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Cho-Oyu (8201m) Expedition 2017 / 2018 (43 Days)

Cho-Oyu (8201m) Expedition 2017 / 2018
Mount Cho Oyu 8201 meters is the sixth highest mountain in the world situated 20 km west of Mount Everest at the border between Nepal and China. Cho Oyu was first attempted in 1952, lead by Eric Shipton and Tom Burdillon organized and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee of Great Britain, as preparation for an attempt on Mount Everest the following year.

Cho-Oyu expedition begins after your arrival in Kathmandu, where you will be picking up by airport representative of Utmost Adventure Trekking and the following day you will have introduction section with other climbers and expedition crew.
We drive you towards Nepal-Tibet border up to the Friendship Bridge through Arnico Highway after three days,  where the Chinese liaison officer and Chinese transportation meet us there. The expedition gears go by truck but the members there Travel by Land cruiser 4wd. We take time to acclimatize for one night at Zhangmu (2300m) and two nights at Nylam (3750m).

Next day we drive to Tingri (4350m) where we spend further two nights to acclimatizing. Then we drive Tingri to Base camp 5000m along the rough way with jerking & bouncing experience through grassy plain which leads up to the Chinese base camp.

We set up our camp at Chinese Base Camp and stay two nights or more, which depends on the feeling of our members. We also make schedules of the yaks by that time. Base camp is a temporary but comfortable with our Nepali cook and dining tent. Now the two-day walk towards the advance base camp (ABC) begins.

Mount Cho Oyu Summit ABC is in the heart of the Himalayas at 5700m; surrounded by celestial peaks. There is also the high pass called Nangpa La nearby which, an old but still used yak track trading route between Nepal and Tibet exists.

From ABC, we can see the superb scene of mount Cho Oyu. This is the main base camp and we plan to stay there for the longer duration also to look the favorable situation for the expedition. From ABC it is several hours of tough walking on a vague path over moraine-covered glacier to the start of the mountaineering properly.

Camp 1 is either situated on some ridge at 6400m and the real mountaineering starts from here. The ridge is now soft and easy enough for climbing, then it broadens out and you should climb successive huge steps, several of which probably require fixing a rope up there. You should fix a new rope in co-operation with other members on the mountain. Normally one rope is used for ascent and another for descent, although the route is crevassed but normally these create no problem.

Mount Cho Oyu Panorama from Summit Camp 2 is on the edge of a large plateau at 7125m although you can carefully assess to put the rope where. Depending on your conditions and fitness you may attempt the summit from here, or you may establish a light Camp 3 across the plateau and up on a minor ridge at 7550m. Above Camp 3, there are two rocky steps where you should fix another set of ropes prior to our summit ascent.

Finally, you will start early in the morning from camp 3 for summit. Above the rock bands, the slopes are still steep and you may take a line to fix there, depending on conditions, however once on the crest of this ridge the terrain is straightforward along a long haul to the summit plateau.

The panorama is breathtakingly magnificent, including Everest 8848m, Lhotse 8501m, Nuptse 7855m, Chamlang 7319m, Ama Dablam 6856m and other peaks of the Everest region to the east and south. To the west, there are the Melungtse and Gauri Sankar massifs and to the north, there is all Tibet area. It is normal to descend to Camp 2 from summit and to continue down to the ABC.

Itinerary
Spring 2017

14 April 2017 / Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1350m.) transfer hotel 
15 April 2017 / Day 02: Prepare visa & expedition 
16 April 2017 / Day 03: Kathmandu 
17 April 2017 / Day 04: Drive to Kodari & transfer Zhangmu 2300m
18 April 2017 / Day 05: Drive Nylam 2750m. - Hotel
19 April 2017 / Day 06: Nylam rest for acclimatization – Hotel 
20 April 2017 / Day 07: Drive Tingri 4340m. – Hotel 
21 April 2017 / Day 08: Rest of day for acclimatized - Hotel 
22 April 2017 / Day 09: Drive to Chinese Base Camp 5000m. Camping 
23 April 2017 / Day 10: Chinese Base Camp – camping 
24 April 2017 / Day 11: Prepared load to Yak for Advance Base Camp-camping 
25 April 2017 / Day 12: Base Camp - Middle camp with Yaks 
26 April 2017 / Day 13: Middle Camp - Cho Oyu A.B.C 5700m. –camping 
27 April 2017 / Day 14 - 19 May 2017 / Day 38: Climbing Period for Cho Oyu 8201m. 
20 May 2017 Day 39: Advance Base camp - Chinese Base camp –camping 
21 May 2017 Day 40: drive Base Camp - Zhangmu - Hotel 
22 May 2017 Day 41: Drive Zhangmu - Kathmandu – Hotel 
23 May 2017 Day 42: Kathmandu 
24 May 2017 Day 43: Final Departure

Autumn 2017

Day 01/ 06 Sept 2017: Arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our staff, then transfer to Hotel.
Day 02/ 07 Sept 2017: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 03/ 08 Sept 2017: Preparation for expedition and official trip briefing.
Day 04/ 09 Sept 2017: Preparation for expedition and official trip briefing.
Day 05/ 10 Sept 2017: Fly to Lhasa (3600m). then transfer to Hotel Hotel.
Day 06/ 11 Sept 2017: Lhasa, visit Drepung and Sera monasteries. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 07/ 12 Sept 2017: Drive to Shigatse (3940m). Overnight in Hotel.
Day 08/ 13 Sept 2017: Drive to Shegar (4538m). Overnight in Hotel.
Day 09/ 14 Sept 2017: Drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp. (4700m)
Day 10/ 15 Sept 2017: Base Camp, rest day.
Day 11/ 16 Sept 2017: Trek to middle Camp.
Day 12/ 17 Sept 2017: Advanced Base Camp. (5200m).
Day 13/ 18 Sept 2017 – Day 38 / 13 Oct 2017: Days Climbing Period Mt. Cho Oyu.
Day 41/ 14 Oct 2017: Reserve day.
Day 42/ 15 Oct 2017: Return to Base Camp.
Day 43/ 16 Oct 2017: return trip to Sigatse
Day 44/ 17 Oct 2017: Return trip
Day 45/ 18 Oct 2017: Kathmandu
Day 47/ 19 Oct 2017: Kathmandu
Day 48/ 22 Oct 2017: Departure 

Trip Outline
  • Trekking days - 38
  • Total days - 43
  • Min. Altitude - (1400m./4593ft.)
  • Max. Altitude - (8201m./26906ft.)
  • Overal walking - 5/6 hrs P/D
  • Trip Nature - Climbing And Expedition
  • Difficulty - Very Hard
  • Min. group size - 2
  • Age Limit -
  • Best Time - April, May, June, October, November
Services
Cost: Group joining basis (ABC Service)
Our basic Package cost Per Person USD 9999 per person

Cost Includes
•    4 Nights hotel in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast tourist standard
•    Expert professional Nepalese expedition crews like Cook, Kitchen boy, ABC
guide & mountaineering gears till to the ABC Dining tent, Table, Chairs,
toilet tent & Kitchen tent are provided; and our staff get all expedition facilities from our office itself.
•    Tibet visa & Travel Permit for the expedition staff
•    Full board hotel in route to Tibet side Zhangmu, Nyalam & Tingri (bed & breakfast, Lunch, dinner)
•    Base Camp - Advance Base Camp 1 tent for 1 person (North Face brand or similar)
•    Per person's (30 KG) Load is carried by the Yak till to the from BC-ABC
•    Per person's (20 KG) Load is carried by the Yak on the way back to ABC to the BC
•    Kathmandu - Zhangmu - Base Camp - Zhangmu (vice versa) are provided the Mini bus or Jeep
for the members & Truck for the equipment  + expedition food carrying
•     Climbing permit for Cho Oyu 8201meter  
•    If join Trekker or BC – ABC member includes all services
•    Cook and Helper permit fee USD 3000 each staff is includes.
•    One Senior climbing Guide and supporting climbing Sherpa
•    Tibet Visa for member + Nepali staff
•    Liaison officer & Interpreter
•    Nepalese staff life & medical insurance
•    ABC - Oxygen for Emergency but if use and pay it
•    Welcome dinner typical Nepali restaurant with songs & dance

Cost Excludes
•    Air or land travel to and from Kathmandu.
•    Laundry, telephone calls, all other items of personal nature.
•    Entry visa and Re-entry visa for Nepal.
•    Personal Expenses.
•    Medical and rescue insurance.
•    Personal Climbing equipment,
•    Bar bills & Beverage.
•    Medicine and first aid expenses
•    Personal Oxygen and Mask Regulator
•    Tips for Expedition staff
•    Emergency rescue jeep incase needed
•    Extra yak USD 150 & carrying load 40 KG
•    Rescue Jeep Cost
•    Any extra expenses

Long Itinerary
Spring 2017

14 April 2017 / Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1350m.) transfer hotel 
15 April 2017 / Day 02: Prepare visa & expedition 
16 April 2017 / Day 03: Kathmandu 
17 April 2017 / Day 04: Drive to Kodari & transfer Zhangmu 2300m
18 April 2017 / Day 05: Drive Nylam 2750m. - Hotel
19 April 2017 / Day 06: Nylam rest for acclimatization – Hotel 
20 April 2017 / Day 07: Drive Tingri 4340m. – Hotel 
21 April 2017 / Day 08: Rest of day for acclimatized - Hotel 
22 April 2017 / Day 09: Drive to Chinese Base Camp 5000m. Camping 
23 April 2017 / Day 10: Chinese Base Camp – camping 
24 April 2017 / Day 11: Prepared load to Yak for Advance Base Camp-camping 
25 April 2017 / Day 12: Base Camp - Middle camp with Yaks 
26 April 2017 / Day 13: Middle Camp - Cho Oyu A.B.C 5700m. –camping 
27 April 2017 / Day 14 - 19 May 2017 / Day 38: Climbing Period for Cho Oyu 8201m. 
20 May 2017 Day 39: Advance Base camp - Chinese Base camp –camping 
21 May 2017 Day 40: drive Base Camp - Zhangmu - Hotel 
22 May 2017 Day 41: Drive Zhangmu - Kathmandu – Hotel 
23 May 2017 Day 42: Kathmandu 
24 May 2017 Day 43: Final Departure

Autumn 2017

Day 01/ 06 Sept 2017: Arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our staff, then transfer to Hotel.
Day 02/ 07 Sept 2017: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 03/ 08 Sept 2017: Preparation for expedition and official trip briefing.
Day 04/ 09 Sept 2017: Preparation for expedition and official trip briefing.
Day 05/ 10 Sept 2017: Fly to Lhasa (3600m). then transfer to Hotel Hotel.
Day 06/ 11 Sept 2017: Lhasa, visit Drepung and Sera monasteries. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 07/ 12 Sept 2017: Drive to Shigatse (3940m). Overnight in Hotel.
Day 08/ 13 Sept 2017: Drive to Shegar (4538m). Overnight in Hotel.
Day 09/ 14 Sept 2017: Drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp. (4700m)
Day 10/ 15 Sept 2017: Base Camp, rest day.
Day 11/ 16 Sept 2017: Trek to middle Camp.
Day 12/ 17 Sept 2017: Advanced Base Camp. (5200m).
Day 13/ 18 Sept 2017 – Day 38 / 13 Oct 2017: Days Climbing Period Mt. Cho Oyu.
Day 41/ 14 Oct 2017: Reserve day.
Day 42/ 15 Oct 2017: Return to Base Camp.
Day 43/ 16 Oct 2017: return trip to Sigatse
Day 44/ 17 Oct 2017: Return trip
Day 45/ 18 Oct 2017: Kathmandu
Day 47/ 19 Oct 2017: Kathmandu
Day 48/ 22 Oct 2017: Departure 

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