Everest Cho La Pass Trek
A trek via Chola-La Pass to Everest Base Camp isthe perfect trekking package in Nepal that provides stunning panoramic views ofthe Himalayan mountain range from several vantage points. The trek takes you tothe mountain town of Namche and beyond into the deep mountains. Take achallenging trek along River Imtse en route to probably the most sought-afterbase camp in the world – the Everest Base Camp.
You will pass through several quaint Sherpavillages, immerse in their hospitality and culture, and see how one of the mostsecluded people – the Sherpa – have lived in the seemingly treacherouslandscape for thousands of years!
This trekking program by Himalaya Holiday Serviceis designed to give you a real experience of the Everest region – thatencompasses stunning views of Tengboche, Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam and awhole range of other mountains of Khumbu. While savoring the vista – thanks tothe fluttering colourful flags and the chilly winds – you will suddenly realizethat you are indeed at the top of the world!
The trek takes you over Chola-La Pass and furtherto Gokyo. The miraculous colours of the lake will leave you with a feeling offulfillment and a deeper appreciation of Nature. The views are fantastic andthe trip will easily remain one of the best ones you have ever taken. Detoursand stopovers will enrich the trek while providing you plenty of chances forphotography.
The trek begins with a quick flight fromKathmandu to Lukla and then a trek to the town of Namche. Namche is the place youwill find that modern amenities and facilities are available, before youventure higher up into the mountains. Some names on the map such as Dingboche,Dole, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and Kala Patthar will keep you engaged on the trackbut the truly memorable names of the trek are Cho-La Pass, Gokyo, and EverestBase Camp! These are the crowning jewels of this itinerary. These are theplaces that will make you forget everything you know about high-altitudetrekking and ingest you with a new feeling of appreciation, beauty, andgrandeur of the mountains.
On the way back to Kathmandu, you will spend acouple of nights in Lukla and Namche – the towns that are nearly, literally, atthe most secluded locations on the entire planet.
The preferred months for the trip are late autumn to early winter (October to December) and in late spring to
Fly fromKathmandu to Lukla (2,750m) and trek to Phakding (2,610m)
Head towards the airport for an early morning flightto Lukla. The 45-minute flight will take you from the busy capital city to thequiet village of Lukla. After breakfast at Lukla, trek to Phakding and enjoy apleasant night at a lodge.
Trek fromPhakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
After breakfast, begin the trek from Phakding to reachNamche Bazaar located at an altitude of 3,440 meters in Solukhumbu. The trektakes about 7 hours, and at the end of the day will get to relax in a hot bathor a hot shower before bed.
Acclimatizationat Namche Bazaar
Take a day of rest today, to adjust your bodytemperature with the altitude. We recommend you to take little hikes andexplore the village of Khumjung. Return to Namche for a good sleep as you willneed the energy for the trip ahead.
Trek from NamcheBazaar to Tengboche (3,680m)
In the morning begin from Namche and trek for aboutsix to seven hours until you reach Tengboche (3,860 m). Tengboche is the iconicvillage in the region with its monastery and the stronghold of Sherpa culture.With backdrops of Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Thamserku, this beautiful village willbe your place of stay fro the night.
Trek fromTengboche to Dingboche (4,250m)
On the fifth day, we trek to Dingboche at an altitudeof 4,250 meters. The trekking duration is around seven hours and is a mixed bagof difficulties – with some sections requiring more stamina than others. Uponreaching Dingboche, take some meal and stay overnight at a tea-house or alodge.
You will spend the day in acclimatization. Take shortwalks and tiny hikes around the village,and regain your strength for the journey ahead. The nearby Chhukung Valley is agood destination for a hike during the day. Return to Dingboche early and sleepto save on energy.
Trek fromDingboche to Lobuche (4,950m)
After a quick early breakfast, begin the trek fromDingboche. The duration you walk today is roughly about seven hours with alittle highs and lows in the terrain. Arriving at Lobuche (4,950m), you willinstantly fall in love at the ravishing beauty of Mt. Pumori and Ama Dablam.Stay overnight at a lodge.
Trek fromLobuche to Gorak Shep (5160m)
Today we trek to Gorak Shep located at an altitude of5,160 m. From Lobuche, the trekking duration is around three hours – and ismostly below-average difficulty. In the evening, we will reach the Everest BaseCamp itself – the only place on Earth where you will find a high concentrationof people wishing to climb the highest peak.
Trek to GorakShep to Kalapatthar (5,545m) and to Lobuche (4,950m)
After a quick tea or coffee early before the dawn,trek o Kalapatthar for stunning views of the mountain range. The vantage pointof Kalapatthar is at an altitude of 5,545 meters, from where trekkers can haveglorifying views and hues of the highest mountain range on the planet. Aftermemorable photography, trek to Gorak Shep for lunch and continue on to Lobucheat 4,950 meters where you will stay for the night.
Trek fromLobuche to Zong-La (4,740m)
The trek today from Lobuche to Zong-La takes aroundfive hours at a hastened pace and six hours at a leisurely pace. Today we crossthe iconic Cho-La pass from where the views are great! And then call it a dayat Zongla. Although devoid of ample facilities, a good drink of tea and a warmbed for the night is what is available at Zongla.
Trek fromZongla to Chola-La Pass (5,483m)
Today we will trek to Chola-La Pass located at 5,483mand descend to Thanga (4,500 m). Theroute is sometimes covered in snow, so extra care should be given to avoidfalling down or slipping on the tracks. Reach Cho-La Pass and look for atea-house to sleep for the night.
Trek fromCho-La to Gokyo (4,790m)
La literally means a Pass in local language. Leavingbehind the pass, our route turns towards Gokyo located at 4,790 meters. Theaverage walking duration today is around five hours at a normal pace. Once we arriveat Gokyo we will have lunch, take photographs of the deep emerald lakes, enjoythe view even more, and unwillingly, leave the vantage point to get into alodge for the night.
Trek from Gokyoto Gokyo-Ri (5,483 m)
Ri is the term used by the Sherpa to identify a lake.Climbing up from Gokyo, expect the kind of view that you will ultimately havefrom the viewpoint. Once there, a panorama of the upper Gokyo lakes, glaciersand a large chuck of the Himalayan range is what you will see. And if you beginto name the mountains one by one, you will definitely count in Everest, Lhotse,Nuptse, Makalu, and others.
Trek from Gokyoto Dole
Begin in the morning from your camp in Gokyo anddescend towards Dole. While you will notice the variations in the trackelevation, going up and down, and up and down again, will enthrall you duringthe trek. This cozy walk is what you will remember from the day of trek beforeyou go to sleep in a lodge or tea-house in Dole.
Trek from Doleto Namche Bazaar
Today you will trek for around six hours in a normalpace to reach Namche Bazaar. Passing via the village of Khumjung beforearriving at Namche, you will remember the experience you had and the views ofthe mountains that you photographed in this trekking program. Namche Bazaar isaplenty with facilities – hot bath, espresso, medical clinic, pub, and evenInternet cafes and Wi-Fi connectivity. Catch up on some social media or postyour own clips from the top of the world!
Trek fromNamche Bazaar to Phakding
Nearing the end of the trekking program, today youwill trek back to Phakding. The average walking duration is around five hoursat a comfortable pace. At the banks of the river, you will spend the night at alodge in Phakding.
Trek fromPhakding to Lukla
After a leisurely breakfast, we will start fromPhakding and trek to Lukla. Upon arriving in Lukla, you can take a walk aroundthe village, get into a restaurant for some food or simply take a drink and whileaway the rest of the day. Spend the night in a lodge.
Travel fromLukla to Kathmandu
Take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.This 45-minute flight will suddenly take you from the quietness of the mountainvillage into the busy city of Kathmandu. At the airport, representatives fromHimalaya Holiday will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. You can spendthe rest of the day at leisure shopping, dining or simply resting at the hotel.
AirporttransferDepending upon the time of your flight ahead, we willtake you to the airport a few hours before your flight – concluding this tripprogram in Nepal.