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Cho Oyu Expedition

Trip Overview

Climbing Cho Oyu, one of the world's highest mountains is an excellent introduction to high altitude Himalayan climbing that rewards the climbers with a spectacular view of the migihty Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks. Mount Cho Oyu means 'Goddess of Turquoise,' in Tibetan. It is also known as 'Mighty Head,' which translates to 'god's head.'

Cho Oyu is the world's sixth highest peak and the most accessible of the fourteen 8,000-meter peaks. The climbing is tough, and a good level of fitness is required, but Cho Oyu is an excellent peak for those who want to feel the thin air at 8,000 meters for the first time. Cho Oyu is located in the Tibetan/Nepalese Himalayas and provides climbers with vistas of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and literally hundreds of other Himalayan peaks. Climbers on the Cho Oyu climbing expedition are exposed to Tibet's historic culture. Standing on the border of Nepal and Tibet, the summit offers views that are as spectacular as the name suggests.

The Cho Oyu Expedition is less technically demanding than the other 8,000-meter summits, making it an ideal stepping stone to the major high-altitude challenges of Everest or the more technical 8,000-meter mountains. This makes it the world's second-most-climbed eight-thousander, following Mount Everest. Climbers are further encouraged by the fact that the majority of attempts result in reaching Cho Oyu's peak. In fact, of all the 8,000-meter summits, it has the best success rate.



A representative from our office will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. You can rest and relax in the hotel once you have completed the check-in procedure. After a short rest, take a short tour in the Thamel, which is Kathmandu's main tourist hub. You will be taken to our office for a tour briefing after a short exploration. This tour and travel briefing will be moved forward tomorrow if your arrival is late today.
After a warm breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up at your hotel for a guided sightseeing tour of some of the important landmarks in Kathmandu. You will explore some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites like Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in Nepal, and Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist stupa in South Asia. After exploration, your documents will be collected if it was not done on the other day to prepare for the permits to travel to Tibet.
Today, we take time to prepare and complete official permit formalities and other formalities. You will also be briefed on the nature of the trip, the equipment, and the composition of your team and meet your guide. You can also shop for personal products and junk goods at the last minute because the next day you fly to the Himalayas.
We leave Kathmandu after breakfast and start our journey towards the Nepal Tibet border town named Kodari. From here, we further drive to Zhangmu and spend the night.
After breakfast in Zhangmu, our drive starts towards Nyalam. Once we reach the beautiful settlement of Nyalam, we take a brief rest and explore the town.
Today is the best day to acclimatize our bodies at a higher altitude. We explore the town and take a short acclimatizing hike.
Our morning starts with a warm and delicious breakfast. After the first meal of the day, we proceed towards Tingri, a beautiful village.
As we move higher, we need to acclimatize our bodies to higher altitudes to avoid altitude sickness. So, today is the day for acclimatization. We take a short hike to the 5000 m hill offering an amazing view of the valley and surrounding mountains and hills.
Early in the morning, we take breakfast and drive to Chinese Base Camp.
We take 2 days break at Chinese Base Camp to get familiar with the environment and the altitude of the camp.
From the Chinese Base Camp, along with the yaks we move towards the middle camp and set our camp once we reach there.
We leave middle camp and proceed towards Cho Oyu Advance Base Camp. We set our camp and rest for the remainder of the day today.
During this period, we train and acclimatize to climb the summit of Cho Oyu. The Cho Oyu peak offers dramatic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and many more Himalayan peaks. After we spend an ample amount of time at the summit, we descend back to the advanced base camp on the final day.
From the advanced base camp, we further descend back to the Chinese base camp retracing the trail. We spend our night at the tented camp.
We leave Chinese Base Camp, hop into our jeep and drive to Zhangmu. In the evening, we celebrate our success of climbing Cho Oyu drinking, eating, and sharing the experiences.
After the final breakfast in the Himalayas on this trip, we will drive back to Kathmandu and relax.
Today, you can opt. to rest or have a guided city tour. You can also go for shopping to buy some souvenirs for your family and friends from Thamel or traditional ancient marketplaces like Ason, Jamal, Indrachowk, and Newroad. You will be invited for the farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant where you can get an authentic taste of Nepali cuisine and culture.
Your adventurous trip to the Himalayas ends here. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight back to your home. We bid farewell to each other and we hope for your great journey back to your home. Cost Includes

What is Included?

    • Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs
    • All goverAll airport transfers
    • 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis
    • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek & climb
    • Hot drinks during the trek & climb
    • All ground transportation Trekking permit / climbing permit
    • Expedition royalty & Tibet/Chinese Government permit 
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
    • All temples Entry Permit in kathmandu
    • Tibet visa and other permits
    • All climbing gears as necessary ( except the personal gears)
    • All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear, transport etc for Nepalese staff
    • nment taxes

What is Excluded?

    • International airfares & airport taxes
    • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water), cigarettes, and any expenses caused by the unforeseen reason & personal expenses
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Nepal Visa Fee
    • Travel Insurance 
    • Tips for guides, porters & drivers
    • Others not mentioned above as inclusion

Equipment Checklist

Boots, Crampons, Gaiters

  • Light hiking boots for 
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons (step-in bindings preferred)


Climbing Tools

  • Ice Axe: (standard; around 65-70 cm, depending on height)
  • Seat harness
  • Locking carabineers : 6 (Automatic locking type with large pear shape)
  • 2 folding- ski pole


  • Polypro or Capaline long underwear (4sets)
  • Pile jacket and pants (pants must have full separating side zips)
  • GoreTex shells (top and bottoms, bottoms must have full separating side zips)
  • Down jacket (medium & heavy weight)


Mitts, Gloves & Socks

  • Light synthetic gloves - 3pr (Capaline or polypropaline)
  • Wool (or pile) mitts and Gor-Tex overmitts
  • Wool or pile socks (6pr light liners, 4pr heavy liners)


  • Head lamp (spare bulbs and batteries)
  • Glacier - sun glasses
  • Wool or pile hat


  • Backpack: Internal frame pack 5,000
  • Pee bottle (one-liter large mouth
  • Water bottles (2 one-liter large mouth)
  • Sunscreen (maximum block)
  • Lip balm
  • sunscreen


  • Sleeping bag (expedition quality, rated to  -15 & 40F)
  • Sleeping pads (2)
  • Large duffel bag for transporting all your gear at airports and on pack animals
  • Toiletry bag
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Small day pack: for trekking days (optional)

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