The leader guide for Cho-Oyu climb is the current leader of Russian national team, who summited K2 twice without O2, summited Everest twice without O2 as well as some other 8000+ peaks.
Cho-Oyu is considered to be the easiest of the 8000m summits in the world. And this is the reason why we recommend climbing Cho-Oyu to those climbers, who have no previous experience of ascending these altitudes but would like to try it. Climbing Cho-Oyu is an excellent choice for the first experience of 8000m ascent, as the route isn’t technically difficult, and it presents a good chance to try a new level in climbing. This summit is also considered to be a good exercise before Everest attempt.
To make Cho-Oyu climb safer, we provide our clients – upon their request – with a container of oxygen along with the necessary equipment. They may be useful on the day of summiting. On that day the group will be accompanied by sherpas and a leader guide with vast experience of climbing Cho-Oyu and other similar routes.
The weather in the area is usually stable in spring as well as in autumn. However, we carefully observe weather forecasts in the internet and carefully select the most suitable period for acclimatization hikes and Cho-Oyu climb.
The Cho-Oyu climbing expedition beings in Kathmandu. Since members of the group may be arriving by different flights, we can arrange several airport–hotel transfers. The first several days we’ll be busy obtaining Tiber visas and getting prepared for our departure, along with sightseeing in Nepal’s capital.
After spending two days in Kathmandu, we will leave for Zangma in Tibet, or we can fly right to Lhasa (though this scenario is more expensive and depends on the political situation in China). We will have two rest days for acclimatization on our way, before we get to Cho-Oyu’s base camp at 5100m. Then we will spend a day or two at base camp, after which we’ll begin our Cho-Oyu climb with the help of yaks, heading towards advanced base camp (ABC).
Usually, for summiting only ABC is used, while BC is needed only for acclimatization. Climbers and sherpas usually set up three more camps on higher altitudes.
In ABC and BC you will be served three meals prepared by Tibetan and Nepal cooks in the specially equipped kitchen-tents. There you can get also hot water to wash yourself and boiled water to fill your thermos. There are also special dining tents with tables and chairs. In camps on higher altitudes climbers cook their meals themselves on gas stoves, and water is made from snow. Of course, our guides are always there to help you cook a meal and melt some snow.
After climbing Cho-Oyu, the group comes back to Kathmandu to take their flights back home.
The expedition will have only medical oxygen. In case you want to have oxygen on the summit day, please inform us when booking the tour.