Cho-Oyu, meaning Turquoise God, is the sixth highest mountain in the world and is located West of Everest along the Nepal Tibet border. The first summit on this mountain was made in 1954 by a small Austrian/Tibetan expedition.
The easy access to this mountain, relatively safe climbing route and fewer technical difficulties makes Cho Oyu the most attainable of the world’s highest mountains, providing an excellent opportunity for climbers to extend their experience to extreme altitudes. The base of this mountain (Chinese Base Camp) is reached by four wheel vehicles, and a two day trek from here will bring you to Base Camp at 5600m.

Our expedition follows the West Ridge/West Face, which has two short technical sections. We will establish Advanced Base Camp (ABC) at 5600 meters (19,024 feet), Camp I at 6500 meters, Camp II at 7100 meters (23,288 feet), and Camp III at 7400 meters (24,272 feet). The route to Camp 1 at 6,400 meters is basically a steep walk, often done in hiking boots. Above Camp 1, the climbing route has only a few short technical sections yet is direct, allowing climbers to gain altitude without covering a lot of distance.

Summit day begins early. A few rocky steps (4 meters high) and mixed snow climb at a 30-45 degree angle brings you to the wide summit plateau followed by a long traverse brings you to the summit, at 8,201 meters/27,000 feet. You know you are on the true summit when you see the inspiring views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and the entire Khumbu valley, as well as great views across the Tibetan plateau to Shishapangma.

Our program allows enough time for proper acclimatization, rest days, and several returns to base camp. The weather at this time of year is normally quite good and stable. However, we have included extra days for summit attempt in case of bad weather not allowing us to attempt the summit.

Experience Required :

Cho Oyu expedition is suitable for experienced mountaineers. To join us on Cho Oyu, you need to be fully conversant with mountaineering techniques. Ideally, having completed Alpine climbs and have prior altitude experience of around 6,000m.

Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrive in Kathmandu (1 330 m), welcome dinner.
Day 2. Process for Chinese Visa. Briefing and equipment review at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3. At Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 4. Commence Expedition!- Drive form Kathmandu to Pasang Lhamu highway – Kerung Border/2000m. Border formalities.
Day 5. Drive to Jilong Village of Tibet – 3700m.
Day 6. Rest and acclimatisation at Jilong.
Day 7. Drive to Thingri at 4 080 meters.
Day 8. Rest in Thingri.
Day 9. Acclimatisation hikes in Thingri
Day 10. Drive to Chinese Base Camp, 4 700 metres.
Day 11. Rest at Chinese Base.
Day 12. Trek halfway to Advanced Base Camp.
Day 13-37. Climbing period.
Day 38. Pack up Advance Base Camp and trek down to Chinese Base Camp, drive to Tingri.
Day 39. Drive from Thingri to Kathmandu.
Day 40. Celebrations!!! in Kathmandu.
Day 41. Departure.

Price includes (full package):

  • All internal transportations and airport transfer in private vehicle.
  • Hotel accommodation on twin sharing with breakfast in Kathmandu at hotel Manaslu for nights before and 2 nights after expedition.
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • VISA for Tibet, Chinese Royalty fee and climbing permit fee for Cho Oyu.
  • Transportation of members, staffs and food supply from Kathmandu to Cho Oyu Base Camp and back to Kathmandu.
  • Tourist standard hotel with all meals while in Tibet.
  • 3 Yaks per member from Base camp-Advance Base Camp and 2 Yaks per member
  • Advance Base Camp -Base Camp.
  • 1 Climbing Sherpa for every 2 members.
  • 1 Nepalese cook and 2 kitchen boy.
  • Equipment allowances, daily wages, insurance, food and tents for cook, kitchen boy, liaison officer & interpreter.
  • Kitchen equipment.
  • Single tent at Base Camp.
  • Hilleberg Saivo 3 men tents above Base Camp, Hilleberg Atlas dining tent, kitchen tent,
    toilet tent, store tent, shower tent, chairs & tables.
  • Solar power panels at Base Camp for light and charging batteries for camera and laptops.
  • Gas heater for dining tent.
  • All Food and fuel during the expedition.
  • High altitude freeze dried food, EPI gas and burners for above Advanced Base Camp.
  • Oxygen and Regulator with mask for every member.
  • Satellite phone and radios.
  • High way and conservation charges. Garbage deposits.

Price excludes:

  • International flights
  • Nepal entry visa fee. (can be obtained at the airport upon arrival)
  • Reentry visa for Nepal. The re-entry visa can be obtained at the immigration office in Kodari.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Personal climbing gear above advance base camp
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage
  • International airport departure tax at Kathmandu Airport.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone and Email, etc.
  • Extra yaks
  • Emergency/Rescue Jeep, cost US$800
  • Tips to staff and summit bonus to Climbing Sherpa

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Grading

Our grading system for trekking:

There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at info@hionlifeadventures.com

Grade A: Leisure

These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

Grade B: Easy to moderate

These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade C: Moderate

These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade D: Challenging

These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.

Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

 

 

Booking terms and conditions

What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?

The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.

Booking:

At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.

Balance Payments:

The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations & Refunds:

In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:

Days prior to trip Start date                      Cancellation Fee

31-45 days                                                              50% of trip price
16-30 days                                                              75% of trip price
0-15 days                                                                 100% of trip price

Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.

 

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Quick Facts

Destination:
 Tibet
Trip Code:
 HEX-CE
Trip Grade:
 
Duration:
 41 days
Trek Distance:
 ****
Starting Elevation:
 2500 m
Peak Elevation:
 8201 m
Accommodations:
 Hotels on overland drive and Camping from BC
Best Season:
 Sept/ Oct

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