Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass trek - 16 Days

Everest Base Camp Cho la Pass trek

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Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Overview:

Max Elevation5,545 m
Best TimeAutumn season (Oct-Dec) and Spring season (March-June)
Trekking PermitsSagarmatha National Park Permit, TIMS Card, Local Government entrance fee
Domestic FlightKathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
RegionEverest, East Nepal
IncludesTrekking Guide & Porter
Solo Supplement Charge $130
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Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Trek Highlights:

-Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass trek is one of the trending trekking trails in Nepal with a new experience of both EBC & high pass.

-A unique experience of the Culture & Tradition of ethnic groups living in the Everest region.

-Best 360° panorama view of Thamserku, Mt. Ama Dablam, Kongdi RI Himal, Lhotse Himal, Kusum Kanguru, Nuptse Peak, and Mt. Everest.

Note: Get the 100% security, satisfaction, health check-ups, briefing, tips regarding trek through Pristine Nepal.

Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass

What is Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Trek?

Everest Base Camp via Chola Pass Trek means trekking through the Gokyo Lakes, Cho la Pass & then to Everest Base Camp.

With an altitude of 5,420m, Cho la pass is higher than the Everest Base Camp 5,364m which makes it more challenging & fun. During your trek, you can experience Sherpa cultures & traditions, panorama view of the Himalayas and beautiful lakes of Nepal.

Similarly, among all of the popular three passes in Nepal, Cho la pass is one of the popular passes in the Everest region loved by trekkers. Normally, Everest Base Camp trek will take 14 days to complete on average but with Cho la Pass, it will take 16 days on average.

With only 2 days extra in your itinerary, you can enjoy the trending Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass trek including Gokyo lakes too.

Outline Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Cho la Pass Trek:

Here is the 16 days best itinerary for Everest Base Camp Cho la Pass trek where you will trek to Gokyo Lakes too.

  • Day 01: Received by Pristine Nepal Guide & Transfer to Hotel:
  • Day 02: Flight to Lukla 2,800m From Kathmandu or Ramechhap and Trek to Phakding-2,660m (4 hours)
  • Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazar-3,440m (6 hours)
  • Day 04: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazar (Hike to Syangboche for Everest View)
  • Day 05: Trek to Dole-4,110m (6 hours)
  • Day 06: Trek to Machhemro-4,465 (5 hours)
  • Day 07: Trek to Gokyo-4,790m (5 hours)
  • Day 08: Hike to Gokyo Ri-5,357m and trek to Thangnak-4,950m (4 hours)
  • Day 09: Climb to Cho la Pass-5,420m and trek to Lobuche-4,910m (7 hours)
  • Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp-5,364m via Gorakshep-5,180m and back to Gorakshep for an overnight
  • Day 11: Hike to Kalapthar early morning and trek down to Dingboche-4,400m (7 hours)
  • Day 12: Trek to Tyangboche-3,810m (5 hours)
  • Day 13: Trek to Monjo-2,800m via Namche Bazar (7 hours)
  • Day 14: Trek to Lukla-2,800m (5 hours)
  • Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu/Ramechhap
  • Day 16: Departure to Home from Kathmandu

Everest Base Camp Cho la Pass

How to reach Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass via Gokyo lakes?

To reach Everest Base Camp via Cho la Pass & Gokyo Lakes, you have to reach the starting point which is Lukla airport. It will only take 25 to 30 minutes to reach Lukla from Kathmandu by flight and then you have to trek to Phakding for about 4 hours.

On the third day, you have to trek to Namche Bazar from where you have to enter the territory of Sagarmatha National Park. Your first acclimatization day also takes in Namche Bazar which is very important to adjust with the surroundings.

Continuing your trek, the first beautiful place you will encounter is Gokyo on the 7th day of your trek which is at an altitude of 4,790m. From here, you have to hike to Gokyo Ri-5,375m which offers the best 360° panorama views of mountains. Moreover, you will pass 3 beautiful glacier lakes while trekking too.

After completing your Gokyo Ri hiking, the next place you will have to climb is the highest pass of Everest region-Cho La Pass.

Cho La Pass is at an altitude of 5,420m and also known as the highest passes in this trek as well as the most challenging ones. As a matter of fact, Cho La Pass is higher than the Everest Base Camp. On the 9th day from our itinerary, you will cross this high pass-Cho La Pass.

On the 10th day, it’s all down to Everest Base Camp which is at an altitude of 5,364m via Gorakshep. Similarly, Gorakshep will provide you accommodation there but the lodges/hotels are limited too.

The next most attractive place you will be trekking in this trek is Kalapathar which is at an altitude of 5,545m. From Kalapathar, it gives you a close view of Mt. Everest including Mt. Nuptse, Changtse, Lhotse, and many more. After hiking to Kalapathar, it’s again all down to Lukla through Tyangboche & Monjo. On the 15th day, you will have a scenic flight to Ramechhap or Kathmandu.

Best season for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass trek:

The best season for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass trek is in the Autumn season & Spring season. On these seasons, the weather gets warm and favorable for trekking. Most importantly, the chance of completing the Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass trek gets high too.

However, you can trek to Everest Base Camp Cho la Pass at the time of Summer and Winter too but only at the right month/date.

Here, we will discuss the best month to do trekking in Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass in Summer & Winter.

Summer season for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass trek:

Summer season falls under the month of June to August in Nepal which is also the monsoon season. At the time of the Summer season, the trail of Everest Base Camp & Cho La Pass gets muddy, slippery & difficult. Frequent rainfall, foggy and snowfall may occur in this season.

However, in the summer season also, if you trek in early June or late August then the chances of bad weather are low. You can experience the lush vegetation/nature while trekking to Everest Base Camp via Cho La Pass.

Winter season for Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Trek:

Winter season falls under the month of December to February where the weather gets freezing cold most of the time. The paths/trails get covered by the snow and make it difficult to walk in this season. That is why most of the people avoid doing trekking in this season.

But as a matter of fact; at the time of winter season, the scenery/view gets more attractive. That is why if you want to take a risk and want to experience the uniqueness of the winter season then I recommend you to trek in early December & late February.

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Cost inclusions

  • Airport picks up & drops
  • Two-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast on twin sharing basis
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
  • Baggage allowance 10kg check-in & 5kg hand carry
  • Guide flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Lodge accommodation during the trekking
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & dinner tea or coffee per meals only in trekking
  • Fresh fruits with dinner
  • WiFi internet 10 GB
  • First Aid kit
  • National park permit
  • TIMS Card
  • Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality local permit
  • Trekking equipment: Down Jacket & four-season sleeping bag
  • English speaking, government license holder trekking guide
  • Sherpa porter (food, accommodation, insurance, salary- one porter for two trekkers)
  • Water purification
  • Coordination for emergency cases
  • Farewell dinner at the reputable restaurant

Cost exclusions

  • Nepal visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone bills, bar bills, chocolate, shower, WIFI etc
  • All types of soft & hard drinks
  • Tips to guide & porter
  • Extra nights in Kathmandu hotel in the case early returns
  • All things which are not mentioned in includes
Day 1
Received by Pristine Nepal guide & transfer to hotel

Today will be the welcome day for you in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. After your arrival at the International Airport of Kathmandu, our team will be there to pick you up. You will be brought to the 3-4 star hotel of Kathmandu for one night stay.

In the evening, we will have a short meeting to discuss about the information of your insurance as well as the trip. Similarly, the main focus of this meeting is to give you information and to let you meet with the guide.

Usually, most of the peoples get time to explore the Thamel area of Nepal also. So, you can explore the area after finishing our meeting. You can search for the weather in the Everest region also if you get time. However, it is recommended for you to have extra days holidays in case if there is any kind of weather problem/delay in flight.


Star level Hotel.

Best Tips:

Don’t drink any hard drinks as well as don’t walk alone at night. Re-Check all the things you have packed and ask tour operators for any kind of help.

Day 2
Flight to Lukla 2,800m from Kathmandu/Ramechhap and trek to Phakding 2,660m – 04 hours

Early in the morning 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 porter. Normally guide will be together from Kathmandu. 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.



Best Tips:

-Don’t be afraid of turbulence and always sit at the right side when flying for amazing view.

-Don’t drink any hard drinks.

Day 3
Trek to Namche Bazar 3,440m – 06 hours

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. But you have to be very careful with those animals. We recommend you to always leave their way if you don’t want to get hurt. If possible, always lean on the side wall to give them way and never touch them.

Likewise, you have to climb a steep mountain before reaching Namche Bazar. It can be tough as well as you’ll have to stop for fees and permit check also. But after reaching Namche Bazar you will have a night stay in the best hotel.


-Good hotels/lodges with attach bathroom (if possible)

Best Tips:

-Walk slowly & drink lot’s of water while trekking.

-Do not drink direct tap water and any hard drinks when staying in hotel/lodges.

Day 4
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar – Explore Syangboche for Everest view

Acclimatization is very important and that is why today you will have a full day exploration in Namche Bazar.

Today you can go hiking to world’s highest hotel or go to the market. Besides that, if possible, you can take a stroll to the Sherpa museum where you can learn the culture of Sherpa’s properly.

Similarly, remember that from here, you will be in the territory of Sagarmatha National Park. And this national park is listed as World Heritage Sites. So, you can’t hunt or hurt any animals while trekking.

As a matter of fact, Namche is well developed and provides internet cafes, restaurants, government offices, ATM and a cheap market from Friday evening to Saturday. Therefore, if you want to buy any souvenir then this place is the best.


-Good hotels/lodges

Best Tips:

-If you can’t go hiking to Syangboche then at least don’t take rest. It’s very important to walk today to adjust the altitude properly.

Day 5
Trek to Dhole 4,110m – 06 hours

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.


-Best Tea House

Best Tips:

-Walk slowly and drink lot’s of water as well as take rest.

Day 6
Trek to Machhemro 4,465m – 05 hours

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.

Fortunately, this place has a hospital also. And this hospital provides special help to trekkers in the busy season like Autumn & Spring. Mostly international volunteer doctors stay here at the time of peak season but not in offseason.


-Tea House

Best Tips:

-Get a health check up if you have any problem and never hide the problem with your guide.

Day 7
Trek to Gokyo 4,790m – 05 hours

Your morning will start with a cool breeze outside. Today will be only 5 hours trek which is not so difficult.

Similarly, you will have a beautiful mountain views and beautiful Lake Sight this afternoon while trekking. And tday we will enter the Gokyo area where mystical glacier lakes is exist.

Gokyo Valley is known as the Ramsar site due to its wetland also.

There are at least five different lakes in this valley but 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.


-Tea House with hot water available

Best Tips:

-Walk slowly and don;t forget to drink water because many trekkers do not drink due to coldness.

Day 8
Hike to Gokyo Ri-5,357m and trek to Thangnak-4,950m (04 hours)

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.


-Good Tea House

Best Tips:

-Enjoy the best heavenly view from the top of Gokyo Ri. And don’t forget to keep the memory with you.

Day 9
Climb to Chola Pass-5,420m and trek to Lobuche-4,910m (07 hours)

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 frozen snow; it becomes even harder to climb.

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.



Best Tips:

-Watch where you are stepping and don’t rush & don’t leave your team.

Day 10
Trek to Everest base camp-5,364m via Gorakshep-5,180m and back to Gorakshep for an overnight

Today, you will reach the highest base camp in the world. And that is why you have to wake up early in the morning today.

You will get a hot cup of tea or perhaps some little breakfast too. Then we will begin our 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, may be some ice mass too.

It takes a handful of hours to reach Gorakshep-5,180m. And in this place, you will leave your bag packs 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 a night stay.


-Normal Tea house

Best Tips:

-Don’ celebrate too early by drinking.

-Walk slowly and don’t forget to drink lots of water.

Day 11
Hike to Kalapathar early morning and trek down to Dingboche 4,400m – 07 hours

Today, you will hike to Kalapathar early in the morning for a beautiful sunrise view.

Actually, Kalapathar is highly recommended to have a beautiful sunset view.

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.


-Good hotels/lodges

Best Tips:

-Don’ take any drinks yet and tell your guide if you are having any trouble.

Day 12
Trek to Tyangboche 3,810m – 05 hours

After all those high altitude steep climbs, from today you will have to walk only down areas.

Similarly, there is too much confusion about Tyangboche or Tengboche, but both are the same place.

Tengboche has an oldest monastery in this Khumbu region. And you can visit this monastery and you will have an overnight stop in this place too. It takes only 4 to 5 hours to reach Tengboche from Dingboche.


-Good hotels/lodges

Best tips:

-Don’t eat any meat; not only here but also at other places.

-Don’t miss the chance to listen Buddhists morning prayers which will calm your mind & soul.

Day 13
Trek to Monjo-2,800m via Namche Bazar – 07 hours

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.


-Excellent hotels/lodges

Best Tips:

-You can celebrate your EBC summit success. However, don’t drink too much.

Day 14
Trek to Lukla 2,800m – 05 hours

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.

Day 15
Fly to Ramechhap/Kathmandu

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.

Day 16
Departure to home from Kathmandu

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.

Is there any discount?

Yes, there are discounts but only for families or groups. You will get more than 15% discount according to the number of groups.

How is my cost distributed in this trek?

If you want to know the cost detail for Everest Base Camp then you can check our blog for the cost for Everest Base Camp.


What type of accommodation will i get?

Our rate is nor cheap nor expensive because if it was cheap then you would have got cheap accommodation. Similarly, cheap price means not enough money for guide and porters. If it was expensive then you would get a luxury hotel up-to Namche Bazar only.

Normal rate means a good service with an experienced guide and a good hotels where you can get clean food, water, and bed.

What types of gears should i bring?

We have listed basic list for gears you will need in Everest Base Camp at our blog section. You can copy-paste this URL for easy entry.


Will I get AMS-Acute Mountain Sickness? If yes what should I do?

First of all, AMS can be dangerous because it can be fatal in the worst cases or even death. If you feel worse headache, dizziness, blur vision, vomiting, very tired, no appetency, and short breaths then this is the symptoms of AMS. Your only choice will be returning back which will be very sad.

But hey, we are here for you because we know you want to be at the top of the Everest Base Camp, with excellent guidance from our professional guides, you will be put to different hikes to adapt high altitudes before reaching Everest Base Camp. Your health will be a top priority for us because we care.

To know how to cure your AMS just follow this link=https://pristinenepal.com/how-to-cure-acute-mountain-sickness-ams/

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Trip Facts

  • $1,550
  • Special Spring
  • Hard
  • Lodge/Tea House/Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 1+