Cho Oyu, also known as the “Turquoise God” is the sixth tallest mountain in the world. It stands tall at the elevation of 8201 meters and is a part of the Greater Himalayas of Nepal where the central Asia plateau meets the Indian subcontinent. Because of its ease of access, ABC is often crowded with a large number of expeditions. Just west of Cho Oyu is the Nangpa La, the old trade route between the Khumbu's Sherpas and Tibet which separates the Khumbu and Rolwaling Himalayas.
There’s a quite fascinating story behind the Cho Oyu facing opposite to Everest. Legend says, the Turquoise God fell in love with Chomolungma (Everest) but she instead married her near neighbour to the southeast, Makalu. The rejected Cho-Oyu never wed and now he faces opposite to avoid looking at Chomolungma. Cho-Oyu, being relatively easier to climb than its 8,000-meter family, is ideal for those mountaineers with no experience of climbing mountains above 8000m.
The climbing route features devoid of undue hazard with only a few short technical sections. Hence, it is the best option for the debutantes who wants to experience the thrill of summiting one of the highest mountains in the world.
Chinese Base Camp
Chinese Base Camp
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8201 m/ 26906.2ft
Mount Cho Oyu was first climbed on October 19, 1954, via the north-west ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama of Austrian Expedition.
Until the ascent of Mount Everest by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler in 1978, this was the highest peak climber without supplemental oxygen.
The breathtaking view from the summit plateau includes the entire panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang, Ama Dablam and other peaks of Khumbu.
This Cho Oyu massif is arguably the most technically straightforward, accessible and safe to climb.
Why this Trip
Cho Oyu consists of five main ridges: Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and West with the Jabula Glacier on the north and the Lanba Glacier on the south that rewards you with a great chance to encounter with the vast Tibetan Plateau and great views of the surrounding Himalayan Giants, Everest, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma
•We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
•What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
•A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit
•5% of the total cost of the package will be allocated for the benefits of local people in Everest region.
We will be delighted to welcome you at the airport. Make yourself comfortable and our representative will take you to the hotel. We'll have our briefing over the welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu;
KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING, GETTING PERMITS AND VISA TO TIBET:Day 2 is for a guided city tour. You will get to explore three or more cultural heritage sites included to UNESCO program. Day 3 is needed to wait for the permits to wait. Meanwhile, we will arrange all the necessary documents for the mountaineering and you can have a free day before the adventure begins and spend it relaxing or any optional trips can be organized. Overnight in Kathmandu;
EXPLORING LHASALhasa is an ancient city of Buddhism. While we acclimatize with the high altitude, we also visit important landmarks in Lhasa including the Dalai Lama's Potala Palace. Lhasa life certainly offers glimpses into one of the most preserved ancient cultural heritages. Overnight in Lhasa;
Today we drive across the Tibetan plateau. At Shigatse, we visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, built-in 1447. This is the residence of the Panchan Lama, the second most influential religious figure in Tibet. Overnight at Shigatse;
We depart from Shigatse and head towards Xegar. On the Tibetan highway, we can see the northern edge of the Greater Himalaya with a spectacular panorama of peaks, including Mt. Everest. Overnight at the hotel;
TREK TO CHO-OYU BASE CAMP, ACCLIMATIZINGWe will walk for 2 days to 5,200 m and 5,450 m before continuing to the base camp. On the third day, we acclimatize to the thinning air of higher altitude. We reach the Base Camp on day 13 and spend the afternoon organizing climbing equipment. Day 14th and 15th will be for good acclimatization and rest at the base camp. Overnight at tented camp;
CLIMBING THE NORTH-WEST FACE OF CHO OYUThis is the actual climbing period of Cho Oyu and providing the detailed plan of day to day wouldn’t be convincing. The first day would start by learning skills for climbing and how to use the oxygen bottles and radios. The Sherpas will carry the needed equipment, food, and clothing. We reach the Base Camp.From the Base Camp, we first climb along the glacier in the direction to the mountain. We acclimatize while climbing by doing the trip to the Gyabrag Glacier. It provides an excellent opportunity to view the route that will be taken and assess the mountain.Once the team is acclimatized, we begin to climb the mountain in earnest. Throughout the climb, the leader will use a method that adjusts team members to the ever-increasing altitudes. This will be achieved by "climbing high and sleeping low". At each camp, the team will climb high but then return to the lower camp to sleep. Finally, the team will return to the base camp for a prolonged rest of at least four days before moving up to occupy Camp 3 in preparation for the ultimate climb to the top. Mountain camps are situated as follows: Camp 1 - 6,400mCamp 1 is situated at 6,400m; 5 to 8 hours of walk from the base camp. The camp is reached by a steep climb over the glacier at 6,100m. From here, the route gets steeper..Camp 2 - 7,000 mCamp 2 is at over 6,600m. The route to Camp 2 is the hardest climbing on the route which requires great effort to climb the steep ice at such an altitude. Climbing to Camp 2 is physically very challenging. Throughout this section, fixed ropes are placed in conjunction with other teams operating on the mountain at the same time..Camp 3 - 7,400mCamp 3 is situated at 7,400m and roughly four hours above Camp 2. This camp is located beneath a rock band that cuts off the snow slopes of the upper basin. Although the distance to Camp 3 is short and easy, the high altitude makes the path more demanding. .Summit Day We reach the summit within 5 to 8 hours after leaving Camp 3.For the descent, the same route will be followed, with nights spent at Camp 3.
Trekking all those days in the outshining mountains and purifying the soul, we will be back to feel the hustle and bustle of the city again. In the evening we'll have a celebration dinner to share our fresh memories and achievements. Overnight in Kathmandu;
Yes, we will invite you for dinner in a cultural restaurant on the night of your arrival for briefing the itinerary and small orientation program will be held by the tour leader and guides before we embark on our adventure.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek, we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/camping/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, as per their request.
We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized Guides/Sherpas to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the Guide’s/Sherpa’s instruction with utmost care.
During camping, our expert camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are totally insured. In case of emergencies like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions, let your guide know about your problem and subsequently. As soon as we are informed of a situation, we will send emergency helicopter rescue team. You will be then transferred to the hospital for the treatment.
Climbing is a hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement, so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable, so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, good shoes are very important for climbing in rough and snowy terrain, so invest in good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. For mountaineering, you will require special clothes that can be bought or hired from us.
Most of the time, it is not possible. But in emergency cases, you can. Still, we customize the trip according to your preference, but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide and company.
Yes, our Sherpas are trekking experts and also authorized license holders from Nepal Government. The Sherpas know the climbing route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
Yes, for the first few days, it is possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying certain amount directly. For higher altitude climbing, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpas.
If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
To confirm your booking, a non-refundable deposit of minimum of 15% of total trip amount is required, which can be made by bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or card.