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    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Durations
      19 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Mx.altitude
    • Group Size
      Min. 1 Pax
    • Best Time
      March to May & Sept - Dec

    Trip Overview

    Are you looking for a trek to the Everest region via a high pass? If yes, we have a trekking package- Everest Chola Pass Trek for you. It combines the standard route of Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lakes by crossing the Cho La Pass at 5,520 meters.

    The most interesting feature or landmark of this trek is the Gokyo Lake. The Gokyo Lake is a sacred holy lake that is situated near the village of Gokyo. On a sunny day, the lake shines bright blue and looks stunning. Every year in Janai Purnima Festival, the Hindu devotees take a bath in the lakes and worship Lord Vishnu and Shiva.

    Additionally, the views from Cho La Pass is also something to look forward to. As you ascend to the top, you can see the views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Mt Everest, and other surrounding mountains.

    Continuing, the journey takes you across other exciting landmarks in the Khumbu region. It has so much to offer, from the majestic Himalayas, tranquil lakes, icy glaciers, Buddhist monasteries, and beautiful landscapes are never seen before.

    Major Highlights

    • Immerse yourself in the rich culture by visiting the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.
    • Hop on an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
    • Enter the Sagarmatha National Park, home to various flora and fauna.
    • Cross high soaring suspension bridges on the way to Namche Bazaar.
    • Walk around and explore the Sherpa Museum. 
    • Visit the largest Buddhist monastery- Tengboche Monastery, and sit with the monks for the evening prayers.
    • Cross a high mountain pass — Cho La Pass at 5,420 meters, and gaze at the beautiful views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse and other ranges.
    • Hike to two of Nepal’s most famous viewpoints — Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri.
    • Explore the base of the mighty Mount Everest.
    • Roam around Gokyo Lake and take beautiful pictures of the lake.
    • Get a glimpse of Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Icefall, and Ngozumpa Glacier.
    • Enjoy the marvelous sight of the rugged mountains, including Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Pumori, Makalu, Thamserku, etc.

    When is the best time for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Trek?

    You chose a trek for you; now, what is the next step? Well, after choosing the trek, you now need to choose the most favorable time of the year to pack for this trek. I know it is confusing, but we are here to help you.

    Nepal has four seasons- Spring, Summer/monsoon, Autumn, and Winter. The ideal seasons are Spring and Autumn. These seasons lie in March-April ( Spring) and Autumn ( September-November).

    The Spring season is characterized by sunny days and clear days. If you book during this season, you’ll enjoy the views of the mountains more clearly. Likewise, in the autumn season, sunny days and breezy weather will make your hiking more interesting.

    If you are considering the winter season ( December- February) and summer/monsoon season( May-August), the path will mostly be muddy, wet, and slippery in the snowy season. Trekking during the winter season is not recommended due to the chances of heavy snowfall. This will result in the blockage of the routes. Trekkers may face a high level of difficulty, and there are possibilities of severe injuries.

    Difficulty Level

    Is the Everest Chola Pass Trek difficult? Well, the trek can be rated as moderate to strenuous in difficulty. Only those who are physically fit and healthy can book this trek. However, we are still encouraging beginners.

    Beginners can also choose this trek by following some measures. You must hike regularly and include cardio exercises in your everyday routine to prepare for the trek.

    The trails have steep uphill and downhill terrains, especially in Tengboche, Chola Pass, and a way to Lobuche. Hence, you must exercise regularly and target your thigh and leg muscles to fit perfectly for the hike.

    Moving ahead, your maximum altitude is 5644m at Kala Patthar. This high altitude level can increase the risk of suffering from high-altitude sickness. Since you’ll be trekking above 5,000 meters, coping with the elevation is a must, and prior experience is preferred.

    However, you can set out on this memorable journey with our team of experts and live a lifetime’s worth of experiences. Although this is not an easy trek, we will cater to your needs with years of experience and expertise. We assure you that our field staff will handle the logistics and accommodation with concern during the trek.

    Route Overview

    The 19-Day Everest Chola Pass Trek begins upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport; one of our staff will be waiting for your arrival to greet you with a “Nepal Hiking Team” sign board. He’ll then escort you to the hotel in Kathmandu.

    Then, a sightseeing tour will be organized in Kathmandu, followed by a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla the other day. You will pass through villages like phakding and Monjo from Lukla to Namche Bazaar. In Namche Bazaar, you can rest and acclimatize to the weather. This is the first acclimatization day when you can check how your body responds to the altitude. Then, you’ll pass through Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche — you’ll make your way toward the foothills of the mighty Everest. You can enjoy the other-worldly sight of the Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Icefall, and the surrounding mountains from the base camp.

    The following route leads from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp. You’ll be mesmerized by the fantastic views of the Everest Base Camp, where you can click so many pictures with your group members. After that, you’ll descend and stay at Gorakshep. We’ll start an early morning hike to Kala Patthar at 5,544 meters, where you can witness the glorious sunrise above the Himalayan panorama. After that, you’ll descend toward the village of Dzongla.

    Then, you’ll cross the Cho La Pass at 5,420 meters, stay overnight at Dragnak, then head towards the Gokyo Valley. Then, you’ll hike to another vantage point of Gokyo Ri to enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas.

    You’ll then descend to Lukla after walking past Dole and Namche Bazaar. Finally, you’ll catch a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla Airport to conclude the trek.

    Alternative Trek

    Are you looking for other trekking locations besides the Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Trek?

    If you are, you need not worry. We have several packages that you can choose from.

    In our recommendation, we have Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp Trek ( No Chola Pass). This trek has no Chola pass, making it less complex than the one mentioned above. The 19-day trekking package is rated moderate in difficulty level; therefore, regular hikers can also opt for this trek.

    Secondly, if you want to add another pass, you can look at Everest Base Camp with Chola and Renjo La Pass Trek for 21 days.

    Did you like any of the packages mentioned above? If you do, please send us an inquiry so that we can organize this trek for you! Everest Chola Pass Trek is indeed a wonderful trek that you surely need to experience.


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    Cost Includes

    • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
    • Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
    • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; we provide private bathrooms with hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
    • Seasonal fruits during the trek
    • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
    • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
    • Duffle bag for the trekking
    • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
    • Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medical kit
    • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
    • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
    • Government taxes & office service charge

    Cost Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
    • Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
    • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, fanta etc.
    • Snacks and other personal expenses
    • Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla
    • Personal trekking equipments
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

    Cost and Date

    September, 2023


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      Travellers‘ reviews

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      5.004 ratings
      • EBC with Chola Pass and Gokyo lake pass

        My name is Charlotte and I have just returned from EBC with Chola Pass and Gokyo lake pass starting the 26th October, ending 14th Nov. Guide was Netra.

        I want to say a BIG thank you so Nepal Hiking Team. The trip was perfect from start to finish. As a young female solo traveller I was a bit worried about the trip but it exceeded expectations and I felt extremely comfortable the entire trip. My tour guide Netra was absolutely amazing with me and my trip wouldn't have been the same without him. He went above and beyond to make sure everyone was happy.

        He had a difficult job with my group with 2 being very sick and me with tonnes of energy, yet he managed the group very well and never once did I feel left out or overlooked.

        He was also very knowledgeable and was very patient with our neverending questions. He was also extremely helpful in every way - making sure everyone had enough water, that we were okay, letting us know if we needed anything he was there (and he meant it).

        I genuinely cannot put into words how Amazing he is at his job.

        The porters were also incredible. The younger porter we had on the group nearly became like a second guide, taking me under his wing if I was a bit faster than the other two. He went out of his way to say hello any time he seen us and he became an important part of the experience and the group. I couldn't have done it without either porters but this one porter really made the experience.

        The younger porter definetly needs a promotion to guide because he was quite simply incredible.

        The staff you have at Nepal hiking team need massive recognition and deserve a lot of praise.

        So thank you for the trip of a lifetime! Read my review on TripAdvisor...

        - Charlotte English
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        - Excellent
        Mr. Charlotte English 
        GB   |   13th Nov 2022
      • Everest Base Camp + Gokyo Lakes trek

        My wife and I did a private Everest Base Camp + Gokyo Lakes trek in April 2022. We were recommended Nepal Hiking Team by a friend and they were incredibly helpful from start to finish. They were very responsive when ever we had any questions before our trip, and everything was handled very professionally. They also helped us with other logistics in Nepal once our trek had finished.

        We had an absolutely incredible time on our trek and would recommend it to anyone. This trip has been on our bucket list for a long time and it didn’t disappoint. A lot of this was down to our guide, Dinesh. He was extremely knowledgable about the region and the different mountains etc., and was always very cheerful and was great at raising morale!

        When my wife suffered from a slight headache after reaching EBC Dinesh was super helpful and was able to quickly come up with a slightly different route meaning she could recover but we still ended up completing the trek. If you get the chance to be guided by Dinesh then you will definitely have a great time!

        Read this review on TripAdvisor.

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        - Excellent
        Ms. Alistair C
        GB   |   17th Aug 2022
      • Amazing trip to Everest Base camp, Chola Pass and Gokyo Lakes

        From our first communication, Ganga the Managing Director was responsive and extremely helpful. We arrived in Nepal late at night and were met personally by Ganga and escorted to our hotel where he assisted us in checking in. The next day we were taken on a tour of Kathmandu, then had a team briefing to explain the process for the trek and to meet our head guide, Bhim Adhikari. Our trek commenced the following day and throughout the entire trip our team of porters and our guides were attentive, personable and supportive. Bhim was outstanding and it felt as though every other guide and porter knew him or knew of him. Our assistant guide Tilak, along with our porters Meg Raj, Okil, and Ram Lamichane did everything they could to ensure we were safe and enjoying our trip.

        Unfortunately a few of our hiking group became ill with altitude sickness and were evacuated, however once again Bhim, Tilak, the porters and Ganga ensured they were supported and safe.

        Base camp, Chola Pass and Gokyo were stunning and most certainly worth the time and effort taken to see and experience them. Thank you NHT for your excellent organisation - it was a pleasure to trek with this company.

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        - Excellent
        Mr. Peter and Velvet Kelly
        AU   |   5th May 2017
      • Excellent services & wonderful services

        In September 2010, I and my two colleagues from medical school completed the Everest high passes trek + Island Peak summiting for 25 days with Nepal Hiking Team (NHT).

        Without hesitation, I give NHT my highest recommendations. I recommend NHT to everyone intending to visit Nepal thanks to their friendliness, helpfulness, knowledge, and professionalism.

        From the moment of arrival at Kathmandu international airport, we were welcomed and transported to the hotel where we were staying before taking off to the mountains. (Hotel Del-Annapurna, one of the finest hotels in Kathmandu, housing all the thinkable facilities needed. And with an outstanding breakfast buffet:-)

        At every step of this trip, we were extremely well taken care of. We were provided with a highly experienced and very good English-speaking mountain guide. Thanks to his huge experience we got loads of nice information about the local people, the landscape, the mountains, etc.

        Everyone reacts differently to high altitude, and our guide was very careful to make sure that we were feeling well every day while ascending further up the mountains. He had all knowledge necessary to notice and treat/prevent altitude-related problems.

        (As a 5th-year student of the Medical University of Gdansk (Poland) I believe it is essential that you get a guide who is familiar with altitude sickness because this can happen to anyone if not careful enough.)

        Food and accommodation were way over our expectations. Every day on the trek, we got to choose whatever we wanted from the menus at the local tea houses. Every night we were accommodated in very comfortable beds. At the summiting of Island Peak, we were provided with an excellent climbing guide and good climbing equipment.

        We are all very much looking forward to going back to Nepal to explore other regions of this amazing country, and when we get back, we will be very happy to be clients of the Nepal Hiking Team again.

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        - Excellent
        Ms. Martin Lundén
        SE   |   20th Sep 2016