Everest Base Camp and Chola Pass Trek is a wonderful opportunity to explore fabulous Gokyo Valley, pristine glacial lakes, challenging Chola Pass, and ultimately reach the base of the world’s highest mountain, Everest. During this trek, immerse yourself in the spectacular panoramic views of snow-capped mountains while trekking through forests, waterfalls, crossing suspension bridges, visiting Sherpa villages along the popular Everest trekking trail. The prolonged journey will certainly be one of the lifetime achievements for any travel enthusiast.
We embark on this trek after your arrival and sightseeing around the culturally rich Kathmandu valley and completion of any necessary trip preparations. We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla on a scenic mountain flight and start trekking activity towards Phakding. Initially, we follow the Dudh Koshi River, pass through beautiful rhododendron forests, prayer flags, and Chortens, acclimatize at the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar and explore the Himalayan flora, the fauna of Sagarmatha National Park. We get traditional and cultural insights while visiting the ancient Buddhist monastery at Tengboche. Further trekking through Dingboche and Lobuche and after a couple of days, we reach Everest base camp. Kala Patthar blesses us with amazing panoramic views of Everest, Nuptse, and popular peaks like Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse.
We will then cross the Chola pass via Dzongla and arrive at Thangnak for an overnight stay. The Gokyo lakes are highlights of this place. Then we head towards Luza which is especially known for the best natural highlights; and an opportunity of visiting a typical house. With all the beautiful trekking memories, we make our way through Khumjung, Phakding, Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp and Chola Pass Trek are some of the challenging adventures in the Everest region. Therefore it requires a good fitness level with a passion for walking and trekking around the Himalayas. The best seasons to join this trek would be:
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Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)::
This is the day when you shall refresh yourself in the hotel of your stay and explore the areas surrounding the hotel of your stay. After you land in the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and complete the formalities at the Immigration desk at the airport, you shall be greeted by our representative and then you shall be transferred to the hotel of your stay. The hotel shall provide you with the standard facilities and accommodation that shall make your stay a comfortable one. Explore the surrounding streets and enjoy the cuisine and hospitality of the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation::
This day is dedicated to the purpose of exploring the heritages of Kathmandu and the other well-preserved cities of Patan/Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. The architectural excellent, culturally important, and historically significant heritage in Kathmandu are national treasures of Nepal. The star attractions in today’s exploration are the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the Buddhist pilgrimages of Boudhanath Stupa (the largest of its kind in the world), and Swayambhunath Stupa(the 14th-century stupa) or the Monkey Temple as known among the foreign tourists. Other heritages in the Patan Durbar Square including the royal palace, courtyard, temples, and several other heritages that represent the glorious history of Nepal. All of these are listed in the UNESCO world heritage site list. After the exploration, we shall have interaction with the trekking guide and get all the information necessary for the adventure beginning the following day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3 : Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight, 3- 4 hours trek (Trekking times only)::
After exploring the medieval capital city of Kathmandu and its neighboring cities, we embark on a journey to the mountains. The journey shall begin with the scenic and short flight to the beautiful hill town of Lukla, after landing in the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. We shall have the marvelous and panoramic view of the humongous mountain peaks, lush valleys and hills, serpentine rivers, terraced settlements, and vast landscape in an adventurous flight to Lukla. In Lukla, we shall meet with the remaining members of our trekking team and set out for the short trek to Phakding. With a short climb and descent, the initial section of the trek is on a well-laid trail and after that shall be an up and down journey upstream along the torrential Dudh Koshi River. En route, we have several teahouses and stone hedges, smaller settlements, panoramic views of lofty mountains, several tributaries, and suspension bridges before we reach the destination for today, Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 4 : Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hrs::
Start early for a relatively longer trekking trail to the unofficial Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. The trek initially begins with a short climbing, past the teahouses which start becoming lesser as you climb up the trail through pine forests leaving the terraced fields behind. Encountering the train of porters, Zos, horses, and fellow trekkers, we trek after a couple of hours to reach the check-post for getting the permits checked, and ahead lies the Monjo and little ahead is the gate of Sagarmatha National Park. (a sanctuary full of rare flora and fauna). Further on are the settlement of Jorsale and the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River at Larja Dobhan after crossing over a high suspension bridge. Through the pine forest and bridges, we have a final steep climb to Namche Bazaar for around one and a half hours before reaching Namche. Prior to that, we have Everest View Point for the marvelous view of Mount Everest. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5 : Namche Bazaar: Rest day::
Today we shall have rest in the Sherpa hub of Namche Bazaar for the purpose of acclimatization. Traditionally a trading post, Namche has several spots for sightseeing and exploration. Prominent among these are the Sherpa cultural museum which provides information related to local culture and tradition, history of mountaineering, and flora and fauna in the surrounding region. Trekkers have the option of going for a day hike to Everest View Hotel for the panoramic view of Everest, Ama Dablam, and other neighboring peaks. The other day hike may be to the twin villages of Khumjung and Khunde, the village with ancient monasteries, and hospital and school founded by Sir Edmund Hillary, and a village with green-roofed houses respectively. Trekkers may also go for a longer hike to the settlement of Thame as well. After exploring the surrounding areas of Namche, we shall hike back to the hotel for an overnight stay. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 6 : Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5 – 6 hrs::
The trek starts with around 20-25 minutes of the gentle climb from the Sherpa hub of Namche Bazaar. With the view of humongous mountains including the Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and others, we traverse in the trail in a rather horizontal fashion with a gradual ascent for about 2-3 hours in the trail accompanied by the view of mountains and alpine vegetation. In increasingly narrowed paths and occasional stone steps along the trail, we reach the settlement of Kenjoma. Further along the trail and parting away from the trail leading to Khumjung village we trail in the northeast direction to the settlement of Phunke Tenga. After crossing the river at Phunke Tenga, trekkers shall have a steep ascent to the destination of Tengboche for about 3 hours. This section of trek shall include the stupas and Chortens, lush valleys and green hills, and a view of the Himalayas. The last bit of climb to the Tengboche is less vigorous yet a steep one. We shall explore the ancient monastery of Tengboche with ornate wall hangings, the big stupa of Lord Buddha, and other items of religious significance. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 7 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300ft):5 – 6 hrs::
Trekking begins with marching in the trail through the valley surrounded by lofty tall mountains. The trail is rather slippery, muddy, and icy/ snowy past a few homes and guesthouses till we reach the settlement of Deboche. The view of lofty peaks including the Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and others from Deboche is marvelous. In an up and down trail, we pass the long Mani walls and cross the torrential Imja River and reach the Somare village after crossing rivulets and bypassing the famed settlement of Pangboche, the village with ancient monasteries. Further on along the Imja River, we trek on a relatively flat trail before branching away from the trail to Pheriche and heading ahead to Dingboche after a climb for some time. The settlement of Dingboche has houses made of stone walls, some local cultivation, and a view of exquisite Island Peak, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 8 : Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300ft): Rest Day::
Today shall be another rest day in the itinerary in the beautiful Dingboche before we headed for Lobuche and further. The acclimatization in Dingboche may include the hike to the nearby ridge which provides the incredible view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taboche, Island Peak, and others. Trekkers may also pay a visit to the Nangkarthang Gompa and explore the heritages and beautifully made paintings, wall hangings, and other items. While some trekkers also embark on a day hike to Chhukung, a small summer settlement, other trekkers may embark on a day hike halfway in the trail leading to Kohma La. After exploring the surrounding areas we trek back to the overnight stay in Dingboche. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 9 : Dingboche -Lobuche (4,940 m/16,207 ft): 6 – 7 hrs::
This shall be a relatively long and challenging trek in this region as we head upwards in the trail. With some uphill climb and descent in the trail, we shall have an overall ascent as we reach the settlement of Dusa. A gradual ascent in the trail we shall reach Dughla after crossing over a stream originating from the Khumbu glacier where the trail from Pheriche meets the trail we embarked on. Past Dughla we have an uphill climb to Lobuche on top of the lateral moraines of Khumbu glacier and in between which we come across the small monuments in Chukpo Lari established in memory of the mountaineers who lost their lives during the Everest expedition. In a trail with ups and downs very frequently, we are exposed to cold and rough rocky terrain as the temperature begins descending steadily. After a rather strenuous trek, we shall reach the Lobuche, at the base of Khumbu Glacier. With an awesome landscape and view of lofty peaks, the team shall have an overnight stay in this place. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 10 : Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft) – Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) – Gorak Shep: 8 – 9 hrs::
One of the longest trekking days of this entire trekking expedition, today we shall be in the natural amphitheater of Everest Base Camp. Beginning in the vicinity of Lobuche glacier, we shall walk on the debris wall formed of the deposits of Khumbu Glacier and ahead past the Pyramid and Italian Research Centre. Further ahead in the trail is the Lobuche Pass and the trail is sand-witched between the Changri Nup and Changri Shar Glacier to the left of the trail and the famous Khumbu glacier to the right. After we trek on this beautiful and strenuous trail we reach Gorak Shep. After getting charged with the awesome snowy and pristine landscape we move ahead for the much-awaited destination of Everest Base Camp. Past the ice pinnacles, skipping the crevasses that occasionally appear along the trail on the New Moraine Route we reach the lap of the world’s tallest peak. The surrounding buzzes with the excitement of probable Everest climbers and are dotted with the colorful tents that contrast the surrounding. After enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime scenery, we trek back to Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gork Shep.
Day 11 : Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft)-Dzongla(4,830m/15,846 ft): 7-8 hrs::
Another much-awaited section of the trail is in store for the trekkers as we trek in the morning to the black rock or Kala Patthar to have the most marvelous view of the World’s tallest peak. We start early to have the view of a rising sun over the humongous yet humble glittering peaks painting the white snow with the glowing color. The hike to Kala Patthar takes around 40 minutes and it can be quite a hike where trekkers stop occasionally to catch some breath and cherish the increasingly glorious view of the mountains. After having breathtaking sight of the mountains we trek back to Gorak Shep for lunch. The other section takes us past the glaciers, moraines, and debris, glacial lakes, and monuments established in memory of the deceased climbers towards the Gokyo valley. We trek down to the Dughla through the lateral moraine and then turn right for Dzongla. Trekking in the trail with huge hills on one side and a steep gorge on the other side the trek is rather a strenuous one. With marvelous scenery in this difficult trail, we trek gradually towards Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.
Day 12 : Dzongla – Cho La [5,368m/17,611 ft] -Thangnak [4,680m/15,350 ft] : 8-9 hrs::
We have another long and strenuous trek as we pass through the strenuous and challenging Cho La pass before having a rest at Thangnak. Past the summer Yak herding station near Dzongla, we have initially a gradual ascent which turns into a rather steep uphill climb as we reach the Cho La Pass. After a steep climb up the challenging pass past the glacier crossing to the left, not advisable for a climb in heavy snowfall and may require the use of crampons, we reach the summit of the pass. The panoramic view of mountains including the Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche East, and Baruntse is marvelous, and colorful prayer flags decorating the summit of the pass are beautiful. Connecting the village of Dzongla and Thangna, this pass has steep descent on the other side which becomes gentle as we reach the base of the pass and further. Marching forward on the trail and past the Cho La Pass Phedi or the foothill of Cho La Pass, we reach the settlement of Thangnak. Overnight in Thangnak.
Day 13 : Thangnak – Gokyo [4,800m/15,580 ft]: 2-3 hrs::
A short trek today, shall also serve as the rest day for the trekkers. As we enter the Gokyo valley through the majestic Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier in the whole Himalaya region) walking over the lateral moraine of the glacier, we are mesmerized by the roughness, beauty, and vastness of the landscape. Crossing the other side of the glacier, we turn right on the way and little further encounter the first of the Gokyo lakes, known as Longpongo (4690m). Further ahead in the trail along the Ngozumpa Glacier we have the second Lake, Taboche Tso with marvelous bluish-green colored water and connected to the Third Lake of Dudh Pokhari through a small stream. The destination for today, the village of Gokyo, lies at the bank of the Dudh Pokhari and with the backdrop of lofty and majestic Cho Oyu mountain and Gokyo Ri. The few teahouses available serve their best to the trekkers. We shall also explore the small yet beautiful village, the stunningly beautiful landscape, and views of the mountains from Gokyo. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 14 : Gokyo – Luza (4,360m/14,304 ft): 4-5 hrs (Special for Nature and Typical House)::
We start early in the day as we prepare ourselves to witness one of the most marvelous views of the sunrise over the Himalayas and the vastness of the landscape. Beginning before the dawn we cross the often-frozen lake inlet to the base of the mountain and start trekking in a twisting and turning manner. In a walk of around 2 hours and with occasional stoppage to gather breath, trekkers use these pauses to soak in the view of the lakes down the region, the unique Cholatse Peak rising above. With the prayer flags entering the scene and rock cairns dominating the final section of the climb, the ascent to the summit of Goko Peak provides trekkers the feeling of another accomplishment besides reaching the Everest Base Camp. Dream mountain view from the summit from the Gokyo Peak has the rubble-covered Ngozumpa Glacier, nearby Cho Oyu Mountain, and the endless line of mountains with Mt. Makalu to the far end and the breathtaking view of Mount Everest standing tall above all of the peaks. We can also hike u to Scoundrel’s viewpoint. After getting soaked in the vastness of scenery, we gradually descent to the base of the peak for a break, to have some food. Further on the trail, we descend gradually to the marvelous settlement of Luza past the last settlement before Gokyo valley, the village of Machherma. Intermittently we pass through the Gokyo lakes, a couple of streams, Chortens and prayer stones, and the view of snow-capped mountain peaks including Everest, Cho Oyu, Nuptse. Little ahead of Machherma we reach the destination for today, the small and beautiful village of Luza. Overnight in Luza.
Day 15 : Luza – Khumjung (3,780m / 12,401 ft): 5-6 hrs::
From the beautiful hamlet of Luza, we trek back down the trail and further away from the Gokyo valley. A valley surrounded by exotic peaks, Khumjung provides a variety of experiences to the trekkers in terms of scenic, natural, and flora and fauna-related diversity. We follow the trail accompanied by the mighty Dudh Kosi River that originates in the large Ngozumpa glacier and decorated by the colorful and dense rhododendron forests. Passing through the settlements of Lhabarma, Dhole, Phortse Thanga, and other smaller settlements in between, we reach Khumjung village. In between, we trek past the waterfalls, powerhouse, suspension bridges over the torrential Dudh Koshi River, the birthplace of Lama Sange Dorje which is a sacred site for the locals. Time permitting we shall explore the surrounding of the beautiful village. Overnight in Khumjung.
Day 16 : Khumjung to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 4 – 5 hrs::
We trace back the trail beaten previously on our trek to the higher altitude. We trek through the settlements of Sansa, Kenjoma, and past the Everest viewpoint and with the view of other mountains including the unique Ama Dablam peak, Lhotse, Taboche, and others in a trail which further leads us to the unofficial Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. Trekking past Namche after a short steep descent and in the periphery of Sagarmatha National Park is an enriching experience. Sagarmatha National Park is home to rugged terrain and glaciers in the northern part, temperate, subalpine, and alpine vegetation, the forested zone of birch, juniper, blue pines, and rhododendron as well as faunas including Himalayan Monal, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Thar, musk deer, snow leopard, and others. We then make our way back to Phakding passing through Monjo (the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park), Benkar, and other smaller settlements. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 17 : Phakding to Lukla (2,860 m/9,383 ft): 3 – 4 hrs::
This marks the end of the exciting and adventurous trek in the Everest region as we have a pretty decent trek of around 3-4 hours to Lukla. The trail passes through several settlements dominated by the Sherpa community including the Nurnign, Chheplung, and Thalsaroa from where the trail heads towards the airport passing through the small settlement of Lomdza. Intermittently we have several suspension bridges, prayer walls, prayer stones, and gompas, viewpoints providing an astonishing view of the Himalayas and interaction with the locals and other fellow trekkers. Overlooked by dense forests, accompanied by the torrential Dudh Koshi River, and paved by stones occasionally, we have an entertaining section of the trek. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 18 : Lukla – Kathmandu::
Today we shall start early for Kathmandu as the flight starts early to avoid the disturbances due to the weather. In this short and scenic flight, we shall have breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys and hills, serpentine-shaped rivers, and terraced settlements in the bird-eye perspective. The beauty of this amazing landscape never fails to amuse the onlookers. After we land at the airport, you are transferred to the respective hotel of your stay. After this, you may explore the surrounding areas and go for some souvenir shopping for the near and dear ones back in the native place. After exploring the surrounding, get rest in the hotel and prepare for your onward journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 19 : Departure Day::
It’s time to bid adieu to the amazing trekking team which was together for more than two weeks. Officially the trek ends today. You shall be transferred to the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) at least three hours prior to the scheduled time of your flight to your onward destination. We are glad to have trekkers like you and we hope that you have carried with you some wonderful memories of this trek. You are expected to visit this beautiful nation again for some other adventurous activities. Have happy trekking. Farewell.
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