Everest Base Camp Cho-La Pass Trek, via the Cho La (Pass), is an uneven and adventurous alternative to the Regular Everest Base Camp Trek. You get the best of both worlds: a wilderness experience, plus alternate attractions of the classic Everest Base Camp trek.
Highlights of the Everest base Camp Cho-La Pass Trek
This route avoids many of the busy paths, which can get very crowded in peak season, and explores the higher valleys of the Khumbu region.
The Gokyo Lakes are a major attraction in themselves, with their pristine turquoise waters. The views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and the Everest Massif from Gokyo-Ri, a peak above the lakes, are also some of the best in the Khumbu region.
While parts of this trek are demanding (especially the Cho-La pass at 5330m), there is also more time to acclimatize to the altitude. There will also be fewer nights spent at very high altitude than on the standard Everest Base Camp Trek. This means you will likely feel more physically prepared for the challenges of the trail.
The Route Followed
Everest Base Camp Cho-La Pass Trek starts with an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the gateway to Mt. Everest. While this airport is notorious, you will probably forget any fears amid the excitement of the approach and the Spectacular Mountain and hill scenery.
After two days’ walk to Namche Bazaar, the heartland of Sherpa culture, the trail turns off from the Gokyo Valley route and enters to the famous Everest Base Camp Trek
Spend a day at Dingboche (4220m) to aid acclimatization. This day can be used to hike up to Nagarjuna Viewpoint or optional walk to Chhukung valley.
The trail continues down the valley, towards the beautiful view of the massive towering peak from the trekking trail to Everest base camp trek.
As you climb in altitude, the views of the mountains become more impressive. Stop at small towns along the way, such as Tengboche, with its famous monastery where Everest climbers stop to be blessed by the head lama. You will also pass many strings of colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind, sending mantras through the air, as well as carved mani stones with Tibetan mantras carved on them, and prayer wheels you can spin.
Gorakshep (5164m) is the highest point on the trek at which you will sleep. From here, trek to Base Camp itself, and up Kala Patthar (5545m), for views of Everest, Lhotse (8516m), Pumo-Ri (7161m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6782m), Kangtega (6782m), and the mountain that is often called the most beautiful in the world: AmaDablam (6812m).
Letter on you turned to the right after walking 30 minutes from Lobuche leaving the popular trekking trail of Everest Base camp Trek Behind and reach Dzhong-La., a tiny place with only a couple of lodges, and the only village between Cho La and Lobuche. After crossing the Cho La, head up the Gokyo Valley and stay at Gokyo, situated on the third lake among the five major lakes that comprise the Gokyo Lakes area.
There are 19 lakes in the system, although there are six main lakes accessible to visitors. The main lake is called Dudh Pokhari (the milk lake), and the town of Gokyo sits on its shore.
A couple of hours’ hike above the lakes is Gokyo-Ri (5360m), which is actually at about the same altitude as Everest Base Camp. The viewpoint at the summit provides one of the best views in the region, including Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) and Cho Oyu (8201m), three of the top ten highest mountains in the world. From there you can also see the longest glacier in Nepal, the Ngozumpa Glacier.
After this viewpoint, the route goes down to the main Everest Base camp trail at Kyangjuma (3700). The return route to Lukla descends into the main valley and passes through Luza (3370m), Mong-La (4013m) and Namche (3440m).
Everest Base Camp Cho-La Pass Trek can be done as a teahouse trek, so you will stay in lodges along the way. In Lukla, Namche Bazaar and along the Everest Base Camp route, the variety and quality of teahouses are especially good. Luxury lodges are even available! We can match your lodging to your budget and tastes.
Everest Base Camp Cho-La Pass Trek Short Itinerary;
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters)
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding. (2610 meters)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3440 meters)
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche. (3860 meters)
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche. (4400 meters)
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche. (4900 meters)
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5180 meters)
Day 11: Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Lobuche. (4900 meters)
Day 12: Trek to Dzong Lha. (4830 meters)
Day 13: Cross Cho La (5330 meters) and trek to Dragnag. (4700 meters)
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters)
Day 15: Explore around Gokyo.
Day 16: Trek to Luza. (3370 meters)
Day 17: Phortse (2950 meters) and
Day 18: Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3440 meters)
Day 19: Trek to Lukla. (2810 meters)
Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 21: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 22: Departure.
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|Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen on safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:|
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