This is a great trek for those who want something a bit different from the Everest Base Camp Trek, and who are adventurous and up for a more technical and arduous trek! For example, although average walking days are around 6 hours, some can be 8 or 9 hours. This trek takes in many of the famous sights such as Tengboche Monastery, Namche Bazaar, Gorak Shep and of course, Everest Base Camp, but it also takes us over the Cho La pass (5,330m) and to the Gokyo Lakes. Rhododendron and pine forests, yak pastures, waterfalls and raging rivers, Tibetan Chortens and prayer flags, the Ngozumpa Glacier and the sparkling waters of the Gokyo Lakes are also features of this trek. And, naturally, the mountains. Gokyo Ri, Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu are all on display. Sometimes we tend to forget about the wildlife in this mountainous area – pheasants and musk deer frequently make an appearance. And there is always the possibility of spotting the mythical Yeti! Which it is believed to have been first spotted at the village of Machherma, where we will stop for the night on the way to Gokyo. In the Gokyo Valley, we trek up to the 5th lake.
There are 6 main lakes in total, lying at an altitude of 4,700 to 5,000m. In the high altitude sunlight, the lakes shimmer invitingly. But be warned, they are icy cold! On our return trip, the Gokyo Cho La pass is a spectacular trail, partially over ice, taking us to 5,300m. Still to come on this amazing trek is views of the Khumbu Glacier, and a very special close up views of Mount Everest from Kala Patthar and Tengboche Monastery before bringing us once again back to Namche Bazaar with its bustling market town feel and great restaurants.
- The glittering, high altitude Gokyo Lakes
- Uninterrupted views of Everest from Kala Patthar considered the ‘Everest viewpoint’
- Crossing the Cho La pass, probably with crampons
- Be amazed by the Khumbu Glacier
- Visit the largest monastery in the region – Tengboche
- Experience Sherpa life and visit Namche Bazaar
Itinerary for the Gokyo Chola Pass Trek
DAY 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan Int’l Airport at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
DAY 2: Exploring Kathmandu Valley Guided Sightseeing.
DAY 3: Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding Trek around 3-4 hour.
DAY 4: Trek Phakding – Namche Bazaar around 5-7 hour
DAY 5: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar Explore around Namche Bazar.
DAY 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar – Dole around 4-6 hour.
DAY 7: Trek from Dole – Machherma around 5-6 hour.
DAY 8: Trek from Machherma – Gokyo Around 4 hour.
DAY 9: Explore around Gokyo Valley and sightseeing up to fifth lake 4-5 hour.
DAY 10: Sunrise to Gokyo Ri in the morning – back to Thangna 4-5 hour.
DAY 11: Trek from Thangna – Cho La Pass – Dzongla 7-8 hour.
DAY 12: Trek from Dzongla – Lobuche 3-4 Hour
DAY 13: Trek from Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp 3-4 -2 hour
DAY 14: Trek from Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar – Pheriche 6 hour
DAY 15: Trek from Pheriche – Pangboche – Tengboche – Namche Bazaar 6-7 hour
DAY 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar – Lukla 6-7 hour
DAY 17: Fly from Lukla – Kathmandu around 26 minutes
DAY 18: Farewell
Note: 15 days of actual hiking for this route is minimum. However, It is recommended to have a couple of extra days for the better acclimatisation. Gokyo Lake could be the best place to add extra days and explore around. If you are a concern for the high altitude acclimatisation, adding one extra day in Machharmo could be an ideal while ascending.
Before departure, you need to know the weather condition. Especially the weather condition of Everest Region has always been unpredictable the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight may be delayed at the beginning or even end of the trek, so we advise you to come for the trip with some extra days to spare. However, having said so we at the NEST Adventure will make every possible effort to carry out the trek as per predetermined schedule. In case the delay or cancellation in flight seems to overhaul your time frame we can offer you trek to other regions like Annapurna, Langtang etc. Please note that if your trip to or from Lukla gets delayed or cancelled due to unfavourable weather conditions and we need to make special arrangements for you during the deferred period the expenses so incurred will have to be reimbursed by you. (Last Update: 13.05.2019)
DAY 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan Int’l Airport at Kathmandu.
You will arrive at Tribhuvan Int’l Airport from where you will be picked by our representatives for the check in to designated hotel. After check in it depend upon you whether you want to hang around the capital city and visit our office to acquire necessary info or rest at the hotel itself as you could be jetlagged.
DAY 2: Exploring Kathmandu.
Kathmandu has a lot to offer to its visitors ranging from cultural diversity to historical places namely sacred Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Baudhanath and Durbar Square. Later you will have discussion with our team members regarding the trip thus solving your confusions (if any).
DAY 3: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding
After awesome 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla with mind blowing views along the flight you will land at tiny mountainous village draped by mighty peaks from all sides. We begin our walk from there to Phakding after some arrangements and meeting with the rest of the crew.
DAY 4: Phakding – Namche Bazaar
Few uphill and downhill accompanied by numerous crossing of Dudh Koshi River while being stared down at by the Mount Thamserku offers a great start to our journey. We cross several bridges to reach the entry gate of Sagarmatha National Park. The walk along the river bed leads us to Jorsale. After crossing Hillary suspension bridge, we climb a hill towards Namche Bazaar. Beautiful view of Kwangde Peak can be observed along the way. We rest at Chautara to further enjoy vistas of Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse, Mount Everest etc. Finally we reach primary hub of the entire Mountain Region and marketplace for the local inhabitants i.e. Namche Bazaar. We stay at Namche Bazaar for the night.
DAY 5: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.
We rest for the day at Namche to acclimatize ourselves as per the suggestion of health experts. The activities we do at Namche depends upon team discussion. We may take a day hike to Thame or visit Khunde or stroll around Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar fulfilling its criteria for being the hub of the region is equipped with ATMs, cyber café, bakery and great market. If we walk up to Khumjung we can get some view of Kongde and Thamserdu. There is a monastery hosting a Yeti scalp and Hillary School. We have sound sleep at Namche Bazaar.
DAY 6: Namche Bazaar – Dole
We make steep ascent up to Kyangjuma Village then cross the Mong La pass which houses an ancient Chorten stand in the middle. The top of the Mong La serves you with the panoramic vistas of mountains. Spotting pheasants, mountain goats and musk deer is not surprising along the way. After some more walking through the forests, waterfalls and bridges we arrive at Dole where we spend the night.
DAY 7: Dole – Machherma
The path is upwards in most of the region as we tread up to Lhabarma. We may find some summer settlements along the way as we remain mesmerized by awesome views of Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku. Rumbling Dudh Koshi keeps us inspired while we walk uphill to Machherma. The first sighting of Yeti took in this very place which boasts of stream flowing down from Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche through the village’s mid-point. We rest at Machherma for the night.
DAY 8: Machherma – Gokyo
Today the route passes through Chorten and reaches Pangka. Pangka is the tragic place where an avalanche killed 40 people around 20 years ago. From Pangka we make a descent to the river bank before resuming the uphill trek to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. As we walk further we reach the first lake known as Longpono (4690 meters). The next stop, serene blue sheet of water at second lake Taboche Tsho makes you feel that you are in heaven. A short walk from there and you will arrive at the third lake i.e. Dudh Pokhari while Cho Oyu mountains works as background picture.
DAY 9: Gokyo Valley
As suggested by our pool of trek experts we will rest today for the whole day however we will be engaged in some light activities. We will observe the fourth lake Thonak Tsho and fifth lake Ngozumba Tsho. Thonak is located about 3km away from Gokyo and little further from it we will be at Ngozumba. The summit of the hills lying at the edge of lakes is called Scoundrel’s Point which offers awe-inspiring vistas of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. To the north of Ngozumba lies Cho Oyu Base Camp and Ngazumpa Glacier. We return to Gokyo for the night.
DAY 10: Gokyo Ri – Thaknak
We trek towards the focal point of the trip i.e. Gokyo Ri. It is a steep climb which takes 3/4 hours to complete but the hard work is worth undertaking because once you reach to the top you will find yourself surrounded on all sided by the mightiest of the mighty mountains like Kusum Kangru, Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Makalu, Lhotse etc. This image we assure you will remain in your memories till your last breath. We get back to Gokyo and walk to Thaknak for the night.
DAY 11: Thaknak – Cho La Pass – Dzongla
We have another difficult day for our trip as Cho La Pass is steep ascent and constitutes of glacier traverse on the eastern side which makes the trail slippery. Again Mother Nature compensates us for our dedication as we find Ama Dablam on south, Cholatse on the west, Lobuche on the east and Baruntse on north. We pass through some crevasses to reach Dzongla for the night.
DAY 12: Dzongla – Lobuche
Today we walk down from Dzongla to cross a bridge then pressing through grassy paths while relishing ourselves with beautiful view of Lobuche we finally reach Lobuche. Our trek will be little short today facilitating the relaxed observation of astounding location.
DAY 13: Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp
We walk through Lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and further small climb will take us to Thangma Riju which offers panoramic views of magnificent mountains. Further hiking leads us to Changri Glacier and we will be able to take the glimpse of Kala Patthar. Then we walk to Gorak Shep and bit more effort to Everest Base Camp where we treat our eyes with the serene beauty of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori. The irony is that Everest still remains suspense. We return to Gorak Shep for the night.
DAY 14: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar – Pheriche
At the very first hour when the chilly cold winds seem to pierce our heart we ascend to Kala Patthar while aforementioned mountains stare upon us. After we reach the top of Kala Patthar we forget all our pains as our eyes stay focused to capture every detail of such a unique beauty of mountains. The storage of your cameras may not be enough to take in all the Himalayan panorama of Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Nuptse, Everest etc.
DAY 15: Pheriche – Pangboche – Tengboche – Namche Bazaar
Relatively today’s trek is very easy as we walk down the same route that we ascended all along. We get to know much more about the Sherpa community as we walk along their small villages like Pheriche, Orsho etc. Then we pass through Pangboche and Tengboche praising the surrounding full of rhododendrons. If we are lucky we may be received by some wilderness like snow leopard, colorful pheasants etc. Finally we reach Namche Bazaar safe and sound. You can have a warm bath and sound sleep that you deserve the most.
DAY 16: Namche Bazaar – Lukla
After crossing several suspension bridge upon roaring Dudh Koshi river and enjoying the typical mountainous life further enhanced by Buddhist culture we ultimately arrive at Lukla. We sleep at Lukla waiting for our flight back the next day.
DAY 17: Lukla – Kathmandu
We fly back to Kathmandu. The activities of the day depend on your time and interest. We may stroll around at Thamel to collect some souvenirs to take back home or rest yourselves after such strenuous journey. We can arrange some vehicles for your transportation if you desire and also some local guides to show you some of the unseen.
DAY 18: Farewell
Today is the last day at our beautiful country. We will take you to the airport at the appropriate time. You will take along with you all the long lasting memories that you will have collected in all these days. We bet you will return very soon for another adventure very soon as we share the same adventure seeking heart. Have a safe journey !!!
NEST Adventure would like to grab your attention below about our trekking packages and service offerings, with details of what is included and excluded! We are giving you full freedom to tailor the packages to suit your needs and make your own choices during the trek. Like a menu-approach, NEST Adventure only operates the essentials or basic, and the rest, are optional if you want them to be included.
1. What is a basic package?
In one sentence, basic package includes only the essential requirements for your trek and this includes, a Guide, Porter, Trekking Permit, and your flight ticket.
2. Why choose the basic package?
A. Simply put, you have more flexibility! It allows you to make your own choices in food and trekking accommodation. You are not tied to what we choose for you.
B. You can customize your daily budget and have greater freedom on where to sleep and when or what to eat. You could go over board if you wish, or you could be as selective and budget as you want on food and accommodation.
C. It would mean less tax for you (and for us!) and less service charges you have to pay to us! You can save more and every penny counts when travelling.
3. How do other trekking companies design their packages?
Normally, a trekking company designs their package including the following which we do not deem as essentials as we believe you can organize this on your own. We are here to give you ideas as well – any questions, just give us a shout!
Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Of course, if needed, we would also be happy to organize it for you and we can accommodate additional services you may want to include. Feel free to send us a quick inquiry at Info@nestadventure.com with your requirements and we will customize the package for you!
4. What is the cost of the basic package?
The cost of the basic package is US$ 888. (Per person in minimum of 2 people in-group) As we value transparency, the cost is inclusive and exclusive of the following services:
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu, flight ticket.
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu, flight ticket for guide.
Trekking Guide (Professional experience & License holder) as well as his accommodation, food, transportation and insurance
Porter (2:1 sharing basic maximum up to 25kg in one bag)
National park fees and TIMS card.
Hotel-Lukla airport-hotel transfer
Apart from everything mentioned above, below are some items you may need and excluded from our basic package.
Food and drinks –
this would roughly be USD 15-25 per day, depending on how much and what you want to eat and drink of course!!
please budget USD 3-5 per day for this.
Travel Insurance –
you may want to make sure your travel insurance covers emergency evacuation at more than 5000meters
Kathmandu sightseeing -
Before and/or after the trip you may want to take some time to explore world heritage sites around Kathmandu.
Tourist Entry Visa –
when you get to the airport, all tourists are required to pay the visa fee of US$40 (for 30 days). Note that the fee varies by the number of days you plan to be in the country. Just a word of caution that you can pay in any major currencies, except in Nepali Rupees! So don’t bother changing that much money to pay for the visa fee! (Also, don’t forget that photo of yours which is also required!)
Trekking essentials –
any trekking gears, boots, sleeping bag, down jackets, trekking poles etc! This could all be rented (or bought cheaply!) in Kathmandu. Just walk around Thamel or we could help you to find the place where you could rent or buy these gears at a fraction of the cost in your country.
Hotels in Kathmandu –
this could vary widely depending on the amenities you are looking for. Generally, you can find places between US$10 (budget backpackers) to US$250 (really high-end hotels). Medium range 3-star hotels are around $30-$40 for double room. Let us know if you need our help and we could point you in the right direction of the hotels in Thamel.
Tips for guides and porters –
this of course entirely depends on you, but generally it is expected!
Please Note: Up on your request, package and service might be changed and easily modified. Please give us a quick inquiry (Info@nestadventure.com)
with your required list.
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Equipment for the Chola Pass Trek
Major things you need to manage and some things, which we manage for great adventure trekking. Since you will be exploring mostly high alpine area some things should not be missed for comfortable trek. Lets make a list of some basic things –
Duffel / Rucksack Bag – We provide water and windproof duffel bag for all individual hikers throughout trekking duration, however it will be necessary for one hard suitcase bag in order to leave unnecessary things and stuffs in Hotel or storage of NEST ADVENTURE.
Day Bag Pack – For your basic daily stuffs during walking you will be needing one small day bag pack which should be good enough to fit camel pouch for water, some paper, sunscreen, your valuable like passport, money etc. Normally it should be around 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.
Down Jacket – Personal down jacket is recommend for trekking however we provide down jacket for each individual throughout trek duration and should be retuned at the end of trek. We provide down jacket good enough up to minus 15 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
Sleeping Bag – Personal sleeping bag is recommend for trekking however we provide sleeping bag for each individual and should be returned at the end of trek. We provide sleeping bag good enough up to minus 20 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
Sunglass with UV protection, Sun hat and Fleece hat.
Good hiking shoes, thin as well as thick pair of socks.
Thin and thick gloves with waterproof outer shell.
Tissue paper, toilet paper, hand-wash & basic first aid kit.
Light trouser, thick as well thin for multipurpose use.
Thick as well as thin jackets for multipurpose use.
So these are basic things, which one needs to know in general before heading for the trek and we hope this is good enough for basic info, for further particular queries send us email at email@example.com
Weather in Nepal Chola Pass Trek
Normally weather can be divided into four different quarters through out the year, we would love to provide some more information details regarding weather condition and others which makes you easier to decide what shorts of clothing, equipment are necessary as well as wise to carry.
Spring – March to May
Second best season for Trekking in Nepal is from March to May, which is considered as spring season in Nepal. Just before rain hits trekking trail in Nepal during March to May Nepal used to be bloomed with rhododendron forest with clear blue sky. Especially base camps of eight thousanders used to get lots of crowd especially for expedition purpose, as weather is clear most of the time with suitable temperature for expedition. Average city temperature during March to May ranges as
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 24 to 28 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 8 to 16 (Degree Celsius)
Rainy – June to August
Normally high mountain flights in Nepal used to get canceled during these periods because of poor visibility and rainfall. Heavy rainfall in lower alpine as well as frequent snowfall in high alpine region trekking is almost stopped during this trek. As chances are high for rock fall in alpine passes and closing of teahouses make more difficult too for treks. However city tour are still feasible with help of vehicles and for more adventure rafting as most to do list for extreme adventure.
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 21 to 24 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 14 to 18 (Degree Celsius)
Winter – December to February
Extreme snowfall and low temperature is totally unfavorable for high alpine trek as most of the trails are blocked by heavy snow making almost impassable. Another major obstacles is closing of teahouses as during such periods of year most of the teahouses on start and end of passes. So either way you need to walk two days trail is same days but it is almost impossible so simple trekking in Ghorepani Poonhill, Nagarkot Chisapani are more feasible and attracts lot of people. City area and sightseeing are ok with freezing cold especially during morning and late night. Views are ok everyday with clear sky and snowy peak far beneath horizon. Do not forget to get winter clothes before you departure for Trip in Nepal.
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 19 to 20 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 3 to 5 (Degree Celsius)
Fall – September to November
Right after monsoon is over sky is greeted by light blue color, one of the most favorable weather periods. Trekking trail are full of trekkers, hotel are sometimes overbooked everybody are busy with tour trekking stuffs, hard to get airlines ticket as well as bus ticket to major cities. Warm days snow free elevation even up to base camps. Be prepared in advance for all necessary booking and reservation stuffs as it is peak season all quality things are either booked in advance or might be busy. One of the best weather periods in Himalayas with average temperature as below
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 19 to 27 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 8 to 17 (Degree Celsius)
As per arrival
As per arrival representative of NEST ADVENTURE will greet you in airport’s arrival terminal and shift to hotel in Thamel for first overnight stay in Nepal. For this you need to finish paper work inside arrival terminal in order to get Nepal Entry Visa, which is always arrival visa. So next day will be followed by sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation of trek, introduction with crew member of trek and short pre-briefing of trek and continue trek starting from 3rd day of arrival in Nepal.
As per booked package either deluxe or budget we will arrange the hotel in Kathmandu accordingly on 3 star / 4 star of budget hotels, as well as accordingly in mountain too on twin sharing basis. As per available and booked we will provide attach bathroom and common bathroom on mountain. While sharing the room with fellow trekkers we will try to arrange for same gender and age group and if someone is looking for single supplement then let us know we will arrange accordingly and let you know the extra charge of single supplement. As well as sometime in mountain during peak season time hotel owner especially in high alpine area refuse to provide single supplement just for shake of business mostly because lack of plenty of rooms and monopoly to, so in such case we might need to adjust.
Meals and drinking water
Regarding the case of meals during city we provide accommodation on bed & breakfast basis so in Kathmandu we offer breakfast where lunch and dinner will be on your own as per your choice preference and selection of restaurant. In case of mountain area while trekking we offer three meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner from free selection over menu as per available in lodges and tea houses in trekking trail. So normally in such trekking days you can consult with your guide regarding the specialty of dishes so that he can assure for the best-valued dishes. Wide range of food are available ranging from veg item to non-veg and other energetic stuffs like cheese, egg etc.
Regarding the case of drinking water normally bottled mineral water as available for purchase of very expensive almost 20 times expensive in last belt of Everest as bottle of mineral water sometimes cost Rs. 380-400 /- so it is better to carry water purification stuffs with you which can be utilized on purifying tap water as there are enough tap water in trekking area as well as hotels offer cold tap water free of cost.
Out of one visa year tourist visa can be obtained of maximum 90 days, which you can directly get as per arrival in international airport or can apply from your home country too but as per arrival will be fine too. It is recommend carrying accurate USD and don’t forget to bring two copies of passport size picture. Extension of visa from middle of stay in also possible for this process of visa extension all you need to do is fulfill form from website of immigration and submit it there with original passport copy. Multiple entry visas will be cheaper in case of money you can consult there directly.
International flight to Nepal
Nepal is easily accessible from entire word via flight, as we don’t deal with international flight ticket you can consult some other flight booking agencies for detail of cost, transit and other details. For your information no airport tax is applicable for international flight where as Nepali Rs. 200 is applicable for domestic flights which is equal to US $ 2 on basis of exchange rate of 1 USD equals Rs. 100 but sometime might get different by 0.10 / 0.20 USD on basis of exchange rate. Most of time especially in rainy season domestic flight gets canceled because of bad weather however it does not affect international schedules most of the time.
Currency and foreign exchange rate
In Nepal both coin as well as paper notes are in used however coin are of low value only. But regarding the case of paper note for day-to-day used are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. Do not worry about damaged paper note as it there exist clear number of currency on both side it is applicable, one can do anything with paper notes like squeezing, writing over it etc.
Since Nepal has fixed exchange rate with Indian currency exchange rate doe directly depend on value on Indian currency, now a day exchange rate of USD is 1 USD equals Rs. 95 in approximate, can check everyday over internet for current exchange rate. And for information about currency that are majorly accepted in Nepal are Indian currency, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, USD, AUD, CAD, GBP, Euro, Swiss Frank, Riyal etc.
Normally while walking in lower elevation steadily, taking enough acclimatization days we can avoid chance of acute mountain sickness however we cannot totally avoid mountain sickness instead we can lower the chance of occurrence by following some rules and paying lot attention for personal hygiene. Since the remote mountain area are not facilitated by motor roads and modern hospital so incase of strong mountain sickened one and only option is to descend as down as possible which is feasible with use of helicopters only. Such kind of expenses in high elevation area extremely off the edge and cannot be offered easily as sometime cost more than one million rupees, so it is better to have a personal health insurance. As we do not deal with such kind of health insurance but we do have good enough information about insurance providing company as some deal very quickly promptly for case where as some try to avoid and create some unnecessary delays in evacuation process. So as per need of information we will let you know some good provider from your region so that it will be easy in worse case in mountains.
High altitude sickness
Often known as acute mountain sickness are most dangerous things and any one can be victim of AMS apart from their physical strength. There is no such specific medicine for AMS so one needs to be careful from beginning. Major Symptom of AMS is dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite, weakness and insomnia so in order to rid of AMS major thing is to drink plenty of water and enough acclimatization in high alpine area. Although our crew leader will have adequate first aid medicine and kit sometimes one might need to cancel the trip and descend down in case of increasing symptom of AMS and in case of emergency situation clients will be airlifted immediately for further treatment in hospital at Kathmandu.