- Trip Grade:Moderate
- Max Elevation:5545m
- Total Duration:19 Days
- Best Time:March-May & Sept-Dec
- Activities:Trekking, Historical & Cultural Excursion
- Trekking Duration:13 Days
- Trip Start from :Kathmandu
- Trip End at :Kathmandu
- Accommodation:Double/Twin shearing in hotel/lodge
- Meals:Full board in Trekking & Breakfast basis in City
- Group Size:02-08
- Average walking:5-6 hrs
Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking is a vintage trek that has been successful to provide a vivid splash of adventure and thrill to almost all the trekkers that have visited this destination. Gokyo Cho La Pass trek is also known as Everest Circuit trekking is popular for its adventure in Everest region.
Gokyo is a hidden valley with gorgeous blue lakes located in the lap of the Himalayas. It is the main source of Dudh Koshi River. This trek offers abundant opportunity for enjoying the amazing views of the Everest and several other similar peaks and to explore the Buddhists monasteries and shrines located here.
Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking is an enthralling trek that winds through the home of the legendary Sherpa ethnic community living in the highlands of the region, which ends at Gokyo Lake, situated in the highest point. Here, Gokyo Ri is an excellent viewpoint offers spectacular views of the mountains include Mt Everest. While trekking to Gokyo, excursions can be made to the Ngojumba Glacier, Chola Pass and colorful monasteries among others. This excellent trekking trail provides a wide range of experiences including ascending the summit up to Gokyo Ri and viewing mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Makalu and other nearby mountains such as Kalapather Nuptse, Pumori etc. For the person who wants to trek high in altitude, see the biggest mountain on earth and can handle this fairly cold climate which exists at almost any time of year at this altitude located in Everest area. Trek to Everest Base Camp via Cho La pass is one of the best scenic treks in Nepal. Gokyo Cho La pass trekking is also very popular in the world because of the Sherpa Villages, Sherpa People, and home town of the world’s famous climbers. Gokyo Cho La pass trek begins from Lukla after 35min from Kathmandu. From this trek you will able to see and learn about Sherpa People and their culture and custom and Tibetan Buddhism. There are Many Buddhist Monasteries on the way.
Gokyo Valley, Cho La Pass, and Everest Base Camp trek is a perfect way to utilize holiday in Nepal. Trekking Planner organizes Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking with reasonable price and provides a quality service. We use experience and qualified guide and porter and make sure their insurance, equipment and daily wages. We provide all possible help and guidelines to make your holiday enjoyable and hassle-free. We also offer to customize treks and tours for individual and group.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival, you will be picked up from international airport in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel by our airport representative. After refreshment your tour guide will come and take you from your hotel for half day sightseeing tours to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later on this evening you will be picked up from your hotel for cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu
Today you have full day guided sightseeing tours to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath; combination Hinduism and Buddhism known as monkey temple as there are many holy monkey living in the north-west part of the temple. Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. Then drive to Buddhanath stupa one of the biggest and oldest stupa in the world. Later in the afternoon there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding our trek as well as provides you opportunity to ask any question of upcoming trip with guide. And sty over night in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2828m) 35m and trek to Phakding (2780m) 3-4 hrs walk
Today an early morning transfer to the airport for 35min short but scenic fight the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Everest region. The view from the plane is amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing at lukla airport, we walk 3 hours to phakding with few up and down along the Dudh Koshi River. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hrs walk
Today after breakfast, we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi River, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, from larja Dobhan the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds move in, reward trekkers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, the beautiful Ama Dablam and many more. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 06: Trek to Tengbuche (3860m) 4-5 hrs walk
the trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We spend the night next to the Tengbuche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. With luck, our group will see the Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical chanting and music. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4350m) 4-5 hrs walk
Today after wonder morning in the Tengbuche, from Thyangboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola through the rhododendron forest and climbs to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingbuche with its exciting views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 08: Rest day Dingboche
Today we take another rest and acclimatization day. There is the option of taking a light hike up the valley for a wider variety of photos of the valley and mountains of the Khumbu region.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910m) 4-5 hrs walk
From Dingboche the trail diverts towards north, the path is gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa, from here the trail is begin gentle, with nice view of Pheriche village. Today’s walk offers beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde and many more mountains. Thugla is the only place with teahouses before Loboche. From Thugla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region. Finally reach Lobuche for over night.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep(5180m) 3-4 hrs walk and Everest Base Camp (5364m) 2-3 hrs walk
After an early morning start, we ascend through the glacier to the Gorek Shep. After meals with some time rest trek to Everest Base Camp which is located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. Back to Gorakshep and say over night at the tea house.
Day 11: Trek to Kala Pattar (5545m) 2-3 hrs walk and to Dzonglha (4830m) 4-5 hrs walk
today an early morning your guide will take you to the Kala Pattar from where you will be able to see dramatic panoramic view of the Mt Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many more mountains. Re-trace back to Lobuche than take the gradual trek to Dzonglha which takes about 3 hrs. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 12: Trek to Thangan (4700m) 5-6 hrs walk via Chola pass (5420m)
Today an early morning after breakfast you will start you trek with slow up hill until the Pass from where you will see magnificent view of the different mountain. This will be the difficult morning in this trek, goes through the glacier and rocky trail. After the Pass the trail descends all the way to Thangan. There is no tea house, noting available between Thangan and Dzonglha so that we must have to bring pack lunch.Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 13: Trek to Gokyo (4750m) 4-5 hrs walk
Today after breakfast, the trek star with few up and down, cross the Ngozumpa glacier. After some time walk you will get to the other side of the Glacier than the trail goes along the second lake with nice view of the Mountain. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 14: Full day in Gokyo
Today an early morning your guide will take you to the Gokyo Ri (5463m) for sunrise view. From here you will have chance to full part of Mt Everest and Cho-yu and lake in the valley and biggest glacier of the named Na-Jumpa glacier. Back to hotel for breakfast and after breakfast in the afternoon you will have chance explore up to the fifth lake passing another forth lake and enjoy the view. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 15: Trek to Dole (4200m) 4-5 hrs walk
After wonderful time in the pass and Gokyo, the trail descends all the way to dole via Machhermo. Today’s walk offers you wonderful view of the mountain. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 16: Trek to Namche (3440m) 4-5 hrs walk
Today after breakfast the trail star with big descend till Phortse Tanga than ascend to the Mongla dada from where trail goes slow down all the way to Namche. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2828m) 5-6 hrs walk
Today after breakfast you will re-trace back to Lukla with few up and down. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu
today an early morning your guide will take you to the airport for short but scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Up on arrival you will be picked up and transfer to the hotel by our airport representative. Stay over night at the hotel.
Day 19: Final departure
Transfer to the international airport for next destination flight.
- All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
- Welcome Dinner
- 03 night twin/double shearing accommodation in Kathmandu on BB
- Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with all necessary entrance fee and privet vehicle.
- Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax
- National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
- A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
- Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
- Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
- Safe drinking water and first aid kit box
- Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets,Ti-shart, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
- All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Meals during the traveling time
- Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
- In case of extra more nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of an itinerary
- Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
- The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
- Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
- Anything not included in service includes column
Difficulties rating of Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking
A trekker or walker who is able to hike normally 5-6 hours per day carring a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to do this trekking. There are stone step up and down which are very uneven and due to some long descents your leg may feel shakey so we recommend to use walking poles to feel more safe. Normally, maximum altitude of the trek is 5545m, so you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it please walk slowly and have more water and other drinks.
Safe drinking water on Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as we go higher cannot find it. In that case we suggest you to drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for protection of environment.
Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items On the Trek
Hydro electricicty or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, ipod, iphone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adoptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Extra Advice for Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek
You may see some beautiful and sweet children and you may want to distribute ballons, chocolates, money and pens as many trekkers has feit same. But better not to do so because it encourages them to beg and ask to every trekkers.
In the trekking, keep your valuables safe. Do not left any thing anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anythings outside at night.
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbages in the way where dustbin facilities is not available and conserve the environment.
Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-15 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.
Travel Insurance for Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek:
All the guest houses offers hot showers, which can be in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge have some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water frozed then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilet are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilet are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin tht is kept inside the toilet.
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually have two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Trekking planner is ta government licensed trekking company in Nepal as we can see a photos of legal documents in about us section. Under following terms and condition, we accept your booking:
We required non-fundable deposit Of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book a flight tickets, hotel booking and Tims as well as permit process. Booking must be done 5 days earlier and amount can be either bank transfer or western Union, money gram as well as through credit cards and the rest amount must be paid upon your arrival to Nepal.
Equipments for this trip
- Trekking Bag pack.
- Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)
- Trekking shoes.
- Sports shoes or sandal.
- Trekking stick.
- Sun Hat, cap
- Warm woolen cap.
- Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
- Pullover or warm sweeter.
- 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
- Hand gloves.
- 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
- 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
- 3/4 pairs of Underwear
- Eye glass
- Water bottle.
- Sleeping bag.
- Flash or Torch light.
- Camera and batteries.
- Sun cream.
Most Common FAQs
FAQs of Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek
Can you provide me more information about the teahouses on this trek?
According to the location the tea houses vary on their quality and style on this trek. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bed bedroom above them. You have to use share toilet and some have hot shower facilities but some will have stand pipe. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other room are unheated. Tea houses donot have money exchange facilities. Trekking Planner recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu.
At the lower altitudes there is electricity facilities whereas as we go higher tea houses become more basic. As cooler temperature drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat or under your pillow.
Do a guides or porter carry oxygen tanks on the trek?
No, As there is enough time to acclimatise while trekking it felt there is no need for them. If someone feels the affects of altitude then there are facilities along the trek at various point and its easy to get.
How many guides and porters will be there in our group?
A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekkers baggages. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your group size.
At one time how many liter of water I have to carry in the trek?
Mostly 3-4 liters is sufficient. You will be able to refill bottels at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.
Is it nessary to carry Trekking poles?
Yes, Trekking Poles make you easy to walk in the rough ways. Trekking poles makes your body and leg to move more safely. So, we suggest you to use it.
Is bottled water available everywhere in the trek?
Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sells bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There is no any plastic recycleable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the teahouses.
Should I have to bring iodine tablets for purifying the water?
You have to bring iodine tablet with you. Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odourless. Tablets can be bought cheaply and usually 1 tablet is sufficient to purify 1 litre of water. Neutralising tablets can also be bought to get rid of the smell and taste of chlorine or iodine. This will need to be done for water obtained using hand pumps or streams in the trek.
What are the effects of going so high?
Altitude produces physical changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness. In rare cases this may worsen, so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the Group Leader who is trained to recognise Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If trekkers shows any signs of AMS they will be evacuated to a lower, safe altitude immediately. To minimise effects of altitude you ascend slowly which allows safe acclimatisation.
What if I get ill while on the trek?
It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feels dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carried down if no progress we advise travellers to take a personal kit too.
In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if its ver serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekkers before you come to trek in this trek.
Would you recommend to take a Down Jacket?
The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.
Is alcohol permitted on trek?
Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude.