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Cho Oyu - Sixth highest mountain in the world, literally known as the "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan Language is 8201 meters peak and located in Solu Khumbu district and about 30 km west of Mount Everest and Lhotse in to the head of the Gokyo Valley at the frontier of Nepal and Tibet. First climbed on October 19, 1954 by the Austrian team together with Sepp Jochler and Sherpa Pasang Dava through Tibet from the Nagpa La- not strictly a legal route. Cho Oyu was the fifth 8000 metre peak to be climbed, after Annapurna in June 1950, Mount Everest in May 1953, Nanga Parbat in July 1953 and K2 in July 1954.
The approach to the mountain from both Nepal and Tibet is easy, and the ascent through Tibet is not particularly difficult. Of all Nepal’s 8000m peaks, Cho Oyu is the second only to Everest in both the number of Expeditions successful ascents for more than 1600 climbers climbed till to Spring 2009.
Just a few kilometers west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La (5,716m/18,753 ft), a glaciated pass that serves as the main trading route between the Tibetans and the Sherpas from Khumbu. Due to its proximity to this pass and the generally moderate slopes of the northwest ridge route, some climbers consider Cho Oyu to be the easiest 8000 meter peak to climb.
"Finally, the peak is reached, the infinite hardships are ended. The last nine hours fighting with the mountain; the time in the death zone above 24,000 foot, the weeks of privations and hardships, even the risk of one's life - is this reward itself really? Yes, certainly! Not because of fame but inner satisfaction: To have found the mountain as friend and have been so near to the sky." Sepp Jochler-First Summiter of Cho Oyu.
History about Cho Oyu Mountain
1952: First reconnaissance of Cho Oyu's Northwest face by Edmund Hillary and party.
1954: A small Austrian expedition, under the leadership of Herbert Tichy, make a spectacular first ascent without oxygen on the Northwest face. This new style of climbing big mountains with alpine techniques rewrote mountaineering history.
1958: Second ascent by an Indian expedition. Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama, who was part of the first ascent, reached the peak for the second time. First death on Cho Oyu.
1959: Four member of an expedition are killed in an avalanche during a failed international women's expedition.
1964: Controversial third ascent by a German expedition. No proof of reaching the summit. Two mountaineers die in Camp 4 of exhaustion at 7600 m (25,000 foot) height.
1978: The Austrian alpinists, Koblmuller and Furtner, succeeds in a spectacular ascent of the extremely difficult and dangerous southeast face.
1983: Reinhold Messner succeeds on his fourth attempt.
1985: First winter ascent of the South buttress by a Polish expedition. The South Buttress is the most difficult route on Cho Oyu to be completed successfully.
Route follow for trekking: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding, Namche, Dole, Gokyo Lake and Cho Oyu Base Camp.
Arrive to Kathmandu, an exciting and memorable experience with the panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan range greets your sight.
Independent Himalayan Adventure's Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.
Kathmandu. Preparation of Expedition. Briefing in Ministry of Tourism to obtain Mountain Permit. In these two days, we will finalize paperworks. Climbers can visit Swoyambhunath , Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath in these days.
Relaxation then as usual there will be extensive preparations, packing bags, equipment at hotel, ready for the start the following day. We suggest you to leave your unnecessary belongings which you may not need during the expedition. Pack and lock all bags and leave at the Hotel Store.
Early morning fly to Lukla Tenzing Hillary Airpot (the hub of Khumbu) take short time to finalize packing for porterts/yaks. Tea/Coffee. Trek to Phakding (2640m) for first night stay.
After breakfast trek start from Phakding. Enter Sagarmatha National Park and trek to Namche Bazaar (3446 meters). It will take you around 6 hrs
Rest day in Namche for acclimatization. This day you can visit up to Syangboche, Khumjung, Khunde, Thamo around.
Trek to Dole 4200 meters
Trek to Machermo 4410m meters
Trek to Gokyo Lake 4750 meters
Gokyo - Gyazumba-Tsho Lake
Gyazumba-Tsho-Cho Oyo South Face Base Camp
Climbing Period of Cho Oyu Expedition
Cho Oyu Base camp - Gokyo Lake
Gokyo Lake - Dole
Dole - Namche Bazaar
Finally we return to Lukla where the trek started, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the tiny town.
Morning flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
2 Reserve days. Free Days in Kathmandu.
Lukla airport is mountain side airport. these types of airport some time affected by clouds or bad weather to fly or land aeroplane. so that we are suggesting all of your tourists for extend minimum 2 days more. these reserve days you may visit around.Kathmandu or you can do shopping or you may go to rafting plus chitwan jungle safari. these extra services cost can be extra.
After breakfast; morning is free for shopping or individual activities. Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu for Final Departure.
Per person: US$ 21000 (minimum 4 persons)
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