Khumjung’s Cho La Pass becoming riskier

SOLUKHUMBU: The Cho La Pass in Khumjung region of Solukhumbu district is becoming riskier in the lack of adequate infrastructure.

The area lacks signboards showing directions. Further, the Cho La pass is covered with snow throughout the year, due to which foreign tourists lose way and their life.

The pass lies on the way to the Mt Everest base camp from the Gokyo Lake, one of the popular tourist destinations in the district.

Located at an altitude of 5,420 metres from the sea level, Cho La Pass is considered one of the riskiest in the district. More, the trail leading to the pass is not in good condition.

Tourism entrepreneur Mingmar Sherpa stated that there is no trace of the trail on the snowfield as the topography keeps on changing due to the annual global warming. The route in the area has become more treacherous due to the melting glacier that forms glacial lakes and crevasses, he added.

Some of the foreign trekkers and climbers visiting through the Cho La Pass have gone missing as the track is covered by the snowfall.

The pass is dangerous for the visitors as they have to cross mounds of snow, said tourism entrepreneur Ram Bamjan.

Entrepreneurs have demanded to manage iron rods and plastic ropes at some places of the pass for the safety of the visitors. Trekkers visiting Gokyo and Everest Base Camp also have to cross the pass.