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Date Saturday  4/13/2013
End Date Friday  5/31/2013
Group State CMC
Event Title Cho Oyu
Start Time 12:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader John Martersteck
Co-Leader Debbie Markham
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 6
Type Trip
Trip Type Rock Climbing
Climb Type
Climbing Class
Trail Mileage
Elevation Gain
Driving Distance


Nepal, Tibet

For more info Contact

John Martersteck, Debbie Markham


This trip is open to HAMS instructors with previous experience above 6,000m.

Cho-Oyu is the world’s sixth highest mountain that rises sharply above the Tibetan plateau and reaches to almost 27,000’.

The trip begins with an optional week-long trek to Namche Bazaar along the famous route to Everest Base camp.

We will 4WD drive from Kathmandu to Base Camp in Tibet, staying in medieval-looking towns along the way to begin the acclimatization process while experiencing Tibetan culture and enjoying great views of the surrounding Himalayan giants -- Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, and Everest.  BC is located just below the Jabula glacier at 4900m (16,000’).

Ascend to Advanced Base Camp at 5,600m (18,400’) on a moraine trail with views of stunning peaks in the area, including Jobo-Rabzang, and many unclimbed and unnamed 6,000m peaks, near the famous Nangpa La, an ancient route through the Himalaya where Tibetan traders carry goods to Namche Bazaar in Nepal and where many Tibetan refugees have fled for their lives.

We will establish three high camps on the way to the summit:  Camp 1 is located in a saddle at 6,400m (21,100’), at the base of the north-west ridge; Camp 2 is located on a large flat plateau at 7,000m (23,100’), and Camp 3 is located on a flat space of the northwest ridge-face at 7,450 meters (24,600 feet).

Summit day will involve navigating  a few small rock steps and mixed snow up to 45 degrees to the wide summit plateau, followed by a long traverse to the summit, which will afford inspiring views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and the entire Khumbu valley, as well as great views across the Tibetan plateau to Shishipangma (weather permitting!).


We will be hiring Dan Mazur’s guiding outfit ( to handle permits, in-country logistics and support at least to ABC (including Sherpa porters for group gear and food, and optional yak transport for personal gear); they will also  provide radios, satphone, BC and ABC cook and kitchen, optional supplemental oxygen, fixed lines, medical oxygen, and Gamow bag.

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.