Everest Cho La Pass Trek
The Everest Cho La Pass Trek is one of the most recognized treks for adventure seekers across the Everest region. Long famed for its wild route and extensive itinerary, the high pass trek is an extended version of the classic Everest Base Camp Trek, so is the perfect choice for anyone wishing to take the challenge that one step further.
This 18 day Everest base camp and Gokyo ri trek so is the ideal trek for anyone looking for a trek that gives them enough time to absorb the culture and spirituality that is routed in the region. Packed with glaciers, waterfalls and some of the world’s highest peaks – it really is an unbeatable adventure for anyone wishing to try trekking in Nepal.
It all begins with a flight to Lukla – long famed for its unbeatable views. From here we will start our journey along the Dudh Koshi River to Namhe Bazaar – the first of many local settlements that we will venture through on your journey. As well as educating you on the tradition and culture of the local community – a stop here allows you to view the biggest glacier in Nepal, ‘Ngozumpa’. On our journey to Everest Base Camp we continue trekking through Tengboche and Kala Pathar before reaching the high pass Cho la.
From the pass we head to Gokyo Ri. Peaking at 5,420m, the Gokyo Ri Valley and Gokyo Lakes are known for their beauty and serenity, and are scared for both Buddhists and Hindus alike. This will offer you your first taste of the deep spirituality that is routed in the region – a insight that will continue as we go through renowned regions like Lukla, Namche Bazar and the Khumbu district- passing natural waterfalls and visiting majestic monasteries. However the true peak of this trip is the Everest view point – sit, relax and take in the panoramic views that you have challenged yourself to reach.
My Everest trip is a respected and renowned Everest trekking company here in Nepal, with qualified and experienced guides to ensure that your Gokyo Cho la Pass trekking experience is fun, memorable and above all, safe. So for more information about the Everest trek cost or the Everest trekking difficulty, please feel free to contact a friendly member of our team. Or, if you would like to read about what it’s like to join us on this adventure, then check out our blog below.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft),O/N at 3 Star Hotel (A.D)
Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from the My Everest Trip team who will take you to your hotel. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant where we will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine with a brief cultural program.
Overnight in Kathmandu. Included: Dinner and Accommodation
Day 02: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 3 – 4 hours trek,O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
During the 30 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla you will enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. From Lukla we will start our trek with a one hour’s gradual descent to Cheplung village, from where we have a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila (18,900ft). From Cheplung, we then gradually descend until we reach Phakding and spend the night.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hours,O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
Walking through a beautiful pine forest, we follow the trail north up the valley of Benkar. We then cross the Dudh Koshi River and go on to pass the Chumoa to Monjo, the entrance to Everest National Park. Then after crossing a suspension bridge, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. A steep ascent brings us to the prime heartland of Namche Bazaar, where we can view Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 04: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
Today we will spend the day acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar, the main centre of the Khumbu region. Our guides will take you to explore the real charm of Namche Bazaar, with a hike up to Sagarmatha National Park which rewards you with a sunrise view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kongde – with the option to trek to Khumjung village (12401ft).Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Dhole (4,110m/13,480ft): 5 – 6 hours,O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
Today we start our Gokyo Valley trek with a walk that leads to Khumjung Hill and a descent to Dudh Koshi. We will reach a chorten on the ridge top at 3973m, which descends from Mt. Khumbila (5761 m) and visit Mohangla. Following this we walk downhill to Phorta Thanka, and a visit one of the most sacred Tibetan Monastery’s in the world. The trail descends in a series of steep sandy slopes taking us to Dush Koshi, Prortha Thanka and Dhola.
We stay overnight in Dhola. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 06: Dhola to Machhermo (4,470m/ 14,663ft): 4 – 5 hours,O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
From Dhola, it is an uphill climb to Machhermo. The walk follows a trail alongside a rhododendron forest and passes through a waterfall. We continue our uphill trek and pass through Labarma and Luza villages before reaching Machhermo.
Overnight in Machhermo.Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 07: Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744 ft): 4 – 5 hours,O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
We begin today by climbing a ridge for excellent views of Kangtaiga and Cho Oyu (8153 m). The valley now widens as the trail passes through Phangkha, followed by a steep trail up to Ngazumpa Glacier . We then finally reach the Goyoko Valley lakes and explore Lake Longpongo,, Taboche Tsho, Cho Oyu and Dudh Pokhari.
Overnight in Gokyo. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 08: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day – Optional Hike to 5th Lake: 6 – 7 hours,O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
We will spend this day taking rest in the Gokyo Valley – with an optional hike to the 5th lake of the Valley and Gokyo Ri, from where you can see more than 84 different mountains scaling over 6000m, as well as enjoy a view of the biggest glacier in the world, ‘Ngozumba’. Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 09: Gokyo to Thagnak (4750m/15,580 ft): 4 – 5 hours,O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
We will start the day by climbing to the top of Gokyo Ri, a steep and demanding trek that leads to panoramic views of mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. We then trek through the Ngazumpa Glacier, traverse along the edge of a mountain and walk to Thagnak.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 10: Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m/17,604 ft) to Dzongla (15,939 ft): 7 – 8 hours,O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
Today is one of the most challenging days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. The trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail, we then trek by the side of a frozen lake, before we reach the top of the pass decorated with multi coloured prayer flags. We need to pass through some ountain crevasses before we reach Dzongla Village, which provided stunning views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam and the Lobuche mountains along with the Pheriche Village far below.Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 11: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940m/16,207 ft): 2 – 3 hours,O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
This will be a very short trek so we have a lot time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. We climb down from Dzongla and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak. The trail curves through the wide river bed before reaching Lobuche, where we can spend the remainder of the day taking rest in preparation for the following day, and exploring the Khumbu glacier.Overnight in Lobuche. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 12: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594 ft): 6 – 7 hours,O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the Gorak Shep Lake, across Indian army mountaineers’ memorials, through rocky dunes, by mesmerizing moraines and along sparkling streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. From here you can soak in your sense of achievement while admiring the Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains.
Overnight in Gorak Shep. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 13: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pherice (4,288m/14,070ft) 7 – 8 hours,O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness, and set out amongst familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east. Upon reaching Kala Patthar we get to see an up-close view of Mt. Everest and enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, before returning back to Lobuche for a good night’s rest.
Overnight in Lobuche. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 14: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar: 6 – 7 hours,O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
We trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse. Wethen pass winding trails to return to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6 – 7 hours,O/N at Tea House (A.B,L D)
The trail takes a steep descent downwards, over rocky terrain. After crossing one of the Dudh Koshi River suspension bridges, the trail becomes more level and we arrive in Lukla, where we can rest and celebrate finishing our trek.
Overnight in Lukla. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu,O/N at 3 star Hotel (A.B, D)
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu, where you are free to spend the day exploring. The day will end with a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included: Breakfast, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 17: Final departure ( B)
Today is the final day of your adventure. A friendly member of our team will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.Included: Breakfast
- Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car
- Two nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu Bed and Breakfast plan
- Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in whole trekking
- Domestic flights (KTM-Lukla-KTM) with all surcharges airport taxes for guests and guide
- Trekking map
- An experienced government license holder guide
- Trekking porter/Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking
- Insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for guide and porter
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
- Travel and rescue arrangement
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)All government taxes and tourist service charge
What's not included
- Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking, allowing US$ 15 – US$ 20 per day
- Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver
- Drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
- Personal shopping and laundry etc
- Personal trekking equipments
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries
- Lightweight thermal gloves
- Small padlock to lock trek bag
- Underwear (4)
- Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
- Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
- Plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Shorts (2)
- Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
- Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
- Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Water bottles (2)
- Sun hat or scarf
- Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
- Small wash towel
- T-shirts (2)
- Footwear appropriate to the trip
- Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
- Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)
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Veltilrettelagt Trek til Cho La Pass
Det var en sand fornøjelse at gennemføre dette utroligt veltilrettelagte trek. Kunsten er jo netop at man ikke føler man følger et strengt program og det mestrede vores guide til fulde.
Trekket er en skøn blanding ag natur, kultur og traditioner og det oplagte valg hvis man ønsker at udfordre sig selv og alligevel have overskud til at nyde de smukke omgivelser.
De daglige ruter var af passende længde og jeg havde god tid til at restituere til næste dags udfordringer, idet jeg hverken skulle spekulere over overnatninger eller måltider.
Jeg er utrolig glad for at jeg valgte My Everest Trip for sjældent har jeg mødt så søde og professionelle folk, der med den største lethed og selvfølgelighed sætter deres gæster i højsædet. Jeg følte mig tryg og i gode hænder under hele mit ophold.
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Adventurous Trip to Everest
Puru promised me that this extended Everest Base Camp Trek was a good choice as I was seeking for a special adventure in the Everest region. Yes it sure was! This long trek is a great adventure and accompanied by the clever staff Puru send with me this was a pleasure. Not only is this trek a beautiful walk, I learned so much about the culture and traditions of this magnificent part of Nepal. The flight to Lukla was a thrill and visiting Namche Bazaar was fun, but nothing compares to the views of the Himalayas. I could easily have spent another week here.
I send a special gratitude to Puru and his staff. I’m sure without these guys the trip would not have been the same. High level of safety and added great fun I will always remember this trip as something very special. Starting out as client/staff, ending up as friends.
Thank you so much, hope we will meet again.
- Scenic flight to Lukla.
- Becoming acquainted with Sherpa culture .
- Namche bazzer and khumjung valley.
- Exploring Everest View point.
- Thangboche monastery
- Everest base camp
- Kalapather with Sunrise views of Mt.Everest Himalayas range.
- Cho-la pass(5360 M)
- Excursion to the fifth lake.
- Great view of Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Mt Cho Oyu and other mountains from Gokyo
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