Chola Pass Trekking
- Country: Nepal
- Trip grade: Difficult
- Destination: Everest
- Activities: Trekking
- Accommodation: Guest Houses
- Meals: B - Kathmandu, B, L, D - Trek
- Maximum altitude: 5545M
- Group size: 1-10 Pax
- Best Season: Spring, Autumn
- Sensational views of array of high snow capped mountains.
- Dramatic landscapes, verdant high valleys.
- Buddhist culture, warm-friendly hospitality of high landers, pristine lakes.
- Breathtaking view points, in the heart of world's heritage 'Sagarmatha National Park' and on the foot of world's number one Mt.Everest".
Gokyo -Cho La pass trekking is one of the adventurous treks in the Everest region. This trek includes Gokyo Ri, Cho La pass and Everest Base camp and is also known as Everest circuit trekking.
It offers you the most panoramic Himalayan scenery which includes the views Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Nuptse 7855m, Mt. Makalu 8463m, Mt.Cho Oyu 8201m, Mt. Pumori 7161m, Mt. Changaste 7550m, Mt.Lingterin 6679m, Mt. Amadablam 6856m, Mt. Thamserku 6723m, Mt. Kantega 6685m, Mt.Kusum Khagaru 6367m, Mt.Kongde 6011m, Mt. Gyanchung Kang 6937m, Mt. Khumbila 5761m (God of the Khumbu), Mt.Twache peak 6367m, Mt. Cholaste 6335m, Island peak 6179m, Lobuche peak 6145m, Pokalde peak 5806m, Honku south peak 6119m and so many. The Sherpa culture and their traditions, unique vegetation and wildlife are the other essences that have harmonized this area. Gokyo Ri 5350, Cho la pass 5420m , Kala pattar 5545m and Everest base camp 5500m are the main vantage point of this trek.
Day 01: Meeting upon arrival at Kathmandu International airport by our representative, transfer to Hotel.
This is your first day in Kathmandu. Our airport representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to designated hotel in the city. Depending on your flight times you have the day free for exploration or visit the local streets of Kathmandu. In the evening you will be meeting with your guide and have introduction with him. The evening is free. Overnight at hotel
Day 02:Kathmandu flight to Lukla trek to Phakding (2610m).
Transfer to domestic airport and 30-minutes flight to Lukla. The trek begins gently up by the river side, along excellent paved footpaths, passing a multitude of teahouses and scattered green conifers. Phakding at 2,610 m, is a pretty village comprising approximately 35 houses. It is roughly a 3/4-hour walk from Lukla and is located at both sides of Dudh Koshi River. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 03:Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m).
The day will begin with breakfast and walk to Monjo, another beautiful Sherpa settlement of the trek; official entry into the Sagarmatha National Park where you will have to show your permits, at the check point in Monjo.The walk to Namche Bazaar involves a tough uphill climb of about 590m, taking approximately 5/6-hours,As gateway to the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar, at an altitude of 3440meters, is famous for its many bakeries and local market which takes place each Saturday. Built on a steep mountain bowl with excellent views of high Himalaya on the side, the town has restaurants, shops, banks and currency exchange. There are also availability of cyber cafes and pool halls. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 04:Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m).
It is important to walk to higher altitudes while you stay two days in Namche bazaar. There are options here either to trek to Khumjung where you can visit the local area and to Thame village of Sherpa Everest expediters and syangboche, above the airstrip is the Everest view hotel, which was set up by the Japanese to bring affluent tourists into the region for a prime view of Everest. The scheme was brought down by the fact that the hotel was at nearly 4000m and many suffer from altitude sickness. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 05:Namche Bazaar- trek to Dole (4090m).
Today the trail at first slightly climb up for a while up to the Chor camp at Namche Bazzar then continue easy level walk to kyangjuma 3550m. Along the way from chor camp at Namche bazaar to kyangjuma you may enjoy incredible view of Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m), Khumbi La (5765m) and Kwangde Ri (6011m). From kyangjuma the trail follows for a while easy level walk through Rhododendron forest to sanasa .There is three way directions from where one way right hand side leads to the direct Everest base camp trek and another way up ward left hand side leads to the Gokyo valley trek. From here the trail steep climb up approximately one and half hour to reach at Mongla danda (3978m) where there are a few teahouse and a chorten so you may rest here for a while and enjoy magnificent view of Mt. Ama dablam including many mountains. The trail from Mongla danda descends in steep bends trail to Phortse thanga (3680m). From Phortse thanga you will meet two trails one higher route left hand side lead to Gokyo valley trek and lower trail right hand side lead to Phortse village. From after Phortse Thanga the trail climbs steeply through and junipers forests then after small part level walks before to reach at Dole (4090m).Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 06:Dole trek to Machhermo (4410m).
The trek from Dole to Machhermo you will climb gradually along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu (8201m) while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega (6783m) and Thamserku (6623m). You are walking through Lhabarma (4330m), Luza (4340m) and finally reach at Machhermo (4410m). Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 07:Machhermo trek to Gokyo (4750m).
Today trek from Machhermo to Gokyo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down valley to Kangtega and up towards to Cho-Oyu (8201m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m then descends to the river bank before beginning the climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first small lake Longponga (4650m) where a family of Brahmin ducks has resided for many years. After first lake the trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake known as Taujung (4710m) and continue trek to Gokyo Lake (4750m). Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 08:Day Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m).
Early in the morning we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo RI (5357m). There are stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu mountains range, such giants as Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7879m), Makalu (8481m), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m) and Gychung Kang (7922m). After enjoy the beautiful views at Gokyo Ri then return to Gokyo (4750m) overnight at guesthouse.
Day 09:Gokyo trek to Thangna (4700m).
Today trek from Gokyo lake the trail bit ascends then after trail smoothly up and down in glacier after that about forty five minutes smoothly descends along the valley to reach at Thangana (4700m) known as base camp of Cho La Pass. Along the trail you will see the fine views of mountains and natural beauty. It is really wonderful trip from Gokyo Lake to Thangna,in Thangna only basic and limited teahouse facilities are available. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 10: Thagna trek to Dzongla (4830m) over the Cho La Pass (5368m).
Today is going to be one of the tough days, the 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 add trouble to the trekkers making the trekking trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a narrow valley and a rocky trail we climb up continuously up from Phedi. As we gain height, the view gets increasingly captivating before us. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the Cho La pass (5368m) decorated with prayer flags. Famous mountains we get sight of during the trail on the Pass and from the top are Kyajo Ri, Tengkangpoche, Numbur, Kangchung etc. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soar on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. After the Cho La pass, the trail descends steeply towards the Dzonglha (4,830 m)here are few basic teahouse facilities. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 11:Dzongla to Lobuche (4910m).
Today you don’t have to walk longer and also not hard trail from Dzongla to Lobuche so you can enjoy the trip after crossing the Cho La Pass (5368m). The trail is descends and ascends gently and level walk finally you reach at Lobuche (4910m). This trip is providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse, Everest, Pumori, Lobuche peak etc. Lobuche is a small village situated nearby the stream and the sunset on Nuptse is a memorable sight.Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 12: Lobuche trek to Gorak Shep (5140m) & Everest base camp (5364m).
The trail follows western side of khumbu valley ascends gently through meadows nearby the glacial moraine after that ascends and descends in the rocky path with some rounding the bands. Along the way you can enjoy incredible views of Pumori (7167m) Lingtren (6713m), Khumbutse (6639m), Nuptse (7879m), Lobuche east (6090m) as well as Khumbu glacier and icefall. After finishing several bands you will a bit descends to Gorak Shep (5140m). After reaching Gorak Shep you may have your lunch and leave your bag pack at teahouse then start your journey to Everest base camp (5364m). You will spend about 4 hours trek up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak shep. The trek trail is on glacier and snow capped rocks. You can also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp. There are several mountains including Pumori (7165m), Khumbutse (6639m), Nuptse (7879m) and Lhotse (8516m). The most impressive view from Everest base camp is the Khumbu icefall. After enjoying beautiful moment at the Everest base camp then return back to Gorak Shep. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 13: Hike to Kala Pattar (5545m) then trek to Dingboche (4410m).
Today early in the morning from Gorak shep hike up to Kala patter for magnificent view of the numerous Himalaya as well as breathtaking view of sunrise. The trail from Gorak sheep to Kala patter at the beginning steep climb up approximately half an hour reach the flat land where have been attending Nepal government cabinet meeting regarding the issue of the global warming in 2009.it was first cabinet meeting in such a high place in the world. Aftermath the trail steep climb with lots of bends finally you reach at kala patter after that about 50 meters steeply with rocky climbing to summit the main Kala pattar (5545m). Today you may see excellent view of sunrise on the Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7879m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak(6495m) Lobuche peak (6090m) , Lingtren (6713m), Khumbutse (6639m), Lho La ,south col, changste as well as Everest base camp, Khumbu Icefall and few lake. Once you are at the kala pattar you may feel you are touching Mt. pumori and close-up view Mt. Everest. Finally the dream comes in true then will return back to Gorakshep have a breakfast continue trek heading down through Lobuche, Little further from lobuche you will cross the river comes from Everest base camp and khumbu icefall then you will meet two trail where one way left hand side goes to Dingboche and lower one right hand side goes to Pheriche . Trek through left hand side leads flat and smoothly descends to Dingboche (4410m).Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 14: Dingboche trek to Tengboche (3867m).
The trail from Dingboche descends the valley then cross the Khumbu Khola bridge and climbs to rejoin the upward trail at some stone huts near Orsho. After that the trail leads slightly descends to Orhso continue level walk to Somare then slightly descents and a bit ascend for a while then level walk to two way junction where one trail higher right hand side goes to Phortse village via upper Pangboche and another lower trail left hand side goes to Tengboche (3867m). Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 15: Tengboche trek to Monjo (2835m).
Today we trek back along the Dudh Kosi River through a magnificent rhododendron forest and past brilliant waterfalls. Shortly before reaching Namche, the trek takes us through a pine forest, where musk deer often graze in the early morning. Arriving in town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpas, and Tibetan people and again you reach in Namche bazaar. After Namche the trail descend to Larja dobhan (confluence of two rivers) though the pine forests before you reach at Larja Dobhan you may get last opportunity to see Mt. Everest and Lhotse. After cross the bridge at Larja Dobhan the trail descends for while and then walk along the Dudh Koshi River. Re-cross the Dudh Koshi continue level walk to Jorsale. Beyond the Jorsale the trail leads a bit ascend after that re-crosses the suspension bridge then short steep climb to Monjo (2835m). Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 16: Monjo trek to Lukla (2840m).
From Monjo the trail leads descends for a while and cross Dudh kosi over the suspension bridge then short easy level walk to Benkar. After Benker the trail follows a bit up and down and level walk along the Dush kosi valley then after re-crossing the suspension bridge you reach at Phakding (2610m). Beyond Phakding the trail follows a short descends continue level walk for a while then short steep climb up passes several Buddhist setups at Ghat village. Aftermath short steep climb up to Thado kosi and a bit descends re-cross the small bridge then climb up a short distance after that finally you re-crosses last long suspension bridge of your trek. The trail after the long suspension bridge follows the up wards route as far as Chablung, and then turns off towards Lukla. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 17: Lukla flight to Kathmandu (1350m).
In the morning, we take the tiny aircraft to flight from Lukla to Kathmandu which is very interesting scenery flight journey on the earth. After arrival in Kathmandu airport we drive you to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu.
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Transfer to international airport, departure on your own destination.
Today our airport representative will come to meet you at the hotel to escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your final departure.
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