Everest Chola Pass offers the ultimate beauty of Nepal’s Everest region. It combines the trek to Everest Base Camp with Chola pass and Gokyo Lake. As you walk on the mountain, you can experience the lush landscape, monasteries, forests, glaciers and glacier lakes, culture, and mountainous lifestyle. The fun of Everest Base Camp trek merges with the adventure of Cho la pass to make a lifetime achievement.

 

Everest Chola Pass Trek gives stunning views of mountains such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, and many more. The beautiful scenes along with the stunning mountain views will find a place in your mind that will never fade. It is a nerve shaking feeling to walk with the views of mountains and glaciers lakes.

 

The Khumbu region is also rich in mountain culture. Here we will find people belonging to the ethnic groups like Sherpa, Rai, and Magar. You can encounter the monasteries that appear out of nowhere. You get to experience the Tibetan culture with a Nepalese blend on it. Strolling around the classic village with the background of Himalayas vistas is the best feeling. You can enjoy a night stay in the classic village settlements. You explore the Lush subtropical vegetation of East Nepal. If you are lucky, you might also encounter animals such as Snow Leopard and Red Panda.

 

Chola Pass Trek together with Everest Base Camp is a difficult trek. One needs to have a good physical condition to accomplish the trek. Previous experience of high altitude trek is always helpful during the strenuous trek. But even without such experience, you can make the trek. The trek to Chola Pass is equally prodigious throughout the year. Autumn and spring is the best season for the trek. The trek is also possible in monsoon season, Winter trekking can be difficult due to the thick snow over the pass.

 

Chola Pass Trek is the most rewarding adventurous journey for intrepid trekkers.

Trek Overview:

The Trek to Everest Chola Pass begins from the vibrant town of Kathmandu. The crowd and noise of the capital city are different from what one experiences in the Base Camp. An exhilarating flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes you deep in the Khumbu region. As you walk on the Dudhkoshi River, you get into the Sagarmatha National Park. Then you move ahead to Everest Base Camp via Namche and other classic villages. The path leads to a valley enriched with turquoise Gokyo Lakes. The splendid Ngozumpa glacier with Gokyo Lakes is mesmerising. Then we cross the thrilling the icy trail of Cho La pass. After crossing Chola Pass, we will mostly walk downwards. As we walk back, the mountains get further away from us and the walk gets easier. We get back to the village of Namche and then to Lukla. A flight to Kathmandu from Lukla brings the end to the Journey.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

As you arrive at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu, you will be welcomed to Nepal. Our representative will receive you at the airport. Then, they will take to the hotel in a private Car. During the drive of about 30 minutes, you can get the view of Kathmandu City. Once you check in to the hotel, you can either have rest or stroll around the city. For the evening, we will together enjoy a welcome dinner. After having excellent Nepalese cuisine, you can enjoy the nightlife of Thamel or rest for the journey ahead. Overnight at Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital is home to different cultural heritage sites. It is famous as the City of Temple. You cannot miss visiting the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu. We shall spend our time as we relieve from the jet-lag of long flights.  The trip begins after breakfast in the hotel. First, we will drive to the Pashupatinath Temple. It is the famous Hindu Shrine in Nepal where people seek the blessing from Lord Shiva. We can wander around the area which has different small monuments. Then, we will drive to Boudhanath Stupa. This is the largest and the most beautiful Stupa in Nepal. Here, you can learn about Buddhist culture. Then, we will explore Kathmandu Durbar Square. It’s one of the three Durbar Square in Kathmandu Valley. The area has a temple, home of Kumari (living goddess) and different other monuments.  In the evening, we can stroll around the market of Thamel. We can buy any remaining necessary trekking gear and prepare for the journey.    Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 3: Fly to Lukla and then trek to Phakding, 3-4 hours (2,651m)

After breakfast in the morning, we will drive back to the International Airport. As per the schedule, we shall fly to Lukla. Lukla airport is one of the most dangerous and thrilling airports in the world. Once you land, you are already 2,860 m above sea level. From Lukla, the views of majestic mountains are breathtaking. Here, we will need to do some preparation before starting the trek.  Today, we will trek for about four hours towards Phakding. An hour’s descent from Lukla takes us to Chaurikharka village where we get a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila. Then, we further trek towards the Dudh Kosi Ghat (2,530m) before crashing at Phakding.    Overnight at Phakding

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hours (3,438m)

After the delicious breakfast in the lap of Himalayas, we start to trek. The trail initially leads us to a suspension bridge. Then after, we will climb to the Monju, the starting point of Sagarmatha National Park. After completing the legal formalities, we get to enter the park. First we descend to the river where we get to cross another suspension bridge. We continue to walk towards the high Hilary Bridge and finally to Namche Bazaar. On the trail, we shall enjoy the exotic views of majestic Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Kusum. Overnight at Namche.

Day 5: Acclimatisation in Namche Bazaar

This day is rest day taken for the acclimatisation to the region. Experts believe that it is better to stay active even during rest days for a better trekking experience, and for this reason, we are going to spend the day enjoying small hikes in and around Namche Bazaar. Early morning, we can enjoy the stunning sunshine views with the great Himalayas in the background. During the day, we can explore the Museum in Namche Bazaar. We can also visit the nearby located villages as Khumbu and Kongde village. Our guide can also take us to the Tourist Visitor Centre near the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe a variety of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life in the Everest region.   Overnight at Namche.

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche: 6-7 hours (3,870m)

After an amazing day in Namche Bazaar, we are rejuvenated and refreshed. Today’s walk offers the beautiful panoramic views of the mountain peaks. Initially, we go for the trek of one and a half hours. Then, we descend for an hour towards Riverside. As we walk on the premises of Sagarmatha National park, we can witness some flora and fauna of the region.  After we stop for lunch, we further climb the Tengboche camp. Tengboche homes the biggest monastery of the Khumbu region. In the evening between 5 to 7 pm, you can visit the monastery. You can also witness the monks making prayers. Stroll around the place and learn about the lifestyle of Nepal.  Overnight in Tengboche

Day 7: Trek to Dingboche, 5-6 hours (4,410m)

After a delicious breakfast in the lodge, our trek begins. Initially, it’s a relaxing walk to the first village of Pangboche (3,970m). After some rest in Pangboche, we will continue to Somare (4,090m). Most likely, we will enjoy our lunch here. The path continues ascending to Imja Valley. The further climb leads us to Lobuche River and finally to Dingboche. The village of Dingboche is beautiful with a windy settlement that is overlooked by Buddhist shrine and colourful prayer flags. The village is also known as the ‘summer valley’. Overnight in Dingboche

Day 8: Acclimatisation day in Dingboche

As we are already 4,410m above sea level, you must ensure you get enough rest. Dingboche can be a good place to acclimatise our body to the decreasing oxygen level. In the day time, you can explore the nearby area and remain active. Get prepared for the tough climb that is coming in your way.  Overnight in Dingboche

Day 9: Trek to Lobuche, 6 hours (4,930m)

Our walk from Dingboche commences early in the morning. First, we walk along the ridge that is marked by the prayer flags and the Stupas. Then, we pass along the gradual uphill path that faces a marvellous scenery. Then, we reach the place called Thugla where we can witness the Khumbu glaciers that melt into a torrential river.   Thungla is an ideal place where we can rest and stop for lunch. After a steep climb at Thugla hill, we will again stop for the rest. From the top, the view of Khumbu and Everest peaks is beautiful. The walk continues on a nice gradual path up to Lobuche. Lobuche has several beautiful lodges with the stunning views of Lobuche, Pumori, and Nuptse and peaks. Overnight in Lobuche

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and return to Gorak Shep (5,180m) - 8 hrs.

Today is the most beautiful and important day of our journey. We will walk towards the final destination of the trip i.e. Mount Everest Base Camp 1. Early in the morning, we walk on the open valley to reach above Khumbu glaciers. Walking through moraines, we will stop in a place called Gorak shep.    Gorak Shep has few basic lodges and is our stop for the night. It is the junction point of the Everest base camp and the Kala Patthar route. Earlier, Gorak Shep was the base camp of Everest-from 1950 to 1970. Later, the camp was moved.    A couple of hours from Gorak Shep over the moraine and glacier takes us to base camp. From the base camp, you can enjoy the views of giant peaks such as Nuptse, and Nuptse-Lo la. In the mountaineering season, the base camp is very vibrant with crews of climbers. We will spend our time in the base camp by savouring the beauty of nature.  After a grand time in the base camp, we head back to Gorak Shep. We can celebrate in one of the worlds highest overnight stops, with fantastic memories of the day.   Overnight in Gorak Shep

Day 11: Trek to Kala Patthar and back to Lobuche (4,940m) 8-9 hour trek

This is another beautiful day of the trek when you get to climb to Kala Patthar. The trek begins early in the morning so that we can enjoy the beautiful sunrise view. Kala Patthar is ideally the most prodigious viewpoint of Mount Everest. The sunrise views of Everest, Nuptse, and Changts is stunning from Kala Patthar. This is the highest point of our trek.    About an hour of descending takes us to Dzongla (4,830m) where we can enjoy our lunch. Another four hours of the trek takes us to Lobuche. During the trial, we pass along the forest of Himalayan flora. The views of the while peaks accompany us throughout the trek.  Overnight in Lobuche

Day 12: Trek to Dzong Lha, 3-4 hours (4,830m)

Today’s trek is quite easy as we descend through the classic Everest region trail. From Lobuche, we will begin the walk after breakfast. We walk slowly during Dzong Lha. During the trial, the magnificent view of the Himalayas and the exotic bio-diversity of Sagarmatha National Park will accompany you. The trail is mostly downhill and easy. We can spend the evening exploring the village and interacting with the locals. Overnight at Dzong Lha

Day 13: Trek Gokyo via Cho la, 7-8 hours (4,700m)

Today we will trek to Gokyo (4,760m) which is the beautiful valley in the Everest region. But before that, we need to trek to Cho La. It’s a long climb along the steep path. But once we reach the top, the view is very rewarding. Then after, the trail continues to Thagak. Also known as Dragnag, Thagak is suited on the Ngozumpa Glacier. This is Nepal’s longest glacier - 36 km long.    Afterwards, our trail joins the trail leading to Gokyo Lake Valley. We will ascend for a couple of hours before crashing in Gokyo Valley.   Overnight in Gokyo 

Day 14: Explore Gokyo Fifth Lake & Gokyo Ri (5,357m) - 4-5 hours trek

This is the beautiful day of the trek where we get to explore the beauty of different lakes in Gokyo Valley. Early in the morning, we ascend to Gokyo Ri at 5,380m. The view from the top is very pleasing. After some rest and beautiful capture, we walk down to our lodge. After lunch, we will hike to Gokyo 5th lakes. This is a gentle walk to the top that offers an awesome view of Everest and other huge glaciers. 5th lake is the biggest in the Gokyo region. One can also witness the beautiful Cho Oyo (8,201 meters), Lhotse (8,516 meters), and Makalu (8,485 meters) from the top. Overnight in Gokyo 

Day 15: Trek to Dole, 2-3 hours (4,200m)

We will trek slowly from the Gokyo village towards Dole. Initially, we will walk through the stone stairs before we cross the River. After some hours of walk, we stop for lunch.    After some rest, we trek towards Dole. This is an easy walk with a rewarding view. You can overlook the fantastic views of Amphu Labcha peaks, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Dole is a beautiful village where we can witness the unique Sherpa Culture and enjoy the magnificent mountain views. Overnight in Dole

Day 16: Trek to Namche, 4-5 hours

The journey downwards is much easier as we lose heights every hour. On the trail back, we will cross some suspension bridges and multiple streams. We will walk through the cool forested area and pass the classic Sherpa settlement. If you are lucky, you might encounter goats, pheasants, yaks, and other wild Himalayan animals and birds. After crossing the bridge suited over the Imja Khola, the path eventually goes up. Here, we can enjoy the views of Thamserku, Nuptse, and Amadablam. The trail then leads us to the Namche Bazaar. In the evening, we might want to have some delicious cuisine in one of the restaurants in Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Namche Bazaar

Day 17: Trek to Lukla - 7 hours

After breakfast, we start to trek to Hillary Suspension Bridge. This is a famous bridge in the area. We will also pass through several local settlements. The walk is long but we can walk slow. After some hours, we will stop for lunch. And then, we can continue to walk to the lower altitude.  Once we arrive in Lukla, we can rest in the Tea House. This is our very last night on the mountain together. We can talk about the memories made during the trek. Overnight in Lukla

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu

Our flight is scheduled early in the morning. If the weather is good, we will fly back right after breakfast. While we wait for our flight to arrive, we can capture some last glimpse of the Himalayas. We get to enjoy the thrilling 30 minutes flight to Kathmandu. As you land at the airport at Kathmandu, our staff will transfer you to the hotels. The remainder of the day, you can explore the areas around the hotel. You can also spend some time buying gifts for yourself and your loved ones. Thamel has some beautiful classic handicrafts that will remind you of this beautiful country. We enjoy a farewell dinner together and talk about the amazing journey we accomplished as a team. After that, you can enjoy the night-life of Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 19: Final Departure

This is your last day at Nepal's capital. In the morning, you can enjoy your last Nepalese breakfast in the hotel. If you have time, you can also do some last-minute shopping. As per your flight time, pack your belongings and check-out from your hotel. Our representative will be waiting for you outside the hotel. He/She will take you to the airport in a private vehicle. The staff will leave you at the International Airport-three hours before you take off. We wish you a very safe journey back home.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Airport collection and drop off by a private vehicle.
  • Trekking duffle bag for you to take home
  • Kathmandu accommodation in a 3* deluxe hotel with breakfast.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Nepali restaurant with cultural program.
  • All ground transportation and domestic flights according to your itinerary.
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea-house accommodation on the mountainside during the trek.
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff salary, staff insurance costs and transportation as well as staff food and hotels.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag (to be returned on completion of the trek)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (NATIONAL PARK, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit. (Carried by your guide)
  • All government tax and service charge.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Nepal visa fee.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu – as well as any bar bills along the trek.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal travel insurance and personal expenses – phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.

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