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Cho Oyu 8201 meters is the sixth highest mountain peak in the world. Cho Oyu lies in the Himalayas and is 20 km west of Mount Everest, at the border between China and Nepal. Cho Oyu means "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan. Cho Oyu was first attempted in 1952 by an expedition organized and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee of Great Britain as preparation for an attempt on Mount Everest the following year. The expedition was led by Eric Shipton and included Tom Bourdillon, but technical difficulties at an ice cliff above 6650m (21820ft) proved beyond their abilities. (Today, these ice cliffs are normally ascended using fixed ropes.)
The mountain was first climbed on October 19, 1954 via the north-west ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jchler and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama of an Austrian expedition. Cho Oyu was the fifth 8000 meter peak to be climbed, after Annapurna in June 1950, Mount Everest in May 1953, Nanga Parbat in July 1953 and K2 in July 1954. The Indian and German team also climbed this peak in 1958 and 1964 respectively. Till to date many expedition teams have successfully reached on its summit. The year 2004 was regarded as the Golden jubilee of this Cho Oyu Mountain in the field of expedition. The golden jubilee ceremony was organized by Nepal Mountaineering Association with grand fanfare and jubilantly. There were about 400 climbers from different region of the World during this golden jubilee ceremony and most of them made the summit.
Just a few kilometers west of Cho Oyu is the Nangpa La (5716 meters/18753 feet), a glaciated pass that serves as the main trading route between the Tibetans and the Khumbu's Sherpas. Due to its proximity to this pass and the generally moderate slopes of the standard northwest ridge route, some climbers consider Cho Oyu to be the easiest 8000 meter peak to climb, and it is a popular objective for professionally guided parties. Most of the Cho Oyu expedition teams climb from Tibet side due the easy technique-climbing route from there. Expedition to Cho Oyu from Nepal side is being popular after successfully summit on it after more than 2 decades.
>>>ABC is in the heart of the Himalayas at 5700 meters; surrounded by celestial peaks. There is also the high pass called Nangpa La nearby Cho Oyu Summitwhich, an old but still used yak track trading route between Nepal and Tibet exists.
>>From ABC, we can see the superb scene of Cho Oyu . This is the main base camp and we plan to stay there for the longer duration also to look the favorable situation for the expedition. Every person gets his or her own tent. Our Service will be full board up to ABC and after that the climbers should manage all services by themselves.
>>From ABC it is several hours of tough walking on a vague path over moraine-covered glacier to the start of the mountaineering properly.
>>Camp 1 is either situated more or less on the ridge at 6400 meters and the real mountaineering starts from here. The ridge is now soft and easy enough for climbing, then it broadens out and you should climb successive huge steps, several of which probably require fixing a rope up there. You should fix a new rope in co-operation with other members on the mountain. Normally one rope is used for ascent and another for descent. Although the route is crevassed but normally these creates no problems
>>Cho Oyu Panorama from SummitCamp 2 is on the edge of a large plateau at 7125 meters although you can carefully assess where to put the rope. Depending on conditions and fitness you may attempt the summit from here, or you may establish a light Camp 3 across the plateau and up on a minor ridge at 7550 meters. Above Camp 3, there are two rocky steps where you fix another set of ropes prior to our summit ascent.
>>Finally, you will start early in the morning from camp 3 for summit. Above the rock bands, the slopes are still steep and you may take a line to fix there, depending on conditions, however once on the crest of this ridge the terrain is straightforward although it is a long haul to the summit plateau.
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be received by representative of Independent Himalayan Adventure and transferred to your Hotel. Short briefing and final procedure about the entire trip.
Rest of the day suggested you to finalize your equipments.
A free day in Kathmandu. Relaxation then as usual there will be extensive preparations, packing bags, equipment at hotel, ready for the start the following day.
We suggest you to leave your unnecessary belongings which you may not need during the expedition.
Pack and lock all bags and leave at the Hotel Store.
Early in the morning we take a bus drive along the Friendship - Highway to Zhangmu at the Nepal-Tibet border.
The journey normally take about 6 to 8 hours depending on the road condition, and sometime likely the landslides that could long our journey time.
We cross Friendship Bridge and ahead to Zhangmu-Tibet (2300 meters) for our night stop.
Our jeeps and trucks move their way up the precipitous mountain road.
The journey to Nyalam is not too long, and gives us some opportunity to acclimatise.
Rest Day at Nyalam for acclimatisation.
A spectacular day as we reach up to 5000 meters elevation. If the weather is clear the views from this road are absolutely superb.
After Arrive in Tingri we get our first views of the lonely mountains across the grassy plains.
Rest day at Tingri (4340m.) for Acclimatisation.
To day we have to drive around 2 hours to get our Base Camp on altitudes of around 5000 meters. Our campsite is known locally as Chinese Base Camp and after establishing our camp we can rest and enjoy the views. The camp is pleasantly situated on grassy patch alongside the river.
We will spend 2 days at Base Camp for acclimatisation and to prepare our equipment for the yak load carry to Advance Base Camp.
All our equipments transported in plastic drums or kit bags.
Yaks are the mode of transport all our supplies and equipments.
It takes 2 days to the Advance Base Camp near the foot of the Nangpa-La Pass. All our expedition equipment will be carried by Yaks and we will trek alongside with our day packs.
One overnight camp is needed en-route to the Advance Base Camp.
The expedition leader will control the day to day running of the expedition.
Normally we establish Camp I at an elevation of 6400 metres and Camp II at 7100 metres elevation, before returning to the Advance Base Camp to rest. Our Sherpa team will then establish Camp III at 7500 metres elevation with the team members and, sleeping only one night at this top camp before getting to the summit of Cho Oyu 8201 meters.
We wish every ones Successful Summit.
All the expedition members and Sherpas will have to back at the Lower Chinese Base Camp where our truck and bus transport will be waiting for us. Everything will be packed into the plastic drums and Kitbags.
Loading all our equipment onto Chinese truck we drive to the Zhangmu via Tingri.
Drive to the border which we cross and descend to Kodari where we obtain our Nepalese visas. and we then drive back to Kathmandu.
This is a spectacular and enjoyable journey down the Sun Kosi river valley. Some members may wish to enjoy the scenery from the roof of the bus.
We should arrive into Kathmandu in the early afternoon, assuming there are no landslides to delay the journey.
Contingency Day (This day is available in case of any delayed arrive to Kathmanduor if weather postpones our trip at any point.). Leisure day in Kathmandu.Time for a relaxation and souveniour shopping. celebrate a long and exciting expedition adventure.
If you did not finished your shopping previously, you can do some moring shopping.
You will then transferred to the International airport with Independent Himalayan Adventure's representative for your onward journey.
Per Climbing Sherpa: US$ 4500 (if you required)
1. 4 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast at standard Hotel.
2. Expert professional Nepalese expedition crews like Cook, Kitchen boy, ABC guide and mountaineering gears till to the ABC are provided; and our crews get all expedition facilities from our agency itself.
3. Tibet visa & Travel Permit for the expedition crew
4. Full board hotel in route to Tibet side Zhangmu, Nyalam & Tingri (twin share bed, breakfast, Lunch, dinner)
5. Base Camp - Advance Base Camp 1 tent for 1 person (North Face brand)
6. Dining tent, Table, Chairs, toilet tent, Mess tent & Kitchen tent
7. Per person's (30 KG) Load is carried by the Yak from Base Camp till to the-ABC
8. Per person's (20 KG) Load is carried by the Yak on the way back to ABC to the BC
9. Kathmandu - Zhangmu - Base Camp - Zhangmu (vice versa) are provided the Mini bus/Jeep for the members & Truck for the equipment
10. Peak permit fee for Mountain Cho Oyu 8201m
11. Tibet Visa & Travel permit, Liaison officer & Interpreter
12. Nepalese crew's insurance
13. Emergency oxygen for ABC -but if you use pay it USD 300
14. Farewell dinner
Cost does not include:
1. Air travel to and from Kathmandu.
2. Entry visa and Re-entry visa for Nepal.
3. Laundry, postage, telephone calls, and all other items of personal nature Expenses.
4. Medical and rescue insurance.
5. Personal Climbing equipment.
6. Bar bills & Beverage.
7. Medicine and first aid expenses
8. Walkie-Talkie, satllite phone.
10. Tips Per Person US$ 100
Note: After the Expedition, Tipping system is well come for expedition crews.
We wish you a happy and successful climbing.
Extra service if required:
Russian oxygen 4 litters: US$ 400
Mask & Regular: US$ 600
Satellite phone: US$ 700 per set (Personal use from climber)
Film Permit: US$ 20000 (Small Portable movie camera is free)
Duty Jeep for whole time: US$ 4000
Rescue Jeep: US$ 700 Per Jeep