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Duration 18 Days
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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

Trip Highlights of Cho La Pass Trek

  • Trek to the ultimate destination of trekkers via Everest Base Camp.
  • Amazing route filled with flora and fauna along with the amazing scenarios
  • A journey of achievement and pride
  • Spectacular views of various mountains and especially Mount Everest
  • Visit Everest Base Camp and Khumbu glacier on 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 biggest glacier in the world 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 trekking which leads to the unique trek to the house of the legendary Sherpa humans. Trek goes on the foothill of the highest top of the world, Mt. Everest at 8848m. This trek is one of Nepal’s most adventurous treks to the Khumbu Mountains. You can enjoy visiting the ethnic community of Sherpas in this place. This trek takes you to Gokyo which lies at the highest point of the country. You will enjoy the panoramic view of many different mountains which are higher than 8000 meters including Lhotse, Cho Oyo, Makalu, and Gokyo.

This unique Cho la Pass trek gives you eyeful views of mountain vistas and glaciers. It follows the rather praised trekking route through the Dudh Koshi to its source the Gokyo Lake which is to the west of the EBC Trek. The trek gives you sufficient possibility to experience the amazing view of Mt. Everest inclusive of numerous other comparable peaks. You may additionally explore the Buddhist monasteries and shrines alongside extremely good 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 interesting Himalayan flight to Tensing Hillary Airport at Lukla from Kathmandu. Everest’s path begins on the upper Phakding and follows the Dudh Koshi valley shifting in the direction of 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

While doing Cho la pass trek , the view of the village vicinity such as the superb forest of Rhododendron, Magnolia, and massive fir will amaze you. This trek will take you around the thrilling Gokyo Valley. Which lies adjoining the Khumbu in conjunction with a diverse Everest Base Camp. During this manner, you may view the glorious glimpse of the highest peaks, from west to east as Cho you (8153m), Gyanchung Kang (7922m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m), and Makalu. During the Cho La Pass Trek, the hike across Cho LA Pass (5420m), which covers both the Gokyo Lake and the Everest Camp area (EBC) is eventually challenging.

There may be a few briefs and exciting ascents of Gokyo RI, Chukkung RI, and Kalapathar with the view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho you other Khumbu mountain ranges. One of the highlights of that is the conventional view of icefall and glaciers of the Mahalangur Himalayan range. You can enjoy the distinct shapes of Glaciers and the cracking sound of that glacier will blow your mind and soul. You’ll be able to view the world’s largest glacier “Ngozumpa” too. On the way, we can see the Himalayan uncommon species along with Wild Musk, Panda, and Snow Leopard. Also, the Mountain Goat “Jharal”, is a colorful “Pheasant” national bird of Nepal. The vegetation is pine and juniper forests are the commonplace forests right here.

The colorful rhododendron and magnolia floral welcome you throughout the spring to upload the splendor in the path of Cho la pass trek. The monasteries may be observed in most of the villages to wake up your religious soul. The flattering flags and Chorten may be seen anywhere. This trek is an amazingly enjoyable trek and very good for physic in addition to morals too.

Itinerary of Cho La Pass Trek

Greetings at Kathmandu Airport transfer to hotel

We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport for your Cho la pass trek and transfer you to your hotel. Where you will have your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program.

You will have a meeting with your  Cho la pass trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have the same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

Accommodation Hotel
Meals Dinner
Altitude Kathmandu (1,400m)
Flight from KTM to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Early morning we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla via a mountain flight of about 40 minutes scenic flight. With clear weather, we get fantastic views of the mountains, including Everest as we enter the deep gorge of the Dudh Kosi valley.

You begin your Cho la pass  trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way, you will have a view of Mt Nupla (5885m) Kusum Kangaru (6367m), and the Mount Kwongde Range. We then take an easy walk for about two hours to Phakding village for the overnight stop and the rest of the time stroll around the village for local knowledge.

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

From Phakding the  Cho la pass trek trail follows the Dudh Koshi valley north, meandering through the pines, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. Beginning with a slight climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes waterfalls and other culturally and naturally occurring items of interest.

Villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of Rhododendrons, Magnolia, and fir. Along the way, you will be rewarded with your first glimpse of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m), Everest (8848m), and Nuptse (7879 m). A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche bazaar (3440m) will afford you further spectacular views and a comfortable place to spend the second night of the trek.

Walking 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Hotel
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar- Enjoy hiking to Hotel everest view

Acclimatizatin day is necessary for your Cho la pass trek. Today we have rest day at Namche. Set in a natural amphitheater looking across to 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 that we won’t face any problems ahead.

Today we make a short acclimatization trek up to Khumjung, a delightful Sherpa village above Namche. You have a full day of leisure for a wonderful panoramic view or stroll around the market You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde, and so on.

Accommodation Hotel
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Namche Bazaar (3440m)
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 that traverses around 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 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 scattered across a wide, grassy saddle below a crescent-shaped ridge covered by scrub pines and firs. From the viewpoint at the top of the hill, there are awe-inspiring views of distinctive peaks like Amadablam (6856m), standing proud of the massif containing Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8501m), and inspiring views of Himalayan giants.

We visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in the Khumbu region.

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

In the morning views of mountains and monasteries are spectacular in Tengboche. From Tengboche, we head north and soon cross the Dudh Kosi river by way of a small suspension bridge that spans a deep chasm in the river valley. Follow the trail as far as Orsho and take the lower path along the west bank of the Imja Khola, through the forest of birches conifers, and rhododendrons.

As we follow the river northward the Cho la pass trek trails pass through several chortens and mani walls and small villages. Today’s walk offers views of Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-Tse (5820m), and the great wall of Nuptse. Dingboche is also the gateway to Chukung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards the Makalu area.

Walking 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Dingboche (4,360m)
Rest day in Dingboche for the acclimatization

It is very important to spend an additional night here to aid in the acclimatization process for the Cho la pass trek. It can be along a short hike 400-m climb to the Nangkartshang Gompa on the ridge north of Dingboche. Good view of Makalu (8463 m) from here.

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

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

The Cho la pass trek trail follows a downward path to Pheriche village. It joins the trail below thungla with beautiful views of cholatse across the valley. After another steep ascends the trail climbs up and over the terminal moraine of Khumbu glacier. Today’s walk offers views of Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-Tse (5820m), and the great wall of Nuptse.

The path follows a pleasant, grassy valley. Stark and rugged beauty create an almost moonscape campsite at Lobuche a windswept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Lobuche peak. Tawoche and Nuptse are particularly spectacularly from Lobuche towering. Stay overnight at the lodge.

Walking 5 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Lobuche (4940m)
Lobuche to Gorakshep, trek to Everest Base camp, and back to Gorak shep

The first section of the Cho la pass trek trail from Lobuche follows the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain walls, past the turn-off to the Italian pyramid. Take time to detour to the edge of moraine to look over the Khumbu glacier. Along a windy and rocky path with the wonderful view of Mt. Pumori, Nuptse, and other magnificent peaks, we reach Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley.

After lunch, our adventure continues towards EBC. The trail passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams. The Base Camp area provides an opportunity to experience the freezing and harsh conditions that mountaineers brave to summit this famous mountain.

In Everest Base Camp the climbers gather for summiting Everest during the high expedition season. We explore the base camp and its surroundings glacier and return back to Gorakshep.

Walking 7-8 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Gorakshep (5170m), Everest Base camp (5364m)
Gorak Shep trekking Kala Patthar and back to Lobuche

Mornings are usually sparkling and clear and this is the best time to climb the Kalapathar for one of the world’s definitive mountain views. We will be rewarded the 360-degree dramatic 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.

You will have an easy walk for about 2hrs to reach Lobuche. Stark and rugged beauty create an almost moonscape campsite at Lobuche a windswept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Lobuche peak. Tawoche and Nuptse are particularly spectacularly from Lobuche towering.

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

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

Walking 2-3 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Dzongla (4830m)
Crossing Chola Pass to Thangnak

walking hours: , Distance 13km

On this day you start your Cho la pass trek  to walk early in the morning. You have to walk three hours to get on top of the Chola, before you get Chola to pass you have to be about 20 minutes on ice. The trek to the Cho La pass can be a rather difficult route.

But on the way, you will be able to experience the best part of your hiking; difficult but very worthy. In good weather, you can cross the Cho La with no special equipment but warm clothing.

Walking 7-8 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Thangnak (4,700m)
Thangnak trekking to Gokyo Lake

Today is your short day of Cho la pass trek we we will  walk to Gokyo Lake. It’s only two hours walk from Thangnak but it’s really beautiful to walk through the Ngajumpa glacier. After crossing an iron bridge over a stream the trail levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get a chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone.

The second lake, Taboche Tsho mesmerizes us with the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little do we reach the third lake, called Dudh Pokhari, linked by a surging stream to the previous one. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain.

Above the lake provides panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Makalu, cholatse, and Tawache.

Walking 4 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Gokyo Lake (4,690m)
Gokyo explore and trekking down to Dole

Spend a day in Gokyo strolling around the lakes and hiking up to some of the mountain viewpoints nearby. Start your trek in the morning and get to a steep climb of about 30min to reach the top with its traditional prayer flags.

View the Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier in Nepal. Definitely, we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and the fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). From where you will have a magnificent view of the highest peaks, from the west to east are 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 greater view of the valley.

Walking 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Dole (4,090m)
Dole trekking to Namche Bazaar

The Cho la pass trek trail first descends steeply out of the valley through beautiful rhododendron forests. We arrive in Phortse Thanga and cross the river over a suspension bridge. We ascend up a sandy slope to the Dudh Kosi River. The route ascends to the valley of Dudh Koshi and down to Khumjung. Finally, we reach the Namche valley.

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

The descent from Namche to the Dudh Koshi can be the hardest stage of the entire  Cho la pass trek. The trail descends over the ridge past rocky cliffs and scattered pines to the tiny village of Tokthok. Although the path is all downhill, the unrelenting slope places a massive impact on the knees. Once you cross the high suspension bridge, the path runs mostly level.

We will work through rhododendron and pine forests with the view of a distance snow-covered peak before arriving at Phakding. After lunch here we will continue gentle walking to Lukla, the trail drops steeply and runs level throughout the day, enjoying the lush green scenery around.

Passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village arrival in Lukla, you will have time to stroll around the local areas and have a good shower.

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

Saying a final goodbye to our porters fro your Cho la pass trek. We will have a flight back to ktm of an exciting one hour. (It also can be a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla which makes the Lukla flight delayed and cancel.) In the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner.

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

Today is free or last minute you have a few hours of special shopping for your relatives after your Cho la pass trek. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you at the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish you a Safe journey.


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 who is certified and licensed by Government and got training 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, there are different types of food available.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Everest trekking permit
  • Local permit fees for Khumbu Gaunpalika
  • The guide will carry basic medical supply first aid kits.
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. (If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us before you arrive in Kathmandu so that 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) and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and 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 Includes section.

Essential Information - Cho La Pass Trek

Cho la pass trek one of the most difficult passes in the Everest region

Cho la Pass Trek is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights with perfect adventure. The high adventure pass offers to explore the lifestyle of famous universal climbers. The Sherpas, usually learn about the earth legacy site of Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. It is a combination of mountain flora and faunas and also 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 trekking to Phakding. From here follow the Dudh Kosi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that’s a junction for trekkers. This trekking leads to a popular view spot on the height of Kala Patthar 5,545m with the marvelous scenery of the Himalayas Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse together with a south-west face of Mt. Everest. The Everest Base Camp Trek allows enough time to ascend Kalapathar (5545m), the primary viewing point for Mt. Everest.

The Cho la Pass trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. Where these massifs combine to make the most spectacular display of beautiful passes in one of the most scenically stunning areas of the Everest region. This Cho la pass trek itinerary has been carefully designed to ensure that you have adequate time to acclimatize comfortably thereby enjoying the trekking experience. 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 situated at 5000 m altitude. It is also like crossing the passesCho la Pass Trek provides fantastic views of well-known 7000m to 8848m peaks.

Why did Cho La pass Trek?

The Cho la Pass trek  is in between the route of Gokyo Lake and Everest base camp it connects the main Everest base camp and the Gokyo Lake trek route. You can enjoy some days in Gokyo RI After the Cho la pass. The uniqueness of the trek is we will trek on a glacier during a portion of the trail. The pass is quite tough to climb up but the landscape is just perfect to enjoy, Get the best view of Mount Amadablam with other mountains, rivers, and glaciers view.

Enjoy the different viewpoint spots during the Cho la pass trek, where you will have several highlights in view including Gokyo Ri, the Renjo La Pass, the lake, and the other village. 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 route will lead you to the settlement of the well-known Sherpa homeland. The route is also the summit of the Gokyo Ri 5483m in height.

Enjoy the stunning view of Cho Oyo 8201M, Mt.Everest 8848M, Makalu 8475M, and other peaks in this region. The Cho La Pass trek is also technically advanced and adventurous in the Everest region. Chola passes the Everest Base Camp trek and takes you through Rhododendron and pine forests, across a beautiful waterfall, and through high pasture lands, past chortens, and fluttering Buddhist prayer flags.

Cho la pass trek cost

The cost for the Cho la pass trek has been affected recently by flight fare hikes up by airlines. Now the one-way flight fare to Lukla costs you USD 179. Similarly, your trek cost is varied on how many people are you. For single trekkers wanted to do private trips taking both guides and a porter will cost you more. You can take 1 guide/porter the same person do guide you and carry your bag. At the cost of 2 people, you will get 1 guide and 1 porter. The cost for the full board package for the Cho la Pass trek is from USD 1990 to USD 2100 depending on the lodge you choose. If you are in a bigger group you will get some discount on the cost.

Also Daily needed things prices hiked up, and meals and room costs in the Cho la Pass trek increased seasonally, as in the rest of the world, fuel costs have been increasing regularly and due to a severe shortage in Nepal, costs vary from day to day.

This Cho la pass trek  route is a favorite among adventure seekers worldwide. These trails fulfill the dream of every amateur climber and serious trekker, who has been seeking the thrill of adventure.

However, even though we at Above Himalaya Trekking have been affected by these factors, we continue to offer the best services to our customers at a nominal cost.

Best Season

For a walk to the Cho la Pass trek, the weather is the most important thing to keep in mind. Since the weather in this area is so erratic, you must schedule your trek to the Everest region at the appropriate time.

Winter (November through December)

This time is when the region around the Chola Pass trek has its first snowfalls and becomes more difficult to walk through. However, considering the wonderful days in November, you may go hiking. The mountains are beautiful when the skies are clear, but when December begins in earnest, the temperatures drop. 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, there is a lot of snow falling in the mountains.

The day will be pleasant and clear with high temperatures, but the night will be freezing. Although the trek may be difficult, you will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of mountains and hills covered in snow.

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,
Because of the wonderful weather. Since mid-March, when temperatures begin to rise, many trekkers prefer to travel to the Cho la Pass trek region. The lush, thick bamboo, rhododendron blooms, and birch woods provide beauty and add new dimensions to the whole trek.

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

July through August is considered the peak of the rainy season. You will frequently see clouds, which will most likely block your view of the mountains. Even so, there is a good chance that the paths will get a little slippery. There is a high chance of Lukla’s flight cancelation at this time. This is not a good time for trekking in the Gokyo area. You should take caution since the monsoon season might result in leech bites.

Autumn Mid September and October, and November

These are the best time for the Chola pass trek. The monsoon is progressively stopping at this time, creating the ideal terrain for hiking. Since the sky is clear and the mountains are visible, most hikers choose to journey during these months. Particularly between mid-September and the end, we heartily suggest this period for the Cho la pass. These months also coincide with Dashain and Tihar, the two greatest festivals in Nepal.

Cho la pass Trek necessary gear and equipment

Cho la Pass trek goes up to 5500 meters, the trek follows a hard, upward route. so it needs careful planning and preparation. You must bring the essential supplies and gear for this trek. You can only bring 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


  • 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
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport
  • Binoculars

How to start the Cho la pass trek?

This Cho la pass trek begins with a dramatic scenic flight to Lukla and the trek starts downhill to the Dudh Koshi River passing through many local villages en route. A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche Bazaar is full of striking views of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse face. Namche Bazaar is the gateway of the expedition’s route to the mighty Mt. Everest. The trek takes us through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, with pine forests, rhododendron flowers, an abundance of wildlife along this part of the trail-friendly Sherpa people, warm hospitality colorful village’s great variety of culture and traditions.

The decline continues through Thame, Lungden following a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Cho La pass. Sometimes, it is not passable without fixing rope, and crampons. So it is advisable to be equipped with minor climbing equipment such as ropes, Crampons, and an Ice ax. A traverse onto the Renjo La to the solitary Bhote Koshi valley put you on the historical trade route between Nepal and Tibet.

While  doing Cho la pass trekking, our route passes through peaceful, beautiful, and small yak-grazing settlements through Gokyo Lake and gradual ascent up the valley through the patches of birch and rhododendron forest making a circuit of Tawache and Cholatse. The ultimate dare is the hike across Cho La Pass, which covers Everest Base Camp (EBC) area. During the Cho La Pass trek, there is some short and interesting ascent of Gokyo RI, Chukkung RI, Thangnak, and Dzonglha. The Gokyo RI is considered the best viewpoint in the entire Everest Region. Heading Lobuche is an ideal point for some 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 other numerous mountains and icy Lakes. From base camp, we complete our trekking circuit by returning to Lukla down the main Khumbu Valley, including Tengboche, with its impressive monastery. This Everest Renjo-La trekking is well-liked and admired selected trekking destination for walkers. The Everest Cho la pass trek provides delight to adventure and widens their experience towards the expedition beyond trekking in Nepal.

The Cho-La Pass trek combines strenuous daily hiking with extremely rewarding cultural experiences. Along with this off-the-beaten-track trail, you have the opportunity and cross-cultural privilege to stay with Sherpa families.

Reviews on Cho La Pass Trek


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Tim Moris
September 23, 2022
Best Everest trek with Cho la pass

We chose Above the Himalaya after reading online reviews and speaking with representatives from multiple companies. Puru answered all of our questions in the process of selecting a guide company and we felt very comfortable with him from the beginning. We were not disappointed on our trek. From the time of our arrival in Nepal to our departure Puru and his staff took care of all of the logistics so we could simply enjoy the trek. Our guide, Phurwa, was excellent. He always answered our endless questions about the culture and mountains with a smile and is a true professional. He made sure we had good tea house accommodations at every stop and seemed to know everyone in the Khumbu. Our scheduled trek was a 21-day Cho la pass trek route but snow the night before our trek over the Cho la pass required an adjustment to our route. Phurwa handled this with ease and came up with an alternate route that was suitable to 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 excellent as well and we enjoyed talking with them in the afternoons after our day’s trekking. A wonderful experience with an excellent company.

Tim Moris

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Stephanie Legal
London, UK
October 5, 2022
Best trekking - highly recommended guides

We had a fantastic trekking to Cho la pass EBC . Our Guide and porter. Keshab Thapa and Gokarna Timalsena have been excellent and very attentive in looking after us. Keshab is a very good guide and thought us a lot about Nepali culture. Gokarna was a brilliant porter. We think he will make an excellent guide in the future.

The level of service from both Keshab and Gokarna was superb. They were available ot all ways to help us with anything we needed, and both were thoughtful about anything we might require, water food showers. Keshab?s knowledge of the area and the lodges meant that we were always happy with our accommodation. He took care to visit places which were comfortable and had home stay feel. Both Keshab and Gokarna have the qualities to be excellent guide and porter and to give all their clients a wonderful trekking experience.

We have both made two very good friends in Nepal in Keshab and Gokarna and we highly recommend a company
Thank you!!!

Stephanie Legal

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Charles Bernard
December 29, 2022
Wonderful Experience

When my 22-year-old daughter began planning a solo trip to the Far East, I became worried about her Everest base camp luxury trekking alone so far from home, so I decided to help her find a company that we could trust to ensure her safety. After researching the trekking options in Nepal and India for single females, and seeing all of the wonderful reviews of Puru and Above the Himalaya Trekking, she scheduled a trek with Above the Himalaya.

I will leave it for her in her own review to describe her experience, which she told me was spectacular and unforgettable, but from the viewpoint of a worried father, I could not have asked for a better experience. Puru was consistently 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 great.
Charles Bernard

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Chitphol Korkitsammakul
Bangkok, Thailand
November 12, 2022
Best Guide for Cho la pass trek

I just came back from Gokyo lake Chola pass Everest Base Camp trekking. This was a wonderful trip. An excellent guide (Ramesh). The trek itself was quite tough but enjoyable. With a lot of assistance from the guide, I could do most of the things that I wanted.

If I have a chance to come here again, I definitely choose Above The Himalaya Trekking.

Thanks for everything

All the Best
Chitphol Korkitsammakul


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