International Mount Cho-Oyu Expedition 2017

Trip Overview

Mt. Cho Oyu( 8201m-26,899 ft) is the 6th highest peak in the world (8201 meters) and is part of the Greater Himalaya, located on the Tibet and Nepal border. Cho-Oyu means the “Turquoise God” in Tibetan. The mountain was first climbed on October 19, 1954, via the north-west ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler and SherpaPasang Dawa Lama of an Austrian expedition.

The normal climbing route is via the North West ridge and the peak is a technically easier peak than most other “8000ers,” It is a highly recommended for those who wish to extend their climbing experience to extreme altitudes or as a stepping-stone to an attempt on Everest. The route is of a reasonable difficulty, with few technical sections and the route has limited objective dangers as compared to other 8,000-meter peaks.

Expedition Schedule

29 Aug - 09 Oct, 2018

Trip facts

Duration

42 Days

Height

8201 m-26,243 ft.

Lat

28°06’N

Long

86°39E

Climbing route

Normal North East Ridge

Entry - exit

Lhasa

Gallery

Grade

Grade V

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel
  • Day 2-3: In Kathmandu for Tibet visa processing
  • Day 4: Fly Kathmandu Lhasa (3650m-11680ft), transfer to Hotel
  • Day 5: In Lhasa - sightseeing
  • Day 6: Drive to Shigatse (3900m-12480ft)- O/N Hotel
  • Day 7: Drive to Shegar (4350m-13,920ft)- O/N Hotel
  • Day 8: Drive to Cho-Oyu Base Camp (4900m-16,072ft)
  • Day 9-10: At the base camp to acclimatize and preparing loads for advance base camp
  • Day 11:Trek to Intermediate camp (5400m-17,712ft)
  • Day 12: Arrive at advance base camp (5600m-18,368ft)
  • Day 13-36: Climbing Period
  • Day 37:Trek to base camp and drive to Shigatse O/N Hotel
  • Day 38: Drive to Shigatse (3900m-12480ft)- O/N Hotel
  • Day 39: Drive to Lhasa transfer to Hotel
  • Day 40: Departure to Kathmandu
  • Day 41: In Kathmandu
  • Day 42: Final Departure

Cost includes

  • Transfer airport-hotel-airport in Kathmandu and Lhasa.
  • Mt. Cho-Oyu peak permit fee. Tibet visa fee.
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu for 5 nights.
  • Hotel accommodation on fullboard in Lhasa,Shigatse and shegar/thingri on room sharing.
  • Welcome group dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Transportation of staffs food supply and equipments from Kathmandu- Base Camp – Kathmandu.
  • Airfare Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu.
  • Members transfer Lhasa-base camp-Lhasa.
  • 40 kilograms (1 yak) per member to carry personal expedition baggage from base camp-advance base camp-base camp.
  • High way and conservation charges. Garbage deposit fee.
  • Dining tent with heater, Kitchen tent, toilet tent, shower tent, chairsand tables.
  • Solar panel at advance base camp for light and charging small electronics. (Mobile phones, amateur digital cameras and handheld video cameras).
  • Food and fuel at base camp and advance base camp during expedition.
  • Spacious single tent with insulated floor and mattress for each member at base camp and advance base camp.
  • Services of Nepalese cook and kitchen boy.
  • Equipment allowances, daily wages, insurance, food and tents for cook, kitchen boy and Chinese Liaison Officer.
  • Solar panels at advance base camp for light and charging small electronics. (Mobile phones, amateur digital cameras and handheld video cameras).
  • Equipment allowances, daily wages, insurance, food and tents for cooks, kitchen boy and Chinese Liaison Officer.
  • Emergency oxygen and mask at advance base camp.
  • Satellite phone for emergency available at advance base camp.

Cost does not include

  • International flights to/from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee which can be obtained at the airport upon arrival and reentry visa for Nepal.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and in Lhasa. Hotel after 5 nights stay in Kathmandu.
  • Usage of emergency oxygen is subject to charges at US$ 450.00 per bottle.
  • Personal climbing gear above advance base camp such as high tents, food and fuel, rope fixing and climbing equipments.
  • Personal calls made through satellite phone subject to charges at US$ 3 per minute.
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage.
  • Applicable permit fees and customs charges, etc. for SAT phone US$ 1000.00, communication equipment and commercial filming US$ 20,000.00 payable to CTMA.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone and Email, etc.
  • Applicable customs duty and import license fees for all expedition goods arriving in Nepal as air/road cargo.
  • Personal solar pack for charging heavy electronics ( laptops, professional camera batteries etc ).
  • Tips and Gratitude for staffs after end of expedition.

Trip Grades

Grade I

  • Easy to moderate hiking and trekking
  • Light packs (10kg)
  • Elevations often below 2500m
  • Easy terrain
  • Trek duration less than a week in high altitude

Grade II

  • Moderate to strenuous trekking
  • May require carrying bag pack (10kg)
  • Elevations from 2500m to 5500m
  • Moderate terrain
  • Nights are spent in lodge or tents
  • Trek duration of two weeks in high altitude

Grade III

  • Moderate to strenuous trekking
  • May require carrying bag packs (12)
  • Elevations from 2800m to 5500m
  • Moderate to intermediate terrain with short scrambling and descent on moraine/scree sections
  • Nights are spent in tents or lodge
  • Three high passes above 4500m
  • May involve travel to remote areas
  • Trek duration up to three weeks
  • Average of six hours trek per day

    Grade IV

    • Strenuous trekking and climbing
    • May require carrying bag packs (12)
    • Elevations from 2800m to 5500m
    • Moderate to intermediate terrain with short scrambling and descent on moraine/scree sections
    • Terrain might be snow or ice or rock or all mixed including glaciers
    • Few nights are spent in tent at high altitude during peak ascent
    • Nights are spent in tents or lodge
    • Involves travel in remote areas
    • Trek duration of two to three weeks
    • Includes several high passes trek and 6000m peak ascent
    • Minimum seven hours of average trek per day

    Grade V

    • Strenuous climbing
    • May require carrying bag packs (15kg)
    • High or extreme altitude with elevation above 7000m
    • Intermediate to advance terrain
    • Nights are spent in tents
    • Moderate to extreme glacier travel is involved
    • Travel in remote areas
    • Usually expedition duration above four weeks
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