1. Trekking to Cho La Pass.
2. Exploring the five stunning lakes of Gokyo which are sacred to the Hindus.
3. Entering the Sagarmatha National Park and spotting endangered animals and birds.
4. Sending nights in beautiful villages like Namche Bazaar, Machhermo, Gokyo, Lukla etc.
5. Panoramic view of mountain peaks including Mt. Everest from Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp
6. View of Khumbu Ice Glacier.
Cho La Pass trek is one of the best and most thrilling treks in the Everest region. The highlight of the trek is the visit to Dzongla via Cho La Pass (5,350 m). The beautiful lakes of the Gokyo region and mesmerizing mountain view from Everest Base Camp (EBC) are other highlights of the trek.
Chola Pass Trek is one of the longest and most adventurous trek route in the Everest region. A minimum of 16 to 20 days is required to complete this trek. We've designed the itinerary for 20 days for a maximum experience.
You'll enjoy beautiful view of the mountains like Mount Everest, Gokyo Peak, Cho La, Thamserku, Lhotse and Nuptse throughout the trek. The best view of the mountains are obtained from Kalapatthar, Everest Base Camp and Cho La Pass. You'll also get an opportunity to visit ancient monasteries like Tengboche. The people of the region practice Buddhism and there are many Buddhist shrines in all communities of the region. This trek can be done throughout the year but the best time is in autumn and spring because the climate is more favorable and stable.
Trip Route : Kathmandu- Lukla-Namche-Gokyo-Chola-pass- EBC-Tengboche-Lukla -Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May
Day 01: Pickup from the Airport and placement in Hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla [2,850 m / 9,350 ft], trek to Phakding [2,650 m / 8,694 ft] ;35 minutes flight and 3 hours of walk.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar [3,440 m / 11,286 ft], estimated walk 6 - 7 hours.
Day 04: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Trek to Dole [4,100 m / 13,451 ft], estimated time 5 - 6 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Machhermo [4,430 m / 14,534 ft], estimated walk 3 - 4 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo Lake [4,750 m / 15,583 ft], estimated walk 3 - 4 hours.
Day 08: Hike to Gokyo RI [5,400 m / 17,716 ft], acclimatization in Gokyo, estimated walk 4-5 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Thaknak [4,750 m / 15,583 ft], estimated walk 3 - 4 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Dzongla [4750 m / 15,583 ft] via Chola Pass [5,350 m / 17,552 ft], estimated walk 7-8 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep [5,130 m / 16,830 ft], estimated walk 6 - 7 hours.
Day 12: Hike to Everest Base Camp [5,316 m / 17,440 ft] and return back to Gorakshep, estimated walk 6 - 7 hours.
Day 13: Hike to top of the Kalapatthar [5,545 m / 18,192 ft] and trek to Dingboche [4,350 m / 14,271 ft], estimated walk 8-9 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Tengboche [3,800 m / 14,467 ft], estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Monjo [2,835 m / 9,301 ft], estimated walk 7 - 8 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla [2,850 m / 9,350 ft], estimated walk 5 - 6 hours.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu, 30-40 minutes, and transfer to Hotel.
Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu and rest
Day 19: Departure or extend your trip.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
If your flight is cancelled we will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter but you are responsible for the extra costs which can range from $200-$600 or more depending on the number of people on the flight.
We suggest you to add a couple of extra days at the end (never at the start) of your trip in case of any delays.
Trekking is not just walking. Some of our trips are extremely adventurous. We kindly request you to come well prepared before these extreme treks. Buying proper and reliable insurance coverage with Helicopter Evacuation on emergency is the most important thing before starting the adventures. On serious injuries or sickness Helicopters can be the only means of evacuation.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m/4,265 ft
Our airport representative and a driver will be present to pick you up from the airport and drop you to your respective hotel where you can take rest. If you have some time then you can explore local markets. In the evening our manager will brief you about your trip and he will introduce you with your guide. Then we will have dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Exploring Kathmandu and trek preparation
You will have a free day where you can explore the town and try local cuisines. You can do preparations and management for the trekking. You can consult with your guide regarding the upcoming journey.
Day 03: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding
Altitude: Lukla (2,850 m/9,350 ft), Phakding (2,650 m/8,694 ft)
Time: Kathmandu-Lukla (30 minutes flight)/Lukla-Phakding (3-4 hours)
We will have our breakfast and fly to Lukla, which takes 30 minutes. Lukla is a very developed town. At the time of your arrival, your porters will be there to welcome you (only if you have booked them from the beginning). Your porters will make your breakfast/lunch arrangements in the tea house in Lukla. We will then start our journey towards Phakding, which takes around 3-4 hours of walk. The way to Phakding is almost trouble free and flat.
You will see ancient Buddhist monasteries, traditional agricultural farms and settlement of the Sherpas on the way. Yaks will be a common view in this journey as they are the means of transporting goods in Everest region. First, we will cross the Dudh Koshi river and then we will follow the Thado Khola en-route to Phakding. Phakding is a small village where you can see a number of lodges for trekkers. You will encounter the stunning view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru on the way.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Altitude: 3,440 m/ 11,268 ft
Distance: 12 Km/Time: 6-7 hours
We will start our journey towards Namche Bazaar from Phakding. The trek takes around 6-7 hours of walk. We will cross the Dudh Koshi river multiple times via high suspension bridges. We will then reach a place called Monjo. We will encounter the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park after crossing Monjo river. The park protects the endangered flora and fauna species of the Everest region. Your trekking documents will be checked here.
Most of the path will be uphill from this point. Walking on we will see the very first view of Mt. Everest (8,848 mt). We will also encounter other mountain peaks like Mt. Thameserku, Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Tawache etc. Finally, after a long and troublesome uphill trail, we will get the first view of the colorful and beautiful village Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar
Altitude: 3,440 m/ 11,268 ft
Today you will acclimatize and prepare yourself for further journey because the air gets thinner as the altitude increases. You will discuss with your guide for the necessary preparedness steps ahead. Normally, the guides suggest you to take a walk to the Everest Viewpoint Hotel where you will be able to view the magnificent view of mountain peaks like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kusum Kangaru & Mt. Amadablam. If you still have time left then you can pay a visit to the local Sherpa museum where you get to know about the community, tradition, culture and musical instruments.
Day 06: Trek to Dole
Altitude: 4,100 m/13,451 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will walk towards Dole after breakfast. The spectacular view of Mt. Everest will be right in front of your eyes. We will follow the trail of the north side of Namche village. After trekking for a while, we will get to a junction where paths for various trekking destinations meet. From that junction, we will take the path towards Gokyo Lake and leave the trail of Everest Base Camp trek.
The target is to reach Mong La, a small hill station. We will have lunch at Phortse Tanga. Then we will again continue our journey taking the steep uphill trail to reach Dole. There we will go through Rhododendron and pine forest. On the way, you can capture the stunning view of small and big clear waterfalls inside the jungle. We will reach Dole at the end of the day.
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo
Altitude: 4,430 m/14,534 ft
Time: 3-4 hours
Today our destination will be Machhermo. We will walk through beautiful villages like Lhabarma [4,200 m] and Luza [4,400 m]. As we move forward, the route will be uphill but it is interesting to walk because of the mesmerizing surrounding and snow capped mountain views. The route is popular and we will encounter many people passing by. To reach the Machhermo, we will have to walk through river banks.
The first reported sighting of Yeti was here in Machhermo in 1974 AD. After reaching Machhermo we will rest and prepare for the Gokyo Lake trek for the next day.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Lake
Altitude: Gokyo lake (4,750 m/15,583 ft)
Time: 3-4 hours
After having our breakfast in Machhermo we will start our trekking to Gokyo Lake. Gokyo is the small town with little facilities for trekkers. The path to Gokyo offers stunning view of mountain peaks like Gokyo Peak, Mt. Thameserku, Mt. Kangtega and Cho Oyu. This part of the trail is most entertaining and relaxing. We will travel through the villages like Pangram [4,400 m] and Longponga [4,700 m].
In these villages, you can see the footprints of Lamas on old mud plastered stupa. Before we start our uphill trail to the moraine of Ngazumpa glacier we will be taking the downhill path to the river. We will cross many small frozen holy lakes before reaching Gokyo Lake. We will spend our night at Gokyo lake.
Day 09: Short hike to Gokyo Ri and rest in Gokyo
Altitude: 5,400 m/17,716 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
Today we will acclimatize for further journey. You will also take part in a short hike towards Gokyo RI. Gokyo RI offers clear and magnificent view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kangtega, Bancharo Peak, Gokyo Peak, Mt. Cholatse etc. The mountain view is breathtaking at sunrise. You will have a marvelous time at the top of the peak.
Explore the places around Gokyo lake after coming back from the short hike. Please let your guide know about your health if you have any kind of difficulty.
Day 10: Trek to Thagnak
Altitude: 4,750 m/ 15,583 ft
Time: 3-4 hours
Thaknak is a beautiful small village near Cho La Pass. The path is quite difficult since the air is thin and the altitude is high. We will have to walk through slippery paths of the glacier to reach Thaknak. You will see pristine blue glacial ice on the way. In Thaknak, there are very few numbers of lodges for trekkers. We will spend our night there and prepare for next day trek to Cho La Pass.
Day 11: Trek to Dzongla via Chola Pass
Altitude: Dzongla (4,750 m/15,583 ft), Chola Pass (5,350 m/17,552 ft)
Time: 8-9 hours
Today we will have to move early in the morning, probably at 4 or 5 am, because there is chance of stone fall during windy daytime. This day’s trek will be difficult compared to other days. It is difficult to walk through the passes where the air is thin and the altitude is high. We will have to be careful while moving forward. Don’t panic because you will be guided by our experienced crew to cross this path. Once we reach the top of the Cho La Pass, the path starts to go downhill to Dzongla. Dzongla is a beautiful village in the Everest region which has limited resources for trekkers.
Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep
Altitude: 5,130 m/ 16,830 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
Compared to the uphill trek to Cho La Pass, the trek to Gorakshep is easier. First, the route is slightly downhill and then goes uphill to Lobuche. From Lobuche, it is a small trek towards Gorakshep. The path is easy and offers you a beautiful view of various glazing mountains. Lobuche is rich in resources for trekkers in comparison to Dzongla. A number of trekkers camp in Lobuche but we will move to Gorakshep as it will be easier for the trek to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar.
Day 13: Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep
Altitude: Gorakshep (5,130 m/16,830 ft), EBC (5,316 m/ 17,440 ft)
Distance: 15-17 km/Time: 8-9 hours
In the very first hour of the morning, we will make our way towards Everest Base Camp. To reach the camp we may need to walk through the moraines of glaciers. The trails will look flat but will be difficult because of the lack of enough air and high altitude. Khumbu Glacier is one largest glaciers in the world and we will be walking along the side of that glacier.
On the way, you will have a very close view of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Amadablam and a number of other smaller peaks. On the way to the Everest Base Camp, you will see stones which have names on it. They are the tombstones of climbers who didn’t make their destination.The route to Everest Base Camp is busy in the main expedition season. Normally it takes 3-4 hour of walk to reach to Base Camp and the same duration to return to Gorakshep.
Day 14: Trek to Kalapatthar and Dingboche
Altitude: Kalapatthar (5,545 m/ 18,192 ft)/ Dingboche (4,350 m/14,271 ft)
Time: 8-9 hours
Kalapatthar is an amazing place. From the top of it, you can see the sunrise over the mountains of Khumbu right in front of you. The place will you give the experience of your lifetime. The reason for calling it Kalapatthar is the presence of black rocks. Mt. Everest is also called the shy mountain because it is seen hiding behind two other mountains from Kalapatthar. After spending an amazing moment on top of Kalapatthar we will then start our journey towards Dingboche via Gorakshep. We will be having our lunch on the way to Dingboche. Dingboche is also known as the gateway to Island peak. Island peak is popular among climbers with less technical knowledge regarding climbing and trekking.
Day 15: Trek to Tengboche
Altitude: 3,800 m/14,467 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
After having our breakfast in Dingboche we will start our journey towards Tengboche. We will walk through beautiful villages in the region with the side by side view of Mt. Amadablam. Moving on we will have to climb a little to Tengboche. The place is famous for many old Buddhist monasteries including the legendary Tengboche monastery.
Day 16: Trek to Monjo
Altitude: 2,835 m/9,301 ft
Time: 7-8 hours
Today our destination will be to reach Monjo. We will start our walk after having breakfast. The path towards Monjo is slightly downhill but easy for trekkers. The uphill and downhill path continues until we reach Namche Bazaar. The walk for this day is quite long compared to others since we will walk for 7-8 hours to reach Monjo.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla
Altitude: 2,850 m/9,350 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
Today we will head back to the place where we started this journey. After having our breakfast in the morning we will move towards Lukla via Phakding. We will follow the same trail which we used at first and second day of our trek. You will reach Lukla and have a proper rest for next day trip. Here you can say goodbye to your porter and local guides and offer them something from your side if you want. This is your last day in the mountains.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu
Today we will head back to Kathmandu by air which takes around 30-40 minutes. The flight will be same as we experienced while going to Lukla. You may get stuck in Lukla if the condition goes bad. At that time your journey will be extended since there will be no flight to Kathmandu.
Day 19: Rest in Kathmandu
You will rest after a long and tiring trek. You can enjoy a musical evening and also watch cultural shows.
Day 20: Departure
You will head back to your destination today. We will drop you at the airport following a small traditional nepali ceremony marking your departure.
US$ 1399/ per person (price valid for minimum 2 person)
- Pickup and drop service for Airport Arrival by private car and driver.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu with complementary breakfast include
- Two way flight between Kathmandu and Lukla.
- All domestic airfare taxes.
- Trek permit TIMS ( Trekkers Security) include
- Sagarmatha National park entry permit during trekking
- Full Board Meals ( 3 meals during your trekking per day)
- Seasonal fruits following supper.
- Trekking accommodation (in lodge and tea houses).
- English speaking, first aid trained and highly experienced guides with their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance paid for.
- Assistant guide we provide above 6 people group and his expense
- One porter for every two trekkers with every cost of the porter covered by the company.
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag after trekking return to company
- Free Ambition Himalaya T-Shirts
- Comprehensive First Aid kit with guide
- Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
- Pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before the trek
- Worst case rescue and medical evacuation arrangements
- International airfare and visa processing fees.
- Cost of travel not mentioned in itinerary, emergency evacuation and insurance.
- Personal nature expenses (bars and beverage bills, dessert, hot shower, drinking water, telephone, internet, laundry, titbits etc.)
- Wi-Fi and cost of other device charging.
- Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek
- Meals in Kathmandu (also in the case of early returns and late departures)
- Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section (Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
- Tips or gratitude for guide and porter
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
Here is the list of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. Depending on the trekking route, days, season etc. these gear list can be different. Please consider with us before starting your journey. Some of these items are not compulsory and optional. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat or scarf Light balaclava or warm fleece hat Sunglasses [real ones, with true UV protection]
Under Garments, Comfortable hiking shorts, Lightweight cotton long pants, Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants [seasonal], Waterproof [preferably breathable fabric] shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks Thick, Warm wool hiking socks, Hiking boots with spare laces, Sandals [flip-flops for use after a day trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom], Gaiters [For high altitude trekking and crossing passes]
T-shirts, Light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece jacket or pullover Gloves [warmth], Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket [optional], Waterproof [preferably breathable fabric] shell jacket, Down vest and/or jacket *
One microfiber towel [most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry], Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade,* DSLR / Digital camera with spare battries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, Trekking bag with rain cover / Duffel bag,* Comfortable daypack, Trekking Poles, Water bottle / came bags, Ear Plug [rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms]
Multipurpose soap [preferably biodegradable], Deodorants, Nail clippers, Sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste [preferably biodegradable], Feminine hygiene products, Small mirror
Wet wipes [baby wipes], Tissue / toilet rolls, Anti-bacterial hands wash, Water purifier [Better than using mineral water to keep the mountain clean]
Extras / Luxuries:
Adaptors [Nepal two prong, 220 volt plug; or just an international, universal adaptor], Multi tool [Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool], Personal snacks [candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse], Sewing Kit [Sometime it’s very useful], Superglue, Books for reading on free time, Cell / mobile phone, Trail Map / Guide book,* Ipod / Walkman / Mp3 Player / Mp4 Player, Pens / Pencils and small notebooks, Games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards