Mt. Cholatse Peak

Cholaste (6440m) was the last formally named but unclimbed peak. The name is derived from the Tibetan word, ‘Cho’ means Lake, ‘La’ means pass and ‘tse’ means peak. This dramatic mountain lies in the Mahalangur Himalayan range at the Khumbu region of Nepal, connected to Taboche (6,501meters) by a long ridge. Interestingly, on the trail to Mount Everest base camp, the north and the east faces of the peak can be seen from Dugla. And its glacier descends off the east face. This peak lies on the ridge separating the Gokyo and Khumbu valleys, just north of Taboche.

This peak offers you with the breath-taking panoramic views of the Himalayas such as Everest (8,850m), Nuptse (7,879m), Makalu (8,475m), Lhotse (9,501m), Baruntse (7,720m), Lhotse Shar (8,383m), and Ama Dablam (6,856m), etc. The best season for this peak is March to May and September to December. Generally, it is recommended for the skilled climbers or the climbers should get mountaineering, ice and rock climbing courses in order to ascent Cholatse.

This beautiful peak is rated to category ‘A’ by Mountaineering Association of Nepal. It is one of the technically difficult and challenging peaks around. This peak requires careful ascent. Verb Clevenger, Galen Rowell, John Roskelley and Bill O’ Connor were the first climbers of Cholatse via southwest ridge on April 22, 1982. The easiest route on the peak would be the southwest ridge but was only repeated in 1993, again in 2005 and rarely since then. Before that in 1984 the north face was successfully scaled. Only then, in April 15, 2005, the first solo ascent was accomplished by Ueli Steck via the north face.


Day 01 : Arrival Kathmandu airport- transfer hotel
Day 02-03 : Stay in Kathmandu for the official procedure
Day 04 : flight to Lukla & trek to Phakding Lodge or Camping
Day 05 : Phakding - Namche 3450m. Lodge/Camping
Day 06 : Namche acclimatize/ day hiking Lodge/Camping
Day 07 : Namche - Phortse Tenga – Lodge/Camping
Day 08 : Phortse Tenga - Macharmo – Lodge/Camping
Day 09 : Machermo - Gokyo – Lodge/Camping
Day 10 : Gokyo day hiking – Lodge/Camping
Day 11 : Gokyo - Cho La Phedi – Lodge/Camping
Day 12 : Cho La Phedi - Chola La pass - Jungla (Dzongla) Lodge/Camping
Day 13 : Dzongla – Cholache Base camp - Camping
Day 14-23 : climbing period for Cholache
Day 24 : BC – Pangboche – Lodge/ Camping
Day 25 : Pangboche – Namche – Lodge/Camping
Day 26 : Namche – Lukla – Lodge/Camping
Day 27 : Lukla – Kathmandu flight & transfer hotel
Day 28-29 : Kathmandu - Hotel
Day 30 : Departure From Kathmandu

 


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