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HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Visit the vantage point of Kalapatthar from where panoramic views of the entire Mount Everest massif is seen in a spectacular fashion
  • Visit many ethnic Sherpa villages along the journey, like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche
  • Trek through the Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the region's verdant woodlands
  • Enjoy serration of Himalayan sights along the journey through the river valleys of Imja Khola and Dudh Koshi 
  • Cross the Cho La Mountain Pass; views of the river valleys and the Himalayan peaks of Everest from the summit of the pass are unforgettable
  • Visit the holy Gokyo Lake and the vantage point of Gokyo RI

The Everest Cho-La Pass Trek is a daring adventure that takes you beyond the regular trekking route in the heart of Khumbu. It is a journey that is laden with thrilling mountain pass-crossing and new exciting sites and destinations that are generally not included in the regular base camp trek.

It is one of the most amazing long-distance treks in the world, filled with unforgettable mountain sights, ethnic Sherpa culture and natural environments that remain as ethereal as their reputation describes them to be.

The Everest Cho La Pass Trek begins with a short flight to Lukla- the most famous destination in the Khumbu to begin treks in the Everest region. Furthermore, the pathway follows the well-trodden route to many famed villages and settlements of the region, such as the historic trading point of Namche Bazaar and the spiritual hub of Khumbu- Tengboche Monastery, among many others.

Moreover, the trekking journey also includes visiting the base camp of Mount Everest, passing through ethnic settlements like the village of Lobuche and Gorekshep to reach one of the major highlights of the endeavor.

Similarly, the trip also includes visiting the vantage point of Kalapatthar from where panoramic views of the entire Mount Everest massif are seen most spectacularly. 

In addition to the popular hallmarks of the region, the Everest Cho La Pass Trek then diverts away from the main base camp route and instead veers towards the rather obscure villages of Khumbu's western front.

Trekkers can visit the village of Thukla and Thangna among others along the trip towards the Cho La Mountain Pass. The trekking trail joyfully meanders along Himalayan pastures and emerald woodlands, all the while gaining nd losing gradient as it snakes through the river valleys.

In like manner, the trip also includes visiting the holy Gokyo Lake, as well as the vantage point of Gokyo RI- popular for its panoramic views of the Ama Dablam Peak, as well as wide-open views of the river valley below, flanked by the colossal Himalayas in the horizon.

The Everest Cho La Pass Trek is one of the best adventures perfect for people looking for an extra zing while trekking in the Khumbu. It is filled with all of the best facets of the Himalayan region, and many more.  

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in TIA Kathmandu (1320m/ 4329ft), Transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Flight to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) and hike to Phakding 2-3 hours walk (2655m/ 8708ft).

Day 3: Trek to Namche bazar 5-6 hours (3440m/11284ft).

Day 4: Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m/11284ft).

 Day 5: Trek to Tengboche (3790m12694ft),4 -5 hours.

Day 6: Trek to Dingboche 5 – 6 hours, (4410m/14464ft).

Day 7: Trek to Thukla (Dhukla) (4620m/15154ft), 3 hours.

Day 8: Trek to Lobuche 3 hours, (4930m/16172ft)

Day 9: Trek to Gorekshep 3 hours, (5160m/16929ft) and hike to Everest base camp 4-5 hrs. (5364m/17593ft).

Day 10: Hike to Kala Patthar (viewpoint) 2 hours, (5560m/18236ft) and trek to Dzonglha (4830m/15442ft), 5 hours.

Day 11: Hike up to Cho-la pass (5365m/ 17598ft) and trek down to Thangna (4700m/15416ft) 6-7 hours.

Day 12: Trek to Gokyo (4790m/15711ft), 4 hours.

Day 13: Early morning hike to Gokyo-RI (5357m/17570ft,) and trek back to Dole 6-7 hours, (4110m/13584ft).

Day 14: Trek to Namche 5 hours, (3340m).

Day 15: Trek to Lukla 6-7 hours. (2800m/9184ft).

Day 16: Flight back to Kathmandu, free day.

Day 17: Final departure from Nepal.

 

DAY

1
Arrival in TIA Kathmandu (1320m/ 4329ft), Transfer to hotel.

You may arrive in Kathmandu at any time. When you land, you will be greeted by one of our airport representatives. He will help you get transferred to your Hotel. Overnights stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

 

DAY

2
Flight to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) and hike to Phakding 2-3 hours walk (2655m/ 8708ft).

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lukla early in the morning. The short flight to Lukla is quite an exciting trip. You can get good views of the mountain peaks from the plane. From Lukla, you will then begin your relatively short trek to Phakding, passing through the narrow ridgeline of tall hills that make a baseline for the peaks. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Phakding.

DAY

3
Trek to Namche Bazar 6 hours (3440m/11284ft).

Today, you will have a comparatively longer trekking journey from Phakding towards Namche. Following the pathway towards the Dudh Koshi River, you will trek along the woods until you reach Monjo, which is where you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park. From there, you will then trek through the thick canopy of pine and cedar trees towards Namche Bazaar. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Namche Bazaar.

 

DAY

4
Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m/11284ft).

This day is reserved for acclimatization. There are many things to do at Namche Bazaar. The town is the commercial hub of Khumbu. From Namche, you can enjoy amazing views of the Everest peak, as well as many of its neighboring Himalayan peaks as well, like the Thamserku, the Kongdi RI, and the Ama Dablam among others. You can visit the Sherpa Culture Museum, as well as pay a visit to the Everest Photo Gallery. Moreover, you can also hike up to the Syangboche Airstrip that is situated above Namche. From Syangboche, you can catch amazing views of the town below, as well as the Himalayan peaks that surround the town in the distance. Likewise, you can also pay a visit to the Everest View Hotel. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Namche.

DAY

5
Trek to Tengboche (3790m12694ft), 5 hours.

From Namche Bazaar, you will have a hike uphill through the woodlands towards the Tengboche village. Passing the Imja Khola, you will be trekking through rhododendron-laden hamlets and vast green pastures towards Tengboche- the spiritual hub of the region. Along the way, views of peaks like the Ama Dablam and the Everest Himal decorate the horizon. In the village, you can also visit the famous Tengboche Monastery. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Tengboche.

DAY

6
Trek to Dingboche 5 – 6 hours, (4410m/14464ft).

From Tengboche, you will hike over the Imja Khola, crossing several suspension bridges. Passing by many smaller settlements along the way, like Pangboche and Orsho, you will follow the pathway laden with occasional Mani stone walls. Upon reaching Dingboche- famously referred to as "the summer valley" of the region, you can relax and take in the mesmerizing views of the Everest peaks that tower over the village. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche.

DAY

7
Trek to Thukla ( Dhukla) (4620m/15154ft), 3 hours.

From Dingboche, you will follow the steadily elevating trail towards the settlement of Thukla. It is a steady uphill climb and the views of the mountain peaks get better as you cross the tree line. Eventually, you will reach Thukla. Overnights stay at the guesthouse.

DAY

8
Trek to Lobuche 3 -4 hours, (4930m/16172ft).

From Thukla, you will trek towards the small settlement of Lobuche today. The hike takes you past Himalayan pastures, the last green landscape before the snowy fields. You will also notice that the terrain changes from lush scrubland to sparsely-dotted meadows with snowy acreages as you make your way up the elevation. Lobuche is a small settlement that is towered over by the Lobuche peaks. Along the journey, you can also get good views of peaks like the Lingtern, the Pumori and the Khumbutse Himalayan peak. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Lobuche.

DAY

9
Trek to Gorekshep 3 hours, (5160m/16929ft) and hike to Everest base camp 4-5 hrs. (5364m/17593ft).

Today is one of the anticipated days of the trekking journey. From Lobuche, you will make your way towards Gorekshep- one of the last settlements before the Everest Base Camp. Gorekshep is a very sparsely populated little settlement that was the original base campsite before the site was moved. From Gorekshep, you will finally hike alongside the Khumbu glacier moraine towards the base camp. You can see the Khumbu glacier, as well as the Khumbu Ice Fall from the camp. After spending some time at the base camp of Everest, you will return to Gorekshep. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Gorekshep.

DAY

10
Hike to Kalapatthar (view point) 2 hours, (5560m/18236ft) and trek to Dzonglha (4830m/15442ft), 5 hours.

Early in the morning, you will trek towards the vantage point of Kalapatthar from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the entire Mount Everest massif. The sunrise view amidst the mountain peaks from Kalapatthar is utterly gorgeous. After the vantage point, you will then make your way towards the village of Dzongla. Overnights stay at the guesthouse.

DAY

11
Hike up to Cho-la pass (5365m/ 17598ft) and trek down to Thangna (4700m/15416ft) 6-7 hours.

From Dzongla, you will make your way towards the base of the Cho La Mountain Pass. You will have to start trekking early in the morning to make it past the mountain-pass as starting later in the day can lead to encountering bad weather in the summit. With a slow and gradual ascent, you will make your way to the top of the mountain pass from here you can get good views of the mountain peaks and the valley below. Likewise, you will then descend down the pass towards Thangna. Overnights stay at the guesthouse.

DAY

12
Trek to Gokyo Lake (4790m/15711ft), 4 hours.

You will trek to Gokyo Lake today, crossing over the Ngozumpa Glacier (the large glacier in the Himalayas. It is 36 Kilometers in length). The Gokyo village is situated by the third Himalayan Lake in the lake-basin and has the Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop set up at the juncture. Overnights stay at the guesthouse.

DAY

13
Early morning hike to Gokyo-RI (5357m/17570ft,) and trek back to Dole 6-7 hours, (4110m/13584ft).

Gokyo RI is one of the highlights of this trip. Early in the morning, you will hike up to the Gokyo RI (Gokyo Peak). Climbing to Gokyo RI is strenuous as it is a steep uphill climb, and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach. However, it is worth the effort as the scenery of the Gokyo village on the edge of the third lake, flanked by the Cholatse Peak and the Ngozumpa Glacier are quite mesmerizing. From Gokyo RI, you can enjoy panoramic Mountain View of the Kusum Kanguru Peak, Thamserku, the K-43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. The sight of the towering peaks is even better than Kalapatthar. You will trek down to Gokyo from where you will make your way to Dole. Overnights stay at the guesthouse.

DAY

14
Trek to Namche 6 hours, (3340m).

From Dole, you will descend to Phorste Tenga, and follow a complete steep climb to Mong-La Danda. From there, you will descend to the settlement of Kyangjuma. It is an easy follow of the trail to Namche from there. Overnights stay at the guesthouse.

DAY

15
Trek to Lukla 6-7 hours. (2800m/9184ft).

The trail back to Lukla from Namche follows the same path as before. It is ornamented with prayer flags, Chortens, Mani walls, and Gompas. The gushing of the Dudh Koshi River will once again ring through the air as you cross it over suspension bridges. After gradually ascending from Cheplung, you'll reach Lukla. Overnights stay at the guesthouse. 

DAY

16
Fly back to Kathmandu, free day.

From Lukla, you will bid the Everest mountains goodbye for the last time and have a flight back to the city. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred back to your Hotel. You can spend the day as you please in the city, shopping or visiting the city's many restaurants and places of significance. Overnights stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

DAY

17
Final departure from Nepal.

Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport for your departure.

Trip Cost Includes
  • All Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Accommodations Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Round trip flight (Kathmandu – Lukla– Kathmandu) including departure taxes
  • Full board meals: B, L, D and accommodation during the trek.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and National park permits and TIMS
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All bar bills along the trek.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc
  • Tips for guides and porters.
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What is Trekking?

Trekking is a thrilling adventure! And this activity requires a multi-day hike and climbs on mountain villages and park trails. The mountain trail usually steep, gradual and likely to encounter with snow at high elevation (that above 3000m/9840ft in winter and 5500m/18040ft in summer).

How hard is this Trek?

Trekking to Everest Chola Pass is quite difficult but we recommend this trek is for everyone who loves outdoors, physically fit, have a good health condition and patient. As we are hiking on a higher altitude, you better to have some physical training before going for this trek.

Does This Trek Require Previous Experience?

Well, if you have a healthy circulatory ability and good strength to cope with high altitude and lower oxygen density then it doesn’t require early experience. But who have early experience on trekking/Mountenireeing they can enjoy their Himalayan adventure maximum!

What is Altitude Sickness? How to Deal with?

Altitude sickness, also known as “mountain sickness” is a symptom that can attack while you hike or climb to the higher elevation. Especially this can be happening after 3000m/9840ft. if you walk too quickly.

There are three types of Altitude sickness

AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness: Very common one. Symptoms: dizziness, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting.
HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema: Can happen when it build up fluid in lungs. This is very dangerous and even life threating.
HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema: this is the most severe form of altitude sickness and it can happen when fluids take a place in the brain. This is life threating, as soon need to seek medical attention.

What should you do

  • Hike (Ascend) slowly.
  • Take a rest and take a deep breath.
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids, stay hydrated.  
  • Walk on high and sleep at a low altitude.
  • Descend (at low elevation).
  • Take a Diamox or Tylenol.

What is the best time for this (Everest Chola pass) trekking?

March to end of May and Mid-September to end of November would be the best time for this trek.

Are any permits require for this trek?

Trek to Everest Chola pass, you need to get Sagarmatha (Everest) National park entry fee $30 and Local Government (rural municipality) fee $20.

How long must walk every day?

In average, we walk 5 to 6 hours a day. But in higher elevation (over 4400m/14430ft) normally we hike 3 hours a day.

What types of meals we can get in this Trek?

Continentals menus are generally available in this trek. As well you can get traditional Nepali Dal-Bhat and some Sherpa dishes (Sherpa Stew, Tsampa porridge).  

What types of accommodation do we utilize?

Most of the area in this place we can get a clean and comfortable guest and lodge. Some luxury hotels also available. 


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Trip Facts
Group Size 2-12
Best Season March to May and September to November
Duration 17 days
Grade Advance
Max Altitude 5345 meters
Starting Point Kathmandu
Accommodation

Deluxe Hotel and Teahouse 

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

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