- Trip Duration: 19 days
- Trek start/ends: Kathmandu
- Trek grade: Moderate/Difficult
- Trek start elevation: 1300 meters
- Highest Elevation: 5545 meters
- Best time: September- December, March-May
- Mode of Trek: teahouse/tent
Everest Cho La Pass Trek Highlights
- Adventure and scenic mountain flight to Lukla
- Namche Bazaar-the capital of the famous Sherpa settlements and also a gateway of Everest region.
- Explore Everest Base Camp and Khumbu glacier
- Climbing Kalapather- the attractive viewpoint to enjoy the stunning views of the world highest mountain including Mt Everest, Mt Nuptse, Mt Lhotse and many other.
- Trek through the Cho La Pass (5300 meters)
- Ngozumpa glacier-the biggest glacier in the world
- Stunning views of Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other mountain ranges.
- Gokyo valley –the settlement of the people in the highest altitude and Gokyo valley- the freshwater lake in the highest altitude in the world.
Detailed Itinerary Everest Chola Pass Trek
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal, after your arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal hiking trek representative will be waiting for you with a Nepalese style greeting and pick you from there and drop you to your hotels. Take rest for a while enjoying the outside environment and explore the place where you are. Overnight at the three Star hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 02: city sightseeing tour or free day to explore and shop
Today is your spare day, after the early breakfast, you will enjoy the full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You can enjoy the visit to the many cultural sites listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites including the famous Hindu temple Pashupatinath temple, Krishna Mandir, Buddhist stupa Swyambhunath, Boudhnath and city old palace complex Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square which makes you feel calm and peace. Then on the way to your hotel, you can explore the local area, lifestyle. You can also explore and enjoy shopping in the Thamel and Durbarmarg.
Included meal: Breakfast
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,869 meters) and trek to Phakding
Trekking hours: 2 hours
Early in the morning after the light breakfast, you will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla via mountain flight of about 35-minute scenic and adventure flight. With the clear weather, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the mountain including Everest. Then after arrival at the Lukla, you will begin your trek following a gentle climb up the mountainside. Along the way, you will enjoy the beautiful views of Nt Nupla, Kusum Kangaru, and the Mount Kwongde Range. Around the 2 hours walk, you will reach to the speaking village. Explore the place if you have free time for the local knowledge. Overnight at Phakding village.
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Today after having the early breakfast you will head to reach Namche Bazar leaving the Pakding village following the Dudh Koshi valley, walk through the pine and bamboo forest, crossing the scattered village of the Sherpa, cross the suspension bridge before reaching the Monjo village (the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha national park). You will also pass the beautiful waterfalls and other culturally and naturally occurring items. You will also be rewarded with the gorgeous views of the Everest, Nuptse, Kusum Kangru, Thamserku and other surrounding peaks during the trek. continuing the trail you will reach to the Namche Bazar, the gateway of the Everest region and also famous trade center of the Khumbu region. The village also offers you the spectacular views of the world highest mountains. You can also explore Namche Bazar, their culture and local tradition. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 05: Namche Bazaar, Rest and Acclimatization
Today is your spare day in the Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the capital of the Sherpa and also a famous trade center of the Tibet and Khumbu region. You will explore this day around the Namche Bazaar, experience the local culture and tradition, experience the warm hospitality of the locals, enjoy the remote lifestyle and many more. Namche Bazaar also offers you the gorgeous views of the splendid views of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Dhaulagiri and many more. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Dole
Early in the morning after having the light breakfast, you will leave to Namche Bazaar to reach dole, you can enjoy the clear views of the snowy mountains and unique vegetations on the trial. You can also observe their lifestyle and culture. You can also explore the remote lifestyle and can see the locals engage here irrigate the crops for the needs and earn their income. Farming and lodging are the main occupations of the dole people. Normally it takes 5 hours to reach dole leaving the Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Teahouse in Dole.
Day 07: Dole to Machhermo
On the seventh day of your trek, crossing the dole, you will head to Mochermo (the way to Gokyo), you can get an excellent view of the valley. Normally it takes 6 hours to reach Machhermo from Dole. You will also climb to the Ngozumpz glacier (a major attraction while heading to the Machhermo it is also the world's seconds largest glacier by its appearance. After reaching in the Machhermo explore the place collect the beautiful experience of the remote lifestyle, beautiful Himalayan flora and fauna and natural beauty which is untouched by the modernization and commercialization. Overnight at Machhermo.
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo lake
Your nearest way to the wonderful village and the beautiful lake (Gokyo) begins from the Machhermo. At the morning after having the early breakfast you will start your adventure towards Gokyo. Gokyo village is the famous trekking destination of your trek. You will trek to Gokyo village via Ngozumpa Glacier. On the trail, you can take the close views of the Mt Everest, Lhotse, Mt Cho Oyu, Mt Nuptse, Mt Ama Dablam, and other surrounding snow-capped mountains. Gokyo village lies north of the Dudh Pokhari so you can also explore this lake if you have some time which looks amazingly outstanding. Though it is very far from the urban city it doesn't lack natural beauty. The village and the lake is the main attraction of the trek. Overnight at teahouse in Gokyo valley.
Day 09: Hike to Gokyo Ri(5,350 meters), return to Gokyo lake
After exploring the Gokyo valley and Gokyo lake today you will do for hiking up to Gokyo Ri early in the morning to see the amazing views of the Gokyo village. Gokyo Ri is an excellent viewpoint in the Everest region. You normally have to hike up 4 hours to reach Gokyo Ri. Collect the memorable views and descend back to Gokyo. Overnight at Guest House in Gokyo.
Day 10: Gokyo Lake to Thangnak
It's day 10 of your Everest Chola Pass trek. After climbing Gokyo Ri yesterday, you're leaving this valley and heading to the Thangnak. It means you will trek down the Ngozbuma glacier before finding the teahouse at Thangnak. The experience of the remote lifestyle, walk through the scattered village of the Sherpa and Magar, experience the beautiful natural beauty, views of the snow-peaks. Overnight at Thangnak.
Day 11: Thangnak to Dzongla(4860 meters) via Cho-la Pass
Today after having the light breakfast, you will climb to the Cho La Pass, enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains, capture some in your camera. After exploring the place descend to Thangnak. Enjoy the lunch and move ahead leaving Thangnak to Dzongla following the trial, crocking the dense forest, the scattered village you will reach to Dzongla after walking around 5 hours. Explore the place. Overnight at Dzongla.
Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche
After having an early breakfast, you will leave Dzongla to reach Lobuche. During your walk, you will offer the beautiful views of Mt Everest, Mt Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and many other snowy peaks, walk through the unique landscapes. After walking for 5 hours you will reach today's destination. Overnight at Lobuche.
Day 13: Lobuche to Gorak Shep to EBC (5,364 meters) to Gorak Shep
On the 13 days of your trek, you will walk to the Gorak Shep. Have the lunch in Gorak Shep. And move ahead to Everest Base Camp which takes around 2 hours to reach to the lap of the world highest mountain, enjoy the beautiful environment, offers scenery. Capture the moment in your camera, take a rest for a while in the lap of Mt Everest and you will return back to Gorakshep. Overnight at Gorakshep.
Day 14: Gorak Shep to Kalapathar to Dingboche
After exploring Everest Base Camp today you will enjoy a hike to Kalapather-the attractive viewpoint to enjoy the beautiful summit of the world highest mountain. The summit views of Everest is blocked by the Nurse, but you can enjoy the clear views of the summit without any disturbance. After enjoying the beautiful views descend back and continue the walk to reach Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.
Day 15: Dingbuche to Khumjung
Today you will move ahead after having the early breakfast leaving the Dingboche to Khumjung exploring the ancient monasteries, offer you the panoramic outlooks of the snowy mountains. Can also explore the remote lifestyle, unique culture, tradition and religion, Khumjung valley. Overnight at Khumjung.
Day 16: Khumjung to Phakding
Leaving Khumjung you will descend down to Phakding crossing the dense bamboo and pine forest, the scattered village of the Gurung and Magar and final views of the snow-capped mountains. Overnight at Phakding.
Day17: Phakding to Lukla
Today is your last day to experience the final adventure walk to reach Lukla. Following the track of the Dudh Koshi rivers. Continue to walk around 3-4 hours you will reach Lukla, your flight will be booked to fly back to Kathmandu by your agency. Explore the Lukla for the final time. You can enjoy the night at Lukla for the beautiful success of the trek. if you want you can enjoy a drink and culture dance with your friends. Overnight at Lukla.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu
The last day of your adventure trek ends here. At the morning, you will head to the Tenzing and Hillary airport, Lukla for your final departure and flight to Kathmandu. It will take only 35 minutes to arrive at the airport from Lukla. During the flight, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains and Himalayas, charming valley, rivers, gorge. After arrival at the airport, our vehicle will pick up you from the airport. Take a rest. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 19: Rest day, Farewell dinner
Today is your free day in Kathmandu. You can go shopping and visit nearby. You can also enjoy the spa and message in the Thamel to blow all your tiredness, enjoy the shopping in the Thamel. Depends on your interest, you can also go for the city sightseeing. And in the evening, Nepal Hiking Trek will host a farewell dinner with some cultural program. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 20: Departure
Today is your last day of the trip to Nepal. If you have some time you can explore the Thamel for the last time, meeting with your close friends. Nepal Hiking Trek representative with a vehicle will come to pick you at the hotel and transfer to the international airport for your final departure.
Have a Safe journey.
Best Season to trek Everest Chola Pass Trek
Nepal has the four season. They are:
Spring: March, April, May
Monsoon: June, July, August
Autumn: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February
The weather condition differs from the altitude. But as you trek in the mountains, the weather in the high altitude is always cold.
The maximum temperature range in the daytime is 25 degree Celsius while at the night time the temperature range from -15 degree Celsius.
Spring (March, April, May)
Spring the season is the peak season to trek in the mountain. During this time, the average temperature above the 4,000 meters rages 17 degree Celsius.
The temperature in the daytime can be range maximum up to 25 degree Celsius and at the night time the temperature ranges maximum up to -17 degree Celsius.
Less chance of the weather disturbance offers the stunning views of the snowy mountains, the experience of the flora and fauna, walk through the green and the dense forest of bamboo, pine and rhododendrons are the major highlights and best while trekking in the Spring season.
The spring the season is the very recommended season to trek up to Mount Everest and Everest Chola Pass Trek. Offer you’re the clear skies and crystal clear views of the Mount Everest, Cho La Pass, Lhotse, and many other surrounded peaks.
If luck favors you in this time you may get a glimpse of the exotic wildlife including Himalayan Thar, Snow-Leopard, Red Panda and other rare creature of this region.
Many festivals fall in the spring season like Holi, the color of joy and celebration and Chaite Dashain. In this time you can be more familiar with the locals, take parts in their cultural program, enjoy their tradition, experience the remote lifestyle, warm hospitality and many more.
Making the adventure season is this time is very suitable for those who want to enjoy the views of the mountains without any disturbance and also want to explore the local's lifestyle and their daily activities.
Monsoon (June, July, and August)
Trekking the monsoon season in the Everest Base Camp is very challenging than during spring and autumn. The monsoon rain makes the trail more wet and cooler. The trail can be a little slippery to walk during this time.
The average temperature drops to 15-16 degree Celsius at the day time due to the humid climate and the night time may get cooler too.
However, the Everest Cho La Pass during this season could be very suitable to the adventure and challenging seekers and also very suitable to those who want to have a detailed study about the flora and fauna of the Khumbu region.
Trekking in this season can bring you many challenges while trekking as leeches and many other rainy insects, so bring the leeches -repellent lotion to enjoy every walk of your journey.
Monsoon the season is the less traveled season so the teahouse and lodges can offer you some discount. You can also enjoy your every walk with the beautiful views of the mountain and Himalayan flora and fauna because the monsoon is the less crowded season.
Autumn (September, October, November)
Autumn season is the best season to trek in the mountain region of Nepal because it comes after monsoon season which cleans the dust and offers the fresh environment views, the skies are crystal clear. The leaves shedding their leaves and the sunset set a nostalgic feel and said this is autumn for you on the Everest Cho La Pass trekking trial.
Autumn is the most wonderful and amazing time to trek in the latitude of Nepal and also peak season too. The weather and climatic condition are very stable, the skier is very clear, the atmosphere is very fresh and beautiful but it does not mean that the weather in this region is warm. Neither it is super cool. The temperature is very moderate and makes them more comfortable while trekking in this region.
The temperature at the higher altitude will be lower than the temperature in the lower altitude. With the clear skies, the temperature range from 20.C during the daytime and 5.C at the night on the range from 1,000 to 3,500 meters. While trekking at the higher altitude the temperature drop negatively at the night.
Many famous festivals of the different religion take place during the autumn season such as Mani Rimbu festival which is the major festival celebrated by the Sherpa in the Everest Region which takes place in the Tengboche Monasteries, the oldest and the biggest monasteries at 3,867 meters. The main reason for celebrating this festival is the victory of Buddhism over the Bon religion.
You can also enjoy the events of the empowerment and religious functions and a lifestyle of the locals of the Khumbu region. You can also enjoy the local dance such as masked dances and dramas acted by the monks of the monasteries in this season.
The amazing weather and beauty of this region attract of the trekkers. The trail is very crowded with the trekkers and visitors. Due to the limit teahouse and lodge in the Everest region, you may face some problems regarding the rent rooms so it is very good to book the room for the advance so that you can enjoy your trip.
Winter (December, January, February)
Winter season in the mountain offers you very cold weather. The average temperature drops to -20 degree Celsius to -30 degree Celsius whereas the temperature in the lower altitude is little stable. There is less chance of rainfall and other weather disturbance in this season.
The trial is snowy and cool. The skies are pretty good but maybe there can be the disturbance by the snow or block you trail however you will also have an advantage while trekking in this season, the trial is less traveled it means you can make your journey with peace and can enjoy every step of your walk. Though the less traveled trial the teahouse and lodge will offer you with great discount and also offer you good accommodation and food facilities.
So winter season is very suitable for those who are seeking for the adventure on the Everest Cho la Pass trek.
Training requirements for the Everest Chola Pass Trek
Everest Chola Pass trek is the challenging trek and most of the routes are moderate but some of the routes are a little difficult so for this, you should be prepared. If you are an experienced trekker you may find it the moderate trekking destination but if you are a new trekker you may find it challenging so you must train at least for three months to trek if you are new trekkers, you should be prepared by taking long walks in the uphills or go other hiking or short treks before you start this trek, you should choose some high elevation treks whining training for this trek. mainly avoid heavy exercise, improve your strength by swimming, cycling, yoga. It is good to join a gym, and take class, deals with cardiovascular conditioning. Kick Boxing, aerobics are some activities that you can do in the gym and makes your body physically fit and fina.
The world of the hearts and lungs increase when you involve in activities like short hiking, cycling, riding, swimming and so on. O be mentally fit and find you should involve in this aerobics activities which helps to build up your strength and stamina and also make your body far from the altitude sickness while trekking Everest Chola Pass Trek.
The basic equipment needed while trekking Everest Cho La Pass Trek
It is very essential to carry the correct clothes and equipment while trekking in the Everest Region. Correct clothes and equipment are very important for a safe and beautiful trek. Due to the geographical variation, in Nepal most of the trekking starts from the lower altitude in the stable or moderate temperature to the higher altitude in the cold temperature so it is very good to pack or to do in layers so that you can change your dress according to the change in altitude or variation in temperature.
Sometimes packing too much or too little can also disturb or spoil your trip so you need to know how much should you pack or you should know how much is too much or how much is too little and also the number of dress you pack should depend on how long you will be trekking. It means for Everest Cho la Pass trek, you will need more clothes as it is a much longer trek.
Before packing the goods, you should be considered the season to trek and your body type, on the basis of the geography and whether you need to packs the goods for the trek this can make your trek easier.
Normally, while trekking you start your day wearing a light sweater or tracksuits. During the sunny day, you may feel better or comfortable in a T-shirt, then as the altitude increase, you may have to wear a tracksuit, down jackets, gloves, hats and so on.
The following Trekking packing list is for guideline. The personal items are of your individual interest and choice.
- Duffer bags
- Day Packs
- Ruck bags with waterproof covers
- Thermal Vest
- Lightweight thermal tops
- Fleece Jackets or Pullover
- Waterproof jackets
- Women sports bra, Synthetic
- Hiking shorts
- Under Garments
- Fleece pants
- Waterproof Shell pants
- Lightweight walking pants
- The inner socks
- Hiking boots
- Camp Sandals
- Thick warm wool hiking socks
- Walking Poles
- Lightweight Fleece gloves
- Heavyweight gloves
- Water/ windproof gloves
- Woolen hat
- Sun Hat
- Sleeping bags
- Pillowcase and other night accessories
Other personal Equipment
- Water bottles
- Water purifiers
- Head Torch
- First Kids
- Hand Sanitizers
- Wet wipes
Everest Chola Pass Trek offers
Everest Chola Pass Trek offers the stunning views of every camp as well as during the trials. The main attraction of this trial is crystal clear lakes, views of the lap of Mount Everest, Nogjumba glacier is also the major attraction of this the trial, Unique Sherpa Culture and tradition, Namche Bazaar, ancient monasteries, walk through the beautiful flora and fauna, walk through the diverse landscapes, exotic villages, exploring the ancient monasteries and gompa with the morning chanting of the monks, you will enjoy every walk of your journey, crossing the popular village including Namche Bazaar, Thangsak, Pakding, Gokyo, exploring the Gokyo Lakes, Chola Pass and views of the iconic mountains with their summits and trek to base camp, such attraction makes the trial unforgettable who choose the Everest Chola Pass Trek.
Accommodation and Food
For the accommodation you will find plenty of the hotels in Nepal, varying from the simple to five-star grade hotels offering a variety of facilities and service in the different rates. For finding the hotels in the low altitude you don't need to hassle much.
Deluxe, standard and comfortable are some of the categories of the hotel. It means you can find all types of hotels which fits with your budgets in the low altitude but you may not get all types of a teahouse in the high altitude, you will only see the teahouse, providing with the basic accommodation and food services.
One of the best seasons for finding cheap accommodation is from June to August because many few trekkers attend the trek in this season and the trial is less crowded.
Most of the places have a range of the rooms, from the budgets, shared-bathrooms to suits with a/c and TVs. Single room is usually offered between half services and price. It is a little difficult to get the deluxe rooms and hotel in more trekking region in the high altitude. So hotels and teahouse take booking and reservation are often necessary for the booking in the advance in the busy season like March-May and September-December.
Mainly teahouse or guest houses are your accommodation with twin bed sharing room or a triple single as your choice. Somewhere you can find the attached bathroom in lower height but you may not get the attached bathroom in the teahouse, also may not get the single room in the higher altitude area so you have to bring the tent, food and other necessary items. For food, you can choose from the menu like Nepali food continental food including Italian, Chinese cuisine and so on. For drinking water, you should buy the mineral bottles or bring own personal bottles with water purification tablets.
The major attraction of the Everest Cho La Pass Trek
Gokyo is the small and charming village in the Solukhumbu District, at the foot stop of the Gokyo Ri and located on the eastern shore of the Gokyo Lake, Dudg Pokhari, Dudh Pokhari. Gokyo is the most popular and attractive place of the Everest Chola Pass Trek and also the popular trekking destination towards the Sagarmatha and other beautiful places. This village is located at the 4,790 maters which takes 2 days to walk to uphill from the Namche bazar.one of the highest settlements in Nepal and in the world. all the building in the Gokyo lakes is a guest house for the trekkers and visitors. The interesting facts of this place are that local who lives in the village leave during the winter and move to the lower village such as Namche Bazaar. This village offers you the beautiful views of the Gokyo lakes and rivers with the stunning views of the other surrounding peaks.
Cho La Pass
Chola Pass is the attractive pass which is at the altitude of the 5240 meters in the Solu Khumbu district and the attractive pass of the trek, it contacts with the village of the Dzongla (4830 meters) to the east and the village of the Thagnak (4700) meters to the west. Cho La Pass is on the Gokyo trial in the Khumbu the region which continues to the Gokyo Lakes crossing the Ngozumpa glacier and joins the Everest base camp trek, the pass provides the attractive and breathtaking views including Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other surrounding peaks.
Tahgnak is a popular rest spot and the charming village of the Everest Chola Pass trek. this village offers you the stunning views of the mountains, make familiar with the local culture, religion, their lifestyle also can explore the ancient and oldest monasteries, gompa of the religion. This village is very famous as a rest spot and offers you the best service and facilities available.
Dzongla is the attractive and the charming village which is connected with the Everest Cho La Pass trek which offers you the gorgeous views of the snowy peaks and lakes. This village is highly in-rich with the religions, ancient culture and tradition can explore the local arts and their lifestyle with the fresh environment and views of the world iconic mountain and pass including Cho la Pass and this the village is also popular rest spot which offers the teahouse and basic lodge for the visitors and trekkers with basic accommodation and food services.
The Everest Cho La Pass trek is very challenging and adventure trek so a good preparation of all the things will make your trek more beautiful, memorable and lots of easier. By following the above article you not only enjoy the trips but also you will be returned safe and with more adventure experience. The beautiful landscapes, walk through the dense rhododendron, experiencing the flora and fauna, exotic village and warm hospitality of the Sherpa People, walk through the different gorge, Glacier lakes and glacier rivers will make you more beautiful and forget the Everest Chola Pass trek difficulty.
Nepal Hiking Trek offers you the experience of being on the top of the world along with the climb of the Gokyo Ri and Cho La Pass. Though it is a little nerve shaking experience however the outstanding views of the mountains, glaciers river, and glacier lakes will keep you going ahead and experience this trek. Join the Nepal Hiking trek to experience the beautiful trek with the wild scenery of the mountains, isolated communities. We will do our best to make your journey a beautiful and memorable one.
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