28 days
Trip Level
Group Size
6440 m

Cholatse Peak is a significant climbing peak located in the Khumbu region and tall at 6440 meters. The journey of Cholatse Peak Climbing begins from Kathmandu and ends in Lukla, similar to other peaks in the Everest region. The trek starts from Phakding and passes through Namche Bazaar, where the trekkers acclimatize before ascending into the Gokyo Valley.

Before ascending to the Gokyo Ri, the trekkers explore the Gokyo Valley and its beautiful lakes. From Gokyo Ri, they can witness a spectacular view that includes Mt. Everest. After visiting the Gokyo Ri, they continue to Chola Phedi via Gokyo Valley.

The journey from Chola Pass to Dzongla is delightful and arduous, offering panoramic views of Lhotse and Everest. The path leads to the Cholaste Base Camp, where the camp is located. Before attempting the summit, the trekkers undergo acclimatization and technical training. The hypnotic mountain ranges fire up their adrenaline while they are at the summit. Climbing Cholatse Peak offers a breathtaking natural beauty experience and an opportunity to learn about the rich culture.

Climbing Cholatse Peak requires proper acclimatization and good physical condition. Therefore, it’s recommended for trekkers with a superb physique and enthusiasm for adventure and adrenaline.

Cholatse Peak Climbing: Highlights

Picturesque villages Ascending the gorgeous Gokyo and Khumbu Valley
Hike up to Gokyo Ri, breathtaking views around Everest region

Spectacular scenery, really admirable, but a lifetime experience
An excellent combination of challenging Trekking and Peak climbing

Cholatse Peak Climbing Itinerary

Days Itinerary Altitude in Meters Distance
1. Fly to Lukla then trek to Phakding 2650 3h00
2. Phakding to Namche 3440 5h30
3. Acclimatization day
4. Namche to Dole 4220 6h00
5. Dole to Machhermo 4470 5h00
6. Machhermo to Gokyo Lakes 4790 5h00
7. Explore Gokyo Valley
8. Trek to Dragnak 4700 4h00
9.  Dragnak to Dzonglha via Chola Pass (5370 m) 4830 7h00
10. Trek to Cholatse Base Camp 5000 6h00
11 – 20 Climbing Periods for Cholatse 6440
21. Pangboche 3900 5h00
22. Namche Bazaar 3440 5h30
23. Lukla 2800 7h00
24. Kathmandu 1350 0h40

Climbing Cholatse Peak is challenging, so the guide and members will determine the itinerary based on the climber’s physical condition. Before ascending beyond the base camp, the crew usually spends a few days preparing food, practicing rope skills, and acclimatizing to the high altitude. The summit attempt is made at midnight, allowing them to reach the top early in the morning and witness the beautiful sunrise and breathtaking views. Following this, they return to the base camp before the temperature rises too much. We wish you the best of luck as you embark on this journey!

Cholatse Peak has been successfully climbed by several individuals, including Vern Clevenger, Galen Rowell, John Roskelley, and Bill O’Connor. They completed their ascent for the first time via the southwest ridge on April 22, 1982. Ueli Steck accomplished his first solo ascent via the north on April 15, 2005.


Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will be greeted and welcomed by our agency’s representative in front of the Arrival gate with the Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.

Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.

During the free day in Kathmandu, you may have a chance to visit the heritage site of Kathmandu Valley, followed by a pre-trip departure meeting regarding upcoming trekking peak climbing, where you meet the trek guide and other team members. They will brief you about the team formation, equipment, and nature of peak climbing and other necessary information

Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652 m) 3h00 walk.

You will be transferred to the airport in the early morning as per the flight schedule. 40-minute thrilling flights to an airstrip at Lukla by plane offer a marvelous view of the Central and Eastern Himalayas and beautiful landscapes and hills. Lukla is a gateway to the Everest Region.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3440 m) 6h00 walk.

This is the second day of the journey. You will head to Namche after the breakfast. The trail leads you to the northern valley of the Dudh Koshi River valley, passing by several beautiful villages with their vibrant culture and peaceful forests and crossing several bridges along the trail. Finally, you will get Namche.

Day 5: Acclimatize day!

This is an exploration day in Namche. Hike till Syangboche, a small airport in the region and considered the world’s highest one. Then, hike up to 3800 m to see Mt. Everest and other popular peaks. You will have proper acclimatization. In the afternoon, you may explore the village, which is more equipped with modern amenities such as internet, phone, massage and more.

Day 6: Trek to Dole. (4,200 m) 6h00 walk.

As usual as another day, after breakfast, the trail brings you to the ridge of Namche, then an easy walk to Sanasa, with spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and other peaks. Then, the trail leads uphill to Mang-La pass, descends to the river, and gradually ascends to Dole.

Day 7: Trek to Machherma. (4,470 m) 5h00 walk.

It is a short climb from Dole, regularly up towards Machherma, passing by tea shops, beautiful landscape but not much greenery, and panoramic views of the mountain to get to Machherma for the night.

Day 8: Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) 5h00 walk.

As usual, as on other days, your journey begins after a short climb and easy walk to the underneath rocky hill and continues to climb up, passing by a few lakes along the trail. Finally, we reached Gokyo Lake.

Day 9: Acclimatize day!

This is a rest day for exploration of Gokyo Valley. Hike up to Gokyo Ri in the early morning, which offers rewarding mountain scenery and provides another proper acclimatization. Then, descend and explore the lake.

Day 10: Trek to Dragnak (4,700 m) 3h00 walk.

The trail leads you downhill in the same trail, then takes a left trail from the first lake. This day is an easy, short, and more interesting walk along the glacier.

Day 11: Trek to Cho-la Pass (5370 m) – Dzonglha (4,830 m) 7h00 walk.

Today is a more adventurous day to make Cho-La pass at (5420 m), which begins pretty steeply to the first ridge and an easy walk up to another ridge. Then, trek a short descent to get to the Base of Cho-la and a steep climb up to pass; this part is hardest to walk if there is snow. We highly recommend using crampons for this section. It is an easy downhill to Dzongla.

Day 12: Trek to Cholatse Base Camp

Our adventure starts at Cholatse Base Camp after having breakfast. The trail gradually climbs with stunning views of Pumori, Ama Dablam, and Labuche Peak, and it takes 7 hours to reach the Base camp of Cholatse.

Day 13-22: Climbing Period for Cholatse 6440m.

It is a flexible plan for climbing as per the climber’s condition. So, we do not set up a day-to-day itinerary for the climbing period, as the Sherpa and members will determine this. Normally, the team will spend a few days at the base camp organizing food, practicing rope skills, and acclimatizing before moving above the base camp. Summit normally pushes at midnight. So that team reached the top early in the morning. Catch the breathtaking sunrise and surrounding view, then get back to base camp before getting affected by the heat. Finally, we wish for your success in reaching the summit.

Day 23: Cholatse Base camp to Pangboche (3900m) – 4h00 walk

After cleaning up the base camp of Cholatse, we head back to Pangboche village.

Day 24: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Today is easy descending to Dibuche then climb up to Tengboche. It is the largest monastery in the Everest region. The trail steeply descends to the Punki Thana, then climbs back up to Sanasa, where the trail junction goes to Gokyo Lake, Khumjung Village, and Namche. Afterward, easy walk to Namche, where encountered several stupas in front and beautiful scenery of mountains are in the background

Day 25:Trek to Lukla

The first part of the trail is steep descend to Dudh Koshi and cross the first suspension bridge. Then, it is easy to walk up to Phakding by exiting the entry permit of Sagarmatha National Park in Manju. Finally, get to Lukla for the night.

Day 26: Fly Back to Kathmandu.

Early morning, 40-minute thrilling flights by plane to the airstrip at Lukla offer a marvelous view of the Central Himalayas and beautiful landscapes and hills.

Day 27: Rest and shopping day.

This is considered a security day in case of flight interruption due to weather. Otherwise, you may have a chance to explore the ancient city of Kathmandu.

Day 28: Final departure.

Free time in Kathmandu and transfer to the airport two hours before the departure of your flight home.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kathmandu International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
All domestic flight, Hotel/Airport transfer
Accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast
All accommodations in tents and all meals during the treks
The necessary documentation and permits
All ground transportation (as per mention in itinerary)
Professional guide and porters
A First Aid Kits
Applicable Government Taxes
International Airfare
Nepal Visa fee (advice to take accurate amount)
Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast)
Personal Expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
Travel Insurance
Guide and Porter gratuity

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Cholatse Peak Climbing
Cholatse Peak Climbing
Cholatse from Cho-la pass
Glimpse of mountain from Cholatse summit
Cholatse from Gokyo Lake
Cholatse from Lobuche

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