Cholatse Peak Expedition
Overview Cholatse Peak Expedition is an exhilarating journey that beckons adventurers to the heart of the Khumbu region in Nepal. Towering at an impressive 6,440 meters (21,132 feet), Cholatse Peak presents a formidable challenge to climbers, requiring technical skills and a high level of physical fitness. This expedition offers a unique opportunity to experience the majestic Himalayas, untouched wilderness, and the rich Sherpa culture. The expedition typically begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a trek through the famous Everest region. As the trail winds through picturesque villages, rhododendron forests, and high-altitude landscapes, trekkers acclimatize to…
Cholatse Peak Expedition is an exhilarating journey that beckons adventurers to the heart of the Khumbu region in Nepal. Towering at an impressive 6,440 meters (21,132 feet), Cholatse Peak presents a formidable challenge to climbers, requiring technical skills and a high level of physical fitness. This expedition offers a unique opportunity to experience the majestic Himalayas, untouched wilderness, and the rich Sherpa culture.
The expedition typically begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a trek through the famous Everest region. As the trail winds through picturesque villages, rhododendron forests, and high-altitude landscapes, trekkers acclimatize to the increasing elevation. Along the way, the iconic Sherpa hospitality and their vibrant culture add a unique charm to the journey.
Upon reaching the base camp of Cholatse, climbers undergo intensive training and preparation for the challenging ascent ahead. The climb demands excellent technical proficiency, including ice and rock climbing skills, as well as a solid understanding of high-altitude mountaineering. Experienced guides and Sherpa support ensure safety and success.
The route to the summit can be treacherous, with steep ice slopes and exposed ridges. However, the awe-inspiring vistas of Everest, Ama Dablam, and other surrounding peaks make the effort worthwhile. As climbers push their limits, they gain a sense of accomplishment and a profound connection with the mountains.
The summit day begins with an early alpine start to maximize the chances of reaching the top in favorable weather conditions. The final push demands mental resilience and unwavering determination. Standing atop Cholatse, the world seems to unfold beneath, and a sense of triumph envelopes the climbers.
Conclusion and Summary
After the successful ascent, the descent follows a careful and calculated path back to Lukla. The expedition concludes with a celebration of the achievements and bonds forged during the journey. Cholatse Peak Expedition is a transformative experience, providing an unforgettable adventure, an up-close encounter with the Himalayan giants, and a deep appreciation for the rugged beauty of Nepal’s mountains.
Highlights of Cholatse Peak Climbing
- Climb a more challenging peak in the Himalayas at 6335 meters.
- Traverse glaciers, moraines, ice, and snow.
- Climb Gokyo Ri (4750m) for a warm-up & acclimatization.
- Camp on the mountain at high altitudes before climbing the peak between 5355m and the peak
- Absolutely stunning views in every direction of many snow-covered colossal peaks.
- Understand the lives of Tibetan Buddhists and culture.
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and will be displaying an Everest Expeditions Nepal signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. At evening you’ll be accompanied by welcome dinner in typical Nepali restaurant. Hotel
This day we are busy for briefing about expedition, documentation, last-minute shopping and preparation for departure to the trekking and climbing route. We’ll also introduce to our Nepali crew coming with you for an expedition. Hotel (B)
An early morning start takes us to the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804m). On arrival at the airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610m). After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550m) it is a short walk to Phakding. Overnight at a guesthouse.BLD
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail. Overnight at a guesthouse.BLD
We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at a guesthouse. BLD
The trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking very pristine in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day. Overnight at a guesthouse. BLD
We climb a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. We will reach Machherma by early noon. Overnight at a guesthouse. BLD
The trek today takes us at one of our main destinations, Gokyo (4,790m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have couple of sightseeing and hiking trips around Gokyo. Overnight at a guesthouse.BLD
Early in the morning we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip – you get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. This day we have for acclimatization and after noon back to the camp. Overnight at a guesthouse. BLD
Trek to the foot of Cho La pass. Accommodation in Thangna will be very basic and in a dormitory based room because of its remoteness. Overnight stay at a guesthouse. BLD
We start before sunrise at 4 or 5am to reach the pass by 9 – 10am to dodge bad weather conditions of the noontime. We cross over at an altitude of 5,300m where we could be exposed to strong winds if we crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views, then we descend to the Dzongla at noon. Accomodation in Dzongla will be very basic and in dormitory style room because of its remoteness. Overnight at a guesthouse.
After having breakfast, we start our trek ultimately to Base Camp of Cholatse peak.
it takes around 7 hours to reach Cholatse Base Camp from Dzongla. Overnight Tented Camp BLD
We do not provide a day-to-day itinerary for the climb period, as this will be determined by the sherpas and members. You can flexible approach based on what fits most and own experience. Typically, the team will spend a few days at the base camp organizing food, practicing rope skills, and acclimatizing before moving above the base camp.
Summit push normally at the mid night. So that team reached at top early in the morning. Catch breathtaking sunrise and surrounding view then get back to base camp before getting affected by heat. Finally we wish for your success to reach in the summit. Overnight Tented Camp BLD
After cleaning up the base camp of Cholatse, we head back to Pangboche village.Overnight at Teahouse BLD
From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche or if interested, we might pay our visit to nuns at the Debuche monastery. Upon having lunch at Tengboche, we continuing through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Teahouse BLD
Today is your last day for Trek and expedition campaign (7hrs) from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m). Overnight at Tea house BLD
Today you fly from Lukla to Kathmandu same about 35 minute and we transfer to your booked Hotel. Hotel (B)
Today you’ll have free in Kathmandu. You can have sightseeing in the cultural heritage inside Kathmandu, buy souvenirs and thankas to take back home or anything as the day is free and easy. At evening we’ll host farewell-Celebration dinner with local typical cultural experience in Restaurant adjoining our crew that were in the expedition time with you. Hotel (BD)
The journey within the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today. At last approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Everest Expeditions Nepal you to the airport. Farewell…(B)
EXPEDITION COST INCLUDES
All airport/hotel/airport transfers
4 nights hotel (3 star) in Kathmandu, bb plan
Cholatse peak permit, Sagarmatha National park and necessary permit fee.
Scheduled flight : Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
35 Kg cargo from Kathmandu/lukla per climber
Necessary porters and mules for carrying equipment & loads
Twin sharing accommodation in lodge/teahouse while trekking
3 times meals per day, teas & coffees in trekking & base camp days
Common climbing equipmentâ€™s like necessary rope, ice bars, ice screws etc
1 tent per climber of North face or similar for Base Camp
Dining, Kitchen, mattress and all camping facilities needed in BC
Experienced and professional staff at BC : Base camp manager, cook, kitchen boy
Government liaisons officer
Equipment allowance, wages, life, medical & life, medical & rescue insurance for all Nepali members.
Immediate Rescue co-ordination (covered by your travel insurance)
Generator or solar panel for charging & lighting in Base camp
EXPEDITION COST EXCLUDES
International flight ticket, taxes and visas
Lunch & dinner, hotel after 4 nights in Kathmandu
Personal trekking & climbing equipment
Excess personal climber baggage transport Ktm-lua-BC $ 9 per kg one way.
All expenses of personal nature like bar bills, laundry, telephone etc.
Insurance for travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation & lost baggage.-
Applicable permit fee & custom fee for SAT phone, filming camera, communications – equipment (if brought)
Climbing Bonus & summit bonus for climbing Sherpa (if your used Sherpa),
Tips for Base Camp Staff
All not mentioned in cost include part
Cholatse peak also known as Jabo Lhaptshan lies in famous Khumbu region of the Nepalese Himalaya. Cholatse is connected to Taboche (6,501m) by a long ridge. The Chola glacier descends off the east face. The north and east faces of Cholatse can be seen from Dughla, on the trail to Everest base camp. Cholatse was first climbed via the southwest ridge on April 1982 by Bill O’ Connor and three other climber. The north face was successfully scaled in 1984. The first solo ascent was accomplished on April 15, 2005 by Ueli Steck through the north face.
Our 28 day Cholatse peak expedition combines with famous Everest Gokyo trek. Situated in hidden valley of Khumbu, Gokyo valley is arguable the most dramatic and interesting village of Sherpa. Our climb starts with fascinating flight to Lukla then from Namche we take route to Gokyo valley. From Dzongla we head to Cholatse basecamp, summit the peak and head back to Lukla to fly Kathmandu next day.
- DAY 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu
- DAY 02 – Sightseeing trip / trek preparation
- DAY 03 – FLY TO LUKLA (28040) AND TREK TO PHAKDING (2610M) 3 HRS.
- DAY 04 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3441m) 5-6 hrs
- DAY 05 – ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
- DAY 06 – Namche Bazaar to Dole (4110m). 6 hrs
- DAY 07 – Dole to Machhermo (4465m). 4-5 hrs
- DAY 08 – Machhermo to Gokyo (4720m). 5-6 hrs
- DAY 09 – Rest day, Option to Hike
- DAY 10 – Gokyo to Thaknak (4750m) 5 – 6 hrs
- DAY 11 – Thaknak to Cho La (5420m) to Dzongla (4830m) 7 – 8 hrs
- DAY 12 – Dzongla to Cholatse Base Camp
- DAY 13-22 – CLIMBING PERIOD FOR CHOLATSE 6440M.
- DAY 23 – Cholatse Base camp to Pangboche (3900m) – 4hrs
- DAY 24- Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
- DAY 25 – Namche Bazzar to Phakding to Lukla: 6 – 7 hrs
- DAY 26 – FLY LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
- DAY 27 – Contingency and rest day Kathmandu
- DAY 28 – Trip ends, Farewell and Departure
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