Cho-Oyu-Expedition

Cho Oyu Expedition 2019

Climb the 6th highest mountain in the world

45 Days 8,201m/26,900ft
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Quick Facts

Trip Duration 45 Days Trip Grading Strenuous+
Max Altitude 8,201m/26,900ft Best TimeSept-Oct
Trip ModeFully Tented Camping Group SizeMin 1 Max 12
Overview

Trip Highlights

  • Excellent preliminary peak for Everest
  • Easiest of the fourteen 8,000m peaks
  • Fully guided expedition with highest success rate
  • 6th highest mountain in the world

Cho Oyu Expedition 2019 Overview

Cho Oyu is the Tibetan term which means The Turquoise God. Cho Oyu Expedition takes us to the top of world’s sixth highest mountain that stands tall with 8,201m height. Cho Oyu Mountain receives more visitors in comparison to most of the other eight thousanders due to the easy access. Many Mountain climbers prefer to begin climbing 8000m+ Mountain with Cho Oyu.  It is because this mountain has highest success rate in comparison to other mountains.

Cho Oyu is located 70km west of Everest. The commercial climbing route for Cho Oyu begins from the northwest face.

Climbing Strategy: 

Our expedition itineraries are devised carefully keeping every aspects in mind. Our Cho Oyu Expeditions begins with a flight to Lhasa instead of the drive via Nepal-Tibet Border. Upon arrival in Lhasa until we reach our home for few weeks, Cho Oyu Base Camp, we have kept rest and acclimatization to ensure our bodys are well adapted with the high altitude. We will spend few days at Cho Oyu Base Camp where pre- climb training will be organized. For maximum chances of successful climb, we will follow rotation of higher camps technique. There will be one advanced base camp and three High Camps before climbing to the summit. We will follow the route through northwest ridge to the summit of Cho Oyu

Why climb Cho Oyu with us?

For over 30 yrs the people who helm this venture has been successfully organizing high altitude Expeditions ensuring safety first and service paramount. The success of expedition depends largely on carefully planned itinerary and best logistics and these are what we offer. We are committed in maintaining the expedition safe and success with quality of service. Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. You will be guided by highly professional mountain guides and they are one of the best in this field. 

At Highland Expeditions, we provide 1:1 Sherpa to client and 1:4 climbing leader to client ratio. Compared to the facilities we provide; you will find our Cho Oyu Expedition cost to be very reasonable. We have no hidden fee. What you pay in the beginning is the final payment. We are dedicated for providing highest professionalism throughout the expedition by taking utmost care of all the logistics needed for our Cho Oyu Expedition.

Our Sherpa Crew

Our Sherpa crews are critical to the success of your climbs that you do with us. We us professionally trained Sherpa guides & sirdars who are just not hikers & climbers on the mountains but have been trained to perform this task with a lot of common sense & guile.

Kunga Sherpa, Everest summiter and founder of Highland Expeditions, who has successfully guided and organized over 40 expeditions to 8000m as an expedition sirdar oversees our experienced Sherpa crew that will be with you on the climb.  We ensure that they are confident & experienced. Most of our guides were born in these parts & have relatives living on other parts of the regions where they were born in. We know that locally born staffs are a vital cog in that wheel of sometimes dangerous adventure where anything can happen.

At Highland Expeditions, we always make sure that our mountain crews are highly motivated & never compromise.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 02-03 : Official formalities and climb preparation
  • Day 04 : Fly to Lhasa [3,650m/11,975ft]
  • Day 05 : Rest and Acclimatization Day at Lhasa [3,650m/11,975ft]
  • Day 06 : Drive to Shigatse [3,800m/12,470ft]
  • Day 07 : Drive to Tingri [4,350m/14,270ft]
  • Day 08 : Rest and acclimatization Day
  • Day 09 : Drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp [4900m/16,072ft]
  • Day 10 : Rest and Acclimatization Day
  • Day 11 : Prepare loads/equipments for Interim/Advance Base Camp
  • Day 12 : Trek to Interim Camp [5400m/17,712ft]
  • Day 13 : Trek to Advance Base Camp [5600m/18,368ft]
  • Day 14-38 : Climbing Period of Mt. Cho Oyu
  • Day 39 : Depart Advance Base Camp and overnight at Base Camp
  • Day 40 : Drive to Tingri
  • Day 41 : Drive to Kyirong
  • Day 42 : Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 43-44 : In Kathmandu/Extra Contingencies Day
  • Day 45 : International Departure

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Your leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required

Map & Itinerary
  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

  • Day 02-03 - Official formalities and climb preparation

  • Day 04 - Fly to Lhasa [3,650m/11,975ft]

  • Day 05 - Rest and Acclimatization Day at Lhasa [3,650m/11,975ft]

  • Day 06 - Drive to Shigatse [3,800m/12,470ft]

  • Day 07 - Drive to Tingri [4,350m/14,270ft]

  • Day 08 - Rest and acclimatization Day

  • Day 09 - Drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp [4900m/16,072ft]

  • Day 10 - Rest and Acclimatization Day

  • Day 11 - Prepare loads/equipments for Interim/Advance Base Camp

  • Day 12 - Trek to Interim Camp [5400m/17,712ft]

  • Day 13 - Trek to Advance Base Camp [5600m/18,368ft]

  • Day 14-38 - Climbing Period of Mt. Cho Oyu

    We will practice rotation of High Camps few times before actually making attempt to the summit. We will make climb to High camps and lower down to camps at less altitude for proper acclimatization. We will climb from base camp to camp III. Weather in mountain is unpredictable. We might need to stay in Base Camp for days to wait for favorable weather. There will be one Advanced Base Camp and three high camps before summit. Camp I will be located at 6,400 m Camp II will be located at 7,010 m and Camp III will be located at 7,437 m. It requires skill and strength to reach Camp II from Camp I. We need to fix ropes and conquer ice cliffs. Camp II will be located at the top of glacier plateau. Oxygen will be quite low after Camp II. We will climb to the summit and enjoy the epic views before descending to Advanced Base Camp where we will stay overnight
  • Day 39 - Depart Advance Base Camp and overnight at Base Camp

  • Day 40 - Drive to Tingri

  • Day 41 - Drive to Kyirong

  • Day 42 - Drive to Kathmandu

  • Day 43-44 - In Kathmandu/Extra Contingencies Day

  • Day 45 - International Departure

Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

2019 Departure
Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price
29 Aug, 2019 12 Oct, 2019 USD 24,500 Available Book Now
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Cost Inclusion

  • Chinese government royalty fees for Cho Oyu
  • All expedition organizational requirements
  • 6 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing with Breakfast.
  • All airport/land transfers as per mentioned in the itinerary
  • Kathmandu – Lhasa Airfare
  • 1:1 Sherpa to Climber and 1:4 Leader to Climber ratio to assist during summit push
  • 3 bottled oxygen with use of mask and regulator
  • Service of base camp manager and climbing sirdars
  • Satellite communication system at base camp but nominal charge for use
  • Radio set for communication between camps
  • Meals at base camp and higher camps during expedition
  • Member’s personal luggage transfer from base camp to advance base camp and from advance base camp to base camp (Maximum 40kg).
  • Accommodation and meals during travelling to base camp and back to Kathmandu after expedition
  • All kitchen tents, dining tents, shower tents, toilet tents, store tents and cooking utensils
  • Staffs wages, allowances with their insurance
  • Common climbing equipment
  • liaison Officer Fee and Garbage Deposit
  • 2 waterproof duffel bags

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance and Visa Fee
  • Custom for bringing any expedition goods
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Summit bonus USD 1000
  • Gratuities

TRIP GRADE – Steruous +

Our strenuous + includes High Altitude Expeditions that requires high level of fitness and previous experience of at least 6000m climb. It is expected that the climber has previous experience of climbing at least 6000m peak before attempting strenuous + trips.  A fierce determination and a burning desire to climb the mountain are the essential pre-requisites for joining this category expedition. One needs to be familiar with walking in snow, rock and ice using personal and group climbing equipment. You should be familiar with Rope skills, ice axe arrest and crampon skills, the use of ascenders (Jumar) and descenders, and how to use your particular harness.

Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below are required for the expedition. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment . You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu. 

Head:

  • Warm Hat and Bandana/Scarf
  • Baseball cap
  • Thermal Balaclava
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Ski goggles (Anti fog and good ventilation)
  • Headlight X 2 with spare batteries
  • Climbing helmet

Upper Body:

  • Long-sleeved shirts                                                                  
  • T-Shirts
  • Base layers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
  • Waterproof jackets
  • Down Jacket with hood (800m fill)
  • Primaloft or light down jacket
  • Down Suit (Light weight, comfortable fit and 800m fill) (For Summit Climb Only)

Legs:

  • Thermal
  • Inner wears / Base layers
  • Under garments
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Down or Primaloft pants

Feet:

  • Warm socks (4 pair thin socks and 4 pair thick socks)
  • Trekking shoes (Preferably full to protect/support your ankle)
  • 8000m Mountaineering boots (Lightweight and comfortable size)
  • Camp Shoes
  • Gaiters
  • Down shoes

Hands

  • Gloves
  • Primaloft Mitten
  • Down Mitten

Climbing equipment

  • Backpack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)
  • Backpack 60-70 liters for climbing
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Harness
  • Ascender/Jumar (Large handle)
  • Descender
  • Carabiners (4 screw gate and 4 snap gate)
  • Prusik cord X 2
  • Slings X 2
  • Ice Axe
  • Steel crampons
  • Inflatable sleeping mattress
  • Sleeping bag X 2 (One for base camp and one for higher camps)

Others:

  • Water bottle one (1) litre
  • Multi – tool knife
  • Pee bottle
  • Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Binoculars
  • Sewing kit
  • Duct tape
  • Reading materials, notebooks and pens
  • Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from trek.
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries

Toiletries and hygiene

  • Quick drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit

Documents

  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photocopy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

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