Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek via Cho La Pass

17 Days


Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes, recognized for the series of beautiful turquoise lakes in the Gokyo valley and the famous Cho La Pass, takes us through the landmarks of the Khumbu region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries, the Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and, of course, to the base of the mighty Everest. The trek in advancing to the base of the world’s tallest mountain maps out spectacular vistas from such celebrated viewpoints like Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. The trek also awards us with great views of the Khumbu Icefall and Ngozumpa Galcier. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp through Gokyo Lakes, in a nutshell, will be a lifetime experience with the enthralling sights of Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori and many other peaks.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the foothills of the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest
  • Immerse in the beauty of the shimmering turquoise lakes in the Gokyo Valley
  • Get lost in the panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse from Kala Patthar
  • Savor the magnificent views of Khumbu icefall and Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Cross the nerve-racking Cho La Pass (5,420 m)
  • Get religious in the colorful monasteries in the backyards of the Sherpas


Our representative will meet at the arrival gate with a signboard for Mandala Holidays. Then you will be escorted to your selected hotel. The rest of the day can be spent at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

Today our representative will escort you to the Airport for your flight to Lukla. It will be a 25-minute flight more like a mountain flight with a view of many mesmerizing mountains. Upon arrival in Lukla, it is a 4 hours trek along the Dudh Kosi Valley. The trail, lined with blue pine forest, follows the river valley and is especially spectacular in spring when the rhododendron flowers are bright in bloom. Cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, and look way up above 6,000 metres to see the peaks of snow-capped Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). Press on to Monjo (2835m) where you will rest for the night.

On this day, You will be starting your trek after breakfast continuing along the Dudh Kosi (river), you will enter Sagarmatha National Park (showing or buying your entrance ticket and registering your TIMS card). You will have your first altitude jump so you need to take it easy. The walk starts to get a little tougher, with a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar where you will get the first view of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse from Toop dada. Your accommodation will be at Namche for the night.

Today is your acclimatization day at Namche, you will hike up to Syangboche Airport (3,748 m) and Hotel Everest View (3,880 m) from where you will get the view of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse with some good Coffee. You can also visit the Sherpa Museum at Namche. Rest day at Namche.

After a heavy breakfast, your walk starts for Tengboche. You will cross 3 suspension bridges on your way with the view of Ama Dablam and the trail offers amazing insight into the life and culture of the Sherpas. On your way, you will visit the famous Tengboche Monastery.

The trek today will take around five to six hours of walking with a fair bit of height gain. Tengboche is at 3860m and Dingboche is at 4410m so walk slowly and let your body acclimatize. You are starting to get quite high now so it is possible you may get a very slight headache when you arrive in Dingboche if you take things too fast. After heading down from Pangboche you will stop in Shomare for lunch and then continue on for Dingboche. Enjoy your evening in Dingboche.

Today will be your rest day at Dingboche. You have gained a lot of height today and it’s important to allow your body to catch up. So perhaps a short walk in the direction of Island Peak base camp might be what you fancy or you can hike up to the Nankardzong peak from where you can get a glimpse of Cho La Lake, Ama Dablam Base Camp, Mount Makalu and its glacier, Island Peak and other beautiful peaks. After returning from the hike you will have your lunch and you can roam around the place for the rest of the day or play cards with your team.

Time to trek to another destination! We walk through the glacial path on the famous Khumbu glacier today towards Lobuche as our destination for the day. You will have to cross Thukla Pass and also a memorial for the fallen Everest climbers. You can take a break at the memorial for some moment.

The landscape changes drastically and the wilderness grows to a more peaceful and magnificent one. We will walk through the trail that is filled with huge boulders and moraine. We will certainly feel the oxygen level going thinner and thinner as we trek further higher. Slowly but ultimately, we will make it to Lobuche to stay overnight. The beautiful surroundings of Lobuche help us feel better after we check into the guest house.

Today is the most important day of the entire trip. You will be starting your trip early at 4 am as you will need to reach Base camp early as problems from high winds occur in the afternoon. It will take you around 3-4 hours to reach Gorakshep where you will have your Lunch and after that, you will carry on your journey towards Everest Base Camp (5,364 m).

You will cross some difficult rocks with sights of some crevasses. You can take some pictures at the Everest Base Camp which you can cherish for the rest of your life and be proud of the accomplishment. After some moment you will return to Gorakshep, where you
will rest for the night.

It is another most-awaited day of our trekking journey. In the early morning, we wake up and hike to Kalapatthar. It is one of the renowned viewpoints in the Everest region of Nepal. It is popular for sunrise views and panoramic views of mountains in the Everest region, including the mighty Mt. Everest.

From Kalapatthar, we catch the golden rays of the sun falling over the glittering snow of Mt. Everest along with other towering peaks in the range. After some quality time at Kalapatthar, we descend to Dzongla. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Dzongla.

Get set for a tough yet rewarding day of our journey. Today, we start our day early with around three hours of walking towards Chola Pass. As we are walking in the high altitudinal region, walking itself is an enormous task here. Even the path is quite terrifying, with dangerous passes and avalanches all around. Sometimes rocks may fall from above; hence, we need to be careful.

As we climb up to the pass, we cross it at an elevation of 5420 meters and descend downhill along a slippery path full of rocks to Thagnak. It takes us around three hours from the pass to reach Thagnak.

Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Thagnak.

We walk along the glacier route until we reach first Lake of Gokyo. The trek is easier over flat path following Dudh Koshi River up to Gokyo. It is a windy valley and situated near the third lake. At Gokyo you are stunned by the natural beauty of Dudh Pokhari Lake.

Overnight at Lodge

Get up early for a couple of hours climb up to Gokyo Peak, which has one of the best panoramas in the Khumbu region. It’s a straightforward but steep climb, and it can be tiring due to the altitude. View four 8,000 meter-plus peaks – Everest (8848m), Cho-Oyo (8153m), Lhotse (8511m), and Makalu (8481m) – and spot countless other towering peaks including Gyachung Kang (7922m) to the east of Cho-Oyo, Cholatse (6440m), Taweche (6542m) and Kangchung (6103m). There’s also a bird’s eye view of the Gokyo lakes and the huge creaking Ngozumpa Glacier, now cutting halfway across the world and snaking its way down the valley far beneath.

You’ll descend back to Gokyo for a late breakfast and then retrace your steps back to the snout of the glacier and continue down the valley back to Machhermo. You might be surprised easily and quickly you’ll cover the return route

This day, we’ll eventually trek downhill to Phortse Thanga via an abrupt trail that traverses Rhododendron woodland. Afterward, the trail quickly ascends abruptly to Mongla Danda then makes a descent to Khumjung Village (3,790m).

Confronting some rise and falls along the trail, we ultimately reach Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching Namche you can go on a walk at the beautiful Namche Bazar and also can enjoy at some beautiful Pubs and Bars.

Today is the last day of your trek. After having breakfast you will start your trek towards Namche. We will be having our lunch at Phakding. Also, the very last glimpse of Mount Everest can be seen from Toph Danda. You will be walking for 6-7 hours today. Upon reaching Lukla you can enjoy and explore the Bazar area of Lukla and buy some Souvenirs.

After breakfast, you will be getting ready for your flight towards Kathmandu. You can bid your final farewell to the Khumbu region. After finishing the departure formalities you will board the flight. The flight will take you to Kathmandu in 25-30 minutes. Upon reaching Kathmandu you will be escorted to your Hotel. In the evening our office representative will come to pick you at your hotel for your Farewell Dinner at a Nepali Restaurant.

Our office representative will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your International Departure. If you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as jungle safari at National parks, rafting, mountain biking etc.


  • Arrival and Departure Airport transfers
  • Two-way flight between Kathmandu & Lukla
  • 2-nights accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star category hotel on BB Basis
  • A licensed, English-speaking, experienced, and professional trekking guide along with a porter (1 for two clients)
  • 14 nights accommodation in Tea House during the trek on full board plan
  • All meals during the trek
  • Farewell Dinner
  • First Aid Kit
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bags (to be returned to us after the trek)
  • Mandala Holidays T-shirt and a travel completion certificate
  • Permit fee and TIMS card
  • Guide and porter salary including accidental insurance
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and Company Service Charge


  • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry Visa Cost
  • Personal Trekking Gears and Equipments (except Duffel bag and Sleeping bag)
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal utility items like laundry, telephone expenses electricity charges, etc.
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue (It is necessary in case of emergency)
  • Extended Stay due to any natural disaster or any other circumstances
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Anything not included in inclusions

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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek via Cho La Pass
  • Jeep or KTM-LUA-KTM Flight
  • Minimum 2 pax
  • (5644 m or 18517 ft)
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • Moderate level fitness
  • Mid-March to Mid-May and Mid-September to mid-November
  • Tea House Trek
  • TIMS card and Sagarmatha national Park Permit
  • Hard
  • 10