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Cho Oyu Expedition

Cho Oyu Expedition
Setting camp at Camp 1 during the Mt. Cho Oyu expedition.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience high-altitude climbing on the world’s sixth highest peak and prepare yourself for Everest
  • The splendid mountain view of high mountain more than 15 peaks above of 7,000 & 8,000 meters
  • Explore the Tibetan culture and lifestyle
  • Hospitable town of the Nomad Tibetan people.
  • Visit the vibrant cities of Kathmandu
  • Trip Facts

    Trip Code: HA-TI-003
    Trek Duration: Kathmandu - Tingri - Cho Oyu Summit - Kathmandu
    Trip Duration: 41 days(s)
    Max Altitude: 8201 meters
    Trip Grade: 5
    Lodging: Hotel in city, tented camp in expedition
    Meals: Breakfast in city, full board in Tibet
    Transportation: Private vehicle
    Communication: Available most of part
    Group Size: Price given on min. 6 pax basis
    Best Season: Sept - Oct, April - May
    Room Included: Yes
    Prices: Standard → USD $ 18,500 P/P


    Mount Cho-Oyu (altitude: 8,201 meters) is the 6th highest mountain in the Planet Himalaya. Considered to be the easiest of the fourteen 8000m peaks, Cho Oyu Expedition is devoid of technical climbing and snowfield and has few objective danger. However, its elementary characteristic does not compromise the experience of a thrilling adventure.

    Straddled between the border of Nepal and Tibet, Mt. Cho-Oyu is to be found in thirty kilometers west of Mount Sagarmatha. The mountain Cho-Oyu can be sumitted from botside - Nepalese side up on the south face and the north-east ridge and Tibetan side along the North-west normal route. The North approach, which is also the route of the first summit, is considered to be the easier route. Mt. Cho Oyu can easily be accessed by 4-wheel-drive vehicle from Tingri. Since this is the first 8,000-meter peak for most climbers, it is often guided.

    This expedition offers one of the best views of the highest peaks in the world – Mt. Everest 8848m, Mount Lhotse 8501m, Mount Nuptse 7855m, Mount Chamlang 7319m, Mount Pumori and other peaks of Himalaya. To the west, there are Mt. Melungtse and Mt. Gauri Sankar massifs and to the north, Tibetan area dominate the land.

    A remarkable feature of this trek is the hospitality of the inhabitants - The Sherpa people - and the chance you get to practice and learn their stunning arrangement, culture, tradition, festivals, dances, and monasteries. This is also an opportunity to explore a rare and unique Tibetan culture, lifestyle and traditions. Climbers whorequire an additional support for Cho Oyu Expedition can claim for an exclusively experienced Sherpa who have been trained in the Khumbu Sherpa Climbing School and speak English well.

    To conclude the expedition of Mt. Cho-Oyu, we place up the Advanced Base Camp and then three high camps in the north-west ridge part. Subsequently its starts our main effort to scale the final top of Mt. Cho-Oyu, our target destination of this expedition. The expedition will be supported by very experienced Nepalese staff and Sherpa climbing guide.

    Trip Outline

    Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal and shifted to hotel
    Day 02: Preparation day for Cho-Oyu expedition
    Day 03:  Drive to Nyalam, 80.9 KM
    Day 04: Acclimatization day in Nyalam
    Day 05: Drive to Tingri, 217 KM
    Day 06: Acclimatization day in Tingri
    Day 07: Drive to Chinese Base Camp
    Day 08: Acclimatization Day in Chinese Base Camp 4,700m
    Day 09: Preparation day for Cho Oyu Advance Base Camp 5,700m
    Day 10: Move to Gablung Camp (Middle camp)
    Day 11: Move to Cho Oyu Advance Base Camp
    Day 12-13-14: Spare day for fixed Advance base camp
    Day 15-35: Climbing period of Cho-Oyu (Camp1 - Camp2 - Camp3 - summit)
    Day 36: Cleaning the Base camp and packing all gear
    Day 37: Down to Chinese base camp
    Day 38: Drive to border
    Day 39: Customs clear then cross then drive back to Kathmandu
    Day 40: Free day in Kathmandu
    Day 41: Departure to your home.


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      Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal and shifted to hotel
      After clearing immigration and customs at the airport, you will be obtained by the staff from Himalayan Advisor in Kathmandu. We will be assisted with our transfer to the hotel in vibrant Kathmandu. After the hotel formalities, you are gratis to rest or to roam around the frenetic Kathmandu city. Kathmandu is a jumble of streets and markets, mass with interesting products and a mystifying blend of people. In the evening, delight in the delicious Nepali meal on a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

      Day 2: Preparation day for Cho-Oyu expedition
      Today, we are making preparation for Cho-Oyu Expedition. You will be briefed about the expedition. In the late afternoon, your equipment will be checked by a leader. Chinese Visas for entering Tibet will be obtain from the Embassy fo China in Kathmandu. We will also get introduced with fellow expedition members and guides. We will spend the night in a hotel in Kathmandu.

      Day 3:  Drive to Nyalam, 80.9 KM
      We will begin our expedition by driving to Kodari from Kathmandu. After clearing some immigration formalities on both sides of the border, we will reach Zhagmu- entry point to Tibet from Nepal. We will continue our journey towards Nayalam, Tibet. The entire journey from Kathmandu to Nyalam is of 8-9hrs long. We will spend the night in a hotel in Nayalum.

      Day 4: Acclimatization day in Nyalam
      On this day, we will explore the Nayalam County. Nyalam is a fast-growing little town made of concrete buildings located just above Zhangmu between Lhasa and the Nepal northern border. South of Nyalam the road drops abruptly through the gorge of the Matsang Tsangpo or SunKoshi as it is known in Nepal. You can also explore the small temple and historic sites which surround the city. We will spend the night in aa hotel in Nayalum.

      Day 5: Drive to Tingri, 217 KM
      We will be driving from Nayalum to Tingri. The drive offers an unusual contrasting view of green lower hills to the barren landscape of the Tibetan Plateau. Along the way we will cross Lalung La pass, where views of the highest peak- Mt. Everest will come to sight. We will spend the night in Tingri.

      Day 6: Acclimatization day in Tingri
      We will explore the small town of Tingri, which is about 60 km north-west of Mount Everest. Tingri has the most amazing view of Everest along with other peaks like Zhangzi Peak, Feilai Peak and Makalu Mountain to offer. The world’s highest monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, is situated in Tingri. Tingri is a perfect blend of religious community and the glorious harmonies of Nature. We will spend the night in Tingri.

      Day 7: Drive to Chinese Base Camp
      On this day, we will drive for about one hours from Tingri to Chinese Base Camp, the place called Thangmar. Chinese Base Camp is easily accessible from Tingri by road. The trip is pleasant and easy drive. As we approach Chinese Base Camp, view of snow-peaked mountains will welcome us. Once we reach the Base Camp, we will set up tents wherein we will spend the night. Sleeping among the 6th highest peaks towering over us below the sky is a must to experience.

      Day 8: Acclimatization Day in Chinese Base Camp 4,700m
      Nowhere is the view of Mt Cho Oyu as spectacular as it is from right here. The Chinese Base camp is quite dry and barren. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the 6th highest mountain of the world towering above us and we will see the Nangpala pass and friendship border close to us. We will also make necessary preparations to go to the Advance base camp. We will halt the night in tented camps in Chinese base camp.

      Day 9: Preparation day for Cho Oyu Advance Base Camp 5,700m
      This day the guide and management team will manage the Yaks and porter to shift our equipement and logistic to the Advance Base Camp. This day will be busy for crew to pack up things as you can enjoy wonder around this areas and with beautiful views.  

      Day 10: Move to Gablung Camp (Middle camp)
      Today, after breakfast at our Chinise base camp, we wil move to middle camp known as Gablung camp. It takes about four hrs and we start our journey with Yaks, porters and other crew members. There is a vehicle facilities to go there but due to risk of AMS we suggest to walk slowly for betterment acclimatization. We wil stop overnight at camp.

      Day 11: Move to Cho Oyu Advance Base Camp
      Same as last day, after breakfast we move to another camp of advance base camp. This will be your longer day which takes about six hours. While walking we will have pack lunch and our crew member will provide en-route and enjoy your walk up to reaching the advance base camp. You will fully enjoy the spectacular view of normal climbing route of Cho Oyu and other mountains of Nangpaigosum, friendship peak, Nangpala pass and it’s valley. Reaches at the camp for overnight.

      Day 12-13-14: Spare day for fixed Advance base camp
      On the these days we will explore the Advance Base Camp, setting our camp, rest and acclimatize etc. AT the same time we conduct the Puja ceremony for our success.  From here on, we will acclimatize and learn the skills needed for climbing the mountain. We will also sort out our equipment and clothing needed for the mountain and set aside the edibles we will need for the upper camp side.

      Day 15 - 35: Expedition Episode of Mt Cho Oyu (Camp1/2/3 to Summit)
      From the base camp we climb along the glacier to the Camp 1 through climbing 1st section. The first trip up the Gablung Glacier and onto the mountain is to familiarize the body to the change in altitude. The route that will be taken provides an amazing view of the mountains. Once the team has satisfyingly acclimatized, we will further continue to climb the mountain. To adapt to changing altitude, the ules of acclimatization is climb high and sleep low, till every member feels suitably well-adjusted to make the next move up to a camp2. At all camp, the team member will climb high but then return to the lower camp to sleep. Finally, before moving up to camp 3, we will return to the base camp for a prolonged rest. Mountain camps are situated as follows:

      Camp 1:
      It is at 6,400 meters and is located on a broad shoulder of snow. It is approx 8 hrs from the base camp. The climbing route of mount Cho Oyu follows the vertical scree, which improves as height is gained.

      Camp 2:
      The way to Camp 2 involves climbing a steep 50 meters ice wall at over 6,600m. Climbing steep ice cliffs at such an altitude requires a great deal of effort making this the hardest route to climb. Above the ice cliffs, there are several large crevasses which you will make your way until they finally give way, providing access to Camp 2 at 7,000m. Depending upon the snow conditions, this can be a very challenging day of seven to eight hours climbing time in that altitude.

      Camp 3:
      Located beneath a rock band that cuts off the snow slopes of the upper basin, Camp 3 is at 7,400m and roughly four hours above Camp 2. Although the distance to Camp 3 is shorten then last day and it is simple route but the high altitude makes the path more demanding.

      Once at Camp 3, we must make every effort to prepare for the subsequently day. We most eat, dringk and rest for final summit to Cho Oyu. The summit is challenging because the altitude makes even an elementary physical work difficult.

      Summit Day:
      Once on our way, easily navigable snow and rock ledges guide through the tiny rock band just above the camp 3. We climb step by step the angle of the slope relents until we emerge onto the broad windswept back of the mountain. The magnificent vista surrounding us as we cross the vast summit plateau toward the peak includes Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Gyachung Kang etc as well as the peaks of the Khumbu Himalayas. We reach the summit seven to eight hours after leaving Camp 3.

      For the descent the same route will be followed, with nights spent at Camp 2 and next day continueing descent to Camp 1 and to base camp.

      Day 36: Cleaning the Base camp and packing all gear
      On this day we will clean the Base Camp and pack all gear. We will collect all our equipment and belongings from Advance Base Camp. The entire process of cleaning the Base Camp is more time consuming than anticipated. We need to ensure that we leave no trace of our passing. We will have rest of the day free to rest and enjoy the scenic beauty we will be soon bidding farewell to. We will spend the night in Camp 1.

      Day 37: Down to Chinese base camp
      On this day, we will walk down to the Chinese Base Camp. The route follows across moraine rubble and then decends down to Rongbuk Glacier. This brings us closer to the Everest. As we walk down, we will savor the each moment with the nature’s bounty. Once we reach the Chinese Base Camp we will set up tents wherein we will be spending the night. You will have rest of the day free to yourself to rest or explore the county as you please.  

      Day 38: Drive to border
      After bidding our, hopefully not the last, farewell to the scenic beauty, we will collect our belongings and drive to Zhangmu. It will take us about six hours to reach Zhangmu from Chinese Base Camp through Tingri. We will spend the night in a hotel in Zhangmu, kodari Border.

      Day 39: Customs clear then cross then drive back to Kathmandu
      Early this morning, we will continue our journey towards Kodari Border. After clearing immigration formalities from china side, we may collect Nepal visa from immigration office and then drive to Kathmandu. Once we reach Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your respective hotels. You will have the day free to yourself to explore the city as you please. We will spend the night in a hotel in Kathmandu.

      Day 40: Free day in Kathmandu
      You have free day in Kathmandu and you enjoy your time in Kathmandu. You will farewell dinner today provided by the company.

      Day 41: Departure to your home.
      Our wonderful holiday comes to an end today. You will be escorted to the international airport for your flight back to your next destination. Himalayan Advisor would love to serve you for your future trek and tour holiday in the Himalayas.


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      Best Season for Cho Oyo Expedition
      The autumn season of September to October is best time to climb Mt. Cho Oyu. Spring season of April to May also considered the best time for Cho Oyu expedition. The months of September and October + April and May are the classic climbing period.

      Food and Accommodation
      We will be staying at standard 3 star hotel in Kathmandu & during the drive in Tibet it will include the standard lodge accommodation included in the cost. Most of the night will be spent on tented camps duing the expedition period. Breakfast, welcome and farewell dinner included in Kathmandu. Snack, bottled drink and laundry, postage, telephone calls, and all other items of personal nature like bar bills & beverage are not included in the price. In the Tibet part, we will have to prepare our own food by camp chef below the advance base camp. Above advance base camp food are not included or we should consult before start our trip.

      Cho Oyu Permit Fee
      While you are willing to climb Mount Cho Oyu, climbing permit fee is US$ 5,200.00 per person basis require to pay for Tibet Mountaineering Association.

      Cho Oyu Climb Cost
      The cost is varies based on your operator, service and brand. It may also depend on group size. We charge our climber based on group joining basis. Our cost is US$ 18,500.00 per person based on min 4 pax. If you are single and want to join a group we try to find you another group and cost varies.

      Altitude Problem
      The higher we go, the more effort it takes to do even the simplest of the task. The barometric pressure decreases at higher altitude and although the air still contains 21% oxygen, lesser molecules of oxygen enter the body with each breath. Altitude can be a problem for almost everyone. We will be climbing to and from higher camps to lower camps to acclimatize to the changing altitude. We will also use supplement oxygen for the summit push.

      Environment Concern
      Himalayan Advisor is highly concerned about the environment it operates on. We believe in protecting our natural environment and take utmost care that our actions do not harm the environment. We actively participate in environmental protection and preservation campaign and encourage everyone to do so. Our crew members are trained for making our expedition package’s environment friendly for sustainable tourism in Nepal & Tibet.
      Trip Extension
      You can always opt to extend your holiday in Nepal with activities like trekking, hiking and sight-seeing. Please let us know if you would like to extend your tour days or add up some destinations or some fun activities in Nepal to the tour. We would love to serve you for your optimum satisfaction during your visit in Nepal.

    Departure Dates
    Group: Mt. Cho Oyu expedition itinerary is designed in group joining basis. If you want your private group trip that also available. If no private we will find other fellows to join with you.

    Dates: Start date means your arrival day in Kathmandu and end date means final departure date from Kathmandu. This is group joining departure date for Cho Oyu Expedition but you can ask your private date if necessary. You can extend your time before or after the trip complete when needed.

    Price: The publish price are fixed per person yearly and in group joining basis. Single supplement will not charged in accommodation.

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