- Trip Duration 17 Days
- Price from US$ 1399
- Trip Grade Strenuous
- Trip Style Trekking
- Max Person 02 - 16
- Meals Breakfast in cities & full board meals in trek
- Accomodation 2 star hotel in cities & tea house / Lodge on trek
- Transportation Private Vechiles & Domestic Flight
- Destination Nepal
- Max.Altitude 5,364 M
- Single Supplement 175 USD
About Cho La Pass Trek
Cho La Pass Trek is ideal for the brave-hearted and the adventurers seeking adrenaline rush. The major difficulty of this strenuous route is Cho La Pass which is situated at 5,420 m. But the difficulty is, however, is paid with immeasurable rewards i.e. the close-up views of five peaks higher than 8,000m namely Lhotse, Makalu, Lhotse-Shar, Cho Oyu and Everest. Along with the magnificent peaks, one can encounter Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier in the country, Gokyo Lake and views from Everest Base Camp. This trek also enables one to observe the lifestyle of Sherpa communities, their culture, and hospitality.
Any passionate and bold adventurer with a desire to get the exceptional adrenaline rush while climbing through the majestic icefalls and massive glaciers would find the Cho La Pass Trek the ideal trek for them. The Cho La Pass Trek takes trekkers to the beautiful Gokyo Lake area and gives a brief climb to the Everest Base Camp. The toughest part of the Cho La Pass Trek is considered to be the Cho La Pass itself which stands at an altitude of 5,420 m above the sea level. Nevertheless, the trail is continuously rewarded by incomparable beauty of the towering mountains comprising of five peaks above 8000 m including Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Lhotse-Shar. Cho La Pass Trek explores every mysterious trail, taking us to tiny Sherpa settlements. This gives us a chance to experience the renowned and remarkable culture and hospitality of the local Sherpa people.
Cho La Pass trek route map begins with a 30 minutes flight to Lukla. The dramatic landing to the tiny airstrip in Lukla airport takes away the travelers breathe away and the adventure begins from here itself. We trek across some popular trails and come across a few renowned regions such as Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Lukla and a few other regions in the Khumbu. As we come to the prime part of our trek, we witness the enchanting Dudh Koshi River, further up we come across Nepal’s biggest glacier – Ngozumpa glacier and as we make a steep ascent for the Cho La Pass, the magical scenery from Kalapatthar and Gokyo RI makes all the strenuous walk and hardships worthwhile. The flora and fauna blend with the beautiful sceneries of the mountain vistas and provides the region with the perfect paradise touch. The most favorable season to attempt the Cho La Pass Trek is March to May and October to December when the sky is clear and the mountain peaks reveal its true beauty.
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Trip Highlights of Cho La Pass Trek
-Hiking across Cho LA Pass (5420m)
-The Gokyo Village, Gokyo Ri, and the Gokyo Lakes
-The Everest Base Camp area (EBC)
-Exciting ascents of Gokyo RI, Chukkung Ri, and Kalapathar
-The magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Choyou, and other Khumbu mountain range.
-The icefall and glacier of Mahalangur Himalayan range.
-The shapes and the cracking sounds of the glaciers.
-The world’s largest glacier “Ngozumpa”.
Best Time for Cho La Pass Trek
Autumn (September, October, and November) and Spring (March, April, and May) are the best times for the Chola Pass Trekking. During these times, the weather and climatic conditions at the Everest region remain stable for long. This creates a perfect trekking environment.
Trekking is possible all year round with best preparations. But, trekking in winter and monsoon means you might have to face a lot of difficulties. During those times, the weather and climate at Everest frequently fluctuate.
Trek Difficulties During Cho la Pass Trek
-Crossing the Cho La pass is the biggest challenge during this trek. You must walk for nearly half an hour over the iced trail.
-Beware of altitude sickness. Cho la Pass Trek is a high altitude trek. You will trek to the highest altitude places like Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and Chola Pass.
-Crossing the pass over bumped rocks and steep uphills are very hard. Walking over the ups and downs can be strenuous. Eat a healthy diet, get appropriate training, and create a strong mentality.
-During some days, you have to walk for 7 to 8 hours. This can be exhausting. Make sure you boost yourself up. Take some snacks and energy bars.
-Your body can dehydrate faster at high altitudes. This can cause altitude sickness. So, drink plenty of water. Take water breaks at certain intervals.
-The trek can be difficult without appropriate trekking gears. Check our article on Packaging lists for trekking in Nepal.
Note: Weather in Everest is unpredictable so there is high chances of delayed as well as cancellation of the scheduled flight. The rate of flight delay and cancellation in high at Lukla. During your journey, if flight cancellation happens you have to spend an extra night at Lukla/Ktm (if you are coming back to Kathmandu or going to Lukla). So, we request to spare a couple of days if you are planning to trek in the Everest region so that you will not miss your international flight. Helicopter rescue can also an option but it cost you more.
- Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m)
- Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2800m) | Trek to Phakding (2652m), Flight Duration: 30 mins, Trekking Duration: 3 hrs. walk
- Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m), Trekking Duration: 5 - 6 hrs. walk
- Day 04: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar, Trekking Duration: 4-5hrs walk
- Day 05: Trek to Dole (4040m), Trekking Duration: 5-6hrs walk
- Day 06: Trek to Machharmo (4470m), Trekking Duration: 4-5hrs walk
- Day 07: Trek to Gokyo (4800m), Trekking Duration: 5-6hrs walk
- Day 08: Hike up to Gokyo Ri (5483m) | Back to Gokyo and rest, Trekking Duration: 3-4hrs walk
- Day 09: Trek to Thaknak (4750 m), Trekking Duration: 5 - 6 hrs.
- Day 10: Cross the Cho-La Pass and down to Dzongla (4830m), Trekking Duration: 7 - 8 hrs.
- Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4940m), Trekking Duration: 4 - 5 hrs.
- Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep (5170m) | Hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Gorak Shep. Trekking Duration: 7 - 8 hrs. walk
- Day 13: Morning Kala Patthar sunrise | Trek down to Pheriche (4280m), Trekking Duration: 7 - 8 hrswalk
- Day 14: Trek down to Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazaar (3440m), Trekking Duration: 5 - 6 hrs. Walk.
- Day 15: Trek down to Lukla (2800m), Trekking Duration: 6 - 8 hrs walk
- Day 16: Fly Back to Kathmandu.
- Day 17: Departure to International Airport.
- Tourists class transportation to and from the airport and hotel.
- Both ways Flights tickets Kathmandu –Lukla-Kathmandu.
- 2 Nights standards Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Trekking lodge /Teahouse accommodations during the trek.
- 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- Government Licensed Holder trekking guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Flight, and insurance.
- Porter during the Trekking (1 Potter for 2 trekkers) with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, and insurance.
- All necessary paperwork, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) including local Tax, Government tax & official expenses.
- Sleeping bag & Duffel Bag (if you do not have your own, to be returned after trip completion).
- Supporter guide group size above 8+ people.
- The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
- Exclusive Medical Kit Bag.
- Index Adventure T-shirt & Trekking Achievement Certificate.
- Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu city.
- Extra night accommodation and meals if early departure from the mountain.
- Excess baggage more than 15kg for Lukla flight.
- Nepal visa fee (You can apply for Online or you can easily issue the visa on arrival at International Airport Kathmandu.
- Travel and rescue insurance (necessary).
- International airfare.
- Your personal expenses.
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks & all desserts sweet things.
- Hot shower and battery charging in trekking Mountains.
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.
- Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is voluntary).
If you are travelling through air then you can only enter Nepal through Tribhuvan International Airport; is the only international airport in Nepal that operates several international flights on a daily basis. The airport is located in the capital city: Kathmandu, which is a popular hub for tourists visiting Nepal.
If you are travelling through road ways then you can either enter from China Border and India Boarder but before entering Nepal you should report yourself to Nepal Entry/Exit Points. Some of road entry/exit points are:
From China: Rasuwagadi Border & Kodari Border.
From India: Dhangadi, Kanchanpur, Nepalgunj, Birgunj, Kakarvitta, Bhairahawa
Do I need to get a visa, how I can get visa & what documents should I have with me during my Nepal visit?
Yes! Except for the citizens of India, you need to get yourself a Nepalese visa to enter the territory of Nepal. If you are an Indian citizen a valid identity would be enough to enter Nepal via the entry points.
Nepalese visa is easily available upon your arrival at any entry points (ref Q.N 1). Yes, you can get on arrival tourist Visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu there are some countries visa will needed $ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $100 for 90 days tourist visa from the dates of issue.For Tourist Visa, you need to bring along your valid passport ( must be valid up to 6 months ,just in case extra photocopies of passport ) and few copies of passport sized photograph.
You can apply online visa also. https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/
Necessary Documents to bring/carrywhile traveling in Nepal are:
- Copy of your travel insurance,
- Emergency contact numbers of insurance agent and family members/friends
- Immediate cash and
- And any special medicine.
Note: The resident of countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Cameroon, Swaziland, Iraq, Ethiopia, Liberia, Palestine do not get visa in the entry point of Nepal.
Yes! Nepal is the safest country for the travelers around the world.
Upon your arrival, you can exchange your currencies at Tribhuvan International Airport but it might be low rate than other exchange places. However, banks do accept other countries' currencies too. All major banks of Nepal provide currency exchange services. Or the other option might be, exchanging your currency with the licensed money exchangers in major citieslike Kathmandu & Pokhara and mostof the commercial banks have ATM machines in major cities and towns of Nepal like Kathmandu and Pokhara where you will be able to withdraw money from your home country bank using your ATM card.
Trekking in Nepal can be done anytimeof the year, except for monsoon. During monsoon (June-August), trekking becomes a bit difficult due to heavy rainfall and unpredictable weather. However, the best time of the year for trekking in Nepal lasts from month of March-May (Spring Season) and September-November (Autumn Season).
You will be able to do all these activities in Nepal, yet they completely differ from each other. Trekking is a multi-day walk where you stop at various destinations along the trail. Generally, hiking refers to one day walk up from 2 hours to eight hours which might be a one or two day event. Mountain climbing is an adventurous activity which requires special gears and training, and is more risky than that of trekking and hiking as you climb the summit of mountain peak.
This relies upon where you go and in which season you travel. Nepal has 3 different regions for climate where Himalayan region is mild cold in summer and freezing cold in winter, in Hilly region all whole year climate is suitable for travel but in Terai region the summer is very hot and in winter is too cold.Weather in the Himalayan region is unpredictable. Around the morning, evening and night, it normally gets cold yet the days are warm. Winter (December to February) will be bit colder however the days will still be very delightful and comfortably warm if the sun is out. There might be some snowfall during the winter in high elevation places. You should always carry some warm clothes while trekking in the higher elevations, whatever the season.
One must possess a moderate level of physical fitness, past hiking experience, should not retain any chronic or subtle health issues especially in leg functions, and must be able to mentally adjust for multi-day treks in the remote areas. If you match all of the above criteria, then you are ready to trekking Nepal.
The duration of your trek and the choice of the destination determines the difficulty and length. Generally, the duration lies from a minimum of 5 days to a maximum of 30 days or even more. This relies upon the Trekking route that you've chosen however; normally we will be walking close to five to six hours per day. There are different types of trekking grading from easy, moderate and changeling.
Tea house trekking refers to a trek where all your accommodation and meals are organized in a lodge/house with subtle services.
Camping trekking is a trekking where we furnish you with tent settlement and full board with dinners to be cooked by proficient trekking cook in a versatile camp, outfitted with a kitchen and with satisfactory care staff of kitchen assistants, aides and porters.
The meals and water available in lodges and camps are hygienic enough while trekking in Nepal.The predominant daily food of people in Nepal is lentil soup and curried vegetables with rice, typically called "Daal, Bhat,Tarkari” in Nepali. You might find the curries often spicy and oily which might bring out stomach problems to the foreigners. Along the Trekking trail will be simple, mix of local and international cuisine.Hence, we would suggest you to stick with normal, less spicy food. Another thing that one ought to know about while visiting Nepal is to drink packaged mineral water unless you are sure that the water is boiled, filtered or you can refine with water medicine tablets.
Since there are numerous restaurants serving vegetarian foods in Nepal, there is no problem in being a veggie lover. You can easily get vegetarian food even when you enter normal restaurants.
If you want to make your trip considerably comfortable and hassle free, you ought to hire a porter or a guide. A porter will carry your belongings while a guide will lead you to your destination conveniently, and they aid you in any kind of emergency, so it would be an ideal decision to take a guide with you.
Trekking in Nepal comes in following trekking options:
- Private Guide + Porter
- Private Guide + No Porter
- Porter-Guide (Combined Person)
- Small Group Trek with Guide + Porter or Yaks
Tips are highly expected by every porters and guides whom you go with. It is nice and acceptable way of saying thank you for their support and help during your whole journey. Normally, we suggest to tip around 10-20% of total trip cost. And, they feel happy when you pay tip in Nepali rupees because they felt difficulties to exchange while you pay them in your currencies.
Nepal is the safest place to travel. Nepal lies in the safest place or destination for every foreigners who wants to travel Nepal. Travelers needs to fallow basic rules so that they can explore the Nepal freely. A reputed and legally register travel company used to organize and manage your whole trip. So there will be no any problem during your visit. During your long trip there will be one Nepali Guide with you and he/she will handle your all issues and tells you do's and don'ts during your visit. Some of the basic rules are listed below.
- Do not trek alone.
- Do not display your cash and expensive items.
- Ask your immediate queries with us and our representatives.
- Have your travel insurance and leave a copy to us.
- Leave a copy of your passports and other important document to us.
- Don’t hesitate to ask any questions to your travel planner and your travel partner.
We are here to support you to make your travel memorable. You should fully believe on us.
Firstly, Nepal is referred as one of the safest countries in the world, so Nepal indeed is safe for solo female Trekkers as well. Besides, while you're on one of our treks, we assume individual liability for your prosperity, a responsibility we regard genuinely.
Our Guides carry a Normal medicine & emergency First Aid Kit. But “Prevention is always better than cure”, so it is always a good idea to bring your personal medicines along with you when you come to Nepal. Despite the fact that there are numerous drug stores in Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara, and major cities of Nepal. It is highly suggested to carry some essential restorative stuff like insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm, eye drops, and swathes etc.
There is high chances of getting altitude sickness while trekking above 3000m but there will be no worry because you will be taken care responsibly. Our guides are trained enough to handle this kind of situationIf the situation is harsh then guides promptly, moves you to a lower elevation first, and will be given medical aid as the quick treatment to recover. In case of emergencies the guide will take immediately action transfer to the nearby hospital utilizing your travel insurance. Remember to keep calm during such situations, also trust your guide, who is also trained in first aid.
Yes! It is highly recommended to get a travel insurance before travelling to Nepal. Most of the travel insurance covers your emergency flights, medical expenses, and theft or loss of possessions but in the mean time while you are trekking in Nepal you should buy mountain helicopter evacuation insurance up 5500 m. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in your country because we don’t have mountain rescue insurance here in Nepal.
Normally, all hotels and restaurants in city grant access to free internet services to their guests.Since you will be in the mountainous region, Wi-Fi might not work everywhere or for many days. However, most of the guesthouses offer Wi-Fi for free or for a little charge. It is better not to rely on the internet and enjoy your trip. Else, you can use mobile internet after acquiring a Nepalese SIM cards like 'NTC SIM Cards' or 'NCELL SIM cards',in mountains until you get signal of Cello phone.
Normally you can purchase SIM cards to use in your smart mobile phones in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other major cities too. To purchase SIM cards you need to provide a passport size photo and copy of your passport. It cost you very cheap to purchase such SIM cards.
Everything relies upon the time and elevation of your trek. However, if you are trekking on higher elevations, you should carry with yourself a down jacket and a pair of warm clothes. In other occasions, carry trekking jeans and shorts, sleeping bag, a pair of trekking boots, and camera and gears that you may require. Counsel a checklist of clothing and gears on our site, but remember to pack light clothes & gears. Normally, you need to carry a small day pack where you can put your light water proof jacket, 1 liter water bottle, sunglasses, cap/hat, your personal medicine and some money. A porter will carry your luggage, and you should pack your clothes and sleeping bag on plastics and keep into your rucksack which should be below 12 KG/25 pounds. In long days trek your luggage will kept back to hotel where you will came back after your trek.
Normally, you should bring extra money for alcoholic and soft drinks, hot shower, tipping for staffs and shopping around the trek. We suggest to you bringing $ 250 to $ 300 Dollars which you can change in different currencies converting outlets. In Kathmandu and Pokhara cities you can withdraw Nepali rupees from ATM’s Booths too, credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there is additional Charge for this service. Undeniably, Kathmandu city is the shopper’s paradise. One can treasure trove the real work of art and memento. Some of the most prevalent things that foreigners usually shop in Nepal are weaved garments, Tibetan carpets, pottery, mask and manikins, statues, Khukuri (traditional knife), and Thanka paintings.
You can book the trip through our website, phone, or via email. It is always a good idea to book your trip in advance because some of trekking regions we need reserved the domestic flight and we accommodate last minute bookings also even you arrive and want to organize.
About the payments terms you need to pay 20% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arrive to Nepal after remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to Kathmandu.
Our representative will be there at airport to receive you with your nameplate who will carry your luggage and place it to private vehicle and then he/she will drop you to the booked hotel where your tour leader will be waiting you for a meet. And, also be aware that when you proceed out of the Airport, some Nepali carriers might try to help you to carry your luggage, and ask you for a tip. So you need to say 'Not needed' and wait to find our representative.
You will find good toilet facilities in the lodges and hotels and you will get to shower and wash your hair in hotels/lodges where you will stay. Our tour leader will orient you about all thinks when you reach here in detail too.
Nepal Standard Time (NPT) is the standard time zone for Nepal. With a time offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) of +5:45 all over Nepal, it is one of only three time zones with a 45-minute offset from UTC.16.