Everest Gokyo Lake Trek Highlights

Grade Duration Trek Style Best Time Group
4 19 Days Tea House Trek Apr – Jun / Sep -Nov SGL / GRP / FM / STU

SGL = Single, GRP =Grouping, FM= Family, STU = Students

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek – “Cho La Pass”

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek starts after an enticing mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek route heads to Gokyo Valley via Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar. Thamserku and Kang Taiga summits are closely visible from Gokyo Valley. The Gokyo Peak further offers 360-degree stunning panorama of snow peaks, Nepal’s largest glacier, moraine and tranquil glacial lakes.

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek route descends cosssing the glacier and moraine towards the east and the pass of Cho La of Chhugyuma (5420m). From here you will pass between the rocky walls to the Khumbu valley. Here, Gorakshep offers an opportunity to climb up to Kala Pathar and you will experience more spectacular views of the surrounding mountains along with the black rocky ramparts of Everest’s southwest face.

You will return back from Tengboche Gompa which is the most important Buddhist center of the region. You can also enjoy the magnificent views of Thamserku over the trail.

Royal Mountain trekking offers several packages for Mount Everest Region Makalu Base camp Trek, Mount Everest View Trek, Everest Gokyo Ri Lake Trek, Central Tibet with Everest Base Camp Trek

Short Itinerary

DayActivityDestinationAltitudeTime
1ArrivalTribhuwan International Airport (TIA)
2SightseeingKathmandu Valley
3FlightLukla2840m3/4 hrs
TrekPhakding2610m4 hrs
4TrekNamcheBazaar3440m6 hrs
5Rest DayThame Valley
6TrekDole4200m6 hrs
7TrekMachhermo4410m4 hrs
8TrekGokyo4790m4 hrs
9ExcursionGokyo-Ri5360m2 hrs
10TrekThangnak4690m5 hrs
11TrekCho La pass5330m6 hrs
TrekLobuche4948m8 hrs
12TrekKalapatthar

5545m
Trek Gorakshep 5100m 5 hrs
13TrekEverest Base Camp5357m4 hrs
TrekLobuche4948m8 hrs
14TrekPangboche3930m8 hrs
15TrekKhumjung Village3790m7 hrs
16TrekPhakding2610m6 hrs
17TrekLukla2800m 4 hrs
18FlightKathmandu1300m3/4 hrs
19Farewell

Trip Information for Everest Gokyo Lake Trek – “Cho La Pass”

Cost Includes:

Basic lodge accommodation on trek

Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)

Domestic flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu (round trip)

All airport transfers

Everest National Park entrance fees

Trekking permit (TIMS)

Porter to carry personal gear

15kg luggage allowance while on trek per person

English speaking trekking guide

Comprehensive medical kit

The Cost Does Not Include:

Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary.

Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head

Cost for Insurance.

Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Payment for service provided on a personal request.

Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.

Price  for Everest Gokyo Lake Trek – “Cho La Pass”:

  • The given price is in US dollars.

Visa  for Information for Everest Gokyo Lake Trek – “Cho La Pass”:

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Insurance for Everest Gokyo Lake Trek – “Cho La Pass”:

Guide / Porters  : RMT (Royal Mountain Trekking) provides insurance facility to our guides and porters as per state law.

Day 1

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will welcome you and explain the program further. There are no planned activities for the day, so check into the hotel. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2

Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour

Kathmandu is a small city enriched with 7 world heritage site declared by UNESCO. Some of these man-made marvels are as old as 2500 years. This day we will visit some UNESCO sites.

The Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath is one of the holiest shrines of all Hindus. It is located in the eastern part of Kathmandu valley on the bank of Bagmati River. Two tire magnificent golden temple has four triple silver doorways is a unique example of Nepalese temple architecture. Having the area of approx. 2.5 kilometers it is one of the largest Hindu temples in South-Asia.
The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva which is believed to be 2000 years old. Also hundreds of ancient lingam, shrines, icons and statues of different Hindu Gods and Goddesses can be seen in the temple.

The Boudhanath stupa
It is one of the largest and oldest monuments of Nepal, standing 36m high. Surrounded by many private colorful houses Boudhanath Stupa is considered as Mecca for Tibetan Buddhists.
The Stupa is built in mandals style having three levels of platform. There is no written document about who and when the stupa was built. Yet according to the legend it is believed that it was built by a poor lady with her four sons in fifth century AD.

Kathmandu Durbar square
Popularly known as Hanuman Dhoka Palace -an ancient seat of Nepalese Royalty lies in the heart of capital city. It is a complex of tremendous variety of temples, courtyards and palaces like Hanumandhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple (used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Durbar Square, a UNESCO world Heritage Site, is still a focal point for social and religious ceremonies. Till date, all major state and social ceremonies are celebrated here.

Day 3

KATHMANDU – LUKLA (2840m) – PHAKDING (2610m, 4 hrs)

Our representative will pick you from hotel to start our trip with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla. The landing in a runway is an exciting experience whose one end is 60 meters higher than the other. We start our trek through pine and cedar woods to Pakding, along with the Dudh Koshi. Here, we encounter with first yak caravans carrying supplies and trekking equipments, including ours, to the base camp. These wonderful beasts blocking roads, virtual avalanches on downhill, are the features of all treks in the Everest region.
Day 4

PHAKDING – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440m, 5 hrs)

Todays trail continues to Namche Bazar, the administrative capital of the region. Historically, it was staging point for traders and expedition to Tibet. During the trek we climb slightly to Jorsalle and come across a waterfall. Villages, at this part of the trail offer the magnificent forest of Rhododendron, Mangoliya, and Giant Firs. On Saturday, market brings important products for traders from villages which are week’s walk away.
Day 5

REST DAY AT NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440m (OPTIONAL EXCURSION TO THAME 4 hrs)

We can spend time on the hillside overlooking the large valley and picturesque gompa. Its path is marked intricately by curved mani stones. Also an excursion to Thame is always available.
Day 6

NAMCHE BAZAAR – DOLE (4200m, 6 hrs )

The chorten mark path extends from Namche Bazaar and shortly the twin peaks of Thamserku soar into the sky at the east. Well known legend of Yeti is still alive here along with the Yeti-scalp preserved in Khumjung’s red-walled gompa. Ahead, we descend to reach Kumbila after a large chorten marking to the top of the ridge. Khumbila (5761) is the abode of the patron god of the Khumbu region close to the settlement believed to be the birth place of the lama who introduced Buddhism to the area.
The trek continues descending from Phortse Tenga on the bank of Dudh Koshi. The trail then follows the river passing rhododendron, birch forest and Cho Oyu becomes visible through the blooms before reaching the Dole.
Day 7

TREK TO MACHHERMO (4410m, 3 hrs) AND REST FOR ACCLIMATIZATION

Allowing us for enough time for acclimatization and enjoy the marvelous views we have short distance trek to Machhermo. We pass through summer yak pastures, small settlements and following the valley side far above the river. Machhermo, in khumbu, is renowned site for most credible yeti incident, Sherpa woman being attacked and 3 yaks killed in 1974. We have almost half day rest for acclimatization.
Day 8

MACHHERMO – GOKYO (4790m, 4 hrs)

The largest glacier in Nepal is few hours away after a pleasant climb towards the moraine of the Ngojumba Glacier. Further passing few beautiful small lakes to the tiny kharka of Gokyo we have an amazing view of the Cho Oyu along with the other snowy peaks.
Day 9

GOKYO RI (5483m) – GOKYO for REST (3 hrs)

We start our day along with the first light and climb a steep path up to the hill. The Gokyo Ri emerges above the village at the northern edge of the lake. Along with our climbing step the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu gradually shows itself. The marvelous view from the summit of Gokyo Ri is one of the finest in Everest region. It is even said to be better than that from Kala Patthar. For more, we can drop back down to the main path and follow to the north for fourth and fifth Gokyo lakes which is around 3 hours away from Gokyo.
Day 10

THANGNAK (4690m, 5 hrs plum)

After an acclimatization day we descend to the glacier marked by cairns which is generally quite well defined. We cross the Ngozumpa Glacier immediately after leaving Gokyo and descend to the second lake to finally reach the glacier. Further, the trail climbs off the glacier along by the small dwelling known as Tragnag and follow a shallow valley to our camp situated beside a small kharka.
Day 11

THANGNAK – CHOLA PASS (5330m) – LOBUCHE (4948m, 8 hrs)

Today, our trek starts early morning to cross a ridge and old lateral moraine before the rock begins to scramble to the pass. Before continuing for the valley we have to pass Cho La and make a long descent to Lobuche. The excellent views across the Rolwaling Valley in the west and Ama Dablam to the south east can be seen. As we descent through the pass crossing a fairly straightforward small glacier more marvelous views of Ama and Dablam is visible. Continue to descend to the pastures below forbidding north face of Cholatse appears in front. The trail then joins the main Everest trail from Pheriche to Thyangboche, after passing grassy slopes above a lake, the Tshola Tsho. Finally, the trail flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche.
Day 12

KALAPATTHAR 5545m – (RETURN) GORAKSHEP (5100m, 5 hrs)

The excursion to Everest base camp through Kalapatthar provides marvelous views of Mt. Everest and other hundreds of beautiful peaks including that of Tibet. The trail also provides good views of the Everest Group from Gorkshep and Kalapatthar.
Day 13

GORAKSHEP – EVEREST BASE CAMP (5357m) – LOBUCHE (4948m, 8 hrs)

The Everest base camp, the main camp for Mountaineers, has the beautiful snowy mountains all around making the lifetime memory in our travel history. The exiting route follows the Khumbu Glacier and its interesting 15 meters high sera’s of ice making a unique feature of Himalayan glaciers.

Further, the trail descends to the Lobuche. There are few uphill sections below Gorakshep which might seem endless due to the lethargy induced by altitude.

Day 14

LOBUCHE – PANGBOCHE (3930m, 8 hrs)

From Lobuche the descending trail leads to Pangboche along with the Lmja Khola. It is the highest permanent settlement and gompa the oldest in Khmbu which is built over the hermitage of Khumbu’s saint Lama Sanga Dorje. It is believed that the juniper trees on either side were sprigged from his head’s hair cut and a rock-like projection is a piece of mountain inside he pulled out for projection one day.
Day 15

PANGBOCHE – KHUMJUNG VILLAGE (3790m, 7 hrs)

Further, we move descending to Phunki Tenga and ascend till Khumjng, one of the largest Sherpa villages of the region. It also offers mysterious view of Amadablam and make side excursion through the local Sherpa village to Hillary hospital and Hillary school.
Day 16

KHUMJUNG VILLAGE – PHAKDING (2610m, 6 hrs)

Today, we have an easy way down to the Phakding village via Namche Bazaar for Lodge stay.
Day 17

PHAKDING – LUKLA (2800m, 4 HRS)

This day is the last day of our terrific trek ending with an easy way down to Lukla. Our representative will make necessary arrangements for your next day flight to Kathmandu in the afternoon.
Day 18

FLY LUKLA – KATHMANDU (1300m, 45 minutes)

30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel, breakfast included.
Day 19

Farewell

A representative from Royal Mountain Trekking will take you to the ariport few hours before the scheduled flight.
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