1 week ago
CHO LA PASS @ 5420 m. One of the prettiest days of the Three Passes Trek in April 2019. The day before we hiked from Gorakshep (Everest Base Camp) under a thick fog, a hailstorm and quite a lot of snowfall during the evening. Cho La Pass was waiting for us the next day. We heard people mentioning that there was too much snow, that the pass was closed, that people had to be helicoptered back to Kathmandu... we were very surprised no one mentioned the yeti eating unguided hikers! Mountains should always be aproached with a humble attitude and tones of respect but people should be very weary of creating false alarms or believing them. Cho La Pass had snow and ice but crampons were definitely not needed (yes, you could go faster and steadier with them), the "path" was not marked but the way is really obvious (piece of cake if you have a map, and you should always carry one), yes, Dzongla to Gokyo is a long day and the glacier crossing just before Gokyo is a pain in the arse, but we all came here to walk and adventure. Cho La Pass was the most beautiful of the three passes (Renjo La and Kungma La are the other two) and it was one of the most rewarding days up around the Sagarmatha National Park. We were all carrying our own gear and we were unguided (two people in their 60's, five guys in our 30's and even a 20 year old German wearing tennis shoes, having no food/snaks and carrying a pink rubber chicken hanging from his 30 litre backpack). Altitude is what makes this trek challenging; there are no extreme slopes, difficult scramblings, hard to find paths, man-eating mythological monsters... taking it easy and listening to your body is the key to a nice and peaceful multiday hike up in the Himalayas.