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Cho oyu Expedition

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Mount Cho Oyu expedition is a familiar landmark to climbers ascending Everest’s north face. Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8,201 meters (26,906 ft) above sea level. It is said that Cho Oyu means ‘Goddess of Turquoise’, as its stark shadows appear this color in the light of the setting sun when viewed from Tibet. The mountain is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu sub-section. It was first climbed by S. Moechler, H. Tichy and P. Dawa Lama in 1954. The mountain stands on the Tibet - Nepal border and offers climbers views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and literally hundreds of other Himalayan peaks. Cho Oyu Expedition is a classic Himalayan climb and considered the easiest 8000m peak to climb via its Northwest Ridge, with no technical climbing, big snowfields, and little objective danger.

The Cho oyu peak expedition can be done from both Nepalese side up on south face and north-east ridge routes and Tibetan side along the Northwest ridge route with North approach being an easier and a standard route. These days there are more than four different routes on Cho Oyu with the Tibetan north side offering several worthy first ascent possibilities. Our route is comprised of snow slopes with short sections of ice and rock scrambling. Of all Nepal’s 8000m peaks, Cho Oyu is second only to Everest in the number of expeditions and successful ascents as of its easy and hazard less climbing trail.

Most of the Cho Oyu expedition teams climb from Tibet side due the easy technique-climbing route from there. The Mount Cho oyu expedition starts with drive through wonderful scenery dominated by green meadows, river gorges, snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and enchanting flora & fauna of the valleys of Zhangmu, Nyalam and Tingri. We will have breathtaking panorama view of incredible Himalayan ranges including Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Xishapagma (8012m) and Mt. Everest. Discover ancient Buddhist culture, overwhelming landscapes, exotic cities, hidden valleys, artistic monasteries, dominant inhabitant all the way to Chinese Base camp. Expedition of Mount Cho Oyu is full of gorgeous views of stunning peaks in the area, including Jobo-Rabzang, and many unclimbed and unnamed 6000 meter peaks.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 03: Rest day and Immigration Legal Formalities
Day 04: Kathmandu – Zhangmu (2500m)
Day 05: Zhangmu – Nyalam (3700m)
Day 06: Acclimatization at Nyalam
Day 07: Nyalam – Tingri (4050m)
Day 08: Drive to Chinese Base camp
Day 09: Stay at the base camp
Day 10: Arrive at the Advance base camp
Day 11: Advance Base camp stay
Day 12-35: Climbing period of Cho Oyu
Day 36: Return to Chinese Base Camp
Day 37: Drive Base Camp to Nyalam (215 km) 
Day 38: Drive Nyalam (3750m) to Zhangmu and Kathmandu 
Day 39: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 40: Final Departure Airport

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 8: Drive to Chinese Base camp
We drive to Chinese base camp. All the way be blessed with the beautiful and amazing sceneries.

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 12-35: Climbing period of Cho Oyu

Day 36: 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 37: 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 38: 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 39: 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 40: 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.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking and camping guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness), porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis), cook, helpers with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine. 
  • Transportation for Kathmandu to  Zhangmu and back to kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals for trekking and camping  (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • All camping gears (water proof dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent  etc) with High quality tents.
  • High altitude climbing food, fuel, Gas etc.
  • Permmits for Expedition
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Special Gifts (T shirt, Pashmina shawl, Trekking certificates and others)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking/climbing staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Duration:
40 Days

Grade:
Difficult

Max. Altitude:
8201m

Best Time:
Autumn / Spring

Transportation:
Private Car/Van/Hiace

Activity:
Trekking, Expedition

Location:
Tibet Range

Start/Finish Point:
Zhangmu/Zhangmu

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Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 40 Days

Grade: Difficult

Max. Altitude: 8201m

Best Time: Autumn / Spring

Transportation: Private Car/Van/Hiace

Activity: Trekking, Expedition

Location: Tibet Range

Start/Finish Point: Zhangmu/Zhangmu

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Cho-Oyu Expedition