Everest Base Camp with Cho La Pass - 15 Days

Everest Base Camp with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Lake Trekking is a long option of traversing along the Khumbu Region. Hike through 5420meters‘ pass of Cho La. Also, follow the footsteps of Edmund Hilary to the base of the Everest Base Camp.

Hike along the Everest Region to walk past the villages with scarce vegetation and unique Gurung culture. The Cho La Pass trekking also offers a trek to the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo RI peak.

Trip Highlights

  • Cho La Pass (5,420m)
  • Everest Region / Khumbu Region
  • Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, and other peaks of the Mahalangur Mountain Range
  • Sherpa culture, tradition, and lifestyle
  • Tenzing and Hilary Airport
  • Sagarmatha National Park
  • Khumbu Glacier
  • Tengboche Monastery, one of Nepal’s oldest monastery
  • Peak Climbing: Kala Patthar (5,545 meters) and Gokyo RI (5,357m)
  • Gokyo Lakes
  • Scoundrel’s Viewpoint
  • Ngozumpa Glacier, largest glacial body of Nepal

Trip Overview

“Enjoy the sunrise as it hits the top of Mt. Everest to make it golden and the Gokyo lake to make it more bluish than ever”

Everest Base Camp with Cho La Pass and Gokyo Lake Trekking is the ultimate destination for those who have time to spare and want a more challenging hiking experience. Get ready to see the wonders of nature!

Climb up and down the high valleys through the green lush forest of pine and rhododendron. Also, walk through the glacial moraines and rocky ridges to have your guts tested to its limits. This trekking package also starts in the same manner as other treks. Fly to the Lukla airport and then hike to the EBC and then get yourself busy in the hike up the Cho La Pass to finally get to the Gokyo Village. The village has a total of 5 bluish lakes named as Dudh Pokhari, Thonak Cho, Tanjung Cho, Ngojumba Cho and the Gyazumpa Cho. Get great views of the Everest, Nuptse, Cholatse, Makalu and many more peaks with the added attraction of the base camp, frozen lakes, and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier of the Himalayas.

Join us on this expedition of 15 days to have yourself mentally and physically challenged. Explore the beauty of nature and also feel closer to the lifestyle of the Sherpa people of the region. Have your fitness level tested in this 15 days trekking expedition. You need a really decent fitness level and be able to walk 6-7 hours daily to have no problem in completing this trek. Contact us in case of any professional expertise and a tailored trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m) to Phakding (2610m)

Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 03: Acclimatization Day

Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m)

Day 05: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m)

Day 06: Acclimatization Day

Day 07: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m)

Day 08: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorakshep (5164m)

Day 09: Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) to Dzongla (4830m)

Day 10: Dzongla to Cho La Pass (5420m) to Thagnak (4695m)

Day 11: Thagnak to Gokyo (4800m)

Day 12: Gokyo RI (5357m) Hike and Dole (4200m)

Day 13: Dole to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Luka (2860m)

Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 1
Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m) to Phakding (2610m)

With bags packed the previous night, we start with a drive to the airport to catch our flight to the Tenzing and Hilary airport early in the morning. Upon our arrival at the airstrip of Lukla, we will sort out the important equipment and then let the porters do all the carrying. Begin our trek with an easy hike to the village of Phakding. Just follow the river until we get to the village. During the day, enjoy the views of the high peaks through the airplane window and the Dudh Koshi river all along our walk.

Day 2
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Today, we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park and get ourselves up to the Sherpa Village. Steeply climb uphill and cross a couple of suspension bridges before getting to the village of Monjo. Monjo is the entry point of the Sagarmatha National Park. Keep hiking up through the forest of rhododendron and pine to finally arrive at the village of Namche Bazaar. It is the major trading destination for the Sherpa people of the Eastern Himalayas. We can find Tibetan artefacts and climbing equipment on the Bazaar. Along the way, enjoy the views of the Thamserku (6623m) and the glorious Mt. Everest (8848m).

Day 3
Acclimatization Day

Take a break from all the hassles of climbing and have a day off from strenuous climbs. The body needs to get used to the changing altitude. So, let the body adapt to the changing surroundings. We will hike up to the Everest View Point as a part of our acclimatization process. The viewpoint is located at a height of 3880 meters just above the Bazaar. From the viewpoint, get panoramic views of the Everest, Thamserku, Lingren (6714m), Changtse (7550m), Nuptse (7863m) and the Amadablam (6856) peaks. Get back to the Bazaar to end the day with either exploring the Sherpa culture through communication or browsing through the internet.

Day 4
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m)

Climb out of the village of Namche Bazaar to line up on our way to the scenic village of Kenjuma. With a view of the sacred mountain of Khumbila and the shining peak of Amadablam, we will descend to the village of Phunki Thanga. A steep climb from the village will take us to the Tengboche village. The village is home to the Tengboche Monastery, the oldest monastery of Nepal. Explore the village and the monastery until it’s time to fill our bellies and get a good nights’ sleep.

Day 5
Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m)

Get up early to enjoy the meal with a sunrise view over the peaks on the distance. Climb down to get to the village of Deboche and then walk along the Dudh Koshi river to get to Pangboche. From there, a hike up through the green forest of rhododendron and pine will take us to the village of Dingboche. Along the way, we will be able to experience the play of nature; at one time, we will see some green lush forest with wildlife but then just some minutes after, we will get to a place with scarcity of flora and fauna.

Day 6
Acclimatization Day

A second day at the village of Dingboche to get acclimatized to the altitude. We rest for the day to keep the AMS at bay. Since this extra day is for acclimatizing, we will spend the day travelling to the nearer village of Chukkhung. Enjoy great views of the Makalu (8481m), Amadablam and the Cholatse (6440m). End the day with a delicious meal at our tea house at Dingboche.

Day 7
Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m)

Feel the glacial mountain air up your spine as we walk up through thick icy rocks and slippery trails to arrive at the village of Dughla. We will stop here for lunch and then hike to the Chupki Lahara Village. From there, an ascent will take us to our destination for today. Prepare a mindset to climb the base camp of the highest peak for tomorrow and close the eyes with dreams of being victorious.

Day 8
Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorakshep (5164m)

A day for our dreams to come true. Move uphill with excitement to stop at the small settlement of Gorakshep. Stop here for lunch and then leave unnecessary stuffs at the tea house before climbing up the cold trail to the Everest Base Camp. Enjoy your time at the foothill of the highest peak. A day for all of us to remember. We did it!

Day 9
Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) to Dzongla (4830m)

Wake up early to climb up the peak of Kalapatthar. Climb up narrowly on the rocky trail to get to the top of the Kalapatthar. The top offers us a great view of the high snow-capped peaks like the Everest and the Nuptse. We will see the sun rise over the glorious Everest and then, get back down to Gorakshep for breakfast. From there, we will set out on a totally different path from before. The hike to the village of Dzongla will be flat and pleasant with views of the Cholatse, Taboche and Amadablam peaks making this day more enjoyable than any other day.

Day 10
Dzongla to Cho La Pass (5420m) to Thagnak (4695m)

Another rough day for us! This might be the longest and hardest days of all. After breakfast, we will climb uphill towards the top of the Cho La Pass. A narrow uphill walk on the rocky surface will take us to the top. Enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks before descending to the village of Thagnak. Getting down the hill will be a bit technical as it has a slippery surface.

Day 11
Thagnak to Gokyo (4800m)

Just a few hours walk through the glacial moraine will take us to the village of Gokyo. The village with bluish lakes! Upon our arrival, we will fill our bellies and then set off to explore the fifth Gokyo lake. Just above the lake is the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint with views of the longest glacier of the Himalayas, the Ngozumpa Glacier. Enjoy!

Day 12
Gokyo RI (5357m) Hike and Dole (4200m)

Another early day as we get up fully ready to summit the Gokyo RI. The hike will take us about 2 hours. Enjoy the landscape views of the Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and the Makalu and then get back down to Gokyo. After breakfast, we will hike back down to the Dole Village.

Day 13
Dole to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Get back to the original trekking route and meet up at the same old Namche Bazaar to complete one loop of the higher hills. Enjoy the day wandering around town. Congratulations on completing the exploration of the EBC, Cho La Pass, and the Gokyo Valley.

Day 14
Namche Bazaar to Luka (2860m)

Wake up! The mountains are calling you for the last time. Climb downhill leaving the alpine paradise to get to the village of Monjo. Follow the same trail as we followed earlier to get back to the village of Phakding. An easy walk along the Dudh Koshi will take us to the village of Lukla. Once we get here, bid our porter’s goodbye and celebrate our last day at the Everest Region.

Day 15
Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m)

Enjoy the view of the high peaks one last time. Fill yourself with fodder and then get on the plane from the Tenzing Hilary Airport to have views of the snow-capped peaks one last time. Upon our arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, we will drive you to your hotel and then put a stop to our amazing trekking experience.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • AD-10
  • Nepal
  • Lukla
  • Lukla
  • 5,545m/18,192ft
  • 1-12
  • March to June, September to December