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!
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.
View the printable version of the short itinerary and detailed trip notes here.
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2In Kathmandu
Day 3Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Monjo (2,840m) ~5 hrs
Day 4Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) ~5 hrs
Day 5Acclimatisation day in Namche ~ 5 hrs
Day 6Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,800m)
Day 7Tengboche to Dingboche (4,100m)
Day 8In Dingboche, acclimatisation walk ~5 hr
Day 9Dingboche to Lobuche (4,900m)
Day 10Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m) ~ 3 hrs
Day 11Gorak Shep, Kala Patar (5,500m), back to Lobuche East Base Camp ~ 5-6 hrs
Day 12Rest Lobuche East Base Camp
Day 13Lobuche East Base Camp (4,830m) to Lakeside Camp (5,250m)
Day 14Lakeside Camp to High Camp (5,500m)
Day 15High Camp, summit (6,119m), back to Dzong La (4,860m) ~5-7 hrs
Day 16Dzong La, across ChoLa to Dragnag (4,700m) ~8 hrs
Day 17Dragnag to Cholatse Base Camp ~2.5 hrs
Day 18Rest at Cholatse Base Camp
Day 19Base Camp to Camp 1 (5,750m) ~5-6 hrs
Day 20Camp 1 to Camp 2 (6,000m) ~2 hrs
Day 21Camp 2 to Base Camp 2.5 hrs
Day 22Rest in Base Camp
Day 23Rest in Base Camp
Day 24Base Camp to Camp 1 ~5-6 hrs
Day 25Camp 1 to Camp 2 ~2 hrs
Day 26Camp 2, summit (6,440m), back to Camp 1 ~ 10-12 hrs
Day 27Camp 1 to Base Camp ~1.5 hrs
Day 28Cholatse Base Camp to Namche Bazaar ~6-7 hrs
Day 29Namche Bazaar to Lukla ~6-7 hrs
Day 30Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 31In Kathmandu
Day 32Depart Kathmandu
Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.