Day 1 → Meet 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.

Day 2 → Ganzi 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.

Day 3 → 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.

Day 4 → Base 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.

Day 5 → Camp 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.

Day 6 → Camp 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.

Day 7 → 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.

Day 8 → Camp 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.

Day 9 → Contingency 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.

Day 10 → Leave Ganzi

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

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