"As nearly all religions strive to take away the fear of death and make it seem acceptable, I may claim to have had a genuine religious experience" Herbert Tichy one of the first mountaineer to summit Cho-Oyu in 1954 after the successful ascent
Area: Nangpa Valley
Days: 40 day trip -34 day trek / climb, 2 day Kathmandu
Dept. Ex. KTM : 15 Sept., 15 Mar.
Per Person Cost:
Cho-Oyu is an ideal peak to begin your primary 8000m climbs. The meaning of Cho-Oyu in Sherpa/Tibetan language may have derived from the turquoise color lakes (Cho-yu) on the South side of this mountain in Gokyo Valley. Among the 14 eight thousand meter high peaks, it is the 5th highest. In 19 October 1954 Austrian Herbert Tichy, Sepp Jochler and Sherpa Pasang Dawa made the first successful ascent of this mountain. Rising on the Nepal - Tibet frontier dominating the Nangpa Valley in the south and the vast Tingri plains in the north Cho-Oyu is the most popular 8000m peak of all 8000 meter peaks.
Getting to the Base Camp and The Climb:
To begin our expedition, we meet with in Kathmandu and drive on the Kathmandu - Lhasa highway to arrive at the Cho-Oyu base camp situated at 4,909m/16,100ft. We take six days to arrive base camp getting well acclimatized with a night in the border town Zhangmu ( on the Tibet side) , two nights at Nyalam 3,750m/ 12,300ft. and two nights in Old Thingri 4,300m/14,107ft. We rest one more day at the base camp in-order to get well acclimatized for the 2 day trek to the Advance Base Camp with an interim camp at 5,350m/17,584ft. We place the ABC on the Gyabrakg Glacier 5,600m/18,368ft - next to the historic trading pass on the Nepal - Tibet frontier. During our stay at the ABC, we meet traders from Tibet crossing the pass for the Saturday market in Namche Bazar, with their yaks laden with readymade Chinese goods.
Arriving at the ABC, we take a few more days to get settled and prepare ourselves for the climb ahead. our climbing route will be the North West Ridge - the route followed by the Austrian team in 1954. Above ABC, we put 3 higher camps - at 6000m/19,680ft , 6,500m/21,320ft. and at 7,400m / 24,272ft.) for our attempt on the summit. The summit of offers the best views of Mt. Everest with its impressive North face and many more mountains.
Included in the expedition service cost:
Airport - Hotel - Airport transfer; Hotel in Kathmandu 3 star standard for 3 nights in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis, Customs clearance; Sherpa support (1 climbing Sherpa per climber), cook, kitchen boy, 3 yaks BC to ABC and 2 yaks ABC to BC per climber, Guest House accommodation in full board on the approach to base camp and return from Zhangmu , food for trek, BC and climb; Group equipment for the climb, Camping Service including tents for BC and climb, kitchen/dinning tent, toilet tent, chair/tables; Oxygen (3 cylinder for climber and 1 cylinder for climbing Sherpa), Satellite phone and walky talkies, all permit fees, wages / allowances, personal insurance coverage for climbing Sherpas, kitchen staff and porters.
Not included in the expedition service cost:
Main meals in Kathamndu, personal equipment, personal insurance including emergency evacuation, visa fee and airport tax and other services than those mentioned in the service inclusion.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu
Day 3: Drive to Zhangmu
Day 4: Drive Zhangmu to Nyalam
Day 5: Acclimatization day in Nyalam
Day 6: Drive to Old Thingri
Day 7: Acclimatize around Old Thingri
Day 8: Drive to BC
Day 9: Acclimatize around BC
Day 10~11: Trek to ABC
Day 12~ 36: Climbing;
Day 37: Clean up at the BC
Day 38: Drive to Zhangmu
Day 39: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 40: trip ends