Cho Oyu Expedition has become a popular objective for mountaineers who like to attempt their first 8000m peak and want to gain real high altitude experience. Cho Oyu is popular because of it’s relatively, non-technical climbing route. It is one of the easiest 8000m peaks in the world with a low avalanche risk and a short and direct summit ascent. Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world and is located near Mt Everest at the border between China and Nepal. Moreover, the mountain is relatively easy accessible by car from Kathmandu or Lhasa combining two different cultures in one trip.
When the Cho Oyu expedition has finished, we return to Kathmandu via Lhasa Kathmandu high away, driving a last time across the Tibetan plateau and through the Himalayas all the way back to Nepal and Kathmandu.
Although Cho Oyu is a relatively, non-technical climb, it involves steep snow, hard ice and rock sections. To ensure safety, ropes will be fixed at all difficult sections. However, you should feel comfortable with alpine climbing techniques in winter conditions at higher altitude, like: using ice axe and crampons, anchoring, belaying, abseiling and crevasse rescue. All members should have knowledge and experience in winter camping, avalanche danger and recognition, prevention and treatment of high altitude sickness and frostbite.
This expedition is open for climbers with previous mountaineering experience at higher altitudes (6000m-7000m). As you’re part of a group during difficult situations and demanding activities, you must have experience in working and living in and with a group of people who share the same, common goal. An easy going, flexible attitude is a must.
This Mountain is more than 8000m high. Climbing above 8000m (death zone), involves an increased risk of serious health problems, complete lethargy and very extreme weather conditions. For personal safety reasons you should be able to climb independently and be able to survive without help from anybody else.
Cho Oyu base camp (4910m)
In this expedition you will drive from Kathmandu to Kodari at the border with China/Tibet by bus. After all formalities at the Nepalese and Chinese customes, we will drive through the Himalayas to the small villages of Nyalam and Tingri before arriving at the Chinese base camp. As we are gaining altitude very fast in these days, we (and all other expeditions) take a necessary rest and acclimatization day after each day’s drive. Depending on the weather, the road may be very muddy and bumpy forcing a slow adventurous ride across bridges, streams and small, steep road sections.
Cho Oyu ABC - 5720m
The Chinese base camp is the starting point for a few days trek to the real base camp, or advanced base camp. It is a nice trek on talus slopes and rocky moraines to the intermediated camp and finally to the Advanced Base Camp. The trek doesn’t involve any difficulties, but as we are still gaining altitude very fast, we need to acclimatize a day in between.
Cho Oyu Camp 1 - 6430m
After sufficient rest in the ABC, we start to climb. The climb to Camp 1 (North West ridge) involves a glacier crossing and a tiring climb across loose scree, stones, snow and ice. No specific difficulties.
Cho Oyu Camp 2 (7130m)
On the way to camp 2 you will encounter the first technical section. This is a six meter high, 60 degrees snow& ice wall that you need to climb. Normally you can use a number of snow/ice steps and we will fix ropes if needed.
Cho Oyu Camp 3 (7560m)
From camp 2 to 3 there’s another short wall of about 40 degrees snow & ice.
Cho Oyu summit (8201m)
From camp 3 you will start your summit attempt. In the early morning (night) you will start climbing from 7450m through some rocky sections. The summit trail involves no other difficulties than the extreme high altitude. The summit itself is large and amazingly flat, that is why your last challenge is to find the real summit at 8201m! We will find it anyhow.
Back to Cho Oyu ABC
After a successful summit attempt you will descent in one or two days to Cho Oyu ABC. Depending on the situation and time frame, you may choose to return to Kathmandu earlier as planned or hang out in ABC until the entire expedition departs from the mountain.
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Day 1: Arrive to Kathmandu (1,300m).
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be received by us there and we wait you at Kathmandu airport by your name and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is free and trip briefing in the evening.
Day 2: In Kathmandu
Hand over passport to China Embassy; begin processing of Chinese Visa. Training and equipment review at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: In Kahmandu
Receive processed visa from Chinese embassy
Day 4: Nepal to Tibet
Begin Expedition! Drive to Zhangmu, Tibet (2500m) and drive to Nyalam (3,750m).
Lhasa option: Fly to Lhasa. Rest in Lhasa, tour Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, the most sacred building in all of Tibet.
Day 5: In Nyalam
Rest & Acclimatization in Nyalam (3,750m). Walk in the surrounding hills.
Lhasa option: Drive to Shigatse. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area. Visit the 15th century Tashilunpo Monastery, the largest active monastic institution in Tibet.
Day 6: Drive to Tingri at 4,300m.
Lhasa option: Drive to Lhatse. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area. Visit the Changmoche Monastery.
Day 7: Rest & Acclimatization in Tingri at 3900m.
Lhasa option: Drive to Tingri. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area.
Day 8: Drive to Chinese Base, 4900m.
Day 9: Rest & Acclimatization at Chinese Base.
Day 10: Walk halfway to advanced base camp, camp at 5100m.
Day 11: Rest day & Acclimatization at interim-camp at 5100m.
Day 12: Walk to advanced base camp at 5600m and Rest
Day 13: Rest & Acclimatization, training, and organization at advanced base camp.
Day 14: Climb to camp 1 at 6200m, return to advanced base camp.
Day 15: Rest in advanced base camp.
Day 16: Climb to camp 1, Sleep.
Day 17: Explore the route to Camp 2 at 6700m. Return to advanced base camp.
Day 18: Rest in advanced base camp.
Day 19: Rest in advanced base camp.
Day 20: Climb to camp 1 and sleep there.
Day 21: Climb to camp 2 and sleep there.
Day 22: Explore the route to camp 3 at 7400m. Return to advanced base camp. Rest.
Day 23: Rest in advanced base camp.
Day 24:Rest in advanced base camp.
Day 25: Rest in advanced base camp.
Day 26: Climb to camp 1 and sleep there.
Day 27: Climb to camp 2 and sleep there.
Day 28: Climb to camp 3 and sleep there.
Day 29: Summit attempt.
Day 30: Summit attempt.
Day 31: Summit attempt.
Day 32: Summit attempt.
Day 33: Summit attempt, descend to camp 2.
Day 34: Descend to advanced base camp, pack and prepare to depart.
Day 35: ABC to Tingri
Final packing, walk down from advanced base camp to Chinese base, drive to Tingri and spend the night.
Day 36: Drive from Tingri to Kathmandu.
Day 37: In Kathmandu
Packing and final shopping in Kathmandu.
Day 38: Kathmandu airport.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport and say Good-bye to your new friends.