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Duration - 19 Days
Availability : March - December
Starting: Kathmandu
Ending: Kathmandu
Min Age : 10 years
Max People : 24

Lukla Flights Notice

Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flights are rerouted from Ramechhap Airport which takes approximately 4 hours overland. All the flights from September 1 to November 30 are scheduled from Ramechaap Airport. We will drive to Ramechhap around 2 Am in the morning and take the flight from there. This will not change any travel time or your travel dates. The itinerary will be the same.

Overview

Chola Pass Trek is a circular trekking route in Khumbu region which connects Gokyo Lakes, Chola Pass, and Everest Base Camp. There is an option to avoid Chola Pass and reach Everest Base Camp via Phortse village however most trekkers prefer to cross the pass as it gives an immense adventure experience to the trekkers. This 15 night 16 days trek is an adventure of the lifetime. 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 a spectacular trekking route in Khumbu; the home of Sherpa people.

This pass is between two small villages; Thaknak (4,700M) to the west and Dzongla (4,830M) to the east. This pass is physically demanding during the winter season and may require special foot gears such as good waterproof trekking boots, gaiters, and crampons. The crevasse on the top of the pass remains unstable almost throughout the year and poses some risks while crossing. Chola Pass Trekking is an adventurous trekking route that is suitable for trekkers with previous trekking experiences although novice trekkers can also give it a try.

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 a clockwise direction which is equally versatile in an anticlockwise direction as well. The trail starts from Lukla and goes through Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machhermo, and Gokyo lakes before we stop in Thaknak for an overnight before crossing the Chola pass. Starting early morning from Thaknak, we will cross Chola Pass and then descend down to Dzongla then continue to Lobuche, Gorakshep, and Kalapatthar and descend down to Lukla where we will conclude our adventure.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 3 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu domestic airline tickets including for the guide
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Everest National Park Entry Permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]

Price Excludes

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )
What to Expect

Chola Pass Trekking is an adventurous trekking route suitable for trekkers with previous experiences. The trek consists of walking about 6-9 hours every day. This is a high altitude trekking and we will be walking over 5000 meters for about 4/5 days. Walking is high altitude can be a difficult choice for people who haven’t been to high altitude in the past.
This is a tea house trekking. We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges. The highest altitude we sleep is slightly less than 5200 meters. For some people without previous high altitude experience, it can be a bit difficult to sleep in high altitudes. Our leaders will do the best to accommodate you and make you comfortable while on the journey.

  • The most famous trekking route of Nepal
  • Beautiful Sherpa culture and opportunity to learn it
  • Visit to Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Tengboche Monastery, Namche Bazaar, Everest View Hotel
  • 11 Night 12 Days fully guide trek through the Himalayas
  • Breathtaking flight to Lukla, one of the top 10 most dangerous airports in the world
  • Valleys, villages in the cliffs, rich culture, thundering rivers and towering Himalayas
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel (1310M / 30 minutes)

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of 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 with the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.

Day 02Fly to Lukla (2860M / 30 minutes), trek to Phakding (2610M / 3-4 Hours)

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. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 03Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440M / 6-7 Hours)

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 as the gateway of the Khumbu / Everest region. It is a beautiful town with numerous activities available for trekkers. Pool House, Nescafe Cofee, Bakery, Modern Lodges, Internet, Telephone, Laundry, Bank, Money Changer, Equipment shop, etc., it got everything. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04Rest and acclimatization day in Nepal (3440M), acclimatization hikes

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 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05Trek to Dole (3980M / 6-7 Hours)

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 overnight. It’s a beautiful walk through the beautiful forests of pine and oaks. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06Trek to Machhermo (4410M / 4-5 Hours)

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07Rest and acclimatization day in Machhermo (4410M)

This is our second rest and acclimatization day on this trek. We will take late breakfast and do a short acclimatization hike to the top of the hill from where we will witness magnificent views of Himalayas. The hike to the top of the ridge above the village for stunning views of the Himalayas including Everest is breathtaking. In the afternoon we can also go to Himalayan Rescue Association aid post to attend altitude sickness lecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08Trek to Gokyo Lakes (4760M / 5-6 Hours)

Gokyo Lakes are known for several fabulous high altitude lakes in the region. 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 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! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 09Climb to Gokyo Ri (5403M) early in the morning, exploration day around Gokyo (4760M)

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 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 descend, we will wait for our lunch or we can visit 4th and 5th lakes for further spectacular Himalayan views. Please consult with the guide. Or it’s a good idea to take rest as we have a big day tomorrow. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10Trek to Thaknak (4700M / 4 Hours)

This is a leisurely day. We will take a late breakfast and start heading to Thaknak; a small settlement with few lodges. The trail is mostly flat and gentle down which makes it a leisurely walk. Most of the time we will be walking around or in the glaciers. The Tabuche and Cholatse peaks look so in front that we can almost touch it. We will have a free afternoon, prepare for early climbing on the next day.

Day 11Cross Cho La Pass early morning and trek to Dzongla (4830M / 8-9 Hours)

Cho La is one of the highest passes of this region and the most popular pass as well. We start with steep climbing towards the pass and descend to Dzongla for the overnight stay. Slowly but steadily will surely take us on the top! Be careful, in some parts the trail is very narrow and can hardly pass 2 people. Please be cautious with occasional rocks falling down from the hill.
The top of the pass is decorated by praying flags and it simply looks spectacular. We will also have touching feels of peaks situated next to us; Mt. Cholatse and Mt. Tabuche. 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.

Day 12Trek to Lobuche (4910M / 4-5 Hours)

It’s an easy and short day to Lobuche and mostly walking on the flat trail. Old peaks are left and new peaks are noticed. Once we walk for about an hour, we will meet the trail coming from Dingboche / Pheriche side. Continuing further for a few more hours will take us to Lobuche for the overnight. This is the final night before we reach Everest Base Camp.

Day 13Trek to Gorakshep (5130M / 3 Hours), hike to Everest Base Camp (5364M / 5 Hours with return)

The first part of the trek until we walk over the glaciers in pretty easy. Once we start ascending over the glaciers, the trail becomes harder due to trail difficult and low Oxygen level. Crossing the glaciers will give us 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14Hike to Kalapatthar (5545M / 4 Hours), Descend to Pangboche (3900M / 6 Hours)

We will wake up early in the morning to start the hike to Kalatthar before the sun comes up. The climb is difficult for it’s worthy. Kalapatthar is the most famous viewpoint of Khumbu valley known of 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.

Day 15Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440M / 6-7 Hours)

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.

Day 16Trek to Lukla (2860M / 7-8 Hours)

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 two weeks trek. Once we reach Lukla, we will conclude our walking and prepare for the flight to Kathmandu on the next morning. Say goodbye to your porters.

Day 16Fly to Kathmandu (30 minutes / 1310M), drive to Hotel (30 minutes)

We will go to the airport in the morning to catch our adventurous flight to Kathmandu. It’s going to be the breathtaking flight and adventurous experience. It’s worth to seat 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.

Day 18Rest and buffer day in Kathmandu (1310M)

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 gifts for your friends and families and rest and spend last hours in Kathmandu.

Day 19Drive to airport, departure from Kathmandu (30 minutes)

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!

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

Our prices are different based on a number of people. The prices are set based on a number of people traveling together. For example, the price for 1 person and the total price for 2 people is different. So, the price you see at the time of making the reservation is the final. We do not charge an additional amount for the single traveler.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

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.

What is the best time and season?

March – May, and September – December are considered the best months for trekking in Nepal. 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. January – February is winter months and it’s usually much cold in higher areas.
The trek is doable throughout the year.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees.

How are the meals and accommodation like?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 2 to Day 16). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwich, burgers, etc. are available.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).

Do I need to be physically fit?

Very good question. Usually, a person with previous multiday hiking experiences is welcome to join our treks. This is an adventurous trek that consists of high altitude trek over 5000 meters for nearly a week. If you do not have previous hiking experiences but still have no problem walking for 6-9 hours every day, then we are happy to take you on board.
If you are average fit then most of our treks are doable by you. If you are not sure whether you are fit or not then please consult with our travel experts.

Can we do this trek with kids?

We take bookings for this trek for people over 10 years old. The trek is doable with kids as well and we have previous experiences of organizing family tours.

Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?

We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by Nepal Government.

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Meals and Accommodation:

This is completely tea house based trek hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. In Kathmandu, we provide 3 start category hotel accommodation with breakfast and it will be standard lodges while on the trek. The lodges on the trek will be mostly shared bathroom / shared toilet while in 1/2 places we may provide you rooms with private toilet.

The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time. Kathmandu offers a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number.

Best season

Chola Pass Trek is a high altitude trekking route in Khumbu region. This trekking can be done throughout the year however March to May and September to December are better months comparing to other months i.e. June, July, August, January, February, etc. During best months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are breathtaking and the weather is lovely as well. 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 area. Everest Base Camp 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.

Gear List

Head: Sun hat or scarf – Light balaclava or warm fleece hat – Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: Under Garments – Hiking shorts – Lightweight cotton long pants – Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms – Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) – Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet: Thin, lightweight inner socks – Thick, warm wool hiking socks – Hiking boots with spare laces – Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body: T-shirts – Light and expedition weight thermal tops – Fleece jacket or pullover – Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) – Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket – Down vest and/or jacket*

Hands: Lightweight gloves – Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories: Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade * – Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries – Trekking Bags/Duffel bag * – Basic First Aid Kit – Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag – Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) – Trekking Poles – Water bottle (2) or camel bag – Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) – Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries: 1 medium sized quick drying towel – Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable) – Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) – Deodorants – Nail clippers – Face and body moisturizer – Personal / Feminine hygiene products – Small mirror

Extras/Luxuries: Binoculars – Reading book – Trail Map/Guide book – Journal & Pen – Walkman – Pencils and small notebooks – Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble – Swimming customs (Kathmandu and Trek)

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