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Cholatse Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 21,129'
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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.

Climbing Season

For the Asia area.

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Masha Gordon from Masha Gordon collection

Southwest Ridge WI2+ M3-4 A1-2  Asia : Nepal : ... : Cholatse
From Base Camp head towards Cholatse up a wide gulley to Crampon Point (16,950 feet). From here you can look down on the glacier, and plan your route towards the headwall to Camp One. Slide down loose sand and rocks for a couple hundred feet, and begin crossing the moraine (boulders section) until you reach the glacier on the other side. Do not skirt to far to the left as the hanging serac on the West wall is active. Navigate across the glacier being wary of crevasses. Placing wands will be help...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: Cholatse in the distance. Paul Taylor photograph
Cholatse in the distance. Paul Taylor photograph

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