trek takes around 8-9 hours and you will have to walk around 23 km during this trek. You will cross through the Cho La pass in the icy trails along the Cho La glacier. After crossing the bridge, you will walk along the same trail until you reach Phedi and then to Thangna. You will see small villages and tea houses where you take rest for the time being.
Day 14: Thangna to Gokyo
After reaching Thangna, you will walk all the way to Gokyo. The path is comparatively easy where you will walk following the Dudh Koshi River along the route to Gokyo. You will reach to the Gokyo valley where you rest for a while and enjoy the beauty of the area. You will also see many glaciers along the way to Gokyo.
Day 15: Climb Gokyo Ri, Trek to Machhermo
You will take rest after you reach to the Gokyo Valley. Then you will begin your journey climbing to the Peak of Gokyo Ri. From Gokyo Ri, you will see many mountains that are at a height of more than 8000 sq. km.
After you climb the Gokyo Ri, you will descend back and start your trek to Machhermo and follow the Dudh Koshi River. We will stay overnight at Machhermo.
Day 16: Machhermo to Namche Bazaar
As you walk to Namche Bazar, you will see different forest covered with alpine trees and rhododendron. You will walk to the Sherpa Villages on the way to Namche Bazaar.
You can buy several souvenirs for your family and loved ones in the Namche Bazar. We will stay overnight at the local lodge in Namche.
Day 17: Namche to Lukla
Today after breakfast you will walk back to Lukla which is the gateway of the Everest region. You will walk back to Lukla following the way to Benkar and Phakding. You will walk for around 5 hours covering a distance of 10 km. after reaching Lukla you will stay there for a night.
Your trek is almost to an end as you will be leaving fro Kathmandu the next day.
Day 18: Flight back to Kathmandu
In the early morning, you will catch your flight and fly back to Kathmandu viewing scenic beauty of Nepal. After you reach Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel.
You can get some rest in the hotel room as we will provide you with the best facilities.
Day 19: End of the tour and time to the final flight home
This will be your final day in this awesome country of the Himalayas Nepal. We will drop you at the airport a couple of hours before your scheduled flight. Before leaving for the airport, you need to confirm that you have secured tour air ticket as well as other travel-related documents. We wish you have a wonderful departure back home. We can also arrange for another trip to Nepal in case you want to.

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle. (for both international and domestic flights).
  • Welcome Dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant with a cultural dance show.
  • 2 Night standard twin-sharing accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms.
  • Three meals a day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trekking.
  • A Highly experienced, Helpful, Knowledgeable, friendly, well-trained Government license holding English-speaking trekking guide.
  • We provide an assistant guide for walking with the group to support where necessary as per group size.
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card).
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
  • Food, accommodation, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and Khumbu permit for trekking.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • All applicable government taxes, vat, tourist service charges as per Itinerary.
  • Your Nepal Visa Fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International airfare to and from Kathmandu ( no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Lunch and Dinner during staying in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and Health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra night’s accommodation, Lunch and Dinner in the city due to early arrival or departure as well as early back/return from Mountain/Trekking(due to any reason) than the given time period of Itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
  • Your personal expenses such as (soft beverages, confectionaries, laundries, phone calls, bar bills, Extra porter, etc.)
  • Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla.
  • Medical expenses and trip cancellation.
  • Any other extended trips and accommodation.
  • Tips of the guide, porters, and driver as a token of appreciation.
     # Any other expenses or charges that are not mentioned in the “cost includes” list.

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Important Note:
Your safety is our paramount concern while traveling with Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition. In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. for rescue. The charge must be paid by the client or their travel insurance company.
 Please note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc. can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights get delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays. And arrange the nest flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you be prepared for possible delays/cancellations. And if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities that can be arranged by Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc.
In case the flight delays/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund if you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guest house in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.

Equipment and Gears
  • Duffle Bag\Rucksack Bag\ Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Swagat Holiday Duffle Bag that is to be returned after the trip)
  • One pair of a walking stick
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Sports shoes or sandals
  • Sun Hat/Cap
  • Basic Medical Kits
  • Head Lamp
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Trekking towels
  • Sunglasses (UV Protection)
  • Warm Hand gloves ( Inner & Outer)
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
  • Pullover or warm sweeter
  • Raincoat
  • 5/6 pairs of good quality socks
  • 2\3 pairs of trekking trousers
  • 3\4 pairs of trekking shirts
  • 5\6 pairs of underwear( non-cotton preferred)
  • Water bottle
  • Good quality Sleeping Bag
  • Camera and Batteries

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