Cho Oyo Expedition 2014 – 45 Days
For anyone who has ever dreamed of climbing one of the world’s highest 8000er mountains, Cho Oyu offers relatively easy access. Despite being the 6th highest mountain on the planet, Cho Oyu has the highest success rate among the world’s fourteen 8,000er Himalayan peaks. The ascent to the summit 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. The access becomes easier also because of the fact that the mountain can be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicle and one can walk to the Camp 1 in hiking boots. However, climbing Cho Oyu 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. The mountain is also known as Mt. Qowowuyag and is situated in the middle section of the Himalayas. An Austrian team first climbed Cho Oyu in 1954 followed by the Indian and German teams in 1958 and 1964 respectively. Cho Oyu consists mainly of five ridges – Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and West with the Jabula Glacier on the north, Lanba Glacier on the south, and Gecongba Glacier.
Day 01: International Arrival in Kathmandu – 1300m/4264ft
Upon our arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport, representative from MSM Tour and Treks will welcome us. The representative will assist us to escort into our hotel in downtown Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, we may relax or go around for shopping. In the evening, MSM Tour and Trekking will organize welcome dinner for us in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu. Meanwhile we will have briefing about our adventurous trip in the nearest forthcoming days. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02-03: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation for Cho Oyu Expedition
Today, we are making preparation for Everest Expedition and sightseeing. While the leader attends a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism, we will explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. We will visit famous Stupa, Boudhnath and the popular Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath Temple. In the late afternoon, the leader will check everyone’s equipment before flying to Lhasa. Chinese Visas for entering Tibet will be acquired from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. We will also get introduced with fellow expedition members and guides. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 : Fly to Lhasa 3,600m/12,000ft
Today, we fly to one of the highest capitals in the world: Lhasa of Tibet. We savor the extraordinary views of the Himalaya, including Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga and the Tibetan valleys. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, we will be greeted and escorted to a good standard hotel in downtown of Lhasa. We make Lhasa our base for acclimatization to the high Tibetan altitude.
Day 05-06 : Acclimatizing and discovering Lhasa
While we acclimatize with the high altitude, we also visit important landmarks in Lhasa including the Dalai Lama’s Potala Palace. Lhasa life certainly offers glimpses into one of the most preserved ancient cultural heritages.
Day 07 : Drive to Shigatse 3,900m/12792 ft: 6 hrs
Today, we depart Lhasa for Shigatse, the Tibet’s second largest city. We even reach to the banks of the Tsang Po, which becomes the Brahmaputra River in India. We further drive up-stream for a while before turning southwest through barren desert-like valleys. Overnight stay in a Shigatse hotel.
Day 08 : Drive to Xegar 4,000m/13120 ft: 8 hrs
While continuing along the Tibetan highway views of the Himalaya unfold with a spectacular panorama of peaks including Everest. We stay overnight in a hotel outside the main town of Xegar. If time allows, we pay our visit to the downtown of Xegar and its hilltop monastery.
Day 09 : Acclimatization Day
We acclimatize well before gaining height toward the Chinese base camp. At this juncture, we visit to the main town and engage on a gentle hike up to its hilltop monastery.
Day 10 : Arrive Chinese base camp
We further continue our drive to the Chinese base camp. While turning south along the bumpy track, the road leads us to the road-head below Cho Oyu.
Day 11 : Organization at Chinese base camp
Today will be an important day for sorting out all loads. Yaks arrive in the afternoon. Yaks carry our the loads to the base camp next day.
Day 12-15 : Trek to Cho Oyu base camp
We resume our trek up the long valley to base camp. For proper acclimatization, we spend 3 nights at intermediate camps at 5,200 and 5,450 meters before continuing to base camp. Move into the base camp. We engage the afternoon organizing climbing equipment for use on the mountain.
Day 16-40: Climbing the north-west face of Cho Oyu
At this juncture, we try the lower part of the mountain on the first day. We try to get as high as possible and have a good look at the route and the conditions on the mountain. At the evening, we return to base camp. After proper acclimatization, we climb higher and reach Camp 1 and camp 2. Upon arriaval at thses sites we make our best attempt for the the summit bids after a good period of rest at base camp. Return to the base camp by day 40.
Day 41: Return trek to road-head
Next, we return trek to the road-head with yaks carrying our equipment. Upon this trek, road transport awaits us. We spend the last night in tents.
Day 42: Drive into Nepal
The two days of road travel give passage us to Kathmandu. We drive for Zhangmu on the first day and cross the border into Nepal. Another 6 hours drive from the border all the way escort us to Kathmandu.
Day 43: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival in kathmandu, we will return to the welcome haven of the Hotel. Once back in Kathmandu, MSM Tours and Treks will host an evening barbecue to celebrate the expedition and as a farewell party to thank the Sherpas for their support and friendship.
Day 44: At leisure in Kathmandu
A final chance to buy souvenirs or perhaps just to relax by the pool.
Day 45: Depart Kathmandu:
Fly back to home.
- Expedition permit fees
- Accommodations in Kathmandu/Lhasa
- All overnight accommodations while on the trek and climb
- Meals in Kathmandu and while trekking and climbing
- Group equipment for the climb
- Qualified and Experienced guides
- Experienced Climbing Sherpas
- High Altitude Climbing Sherpas
- Airport transfers
- Satellite phone service
- Oxygen (2 4-litre bottles)
- International airfare and Nepal Visa fee
- Personal equipments and extra services
- Tips and Bonus for Staff and guide
- Insurance and Trip cancellation
- Airport departure tax