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Cho- Oyu ( 8201 m / 26,606 ft) expedition from Tibet Side -42 days

Cho- Oyu ( 8201m) expedition from Tibet Side Days Itinerary

Day 01: KATHMANDU • 4,383'
Situated in a bowl shaped valley in central Nepal, Kathmandu is the largest city in Nepal and it is the cosmopolitan heart of the Himalayan Region. Today the itinerary focuses on a thorough team meeting/orientation and equipment check, fitting for oxygen masks, arranging visas and permits, and any other last minute preparations. We can always do a short walking tour in the afternoon if time allows. Overnight at the Yak and Yeti Hotel.

Day 03: LHASA • 12,100'
Today we fly over the Himalayas to Lhasa, the cultural and religious center of Tibet. Upon arriving we transfer to our hotel and explore the surrounding area.

Day 04: LHASA • 12,100'
As our bodies adjust to the Lhasa’s high altitude, we have the opportunity to explore this fabled city. Built around the banks of the Lhasa River and serving as the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism, Lhasa is a vibrant and exciting place. Changing rapidly underneath Chinese influence, Lhasa is a diverse mix of ancient and modern lifestyles, with age-old Buddhist structures and practices alongside the pressures of Chinese modernism. During our time in Lhasa we have the chance to visit some of the famed sites such as the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Square and the Barkhor Street Market.

Day 05: LHASA • 12,100'
We continue acclimatizing and in the afternoon have time to explore Lhasa on our own, relax, and prepare for our morning departure for Cho Oyu. Day 06 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 07: KATHMANDU • 4,383'
Situated in a bowl shaped valley in central Nepal, Kathmandu is the largest city in Nepal and it is the cosmopolitan heart of the Himalayan Region. Today the itinerary focuses on a thorough team meeting/orientation and equipment check, fitting for oxygen masks, arranging visas and permits, and any other last minute preparations. We can always do a short walking tour in the afternoon if time allows. Overnight at the Yak and Yeti Hotel.

Day 08: LHASA • 12,100'
Today we fly over the Himalayas to Lhasa, the cultural and religious center of Tibet. Upon arriving we transfer to our hotel and explore the surrounding area.

Day 09: LHASA • 12,100'
As our bodies adjust to the Lhasa’s high altitude, we have the opportunity to explore this fabled city. Built around the banks of the Lhasa River and serving as the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism, Lhasa is a vibrant and exciting place. Changing rapidly underneath Chinese influence, Lhasa is a diverse mix of ancient and modern lifestyles, with age-old Buddhist structures and practices alongside the pressures of Chinese modernism. During our time in Lhasa we have the chance to visit some of the famed sites such as the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Square and the Barkhor Street Market.

Day 10: LHASA • 12,100'
We continue acclimatizing and in the afternoon have time to explore Lhasa on our own, relax, and prepare for our morning departure for Cho Oyu. Day 11 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 12: XIGATSE • 12,795'
Leaving Lhasa, we follow the Friendship Highway southward across the barren Tibetan Plateau, reaching the village of Xigatse (12,795'). The Xigatse monastery contains the world’s largest gilded Buddha at over 70’ tall.

Day 13: INGRI • 14,400'
Continuing from Xigatse, the snow capped Himalayas grow larger in the distance as we carry on our overland drive to the village of Tingri at 14,400'. At the foot of the Himalayas and for centuries a meeting place for trade between Nepal and Tibet, Tingri’s views of Everest, Cho Oyu, and Makalu are stunning.

Day 14: TINGRI • 14,400'
Building upon our acclimatization, we spend the day hiking in the hills around Tingri, overlooking the Tingri Dzong, a fort abandoned in the 18th century just to the south of town.

Day 15: BASE CAMP • 16,400'
We travel the final distance Tingri to Base Camp (16,400') on Cho Oyu. Tucked amongst rolling grasslands of the summer grazing pastures, Cho Oyu Base Camp is a dramatic setting of wandering yaks, dancing prayer flags, and stunning Himalayan peaks. Upon arriving, we unload our gear from the overland vehicles and prepare for the climb ahead.

Day 16: INTERIM CAMP • 17,500'
Leaving Base Camp (BC), our group climbs through the rocky lower slopes to Interim Camp (IC), en route to Advanced Base Camp (ABC). With our equipment carried by yaks, we shoulder only light daypacks as we settle into our climbing routine, shaking the miles of travel from our legs as we pick our way amidst the rocks and across icy streams, climbing past the many inscribed Buddhist mani stones that lie along the path.


Day 17: ADVANCED BASE CAMP • 18,500'
Continuing from Interim Camp, we leave the last tufts of vegetation and make the final approach to Advanced Base Camp and settle in our tents. Perched amongst the moraine and ice alongside the Gyabrag Glacier at the foot of Nangpa La Pass, a trade route still used to reach Nepal. This will be our home for the next several weeks.

Day 18-39 With our bodies acclimating to Base Camp, our Puja ceremony completed, and our training accomplished, we begin our acclimatization rounds on the mountain. Over the next weeks we will slowly work our way up the mountain, acclimatizing to higher and higher elevations and becoming stronger at altitude and familiar and comfortable with the terrain. Above ABC (18,500') we establish three camps. Camp 1 (21,000') is at the top of a long scree slope. From here the route is entirely on snow. We follow a gentle rounded ridge until we hit a short but steep ice cliff. We use a fixed rope to negotiate the cliff (normally about 60') and then continue across a gentle glacier before we start another slightly steeper slope that we ascend via a fixed rope. Camp 2 (23,100') is on an easy snow slope above. The ascent to reach Camp 3 (24,500') is relatively short and the climbing on more gentle snow slopes. Summit day consists of climbing intermediate snow slopes until we reach a series of rock bands, which we cross by way of their snow ledges. We come out onto a snow slope leading us to the summit ridge and then to what is often mistaken as the summit. The real summit is still about 1,200' away on almost flat snow. The number of days this takes our team will vary due to weather, acclimatization, team strength, the number of caches we make, and other such circumstances. Our guides will use their vast mountain experience, knowledge, and decision-making abilities to maximize each climber's chance of reaching the summit of Cho Oyu.

Day 40: TBD: BASE CAMP • 16,400'
We make the descent from ABC back to BC, marveling at the riot of green that we find after so many days at barren high altitudes.

Day 41: BD: BASE CAMP • 16,400'
Back at Basecamp we take advantage of the lower altitudes for some much-needed rest as we prepare all of our gear for our return to Kathmandu.

Day42: ZANGMU • 7,544'
Leaving Base Camp, we regain the Friendship Highway and drive across the spectacular Nyalam Thongla Pass and through the
Nyalam Gorge, into the town of Zangmu (2,300 m). We spend our last night in Tibet in the village of Zangmu, high in the Himalayas near the border with Nepal.

Climbing Advice

Climbing is a potentially dangerous pastime, high-altitude climbing is dangerous at all times. There can be no possible guarantee of your success and safety at the altitudes above BC and especially above 7000 and 8000m. So we strongly recommend you to hire a personal high altitude Sherpa guide-porter, especially if you do not have any experience in high-altitude climbing. This will increase immensely your safety and chances of summiting.

Service Include in Above Price

  • 4 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast (3 star hotel)
  • Expert professional Nepalese expedition crews like Cook, Kitchen boy, ABC guide and mountaineering gears till to the ABC are provided; and our crews get all expedition facilities from our office itself.
  • Tibet visa & Travel Permit for the expedition crew
  • Full board hotel in route to Tibet side Zhangmu, Nyalam,Tingri (bed- breakfast, Lunch, dinner)
  • Base Camp - Advance Base Camp 1 tent for 1 person (North Face brand)
  • Choose Package: 1 or 2: 2 climber = 1 climbing Sherpa or 1 Single climber - 1 climbing Sherpa
  • 3 high tents North Face or same quality - Camp 1, Camp 2, Camp 3
  • 1 Oxygen (4 litters) bottle for summit, Mask & regulator (If no use, it goes to company
  • High quality Climbing food, cooking gas, stove, cooking equipment
  • Tents for climbing Sherpa Guide
  • Custom clearance for expedition's cargo (Maximum 90 KG for 1 climber)
  • Dining tent, Table, Chairs, toilet tent, Mess tent & Kitchen tent
  • Per person's (30 KG) Load is carried by the Yak till to the from BC-ABC
  • Per person's (20 KG) Load is carried by the Yak on the way back to the ABC- BC
  • Kathmandu - Zhangmu - Base Camp - Zhangmu (vice versa) are provided the Mini bus / Jeep for the members & Truck for the equipment
  • Peak permit for Cho Oyu 8201m.
  • Tibet Visa & Travel permit , Liaison officer & Interpreter
  • Nepalese crew' insurance
  • ABC - Oxygen for Emergency but if you use, it use, pay it USD 300.
  • Satellite phone (Pay call).
  • Welcome dinner

Cost does not include:

  • . Any Air Ticket to and from Kathmandu.
  • Laundry, postage, telephone calls, and all other items of personal nature.
  • Entry visa and Re-entry visa for Nepal.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Medical and rescue insurance.
  • Personal Climbing equipment.
  • Bar bills & Beverage.
  • Medicine and first aid expenses
  • Walkie-Talkie.
  • Tips Per Person
  • Extra Oxygen bottle if use more then 1 bottle
  • . No Oxygen for Sherpa
  • Our motto is to appease our clients. Thanks.
  • Extra service if required:

  • Russian oxygen 4 litters: USD 400.00
  • Mask & Regular: USD 600.00
  • Satellite phone: USD 700.00 per set (Personal use from climber)
  • Film Permit: USD 20,000.00 (Small Portable movie camera is free)
  • Duty Jeep for whole time: USD 4000.00
    Rescue Jeep: USD 700 Per Jeep

Track listing

  • "Zhangmu: Crossing a Landslide Area" – 4:25
    "Tingri: The Last Truck" – 5:23
    "Jobo Rabzang" – 2:55
    "Chinese Base Camp: Near a Stone Shelter" – 4:28
    "Palung: A Yak Caravan Is Coming" – 4:56
    "Cho Oyu Base Camp: Morning" – 8:34
    "Nangpa La: Birds Feeding on Biscuits" – 5:09
    "Camp 1: Himalayan Nightflight" – 2:38
    "Camp 1.5: Mountain Upon Mountain" – 1:35
    "Camp 2: World Music on the Radio" – 3:25
    "Camp 3: Neighbours on Oxygen" – 2:16
    "Summit" – 2:31

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