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Cho La Pass Trek is one of the alternate options available to visit Everest Base Camp. It is a combined trek of Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp with an option to cross a high pass named Cho La. Although trekkers can choose to join Gokyo and Everest Base Camp without crossing Cho La. Cho La pass is one among Everest High Passes Trek; Renjo La Pass, Chola Pass, Kongma La Pass.
Most prefer to cross Cho La Pass due to stunning views of Himalayas and to come face to face with the natural beauty of Himalayas. Connecting three major places in Khumbu region; Gokyo Lakes, Cho La and Everest Base Camp, this trekking route is a combination of adventure and nature’s wonders. Chola Pass Trekking is an adventurous trekking route in Khumbu; the home of Sherpa people. This pass is between two small villages; Dragnak (4,700M) to the west and Dzongla (4,830M) to the east.
Chola Pass Trekking is also known as Everest Circuit Trek. This pass is physically demanding during the winter season and may require special foot gears. The top of the pass is unstable as well. This is an excellent trekking route that connects both Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp. Visiting two main viewpoints i.e. Gokyo RI and Kalapatthar is demanding but worth to reach on top. Chola Pass Trekking is rated as adventurous trekking route that is suitable for mid-experienced trekkers. The route is filled with dramatic landscapes, towering snowy Himalayan peaks like Thamserku, Kangtega, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse etc. including the majestic Everest itself. The trek is arranged in the clockwise direction which is equally versatile in the anticlockwise direction as well. Cho La Pass Trek is outstanding trekking trail. The trail starts from Lukla and goes through Dole, Machhermo, and Gokyo before we stop in Thaknak for overnight before crossing the pass. Starting early morning from Thaknak, we will cross Chola Pass and then descend down to Dzongla for another night. We continue towards Lobuche, Gorakshep, and Kalapatthar and descend down to Lukla where we will conclude our adventure.
Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by an air-conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas on your flight to Lukla. It's one of the most adventurous flight rated by top-rated websites and travel magazines. The flight takes approximately 30 minutes. Once we reach Lukla we will transfer to one of the lodges to enjoy first breakfast in the Himalayas. Here we will introduce you to the porter. Once we enjoy our breakfast we will start our walking to reach Monjo or Jorsalle.
Our trek will pass through different villages like Chaurikharka, Chheplung, Ghat, Phakding, Toktok, and Banker before we reach Monjo. We will enjoy our lunch in Phakding which is also the overnight stop for many trekkers passing this way. The trail from Lukla goes down gently and takes us through pleasant views. Once we reach Phakding and eat our lunch we will start moving to our final destination. The trail is flat until we cross Dudh Koshi River and then will start gentle climbing. It will take about two and half hour from Phakding to reach Monjo or Jorsalle. In total, we will be trekking for about four to five hours.
Enjoy your breakfast in the Himalayas and get prepared to start one of the most memorable adventures of your life. If we stayed in Monjo then we will pass through national park check post and if we stayed in Jorsalle we will pass through Army passport check post. The trail goes little flat and then we will cross Dudhkoshi River once more than will start walking through another side of the river. It is a pleasant walk with beautiful green hill views. We will again cross Dudh Koshi river before we start steep climbing uphill. Until we reach Top Danda the trail is pretty steep! Once we reach Top Danda we will have some far distance views of Himalayan peaks including Everest along with Nuptse and Lhotse on a clear day. After taking rest for a while, we will again start climbing to reach Namche Bazaar. From here the trail is easier and less steep compared to the one before.
Namche is considered as the gateway of Khumbu / Everest region. It is a pretty big town with numerous activities available. Pool House, Nescafe Cofee, Bakery, Modern Lodges, Internet, Telephone, Laundry, Bank, Money Changer, Equipment shop etc., it got everything. Enjoy your time in this small modern town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
You can sleep as much as you want. If interested then you can go to visit Khumjung (3,780M) and Khunde (3,840M) villages, They are considered as twin villages in Khumbu region. There are few other options available if you want something else. You can also go to Thame (3,840M) to visit this beautiful village or you can go to Everest View Hotel (3,700M) to see some views of Everest including some other peaks. Alternatively, you can just walk up to the army camp area (3,500M) and enjoy the beautiful Himalayas in front of you. You can spend rest of your time easily exploring around the Namche Bazaar. Explore the shops, try some bakery items or go for a Nescafe coffee. Enjoy this beautiful town, take some rest and prepare for next day! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Enjoy your breakfast in the Himalayas before we start trekking to Dole; another small and magnificent village of this region. The trek starts with short climbing before we reach the army camp on the top of Namche Bazaar. Then the trek is flat until we reach Kyanjoma. You can give some rest to your legs in front of magnificent and huge Amadablam mountain. From here the trail to Gokyo Lake and the trail to Everest Base Camp separates. The trail on the left-hand side takes you to Gokyo Lake where the trail on the right-hand side takes you to Everest Base Camp and will be following the route on the left. From here we will start climbing uphill with beautiful views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Kangtega etc.
It is a pleasant walk with far sight views. Once we reach Mong the trail will again take us through steep downhill walk till we reach Dudh Koshi where few lodges for our lunch are waiting. Once we cross this small village we will again walk gentle uphill trail crossing beautiful villages before we reach Dole.
The trail starts will gentle ascending but as usual, we will be walking in front of heart beating views. We may need to ascend slowly as we will be already in high altitude. The trail passes via scenic settlements like Lhabarma [4,330M / 14,206FT] and Luza [4,390M / 14,402]. We will be followed by scenic views of Dudh Koshi valley and some villages on the horizon. It is a scenic walking without steep climbing through the trail is ascending in most of the parts. Machherma is the last town of this kind before we reach Gokyo. Machherma is also the place where people in Khumbu region made their first sight of Yeti on 1974 AD.
Today is another important day of our adventure. Gokyo Lakes are known for several fabulous high altitude lakes in the region. These lakes are also the origin of Dudh Koshi river. The route offers excellent views of the gorgeous valley on the bottom and Kangtega and Thamserku mountain views of the top. It is an excellent day for trekkers. Once we ascend higher the views of Cho-Oyu mountain gets very close and immense. We may also have some sights of Himalayan snow pheasant and other high Himalayan birds. The trail can be icy in numerous places so it's recommended to be cautious on this case. The route passes through Phang [4,550M / 14,927] where at least 40 people were killed by an avalanche in 1995 AD. Once we continue waking nearby the small stream we will meet the first lake about numerous Gokyo Lakes, soon we will also reach the second lake and the third one; known as the main of Gokyo Lakes. Here, we will be surrounded by 360 degrees Himalayan panorama. It's an excellent place for spending an overnight!
Gokyo Ri [5,403M / 17,726FT] is known for its amazing views of most mountains in Everest region. This is simply an amazing viewpoint. Hiking to this viewpoint for sunrise or sunset is undoubtedly magnificent. We are heading for sunrise early in the morning. The guide will let you know the time that we will be starting to hike. We will wake up, prepare our things and start climbing to this small peak. Gokyo Ri will no doubt give us unforgettable memories for the lifetime. It is one of the most spectacular or indescribable places of our adventure. The walk is about 3/4 hours from Gokyo Lakes. Count as many as peaks you like but you will never finish counting. Once we reach the top we will take enough time to take shots for our memories before we will descend down to Gokyo Lakes again.
Once we get down we will take awhile for our lunch. If interested and have the extra strength then we will also head to explore other lakes around the valley. This is optional and if we are tired we can simply skip it.
When other people will be waking up to head to Gokyo Ri, we are lucky that we can sleep till late morning. We do not have any rush to wake up early in the morning to reach the top of Gokyo Ri. Once we wake up we will get our breakfast and continue our trek to Thaknak. The trail includes mostly flat and gentle downs so pretty easy. Most of the time we will be walking around or in the glaciers. More we walk more we feel that giant Tabuche and Cholatse peaks are just in front of us.
Trust us that it's one of the toughest days of our adventure. Cho La is one of the high passes of this region and it can be slippery due to ice along the route. It is steep climbing until we reach the top of Cho La Pass. Never give up or never look back! Slowly but steadily will surely take us on the top! In some places, the trail is quite narrow so it's good to be careful. Rocks can be falling down from the top so we have been aware of this kind of incidents. The top of the pass is decorated by praying flags. We will also have touching feels of peaks situated next to us; Mt. Cholatse and Mt. Tabuche.
On the top of the pass, the trail is really narrow that will make us difficult to walk. If needed then please ask for the assistance with the guide. Once we continue further from here we will have new views of the valley and villages on the horizon. The trail after the pass is mostly downhill. In the afternoon it can be slippery due to melted ice / snow because of the sun. Even once we reach Dzongla the views of Cholatse and Tabuche are giant. Dzongla got very small and few lodges so do not expect anything fancy.
We have a short walk today. The trail is mostly flat and gives us beautiful views of peaks surrounded around us. We will be leaving some peaks behinds us where news peaks will be welcoming us as well. The trail is mostly in the open space and can be windy sometimes. Once we continue some hours we will meet the trail and trekkers coming from Tengboche, Dingboche and Pheriche side. Once we curve and continue the trail from here we will reach Lobuche for our overnight. The route will give us memorable views of Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori, Lobuche etc. Lobuche got some fancy facilities like Telephone, Internet etc.
We will enjoy hot breakfast in Lobuche before we start hiking to Gorakshep; one of the major places of our adventure. The majestic mountains will be following us all the way till we reach the destination. Peaks become closer and fantastic. The trek does not have any steep climbing though it will be difficult and tiring due to high elevation. We will be walking in between 4,900 meters to 5,300 meters on this day. The trail is quite wide and easy to walk. It is a short hike to reach Gorakshep.
Once we reach Gorakshep we will keep our belongings in the lodge before we have our lunch. Once we get our lunch we will start our hiking to Everest Base Camp before it's too late. The hike is about 5/6 hours in total. It is one of the longest, hardest and important days in our adventure. The route from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp includes numerous short ups and downs. The trail condition is not satisfactory everywhere and includes many small rocks along the route. Be careful while walking so the rocks won't slip you and make fall down. Enjoy breathtaking views of Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse along with several other peaks. On a lucky day, you will also be able to enjoy some of the avalanches on another side of Khumbu glacier; one of the biggest glaciers in the world. Once we reach Everest Base Camp we will enjoy taking some pictures. Give some time to enjoy and play with nature because you won't find Everest Base Camp anywhere else in the world. After finishing our activities around the base camp we will return back to Gorakshep through the same trail and prepare for another day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Honestly, the hike to Kalapatthar is not easy. It is early morning cold walking in the dark but trust us it's enjoyable and it will be one of the memorable time of your life. Don't get slipped in the icy trail. Depending on the sunrise time your guide will give you time to start hiking to reach this beautiful hilltop. Wake up on time and prepare clothes that won't let you be cold. The hike from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar is about an hour steep climbing. Depending on your walking speed it may take a little more or less.
Kalapatthar is the same place where world's highest cabinet meeting was held by Nepal Government to aware world global warming and about the speedily melting Himalayas. Kalapatthar gives authentic and magnificent views of Himalayas just in front of you. It's wonderful viewpoint that only a few people have seen it. Congratulations to witness this heavenly place with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. Take some shots of you and peaks, enjoy your photography in this place before we will again return back to our lodge to start walking down to Pangboche. Once we return back to our lodge in Gorakshep we will have our breakfast and get ready to descend down. The trail is about the same that we used to ascend up. The only difference is that instead of going to Dingboche we will descend down to Pheriche and reach Pangboche directly. It will make the trek little shorter and we will also have a chance to visit another visit. Pangboche is the place where many mountaineers were born. Pangboche is also the last village for climbers heading to Mt. Amadablam. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We are descending down to conclude our adventure soon. We will have our breakfast in the hotel before we start walking down. This is the same route that we used to go up on previous days. We will be walking through beautiful villages along the way like Debuche, Tengboche, Phunki Tenga, Kyanjuma etc. before we reach Namche Bazaar. The views of Himalayas will be still there along with us. The trek is about 5/6 hours in total. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Enjoy your time in Namche before we start our short trekking to Phakding village and then to Lukla. From Namche it's mostly downhill until we reach Phakding. From Phakding it's all the way gentle uphill till we reach Lukla. We will be walking through beautiful green forests having views of villages in the cliffs. Animals are rare though some lucky trekkers will also see Himalayan Tahr near the forest. Crossing numerous stunning suspension bridges we will reach Phakding. We will have our lunch in Phakding and continue our journey to Lukla. We are coming to conclude our memorable trekking. This is the last day and our final night in the Himalayas. Like the previous day there is no rush to reach Lukla. We can sleep till late morning and start the trek before noon. The trail from Phakding to Lukla is mostly gentle uphill. On the way we can enjoy stunning in the horizon. We will also have sights of flights coming to Lukla and flights taking off from Lukla. They look awesome when we are close to Lukla. Once we reach Lukla we can enjoy some beers or cocktails. Lukla is one of the major towns in this area. It's your last day with your Sherpa helper so it's time to give them some gratitude [tips] if you are happy with the services. It will be expected from your staffs and we also recommend you to tip them according to your satisfaction and ability. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We take the earliest possible flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy another breathtaking flight to Kathmandu. The flight is about 30 minutes and will give you some thrilling experience for sure. You can relax and stay in a hotel or explore the town for some shopping with your friends and family members. Once your guide will drop you in the hotel he may leave you. You can also give him some gratitude if you are happy with his services. Some trekkers / our customers also invite guides for a dinner together in Kathmandu. This can be the last day that you will meet your guide. Enjoy your last days around the valley. If you are willing about other activities like Jungle Safari or Rafting or Paragliding then we will assist you accordingly. (Breakfast)
Lukla gets occasional flight delays during the main season. This may cause missing your international flights as well so we recommend you to prepare accordingly. Lukla suffers from quick weather changes and that may affect inbound and outbound flights. We reserved this day for possible flight delays. In case we have a timely flight on DAY 14 then we can use this day as rest and exploring day in Kathmandu. We can shop around local markets and walk around the city. (Breakfast, Dinner)
We will drop you at the airport in our private vehicle according to your airport time. Nepal airport often has hassles for travelers so it is good if you reach the airport at least two hours prior to departure. Till we see you again "Farewell Friend!" (Breakfast)
Chola Pass Trekking is considered as one of the difficult treks of its category. The trek is done by hundreds of trekkers everyday during main season (March, April, October, November). Many of them get succeed to complete the trek with little or no pain though many of them fail as well. Chola Pass Trek is a difficult trekking route; we must say. Most of the part of the trail is moderate to adventurous. Some part of the route specially between Draknak / Thaknak to Dzongla is challenging. We will spend most of our days above 3,500 meters above sea level. High altitude will make you difficult to breath in some cases. Altitude is the main reason of the trek being difficult.
For a trekker who is experienced in high altitude previously will find the trek easy to moderate level. If you are new in trekking then we recommend you to have some training at home. You can practice walking around the hills that might be available around your place or just walk regularly at home before heading to Nepal. Training will make your trek a lot easier comparing to the ones coming without any trainings. Chola Pass Trekking is physically demanding, please prepare your mind accordingly. The route is mostly uphill climbing towards Gokyo and Everest Base camp however mostly descending while returning back to Namche and Lukla. Chola pass Trek is amazing trekking with no doubt, there is no reason that the trek will make you disappointed.
For people with knee problems we recommend you to bring proper knee support else you may suffer a lot. Nothing can guarantee your success in this extreme altitude but slow and steady walk does. You can prepare with regular cardiovascular training at home i.e. cycling, swimming, hill climbing and lots of walking. You can prepare your mind for 5 - 6 hours walk everyday during the trek. Seek out hills or find a tall building and repeatedly walk up and down the stairs. It may help you a lot during the trek in the Himalayas.
Wide range of meals are available in tea houses during the whole route. These meals are prepared once it's ordered by the guests so we can say that meals are fresh. There are rare cases of meals not being fresh in the mountains. Most places on Chola Pass Trek offers wider range of meal options with better quality comparing to Annapurna and Langtang areas. Various meals including noodles, soups, handmade breads, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are served on the trek. Meats are available in most places however we recommend you not to take meat items as they are not fresh and sometimes can be unhealthy to your body. Lukla and Namche Bazaar offers extensive range of places to eat as well. Please do not expect western meals prepared in the remote villages similar to the one you may eat in your home or restaurants in cities. They are basic meals served only to countdown your hunger.
We will provide 3 meals; i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks on the trek. Generally, dinner and breakfast is served in a lodge and lunch is served during the walk / daytime. You will have full options or freedom to select your preferred items from a small menu provided by the lodge. Meals in the mountain tastes awesome comparing to cities as most raw materials are locally prepared without using chemicals. Chola Pass Trekking has wider meal options for trekkers comparing to other minor trekking routes. Some small places like Draknak / Thaknak and Dzongla have only limited number of lodges which are very basic. They will have limited rooms and meal options available for trekkers.
We provide breakfasts even in Kathmandu at your hotel. You will have a menu to select your meals or foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers.
Accommodation in Kathmandu will be a standard hotel. We will accommodate you in 3-star category hotel. You will be accommodated in an air-conditioned private room. We provide one double room for two customers ( unless you are a single customer ). These rooms will have either one double bed or two single beds. If you have a special preference for bed selection then please inform us in advance, we will try to book the room appropriate for your stay.
We provide twin sharing rooms during Chola Pass trekking again unless you are single. Lodges in Everest region are high in standard comparing the ones in Annapurna and Langtang areas. You are likely to have no complaints regarding your accommodation in this area but you won't believe that how these standard lodges are made in these remote places of Khumbu. Chola Pass Trek has numerous lodges for your meals and accommodation purposes. These lodges provide you rooms with blankets included in main places however we recommend you to carry own sleeping bag as well. We will be accommodating you in the lodges on the whole trek, there won't be any camping involved. These lodges have small rooms that provide basic lodging experience during your trek. Although the lodges are standard please do not expect high standard rooms especially in the mountains. If you are seeking a luxury type of accommodation then please consider our Everest Luxury Trekking which involves luxury accommodation during the whole trek.
Almost every room during the trek consists of two single beds that will accommodate two people. Even if you are traveling in a group and prefer single room then upon paying single supplement charges we will try our best to provide you single rooms. If we are unable to provide single rooms then we will refund your single supplement charges. Some places in Chola Pass trekking only have basic small lodges that may not be comfortable sometime. We hope you will cooperate with us in these cases.
Chola Pass Trekking is a difficult trekking route in terms of altitude and trail conditions. This trekking is not suitable all round a year. February to May and October to December are comparatively better than other months i.e. June, July, January etc. During best months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are breathtaking and the weather is lovely as well. June to September is monsoon season although trekking is still doable in this area. Trekkers do Chola Pass Trek most of the time of a year.
The pass is covered by snow during winter season that makes the trek slightly difficult. Monsoon is not good season; both for views and trails though few trekkers trek in this area everyday. During this period it rains frequently in the late afternoon, night and early morning that leaves the trail wet and slippery as well. The sky is cloudy. The views are not clear during monsoon season where mid-winter season i.e. late December and January is very cold in high areas. Monsoon season may not show you any mountain views or will see only for a short time. March to April is the months of blossoming season of rhododendron and many other flowers which looks very beautiful lush of green forests. From October to December you will see more green forests in the region.
Chola Pass Trekking is best during spring and autumn season. As this is the ultimate adventure of your life we recommend you to plan the trek properly and during best months though Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will be able to arrange your trip throughout the year.
Chola Pass Trek has uncountable number of highlights. It's not easy to write them all in a small paragraph, the best way is to experience it yourself. However we have included some of the major highlights of the trek. The main highlight is the flight to Lukla airport. This flight is thrilling and adventurous as well; Lukla airport is considered as one of the 10 most dangerous airports in the world. We will be exploring several Buddhist monasteries during the trek, places like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Pangboche etc. has beautiful monasteries. We may experience Sherpa culture and lifestyles by visiting these monasteries. Tengboche monastery also have daily prayer in the late afternoon. Hundreds of Himalayan peaks are another major attraction of the trek. We will be seeing uncountable number of Himalayan peaks such as Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Kangaro, Lobuche, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Island Peak, Cholatse, Tabuche, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse etc. including the majestic MT. Everest. Everest is the highest point of the earth, that is undoubtedly major highlight of the trek. Khumbu glacier is considered as one of the longest glaciers in the world. Ngozumpa glacier is supposed to the biggest glaciers in the Nepal. During climbing season, you may experience a market in Everest Base Camp as well. Everest region is impressive and Chola Pass Trekking is part of it. From March to April you may also see forests blossoming with Rhododendron flowers. Chola Pass Trek is undoubtedly an amazing trek that can't be explained with words. We hope you will enjoy this stunning adventure! Both Kalapatthar and Gokyo Ri offers outstanding Himalayan range. These places are highly popular for sunrise and sunset viewing as well.
The trek was amazing, very lucky with weather and great meals and accommodation was provided. Our guide Surcha was exceptional. Everything were more than our expectations.
Excellent company, great guide Surcha!
The trek was amazing, very lucky with weather and great meals and accommodation was provided. Our guide Surcha was exceptional. Everything were more than our expectations.
Excellent company, great guide Surcha!