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Chola Pass and EBC Trek via Gokyo Lake

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18 days
Availability : September through June
Min Age : 16
Home » Holiday Packages » Everest Region » Chola Pass and EBC Trek via Gokyo Lake

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Embark on a journey of natural wonders and mesmerizing beauty with a trip to the Chola Pass Trek. Learn about the trek with our comprehensive guide, plan your adventure, and explore breathtaking views along the way!

The Chola Pass is at an elevation of 5330 metres. It’s an ideal trek that provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the breathtaking view of Mount Everest. It also includes several similar peaks and explores the Buddhist monasteries at the world’s highest elevation.

This unique trek takes you to the home of the legendary local community on the foothill of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest. This 18-day trek follows the highly praised trekking route through the Dudh Koshi to the water source of Gokyo Lake, west of the Everest Base Camp. 

To join this trek, you will start from Lukla and travel to Namche Bazar. After 2 nights in Namche Bazar, you will trek to the Gokyo Valley. After a few days of the trek, you will reach Gokyo Lake. Next, you will explore the valley, including the summit of Gokyo Peak (5483 metres). The summit offers a fantastic panoramic view of Cho Oyo, Everest, and Makalu from the peak. Furthermore, travelling through Khumbu Himal, Gokyo Valley, the Chola Pass, and Everest Base Camp will reward you with the most dramatic landscape views. 

You can treat the trek as one of the most adventurous in the Himalayas, as it follows the route via a high pass into Khumbu. Crossing the high Pass, you will return to Lukla following the route through Everest Base Camp, Kala Pathar, Tyangboche monastery, Khumjung village, and Namche Bazar.

What is the Chola Pass?

The Pass is a high-altitude mountain between Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp, at 533o metres. The trek traverses glaciers and rocky terrain, offering breathtaking views from the Pass. It is considered one of the most difficult treks in the Khumbu region due to its challenging ascents, steep descents and unpredictable weather conditions.

Physical Difficulty of the Chola Pass Trek 

As mentioned above, the trek is among the most challenging and physically demanding. It requires you to be in good physical shape as it involves long, steep climbs and descents that can be quite strenuous for novice hikers. Therefore, it is important to prepare well beforehand. In addition, altitude sickness can be challenging. 

Climate Considerations on Chola Pass

Being aware of the climate on the Chola Pass trek is important. The temperatures can be extremely cold while you are higher on the trail, making it crucial to bring adequate winter clothing and supplies. Temperature levels can drop to -15°C or below, and strong winds add chill factors. Before departing, check long-term and short-term forecasts for weather patterns and plan your trip accordingly.

What to Pack on Chola Pass Trek?

Good clothing, shoes and additional gear will help make your trek much more enjoyable and safe. Pack some thermal layers, gloves, a hat, a scarf, a thick winter jacket and waterproof trousers to keep you warm. Besides this, other essential items include nuts and chocolate bars that provide substantial energy and a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. It is also important to have a first-aid kit prepared for any unexpected injuries or medical emergencies.

Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal

Departure Time

Between from 6.30 AM to 09.00 AM

Price Includes

  • Pick up and transfer by private car as per the itinerary.
  • 1 night pre-trek and 3 nights post-trek accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing room, bed and breakfast only)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea/Coffee during the trek
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Guesthouses during the trek
  • 1 highly experienced, helpful and friendly English-speaking guide, 1 strong porter for 2 persons, and their food, accommodation, and daily remuneration
  • Domestic flight to and from Lukla airport
  • First Aid Medicine (we also advise you to take some first-aid medicine yourself)
  • National Park and TIMS permits

Price Excludes

  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you can also obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Trekking equipment including sleeping bag and down jacket
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks including mineral water
  • Staff tipping


  • Farewell Dinner
  • Company T-shirt
  • Trekking Duffle Bag

What to Expect

You will be accompanied by a friendly, helpful English-speaking guide and a strong porter to carry your trekking bag during the trek. The standard weight of one porter is up to 22 k.g (a shared porter for 2 members). We will provide guest houses with clean bedrooms and delicious meals on the trek. 

  • Flight to Lukla with spectacular mountain views
  • Trekking through local community villages
  • 2 nights at Namche Bazar with a side trip to Khumjung village
  • 2 nights stay just besides the Gokya Lake
  • Wonderful hiking to Gokyo Lake, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp
  • Assistant of friendly/helpful guide and strong porter during the trek


Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 metres), Nepal

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our Office Representative will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel Kathmandu Suite Home.

Overnight at the hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 2Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610 metres)

An early morning drive to Airport and a 30-minute amazing flight will bring you to Lukla Airport, also known as Tenjin Hillary Airport (2804 metres) and trek to Phakding (2610 metres; 3 hours easy walking).

Overnight at the Guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3Trek to Namche Bazar (3535 metres)

You will trek through the bank of Dudh Koshi river, crossing the suspension bridge over the river and gradually up. In 6 hours of walking, you will reach Namche Bazar, the gateway to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp.

Overnight at the Guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4Acclimatization at Namche Bazar

Hike to a higher elevation and sleep in a lower elevation!

Today you will hike up to the Syangboche Airport (3800 metres) and around the Everest View Hotel and return to Namche Bazar by late afternoon. By doing so, you will adapt to the new environment and the altitude. From this point, you will see rewarding views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, with a stunning sunrise or sunset over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks.

Overnight at the Guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5Trek to Phorste Drengka (3675 metres)

After a delicious breakfast, you will start your trek to Phortse Drengka (approximately 6 hours of walking). During the walk, you will enjoy the view of the spacious valley, a great view of the snow peak mountain of Kusum Kangaru, Ama Dablam and a glimpse of the Mount. Everest.

Overnight at the Guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6Trek to Machherma (4470 metres)

Today’s walk will be approximately 6 hours; take plenty of water.

Overnight at the Guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7Trek to Gokyo Lake (4790 metres)

Today’s walk will be just a 4 hour and a rewarding one! Enjoy the hike to Gokyo Lake. Enjoy 2 nights stay just near the lake!

Overnight at the Guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 8Hike to Gokyo Ri (5483 metres) and 4th Lake

Early morning you will go hiking to Gokyo Ri (5483 meters, 1-hour 30-minute hiking), return to Gokyo lake; then after lunch, hike to 4th lake (north of Gokyo Valley).

You will enjoy stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481meters), Cho-Oyu (8153 meters) and Gychung Kang (7922 meters).

After having lunch at Gokyo Lake, you will hike to 4th lake (north of Gokyo Valley), enjoy the pyramid view of Mount Everest and return to Gokyo Lake for an overnight stay.

Overnight at the Guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 9Trek to Thangna (foot of the Chola pass, 4700 metres)

Trek to Thangna (foot of the Chola pass – 5 hours walking).

Overnight at the Guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10Cross Cho-La pass (5330 meters), and trek to Labuje (4910 metres) via Dzongla (4830 metres)

Get up early morning to cross the Cho-La (5330 metres), and trek to Labuje (4910 meters) via Dzongla (4830 meters). Approximately 7 hours of walking.

Overnight at the Guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11Hiking to Ghorakshep and the Everest Base Camp

Today early in the morning, we will leave Labuche and hike to Gorakshep (5160 metres); take a hot breakfast there; then continue hiking to Everest Base Camp (5400 meters), and return to Gorakshep. Approximately 7 hours of walking.

Overnight at the Guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 12Hike to Kalapathar (5545 metres) and return journey to Pheriche (4200 metres)

Early in the morning, leaving Ghorakshep, you will hike up to Kalapathar (5545 meters) for a close-up and rewarding view of Mt. Everest (8848 metres) and then trek back to Pheriche (4200 metres) via Gorakshep and Labuje. Approximately 7 hours of walking.

Overnight at the Guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13Namche Bazar

Enjoy your hike down to Namche Bazar through the local community villages such as Pangboche, Tengboche monastery and Sanasa.

Overnight at the Guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 14Lukla (2804 metres)

Enjoy your last day walking to Lukla through the Dudhkoshi valley and the local community settlement. Approximately 7 hours walking. Overnight at the Guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 15Return to Kathmandu

Your flight may be early morning (between 7-8 am) or noon, depending on weather conditions. If there is no flight delay or cancellation, you will return to Kathmandu on this day.

Overnight at the hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Days 16 - 17Kathmandu

Leisure day in Kathmandu (it’s also an extra day in case of bad weather in Lukla). If you return to Kathmandu as per schedule (day 15), strolling around the Kathmandu valley with some heritage tours will be recommended, or you can even go to Pokhara, a beautiful city (200 k.m, 6 hours drive / 30 minutes by flight).

Overnight at the hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 18Departure

We will arrange a car transfer to the airport to board your flight back home. Remembering your wonderful days with us in Nepal, we believe you will return home.



5 Reviews
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Karl Thomas

Couple Traveller

We booked our 18 day guided Everest Base Camp Trek with Nepal on the basis of positive online reviews and we were not disapointed. From a warm welcome at the airport, great hotel accomodations at Kathmandu Suite Home, and an attentive devoted compentant guide during the trek. Our entire stay in Nepal including side trips & private tours were organised impeccably by Bhairam at Nepal Hiking. Nepal Hiking made our time in Nepal worry free and allowed to focus on enjoying such an increadible country! Wonderful service! Thank you Nepal

26 December 2023

Kerrie F

Couple Traveller

Nepal Hiking was recommended by a friend and did not dissapoint. Bhairam answered all our questions before the trip and put our mind at ease.

Our guide Mahendra and Porter Jiten were excellent and feel like part of our family now. They looked after us every step of the way during our EBC, Cho La Pass & Gokyo Trek and were absolutley fabulous!!

We can’t recommend Nepal Hiking enough and will surely use them again when we return to Nepal!

13 November 2022

Bill Passman

Solo Traveller

Namaste Tilak
I just wanted to thank you and your wonderful staff for my incredible trip to Gokyo Ri, Chola Pass, Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp. It was the best trip of my life. I especially want to thank my guide, Ram, and porter, Santos, who made the trip much easier than ever imagined. The scenery was incredible and will forever be remembered by me. Your staff in Kathmandu was always there to ensure everything was running smoothly. After talking to those on the trail which did not have guides or porters about their difficulties, I cannot imagine even attempting the trip without my wonderful help.

I also had a great time on the tour of Kathmandu, river rafting and Chitwan National Park. It was a great way to end my trip. The hotels in Kathmandu and Chitwan were especially nice. I did not expect such luxury at such a great price.

I look forward to returning to Nepal to do the Annapurna Circuit. I look forward to seeing everyone again.
Thanks again.

31 May 2017

Julie Moore

Solo Traveller

Six friends chose to trek to Gokyo Lakes, Chola Pass and Everest Base Camp. We looked at several companies, and after exchanging initial polite, informative emails, good Trip Advisor reports, and previous friends who liked their services, we chose Nepal Hiking — we haven’t regretted our decision for one moment. Bhairam answered all our enquiries promptly, we were given all the necessary information before travelling, and their service from beginning to end was faultless.

They also provided us with a complimentary Traditional Nepalese Dinner. Our guides and porters were friendly, charming and helpful, and we heard about the lengthy training they must do before becoming a guide. At all times, we felt safe. Thank you, Bhairam and everyone in the company, very much.

17 May 2017

Wolfgang Hartmann

Family Traveller

Dear Tilak,

I have been travelling a lot, but the trekking trip to Gokyo Lake, Chola Pass and Everest Base Camp was the best holiday I have ever spent. Like five years ago, there was nothing to complain about in the Annapurna region.

In a word, everything was perfect again. Thank you for our trip’s fantastic arrangement, planning and organisation. The service was great and professional.

Every day we could enjoy spectacular views, sceneries and landscapes. I will never forget these days in my life.

A special Thank You also to our guide Lok and our porter Raj. They were the best possible duo, always nice, kind and helpful. Once, I struggled one day; they even carried my small backpack. But, eventually, we became friends very soon.

This was our second time in Nepal, but not the last one. And, of course, you will also arrange and plan our third trip. There is no doubt about it! Thank you very much again for everything. I do appreciate your kindness and hospitality.

Take care and all the best. See you again soon.

Kind regards

16 November 2016
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