The sixth highest peak on Earth, Cho Oyu is a great introduction to climbing above 8000 meters, and excellent preparation for Everest. Cho Oyu is located along the Nepal / Tibet border and we access the mountain from the Tibetan (Northern) side. The route we climb (West Face) is relatively moderate, with only a few sections of steep rock or ice. After the 2 day trek to base camp we arrive in our very comfortable camp, complete with a large dining tent, a state of the art communications tent, and top of the line personal and shower tents. From here we begin our acclimatization process, and make two rotations up the mountain to our higher camps before our summit attempt. Joining us will be our top climbing Sherpas who also frequently climb with us on Everest, and assist in establishing the route and setting our camps. Many of these Sherpas will also climb with us to the summit, where the view of Everest, Lhotse, and other 8000 meter peak is spectacular! Join us for this wonderful experience, an expedition climb of an 8000-meter peak in style!
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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to the Yak & Yeti hotel. We will have a group welcome dinner and orientation.
Day 2: Equipment check, then city tour of Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive to Zhangmu.
Day 4: Drive to Nylam.
Day 5: Rest and acclimatize in Nylam.
Day 6: Drive to the small village of Tingri. We go for a short acclimatization hike and have a spectacular view of Cho Oyu, as well as Everest from the Northern side.
Day 7: Drive to trail head (initial base camp), camp and organize gear.
Day 8: If needed we rest here or go for acclimatization hikes.
Day 9: Today we hike to the intermediate camp.
Day 10: Trek to base camp.
Day 11: Rest and organize gear in base camp.
Day 12-14: Review technical climbing skills and acclimatize with short hikes.
Days 15-16: First rotation to Camp 1 and near Camp 2.
Days 17-19: Rest in base camp. Prepare for next rotation.
Day 20-22: Second rotation to Camps 1 and 2.
Day 23-25: Rest in base camp and evaluate weather conditions.
Day 26-30: Summit rotation.
Days 31-35: Extra days in case of bad weather, etc. Organize gear in base camp and prepare to trek out.
Day 36: Trek to trail head and drive to Tingri.
Day 37: Drive from Tingri to Kathmandu.
Day 38: Enjoy the restaurants and shops in Kathmandu.
Day 39: Depart Nepal for country of residence.
Day 40: Arrive home.
September 1 – October 10, 2020
• Airport pickup upon arrival in Kathmandu
• Accommodations at the Yak & Yeti hotel for 2 nights before and 2 nights after the expedition.
• All ground transport during the expedition.
• All accommodations during the drive to base camp.
• All group gear such as tents, cooking equipment, climbing gear.
• Oxygen (3 bottles), mask, regulator.
• Communications equipment (VHF base station, hand held radios, satellite internet access -500MB of data free, this is a $3500 value not counting hardware costs and set up fees)
• All food and meals during the expedition outside of Kathmandu.
• All climbing permits and administration expenses owed to China.
• Western guide, support staff including climbing Sherpas, cooks, porters.
Costs Do Not Include:
• Wire transfer fee
• Airfare to Nepal
• Meals in Nepal
• All expenses incurred for an early departure from the expedition.
• Medical and evacuation insurance, trip cancellation insurance.
• Personal items (see gear list)
• There are no refunds for the deposit or balance payments for this expedition. This includes but is not limited to, expeditions that conclude without a summit or progress towards a summit for participants due to route conditions, weather, insufficient manpower, or any other factor outside the control of Madison Mountaineering. Expedition leader has the final say on the expedition conclusion and will make all best efforts within our margin of safety.
• Participants that choose to leave an active expedition for any reason are not entitled to any refunds
• Madison Mountaineering, LLC highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all expeditions
• Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits, Madison Mountaineering must adhere to a stringent refund policy
• Deposit due with registration materials
• All balances are due 120 days prior to departure date unless otherwise specified
• Participants whose balances are not received by the 120-day deadline as stated above, risk forfeiture of their funds and their place on the expedition
Note: Madison Mountaineering, LLC reserves the right to waive any fees. As we offer personalized service, we will attempt to accommodate changes and cancellations when necessary, waiving certain fees when feasible. Deposits paid by participants acknowledge the above cancellation terms.
Ice Axe: General mountaineering tool (65cm)
Crampons: General mountaineering crampons
Climbing Helmet: Must be able to fit over your ski hat
Ascender: 1 right or left hand ascender (Petzel brand is best)
Alpine Climbing Harness: A mountaineering harness, with adjustable leg loops. Not a rock climbing “sport” harness.
Carabineers: 3 locking and 3 regular
Rappel device: ATC or figure 8
Mountaineering boots: Olympus Mons, Millet, etc.
Hiking shoes: comfortable boots or shoes for the trek to base camp.
Camp boots: comfortable boots for wearing in camp.
Booties: Optional, down is best.
Wool or synthetic socks: 6 pair
Liner socks: 3 pair
Synthetic Short underwear: A non cotton style underwear.
Lightweight Long Underwear: 2-3 pair long sleeve shirt and long pants
Heavyweight long underwear: 1 pair
Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt: 1-2 pair
Lightweight Nylon Pants: 1-2 pair
Soft Shell jacket: With or without hood
Soft Shell Pants: With accessory side pockets
Hard Shell Jacket with hood: A waterproof and breathable shell jacket
Hard Shell Pants: Waterproof and breathable shell pants
Down Parka with hood: This “puffy” jacket we wear when taking breaks when climbing below Camp 3.
Insulated synthetic Pants: These are nice to have when climbing below Camp 3.
Down Suit: Feathered Friends, Sherpa, North Face, Mountain Hardwear, etc. We wear this above Camp 3.
Synthetic or wool hat (ski hat).
Balaclava: to protect your neck and face in high winds.
Baseball Cap or other sun hat: To shade your face / neck from the sun on a hot day.
Bandana or Buff: To protect your neck / face from the sun.
Glacier glasses: Full protection with side covers or wrap around.
Ski goggles: To be worn on summit day in the event of high winds.
Lightweight synthetic liner gloves: For wearing on a hot day.
Soft shell gloves: To wear for moderate cold / wind.
Shell glove with insulated liner: To wear for severe cold / strong wind.
Expedition Mitts: Large enough to fit a liner glove inside.
Expedition Backpack: 65L pack should be large enough.
Trekking Backpack: To carry on the trek to base camp. Simple and light.
Sleeping Bag (for high camps): Rated to at least -40°F. Goose down or synthetic.
Sleeping Bag (for base camp): rated to at least -20°F.
Compression stuff sacks: For reducing volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc., in your pack.
Self inflating sleeping pad (1 for base camp and 1 for high camps): Full length is preferred.
Closed cell foam pad: To be used in conjunction with the inflating pad for warmth and comfort when sleeping.
Trekking poles: Adjustable
Cup: A plastic 16 oz. minimum cup or mug
Bowl: A plastic bowl for eating dinner or breakfast out of
Spoon: Plastic spoon (lexan)
Headlamp: With 2 extra sets of new batteries
Sunscreen: SPF 50 or better
Lip screen: SPF 30 or better (2 sticks).
Water bottles: 2 or 3 wide mouth bottles with 1 liter capacity.
Water bottle parkas (2): fully insulated with zip opening.
Thermos: 1 liter
Pee bottle: 1 liter minimum bottle for convenience at night in the tent.
Toiletry bag: Include toilet paper and hand sanitizer and small towel
Hand warmers & toe warmers: 3 sets of each. Or use Hot Tronics for food warmer system.
Knife or multi tool (optional).
Trash compactor bags: to line back pack and stuff sacks in the event of rain or wet snow is falling on us.
Camera: bring extra batteries and memory cards.
Travel Clothes: For days in Kathmandu.
Duffel bags (2) with locks: To transport equipment.
Base Camp Items: Kindle, Ipad, smart phone, etc.
Snack food: Please bring a few days of your favorite climbing snack food such as bars, gels, nuts, beef jerky, etc. A variety of salty and sweet is good.
Small personal first aid kit: Include athletic tape, band aids, Ibuprofen, blister care, personal medications, etc.
Medications and Prescriptions: Bring antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), and altitude medicine such as Diamox and dexamethasone.
Madison Mountaineering is recognized for well thought out strategy in high altitude climbing expeditions, as well as high-quality service throughout. Because we have two decades of experience in the planning and coordination of mountaineering expeditions, our reputation is excellent. We strive to make each expedition the best possible experience for our climbers and focus on our 3 primary goals of success in reaching the summit, returning safely, and having fun!
Our guides are some of the best and most experienced in the industry, having a strong grasp of technical climbing, expedition, and high altitude experience, along with strong interpersonal skills. Our teams are small and equipped with the best support available to ensure the highest chance of success. We are renowned for our comfortable base camps, high-quality food, first-rate communications, and medical support services, all of which are overseen by a professional member of our team.
Most of our climbers have either climbed with us before, been referred by a friend who has climbed with us, or met one of our teams while attempting another peak and decided to join us for their next expedition. We work hard to facilitate safe, successful, and enjoyable expeditions for all of our climbers. Our track record and past climber testimonials prove we are not only experts in our field, but we also love what we do!