Cho Oyu Expedition

Scaling Heights: The Journey to Conquer Cho Oyu Peak

Duration Duration 44 Days
Meals Meals
  • 43 Breakfast
  • 39 Lunch
  • 40 Dinner
Accommodation Accommodation
  • Hotel
  • Lodge
  • Tents
Activites Activities
  • Expedition
  • Trekking
  • Sightseeing
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Destination Destination
Nepal
Difficulty Difficulty
Tough
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
8,201 Metres (26,906 feet)
Activities Activity
Expedition
Start and Point Start/End Point
Kathmandu
Best Season Best Season
April
Group Size Group Size
Minimum 2
Transportation Transportation
Private car and Tourist Bus
Activity Per Day Activity Per Day
8-9 Hours

Overview of Cho Oyu Expedition

The Cho Oyu Expedition, an epic journey to the sixth-highest mountain in the world, stands as a dream for many climbers. Reaching a staggering height of 8,201 meters (26,906 feet), Cho Oyu, located in the Himalayas on the Nepal-Tibet border, is not just a mountain but a testament to human resilience and adventure. This majestic peak, known as the “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan, is a beacon for those who dare to challenge the limits of high-altitude climbing.

Popularly referred to as Mt Cho Oyu, the mountain is unique in its accessibility, making it a favored choice for those embarking on their first major high-altitude expedition. The cost to climb Cho Oyu, although substantial, is seen as a valuable investment for the unforgettable experience it offers. It includes obtaining the necessary permits, engaging experienced guides, and ensuring the right gear is in place for a safe ascent.


Trip Highlights

  • Reaching the Summit: At 8,201 meters, the summit of Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest mountain in the world, gives climbers a profound sense of accomplishment.
  • Stunning Panoramic Views: A breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range, including well-known peaks like Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, is available to climbers at the summit.
  • Cultural Experience: Travelers experience the rich culture, especially interacting with the Sherpa communities in the Khumbu region.
  • Cho Oyu Base Camp: Setting up camp at the base of Cho Oyu, located in a remote and scenic area, is an exciting part of the journey.
  • High-Altitude Climbing Experience: Climbers learn important skills for climbing at high altitudes and how to get used to the thin air.
  • Scenic Trek Routes: The path to Cho Oyu includes beautiful walks through various landscapes such as forests, valleys, and areas with glaciers.
  • Local Wildlife and Flora: The area around Cho Oyu lets climbers see unique animals and plants found only in the Himalayas, adding to the experience.

The journey to the top begins at the Cho Oyu Base Camp. This crucial starting point, set against a backdrop of spectacular natural beauty, is where climbers acclimatize and strategize their ascent. The base camp is not just a campsite; it’s a hub of preparation and anticipation for the challenges ahead.

Climbers have a choice of different climbing routes, each offering a unique set of challenges and experiences. Regardless of the chosen path, all routes aim for one glorious destination: the summit of Cho Oyu. An amazing reward awaits at the top, where a wide panorama of the Himalayan range unfolds.

History and Significance of Cho Oyu Mountain

In 1952, Eric Shipton led a British expedition on the first recorded attempt to climb Cho Oyu, preparing for an Everest expedition and marking an early Cho Oyu Expedition. Technical difficulties and the risk of avalanches forced them to stop their climb at 6,650 meters, with the presence of nearby Chinese troops also influencing their decision to halt.

On October 19, 1954, an Austrian team achieved the first successful summit of Cho Oyu during a historic Cho Oyu Expedition. The team members, Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama, Joseph Jöchler, and Herbert Tichy, ascended the northwest ridge, thereby summiting Cho Oyu as the fifth eight-thousander. The feat of reaching the summit without supplementary oxygen was significant at the time.

Cho Oyu Expedition Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to the hotel

    Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, a warm welcome awaits you.

    Upon arrival, our team will conveniently transfer you to your hotel, where you can settle in and relax. If time permits, you’re in a perfect position to embark on an exploratory stroll through Kathmandu’s captivating streets.

    Discover the rich heritage of Durbar Square or immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Thamel, a hub of colorful shops and local eateries, providing a perfect introduction to Nepal’s lively capital.

    Accommodation: The Everest Hotel
    Meals: Not Included

  • Day 02: Rest and prepare for the expedition in Kathmandu, including a briefing

    Today, you’ll take it easy and get ready for the expedition.

    You will join a detailed briefing where you’ll learn about the journey, including how to stay safe and take care of the environment.

    Furthermore, this is an ideal opportunity for you to complete any last-minute shopping, inspect your equipment, and hire any necessary equipment. This way, you’ll make sure you have everything you need for the adventure.

    Accommodation: The Everest Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syprubeshi and stay overnight at a hotel

    You leave Kathmandu and start a beautiful drive to Syprubeshi. As you travel, you’ll see Nepal’s countryside, with its hills, rivers, and villages. This drive shows you what rural Nepal is like and gets you ready for your adventure.

    When you reach Syprubeshi, you check into a local hotel for the night. Mountains surround this small town, and it is a quiet place to rest. Here, you get to experience the warmth of the local people and get ready for the trek that’s coming up.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 04: Travel from Syprubeshi to Kerung Height and spend the night at a hotel.

    As your journey continues for the Cho Oyu Expedition, you drive up to Kerung Height. On the way, you’ll see the scenery changing. The higher you go, the thinner the air gets.

    Climbing slowly like this helps you get used to the high places you’ll visit later on your trip.

    When you arrive at Kerung Height, you check into a hotel for the night. Staying here gives you time to rest and helps your body adjust to being up high.

    Kerung is a quiet town in the mountains, a peaceful place where you can think about your journey so far and get ready for what comes next.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 05: Drive to Tingri and stay overnight at a hotel

    You keep going with your trip, driving from Kerung Height to Tingri. This part of the journey brings you into the beautiful Tibetan area.

    Tingri is a small town under the big Himalayas, and from here, you can see amazing mountains like Cho Oyu and Everest. The drive to Tingri is really scenic and shows off the area’s natural beauty.

    When you get to Tingri, you’ll stay overnight in a local place. This overnight stay is important for getting used to the high altitude, a process called acclimatization.

    The calm atmosphere and great views of the mountains in Tingri are perfect for resting and getting ready for the tougher parts of your expedition that are coming up.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 06: Acclimatization Day in Tingri. Climb a nearby hill for better adaptation to the altitude.

    Spend a day in Tingri getting used to the high altitude, which is important for your body. During this day, you’ll go on a light hike for acclimatization. The hike, usually up a nearby hill, takes you about 5,000 meters.

    This slow climb is a great way to prepare your body for the higher places and thinner air you’ll face on tougher climbs later.

    The hike is not just for getting used to the altitude but also to enjoy the beautiful views around Tingri.

    As you walk up the hill, you’ll see amazing views all around, giving you a taste of the Himalayas’ beauty. By doing this, you psychologically become ready for the upcoming climbing obstacles.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 07: Drive from Tingri to the Chinese base camp

    You leave Tingri and soon arrive at the Chinese Base Camp during your Cho Oyu Expedition, where your climb really begins. This camp, located right at Cho Oyu’s base, is where you’ll start your ascent.

    Here, you’ll set up your tent, organize your climbing gear, and make everything ready for the days ahead in the rugged and beautiful landscape.

    After setting up camp, you spend the rest of the day resting and relaxing. It’s important to save energy and get used to the high altitude.

    This time is also great for getting to know other climbers, sharing stories, and mentally preparing for the climb.

    The base camp, surrounded by the impressive Himalayas, is a peaceful but exciting place where you can build up your strength for the climb.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 08: Rest and acclimatize at the Chinese base camp and prepare for the trek to the advanced base camp

    You spend an extra day at the Chinese Base Camp to get used to the high altitude. This day is important for both resting and getting ready for the climb.

    You will check and prepare your climbing gear to ensure everything is ready for the ascent. Taking short walks near the campsite helps your body adjust to the higher air and lets you enjoy the beautiful mountains around you.

    Also, this is a good time to talk with your guides about the next part of your climb. You’ll learn about the path, what challenges you might face, and how to climb successfully.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 09: Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp

    You move forward from the Chinese Base Camp, trekking towards Middle Camp. This part of your climb follows a path with a gentle slope. The path’s gradual rise helps your body get used to the higher altitude.

    As you walk, you find yourself surrounded by the Himalayas’ amazing scenery, climbing higher into these grand mountains with each step.

    Arriving at Middle Camp is a big step in your journey. Now, you’re even closer to Cho Oyu and the challenges ahead.

    This trek isn’t just about walking; it’s also about connecting with nature. You feel the greatness of the mountains and the fresh air as you get nearer to your target.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10: Continue the trek from Middle Camp to the Advanced Base Camp (ABC) of Cho Oyu

    As your journey continues, you trek from Middle Camp to Cho Oyu’s Advanced Base Camp (ABC). This part of the trek is tougher, taking you through different kinds of terrain and deeper into the Himalayas.

    The path to ABC is more rugged and really tests your strength and climbing skills. With every step you take, you get closer to Cho Oyu’s peak as you traverse both steep and flatter sections.

    When you reach ABC, you’re at the main spot for all the climbing activities on Cho Oyu. The camp is in an amazing place, surrounded by high mountains with great views all around.

    At this high spot, the huge size of the mountains is really clear, especially Cho Oyu, which stands out in the sky. ABC is more than just a place to camp. It’s where climbers meet, plan, and get ready for the last part of their climb to the top.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Tented Camp

  • Days 11-39: Climbing period to summit Cho Oyu

    For the next 29 days, you will be in the most important part of your expedition: climbing to the top of Cho Oyu. This time is tough and busy.

    You will set up camps higher up the mountain, which are important for resting and getting ready to reach the summit. At these high places, you will spend time getting used to the low air and extreme weather.

    Getting used to the altitude slowly is important to help you reach the top successfully. Watching the weather is a big part of this phase.

    The weather is very important for safely climbing a high mountain like Cho Oyu. You and your team will wait for the right time to climb when the wind, temperature, and visibility are good.

    It would be best if you were patient and ready to change plans because mountain weather can be very unpredictable. Climbing to the top of Cho Oyu is a test of your will and strength.

    It’s hard both physically and mentally. You will use your strength, experience, and your team’s help to get through the tough parts and deal with the difficult weather.

    The climb is hard, but getting to the top of the world’s sixth-highest mountain is an amazing thing to do and a moment you will never forget.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Tented Camp

  • Day 40: Dismantle ABC, trek to Middle Camp, then drive to Tingri and stay overnight at a hotel

    Once you reach the top of Cho Oyu, you start coming down by taking apart the Advanced Base Camp (ABC). You pack everything up carefully and then trek back to Middle Camp. It marks the beginning of your return to normal life.

    After reaching Middle Camp, you drive back to Tingri. This part of the trip lets you rest and think about the big accomplishment of climbing the mountain.

    You spend the night in a hotel in Tingri, where you can relax and think about all the experiences and challenges you faced while climbing Cho Oyu.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 41: Drive from Tingri to Kerung Height and stay overnight in tea house accommodation

    You leave Tingri and start driving back to Kerung Height. On this drive, you go back the same way you came to the mountain.

    But now, after reaching the summit, everything you see – the Himalayan views, the countryside, and the roads – seems different and more amazing.

    This drive back is a good time to think about your trip and how climbing the mountain has changed how you see things.

    When you get to Kerung Height, you stay overnight in a traditional tea house. Staying here gives you a real, warm experience of the local culture and hospitality.

    The tea house is cozy and a great place to relax. Here, you can share your adventure stories with other climbers or write down your memories from the expedition.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 42: Return to Kathmandu

    Early in the morning, you leave Kerung Height and head towards the final part of your trip. You drive to the border, where you finish up your immigration paperwork, officially ending your amazing expedition.

    Then, you drive back to Kathmandu. As you enter the city, familiar sights welcome you, giving you time to think about the amazing adventure you’ve just had.

    When you arrive in Kathmandu, you go straight to your hotel. After your exciting day in the mountains, you may unwind and enjoy the comforts of modern accommodations there.

    Accommodation: The Everest Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 43: Cultural Day in Kathmandu

    You get a whole day to enjoy yourself in Kathmandu. You can walk around the lively streets, check out the local markets, or relax in a café.

    In the evening, you get to experience Nepal’s rich culture at a special event. It includes traditional music, dance, and maybe some storytelling, giving you a peek into Nepal’s traditions.

    Your day ends with a farewell dinner. It’s a great time to celebrate your climb, try some local food, and spend a few more moments with the people you climbed with and your guides.

    Accommodation: The Everest Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

  • Day 44: Transfer to the Airport for departure

    Your journey on the Cho Oyu Expedition ends as you head to the airport for your flight home. It’s a moment of mixed feelings; you’re leaving behind an incredible adventure, but you’ll always remember climbing one of the tallest mountains in the world.

    On your way to the airport, you think about all the hard moments you overcame and the friends you made.

    Taking one last look at the great Himalayas, you get on your plane. You’re bringing back not just things but also a strong sense of pride and a new bond with the mountains.

    Meals: Breakfast


Includes/Excludes

What's included

  • Airport pick up and drop and transfer to hotel
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses for trekking, and tented accommodation during Cho Oyu Expedition
  • Three times meals during the Trekking and Cho Oyu Expedition period
  • All ground transportation as per our itinerary
  • All necessary staff with experienced English-speaking climbing guide, cook, assistant climbing leader (5trekkers 1 assistant guide), and Sherpa porters
  • All necessary paperwork like trekking permits and Cho Oyu Expedition permit
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag have to return after trip completion)
  • Mountaineering camping and Cho Oyu Expedition equipment high-quality equipment like North Face or Mountain Hardwar tents, mattresses, and kitchen equipment
  • Travel and rescue arrangements provide
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes

What is excluded

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fee
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the Cho Oyu Expedition
  • Altitude chambers or oxygen
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide on your request
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills, mineral/boiled water, shower, etc
  • Tips for your crews

Accommodation

The Cho Oyu Expedition involves a range of accommodations tailored to the mountain environment. It commences with hotel stays in Kathmandu, providing modern amenities and a comfortable setting for preparation. As climbers approach Cho Oyu, they transition to local tea houses and hotels in towns such as Tingri and Kerung Height. These tea houses offer an authentic and cozy experience, immersing climbers in local culture and hospitality.

At the Advanced Base Camp (ABC) and higher camps, Cho Oyu Expedition climbers reside in expedition-style tents, creating a home amidst the rugged mountain terrain. While these high-altitude camps lack the luxuries of lower altitudes, they provide shelter and support for climbers during the ascent.

Meals

We meticulously organize meal planning for the Cho Oyu Expedition to provide climbers with the necessary nutrition and energy for the demanding expedition. In Kathmandu, hotels offer a diverse range of international and Nepalese dishes, enabling climbers to refuel before embarking on their journey.

Experienced expedition cooks typically prepare meals as climbers progress towards the mountain at various camps. These meals comprise a blend of Western and local cuisine, prioritizing high-energy foods such as carbohydrates and proteins. Cho Oyu Expedition climbers can anticipate hearty breakfasts, packed lunches for trekking days, and warm dinners served in dining tents at the campsites.

Special dietary requirements are accommodated as much as possible, given the remote conditions. Staying hydrated is essential, and climbers are encouraged to consume ample fluids to counter the effects of high altitude. In summary, meal planning aims to furnish climbers with sustenance and stamina for the demanding ascent of Cho Oyu.

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    Clothing

    • Base layers
    • Insulated down jacket
    • Hardshell jacket and pants
    • Fleece or softshell jacket
    • Insulated pants or bibs
    • Waterproof and insulated gloves
    • Warm hat and balaclava
    • Neck gaiter or buff
    • Gaiters
    • Mountaineering boots with insulated liners
    • Socks (wool or synthetic)

    Climbing Gear

    • Climbing harness
    • Crampons
    • Ice axe
    • Ascender and descender
    • Carabiners (locking and non-locking)
    • Prusik cords
    • Climbing helmet
    • Ropes (dynamic and static)
    • Snow pickets and ice screws
    • Snowshoes or skis (depending on the approach)

    Backpacks and Bags

    • Expedition backpack
    • Summit pack
    • Duffel bags for porters

    Sleeping Gear

    • Four-season sleeping bag
    • Sleeping pad
    • Expedition tent

    Navigation and Communication

    • GPS device
    • Map and compass
    • Satellite phone or communication device
    • Two-way radios

    Safety Equipment

    • Avalanche transceiver
    • Shovel and probe
    • First aid kit
    • Emergency bivouac gear

    Cooking Equipment

    • Stove and fuel
    • Cooking pots and utensils
    • High-energy foods

    Personal Items

    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Sunscreen and lip balm
    • Headlamp with extra batteries
    • Toiletries and hygiene items
    • Repair kit and multi-tool

    Miscellaneous

    • Cash and travel documents
    • Passport and permits
    • Medical and travel insurance
    • Climbing permit for Cho Oyu
    • Camera and extra batteries
    • Journal and pen
    • Trash bags for waste disposal

    Technical Clothing

    • Primaloft or down mittens
    • Softshell pants
    • Softshell gloves
    • Synthetic or wool long underwear
    • Expedition weight socks
    • Lightweight liner gloves

    Medical and Personal Care

    • Personal medications
    • Blister care and foot powder
    • Toilet paper and sanitation supplies

    Camping and Climbing Accessories

    • Camp stove and cookware
    • Water purification system
    • Bivy or emergency shelter
    • Multi-day food supply
    • Snow shovel and snow saw

    Essential Information

    The Best Time to climb Cho Oyu Peak

    Spring (April to May): The Cho Oyu Expedition encounters several favorable conditions during the spring season. Stable weather, a critical factor for a successful summit attempt, prevails. Clear skies and predictable weather patterns lessen the risk of unexpected storms.

    The warmer temperatures at this time offer relief from the high-altitude extreme cold, making the ascent more comfortable. Additionally, the significant influx of climbers and expeditions at this time creates a vibrant atmosphere in the base camps and along the routes.

    Autumn (September to October): The post-monsoon season in autumn brings its advantages to the Cho Oyu Expedition. Clear weather with minimal cloud cover ensures excellent visibility and affords climbers breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas.

    Although temperatures start to fall, they stay manageable, less extreme than the harsh winter months. A notable benefit of selecting autumn is the quieter trails. The reduced number of climbers on the mountain makes the experience more serene and fosters a deeper connection with the pristine mountain environment.

    The Difficulty Factors for Cho Oyu Expedition

    High Altitude Challenge: The extreme altitude of Cho Oyu significantly challenges Cho Oyu Expedition climbers. As they ascend, lower oxygen levels result from decreasing atmospheric pressure, causing altitude-related issues such as acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), and high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE).

    Climbers need to acclimatize gradually, ascending slowly to adapt to the reduced oxygen. Actively monitoring and managing altitude sickness is crucial for safety.

    Tackling Harsh Weather: The Himalayan location of Cho Oyu subjects Cho Oyu Expedition climbers to severe weather conditions. Frostbite and hypothermia can result from sub-zero temperatures, especially at higher altitudes, without proper preparation.

    Strong winds blow frequently, and sudden storms can obscure visibility, creating dangerous situations. Essential are adequate weather forecasting and preparation for extreme conditions.

    Technical Aspects: Among eight-thousanders, Cho Oyu may be less technically challenging, but it still presents Cho Oyu Expedition climbers with technical obstacles. They must navigate glacier travel with crevasses, steep ice slopes, and rocky sections.

    Effective use of technical gear like ice axes, crampons, ropes, and harnesses is crucial. High-altitude complex terrain navigation demands skill and precision. Proficiency in mountaineering techniques and prior technical experience are essential.

    Endurance and Lengthy Expeditions: Lasting 6 to 8 weeks, Cho Oyu Expeditions test climbers’ endurance with extended high-altitude periods, affecting them physically and psychologically.

    Keeping mental focus and motivation is vital throughout the expedition. Physical fitness maintenance is just as crucial to withstand the climb’s extended demands.

    Self-Reliance in Remote Areas: Climbers must be self-sufficient due to Cho Oyu’s remote location. They have to carry all essential supplies, including food, fuel, medical supplies, and camping equipment, for the entire journey.

    This self-reliance is crucial in handling emergencies, as remote region rescue operations pose challenges. Preparing for medical emergencies, technical difficulties, and adverse weather is imperative.

    Avalanche Risk Management: Known for its avalanche-prone areas, especially in spring, Cho Oyu requires Cho Oyu Expedition climbers to be vigilant. Rising temperatures can set off avalanches.

    Assessing the terrain carefully, avoiding avalanche-prone slopes, and timing ascents to minimize avalanche exposure are necessary. Carrying essential avalanche safety equipment and proficiency in avalanche awareness are vital for safety.

    Obtaining Permits and Guides

    Securing experienced guides and obtaining the necessary permits are crucial preparations for the Cho Oyu Expedition. Firstly, climbers must acquire a climbing permit for Cho Oyu from the Nepalese government through a registered expedition company.

    This process entails submitting required documents, paying permit fees, and complying with government regulations. Foreign climbers can also obtain a Nepalese visa upon arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.

    Secondly, it’s essential to enlist the services of experienced guides and support staff for a successful Cho Oyu Expedition. These guides are typically certified mountaineers with in-depth knowledge of the mountain, its routes, and safety protocols. They play a pivotal role in guiding climbers through challenging terrain, providing technical assistance, and ensuring safety during the ascent.

    Climbers often depend on local Sherpas who possess extensive experience in high-altitude mountaineering. Choosing a reputable expedition company that offers qualified guides and support staff is imperative for a well-organized and safe climbing experience on Cho Oyu.

    Insurance

    Insurance is a critical part of preparing for the Cho Oyu Expedition. Climbers should get comprehensive mountaineering insurance that covers high-altitude rescues, medical emergencies, trip cancellations, equipment damage or loss, and emergency evacuation from remote areas.

    This insurance is crucial for the Cho Oyu Expedition because it offers security and financial protection in the event of unforeseen circumstances. It’s important to carefully understand the insurance policy’s terms and coverage to ensure it meets the specific needs of Cho Oyu Peak climbing.

    The route to the summit of Cho Oyu

    Advanced Base Camp (ABC) at 5,700m/18,700ft: Located below the northwest face route, Cho-Oyu’s ABC provides stunning views of glaciers and peaks. Climbers spend approximately 22 days here, benefiting from its sunny location. It serves as the starting point for the ascent and hosts 7-15 climbing teams each spring and autumn.

    Camp 1 at 6,400m/20,997ft: Camp 1 is reached after a 4-6 Hour journey from ABC, involving walking along the Gyabrag Glacier, ascending a steep scree slope, and reaching a snowfield. While considered generally safe, avalanches are a potential risk, necessitating safety precautions.

    Camp 2 at 7,100m/23,294ft: Situated on a broad snow face above a prominent ice cliff, Camp 2 offers a route facilitated by a fixed line along the ridge. Climbers spend 5-7 hours on 35-38-degree snow slopes to reach this camp.

    Camp 3 at 7,500m/24,606ft: Camp 3 is situated immediately below the yellow band, a snow-covered rock wall, and serves as the starting point for the summit push. Climbers face a short but steep snow slope above the yellow band. Camp 3 lacks amenities, and around 45% of climbers use bottled oxygen beyond this point. Most commence the summit push around 0100 hours.

    Summit at 8,201m/26,906ft: Climbers embark on a 7-9 Hour ascent from Camp 3 to reach Cho Oyu’s summit, typically between 0700 and 1000 hours if weather conditions permit. The route beyond the yellow band includes a long, steep snow slope that tests climbers’ endurance and focus.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    To get a climbing permit for Cho Oyu, you should join a reputable expedition agency. They will handle the permit process by submitting your climbing experience, passport copies, and fees to the Nepalese government. It’s important to plan well in advance as this process can take weeks to months.

    Altitude-related illnesses like acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), and high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) may happen due to low oxygen at high altitudes.

    To prevent them, acclimatize gradually, stay hydrated, and ascend slowly. Medications like acetazolamide can help with AMS.

    Prepare by improving cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance. Engage in high-altitude trekking, aerobic exercises, and weightlifting. Mental preparation is crucial to handle isolation, stress, and challenging conditions.

    Cho Oyu’s route has technical challenges, like glaciers with crevasses, steep ice slopes, and rocky sections. Proper use of technical gear and mountaineering skills is vital, especially at high altitudes and in extreme weather.

    During the Cho Oyu Expedition, some communication facilities like satellite phones are available at higher camps, but they may only sometimes work well due to harsh conditions. It’s important to let family and friends know about potential communication limitations.

    Respect the local culture and environment. Respect the traditions of the Sherpa and Tibetan villages along the way, abide by the Leave No Trace philosophy, and stay away from upsetting the wildlife.

    Although it is technically conceivable, you are not advisable to climb Cho Oyu on your own because of the severe risks and challenges involved. It’s safer and more feasible to have extensive high-altitude experience and support staff.

    Expedition companies offer essential gear like tents and ropes. However, climbers should bring personal items like clothing, boots, and technical equipment. Check the gear list provided by the company to ensure you have everything needed.

    Expedition companies have plans for emergency evacuations, including access to helicopters and experienced rescue teams for high-altitude areas. Ensure you have insurance covering helicopter rescues.

    Check the latest border regulations and permit requirements, as they can change. Coordinate with the expedition company and authorities to ensure all necessary permits and paperwork are in order for border crossings.

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    The best experience we had with Peregrine was the whole tour of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek was tailor-made for our requirements; all our requests were reviewed, discussed, and accepted and, in some instances, with a better recommendation.

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