- Annapurna Region
- Everest Region
- Manaslu Region
- Langtang Region
- Popular Treks
- Peak Climbing
We recommend our Everest Base Camp via Cho-La Pass trek to anyone willing to try something different than the hype others are usually after. No matter if you have already tried the regular Everest Base Camp trek or not, we assure you that the alternative trail we follow during this trip is equally enjoyable for it leads to a picturesque valley surrounded by eminent cliffs and offers dreamlike views of four of the world’s tallest peaks, while we also get a tingling taste of the rich culture of the native highland dwellers, the world-famous Sherpas.
This outstanding trek to Everest Base Camp via Cho La Pass follows a well-established trail leading to deep valleys in the Khumbu region of Nepal, and also traverses Kalapatthar, undoubtedly the best viewpoint on earth standing at a staggering altitude of 5,545m, from where you can almost touch Mt. Everest. Moreover, this trek involves exploration of lovely Sherpa settlements and ancient monasteries while you also get to experience the incredibly warm hospitality offered by the local Sherpa people.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport; Transfer to Hotel
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will greet you and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, you will freshen up. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing; Trek Preparation
You explore Kathmandu Valley visiting its historical attractions, mostly World Heritage Sites. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding
In the morning, we will take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,827 m). The flight is a little under 40 minutes. In the afternoon, will we start our trek first by descending to Dudh Koshi river and then following the track to Namche. From there, the trail to Phakding is an easy one. Stay overnight in Phakding.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
After breakfast, we will make an early start. Today we will do a scenic walk for around 7 hours to reach Namche Bazaar. After dinner, you will spend the night in a lodge.
Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar
Today you will relax for the day in acclimatizing, but make sure you take short hikes around Namche Bazaar to adjust yourself to the altitude. You can spend the evening enjoying a drink and stay overnight at a teahouse.
Day 06 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole; Overnight at Lodge
We begin early today. As we follow the main track north, we will have fascinating views of the area. Our trail to Everest now descends and then ascends to Mon-La before reaching Phortse Tenga. On the wat we will pass rhododendron and birch forests. Ahead from Phortse Tenga, our trail ascends abruptly to Dole.
Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machchhermo (4,470 m)
Today you will trek from Dole and gain a bit of altitude to reach Machchhermo. The walking time is around 6 hours with perfect views of glaciers along the route. Stay overnight in Machchhermo.
Day 08: Trek from Machchhermo to Gokyo (4,790 m)
The walking duration today is a little less than 6 hours. The scenic route will make you forget all your tiredness and reward you will beautiful views of mountains everywhere until you reach Gokyo. The first view of turquoise waters of Lake Gokyo nestled in the mountains is an iconic scene that will last in your memory forever.
Day 09: Explore around Gokyo, climb Gokyo Peak (5,357 m), Trek to Thaknak
The beauty of the place is such that it demands you to stay and savour the beauty for at least a day. We recommend you to do an easy climb of Gokyo Peak, which will reward you with captivating panoramic scenes of the mountain valley. Later, we cross over Ngozumpa Glacier and arrive at Thaknak, a tiny settlement with a handful of tea-houses. Cho-La Pass from here is quite a steep climb, but provides great views of Mt. Ama Dablam and Lobuche East. Due to snow, this pass remains closed during winter.
Day 10: Trek to Dzong-La after crossing Cho La Pass; Overnight at Lodge
We start early to cross the pass. As we go up a narrow path passing large rocks, on the left we can see the main glacier. We then get to the top of Cho-La Pass at 5,420 meters where the views are amazing. Mt. Baruntse (7,220 m) and Mt. Ama Dablam and a range of lesser-known peaks come into view. The trail down the pass is vertical and should be carefully trodden until we arrive at Nymagawa Valley.
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche; Overnight at Lodge
Today we will trek with grand views of the mountain ranges and arrive at Lobuche. The approximate walking duration is seven hours but with ravishing views of Mt. Pumori and Mt. Ama Dablam. Stay overnight in a lodge in Lobuche.
Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp and to Gorakshep; Overnight at Lodge
Today we walk along Khumbu Glacier and climb up to Everest Base Camp. This is as far as you can get near Mt. Everest without using climbing equipment. The views from Base Camp are spellbinding. As we slowly trek ahead, we arrive at Changri-Nup Glacier, and more slow trek will bring us to Gorakshep at 5,160 meters where we stay for the night.
Day 13: Climb Kalapatthar and Trek to Pheriche; Overnight at Lodge
Early in the morning, we will climb to Kalapatthar for closeup views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, and Khumbu Glacier. From Kalapatthar at 5,545 meters, the climb ahead gets more amazing with panoramas at every corner. Mt. Everest, the highest peak on the planet, will appear directly at the front and on all sides. From here we trek down to Pheriche and stay overnight.
Day 14: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar; Overnight at Lodge
We take a detour from Pheriche and arrive at Pangboche. We will visit a monastery and then leave the mountains behind us while we descend to Tengboche. After a brief rest there we continue on towards the town of Namche Bazaar. We will spend the night in the bustling town.
Day 15: Trek to Lukla; Overnight at Lodge
After breakfast, we follow the main track down to Dudh Koshi. The scenic trek will make you forget how tired your legs are. Crossing several villages here and there along the way, we reach Lukla after crossing a suspension bridge. We stay at a lodge in Lukla.
Day 16: Catch a Flight to Kathmandu; Overnight in Hotel
The scenic flight from Lukla takes around 35 minutes after which we will arrive at Kathmandu. Checking in to a hotel, we will spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening, you are invited to join a Nepalese dinner hosted by us.
Day 17: Airport Transfer
After breakfast, we will take you to the airport for your scheduled flight ahead.