Cho Oyu Expedition

Cho Oyu, also known as the “Turquoise God” is the sixth tallest mountain in the world. It stands tall at the elevation of 8201 meters and is a part of the Greater Himalayas of Nepal where the central Asia plateau meets the Indian subcontinent. Because of its ease of access, ABC is often crowded with a large number of expeditions. Just west of Cho Oyu is the Nangpa La, the old trade route between the Khumbu's Sherpas and Tibet which separates the Khumbu and Rolwaling Himalayas.

There’s a quite fascinating story behind the Cho Oyu facing opposite to Everest. Legend says, The Turquoise God fell in love with Chomolungma (Everest) but she instead married her near neighbor to the southeast, Makalu. The dejected Cho-Oyu never wed and now he faces opposite to avoid looking at Chomolungma. Cho-Oyu, being relatively easier to climb than its 8,000-meter family, is ideal for those mountaineers with no experience of climbing mountains above 8000m.

The climbing route features devoid of undue hazard with only a few short technical sections. Hence, it is the best option for the debutantes who wants to experience the thrill of summiting one of the highest mountains in the world.
Trip Code: COE22
Starts: Chinese Base Camp
Finishes: Chinese Base Camp
Duration: 45 Days
Difficulty: Severe
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Sep-Nov
Elevation: 8201m/ 26906.2ft
Trip Views: 1066
Activities: Mountaineering
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Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury


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Breakfast: 21
Lunch: 17
Dinner: 16
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Hotel: 11 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 8 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 2 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Mount Cho Oyu was first climbed on October 19, 1954, via the north-west ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama of Austrian Expedition.
  • Until the ascent of Mount Everest by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler in 1978, this was the highest peak climber without supplemental oxygen.
  • The breathtaking view from the summit plateau includes the entire panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang, Ama Dablam and other peaks of Khumbu.
  • This Cho Oyu massif is arguably the most technically straightforward, accessible and safe to climb.

Why this Trip

  • Cho Oyu consists of five main ridges: Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and West with the Jabula Glacier on the north and the Lanba Glacier on the south that rewards you with a great chance to encounter with the vast Tibetan Plateau and great views of the surrounding Himalayan Giants, Everest, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit
  • • 5% of the total cost of the package will be allocated for the benefits of local people in Everest region.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
    We will be delighted to welcome you at the airport. Make yourself comfortable and our representative take you to the hotel. You need to take a good rest as this day is the beginning of a new adventure. We will be glad to meet you at the dinner table.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport pick up
    • Welcome dinner
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    This day is for a guided city tour. You will get to explore three or more cultural heritages according to your preference and the availability of the time. Meanwhile, we will arrange all the necessary documents for the mountaineering.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Half day sight-seeing around Kathmandu
    • Shopping arrangements
  • placeDAY 3 : FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Half day sight-seeing around Kathmandu
    • Shopping arrangements
  • placeDAY 4 : KATHMANDU-TIBET
    On third day, we drive all the way to Tibet crossing the border from Khasa Bazzar. From Khasa we go to Lasha, where we spend our night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Lhasa
  • placeDAY 5 : EXPLORING LHASA
    Lhasa is an ancient city of Buddhist. While we acclimatize with the high altitude, we also visit important landmarks in Lhasa including the Dalai Lama's Potala Palace. Lhasa life certainly offers glimpses into one of the most preserved ancient cultural heritages.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Guided Lhasa tour
  • placeDAY 6 : LHASA EXPLORATION

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Guided Lahsa tour
  • placeDAY 7 : DRIVE TO SHIGATSE
    Today we drive across the Tibetan plateau. At Shigatse, we will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, built in 1447. This is the residence of the Panchan Lama, the second most influential religious figure in Tibet. Overnight at Shigate

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Shigate
    • Guided sight seeing in Shigatse
  • placeDAY 8 : DRIVE TO XEGAR
    We depart from Shigatse and head towards Xegar. On the Tibetan highway, we can see the northern edge of the Greater Himalaya with a spectacular panorama of peaks, including Mt. Everest. Overnight at hotel

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Xegar
  • placeDAY 9 : EXPLORATION DAY AT XEGAR
    We need a spare day to acclimatize day, in preparation for the high altitude of the Chinese base camp we will reach tomorrow. You are advised to avoid overexertion, but a visit to the main town and the gentle hike up to its hilltop monastery (4200 m) are highly recommended.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Guided tour of Xegar
  • placeDAY 10 : DRIVE TO CHINESE BASE CAMP
    Our destination today is Chinese base camp. Leaving Xegar behind and taking south turn we reach Chinese Base Camp along the bumpy roads. Overnight at tented camp.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Private Transportation to Chinese Base Camp
  • placeDAY 11 : CHINESE BASE CAMP
    This day is allocated for the preparation of the trek. Loads will be sorted out and readied for transportation which will be transported by the Yaks. Overnight at tented camp

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : TREK TO CHO- OYU BASE CAMP
    We will walk for 2 days to 5,200 m and 5,450 m before continuing to the base camp. On the third day we acclimatize to the thinning air of higher altitude. We reach the Base Camp on day 13 and spend the afternoon organizing climbing equipment. Day 14th will be Acclimatization day at the base camp. Overnight at tented camp

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : BASE CAMP

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    Time for acclimatization at Cho Oyu Base Camp

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    Cho Oyu Base Camp

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 16 : DAY 16 TO 39(CLIMBING PERIOD)
    CLIMBING THE NORTH-WEST FACE OF CHO OYU This is the actual climbing period of Cho Oyu and providing the detailed plan of day to day wouldn’t be convincing.The first day would start by learning skills for climbing and how to use the oxygen bottles and radios. The Sherpas will carry the needed equipment, food, and clothing. We reach the Base Camp. From the Base Camp, we first climb along the glacier in the direction to the mountain. We acclimatize while climbing by doing the trip to the Gyabrag Glacier. It provides an excellent opportunity to view the route that will be taken and assess the mountain. Once the team is acclimatized, we begin to climb the mountain in earnest. Throughout the climb, the leader will use a method that adjusts team members to the ever-increasing altitudes. This will be achieved by "climbing high and sleeping low". At each camp, the team will climb high but then return to the lower camp to sleep. Finally, the team will return to the base camp for a prolonged rest of at least four days before moving up to occupy Camp 3 in preparation for the ultimate climb to the top. Mountain camps are situated as follows: Camp 1 - 6,400 m Camp 1 is situated at 6,400 meters; 5 to 8 hours of walk from the base camp. The camp is reached by a steep climb over the glacier at 6,100 m. From here, the route gets steeper. Camp 2 - 7,000 m Camp 2 is at over 6,600 m. Route to Camp 2 is the hardest climbing on the route which requires great effort to climb the steep ice at such an altitude. Climbing to Camp 2 is physically very challenging. Throughout this section, fixed ropes are placed in conjunction with other teams operating on the mountain at the same time. Camp 3 - 7,400 meters Camp 3 is situated at 7,400m and roughly four hours above Camp 2. This camp is located beneath a rock band that cuts off the snow slopes of the upper basin. Although the distance to Camp 3 is short and easy, the high altitude makes the path more demanding. Summit Day We reach the summit 5 to 8 hours after leaving Camp 3. For the descent, the same route will be followed, with nights spent at Camp 3.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 40 : RETURN TREK TO ROAD-HEAD
    Next, we return trek to the road-head along with yaks carrying our equipment. On reaching road head, road transport awaits us. We spend the last night in tents.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 41 : DRIVE INTO NEPAL
    We drive for two days until we reach Kathmandu. We drive for Zhangmu on the first day and cross the border into Nepal through Khasa. Another 6 hours' drive from the border will lead us to Kathmandu.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private Transportation
  • placeDAY 42 : DRIVE TO KATHMANDU

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private Transportation
  • placeDAY 43 : ARRIVE KATHMANDU
    Trekking all those days in the outshining mountains and purifying the soul, we will be back to feel the hustle and bustle of the city again. If time allows we will explore one of the heritage or those not willing to go can take the time for themselves.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 44 : FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU
    You can soothe the pain and discomfort receiving an amazing herbal massage and even please the soul joining the evening prayer in Pashupatinath. Those eager to shop for their loved ones can explore the city shopping centers. We can even dine together if time allows.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Trekkers' Massage and Spa
    • Massage
    • Evening pray in Pashupatinath
    • Shopping
    • Food and wine tour (Optional)
    • Yoga retreat (Optional)
  • placeDAY 45 : DEPARTURE
    From strangers to lifelong friends who knows what we can be and therefore goodbyes are always heartbreaking. To soothe the heart we will have a friendly lunch or even a cup of coffee, just an excuse to show the gratitude. We will then escort you to the airport.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Farewell lunch or coffee
    • Airport drop
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Standard/Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on B/B basis
    • Complete camping equipment for base camp and advance base camp (Expert professional Nepalese expedition crews like Cook, Kitchen boy, ABC guide & mountaineering gears till to the ABC Dining tent, Table, Chairs, mattresses, toilet tent & Kitchen tent are provided including staff’s other equipment requirements);
    • Tibet visa & Travel Permit for the expedition crew;
    • Full board hotel in route to Tibet side Zhangmu, Nyalam & Tingri (bed & breakfast, Lunch, dinner);
    • Base Camp - Advance Base Camp 1 tent for 1 person (North Face brand or similar);
    • Per person's (40 KG) Load is carried by the Yak from Chinese Base Camp-ABC;
    • Per person's (30 KG) Load is carried by the Yak on the way back to ABC to the BC including food and equipment;
    • Kathmandu - Zhangmu - Base Camp - Zhangmu (vice versa) are provided the Mini bus or Jeep for the members & Truck for the equipment + expedition food carrying;
    • Climbing permit for Cho Oyu 8201meters;
    • If join Trekker or BC – ABC member includes all services;
    • Cook and Helper permit fee USD 3000 each staff is includes;
    • Tibet Visa for member + Nepali staff;
    • Liaison officer & Interpreter;
    • Satellite phone is available for emergency use and it will cost $ 3 per minute;
    • Nepalese staff life & medical insurance Daily wages;
    • Gamow bag which includes Basic First Aid Supply for support staff sharing it with crew members;
    • Solar Panel for batteries and emergency lights;
    • Oxygen with mask and regulator for Emergency use, using as per need with extra payment;
    • One tent for each climbing member;
    • Experienced Sherpa;
    • Sherpa’s tent, insurance and food;
    • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2 worth $ 100).
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek;
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu;
    • Map of Cho Oyu ;
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek;
    • Souvenir from Nepal;
    • Photos and videos of trip(if requested)
    • Certificate of appreciation(if requested)
    • Sim card service(zero cash)
  • Exclusions
    • Lunch is not included for Kathmandu;
    • Emergency rescue evacuation if required;
    • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue;
    • Airfare international flights;
    • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos);
    • Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower;
    • Alcoholic beverages, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internets;
    • Personal climbing equipment;
    • All kind of Personal Expenses;
    • Ice fall fees Garbage Deposit (Sharing with other member) if applicable;
    • Wake talkies &Filming permit;
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section;
    • Personal climbing guide if requested;
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended;
    • Tips for guides and porters (It’s encouraged to tip);
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg);


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to receive you at the airport and you will be directly transferred to your hotel.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, we will invite you for dinner in a cultural restaurant on the night of your arrival for briefing the itinerary and small orientation program will be held by the tour leader and guides before we embark on our adventure.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek, we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/camping/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, as per their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. How do you rate the difficulty for this mountain, on a scale of 1 to 10, compared to other over 8000m high mountains ?
    This is certainly one of the highest mountains in the world. In terms of technical difficulty, we'd rate “Cho Oyu” as 7.
  • 6. Who can climb Cho Oyu ?
    Only mountaineers who have adept mountaineering skills, adequate strength and previous experience in high mountains can climb this mountain.
  • 7. What about security during climbing ?
    We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized Guides/Sherpas to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the Guide’s/Sherpa’s instruction with utmost care.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect during this expedition ?
    During camping, our expert camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
  • 9. Can we get drinking water during climbing ?
    Yes, you will get purified, filtered water in many tea houses. You can also get a hot water during camping.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use a private vehicle for sightseeing inside Kathmandu Valley and to drive towards Tibet, come back to Kathmandu
  • 11. What is the best season for Cho Oyu Expedition ?
    August to November and March to May are the two climbing seasons for Cho Oyu Expedition.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are totally insured. In case of emergencies like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions, let your guide know about your problem and subsequently. As soon as we are informed of a situation, we will send emergency helicopter rescue team. You will be then transferred to the hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What are the appropriate outfits we should possess ?
    Climbing is a hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement, so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable, so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, good shoes are very important for climbing in rough and snowy terrain, so invest in good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. For mountaineering, you will require special clothes that can be bought or hired from us.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the trip days ?
    Most of the time, it is not possible. But in emergency cases, you can. Still, we customize the trip according to your preference, but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide and company.
  • 15. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference, but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 16. Are your Sherpas reliable and certified ?
    Yes, our Sherpas are trekking experts and also authorized license holders from Nepal Government. The Sherpas know the climbing route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 17. Do I need climbing permit ?
    Yes, you need climbing permit. It is not legal to climb without it.
  • 18. Is there any possibility of telephonic communication while we are on this expedition ?
    Yes, for the first few days, it is possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying certain amount directly. For higher altitude climbing, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpas.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trips ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a non-refundable deposit of minimum of 15% of total trip amount is required, which can be made by bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or card.
  • 22. Can we use credit card during the climbing ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the climbing. You have to exchange the money in Nepali Rupees before you start the trip. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu.

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