Chola Pass (5,330m/17,487ft) is one of the most adventurous and hard treks in the Everest region of Nepal. Our Chola Pass and Lobuje/Lobuche East climb trip is for passionate trekkers who are looking for more challenging expedition. So, we have combined this trek with Lobuje Peak expedition. Lobuje East expedition offers to witness the pristine Sherpa villages, their lively culture and serene monasteries on the world famous Everest Base Camp trail.
The trip starts from and comes to conclusion at Lukla airstrip following a short and exciting flight from Kathmandu. Then the trek goes through Namche Bazaar and all the way to Gokyo Valley, Chola Pass, Kalapatthar and Mt. Everest Base Camp. Trekking through the Chola pass and Everest Base Camp becomes helpful to acclimatize before the expedition. Hence we are ready to climb Lobuje Peak.
Lobuje Peak (6,119m/20,076ft), also spelt as Lobuche lies in the popular Everest region of Nepal. Lobuche Peak climbing is physically very demanding and technically straightforward on the snow slopes. Lobuche Peak has two distinct summits- Lobuche East (6,119m/20,076ft) and Lobuche West (6,145m/20,161ft). Both the peaks will require climbing permits from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
Although both the peaks are in a continuous ridge, there is a prominent gap and a visible distance between them. The true east peak can be summitted by descending into a notch and climbing steep snow/ice slopes to the top. This peak is exceptionally climbed and repeatedly mistaken as Lobuje West. Most of the climbers reach the summit ridge only as far as a subsidiary snow summit just before the notch and south-east of the true peak.
Lobuje East climb is also possible to combine with the regular Everest Base Camp trek itinerary only without attempting Chola pass and save some time for other activities in Nepal.
Participation Statement for Chola Pass and Lobuje East Climb
Trekking Encounters acknowledges that peak climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are the activities with a possibility of personal injury. So, climbers should be fully aware of and accept the risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. There are dangers involved in climbing 6000m, 7000m and 8000m peaks that cannot be avoided.
- One of Nepal’s popular trekking peaks
- The challenging Chola pass (5,330m/17,487ft)
- The spectacular views from Gokyo Ri
- Side trip to the Everest Base Camp
- Magnificent views of Mt. Everest Himalayan range
- The first ascent was made by Laurence Nielson and Ang Gyalzen Sherpa on April 25, 1984