Cho Oyu Expedition (8201m)
Cho Oyu (8201m), the sixth highest mountain in the world is also known for its beauty. Cho Oyu in Tibetan language means Turquoise Goddess. The peak stands along with Mt. Everest and today, it has turned out to be well-known landmark mountain for climbing and expeditions. Herbert Tichy, Sepp Jocher and Pasang Dawa Sherpa Lama had summated Mt. Cho Oyu on 19th October, 1954 for the first time. Moreover, Cho-Oyu lies in the center of the Tibetan and Nepalese Himalayas and bestows climbers to witness the gigantic peaks- Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and many other Himalayan peaks. The expedition also lets climbers to encounter the ancient way of life of Tibet.
Cho Oyu is one of the easier peaks to climb among the world's highest fourteen 8.000 m peaks since the climb to the summit is direct and short, with only few technical sections. Mountain Cho Oyu would be the best pick for the peak climbing enthusiasts who want to arrive at the summit through a straight forward mountaineering with least danger and less technically demanding trails. That is the reason Cho Oyu has the higher chance of success than any other peaks having an altitude of 8000 meter. The expedition offers an ideal access into the world of high elevated Himalayan mountaineering.
This 43-days Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition designed by Unique Adventure Trek will let you pass through Namche Bazaar which is the gateway to Mt. Everest; visit 200 years old Tyangboche monastery, Pangboche monastery; and see arresting views of the dozens of peak and Tibetan plateau.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel
Soon after we land at Kathmandu International Airport, we meet our Nepali representatives who will clarify us about the tour. After the short description by our representatives, we are sent to our Hotels where we will be staying overnight.
Day 02 - 03: Stay in Kathmandu for the official procedure
You will rest in Kathmandu for 2 days. You will be described about your trek and then complete some official procedure. Also, make all the preparations essential for trek. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Lukla, same day walk to Phakding
Today we take wonderful and arresting flight early in the morning from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m) which takes 40 minutes. From the flight, we can see close view of enormous peak adjoining to Nepal and Tibet. We will reach in Lukla in the afternoon and we commence our stroll by moving downward to the Dudh Koshi River and catch the major path to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The track is trouble-free and after passing the tiny village of Ghat(2550m) we take a short walk to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar, overnight at guesthouse
From Phakding, we go ahead with a slight climb to Jorsale we move further from a waterfall. Now, the trails of villages are united with wonderful forest of giant firs, rhododendron and magnolia trees. Afterward, we walk to Namche and cross few bridges and then go up few hundred meters and another steeper way up through the jungle. We walk for 4 hours and stay at Lodge.
Day 06: Rest at Namche Bazaar for the acclimatization, overnight at guesthouse
We have a rest day in Namche Bazar for acclimatizing in the height. Namche is a village situated in a large protected hollow. Over the village, there is a national park headquarters where one can view both the sunrise and sunset scenes. The wonderful vista includes scenery of the Khumbu peaks and fascinating views of Everest. After breakfast, we can either set off for a walk to Thami (3810m) over the arresting Bhote Khola River Valley or walk off to the national park headquarters to sight the unique Sherpa way of life and culture. Overnight at lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 07: Trek to Dole, overnight at guesthouse / camp
Moving ahead from Namche Bazaar today, we will have a glimpse of appealing landscape as we follow the main path north out of Namche. The path to Everest moves down the hill, we turn here and ascend to traverse the Mon La before arriving at Phortse Tenga past the rhododendron and birch forest. Furthermore, we walk ahead from Phortse Tenga, the lane goes up abruptly to Dole. Overnight at guest house in Dole.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo, overnight at guesthouse / camp
We, today, trek slowly from Dole at the side of the valley where the rhododendron forest give way ahead as the altitude increases. Terrific views of Cho Oyu and the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku are also attractive. After a short trek we arrive at Machermo. Today, we head for seeing the lakes at Gokyo, the river which flows down the west part of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We pass through the three beautiful Lakes and come crossways the third lake well-known as Dudh Pokhari and on the East shore, we will see the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by beside the lake, you will perceive the vista of wonderful peaks of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.T onight at guest house.
Day 09: Acclimatization at Gokyo, overnight at guesthouse / camp
Today we have a day rest in Gokyo. Alternatively, we can go for a walk for two hours from Gokyo where you will you get to see fourth lake known as Thonak Tsho (4840m). We walk along the trek which leads us up to the next lake fifth lake, Ngozumpa Tso (4980m). We can see a small hill adorned with prayer flags on the periphery of the moraine to the east of the lake. From here, you will see the stunning views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Ngozumpa glacier, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu etc. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 10: Trek to Cho Oyu Base camp overnight at camp
We stop at the base camp that offers a great opportunity to come across the vast Tibetan plateau and enormous views of the surrounding Himalayan - Everest, Cho Oyu, and Shishapangma. Overnight at the base camp.
Day 11 - 12: Set up Base camp, overnight at camp
Taking two days we will set up base camp at an elevation of 4900m and prepare for climbing. Overnight at camp.
Day 13: Expedition ceremony and rest, overnight at camp
We celebrate expedition ceremony today. Since we are at high altitude, we need to be properly accustomed with the environment so that we don’t suffer from altitude sickness. Overnight ta camp.
Day 14 - 17: Set Advance base camp and transport equipment to ABC
We today ascend to set our Advanced Base Camp at 5600 meters. On the left side we can see the famous Nangpa La, which is the center for trade between Tibet and Nepal. Also we will transport equipment to ABC. And we have rest days for 3 days prior to ascending further.
Day 18 - 21: Camp I route fix and set up camp, overnight at camp
We take 3 days to ascend in order to reach camp I and our Sherpa guides will check our route to Camp II. Overnight at camp.
Day 22 - 25: Set up camp II, overnight at camp
We will take another 3 days to ascend with the fixed rope climbing in order to reach Camp II from Camp I.
Day 26 - 30: Back to base camp for final summit plan and rest,
We then return back to base camp in order to plan for final summit day. And then rest for few days to be physically fit.
Day 31: Camp I, overnight at camp.
Day 32: Camp II, overnight at camp.
Day 33: Summit and back to ABC, overnight at camp.
This is the most significant day of our trek. We will stand on the summit of the Mt Cho Oyu peak. And then, descend to Advanced Base Camp after witnessing Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and many other Himalayan peaks. Overnight at camp.
Day 34 - 35: Stay at base camp for cleaning and packing equipment, overnight at camp.
On this day, we will stay at base camp for cleaning the base camp and then pack our luggage to return back to Gokyo. Overnight at camp.
Day 36: Trek back to Gokyo, overnight at camp.
Today we will return back to Gokyo, Again we can see the terrific views of Cho Oyu and the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. Lakes at Gokyo, the river flows down the west part of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We pass through the three beautiful Lakes and come crossways the third lake well-known as Dudh Pokhari. Overnight at camp in Gokyo.
Day 37: Trek back to Dole, overnight at lodge / camp.
Day 38: Trek back to Namche, overnight at lodge / camp.
Today, we will pass all the way through stunning scenery of Sherpa villages, snow-capped mountains, lush hills, deep forests and more. Then we will reach Namche where we will stay overnight at lodge or camp.
Day 39: Trek back to Phakding, overnight at lodge / camp
On this day, we hike down, come across some suspension bridge and arrive at Monjo. After that another time our track descends downward to Phakding all along the Dudhkoshi river. Overnight at ledge in Phakding.
Day 40: Trek back to Lukla, overnight at lodge / camp
Today, moving further on the track of Phakding we reach to Lukla and see different Sherpa villages while crossing a suspension bridge over Thado Kosh. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 41: Fly back to Kathmandu
Today you have a rest day in Kathmandu. Or, alternatively explore around Kathmandu valley which includes visit around historical and spiritual attractions; including Durbar Square, Bauddhanath; one of the largest stupas in Nepal, Swayambhunath; top on the hill in the city knows as the Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath; Hindus holy place. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 42: Stay at Kathmandu and rest
We have another day rest in Kathmandu. Today we will also pack our stuffs and make preparations for leaving Kathmandu the next day.
Day 43: Departure on your own destination
Our airport representative will shift you to the airport from the hotel for your way back to home country.
The conditions stated in the itinerary are applicable for the visitors who prefer full package programme. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. The selection of itineraries and the staff depends on your need and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement and financial condition.
Main rope, Down Sleeping, Bag, Down Jacket, Gore-Tex jacket, Trouser, Climbing boots, Trekking boot, ICE-axe with Ice hammer, Rucksack, Crampon, Stick, Harness, Get up (Boot clover), Snow Glass, ICE Screws, snow Shavel, Carbine Lock & unlock, Head Lights, Wind Proof Jacket & trouser, Down Trouser, Wind Proof Trouser, Water Bottle, Woolen Gloves, Bag Cover, Wind mask for climbing, Climbing gloves, Socks for climbing, Personal Medicine, Eight figure, Knife
Note: You can bring the necessary gears from your own country or can buy or hire from the stores of Kathmandu.
Unique Adventure International always efforts to operate the itinerary as per the negotiation made. Not always, but extreme adventure activities being operated in remote mountain regions, bears high risk and needs to be flexible. Unpredictable incidents, accident, weather conditions or flight schedule may be the reason that forces us to make slight changes in our scheduled programs. We expect your patience and cooperation in such circumstances.
We would like you to know that although we try to follow the program given above, at times local trails or weather conditions may compel us to make slight changes if necessary. The itinerary may also vary slightly subject to our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This odyssey goes into untamed territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life. Thank you so much for your understanding. We value your precious life.