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 Board on 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, awe-inspiring high altitude route with visiting Gokyo Lake and Everest base camp in Everest trekking. While trekking in alpine topography let you climb-up Kala Patthar, Gokyo Ri, Awi Peak, and Ngozumpa Tse.
Cho la pass trek is a combined journey of the Gokyo lake Everest base camp trek, the trek has rated as strenuous because of the challenging icy sloppy high altitude Cho La Pass. This trek is counted an adventurous and challenging trek in Khumbu region. Cho la pass trek can be done in clock-wise and anti-clockwise but we recommend from Gokyo valley side, it is a long climb up to Cho la pass summit but avoiding slippery route in your safety concern. It offers maximum natural diversity of Khumbu regions such as to various landscapes and the high Himalayas including the world summit Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and numerous other well-known peaks.

The trekking trail ascending the reverse of Dudh Koshi River with walking over more than dozen suspension bridges through habitats of the Sherpa people also the universal simply known mountaineer group. Also possible to interact with a mountaineer and hear tons of horrible climbing story.
Along Gokyo Everest base camp trek overnight halting local villages and enjoy the warm hospitality of Sherpa that also gives close chance to learn about Sherpa culture.
Lovely and beautiful Buddhist monasteries are located courtyard of high mountains en route of Cho la pass trek where the local practicing Buddhism and also see Buddhist words engraved in the rock. Plenty of Buddhist sites like stupa, chhorten, monasteries and flattering praying flags make trek interesting. Sherpa is practicing their ritual in monasteries mainly in Tengboche monastery, Pangboche monastery, Thame monastery, Lawud gompa, and Thaktul monastery also in the home.

Your hike onward on UNESCO world heritage sites natural reserve, Sagarmatha national park where possible to spot common and rare flora and fauna including Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Barking Deer, Himalayan Pheasant, Impayan and multicolor – National birds of Nepal. Everest area is famous for mountain herbs, and maximum of them use for local medicine. Trailhead on Gokyo Lake Everest base camp voyage, the valley became wider above Namche Bazar and welcoming by the high Himalayas including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and numerous other trekking peaks. After reaching Gokyo valley, wilderness travel experience to ascend magnificent viewpoints Ngozumpa Tse (5700 m) and Gokyo Ri (5360 m) with side trek to Gokyo Lake V and IV on Ngozumpa glacier. Trailhead with long climbing to Cho la pass summit then climbs another two viewpoints Awi Peak and Kala Patthar in Khumbu valley. All this belvedere offer unique and different sights of mountains and valley. Upon arrival, Gorakshep makes a side trek to iconic Everest base camp and enjoy to see Khumbu glacier and Khumbu ice-fall. From here climb the highest point of your trek Kala Patthar (5645 m) for the glorious sunrise view on Mount Everest and other peaks. After reached EBC and Kala Patthar trek down to Lukla in few days via Tengboche monastery. In the spring season, entire lower section trail is covered by blossoming wildflowers. You may plan your Cho la pass trek any month of the year except January and February because of the midst of winter where possible to have lot snow. Conclusion of Everest base camp Gokyo valley trek, it gives amazing Himalaya trekking experience in your life.

Daily itinerary

Once you provides us your Kathmandu arrival details, we pick you up from on arrival gate of Tribhuvan international airport. The airport representative stay standby with your name on placard. Then you'll be welcomed with fresh garland after that short driven to your hotel. After room check-in take your own time for relax and leisure.

We have 30-minute scenery flight to Lukla. Upon our arrival at Lukla we meet our crew who will carry your luggage's entire your trek. As we start trek the trail lead throughout middle of the village, dense rhododendron forest, grain farm and colorful Tibetan praying flags, stone sculpture of Tibetan phrase, The trail following the Dudhkoshi khola to Phakding.

We walk through along the river passing a villages and crossing a suspension bridges. The trail lead us in the forest of pine, giant fir, and rhododendron to reach Manju where we enter the SAGARMATHA NATIOANAL park. Here we need to register our officially permits. Then we continue to trek passing Jorsalle and cross suspension bridge than ascending switchback up through the pine forest and fir that leads to Kshum Khangru Peak view point where we get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest. We continue through the dense forest to reach the popular Sherpa village Namche – historical trading market between Nepalese and Tibetan, exchanging salt, textiles, herds, dried meat, provisions, cloths handicraft. Now days there is trading every weekend selling fresh food stuffs brought up from lower area. This is a buzzing town with internet, fresh bakery, trekking gears, ATM and money exchange available.

Today, day for acclimatization. You may walk around the Namche village and visit the Sherpa museum. Else go to the middle climbing up above the Namche village , see the spectacular views of Namche village with background of Kongde and Himal. The hike continue to airstrip of Syangboche. Still ascending up on the scrub and yak meadow to Everest view Hotel– a luxurious Hotel with superb views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks and the whole Khumbu valley. Then trek down to the twins Sherpa village Khumjung and Khunde just underneath of the sacred rocky peak Khumbila. Visit the Monastery at Khumjung where Yeti skull is kept and explore the Edmund Hillary school then trek to Khunde - visit the hospital and monastery. Trek continues descent back to Namche pass through the Yak farm.

Trek set off through the village then take easy way with views of mountains and encounter the wild flora and fauna, Danfe – the national bird of Nepal, Himalaya's Tahr, Deer, Imepeyan to Kyanjunhgma. Turning left, we ascend to Mong La with views of Tengboche monastery and Mt. Ama Dablam. We descending through the pine and giant fir forest we arrive at Phorte and climbing up takes you to Dole.

Head off from Dole the trail continue gradually up infertile landscape and Yak grazed land passing through the tea shop and guesthouse where we get a spectacular views of Mt. Cho Oyu 8200m/26895ft and numerous of other now-capped mountains surrounding us. The trail bring you to Machhermo. The town is not so big just have 6 seasonal lodge and one Hospital for traveler's. where you can get free information about acute mountain sickness. Get fine views of surrounding mountain in the evening and beautiful sunrise in the morning.

The trek continue through the village and short climb up to the ridge, Then the trail goes on level for couple hours and climbing up stone-stair along the river to terminate of Ngozumpa glacier moraine. Here we climb up, cross the bridge then we see the first lake, walking thru rough trail, we pass the second lake then finally reach third lake called Gokyo lake, largest and beautiful lake among other lakes. The settlement is next to lake after lunch we walk around the Gokyo Lake.

Today is our exciting day of the trek. We start our trek in early morning, passing the streams then climb steep up 2/3 hrs to reach the summit of Gokyo Peak. This is a strenuous climb. While climbing up on ridge the trail provides superb views of Himalayas and largest Ngozumpa glacier. From the Gokyo Ri we see an incredible sunrise view over the Majestic Khumbu Himalaya's including 4 of the mountain is above the 8000m, such as giant Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse and numerous other peaks with enormous Gokyo valley. We take photographs than we retrace to Gokyo. Have breakfast and rest. Heading off from the Gokyo and ascending up for while then descend and walk onto the moraine of Ngozumpa glacier – the longest glacier in the world. The trail continue few hours onto the glacier. This walk will be a lifetime experience - walking along you can feel inner part of the glacier melting. By the time you finish your walk on the glacier, you arrive at Thangnak also called Dragnag.

Cho La pass(5,420 M/17,777 FT) is another high spot and one of the challenging pass, thus its the toughest day of your whole trek. We start very early morning. The trail is ascending up through the meadows to the first ridge, continuing up through rocky path then steep up and ice slope to the top. It is difficult to walk in vertical and rocks glazed we need to walk in a very slow pace upwards. As we climb higher, the scenery gets increasingly gorgeous. The ridge of the pass is decorated by sacred Buddhist flags. From the top we can view many well-known mountains. Take a rest and take many photographs. Then as we walk on the ice path to the view point we will be seen a picture square of mountains- the Ama Dablam, Lobuche, Baruntse, Lhotse, Kangtega. Crossing on the crevasses and rocky trail we reach at zonglha.

Today we have a short walk. The trek goes on transverse through grassy trail, with views of massive Cholatse, Arakam Tse, Lobuche east Ama Dablam and Pumari and Periche valley far down. We reach Lobuche to catch the Everest Base Camp trail where we meet many trekkers also on their way to the EBC.

Today is an must exciting day of your trek because you are going to step-in at world's well-known Everest Base Camp. Heading off from Lobuche, We walk onward through the lateral moraine of the world famous Khumbu Glacier. As we continue trek you will see the border Himalaya's and summit of north crest of Mt. Everest along with Pumari, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse etc while enjoying awesome views ahead on reaching Gorak Shep. Then check in the room and have lunch. we continue the trail to Everest Base Camp passing the frozen lake and walking on the moraine of Khumbu Glacier for couple of hours then reaching the ICE SERACE to the area known as EVEREST BASE CAMP. During spring we will see some expediter team as they do acclimatization while waiting for a right date to make it to the summit. From Base Camp we will get superb view of a massive of Khumbu Ice fall. We then retrace to Gorak shep.

Today we are walking up, through to ridge known as Kala Patthar and it takes 2/3hrs. The path is tough and it goes steep-up and last part of the trail is completely rocky then reach at Kalapatthar. From here we will see in 360º amazing mountain views including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tabuche peak, Arakam Tse, Cholatse, Lho La, Khumbutse, Lingtren, Mahalangur Himal, Chumbu and massive views of Khumbu Glacier. After spending a short time on the top we retrace to Gorak Shep. We walk through the moraine of Khumbu glacier passing Lobuche then reach Dughala Pass where we will see some monuments – expeditors who died at Mt. Everest expedition. We walk down enjoying views of Pariche 4240m/13907ft valley far down and mountain.

The trail going through grassy pasture following the Dudhkoshi river, passing Pangboche village. Here we often encounter the Himalayan Tahr and crossing the river, Then the trail lead in the rhododendron forest passing Deubuche then climbing up to Tangboche Monastery – 500 yrs old Buddhist Monastery with a wonderful view of Ama Dablam. Descending in the rhododendron, pine and fir forest. After crossing the river we climb up passing villages to Kengjuma. From here its an easy grassy meadow walk to Namche.

Today the trek descends through villages and the rhododendron forest. Here we get the last glimpse of Mt. Everest from Kshum Khangru Peakv viewpoint. We then continue walking through Sherpa village Jorsalle, Manju Phakding. After lunch we continue the hike beside the Dudhkosi river to reach Chhuplung. Then trail goes gently up through the jungle to Lukla.

Enjoying your last glimpse of the Mountain View from small plane window with sneaky river sights. On arrival Ramechhap airport transferring to Kathmandu which would be around 3/4 hour's drive.

Our Himalayan journey ends up with us by today and hopes you had enjoyed an able Himalayan holiday with us and get back home with lifetime trekking memories. We, Musical adventure trekking Pvt. Ltd airport representative transfers you, airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

What's included?

  • International and domestic airport transfer airport/hotel/airport
  • Everest Cho La trekking 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
  • Musical Adventure Trekking 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 trekking 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
  • 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