CHO OYU

  • Country: Tibet / China
  • Duration: 44 Days
  • Region: Utsang
  • Max Altitude: 8,201 meters / 26,907 feets
  • Group Size: 4 to 6 People
  • Grade: II
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu All meals in the Expedition
  • Accommodation: 5* Hyatt Hotel / Chinese comfortable hotels / Camps
  • Prime Activity: MOUNTAINEERING
  • Minor Activity: Cultural and Trekking
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Highlights of Trip

Culture and Mountaineering in the Himalaya

  • Introduction of Nepal with its people, culture and tradition before discovering the Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Guided sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and Lhasa
  • Drive through the highlands of the Tibetan plateau
  • Advanced Base Camp situated close to the world oldest trade route in the Himalaya: Nangpa-La
  • Fabulous experience of mountaineering in extreme environment with the climbing of Mount Cho Oyu, 8201 meters above sea level, the fifth highest summit in the world
  • Extraordinary views of some of the highest peaks in the world: Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Shishapangma
  • Importance placed on high quality organization, staff, equipment and service to a small team of climbers

Note: You might have the possibility to combine the Cho Oyu Expedition with the Shishapangma Expedition. Please contact WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' office for further information.

Trip Overview

Cho Oyu also known as  “Turquoise Goddess” as named by the Tibetan, is the sixth highest mountain in the World.  It stands on the Tibet-Nepal border, 20 kilometres west of Mount Everest and Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain situated in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal, along the Tibetan border. On its west, you can see the Nangpa La, which was a major pass and trade route between the Khumbu Sherpa people of Nepal and Tibet from centuries.

CHO OYU EXPEDITION

Cho Oyu has the reputation to be one of the easier access and safe 8000-meter climbing mountain. Most of the climbing is in moderate ice and snow slopes up to 50 degrees with a few short sections of steeper rock and ice.

The Mountain was first climbed by an Austrian expedition on 19 October 1954 via its northwest ridge. It was only the fifth successful expedition to climb an 8000-meter peak.

SAFETY FEATURES

For the safety, good ambience and flexibility, we focus on teams of 4 to 6 climbers, as well as:

  • Supplementary 4-litre Oxygen bottle with mask and regulator and oximeter are part of the emergency kit
  • 24-hrs medical emergency assistance by a doctor specialised in high altitude medicine 
  • Means of communication 
  • Good connections with the local rescue Team in high altitude emergency
  • Weather updates, in particular for the climbing period of Mount Cho Oyu
  • WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team consists of new generation climbing Sherpas who are highly trained and skilled in mountaineering, educated, with numerous experiences of high altitude climbing, fluent in various languages and last but not least, friendly and supportive
  • 1 Climbing Sherpa per 2 participants for the Summit days
  • Warm down sleeping bag and down jacket are also available for each participant for the duration of the Expedition

WHY TO GO FOR AN ADVENTURE?

Wild Yak Expeditions believe an adventure in the outdoors provides various health benefits ranging from physical to mental to spiritual. Himalaya is also the best place where we have enough time to discover oneself and rejuvenate our life by positive wellbeing. It is scientifically proved that it is essential to make some space from the worldly news, social media and busy life to be productive. Beside personal benefits, it contributes to helping the local economy by visiting the areas.

WHY WITH WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS?

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team is privileged to welcome you in the Himalaya. We are committed to organising small groups with high-quality services and security, that are essential for flexibility, contentment, good ambience and precious exchanges of cultures and traditions with our team and local guides. Hospitality to our guest and economy to locals is our aspiration.

Altitude Chart of Trip

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1-2 : Fly to Kathmandu

  • Day 3 : At leisure in Kathmandu

  • Day 4 : Fly to Lhasa (3,650m)

  • Day 5-6 : At leisure/acclimatisation in Lhasa

  • Day 7-9 : Travel to Chinese Base Camp

  • Day 10 : Arrive Chinese base camp (4,900m)

  • Day 11 : Acclimatisation walk at Chinese base camp

  • Day 12-14 : Trek to Cho Oyu base camp (5,700m)

  • Day 15-40 : Climbing the North West Face of Cho Oyu

  • Day 41 : Return trek to road-head

  • Day 42 : Return drive to Lhasa

  • Day 43 : Fly to Kathmandu

  • Day 44 : Expedition ends. Homebound flight departures

Date & Price

The present price includes namely a high experienced Nepali UIAGM mountain guide and Climbing Sherpa Team with several 8000-meter Peaks successes, the flight to Lhasa and a stay in the famous 5-star Hotel Hyatt in Kathmandu.

We stay at your disposal for a customized Expedition on Mount Cho Oyu. The WILD YAK Team

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Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that our Guests know the total costs of their Cho Oyu Expedition in advance!

  • The organisation of your Expedition
  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary in Nepal and Tibet (private vehicles)
  • Accommodation in the famous 5-Star Hyatt Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast, on a sharing basis (3 nights). Note: Additional charges occur for single room, upon request
  • 3 dinners in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu
  • China (Tibet) Visa, formalities and fees
  • Flight form Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • Guided sightseeing in Lhasa and entry fees to different Sites
  • Accommodation, including breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Lhasa to Base Camp, on a sharing basis. Note: Additional charges occur for single room, upon request
  • All necessary climbing permits in Tibet
  • Tented accommodation at Base Camp (individual dom tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, store tent, shower tent, toilet tent)
  • Tents (with isolation mattress), cooking stove (primus), butane gas and food for the high camps
  • All major meals during the climbing period
  • A well-experienced and trained Team: UIAGM Mountain Guide, Climbing Sherpa Team (1 climbing Sherpa for 2 participants for the Summit days); Kitchen Team with Cook and Kitchen boy(s), including their salary, summit bonus, insurance, equipment, transportation, food and lodging
  • Transport of the collective material and personal luggage until ABC by yaks
  • Liaison Officer (fees, lodging and transportation)
  • Fixing route costs
  • Handset radios for communication in the Mountain
  • Satellite phone (for personal use on the participants' own charge)
  • Solar equipment for light and charging of various electronic devices (as camera, I-pod)
  • Heater and hot electronic shower
  • Oxygen, mask and regulator in case of emergency
  • Medical kit
  • Warm big expedition jackets (on request, at the participants’ disposal for the duration of the Expedition)
  • Sleeping bag for the Base Camp(on request, at the participants’ disposal for the duration of the Expedition)
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Weather forecast
  • Wild Yak Expeditions postcards
  • Last but not least: a hot bag to be warm in the tent at ABC (if required)
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu *
    • Excess baggage charges and cargo fees for the international flights, including local taxes
    • Multiple entries Visa fee for Nepal
    • Excess of 40 kg of personal luggage for the transport to the Base Camp/ABC, and back
    • Extra night(s) accommodation in Kathmandu (200$) or on the way to/from Base Camp due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain due to any reason which is not decided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS and outside the scheduled itinerary, or in case of early summit success
    • Any extra night in lower altitude for personal reason (altitude sickness, etc)
    • Lunches in Kathmandu (20$ per day), as well as all meals related to the previous two points
    • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
    • Personal climbing equipment
    • Personal climbing Sherpa (upon request) **
    • Oxygen bottle (4 litres), with mask and regulator (upon request)
    • Individual beverages
    • Personal expenses (local porters, phone calls, satellite communications, Internet, laundry, extra yak and all other personal items)
    • Optional trips and sightseeing, if extended
    • Tips (Climbing Sherpa Team, Cook, Kitchen boys; porters, yak driver/drivers/City and cultural guides, etc.)
    • Any other expense that is not included in the above quoted Expedition price.

    *Please contact us for the booking of your international flight: info@wildyakexpeditions.com

    **To book at the latest 30 days prior the departure date. 

     

Logistics

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS PHILOSOPHY

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on group sizes of 4 to 6 participants for its Cho Oyu Expedition because our experience has found this to be the best way to have a successful Trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our local Team.

Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

Kathmandu: We stay at the famous Hyatt 5-star on a sharing basis, including breakfasts to optimise your preparation for your Cho Oyu Expedition. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screened by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

Lhasa to Base Camp: We Stay at a high standard hotel and experience real Chinese cuisine with mixture of Tibetan style with a b0wl of beverage along with each meal.

The individual beverages until Base Camp are on each participant's own charge.

Base Camp and ABC: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Base Camp is comfortable, warm and well organised. Each participant has an individual extra double large tent where one can almost stand to change the clothes (about 165cm high). Light, insulation from ground and an extra-large thick mattress with soft pillow are provided for each individual tent.

Our triple skin base Primaloft dining tent is heated at evening (by heater) at both place (Base Camp and at Advance Base Camp) and the ground is insulated and topped up with a Tibetan carpet. Our kitchen is hygienic, clean and equipped with modern utensils and stoves. Likewise the shower tent is facilitated with hot gas gijar (electronic water hearter) system with shampoo, shower gel, body lotion and mirror. The toilet tent is big enough to render a high altitude toilet comfortable, equipped with toilet paper and fresh Odinel. A water bucket with soap and hand sanitizer is at your disposal besides the dining tent. Similarly, a store tent and communication tent will be set up, depending the number of participants. Radio, Internet, phone and batteries charging facilities are part of the Base Camp and ABC.

During the Expedition, you can enjoy various kinds of food, from the typical Nepali food to all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, European, Indian, Japanese etc.) As we provide Oven so the team can enjoy fresh breads and cakes and cookies at BC and ABC, along with varieties of drinks, among others, hot chocolate, coffee and fruit juice. Fresh vegetables, fruits and meat are supplied as regularly as possible from our kitchen. On request, for higher camps, a freshly cooked hygienic food or a packed food (as per condition) can be provided from our kitchen team as well as drinks and snacks.

Light and Generator: Base Camp and ABC are equipped with a solar charging system and a powerful generator (less noise but more power in the altitude).

SAFETY FEATURES

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS believes in a high level of security while operating its Expedition to Mount Cho Oyu and provides accordingly the Expedition members with all the necessary means in order to optimise their chance to summit Mount Cho Oyu.

  • 1 UIAGM Nepali Mountain Guide for the group of participants (4 to 6 participants)
  • 1 Climbing Sherpa for 2 participants for the Summit days
  • WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team consists of new generation climbing Sherpas who are highly trained and skilled in mountaineering, educated, with numerous experiences of high altitude climbing, are fluent in various languages and last but not least, friendly and supportive
  • Full time Base Camp Manager for the logistic
  • We are flexible and supportive being a small group of Climbers compared to other big outfitters which consist of more than 10 climbers in the team
  • First Aid medical box, including 2 oxygen bottles with mask and regulator for emergency
  • 24/24 hours high altitude consultant in case of emergency 
  • 1 Radio set per 2 participants during the ascents
  • A 24-hour service based radio station at Base Camp
  • Satellite phone (personal communications on each participant's own charge)
  • Weather forecast
  • Fixing lines by our Sherpa Team, where necessary
  • 1 day workshop at Base Camp (practice of gear technique, radio use, high altitude tricks, mental preparation guidance)
  • 1 day workshop before going to the final Summit push which consists mainly of giving advice for appropriate handling of the personal things which may be effective during the climbing
  • We are associated with the Tibetan Mountain Rescue Team
  • Last but not least, pre-expedition meeting in Switzerland and specific advise on how to prepare for an 8000-meter Expedition

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS TEAM

The success of this Expedition depends on both the personal condition of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ team has been carefully selected according to their experience in the specific environment and personal aptitudes. Our team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and helpful.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.

Our UIAGM Nepali Mountain Guide and his role: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ UIAGM Mountain Guide is a professional authorized mountain guide by International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) with mountaineering experience in guiding around the Himalaya. Our Mountain Guide leads you to the mountain, giving you interesting information about mountains, technics, culture, traditions and landscapes. He is also helping as interpret with the local population. He is always ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the climbing and monitoring as well symptoms of high altitude sickness. The Mountain Guide plays a vital role in taking care of the clients’ needs, supervising the staff/porters and assuring the safety requirements. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the group throughout the Trip.

Our Climbing SherpasThe number is depending on the size of the group of participants to this Expedition. Our climbing Sherpa team is a professional qualified team with great experience in guiding at high altitudes in the Himalaya and deep knowledge about the culture and traditions of this part of the Himalaya. It is the Sherpas' role to fix the tents, the ropes, where necessary and assist you all the way to the Summit.

Our Kitchen Team: It plays a vital role during the entire Expedition. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Cooks are specialized, experienced and trained in outdoor cooking at high altitudes, respecting the fundamental principles of hygiene and proper management of the base camp and its surroundings. The Cook role is also to manage the base camp in the absence of the Leader/Sherpa team. Different types of cuisine and bakeries are served during the climbing period. Our Kitchen Team ensures also that the garbage is properly managed and the campsite is kept clean after its use.

Note: For the present Expedition, the collective material and luggage is carried by yaks until Advance Base Camp. The participants have then the choice to hire some local Tibetan porters from Advance Base Camp to Camp 1 (6300 meters) (to be requested on place and paid in USD).

Grade

MOUNTAINEERING GRADES

Before we choose the mountain to scale, we want to know some important details about its climbing route. Considering the experience of the mountain guides and ascenders, we developed a simple system of grading, which may help you to choose the right Mountain to climb up depending on your aptitude. Our grading system consists of 3 levels, which are I, II and III.

CHO-OYU: Grade II

  • Fitness: very good body strength, endurance and stamina, high efficiency in the altitude, being mentally very-well prepared to deal with the strenuous situations of the high altitude
  • Technical Skill: advanced climbing skill, able to ascend and descend independently with technical devices and ice axe, good use of climbing gear, basic knowledge of high altitude medicine
  • Climbing Experience: at least a 6000 to 7000 meter peak climbing experience and some 4000-meter peaks in the Alps
  • Strength: ability to carry an 8-15 kg backpack in the high altitude environments
  • Climbing Distance between the Camps: 4-9 hrs
  • Summit Distance Overall: 10-15 hrs from the last High Camp, back to such Camp
  • Number of Higher Camps: 3 camps
  • Degree of Objective Danger: medium
  • Steep Sections: quite long, sections of nearly 50 to 300 meters with a steepness of 35-55 degrees
  • Ice Climbing Section: some parts of 10 to 15 meters and 35-50 degrees
  • Mix of Ice and Rock Climbing: few small sections
  • Altitude: 5000 meters to 8201 meters
  • Oxygen Level in the Body: 55% to 36%

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