Difficulty : 4/5

Fitness : 3/5

Duration : 32 days Altitude 6440m / 21,120 ft


Located between the Upper Khumbu and Gokyo Valleys, the SW Ridge of Cholaste is a technical climb with the summit standing at 6440m. Whilst no longer classified as a expedition peak it is a serious undertaking with a glacial approach and exposed Ridge Climbing.

The mountain will be climbed expedition style with fixed ropes. Unlike other peaks like Ama Dablam, Cholaste is uncrowded.

There is a technical rock step to negotiate above camp 1. Beyond this the snowy ridgeline soars to the summit plateau.

cholatse route A technical and serious climb utilising 3 camps above BC
Experienced leadership from Mal Haskins IFMGA/NZMGA
A superb objective in a spectacular area
Optional 13-day Ama Dablam extension

Dates : 15th October - 16th November

Duration : 31 days

Meeting : Kathmandu

Price : 6300USD (min 4 members)

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Our Expedition notes contain a full outline of the expedition, itineary and equipment lists.

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Lukla - Phakding
Phakding to Namche
Acclimatisze Namche
Mhong Lha
Acclimatise Macherma
Cholaste Basecamp
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Depart BC - Phortse Tenga
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Expectations and Responsibilities

Exif_JPEG_PICTURE Being a part of a guided expedition in the Himalayas isn’t about having everything done for you. There are many aspects of the trip that require a very high level of personal responsibility. An open and honest approach to how you are performing on the expedition in terms of fitness and health (AMS or otherwise) aids the overall successfulness of your climb. Over the course of the expedition your guide will ensure you have the skills necessary to feel confident and prepared to make a summit bid. It is up to you however to take full ownership of your trip.

How Do I book?

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We work on taking payments via direct deposit.
A 15 % deposit is required.



  • Kathmandu - 4 night accommodation in Thamel. - 2nights at each end of expedition.
  • Trekking - twin share camping
  • Basecamp - Twin share tnts (single tent available at extra cost / discussion)
    • *note due to acclimatization requirements / safety it is often better to share tents with a partner
  • Mountain - Twin or triple share or bivvy (depending on location / site of camps)
    • *High Camp and Camp 1 Twin share


  • Our typical trekking day will consist of between 5 - 8 hours of walking with plenty of opportunity for breaks / cups of tea and taking pictures.
  • It is important to approach our mountain slowly to give our bodies the best chance of acclimatization.
  • You will only need to carry a small day pack whilst trekking.


  • A typical climbing day will be between 4-6 hours long. During this period you will need to carry your own personal equipment.
  • A typical climbing pack will weight between 10 - 18 KG depending on the type and how much equipment you put in your pack!
  • Summit day can be expected to be upto 12 - 14 hours long.

Equipment List

A comprehensive equipment list can be found in the trip notes

Sherpa Support

We will have a team of climbing Sherpas to assist us on the mountain. They will be responsible for carrying and ferrying the majority of the loads to camps and are the backbone of the expedition. These men will become your friends. Take the time to get to know them and understand them. The social aspect of these expeditions and becoming close friends with these hard working men can often be one of the most rewarding aspects of an expedition.

The Sherpas are not there for 1:1 support, however there is an option for this to occur at an added cost. Please ask if you are interested in this option.


We will have SAT phone communications throughout the trip however the is also now cell and 3G reception in many places in the KHUMBU region. NCELL or similar carrier SIM cards can be obtained in KTM with data plans. Use of SAT PHONE and SAT INTERNET SERVICES are not included in the expedition fee.

  • Sat Phone - 3USD / Min outgoing. Free for incoming calls
  • Email - 1 USD / email.
    • *Note NO attachments cost is 10 USD / MB

Health / Fitness

Being fit is essential however an extreme athletic body is NOT required. In many cases exceptionally fit people often suffer the worst on expeditions at altitude because they have difficulty going SLOW and are used to pushing through pain barriers and don’t carry very much body fat.

In preparation for your expedition you should embark on a general fitness program that includes cardio, endurance and some strength elements.


All members will be expected to have their own comprehensive travel and rescue insurance. Please check with your policy providers that you are covered for trekking upto 5300m and your rescue insurance will cover you for guided mountaineering expeditions.

We recommend

  • Covermore - Travel Insurance ( NZ and Aust)
  • Global Rescue - International rescue and repatriation service


Whilst not mandatory it is however traditional to reward our staff with a tip and a small gift at the end of the expedition. The tip amount changes with respect to the level of responsibility/role of the staff member. Your expedition guide will be happy to give advice / suggest and amount for our staff.

Expedition Services


  • Airport transfer from Kathmandu airport
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu – breakfast included.
  • Flights to and from Lukla.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner whilst on the trek and at base camps (the expedition will be using our own cook during the trek in and at base camps).
  • Accommodation provided whilst on trek and at base camp as either tent (twin share unless requested) or tea house.
  • Park entry fees and peak fees
  • Yak and porter fees
  • Portable Altitude Chamber
  • Expedition staff (Nepali) wages and insurance
  • Tents
  • Fixed lines
  • Sherpa support (not individual)
  • Group first aid kit
  • All high altitude mountain food (dehydrated or ready meals)
  • High camp stoves and fuel
  • Group climbing equipment (snow stakes, ice screws, climbing rope etc)
  • RADIO Communications
  • Solar System at Basecamp

Not included:

  • Airfares to and from Nepal
  • Personal travel, accident and rescue insurance.
  • Nepal visa entry fee $90US.
  • Tips for expedition staff – it is customary in Nepal to give tips to all staff at the end of the expedition. You should allow for around $200 USD for this.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal climbing equipment and all other items of personal nature including sleeping bag (s) and thermarests.
  • Any costs associated with you leaving the expedition early or spending additional nights in the valley in lodges, whilst the expedition is resident in base camp.