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Cho La Pass Trek

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Overview

Cho La Pass Trekking is relatively different from the usual Everest circuit offering you the sound environment free from noise & crowd, besides, you get an ample opportunity to reach the summits of trekking peaks including Gokyo Ri Gokyo (5,483 m). These gives you a chance to observe a more clear & awe inspiring view of Mt. Everest than ever & its perspective of the surrounding Himalayan giants is astounding.

 

Chola Pass trekking offers a fine settlements of Sherpa located in eastern Nepal. During trekking, we travel through the several small yak-grazing settlements, will definitely offer you a unique lifestyle & their rich cultural tradition.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345 meters.)

Arrival in Tribhuwan International airport (TIA) where you will be met by a Moktan Adventure representative and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 02: Sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley.
After/Before a pre-trip arrangement meeting with the Moktan Adventure team and briefing from your trekking guide, you will go sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley, visiting the historical, cultural and religious sites of Pasupatinath temple, Buddhanath, Swyambhunath, and Patan durbar square. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2845 meters/30 minutes) trek to Phakding. (2610 meters/3 hours.)
An early flight between the mountains brings us to Lukla and the starting point of our trek. We then have a gentle 3-hour trek to Phakding where we will rest for the night in a local teahouse. On the way we will pass Buddhist prayer wheels, if you turn these clockwise with your right hand, it is considered very good luck. Overnight at teahouse.
 
Day 04 & 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters/5.5 hours) & acclimatization.
From Phakding we continue hiking for around five hours along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, through forests of pine and oak trees, crossing this sacred river many times on suspension bridges loaded with prayer flags. The trail starts to rise and rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir trees stand tall. There will then be a challenging, steep climb up to Namche Bazaar, a hillside town known as the Sherpa capital and gateway to the high Himalaya. You can enjoy a stroll around this colorful and lively village, visiting the many shops and sampling the local delicacies.
We will stay an extra day here to acclimatize to the ever-increasing altitude. During this day, an early hike above town, before the clouds move in, rewards climbers with a breathtaking Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the captivating Ama Dablam. You will see the highest hotel in the world and a charming Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a striking photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. Two nights in teahouse.
 
Day 06: Trek to Tyangboche Monastery. (3860 meters/5 hours.)
Today we reach the idyllic, holy place of Tyanboche, home to the Tyangboche Monastery and spiritual centre of the Khumbu region. Never will you have seen a monastery in such stupendous surroundings. Make sure your camera is ready as there will be countless opportunities to take some awesome photographs of the 360-degree surrounding Himalayas. Kwangde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest will all be on display here, dancing with color as the sun goes down. We can take a trip to the monastery, which is adorned with fascinating ornate wall hangings and houses a twenty-foot sculpture of Lord Buddha and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. After a wonderful day, we will rest for the night in a local teahouse.

Day 07 and 08: Trek to Dingboche (4360m/5 hrs) and acclimatization.  

Hiking from Tyangboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another impressive suspension bridge on the Imja Khola River and climbs to Pangboche. We pass many Buddhist Mani stonewalls which are sacred for Buddhists and if you have the energy, we can hike over the hill to upper Pangboche to visit a monastery that houses a ‘Yeti Scalp.’ Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the busy, traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche, which is surrounded by the Himalayas and offers stunning views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. This is the last place you will see any farming as the higher you go, the more difficult it is to grow anything. Much of the walking today to reach the altitude of 4360 meters is over generally gentle inclines and some “Nepali flat.” You still need to walk at a steady pace because of the elevation and so you can acclimatize safely.
On the acclimatization day we will hike into the surrounding hills to higher ground and have the afternoon to rest. Two nights in teahouse.

 
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche. (4940m/5.5 hours.)
We leave the Imja Valley behind and follow a ridge past Dughla and on to Lobuche. There will be a steep climb after lunch that takes us to a memorial for all the mountaineers who have sadly lost their lives trying to conquer the peak of Mount Everest. These memorials are Buddhist chortens, built of many Mani stones and loaded with prayer flags. Along the trail, we will start to have our first glimpses of the Khumbu Glacier and the mountains will begin to close in on you as we leave the walking paths and follow rocky trails around the mountains. Overnight at teahouse.
 

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5363m) and back to Gorak Shep. (5170m/8 hours total.)
We will reach Gorak Shep in time for lunch, here we will leave our bags behind and head out over the rocky tracks to Everest Base Camp. Everest Base camp is the closest you can be to Mount Everest without mountaineering equipment. You may see a group of people in camp preparing to climb the mighty Mount Everest. We will then hike back to Gorak Shep for dinner and a well-earned rest. If the weather is clear, sunset views from Gorak Shep are a feast for the eyes! Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 11: Hike to the peak of Kala Patthar (5545m) and on to Zongla. (4830m/8 hours total.)
A very early start to reach the peak of Kala Patthar for some truly mesmerizing views of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalays. This place is arguably the best place to be for unrivalled views of the highest place on earth. To reach the peak is a difficult trek up a steep sandy track, but your efforts will be rewarded with some of the best views you will ever see, watching the colors of the sunset dance on the snow covered peaks. We return to Gorak Shep for breakfast and then head out again, crossing the Changri Shar Glacier and descending to Lobuche for lunch. After our meal, we change our direction and head west to reach Zongla. Along the trail, we will have exceptional views of Taboche Peak and Cholatse Peak. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 12: Trek to Thangnak (4680) via the Chola-la Pass (5368m/7 hours total.)
A one-hour hike up a gentle incline followed by a steep incline for two and a half hours brings us to Cho-La Pass. This area is an icy wilderness of natural beauty offering more incredible views of the Himalayas. We then descend steeply through a rocky land for an hour, sometimes having to jump down from the rocks to the trail. Finally we reach a walking track and follow this to Thangnak. Along this trail, we will see the impressive Nagozumpa Glacier so get your cameras at the ready! Overnight in teahouse.

Day 13: Trek to Gokyo. (4790m/3 hours.)

We cross the Nagozumpa glacier to Gokyo. A well needed short trekking day. The afternoon can be spent wondering around the sparkling waters of the third lake (Dudh Kunda/Pokhari) and, if you feel like you have the energy, we can visit the fifth lake (Nagozumpa Tsho), which takes around 4 hours. Overnight in teahouse.

Day 14: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m/1983ft) and back down to Gokyo. (4790/6 hours total.)
A challenging, steep climb to the peak of Gokyo Ri, giving you panoramic views of some of the mighty “eight thousanders” and hundreds more mountains and peaks that the make up the Himalayas. We spend a second night in Gokyo after our achievement of reaching another Himalayan peak.

Day 15: Descend to Dole. (4110m/6.5 hours.)
Our descent to lower altitudes begins. We descend alongside the Nagozumpa Glacier, passing the first (Longpongo) and second (Tajung Tso) of the Gokyo Lakes. We will pass through Machhermo and Luza before we reach our resting point for the night. Overnight in teahouse.

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/6 hours.)
We head back to the hillside town of Namche Bazaar. As we descend to lower altitudes, we will start to see the trees again, passing through forests of pine and rhododendron. We may be lucky enough to see some lophophorus birds and wild mountain goats as we approach Namche Bazaar. Here you can treat yourself to a feast and enjoy the local festivities in the many bars and cafes. Overnight in teahouse.

Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2845m/6.5 hours.)
We return to Lukla for the night, waving goodbye to the mountains and celebrating our accomplishments as we checkout our permits for the Sagarmatha National Park.

Day 18: An early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Another breathtaking flight between the mountains back to Kathmandu where we will transfer you back to your hotel. You will have the afternoon to rest or wonder around the capital.

Day 19: Rest/Shopping/Buffer Day.

A free day for you to rest, get a relaxing massage in one of the many spas or, if the weather conditions prevented the flight from Lukla, we could be flying back to Kathmandu today.

Day 20: Flight Home.

A member of our team will accompany you to the airport where we will bid you farewell and safe travels.

 

Includes / Excludes

Cost Include(s)

01. Domestic Airport picks up & drops by private vehicle.

02. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.

03. Guided Kathmandu city tour with entrance fees.

04. All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.

05. Teahouse accommodation during the trek.

06. Government license holder English speaking Guide and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter Between 2 Person basis), their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.

07. Round Trip flight fare KTM –Lukla-- KTM & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla.

08. Sagarmatha National Park fees.

09. Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.

10. Travel & Rescue arrangements.
11. Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

12. All our government taxes and official expenses.

 

Cost Exclude(s)

01. Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.

02. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, etc.,

03. All beverages and bar bills.

04. Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5545 meters).

05. Personal trekking equipment except stated above.

06. Tips for field staff and driver.

07.Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Moktan Adventure control.

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Trip Price

$ 1550

Duration 20 Days

Grade Strenuous

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Country Nepal

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