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Cho Oyu Expedition – 45 Days

The sixth highest peak of the world (8201m/26906ft) Cho Oyu stands for’ Turquoise God’ which means the turquoise color of the peak in the afternoon sun from the Tibet side of the mountain. But in

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Climbing involve with Rope and Ice Axe, Sightseeing and Trekking
Trip Duration: 45 Days
Max Altitude: 8,201 m /26899.28 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal, Tibet
Best Season: 
April to October
Trip Level:
Trip Route: Ktm-Lhasa-Cho Oyu Base Camp-Cho Oyu Summit-Zangmue-KTM

Trip Information

The sixth highest peak of the world (8201m/26906ft) Cho Oyu stands for’ Turquoise God’ which means the turquoise color of the peak in the afternoon sun from the Tibet side of the mountain. But in Nepal it is known as Qowowuyag by the Sherpas. The mountain lies in the Himalayas and is 20 km west of Mount Everest, at the border between China and Nepal. Though the expedition attempt was made by Eric Shipton in1952, an Austrian Herbert Tichy made the first successful ascent of Cho Oyu in 1954 with fellow Austrians Sepp Jochler and Helmut Heuberger.

Our sensitively designed ‘Ace Cho Oyu Expedition’ offers you an excellent opportunity for the climbers to extend their experience to extreme altitudes and is highly recommended as a first 8,000m Peak. Climbing Cho Oyu is one of the best practices for attempting the Everest. This is also one of the best attainable of the among world’s highest mountains due to the lack of objective dangers in comparison to the other mountains. The terrain for this is uncomplicated, which makes the climbing assessable.

This trip starts from Kathmandu and ends in Kathmandu. It will be guided by our fully experienced Sherpa climbing guide. The indigenous Shepras were born in the Himalayas, reared in the Himalayas and involved in climbing and mountaineering occupation.

To begin this trip we fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and spend a few days exploring the ancient Tibetan capital, taking time to let our bodies acclimatize, before driving across the Tibetan Plateau to Chinese Base Camp. This is the place from where we load up Yaks and trek to Cho Oyu base camp, below the north-west face. The route above base camp consists mainly of low-angled snow slopes up to 30° with one short but very steep section to bypass a sérac barrier at 6,400meters. We use three camps on the mountain; the highest at 7,500m is the launch pad for the summit, which is reached in 5 to 8 hours under normal conditions.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 02 – Pre-trip meeting at 9:00 a.m. & Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 03 – Official formalities and Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 04 – Final Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 05 – Fly to Lhasa. Over night at Lhasa. Overnight at Hotel in Lhasa

  • Days 06 and 07 – Guided sightseeing around Lhasa. Overnight at Hotel in Lhasa.

  • Day 08 – Drive to Shigatse. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse.

  • Day 09 – Drive to Xegar. Ovenight at hotel in Xegar.

  • Day 10 – Arrive at Chinese Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.

  • Day 11 – Rest and Acclimatization day in Chinese base camp. Overnight at tented camp.

  • Day 12 – Rest and Preparation day in Chinese base camp. Overnight at tented camp.

  • Days 13 to 16 – Trek to Cho Oyu base camp. Overnight at tented camp.

  • Days 17 to 40 – Climbing period of Mt. Cho Oyu. Overnight at Tented Camp.

  • Day 41 – Descend to Cho Yuo Base Camp and drive to Tingri. Overnight at hotel in Tingri.

  • Day 42 – Drive Zhangmu. Overnight at hotel in Zhangmu.

  • Day 43 – Arrive at Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 44 – Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 45 – Transfer to Int’l air port for your final departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 1 - Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345 meters).

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
    (No meals included)

  • Day 2 - Pre-trip meeting & sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

    In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

    After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 3 - Official formalities in Kathmandu.

    Formal briefing at the Ministry of Tourism. The expedition leader will check that everyone’s equipment is in working order. Overnight at hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 4 - Final preparation day in Kathmandu.

    Final opportunity for last-minute purchases. Overnight at hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 5 - Fly to Lhasa.

    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.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Days 6 and 7 - Sightseeing around Lhasa.

    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.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 8 - Drive to Shigatse.

    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.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 9 - Drive to Xegar.

    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 10 - Acclimatization day.

    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 overexertion, but a visit to the main town and the gentle hike up to its hilltop monastery (4,200m) are highly recommended. Overnight at hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 11 - Arrival at Chinese base camp.

    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.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 12 - Organization at Chinese base camp.

    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.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Days 13 to 16 - Trek to Cho Oyu base camp.

    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 5,200 m and 5,450 m 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.  Overnight at tented camp.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Days 17 to 40 - Climbing the north-west face of Cho Oyu.

    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
    Camp 1 is at 6,400 meters 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
    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 – 7,400 meters
    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 day 40 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.
    (High Quality Camping Tents will be provided in each camp)
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 41 - Trek back to road.

    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.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 42 - Drive to Zhangmu.

    Although the road from Lhasa to Kathmandu is in good condition, we have broken the fourteen hour drive into two days. Overnight at hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 43 - Drive to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner.

    Once back in Kathmandu, Aarohi Holiday will host an evening barbecue as a chance to celebrate the expedition, say farewell, and thank the Sherpas and team members for their support and friendship throughout the trip. Overnight at hotel.
    (Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)

  • Day 44 - Leisure day in Kathmandu.

    Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 45 - Transfer to airport for flight departure.

    An Ace airport representative will escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
    (Breakfast Included)


    COST INCLUDES

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by Tourist Vehicle.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (6 nights)

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by Tourist Vehicle.

  • Two star hotel accommodation in Lhasa and Gyantse with basic guesthouse accommodation in Shegar and Zangmu including Breakfast.

  • Full board meal during the trek, camping at base camp and advance base camp, prepared by our cook with hot Tea & coffee.

  • All base camp and Advance base camp camping gears (We will provide fully water proof dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent at the base camp)

  • High quality tents for all camps.

  • Insurance for all Nepali staffs and porters including helicopter rescue provision.

  • Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek and at base camp.

  • Expedition permits

  • Liaison officer and his round trip flight, insurance, wages, expedition equipments etc.

  • High altitude climbing food, fuel, Gas above base camp (you are also advised to bring some high altitude food yourselves)

  • Guide, cook, porters, helpers up to base camp

  • Climbing Sherpas (1 member = 1 Sherpa Ratio on climbing day)

  • A well stocked first aid and medical kit sufficient to counter any possible mountaineering ailments, from headache to serious injury.

  • Oxygen from Camp two and above (2 bottles in each camp - camp 2 and camp 3).

  • Extra Oxygen equipment for medical use only.

  • A portable hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag)

  • Emergency communications on the mountain and satellite communications link for helicopter evacuation.

  • Mask regulator

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees for entire trip.

  • Power supply at Base Camp for charging electronics (solar backup)

  • Flight cost from Kathmandu - Lhasa including airport departure tax.

  • Chinese visa and permit. (We handle all the paperwork for the Chinese visa and all the Tibet travel and climbing permits)

  • All our government taxes and vat.

  • Farewell dinner party in Kathmandu.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and while staying in hotel/guesthouse in Tibet.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected, see info below).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

  • Recommended tipping and sherpa bonuses are as follow:

  • Allow $80-150 for general non-sherpa crew who stay at base camp.

  • Allow $150-250 for sherpas who go up to the base camp.

  • Summit climbing Sherpa US$ 400 – 600 per Sherpa.


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