Cho-oyu Expedition

Mt. Cho-oyu stands high above the Tibetan plains on the Nepal / Tibet border in a short distance to the west of the world's highest mountain, the Everest and the fourth highest, the Lhotse in the Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal along the Tibetan borde ...

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Trip Facts

Duration: 45 Days    |    Best Month: Spring / Autumn    |    Trip Grade: Expedition    |    Maximum Altitude: 8201 m    |    Starting Point: Zhangmu    |    End Point: Zhangmu    |    Mode of Travel: Drive In & Out    |    Style of Trek: Camping

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Mt. Cho-oyu stands high above the Tibetan plains on the Nepal / Tibet border in a short distance to the west of the world's highest mountain, the Everest and the fourth highest, the Lhotse in the Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal along the Tibetan border. Cho-Oyu, which means “The Turquoise Goddess” a holy mountain to the locals is known as the world's sixth highest mountain. It is one of the towering peak that stands with Everest well above the surrounding mountains. Cho-Oyu became a familiar landmark to climbers ascending Everest via north face. It was first climbed in October 1954 by the Austrian Herbert Tichy, with Sepp Jochler and Pasang Dawa Lama.

Its southern route from Nepal side is extremely difficult and dangerous. However, it is acknowledged as the easiest one above 8000m from its northern route with technically straightforward climb with a minimal danger and easy accessibility. These days there are more than four different routes on Cho Oyu with the Tibetan north side offering several worthy first ascent possibilities. Therefore, now this mountain has been very popular among the climbers. Just west of Cho Oyu is the Nangpa La, glacier pass, the main trade route between the Khumbu and Tibet. On a good day the view from the summit plateau is breathtaking, in a sweep you take in the entire panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang, Ama Dablam and other peaks of the Khumbu as well as Mt. Melungtse and Mt. Gauri Shanker (7,134 m) massifs.

We enter Tibet via Zhangmu and then drive to Old Tingri, from where the trekking begins. The Chinese Base Camp is situated at an altitude of 5000m with the advanced base camp at 5700m. Base camp is established at Rongbuk glacier at 5180m though the real climbing starts at camp 1 at an elevation of 7000m.

Competent alpine climbing technique and experience climbing on mixed terrain with heavy packs along with good basic mountain climbing skills are needed to climb this mountain.

 

 

Cho-oyu Expedition Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu
Day 04: Drive to Kodari and transfer Zhangmu 2300m.
Day 05: Drive to Nylam 2750m.
Day 06: Acclimatization day
Day 07: Drive to Tingri 4340m.
Day 08: Acclimatization day
Day 09: Drive to Chinese Base Camp 5000m.
Day 10: Chinese Base Camp
Day 11: Prepared loads to Yak for Advance Base Camp.
Day 12: Base Camp trek to middle camp with Yaks
Day 13: Middle Camp - Cho Oyu Advance Base Camp 5700m.
Day 14 -39:  Cho Oyu (8201m) climbing period
Day 40: Advance Base Camp - Chinese Base Camp
Day 41: Drive Base Camp - Zhangmu
Day 42: Drive Zhangmu - Kathmandu
Day 43: Kathmandu
Day 44: Kathmandu
Day 45: Final Departure

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