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Nepal - Everest Base Camp – Gokyo – Chola Pass, 19 days

The Khumbu-area is world famous for the fantastic landscape where farmers grow crops in the shadow of the world's highest mountain (Everest). The adventure starts only a thirty minute flight from Kathmandu, in the village of Lukla. During the trek, you will spend your days with the locals, sleep in teahouses and travel into the heart of the sherpa-culture. During the trek, you pass by Buddhist Monasteries with fantastic views of Everest and with each day you move closer and closer to the amazing  mountain. I you enjoy a rest-day in Namche Bazaar where you acclimatize and explore the area.

After Namche Bazaar, you continue the trek into the Gokyo Valley where you enjoy the enormous peaks and the Ngozumpa-glacier (the largest glacier in the Himalayas). You also stop by the beautiful Gokyo Lake and climb Gokyo Ri where you will enjoy a life-altering view over the mountains Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. The most remarkable element of this trek is without a doubt the great ice-canyon between Cho Oyu and Gyachung.

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Hotels, Lodges and Teahouses

On this trek you will be staying in hotels, lodges, and teahouses. In Kathmandu it will be hotels and once you reach the mountains it will be lodges and teahouses. We have included some photos of common accommodations in the mountains. It is not given that you will stay in the same places.

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Day 1 Arrival to Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport and transported to your hotel. The hotel is located in the area Thamel and after you have rested, you can take a walk around the area. If we have enough time today you will be briefed about the trek and if not it will be done on day two.
Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Today will be an eventful day. You will be taken to the famous Hindu temple, Pasupatinath, and the famous Buddhist temple, Buddhanath.

The Pashupatinath Temple: Situated east of Kathmandu City, the Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style, has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River; Pashupatinath is the center of the annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri, which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds. Temple is famous for its two-tiered golden roof and silver doors.

The Boudhanath Stupa: This Stupa, east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. King Man Deva built this Buddhist Stupa at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests. It is especially colorful on Saturdays, when Tibetan refugees flock here to pray. The chhorten embraces the authentic philosophy of Mahayan the faith of which is known as Lamaism in Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet.

After the sightseeing tour, you are taken to our offices where we brief you and check your equipment to make sure that everything is ready for the trek.
Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3 Flight to Lukla (2804m) and trek to Phakding (2650m)

Today we wake up early and head to Tribhuwan Inernational Airport in Kathmandu. Here we get on the thirty-minute scenic flight to the Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804m). After touch down, we have time to explore the village while our crew sorts and loads our trekking equipment.

We begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m) there is only a short walk to Phakding.
Trek: 3½ hour
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m)

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Before you reach Namche Bazaar, if lucky with the weather, you will have a chance to see Mt. Everest.
Namche Bazaar is known as the “Gateway to Everest” and is home to many quality restaurants, lodges, shops, internet cafes, and a bakery. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail.
Trek: 5 hours
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 5 Namche Bazaar - Acclimatization day

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. You can hike up to the Syangboche Airport (the old airport) close to the Everest View Hotel. From this point, you can see amazing views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. Later, if you are not too tired, you can visit the largest Sherpa village in Everest Region - the Khumjung village.
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 6 Trek to Phorste Thanga (3680m)

Today, the trail climbs steeply out of the valley through beautiful rhododendron forests while junipers and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day.
Trek: 5 hours
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 7 Trek to Machherma (4470 meters)

The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu. We descend to a river from where the trail climbs steeply to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz Glacier. We will reach Machherma by noon.
Trek: 5 hours
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 8 Trek to Gokyo (4790m)

Today we head for the lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water rivers, which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky path inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second lake, crossing the path, which heads across the glacier to the third lake where you stay overnight.
Trek: 5½ hours
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 9 From Gokyo to Gokyo ri Ri(5400m) and trek to Thangna(4700m)

Today starts with a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5400m) which offers great rewards to the ones who succeed. There are stunning views of the upper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier, and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas - such giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m). After enjoying the view, you head back to the Gokyo Lake and trek to Thangna.
Trek: 5-6 hours
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 10 Trek to Dzongla(4830m) via Chola pass(5420m)

Now you ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola Pass. The Chola Pass is covered with blue ice most of the time giving you a chilly feeling. From here, the trail descends steeply for an hour and then lightly descends all the way to Dzongla. This is probably hardest day of the trek.
Trek: 6 hours
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 11 Trek Gorak Shep(5200m) via Lobuche(4910m)

While magnificent peaks loom in the distance, todays trail passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to ascend as we are heading to an altitude of 4910m at Lobuche. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude.
We stop at Lobuche for lunch and continue Grakshep. Not much up and down if you compare to the other days but today is still difficult because of the altitude.
Trek: 5½ hours
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 12 Trek to Everest Base Camp(5400m) then back to Gorak Shep(5200m)

Today it is time for another long and hard trek along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5400meters. The Base Camp is the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team there about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from the Base Camp is spectacular. We return to Gorak Shep for the night.
Trek: 6 hours
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 13 Hike up to Kalapattar(5550m) and trek down to Periche(4250 meters)

Most of the morning on this day is spent ascending to Kalapattar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5550m. The ascent is demanding but the we get the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8848m, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. Get ready for an amazing sunrise. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5200 meters, then trek down to Periche.
Trek: 7 hours
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 14 Trek to Tengboche(3860m)

From Periche we take a slightly different route down to Orsho and then to the village Pangboche. Here we find the oldest monastery in the region, which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a Yeti - or “abominable snowman”. Leaving the mountains behind us our descent takes us to Tengboche.
Trek: 4 hours
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 15 Trek To Manju(2840m)

Today we visit Tengboche Monastery at an elevation of 3860 meters before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar at 3441meters. We walk through Namche Bazaar and continue to Manju.
Trek: 6 hours
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 16 Trek to Lukla(2804m)

Finally, we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Now you will have time to reflect on the trek and the amazing achievement you accomplished. You will also have time to explore the town.
Trek: 4 hours
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 17 Morning flight back to Kathmandu

While aboard the thirty-minute flight back to Kathmandu, you enjoy your last look glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, we are met and transported to the hotel in Thamel. You have the rest of your day to yourself.
Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

Day 18 Sightseeing and shopping

We take you half-day cultural tour to Bhaktapur - also known as Bhadgoun. Durbar Square is a spacious, beautiful square and is packed from end to end with ancient temples and monuments such as the ‘Lion Gate’ and ‘The Bell of the Barking Dogs.

Other highlights include the Nyatapola Temple, which dates back to 1702. This five-story pagoda is an impressive sight. Staring down at you from the terraces are intricately carved figures of wrestlers, elephants, lions, and griffons. The Dattatreya Square is Bhaktapur’s third dazzling gem. The seat of royalty until the 15th century, the area still houses a great number of historic monuments including many wondrous Maths (residential mansions) and temples. The Peacock Window, which is also called the "Mona Lisa of Nepal", is a rare masterpiece carved in wood. Dating back to the early 15th century, the unique latticed window has an intricately carved peacock in its center.
Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

Day 19 Return

Today is the last  day in Nepal. You are transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight home.

Price includes

  • Accommodation during the trek (teahouses and lodges)
  • 3-star hotels in Kathmandu incl. breakfast
  • All meals during the trek
  • Transportation to/from the airport
  • Private land-transportation
  • Local flights (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • Sightseeing in the Kathmandu-valley
  • Guides and porters
  • Hot drinks three times pr. day
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • Entries to National Parks and trekking-permits
  • All tempel-entries in Kathmandu
  • Food, drink, accommodation, salary, insurance, medical equipment, flights, land-transportation to the local trekking-staff
  • All taxes
  • This is a packaged holiday and is therefore covered by The Travel Guarantee Fund - See which benefits this means for you - click here
Not included
  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance: you are required to have a travel insurance before going on this tour
EUR 1,180.00

Practical info

Flight to Nepal

Please note that the flights to Kathmandu are NOT included in the price.



In Kathmandu you will stay in a centrally located tourist class hotel. Breakfast is included at the hotel. On the trek you will sleep in small local teahouses, or lodges, as they are called in Nepal. The lodges are small guesthouses run by local families. The quality varies, but our guides strive to be book the best lodges for you, but you must be prepared, that the lodges are in relatively primitive conditions. You will usually find blankets on the beds, but they are not warm enough at high altitude and you must bring your own sleeping bags on the trek. Some places it is possible to get a hot shower, which typically consists of a bucket of hot water. Please make sure whether the water is heated by solar energy in order to protect the vulnerable forest growth.

Food and beverages

In Kathmandu, breakfast is included in the price. Lunch and dinner is not included. There are plenty of nice restaurants located near the hotel and you can also eat at the hotel. It is usually cheap to eat at restaurants in Kathmandu. On the trek you will have to buy all the meals at the lodges. You will eat your breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you spend the night and you can buy lunch on the lodges you pass by during the day. The menus are basically the same in all lodges, but it is good solid food with lot of meat, rice, potatoes and vegetables. You can buy clean bottled water as well as soft drinks. hot tea, coffee and beer in most lodges.

Sanitary conditions

In the hotels in Kathmandu you will find a bathroom with clean toilet facilities and hot shower. You should not expect particularly good toilet facilities during the trek.


Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will get a duffle bag for your main luggage during the trek.

Sleeping bag

You need a good warm sleeping bag with a comfort tempeture down to minus 8-10 Celcius on the trek as the sleeping rooms are not heated in the lodges and it gets really cold at high altitude.

A day on the trail

A typical day on the trail begins with a wakeup call at 06:30. After breakfast you pack your gear and the trek start around 08.00 - 08:30. Around 12:00 you will have a nice long lunch break, before continuing on the afternoon trek. There will be plenty of rest breaks during the day. You will arrive at the lodge mid/late-afternoon. Dinnertime is around 18:00.

Trip grading

The Everest Base Camp Trek is grade 4. Read more about our grading system here.


The best seasons for trekking in the Everest region are spring and autumn. March, April, May, October, November and early December are great for trekking. It is usually clear weather and bright sunshine in the morning. During the afternoon the evaporation of snow in the mountains forms some clouds, but it usually clear up at sunset. It is also possible to trek in the winter months of January and February, but it can be very cold I high altitude. The summer season from June to the end of September is characterized by the Indian monsoon with a lot rain.

Cancellation Insurance

Cancellation Insurance is the responsibility of the customer. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in your home country.

Travel insurance

We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by an necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.

Passports and visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.


We advise you to contact a medical specialist or you personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. Please note that you should bring your vaccination certificate when you travel to Nepal.

Trip notes and equipment list

When booking the trip, you will receive our trip notes including the equipment list for the Everest Base Camp Trek.

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