Cho Oyu expedition is a familiar landmark to climbers ascending Everest’s north face. Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8,201 meters (26,906 ft) above sea level. It is said that Cho Oyu means ‘Goddess of Turquoise,’ as its stark shadows appear this color in the light of the setting sun when viewed from Tibet. The mountain is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu sub-section. It was first climbed by S. Moehler, H. Tichy, and P. Dawa Lama in 1954. The hill stands on the Tibet – Nepal border and offers climbers views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and hundreds of other Himalayan peaks. Cho Oyu Expedition is a classic Himalayan climb and considered the most accessible 8000m mountain to climb via its Northwest Ridge, with no technical climbing, big snowfields, and little objective danger.
The Cho Oyu peak expedition can be done from both Nepalese sides up on the south face and north-east ridge routes and Tibetan side along the Northwest ridge route with the North approach being a more natural and a standard way. These days there are more than four different routes on Cho Oyu with the Tibetan north side offering several good first ascent possibilities. Our journey is comprised of snow slopes with short sections of ice and rock scrambling. Of all Nepal’s 8000m peaks, Cho Oyu is second only to Everest in the number of expeditions and successful ascents as of its happy and hazardless climbing trail.
Most of the Cho Oyu expedition teams climb from Tibet side due to the easy technique-climbing route from there. The Mount Cho Oyu expedition starts with the beautiful drive-through scenery dominated by green meadows, river gorges, snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and enchanting flora & fauna of the valleys of Zhangmu, Nyalam, and Tingri. We will have a breathtaking panorama view of incredible Himalayan ranges, including Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Xishapagma (8012m) and Mt. Everest. Discover ancient Buddhist culture, overwhelming landscapes, exotic cities, hidden valleys, artistic monasteries, dominant inhabitant to Chinese Base camp. Expedition of Mount Cho Oyu is full of gorgeous views of stunning peaks in the area, including Jobo-Rabzang, and many unclimbed and unnamed 6000 meter peaks.
Duration: 40 Days
Max. Altitude: 8201m
Best Time: Autumn / Spring
Transportation: Private Car/Van/Hiace
Activity: Trekking, Expedition
Location: Tibet Range
Start/Finish Point: Zhangmu/Zhangmu
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking, and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion in next day morning after breakfast.
Day 02: - A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient, and mostly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square, reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture, are highlighted on our guided tour.
Day 03: - Rest day and Immigration Legal Formalities
This might be a rest day for you like all the trekking permits, and the official formalities would be finalized this day. You will have time to explore the local area, have dinner, and perhaps take a stroll through the famous streets.
Day 04: - Kathmandu – Zhangmu (2500m)
We leave Kathmandu valley early in the morning and drive towards the Nepal Tibet border (Kodari) of about 123km distance and 5-6hrs drive. There will be beautiful views of Langtang, Gauri Shankar, Menlungtse and Khumbu Mountain ranges. After completing the immigration formalities at the border, we drive up the hill to Zhangmu. This is a Tibetan border town.
Day 05: - Zhangmu – Nyalam (3700m)
On the way, you will see a fantastic view of a deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls. As well as the scenery, the Nepali and Tibetan market center of ‘Khasa’ is of interest. Moving up a series of incredibly steep switchbacks, passing through a mossy gully with cascading waterfalls, we reach Nyalam. Spend your night in the guest house.
Day 06: - Acclimatization at Nyalam
Today is the rest day in the Tibetan cultural place, Nyalam. We will prepare for our expedition and be mentally and physically fit for the climb. Check for all the necessary equipment and stuffs appropriately.
Day 07: - Nyalam – Tingri (4050m)
We will drive for approx. 6 hours to Xegar crossing two spectacular passes; Nyalam pass (3,800m/12,464ft) and Lalung La pass (5,082m/16,670ft). Take a drive to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of the Tibetan landscape, offering the sheering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world. Highlights of this drive are the views of the Bhote Koshi River deep in the valley, waterfalls, and the ever-present spectacular mountain scenery. We will have a breathtaking panorama view of incredible Himalayan ranges, including Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m), Mt. Xishapagma (8012m), and Mt. Everest itself. Spend overnight in the hotel.
Day 08: - Drive to Chinese Base camp
We drive to a Chinese base camp. All the way, be blessed with beautiful and amazing sceneries.
Day 09: - Stay at the base camp
Prepare for the climbing and have some rest for the victory over the amazing mount Cho Oyu. We will do an acclimatization hike to 17,000/18,000 feet.
Day 10: - Arrive at the Advance base camp
Enjoy the beautiful trek to the base of the 6th highest peak in the world. This trek is very accomplishable by the average person who enjoys walking. Usually, you never step on snow, and there is no climbing, only walking on moraine trails. There are gorgeous views of stunning peaks in the area, including Jobo-Rabzang, and many unclimbed and unnamed 6000 meter peaks.
Day 11: - Advance Base camp stay
We will be taking a lot of rest throughout the expedition. During your rest days, we encourage you to concentrate on recovering, eating, and drinking, to read, relax, listen to music and stroll around visiting other teams.
Day 12: - Climbing period of Cho Oyu
Day 13: - Return to Chinese Base Camp
From Advance base camp you continue trekking back to Chinese Base Camp, a long day trek down to comfortable lower altitude. Incredible sights abound as we leave this amazing peak.
Day 14: - Drive Base Camp to Nyalam (215 km)
Today you will have a drive of about 215 Km from the Base Camp to the Nyalam city along the friendship highway. We will halt our driving for a quick lunch at Tingri and drive on. En route, Lalung La pass offers a fantastic view of Cho Oyu and other mountain peaks like Shishapangma, Menlungtse, and Gauri Shankar. Descend from the Tibetan Plateau to Nyalam just 30 km before the Nepalese border.
Day 15: - Drive Nyalam (3750m) to Zhangmu and Kathmandu
We arrive at the Chinese – Nepalese border, say goodbye to our Tibetan team, pass through customs, and join up with our Nepalese staff. Heading away from Nyalam, drive for one hour to the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meters. A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu will take you to the friendship bridge on the Bhote Koshi River, which separates Tibet from Nepal. After another 5 hours drive through the lush greenery of Nepalese countryside of 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 16: - Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. In the evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied by cultural shows in the Hotel.
Day 17: - Final Departure Airport
If you have more time, you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home or onward destination.
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