A truly classic Col crossing from the relative peace of the Gokyo region to the epic grandeur of the main Khumbu valley.

Statistics

2 - 3

hrs

784

m

642

m

19

max┬░

Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Difficult

Description

Get an early start for the crossing of the Cho La, partly because there is a lot of distance to cover and also because the light is generally better in the mornings and there is less chance of afternoon clouds obscuring the view from the col. From the farming village of Dragnag begin by gradually ascending north-east to reach a boulder field.

Cross this (which is awkward in places but never difficult) and at the far side begin the fairly steep climb up to the Cho La itself.

The trail up to the pass is rocky and involves some occasional easy scrambling but nothing that might require the use of a rope.

At times the final climb to the col can be snow covered. Once on the col the view across to Ama Dablam are truly spectacular and you will understand why the mountain is said to be the most beautiful peak in the World.

Descend from the col on a small, snow covered glacier which you will not need to rope up for but which can be slippery in icy conditions.

Trekking poles or even some lightweight crampons might be a good idea. Once off the glacier the path becomes much more distinct and is well marked by cairns.

The views to your right open up as you descend, with the north faces of Cholatse and Tawoche looking particularly impressive.

The walk down is not long and soon after reaching flatter terrain you will arrive in the peaceful little village of Dzonghla which sits directly under the fluted north face of Cholatse.