Cholatse Peak Climbing - 23 Days

Cholatse Peak Climbing

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.

Outline Itinerary:

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
Harness 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).

Overview

  • 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
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu 1,320 m and transfer to Hotel.

On first arrival in Kathmandu at Nepal international airport via respective airlines, received by our guide or staff for short transfer to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, around exciting Thamel where most good restaurants, lodge, hotels and shops located.

After checking into your rooms getting refreshed then join with other groups for briefing on Cholatse Peak Climbing with Gokyo Lake Trekking, our guide offers you important details of the trek and climb and useful information to make your adventure enjoyable with us.

Evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner.

Day 2
Full day in Kathmandu trek and climb preparation.

In Kathmandu preparation for the climb of Cholatse and trekking arranging necessary gear and equipment for the adventure, with rest or join in for short

optional tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest.

Day 3
Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.

Early morning transfer to domestic airport for short, scenic flight to Lukla on small aircraft (Twin Otter or Dornier) with 30 minutes flight enjoy super panorama of Himalayan range of peaks with Mt. Everest, as plane lands on Tenzing & Hillary airport in Lukla.

From here a slow start with few hours of walks on downhill past many Sherpa farm villages with well tended crops and vegetable fields and terraces with occasional views of snow capped peaks of Kwangde and Kusum Khanguru, and then reaching our first overnight stop of the trek at Phakding in the comfort of nice and cozy lodge located by the raging Dudh Kosi River.

Day 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.

Today with long uphill walk to reach at famous Namche Bazaar, starting with gradual walk following Dudh Kosi River upstream crossing few bridges to reach Sagarmatha National Park entrance near Monjo village.

Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepalese while Sherpa calls Chomolungma (of Tibetan origin) in both languages means ‘Great Mother’, from here a pleasant walk on river bed then climb for few hours into forested trail with views of snow capped peaks, as this scenic walk reaches you at exciting Namche Bazaar.

Day 5
Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and local excursion.

A rest day at Namche Bazaar for necessary acclimatization, before heading higher area an ideal spot for free day at this height above 3,440 m high.

In Namche spend the day with scenic hike to view points on top Namche facing Mt. Everest-Amadablam and other range of peaks, afternoon explore the streets and shops, Namche holds a colorful and busy Saturday Market once a week.

Places of interest on rest day at Namche Bazaar:

Short walks to National Park museum an interesting place on top of Namche Bazaar, where you can catch views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Amadablam with series of peaks.

Everest View Hotel, a climb of an hour to Syangboche and then easy uphill to the highest deluxe hotel of Khumbu at 3,880 m rewards grand views of Mt. Everest and range of peaks in serene environment.

Day 6
Trek to Khumjung 3,730 via Khunde village 3,880 - 04 hrs.

With pleasant and exciting time at Namche Bazaar, morning walk takes you high over hills facing aerial views of whole Namche Bazaar with peaks of Kwangde and Tharmarserku with Everest and Amadablam.

On reaching small old airstrip at Syangboche then walk up and down towards Khumjung and Khunde villages, located on a glacial valley a contrast to Namche; here you can observe much traditional life with nice houses and witness Sherpa lively custom and culture.

Visit Khumjung old monastery the only place believed to be of Yeti scalps, visit Khunde and the hospital built by Hillary Foundation.

Day 7
Trek to Dole 4,110 m - 06 hrs.

From Khumjung walk on gradual scenic path with uphill to Mong Hill a high spot with few houses that serves as Tea-House and Lodge with fantastic views of peaks, from here downhill to Phortse-Tenga near Dudh Kosi within forested area.

With possible lunch stop, afternoon walk leads to a climb into rhododendron, pines, fir forest with grand views of snowcapped peaks.

After few hours climb reaching at Dole at 4,110 m high a moderate size settlement with good lodges for overnight stop.

Day 8
Trek to Machherma 4,470m - 04 hrs.

After Dole, walk on high trail for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and Luza at 4,390m; then skirting around a ridge with views of Machherma, situated below on a small valley, walk downhill to Machherma for lunch and overnight stop.

Afternoon with lunch break rest of the afternoon free to relax or for leisure acclimatization short hike for excellent views of world 6th high Mt. Cho-Oyo 8,210m with other mountains that rises above Ngozumba Glacier.

Day 9
Trek to Gokyo 4,800m -04 hrs.

Morning walk to Gokyo Lake following scenic trail to Pangka 4,545m, then climb on rocky path into ablation valley passing first lake and then second lakes, to reach a third lake called Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Lake.

This beautiful area within Gokyo at 4,790 meters high, after lunch short walk around lake with views of Mt. Cho Oyo world’s 06th highest and Gyachung Kang that reflects on emerald Gokyo Lake.

Day 10
At Gokyo hike to Gokyo-Ri 5,357m and trek to Thagnak 4,750m - 04 hrs.

Morning hike to Gokyo-Ri 5,357m, offers panorama of world’s highest peaks from Mt. Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse with Cholatse, Taweche and to the east rises Mt. Makalu. After a mesmerizing time at Gokyo Ri and then descend to Gokyo for lunch and then short walk to Thagnak beneath Ngozumba Glacier with rest of the afternoon free at leisure to enjoy the surrounding views.

Day 11
Cross Cho-La Pass 5,367m and walk to Dzongla 4,850 m - 07 hrs.

Start before dawn with long climb on top Cho-la pass (also spelled asTsho -la) over rocky moraine, in snow condition this will be tough to find the right path, walk on moraine to reach on top of the pass enclosed within Cholatse, Nirekha and Taboche peaks, after a hard climb descend to a small valley at Dzongla for overnight halt.

Day 12
Trek to Cholatse Base Camp 4,595 m - 04 hrs.

After a nice and pleasant stop at Dzongla after crossing over Cho-la, morning walk leads to short steep climb with excellent views of peaks, and then walk towards the base of Cholatse to set base camp pitching tents with separate kitchen tents, afternoon relax while our guide scout the route for safe and successful climb.

Day 13
At Cholatse base camp preparation for the climb.

Enjoy rest at Cholatse base camp and with busy preparation for the climb on top Cholatse Peak, rest day allows you to study the route of climb with best possible way to reach the summit of Cholatse.

Day 14
Climb and set camp I at above 5,130 m - 04 hrs.

Morning after full preparation climb towards ice and glaciers above a small icy

pond surrounded by moraine and rocks, as climb progress higher to reach and

find possible flat level area to pitch overnight camp for further climb.

Day 15
Climb to set camp II at approx 5,680 m high - 03 hrs.

Climb heads straight towards main summit route of Cholatse with some technical

skills and then climb on ice and snow ledge and serac to possible spot to set

Camp II just few hours beneath the summit top of Cholatse.

Day 16
Ascent Cholatse peak top 6,335 m descend to base camp-08 hrs.

Final day for the climb start early dawn before sunrise to reach before high

strong afternoon wind and as well for wind-chill factor that adds much cold, as

climb heads higher facing some technical section and then step on top of

the summit conquering one of most challenging trekking peaks of Nepal

Himalaya.

From the top enjoy spectacular panorama of awesome views of landscapes with

mountains that lies ahead close to the summit includes Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse,

Pumori, Amadablam with series of giant peaks.

Day 17
Contingency day in case of bad unfavorable weather conditions.

Reserved in case of bad unfavorable weather condition as contingency day if all goes well according to our plan and itinerary days enjoy leisure walk back to Lukla with time to marvel the beauty of high Khumbu valley.

Day 18
Return trek to Pangboche 3,900 m via Pheriche -05hrs.

Early morning clearing base camp free from litters and garbage walk down to Thugla and much downhill walk to reach Pheriche windy valley and then heads towards Pheriche nice settlement for possible lunch stop.

Pheriche with many good lodges and a health post, HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) also posted in Pheriche, from here another few hours of good walk reaches you at Pangboche village for overnight halt.

Day 19
Trek to Namche Bazaar - 06 hrs walks.

Walk leads to Pangboche village and then climb to reach at scenic Thyangboche Monastery, allowing you time around this beautiful spot to explore its interesting monastery and observe monks and priest on prayer in the harmony of tranquil surrounding of green woodland with views of high mountain range.

From Thyangboche walk downhill with short up to reach at Namche Bazaar with grand views of Everest and Amadablam includes other close peaks then reaching at Namche for overnight stop after a pleasant walk of short ups and downs.

Day 20
Trek to Lukla - 06 hrs.

Last day walk of the adventure, morning starts with long descend towards Sagarmatha National Park entrance at Monjo village and then crossing a long bridge to reach at Phakding.

From Phakding towards Lukla as walk leads ups and downhill with last climb of an hour to reach at Lukla for last overnight stop in Khumbu and Everest region.

Day 21
Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

From Lukla, early morning flight to Kathmandu with wide views of mountain range as flight takes you to land at Kathmandu domestic airport, then transfer back to your hotel with free afternoon to relax after a great marvelous adventure on Cholatse Peak Climb and Trekking.

Day 22
In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.

Today free day in Kathmandu reserved as extra day in case of flight delay and cancellation in Lukla, which can occur due to unfavorable bad weather conditions as Himalaya weather can be unpredictable sometime even in good month of the year.

If all goes well as per our guideline set itinerary, one can enjoy this day relaxing or with individual extra activities or book for another exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest.

Day 23
Final International departure from Nepal.

Your last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.

Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing adventure and great experience on Cholatse Peak Climbing with Gokyo Valley Trekking.

Cost Include

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (3 nights).
  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (6 nights).
  • Local licensed English-speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
  • Food, accommodation, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and Khumbu permit for trekking.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Cost Exclude

  • Dinner and lunch in Kathmandu except for welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Your personal expenses for mineral water, soft beverages, confectionaries, laundries, phone calls, hot drinking water, barbills, showers, etc.
  • Internet facility, battery chargers, multi-plugs, etc.
  • Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla.
  • Extra porter if you require.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation.
  • Medical expenses and trip cancellation.
  • Any other extended trips and accommodation.
  • Tips of the guide, porters and driver as a token of appreciation.
  • Monument entrance fee for sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • Any other expenses or charges that are not mentioned in “cost includes” list.
  • Nepal arrival visa.

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Trip Facts

  • Private vehicle
  • 2+
  • 6335m
  • Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Hard
  • Kathmandu
  • B, L, D
  • Hotels in Kathmandu with local lodge on treks with tented camps on climb.