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.
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.
- 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