Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek - 15 days

Trip Facts
DestinationEverest Base Camp
ActivityLodge to Lodge Trekking
AccomodationLodge to Lodge stays
RegionEverest Region / Khumbu
Start / End pointKathmandu - Kathmandu
Duration15 Days
Max. Altitude5,555m (Kala Patthar)
Meals Included15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 14 dinners (during the trek)
Group size2 to 24
Nature of TrekTrekking
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, May) & Autumn (September, October, November)
Activity Per Day5-7 hours of hike
TransportationKathmandu/Manthali-Lukla-Kathmandu/Manthali flight, Trek from Lukla to EBC, back to LUkla
GradeChallenging

About the Trip

Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trek is a slightly altered version of the classic Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek. Instead of taking the same path to return to Namche after summiting EBC from Lobuche, you will take a different route that progresses through Dzongla across the Chola Pass into the Gokyo region and Macchermo. This route alteration makes this trek more adventurous and provides a broader insight into the high Himalayan landscapes,  flora, fauna, and the Sherpa settlements.

Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trek Highlights

  • One of the world’s highest airports at Syangboche (3,780m / 12.402ft)
  • Chance to explore local Sherpa culture, tradition, and architecture
  • The magnificent views of the world’s highest peak, Everest (8,848.68m/29,029ft), and others, such as Mt. Lhotse(8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), and Mt. Makalu (8,463m)
  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park and appreciate the diverse flora and fauna (including musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopards, and Himalayan Tahrs)
  • Prayer wheels, colorful flags, Mani stones, high suspension bridges, ancient monasteries, including Tengboche Monastery, Khumjung Monastery, and others
  • The highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4,900 m)
  • Amazing panoramic views from Kala Patthar (5,555m)
  • Amazing views from Gokyo Ri (5,357m / 17,575ft)
  • Pristine Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Ri Viewpoint, and Cho La Pass (5,420m)
  • Edmund Hillary funded schools and hospital

Benefits of EBC - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trek trek with Discovery World Trekking

  • Free pick up & drop off from airport to hotel and vice versa in a private vehicle. 
  • Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
  • Oximeter for monitoring the blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes. It detects early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical kits 
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom) 
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store during the trek
  • Duffle bag for porters

 

Online Trip Briefing

The online briefing will clear your questions about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available date and time for the trek briefing. Please note that we conduct trip briefings only once either online or in person. 

 

Lukla Flight Information

There might be slight alterations to the trek itinerary, mainly during peak trek seasons (March, April, May, October, and November), as the flight to Lukla will be from Ramechhap/Manthali instead of Kathmandu due to traffic congestion. At other times, the flight will be from Kathmandu. To catch a flight from Ramechhap, we must leave Kathmandu and head to Manthali around 12:30 a.m. on the scheduled departure date. The drive will take around five hours.

 

Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trek Comprehensive Overview

Your trek trails begin after a flight to Lukla, entering the Everest/Khumbu region. As you deboard the plane, you will find yourself in a very different geography, riddled with several peaks. After collecting ourselves at Lukla, you will head to Phakding. The trek to Phakding will be short and light, as you will also be acclimatizing.

After spending a night at Phakding, a full day of trek to Namche Bazaar begins. You will follow the Dudh Koshi River and traverse several suspension bridges, forests, and small Sherpa villages. At Monjo, we will register our permits at the Sagarmatha National Park checkpost before arriving at the Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the Everest region.

Namche is also a perfect town to acclimatize. Hence, you will spend a day at Namche Bazaar. However, you will remain busy as Namche provides so many opportunities, including trekking to typical Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde, visiting Syanboche Airport, and Khumjung Monastery, believed to house a yeti scalp.

The trek continues. We leave Namche Bazaar and follow the trails heading north to Tangboche, enjoying the views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Everest. If you are spiritually inclined, you should visit the Tangboche Monastery.

Next on the trails comes Dingboche, famous for the agricultural fields surrounded by stone walls and stunning views of the Ama Dablam.  By reaching Dingboche (4,410m/ 14,468ft), you will have gained substantial altitude, therefore, you will spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. 

From Dinboche, the trail continues to Lobuche, passing by the small settlements of Pheriche and Dugla before reaching Thukla Pass, known for a memorial dedicated to those who could not survive this harsh terrain.

The eighth day will be a special one. You will leave Lobuche early morning and trek to Gorak Shep, the nearest settlement to Everest Base Camp, where you will leave your belongings and then hike to Everest Base Camp.

From the Everest Base Camp, you will get the most incredible views of the glorious Himalayas, including Mt Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, the majestic Khumbu glacier, and icefalls. After enjoying the views to the heart’s content, you will return to Gorak Shep.

Another brilliant day awaits. Early morning, you will leave Gorak Shep and head to Kala Patthar to view the dawn breaking beyond the world’s highest mountains - Everest, Nuptse, and Changtse. The whole environment looks surreal, and you will remember the sights from Kala Patthar throughout your life.

After a visual feast from the Kala Patthar, you will head back to Gorak Shep and, then trek to Dzongla via some challenging trek trails.

From Dzongla, your trek progresses to Thangnak through the challenging Cho La Pass (5420m / 17,783ft). After crossing Chol La Pass, you will reach the serene valley of Thangnak.

The following day, you will leave Thangnak for the Gokyo region, known for its turquoise lakes. In Gokyo, you will visit the famous Gokyo Ri Viewpoint to enjoy outstanding views of the Gokyo Lakes, nearby glaciers, and gigantic peaks like Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu

The trails continue from Gokyo through Gokyo lakes to Macchermo before reaching the bustling town of Namche Bazaar. As the trek nears its end at Namche Bazaar, we recommend you explore Namche and mingle with like-minded persons. Namche is full of shops, restaurants, hotels, and even pubs. It is also the right town to buy some souvenirs.  

The following day, you will leave Namche and trek to Lukla, where you will spend the last night in the Everest region. The next morning, you will board a domestic flight to Ramechhap or Kathmandu based on the trekking season. If you fly to Ramechhap, we will drive you back to Kathmandu. Your trek adventure comes to an end at Kathmandu. 

We advise all our valuable clients to arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier, by three pm before the trek departure date, for final preparations. In the event of missing the online trip briefing, this allows us time for an in-person briefing and other preparations, such as checking trek gear. Please note that flights from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla and vice versa may experience delays due to weather conditions. In such instances, we will reschedule these flights for the next available slot. Therefore, we recommend adding at least 2 extra days as a buffer to your trip to mitigate potential delays in international flights back to your home country.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day1

    Flight from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft). Trek to Phakding ( 2,650m / 8,562ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40/20 Minutes
    Trek Distance 6.2km / 3.8miles
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft.
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    The journey begins with a breathtaking flight from Kathmandu or Manthali to Lukla, a thrilling experience as you soar above the majestic Himalayas. The exact flight depends on the trek seasons.

    During peak trekking seasons (March, April, May, Sept, October, and November), Lukla flights departing from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) mostly get redirected to Manthali Airport due to increased air traffic. Consequently, in these months, our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kathmandu around 12:30 am for a five-hour drive to Manthali. From Manthali, a brief 20-minute flight will take you to Lukla. In contrast, during other months (December, January, February, June, July, and August), the direct flight duration from Kathmandu to Lukla is around 40 minutes.

    If you want to bypass the drive to Manthali, booking a helicopter to Lukla is a convenient alternative. However, this option incurs an additional cost of approximately 550 USD when shared among five persons.

    As you deboard at Lukla Airport, the excitement builds up, and you will head to the charming Chaurikharka village and descend to Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m / 8,300ft) before reaching Phakding. This first day of the trek is short and enjoyable, providing an opportunity for acclimatization. You can explore local monasteries, like Rimishung Monastery, during your spare time and prepare for the upcoming adventurous trekking days.

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel Lodge ( room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day2

    Trek from Phakding (2,650m /8,562ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7.4km / 4.6 miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    From Phakding, you will traverse the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi River, cross suspension bridges, and meander through enchanting forests and small Sherpa settlements. After Monjo Village, you will reach the Sagarmatha National Park checkpost, where we will register our permits before reaching Namche Bazaar (3,440m). Namche is a bustling mountain town nestled in the heart of the Khumbu region that welcomes you with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and is a gateway to the Everest trekking experience.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day3

    Rest day and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

    Namche is a perfect town to acclimatize. There are plenty of activities you can participate in. We encourage you to explore vibrant Namche streets, adorned with cafes, souvenir shops, and the Sherpa architecture. You can also hike to Everest View Hotel to see Mt. Everest. There are other hiking options, such as Syangboche Airport, Hillary School, Khumjung, and Khunde villages. The Khumjung Monastery is believed to house a Yeti scalp.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day4

    Trek from Namche (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Tengboche (3875m/ 12,713ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.2km / 5.7 miles
    Highest Altitude 3,855m / 12,850ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    You will leave Namche early morning and trek inside the Sagarmatha National Park alongside trekkers, porters, and yaks. From the path, you can get views of several mountains such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Everest. The trails are ridden with several thrilling suspension bridges. You will traverse several steep rocky sections to arrive at Tengboche. If you want, you can also visit the Tengboche monastery.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day5

    Trek from Tengboche (3875m/ 12,713ft) to Dingboche (4410m/ 14,468ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12km / 7.45 miles
    Highest Altitude 4,360m / 14,290ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    We leave Tengboche early morning and head to Dingboche, passing through many chortens, mani walls, and small settlements, including Mt. Ama Dablam. As you near Dingboche, you will see a field surrounded by stone walls. These walls protect crops such as barley, potatoes, and buckwheat from wild animals and cold winds. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day6

    Acclimatization at Dingboche (4,410m/ 14,468ft)

    You will have gained a significant altitude as you reach Dingboche. Hence, it is a perfect day to acclimatize at this Sherpa village. There are no roads to this village, only trails, which locals use to transport daily necessities via yaks and mules. You can rest, hydrate, and soak in the beauty. If you want, you can hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m), from where you can view Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day7

    Trek from Dingboche (4,410m/ 14,468ft) to Lobuche (4,910m/ 16,108ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2 miles
    Highest Altitude 4,930m /16,175ft.
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    After a rest day at Dingboche, it is time to trek further - to Lobuche. You will be hiking northwest above the Pheriche Village and to Dugla, a small settlement. Dugla offers fantastic views of Ama Dablam, and you should certainly enjoy those. From Dugla, you will continue on a zig-zag path northwards on the Khumbu Glacier moraine to the Thukla Pass, famous for a memorial dedicated to those who perished on this rough terrain. As you move forward for about an hour, you will reach Lobuche.

    • Overnight stay at Mother Earth House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day8

    Trek from Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m / 17,598ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5,185m / 17,010ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 15km / 9.32miles
    Highest Altitude 5,364m / 17,598ft
    Trek Duration 6-8 hours

    Today will be the most significant day on your trek or even in your life as you will reach the Everest base Camp. After breakfast, you will follow the Khumbu Glacier moraines and reach Gorak Shep, the nearest settlement from Everest Base Camp. You will leave your belongings at Gorak Shep and trek to the Everest Base Camp. As you stand on the Everest Base Camp, you will feel overwhelmed with emotions as you have toiled for several days to reach this place. From EBC, you can enjoy the grand views of some of the tallest mountains on Earth. After taking many pictures and soaking in the views, you will return to Gorak Shep for the night. 

    • Overnight at Buddha Lodge at Gorak Shep
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day9

    Trek to Kala Patthar (5,555m / 18,208ft) Viewpoint from Gorak Shep (5,185m / 17,010ft) and then to Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 14.5 km/ 9 miles
    Highest Altitude 5,555 m / 18,208ft
    Trek Duration 7-8 hours

    To enjoy the views of Everest and the surrounding peaks, early in the morning, you will wake up at Gorak Shep and head to Kala Patthar. From Kala Patthar, you will enjoy the views of dawn breaking behind the world’s tallest mountains, including Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. The views look otherworldly and beyond words. After enjoying the views of your content, you will return to Gorak Shep for breakfast, rest for a while, and descend to Dzongla. 

    The trails from Gorak Shep to Dzongla are challenging and kindle your adventurous spirit. You will traverse along the glaciers, keeping the Khumbu Glacier to the left, and arrive at Lobuche. From Lobuche, the left route takes you to Dingboche, and the right takes you to Dzongla. You will take the right route.

    • Overnight stay at Maison Sherpa Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day10

    Trek from Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft) via Cho La Pass (5420m / 17,783ft) and then to Thangnak (4,700m / 15,400ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 16km / 9.9 miles
    Highest Altitude 5,420m / 17,783ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    After breakfast, you will leave Dzongla and head to Cho La Pass. The trails are quite challenging, but the views are equally stunning. After the rugged journey through the Cho La Pass, you enter a serene valley and continue on the trails, enjoying the pristine landscapes until you arrive at Thangnak.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Khumbila
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day11

    Trek from Thangnak (4,700m / 15,400ft) to Gokyo (4,790m / 15,584ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 3.7 km / 2.3miles
    Highest Altitude 4,790m / 15,584ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    The trail to Gokyo leads through rugged terrain, weaving past glacial moraines and rocky landscapes. Along the journey, the breathtaking vistas of towering peaks and pristine alpine lakes captivate the senses. As trekkers ascend, the allure of Gokyo's turquoise waters becomes increasingly palpable. Upon reaching Gokyo, you will be greeted by the warmth of local teahouses, offering a haven of rest and rejuvenation. As the day draws to a close, the ethereal beauty of Gokyo casts its spell, leaving an indelible impression of tranquility and wonder on all who journey through its majestic realms.

    • Overnight stay at Namaste Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day12

    Gokyo to Gokyo Ri viewpoint (5,400m / 17,814ft) and to Machhermo (4,470m / 14,450ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6.8 km / 4.2 miles
    Highest Altitude 5,400m / 17,814ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    We set off early from Gokyo and gradually ascend towards Gokyo Ri. The trail, well-marked and steady, leads you to the Gokyo Ri summit at approximately 5,360 meters (17,585 feet). From this vantage point, you can get a breathtaking panoramic view of Gokyo Lakes, surrounding glaciers, and towering peaks like Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. After soaking in the views, you will descend to the base of Ngozumpa Glacier and further through the juniper bushes to the stunning Gokyo Lakes. After crossing the Gokyo Lakes, you will arrive at Machhermo.

    • Overnight stay at Yeti Home
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day13

    Trek from Machhermo (4,470m / 14,450ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 10.8 km / 6.7 miles
    Highest Altitude 4,470m / 14,450ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    We bid farewell to the tranquil village of Machhermo and set out towards Namche Bazaar through rocky trails, verdant forests, and meandering rivers. Along the way, be mesmerized by the majestic Himalayan vistas and the serene beauty of the surroundings. As you trek, you can witness the rich cultural heritage while passing by traditional Sherpa villages adorned with colorful prayer flags and intricately carved mani stones. 

    As you approach Namche Bazaar, you will again catch the views of this bustling market.  At Namche Bazaar, the trek nears its closure, so we encourage you to soak in the lively atmosphere. You can explore the narrow alleyways, lined with shops, restaurants, and even pubs.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day14

    Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 13.5km / 8.3miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    The trek is almost over. You will leave the vibrant town of Namche Bazaar and towards Lukla. You will follow the paved stones until the foothill and follow the same route you used at the beginning of the trek. After about an hour of trekking, you will get the final views of Mt Everest. The path will mostly be downhill and often alongside the Dudh Koshi River as you trek through smaller Sherpa villages and a few suspension bridges. The path slightly ascends before reaching Lukla, the last town in the trek region.

    • Overnight stay at Comfort Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  15. day15

    Fly back to Kathmandu/Manthali from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft). (Return to Kathmandu)

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours Flight Duration: 40/20 minutes
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft

    You will return to Kathmandu on this day. The flight path from Lukla varies depending on the trekking season. During March, April, May, September, October, or November, it's likely you'll fly to Manthali, from where we'll drive you to Kathmandu. However, in December, January, February, June, July, and August, you will fly from Lukla to Kathmandu directly.

    For those wishing to bypass the Lukla-Manthali-Kathmandu route, helicopter bookings are available at an additional cost of approximately 550 USD per person, assuming five individuals split the fare.

    Your return journey to Kathmandu will be a comfortable one, providing ample time for you to reflect on your trek to Everest Base Camp. You might also have the anticipation of reuniting with loved ones at home. Later in the day, Discovery World Trekking will arrange a farewell dinner for you in Kathmandu to commemorate your memorable adventure.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

What is included in the Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trek package?

  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu/Ramechhap – Lukla – Kathmandu/Ramechhap) tickets and departure taxes. If flying from Ramechhap, the cost of road transport from/to Kathmandu is included.
  • Total 14 nights (Five nights - Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (3 Nights), rooms with a private attached bathroom. Nine nights - standard room at Tengboche, Dingboche(2 nights), Lobuche, Gorak Shep, Dzongla, Thangnak, Gokyo, and Machhermo
  • All standard meals (15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 14 dinners) during the trek
  • Experienced government-licensed English-speaking Discovery World Trekking trek leader (12 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers, 9 kg weight limit per trekker)
  • Guides and porters costs, their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and necessary equipment
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangements in case of health emergencies (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - company's T-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking’s certificate of appreciation after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner after trek completion

What is excluded from the trip?

  • International flight airfare
  • On-arrival visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - 30 USD, 30 days- 50 USD)
  • Excess baggage charges during the trip (Limit is 9 kg per Person)
  • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, and early return from trekking.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled/bottled water, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance, which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays beyond our control. For example, landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses that are not listed in - "What is included in the Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trek package?" above

Route Map

Equipment list for Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trek

We request you carry only the basics during the trek. You can store your extra luggage at the Discovery World Trekking store for free.  Please remember that we assign a porter for two trekkers, and the weight limit is 9 kg per trekker (18 kg max carrying limit for a porter).

We recommend you team with a trekking partner and pack your things together in a duffle bag of over sixty liters capacity. Here is the packing list to help you pack.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat ( insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat)
  • Headlight with extra batteries


Face

  • Face/body wipes
  • Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

 

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

 

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (size depends on whether you take a porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in high altitude trekking)

 

Toiletries

  • Bio-degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss

 

Personal accessories

  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Money
  • Watch

 

Extra items

  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport-size photos and photocopies of passport

Trip Information

Airport Pick up

Discovery World Trekking offers complimentary airport-to-hotel transfers upon arrival and hotel-to-airport transfers during departure for all guests joining the Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trek.

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative holding a pamphlet with your name, will welcome you with a garland or Khada and take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. We provide this service to ensure your seamless transition in a foreign country.

 

Trek Start

You'll arrive in Kathmandu by 3 pm, at least one day before the trek departure date. This allows time for the last-minute meeting to ensure you've packed all necessary items.

On the trek departure date, we'll pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Kathmandu Airport or Manthali Airport, depending on the trekking season.

Mostly, during March, April, May, October, and November, due to traffic congestion at the Kathmandu Airport, the flight to Lukla can get rerouted from Manthali Airport in Ramechhap.

So, to catch an early morning flight from Manthali Airport to Lukla, we will pick you up at your hotel at around 12:30 am, and drive to Manthali. The flight from Manthali to Lukla lasts around 20 minutes.

In other months, you will fly directly to Lukla from Kathmandu, and the flight will last around forty minutes. Upon landing in Lukla, your trek to Phakding starts.

 

Accommodation

During the Everest Base Camp Chola pass Gokyo trek, you'll enjoy 14-night lodge stays in the best possible accommodations in the Everest region.

Your accommodation includes five nights each in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche, with private attached bathrooms, and nine nights in standard rooms at other locations on a twin-sharing basis.

Hot showers and Wi-Fi are available during the trek at additional costs. Accommodation in Kathmandu before or after the trek is not included, giving you the flexibility to choose according to your preferences and budget.

 

Meals

We will provide you with nutritious meals suitable for trekking, including 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 14 dinners. The menu consists of local, Asian, and Western cuisine, with options becoming more limited as elevation increases.

We recommend staying hydrated with green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, garlic soup, and fresh vegetables. Further, we advise you not to take non-veg items, dairy, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, and hot chocolates while trekking.

The meat in trek regions may not be hygienic. Alcoholic drinks can impair your judgment. This package only includes standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal fruits). No hot (tea/coffee), cold, or alcoholic beverages are covered.

 

Luggage

Your package includes a weight limit of 9 kg per person. We assign one porter for every two trekkers, and they will carry not more than 18 kg of luggage. If you need to carry more than 9 kg, we can arrange more porters for an extra charge.

We advise you to carry only essential items in your backpack and store excess luggage at your hotel or our store at no extra cost.

 

Typical Day

Each day offers a unique trekking experience, including sightseeing, photography, and village exploration. Your guides will provide information about the places you visit, while porters handle most of the luggage.

A typical day starts with an early morning breakfast, followed by trekking starting around 7 to 8 AM. Lunch is around midday, followed by a shorter afternoon walk. After you reach your destination for the day, you are free to explore and socialize.

We serve you dinner at around six or seven. After dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s plan.

Before going to bed, you can socialize and enjoy games such as cards or Monopoly. If available, you may watch documentaries. Most of our guests also engage in learning a few fun Nepali words from our crew.

 

Electricity and Water

Lodges along the route have electricity for charging devices, but you may have to pay a fee to use it. You can easily buy bottled water on the trekking routes. However, some trek regions may not allow plastic bottles.

We recommend you carry a water bottle and fill it with boiled water that you can purchase from hotels or tea houses.

Further, we suggest you use water purification pills. If you do not have them, we can provide them for you. However, we advise you not to drink water from local sources such as taps, wells, or rivers for hygiene reasons.

 

Communication

You can access the internet from the lodges you will be staying in by paying a small fee. At high altitudes, we will use phones to communicate for safety.

The Discovery World Trekking office remains in contact with all trek teams at least once a day via the trek lead. You can purchase a local SIM card at Kathmandu, but depending on the network, signals may not be strong enough at all trek regions.

 

Tipping

Tipping is at your discretion and should reflect the quality of service received. In Nepali culture, it is customary to tip for good service as a way to show appreciation.

It is entirely up to you on the tip amount, but we advise you to tip based on the trip cost, service quality, and trip length. Further, we recommend you tip collectively as a team at the end of the trek.

 

Trek End

On the fifteenth day, we'll transfer you to Lukla for a flight back to Kathmandu. The exact route differs. In busy trek seasons (March, April, May, October, and November), you will most probably fly from Lukla to Manthali Airport in Ramechhap.

From Manthali, we will drive you back to Kathmandu. In other months, you will directly fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. We will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu later in the day. 

 

Feedback

We'll host a farewell dinner in Kathmandu and also present you with a trek achievement certificate. It is also the right time to provide us with your feedback.

If you've had a positive experience, we'd appreciate it if you could review us on platforms like TripAdvisor. Your reviews help us reach more adventurers and grow our community.

 

Useful Info

To avoid potential flight delays between Kathmandu and Lukla, we recommend adding a few extra days to your trip. Weather conditions can cause delays, so having extra time ensures you won't miss your international flight home.

If flights are delayed, helicopter rides to Lukla may be available at an extra cost of around 550 USD, shared with four other persons.

 

Trip Extension

After completing your trek, you might consider extending your stay in Nepal to explore further.

Nepal offers a variety of activities, including sightseeing in Kathmandu, enjoying panoramic views from Nagarkot, wildlife safaris in Chitwan, and adventurous pursuits like paragliding, rafting, canoeing, or even another trek. Whatever you choose, our team is here to help you.

 

Departure

On your departure date, we'll pick you up from your hotel and take you to Tribhuvan International Airport for a flight back to your home. We hope you'll return to Nepal for more adventures in the future.

Best Time for the Trek

When planning your  Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trek, you must consider the weather conditions. While the trail is open year-round, spring and autumn offer the best weather for trekking.

Summer brings monsoon rains, while winter sees heavy snowfall. We operate treks year-round, and here's what to expect in different months.

  • January to February: This period marks the coldest time of the year, particularly from early January to early February. Heavy snowfall in the mountains brings frigid temperatures, making it challenging for those sensitive to cold. However, if you're up for the challenge, Discovery World Trekking ensures safe and secure treks even during these cold months.

Temperature: 15°C to -15°C

  • March to April: One of the prime seasons for hiking to Everest Base Camp, March to April boasts favorable weather conditions. With temperatures gradually warming up, the Himalayan vistas and glaciers offer breathtaking views. As flora and fauna awaken from their winter slumber, the landscape transforms into a vibrant spectacle. Clear skies enhance the beauty of the snow-capped mountains.

Temperature: 18°C to -12°C

  • May to June: Just before the onset of the rainy season, May to June provides an excellent window for trekking. With warm temperatures and comfortable conditions, this period is ideal for embarking on this Everest Base Camp trek.

Temperature: 25°C to -5°C

  • July to August: During July and August, the monsoon season peaks, bringing heavy rainfall to lower altitudes. While flights between Lukla and Kathmandu may face cancellations, trekking to Everest Base Camp remains feasible. The monsoon rains add a unique charm to the landscape, with waterfalls cascading down and trails free from crowds. Though challenging, the trek is still possible with proper preparation.

Temperature: 27°C to 5°C

  • September to October: Another optimal time for the EBC Trek, September to October sees the end of the monsoon, ushering in clear skies and comfortable temperatures. The trekking climate is perfect, with stunning mountain views and vibrant festivities celebrated by the Nepali people. This period attracts a large number of trekkers.

Temperature: 20°C to 5°C

  • November to December: As winter sets in from November, snowfall begins in the trekking regions, accompanied by colder nights. Despite the chill, November offers clear skies and excellent mountain visibility, making it a popular time for trekking. December brings colder temperatures and snow-covered paths.

Temperature: 18°C to -10°C

Note that weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and can change quickly, so we must prepare to face any condition.

Trek Difficulty

The Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trek is challenging but rewarding. No prior experience is necessary, but being physically fit is important. We recommend stamina-building exercises before the trek.

If you're normally fit and can walk on varied terrain, you can complete this trek. However, individuals with serious health conditions, such as heart, lung, or blood diseases, should consult a doctor before booking.


Trek Safety

We prioritize your safety during our treks. Our experienced guides carry essential gear and first aid kits and use oximeters at high altitudes to monitor oxygen levels. Acclimatization days are included in the itinerary, and our guides are trained to handle emergencies. We trek as a group to ensure group safety.

 

Discovery Team

Throughout the Everest Base Camp - Chola Pass - Gokyo Trek, our skilled and seasoned guides/Sherpas will accompany you, ensuring your journey is secure, pleasant, and unforgettable. Our porters will carry your luggage. 

Our crew come from the remote high Himalayan regions and hence have exceptional physical endurance at high altitudes.

Each member of our team is highly valued, and we not only provide fair compensation but also cover their insurance, meals, and accommodations throughout the trek. Medical attention is readily available to all our guides and porters in case of illness or injury.

We prioritize the well-being and contentment of our team members, understanding that happy individuals are better equipped to ensure the happiness of others.

Our team leaders have:

  • Completed Extensive Wilderness First Aid Training
  • Certification in Trekking Guide Training
  • Proficiency in English and another major language
  • Training in Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Experience in Rock Climbing

 

Visa

Most foreign nationals, except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal, but you can get an on-arrival visa at Kathmandu Airport or immigration checkpoints along Nepal's borders. For more information, please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np.  

To apply for a visa, you'll need a passport with a minimum validity of six months and a passport-size photograph. The visa fee is USD 50 for a 30-day stay. You can pay this amount in cash upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport.

Citizens of China and SAARC countries may be eligible for free visa. However, citizens from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan might not qualify for an on-arrival visa, necessitating contact with the Nepalese embassy.

 

Trek Booking

As a Nepal-government-authorized trek and tour company, you can book treks with us in confidence. Further, we are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

We need 10% of the trek cost as an advance to confirm the booking. You have several payment options, such as online payment through this site, using bank transfer, or Wise. The remaining amount is due when you arrive in Kathmandu. 

 

Currency Exchange

Nepali Rupee (NPR) is the national currency of Nepal. (1 USD = ~ Rs.130 NPR) 

You can exchange major currencies in Kathmandu at banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu. Moreover, you can also withdraw money in Nepali Rupees from ATMs in Kathmandu. Most of these ATMs are available 24/7. However, the processing fee is Rs. 500 for Rs.35,000 withdrawal. 

We recommend you bring cash (major currencies) and exchange them for Nepali Rupees in money exchanges.

These exchanges display their ongoing rates publicly. If you use banks to exchange your currency, you might have to pay a fee of four percent or more. Please remember the trek regions do not have money exchanges, so please exchange your currency in Kathmandu. 

Most banks in Nepal do not accept old, faded, and torn notes. So make sure to bring clean and crisp notes.

Extra Personal Expenses

While this trek package covers most expenses, it does not cover all costs. Additional costs include meals and accommodations in Kathmandu, visa fees, travel insurance, beverages (including alcoholic, hot (tea, coffee) or cold drinks), tips, and souvenirs.

Please bring cash for these expenses, as trek regions have limited banking facilities. Trek regions only accept Nepali Rupees. We estimate you will need 15-20 dollars as spending money each trek day.

 

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and must cover medical and helicopter evacuation expenses up to the highest trek altitude (5,555m) as there are no adequate treatment centers in the trek regions. We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we are not involved in selling insurance.

Further, we reserve the right to refuse you for the trek in case of insufficient, improper, or absence of travel insurance. Please, send us your insurance details after booking the trek. This will help us to arrange a swift and efficient rescue in emergencies.

 

Before purchasing travel insurance, please verify coverage details directly with insurance companies. Don't solely rely on information provided on websites. Call the insurance provider and confirm whether the policy includes helicopter rescue and evacuation up to an altitudes of 5,555m.

Last-Minute Booking

While we encourage booking in advance, we have a provision for last-minute bookings. For last-minute booking, you need to complete 100% of the trip cost 24 hours before departure.

However, though we are ready to conduct treks at any time, in case of last-minute booking, you cannot hold us responsible for delays due to circumstances beyond our control, such as bad weather, lodge unavailability, etc.

 

Group & Private Trek

We offer group and private treks, with discounts for larger groups. Our team can accommodate any group size and provides experienced guides and porters for each trek. Each trek team will have a guide and a porter for every two trekkers. We will also provide an assistant guide for groups of more than 12 trekkers.

 

Ecotourism

We promote environmentally sustainable trekking practices and collaborate with local organizations to minimize our impact on trekking areas. Specifically, we partner with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize ecological tours that balance the interests of trekkers and the locals.

Notes

The provided itinerary is a general guideline and may require adjustments due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, like unstable weather or lodge unavailability. However, such alterations are rare.

If alterations are inevitable, the trek leader will take the best possible rerouting decision after consulting all group members. You cannot hold us responsible for such changes.

Moreover, we are flexible with trek dates to accommodate your schedule. If the departure dates do not suit you, let us know. We look forward to guiding you in the Everest region.

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Frank Joseph

Written Mar 20 , 2024

While I was not sure which company to choose for my trekking vacation in Nepal. I searched on Google and stumbled on Discovery World Trekking. I made contact with the owner Paul and when he explained about the trip and everything, I was sure I had chosen the right company for my trip.

 

Upon arriving, I received a warm welcome and I had dinner with Paul and other fellow trekkers with whom I was gonna share a new memory over the next 2 weeks. We went on the trek and were amazed to have an amazing guide. He didn't just lead us to our destination but taught us many things about hardship and funny games. 

 

I couldn't have chosen a better company than Discovery World Trekking. If I will ever come back for another trek, I know whom to reach. 10/10 service.

Jessica

Written Mar 25 , 2024

I went to the Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Gokyo Trek. I must say this was a journey that touched the deepest corners of my soul. I can't thank enough Paul and Discovery World Trekking for this wonderful experience. Also, the guides and porters were super helpful and amazing people to enjoy the journey.

 

Every step was a testament to resilience. It was like a victory. What I felt was this trek isn't just about reaching a destination; it's about discovering the depths of your spirit. It's a journey I'll forever cherish. Thank you DWT. Highly recommended.

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Anna

Mar 21 , 2024

Truly Marvelous. I am a big fan of nature and to be able to see Mt. Everest up close and look at the serene Gokyo Lake in such a cold climate. My inner child was jumping with joy. I made contact with Paul and Discovery World trekking who suggested I to go the Everest base camp, Chola pass, and Gokyo trek for a complete experience of the Himalayan region.

 

Unlike other adventures, this trek to the snowy mountain was my first and probably the best adventure I have had. Previously, I had gone on a few treks the US but those treks were nothing compared to this gigantic Himalayas. I am glad I did this. Thank you, DWT. Highly recommended.

Micheal

Mar 10 , 2024

What an amazing trip I had. Paul told me this trek would be a life changer but I was skeptical. But after completing this trek, I must say, I look at life from a different perspective that I have never seen before. The Himalayas feel so dangerous yet so peaceful that remind me that our human lives are the same. Filled with danger but we got to learn to find peace. I am really thrilled that I did this trek. Thank you Discovery World trekking for this wonderful experience. Would definitely come back next time. Highly recommended.

4.9

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Sophie

US

Mar 2, 2024

This is my second time coming to Nepal and my second time choosing Discovery World Trekking. This time, the experience and service were even better than last time. Last time it was 10/10 service, this time it's 11/10. Paul is always working hard to make sure he improves the quality of service.

 

This time I went to the Everest base camp Chola Pass Gokyo trek. This was an incredibly better package in my opinion. Last time, I came to trek during off-season time. This time I came at the right time. It's spring season and the sky is clearer and we can view the mountains even better. 

 

Thank you Discovery World Trekking. I am definitely coming back next year to do the island peak trek. I would highly recommend this company to whoever is planning to do the trek.

bret

US

Mar 2, 2024

My wife loves trekking and I wanted to surprise my wife with a birthday party in the Himalayas. There were 12 people in the group. Me, my wife, our family members and some friends. I requested Mr. Paul (CEO of Discovery World Trekking) to organize a secret birthday party and he did not disappoint.

 

I chose the Everest base camp Chola Pass Gokyo trek. This was a perfect trek for my wife. On her birthday, Paul has already set up a birthday cake at Kalapatthar. Once we reached there my group, our guide, and I all erupted with the Happy Birthday song. My wife couldn't imagine what she was experiencing. Even other fellow trekkers join in to wish her. She never imagined a birthday like this.

 

This was the best gift that I could give to my wife. Thank you, Paul, Thank you Discovery World Trekking and everyone for this amazing experience. 

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