Everest Cho La pass Trek

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:19 Days
  • Trip Grade:Strenous

Trip Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • 35-minute flight over the Himalayas of the Everest region.
  • Mesmerizing views of sunrise from Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri.
  • Visit the Gokyo lakes, which are the highest freshwater lake system in the world.
  • Visit the largest monastery in the Everest region- Tengboche Monastery.
  • Close views of various mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Tawache and others
  • A trek inside Sagarmatha National Park- a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site
  • Cross Cho La pass
  • Picturesque villages along the way.
  • Hospitable and friendly locals in the Everest region.

Tour Overview

Everest Cho La pass trek is one of the best treks in the Everest region. It takes you to Everest Base Camp, the wonderful valley of Gokyo, and across the mountain passes of the Everest region including Cho La pass.

You will get to some of the most picturesque villages in the Everest region in this trek organized by Nepal Hiking Adventures. These villages include Monjo, Lobuche, Dingboche, and Gokyo. These villages are set amongst the backdrop of some delightful mountains in the Everest region.

Gokyo Cho La pass trek also gives you close views of some of the tallest mountains in the world including Cho Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8516 m) and Everest (8850m). Other smaller peaks like Tawache, Nuptse, Gokyo Ri, Island Peak, Ama Dablam etc. will also make your trek pleasant.

You will cross a mountain pass- Cho La pass (5420 meters)- along the way. The mountain pass is an excellent vantage point to view the mountains of the Everest region.

Besides these passes, you will also get some great views of glaciers and icefalls in this region. The Khumbu glacier, Ngozumpa glacier (the longest glacier in the Himalayas), and Cho La glacier are amongst the most popular glaciers you will go to in the Everest Cho La trek.

After you trek back from Everest Base Camp, you will head out to the gorgeous valley of Gokyo. This settlement is home to Gokyo Lakes, which are the highest freshwater lake system in the world. You will also scale Gokyo Ri, which is a small mountain that gives you spectacular sunrise amidst the mountains in the Everest region.

You will also get to learn the awesome culture of the Everest region as you village the Tengboche monastery. This is the largest monastery here. The monastery apart from the religious significance also is popular for the panoramic views of the mountains.

Everest Cho La pass trek by Nepal Hiking Adventure is the ultimate trekking destination for everyone looking for the mesmeric beauty of everything the Everest region has to offer to travelers here.

Detail Itinerary

Your point of entry to Nepal will be Tribhuvan International, Kathmandu. You can meet our representatives from Nepal Hiking Adventure outside the airport terminal. They will hold a display sign that reads “ Nepal Hiking Adventure” so that you can locate them better.  Our representatives will also help you transfer to your hotel. You can relax in the hotel or you can go for a stroll around beautiful small towns in Kathmandu like Thamel.

Our representatives will meet you in the morning to discuss about the trip. In this briefing, they will give you information regarding the trek like the weather, difficulty, what you need to expect during this trip etc. You can meet your guide and meet the various members of our trip.

After this pre-trip meeting, you will got for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu is a temple with many UNESCO World Heritage Sites that make for excellent sightseeing tour.

Pashupatinath Temple, which lies on the banks of the river Bagmati, is one of the holiest sites in Kathmandu. The main temple is two-storeyed with other small monuments and pilgrimage surrounding it.

Boudhanath and Swayambhunath are two Buddhist temples you will go to in this trip. These two temples give you a glimpse into the Buddhist culture. The peaceful setting of these two monasteries are sure to delight you in this trip.

Finally, you will also head out to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. These squares are full of various temples like Krishna Mandir, Hanuman Dhoka, museums and other smaller temples. All of them are perfect representations of the architecture of Nepal in the medieval period.

Today, you will take a flight to the starting point of your trek- Lukla. You will take an early morning flight to Lukla. This scenic flight, which will be your first opportunity to view the gorgeous Himalayas of the Everest region, is 35-minutes long. After you land in Lukla, you will meet your porter and guide. After that, you will embark upon your trek.

The initial portion of the trekking trail from Lukla descends to Tharo Koshi. This river is also known as Kusum Kangru Khola (river). You will cross this river on a suspension bridge and trek uphill to Phakding (2804 meters). The duration of your trek from Lukla to Phakding is 3-4 hours.

You will head out to Namche Bazaar this day on a 6-7 hour trekking journey. As you leave Namche Bazaar, you will descend to Dudh-Kosi river. You will cross the waters of this river which you will cross on a suspension bridge. The trail takes you along this river as you ascend and descend the small hills along the way. As you are trekking, you can see some wonderful views of Mt. Thermasarkhu (6,608m).

A couple of hours of trek from Namche Bazaar will take you to the village of Monjo. The entrance of Sagarmatha National Park lies in this village. After you enter the National Park, the trail leads you downhill to Jorsalle village. Walking further, you will cross the Imja Tse river on a suspension bridge.

From the Imja Tse river, the trail takes you uphill to Namche Bazaar(3440 meters), where you will spend your night. Namche Bazaar is often referred to as the Capital of Sherpas. It has some wonderful spots from where you can catch amazing glimpses of Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Kusum Kanguru, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Tawache.  

Today, you will spend your time strolling to the various parts of Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is more than 3000 meters in altitude. So an acclimatization day reduces your chances of catching altitude sickness. In order to acclimatize, we have organized a few optional activities for you.

There is a small hiking trail in Namche Bazaar that takes you to the headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park which lies in the top of a hill. You can get some amazing views of the mountains of the Everest region.

You can also go to the historical museum of Sagarmatha National Park Museum this day. The museum answers a lot of queries you might have with regards to the culture, religion, mountaineering history, flora, fauna etc. of the Himalayas. It will take you about 3-4 hours today for completing the hikes around Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

You will head out on a 5-6 hour journey to Tengboche (3860 meters) from Namche Bazaar this day. A 20-minutes hike from Namche Bazaar will take you to the top of a ridge. This ridge, which is at the top of Namche Bazaar, is a beautiful spot to look at some mountains and enjoy the beauty of Namche Bazaar.

A gentle descent through some winding hills will take you to a village called Phungitenga (3,250m). This village lies in the middle of an alpine forest in Sagarmatha National Park. Various species of blue pines, rhododendron, magnolia and birch trees make up a significant portion of this forest. After trekking for around 2 hours from Phungitenta, you will reach the resting place for today which is the village of Tengboche.

Tengboche Monastery is the best tourist destination in Tengboche. This is the largest which is the largest monastery in the Everest region and has its ties to the Ringboche Monastery in Tibet. Delightful panoramic views of various mountains like Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse etc gives a majestic touch to this monastery. You can observe various forms of rituals in this monastery, especially in Mani Ripdam festival.

You can enjoy some wonderful sunrise in Tengboche as the sun rises over the panoramic mountains here. After breakfast, you will head out to Dingboche. The initial part of today’s trek is downhill as you walk through forests that are full of rhododendron, birch, and pine trees. You can also see mountains like Mt Ama Dablam, Mt.Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse as you trek. After crossing this forest, you will cross the narrow gorge of Imja-Tse river on a bridge before heading out to Pangboche village (3,900m). The trail from the gorge to Pangboche village is a gentle uphill.

After you leave Pangboche, you will reach the beautiful village of Shomare, which offers you some close-up views of Mt. Ama-Dablam. The trail from Shomare is on the North Eastern side leading to Imja Tse valley. Finally, the trail from Imja Tse takes you to Dingboche. The trek up to Dingboche (4400 meters) is 5-6 hours long.

Dingboche is the first destination in your trek where you will cross an elevation of 4000 meters. At such a high altitude, you have a lower amount of oxygen than low altitude regions. So you will spend this day acclimatizing in Dingboche.

A short hike up to Nagarjuna Hill will be a perfect way to spend this day. The Nagarjuna hill is a popular spot in Dingboche to observe the astounding beauty of Lhotse, Nuptse, and the Everest. Island Peak and Chukung Ri are two of the smaller peaks in the Everest region whose glimpses you can have from Dingboche. You can also stroll around Dingboche village on your own.

You will head out to Lobuche(4910 meters) today on a 4-5 hour trekking journey. After leaving Dingboche, you will trek to a prayer ridge. This ridge is a beautiful spot from where you can get wonderful views of Pheriche village as well Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokalde, Kongma-Tse, Mt. Makalu and the great wall of Nuptse. Trekking further from the ridge will take you to Thugla. A strenuous trek from Thugla and you will get to a ridge at Thugla pass.

Like all other ridges, the ridge at Thugla Pass offers wonderful views of mountains. Thugla Pass also has some memorials of mountaineers who died on the way to climbing Everest. A one hour uphill trek from Thugla Pass and you will reach Lobuche village, which lies at an altitude of 4900 meters. Lobuche lies near the foot of the Khumbu glacier. The name of the village derives out of the names of peaks like Lobuche Far East, Lobuche West, and Lobuche West.

Today you will trek to the Everest Base Camp, which has an altitude of 5,357 meters. The initial one hour of the trek is quite gentle. After a gentle trek for about an hour, you will walk along a steep rocky moraine on your way to Gorak Shep. As you walk in the moraine, you will be able to see glacial ponds and icebergs of Khumbu glacier. The trail from the moraine to Gorak Shep is a gentle descent.

After a much needed break in Gorak Shep, you will head out to Everest Base Camp. You will walk along rocky dunes, moraine, and streams on your way to Everest Base Camp. From the Base Camp, you will get the best views of Mt. Khumbutse and Khumbu glacier and Khumbu Icefall. After spending some quality time in Everest Base Camp, you will head back to Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep, you will descend to Dzongla (4710 meters). Today’s trek is 8 hours long.

Today the hike starts quite early in the morning. You will head out to Kala Patthar to get some of the most splendid views sunrise. You will head out on a one hour trek to Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep. The views of the sun rising over mountains like Mt.Pumori, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and other peaks from Kala Pathar will be something you will cherish all your life.

After the hike to Kala Patthar, you will descend to Gorak Shep and have your breakfast. After the breakfast, you will descend further as you lose more than 1000 meters in altitude. Finally, you will get to the village of Dzongla (4620 meters). Today’s trek, including the hike to Kala Patthar and back, is 6-7 hours long.

As you head out to Thangna(4650 meters) from Dzongla this day, you will trek along level track in the beginning. A further walk through these fields takes you to a parched valley. The path up to Cho La pass from there is quite challenging as you have to trek a steep, icy uphill.The trail then descends to Phedi on a different path. After trekking for 5-6 hours, you will get to Thangna (4350 meters). Thangna is a quaint village with delightful views of mountains including Machhermo peak.

After leaving Thangna, you will head out on a glacial route to the river Dudh Koshi. From Dudh Koshi, you will walk along an easy trail without many uphills to Gokyo (4750 meters). After covering a distance of 8 kilometers today and trekking for nearly 6 hours, you will reach Gokyo. In Gokyo, you will walk past the first an second lakes and get to your lodge near the third lake. The third lake is also known as Dudh Pokhari. On clear days, the turquoise waters of the Gokyo lakes and surrounding beauty is simply amazing.

Today is the third day of acclimatization in your trek. On this day, you will head out to various viewpoints in Gokyo. The first of these viewpoints is the trek to the fourth, fifth, and sixth Gokyo lakes. These lakes lie to the north Gokyo. The lakes of Gokyo and the water from the glaciers of this region make up the water of the Dudh Koshi river.

The trail to the viewpoints in the Gokyo region is a gentle uphill trek for approximately three kilometres. Firstly, you will get to the north of the village to Thonak Tsho (4,870m/15,980m). From there, you will get head out to Ngozumpa Tsho (4,980m/16,340ft) and finally to Scoundrel’s viewpoint (5,000m/16,405ft).

Scoundrel’s viewpoint provides close-up views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. The trek back to Gokyo from these viewpoints lasts around 2 hours. You will descend 200m as you get back to Gokyo. You can also head out north along the path to the Cho-Oyu Base Camp if time permits. This lies at the northern part of the sixth lake. You can see the surrounding peaks and Nagpa La from the smaller peaks around this region.

The second major viewpoint in the Gokyo region is Gokyo Ri. It lies opposite to Gokyo valley on the northern side. You will trek for 2 hours to get to Gokyo Ri. The summit of Gokyo Ri has a lot of prayer flags. You can get panoramic views of mountains like  Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, the north face of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cholatse, Taboche, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Kanguru amongst others. Gokyo Ri also overlooks the longest glacier in the Himalayas- Ngozumpa Glacier.

You will trek back to Gokyo for breakfast at the hotel. From your hotel in Gokyo, you will follow the trail alongside the Dudh Koshi river. The trail takes you along various pastures. After trekking for 8 hours covering a distance of 8 kilometers, you will reach Machhermo (4410 meters).

As you descend 1000 meters in altitude on your way to Namche Bazaar, your hike will be mostly downhill. You will cover a distance of 10.8 kilometers trekking for 6-7 hours today. The trail initially descends to Phortse Tenga. From there, you will walk along rhododendron, pine, and local incense forests of Sagarmatha National Park. From the forests, you will trek uphill Monglo. From Monglo, the trekking trails to Khumjung is gentle. A gradual descent Khumjung will take you to Namche (3440 meters).

This will be the final day of trekking as you head out to Lukla on a 5-6 hours journey. The trek is mostly downhill which makes today’s trek one of the most pleasant in in the entire trip. As you walk, you will get outside the premises of Sagarmatha National park before eventually reaching to Lukla. You will spend your final night in the Everest region in Lukla. You will also have your final dinner with your guide and porter today.

You will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu this day. If the weather is not quite clear for a flight, you might also have to wait for a delayed flight. This 35 minute scenic flight will be your last chance to catch the views of the mountains of the Everest region. Our representatives will help you transfer to your hotel after you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport.

This will be your final day in this awesome country of the Himalayas- Nepal. We will drop you at the airport a couple of hours before your scheduled flight. Before leaving for the airport, you need to confirm that you have secured tour air ticket as well as other travel related documents. We wish you have a wonderful departure back home. We can also arrange for another trip in Nepal in case you want to.


Additional Info

Best Time for Everest Cho-La Pass Trek

The best time to come for the Everest Cho La pass trek are the seasons of Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November).

Spring and autumn seasons have perfect trekking conditions. The rainfall is low and the sun shines only moderately. Also, the wind that blows is also mild in these months. All of these make these two seasons popular for trekking.

Winter (December, January, and February), despite some cold is also a wonderful time for the Everest Cho La pass trek. If you pack properly to keep the cold away, you can enjoy some off-season discount in the winter as well as the most wonderful mountain views.

Summer might be tricky due to wet trekking trails. But you can complete this trek with proper planning and gear.

Everest- Cho-La Pass Trek Difficulty

Everest Cho La pass trek is a moderate trek in the Everest region. The high altitude you will encounter, snowy trails, as well as high number of trekking days makes the Everest Cho-La pass trek a bit more strenuous than other moderate treks in the Everest region.

The Everest Cho La pass trek is 19 days long. You will trek for 16 days crossing the mountain pass of Cho La pass. You will also encounter many ridges along the way.

There will be plenty of uphills during this trek. Sometimes the trails are also icy as you walk along moraines on your way to the passes and Everest Base Camp.

So it is mandatory for you to exercise for a 3-4 months prior to coming for the Everest Cho La pass. You must not only train physically but also prepare yourself mentally by completing a few hikes before attempting this trek.

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