Chola Pass Trek
Chola Pass Trek
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Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking is one of the venturesome trekking routes of Nepal, that lies in the Everest region. The trekking route if followed by a high pass called Chola Pass at the elevation of 5330 meters into the Everest Base Camp. The trek begins from Lukla. You will have a flight to Lukla, the gateway town to the Everest trek.
During the trek, you will observe the splendid summit mountain scenery of Everest, Makalu, and Cho Oyo. Also, you will get a chance to have a close-up view of Mt. Everest (8848m). Chola Pass trek will also help you to observe and understand the way of living of Himalayan Sherpa individuals, their religion, traditions, and conventions. The trek will approximately 10 to 18 days and goes through both Everest Base Camp and the Gokyo lakes. Chola Gokyo lakes journey follows the footsteps of Edmund Hillary- Tenzing Sherpa and ends with an ascent of Kala Pathar hill station. Kala Patthar is a little peak, a hill station to watch an impressive sunrise and sunset of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Nupse, and other mountains in a range.
This trail provides views of the Everest base camp and goes through popular regions such as Lukla, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, and most of the Khumbu district. The scenery is true to its fame, with matching culture mixed with experiences of wild adventure. Nepal ‘s largest glacier, making a beeline for Cho La Pass and the magnificent scenery from Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar, makes our journey a blockbuster of an excursion to remember for years.
We crash through many impressive villages & peaceful monasteries, intrigued by breathtaking waterfalls and beautiful mountains. This trek is suitable for any traveler, who is looking for something adventurous which will provide the thrilling adventures of a lifetime. However, during the trip, you can walk in your way with plenty of stops for rest. About the suitable time for trekking, Aumtum and spring are perfect seasons. However, June, July, and August are the not good months to visit the Everest regions as the trail remains slippery and muddy due to the monsoon.
Day 01: Arrival in KathmanduAs you land in Kathmandu, at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will find our representative to welcome you to the Airport. You will transfer to your selected Hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening you will meet your guide, he will provide some necessary information regarding the Manaslu Circuit trek.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley SightseeingBefore moving toward Chola Pass trek, you will have an additional day in Kathmandu. You can spend the day according to your desire. If you are fascinated, you can also scrutinize the Kathmandu valley. A day will be enough to visit some famous heritage sites, restaurants of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla and then trek to Phakding (2700 meters), 3hrsA thrilling scenic flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway leads us to the beginning of our trek at the Lukla community [2850 m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay at full board meals overnight in Phakding.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters)We set off for the mountain junction town of Namche after a good breakfast at Phakding; we cross and re-cross the river on extremely airy suspension bridges. The entry to the Sagarmatha National Park, which was supposed to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment is beyond Monjo. After that, we take a short hike to Namche. If the sky is fine, then we get Mt.Everest's first glimpse. Namche is the Khumbu's main trading village and has a lively Saturday market. It is a meeting place for lowland Hindu traders and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Namche is the Khumbu-gateway, where we crash out for the night along with all meals.
Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Namche (3440 meters)Amidst the giant Khumbu peaks, Namche is tucked away between two ridges and has an array of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir shops. It is the perfect place to stop, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off to Syangboche. To acclimatize, visit Sir Edmund Hillary's Khunde Hospital set-up or take a one-hour walk to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for sunset views over Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. After that, we go toward Khumjung where we visit a Hillary kindergarten. After the lunch, you begin our hike; bypassing Khimde 's route. The National Park Center and Museum also offer impressive views just above the town. Overnight at Namche.
Day 06: Trek from Namche to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters)We will dart towards Tengboche after breakfast in Namche, an impressive view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam including close view of Thamserku. Our trek continues with few ups and downs on the gentle path overlooking the magnificent view of the impressive Himalayan region. We can spot wildlives along the way such as pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The path slowly descends to Kyangjuma. The pathway eventually reaches Sanasa that is the main trail junction to the valley of Gokyo and the base camp of Everest. Then the track follows through the pine forests, after passing the festooned bridge of prayer flags over Dudh Kosi River, we arrive Phunki Tenga, a small settlement with several tea houses and an army post amongst these alpine woods. After having a nice lunch at Phunki Tenga, we ascended steeply through the pine forests before reaching Tengboche, a little bit tough. Tengboche is a great place to enjoy close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest, it has the largest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at the Tengboche.
Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5.30 hours.The next day, you first descend to Debuche, cross the suspension bridge on Imja Khola, and then ascend among thousands of Mani stones through to Pangboche.Our uphill trek continues, taking us to Dingboche's quaint traditional Sherpa village with its magnificent views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.
Day 08: Rest at DingbocheFor proper acclimatization, this day is also a rest day. You will travel to the valley of Chukung and then to Chukung-Ri (5445 m.) from where we can see the spectacular view of Makalu, Everest, and their surrounding mountains. Then, we head back to Dingboche.
Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours.Today the trail continues along the Khumbu Glacier 's lateral moraine and passes memorials of stone for climbers who have expired on nearby summits. We continue to ascend as we head to the 4910-meter altitude at Lobuche which is just a few huts at the foot of the giant Lobuche range.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) after that dart back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters). 7-8 hrsIt is a long and rough day anyway today. After a hot breakfast at our lodge, we climb the steps through meadows and moraine stones to reach Gorakshep, either by climbing to Kala Patthar or continuing on to the base camp Everest. Overnight at the height of (5,364) in our lodge including all three meals.
Day 11: Trek to Kalapattar (5545 meters) and trek back to Dzongla (4620m.)A very early start is needed to get out to Kalapathar. The trail which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the Khumbu Glacier crevasses takes several hours. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, at plenty of outstanding viewpoints, we can pause to catch our breath to snap images. We hit Kalapathar after several hours of ascent. From here you are going to struggle to climb the rocky outcrop near the cairns and prayer flags labeled summit. We sit on the Kalapathar rocks as we reach the peak and our eyes take in the incredible Himalayan Panorama, jumping from one mighty massif to another. With our camera we take as many photographs as we can possibly, and that they can last a lifetime. We will take a higher route on the return leg to get a stunning view of the Khumbu icefall and the road to the south col. Overnight at Dzongla.
Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Thangna (4650 m.)As we get out of the lodge early in the morning, you will be greeted by Cholatse's mesmerizing sight looming across. Today will be one of the happiest challenges of our journey. The walk begins as we pass a spur westward from Dzongla. The route descends to a basin at which a murmuring stream crusted with ice in places meanders through. We hit the top of the basin of about an hour ready for the victory on Cho La Pass. When we gain height, the view back becomes more and more captivating; the Chola Lake starts to emerge, and in its pyramidal incarnation the Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south when Cholatse rises on the west. It is not easy to scale the incline; it is steep but made harder by boulders we'll have to scramble over some of them. We need to be careful since ice will glaze rocks. The final climb to the Chola as the path curves around the bergschrund can be a little challenging. After reaching the top we see flags of prayer spread around cairns, flapping in the strong breeze. The landscape of majestic peaks is breathtaking in all directions. While long, the path that leads down to Thangnak can be easily made from the past because it is just decent but can be dangerous if ice glazes rocks, a bit of caution is required. We get to Thangnak, a small village with a much more significant hamlet. Overnight at Thangna.
Day 13: Trek from Thangna to Gokyo (4750m.)Following a short walk, the trail takes us to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is Nepal 's longest glacier. Once we hit the other side of the glacier, we get views of the second of the Gokyo lakes on the six-lake sequence. The third Gokyo Lake lies a short distance inland. On the edge of this lake stands the Village of Gokyo where we finally give a well-earned rest to our tired bones. At this lovely village of Gokyo, we bunk out for the night with full board meals.
Day 14: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5483m.) and trek to Machhermo (4410m.)This day you first climb the Gokyo Ri that rises in the north side of the lake above the village. At the top, you can see the magnificent view of the Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu summits. Then we walk down to Gokyo to the top of Machhermo. You will track the River Dudh Koshi. There, you will see large pastures of yak.
Day 15: Trek from Machhermo to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)We walk downhill from Machhermo to Phortse Tenga. We pass through the rhododendron, pine, and local incense lined trees. Then we ascend to Monglo on the steep slope, and then gently descend to Khumjung. We walk for some time in the flat path from Khumjung and then descend to Namche.
Day 16: Trek from Namche to LuklaToday is the last day to go trekking. From Namche, we go down to Lukla passing through the forest of rhododendron and pine as well as Sherpa villages. This last night in the mountains is the perfect opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where we can taste some 'Chhang' (local mountain beer - a favorite drink in the mountains brewed with fermented rice), do some Sherpa dancing jigs, enjoy a special Sherpa dance.
Day 17: Flight back to Kathmandu. (45 minutes).Many Lukla to Kathmandu flights is scheduled early in the morning to avoid the heavy winds. This is about forty-five minutes of a scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We touched down in Kathmandu and headed to our hotel. But please note, due to inclement weather and other uncertain factors beyond our control, the flight can often be delayed or canceled in this sort of mountain regions. One needs our guests to be cautious.
Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu.Before the few hours of the departure flight, our representative will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport. In your free time, you can still visit some nearby restaurants if you want.
Trek Duration: 18 days
Trek Grade: Easy-Moderate to difficult
Highest Altitude: 5420 m
Accommodation: lodge/ hotel/ homestay
Transportation: Flight/ Overland
Best season: September to mid-December
Per Day walk: 2 hrs To 7-8hrs.
Trek Cost: *****
- Experience the high pass of Cross Chola pass trek with Everest base camp in Mount Everest region.
- Observe the Kalapatter, Everest base camp Chola pass, Gokyo Lake
- Observe the splendid view of Mount Everest and another tallest mountain of Khumbu Region
- Experience with mind-blowing View including Mount Everest, Mount Pumori, Mount Amadablam, Mount Cho Oyu with other high mountains
- Observe and understand the way of living of Himalayan Sherpa individuals, their religion, traditions
- Experience the thrilling adventures of a lifetime
- Sight the close-up view of Mt. Everest
- Experience warm-friendly hospitality of high landers,
- Crash through many impressive villages & peaceful monasteries,
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- All land and airways transportation and hotel transfer as per the itinerary.
- Kathmandu hotel accommodation for three days (Before and after the trek)
- One government registered trekking guide and assistant (optional)
- One Porter
- A well-equipped first aid box
- Required supporting porters to carry your luggage.
- All the required permits.
- Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the trekking days.
- Lodge accommodation during the trek
- Farewell dinner program at Kathmandu
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
- Personal expenses of Traveler.
- Extra Beverage
- Personal Trekking gear
- Additional Hotel nights in Kathmandu
- Personal travel insurance and equipment
- Visa Fees/ International airfare to & and home city
- Tips for driver, guides, and porters
RECOMMENDED TREKKING GEARS
Trekking without any necessary gear can be very harmful and won’t be easy. No one wants to get hurt in a remote and distant area where there’s no proper health care. So to make your trekking safer and as well as trouble-free, we have enlisted some of the necessary gears that you need to acknowledge before heading for trekking is the highlands.
NECESSARY TREKKING GEARS
Here are some of the trekking gears which will be there to assist us while climbing any kind of mountain trails weather be steep or narrow. These trekking gears are extremely useful and are handy so make sure you have it in your checking list.
- Trekking sticks
- Quick-drying pants and shorts.
- Jackets and thermal suit to outcast cold
- Rainwear (jacket and pants.
- Duffle bags
- Plastic boots and crampons
- Mountaineering ice axes
- Climbing helmets (optional)
PERSONAL ITEMS CLOTHING
It’s very necessary to wear the outfit according to the situation and place. So here are some of the essential clothing gears required for trekking.
- Warm, insulated jacket or vest
- Fleece pants
- Warm hat
- Bandana (if necessary)
- Boots or shoes suited to the terrain
- Socks (synthetic or wool)
- Extra clothing (beyond the minimum expectation)
- Spare plastics or Ziplock bags to distinct clean clothes and dirty clothes.
It’s very essential to take your own health and hygiene from the new weather condition. So here are some of the apparatus that might be needed while the trekking period.
- Sanitation trowel (if no washroom)
- Baby wipes
- Sun Hat
- Toilet Paper
- Urinary products
- Sanitizers and alcohol wipes
To capture moments, to withdraw money, and to trek in a very efficient manner here are some technical gears that should be packed.
- Diaries and Journal to write experiences in words
- Books/GPS navigators
- Credit cards/ATM cards