Everest Chola Pass Trek Overview
"Explore the beautiful alpine Gokyo Lakes and cross a high mountain pass- Cho La, passing by the biggest glacier in Nepal- Ngozumpa Glacier. Enjoy overnight stays in remote Sherpa villages and hike to Everest base camp & Kala Patthar on Everest Cho La pass trek 19 Days."
Everest Cho La pass trek is one of the most adventurous Everest trekking packages that go beyond the mainstream EBC trail. The trek extends to the challenging Cho La pass (5,420 m) and also explores the beautiful Gokyo valley. Cho La pass trekking is for fit trekkers looking for challenges and thrills in the Khumbu region. The Everest Cho La pass trek itinerary combines a hike to Everest base camp and Kal Patthar before it crosses the Chola and walks along the Ngozumpa glacier to Gokyo valley.
This trek is known as Gokyo Lake & Cho La pass trek with EBC, also. The magnificent mountain views, picturesque villages, intimate encounters with locals, and verdant forests make the Everest Cho la pass trekking a lifetime venture. Unlike the EBC trek, you get to spend more time in the mountains and enjoy many places of interest. We have included the most beautiful overnight stays along the trekking route. As we have booked the best lodge, you'll have a comfortable stay and get a good night's sleep after a long day of walking every day.
Major Attractions of Everest Cho La Pass Trek Package
Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
On the second day of your arrival in Kathmandu, we have arranged a guided sightseeing tour of historical sites in Kathmandu. It's a full-day tour guided by one of our experienced tour guides. The tour involves visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the holy Pashupatinath Temple. It is one of the oldest temples in Nepal and a pilgrimage site.
The next monument is the biggest stupa in Nepal, Boudhnath Stupa, and the famous Monkey Temple. Likewise, you'll explore Kathmandu Durbar Square. This monument used to be a royal residence and now is an open museum with palaces, courtyards, & shrines. If time allows, you'll also visit the Asan market.
Lifetime flight experience between Kathmandu and Lukla
You might have heard lots of things about Kathmandu Lukla flights, like how crazy the flight experience is, its overwhelming takeoff & landing, frequent delays, etc. Given the height of the Lukla airport (2,846 m) and the flying route full of towering mountains/peaks touching the clouds, you cannot expect anything else. Similarly, the aerial views of the Himalayas will leave you in awe. Kathmandu Lukla flight gives a thrilling kick-start to your journey in the Himalayas.
Trek through lush forests and beautiful remote villages
The trekking route of Cho La pass goes through forests of juniper, magnolia, fir, rhododendron, etc. You'll be walking through dense alpine woodlands, up to Dingboche village. The trail is full of vegetation ranging from subtropical to alpine. Likewise, you'll get to see different wildlife and birds. Above the treeline, you'll enjoy walking past bushes and pastures.
The Everest Cho La pass trekking is also about experiencing the mountain lifestyle and culture of the natives. As the trail passes through beautiful Sherpa villages, you'll get to learn a lot about their values firsthand. The interaction with locals and their warm hospitality will win your heart.
Enjoy the wonders of the Khumbu region/Sagarmatha National Park
The Everest Cho la pass trail has more than villages and into the Sagarmatha National Park and dense forests. You'll be coming across streams, rivers, waterfalls, different valleys, suspension bridges fastened with fluttering prayer flags, farming fields, glaciers, moraines, lakes, etc. The trail is very adventurous, as you can imagine.
Excellent side excursions during acclimatization days
We have a few acclimatization days during the Gokyo Lake and Cho La pass trekking. During the acclimatization days, you'll be exploring the villages and spending time observing locals doing their daily chores. The mornings involve hikes to nearby viewpoints. You'll be hiking to Everest View Hotel, Nagarjuna Hill, and Gokyo Ri.
Stand at the base of the highest mountain in the world & explore the gorgeous sunrise from Kala Patthar
The trail leads you to the Everest base camp. It is the lap of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Reaching this point is usually the dream of hundreds and thousands of travelers around the world. And why not? It's like standing at the top of the world in one way. Likewise, the trek also takes you to Kala Patthar, the famous viewpoint that offers snow-capped mountains panorama all around it. Likewise, sunrise is also very famous at Kala Patthar.
Cross Cho La pass & walk by the biggest glacier in Nepal
The Cho La pass is one of the three high passes in the Khumbu region. It stands 5,420 meters (17,782 ft) above sea level in north-eastern Nepal, Khumbu region. The pass connects Dzongla (4,830 m/15,850 ft) to the east and the village of Thagnak (4,700 m/15,400 ft) to the west.
Likewise, while walking from Thangank to Gokyo Valley, you'll be walking alongside the biggest glacier in Nepal, the Ngozumpa glacier. Located below Mt. Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, Ngozumpa Glacier is 36 km long. It is the longest glacier in the Himalayas.
Explore Gokyo Lakes
There are six Gokyo Lakes ranging from 4,700 to 5,000 m (15,400–16,400 ft). These are oligotrophic lakes, and the world's highest freshwater lake system of multiple lakes. Dudh Pokhari is the main lake where Gokyo village is situated, and Thonak Cho is the largest lake. These lakes have religious values for locals of the region.
Witness stunning mountain views & diverse landscapes
On the Cho la pass trek, you get to witness an uncountable number of mountains, peaks, and hills. The landscapes change with every new village and only get captivating. Some of the mountains you get to see while trekking are Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Pumori (7,161 m), Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Makalu (8,481 m), Kanchenjunga (8,586), Island Peak (6,160 m), Chamlang (7,319 m), etc.