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Cho Oyu Base Camp

Tibet

Mount Cho Oyu is known as the sixth highest mountain in the world, at 8,201 meters above sea level. Cho Oyu means “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan. Cho Oyu lies in the Himalayas and is near to the west of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, and the world’s fourth highest mountain, the Lhotse. It’s one of the towering peaks standing with Everest well above the surrounding mountains. Cho Oyu base camp a familiar landmark to climbers ascending Everest’s north face.


Cho Oyu was first attempted in 1952 by an expedition organized and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee of Great Britain as preparation for an attempt on Mount Everestthe following year. From then on, Cho Oyu became a familiar landmark to climbers ascending Everest’s north face. The mountain was first climbed on October 19, 1954, via the north-west ridge by an Austrian expedition. Cho Oyu was the fifth 8000 meter peak to be climbed, after Annapurna in June 1950, Mount Everest in May 1953, Nanga Parbat in July 1953 and K2 in July 1954.

Just a few kilometers west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La, a 5,716m glaciated pass that serves as the main trading route between the Tibetans and the Khumbu’s Sherpas. Due to its proximity to this pass and the generally moderate slopes of the standard northwest ridge route, Cho Oyu is considered as the easiest 8,000-meter peak to climb, and it is a popular objective for professionally guided parties.

Cho Oyu National Park is situated among rolling, vast green (in May, June and September) short-grass and boulder strewn valleys leading up to the base camp. The environment is beautiful and stark, inhabited with wild birds and animals. Upon arriving in base camp by vehicle, you trek towards the mountain, where the vegetation changes to become more alpine and rocky, with Cho Oyu and many smaller unclimbed peaks looming upwards above you. Plants in the park range from spruce, pine, a wide variety of evergreen trees, as well as cold belt grasslands. Many precious animals inhabit Tibet, such as antelope, deer, fox, gazelles, yaks, and many species of birds.

Drive to base camp: Our drive from Kathmandu, into Tibet and finally to base camp is a relaxing and interesting adventure. We stop in medieval looking towns with dirt streets, experience Tibetan culture, while stopping to walk each day or so in the beautiful surrounding hills to acclimate to the rising altitude. It offers a great chance to encounter the vast Tibetan plateau and great views of the surrounding Himalayan Giants, Everest, Cho Oyu, and Shishapangma. We end at Chinese base camp at 5,000 meters/16,400 feet, which is located just below the Jabula glacier, also known as the Kyetrag or Gyabrag glacier. Along the way we stay and eat at rustic hotels at the organizer’s expense.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE / FITNESS
If you are used to regular multi day hill walking you will have the right level of fitness to fully enjoy your time on this trek. This trip goes to a very high altitude so previous experience of high altitude will be essential. Non hill walkers must come with a reasonable degree of fitness. Acclimatization days involve 3 -5 hours walking, while the main trek up to and beyond Advanced Base camp will involve 7 – 8 hours walking. The effort will however be extremely rewarding and for many an altitude record combined with the satisfaction of being so close and high on Everest.

ALTITUDE
This is a high altitude trip, and it is recommended that you have previously trekked to at least 4500m. If you have concerns about the effects, don’t worry because our itinerary allows sufficient time to acclimatize. The best way to avoid such symptoms is to walk at a gentle steady pace, drink plenty of fluid and maintain a healthy intake of food. The nearest hospital will be by land and not by helicopter. We will require a copy of your insurance prior to departure. Please also ensure your insurance covers you for walking up to 6500m (some will exclude this option).

USEFUL TIPS
Just in case your main luggage goes missing en route, it is a good idea to wear your boots on the plane. Most other things can be replaced but comfortable, well worn – in boots cannot. Pack important items in strong plastic bags.

VISAS AND PERMITS
Most EU nationals can purchase Nepal Visas on arrival in Kathmandu. You will need the payment of US$40 ready in cash and two passport sized photographs. All other countries should check with their local embassy. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the end date of the trip. Our agent in Kathmandu will obtain all the Tibetan Visas as a group during the familiarization day. Visas are not included in the cost of the expedition so allow around $70 for this visa. Please also bring 8 passport photos for use during the expedition.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS
For the journey in to Base Camp it is essential that you keep any views about ‘Free Tibet’ quiet in public places and especially at check points and border crossings, likewise any political sensitive t-shirts! Failure to do so could result in entry being refused or a substantial delay.

11 Days
18+ Age
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure Time

    Any Time
  • Return Time

    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Trekking equipment
  • Included

    All taxes and official expenses
    Basic guesthouse accommodation
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    City tour
    Departure Taxes
    Domestic flights
    Local staff and porters
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included

    Alcohol and cold drinks
    Entry visa
    Hotel
    International flights
    Mandatory travel insurance
    Permits and TIMS permit
    Personal trekking equipment
    Tips for trekking staff and driver
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Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu

Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel.
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Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members.
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Day 3: Visa and document collection

Today we need to collect your Chinese Visa from the consular section between 09:00 hrs. to 11:00 hrs. Afternoon you are free on your own.
4

Day 4: Drive to Nyalam 3,750 m.

Morning after breakfast drive Kathmandu to Nyalam150 km. We drive to Friendship Bridge (Nepal – China Boarder). Walk along for 10 minutes to cross the bridge. After accomplishment all the immigration and custom formalities meet Chinese guide and land cruiser drivers, then processed the journey to Zangmu, and Nyalam. Arrival at Nyalam and overnight stay in a guesthouse.
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Day 5: Rest and acclimatization at Nyalam.

Rest Day at Nyalam, 3750 m. It is more a day for acclimatization.
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Day 6: Drive to Tingri 4,200 m.

The four hour drive from Nyalam to Tingri is spectacular. We continue up the gorge to its top, where it opens out onto the wide desert plains of the Tibetan Plateau. Here there are great views of Shishapangma, and above the damp fug of Nyalam . An hour or so later we will see the first view of Everest, its black pyramid towering above the highway.
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Day 7: Rest and acclimatization in Tingri.

After breakfast we will have acclimatization walk up a small hill above the town for a wide view across a green-tinged plateau to a horizon of Everest, Gyachung Kang and Cho Oyu, three of the highest mountains on the planet.
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Day 8: Drive to Cho-Oyu Base Camp 5,100 m..

After breakfast drive to Chinese Base Camp. which is about two hour drive.
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Day 9: Rest day at Cho-Oyu BC.

From the Cho-Oyu Chinese base camp, you will trek to middle camp for an overnight stay and next day make the journey to Cho-Oyu advance Base Camp, which sits below the North West face of the mountain. Cho-Oyu Advance base camp located below North West face route at elevation of 5,700 m. is very comfortable and scenic. This location is surrounded by spectacular glaciers and peaks with full frontal view of the entire Cho Oyu route from the tent. The climbing route to the summit is approximately 12 km long with elevation gain of 2,501 m. Cho-Oyu advanced base camp is generally sunny due to its location with the sun being out early and staying late in the day. There are approximately 7-15 climbing teams each spring and autumn season.
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Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu.

Long day drive to Kathmandu
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Day 11: Day in Kathmandu (reserve day).

Rest day in Kathmandu. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to enjoy with our trek leader and a few Himalayan Treks EU staff to mark the end of our trip in Nepal.
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Day 12: Final departure.

Our representative will pick us up from our hotel and drop us off at the Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before our scheduled flight.

Tour Location

Cho Oyu Base Camp.

Mount Cho Oyu is known as the sixth highest mountain in the world, at 8,201 meters above sea level. Cho Oyu means "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan. Cho Oyu lies in the Himalayas and is near to the west of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, and the world's fourth highest mountain, the Lhotse. It's one of the towering peaks standing with Everest well above the surrounding mountains. Cho Oyu base came a familiar landmark to climbers ascending Everest's north face.
Cho Oyu was first attempted in 1952 by an expedition organized and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee of Great Britain as preparation for an attempt on Mount Everest the following year. From then on, Cho Oyu became a familiar landmark to climbers ascending Everest's north face. The mountain was first climbed on October 19, 1954, via the north-west ridge by an Austrian expedition. Cho Oyu was the fifth 8000 meter peak to be climbed, after Annapurna in June 1950, Mount Everest in May 1953, Nanga Parbat in July 1953 and K2 in July 1954.
Just a few kilometers west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La, a 5,716m glaciated pass that serves as the main trading route between the Tibetans and the Khumbu's Sherpas. Due to its proximity to this pass and the generally moderate slopes of the standard northwest ridge route, Cho Oyu is considered as the easiest 8,000-meter peak to climb, and it is a popular objective for professionally guided parties.
Cho Oyu National Park is situated among rolling, vast green (in May, June and September) short-grass and boulder strewn valleys leading up to the base camp. The environment is beautiful and stark, inhabited with wild birds and animals. Upon arriving in base camp by vehicle, you trek towards the mountain, where the vegetation changes to become more alpine and rocky, with Cho Oyu and many smaller unclimbed peaks looming upwards above you. Plants in the park range from spruce, pine, a wide variety of evergreen trees, as well as cold belt grasslands. Many precious animals inhabit Tibet, such as antelope, deer, fox, gazelles, yaks, and many species of birds.

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