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Everest Chola Pass Trek

  • Duration: 19
  • Destination: Nepal
Everest Chola Pass Trek
  • Destination Nepal
  • Activity Trekking
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max. Elevation 5500
  • Best Time Mar - May & Sep - Dec
  • Group Size 2 - 30 People


The Everest Chola Pass Trek offers an exhilarating adventure in the Everest/Khumbu region. It combines the picturesque Gokyo Valley, the iconic Everest Base Camp, and the challenging Chola Pass at an impressive altitude of 5420m. This trek presents breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan range. It includes the majestic Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse(8516m), Mt.Lhotse Sar(8383m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6812m), Mt. Nuptse(7861m), and Mt. Khumbutse(6,665m), captivating trekkers with their awe-inspiring beauty. The journey is a perfect blend of natural wonders, unique Sherpa culture, lush forests, snowy terrains, and exhilarating pass crossings.


  1. Experience the adventuresome Everest Journey
  2. Experience the Stunning Beauty of Everest and Chola Pass in One Trek
  3. Discover the Hidden Gems of the Everest Region on the Chola Pass Trek
  4. Experience the Tranquility of Gokyo Lakes
  5. Gaze at the gigantic massifs of the Mahalangur range
  6. Immerse Yourself in distinct Sherpa Walk of Life

Sherpa People and Culture

Gokyo, a remote Himalayan valley, showcases mesmerizing views of mountains, glaciers, and the tranquil Gokyo Lake. As you embark on this trek, you may also have the opportunity to witness the Dumje festival in April. Furthermore, experience the enchanting Mani Rimdu Dance performed by the Sherpa people in their monasteries. The highlights of this trek include breathtaking mountain vistas, the sacred lakes of Gokyo Valley, picturesque river valleys, glacier encounters, and the unforgettable experience of crossing the challenging Chola Pass trekking.

Your trek to Gokyo via Everest Base Camp and Chola Pass commences with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Lukla is a small commercial town and acts as a commencement point for Sagarmatha National Park (SNP). This UNESCO World Heritage Site treats you to a myriad of natural wonders. SNP includes lush rhododendron and pine forests, the Dudh Koshi Valley, lofty mountain passes, cascading waterfalls, and charming Sherpa villages.

Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park, encompasses Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Lobuche, Pheriche, and more. It is home to diverse flora and fauna, including elusive wildlife such as the snow leopard, red panda, and Himalayan Thar. The warm hospitality and friendly nature of the Sherpa people further enhance the trekking experience. Additionally, a hike to Kala Patthar offers an unrivaled viewpoint to witness the panoramic splendor of Mt. Everest. Alongside gaze at  Ama Dablam (6856m.), Kantega (6809m.), Kwangde (6194m.), Mt. Nuptse (7879m.), and Mt. Lhotse (8511m.). The best time to embark on the Gokyo Lake trek with Chola Pass to EBC is from mid-March to May and from September to mid-December.

The East Cho La Pass, a thrilling part of this fully-fledged adventure trek, presents trekkers with a unique challenge, going beyond the ordinary Himalayan trails. It not only rewards them with breathtaking views of Mount Everest but also offers insights into the Sherpa culture and their resilient lifestyle in the Himalayas. Throughout the Everest trekking to Gokyo Lake, you traverse diverse landscapes, including picturesque valleys like Gokyo, massive glaciers, and holy lakes.

Chola Pass Trek with Tidy Himalaya

At Tidy Himalaya, experienced trekking guides ensure warm and friendly hospitality. Chola Pass Trek allows you to revel in sensational views of snow-capped mountains, dramatic landscapes, verdant high valleys, and pristine lakes within SNP. One of the highlights of the trek is conquering the challenging Cho La Pass. This pass is situated above 5,300 meters, which requires an early start and entails traversing icy trails. This achievement will undoubtedly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Your Trek to Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass may have its fair share of long and challenging walking days. the personal triumphs and extraordinary photo opportunities make it all worthwhile. If trekking doesn’t suit your preferences but you still yearn to witness the beauty of Gokyo Chola Pass and Everest Base Camp, consider an unforgettable Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour. It’s a fantastic alternative for experiencing these remarkable destinations without the physical demands of trekking. As the trek proceeds to Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp, and Kalapatthar (Everest View Point), the sense of accomplishment persists. Adequate preparation, physical fitness, and acclimatization are essential for this challenging journey.

Experience the ultimate blend of adventure and luxury with our Everest Cho La Pass Trek. Contact Tidy Himalaya Treks and Expeditions to book your journey to the roof of the world. Let us create an extraordinary experience that will exceed your expectations and leave you with cherished memories of this remarkable expedition. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Everest Chola Pass Trek Itinerary

Tidy Himalaya has meticulously designed an itinerary that allows for a gradual ascent and incorporates rest days for acclimatization. Chola Pass Trek Itinerary requires careful planning of the stopovers considering adequate acclimatization days. It is recommended that you read our blog post-Acclimatization while trekking the Himalayas for detailed information on acclimatizing during the trek.

Permits for Everest Chola Pass Trek

Trek to Chola Pass requires you to obtain 2 different kinds of permits. The region beyond Monjo up until EBC including almost all of Everest region is encompassed by Sagarmatha National Park. You need to attain a Sagarmatha National Park permit which can be obtained at Monjo during the trek. Next, you need a local permit known as Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit which can be obtained at the same location. These permits cost approximately $20 each and are valid for the whole trekking duration.

Accommodation during Everest Chola Pass Trek

Chola Pass Trekking takes you through charming Sherpa villages in Nepal’s Everest region. Along the trail, you’ll find teahouses run by the local Sherpas, offering basic accommodation for trekkers. These teahouses provide modest facilities with limited modern conveniences. Rooms typically have twin beds furnished with foam pads, pillows, and blankets. While some teahouses have attached bathrooms, higher up on the trek, shared bathrooms are more common, accommodating multiple guests.

For warmth, teahouses utilize Bukhara stoves, which are iron cylinders with chimney ducts where log fires are lit. These stoves are placed in the dining areas, providing a cozy gathering spot where you can enjoy the comforting heat of the log fire.

Best time for Chola Pass Trekking

Nepal enjoys moderate climatic conditions throughout the year. However,  a few months are characterized by high humidity and muggy weather. The country experiences four distinct weather patterns during different seasons: Spring (March, April, May), Summer/Monsoon (June, July, August), Autumn (September, October, November), and Winter (December, January, February).

For Everest Trekking to Gokyo Lake, the ideal time is during the pleasant seasons of Autumn and Spring. During these periods, the skies are clear, and the weather is warm. Spring showcases the blossoming of vibrant flora, painting the Nepalese landscapes with a kaleidoscope of colors along the trekking trails. Autumn follows the monsoon season, offering relief from heavy rains. The temperatures in the highlands are moderate, and the higher altitudes are comparatively warmer during this time.

Travel Insurance for EBC Chola Pass Trek

While travel insurance is not mandatory, we highly recommend it for the Gokyo Lake Trek. Trekking in the Himalayas poses certain risks, such as injuries that may require emergency helicopter rescue or the possibility of altitude sickness. Travel insurance provides coverage for passport loss, travel delays, medical emergencies, helicopter evacuation, and loss of baggage, ensuring peace of mind during your trekking adventure.


You will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will explain the program upon arrival. Overnight at hotel

Sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley including: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Early morning transfer to airport for Lukla flight. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high evaluation, and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters! Trek to Phakding with green landscape & view of Kusum Kangraru. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

We follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests, to the famous village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat, and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. We capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks on the hike. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

This is a day for acclimatization; we will hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m), the supposed to be the highest airport in the world. Then continue climbing to Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache, etc. On the way back visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

The flat and easy trail leads towards the view of Mt. Everest, then descends deep into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka; from here it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Tengboche Monastery (3860m). It is the spiritual center of the Khumbu; the climb is long, but more than adequately compensated by views of Mt. Amadablam and on a clear day, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Descend through a beautiful forest, then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m); perhaps today is the most exciting trekking because you will not lose altitude like on other days and you will enjoy views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse & other peaks; the route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the ‘summer valley’. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100m. After breakfast, you ascend Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The footpath becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically challenging day: ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude there are good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day, you could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley. After a short rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche: the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch you should take a well-deserved rest, afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will spend a second night in Dingboche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla, passing the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m), staffed by western volunteer doctors and supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association which offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. Continue up the valley, gaining altitude. Come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

After a short climb through meadows, look down on the Khumbu Glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapattar – the best vantage point to view the entire south face and the surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours, we will get to Gorekshep and continue our journey to Everest Base camp. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs, and, combined with altitude, this can be a tiring portion- but the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hrs of hiking, you will arrive at Base Camp and enjoy views of the Khumbu Glacier and icefall, where Everest expeditions begin. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

The day starts with a hike up to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft), the best viewpoint to witness Mt. Everest and the spectacular Himalayan range. Then trek back to Gorekshep for hot breakfast and then descend to Dzongla. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

We begin the day by climbing to Chola, crossing over, and descending to Thanga. The descending is quite challenging. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

We trek to Gokyo Lake crossing over Ngozumpa Glacier (the large glacier in the Himalayan 36 Kilometers in Length). Gokyo village stands by the third lake, and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight at this juncture. After lunch, you may explore Lake Dudh Pokhari. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Gokyo Ri is the highlight of this trip. Early morning, we hike up to the Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak). Climbing to Gokyo Ri is obviously strenuous as it is steep up and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. But even the trial scenery of Gokyo village on the edge of the third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Ngozumpa Glacier are mind-blowing. We feel like we are surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. The sight of sunrays kissing the Everest that towers over all surrounding peaks is unlike from Kalapattar (from Kalapattar Nuptse seems taller). Our Gokyo RI visit will be unforgettable lifetime memories. We trek down to Gokyo. Upon breakfast, we trek down to Dole. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Descend to Phorste Tenga (3680m/1270ft) and total steep climb to Mong- la Danda (4940m/16200ft), again we descend to Kyangjuma (3550m/11645ft) then more accessible trail to Namche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

The trek continues along the Dudh Kosi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla, where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel, breakfast included.

Spend the day in Kathmandu, to rest or to explore, as per your inclination. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Tidy Himalaya will take you to the airport.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; we provide private bathrooms with hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag for the trekking
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Tidy Himalaya T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, fanta etc.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost and Date

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.
The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

Currently we have No Fix Departure for this trip