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Mt. Cho-Oyu Expedition

“an adventurous climb on top of world 6th highest mountains around great Tibetan plateau”

Activity
Expedition
Trip Destination
Tibet
Trip Location
Cho Oyu Summit
Trip Basis
Hotel and Lodge till Tingri with camping on climb.
Trip Grade
A complete mountaineering adventure
Highest Elevation
8,201 m / 26,906 ft
Total Trip
A complete mountaineering adventure
Season
April to June and September to November.
Highlights
An adventurous climb on top world’s 06th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu 8,201 m / 26,906 ft. Grand views from the summit across both sides of the country Tibet and Nepal. Scenic and exciting overland drive on top world largest and highest Tibetan plateau, From green forest to windswept country of dry and arid terrain with high mountains. Visiting interesting Tibetan villages and towns of Buddhist culture and ancient custom A mind-blowing experience on top of Mt. Cho-Oyu with tremendous sceneries.
Mt. Cho-Oyu Expeditions with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition leads you to adventurous climb on top world Sixth Highest Mountain at 8,201 m / 26,906 ft high an overwhelming experience to gain. Truly a mountain for hard core mountaineers and hardy climbers with some technical effort required during the climb to the summit top.
 
Mt. Cho-Oyu the northern route located in South East Tibet while the Southern route situated in Nepal around high Khumbu valley of Everest region at Gokyo 5th lakes.
Most of the climbing to Mt. Cho-Oyu is taken from northern route from Tibet where it is much accessible than from Nepal south routes.
 
Mt. Cho Oyu placed west of Everest close to Melung Tse and Gaurishankar Himal, first successfully climbed by an Austrian Expedition in 1954 by North West Face. 
The mountain is technically straightforward climb with less danger from Tibetan side and that is why Mt. Cho Oyu offers an excellent and right choice for mountaineers with desire to climb first 8,000 meter peak.
 
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition operates this stunning Mt. Cho-Oyu Expeditions after perfect planning with excellent logistic support required for successful mountaineering expeditions includes full support of veteran and expert Sherpa guides and camping staff to make our adventure to Mt. Cho-Oyu a great success.
 
Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03:            Full preparation for Cho-Oyu Expeditions.
Day 04:            Drive to Kodari and to Nylam 3, 600 m via Zangmu – 06 hrs.
Day 05:            At Nylam for acclimatization and checking climbing gear. 
Day 06:            Drive to Old Tingri 4, 500 m - 04 hrs.
Day 07:            Drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp 4,800 m - 04 hrs.
Day 08:            At Cho Oyu Base Camp rest and preparations.         
Day 09:            On route to Advance Base Camp at 5,800m.
Day 10 - 29:     Ascent of Cho-Oyu from North Col (20 days for summit top),
Day 30:            Descend to base camp.
Day 31:            Pack up and cleaning of base camp.
Day 32:            Drive to Zhangmu 1,700m - 06 hrs journeys.
Day 33:            Drive to Kathmandu via Kodari - 06 hrs.
Day 34:            In Kathmandu rest to revive from the long demanding climb.
Day 35:            Depart Kathmandu for international flights.
Personal mountaineering Gear For Cho-Oyu Expedition Equipment list
 
 S. No. PARTICULARS Q, T.
  1. Sleeping Bag (-30*)training (-40*) Expedition 1
  2. Sleeping Bag Liner) 1
  3. Down or Feather Jacket  (training) (Father suit) expedition 1+1
  4. Gore-Tex Suit 1
  5. Personal First Aid Kit 1
  6. Woolen Hat 1
  7. Fleece Hat 1
  8. Gore-Tex Gloves Down globe 1+1
  9. Thin  Gloves (With Goretax and Fleece) 3
10. Fleece Jacket 1
11. Fleece Trouser 1
12. Rock Climbing Trouser (Flexible) 1
13. Trekking Boot 1
14. Camp Shoe (Sport Shoe) 1
15. Sandal 1
16. Woolen Shocks (Thick) 2 Pair
17. T-Shirt 3
18. High neck 2
19. Rain Punch 1
20. Carry Mattress 1
21. Snow Gaiter 1
22. Thermos 1
23. Snow Glass (100 % UV Protect) Show googols expedition 1
24. Sun Glass (UV Protect) 1
25. Head Torch 1
26. Battery Enough for 30 days – Extra Bulb  
27. Water Bottle 1 Lt.
28. Pocket Knife 1
29. Washing Soap, Towel, Tooth pest, Tooth Brush etc.  
30. Sun Lotion Enough + 30 -40 SPF  
31. Lip Guard sun blog  
                                 
Expedition -Equipment List:
Sleeping Bag 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Mattress 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Ruck Sack 1
Head Light (Torch) 1
Koflach / One Sport Boot 1
Gaiter 1 Pair
Socks 10 Pairs
Sun Glass 1
Water Bottle & Thermas 1
Swiss Knife 1
Gloves Down & other for Climbing (5 - 6 Pairs)
Down Suit 1 Set
Gortex Suit 1 Set
Crampons 1 Pair + 1 Pair spare
Karabiner 4-5 Pcs (lockable  &  without lock)
Jumar 1 Pcs
Down Ripling (Descender) 1 Pcs (Air ring)
Cap 1 for Climbing & 1 for Summit
Ciling 1 Pcs.
Inner clothing Trouser & Vests
Batteries For Sherpa & members
Oxygen, Regulator & Masks

Day 01:            Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding Cho-Oyu Expeditions with welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurant includes culture program.
 
Day 02-03:      In Kathmandu tour and preparation for Dhaulagiri expeditions.
Two days in Kathmandu for Cho-Oyu expeditions preparations packing and buying necessary equipments and high altitude foods, final meeting and collecting permits and other documents related with the expeditions. On this day interested people can book for a tour around Kathmandu at places of interest, Kathmandu valley steeped with historical / cultural monuments and world heritage sites.
 
Day 04:            Drive to Nylam 3,450 m via Zhangmu 2,300 m - 06 hrs.
Starting our adventure overland to Cho-Oyu Expeditions with an interesting drive of four hours to reach the border post at Kodari on Nepal side, with Passport and Visa formalities then heading towards Tibet / China entry points, here our Tibetan guides and driver receives you with short drive to Zhangmu the entry point of Tibet / China.
 
After completion of paper works, visa and permits continue drive following Bhote Kosi River upstream to Nylam town, a nice ride through beautiful forest of pines and rhododendron trees with views of waterfalls.
 
At Nylam transfer in the best available lodge-hotel or guest house for overnight stop with first night in Tibetan soil with high altitude gain.
 
Day 05:            At Nyalm for acclimatization and checking climbing gear. 
A free and extra day at Nylam for acclimatization at this high altitude, Nylam a moderate size town quite busy with travelers to Lhasa-Kathmandu or around Tibet including Kailash, at Nylam take a short hike around Milreppa meditation cave (11th C saint and guru) or on route South Shisapangma base camp, afternoon busy checking up climbing gears and with re-packing.
 
Day 06:            Drive to Old Tingri 4, 500 m - 06 hrs.
From Nylam where Tibetan plateau starts, our morning drive leads past Tibetan farm villages to reach on top of Lalung-la Pass (5,050m) with views of Mt. Shisapangma (8013m highest within Tibet), after Lalung-la drive leads on vast Tibetan plateau to Old Tingri with first glimpse of Everest and Cho-Oyo peaks, Old Tingri a windswept town with moderate and basic lodge for overnight stop.
 
Day 07:            Drive to Cho-Oyu Base Camp 4,800 m - 04 hrs.
From this windy and busy bus stop town, our route leads away from main highway towards South East at Cho-Oyu base camp, as the drive leads on wide windswept valley with super panorama of world highest peaks including Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu with other adjoining peaks.
 
From the village of Old Tingri our expedition’s trucks leads off the tarmac road and bumping up around grassy plain leading up to near Nangpa La. 
 
Here have a couple of options for base camp but normally place it on flat moraine at the foot of the Gyabrag glacier. 
 
A good path leads in about two days to Advanced Base Camp.  Staying here throughout the trip and do not plan to descend till expeditions completes.
Our Land Cruiser and jeep will be permanently at disposal or on stand - by at the Base Camp for emergency.
 
Day 08:            At Cho- Oyu Base Camp rest and preparations.    
Today after gathering all climbing gears from the trucks busy sorting out the equipments and planning with few practices before the final event to the top of world 6th highest peak.
 
Day 09:            Trek and climb to Advance BC at Interim camp 5,800m.
Taking two days trek to Advance Base Camp at the foot of Nangpa La Pass.  All the expedition equipment will be carried on yaks. 
 
One overnight or interim camp is needed on route to Advance Base.
Advance Base Camp (ABC) at near 5,700 meters grand views of surrounding peaks and towards Nangpa La (which leads to Nepal Khumbu / Everest area),
for centuries a major trading route between Nepal and Tibet. Since past few years many platforms has been set and cut into moraine of Advance Base Camp. Our expeditions will have large kitchen and mess tents with member’s tents which will be pitched close by.
 
Day 10 - 29:    Climbing on top Cho-Oyu from North Col (20 days for summit top).
Our highlight and goal starts from ABC for the final assault of the summit after several days preparation, where our expedition leader will control the daily routine of the expedition, normally establish camp I, at 6,400 meters and camp II, at 7,100 m before returning to Advance Base Camp for rest. 
 
Our climbing Sherpa team will establish camp III, at 7,500 meters with members sleeping only one night at this top camp before heading to the summit top.     


From Advance Base Camp walk and climb at about 07 k.m distance to the start the main climbing adventure. A vague path leads through moraine covered glacier. Camp I is at 6,400 meters.  If there’s no snow a steep path leads up to an interminable scree slope which will be much support for the climb. 
The camp is located on a broad snow field at the foot of the ridge leading up to a serac barrier which is the only real technical section on the route.
 
At about 6,900 meters the ridge is blocked by a line of ice cliffs here fixing a new rope.  Normally we will have one rope for the ascent and another for descent on this pitch, which is about 40 meters high.  This is the hardest part of the mountain but is not a difficult. High above the serac climb out onto a plateau cut by huge crevasses,  a winding path between to pitch Camp II at about 7,100 meters.
 
Above Camp II broad snow slopes lead more easily to Camp III at 7,500 meters.  This is the highest camp and make the summit bid from here.  Summit day as always involves an early start.  Depending on snow conditions might encounter some easy scrambling as the climb gets in progress making way up and across the low angled west face.
 
The top of the summit a large plateau with highest point of the peak is a long way back.  In fine weather views are marvelous of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang, Amadablam and other peaks of the Khumbu with Mt. Melung-tse and Gaurishankar massifs. Normally it is possible to descend from the summit all the way to advance base camp on the same day.  This will depend on snow conditions and members fitness.
 
20 days for climb from ABC as the climb follows moraine towards the summit of Mt. Cho-Oyu at 8,201 m.
 
After a mind-blowing experience adventure and feeling high on top of the world descend back safely towards Base Camp using few camps on long descend.
 
Day 30:            Descend to base camp.
This day all climbing party and member including guide and staff should have reached at base camp, to assist packing equipments and checking each member health condition after the great classic climb and to organize departure from Cho-Oyu base camp to Kathmandu.
 
Everything will be packed in plastic expedition drums for the return journey to Kathmandu. If the road is in good condition it is sometimes possible to go to Kathmandu in one day from the Base Camp. 
 
Day 31:            Pack up and cleaning of base camp.
Start packing climbing gears and disposing garbage in proper sites, where CPPC (China / Chomolungma Pollution Control) will check the camp and depositing the litter to take away from the base camp to disposal sites or back to Kathmandu. Prepare everything for an early departure the next morning.
 
Day 32:            Drive to Zangmu 1,940 m - 06 hrs.
After exciting time with super adventure on top of Cho-Oyu, morning a long drive to reach Zangmu a border town, from base camp few hours’ drive leads on the main Lhasa / Kathmandu highway at Old Tingri.
 
After a short stop continue drive heading over scenic Laylung pass at 5,050 m, with views of snowcapped peaks that borders Nepal and Tibet. After enjoying the views downhill to Nylam town and into forested area on leaving high and Tibetan dry plateau, drive leads through green forested area with views of beautiful waterfalls, after few hour drive from Nylam reaching Zhangmu town for last overnight stop in Tibet.
 
Day 33:            Drive to Kathmandu via Kodari - 06 hrs.
Morning as per China Beijing Standard Time (of 2:15 minutes ahead than Nepal standard time) after passport and visa formalities, a short drive leads at Friendship Bridge separating Tibet / China with Nepal territory.
 
At the bridge bidding farewell to our Tibetan guides and driver, then walk into Nepal soil for the drive to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to your hotels with afternoon free for individual activities and shopping.
 
Day 34:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
A free day with optional sightseeing tour in our interesting cultural tour of Kathmandu valley with world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
 
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.

This day also to submit reports of the expeditions at concern Tourism department.
 
Day 35:            International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience on Mt. Cho-Oyu Expeditions with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.
 
Please Note:
Overland drive to enter Nepal or to reach any Tibet entry point from Kodari to Zhangmu not possible at present, damaged road due to landslide by 25th April & 25th May earthquakes.
 
The road might be open for travel in near future we will keep in touch with us for updates regarding this situation.
The only means of entering Tibet is by air to and from Lhasa or from Kyarong of Langtang region which just opened for foreign visitors.
 

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