Overview

Everest Cho La Pass Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal that takes you to the Everest region passing through multiple ethnic villages up to the Everest Base Camp (5,380m). This Everest Base Camp trek passes through a remote, pristine country where only a few trekkers pass each year. It gives you rare opportunities to meet people who have very little contact with the rest of the world.

 

Everest Cho La Pass Trek is one of the most challenging treks to the Everest region of Nepal. It allows you to venture into the majestic beauty of the mountains, glaciers, icefalls, and mountainous terrain. You can imagine yourself stepping onto the highest land on the earth and crossing a high pass enjoying the grandeur of mountains that soar above the skyline.

 

What's Special on Everest Cho La Pass Trek?

The major highlights of the Everest Cho La Pass trek are Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Gokyo Ri, Gokyo Valley, and Cho La Pass. You can get some striking views of Mt. Everest along with other mountains like Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Pumori, etc. from Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri. These two sites are famous as the best vantage points in the Everest region. Besides the mountain views, the scenic spectacles of valleys, rivers, lakes, cliffs, icefalls, and alpine forests are other marvelous sights that this trek offers.

 

The Everest Cho la Pass trek starts with a guided tour around the heritage sites in Kathmandu, which is followed by a flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla lets you venture into the borders of the Himalayan region. As the trail traverses into the rivers, charming villages, alpine forests, and meadows, you will find yourself closer to the towering mountain that dominates the skyline. You pass places like Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche to Everest Base Camp. Next, you hike up to Kala Patthar for wonderful views of mountains in the Everest region. Moving forward with the trek, you cross the Cho La Pass opens up into Gokyo Valley, which is adorned with multiple emerald glacial lakes known as Gokyo Lakes.

 

If you are looking for an alternative trek to venture into the Everest region, then the Everest Renjo la Pass trek, Everest Three Passes Trek, Everest Gokyo Lake Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri, etc. can be some options. Remember World Alpine Treks for more details regarding the treks. 

 

Top Things to Experience during Cho La Pass Trek

EBC Cho La Pass Trek is a wonderfully captivating journey that lets you find out the unique and mesmerizing beauty of the Everest region, where you can collect your lifetime experience. During this trek, you will get to visit Sagarmatha National Park, where you can explore its geographical variation and biodiversity. Learning about the unique lifestyle, tradition, and culture of the famous Sherpa people is the major highlight of the trail. It gives you a chance to get to know about the Himalayan Sherpa people and their hospitality. This is also one of the most challenging and adventurous trekking in Nepal. This is an unforgettable expedition into the most mountainous corner of the world.

 

This is an adventure trek where you will be experiencing the incredible views of the high Himalayas of Nepal, like Mt Everest, Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Thamserku, and many more. As the trail traverses from the base camp to the Cho La pass, the landscapes start getting wilder. This is a challenging trip and involves difficult trekking at high altitudes, but the whole experience is simply the best and most inspiring if you can dream it, you can do it go for it.

 

What does Cho La Pass Via EBC Trek Look Like?

The Everest Cho La Pass trek is known as the combination trek of the EBC trek and the Gokyo Lake trek. The journey of this trek begins with the 40-minute scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, and the trail traverses through Sagarmatha National Park and climbs up via Sherpa village and to Namche bazaar. Following the banks of the Dudkushi River and crossing the Hillary suspension bridge, you will be entering the famous Sherpa town Namche Bazaar. For proper acclimatization, you will be exploring Namche bazaar and hiking nearby beautiful landscapes the following day. From Namche, we will be headed towards Tengboche, better known for its monastery, known as the oldest monastery in the Khumbu Valley. Guided by the Himalayas, the trail in the base camp continues Through the changing landscape towards Dingboche, where we will take another acclimatized.

 

The journey continues through the rocky trail heading towards the Lobuche and Gorekshep to EBC. Then finally, landing on the foot of the tallest mountain Everest Base Camp, you will get a remarkable panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Mt Everest and other peaks from the famous viewpoint of Kalapathar. After an imagining achievement, we will descend to the le high level and root of Cho La Pass and Gokyo Valley next day, we will be crossing Cho La Pass at 5420 meters, following the rocky trails and crossing the biggest glacier in the Khumbu Valley. This will be the toughest day for a trip as we reach the Gokyo then you spend the rest of the day exploring the Gokyo valley.  Gokyo Ri gives you a mesmerizing view of the Gokyo Valley glacier, lakes panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and other mountains and back down to Namche bazaar through the hiding valley following Dole and Matsuri village.

 

Last day of the trek, you will be hiking down the same route on the way up to Namche Bazaar steep trail that descends to the Hillary suspension bridge and then continue walking to several local villages upon reaching Lukla and enjoying your last night in the Himalayas with your trekking crew next morning fly back to Kathmandu.

 

Everest Cho La Pass Trek Map

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Why You should choose us for your Everest Cho La Pass Trek?

Dream for your adventure, and we will be here to ensure your dream comes true as you have imagined. World Alpine Treks is a certified company with a Qualified and experienced guide. We believe that Customer satisfaction should be the main priority. We take customer feedback very seriously. Our quality and service are exceptional, we can assure you that once you join us, you will feel it. We provide our best service cause when you join us, we take your dream like ours. If you are interested, come forward and join us for an unforgettable and outstanding journey to Everest Base Camp and Everest Cho La Pass trek in the Everest region of Nepal. March-May & Sept-Nov are the most recommended times for the Everest Cho La Pass trek. For more information, please let us know. We will be glad to be part of your adventure.

Arrive at the foothills of the Himalayas and take a deep breath of Nepal's crisp, pristine air.   The first day marks your arrival day in Kathmandu. Clear all the visa requirements and customs clearance, if any, at the arrival section of the airport. As you come out, you will find a representative from World Alpine Treks waiting for you holding a board with your name. You will then be transferred to your hotel. The representative will shortly inform you about the plans ahead.

  • Overnight at a 3-star Hotel in Thamel

The second day is a day tour to warm up before your trekking journey. Kathmandu is a city enriched with artistic palaces, beautiful monuments, ancient temples, and other constructions of historical and cultural importance. No wonder the city has seven out of ten UNESCO-listed world heritage sites. Today, you will be guided to the UNESCO-listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. These heritages are perfect examples of the rich history, exceptional culture, and architectural treasures of Nepal. At first, you will be taken to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The art, crafts, and carvings in the palaces, temples, and other monuments of the Durbar Square are excellent. After that, you will be escorted to Swayambhunath stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath stupa respectively. 

  • Overnight at a 3-star Hotel in Thamel
  • Breakfast included

 

On the third day, you will be headed to the domestic terminal of Tribhuwan Airport for a flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla in itself is an enriching experience where you will be able to enjoy some beautiful views of the mountains. As you land in Lukla, you will meet our other crew members at the airport. From Lukla, we walk down the trail along with hotels and lodges to Dudhkoshi River. We cross a long suspension bridge over the river and follow a path that takes us to Phakding. 

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Phakding
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

We wake up early and enjoy our breakfast. Then we follow our trail that goes through an undulating path up and down via traditional villages, fields, and rhododendron forests. We gradually ascend and enter Sagarmatha National Park with magnificent views of Mt. Thamserku on sight. We pass villages like Jorsale and Monjo on the way to Namche. Namche Bazaar is an old but lively Sherpa village. It is a gateway to all the trekking routes to the Everest region. There are many vibrant shops, cyber cafes, restaurants, hotels, and lodges at this time. Namche Bazaar never rests. It always gets a lot of visitors and is always crowded. 

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Namche Bazaar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

The narrow streets of Namche are always crowded. Do not be surprised if the yak bells and other horns wake you up. Today is a day set aside for acclimatization purposes. As we gain height, our body needs to be well adapted to the altitude change. Therefore, we have set aside an extra day in Namche. Today, we hike up to Everest View Hotel for close-up views of the mountains in the Everest region. From the hotel, we can enjoy some striking views of mountains like Kwangde, Thamserku, Kangtega, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, etc. We can visit a museum and a photo gallery on our way back to Namche from the Everest View Hotel. 

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Namche Bazaar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

As we ascend, our trail traverses through the forests of rhododendrons with brilliant views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, and Mt. Lhotse on sight. After a while, the trail descends to the Dudh Koshi River at Phungi Thanga. From here, the trail further ascends through the forests of pine and rhododendron to Tengboche. Tengboche is accessible from the Tengboche monastery and has astonishing views of Mt. Ama Dablam along with other peaks in the region. Tengboche monastery is considered the largest monastery in the region. 

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Tengboche
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

We leave Tengboche and start climbing up the trail for around six hours to Dingboche. As we ascend, we can notice the change in vegetation. We can find ourselves moving above the tree line with pastures and meadows along the way. On the way, we can see small fields enclosed by stone walls to protect crops from cold winds. As we open up to the meadows of Dingboche, we will find ourselves in a spectacular location with wonderful views of Lhotse and Nuptse Ridge on sight. If the weather is favorable, one can relish the fantastic views of the sunset over the Ama Dalam Himal in the Everest region. 

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Dingboche
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

We spend another day in Dingboche. This day in Dingboche is a part of acclimatization. As we have already gained enough height, acclimatization is a necessity. Therefore, we enjoy our day in Dingboche today. After breakfast in the guesthouse, we hike up to Nagerjun for close-up views of mountains in the Everest region. We will be blessed with amazing views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Ama Dalam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and many more. After enjoying the spectacles of the mountains from Nagerjun, we walk back to the guesthouse in Dingboche for the night.

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Dingboche
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

Leaving Dingboche, the trail climbs up a ridge with some magnificent views of Taboche Peak and Cholatse. Further, the trail continues through yak pastures until we cross a wooden bridge over a stream to Duglha. From Duglha, we ascend for an hour along a steep route above the moraine of Khumbu glacier. From here, we ascend the valley to Lobuche, enjoying the views of Khumbutse, Pumori, and Lingtren. Mt. Everest becomes invisible as it is hidden behind the towering peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse. 

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Lobuche
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

Today is one of the most rewarding days of our journey. Our week-long hard work is going to pay off as we will be stepping into the Everest Base Camp – the dream of every single travel lover. From Lobuche, we follow a rocky path to the last village of the trail – Gorekshep. From Gorekshep, we continue towards the world’s highest base camp, i.e., Everest Base Camp through the Khumbu glacier. It is considered one of the most dangerous sections of the Everest Base Camp Trek. As we reach the base camp, we will be showered with some mesmerizing views of glaciers, lakes, caves, and icefalls. Though the views of Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse are quite clear, Mt. Everest hides back behind the shades of Lhotse and Nuptse. After spending some time in base camp, we return to Gorekshep via the same route.

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Gorekshep
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

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Today, we woke up a little early to catch the sunrise views from Kalapatthar. We hike up for around two to three hours from Gorekshep to Kalapatthar. As we ascend, we get the first glimpse of the mighty Mt. Everest along with the other peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam, etc. The golden rays of sunrise glittering over the snow-clad mountains in the region look amazing. After having this fantastic view from Kalapatthar, we retrace our steps back to Gorekshep and descend to Dzongla.

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge Dzongla
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

As we move ahead from Dzongla, we come across a stone-paved flat path. We walk along the trail and ascend steeply to the Cho La pass. The trail along the pass is rocky and icy, which makes our walk quite difficult. However, the views of mountains and glaciers that the pass offers are more than enough to overshadow all the difficulties. From the pass, we make a steep descent down to the village of Thangna/ Dragnak. From the village, we can rejoice in some stunning views of the Macchermo peak. 

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Dragnak
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

Leaving the village of Dragnak, we take a route to Ngozumpa glacier from where we will be able to get some stunning views of the first lake in the Gokyo valley. We walk along an easy path and follow the Dudh Koshi River that takes us to the Gokyo. The views of multiple emerald color lakes at Gokyo are truly reviving. It feels as if we could stay there forever, enjoying the divine glories of the mountain lakes.

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Gokyo Valley
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

Today is one of the most magnificent days of our entire trip. We spend our day in between the Himalayas enjoying the mesmerizing views of emerald lakes in Gokyo Valley. Early in the morning, after our breakfast, we hike up steep for around three to four hours to Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri is considered the best vantage point in the Everest region for tantalizing views of mountains and glacial lakes. From the Ri, we can enjoy some magnificent views of Mt. Ngozumpa glacier, Mt. Kusum Kanguru, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Taboche, Kangtenga, Changtse, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori, etc. with alluring views of Gokyo lakes down below. After enjoying these fantastic views from the Ri, we descend steeply until we reach Dole. 

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Dole
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

Today, we descend to the vibrant town of Namche. We descend a scenic path along the forested area, enjoying the views of the mountains to Namche bazaar. 

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Namche Bazaar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

We further descend to Lukla via Phakding from the Namche Bazaar.

  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Lukla
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

We take a return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel room in Kathmandu. You can relax in your room for the rest of the day.

  • Overnight at a 3-star Hotel in Thamel
  • Breakfast included

After seventeen days of long journeys, today is a free day in Kathmandu. You have two options for the day – you can either explore some unexplored UNESCO-listed heritage sites around Kathmandu or go to the shopping malls for shopping. You can also collect some souvenirs for your family and friends back home. 

  • Overnight at a 3-star Hotel in Thamel#
  • Breakfast included

Before a few hours of your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the international terminal of Tribhuwan International Airport. 

  • Breakfast included

 

Cost Includes

Flight/Transportation

  • International/ Domestic Airport picks up/ drop facility by Tourist Car.
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight including domestic Airport tax.

 

Accommodation

  • 4-night accommodation in a three-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 14-night accommodation in Guesthouses/Lodges during the trekking journey.

 

Meals

  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking days
  • Breakfast at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Require Permit

  • Trekkers Information Management Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fees
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhumu Municipality Entrance Permit

 

Trekking Staff

  • Highly Qualified, English-speaking, knowledgeable trekking Guides with their salary, accommodation, food, and airfare.
  • 1 helpful porter for 2 trekkers to carry your trekking equipment and personal stuff with their salary, accommodation, and food.

 

Essential Equipment

  • World Alpine Treks'  Duffel bag, trekking Map, Company T-shirt, and Sleeping Bag( You must return the Sleeping Bag after completing the Trip).
  • World Alpine Treks First Aid Kit.
  • Oximeter to measure Oxygen & Pulse Levels during the trekking days.

 

KTM City Tour

  • Kathmandu City sightseeing with Tour Guide, Private Tourist Car, Entry fees to National Parks, Heritage Sites, and other Government taxes.

 

Complimentary

  • Seasonal available fresh Fruit during trekking days.
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese Restaurant with a cultural performance.

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare to/from Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visa fee - You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50  for 30 days, USD 125 for 90 days visas. You need 2 passport-size photos.
  • Travel insurance to cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses.
  • Hot showers during the trek except for Namche and Lukla.
  • Extra night hotel Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal refreshment expenses - soft drinks, hard drinks, mineral bottled water, cigarettes, chocolates, etc.
  • Utility expenses like telephone, electricity for charging, internet (WI-FI), laundry services, etc.
  • Tips for support crew members of your trekking team.

Useful Info

Upon Arrival 

Our trek package encompasses complimentary airport transfers as part of our commitment to delivering a wonderful trekking experience. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of our dedicated representatives, who will hold a World Alpine Treks signboard with your name to ensure prompt identification and a warm welcome. Our representative will then escort you to your hotel accommodations in a private, well-appointed vehicle ensuring a comfortable and seamless transition from the airport to your hotel. 

 

Once at the hotel, our team will provide a brief overview of your itinerary while the hotel staff handles your check-in process efficiently. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the upcoming journey while the hotel formalities are taken care of seamlessly. Following this, you will have the opportunity to relax and acclimate to your new surroundings, ensuring you are well-rested and prepared for the adventure ahead.

 

Nepal  Visa 

Obtaining a tourist visa for Nepal is pretty easy. All foreigners, except Indian nationals, will need a visa to enter Nepal, however, you cannot take a visa on arrival if your country is not listed among those that require a visa before arrival.

 

There are several ways to get a tourist visa. One, you can apply for a tourist visa from the Nepalese embassy or consulate office in your home country or you can apply for an On-Arrival Visa by filling up an online application form. To access the details, please click HERE.

 

Requirements for Visa 

  • A valid Passport with a validity of at least six months before arrival in Nepal.
  • A filled-out visa application form.
  • Entry Visa Fee - USD 30 for 15 Days, USD  50 for 30 Days, and USD 125 for 90 Days.

 

Visa Extension

  • 3 USD per Day (minimum 15 days)
  • 5 USD per day as a late fine in the case of a delay
  • Additional 25 USD for a Multiple re-entry facility

 

Lukla Flight Information

The flights to Lukla take off from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport as well as from Ramechhap’s Manthali Airport. However, during peak trekking seasons which are from March, April, May, September, October, and November, flights to Lukla only take place from Ramechhap airport.

 

The decision was taken to cater to the traffic congestion at Kathmandu’s airport and to lessen the delays and risk of flight cancellation. The flight duration from Kathmandu to Lukla is about 30 minutes, but from Ramechhap Airport, it is about 10 minutes. Furthermore, the weather in the Himalayas is erratic and can shift rapidly. Thus, flying from Ramechhap to Lukla is more favorable hence flights were rerouted to Ramechhap’s Manthali airport.

 

Our team at World Alpine Treks will secure the earliest flights possible for our clients to ensure a seamless journey.

 

Reaching Ramechhap

Due to flight diversion, an additional destination has been included in the itinerary for travelers heading to Everest. Now, it has become a standard practice to travel to Ramechhap to catch the flights to Lukla.

 

To get to Ramechhap, we will start early, waking up at around 1 AM on the second day. A private vehicle will be ready to take you to Manthali Airport, located 83 Km east of Kathmandu. The journey to the airport typically takes about 4 hours from Kathmandu.

 

The airport is located in a scenic location by the bank of the Tamakoshi River, offering travelers a glimpse of the unique geography of Nepal.

 

Accommodations

Our trek package includes three-star accommodation services in Kathmandu at the tour price. However, if you wish to upgrade your accommodation to the offered ones, then we shall comply with your request at an additional cost. 

 

In the Everest region, trekkers can upgrade their accommodation in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar. Beyond this, you continue the trek with standard tea houses with comfortable rooms and delicious warm meals.

 

As per what a standard tea house would look like, they are basic guest houses or lodges that offer simple rooms with twin beds, communal dining areas, and shared facilities such as bathrooms and basic washing facilities. Some tea houses offer amenities like hot showers and charging stations for electronic devices at an additional cost. They also serve delicious warm meals but with limited menu options.

 

In regards to luxury lodges, few are available on the trails of the Everest region. These lodges offer rooms with better amenities and services. These lodges have rooms with attached bathrooms offering amenities such as hot showers, western toilets, and possibly internet access. Moreover, these lodges offer a more extensive menu with a variety of cuisine options, including local and international dishes.

 

Overall, the main difference between the two types lies in the level of facilities and services. Luxury mountain lodges offer a higher level of services to travelers seeking a more upscale trekking experience, while normal ones provide basic accommodation and services.

 

Meals

Nutritious meals are important for high-altitude treks. Hence, we ensure that healthy meals are provided throughout the journey. Similarly, we request travelers to inform us of their dietary restrictions while making confirmation of the trek. Given that the Everest Cho La Pass Trek involves high-altitude areas demanding consideration of energy, we prioritize providing ample nutritious foods in the trekking region. However, we would like to inform you that food choices may be limited at higher elevations. 

Hence, our 19-day Everest Cho La pass trek package includes 18 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, and 15 Dinners with seasonal fruits. Lunch and Dinner while in Kathmandu are not included in the trek package. And trekkers will have to take care of any extra expenses they make on the trek. 

For breakfast, you can find boiled eggs, cereal, oats, bread, jam, and butter, along with traditional breakfast which includes vegetable soups with rotis. 

 

As per meals, we recommend trying traditional dishes like Dal, Bhat, vegetable curry, and local pickles. They are rich in carbohydrates and thus will offer sufficient energy for the walk. For health reasons, we would discourage having non-veg meals as they are difficult to digest in higher elevations. Along with traditional dishes, one can also find pasta, noodles, porridge, omelets, and more Western cuisines. 

And as for dinner, similar choices as lunch are available at the teahouse.

 

Acclimatization Days

Also known as a rest day, acclimatization day is an important part of an itinerary where you are scheduled to take a break while hiking in the high-altitude areas. It is a part of an itinerary because it is essential to allow trekkers to adapt to the reduced oxygen levels at higher elevations.

 

When trekking in high-altitude areas we should be cautious of how our body is accommodating to changing surroundings. Our body should physiologically adapt to function effectively in low-oxygen environments, thereby reducing the risk of altitude-related illnesses such as acute mountain sickness (AMS), High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), and High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).

 

During a trek like Everest Cho la pass, there are two separate days allotted for acclimatization. One in Namche and one in Dingboche. Both places were carefully chosen as rest spots because these places are at perfect altitudes to acclimatize.

 

On the acclimatization day, trekkers particularly do not have to engage in any activities. However, we would rather suggest staying active than staying idle. For instance, while trekking Cho La pass, on the acclimatization day in Namche, one could go for short hikes to Syangboche airport, and Everest View Hotel or stroll around the market, exploring cafes and shops. Similarly, while in Dingboche, one could opt for a short hike to Chukkung Ri or Nagarjun Hill, to have picturesque scenes of the Himalayas.

 

Overall, the whole point of acclimatization is to allow the body to adjust to the altitude. It is crucial to not hasten the journey in the rush of finishing the journey quickly. Proper acclimatization is necessary to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses and to enhance the trekking experience.

 

Electricity 

Electricity is available on the Everest trails of Nepal. However, it is important to keep in mind that the availability of electricity is limited but enough to serve all. Electricity in the Himalayan trails is produced through hydropower projects and solar panels. In places where hydropower electricity is not available, which often is the higher altitude areas near 4000 meters above sea level, electricity is accessed through solar panels.

 

In lower trekking altitudes, electricity is freely available. However, in higher altitudes, one would have to pay some amount to get their electronic gadgets charged. Usually, charging costs would come to around Nepalese rupees 200-500 depending upon the altitude. Nevertheless, it is highly suggested to finalize the price before using the service and if possible, it would be even better to bring your power bank.

 

Also, the most common type of electric socket and plug is the Type C and Type D socket. These operate on a standard voltage of 230 volts with a frequency of 50 Hz. Moreover, it is highly advised to carry universal travel adapters for Type C plugs to ensure compatibility with electrical outlets.

 

Phone, Internet 

Wi-Fi and Internet are available on the trekking trails of Everest base camp. May not be available throughout the trail, yet service will be available for a good amount of the journey. There are various ways one could access the internet on the trail. You can buy local SIM cards or connect to the Wi-Fi available at the teahouse.

 

For anyone considering staying online consistently during the journey, buying a local SIM card would be the most convenient option available. You can purchase NTC (Namaste) or Ncell SIM cards upon your arrival at the airport or a shop near your hotel. They are easily available to purchase. While buying the SIM card, you may purchase any of the internet plans that suit you the most. Normally, it would cost you no more than 1000-2000 Nepalese rupees. Buying a SIM card is pretty reliable as it would allow you to be online or call anyone as you wish.

 

Besides these two options, you have one more option to stay connected while doing any treks in the Everest region. You can find Everest Link, which is a telecommunications company based in Nepal that provides internet and Wi-Fi services. They have a network of Wi-Fi hotspots and internet access points in various locations along the trekking routes. There are different plans available for buyers to purchase, and it would cost around 2000-3000 Nepalese rupees.

 

And lastly, it is important to note that internet or Wi-Fi connection quality may not meet the standards of the urban areas.

 

Attached Bathroom & Hot Shower

Bathrooms and toilets along trekking routes of Everest Cho La pass differ as per the trekking trail and it very much depends upon the teahouses you stay as well. Some premium teahouses in lower elevations such as Lukla, Phakding, and Namchhe Bazaar offer rooms with attached bathrooms and hot water running.

 

However, most teahouses are standard and offer basic amenities like rooms, food, bathrooms, electricity, and showers. They offer shared bathrooms with squat-type toilets. In some teahouses, you can find Western types of toilets as well. They may not seem luxurious but are convenient for trekkers on the trail.

 

Hot showers may not be readily accessible in every teahouse, but in instances where they are unavailable, one can request one for an extra fee. Typically, this service costs between 300 to 500 Nepalese rupees, varying based on the altitude. 

 

Best Trekking Season 

Everest Cho La Trek is one of the most loved trekking trails in Nepal. Many have the trail on their bucket list so most do not want to mess up their experience by traveling at the wrong time. So, for anyone, hoping to visit Everest Base Camp, Cho La Pass, & Gokyo Lake, here’s a glimpse of what every season looks like on the trail:

 

Autumn (September-November)

One of the best times to do Everest Cho La Pass is from September to November during the Autumn season. During this day, the skies are clear, the weather is stable, and the temperature is moderate. As it is post-monsoon season, trails are pretty much dry and visibility during this time is excellent.

According to temperature data, during this time of the year, the maximum temperature typically ranges from 7 to 17 °C during the day, while the minimum temperature drops to about 2 °C or below at night.

While clear skies and excellent visibility for mountain views, stable weather conditions, moderate temperatures ideal for trekking, and vibrant autumn foliage are a few of the advantages of trekking in this season, there are some cons as well.

One of the disadvantages of trekking Cho La Pass during the autumn season is the high number of trekkers on the trail. This will result in crowded trails and of course teahouses and lodges.

 

Winter Season (December – February)

Winter is another beautiful time to explore Everest but this beautiful season brings its challenges. It is the coldest time of the year so expect to see thick snow levels and icy trails. Besides the challenges of extreme cold, the season offers some of the greatest vistas of the Himalayas. Visibility is excellent at this time of the year and crowd-free trials.

The maximum temperature around this time of the year ranges around 4 °C during the day, while the minimum temperature can drop to -20 °C. Hence, you must be well-equipped with proper clothing and gear.

It is the least popular time for trekking Everest trekking trail so anyone who prefers solitude would be able to enjoy the solitude of the mountains. Also, you get a new look at the mountains other than their rocky self. Stunning mountain vistas are a bonus of trekking in the Everest region during winter months.

With pros, there are some cons, one should not ignore. It gets extremely cold at this time of the year. So besides cold, the limited availability of teahouses and lodges in higher elevations is another disadvantage of trekking in this season. Also, the trails get snowed, making trekkers' journeys challenging.

 

Spring Season (March-May)

Spring (March, April, and May) is another ideal time for Everest Cho La Pass trekking beside the Autumn season. During this time, trails get vibrant with blooming rhododendrons, and stunning mountain backdrops. As it is post-winter season, the weather starts to warm up hence offering perfect weather temperatures for trekking.

According to temperature data, during this time of the year, the maximum temperature typically ranges from 10-15 °C during the day, while the minimum temperature drops to about 0 to -5°C at night.

The weather at this time of the year is mild. It is neither too cold nor too hot. Along with favorable weather conditions, the blooms of rhododendrons are another specialty of this season. Similarly, clear skies offer breathtaking vistas and there are fewer crowds compared to autumn.

However, there is a possibility of rain showers, especially in the lower elevations. Also, as the weather gets warmer, snow starts melting which makes paths slippery. Hence carefulness is required.

 

Summer/Monsoon Season (June-August)

Summer coincides with the monsoon season. It is the wettest and hottest time of the year, but a beautiful time to observe nature’s abundance. Hills gleam with flowers and lush greenery.

As per temperature, during this time of the year, the maximum temperature at Everest region would be 10 -15 °C during the day, and the minimum temperature would be 5 °C at night. 

During this time of the year, there is high precipitation thus cloudy skies may sour the experience. Nevertheless, the view when the clouds clear is one of the most spectacular. Besides that, flourishing vegetation and crownless trails are some of the perks of trekking at this time of the year.

Muddy trails, rain, mist, and flight cancellations are some of the cons of traveling around monsoon season. Hence, it is highly suggested to travel with a flexible schedule if you would like to trek Cho La Pass during this time.

 

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is a type of mountain sickness that can occur when hiking at a higher elevation. It is caused when our body is unable to acclimatize to the lower oxygen levels and atmospheric pressure at high altitude areas. There are 3 different types of altitude sickness categorized based on their levels of sickness.

 

1. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

It is one of the mild forms of altitude sickness. If treated immediately trekkers can complete the trek without any delay. However, if ignored, it can result in something more serious.

Common symptoms of AMS include tiredness, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, and headaches. These symptoms can be treated with medication. However, one should not just ignore these symptoms.

 

2. High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

It is another type of mountain sickness but a more serious one. In this type, fluid is collected in the lungs and it can be very dangerous. It is one of the main causes of death as well.

The symptoms of HAPE are similar to AMS so one can ignore the seriousness and may think medication can solve the issue. However, the situation can quickly escalate to seriousness as symptoms change to shortness of breath, dry coughs, severe headache, confusion state, and loss of coordination.

During such conditions, seeking immediate medical attention is required. Delay in medical attention can lead to life-threatening events so it is very important to be mindful of a patient's condition.

Nevertheless, it is a treatable condition so one should not be entirely scared about it. However, it is quite important to not exhaust our bodies while hiking at high elevations.

 

3. High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

HACE is another serious version of altitude sickness. In this type, fluid is collected in the brain and thus is life-threatening. This happens when our body is unable to adapt to low oxygen levels at higher elevations.

Symptoms of HACE include severe headache which won’t be treated with medication, confusion, irritability, hallucinations, loss of balance and coordination, and blurred vision along with symptoms of AMS but a bit more severe.

Just like HAPE, immediate medical attention is needed. Alongside, descending the patient to a lower altitude is also equally important.

 

Preventive of Altitude sickness

Following are the ways to prevent altitude sickness while hiking the high-altitude trekking areas of Nepal.

  • Do not miss the acclimatization days 
  • Do not rush the journey
  • Constantly Hydrate yourself
  • Say no to smoking, and drinking while hiking
  • Take medications
  • Drink plenty of garlic soup 

 

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended for trekking in Everest Cho La Pass. It is one of the most important travel documents every traveler must have. While it may not be a mandatory travel document to enter Nepal, it is still essential to purchase insurance if you are considering trekking at higher altitudes. Everest Cho La Pass trek is in remote areas and is in high elevations. Hence, it involves health risks such as altitude sickness, and injuries which can be financially stressful. Additionally, travel plans can be disrupted due to various reasons such as flight cancellations or personal emergencies. Therefore, to cover such events, travel insurance can come in handy.

 

Nevertheless, it is very important to keep in mind that you purchase a nice insurance plan. The Everest  Cho la Pass trek ranges over 5000 meters in elevation. Hence, you must make sure, their insurance covers an altitude of 6000 meters, has emergency medical treatment, and evacuation by helicopter. These are essential provisions to have in your travel insurance while Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Lake Trekking. 



Currency Exchange

It is highly suggested to exchange your currency for Nepalese currency while trekking to the Everest Cho La Pass. In Kathmandu, you can shop using their credit/debit card or even with dollars but it is not the same case everywhere else.

 

The local currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (NPR or Rs): US $1 = NPR 132, Euro 1 = NPR 142, Canadian Dollar 1 = NPR 97, Australian Dollar 1 = NPR 88, and so on,

 

Trekking trails in Everest region only accept Nepalese currency so before you embark on the trek, do not forget to exchange your currencies. Besides, bring enough cash that will last you till the duration of your journey. ATM or card services are rarely available on the trail. 

 

Required Permit

Permits are essential if you wish to trek Everest Cho La Pass. The necessary permits are the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu municipality permit. Usually, these permits are prepared by trekking agencies travelers are traveling with so trekkers may not worry about how to access it.

 

Nevertheless, one can access the Sagarmatha National Park permit from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or the entry checkpoint in Monjo along the trekking route. The permit fee is payable in Nepalese Rupees (NPR) and is subject to change. Currently, the permit fee is USD 30 (3000 Nepalese rupees).

 

Khumbu Rural Municipality Enter Permit can also be gained from the Nepal Board Office in Kathmandu. The permit fee for foreign travelers is USD 20 (NRP 2000).

 

Trekking permits are essential and to travel without them will result in monetary fines for the travelers. These permit fees go into the maintenance of the trails and the authority makes proper use of them as well.

 

Typical Trekking Day

A typical day while Everest Cho La Pass Trek follows a well-established routine. Generally, the day begins around 6 in the morning, with trekkers waking up and freshening up before enjoying a hearty breakfast. 

 

After breakfast, we begin the trek and walk for about 3-4 hours with breaks in between to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings. Around noon, you will stop at a teahouse along the trail for lunch, where you can choose from a variety of options. Teahouses are accommodating to dietary restrictions and will often prepare meals according to trekkers' preferences. 

 

Following lunch, the journey continues, with breaks in between as needed, until the destination for the day is reached in the late afternoon. Upon arrival, you will settle into your accommodations at the teahouse and enjoy a hearty dinner. While this routine provides a general overview of a typical trekking day, it's important to note that each day may bring new experiences and variations. Some days may require waking up earlier than usual for new experiences or to reach a specific destination. Thus, expect unique experiences every day you are walking the Himalayan trail.

 

WAT Team

Our team of experienced and skilled guides and porters will assist you all through your journey. Our guides hold government licensing for mountain trekking, hence are trained and government-authorized. Proficient in intensive wilderness first aid, responsible tourism, effective communication, and professionalism, they are dedicated to ensuring a seamless journey. Beyond their commitment to smooth operations, they are enthusiastic advocates for Himalayan landscapes, investing deliberate efforts to promote their beauty. Recognizing their dedication, we ensure fair compensation and comprehensive care for our team members, considering them integral to our operations and deeply valuing their hard work.  

 

We also prioritize the safety of our team members, providing them with the necessary gear and training to ensure their safety. We also strive to provide a safe and secure working environment, with zero tolerance for any form of harassment or discrimination.

 

Departure after trekking

To make your journey smooth, our team will arrange a drop-off service when it’s time to depart. It is part of our complimentary airport transfers included in our trek package. One of our representatives will meet you at your hotel approximately three hours before your scheduled flight time. They will accompany you to the airport, ensuring a hassle-free transition, and bid you a safe journey back home.

Reviews

Nacho G, USA

Unforgettable Experience of Everest Base Camp

The best Everest trekking guide! Deepak is genuinely exceptional. From the moment we embarked on our journey, his expertise, and passion for the mountains were evident. His extensive knowledge of the Everest region, coupled with his impeccable communication skills, made our trek an unforgettable experience. Deepak's patience and understanding were remarkable, as he catered to each group member's needs and pace, ensuring that everyone felt comfortable and safe throughout the entire trek. Not only did he provide valuable insights into the local culture and surroundings, but his infectious smile and positive energy lifted our spirits even during challenging moments.

If you're planning an Everest base camp trek, I can't emphasize enough how invaluable Deepak's guidance and companionship are. He goes above and beyond to ensure an incredible adventure, and I wholeheartedly recommend him as the ultimate Everest trekking guide.


 

Fureena, USA

Excellent trip to ABC & EBC with a Professional Guide

A very special thanks to my really good guide, Deepak. I don't think I can find a better one. I traveled solo and he was always there advising me on things to buy, also taking good care of me and answering all my queries during my trek. When I had blisters and walked with so much pain, he always made jokes to make me feel better. Would choose Alpine Treks because of Deepak on all my future Nepal trips as my trip was a success! The Alpine Treks team is amazing and everyone showed more care than interest in money which I found truly amazing. They always prioritized my safety, and food and made sure I was always contented with everything. They give very good service. Deepak personally sent and fetched me from the airport and they always had lovely greetings and farewells.

My trip went very well because I decided to go with World Alpine Treks. It's really important to find the right trekking company and I especially recommend them as they were more interested in my well-being and to enjoy my stay in Nepal more than anything else. There was full transparency from the start to the end & Deepak always answered every query I had even before I arrived in Nepal. World Alpine Treks is a trustable, honorable company and I would recommend it to all. Have been on a hiking trip to EBC, ABC & Annapurna Circuit with them.


 

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