Cho La Pass Trek which leads to Everest Base Camp via Chola Pass is the most popular high pass trekking route located in the Everest region of Northeast Nepal. Cho La Passs is a summit pass located at an altitude of 5,368 meters (17,612 ft) above sea level. The trek route leads the circuit through the most fascinating places Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, Cho La Pass, Everest Base Camp, and Kala Patthar. It is also possible to cross the Cho La Pass via Everest Base Camp, but most people prefer to pass through the Gokyo Lakes. After a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla, the trek begins and we follow the Dudh Kosi valley to reach Namche Bazaar. The trail to Gokyo is a gradual climb up a valley passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can sometimes be seen. Through small yak-grazing settlements, we reach the Gokyo Lake where we climb to the Gokyo Ri (peak, 5357 m) and enjoy stunning summit mountain views including Everest, Makalu, and Cho Oyo.
After the Cho La pass, we reach Dzongla. The views of Ama Dablam and Taweche are spectacular. After Dzongla, we proceed to Gorak Shep and then climb to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and Kala Patthar (5545m) from where we enjoy an impressive close-up view of Everest. Our return route passes through Tengboche, a spectacular place with a charming monastery, where we relax and savor the incredible scenery, which includes Everest, Ama Dablam (6856 m), Kantega (6809 m), Kwangde (6194 m), Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse (8511 m), and many other peaks.
Our Gokyo Chola Pass trek itinerary below goes first to Gokyo Lake and Cho La Pass, then climbs to Everest Base Camp (EBC) and Kala Patthar which is a common use trek route but it is also possible to build anticlockwise, the first Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar then cross the Cho La Pass (5368 m) to the Gokyo Valley.
Cho La Pass Trek en route has good availability of teahouse/lodge facilities, provides basic accommodation and hygienic food to trekkers so most of the trekkers prefer to eat and sleep in the teahouse which is much cheaper than doing a camping trek.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Flight to Lukla trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 06: Trek to Dole (4090m)
Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4410m)
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4750m)
Day 09: Day Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m)
Day 10: Trek to Thangna/Dragnag (4700m)
Day 11: Trek to Dzongla (4830m) Over the Cho La Pass ( 5368m)
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 13: Trek to Gorak Shep (5140m) then visit Everest base camp (5364m)
Day 14: Hike to Kala Pattar (5545m) then trek to Dingboche (4410m)
Day 15: Trek to Tengboche (3867m)
Day 16: Trek to Monjo (2835m)
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2840m)
Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 19: Reserve Day in Kathmandu
Day 20: Depart Kathmandu
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