Gokyo Lake Cho La pass and Everest Base Camp

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Gokyo Lake Cho La pass and Everest Base Camp
At a Glance
  • Duration19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Places to Visit Everest Region
  • Max Altitude 5,545m/18,192ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Lukla
  • Ends Lukla
  • Activity Teahouse Trekking
  • Best Season Spring / Autumn

Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass and Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • The terrific Lukla flight,
  • The gorgeous lakes,
  • The climb to Gokyo-Ri,
  • Crossing of Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier in the Himalayas)
  • The daring Cho La pass and
  • Everest base camp, and
  • The extravagant panoramic mountain views.
  • Consequently, it offers you a view of the world's highest peaks like Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu.

Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass and Everest Base Camp Trek Overview

Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass and Everest Base Camp trek is one of the marvelous and thrilling trekking routes in the Everest region. Furthermore, it is a combination of two different enchanting valleys through the daring Cho La pass (5,420 m/17,782 feet) that delivers a real wilderness experience.

It's especially for travelers who are keen to experience the real luxury of beauty going through diverse highlands. Furthermore, the trek provides anyone more opportunity and understanding, unlike the regular and commercial valley trail to Everest base camp.

It’s an adventure from the very first day you fly into the world’s most dangerous airport, Lukla. From Namche, the diversion from the commercial trail takes you to the less-trodden valley of Gokyo. This secret valley of Gokyo with a series of magnificent turquoise blue lakes is more of a sacred and sanctified place. It is certainly blessed with an exceptional mountain setting and amazing natural beauty.

It’s a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Very much like Gosaikunda Lake in the region of Langtang during one particular festival season many Hindus from around the world visit Gokyo to take a holy bath in the lake.

Gokyo Lake (4,790 m/15,715 ft) 

Gokyo Lake is a natural wonder that captivates the hearts of travelers and adventurers alike. Nestled at an elevation of about 4,790 meters (15,715 feet), this pristine freshwater lake is a hidden gem amidst the towering peaks of the Himalayas. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, including the famous Cho Oyu, the world's sixth-highest peak, Gokyo Lake offers a breathtakingly beautiful and serene environment.

The lake itself is a shimmering turquoise jewel, reflecting the awe-inspiring landscapes that encompass it. Its tranquil waters mirror the sky above, creating a picturesque scene that is a photographer's delight. As one stands by the lake's shores, the crisp mountain air and the peaceful ambiance induce a sense of tranquility and a deep connection with nature.

Gokyo Lake is not just a visual treat; it also holds religious significance for the local Sherpa people. It is considered sacred and is part of a pilgrimage route that leads to the revered Gokyo Ri, a nearby peak offering panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan giants.

For adventure enthusiasts, Gokyo Lake serves as a base camp for thrilling treks, including the popular Gokyo Ri Trek and the challenging Cho La Pass Trek. These treks offer a chance to explore the dramatic landscapes, encounter friendly Sherpa communities, and witness the stunning beauty of the Everest region.

Whether you seek solace in nature, wish to embark on an unforgettable adventure, or simply want to immerse yourself in the ethereal beauty of the Himalayas, Gokyo Lake is a destination that will leave you awe-inspired and rejuvenated. It is a place where the grandeur of nature unfolds, reminding us of the immense wonders that exist in our world.

Cho La Pass Quest (5,420 m/17,782 feet)

The view of Cho-Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world dominates the entire Gokyo valley. The next morning going over the Ngozumpa glacier, one of the longest glaciers in the Himalayas is something very challenging and rewarding. Anyone would sense the real wilderness experience while being in the isolated village of Thangnak overnight.

Eventually, we make it to Cho La Pass. Situated at an elevation of approximately 5,420 meters (17,782 feet), Chol La serves as a crucial route for trekkers and mountaineers heading towards the popular Everest Base Camp and the Gokyo Valley.

The pass offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. However, it is known for its challenging and rugged terrain, requiring a good level of physical fitness and experience in high-altitude trekking.

The trail leading to Cho La Pass involves steep ascents and descents, often across icy and rocky sections. Trekkers must navigate through moraines and glaciers, and sometimes even traverse a crevasse-filled glacier. The pass itself is characterized by a narrow rocky gorge, which can be quite challenging to cross during adverse weather conditions.

Due to its high altitude and unpredictable weather, the Cho La Pass trek is recommended for experienced trekkers who have acclimatized properly and are well-prepared with appropriate gear and supplies. It offers a thrilling adventure and a unique opportunity to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas while undertaking a memorable journey in the heart of the Everest region.

Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters /17,598 feet)

Walking into the unfamiliar and very untouched valley and over the Cho La pass will significantly make your day. Significantly, being at the base of the world’s highest mountain gives you a great sense of achievement. This 18-day Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass and Everest Base Camp eventually take you to the most celebrated EBC.

Standing at Everest Base Camp is an overwhelming and awe-inspiring experience. The air is crisp and thin as if carrying the whispers of countless dreams and aspirations that have been harbored in this place. Surrounded by towering peaks, including the mighty Everest itself, there is a sense of humbling grandeur that fills the air.

The magnitude of nature's power and beauty is palpable, and it instills a profound sense of reverence and respect. In the midst of this rugged and majestic landscape, one can't help but feel a deep connection to the history of mountaineering and the human spirit of adventure.

There is a mixture of excitement and tranquility, as the mind tries to comprehend the magnitude of the journey taken to reach this point. It is a moment of reflection and accomplishment, knowing that you have followed in the footsteps of legendary explorers.

Finally, your achievement becomes a part of the rich tapestry of Everest's legacy. It is a feeling of being on top of the world, both literally and figuratively. It leaves an indelible mark on the soul, forever imprinting the memories of standing at the foot of the highest peak on Earth.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 feet) Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02:Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) (474 m / 1,555 feet) and Overnight Stay
  • Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2,840 m/9,317 feet) and trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,562 feet)
  • Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,450 m/11,318 feet) - The Capital City of Khumbu Region
  • Day 05:Acclimatization day at Namche /morning excursion.
  • Day 06:Trek to Dole (4,200 m / 13,779 feet)
  • Day 07:Trek to Machchermo (4,470 m/14,665 feet)
  • Day 08:Acclimatization Day at Machchermo - Acclimatization Hike
  • Day 09:Trek to Gokyo Lake (4,790 m/15,715 feet)
  • Day 10:Ascent Gokyo Ri (5,480 m / 17,979 feet) and Trek to Dragnak (4,700 m/15,419ft) 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 11:Trek to Dzongla (4,830 m/15,846 ft) via Chola pass (5,420 m/17,782 ft) 8 - 9 hours
  • Day 12:Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m/16,108 feet) 4 hours
  • Day 13:Trek to Gorak Shep (5,164 m /16,942 feet) trek to Everest base camp.
  • Day 14:Morning excursion to Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 feet) and Trek to Pheriche (4,240 m/13,910 feet)
  • Day 15:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,450 m/11,318 feet) via Tengboche Monastery
  • Day 16:Trek to Lukla (2,840 m/9,317 feet)
  • Day 17:Fly back to Kathmandu OR MANTHALI AIRPORT
  • Day 18:Contingency Day
  • Day 19:Departure Day

Gokyo Lake Cho La pass and Everest Base Camp Detailed Itinerary

Once you arrive at the Kathmandu airport your Trekking Group Leader or the office representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Despite, the capital city of Nepal certainly being the busiest with hectic traffic it undoubtedly has a strong appeal with local splendor and vigorous activities around, where you can simply relax and take pleasure in the fun of driving through the unfamiliar roads.


  • Pick up from the international airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel.
  • Your Hotel is located at the heart of the Center City of Kathmandu in THAMEL 
  • Enjoy the Vibrant and Colorful gullies of Thamel, a tourist hub
  • Short preliminary briefing.
  • Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.
  • Welcome Dinner and get to know one another
  • Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

Driving to Manthali in Ramechhap district, Nepal can be an adventurous journey that offers a glimpse of rural life and the scenic beauty of the Nepalese countryside. The road from Kathmandu to Manthali in Ramechhap is a mix of paved and unpaved sections. While some parts are well-maintained, others can be bumpy and rough, especially during the monsoon season. The condition of the roads can vary, and landslides are not uncommon in hilly areas. The drive takes you through picturesque landscapes, with terraced fields, lush forests, and traditional villages dotting the route. It's an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal.


  • Breakfast at the Hotel.
  • Meet up at a time provided by your Team Leader.
  • Getting together for trek briefing.
  • Distribution of company's trek equipment.
  • Thrilling Drive to Ramechaap – 4 hours
  • Fabulous Lunch in one of the Highway Restaurants.
  • Overnight stay at Ramechaap – BASIC HOTEL FACILITY 
  • Altitude: 474 m / 1,555 feet
  • Accommodation: Basic Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hours DRIVe
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 132 km

Depends on where you are flying from. If you are flying from Kathmandu it's a 35-minute flight to Lukla and if you are flying from Manthali airport it's only an 18/20 minute flight. Once in Lukla, we will spare some time to enjoy the fun of a thrilling landing and take off of the flights from this small airport. Shortly we will head out to Phakding. This 3/4 hour easy walk on the legendary trekking trail through the cultured Sherpa villages with its exceptional beauty and the view of stunning landscape, deep valley, and Dudh Koshi gorge is unique.


  • Flying in a twin-otter plane to a small Lukla airport at an elevation of 2840m
  • Beautiful walk through the series of stunning native settlement
  • The phenomenal sight of profound gorges, ancient farming terraces, and the scenic beauty at the backdrop is something special on the very first day.
  • Overnight stay at stunning Phakding, fabulous dinner and briefing by your leader along with a number of fascinating stories.
  • Altitude: 2,610 m/8,562 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7 km

Today we will start early for Namche Bazaar, the capital and the Administrative Center of the Khumbu district. It’s more of a luxurious city in the middle of no way in the midst of remoteness and thin air. Despite long hours walk it’s far more than just trekking. Give time to adapt your body to thin air. It’s not a matter of proving your physical strength, it's more about taking pleasure with steady ascend.


  • Wake up in the serene environment of Phakding and Enjoy your morning Breakfast with a view.
  • 3 hours gentle walk through a series of pleasant villages to the last settlement of Jorsale for lunch
  • Today you will be crossing of 5 high suspension bridges is daring.
  • Going over the iconic High Suspension Bridge before the Namche climb is simply fascinating.
  • The scenic beauty and deep gorges of soaring cliffs at the backdrop are phenomenal.
  • Being at Namche, the dreamland is remarkable which is worth an effort.
  • Altitude: 3,450 m/11,318 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9 km


Acclimatization is essential to ensure safety, comfort, and enjoyment when exploring high-altitude environments. It allows your body to adapt to the challenges of reduced oxygen levels, making your adventure in the mountains a more memorable and rewarding experience.

  • 1 and ½ hours amazing walk for acclimatization.
  • Walk to Syangbuche, one of the enchanting places in the region with the world’s highest airstrip.
  • Visiting Everest View Lodge with an incredible view and hot beverage.
  • The close view of the magnificent mountain, extensive green hills, the
  • Tibetan Buddhist culture and witnessing the territory of the yaks are charismatic
  • The first view of the world’s highest mountain (Mt. Everest)
  • Altitude: 3,450 m/11,318 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We skip the overcrowded traditional Everest base camp trial and enter into the most beautiful section of Gokyo Valley with the most amazing setting.


  • Fabulous walk to the ridge of Mong-La with stunning mountain views.
  • Deep drop to the Gokyo Gorge for lunch with chances to see musk deer
  • Enchanting walk to Dole through the forest of rhododendrons, pine, and maple.
  • Unlike many other settlements, this small settlement of Dole is exceptional for its kind
  • Altitude: 4,200 m / 13,779 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 11 km

Leaving Dole we walk into the wider version of the trail into the open valley with outstanding views of enormous mountains and deep valleys. This effortless walk into the Himalayan meadow is awe-inspiring. Machchermo, the place of the YETI incident is situated at the foot of Machchermo Peak and is another attraction.


  • Beautiful walk with the most beautiful landscape view.
  • Effortless short walk to Machchermo where the valley opens wide with its magnificence.
  • Listen to the Machchermo YETI INCIDENT that occurred around 1974.
  • Free afternoon for a small excursion or take it as leisure.
  • Altitude: 4,470 m/14,665 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km


In the Everest region, where altitudes soar to staggering heights, acclimatization is a crucial necessity. Acclimatization allows the body to gradually adapt to these diminishing oxygen levels, enabling a safe and successful journey.

Without proper acclimatization, trekkers and climbers risk falling prey to altitude sickness, a potentially life-threatening condition.

By allowing the body to adapt to the high altitude environment, acclimatization not only safeguards against altitude sickness but also enhances overall performance and well-being. Trekkers and climbers who are well-acclimatized experience less fatigue, improved sleep, and a heightened sense of alertness.

  • Altitude: 4,470 m/14,665 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Away from the tree line area, gradual ascent is recommended. Today is another beautiful walk where mountains like Cholatse, Tabuch, and Cho-Oyu unfold before us with a series of turquoise blue lakes.


  • remarkable walk in the open valley of wide Himalayan meadow is peaceful
  • Walking up to the stunning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd lakes of Gokyo is remarkable.
  • Getting to Gokyo, a lovely settlement with the backdrop of the world’s sixth-highest mountain Cho-Oyu is significant.
  • Altitude: 4,790 m/15,715 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 5.7 km

Now is the time for an epic climb to Gokyo Ri, the point to value your dream and the sensational Himalayan vistas all around. The climb is challenging but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. After making historic success at Gokyo Ri, we will descend down for breakfast and descend further down to Dragnak through Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas. Dragnak, a small settlement is very secluded but very lively


  • Phenomenal sunrise view
  • A very rewarding moment being at 5480 m with an exceptional panoramic mountain view and the lake view.
  • It’s a thrilling experience to get across the Ngozumba glacier with the sounds of ice cracking, river flowing, and rocks rolling in the glacier.
  • View of small glacial lakes around.
  • Good view of Mt Cho Oyu from the glacier.
  • Be cautious in the rock fall zone.
  • Free afternoon
  • Altitude: 5,480 m / 17,979 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 4 km

Another early wake up for a challenging 5-hour climb to the top of Chola Pass, the exquisite glacial pass. Today you would walk into yet another very untouched alpine valley with the mysterious landscape setting.

After the accomplishment, we have 3 hours of technical descent through the rock face trail to Dzongla. Dzongla with an unbelievable view of Cholatse at the backdrop is sensational.


  • Early wake up for another incredible Chola Pass.
  • Scrambling skills will be required for the glacier moraine to get over and below the pass.
  • Close-up mountain view all around.
  • The walk across the icy glacier is sensational.
  • Basic crampons are recommended for the pass.
  • Great view of Amadablam, Cholatse, and many more mountains on the way down.
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8 km

It’s time to get back into the bustling zone of the regular Everest base camp trail. An easy enchanting 3 hours walk with the most intriguing panoramic view is overwhelming.


  • Amazing view of Nuptse, Pumori, Amadablam, Cholatse, and many others along the way.
  • Great view of Cholatse Lake.
  • Back into the main route to Everest base camp.
  • Your Sleeping elevation is higher than Mt. Blanc (the highest mountain in Europe)
  • Free afternoon.
  • Altitude: 4,910 m/16,108 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 6.5 km

Leaving Lobuche this 3 hours walk to Gorak Shep is out of the ordinary through the rocky moraine undulating trail. Gorak Shep, the spectacular village is surrounded by Pumori (7,145 m), Lingtren (6,697 m), Nuptse (7,745 m), and of course Everest (8,848 m).


  • Spectacular view of the Khumbu ice fall with soaring mountain
  • Trek to the fascinating Everest base camp after lunch
  • View of the base camp and the blue ice pinnacles of the ice-fall is astonishing
  • Challenging but very rewarding walk to the fro from the base camp
  • Altitude: 5,189 m / 17,024 feet)
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours in Total
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 12 km in Total

Now is the time for an epic climb to Kalapathar, the point to value your dream and the sensational Himalayan vistas all around. The climb is challenging but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. After making historic success to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, we will descend down to the settlement of Pheriche descending at least 1000 m below.


  • Phenomenal sunrise view
  • A very rewarding moment being at 5545 m with an exceptional panoramic mountain view.
  • Overnight at Pheriche, which is way tranquil being away from all the hardship and the thin air.
  • Altitude: 5,545 m/18,192 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8 Hours in Total
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14 km in Total

We retrace our steps back to Pangbuche getting ourselves back to the tree line area where you would realize your breathing getting back to normal. It’s pretty wonderful looking back on our effort to Everest base camp from the Tyengbuche ridge. Walk to Namche on a fresh route makes anyone cheerful about their accomplishment.


  • Effortless walk to Tyengbuche monastery, the most active monastery in the Everest region.
  • Visit to the monastery and lighting the butter lamp is an incredible experience
  • Witness the untold history and the activities of Tyengbuche
  • We further descend down to Phunki Tenga and then steeply climb to Khyangjuma and walk to Namche.
  • Give yourself a break at Namche either with drinks or buying souvenirs.
  • Altitude: 3,450 m/11,318 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14.3 km

Retracing the trail from Namche Bazaar back to Lukla marks the concluding leg of our trek. It offers a chance to revisit the picturesque landscapes and vibrant culture of the region one last time.

Starting in Namche Bazaar, you'll descend along the familiar Dudh Koshi River valley, where the trail passes through rhododendron forests, suspension bridges, and the charming villages of Phakding and Monjo. 

The final stretch of the trail from Monjo to Lukla offers a mix of landscapes, from lush forests to terraced fields. Lukla, with its bustling markets and welcoming teahouses, serves as the gateway to the Everest region and is the place where your remarkable journey comes full circle.

Here, we will celebrate your trekking achievements, and prepare for our flight back to Kathmandu. The return journey not only allows trekkers to savor the beauty of the region once more but also provides a sense of closure, completing the loop and leaving you with lasting memories of the breathtaking Himalayas and the rich culture of the Sherpa people.

  • Altitude: 2,840 m/9,317 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 15 km

From Lukla airport, the final destination can be either Kathmandu or Manthali Airport, depending on the peak or off-season. Nonetheless, we will have a Sensational flight back. 

Flying out of Lukla Airport is a divine experience that captures the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas. As your small aircraft takes to the sky, you're immediately surrounded by a panoramic masterpiece of nature. Towering peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, seem to reach out and touch the heavens. 

The rugged landscapes, deep gorges, and remote villages pass beneath you like a living tapestry of Nepal's highlands. The thrill of the takeoff is matched only by the breathtaking scenery that unfolds before your eyes, leaving a permanent imprint of the Himalayan splendor on your soul. 

Flying out of Lukla is not just a departure; it's a final gift, a reminder of the unparalleled beauty that this region has to offer.

However, in the peak season time, all Lukla Flights are Diverted to Manthali Airport at Ramechhap District which is 132 km away from Kathmandu. If we fly to Manthali Airport transportation in a PRIVATE VEHICLE will be provided to transfer you to Kathmandu Hotel. 

This Drive from Manthali to Kathmandu will take 4/5 Hours approximately. 


  • Morning flight to Kathmandu or Manthali.
  • Scenic Drive to Kathmandu, if flights are diverted to Manthali Airport.
  • Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast

Contingency days are essential when trekking in the Everest region due to the unpredictable and often harsh mountain weather. The Himalayas are known for their rapidly changing climate, and adverse conditions like heavy snowfall, high winds, or cloud cover can disrupt trekking schedules.

Contingency days provide a buffer, allowing trekkers to account for such weather-related delays or FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS and ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience. They offer the flexibility to adjust the itinerary, rest, or acclimatize as needed, reducing the risk of altitude sickness and unexpected challenges.

In a region where safety is paramount, these extra days provide a crucial safety net, ensuring that trekkers can navigate the high-altitude terrain with greater peace of mind.

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. in Nepal, your airport reporting time is usually 3 hours prior to your flight. Your leader will be there to assist you at the international airport.

  • Enjoy your Farewell Breakfast in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal
  • Accommodation: Fly Back Home
  • Transport: Airport Transfer

The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your group leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

Flight Delay/Cancellation in Kathmandu and Lukla:

The unpredictability of Flights flying to and from Lukla Airport, the gateway to Mount Everest and the world’s most electrifying airport is pretty evident from its history of delays and cancellations. Diverse factors lead to the situation of cancellation including the weather, technical issues, poor visibility, etc. In such conditions, Nepal Pyramids will charter a helicopter to make certain that you don’t miss your trip or your international flight. But again under these circumstances, the possibility of flying a helicopter depends on the Nepal Civil Aviation flying rules.

Travelers are to pay the cost of the chartered helicopter which is payable through cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa and Master Cards only). Travelers will be provided with a receipt upon payment so that they may claim the amount from their travel insurance. The cost per person is governed by the number of people taking this facility.

However, it is always very wise to have an extra day in your hand in case of bad weather, delays, or flight cancellations. Though in such cases, we always come up with a possible alternative depending on the situation, however, an extra day always cushions for any such uncertainty that truly redeems you from all the international flight hassles.

What's Included
  • PERMITS: All essential permits required from the Government and local authorities to legally trek in the region are procured.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included in the trek package.
  • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: Three nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a three-star twin-sharing hotel on a bed and breakfast-basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees paid.
  • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip PRIVATE VEHICLE transportation between Kathmandu and the Manthali Airport for the flight to Lukla.
  • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Domestic flights TO and FROM LUKLA.
  • EQUIPMENT: Essential trekking gear such as sleeping bags, fleece liners, PrimaLoft jackets, rain ponchos, yak tracks, trekking poles, etc are provided.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
  • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
  • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS:  Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
Essential Trip Information

IMPORTANT NOTE: Under many pressing circumstances there have been recent amendments to the Lukla flights policies and regulations. Because of this, all flights to Lukla will be operating from Manthali Airport in Ramechhap District rather than from Kathmandu Airport. Manthali Airport is 132 Km / 82 miles and a 4 hrs drive from Kathmandu.


Gokyo Lake Cho La pass and Everest Base Camp FAQs

  • Choosing Nepal Pyramids Trekking Company for your trekking and adventure needs in Nepal can be a great decision for several reasons. We are a locally owned and operated company with deep knowledge of the region. We have a team of experienced guides and staff who are well-versed in the culture, terrain, and trekking routes of Nepal.

    Safety is our top priority and we are known for our commitment to safety standards. We provide well-maintained equipment and have experienced guides who are trained in first aid and emergency procedures.

    Nepal Pyramids offer a range of trekking packages and we can tailor them to suit your preferences and fitness level. Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a beginner, we can create an itinerary that suits your needs.

    Nepal Pyramids is committed to sustainable and responsible tourism. We strongly focus on minimizing the environmental impact of all our treks and supporting local communities.

    While providing quality services, we also offer competitive pricing, making trekking in Nepal more accessible to a wide range of travelers.

    Our reviews and testimonials from previous clients can give you insights into our reputation and the experiences of those who have trekked with them.

  • The Everest High Passes Trek is a strenuous + trekking route in the region of Everest. It involves crossing any high mountain passes in the region. This high passes trek would either lead you to Everest Base Camp or Gokyo Valley or Both.

    This Trek may involve:

    • Going over 3 high passes Kongma La Pass (5,535m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Renjo La Pass (5,360m).
    • Or two passes Renjo La / Cho La or Cho La/ Renjo La OR Cho La/Kongma La or Kongma La/ Chola
    • Sometimes it may just include one high mountain Pass either Renjo La either Cho La or Kongma La
  • The length of the Trek depends on your choice of High Pass Trek if you are doing 3 High Passes, 2  High Passes, or just 1 High Pass. However, the duration of the Everest High Passes Trek can vary, but typically it takes around 16 to 21 days in total from your Arrival to Departure. This includes days in Kathmandu, Trekking, and acclimatization days.

  • The best time to do the Everest High Passes Trek is typically during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. 

    Spring (Pre-Monsoon) Season (March to May):

    • Spring is considered the best time for trekking to Everest due to the pleasant weather and clear skies.
    • The temperatures are moderate, and the rhododendron flowers are in bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape.
    • However, the trekking trails can be crowded due to the Everest Expedition season.
    • But Renjo and Gokyo Valley can be a little quieter, making it a great time to enjoy the serenity of the region.

    Autumn (Post-Monsoon) Season (September to November):

    • Autumn is another excellent time to trek to Everest, and it's the most popular trekking season in the region.
    • The weather is stable with clear skies, providing stunning views of the mountains.
    • The temperatures are comfortable, and the trails are less muddy than during the monsoon season.
    • It's a peak trekking season, so expect more trekkers on the trails and in teahouses.

    While spring and autumn are the most favorable times to trek in the Everest region, the region can be visited during other seasons as well. However, the monsoon season (June to August) and winter (December to February) are less ideal due to heavy rainfall, poor visibility, and extreme cold, respectively.

  • Yes, the Everest High Passes Trek is undeniably challenging. It's intended for experienced trekkers seeking a demanding adventure. The high altitudes, including passes like Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La, present a genuine risk of altitude sickness, necessitating meticulous acclimatization.

    Technical skills, such as using crampons and ropes, may be required in steep and icy sections. The trek traverses remote, rugged terrain with limited facilities, making it vital for trekkers to be self-reliant and prepared for the unexpected. Long hiking days and strenuous climbs add to the difficulty, but for those up to the challenge, the rewards include breathtaking views and a profound sense of accomplishment.

  • Yes, you will need permits to undertake the Everest High Passes Trek.

    The required permits include

    • The Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and
    • The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality permit. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or through a registered trekking agency or in the Everest region itself.
  • Accommodation during the Everest High Passes Trek primarily consists of teahouses and basic lodges. In Few places, these accommodations are often rustic but provide essential amenities like a bed, blankets, and hot meals.

    However, in Everest Region Travelers have the luxury of cozy Teahouse Lodges with great amenities. While some teahouses offer private rooms with attached bathrooms. Facilities may be a little basic in a few places like the base camps of any passes.

    It's advisable to be prepared for basic comforts and varying levels of cleanliness, as the focus of our trek is more on the adventure and the stunning natural surroundings than luxurious lodging.

  • The risk of altitude sickness on the Everest High Passes Trek is notably high due to the extreme elevations involved. The trek crosses challenging passes, like Kongma La, Cho La, or Renjo La all exceeding 5,000 meters. Proper acclimatization is vital to mitigate this risk.

    Trekkers should allow time for their bodies to adjust to the altitude by ascending gradually and spending a couple of days in places over 3,500 m. It's essential to be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath, and to descend to lower altitudes if these symptoms become severe.

    While the trek offers breathtaking views and adventurous experiences, trekkers should be cautious and informed about altitude-related risks and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.


  • The Everest High Passes Trek demands a high level of physical fitness due to its challenging terrain and high altitudes. Trekkers should be prepared for long and strenuous days of hiking. 

    You should have excellent cardiovascular endurance as you'll be walking for extended periods each day at high altitudes. Regular aerobic exercise like hiking, running, or cycling in the months leading up to the trek is highly recommended.

    Spending time at high elevations prior to the trek can help your body acclimatize more effectively. You should be mentally prepared for long days, variable weather conditions, and challenging terrain.

    While not mandatory, prior trekking experience, especially at high altitudes, can boost your confidence and preparedness. It's advisable to consult a healthcare professional before the trek, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.


  • While a guide is not strictly necessary for the Everest High Passes Trek, having one can greatly enhance the experience and safety of the journey.

    This challenging trek through the high-altitude terrain of the Everest region involves crossing multiple passes, navigating intricate trails, and dealing with unpredictable weather. A knowledgeable guide can provide valuable insights into the local culture, help with logistics, and, most importantly, ensure your safety by offering guidance in case of adverse conditions or emergencies.

    Whether you're an experienced trekker or a novice, having a guide can make the Everest High Passes Trek a more enjoyable and secure adventure.

  • There are no specific age restrictions for the Everest Three Passes Trek. However, due to the physical challenges and high altitudes involved, it is generally recommended for individuals above the age of 18 who are in good health and have prior trekking experience.

  • Some essential equipment and gear for the Everest Three Passes Trek include a good pair of trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a down jacket, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, a backpack, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, and a first aid kit. It is important to be well-prepared for varying weather conditions. However, Nepal Pyramids provides you with a Duffel Bag, Sleeping Bag, Warm Down Jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak Track (mini crampon), and Trekking poles. 

  • Yes, there are communication facilities available along the Everest trail, although they can be limited and may vary depending on the specific location and altitude. In most places including Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp, you have good coverage of both NTC (Nepal Tele-Communication) which is government-owned, and the NCELL which is private. This simply means you can use data where there is coverage to connect with your family and friends.

    However, not all places have these privileges so you need to rely on wireless Internet that is provided either by EVEREST LINK or AIRLINK. For this, you need to buy a recharge card with a passcode from any of these service providers and get connected. 

    For further details on using the internet recharge card, you need to ask the hotel reception from where you will be buying and they will give you all the necessary info on its usage and validity. 

  • Yes, you can charge your electronic devices such as cameras and phones at tea houses and lodges along the trail. However, electricity is limited in the higher-altitude regions, and charging facilities may be available for an ADDITIONAL FEE.

  • Yes, most tea houses and lodges along the Everest High Passes Trek offer a variety of vegetarian food options. You can expect to find meals like dal bhat (rice and lentils), vegetable curries, noodles, soups, and momos (dumplings). However, the options may be more limited at higher altitudes.

  • The Everest High Passes Trek is an extraordinary adventure that offers trekkers an opportunity to explore the iconic Everest region while crossing three high mountain passes. This challenging trek provides breathtaking panoramic views of some of the world's tallest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, among others.

    The journey takes you through picturesque Sherpa villages, ancient monasteries, and the vibrant culture of the Khumbu region. Along the way, you'll encounter the stunning Gokyo Lakes, the tranquil Chhukung Valley, and the bustling Namche Bazaar.

    The Everest High Passes Trek is a true test of endurance and a bucket-list experience for adventure seekers, combining the natural beauty of the Himalayas with the rich cultural heritage of the Sherpa people.

Why Choose Nepal Pyramids?

Nepal Pyramids is here to craft your Nepal dreams into reality. We assure you a trip extraordinarily out of the world with quality service and value for money. We propose comprehensive flexible packages with unbeatable price - without any hidden cost.

  • Team of Local Experts
    Team of Local Experts

    Our team of local experts is the driving force behind our success. With their passion, experience, and commitment, our team of local experts ensures that we all are not just participants but integral contributors to the growth and well-being of the community we serve.

  • Safety is our Prior Concern
    Safety is our Prior Concern

    Safety is our foremost concern at our Travel company. We prioritize the well-being of our adventurers above all else. We provide top-notch equipment and conduct rigorous safety checks to ensure every trek is as secure as it is adventurous.

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    Travel Sustainably

    Sustainability is at the heart of our mission. We ensure that the beauty and integrity of the destinations we explore are preserved. We believe in responsible tourism that contributes positively to the environment and the livelihoods of the local people.

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    Hassle Free

    Nepal Pyramids takes pride in making your journey hassle-free from start to finish. With our efficient services, expert Group Leading, and attention to detail, you can leave the hassles behind and focus on creating lasting memories during your travels.

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