About Everest Cho La Pass Trek
Everest Cho La Pass Trek adds a zest of additional adventure in the regular Everest Base Camp Trek by letting you cross one of the high passes of the Khumbu region, Cho La Pass.
Everest Cho La Pass Trek is designed for those who are looking to step up their level in the Himalayas one step at a time. The trek will allow you to cross one of the challenging passes of the region from where you get to see exception landscape views. Not only this, but Everest Cho La Pass trek also takes to the picturesque Gokyo Valley.
You get to spend a night in beautiful Gokyo village and explore the holy Gokyo Lakes. Likewise, you will explore the very famous Everest Base Camp and hike to Kala Patthar from where you can see glorious sunrise along with a 360-degree view of Mt. Everest.
Everest Cho La Pass Trek is more than just an adventurous trek. Tempting landscape views, huge snow-capped mountains, rushing streams, cold rivers, dense forests, fine valleys, picturesque villages, huge glacieres, stunning ice fall, artistic monasteries, colorful prayer flags, ancient stupas, rich culture, and unique lifestyle of the locals, all of these makes Everest Cho La Pass Trek a lifetime journey.
The Everest Cho La Pass Trek offer a chance to witness the land of the Sherpa. Moreover, you might get to see rare wildlife like Himalayan tahr, musk deer, snow leopards, snow cocks, pheasants, etc. And, the most stimulating things is Yeti. Yes, they are believed to be found in this region. You can see the head of the Yeti in one of the monasteries in the Khumjung village while you go on a short excursion.
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Things you will get to see & experience during the Everest Cho La Pass Trek
Thrilling flight to Lukla
A short 35 minutes flight will take you to the starting point of the Three High Passes Trek, Lukla. The flight will be thrilling and scenic. You get to see the first glimpse of the Himalayas during the flight.
Trek through Sagarmatha National Park
From Monjo onwards, the trail passes through Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to numerous flora and fauna. This park is also listed in the UNESCO World Natural Sites. The park has different climatic zones and diverse vegetation. Crossing several streams and forested paths, the trail moves up to Namche Bazar.
Spend the night in the biggest Sherpa residence area, Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar is a very famous Sherpa village, where you get to look into the daily lifestyle and practices of these people. Namche Bazar is the most developed village in the region. Most of modern facilities like Wifi, cafes, libraries, etc are available here. Also, do visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery.
Visit the oldest and the biggest monastery of the Khumbu region, Tengboche monastery
Tengboche is one of the most significant monasteries in the Khumbu region. This is the oldest and biggest monastery, which used to be home to hundreds of monks. From the monastery, you can see stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains.
Cross Cho La Pass
Before reaching Gokyo villages, you have to cross Cho La Pass. The trail to the top of the pass is difficult, however, the view you get to see at the end is unbelievable. Cho La Pass adds the perfect zest of thrill and challenge in the entire journey.
Explore the Everest Base Camp
The lap of the world's highest mountain, Everest Base Camp is a dream destination of thousands of travelers. Reaching this place is a big achievement that once can get. From the base camp, you can witness panoramic views of numerous Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, etc.
Hike to one of the famous vantage points of the region, Kala Patthar
Kala Patthar is a very popular vantage point in the Everest region. Situated little above Everest Base Camp, the trail to Kala Patthar is steep and rocky. Upon reaching the top of the viewpoint, you can see excellent sunrise along with 360-degree views of Mt. Everest and surrounding mountains.
Spend a couple of nights in charming Gokyo village
Gokyo village is one of the most beautiful villages, where you will spend the night in the Khumbu region. Located in stunning Gokyo Valley, Gokyo village presents a calm and peaceful environment. Even though you will see fellow trekkers during the peak season, still, the atmosphere here is divine.
Witness stunning Gokyo Lake
Located at 5,000 meters Gokyo Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes you will ever see. The turquoise blue color of the lake surrounded by snow-covered mountains under the bright blue sky is mesmerizing to see. Moreover, this lake has also huge importance to Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims.
Some thing that you should know before going on Everest Cho La Pass Trek
Everest Cho La Pass Trek itinerary
Everest Cho La Pass Trek begins with a stimulating flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. From here, following the classic Sagarmatha National Park route, you reach Namche Bazar. From here, you pass by several beautiful villages and reach Everest Base Camp. The trail then further ascends to Kala Patthar Viewpoint and head towards Cho La Pass. Traversing in the stunning Gokyo Valley, you then descend to Lukla.
Everest Cho La Pass Trek difficulty
Cho La Pass Trek is a difficult trek as you have to cross challenging Cho La Pass. The trail includes several ascends and descends through a rugged and steep path. The high altitude also makes the journey a little tiring. Good physical fitness and health are required to go on this trek. If you are new to trekking then we suggest you do a few hikes or exercise before joining the Everest Cho La Pass Trek.
Best time to go on Everest Cho La Pass Trek
Spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November) is the best time to go on Everest Cho La Pass Trekking. Clear sky, stable weather, and moderate climate make the journey fantastic. Likewise, the region gets boomed up with beautiful colorful flowers.
Food & Accommodation during Everest Cho La Pass Trek
The overnight stay in the teahouse/lodge makes the journey even more ironic. The old-style houses, small rooms, and common washrooms might not be comfortable to hear, but the experience you will get while spending the night like this is incomparable.
You can find quite a good variation in the menu at a lower elevation. Dishes like momo, noodles, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tea, etc can be found in Namche Bazar. As the elevation will increase the menu also gets limited and expensive. The meals will be served by the menu of teahouse/lodge you will be staying in.