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calender Trip Duration 15 Days
hiking Guided Trip Fully Guided Trek
beg Activities 15 Days Trek
accomodation Accommodation 02 Nighs Hotel 14 Nights Mountain
Meal Meals 15 Breakfast 15 Lunch 15 Dinner

Trip Overview

  • Trekking Mode: Hotel and local lodge on treks
  • Highest altitude gain: At Gokyo Ri 5,357 m, Chola pass 5,367 m with highest Kalapathar 5,545 m and EBC 5,365 m high
  • Trekking duration: 14 Nights and 15 Days with short flights both ways.
  • Mode of transport: Flights and walks with airport transfer in Kathmandu.
  • Location: Nepal Far Mid-East Himalaya of Khumbu/Everest region.
  • Trekking Grade: Moderate with touch of high altitude.

‘adventure amidst beautiful Gokyo valley with Chola pass to Everest base camp’

Why Everest Chola Pass Trekking?

“A great combination with scenic areas of Gokyo valley with Everest base camp
Enjoy fabulous mountain panorama from high Gokyo-Ri and Kalapathar hill top
Magnificent Gokyo and its simmering glacial lakes facing high Cho-Oyu peaks
Explore the amazing Buddhist culture of the Highlanders of Everest the Sherpa people
Cross high Cho-la pass to famous number one base camp beneath Mt. Everest”

Introduction:

Everest Chola Pass Trekking a great adventure combination of cultural and scenic walks in the harmony of local impressive Sherpa traditional life of Buddhism, where trek leads you to high Gokyo valley with its emerald coloured glacial lakes. An amazing place to be around Gokyo Valley enclosed within giant peaks of Khumbu with world’s sixth highest mountains Cho-Oyu, facing views of 4th highest Mt. Lhotse, number one Mt. Everest with Mt. Makalu where you can catch panorama of all four giant mountains from Gokyo-Ri Hilltop.

Everest Chola Pass Trekking takes you to best scenic country within both sides of high Khumbu within Everest region with constant views of high mountains around Yak grazing pasture of valley with clear crystal lakes in the shade of towering mountains and rugged hills. Everest Chola Pass Trekking involves walk into magnificent areas within Mid-East Himalaya around Everest, walk leads with a traverse over Cho-la pass to reach at famous number one Everest base camp after gaining experience at beautiful Gokyo Valley Trek.

Everest Chola Pass begins taking a panoramic short flight to Lukla, to start to walk heading past Sherpa villages enriched with impressive Buddhist cultures, along with views of snow-capped peaks. Route follows Dudh Kosi River for some days to reach at Namche Bazaar with ample time to get acclimatize and rest days, and then leaving the main path of Everest base camp, where route diverts to reach Gokyo Valley and its simmering lakes. After an enjoyable time at Gokyo valley traverse over high Cho-la (Tsho) pass to reach on the main trail towards Everest Base Camp.

Where you will stand right beneath mighty Mt. Everest and close to massive  Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers, and then adventure reaches you on top the highest point of the trek at Kalapathar that rises above 5,545 m high, facing fantastic panorama of surrounding peaks with Mt. Pumori and Mt. Everest at close distance.

Enjoying the superb time and return journey heads downhill past beautiful areas of Thyangboche and impressive monastery, where further walk leads back to Lukla with a scenic flight to reach Kathmandu, after concluding an adventure of great experience on Everest Base Camp and Chola Pass Trekking.

Short Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for flight to Lukla 2,820 m and trek to Phakding 2,657 m – 04 hrs.
Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.
Day 03: In Namche for rest to support acclimatization with short hike and excursion.
Day 04: Trek to Dole 4,110 m past Phortse Tenga – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Machherma 4,470 m – 04 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Gokyo Lake 4,750 m – 04 hrs.
Day 07:  At Gokyo rest day and hike to Gokyo Ri 5,357m / 17,570 ft.
Day 08: Trek to Thagnak 4,780 m – 04 hrs.
Day 09: Cross over Cho-la (Tsho) pass 5,367 m to Dzongla – 4,784 hrs -08 hrs.
Day 10:  Trek to Lobuche 4,890 m – 05 hrs.
Day 11:  Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,365 m and walk back to Gorakshep 5,180 m – 06 hrs
Day 12: Morning climb on top Kalapathar 5,545 m walk to Pangboche 3,900 m- 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar – 06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Lukla 2,820 m – 06 hrs.
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel with a free afternoon at leisure.

Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m trek to Phakding 2,657 m - 04 hrs.
Early morning gets transferred to Kathmandu domestic Airport, after necessary security formalities board in a smaller Twin Otter / Dornier or similar aircraft for the sweeping scenic flight to Lukla, in Lukla, you will have time to wander around where few hours walks lead you at Phakding for an overnight stop.
Walk on the gentle trail most of the way, encountering few ups facing views of Kusum-Kanguru, and then short climb brings you at Ghat village, as walk continues to Phakding village located by the bank of Dudh-Kosi River.

Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.
From Phakding crossing over Dudh-Kosi River, morning walk on the pleasant path with few short uphills and down to re-cross the same few time, facing magnificent view of Thermasarkhu 6,608 m, to reach Monjo village and into Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend to Jorsalle village, the last village till Namche Bazaar.

The walk leads on river bed towards last bridge over Imjatse River and then on winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with a magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum Kangru Mt. Everest- Nuptse, Lhotse, from here another few hours climbs to reach famous Namche Bazaar for an overnight stop.

Day 03: In Namche rest day for acclimatization and short excursion.
Rest day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization where one can take short walk uphill to Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot on top Namche Bazaar with marvellous views of surrounding snow-capped peaks, visit its interesting museum with full information regarding history of the area, geography, culture, mountaineering history with flora and fauna of the region, afternoon at leisure.

Day 04: Trek to Dole 4,110 m past Phortse Tenga - 06 hrs.

After a pleasant time at Namche Bazaar with eye-catching views, morning walk leads to short up and then on a gradual winding path to Shanasa village.
From here route diverts away from main Namche-Everest base camp trail moving on quiet trails with a climb towards Gokyo Lake.

Climbs lead with steep up to reach at Mong 3,973 meters facing views and then descend to reach Dudh Kosi River at Phortse Tenga for lunch. After Phortse, continue to walk to Dole as the trail climbs steeply out of the valley through a patch of rhododendron forest which gives way to juniper and conifers trees. In the springtime, this place will be magic with wildflowers in full bloom. This path passes summer Yak pastures. The trek leads past Tongba and Gyele villages to reach at Dole with super view of Khumbila and Tawache 6,542m. At Dole for an overnight stop in a nice cosy lodge after a scenic walks of 5-6 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Machherma 4,470 m - 04 hrs.

Morning climb on the side of a valley, as rhododendron forest, stops for smaller bushes of juniper as the walk gains altitude slowly. Finally, the path leads on the level path for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka and at Luza of 4,390 m; and then skirting around a ridge with downhill to Machherma village.  Arriving at Machherma for lunch and overnight stop with time in the afternoon for a short walk or just relax.

Day 06: Trek to Gokyo Lake 4,750 m - 04 hrs.

From here journey continues heading to Gokyo 3rd Lake, as walk follows to Pangka, a small area and then descend slightly, following one of the glacial fed rivers which flow from Ngozumba Glacier of high world 6th highest Cho-Oyu and other adjoining peaks.

The walk leads to a climb on the side of a glacier, past first and second lakes, crossing a path to reach at the final third lake known as Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Lake a summer settlement with fantastic views of Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang that reflects on emerald green waters of Gokyo Lake.

Day 07: At Gokyo rest day and hike to Gokyo Ri 5,357m / 17,570 ft.

Morning hike up to reach Gokyo Ri for panorama at above 5,357m offers grand views of Mt. Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taboche and far as to Mt. Makalu towards east.

After a wonderful moment at Gokyo Ri, descend to Gokyo for lunch and rest, afternoon a short walk around the lake.

Day 08: Trek to Thagnak 4,780 m - 04 hrs.            

From Gokyo walk of few hours leads to reach a small place of Thagnak often pronounced as Drainage, located at the base of Chola pass with another name as Chugyuma or Tsho-la pass, which is above Na small place on the foot of Ngozumba glacier.

Day 09: Cross over Cho-la (Tsho) pass to Dzongla - 4,784 hrs -08 hrs. 

An early morning starts with a steady climb to reach on top of Chola pass spelt as Tsho a strenuous steep climb of few hours, and then reach on the top of Chola pass at 5,368 m high.  From the top close views of Cholatse and Nirekha peaks then descend to a small hidden valley at Dzong-la for an overnight stop.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche 4,890 m - 05 hrs.

After Dzongla walk follows the higher ridge and then on gentle trail reaching above Thugla often spelt as Dughla, where massive Khumbu melts into a raging icy river, walk leads to lateral moraine and stone memorials and which heads off to Lobuche with a number of good lodges.

Day 11:  Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,365 m and back at Gorakshep 5,180 m.
Morning adventure leads to our goal to stand on the foot of Everest at base camp, as walk follows on the flat valley with a slow climb to reach further and with a steep climb to reach a ridge near above Khumbu glacier.

The walk continues over rocky moraines and ice to reach a flat area at Gorakshep located at the bottom of Kalapathar and Mt. Pumori on route Everest base camp, at Gorakshep for short break.

From Gorakshep head further east to reach to reach our destination at Everest Base Camp with marvellous views of Khumbu Ice-Falls and glaciers looking above peaks of Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse, in high mountaineering season of April to May this grand spot flooded with tents of expeditions.

After an exciting time achieving our target walk back to Gorakshep for an overnight stop before heading downhill back to Lukla with a climb of Kalapathar.

Day 12: Morning to Kalapathar 5,545 m and to Pangboche 3,900 m- 06 hrs.
Early morning climb on top 5,545 m to highest spot of the adventure rewards you with a glorious panorama of giant surrounding peaks with close views of Everest and Mt. Pumori.

After a great wonderful moment descends back to Gorakshep for breakfast and then carry on trekking down to Pheriche valley for a possible lunch stop in one of its nice lovely lodge restaurants.

Pheriche located on a scenic valley close to Dingboche where HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) stationed near this settlement, after lunch few hours of a good walk with short ups and downhill to Pangboche for an overnight stop.

Day13: Trek to Namche Bazaar - 06 hrs.
From Pangboche a scenic walk on completing our memorable and exciting adventure at Everest base camp and Kalapathar, a slow enjoyable walk losing elevation every hour of walks.

After Pangboche reaching for few hours climbs to beautiful Thyangboche and its colourful monastery reaching back into green woodland, from here lovely walks of downs and ups and on the nice scenic trail to Namche Bazaar for last night in Khumbu before Lukla.

Day 14: Trek to Lukla - 06 hrs.
Our last final day of the adventure with long day treks to reach Lukla starting with descending to reach a river valley and at Sagarmatha National Park entrance and exit to Monjo village, where walk continues past Phakding with last short climb to reach at last overnight stay in Lukla before flying back to Kathmandu.

Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Morning transfer to Lukla Tenzing and Hillary airport for sweeping short flight to Kathmandu facing scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields with nice villages and towns as flight lands at Kathmandu airport and then back to your hotel, with the afternoon free to relax with memories of the adventure.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek
  • A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder Guide, his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine
  • two trekkers will get one porter
  • Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla airport for Group and crews
  • National Park permit
  • TIMS (trekkers information management System.)
  • All ground transportation
  • All our government taxes
  • Official expenses

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section

Essential Info

Seasons and Climate for Everest Chola pass trekking:   
Where one can join for Everest and Chola Pass treks from April till May and mid-September to mid-December, March to May lively and colourful with rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) and other wild-flower in full bloom, most days clear with late afternoon cloudy with cooler morning and night time.

October to mid-December another best months to trek when most of the days are clear for views but with short sun-lights and much colder morning and night times with freezing temperatures including shades away from sunlight, with some chances of snow during autumn and early winter times plus with wind-chill factors to add.

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Reviews

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California, USA


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