Cholatse

 ITINERARY

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Day

 

 

 

1

 

Arrive Kathmandu

 

2

 

Gear Checks

 

3

 

Fly to Lukla (2,860m)
Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

 

4

 

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,407m)

 

5

 

Acclimatise and sightseeing Namche Bazaar

 

6

 

Namche Bazaar to Phortse (3,680m)

 

7

 

Phortse to Pangboche (3,930m)

 

8

 

Pangboche to Pheriche (4,240m)

 

9

 

Pheriche Rest Day

 

10

 

Pheriche to Lobuche East Base Camp (4,800m)

 

11

 

Rest and Preparation Day

 

12

 

Move to Lake Camp (5,400m)

 

13

 

Move to High Camp

 

14

 

Summit bid on Lobuche East (6,119m)
Return to Base Camp

 

15

 

Contingency Summit Day

 

16

 

Rest/Prep Day

 

17

 

Cross Cho La (5,420m) to Cholatse Base Camp (5,000m)

 

18

 

Rest and Preparation Day

 

19

 

Carry to start of route, fix lines

 

20

 

Climb to Camp 1 (5,700m)

 

21

 

Rest Day

 

22

 

Carry to Camp 2 (6,000m)

 

23

 

Move to Camp 2

 

24

 

Summit Day (6,440m)

 

25

 

Contingency Day

 

26

 

Descend to Base Camp

 

27

 

Contingency Day

 

28

 

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,407m)

 

29

 

Trek to Lukla (2,860m)

   

30

 

Lukla to Kathmandu 1st possible flight day 

 

 

31

 

Lukla to Kathmandu 2nd possible flight day

 

 

32

 

Depart home 

THE TREK TO BASE CAMP

The 32 day expedition commences on the 21st of October, meeting in Kathmandu, and on day three we fly to Lukla at the doorstep of the Khumbu valley. The expedition team will stay at Sherpa lodges whilst we are trekking in the valleys on the way to each of the climbing objectives. On each of the mountains we will establish a Base Camp where our kitchen crew will cater for us.  At mountain camps members will cook their own food, which we will import from New Zealand to ensure the usual high standard of fare you will be accustomed to on our expeditions.

On our trek up the famous Khumbu valley we will try and avoid the busy direct trekking route to Everest Base Camp by staying on the western side of the valley after Namche Bazaar. 

LOBUCHE EAST

After arriving at Lobuche Base Camp we will rest and prepare loads and meals for the mountain, plus revise some rope fixing and fixed rope safety. We will then move up to a high camp on Lobuche East on a small expanse of grass and rock above a deep blue lake. Then it’s early to bed for an alpine start the following morning.

Our early start (around 2.30am) sees us climbing the South East Ridge which is a mixture of snow and ice. Where necessary, we fix ropes along the route. Steady climbing will bring us to the far eastern summit.

From the top we are well rewarded with superb views across to Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse, Changtse  (in Tibet) Pumori, Gyachung Kang, Cho Oyu and of course Cholatse. Then it’s time for our descent, all the way back to our Base Camp.

CHOLATSE

After the ascent of Lobuche East we program a rest day, then climb up and over the Cho La (pass) and descend to Cholatse Base Camp. One of the guides and two Sherpas will have come direct to here and set things up for your arrival. They will have also climbed to Camp 1 to get established on the route.

After a rest day (if needed), members will carry loads up to Camp 1, and assist with establishing Camp 2. The climbing will be steep mixed climbing. Once Camp 2 is established we’ll have a rest day at either Camp 1 or Camp 2. We will work as a team (Members, Guides and Sherpas) to establish fixed ropes above Camp 2 to the start of the summit ridge.

Summit day will start very early, arriving at the top of the fixed ropes at dawn. We will then pitch and fix the low angled, but exposed summit ridge. This will be difficult terrain that is known to have sometimes variable conditions. The summit day will require maximum fortitude and the entire team will be contributing to the outcome with commensurate rewards! We will retrieve our ropes on the descent, arriving back at Camp 2 late in the evening. The next day we’ll return to Base Camp, removing all our equipment from the mountain.

After Cholatse the expedition returns down-valley to Namche Bazaar, where we languish in the comfort of the lodges and the next day it’s onwards to Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu.

 

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