KONGMA LA & CHO LA PASS TREK

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destination Everest
duration 18 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Everest
max altitude 5,550m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 Hrs
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season Spring-Summer-Autumn

KONGMA LA & CHO LA PASS TREK

Everest base camp, kong mala, and Chola Pass pass trek is one of the high pass treks so there are important things to know about the best season of high pass trekking of Nepal.

Kongma La and Cho La Pass trek is the less crowded and less visited trekking trail but offers the ultimate trekking experience in the Everest region. It lies above the Khumbu glacier opposite of Lobuche in the Everest trek region and one of several small summits, including Pokalde, that make up the long southwest ridge of Nuptse, between the Khumbu and Nuptse Glaciers. The view from Pokalde is stunning, especially the proximity of the huge south face of Nuptse.

Kongma La is one of the challenging trekking in Nepal. Trekkers need to cross two high passes located at the six distinct valleys of Bhotekoshi River, Namche Bazaar, Gokyo Lake, Ngozumba Glacier, Khumbu, and Imja Tse. Crossing the rugged high passes of Kongma La (5,545m), and Cho La (5,420m) with climbing of Chukung Ri (5,546m), Kalapathar (5,550m) and Gokyo Ri(5,357m) along with Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley makes this trek incomparable and unforgettable for trekkers.

Highlights of Kongma-La and Cho-La Pass Trek.

  • See the stunning Himalayas views of the Everest region from the world's highest passes.
  • Kongma-La and Cho-La Pass Trek are world-famous Himalayan high passes.
  • This trek is synonymous with a circuit trek connecting all the major trekking routes in Khumbu valley.
  • Three major valleys of Everest. Gokyo valley, Chhukung valley, and Everest Base Camp valley.
  • Communicate with typical people, their cultures and customs.

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 renovation and high air traffic for Kathmandu's airport which is also the only international airport in Nepal. This change in the airport will continue in 2020 as well. Though right now there have been direct flights, we expect from March the airport will be shifted.

ITINERARY

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Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff with a warm welcome and transfer to respective hotels with a briefing concerning Everest high three passes trek, hotels, lodge on the route with doing and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner. preparation for the Everest high three passes trekking. Included meals: Breakfast.
Early morning you will be picked up at the hotel by our guide and escort you to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport. Then your flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. During the 35 minutes, you enjoy stunning views of Himalayas. After landing at Tenzing-Hilary airport you meet your porter. He will carry your luggage. Then you start your trekking. Today you trek of three to four hours. It’s easy and gentle. The trail starts passing a Kani (ceremonial gatehouse). It steeply descends then runs level higher up Kyangma village, which has a large gompa (monastery) and school. After that, you enter Cheplung village. The trail descends through community forest with the sight of Dudh Koshi stream. Crossing suspension bridge it’s a short climb around the ridge to Ghat. Leaving Ghat the trail passes a school and complex of mani walls, certain and prayer wheels. Then the trail climbs to the hamlet of Chautala. From Chhuthawa after a very short walk, you reach to (2640m) Phakding. Overnight at a mountain lodge. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
After a nice morning, walk continues crossing bridges over(milky river) Dudh Kosi River crossing several interesting villages of Tok-Tok, Bankar and Monjo arriving at Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate, from here on the river bed for few hours and after the last bridge a steep uphill to Namche Bazaar, at Namche with facilities of good teahouse, pubs, cyber café, post office, and banks. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
This is the first of the two days put aside for "acclimatization". Health specialists recommend the USA to stay active and moving throughout the rest day too instead of being idle. we tend to either pay the day taking a day's hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or reposeful and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is that the main center of the Mt. Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, web cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery, and a colorful market every Friday evening and weekday. If we tend to trek some hundred vertical feet throughout the day, it'll facilitate the USA to properly acclimatize. Our guides take the USA to the traveler Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha park wherever we can observe an assortment of things associated with the primary Mt. Everest ascenders, Asian culture and study the assorted plant and animal life of the Mt. Everest region. included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
The trek continues along the flowing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We’ll have a trek to an altitude of 3,860 m upon reaching Tengboche. Inside the monastery are unbelievably ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The cluster will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning depending on how the trekking goes this day. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
This stage is brief, but as mentioned many will be doing it in the afternoon. The last hill into Dingboche is where the altitude usually bites. Beware of too much activity on this first night, those merely strolling up from Pangboche should be fine. Leaving upper the routes heads to the village of Somare (4010m) and then Orsho; both have lodges. Later the trail divides the left path goes up to Pheriche. The trail heads around to a bridge, before a steep climb to the village of Dingboche (4410m), which has quite a few very good lodges. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
It's advisable to have another acclimatization day off before going higher. The best choice is to hike up the valley to Chukkung (4730m) and on towards Island Peak (Imja Tes). Above Dingboche is Nagkartshang Gompa (allow 2-3hrsfor an energetic but short trip). or head to Pheriche for the HRA afternoon lecture on altitude sickness. The trail for Chhukung leaves Dingboche for the cluster of Bibr (4570m) is surrounded by fabulous Peaks: Taboche, the wall of Nuptse and Lhotse and the tremendous fluted cirque liking the Amphu Laptsa pass and Ama Dablam. Chukkung has several lodges and is a popular spot for those climbing island peaks. Well acclimatized trekkers can head up a grassy slope towards the peak of Chukkung Ri (5550m) to view Makalu. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
From Dingboche a short walk to Chhukung last settlement of Khumbu area around Imjatse Valley with grand scenery of snowcapped mountains with Mt. Makalu towards east. At Chhukung afternoon free or hike to Chhukung Ri for more super views of the mountains and preparation for next early morning adventure towards Kongma-la pass. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
After the wonderful stop in Chhukung, a Big Day! Start early before dawn with a climb on the icy path, walking on rocky trail beneath Kongma-la and its peak Kongma or Mehra, after a good rest, cross over Kongma-la pass at 5,535 m / 18,159 ft hidden between great Nuptse wall, Mihara and Pokalde peaks. After a tough climb towards Khumbu glacier and moraine one has to be careful here on the misleading after descending the walk leads on the path to a short steep climb up to the terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier to reach at Lobuche for an overnight stop in the comfort of a cozy lodge after great full day walk. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
The trek to Gorakshep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid signpost. Ahead on the trail we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to ThangmaRiju from where we perceive 360-degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorakshep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Early hike to Kalapatthar hilltop, a black rocky ridge at 5,545 meters high, offering the panorama of surrounding giant peaks with Mt. Everest at close distance, then head back to Gorakshep, continue trek downhill to reach the base of Cho-la pass at Dzongla for an overnight stop. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Early in the morning as we start our trek to Thangnak, the fantastic view of Cholatse mountain greets us. The trek starts as we steep up to the westward from Dzonglha. Today is the day we conquest Cho-La pass and the trip will be toughest than before. As we reach on the top of the basin we prepare to cross the Cho-La. The of Cho-a lake and the Mt. Amadablam could be seen during the trail which reduces our tiredness. Now climbing is not so easy and we also to be alert as rocks can be glazed by ice. The final climb is little technical as the trail curves around. After reaching on the tip the path leads us downhill to Thangnak which can be easily done. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Today early morning after having breakfast we step p to the Gokyo. The way collects the unbeatable mountain views. From Longponga 4720 meter we continue ascending trail to Gokyo with the view of Tanjung Tsho Lake situated at the height of 4710 m. After a short walk on the edge of Ngozumpa glacier (longest glacier of Nepal,) we reach to its other side enjoy the view of Gokyo Lake. Other two lake can be seen from Gokyo. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
The next day we further trek to Gokyo Ri or the Gokyo Peak. Gokyo Ri is a mountain peak in the Khumbu region of Everest. Its altitude is 5357 meters. Gokyo Ri is mostly popular for the panoramic views of several mountain summits in the Khumbhu region including the Mount Everest. After observing the fascinating view from the Gokyo Ri, we descend back to Machhermo. Overnight stay a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.
Journey back to Namche from Machhermo can be long but the trail is quite easy and comfortable as it traverses through several Sherpa settlement areas and villages. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazar. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.
Last day of our trekking as we return to Lukla where the trek began. We enjoy this time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. The afternoon is free, so you can relax and enjoy a hot shower! In the evening, have a few celebratory drinks and dance with your trek mates. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
From Lukla taking an early morning flight back to Kathmandu with views of mountains, at Kathmandu domestic airport our staff transfers you back to respective hotels with rest of the day free at leisure. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Today, last day in amazing Nepal with great experience and fond memories of Everest High Two Pass trekking, as per your time for international flight, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking staff transfer you to the airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

SERVICES

What is Included:

  • Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off by private car / van / bus.
  •  Accommodation in Kathmandu as mentioned in the itinerary. 
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Local licensed English and other language speaking guides. (We have guides for different language including Russian, etc.)
  •  Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.
  •  Local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Down jackets-sleeping bags and comprehensive medical kits.
  •  Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  •  Inclusive of government tax. 
  • Official expenses.
  •  Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) 
  •  Sagarmatha National Park permits fee.

What is Excluded:

  • All meals (lunch and dinner) in City or the Capital.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory)
  • International airfares and airport departure tax.
  •  Visa fees.
  • Alcoholic, cold and hot drinks, chocolate and laundry.
  • Wifi and battery charge.
  •  Personal trekking types of equipment.
  • Certain sightseeing/monument entrance fees.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the above section.
  • Tips for trekking staff and drivers. (Note: Tipping is expected)

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the bag pack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:

General

  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)ve 3,000m)

Daypack

  • Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hand

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Center Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body 

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trouser
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Feet

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Socks liner
  • Light shoes and sneaker

First Aid Kits and Medicines

  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to  bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous, but must useable

  • 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power Bank and music players 
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

In Kathmandu, you will be accommodated in a 3-star category hotel. During the trek, teahouses are readily available; most of the teahouses are fairly basic with twin beds and very little additional furniture. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis. On request, private rooms can be provided, except in higher elevation where it will be just dormitories.

Meals and drinks during the trek

Breakfast will be served in Kathmandu and full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) are provided during the trek. Though the staple food of this region is potato, you will experience the vast array of Continental, Indians, local cuisines and authentic Nepalese food (rice and lentils). We highly recommend you to buy water purifying pills as you get to have stream water; however, you have the option of buying mineral water and boiled water at an additional cost. Note that, purchasing plastic bottled water is not eco-friendly.

Physical fitness

These two passes trek are the challenging off the beaten trekking trail in Everest Region so it is recommended for physically fit and experienced hikers only. This trek consists of high altitude passes above 5000m which is not going to be easy for trekkers with no past trekking experience. If you prepare properly and do regular exercises prior to your trekking then it will be a lot easier for beginners too.

Best time to travel

October – November, and March – April are considered a suitable time to visit high pass trek. The sky is clear, the temperature is moderate which offers extraordinary mountain views during your trip.

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2 Pax USD 1,325
3 Pax USD 1,310
4 - 6 Pax USD 1,280
7 - 12 Pax USD 1,250
13 - 18 Pax USD 1,210
19 - 24 Pax USD 1,120
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