Trip style: Iconic Trek | Secret Route | Variety

Sleeping style: Hotels & Mountain Lodges (tea houses)

Minimum group size: 2 people (extra charge for solo trip)

Total days (including non-trekking days): 18

Cost: US$ 1450 per person

Guided by our trusted local partners: By Mountain People

EBC trek photo from By Mountain People


The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake and Cho La Pass is an amazing adventure that combines two great treks. On this route, you get to cross the mighty Ngozumpa Glacier and the high mountain pass of Cho La (5420m). Also, this route to Base Camp is more quiet and peaceful.

Gokyo is a small village behind the blue lake of Dudh Pokhari. The lake is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus. During Janai Purnima, hundreds of lowland Nepalis make a pilgrimage to Gokyo to ritually immerse themselves in the icy waters. This festival usually falls in August.

On the other side of the lake is a 5360m hill named Gokyo Ri. This is an epic vantage point, offering views of Everest that are normally reserved for balloonists or mountaineers. From the summit, you can have panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makkalu, Cholatse and Taboche, with the Ngozumpa Glacier cutting across the landscape in the foreground.

The best views are just after dawn, and the clouds tend to roll in by mid-morning. The prevailing wisdom is to start up the mountain at first light, even if it looks cloudy. You’ll often beat the fog to the top of the hill and have a perfect view over the top of the clouds.

The Everest Base Camp reached on this trek is actually one of the two base camps that are on opposite sides of the mountain. This base camp is in Nepal and on the southern side at an altitude of 5364m. The northern base camp is in Tibet at 5150m.


  • Trek to the base camp of the world's tallest mountain at 5,364 meters.

  • 18 days total from arrival in Kathmandu to last organized day in Kathmandu.

  • 15 days of actual trekking (with one acclimatization/rest day). 

  • Trek begins and ends in the town of Lukla.

  • Demanding difficulty level.

  • 5-7 hours of walking per day during the trek. 

  • While on the trek, you will sleep in local 'tea houses' which are mountain lodges complete with beds, cooked meals, and often hot showers and internet for a small fee. 

  • While in Kathmandu, you will sleep in comfortable western style hotels. 

  • Porters (locals who will carry your gear) are available for hire. 

  • The best months to do this trek are: April, May, September, October, and November. 


Price Includes:

  • airport transfer

  • experienced, English-speaking mountain guide

  • domestic flight (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)

  • all required trekking permits

  • hotel in Kathmandu (w/ breakfast) – 2 nights

  • accommodations during your trek – 15 nights

  • breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trek

  • government taxes, VAT and tourist service charges

EBC trek via Gokyo Lake. Photo from By Mountain People
EBC trek via Gokyo Lake. Photo from By Mountain People

Price Does NOT Include:

  • Nepal tourist visa

  • travel health insurance

  • emergency evacuation if needed

  • alcohol, hot and cold drinks

  • trekking equipments

  • tips for your trekking staff and drivers (will be expected)