Gokyo Tsholapass and Everest Base Camp Trek

Package Details
  • Total Duration: 19 days
  • Trek Duration: 15 days
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous
  • Max Elevation: 5550m at Kalapaththar
  • Mode of Trek: Teahouse
  • Trek Start: Lukla
  • Trek Ends: Lukla
“In a picturesque valley amongst towering cliffs and rich highland culture, with a view of the world’s four highest peaks”
This trek to Gokyo offers a unique, rewarding alternative to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek. From Gokyo, the four 8000 m. peaks of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu are clearly visible. There are several options for additional side trips and high altitude walks before you traverse the high Tsho-la pass and reach Everest Base Camp. You also have the opportunity to stand at Kalapathar, the highest point of this trek, and take in the panoramic views of towering, snow-capped peaks, including Mt. Everest, seemingly a stone’s throw away. This outstanding trek visits the deep, lush valleys of the Khumbu region, with time to explore villages and monasteries and to sample the incredible hospitality of the renowned Sherpa people. The adventure begins with a beautiful, scenic flight to Lukla. This is a popular destination, which provides a fascinating contrast to the high mountain views as you approach. You trek slowly to Phakding the first day; the next day you trek ahead to the Sherpa capital at Namche Bazaar. You have time to acclimatize yourself in Namche before following the quiet trail to Gokyo, high in the valley, and visiting the ancient Buddhist monastery at Thyangboche. Descending to Namche, you are treated to incredible views of Khangtiaga, Thamserku, and the Nuptsse – Lhotse wall, with Mt. Everest towering above. The views along the trail are tremendous, with a radiant panorama of a chain of snow-capped mountain ranges to all sides, and many more exciting experiences along the way. The Everest region is understandably one of the most popular and spectacular destinations for trekkers in Nepal and the world, and it offers some of most fascinating and enjoyable trekking, with beautiful views of the highest peaks in the world. This trek reaches its highest point at Gokyo Ri, situated at 5,357 m., which provides outstanding, breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and their glaciers, including Mt. Everest.

Departure Dates

Spring – 2014
07 March to 25 March
21 March to 08 April
18 April to 06 May
09 May to 27 May
Autumn – 2014
07 September to 25 September
21 September to 09 October
02 October to 20 October
23 October to 10 November

Price

Budget accommodation in cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Teahouse lodge basis - -
Single supplement - -
Standard accommodation in cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Teahouse lodge basis - -
Single supplement - -
Deluxe accommodation in cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Teahouse/Lodge basis only - -
Single supplement - -

Outline itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02 Full-day guided sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu valley
Day 03 Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2610m) 04 hrs
Day 04 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3400m) 06 hrs
Day 05 Rest day at Namche Bazaar
Day 06 Trek to Dole (4200m) via Phortse Tenga (3680m)
Day 07 Trek to Machhermo (4470m)
Day 08 Trek to Gokyo (4790m)
Day 09 Rest day at Gokyo
Day 10 Trek to Thanknak (4700m) via Gokyo Ri (5357m)
Day 11 Trek to Dzongla (4620m) via Chola Pass (5330m)
Day 12 Trek to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 13 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) via Gorekshep (5140m) and retrace back to Gorekshep
Day 14 Trek to Kalapathar (5550m) to Pangboche (3930m)
Day 15 Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 16 Trek to Lukla
Day 17 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18 Free day in Kathmandu
Day 19 Final departure

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to hotel

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight in hotel

Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley

After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of Kumari, hailed as the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight in hotel

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m) 04 Hrs

This morning you will be transferred from your hotel to the Kathmandu airport for the domestic flight to Lukla. The flight itself is awe-inspiring, as you fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibet/China. Flying time to Lukla is approximately 35 minutes. Upon arrival in Lukla, there will be time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment. Lukla lies at an altitude of (2,850m.) and means “place of sheep.” From Lukla, you descend northwest on a wide trail to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Koshi Valley. The valley is covered with beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. The walking is easy as you follow the river’s course, passing through the village of Ghat. Your destination for today is a small village of Phakding, where accommodation is provided in a teahouse/lodge. Overnight at teahouse

Day 04: Trek to Namche (3440m) 05 Hrs

After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi, the walk is pleasant, with a few short ups and downs, until you re-cross the Dudh Koshi from the village of Benkar, taking in the magnificent view of Thermasarkhu (6,608 m.). You then cross the long suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River to reach Monjo, situated below the spectacular peak of Thermasherkhu and a few minutes' walk from the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. At the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, your trekking permit (especially the park ticket) is checked, as the park keeps a record of all trekkers in the area. From here, a short descent brings you again to another suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River, after which you reach a bridge to Jorsalle village, the last village and the only place to shop until Namche Bazaar. The walk from Jorsalle village is pleasant, following the river until coming to the last bridge over the Imjatse River. The walk to Namche Bazaar traces a winding, uphill path, with a magnificent view of Kwangde Peak and its other sister peaks towards the east and with Kusum Kangru at your back. As you climb higher, you can view the Mt. Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse, and Taweche Peak, all the way up to Thop Danda, where there is a stone wall for porters and trekkers to rest on. From here, another 1-2 hour walk takes you to the destination of the day, the famed Namche Bazaar, where the colorful houses are situated in amphitheater style. Overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Rest day in Namche (Acclimatization day)

Suggested activities include a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar, with breathtaking views of the surrounding snowcapped giants and the deep valleys way down below. There is also an interesting museum providing with various information on the history of the Himalayas, the geographic information of the area, cultural practices, mountaineering history, and flora and fauna of the region. You can spend the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight at teahouse

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4200m) via Phortse Thanga (3680m) 05 Hrs

Journey continues towards Gokyo region, crossing through the Chorten with grand scenery of Mt. Everest and Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Kusum Kangaru, Tawache and more peaks around the area. You can see the 360 degree view of snow capped mountain from this route and reaches at Kyanjuma. This is also most popular places for Himalayan wildlife such as Musk deer, Pheasant (Danfe), blood pheasants, Himalayan goat etc (BBC planet Earth has filmed in Apr 005 through the Gurkha Encounters support) and trek ascents the left side to Monga hill and continue down to Phortse Thanga for lunch. After lunch the path winds up through the beautiful countryside and through the gorge to Dole for the overnight stop. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4470m) 04 Hrs

From Dole the trail climbs via Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The path is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub to Lhabarma. The track continues to climb along the side of the valley high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machermo at 4410m. It was in Machermo in 1974 that one of the first Yeti sightings was reported in Khumbu. There are three hotels and good mountain views in Machhermo. Visit Himalayan rescue association and overnight at teahouse

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4790m) 05 Hrs

Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho-Oyu (8,153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangram at 4,390m. The route descends to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4,690m, where you can find the Lama Foot prints then finally up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo at 4,750m, on edge of the third lake. Gokyo a small settlement but slowly growing with about 6-8 lodges at present. Gokyo with its glacial lake and the surrounding high snow capped mountain certainly makes this place one of the gem of Khumbu region. Overnight at teahouse

Day 09: Rest day in Gokyo

After your Gokyo breakfast you may have chance to explore up to the fifth lake passing another forth lake and enjoy the view. This is great an opportunity to see full part of Mt. Everest and Cho-yu with a lake view in Himalayas. Northern part you can see the Cho-yu base camp and biggest glacier of the world named Na-jumpa glacier. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water, some snacks and packed food, hat, gloves and sunglass and back to lodge. Overnight at teahouse

Day 10: Trek to Thangnak (4700m) via Gokyo Ri (5357m) 05 Hrs

Early morning hike to Gokyo Ri with a sunrise view and for the breathtaking view of Mt. Everest and many more Himalayan scenery, including Mt. Cho Oyu the world’s 6th highest and Mt. Makalu which is the world’s 5th highest you can view this great giants all at one go. This will be your one of the most unforgettable memories and after an hour back to Gokyo for breakfast. Trek down to Thagnak passing the lakes and crossing the glacier towards Thaknak for the overnight stop. Overnight at teahouse

Day 11: Trek to Dzongla (4620m) via Chola Pass (5330m) 05 Hrs

After breakfast guide will lead you to the Tsho-La pass (Chhugyuma) at 5,420m. The pass is not difficult (except on heavy snow condition) but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. After crossing the Tshola (Cho-la) pass the downhill path reaches you at Dzongla for the overnight stop at the Lodge where lodges have basic facilities, with very simple dormitory room but with cozy dining. Overnight at teahouse

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4910m) 04 Hrs

From here the trail is quite gradual on the winding side of the hills; the walk follows along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalapathar and Pumori, before reaching Lobuche at (4,910m) for your evening stay. This is the last stop before the climb to the base camp the next day. It is important to take the time to rest and acclimatize for this unforgettable day. You can see the best view of Mt. Nuptse from the lodge at Lobuche. Overnight at teahouse

Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and to Gorakhshep (5140m) 06 Hrs

  Today wake up early and after tea, trek to Gorakhshep crossing through the huge boulders and glacier part. The walk is pleasant except for the high altitude gain, the trail is gentle for an hour with few short steep climb before reaching the moraine and glacier portion, great view of the Khumbu glacier down below with striking scenery of the high snow capped mountain in front of you, after going through the moraine section a short descend brings you at Gorakhshep, after a break here continue towards Everest Base Camp for another two hours, the path is quite rough in some section. Base Camp is lively in the high climbing season, after being here at the foot of Number One retrace the journey back to Gorakhshep. Overnight at teahouse Note: On the day to EBC packed lunch or some snacks will be arranged by our guides to take with you for EBC.

Day 14: Trek to Pangboche (3930m) with visit to Kalapatthar (5550m) 06 Hrs

In the early morning trek up to the Kalapathar. On the trail, a great view of beautiful Mt. Pumori. This section of the trek also provides good views of the Mt. Everest at a stone throw distance. It is approximately two hrs climb to the top which offers breathtaking views. After the wonderful memorable experience head back to Gorakhshep for breakfast and trek back to Pangboche. Overnight at teahouse

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m) 04 Hrs

The trail from Pangboche descends towards Imja Khola, after crossing the bridge. Following the gradual trail to Debouche for an hour, from Debouche forty minutes climb to Tengboche. From Tengboche the route steeply descends to Phunki Thangka through the pine and Rhododendron forest then ascends the ridge towards passing some small villages and join at Shanasha and Kyanjuma. Further two hours walk path reaches you at Namche Bazaar. Overnight at teahouse

Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2840m) 06 Hrs

It’s a long downhill walk with short climbs to Phakding crossing over several suspension bridges, after 3-4 hrs reaches you at Phakding for lunch. From here another 2 to 3 hours brings you at Lukla for the last final day of the trek. The trail follows on the gradual path with few ups and downs, and just before Lukla at Choplung 45 minutes to an hour climb reaches you at Lukla. After refreshing moment in Lukla, late afternoon confirms your flight for Kathmandu for the next morning. Lukla is the place for the last night dinner and party with your fellow staffs and porters. Overnight at teahouse

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu 45 min

The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. As we get hold of the boarding pass depending upon our flight time we make our way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 45 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, one of our Tour Officers will be waiting to receive and escort you back to the Hotel.

Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu

A free day in Kathmandu please let our staff know if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or if you need to extend your stay for few days and join in our extension trip White Water Rafting, Jungle Safari, Paragliding or Bungee Jump.

Day 19: Final Departure

Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.
  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made 48 hours before departure and a 40% cancellation charge is approved besides tax, transportation and permit. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the program ends before the provided itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for your early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feels it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues
  • The Company is not liable for an unconvinced or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in international flights being missed
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal
  • Our staffs are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety, their conclusions regard safety are final and should you not follow their advice the Company cannot be held responsible for the outcome.
If you wish to cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of charges will apply:

Date of Cancellation Charge Incurred

2 months before departure Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
29 days to 2 months before departure 50% of TTC
10 to 28 days before departure 70% of TTC
Less than 10 days before departure 100% of TTC