Everest Cho La Pass Trek is the arduous yet all-conquering trekking route of Khumbu. It covers almost 80 percent of the major trekking locales of the Everest Trekking region. Therefore, it is highly captivating.
Awesome Nepal Treks has knitted enough alternatives for trekkers to choose while trekking in Nepal. This package also has two options. One is clockwise trekking and the other is to do anti-clockwise trekking. For more information about anti-clockwise trekking, visit another page of Everest Chola Pass Trek.
Trekkers will start trekking as regular Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal. Namche Bazaar and the acclimatization are similar to the regular course of EBC Trek. However, trekkers take the route of Mongla Dada instead of Tengboche.
Walking through the green lush forests, waterfalls, and hamlets overlooking the amazing Taboche, Cholatse, and Choyou is a feat to achieve. Trekkers will walk through places like Dole and Machhermo before reaching the Gokyo Valley.
Gokyo Lakes has five lakes attached together. We will walk past two lakes and eventually reach the main third lake area also known as Gokyo Lake. Before starting the daunting crossing of the Chola Pass trekkers will get a chance to hike the Gokyo RI. The sight of the more than 2 dozen mountains, including 4 eight-thousanders (Lhotse, Choyou, Makalu & Everest) is marvelous.
After Gokyo Valley, the journey heads towards Everest Base Camp. The most difficult hurdle in the Everest Chola Pass Trek journey is the crossing of Chola Pass. This is a beautiful pass with many arduous sections. The icy lakes, glaciers & moraine walking, and the chill windy atmosphere can offer trekkers the mini mountaineering experience.
Once the pass is crossed and trekkers reach Lobuche via Dzongla the regular Everest Base Camp Trekking journey takes place. Everest Cho la Pass Trek follows the same itinerary. For more, please visit our site and explore the Everest Base Camp Trek page.
Overall, Everest Cho la Pass Trek is an excursion around Khumbu Circuit. Witness Everest in a different way. Give your adventurous side of the soul the enigma, excitement, and wilderness ultimate thrill. Book the Everest Chola pass Trek with us.
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Travel planners of Awesome Nepal Treks knitted the best itinerary for this trip. Most of the trekking agency do not consider the trekker point of view while preparing an itinerary. However, our itinerary helps all type of trekkers to successfully complete the course. There are many patrons who have used the services of the agency repeatedly. The major reason behind this is our mettle towards providing the updated itinerary for any kinds of adventure.
Your first impression of arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport is an experience in itself. But don’t be worried by the apparent confusion as your airport representative will be waiting to welcome you with your name written on a placard. Depending on traffic, you will be at your hotel within 20 minutes or so.
You have time to relax and enjoy the ambiance and comfort of the hotel until your evening Group Meeting. This is when we collect your details and discuss how the trip will run in the coming days. After the meeting, we go for our first group dinner. Your tour leader will take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant in Thamel.
Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu) Meals: Breakfast only.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Easy day in Kathmandu, after breakfast walk around the Thamel to revive from the jet lags. In the afternoon you can buy or rent the gear and stuff required for the trek. After collecting all the gears for the trek, get organized with your bags and be ready to fly or drive for the next day as per your trekking destinations.
Mornings, flight to Lukla with views of mountain range including Mt. Everest, after 30 mins of great flight reaching at Lukla with its unique airstrip a gateway Sherpa town to Everest base camp and other adventure destination.
From Lukla walk to Phakding village for an overnight stop leading past Sherpa farm villages, a nice and pleasant walk with a few short ups overlooking beautiful views along the walk to Phakding village located by Dudh Kosi a glacial River.
After breakfast, commence our trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). The trail follows along the right bank of Dudh Koshi. Thamserku peaks stand majestically skyward on the opposite bank. Then reach at Bengkar, as the trail climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. Continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village Monjo. We then come to Sagarmatha National Park Service where a park entrance fee is to be deposited. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this valley where the major river meets each other. Crossing over a high Hillary bridge, trek begins with steep ascent to Namche Bazaar.
On the way, facing excellent views of Everest (8,848m) and Lhotse (8,516m) surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazaar (3,440m) a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods with overnight at Namche.
Namche Bazaar at 3,440m high, spending another day allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. Where walking high and sleeping low is the best way to get acclimatize, the best acclimatization hike for the day we recommend is to Everest view hotel, a perfect place for proper speed acclimatization before heading higher area, morning hike to Everest View Hotel which is about 3 hrs uphill walk, a great spot for the magnificent view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam and adjoining peaks of the Khumbu Himalayan panorama. Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of Sherpa culture with a history of mountaineering.
On Saturdays, a colourful Bazaar is held once a week for trading and an intimate look at the locals’ marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment.
After a great time at Namche, our route leads on the high ridge of Namche to reach Syangboche with bird-eye views of Namche below, Syangboche with an old short airstrip which is sometimes used for helicopters and smaller aircraft.
From here the walk is pleasant to Khunde and Khumjung. These villages are the largest Sherpa villages around the Khumbu area. Khunde and Khumjung villages located on a glacial valley beneath the sacred peak of Khumbila at 5,761m (a patron god of Khumbu). A quiet, gentle walk brings you to Khumjung via Khunde for an overnight stop. When in Khunde visit the one and only Khunde hospital built by Sir Edmund Hillary's Foundation.
In the afternoon visit Khumjung old Monastery, the only place with a Yeti scalp. Khumjung also has a High School built with the help of the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation.
After a nice stop in the glacial valley at Khumjung with eye-catching views, a morning walk leads downhill to join the main trail at near Sanasa village. From this spot, our route diverts away from the main Namche-Everest base camp trail towards quiet areas to Gokyo Lake.
After trail junction, one and a half hours of uphill walk bring us to the top of Mong La Pass 3,973 meters. From Mong La Pass we savor the spectacular views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Kantega and Mt. Khumbilla. From the hilltop, an hour downhill trek through the forested region brings us to the riverside village, Phortse Tenga. We stop at Phortse Tenga for lunch. Post lunch, the day’s trek involves a long tiring uphill trek through the forest of pines, oaks, and rhododendrons all the way to Dole.
Morning walk from Dole climbs along the side of the valley, where rhododendron forest stops, giving way to smaller bushes of juniper as you gain altitude slowly. Finally, the walk leads on the level path for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka and to Luza at 4,390m; and then skirting around a ridge downhill to Machermo village. Arriving at Machhermo for lunch and overnight stop with time in the afternoon for a short walk or just relax.
The trail rises gently from the village to a ridge that offers the first views of the north face of Cho-Oyo (8210m/26 907ft) and more views of Kangtega and Thamserku. Ahead in the valley is the snout of the Ngozumpa Glacier: the trail drops back towards the river. A metal bridge crosses the edge of the frozen Longponga Tsho (4,690m/15,383ft): the first of the Dudh Koshi’s six sacred lakes. Before Taboche Tsho, a path leads up onto the glacier – and the Cho La. A strenuous half hour’s walk beyond the lake leads to the summer village of Gokyo set on the side of the moraine and overlooking the blue-green Dudh Pokhari which nestles in a semi-circle of high peaks at the foot of Gokyo Ri. Cho-Oyo and the ice ridge to Ghyachung Kang, from which the Ngozumpa glacier flows, are clearly visible behind ridges.
Early in the morning, we hike up to the top of Gokyo RI at an elevation of 5,483m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip – you get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. After a wonderful time at Gokyo Ri, head downhill to Gokyo and rest in the afternoon. Overnight in Gokyo, The lake city.
It’s Day 11 of our trek to Everest Base Camp. After climbing Gokyo Ri yesterday we’re leaving this valley and heading from Gokyo to Thangnak. This means we’ll trek over and then down the lateral moraine of the Ngozbuma glacier, before finding our lodge at Thangnak. The village is just below a small cliff
Tsola-la pass day is the hardest day of the trip. Start your day after early breakfast which is a steep steady climb for two hours and the trail drops down to the bottom of the Tsho-la base. After that, the trail leads you through the unstable rocky mountain face toward the top . There are some Buddhist prayer flags on the top of the pass which has great views of the mountains including Lhotse 8511 m and Nuptse 7879 m. There is an icy part for a while(You might need to use a crampon on this section) and again the trail drops down through the huge rock and an easy walk at the end to get to the Dzongla, a small lonely valley. Stay overnight Dzongla.
After a great traverse on crossing Tsho-la to Dzongla, today a moderate and pleasant walk to Lobuche as the walk leads on the gentle trail above Thugla, where Khumbu glacier melts into a raging river, coming across stone memorials of unfortunate climbers who died climbing Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other high mountains. From here a nice pleasant walk brings us to Lobuche for an overnight stop.
Today is the most important day for every trekker. On this day, we summit at the base camp (5,364m/17,598ft) of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest. Early in the morning, the trek begins through a narrow mountain gap and above the glacial moraine alongside the world’s highest Khumbu glacier. Tracing through the rocky boulder trail for 2-3 hours, we reach the last human settlement, Gorakshep, a junction village that leads the trail to Kala Patthar on the left and EBC on right. At Gorakshep, we check in the lodge, leave our luggage and then ascend through the rocky sandpit and boulder trail for another 3 hours showcasing Mount Everest. Eventually, we reach the Everest Base camp from where we perceive the elegant view of scenic landscape, 360° view of the Mountains, and Khumbu glacier. Enjoy the good time, celebrate the victory and share happiness with the fellow trekkers and retrace back to Gorakshep for today’s shelter.
One of the main highlights of the trek is an early morning hike to the most popular peak, Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,208ft). In the early morning, we commence the trek from Gorakshep and climb the summit of Kala Patthar to witness the 360° view of snow-capped mountains and the exquisite sunrise view over Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest isn’t clearly and precisely seen from EBC; but the Kala Patthar offers the awe-inspiring view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lingtren (6,749m), Khumbutse (6,636m), Nuptse (7,861m) and Pumori (7,161m). After the exotic glimpse of sunrise over the mighty Everest, retrace back to Gorakshep. At Gorakshep, we have our breakfast and then resume the return journey from the land of Himalayas retracing down through the previous trodden trail. From Gorakshep, we descend down to Lobuche and then take an alternative route for a few hours to Pheriche. The village is renowned for the elementary health camp run under the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) which provides emergency health services. Overnight, stay at a lodge at Pheriche.
Leaving Pheriche village with super views of Amadablam and Cholatse with Taboche, then on the gradual winding path with short uphill and back on the downhill to reach Pangboche. We will then enter into tree lines, from the bridge after a few hours of the climb we reach Thyangboche Monastery, located on a small plateau. The place offers marvelous views of mountains, including Mt. Everest and majestic Amadablam surrounded with pristine rhododendron-pines-oaks and birch tree woodland. In evening take a tour of the monastery, which was burnt by an accidental fire in 1991 at present back into normal form, where you can witness young monks and elderly priest and Lama on evening prayer.
After a great time descend to Imjatse River, with a steep climb for an hour to Sanasa, from here on the gradual path with short ups and downs to Namche Bazaar, a break here and then walk back to Dudh Kosi river valley and to Monjo for an overnight stop.
It’s day 18 of our trek to Everest Base Camp. It’s our final day. We’ve almost made it. Today we head from Monjo to Lukla – back to where we started. On reaching Lukla celebrate last night's dinner with fellow trekkers and staff.
From Lukla taking an early morning flight back to Kathmandu with views of mountains, at Kathmandu domestic airport our staff transfers you back to your respective hotels with the rest of the day free at leisure.
Your last day in amazing Nepal in the land of Himalayan wonders, after wonderful experience and fond memories of Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp trekking, our staff transfer you to the airport as per your time for the international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.
Yes, our airport representative will come to pick you up at the airport. He/She will hold the placard with your name or group name. You will be transferred to the agreed hotel and later in the evening, the agency will hold the welcome dinner for you.
You will need a Covid Vaccination certificate certified by any government agency.
Yes, you can join our fixed departure group as well. However, we can arrange the solo trekker trekking too. You can hire a porter guide for the trip who will carry your stuff as well as a guide you through the trekking. You can get either female or male trekking guide according to your preference.
Yes, you can book the private trip as well. After covid pandemic the agency is operating many private trips. Feel free to ask our travel planners for the arrangement.
We use 3 star to 5 star hotels for your accommodation in the Kathmandu. It depends upon your request and preference. Most of the hotels that we use are within the city center (Thamel area). Yes, you can extend your stay in Nepal. If you want, you can do the hotel booking on your own in which we can assist you. You can also buy the tour package with us as well. It is up to you to decide. We can arrange for any kinds of extended stay in Kathmandu or any other major cities of Nepal.
Yes, you can upgrade hotel to luxury hotel in Kathmandu but the price will be adjusted. The package hotel cost will not be redeemed but can be transferred to your luxury hotel cost. If you buy the luxury trek or tour package then the luxury hotel in Kathmandu is included in your trip itinerary.
During the trek don’t expect luxury accommodation facilities. However, in some places you can get the room with attached bathrooms. In high altitude and also during the peak season; you will have to share the room with other trekkers. It depends whether you get to shower or not. In some places you can shower in your own room. However, most of the lodges/tea houses you will have to pay extra for the hot shower.
You will get breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek. Hot water is extra. You can carry the purifying pill which you can use for the normal tap water as well. The food is from the menu.
Typical Trekking Day consists of 6-7 hours of average walking hours. You will start the trekking after breakfast and stop for the lunch on the way. In between you will have briefings and information regarding the area’s landscape, mountains and culture as well. Breakfast is normally at 7 o’clock in the morning and lunch is at around 12-1 o’clock in the afternoon and dinner is at 7-8 o’clock in the evening.
Mobile connectivity is available in almost every trekking trails of Nepal. However, in some parts the connectivity is very less. If there is not mobile connectivity then you will have to buy the internet wifi card from the lodge.
Acclimatization is dependent upon the type of the trekking that we are doing. For Example, Everest Base Camp Trekking has two acclimatization rests, one at Namche and other at Dingboche. However, for the low altitude trekking you might not need acclimatization at all or just one day’s acclimatization is fine.
We follow the safety protocols text to text. Every evening our clients’ oxygen level, heart rate and blood pressure is measured. In case of emergency the team will decide whether to continue or not. If you have the travel insurance, during emergency, we might have to use that for the emergency evacuation.
If you are on full package, the agency will bear your meal, accommodation and tea/coffees so you will not need much cash. However, in an average you will need Nrs. 3000 to 4000 per day if you are on your own for the trip like in service trekking. Credit cards are not accepted on the trail.
In some places you will get the laundry service but it is possible to do laundry only during the acclimatization rest days. Therefore, you will have to collect all soiled clothes and use the laundry while you are back in the city.
Yes you can recharge your electronic devices in the teahouse/lodge. The charge is incurred per device.
Yes, you can do Everest Base Camp Trekking without prior trekking experience also. However, you need to be physically fit. One month prior to the trekking date, do some exercises in your home country.
There is no alternative way if the flight is canceled. However, you can hire a helicopter back to Kathmandu.
The weight limit is 15 kgs including day pack.
Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for the EBC Trek. The insurance must cover medical aid, accidents and emergency helicopter rescue.
Yes, all our guides are Nepal Government license holder. They are well versed in the basic first aids as well. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about minor injuries.
The trekking guide will assess your situation and decide whether you can continue the trek or not.
Yes all our guides are certified by the Government of Nepal and TAAN.
Tipping is not mandatory but expected. You can tip according to your liking.
You can add extra days to your trekking but the cost increases.
Yes you need to make the advance deposit of 20% of the trip to guarantee. Once you land in Kathmandu, you will have to clear the trip cost before commencing the trip.