Mount Cho Oyu Expedition from Nepal side:
For anyone who has ever dreamed of climbing one of the world’s highest 8000er mountains, Cho Oyu offers relatively easy access. Despite being the 6th highest mountain on the planet, Cho Oyu has the highest success rate among the world’s fourteen 8,000er Himalayan peaks. The ascent to the summit is short and direct with a few small technical sections which can be climbed safely using fixed lines. The normal route may not be called a technically difficult climb. The access becomes easier also because of the fact that the mountain can be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicle and one can walk to the Camp 1 in hiking boots. However, climbing Cho Oyu is still a demanding undertaking, the mountain being one of the highest on earth.
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Cho Oyu lies about 20km west of Mt. Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. The mountain is also known as Mt. Qowowuyag and is situated in the middle section of the Himalayas. An Austrian team first climbed Cho Oyu in 1954 followed by the Indian and German teams in 1958 and 1964 respectively. Cho Oyu consists mainly of five ridges – Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and West with the Jabula Glacier on the north, Lanba Glacier on the south, and Gecongba Glacier.
Day 01: International Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02-03: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation for Cho Oyu Expedition
Day 04: Kathmandu- Lukla-Phakding (2640 meters)
Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3446 meters)
Day 06: Acclimatization in Namche.
Day 07: Trek to Dole (4200 meters)
Day 08: Trek to Machermo (4410 meters)
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4750 meters)
Day 10: Gokyo – Gyazumba-Tsho Lake
Day 11: Gyazumba-Tsho-Cho Oyo South Face Base Camp
Day 12-38: Climbing Period of Cho Oyu Expedition
Day 39: Cho Oyu Base camp – Gokyo Lake
Day 40: Gokyo Lake – Dole
Day 41: Dole – Namche Bazaar
Day 42: Trek to Lukla (2800 meters)
Day 43: Flight back to Kathmandu
Day 44-45: 2 Reserve days in Kathmandu.
Day 46: Departure from Kathmandu.
International Arrival in Kathmandu
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation for Cho Oyu Expedition
Kathmandu- Lukla-Phakding (2640 meters)
Namche Bazaar (3446 meters)
Acclimatization in Namche.
Trek to Dole (4200 meters)
Trek to Machermo (4410 meters)
Trek to Gokyo Lake (4750 meters)
Gokyo - Gyazumba-Tsho Lake
Gyazumba-Tsho-Cho Oyo South Face Base Camp
Climbing Period of Cho Oyu Expedition
Cho Oyu Base camp - Gokyo Lake
Gokyo Lake - Dole
Dole - Namche Bazaar
Trek to Lukla (2800 meters)
Flight back to Kathmandu
Two reserve days in Kathmandu.
Lukla airport is mountain side airport. these types of airport some time affected by clouds or bad weather to fly or land aeroplane. so that we are suggesting all of your tourists for extend minimum 2 days more. these reserve days you may visit around.Kathmandu or you can do shopping or you may go to rafting plus chitwan jungle safari. these extra services cost can be extra.
Departure from Kathmandu.
Cho Oyu – Sixth highest mountain in the world, literally known as the “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan Language is 8201 meters peak and located in Solu Khumbu district and about 30 km west of Mount Everest and Lhotse in to the head of the Gokyo Valley at the frontier of Nepal and Tibet. First climbed on October 19, 1954 by the Austrian team together with Sepp Jochler and Sherpa Pasang Dava through Tibet from the Nagpa La- not strictly a legal route. Cho Oyu was the fifth 8000 metre peak to be climbed, after Annapurna in June 1950, Mount Everest in May 1953, Nanga Parbat in July 1953 and K2 in July 1954.
The approach to the mountain from both Nepal and Tibet is easy, and the ascent through Tibet is not particularly difficult. Of all Nepal’s 8000m peaks, Cho Oyu is the second only to Everest in both the number of Expeditions successful ascents for more than 1600 climbers climbed till to Spring 2009.
Just a few kilometers west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La (5,716m/18,753 ft), a glaciated pass that serves as the main trading route between the Tibetans and the Sherpas from Khumbu. Due to its proximity to this pass and the generally moderate slopes of the northwest ridge route, some climbers consider Cho Oyu to be the easiest 8000 meter peak to climb.
“Finally, the peak is reached, the infinite hardships are ended. The last nine hours fighting with the mountain; the time in the death zone above 24,000 foot, the weeks of privations and hardships, even the risk of one’s life – is this reward itself really? Yes, certainly! Not because of fame but inner satisfaction: To have found the mountain as friend and have been so near to the sky.” Sepp Jochler-First Summiter of Cho Oyu.
History about Cho Oyu Mountain
1952: First reconnaissance of Cho Oyu’s Northwest face by Edmund Hillary and party.
1954: A small Austrian expedition, under the leadership of Herbert Tichy, make a spectacular first ascent without oxygen on the Northwest face. This new style of climbing big mountains with alpine techniques rewrote mountaineering history.
1958: Second ascent by an Indian expedition. Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama, who was part of the first ascent, reached the peak for the second time. First death on Cho Oyu.
1959: Four member of an expedition are killed in an avalanche during a failed international women’s expedition.
1964: Controversial third ascent by a German expedition. No proof of reaching the summit. Two mountaineers die in Camp 4 of exhaustion at 7600 m (25,000 foot) height.
1978: The Austrian alpinists, Koblmuller and Furtner, succeeds in a spectacular ascent of the extremely difficult and dangerous southeast face.
1983: Reinhold Messner succeeds on his fourth attempt.
1985: First winter ascent of the South buttress by a Polish expedition. The South Buttress is the most difficult route on Cho Oyu to be completed successfully.