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Taboche (left) and Cholatse (right)
Cholatse and Taboche with views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Ngozumpa glacier and Gokyo
Highest point
Elevation6,440 m (21,130 ft) [1]
Prominence750 m (2,460 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates27°55′05″N 86°46′00″E / 27.91806°N 86.76667°E / 27.91806; 86.76667Coordinates: 27°55′05″N 86°46′00″E / 27.91806°N 86.76667°E / 27.91806; 86.76667
Cholatse is located in Nepal
Location in Nepal
LocationKhumbu, Nepal
Parent rangeKhumbu Himal
First ascent1982 by Vern Clevenger, Galen Rowell, John Roskelley, Bill O'Conner, and Peter Hackett
Easiest routeglacier/snow/ice climb

Cholatse (also known as Jobo Lhaptshan) is a mountain in the Khumbu region of the Nepalese Himalaya. Cholatse is connected to Taboche (6,501m) 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, Bill O'Connor and Peter Hackett. The north face was successfully scaled in 1984.

Notable ascents[edit]

  • 2005 North Face - first solo ascent by Ueli Steck, April 15, 2005.[3]
  • 2005 Southwest Ridge - summit attained by Kevin Thaw, Conrad Anker, Kris Erickson, John Griber and Abby Watkins on May 12, 2005.[4]


  1. ^ "Cholatse". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Cholatse". Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  3. ^ MacDonald, Dougald (13 July 2005). "Solo on Cholatse and Tawoche". Hot Flashes. Climbing magazine. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 1 Sep 2009.
  4. ^ "The Himalayan Cataract Project team Summits Cholatse!". ExplorersWeb. 12 May 2005. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 1 Sep 2009.