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Cholatse Peak Climbing

Cholatse Peak Climbing

Trip Fact -

  • Trip Code: PMTREKS112
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
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About Trip -

Cholatse Peak (6440m) stunning peak with narrow snow ice ridges and steep faces. The Cholatse ridge separating the Gokyo and Khumbu valleys, just north of Taboche and just south  of Cho La pass (5420m ) used by Sherpa and trekkers frequently  to go between the Gokyo and Khumbu valleys.

Cholatse Peak Climbingis the most technical climbing peak in Everest Region which looks like an unreachable fort from the North face, but Pink Mountain Treks and Expedition arrange the normal route, the Southwest ridge. The mountain is very easy to reach from the Khumbu valley with only a few days trekking from Lukla.  You will start to climb Cholatse peak with acclimatize trek to Gokyo and Cho La pass. That Mean you can gain strength to climb this beautiful mountain which hasn’t had that many summits since climbing permits was started to issue since 2002. Cholatse was first climbed in 1982 from the normal route and in 1984 from the much harder north face.

Cholatse Peak belongs to the group “A” Trekking Peaks of Nepal Mountaineering Association, NMA.  It is a tougher and more technicalmountain peak to climb in Everest region. Most climbers normally climb from the Southwest ridge which is seen as the route with the best chance to summit. Cholatse (6500m) Peak climbing has bigger challenge than climbing Island peak and Mera Peak. The previous alpine experience will be beneficial and helpful to climb Cholatse peak.

A good sound physical and mental health is necessary, be prepared to walk 4-6 hours, even longer for some trekking days. Prepare for quick and dramatic changes in the weather. There will be cold nights and snowy, windy days. On lower altitude our days can be hot. Because of those factors it is important to make sure that you have packed enough warm trekking and climbing gear.

Outline Itinerary -

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu International airport and meet with representative of Pink Mountain Treks and Expedition, then transfer to hotel.

Day 02:Kathmandu (1350m) sightseeing tour.

Day 03:Fly to Lukla flight and Trek to Phakding from Lukla.

Day 04:Phakding to Namche (3440m)

Day 05:Trek to Dole (3675m)

Day 06:Trek to Machhermo (4410m)

Day 07:Trek to Gokyo (4750m)

Day 08:Acclimatize Climb to Gokyo Peak.

Day 09:Gokyo -visit five lake retune to Gokyo (4750m)

Day 10:Gokyo / trek to Thagnak (4700m)

Day 11:Thangnak / trek to Cholatse Base Camp (5200m)

Day 12:Climbing day

Day 13:Climbing day

Day 14:Climbing day

Day 15:Climbing day Summit

Day 16:Climbing day

Day 17:Cholatse Base Camp / trek to Thaknak (4700m)

Day 18:Thaknak / trek to Dzongla (4848m)

Day 19:Dzongla / trek to Pangboche (3900m)

Day 20:Pangboche / trek to Namche (3440m)

Day 21:Namche / trek to Lukla (2800m)

Day 22:Lukla / Kathmandu by flight

Day 23:Fly out.Pink Mountain Treks and Expedition's representative will drop you at airport before Three hours of your flight schedule.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu International airport and meet with representative of Pink Mountain Treks and Expedition, then transfer to hotel.

Day 2Kathmandu (1350m) sightseeing tour.After breakfast, proceed to sightseeing tour to heritage sites of Kathmandu. Visit to Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu durbar square tour.

Boudhanath stupa is one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries. Pashipatinath temple is the most famous Hindu temple in Asia, located in the banks of Bagmati river where men are meditating, pilgrims are bathing and occasionally funeral pyres means dead body are burning/cremating on the ghats. Then come back to hotel and introduction meeting with your guide in the afternoon. You can ask any questions regard the trekking and climbing with your guide on this group meeting and the final preparations for the trip.

Day 3Fly to Lukla flight and Trek to Phakding from Lukla. Get 30min flight to Lukla and start trekking following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. On the way trekking, we can see Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kang (6367m) and stop for lunch at Ghat and then continue trek to Phakding. This is an easy trekking today on well trekking trail, gradually up hill and downhill equal to flat trekking path.

Day 4Phakding to Namche (3440m) Trek 6/7 hours to Namche bazzar. The first part of the trekking is comparatively easier than the last of part of the trekking. Since the last part of the trekking goes steep uphill from the confluence of Bhote Koshi and Dudh koshi to Namche bazaar. In the middle of the uphill we can see the first view of Mt. Everest.

Day 5Trek to Dole (3675m) Trek 5/6 hours to Dole. The trail is almost uphill, but landscapes are wonderful.

Day 6Trek to Machhermo (4410m) Trek 5/6 hours on alpine meadows and grass land. As we trek up, the Himalayas are closer to us.

Day 7Trek to Gokyo (4750m) Trek 5/6 hours on alpine meadows, glacier and moraine to Gokyo Lake.

Day 8Acclimatize Climb to Gokyo Peak. Climb to Gokyo peak (5340m) return to Gokyo Village. One of the best climbing peaks in Everest can climb without using any climbing equipment and gear.

Day 9Gokyo -visit five lake retune to Gokyo (4750m) Explore the 5th glacier lake in Gokyo Lake.

Day 10Gokyo / trek to Thagnak (4700m) Trek for 4/5 hour to Thangnak on glacier trail.

Day 11Thangnak / trek to Cholatse Base Camp (5200m) Trek/climb to Cholatse Base Camp. It takes 5/6 hours to bas camp.

Day 12Climbing day Climb Cholatse Base camp to high camp.

Day 13Climbing day High camp acclimatizes day.

Day 14Climbing day Proceed to camp 1 from High camp.

Day 15Climbing day Summit Cholatse Peak and back to 1st camp.

Day 16Climbing day Climb back to Cholatse base camp

Day 17Cholatse Base Camp / trek to Thaknak (4700m)

Day 18Thaknak / trek to Dzongla (4848m) A long day trek that takes 8/9 hours, crossing Cho La. A long steep uphill walks to Cho La pass and steep downhill walk to Dzongla.

Day 19Dzongla / trek to Pangboche (3900m) Trek down to Pangboche for 5/6 hours walk. Catch the beautiful glimpse of Mt. Ama Dablam in front of you while walking down.

Day 20Pangboche / trek to Namche (3440m) Trek back to Namche bazzar, it takes 6/7 hours. Stop for while at Tyangboche monastery from there you could have nice photographs of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam and other mountain peaks.

Day 21Namche / trek to Lukla (2800m) Trek back to Lukla, it is about 7/8 hours walk.

Day 22Lukla / Kathmandu by flight Get fly back to Kathmandu and spend free day in Kathmandu. You can extend your trip in Nepal to explore the Jungle safari in Chitwan National park or Buddhist Pilgrimage trip to Lumbini, Birthland of Buddha or other part of Nepal's Trip or Can take your Flight to your destination.

Day 23Fly out.Pink Mountain Treks and Expedition's representative will drop you at airport before Three hours of your flight schedule.

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