Tibet Trek to Cho Oyu and Everest Base Camps with International Mountain Guides
If you are interested in joining the Cho Oyu expedition but not interested in climbing an 8,000m peak, we've added a very unique trek option for fit and adventurous travelers. The Trekkers will travel with the climbing team from Kathmandu to Lhasa by air, and will return to Nepal via the newly open road via Kyirong, Tibet and Dunche, Nepal. Three nights in Lhasa allow for exploration of the Potala, Johkang, Barkhor, and other sites. Then, it is off to Shigatse and Tingri via Landcruiser. After a couple of days of acclimatization hiking in the Tingri area, you move up to the Cho Oyu Base Camp (about 15,000'). After several more days at Base Camp, with hiking each day for good acclimatization, we move up to Advanced Base Camp (about 18,500') with the team and the yaks. It takes at least two days of rugged hiking to get to ABC, which is near the famous Nangpa La (an old trade route leading to the Khumbu and Namche Bazaar in Nepal).
Trekkers stay at ABC for several days for acclimatization and exploration. If desired, you can join the climbers on their first trip up to Camp 1 (over 20,000 feet or 6000m) on rugged but non-technical terrain. You are right at the base of the mountain, surrounded by the big Himalayan peaks. It is awesome scenery.
Rongbuk Everest Base Camp
After leaving Cho Oyu ABC, the trek team will head back to Tingri, and from there go by jeep to Rongbuk (Everest Base Camp). We have two nights at Rongbuk (Everest BC) which will allow our well acclimatized trekkers to hike up onto the East Rongbuk Glacier for the classic closeup views of Everest.
From Rongbuk, the route crosses the famous Pang La Pass, with a world class view of the Himalayas from Makalu (to the east) to Shishapangma (to the west) and then continues on via the ancient Tibetan town of Xegar (Shegar). The new road back to Nepal loops around Shishapangma (14th highest peak) to the ancient town of Kyirong. Then, the new road crosses to Dunche, Nepal and on the Kathmandu.
Note on Dates
Dates are listed starting with the arrival day to Kathmandu to the arrival day back to Kathmandu at the end of the trip. The ending date for the Tibet Trek is fixed. The ending date for the Cho Oyu Climb is flexible, depending on weather and conditions. It would be normal to add at least 7 extra contingency days on the itinerary for the climb. If necessary, climbers will change their departure flights from Kathmandu when they know exactly when the expedition is going to end.
International Mountain Guides (IMG)
IMG is the oldest and most respected high-altitude climbing service in the world and its three principals, Eric Simonson, Phil Ershler, and George Dunn, have led and organized hundreds of expeditions worldwide since 1975. IMG's Himalayan mountaineering programs are organized and directed by Eric Simonson, one of the world's premiere expedition organizers. Under his direction IMG has conducted over 60 Himalayan 8000 meter expeditions. His teams include a group of professionals and Sherpas who are the best in the business. Since 1990, over 600 IMG team members have summited the world's classic 8,000-meter peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma.