Cholatse Peak climbing an adventure on top 6,440 m and 21, 250 ft high the measurement as listed by NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) which controls and authorized climb on all trekking peaks of Nepal. Cholatse Peak Climbing one of most technical mountain where climbers requires much practice and should be in great physical shape with sound health to tackle the climb to the summit of Cholatse Peak.
The peak we have graded as TD which means ‘Technical Difficule’ used from popular and widely used system for alpine style climbing from French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification, which will be almost IV to V of Scottish Grading system.
Although technical but leads to straight-forward climb with some high technical section to encounter all the way to the top of Cholatse, a stunning looking peak where the name of the peak comes from native Sherpa of Tibetan origin language which means as for Cho / Tsho a Lake, La a Pass.
Cholatse also known as Jobo Lhaptshang situated close to Cho / Tsho-La pass in between beautiful Gokyo valley and its icy lakes and on route to famous Everest base camp which can be seen from Cho-la pass, Thugla and Dzongla small settlements with close to Taboche peak.
The climb of Cholatse Peak undertaking after much preparation with acclimatization and practice climb before the Big Day to the summit of Cholatse Peak Climb. Cholatse Peak Climbing starts with scenic short flight to Lukla town to land on its small airstrip from Kathmandu, then heading past several nice lovely farm villages following Dudh Kosi and crossing bridges over the same river to reach within Sagarmatha National Park.
Sagarmatha name for Mt. Everest in Nepal with local Sherpa name as Chomolungma, as walk continues on river bed within cool shade of tall tree lines of pines, fir and rhododendron then head uphill on winding trail to reach at famous Namche Bazaar.
Spending time at Namche for acclimatization and short hike to view point with Mt. Everest and beautiful peak of Amadablam includes array of peaks, Namche a colorful and interesting large village almost a size of town with great many facilities of visitors.
After Namche walk high into glacial valley where Khunde and Khumjung villages located facing marvelous scenery of snow capped peaks with time here for tour of its old monastery, and then towards high Gokyo valley on leaving the main route of Everest base camp.
Walk follows higher side above Dudh Kosi River into a gorge then reaching a wide scenic valley at Gokyo and its beautiful serene lakes, at Gokyo with climb to Gokyo-Ri at 5,357 m high with super views of worlds four highest mountain range.
Enjoy panorama of wide range of peaks from Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu with Makalu with array of peaks, then adventure takes you to cross high Cho-la pass at 5,367 m high with close views of Cholatse peak. Adventurous climb traversing from Gokyo valley to reach at other side of Khumbu on the route of Everest base camp, and then for overnight stop at Dzongla where walk takes you towards our main highlight and target at the base of Cholatse peak.
At base camp rest and practice with final preparation for big haul on top Cholatse summit, spending six days in tented camp on climb to Cholatse Peak, where our guides will make necessary arrangement fixing ropes on tough, steep section. Then get ready for the ascent following our lead guide over rocks, moraine of ice and snow encountering tough technical areas then reach the summit of Cholatse Peak on top 6,440 m high facing breathtaking panorama of surrounding close peaks with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and range of mountains.
After an exciting adventure of vigorous climb then descend safely back at base camp, then clearing the camp taking care of litters and garbage head down to windy Pheriche valley towards Namche walking past Pangboche and Thyangboche. Thyangboche a scenic spot surround by high peaks in the midst of lovely woodland with impressive monastery to visit, and then on low trail to reach Namche Bazaar unto Lukla for last overnight stop around high Khumbu area. From Lukla next morning swift, scenic flight in a smaller place brings you at Kathmandu after an overwhelming adventure with glorious experience on Cholatse Peak Climbing.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,320 m and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu trek and climb preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and local excursion.
Day 06: Trek to Khumjung 3,730 via Khunde village 3,880 – 04 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Dole 4,110 m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Machherma 4,470 m – 04 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Lake 4,800 m – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Hike to Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m and trek to Thagnak 4,750 m – 04 hrs.
Day 11: Cross Cho-La Pass 5,367m and walk to Dzongla 4,850 m – 07 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Cholatse Base Camp 4,595 m – 04 hrs.
Day 13: At Cholatse base camp preparation for the climb.
Day 14: Climb and set camp -I at above 5,130 m – 04 hrs.
Day 15: Climb to set camp II at approx 5,680 m high – 03 hrs.
Day 16: Ascent Cholatse peak top 6,335 m and descend to base camp-08 hrs.
Day 17: Spare and contingency day in case of bad weather conditions.
Day 18: Return trek to Pangboche 3,900 m via Pheriche -05hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Namche Bazaar – 06 hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Lukla – 06 hrs.
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 22: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 23: Final International departure from Nepal.
Best Time and Season for Cholatse Peak Climbing and treks:
March to May months during spring season will be the best time for Cholatse Peak Climb and trekking to reach the base of the peak, where days are mostly clear with cold in the morning and night time, depending upon altitude wise can get snowed sometimes around high Gokyo valley and on Cho-la pass as well on climb.
Spring time day time is longer with enough sun-lights, lovely walks within forested areas with wild-flowers in bloom especially the rhododendron of various species which is also the national flower of the country.
Next best months from September to early December around autumn / fall and pre-winter season, where days are crystal clear for walks and climb with bright starry nights, but shorter day-light hours due to autumn and beginning of winter times, can expect freezing temperatures especially in the morning and night time as well in shade, could snow on trek and climb around much higher ground.
People and Culture:
Cholatse Peak Climbing and treks located within high Khumbu area of Everest region populated by Sherpa the highlanders of Everest and Eastern Himalaya, men-folks are famous as pioneering mountaineering guides and trekking since mountaineering expedition began in Nepal Himalaya way back in 1950’s.
Walk takes you around beautiful looking farm villages where Sherpa are interwoven with strong Buddhism religion which you can notice on walks lined with religious symbols and monuments on trails near villages.
The word Sherpa comes from Tibetan origin means Sher for East and Pa for people, where Sherpa originated in Eastern Tibet and migrated some 200 years ago around Nepal high mountainous region.
Impressive tour of villages and old monasteries of great interest festooned with colorful culture and custom, main settlements Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame, Thyangboche, Pangboche and Phortse.
The economy and heritage of Khumbu Sherpa community has traditionally been heavily based on trade and livestock herding, but at present due to flow of international mountaineering expeditions since 1950’s with arrival of foreign trekkers, the Sherpa economy today is increasingly dependent on tourism.
Short Notes and history of Cholatse Peak Climb:
First ascent of Cholatse Peak from Southwest ridge on April 22nd, 1982 by Vern Clevenger, John Roskelley, Bill O’Connor and Galen Rowell from North Face successfully conquered in 1984. First solo ascent was accomplished by Ueli Steck in 1984 from North Face route.
CLIMBING LIST FOR CHOLATSE PEAK CLIMB:
Plastic Boot a pair
Crampons a pair
Ice Axe one
Carabineer or Karabiner two each
Snow Gaiters a pair
Snow / Sun Glass one each
Warm Gloves a pair
Wind Proof Jacket & Trouser. a set each
Down Jacket one each
Down sleeping bags one each with inner linear
Main Ropes 200m ( 50m per person) as per the peak chosen
Snow Bar 2 / 4 pieces depending upon group size.
Ski Pole (optional) one each
Above items can be bought or hired in Kathmandu and at Namche Bazaar.
Important Information for flying to Lukla and back to Kathmandu:
At present most flight to Lukla and back operates from the district of Ramechap at Manthali small town airport, domestic airport been changed by Nepal Government Civil Aviation Authority.
The changes started since April and October 2019 onward, flights to Lukla resumes from Manthali town airport which is the main headquarter of Ramechap district Province No: 03 of Nepal.
Where drive from Kathmandu to reach at Manthali airstrip takes approx: 5 hrs which is about 154 k.m. approx 500 miles distance from the capital Kathmandu where drive takes you on B.P. Highway (a newly built tarmac road).
- Grand adventures climb on Cholatse peak summit which means Lake Pass Peak
- A technical climb and rewarding than other trekking peaks of Nepal Himalaya
- Enjoy daring feat on top Cholatse Peak facing mind-blowing mountain panorama
- Located right between scenic Gokyo valley and close on route Everest base camp
- Adventure with glorious views of mountain range in the harmony of local culture
- Walk into magnificent Gokyo valley and crossing high and scenic Cho-la pass