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Cho-Oyu Expedition Itinerary Overview

Our expedition begins in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. After touring Kathmandu and securing our Tibetan visas, we fly to Lhasa and travel by jeep, visiting Tibetan towns and monasteries en route to Base Camp (16,400 ft.), This give us a a great introduction to the hearty people and harsh landscape of the high plateau. Once in Base Camp, we’ll meet our Tibetan yak drivers and their animals. Yaks carry our loads to Advance Base Camp (18,500 ft.) at the foot of the famous Nangpa-La Pass.

The next three or four days are spent establishing Advanced Base Camp and making short acclimatization forays to the lower reaches of the West Ridge. With the assistance of our Sherpa team, we’ll place Camp I (21,000 ft.) atop the West Ridge. Over the next ten days, we’ll establish Camp II (23,100 ft.) and Camp III (24,500 ft.). We’ll repeatedly move up and down the mountain to enhance strong acclimatization and overall fitness. Once our last camp is set and the team has rested for a few days at Advanced Base Camp, we’ll begin the summit climb. Prior to our summit attempt, team members will spend the night at Camp III sleeping on supplemental oxygen, strengthening the body’s circulation systems.

Our summit attempt begins between midnight and 1 a.m. We will climb with supplemental oxygen on summit day. From High Camp, we’ll ascend the West Face through a rock band and up snow slopes of 25° to 40° to reach the West Ridge proper. This gentle ridge leads to the large summit plateau at approximately 26,000 ft. From there, we’ll spend the next hour traveling across this plateau to reach the true summit and a spectacular 360° view which includes Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and an array of Himalayan peaks. To the north lies the Tibetan plateau (the highest in the world), and to the south stand hundreds of Nepalese peaks.

After reaching the summit, our team will descend to Camp II. It takes approximately five days to clear the mountain and move equipment back to Base Camp. Once we have arrived at Base Camp and said farewell to our Tibetan yak drivers, we’ll begin our return to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, we’ll sort equipment and celebrate in the fascinating capital city before our international departures.

Day-to-day Itinerary

Day 1

Depart home country

Day 2

Spent in transit

Day 3

Arrive Kathmandu

Day 4

Rest day/visa process in Chinese embassy in Kathmandu

Day 5

Fly to Lhasa

Day 6

Lhasa  tour

Day 7

Drive to Shigatse

Day 8

Drive to Tingri

Day 9

Drive to BC

Day 10

At Chinese Base Camp

Day 11

At Chinese Base Camp

Day 12

Trek towards Advanced Base Camp – Mid camp

Day 13

Trek arrival at Advanced Base Camp

Day 14

Travel to an intermediate Camp (17,700 ft.) accompanied by our yaks

Day 15

Move to Advanced Base Camp (18,700 ft.)

Day 16

Organize and set up camp

Day 17

Rest and short hikes

Day 18

Hike to Lake Camp and return to ABC

Day 19

Rest day

Day 20

Rest day

Day 21

Carry and sleep at Camp I

Day 22

Climb to Ice Cliff and return to Camp I (21,000ft)

Day 23

Descend to ABC

Day 24

Rest in ABC

Day 25

Rest in ABC

Day 26

Rest in ABC

Day 27

Climb to Camp I and spend night.

Day 28

Carry to Camp II (23,400ft) Overnight.

Day 29

Return to ABC

Day 30

Rest Day

Day 31

Rest Day

Day 32

Rest at ABC and prepare for summit push.

Day 33

Move to Camp I

Day 34

Move to Camp II

Day 35

Move to Camp III, 24,800ft

Day 36

Summit Attempt.

Day 37-38

Extra days

Day 39

Trek down to CBC  – Ready to leave BC

Day 40

Drive to Shigatse

Day 41

Drive to Lhasa

Day 42

Fly to Kathmandu

Day 43

Extra night to be used during expedition

Day 44

Extra night to be used during expedition

Day 45

Depart Kathmandu for Home Country

Day 46

Arrive home country

Note: Teams must travel with guides and Sherpa as a group, thus flying directly to Tibet is currently not an option.

Please ensure that this departure date is flexible. Do not plan any important business for two weeks following the expedition and ensure that your plane ticket is changeable.

I had an excellent time during the entire expedition. From the moment I met Jiban and our guides at the Yak & Yeti, and our Sherpas later on, I felt we had the best people for this adventure.

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