Client embracing the beauty of the Gokyo Region
At a Glance

    Gokyo Chola pass trek is the hidden gem of the Himalayas that allows you to avoid the crowds of people heading to Everest Base Camp with less busy trails and stunning views of the world's highest mountains. Your extraordinary trek will begin with a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After landing, the trail will take you along the Dudh-Koshi River through the villages of Phakding and Monjo to Namche Bazaar, the entrance gate to the 8,000 m high-strong giant mountains.  

    Namche Bazaar- gateway to Mount Everest is the largest village in the Khumbu Valley, where most travelers spend at least two days acclimatizing. This historic Sherpa village is a trade center for Tibetan and Nepalese trade. As soon as you leave Namche, you will walk down the main busy trail that will take you to the peaceful villages of Dole and Machermo. On the way, you can witness dramatic landscape changes as broad meadows suddenly turn into narrow paths with steep ascending paths that will take you to the beautiful and charming village of Gokyo with emerald white lake Dudh Pokhari.

    After two or three hours of steep ascent, the peak of Gokyo Ri (5357 m) rises above the village. A well-deserved reward for your efforts will be views not only of the lakes but also of Nepal's longest glacier Ngozumpa. And that's not all; in good weather, you will have majestic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

    Best Season for Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek

    The best season to trek to Gokyo Chola Pass would be autumn, starting from mid-September to November.This is because the rainy season from July to early September will be over by Mid- September, the temperatures are stable and not too cold, and the visibility is really clear. The spring season beginning from March to May is also suitable as the shivering winter season from January to February subsides, and there's less risk of snowfall and avalanches. However, you can also trek in the summer season, commencing from mid-June to late August. Still, snow melting and frequent treacherous thunderstorms can accompany you on your entire route making your journey less pleasant.

    Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek Difficulty

    The expedition to the Gokyo Chola pass is moderately difficult as it requires a lot of walking at significant heights for several days. It can be demanding for those who are not physically and mentally fit or those who are already suffering from any respiratory sickness such as asthma. However, if you are strong-willed and determined and don’t mind hiking and heights, the trip will be relatively easy. 

    Accommodation and Meals

    The one thing you don't have to worry about for your entire trip is food and accommodation. You will lodge in guest or tea houses which are typical Sherpa houses with authentic local food.  In general, the lodges are quite simple and cold at times, so it is important to bring a good jacket and clothes to sleep in. As you ascend higher, the accommodation and food prices go up, and the quality generally goes down. A hot shower, charging electronics, and connecting to Wi-Fi is paid extra. It will be quite problematic to find a room(especially a single room) in the high trekking season as every room will be booked beforehand.

    You might want to ask your porter or guide to make a reservation for you. Or sometimes you may have to share a room with other guests. Regarding meals, if you are one of those who want to treat their taste buds with new local foods, you won't be disappointed. You can have a taste of local Nepali cuisine of Dal Vat Tarkari (Lentil soup, Rice, Vegetable) to Chinese cuisine such as Momo (dumplings), Chow Mein. If you miss home, you can have pizza, a tuna sandwich, or a chicken sizzler. There's no lack of options.  A good night with hot chocolate is an added advantage! You can buy alcoholic beverages or tea, coffee, or fruit juice at an extra charge. 

    Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek Cost

    A complete Gokyo Chola Pass trek can cost you approximately $1500-$2000 per person. You have to pay for a Nepal Visa on your landing at Tribhuvan International airport. The charge depends on the days of your stay; however, it is suitable that you acquire a Visa for 30 days that costs you $50 per person. For 15 days Visa, a fee of $30 per person, and for 90 days Visa, a fee of $125 per person will be charged. A day spent in Kathmandu will be an excellent choice to get a glimpse of Nepali culture. One night stay in the comfy hotel will cost you around $20-$50. 

    Before embarking on this one-of-a-kind journey, make sure you are insured. At the expense of $150-$200 per person for 30 days time period, you can have a safe and confident tour.Your trip commences with a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and ends with a domestic flight to Kathmandu. A flight from Kathmandu to Lukla can cost you anywhere between USD 434.00 per person. However, it can be quite expensive on your return.

    With your landing on one of the most dangerous airports in the world, you are on board for a variety of hikes from narrow and steep alleyways to wider flat paths. However, tea houses, lodges, and guesthouses welcome you with their enthusiastic hospitality with an affordable charge of $25-$50 per person per day, inclusive of meals. 

    Set aside a few dollars from $5-$10 if you want to surf the internet and charge your electronics.As for trip equipment, you must have a comfortable backpack, medicine for altitude sickness, warm gloves, tinted sunglasses, protection gear, and other toiletries. This expense totally depends on you, but on average, you may have to spend between USD500

    And do not worry if you run out of cash as there are ATMs in Namche Bazaar.  As for the permit, you have to pay approximately $34 for the Sagarmatha National park entrance. Whether to hire guides and porters is your call as most tourists nowadays are well informed through the internet. However, hiring a guide and porter will be an extra load on your pocket, of course, but they can help you reserve rooms, carry your loads, and guide you through the routes.

    Hiring a guide costs you $30-$35 per day on average, and the porter will carry 20 kg luggage with a fee of $20-$25 per day inclusive of food, accommodation, and insurance. 

    Do not forget a colorful little market town of Namche bazaar that sells everything from Tibetan artifacts to authentic handicrafts. So spare $100-$200 for taking away the souvenirs for your loved ones from this beautiful country. 

    HAT Representative will be waiting with your name plate just outside the International Airport in Kathmandu. After your arrival, we will organize your transportation to the designated hotel in Kathmandu. Spend the afternoon browsing the beautiful streets of Thamel or visit the nearby Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, we will meet for welcome dinner and tour briefing.

    • Max. Altitude:1300m
    • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu
    • Meals:Dinner

    After breakfast, we will join guided tour to visit various sites in the valley - most of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get off and browse the famous Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Come back to hotel and prepare for the morning flight, drive and short trek the next day.

    • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu
    • Meals:Breakfast

    From Kathmandu, we will take a 45-minute towards Lukla. Lukla flight is unique due to the stunning mountain views and landing at one of world's highest altitude airstrip.

    Lukla is a bustling town with shops, restaurants and facilities for guests. After some rest, we will start trekking towards Phakding village. It will take 3-4 hours of trekking according to the pace. Phakding is larger than Lukla and is equipped with restaurants, tea-houses, bars and restaurants for trekkers.

    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Phakding
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Wake up to a beautiful sunrise at Phakding. After breakfast, we start the trek following the trails. Encounter local people, children, yaks and fellow trekkers as you move through Sagarmatha National Park and a few registration posts held up by local police. Cross high suspension bridge and climb until you reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. Namche is also housed with various accommodation, food and hangout facilities.

    • Max. Altitude:3445m
    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Namche Bazaar
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    We take to spend the day in Namche Bazaar to adjust physically to the high altitude, referred as acclimatization. Acclimatization helps adopt our body to the increasing altitude and reduces the risk of altitude sickness.

    Namche has Tibetan market selling clothes and cheap Chinese goods with the weekly wholesale market to browse. Even though we are acclimatizing, we will still need to stay active. So let's hike up to the famous Everest View Hotel and back.

    • Max. Altitude:3962m
    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Namche Bazaar
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    After breakfast, we start our trekking following the Gokyo trails and separating from Everest Base Camp trail. On the way, there are incredible view of Mount Ama Dablam, Tawoche and Thamserku mountains. We descend to Dudhkoshi River and finally arrive to Phorse.

    • Max. Altitude:3810m
    • Accommodation:Lodge in Phorse
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    After breakfast, we cross a bridge and follow the trails towards Dole. Like earlier day, there will be great views of mountains. We are mostly walking along Dudhkoshi River. At Phorse, we will visit a non-profit medical center established to help trekkers in the high altitudes, including getting vital information about Altitude Sickness and Emergency protocols.

    • Max. Altitude:4470m
    • Accommodation:Lodge in Machhermo
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    After breakfast, we continue our journey towards Gokyo. Dudh Koshi Valley widens up for a great view along with Cho-Oyu Mountains. After 6-7 hours of enjoyable trek, we finally reach Dudhpokhari (Milk Pond) for overnight stay.

    • Max. Altitude:4800m
    • Accommodation:Lodge in Gokyo
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Today will be spent acclimatizing our body and exploring the beautiful Gokyo Region. Climbing on top of Gokyo Ri will bring us great view of the sparkling Gokyo Lakes. Later, we climb down and hike towards the two other Lakes in the region. The region provides great views of the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest (8848m) along with Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu peaks. The world's biggest glacier, Ngazumpa, will also be visible from there.

    • Max. Altitude:5350m
    • Accommodation:Lodge in Gokyo
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    It's a fairly short hike today from Gokyo to Thagnak. This day also works as contingency to explore more of Gokyo if the previous day wasn't enough. Otherwise, a short 4-hour trek will bring us to Thagnak in the afternoon. As you might have guessed, our journey is now towards Everest.

    • Max. Altitude:4750m
    • Accommodation:Lodge in Thagnak
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Brace yourself as it's going to be a tough part of our trip today. Be careful as you travel through the Cho La Pass to reach the other side of the mountains, and open up our trail towards Mount Everest. The views of rising Ama Dablam and nearby mountains will be amazing as we arrive to the other side of the pass.

    • Accommodation:Lodge in Dzongla
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    After the previous day's challenging trek, today will again be a short 3-hour hike towards Lobuche, a famous village in the Everest Region. Take rest and prepare for another long journey the next day.

    • Max. Altitude:4940m
    • Accommodation:Lodge in Lobuche
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Our journey from Lobuche leads us to yet another Sherpa settlement, Gorakshep after 6-7 hours trek. This is a popular stop for trekkers. Nuptse, Cholatse, Lobuche, and Pumori overlook the Lobuche village as we visit the Everest Base Camp including Majestic Mount Everest.

    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Gorakhshep
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Our next 7-8 hours trek leads us to Pheriche from Gorakshep with Kala Patthar along the way. Kala Patthar offers an amazing panoramic view of the summit of soaring high mountains. We will climb the hill and enjoy an elevated view of the Himalaya.

    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Gorakhshep
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Marking the start of our return journey, we climb down from Pheriche to Tengboche. Trekking for about 5-6 hours, all the beautiful view and close inspection of Sherpa culture make it worth the rocky trails among the Himalayas.

    • Max. Altitude:3860m
    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Tengboche
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    We are on our way back from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar with 6-7 hours trek. Spending our last night at Namche, talking to locals and kids is an amazing way to get little closer to the mountainous lifestyle.

    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Namche Bazaar
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Bidding our goodbye to glimpses of the highest summit of the world, we return back to Lukla from Namche Bazaar by trekking for about 6-7 hours. Every moment of the last couple of days spent will be a lifetime memory.

    • Accommodation:Tea-house/ Lukla
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Taking a 35-minutes flight back to Kathmandu, today is our final day here. This day is ideal for visiting Swayambhunath Stupa and exploring local streets Thamel. Taking a walk through Thamel, a busy tourist spot, buying souvenirs from here is the pretty good option.

    • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel / Kathmandu
    • Meals:Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

    It is our parting time. Hoping you are intrigued by this adventurous trek to Mt Everest, we will be ready to accompany you on any of your future journey to Nepal.

    • Meals:Breakfast

    Service Details

    Includes

     

    •  Private Arrival & Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
    •  Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu( Hotel Arts in Kathmandu or similar) on a twin share bed/Single and breakfast as per the itinerary.
    •  Full board meals while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
    •  Accommodation in teahouse ( Best Mountain Lodge ) or lodge while trekking.
    •  Welcome / fare- well dinner as listed in the itinerary with Local Cultural Dance
    •  The sightseeing city tour with world heritage entrance fees as listed in itinerary.
    •  All Domestic flights and airport tax as listed in the itinerary.
    •  Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
    •  Sleeping bag, duffel bag etc for the use during the trip, Plastic garbage bags.
    •  Professional local experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid.
    •  Comprehensive First Aid Kit. Respective region (Everest) trekking map, TIMS Card.
    •  Necessary Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
    •  Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
    •  Warm clothing & trekking gear for staff including porters: Gortex jacket & trousers, fleece jacket and pant, trekking shoes / boots, woolen hat, gloves, shocks, sunglasses etc.
    •  The Trekking t-shirt Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
    Excludes
    • Meals on the cities except Welcome Dinner
    •  Nepal entry visa fee which you will get it in to Kathmandu airport on upon arrival
    •  Personal trekking equipment
    •  Expenses of a personal nature such as alcoholic/cold drinks, laundry, mineral water, hot shower, battery charge, Telephone, etc.
    •  Tips for trekking/ tour guide & porters (expected)
    •  International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges
    •  Valid Travel Insurance with Medical evacuation in case of emergency Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest
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