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Chola Pass - Everest Trekking -

Chola Pass - Everest Trekking -

Chola Pass - Everest Trekking  

16 Days of breathtaking scenery over incredible mountain passes


For those seeking the ultimate of Everest adventure, the Everest Trekking – Chola Pass offers the finest opportunity to explore the incredible altitudes of the Everest region.

The Everest Trekking – Chola Pass Trek features trekking to an altitude of 5330 meters. All through this trek are awe-inspiring skyline views of not only Mt. Everest (elev. 8,848 m), but other sky-scraping peaks including Mt. Lhotse (elev. 8516 m), Mt. Pumori (elev. 7,161 m), Mt. Nuptse (elev. 7,855 m), Mt. Changaste (elev. 7,550 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (elev. 6,856 m), Mt. Lingerin (elev. 6011 m), Mt. Twache Peak (elev. 6,367 m), Mt. Kantega (elev. 6685 m) plus many more. These snowcapped massifs form a protective ring around Mt. Everest like knights guarding their queen.

The journey also includes an opportunity to climb Mt. Gokyo RI (elev. 5480 m). Mt. Gokyo Ri is considered to be a trekking peak, which means that no special equipment is needed to climb this mountain for an incredible view of the Mighty Himalayas. From here, you look down upon glaciers, sacred lakes, waterfalls, terraced farms and picturesque Sherpa villages.

The Everest Trekking – Chola Pass features an opportunity to totally immerse yourself in the culture of the Sherpas as well as Mt. Everest. There are hidden Buddhist monasteries to visit along with a opportunities to take tea with the local people on their front verandas of their traditional houses. You will get a chance to mingle with visitors and locals in the Sherpa capital village of Namche Bazar before moving off onto paths far less traveled by visitors where you will see donkeys and yaks moving goods through the mountains. In many places, you will be the only visitor you may encounter; instead interacting with the local people who go about their business as they have done for centuries here on the roof of the world.

This incredible adventure begins in Kathmandu where you will spend a day exploring the ancient city and its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is also a day to prepare for your trekking journey into the Everest region.

You will have an opportunity to visit Everest Base Camp as well to travel through the picturesque Gokyo Valley. But the highlight will be when you ascend to the top of Chola Pass (elev. 5,330 m). You will stand there on the top of the pass and behold the incredible, breathtaking views of the myriad of snowcapped mountains.

The Everest Trekking – Chola Pass is one of the most exciting as well as challenging treks we offer at Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks. These 19 days will give you the finest experience of the Everest region as you see incredible mountain views, climb a trekking peak and discover the wonderful culture of the Sherpa people.

Be sure to talk to your representative at Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks about this incredible trip. Our well trained guides will guide you for an excellent adventure on this trek. Be sure to ask about the Everest Trek – Chola Pass adventure as you consider all of our treks for Nepal, Tibet and beyond.

Make Everest your next adventure as you discover the incredible beauty of the Himalayas.


Chola Pass - Everest Trekking - Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1400m.)
Day 02: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2656m.)
Day 03: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m.)
Day 04: Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day 3440m.)
Day 05: Namche Bazaar - Dole (4084m.)
Day 06: Dole - Machhermo (4410m.)
Day 07: Machhermo Rest Day
Day 08: Machhermo - Gokyo (4750m.)
Day 09: Rest day - Ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m.)
Day 10: Gokyo - Thangnak (4690m.)
Day 11: Thangnak - Chola Pass (5350m.) - Jhongla (4780m.)
Day 12: Jhongla - Gorakshep (5184m.)
Day 13: Gorakshep - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5357m.) & return to Gorakshep
Day 14: Gorakshep - Pangboche (3985m.)
Day 15: Pangboche - Namche (3450m.)
Day 16: Namche - Lukla (2800m.)
Day 17: Lukla - Kathmandu (Fly)
Day 18: Departure

The above program can be tailor made as per your request, We can adjust the program as per the time and interest such as we can add Rafting, Chitwan National Park, Paragliding in Pokhara, jeep flyer, Mountain flight in Kathmandu and many more. We can use morning 8 am flight to Pokhara, which is only 30 minutes flight so we can make short trip to Pokhara also after the Everest Trekking. Please do not hesitate to write us your interest; we will make the itinerary to suites your needs. 

Everest Trekking - Chola Pass - Cost Included

Accommodation as per Different standard of your choice in City and simple lodge or Tented Camp at Trekking.
English Speaking Trekking Guide & porter.
All the ground transportation as per Group Size & standard of Tour/Trek starting to end of Tour or Trek.
Every day 3 Meals Trekking portion. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner),
Camping Trek Our Cook prepare & Tea House Trek will provide on local Lodge.
All fees on Trek.

Cost Excludes

Travel Insurance, All the expenses of personal nature, drinks,
lunch and dinner city portion,
tipping, all the Delay due to weather, situation beyond our control
Nepal Visa, (USD30 for 15days) and Airport Tax etc.


Chola Pass - Everest Trekking  - Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1400m.)
After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative at the airport and afterward s/he will transfer you to hotel. You will be in brief described about your tour and check in to the Hotel. Rest of the day is all yours and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2656m.)
From Kathmandu, you will take the unbelievable striking flight early in the morning to Lukla (2827m.), for 40 minutes, one can have a close view of massive mountains adjacent to Nepal and China (Tibet). Reaching there, in the afternoon, you begin your walk by moving down to the Dudh Kosi River and take the main track to Namche Bazaar, situated just over Chaunrikharka (2713m.). The trail is easy and after coming across the tiny village of Ghat(2550m.)  you have a short walk to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 03: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m.)
From Phakding, you move ahead with a minor climb to Jorsale you get ahead of a waterfall. Now, the path are combined with splendid forest of rhododendron, giant firs and magnolia trees. Subsequently, you walk to Namche coming across few bridges and then go up quite a few hundred meters, a vertical descent and another steeper climb through the forest. You trek for 4 hours today and stay at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day 3440m.)
You have an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar today for becoming habituated to the height. Namche is a well off village located in a large sheltered hollow. Above the village, there lies the national park headquarters where you can take the chance to observe both the sunrise and sunset views. The amazing panorama includes superb scenery of the Khumbu peaks and arresting views of Everest. After breakfast, optionally you can either go for a walk towards Thami (3810m.) over the eye-catching Bhote Khola River Valley or go to the national park headquarters to view the unique Sherpa lifestyle and culture.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar - Dole (4084m.)
You depart from Namche Bazaar after having a day rest. Today you will have a glance of captivating scenery as you follow the major track north out of Namche. The path to Everest moves down the hill, you turn here and ascend to traverse the Mon La before arriving at Phortse Tenga past the rhododendron and birch forest ornamented with hanging lichens and mosses. Moving ahead from Phortse Tenga, the path ascends abruptly to Dole. Walking for around 5 hours, you stay at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 06: Dole - Machhermo (4410m.)
You climb gradually from Dole today beside the valley where the rhododendron jungle yields ahead as the elevation increases. Outstanding views of Cho Oyu, while back downhill the gorges are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. You have have only 4 hours walk today and you will reach at Machhermo. Overnight stay at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 07: Machhermo Rest Day
You have another acclimatization day in Machhermo.  You have many options to visit around in Machhermo and just on top of the village there is an outstanding surrounding view of Cho Oyu (8210m.) and the peak which borders the Ngozumpa Glacier. Tonight in Machhermo.

Day 08: Machhermo - Gokyo (4750m.)
Today, leaving off Machhermo, you head for seeing the lakes at Gokyo, the melt-water rivers which pours down the west part of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You traverse the three attractive Lakes and come across the third lake known as Dudh Pokhari and on the East shore lays the settlement of Gokyo. Walking beside the lake, you will perceive the vista of glorious summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. You trek for 3 hours today and stay at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 09: Rest day - Ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m.)
You today trek for two hours early in the morning to witness captivating sunrise sight with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Nuptse and many more ranges of Himalayas. An improved view than you witness from Kala Pattar. Overnight at lodge in Gokyo.

Day 10: Gokyo - Thangnak (4690m.)
After having an acclimatization day, accustomed with the high elevation, you depart Gokyo to traverse the Ngozumpa Glacier. You move down to the second lake and go down to the glacier. The way crosses the glacier which is marked by cairns and is fairly well defined. You trek for 2 hours today. And overnight at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 11: Thangnak - Chola Pass (5350m.) - Jhongla (4780m.)
From Thangnak, you begin early in the morning since you need to trek for around 7 to 8 hours today. You come across Cho La Pass (5350m.) and you also have a long way down to arrive at Jhongla. Moving further up the valley, you traverse a ridge and an old sideways moraine, prior to beginning the unsteady jumble to go by. Then, from the pass there are superb views, transversely to the Ama Dablam to the south east and Rolwaling Valley in the west. Tonight at Trekkers Lodge in Jhongla.

Day 12: Jhongla - Gorakshep (5184m.)
Setting off from Jhongla you move to Kala Patthar, the track moves on to follow the gorge alongside the Khumbu Glacier, presenting wonderful views of the adjacent mountains. Later in the afternoon, you craft your way to the peak of one of the finest viewpoints in the Khumbu, Kala Pattar (5549m.). Then,  you trek back to your camp at Gorakshep. You trek for 4 hours and stay at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 13: Gorakshep - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5357m.) & return to Gorakshep
From Gorakshep trekking for around 4 hours you reach to Everest Base Camp.Your path comes across the Khumbu Glacier which sets the way between roughly lucid ice peaks and passes the crevasses. On your return, you opt for a higher way to get a stunning view of the Khumbu icefall and the way to the south Col and reach to Gorakshep. You spend night at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 14: Gorakshep - Pangboche (3985m.)
Today, the trail from Gorakshep moves downward passing Lobuche to Duglha and arrives at Pheriche. After having your lunch you traverse the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and go behind the Imja Khola to the community of Pangboche. You trek for 5 hours today. Overnight at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 15: Pangboche - Namche (3450m.)
From Pangboche, you walk beside the river and, after coming across you make your way up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. From Tengboche you move down to the bridge above the DudhKoshi at Phunki Tenga and then you return back to Namche.  You walk for around 5 hours. Tonight at Namche.

Day 16: Namche - Lukla (2800m.)
From Namche, you today follow the Dudh Koshi and arrive at Lukla. You take around 6 hours to trek today. Stay at Trekkers Lodge.

Day 17: Lukla - Kathmandu (Fly)
You wake up early in the morning to be all set for the arrival of your airplane for the flight back to Kathmandu. On onset in Kathmandu you are transferred back to your hotel.

Day 18: Departure
Our airport representative will transfer you to the airport for your way back home.

Trip Duration: 18 days inlcuding Kathmandu

Country: Nepal (Everest region)

Trip Start from: Kathmandu

Trip Ends at: Kathmandu

Total Nights in Kathmandu: 3 nights

Trip Grade: moerate
Per day walking/Hiking: 4- 7 hrs
Minimum Group Size: from 1 Person & above
Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Cultural and religious Tour
Maximum High Altitude: 5549m at Kalapattar
Meals during Trip:  Breakfast in City & all meals during Trekking
Accommodation during Trip: Hotels in Cities, Lodges/Guest Houses in trek
Mode of Transportation:  Private Comfortable Car/van/Hiace & domestic Flights
Best Travel season: March - June, September - December
Trip Route: Kathmandu- Lukla-Namche- Dole- Gokyo Ri- Cho la pass- Gorakshep- Machermo- Pangboche- Namche- Lukla- Kathmandu

Clothing and equipments

Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.


1. Boots

Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.

2. Track shoes

A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.

3. Jacket

Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.

4. Shirt and Sweaters

Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.

5. Trousers

A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.

6. Underwear

Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.

7. Tracksuit

A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.

8. Sleeping Bag

As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)

9. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve

Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.

10. Personal First Aid Kit

You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)

11. Hat/ Glove/ Sandle/ Shocks/ Underwear

a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.

Equipments and Accessories

a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph

Trip Photos

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