Tibet Trek Cho Oyu and Everest 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 Tibet Trekkers will travel with the climbing team from Kathmandu to Lhasa by air. Three nights in Lhasa (nearly 12,000 ft) allow for exploration of the Potala, Johkang, Barkhor, and other sites while we acclimatize to the altitude in Tibet. Leaving Lhasa, the trip across Tibet to the mountains is spectacular. Our first night en route is spent in Shigatse (12,500 ft), where we visit the famous Tashilumpo Monastery. Then, from there we travel on to Tingri (14,250 ft) the ancient town on the north end of the trade route from Namche Bazaar in the Khumbu.
After several days of acclimatization hiking on the beautiful hills above Tingri and at Cho Oyu Base Camp (15,000 ft), join the Cho Oyu climbers on the yak supported trek up to Interim Camp (17,000'). Then, move on to Advanced Base Camp (18,500') just across the glacier from the famous Nangpa La pass to Nepal. You are right at the base of the mountain, surrounded by the big Himalayan peaks. Fit trekkers may accompany the climbers on the hike/scramble to Camp 1 (go over 20,000 feet, and then return to ABC).
Rongbuk Everest Base Camp
After hiking down to Cho Oyu Base Camp, you'll jeep over to the Rongbuk Monastery (16,700 ft) for the several nights. From here, we explore the Base Camp area and take a hike up the trail along the Rongbuk Glacier (on the route pioneered by Mallory and the 1921 British Expedition). The views of the North Face of Everest are amazing and you are surrounded by Everest history.
After finishing the trek, the team will either head back to Lhasa and then from there back to Kathmandu by airline flight OR (if permitting with the Chinese allows) we will drive the new road via the ancient town of Kyirong back to Nepal. This is the route that will be replacing the "Friendship Highway" (destroyed in the 2015 earthquake) and it is slated to become the main artery between Tibet and Nepal in the coming years (the Chinese are eventually planning to run the train to Kyirong). See it now, before it all changes! The new road back to Nepal loops around Shishapangma to the ancient town of Kyirong. Then, the it crosses the boarder at Rasuwa and continues on 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.