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Everest Chola Pass Trek

Abhishek Subedi June 6, 2020

Everest Chola Pass Trek is the combination of everything that the beautiful Everest Region has to offer. This trek combines the Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo lake and Chola pass. As you walk along the trail to Everest Base Camp, you will experience the lush landscapes, forests, monasteries, local people, culture, mountain lifestyle, glaciers and glacier lakes. This adventurous trip offers you with the best views of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse. Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Pumori and many more. The trek starts from the bustling city of the Kathmandu valley to the peaceful and serene environment of the Everest Region. It will offer you a completely different environment than the city’s area. The visitors will experience the different lifestyle in the Everest Base Camp, Chola Pass and Gokyo lakes. They will find such peace in the mind with the serenity along with the wilderness in quaint mountains.

Everest Chola Pass Trek

The trail leads you to the Base Camp of the majestic Mt. Everest and to the valley with the turquoise coloured Gokyo lakes. The splendour of the longest glacier Ngozumpa glacier along with the Gokyo Lakes from Gokyo Ri is mesmerizing. Also, the thrill of crossing the icy trail along Chola Pass is an exciting experience.  It is a nerve shaking experience with the outstanding views of mountains, glaciers and glacier lakes . The trekkers can experience the isolated communities in the mountainous region with the wild scenery of the mountains on its own undisturbed habitat.

Day 1 Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

The trekking will start with the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport. Lukla airport offers you with lifetime experience as it is one of the dangerous airports in the world. The runway of the airport lies between the two hills which is the difficult runaway for the experienced pilot also. Its airfield is at high elevation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 metres. From here trekkers will begin their trek to the Phakding with green landscape and view of Kusum Kangaru. The trekkers will stay at the guesthouse here and enjoy the evening and night time with the local cuisine and dinner.

Everest Chola Pass Trek

Day 2 Phakding to Namche Bazaar

From Phakding trekkers have to cross the river to reach the valley. The trail is near to the river valley with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest. After crossing the Dudh Koshi at Benkar , trekkers can get the sight of snow capped peaks of Kusum Kangaru and Thamserku. It is only the short walk to Monjo where trekkers gather around to have lunch. From Monjo , National Park is about a short distance. In the hours of daylight the walking is a little problematic and is an uphill way to Namche bazaar. The trail now goes to the generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank to the meeting point of the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi Rivers.  The trekkers have to walk through the large suspension bridge.  

Day 3 Namche bazaar to Everest View Hotel

This is the day for acclimatization to the trekkers. The trekkers will hike to Syangboche Airport 3700 metres, the highest airport in the world. Then continue to climb to the Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam and Tawache. On the way back you can visit Sherpa culture museum and Everest Photo Gallery.

Day 4 Trek to Tengboche

From here, trekkers have to walk towards the park headquarters and climb up above the Dudh Koshi River.  The path to Dingboche blesses with the monastery situated below the summit of Mt Everest and bordered by other snow capped peaks. The trekkers can also get the picture of local flora and fauna with the amazing Danphe( national bird of Nepal). After coming at the reforestation area of Trashinga, the track moves down until it comes across the Dudh Koshi River at Phunki Tenga 3250m. After this, it is initially steep through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forests towards Tengboche.

Day 5 Trek to Dingboche

Trekkers have to go high above the Imja  River and get further on to the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the river and old glacial moraines on the track to the community of Dingboche. The Mt Everest here is hidden behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge.

Everest Chola Pass Trek

Day 6 Dingboche to Nagerjun

The trekkers will start hiking after breakfast in the hotel. You have to ascend Nagarjun Hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The foot path becomes steep at times resulting in a physically challenging day. From this altitude there are stunning views of Lobuche East, Lobuche West, Taboche Peak, Thamserku, Kangtega and Amadablam. On a clear day you can even see the Makalu and great views of the Pheriche Valley. After a short break, go back to Dingboche and take a nice rest for a night before starting another day.

Day 7 Dingboche To Lobuche

You can trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla, passing the Trekkers Aid post at Pheriche.The trekking starts with the large flat land on wide open fields. Then, crossing the Khumbu Khola at Dughla, the trekkers eat a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of Khumbu glacier. The fantastic view of Pumori and across the border in Tibet, Changste are seen at the top of the valley.

Day 8 Lobuche to Gorakshep- Everest Base Camp- Gorak Shep 5130m

The trekking  starts from the wide valley of Khumbu Glacier. It is the firm, slow and steady way towards the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier. The trails make a sequence of small up and down over an unsteady track lined with cairns that shows the way eventually to the blue glacial sands of Gorakshep 5160m.  Then, the trekkers head off towards the Everest Base Camp, it is the point for the Mountaineers to summit the peak. They again trek back to Gorakshep in the afternoon and stay there.

Day 9 Gorak Shep to Kalapatthar  then Dzongla

This is the trek to the small mountain of Kalapatthar with the gigantic views of mountains and glaciers. This route gives you the close-up views of Mt Everest, Amadablam and Pumori and the path continues to a small settlement to Dzongla. You can explore the village and experience the culture of the people living here.

Day 10  Trek to Dragnak via Crossing Cho La Pass

The trekkers begin the day by climbing to Chola crossing over and descending once more to Thanga.

Day 11 Trek To Gokyo Lakes

The trekkers start their day early with breakfast and hike to Gokyo Lake crossing over Ngozumpa Glacier. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight at this juncture. After lunch, you may explore around the lake, Dudh Pokhari.

Day 12 Hike to Gokyo Ri and trek to Dole

Gokyo Ri is the main highlight of this trip. The trekkers start with the early hike to the Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri lies at the steep hill and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. But even from the trial scenery of Gokyo Village on the edge of third lake overlooked by Cholatse and broad Ngozumpa Glacier are mind blowing. The trekkers can feel that they are surrounded by the mountains like Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse and Pumori.

Day 13 Trek to Namche Bazaar

The trekking starts with the descent to Phortse Tenga and steep climb to Mong la Danda and again descend to Kyangjuma then easier trail to Namche.

Day 14 Trek to Lukla

This trekking trail follows a sandy path with strenuous walk. The trail is full of views of landscape and some mountain scenarios. The trekkers can explore Lukla bazaar and local shops. You can also celebrate your successful trekking with special brands of drinks.

Day 15 Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Fly from Lukla Airport to Kathmandu Airport and enjoy the panoramic views of snowy mountains from the window of the plane.

This is the best trekking experience for the trekkers who want to enjoy all the aspects of the Everest Region in one trekking pack.


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