MOUNT CHO OYU
Situated in Tibet – Mt. Cho Oyu is the world’s sixth highest mountain at a lofty height of 8,201m. It is located west of Mt. Everest along the Nepali-Tibetan border.
This 44 day expedition itinerary will begin by driving into Tibet through Kordari, crossing the Himalaya through the gorges of Bhote Koshi. The drive is simply awesome and full of excitement! We’ll arrive on the other side of Himalaya from Kathmandu to Nayalam on first day. We’ll spend our nights in Nayalam relaxing and acclimatising. From Nayalam, we begin our overland travel across the plateau and high passes. We continue on to Tingri town(4,300m) through fantastic plateau scenery with a stop at the Buddhist monastery of Milrepa, built around a sacred cave. Along the last few miles into Tingri, views of Makalu, Everest and Cho Oyu remind us why we’re here. Tingri itself is made up of old-style mud and stone buildings with an army base at its rear. Tibetan nomads use the town as a base during their stay in this desolate part of the plateau. After arrival at Cho Oyu’s Chinese Base Camp, we’ll rest, acclimatise and make the necessary climb preparations before making our ascent to advanced base camp at 5,700m. We’ll cross through steep moraines to establish Camp 1 at 6,400m, which should take around 4 – 6 hours depending on weather conditions and how we’re feeling. We’ll traverse a ridge and ascend a 50m headwall to Camp 2 at 7,000m – a hard day taking 6 – 7 hours. Our strong Sherpas will fix all ropes as required. We’ll establish Camp 3 at 7,500m on the northwest face, and the following day, set up for the summit. Depending on fitness, we’ll be moving up and down the mountain several times, acclimatizing and stocking the higher camps.
The climb requires an extra push to reach the true summit peak on the far end of the high snowfield. Summit day, though long and arduous, will be well worth it when the highest peaks in the world are in view.
A straightforward climb and not technically demanding, an excellent mountain for climbers wanting to scale their first 8,000m peak without taking too much risk.
Climbing permits and all necessary fees and charges for Tibet. Tibet visa fees. Departure tax. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights. Tea house accommodation and meals. All transportation. Yaks for equipment transportation from BC to ABC and back. Cook and kitchen boy. Liaison officer and interpreter. All tents, food and communal equipment. Medical oxygen. Organisational expenses. Mountain rescue while doing the trek. Sherpa support. You are accompanied by an Adventure Dynamics experienced high altitude guide on the entire trip for safety, advice, instruction and guidance. Discounts on the purchase of personal equipment is arranged. Supplied training programme by Adventure Dynamics.
All flights, personal Sherpa, medical insurance, personal equipment, items of personal nature, spending money, health requirements, restaurant meals, hotels and meals due to unexpected delays, Top Out Masks and bottled oxygen. Changes outside of itinerary.
Day 1 – 2 – Fly to Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Briefings and preparation.
Day 3- At leisure in Kathmandu
Accommodation at a 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 4 – Fly to Lhasa (3,650m)
Day 5 – 6 – At leisure/acclimatisation in Lhasa
Day 7 – 9 – Travel to Chinese Base Camp
Travel via Shigatse (3,900m) and Xegar (4,300m), from where you will walk to 4,600m as part of your acclimatisation.
Day 10 – Arrive Chinese base camp (4,900m)
You complete the drive to the road-head and to the Chinese base camp.
Day 11 – Acclimatisation walk at Chinese base camp
Walk above camp to 5,500m.
Day 12 – 14 – Trek to Cho Oyu base camp (5,700m)
You spend 2 nights at an intermediate camp (5,400m) before continuing to base camp – our home for the next 3 weeks.
Day 15 – 40 – Climbing the North West Face of Cho Oyu
We utilise three amps above base camp. Camp 1 is situated on a broad shoulder of snow at 6,400m, Camp 2 is located at 7,000m and Camp 3 at 7,400m. The technical crux of the climb is a 50 m serac barrier located between Camp 1 and Camp 2 at 6,600m. You can expect to make 3 journeys to Camp 1 prior to the summit attempt and to sleep one night at Camp 2 on the summit push.
Day 41 – Return trek to road-head
Day 42 – Return drive to Lhasa
Day 43 – Fly to Kathmandu
Arrive back at the hotel in Kathmandu
Day 44 – Expedition ends. Homebound flight departures.