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Cholatse peak climbing

  • 26 Days

Highlight of Lukla - Namchebazar - Gokyo - Cholapass - kalapather - Cholatse Sumit - Lukla

Duration25 Days
Type of TrekTea house/ Camping
ActivitiesTrekking, Peak climbing Culture Tours
No of Pax2 to 15
Max Altitude6335 m
Mode of travelLand and flight Transportation
Best MonthSeptember, October, November, March, April, May
Minimum Pax2 Persons


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 Sherpa’s and trekkers 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 than in 2005.

Additional Info


During our Cholatse peak climbing ; we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian.) from pizza and Chips to apple pie. We can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be served from the tea house or lodge menu where we spent the night. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner and breakfast will be served at the tea house where you spend the night.


All accommodations for Cholatse peak climbing are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc. There are two styles of accommodations during the trip. We will spend 23 nights in standard tea house or lodge or Tent hotel in which there are unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses. I will try to provide Best Tea house as much as possible, however tea houses or lodges of some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities

Health and Experience Requirements

Cholatse peak climbing is a difficult trip suitable for passionate adventurers who have ability to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light day pack. In some days we might even need to walk more hours. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, those in excellent physical condition with above average fitness and some hiking experience can do this trek. Positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination are things that aid to accomplish trip successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance strength and stability.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.


'During Cholatse peak climbing itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. Itineraries generally allow sufficient time to acclimatize. So, for a safe trek, it is absolutely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are symptoms of AMS.

Tour Description


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

Upon Arrival in Kathmandu Airport you will be expected to complete your custom formalities (Visa etc.) We suggest you to look for our representative who will be waiting for you at the arrival gate with netra magar you will then be transferred to hotel 3 star category. Briefing about Trekking.Include B/B.


Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation trekking

Completion of required official procedures and taking a cultural tour of Kathmandu before the actual Trekking will be the main agenda of this day. After Breakfast there will be cultural tours to world heritage sites in Kathmandu which include Kathmandu Durbar square, Pashupatinath Hindu Temple, Swayambhunath and boudhanath during the afternoon, you will be meeting with the Trekking program along with your guide at EVT office for a pre-Trips Briefing discussion Include B/B.


Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m and trek to Phakding 2610 m/3-4 hours, stay overnight at Lodge.

30 minutes flight, 3 - 4 hrs treks from domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft), 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. Upon arrival at Lukla, 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. Overnight at Guest house Include meal B/L/D.


Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m/5-6 hours, stay overnight at Lodge.

Today's trek: Our trek starts in the morning after breakfast. The walk today is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Benkar village. We cross more bridges and reach entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked in order to keep record of trekkers and local trekking staffs as well. A descend and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable through the river bed and we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. Now, as we climb up hill towards Namche Bazzar, closer and magnificent sight of Kwangde Peak, its sister peaks, Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other fabulous mountains will be viewed closely. We stop at Chautara to admire the view. Finally, we reach the colorful village of Namche Bazzar, the main gateway of Khumbu region.  Overnight at guest house Include meal B/L/D.


Acclimatization Day, hike to Everest View Hotel and back to Tea house.

Namche Bazaar. This is the first of the three scheduled "acclimatization" days. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest days instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Khumjung visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Your guides will take us to the 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. Namche Bazzar is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize.  Overnight at guest house Include meal B/L/D.


Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole 4110m/5-6 hours, stay overnight at Lodge.

From Namche Bazaar Our Trail Climb to pass through a Village Khumjung a Rhododendron forest and beautiful southern slope of Khumbila. We enjoy the outstanding view of the panorama of Mt Amadablam, Mt Kangtaga and Mt Thamserku from the Mongla Pass. Enjoying the peak of Thamserku Looming in the near background.  Overnight at guest house Include meal B/L/D.


Trek from Dole to Machhermo 4470m/4-5 hours, stay overnight at Lodge.

From Dole with an ascent through a scenic offering us splendid views of Cho Oyu and Thamserku.the trail pass through a small settlement at Luza (4340 m) as we continue our walk along the hillside above the roaring Dudh Koshi river. Overnight at guest house Include meal B/L/D.


Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo 4790 m/5-6 hours, stay overnight at Lodge.

We start our trek by climbing a ridge which will reward us with a beautiful view of both down the valley and of Thamserku. Mt Kangetega Cho Oyu (8153m).The Trail Drops Briefly to Climb a Large Cave Known a Nilibuk. We Climb Steep stairs along a narrow trail to cross a wooden bridge which leads us to the first lake Longponga. Gokyo Village is a collection of stone house and walled pastures on the shores of a large lake called Dudh Pokhari. The Gokyo Village sets a Spectacular sight as it stands by the Stunning Lakes and Cho Oyu Mountain in the Background.  Overnight at guest house Include meal B/L/D.


Hike to Gokyo Ri 5360 m and trek to Thangnak 4700 m/2-3 hours, stay overnight at Lodge.

Gokyo is Famous for its marvelous views and Beautiful Shimmering High Altitude Lakes. The Acclimatization at Gokyo is an ideal day to enjoy the outstanding beauty of the Gokyo Valley. We take a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo RI (5483m) Which REWARDS US WITH Stunning Views whole Khumbu Himalayas including the Everest, Lhotse Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyo, and Gychung Kang.Gokyo Valley has 6 Beautiful Lakes. After enjoying the views, we will return to Gokyo Village. And We leave the gokyo valley as we descend to Dragnag which is the is the gateway to the chola pass.  Overnight at guest house Include meal B/L/D.


Trek from Thangnak to Dzongla 4830m/7-8 hours via Cho-La Pass 5368 m, stay overnight at Lodge.

Today, we trek to the Cho La Pass. ChoLa pass is also another show up of this trip. Today is going to be one of the toughest days. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. So, we climb up continuously up from Phedi. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below. Overnight at guest house Include meal B/L/D.


Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche 4910 m/4-5 hours, stay overnight at Lodge.

Today, we head for Lobuche. We climb down from Dzongla. Upon crossing a bridge, we transverse through grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge. The mountains of Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku Taboche are seen looming prominently. Curving round through the wide gravelly river bed, we reach Lobuche.  Overnight at guest house Include meal B/L/D.


Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep 5140 m/2-3 hours and afternoon side trip to EBC 5364m, stay overnight at Lodge.

16,961ft - Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] - Gorak Shep:  8 - 9 hrs The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip.However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is suggested to visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. As the setting sun's rays strike the snowcapped mountains the resulting scenery is indescribable. For those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar, our guides and Sherpas coordinate in hiking to Kala Patthar for amazing sunset view today rather than waiting until the next day.  Overnight at guest house Include meal B/L/D.


Morning hike to Kalapathar 5550 m and trek from Gorakshep to Cholatse Base Camp 4590 m/5-6 hours, stay overnight at tented Camp.

We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Further, there is always the potential of chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding viewpoints to snap pictures. After several hours of ascent, we will be Kala Patthar. From this juncture, we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar where our eyes rook taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can and take the in view with our mind's eye to last lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast then we will trek to Descend down to Cholatse Base camp Overnight Tent Camp Include meal B/L/D.


Preparation Day, stay overnight at tented Camp.

with Everest View treks And Expedition climbing Guide will teach /short Training how to fixed or blay the rope whiling climbing the Cholastse peak. Overnight tent camp include meal B/L/D.


Climb from Base Camp to Camp I, stay overnight at tented Camp.

Climb from Base Camp to Camp I, stay overnight at tented Camp.


Day 16 to 19

Day 16 to 19 Climbing period Climb to camp 1 Today we walk steep climbing up cholatse we Climb 4 to 5 hour we have pack lunch Overnight tent camp include meal B/L/D.


Trek from Cholatse Base Camp to Pangboche 3930 m/5-6 hours.

After break fast we Descend to thukla then down hill till pheriche from pheriche we walk flat up the gradual down hill to pangboche village Overnight at Basic Lodge Include meal B/L/D.


Day 21: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar 3440m/6-7 hours,

We retrace the original steps of our ascent as we make our way back down the mountain again. The fascinating culture of the Sherpa’s is on display once more – don’t miss a peak at the yak-herding namche mainly downhill, although it does, counter intuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. We’ll be in Namche by late afternoon and off to bed before our second last day on the mountain Overnight at Guest house Include meal B/L/D.


Day 22: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2840m/6-7 hours, stay overnight at Lodge.

After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in a proper hotel and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet Overnight at Guest house Include meal B/L/D.


Day 23: Fly back Kathmandu Transfer to hotel o/n at hotel and Relax in hotel.

In the morning, you’ll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You’ll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we’ll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip. Overnight at Hotel include B/B.


Day 24: Leisure day at Kathmandu.

This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost. We can assist you to visit some other places of interest in the valley like patan, Bhaktapur and famous streets. At the evening you can have last in Nepal enjoying the Nepalese cultural dinner show exchanging greeting among friends and with all Nepalese people. overnight hotel include B/B/D Nepali farewell Dinner.


Day 25: Final Departure to International Airport for further destination.

You are saying goodbye to the mountains as your journey to Nepal. Comes to an end today we hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you will be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalayan again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from EVT will transfer you to the airport on your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next Adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal

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