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Chola Pass Trek is a circular route that connects Gokyo Lakes, Chola Pass, and Everest Base Camp. Situated in the Khumbu region at an altitude of 4,430 meters, it is a challenging trekking route. The total trekking time from Gokyo Lakes to Everest Base Camp is about 15 days. The natural beauty of the region makes your experience worthwhile.
The hiking trails in the Gokyo valley are simply amazing and calm, and the views from the top of Gokyo RI are not comparable with anywhere else. From the summit of Gokyo RI, we gain stunning views of major 8,000 meters peaks. It is a great experience to be on top of the world and enjoy some fabulous views.
The Chola Pass Trek often also referred as Gokyo EBC Trek is a challenging trek that takes you on a journey from Gokyo to Everest Base Camp. This is one of the most popular treks in the Khumbu region. Along this trek, you will encounter many challenges as you go through some of the most spectacular views and landscapes of the region.
This trek has some really breathtaking views of Mount Everest and other mountains. More importantly, it has some amazing views over the Himalayan peaks that are typically obscured by clouds from below.
|No of People||Price|
|01 Person||USD 1830 / per person|
|02 – 05 Person||USD 1422 / per person|
|06 – 09 Person||USD 1347 / per person|
|10 Person Above||USD 1290 / per person|
Welcome to the city of temples and the country of the Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. We will introduce you to the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas on your flight to Lukla. It’s one of the most adventurous flights rated by top-rated websites and travel magazines. The flight takes approximately 30 minutes. Try to get your seat on the left side of the plane.
Once we commence our trek, we will pass through Chaurikharka, Chheplung, Ghat, Phakding, etc. Phakding is a small town with the majority of houses made for accommodation.
The trail starts with gentle ascending before we reach Monjo. We will stop in Jorsalle for our lunch and continue further to Hilary Bridge through beautiful pine forests. Once we cross the bridge, the trail passes through steep ascending towards Namche Bazaar.
Namche is considered the gateway of the Khumbu / Everest region. It is a beautiful town with numerous activities available for trekkers. Pool House, Nescafe Coffee, Bakery, Modern Lodges, Internet, Telephone, Laundry, Bank, Money Changer, Equipment shop, etc., it got everything.
Today is our rest and acclimatization day. We will do acclimatization hikes to nearby places. The leader will give you different options such as Khumjung and Khunde hike, Everest View Hotel Hike, Thame Hike or National Park headquarter visit. The evening will be free for exploring Namche Bazaar.
We will start the hike with steep climbing to National Park headquarters then follow the gentle ascending to Kyanjuma. We will stop in Kyanjuma for a short tea break in front of this beautiful Amadablam Peak. The trail to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes separates from here. We will start ascending towards Mongla top and start descending to Phortse Tenga for lunch. We will start ascending towards Dole for an overnight stop. It’s a beautiful walk through the beautiful forests of pine and oaks.
The trail from Dole to Machhermo is pretty comfortable and it’s a short day hike. We will start the day with some ascending and follow the gentle climbing towards our destination. We will pass through Lhabarma and Luza village. Machhermo is the last settlement before we reach Gokyo valley on the following day. Machherma is also the place where people in the Khumbu region made their first sight of Yeti in 1974 AD.
Gokyo Lakes are known for several fabulous high-altitude lakes. These lakes are also the origin of the Dudh Koshi river that goes all the way to Lukla and further down. The trail starts with an almost flat trail and follows steep ascending to Gokyo lakes.
The route passes through Phang (4,550M / 14,927) where at least 40 people were killed by an avalanche in 1995 AD. There are 5 lakes in Gokyo valley. 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 the Everest region. Hiking to this viewpoint for sunrise or sunset is undoubtedly magnificent. Gokyo Ri with no doubt gives us unforgettable memories for a 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 descend, we will wait for our lunch or we can visit the 4th and 5th lakes for further spectacular Himalayan views. Please consult with the guide. Or it’s a good idea to take a rest as we have a big day tomorrow.
The Chola Pass Trek is a difficult trek for beginners, but it offers some amazing views. We will have to wake up early morning and start ascending towards Chola Pass before sunrise. The climb is gradual but you will need to be at your best as the path soon becomes narrow and steep. Crossing the Chola Pass is strenuous and can be dangerous in winter. The descend from Chola Pass is pretty gentle but can be dangerous in case the trail is wet and icy.
The trail is mostly flat throughout the day. Soon after reaching Thukla pass, we will reach the trail that comes from Tengboche; the classic route to Everest Base Camp. The enormous mountain views will be always next to us
The first part of the trek until we walk over the glaciers is pretty easy. Once we start ascending over the glaciers, the trail becomes harder due to rocky terrain and low Oxygen level at high altitudes. Once we cross the glacier, we will get a glimpse of Gorakshep village.
We will take quick lunch in Gorakshep and continue our journey to Everest Base Camp before it’s too late. The journey takes about 5 hours to visit Everest Base Camp and return to Gorakshep.
We will wake up early in the morning to start the hike to Kalatthar before the sun comes up. The climb is difficult for its worth. Kalapatthar is the most famous viewpoint of Khumbu valley known for towering Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest.
Descending to Gorakshep, we will grab our breakfast and start descending to Pangboche village. It’s a long day ahead but it’s mostly downhill walking. We will pass through Pheriche village where a Himalayan Rescue Aid post is situated. If you are tired then we also have an option to sleep in Pheriche.
We will pass through Debuche and Tengboche village before we start steep descending to Phungi Tenga for our lunch. Phungi Tenga is situated on the bank of Dudhkoshi River. We then, have to start ascending to Kyanjuma village and continue further to Namche Bazaar through a gentle path. Namche will be waiting for a good shower and a good sleep.
We will take steep descending to Jorsalle village and continue further to Phakding for our lunch breakfast. We are coming towards the end of our 11 night 12 days trek. Once we reach Lukla, we will conclude our walking and prepare for the flight to Kathmandu next day. Say goodbye to your porters.
We will go to the airport in the morning to catch our adventurous flight to Kathmandu. It’s going to be a breathtaking flight and an adventurous experience. It’s recommended seating on the right side of the airplane for some beautiful views of the Himalayas. Upon landing in Kathmandu, we will collect our luggage and head towards our hotel. Free afternoon to rest and relax.
We have a free day in Kathmandu before catching our international flight. Lukla flight often gets weather issues and flight cancellations / delays and this day is used on potential problems. You have a free day for shopping for gifts for your friends and families.
We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again!
Meals and Accommodation: Gokyo EBC trek will be based on the lodges / tea houses. So, we eat and sleep at them. In Kathmandu, we provide accommodation with only breakfast. Accommodation on the trek will be a private room however bathrooms and toilets will be shared with other rooms.
Tea houses and lodges are well developed in Chola Pass Trek. The meals on the trek will be locally and mostly prepared using ingredients from local areas most of the time, but Kathmandu offers a wide variety of basic to high-quality luxury burgers. On the trek, only a limited number of locally prepared meals are available.
Best Season for the Trek: Spring and autumn are considered better for Chola Pass Trekking. The best time to trek to Gokyo Lakes is usually during the dry season, from September to early December and mid March to early June. In the winter and spring, there is a chance of snow on some of the high-altitude passes and the passes may even close, while rainfall can make parts of the trail impassable in monsoon even though the trek can be done in the monsoon / rainy season. Autumn ensures a clear and dry high-mountain pass with a good chance of a clear view of Mt. Everest and other peaks.
The best months for Gokyo EBC Trek are April, May, early June, September, October, November, and early December. The Spring Season begins in March and runs until May, while the Fall season runs from September through November. The main reason for having a narrow window is that the mountains on each side of the valley will be filled with snow and ice and can prove treacherous for trekkers. The Chola Pass might get closed from late December to early March.
This trekking route is one of the most popular treks in the world and many people flock to do it each year. It has been designated as a “significant cultural property” by the UNESCO World Heritage Center, which has called it “the jewel of Nepal.
The prices are different based on the number of people traveling together. The larger the group size, the lower the price will be. For example, the price for 1 person will be higher than the price per person based on 2 people. Similarly, comparing to the prices per person for 2 – 5 people traveling together will be higher than the prices per person for 6 – 9 people traveling together. However, the prices you will see at the time of the booking will be final regardless of price changes in the future.
We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.
April-early June, and September–early December are considered the best months for this trek. Chola Pass Trekking is doable throughout the year however some months are better than others. June – August is monsoon season so there might be some rain showers in these months while the pass might get closed due to heavy snow from late December to early March. Winter is extremely cold as well.
The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees of the total tour price.
We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 2 to Day 16 morning). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwiches, burgers, etc. are available. Meat is available in few places and it’s highly recommended to avoid it due to hygiene reasons.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room or twin sharing rooms however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).
Very good question. Usually, a person with previous multiday hiking experiences is welcome to join our treks. If you do not have previous hiking experiences but still if you are able to walk for 6 – 8 hours every day, then we are happy to take you on board. Chola Pass Trek is considered a difficult trekking route so prepare accordingly.
The original itinerary of the trek is not suitable for the kids however a slight modification in the trekking itinerary can make the trek suitable for children as well. To alter the itinerary to make it suitable for kids, we need to avoid Chola La Pass and have to connect the Gokyo side and Everest Base Camp side via Phortse.
We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are the Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by the Nepal Government.
We just returned from what was a challenging yet glorious trip to base camp with Himalayan Leisure. Stunning snow covered mountain vistas, donkeys, ponies, yaks and their mixes, carrying goods up and down tricky rocky trails, Rhododendrons in bloom and green frothy rivers- all exciting and beautiful sights.
It was all made more memorable and in fact practically doable due to our super team of guides and porters. Without them it would have been much more challenging and much less fun.
Kumar Karki with his wonderful singing, was not just knowledgeable about safe trekking but also good company and we soon became good friends. His assistant Karga with his ever cheerful smile and unflagging energy added to the fun and helped all of us keep going. Surrounded by all the beauty around us and the beauty within them made it a once in a lifetime memorable trip.
Written by a team mate Dr. Nalinika Obeyesekere.
We did a trek with Himalayan Leisure Inc in April 2023 and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The trek was tough as our group had individuals from 43-62y yet our guide, Kumar Karki made sure we took our time and enjoyed the journey. He made sure we were safe and sound. When the weather turned to snow showers we had to change our plans abit but we completed the Everest base camp and Kala Patthar.
Enjoyed the trek from starting to the end, excellent team and great communication before and during the trip. I can highly recommend Upendra and his team.