Everest Chola Pass Trek

19 Days
6 Reviews in TripAdvisor Recommended by 99%
  • Hotels & Guesthouse
  • Kathmandu
  • March to May & Sep to Dec
  • Plane & Private Vehicle
  • Moderate
  • 5545 M
  • 2-16
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking, Trekking

Everest Cho La Pass Trek Overview

The Everest Chola Pass Trek is a truly once-in-a-lifetime adventure that offers a stunning combination of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and physical challenge. Imagine trekking through the beautiful trails showcasing snow-capped peaks, with glacial lakes reflecting the crystal clear sky. Immerse yourself in the traditional and warm hospitality of the Sherpa customs, and deeper connections to mountains. 


Standing at the foot of the world’s highest mountain, surround yourself with the presence of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Khumbu Icefall, a dynamic landscape of towering glaciers is one of the major attractions for the Everest Chola Pass trek. Conquer the 5,420-meter Cho La Pass, trails lead you to Mount Everest (8,848m). It’s the majestic peak which is a dream for every trek lover. Gokyo Valley, nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, is a vision of the serenity and kindness of the local people.


The Everest Chola Pass Trek’s difficulties depend upon the trekker’s fitness and pain endurance. The trek to Everest Chola Pass is challenging and requires a good level of fitness. The Everest Chola Pass trek elevation gain is 5420 meters and 5,545 meters at Kala Patthar. The altitude sickness can be a serious problem. So, it is recommended that you start training well in advance. This should include both cardiovascular and strength training exercises. You should also gradually increase the amount of time you spend hiking at altitude.

The best time to visit the Everest Chola Pass trek

The best time to visit the Everest Chola Pass trek depends on the seasons and your preferences. Spring season is considered the best time to visit trek in Nepal. After the winter’s cold and dry seasons, spring welcomes comfortable temperatures. Days are longer in the spring season compared to others, providing more daylight for exploration and adventure. This season offers pleasant weather with clear skies and moderate temperatures. The trail conditions during this season make trekking more comfortable. Witness Rhododendrons in bloom create a stunning landscape. However, some higher passes might still be snow-covered during early spring. During 

Autumn, Everest Cho La Pass delivers clear skies, comfortable temperatures, and breathtaking landscapes ablaze with golden hues. However, it’s peak season, meaning higher costs for flights and accommodation, possible crowds, and a slight chance of encountering snowfall at higher altitudes. So, enjoy the scenic splendor but be prepared for potential challenges and a busier trail.

Winter and monsoon seasons are considered as off-seasons due to their temperature and weather conditions. Following gears must be considered before planning to trek in the Everest region. These gears are essential for experienced as well as beginner trekkers.

Permits require for Everest Chola Pass Trek

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: Sagarmatha National Park (SNP) permits are required for all trekkers entering the national park, which includes the Everest region. You can obtain this at the park entrance in Monjo or Lukla. Cost varies based on nationality and duration (around $30-USD 40 for foreigners). Ensure you check the permit’s validity period, exceeding it incurs fines.

TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Permit: TIMS permits are mandatory for all trekkers in Nepal. It’s necessary to provide details about your trek and assist search and rescue efforts. Apply online or at designated offices in Kathmandu, Lukla, or Monjo. Cost varies based on nationality and duration (around $20-USD 40 for foreigners).

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit: This permit is required for all foreign trekkers entering the rural municipality. Trekkers can obtain these permits at the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality office in Namche Bazaar or Lukla. Cost varies based on nationality and duration (around $20-USD 30 for foreigners)

Highlights of Everest Cho La Pass Trek

  • Witness the most iconic Himalayan giants, including Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Nuptse, and Mount Khumbutse.
  • Conquering Cho La Pass crossing the 5,420-meter and experiencing the stunning views from the top will make this a memorable highlight of your trek.
  • Stand at the foot of the world's highest mountain, surrounded by the colossal presence of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse.
  • Witness the Khumbu Icefall, a dynamic landscape of towering glaciers and crevasses.
  • Hike amidst the Gokyo Valley and be mesmerized by the crystal-clear Gokyo Lakes truly captivating art of nature.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich traditions and warm hospitality of the Sherpa people and establish a deeper connection to the mountains.
  • The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, from rhododendron forests to the stark beauty of the high-altitude snowfields.


You will be welcomed by our staff as soon as you land in Nepal. Luggage and bags will be transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will explain the program details and schedule all the plans upon arrival. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu and enjoy your lunch.

Kathmandu Valley holds unique architecture, history, and cultural beliefs of the county. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple are World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast included.

Wake early for the trek to Phakding where Lukla's flight awaits. The flight to Lukla is renowned for its breathtaking views of the Himalayas and its short runway. After landing in Lukla, your official trek to Everest Chola Pass begins. Embrace the fresh mountain air and immerse yourself in the vibrant green landscapes. Rest and recharge in a cozy guesthouse in Phakding. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Bidding farewell to Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi. Ascending through Himalayan pine forests, the trek leads to the famous village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is popular for its historic trading post and is also known as a gateway to the Himalayas. Besides being a unique place to shop at the top of the hills, Namche is known as the trade hub in the Khumbu region. You will acclimatize in Namche, visit local markets, and spend time with your team. Overnight stay at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

After acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar situated at 3440m. Start a hike towards Khumjung-a village slightly higher than Namche Bazaar (3790m). This route offers diverse landscapes and panoramic views. The trek passes through Tengboche Monastery (3867m), a revered Buddhist monastery offering breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. And finally, after hiking for several hours you reach Everest View Hotel (3880m). Enjoy the panoramic views of mountains and hills and return to Namche for rest and meals.

As you leave Namche Bazzar get ready to descend into the Dudh Kosi Valley. Explore the lush green carpet and amazing views of nature. Prepare for the steeper paths, challenging you to ascend the valley of Tengboche Monastery, perched at 3,860 meters, the spiritual heart of the Khumbu. Throughout the trek witness the crisp mountain air and colorful prayer wheels hum with silent mantras. Explore Tengboche, a crown jewel in the Himalayas, leaves you speechless. Rest the night at Tengboche, until tomorrow.

Today's trek promises not just an elevation change, but a beautiful trail condition. Imagine descending through a vibrant forest, under warm sunlight, before reaching the roaring Imja Khola. Continuing the trail you’ll find yourself in Pangboche (3900m), a charming village nestled amidst towering peaks. Keep your gaze peeled for the majestic Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and other Himalayan giants. The trail then goes through lush pastures, leading you to Dingboche, nicknamed the "summer valley". As you settle into your cozy guesthouse for the night, savor the included meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and reflect on the day's unforgettable sights and challenges.

Trek to Nagerjung demands Physical strength and stamina. The path to Nagerjun is steep at times. This trek will test your endurance. Remember to take one step at a time, and savor the incredible views that unfold with each step. From Nagerjun's summit, prepare to be mesmerized by a panoramic vista. Lobuche East, Lobuche West, Taboche Peak, Thamserku, Kangtega, and the majestic Ama Dablam on a clear day. A trek at a high altitude is difficult so, listen to your body and pace yourself. Back in Dingboche, enjoy a well-deserved lunch and rest. As the sun sets over the peaks, afternoon temperatures can drop rapidly, so snuggle into your cozy guesthouse and savor the included dinner.

Trek leads to a valley past Pheriche's medical aid post. Continuing up the trail steadily ascends is necessary, then switch gears and descend to Lobuche's. Rest easy in a guesthouse with meals provided. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

Start your day with a short climb through vibrant meadows and your gaze falls upon the awe-inspiring Khumbu Glacier. This majestic expanse of ice marks leads you toward the iconic Everest Base Camp. Explore Kalapattar, the ultimate viewpoint for witnessing the grandeur of Everest's south face and its surrounding peaks. The journey continues towards Gorekshep, followed by the much-anticipated arrival at Everest Base Camp itself. At Base Camp, you'll find yourself enjoying the awe-inspiring Khumbu Glacier and icefall. After a full day of exploration and achievement, settle into your cozy guesthouse at Base Camp. Enjoy delicious meals included in your stay (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and rest well, knowing you've conquered a milestone in your adventure

Today's adventure begins with a challenging yet rewarding climb to Kalapattar, a rocky ridge towering at 5,545 meters. Brace yourself for breathtaking views of Mount Everest and the majestic Himalayan giants that surround it. This iconic viewpoint will leave you speechless with its panoramic glory. Descend back to Gorekshep for a well-deserved hot breakfast. Refueled and rested, it's time to embark on the journey down to Dzongla.

The trek begins with climbing to Chola La Pass and descending to Thanga. The descending is quite challenging, the trail is steeper and uneven. Overnight stay at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Get ready to embark on a journey across an awe-inspiring natural wonder – the Ngozumpa Glacier. Feel the crisp mountain air against your skin as you witness the breathtaking scenery around you. Your destination today is Gokyo village, nestled beside the beautiful Gokyo Lakes. As you approach, Cho-Oyu, the world's sixth-highest mountain, will serve as a magnificent backdrop, adding to the already spectacular sight. After lunch, you'll have the opportunity to explore the serene beauty of Dudh Pokhari, a smaller lake offering its unique charm. Immerse yourself in the peacefulness of the surroundings. As the day draws to a close, settle into your cozy guesthouse in Gokyo village. Savor delicious meals included in your stay (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Prepare for an early morning ascent of Gokyo Ri, it’s the crown jewel of your trek. This challenging climb will take 3-4 hours to reach your destination for the day. As you ascend, immerse yourself in the captivating scenery. Gokyo village perched on the edge of the third lake. Imagine being surrounded by Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, and the mighty Everest. Reaching the summit of Gokyo Ri will provide you with an unforgettable memory. After exploring the panoramic vista, embark on the descent back to Gokyo. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before continuing your trek down to Dole, where you'll rest for the night in a cozy guesthouse.

Get ready for a day of diverse landscapes and changing elevations. Your journey begins with a descent to Phorste Tenga, a charming village nestled at 3,680 meters. Take a moment to appreciate the surrounding beauty before gearing up for a challenging climb to Mong-la Danda, towering at 4,940 meters. This steep ascent will test your endurance, but the panoramic views from the top will be your reward.

The trek steps back to the Dudh Kosi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla. Overnight at the guesthouse and enjoy your breakfast, lunch, and dinner included in the hotel.

Our trek to Everest Chola Pass ends today. Bid farewell to the Himalayas and village life and enjoy a 30-minute amazing scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel, breakfast included.

Day 18 :
Leisure day

Spend the day in Kathmandu on your choice. Take a rest or explore it's your decision to make. Overnight at the hotel, breakfast included.

Day 19 :

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

Cost Includes & Excludes

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

Required gears for trek to Everest Chola Pass trek

The following is a list of essential items to pack for the Everest Chola Pass Trek:

  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Trekking poles
  • Down sleeping bag
  • Warm clothes
  • Rain gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • First-aid kit
  • Personal medication

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