Cho Oyu Expedition 2019/20

  • Trip duration 45 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate & Technical
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Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at (8,188 metres/26,864 ft) above sea level. Cho Oyu means "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan. The mountain is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu sub-section of the Mahalangur Himalaya 20 km west of Mount Everest. The mountain stands on the China-Nepal border.

Just a few kilometres west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La (5,716m/18,753 ft), a glaciated pass that serves as the main trading route between the Tibetans and the Khumbu's Sherpas. This pass separates the Khumbu and Rolwaling Himalayas. Due to its proximity to this pass and the generally moderate slopes of the standard northwest ridge route, Cho Oyu is considered the easiest 8,000 metre peak to climb. It is a popular objective for professionally guided parties.

The mountain is semi-technical with short ice cliffs a rock band and several crevasses. We provide both full board and base camp logistic services on Cho Oyu.We recommend using the full board services for safety, a secure mountaineering experience and your best opportunity to reach the summit. However, some experienced climbers may opt for climbing without support above base camp from a guide or Sherpa.

The route above advanced base camp consists mainly of low-angled snow slopes up to 35° with one short but very steep section to bypass a Sérac barrier at 6,475 meters. Most of the climbers use two or three camps on the mountain before reaching the summit. Camp 1 is located at 6,400m, Camp 2 around 7,100 and the highest camp at 7,450m.Most of the climbers try to summit push from camp two and return to camp two. However, we like to make this decision based upon the health and fitness of the clients during the summit push. We are always flexible and the plan might change due to weather, fitness, illness or other unseen events. Generally the team will spend 22-23 days committed to the summit objective, with multiple equipment and supply carries and acclimatization climbs to camp 1, 2 and 3, before attempting the summit.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 08: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel(1350m)
  • Day 09: Free day, Visa collection, Rest and prepare day for assignment and briefing.
  • Day 11: Drive from Kathmandu to Syprubeshi (1460m/4790ft) overnight at tea house accommodation.
  • Day 12: Drive from Syprubeshi to Kerung Height(3200m/10499ft) hotel accommodation.
  • Day 13: Drive from Kerung height to Tingri (4,348m/14,268ft) hotel accommodation.
  • Day 14: Drive from Shigatse to Tingri (4,350m/14269ft,05hrs) Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 15: Rest day at Tingri for acclimatization.The climbing Sirdar will take you up to a (5000m/16404ft) hill for acclimatization after breakfast.
  • Day 16: After breakfast drive from Tingri to the Chinese base camp (4800m/15750ft.) which is about two hour drive. camping accommodation.
  • Day 17: Rest and acclimatization at Chinese base camp (4800m/15750ft). To arrange yaks to go to advanced base camp via middle camp.
  • Day 18: Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp(5300m/17388ft.) along the 4x4 track camping accommodation.
  • Day 18: Dismantling ABC;trek to middle camp; drive to Tingri(4,348m/14,268 ft)-takes about 04 hours trekking and 06 hours driving; overnight in hotel
  • Day 19: Trek from Middle Camp to the ABC (5700m/18700ft) of Cho Oyu camping accommodation.
  • Day 19: Drive from Tingri to Kerung Height (3200m/10499ft) overnight at tea house accommodation in B/B plan
  • Day 20: Climbing Period –Summit Cho-Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft)
  • Day 20: Early in the morning drive from Kerung height to Kerung boarder, finish immigration formalities to cross the border and then drive to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
  • Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.
  • Day 22: Transfer to airport for final departure

Cost Includes:

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from international airport with other necessary surface transportation as per itinerary,
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per itinerary,
  • Truck for expedition equipment from Kathmandu-Kerung-Kathmandu,
  • Schedule flights from KTM-LHASA-KTM for Climbing members,
  • Chinese custom clearances at the border,
  • Chinese Government Royalty for Cho-Oyu Expedition for group and climbing Sherpa guide,
  • Chinese visa for climbing period, both Base Camp staff, Sherpa and group;
  • Climbing Sherpa guide each member and leaders will be included,
  • TMA or CTMA selected English speaking Chinese liaison officer and interpreter,
  • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp;
  • Full Board hotel in route in Tibet: Lhasa, Sigatse,Tingri (B/L/D) (provided by CTMA);
  • Food during expedition period for expedition members and staff;
  • Tibet Visa and Travel Permit for expedition crew;
  • Expedition Permit to climbing Cho Oyu along northwest ridge route;
  • Permanent kitchen facilities at advance base camp.
  • All staff during Expedition period with experienced guide (Base Camp Manager) as per group size.
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary;
  • Cargo clearance & duties assistance service free;
  • Daily wages, equipment allowance & insurance for expedition staff;
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group;
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members;
  • Quality personal tent at base camp and advance base camp
  • Permanent kitchen and dining facilities at advance base camp
  • Shower facility at base camp and advance base camp
  • All necessary climbing hardware and ropes.
  • Preferable meals at BC, ABC, higher camps, Hot drinks and beverages, freeze dried food during expedition
  • 24 hours hot drinks and beverage during expedition
  • Quality high altitude freeze dried food for Sherpa and staff;
  • Two Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators (if requested by client)
  • We provide Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance.
  • Ice falls charges, all high quality tent for  higher camps 1, 2, 3 ·
  • EPI gas and burners  for cooking food above base camp;
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for cook, climbing Sherpa guide and base camp staff.
  • All necessary camping equipment's like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, kitchen tent, shower, toilet tents etc.
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking-up and down carrying by Yak;
  • Truck will be provided at Kerung boarder -Chinese base camp and return Kerung for loads;
  • Yaks to carry the loads from Chinese base camp to middle camp to advance base camp and return;
  • Required experienced, trained and Government Licensed climbing guide(s) during climbing period per person as per requirements.
  • First Aid medical kits for the group and the staff.
  • Satellite phone carrying by guide for communication and available for
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Emergency oxygen and mask regulator.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking,
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips,
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc,
  • Extra transportation then display in itinerary program,
  • Any additional staff other than specified,
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses,
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required,
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue,
  • Walkie-talkies & Filming permit (if special camera or walkies-talkies),
  • Personal climbing gears;
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkies-talkies or satellite phone and Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears,
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods,
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules,
  • Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff,
  • Airfare of international flights,
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa guide, minimum US$ 1000.00 per climbing Sherpa guide,
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu),
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Any other item not included in “COST INCLUDES” section.

Detail Itineraries

  • Day 08Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel(1350m)
  • Day 09Free day, Visa collection, Rest and prepare day for assignment and briefing.
  • Day 11Drive from Kathmandu to Syprubeshi (1460m/4790ft) overnight at tea house accommodation.
  • Day 12Drive from Syprubeshi to Kerung Height(3200m/10499ft) hotel accommodation.
  • Day 13Drive from Kerung height to Tingri (4,348m/14,268ft) hotel accommodation.
  • Day 14Drive from Shigatse to Tingri (4,350m/14269ft,05hrs) Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 15Rest day at Tingri for acclimatization.The climbing Sirdar will take you up to a (5000m/16404ft) hill for acclimatization after breakfast.
  • Day 16After breakfast drive from Tingri to the Chinese base camp (4800m/15750ft.) which is about two hour drive. camping accommodation.
  • Day 17Rest and acclimatization at Chinese base camp (4800m/15750ft). To arrange yaks to go to advanced base camp via middle camp.
  • Day 18Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp(5300m/17388ft.) along the 4x4 track camping accommodation.
  • Day 18Dismantling ABC;trek to middle camp; drive to Tingri(4,348m/14,268 ft)-takes about 04 hours trekking and 06 hours driving; overnight in hotel
  • Day 19Trek from Middle Camp to the ABC (5700m/18700ft) of Cho Oyu camping accommodation.
  • Day 19Drive from Tingri to Kerung Height (3200m/10499ft) overnight at tea house accommodation in B/B plan
  • Day 20Climbing Period –Summit Cho-Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft)
  • Day 20Early in the morning drive from Kerung height to Kerung boarder, finish immigration formalities to cross the border and then drive to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
  • Day 21Free day in Kathmandu and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.
  • Day 22Transfer to airport for final departure

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