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Climbing Cho Oyu is one of the best practices for attempting the Everest. This is also one of the best attainable of the among world's highest mountains due to the lack of objective dangers in comparison to the other mountains. The terrain for this is uncomplicated, which makes the climbing assessable.
To begin this trip we fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and spend a few days exploring the ancient Tibetan capital, taking time to let our bodies acclimatize, before driving across the Tibetan Plateau to Chinese Base Camp. This is the place from where we load up Yaks and trek to Cho Oyu base camp, below the north-west face. The route above base camp consists mainly of low-angled snow slopes up to 30° with one short but very steep section to bypass a sérac barrier at 6,400meters.
Kiwi sherpa representative will meet you at Airport and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 - Pre-Trip meeting and Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast we host a Pre-Trip meeting at your hotel and introduce your tour Guide(s) mean time and it will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the your tour and to introduce you to other participants. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip.
IN THE PRE-TRIP MEETING All passengers MUST bring:
2. Four copies of Passport size photos each.
3. Travel Insurance Policy.
4. A writing pen
After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast we visit some interesting places in Kathmandu valley.
Formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism. Today, the expedition leader will also check everyone's equipment. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04- Final Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
The last opportunity to buy anything missing.
Day 05- Fly to Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning transfer to the international airport for the hour-long flight to Lhasa. This stunning flight, on a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gongar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, it is a further 2-hour drive by Land cruiser to Lhasa. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 and 07-Guided sightseeing around Lhasa. Over night at Hotel in Lhasa.
After breakfast at our hotel, we will have an opportunity to visit the popular and awe inspiring Potala Palace, Lhasa’s most well-known attraction. Since its construction in 1694, the Potala has been the home of each of the successive Dalai Lamas until 1959 and the final resting place of many of them.
Day 08- Drive to Shigatse
We will have a long by land-cruisers across the Tibetan plateau. Soon after leaving Lhasa, we reach the banks of the Tsang Po, which becomes the Brahmaputra River when it enters India. There we will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery built in 1447, this is the residecce of the Panchan Lama- the second most influence religious figure in Tibet. Overnight in at hotel in Shigatse.
Day 09- Drive to Xegar
As we continue our drive along the Tibetan highway, the northern edge of the Greater Himalaya comes into view, often providing a spectacular panorama of peaks, including Everest. If there is time, we may be able to visit the main town and its hilltop monastery. Overnight at Hotel outside the Xegar.
Day 10- Acclimatisation Day
This day will be used as rest and acclimstisation day which helps us cope with the giant height to reach to Chinese base camp tomorrow.
Day 11- Arrive Chinese base camp.
We complete the drive to the road-head and to the Chinese base camp. Leaving Xegar, we turn south along the bumpy track that leads to the road-head below Cho Oyu.
We complete the drive to the road-head and to the Chinese base camp. Leaving Xegar, we turn south along the bumpy track that leads to the road-head below Cho Oyu. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12- Organization at Chinese base camp
This will be an important day in order to sort out all loads for the yak carry. In the afternoon, our yaks arrive ready to make the carry on the first leg to base camp tomorrow. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13 to 16- Trek to Cho Oyu base camp.
With yaks carrying the expedition's supplies, we trek up the long valley to base camp. We spend 3 nights at intermediate camps at 5,200 and 5,450 meters before continuing to base camp. The benefit of our acclimatisation camp will be much appreciated when we finally occupy base camp, our home for the duration of the climb. We move into base camp early on day 15 and spend the afternoon organising climbing equipment. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17 to 40- Climbing the north-west face of Cho Oyu.
From base camp we climb along the glacier towards the mountain and camp 1. Because of the altitude, this first sortie up the Gyabrag Glacier and onto the mountain itself is essentially tentative and one of familiarization. However, it provides an excellent opportunity to get a good view of the route and for everyone, including the expedition leader to assess the conditions on the mountain.
Once the expedition leader is happy with the team's acclimatization and weather permitting, we begin to climb the mountain in earnest. In order to reach a position from which we can make successful summit bids, the Sherpas will make sure that all camp stores and food are in the right place on the mountain at the right time. The leader will make sure that everyone is fit and well acclimatized.
Throughout the climb, the leader will adopt a programme that exposes the team members to ever increasing altitudes. This will be achieved by "climbing high and sleeping low" until each person feels suitably well adjusted to make the next move up to a higher camp. From each successive camp, the team will then climb high once more, before returning to the lower camp to sleep. Finally, each team member will go back down to base camp for a prolonged rest of at least 4 days before moving up to occupy camp 3 in readiness for the ultimate climb to the top. Camps on the mountain are located at:
Camp 1 - 6,400 meters
Camp 1 is at 6,400 meters and 5 to 8 hours from base camp. The camp is reached by a stiff climb from the head of the glacier at 6,100m. From here, the route follows steep scree, which improves as height is gained. Camp 1 is sited on a broad shoulder of snow, which leads up to a ridge above the camp.
Camp 2 - 7,000 meters
Above camp 1, a snow ridge leads easily to a series of ice cliffs. The way through these involves climbing a steep 50m ice wall at over 6,600m. Although straightforward, this is the hardest climbing on the route as it involves a huge effort to climb steep ice at such an altitude. Improved acclimatisation and greater familiarity makes the prospect of subsequent climbs through the ice cliffs less daunting but the challenge remains physically tough each time we make the journey to camp 2. Throughout this section, fixed ropes are placed in conjunction with the other teams operating on the mountain at the same time. Above the ice cliffs, there are several large crevasses which we make our way around until they finally give way and we reach the site of camp 2 at 7,000m. Depending upon the snow conditions, this can be a very demanding day of 6 to 8 hours.
Camp 3 - 7,400 meters
Camp 3 is at 7,400m and about 4 hours above camp 2. The top camp is located beneath a rock band that cuts the snow slopes of the upper basin. Looking south as we rise above the beautiful Nangpa Gosum peaks, we can see the peaks of Nepal and, to the north, the brown and yellow earth colours of the arid Tibetan plateau. Though the distance to camp 3 is short and the way easy, the altitude makes big demands of everyone.
Once in camp 3, we must make every effort to prepare for the following day. This means drinking, eating and resting. In order to function effectively on summit day, it is vital to drink as much as possible and this involves a big effort since the altitude makes the easiest physical work very demanding and the task of boiling water slower than usual. However, we must resist the temptation to relent and to relax as drinking and eating, in order to replenish the calories and fluids lost during the climb so far, is the highest priority if we are to be successful in our ambition of climbing Cho Oyu.
Summit day begins early as it takes several hours to make breakfast, to drink adequately and to get fully equipped before leaving the tent. Being west facing the sun hits the camp late so there is no rush to leave until shortly before first light. Once on our way, easy snow and rock ledges lead through the short rock band above the camp. Gradually the angle of the slope relents until we emerge onto the broad windswept back of the mountain. Now it is only a matter of putting one foot in front of the other to slowly gain the distant summit where Everest is the only summit visibly higher. It is not the only mountain to be seen, however, and the magnificent vista as we cross the vast summit plateau towards our high point includes Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Menlugtse, Gyachung Kang and Gaurisankar, as well as all the peaks of the Khumbu Himal. We reach the summit 5 to 8 hours after leaving camp 3.
Day 40-Descent is by the same route, with nights spent at camp 3, and camp 1.
Day 41- Trek back to road-head.
After finishing our Trek we will descend back to the road-head with yaks carrying our equipment. Our road transport will be waiting for us. This is the place where we will spend our last tent night.
Day 42- Drive to Zhangmu.
Though the road to Kathmandu from Lhasa is in good condition, we have made two days' drive to for Kathmandu as the drive is so long which takes about 14 hours . So on this day we will stay at the hotel in Zhangmu.
Day 43- Drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
Once back in Kathmandu, Kiwi Sherpa adventure trekking will organize a farewell party to thank the Sherpas and the team member for their support and friendship during the expedition.
Day 44- Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 45- Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Normally climbers will change their departure flights from Kathmandu when they know exactly when the expedition is going to end. We plan to stay at Base Camp for climbing as long as it takes for us to be successful.
Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons.
To quote with you an exact price we need to know the number of persons in your group and also mode of transportation(by plane or by bus).Please contact us with these details and any other inquiries regarding this expedition then we get back to you on the cost details.
1. Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
2. Standard twin sharing accommodation hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included.
3. Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private car / van / bus.
4. Two star hotel accommodation in Lhasa and Gyantse with basic guesthouse accommodation in Shegar and Zangmu.
5. Full board meal during the tour/trek and camping at base camp, prepared by our cook with hot Tea & coffee.
6. All base camp and Advance base camp camping gears (We will provide fully water proof dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent at the base camp and advance base camp)
7. High quality tents for all camps.
8. Insurance for all Nepali staffs and porters including helicopter rescue provision.
9. Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek and at base camp.
10. Expedition permits
11. Liaison officer and his round trip flight, insurance, wages, expedition equipments etc.
12. High altitude climbing food, fuel, Gas above base camp (you are also advised to bring some high altitude food yourselves)
13. Guide, cook, porters, helpers up to base camp
14. Climbing Sherpas
15. A well stocked first aid and medical kit sufficient to counter any possible mountaineering ailments, from headache to serious injury.
16. Oxygen from Camp two and above
17. Oxygen equipment for medical use only.
18. A portable hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag)
19. Emergency communications on the mountain and satellite communications link for helicopter evacuation.
20. Power supply at Base Camp for charging electronics (solar or generator backup)
21. Flight cost from Kathmandu - Lhasa including airport departure tax.
22. Chinese visa and permit. (We handle all the paperwork for the Chinese visa and all the Tibet travel and climbing permits.)
23. All our government taxes and vat.
1. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Shegar and Zangmu
2. Travel Insurance which cover emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (Kiwi Sherpa strongly recommends that you purchase a Global Rescue membership to protect yourself.
3. International airfare and airport departure tax.
4. Nepal entry visa fee (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100 in Kathmandu airport up on your arrival. You will also require 2 passport size photos You can easily extend the visa if require.)
5. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
6. Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment.
7. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
8. Excess baggage charges.
9. Sherpa tip pool (See below)
10. Internet and sat phone.
11. Costs incurred as a result of delays or events beyond the control of Kiwi Sherpa adventure trekking.
Recommended tipping and Sherpa bonuses are as follow:
- Allow $100-200 for general non-sherpa crew who stay at base camp.
- Allow $200-300 for sherpas who go up to the base camp.
- Summit climbing Sherpa US$ 500 – 800 per Sherpa.
You will need clothing for dining in Kathmandu, trekking in the humidity and heat, and to protect you from the cooler temperatures in the mountains. This list is designed to help you choose the right gear for the demands of this trek and are the minimum required for this trip.
You are expected to provide the following personal equipment. These items are mandatory for survival in the mountains, so make sure you have everything on the list.
The emphasis on equipment necessary for mountain travel follows two simple tenets: Lightweight and Functional. Since you will be carrying all of your gear and a portion of the group gear, the items you choose to take should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme conditions. The quality of the equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain so be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Comfort lends itself to a more enjoyable experience!
The layering system outlined is usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder, bring one extra medium layer such as a vest, which would be ideal for extra warmth around camp. When making the final decision as to what goes into your pack, remember that it's a fine science of taking just enough clothes and accessories to do the job, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably will not use.
Cotton clothing must be avoided because it dries very slowly and is a poor insulator when wet. Instead, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that "wick" the sweat and moisture away from your skin to keep you much warmer.
- Alpine climbing harness. Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing.
- 2 locking carabiners. Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best, screw gate type recommended
- 3 regular carabiners. Lightweight; BD Hot wire are recommended.
- Ice axe w/leash. Light weight (Grivel Air tech, Black Diamond Raven, or Charlet Moser Snow Walker). Under 5’7” use 60cm; 5’7”- 6’2” use 65cm; over 6’2” use 70cm.
- Plastic Mountaineering boots (Koflach Degree, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha) or Leather Double Mountaineering boots (La Sportiva Olympic Mons, Boreal GI or equivalent; must be mountaineering/crampon compatible)
- Crampons. Must be fit to plastic boots prior to trip, new-matic type recommended; include a simple repair kit (Grivel G12, Black Diamond Contact, or Charlet Moser Super 12)
- Adjustable trekking poles.
- Belay/rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)
- 2 cotton t-shirt.
- 1 polypropylene t-shirt.
- 2 long sleeve polypropylene shirts. Lightweight, light colored for sunny days.
- 2 women sports bras. Synthetic, no cotton!
- 1 Softshell. Marmot Dri-clime Wind Shirt, Patagonia Stretch Zephur or Krushell Jacket (R2 pullover acceptable).
- Down/synthetic sweater or vest. Patagonia Puffball Jacket or Sweater preferred; R4 Jacket acceptable
- Hard shell jacket with hood. Water proof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best, roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
- 1 expedition down parka with hood. This is probably your most important piece of clothing! It is important that your jacket is 700+ fill down, baffle construction (not sewn through seams) and has a thick insulated hood
You will require two systems: one glove system for lower on the mountain and a mitten overmitt system for the cold temperatures encountered on summit day.
- 2 pair liner gloves. Thin wool or polypropylene.
- 1 pair warm gloves. Fleece or wool.
- 1 pair expedition shell gloves.
- 1 pair modular expedition shell mitts. Or Pro Mitts. If they do not have wrist straps consider sewing one on so that you can either attach it to your jacket or cinch the strap to your wrist so that you do not lose your mittens in high winds.
- Warm hat. Wool or synthetic that covers your ears.
- Face mask.
- Shade hat or baseball cap.
- Glacier glasses. 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (e.g. Julbo or Cebe)
- 1 pair extra sunglasses (also with UV protection in case your 1st pair breaks).
- 1 ski goggles with UV protection
- If you require prescription glacier glasses, you can get your lenses modified to your prescription.
- 4 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or Capilene.
- 3 pair lightweight trekking socks.
- 2 pair medium-heavy wool socks. Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on.
- 1 pair nylon shorts.
- 1 pair nylon pants for trekking and around camp.
- 2 pair lightweight long underwear bottoms
- 1 pair fleece pants with side zipper or “puff-ball pants”
- 1 pair soft shell pants (e.g. Patagonia Guide pants or OR Granite Pants. Schoeller fabrics).
- 1 pair of hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
- 1 pair gaiters. Make sure they will fit over plastic boots (OR Crocodiles or equivalent).
- 1 pair down booties (optional).
- 1 pair trail shoes for the hike to base camp and use at camp
- 1 pair sandals or tennis shoes for Kathmandu and in camp
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large plastic bags.
- 1 lightweight internal frame pack (approx 4,000 cubic inches).
- 1 daypack is optional for the approach hike, possible use on summit day and carry-on pack. If you plan to use it for your summit pack it must be large enough for your down jacket, misc. clothes, food and water. The Lowe Alpine Neutrino or Black Diamond Speed 28 are excellent, lightweight (16 oz.) choices.
- 1 large (7,500+cu.in.) duffel bag for gear, must be durable for use on pack animals
- Small padlock for duffel bag.
- 1 small duffel bag for luggage storage in Kathmandu. We will supply complimentary duffel/kit bag for the item you buy in Kathmandu and also for the storage.
- 1 down sleeping bag rated to -10 F (Gore Dryloft or similar fabric helps protect down and dark colors speed drying time)
- Sleeping pad. Full length closed cell foam (mandatory) and/or Therma-Rest for extra warmth and comfort
- 1 first-aid kit with ibuprofen and any other doctor recommended medications.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful to hang around your neck
- Sunscreen. At least SPF 40
- Headlamp. Petzl Myobelt 3 or Black Diamond Polar Star.
- 3 Water bottles. 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle).
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube for lower mountain (optional)
- 1 water bottle insulator.
- Pocket knife. Small Swiss-army type.
- Water purification. Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
- 3-4 Large plastic bags, for keeping miscellaneous gear dry.
- Nylon stuff sacks. For food and gear storage (OR has a good selection); large Ziplocs are useful also.
- Camp towel.
- Ear plugs.
- Hand wipes.
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (optional).