Everest Chola Pass trek is a combination of everything that the Everest region of Nepal can ever offer. Combine Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo lake and Chola pass; your Everest Cho La pass trek is ready! As you walk along the trail to Everest Base Camp, you will experience the lush landscape, forests, monasteries, people, culture, mountainous lifestyle, glaciers and glacier lakes. Above all, your walk to the Everest Base Camp will be an achievement; a trophy for lifetime. Not to forget, the adventure of crossing the Cho la pass! This adventurous trek offers you the best views of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Pumori and many more.
Everest Chola Pass Trek begins from the buzzling town of Kathmandu. The noise and crowd in the capital city is completely different from what you will experience in the Base Camp, Chola pass and Gokyo Lakes. The serenity along with the wilderness in quaint mountains; you will never find your mind in such a peace. An exhilarating flight to Lukla takes you to the Khumbu region of Nepal. As you hike up along the Dudhkodhi region, you enter in to Sagarmatha National Park and move ahead to Everest Base Camp via Namche. The trail again leads us into a valley with turquoise coloured Gokyo lakes. The splendour of the longest glacier Ngozumpa glacier along will the Gokyo lakes from Gokyo RI is mesmerizing. Also, the thrill of crossing the icy trail along Cho La pass is an exciting experience.
Nepal Hiking Team lets you experience the thrill of being on top of the world with climb along Gokyo RI and adventure of crossing Chola Pass. It is a nerve shaking experience however the outstanding views of mountains, glaciers and glacier lakes will soothe your senses to keep you going. Come along and join Nepal Hiking Team to experience the isolated communities in the mountainous region with the wild scenery of mountains in its own undisturbed habitat. We preach to making your journey a memorable one!
- 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
- 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
- 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
Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will explain the program upon arrival. Overnight at hotel
Day 02 : Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley including: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 03 : Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 3 hrs
Early morning transfer to airport for Lukla flight. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters! Trek to Phakding with green landscape & view of Kusum Kangraru. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hrs
We follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05 : Namche Bazar - Everest View Hotel - Return
This is a day for acclimatization; we will hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m), the supposed to the highest airport in the world. Then continue climbing to Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache etc. On the way back visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06 : Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Duration: 5 hrs
The flat and easy trail leads towards the view of Mt. Everest, then descends deep into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka; from here it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Tengboche Monastery (3860m). It is the spiritual center of the Khumbu; the climb is long, but more than adequately compensated by views of Mt. Amadablam and on a clear day, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07 : Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Duration: 5 hrs
Descend through a beautiful forest then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m); perhaps today is the most interesting trekking because you will not lose altitude like on other days and you will enjoy views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse & other peaks; the route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the 'summer valley'. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08 : Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return
This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100m. After breakfast you ascend Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The foot path becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically challenging day : ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude there are good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day you could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley. After a short rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche : the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch you should take a well-deserved rest, afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will spend a second night in Dingboche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09 : Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Duration: 5 hrs
Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla, passing the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m), staffed by western volunteer doctors and supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association which offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. Continue up the valley, gaining altitude. Come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10 : Trek to EBC (5364m/17594ft) then back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft) Duration: 8 hrs
After a short climb through meadows, look down on the Khumbu Glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapattar - the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After couple of hours we will get at Gorekshep, and continue our journey to Everest Base camp. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be a tiring portion- but the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hrs of hiking you will arrive at Base Camp and enjoy views of the Khumbu Glacier and icefall, where Everest expeditions begin. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11 : Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep then Dzongla (4830m/15840ft) Duration: 7 hrs
The day starts with a hike up to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft), the best viewpoint to witness Mt. Everest and the spectacular Himalayan range. Then trek back to Gorekshep for hot breakfast and then descend to Dzongla. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12 : Trek to Dragnak/Thangna (4700m/15415ft) via crossing Cho La pass (5420m/17780ft) Duration: 7 hrs
We begin the day by climbing to Chola crossing over and descending once more to Thanga. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 13 : Trek to Gokyo lakes (4790m/15710ft) Duration: 2-3 hrs
We trek to Gokyo Lake crossing over Ngozumpa Glacier (the large glacier in the Himalayan 36 Kilometers in Length). Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight at this juncture. After lunch, you may explore around the Lake, Dudh Pokhari. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 14 : Hiking to Gokyo RI (5483m/19083ft) and trek to Dole (4200m/13775) Duration: 7 hrs
Gokyo Ri is the highlight of this trip. Early morning, we hike up to the Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak). Climbing to Gokyo Ri is obviously strenuous as it is steep up and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. But even from the trial scenery of Gokyo village on the edge of third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Ngozumpa Glacier are mind blowing. We feel like we are surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. Sight of sunrays kissing the Everest that towers over all surrounding peaks is unlike from Kalapattar (from Kalapattar Nuptse seems taller). Our Gokyo RI visit will be unforgettable life time memories. We trek down to Gokyo. Upon breakfast we trek to down to Dole. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 15 : Trek to Namche (3440m/11285ft) Duration: 6 hrs
Descend to Phorste Tenga (3680m/1270ft) and complete steep climb to Mong- la Danda (4940m/16200ft), again we descend to Kyangjuma (3550m/11645ft) then easier trail to Namche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 16 : Trek to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hrs
The trek continues along the Dudh Kosi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 17 : Fly back to Kathmandu
30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 18 : Leisure day
Spend the day in Kathmandu, to rest or to explore, as per your inclination. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 19 : Farewell
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport.
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During September 2010, me and my two colleges from medical school completed the Everest high passes trek + Island Peak summiting during a 25 day period 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 on arrival at Kathmandu international airport we were welcomed and transported to the hotel which we were staying at before taking off to the mountains. (Hotel Del-Annapurna, one of the finest hotels in Kathmandu housing all 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 etc.
Everyone reacts different 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 which is familiar with altitude sickness, because this can happen to anyone if not being careful enough.)
Food and accommodation was way over our expectations. Every day on the trek we got to chose 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 go 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 Nepal Hiking Team again.
If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.