Everest Cho La Pass Trek - 17 Days

An Adventure Everest Chola Pass Trek with Gokyo Lake 17 Days
Everest Cho La Pass Trek 19 Days
What to see & doSpecific information about Everest Cho La Pass Trek - 17 Days
  • Duration17 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5555m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 8
  • Transportation Private Vehicles and Flights
  • Best Season March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov

Everest Cho La Pass Trek adds a zest of additional adventure to the regular Everest Base Camp Hike by letting you cross one of the high passes of the Khumbu region, Cho La Pass. This particular trek in the Everest region is designed for those who are looking to step up their level in the Himalayas one step at a time. The trek will allow you to cross one of the challenging passes of the region, from where you get to witness exceptional landscapes. Moreover, the pass trek also takes you to the picturesque Gokyo Valley.

On this 17 days trek to Everest Cho La Pass, you get to explore the very famous Everest Base Camp and hike to Kala Patthar, from where you can see glorious sunrise along with a 360-degree view of Mt. Everest. Likewise, you will spend a night in a beautiful Gokyo village and explore the holy Gokyo Lakes.

This one-of-a-kind trek to the EBC Cho La Pass provides breathtaking views of mountain panoramas and glaciers. It follows the well-known trekking path across the Dudh Koshi River to its source, the Gokyo Lake, west of Everest Base Camp. The Ebc Chola Pass Trek provides many opportunities to take in the magnificent views of Mt. Everest as well as countless other nearby peaks. You can also visit Buddhist monasteries and shrines, as well as witness the abundant flora and fauna.

The Ebc Cho La Pass Trek route includes several ascents and descents, as well as crossing several streams and dense woodlands. Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kwangde, Kangtaiga, and Gyachyung Kang can all be viewed during the trek to the Everest region.

You're wholeheartedly welcome to join this amazing venture with us, Outfitter Nepal. We run both private and group treks and are flexible to customize itineraries as per your need. Trekking in Nepal's Himalayas is something that Outfitter Nepal has a lot of experience with. Our trekking package for the Ebc Cho La Pass region provides you with the opportunity to go on the most exciting journey of your life with knowledgeable, experienced guides and porters. Join us on one of our Trek departure dates, or contact us to customize an Everest Cho La Pass Trekking to meet your exact requirements.

Want to know more? Here are some of the most compelling reasons to book your trekking journey to the Everest Cho La Pass region with us. We look forward to aiding you in creating lifelong experiences throughout your vacation in Nepal.

What to anticipate from the 17 Days Everest Cho La Pass Trek?

The Everest Cho La Pass Trek is more than just an adventurous trek. Tempting landscape views, huge snow-capped mountains, rushing streams, pristine lakes, cold rivers, dense forests, fine valleys, picturesque villages, huge glaciers, stunning icefall, artistic monasteries, colorful prayer flags, ancient stupas, rich culture, and unique lifestyle of the locals, all of these makes this trek a lifetime journey.

The beauty of the region, including the magnificent Rhododendron, Magnolia, and enormous fir forest, will wow you while trekking. This trek will take you around Gokyo Valley, which is an enriching journey. From west to east, you can see the most spectacular views of the greatest peaks, including Cho you (8153m), Gyanchung Kang (7922m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m), and Makalu. The journey across Cho La Pass (5420m), which encompasses both the Gokyo Lake and the Everest Base Camp, is eventually challenging but worth every drop of sweat.

This trek offers a chance to witness the land of the Sherpa. Moreover, you might get to see rare wildlife like Himalayan tahr, musk deer, snow leopards, snow cocks, pheasants, etc. And the most interesting thing is Yeti. Yes, they are believed to be found in this region. You can see the head of the Yeti in one of the monasteries in the Khumjung village while you go on a short excursion during the trip.

How challenging is the Everest Chola Pass Trek?

Everest Cho La Pass Trek is a difficult trek as you have to cross the challenging Cho La Pass. The trail includes several ascends and descends through a rugged and steep path in the remote Himalayas. The high altitude also makes the journey tiring and increases the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Good physical fitness and health are a must to go on this trek.

If you have previous experience in high-altitude trekking, you can imagine the difficulty. Even if you are new to trekking, there's no need to worry. We only hike for 5-7 hours a day with adequate acclimatization, which makes it fairly easy to trek. However, we suggest you do a few hikes or exercise for a couple of months before joining the Ebc Cho La Pass trek to get your body ready.

Why choose Outfitter Nepal for the trek to Cho La Pass in the Everest region?

Great adventures are accompanied by a great deal of responsibility. As much as we want you to have fun, we also want to ensure that the Himalayas' stunning grandeur is conserved for future generations. We are proud of our status as an environmentally conscious trekking organization. In addition to responsible traveling, we also focus on sustainable tourism. We make sure that hikers who book our trip packages travel responsibly by not littering the trail or by avoiding the use of single-use plastic bottles. Similarly, we encourage our guests to consume local products to contribute to the local economy. We also hire local guides and potters to help the youth with employment opportunities.

Furthermore, we're fortunate to have been established as one of the best trekking agencies in Nepal, with an experience of 2 decades. We don't leave any page unturned to ensure you a safe, fun, and fruitful trekking journey to the Everest Cho La Pass. 

Best Features of the Everest Cho La Pass Trek

  • Crossing the Everest Cho La Pass
  • Visit the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar
  • Sightseeing tour of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla
  • Visit Namche Bazaar and Khumjung Village
  • Visit Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Lake, and Gokyo Ri
  • Unforgettable views of Khumbu Ice Fall and Khumbu Glacier

Major Attractions of the Everest Cho La Pass Trek

Thrilling flight to Lukla

Lukla, the starting point for this trek, is reached after a brief 35-minute flight. Flying to Lukla is incredible, and staying on that short flight requires a lot of courage. The flight will be awe-inspiring and thrilling. It is one of the most enjoyable events of the trek. What makes this flight so exciting?

It is, in fact, Lukla Airport's landing strip. It features one of the world's shortest runways of 525 meters (1,729 feet) and one of the world's highest airports at 2,845 m (9,334 feet). When you consider how steep the runway is and how it hangs off the side of a hill, you know you're about to start the trekking journey with a blast of adrenaline.

Hiking through Sagarmatha National Park

From Monjo onwards, the trail passes through Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to numerous flora and fauna. This park is also listed in the UNESCO World Natural Sites. The park has different climatic zones and diverse vegetation.

For many years, Sagarmatha National Park has served as a haven for endangered animals and birds. The national park is home to two endangered species: the Red Panda and the Snow Leopard. Sagarmatha National Park's birdlife has long been a draw for visitors. If you're a fan of bird watching, don't forget to pack a binocular. 

Namche Bazar, the gateway to Everest

Namche Bazar is a very famous Sherpa village where you get to look into the daily lifestyle and practices of these people. Namche Bazar is the most developed village in the region. Most modern facilities like Wifi, cafes, libraries, etc., are available here. You can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery to gain more information about the Everest region and its nature and culture.

Namche, nestled on the side of an arch-shaped mountain with panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks from all locations in the valley, was formerly an important trading center in the Khumbu region. Namche also serves as a memorial to previous climbing expeditions. It is well-known for its yak cheese and butter. This small Himalayan town is a highlight of the Everest Cho La Pass Trek. To adapt to the increasing altitude, hikers frequently stay here for several days. Your stay at Namche will be memorable!

The ancient Tengboche Monastery

During the Cho La Pass Trek, you'll visit the oldest and the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region, the Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche is one of the most significant monasteries in the Khumbu region. This is the oldest and biggest monastery, which used to be home to hundreds of monks. From the monastery, you can also see stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains.

Tengboche Monastery is one of the main attractions for trekkers, mountaineers, and everyone else throughout the Everest Cho La Pass trekking route. This old monastery, which is also a very important religious holy site in Khumbu, offers breathtaking views of Mt. Amadablam and the surrounding Himalayas. All pilgrims and visitors who enter this hallowed site will be blessed by Guru Rinpoche.

The Tengboche monastery was built by Lama Gulu in 1916, but the 1934 earthquake completely destroyed it. In the same year, the monastery was renovated. The monastery had to be restored again after a fire ravaged it in 1989. Despite these catastrophes, the Tengboche monastery is the oldest and biggest in the Khumbu region.

Difficult Everest Cho La Pass Trekking Trail

Before reaching Gokyo villages, you have to cross the Cho La Pass via Everest Base Camp. The trail to the top of the pass is difficult. However, the view you get to see at the end is unbelievable. The pass adds the perfect zest of thrill and challenges to the entire journey.

The trek that follows the Cho La Pass is one of Nepal's most difficult excursions. In one of the most scenically magnificent sections of the Everest region, these massifs combine to create the most spectacular display of beautiful passes.

Exploring the Everest Base Camp

The lap of the world's highest mountain, Everest Base Camp, is a dream destination for thousands of travelers. From the base camp, you can witness panoramic views of numerous Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, etc.

Everest Base Camp is located at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier, surrounded by some of the world's most famous peaks. The Everest Base Camp is a must-see for trekkers from all over the world. The base camp for Mt. Everest is situated at the foot of the world's highest mountain (8,848 m). Reaching the Everest Base Camp is a great achievement in and of itself.

Kala Patthar, the famous vantage point of the region

Kala Patthar is a very popular vantage point in the Everest region. Situated a little above Everest Base Camp, the trail to Kala Patthar is steep and rocky. Upon reaching the top of the viewpoint, you can see excellent sunrise along with 360-degree views of Mt. Everest and surrounding mountains.

The enormous peaks of Nuptse, Changtse, and Lhotse can be seen from Kala Patthar's vantage point. Many tourists climb Kala Patthar early in the morning to see the sunrise, but you won't be able to get a nice image because the sun rises behind Everest and Lhotse. The greatest time to climb is in the late afternoon while the sun is setting. You'll be able to see Everest and Lhotse drenched in golden light if the weather is clear. A visit to Kala Patthar during the journey to the Cho La Pass is essential just for the vistas!

Charming Gokyo Valley

Gokyo village is one of the most beautiful villages in the Khumbu region. Gokyo village, located in the picturesque Gokyo Valley, has a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere. Even though it gets quite busy during the high season, the atmosphere here is divine.

This trek is a thrilling adventure to a secluded village in the gorgeous Gokyo Valley, where only a few determined trekkers venture. The views from here are breathtaking. High Himalayan mountains, enormous glaciers, icefalls, icy streams, and dazzling lakes all contribute to the surreal splendor that you're going to love.

Pristine Gokyo Lake

Located at 5,000 meters, Gokyo Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes you will ever see. The turquoise blue color of the lake, surrounded by snow-covered mountains under the bright blue sky, is mesmerizing to see.

Trekking to these serene and pristine lakes is an excellent opportunity to explore a wide range of unique and stunning natural beauty. The Gokyo Lakes are known for their spiritual significance as well as their remoteness that's difficult to reach. Hindus and Buddhists also revere these lakes as sacred sanctuaries. During the Janai Purnima festival in August, this place is filled with pilgrims for the holy bathing in the lakes. This area is revered as the birthplace of Naag Devata (Snake God). A Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu is the site's major attraction.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

Meet with our airport representative at the terminal gate. He will move you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free. Explore around and have some delicious dinner.

  • Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Today, a short 35 minutes flight will take you to Lukla. The flight will be thrilling and scenic. At Lukla, you meet with other team members and begin trekking towards Phakding village. The trail mostly follows the Dudh Koshi River and descends through forested path.

  • Max. Altitude: 2610m/8563ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1260m/4134ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 8.7km/5.4mi

After having a warm breakfast, continue trekking along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing it several times. The trail further follows Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to hundreds of flora and fauna.

  • Max. Altitude: 3440m/11286ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 830m/2723ft.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 11.3km/7mi

Today, you go on short excursions and rest to acclimate your body with the altitude. You will explore Namche Bazar and its nearby places. You can look around the village and can have a look into the daily lifestyle of the locals. You can also go on short excursion to Khumjung village and Everest View Hotel from where you can see excellent views of Himlayan Mountains.

  • Max. Altitude: 3440m/11286ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 440m/1443ft
  • Elevation Loss: 440m/1443ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 1.5-2 hours
  • Walking Distance: 3.5km/2.2mi

Continue trekking towards Tengboche along with enjoying superb views of Mt. Kantega, Kusum Kanguru, and Mt. Thamserku. The trail further, descends to a river and lead you to Phunki Tenga. From here, you ascend through lush forests of rhododendron and reach Tengboche.

  • Max. Altitude: 3860m/12664ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 420m/1378ft.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 10km/6.2mi

In the morning, you visit the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, Tengboche monastery. After that, begin trekking dropping down through rhododendron forest to Imja Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge, the trail move through pastures and take you to Dingboche.

  • Max. Altitude: 4410m/14468ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 550m/1804ft.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 11.8km/7.3mi

This is an acclimatization day in Dingboche. Explore the village and its nearby area. You can see amazing views of north face of Ama Dablam along with Lhotse and Nuptse ridge. Go on a short hike to Nagarjan Peak or Chhukung Valley to acclimatize.

  • Max. Altitude: 4410m/14468ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 675m/2214ft
  • Elevation Loss: 675m/2214ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 2-3 hours
  • Walking Distance: 4Km/2.8mi

The trail moves north until you come across a stua. From here, descend to Pheriche village and cross a small wooden bridge over a river to reach Dugla. Further, ascend and reach Lobuche. You can see stunning views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Pumori, and many other mountains.

  • Max. Altitude: 4910m/16109ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 500m/1640ft.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 7.7km/4.8mi

Today, you are going to hike up to Everest Base Camp. Trekking on a rocky moraine, you descend to Gorakshep. On the way, you can see views of icy glacial pond and icebergs. After a short lunch break at Gorakshep, you continue towards the Everest Base Camp. Spend some time and trek back to Gorak Shep for night stay.

  • Max. Altitude: 5364m/12766ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 454m/1490ft,
  • Elevation Loss: 200m/656ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 15km/9.3mi

Wake up early in the morning and hike up to the very famous Kala Patthar. Upon reaching here, you get to witness striking sunrise along with 360-degree views of Mt. Everest and other surrounding mountains. Later, you trek to Zongla.

  • Max. Altitude: 5550m/18208ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 386m/1266ft
  • Elevation Loss: 720m/2361ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 10km/6.2mi

Leaving Zongla behind, you gradually ascend to Cho La Pass. The trail will be rocky and steep. Upon reaching the top, you can see wonderful views of many snow-capped mountains like Taboche, Cholatse, Baruntse, Thamserku, etc. From here, you will descend to Thangnak.

  • Max. Altitude: 5368m/17612ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 538m/1764ft
  • Elevation Loss: 703m/2305ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 12km/7.5mi

Crossing Ngozumpa Glacier on sandy shifting trail and cross second lake. From here, you will trek and reach beautiful Gokyo village. Gokyo has become something of a Himalayan resort without the crowd – at least in terms of the comfortable lodges with sun rooms, unbeatable views, excellent food, and warm stoves.

  • Max. Altitude: 4750m/15580ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 85m/278ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 9.2km/5.7mi

Today, you wake up early in the morning and hike to Gokyo Ri. Located just above the Gokyo village, you walk on a steep trail to reach Gokyo Ri. upon reaching here, you can see excellent views of Himalayas. Later, in the day, you trek to Machhermo for night stay.

  • Max. Altitude: 5370m/17613ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 620m/2033ft
  • Elevation Loss: 580m/1902ft,
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 11.5km/7.1mi

After having breakfast, you descend to Dole. Further, the trail drops down to Phortse Tenga through lovely rhododendron forest. From here, you will ascend on step trail and descend to Kyanjoma. A short walk from here will take you to Namche Bazar.

  • Max. Altitude: 3440m/11286ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1030m/3379ft.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 10.5km/6.5mi

Following the same trail back, you trek to Lukla. Most part of the trail will be gradually descend through dense forests. From Phakding, you ascend through forested trail to reach Lukla.

  • Max. Altitude: 2840m/9318ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 600m/1969ft.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 18km/11mi

Another exciting flight and you reach Kathmandu. Our team member will move you to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore around.

  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Today, you will fly back to your home. One of our airport representatives will take you to the airport as per your flight time and bid you our last goodbye.

If you want to take other tours in Nepal such as Chitwan Jungle Safari, Bardia Jungle Safari, Pokhara Tour or Lumbini tour then you can start from today and do let us know if you want to take any tour as we also arrange those tours.

  • Meals: Breakfast
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Trip MapDay to day route map and altitude graph
Everest Cho La Pass Trek - 17 Days map
Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • International and Domestic Airport transfers by private vehicles
  • 2-nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (includes Breakfast)
  • Three times meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodations during the trek
  • A guide and porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers; the porter has a 20-22kg weight limit)
  • Paperwork such as National park entry and TIMS permits.
  • Flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu (inclusive of airport tax)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if NECESSARY (return after the trek)
  • Seasonal fruits after dinner as a dessert.
  • Well-equipped first aid kit, oximeter, and oxygen.
  • All the government Tax, Vat, and service charges.
  • Farewell dinner on the last night in Kathmandu.
  • Trip Achievement Awards for your lifetime memories.
  • In case of emergency: A helicopter service will be arranged and paid through your travel insurance
What's not Included
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu or apply manually in your home country)
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu)
  • Your personal expenses, drinking water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Tips for the guide and porters (Tipping is expected- 15%)
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section
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Starts:FRIDAYJUL 26, 2024
Ends:SUNDAYAUG 11, 2024
PRICE (Per Person)US$1597
Starts:MONDAYJUL 29, 2024
Ends:WEDNESDAYAUG 14, 2024
PRICE (Per Person)US$1597
Starts:WEDNESDAYJUL 31, 2024
Ends:FRIDAYAUG 16, 2024
PRICE (Per Person)US$1597
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  • If your preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 12 people only so, if you are more than 12 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
  • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • Single persons are welcome to join the trek and single people have single room in Kathmandu and have to share room in the mountain lodge on trek cause of the less number of lodge and rooms available on remote mountain lodges.
  • Guaranteed dates are guaranteed to departure and we already have people booked for date.
  • Available dates are available to book and become guaranteed once you book for that date.
  • Closed dates are closed and not bookable on that date however if you are available only on that date then contact us as we may have some other alternatives.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

17 Days trek Itinerary to Everest Cho La Pass

The 17 Days trek itinerary offered by Outfitter Nepal, which includes crossing the legendary Cho La Pass, is fully customizable and can be adjusted to meet your exact requirements. If you want to change the trek's itinerary to include fewer or more days, we can construct a flexible plan for you. We can even include helicopter arrangements for you to get back to Kathmandu after you're done with the trek.

Our standard package takes you to the Everest chola pass for 17 days itinerary trek, but it can be customized to suit your needs! A sightseeing excursion can also be arranged before or after your trekking adventure. Please note that by adding more travel days, the length of the days in the itinerary package must be extended! If you want to visit additional tourist destinations like Pokhara or Chitwan, or stay in Kathmandu for a few days to enjoy the sights, the standard package's days must be extended from 17 days to any number of days you choose!

If you want to extend your trip to Nepal, we recommend having a few days on hand! The cost varies depending on the modifications made to our standard 17 Days Everest Trek package to the Cho La Pass. Outfitter Nepal, on the other hand, ensures that you get the greatest value possible!

Everest Cho La Pass Trek Cost

For a group of 8 people, the cost of the 17 days trek starts at US$ 1495. This is the cost of a standard Outfitter Nepal package. We can also adjust the package budget to meet your demands if you have a group of more than 8 people. Similarly, depending on your budget, the Cho La Pass region trek cost could range from US$ 1495 to US$ 1797 for a solo trekker or a small group of people. Please bear in mind that if you modify the hotel or meal services included in the overall standard pricing package, the trek cost will change as well.

We can upgrade your lodging options for you to a deluxe hotel room and tourist class accommodation with attached toilets even when trekking in the Everest region. Luxurious accommodation in the Everest Region can cost up to US$150 per night in places with diverse lodging options. On the other side, some accommodation services, such as twin sharing, might be fairly basic. Regardless, we will make every effort to make your trip to Cho La Pass as enjoyable as possible!

Thus, the cost of a trekking package in the Everest region varies depending on whether you want to customize your accommodations or change the itinerary! Read the pricing including and excluding parts to learn more about the services given with the standard Trek for crossing the Cho La Pass.

Best time to include Cho La Pass in the Everest region Trek?

The best months for trekking near Everest Region are three months in the spring (March, April, May) and three months in the fall (September, October, November). The clear weather allows trekkers to make the most of their days at the world's most beautiful location, the Gokyo lakes. However, for trekkers who prefer to escape the crowds during the high seasons, December, January, and February are ideal months to go.

What are the food and accommodation services in the Everest Trekking region?

The overnight stay in the teahouse/lodge makes the journey even more ironic. The old-style houses, small rooms, and common washrooms might not feel as comfortable as back in the home, but the experience you will get while spending the night like this is incomparable.

You can find quite a good variation in the menu at a lower elevation. Dishes like momo, noodles, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tea, etc. can be found in Namche Bazar. As the elevation will increase the menu also gets limited and expensive. The meals will be served on the menu of the teahouse/lodge you will be staying in.

Because we'll be trekking at great altitudes around the world's highest peak, your body will require enough carbohydrates and proteins. On this trek, we provide simple and hygienic cuisine! Local cuisine and delicacies are significantly more hygienic, so we encourage people to eat them. Frozen supplies that take days to get reach the trails are not the best option.

What should you know about AMS?

Altitude sickness, or AMS, is one of the most common dangers while travelling at high altitudes. The most common cause of AMS is when the body fails to adjust to the lower level, which can be fatal. As a result, it is critical to take adequate precautions promptly. Acclimating at a steady rate and taking suitable acclimatization days would assist to lower the risk of acquiring AMS.

Similarly, you must stay hydrated throughout the walk; therefore, drink enough water and avoid alcoholic beverages, which dehydrate the body. If you're planning a journey along with one of Nepal's more adventurous paths, bear the above in mind.

Do you need any permit for trekking in the Everest Region?

To trek in the Everest region which also includes Cho La Pass, you will need to secure some permits. The permissions are from the Khumbu-Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality and include Sagarmatha National Park entry permits, TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permits, and additional entry permits. Here at Outfitter Nepal, we manage all the permits for you at your convenience!

What is the basic stuff I should not forget during the Trek?

  • Trekking Boots
  • Sandals/Crocs
  • Few pairs of undergarments
  • High quality down jacket and pant
  • Thermal wears
  • T-shirts and trousers
  • Trekking pole
  • A pair of gloves
  • Woollen hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water purification tablets
  • Energy bars

Is there electricity service during Everest Region Trekking?

Electricity is accessible in Kathmandu and most of the trekking region’s settlements, allowing you to charge your camera/mobile batteries. However, in case of unavailability, we recommend having spare batteries on hand.

What kind of trekking arrangements do we provide?

We operate solo, private as well as group departures to the Everest region. Trekking base camp on your own can be a very delightful experience that offers complete privacy, freedom, and even cost-effectiveness. We are okay with however you would want to trek!

We have set departure dates for your trek to the Cho La Pass region - 17 days in 2024 and 2025. You can join one of our groups or create a private trek if you have a group.

Similarly, for those who want to trek at their speed, we also offer a solo journey that incorporates Cho La Pass. The price we offer for the trek is only valid for our set departure dates. If you alter the trek itinerary, the price will change. Anything that works for you.

FAQsEverest Cho La Pass Trek - 17 Days frequently asked questions
  • Tipping is very acceptable and expected when trekking in Nepal. It is customary to tip your guide and porter if you have hired them. Make sure you tip your tour operator at least 10-15% of the entire amount you spent!

  • To suggest you couldn't get free WI-FI service would be unfair. On the lower sections of the route, such as Lukla, Phakding, Monjo, and Namche Bazaar, some hotels provide free Wi-Fi, but most charge a fee. In Lukla and Namche Bazaar, restaurants, on the other hand, offer free Wi-Fi to entice customers. The internet speed in the hotels, however, cannot be guaranteed due to the high volume of customers.

  • Yes, except for some extremely remote locations, some mobile networks cover the region. We suggest getting both NTC and NCell prepaid SIM cards. The network gets a bit sketchy in high-altitude regions but it works in most places!

  • NCell and NTC both have counters outside the Kathmandu Airport arrival terminal. In Thamel's shops, SIM cards are also available. If you forget to buy one in Kathmandu, you can obtain one in Lukla or Namche Bazaar at a slightly higher price.

  • If you need to stay in touch with family, friends, or employers while on the journey, Everest Link Wifi cards are the best alternative. It's a single internet connection that works in all of the communities, including Gorakshep and Gokyo, as well as on the Cho La Pass Trek for the most part. If you only want to check your emails and not use the internet at higher altitudes, you can pick between NCell and NTC.

  • The trek to Cho La Pass, which is located above 5000 meters above sea level and requires 14 total trekking days out of the 19-day journey, is unquestionably arduous. "How fit should I be?" is a question we hear from every one of our trekkers before they set out on their journey. "How should we prepare for the Pass trek?" says the group. Is there any kind of preparation required for a journey in the Everest region?

    To address these concerns, there is no set or scheduled training course for completing the Cho La pass trail, and it may vary for different tourists based on where they reside if they have frequent climbing or trekking access, and the elevation in their region.

  • Before packing your bags and travelling to the Himalayas, we strongly advise you to practice and prepare thoroughly for the trek. We propose doing cardio-related exercises and going for daily walks around your city.

    On this excursion, you will gain between 300 and 700 meters in height each day. From Lukla, at 2,840 meters, you'll hike to the Cho La Pass, which is above 5000 meters. Thus, high altitude sickness is a significant concern on this expedition. Make sure your body and mind can handle the difference in elevation. If you've never hiked before, begin with a lower-altitude hike to get a feel for the terrain before taking on this task.

  • One thing to bear in mind is that you will have to cross a glacier before reaching or crossing the Cho La Pass on the journey. This glacier will take approximately 40 minutes to cross and will be terrifying and difficult since you will be traveling through melting ice that is becoming increasingly thin. You must traverse this glacier before 10 a.m. to avoid this, as the ice melts as the sun rises.

    For roughly 2 weeks, if not longer, you will have to walk for an average of six hours per day. The itinerary includes landslide-affected areas, steep trails, and terrifying terrains. Climbs are arduous, and glaciers add to the trek's difficulty. Crossing the glaciers is perilous. You'll have to walk on the ice, and if you do it later in the day, the warm weather may cause the ice to break.

  • At least 14 trekking days are included in a standard 19-day Cho La Pass trip. And, while there are numerous ways to begin the journey, the most convenient is to fly to Lukla. Some people choose to travel by jeep to Jiri or Phaplu, which adds more hiking days to their plan. It takes about 14 days from Lukla to complete your Cho La Pass and return to Lukla. You can, however, lengthen the length of your stay by adding more acclimatization days.

  • Cho La Pass Trek is one of the most beautiful routes in the Everest region. This popular trek will take trekkers from all over the world through traditional Sherpa communities, passing through a variety of vegetation including pine and hemlock woods at lower elevations; fir, birch, juniper, and rhododendron forests at mid-elevations; and scrub and alpine plants at higher elevations.

    Stunning vistas of the world's tallest peaks such as Cho you (8,153m), Everest (8848m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m), Makalu, and Lhotse (8,501m) will capture you during the trek. And you'll journey through the region's heart, Namche Bazaar (3440m), as well as Khumjung Valley, Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo, and Gokyo Ri, before crossing Cho La Pass at 5330m. The journey concludes at Everest Base Camp after traveling via Gorak Shep. The magnificent close view of the majestic Everest (8848m) from Kala Patthar, which means "black rock" in Nepali, is an incredible vantage location.

  • The planes that fly to Lukla are small, with a maximum weight of 15 kg per person, including main luggage and carry-on luggage. You should be able to limit your luggage to no more than 10 kg. You can pay an extra fee to carry a few pounds more, but this isn't guaranteed because extra luggage is only offered when space is available.

  • The best approach to secure your safety in the trek region is to hire an expert guide. We always advise picking certified, licensed guides at Outfitter Nepal! A knowledgeable guide will be familiar with the path as well as the local weather patterns, as well as how to react to them. A trained guide should also be familiar with first aid and the appropriate measures in the event of an emergency. Plus, they are also quite knowledgeable regarding the local customs and traditions, which will enrich your experience further!

  • Yes, Wi-Fi is available in most of the guest houses/lodges along the Everest trails (apart from in a few remote sites), however, it will cost you money. It is not guaranteed, and it may or may not operate at all times, therefore, it is better if you do not rely on it.

  • Well, if you have packed lightly, then a porter is not necessary. However, if your bags weigh more than 10kg, imagine how difficult crossing the Cho La Pass would be, that too at such a high altitude with that huge weight on your soldiers. Thus, hiring a porter would make your trip much easier!

  • Normally, a porter may carry weights weighing between 22 and 25 kg. If you're in a group of two, the porter can each carry up to 12kg. We also recommend that you bring a small backpack with you to store your valuables and anything that you don't want to go through the inconvenience of repacking in your luggage.

  • Yes, there are plenty of hot showers available on the path. The Everest region, on the other hand, is quite chilly, especially at higher altitudes. As a result, it's best not to take too many showers during the hike. Showers should be taken only a few times in low-altitude zones like Namche, Dingboche, and Lukla. You should be aware that taking hot showers costs money.

  • The Cho La Pass trek will take you at least 19 days to complete, including at least 14 days of trekking. Thus, the budget will be large, as projected. Depending on whether you are hiking solo or in a company, the trekking budget typically ranges from US$ 1600 to US$ 1950. Furthermore, in addition to the cost of the trekking package, you should bring some extra cash with you just in case!

  • Whether you plan your trek in advance on the internet or after you arrive in Nepal through a local company is entirely up to you. Numerous trekking companies in Kathmandu offer Everest climbs, and making a reservation with one of them is simple. However, we recommend that you plan your journey ahead of time so that you can travel with confidence after booking and organizing your trek before arriving in Nepal.

    When you plan and book your trip ahead of time, the company handles everything from airport transfers to hotel accommodations in Kathmandu, flights to Lukla, permits, and route housing, as well as guides and porters.

  • Remember to eat a well-balanced meal in addition to drinking water. The meals and lodging in the Everest region are among the best on the planet. Tea shops and hotels offer a wide range of menu options from which to choose. Keep a safe space between you and the meat. Donkeys and porters convey meat, resulting in stale and unhealthy meals. During your time in upper settlements, it's best to stay away from it. Instead, choose vegetarian food that is mostly fresh and nutritious. In addition to a well-balanced diet, remember to bring some energy-boosting chocolate bars with you. Many people believe that packing chocolate is valuable, although, it may not appear to be so.

  • In general, money is required for trekking in the Everest region. Is it possible to travel on a shoestring budget? The answer is simply no. All essential fees are included in the package if you booked your trip through a travel company or agency. Carry extra cash, however, for products like additional beverages not included in the bundle, chocolates, additional clothing, and so on. You should also avoid utilizing ATMs and other forms of cash transactions in the banking system. Because the region has a restricted number of banks and ATMs, this is the case. It is also best to bring money from Kathmandu than to withdraw money from the Everest region.

  • It's important to remember that this is not a five-star holiday. This hike will take you over a high pass with a height of nearly 5,000 meters. Therefore, physical and mental fitness is required for this expedition. Hence, experienced trekkers with prior Himalayan trekking experience are best suited for this expedition. If this is your first time trekking in the Himalayas, we suggest beginning with easier treks in the Everest or Annapurna regions.

    The walk to the Cho La Pass takes 19 days and spans 14 days into the Himalayas. On average, this excursion will take you to walk five to six hours per day. We're confident you'll be able to complete this activity if you believe you have the stamina to do so.

  • Keep in mind that the weather in the Himalayas, especially in the upper reaches of the climb, is notoriously fickle. Extreme cold, rain, and, in the worst-case scenario, snow may be encountered at the trek's higher elevations. Make sure you're ready to deal with unforeseen circumstances. In addition, even if you're trekking in the summer, we recommend taking extra clothing and weather protection to deal with unexpected weather.

    The weather is typically fine and constant during the peak season. Despite this, the temperature drops dramatically and unpredictably at night. When trekking in this area, bring plenty of layers and warm inner gear because temperatures below freezing can be exceedingly painful.

    The weather can also cause a delay in the trek's outset. The only way to get to the Everest region in a short amount of time is to fly to Lukla. As a result, severe weather frequently causes the early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla to be canceled. For a plane to successfully land at the Lukla airport, the weather must be favorable. If you're hiking in the Everest region, you should allow for a few extra days to complete your journey and ensure that it runs properly.

  • The weather in Lukla can be unpredictable, especially during the monsoon season (June to September). So, you'll need to set aside a few days in case your flight is delayed or, worse case, canceled! You have two choices: either wait for your flight the next day, which is scheduled to depart at the end of the day, or hire a helicopter service! It's important to keep in mind that if the weather is especially bad, the helicopter may not even take off!

  • Because it brings you to a secluded location, the Cho La Pass route does not contain an ATM. Namche is home to the Everest Region's final ATM service. There are no ATMs after Namche. As the hike begins in Namche, make sure you have enough money to get there.

    • We understand our clients' expectations and have never failed to meet or exceed them. On our Trip Advisor and Review pages, you may read what our prior customers have to say about us.
    • We provide competent native trekking guides and porters for Nepal trekking and peak climbing in the Himalayan areas of Everest and other locations.
    • Client safety and security are extremely important to us. Thus, we go to great efforts to ensure that our visitors have a memorable experience in Nepal's Himalayan regions. Our English-speaking Professional Local Trekking Guides are well-educated and versatile. The porters are also physically fit. The guides are government-licensed and well-trained. We take Everest Region trekking seriously while still making it entertaining!
    • We have fixed departure dates and never let our customers down!
Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
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    Fady WMalaysia,October 23, 2019
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    Everest Base camp and Cho la pass trek

    I didn't have much time to research about Nepal and the journey I wanted to do and was recommended to check out Outfitter Nepal by a friend who previously went with them on a Trek. This was the best thing to do as everything and I literally mean everything was handled and arranged by them. (from airport pick up to drop off) I went on the Everest Base Camp & Chola pass and spent 4 days in Kathmandu.

    The full team was very friendly, helpful and flexible. I initially planned for the Everest Panorama View trek but upon arrival to Kathmandu decided to change it to Everest Base camp Trek and they were more than happy to accommodate for that.

    The full journey went smoothly. The lodges and guesthouses we stayed at had what we needed.

    The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, he even took lead of taking photos of me during the journey. All in all, it was a great experience and I didn't have to worry of anything as the guys did an amazing job in having everything sorted out.

    Thanks for this experience and would easily recommend this team for anyone.

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