Cholatse Peak Climbing - Black Diamond Expedition
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Cholatse Peak Climbing

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  • Duration
    Duration:17 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 3 Nights (Standard Hotel)
    9 Nights (Lodges/Tea Houses)
    4 Nights Camp
  • Meals
    Meals :16 Breakfast, 13 Lunch
    15 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Advance
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 6,440m/21,129ft

Overview

Mt. Cholatse (6440m), a stunning peak with narrow ridge and step face, is located in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalaya. Cholatse lies on the ridge that separates Gokyo and Khumbu valleys. Mt. Cholatse oversee Mt. Taboche to the south. Sherpas and other trekers use the 5420 m pass to go between the Gokyo and Khumbu valleys. Interestingly, the word Cholatse is the combination three unique meanings in Tibetan language. The syllable ‘cho’ means lake, ‘la’ stands for pass, and ‘tse’ refers to peak, and therefore, Cholatse in Tibetan language literally “lake pass peak”. Unlike many mountains, there is no easy way to reach or descend from its summit. The Chola glacier descends off the east face.

Vern Clevenger, Galen Rowell, John Roskelley and Bill O’Connor were the first adventurers to defeat Cholatse peak via the southwest ridge on April 22, 1982. Nevertheless, Ueli Steck accomplished the first solo ascent on April 15, 2005 via north face. After flying to Lukla and trekking all the way to Gokyo, climbing Gokyo Ri for acclimatization, continuing trekking we reach Cholatse Base Camp. Comparatively, Mt. Cholatse peak climbing is considered as one of the hardest peak climbings in Nepal. Both ascent and descent are really tough in this peak climbing because of its narrow and steep ridge. That’s the reason only few climbers have been able to successfully reach the summit.

Climbers having no or less previous mountaineering experiences have difficulty in ascending this summit. You are required to be both physically and mentally strong and fit. The trail to Cholatse leads us not only through the panoramic landscape and dramatic views of Khumbu region but also offers magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and other peaks. Nevertheless, it is one of the best destinations to explore and observe the Sherpa culture, their life style, tradition and old Monastery of Tengboche village.

Highlights

  • Amazing landscape and dramatic views of Khumbu region
  • Magnificent views of the Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and many more other peaks
  • Opportunity to explore the Sherpa culture, their life style, tradition and old Monastery of Tengboche village.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Hotel Encounter Nepal

Meals: Dinner 
Max altitude: 1300m/4264 ft

Day 2Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ or Swayambunath, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and Buddhists shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond briefs us regarding the trip as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.Overnight in Kathmandu, Hotel Encounter Nepal.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding

After breakfast, we get transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Here we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 2,652m/8,700ft
Trek Duration: 3 – 4 hrs
Flight Duration:  2 hrs

Day 4Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We stop at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading center of this region.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 3440 m/11,280 ft
Trek Duration: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 5Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

Today is our mandatory acclimatization day. It is recommended to stay active instead of being idle. If we walk few hundred feet vertical, it will help to proper acclimatize. We will visit Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung. We climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. After having lunch, we walk back to Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche

Today, after breakfast we start our trek from Namche Bazaar heading to Tyangboche (3867m.). This trek takes approximately 5 to 6 hours. As you climb through the forested zone, you happen to see the beautiful landscape, pine forests, snow cocks if possible and other panoramic mountain views. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by the lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). Stay overnight at lodge in Tyangboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 3867m/12687ft
Trek Duration: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 7Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche

After breakfast, we begin our trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) This trek takes approximately five hours. As you pass through the trails, you will see the beautiful and panoramic view of the mountains and the landscapes. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at a lodge in Dingboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 4260m/13976ft
Trek Duration: 5 hrs

Day 8 Trek from Dingboche to Dzongla

This morning we start our trek after we have our breakfast. As we leave Dingboche, we happen to view magnificent mountain sceneries and the panoramic landscapes in the horizon. Passing through small streams and beautiful landscapes finally we arrive in Dzongla from where we can observe our final destination of Mt. Cholatse (6440m). Stay overnight at a lodge in Dzongla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 4830m/15846ft
Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs 

Day 9Trek from Dzongla to Cholatse Base Camp

As we are approaching our destination, this morning, after breakfast, we start our trek from Dzongla. We trek for about 4-5 hours. The trail leads us through beautiful mountain views and often we see the glaciers and the lakes. It will be an exciting trek and finally we reach Cholatse Base Camp, where we set up our camp and stay overnight in the camp in Cholatse Base Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 4-5 hrs

Day 10Rest Day at Cholatse Base Camp for acclimatization

Today, it is mandatory to have a rest at Cholatse Base Camp (4700 m) for acclimatization and climbing training. Our professional climbing leader will train you such that you will be nicely acclimatize climbing. This is required because Cholatse has a very narrow ridge having lakes at the bottom. Stay Overnight in the camp at Cholatse Base Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 4700 m/15419ft

Day 11Climbing from Cholatse Base Camp to High Camp

Today, after breakfast we start our first triumph to the Cholatse High Camp (5700m) climbing from Cholatse Base Camp. This awe inspiring climbing experience gives us an opportunity to view the panoramic mountain views. We set up a camp as soon as we reach the high camp and Stay overnight in the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 5700 m/18700ft

Day 12Climbing from High Camp to Summit of Cholatse Peak and descend to Base camp

Today, we have our breakfast and start climbing again to reach the destination, the Cholatse Summit. After our victory of the ascent to 6440 m high peak we descend back to the Base camp. Stay overnight in the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 6440 m/21128ft

Day 13Trek from Cholaste Base camp to Pangboche

Today, we have our breakfast and start descending down from Cholatse Base Camp (4700 m). Passing through the beautiful mountain views and the landscapes, we reach Pangboche (3930 m) and stay overnight at a lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

This morning, after breakfast, we start our trek from Pangboche. The trail leads us through the beautiful mountain views, forests, streams and the landscapes and finally we arrive at Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight at a lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 15Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

After breakfast, we start our trek from Namche Bazaar along the trails that offers an opportunity to view panoramic mountain views, green vegetation and the landscapes and finally we arrive in Lukla. Stay overnight at a lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

After early breakfast we fly back to Kathmandu memorizing those excited and beautiful days. In Kathmandu you can take a rest throughout the day in hotel or you can explore other attractions of Kathmandu. For memorizing the Nepal trip you can buy some souvenirs for yourself or for friends and family in Thamel Area. Late evening we celebrate the success of our trip and enjoy dinner together. Overnight at Kathmandu: Hotel Encounter Nepal.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17 Departure

After breakfast you are free till departure time. If you have more time you can do shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Black Diamond drops you to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Included

  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu airfare
  • Domestic airport tax
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 15 nights accommodation in standard guest house/lodges/Camp during trekking
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Experienced trekking and climbing guide/leader, cook, assistant climbing guide (1 assistant guide for 4climbers), porters (1 porter for 2 two climbers) and other necessary helpers as per requirement.
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • All high quality Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipments, tents for camping, dining and toilet, mattresses, kitchen equipments
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are need to be returned after trek)
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

Accomodation

You will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category’s hotel in Kathmandu, and basic tea houses/guest houses/tents during the Cholatse peak climb when climbing with Black Diamond Expedition.
On most Everest Treks, the tea houses or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 495. This is for the Cholatse peak climbs but if you go on a different trek then will be cheaper than this. However, it may be difficult to get one at higher points or during the peak season of trekking and climbing.
Some of the tea houses in this trekking region in both lower and higher elevations may have shared bathrooms and toilet facilities.

Meals

Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes only breakfast while you are on the Cholatse peak climb, there are three-course meals will be served during the trekking.
The tea house where we spend an overnight will serve us a balanced diet for breakfast and dinner whereas lunch is taken at one of the tea houses on the way to our next destination. Black Diamonds has also prepared a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for the guests following a cultural performance in Kathmandu.

Best time to Cholatse peak climb

The best seasons for Climbing the Cholatse climb are Autumn (Sept to Dec) and Spring (March to May). These seasons offer the most favorable weather and trekking conditions with moderate temperatures, clear skies, and mesmerizing natural scenery.  During October, you will also have a chance to experience the major festivals of Nepalese people, Dashain and Tihar. During both seasons, the trails are easily navigable, and the teahouses along the route are fully operational.   

 

Packing Lists for Cholatse Peak Climb

While climbing pisang peak, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure to pack the stuff appropriately because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high-altitude areas and it will be difficult to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack include:

  • Down Jackets and Base Layer 
  • Insulating layer
  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Gloves and Hat 
  • Trekking poles
  • Hiking Sturdy Boots

For detailed lists of what to pack, check our comprehensive Nepal Packing Lists. 

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