Cho La Pass Trek

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Trip Duration 18 Days
Group Size 2-12 people
Maximum Altitude Cho La pass ( 5,420m) Kala Patthar (5,545m)
Difficulty Grade Difficult
Start & End Point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Best Seasons Feb-May, Sept- Mid Dec

Highlights of Cho La pass trek

  • Trek to the ultimate destination of trekkers via Everest Base Camp.
  • Excellent route filled with flora and fauna, along with the fantastic scenarios
  • A journey of achievement and pride
  • Spectacular views of various mountains, especially Mount Everest
  • Visit Everest Base Camp and Khumbu Glacier on the Cho la Pass trek.
  • Climbing Kalapathar (5,555m)
  • Cross Cho La pass (5,300 meters)
  • Explore the Tranquil Gokyo Lake
  • Enjoy the view of Ngozumpa’s most enormous glacier on our Cho la Pass trek.

Overview of Cho La Pass Trek

Cho la Pass trek is additionally called Everest circuit trekking. It is one of the most popular and challenging treks that leads to a unique tour of the house of the legendary Sherpa. The trek goes to the foothills of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, at 8848m. This trek is one of Nepal’s most adventurous treks to the Khumbu Mountains.

You can visit the ethnic community of Sherpas in this place. This trek takes you to Gokyo, the country’s highest point. You will enjoy the panoramic view of many mountains above 8,000 meters. It includes Mt. Lhotse, Cho Oyo, Makalu, and Gokyo.

This unique Cho la Pass trek offers eyeful views of mountain vistas and glaciers. It follows the trekking route through the Dudh Koshi to its source, the Gokyo Lake, west of the EBC Trek. The trek lets you experience a fantastic view of Mt. Everest, including many comparable peaks. You may also explore Buddhist monasteries and shrines alongside outstanding flora and fauna.

This super Cho la pass trek gives you the revel in the breathtaking earth’s tallest peak “Mt. Everest.” The journey begins with an enjoyable flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Everest’s path begins in the upper Phakding and follows the Dudh Koshi valley. Then, it shifts toward the agreement of Sherpa’s “bustling Namche Bazaar.” It is so rounded with a lovely Himalayan view.

Cho La is a beautiful trekking pass in the Everest region.

During the Cho la Pass trek, the forest of Rhododendrons, Magnolia, and fir will amaze you. This trek will take you around the Gokyo Valley, adjoining the Khumbu with Everest Base Camp. During this manner, you may view the glorious glimpse of the highest peaks from west to east.

Such as Cho you (8153m), Gyanchung Kang (7922m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m), and Makalu. The hike across Cho LA Pass (5420m), which covers the Gokyo Lake and the Everest Camp area, is challenging.

There may be a few briefs and exciting ascents of Gokyo RI, Chukkung RI, and Kalapathar, with views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho, and other Khumbu mountain ranges. One of the highlights is the view of icefalls and glaciers of the Mahalangur Himalayan range. You can enjoy the distinct shapes of glaciers, and the cracking sound of those glaciers will blow your mind.

You’ll also be able to view the world’s largest glacier, “Ngozumpa,” on the way. We can see the uncommon Himalayan species, wild muskies, panda, and snow leopards. Also, the Mountain Goat, “Jharal,” is a colorful “Pheasant” national bird of Nepal. The vegetation is pine, and juniper forests are commonplace here.

The rhododendron and magnolia welcome you on the Cho la Pass trek path throughout the spring. You can observe monasteries in most villages to wake up your religious soul. The flattering flags and Chorten are also visible anywhere. This trek is a delightful trek and very good for physics and morals.

Itinerary of Cho La Pass Trek


Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport transfer to hotel

We will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. After your long flight, you will have time to settle in and freshen up. Then, you will visit our office for a briefing about your program.

You will meet with your Cho la Pass trekking guide to discuss the equipment needed. Then, we will process the trekking permits. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion the following day after breakfast.

Accommodation Hotel
Meals Dinner
Altitude Kathmandu (1,400m)

Day 02: Flight from KTM to Lukla. or from Ramechhap to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Early in the morning, we will travel from Kathmandu to Lukla via a mountain flight of about 40 minutes. With clear weather, we get fantastic views of the mountains, including Everest, as we enter the deep gorge of the Dudh Kosi Valley. ( Note: In season from mid-March to mid-May and October to Early December, all flights are from Ramechhap to Lukla.) It is a four-hour drive from Kathmandu.

You begin your Cho la pass trek from Lukla. Then, follow a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. You will also view Mt Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m), and the Mount Kwongde Range.

We will walk for about two hours to Phakding village for the overnight stop. Stroll around the town for local knowledge.

Multiple 40 min. Flight, 3 hrs Trek
Accommodation Lodge
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Phakding (2652m)

Day 03: Phakding trekking to Namche Bazaar

Early in the morning, we will travel from Kathmandu to Lukla via a mountain flight of about 40 minutes. With clear weather, we get fantastic views of the mountains.

These views include Everest as we enter the deep gorge of the Dudh Kosi Valley. You begin your Cho la pass trek from Lukla. Then, follow a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River.

You will also view Mt Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m), and the Mount Kwongde Range. We will walk for about two hours to Phakding village for the overnight stop. Stroll around the town for local knowledge.

Walking Day 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Hotel
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 04: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar- Enjoy hiking to Hotel everest view

Acclimatization day is necessary for your Cho la pass trek. Today, we have a rest day at Namche. Set in a natural amphitheater looking across the jagged ridge of Kongdi RI (6187m).

Namche Bazaar is one of the most attractive settlements in the Khumbu region. We will have a full day’s rest so we won’t face any problems.

Today, we make a short acclimatization trek to Khumjung. It is a delightful Sherpa village above Namche.

You have a full day of leisure for a beautiful panoramic view or stroll around the market.
You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest. Along with Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde, etc.

Accommodation Hotel
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 05: Namche Bazaar trek to Tengboche

We start our  Cho la Pass trek with a pleasant walk through the forest with a magnificent view of the mountains. We follow a spectacular path traversing the hillside high above the Dudh Kosi River.

After walking for one hour, you will arrive in Phungithanga. The trail climbs past some water-powered prayer wheels and then begins a sustained climb through a forest of tall, mature rhododendrons.

Look out for musk deer and Himalayan tahr among the trees. At the start of the Tengboche (3870m), the village is a grassy saddle covered by scrub pines and firs.

From the viewpoint at the top of the hill, there are awe-inspiring views of distinctive peaks, including Amadablam (6856m), Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8501m), and more. We visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in the Khumbu region.

Walking Day 5 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Tengboche (3867m)

Day 06: Tengboche trekking to Dingboche

In the morning, views of mountains and monasteries are spectacular in Tengboche. From Tengboche, we head north and cross the Dudh Kosi River through a small suspension bridge.

Follow the trail as far as Orsho and take the lower path along the west bank of the Imja Khola. We pass through the forest of birches, conifers, and rhododendrons.

Following the river north, we pass through several chortens, mani walls, and small villages. Today’s walk offers views of Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam, Kongma-Tse (5820m), and more.

Dingboche is also the gateway to Chukung. It is farther beyond for the most challenging traverses toward the Makalu area.

Walking Day 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Dingboche (4,360m)

Day 07: Rest day in Dingboche for the acclimatization

Spending an extra night here is essential to aid in the acclimatization process for the Cho la Pass trek. It can be a short 400-m hike to the Nangkartshang Gompa north of Dingboche. You can get a good view of Makalu (8463 m) from here.

You can go for a day walk. A trek to Chhukung (4730m) is worthwhile, and it takes approximately 4/5 hours from Dingboche, but it might ruin your rest. To the north of Dingboche are spectacular views of Lhotse’s massive South Face.

Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Dingboche (4,360m)

Day 08: Dingboche Trekking to Lobuche

The Cho la Pass trek trail follows a downward path to Pheriche village. It joins the course below Thungla, with beautiful views of Cholatse across the valley. After another steep ascend, the trail climbs up and over the moraine of the Khumbu glacier.

Today’s walk offers views of Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam, Kongma-Tse (5820m), and more. The path follows a pleasant, grassy valley. Stark and rugged beauty creates an almost moonscape campsite at Lobuche.

It is a windswept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Lobuche peak. Tawoche and Nuptse are particularly from Lobuche towering. Stay overnight at the lodge.

Walking Day 5 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Lobuche (4940m)

Day 09: Lobuche to Gorakshep, trek to Everest Base camp, and back to Gorak shep

From here, the first section of the Cho la Pass trek follows the gap between the glacier and the mountain walls. Take time to detour the edge of the moraine to look over the Khumbu glacier.

Along a windy and rocky path with a beautiful view of Mt. Pumori, Nuptse, and other magnificent peaks, we reach Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp. The new camp is further up the valley.

After lunch, our adventure continues towards EBC. The trail passes through over rocky dunes and moraines and streams. The Base Camp area provides an opportunity to experience the freezing weather of Mt. Everest.

At Everest Base Camp, climbers gather to summit Everest during the high trek season. We explore the base camp and its surroundings, including the glacier, before returning to Gorakshep.

Walking Day 7-8 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Gorakshep (5170m), Everest Base camp (5364m)

Day 10: Gorak Shep trekking Kala Patthar and back to Lobuche

Mornings are usually clear; this is the best time to climb the Kalapathar for a unique mountain view. We can see the 360-degree panorama views of Mt Everest and surrounding mountains like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku along with many other peaks.

To reach Lobuche, you will have an easy walk for about 2 hours. Its stark and rugged beauty creates an almost moonscape campsite. Tawoche and Nuptse are particularly towering from Lobuche.

Walking Day 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Kala Patthar (5,545m)

Day 11: Lobuche to Dzongla

Pheriche and Dhugla are visible from this route as other good mountain views. We then follow the Lobuche Khola downstream. After a while, we trail to the right, heading towards Dzongla. Stay overnight at the village of Dzongla for our Cho la pass trek.

Walking Day 2-3 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Dzongla (4830m)

Day 12: Crossing Chola Pass to Thangnak

On this day, you start your Cho la pass trek to walk early in the morning. You have to walk three hours to get to the top of the Chola. Before getting Chola to pass, you must be on ice for about 20 minutes.

The trek to the Cho La pass can be rather difficult. But on the way, you will experience the best part of your hiking: challenging but very worthwhile. You can cross the Cho La in good weather with no special equipment but warm clothing.

Walking Day 7-8 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Thangnak (4,700m)

Day 13: Thangnak trekking to Gokyo Lake

Today is your short day of the Cho la Pass trek. We will walk to Gokyo Lake. It’s only two hours from Thangnak, but walking through the Ngajumpa glacier is beautiful. After crossing an iron bridge over a stream, the trail levels out.

It follows the valley past the first lake, Longpongo, at 4690m. We can observe the Lama’s footprints on a stone. The second lake, Taboche Tsho, mesmerizes us with the turquoise water sparkling in the sun.

We must reach the third lake, Dudh Pokhari, which is linked to the previous one by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain. The lake provides beautiful views of Cho Oyu, Kang, Lhotse, Makalu, cholatse, and Tawache.

Walking Day 4 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Gokyo Lake (4,690m)

Day 14: Gokyo explore and trekking down to Dole

Spend a day in Gokyo, strolling around the lakes. Also, hiking to some nearby mountain viewpoints is a good idea. Start your trek in the morning and get to a steep climb of about 30 minutes to reach the top. You can see its traditional prayer flags.

View the Ngozumpa Glacier, the biggest glacier in Nepal. We would take the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and the fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). From here, you will have a magnificent view of the highest peaks from west to east.

Pictures of Cho you (8,153m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8,501m), and further way Makalu. In the afternoon, Cho la pass trek down to Dole. It is possible to climb a ridge behind Dole for an even more fantastic view of the valley.

Walking Day 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Dole (4,090m)

Day 15: Dole trekking to Namche Bazaar

The Cho la Pass trek descends out of the valley through a beautiful rhododendron forest. We arrive in Phortse Thanga and cross the river over a suspension bridge.

We ascend a sandy slope to the Dudh Kosi River. The route climbs to the valley of Dudh Koshi and down to Khumjung. Finally, we reached the Namche Valley.

Walking Day 6-7 hrs
Accommodation Hotel
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Day 16: Namche Bazaar trekking back to Lukla

The descent from Namche to the Dudh Koshi can be the most challenging stage of the Cho la Pass trek. The trail descends over the ridge past cliffs and scattered pines to the tiny village of Tokthok. Although the path is downhill, the unrelenting slope impacts the knees.

Once you cross the high suspension bridge, the trail runs level. We will work through rhododendrons and pine forests. It provides a view of a distant snow-covered peak before arriving at Phakding. After lunch here, we will continue walking to Lukla.

The trail drops and runs level throughout the day, enjoying the lush green scenery. Pass through the incredible mountain scenery for local Sherpa village arrival in Lukla. You will have time to stroll around the local areas and shower well.

Multiple 7 hrs
Accommodation Hotel
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Lukla (2,850m)

Day 17: Flight from Lukla or from Ramechhap to Kathmandu

You will finally say goodbye to our porters for your Cho la pass trek. We will have an exciting one-hour flight back to KTM. (It also can be a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla, which delays and cancels the Lukla flight.) In the evening, you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner.

(Note: The flights are from Ramechhap to Lukla in season (mid-March to Early May and October to early December). Ramechhap to Kathmandu is a 4-hour drive.

Flight 40 min
Accommodation Hotel
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Kathmandu (1,400m)

Day 18: Farewell Departure

Today is free, or at the last minute, you have a few hours of unique shopping for your relatives after your Cho la pass trek. If you have more time, you can go shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you off at the international airport for your home flight. We wish you a safe journey.

Fixed Departure Dates

Note: We can run a trip for solo travelers, couple, friends and family with children. Our private trips are running everyday. If you are looking for a group joining trip please contact us.


What's Included?
  • Kathmandu Airport to Hotel and back to Airport transfers by tourist coach.
  • 2-night hotel in Kathmandu, including breakfast
  • Transfer to the Airport and hotel for Lukla’s flight by private vehicle.
  • A trekking guide certified and licensed by the government was trained in high-altitude sickness and first aid.
  • Local trekking porter from Lukla
  • Trekking staff, food, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, and clothing.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and back Kathmandu flight ticket.
  • Local Tea houses, also called guest houses/ lodges, twin sharing during your journey.
  • Your daily meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). You can choose your meals from the menu, which includes different types of food.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Everest trekking permit
  • Local permit fees for Khumbu Gaunpalika
  • The guide will carry essential medical supply first aid kits.
  • Above the Himalayan duffel bag. (If you need to, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us before you arrive in Kathmandu so that it is easy for us to prepare.)
  • All the trip information and details for the trek.
  • Government taxes and service charges.
  • Trekking Complete Certificate of Above the Himalaya.
What's Excluded?
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee: You can get a Nepal visa upon arrival at the Airport.
  • International Airfare
  • Alcoholic, hot ( tea and coffee), cold drinks, hot water, and hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses include laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages bar, bills, and camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Gratitudes for trekking staff.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Include section.

Essential Information - Cho La Pass Trek

Cho La Pass trek is among the most challenging passes in the Everest region.

Cho la Pass Trek is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights and offers the perfect adventure. The high adventure pass allows one to explore the lifestyle of famous universal climbers. The Sherpas usually learn about the earth’s heritage at Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park.

It is a combination of mountain flora and fauna. It takes an opportunity to look up the principal Buddhist monastery in Nepal. This Cho la Pass trek trail starts from Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla, and treks to Phakding. From here, follow the Dudh Kosi Valley, which climbs to the Sherpa capital of Namche.

It is a bustling bazaar junction for trekkers. This trekking leads to a view spot at the height of Kala Patthar, 5,545m, with views of the Himalayas, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse, together with the south-west face of Mt. Everest.

The Everest Base Camp Trek allows time to climb Kalapathar (5545m), the viewing point for Mt. Everest. The Cho la Pass trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. These massifs display beautiful passes in one of the region’s most stunning areas.

The route offers you a technical and adventurous experience in the Himalayas. During this trekking, we will visit Everest Base camp. Gorakshep and both of these points are at 5000 m altitude. Cho la Pass Trek provides fantastic views of well-known 7000m to 8848m peaks.

Why does Cho La pass Trek?

The Cho la Pass trek is between the Gokyo Lake and Everest base camp routes. It connects the main Everest base camp route and the Gokyo Lake trek route. After the Cho la Pass, you can enjoy some days in Gokyo, RI. The uniqueness of the Trek is that we will trek on a glacier during part of the trail.

The pass is quite challenging, but the landscape is perfect for enjoying. Get the best view of Mount Amadablam and other mountains, rivers, and glaciers. Enjoy the different viewpoint spots during the Cho la Pass trek. Here, you will have several highlights, including Gokyo Ri, the Renjo La Pass, and the other villages.

One of the beautiful passes in Nepal, the Chola pass route, is in the Everest Khumbu Region. The pass goes to 5368 meters. The trekking path will lead you to the settlement of the well-known Sherpa homeland. The route is also the summit of the Gokyo Ri, which is 5483m tall.

Enjoy the stunning views of Cho Oyo 8201M, Mt.Everest 8848M, Makalu 8475M, and other regional peaks. The Cho La Pass trek is also advanced and adventurous in the Everest region. Chola takes you through Rhododendron and pine forests. You cross a beautiful waterfall, high pasture lands, shortens, and fluttering Buddhist prayer flags.

Cho la pass trek cost

The Cho La Pass trek cost has recently changed due to airline flight fare hikes. Now, the one-way flight fare to Lukla costs USD 179. Your trek cost varies depending on how many people you are. For single trekkers who want to make private trips, taking both guides and a porter will cost you more.

You can take one guide/porter; the same person guides you and carries your bag. For the cost of two people, you will get one guide and one porter. The price for the entire board package for the Cho la Pass trek is USD 1990 to USD 2100. If you are in a bigger group, you will get a discount on the cost.

This Cho la Passes trek route is a favorite among adventure seekers worldwide. These trails fulfill the dream of every climber and trekker who seeks the thrill of adventure. Despite such challenges, AHT continues to offer the best services to our customers at a low cost.

Best Season

The weather is the most important thing to remember when walking the Cho la Pass trek. Since the weather is unpredictable, you must schedule your Trek in the peak seasons. The best ones for trekking are spring and autumn.

Winter (November through December)

This is when the region around the Chola Pass trek has its first snowfalls. Walking becomes more challenging. Yet, considering the wonderful days in November, you may go hiking. The mountains are beautiful when the skies are clear. But the temperatures drop in earnest when December begins.

The evenings may be chilly, with lows of -10 degrees Celsius. The hiking areas are often cold in January and February because of snowfall. As the temperature drops, a lot of snow falls in the mountains.

The day will be pleasant and straightforward, with high temperatures. But the night will be freezing. Although the Trek may be difficult, you will see mountains and hills.

Spring (March to April)

It is the best time to visit the Chola Pass trek. It is the difficulty level of trekking with beautiful mountain scenery. You may see breathtaking views of Mount Everest and the surrounding mountains,

Many trekkers prefer to travel to the Cho la Pass trek region during the warm weather of mid-March. The lush, thick bamboo, rhododendron blooms, and birch woods provide beauty to the Trek.

May to June, before the monsoon, is an excellent time for hiking. In Nepal, the rainy season starts in mid-June and lasts until mid-August. The walk is more fun in the spring and summer.

July through August is the peak of the rainy season. You will see clouds blocking your view of the mountains. Even so, the paths will get slippery. There is a high chance of Lukla’s flight cancelation now. There are better times for trekking in the Gokyo area. It would help if you took caution since the monsoon season might result in leech bites.

Autumn Mid: September, October, and November

These are the best times for the Chola pass trek. The monsoon is stopping now, creating the ideal terrain for hiking. Most hikers journey during these months. The sky is clear. The mountains are visible, particularly between mid-September and the end of this period for the Cho la Pass. These months also coincide with Dashain and Tihar, Nepal’s two most significant festivals.

Cho la pass Trek necessary gear and equipment.

The Cho la Pass trek goes up to 5,500 meters and follows a challenging, upward route. So, it needs careful planning and preparation. You must bring the essential supplies and gear for this Trek. You can only get the bare minimum of clothes and equipment for this Trek. You can prepare for your journey by using the list that follows.

  • A sun hat or scarf
  • A winter hat, an insulating hat, or a wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen
  • Wet tissue or face wipes
  • Hands
  • Woolen winter gloves
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Base layer
  • Thermal wear
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Hiking shirts
  • Trekking pants
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirt
  • Sweater
  • Underwear (4-5 pairs)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Thick wool socks (2-3 pairs)
  • Hiking Boots
  • Comfortable trekking sports shoes
Essential gear
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Backpack or daypack
  • Trekking pole
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag (-20 degrees is best for high-altitude trekking)
Personal accessories
  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Additional passport photos and photocopies of your passport
  • Binoculars
How do you start the Cho la Pass trek?

This Cho la pass trek begins with a dramatic scenic flight to Lukla. Trek starts downhill to the Dudh Koshi River, passing through many local villages. A steep climb up to the beautiful town of Namche Bazaar is full of views of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse.

Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the expedition’s route to the mighty Mt. Everest. The Trek takes us through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, which has pine forests, rhododendron flowers, and plenty of wildlife. The Sherpa people welcome you with their warm hospitality. The colorful village has a variety of cultures and traditions.

The decline continues through Thame, Lungden. It follows a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Cho La Pass. Sometimes, it is only passable with fixing ropes and crampons. So, it is advisable to gear up with minor climbing equipment such as ropes, crampons, and an ice ax.

A path onto the Renjo La to the Bhote Koshi Valley puts you on the historical trade route between Nepal and Tibet. While doing Cho La Pass trekking, our route passes beautiful, small yak-grazing settlements. We pass through Gokyo Lake and gradually ascend the valley through birch and rhododendron forests.

The ultimate dare is the hike across Cho La Pass, which covers the Everest Base Camp (EBC) area. There is some short and exciting ascent of Gokyo RI, Chukkung RI, Thangnak, and Dzonglha. The Gokyo RI is the best viewpoint in the entire Everest Region. Heading Lobuche is ideal for spectacular views of Ama Dablam and awe-inspiring sceneries.

Side Trip Komgmala pass

Khongma La is a beautiful pass from where we can enjoy the views of fabulous Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Kongtega, and many other mountains and icy Lakes. We complete our trekking circuit from base camp by returning to Lukla. Then, down the central Khumbu Valley, including Tengboche, with its impressive monastery.

This Everest Renjo-La trekking is a well-liked and admired-selected trekking destination for walkers. The Everest Cho la pass trek provides delight to Adventure Trek. This tour widens their experience of the expedition beyond trekking in Nepal.

The Cho-La Pass trek combines strenuous daily hiking with enriching cultural experiences. In addition to this unique trail, you have the cross-cultural privilege of staying with Sherpas.

Reviews on Cho La Pass Trek


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Chitphol Korkitsammakul
Bangkok, Thailand
Best Guide for Cho la pass trek
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I just returned from Gokyo Lake Chola, passing Everest Base Camp trekking. It was a wonderful trip—an excellent guide (Ramesh). The trek itself was quite challenging but enjoyable. With a lot of assistance from the guide, I could do most of the things I wanted.

If I could come here again, I would choose Above The Himalayan Trekking.

Thanks for everything

All the Best
Chitphol Korkitsammakul

Charles Bernard
Wonderful Experience
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My 22-year-old daughter began planning a solo trip to the Far East. I worried about her Everest base camp luxury trekking alone, far from home. So, I decided to help her find a company we could trust to ensure her safety.

After researching the trekking options in Nepal and India for single females and seeing all the excellent reviews of Puru and Above the Himalaya Trekking, she scheduled a trek with Above the Himalaya.

I will leave it to her to describe her experience in her review. She told me it was spectacular and unforgettable. But from the viewpoint of a worried father, I could not have asked for a better experience.

Puru was helpful and reassuring—the entire process, from scheduling the trek, arranging payment, and obtaining reassurances from Puru, was perfect. Believe the reviews; this company is excellent.

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Stephanie Legal
London, UK
Best trekking - highly recommended guides
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We trekked to Cho la Pass EBC—our Guide and porter. Keshab Thapa and Gokarna Timalsena have been fantastic and sharp in looking after us. Keshab is a good guide and taught us much about Nepali culture.

Gokarna was a brilliant porter. He will make an excellent guide in the future. The level of service from both Keshab and Gokarna was superb. They were available in all ways to help us with anything we needed.

Both were thoughtful about anything we might require: water, food, and showers. Keshab’s knowledge of the area and the lodges meant we were always happy with our accommodation.

He took care to visit comfortable places and had a homestay feel. Both Keshab and Gokarna have the qualities to be excellent guides and porters, respectively. They give all their clients a wonderful trekking experience.

We have made two terrific friends in Nepal, Keshab and Gokarna, and we highly recommend a company. Thank you!!!

Stephanie Legal

Tim Moris
Best Everest trek with Cho la pass
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We chose Above the Himalaya after reading online reviews. Puru answered all our questions about selecting a guide company. And we felt very comfortable with him. We were happy with our trek.

From our arrival in Nepal to our departure, Puru and his staff took care of all the logistics so we could enjoy the tour. Our guide, Phurwa, was excellent. He always answered our questions about the culture and mountains with a smile.

He was a true professional. He ensured we had reasonable tea house accommodations at every stop. He seemed to know everyone in the Khumbu. Our scheduled trek was a 21-day Cho la Pass route.

But snow the night before our trek over the Cho la Pass required a change to our way.
Phurwa handled this and devised an alternate way suitable for the group. We ended up only doing one pass, the Renjo la, but we did make a base camp and Kala Patthar.

Our porters were also excellent, and we enjoyed talking with them in the afternoons. After our day’s trekking, it was a wonderful experience with a fantastic company.

Tim Moris

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