Everest Cho-la Pass Trek

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The Everest Cho-la  Pass trek is an epic journey across the Khumbu valleys. Spread out like fingers, the valleys are connected by high passes with amazing views of the eastern Nepalese Himalayan range including Mount Everest, Cho-Oyu, Amadablam, Lhotse, Makalu, Thamserku, Cholatse – just to name a few.

After a spectacular flight over the Himalayas to Lukla, the gateway to Everest, we hike along the Dudh Koshi River passing through small Sherpa settlements to Namche, the largest settlement of the upper Khumbu. It houses a monastery but otherwise feels like a tourist town with a seemingly endless array of shops, cafes, and lodges. Nevertheless, the hospitable Sherpa people and their culture add to the charm of the Everest Cho-la pass trek.

For optimal acclimatization we hike via Dingboche and to Lobuche, trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar followed by the Cho La Pass (5420m) to the placid glacial lakes of Gokyo, and numerous other mountain giants of Khumbu, placid glacial lakes and endless barren landscape perfect for soul searching.

With long days in the remote wilderness at an altitude above 4500m, the Everest Cho-la pass trek isn’t for the faint-hearted or inexperienced hikers but fulfilling for the brave souls who venture off-the-beaten trails in pursuit of otherworldly beauty.

Trip Highlights
  • Glimpse of the ranges of the Himalayas – Mount Everest, Cho-Oyu, Amadablam, Lhotse, Makalu, Thamserku, Cholatse
  • Walk towards Dudh Koshi and arrive in the tourist spot of Namche with a monastery
  • Breathtaking views of the EverestCho La Pass
  • Panoramic sceneries and beautiful mountains in Khumbu with frozen lakes
  • Explore the culture, heritage and lifestyles of the native Sherpas

Trip Grade - Moderate to Challenging

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Trip Summary
  • Day 1 :Arrive Kathmandu: meet and greet
  • Day 2 :Sight Seeing in Kathmandu
  • Day 3 :Fly to Lukla (2800m), trek to Phakding (2610m). Walk approx 4 hours.
  • Day 4 :Trek to Manju (approx 4 hrs)
  • Day 5 :Trek to Namche (3440m). Walk approx. 6-7 hours
  • Day 6 :Rest day Namche Bazaar
  • Day 7 :Trek to Deboche (3820m) via Thyangboche. Walk approx. 6-7 hours
  • Day 8 :Trek to Dingboche (4410m), walk approx. 6-7 hours
  • Day 9 :Rest day in Dingboche
  • Day 10 :Trek to Lobuche (4910m). Walk approx. 6 hours
  • Day 11 :Trek to GorakShep (5140m) & Base Camp (5364m). Walk approx. 7-8 hours
  • Day 12 :Optional early morning excursion to Kala Pattar (5630m; 4-5 hrs); trek to Zongla (4830m; 4-5 hrs)
  • Day 13 :Trek to Thanknak (4700m) via Chola pass (5420m); 7-8 hrs
  • Day 14 :Trek to Gokyo (4790m; 3-4 hrs)
  • Day 15 :Ascend Gokyo Ri (5360m; 5-6 hrs)
  • Day 16 :To Dole (4080m) walk approx. 5-6 hours
  • Day 17 :Trek to Khumjung(3780m), walk approx. 5-6 hours
  • Day 18 :Trek to Bengkar or Phakding (2630m), walk approx. 6-7 hours
  • Day 19 :Trek to Lukla (2800m) Walk approx. 4-5 hours
  • Day 20 :Fly to Kathmandu (1300m)
  • Day 21 :Trip concludes
Daily Movements
    Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu: meet and greet

    Your group leader will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel where there will be a short arrival briefing and then trek briefing at 5 pm at this time your group leader will distribute sleeping bag, down jacket and kit bag.  Evening meal with the keep walking family.

    Day 2: Sight Seeing in Kathmandu

    Half day sightseeing tour of the 2 major attractions in Kathmandu. You will visit Boudha (the second largest Buddhist stupa in the world) and Pashupatinath (one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati river). Afternoon at leisure for last minute shopping or you may like to explore Durbar Square or the extensive handicraft shops in Thamel.

    Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2800m), trek to Phakding (2610m). Walk approx 4 hours.

    An early start flight from Kathmandu to Lukla,it takes 35 minute to land at Luklaairstrip. This is the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to serve the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. We begin our trek to Ghat for lunch and then continue further to Phakding for overnight stay.

    Day 4: Trek to Manju (approx 4 hrs)

    To Monjo (2850m). Walk approx 4 hours. Today we cross and re-cross the glacial river, named “Dudh” (milk) Koshi (river) because of its colour, whilst walking through pine forest and terraced fields growing a variety of crops. It is one of the main trading trails and we will see small groups of donkeys, dzopko and yaks carrying supplies. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed while a yak is a full-blood long haired male, (nak being the female) more commonly used at higher altitudes. We see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are made from many stone tablets, each with the inscription “Om Mani Padme Hum” which translates to “Hail to the jewel in the lotus”, and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists. Buddhists will walk to the left of these mani walls and chortens, but many who have no knowledge of Buddhism will do the same. Overnight at Monjo. This is a short day to allow you to acclimatize.

    Day 5: Trek to Namche (3440m). Walk approx. 6-7 hours

    Today we cross and re-cross the glacial river, named “Dudh” (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour, whilst trekking through pine forest and terraced fields growing a variety of crops. It is one of the main trading trails and we will see small groups of donkeys, dzopko and yaks carrying supplies. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed while a yak is a full-blood long haired male, (nak being the female) more commonly used at higher altitudes. We see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are made from many stone tablets, each with the inscription “Om Mani Padme Hum” which translates to “Hail to the jewel in the lotus”, and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists. Buddhists walk to the left of these Mani walls and chortens, but many who have no knowledge of Buddhism do the same. We pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park. We follow the river to the confluence of the DudhKosi and the BhoteKosi, crossing a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Nepal. It is a tough climb but we have our first view of Mt Everest today. Namche is a prosperous village spread in a horse-shoe shape around the valley. Following lunch, you may like to spend time looking through the shops in search of a bargain. Overnight at lodge

    Day 6: Rest day Namche Bazaar

    Those who are fit and acclimatizing well may wish to take the optional walk to the Everest View Hotel (2-3hrs) where spectacular views of Everest and AmaDablam may be seen. Around us also as we walk are Thamserku (6618m), Kantega (6783m), AmaDablam (6814m), Nuptse (7864m) and Lhotse (8516m) and the greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848m). As we sit looking at the magnificent view from the hotel balcony we will share with you some of the technical aspects of scaling some of the peaks we have climbed. AmaDablam whilst not as high as Mt Everest is technically more difficult and therefore is challenging. We have climbed most of the major peaks in the Himalayan range. Overnight at lodge.

    Day 7: Trek to Deboche (3820m) via Thyangboche. Walk approx. 6-7 hours

    Today’s walk along the ridgeline to Deboche is spectacular. We will lunch at PhungiThanga the junction of the ImjaKhola and DhudKosi rivers, after which we cross the DudhKosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. Continuing our climb, we reach the monastery village of Thyangboche. The views of Everest, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are breathtaking. After a rest and visit to the monastery we head downhill to Deboche

    Today’s walk along the ridgeline to Deboche is spectacular. We will lunch at PhungiThanga the junction of the ImjaKhola and DhudKosi rivers, after which we cross the DudhKosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. Continuing our climb, we reach the monastery village of Thyangboche. The views of Everest, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are breathtaking. After a rest and visit to the monastery we head downhill to Deboche. Overnight at lodge

    Day 8: Trek to Dingboche (4410m), walk approx. 6-7 hours

    Today is a steady ascent to Dingboche. The stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Kantega, Thamserku, AmaDablam and Nuptse are spectacular throughout our walk today. Crossing the ImjaKhola it is an easy climb along a wide trail to the small village of Pangboche (3930m). Here, we visit the PangbocheGompa, the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region (360 years old). It is here that Buddhist climbers take time to pray with the Monastery Lama for good weather and a safe journey before stepping on the sacred mountain Sagarmatha (Mt Everest). We continue to Shomare (4010m) for lunch. Crossing the river again we trek up to Dingboche, situated beneath AmaDablam, our rest spot for the night

    Day 9: Rest day in Dingboche

    An important acclimatisation/rest day today with the option of hiking high up to the ridge (4-5hrs) overlooking the village for excellent views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Chukung Peak (5550m) and ImjaTse (5083m) Overnight at lodge

    Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4910m). Walk approx. 6 hours

    Gaining altitude, it is important that we move at a slow, steady pace. The slopes are quite barren now as we move above the tree line and the temperature begins to drop. Views of different peaks, such as Cholatse and Lobuche, are seen before us. Climbing up the Dhugla Ridge we step onto the moraine heading towards the Khumbu Glacier. Rock cairns can be seen, which are dedicated to the memory of climbers attempting the high mountains of the area, including Everest. On our last journey to climb Everest we sat with Ang Rita Sherpa, also known as the Snow Leopard (who summited Mt Everest successfully 10 times without oxygen) and remembered the lives of the climbers who died on the slopes of these mountains. Overnight at lodge

    Day 11: Trek to GorakShep (5140m) & Base Camp (5364m). Walk approx. 7-8 hours

    Trekking alongside the Khumbu Glacier over the rocky moraine we head towards the settlement of GorakShep. We are now high among the glaciers of the world’s highest peaks. Following our arrival at GorakShep we have an early lunch before we commence our trek further to Everest Base Camp. It’s from here the hardcore climbers start their expedition up to the highest mountain in the world. And being at the base camp you can feel amazing. When the sun goes down, we return to GorakShep gazing at the sky and the surrounding mountains. Overnight at lodge

    Day 12: Optional early morning excursion to Kala Pattar (5630m; 4-5 hrs); trek to Zongla (4830m; 4-5 hrs)

    In the morning we climb Kala Pattar. At the top, the black pyramid of  Everest looms over the horizon while the Khumbu Glacier flows beneath. The 360 degrees view of snowy peaks and glaciers is worth the painful and cold early morning hike.

    After breakfast, we backtrack to Lobuche and leave the hustle and bustle of the Everest trail. Descending for a bit we hike along a beautiful mountain lake to Zongla. The northern face of the Chobo Labtsan where occasional pieces of ice break off and the cleft glacier in the distance that gives access to the Cho La is a fantastic end to a long day.

    Day 13: Trek to Thanknak (4700m) via Chola pass (5420m); 7-8 hrs

    The trek begins with an ascent to the hilltop of Zongla.  In the distance, the Cholatse mountains offer an incredible view.

    We head west and descend to the bottom of the wide valley and further to the foot of the pass. It’s a steep stretch over rock plates just before we step onto the ice. The top of the pass is formed by a flat glacier with no gaps. The pass can be impassable under bad weather conditions. Even though not technical, the descent from the Cho La on the Gokyo side is steep and prove difficult because of loose stones. After we descend another short climb follows before we finally descend over the bumpy grassy plains to Tagnag where we spend the night.

    Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4790m; 3-4 hrs)

    We start today with the crossing of the Ngozumpa glacier, which takes about 2 to 2.5 hrs. From Tagnag on the east side of the glacier to the north until Gokyo Lake is almost opposite of us on the west side of the glacier. We walk on the moraine and into the rubble over an undulating path marked by boulders and blocks,  glacial lakes and ice walls. In the end, we go back to the moraine to the blue-green Gokyo lake.

    Gokyo itself is a flat spot on a beautiful blue lake at an altitude of 4790 meters. There are a number of comfortable lodges where we can relax in the afternoon while overlooking the lake and the surrounding white peaks.

    Day 15: Ascend Gokyo Ri (5360m; 5-6 hrs)

    We start today with the crossing of the Ngozumpa glacier, which takes about 2 to 2.5 hrs. From Tagnag on the east side of the glacier to the north until Gokyo Lake is almost opposite of us on the west side of the glacier. We walk on the moraine and into the rubble over an undulating path marked by boulders and blocks,  glacial lakes and ice walls. In the end, we go back to the moraine to the blue-green Gokyo lake.

    Gokyo itself is a flat spot on a beautiful blue lake at an altitude of 4790 meters. There are a number of comfortable lodges where we can relax in the afternoon while overlooking the lake and the surrounding white peaks.

    Day 16: To Dole (4080m) walk approx. 5-6 hours

    Today we walk down on same trail as we did before.  You will see things and view which you haven’t seen on the way up overnight at lodge.

    Day 17: Trek to Khumjung(3780m), walk approx. 5-6 hours

    Khumjung village is home to the only high school in the Khumbu region. Also, known as Hillary School, its founder in 1961 Sir Edmund Hillary, cater for over 300 pupils from grades 1 to 10. A monastery in the village is purported to house a yeti scalp.

    Day 18: Trek to Bengkar or Phakding (2630m), walk approx. 6-7 hours

    Today we head downhill through Namche Bazaar stopping to enjoy the view of Everest before we cross the Dudh Koshi river. Today’s walk is easy and mostly downhill but you need to take your time and enjoy the views, still there is lot to see. We pass the Sagamartha National Park and villages, overnight at Benkar

    Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2800m) Walk approx. 4-5 hours

    Today is the last day of our mountain trekking adventure. We gradually descend and walk along the Dudh Koshi river banks. Tonight, our last evening of the trek is a good opportunity for a small party with all the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. Appreciation in the form of tips may be expressed at that time to these people who make the trip such and enjoyable adventure.

    Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu (1300m)

    This morning we fly to Kathmandu. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. We will meet again for dinner

    Day 21: Trip concludes

    Journey formally concludes after breakfast with transportation to the airport, unless other arrangements have been made.

     

Cost - US $ 2550 (joining Kathmandu)

(Single Supplement: additional US $ )
Cost Includes:
  • Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at hotel including breakfast on twin sharing
  • Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer, entrance fees & professional English speaking tour
  • Around trip domestic flight fare from Kathmandu –Lukla –Kathmandu includes. Airport tax.
  • Accommodation during the trek at Teahouse s/lodges on twin sharing.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek.
  • Highly experienced a local trek leader and necessary Sherpa porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS).
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Permit and fees.
  • First Aid medical kit
  • Duffle Bag
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down Jacket
Cost Excludes:
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • International airfares and Nepal entry visa fee
  • Rescue and travel insurance
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call and internet
  • Tips to trekking crew

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TRIP FACTS
  • Duration

    21 Days
  • Best Season

    September-November and March-May
  • Max-Altitude

    5630m
  • Difficulty Level

    Moderate to Challenging
  • Group Size

    2-12 persons
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