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Cho Oyu Expedition

Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world with an altitude at 8,201 meters (26,906 ft) above sea level. The Tibetan meaning of ‘Cho Oyu’ is the Goddess of Turquoise. The mountain is part of the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas, which also consist of Mount Everest. It is located between Tibet-Nepal border, hence expeditions are often mounted from Tibetan side.

Cho Oyu is regarded as the easiest mountain to climb among 8000m club because of technically straightforward route. It has moderate slopes on northwest ridge approach with sweeping sights of vast snow slopes. Despite its ease, climbers are required to have satisfactory mental and physical preparation as a necessary precondition. The first attempts to climb Cho Oyu were made around 1952 by the famous climbers Eric Shipton, Edmund Hillary and Tom Bourdillion. However, it wasn’t until 1954 when a Austrian team of Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jochler, Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama successfully scaled it via northwest ride. It was fourth 8000m mountain to be climbed after Annapurna, Everest and K2. Ever since, Cho Oyu has become popular for climbers from all over the world.

  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Equipment Required

Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu airport, transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02 - 03: Preparation days for the Cho Oyu expedition. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 04: Drive from Kathmandu to Tibet Border at Kerung / or fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Rest day for acclimatization at Kerung or Lhasa. Today, we will arrange hike / city tour for you. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Drive from Kerung to Old Tingri (4300m) or Lhasa to Shigatse (3900 m.). Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Rest day for acclimatization / Drive to Tingri from Sigatse. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Drive from Tingri to Chinese Base Camp (5200m.). Stay overnight in Camp.

Day 09-10: Rest and acclimatization at Chinese Base Camp; Provision of Yaks and preparation for Advance Base Camp (ABC) trek. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 11: Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Base Camp (5300 m.). Stay overnight in camp.

Day 12: Trek from Middle Base Camp to Cho Oyu Advance Base Camp (5,700m.). Stay overnight in camp.

Day 13-35: Climbing period of Cho Oyu (8201m.) mountain. Stay all nights in camp.

Day 36: Trek from Advance Base Camp to Chinese Base Camp and drive to Tingri. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 37: Drive from Tingri to Kerung takes about 7 hours. Stay overnight at hotel in Kerung.

Day 38: Drive from Kerung to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 39: Free day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 40: Transfer to airport for final departure.

The price includes the following services:

A) Kathmandu

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • 5 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 3 star standards hotel
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

b) Trekking/Climbing

  • An experienced, well trained and government license holder climbing guide for each climbing member (1:1 ratio)
  • Private jeep transportation for climbing members and truck to transfer expedition equipments from Kathmandu-Kodari-Kathmandu and Kodari - Chinese base camp -Kodari
  • Climbing permit fee of Cho Oyu Mountain
  • Travel permit
  • Chinese visa
  • Chinese custom clearances for expedition's cargo
  • All land transportation during the trip as per the itinerary
  • All camping equipments in base camp and Advance base camp
  • Tibet side accommodation en route on full board basis up to base camp and back to border by CTMA
  • Food during expedition period for expedition members and involved staff
  • TMA or CTMA selected English speaking Chinese liaison officer and interpreter
  • Tibet Visa and Travel Permit for expedition crews
  • Permanent kitchen facilities at advance base camp
  • All staff during Expedition period with experienced guide (Base Camp Manager) as per group size
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary
  • Daily wages, equipment allowance & insurance for expedition staff
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members
  • Quality personal tent at base camp and advance base camp
  • Permanent kitchen and dining equipments at advance base camp
  • All necessary camping equipment's like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, kitchen tent, shower, toilet tents etc.
  • Shower facility at base camp and advance base camp
  • Per person 50 kg baggage allowance during trekking-up and down carrying by Yak
  • All necessary climbing hardware and ropes
  • Preferable meals at BC, ABC, higher camps, hot drinks and beverages, freeze dried food during expedition
  • 24 hours hot drinks and beverage during expedition
  • Quality high altitude freeze dried food for Sherpa and staff
  • 2 Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators (if requested by client)
  • 1 set of mask and regulator for each climbing member
  • We provide Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance
  • Ice fall charges, all high quality tents for higher camps 1, 2, 3 
  • EPI gas and burners for cooking food above base camp
  • Cargo clearance and duties assistance service
  • Life and medical insurance, and equipments for all guides, porters, cook, liaison officer and other involved staff
  • Satellite phone will be carried by guide for communication and readily available for members with the cost of US$3 per minute
  • First aid kit
  • Yak to carry stuffs from Chinese Base Camp - Advance Base Camp – Chinese Base Camp

The price does not include the following service:

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinks and beverage
  • Personal nature expenses (such as laundry, postage, telephone calls, internet, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipments
  • Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency
  • Medical and hospital expenses
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Wallie-talkies & Filming permit (if special camera or walkies-talkies).
  • Sherpa Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa /Guide as per Mountaineering Association rules which is minimum US$ 1000 per climbing Sherpa/ guide
  • Tips

Personal Gear:

Backpack, Day pack, Two Sleeping bags, Compression stuff sacks, Sleeping pad, Foam pad, Water bottles, Lightweight steel thermal bottle, Pee bottle, Pee Funnel for Women, Pack towel, Trekking poles, Swiss army knife/multitool, Large mug, plastic bowl, fork and spoon.

Climbing Items:

Ice axe, Crampons, Harness, Carabiners, Webbing, Perlon cord, Ascenders, Rappel device, etc.

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