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Chola Pass Trek

Chola Pass Trek

Everest Region
Everest Chola pass trek
Everest Chola pass
Chola pass

Trip Facts

Duration : 15 Days Max-Altitude : 5,420m Program Type : Tea House Best Season : April- May, Jun, and Sep-Oct-Nov-Dec Per Day Walking : 6/7 Hours Trek Grade : Grade 3:

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

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No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $1600
2 Paxes $1480
2-4 Paxes $1460
4-6 Paxes $1440
6-10 Paxes $1400
10-15 Paxes $1300
15+Paxes $1300

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Overview

Chola Pass Trek 15 days package itinerary

Deep within the Khumbu region of Nepal, the Chola Pass Trek is simply a testament to the allure and challenges of high-altitude trekking. This exhilarating expedition combines technical prowess with breathtaking natural beauty, offering a picturesque journey through traditional Sherpa villages, rhododendron forests, and majestic Himalayan peaks like Mount Everest (8,848 meters), Lhotse (8,516 meters), Nuptse (7,861 meters), and Ama Dablam (6,812 meters).

Beginning the Adventure: Kathmandu to Lukla

The journey commences with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla (2,860 meters),  A thrilling experience itself as you soar above the clouds toward the heart of the Himalayas. The flight, often described as an adventure in its own right, provides a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling Kathmandu Valley and the towering peaks that dominate the horizon. Upon landing in Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu region, trekkers are greeted by the crisp mountain air and the bustling energy of this vibrant town.

From Lukla, the Chola Pass Trek winds through dense rhododendron and Alpine forests, crossing a suspension bridge spanning the Dudh Koshi River, and ascending to highland meadows. This early stage of the Chola Pass trek offers a tantalizing glimpse into the rich Sherpa culture, with vibrant villages like Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters) and Khumjung (3,790 meters) serving as cultural hubs. Namche Bazaar, in particular, is a pivotal stop, offering acclimatization opportunities and a chance to explore the local markets, monasteries, and the famed Everest View Hotel.

Acclimatization and Preparation

Acclimatization is crucial as one ascends higher into the Khumbu valley. Namche Bazaar is a pivotal point for rest and acclimatization, where trekkers adjust to the altitude and immerse themselves in Sherpa hospitality. The town, set in a crescent-shaped amphitheater, offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Trekkers often spend 1 to 2 nights here in Namche, visiting the local museums, interacting with the Sherpa people, and exploring the nearby Khumjung village, home to the famed Hillary School.

Continuing the journey, the trail leads to the Tengboche Monastery (3,867 meters), a spiritual haven perched on a ridge with commanding views of Ama Dablam, Everest, and the Khumbu Glacier. The monastery, a focal point of Sherpa culture and Tibetan Buddhism, offers a serene respite before the ascent towards higher altitudes. The daily prayers and chants of the monks create an atmosphere of peace and reflection, providing trekkers with a spiritual boost for the challenges ahead.

Gokyo Valley and Lakes

The Chola Pass Trek trail diverges towards the tranquil Gokyo Valley, home to the stunning Gokyo Lakes (Thonak Lake) and the serene Dudh Pokhari (4,750 meters). This section of the Chola trek is a feast for the eyes, with turquoise glacial lakes set against the scenery of snow-capped peaks. Trekkers often ascend Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters), a vantage point offering unparalleled views of Cho Oyu (8,188 meters), Makalu (8,485 meters), and the glacial lakes below. The climb to Gokyo Ri is demanding but immensely rewarding, with the panorama from the summit being one of the most spectacular in the Himalayas.

The journey through the Gokyo Valley offers a glimpse into Sherpa’s life and their deep connection with the land. The small, stone-built villages dotting the valley are home to generations of Sherpas who have lived in harmony with the harsh yet beautiful environment. The hospitality of the Sherpa people, combined with the natural beauty of the Everest Base camp & Gokyo Valley, makes this part of the trek a memorable experience.

Chola Pass: The Ultimate Challenge

Ascending Chola Pass (5,420 meters) marks the pinnacle of the trek, a high-altitude challenge that rewards trekkers with views of Thonak Lake and the surrounding peaks. The crossing of Chola Pass is a test of endurance and determination, with the trail often covered in snow and ice. Trekkers must navigate steep ascents, rocky trails, and glacial moraines, emphasizing the need for careful planning and proper equipment. The Chola pass essence offers breathtaking views and a sense of achievement that is hard to match.

Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar

Continuing forward, the trail stretches to Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters), a renowned outpost beneath the majestic Khumbu Icefall.

The journey to Everest Base Camp is a trek through history, with every step bringing you closer to the world’s highest peak. The base camp, bustling with activity during the climbing season, offers a glimpse into the world of high-altitude mountaineering. Nearby, Kala Patthar (5,545 meters) provides a panoramic viewpoint of Mount Everest, offering a breathtaking vantage point to witness the world’s highest peak in all its glory. The sunrise view from Kala Patthar, with the first rays of sunlight illuminating the summit of Everest, is a sight that remains etched in memory.

Trekking Seasons and Considerations

The best times to undertake the Chola Pass Trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is favorable and the skies are clear. During these times, Three Passes Trek is more trekkers cover their menu because it is open to passes like Renjo La Pass, Chola Pass, And Kongma la Pass, and the local Sherpa communities celebrate festivals like Dumje and Mani Rimdu, adding cultural richness to the trekking experience. The spring season, with its blooming rhododendrons and warmer temperatures, is especially so beautiful, while the autumn season offers clear skies and crisp mountain views.

Essential Gear and Accommodations

Proper trekking gear is essential for navigating the challenging terrain and fluctuating altitudes. This includes insulated pants, a down jacket, wind pants, thermal wear, sturdy trekking boots, and snow glasses. Accommodations along the route range from cozy tea houses with electric blankets and WiFi to lodges offering hot water showers and hygienic meals, ensuring comfort amidst the rugged wilderness. The tea houses, often run by local families, provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making the trekking experience even more enjoyable.

Safety and Conservation Efforts

Safety is paramount in this high-altitude environment, with trekking guides from Nepal Wilderness Trekking providing expert guidance and support throughout the journey. The guides, experienced and knowledgeable, ensure that trekkers are well-prepared for the challenges of the trek. Conservation efforts in Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, aim to protect the diverse flora and fauna, including rare species like the snow leopard, red panda, and Himalayan Thar. Trekkers are encouraged to practice responsible trekking, minimizing their environmental impact and supporting local conservation initiatives.

Conclusion: A Trek of a Lifetime

The Chola Pass Trek is not entirely a physical challenge but a transformative journey through some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. The Trek covers from the lively streets of Kathmandu to the serene trails of the Khumbu region, every step offers a deeper understanding of Sherpa culture, Himalayan heritage, and the enduring spirit of exploration. Whether gazing upon Mount Everest from Kala Patthar or traversing the pristine waters of Gokyo Lakes, each moment on this trek is a testament to the indomitable allure of the Himalayas.

The Chola Pass Trek is an invitation to immerse oneself in the majesty of the Khumbu Himalayas, to challenge one’s limits, and to discover the profound beauty of this remote and enchanting region. For those who seek adventure, inspiration, and a deeper connection with nature, Make your Chola Pass Trek a memorable lifetime Journey.


Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) Take an early morning flight to Lukla and start trekking to Phakding. The trail descends through beautiful landscapes and Sherpa villages.
  • Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft) Continue trekking along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing suspension bridges, and ascend to Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 03: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar Spend an extra day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize. Explore the town, visit the local market, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Day 04: Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft) Trek through rhododendron forests and reach Tengboche. Visit the Tengboche Monastery and take in the breathtaking views of Everest and other peaks.
  • Day 05: Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,468ft) Continue trekking to Dingboche, a small village in the Imja Valley. Enjoy the views of Ama Dablam and other Himalayan peaks.
  • Day 06: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche Take a rest day in Dingboche for acclimatization. You can go on a short hike to Nagarjun Hill for stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Day 07: Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft) Resume trekking towards Lobuche, walking along the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The views of Nuptse and other peaks become more prominent.
  • Day 08: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,164m/16,942ft), Visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft) Trek to Gorak Shep, have lunch, and then continue to Everest Base Camp. Explore the base camp area and witness the iconic Khumbu Icefall. Return to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.
  • Day 09: Explore Kalapattar (5,545 meters). for the most stunning view of Everest, climb up in the morning before trekking back to Zong la 4830 M (5 hours walking), and spend the night at a lodge.
  • Day 10: 6 hours walk to Tangnak 4843M. via Chola Pass (5420meters, overnight at the lodge
  • Day 11: Trek to Gokyo (4700 meters.) 3-hour walking trek) Stay overnight at Gokyo.
  • Day 12: visit Gokyo Peak (5357 meters), our highest point (four and a half hours walking), which offers sunrise and an expansive view of the mountain range. Return to Gokyo, trek back to Dole 4038M, and stay overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft) Follow the trail back to Namche Bazaar, enjoying the familiar landscapes and Sherpa villages.
  • Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) Continue your descent to Lukla, where you'll spend the last night in the Everest region.
  • Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu Take a morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Cost Included

  • Domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Italian, Chinese, Nepali, Indian, and other European foods are available three times a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • Accommodation in tea houses according to the itinerary
  • Kitbag for storing your belongings
  • Sleeping bag for a comfortable night's sleep on a trek in minus-25 degrees
  • Everest National Park Entrance Trekking Permit
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide licensed by the government, familiar with the area.
  • One porter for every two to three participants. (Note: An additional cost applies for solo clients requiring a porter.)
  • Guide, and Porter meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance
  • Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes
  • A certificate of appreciation from Nepal wilderness trekking after a successful trek

Cost Excluded

  • Airfare for international flights
  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Nepal entry visa fees vary by duration (15 days - $25-30, 30 days
  • Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu before and after our journey
  • Personal equipment for high and cold temperatures
  • Emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation are covered by travel insurance
  • All beverages, Soft and coffee table drinks such as coke, beer,
  • Drinking water/mineral water, Dessert, etc. Hot shower, laundry
  • Tip for guide and porter
  • Excluded are all costs and expenses not listed under "cost includes"
  • Inclusion of costs or delays beyond the control of the management, such as landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc.
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