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Southwest Ridge WI2+ M3-4 A1-2
Elevation: 21,129 ft
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Shared By: Don Morris on Nov 7, 2016
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Description

Cholatse (also known as Jobo Lhaptshan) is a mountain in the Khumbu region of the Nepalese Himalaya. Cholatse is connected to Taboche (21,328 feet) by a long ridge. The Chola glacier descends off the east face. The north and east faces of Cholatse can be seen from Dughla, on the trail to Mount Everest base camp.

There is a lake just below this pass to the east, and in Tibetan 'cho' is lake, 'la' is pass, and 'tse' is peak so Cholatse means literally "lake pass peak".[2] Cholatse was first climbed via the southwest ridge on April 22, 1982 by Vern Clevenger, Galen Rowell, John Roskelley and Bill O'Connor. The north face was successfully scaled in 1984.

Getting There

The North face is reached by trekking towards Everest base camp. From Namche Bazaar (11,286 feet) head northeast to Pheriche (13,911 feet), then head northwest to Dzongkha (15,846 feet).

The Southwest ridge and West Face is reached by trekking towards Gokyo. From Namche Bazaar (11,286 feet) head north to Dole (13,248 feet) and then northwest to Machhermo (14,665 feet). Head north and down towards the Dudh Koshi near Nha to find the bridge crossing. Head south on the Phortse trail until you reach the correct drainage for the west basin into Cholatse. A stone hut with stone fencing will be at the entrance, and a large flat basin will come into view. Base camp will be at 15,500 feet.

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