If you’re an amateur climber looking for an entrance into the realm of 8000-meter mountains, the Cho Oyu expedition is the best-suited expedition for you. That’s because of all the other 8000m mountains, technically, it is the easiest mountain to climb.
Cho Oyu derives its names from the Tibetan language, meaning “Turquoise Goddess”. During sunset, Cho Oyu turns out to be a magical mountain with turquoise color. Standing on the top of the mountain you can see splendid views of the mountains of Nepal as well as Tibet.
Cho Oyu is a stepping stone from climbers who aim to summit peaks above 8000m. It is the sixth highest mountain in the world with an altitude of 8188m. It lies 20km west of Mount Everest and stands as a mark for the Nepal-China border.
Cho Oyu is also the second most climbed 8000’er after Everest. It has the lowest death rate and the highest success rate among 8000’ers. This is one of the many factors as to why climbers choose to summit Cho Oyu before going for Everest.
Ascending the summit of Cho Oyu is possible from either the south side of the north side which is the standard route. For this expedition, you will be driving all the way up to Chinese basecamp. From there, two days of the trek takes you to the advanced base camp which is the starting point of the climb just below the northwest face.
This adventurous journey lasts for 46 days starting from Kathmandu. There are three different camps set up for the expedition excluding the advanced base camp. Camp I at the altitude of 6400m, Camp II at 7100m and Camp III at 7450m. The decisions regarding summit push depend on factors like the weather forecast, fitness, and health of our clients.
Short history about Cho Oyu expedition
When Cho Oyu was climbed for the first time on October 19, 1954, it became the fifth 8000 m peak that was climbed after Annapurna, Mount Everest, Nanga Parbat, and K2. It was climbed by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jochler, and Pasang Dawa Lama for an Austrian expedition.
Why will you love Cho Oyu expedition?
- You can easily climb Cho Oyu with just some basic climbing experience. However, you do need to have some experience of climbing some 6000 m peaks for getting the permits.
- Climbing Cho Oyu will help you get a good insight of climbing an 8000 m mountain.
- You can witness the amazing sunset view of the “Turquoise Goddess”
- During the Cho Oyu expedition, you will get a deep insight of the people living in the Himalayan regions. This expedition takes you from Kathmandu to Tibet exploring the Sherpa lifestyle.
- Summiting Cho Oyu can help you prepare for other expeditions too. It is less technical and yet has a significant altitude.
Is Cho Oyu Expedition Right For You?
- Cho Oyu is an entrance to the professional world of climbing 8000-meter mountains. If you’re looking to start out, this is the one to go for.
- Technically Cho Oyu is the easiest mountain to climb among all 8000-meter mountains.
- You can climb ChoOyu with a relatively low cost compared to Everest.
- Three camps at different altitudes and walking through the broad plateau makes it an easy mountain to climb for any amateur climber.
Day to Day Itinerary Table – Cho Oyu Expedition
|Days||Itinerary||Altitude(in meters)||Duration(in hours)|
|Day 01||Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel||1400||-|
|Day 02||Preparation day for expedition.||1400||-|
|Day 03||Fly from Kathmandu to Gongkar Airport Lhasa||3650|
|Day 04||Sightseeing around Lhasa||3650||-|
|Day 05||Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse||3950||5-6 hours|
|Day 06||Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse (Xigatse)||3950||4 hours|
|Day 07||Drive from Shigatse to Tingri||4350||5 hours|
|Day 08||Rest day at Tingri for acclimatization||5000||-|
|Day 09||Drive from Tingri to the Chinese base camp||4800||2 hours|
|Day 10||Rest and acclimatization at Chinese base camp||4800||-|
|Day 11||Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp||5300|
|Day 12||Trek from Middle Camp to the ABC||5700|
|Day 13-39||Climbing Period –Summit Cho-Oyu||8201|
|Day 40||Trek to middle camp; drive to Tingri||4348||4 hours/ 6 hours|
|Day 41||Drive from Tingri to Shigatse (Xigatse)|
|Day 42||Early in the morning drive from Sigatse to Lhasa|
|Day 43||Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu|
|Day 44||Free day in Kathmandu|