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Everest Chola Pass Trekking

The Everest Chola Pass Trekking is a challenging trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal. It is a 19-21 day trek that takes you through some of the most beautiful and remote landscapes in the world, including the stunning Gokyo Lakes and the Cho La Pass, which is located at an altitude of 5,420 meters.

The Everest Chola Pass Trekking is a challenging trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal. It is a 19-21 day trek that takes you through some of the most beautiful and remote landscapes in the world, including the stunning Gokyo Lakes and the Cho La Pass, which is located at an altitude of 5,420 meters.

Trip Highlights

  • See the spectacular views of Mt. Everest from Gokyo Ri
  • Feel lost in the glistening views of the glacial lakes in Gokyo Valley
  • Feeling of contentment after walking to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar
  • Blissful time walking through off the beaten trails full of lush vegetation in the Gokyo valley
  • Feel adrenaline rush during the electrifying Lukla flight
  • Historical UNESCO world heritage sites tour in Kathmandu valley
  • Breathtaking Mountains views of the Everest region
  • Crossing Cho La pass (5420 m) and witness the 360 degrees splendid Himalayas range
  • Everest base camp and Pleasant hike to Kalapathar
  • Scenic mountain flight to Lukla- Kathmandu
  • Visiting Unique Sherpa villages and meeting Sherpa people
  • Ancients’ monasteries and Gompa along the way

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, you will be welcomed by the Nepal Challenge Trek team and transferred to your hotel, overnight at hotel.

Flight time: 35 to 40 minutes

Trek time: 3 to 4 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Flying into Lukla is spectacular!  The surrounding mountains and the airstrip below makes it feel like an impossible task for the pilot. But these are experienced guys who have done this hundreds of times!

After your trek team collects your bags, and perhaps after a cup of hot tea, set off to hike to Phakding a couple of hours away. Here is your first overnight stop in the Himalayas!

Trek time: 5 to 6 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Today we enter the Sagarmatha National Park and rhododendron forests and have the challenge of walking over suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River.  I

f you haven’t been on suspension bridges (except the one you crossed the day before) it can be a bit daunting at first.  But you will get used to it.  On arrival in Namche, you will understand why this is the hub for many climbers and trekkers – it is a very vibrant town as a result of this!

Trek time: 5 to 6 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Acclimatization never means rest!  The best way to get your body used to the high altitude is to remain active.  So why not head out to see some of the surrounding sights.  Khumjung village is known mainly for its ancient (although restored after the 2015 earthquake) monastery and its connection with Sir Edmund Hillary.  Khunde Hospital and Khumjung School were both set up by Sir Edmund as thanks to the Sherpa people in the area.

And of course, what you came for, Mt Everest is in full view from the Everest View Hotel.  Hike on over for a cup of coffee and a spectacular view of Everest from their terrace.

After breakfast starts hiking up the Dudh Koshi Valley before descending into pine and rhododendron forests where the trail divides.

On the way pass many Buddhist stupas and waterfalls and be awed by the views of Thamserku, Everest, Ama Dablam, and more.  We turn left at the fork in the trail to head towards Gokyo Lakes and onwards till we reach the village of Dole.

This beautiful scenic trail is a steep climb taking you through scrub juniper.  Leaving Dole there is an uphill gradient for around half an hour then a more gentle uphill the rest of the way.

The Dudh Koshi River lies far below. Hiking on towards the tiny teahouse settlement of Machhermo the trail comes to a ridge above the village with stunning views of Thamserku.

Leaving Machhermo the trail today is not too strenuous, with only one or two short steep sections. The trail descends to the Dudh Koshi River before a steep climb to the Ngozumpa Glacier and the first Gokyo lake.

While the first lake is small, the second lake is quite long and runs parallel to the hiking trail. At the 3rd lake, we find some teahouses where we stop for lunch.

After lunch, we climb up to Gokyo Ri which takes around 2.5 to 3 hours. The viewpoint at Gokyo Ri is a high 5,357 meters, with a great panorama of mountains above and lakes and glaciers below – particularly beautiful at sunset.

A short hike takes us to the 4th Gokyo lake or rather to a viewpoint above the lake.  Trekking on, cross glacier and rocky terrain to reach Thagnak, which has very few teahouses and from where everyone is planning to cross the Chola Pass the next day.

Today it’s an early start from around 3 am in order to climb the Chola Pass (5,330m). This pass connects the main Everest Base Camp trail with the Gokyo region. Since you are trekking over a glacier at some points, crampons are a must for this pass.

This tough day ends at Cho Dzongla village for some much-needed rest and a good dinner.  Naturally, the views on this route make up for the long day.

Today is a pretty easy and short day with a flat trail.  You also won’t see many trekkers until you reach the main trail near Lobuche.

Today we follow the Khumbu Glacier until we reach Gorakshep.  This is in fact the nearest village to Everest Base Camp.  In the afternoon there is a hike up to Kalapatthar, which has the best views of Everest than even EBC.  Kala Patthar translates into ‘black rock’ and is the highest we can hike in Nepal without transferring our trekking permit into a climbing one.

The close-up views of Everest are out of this world, as to are the views of Nuptse and Changtse. The best times to hike up here are perhaps sunset and sunrise – but at any time the views are spectacular.

After climbing Kala Patthar returns to Gorakshep for the night.

leaving Gorakshep we hike along the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp, passing many fluttering prayer flags on the way. This is approximately a 4 hour round trip.  We will return to Gorakshep for breakfast before setting out for Pheriche, approximately 4 hours away.

Here there is the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic which focuses on altitude sickness for trekkers and climbers as well as other issues among the local population. They also conduct classes on altitude sickness and help porters who require any medical treatment.

Although this is a long day of hiking, as you descend in altitude the walking seems a little easier.  You will also notice the rising temperature, which is pretty welcome after the earlier colder days.  Forests and greenery have returned giving this trail a different look from what has gone before.

On reaching Namche a comfortable hotel and delicious dinner are waiting!

After breakfast, we set to say goodbye to the Sherpas at Namche and follow the Dudh Koshi River to Lukla where we overnighted wait for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Once again the flight is spectacular – filled with mountain and farmland views until finally, we reach the city of Kathmandu.  We will escort you to your hotel and givOnce again the flight is spectacular – filled with mountain and farmland views until finally, we reach the city of Kathmandu.

We will escort you to your hotel and give you the tips you want on how to spend the rest of your day you tips if you want on how to spend the rest of your day.

We will drop you at the airport for your onward journey and hope you come back again!

What's Included

In the Above Cost It Includes:
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. 4 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
5. All accommodation during the trek.
6. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
7. Transportation to and from trail head.
8. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
9. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
10. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
11. Trekking staffs wages etc.
12. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.

What's Excluded

Services and Cost Does not Included in Price:
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.

Trip Information

The trek begins in the city of Kathmandu, from where you will take a short flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. From Lukla, you will trek through several traditional Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazaar, the main trading hub of the region. You will also visit the beautiful Gokyo Lakes, which are a series of turquoise lakes that offer stunning views of the Himalayan range, including Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu.

One of the highlights of the Everest Chola Pass Trekking is the crossing of the Cho La Pass, which is a challenging and technical ascent. The pass offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks and is a great opportunity to test your physical and mental endurance. The trek also takes you to the base camp of Mount Everest, which is located at an altitude of 5,364 meters and offers stunning panoramic views of the highest mountain in the world.

In addition to the natural beauty of the region, the Everest Chola Pass Trekking also offers an opportunity to experience the local Sherpa culture and hospitality. You will visit several ancient Buddhist monasteries along the way, and have the opportunity to learn about the local traditions and way of life.

Overall, the Everest Chola Pass Trekking is a challenging but rewarding trek that offers a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and grandeur of the Everest region. It requires a good level of physical fitness and acclimatization, but the stunning landscapes and cultural experiences are well worth the effort.

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Trip Facts

Duration 19 Day(s)
Activities Trekking
Group Size 1 to 20
Best Season March to May, September to November
Start/End Point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Difficulty Level Challenging
Max Altitude 4500M

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