Information of Everest Base camp Cho-la pass trek.
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Everest base camp Cho-la pass trek is an amazing adventure trip of Nepal.This trek can be done clock wise or anti clock wise, It mean if the trekkers start this Everest base camp with cho-la pass choose clockwise they need to do the Cho-la pass first and then after trekkers will be explore the Everest Base camp. Doing this trek anti clockwise is first explore the Everest base camp, Summit Kalapatthar for the mount Everest view, after that we will pass the Cho-la and come down to Lukla for fly back to Kathmandu.
We always recommend this trek to do anti clockwise because some of the time even in peak season, sprig and Autumn if the cho-la pass trail is close due to the snow or own reason of trekkers not be able to pass the Cho-la,in this case at least trekkers can Explore the Everest Base camp and Summit Kalapatthar which is the best view point of Mount Everest.
Why Everest Base camp Cho-la pass trek?
As an adventure lover knows that Everest base camp trek is one of most visited trekking trail in the world. The Normal Everest Base camp trail follows same way go up to the base camp and same way come down to lukla but this Everest Base camp with Cho-la pass trek is Loop trails (one way enter and another way exit.)
Offer by Everest Base camp Cho-la pass trek?
Everest Base camp Cho-la pass trek offers Uncountable stunning scenery every camp as well as during the trails. The main attraction of this trail is Cristal clear blue lake in the lap of Himalaya of Mount Everest, Nogjumba glacier is also another highlight of this trail. Unique Sherpa culture , Namche Bazar , ancient monasteries, such these attraction makes this trail unforgettable those who choose this Everest Base camp with Gokyo Cho-la pass trek.
Gokyo Lake and Nogzumba Glacier from Gokyo peak
A rough itinerary of Everest Base camp Cho-la pass trek.
Day 01: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2700 meters)
Early morning scenic flight to Lukla (2800m.) from Kathmandu. It takes 30-40 minutes to Lukla. Start our trek and head to Phakding. Descend steeply to the Tharo Koshi which is also known as Kusum Kangru Khola (river). After crossing the Tharo Koshi River through the suspension bridge, you climb to Ghat and continue climb to Phakding. Overnight at Phakding.
Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters)
We follow the Dudh Koshi River and reaches Zamphuti. This is an excellent view point of Thamserku peak. Ascend to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, interesting for visiting farming land, We continue our walk uphill and enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park (1148sq km, established in 1976) at Monjo (2840m.). Reach Namche Bazaar with gorgeous views of different Himalayan peak of Everest region . Overnight. (3420m).
Day 03: Rest / Acclimatize in Namche (3440 meters)
Rest for the proper acclimatization with some excursion. We can hike around , the ideal place to overview some of the outstanding mountains such as Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. You can walk around the Khumjung valley, Hillary School and Khunde Hospital and then return back to Namche. In Namche Bazaar you can spend some time interacting with the fun-loving Sherpa people.
Day 04: Trek to Tengboche. (3860 meters) 5 hours.
Walk along the ridge and then descend to Dudh Koshi River at Phunkithanka. Then after crossing the bridge we ascend in the steep path up to the Tengboche. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Tengboche have largest Monastery of Khumbu region. Overnight.
Day 05: Tengboche to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5.30 hours.
Descend to Debuche, cross suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and then climb to Pangboche amongst thousands of Mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite
Day 06: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours.
The trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Overnight.
Day 07: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters).
A bit difficult trekking day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365 meters, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest . There will likely be a team there about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep for the overnight. More or less 8 Hours walking in total.
Day 08: Hike up to Kalapattar (5545 meters) and trek back to Dzongla (4620m.)
Most of morning we climbing Mt. Kala Pattar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555 meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028ft, 8848 meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep. Then we descend gently to Lobuche and then go upward to Dzongla.
Day 09: Dzongla to Thangna (4650 m.)
We walk on the flat stone path for some time passing through arid valley. Then we ascend in the steep path to Chola pass in the icy trails along Chola glacier. After we reach Chola pass we descend down on another side through the stony path until we reach Phedi. From there we climb down up to Thangna. It is a small village with few lodges and tea shops. Catch a glimpse of Machhermo peak and many more.
Day 10: Thangna to Gokyo (4750m.)
Walk along the glacier route until we reach first Lake of Gokyo. The trek is easier over flat path following Dudh Koshi River up to Gokyo. It is a windy valley and situated near the third lake. At Gokyo you are stunned by the natural beauty of Dudh Pokhari Lake.
Day 11: Rest day at Gokyo
We take rest and explore the Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumba glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal.
Day 12: climb Gokyo Ri (5483m.) and trek to Machhermo (4410m.)
We first climb the Gokyo Ri which emerges above the village in the northern side of the Lake. From the Peak you can see the beautiful view of the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Then we descend to Gokyo and trek top Machhermo. We follow the Dudh Koshi River. We see large yak pastures there.
Day 13: Machhermo to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)
Walk downhill to Phortse tenga. We pass through the forest covered with rhododendron, pine and local incense. Then we ascend in the steep path to Monglo and then descend gently to Khumjung. From Khumjung we walk in the flat path for some time and then descend to Namche.
Day 14: Namche to Lukla
Descend to Lukla passing through the forest of rhododendron and pine as well as Sherpa villages.
Day 15: Morning flight back to Kathmandu. 30 minutes.
Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35-minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.
Map of Everest Base camp Cho-la pass trek.
Permit , Documents and National park fees for Everest Base camp Cho-la pass trek.
For Everest base camp with Cho-la pass trek, trekkers need Sagarmatha National park fees which is more or less 35 USD per trekkers, Trekker can issue it on the way to Namche Bazar, A new Khumbu village tax 20 USD has been implemented since October 01st , 2017, TIMS Trekkers information management system is not checking properly.
Elevation and Altitude profile of Everest Base camp Cho-la pass trek
Equipment and packing list for Everest Base camp Cho-la pass trek.
- 2 quick drying long base layer shirts.
- 2 trekking shirts short sleeve
- 2 Thermal underwear – base layer.
- 2 liner socks
- 3 pair woolen blend trekking socks.
- 2 pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms
- 2 fleece sweaters – one lightweight, one heavier
- 1 wind/rain proof overlayer- jacket and pants
- 1 best down jacket. ( -20 D.C )
- 1 down vest
- 1 warm winter hat
- 1 lightweight thermal layer hat
- 1 peak hat
- 1 pair of gloves
- 1 Pair trekking boots.
- 1, Head lamp with extra batteries,
- 1 sleeping bag heavy ( -20 D.C)
- 1 watch with alarm
- 1 Sun glasses ( UV protection )
- 1 camera with, extra batteries.
- 2-3 portable chargers.
- Diamox – for altitude
- Vicks vapor rub
- anti nauseant – you tend to feel just a bit nauseaus a lot at altitude.
- immodium – diarrhea is common at altitued.
- blister bandaids or moleskin
- eye drops
- advil cold and dinus
- nasal moisturizer – altitude causes nasal cavities to be very dry, nasal moisturizer was very helpful.
- tiger balm.
- Foot powder (for Deb’s stinky feet)
- Toilet paper
- micro fibre towel
- Gold Bond – this just feels good all the time.
Conclusion of Everest Base camp Cho-la pass trek.
Everest Base camp Cho-la pass trek is a bit harder and challenging route than the normal Everest Base camp trek route because Cho-la pass is 5420 Meters, most of the time it covers with snow. It is better we take a normal crampon to pas this Cho-la.
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