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Gokyo Chola Cross Trek


This route takes trekkers over one of the highest passes available to visitors to the Mount Everest area. The Gokyo Chola cross trek trail winds its way up through the Sagarmatha national Park, heartland of the world-famous Sherpa people and their traditional Buddhist culture. Rare wild life in the region is a draw for many, including the chance to spot Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep, the endangered Snow Leopard and just maybe, the elusive and fabled ‘Yeti’! The ever changing landscapes of the Khumbu valley are spectacular and make this trip a unique and hugely rewarding adventure experience.

Gokyo Chola Cross (Pass) trek fers the perfect opportunity to observe many mountains which stand above 8000 meters, such as Mount Everest, Choyu, Nuptse, Lothse, and Manasalu. Further afield, smaller peaks of 6000 meters and above complete breathtaking vistas of these, the world’s tallest, most charismatic mountains.

The trek starts from Lukla, gateway of many Mount Everest expeditions, after a 30 minute scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu. The route then continues alongside the Dudhkoshi River passing lush fertile Himalayan land, suspension bridges, pine forest and the colourful Sherpa settlement, Namche bazaar. Here we take a day’s rest for acclimatization before continuing along the trail, staying at well furnished mountain trekking guest houses, observing the holy blue lake at Gokyo and taking a day trip ascent of Gokyo Ri (5363m). Further on, the trail passes the Nyajuma Glacier before crossing the high pass at Chola (5340m) to connect to the more popular Everest base camp route.

This trek is of a moderate to difficult grade and those wishing to undertake it should have a good fitness level and certainly some trekking experience. It also provides excellent pre- exercise and acclimatization for peak climbing.

As with all our treks including Gokyo Chola Cross trek, we can be flexible with the itinerary and can adjust many details according to your time, availability and special interests.


 Beautiful Gokyo lake, Panoramic views of Khumbu Himalayan range and Nagzoma glacier from  Gokyo Ri (5,363m)

Crossing  5400m Chola pass  on the clock wise to EBC

Experience the Sherpa Hospitality, Culture and Life Style in  Khumbu Valley

Explore Flora, Founa &  encounter with Himalayan blue sheep, Thar, white monkey, Himalayan Griffon, Lammergerier  in Sagarmatha National park




Day 1 : Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport Kathmandu. Pick up by Sherpa Brothers treks representative, transfer to hotel check in and welcome drink from receptionist. Rest and briefing about trip, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 2 : Trek preparation and shopping for the trip. In the evening welcome dinner offer from Sherpa Brothers treks at typical Nepalese cultural restaurant, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 3 : Morning scenic flight to Lukla (2,840m / 9,318ft) and trek to Phakding (2,652m / 8,701ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 3 hours

Day 4 : Trek to Namche bazaar (34,46m / 11,306ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours

Day 5 : Rest day, hike to world highest Everst view hotel (3869m), O/N in tea house : Approx 3 hours

Day 6 : Trek to Dhole, O/N in tea house (4410m / 13,485ft) : Approx 5.5 hours

Day 7 : Trek to Machhermo (4470m / 14666ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 3 hours

Day 8 : Rest day, hiking and acclimatize, O/N in tea house : Approx 2 hours

Day 9 : Trek to Gokyo (4,790m / 15,716ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours

Day 10 : Early morning hike to top of Gokyo Ri (5,357 m / 17,576ft) for the great view of Gokyo Lake, Mt Everest, Choyu and Mt Makalu. Back to Gokyo and trek to Thangna (4500m / 14,764ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours

Day 11 : Cross Cho La pass (5,368m / 17,612ft) and trek to Dzongla (4830m / 15847ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 5.5 hours

Day 12 : Dzongla to Labuche. (4,910m / 16,109ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 3.5 hours

Day 13 : Labuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m / 16,864ft), hike to highest mountain of the world Everest base camp (5363m / 17,598ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 3 hours

Day 14 : Early morning hike to top of Kalapathar (5,555m / 17,599ft), and trek to Pheruche, O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours

Day 15 : Pheruhe to Kyangjoma (3550m / 11,644ft),O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours

Day 16 : Kyangjoma to Phakding (2610m / 8,560ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours

Day 17 : Phakding to Lukla trek ends (2,840m / 9,315 feet), O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours

Day 18 : After having early morning break fast, flight to Kathmandu rest, free time and last minute shopping in Kathmandu, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 19 : Extra day for mountain weather contingency

Day 20 : As per flight time, pick up from hotel and drop 3 hour earlier to international airport for home departure

Services Includes

    • Accommodation and 3 times meal during 15 days Gokyo Chola pass trekking period
    • Professinal and experience License holder trekking guide salary and insurance
    • Porter salary, equipments and insurance
    • Airfare to Lukla and back to Kathmandu with guide
    • Standard 3 star category hotel with delux bb in Kathmandu for 4 nights
    • Sagarmathan National park and TIMS permit
    • Private transport for airport receive and departure in Kathmandu
    • Trip route map
    • Duffel bag for packing daily trek gear.
    • Warm sleeping bag
    • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu

Services Excludes

    • Personal nature expense such as WIFI internet,  data pack, telephone calls, bar and beverage bills bottled drinks including (cold drinks and mineral water/boiled water, laundry)
    • Personal insurance
    • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
    • Unforeseen accidental rescue
    • Days beyond the itinerary
    • Gratitude to staff


Additional Information

The trail on this Gokyo Chola cross trek has a number of challenging walking sections, because of the escalating altitude and the changing topography. The highest point in the Chola Pass region, between 5,420 and 5,555 meters, is a physically demanding part an average daily walk of 7 to 8 hours and can expect to cover a distance of about 10 kilometers per day. The route entails a forward stroll, a rocky ascent, a descent, and a bridge crossing. Even though the majority of the first-day hike begins at a lower elevation, the steady, leisurely pace of walking gives hikers a sincere sense of success and accomplishment. Acclimatization is crucial in the increasing altitude, in order to adapt to the high altitude and prevent altitude sickness. It allows your body to adjust to the decreasing oxygen levels and reduces the risk of any health complications during the trek. Additionally, there will be rest day in Namche and Machhermo will also give you the opportunity to explore the local culture and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains including Mt Choyu, Everest, Makalu, Thamserku. Our team of professionals is dedicated to ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the journey. With their expertise and assistance, you can focus on creating unforgettable memories and achieving your travel goals. The important thing is to have a willingness to challenge yourself and push your limits. Whether you’re just starting out or have been hiking for years, there will always be opportunities for growth and improvement. Hiking and walking since couple of month earlier of this trek is a great way to improve your physical health and build endurance over time.

It is important that participants with pre-existing health check problems or conditions should make these known to us at the time of booking. This information is crucial for us to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants during the event. So that, we can make necessary arrangements and provide appropriate support if needed.

Accommodation and Food

In Kathmandu: 3 star hotel Deluxe with bed and breakfast on twin sharing.

On trek: 12 days twin sharing accommodation in a tea house (trekking guest house) with 3 meals, (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/ Coffee) on full board. The tea houses along the trekking route provide basic but comfortable accommodations, with twin sharing rooms available. These tea houses also offer a variety of delicious home cooked meals to keep you energized throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, you can enjoy hot drinks such as tea or coffee to warm up after a long day of trekking.

Travel insurance
Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt/ Ltd. take every care to make our treks safe and enjoyable. All our routes are scouted to ensure the trails are safe and the facilities along route are of an acceptable standard. In addition, we have vast experience of trekking at altitude and are trained to deal with Acute Altitude Sickness. However, due to terrain, weather and altitude, risk is not always predictable in the Himalaya. To ensure you have a worry free time with us, personal travel insurance is essential to cover the cost of unforeseen accident, illness or rescue. The costs involved can be large and personally overwhelming in the unlikely event of accident or injury.
All Nepalese staff, guides and porters employed by Sherpa Brothers Pvt. Ltd. are covered locally but we regret that we cannot offer insurance for our clients.
Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. is not liable should anything go wrong due to unforeseen circumstances.
When choosing an insurance policy be sure to confirm with your insurer that your policy covers adventure holidays and trekking at high altitude. Some insurers makes special exception for these types of trip so please read the small print and contact your insurer if you are unsure.

Required gears check list

Having the right gear ensures that you are prepared for adventure and all challenges or emergencies that may arise during your mountain adventures. From proper clothing and footwear to essential tools and safety equipment, your gear provides the necessary support and protection needed to navigate through rugged terrains and unpredictable weather conditions.

Below we present you a basic complete packing list suitable for this trek,

Hiking gears
Day bag – 1
Dry Bag – 1
Walking pole – 1
Water bottle – 1
Head light – 1
Knife / Multi tools – 1

Cloth and body wear
Down jacket – 1
Sleeping bag – 1
Light warm hiking trouser – 2
Warm liner – 2
Towel – 2
Warm and sun hats – 1/1
Fleece / jacket and pants – 1
Windproof jacket – 1
Long and half sleeve hiking shirt – 3
Buff for (neck and head) – 1
Walking boot – 1
Gloves / mittens – 2
Warm hiking socks (wool / synthetic) – 4
Gaiter – 1
Flip flap/ Sandal – 1

Sun protection, health hygiene and water
Sun cream – 1
Sun glass – 2
Sun hat – 1
Lip guard – 1
Tooth brush – 1
Face wash soap – 1
Sanitizer – 2
Prescription medicine
Water bottle / Camel bag – 1
Water purifier tablet / lightweight filter
Toilet paper
Menstrual product

Personal belonging items
Visa / credit card
Cell phone Power bank backup and charger

Tour Cost & Schedule

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Trip Facts

  • GradeTrip Grade :   Moderate
  • Duration Trip Durations :  12 Days From Kathmandu
  • Point Highest Point :  5,365m / 17,602ft
  • Season Best Season :  Sep, Oct, Nov - Mar to June
  • Meal Plan Meal Plan : Breakfast in Kathmandu and Full board on Trek

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