At a glance
Trekking Destination: Gokyo Lake-Cho La Pass-Everest Base Camp Trek
Transportation: private and public vehicle
Trekking hour: 5-6 hours each day
Duration: 18 Days
The Gokyo Lake – Cho La – EBC trek is this region’s ‘high altitude trek.’ After a scenic trans-Himalayan flight to Lukla, follow the Everest trail to Namche Bazaar and an acclimatization day.
Then branch North West to ascend the serene Dudh Koshi Valley to the lake village of Gokyo on the Ngozumpa glacial moraine. Use a rest day to explore the valley. A stiff climb up Gokyo Ri for sunrise offers soaring views over the glacier that include Cho Oyo, Ghyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Then walk down the valley for an hour and cross the 1km glacier to Tagnag.
Start before sunrise for the tough Cho La ascent and long descent to Lobuche. This can be a difficult, cold but very beautiful trek.
The trail then rises, for two easier days, to Gorak Shep. After lunch walk to view the ring of peaks surrounding Everest Base Camp, on the Khumbu Glacier – and the ice fall towards the summit.
From Gorak Shep, a sunrise hike up Kala Patthar offers superb views of Everest, the South Col, Nuptse and the glacier below. After breakfast, begin the easier, warmer, four day downward trek to Lukla.