Everest Base Camp and Chola Pass Trek in Nepal is certainly the best trek if you are looking for a more remote and spectacular trek that will test your stamina on a trail likely to challenge your comfort zone. Travel a trail that provides unsurpassed and stunning mountain views through some of the grandest mountain scenery on this planet. The quiet trails allow you to focus on the sheer natural beauty of your surroundings within a much more varied and dramatic landscape than on the classic trek.
Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Trekking in the Khumbu region is a lot more than just the extraordinary landscape; it’s a holistic experience that gives you the opportunity to learn more about the rich and dynamic culture of the legendary Sherpa people. The route parts from the usual Everest Base Camp Trek at Namche Bazaar as we head up the Dudh Koshi valley and deep into the ancient hidden heart of the Sherpa people. The power of nature is so apparent as we hike through the boulder fields left in the wake of the extraordinary Khumbu Glacier on our route to Everest Base Camp.
The trail is a circular one, and on our way back to Lukla, we visit the largest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region at Tyangboche. Here, we are able to appreciate the beauty of both its gompa and its serene setting. Although the Gokyo trek is challenging and physically demanding at times, providing you have a reasonable degree of fitness and the desire to succeed, you will. So why not join us on one of the most ultimate adventure experiences available in the region?
What you experience on Everest Base Camp Chola Pass Trekking
- Scenic flight to and from Lukla
- Live with Sherpas for a few days.
- The beautiful Gokyo Valley
- Impressive views of the Khumbu Icefall
- Climb Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483 m.
- Climb Kala Patthar at an elevation of 5,555 m.
- Visit Tengboche Monastery.
Before The Trek:
Usually, Nepal Gateway Trekking itineraries include two nights in Kathmandu. We use this time to go over the trek in more detail, sort out permits, etc., and also introduce you to your trek leader. It also gives our guests time to adjust to Nepal. There is time to visit Nepal’s bazaars and vibrant, colorful markets and also to purchase any items you may need for the trek to come. There are many shops selling trekking gear from branded names such as North Face and Mountain Hardware, among others. There are also many other shops selling copies, with many of these offering very acceptable quality at much lower prices. An optional day visiting the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu can be arranged on request.
On the trail:
The majority of treks to Everest Base Camp begin with a thrilling flight (30 minutes) into the mountain airstrip of Lukla. It is named Tenzing Hillary Airport; both Tenzing and Sir Hillary are iconic mountaineers. From here, we spend the first two days on the classic route to Namche Bazaar, where we take an extra day to acclimatize. On leaving Namche, we leave the crowds behind as we head out onto remote trails. We pass through mountain Sherpa villages on our way to the pristine Gokyo Lakes. The hike over Gokyo Ri (pass) commands some of the best views in the Himalayas as we make our way to Everest Base Camp.
You are up early for the hike to Kala Pathar, where an almost surreal 360-degree, dramatic panoramic view of Mt. Everest awaits you. The surrounding giants of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, and many other ice-clad peaks in the range join the visual party. There is enough time in the thin air to just soak it all in and gather your thoughts before we leave back on the trail towards Lukla. On the way back, you get to appreciate the biodiversity of the region, with lush rhododendron forests and a variety of fauna along the way.