Everest Chola Pass Trek [VACPT18]



Day 1

Drive to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where the trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, reaches the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks.Start hiking approx 3-4 hrs to Phakding for overnight at the local lodge.

Day 2

Walk through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. The trail offers fantastic view of Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo, the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. The trail passes through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight at the local Lodge.

Day 3

Spend a day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and a full day of leisure to visit Everest View Point hotel for wonderful panoramic view or stroll around the market. There is a  Sherpa Museum as well, a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. Overnight at the local lodge.

Day 4

Today trek starts with a steep one-hour climb to the Shyangboche airstrip (3790m), from where the trail slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde the trail follows eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. Overnight at the local village.

Day 5

Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla offering panoramic views of various mountains. The trail steeply descends passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole for overnight.

Day 6

Climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. The trail has an excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. Lunch and Overnight at the local lodge. 

Day 7

Trek follows a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Trail climbs a steep rocky path inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes, soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La , route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Overnight at the local lodge.

Day 8

Today is the rest day for proper acclimatization. Optional climb the Gokyo Ri peak if the weather is good. From the peak one can enjoy the excellent view of the surrounding snow clad mountains. Gokyo valley is also famous for the sacred six lakes which it hosts. Overnight at the local lodge.

Day 9

We descend to the second lake and drop down onto the glacier. The route across the glacier is marked by cairns and is generally quite well defined. We climb off the glacier by a small dwelling known as Thagnag and follow a shallow valley by a small kharka village for overnight.

Day 10

The trail ascends slightly along the valley towards Chola pass covered with rocks. The Chola pass is most of the time covered with blue ice which gives a chill feeling. Here one can also enjoy the panoramic view of various mountains. From here, the trail descends steeply down for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla.Overnight at the local lodge.

Day 11

Trek from Dzonglo to Lobuche descends and ascends gently and contours around the west side of the Lobuche Khola, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. The trail coming from Pheriche meets at the Lobuche Khola ( Lobuche Stream).The trail flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche.Overnight at the local lodge.

Day 12

This is another big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5364 meters, the closest one can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. Return back to Gorak Shep for the night.

Day 13

This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of morning in this day is spent climbing Mt. KalaPatthar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5545m/18192ft. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028 ft, 8848 meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. Then a quick descent to Gorak Shep then trek down to Periche for overnight.

Day 14

The trail pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year in Khumbu region. The trail ascends and descends at a slow speed to  Tyangboche village, explore the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. There is a trekker's visiting centre where local Sherpas make an exhibition of different goods to be sold to interested trekkers. They also show a slide presentation about Sherpa people, culture, Buddhist religion and environmental development programs. Overnight at the local lodge.

Day 15

The trail offers glimpse of panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru . Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche has small ups and downs with view of forests, scenery and mountains.Overnight at the local lodge.

Day 16

The trails descend steeply for early one and half hours. After that, the path has small ups and down to Phakding through Monjo.Overnight at the local lodge.

Day 17

Final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla for overnight.

Day 18


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Type of trip
Trip Length
18 days
Maximum Elevation
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