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Everest & Chola Pass Treks

Now one of the main treks in the Everest region, the Cho La has only recently become popular. This trek will take us to the beautiful Gokyo valley, over the Cho La and on to Everest Base Camp. Combining classic views and some serious trekking it is no wonder that more and more people are taking this trip rather than the standard routes. Enjoy the thrill of crossing a major pass, spotting wildlife and walking across a glacier – this trek is something to tell all your friends about!

Trek
:
Everest & Chola Pass Treks
Duration
:
21 days
Highest Point
:
5546m
Best Season
:
March-May/Sept-Nov
Accommodation
:
3 days hotel, 18 days Lodging.
Entry Point : Lukla
Tour Finish
:
Lukla
Group Size : Min-1 Max-14
Not quite every nook and cranny but nearly - This is the trek for those who want to say they have really done Everest!
Day
Route
1 Arrival Kathmandu transfer to Hotel
2 Kathmandu
3 Kathmandu - Lukla – Phakdhing
4 Phakdhing - Namche Bazaar
5 Namche Bazaar
6 Namche – Dole
7 Dole – Machharmo
8 Machharmo - Gokyo
9 Gokyo
10 Gokyo – Dragnag
11 Dragnag - Cho La – Dzonglha
12 Dzonglha - Lobuche
13 Lobuche - Base Camp - Ghorakshep
14 Gharak Shep - Kalaptthar – Dingboche
15 Dingboche - Chhukung Ri – Dingboche
16 Dingboche -Tengboche
17 Tengboche – Namche Bazaar
18 Namche Bazaar – Phakdhing
19 Phakdhing - Lukla
20 Lukla - Kathmandu
21 Kathmandu

Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.

The trip cost includes:

1. Guide and porter’s food, accommodation, wages and insurance.
2. Lodging and food during the trek.
3. Airfare: Kathmandu- Lukla and vice versa
4. Necessary Trek permit
5. 3-4 star hotel on BB plan in Kathmandu
6. Airport pick up and drop

The trip cost excludes:

1. International airfare
2. Bar bill, laundry, and tips to the field staff
3. Rescue
4. Visa fee

Day
Route
Duration
Highest Point/m
Grade
1 Arrival Kathmandu transfer to Hotel All day 1300 Easy
Meet with our representative at the airport. Drive to hotel.
2 Kathmandu All day 1300 Easy
Sightseeing Day see Kathmandu Day Trips for ideas of what to do.
3 Kathmandu - Lukla – Phakdhing 4 hours 2610 Easy
Early morning fly to Lukla and walk to Phakding. The flight has great views of about 200 km of the eastern Himalayas. After arriving in Lukla we walk through picturesque Sherpa villages to Phakding.
4 Phakdhing - Namche Bazaar 6 hours 3450 Easy
Criss-cross several bridges over the Dudhkoshi river we then begin the long climb up to Namche Bazaar. During the climb there are views of Everest through pine forest. Namche is the main trading spot of the Khumbu region and has bakeries, Email service, money exchange, equipment shops, Sherpa Museum, and the National Park Headquarters.
5 Namche Bazaar all day 3450 Easy
Acclimatization day. Use today to rest and explore the surrounding villages of Khumjung and Kunde, take in the sights and sounds of this famous bazaar, or check out the schools and hospitals set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary.
6 Namche – Dole 7 hours 4040 Moderate
The trail remains fairly level for the first hour or so with fabulous views of Ama Dablam across the valley. At the Mong La (4,010m) we descend to the river-side village of Phortse Tenga. Then begins the beautiful walk through pine and birch trees where we may encounter Musk Deer and Dhaphe (Himalayan) Pheasant on the way up to Dole which is above tree line.
7 Dole – Machharmo 4 hours 4420 Easy
This is a classic alpine meadow walk over small ridges where we may see yaks and alpine highland birds, but always with Cho Oyu (8,153m) views to the North. We halt at the comfortable spot of Machharmo to take in the views and aid acclimatisation.
8 Machharmo - Gokyo 4 hours 4790 Moderate
We enter the Gokyo valley passing a small waterfall emanating from the first lake. We then pass another lake before reaching the hamlet of Gokyo beside the turquoise third lake. Hopefully the moon will be bright enough to illuminate the surrounding mountains.
9 Gokyo all day 5483 Moderate
Wake up early to hike up Gokyo Ri (5,483m), once at the top we can relax and enjoy the panoramic views of Everest, Cho Oyu and Makalu. The afternoon is spent exploring the surrounding minor peaks and relaxing.
10 Gokyo – Dragnag 4 hours 4700 Easy
Leaving Gokyo we retrace our steps to the third lake and then turn to east over the glacier. It is then a short walk to our camp at Dragnag.
11 Dragnag - Cho La – Dzonglha 9 hours 5330 Hard
This is the hardest day of the trek; we start early in the morning and head up to the pass over boulders along a steep trail. The Cho La always has some ice and snow which is occasionally deep. We may need light crampons to get through this section. We then head down to the shepherds camp of Dzonglha.
12 Dzonglha - Lobuche 5 hours 4910 Moderate
It is an easy downhill to the Khumbu valley with views of Pheriche and Dhugla below and great mountain views all around. We then hit the main Everest Base Camp trail and head up to Lobuche.
13 Lobuche - Base Camp - Ghorakshep 9 hours 5190 Moderate
The trek up to Ghorakshep takes us on to visit Everest Base Camp where we relax and imagine having to spend months here on an expedition! Back down to Ghorakshep for the night.
14 Gharak Shep - Kalaptthar – Dingboche 7 hours 5560 Moderate
An early start to catch the sunrise views from Kalapattar of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Pumori is just above us, and the Khumbu Glacier in front. From here we head down to Dingboche via Dhugla.
15 Dingboche - Chhukung Ri – Dingboche All day 5546 Moderate
Today we head up to Chhukung Ri for some more fantastic views.
Note that this day can also be used to explore the glacier or to visit Island Peak Base Camp.
16 Dingboche -Tengboche 6 hours 3860 Easy
We turn our backs on the mountains and head down to Tengboche - home to the famous Nyingmapa Tibetan monastery. This World Heritage site was originally built in 1916 but was destroyed by an earthquake in 1934. The rebuilt Gompa was then again destroyed in 1989 by fire, but the new buildings are true to the original designs and form an idyllic setting for the 30 or so young monks who live here.
17 Tengboche – Namche Bazaar 6 hours 3450 Easy
Early morning views of Mt Everest for breakfast before we walk downhill to Phunki Tenga and climb back to Namche via Khumjung.
18 Namche Bazaar – Phakdhing 6 hours 2610 Easy
A very easy day retracing our steps, enjoy stopping off at tea shops and perhaps do a little shopping for souvenirs along the way.
19 Phakdhing - Lukla 4 hours 2850 Easy
Take your time and perhaps plan your next trip to the Himalaya on our final day in the mountains. At Lukla we celebrate the end of the trek!
20 Lukla - Kathmandu 35 minutes 1300 Easy

Early morning fly to Kathmandu and drive to Hotel

21 Kathmandu All day 1300 Easy
Final Day end of trek debrief and departure.

Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.