Cho Oyu Expedition

Mount Cho Oyu in 1954 for the first time. The Indian and German teams also step on this peak in 1958 and 1964 respectively. Till to date many expedition teams have successfully conquered it. Easy route from the side of Tibet is preferred by most of the expedition to reach Mount Cho Oyu.  Monterosa Treks and Expedition is conducting the expedition from Tibet Side to Mount Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Lhakpari and others since 1998.

Meeting and climbing information:  Mount Cho Oyu Expedition begins after your arrival to Kathmandu and meets our staffs of Monterosa Treks & Expedition in the airport and they transfer you to hotel. Next day, we have orientation section with other climbing members & Expedition crews. Since then we arrange your Tibet visa and other necessary document for Cho Oyu Expedition.

Three days after your arrival to Nepal, we drive you towards Nepal-Tibet border up to the Friendship Bridge through Araniko Highway, where the Chinese liaison officer and Chinese transportation wait for us. The expedition equipments go by truck but the members there Travel by Land cruiser 4wd or with comfortable Minibus. Spending one night at Zhangmu (2300m) and two nights at Nyalam (3750m) acclimatizing, next day we drive to Tingri (4350m) where we spend further two nights refreshing ourselves. Then we drive Tingri to Base camp 5000m along bumpy way through grassy plain which leads up to the Everest base camp commonly known as Chinese base camp.

We set up our camp at Chinese Base Camp and stay two nights or more, depending upon our member’s desire. We also prepare schedules of the yaks by that time. Nepali cook serves us in a dining tent at Base camp. Now the two-day trek towards the advance base camp (ABC) begins. Surrounded by celestial peaks Mount Cho Oyu (5700m) Summit ABC is in the heart of the Himalayas. Ancient Yak trading route is still in use nearby the high pass Nangpa La. Superb scene of Mount Cho Oyu can be seen from ABC which is the main base camp and we plan to stay there for the longer duration also to wait for the favorable situation for the expedition. Everyone is provided with individual tent. Our Service limits up to ABC and after that the climbers should manage all services by themselves. From ABC it is several hours difficult route with vague path over moraine-covered glacier to start mountaineering properly. The real mountaineering starts from Camp 1 at 6400m. The ridge is now quite easy climbing, then it broadens out and you should climb successive huge steps, several of which probably require rope fixing above. New rope should be fixing in co-operation with other members. Normally one rope is used for ascent and another for descent. Though crevassed the route normally does not create any problem.

The panorama of Mount Cho Oyu from Summit Camp 2 is on the edge of a large plateau at 7125m although you can carefully assess to put the rope here. If you are fit enough 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. There are two rocky steps where you should fix another set of ropes prior to our summit ascent above camp 3. Finally, you begin early in the morning from camp 3 for summit. The slopes are still steep above the rock bands 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 of magnificent, mountains like, Mount Everest 8848m, Mount Lhotse 8501m, Mount Nuptse 7855m, Mount Chamlang 7319m, Mount Ama Dablam 6812m and other peaks of the Everest region to the east and south is breathtaking.  Mount Melungtse is to the west and mount Gauri Sankar massifs and to the north, there is all Tibet area. It is quite normal to descend to Camp 2 from summit and to continue down to the ABC. The meaning of Chomo is goddess and Yu means Turquoise and the combination of these two makes Cho Oyu ultimately meaning turquoise goddess as per Tibetan dialect. Legend Regarding to the name of this mount Cho Oyu, the legend says, in Tibetan language, Chomo means the goddess and Yu means the turquoise. So adding these two words, it was called Cho Oyu. Also it is called the “Turquoise Goddess” as per the Tibetan dialect. Another derivation of the name to this is called it as the bald god as well.

01 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
02 Kathmandu preparing for Chita visa permit
03 Kathmandu       ,,                ,,         ,,     ,,
04 Drive to Friendship Bridge, enter Tibet overnight in Zhangmu
05 Drive to Nyalam, acclimatisation walks
06 Drive to Tingri,
07 acclimatization day
08 Drive to Chinese Base Camp 4900m
09 Preparations day
10-12 Trek to Base Camp via intermediate camps
13-32 Ascent of Cho Oyu climbing period
33-38 Return to Kathmandu
39 Kathmandu
40 Final departure to home country.


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