Cholatse (via Lobuche East)

Trip Overview

This trip is a rather special one for someone looking for an adventure to climb a lesser climbed peak with a good technical challenge over 6,000m and in a reasonable timeframe. Cholatse is beginning to become more popular as its magic is discovered. Cholatse is quietly located between the hugely popular Khumbu (Everest) valley and the more quiet Gokyo valley, and is tucked in behind Taboche peak. It has one of the best base camps in the region, and the mountain envelops you with its presence as you look directly up at it from base camp and are able to see most of the route that you will climb.

This trip takes you from Kathmandu to Lukla, and up the Khumbu (Everest) valley to Namche, and Gorak Shep, with wonderful views of Mt Everest from Kala Patar. We then venture off down the valley to Lobuche East Base Camp for a short but valuable climb of Lobuche East to give us good acclimatisation for Cholatse. Lobuche East has some spectacular views of the Khumbu valley, Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse... to name a few.

Then we head up and over one of the most beautiful high passes - Cho La, after which we will divert off the trail to Gokyo and take a sharp left down into a serene valley towards Cholatse Base Camp, with stunning terrain to entertain our senses along the way. We then stand above our base camp before dropping down grassy slopes to our home for the remaining climb.

Cholatse provides us with some glacial moraine, some gentle slopes from our crampon point, with steeper slopes and a steep head wall to camp 1. We then have some steep pitches up to our Camp 2 perched nicely for more spectacular views. Whilst some climbers attempt the summit from Camp 1, we elect to make a Camp 2 to allow for a more enjoyable climb and why make the effort to get here if you do not have time to take in the views? After a sleep at Camp 2, we then have a short summit day traversing and then climbing some more steep snow, before traversing a ridge and a short climb to the summit. You won't want to miss this one!

Why join with Expedition Base?

When it comes to mountaineering expeditions, for any peak, we are known for our sound strategy, strong leadership and well-resourced approach to our expeditions. The mountains are fun and full of wonderful experiences. But, we also recognise that they also carry with them risk. For that reason, we approach the mountains on the basis of ‘safety first’. With safety as our first focus, fun and amazing experiences will follow. Few companies offer logistics as good as ours for a reasonable price point. Our goal is to put our clients in the best position for success, whatever their personal goal in the mountains may be. Our guides are some of the best in the business, with experience on a wide range of peaks from small, right up to the 8,000m peaks, many with multiple summits on the 8,000m peaks. We see strong leadership as critical to success on the world’s highest peaks and we can offer that leadership here at Expedition Base – and not all companies can. We offer the level of services historically offered by leading western companies, but without costly western overheads. In the mountains, your safety is our prime importance. We know our clients value our commitment to them and with that flows a great experience.

Trip Facts

  • Price starts from

    USD 7,900

  • Intermediate Mountaineering


    Intermediate Mountaineering

  • Duration

    32 Days, 31 Nights

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Difficulty level

Intermediate Mountaineering

Intermediate Mountaineering

This trip will build on the mountaineering skills that you already have with our guides working together with you to advance those skills. The trip will involve challenging trekking, intermediate mountaineering, moving on snow, rock and ice, with technical tools, at reasonably high altitudes up to around 7,500m, depending on the trip. You can expect to experience some serious heights, maybe some ledges, and exposure to steeper terrain. For this trip, you want to have a sound level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own-body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 4-5 times per week for the period of around 4-6 months before this trip. Weight training is also recommended. Training on uneven terrain is recommended.

Trip Notes

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

Day 2

In Kathmandu

Day 3

Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Monjo (2,840m) ~5 hrs

Day 4

Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) ~5 hrs

Day 5

Acclimatisation day in Namche ~ 5 hrs

Day 6

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,800m)

Day 7

Tengboche to Dingboche (4,100m)

Day 8

In Dingboche, acclimatisation walk ~5 hr

Day 9

Dingboche to Lobuche (4,900m)

Day 10

Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m) ~ 3 hrs

Day 11

Gorak Shep, Kala Patar (5,500m), back to Lobuche East Base Camp ~ 5-6 hrs

Day 12

Rest Lobuche East Base Camp

Day 13

Lobuche East Base Camp (4,830m) to Lakeside Camp (5,250m)

Day 14

Lakeside Camp to High Camp (5,500m)

Day 15

High Camp, summit (6,119m), back to Dzong La (4,860m) ~5-7 hrs

Day 16

Dzong La, across ChoLa to Dragnag (4,700m) ~8 hrs

Day 17

Dragnag to Cholatse Base Camp ~2.5 hrs

Day 18

Rest at Cholatse Base Camp

Day 19

Base Camp to Camp 1 (5,750m) ~5-6 hrs

Day 20

Camp 1 to Camp 2 (6,000m) ~2 hrs

Day 21

Camp 2 to Base Camp 2.5 hrs

Day 22

Rest in Base Camp

Day 23

Rest in Base Camp

Day 24

Base Camp to Camp 1 ~5-6 hrs

Day 25

Camp 1 to Camp 2 ~2 hrs

Day 26

Camp 2, summit (6,440m), back to Camp 1 ~ 10-12 hrs

Day 27

Camp 1 to Base Camp ~1.5 hrs

Day 28

Cholatse Base Camp to Namche Bazaar ~6-7 hrs

Day 29

Namche Bazaar to Lukla ~6-7 hrs

Day 30

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 31

In Kathmandu

Day 32

Depart Kathmandu

Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.

Package Details


Internal fixed wing flights, climbing permit fees, 4 nights in Kathmandu hotel equivalent to Hotel Tibet or Radisson (Lazimpat or similar) based on twin share accommodation, experienced climbing guides at high guide : client ratio, team transport in Nepal, extensive high altitude wilderness first aid kit, fully serviced base camp with quality personal tent, dining, kitchen and shower tents, serviced higher camps, all meals outside Kathmandu plus breakfast in Kathmandu, porters to carry personal/group equipment to on treks and up to base camps, climbing Sherpas to set up camps and carry group food, and expedition duffel. (All accommodation is on a twin share basis - single share can be arranged on request at an additional cost).


International flights to and from Kathmandu, lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (allow USD $10-15 per meal), aerated and alcoholic beverages, personal items (e.g. phone calls, internet, laundry), tips and Cholatse summit bonus, travel insurance (incl. early departure, mountain rescue) and personal trekking/climbing gear.

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