Chola Pass Trek
The Chola Pass Trek is regarded as those once in a lifetime treks that solely focuses on providing the travelers a joyful experience through the mesmerizing display of the major 8000 meter plus mountains. Accompanying the staggering mountains is a primitive lifestyle relying very little on the modern amenities. Find what it means to traverse the snowy landscape, find willpower in front of uphill tracks, but most importantly find adventure and inner peace in the silence of the Himalayas in the Chola Pass Trek.
With a brief insight of the UNESCO world heritage site of the Kathmandu valley, we commence our trek. A quick flight takes us to Lukla and gradually move us to Phakding. Then, we enter the biggest Sherpa settlement in this region, Namche Bazaar. After acclimatizing, we head to Tengboche and en route, we visit the Tengboche monastery too. Crossing lush forest takes us to Dingboche and after a gruesome battle with snow and ice, we arrive at Lobuche. Then we head to the Everest base camp via Gorakshep. The delightful view of the horizon and the snowy mountains will invigorate you. You then hike to Kalapatthar, revered by many as the best vantage point to observe the panorama of the mountains like the Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Cho Oyu (8188m), and Ama Dablam (6856m). We head to Dzongla and later get on a trail that leads to Gokyo.
However, we must cross the Chola Pass at 5420 meters en route, which is not just physically demanding but soul-pleasing upon reaching the top. The Everest Himalayas glisten as you relish the views from the top of the pass. Gokyo village and the delightful lakes are next on the trek. The descending trail leads us to Dhole and as we cross Phortse Tenga, we once again arrive at Namche Bazaar. Similarly, walking amidst the banks of the Dudh Koshi, we reach Lukla, and from there, we get on a flight to Kathmandu where the trip ends.
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- Visit the serene Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri (5360m).
- Panoramic views of mountains like the Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) from Kalapatthar viewpoint.
- Enjoy the company of Sherpa culture, traditions, and lifestyle.
- Explore the Everest Base Camp (5364m) and enjoy the blissful scenery.
- Cross the Chola Pass (5420m), one of the highest passes in the Everest region.
- Traverse through the Sagarmatha National Park, home to magnificent bio-diversity.
Day 01 : Kathmandu Arrival (1300m)
Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport and meet our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. After checking in at the hotel, you can explore the streets and markets around the hotel to get a glimpse of a typical day in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02 : Kathmandu full day sightseeing
Explore the major UNESCO world heritage sites of the Kathmandu valley which include, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. Marvel at the architectural design of these buildings and visit Kathmandu Durbar Square. After visiting these sites, return to your hotel. You can also make final preparations for the trek on the remainder of the day. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2840m) | 30 mins and trek to Phakding (2610m) | 3 hrs
An early morning flight awaits us today and it leads us to Lukla, which is often called the gateway to the Everest region. Upon arrival in Lukla, we collect all our trekking equipment and walk on the trail towards Phakding. The trail provides a picturesque view of the Mount Khumbila (5761m) as we continue heading downwards until we reach Phakding. Overnight stay at Phakding.
Day 04 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) | 6 hrs
The trail today leads us through Pine forests and later takes north up the Bengkar valley. We go along the Dudh Koshi River and cross Monjo before arriving at the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. As we cross the suspension bridges, we go through the Jorsalle village. As we indulge in climbing some steep trails, we reach the biggest settlement of this region, Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Rest and acclimatization day at Namche
As today is an acclimatization day, we’ll mostly indulge in roaming the town premises rather than heavy trekking. You can hike up the Everest View Hotel to witness the dramatic view of Mt. Everest (8848m), and others in the Everest range. Khumjung and Khunde villages are also perfect for learning about Sherpa culture and lifestyle prevalent in the Khumbu Valley. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) | 5-6 hrs
The trail is initially easy but a steep trail follows it and heads towards the Tengboche village. This village consists of the Tengboche Monastery which is the biggest in the Everest region. From the monastery, we can observe the amazing view of the mountains of the Khumbu region and numerous mountains in the Everest massif as well. After visiting the monastery, we head to our lodge in the Tengboche village. Overnight stay at Tengboche.
Day 07 : Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) | 6-7 hrs
The trail passes lush forests and birch trees. We can observe the scenes of the Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) as we go on a downhill trail and cross the Imja River to reach Pangboche. After visiting the Pangboche Monastery, we walk through the Imja valley and head upwards to reach Dingboche. Overnight stay at Dingboche.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
Another day for acclimatization! This day involves less trekking and more resting. We can climb the ridge that sits behind the village to observe mountains like Lhotse (8414m), Makalu (8463m), and Cho Oyu (8188m). To the North West, we can mountains that rise above the Khumbu Khola valley. You can even explore the village premises and try local cuisine. Overnight stay at Dingboche.
Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) | 5-6 hrs
As we trek along the valley floor, we cross Dughla and Pheriche. The trek gains a bit of an altitude so, to prevent any mishaps, we tread carefully along the challenging path. We will go through rocky paths that are filled with snow and sparse vegetation. The huge peaks of the Khumbu region will keep us company throughout the trek. After a few hours of trekking, we reach Lobuche. Overnight stay at Lobuche.
Day 10 : Trek to Everest base camp (5364m) via Gorakshep (5140m) | 8-9 hrs
As we cross some meadows, we can observe the magic of the Khumbu glacier. Straight ahead lies Kalapatthar, which is regarded by many as the best vantage point to observe the Everest region. We arrive at Gorakshep, and we head out towards the Everest Base Camp. The uphill trail is taxing, and after battling through the rugged terrain we arrive at the Everest Base Camp and enjoy views of the Khumbu glacier. Overnight stay at Everest Base Camp.
Day 11: Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m), trek to Dzongla (4830m) | 7-8 hrs
The walk along the snowy terrain is pretty taxing and frigid. We are blessed with sights of peaks like Lingtren and Khumbutse ranges, and even the mighty Mount Everest (8848m) at times. Upon arrival in Kala Patthar, we observe the drama of the entire Khumbu region and later go on a descending road which leads to Dzongla. After battling the steep trail, we arrive at Dzongla where we can catch glimpses of mud houses. Overnight stay at Dzongla.
Day 12: Trek from Dzongla- Cho la pass- Thannak
Today is going to be very tough days of the entire trip. After early breakfast, we start our trekking going to cross the Chola Pass (5370m), it is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on trails. But once we made a top, the views of Ama Dablam, Kantaiega, Thamserku, Cholatse, Taboche and more other mountains on the Gokyo side. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach to Thannak. Overnight stay at Thannak.
Day 13: Trek from Thannak to Gokyo (4790m.)3 hrs. Visit 5th lake (4990m.) and back to Gokyo 5 hrs
After breakfast we start our trekking, today will be a short hike as we crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier in Nepal), shifting trail, and some frozen lakes. At the same time, you will explore Dudh Pokhari, the largest lake in the region, with the numbers of 6 lakes. The lake is beautiful, and it offers magnificent views of the Mountains. The panorama of the Himalayas will be well worth the journey and enjoying the endearing moments, wee head to Gokyo Village. The Gokyo village stands aside from the third lake- Gokyo. Overnight stay at Gokyo.
Day 14: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5360m) and trek down to Dhole (4110m) | 6-7 hrs
The hike to the summit of the Gokyo Ri (5360m) is strenuous and may take a while. From the trail, we can see the scenery of the Gokyo village, and on the edge, Cholatse (6335m) and the Ngozumpa glacier decorate the landscapes. After witnessing these mountains, we trek down on a descending trail that leads us to Dhole. The downhill trail is steep so take great care. Overnight stay at Dhole.
Day 15 : Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar (3440m) | 5-6 hrs
Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m) | 6-7 hrs
The trek initially takes us through the rocky landscape. The path is mostly downhill and involves walking along the Dudh Koshi River. The pristine river is soothing and we will cross numerous suspension bridges along with crossing through several monasteries. We arrive at Lukla where we shall spend the remainder of the day. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu (1300m) and Farewell dinner
From Lukla, get on an airplane and head towards Kathmandu. The fight lasts for about 30 minutes and you can see the beautiful mountains of the Khumbu region. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel and enjoy dinner with the company. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Free day and farewell dinner
Today is a free day which is mostly held for contingencies. If the trek is not interrupted by any unforeseen situations like flight delay and bad weather, this day is spent in Kathmandu and it involves taking a quick tour around the city. Enjoy a delicious dinner that is hosted by the company and say goodbye to everyone. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Departure to international airport for your final flight
- Airport Pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
- Hotel in Kathmandu and with breakfast as per the Itinerary.
- Cultural tour at Kathmandu with Guide in private vehicle.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- All Ground and Air Transportation during the Trek.
- An experienced, English speaking, and friendly guide and Porter (1 Porter 2 trekkers).
- Salary for the staff including their food, drinks, accommodation, and transportation.
- All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, and TIMS card.
- An arrangement for emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance.
- Sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking map, if necessary,( to be returned after the trek)
- All government taxes, vat, and local taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee. (You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport (Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos & 25 USD.
- International airfare.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory).
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Entry fees for cultural tours.
- Personal expenses (alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks bar bills, battery charge, extra porter, boiled water shower, etc.).
- Tips for guide, porter and driver
List of Equipments required for Chola Pass Trek:
- One Warm winter hat/beanie
- One Sun hat
- 1 Headband/buff
- 1 Sunglasses with UV protection
- One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries
- Two pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
- Two pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
- Three pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
- One pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
- One pair of trekking shorts
- A pair of trekking trousers
- One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
- One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
- One pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
- One pair of lightweight warm gloves
- A pair of poly-liner glove
- One pair of trekking boots
- A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
- One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
- Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
- Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
- Gaiters (only in winter)
- One Sleeping Bag
- 12 1 Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- 1 pair of trekking poles
- Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
- 1 quick drying towel
What are the visa requirements?
Currently, all the foreign nationalities (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s Airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the $50 USD fee for 30 days.
What are the physical requirements for Chola Pass Trek?
How old do I need to be?
There is no age restriction for doing this trip, but if you are under 16 it will better to trek with your parents. You must be health-conscious during the trek.
What is included?
- Guides and Porters
- Transportation (including airport transfers)
- Permits & national park fees
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- All meal during the trek
- Seasonal fruits
- International flights to Kathmandu
- Food – (while you are in City)
- Showers on Trek
- Visa fees (typically $50 USD)
- Personal travel/rescue insurance
What is the situation with the internal flight while going for Chola Pass Trek?
Flights go from Ramechhap to Lukla. Because of the ever-changing weather, your internal flight may be canceled or delayed for safety reasons. In this instance, your guides will book you onto the next available and safe flight at no extra cost. You will be required to pay for accommodation at the hotel for any additional nights not noted on the itinerary. All local flights (excluding helicopters) are included in the cost of your trek unless otherwise noted. It is important that you provide your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
In the event that the flights are canceled on days 3 and 4 of your itinerary and no helicopters are available, it will not be possible for you to ascend to Chola Pass safely and with the required acclimatization stops.
In the unlikely event that the above does happen, the group will be taken on the Annapurna Base Camp trek. This requires no internal flights. Annapurna Base Camp is also a 16-day itinerary which reaches a maximum altitude of 4,130m, starting in the beautiful city of Pokhara.
Can I use a helicopter if I need to?
To be sure that you make your trek, or return from it, it may be necessary to make the flight to/from Lukla by a chartered helicopter. Helicopters can operate in some weather that aircraft cannot. Should a helicopter be needed, it will be at the expense of the travelers. Please seek further advice about this from your insurance provider.
Hopefully, weather delays will not occur, or if they do it will be for a limited time. Should the delays stretch into days and neither helicopter nor flight are a viable option, a collective decision will be made by the group on how to proceed.
What is the accommodation like?
You will stay in the Hotel while you are in the city of Kathmandu, which is like a 3-star category. The hotel has access to showers and intermittent internet.
But while you are in trekking Tea House/lodges are the place where you spend the night during the trek, which is very basic. The room is pretty small with twin sharing and a common washroom. Some places have squat style toilets, whilst others have a western style. Shower does not always offer warm water and most teahouses will charge you for use of a hot shower.
Which meals are included?
Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse/lodges. Where you can find a variety of dishes like Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Continental, etc, to choose. Tea, coffee, bakery items, snacks, bars eggs, etc can also be found easily.
What currency should I take?
The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (NPR). You are unable to get NPR outside of Nepal and therefore you will need to exchange money in Kathmandu. The easiest currency to exchange is USD and Euro. You can also withdraw NPR from the ATM but check with your bank about the relevant charges to do this.
Is there any bank or ATM facility during Chola Pass Trek?
What kind of problems can arise at a higher altitude during Chola Pass Trek?
Do I need insurance before the Chola Pass Trek?
What should I pack?
- Travel insurance details
- 2 passport photos
- Cash USD
- Credit/Debit Card
One Warm winter hat/beanie.
One Sun hat
1 Sunglasses with UV protection.
One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries.
2 pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
2 pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
3 pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
1 pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
One pair of trekking shorts
A pair of trekking trousers
One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
Two pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
A pair of lightweight warm gloves
A pair of poly-liner glove
One pair of trekking boots
A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
Gaiters (only in winter)
One Sleeping Bag
One Sleeping bag liner (optional)
A pair of trekking poles
Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
One quick-drying towel
What is the best time of year for Chola Pass Trek?
Chola Pass Trek is possible for the whole year, but the best time to doing this trek is spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November).
However trekking in winter season to chance to see snowfall with magnificent views of mountain, and in monsoon time you will see waterfalls.
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