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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Tips for guides, porters & drivers
Others not mentioned above as inclusion
Boots, Crampons, Gaiters
Light hiking boots for
Crampons (step-in bindings preferred)
Ice Axe: (standard; around 65-70 cm, depending on height)
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 cu.in.
Pee bottle (one-liter large mouth
Water bottles (2 one-liter large mouth)
Sunscreen (maximum block)
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