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Cho Oyu Expedition – 45 days

Mountain Background

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.

Important Note and Optional Activities
Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with MMG. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Detailed Expedition Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival KTM & transfer to hotel -1300m/4264ft
Upon your arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport, our representative will welcome you and will assist to transfer you in your hotel in Kathmandu. You may relax at your hotel or go around for shopping. In the evening MMG will organize welcome dinner for you in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu meanwhile briefing about your adventurous trip will take place. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02-03:  Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation for Cho Oyu Expedition
Sightseeing and Preparation for Everest Expedition. While the leader attends a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism, you will explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. You 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. You will also get introduced with fellow expedition members and guides. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04:  Fly to Lhasa 3,600m/12,000ft
We fly to one of the highest capitals in the world: Lhasa of Tibet. Savor the extraordinary views of the Himalaya, including Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga and the Tibetan valleys. In Lhasa, we will be met and taken to a good standard hotel near the city centre. 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 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 hours)
Depart Lhasa for Shigatse, Tibet second largest city. Reach the banks of the Tsang Po, which becomes the Brahmaputra River in India. 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 hours)
Continue along the Tibetan highway. Views of the Himalaya unfold with a spectacular panorama of peaks including Everest. Stay overnight in a hotel outside the main town of Xegar. If time allows, visit the main town and its hilltop monastery.

Day 09:  Acclimatization Day
Acclimatizing well before gaining height toward the Chinese base camp. Visit the main town and a gentle hike up to its hilltop monastery.

Day 10:  Arrive Chinese base camp
Drive to the Chinese base camp. Turn south along the bumpy track that leads to the road-head below Cho Oyu.

Day 11:  Organization at Chinese base camp
An important day for sorting out all loads. Yaks arrive in the afternoon. Yaks carry the loads to the base camp tomorrow.

Day 12-15:  Trek to Cho Oyu base camp
Trek up the long valley to base camp. For proper acclimatization, spend 3 nights at intermediate camps at 5,200 and 5,450 meters before continuing to base camp. Move into the base camp. Spend the afternoon organizing climbing equipment for use on the mountain.

Day 16-40:  Climbing the north-west face of Cho Oyu
Try the lower part of the mountain on the first day. Get as high as possible and have a good look at the route and the conditions on the mountain. Return to base camp for the evening. After proper acclimatization, climb higher and reach Camp 1 and camp 2. Ateempt 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
Return trek to the road-head with yaks carrying our equipment. Road transport awaits us. Spend the last night in tents.

Day 42:  Drive into Nepal
Two days of road travel to Kathmandu. Drive to Zhangmu on the first day. Cross the border into Nepal. Another 6 hours from the border all the way to Kathmandu.

Day 43:  Arrive Kathmandu
We will return to the welcome haven of the Hotel. Once back in Kathmandu, Himalayan Glacier 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 Home

What is included

  • Expedition permit fees
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu/Lhasa
  • All overnight accommodations while on the trek and climb
  • Meals in Kathmandu/Lhasa 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)

What isnot included

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa
  • Personal equipments and extra services
  • Tips and Bonus for Staff and guide
  • Insurance and Trip cancellation
  • Beverages
  • Airport departure tax

Recommended Previous Experience

Although Cho Oyu is considered to be less technical than other 8,000ers, it's simply not a piece of cakewalk to climb Cho Oyu. It's also true that getting back from the summit is more important than getting there. The oxygen level over 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level. The weather is never fully predictable. The climbers must have years of prior experience on rock and ice climbing especially above 7,000m. You also need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along a steep technical terrain. Moreover, as Jon Krakauer says, while you're Into the Thin Air up there, “The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator's colleagues as the perpetrator.” Your actions affect not only your own, but welfare of the entire team.

Insurance

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Catering Arrangements

We provide all camping equipment and gear, including tents, dining, toilet, and Kitchen tents. At base camp we have a large mess tent equipped with all necessary kitchen gadgets including stoves, tables and chairs. Meals are prepared by our trained and experienced expedition cooks. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. We offer all varieties of food including continental and local Nepali/Tibetan items. Breakfast includes porridge, egg, bread, etc. Some of the items in the lunch include rice, lentils, beans, green vegetables, chapattis, bread, and tinned meat and fish items. Fresh or tinned fruit and tea or coffees make the desserts. For the main meal, you can choose your own menu - either local or western varieties. Local varieties include from the local Dal Bhat, yak stew, momo to the western burghers, pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas.

During the actual mountain climbing, we mostly use dry or dehydrated foods, including chocolate, cheese, nuts, and muesli items.

Information about Visa and Travel Permits

Aside from visas for China, travelers to Tibet must also obtain permits from the Tibetan Tourism Bureau. Himalayan Glacier Trekking will organize your Tibet travel permit. Please send copy of your passport if you are planning to enter Tibet via Nepal as soon as you book the trip. In the condition you are planning to enter Tibet via China; you need to send us copy of your passport and Chinese visa as soon as you book the trip.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day starts at around 6 or 7 am. Enjoy the hearty breakfast and begin trekking. Carry your pack containing personal items you need for the day. The porters and yaks carry all the loads. Walk at your own pace, enjoy the scenery, chat with the natives, and take photographs. The lunch time depends upon the terrain and is prepared by our catering team. Generally you stop for lunch after about 3 hours of walking. The lunch hour also helps in acclimatization. The aim would be to reach next stop by the sunset. After reaching the overnight stay point, the crew members fix the tents. You may relax with a cup of tea or coffee or take a pleasure walk around the camp site. The dinner would be ready around 7 PM. Enjoy the dinner while sharing the day's experience with team members.

Climbing Day

The climbing itinerary may vary according to the climber's personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch, rest and relax, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. We ensure the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.

The Climb

The Base Camp

( 5,200 m/17,500 feet)

Follow the regime "climb high, sleep low". Being below the snowline at 5700m, the weather at Base camp is generally good. It gets cold at night with dry but changeable wind conditions. There is no vegetation at this point and no human habitation. Take acclimatization hike before attempting further up. Head to Advance Base Camp (ABC) the next day. Forge through the ice cold Ra Chhu River and set up intermediate camp. The following morning trek to ABC ( 5700 m) and camp next to the Nangpa La.

Base Camp to ABC to Camp 1

(6,400m/ 20000ft):

ABC lies at 5700m surrounded by high peaks. There is also the high pass called Nangpa La nearby which has been used since a long time as a yak track & trade route between Nepal and Tibet. ABC will serve as the main base camp for the rest of expedition. From the ABC, there will be several hours of walking over moraine-covered glacier. One can walk to the Camp 1 in hiking boots! Camp 1 lies on a ridge at 6400m which is soft and easy for climbing in the beginning.

Camp 1 to Camp 2

(7,000 m/ 22960 ft)

Actual mountaineering begins from Camp 1.The ridge broadens out, fix a rope up whenever necessary. The route is crevassed at places not much difficulty. The route follows the Northwest ridge, and then opens out onto the Northwest face of the upper mountain. Most of the route between Camp 1 and 2 will be fixed with rope. The most technical section is the ice cliff at 6750 m / 22,145 ft which consists in a near vertical 60º to 70º slope for 50 m. Most of the route between Camp 1 and 2 will be fixed with rope. Above there lies a large plateau leading to the last step slope below the Camp 2.

Camp 2 to Camp 3

(7,400 m/24272 ft)

From Camp 2, you can see the base camp below and a bunch of 7000 m peaks. Further east lies the Shishapangma. Camp 3 is located at the height of 7,400m. Some climbers even attempt the summit from Camp 2. However, it's always better to assess your condition before getting tempted. Camp 3 is established at about 7450 m (24,500 ft) to maximize the chance of success on summit day.

Camp 3 to Summit

Depending upon season and weather, it may be cloudy, snowing, or high wind. Start early in the morning from camp 3. The first obstacle is the "Yellow Band" usually fixed with rope. More rocky bands and steep snow put the climbers on the summit ridge snowfield. Continue up the steep snowfield to the crest of the Northwest Ridge and the false summit. cross a broad plateau, with a very small rise to the true summit A breathtaking panorama unfolds as we get to the summit with the magnificent views of Everest , Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang, Ama Dablam and many other Himalayan peaks. Descend to Camp 2 from summit and continue down to the ABC.

Weather Conditions

The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the favorable weather for Cho Oyu climbing. However, the weather conditions in high mountains are never fully predictable. Temperatures may get as low as minus 20C in summer, but can drop to minus 60C or even lower during winter. The possibility of bad weather such as snow, wind, and cloud should also be taken into account. Similarly, the wind speeds may rise to 80Km/h (50mph). At the Base camp the temperature is about 15C warmer than at the summit. The oxygen level around 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level.

Leadership

Our Cho Oyu expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers and guides who have scaled the mountain several times supported by other crew members and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. Not only in terms of qualification, but we also make it sure that our leaders have proven track of record in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber's chance of making it to the summit without compromising the safety aspect. Our expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including acute mountain sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crew members are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.

Team Composition

Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. We observe high safety standards, therefore, for 2 International Climbers, we assign: MMG Accredited Climbing Leader High Altitudes Assistance Sherpa Cook Base Camp Assistance and other necessary trek crew such Porters, Yaks and Yak man Because of our high safety standards, team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.

Best Season

The spring season of March to May and the Autumn season of September to November is considered the best time for Cho Oyu expedition. The months of April and May and then again October and November are the classic climbing period. The summer months of monsoon rains and the winter months from December to February are considered to be the most unfavorable time climbing.

 

 

 
 
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