About Trip

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 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.

Index Adventure has a dedicated, passionate and focused team of enthusiasts with a zeal to provide its customers with the finest service. Index Adventure provides our customers with the best-personalized itinerary and travel services. Our previous experiences from the tours that we have arranged have built a strong foundation and have now given us the strength and confidence to come up with the best of the best services and facilities for our customers. Index Adventure offers a complete holiday package, helping our beloved customers fulfill their traveling dreams. The satisfaction of our customers is our major priority and our team of professionals work hard to achieve that goal.

Outline Itinerary

  • 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: 4 - 5hrs walk.
  • Day 10: Cross the Cho-La Pass and down to Dzongla (4830m), Trekking Duration: 7 - 8 hrs walk.
  • Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4940m), Trekking Duration: 4 - 5 hrs walk.
  • 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 hrs walk.
  • 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.

Cost Includes:

  • 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.

 

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu city.
  • Excess baggage more than 15kg for Lukla flight.
  • Extra night accommodation and meals if early departure from the mountain.
  • 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).

Trip Map

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).One of our representatives will warmly greet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your hotel. After a quick rest and refreshments, our representative will brief you about the overall trip and the activities to be undertaken for the next day.
  • Day 02Fly to Lukla (2800m) | Trek to Phakding (2652m), Flight Duration: 30 mins, Trekking Duration: 3 hrs walk.The adventure starts as soon as the plane hits the tiny airstrip of the Lukla airport. We begin our trek from the foothill of the Everest region, passing across the villages in Lukla. We meet our crew and continue our walk. We walk alongside the majestic Dudh Koshi River and reach Phakding. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 03Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m), Trekking Duration: 5 - 6 hrs walk.After an early morning breakfast, we begin our journey towards Namche Bazaar with positivity and dedication. We make our way through swinging suspension bridges towards the Sagarmatha National Park, which protects and preserves the flora and fauna and the overall environment of the mountain. Namche is the main mountain junction in which the tourists and porters meet. As we arrive at the main market of Namche, we witness a hustling and bustling town with the majority of local Sherpa people making their living by setting up local shops and hotels. Overnight stay at a lodge in Namche.
  • Day 04Rest Day at Namche Bazaar, Trekking Duration: 4-5hrs walk.An acclimatizing day is necessary for every trek in order adapt to the new altitude and environment. Namche Bazaar is a happening place with hotels, shops, souvenir shops, Sherpa people settlements, tea houses, etc. that tourists can explore in the rest day. There is a Khunde Hospital nearby which was set up by Sir Edmund Hillary that we can visit. We can also walk up to the Everest View Hotel that takes about an hour to reach. From the Everest View Hotel, we get to witness a panoramic view of the mountain vistas including Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Everest. Overnight at Namche.
  • Day 05Trek to Dole (4040m), Trekking Duration: 5-6hrs walk.Our destination for the day is Dole, a small village in the Khumbu Region. The trail takes us up to the top of Namche where an army camp resides. From here, we take a climb to the Kyangjuma. However, the trail is quite flat and the walk is easier. The trails separate as we walk further up. One of the routes takes us to Gokyo Lake and the other takes up to Everest Base Camp. We take the trail to Gokyo Lake and as we climb towards it, we enjoy the scenic view of the Himalayas. From here, we walk through an uphill trail crossing tiny settlements as we reach to Dole.
  • Day 06Trek to Machharmo (4470m), Trekking Duration: 4-5hrs walk.After an early morning breakfast, we gather our strength to walk uphill towards Machharmo. The trail slightly takes steeper ascends, however, we are offered with more of the beautiful sceneries which makes it worth the hardship. The fact that Machharmo is the exact place where the people made their claim to have witnessed Yeti for the first time, it makes the visit more exciting. Overnight stay at Machharmo.
  • Day 07Trek to Gokyo (4800m), Trekking Duration: 5-6hrs walk.We get pumped up for one of the main treks of the Cho La Pass Trek. Our destination for the day is Gokyo Lake, which is renowned for its majestic high altitude blue-green lakes. The trail is decorated with beautiful views of Thamserku and Kantega mountain peaks and as we walk higher up we get to witness a pleasant view of the Cho Oyu Mountain from up-close. The trekkers must take extra care as few of the sections consists of icy patches making the trek more complicated and challenging. As we reach the Gokyo Lakes, we are surrounded by the most amazing panoramic view of the Himalayas.
  • Day 08Hike up to Gokyo Ri (5483m) | Back to Gokyo and rest, Trekking Duration: 3-4hrs walk.We wake up early and walk up to Gokyo Ri to catch the magnificent view of the sunrise from above the mountains. Gokyo Ri is famous, for it provides the most spectacular views to witness the Himalayas. We stop here to take a few pictures and soak in the beauty of nature. After this, we head back to Gokyo and if needed, we can explore the lakes around the area, but this is completely optional.
  • Day 09Trek to Thaknak (4750 m), Trekking Duration: 4 - 5hrs walk.After a good breakfast, we begin our trek to Thaknak. The route mostly consists of flat and gentle trails, making the walk smooth and easy. Mostly we walk around and across glaciers and we witness Tabuche and Cholatse moving just beside us.
  • Day 10Cross the Cho-La Pass and down to Dzongla (4830m), Trekking Duration: 7 - 8 hrs walk.Today’s destination consists of the toughest trails as compared to trails of the overall journey. The trails are steep and have slippery icy patches that make the walk very challenging. However, slow and steady steps will surely take us to our destination. Our guide will motivate and help you through this difficult trek. Cho La is one of the highest peaks and we can see many prayer flags in the route. As we move further up, we witness the tiny settlements on the horizon far below. The pass gets narrower which makes it hard for us to walk. But after we cross the pass, the trails are mostly downhill and can get slippery in the afternoon as the ice melts. Slowly, we reach Dzongla, a small village with very few lodges.
  • Day 11Trek to Lobuche (4940m), Trekking Duration: 4 - 5 hrs walk.After a challenging day, we have a very short and easy walk to Lobuche today. The trail is mostly flat and gentle with beautiful sceneries surrounding us. Overnight at a lodge at Lobuche.
  • Day 12Trek to Gorak Shep (5170m) | Hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Gorak Shep. Trekking Duration: 7 - 8 hrs walk.After a warm meal, we begin our trek to one of the most popular places of our adventure. The trek is quite exhausting today, not because it contains any challenging trails but due to the high elevation. The trail is flat, wide and easy to walk in. The trail only becomes tough as we reach Gorakshep and walk towards Everest Base Camp. Trekkers must take extra care as the trail is rocky and might be slippery at times. Depending on the weather, trekkers may witness avalanches and glaciers on the other side of the Khumbu glacier. After we arrive at Everest Base Camp, we take a few pictures, rest and walk back to Gorakshep.
  • Day 13Morning Kala Patthar sunrise | Trek down to Pheriche (4280m), Trekking Duration: 7 - 8 hrs walk.The expedition begins with a hike in the dark to catch a sunrise view from Kalapatthar. Watch out for the icy trails as it can be quite dangerous. A majestic sunrise view over the snowcapped mountains welcomes us and we stop to click a few more pictures. As we walk back to Pheriche, the trail is mostly downhill and flat. We still get a close-up view of Mt. Ama Dablam from the village of Pheriche.
  • Day 14Trek down to Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazaar (3440m), Trekking Duration: 5 - 6 hrs. Walk.We walk downhill from the same trail towards Tengboche and finally to Namche Bazaar. We pass through a Tibetan Monastery on our way. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 15Trek down to Lukla (2800m), Trekking Duration: 6 - 8 hrs walk.As we come near to the end of our journey, we take last glimpses of the Himalayas as we descend down towards Lukla through Phakding. On the horizon, we get to see the tiny settlements and villages for the last time. Overnight at Lukla.
  • Day 16Fly Back to Kathmandu.After an early morning breakfast, we take the same 35-minute scenic mountain flight back to Kathmandu. One of our representatives will escort you back to your hotel after your arrival in Kathmandu.
  • Day 17Departure to International Airport.Our representative will escort you to the Tribhuvan International Airport with a hope to see you soon in the future. Have a safe flight!

FAQS

How much should I tip my guide and porter?

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Some trekkers give 10% of the total tour cost as tips. This is absolutely your choice, make the best of it. Only you can decide this.

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