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 trekers 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". 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.
The mountain has not been climbed by commercial companies and none of the routes to the summit have been ascended more than a few times. The South West Ridge, perhaps the easiest on the peak was only repeated in 1993 then in 2005.
Health and Fitness Requirement:
This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.
Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.
Climbing Region: Everest, Nepal
Trip Duration: 29 Days
Total Trekking days: 25 Days
Camping Trek: Full board basis (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 04Nights
Trips Starts / Ends: Kathmandu
Activities: Peak climbing + Kathmandu Sightseeing
Mode of Transportation: Flight & comfortable vehicle, as per group size
Best Season: Mid Feb – June & Mid Sept - Dec
Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu & camp on trek
Type of Trip: Private & Fixed Departure
Service available: Standard/Camping
Trek grade: Medium – hard
No .of Pax : 2 to 12
Meals during trip: Included, except lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
Maximum elevation: 6440 m
Walking hours: 5 – 6 hrs a day
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will be met by a representative of Alfresco Adventure Travel and transferred to a Hotel. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.
Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square.
Day 03: Preparation for climbing and permit.
Day 04: Flight from KTM – Lukla. Trek to Phakding (2,652m).
Day 05: Phakding to Namche (3,440m)- Beginning with a slight climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes a waterfall. All day, we pass villages interspersed with magnificent forest- rhododendron, magniolia trees and giant firs. And on the way to walking you will be rewarded (weather permitting) your first glimpse of Kusum Kanggru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m) Everest (8848m) and Nuptse (7879 m). A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche bazaar (3440m).
Day 06: Acclimatization day in Namche. Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation. It is therefore recommended that you take a short days hike to Thame, Khunde or Khumjung or relax and explore the sherpa culture of Namche.
Day 07: Namchebazaar to Phortse Thanga:Leave Namche along the direction of the gompa and turn right afater the large rocks engraved with Buddhist images.The trek climbs the hill to Khumjung and descends to the valley of Dudhkoshi and arrives at Phortse Thanga (3,500m) which offers superb views of Thamserku(6,608m), Kangtewa.
Day 08: Phortse Thanga to Machermo: This will be another short day trek to aid acclimatization to the altitude.The path goes through the middle of forest and offers the first view of Cho you peak (8,153m), working , through rhododendron forest and juniper and large conifers appear as the elevation increases making the trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through kharkas and summer settlements to Dole after thatWe wil work across a rocky terrain scattered with a few dwarf rhododendrons. Staying overnight at Machermo at (4,410m).
Day 09: Machermo to Gokyo Lake.
Day 10: Gokyo Lake explore around: The excurtion to the Gokyo peak usually starts early in the morning. The climb is quite steep first 30 minutes; it will take you an hour to reach the top with its traditional prayer flags. From where you will have a magnificent view of highest peaks, from the west to east are Cho you (8,153m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m), Everest ( 8848m), Lhotse (8,501m) and further way Makalu, On the way to descent you can enjoy, superb view of Gokyo Lake.
Day 11: Gokyo lake to Chola Phedi.
Day 12: Cho La Phedi - Chola La pass to Jungla (Dzongla).
Day 13: Dzongla to Cholatse Base camp.
Day 14-23: climbing period for Cholatse.
Day 24: Base Camp to Pangboche.
Day 25: Pangboche to Namche.
Day 26: Namche to Lukla.
Day 27: Flight from Lukla - KTM, transfer to hotel.
Day 28 : Kathmandu free day, evening culture show with Nepali dinner, hotel.
Day 29: Final departure, transfer to airport.
Cost Details: On request
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What is the necessary documents do I need to bring for this trip?
Please bring Valid Passport,Travel insurance with a separate photocopy,Return flight tickets,Insurance coverage policy,Cash and Traveler’s Checks,Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.
How many hours do we walk during trek?
During trekking, approximately you walk around 5 to 6 hours a day.
What level of physical fitness do I need for this trip?Do we need any climbing training for this trip?
Climbing requires physical fitness and also technical knowledge of rock climbing as it belong most adventurous and enourmous snow uphill . Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering this trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.
Where do we stay in mountain? Do we need to bring tent and mat?
Most of our trip days, our accommodation in local guest house where we have good facility of food and seeping. During the climbing days, it will be tented camp accommodation, so the necessary camping gears are all inclusive in the package. So you do not really need to bring them.
What kind of equipments do we need for the climbing?
You need Ice Axe, Crampons, Harness, 2 x Tape slings, 2 x Screw gate Karabiners, Descender/ Abseil Device, Prussic Loops & Plastic Mountaineering Boots along with Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T – shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfy shoes for around the camp, Polypropylene/wool socks, Light cotton socks for under wool socks, Rucksack, Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, Sun block, lipbalm , Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear,Thermal wear, Insulated pants Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries etc.
Can we buy or rent those equipments in Nepal?
You can rent Sleeping bag and down jacket in Kathmandu. Other equipments you can buy here for fairly cheaper price.
How many porters and guide are for the trip?
An English speaking guide will be provided for up to 6 people, where as a porter will carry of 2 person`s luggage.And a climbing guide will take you for the climbing.
Is there any weight limit for the porter ?
A porter carry maximum 20 K.G of luggage. In our package, A porter is provided for two member. In this case , you have to combine your luggage not to be more than 20 K.G.
What kind of food is provided during the trip?
You can select any item from the menu, as the tea houses offer Nepali and continental food a long the way.
I am vegetarian, can I have vegetarian food?
Yes, you can select any veg item from the menu.