The Everest Base Camp (5364m), Kongma la Pass (5528m) and Cho La Pass (5420m) trek is one of the high pass treks so it is important you check the weather as conditions can change very quickly.
Three months in spring (March, April, May) and three months in autumn (September, October, November) are the best time for trekking in this region. The clear weather conditions, and clear skies, allow trekkers to make the most out of their days and visit the stunning turquoise blue the Gokyo lakes (4700 -500m) and have amazing views to Everest.
The Kongma La Pass and Cho La Pass trek is less crowded and yet offers so much in the natural beauty of numerous giant peaks in the Everest region. The Khumbu Glacier sits between Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge, 4900m at its lower end and 7600m at its source making it the world's highest glacier.
Pokalde Peak (5806m) is a mountain peak of Nepal situated 12 km southwest of Mount Everest and can be climbed from base camp by those who do not have the necessary skills to climb the more challenging peaks in the Everest region. It lies between the Khumbu and Nuptse glaciers. The view of Nuptse’s south face - from Pokalde, is breathtaking and a wonderful reward after climbing 650m to get there.
The Kongma La Pass and Cho La Pass trek take you across several valleys and through some rugged terrain: the Bhotekoshi River, Namche Bazaar, Gokyo Lake, Ngozumpa Glacier, Khumbu Glacier, and passing by Mt Imja Tse (6189m). This trek is full of challenges, crossing the windswept high passes of Kongma La Pass (5545m), and Cho La Pass (5420m), a climb to Chukung Ri (5,546m), Kalapathar (5550m) and Gokyo Ri (5357m) and to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley makes this trek an exhilarating experience among the world’s highest peaks.
Alert: There will be a slight change in the itinerary, especially the days when you take the domestic flights. In April & May and October & November of 2019, the government shifted the operation base for flights to and from Lukla (This is the actual starting point of the trek) from Kathmandu to Manthali, a town 4 to 5 hours drive away from Kathmandu. As a result, anyone who signed up for any Everest trek or climb had to go to Manthali to catch their flight. They moved the base because of renovations and high air traffic at Kathmandu's only international airport. This change in the airport will continue into 2020.as well. This should take effect from March 2020.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom - until Namche which is a thriving town seeing many more tourists and a greater range of accommodation. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Khumbu region is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu to Lukla and return.
Kongmala and Cho La Pass is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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Recently returned from one of the greatest adventures ever with the fantastic Ram Barakoti! Ram was an awesome guide, very attentive, funny and knowledgable. He enriched every step of the way. We did the Kongmala and Chola pass Trek. I cannot recommend this trek enough, it's something everyone should see! Definitely get Ram as your guide! He's such a great guy! Wonderful company to book through. Dhanyavaad! Namaste!!!!!
My Two-pass and trek was one of the best things I have ever done. Thanks to my guide Wangchu Sherpa, who always tried to do his best to make me feel comfortable. Respected my needs, my limits. Wangchu is more than a guide, he is now a very good friend. This company and Kiran, the owner, will try to help you whenever they can.
I just finished this trek in late December. Mr. Ram barakoti was great at replying to emails and did airport pick up despite my flight being delayed to the next day. Fureng was a great guide with many years of experience and always made sure I was healthy and not sick. Dorje Sherpa was a great Porter also with some experience in being a guide.
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