Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning summit mountain scenery including Everest, Makalu and Cho Oyo.
  • Savor the incredible scenery unchanging views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kangega, Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Nuptse etc

Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking is one of the most adventurous trekking route in Everest region. Sometime Gokyo Cho La Pass trekking trail is also known as Everest Circuit trekking. It follows the route via high pass called Chola Pass at 5330 meters into Everest Base Camp. Goky Cho La Pass trek begins from Lukla. After one day acclimatization in Namche bazaar it follows all the way to Gokyo Lake. After you reach Gokyo Lake you climb Gokyo Ri (5480m) and from top of Gokyo Ri you enjoy stunning summit mountain scenery including Everest, Makalu and Cho Oyo. Then following day you cross Chola Pass ((5330m) and reach at Dzongla. After Dzongla you move towards Gorakshep and ascent to Kalapathar (5545m) from where you enjoy an impressive up-close view of Mt. Everest. Then next day you trek to Everest Base Camp. Your return route passes through Tyangboche, a place where a famous magnificent monastery is located. We take a rest there and savor the incredible scenery unchanging views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kangega, Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Nuptse etc and back to Lukla airport. On the next morning you take flight to Kathmandu.

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).

Welcome to Nepal. Representative of Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition receives you at the Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. Then you transfer to the hotel. After a short rest, we take you to the Thamel tour (about 30 minutes) to introduce you about the shopping Centre, bank and ATM, restaurants and money changers. Then, in the hotel a brief introduction about the upcoming itinerary is given. If you have a late flight, we do it on the following day. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02:  Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Pashupatinath Temple: It is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located beside the Bagmati River. It is one of the most significant temples for the Hindu devotes around the world and the UNESCO site. The golden pagoda style temple is richly carved with silver doors. On the day of Shivaratri, a big fair is held around the month of February/March.

Boudhanath Stupa: One of the biggest Stupas in the world, is located on the east in Kathmandu. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four prime direction, keeping watch for virtuous behaviour and human success. King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini had built this remarkable Stupa. The Stupa resembles the Mahayana philosophy.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2804m) and trek to Phakding (2610m). 35 min fly, 3 hrs trek.

From Kathmandu, we take an early morning flight to the Lukla airstrip for 35 minutes. It is astounding to get the marvellous views of Everest range mountain vistas. In Lukla, you introduce with the supporting team and start the trek. Heading through the downhill over the Dudh Koshi, we cross some potatoes and barley fields and reach to Phakding. Overnight at teahouse/lodge. 

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3441m). 5-6 hrs

Heading uphill, we enter into the Sagamartha National Park after check in at the counter. The park has a significant role to preserve the biological diversity and the rare found flora and fauna. Crossing the bridge at the confluence of the glacial Rivers, we have to cross again a high bridge. Gradually ascending, we reach to the heart of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar, which is also known as the Sherpa capital. The striking views of Everest, Ama Dablam and Kongde RI offer the pleasing smile. Overnight at teahouse/lodge. 

Day 05: Rest and Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.

The memorable vantage of today is to get more information about this mysterious mountain market place. We set out for an acclimatizing hiking around the Namche Bazaar, mostly to the Khhumjung and Everest view hotel. Take out your lenses to arrest the breathtaking panoramas of the Ama Dablam, Tawoche, Everest, Kantega, Thamserku and the surrounding peaks. Another enticing aspect of the hike is an exploration of the monasteries, Chhortens and the unique Sherpa lifestyle. Return to the lodge and rest. Overnight at teahouse/lodge. 

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phorste Thanga (3680m). 5-6 hrs

Heading through the eastern edge of the hill, we climb up steeply through the rhododendron, birch and juniper forest. Passing various cattle grazing meadows and the tiny Sherpa settlements, we reach to the Phortse Thanga. The view of Tawoche peak is dazzling. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 07: Phorste Thanga to Machhermo (4470m). 5-6 hrs

We begin the trek with a steady climb up to the scenic ridge. The panoramic views of Kangtega and Thamserku entice us and we reach to Luza. Then we climb up to the hillside above the river to the settlement at Machhermo, near the juncture of the glacial streams. The Himalayan rescue hospital has been established here with the facility of the basic treatment. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m). 5-6 hrs

We commence the trek with a gentle climb through a ridge Chorten. The views of the pleasing mountains and down valley both are impressive. Then we reach Pangka, where more than 40 people were killed by an avalanche in 1995. Following the trail, we reach to the river bed and climb steadily through the moraine of the Ngozumba glacier.  We cross the first lake at Longpongo, then Taboche Tso and finally to the third lake beside the Gokyo valley, which is a shimmering blue lake. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 09: Hike to Gokyo RI (5483m) and back to Gokyo and trek to Thangnak (4500m) 6-7 hrs

We hike to the Gokyo RI early in the morning through the steep rocky trail. Gokyo RI is the incredible viewpoint of the Everest region White Mountains: Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and the vicinity peaks. Ngozumba glacier stretches to a long line around the Khumbu glacier. From this place, the views of the Gokyo Lakes and valleys can be seen clearly. It is also an acclimatizing hike that we can have a better journey through the technical high pass over the Cho La. Then we descend to the Gokyo valley. After the breakfast, we start to head further with the astounding views of Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse and various others. Then we reach our campsite at Thaknak. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 10: Cross Cho La pass (5300m), trek to Dzongla (4710m). 7-8 hrs

Early in the morning before the sunlight, we start to trek to avoid the harsh weather. It is a steep climb up through the tough rocky trail. Cho La Pass at 5300 meters is another good viewpoint of the Everest and other high Himalayas. If there is a snow, we may have to use the ropes and climbing equipments. Then, we need to deal with the steep descent trail which we have to deal very attentively. With a gentle down, we reach to our campsite at Dzongla. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 11: Dzongla to Lobuche (4910m). 3-4 hrs

We have an easy day with a short walk. After crossing a technical high pass of the Everest, we walk further by observing the glacial panoramas. After crossing the bridge, we perch through the grassy trail. Again the views of Thamserku, Kangtega, Tawoche energize us to proceed ahead. Steadily, we reach to Lobuche, our campsite. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 12: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5180m) 3 hrs. Hike to EBC (5365m), back to Gorakshep 4 hrs

Today, it is a short walk, but the altitude gets higher and the walk becomes tough. We cross the rocky glaciers. The alpine zone of the Everest region, during the trek, we can enjoy the panoramas of Nuptse and Lobuche peak. Walking slowly in the high altitude crossing the glacier, we reach to Gorakshep. After lunch we begin our hike to the Everest base camp through the rocky moraine. It is a tough ascending through the glacial route. Though Everest base camp is not the best view point of the Everest, the glacial surroundings are seen stunning and also jickjack walk through the glacial route. Expedition teams set camps in the climbing season in the base camp. Then we climb down to Gorakshep and take a rest. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 13: Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545m) early in the morning and trek down to Pheriche (4200m). 7-8 hrs

Early in the morning, we take a hike to Kalapatthar, dotted with the black rock. Massive Everest region peaks appear eventually during the trek, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse face, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche East and Pumori. The golden sunrise over the white peaks really entices us that we capture in the camera. The Khumbu glacier is seen down in a winding form. Then we descend to Gorakshep and have a breakfast. Tracking down along the descent route, we reach to Pheriche. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.  

Day 14: Pheriche to Phortse. 3-4 hrs

As we begin the trek, the charming Everest splendid surrounds us. Kangtega and Thamserku lie just above us along with the Khumbi La and Kongde RI. We begin to trek down to Orsho then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the Everest region. Reaching Phortse, we refresh ourselves with a warm shower. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 15: Phortse to Manju. 5-6 hrs

With a warm breakfast, we begin to trek along the views of the Himalayan goat and descend to Manju. We avoid Namche camp that we stayed before, so we select Manju as our rest camp. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 16: Trek to Lukla.

With a breakfast, we steadily climb down through the forest towards the uphill of Dudhkoshi valley. We cross several suspension bridge and Sherpa settlements. Gradually moving ahead, we reach Lukla before the sunset and conclude our enlivening journey. It’s time for celebration and enjoy the successful trip. Overnight at teahouse/lodge. 

Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu. 35 min.

Concluding the trek at Lukla, we fly back to Kathmandu. It offers the Everest Himalayas and its vicinity during the flight. Transfer to the hotel after arriving at the airport. The rest of the time you can use for rest and moving around the tourist hub. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 18.Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden place in Kathmandu and Durbar square)

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to feel the local life and culture. If you are looking for the theme-based walking tour in the center of the Kathmandu valley, The tour lets you a great moment to enclose with the religious and cultural affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city.
we take you walking tour to Local market Ason, Oldest supermarket Vishal Bazar, Kilagod, Hidden Stupa etc. And we take you Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for it’s unique history, cultural and religion and the living goddess “Kumari” lives here. We can found lots of small monuments and temples in this area. The whole square was listed in world heritage sites.

We can see a antique architecture of statue, perfectly carved wooden windows and doors. This will be the right destination to study for those who loves to extend the history of Nepal’s Old King family. It is a museum too. It is one of the Kathmandu’s most spectacular legacy of traditional architecture.

Day 19: Departure.
At the farewell day, representative drops you at the airport for your final departure. Thank you for your wonderful experience with us. 

Cost Includes

01.   Airport pick up & Drop.
02.   Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs.
03.   All food (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
04.   Accommodation. (Tent & 2 night local house)
05.   All Camping Gear( Two men tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, down jacket,
       sleeping bag, matrices, torch light, water bottle etc)
06.   Hot & Cold drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate & Juice.).
07.   All transportation.
08.   Trekking permit.
09.   Four nights Hotel with break fast in Kathmandu.
10.  Sight seeing in Kathmandu valley.
11.  All temples Entry Permit in kathamndu.
12.  All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear,
        transport etc for Nepalese staff.
13.  All taxes.  

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind
        of unforeseen & personal expenses
2.    Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.


1.    4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be
       returned after the trek).
2.    Duffel or Rucksack bag  and   suitcase (Optional/Duffel bag we can provide one
       if you need it but is to be returned after    the trek).
3.    Daypack .
4.    Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.    Shade hat or baseball cap.
2.    Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
3.    Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
4.    Glacier glasses.
5.    Headlamp.
6.    Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
       should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
7.    A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).


1.    1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other
       gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
2.    1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
3.    Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek.
       Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

1.    T-shirts (2).
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.    2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
7.    Long shirts.

Lower Body – Legs

1.    2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
6.    1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
       Should zip from the top and bottom - this  makes it easier to put on over boots without
       getting undressed should the weather change once you    are underway for the day.
7.    1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
8.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks
      or large puncture resistant plastic bags.


1.    2-3 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
2.    2-3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
3.    1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
4.    1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with
       layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it
       (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
5.    1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
6.    1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep
       your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
7.    1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

1.    Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.    Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.    Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
       Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.    1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
       some waterproof tape,  anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
       medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.|


1.    Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.    Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM
       just in case if you need to change the date of your).
3.    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful,
       to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached.
       Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
5.    Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new
       since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
6.    Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.    Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.    Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag,
       hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.    2 bandanas.


1.    1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional,
       these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally
       clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill.
2.    Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds.
3.    Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
       Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember,
       keep these items light weight.
4.    Binoculars.
5.    1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok,
       but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use.
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator.
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip.
8.    1 small stainless steel thermos.

1 of 1 review

We had a Fabulous Time
We had a Fabulous Time
We did Gokyo Ri, Chola Pass and Kala Pathar with and wonderful guide Bhim. During our trek we always had a fabulous time in the Himalayan Mountains. We are certainly comming back to visit Nepal again.

Many Greetings from John, Tom, Kristina, Bosse,
John, Tom, Kristina, Bosse,
September 10, 2013 at 03:15 am

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