Cholatse

  • Difficulty: 4 Scrambling on low angled terrain of a low technical nature, on snow or rock. Ropes may occasionally be used. Climbers do not need previous experience but do need an ability to move over rough ground. Short steep sections that will require a rope. Basic snow/ice/rock climbing. We recommend that climbers are familiar with ice axe and crampon techniques and/or basic rock climbing techniques although this can often be taught during the trip. Steep terrain that requires moderate level climbing skills on snow/ice/rock. Emphasis on good cramponing skills. Will need experience with rope techniques including rappelling/abseiling and snow camping techniques. Extensive steep terrain. Climber to be capable of following multi pitch climbs and have rope management skills, belay techniques, climbing calls, rappelling/abseiling skills and alpine bivouac and snow camping techniques. Extreme terrain. Climber will have extensive experience on rock or ice and a complete understanding of anchors and protection techniques and a high degree of comfort following longer difficult sections of ice and/or rock in alpine gear with a pack.

    Fitness: C A level of fitness sufficient to carry a light pack (10kg/22lb) and be capable of moving for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Training would include regular walking on hills and gym work to develop strength: light running, swimming and biking. Defined as one who exercises regularly although not necessarily to a really high level, capable of carrying a pack weighing 18kg/40lb for several hours. Regular cardiovascular exercise (3-4 times a week gym/bike/stairs) and include pack carrying on rough ground once a week. A high standard of fitness. Capable of climbing with a heavy pack (25kg/55lb) for extended periods in mountain conditions. High level of training specific to climbing that would include heavy pack carrying over rough terrain and other preparation such as regular gym/pool/bike training. Excellent level of fitness from participants who would have an ongoing commitment to training and maintaining fitness specific to climbing. Expect long days in extreme conditions. Preparation would include heavy pack carrying, specific conditioning through rock and/or ice climbing and habitual cardio vascular exercise.

    Duration

    32 Days

    Elevation

    6,440m / 21,128ft

 The beautiful NW Ridge of Cholatse in Nepal.  © Mark Sedon
  • A technical 6,000m snow/ice ascent
  • Spectacular exposure on an aesthetic route
  • Uncrowded Himalayan classic


The challenging South West Ridge of Cholatse is a hidden gem of the Himalaya and a solid mountaineering objective for experienced climbers.

Nestled between the Khumbu and Gokyo Valleys in the Everest region, Cholatse is a spectacular peak with steep soaring lines on every aspect. Our line up the South West Ridge involves climbing steep snow and ice pitches linking two camps that we place alpine style on our way to the summit. We acclimatise on Lobuche East before crossing the Cho La to our Base Camp beneath the mountain.

The route ascends through snow slopes leading to a crux section on rock. Once past the difficulties, the climbing culminates in a steep and superb ridgeline that plateaus onto the summit dome.

Why AC?

Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to their expeditions. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible experience. 

Read More

Testimonials

“AC provided a great experience, which I would not hesitate in recommending to friends.  Based on my experience, AC's reputation as a premium guiding company is consistent with the high level of service they provide."

John Riley (Australia), 2016

View all

Dispatches

 

 

Latest News

From the AC Blog page

  

11 Sep - Fit to Trek - How fit is fit enough for high altitude trekking?.....

AC Blog

Kilimanjaro Pvt 2017- Back to Arusha

  

11 Dec - After a big sleep, we hit the trail for the last time, enjoying a cool... 

Dispatches

Aconcagua 17/18 - Summit day report

  

13 Dec - Summit day report from guide Pablo: The team crawled out of bed... 

Dispatches

Vinson 17/18 - Trip 2 - High Camp

  

14 Dec - It took a couple of hours to dig out our camp after the storm and we finally... 

Dispatches

     

Three Peaks 17 - Lukla to Kathmandu

  

3 Dec - Woken up early by an airport siren and the not-so-dull roar of... 

Dispatches

Pvt EBC Trek 17 - Exceeding Expectations

  

19 Nov - What will possibly go down as one of the most successful and heroic... 

Dispatches

Ama Dablam 2017 - Final dispatch

  

7 Nov - There is a system to Lukla airport, though to those used to....

Dispatches

Island Peak 2017 - Last day

  

8 Nov - Today I am leaving Kathmandu after wrapping up our... 

Dispatches

Everest 2017 - Wrapping Up

  

31 May -  Last night our Nepali Staff were stoked to have cleared the mountain.......

Dispatches

 

Sherpa Future Fund

If you would like to support the victims and affected families of the Everest Base Camp Avalanche, please consider contributing to the Adventure Consultants Sherpa Future Fund. 
Learn More