Package overview

Cho-La Pass Trekking (5420m) is another adventure high pass in the Everest region. It is situated in the northeast of Nepal, which offers the breathtaking Himalayan range from the close distance. It follows the route via high pass called Chola Pass at 5330 meters into Everest Base Camp. The route goes in circuit and takes in most amazing places Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, Cho La Pass, Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. This trail also goes through renowned regions like Lukla, Namche Bazar, Tengboche and much of the Khumbu district. The scenery is true to its fame with matching culture laced with wild adventure experiences. Hiking by the delightful Dudh Koshi River, into the capital of the Khumbu – Namche on our way up to Gokyo valley, viewing the grand Ngozumpa glacier, as we make a beeline for Cho La pass and the majestic scenery from Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar, makes our journey to remember for years to come.

Discover the hidden Sherpa culture and you get incredible hospitality. Namche Bazaar remains cultural on trekking in Cho-La pass. The serenity along with the wilderness in quaint mountains; you will never find your mind in such a peace. The stroll to the base of the world's highest mountain maps offers spectacular views of famous landmarks such as Gokyo RI and Kala Patthar. The stroll also gives us excellent views of the Khumbu Icefall. In short, it will be an unforgettable experience with the fascinating views of Mt. Cho Oyu Monastery, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori and Tengboche: the largest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The Trek to Cho La Pass is ideal for hikers who want to take on more challenges that some people do not dare to attempt.

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Trip Duration

19 Days

Max Altitude


Best Time

Around Spring

Trip Highlights

  1. The challenging altitude: Mt. Everest Base Camp (5,364m), Kala Patthar (5,550m), Chola Pass (5,420m) and Gokyo RI (5,360m)

  2. Superb views of eight thousand meter mountains

  3. High passes & tranquil view of Lakes

  4. Sunrise view over jaw-dropping mountain vista (including the highest Mt. Everest) from Kala Patthar

  5. The Khumbu Glacier (world’s highest glacier) and Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier the Himalayas)

  6. Extraordinary view of the world's highest peak 'Mt. Everest'

Details Itineries

Today we take an early morning flight to Lukla, the gateway town to the Everest trek. Flying for about 30 minutes enjoying a spectacularly beautiful view of the middle hills and mountains of Nepal, we land at the Lukla airport. Then we will meet our complete trekking crew at Lukla and proceed our trek for the day towards Phakding. After a three and half-hour’ trek on a gradual downhill trail, we reach the small village of Phakding on the bank of beautiful Dudh Koshi River. Overnight in Phakding.

Walking through a beautiful pine forest, we follow the path towards north of the Benkar Valley. Then we cross the Dudh Koshi River and continue to Chumoa towards Monjo, the entrance to Everest National Park. After crossing a suspension bridge, we crossed the village of Jorsale and lead through the rivers Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi. A steep climb takes us to the heart of Sherpa Village: Namche Bazaar. An hour interspace to Namche Bazaar, weather permitting, we can see the view of the Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. We will spend the night at Namche Bazaar.

There are many things to do in Namche Bazaar where we can spend a day acclimatizing here. Namche Bazaar is the main center of the Khumbu area and includes government offices, ATMs, cybercafés, local shops, restaurants and a colorful market. Our guides can take us to discover the true charm of the Namche Bazaar. Hiking at Sagarmatha National Park rewards with a view of the sunrise as well as view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kongde etc. If we are interested in a day hike, we will walk to the village of Khumjung (12401 feet), a beautiful village with a Sherpa colony. While exploring Namche Bazar, we observe the traditional Sherpa life, Khumjung Hillary School, and enjoy the flora and fauna found at this altitude. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Early in the morning, we hike up to Dole. Namche Bazaar to Dole is a beautiful trail. You can get clear views of snowy peaks, mountains and vegetations during the trail. The trail is perched on a rocky mountain high above the gorge of Dudh Kosi. The incredible views of Thamserku, Kongde, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Mt. Everest from the trail goes along with you as you walk to Kyanjuma. From there, the trail divides into two wings: one to Everest Base Camp and the other to Gokyo lakes. We will reach Dole after 5 hours of trek approximately. The trail passes under the shades of Rhododendron, Juniper, coniferous trees and green pastures along the trail are the grazelands of Yaks. Overnight in Dole.

Early morning after breakfast, you will be headed for Machhermo which is the way to Gokyo. On the way to Gokyo, you can get an excellent view of the valleys. It takes about 6 hours to reach Machhermo from Dole. We have to climb the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. Ngozumpa Glacier is one of the major places of attraction - the world’s second largest glaciers. The trail is highly scenic and peaceful. Passing through the trails you can smell the fragrance of Scrub Junipers. Look deep down and you’ll see Dudh Koshi. Then the trail continues to Macchermo. Upon aarival at Machhermo, we can see an enthralling view of Mt. Thamserku. We will spend the night at Machhermo.

After breakfast in the early morning we commence the trek with a gentle climb through a ridge Chorten. The views of the pleasing mountains and down valley both are impressive. Then we reach Pangka, where more than 40 people were killed by an avalanche in 1995. Following the trail, we reach to the river bed and climb steadily through the moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. We cross the first lake at Longpongo, then TabocheTso and finally to the third lake beside the Gokyo valley, which is a shimmering blue lake. Overnight at Gakyo.

Today is the day for acclimatization in Gokyo. Today we hike up to Gokyo Ri through the steep rocky trail early in the morning to see the amazing views of Gokyo village. Gokyo Ri is an excellent view point in Everest Region the White Mountains: Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and the vicinity peaks. Ngozumpa glacier stretches to a long line around the Khumbu glacier. We also hike to the fourth and the fifth Gokyo lakes. From this place, the views of the Gokyo Lakes and valleys can be seen clearly. It is also an acclimatizing hike that we can have a better journey through the technical high pass over the Cho La. Then we descend to the Gokyo valley. Overnight at Gokyo.

After breakfast, we climb out of the Gokyo village to a ridge then trek through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Next, traverse along the edge of that mountain and then meander into Dragnag. It will be a short hike today with an afternoon of rest which will prepare us for long hiking days and elevation gain to come. Overnight in Dragnag.

Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice may cause trouble by making the trail slippery.  The trail from Dragnag climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, we reach at the top of the Cho La pass decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Zongla Village. The village provides great views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche mountains along with the Pheriche Village far below. Overnight in Zongla.

This will be a very short trek so we have a lot time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. We climb down from Zongla and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak. The trail curves through the wide river bed before reaching Gorak Shep. We can spend the rest of day taking a rest which will help us prepare for the next day’s long trek. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures. We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is recommended that we visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. As the setting sun's rays strike the snow-capped mountains, the resulting scenery is incredible. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

We walk on a trail today with a lot of ups and downs. We descend through a hillside filled with rhododendron and juniper trees. While trekking we can admire good views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. We walk downhill to Debuche and cross the Imja River to reach Pangboche. We choose the upper Pangboche trail and admire the Himalayan vista and the Pangboche Monastery. We continue our walk to the Imja Valley and Lobuche River before ascending to Dingboche. It is a picturesque village with beautiful barley, potato and buckwheat fields complete with grazing animals dotted along those fields. Overnight at Dingboche.

Spending a few hours in Dingboche will help us to acclimate to the high altitude. Today you will have the necessary preparations, including the essential equipment and gears in advance before climbing. This is a short day, about a 2 hour hike from Dingboche we arrive to Chukhung. The trek is short because of the gain in altitude up a steady incline as well as the fact that Chukhung is the last villages with facilities before Island Peak Base Camp, Chukhung Ri and the route up Lhotse. Despite the short distance the views of surrounding peaks and snowy terrain are breathtaking and some of the best in the world for high altitude scenery. Around the beginning of our trek today we enjoy the company of the mighty Himalayas on all sides. The valley begins to narrow as we come closer to Chhukung. From Chukhung we can also view Lhotse Glacier. Overnight in Chhukung.

Mt. Chhukung Ri peak is located in the Sagarmatha National Park region of Nepal. It forms part of what is known as the Khumbu Three Peaks, these are Pokalde peak, Island peak and Chhukung peak. Chukkung Ri base camp is considered as adventure trekking in Nepal and in the world. Himalaya Chukkung Ri has breathtaking scene and very adventurous topography, Mt. Chukkuung ri is one of the best destinations in Nepal. The magnificent views of the dramatic South Wall of Lhotse and surrounding Himalayan giants makes this one of the great hikes in the world. Overnight in the Camp.

After breakfast, we trek via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000 m/16,404 ft). Climbing Kongma La Pass is the most difficult part of our hike today. At Kongma La, we see cairns wrapped in prayer flags to mark the pass. Then we gradually descend to the Imja Khola valley, followed by another descent to Chhukung, a small summer village. Overnight in Chhukung.

Chhukung is also the starting point for the Island Peak Climbing. Now we are getting closer to the Himalayan civilization of the Khumbu Region. The Imja Khola joins the Dudh Koshi River a little above the Pangboche Village. There is a famous monastery at Pangboche believed to have been the oldest in the Khumbu region. From Pangboche, we descend down the alpine desert and back into greenery of pine forests. The path leads to a steep uphill climb into Tengboche. We pay our visit to the famous Tengboche Monastery. Overnight in Tengboche.

From Tengboche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Namche Bazaar. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar where we want to take a long last look back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche. The final steep climb traverses the hill side take us to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazzar.

The path descends steeply, so we must walk carefully while our trembling legs continually struggle against the rocky terrain. After crossing bridges over the fast flow of Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the path becomes flatter and more natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch our legs and recall the experiences of the last days. Overnight in Lukla.

We fly early back to Kathmandu after our long trek. Once we land in Kathmandu, we can take a hard long break. Your adventure in Nepal ends today. There is nothing to do but exchange e-mails with your fellow travelers and organize your photos. On the way back, you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. We wave a good bye until we meet again.

What's Included

  • Airport/Hotel pickups and drops in a private luxury vehicle
  • Accommodation 3-star hotel in Kathmandu or in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • All ground transportation by private vehicles.
  • All accommodations in a standard guest house during the treks in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with the cultural dance performance in the evening.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Luxury Holidays Nepal's sleeping bag, T-shirt, duffle bags, city and trekking routes maps - if necessary.
  • All government taxes and official expenses including  entry permit fee.

What's Excluded

  • International airfare (See the international flights page)
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
  • Travel insurance (See the travel insurance page.)
  • Soft drinks including water
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks.
  • WiFi internet and phone call unless its free.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected).