CHO OYU

  • Adventure Factor
    courageous
  • Experience Value / Emotion
    lifechanging
  • Fitness / Struggle
    challenging
  • Risk
    low objective hazards
  • Travel Comfort
    expedition style

Following the paths of Herbert Tichy...

The Cho Oyu, also called "The Grace of the Gods" or Qowowuyag, rises at the border between Nepal and Tibet with its breathtaking 8. 201m as sixth highest mountain towards the sky and already comes quite close to it. What is particularly important to us Austrians in connection with Cho Oyu: the legendary first ascent of Herbert Tichy, his Tyrolean mountain companion Sepp Jöchler and Sherpa legend Pasang Dawa in 1954. The Austrian writer, geologist, explorer, adventurer and mountaineer climbed Cho Oyu with much patience and without additional oxygen. The route chosen by the trio is still considered to be the "normal route" to Cho Oyu and will lead us to the summit. And Tichy's stories make us really looking forward to our expedition into the middle of the Himalayas:

"When we remember this time, it is not so much the extreme but rather the harmony and beauty - the hours, the landscape and the surrounding people - that remain in our memories. (Herbert Tichy)

The Cho Oyu is perfect for preparing for one of the harder eight-thousanders, as it is considered one of the objectively safer and easier eight-thousanders. Nevertheless, this mountain must not be underestimated, because it is still one of the highest mountains in the world and therefore a challenging undertaking. However, through good preparation, a professional team and the appropriate equipment, the objective dangers of our expedition can be contained relatively well and that is what CHO OYU is all about:

Not much of a risk, but definitely fun!


Highlights:

  • one of the safest 8.000ers
  • 1:2 member-Sherpa-ratio
  • IFMGA/UIAGM-certified mountain guide
  • high camp equipment included

 

Dates:

 

April 03 - May 12, 2019 (40 days from/to Kathmandu), early bird bonus (booking until October 30, 2018): € 300

Booking Code: CHO19

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August 26 - October 04, 2019 (40 days from/to Kathmandu); early bird bonus (booking until March 20, 2019): € 300

Booking Code: CHOA19

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Minimum members: 6
Price: € 26.990

What the price includes:

Organisation of the expedition
UIAGM certified mountain guide on the whole expedition
4 nights hotel in Kathmandu on double occupancy, single room optional 
All transfers in Nepal and Tibet (jeep / private shuttle)
Fullboard during whole expedition (in Kathmandu only breakfast)
Drinks at shared meals (no alcoholic drinks)
Double occupancy rooms/tents during journey to the mountain
Porter / Yak to basecamp and back (30kg personal gear / member) for both mountains
1 tent each member in each basecamp
1 tent each 2 members for approach and high camps
mat for approach and basecamp 
High camp equipment (tent, stove, cooking gear, gas, meals)
Fixed ropes, fixing material
1 Sherpa each 2 members
Gear, Insurance and helicopter rescue for all staff members
Medical emergency oxygen
Emergency medicine, pulseoxymeter
Kitchen staff
Comfortable, heated Dome tent in basecamp, shower tent
Satellite communication (WIFI, notebook, solar charging)
Radios
All fees and permits
weather forecast
organization and cost for the Tibetan visa
Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator 

What the price does not include:
International Airfare to Kathmandu (ask for an offer - for now it is about € 800 ex Europe)
Lunch and dinnerin Kathmandu
personal insurance
Visa for Nepal (available at the airport aftre arrival, take a passport photo!)
Visa for China (must be obtained by members at the chinese embassy in their home country early enough) 
Personal medicine
Personal climbing sherpa (optional)
Oxygen (optional)
Alcoholic beverages
Tips
Summit bonus for climbing Sherpas
Personal climbing gear
Sleeping bag
High camp mat
Fees for satellite communication
Helicopter flight basecamp - Kathmandu (optional)

Options:
Personal Sherpa: € 6.000 
O2 Pack (newest oxygen system, rent mask & regulator, 4 bottles): € 5.000

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures GmbH, Hoehenstrasse 5, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, phone: +43 (0) 512 204134, mail: info@furtenbachadventures.com

The following schedule is planned:
The exact schedule depends on weather and snow conditions as well as on the progress of the logistics and the group on the mountain. In addition, keep in mind that we are in a very remote and politically sensitive area where our freedom of movement may be limited at any time due to governmental or environmental restrictions.

Day 1: Arrival and get-together at the hotel in Kathmandu 
Everyone will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel, regardless of whether the journey was booked individually or not. And then we will get off to a comfortable start... check in and get to know the others while enjoying a beer on the terrace and the emerging excitement of belonging to the distinguished expedition team.

Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu 
Those who do not yet know Kathmandu will love it. Relax, shop in Thamel, enjoy the cultural program, or simply soak up the atmosphere. To each his own.

Day 3: Flight to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet
One of the probably most stunning mountain flights in the world where awaits us, where you might be able to catch a glimpse at the Everest and other 8.000ers.  The rest of the day remains to explore Lhasas’ old town or enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner.

Day 4: Sightseeing in Lhasa
In the morning, we have time for sightseeing at the most important sights of Lhasa: the Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama and the Jokhan Cemetery which shows us the rich culture of this beautiful country.

Day 5: Drive to Lhatse

Day 6: Drive to Tingri (4.300m)
Simple accommodation but good food! We can already see Cho Oyu from here.

Day 7: Rest day for acclimatization purposes
Around Tingri there are some nice 5.000m-hills to be hiked. We are wondering, how the shepherds and their sheeps are doing, as the vegetation seems to be quite sparse.

Day 8 - 9: Arrival at the Cho Oyu paddock
After a long approach in order to get a good acclimatization we finally arrive Cho Oyu paddock (4.900m) today!

Day 10 - 15: Climbing period 

Days 16: Ascent phase on Cho Oyu

Day 17: back to paddock
Trek to chinese basecamps on both mountains (driver`s camps).

Day 18: Drive to Kyirong
Departure for Kyirong and after arrival free time. Day 38: Drive from Kyirong to Kathmandu

Day 19: Kathmandu
Finally back to civilization! Whatever has happened the last 6 weeks, we’ll be happy to enjoy a cool beer, nice shower and comfortable bed.

Day 20: individual flight back home
Time to say goodbye! We’ll leave Nepal with loads of exciting memories and stories to tell.

General 
An expedition to high altitudes still presents an enormous challenge despite modern equipment and tactics. Besides technical and fitness requirements, the high altitude still poses the largest hurdle. That is why we place great emphasis on prudent, slow acclimatization, and recommend our eight thousander expedition participants the possibility of pre-acclimatization in a high altitude tent at home (see also FAQ). 
Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in the expedition lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.
If you are not sure whether taking part in an expedition is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per emaillukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Difficulty / Technique

The ascent always lies in the participants personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide and expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and – if required – independently build rope teams under the guidance of the mountain guide. Cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for all. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

For expeditions offered by us, unless otherwise specified in the detailed program, the following is required of participants: independent getting on and off the fixed ropes on cliffs, snow, ice and firn snow slopes, as well as the independent use of crampons and ice axes in mixed terrain. On climbing passages, as well as very dangerous and exposed places, fixed ropes are attached by mountain guides and by the Sherpa team.

Physical fitness 
A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain, unless an optional personal Sherpa is booked. The porters are available for the group and set up the high camp and insure the route. We will gladly provide individual advice on how to best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

Equipment 
Unless specified otherwise in the detailed program, all high camp equipment will be provided by us. You need to bring your own personal equipment such as down clothing, expedition shoes, an isolated sleeping mat and a sleeping bag with a comfort range of - 20 to -25 degrees Celsius for the high camp. Following your booking we will send you a detailed equipment list. We will be happy to advise you personally during the selection and purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what not.

Health 
We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

Experience 
We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of an eight-thousander! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in our eight-thousander expeditions, you must already have collected some experience at high altitudes and mountaineering. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.

In order to participate in our seven-and six-thousander expeditions, you should have at least some experience on the four-thousander peaks of the Alps or other mountain ranges. Our offer for newcomers applies here as well, we can train you to become prudent and safe high altitude climbers!

We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about - or refresh their knowledge of - all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More info here.

Entry Requirements
Passport and Visa Regulations

Nepal
Swiss or EU citizens: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 more months and a visa (available at the airport upon arrival, depending on the duration of your stay from 25 to 100 USD, bring a passport photo)

China 
A group visa for Tibet will be obtained while in Kathmandu. This will be organized by Furtenbach Adventures. We’ll let you know which documents to bring for the application.


Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

Payment
Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.


Right of withdrawal
The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).

For expeditions to 7000 and 8000 meter peaks the following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel: until 3 months prior to departure 50%, within 3 months prior departure 100%.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.

Insurance possibilities
We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG” [European Travel inscurance].

Due to the high package price and long trip duration an insurance offer will be provided directly and individually by the travel insurance company after your booking.

To cover search and rescue costs in the mountains, we ask our expedition participants to take out a “medical only”-membership at Global Rescue. This membership can be concluded here before departure: https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/furtenbach/ Further information are provided after your booking.

 

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Höttinger Gasse 12
6020 Innsbruck
Austria

+43 (0) 512 / 204134

office@furtenbachadventures.com

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