The Cho Oyu expedition is one of the most popular expeditions in Nepal among the Eight-Thousanders due to its highest rate of success via the Tibet side. Mt. Cho Oyu is the world’s 6th highest mountain with an elevation of 8,201 meters above sea level which lies 20km west of Mt. Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. For those mountain dreamers who wish to climb one of the eight-thousander mountains, the Mt. Cho Oyu expedition is perfect for you! The standard route climbs the Nangpa La, the ancient trading route to Nepal which is the northwest face of Tibet. With a few small technical sections, the trail up to the summit is short and straightforward and can be summited using fixed lines. The drive will offer the vistas of green meadows, river gorges, snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and diverse flora and fauna while crossing the ancient valleys of Tibet Nyalam, Tingri, and Zhangmu. You will witness the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest at 8,848m, Mt. Xishapagma at 8,012m, Mt. Cho Oyu at 8,201m, and others. Discover the Tibetan ancient Buddhist culture, exotic cities, hidden valleys, and old monasteries via the Cho Oyu expedition with the Real Sherpa Adventures team. We provide highly experienced trekking guides, as well as a comfortable trekking itinerary in the Himalayan lands.
Even intermediate climbers who wish to accomplish one of the eight-thousanders mountains can climb Mount Cho Oyu. The route is composed of snow hills with small ice sectors and rock scrambling. The Mt. Cho Oyu expedition is considered the most accessible climbing peak compared to all the other peaks over 8,000 meters of elevation because of its hazardless climbing trail with little objective danger. Though the trail is non-technical, prior climbing experience at least over 6,000 meters of elevation like Island Peak, Lobuche Peak, or Mera Peak is mandatory. Before climbing the summit, we provide training in climbing techniques such as using fixed lines while ascending and descending. However, the climbers must have a basic knowledge of climbing. Climbers in sound physical, mental, and psychological health can summit Mt. Cho Oyu.
The actual trekking route to Mt. Cho Oyu summit begins at the Chinese Base Camp. Mount Cho Oyu is comprised of five points: West, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast, with the Jabula Glacier on the north, the Lanba Glacier in the south, and the Gecongba Glacier. To reach this base camp, we take a flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu International airport. Arriving at Lhasa, we will drive towards Shigatse, Xegar, and then the Chinese Base Camp. We will move closer to the camp by acclimatizing to the higher altitude and exploring the popular tourist attractions of Tibet such as Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, the Tibetan Museum, and the Shalu Monastery. From the Chinese base camp, we will trace our steps toward the Cho Oyu base camp.
At the camp, we will spend long days on climbing preparation and altitude acclimatization. From the Cho Oyu base camp, we first climb to Camp I at 6,400m via the Gyabrag Glacier and then up steep rock to a broad snow shoulder. Reaching Camp I, we follow the snow ridge to a steep 50-meter ice wall using the fixed ropes to reach Camp II at 7,100. Climbing onward to Camp III at 7,400m, most of the climbers will feel the effect of the altitude. From Camp III to reach the summit of Mt. Cho Oyu, you will follow an easy snow and rock trail. Later, we will descend to the Chinese Base Camp following the same trail.
Kathmandu and trekking
In a 3/4* category hotel in Kathmandu.
During the trek, we will be either in an individual tent or in a lodge. The lodges in Nepal are of very random comfort. The lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a cottage from home. It is mostly a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate.
At the base camp, we are in individual tents.
Staying in the base for several weeks must be as comfortable as possible, in order to allow a good recovery on the return from the altitude camps. It must allow us to face a period of bad weather in the best possible conditions. Each participant has their own individual tent with a comfortable mattress. A heated mess tent is the main living area. Tables and chairs are permanently installed there. We also have a shower tent and a WC tent (the solid waste in evacuated drums)
During the ascent, at the high camps, we have an altitude tent for 2 people or even 3 people on the last camps.
Hygiene & Laundry
Toilets: The base camp is equipped with toilets (cans removed and emptied in a suitable place far from the glacier) and toilet paper. Take care to wash your hands with a hydro-alcoholic gel (to be taken from your personal pharmacy) after each visit to the toilet. For the higher camps, we recommend that you bring a bottle that you will use to urinate at night to avoid having to go out.
Daily hygiene: a basin with soap and water is available at the entrance to the mess tent. Water is intended for washing the face and hands, do not drink it.
Shower: hot water available (request to be made in the kitchen). Only take showers in sunny weather to avoid catching a cold!
Laundry: water (cold) and basin to be requested from the kitchen, bring biodegradable products only.
Kathmandu and trekking
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a welcome dinner is offered to you on the first evening. Likewise, upon returning from the expedition, a farewell meal is provided.
In the cities, many small (or large) restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. With the exception of Kathmandu, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the lodge’s kitchen staff or cooks and taken in the lodge’s dining room or in the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.
All meals are prepared by the kitchen team using local ingredients including rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables, eggs, a little meat, etc. They are served to you in a private tent. Non-alcoholic hot drinks such as tea or coffee are offered to you at will. We recommend that you stay hydrated at all times.
At altitude, you often have to force yourself to eat. The use of freeze-dried food is almost unavoidable. But such and such a dish, appetizing in the valley, quickly becomes subject to disgust in the altitude camps. During the preparation weekend, we bring a sample of freeze-dried dishes for you to taste to indicate your preferences which we strive to respect (depending on the stocks available during the final purchases). You can also bring along some of your favorite meals on the expedition (if you have any). For your comfort and the pleasure of taste, we provide some “delicacies” from western (salty and sweet).
Each tent has a stove to melt snow (MSR Reactor type) and make water for your freeze-dried meals and hot drinks. The necessary gas cartridges are supplied.
WATER: provide tablets (Hyclonazone, Micropur, or others) to disinfect the water you put in your water bottle, depending on the source and on the advice of your guide. It is sometimes possible to buy purified water and refill your water bottle without having to buy bottled water. You can also buy “mineral” water in the cities (not included in the price), but its ecological balance is poor, as you know. Also, we do not recommend it.
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