Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Trekking is a challenging and fascinating trek in the Khumbu region. The trek features the best of what the Khumbu region has to offer, from the tranquil lakes of Gokyo to the high pass of Cho La (5420m) to the breathtaking panorama of Everest (8848 m) from its very base.
The Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Trek commences with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trail ascends along the bank of Dudh Koshi River and enters Sagarmatha National Park to head towards the Everest Base Camp. On the way, you pass many lush forests, ancient monasteries, and Sherpa hamlets to reach the pristine Gokyo Lakes. Following the longest glacier of Nepal, Ngozumpa Glacier, you pass three Gokyo Lakes to finally reach the quaint village of Gokyo. You then climb Gokyo Ri (5360m), from where an amazing panorama of Cho Oyu (8188m), Chamar (7287m), Everest (8848 m), and so on along with the panorama of Gokyo Lakes as well as Ngozumpa Glacier can be seen in a stunning fashion. The trail then turns a bit challenging as you make your way through the glacier and on slippery moraines to reach the high pass of Cho La (5420m), which connects Gokyo valley with the trail to Everest Base Camp. Through amazing settlements and with the mesmerizing view of the mountains, you reach the base of the highest mountain in the world. Before reaching Everest Base Camp, a breathtaking sunset view along the Everest (8848m) is witnessed from the top of Kala Patthar (5550m), hence making this trek the most fulfilling one.
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Day : 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) airport, transfer to hotel in centre Thamel.
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our airport representatives will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel in Thamel. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu
Day : 2
Early morning, drive to domestic airport to Lukla, (2840m), trek to Phakding (2660m), 4 hrs.
After finishing breakfast at the hotel, you will drive back to Tribhuvan International Airport and take a scenic flight to Lukla. The flight passes over the green valleys with the beautiful mountains of the Everest region. On reaching Lukla, we will trek to Phakding. The trail passes through the large village of Chauri Kharka and many other small villages. The trail continues along the farmlands of rice and barley which open out in a well-constructed path to reach Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
Day : 3
Trek to Namche (3440m), 5 hrs.
The trail continues along the western side of Dudh Koshi River passing through the dense pine forest to a small settlement called Bengkar. We continue to ascend through the forest past the villages of Chumoa, Monjo, and Jorsalle to finally arrive in Namche Bazaar, the Gateway to Everest. Beautiful views of Thamserku (6608m) and Everest (8848m) appear in behind the amphitheater like the town of Namche. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day : 4
Acclimatize day at Namche Bazaar, Hike around Khumjung Village, Khunde Community Hostpital and Everest View Hotel (3870m), O/N in Namche.
Hike around Khumjung (3790m) and Khunde village (3860m)- visit Everest view hotel, Khunde community hospital, Yeti skull monastery, and Hilary family memorial park, o/n in Namche
Today we will stay in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization to the thinning air. To acclimatize better, we will do a short hike to Khumjung and Khunde villages. On our way, we will visit the Everest View Hotel, which is a famous viewpoint for observing the Everest panorama. We will then hike to Khumjung, which is a large settlement of Sherpa community. Here, we visit the Khumjung Monastery and have a look of the Yeti skull that is displayed in the monastery premise. We will further ascend to Khunde village and visit the Khunde Community Hospital there. Later we will descend back to Namche in the evening. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day : 5
Trek to Dhole (3440M), O/N in local lodge.
After having our breakfast, we will leave Namche Bazaar and continue along the trail climbing the Khumjung hill. From here, the trail descends to the bank of Dudh Koshi River and turns north to the small settlement of Mong. The trail then follows Dudh Koshi River to reach Phortse Thanga, from where the trail climbs through the dense rhododendron forest crossing many villages like Tongba and Gyele to reach Dhole. Overnight in Dhole.
Day : 6
Trek to Machhermo (4465m),
The trail from Dhole climbs up to Lhabarma and continues on to Luza. From Luza, we will climb alongside Dudh Koshi River to reach Machhermo. Accompanied by the peaks of Cholatse (6335m), Taboche (6367m), and Machhermo (5559m), we reach the village of Machhermo. Overnight in Machhermo.
Day : 7
Trek to Gokyo Lake (4790m), explore to the fourth lake after lunch, O/N in Gokyo Lake side.
Today’s trail will ascend through the ridgeline and takes us to the end of Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal Himalayas. We then ascend on a steep trail alongside Ngozumpa Glacier to reach the first Gokyo Lake, Longpongo. We will further climb to the second lake, Taboche Tsho, where we will see the golden rays of sun falling on the blue surface of the lake. Ascending a bit further, we will reach the third lake, Dudh Pokhari. Gokyo village is situated by the third lake, having spectacular views of Cho Oyu (8188m) on the backdrop. After some rest at the village, we will further ascend to the fourth lake, which hosts stunning views of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range and Ngozumpa Glacier. Later, we hike back to Gokyo village for the overnight stay.
Day : 8
Early morning before the breakfast, hike to Gokyo Ri 5360m, breakfast at lodge and trek to Dragnak (4700m), 3 hrs.
Today we will climb Gokyo Ri (5360m), a small peak just above the Gokyo village, early in the morning to watch the sun rise over the high Himalayas including Cho Oyu (8188m), Chamar (7287m), Everest (8848m), Pumori (7165m), and many more. Bird’s eye view of the Gokyo valley, as well as the massive Ngozumpa Glacier, can also be seen from the top of Gokyo Ri. After enjoying the view, we hike back to Gokyo, from where we make our way to Dragnag. Through Ngozumpa Glacier and later on its banks, we descend to reach the small village of Dragnag. Overnight in Dragnag.
Day : 9
Trek to Dzongla (4830m) crossing the Chola Pass (5420m), 8-9 hrs.
Today will be the most challenging day as we will climb along the steep glacier to cross the high pass of Cho La (5420m). The trail climbs steeply uphill and is covered with snow, which makes the trail slippery. Upon reaching the top of the pass adorned with many prayer flags, we will be able to get a mesmerizing view of the high mountains of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range. From here, we will descend through moraine before entering the beautiful village of Dzongla. The panoramic views of the high mountains like Cholatse (6335m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Lobuche (6145m) along with the Pheriche village far below can be seen from Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.
Day : 10
Trek to Gorakshep (5100m), hike to Kala Pattar for sunset, O/N in local lodge.
Today we will climb downhill along the grassy trail enjoying the beautiful views of Lobuche peaks. The descending trail curves along the bank of the river before reaching Lobuche. We will continue along the trail which is straightforward and crosses an Indian Army Mountaineers’ Memorials to reach Gorakshep. The trail curves along the mountainous landscape with the views of the major mountains like Lingtren (6749m), Khumbutse (6665m), and Everest (8848m) to reach the viewpoint of Kala Patthar for a breathtaking sunset and its effects on the high Himalayas. Kala Patthar is also considered the best vantage point to witness the glorious Mount Everest (8848m). After enjoying the sunset view, we will descend back to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.
Day : 11
Excursion to Everest Base Camp (5464m), back trek to Thukla (4620m), 6-7 hrs.
Today will be our excursion day to Everest Base Camp. We will walk along the steep trail through the moraines of Khumbu Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal Himalayas. We will climb along the rocky ridges covered with snow and ice to reach Everest Base Camp. Along with the colorful tents of mountaineers, Everest Base Camp hosts absolutely mesmerizing views of Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Khumbutse (6665m), and Pumori (7165m), among others. We will then descend back to Gorakshep and continue to head down to reach Thukla via Thukla Pass (4830m). Overnight in Thukla.
Day : 12
Trek to Tengboche (378m), 5 hrs.
Following the descending trail along the rocky ridges, crossing few settlement areas and glaciers, we will reach Tengboche. We will visit the Tengboche Monastery, which is the largest and the most revered monastery in the Khumbu region. We will then head to the village and interact with the locals before enjoying the local meal. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day : 13
Trek to Namche, 5/6 hrs.
We will descend back to Namche Bazaar crossing large Mani walls and prayers flag adorned monasteries on our way. We will follow the Dudh Koshi River along the forested trail enjoying beautiful views of the gorgeous mountains to reach Namche Bazaar. On reaching Namche Bazaar, we will stroll around the town before calling it a day. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day : 14
Trek to Phakding, 5 hrs.
Today we will retrace the path through the lush forest of rhododendron and magnolia as we head towards Phakding. We will cross many settlement areas like Jorsalle, Monjo, and Bengkar before reaching the beautiful village of Phakding. In the evening, we will visit the 500 years olf Pemacholing Monastery. Overnight in Phakding.
Day : 15
Trek to Lukla (2840M, the final day of the trekking, 3 hrs.
It will be a short descent along the terraced farmlands of rice and barley to reach Lukla from Phakding. Passing a few villages with the backdrop of Kusum Khangkaru (6367m), we will reach the small village of Lukla. We will have a lot of free time in Lukla, so you can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the town. Overnight in
Day : 16
Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport, transfer to hotel.
Today we take a scenic flight from Lukla Airport to Kathmandu. Enjoying the last sights of the high Himalayas, we arrive back in the bustling Kathmandu city. On reaching Kathmandu, we will transfer you to the hotel. You can rest for a while and then head out to stretch your legs. Overnight at the hotel.
Day : 17
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu, O/N in hotel.
This will be your leisure day in Kathmandu, which you can utilize by doing a full day sightseeing around the valley in our private vehicle. We will visit the Swayambhunath temple, also known as the Monkey Temple, in the morning and enjoy the panorama of the Kathmandu valley from the hilltop. We will then visit the famous sacred temple of the Hindus, the Pashupatinath temple. We will also see the cremation of the Hindus being performed at the bank of Bagmati River in Pashupatinath. We will later visit the Boudhanath Stupa, the revered Buddhist pilgrimage site, before heading back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day : 18
Drive to Kathmandu International Airport for your final departure from Kathmandu.
We will drive you back to Tribhuvan International Airport for your scheduled flight to your onward destination.
Airport pick up and drive according to itinerary and plan.
Hotel in Kathmandu.
Trekking permits according to itinerary.
Food and accommodation during the trip.
Hot drinks- Teak, Coffee, etc during the trek.
Flight: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for clients.
Flight for guide: KTM-LUK-KTM.
Porters and guide with their wages.
Insurance for local staffs.
Entry fee for Sagarmatha National Park,
High altitude chamber as per requirement,
Wages and Equipment for climbing guide.
Local airport tax and land transportations according to program.