Cho La Pass Trek

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Cho La Pass Trek - Days

Trip Route

Lukla - Gokyo Lake - Gokyo Ri - Cho La Pass - Awi Peak - Kala Patthar - EBC - Tengboche

Trip Facts

Group Size
1+ PAX
Trip Grade
Max. Elevation
5,645 M/18,387 FT
Full Boards Meal On The Trek
Flight/Private Vehicles
Best Season

Cho La Pass Trek Highlights

  • Majestic view of legendary mountains from Gokyo Ri, Ngozompa Tse, Awi Peak, and Kala Patthar
  • Trekking on UNESCO world heritage sites nature reserve, Sagarmatha national and experienced local Sherpa culture
  • Visit large Tengboche monastery and old Pangboche monastery where can see hand and skull of yeti
  • Pleasant walking on Khumbu glacier and Ngozumpa glacier
  • Crossing dramatically and challenging Cho La Pass (5420 m)
  • Take a picture with turquoise glacier lakes on foot of Himalayas
  • Thrilling mountain flight to and fro Lukla
  • Rewarded view of Khumbu ice fall from Everest base camp

Cho la pass trek, the united journey to Gokyo Lake and Everest base camp. Awe-inspiring Cho la pass trek straddling from tropical to alpine climate zone geography in Everest region. The route Travers into the Sagarmatha national park, trekkers see fauna and native birds. Trekking to Cho la pass provides a unique and adventurous travel experience with crossing high altitude pass into the thin air. En route exploring elaborate Buddhist mural, emerald Gokyo Lake, large glacier, and majestic mountain vista. The elegant culture and nature make Cho la pass trek route the best in the Everest region. En route can have breathless Views of more than 40 mountains. On the Cho la pass trek summit to viewpoints Gokyo Ri, Ngozumpa Tse, Awi Peak, and Kala Patthar that ensure the best sceneries of Himalayas.
Then embrace Mount Everest (8,848 m), Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463 m), and popular trekking peaks of the region. The whole journey is surrounded by the high snow peaks and often walking the glaciers. It would be a different experience walking onto the shrinking Ngozumpa and Khumbu glacier. Everest base camp to Gokyo Lake via Cho la pass (5,420 m) describes physical demanding. Guided Cho la pass trek can do throughout the year but January/February is not recommended because of the heavy snowfall. And recommend micro spike and gaiters in the winter season. More or less 5 to 6 hours trek a day except 8 to 9 hours trek crossing Cho La pass and side trek to Everest base camp.

Cho la pass trek itinerary commences from Kathmandu then short Mountain View flight transfer to Lukla. Then gradual ascend path along the Dudh Koshi River and through the Sherpa village leads to Namche Bazar. Now trekking on alpine terrain to Gokyo valley. Then follow foot print of Yak and Yeti to Gokyo Ri (5,360 m), Ngozumpa Ri (5,750 m), and Cho Oyu base camp. Crossing the thrilling Cho la pass (5,420 m) is physically hard because of the altitude and icy trail. Indeed Cho la pass trek is harder than the Everest base camp trek but easier than Everest three passes trek. The Cho la pass provides an impressive view of the Ama Dablam, Baruntse, Taweche peak, and Cholatse Lake. A trailhead to Everest base camp became crowded compared to Gokyo valley. A side trip to Kala Patthar viewpoint (5,645 m) and Everest base camp (5,364 m) rewards massif Mount Everest view. Also can chat with Everest summiteer at Everest base camp. Way back to Lukla stop at the large Tengboche monastery and watch Buddhist monk's rituals. Then celebrate your success achievement with friends at Lukla before flying back to Kathmandu.

17 days Cho la pass trek cost focus on the offers services, we organize guide services and packages. We have an experienced Cho la pass trek guide and porter. They are expertise in the route and good interpreters between clients and local people. There are basic lodges along the Cho la pass trek route with verities of the meal course. Conclusion Gokyo Lake and Everest base camp trek provide amazing mountain trek experiences in life.

Daily itinerary

We come to pick you up from Tribhuvan international airport. Then about a 45-minute drive transfer to your hotel. After room check-in, free time until the official meeting with your guide.

Drive to tribhuvan international airport accrodingly flight schedule. A 45-minute Kathmandu to Lukla flight rewards a superltive view of the Himalayas and landscapes. Upon arrival Lukla, the porter settles the luggage then Cho la pass trek begins. A trailhead through the ancient sherpa village a side of Dudh Koshi river to Phakding. First day Cho la pass trek is easy that include gradual descend and gentle up. About 3-4 hours hike bring lodge. Then look-up side trek to Thaktul/Pemacholing Monastery about 2-3 hurs trek.

Our trail to Namche Bazar continuously passes villages and multiple vegetation zones. The gentle trail passes along the river and often crosses suspension bridges. Monju is another big village in the route and the Sagarmatha national borderline. We enter Cho la pass trek permits and trek resume then make a lunch break at Jorsalle village. We then crossed Hillary bridge and steep climb up through the pine and rhododendron forest to Namche Bazar. The walk combined lovely lush green forest to perfect view of high mountains. A trail passing Kshum Khangru peak viewpoint offers the first view of Mount Everest. Namche Bazar must-visit tourist places in Nepal and commercial junction. Good hotel, Bank, ATM, Bar, Café, handicraft, and Antique available.

Namche Bazar surrounded by mountains like Thamserku, Kangtega, and Kwande. A nearby villager comes down to Namche Bazar to shop for provisions and groceries. Also, the Namche weekend market is famous among the villages. All the trekkers acclimatize against high altitude by spending 2 nights. That spear day can be used to hike Everest view hotel, Khunde, Khumjung, or Thame village. Some side treks take half-day and Thame village is a full-day tour.

After breakfast, a trailhead concluded Namche village with embrace excellent view of Mount Everest and Mount Ama Dablam. We frequently spot the animals and fauna from Namche Bazar to Dole walk. The musk deer and pheasant saw on the route. Now modest climb-up on the sloppy mountain to Mong La pass. We catch the finest view of the Tengboche monastery on foot of the Kangtega peak. We then short descend to Phortse Thanga and climb into the birch and dwarf rhododendron forest to Dole village. Dole village is famous for yak breeding and enjoys the first glance of Mount Cho Oyu. Dole hamlet has about 6 basic lodges and provides lodging and fooding for travelers.

The shortest day on our Cho la pass trek, the trail also relatively lighter than other days. Through the hike to Machhermo gentle climbing on the narrow valley. Trailhead Machhermo passes potatoes terraced and seasonal yak pasture as fewer tourists walking here high chance to see musk deer, Himalayan Tahr and Himalayan Monal en route. Few local tea houses seasonal open at Lhafarma and Luza before Machhermo village. Upon arrival, Machhermo eats lunch and keeps luggage into the room then a short hike to the nearest viewpoint for the acclimatization also visit 1974 Yeti attacked spot. On the way back to lodge visit Himalayan rescue association and get more details about altitude mountain sickness.

The trek commences ascending a small ridge and catches a superb view of the Kangtega peak and Gokyo valley. Then walking on the enthralling pasture to Phang Kha and spot 1995 avalanches area. Follow the stone-stair uphill path along the Dudh Koshi River to the moraine of Ngozumpa glacier. A trailhead series passing lakes Longpongo, Toache and finally reached Gokyo Lake. Series of stone cairns seen aside of the lakes and also seen the golden ducks swimming in the emerald lakes. The lodge is situated west bank of the lake and can do a side trek to Gokyo Ri, Ngozumpa Tse, Renjo La pass, and Cho Oyu base camp.

Extra day in Gokyo Lake, can be use explore the Gokyo valley and stroll on the moraine of the glacier. Great to have an extra night at Gokyo lake heading before Cho la pass and Everest Base Camp. If all goes well recommend discovering north of Gokyo valley and ascending to Ngozumpa Tse (5,570 m). The summit provides an excellent view of Mount Cho Oyu and the Ngozumpa glacier. On way to Ngozumpa Ri traversing a side of Gokyo Lake 4th and 5th. It is about 7-8 hours trekking on the moraine and the pebble rock. Ngozumpa Ri and the 6th Gokyo lake day trip offer a good view of Mount Cho Oyu and the north face of Mount Everest. Also, get an expanded view of the Gokyo valley and five turquoises Gokyo lakes in a single photo. The route to Ngozumpa Ri is moderate but the altitude makes it difficult. Gentle uphill trail onto the Ngozumpa glacier passing 4th and 5th Gokyo lake. Then steep climbing up on the hill also walking on a rock near to the Ngozumpa summit. After admire the sceneries trekking back to Gokyo Lake.

Another great day on Everest Base Camp Cho La pass trek, wake up early in the morning then side trek to Gokyo Ri (5,360 m). The Gokyo Peak laying right above Gokyo Lake, we need to climb uphill in the mountains. The distance between Gokyo Lake to Gokyo Ri is not that far but it takes roughly 2-3 hours to reach the summit. Gokyo peak is one of the famous and most spectacular viewpoints in the Everest region trek.

The travelers view four-eight thousand peaks Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and other snow peaks with together Gokyo lake. The Gokyo peak is situated above the valley and the name is written on the rock also Tibetan praying flags are flapping into the thin air. It is really worth climbing Gokyo peak that offers the best mountain view and a wider glacier valley. After having a great time on the peak returned to the lodge. Upon arrival lodge, we eat breakfast first then trailhead onto the Ngozumpa glacier to Dragnag. We have a 2-3 hours walk on the chill climate to Dragnag/Thagnak.

This is one of the longest and tough days in Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp Trek. We eat earlier breakfast at the lodge then trailhead to Cho la pass. A trek beings with sufficient drinking water and energy bars for 8 hours trek. From the lodge follow the uphill path on the pasture till the big rock. Now the trail rhythm changes into the rocky and icy. We also come across an icy path a few meters behind the Cho La pass and recommend carrying a microspike. The Cho La Pass (5,420 M/17,777 FT) summit exposes the lovely view of both side Gokyo and Khumbu valley. After taking a picture and rest, trek resume walking aside of Cho La Glacier lake. Then steady descending on the rocky path to Zonglha hamlet on foot of Cholatse Peak. Then enjoy an awesome view of Mount Ama Dablam and Cholatse lake together.

The trek to Lobuche is quite short with 3-4 hours walking on the large pasture, throughout the walk enjoy breathless Mountain Outlook. As it is a little trek to camp, we have optional activities and it might be fit for you. Awi Peak (5,240 m) stands between Lobuche and Zonglha village, it situated basement of Lobuche Peak.

We follow the downhill trail on the pasture then after a while taking a uphill branch trail on the alpine terrain. The entire trek to Awi peak provides an excellent view of Ama Dablam, Khumbu glacier, Mount Everest, and Khumbu valley. More than 20-snow peak views from the Awi peak also meet-up with Lobuche peak climber. From the Awi peak walk down to Lobuche peak base camp and walking on flatter trail to Lobuche hamlet. We counter more tourists at Lobuche because of the road to Everest base camp.

We start the trek early in the morning because of the side trek to Everest base camp. Follow an appealing tranquil path to Lobuche pass with looking gorgeous view of Pumori, Nuptse, and Cholatse. Then trekking on a rocky moraine of Khumbu glacier that offers a stunning view of the massive Khumbu glacier on foot of the high mountains. On arrival, Gorakshep room check-in then has early lunch and leave to EBC. We kick off to Everest base camp on the rocky and pebble path. On the way to Everest base camp have a beautiful view of Icefall, glacier pond, icebergs, and mountains. The Iconic Everest base camp is noticeable with Buddhist flags and sculpture rocks. Also Everest expedition tented camp settlement can see nearby the classical Everest base camp. After spending some time returning to Gorakshep in cold temperature. The travelers have to carry snacks, water, and warm cloth in an unexpected circumstances.

We wake up early in the morning then hike up to the famous viewpoint of Everest trekking Kala Patthar (5645 m). The viewpoint provides stunning Mountain View in 360º degree and striking glacier scenery. Kala Patthar viewpoint is the best place to see Mount Everest and the large Khumbu glacier. A road to Kala Patthar summit is strong climbing up on the ridge and it is covered pebble and rocks trail. After taking a picture and having a majestic mountain view turned back to Gorakshep. After breakfast, a trek retraces downhill on the moraine then passes Lobuche, Thuk la to Periche village. On way to Periche stop at Dughla pass and spot the traditional cemetery of Everest summiteer.

Today getting back to Namche Bazar, most of journey descending through alpine terrain. It is a long walk about 6-7 hrs downhill trek with exceptional sceneries. You'll be exploring the Tengboche monastery and many Buddhist stupas. We then descend to Phungi Thenga, where the Dudh Koshi Khola and Imja Khola meets. A trailhead uphill to Kyangjuma and it made a loop of the trek. Throughout the hike enjoy an awesome view of the high mountains and the Buddhist culture flavor. The best of Namche Bazar is the internet, hot shower, pubs, and bar.

Last day of physical trek en route of Everest base camp Cho La pass trek. We begin trek early in the morning because we have to walk 20 km to complete the trek to reach Lukla. Straightway descends down through forest and crosses Hillary bridge on Dudh Koshi river. And have the last view of majestic mount Everest from Kshum Khangru viewpoint. We cross several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River to Lukla. After arriving at Lukla village let your leg relax and celebrate your trip success with the crew.

Take an early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu then transfer to your hotel. The Lukla to Kathmandu flight offers good view of the mountains and landscapes. After arriving in Kathmandu, leisure time then farewell dinner in the evening. The dinner organizes at a typical Nepalese restaurant and watches live Nepalese culture show.

Your adventure journey of Everest Cho La Trek ends here with us! We transfer to Tribhuvan international airport 4 hours before your flight schedule. You may have leisure time until airport transfer by our official representative.

What's included?

  • International and domestic airport transfer airport/hotel/airport
  • Everest Cho La trek permit (Everest National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee)
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight ticket
  • Experienced English speaking licensed guide with salary, accommodation, food & Insurance
  • Three meals a day during the trek in the mountains (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with hot drinks)
  • Additional snacks including energy bar and biscuits
  • Seasonal fresh fruits Apple, Banana, Orange, etc
  • Complimentary trekking equipment's like four seasonal sleeping bag, dawn Jacket and duffle bag (should be returned upon completing the trek)
  • First aid medical kit, oximeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Complimentary Cho La Pass trek map
  • Water purification tablet for the drinking water
  • Normal lodge/guesthouse base accommodation during trek in the mountain
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepalese restaurant with live cultural dance

What's not included?

  • Travel and medical insurance which should cover emergency evacuation
  • Meals and accommodation while in Kathmandu
  • Personal expense hot shower, laundry, internet, battery charge, etc
  • All the drinks (Hard, Sofr and Mineral water)
  • Porter to carry your bag pack
  • Gratitude (Tips) to your guide and porter

Fixed Departures

Sorry, No fixed departure dates availabe, Please request for Private Trip

Essential Information

Lukla Flight Update

Lukla Flight Update Due to the rise of traffic crowding of Tribhuvan international airport Kathmandu. The Civil aviation association of Nepal has recently updated the Lukla flight status. In the peak trekking season (Autumn/Spring) from Kathmandu drive to Ramechap (Manthali) airport. About a 20-minute small flight transfer to Lukla airport then the journey begins.

Regards Manthali Airport: Manthali airport is approximately 140 Km from Kathmandu. It is about a 4-hour drive on the black-top road. We recommend spend the pre-flight night at Ramechhap where normal tourist lodges are available. We also have another option can drive to Manthali airport early in the morning from Kathmandu.