At 8201 metres, Cho Oyu is the 6th highest mountain in the world and one of the most popular entrances into the realm of the 8000 metre mountains. The Cho Oyu Expedition is technically easier than the other 8000 metre mountains and is thus a good stepping stone to prepare oneself for the serious high altitude demands of Everest or the more technical 8000 metre mountains.The Cho Oyu Expedition lasts about 10 weeks starting and ending in Kathmandu. Since Mount Cho Oyu is situated between Nepal and Tibet, the Cho Oyu Expedition starts in Kathmandu with days allocated for the necessary paperwork and permits before heading into Tibet. The journey to Cho Oyu basecamp can be done either via flights to Lhasa or via land through Rasuwagadhi border.The Cho Oyu Expedition consists of very short but scenic treks to Cho Oyu basecamp, intermediate and advanced camp followed by 3 climbing camps that feature very limited and short steep and technical sections making it perfect to get used to the demands on extremely high altitude. In addition, the easier nature of the climb coupled with the time allocated on the mountain ensures more successful ascents on the mountain.
Good To Know
Asian Trekking is a Nepali expedition operating company established 36 years ago. According to Paragraph 26 of the Tourism Act (2035), no foreign expedition teams or companies are allowed to provide expedition services in Nepal directly and any foreign company must work through a Nepali company licensed by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal. As such, Nepali companies are the ones that provide all the legal, administrative, logistical, guiding and support services in Nepal, while also being legally responsible for the safe and responsible conduct of the expeditions. Booking through foreign expedition companies naturally makes the cost to the customer higher due to the extra layer of administration and profit margins, without necessarily adding any extra value.