Cho La Pass Trek
Chola Pass trek offers excellent and rewarding views of Mount Everest in the adjacent range. From Gokyo village, you can see clearly Mount Everest from a slightly greater distance. The views in the Gokyo region are tremendous.
Chola pass trek begins at the mountain airstri at Lukla forty five minute flights from Kathmandu. Our trekking goal is the high altitude lakes of Ghokyo at over (4200m) less frequented than the Everest Base Cam a route trek rovides some tremendous high altitude trekking and a visit to the second largest glacier in the World. From the to of Gokyo-Ri there are some magnificent mountain views including Everest. We trek down to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.
- Visit temples, Art/architecture/Pogadas, heritage sites in Kathmandu
- Scenic flight to and from Lukla
- Home land of Sherpa people
- Buddhist cultural experiences
- Explore beautiful Namche Bazzar
- Visiting Gokyo Lake and valley
- Climbing upto Gokyo-Ri
- Impressive views of Khumbu Ice fall
- Climbing up to Gokyo peak and Kalapattar
- Famous mountaineering region
- Unforgettable panoramic views
- Well conserved vast bio-diversity.
|Trip Grade||Moderate to strenuous|
|Trip Duration||19 Nights/20 Days|
|Trip code||NAP-GOK -203|
|Trip Start/Ends||Lukla/Lukla, Kathmandu|
|Maximum Altitude||Gokyo-Ri Top and Chola Pass (5350m)|
|Trip Cost||Prices on request|
|Group Size||Minimum 2 upto 16 persons in one group|
|Accessibillity||Round trip from Lukla, trek start from and returns to Lukla and the flight takes about 35 minute|
|The Route||Gokyo-Ri Top and Chola Pass (5350m) 5/7-hrs average walking per day, Moderate to strenuous trail.|
|Season||Sept – Nov / March - April|
|Trip Facilities||3+ hotel in city on B/B and best available teahouse/lodge on mountain|
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given in the evening at hotel about the daily program activities by your Group Leader/Guide.
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swoyambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Nepal Adventure Point briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.
We transfer to the airport then you have a scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla (2800m) from Kathmandu. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends. On arrival meet your trekking crews and process to start trek to Phakding. The trail from Lukla leads you to Chablung (2645m) and it descends steeply to the Thade Kosi which is also known as Kusum Kangru Khola. Beyond the Thade Kosi Bridge, the trail climbs to Ghat (2590m) and again climbs to Phadking. In Phadking you can climb to the Gompa to see your first view of the high peaks.
From Phadking the trail follows the Dudh Koshi River and reaches Zamphuti. From here you can see excellent views of Mt. Thamserku peak then the trail climbs to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, an interesting place to have a look around and gain an insight into the farming way of life of these people. From Chomoa, the trail again climbs to Monjo (2840m) and enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park (1148sq km, established in 1976). Walking some distance up hill you will be at Jorsale (2830m) and after a long climb with views of Mt. Everest over the ridge of Nuptse (7879m) the trail reaches the street of Namche Bazaar.
This day you will take the day off to allow your bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere before ascending to higher altitudes or you can spend it taking a day hike to Thame, the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who made the first ascent of Everest with Hillary in 1953 or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. It's the main centre of the Khumbu region and has shops, restaurants; a bakery and a colorful market each Saturday.
This we hike up towards a big hill and reach Everest View Point Hotel after crossing a tiny airstrip on Syangboche. Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. We then lead you to Khumjung, probably one of the best village of Khumbu regions. Visit Hillary school established by Sir Edmund Hillary and visit to Khunde village where a place of famous climber and big hospital running by charity. After lunch the trail descends to the Dudh Koshi and finishes for the day at Phortse Thanga.
The trail climbs steeply from Phortse Thanga through the cool, dense rhododendron forest, passing many Kharkas on its way to Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) and finally Dole. A small place with few teahouses and enjoy your night at Dole.
After breakfast, we climb to the scenic ridge above the Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma at (4220m). The path is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub to Lhabarma. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machhermo at (4410m). It was in Machharmo in 1974 that one of the first Yeti sightings was reported in Khumbu. There are few good condition hotels and good mountain views from Machhermo. Afternoon after reaches and refreshed visit Himalayan rescue association and overnight at the hotel.
This day, we climb up to the ridge and can be seen excellent view both down the valley to Kangtega and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangram at (4390m). We descend to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at (4690m), where you'll have chance to find the Lama Foot prints on a stone. Enjoy the lake view and after an hour walk will reaches at Gokyo valley at (4750m), on the edge of third lake. There are some few teahouses with comfortable bed room and after lunch explore around the Lakeside and overnight at Hotel.
This may have full day rest at Gokyo or have chance to explore up to the fifth lake passing another forth lake and enjoy the view. This is great place and an opportunity to view full part of Mt. Everest and Cho-yu with a lake view in Himalayas from fifth Lake. Northern part you can see the Cho-yu base camp and biggest glacier of the world named Ngazumpa glacier and stroll back to hotel for overnight.
Early hike to Gokyo-Ri, and trek to Phortse: This morning hike up the to Gokyo-Ri for the breathtaking view of splash a sunrise top of the mountain including Mt. Everest view and many more Himalayan scenery. This will be unforgettable life time memories and enjoy around the top. We have a great memories and stroll back an hours to Gokyo for breakfast. From Gokyo the trail descends to Phortse, c
Phortse – Namche Bazzar: The trail descends from Phortse to the bridge at Phortse Thanga and rejoins the original route from Khumjung and then brings you to Namche Bazaar.
Namche - Lukla: Following a steep descent passing the Bhote Kosil, crossing the river, follow the bank to Jorsale, then to Monjo. After lunch you will depart Monjo and continue your descent along the Dudh Kosi, before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau by mid afternoon. On arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek and guide will re-conf
Lukla - Kathmandu: This morning you will be transferred to Lukla airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are mostly in morning due to impact of weather and wild blowing at Lukla airport. We take a Trans Himalayan flight back to Kathmandu by small aircraft and transfer to hotel. Free afternoon to be fresh up; evening we comment about the trip and celebrate fare
Leisure day: We allow a Leisure day in Kathmandu incase the flight from Lukla is canceled due to weather. If you are in Kathmandu we will take you on a guided tour to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, one of the oldest cities in the valley.
Departure day: After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks.
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenirs shopping or sightseeing
We allow a Leisure day in Kathmandu incase the flight from Lukla is canceled due to weather. If you are in Kathmandu we will take you on a guided tour to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, one of the oldest cities in the valley.
After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport, check out from the hotel for your final departure.
- Fee: Sagarmath national park entrance permit and TIMS card
- Activities: Sightseeing, hiking and trekking as per the itinerary.
- Accommodation: 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu on twin share bedroom and 15 nights teahouse/lodges on mountain on twin/multi sharing
- Food: Full board on teahouse (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and 4 breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Staffs: Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation
- Transliortation: All airport arrival/departure transfer and surface road-head transliortation and Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight
- Company & Government’s service charge: All apililicable Government taxes &; official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equilpment, air and road-head transportation
- Your international flight
- Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
- Personal travel and trekking equipments
- All lunch and dinner while in city
- Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
- Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
- Tips/Gratuities for your trekking crews
- Temple and Monastery entrance fees
- Optional activities
- And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point
Please request our Trip Note advice and detailed itinerary.