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Chola Mountain, altitude 6,168 meters, is part of the northern section of the Sharuli Mountain Chain in the southeastern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is located in Dege County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. Chola Mountain is the closest accessible 6,000 meter peak mountain to Tibet while still entirely lying in Sichuan Province. Its surroundings, local people, and local culture feel entirely Tibetan.

In the local Tibetan language “Chola Mountain” means the mountain where the eagle cannot fly. Its spectacular scenery is second to none in all of China’s six-thousand-meter mountain peaks. In the mountains surrounding the area, there are more than 20 peaks of more than 5,000 meters.

The climb is very special because it has the real feel of a snow-capped technical mountain with an incredibly safe climbing route that can be climbed by beginners. The route calls for 3 entire days on the glacier traversing crevasses and climbing two major ice faces along the way. It’s climbing season is from July 1st to October 1st, with the best time to climb from mid July to the end of August. All in all, it is truly a one of kind mountain that provides an utmost physical challenge while still extremely safe. As well, its scenery is a mesmerizing combination of grassland, high elevation forest, rock, and glacier. A climb of Chola Mountain will not leave its climbers disappointed.


Chola Mountain Itinerary

D1:Arrival in Beijing, China

Check in to our hotel and get settled in. Gear check. If time permits, visit a local sight of interest. Prepare for the next day’s travel.

D2:Travel to Kangding, Altitude 2,560 meters

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Fly from Beijing to Chengdu (2.5 hours) and then take a private vehicle 6 hours to Kangding where we will lodge for the evening at a local hotel.

D3:Kangding to Ganzi, Altitude 3,300 meters

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Drive 8 hours by private transport from Kangding to Ganzi where we will lodge for the evening at a local hotel. In the evening we will have a meeting to discuss the plan for climbing the mountain.

D4:Ganzi to Chola Mountain Base Camp (BC), Altitude 4,020 meters

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Drive 1.5 hours from Ganzi to the drop off point for entrance to the mountain. From there hike approximately two hours to Base Camp. All personal and team climbing gear will be carried by horse to base camp, each climber only needs to carry a day pack. Tonight we will sleep in a four season tent.

D5:Chola Mountain Base Camp (BC), Altitude 4,020 meters

A complete day to acclimatize at Base Camp. In the morning, we will take an acclimatization hike to help our bodies adjust. In the afternoon, we will review our mountaineering safety techniques. Tonight we will sleep in a four season tent.

D6:Base Camp (BC) to Camp 1, Altitude 4850 meters

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Today we will hike 5 hours from BC to Camp One. In the afternoon, we will go to the glacier to review climbing techniques. Tonight we will sleep in a four season tent.

D7:Camp 1 to Camp 2, Altitude 5,350 meters

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Today we will spend approximately 5 hours climbing on the glacier from Camp One to Camp Two. In the process we will cross several crevasses and rope up for safety. Tonight we will sleep in a four season tent.

D8:Camp 2 to Camp 3, Altitude 5,700 meters

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Today we will spend approximately 5 hours climbing on the glacier from Camp Two to Camp Three. In the process, we will climb one of the two major ice faces on the mountain which will already have fixed ropes put in place by our support team. Shortly after dinner we will go to bed to have energy to climb to the summit in the morning. Tonight we will sleep in a four season tent.

D9:Camp 3 to Summit (Altitude 6,168 meters), Summit to Camp One or Base Camp

Leave at 2 AM for a 6 hour climb to the summit climbing the second major ice face along the way which will already have fixed ropes put in place by our support team. After reaching the summit, we will begin to descend and arrive at either Camp One or Base Camp. Tonight we will sleep in a four season tent.

D10:Camp One or Base Camp to Kangding, Altitude 2560 meters

Today we will descend the mountain to Base Camp (or leave from Base Camp directly) and then hike 2 hours to the pick up point for the mountain. From there we will drive approximately 10 hours to Kangding where we will lodge for the evening at a local hotel.

D11:Kangding to Beijing

In the morning we will drive from Kangding to Chengdu (5 hours). From Chengdu we fly approximately 2.5 hours to Beijing. In Beijing we will enjoy a celebratory dinner and a nice evening at our hotel

D12/13: Contingency Days

In the case of inclement weather or other reasons, we will reserve two contingency days.

D14:Departure from Beijing

You are free to head back to your respective destinations at any time on this day.

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(Chola Mountain between Camp One and Two)

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(Roping up on Chola Mountain climbing from Camp Two to Camp Three)

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(View of Chola Mountain surroundings from the Camp Three)


Cost

The cost of a 14 day climbing trip to Chola Mountain is 4,500 USD per person for a group of 4 or more.

The price includes:

  • a professional English speaking guide
  • an assistant guide, all necessary porters and support crew
  • all necessary group equipment (tents, dining tent, ropes, technical climbing gear, radios, satellite phone)
  • all necessary permits
  • accommodation at a 4 star hotel in Beijing 
  • all accommodation and transportation after arrival in Beijing
  • 3 meals per day and all necessary non-alcoholic beverages after arrival in Beijing

The price does not include:

  • China visa fees
  • transport to and from Beijing
  • food and beverages outside of the 3 meals per day
  • alcohol
  • personal climbing gear including sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clothing, boots, harness, crampons, ice axe, helmet, sunglasses
  • personal mountaineering insurance

NB: A minimum number of 4 clients is necessary to carry-out the trip. We look forward to our expedition together to Chola Mountain!