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.It was the third such peak climbed, and the first climbed by light expedition and in Autumn. The mountain was first climbed on October 19, 1954 via the north-west ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama of an Austrian expedition. Cho Oyu is sixth 8000 meters peak to be climbed, after Annapurna in June 1950, Mount Everest, Nanga Parbat and K2.
Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at (8,201 meters/26,906 feet). Cho Oyu is known as being one of the easiest of the 8,000 meter peaks due to its straight forward approach and lack of objective dangers. Cho Oyu means “Goddess of Turquoise”, as its stark shadows appear this color in the light of the setting sun when viewed from Tibet. Cho Oyu It is located about 30 kilometers west of Mt Everest and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet. Mount Cho-Oyu was first climbed on on October 19, 1954 by Austrian Joseph Joechler, Herbert Tichy, Pasang Dawa Lama (Nepal).There are two climbing routes, one from the south (Nepal side) and another from the north, which is the west ridge and commonly referred to as the normal route. 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.
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour.
Day 3: Rest day and Immigration Legal Formalities
This might be a rest day for you as all the trekking permits and the official formalities would be finalized this day. You will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.
Day 4: Kathmandu – Zhangmu (2500m)
We leave Kathmandu valley early in the morning and drive towards the Nepal Tibet border (Kodari) of about 123km distance and 5-6hrs drive. There will be fine views of Langtang, Gauri Shankar, Menlungtse and Khumbu Mountain ranges. After completing the immigration formalities at the border, we drive up hill to Zhangmu. This is Tibetan border town.
Day 5: Zhangmu – Nyalam (3700m)
On the way you will see fantastic view of deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls. As well as the scenery, the Nepali and Tibetan market center of ‘Khasa’ is of interest. Moving up a series of incredibly steep switchbacks, passing through a mossy gully with cascading waterfalls, we reach Nyalam. Spend your night in guest house.
Day 6: Acclimatization at Nyalam
Today is the rest day in the Tibetan cultural place Nyalam. We will prepare for our expedition and be mentally and physically fit for the climb. Check for all the necessary equipments and stuffs properly.
Day 7: Nyalam – Tingri (4050m)
We will drive for approx. 6 hours to Xegar crossing two spectacular passes; Nyalam pass (3,800m/12,464ft) and Lalung La pass (5,082m/16,670ft). Take a drive to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world. Highlights of this drive are the views of the Bhote Koshi River deep in the valley, waterfalls and the ever-present spectacular mountain scenery. We will have breathtaking panorama view of incredible Himalayan ranges including Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m), Mt. Xishapagma (8012m) and Mt. Everest itself. Spend overnight in hotel.
Day 9: Stay at the base camp
Prepare for the climbing and have some rest for the victory over the amazing mount cho Oyu. We will do an acclimatization hike to 17,000/18,000 feet.
Day 10: Arrive at the Advance base camp
Enjoy the beautiful trek to the base of the 6th highest peak in the world. This trek is very accomplishable by the average person who enjoys walking. Normally, you never step on snow and there is no climbing; only walking on moraine trails. There are gorgeous views of stunning peaks in the area, including Jobo-Rabzang, and many unclimbed and unnamed 6000 meter peaks.
Day 11: Advance Base camp stay
We will be taking a lot of rest throughout the expedition. During your rest days we encourage you to concentrate on recovering, eating and drinking, to read, relax, listen to music and stroll around visiting other teams.
Day 13: Return 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 14: Drive Base Camp to Nyalam (215 km)
Today you will have a drive of about 215 Km from the Base Camp to the Nyalam city along the friendship highway. We will halt our driving for a quick lunch at Tingri and drive on. En route Lalung La pass offers fantastic view of Cho Oyu and other mountain peaks like Shishapangma, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. Descend from the Tibetan Plateau to Nyalam just 30 km before the Nepalese border.
Day 15: Drive Nyalam (3750m) to Zhangmu and Kathmandu
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 16: Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. 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 17: Final Departure Airport
If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home or onward destination.
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Airport Pick Up and Drop
Tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) while on trek
Accommodation at guesthouses/ lodges on the trek
1highly experienced and friendly Guide, Porters, their food, accommodation. Remuneration, equipments, insurance)
Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on tourist bus
Annapurna Conservation Permit and TIMS permit
Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara, inclusive of breakfast
Government tax and office service charge
Sleeping bag and down jacket (if required)
Walking poles (if required)
Duffle Bag (if required)
Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast
International airfare to and from Nepal
Nepal Tourist Visa Fee US$25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 15days, US$40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 30days. Visa can be issued upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- Kathmandu
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages, hot water, hot shower charges on trek, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet
Tips for guide, porters and driver (not compulsory)