The Cho La Pass Trek

Sagarmatha National Park



  • Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes.
  • Kala Pathar (5550m) and Gokyo Ri (5357m) ascensions will offer the best views of the Everest Range and some of the highest mountains in the world (Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu(8463m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Nuptse (7864m), Pumori (7165m), Ama Dablam (6814m), Kangtega (6783m), Thamerseku (6618)…).
  • Cho La Pass offers the most challenging journey connecting Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lakes.
  • Visit of one of the highest Buddhist Monasteries in the world and the largest and most important Buddhist education centre in the area.
  • Sherpa Cooking class during the acclimatisation day in Namche Bazar optional.
  • A good fitness level is required.


This trek will allow you to see the three most incredible sites in Sagarmatha National Park; Everest Base Camp (with Kala Pathar peak summit), Gokyo Lakes (with Gokyo Ri peak summit), and Tengboche Buddhist Monastery.

We contemplate from many points of view some of the highest mountains in the world. You will get inspired by the Himalayan nature and the Sherpa culture.

We get immersed in the Sherpa culture and fusion with the variety of nature. Walking through Rhododendron forests, passing by magic waterfalls, hike rocky and dry terrain and crossing glaciers. On the way, we get to see numerous Sherpa Villages and a variety of Stupas, Manis and Chortens (Buddhist symbolic monuments) on the paths that are there to purify our souls and offer us good luck.

The shadows of the Yeti will follow us behind the legends of the locals.

Discover one of the highest Buddhist Monastery in the world: Tengboche. Situated on top of a hill overseeing the valley to the north (the way to Everest Base Camp), to the West (the path on the way to Gokyo) and to the south (the way to Namche Bazar with Mount Kongde in the background). The views to Everest range from this Nepal Trekking are great!

During the acclimatization days, we organize different activities you can choose from, amongst them our Special Sherpa Cooking Class conducted by our family in Namche Bazar.

Check our Trip Schedule below this page for more details.

“At its finest moments climbing allows me to step out of ordinary existence into something extraordinary, stripping me of my sense of self-importance.”
Doug Scott (1941. First ascent of the south-west face of Mount Everest on 1975)

What’s included:

  • Nepali Licenced Guide English fluent (from 4 persons an assistant guide will be added, from 10 persons 2 assistant guides will be added).
  • Porter (1 porter every 2 persons. Each porter will carry maximum 15Kg).
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System): this is the trekking permit.
  • National Park Entrance fee.
  • All domestic flights.
  • All airport pickups and drop offs.
  • High comfort Hotels before and after the trek with Breakfast included (4 nights in total).
  • A welcome dinner on the arrival day.
  • Accommodation during the trek in lodges/tea house.
  • Food during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Water*and cup of tea or coffee in every meal during the trek. (*Click here to know more)
  • Medical kit.
  • Staff insurance.
  • Taxes.
  • Optional Sherpa Cooking Class during the acclimatization day in Namche Bazar

What’s not included

  • International flights.
  • Visa. Check our page About Nepal for Visa information.
  • Insurance with mountain rescue and repatriation compulsory. In case of doubt, do not hesitate to ask us when booking your trip and we will be happy to help you find the best option for you.
  • Meals before and after the trekking adventure (except breakfasts and 1 welcome dinner included)
  • Alcohol, soft drinks and snacks
  • Necessary trek equipment and personal material. See our list of things to bring to a trek to have an idea of what you need.
  • Personal medicines
  • Hot shower during the trek (often available in lodges under cost)
  • Electronic devices battery recharge (often available in lodges under cost). It is advisable to carry a portable charger if you have electronic devices to be charged during the trek.

Best time to trek: spring and autumn (April, May until mid-June / October, November until mid-December). Check our page “When to visit Nepal and When to Trek”.

*NOTE: The airport of Lukla has a very variable weather and sometimes flights get delayed or canceled. Please, be prepared for potential delays and to remain in Lukla extra nights. It is advisable that clients allow extra days when booking their return international flight.



Airport pick up and transfer to Hotel. There will be a welcome dinner with your guide. First taste of the wonderful local food.

Exploring day in the city. You will be able to explore the city as well as make the last preparation for the trek. We will provide you with all information you need to explore the most emblematic places in Kathmandu. If you wish to have a Guided City Tour, do not hesitate to request this service when booking with us.

We will wake up very early (around 04:30am) to be at the airport first thing in the morning and take the domestic flight to Lukla (2800m), where the trek starts. Be prepared for a true adventure flying with a small aircraft with astonishing views of the Himalayas on the left of the aircraft, and the infinite hills covered by rice field terraces on the left. Once we land we start trekking. We will stop to recharge batteries and have some food in Phakding. Our last destination will be Monjo, the last village before entering the Sagarmatha National Park. On our arrival to Monjo, we will be able to explore the village and check the Monastery and the School, and have our first Sherpa dinner. This time we sleep in a high altitude mountain lodge! The adventure has just started…

During this journey we will be able to have the first views of Mount Everest just before arriving to Namche Bazar. This will be a short day trek, around 3 to 4 hours. The last 2 hours we will face a steep terrain after crossing one of the highest suspension bridge of the region to arrive to Namche Bazar. We will have time to walk around the village, taste delicious sweet caprices at the German Bakery, enjoy the paintings and the handicraft around the village or play pool at the bar!

We will spend the day doing some treks and activities to explore the area and get immersed in the culture. A variety of options are available. Some of our favourite ones; trek to Everest View Hotel, astonishing trek with the best views of the range of Everest: Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest, Annapurna… Visit Khumjung, just at the bottom of Mount Khumbila (the sacred mountain). We see the Edmund Hillary Foundation school and come back through Yak farms. On our arrival back to Namche Bazar, we can enjoy a good movie or documentary at the coffee shop, or if you prefer, we have available a Sherpa Cooking Class* special for you!(*no costs incurred for any of the activities mentioned).

After a nice flattish walk through a wide path for about an hour, we will descend to the Dudh Kosi river and cross a suspension bridge to go up again through a steep terrain for about 2 hours to arrive to the paradise called Tengboche; one of the highest Buddhist Monastery in the world. We sleep in Deboche, 20 min away from Tengboche downhill, to find more comfortable shelter. Due to the exposure of Tengboche location (on the very top of a hill), the winds can be more uncomfortable for our stay.

A wonderful trek day through the valley. We will be surrounded by the giants of the Himalayas. Everest will feel closer every time. And the splendorous views of Ama Dablam have no description; a must see.

We will rest for an acclimatization day, with also various options of activities to do. Hike up to Nangkar Tshang peak and be overwhelmed by the astonishing panorama with views of Island Peak. Or visit Chhukhung, the last village of the valley before climbers start the ascend to Island Peak. We will start feeling the altitude in every step, slow steps and drinking many litters of water is the key for the success!

A journey where we will approach the Khumbu glacier. On our way to Lobuche we will go through a piece of land used as a memorial for the ones who lost their lives climbing the Everest summit. A sacred place where one must walk with respect. An intense experience where lots of questions will arise on us… Depending on the arrival time to Lobuche, we may have an opportunity to visit the Italian Camp in the afternoon (the highest Laboratory/observatory high altitude scientific research centre, 5050m, where data is collected for the purpose of the study of environment, climate, human physiology and geology).

If the conditions are good, we will visit Everest Base Camp in the afternoon (leaving the bag packs in Gorak Sherp lodge). Very special visit in which we are able to see where the expeditions prepare themselves to ascend the summit of the highest mountain in the world above the sea level.

For the most astonishing views, we ascend Kala Pathar peak (5540m) in the morning without bag packs. And start our descent back to Lobuche.

This journey will permit us to get ready for the challenging journey of Cho La Pass.

We will trek surrounded by over 6000m high peaks. During most of the trek we won’t find any village to have lunch so we will carry the food with us so we can recharge batteries when we get to the Pass, where we will be crossing glacier terrain. Views from this point are wonderful, and we can see Everest Range and Makalu, and the Gokyo valley on the other side. We arrive to Gokyo after crossing the Ngozumba Glacier. We find a little Paradise with the lake just in front of Gokyo Village and Renjo La Pass shining at the other end of the lake. Mount Cho Oyu (8201m) shows spectacular to the north of Gokyo.

We will ascend to Gokyo Ri peak to get enchanted by the wonderful views of Everest and surroundings with the Dudh Lake (Gokyo) at the bottom. Considered one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Everest Range. Photographers from all over the world have captured the most astonishing images from this peak.

We walk to Khumjung, the capital of Sagarmatha National Park, situated above Namche Bazar, in front of Mount Khumbila, the sacred mountain for the Sherpas.

A very short trek will take us back to Namche Bazar where we will have time to recharge batteries and enjoy the day, visit the market and visit the Sherpa Museum (where we can find the monument dedicated to Tenzing Norgay, first Sherpa that summit Mount Everest May 29th 1953 together with the Norwegian Edmund Hillary). We can enjoy a film or a documentary in one of the coffee shops of Namche, or for those very energic, hike to Thamo to visit the Buddhist Monastery and have a taste of new views along the Bhote river (the path towards Thame and Renjo La Pass).

We will say good bye to Namche, not before a well deserved farewell in the German Bakery for the best coffee and the delicious sweet artisan biscuits. Lukla will be our last stop before taking the flight back to Kathmandu the next day.

The flight will leave early in the morning*(see note above the map). And after landed in Kathmandu, our transport will drop you off at the Hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is for you to rest and to enjoy the city! We will be available to do recommendations or help you in anything you need. If you wish, you can request a Guided Tour through the city if you haven’t done it on the second day of your stay in Kathmandu.

Last day to explore the city of Kathmandu or visit the surroundings (Bhaktapur, Nagarkot, Dhulikel and Namo Buddha…) and find special artisan crafts to take home as a memory of a Country that Inspired You.

We hope to see you again soon!