Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu [1,330 m] Adventure Treks Nepal’s representative will be we waiting outside the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival you will be transferred to the hotel and a short briefing session will be conducted after you have settled in.
Day 02: Cultural Tour in Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B): Today you will be exploring different cultural heritage sites of Nepal. After breakfast in the hotel we first drive to Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as Monkey Temple situated at the top of the hill in Kathmandu. The stupa is believed to be 2000 years old and is a excellent view point to observe the Kathmandu Valley. From Swayambhunath, we head to the ancient palace of past Kings, Kathmandu Durbar Square where we visit the museum, temple of the living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, a 17th century temple well known for its colouful paintings and erotic cravings and the three storey Kasthamandap temple which is said to be built from woods of a single tree. We will head to one of the most worshipped Hindu Temple, Pashupatinath located at side of Bagmati River. We then head to the peaceful Bouddha Stupa area which is another important place for Buddhist pilgrims. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla [2,883 m] ,Trek to Phakding [2,640 m] - (B/L/D): You will be transferred to the Domestic airport in Kathmandu for an thrilling 45 min mountain flight to Lukla. We will meet our supporting crew members in Lukla from where we start trekking along the Dudh Khoshi river, furious river that originates from the glacier of some of the highest mountain. We reach Phakding while we pass beautiful wheat fields and traditional villages. Average trekking time is 3 hours.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar [3,440m] - (B/L/D): On this day, we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park while we walk through the pine forests, Rhododendron, Magnolia and cultivated terraces. While Trekking upto Namchhe Bazzar you will often see group of yaks transporting goods from one place to another in Everest region. The mountains view is satisfying as some peaks will be visible from Namchhe Bazzar. Average trekking time is 5-6 hours.
Day 05: Acclimatization day, day hike to Shyangboche [3,833m] - (B/L/D): This is a rest day in Namchhe Bazzar for acclimatization. As you go high in the mountains the air becomes thinner so in order to make your body familiar with the thinning air and low air pressure we rest in Namchhe, that offers you plenty of things to do while you acclimatize. We will have a short day hike up to the Everest View Hotel in Shyangboche for stunning views of Ama Dablam and Mount Everest. . Average trekking time is 2-3 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Phortse Tenga [3, 600 m] - (B/L/D): Adjusting with the changed climate condition we climb up the small ridge above the Namche Bazzar to continue our Cho-la Pass Trek. We eventually will be walking on the main trekking trail which leads you to Tyangboche, but we walk artound Khumbilia (5,716m), a holy mountain for the local people which after a gradual ascend through beautiful birch forest and yak pastures to a stupa (3,992m) takes you to the peak of the rocky village of Mon La stupa. The view from here is absolutely gorgeous, Mount Everest appears above the Lhotse (8,511m) and Nuptse (7,896m) and Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola river conflux below us. From the stupa we descend on a series of switchback tails to Phortse Tenga. Average trekking time is 4-5 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Dole [4040m]- (B/L/D): We wake up in the southern end of the wonderful Gokyo Valley. We climb to join the trail which offers the magnificient view of gigantic Cho- Oyu (8,153m) and appear above the tree line from where we walk through few temporary yak-hearding settlements i.e. Tongba (4,015m) and Gyele (4,050m) before we arrive at Dole. On our way we walk pass some striking waterfalls and observe the glacier flowing opposite of the valley from Tawetse (6,542m) and Cholatse (6,440m). Average trekking time is 5-6 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Macchermo [4,440m] - (B/L/D): After your breatkfast we steadily climb up to the Dudh Koshi Valley, high above the river. The path uphill is easy but due to the rising altitude you will feel affects of altitude. The trail now reaches above the tree line and the landscape changes into the small bunch of juniper that brings great contrast to the snowy white peaks. After your lunch you have options to hike across the rocky moraines up to the base of Kyojo Ri and Machhermo Peak. The route in this region may have Yeti so you need to be extremely aware while hiking to the area because in 1974, three Yaks were killed and a Sherpa girl was seriously injured while she was trying to fight off a hairy ape like creature. Average trekking time is 5-6 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo [4,754m] - (B/L/D): In the beginning of the day we will walk up to the Gokyo village to put us in alpine country and we head up the Mgozumpa Glacier which is also the largest Glacier of Nepal and onto the marine and rock that extends down from it. The path levels once we ascend the snout of the glacier and parallels the Ngozumpa Glacier. A massive lateral marine separates us from the glacier. We trek through Longpongo Lake, Taochelake (where Tibetan Ducks are often seen swimming in the freezing water), before we reach to the third lake called Dudh Pokharai at incredible Gokyo village. Average trekking time is 5-6 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Ascent of Gokyo-Ri [5,483m] and back to Gokyo [4,754m]- (B/L/D): The trekking starts early in the morning as we march our way upto the Gokyo Ri which normally takes 2-3 hours depending on your level of fitness and acclimatization. From the rocky summit you will see extraordinary panoramic view of Everest (8,848m) , Cho-Oyu (8,153m) , Lhotse (8,501m), Makalu (8,481m) and several other towering white peaks while below us the Ngozumpa Glacier stretches through the valley. The color of lakes makes the completion of the whole incredible Gokyo Valley. Average trekking time is 5-6 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Thangna [4,700 m] - (B/L/D): We will start our trek in the morning after your breakfast at Gokyo. The trail is a smooth ascend along the glacier for about 45 min which then changes into a descend across the valley to reach Thangana (4,700m) which is also the base camp of Cho La Pass. While trekking you will withness great mountain views and natural beauty. In Thangna we have basic and limited teahouse facilities. Average trekking time is 5-6 hours.
Day 12: Trek to Dzongla [4,843 m] via Chola Pass [5,335 m] - (B/L/D): This day is probably the day you all will be waiting for. Today we will be crossing the Chola Pass (5,335m). We will begin our trek early in the morning to take benefits of stable morning because in day time it is extremely windy in the pass and hence you might find it difficult to cross the pass. After we trek up to Cho La Pass we will then walk downhill into the valley called Dzongla. The feelings of crossing the mighty Cho La Pass cannot be described in words and the views are just stunning. Average trekking time is 5-6 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Lobuche [4,930 m] - (B/L/D): The early morning sun brings amazing panoramic views of the Himalayas after a wintry night. We then walk in the direction to meet the busy trail to Everest Base Camp. We will be trekking high in the flanks of Awi Peak, above the village of Chola and head towards Cholatse Lake from where you will see the Chola glacier flowing from the saddle between the cliffs of Cholatse and Tawache peaks with the uneven display of natural beauty. We continue walking on the barren landscape above the tree line from where we will observe different peaks such as Cholatse, Lobuche and Pumari . Many Rock cairns can be seen at the Dugla Ridge dedicated the mountaineers who departed while attempting for higher peaks. From Dugla we walk up to the marine of Khumbu Glacier which is the longest glacier of Nepal and trek to Lobuche for overnight stay. The temperature in Lobuche falls as we will be close to the glacier marine. Average trekking time is 5-6 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Gorak Shep [5,140 m] Visit Everest base camp [5,350 m] in the afternoon (B/L/D): After your breakfast we will walk on the rocky trail of Khumbu Glacier towards the settlement in Gorakshep. We will reach Gorakshep for our Lunch and continue our hike towards the Everest Base Camp (5,340m) from where we will again descend back to Gorakshep for overnight stay. This wonderful village is surround by beautiful mountains including Pumori (7,145m), Lingtren (6,697m), Nuptse (7,745m) and of course Everest (8,848m). Average trekking time is 7-8 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Kalapattar [5,545 m] and back to Pheriche. [4,243 m] (B/L/D): On this day we will hike up to the famous Kala Patthar for stunning 360 degree panoramic views of Mt Everest and surrounding mountains like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Thamserku along with many other peaks. From Kalapatthar, it’s an easy walk to Lobuche from where we descend to Pheriche crossing a bridge over the exuberant stream that flows out of the glacier. Overnight stay in Lodge. Average trekking time is 7-8 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar [3,440 m] (B/L/D): After your breakfast we will begin our trek to the Namchhe Bazzar. We will trek to Tyangboche through juniper and Rhododendron trees to see the famous monastery which offers you magnificent view of Mt. Amadablam and lush green hills and river views. After visting the monastery we will cross the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River and head towards Kyanjuma, the junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village, and Namche Bazaar. While walking through the Rhododendron forests wildlife can be witnessed as the trekkers offently see Pheasants, Himalayan Griffons, Musk deer and wild goat. Average trekking time is 7-8 hours.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla [2,810 m]. (B/L/D): From Namchhe Bazzar we unwaveringly ascend down the Dudh Koshi River and cross the suspension bridge after which the trail becomes flat. We walk through dense Rhododendron forests and the beautiful village in Phakding to reach Lukla for overnight stay. If time permits you can visit around the shops in Lukla. Average trekking time is 7-8 hours.
Day 18: Fly Back to Kathmandu [1,338m] (B): Finally we say goodbye to the crew members in Lukla (Porters) and we take a flight back to Kathmandu. Once you land in Kathmandu you will be transferred to the hotel and the remaining day is at leisure. This day also acts as a buffer day in case of any flight cancelled before or after for weather reasons.
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu [1,338m] (B): This is a free day for you. There are many places to visit around Kathmandu Valley like Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and we are always ready to offer you suggestions if you want to visit. You can also walk down the Thamel streets which have plenty of souvenirs shops.
Day 20: Kathmandu - Departure (B): You will have breakfast in your hotel and Adventure Treks Nepal representatives will drop you to the airport according to your flight time. The adventurous Chola Pass Trek finally ends as you fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time.