Confirmed Groups International Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m Expedition Tibet Spring 2019

FROM $8500 45 DAYS EXCLUDING FLIGHTS

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Highest Access: 8,201m (26,906ft)
Duration: 45 days
Group Size: 02-15 persons
Confirmed Groups Date: 08 April 2019
Entry & Exit: Zhangbu
Cost: ABC Group Join Basis Services only
Single Person US $ 8,500
02-04 Person US $ 7,500 per person
05-08 Person US $ 6,500 per person
09-12 Person US $ 5,500 per person
12-15 People US $ 4,500 per person
Grade: Moderate Climb (PD++)
Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu & B,L,D in during Driving and climbing period
Transportation: Car, Jeep, Mini Bus
Best season: Spring Season: April-May & Autumn: September-October

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Confirmed Groups Date: 08 April 2019

Confirmed Groups International Mt. Cho-Oyu 8201m Expedition Tibet Spring 2019. Austrians first climbed Mount Cho Oyu in 1954. The Indian and German team also climbed this peak in 1958 and 1964 respectively. Till to date many expedition teams have successfully reached on its summit. Most of the mount Cho Oyu expedition teams climb from Tibet side due the easy climbing technique route from there. Since 1998, our company also conducting the expedition from Tibet side like Everest, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Lhakpari and others. Meeting and climbing information: Mount Cho Oyu Expedition begins after your arrival to Kathmandu where you meet our staffs in the airport and transfer you to hotel. Next day, we make introduction section with other climbing members & Expedition crews. Since then we make your Tibet visa and other necessary document for Cho Oyu Expedition.

After 3 day, we drive you towards Nepal-Tibet border up to the Friendship Bridge through Arnico Highway; where the Chinese liaison officer and Chinese transportation meet us there. The expedition gears go by truck but the members there Travel by Land cruiser 4wd or with comfortable Minibus. We take time to acclimatize for one night at Zhangmu (2300m) and two nights at Nyalam (3750m). Next day we drive to Tingri (4340m) where we spend further two nights to acclimatizing. Then we drive Tingri to Base camp 5000m along the rough way with jerking & bouncing experience through grassy plain which leads up to the Chinese base camp.

We set up our camp at Chinese Base Camp and stay two nights or more, which depends on the feeling of our members. We also make schedules of the yaks by that time. Base camp is a temporary but comfortable with our Nepali cook and dining tent. Now the two-day walk towards the advance base camp (ABC) begins. Mount Cho Oyu Summit ABC is in the heart of the Himalayas at 5700m; surrounded by celestial peaks. There is also the high pass called Nangpa La nearby which, an old but still used yak track trading route between Nepal and Tibet exists.

From Advance Base Camp, we can see the superb scene of mount Cho Oyu expedition. This is the main base camp and we plan to stay there for the longer duration also to look the favorable situation for the expedition. Every person gets his or her own tent. Our Service will be full board up to ABC and after that the climbers should manage all services by themselves privately. From ABC it is several hours of tough walking on a vague path over moraine-covered glacier to the start of the mountaineering properly. Camp 1 is either situated on some ridge at 6400m and the real mountaineering starts from here. The ridge is now soft and easy enough for climbing, then it broadens out and you should climb successive huge steps, several of which probably require fixing a rope up there. You should fix a new rope in co-operation with other members on the mountain. Normally one rope is used for ascent and another for descent, although the route is crevassed but normally these create no problem.

Mount Cho Oyu Panorama from Summit Camp 2 is on the edge of a large plateau at 7125m although you can carefully assess to put the rope where. Depending on your conditions and fitness you may attempt the summit from here, or you may establish a light Camp 3 across the plateau and up on a minor ridge at 7550m. Above Camp 3, there are two rocky steps where you should fix another set of ropes prior to our summit ascent.

Finally, you will start early in the morning from camp 3 for summit. Above the rock bands, the slopes are still steep and you may take a line to fix there, depending on conditions, however once on the crest of this ridge the terrain is straightforward along a long haul to the summit plateau.

The panorama is breathtakingly magnificent, including Mount Everest 8848m, mount Lhotse 8501m, mount Nuptse 7855m, mount Chamlang 7319m, mount Ama Dablam 6856m and other peaks of the Everest region to the east and south. To the west, there are the mount Melungtse and mount Gauri Sankar massifs and to the north, there is all Tibet area. It is normal to descend to Camp 2 from summit and to continue down to the ABC. Legend Regarding to the name of this mount Cho Oyu, the legend says, in Tibetan language, Chomo means the goddess and Yu means the turquoise. So adding these two words, it was called Cho Oyu. Also it is called the "Turquoise Goddess" as per the Tibetan dialect. Another derivation of the name to this is called it as the bald god as well.

Climbing History of Mt. Cho Oyu

  1. First ascent in 1954 (Austrian).
  2. 1959: First women's Himalayan expedition to an 8,000m peak. (Two of the women and one Sherpa were killed in two separate avalanches.)
  3. Approximately 465 people summit prior to spring, 1995.
  4. Approximately two thirds of prior expeditions put at least one person on top.
  5. Approximately 17 people killed on the mountain (making it by far the safest of the 8,000m peaks).

Mt. Cho Oyu short note about climbing route:
Camp 1 is at altitude of 6400m. To reach at Camp 1 we have to walk for about 4-6 hours from advance base camp via an initial walk up the Gyabrag Glacier, up steep screc to a broad snow shoulder.

Camp 2 is at altitude of 7150 m.  We have to follow the snow ridge out of Camp 1 to a steep 50 meter ice wall, which provides most challenging climbing on this route. To make this ascent fixed ropes are necessary.

Camp 3 is located at altitude of 7500m. After 4/5 hours walk from Camp 2 we can reach camp 3. At this altitude there is a tremendous sense of effort to gain further height. The final summit push will be made from this camp and takes about 6-9 hours.

Note:

  1. If you have your own private group or team, please e-mail us to know the price and details of expedition.
  2. If you are alone and looking for a group to join then visit our fix-departure expedition information.

Confirmed Groups Mt. Cho Oyu 8,201m Expedition

Entry/Exit Zhangmu

08 April 2019

  • Max Height 8201m
  • Difficulty LevelChallenging
  • Start From Kathmandu
  • End From Kathmandu
  • Accommodation -
  • Country Nepal

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 1400m
Kathmandu: 08 April. 2019 : Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer hotel

Upon our arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport, representative from Asiana Nepal Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd 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, Asiana Nepal Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd 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 2 1400m
Kathmandu: 09 April 2019 : Rest day at Kathmandu apply Tibet visa and Sightseeing

Today, 10:00Am morning in the for Tibet visa processing and sightseeing program includes visit of UNESCO World Heritage sites the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the world biggest Buddhist Stuppa; Boudhhanath, known as little Tibet, Swoyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple) located on a hill side one of the oldest religious spot of more than 2,500 years old and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with unique architectural temple, and the virgin Kumari known as Living Goddess in Basantapur atf central Kathmandu. Kathmandu is not only naturally beautiful but it also holds the beauty of incredible Newar people culture with ancient architectures.

Day 3 1400m
Kathmandu: 10 April 2019 : Rest day at Kathmandu Prepare expedition and briefing

Today, Visa collection and On this day you can buy your essential equipment’s, gears, harness, crampons, ice axe with leash, webbing, cord, trekking poles, sleeping bag, headwear, footwear and other stuffs. Our representative will work on making your necessary permits and papers for the expeditions. There will be a special meeting in the evening regarding our pre-expeditions discussion with all our fellow expedition staffs.

Day 4 2,300m/7,500ft
Zhangmu: 11 April 2019 : Drive from Kathmandu to Kodari and Zhangmu 2,300m/7,500ft in hotel

Morning starts this great journey by driving to Zangmu, the ride to Zangmu offers scenic landscapes and magnificent views of high Himalayan ranges. A 5-6 hours’ drive via Kodari (Nepal -Tibet Border) bring to Zangmu for overnight stop at this frontier town.

 

Day 5 2750m
Nylam: 12 April 2019 : Drive from Zhangmu to Nylam 2750m hotel

Leaving Zhangmu drive to Nyalam crossing bridges through the gorge with beautiful forests of rhododendron, pines and oaks trees and waterfalls after leaving the lush vegetation’s entering to Nyalam town the start and end of Tibetan plateau is surrounded by high hills and waterfalls. Nyalam literately means ‘Hells Pass’ or gateway to hell’ because of the road to Nyalam used to be like the path to hell before the road was built. The journey of 35 k.m. just takes about 04 hours to reach with winding narrow highway to Nyalam.

Day 6 2750m
Nylam: 13 April 2019 : Rest day at Nylam for acclimatization

Nyalam is an ideal place for acclimatization at an altitude of 3,660 meters. Spending an extra day in Nyalam helps to acclimatize and avoid the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). With time for short hikes.

Day 7 4340m
Tingri: 14 April 2019 : Drive from Nylam to Tingri 4340m hotel

Morning drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world, also known as the ‘Roof of the world’ and cross the Lalung La (5,050 m). The journey to Tingri offers magnificent views of high chain of Himalayas of world’s last 14th highest Shisapangma, dorji Lakpa, Gurishanker, Melugatse and as far to Langtang range of mountains including Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) on route near Old Tingri and, after few hours of drive reaching at Old Tingri for overnight stop.

Day 8 4340m
Tingri: 15 April 2019 : Rest day at Tingri for acclimatization hotel

Another rest day allows you to acclimatize well, with time to explore the surrounding area of Tingri. Our guide will make sure every member in the group is in perfect condition or not.

Day 9 5000m
Chinese Base Camp: 16 April 2019 : Drive from Tingri to Chinese Base Camp 5000m camp

The stunning sunrise of early morning capture this precious sunrise on your camera if the weather is perfect. Then drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp. This charming scenery on-route base camp attracts many visitors, trekkers and mountaineers from all around the globe.

Day 10 5000m
Chinese Base Camp: 17 April 2019 : Rest day at Chinese Base Camp 5000m camp

These days an acclimatize period and preparation for the climb, our guide or team leader will teach you some climbing techniques and skills, sharing all his climbing knowledge with you all, if you have any queries and confusion then, please do not hesitate to ask your guide. In case of any problem, let our team knows so that they can take necessary steps.

Day 11 5700m
Advance Base Camp: 18 April 2019 : Prepared load to yak for trek Advance Base Camp 5700m

We will continue our walk through the beautiful landscapes and enjoying the natural beauties. After 3 days from Chinese Base Camp we will reach Advanced Base Camp. Prepared load to yak for trek Advance Base Camp 5700m

Day 12 5700m
Middle Base Camp: 19 April 2019 : Advance Base Camp to Middle Base Camp with yak

Advance Base Camp to Middle Base Camp with yak. It takes 2 days to trek up to the Advance Base Camp near the foot of the Nangpa La Pass. All our expedition equipment will be carried by yaks and we will trek alongside with our day packs. One overnight camp is needed Middle Base Camp to Advance Base Camp

Day 13 5700m
Cho Oyu Advance Base Camp: 20 April 2019 : Middle Base Camp to Cho Oyu Advance Base Camp 5700m

Middle Base Camp to Cho Oyu Advance Base Camp 5700m We will continue our walk through the beautiful landscapes and enjoying the natural beauties. After 3 days from Chinese Base Camp we will reach Advanced Base Camp. Prepared load to yak for trek Advance Base Camp 5700m

Day 14-40 8201m
Mt. Cho Oyu: 21 April - 16 May 2019 : Climbing period of Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m Expedition

The Cho Oyo Climb

The itinerary is a purely tentative schedule to set a reasonable time frame for the expedition. The actual climbing schedule will be determined by situations as they present themselves. Variables such as the health of the team, weather, and condition of the route cannot be foreseen.

Following the principle of "climbing high and sleeping low" And keeping a sensible pace is the best possible way to avoid AMS. The rotations follow this principal of acclimatization; We reach the next camp, and return to the lower camp to sleep. Finally, we return to base camp for a rest of about four days in preparation the final summit bid.

Base Camp to Camp I, 6400m:  The trail crosses a flattish glacier for about 5km and then there is a stiff climb on steep loose scree, rock and sometimes snow.  Camp 1 is sited on a broad saddle of snow at the base of the north-west ridge.

Camp I to Camp II, 7000m:   This is the hardest section on the route as it involves climbing steep snow/ice at high altitudes. Above camp I, the northwest ridge leads easily to a series of ice cliffs one being a 50m ice wall of 60º to 70º at around 6700m. This is basically a straightforward climb with fixed ropes, but nonetheless a challenge to face each time we cross this section.  As our acclimatization and familiarity with the route increases, it becomes slightly less daunting.

Above the ice cliffs, there are several large crevasses to navigate before we reach the large flat plateau, the site for camp II, 7000m. Depending upon the snow conditions, it takes 6 to 8 hours to reach Camp II.

Camp II to Camp III, 7400m:

The distance to Camp III is straightforward and only takes about 2-4 hours, but at this altitude everything is challenging. Camp III is located on a flat space beneath a rock band on the northwest ridge-face.

The stunning view from Camp III takes in the peaks of Nepal to the south and, the arid Tibetan plateau to the north.

It’s also possible to go for the summit from camp II, but whichever camp you make the final push from it is crucial to be properly rested, nourished and hydrated to give yourself the best chance of a successful summit.

Camp III to Summit:   There are a few easy 4-meter rock ledges that lead through the rock band above Camp III. The mixed snow slope gradually eases onto the broad windswept summit plateau. There is still a long traverse to reach the little bump that marks the summit.  If the weather is clear there is a magnificent vista Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Gaurisankar, Shishapangma as well as the Khumbu Himal range.

The climb to the summit takes 5 to 8 hours from camp III or 7 to ten hours from camp II

Descent is by the same route, with nights spent at one of the higher camps and camp 1.

Day 41 5000m
Chinese Base Camp: 17 May 2019 : Trek from Cho Oyu Advance Base Camp to Chinese Base Camp

From Advance base camp you continue trekking back to Chinese Base Camp, a long day trek down to comfortable lower altitude. Wonderful sights abound as we leave this amazing peak.

Day 42 2,300m/7,500ft
Zhangmu: 18 May 2019 : Drive from Chinese Base Camp to Zhangmu 2,300m/7,500ft hotel

We will drive to Zhangmu from Nyalam and then continue to Kathmandu. This wioll be scenic drive that offers us the great views of diverse landscapes and beautiful natural views.

Day 43 1400m
Kathmandu: 19 May 2019 : Drive from Zhangmu to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

We arrive at the Chinese – Nepalese border, say goodbye to our Tibetan team, pass through customs and join up with our Nepalese staff. Heading away from Nyalam, drive for one hour to the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter. A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu will take you to the friendship bridge on the Bhote Koshi River, which separates Tibet from Nepal. After another 5 hours drive through the lush greenery of Nepalese countryside of 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu.

Day 44 1400m
Kathmandu: 20 May 2019 : Rest day at Kathmandu for shopping

Rest day at Kathmandu for shopping and have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.

Day 45
: 21 May 2019 : Departure on your own destination

Note:
Customize Your Peak Climbing Trip: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, for more information please e-mail us at info@asianadventurenepal.com

Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Asiana Nepal Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

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