Why Everest Base Camp Chola Pass trek?
Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Trek is the most thrilling adventure in Nepal. With an altitude of 5,420m, Chola pass is higher than the Everest Base Camp which makes it more challenging. You can experience Sherpa cultures & traditions, panorama view of Himalayas, Glaciers lakes, Chola Pass, and reach Everest base camp on this trip.
You may know, Everest base camp trek is the most popular trekking destination in the world. But most of the routes are always the same when trekking to Everest Base Camp. However, if you look at this package then it’s a new route through Chola pass.
Among all the popular three passes, Chola pass is one of the popular passes in the Everest region loved by travelers. Normally, EBC trek will take 14 days to complete on average whereas Chola Pass will take 16 days on average. With only 2 days extra in your itinerary, you can enjoy this wonderful and amazing trip which is new and best than other treks.
EBC via Chola Pass routes:
First of all, while coming to Nepal, your day 1 will be an airport pick up and the next day usually has Lukla flight. Up to 5 days, you will have the same itinerary as other packages of Everest Base Camp i.e. Lukla to Phakding and then Namche Bazar. Only from the 5th day, you will have your real adventure begin from Namche Bazar to Dhole.
Likewise, EBC Chola Pass trek can be done either from Gokyo Lake or from Lobuche. Normally, people go to Everest Base Camp through Gokyo Lake first & then Chola pass. And to reach this Chola pass, we have to trek from Thangnak which will take up to 4 hours only. It is a little hard from Thangnak to reach Chola Pass 5,420m.
Before trekking to Thangnak, you will have a one night stay at Gokyo and a short hike to Gokyo Ri on the next day. Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri are the big attractions before reaching the Chola pass. There you can witness 3 beautiful lakes among 5 lakes while trekking, where Gokyo Lake is a beautiful Lake situated over 4,790m above sea level.
Similarly, you can have beautiful 360° views including Mt. Everest 8,848m, Mt. Lhotse 8,516m, Makalu 8,481m, Mt.Cho Oyu 8,201m and many 7,000m and 6,000m mountains.
At the top of the Chola pass, you have to be a little cautious because of slippery. After high Pass, you will then trek to Everest Base Camp through Lobuche. Obviously, the main highlights of this trip are the EBC and Chola pass. However, you can hike to Kalapathar which can be an alternative option for another great view of Mt. Everest. After reaching EBC and Kalapathar, it is all the way down to Lukla to finish your Everest base camp Chola Pass trek. For the full itinerary, you can check the itinerary section and for FAQ go to the FAQ section. For the best tips, you can go here.
Before your arrival time at the International airport, our team will be already there for you to pick you up. You just have to look around for the signboard that our team carries.
After receiving you, you will be dropped at the hotel, inside Thamel area and you will have a short brief about your trip.
After your breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to the domestic airport for Lukla flight. Lukla flight will only take 25-30 min from Kathmandu as well as you don’t have to worry about the turbulence.
Likewise, if the Lukla flight from Kathmandu got high traffic then you will be taken to Ramechhap for Lukla. It will take little time from Ramechhap to reach Lukla.
However, Lukla flight is the best scenic flight you will get in Nepal. You can have a great view from the plane.
After reaching Lukla airport, you will then meet all your teams including guides and porter. From there you will have to trek to Phakding which will be easy and takes 4 hours a minimum. There you will have your first night stay.
The morning walks begin after breakfast in Phakding. From there you will follow the Dudhkoshi river which is straightforward walking till Monjo, Jorsalle. You’ll have some few suspension bridges on the Dudhkoshi River to cross. And one famous high bridge before Namche bazar with colorful Buddhist prayer flags.
Of Course, you’ll meet several donkeys, jokpyos (crossing from yak & cow), on the way. You have to be very careful with those animals. Always leave their way if you don’t want to get hurt.
There you have to climb a steep mountain before reaching Namche Bazar. This can be tough as well as you’ll have to stop for fees and permit check. After reaching Namche Bazar you will have a night stay in the hotel.
Acclimatization is very important and that is why today you will have a full day exploration in Namche Bazar. Today you can go hiking or go to the market.
Besides that, we can take a stroll to the Sherpa museum where we will learn the culture of Sherpa’s, Sagarmatha National Park & Everest region of Nepal. This all activities will help to enchant a new experience in your life.
This place is well developed and provides internet cafes and restaurants, government offices, ATM and a cheap market from Friday evening to Saturday.
You can also go hiking to Syangboche where Everest view hotel is located.
After stopping two nights at Namche Bazar you will be ready for your next trek-Dhole. The first part of this day will be very easy and you can have great views of beautiful mountains including Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse.
All the trekker’s walk-through till reaching Lausasa and they are on the way to Gokyo or Everest base camp. There you will climb up to Mong La Danda from Lausasa.
They take a separate way from this place. It is downhill from Mong La Danda to Fortse Thanga. Then it is up to Dhole for an overnight stop.
After stopping at Dhole one night, you will have all the gradual uphill to Machhemro. Machhemro is a small settlement on the way to Gokyo Valley. This place has hospital as well. This hospital provides special help to trekkers in busy season. Mostly international volunteer doctors stay in peak season but no service in off season.
Your morning will start with a cool breeze outside. You will have beautiful mountain views and beautiful Lake Sight this afternoon while trekking. Gokyo Valley is known as the Ramsar site due to its wetland.
There are at least five different lakes in this valley and you will only pass three lakes. They are beautiful and have crystal clear water from glacier. This Valley is very popular due to its beautiful lakes.
After a one night stay at Gokyo, we will Hike to Gokyo Ri 5,357m early in the morning. It’s about two hours hiking to reach the top of Gokyo Ri.
Gokyo Ri is one of the best viewpoints in the Everest region. It offers great views of big mountains. You will have 360° views including Mt. Everest 8,848m, Mt. Lhotse 8,516m, Makalu 8,481m, Mt.Cho Oyu 8,201m and many 7,000m and 6,000m mountains.
After enjoying Gokyo Ri, we will go back to hotels to have breakfast and trek to Thangnak for Chola Pass. It will be a little hard to reach Thangnak from here.
Today goanna be the tough day because we will trek to Chola Pass. That is why we will start early in the morning.
It is steep uphill from Thangnak which can be a little hard to climb. Comparatively, the first part of uphill is medium level and the trail is not bad. But after an hour before reaching the top, due to no pretty trail and mostly slippery rocks, it’s hard.
Similarly, if there is snow; it becomes harder.
Due to global warming, ice is melting fast in here so one glacier lake is being more dangerous on the top of Chola Pass. That is why you have to be careful with this ice lake.
From the top of Chola Pass, it is all downhill to Dzongla. Dzongla is another tourist settlement with its couple of guest houses. Some trekkers stop here too. You will trek ahead to Lobuche for an overnight stop.
Today, you will reach the highest base camp in the world. You have to wake up early in the morning today.
That is why have a hot cup of tea or perhaps some little breakfast too. Then begin your morning to trek up slowly–slowly. The primary part of this path is straightforward however difficult to trek quickly.
Actually, it’s not suggested to walk quickly here due to the possibilities of AMS. Once walking one hour, you have to climb up to the mountain where the path is rough, some places ice mass too.
It takes a handful of hours to reach Gorakshep-5,180m. You will leave your bag packs at Gorakshep and again continue your base camp trek. There, you can walk fast on the rough path for a handful of hours to achieve base camp from Gorakshep.
Take photos, enjoy base camp, and celebrate base camp to Gorakshep there. After that you will return back to Gorakshep for night stay.
Today, hike to Kalapathar early in the morning for a beautiful sunrise view. Actually, Kalapathar is highly recommended to have a beautiful sunset view.
Normally, you will be tired after doing Everest base camp but today gather all your energy again for short hike. Hiking to Kalapathar will be fine for the morning too. From here you can have a closer view of Mt. Everest so it’s worth it.
After enjoying Kalapathar, you have to go back to the hotel and have breakfast. After the breakfast, you have to trek down to Dingboche for an overnight stay on the way back to Lukla.
After all those high altitude steep climbs, from today you will have to walk only down areas. There is much confusion about Tyangboche or Tengboche, but both are the same place.
Tengboche has an oldest monastery in this Khumbu region. You can visit this monastery and you will have a overnight stop in this place. It takes only 4 to 5 hours to reach Tengboche from Dingboche.
You will have a big downhill to Fungi Thanga from Tengboche which will start early in the morning. From Fungi Thanga, about an hour to uphill to Lausasa will be a bit hard to climb.
However, after that its easy way to Namche Bazar for a couple of hours to reach for a lunch break. You will have same downhill to Monjo from Namche Bazar for an overnight stop.
This is the last day of Everest base camp Chola Pass trek. It is an easy trail to follow to Lukla. Its gonna be a bit harder before Lukla due to its steep uphill from Chaurikharka. You will have last night on the mountain before flying from Lukla. Likewise, your porters will also finish their job here at Lukla by taking care of you.
Normally you can have a morning flight from Lukla to Ramechhap or Kathmandu. However, it would be a direct flight to Kathmandu from Lukla.
Nowadays, they fly to Ramechhap only due to busy air traffic of Kathmandu. If you fly to Ramechhap; then you need about a four-hour drive to Kathmandu. There will be no extra charge so don’t worry. You can have free time in the afternoon and can go shopping in Kathmandu.
At dinner, it will be our treat where we will talk about your experience with us. The dinner will Nepali traditional foods. After a short conversation, you can rest at your hotel for next day.
If it’s departure day for you then we will drop you to the airport as per your flight time. It will be our pleasure to make your trip memorable and wonderful. You can always contact us because we are there for you.
If it’s not a departure day then we can have a discussion about your future trip or anything else.