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Cho la Pass Trek via Everest Base Camp

Cho La Pass Trek via Everest Base Camp

The Cho La Pass trek via Everest Base Camp is a challenging trek that takes you to three important sites at Everest Base Camp, Cho La Pass and Gokyo Lakes. Cho La Pass is the most popular of the three high passes in the Khumbu region and can be crossed clockwise or counter-clockwise.

Crossing the Cho La Pass via Gokyo is clockwise, crossing via Everest Base Camp is anti-clockwise. Most trekkers prefer to trek clockwise, but some choose to go to Everest Base Camp first and then to Cho-La Pass (5,420 m) and Gokyo Lake. Crossing the Cho La Pass via Everest Base Camp is an additional challenge and a different experience to crossing from the Gokyo side.

The trek usually begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small mountain town that serves as the gateway to the Everest region. From Lukla, you begin your journey that gradually takes you through picturesque Sherpa villages, dense forests and across suspension bridges over roaring rivers.

The trail leads to Namche Bazaar, a bustling trading town and acclimatization point where you can explore the local culture and enjoy breathtaking views of Everest and its surrounding peaks. From Namche, continue trek to Tengboche, known for its ancient Buddhist monastery and magnificent mountain views.

After Tengboche, the trail leads to Dingboche and on to Lobuche, where you can catch your first glimpse of the Khumbu Glacier. From Lobuche, continue the trek and reach Gorak Shep, the last teahouse stop. From here you can hike to Everest Base Camp, which is located at an altitude of 5,364 meters. This is the base camp where climbers prepare for the ascent to the summit of Mount Everest. After visiting Everest base camp, you will return to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.

The next morning you will climb Kala Patthar at 5,545 meters, another great site in the region. It offers one of the most incredible panoramic views of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. After enjoying the most beautiful views, you will return to Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep, the trail leads to the challenging Cho La Pass, located at an altitude of 5,420 meters. Crossing the pass requires careful negotiation of a steep and icy trail. You should be well-prepared and have the necessary equipment and experience for high-altitude trekking.

After crossing the Cho La Pass, the trail leads to the beautiful Gokyo Valley, known for its pristine lakes and breathtaking views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. You can hike up Gokyo Ri, a viewpoint that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains. After exploring Gokyo, you will descend to Namche Bazaar. From Namche, you will continue your descent trek to Lukla to finish your trek and fly back to Kathmandu the next day.

Cho La Pass Trek via Everest Base Camp Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,860 m) 30 min and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m)
Day 04: Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Day 06: Namche bazaar trek to Tengboche (3,867 m)
Day 07: Tengboche trek to Dingboche (4,410 m)
Day 08: Dingboche trek to Lobuche (4,910 m)
Day 09: Lobuche trek to Gorak Shep (5,140 m) and hike to Everest Base, Camp (5,364 m)
Day 10: Hike up to Kala Pattar (5,545 m) for sunrise, descend to Gorak Shep and trek to Dzongla (4,830 m)
Day 11: Dzongla trek up to Cho La pass (5, 420 m) and down to Thangna (4,700 m)
Day 12: Thangna to Gokyo Lake (4,750 m)
Day 13: Trek to Gokyo lake (4750 m) and explore to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m)
Day 14: Gokyo Lake trek to Dole (4,090 m)
Day 15: Dole trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Day 16: Namche Bazaar trek to Lukla (2,840 m)
Day 17: Lukla fly back Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350 m) 35 min flight
Day 18: Reserve Day in Kathmandu
Day 19: Depart Kathmandu

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Everest
Trek Start Point:  Lukla
Trek End Point: Lukla
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouses/Mountain Lodges
Trekking Grade: Challenging
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 5,545 meters
Duration: 19 Days

The price of a private trek can fluctuate due to several factors, such as the trekking agency selected, the trek's duration, the group size, the level of services desired, and the preferred category of accommodation (deluxe, standard, or budget) in the city and during the trek, the choice between normal (simple) teahouses or the best available teahouses can also impact the overall price. Therefore, it is recommended that you click here: Price request form and fill in the required information and submit the same to get the exact price of your preferred trek and service.


  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation including before and after the trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Historical monument city sightseeing with a tour guide
  • Historical monuments city sightseeing transportation by Non A/C Comfortable Vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees
  • Domestic air tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla, Lukla to Kathmandu for guests and guide
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers Lodge/Teahouse (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • One Experienced English-speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide and his food, accommodation, and salary
  • Porters from Lukla to carry your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Everest / Sagarmatha National park entry fee
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry fee
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge


  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
After your arrival in Kathmandu airport our representative will transfer to you Hotel by private vehicle. After Check-in hotel refreshing few minutes and we will give short briefing about the trip and request to pay the due balance of the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, Kathmandu visits Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa which are all World Heritage Sites. Durbar Square throws light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage places for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. Late in the afternoon, we introduced you to your mountain/trek guide. overnight at Hotel

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,860 m) 30 min and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m)
Early in the morning transfer to domestic airport to board a flight to Lukla (2860 m) and which takes about 35 minutes. The flight to Lukla will be one of the scenic lifetime experiences as you fly over the majestic rocky spiky mountain. Upon arrival at Lukla start trekking until we reach to Phakding. The trail to Phakding lets you discover the green landscape with a scenic view of Kusum Kang Karu Mountain; beautiful Chaurikharka village on the bank of the Dudh Kosi River is another highlights. Walking about 3 hours up and down we reach to Phakding in the afternoon. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 04: Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
After breakfast start trekking through a beautiful pine forest that leads us along the Dudh Koshi River and Hillary Suspension Bridge to reach to Monjo and starting point of Sagarmatha National Park. Here we stop at check post of TIMS and National Park permit. The trail passes through the Dudh Koshi, Bhote Koshi River, Jorsale village, Large Dovan and cross one of the highest bridge over the Dudh Kosi River of Everest region and reach to Chautara from where we can see the first glimpse of the Mt. Everest. Further walking about one hour steep up we reach to Namche bazar. Namche bazar is one of the trading points for Sherpa people. It is also ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional crafts and trekking gears if needed. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Today is the schedule for acclimatization. However, we do not spend worth less at the lodge. It is highly suggested to climb up and stay overnight at low altitude so our body can adjust the high altitude climate. In the morning visit nearby attraction; Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest photo Gallery, this is just 15-minute walking distance from Namche Bazaar. From the museum you can have the spectacular picturesque Mountain View and take some photographs. Then start trekking to Everest view hotel passing through Syangboche Airport (3,700 m), which is situated at the highest altitude, takes about 2 hours. We climb further to reach Mt. Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Kusum Kangkaru, Thamserku, Kongde and many more. Enjoy the spectacular view of mountains including Mt. Everest from the nearest destination then trek back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 06: Namche bazaar trek to Tengboche (3,867 m)
Take breakfast early in the morning and start trekking from Namche bazaar to Tengboche. On the way trekking trail offers the spectacular majestic views of mountains and natural beauties. The trail passes through Kayanuma, Sansa and descends about 300m and reach to Dudh Koshi suspension Bridge. After crossing the River the trail is steep up ascend about 500m and we reach on the hilltop called the Tengboche village. Tengboche is a wonderful place for scenic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Ama Dablam and It has the biggest Buddhist monastery (3,867 m) called Tengboche Monastery. The structure of monastery for the first time was built I in 19 23 AD. In 1934, it was destroyed by earthquake and rebuilt. It was destroyed by fire again in 1989 and rebuilt with the help of volunteers and the provision of foreign aid. Explore the village, local people and the Tengboche monastery in the evening. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 07: Tengboche trek to Dingboche (4,410 m)
Early in the morning if you are interested visit the Tengboche monastery for pray, ceremony in the principle and popularity of Monastery in Everest region. Try to be there before 7:30am, observe the monks praying and you can also involve therefore pray. After breakfast trek from Tengboche to Dingboche, also known as Summer Valley, this will take approximately 6 hours. At first we trek via Debuche, cross bridge over Imja Khola and trek along the beautiful green fields, protected lands & the village of Pangboche (3,900 m). The trail is step up for entire day to reach to Dingboche. The village of Somare (4,010 m) and Orsho are on the way and offer the excellent view of Mt. Ama Dablam along the trail. We descend to the river and follow the steep up trail to reach the Dingboche via north face of the Pheriche village. Trekking about 3 hours from Pangboche we reach to the Dingboche village. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 08: Dingboche trek to Lobuche (4,910 m)
Trek to Lobuche via Khumbu Khola valley & Duglha (4,530 m) (also known as Thukla) that leads to the white Chorten on the top of the ridge. Then further continue through Dusa(4,530 m), Palrung Kharka and you will see the Chola peak and at the bottom Chola Lake (4,590 m) on the left hand side. At the top of the ridge we will find a collection of stones with prayer flags, memorials of several famous mountaineers such as memorial of US citizen mountaineer Scott Fisher and Nepali citizen 10 times Everest submitter Nepali mountain guide Babu Chiri Sharpa who perished on a mission to submit Mt. Everest. Along the way as the trail further continue to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, you witness a great view of Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), Khumbutse, Khumbu peak, Nuptse, Baruche, Lola peak and beautiful views of Himalayas. As we pass the Khumbu glacier moraine you might feel a little out of breath due to high altitude. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 09: Lobuche trek to Gorak Shep (5,140 m) and hike to Everest Base, Camp (5,364 m)
Trekking to Gorak Shep passes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier with the witness of north ridge of Mt Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur and Mt. Nuptse and surrounding peaks. Trekking after approximately 3 hours from Lobuche, we will reach at Gorak Shep. Take Lunch at Gorakshep and have rest for a while. Gorakshep is the last place where you stay . From Gorak Shep continue trekking to reach Everest Base Camp, which is one of the ultimate destinations of our trekking and will take approximately another 3 hours. On the way we pass through the large icefall and glacier and after walking one and half hour we see the first glimpse of Mt. Everest. Hiking through the trail with several ups and downs in the high altitude, we explore the lovely and vibrant beautiful views of Snowcapped Mountains and icefall glacier. When we reach to EBC we will enjoy the natural magnificence of Khumbu Glacier and icefall, people staying in the tented camp and some of enthusiastic mountain climber doing the preparation for Everest expedition. We will spend some time at the base camp enjoying the Himalayan beauty and capturing the majestic views in our cameras. Then trek back to Gorakshep. Get ready for tomorrow as we wake up early in the morning for sunrise views from Kala Patthar. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 10: Hike up to Kala Pattar (5,545 m) for sunrise, descend to Gorak Shep and trek to Dzongla (4,830 m)
Today is the toughest day for us of entire trekking. We wake up at 4am in the morning and start hike to Kalapathar for spectacular sunrise view and massif of mountains. It will take 2-3 hours to reach to Kala Patthar from Gorakshep. A long but truly an exciting and adventurous hiking will finally land us in Kala Patthar and explore majestic views of mountains such as Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), Lola peak, Khumbutse peak (6,640 m), Baruche (7,129 m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6,856 m), Kangtega (6685 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Lhotse (8,516 m) and it’s range, and last one on the far right hand corner is the Tibetan ranges. We will enjoy the panoramic views of Himalayas and capture the moments in our cameras. This moment is one of the unforgettable alive memories for the rest of our lifetime. Remember you might feel very cold and lack of oxygen, water bottle might get frozen, mobile and camera might not work. Do not forget to get thick warm clothes and protective equipment such warm cap and gloves. We don't stay at Kala Patthar for long as it is freezing weather. We spend about half an hour and capture all the memories in our camera as photo and video then descend back to Gorek Shep, breakfast and then trek to Dzongla via Lobuche We can enjoy the magnificent views of Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Kangtega on the way ahead. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 11: Dzongla trek up to Cho La pass (5, 420 m) and down to Thangna (4,700 m)
This day at first we walk on the flagstone path for some time passing through arid valley. Then we ascend in the steep path to Chola pass in the icy trails along Chola glacier. After we reach Chola pass we descend down on another side through the stony path until we reach Phedi. From there we climb down up to Thangna. It is a small village with few lodges and tea shops. You can catch a glimpse of Machhermo peak and some others. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 12: Thangna to Gokyo Lake (4,750 m)
We walk along the glacier route until we reach first Lake of Gokyo. The trek is easier over flat path following Dudh Koshi River up to Gokyo. It is a windy valley and situated near the third lake. At Gokyo you are stunned by the natural beauty of Dudh Pokhari Lake. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 13: Trek to Gokyo lake (4750 m) and explore to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m)
An early start this morning for the ascent of Gokyo Ri (5,360 m), a small peak above Gokyo village. where from the Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt Cho Oyu (8,153 m), Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and other peaks are visible. As we climb the views become even more fantastic and from the top we can see four of the seven highest peaks in the Nepal Himalaya:  We return to Gokyo for lunch. After Lunch we will expolre the lake. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 14: Gokyo Lake trek to Dole (4,090 m)
The way from Gokyo to dole is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River that emerges out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Passing by the second and then the first Gokyo Lakes, we come to a small gushing stream over an iron bridge. We see the hamlet of Phangka ahead. Cholatse and Taboche peaks rear up on the right of us. The trail descends below Phangka, and across a level terrace on the slope to climb a rib on the far side of the hill side. Upon reaching the Chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku , Cho Oyu, and Kangtega. We slowly walk down to sprawling village of Machhermo. Again, through the charming hamlet of Luza and Lhafarma we reach Dole. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 15: Dole trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
After breakfast trek from Dole to Monjo village, this will take approximately 6 hours. From Dole the trail drops sharply down to the Dudh Kosi River after long walk reach to Phortse Thangka. We ascend steep up to Mongla Hill (3973m) for about one and half hour. From Mongla Hill offers you the excellent views of Aama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangkaru, Kongde Ri and Tawache peak. At Mongla Hill enjoy the leisurely lunch exploring the panoramic mountain views. Descent to the Sanasa and retrek  to Namche bazaar. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 16: Namche Bazaar trek to Lukla (2,840 m)
Finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the town. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 17: Lukla fly back Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350 m) 35 min flight
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu will take 30 minutes of amazing scenic mountain flight lands you in the domestic terminal of the airport. Up on arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel and in the afternoon enjoys as leisure. Overnight at Hotel

Day 18: Reserve Day in Kathmandu
Lukla gets occasional flight delays during the main season. This may cause missing your international flights as well, so we recommend you to prepare accordingly. Lukla suffers from quick weather changes and that may affect inbound and outbound flights. We reserved this day for possible flight delays. If we have a timely flight on DAY 03 or 17, we can use this day for rest in Kathmandu. You can shop around local markets and walk around the city. Overnight at Hotel

Day 19: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination.

Joining a group is available in the high trekking season. Please contact us to check availability.

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