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Cho-Oyu Expedition

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“Satori Adventures operates full board guided expedition to the world's sixth-highest mountain Cho-Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft.)Which is considered to be the easiest 8000 m peak out of the fourteen 8,000m peaks in the Himalayas. The peak was the first summited by Joseph Joechler, Herbert Tichy, Pasang Dawa Lama on the 19th of October 1954, via Cho Oyu North-west Ridge climbing route. ”
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Mount Cho Oyu height of 8,201Meter/26,906feet is the sixth highest mountain in the world, which called on of the easiest of the fourteen 8,000mpeaks. Satori Adventures operates full board guided Mt. Cho-Oyu expedition via the North-west Ridge climbing route. Cho Oyu – translated as the ‘Goddess of Turquoise’ in the local language in Tibet – is just thirty kilometers west of Mt. Everest. Just a few kilometers west of Cho Oyu there is the famous Nang-Pa La (5,806 m / 19,050 ft.) –high Himalayan pass – which was a historically significant trade and pilgrimage route between Nepal and Tibet. Sherpas of Khumbu was believed to cross over to Nepal centuries ago through this high pass from Tibet.
Mt. Cho Oyu’s height has fluctuated earlier. During the first Mount Cho Oyu Expedition, it was considered the seventh-highest mountain peak with the height (8,150 m/26,750 ft.) after Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/ 26,795 ft). But, the 1984 estimate/measure as 8,201 m that moved the place of Cho Oyu to sixth.
Cho Oyu is the second most climbed peak after Everest due to the promising height, low death-summit ratio (1/25th of Annapurna), and an easier climb. Sometimes climbers call the peak ‘trekking peak’ with reference to less technical climb. Though it is considered as easy 8000m expedition, Mt Cho-Oyu climbing is a serious undertaking and we consider our services and our responsibilities with utmost seriousness to ensure the absolute safety of our climbers, we do not compromise to the minimum standard of our company and yet our Cho Oyu Expedition cost is very affordable, and competitive to other operators.

1951 British Everest reconnaissance expedition returned to Kathmandu traversing and crossing unexplored mountain passes westward through Gaurishankar range. During this period explorers reached close to the Cho Oyu peak. In 1952, the Joint Himalayan committee organized the British Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition as scientific preparation for the possible 1952 Everest Expedition. But, the Nepal government awarded permission to the Swiss group to climb Everest in 1952.
1952 Mount Cho Oyu Expedition was led by Eric Shipton and accompanied by other Britons Charles Evans, Tom Bourdillion, Ray College, Alfred Gregory, and Griffith Pugh. New Zealander Edmund Hillary, Geroge Lowe and Earle Riddiford along with Canadian Campbell Secord were also in the group.  The aim of this expedition was to undertake the job of Cho Oyu climbing and Griffith Pugh to trial oxygen equipment, research on diets, and prepare for the next Everest expedition. They failed to reach the Cho Oyu summit this time. And due to poor leadership quality, Eric Shipton was replaced by John Hunt for the 1953 Everest Expedition.
Hillary and Lowe reached to an ice cliff above 6,650 m /21,820 ft. and retrenched due to difficulties of cliff and avalanche danger. They were feared by Chinese troops, reported to be present at a short distance across the border.
The first successful Mt Cho Oyu climbing was carried out on 19th October 1954 by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jochler, and PasangDawa Sherpa/Lama (Nepal) of an Austrian Expedition. The Cho Oyu Tibet The expedition was from the North-west face and did not use supplemental oxygen for climbing. In 1978, Austrians Edi Koblmuller, and Alois Further made the successful Cho Oyu Summit from extremely difficult South-east face. 
A common route to climb Cho Oyu is from the north – the Chinese side – and known as the normal route. Some climbers take the south route via Nepal as well to climb the peak.

Satori Adventures operates spring and autumn season expeditions to Cho Oyu- easy 8000m expedition– with our professional expedition track record in the Himalayas. Both autumn and spring are considered as the best Cho Oyu Climbing Season.
We are synonymous with seasoned guided Cho Oyu expedition operations in the Himalayas with a safe climbing environment equipped with highly experienced Sherpa guides, sophisticated equipment, and unparalleled management abilities. Our nutritious menu customized to our client's preferences; as much fresh veggies as possible; freshly cooked meals available 24 hours a day comfort your expedition effort. Moreover, we provide high-quality North face personal tents, a spacious and comfortable dining tent with functional and comfortable furniture, and an efficient heater and pump assisted showers. We use the latest model of Poisk brand oxygen and Top out/summit systems of masks and regulators. All these arrangements definitely prove to be an excellent supplement to your expedition effort and yet in the affordable and competitive Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition cost.
Your Cho Oyu expedition starts from arriving in Kathmandu and preparing Visa of China and climbing permits. Your overland exciting road journey takes you to the base of Cho Oyu in the Chinese territory, from where you climb the peak’s north-west face.
We set our camps in the Mt.ChoOyu as Camp I at 6,400 m/ 20,997 ft; Camp II at around 7,100 m/ 23,294 ft.; and the highest camp or Camp III at 7,450 m/ 24,442 ft. Most of the climbers take the summit push challenge from Camp II and return to the camp. But, for your success and ease, we set the Camp at 7,450 m from where the Cho Oyu summit bid will be easier.
Cho Oyu Tibet Expeditions a semi-technical with some short ice cliffs, a rock band, and several crevasses. Our full board Cho Oyu Expedition service or Mount Cho Oyu Climbing Base Camp services provided through highly skilled Sherpas and professionals give you unmatched experience in the Himalayan majestic peak Cho Oyu.
If you want to take the alternate challenge on Mount Cho Oyu, then you can prepare yourself for the Cho Oyu Ski Expedition which is viable.

Many climbers have a question, how hard is it to climb Mount Cho Oyu? How easy or how difficult to climb any eight thousand meters peak can only be said through comparative presentations. It also depends on the climber’s age, physical fitness, previous climbing experiences, weather, and climbing season. Mount Cho-Oyu, one of the 14th, 8000m mountains in the world are considered to be an easy 8000m expedition and safe to climb, where rates of success are likely high. Cho-Oyu Advance Base Camp is located at a height of 5,700 m/18,700ft which is the second-highest the advance base camp of all 8000m expedition after the Everest North route. After a couple of days rest and preparation at the base camp, you set out for the first and second base camp acclimatization.
After the first two hours of trekking steep path of 15-20 degrees challenge you after the Cho Oyu Base Camp. Climbing the steep path to the right and passing through the path of rock boulders of varied sizes, you reach the base of the Camp-I. From this place of Mt. Cho Oyu a steep climb of one and a half hours – about 350 to 400 m – on some 75 degrees of the slope you reach Camp 1 located at the height of 6,400 m/20,997ft. The climber and Sherpa guide do not need to tie the ropes if there is no fresh snow. But if there is fresh snow for safety reason, our Sherpa Guide fixes some 400meters long rope here. Basically no climbing equipment and tools like ice axe, crampons should be used in these parts if there is no fresh snowfall.
The first C1 is located in a mound-like place between two small basins where about 15 tents can be pitched and typically safe from avalanches or stone-slides.
From camp 1, it takes about four and a half hours to reach camp 2, if you are a climber with average stamina. It depends on your acclimatization, weather condition, physical fitness, and walking pace. After 2 hours uphill in 30-35 degrees slope climb you reach to sections which pose challenges to some climbers. It is named as hanging point– the 150’ ice wall and popular among adventure climbers as a challenging point among climbers too–by climbing Sherpa guides. Satori Adventures expert Cho Oyu Expedition Sherpa Guides fix static rope about 50-60 m of high quality in this part using both ice screws and snow bar for safety.
It is easy for you to use a dynamic rope for descending but to climb up most of the time it is a fixed static rope. After crossing this Ice Wall you walk about half an hour above the flat slope and next 2 hours Steep part of some 50 degrees to reach Camp 2. Camp 1 and Camp 2 both are pretty 100% safe locations for the camp.
The Mount Cho-Oyu climbing from Camp 2 (C2) to Camp 3 (C3) is a safe and easy climb. It takes about three and a half hours for average stamina climbers to climb this section. After an hour walking above the snow in some 20 degrees of vertical like slope, you arrive at the rope fixing point.  About two and a half hours ascending about 50-55 degrees slope wall, you reach Camp 3 which is just below the Yellow Band. Camp 3(C3) is also above a small snow hill which is comparatively safe.
Most of the climbers starting about 11:00 Pm for Cho Oyu summit target to reach the summit at around 07:00 am. That means the distance between Camp 3 to Cho Oyu Summit is an average of 08 hours of climbing. 
About 15 minutes of climbing from the C3 you will reach the yellow band.  There are two climbing routes to cross the yellow band from North-east and North-west sides.  The right-hand path or North-east Cho Oyu The climbing route is a short cut but with higher risks of avalanches. The left-hand route or North-west route is long to cross but totally safe route. So, almost 95% of climbers use this climbing route even if approximately an hour long and we use this route as well. Almost from here to the plateau Cho Oyu Summit (8000M about) it takes about 5 hours on average pace. The climbing is roughly about 50-55 degrees slope from Yellow band climbers reaches to the false summit.  After about climbing two hours in the comparatively flat slope of some 10 degrees and around 900m distance, you reach the main Cho Oyu summit. If you are a climber with Strong stamina, then you can climb all the way down to Camp 2 or even Camp 1 the same day. If you are a climber of average stamina then you descend down to Camp 3 and next day to Camp 1 and subsequent day to the Base Camp.

Advance Base camp: 5,700m/18,700ft
We pitch our advanced base camp for your climb at the scenic location below the North-West face of the mountain at an altitude of 5,700 m/18,700ft. You can view full route up to the summit of Cho Oyu in full along with glaciers and other peaks. You spend long period of climbing viz. slightly more than three weeks.
Cho-Oyu Camp I (6,400m/20,997ft) - four to six hours climbing.
Camp I from ABC is generally distanced to four to six hours walking-climbing along Gyabrag glacier first and then through steep scree slope to the shoulder of broad snow field. It is basically in the safe location, but still the risks of avalanche on a big mountain are always there. 
Cho-Oyu Camp II (7,100m/23,294ft) - five to seven hours climbing.
Camp II is locatedjust above sheer 25 m high ice cliff in a wide snow face. To make this part safe in the ice cliff, we fix line up. This part of the climbing has some 35-380 slopes.
Cho-Oyu Camp III (7,450 m/ 24,442 ft)
This is like a transit camp to make your climbing successful and easier. Some climbers push for summit from Camp II as well, but we believe to rest at Camp III for a short while before you push for summit bid is ideal. Camp III is situated just below the yellow rock band which is to be tackled for the summit. The climbing route above this yellow band is straightforward, but steep snow slope making it strenuous climbing in this height. As you will spend only short time in this camp, it is not equipped with various amenities.
Cho-Oyu Summit: (8,201m/26,906ft)
The most awaited day of the trip is here. You leave Camp III at around 01.00 am for a summit bid. In a good weather day, if things go correct as planned and expected, you now stand on top of the mountain Cho Oyu at around 07.00 am to 10.00 am. After yellow band, at 7,800 m /25,590ft with long steep snow slope, you need to be focused.

We operate our expedition in the Himalayas with well-trained Sherpas of western standard born and raised in the foothills of the Himalayas for our Cho Oyu Guided Expedition. Their excellence and glorious climbing history need no more explanation. Our Cho Oyu Expedition Sherpa Guides have climbed Mt. Everest and other peaks in the Himalayas of all height multiple times, and prove themselves to be the best climbers and Leader/guide.
Our Sherpas will make sure that cooperation with other Sherpas from different companies and Base Camp organizations are all intact. It is essential that all climbing teams work together in the Himalayas with proper contributions from all operators on the tasks such as route fixing and ensuring safety of climbers from Base to the summit. Our Sherpas lead in these efforts.

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 Facts of the Trip

  First Ascent: Austrian Joseph Joechler, Herbert Tichy (Italy), PasangDawa Lama (Nepal), October 19, 1954

  Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu & B, L, D in during Driving and climbing period

  Highest access: 8,201m (26,906ft)

  Duration: 46 (typically) Days

  Group Size: 06-10 people per Group

  Co-ordinates: 28°05'37''N, 86°39'43''E

  Location: Nepal/ Tibet border, 30km west of Everest

  Country: Tibet, China

  Airport: Kathmandu

  Departure From: Kathmandu (KTM)

  Grade: Moderate Climb (PD++)

  Accommodation: Three star to five stars as request

  Transportation: Car, Jeep, Mini Bus

  Best season: Spring and Autumn

  Major Activity: trekking/ climbing

  Include Activity: Zhangbu, Naylam and Tingri tour

  Culture: Tibeten and Sherpa

  Mode of Travel: Hotel/ Guest house on route, camping during climbing period

  Climbing route: North-west Ridge

  Himalayan sights: Friendship peak, Everest, Lhotse, Shishapangma

Brief Itinerary of Cho Oyu Expedition

Arrival in Kathmandu, and transfer to your Hotel (1,350 m/ 4,429 ft).

Day Tour in Kathmandu. Apply Visa of Tibet at the Chinese Embassy.

Rest day in Kathmandu. Final preparation and the briefing in Kathmandu about the expedition trip.

Drive from Kathmandu to Timure at Nepal side of the Nepal-China (Tibet) Border. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Drive from Timure to border. Cross the border to China, and then drive to Gyirong/Kyrong (1962 m/ 6,437 ft). Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Drive from Kyrong to Tingri (4,350 m/ 14,269 ft). Overnight stay at Hotel.

Acclimatization day at Tingri. You will walk hill nearby (5,000 m/ 16,404 ft) after breakfast. O/N stay at Hotel.

Drive from Tingri to the Base camp (4,800 m/15,750 ft.). It’s about two hours’ drive. Camping accommodation.

Rest Day at Base Camp for acclimatization. And preparation for the Yak, transportation, etc.

Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp at 5,300 m/17,388 ft. along the 4x4 track. Camping accommodation.

Trek to Cho Oyu Advanced Base Camp at 5,700 m/18,700 ft where you will spend your most of the expedition duration.

Climb Cho Oyu and Summit at 8,201 m/ 26,906ft.

Other Camps are as:
Camp I at 6,400 m/ 21,000 ft.
Camp II at 7,100 m/ 23,300 ft.
Camp III at 7,450 m/ 24,442ft. and then
Summit Cho Oyu 8,201 m/ 26,906 ft.

Preparation to returning. Clean the Base Camp, and then drive to Tingri. It is about three hours trek and six hours' drive. Overnight at Hotel.

Drive from Tingri to Gyirong/Kyrong. Overnight at Hotel.

Early in the morning drive from Gyirong to Border, cross the border and then drive to Kathmandu which will be a long drive day. Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to your Hotel.

Free day in Kathmandu and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.

Transfer to the airport for final departure.

Full Board:

Satori Adventures offers Full Board Service for our entire range of flagship Mountaineering Expeditions to all 8000m peaks. Our Full Board service means that we will provide a Trekking service, an in-Base camp service and High camp service executed by your Sherpa Climbing Guide. All our Full Board clients will have a personal Sherpa Climbing guide exclusively dedicated to the client for the duration of the climb.

Our climbing Sherpa guide team will establish and secure climbing route in collaboration with other climbing teams participating on the route; Establish all high camps with camping equipment, provisions and oxygen and prepare high altitude food for his client; Assist his client on the route and ensure client safety and well being on the route through guiding and negotiating the route access priorities at pace and schedule determined by clients’ physical condition and preferred pace; Ensure total commitment to the client in case of emergency with clients’ safety and well being as overriding priority.

High camp service for Full Board Service clients will consist of provision of all equipment necessary to fix the route, all camping equipment, fuel and food for high camps as well as oxygen provision, including mask and regulator and latest model of Poisk oxygen, Summit system of Mask regulators in quantities specified in your climbing itinerary as per height of Mountain.

Full Board Service Cost Includes:

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from international airport with other necessary surface transportation as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the international airport by Satori Adventures representative on arrival and departure.
  • 5 night request star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
  • Truck for expedition equipment from Kathmandu-Kerung-Kathmandu.
  • Land Transportation from KTM-KERUNG-KTM for Climbing members and Staff.
  • Chinese custom clearances at the border
  • Chinese Government Royalty for Cho-Oyu Expedition for group and climbing Sherpa guide.
  • Chinese visa for climbing period, both Base Camp staff, Sherpa and group;
  • 1:1 Climbing Sherpa guide each member and leaders will be included.
  • TMA or CTMA selected English speaking Chinese liaison officer and interpreter
  • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp;
  • Full Board hotel in route in Tibet:Lhasa,Tingri (B/L/D) (provided by CTMA);
  • Food during expedition period for expedition members and staff;
  • Tibet Visa and Travel Permit for expedition crew;
  • Expedition Permit to climbing Cho Oyu along northwest ridge route;
  • Permanent kitchen facilities at advance base camp.
  • All staff during Expedition period with experienced guide (Base Camp Manager) as per group size.
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary;
  • Cargo clearance & duties assistance service free;
  • Daily wages, equipment allowance & insurance for expedition staff;
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group;
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members;
  • Quality personal tent at base camp and advance base camp
  • Permanent kitchen and dining facilities at advance base camp
  • Shower facility at base camp and advance base camp
  • All necessary climbing hardware and ropes.
  • Preferable meals at BC, ABC, higher camps, Hot drinks and beverages, freeze dried food during expedition
  • 24 hours hot drinks and beverage during expedition
  • Quality high altitude freeze dried food for Sherpa and staff;
  • 2 Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators (if requested by client)
  • We provide Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance.
  • Ice falls charges, all high quality tent for  higher camps 1, 2, 3 ·
  • EPI gas and burners  for cooking food above base camp;
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for cook, climbing Sherap guide and base camp staff.
  • All necessary camping equipment's like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, kitchen tent, shower, toilet tents etc.
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking-up and down carrying by Yak;
  • Truck will be provided at Kerung boarder -Chinese base camp and return Kerung for loads;
  • Yaks curry the loads from Chinese base camp to middle camp to advance base camp and return;
  • Required experienced, trained and Government Licensed climbing guide(s) during climbing period per person as per requirements.
  • First Aid medical kits for the group and the staff.
  • Satellite phone carrying by guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Emergency oxygen and mask regulator.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Satori Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.)
  • Our service charges

Full board service Cost Exclude:

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Extra transportation then display in itinerary program.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Wallie-talkies & Filming permit (if special camera or walkies-talkies).
  • Personal climbing gears;
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkies-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules. Minimum US$ 1000.00 per climbing Sherpa guide.
  • Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa guide, minimum US$ 1000.00 per climbing Sherpa guide. 
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu)
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any other item not included in “COST INCLUDES” section.

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