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Chola Pass Trek - 15 Days

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Trip Facts
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Group Size 2 to 10
  • Max. Elevation 5545m
  • Start/End Lukla to Lukla
  • Best Time Sep to Dec and Mar to May


  • Chola Pass (5420m) is a bridge of Everest base camp & Gokyo Lake Trek.
  • Visit Everest base camp and Gokyo Lakes at the same time.
  • 15 Days perfect itinerary from arrival to departure.
  • Embark to Outstanding viewpoint of Kalapatthar 5545m and Gokyo Ri 5360m.
  • Mesmerizing View of Mt. Everest 8848m, Lhotse 8516m, Makalu 8463m, Cho Oyu 8201m.
  • Crossing the two largest glaciers, Khumbu and Ngozumpa glacier. 
  • Exploring the lifestyle, culture, and tradition of Sherpa People.
  • Exploring wildlife animals, flora and faunas, and birds.
  • Need to walk (5 to 7 hrs) every day.
  • Resting a couple of places to Acclimatization for altitude appetite.
  • Trek Starts and ends from Lukla, Flight from Kathmandu.

Overview of Everest Chola Pass Trek

Chola Pass Trek is one of the most beautiful combination trekking in the Everest region. Chola Pass 5420m is the main bridge of two famous treks in the Everest region. One is Everest Base Camp and another is Gokyo Valley between the crossing pass is Chola. The trekking route is along with flying to Lukla then Namche, Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo 4760m, exploring Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri 5360m, Tagnak, Chola Pass 5420m, Dzongla, Gorakshep, visit Everest base camp and Kalapatthar (5545m) then trekking downward to Pheriche, Tengboche, Namche ending in Lukla then flight to Kathmandu. It is touching the world’s highest Mt. Everest 8848m base camp and watching the incredible view from Kalapatthar and Gokyo Ri. Gokyo valley has 5th tremendous lakes, and you will sleep beside the beautiful 3rd lake. There are two huge glaciers, the Khumbu glacier in the Everest base camp and another is Ngozumpa Glacier in Gokyo Valley. It is a 15-days perfect itinerary from arrival to departure, as below-mentioned. We provide first-class services at a region-able price.

Everest Chola Pass Trek is exploring Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley. Chola Pass (5420m) is a bridge of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake trek. It is 15 days perfect itinerary in region able price of $1250. Exploring lifestyle of Sherpa People and Their Typical Culture customs and outstanding view of Many white-snow Mountains View including the highest mountains Mt. Everest 8848m/29029ft, Lhotse 8516m/27940ft, Makalu 8463m/27765ft and Cho Oyu 8201m/26907ft.

Everest Chola Pass Trekking is one of the various explorations in the Khumbu region. The people are inhabitants of most Sherpa, Rai, and others. They have their own cultures, customs, Languages, and Dress up. They are so rich in their cultures and tradition and religion. Most of the people are very religious, and they are Buddhists. They have every village, small or big, new or old Monasteries’. They have many Buddhist monuments such as Monasteries, Mani walls, stupas, prayer flags, prayer wheels, etc. They have warm hospitality and respect for all. Furthermore, they are farmers, but they can’t grow many crops because of too high, cold, and less vegetation area. But they grow something Wheat, Barley, Buckwheat, Potatoes, and some vegetables. Additionally, they have lots of Yaks, Jyopchyo as Yak and Cow cross, Sheep, etc. Most of the trekking route has touristic facilitated lodges and provide good services with warm hospitality.

It is a naturally and culturally beautiful trekking route. You have lots of chances to see wildlife animals such as Mountain Goats, Himalayan Thar, Deer and musk deer, Blue Sheep, Red pandas, Snow leopards, Wild boar, and many kinds of Birds , including the national bird of Nepal we called Danfe, Monal (Lophophores), Kalij, etc. Less vegetation but till 3500m some of the trees line as alpine, Rhododendron Forest and colorful flowering in the months of March, and April. The mountain most of the time silver-clear or crystal-clear views. It makes such a delightful trip for you. We provide a professional and expert trekking guide who serves you nicely and honestly and provides excellent services with real information. Let us have the opportunity to serve and make an unforgettable memorizing trip.

People and Their Culture, Customs, Religions, and Language

Most people are living with Sherpa, Rai, Tamang, and others, but we can find 95% of the Sherpa family. They have their own culture, language, customs, and dress up. They are Buddhist and there are so many Buddhist monuments such as Monasteries, Mani walls, Stupa, Tsortens, Prayers flags, and prayer wheels. Furthermore, they speak their own languages and wear their own dress-up. We can say they are very rich in their culture and customs and religion.

Lodging and Fooding in Chola Pass Trek 

Every camp has beautiful tourist-friendly lodges. They provide delicious hygienic meals in every lodge, and they have neat and clean comfortable rooms and beds. They provide excellent services with warm Hospitality.

Transportations of Chola Pass Trek

Easy way to get by flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then returning also same way fly back to Kathmandu. It is 35 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. There is a running vehicle, taking off-road riding jeep but long drive and need to walk one full day to arrive near Lukla. We recommend it via flight.

Route of Everest Chola Pass Trek

You are passing many beautiful villages and cross many suspension bridges, walking ups and downs and forestry, and less vegetation. Following by Dudhkoshi rivers and Gokyo lakes, Everest base camp.

Flight to Lukla, trekking along Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo Lake - Gokyo Ri viewpoint, Cross Ngozumpa Glacier, Thagna, High pass of Chola Pass 5420m, Dzong La, Lobuche, Gorakshep, Everest Base Camp 5364m, Kalapatthar viewpoint 5545m, Pheriche, Pangboche, Tengboche, Namche, Lukla.

Cost of Everest Chola Pass Trek

Everest Chola Pass Trek cost US$ 1350 per person and needs a minimum group size is 2 people, if you are visiting a single cost would come a little bit more. Feel free, thank you. If your group size is increasing price will be less and less. Feel free, Thanking...

The Most Eye-Catching and Attractive Mountains Views from Everest Chola Pass Trek

You will see a magnificent mountains view from the Chola pass trek.

  • Mt. Everest 8848m / 29029ft
  • Mt. Lhotse 8516m / 27940ft
  • Mt. Makalu 8463m / 27765ft
  • Cho Oyu 8201m / 26907ft
  • Mt. Amadablam 6812m / 22350ft
  • Peak-38 7590m / 24902ft
  • Mt. Pumori 7161m / 23495ft
  • Mt. Nupse 7861 / 25790ft
  • Mt Thamserku 6608m / 2168/0ft
  • Island Peak 6160m / 20210ft
  • Taboche Peak 6495m / 21310ft
  • Lobuche Peak 6119m / 20075 ft

Permits of Everest Chola Pass

You are visiting Sagarmatha national park, and you must issue some entry permits. Here are the details of the permit. We, Unique Nepal Adventure, help it to issue it. You must send us your passport-size photo and passport photo copy, and we make ready it.

  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee – Nrs. 3000/-
  • Pasang Lhamu – Khumbu rural municipality fees – Nrs 2000/-
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) – Nrs. 1000/-

Best Time to Visit Everest Chola Pass Trek?

The best time to visit Everest Chola Pass trek is an Autumn season, such as September, October, November, and December, then another season is in Spring season March, April, and May. Those months’ weather is always clear, well temperatures, good visibility, and fantastic crystal-clear mountain views.

The winter and Monsoon seasons are also not bad, Winter is snowing, very freezing cold and Monsoon is most of the time raining, cloudy, and not clear visibility. If you like to trek in monsoon or winter time also, we organize it because the Everest trekking trail is very safe and wide. It is possible. We provide professional and experienced guide and make safe and successful, delightful, and very pleasant trips.

  • Autumn Season: September, October, November, and December.
  • Winter Season: Late December, January, and February.
  • Spring Season: March, April, and May.
  • Monsoon Season: June, July, and August.

Carry Your Important Medicine

Medicine is very important. If you have any ailment, you must carry the medicine with you. “Prevention is better than cure” In the mountain region, we can’t find any healthcare, clinic, or hospital if there is a clinic you may not get according to your problem medicine. So; I humble request please prepare if you are continually taking any medicine, please bring it with you or buy it in Kathmandu. It is very important, but our company will provide a first aid kit bag normally for headaches, fever, stomach problems such as diarrhea, cough & cold, some bandage, tape & Diamox for high altitude sickness, etc.



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Everest Chola Pass Trekking is a perfect 15-day itinerary at a Region-friendly Cost. We can customize your trip according to your days. If you would like to do more or less trekking, please feel free. Thank you. 

You will land at Kathmandu airport, and a representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Treks will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu by private vehicle. It will be a short briefing about trekking, preparing, and staying at a nice Hotel.

  • Standerd Hotel
  • 20 Minutes Drive
  • 1300m / 4265ft

Kathmandu to Lukla early in the morning will be a 35-minute flight, landing at Hillary Airport in Lukla (2820m). Same-day trek to Phakding along many beautiful villages such as Chaurikharka, Ghat, and Thadokoshi. Lunch could be on the way, or you can get to Phakding in the afternoon. It is short and beautiful to walk in the morning. Stay overnight at a comfortable lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 35 minute fly - 4/5 hrs. Drive
  • 2610m / 8563ft

Trekking will start after you take your breakfast around 7:30 a.m.Before lunch, the trail headed smoothly, crossing many suspension bridges and many villages, such as Ghatte Khola, Benkar, and Monjo village, at the entry gate of Sagarmatha National Park. Here is the main checkpoint; you should issue a National Park entry permit here. Then, lunch will be in the next village, Jorsalle. Lunch will be a bit early, but you should take it here because there are no lunches between Namche andThe adventure starts after taking lunch, crossing a couple of suspension bridges, and ascending uphill to Namche Bazaar. It is great training for further adventures. Namche is a beautiful village; when you arrive here, all tiredness goes away automatically. Stay at a nice and comfortable tourist-standard Lodge.

  • Standard Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs. Walking
  • 3440m / 11287ft

Today is a rest day, but we recommend a day excursion to explore Hillary School and Hospital or hike to Everest View Hotel. Khunde village has a hospital; Khumjung village has Hillary school and an old monastery; and Yeti scull in the monastery. Or take an optional hike to the Everest View Hotel and watch the splendid view of Everest and many other mountains. Namche to Khumjung Khunde and the hotel are 400m up; it will be great acclimatization. After visiting, return to Namche and take lunch.

Namche is the capital city of the Sherpa people in the Khumbu Valley. Here are many facilities, such as the Yummy Mountain bakery, pub, and trekking shops. You get some time to chill out here. Stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Standard Lodge
  • 4/5 hrs. Day Excursion
  • 3860m / 12665ft

The first hour, smoothly gradual with crystal-clear white snow peaks including Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, and many more. Another hour slops uphill till Mongla Top, an amazing viewpoint. Then downhill to Phortse Tanga. After taking lunch all the way upstairs, adventure ascends with lush forestry. It is a tough day, but you will arrive easily in Dole. Stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 7 hrs. Walking
  • 4200m / 13780ft

It is such a beautiful walk along sloping hills, but the altitude means you need to walk smoothly. It is 4/5 hours. Walking. Lunch will be at the same place in Machhermo. It is a lovely place, an open valley. Stay at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 4/5 hrs. Walking
  • 4470m / 14665ft.

It is smooth walking along a wonderful view and open part. The trail is fine, with not much uphill. You will touch the first lake; the second lake and staying lodge are in front of the third lake. It is a huge, beautiful lake. You will arrive at lunchtime. There are many lodges, so stay at a nice and comfortable lodge. You can hike around the Ngozumpa glacier side for a little bit of acclimatization. It is fantastic to walk and stay in front of a lake.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 5/6 hrs. Walking
  • 4760m / 15617ft

It is a great viewing spot at GOKYO RI, 5360m. You need to get up early in the morning and ascend for around 2 hours. Watch the incredible view of Mt. Everest, 8848m, Cho Oyu, 8201 m, and many more crystal-clear mountain views, including Gokyo Lakes and the Ngozunmpa glacier.

Early in the morning, the weather will be fantastic, and the sunrise will be a wonderful view. Click some pictures, then return to the lodge. Take breakfast, backpack, and then trek to Thagnak, only 2 and a half hours of walking. Cross the huge glacier trail of Ngozumpa. Stay at a nice Lodge in Thagnak (4790m).



  • Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs Walking
  • 5360m / 17585ft

Chola Pass (5420 m/17783 ft) crossing is a tough day. You must start early in the morning, around 5 a.m. The trail is up and up; half is nice and half is streamed up. Anyway, you can do it. It takes 4/5 hours to ascend and 2 hours to descend. After passing, the trail is 30 minutes of rock and roll, with a rocky part and then easygoing. It is an authentic adventure. Our team guide and helpers will take very good care of you. They will walk with you and support you. They make it easy and stay at a nice lodge in Dzongla.

  • Lodge
  • 7/8 hrs. Walking
  • 5420m / 17783ft.

Wonderful Day, It is also a tough day, but not that tough. It is smooth and gentle walking. You will start around 7:00 am, along Lobuche, then Gorakshep. Take your lunch, then hike to Everest Base Camp at 5364m. Explore the world's highest Mountain base camp, then return to Gorakshep. It is the highest elevation you are sleeping at, at 5160m. Here are a few lodges, but for maximum capacity, they made big lodges. It will be a nice stay. Take care at altitude and stay connected with your guide. If anything happens, ask your guide how to stay safe.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 7 hrs. Walking
  • 5364m / 17599ft.

Early in the morning, you need to ascend Kalapatthar viewpoint, 5545m, to watch the Himalayas view in front of you, smiling at the world’s highest mountain, Everest, 8848 m, and many more peaks. It takes 2 hours to ascend; after complete success, click some pictures, then return to the lodge in Gorakshep. Take breakfast, backpack, then head towards downtown to Pheriche (4200m). It is walking for some hours, but it is easy to breathe. You will arrive easily in the late afternoon. Stay at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 7/8 hrs. Walking
  • 5545m / 18193ft

Going down is very easy, and the same is true for returning along Pangboche village and Tengboche Monastery. You must ascend a little bit in Tengboche Monastery and then before Namche Hill again. It is walking for around 7 hours. Stay at a nice lodge in Namche.

  • Beautiful Lodge
  • 7 hrs. Walking
  • 3440m / 11287ft

Namche to Lukla walking (7 hours) is also easy coming downward, crossing many villages. It is the last night of your trek. We would like to say that you celebrated last night with your trekking staff with dinner or drinks as well as sharing your gratitude as a tip. Have a lot of fun with your trekking team on the last day.

  • Beautiful Lodge
  • 7 hrs. Walking
  • 2820m / 9251ft

Lukla to Kathmandu by flight for around 30 minutes; it will be early in the morning, so you should be ready early in the morning. Your guide will set everything up on time and let you know about the time. If possible, take your breakfast and report on time to the airport. A guide will bring you to the hotel in Kathmandu. You will get some time to explore, shop, and relax in Kathmandu. Stay at a nice Hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Standerd Hotel
  • 35 minute fly - 20 minute drive
  • 1300m / 4265ft

A representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. Will drop you off at Kathmandu Airport with a private vehicle.

  • Departure Day
  • 20 Minute Drive
  • 1300m / 4265ft

Cost Details

What's Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • Two nights standard Hotel in Kathmandu with continental breakfast.
  • All meals during the trek (lunch, dinner, breakfast).
  • Accommodation in comfortable Lodges.
  • One English-speaking government-trained license holder and well-informed trekking guide.
  • One porter for two people to carry Luggage.
  • All expenses for guide and porters – meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, needed transportation (bus/flights), etc.
  • TIMS card fees (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu flight tickets including airport taxes.
  • Needed Permits as below-mentioned
  • Sagarmatha National Park entrance fees
  • TIMS Trekking Information Management System.
  • Local Government Village Municipality Entrance Fees.
  • Government and local area taxes where applicable.
  • Seasonal Fruits and Some Cookies.
  • First Aid kit bag.

What's Excluded

  • Nepalese entry visa, you can issue easily at airport when you land. 
  • Travel insurance. Do nice insurance in case, of helicopter rescue coverage.
  • Drinks as Hot, Cold, and Soft, and Alcoholics as tea, coffee, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, beer, rum, whiskey, etc.
  • Snacks (Chocolate, biscuits, Hot water, Dessert, etc.).
  • , hot shower, heater charge, battery charge, phone calls, and laundry service.
  • Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
  • Hire equipment and other personal items (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots camera, etc.).
  • In the case of natural calamities i.e., political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides, etc., the extra charge will be borne by themselves.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips to Guide and Porters means to share your happiness with staff.

Good to Know

Packing List or Trekking Gear of Adventure Trekking

It is a packing list or Trekking Gear, if you are doing adventure trekking up to 3500m you should prepare listing trekking gears. It is for warming, comfort, safety and success in your trip. If you don’t have something, you can buy or rent in Kathmandu. We can help to find it out. All of needed packing clothing and gears are listing, find it out properly.


  • Headlight with extra batteries
  • Sun hat, insulating hat
  • Warm hat, Scarf-Beany


  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Hand sanitizer
  • Light gloves
  • Warm gloves
  • Windproof gloves

Clothing for Trekking

  • Warm enough Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Trekking T-shirts Few pairs
  • A couple of Trekking paints
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Polypropylene underwear’s
  • Under long fleece
  • Breathable underwear
  • Thermal layer
  • Gore Text Windproof Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

Clothing for City

  • You can pack any clothes that you prefer to wear in the city.


  • Trekking Boots
  • Sports shoes/Sandals
  • Thin & Thick Woolen socks
  • Trekking socks
  • Gaiter and crampons


  • Duffel bag
  • Day pack
  • Rucksack
  • Rain cover

Essential Gear

  • 2-liter water bottle
  • Water purification as tables or drops or stereo pen
  • Trekking pole
  • Swiss knife
  • Warm enough Sleeping bag around -15
  • Watch or Alarm clock
  • Cellphone and charging cables


  • Quick dry towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable Shampoo and soap
  • Deodorants
  • Female hygiene products
  • Moisturizer
  • Dental floss
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Toilet paper

Personal Accessories

  • Money
  • Camera
  • Passport, photocopy
  • PP size Photos

Extra items

  • Notebook and pen
  • Ear plugs
  • Energy/Protein bar
  • First aid kit

Client Reviews

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  • Andy C
    Andy CUnited Kingdom,August 05, 2017

    Everest Marathon

    After a friend had to pullout the day before our planned trip to Nepal to participate in the Everest Marathon I was left to travel alone. I'm 50 years old and this was the first time I had travelled alone to a country like Nepal. I was introduced to Jay by a friend who had met him earlier this year.

    We corresponded by Whats App and Jay arranged my hotel, a tour of Katmandu in a private car, a porter guide for the trek to Everest Basecamp, planned my itinerary and sorted out my trekking permit.

    I was to be picked up from the airport but unfortunately due to there being local elections this was not possible. Also Jay had returned to his village and was unable to meet me and had to fend for myself. I found this quite stressful and ended up paying much more for a taxi into Katmandu (actually I'm not sure it was even a taxi). The driver was not able to find my hotel and we ended up driving around in circles trying to find it. Fair play to the driver he did actually get out and walk around and made several phone calls to locate it.

    The hotel, Katmandu Guest House, was adequate but best described as budget. The bedroom and bedding were clean but the bathroom and toilet left a lot to be desired. There was no food available at the hotel for the first few days as the chef had returned to his village for the elections. All the staff were friendly and helpful. I didn't sleep well due to dogs barking outside all through the night.

    The next day I was picked up at the hotel by Jays nephew who was to be my guide for the day. Communication was difficult and his knowledge of the places I was taken to was poor. Regardless I still had an enjoyable half day visiting the Great Boudha Stupa, Monkey Temple, Durbar Square and Bhaktapur.

    Prior to arriving in Katmandu I had booked my onward flights to Lukla where my trek to EBC was to commence. Unfortunately these did not fit in with the itinerary that Jay had planned. We discussed this and Jay cancelled and rebooked the flights.

    I was collected on the day of my trek by Jay and his driver and taken to the airport as planned. As things turned out there were no flights to Lukla on the rescheduled date due to poor weather. As a result I lost 2 days of acclimatisation, which unfortunately caused me problems later in the trek. Jay dealt with rebooking my flight for the next day. I organised my own hotel for the night and a taxi to the airport the next day, where I caught my flight as planned.

    At Lukla I was met by Tek who was my porter guide for the trek to EBC. Communication with Tek was much better. To be honest we didn't talk very much and I spent a lot of time walking alone but always knowing the Tek wasn't too far infront or more often behind. Tea house accommodation and food along the way fine and within my budget. I should say that I set Jay a fairly tight budget to work with as I had never planned to employ a porter guide.

    It was a shame that due to the elections I was not able to have Jay himself as my guide. I enjoyed the limited time that I spent with him and found him very helpful, friendly and most knowledgeable. Having spoken to my friend who referred me to Jay and read the other reviews I have to say I think it would of been a much more enjoyable experience with Jay as my guide. The itinerary that Jay planned was excellent and took a route via Gokyo Lakes and over the Chola Ridge, which I very much enjoyed despite the headaches from the lack of proper acclimatization. I would have really struggled without Jays help in rearranging flights due to the poor weather and a plane crash at Lukla a couple of days before I was due to fly back.

  • M
    Mike CheresoUnited States,July 18, 2017

    Best trip of my life!

    I've been traveling solo for nearly 2 years and this was my favorite experience to date! Khum and NK made everything care free and even tailored the trip on the fly to suit my needs. Yearly trip!



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