Everest Base Camp / Gokyo Cross Chola La Trek - 17 Days

Trip Overview

This trek gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu area. This is a strenuous trek leading to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La Pass at 5330m leading into the Khumbu valley above Lobuje. The trail continues up to Kalapattar and then back to Lukla via Thengboche and Namche Bazaar.

With eight of the world's ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas. Trekking in the Everest area is an awesome experience, not only for its proximity to the world's highest mountain but also for its friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, great variety of cultures and traditions, colourful festivals and monasteries. The flora and fauna are other ornaments of the Sagarmatha National Park. The story of the yeti is still a mystery and the legend lives on in the Khumbu.

Strenuous trekking is continuously rewarded with dramatic Himalayan scenes, including four of the world's eight highest peaks: Cho Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8516 m) and Everest (8850m). Breathtaking mountain vistas are complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries offering you an insight into the quiet but, culturally vibrant Sherpa way of life.

The following itinery is a suggested outline for a trek which covers the highlights of the Khumbu and the most visited places. Details may vary according to personal taste and time schedule. The schedule caters for tea house trekking, expedition style trekking where porters carry your tent and food, or a combination of both.Critcally important though is to follow a proper acclimatisation process. This is so often hurried with dire consequences. This is a high altitude trek with considerable time sleeping at high altitudes.

After a few days of rest and sightseeing in Kathmandu you are ready to embark on the journey.

Trip Facts

  • country Nepal
  • Destination Kalapathar - Everest Base Camp/Gokyo Ri
  • duration 17 days
  • Activities Cultural tour/Trekking
  • Grade Moderate and Fairly StrenuousLearn
  • Best Season February to May & Sep to second week of the December
  • Group Size Min. 2 and Max 15
  • Altitude Min. 2853m/Max. 5550m
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu (Capital of Nepal)
  • Accommodation Two night’s hotel in Kathmandu at 3 to 4 stars level on BB plan, & mountain lodge( Tea-house ) in trekking.
  • Meals included Breakfast and welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu / Full board in Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  • Transportation Flight from Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu and by Car, Van, Hiace and bus in Kathmandu as per group size.

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  1. Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.
  2. An early morning to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding. (2610mtrs/8563ft). Flight 30 minutes and walking 3 hours. O/N at guest house.
  3. Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft). walking 5:30 hours. O/N at guest house
  4. Acclimatization day at Namche Bazzar. walking 5 hours, O/N at guest house.
  5. Trek to Tengboche(3860m/12664ft). walking 5 hours. O/N at guest house.
  6. Trek to Dingboche(4410m/14468ft). walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house.
  7. Acclimatization day at Dinbuche. walking 4:25 hours, O/N at guest house.
  8. Trek to Lobuje(4910m/16108ft). walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house.
  9. Trek to Everest Base Camp (5363m/17595ft) and back to Gorekshep(5153m/16906ft). walking 7:30 hours, O/N at guest house.
  10. Hiking up Kalapathar(5545m/18192ft) and overnight at Zongla (4710m/15453ft). Walking 6 hours. O/N at guest house.
  11. Trek to Thagna(4500m/14764ft) via the Chola-la cross(5420m/17782ft). Walking 7:30 hours, O/N at guest house.
  12. Trek to Gokyo (4790m/15715ft). walking 4:30 hours, O/N at guest house.
  13. Hiking upto Gokyo Ri (5483m/1983ft) and trek down Marhhermo((4,480m/14,246ft) walking 7:30 hours, O/N at guest house.
  14. Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft). Walking 5 hours, O/N at guest house.
  15. Trek down to Lukla (2804m/8490ft) walking 6:30 hours, O/N at guest house.
  16. An early morning flight back to Kathmandu. O/N at hotel, B & B plan
  17. After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. If you would like to stay more than 17 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari etc. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Hotel There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.
  2. Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Phakding (2610m/7903ft) - Flight to Lukla 30 minutes and walking 5:30 hours Fly to Lukla, the trail descends, gradually passing above the large village of Chaunrikharaka (2680m) and on through small villages, fields and forests following a wide well constructed path. After Kusum Drargka, a large stream, the trail crosses the Dudh Kosi river at Phakding. Overnight at guest house.
  3. Phakding-Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft) - walking 5:30 hours. From Phakding the trail follows the western bank of Dudh Kosi passing through forests of Blue Pine until it reaches the village of Benkar(2700m). From here the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the Dudh Kosi, and climbs gently to the village of Chumoa. Between here and the next village of Monjo (2800m) the trail drops steeply to cross Monjo Khola. From Monjo the trail crosses a small rock saddle and then descends abruptly to re-cross the Dudh Kosi at Jorsale (2804m). Beyond Jorsale the trail undulates up until the confluence with Bhote Kosi is reached. From here the Khumbu region begins. Above the bridge the trail zigzags up 300m of the steep spur between the two rivers through sparse forest. From the top of the spur, Mt. Everest can be seen rising above Nuptse-Lhotse wall. The next section of the trail climbs less steeply, traversing above the Bhote Kosi until Namche Bazaar is reached. Namcha Bazaar is a market town, where every Saturday morning traders from lower altitude sell goods to sherpas. Most of the trading is over by mid-day and the traders return to their villages. Overnight at guest house.
  4. Acclimatization day At Namche Bazzar- walking 5 hours. Known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’ we will spend today here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. A short trek to the museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people, as well as about flora & Fauna & its land, more importantly, from here you will get the proper glimpse of Everest and the surrounding mountains. And we hike up the Syanbuche airport, and Everest view hotel and sightseeing at the Khumjung village (3800m/12,466ft), which is the biggest settlement of Sherpa. Khumjung is one of the most beautiful villages in Everest area. It’s symmetrically laid out stone dwellings house the families of many of our Sherpas. Overnight at guest house.
  5. Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche (3857m/12,670 feet)- walking 5 hours. O/N at guest house. An enjoyable walk down to the river at Phunki Thanhka to lunch next to water driven prayer wheels. A steep but short climb takes us to Tengboche Monastery through forests of blue pine, fir and black juniper. Overnight at guest house.
  6. Tengboche to Dingboche(4410m/14468ft)- walking 5:30 hours Our trek continues to climb as we head to the altitude of 4310m taking our time so not to be affected by the thinning air. Overnight at guest house.
  7. Second acclimatization day in Dingboche (4410m/14468ft) –walking 4:25 hours Our second acclimatization day, the group will be taken to Nagarjun Hill(5050m/15291ft). This point offers fantastic views of the fifth highest mountain Makalu 8463m/25625ft. After appreciating the surrounding scenery we trek back to our camp in Dingboche, relaxing in the evening. Overnight at guest house.
  8. Dingboche to Lobuje(4910m/16108ft). – Walking 5:30 hours. Today our trek climbs to 4910m. Overnight at guest house.
  9. Lobuje to Everest Base Camp (5363m/17595ft) and back to Gorak Shep(5153m/16906ft). – walking 7:30 hours Today we reach our goal by trekking to Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5363m. After appreciating our efforts and photographing the achievement we return to Gorak Shep. Overnight at guest house.
  10. Hiking up Kalapathar(5545m/18192ft) and overnight at Zongla (4710m/15453ft). Walking 6:30 hours From our base at Gorak Shep we continue to climb this time hiking up Kalapathar. Leaving as early as possible to take advantage of the morning light, the panoramic views of Everest and the surrounding mountains, as we reach our destination of the Kalapathar viewpoint. Following this we descend to Zongla. Overnight at guest house.
  11. Zongla to Thagna(4500m/14764ft) via the Chola-la cross(5420m/17782ft). Walking 7:30 hours We begin the day by climbing to Chola-la (5483m) crossing over and descending once more to Thagna (4500m). Overnight at guest house.
  12. Trek to Gokyo lakes (4790m/15715ft). Walking 4:30 hours Today takes the trek to our final destination, Gokyo (4790m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights. Overnight at guest house.
  13. Hiking to Gokyo Ri and Machhermo. Walking 4:30 hours This day early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m/19083ft) ample rewards to one attempts this trip. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded. Overnight at guest house.
  14. Trek down to Namche Bazzar TTrek down to Namche Bazzar (3440 meters) Walking 5 hours Overnight at guest house.
  15. Namche Bazzar to Lukla(2840m/9317ft)- walking to 6:30 hours Our final day of trekking returns us to the town of Lukla, where the overnight stay gives you time to explore the town as well as reflect upon the mountains you have recently visited for one last time before heading back to Kathmandu. Overnight at guest house.
  16. Lukla to Kathmandu. - walking 5 minutes and Flight to Kathmandu 30 minutes After Breakfast. We will walk about 5 minutes to airport to catch our return flight to Kathmandu. Flight an early morning at 7 am to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
  17. Departure After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. If you would like to stay more than 17 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari etc. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

Month Tour Start Tour End
February 06 Feb 23 Feb
February 15 Feb 03 Mar
February 22 Feb 10 Mar
March 01 Mar 17 Mar
March 06 Mar 22 Mar
March 14 Mar 30 Mar
March 19 Mar 04 Apr
March 22 Mar 07 Apr
March 28 Mar 13 Apr
April 02 Apr 18 Apr
April 05 Apr 21 Apr
April 12 Apr 28 Apr
April 19 Apr 05 May
April 26 Apr 12 May
April 30 Apr 16 May
May 03 May 19 May
May 10 May 26 May
May 17 May 02 Jun
May 24 May 09 Jun
June 04 Jun 20 Jun
June 08 Jun 24 Jun
June 14 Jun 30 Jun
June 21 Jun 07 Jul
July 03 Jul 19 Jul
July 09 Jul 25 Jul
September 03 Sept 19 Sept
September 06 Sept 22 Sept
September 13 Sept 29 Sept
September 20 Sept 06 Oct
September 27 Sept 13 Oct
October 02 Oct 18 Oct
October 08 Oct 24 Oct
October 15 Oct 31 Oct
October 22 Oct 07 Nov
October 29 Oct 14 Nov
November 01 Nov 17 Nov
November 08 Nov 24 Nov
November 15 Nov 01 Dec
November 26 Nov 12 Dec
December 03 Dec 19 Dec
December 10 Dec 26 Dec
December 17 Dec 02 Jan
December 25 Dec 10 Dec
Month Tour Start Tour End
February 06 Feb 23 Feb
February 15 Feb 03 Mar
February 22 Feb 10 Mar
March 01 Mar 17 Mar
March 06 Mar 22 Mar
March 14 Mar 30 Mar
March 19 Mar 04 Apr
March 22 Mar 07 Apr
March 28 Mar 13 Apr
April 02 Apr 18 Apr
April 05 Apr 21 Apr
April 12 Apr 28 Apr
April 19 Apr 05 May
April 26 Apr 12 May
April 30 Apr 16 May
May 03 May 19 May
May 10 May 26 May
May 17 May 02 Jun
May 24 May 09 Jun
June 04 Jun 20 Jun
June 08 Jun 24 Jun
June 14 Jun 30 Jun
June 21 Jun 07 Jul
July 03 Jul 19 Jul
July 09 Jul 25 Jul
September 03 Sept 19 Sept
September 06 Sept 22 Sept
September 13 Sept 29 Sept
September 20 Sept 06 Oct
September 27 Sept 13 Oct
October 02 Oct 18 Oct
October 08 Oct 24 Oct
October 15 Oct 31 Oct
October 22 Oct 07 Nov
October 29 Oct 14 Nov
November 01 Nov 17 Nov
November 08 Nov 24 Nov
November 15 Nov 01 Dec
November 26 Nov 12 Dec
December 03 Dec 19 Dec
December 10 Dec 26 Dec
December 17 Dec 02 Jan
December 25 Dec 10 Jan
Trekking Boot One Pairs
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair
Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Daypack 1
Water Bottle 1
Sun Cream  
Sunglasses  
Flashlight Witd Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve, Gaiters.  
Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Sunglasses 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens Witd A Waterproof 1
Insect Repellent
Toilet Articles
Note Book & Pen
Toilet Roll
Laundry Soap
Pocket Knife
Towel
Sewing Kit
Plasters
Binoculars
Camera
Film
Cards And Personal Medical Kit
Short description Mode of the packages: What are included in the packages?

Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu, Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 3 stars level, Meals3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking, Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking, both ways domestic flight tickets from KTM/Lukla/KTM, necessary permits, all the ground transportation by tourist vehicles, an experienced guide and porter and all the necessary permits, please find in details what is included and excluded in the cost as follows:

Service Includes in the Cost in Details:
  • All the ground transportation by tourist vehicles.
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu as per your desire.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast at 3 stars level ( for two nights).
  • Meals3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking for you.
  • Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking( for 14 nights).
  • Trip Map.
  • Both ways domestic flight tickets from KTM/Lukla/KTM with airport tax.
  • An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and English-speaking trekking guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers:1 porter).
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Four season sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag( bag pack) and walking stick to use for trekking, if necessary.
  • Duffel/kit bag( Gift from our company).
  • All necessary paper works and Everest national park entry permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.
Service Excludes in the cost in details:
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)- (Except welcome dinner).
  • All kinds of drinks in the mountain (hot, cold and alcoholic).
  • Entry fee while sightseeing in Kathmandu (USD 20 per person).
  • Personal equipment.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
For the most up to date latest pricing, please contact us

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. If you would like to stay more than 14 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari etc. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

Budget package available:

The cost for the budget package is USD 975, per person, including ground transportation as per itinerary, two nights hotel in Kathmandu at 3 stats level inclusive breakfast, your domestic flight tickets Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu, permits, guide and porter.

what our clients say about us?

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Hello Babu,
Nice to hear from you again. Hope everything is going well in Nepal. We had a great time during our trek in the Everest Region. Everything was well organized and we were very happy with our guide Raj and our two porters, who were a lot of fun to hang out with and made the trip an unforgettable experience. Attached I am sending you a group-photo that was taken at Gokyo Ri. Ines Best regards from Austria.
Ines
Austria
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Hi Babu,
We had a fanastic time trekking to Everest Base Camp with Unique Path. Everything was so easy to organise in advance, with Babu replying promptly and efficiently to our emails. Our guide Sanu was excellent, he took care of our every need and was really well organised, and very well informed always providing us with interesting information about the local area and people. He spoke excellent English and was good company. The amazing scenery of the Himalaylas was matched by the quality of service that we received from Unique Path, thank you for making our trip special. Ryan & Kate, Edinburgh Please pass on our thanks to Sanu, Kind regards
Kate & Ryan
Ireland
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