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Milek
30th April 2006, 10:33 PM
Hi
I am planning the trek to EBC with Gokyo side via Cho La next year. My qeustion is: is it better to cross Cho La from Gokyo first or start from Khumbu side. What would you recommend (mostly from acclimatization reason)? Most of the treckers is going for Khumbu side but I am still not sure about this.
Milosz, Poland

Sharon
1st May 2006, 12:45 AM
Personally I liked crossing fro the Gokyo side. That clamber up would be brutal on the knees coming down towards Gokyo. More of a stril on a path descending on the other side towards EBC. Try and fit in crossing Kongma la as well from Lobouche. That is a specatular pass, easier and much better views. Under rated trail for sure!

Sharon
1st May 2006, 12:54 AM
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Here are two photos- Approaching the climb to Cho La from the Gokyo side and the view from Kong Ma La looking at makalu, Island Peak and down to Chukung.

Lisa
1st May 2006, 07:16 AM
oh sharon!
Now i regret not doing Chukung ri very much:(. The view from Kongma la is beautiful! Had i seen this picture before my trip, I would have changed my plan and cross kongma la to chukung instead of going by dughla.My guide said this trail is longer and a little tougher. Are there many walking up and down there like the one from thanak to chola??
Can you describe abit more of this trail?

Personally, I prefer walking from gokyo side to Chola la too. Get over the tiring walk early and then enjoy the view of Ama Dablem and the surrounding mountains view on the way down all the way from chola to Dzonglha. The view is so good that it simply make you forget how tire the trek has been, at least for me.:o
http://image44.webshots.com/45/1/40/71/2956140710052456437VNgazt_fs.jpg

Sharon
1st May 2006, 09:32 PM
The climb from Lobouche is easier than going up Cho la. It is a much better path than it appears to be. No boulder scrambling at all. Descending is a very nice meandering path. I think most guides have not done it so they are n't sure. My guide had never been and instantly included it in his next trek. The views are amazing.

Milek
1st May 2006, 11:55 PM
The climb from Lobouche is easier than going up Cho la. It is a much better path than it appears to be. No boulder scrambling at all. Descending is a very nice meandering path. I think most guides have not done it so they are n't sure. My guide had never been and instantly included it in his next trek. The views are amazing.
Thank you for your informations. Well, Cho La has a priority for now and I am gonna try it from Gokyo side. But after visiting Kala Pattar I think I could try to cross Kongma La too. It depents if I will be have enough stamina.
Milosz

Lisa
4th May 2006, 12:05 PM
Sharon,

Do you have a picture of Renjo la pass? How difficult is it to cross renjo la to gokyo?

Sharon
4th May 2006, 09:05 PM
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No renjo la but this is Trashi Lapka. This was a very difficult pass. The day before was hours on a glacier from hell. This is an expedition style route. There are not tea houses for a couple of days and very "rustic" tea houses below in Rolwaling.

James
5th May 2006, 01:24 AM
From the Gokyo side the climb is about the same as Gokyo Ri with more loose stone. Also there was not much of a trail to follow, but with only a little backtracking we found our way. Heading out of Gokyo the decent was more hoping down from rock to rock, it was also more shaded and therefore it had much more ice. I would prefer to leave Gokyo via renjo la than approach that way. The trail to Namche via Thame was fantastic- highly recommend it.

kolobar
9th May 2006, 01:29 PM
To answer the initial question: it does not matter from which side you cross Cho la regarding acclimatization. If you have been to Kala Pattar before you are acclimatized enough, same if you have been at Gokyo Ri.
It is easier to ascend Cho la from Lobuche side. There is only one steep section - a rocky traverse, which is more comfortable than it looks from a distance. But you have to descend unpleasant scree on Gokyo side. The climb from Gokyo side is longer and more difficult but again that lousy scree is safer for ascent. So both sides have its pros and cons. I did it both ways and I found ascent from Lobuche much easier - but it might be due to the fact that when ascending from Gokyo side I was carrying quite a heavy backpack while on the ascent from Lobuche I had a porter.
About Renjo la I agree with James. You can use it as alternative way from Gokyo to Namche - it takes only two days. The ascent from the opposite side is a long one since the last lodge on Thame side is quite far from the pass. I would strongly advise against crossing Renjo la in bad weather without a guide who knows the way because the route is not very distinctive on both sides. We were descending from the pass in clouds with almost zero visibility and would probably got lost if we did not have porters who knew the route very well.
Attached photos are from the Renjo la ascent - Gokyo side.

Harry
10th May 2006, 02:26 AM
Hi,

Just this spring I crossed Cho La for the third time from Khumbu side. More easy than other way around. Only late in the year ice can make the tour quite heavy (crampons or iceaxe!). Kong Ma la is the best approciable from Dingboche or Chuckung, it's a long walk and if there is any snow .....can be dangerous too. Renjo La, easiest way from Gokyo side. From there you have a splendid view on Makalu, Everest and Lhotse. Might say even better view as from the Gokyo Ri and more relaxed, no people around you.

Cheers,

Harry

Mountain Man
25th July 2012, 12:23 AM
Hi All,

I have created a Google Earth tour of the trek to EBC via Gokyo and Cho La. You can view it here on Youtube:

http://youtu.be/t1-vTt_eI-w

Enjoy!

DaveP
18th December 2014, 04:43 AM
Just got back (a month ago) from my first trek in Nepal -- went with my brother, guide Bikash from Alliance Trekking in Kathmandu, and porter Sri. The trip was great -- we flew into Lukla and followed the EBC route up to Mong-La and then north to Gokyo. Did Gokyo Ri for views of Everest, then Cho La pass (west to east) and over to Lobuche. Then down the EBC route back to Lukla. Cho La pass was in great shape, very little snow in the 3rd week of November 2014.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/XjkNdRppuomLEOdgelHRV85dGAqnYeVrfDlHHJ0icBL3=w282-h188-p-no

If anyone's interested in photos, here's the photo set:

https://plus.google.com/photos/103419821467527943772/albums/6087214911989923297

Dave

ramsharan
19th December 2014, 09:06 PM
i did more then 10 time both side and i fell easy to doing first Everest Base camp then go to gokyo lake . from chola you can't see the best views then renjola pass . the most beautiful pass is renjola i like it very much . enjoy the trip in Nepal .

Harry
29th December 2014, 02:26 AM
I agree, Renjo is the best from views and more easy than the others. We crossed Renjo La in 2004 using fix ropes on the way down. Now they even cross with Yaks.

afniman
28th January 2015, 11:24 PM
Anyone have any experience crossing Cho La since January 1 2015? We are going there in a few weeks, and have heard that the snowfall in December has left the passes very difficult if not closed. I'd be very glad to hear from anyone who has been there recently!

trek
19th July 2017, 01:40 PM
Hi
I am planning the trek to EBC with Gokyo side via Cho La next year. My qeustion is: is it better to cross Cho La from Gokyo first or start from Khumbu side. What would you recommend (mostly from acclimatization reason)? Most of the treckers is going for Khumbu side but I am still not sure about this.
Milosz, Poland

after Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar is much easier because enough acclimatisation

Sujoy
18th May 2018, 03:09 PM
My notes on crossing the Cho La in the post below from Dzongla to Gokyo -

http://sujoyrdas.blogspot.in/2016/01/everest-trek-crossing-of-cho-la-pass.html