Cho Oyu Expedition Nepal


Trip Overview

Cho Oyu is the 6th highest mountain on the planet. Cho Oyu Expedition Nepal has the highest success rate among the world’s fourteen 8,000er Himalayan peaks. The ascent to the summit of Cho Oyu Expedition is short and direct with a few small technical sections which can be climbed safely using fixed lines. The normal route may not be called a technically difficult climb. Cho Oyu Mountaineering Expedition is still a demanding undertaking, the mountain being one of the highest on earth. Cho Oyu lies about 20km west of Mt. Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. Cho Oyu Mountaineering Expedition is the ideal training peak for Everest Expediton. Tbe main attraction of Cho Oyu Mountaineering Expedition are off-the–beaten-track extensions, an overnight stay or a meal in a typical village home, visits to conservation project sites, participation in local festivals and many more.

Our caravan route to Cho Oyu Expedition lies inside Sagarmatha National Park, the natural heritage site enlisted by UNESCO. Hiking to base camp and back from Cho Oyu Expedition provide you an ample opportunity to observe Everest and her sister peaks Himalayan ecological beauties. Be in the natural beauties be with Himalayan flora and faunas additionally!

Cho Oyu Expedition

The best season for this Expedition Nepal is from spring season of March to May and the Autumn season of September to November. The months of April, May and then again October, November are the classic climbing period. The summer months of monsoon rains and the winter months from December to February are considered to be the most unfavorable time for Cho Oyu Climbers.

If given itinerary is not suitable for you, we design another itinerary as per your desire and duration of holidays. If you need more information about Cho Oyu Expedition please fell free to contact us.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350M/4425FT) (A)
Showing your name board, our airport representative waits in Kathmandu International Airport (TIA). You transfer to hotel, check in and free time. Have enjoy!

Day 2-3: Trip Final Preperation in Kathmandu (A,B)
In the morning, generally at 8 am, Eco-friendly Treks staff come to meet you at your hotel. Please manage to be there at lobby with:
(a) your original passport to prepare necessary adventure eco holiday permit/s from the concerned authority,
(b) a couple of same passport size photos for permit/s and,
(c) Trip final full payment. The staff introduce you with your trip guide at the same time. You have time to interact with your guide, he may check and suggest your trip equipmment and packing for the trip on your interest, please tell us if you like this. The rest of the day, you may buy or hire additional equipment and packing (if necessary). Then, you rest for acclimatization and final preperation for the trip. If you like any additional program for the day, please inform us at the time of mail corresponding.

Day 4: Fly to Lhasa (3,600M/12,000FT): (A,B,L,D)
Early morning transfer to the Kathmandu International Airport for the hour-long flight to Lhasa. This stunning flight takes us directly across the main Himalayan range, providing magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gonggar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, Lhasa is a further two hour drive. The remainder of the day will be left unscheduled for participants to rest and adjust to Lhasa’s higher altitude. Overnight at hotel.

Days 5-6: Sightseeing around Lhasa.(A,B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, the group will visit the popular and awe-inspiring Potala Palace, Lhasa’s most famous attraction. From its construction in 1694 the Potala was the seat of the Dalai Lama until 1959, and serves as the final resting place for many of them. Today it is a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will also visit the Jokhang Temple, the most respected religious structure in Tibet. We may also see Norbulingka Palace, the summer home of the Dalai Lamas, and Drepung monastery. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Drive to Shigatse. (3,900M/12790FT): 6HRS, (A,B,L,D)
Today includes a long drive across the Tibetan plateau. Soon after leaving Lhasa, we reach the banks of the Tsang Po, which becomes the Brahmaputra River when it enters India. There we will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, built in 1447. This is the residence of the Panchan Lama, the second most influential religious figure in Tibet. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Drive to Xegar.(4000M/13120FT): 8 HRS, (A,B,L,D)
As we continue our drive along the Tibetan highway, the northern edge of the Greater Himalaya comes into view, providing a spectacular panorama of peaks, including Mt. Everest. If time allows, we may be able to visit the main town and its hilltop monastery. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9: Acclimatization day.(A,B,L,D)
This day will be spent as a rest and acclimatization day, in preparation for the high altitude of the Chinese base camp we will reach tomorrow. Participants are advised to avoid over exertion, but a visit to the main town and the gentle hike up to its hilltop monastery (4,200m) are highly recommended. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Arrival at Chinese base camp.(A,B,L,D)
Today we complete the drive to the Chinese base camp. Leaving Xegar, we turn south along the bumpy track that leads to the road’s end below Cho Oyu. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 11: Organization at Chinese base camp.(A,B,L,D)
This will be an important day of preparation for the trek. Loads will be sorted out and readied for transportation, and the yaks that will carry them will arrive in the afternoon. Overnight at tented camp.

Days 12-15: Trek to Cho Oyu base camp.(A,B,L,D)
With yaks carrying the expedition’s supplies, we trek up the long valley to the base camp. Three nights will be spent at intermediate camps rising respectively 5,200M and 5,450M before continuing to the base camp. The benefit of acclimatization will be greatly appreciated when we finally reach the camp, our home for the duration of the climb. We arrive at the base early on day 15 and spend the afternoon organizing climbing equipment. Day 16th will be Acclimatization day at the base camp.

Days 16 to 39: Climbing the north-west face of Cho Oyu.(A,B,L,D)
From this point on, it’s not really possible to detail a climbing plan, because the pace will depend upon the leader and the particular team.
We set about acclimatizing and learning skills needed for climbing the mountain, such as how to use the oxygen bottles and radios. We will also sort out our equipment and clothing needed for the mountain, setting aside the food we want for the upper camps (as this will be placed there for us
ahead of time by the Sherpa). From the base camp we climb along the glacier toward the mountain and Camp 1. Because of the high altitude, this first trip up the Gyabrag Glacier and onto the mountain itself is for familiarizing
participants with climbing and their equipment. It provides an excellent opportunity to view the route that will be taken and assess the mountain conditions. Once the expedition leader is happy with the team’s acclimatization, we begin (weather permitting) to climb the mountain in earnest. In order to reach a position from which we can make successful
summit bids, Sherpas will make sure that all camp stores and food are taken care of. The expedition leader will check to be sure that everyone is in good health and properly adjusted to the altitude.

Throughout the climb, the leader will use a method that adjusts team members to the ever-increasing altitudes. This will be achieved by “climbing high and sleeping low,” until each person feels suitably well-adjusted to make the next move up to a higher camp. At each camp, the team will climb high but then return to the lower camp to sleep. Finally, the team will return to the base camp for a prolonged rest of at least four days before moving up to occupy Camp 3 in preparation for the ultimate climb to the top. Mountain camps are situated as follows:

Camp 1 – (6,400M/20979FT) Camp 1 is at 6,400M and five to eight hours from the base camp. The camp is reached by a steep climb from the head of the glacier at 6,100M. From here, the route follows steep scree, which improves as height is gained. Camp 1 is located on a broad shoulder of snow, which leads up to a ridge above the camp.

Camp 2 – (7,000M/22946FT)
Above Camp 1, a snow ridge leads to a series of ice cliffs. The way through these involves climbing a steep 50m ice wall at over 6,600m. Although straightforward, this is the hardest climbing on the route, requiring great effort to climb the steep ice at such an altitude. Improved acclimatization and greater familiarity make the prospect of subsequent climbs through the ice cliffs less daunting, but the challenge remains physically strenuous with each journey to Camp 2. Throughout this section, fixed ropes are placed in conjunction with other teams operating on the mountain at the same time.
Above the ice cliffs, there are several large crevasses which we make our way around until they finally give way, giving access to Camp 2 at 7,000m. Depending upon the snow conditions, this can be a very demanding day of six to eight hours.

Camp 3 – (7,400M/24257FT) Camp 3 is at 7,400m and roughly four hours above Camp 2. This camp is located beneath a rock band that cuts off the snow slopes of the upper basin. As we rise above the beautiful Nangpa Gosum peaks, the mountains of Nepal can be seen to the south, and the arid Tibetan plateau to the north. Although the distance to Camp 3 is short and easy, the high altitude makes the path more demanding. Once at Camp 3, we must make every effort to prepare for the following day. This means eating, drinking, and resting. To function effectively on Summit Day, it is vital for climbers to drink as much as possible in order to replenish the calories and fluids lost during the climb. This can be a challenge, because the altitude makes even slight physical work difficult, and the task of boiling water slower than usual.

Summit Day
Summit Day begins early, as it takes several hours to make breakfast, hydrate properly, and fully
prepare equipment before embarking. The camp faces west, so there is plenty of time for preparations before we depart as the sun rises. Once on our way, easily navigable snow and rock ledges lead through the short rock band above the camp. Gradually the angle of the slope relents until we emerge onto the broad windswept back of the mountain. Now it is only a matter of putting one foot in front of the other to slowly gain the towering distant summit of Cho Oyu, overshadowed only by Mt. Everest. The magnificent vista surrounding us as we cross the vast summit plateau toward the peak includes Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Menlugtse, Gyachung Kang and Gaurisankar, as well as the peaks of the Khumbu Himal. We reach the summit five to eight hours after leaving Camp 3.
For the descent the same route will be followed, with nights spent at Camp 3 and Camp 1.

On the day 39 all climbers should be back at the base camp with belongings and equipment. Packing up the base camp is always time consuming, and everyone will need to help ensure that we leave no trace of our passing.

If we are successful in completing the climb ahead of schedule, we will leave the base early and head back to Kathmandu. However, past experience has shown that we will need all of the allotted days unless mountain conditions and the acclimatization process go exceptionally well.

Day 40: Trek back to road.(A,B,L,D)
After finishing our trek we will descend back to the road-head with yaks carrying our equipment. Our road transport will be waiting for us. Final night spent in tent. Overnight at Tented Camps.

Day 41: Drive to Zhangmu.(A,B,L,D)
Although the road from Lhasa to Kathmandu is in good condition, we have broken the fourteen hour drive into two days. Overnight at hotel.

Day 42: Drive back to Kathmandu. (A,B,L,D)
After our breakfast, we take a drive to Kathmandu or take a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Day 43: Spare day in Kathmandu. (A,B)

Day 44: Departure to your destination (B)
Today is your departure day, we will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and pray for your Safe journey.
(Abbreviation: A = Accommodation, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Guide & Logistics

Price Includes:

  • We meet you at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel
  • Double room in sharing basis with breakfast at 5 star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as per itinerary at main trip duration
  • Required permit/s for the trip
  • Experienced trip guide and his daily expenses (meals, transport, tent, insurance)
  • Land transfer to and from trip starting and ending points as per itinerary
  • Domestic Airfare if needed (confirm this at the time of trip booking with us) and 100 kg cargo each
  • All taxes (Value Added Tax and income tax if/when apply)
  • We transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for onward flight as per itinerary
  • Agency service charges
  • Supporters (Porters) during the trip
  • Kitchen utensils required, during the trip
  • Kitchen tent / Kitchen (camping) charge at base camp during the trip
  • Toilet tent and pitchment charge at base camp during the trip
  • Double tent for each of you up to base camp
  • Tent grounding service to be paid at local
  • Charge of Sleeping bags during trip
  • Other supports: first aid kit during main trip
  • Laison Officer and his basic costs
  • Mountaineering guide (Sherpa) per client is required during climbing period.
  • Mountaineering royalty and permit for Nepal Government
  • Staffs (Manager, Cook, Kitchen, assistant) charge
  • Required fixed and dynamic ropes, ice axe and other gears during climbing period
  • Oxygen bottles and mask
  • Satellite phone carrying by guide for communication
  • First aid medical kits for porters and staff members

Price NOT Included:

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Hot and cold drinks are not available except mineral water
  • Tipping
  • All above “Cost Include” mentioned above

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Trip facts

  • 44 Days
  • Grade: ED1
  • Lodging: Lodge & Tent
  • Dept: Each Month 5th
  • Trip Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Trip Type: Mountaineering
  • Price: USD /each

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Very good value for money spent. We all arranged and generally well managed.

- GLENN INGRAM

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