EBC and Cho La Pass Trek

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Trip Details

The Everest Base Camp and Cho La Pass Trek aims to explore the high mountains, Sherpa culture, Buddhist religion, geography, flora, and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park. The Everest region is the home of Sherpa people and a geographically unique region. During this trip, we will pass many Sherpa villages where we will have the opportunity to learn about their daily activities, people, and culture.

Along the way, we will see Buddhist monuments, prayer flags, stupas, chortens, monasteries, temples, prayer wheels, and memorial places. First, we will reach Everest Base Camp, and then our trail will divert to the beautiful Gokyo valley. By merging the natural beauty of the Himalayas and the cultural ethos of the local Sherpa community, this trek creates unforgettable memories for a lifetime.

The EBC and Cho La pass trek starts with a thrilling and adventurous short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. During the trek, we will explore the UNESCO world heritage site, Sagarmatha National Park, and pass through several villages, suspension bridges, rivers, and forests before reaching Kalapathar at 5,550 m / 18,210 ft. Kalapathar is the best viewpoint for Mount Everest and panoramic mountain views. We will also have an acclimatization day in Namche and Dingboche to ensure a successful trip.

Cho La Pass Trek
Cho La Pass Trek


Price Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • 2/3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee)
  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek in twin share
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu with airport drop off and pick up
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide
  • Porter service (one porter for every two guests)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for Ace Hiking staff
  • Sleeping bag, Down Jacket and hiking pole by Ace Hiking (which need to return after the trek)
  • All Trekking Permits
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All government and local tax

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bottled drinks, Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
  • Additional food and drinks on trek in addition to three standard meals
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Private transportation except what is mentioned in the Include section
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu than the scheduled itinerary
  • Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section
  • Tips and gratitude for guide and trekking staff

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m / 4,593 ft), transfer to hotel

Welcome to Nepal Himalaya, we meet in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to your hotel. Ace Hiking offers welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurant. Overnight at hotel, dinner included.

Day 2Fly to Lukla (2,840 m / 9,318 ft) trek to Phakding (2,610 m / 8,563 ft) Distance: 8 km / 5 miles, Duration: 3 - 4 hours

We will be transferred to the airport to fly to Lukla. We may enjoy the views from the airplane windows; the Lukla flight is quite fascinating. We will start easy hiking to Phakding. We can see beautiful mountain Kusum Kangaru from Thadokoshi village. We will see beautiful valley, Sherpa village, monastery, Chorten, prayer flags, Mani and a few mountains. Phakding lies in the Dudh Kosi river valley. Overnight at a guesthouse, breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 3Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,286 ft) Distance: 11 km / 7 miles, Duration: 5 - 6 hours

This day, we will trek from Phakding through Monju, ending up in the big and beautiful town Namche Bazaar. The trekking trail follows along the Dudhkoshi River and enters into Sagarmatha National Park. After crossing the bridge over Dudhkoshi River at the junction of Dudhkoshi River and Bhotekoshi River, the trail leads all the way up to Namche. There are many big lodges, hotels and restaurant, bakery cafe, book shop, trekking shop, souvenir shop, internet, communication, post office, laundry service, massage center, airline sales agent, Monastery, Museum, National Park Headquarter, Police office, Army post, Commercial Bank, Helipad etc. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4Acclimatization day, Hike to Syangboche and back to Namche Bazaar, Duration: 4-5 hours

Acclimatization is important before proceeding to higher places. Most trekkers spend two nights in Namche. We may not feel bored, can visit Hotel Everest View located in Syangboche, for panoramic Mountain View including Mt. Everest. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860 m / 12,664 ft) Distance: 10 km / 6 miles, Duration: 5 - 6 hours

The day begins with an easy flat walk. The way is full of beauty filled with panoramic mountains, hills, villages, forest, rivers and religious artifacts. Tengboche is located at 3,860 meters / 12660 feet above sea level. After reaching Tengboche, we may visit a very popular big monastery. Every morning and evening many Monks chant and pray in the monastery so we can join and observe activities. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6Tengboche to Dingboche (4,380 m / 14,370 ft) Distance: 9 km / 5.5 miles, Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Today we will walk down through rhododendron forest to Diboche village. After crossing the Dudhkoshi river by suspension bridge, the trail gradual rises up to the Pangboche village, Somare village and finally to the big Dingboche village. We can see many mountains including Mt. Everest and charming views with the identical shape of Mt. Amadablam. Today we cross tree line but local people grow potato, buckwheat, barley and some vegetable in Dingboche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 7Acclimatization day

This is another day for acclimatization. We will walk up hill along the ridge and can view Mt. Makalu, many other mountains, Chhukung village, Imja valley and beautiful landscape. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910 m / 16,109 ft) Distance: 7 km / 4.5 miles, Duration: 5-6 hours

We will walk mostly flat way up to Thugla. From Thugla, the trail is steep up for an hour and another one hour flat way to Lobuche. Lobuche village lies on the lap of Lobuche peak with wonderful views of mountains. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m / 17,923 ft) then back to Gorakshep (5,170 m / 16,962 ft) Distance: 16 km / 10 miles, Duration: 7-8 hours

Today will take longer time to reach our destination because of hiking in high altitude. The initial easy trail from Lobuche leads us to Gorakshep. After reaching Gorakshep, we will have a short rest, have some food, then we will proceed further for our ultimate destination of Everest base Camp. The trail to Everest Base Camp runs through rocky dunes, moraines and glacial debris. Today we will see Khumbu glacier, Khumbu icefall with many taller mountains. We have to return back to Gorakshep. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10Trek to Kalapattar (5,550 m / 18,209 ft) then trek to Dzongla (4,830 m / 15,847 ft) Distance: 16 km / 10 miles, Duration: 7 - 8 hours

We hike before down to Kalapathar for glorious magnificent view with sunrise over Mt. Everest. Kalapathar is the best and closer view point to capture amazing pictures of Everest and Khumbu (Mahalangur) Himalaya range. We will be back at Gorakshep for breakfast and head down to Dzongla. We will feel easier and comfortable for walking down. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11Dzongla to Cho-la pass (5,420 m / 17,782 ft) and Dragnag (4,700 m / 15,420 ft) Distance: 10 km / 5.8 miles, Duration: 7 - 8 hours

Today is supposed to be the hardest day of this trip. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier part on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice may cause trouble by making the trail slippery. The North West trail from Dzongla climbs through a rocky, some crevasses and icy trail. We reach on the top of Cho La passing a frozen lake. After the top, the way is vertical descends to the Dragnag. Descending also may not be easy because of icy trail and rocky. Dragnag village lies on the bottom of big cliff. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12Dragnag to Gokyo (4,790 m/ 15,715 ft) Distance: 4 km / 2.5 miles, Duration: 3 - 4 hours

We trek through the Ngozumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Ngozumpa Glacier is the biggest glacier of Nepal. After crossing the glacier we reach Gokyo. It will be a short hike today. We can walk to the forth lake after lunch. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13Gokyo to Gokyo-Ri (5,360 m / 17,585 ft) and trek down to Phortse Tenga (3,680 m / 12,073 ft) Distance: 17 km / 10.5 miles, Duration: 7 - 8 hours

Early n the morning we hike to Gokyo Ri for mountain and Gokyo valley view. We return back to Gokyo and after breakfast, descend to Phortse Tenga. The last part trail is rhododendron and pine forest. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 14Phortse Tenga to Monju (2,840 m / 9,318 ft) Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles, Duration: 6 - 7 hours

We climb 1:30 hour to Mom La hill and easy walk to Namche Bazaar. After Namche Bazaar we continue hike down to Monju. Today we exit from the Sagarmatha National Park. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 15Monju to Lukla (2,840 m / 9,318 ft above sea level) Distance: 12 km/ 7.5 miles, Duration: 5 - 6 hours

We will trek to Lukla, passing through several local villages. We follow the Dudh Koshi River valley. Today is last night in the mountain. We may have last gathering with all trekking crew. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 16Morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, Day time free

We will fly back to Kathmandu, and will be transferred to your hotel. You are free for rest after conquering the Himalayas. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Day 17Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour will start after breakfast. We will visit four UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu. Heritage site tour includes the Pashupatinath temple, Boudha Stupa, Swoyambhu stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You will get opportunity to observe historical, religious and cultural aspect of Nepal. You will also see Nepalese architecture containing palaces, buildings, temples, Stupas, carving, mason and metal work. After the tour we will back to hotel. Ace Hiking offers farewell dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurant. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast and dinner included.

Day 18Departure to international airport

Today you grab last minute shopping or other activities. We will drop you at the Kathmandu international airport 3 hours before your schedule flight. We will say you bye-bye with happy memories and hoping to see you again. Breakfast included.

Cho La pass Trek map