Everest Chola Pass Trek

Everest Chola Pass Trek
  • Trip Grade
  • Max Altitude
    5545 Meters
  • Group Size
    1 - 12 People 
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Best Time
    March to May & Sept - Dec 
Top Seller
All Inclusive Price: $1,720USD

Trip Overview

Everest Chola Pass Trek is recognized as one of the best extensions for the standard EBC Trek. It combines the standard route of Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lakes by crossing the Cho La Pass at 5,520 meters.

The trek takes you across some of the most significant landmarks in the Khumbu region. Along the trail, you’ll enjoy the company of the majestic Himalayas, remote Sherpa villages, colorful monasteries, tranquil lakes, icy glaciers, and beautiful landscapes.

Unlike the standard EBC Trek, the Everest Chola Pass Trek allows you to scale two of Nepal’s most famous viewpoints — Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri. Besides that, this trek rewards you with the spectacular sight of  Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Nuptse, Pumori, and many more. On this trek, you’ll get to stand at the shore of the turquoise Gokyo Lakes and savor the beauty of the three lakes.

Apart from the natural beauty, Everest Chola Pass Trek combines spiritual and cultural elements of the Khumbu region. Along the trail, you’ll have the opportunity to encounter the rustic lifestyle of the Sherpa community and experience their royal hospitality. Moreover, this trek takes you to the ancient Buddhist monastery of Tengboche to have a deeper understanding of their religion and culture.

The 19-Day Everest Chola Pass Trek begins with an electrifying flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Trudging past the famous Sherpa villages — Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche — you’ll make your way towards the foothills of the mighty Everest. From the base camp, you get to relish the other-worldly sight of the Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Icefall, and the surrounding mountains.

Next morning, you’ll hike to the summit of Kala Patthar at 5,545 meters, where you can witness the glorious sunrise rising above the Himalayan panorama. After that, you’ll descend toward the village of Dzongla. After that, 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. In a nutshell, Everest Chola Pass Trek ensures a once-in-a-lifetime experience with natural, cultural, and spiritual encounters.

Highlights of Everest Chola Pass Trek

  • Opportunity to fly in and out of Lukla on a truly electrifying flight experience.
  • Cross a high mountain pass — Cho La Pass at 5,420 meters.
  • Hike to two of Nepal’s most popular viewpoints — Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri.
  • Stand at the base of the mighty Mount Everest.
  • Stand at the shore of the Gokyo Lakes and enjoy the tranquility.
  • Get a glimpse of Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Icefall, and Ngozumpa Glacier.
  • Visit the ancient Buddhist monastery at Tengboche.
  • Relish the marvelous sight of the rugged mountains, including Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Pumori, Makalu, Thamserku, etc.

Everest Chola Pass Trek is slightly more strenuous and technical compared to the standard Everest Base Camp Trek. 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 at Nepal Hiking Team 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.


Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 3 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 05: Namche Bazar - Everest View Hotel - Return

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 08: Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 10: Trek to EBC (5364m/17594ft) then back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft) Duration: 8 hrs

Day 11: Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep then Dzongla (4830m/15840ft) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 12: Trek to Dragnak/Thangna (4700m/15415ft) via crossing Cho La pass (5420m/17780ft) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 13: Trek to Gokyo lakes (4790m/15710ft) Duration: 2-3 hrs

Day 14: Hiking to Gokyo RI (5483m/19083ft) and trek to Dole (4200m/13775) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 15: Trek to Namche (3440m/11285ft) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 18: Leisure day

Day 19: Farewell

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 & Dates

  • Small Group Journey
  • Private Journey

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Ray MalikAustralia

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Charlotte English London, United Kingdom

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.

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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

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