At 8188 meters, Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world. It is located on the border of Tibet (China) and Nepal about 20 km to the west of Mount Everest. Cho Oyu is translated in Tibetan as “the Turquoise Goddess”, from chomo=godess and yu=turquoise. This derivation of the name is not certain and other “translations” of the name includes “Mighty Head” (Tichy) and “God’s Head” (Harrer). Another alternative translation of the name is “bald god”. This makes sense looking at a Tibetan legend, where Cho Oyu, the bald god, has his back turned to Chomolongma, the mother godess, because she refused to marry him.
Some climbers claim that Cho Oyu is the easiest 8000 meter peak if anything over 8000 meters can be called easy! There’s no really technical sections and the objective dangers are close to non-existent. Its relatively easy access makes it an attractive climb for someone with limited time, as it can be attempted in roughly 6 weeks round trip. Base Camp is accessible by jeep and it is possible to reach Kathmandu in a very long day from Base Camp. Because of its ease of access, ABC is often crowded with a large number of expeditions. There have been well over 1000 ascents so far.
This mountain has also recently become popular with ski mountaineers and snowboarders due to its relatively low objective risk and good snow conditions, especially in the fall.
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon arrival at Nepal’s heart, the capital known as Kathmandu, via Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you warmly and take you to the hotel where you will stay overnight. We will brief you shortly on your upcoming Trek with us after refreshment. We will also introduce you to your trekking guide and team guide. We will take you on a short visit of local area and one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance, if there is enough time assuming your flight is on time. This will give you a glimpse into the uniqueness of our country. If you arrive late in the evening or even night, there is always the next day.
Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation
After breakfast, we will head out for city tour of Kathmandu valley and visit the Durbar Square of Kathmandu, Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Swyambhunath Stupa. After the tour is over, we will gather to discuss in brief, the tour itinerary and other information. We will then check clothing and trekking equipment you will require during our travel.
Fly to Lhasa 3,600m
After breakfast, we will head to Tribhuvan International Airport. We will manage an early morning flight to Lhasa, capital of Tibet as much as possible. Flying above green snow topped mountains we will reach Lhasa. Upon our arrival at airport, we will be greeted warmly by our crew members and have some brief discussion and preparation. We make Lhasa our base for acclimatization to the high Tibetan altitude. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Acclimatizing and exploring Lhasa
While we rest for acclimatize with the high altitude, we will stay active as well by visiting important landmarks in Lhasa including the Dalai Lama's Potala Palace. Lhasa is one of the most unique ancient cultural heritage. Overnight stay at hotel.
Drive to Xegar 4,000m/13120 ft., 8 hrs. (4,000m/13120)
On this day, we will drive to our next destination Xegar along the Tibetan highway. We will view the Himalayan beauty, a fantastic panorama of peaks, also including the mighty Everest. Later on the evening, if we can manage some spare time, we will also visit the hilltop monastery. Overnight stay in a Xegar hotel.
We will rest and acclimatize before trekking towards higher altitude area, the Chinese base camp. We will also explore the Xegar locality and get to know local culture and people. We will also hike for a short distance to various monasteries.
Organization at Chinese base camp
On this day we will prepare our self and our equipment’s, luggage and gears. We will sort out our loads as minimum as possible but we will take every basic necessary requirement. Yaks and porters will carry our things to the basecamp.
Trek to Cho Oyu base camp
We will head towards Cho Oyu base camp on this day. For proper rest and acclimatization, we will stay 3 days overnight at this camp before climbing further up. We will then prepare our gears and equipment necessary for climbing the peak. We will walk some meters up and down daily to stay active as well.
Climbing the north-west face of Cho Oyu
We will begin climbing the lower part of summit on this day. Our aim will be to go up high as much as we can. Group guide will sort out route and figure out conditions of the mountain. We will get back to lower camp for overnight stay. We will climb further up and reach camp 1 and 2. From these camps we will try our best to climb the summit and conquer it. We will return to the lower base camp by day 40.
We will return back with yaks carrying our equipment and loads. Overnight in tents.
Travel back to Nepal
You can choose between road travel and flight to return to Kathmandu. You are obliged to pay supplement if you choose flight. Road drive will give proper views of Nepali mountains, villages and forests along the way.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu we will guide you if you wish to do some shopping or sightseeing. You can relax in the hotel as well. We will host an evening farewell dinner to celebrate the climb and thank Sherpas for their support.
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day. Overnight at Kathmandu.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.
Included in the Cost
- All transfer from Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport.
- Accommodation 4-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (3-star hotel)
- International Flight/ Drive from Nepal to Tibet and Back to Nepal,
- Cho Oyu Expedition Climbing Permit.
- Garbage Deposit
- Government Liaison Officer.
- Guesthouse, accommodation during trekking
- All Meals (Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the Trek and Climbing Time in Base Camp.
- Tibet Permit Fee and Conservation fee
- Climbing Sherpa Guide
- Climbing Sherpa (Assistant)
- Required Number of Porter.
- Group Climbing Equipment’s (Fixed rope, Main rope, Ice hammer, Snow Bar, Ice screw)
- Single/Double tent at the Camp with mattress
- Walkie-talkie radios set.
- Emergency medical kits
- Tents for Base Camp- High Camp-Camp 1 & Camp 2
- Kitchen Tents, Dinning Tents and Toilet Tents in Base Camp.
- Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu.