Cholatse Peak Climbing
Cholatse Peak Climbing Overview
Cholatse peak (6440m) also known as Jobo Lhaptshan, is a mountain peak located between Gokyo and Khumbu valley of Nepal which is connected to Taboche by a long ridge. The base of Mt Cholatse itself lies at the elevation of 4930m. Interestingly, there is also a lake just below this pass to the east. In Tibetan ‘Cho’ means lake, ‘La’ means a pass, and ‘Tse’ means a peak so the literal meaning of ‘Cholatse’ is a “lake pass peak.” Cholatse peak was first climbed by Vern Clevenger, Galen Rowell, John Roskelley, Bill O’Connor, and Peter Hackett on April 22, 1982, via South Ridge. The North face was successfully climbed in 1984. The solo ascent was successfully done on April 15, 2005, by Ueli Steck through the north face. The trail to Mount Cholatse is filled with astonishing views of many mountain peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Makalu, etc along with the view of Gokyo lakes. The trail here passes through Sagarmatha National Park offering a chance to explore diverse flora and fauna. Rhododendrons, oaks, Himalayan Tahr, musk deer, etc are found here. Mount Cholatse is technically a very difficult peak to climb in comparison to other peaks in Nepal. This requires an experienced and skilled climber with very good physical and mental fitness. Even though difficult the number of climb and climbers has been accelerated these days.
This trek takes around 24-25 days if you take proper rest and take some days off. The average cost for this trek is around2800$. Including all the flight tickets, accommodation, food, equipment, gears, permits etc.
Highlights of Cholatse Peak Climbing
- Explore beautiful villages of the Khumbu region
- Stunning view of Gokyo lakes
- Diverse flora and fauna like Rhododendrons, Himalayan Tahr, musk deer, etc.
- Get to know the different cultures and traditions of the Sherpa people.
- Panoramic view of mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Lobuche, etc.
- Day 1- arrival at Kathmandu
- Day 2- Kathmandu- Lukla, trek to Phakding 30 minutes flight, 3-4 hours walk
- Day 3- Phakding- Namche 5-6 hours walk
- Day 4- Namche- Dole 6 hours walk
- Day 5- Dole-Macchermo 5 hours walk
- Day 6- Macchermo- Gokyo lake 5 hours walk
- Day 7- Gokyo Lakes- Dragnak 4 hours walk
- Day 8- Dragnak- Dzonglha via cho La pass 7 hours walk
- Day 9- Dzonglha – Cholatse base camp 6 hours walk
- Day 10- 20-climbing period
- Day 21- Cholatse peak- Pangboche 5 hours walk
- Day 22- Pangboche- Namche Bazar 5-6 hours walk
- Day 23- Namche Bazar- Lukla- Kathmandu 7 hours walk, 30 minutes flight
Best Season to Visit
Season and climate play a vital role in this trek. Since this is a very demanding and technical climb it is important to have good weather. The best season to climb this peak is spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). These season comes with fewer challenges as compared to winter and monsoon seasons. The trails are in the best condition and offer a beautiful view with a clear atmosphere and blue skies.
Insurance policy- High mountains are not the kind of places you want to travel without an insurance policy. Travel insurance has become part of trekking requirements. If you ever have some medical emergencies your travel insurance will have to bear it and that is why you need to mention the details about the places you are going to and the altitudes you will be reaching.
Valid visas/passports – All foreigners except Indians are required to have valid visas and passports to enter Nepal. The visa application will need the passport having a minimum of 6 months of validation along with your passport size photo. You will receive your visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan international airport
Clothing and equipment
|Travel wallet||Climbing shocks|
|Duffel bag||Synthetic underwear|
|Trekking boots||Synthetic climbing/trekking pants|
|Trekking shocks||Insulated pants|
|Light weight sneakers||Shell pants(water proof)|
|Medium weight Gaiters(water proof)||Medium weight long john tops|
|Foot powder||Synthetic pile jacket|
|Down booties||Down jacket|
|Double insulated climbing boots||Shell jacket (light weight waterproof)|
|Heavy gaiters||Down parka|
|Buff neck gaiters||Face mask|
|Fleece gloves||Winter/summer hat|
|Climbing gloves||Glacier glasses|
|Chemical hand warmers and foot warmers||Dark goggles|
|Climbing pack||Double length and single length sling|
|Lightweight harness||Climbing ascender|
|Locking/non-locking carabiners||Prusik cord|
|Helmet||Alpine ice axe|
|Point crampons||Figure 8 and Rappel device|
|Trekking poles||Backpack cover|