Everest Cho La Pass Trek

17 Days

  • Private Vehicle and Lukla flights
  • 5,545m (At Kalapathar)
  • 2+
  • Standard room
  • Moderate and Challenging
  • Spring (March to mid June) and autumn (September to early December).
  • 17 days


Everest Chola Pass Trek Overview 

”Everest Cho La Pass is a challenging yet rewarding trek in the Himalayas of Nepal, taking trekkers and hikers through the Khumbu region, home to the world’s highest mountain Everest. The trekking trail offers you breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Ama Dablam among many others.”

Apart from the stunning mountain ranges, the trek takes you to serene nature, several Sherpa settlements, and some of the oldest monasteries along with the rich flora and fauna.

Overall, the Everest Cho la pass trek is a combination of absolute adventure. Crossing the Cho La Pass, standing at the foot of the highest base camp in the world, walking in glaciers, and exploring the Gokyo Lakes is a definite once-in-a-lifetime achievement.

Highlights of the Everest Cho La Pass trek

  • Short Scenic flight to Lukla
  • Crossing the famous Hillary Bridge
  • Exploring the Sherpa settlements, culture, and lifestyle
  • Visiting the Buddhist monasteries, chortens, and stupas
  • Hiking to the best viewpoints including Kalapatthar and Gokyo Ri
  • Crossing Cho la pass
  • Witnessing the turquoise Gokyo Lake

Accommodation and food at Everest region

Living in the Everest region is not easy. From the very beginning of the hike, you will observe several animals and humans carrying food, fuel, wood, and other items. They have little choice but to carry the material personally because they must transport it by helicopter, which is quite expensive. Due to this, food in the Everest region is quite expensive, which seems appropriate when you consider the production procedure.

For lodging and dining, there are many hotels and tea houses to choose from. In most hotels today, you can easily find dishes like pizza, burgers, pasta, etc., along with certain well-known Nepali specialties.

Our EBC Cho la pass trek package offers hotels and full board service while trekking. We provide you with three meals everyday breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with a drink. Because we are concerned about your health, we make sure that the food you consume and the accommodation you stay in are both good and thoroughly inspected beforehand.

In terms of lodging, our EBC Cho la Pass Trek includes a two-night stay with breakfast in a premium hotel in Kathmandu on the basis of twin-sharing. Regarding the trek, we will offer you one of the standard rooms at the tea house.

Permits For Everest Cho La Pass Trek 

Permit to enter Khumbu Rural Municipality, you will require two permissions for the EBC Cho la Pass Trek: the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit.

The Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality office is located at the end of Lukla settlement, where you will begin your journey on the first day. You can obtain a permit for Khumbu Rural Municipality there. The procedure for obtaining a permit is quite simple, and it is also displayed on boards.

Similarly, you must visit Monjo to obtain an admission permit for Sagarmatha National Park. Getting a permit from Kathmandu is a preferable alternative because there may be a big line during peak season.

Without charging extra, your Pristine Nepal Treks guide will arrange for all the permissions you’ll need for your trek.

Transportation services for the Trek

Our Pristine Nepal Trek representative will be awaiting you at the airport to welcome you with a friendly greeting and transport you safely to your hotel (vehicle will be arranged according to your number of guests).

In the busiest months, which are March through May and October through November, we must take a 15-minute flight from Ramechap to Lukla. It takes about 4 hours to drive from Kathmandu to Ramechap, but you don’t need to worry about it because transportation is covered by the Everest cho la pass package.

However, you can take a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla from December to February and from June to September for this Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo lake.

Note: Pristine Nepal Treks team will arrange every kind of transportation service required for the trek.

Outline Itinerary 

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding | 2,610m – 3 hrs
  • Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar | 3,440m – 7 hrs
  • Day 04: Acclimatization and Rest day at Namche
  • Day 05: Trek to Tyangboche | 3,860m – 5 hrs
  • Day 06: Trek to Dingboche | 4,410m – 5 hrs
  • Day 07: Acclimatization and Rest day at Dingboche
  • Day 08: Trek to Lobuche | 4,910m – 6 hrs
  • Day 09: Trek to EBC (5,364m) and back to Gorakshep | 5,164m – 7 hrs
  • Day 10: Hike to Kalapatthar (5,545m) and trek to Dzongla | 4,800m – 7 hrs
  • Day 11: Cross Cho La Pass (5,420m) and trek to Thangnak | 4,700m – 8 hrs
  • Day 12: Trek to Gokyo (4,750m) and rest – 4 hrs
  • Day 13: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and trek to Dole | 4,038m – 7 hrs
  • Day 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar – 6 hrs
  • Day 15: Trek to Lukla – 7 hrs
  • Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Final Departure

Cost Inclusion

  • • Airport picks up & drops (Both international and domestic)
  • • Two-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast on twin sharing basis
  • • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight tickets (June to September and December to March)
  • • Ramechhap – Lukla – Ramechhap flight tickets (April to May and October to November)
  • • Baggage allowance 10kg check-in & 5kg hand carry
  • • Guide flight Kathmandu/Ramechhap-Lukla-Ramechhap/Kathmandu
  • • Lodge accommodation during trekking | (5 nights attached bathroom with Hot Shower Service - 1 night at Phakding, 3 nights at Namche and 1 night at Lukla), 9 nights common twin sharing bedroom)
  • • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & dinner
  • • Tea or coffee per meal only in trekking (3 times a day)
  • • Seasonal Fresh fruits with dinner
  • • Pristine Nepal Trek’s duffel bag
  • • Pristine Nepal T-shirt as a souvenir
  • • Trekking map
  • • First Aid kit
  • • National Park permit
  • • TIMS Card
  • • Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality local permit
  • • English speaking, government license holder trekking guide
  • • Sherpa porter (food, accommodation, insurance, salary- one porter for two trekkers)
  • • Water purification
  • • Hydration tablet unlimited
  • • Coordination for emergency cases
  • • Farewell dinner at the reputable restaurant
  • • Final Departure Transportation

Cost Exclusion

  • • Nepal visa fee
  • • Travel insurance(covering helicopter evacuation)
  • • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone bills, bar bills, chocolate, shower, snacks, and desserts
  • • All types of soft and hard drinks
  • • Tips to guide & porter
  • • Extra nights in Kathmandu hotel in the case of early returns


arrival-in-kathamnduUpon your arrival at the airport you will find one of our “Pristine Nepal Treks representative” waiting otside. Usually, Mr. Chin will come himself to receive you if he is free. If not then your guide will come to receive you. Before that, on-arrival visa can be achieved in the immigration department in the airport if you haven’t got the Visa. It will take an hour or two to finish all the process.

After finishing all the procedure in the airport, we will finally depart to your hotel at Thamel together in a private vehicle. Thamel is just 7 km far from Airport & takes minimum of 30-35min to reach.

During leisure time, Mr. Chin will come to visit you in your hotel or he will invite you in office to give a short briefing about the trek. Similarly, any skipped gears or accessories will be checked & recommendation will be provided. You can rent Sleeping bag & Down Jacket and we can recommend you a good shop for it.

Similarly, the remaining balance you need to pay for this trek should be cleared today. Also, it is recommended to pay in cash instead of online because 3.5% interest will be deducted in online payment.

During night, you can roam in Thamel as it is the tourist hub of Kathmandu & there are lot’s of cool things to explore.

Early morning your guide will come to pick you up at the hotel and transfer to the domestic airport terminal. You will fly to Lukla which is a 30 mins short scenic flight.

During the busy season (Oct-Nov) flight will operate from Ramechhap airport due to high air traffic in Kathmandu. Ramechhap airport is only 4 hours driving distance from Kathmandu.

You’ll meet your porter at Lukla & eat breakfast there. Shortly after that you will start your trek to Phakding. It is a 3-4 hours walk solely on a first day through the few villages together with Chaurikharkha, Ghat, Thadokoshi. You’ll stop at Phakding for an overnight.

The morning walks begin simply taking breakfast and then by following the trail alongside the Dudhkoshi river. It’s straightforward walking till Jhorsalle passing some beautiful villages on the way. Today you’ll also have to cross five suspension bridges among which Hillary bridge is the popular one before Namche bazar with colorful Buddhist prayer flags.

After crossing the Hillary bridge the trail is steep uphill till Namche Bazaar which takes around 2-3 hours. Overnight stay.

The morning walks begin simply taking breakfast and then by following the trail alongside the Dudhkoshi river. It’s straightforward walking till Jhorsalle passing some beautiful villages on the way. Today you’ll also have to cross five suspension bridges among which Hillary bridge is the popular one before Namche bazar with colorful Buddhist prayer flags.

After crossing the Hillary bridge the trail is steep uphill till Namche Bazaar which takes around 2-3 hours. Overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After two days of walk and gaining some altitude today you will stop at Namche bazaar for acclimatization. After breakfast you will hike to Syangboche and Everest viewpoint to catch the excellent view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, beautiful Ama-Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Kongde, Khumbila, etc. You will also visit to Everest view hotel for a short tea break. Then back to the hotel for a day of rest or explore the Namche Bazaar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will start our trek on the straightforward trail passing through the lush forests till Kyanguma and from here descend down to Phunki Thanga. We can stop here for the lunch or keep walking. Further continue, the trail is steep uphill till Tyangboche. Overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, start the trek that passes through the rhododendron forests till Pangboche village. Walk slowly as you will be ascending to higher altitude. Few more hours of walk and you will arrive at our destination. Overnight stay at Dingboche.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is another acclimatization day. It is recommended to go high altitude and come back to same place for overnight stop. This place is 4,400m above sea level. It offers two different places to explore in acclimatization day.

One is Chhukung village 4,830m and the other is Nagarjun hill 5,100m. It will be helpful if you go to one of them. Nowadays, most people attempt Nagarjun hill 5,100m.

They test their ability for Everest base camp on this mountain. It does not take that long day too. You need to hike 3 to 4 hours to go up and two hours roughly to go down to Dingboche. The afternoon will be free for rest.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From today, you will have all high altitude trekking. First part of the trail will be easy due to its gradual flat mountain with a great view of beautiful mountains till Thukla. There is an unstable trail nearby Thukla 4,600m due to fast pace river. After Thukla, you will have to climb up to Lobuche pass 4,870m. This pass is popular for its cemetery of mountaineers. From here, it will take an hour to reach Lobuche 4,910m with just a gradual flat.

On the way you will have great mountain views of Tawache, Cholatse, Lobuche peak, Ama Dablam, Pumori and more. Overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the highlight day for this trek. You will trek to the highest base camp of the highest mountain.

Everest base camp 5,364m is considered as the highest base camp. You need only three hours roughly to reach to Gorakshep 5,180m from Lobuche. You can leave all your bag pack at Gorakshep except water bottle and camera.

Its two hours from Gorakshep to reach to Everest base camp. You can see a big Khumbu icefall nearby base camp. However, you will see many tenting here in the spring season and almost no tent in the autumn season.

You can have time for a photograph here and go back to Gorakshep for an overnight stop. If you are not that tired from altitude and trekking you are recommended to climb up to Kalapathar 5,545m for sunset view on Mount Everest.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike to Kalapathar 5,545m in the early morning for sunrise view. As mentioned up, the sunset view is great to see from Kalapathar but trekkers sometimes cannot go to Kalapathar after doing Everest base camp in a single day. So you can do it early in the morning. After reaching Kalapathar, go back to Gorakshep, have a breakfast and trek to Dzongla for Chola Pass.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day also will be special yet difficult too. Chola pass 5,420m is called Everest high pass and a big attraction of this trekking. It is recommended to start early in the morning. It takes about three hours to reach on the top of the Chola Pass 5,420m from Dzongla. You are trekking all this area is high altitude areas so go slowly. It is a bit dangerous around pass areas due to its avalanche and rock falling problem sometimes.

Big downhill from Chola pass is also considered difficult. If there is snow then it makes more difficult due to slippery rocks. You need about another three hours to go down to Thangnak 4,830m for an overnight stop.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will trek to Gokyo after having breakfast at Thangna. The trail to go to Gokyo is really rough on the glacier areas. This trail is unstable. It is not that long to reach to Gokyo but it is too dangerous due to its glacier. If there is snow you have to be very careful. That is why it is recommended to take an experienced guide for this trekking. You will need only 3 to 4 hours to trek to Gokyo from Thangna. Upon reaching Gokyo, you can explore the area and day rest.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Surely, you will have another fantastic day. Early morning you will hike to Gokyo Ri 5,360m which is most stunning view point of Everest region. It offers a 360° mountain view. You can see from here; the highest peak Mount Everest 8,848m, the 4th highest peak Mt. Lhotse 8,516m, the 5th highest peak Mt. Makalu 8,481m, the 6th highest peak Mt. Cho Oyu 8,201m and other many 7,000s & 6,000s mountains.

Return back to the hotel and trek to Dole for an overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having breakfast, you will trek to Namche Bazar. First part of the trail in the morning to Phortse Thanga is downhill and after there is a steep uphill up to Mong La Danda. Then it is again a steep downhill to Lausasa which is the main trail to Everest base camp.

You have walked already here on the way to Tyangboche. From here, it is an easy and wide trail to reach Namche Bazar. You will have an overnight again at Namche Bazar tonight. Take a hot shower and relax.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The morning starts with a delicious breakfast & walking downhill via the same trail. Follow Dudh Koshi stream, Jorsalle, Monjo, TokTok, Phakding, Ghat, Thadokoshi, Chaurikharka & Lukla. You will have a last lunch at Phakding before another few hours to trek to Lukla.

Ascent up before Lukla can cause you too tired however finally, you’ll be at Lukla for the last night on the mountain. It’s time to say bye to your porters. Most of them come back to the landing field to bring your backpack however formally, their duty is finished here.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will have a short scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. It’s about 30 minutes of flight. But they fly to Ramechhap sometimes due to high air traffic in Kathmandu airport.

If you have a flight to Ramechhap from Lukla then you will have 4-hour driving to Kathmandu and you can have afternoon free.

Normally, we always offer a farewell dinner this day. We will bring you to a reputable Nepali restaurant for a Nepali culture show with dinner. We will hear your comments, complaints, and suggestion. We are keen to provide the best service to our guests.

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.

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