Mt Cho Oyu recognized as the world’s sixth tallest mountain is believed to be a sacred peak to the locals. It is located high over the Tibetan plain lands on the Nepal and Tibet border. It is a best choice for mountain climbing enthusiast having height of 8012m. The first climber of Mt. Cho Oyu was S. Moechler, P. Dawa Lama and H. Tichy in 1954. And till today the peak has been climbed by a lot of mountaineers.
Mt. Cho Oyu is most probably climbed from Tibet side because of the effortless technique of climbing way. The base camp is at Rombuk glacier lying at 5200m. Then we will depart for the real climb that starts at camp 1 at an altitude of 6400m. Likewise, camp 2 is put up on the edge of a big raised ground at 7125m. Then we will walk further and then establish a Camp 3 at the ridge located at an altitude of 7550m. After that from here, we will have two rocky steps, so we will fix another set of ropes before moving to the summit. We will actually have a long tow to the summit upland. Once we are on top, the scene is views are magnificent views including Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7855m), Lhotse (8501m), Chamlang (7319m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and other many peaks of the Khumbu area to the east as well as south. To the west, we will see the Melungtse and Gauri Sankar massifs.
Without doubt, Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition is intended to everyone from proficient climber to an inexpert but adventure enthusiast as anyone will be guided by an expert mountain guide. Spring and autumn are the best time of year to go for Cho Oyu Expedition.
Day 01 – Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
On arrival in Kathmandu, you are warmly greeted by our Sherpa Mountaineering Expeditions staff at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). SME representatives will assist then transfer to respective hotels.
Day 02 – In Kathmandu sightseeing tour
In Kathmandu sightseeing program includes visit of world heritage sites the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the world biggest Stuppa; Boudhhanath, known as little Tibet, Swoyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple) located on a hill side one of the oldest religious spot of more than 2,500 years old and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with unique architectural temple, and the virgin Kumari known as Living Goddess in Basantapur atf central Kathmandu. Kathmandu is not only naturally beautiful but it also holds the beauty of incredible Newar people culture with ancient architectures.
Day 03 – Preparation day for expedition
On this day you can buy your essential equipments, gears, harness, crampons, ice axe with leash, webbing, cord, trekking poles, sleeping bag, headwear, footwear and other stuffs. Our representative will work on making your necessary permits and papers for the expeditions. There will be a special meeting in the evening regarding our pre-expeditions discussion with all our fellow expedition staffs.
Day 04 – Drive to Zangmu 2,240 m 06 hrs journey
Morning starts this great journey by driving to Zangmu, the ride to Zangmu offers scenic landscapes and magnificent views of high Himalayan ranges. A 05 hours drive via Kodari (Nepal -Tibet Border) bring to Zangmu for overnight stop at this frontier town.
Day 05 – Drive to Nyalam 3,660 m 04 hrs ride.
Leaving Zhangmu drive to Nyalam crossing bridges through the gorge with beautiful forests of rhododendron, pines and oaks trees and waterfalls after leaving the lush vegetations entering to Nyalam town the start and end of Tibetan plateau is surrounded by high hills and waterfalls. Nyalam literately means ‘Hells Pass’ or gateway to hell’ because of the road to Nyalam used to be like the path to hell before the road was built. The journey of 35 k.m. just takes about 04 hours to reach with winding narrow highway to Nyalam.
Day 06 – Rest day for acclimatization
Nyalam is an ideal place for acclimatization at an altitude of 3,660 meters. Spending an extra day in Nyalam helps to acclimatize and avoid the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). With time for short hikes.
Day 07 – Drive to Old Tingri 4,355 m 05 hrs
Morning drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world, also known as the ‘Roof of the world’ and cross the Lalung La (5,050 m). The journey to Tingri offers magnificent views of high chain of Himalayas of world’s last 14th highest Shisapangma, dorji Lakpa, Gurishanker, Melugatse and as far to Langtang range of mountains including Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) on route near Old Tingri and, after few hours of drive reaching at Old Tingri for overnight stop.
Day 08 – In Old Tingri acclimatization and rest day
Another rest day allows you to acclimatize well, with time to explore the surrounding area of Old Tingri. Our guide will make sure every member in the group is in perfect condition or not.
Day 09: Drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp 4,900 m 04 hrs ride
The stunning sunrise of early morning capture this precious sunrise on your camera if the weather is perfect. Then drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp. This charming scenery on-route base camp attracts many visitors, trekkers and mountaineers from all around the globe.
Day 10-12 – Mt. Cho Oyu climbing preparation & acclimatization
These days an acclimatize period and preparation for the climb, our guide or team leader will teach you some climbing techniques and skills, sharing all his climbing knowledge with you all, if you have any queries and confusion then, please do not hesitate to ask your guide. In case of any problem, let our team knows so that they can take necessary steps.
Day 13- 33 – Mount Cho Oyu climbing period
During this climbing period continue climb and descend for few days from base camp to camp III. This helps body to acclimatize in higher altitude. Taking rest for few days then make final preparation for our climb at base camp.
The weather condition around high Himalaya is unpredictable, sometime have to stay at base camp till the bad weather clears, one has to be mentally strong and prepared then start ascending to Advance Base Camp, with three major camps above Advance Base Camp, Camp I, Camp II, & Camp III at the elevation of 6,400 m / 21, 000 ft, 7,010 m / 23, 000 ft and 7,437 m / 24, 400 ft. respectively. There is a difficult section between Camp I and Camp II with Ice cliff where fix ropes is required and towards steep front pointing at Camp II situated on the upper glacier plateau and might need oxygen from Camp II to reach the summit. After spending some moments at the summit enjoying the panoramic view of high Himalayan range and make gentle descend. Descending is more technically and difficult than ascending to the summit especially in Ice cliff. Continue descend to base camp via camp III, camp II and finally tackle Ice cliff and spend the night in tented camp at base camp with celebrating of the victory climb to the summit.
Day 34 – Descend to Base Camp
Leaving ABC, continue losing altitude and descend to the base camp where camp manager and other members will be there, waiting for to celebrate the victory.
Day 35 – Clean up the base camp and packing
Himalaya region has thousands of trekking and mountaineering expeditions every year, resulting piles of unwanted rubbish and trash that still exist in the Himalayan mountains, our true effort to reduce as much pollution around as we do have some responsibility towards mother nature, today clean up the base camp which helps reducing the impacts of global warming. Then pack necessary stuff and prepare for return journey.
Day 36 – Drive to Zhangmu 6 hrs journey
Today, drive back to Nyalam and unto Zangmu from Cho Oyu base camp. A few hours of drive with the scenic views of giant Himalaya peaks will takes to the town of Nyalam and continue journey back Zangmu for the last overnight in Tibet.
Day 37 – Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
After breakfast, with visa formalities at the frontier in Zhangmu immigration, drive back to Nepal side with another visa paper works then a great journey leads back to Kathmandu. The journey to Kathmandu offers the scenic landscapes with magnificent view of high Himalayan ranges. About 05 hrs of drive via Kodari (Nepal -Tibet Border) will bring to Kathmandu.
Day 38 – Free day in Kathmandu
The last day of this great adventure trip with Sherpa Mountaineering Expeditions and in Nepal today catch the last minute souvenir shopping with last night dinner with the group member and staffs.
Day 39: Final departure for home ward bound
SME office staff assists you with the complimentary transfer to airport for your departure flight to your onward destinations your wonderful moments with us we will treasure it for many years to come.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weigh no more than 15 kilograms (33 pounds.) Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
– Light and expedition weight thermal tops
– Fleece jacket or pullover
– Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
– Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
– Lightweight thermal gloves
– Underwear (4)
– Shorts (2)
– Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
– Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
– Sun hat or scarf
– Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
– T-shirts (2)
– Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
– Sunglasses with UV protection
– Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
– Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries
– Small padlock to lock trek bag
– Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
– Plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
– Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
– Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad
– Water bottles (2)
– Small wash towel
– Footwear appropriate to the trip
– Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
– Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
– Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
– Fleece or wool trousers/pants
– Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
– Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and/or sandals
– Gaiters (optional)
– Telescopic trekking/ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general and trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
– Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step-in bindings) with front points.
– Mountaineering harness.
– Mountaineering ice-axe (60-75cms long – depending on your height and personal
– 120cms (4ft) climbing sling and two locking carabiners
– Telescopic ski-sticks (optional)
– Prussik loops
– Climbing helmet (optional)
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any TREKKING TEAM NEPAL trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than 15 kilos (33 pounds) of trekking equipment does not include your plastic boots, ice axe, crampons or harness/carabineers. (During the trek, climbing hardware will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags until needed).
FIRST AID MEDICINE
– Bandage for sprains
– Iodine or water filter (optional)
– Moleskin/Second skin – for blisters
– Antiseptic ointment for cuts
– Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
– Aspirin/paracetamol – general painkiller
– Oral rehydration salts
– Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
– Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)
– Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional)
– Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria
– Diamox (altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu)
– Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.
– Reading book
– Trail Map/Guide book
– Journal & Pen
– Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
– 1 medium sized quick drying towel
– Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
– Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
– Nail clippers
– Face and body moisturizer
– Feminine hygiene products
– Small mirror
Talk about the equipment
1) Footwear: This is one of the most important considerations, as blisters and sore feet will spoil your trek. We recommend that you take a pair of lightweight trekking boots, suitable for walking over rough terrain and comfortable over long distances. Good quality fabric boots are recommended. If you are considering a trek where you are likely to encounter a couple of days of snow-covered trails, you should opt for a waterproof trekking boot – either a Gore-Tex-lined fabric boot or a leather boot. If you prefer to do your walking in a more substantial pair of leather boots, that’s OK, but make sure that they are well worn-in prior to the trek. Choosing a pair of trekking boots is a very individual process, and you should be guided by your own experience and preferences. A good outdoor equipment store will be able to advise you as to the fitting of your boots. For wearing about camp and walking the easier sections of trail we recommend gym shoes or similar.
Mountaineering Footwear (Trekking Peak trips only): For modern day climbers, plastic boots are now standard equipment. They are lighter in weight, warmer and more waterproof than leather mountain boots. Also, you can sleep in the removable inner boots to ensure warm toes in the morning! Climbing and trekking at altitudes of up to 6000 meters/20,000 feet, the temperatures can be very cold indeed (as low as minus 10 degrees), and leather boots are really not suitable for these cold conditions. Plastic boots are also designed to take step-in crampons, quickly and efficiently, and this combination of plastic boots and step-in crampons is by far the most sensible option when considering a trekking peak climb. Asolo and Koflach are examples of excellent plastic boot manufacturers, and each of these companies make models of plastic boots which have been designed primarily as winter walking boots. Recommended – Asolo Supersoft and Koflach Viva Soft.
Gaiters: Gaiters are an important piece of equipment, which will help to keep your feet warm and dry in wet and snowy conditions. The simple “alpine” style of gaiter which hooks onto the bootlaces and is held under the instep by a strap or lace is fine for most trekking applications. These “alpine” gaiters are widely available.
Socks: If you prefer to wear two pairs of socks, your inner socks should be thin cotton, wool-based or a mixture – natural fibers are best. Bring 2 pairs. If you prefer to wear a single pair of thicker socks (and some sock manufacturers are producing excellent socks which are designed to be used without a liner or inner sock) then these should also be mainly natural fibers and of loopstitch construction for maximum warmth and comfort. Take 2 or 3 pairs. Thor-Lo is an example of a sock manufacturer, which markets a wide range of technically advanced trekking/walking socks.
2) Clothing: Your clothing needs to be adaptable to suit a wide range of conditions, including extremes of weather and varying levels of physical activity. Modern thinking supports the adoption of the principle of “layering” which involves the use of several thin layers of thermally efficient clothing, which can be worn in a number of combinations, according to the prevailing circumstances. Where it is warm enough you can trek in either shorts or lightweight trekking trousers (natural fibers) (a long skirt is an option for the ladies) and a long sleeve cotton shirt or T-shirt. For colder conditions, you can add layers of thermal clothing. Patagonia Capilene thermal clothing is very good and comes in three weights – lightweight, midweight and expedition weight. On top of these thermals you should add layers of fleece. Patagonia, Marmot, The North Face and many other manufacturers make a wide range of fleece garments, jackets, pullovers, pants and vests. These are generally made from Polartec 200 and 300 fabric, which is warm, light and quick drying. Warmer still, are the new windproof fleece garments. Extremely, if it starts to rain, or if you are making a high, cold climb or pass crossing, you will have your waterproof shell outerwear, jacket and pants, to fall back on.
Active outdoor pursuits such as trekking and climbing require protection from the chill of the wind more often than protection from rain, especially in mountain ranges such as the Himalaya. Shell garments made from breathable fabrics (GoreTex or equivalent) are to be preferred for the following reason. Thermal underwear or base layers work on a ‘wick-dry’ principle, wicking the perspiration away from the skin to where it can evaporate without cooling the body. A non-breathable shell garment prevents this drying process from being effective, by trapping the moisture as condensation on the inside of the shell material. The enclosed thermal layers remain wet, and their insulating properties are reduced as a result. There is an enormous range of waterproof and breathable outerwear on the market. This includes technical mountaineering shells as well as simpler (and less expensive) garments which are ideal for general outdoor use and, at the same time, perfectly suited to trekking holidays.
Extremities: It is important to keep your extremities warm, and you should not neglect your head and hands when selecting the equipment for your trip. A balaclava and inner gloves are thin and lightweight and make excellent base layers for your head and hands. As additional protection, you should take a fleece hat or cap, which has earflaps, a fleece lining and a waterproof shell. You should also select a pair of warmer gloves or mittens to go over the inner gloves.
Most people will find that they will be warm enough with their thermal clothing and two layers of fleece, and then the windproof outerwear. However, on our highest trips, with camps at altitudes approaching 5000 meters/16,500 feet, a down jacket is recommended. Without doubt the best insulator in terms of warmth for weight is pure down – it is at least 100% more efficient than the best synthetics when dry. (Its performance when wet is not so good, so if you have a down sleeping bag or jacket, keep it dry!) In fact, down clothing is often too warm to wear while climbing and a lightweight synthetic jacket is ideal. On cold nights at base camp, however, a down jacket is a welcome luxury.
3) Sleeping bag: For any of our treks, you will need a 4-season sleeping bag rated to at least zero degrees. A full-length side zip is essential to facilitate ventilation on warmer nights. A cotton or fleece liner adds to the warmth and comfort of a bag and prevents it from becoming excessively soiled. A mattress is needed primarily to insulate you from the cold ground, and you should take a quality closed-cell foam mat or you should consider the more expensive self-inflating Thermarest pads. We advise everyone to bring cotton or fleece sleeping bag liner.
4) Sun protection: In a land where the air temperature may be only 75 degrees, a thermometer left in the sun can reach 120 degrees, so sun protection is to be taken seriously! A wide-brimmed sunhat is a very good idea, or an Arab-type headscarf to keep the sun off your head. At altitude, the sun’s rays are particularly strong, and sunglasses with 100% ultraviolet and infrared filtration are recommended, such as Vuarnet PX5000, Cebe 2000/3000 or Bolle Irex 100. These glasses are available with detachable leather or plastic side pieces, which give increased protection, especially from reflected glare, and you should give serious consideration to such ”glacier glasses” for any trek which includes walking or climbing on snow. You should bring a plentiful supply of suncream – a couple of large tubes of factor 6-10 (depending on your skin sensitivity) for lower down, and some total block (factor 15-20) for above the snowline. Lipsalve of a suitable filter factor is also necessary.
5) (A) Daypacks for trekking: A 2500 cubic inch pack should be large enough to carry the following items on trek. a) shell jacket and pants. b) fleece jacket, pants, extra pair of socks, gym shoes. c) Two waterbottles, with at least 2 quart total capacity. d) camera plus accessories, binoculars, etc. e) first aid kit. You should test-pack your daypack before leaving home.
(B) Daypacks for climbing trips: 3000-4000 cubic inches. For climbing trips, you will be required to carry more warm clothing during the climbs and also your personal climbing gear. For this reason, you will need a slightly bigger daypack than for a trekking-only trip. If you have any questions about gear, please do not hesitate to telephone our office for advice.
MOUNTAIN BIKING CHECKLIST
The following basic equipment checklist should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment down to a minimum. NB. This is just a check-list. We are not asking you to bring everything on this list; much will depend on personal preference. As a general rule, cyclists will need similar clothing to trekkers. The one additional (essential) item is good quality padded cycling shorts (loose and baggy, as previously discussed).
– Cycling helmet
– Fleece headband (to keep your ears warm)
– Lightweight long sleeved thermal shirt
– Lightweight windproof biking jacket
– T-shirts (3)
– Padded cycling shorts – baggy style
– Underwear (4 pairs)
– Lightweight trekking boots
– Camelbak or 2 x 1 litre water bottles & cages
– Sleeping bag
– Small padlock & spare keys
– Fingerless biking gloves
– Waterproof (breathable) jacket
– Fleece jumper (eg Polartec 200)
– Light weight ‘trekking style’ pants
– Warm cycling tights
– Socks (4 pairs)
– Cycling shoes
– Spare laces
– Small towel
– First aid kit (See first Aid medicine above)
– Head lamp eg. Petzl Zoom (spare bulb & battery)
– 4 large plastic bags (for keeping items dry in kitbag)
Your Bike must be at least an “entry level” Mountain Bike. For example, Kona Fire Mountain, Trek 4500, Scott Yecora, Specialized Hardrock Comp, Claud Butler Cape Wrath – or similar. Front suspension is highly recommended. If you are in any doubt about the suitability of your bike, please contact the TREKKING TEAM NEPAL office.