EBC Cho La Pass Trek

Duration: 19 Days5/5(1 review)
At a Glance
  • Duration 19 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 5545m

Highlights

  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Lifetime flight experience between Kathmandu and Lukla
  • Trek through lush forests of rhododendron and beautiful remote Sherpa villages
  • Enjoy the wonders of the Khumbu region/Sagarmatha National Park
  • Excellent side excursions to places like Everest View Hotel, Nagarjuna Hill & Gokyo Ri during acclimatization days
  • Stand at the base of the highest mountain in the world, Everest base camp & explore the gorgeous sunrise from Kala Patthar
  • Cross Cho La pass & walk by the longest glacier in the Himalayas, Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Explore Gokyo Lakes and the beautiful Gokyo village
  • Witness stunning mountain panorama & diverse landscapes

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.

You'll Experience

View Grom Gokyo Ri

Itinerary

The EBC Cho La Pass Trek itinerary is a 19-day itinerary and includes a trek to Everest Base Camp, passing over Chola, and reaching Gokyo Valley. Visit Gokyo Valley, and Lake, hike to Gokyo Ri and return to Lukla to take a return flight to Kathmandu.

The 19 days itinerary of the EBC Chola Pass is inclusive of your arrival and departure days to and from Kathmandu, a day tour in Kathmandu, and an extra day at the end of the trek. The extra day is to use in case you need on a trek or if there is any cancelation or delay on the Lukla flight, which may happen cause of the unfavorable weather conditions.

EBC Cho La Pass Trek  begins with an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,846 m). You'll be traversing the Sagarmatha National Park that begins from Monjo village (2,835 m) onwards and goes up to Mt. Everest top. On the same day of your flight to Lukla, you'll be descending to Phakding village (2,610 m) to spend the night & acclimatize. In the next few days, you'll trek through different Sherpa villages like Namche Bazar (3,440 m), Tengboche (3,860 m), Dingboche (4,410 m), Lobuche (6,119 m), and Gorak Shep (5,164 m).

After exploring the Everest base camp (5,364 m) and Kala Patthar (5,644 m), you'll walk past Dzongla (4,830 m) and Thagnak (4,700 m). The trail then crosses the Cho La pass and goes by alpine lakes to Gokyo village (4,750 m). Our major ascending part ends at Gokyo Ri (5,357 m), a viewpoint that offers one of the best views of Everest & Cho Oyu. You'll also explore the Gokyo Lakes (4,700 m-5,000 m) and descend to Machhermo (4,470 m) the following day. The next two days involve walking to Namche Bazaar and retracing the trail back to Lukla.

Our Everest Cho La pass trek itinerary involves ample acclimatization days and therefore, interesting side excursions to Hotel Everest View (3,962 m), Khumjung monastery (3,790 m) in Namche Bazaar, and Nagarjuna Hill (5,100 m) in Dingboche. If you love glaciers, valleys, moraines, snow-capped mountains, lakes, mountain passes, bridges over rushing rivers, and the serenity of nature, then the Gokyo Cho La pass trek with EBC is for you.

The given 19-day EBC Chola Trek plan is a standard itinerary that is suitable for most trekkers. However, if the given itinerary is not suitable for you, let us know as we are always happy to offer you a customized program as per your requirements.

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Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, our team will welcome you. You can meet them near the terminal gate. After a short meet and greet, they will take you to the hotel. Spend the rest of the chilling and exploring the hotel surroundings. As you'll be staying in Thamel, you'll have a lot of things to look around.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

We have a full day of sightseeing today. You'll go around the city and visit different historical sites with your tour guide. The tour guide will tell you interesting facts about the sites and their history. Some of the places you'll be visiting are Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, you'll spend some time packing for the trek and also meet with the trek guide.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

Today, you'll have the most thrilling morning of your life. We'll be flying to Lukla airport. The flight is short, and the views are phenomenal, but the landing is what will take your breath away in a good way. In Lukla, our porters will join you for the journey ahead. The trail descends following a rough foothill and lush forests. We'll cross a couple of bridges and pass by a few small villages on the way.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2610

The day begins early with a delicious breakfast with a view. We leave Phakding village and walk through lush rhododendron forests. On the way, we'll be crossing numerous suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river and passing by small settlements. Taking a small break at Monjo, we continue walking in the Sagarmatha National Park and gradually ascend following a steep trail to Namche Bazaar.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

We take a break in Namche Bazaar before ascending any further. Because we are at a high elevation, it's important to acclimatize our bodies. We'll take this opportunity and hike to Everest View Hotel. The trail is rugged and offers views of Mt. Thamserku, Kangtega, etc. Upon reaching the hotel, we get to see the stunning view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. The rest of the day we spend in Namche Bazaar, exploring this beautiful Sherpa town.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

From Namche Bazaar, the trail ascends to Tengboche village. On the way, we can see clear views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Lobuche Peak, etc. Leaving Namche Bazaar, we first descend to the Dudh Kosi valley floor at Phungi Thanga. We'll cross a bridge here and walk towards Tengboche village for a night's stay. This village houses the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region, Tengboche monastery.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3860

The trail to Dingboche goes through rhododendron forests and reaches Deboche. From here, we continue trekking and cross a bridge. Walking past a stupa, we reach Pangboche and cross another river. Further, we'll walk on an uphill route to Shomare (4,010 m) and continue to Orsho (4,190 m). We'll cross one more bridge and walk alongside Imj Khola to Dingboche village. The views of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche Peak, Cholatse, etc are fantastic.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4410

We’ll spend a rest day in Dingboche. It's our second rest day. We hike to Nagarjuna hill early in the morning. The hike is steep but beautiful, and the views of mountains like Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Taboche, Poklade, etc are even more stunning. For the rest of the day, we'll relax and explore Dingboche village.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4410

From Dingboche onwards, the trail is quite steep and rocky. We descend for some time and follow a sharp uphill route to Dusa (4,530 m). The route keeps ascending until we reach Dughla (4,620 m). We walk on a glacial path and walk across the Dughla pass (4,830 m) and walk to Lobuche village, relishing the view of Khumbu Glacier and giant snow-capped mountains.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4910

We ascend to Everest base camp today. It'll be a huge achievement for us to stand at the base of the highest mountain in the world. From Lobuche village, we keep ascending alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Walking across Lobuche pass (5,110 m), we walk on a zigzag steep, rocky path to Gorak Shep. From here, it's a steep ascend to EBC. We'll spend some time at the base camp and retrace the path back to Gorak Shep for the night's stay.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5364

On this day, we'll wake up super early in the morning and go on a short excursion to Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is a viewpoint that offers a sensational view of Mt. Everest and numerous other mountains top going above the clouds. The sunrise is out of this world, and the feeling of standing in this extreme area is unexplainable. We'll take the time to soak in the views and begin our downhill walk to Dzonglha. Upon reaching Lobuche village, we descend and further walk on an uphill trail Dzonglha.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5545

From Dzonglha, we ascend following a steep, rugged route to the top of Cho La pass. We begin the day early in the morning to cross the pass before the strong wind makes the journey tougher than it already is. This is the most challenging part of the trek as well as the riskiest. The high altitude makes the walk strenuous. The trail has risks of sudden rockfall, so we have to be careful.

Once we reach the top of the Cho La pass, heavenly views of mountains and glaciers will welcome us. Enjoying the best views of Ama Dablam and Cholatse, we descend from Cho La pass. We'll be walking on a slippery path ahead and crossing a tricky ice section. Further, we keep descending to Thangnak to spend the night.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5370

The trail from Thangnak to Gokyo village offers breathtaking views of Ngozumpa Glacier, the biggest glacier in Nepal. We ascend and walk past Longpongo (4,720 m) and the second lake, Taujung Tsho (4,740 m), before reaching Gokyo village. It is located near Dudh Pokhari lake, the third Gokyo Lake. The views from this village are outstanding.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4790

Early in the morning, we’ll hike to Gokyo Ri. The path is trodden, and the views are heavenly. Gokyo Ri offers one of the best views of Mt. Everest. We then descend to Machhermo to spend the night.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5365

It's a long descent from Machhermo to Namche Bazaar. We walk past villages like Luza, Lhabarma, Dhole, Tongba, and Phortse Thanga. The trail involves walking through lush forests and along verdant hills. We'll come across stupas and chortens on the way. The landscapes change throughout the way.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

From Namche Bazaar, we descend steeply through dense forests, crossing many suspension bridges and small villages. We'll be tracing the entire trail. Phakding onwards, it's an uphill walk to Lukla.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2840

We fly back to Kathmandu today. Enjoy the remaining day shopping and relaxing. Visit nearby tourist sites like the Garden of Dreams and Narayanhiti Palace.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

It's your last full day in Kathmandu. If you want, we can organize guided sightseeing tour to visit Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square or some others. In the evening, the company organizes a farewell dinner, where you meet with the team for the last time.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

Our airport team will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport as per your flight departure time. They will bid you our final goodbyes.

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Map & Altitude Graph

EBC Cho La Pass Trek map

Inclusions

  • All the airport transfers
  • Four nights’ hotel Kathmandu including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast
  • Sagarmatha national park entry permits and TIMS permit
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu) with domestic airport tax.
  • Fourteen nights’ accommodation on the trek in lodge/guesthouses.
  • A guide and porters (1 porter for every two trekkers and a porter will carry from 20-25 KG).
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service, which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffel bag, if necessary, and returned after the trek

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu
  • Your personnel expenses/shopping and entrance fees on day 2
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Sweet things like chocolate bars and bar bills
  • Hot shower, telephone, internet, and laundry
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Tips for the guide and staffs
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Essential Info

Fitness Required for Everest Chola Pass Trek

Please note that a moderate-strong level of fitness is mandatory with daily trekking between 3 to 8 hours for Everest Cho La Pass Trek. You will reach an altitude of 5,545m above sea level on this trek. If you have any health concerns, please consult your healthcare provider before booking Everest Cho La Pass Trek.

Best Time for Everest Chola Pass Trek

The best seasons (time) to do Everest Cho La Pass Trek are autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until the end of May).

The temperatures drop considerably as the trek goes higher on Everest Chola Pass Trek. The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C), but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappearing at night.

Accommodation on Everest Cho La Pass Trek

You have 3-star hotel accommodations for four nights in Kathmandu and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for the rest of the 14 nights on Everest Cho La Pass Trek. The rooms are just with a bed with a pillow and blankets on the trek lodge/guest house.

We accommodate you/your group in the local lodge/guest house available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required number of rooms for you/your group (The Rooms are not available to book in advance in all places). Please remember that some of them are very basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Hotel We Provide:

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Moonlight: 4 nights
  • Hotel on Trek: Simple Mountain lodge: 14 nights

Note:

  • Accommodation will be on double/twin share mostly on trekking lodge and single room available in Kathmandu at extra cost.
  • A hotel upgrade in Kathmandu is available. There is luxury 4 and 5-star hotels available in Kathmandu. So, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu.

Extra nights in Kathmandu pre or post the Everest Chola Pass Trek

The extra night hotels in Kathmandu are available. Let us know if you want to arrive earlier or stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates and need to book extra nights.

Meals & Drinks on Everest Cho La pass Trek

The meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), a total of 46 meals on Everest Cho La Pass Trekking are included in our price. And, the meals are provided in lodges. You have breakfast and dinner at the lodge, where you stay overnights, and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

You find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food on Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trail and drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) as well. The drinks are not included in the cost. So, you can buy them yourself at the available lodge/guest house.

You can bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Everest Cho La Pass Trek since you have normal water for free, or you can buy bottled water or boiled/safe water to drink.

Luggage Limit on Lukla Flight

The luggage for a domestic flight to Lukla is limited to 15kg including your hand luggage when you fly to Lukla for the Everest Chola Pass Trek. However, you can take some more if you wish, and the excess luggage costs US $2-3 per Kg.

Travel Insurance for Everest Cho La Pass Trek

You need travel insurance to do the Everest Chola Pass Trek in Nepal. In case of any sickness or injury happens while on the trekking, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue. So, the insurance policy should cover all these expenses.

FAQs

  • Q1. How Difficult is the Everest Cho La Pass Trek?

    The Everest Cho la pass trek is difficult in the Khumbu region. It encompasses the Cho La circuit and crosses a high pass above 5,000 meters. The trail has many hurdles that do make the trip adventurous but also test your endurance and willpower. You'll be pushing yourself every day for 6 to7 hours on rough, steep terrain to reach the next point on the itinerary. Some days may include above 8 hours of walking.

    Along with the rugged trail and glacial walking (in the latter part of the trail), you also have to deal with altitude and scarcity of facilities. As the journey progresses, it'll only get tough on you and your mind. Therefore, both physical and mental fitness is needed for Cho la pass trek. You have to be mindful of altitude sickness while you're trekking. Taking proper rest and acclimatizing your body is crucial.

  • To prepare for Cho la pass and Gokyo lake trek, have three to four weeks on hand minimum. During this time, you can train your body to walk long hours and build stamina. You can go on short day hikes and do activities like cycling, swimming, aerobics, etc, regularly. Likewise, you can exercise in the gym and work on your core body strength.

    Another thing you must do is, visit your doctor and understand about altitude sickness. If you have any past medical history that may get affected because of high altitude, you should also talk about that with your doctor. Get prescribed medicines for the journey if needed.

  • Booking Everest Cho La pass trek 2022/2023 is quite simple. We have a regular departure. First, you have to choose the date that best suits you, or you can also customize the itinerary/departure date with us. Then fill in the information asked in the form and proceed with the booking charge. It's usually 10% to 30% as per the trip style. We have a secure payment gateway that accepts Mastercard/Visa/Credit cards.

    Once we receive the booking request and payment, we'll begin processing your trip. You'll get a trip confirmation email from us. The rest of the package costs you can pay upon arriving in Nepal. One of our travel consultants will stay in touch with you and help you in preparing for the trek. For more information, get in touch with us anytime.

    These are some other adventurous packages in the Everest region- Everest Three High Passes Trek, Renjo La Pass Trek, EBC Luxury Trek, Island Peak Climbing with EBC, and Mera Peak Climbing.

Client Reviews

  • 5/5

    Everest Camp Chola Pass Trek

    We recently returned to New Zealand after 19 days of Everest Chola Pass Trek with Outfitter Himalaya. The team at Outfitter Himalaya from Arjun with initial correspondence, everything was handled very well. The thing that made our trip an awesome was our Guide Bhim. He went above and beyond in many situations to make sure that we had the best rooms etc.

    We consider Bhim is a friend more than a guide, and we enjoyed the many stories, jokes, and card games we shared along the way. If we were to return to Nepal, we would use Outfitter Himalaya and Bhim again.

    A reliable and local company in Nepal.

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    BITFrom: New Zealand,Apr 28, 2022
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    Dear BIT,

    Thank you for your review on our EBC-Chola pass trek and good to know that you are satisfied our team. Good to know that you are happy with the guide and all the services provided.

    We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again. Have a good day.

    Arjun
    Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd

     

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