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Gokyo Ri, Chola Pass and Kala Patthar


Everest Khumbu Region


5,550 Meters






15 Days


Lukla - Gokyo - Cho la - kalapatthar

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day


Hotel / Lodge / tea house


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek


Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu


Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Group Size

2-15 Person

Best Season

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
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Cho-la Pass trekking, also known as the Everest Circuit trek, is one of the most adventurous treks in the Everest Himalayas. It follows the route via the high pass of Cho La at 5330meters into the Base Camp of Mount Everest. A unique trek that goes through Lukla, Namche bazaar, and all the way to Gokyo, Chola Pass, Kalapattar, and Everest Base Camp. Leading you to the home of the legendary Sherpa people, based at the foothills of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest at 8848 meters. This trek follows the highly praised trekking route through the Dudh Koshi to its source the Gokyo Lake which is to the west of the Everest Base Camp, giving you the benefit to summit Gokyo Peak (5483 meters) offering a fantastic panoramic view of Cho Oyo, Everest, and Makalu.

As we cross the Cho-La pass and return to Lukla following the route through Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar down to Tengboche monastery, Khumjung village, Namche Bazar, and Lukla. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Everest including several other similar peaks and explore the Buddhists monasteries located at the world's highest elevation.

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Arrival at Kathmandu (1350 m)

Upon arrival meet and assist by Parikrama Treks representative. Transfer to hotel for rest. On the way, one can enjoy the view of the UNESCO world heritage site Pashupatinath Temple.

Sightseeing and Permits preparation

Today you will visit some of the best UNESCO heritage of Kathmandu. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Bauddhanath. In the meantime, the Parikrama Treks team will complete all the necessary paper works.

Flight to Lukla (40 minutes), trek to Phakding (2800 m / 4 hours)

Today we take an early 40 minutes flight to Lukla. Once we arrive at the hillside of a high mountainous peak we meet with our crew. We arrange all our packing and start with a gradual descent. After we arrive at Cheplung we will hike to reach Phakding.

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3438 m / 6 hours)

Today's hike takes us through the pine forest as we follow the trail to Benkar valley. We then cross Dudh Koshi River and go on passing Chumoa to Monjo, the entrance to Everest National Park. Once we cross the suspension bridge we pass Jorsale village and ascend to Namche Bazaar. If the weather permits, we can view the sights of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse.

Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

Today we take a rest day to get used to the higher elevation. It is the center of the Everest Region trek and also a trekkers hub. We can do several activities during our stay here. We can walk around its market or explore this sherpa village.  From here we can also go for the sunrise view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam Thamserku and Kongde.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3680 m / 6 hours)

We start with a climb to Khumjung Hill and Descend to the east leading to Dudh Koshi. There are two trial options and our guide will choose the best option. We will hike to the ridge top at 3963 m. We will also visit Mohang where the Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet re-incarnated. Later we take a descending trail on a sandy slope to reach Phortse Tanga.

Trek from Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470 m / 5 hours)

Today we pass through rhododendron forest and a waterfall to reach Tongba Village. We continue our uphill trek and pass through Dole, Labarma, and Luza villages. Later we will reach Machhermo. There is a Chhorten right before the Luza village. Throughout today’s journey, we will be walking alongside the Dudh Koshi River. 

Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4800 m / 5 hours)

Today we hike with the beautiful view on the way to Kangtaiga. We will pass through Phangkha with its avalanche killing 40 people in 1995. Later we descend to the riverbank to climb the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep trail. We start with crossing the first lake Longpongo, at 4690 m  where can observe the lama footprint on a stone. We also get to see the second lake Taboche Tsho with its turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Later we will reach Gokyo village standing by the third lake. Further, we will enjoy the Gokyo village with Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop. We can also explore around the third lake, Dudh Pokhari.

Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357 m / 4 hours)

Today we take a rest for big days in higher elevations. We can hike to Gokyo Ri located above Gokyo village to get the fantastic views of the entire Khumbu region. We also get to see four of the seven highest peaks of Nepal, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. Later we will reach the fourth lake of this trek names Thonak Tsho. Further, we can take a hike to reach the fifth lake, Ngozumba Tsho if time permits. From here, the view of the longest glacier Ngozumba glacier is so fascinating.

Trek from Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m / 5 hours)

We trek through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Next, traverse along the edge of that mountain and then meander into Thagnak. It will be a short hike today with an afternoon of rest. We will prepare for long hiking days and elevation gain to come.

Trek from Thagnak to Cho La pass to Dzongla (5367 m / 8 hours)

Today's hike will be difficult as we cross Cho La Pass by climbing glacier traverse. The trail becomes more difficult as we walk on rocks glazed by ice making it a slippery trail. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, we reach the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla Village.

Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m / 3 hours)

We climb down from Dzongla and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak. The trail curves through the wide river bed before reaching Lobuche. We can spend the rest of the day taking a rest which will help us prepare for the next day’s long trek.

Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep, visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m / 7 hours)

Today we come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials during our hike. The walk is strenuous due to thin air at a high altitude. Later we pass through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams to reach the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers and take pictures. From the base camp, we can see Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest.

Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) to Pheriche (8 hours)

Today we hike to Kala Patthar early morning for a sunrise view of the mountains. We can see Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama. Later we hike downhill and start our trek to Lobuche for a good night’s rest.

Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3438 m / 7 hours)

Today we trek down through the hillside full of rhododendron and juniper trees. We follow the Dudh Koshi River bank and descend downhill. In the forest, we may come across colorful pheasants and mountain goats. The path reaches Sansa to enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse mountains. We also pass winding trails then through a forest before reaching Namche Bazaar.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800 m / 7 hours)

Today we take steep downhill while walking on rocky terrain and forested area. We will cross suspension bridges over the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries.  The trail becomes more level and natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of days.

Flight to Kathmandu (1350 m / 40 min)

Today we catch an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free to explore around Kathmandu city. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today.

Reserve Day in Kathmandu

We will have Reserve day in Kathmandu in case of Lukla flight did not take off.

Final Departure

Our representative will drop you for your next flight to another adventure

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What is Included

  • All land transfer, arrival and departure as per the itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation with bed and breakfast on Twin sharing basis as per the itinerary.
  • Food during the trek 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in specified local lodges.
  • Tea and coffee (cup) three times daily on trek
  • A English speaking experienced & professional trekking guide (license holder)
  • Porters (1 porter carries the luggage up to 25 kgs of 2 participants during the trek).
  • City tours as mentioned in the itinerary with English speaking guide and all land transportation with private car/jeep/van.
  • All necessary trekking and climbing related permit including TIMS, National Park Entrance fee
  • Insurance, proper warm clothing, shoes, sunglass and daily wages for guide and porter

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What is Excluded

  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Personal gears and expenses of personal nature and Personal medical and travel insurance emergency evacuation.
  • Hard and any form of soft drinks, tea/coffee(pot size).
  • All confectionary and snacks, Charges for desserts including shower and boiled drinking water, Phone calls, Laundry and Alcoholic beverages etc.
  • Any airfare: Domestic International departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
  • Tips and Gratitude for Guides and Porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.
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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping


  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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