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Cholatse Peak (6,440m)

OVERVIEW

The Peak Cholatse also known as Jobo Lhaptshan. The trekkers who have have climbed up Goko Ri or have descended towards Gokyo from Renjo La will remember the view towards Cholatse on the opposite side of the valley. It is one of stunning laid- back-looking peak with steep faces and narrow snowing ice ridges. Any of opened routes to summit Cholatse is technically hardest in comparison of many other mountain peaks in Nepal. Because of its technical reason many of the world’s best mountaineers also are required to attempt once with its highly challenging routes. To climb Cholatse peak, the first was issued in spring 1982 and the peak and the first scaled soon after. The name Cholatse was the last formally named but it was unclimbed peak in the Khumbu region. On April 22nd Vern Clevenger, Galen Rowell, John Roskelley and Bill o’Connor reached the summit via the South West Ridge. The South West Ridge is perhaps the easiest route on the peak and it was only repeated in 1993, again in 2005 and rarely since then. Even the South East Ridge was climbed in same the same year. The North East Face was successfully scaled in 1984 and the first solo ascent was accomplished on April 15, 2005 by Ueli Steck. With a single night’s bivouac on the face, Ueli Steck reached the summit via a direct line in a 37 hour push from base camp. Because of many technical support, It has been comparatively easier than previous year to climb Mt. Cholatse (6,440m/21,129ft.)

Itinerary of Cholatse Peak (6,440m)

Our Company representative will be standing in front of arrival gate to meets you at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu holding a board of our company SNOWPAL TREK AND EXPEDITION Pvt. Ltd. along with your Name and transfer to your hotel.

 

Overnight in hotel on BB Basis

After Breakfast first we check up all the climbing and trekking gear/equipment by guide and we start a full day 10:30 AM to 55:30 PM sightseeing to the world heritage site to Syambhunath Stupa The Buddhist sanctuary said to be nearly 2000 years old. The hill itself is pleasant place overlooking the entire valley of Kathmandu. The all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha painted in prominent blue atop the dome are visible from long distance from around the Kathmandu city. Then proceed to patan durbar squar also call Lalitpur the city full of fine arts. It covers the dozen of temples like Krishna Mandir, Kumbeswor temple, Golden temle. Next site proceed to Pashupatinath Temple the holiest Hindu Temple situated on the bank of sacred holy river Bagmati. Sightseeing continues to the Boudhanath Stupa the biggest Stupa around inhabited by Tibetan Refugee since 1959AD. The day ends at Kathmandu Durbar Square where can visit the Living Goddes Kumari who appear on the balcony of her temple to greet her devotees, Kastamandap temple (Though now it is under reconstruction process after collapsed in earthquake in 25 April 2014), the temple made out of single tree and named Kathmandu as it was known as Kantipur in earlier times. Kathmandu Durbar Squar cover dozen of temple concluding Kumari temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Maizu dewal, Taleju temple, Nautale Durbar, Kaal Bhairav, freak street and many more.

 

Over night in heritage hotel on BB basis.

Breakfast served in the early morning and drive to Kathmandu airport for your domestic flight to Lukla. It’s takes approximately 25 minutes. There’ll be time to explore the village whilst the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment. From Lukla we descend on a wide trail northwest to the village of Chomlung in the Dudh Kosi valley. The valley radiates energy through beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. The walking is easy and we follow the river’s course, passing through the village of Ghat. Our destination is the small village of Phakding.

 

Overnight in Phakding at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After the breakfast, we start our journey to Namche Bazaar, from Phakding we head up valley on a busy trail. Continue along beside the Dudh Kosi amongst beautiful alpine scenery, through the fragrant blue pine and fir forest, glimpsing spectacular views of Kusum Kangru (6369m) and Thanserku (6608m) along the way. Our lunch spot in Monjo, Leaving Monjo, we again cross the Dudh Kosi, to the western bank at Jorsale prior to trekking through the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. Continuing upstream along the banks to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi, it is here we begin our first sustained ascent to Namche Bazaar after crossing the large suspension bridge. Walking at a slow pace, we have a fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7879m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. Climbing again, the path takes us through pine trees to reach the distinctive horse- shoe shaped bowl containing the village of Namche Bazaar. Stay in the heart of the village, with the afternoon free to bargain in the shops for “Tibeta artifacts, relax over a cup of tea and talk with our experienced Trekking guides and simply marvel at the beautiful scenery.

 

Overnight in Namche at lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full day to acclimatize Exploring Namche and Sherpa culture. Wake up early in the morning and  climb to the ridge above Namche will be rewarded with the stunning sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. Namche is famous for its local market or bazaar. Each week, Sherpas from the surrounding villages come to buy food and to socialize. Any food not grown locally, such as rice, corn and some vegetables is brought in from the lowland village, which can be up to a 6-10 day walk from Jiri. Spend the morning exploring this colorful and lovely spectacle. Perhaps walk along the Thame Valley in the afternoon or visit the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture, mountaineering in the park, flora and fauna.

Overnight in Namche at Lodge

Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After Breakfst we trek out of the village bowl and follow a small trail high above the Dudh Kosi River, where the views are incredible, behind to the west, the ridge of Nupla and Kwangde Himal (6194m), across the valley to the south, the towering ice- fluted walls of Thamserku (6623m), and Everest looms above ridge, a black triangular rock, “Sagarmatha.” On a small ridge across the valley, the monastery of Thyangboche can be seen, a  against the gigantic mountain background. Ascending towards Khumjung, visit the Everest View Hotel on route, where coffee or hot chocolate and views of Everest are the order of the day! We descend to Khumjung and after staying in the more westernized town of Namche Bazaar, these village make a welcome change. Here tourism has hardly changed the life of the Sherpas. The afternoon has been left free to assist with further acclimatization.

 

Overnight in Khumjung at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we descend to the west of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Kosi River. The Gokyo route is turn north, climbing above the more frequented route to Tengboche and Everest Base Camp. Here’s choice of routes in the beginning, the yak trails which climbs gently or the steep staircase – like trail made of rocks embedded in a narrow cleft in a large bounder, the two trails which climbs gently or the steep staircase- like trail made of rocks embedded in a narrow cleft in a large bounder, the two trails soon join and continue towards a large Chorten on the top of the ridge at 3973 meters. This ridge descends from Khumbila(5716m), above the patron god of the Khumbu. From the ridge, the trails descend in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Koshi and we’ll arrive in Phortse Thanghka.

 

Overnight in Phortse Thanghka at lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

The trails climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. This trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendron are blooming. The trails passes many kharkas, summer settlements used when Sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The route passes through the settlements of Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) to Dole where there’re few hotels and also Dole National Park check post. The views of Khumbila and Twachee (6542m) are tremendous throughout day, and it is possible to climb a ridge behind Dole for an even broader view up and down the valley.

 

Overnight in Dole iat at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

From Dole the trail climbs to Lambara at 4330m and Luza at 4360m. The trails is steep in most places as it climbs through all the kharkas on this side of valley. The trails continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo at 4470 meters. It was in Machhermo in 1974 that Yeti killed three yaks and attached a Sherpa woman. This is the most credit yeti incident ever reported, so be watchful as you visit this reason may encounter with Yeti.

Overnight in Machermo at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m then descends to the river bank before beginning of climb on to the terminal moraine of the Noozumpa Glacier. It’s a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first small lake at 4650m, where a family of green Braminy ducks resides. The trail now becomes almost level at 4690m and finally Gokyo at 4790m.

 

Overnight in Gokyo at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, trek around Gokyo Ri the views in the Gokyo region are tremendous. For the best view, climb to Gokyo Ri Gokyo-Ri (5357m/17575ft)   the small peak above the lake. This peaks of 5357m, it’s a 2 hours climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu (8201m) Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8468m) many more snow caped mountain surrounding. Those with more time and energy can make a trip up the valley to another lake marked with the name Noozumpa on the maps or even beyond to a fifth lake. There’re several small peaks in this region that offer vantage points for the surrounding peaks.

 

Overnight in Gokyo at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we have to pass Cho-La (or Chhugyuma- 5420m). The pass is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier crossing on the eastern side climbs grazing lands over a hill that eventually lead to the flags that mark the narrow neck. An ice axe, crampons and a rope are often necessary for negotiating the small icefall at the foot of glacier on the other side of the pass, although in ideal condition there’re no technical problems and there is a trail of sorts in the rocks beside the icefall. The western approach to the pass varies in difficulty depending on the amount of snow. The pass is not possible for yaks and usually not suitable for heavily laden porters. Mt. Kyajo Ri (6,159m/20,106ft) and Mt. Phari Lapcha (6,017m/19,440ft) towering both side of Cho-La glacier and both peak are very famous for peak climbing with a special permit from NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association). South view that include impressive Cholatse, Baruntse, Lobuche West and out to Pyaramidal Ama Dablam. Descent requires walking down the glacier followed by a boulder scramble to easier terrain below down to the summer grazing hamlet of Dzonglha.

 

Overnight in Dzongla lodge.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is  comparatively short and gentle walk approximately gradually up on  the valley and around the ridge  and morine before heading Southwest up a gradual slope to Cholatse Base Camp. Rest in Base Camp after a tough and hard ascend and descend long yesterday walk. Our cook prepare the Fully Fresh Lunch at our tended camp.

Cost, Includes and Excludes

Snowpal Trek and Expedition Pvt.Ltd. have not mentioned all the package cost on our website because of the following reason.

  1. Any cost depends on the number of the person in a group and hotel category non-star to five stars either in the cities or the Trekking area.
  2. Also, all our Itinerary and package are customizable. What we have published on our site is a guideline. This will be modified as per your requirements and time limit. You can add or reduce the activities or let us know to customize as per requirements accordingly, we calculate the cost.
  3. Our price will be adjusted in our bilateral mutual understanding that is if the client intends to add or reduce the service accordingly. Meal: Breakfast.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure from Intl's airport.
  • Arrival and departure from Domestic airport (Lukla),
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu flight ticket.
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu flight ticket for guide.
  • 3 nights (2 nights before and 1 night after the trip) in a boutique hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in teahouses during the trekking.
  • Accommodation in tented camp while climbing Cholatse peak.
  • Accommodation for all involved Nepalese Staff during the trekking and climbing.
  • Cholatse peak climbing permit.
  • Sagarmatha National park entry permits.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Permit.
  • Climbing Clinic course at the Island peak base camp.
  • Welcome and Fare well dinner with culture dances of different ethnic group of Nepal.
  • All meal (3 meals a day, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trekking and climbing.
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea, and coffee hot chocolate while on the trek and climbing period.
  • Climbing high altitude food.
  • Professional basic/advanced first aid Eco trained Gov. License holder Experienced climbing to Summit the Cholatse peak.
  • Climbing Sherpa allowances and salary
  • Climbing and Trekking staff: Climbing Sherpa, cook, kitchen helper, Necessary porters (A porter carry 25 to 30 Kg), and their food, salary, accommodations.
  • Insurance of all Nepalese staff including porters (Death, medical and accidental Heli rescue).
  • Group combine climbing gear/equipments like climbing fixing rope, main rope, snow bar, Ice crew, rock pitons.
  • Camping equipment: 2-person member tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, staff and porter tent, toilet tent, Mattresses.
  • Camping Equipment Utensils: EPI Gas, Gas Stove or fuel Stove for cooking, Fuel/Kerosene oil, Cooking pots,
  • 1 bottle oxygen for rescue in an emergency with mask regulator.
  • A Professional First Aid Kit.
  • A mobile set with local SIM card and charger (Required to refund after the trip).
  • Walkie-talkie set to communicate to base camp while climbing period.
  • Garbage deposit USD 500 per permit/per group refundable as per the provisions made by NMA. (Nepal Mountaineering Association).

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Tickets.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (also in case of early return form trekking/expedition then the schedule itinerary).
  • Extra night in Kathmandu (In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking/expedition (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary.
  • Bar bill and any bottled drinks such as alcohol, mineral water.
  • Sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu.
  • Pasanglhamu VDC entry permit, local rule.
  • Laundry expenses, hot shower, Internet, landlines phone, battery charger.
  • Personal clothing, Packing items or bags.
  • Personal trekking and climbing gear (Climbing boots, Crampons, Ice Axe/Ice hammer, Harness, Jammers, Karabiners, Finger eight/ATC guide, tap sling etc (Can hire/buy in Kathmandu)
  • Any extra service, products offers or activities which are not mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Helicopter for rescue (required to make insurance). If needed we are 24 hours ready to rescue and rescued amount will be claimed from your insurance.
  • Staff tips after the successful summit.
  • Any Services/items not mentioned in cost includes.
  • Trip Code: SNT-P-E-004
  • Destination: Cholatse Peak Summit
  • Group Size: 1-15
  • Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Max Altitude: 6440m- 21128ft
  • Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Flight/Trek/Climbing
  • Accomodation: Mountain Lodge and Tented Camp
  • Trip Grade: moderate to challenging

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