Chola Pass Trekking

Chola Pass Trekking takes you to the foot of Mt. Everest traversing across the high Cho La pass at an altitude of 5420m/17344ft. This is a classic and an unbelievable trekking, visiting all of the high valleys of the Khumbu with extra time at Gokyo to explore the upper valley.

While we are trekking in Gokyo valley, we will have time to climb Gokyo RI Peak 5360m. From there we can observe the world famous four peaks above 8000m of Cho Oyu (8201m.), Makalu (8463m.), and Lhotse (8,516m.) and Everest (8848m.) exposed above Gokyo. Our camp at Gorakshep provides the opportunity to ascend to Kala Pathar 5545m for more spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, including the black rocky ramparts of Everest's southwest face.

Chola pass trekking will lead you to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La pass at 5430m making a circuit of Tawache (6367m.) and Cholatse (6440m). Emerging into the Khumbu valley above Lobuche the trail continues up to Kala Pathar and then back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche Bazaar. To top off this unique trek we climb Gokyo Ri (5488m/18000ft) for a panoramic view of the greatest mountain scenery in the world - including five 8000m/26000+ft giants and innumerable other peaks of the Khumbu Himal.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.

You are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival. Overnight at Hotel. B & B

Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour.

Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple , Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight at Hotel. B & B

Day 03: Kathmandu Lukla - Phakding (2652m) 3 Hrs.

Early morning transfer to airport for flight to Lukla. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience, in itself. The airfield is on an evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters!then trek to Phakding 2800m with green landscape & view of Kusum kangraru. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m) 6 Hrs.

After you finished your guide will lead the trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley with brilliant views of Thamserku & Kusum kangraru tothe Munzo, just beyond the Munzo you will see huge building of Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Gate, where trekking permits are checked and National Park fees collected,then trek down and cross the Jorsale Bridge, This is the last place to Namche Bazar so we recommended you to have lunch or some snacks! make sure you have enough water. The trail continue along the Dudh Kosi River after two more brides begins the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar 3441m, the administrative center of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D

Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche bazaar – Hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 Hrs.

This is a day for acclimatization, we will hike shyangbuche airport 3700m, this suppose to height airport in the world. Then continue climbing to Mt. Everest view hotel where we we have great panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache etc. On the way back after lunch or before lunch we will have enough time to visit Sherpa culture museum and Everest photo Gallery. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4200m) 5 Hrs.
The trails easy in the begging up to Kyangjuma & climb steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests, which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. This trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. The trails pass many Kharkas, summer settlements used when Sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The route passes through the settlement s of Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) to Dole where there're few hotels. The views of Khumbila and Tawache (6542m) are incredible throughout the day!! Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4400m) 5 Hrs.
Trail climbs to Lambara at (4220m) and Luza at (4360m). The tails is steep in most places as it climbs through brush junipers. There're Kharkas whenever there is a flat spot and the slightest hint of water. The trails continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo at (4410m). Here was in Machhermo in 1974 that Yeti killed three yaks and attached a Sherpa woman. This is the most credit yeti incident ever reported. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4700m) 4 Hrs.
We climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho-Oyu (8201m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at (4390m) then descends to the riverbank before beginning of climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It's a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first small Lake at (4650m), where a family of green Brainy ducks resides. The trail now becomes almost level at (4690m). Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.
Day 09: Hike to Gokyo RI (5360m) 4 Hrs.
Early wake up and climb up to the Gokyo-Ri, for panoramic view of Mahalangur Himalayan range, it takes approximately 2hrs climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawache & a great looking of Ngozumpa glacier a largest glacier in Nepal. Then decent to Gokyo and relax with your Lunch & hot tea. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D

Day 10: Gokyo Lake to Dragnak (4760m) 3 Hrs.
This is a short trek to foot of the Cho-La pass; the trail leads you toward second lake & cross over Ngozumpa glacier. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D

Day 11: Trek to Dzongla (4830m) via Chola pass (5360m) 7 Hrs.
This is the big day of your trip!! Before crossing the Chola pass about three hundred meters is very hard!! You cannot imagine where to go especially if you are trekking of yourself. About 5 o’clock will be ready your breakfast then the trail leads gradually uphill until 5000m. This is a great view point of Chola pass & several peaks, then trail will descending to the Chola pass base camp 4800m. From here you will find very hard due to rocks, be careful with rocks…. Keep the trail continue after couple of hours from here you will be on the top of Chola pass. Then trek decent all the way to Dzongla. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D
Day 12: Dzongla to Labuche (4910m) 3 Hrs.
It is an easy day walking to Lobule; trek continues along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalapattar and Pumori, before reaching Lobuche. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D

Day 13: Labuche to Gorakshep (5180m) 3 Hrs.
After a short climb through meadows, look down on the Khumbu Glacier. Straight-ahead is Kalapattar - the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. Trek to Gorakshep and prepare for tomorrow's Everest Base Camp Expedition 5400 meters. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D

Day 14: Hiking to Everest base camp (5400m) & back to Gorakshep (5180m) 7 Hrs.
About 9 o’clock starts your Everest Base camp expedition though on the rocky trail. It is not much elevation different but there is lots of up & down it makes your body very tiring but do not harass, this is your dream since you were very young. Approximately after 3 hrs of hiking you will have been Everest Base Camp 5400m. Enjoy the view of Khumbu glacier & Khumbu icefall where the Everest Expedition starts. And trek back to Gorakshep. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D

Day 15: Hike to Kalapattar (5545m.) & trek down to Pheriche (4210m) 7 Hrs.
About 5 o’clock in the morning, the day starts with a hike up to Kalapatthar (5545 mtrs.), an excellent viewpoint to observe the Mount. Everest and innumerable spectacular mountains views. Then trek back to Gorakshep for hot breakfast & trek descend to Pheriche (4210m). Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 16: Trek to Khumjung (3900) 5 Hrs.Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D
Day 17: Trek to Jorsale (2740m) 6 Hrs. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D
Day 18: Trek to Lukla (2800m) 5 Hrs. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu (1310m) 30 Min. Overnight at Hotel.B.B
Day 20: Final Departure from Nepal to your onward destination. “Farewell”

Our Cost Included During Trip

  • All Airport / hotel / pick up & drop by private car / van.
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at 3* category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu city tours, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide by pravite car / van.
  • Meals breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea & coffee during the trek.
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during in the mountain.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, During Trek.
  • Porters (1 porter between 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
  • Round Trip Kathmandu - Lulka - Kathmandu inclusive domestic Departure Tax.
  • Down Jacket & Sleeping Bag during your Everest Chola Pass Trekking
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park permits fee.
  • TIMS - Trekkers Information Management System.
  • Government taxes & Office Service charge.
  • Cost Not Included During The Trip!

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa , you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.).
  • All kind of cold drink like alcoholic and mineral water, Coke, Fanta, Juice etc...
  • Hot and cold shower during the mountain.
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.


NOTE: Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

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Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour
  • Scenic flight to/from Lukla
  • Explore Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar,
  • Panoramic views from Everest view hotel,
  • Explores Around the Breathtaking Gokyo valley
  • High pristine lake, Magnificent View of Highest Peaks Including Chou, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu
  • The Ultimate Challenge Climbing of Gokyo Peak,
  • Icefalls and Ngozumpa Glaciers, Crossing over Chola Pass,
  • Hiking to Everest Base Camp and Broad Summit of Kalapatthar.

Chola Pass Trekking Map


Trip Facts

Tour Code:
NHT 03
Max. Altitude:
Trip Duration:
20 days
Trek Grade:
Trekking + Tour
Lodge to Lodge
Car / Van / Plane
Group Size:
1 (minimum)
Best Time:
Feb - May, Sep - Dec.
Per Day Hiking:
5 to 6 hours
Trip Cost:
USD 1420.00 Per Person


Everest Base Camp with Balaram in October 2008 from Nepal Adventure Trek was brilliant, honestly it was a trip of a lifetime.

Robert, James & Christopher

I had 20 days Everest Base Camp Trekking Crossing Over Chola Pass, in April 2010, a single trek. I was completely satisfied, I had a very professional guide you could tell straight away that he has many years of experience.
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