Cho-La Pass trekking is one of Nepal’s most challenging trekking routes for its strenuousness and altitude. Yet, the trekking route offers one of best of adventure in the Everest region. You will be crossing one of Nepal’s highest valleys, highest passes and highest Glaciers to see the highest mountain. Hence the trekking is highest of importances. Mountain views of Thamserku, Everst, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Lhotse are just stunning in front of you while exploring the local culture and lifetstyle of people at high altitude has its own importance at place. Below goes the itinerary for Everest Cho-La pass trekking.
Everest Cho-La pass trekking itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, visit around at your own. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: A trek preparation day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing in Kathmandu. The sightseeing in Kathmandu on this day includes sightseeing in pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square tec. Overnigth at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. The Flight to Lukla is wonderful, passing above the mountains; the landing is an exciting moment in almost inclined airport where one end is 60 mtrs higher than the other. Start hiking along the Dudh Koshi to stay overnight in Phakding (2600 mtrs.). You will encounter the first procession of Yaks carrying the goods and creating temporary roadblocks while you are on your way. Yaks, Sheeps, Mule and horses are major transport mean in the region.
Day 04: Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. Continue walking along the Dudh Koshi to reach the Namche Bazaar. This famous trade center of the region is facilitated much than the other villages of the region. The Saturday market in Namche bazaar remains one of the important venues for the villagers to gather for need of home appliances, goods, clothes. Overnight in Namche bazaar (3440 mtrs.).
Day 05: Free day in Namche bazaar. Acclimatization in Namche bazaar, you may also wish to visit the places around. Overnight in Namche.
Day 06: Trekking from Namche to Phortse Tenga. The Twin peaks of Thamserku Mountain rise as you start the trail. The region is said to have the tale of Yeti, one of endangered Animals of the world. There still are remnants of the Yeti in Khumjung. Trekking along the banks of Dudh Koshi River with its soaring sound enters the forest of Rhodondren which ends at Phortse Tenga. Overnight in Phortse Tenga (3700 mtrs.).
Day 07: Trekking from Phortse Tenga to Lhabarma. This day, the Cho Oyu becomes visible at its beuties; the short day to Lhabarma is designed to allow sufficient acclimatization. Overnight in Lhabarma (4330 mtrs.).
Day 08: Trekking from Lhabarma to Machherma. Machherma has its history of a woman baing attacked by a Yeti who killed three yaks at the same incident in 1974. The trekking trail passes through the summer Yak pastures allowing you to explore the beauties of the region. Overnight in Machhermo Village (4470 mtrs.).
Day 09: Trekking from Machherma to Gokyo Village. Gokyo Village lies at very high altitude. This is one of the highest villages of the region. On this day’s trek, you will be able to see the largest glacier of Nepal, the Ngojumba Glacier. Spectacularly, the gokyo Peak shows its beauties while you are passing the trail on this day. Overnight in Gokyo Village (4800 mtrs.).
Day 10: Climb to Gokyo Peak on this day. This is a longer day, climbing the Gokyo peak will allow you to explore the surrounding beauties. From here you can see most of the highest mountains including the Everest; Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Tawache are one of highest mountains of the earth. Just below you can see the Jgojumba glacier, you will have the best romance of your trek on this day from the top of Gokyo peak. Climb down to Gokyo Village for overnight stay.
Day 11: Trekking from Gokyo to Dughla. Cross the Cho-La pass on this day. Crossing Cho-La pass is not that difficult yet precautions to avoid unnecessary damages / hazards are highly recommended. The Cho-La pass (5420 mtrs.), one of highest passes is steep and often covered with snow in winters making the way slippery. The top of the pass offers magnificent views of the mountains allowing you to forget the pains of your tough climb of the pass. Trek down to Dughla to stay overnight (4620 mtrs.).
Day 12: Trekking from Dughla to Lobuche. Alpine fields combined with a summer graze pasture of the Yaks lead to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier on this day.You can see the memorial remnants of the climbers here in Lobuche who died of the Avalanches many years ago. Lobuche offers the views of Nuptse, mainly at its sunset is breathtaking. Overnight in Lobuche after around 5 hours trekking (4900 mtrs.).
Day 13: Trekking from Lobuche to Gorakshep. This is most wonderful day. You are trekking at much altitude. Gorakshep has some tea shops, an almost all time frozen lake nearby, and the Kalapattar peak are just nearby. Overnight in Gorakshep preparing next day’s tough trek (5150 mtrs.).
Day 14: Trekking from Gorakshep to Kalapatta, climb the Kalapattar. The day is tough, long yet spectacular day. You will start as early as possible to climb to Kalapattar to avoid the large wind on the top of peak. From Kalapattar, the Everest is seen from the nearest distance. Sunrise view from Kalapattar peak will be one of the wonders of your life. Trek back to Gorakshep to continue your trek back to Lobuche Village (4900 mtrs.).
Day 15: Trek back from Lobuche to Pangboche. Pangboche is one of highest permanent settlements of the world and conserved one of the oldest Gompas of the region. Overnight in Pangboche (3950 mtrs.).
Day 16: Retrace the way back to Namche bazaar.
Day 17: Retrace the way back to Lukla.
Day 18: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping, resting.
Day 20: Free time in Kathmandu, departure in the afternoon.