Looking down the snowy ridge on the upper slopes of Cholatse
Looking down at a climber coming up the snowy upper slopes of Cholatse
Climbing an icy overhang on Cholatse

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 Nepal's Everest region, Cholatse is a spectacular peak with steep soaring lines on every aspect. Our expedition acclimatises first on Lobuche East, before moving to the challenging alpine style climb of Cholatse.

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.

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  • A technical 6,000m snow and ice ascent
  • Spectacular exposure on an aesthetic route
  • Uncrowded Himalayan classic

Climbing Ability

Climbing Ability







32 days





Arrive in Kathmandu


Gear checks


Fly to Lukla 2,860m/9,383ft, trek to Phakding 2,610m/8,563ft


Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m/11,286ft

Acclimatise and sightseeing Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar to Phortse 3,950m/12,959ft via the Mong La Pass 3,970m/13,025ft

Phortse to Pheriche 4,270m/14,009ft
Rest/acclimatisation day

Pheriche to Lobuche Base Camp 4,800m/15,750ft

DAY 10

Acclimatisation hike to Lobuche High Camp 5,400m/17,700ft

DAY 11
Rest and preparation day
DAY 12

Move to High Camp 5,400m/17,720ft

DAY 13
Summit bid on Lobuche East 6,119m/20,075ft, return to Base Camp
DAY 14

Contingency summit day

DAY 15
Trek to Dzongla 4,830m/15,846ft
DAY 16
Cross Cho La 5,420m/17,780ft to Cholatse Base Camp 5,000m/16,400ft
DAY 17
Rest and preparation day
DAY 18

Carry to start of route, fix lines

DAY 19

Climb to Camp 1 5,700m/18,700ft

DAY 20

Rest day

DAY 21

Carry to Camp 2 6,000m/19,700ft

DAY 22

Move to Camp 2

DAY 23

Summit day! 6,440m/21,128ft

DAY 24 - 25

Contingency summit days

DAY 26

Descend to Base Camp

DAY 27

Contingency day

DAY 28
Trek to Namche Bazaar
DAY 29

Trek to Lukla

DAY 30

Lukla to Kathmandu 1st possible flight day

DAY 31

Lukla to Kathmandu 2nd possible flight day

DAY 32

Depart home

Interactive Map of Cholatse

Departures and Pricing

Note: Dates are subject to change due to many factors out of our control
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26 Sept - 27 Oct 2024 $17,000 USD $ Book Now

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The need for exceptional physical fitness cannot be over-emphasised. A regular, strenuous programme must be followed for many months to achieve the level of fitness required. We recommend a training programme tailored to mountaineering such as the 16 or 24-week plan from Uphill Athlete.

Technical Experience

Climbers need to be comfortable using ropes, ice axe, crampons and jumars, and be able to climb steep rock and hard water ice, carrying a big pack. You should be comfortable climbing alpine AD routes and/or AUS15/US5.7 rock.

Altitude Experience

Climbers should have prior experience climbing at altitudes of around 6,000m/20,000ft.

A tent at Camp 1 on Cholatse, looking up towards the summit of Cholatse
Why Adventure Consultants?

Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing. 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 chance of success.

We employ strong and specialised Expedition Leaders and Sherpa staff who are recognised as some of the most pre-eminent mountaineers in the industry.

Many operators make statements about their services that are intentionally designed to mislead or avoid addressing important issues. The reality on the mountain is that unless you have a strong and experienced leader with sufficient Sherpa staff in support, the chances of summiting are dramatically reduced. Expeditions that are operated by local staff, with no qualified and experienced western guides, are generally not able to offer you a legitimate level of safety or success. These expeditions have the highest ratio of accident and frostbite injury on trips which may seem cheap at the time when booking but the long term effects make the price difference irrelevant.

The AC approach to making expeditions work for you is reflected in the quality and safety of the expeditions we run along with our consistently high success rate.

Looking down the sharp ridge of Cholatse

The price of your trip includes the following:

  • Professional, qualified guides
  • Experienced Sherpa team
  • Helicopter flights Kathmandu-Lukla and return
  • Excellent food and catering
  • Expert logistics
  • Acclimatisation climb of Lobuche East
  • Regular dispatches for families and friends to follow your expedition
  • Comprehensive support from our New Zealand office team.
The beautiful summit of Cholatse

Cholatse is the uncrowded technical gem in the Khumbu.

A team take photos looking towards Everest from the summit of Cholatse

The summit of Cholatse has incredible views through to Everest and beyond.

Looking down the slopes of Cholatse towards high camp.

Cholatse is a deserving climb for the committed alpinist.

Our Guides
Rob Smith
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Rinjin Sherpa
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Kelly McLaren
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Expedition Liaison
Team celebrating the summit of Cholatse

"Professional, well organised, great people. Thank you!"

Charles Sherwood, UK
Climbing the rock band on Cholatse

"You have a thorough operation, and that makes it easy for clients to focus on climbing."

Jermaine Middleton, USA
The spectacular summit ridge of Cholatse

"The trip met and exceeded expectations. I chose AC because of wonderful past experience and your level of experience in differing tours/expeditions. Thanks for a fantastic experience!"

Belinda Reynolds, Australia/New Zealand
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