May 21 - May 26, 2024 | Change

via Cho La & Everest Base Camp side trek (6 days)
Everest Region, Nepal

View full itinerary: Gokyo Valley
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Highlights: Gokyo, Gokyo Ri, Cho La Pass, Everest Base Camp, and Kala Patthar

Difficulty: strenuous
via Cho La & Everest Base Camp

Take the scenic route to Everest Base Camp over the 5420 m (17,782 ft ) Cho La. The route over this glacial clad pass is tough but rewarding. Descending with spectacular views a Ama Dablam the route joins with the traditional trail following the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp. In addition to Everest Basecamp, you will climb to the dizzying height of 5643 m (18,513 ft) and view one of the most magnificent panoramas in the Himalayas atop Kala Patthar.

Weather Conditions in May

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May is the end of the ‘Spring Season’ when temperatures are more moderate and the pre-monsoon moisture increases the chance of precipitation as the month progresses. It can be hot and humid in the valleys at low elevations, so make sure you carry enough water. Like the rest of the spring, clear mornings typically give way to cloudy afternoons. At high altitudes, the precipitation can turn to snow, although at trekking elevations the accumulation does not usually get too deep. May is also the season when many 8000 m peaks are climbed so base camps of these mountains will be busy with activity.

At a glance
On average there are 12 days with precipitation in May. The highest point on the trek is Kala Patthar at 5643 m. During May, expect high temperatures of around 3.5°C (38°F) and lows down to -9.5°C (15°F) at Kala Patthar.

via Cho La & Everest Base Camp Side trek
(Elevation Profile)

Extra rest days and overnights can be added once the itinerary is created. However any side trips must be added in this step before the itinerary is created.

Tue May 21 (day 1)

Gokyo (4750 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.9°C (48°F) and lows of about -4.1°C (25°F) in May.

Gokyo
Wed May 22 (day 2)

Gokyo Ri (5360 m)

About 1-2 ascent from Gokyo
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.2°C (41°F) and lows of about -7.8°C (18°F) in May.

Gokyo Ri

Dragnag (4800 m)

About 2 hours from Gokyo
Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.6°C (47°F) and lows of about -4.4°C (24°F) in May.

Dragnag
Thu May 23 (day 3)

Cho La Pass (5420 m)

About 2-3 hours from Dragnag
Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.9°C (41°F) and lows of about -8.1°C (17°F) in May.

Cho La Pass

Dzongla (4800 m)

About 2-3 hours from Cho La
Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.6°C (47°F) and lows of about -4.4°C (24°F) in May.

Dzongla

Lobuche (4940 m)

About 3-4 hours from Dzongla
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.8°C (46°F) and lows of about -5.2°C (23°F) in May.

Fri May 24 (day 4)

Gorak Shep (5164 m)

About 2-3 hours from Lobuche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.4°C (44°F) and lows of about -6.6°C (20°F) in May.

Gorak Shep

Everest Base Camp (5380 m)

About 3 hours from Gorak Shep
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.1°C (41°F) and lows of about -7.9°C (18°F) in May.

Everest Base Camp

Gorak Shep (5164 m)

About 3 hours from Everest Base Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.4°C (44°F) and lows of about -6.6°C (20°F) in May.

Gorak Shep
Sat May 25 (day 5)

Kala Patthar (5643 m)

About 1-2 hours climb from Gorak Shep
Expect typical high termperatures of about 3.5°C (38°F) and lows of about -9.5°C (15°F) in May.

Kala Patthar

Lobuche (4940 m)

About 2 hours from Gorak Shep
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.8°C (46°F) and lows of about -5.2°C (23°F) in May.

Phortse (3840 m)

About 5-6 hours from Lobuche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.4°C (58°F) and lows of about 1.4°C (35°F) in May.

Phortse
Sun May 26 (day 6)

by Derek (United Kingdom) on Nov 20, 2018

Gokyo Valley via Cho La & Everest Base Camp led by Pasang Dawa Sherpa

Goyko and Cho La were the highlights of the trip more spectacular than EBC, but bring light crampons! its very icy just over the pass!