Meals: Full Board ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on trek and breakfast on cities.
Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
Accommodation: Hotel in cities and Lodge/tea house on trek
Cho La pass Trek is amazing adventure trek in Khumbu region and the Cho-La Pass passes Trek is designed for those dare for long trekking vacation in a highly mountainous country and wants to have the experience of true wilderness adventure in the Himalayas. The high and breathless trekking trail that links Everest Base Camp over Cho la pass to Gokyo Valley which is superb place for sneaking over the knife-edge ridge between Cholatse (6,335 m) and Kangchung (6,063 m). In a good weather conditions you can easily cross, Cho La with no specialist equipments, but then warm clothing is necessary, but if the snow is falling, you better need mountaineering gear, because the trail is filled with snow and ice, maximum slippery, the trail no doubt is steep cliff, you will undoubtedly have utmost adventure and lifetime experience of not merely crossing of high mountain pass—Cho La but equally superb sceneries of Himalayas and hiking a bit to the north you will have an opportunity to explore more glacial lakes strung out along the moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. The trip also includes Gokyo Lakeside visit located at 4,750 m height and the narrow mountain valley called Gokyo.
We at Escape Nepal have designed 19day itinerary for the EBC-Chola pass Trek with arrival and departure days to and from Nepal plus a day tour in Kathmandu and the trekking begins after short flight from Kathmandu to the highest mountain airstrip in the world - Lukla, the heart of the Everest Region, then after around a three hours walk from the airport we reach our first stop at Phakding and we continue our trekking to the north up to the Dudh Kosi Valley and the highly developed mountain town of Namche Bazaar. The next day, the trekking continues to Everest base camp, after taking a day’s rest in Namche and overnights stays at Tyangbuche, Dingbuche and Lobuche. Once we reach at EBC then we will return to Gorekshep and will climb the Kalapattar and return trekking to lobuche & head up to Zongla and pass the Cho-la and stay overnight at Thagnak. The next morning, we trek to Gokyo valley, The Gokyo Peak (5480m) ascent is one of the tourist attractions of this circuit, we get to see incredible scenery & grand landscapes, including magnificent views of Everest (8848m), Makalu, Cho Oyu (8153m) and Lhotse (8511m) and more and retrace back to Namche via Machchermo and dole and trek down to Lukla and flight back to Kathmandu.
We departure Chola pass trek frequently and we have fixed some dates for the trek too, so, take a look on our departure dates and pick one from them if any of them suits for your date and contact us if these dates does not meet your date then we will organize the trek on your own date as well and these dates are most suitable for the single travelers, couples, group of friends and families.
Day 01. Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters): You will be met by our airport representative and transfer you to the hotel and your evening is free and overnight at hotel (A)
Day 02.Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley & an orientation: After having breakfast at hotel, we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley; you will be escorted by a professional tour guide, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Squire, Monkey Temple, Pasupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa and return to hotel, you will have some time to shop your trekking gear if you need and overnight at hotel (A, B).
Day 03.Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m) - 4 hours: You drive to Kathmandu Airport for the 35 minutes scenic flight to the small mountain airport at Lukla, after reaching at lukla our guide will introduce with the porters and trekking crew then start trekking to Phakding following mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi, it is easy trekking and takes about 4 hour to reach at Phakding, overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 04.Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) - 6 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking following the Dudh Koshi River valley and crossing it for few times and we enter to the park in Jorsale and we will stop there for lunch and again we continue our trekking, after few hours of trekking, the Namche Bazar will appears ahead as we travel along the path surrounded by pines, the Namche Bazaar is the gate way of trekking to the Cho La pass, overnight at Lodge. (A, B, L, D)
Day 05.Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m) for acclimatization: The Namche Bazaar is the gate way of trekking in the region and it is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook, we will hike to Syannbuche for the acclimatization and return to hotel and overnight at Lodge (A, B, L, D).
Day 06.Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m.) - 5 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking for today with the ridge and level mountain path that offers excellent panoramas of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangaru, after walking few hours on flat Zigzags; we descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. Then we climb through Rhododendron forest to the Tengbuche, check into the lodge and your evening is free, overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, and D).
Day 07.Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260 m.) - 5 Hours: After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trekking with descends through Rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola and cross suspension bridge on it and walk passing by a long Mani stone wall to enter the village of Pangboche, Our trekking route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche village, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 08.Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization: Today is the remarkable acclimatization day in Dingbuche Village, There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as we explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Chukum and Island Peak, overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 09.Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m.) - 5 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking for today and the trekking leads us north for up to 50-minutes until we come to a Mani-prayer Stupa then The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. Today's walk offers views of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m) Kongma-tse (5820m) and the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier then continue for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, after a short break, continue trekking up to Lobuche, overnight at Lodge. (A, B, L, D).
Day 10.Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (m.) 6-7 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, where we will stop for lunch and we leave all our stuff there at lodge as this is the last place where lodges are available for overnights – then we start our Himalayan journey to the Everest Base camp for another 2-3 hours and Reach at EVEREST BASE CAMP- WOW!!! Congratulation!!! Your Dream come true now, after visiting sometime in the Base Camp, we will return to Gorekshep and Overnight at Lodge. (A, B, L, D).
Day 11.Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and Zongla- 7 Hours: We climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) peak early in the morning to see the sunrise views over the Himalayas including the Everest then return trek to Gorekshep and have breakfast and start trekking to Zongla, overnight at lodge. (A, B, L, D).
Day 12.Trek from Zongla – Cho la pass- Thannak- 9 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge early in the morning, we start our trekking as we going to cross the Cho La pass (5370m) today, the high pass over the Chola is not a joke, a steep and somewhat difficult ascent of a rocky ridge a few hours. We start by crossing a small glacial stream, and then start climbing up the pass. From the top, we are treated to views of Ama Dablam, Kantaiega, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse and Baruntse, and to Nangpai Gosain, Pasang Lhamo, and Numbur and on the Gokyo side. Once up on top of the glaciated pass, we trek across the snow, with Lobuche, West looming above us, to the summit and hang some Buddhist prayer flags to send prayers out across the Himalayas, it's a scramble back down the pass, a rocky, hilly trail across the valley, and a descent to the yak kharka of Tangnak, overnight at Lodge. (A, B, L, D).
Day 13.Trek from Thannak to Gokyo- 4 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking in the morning by crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier on a sandy, shifting trail, the frozen lakes creaking below and beside us as we turn our way to the other side. Once back on the main trail to Gokyo, we have an hour's hike past the second lake to the lodge at Gokyo. In the Gokyo valley, the character of the trekking changes abruptly. The opaque powder-blue lakes are often on the verge of freezing over, and sometimes perform a Himalayan symphony of expanding and retracting ice. We have entered the grassy ablation valley running beside the Ngozumpa Glacier, and have our first sight of Gokyo, a seasonal village and grazing area built beside the third and biggest lake. Gokyo has become something of a Himalayan resort without the crowd – at least in terms of the comfortable lodges with sunrooms, unbeatable views, excellent food and warm stoves. It is a great base to explore from, and we have plenty of time for it, overnight at Lodge. (A, B, L, D).
Day 14.Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and trek back to Machhermo 6-7 Hours: Early in the morning, we climb to Gokyo Ri and it looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest to be in the Everest region, some say it is even better than from Kala Patthar, return to Gokyo, we have short trekking to the village of Machhermo, overnight at lodge. (A, B, L, D).
Day 15.Trek from Machhermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.)- 5 hours: After having breakfast at lodge, today, the trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3650m.) passing through rhododendron forests. Then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following small ups and down to Namche Bazaar, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 16. Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.)- 6 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge in Namche , we start our trekking and today is the last day of your trekking, the trekking is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it few times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla; the trekking is complete now, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 17. Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu- transfer to hotel: We will take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel, take hot shower and relax - Overnight at hotel. (A, B).
Day 18. Leisure day in Kathmandu: It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on scheduled date and time, or we can organize you a day tour in or around Kathmandu, shopping tour etc if you want: or we can remove this extra day from the tour itinerary if you do not want it so, contact us and consult about options available for the day. And we will offer farewell dinner in the evening, overnight at hotel. (A, B)
Day 19.Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure: You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home. Escape Nepal has taken pleasure in serving you all of these weeks; you counted on us & we didn’t let you down because we know how hard you’ve worked to enjoy this holiday. Meeting you was an immense pleasure & we do hope you will remember us down the years with memories of the time you’ve spent in this amazing country that’s Nepal. A safe BON VOYAGE home…take care!!! ( B)
A- Accommodation, B- Breakfast, L- Lunch and D- Dinner
Flight delay to and from Lukla: In some circumstances, we could face problems of internal flights to/from Lukla delayed by few hours or canceled for a day or more because of bad weather. This happens very rarely, but it could happen anyways, even in the best trekking season. You may also know how climate change is affecting our globe. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if possible (just in case). If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, rafting, wildlife activities, or shopping as you wish in the additional days that may come about. However, if you want a heli-rescue in the state of flight cancellation to/from Lukla-we organize it. A helicopter charge can range from USD 3000 to 3500 and it can lift 4 persons per flight.
Itinerary for the Cho La pass Trek - The itinerary given for the tour standard itinerary that we offer you however if you have any special interests on your holiday or if the given itinerary is not suitable for you and if you would like to add or remove any places from the itinerary then we are flexible with itinerary and we offer you tailor made itineraries according to your time and desire.
Price for the Cho La pass Trek - The price given is per person on twin share basis for the Small group travel for fixed departure and we offer Group discounts for the booking of two or more than two person and group of 10 or more people will have maximum discounts with one person (tour leader) travel free in Nepal (land only) and if you even have maximum number of people even more than 10 people then contact us for the further discussion about the discounts and those want to travel in group and want to have private room ( where possible) on our holiday then that cost you extra single supplement cost, we have given the single supplement cost on our package however if you could not find it then please write us for the further information:
Extension after the Cho la pass Trek - If you have time and are interested take Chitwan Jungle Safari, Bardia Jungle Safari, Pokhara Holidays, Lumbini Tour, then you can start now…we are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement for any of these extra tours.
The electricity is available in most of our holidays and in the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Palpa, Lumbini, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and in some of the villages on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, climbing holiday and home stay trekking where you can re-charge your mobile phone and camera batteries, not all in all places of our trekking so, we advise you to have spare batteries when you do the trekking, hiking, home stay and climbing holidays and there is not electricity available on our camping adventure trekking holiday so, you need to have enough spare batteries when you do those trips.
We offer professional licensed tour guide on all our sightseeing holidays and there will be local nature guide in the Jungle tours, rafting guide for the river holidays and there will be trained trekking guide (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek) on our trekking holidays, hiking holiday and adventure holiday and a Sherpa when there are 10 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members and a porter will carry about 20kg means 10 KG from each trekker and we will provide licensed climbing guide for climbing holidays.
We offer porters to your main luggage on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, some stay treks and adventure holidays, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trekking. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes and anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors and a porter will carry up to 20 KG and there will be 1 porter for each 2 trekkers which mean 10 KG form each and if you will be planning for longer trek and need to bring much stuff then you might need extra porter as well.
When you have tours holidays in Nepal then the luggage is not a problem as our vehicle will drive from one place to other places.
Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast at campsite or lodge, we set off on the day’s trek and after walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday at the camp or available lodge/restaurants which may take 1-2 hours for lunch and will start the trek again, The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village and surroundings, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.
The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of travelers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Escape Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face in this region, we do not encourage camp fires and encourage use of kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now have solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.
We at Escape Nepal would like to requests the following things and to be a responsible tourist:
You are required to have great physical fitness plus experience of High Mountain trekking and you need have strong desire and prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas of Himalayas. These Trek holidays includes some high passes trek in Everest, Annapurna and Langtang region and some adventure trek holidays as well and some adventures like Bunjy Jumping, Paragliding etc...
Reviewed on: 09 Jan, 2016
We recently returned to New Zealand after 16 days of Trekking and touring with Escape Nepal. Our trekking to Everest base Camp and Cho la pass was amazing and Arjun with initial correspondence and the first meetings with him was excellent, everything was handled well. However the thing that really made our trip awesome was our Guide Indra. He went above and beyond in many situations to make sure we had the best rooms etc, he also gave us space and flexibility when we needed it on our trek. We consider Indra a friend more than a guide and we enjoyed the many stories, jokes and card games on our trek ,we shared along the way. If we were to return to Nepal we would use Escape Nepal and Indra again a reliable and local company with all the big company benefits.
Whangarei, New Zealand