Everest Chola Pass Trek

Everest Chola Pass Trek
  • Trip Grade
  • Max Altitude
    5545 Meters
  • Group Size
    1 - 12 People 
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Best Time
    March to May & Sept - Dec 
Top Seller
All Inclusive Price: $1,720USD

Trip Overview

Everest Chola Pass Trek is recognized as one of the best extensions for the standard EBC Trek. It combines the standard route of Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lakes by crossing the Cho La Pass at 5,520 meters.

The trek takes you across some of the most significant landmarks in the Khumbu region. Along the trail, you’ll enjoy the company of the majestic Himalayas, remote Sherpa villages, colorful monasteries, tranquil lakes, icy glaciers, and beautiful landscapes.

Unlike the standard EBC Trek, the Everest Chola Pass Trek allows you to scale two of Nepal’s most famous viewpoints — Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri. Besides that, this trek rewards you with the spectacular sight of  Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Nuptse, Pumori, and many more. On this trek, you’ll get to stand at the shore of the turquoise Gokyo Lakes and savor the beauty of the three lakes.

Apart from the natural beauty, Everest Chola Pass Trek combines spiritual and cultural elements of the Khumbu region. Along the trail, you’ll have the opportunity to encounter the rustic lifestyle of the Sherpa community and experience their royal hospitality. Moreover, this trek takes you to the ancient Buddhist monastery of Tengboche to have a deeper understanding of their religion and culture.

The 19-Day Everest Chola Pass Trek begins with an electrifying flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Trudging past the famous Sherpa villages — Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche — you’ll make your way towards the foothills of the mighty Everest. From the base camp, you get to relish the other-worldly sight of the Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Icefall, and the surrounding mountains.

Next morning, you’ll hike to the summit of Kala Patthar at 5,545 meters, where you can witness the glorious sunrise rising above the Himalayan panorama. After that, you’ll descend toward the village of Dzongla. After that, you’ll cross the Cho La Pass at 5,420 meters, stay overnight at Dragnak, then head towards the Gokyo Valley. Then, you’ll hike to another vantage point of Gokyo Ri to enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas.

You’ll then descend to Lukla after walking past Dole and Namche Bazaar. Finally, you’ll catch a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport to conclude the trek. In a nutshell, Everest Chola Pass Trek ensures a once-in-a-lifetime experience with natural, cultural, and spiritual encounters.

Highlights of Everest Chola Pass Trek

  • Opportunity to fly in and out of Lukla on a truly electrifying flight experience.
  • Cross a high mountain pass — Cho La Pass at 5,420 meters.
  • Hike to two of Nepal’s most popular viewpoints — Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri.
  • Stand at the base of the mighty Mount Everest.
  • Stand at the shore of the Gokyo Lakes and enjoy the tranquility.
  • Get a glimpse of Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Icefall, and Ngozumpa Glacier.
  • Visit the ancient Buddhist monastery at Tengboche.
  • Relish the marvelous sight of the rugged mountains, including Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Pumori, Makalu, Thamserku, etc.

Everest Chola Pass Trek is slightly more strenuous and technical compared to the standard Everest Base Camp Trek. Since you’ll be trekking above 5,000 meters, coping with the elevation is a must, and prior experience is preferred.

However, you can set out on this memorable journey with our team of experts and live a lifetime’s worth of experiences. Although this is not an easy trek, we at Nepal Hiking Team cater to your needs with years of experience and expertise. We assure you that our field staff will handle the logistics and accommodation with concern during the trek.


Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 3 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 05: Namche Bazar - Everest View Hotel - Return

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 08: Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 10: Trek to EBC (5364m/17594ft) then back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft) Duration: 8 hrs

Day 11: Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep then Dzongla (4830m/15840ft) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 12: Trek to Dragnak/Thangna (4700m/15415ft) via crossing Cho La pass (5420m/17780ft) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 13: Trek to Gokyo lakes (4790m/15710ft) Duration: 2-3 hrs

Day 14: Hiking to Gokyo RI (5483m/19083ft) and trek to Dole (4200m/13775) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 15: Trek to Namche (3440m/11285ft) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 18: Leisure day

Day 19: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; we provide private bathrooms with hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag for the trekking
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, fanta etc.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

  • Small Group Journey
  • Private Journey

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Peter and Velvet Kelly, Queensland, Australia

From our first communication, Ganga the Managing Director was responsive and extremely helpful. We arrived in Nepal late at night and were met personally by Ganga and escorted to our hotel where he assisted us in checking in. The next day we were taken on a tour of Kathmandu, then had a team briefing to explain the process for the trek and to meet our head guide, Bhim Adhikari. Our trek commenced the following day and throughout the entire trip our team of porters and our guides were attentive, personable and supportive. Bhim was outstanding and it felt as though every other guide and porter knew him or knew of him. Our assistant guide Tilak, along with our porters Meg Raj, Okil, and Ram Lamichane did everything they could to ensure we were safe and enjoying our trip.

Unfortunately a few of our hiking group became ill with altitude sickness and were evacuated, however once again Bhim, Tilak, the porters and Ganga ensured they were supported and safe.

Base camp, Chola Pass and Gokyo were stunning and most certainly worth the time and effort taken to see and experience them. Thank you NHT for your excellent organisation – it was a pleasure to trek with this company.

Martin Lundén, Sweden

In September 2010, I and my two colleagues from medical school completed the Everest high passes trek + Island Peak summiting for 25 days with Nepal Hiking Team (NHT).

Without hesitation, I give NHT my highest recommendations. I recommend NHT to everyone intending to visit Nepal thanks to their friendliness, helpfulness, knowledge, and professionalism.

From the moment of arrival at Kathmandu international airport, we were welcomed and transported to the hotel where we were staying before taking off to the mountains. (Hotel Del-Annapurna, one of the finest hotels in Kathmandu, housing all the thinkable facilities needed. And with an outstanding breakfast buffet:-)

At every step of this trip, we were extremely well taken care of. We were provided with a highly experienced and very good English-speaking mountain guide. Thanks to his huge experience we got loads of nice information about the local people, the landscape, the mountains, etc.

Everyone reacts differently to high altitude, and our guide was very careful to make sure that we were feeling well every day while ascending further up the mountains. He had all knowledge necessary to notice and treat/prevent altitude-related problems.

(As a 5th-year student of the Medical University of Gdansk (Poland) I believe it is essential that you get a guide who is familiar with altitude sickness because this can happen to anyone if not careful enough.)

Food and accommodation were way over our expectations. Every day on the trek, we got to choose whatever we wanted from the menus at the local tea houses. Every night we were accommodated in very comfortable beds. At the summiting of Island Peak, we were provided with an excellent climbing guide and good climbing equipment.

We are all very much looking forward to going back to Nepal to explore other regions of this amazing country, and when we get back, we will be very happy to be clients of the Nepal Hiking Team again.

Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.