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Chola Mountain peak climbing
  • Summit altitude: 6,168 meters
  • Hiking Duration: 10 days
  • Hike level: 5 very strong
  • Climbing season: July - Oct
  • location: Ganzi, Sichuan
  • Price: 3500 USD

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Chola Mountain (6,168 Meters) 

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 15th, 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 peak

Chola mountain peak

 

D1Meet in Ganzi, Altitude 3,300 meters

Today we will meet in Ganzi in extreme Western Sichuan 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.

D2Ganzi to Chola Mountain Base Camp (BC), Altitude 4,020 meters

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.

D3Chola Mountain Base Camp (BC), Altitude4,020 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 willreview our mountaineering safety techniques. Tonight we will sleep in a four season tent.

D4Base Camp (BC) to Camp 1, Altitude 4850 meters

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.

D5Camp 1 to Camp 2, Altitude 5,350 meters

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.

D6Camp 2 to Camp 3, Altitude 5,700 meters

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.

D7Camp 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.

D8Camp One or Base Camp to Ganzi, Altitude 3300 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.

D9Contingency Day

If everything goes well in the mountains, we will have the entire day to enjoy and explore Ganzi. However, if we need additional time in the mountains due to weather, etc., we will use this as a contingency day.

D10Leave Ganzi

You are free to leave Ganzi at any time on this day.

 

 

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