Chola Pass Trek
Gokyo Chola pass trek combine with Everest base camp is just categorized under the challenging trek of Everest region Nepal. Gokyo lakes combine with Chola pass trek provides an opportunity to explore the lifestyle of the Himalayan Sherpa people, their religion, customs, and traditions.
Gokyo Chola pass hikes and to Everest base camp and Kala Patthar trek itinerary is one of Nepal’s most demanding treks are recommended for the experienced trekkers. Furthermore, Gokyo valley with Chola pass trek you will have the best scenery of Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m, Mt. Pumori 7161m, Mt. Nuptse 7855m, Mt. Lingterin 6,679m.
Besides that, Mt. Changaste 7550m, Mt. Amadablam 6856m, Mt. Thamserku 6723m, Mt. Kantega 6685m, Mt.Kusum Khagaru 6367m, Mt.Kongde 6011m, Mt. Khumbila 5,761m, Mt. Cholaste 6335m, Mt. Twache peak 6367m, Island peak 6179m, Lobuche peak 6145m, Pokalde peak 5806m, Honku south peak 6119m.
Gokyo valley traversing through delightful valleys, crystal clear blue and green pristine lakes, world’s biggest ice glacier called nogazompa glacier dominated by nearest mountains of Everest Himalaya range. Gokyo Lakes is a holy pilgrimage place for both Hindu and Buddhists. Gokyo Chola pass trekking can be done anytime (except winter) throughout the year.
Why people choose Chola pass trek?
Gokyo chola pass and Everest Base Camp Trekking is perhaps most dramatic and picturesque scenery in the Nepalese Himalaya. You will have face to face the view of Mount Everest 8,8,48m / 28,933 feet. The journey goes further walking through forests, hills, Buddhist Monasteries, and tiny villages. The trail offers comfortable accommodation run by local Sherpas. The trek includes all meals, road-head transport, services of English speaking local trekking guide and porters to carry the luggage. You will only need to carry a day-pack and you can walk at your own pace.
The Chola pass trek highlights
Abundant flora and fauna, Sagarmatha national park Museum in Namche Bazaar, Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries, Syangeboche hill station – Gokyo ridge and Kala Pattar hill station offers perhaps the best view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Majestic Thamserku and much other snow-capped mountains within 360 deg angle.
Gokyo chola pass trek grades
Gkyo valley chola pass and the base camp trek is suitable for all ages trekkers as you don’t need any previous trekking experience. If you are healthy and can walk about 5 hours daily, you can complete this trek. However, daily jogging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Along the routes, you can walk at your own pace, with plenty of stops for water drinking and resting.
Mount Everest chola pass trek covers
Lukla – Namche Bazzar – Syangeboche Hill station- Gokyo lakes – Gokyo ridge – Kalapatthar hill station – Tengboche monastery.
Best season to explore Gokyo chola pass trek
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December.
Gokyo chola pass trek itinerary outline
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 : World heritage sites seeing. Trek preparation.
Day 03 : Fly to Lukla (2886m/9,437 ft). Trek to Bengkar (2698m /8,822 ft.), 5 hours
Day 04 : Trek to Sherpa down town (3440m/11,249 ft.), 6 hours
Day 05 : Trek to Khumjung (3789m) via Sengboche hill, 3 hours
Day 06 : Trek to Dole village (4040m/13,211 ft), 6 hours
Day 07 : Trek to Machhermo village (4150m/13,571 ft), 4 hours
Day 08 : Trek to Gokyo village (4750m/15,533 ft), 5 hours
Day 09 : Gokyo valley and glacier lakes excursion day !
Day 10 : Trek to Thagnak (4661m / 15,241 ft), 5 hours
Day 11 : Dzongla (4830m/15,794 ft) via Cho La Pass (5330m/17,429 ft), 6 hours
Day 12 : Trek to Lobuche (4930m/16,121 ft), 4 hours
Day 13 : Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,540 ft) , 7 hours
Day 14 : Hike to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,132 ft). Descend to Pheriche (4243m.), 9 hours
Day 15 : Trek to Tengboche (3867 m/12,645 ft.) , 6 hours
Day 16 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/12,249 ft), 5 hours
Day 17 : Trek to to Lukla (2886 m/9,337 ft.), 6 hours
Day 18 : Scenic mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 19 : Final departure from Kathmandu.
Gokyo chola pass trek itinerary details
The chola pass trek 14 days trip to Gokyo lakes combine to Everest base camp passing over Chola is usually, 14 days itinerary compared to most walks in this region leading up to the Khumbu glacier. The particular route has designed for world travelers who wish to hike to the Gokyo ridge and Kalapatthar crossing over Chola pass but are restricted time-wise. For travelers who wish to reach the Gokyo valley and Everest base camp crossing over Chola pass in a more relaxed manner can try this itinerary however if this itinerary is not fit you than send us an inquiry for tailor-made itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you a briefing about Gokyo Chola pass trek.
Day 02: World heritage site of Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; including visits to the pilgrimage sites of Hindus Pashupatinath temple, the world biggest Bouddhanath Stupa, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with the temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess) in central Kathmandu. Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2886m/9,437 feet). Trek to Bengkar (2698m /8,822 ft.), 5 hours
We take an early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, upon arrival at Lukla, we would be refreshed in one of the hotels and then start our trek to Phakding (2640 m). We trek following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla peak (5885m) can be seen on the opposite bank. During the journey, we pass several Sherpa villages such as Ghat, Phakding, Tok Tok and finally we reach Bengkar village.
Day 04: Trek to Sherpa downtown (3,440m/11,249 feet.), 6 hours
The trail climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. We continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village Monjo. We then come to the Sagarmatha National Park office where a park entrance fee is to pay. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this valley where the major river meets each other. Crossing over the Hillary bridge, the trek begins steep ascent to Namche Bazar. On the way, we would have excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.). Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, sherpa downtown Namche Bazar (3440m) is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods.
Day 05: Trek to Khumjung (3,789m/ 12,390 feet) via Sengboche hill, 3 hours
We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Sengboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments) and hill station. We go to a hill station to have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde, and much other snow-capped mountains within 360 deg angle. Then we walk further to Khumjung village which is the largest village in Khumbu, at the foothill of the sacred peak Khumbila. We can also visit the Khumjung monastery. It is a small settlement of Sherpa community.
Day 06: Trek to Dole village (4040m/13,211 feet), 6 hours
After having a day acclimatization day in Namche, we continue our trekking to Dole by following the same route to Basecamp until Sanasa then trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you will see panoramic views of various mountains. You trek steeply descend passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens.
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo village (4150m/13,571 feet), 4 hours
After Dole, the trek leads steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku.
Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4,750m/15,580 feet), 4 hrs
After Machhermo, the trek leads over a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes.we soon arrive at the second lake, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.). The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari will appear and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, we will arrive at Gokyo village.
Day 09: Gokyo valley and glacier lakes excursion day !
Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. Today, we will walk around the glacial lakes. An optional trip will be to discover 5th lake on your day trip but if you are only physically fit. You can also hike to Gokyo ridge to get a splendid view of the tallest Himalayas within 360 deg angle
Day 10: Gokyo to Thagnak (4661m/15,241 feet), 5 hours
We trek down from the Gokyo Valley to Thagnak. Along the way, we experience the Himalayan culture and life. We cross the crevasses glacier and reach the lateral moraine at a far. The village is just below a small cliff.
Day 11: Trek to Dzongla (4830m/15,794 feet) via Cho La Pass (5330m/17,429 ft), 6 hours
We leave Tagnag following the path alongside the stream through the yak pastures. On the way, we can see the Cho La. As you cross cho (5,420m.) and when you are on the top the views are superb. Walk further to Dzongla where you can stay overnight.
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4930m/16,121 feet), 4 hours
Leaving Dzongla, ascend up 20 minutes up, and then gently follow the path to Lobuche village. Overnight stay at Lobuche.
Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,540 feet) , 7 hours
Having breakfast at Lobuche, we trek to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (5140m.). It is the most rewarding section of the trek. Our trail winds up through the rocky path and Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Cho-La, and Khumbutse appear just next to you. Visit Everest Base Camp and come back to Gorakshep.
Day 14: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,132 feet). Then to Pheriche (4243m.), 9 hours
We trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4,243m.). Early morning, we get ready to climb Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of sunrise. We would see Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more from Kala Patthar. Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post is available at Pheriche health post where foreign volunteer doctors are providing medical treatment.
Day 15: Pheriche to Tengboche (3867 m/12,645 feet.) , 6 hours
Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3867 m.). We would visit the research center and trek to Tyangboche. During the route, one can enjoy descending through rhododendron forest. Tengboche is famous for the oldest monastery. From the monastery, one can enjoy the splendid view of Ama Dablam, green hills and pristine river.
Day 16: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/12,249 feet) , 7:30 hours
Finally, trek descends from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m ) passing several villages. Sanasa and Lagusasa are the most famous one. You will catch the way descends from Gokyo valley. We trek furthermore twenty minutes to find a lodge for lunch and a short pause. After Lunch at Sanasa, we hike up to Khumjung village where one can visit traditional villages landscapes. You might also visit Hillary Hospital located in Khunde. And in the meantime, we follow the trail to Monastery which offers Yeti Scalp. Finally, we come to Namche Bazaar in the late afternoon.
Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m/9,337 feet.), 8 hours
We trek to Lukla with the same trail like we use on ascend. It is the last day of our trekking. Upon arrival at Lukla, we would get refreshed and take rest.
Day 18: Mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
We board our early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, we would be received by our representatives and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, go shopping or request us to discover Kathmandu as a guided trip at an additional cost.
Day 19: Final departure day
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you a wonderful journey.
How much does Gokyo Chola pass trek cost?
Gokyo Chola pass and Everest base camp trek price will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3 stars category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and Tourist standard accommodation with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places, so let us know. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Gokyo chola pass trek cost include:
- Kathmandu international airport picks up on your arrival in TIA by private vehicles.
- 2 nights Twin sharing tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu valley with breakfast plan
- Government license holder – Professional license holder Mountain Trekking Guide
- Domestic flight tickets Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip with applicable domestic airport taxes
- All land transfer by Private vehicle according to programs.
- 3 meals each day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trekking days
- Guest House accommodation during the trekking
- Required number of porters during the trek.(one porter = two guest basis) because our porter can carry maximum 25 kg of your bag pack.
- All land transfer by Private vehicle according to programs.
- Well paid salary, food, accommodation and insurances of Nepalese staffs.
- Sagarmatha National Park entrance permit and TIMS permits fees.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Gokyo chola pass trek cost exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private trek to Gokyo chola pass trekking or gokyo valley fifth lake chola pass and kalapattar / ebc starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Freequestly Asked Questions
Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flight details then you should do a request Our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience for Gokyo Chola pass trekking?
Answer: Actually Gokyo Chola pass trek is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight day pack. For this trekking – yes, you need to have experience in high altitude – somehow about 3000M above sea level.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Gokyo Chola pass trek?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with nice mattresses and blankets. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in Gokyo chola pass trek?
Answer: All the guesthouses along with the routes trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for hot shower along ebc – chola pass trek?
Answer: As you are choosing Guest house basis trekking, all the lodges they have a hot shower which you can get it on pay however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on Gokyo chola pass trekking?
Answer: During the trekking route, there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however, we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.
Question: Is there any communication facilities on Gokyo Chola pass trekking?
Answer: In this trekking route, you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city tours/city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20 % advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on Gokyo Chola pass trekking?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our every porter carries a maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls for Gokyo chola pass trek?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
Gokyo chola pass trek note:
The above itineraries are subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. A physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
“What makes Gokyo Chola pass trek special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others.