Everest Chola Pass Trek

18 Days

starting from $1600

$ 1350

5 / 5

based on 2 Reviews

Grade:

Challenging

Group Size:

Minimum 1 Person

Transport:

Plane, Car, Jeep,

Altitude:

5,545m

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Starts At:

Kathmandu

Ends At:

Kathmandu

Accommodation:

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Highlight

Here are the highlights of Everest Chola Pass Trek

  • Cross Chola Pass (5,420m) – one of the highest passes of the Everest region.
  • Superb views of eight thousand-meter mountains
  • High passes & tranquil view of Lakes
  • Thrilling mountain flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • An extraordinary view of the world’s highest peak ‘Mt. Everest

Overview

The Everest Chola pass trek venture is an ideal challenge for the bold adventurer looking for something truly wild. The tough part here is to first cross the Cho La Pass border itself at (5,420m), and this trip takes approximately 14 to 16 days and goes through both the Gokyo Lake area and the Everest Base Camp (5,364 mtrs/17,598 ft).

The Everest Chola Pass trek has some brief and interesting “climbs” of Gokyo Ri, Chukkung Ri, and Kalapathar for some master views of icefalls and glaciers of the Mahalangur Himalayan range which comprises of five major 8000+ meter peaks such as Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Lhotse-Shar and Makalu. This trip takes guts for glory…

This trail includes the view of the Everest base camp and also goes through renowned regions like Lukla, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, and much of the Khumbu district. The scenery is true to its fame with matching culture laced with wild adventure experiences.

Hiking by the delightful Dudh Koshi River, into the capital of the Khumbu – Namche on our way up to Gokyo valley, viewing the grand Ngozumpa glacier- the biggest glacier in Nepal, as we make a beeline for Cho La pass and the majestic scenery from Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar, makes our journey a blockbuster of an outing to remember for years. We crash into several striking villages & tranquil monasteries, mesmerized by stunning waterfalls and lovely landscapes with the view of mountains that thrill your emotions.

The route to Gokyo Ri valley goes through Chola pass, and this formidable challenge develops a thrill for climbing. Peaking at a height of 5,420m is a great step to enjoy the beauty of Gokyo Ri valley and the amazing Gokyo lakes. On our way through the Cho La pass heading to Gokyo valley, we relish the beauty of several lakes upfront. Gokyo lakes are sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. This signifies religious and cultural importance, which blends so well with nature; this trip is a fantastic intro to the culture, traditions & lifestyles styles of the local folks living in this region, mainly the Sherpas known for their mountaineering feats.

All we need for this journey is patience and the will to do, despite the geographical obstacles. We guarantee you that experiences enjoyed up here will be stuff for novels to pass down to the generations to come…

Best Season for this Trek

Generally, autumn and spring are the perfect and high trekking seasons for the Everest Chola Pass Trek. June, July, and August are the low months to visit the Everest region as the trail remains slippery and muddy due to the monsoon. In addition, visit our trekking season information section for further details.

Check out our itinerary for Everest Chola Pass Trekking or just send us an email and we’ll tailor-make an itinerary based on your requirements.

Itinerary

01 DAY

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel - (1,400m)

After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel. After check-in and some refreshments, our senior Sherpa guide will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Chola Pass Trek.

You can then go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the neighborhood, have supper and go to bed. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows, probably the most in the world. Overnight at hotel inclusive Breakfast.

02 DAY

Fly to Lukla and then trek to Phakding (2,652m) - 3/4 hrs walk

A thrilling scenic flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway bring us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding on full board meals.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

03 DAY

Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) - 6 hrs walk

After a good breakfast at Phakding, we set out for the mountain junction town of Namche; we cross and re-cross the river on high airy suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment.

We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get our first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Namche is the gateway to the Khumbu. This is where we crash out for the night with all meals included.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

04 DAY

Acclimatization Day (3,440m)

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Syangboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one-hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest.

We then go to Khumjung where we visit a school established by Hillary. We begin our hike after enjoying lunch; bypassing the route of Khimde. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. After going through our acclimatization drills, we head down to our lodge for some beers & good sleep. Overnight Namche with all meals included.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

05 DAY

Trek to Tengboche (3,860m) - 5 hrs walk

After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying the superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and a close-up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking a magnificent view of the great Himalaya.

Along the way, we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kyangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp.

The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Kosi River, we reach Phunki Tenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods.

After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Tenga, we have a little tough climb steeply up through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in the Khumbu region.

Overnight stay at the lodge in Tengboche with all meals covered – breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

06 DAY

Trek to Dingboche (4,410m) - 5 hrs walk

Hiking from Tengboche to Dingboche village is a difficult part of this journey. To get to Dingboche, you must go through an array of scenery along the path. On this lovely portion of the trail, hikers walk by the glacier river that flows beneath the valley.

Additionally, this walk passes via the Pangboche village, which is located at the lap of stunning Mt. Ama Dablam [6,856 m]. The first 2 km/1.2 miles of the trip from Tengboche to Dingboche is on a downhill route. The route then continues to ascend until you reach Dingboche.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

07 DAY

Rest day at Dingboche (4,410m)

This is another day to rest, acclimatize and give our weary bones a breather. However, we don’t remain idle; we also get to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho, and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache.

We can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for the view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt. Lhotse. The views here steal your breath away. We bunk out in the village of Dingboche for the night including all meals.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

08 DAY

Trek to Lobuche (4,910m) - 5 hrs walk

We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine.

At the top of this climb, there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. We enjoy all our full board meals and get set for a good night’s sleep.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

09 DAY

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) then to Gorakshep (5,180m) - 8 hrs walk

Today it’s a long and gritty day. After a hot breakfast at our lodge, we climb through meadows and moraine stones steps to reach Gorakshep, by either climbing to Kala Patthar or continue heading to Everest base camp.

We suggest that you make a beeline for the Everest base camp. By the way, from Everest base camp we do not see Mount Everest. However, from Kala Patthar, we get to see the entire south face of Mt. Everest and well-known peaks nearby; this also includes great sights of the skyline of the Tibet plateau. Overnight at the height of (5,364) in our lodge with all three meals included.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

10 DAY

Early morning hike to Kalapathar (5,545m) then trek to Dzongla (4,830m) - 7 hrs walk

To reach Kalapathar, a very early start is required. It takes several hours on the trail which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding viewpoints to snap pictures.

After several hours of ascent, we reach Kalapathar. From here, we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kalapathar rocks and our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime.

On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We to return to Dzongla for the night including full board meals.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

11 DAY

Trek to Thangna (4,700m) by crossing Cho La pass (5,420m) - 7 hrs walk

Early morning as we get out of the lodge, we will be greeted by the mesmerizing sight of Cholatse looming over. Today is going to be one of the toughest days of our trip. The walk begins as we transverse through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring stream crusted with ice at places.

In about an hour, we reach the top of the basin readying for the triumph on Cho La Pass. As we gain height, the view back gets increasingly more captivating; the Chola Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal incarnation presides over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse soars on the west.

Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. We need to be alert as rocks can be glazed by ice. The final climb to the Chola can be a little tricky as the trail curves round the bergschrund. Upon reaching the top, we see prayer flags, strung across cairns, flapping in the strong wind.

The scenery of majestic peaks in all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak can be easily made out from the pass because it is just decent but can be hazardous if rocks are glazed by ice, a bit of cautiousness is needed. We reach Thangnak, a rather more substantial hamlet with a small village where we bunk out for the night including full board meals.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

12 DAY

Trek to Gokyo (4,750m) - 3 hrs walk

The trail brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after a short walk, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we get views of the second of the Gokyo lakes on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village where we finally give our tired bones a well-earned rest. We bunk out for the night at this lovely village of Gokyo including full board meals.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

13 DAY

Explore Gokyo Ri (5,360m)

Today we will take rest at Gokyo village and relish views of charming sites of Gokyo village. If the day is fine then we can climb Gokyo Ri and enjoy views of the lovely Everest Region. The Gokyo region not only provides you views of Gokyo peak but also gives you wonderful chances to contemplate at the series of six emerald lakes.

You can also see Thonak Tsho Lake (fourth lake) and Ngozuma Thso lake (fifth lake). The fourth lake of this series has a high cliff and peaks rising above the lake just about 3 km north. We can savor the views of the turquoise-colored water of the lake. Moreover, we can climb on the hill and get amazing views of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu.

Cho-Oyu base camp is situated beyond the fifth lake, from where we can get closer views of Mt. Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. Cho-Oyu base camp and the biggest glacier of the world – the Ngazumpa Glacier is a view we can catch from the northern part of the fifth lake. If possible we may even head to the sixth lake too. We then return to Gokyo village and spend overnight at our lodge with all meals included.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

14 DAY

Trek to Dole (4,084m) - 6 hrs walk

Soon after leaving Gokyo, the trail climbs to a large Chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends towards the Dudh Kosi where we stop for lunch near the bridge leading to the village of Phortse.

We then pass through Phortse Tenga and from there; the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. It’s a pleasant hike hereabouts. Overnight at the lodge on full board meals.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

15 DAY

Trek to Namche (3,440m) - 6 hrs walk

We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to the famous monastery at Thyangboche. The views from here are splendid and Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen.

From Thyangboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water-driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to the shining lights of hustling Namche for a great hot water bath. Overnight at Namche on full board meals.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

16 DAY

Trek back to Lukla (2,800m) - 7 hrs walk

Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where we can sample some ‘Chhang’ (local mountain beer – a favorite drink on the mountains brewed from fermented rice), we do a jig to some Sherpa dancing, enjoy a special meal and reflect back on a memorable trekking experience before we crash out for the night includes full board meals.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

17 DAY

Fly back to Kathmandu (1400m)

Most flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are scheduled early morning to avoid the strong winds. It’s a scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu for about forty-five minutes. We touch down at Kathmandu and transferred to our hotel. But please note, sometimes the flight can be delayed or canceled in the mountain regions of this type due to inclement weather and other unpredictable reasons beyond our control. Our guests are expected to be patient.

Meal included: Breakfast & Dinner

18 DAY

Departure Day

After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you at the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home. We pray for your Safe journey and will reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. Bon Voyage!!! We hope to see you again someday.

Meal included: Breakfast

Trip Includes

  • All the airport pick-ups and drop-offs are by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights of hotel accommodations in Kathmandu city inclusive of breakfast.
  • 15 nights of twin-sharing local lodges accommodations in the mountain region during the trek.
  • Domestic airfares and airport taxes. (Kathmandu/Ramechhap-Lukla-Ramechhap/Kathmandu).
  • An experienced and government-certified trekking guide.
  • All the essential trekking permits and official paperwork for the trek.
  • Full board meals during the trek in the mountain region. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • First aid kits for the trek.
  • Helicopter rescue service in case of any emergency during trekking. (You should have travel insurance)
  • Rain protection duffel bag and sleeping bag to use for the trek. (provided on request)
  • Trip achievement certificate after the trek.
  • All our local staff’s salary, accommodations, foods and are fully insured.
  • Nepalese cuisine farewell dinner program at a typical Nepali restaurant.

Trip Exclude

  • International airfares and Nepal entry visa.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu hotel.
  • Extra Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Lukla if other than the itinerary.
  • Tips to the trekking staff.
  • Porters are available at an extra price.
  • Any kind of beverages (alcohol, cold drinks, or mineral bottled water etc).
  • Your personal expenses such as the use of WIFI, charging and hot shower while on the trek.
  • Excess baggage of more than 15 kg for Lukla flights.

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If you’d prefer to share this with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options. Feel free to give them a call on +9779843760242 or Email us at info@glorioushimalaya.com

 

 

 

 

Traveller’s Review


My experience with Glorious Himalaya Trekking was a truly wonderful one!
After settling in for a day in Kathmandu, we went on our City Tour the next day. Ramesh our city tour guide was very knowledgeable. He taught us so much about Nepal and the customs and traditions of the people. I thoroughly enjoyed walking in the square in Kathmandu and visiting the Monkey Temple.
Ramesh did an excellent job. Thank you!!

Ganesh our guide took care of each and every need we had while on the mountains. He was well known at the tea houses as well and so we were able to be as comfortable as can be. Ganesh really knew the trails as well. We extended our stay on the mountains and did some extra hiking across from Dingboche to Phortse and the next day to Thore. We went over some mountains and our confident guide did a great job in keeping us motivated while being out in the open.

The tea houses that our guide chose were all really good. I felt safe and comfortable at all times during my time in Nepal while with Ganesh my guide. The service I received was impeccable and he met all of my needs. He knew the mountains like the back of his hand. Thank you Ganesh for believing in me and encouraging me every step of the way and teaching me so much about the different mountains.

Our porter Mr Dhan was amazing as well. He was strong and sturdy never breaking a sweat and always ahead of us with all the load on his back. He was truly a motivating factor to keep moving foward while I was struggling with my daypack and with the altitude. I will never forget struggling to reach the teahouse in Thore and Dhan called Ganesh asking if we wanted him to walk back to meet us with food. He is a very kind and hardworking individual. Thank you Mr Dhan!!

Mr Ganesh, the owner of Glorious Himalaya Trekking, I am deeply grateful to him for making my dream of hiking in the Himalayas amongst 6000ers, 7000ers and 8000ers possible. Thank you for all that you did for us before we arrived to Kathmandu and thank you for being understanding and helpful while we were on the mountains.

He is a very kind and gentle soul and I will highly recommend his company Glorious Himalaya Trekking to anyone heading to Nepal to experience any adventures!!

Visited in November 2023.

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Ronnie
Trinidad and Tobago

Thank you Glorious Himalaya Trekking for planning the most unforgettable trek ever in Nepal. You and your team have been supportive and welcoming.

I completely and highly recommend your company for any kind of experience in Nepal and any other trekking destinations you can provide services for. Anyone interested in customized trekking and an organized tour, I would definitely recommend this company.

They are willing to give advice and help plan for an amazing adventure that anyone would enjoy and hold close to their hearts.

Thank you to Mr. Ganesh and all his support in making our experience possible.
Thank you to our guide and porter Ganesh and Dhan. They are truly inspiring and very knowledgeable about the trails and helpful support team.

We will you great success in the future adventures and Gods blessings and protection always.

Visited in November 2023

Chola Pass Trek

Devia & Ronnie
Trinidad and Tobago

18 Days starting from $1600

$ 1350

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