Everest Cho La Pass Trek
Maybe you have tried a hike to Everest before, or maybe you just want to challenge yourself as much as possible. Whatever this reason, if you are a true adventure seeker, then The Everest Cho La Pass Trek is undoubtedly the right choice for you. With a long wild route, that takes in all the highlights from the classic EBC Trek, this route takes the challenge that one step further and pushes our trekkers to their limits and they experience the best adventure we have to offer.
This 18-day trek is ideal not only for adrenaline junkies but also for anyone looking for a longer trip that will give them the chance to fully enjoy their journey and absorb the culture and spirituality that is rooted in the region. Packed with glaciers, waterfalls, fauna and fauna – not to mention some of the world’s highest peaks – it really is an unbeatable adventure for anyone wishing to try trekking in Nepal.
It all begins with a flight to Lukla – famous for its hilltop landing that has our trekkers arriving surrounded by mountains peaks. From here we will begin our journey by following the Dudh Koshi River, to our first and most famous settlement, Namche Bazaar. As well as a chance to visit shops and eateries, this is a wonderful cultural experience that include the opportunity to enjoy a colourful market and stock up for the journey ahead. You will learn of the tradition and culture of the local community as you explore and see natural delights that include ‘Ngozumpa’, the biggest glacier in Nepal. From here we will continue to trek through Tengboche and then Kala Pathar before reaching the mighty Cho La Pass.
From the Pass, we head to Gokyo Ri – one of the most stunning spots on our trail. Peaking at 5,420m, the Gokyo Ri Valley and Gokyo Lakes are known for their breathtaking beauty and serenity. The lakes are uniquely scared for both Buddhists and Hindus alike and as such will offer you your first taste of the deep spirituality that is routed within the region. With up to six lakes to explore, each one has new mysteries to unfold and treasures to behold – an exploration of which made for a wonderful highlight on the trip.
As we continue from here we pass through small settlements and visit renowned regions, including the Khumu district – a standout location for those seeking the spiritual on their trek. Known for its Buddhist markings and deeply rooted spirituality – it is yet another side of Nepal that anyone joining the journey can look forward to exploring. Then, passing monasteries and waterfalls on the way, we finally reach the Everest View Point where we can appreciate the summit of our journey.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Hike to Everest who will take you to our hotel. There you can check-in and have a rest, or start exploring the area, before traditional Nepali welcome dinner in the evening, where you can enjoy some authentic Nepali cuisine accompanied by a brief cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included: Dinner and Accommodation.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation
Today after breakfast we will start our guided tour of the most historical and spiritual UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. We will visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath), and the Buddhist stupa (Bouddhanath) – one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, you will get your equipment checked by your Trekking Leader, and get the chance to meet your fellow trekking participants! Once back at the hotel we will all discuss our hike to Everest and the journey that will begin tomorrow. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included: Breakfast and Accommodation.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 3 – 4 hours trek
During the 30 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (9,186ft), we can enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world – culminating on a hillside surrounded by high mountainous peaks. At Lukla, a gateway destination from where our trek begins, we will meet our other crew members and begin packing and preparing for the trip. Then from Lukla, we can finally begin our trek. After an hour’s gradual descent, we reach the Cheplung village, from where we can have a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila (18,900ft), the sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From Cheplung, we will gradually descend until we reach Phakding, where we will rest for the night. Overnight in Phakding. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hours
Passing through a beautiful pine forest, we will follow the trail north along the valley of Benkar. We will then cross the Dudh Koshi River and continue past Chumoa to Monjo, the entrance to the Everest National Park (Sagarmatha National Park).Then, after crossing a suspension bridge, we’ll pass Jorsale village and walk alongside both the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. A steep ascent will bring us to the prime heartland of the Sherpa village, ‘Namche Bazaar’, the Khumbu capital. From here, if the weather is good, we can view Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and catch our first glimpse of the mighty Everest. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation.
Day 05: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)
There is so much to do around Namche Bazaar and so it is the perfect spot to spend the day acclimatizing. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Khumbu region, where we can have access to ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colourful market. Our guides can take you to explore the real charm of Namche Bazaar and if you still want to do some hiking, then a hike to Sagarmatha National Park rewards trekkers with a sunrise view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kongde. Those interested in a day hike can also trek to the Khumjung village (12401ft), a beautiful Sherpa settlement. In exploring Namche Bazaar, we observe traditional Sherpa life, Khumjung Hillary School, and enjoy the flora and fauna found that only flourishes in such altitude. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Dhole (4,110m/13,480ft): 5 – 6 hours
Today is the official start of our ‘Gokyo Valley Trek’ , beginning with a flat walk for the first hour and a half, before the trail’s begins to climb up and down. From the Khumjung Hill, we will descend to the east of the village, and down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Koshi – from where the route turns north. Here there are two trails, and our guide will choose the best option to follow. We can visit Mohangla and have good views of the chorten on the ridge top, standing at 3973m, and descending from Mt. Khumbila (5761 m). Later, we walk downhill to Phorta Thanka, the birthplace of the reincarnated Lama of the Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet, who is believed to have introduced Buddhism to this Khumbu region of Nepal. The trail then descends in a series of steep switchbacks, down a sandy slope, to Prortha – onto Dush Koshi, Thanka, and finally Dhola, where we will have to climb uphill.Overnight in Dhole. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation.
Day 07: Dhola to Machhermo (4,470m/ 14,663ft): 4 – 5 hours
Throughout today’s journey we will be walking alongside the Dudh Koshi River. From Dhola it is an uphill climb to Machhermo, following a trail alongside a rhododendron forest, and passing through a waterfall along the way. Then we continue our uphill trek and pass through the Labarma and Luza villages, before reaching Machhermo and a chorten, right before the Luza village. Overnight in Machhermo (where we can find a hospital). Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation.
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744 ft): 4 – 5 hours
We begin today by climbing a ridge and observing an excellent view, down the valley to Kangtaiga, and up towards Cho Oyu (8153 m). The valley now widens as the trail passes through Phangkha, before descending to the riverbank and climbing up a steep trail onto the moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier. Upon crossing a stream over an iron bridge, the trail begns to level out and follow the valley past the first lake that we will see, known as Longpongo (at 4690m). At this juncture, we get a chance to observe lama footprints before seeing our second lake, Taboche Tsho, where we can become mesmerized by the sparkling turquoise blue waters. Not far ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho Oyu makes for a spectacular backdrop. After lunch, we will explore the third lake, Dudh Pokhari, before resting overnight in Gokyo. Overnight in Gokyo. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation.
Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day – Optional Hike to 5th Lake: 6 – 7 hours
Today we will spend the day taking rest in the Gokyo Valley. However, if you still wish to hike then you have the option to explore ‘The 5th Lake’. If the weather is good, another option is also to climb Gokyo Ri, a popular viewpoint for enjoying stunning views of the mountain vista. For this option, we will first walk 3km north of Gokyo to reach the fourth lake called Thonak Tsho. At Gokyo Ri you can see more than 84 different mountains reaching higher than 6000m. We can take time to enjoy the lake’s serene beauty before continue to the 5th lake, also called Ngozumba Tsho. If we want to, we can also climb a hill, known as the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint, which is located at the edge of the 5th lake. From here you can see astounding views of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and the Makulu Mountains – as well as the Cho Oyu base camp. The final treat for us is the view of the biggest glacier of the world – the Ngozumba Glacier. From here we can trek back to Gokyo and spend the night. Overnight in Gokyo. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and accommodation.
Day 10: Gokyo to Thagnak (4750m/15,580 ft): 4 – 5 hourss
If we did not decide to climb Gokyo Ri the previous day, then we can begin by doing that today. Climbing to the top of Gokyo Ri is demanding as it is steep and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. However it’s truly worth it as the scenery of the Gokyo village, on the edge of the third lake, overlooked by Cholatse, and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier, is magnificent. Here we will be surrounded by panoramic views of mountains including Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori – and the sight of the sun falling upon Everest as it towers over the surrounding peaks is a true highlight. From here we will trek through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side, before traversing along the edge of the mountain and meandering into Thagnak. Today will be a short hike with an afternoon of rest to prepare us for long hiking days and increasing elevation to come. Overnight in Thagnak.Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation.
Day 11: Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m/17,604 ft) to Dzongla (15,939 ft): 7 – 8 hours
Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice may cause trouble by making the trail slippery. The trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail, and while trekking through the side of a frozen lake, we reach at the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars to the west and Lobuche East rises sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla Village. The village provides great views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam and the Lobuche mountains along with the Pheriche Village far below. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940m/16,207 ft): 2 – 3 hours
Today will be a very short trek, leaving us lots of time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. We will climb down from Dzongla and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of the Lobuche Peak. The trail then curves through the wide river bed before reaching Lobuche. Here we can spend the remainder of the day taking rest and enjoying views of the Khumbu glacier and Italian premide, as we prepare for the long trek to come the following day. Overnight in Lobuche. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation.
Day 13: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594 ft): 6 – 7 hours
Today we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineer memorials and begin a misleading and strenuous path that enters into high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraines, and streams, before finally reaching Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching Everest Base Camp, we are greeted by a multicolored canopy of tents standing out against the steely grey surroundings. From base camp we can view Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori, before returning to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Gorak Shep. Included: Breakfast, Dinner, and Accommodation.
*Please note that the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is recommended that we visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. Therefore, for those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar today instead of day 14, please inform your guide and he/she will coordinate accordingly.
Day 14: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pherice (4,288m/14,070ft) 7 – 8 hours
Prepare for an early morning departure, as amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C) we set out to see familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse, which tower to the east as Everest begins to reveal itself. However, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see the 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. Here we will take time to take pictures and enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, before returning back to Lobuche for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Lobuche.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation
*Those participants who wish to visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast as the Everest base camp hike takes longer than the hike to Kala Patthar. After returning to Gorak Shep, we will have lunch and descend down to Pheriche for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Pheriche. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation.
Day 15: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar: 6 – 7 hours
Today we will trek down through a hillside blanketed with rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing a ridge crisscrossed with the prayer-flags over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge as it rapidly descends through pine forests. In the forest, we may come across colorful pheasants and mountain goats before the path eventually reaches Sansa, where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse. Finally we pass through winding trails and a beautiful forest before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation.
Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6 – 7 hours
The trail descends steeply downward today so we will need to walk cautiously as we battle the rocky terrain. However after crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, it will begin to level out. Then, after our arrival in Lukla, we can finally relax and reminisce over our time together.Overnight in Lukla. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
This morning we catch an early flight to Kathmandu. Upon landing, you are free to take a rest or use your last day to explore the city. Our friendly team can help you with anything you need – whether it be shop recommendations or the best night spots. Finally, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our journey and say goodbye. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation.
Day 18: Final departure
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! So there is nothing to do but trade contacts with your travel companions and say goodbye. A representative will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight and on your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal! Included: Breakfast
Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car
Two nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu Bed and Breakfast plan
Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in whole trekking
Domestic flights (KTM-Lukla-KTM) with all surcharges airport taxes for guests and guide
An experienced government license holder guide
Trekking porter/Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking
Insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for guide and porter
Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
Travel and rescue arrangement
TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)All government taxes and tourist service charge
What’s not included
Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking, allowing US$ 15 – US$ 20 per day
Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
Nepal entry visa fee.
Tips for trekking staff and driver
Drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
Personal shopping and laundry etc
Personal trekking equipments
What's not included
Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking
Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
Nepal entry visa fee.
Tips for trekking staff and driver
Drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
Personal shopping and laundry etc
Personal trekking equipments
Before embarking on any trip you should always make sure you are completely prepared. So, to make sure you have everything you need to make your trek a real success, we have a full checklist for you – including everything you should pack before embarking on the ‘Everest Base Camp Trek’*!
- A warm fleece hat
- A sun hat or scarf that can be worn to protect you from the sun
- Gloves: both lightweight and heavyweight
- Thin and lightweight inner socks
- Thick and warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots
- Camp shoes
- Gaiters to hike during the winter season
- Breathable sports underwear
- A number of t-shirts
- Long lightweight cotton trousers
- Wool or fleece trousers
- Waterproof shell trousers
- A fleece jumper or jacket
- A fleece ‘wind-stopper’ jacket
- Breathable and waterproof shell jacket
*Remember to double up on the warmer items if you choose to join us in the colder months or contact a member of the team to check which items you will need in the different seasons.
- Good quality, lightweight sleeping bags, rated ‘zero degrees Fahrenheit’
- Headlamps with powerful batteries and spare bulbs
- Trekking bags
- Basic first aid box/kit
- Large plastic bags
- Trekking Poles
- Toiletries including Personal hygiene items (such as tissues or toilet roll, wet or baby wipes, anti-bacterial hand wash, etc.)
- Water bottles
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- Scenic flight to Lukla.
- Becoming acquainted with Sherpa culture .
- Namche bazzer and khumjung valley.
- Exploring Everest View point.
- Thangboche monastery
- Everest base camp
- Kalapather with Sunrise views of Mt.Everest Himalayas range.
- Cho-la pass(5360 M)
- Excursion to the fifth lake.
- Great view of Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Mt Cho Oyu and other mountains from Gokyo
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