The Everest Chola Pass Trek is an extended form of the Everest Base Camp Trek and is a fully-fledged adventurous trek that takes you above the demanding routes of the Himalayas of Nepal. Along with the thrills of traversing Chola Pass (5300m) that rewards you with glorious views of the astronomical Mount Everest, you will also get the opportunity to experience the various Sherpa culture and their unique traditions and extraordinary way of life at the Himalayas. The Everest Chola Pass Trek also encapsulates the dainty and picturesque valleys of Gokyo, all the while offering you magnificent sights of the mountains, Aegean glaciers and the holy Gokyo Lakes along the trails.
Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you will start your trek trudging through lush and vibrant acreages of emerald alpine forests, crossing serpentine rivers that cross the continuity of the land with their essence to reach Namche Bazaar. The trail also leads through Sagarmatha National Park, a conservatory Area which has miles of thick beautiful foliages and habituation of unique fauna which you can get glimpses of while you traverse through it. On reaching Namche Bazaar, the famous hub of the Khumbu region and the gateway to Everest, you will be presented with magnificent mountain views like Mount Everest, Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Lhotse, Mount Thamserku and Mount Nuptse among many others. From Namche, you would be hiking to Tengboche and will visit the elusive Tengboche monastery, richly decorated and intricately ornamented with colorful prayer flags and murals. The monastery is the religious epicenter of the Khumbu region and is one of the largest Buddhist monasteries of the area. The Tengboche monastery also presents beguiling views of the mountains, the golden spire of the monastery contrasting against the navy blue of the sky and the ivory of the snow.
The Everest Chola Pass Trek also allows you to walk alongside the Khumbu Glacier to get to the Everest Base Camp, all the while the trekking trail is adorned by majestic views of the colossal mountains that keep you company. The terrific panoramic views of the mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, the Pumori and Chagatse among many others from the vantage point at Kala Patthar is one of the most amazing sights to ever grace the eyes!
Traversing along the icy path beside the Chola glacier, you would be hiking on the Chola Pass. Experiencing the serenity and the complete sublimity of the Gokyo Lakes; the Everest Chola Pass Trek abjects mesmerizing landscapes of periwinkle snow of the Himalayas for you. You will also walk to the crest of the Gokyo RI, surrounding yourself in the ambiance of the secluded cordiality of the Himalayas.
Experience this mesmerizing journey to the Base Camp of Everest along the Chola glacier with Escape Himalaya, where you shall be provided with excellent trekking services and will have the utmost satisfaction of immersing yourself to the heaven-like paradigms of the Everest Region with our Everest Chola Pass Trek! We also have alternate trekking options for the Everest region, like our Everest Gokyo Lake Trek where you would be trekking to the foot of the summit of Mount Everest adorned with the cerulean Gokyo Lakes. The Everest Panorama Trek lets you enjoy the panoramic vistas of the Everest Region in the most beautiful of ways. You can also opt for a customizable itinerary as well if you wish to do so. The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is another one where you can experience the natural pulchritude of the destinations while undergoing the most beautiful trekking journey.
- Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft), Duration: 3 hours
- Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 6 hours
- Day 04: Namche Bazar - Everest View Hotel - Return
- Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 07: Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return
- Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) then back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft), Duration: 8 hours
- Day 10: Hiking to Kala Pathar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep and trek to Dzongla (4830m/15840ft), Duration: 7 hours
- Day 11: Trek to Dragnak/Thangna (4700m/15415ft) via crossing Cho La pass (5420m/17780ft), Duration: 7 hours
- Day 12: Trek to Gokyo lakes (4790m/15710ft), Duration: 2-3 hours
- Day 13: Hiking to Gokyo RI (5483m/19083ft) and trek to Dole (4200m/13775), Duration: 7 hours
- Day 14: Trek to Namche (3440m/11285ft), Duration: 6 hours
- Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2800m/9184ft), Duration: 7 hours
- Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu
- Day 17: Leisure day
- Day 18: Farewell
- All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Three meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; we provide private bathrooms with hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
- Seasonal fruits during the trek
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
- Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
- Escape Himalaya Duffle bag for the trekking
- Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
- Escape Himalaya T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medical kit
- Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, Fanta etc.
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
Escape Himalaya’s airport representative will welcome you as you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport. We will help you be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will also get brief description about the trek. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft), Duration: 3 hours
We will fly to Lukla from Kathmandu today; it is a short, but very beautiful, experience. Lukla, lying at the height of 2810m, is the initial destination from where our trek starts. With an easy walk, we will pass through a village- Chaurikharka. We will then walk to the Dudh Koshi Ghat, from where we will follow the shore of the Dudh Koshi River in order to get to Phakding (2652m). Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 6 hours
We will, on this day too, follow the Dudh Koshi River which takes you to Zamphuti. From here, you can see exceptional vistas of the Thamserku Peak. We will also pass by Chomoa, where we can see majority of people spending their lives depending on agriculture. Then after, we will move uphill and go into the Sagarmatha National Park which conserves lots of wild lives and plants, covering the area of 1148sq km in Monjo. Continuing further, we will finally reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04: Namche Bazar - Everest View Hotel - Return
At Namche Bazaar, we will acclimatize for a day to avoid altitude sickness. We will also climb to Everest View Hotel and experience short hiking on the day. Everest View Hotel presents wonderful vistas of Everest, Ama Dablam and many more. We will also stroll to the Khumjung village where we can visit the monastery. We will, after that, walk back to Namche again. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft), Duration: 5 hours
We will leave Namche Bazaar and stroll for some time along the edges of the settlement, and then move down to Dudh Koshi River in Phungki Thanka. We will walk across the river via a bridge and then ascend on the steep trail up to Tengboche where we will get to see wonderful peak views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku and many more. In Tengboche, you will visit the largest monastery of the Khumbu region named after the place- the Tengboche monastery. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft), Duration: 5 hours
On this day, we will start trekking along the rhododendron woods to Deboche. We will also pass through the jovially intense Imja River by means of a suspension bridge. We will also walk into Pangboche village, the biggest community inhabited mainly by Sherpa people, where we can visit Pangboche monastery, one of an ancient monasteries in the region. We will have fairly demanding walk in the afternoon as the surroundings turns dry and isolated before reaching Dingboche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07: Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return
We will have one more rest day to acclimatize properly. Your body will need rest and rejuvenation. We will yet experience another short hike to Nagerjun set at the altitude of 5100m. At Nagerjun, the eye-catching views of Toboche Peak (6367m), Kangtega (6685m), Lobuche West (6145m), Thamserku (6608m), Lobuche East (6119m) and Ama Dablam (6856m) are hypnotizing. Then, we will come back to Dingboche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft), Duration: 5 hours
On this day, we will leave Dingboche and get to Dugla- set at the tip of the Khumbu Glacier. With a vertical and short climb up, we will stroll to Chukpo Lari where we will get to observe memorials built in honor to the ones who lost their lives while climbing Everest. The point also rewards us with a dramatic vista of the peaks. With an easy walk, we will then finally reach Lobuche (4,910m). Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) then back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft), Duration: 8 hours
We will have an important and rewarding, yet difficult day as we leave Lobuche today. We will walk along the Khumbu Glacier to reach Everest Base Camp lying at the height of 5364 meters. This is the base of the highest peak on earth, Mt. Everest- where you will be rewarded by majestic views of Ama Dablam, Tawache and Everest itself and several other peaks. The sight of the Khumbu Ice fall from here is extremely impressive. We will return back to Gorekshep for the night. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10: Hiking to Kala Pathar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep and trek to Dzongla (4830m/15840ft), Duration: 7 hours
Hiking to Kala Pathar is another important day of the trek. Kala Patthar lies at the altitude of 5545 meters. The ascent is quite challenging but the superb mountain panorama of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, Chagatse, and innumerable others will take away the entire tiring experience once you reach at the apex. We will then descend to Gorakshep and then trek upward to Dzongla which is located at the height of 4830m. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11: Trek to Dragnak/Thangna (4700m/15415ft) via crossing Cho La pass (5420m/17780ft), Duration: 7 hours
We will, on this day, begin walking on a flat stony path and also walk through the barren valley. Then, we move up in the vertical path to Chola pass which is set at the height of 5420m. We will also pass the icy path along Chola glacier before traversing the pass. From Chola pass, we will move down through the rock-strewn path before we arrive at Phedi. From Phedi, we will walk down to Thangna, a small village holding some lodges and tea shops. Thangna also rewards you with the peak views like Machhermo peak and some others. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12: Trek to Gokyo lakes (4790m/15710ft), Duration: 2-3 hours
We will trek for around 3 hours from Thangna today to reach the holy Gokyo Lake which lies at the altitude of 4790m. You will be passing along series of Gokyo lakes in synchrony- Longpongo, Toboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari, before discovering Gokyo. You can also explore the stunning Gokyo valley. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 13: Hiking to Gokyo RI (5483m/19083ft) and trek to Dole (4200m/13775), Duration: 7 hours
On this day, we will hike to Gokyo RI lying at the height of 5483m, which lies over the village in the northern side of Gokyo Lake. From the crest of Gokyo RI, we can see the stunning views of highest mountains like Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse. The superb views of the upper Gokyo valley, as well as the massive Ngozumpa Glacier, will also allure us. We will also walk down to Gokyo and trek to Dole set at 4200m following the Dudh Koshi River. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 14: Trek to Namche (3440m/11285ft), Duration: 6 hours
We will, on this day, trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar, which takes approximately 6 hours. You will also traverse the Khumjung village en-route to Namche Bazaar. We will walk along the trail, passing the views of the astonishing Ama Dablam and then finally reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2800m/9184ft), Duration: 7 hours
From Namche, we will walk ahead and traverse the Dudh Koshi River again. After that, we will walk to Monjo. Trekking ahead from Namche Bazaar, we will reach Phakding and carry on walking to Lukla. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu
With a short and picturesque flight, we will go back from Lukla to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to the hotel from Tribhuwan International Airport. Overnight stay at the hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 17: Leisure day
This is a spare day you will spend in Kathmandu. You can either walk around Kathmandu or go for shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Farewell
Today, the airport representative from Escape Himalaya will help you transfer to the Tribhuwan International Airport. And, you will leave Nepal, hopefully with beautiful memories of your trip.
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Tranquil Trek up to Chola Pass
Booking the trip to the Everest Chola Pass with Escape Himalaya was everything I has hoped my trekking journey would be and much more! As a solo traveler, I was joined by a group of two other people who were with me on the trekking journey. Tina and her friend Sheryl from the United Kingdom joined me on the trip (or rather I joined them!) and as we began our Chola Pass Trek with their guide and porters as well as mine, I certainly was not expecting such gorgeous sublimity in the Himalayas! I had my hopes up but to actually see those sights up close is something else entirely! The upward trek really started from Tengboche as the elevations were exceeding 5100 meters at that point. The monastery at Tengboche was also very grand and had one of the most tranquil atmospheres even though it was a spiritual hub of the region. The people at the village were going about their lives and the sight of the monk children in crimson and red robes running around playing in with the gorgeous sight of the snowy mountain as the backdrop was a sight that certainly doesn’t get to be seen every day. The prospect of this itself is appealing to make you get off and have a trekking journey in this exotic little country filled with wonderful people and a view of the Himalayas that would make anything else seem puny and bland in comparison. Getting to the Cho La Pass at the a grand altitude of 5,420 meters was a real treat with an indescribable feeling of extensive euphoria and a fast paces rush of adrenalin coursing through the body! As we had our final descend to the valley at the final days of the trek, I was sad to see the sights go and leave the mountains and the villages behind.
Escape Himalaya made one of the best trekking experiences of mine be forever molded into an eternal love for Nepal. I am definitely going back for more trekking and hiking trails and the most cordial people and it is definitely is going to be with Escape Himalaya!