Arrive in Kathmandu
Transfer to hotel. (H).
Kathmandu sighseeing tour (H, B, D)
Full day sightseeing tour, and enjoy the welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show in the evening. The next day is free.
Drive to Tibet, Cross the border (H, B, L, D).
Drive to Nyalam and stay additional night for acclimatization (H, B, L, D).
Drive across Lalung La pass (5050m) to Tingri and stay additional overnight (H, B, L, D).
Drive to Chinese Base Camp 4900m with good views of Everest en route (C, B, L, D)
We will also have one rest day before starting our trek to ABC. Our Yaks should arrive in the evening or early the next morning.
Trek to the intermediate camp before the base camp of Cho Oyu. (C, B, L, D)
It is further 4 hours of walk and the altitude at this point is 5150m just above the terminal moraine of the Gyabrag Glacier.
Trek further up and arrive at the Advanced Base Camp of Cho Oyu at 5700m (C, B, L, D)
The walk takes about 7 hours.
Rest days. (C, B, L, D)
Acclimatisation walk to Lake Camp at 6000m. (C, B, L, D)
This day will allow the team to explore the route out across the glacier from ABC to the beginning of the scree slope, which is the start of our climb on Cho Oyu.
Set up Camp 1 at 6400m (frequent moves between the high camp and base camp) (C, B, L, D)
Everyone in the group transfers the essentials to higher camps. The climb from base camp to high camp normally takes 4-6 hours and offers a fairly stiff climb at above 6000m.
Camp 2 at 7100m (C, B, L, D)
The journey up to camp 2 at 7100m involves climbing a steep 60 metre ice wall at around 6800m. With fixed lines this is a relatively straightforward task. Normally the journey takes 6-8 hours.
Rest day at ABC. (C, B, L, D)
Advance higher up to Camp 3 at 7500m (C, B, L, D)
We ascend to Camp 2, this time to spend a night or two above 7000 metres. It is also possible to climb up to Camp 3 at 7500m. After this, members may wish to spend a number of days at base camp resting and building strength prior to making their summit bid.
Rest Day. (C, B, L, D)
Summit Days (C, B, L, D)
It takes 8-10 hours to reach the summit. Initially we ascend up easy snow and rock to the summit plateau at which point it is only altitude, weather and fitness that will stop you reaching the sixth highest summit. The views across the summit plateau will include the other Himalayan giants: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Menlugste and the beautiful Ama Dablam. If we are successful in climbing the mountain early then we will leave base camp early.
Return to Kathmandu. (In Tibet H, B, L, D, In Nepal H, B)
At leisure in Kathmandu. (H, B)
Fly home. (H, B)