Everest Cho La Pass Trekking is an adventurous journey into the land of mystic Everest region to witness one of the never- forgettable sight of the dramatic beauty of nature and mountains. The view from Gokyo Peak is something you would always remember! Cho La Pass trekking provides a nice opportunity to connect and explore two popular single routes of Everest trekking — Base Camp and Gokyo Valley —through glacier walks, icy terrain, steep climbs and descends via Cho La Pass at 5368m. Cho La Pass trek is regarded as one of the adventurous trails of Everest offering pleasant yet strenuous walk (at times) with a grand view of several 6000-8000 meters peaks including Mt. Everest from several popular viewpoints like Gokyo Peak and Kala Patthar. We will also visit Everest Base Camp.
Trekking to Cho La Pass begins with a scenic flight from Manthali to Tenzing-Hillary Airport of Lukla and continues downhill walk towards first overnight teahouse of Phakding and later climb steep uphill towards Namche Bazaar on following day, where we rest and acclimatize for a day. As the trail goes uphill, the change of vegetation and weather can be felt. We follow the classic Everest Base Camp Trekking route and continue to Dingboche village via Tyangboche Monastery, where we again rest and acclimatize for a day and visit Chhukung valley. The trail ascends to Lobuche and further to Gorakshep, the last tea houses on Base Camp front. We climb Kala Patthar for the sunrise and then start to retrace our path until Lobuche and change course towards Dzongla to enter the Gokyo Valley via Cho La Pass.
Gokyo is known as the Valley of sacred lakes and awesome mountain viewpoints. Gokyo Lake — also known as Third Lake, out of six lakes around the vicinity is the most sacred place and where the local tea houses are. We will visit five lakes; climb Gokyo-Ri Peak to witness the grand sunrise atop of Mt. Everest (again) and get ready for descend towards beautiful Khumjung village, further to Namchee Bazaar and finally to Lukla. Walking past the Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries on way back, you will turn your head often to make sure that you are still seeing the white peaks until you catch a flight back to Kathmandu and see it for last time from the plane.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu : Picked Up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel Drive: 30 minutes | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2Free Day in Kathmandu Optional: Join our free walking tours – starts at 10am – Walk to Monkey Temple – Visit National Museum – Kathmandu Durbar Square – finish before 4pm
Walk: 1.5 hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m / 8563 ft.)Drive: 30 min | Flight: 25 min | Walk: 3 - 4 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 4Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Rest and acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286 ft)Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3870m/12697 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4410m/14468 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Rest and Acclimatization Day: Visit Chukung Valley Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 9Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/16109 ft)Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 10Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5120m/ 16798 ft): Side Trip to EBC (5364m / 17598 ft.) Walk: 7 – 8 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 11Sunrise Climb to Kala Patthar (5545m / 18192 ft.) and trek to Dzongla (4830m / 15846 ft)Walk: 7 – 8 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 12Cross Cho La Pass (5368m/ 17612 ft) and descend to Gokyo (4790m/15715 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 13Sunrise Climb to Gokyo Peak (5357m / 17575 ft) and Lake Exploration DayWalk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 14Trek from Gokyo Valley to Luza (4360m /14304 ft)Walk: 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 15Trek from Luza to Namchee Bazaar (3440m/11286 ft)Walk: 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 16Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m/9318 ft)Walk: 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 17Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to HotelFlight: 25 min. | Drive: 30 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Dinner
Day 18Free Day in Kathmandu (Contingency Day)Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 19Final Departure | Other Travel Plan
FREE WALKING TOUR: This is an optional walking adventure on the outskirts of Thamel area, which will surprisingly take you to popular Buddhist shrine – Monkey Temple (original name Swayambunath Stupa) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (House of Virgin Living Goddess) after a quick peek at the National Museum. It is around 6km walk, takes 1.5 hrs walk starting and ending from/to Thamel. It is a guided tour; however the entrance fees to these heritage sites must be pay by travelers themselves. [Monkey Temple – Rs 200, Kathmandu Durbar Square – Rs 1000, National Museum – Rs 150]. We start at 10am in the morning (after breakfast) and finish before 4pm (time can vary).
SAFETY CONCERN: Your safety is our top concern while organizing outdoor and adventure plans. Our leaders and crew members are experienced professionals who will make sure that the trip is safely in course. We truly understand the need of information flow and risk management to provide the best experience. Our trekking arrangement includes the proper clothing, supplies of equipment and gears, high altitude prevention measures and remedies to provide the carefree adventure in the Himalayas.
STANDARD TRIP: Standard itinerary and route plans are typically designed considering the necessary number of days to complete the trek for average fit travelers and level of altitude gain on the trek (and multiple other factors) which can be modified as per the interest, time, experience and budget plan of travelers. On the given adventure plan, we have included the most important items necessary for the trip and the cost for it and quoted to provide a general idea of the cost of the trip with minimum number of days required to complete the trip.
CUSTOMIZE TRIP: We can organize a trip to every style and provide our service as required by the travelers. There are few items like leader, permits etc, which are mandatory to provide from the agency whereas there are also several alternatives to design the trip as suited. Any customization of the standard itinerary will change the trip price accordingly. We always like to hear what you have to say. We are always happy to assist your valuable travel holidays in your manner with the best information that suits your way of traveling.
ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU
We need to have 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (before and after the trip) for preparation, rest, and contingency. We provide twin sharing room at Hotel Nepalaya on BB Plan for your trip. If you choose to book your own accommodation in Kathmandu, 50 USD per person is discounted from trip price.
If you prefer to select your own accommodation, then you are free to do so and find a place suitable to your interest. Alternatively, you can suggest a name, and we shall book that place for you.
GROUP SIZE: All of our adventure trips are accompanied by specialized local leaders, guides, porters and assistant guides (as required) who will always ensure your safety and comfort at every part of the journey. We found that the group size of 8 is the optimal size to run these trips, however we can organize a trip plan for any group size upon the request.
Group of More than 8: We also have a good experience of handling big groups of volunteers, employees, students, and able to organize a trip plan upon request. Please kindly submit your group size information, and we will garnish a proper trip plan and price for you.
It is your travel plan; you can choose what you want to do, of course with a lot of information first. Feel free to submit and share your travel ideas, and we shall get back to you with more thoughts in no time.