Chola pass (5330m) is one of the most popular
With Gokyo and EBC, the trekkers can get the picturesque view of Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, Thamserku and other peaks & the landscapes as well as lakes, the Ngozumpa Glacier, Monasteries, Sherpa villages along with magnificent forests of Rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs, own dialect, typical culture, costume, and lifestyle while trekking in Nepal.
There may be an exciting ascent of Gokyo RI, Chukkung RI and Kalapathar with the view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho you other Khumbu mountain range. One of the highlights of that is the conventional view of icefall and glacier of Mahalangur Himalayan range. You may be overwhelmed with the distinct shapes of Glaciers and the cracking sound of that glacier will blow your mind and soul. You’ll be able to view the world’s largest glacier “Ngozumpa” too.
On the way, the Himalayan uncommon species along with Wild Musk, Panda, Snow Leopard, Mountain Goat “Jharal”, colorful “Pheasants” national bird of Nepal may be considered. Pine and juniper forests are the commonplace forests right here. The colorful rhododendron and magnolia floral welcome you throughout the spring in order to upload the splendor in the path. The monasteries may be observed in most of the villages in order to wake up your religious soul.
This trek is an amazingly enjoyable trek and very good for physic in addition to morals too. Drawing close the best and maximum spectacular summit on this planet and coming across of brilliant Gokyo lakes in addition to maximum altitude point of view is the greatest achievements of this trek. The unforgettable happiness is watching for your adventure Chola pass trek adventure.
Mr. Robin Bhandari has over 34 Years of experience in the travel trade. He started his job with then TWA (Trans World Airlines) and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. He has a good personal relationship with Airlines and because of that, he was able to get competitive rates from some of the carriers like Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines, from the year 1992 to Kathmandu, Nepal.
Day 1: Arrival
Our representative will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and then transfer you to your hotel. You will be briefed about trekking and each day program. Permits & TIMS will be handover to you either the same day of arrival or the next day.
Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)
You take an early morning flight to Lukla( where all Everest treks begin). The flight is about 40minutes to reach Lukla and then we have to trek around 4-5 hours to reach Phakding. We walk on a trail that gradually descends to Chheplung village from where we get a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From here, we gradually descend until Phakding passing through the small village of Ghat.
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
The trek to Namche Bazaar is about 6-7 hours. Our trail passes through a pine forest and we continue our walk on the trail that goes north up the Bengkar valley (2630m). We cross Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo villages before reaching the entrance of the Everest National Park. At Monju (2840m), you have to show your Everest National Park Permit and TIMS Card. After complete register of trekking permit and TIMS card, we pass Jorsale (2740m) village and walk alongside of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. We ascend on a steep trail and reach Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region. Before reaching Namche, we can see Mt Everest from ‘Toup Danda’ depending on the weather.
Day 4: Rest Day / Acclimatization Day
Namche Bazaar is Sherpa Capital of Solu Khumbu region and visits Sagarmatha National Park Visitor Center. There is plenty to do around Namche Bazaar and should spend a day here acclimatizing. There are also trek to the surrounding villages of Khumjung (3780m); these short day walks are designed to give us time to get used to high-altitude trekking. This is the first opportunity to catch a glimpse of the peak of awesome Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world and the other Himalayas such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on.
Day 5: Trek to Dole (4200m)
After Namche Bazar, we climb steeply up to Kyangjuma (3550m) village from where; we can enjoy outstanding views of Thamserku, Kantenga, and Ama Dablam. Along with the views, we pass the Mong La, a very charming place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. An ancient historical Chorten stands at the center of the settlement of Mong La. We admire the grandstand views of surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys. We pass through forests, some waterfalls and bridges, we reach Dole; a small part place with few teahouses.
Day 6: Trek to Machherma (4470m)
Today, from Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. We climb a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtegaand up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steeply to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier.
Day 7: Trek to Gokyo (4790m)
This is the trek to reach one of the main destinations, Gokyo, following one of the melting-water Rivers which flow down from the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky path inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We can see the Dudh Pokhari Lake and on its eastern shore lays the settlement of Gokyo.
Day 8: Excursion Gorkyo Lake & Climb Gokyo-Ri (5360m)
Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide their best services to the trekkers going through this area. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, said to be the biggest glacier in Nepal. So, this day is to rest at Gokyo and do some excursions in and around the Gokyo valley. We can make a side trip to Fifth Lake via the forth Lake. Then, we will climb Gokyo-Ri where we get stunning views of the super Gokyo Valley. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, Cho Oyu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest to behold in the Everest region.
Day 9: Trek to Dragnag (4700m)
After having our breakfast, we trek down to cross the Ngozumba Glacier then we reach Dragnag and rest for a day. From Gokyo, it is a 5-6 hours walk to Dragnag.
Day 10: Trek, Dragnag – Chola Pass (5400m) – Dzonglha (4830m)
We start our trekking early in the morning as its quite long trek. The pass is not an easy one and involves a glacier, ice, and rocky path all the way to Dzonglha. This day we need to carry food, water as it is tuff and long day trek. Before Chola Pass, we should walk uphill to the pass and after the pass, we will walk down to the camp.
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4910m) via Dughla (Thokla) (4620m)
Today is an easy walk compared to the day before. The walk is short so we can enjoy the trip and also we get enough time to observe and relax after crossing the Chola Pass. We can see the views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse, Everest, Pumori, Lobuche peak. Lobuche is a small village situated nearby the stream and stay at Lobuche for a night.
Day 12: Trek to Gorek-Shep (5140m)
Along with windy and rocky trail, we walk uphill to Gorak Shep in about 3-4 hours. We will be able to see fantastic views of different peaks such as Mt Pumari, Mt Lho La, Mt Nuptse, Everest Base Camp, Kalapathar and none other than the top mountain that is Mt Everest. We also visit Everest Base Camp after reaching Gorek-Shep. We can see many frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp. We have to walk the glacier way to reach Base Camp.
Day 13: Trek, Gorek-Shep – Kala-Pattar (5550m) – Periche (4240m)
We wake up early for the walk up to Kala Patthar before having our breakfast. Then, we visit Kala Pathar which takes about 3-4 hours. It is dark outside with cold temperature and most likely chilly winds. We walk on a fairly steep trail at a comfortable pace. As we are climbing up the hill, we can see Lingten, Pumari, Khumbutse, Lola, Lhotse, Lhoste syar, Nhuptse and Chyangde Mountains. The view from the summit is outstanding. We can see the world’s tallest Mt Everest along with other mighty Himalayan peaks. After spending some time at the summit of Kala Patthar, we walk back to Gorak Shep which is relatively easier than hiking up to Kala Patthar. After reaching to Groak Shep we have our breakfast and then ascend to Pheriche.
Day 14: Trek to Sanasa (3800m)
From Periche, we cross villages, Buddhists monasteries, bridges, and some waterfall, to reach Sanasa. On the way, we can enjoy the breathtaking view of sunset and sunrise as well as a magnificent view of the Mt. Everest including the other Himalayas. We pass Syomare(4010m), Deboche (3820m) where there is National Park Office and pass Tengboche (3860m) where there is a most beautiful monastery in Solukhumbu area.
Day 15: Trek to Monjo (2840m)
From Monjo, we pass Namche which has the biggest Bazaar where we stayed at the beginning. Then we pass Larja Dobhan (2830m) and reach Monjo where there is Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Gate.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla
From Monjo, we trek down to the starting point Lukla passing the villages of Phakding and Chheplung.
Day 17: Fly, Lukla – Kathmandu
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today.
Day 18: Departure
Today is the last day of our memorable trip. You are free until your airport reporting time and we take you to the airport for outbound flight back to your destination.