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Expedition Cholatse peak

Located to the north of spectacular Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Valley at the heart of Everest region, Cholatse climbing becomes both a full-fledged mountaineering expedition and an adventure trek into the Himalayas of Nepal. Take any route to approach and return from the mountain, you will have absorbed much of the wonders and grandeurs of marvelous Himalayan terrains in the Everest region.

As Cholatse lies between the Khumbu and Gokyo valleys, just south of Chola Pass, we can reach there through both these valleys. While the path from Gokyo valley is relatively easier, the one up Khumbu is a much tougher, harder option. Ascents have been made from the South-West, South-East, North-West and North-East Ridges but the South-West Ridge is comparatively easier than the other routes. An award-winning film, titled Light of the Himalaya, was made by an expedition team in 2005 A. D. The film provides detailed pictures of the climbing route from the South-West face of the peak. The following itinerary describes the path to reach its western base camp.

26 Days
18+ Age
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure Time

    Any time
  • Return Time

    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Trekking equipment
  • Included

    All taxes and official expenses
    Basic guesthouse accommodation
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    City tour
    Departure Taxes
    Domestic flights
    Local staff and porters
    Permits and TIMS permit
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included

    Alcohol and cold drinks
    Entry visa
    International flights
    Mandatory travel insurance
    Personal trekking equipment
    Tips for trekking staff and driver

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.

Transfer to Hotel. Welcome drink and short briefing about Peak Climbing, relax.

Day 2: Kathmandu City tour

Arrangement of Trekking Equipment and half day sightseeing tour with our Tour Guide by private car.

Day 3: Flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding

Get 30 minute scenic flight to Lukla and trek for 3/4 hour to Phakding 2600 m.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3440 m.

Trek 6/7 hours to Namche Bazaar. The first part of the trekking is comparatively easier than the last of part of the trekking. Since the last part of the trekking goes steep uphill from the confluence of Bhote Koshi and Dudh koshi to Namche Bazaar. In the middle of the uphill we can see the first view of Mt. Everest.

Day 5: Acclimatization day

4/5 hours acclimatize hike to Everest view hotel, Khumjung village and Hillary school. In the afternoon spends free time at Namche Bazaar for shopping, internet café for email.

Day 6: Trek to Dole 3675 m.

Trek 5/6 hours to Dole. The trail is almost uphill, but landscapes are wonderful.

Day 7: Trek to Machhermo 4410 m.

Trek 5/6 hours on alpine meadows and grass land. As we trek up, the Himalayas are closer to us.

Day 8: Acclimatization day in Machhermo 5100 m.

Acclimatization hike or climb small hill on this day . For good aclimatisation we will go in higher and sleep at lower elevation.

Day 9: Trek to Gokyo 4750 m.

Trek 5/6 hours on alpine meadows, glacier and moraine to Gokyo Lake.

Day 10: Climb Gokyo Peak

Climb to Gokyo peak 5340 m. return to Gokyo Village. One of the best climbing peaks in Everest can climb without using any climbing equipment and gear.

Day 11: Gokyo - visit five lake retune to Gokyo 4750 m.

Explore the 5th glacier lake in Gokyo Lake.

Day 12: Trek to Thagnak 4700 m.

Trek for 4/5 hour to Thangnak on glacier trail.

Day 13: Trek to Cholatse Base Camp 5200 m.

Trek/climb to Cholatse Base Camp. It takes 5/6 hours to bas camp. Overnight in Camp.

Day 14: Climbing day

Climb Cholatse Base camp to high camp.

Day 15: Climbing day

High camp acclimatization day.

Day 16: Climbing day

Proceed to camp 1 from High camp.

Day 17: Climbing day

Summit Cholatse Peak and back to 1st camp.

Day 18: Climbing day

Climb back to Cholatse base camp.

Day 19: Trek to Thaknak 4700 m.

Trek takes 4/5 hours.

Day 20: Trek to Dzongla 4848 m.

A long day trek that takes 8/9 hours, crossing Cho La. A long steep uphill walks to Cho La pass and steep downhill walk to Dzongla.

Day 21: Trek to Pangboche 3900 m.

Trek down to Pangboche for 5/6 hours walk. Catch the beautiful glimpse of Mt. Ama Dablam in front of you while walking down.

Day 22: Trek to Namche 3440 m.

Trek back to Namche bazzar, it takes 6/7 hours. Stop for while at Tyangboche monastery from there you could have nice photographs of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam and other mountain peaks.

Day 23: Namche Bazaar free day.

Spend free day in Namche Bazaar is a good place to spend leisure day. There are shops, restaurant, internet café etc.

Day 24: Trek to Lukla 2800 m.

Trek back to Lukla, it is about 7/8 hours walk.

Day 25: Flight to Kathmandu

Get fly back to Kathmandu and spend free day in Kathmandu.

Day 25: Final departure

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

Tour Location

Cholatse peak

The challenging South West Ridge of Cholatse is a hidden gem of the Himalaya and a solid mountaineering objective for experienced climbers.
Nestled between the Khumbu and Gokyo Valleys in the Everest region, Cholatse is a spectacular peak with steep soaring lines on every aspect. Our line up the South West Ridge involves climbing steep snow and ice pitches linking two camps that we place alpine style on our way to the summit. We acclimatise on Lobuche East before crossing the Cho La to our Base Camp beneath the mountain.
The route ascends through snow slopes leading to a crux section on rock. Once past the difficulties, the climbing culminates in a steep and superb ridgeline that plateaus onto the summit dome. Cholatse is a stunning peak with narrow snow and ice ridges and steep faces. It is on the ridge separating the Gokyo and Khumbu valleys, just north of Taboche and just south of a 5420 meter pass used by Sherpas and trekkers alike to go between the Gokyo and Khumbu valleys. Interestingly, there is a lake just below this pass to the east, and in Tibetan 'cho' is lake, 'la' is pass, and 'tse' is peak so Cholatse means literally "lake pass peak".
It is one of the more prominent peaks on the approach to the Mt. Everest Basecamp. Although it does not have quite the commanding position of Ama Dablam, it is prominent as people ascend above Pheriche all the way to base camp, with beautiful views possible in the region of Lobuche. Athough not seen by as many people, the views of it from the Gokyo valley are also stunning. Due to its proximity to the viewer, the peak dominates the scene if you are ever fortunate enough to view a sunset from the summit of Gokyo Ri. Unlike many mountains, there is no easy way to reach or descend from its summit, so any climb of the mountain is a serious mountaineering undertaking. Through the 1950's 60's and 70's, Everest, Ama Dablam and the other named peaks of the Khumbu were climbed one by one but no permits were granted for Cholatse, so it remained unclimbed until 1982 when it was infact the last named but unclimbed peak in the Khumbu. In that year, Al Read from Mountain Travel secured a permit for the peak. In April of that year, Vern Clevenger, John Roskelley, Galen Rowell and Bill O'Connor reached the summit via the South West Ridge. The climb was described as some twenty pitches of difficult ice climbing.
Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is a beautiful journey to the enticing Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri which is one of the most amazing viewpoints for great views of Everest and other Himalayas. The 14-day trip begins in Kathmandu where we visit several heritage sites. The Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is an alternative to classical treks in the Everest region. Instead, it takes us to the turquoise Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri which provides exceptional views of Everest and the Himalayas. We also get to marvel at the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and the Gokyo valley from Gokyo Ri.

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