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Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition (8,201m) - 38 days

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Mt. Cho Oyu, the world's sixth highest mountain at 8,201m, is located on the west of Mt. Everest along the Nepali-Tibetan border. A straightforward climb and technically easier then most other 8,000m peaks, an excellent mountain for climbers wanting to scale their first 8,000m peak without taking much risk with previous high altitude climbing experience. We will climb the mountain via West Ridge/West face, which has two short technical sections. It will require an extra push to reach the true summit peak on the far end of the high snowfield. Summit day, though long and arduous, will be well worth it when the highest peaks in the world are in view.

The Tibetan folktale of Cho-Oyu (meaning Turquoise God) is that he fell in love with the Goddess Chomolungma (Everest), who later married her closer neighbor to the Southeast, Makalu. Cho-Oyu never married and he now faces the opposite way of Chomolungma. 

High Camps & Climbing Routes 

After arrival at Base Camp, we'll rest, acclimatize and make the necessary climb preparations before making our ascent to advance base camp at 5,800m.

We'll cross through steep moraines to establish Camp 1 at 6,500m, which should take around 4 - 6 hours depending on weather conditions and how we're feeling.

We'll traverse a ridge and ascend a 50m headwall to Camp 2 at 7,100m - a hard day taking 6 - 7 hours. Our strong Sherpas will fix all ropes as required. We'll establish Camp 3 at 7,500m on the northwest face, and the following day, set off for the summit. Our strong & professional high altitude climbing Sherpas will fix ropes as required. Depending on our fitness, we'll be moving up and down the mountain several times, acclimatizing and stocking the higher camps. This expedition is fully supported with all the base camp & high camp services. Teamwork is an important in successfully scaling the summit of Mt Cho-Oyu. 

Journey 

Our itinerary begins by driving into Tibet through Kodari (China & Nepal border), crossing the Himalaya through gorges of the Bhote Koshi. Here at Kodari we have to complete the custom formalities and we begin our overland trip to Tibet across the plateau and high passes by Chinese jeep or bus to Zangmu (2200m)/Nyalam (3400m) on the 1st day. We'll continue on to Tingri (4,300m) through fantastic plateau scenery with a stop at theBuddhist monastery built by Milarepa around a sacred cave. Along the last few miles into Tingri, views of Makalu, Everest and Cho- Oyu remind us why we're here. Tingri itself is made up of old-style mud and stone buildings with an army base at its rear. Tibetan nomads use the town as a base during their stay in this desolate part of the plateau. On the day 09, we drive for base camp of Mt. Cho-Oyu and remaining days left for acclimatization and climbing the mountain. 

Naylam & Tingri includes the extra day for relaxing and hiking the hills for acclimatizing.

 

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Expedition will be finished after summiting the Mt.Cho-Oyu
  • Expert & experienced cook and crews
  • Excellent logistics at base camp
  • Medical back up with Oxygen and Gamow bag at base camp
  • Full board expedition services including Oxygen cylinders and Mask set for climbing purpose
  • 1:2 ratios of support climbing Sherpa for summit push
  • Explore the ancient and traditionally rich towns of Tibet
  • Our Sherpa climbers are multiple times Mt. Everest Summiteers
  • Climb the world’s sixth highest and one of the easiest 8,000m peak, Mt.Cho- Oyu (8,201m) in Tibet with professional and already summitted Sherpa Guides

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m), Transfer to hotel

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crewmembers and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

Briefing, sightseeing, preparation for expedition

In the morning after breakfast, we will organize half day sightseeing tour during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest BouddhanathStupa and 2500 years old SwoyambhunathStupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, equipment checking and getting ready for the trip.

Day 3

Final Preparation for Expedition

This is the preparation day. Expedition is a long and challenging activity. We need to get well prepared and equip ourselves with all necessary equipment and accessories for successful and enjoyable expedition.   

Day 4

Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m), O/N hotel

You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport. Remember to carry your Tibet Permit and Visit Visa papers. Almost 70 minutes of flight over Everest and other mountains will take you to Lhasa Gonggar Airport. You will take a ride in 4WD vehicle to cover 60km distance along Friendship Highway to Lhasa City. Stay overnight in a hotel in Lhasa. 

Day 5-6

Sightseeing in Lhasa (3,660m)

Lhasa is located on the northern edge of Kyi Chu River. Lhasa is the spiritual centre of Tibet. We will visit Potala Palace, Ramoche Monastery andNorbulingka Palace. Potala Palace is the home of Dalai Lama which was built in 637 AD. Norbulinkha is the summer palace of Dalai Lama which has been identified as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sera Monastery and Jokhang Monastery are other places of interest in Lhasa.  

Day 7

Drive to Shigatse (3,900m) 280 km, O/N at Guesthouse

Leaving Lhasa, we will cross Kamba La (4794m) and Karo La (5010m) Pass. The path is scenic and allows view of beautiful Yamadroke-Tso Lake while nreath-taking views of surrounding mountains can be viewed to the south. We will reach Gynatse. KhumbumStupa and Palkor Monastery are places of interest in Gyantse. We will continue to drive to Shigatse (Xigatse) and reach there in about two hours from Gyantse. We will visit Panchen Lamas’ Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. 

Day 8

Drive to Shegar (4,050m) 244km O/N at Guesthouse

Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatselies in the base of Dolmari. This monastery was built in 1477 by GendunDrukpa and the monastery holds the Maitreya Chapel which holds the largest Brass statue of Buddha. We will drive for 4 hours to reach Shegar. Shegar is close to Everest Base Camp. We will stay overnight at Shegar. 

Day 9

Rest day at Shegar for acclimatizations

Take a day of rest at Shegar. It will help us in proper acclimatization to the increasing altitude. We can explore Shegar town on this day. Local Monastery and a fort is attraction in Shegar. Stay overnight at Shegar. 

Day 10

Drive to Base Camp (4900m)

We drive to Base Camp from Shigar to Mt. Cho Oyu where we stay few other nights for the better acclimatization and preparing to attempt to Advance Base Camp (5800m)

Day 11-12

Base camp preparation

We will dedicate these days on preparation to climb Cho Oyu. Guide will share the Cho Oyuclimbing strategy with team. He will also provide you with necessary instructions and explain you the risky part of the mountain and also explain you how you have to tackle it. Teach you what to do and how should you call for help if in case of emergency. For proper acclimatization, we can return to less altitude area. We will pack food and prepare our gear.

Day 13-33

Acclimatization, Load ferries, route opening, summit attempt of the Mt. Cho-Oyu (8,201m) and descent to the base camp

We will make necessary arrangement for successful climbing of Cho Oyu. Sherpas will make way and fix cables wherever necessary and set up High camps. Advance Base Camp will be at 5800m. Similarly, High Camp 1 will be at 6500m, High Camp2 will be at 7100m and High Camp3 will be at 7500m elevation before we make final push to the summit. Rotation of higher camps is necessary for proper acclimatization.
Base Camp to Advance Base Camp (5800m)
Leaving Base Camp, we will proceed to Advance Base Camp of Cho Oyu. Our trail continues along freezing Ra Chhu River and we will reach close to Nangpa La where we will set the camp.
Advance Base Camp to High Camp 1 (6500m)
Climbing through the steep terminal moraines of glacier, we will reach to the snow shoulder where we will set our Advance Base Camp. We can reach Advance Base Camp in about 4 to 6 hours.
High Camp1 to High Camp2 (7100m)
Our trail traverses thesnow ridge. We will climb up a steep 50m ice cliff from where we will climb 50m headwall. Passing between crevasses, we will reach High Camp2 in about 6 to 7 hours.
High Camp2 to High Camp3 (7500m)
Trail from Camp2 onwards gets tough. We need to use fixed ropes at several seracs. Climbing further through snow and glacier, we will reach High Camp 3 which will be located on the northwest face of Cho Oyu.
High Camp3 to Cho Oyu Summit (8201m), Descend to Base Camp
We will start our climb early before dawn at around 2:00am. We aim to reach the summit at around 9:00 or 10:00am. We will make vertical climb to the summit and enjoy breath-taking views from the top of Cho Oyu before making gradual descend to Base Camp. 

Day 34

Drive Shigatse

Leaving Base Camp, we drive to straight to Shigatse about 350km, and stay at guesthouses for the night. 

Day 35

Drive to Lhasa

From Shigatse, we drive to Lhasa about 350km and stay at hotel for the over night and get ready for the next day flight to Kathmandu. 

Day 36

Fly to Kathmandu

We fly to Kathmandu and our representative from KTM airport and transfer to hotel will pick you up. Free afternoon and evening  

Day 37

Kathmandu, Free day

This is a leisure day. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. We can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, you can arrange your photo albums and jot down memories in your journal.

Day 38

Int’l Departure to home

You will be transferred to the Airport as per your schedule flight for international departure. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.
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Start Date
3rd Sep 2017
End Date
10th Oct 2017
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USD 16,000
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COST INCLUDES

  • Mt Cho-Oyu Climbing Permit, and all government taxes
  • Group Chinese visa fee
  • Chinese custom clearances at the border
  • Private transport from Katmandu to border, to Base Camp & return
  • Truck to carry expedition loads to & from BC
  • Full board accommodation (B/L/D) en-route to & from BC
  • Chinese Liaison officer & interpreter
  • Liaison officer wages, allowances and insurance
  • 05 (five) nights, 3 star hotel accommodation on single room BB basis
  • BC – Advance Base Camp – BC, yaks to carry the loads
  • Expedition Sherpa Guide/Sirdar
  • Experienced & Professional high altitude personal climbing Sherpa on 1:2 ratio
  • Experienced Expedition Cooks and Kitchen helpers
  • Permanent kitchen facilities at advance base camp
  • Quality single tent to each client at BC with sleeping mattress
  • Quality carpeted dinning tent with heater at BC
  • All necessary kitchen & camping equipment
  • Shower facility at base camp
  • Quality high altitude tents for the higher camps
  • All necessary climbing hardware gears including the ropes
  • Highly preferable meals at BC and for the higher camps
  • All the hot drinks with beverages during the expedition
  • Quality high altitude freeze dried food & individual packet food
  • EPI gases with burner for high camps
  • POISK Oxygen (02 cylinders Per Client & 01cylinder Per Sherpa)
  • Mask and Regulator to each client (to be retuned after expedition)
  • Walkie-talkie set to each client with radio base at BC
  • Satellite phone for the emergency call (Personal call on payable basis)
  • Solar Panel/Generator with accessories at BC for recharging & power supply
  • Oxygen set at BC for medical purpose
  • Gamow bag /PAC at BC for medical purpose
  • DHA duffel bags to each client
  • Daily wages, equipment bonus of staff
  • Insurance of local team members
  • All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle
  • Half day city tours in Kathmandu
  • Celebration meal in Kathmandu

COST EXCLUDES

  • High altitude coverage travel insurance
  • International Air ticket & any departures taxes
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Cost of emergency evacuation and medical treatment cost
  • Cost of personal natures of expenses
  • Tips & Summit bonus to the local staff
  • Cost occurred due to delay and cancellation of flights, extension of trek and climbing period etc.

Fitness
Climbing at and above 8,000 meters is inherently dangerous and is not the place to be learning mountaineering and climbing skills.Any expedition that goes to 8,000m requires a very high level of aerobic fitness. Being fit will certainly improve your chances of reaching your chosen summit. Your resting heart rate should be below 60 but preferably below 50. You should be able to run 50km on flat ground in approximately6 hours. Endurance and the ability to carry a heavy pack of up to 25kg is more important than sprint ability. In order to get ready for this challenge, you need to be trained at least for about 8 to 12 months to prepare yourself as strong candidate. You can go to fitness center every morning for about 2 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack (i.e. 10kg, 15kg, 20 kg, and up to 25kg), manage some time for cycling for couple of hours for 3 or 4 times a week.    On the summit push, extra effort is required walking on ice and climbing up to 10 – 14 hours. On our all-8000m expeditions, we supply excellent logistics; good ratios of climbing support sherpas and standard number of oxygen, which plays the vital roll for the success and safe climb of the peak.
 
Experience Required

Dream Himalaya Adventuresstrongly suggest that you must climb a number of 6,000m peaks in order to gain mountaineering proficiency and also undertake a trip to one of the 7,000m peak or one of the technically difficult 6000m peak i.e. Mt. Amadablam or similar, where you experience expedition camping, higher altitude, and how to deal with the cold.If you are fit and motivated but lacked technical climbing skills or suitable experience, we have options to keep you safe and get you high. This might be a personal Sherpa or a pre-trip training course. You must have well knowledge about using of mountaineering gears, good with rock climbing and ice climbing, will increase the chances of reaching thesummit andalso previous mountaineering experiences is mandatory but doesn’t really require any high level of technical experience. 

38 days
USD 16000
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Trip Info

Trip Code: DHA/M/CX-38
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Best Month of the Year : April, May, Sep & Oct
Hotel Accommodation : 5 nights, single room BB basis
Maximum Elevation : 8,201M.
Destination: : Tibet

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