Cho Oyu Expedition

Introduction

Cho Oyu Expedition | Outdoor Himalayan Treks

Cho Oyu (8201m) is one of the three eight thousand meter peaks in the Khumbu Himal, the others being Mt Everest and Lhotse.Cho Oyu mountaineering expedition thus partakes of the scenic glories and adventure that other mountaineering expeditions in Nepal, especially in Khumbu bring you. The mountain is approached from Nepal side after an exciting and adventure trek through Everest region. You can also choose easier, more comfortable, and quicker approach to the mountain via Tibet. In this case, we drive through Kathmandu to Tibet via Kodari Highway and drive to the road-head, and reach the base of the mountain in a day’s trek. But the approach to the mountain through Nepali side includes remarkable trek in the Everest region through Lukla and this also helps in acclimatization.

The Khumbu Himal is a section of the Mahalangur Himalayan range, the world’s most rugged, most spectacular Himalayan range with the world’s four tallest peaks (Mt Makalu is the easternmost 8 thusander in this range). Not surprisingly, Khumbu region, also known as the Everest region, is the Mecca for the lovers of adventure treks, and mountaineering expeditions. In Everest region alone, the skyline is an unusual concentration of three dozen 6,000 meters, nearly two dozen 7,000 meters, plus the three eight thousanders along with glaciers, glacier lakes, high passes, gorges, ravines and waterfalls emanating from these numerous mountains. Therefore, a climbing expedition in Everest region brings you a superb combination of adventure trekking and mountaineering with undreamt of high Himalayan panorama.

Technically, Cho Oyu is sometimes regarded as the easiest 8000 meter peak to climb, thanks to its gentle north-western face. However climbers need to be physically fit and have enough mountaineering training. Outdoor Himalayan Treks gives utmost attention to the safety of the climbers, with top-class gears and experienced Sherpa guides. While Cho Oyu ascent is a glory in itself, you can use the experience to attempt the other peaks over 8000 peaks.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 37 nights and 38 days

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Minimum Altitude: 1300 m, Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: 8201m, Cho Oyu Summit

Itinerary Outline

Day 1:  Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2 and 3 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Climbing preparation
Day 4: Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding
Day 5: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day 6: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Day 7: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole
Day 8: Trek from Dole to Gokyo
Day 9: Acclimatization at Gokyo
Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Cho Oyu Base Camp
Day 11 - 12: Acclimatization at Base Camp
Day 13 – 16: Move from Base Camp to Advanced Base Camp
Day 17 - 20: Establish High Camp I and move from Advanced Base Camp to High Camp I
Day 21 - 24: Establish High Camp II and move to it
Day 25 - 29: Move down to Base Camp for the final rest and summit attempt
Day 30: From Base Camp to High Camp I
Day 31: From High Camp I to High Camp II
Day 32: Reach the Summit and return to the Base Camp
Day 33 - 34: Base Camp Cleaning
Day 35: Trek from Base Camp to Gokyo
Day 37: Trek from Gokyo to Dole
Day 38: Trek from Dole to Namche

Itinerary Details

Day 1:  Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2 and 3 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Climbing preparation
Day 4: Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding
Day 5: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day 6: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Day 7: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole
Day 8: Trek from Dole to Gokyo
Day 9: Acclimatization at Gokyo
Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Cho Oyu Base Camp
Day 11 - 12: Acclimatization at Base Camp
Day 13 – 16: Move from Base Camp to Advanced Base Camp
Day 17 - 20: Establish High Camp I and move from Advanced Base Camp to High Camp I
Day 21 - 24: Establish High Camp II and move to it
Day 25 - 29: Move down to Base Camp for the final rest and summit attempt
Day 30: From Base Camp to High Camp I
Day 31: From High Camp I to High Camp II
Day 32: Reach the Summit and return to the Base Camp
Day 33 - 34: Base Camp Cleaning
Day 35: Trek from Base Camp to Gokyo
Day 37: Trek from Gokyo to Dole
Day 38: Trek from Dole to Namche

Guidelines

Health and Fitness Requirement:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:

Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous climbing experience will be necessary.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • All necessary climbing gears
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • TIMS Card
  • Climbing Permit
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance

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