Chola Pass trek is also one of the most loved and popular trekking in Everest region. This trek is a combination of Everest base camp and Gokyo valley treks with stunning crossing non-technical Cho-La which provides supreme circuit trek in Everest region. Chola pass trek departs through the home of the legendary Sherpa ethnic community living in the highlands at Gokyo, a hidden valley with gorgeous blue world’s highest freshwater lakes located in the lap of the Gokyo-Ri and water source by Ngojumpa glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal. Gokyo Ri 5316m is the best viewpoint in Everest region which provide the excellent view of mountains including four above eight thousand such as Mt. Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse and Everest. In addition, offers a magnificent view of Ngojumpa glacier, Gokyo Lake and Gokyo valley. And another side of this trek gives exhilarating cultural experience on the way up to Everest base camp. One can get experience in the world’s highest mountain’s base camp with a fascinating view of Khumbu icefall, Khumbu glacier and iceberg. Similarly Kalapatther top creates the best and closest view of Mt. Everest.
The Cho-La pass trek begins after an exciting 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu valley. Trek to Phakding is moderate through Sherpa settlement and passing colourful mani walls, prayer wheels and flags. The trail leads along the glacial river through the ravine, crossing the Hilary Bridge and an ascent to the tourist hub Namche 3440m with all facilities. Spend two nights in Namche for acclimatisation while you can visit Everest View Hotel for a superb view of Mt. Everest and neighbouring others mountains and picturesque Sherpa village of Khumjung and khunde. The trail ascends through the forest of pine, birch and rhododendron, past the beautiful Tengboche monastery, the biggest monastery in Everest region and Pangboche monastery. The second acclimatisation will be in Dingboche while you can hike to Chhukung-Ri and back. The trail leads through a village of Lobuche, meadows, moraine, glacier to the base camp of Everest where can have a fascinating view of Khumbu icefall, Khumbu glacier and mountaineers begin the expedition from here. Following the same route to Labuche then, heading to Cho-la pass trail is easier till Zdongla, and trek to Chola-la pass can be physically demanding through rocky and icy but the views are excellent from the top of Cho-La 5420m. This non-technical pass of Cho-La is an ideal adventure for those who want the experience of adventure once in a lifetime. Crossing the Ngojumpa glacier, largest glacier of Nepal in the Himalayas and can reach in the small mountain village of Gokyo with pristine Gokyo Lake. The best viewpoint of Everest region, Gokyo-Ri offers the excellent views. The trek descends down along Gokyo valley trail to Namche and on Lukla and ends your ideal adventure Cho-la pass trek in Lukla then fly back to Kathmandu.
Himalayan Joy Adventure has created an itinerary for the Cho-La pass via EBC which has sufficient time to acclimatise to the altitude and to explore the high Himalayas. If the itinerary is not fit for you, you can contact in our Himalayan joy adventure office.
We will meet at the Airport in Kathmandu then will transfer to Hotel. After checking into your room and refresh, we will talk about our the trek. Himalayan Joy Adventure will host dinner in the evening in the typical Nepal restaurant. Overnight in Hotel.
Our city guide will take you in the major historical and world's heritage site places as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu durbar square. After sightseeing, you will be dropped at the hotel to pack your stuff for the trekking.
In the morning you will fly to The Tenzing-Hilary airport in Lukla (2700m). This thirty-five-minute flight is spectacular, including views of mountains, terrains and forests. You will reach in Phakding (2600m) after three and half hours walking.
The second-day trek will begin along the Dudhkoshi River, crossing over many suspension bridges. The trail ascends up to Namche Bazaar at the altitude of 3440m. Namche Bazaar is a tourist with nice facilities including a bank/ATM service, massage, bakeries and café, trekking shops and health posts. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
You will have an acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar, which means you will climb to a higher altitude and sleep at a lower altitude to prevent altitude sickness. After breakfast, you will climb to a view point near the army camp with a beautiful view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Aamadablam, Thamserku, Kusum Ri, Kongde and the Imja Valley. Then you will climb up to Shyangboche, which is home to the famous luxury Everest view hotel. From here, you will continue to beautiful Sherpa settlement in the Khumjung valley and Khunde. Khumjung is the home of the Hilary School and has a monastery where Yeti's head is kept. After your acclimatisation hike, you will return to Namche. Overnight in Namche.
You will begin the trek climbing out of Namche village and soon enjoy the flat, but still beautiful walk to Sanasa. After Sanasa, the trail divides into two sections, Gokyo Valley trail and EBC trail. You will take the EBC trail down to Phungitanga on the river bank for lunch. The trail soon has a steep ascent through the Rhododendron forest to Tengboche (3800m). Tengboche is the home of the largest monastery in the region. Overnight in Tengboche.
You will begin the trek descending down to Dibuche, cross the Dudh Koshi River and ascent to the old village of Pangboche. From Pangboche gently ascending up to Samare and continue to Dingboche 4410m. Dingboche is a tourist’s hub where mountaineers and trekkers spend about 2-3 days to acclimating to the altitude. Overnight in Dingboche.
On your acclimization day, you will hike through Chhukung village to Chhukung-Ri peak. The peak offers incredible views of the Imja Valley, and a panoramic view of Aamadablam, Aamphulapcha, Khangtega, Thamserkhu, Lotse, Nupse and Island peak. After reaching Chhukung-Ri, you willdescend to Dingboch and rest. Overnight in Dingboche.
After breakfast, you will begin a slight ascent. The trail gradually inclines to provide views of mountains, peaks, yak herding and Pheruch Valley. You will take a tea break in Thukla. After Thukla, there is a rapid increase in altitude so it is important to take your time while ascending. Overnight in Labuche.
The trail continues to climb through meadows and rocky terrain to Gorakshep 5120m then a half hours to reach Everest Base Camp 5310m. Everest Base Camp has incredible views of the Khumbu glacier, ice-fall and iceberg. Many mountaineers begin their Everest expeditions here. Although there is not much elevation gain on this portion of the trek, most people experience the high altitude at this point, therefore, it is important to arrive in Labuche at an early time. Overnight in Labuche
Early in the morning, you will ascend up to the top of Kalapatther for an awesome closet view of Mt. Everest 8848m and neighbouring mountains. Then back to the lodge and take breakfast and then return back to Lobuche via the same route. You will continue to Dgongla on the easy trail with scenic views. Overnight in Dzongla
You will have early breakfast then ascend towards Cho-la pass. At first, the trail is easy along a stream near to the bottom of the rocky hill then gradually climbs up through big stone steps, glacier ice and crevasses near the to the top of Cho-La. This non-technical pass of Cho-La can be more physically demanding but when you get on the top all difficulties disappear after incredible views. The trail descends rapidly with a risk of falling stone as well along stony and slightly ascend and then a descent to Dragnag, rest of the time you can make rest. Overnight in Dragnak
After late breakfast, the trek starts small ascend and through the Ngojumpa glacier, the largest glacier of Nepal in the Himalayas to Gokyo. After checking into your room and lunch can wander around Gokyo Lake and relaxing day. Overnight in Gokyo Lake
Early in the morning, you will ascend about 2.30hours to Gokyo-Ri for the excellent view of mountains which including four above eight thousand meters and fascinating view of glacier and valley. Then back to lodge, have your breakfast and continues down to Dole through the valley along the Dudhkoshi River enjoying flowers and vegetation. Anthropogenic leafs smelling make the trek more joyful. Overnight in Dole
The trail descends to Phorsche tanga through the forest of juniper, birch and rhododendron. From here you will ascend to Mong-La pass for lunch with a magnificent view of Aamadablam, Khangtega, Thamserku and kodngde. After lunch continues down to catch the EBC trail in Sanasa, then the easy walk to Namche.
From Namche, the trail drops rapidly to Dovan where it crosses over another suspension bridge over the Dudhkoshi River and reaches Jorshale. You will trek through Muse, Banker, TokTok and Phakding. You will have lunch in Phakding then make the ascent to Chhopolung, finally arriving in Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.
You will fly back to Kathmandu then drive back to your hotel room and will have free time to enjoy Kathmandu. In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at Hotel.
We will drop at the Tribhuwan International Airport terminal for further destination. If you had enjoyed the trek you can share your experiences with us on Trip Advisor or email. We always appreciate all feedback and hope that you had an experience of a lifetime with us! Have a safe flight!
Every day the world is facing a big issue of environmental pollution and in Nepal as well. Our field staffs are quite conscious about environmental pollution at any time and we encourage to all. We would suggest to our guest to use boiled water or water purification pills than buying a bottle of water, it helps to avoid plastic bottles which can take a long time to disappear. During the trek, if possible you can order same items food in a group which minimises the fuel used and to make a campfire is almost forbidden. We would encourage being a responsible traveller so, just leaving a footprint on the trail and bring out all non-biodegradable which you had. Himalayan Joy Adventures is committed to helping to improve, protect and preserve the natural and cultural beauty of the Himalayan mountain range and Nepal. Join us.
FLIGHT DELAY IN LUKLA:
Sometimes the flight may be cancelled due to the unpredictable weather in Luka so Himalayan Joy Adventure has created an itinerary for this trek with one day free/extra day at the end of the trek. In case your flight has been cancelled more than two days, we will charter a helicopter to and from Luka to ensure your flight on scheduled towards homeland or further destination. This extra service cost will be minimum $500 to maximum $4000 USD dollars which you can claim from your insurance.
MEDICAL FACILITY IN THE EVEREST REGION TREKKING ROUTE
Lukla - Government Health Post and Hospital (Pasang Lhamu Nicole Niquille Hospital)
Namche - Dental Clinic and Health post
Khunde - Hospital (Hillary Trust)
Pheriche - HRA Aid – Post Doctor