“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
One of the best adventure treks in the Himalayas of Nepal is Everest Base Camp Trek via Chola Pass which offers wilderness experience of trekking in the vicinity of mighty Everest. Before Everest Base Camp, the trekking trail goes over three dramatic high passes namely Renjo La Pass (5340m), Chola Pass (5330m) and Kongma La Pass (5535m) for which you have to commit yourself to difficult trek yet rewarding. Chola Pass requires a bit more climbing and it involves walking up steep screen which is frequently icy. EBC trek via Chola Pass is an exhilarating trek as it takes you to the most of the spectacular vantage points falling in Everest region. The breathtaking Himalayan vistas, picturesque Gokyo valley, awe-inspiring view from Kala Patthar, challenging high passes, Everest Base Camp, beautiful Sherpa villages and local cultural encounter are some of the major highlights of this amazing trek.
The trekking commences from Lukla and heads towards Namche Bazaar where we spend our acclimatization day. Namche Bazaar is a gateway to Everest region and a popular tourist hub. Traversing west from the Namche, the trail goes to the hidden valleys and near to the Tibetan border. After passing through several villages, we have to cross Renjo La Pass which is the first pass of the trek. Renjo La pass offers an outstanding panoramic view of the whole Solukhumbu region and the descent of the pass takes us to the pristine Gokyo valley. The climb of the Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak) offers great views of four eight-thousanders including Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Cho Oyu as well as colossal views of Himalaya’s longest Ngozumpa Glacier. The next high pass to cross is Chola Pass which is steep and mostly icy. Chola Pass connects Gokyo valley to the main trail towards Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching EBC, we can enjoy by admiring views of mountains like Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori. The summit of Everest cannot be viewed from its base camp due to the structure of mountain. We climb popular Kala Patthar from where we can catch the close-up view of Everest and mesmerizing sunrise. The last high pass of the trek is Kongma La Pass which is also the highest among three passes. Kongma La also offers great Himalayan views and takes us to Chhukung where we can hike up to Chhukung Ri for more Himalayan views of Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Makalu. We take route back to Namche and then Lukla to return to Kathmandu by flight.
Everest Base Camp Trek via Chola Pass is quite challenging and more suitable for those experienced and avid trekkers who are seeking for more adventures. It is graded as a strenuous trek with maximum altitude of 5545 m. Prior experience of trekking is preferred but no technical skill is required. A good cardiovascular fitness is a must and one should be able to walk 6-8 hours a day. Like with most of the other treks in the Himalayas; autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are considered best times for Chola Pass- Everest Base Camp Trek.
Day 01: Kathmandu flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding 2730m.
After you land in Tribhuwan Innternational Airport, Kathmandu of this beautiful nation we shall proceed for the expedition to the beautiful mountainous town of Lukla above the mighty peaks and through the vicinity of the majestic Himalayas. The views are really amazing on this short yet enthralling flight. From the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla we shall start our trekking expedition to the village of Phakding after getiing introduced to the crew members who shall join us from Lukla. Along the mighty and torrential Dudh Koshi river we shall ascend through the forests and wildlife diversity, the prayer wheels and flags, and several suspension bridges along the way before we reach to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m.
We continue our uphill trek along the Dudh Koshi River for the Sherpa hub of Namche Bazaar. Trail starts with an ascent and quickly changes to descend as well as the teahouses start to be less in number. In an up and down trail we reach to the Monjo village which is almost at the middle of today’s trekking. Little ahead is the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park where the entry permit is to be taken. The national park office offers valuable information about the flora, fauna and villages of the region. Descending past the teahouses we reach the settlement of Jorsale from where the trail further leads us through either the less taken path through the pine forest or the other route along the mild climb besides the river. Crossing some suspension bridges we reach the Sherpa hub of Namche Bazaar after the forest check point and past the Everest Viewpoint near Larja Dobhan. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 03: Namche Bazaar acclimatization.
Today is the acclimatization day. The altitude of Namche Bazaar (3440m) is one of the most popular and ideal place for getting accustomed to the higher altitude ahead. The daytime hiking and exploration to the nearby village of Khumjung can be a good option. This village has the Khunde Hillary Hospital and Hillary School built by Sir Edmund Hillary. A monastery with the skull of Yeti can give a mystic feeling to many visitors in Khumjung. Another highlight is the hike to the Hotel Everest View, the hotel at the highest altitude in the world, for a majestic view of the mightiest Everest. Traditionally a trading hub with locals exchanging yak cheese and butter for agricultural products, Namche hosts tourists and other visitors at present. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: Namche to Thame, 3820m.
Today we shall explore the ancient trading route used by the nomad traders for trekking with the people of Tibet in the past. This route has some legends with it, the most beautiful being the saying that the whirl of North wind from Thame monastery brings with it the smell of Tibet as well. Ascend along the Bhote Koshi River, the trail traverses through the juniper and fir forests. With Kongde Ri to our left, Khumbi Yul La to the right of the trail and Kusum Kangura mountain behind us, we continue our ups and downs in the trail. Moving along the trail, the river seems to be coming closer and going farther in various sections of this route. Past the villages of Phurte and small town of Samde, we reach to the village of Thame after crossing the suspension bridge over the mighty Bhote Koshi River. Overnight in Thame.
Day 05: Thame to Marulung, 4210m.
Today we shall have a bit longer trail than previous day. We move ahead of Thame, the village proud of its sons including the pioneer Tenzing Norgay (one of the first person to summit Everest), Ang Rita Sherpa (also known as the Snow Leopard) and Appa Sherpa (the person who has climbed the Everest than any other person). Moving past Thame we have the alpine vegetation and lesser vegetation. Enjoying the peaks overlooking the trail, we traverse through the villages of Tangmote and Taranga on this section of the Great Himalayan Trail. We travel along the trail further only to enjoy the views of Kongde Ri and reach to the settlement of Marlung as our stop for today. Overnight in Marlung.
Day 06: Marulung to Gokyo 4790m via Renjo La pass, 5340m.
A long day to go through, we leave the village of Marlung starting with a steady inclination that leaves the valley basin below in the trekking trail. We pass the yak pastures, water streams and views of the majestic Rolwaling and Kwangde mountains to reach the settlement of Lumdeng. The trail immediately becomes steep after Lumdeng, the new normal for the day, until your ascend over Renjo La pass. Bit of strenuous trek through the base of the pass and over to the top shall be rewarded with the panoramic views of the snow-clad mountains including te Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse and many more along with the greenish-blue Gokyo lake. Descending through the steep and relatively easy trail down the pass, we reach to our destination for today, Gokyo. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 07: Exploring around Gokyo.
Another scheduled acclimatization day of the trekking expedition, today we shall explore the beautiful Gokyo. The exploration shall also include the hike up to the marvelous Gokyo Ri. This peak offers a breathtaking view of the Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Tawachee and Gyachung Kang mountains. We shall also have the view of the largest Nogzumpa Glacier from the Gokyo Ri. Exploring the other locations in the surrounding may encounter us with the glacial moraine formed due to the Nogzumpa glacier. We may also explore the third, fourth and fifth Gokyo lakes. Two days and a night’s acclimatization shall prepare the trekkers well for the remaining journey. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 08: Gokyo to Dragnag, 4700m.
Today we shall leave the beautiful Gokyo to move ahead in our trek. We have a short yet bit challenging side trip to the other side of the mighty Nogzumpa glacier. Past the first and the second lakes, the trail takes us to the east, the other side of the glacier through the steep pass. We call it a day before the village Thangna as we reach to our destination of Dragnang. We shall prepare ourselves to cross the Cho La pass the next day. Overnight in Dragnag.
Day 09: Dragnag to Dzong La 4830m via crossing over Chola Pass, 5330m.
A long and difficult day waits for us today. We start early from Dragnag past the village of Thangna, a small village with few houses. The trek shall start with a gentle long uphill that becomes stiff before the ascent to the challenging Chola Pass (5330m). The pass connects the villages of Dongla and Thangna. The trail moves past the frozen lake to the Pass decorated with prayer flags. The view of the mountains of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche East and Baruntse including the others from the top of the pass is an amazing treat to the trekkers. The ice-greased trail may make descend down to Dzong La a challenging one. The use of crampons for crossing the Chola Pass may be necessary depending on the weather condition. Overnight in Dzong La.
Day 10: Dzong La to Lobuche, 4910m.
Today’s section also serves as the preparation for stepping into the vicinity of the Everest Base Camp the following day. Through the ridges, on the edge of Awi Peak, we pass through the Cholatse Lake perched above the Cholatse glacier. We join the busy trail from Tengboche to Lobuche as we turn left towards the Lobuche. As we continue our uphill climb, we have a spectacular scenery in front of us wherein the majestic Nuptse seems to be rising above the Khumbu glacier. In between we shall navigate through the Thok La pass before we reach our destination for today. Overnigt in Lobuche.
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorekshep, 5140m.
In another long day of the trek, we shall reach to the Gorakshep from Lobuche through the rocky deposits formed due to the Khumbu Glacier. The panoramic view of the majestic mountains including Pumori, Khumbutse, Nuptse,Mahalangur mountains among others. You will have a short break for lunch and we shall trek across the sandy flat at the Gorakshep and climb onto the moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Through the fascinating ice glacial ice columns and rocky deposits we reach to Everest Base Camp. More than the view of the Everest itself we can have the extraordinary view of the Khumbu Ice Fall. We shall have the Nuptse above us and the Pumori Mountain behind us as we are immersed in the heavenly environment of the base camp. We come back to Gorekshep for overnight staying. Overnight in Gorakshep.
Day 12: Climb up to Kalapattar 5550m and back
The most awaited day is here. We start early in the morning to get sunrise view from the most notable natural viewpoint for the view of the mighty Everest. The most beautiful scenery is witnessing first ray of the sun paint the Mount Everest in its own color. We hold our breath on several points during our ascend to the Kalapattar for observing the jaw-dropping beautiful scenery. We tend to get immersed in the surrounding as we reach to the rocky outcrop of Kalapattar to have several mountains standing proud in front of us. This summit of Kalapattar, decorated with prayer flags and cairns, provides one of the most picturesque scenery ever in any trekking expedition. We capture the memories as much as we can before trek back to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 13: Lobuche to Chhukung 4730m via Kongma La Pass 5535m.
Shortly after we start the day, we cross the majestic Khumbu Glacier. Moving along on the trekking trail we ascend to the challenging Kongma La Pass (5535m) past the Italian research Centre just above the 5000 meter height. Winding along the region we descend further along the trail we pass through the Kongma glacier. We join the trail to the Chhukung in between the Dingboche and Chhukung. We move in the north east direction to reach Chhukung past the settlement on Bibre. Overnight in Chhukung.
Day 14: You will hike up to Chhukung Ri 5550m in the morning then trek to Dingboche 4410m.
Chhukung is the starting point of the trail of Island Peak climbing and one step closer to the civilization of the Khumbu region. We shall have another interesting day as we shall have a hike up to the Chhukung Ri (5550m).Chhukung Ri, a small peak by Himalayan standard, is a rocky peak to the north of Chhukung village. We can have fantastic view of Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu and Nuptse that cannot be witnessed from anywhere else. We trail back on the same route along the Imja River. The descend for today shall come to rest at the settlement of Dingboche. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 15: Dingboche to Namche Bazaar.
We move towards the ending sections of the trekking expedition along the increasingly less-strenuous trail. The cautious trail provides the trekkers with the wildlife such as snow leopard, mountain goats, colorful pheasants as well as the rich dense forest. The conjunction of Imja river and Dudh Koshi River near Phunke Tenga, the oldest monastery of the region at the Pangboche, the famous Tengboche Monastery at Tengboche are the major highlight of the trekking trail to the unofficial capital of Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 16: Namche to Lukla.
This section marks the last section of the strenuous trekking in the entire expedition. We shall descend the trail in slow and cautious way due to the steep path and the shaky leg owing to the long trekking expedition we earlier had. The magic of nature unfolds through the colorful rhododendron and pine forests, plains and the amazing view of the snow-capped mountains that seem to be overlooking the trekking route. Sherpa villages, Buddhist culture reflected through the prayer flags, prayer stones and gompas, and lush vegetations shall make the trekking an enriching one. We stretch ourselves in this Sherpa town and recall the experiences gained during the strenuous yet amazing expedition. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla, transfer to Hotel.
Our trekking expedition comes to an end today. We fly back to Kathmandu and you are transferred to the hotel of your stay before you depart to your respective destinations. You shall be escorted to the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) at least three hour before your scheduled international flight. Before that you may buy some souvenir for your near and dear ones back in your native place. We hope that this trip has created a fond memory of this amazing Himalayan nation and you have an urge to come again to this beautiful nation.
All required land transportation as mentioned itinerary
Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
Domestic flight KTM-Lukla-KTM
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley
Foods and accommodation in trekking
well equipped English speaking guide, necessary supporting Sherpa or Porters.
All allowances for supporting crews including their insurance
Trekkers Information Management System TIMS (Trekking permit), National Park permit or Conservation permit
Emergency evacuation service if in case needed
All Official taxes and service charge.
Your personal gears and expenses
Foods in Kathmandu
Tip to Nepalese support crews
Emergency rescue fee if in case
Trip Summary Lukla – Namche – Gokyo Valley – Cho-La - EBC – Tengboche - Namche
Highest elevation 5545m
Mode of trekking tour Tea house
Duration 19 nights/20 days (fly in/out from Lukla)
Grade Information Strenuous
Accomodation Tea house / Hotel
Season: Spring/Autumn season
Group Size 01-N persons
Sleeping bag,Down jacket,trekking poles,Sun and cold cream,Woolen hat,Hand gloves,long sleeves cotton hiking shirt,Daily wearing warm and normal cloths,torch light,Sun glasses,backpack.
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