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Cholatse Peak Climbing in Nepal

Cholatse Peak (6,440m) is one of the tough trekking peaks of Everest region, has opened for climbing under Nepal Mountaineering Association Nepal(NMA). NMA declared the Mt. Cholatse Peak in group "A" category climbing peak. Main attraction of Cholatse Peak is panoramic views of Himalayan peaks like Everest(8848m), Nuptse(7879m), Lhotse(8501m), Lhotse Shar(8383m), Makalu(8463m), Baruntse(7720m), and Ama Dablam(6812m) Thamserku, Cho-Oyu(8201m) etc. Cholatse Peak is situated at Mahalangur Himalayan range in Everest region at Solukhumbu district, Nepal. Comparatively Cholatse Peak is very hard to climb than other peak in Nepal. Mt Cholatse is the technically difficult peak it requires careful ascent. We recommended cholatse peak for those climbers who have Mountaineering experience including the huge knowledge of ice and rock climbing. Only few climbers get success in Cholatse Peak climbing yet. Climbers need a vast mountaineering ability to climb Cholatse. Cholatse Peak is connected to Taboche (6,501m) by a long ridge.

Cholatse Peak was first climbed via the southwest ridge on April 22, 1982 by Vern Clevenger, Galen Rowell, John Rowell and Bill O'Connor. The north face was successfully scaled in 1984. Who has seen the Cholatse Peak than most of the people have desire to summit of this mountain. Mt. Cholatse can impress to all the people who loves to climb.

 

Cholatse peak climbing highlights:

Wonderful scenery of Everest (8848m), Nuptse, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Kantega, Pumori, Kusum Khagaroo, Kongde, Twache Peak, Cholaste, Island Peak, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and many more. Great Himalayan Landscape

Trip grading:

This peak climbing is fairly little bit easy.

 

Place covers:

Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche - Thyanbuche - Chhhukung valley - Kalapatar - Everest base camp.

Best Season:

February, March, April, May, June, September, October and November.



Cholatse Peak climbing outline itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival day in Kathamndu, B/B Plan
  • Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley., B/B Plan
  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860m.) and trek to Phakding (2,650m) 30 min. fly and 4 hrs walk., O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m.): 5 hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization then to Khumjung (3,780m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 06: Khumjung to Dole (4,040m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 07: Dole to Machhermo (4,410m). , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 08: Machermo to Gokyo Lake (4,790m). , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 09: Gokyo Lake to Gokyo Ri (5,483m.) and back to Gokyo Lake. , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 10: Gokyo to Thagnak (4,700m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 11: Thagnak to Dzongla (4,830m) via Cho La Pass (5,370m). , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 12: Dzongla to Cholatse Base Camp (4,930m) , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 13-16: Climbing period of Cholatse Climbing / Expedition period , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 17: Pheriche to Phortse Village(3,750m.) , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 18: Phortse Village to Khumjung (3,790m.) , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 19: Khumjung to Monjo (2,835m.) , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 20: Monjo to Lukla (2860m.) , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 21: Lukla to Kathmandu , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 22: Drop you to the Kathamndu International Airport for your onward programs., O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan

 

Note of the above itinerary

O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.



Important note

Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.


short description mode of packages

In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows

Cholatse Peak climbing detail itinerary

Day 01
Arrival in Kathmandu.

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport at Kathmandu(1348m). You will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur and a short brief about the trekking and climbing after your refreshment.

Day 02
Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

In the morning after breakfast, we will take you for the Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with tour guide in world heritage sites such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and many more and than meet to with climbing guide to preparations for the trip.

Day 03
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m.) and Trek to Phakding: 35 Min fly 4 hrs trek

Early morning, scenic fly together to Lukla. Lukla is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kangaroo (6367m.). The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding.

Day 04
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.): 5 Hrs

Thamserku looms skyward on the opposite bank. You cross a stream and climb the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, to arrive at Benkar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. You continue along a path with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village of Monjo. Now you descend the path of stone steps and return to the right bank. After a short climb you come to Jorsale’s teahouse and hotel, also stop at the National Park entrance counter where National Park fee is collected. After your departure from Jorsale you enter a forested mountainside. You follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks - the right is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nampa La. After short distance along the Bhote Kosi you begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazar. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, you will emerge at a ridge top rest area that offers excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.), The climb eases somewhat, and Namche Bazar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. Pass the plateau where the Saturday market is held and enter the village. Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.

Day 05
Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) for acclimatization then to Khumjung (3780m)

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off to Dole. For the acclimatization you trek to Khumjung via Syangaboche hill station. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche and kongde. Or you can have an hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where you will have the amazing view of Mt.Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Cholatse, Tawoche, Kwangde, Kusum Kangaru and more. Then you can visit Khumjung monastery in the afternoon. Khhumjung is densely populated by Sherpa community. There is an also good view from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. This museum exhibits Sherpa culture.

Day 06
Khumjung to Dole (4040m)

Leaving Khumjung we have a choice of two trails up to Mong La. The left one goes through the rocks, steep up. The right one is used as yak trail. Both the trails join just before Mong La. After steep down to Phortse Tanga, the trail goes gently to Dole passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can sometimes be seen.

Day 07
Dole to Machermo (4410m).

Today, the trek goes from Dole to Machermo (4410m.). Walking along the alpine meadow enjoying yaks and alpine highland birds and flowers, with view of Cho-Oyu (8201m) to the north is rewarding one.

Day 08
Machermo to Gokyo Lake (4790m).

We climb up the moraine on the far side of the village and then walk gently downhill to the village of Fanka. The path enters a very steep region where the path is cut into a cliff. Arrive at the foot of a rock staircase and begin the slow climb upwards. We then enter at a wooden bridge over the Dudh Kosi and mark the first of the Gokyo Lakes, populated with its amazing high altitude ducks. Just before Gokyo, there is a chautara (resting place) covered with prayer flags.

Day 09
Gokyo Lake to Gokyo Ri (5483m.) and back to Gokyo Lake

We climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri early in the morning to have stunning views of the upper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas like- Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8463m), Cho-Oyu (8201m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) and many more.

Day 10
Gokyo to Thagnak (4661m)

We trek down from the Gokyo Valley to Thagnak. Along the way, we experience the Himalayan culture and life. We cross the crevassed glacier and reach the lateral moraine at a far. The village is just below a small cliff.

Day 11
Tagnag to Dzongla (4830m) via Cho La Pass (5330m).

We leave Tagnag following the path alongside the stream through the yak pastures. On the way, we can see the Cho La. We make our attempt to top the Cho La (5,420m.). Overnight stay at Dzongla.

Day 12
Dzongla to Cholatse Base Camp (4930m)
Day 13 - 16
Cholatse Climbing / Expedition period
Day 17
Pheriche to Phortse (3750m.)

Now we trek from Pheriche to Phortse (3750m.). On the way, one can have a look at wild animals like mountain goat, musk deer and many species of himalayan birds. There are monasteries as well at Pangboche and Phortse which were believed to have been constructed during the 16th century. The Pangboche village has also gained its popularity for highest settlement on earth.

Day 18
Phortse (3750m.) to Khumjung (3790m.)

The trail here descends for early twenty minutes and ascends up steeply for almost one hour to Mongla (4000m.). From this spot, you can see the panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Now the trail descends and ascends frequently up to Khumjung. The Khumjung village is said to be the largest settlement of Khumbu region. There is well-equipped high school built by Edmund Hillary in 1960. Besides, there is an old monastery where the skull of Yeti is believed to have been preserved.

Day 19
Khumjung to Monjo (2835m.)

Today the trek goes to Thame to Monjo (2835m.). While trekking from Thame to Monjo we come across Sherpa settlements and interact with the local people. Upon arrival at Monjo, we get into one of the best lodges of the area.

Day 20
Monjo to Lukla (2860m.)

Today is the final trekking day. We trek to Lukla (2800m.). During the trekking trails gradually descend along the bank of Dudh Koshi River. We would have plenty of opportunities to walk over suspension bridges.

Day 21
Lukla to Kathmandu

We board our early flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. Upon arrival at TIA, we would be received by our representatives and transfer to hotel. In the evening, we serve you farewell dinner in Nepal typical restaurant.

Day 22
Drop you to the Kathamndu International Airport for your onward destination.

Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at national parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking and many more).

Cost includes in the package


  • Kathmandu International Airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with private vehicles.
  • 3 nights standard accommodation in two/three star hotel in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur (bed with breakfast).
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu airfare with domestic airport taxes.
  • All grounded transportation as per programs.

  • Cholatse Peak climbing permit and all other required necessary permits.
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, equipements and transportation for Nepali crew.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Gokyo Treks Nepal's sleeping bag, down jackets, and walking stick, if necessary.
  • Gokyo Treks Nepal's provides duffle bag (keep yourself).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government applicable taxes.
  • All 3 major meals breakfast/lunch/dinner with hot drinks and tented accommodation during the trek en-route. (Twin sharing tent, dining tent, toilet tent, kitchen tent, staff tent, table, chairs and kitchen utensil etc.).
  • Staff: (Professional English speaking trekking guide, 1 cook, 1 kitchen helper, 1 climbing guide & necessary porters. (1 assistant guide for 5 plus people).
  • Hot bucket shower (bath) during the trek.
  • Insurance for all the Nepalese staff.
  • Collective equipments such as a climbing rope, ice screws, snow bars, tent, snow sawel.
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
  • At the end we will provide special gift from Gokyo Treks.

Cost excludes in the package


  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Food while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Any donations and monuments entrance fees while sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley.
  • Garbage deposit (US$ 250), refundable after the climbing.
  • Personal climbing equipment and your personal nature expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate.
  • Hot Shower during the trek.
  • International airfare and airport departure taxes.
  • Tips for the trekking crews and driver. (Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

Extra: Trip advisor notes :


  • US$ 50 per person/per day extra, if you wish to extend your trekking in the mountain.
  • If you wish to take budget hotel in Kathmandu, US$ 15 will be deducted from total trip cost.
  • US$ 45++per night for single room and 55++ per night for double room if you need extra accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • US$ 300 for extra Sherpa climbing guide.
  • No hidden price and single supplement charge.

Acclimatization


We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.


Travel Insurance


To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.


Climate and Weather


The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.


Group Size


We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.


Responsible travel


Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.

Trekking equipments


The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


Head
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
Upper Body
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower Body
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
Feet
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)
Accessories
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Optional items
  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing

Frequently Asked Question of Peak Climbing

Do I need Experience for Peak climbing in Nepal ?

This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk for 6 - 7 hours in each day, with a light weight rucksack. For adventure peak climbing period - yes, you need to have experience of walking 6 - 7 hours a day in high altitude - somehow about 5000M above sea level.

What kind of food can I expect in Peak climbing in Nepal ?

we provide you hot food prepared by our trained cook, the dinner and breakfast will be in the same campsite and we will stop and cook the lunch along the day. delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) get hot tea/coffee …as well.

What kind of accommodation can I expect in Peak climbing in Nepal ?

We provide you 2/3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and 2 men Tent with mattress accommodation during the trekking and peak climbing periods and we recommend you to have sleeping bag or if don’t have your own then we provide you sleeping nag as well.

What opportunities will I have for shower along the trekking and climbing days ?

Camping - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.

How do I get drinking water ?

There will plenty of water available for drinking in this trip however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.

Responsible trekking

Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.


Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.


Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!


After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.

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