Cho Oyu Expedition

Cho Oyu Expedition

TripGrade: Very Strenuous
Very Strenuous Trekking covers 4000 meters to 6000 meters. No doubt, your physical fitness, and acclimatization are the must. Generally, you walk about 7 hrs every day, but the altitude becomes an obstacle and it is really tough to walk that much. You have to cross the Himalayan passes using basic climbing equipment. Even the trail is steep and may be slippery.

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Duration:

44 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Cho Oyu (8201m)

Group Size

2-10 pax

Trial Access:

Scenic flight to tibet and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

Late spring and autumn

Expedition to Mount Cho Oyu is undoubtedly one of the fascinating mountain expeditions as well as challenging and thrilling. Beside a superb climb, the summit rewards you with bewildering views of the majestic Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks.

At 8201 m, it will be a memorable experience letting you stand at one of the highest points of the planet.

Cho Oyu means “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan and is the six highest mountain in the world. It stands with pride in the Nepal-China border. Plus, it is relatively easiest peaks to climb for the professionals.

The most important factor to keep in mind is practice and good preparation is always a key to success in our attempt as higher altitudes have reduced oxygen. As always – on a challenging ride, you have to fight the surroundings and push yourself outside of your comfort zone but at the end, you will be rewarded with the title of conquering Mount Cho Yo.

So we will set up a total of three camps to help you acclimatize well to the rising heights. Our team of Sherpas porters will take the load of carrying food, tents, oxygen and other things required.

Our first base camp is at 4900m and from there we will travel to the advanced base camp at 5800m. Once you are in the Advanced Base Camp, the equipment to be carried needs to be sorted as further in the journey you will get to two other camps.

The highest camp would be set at 7450 m and the camp on your way back at 7150 m. From the highest camp, you will attempt the summit at 8201 m and from there come back to the next camp at 7150 m. 

Though the Cho Oyu is a life-changing experience, the staggering elevation and the challenging trail can be life-threatening as well. To be qualified for the climb, you require previous experience of climbing a minimum of 6000 m peaks.

Things to Consider:

There are a lot of things to consider before you plan, as it is very important that you are comfortable with the equipment and their methods. Using fixed lines, climbing with Jumars and abseiling are some really vital things to know. Camping, food preparation, and knowledge of survival and climbing techniques are extremely needed for this journey.

We suggest you come prepared and be proficient at your methods, and the previous experience of attempting a high climb will help you conquer the stupendous beauty of the Cho Oyu Peak.


You are surely going to have a safe and wonderful experience as we always prioritize your safety first.


Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1350m)
Day 02 - 03: Half Day sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 04: Drive to Kodari (720m), early morning after breakfast we drive from Kathmandu to Kodari (Tibetan Border), complete all formalities and again drive to Zhangmu (1600m), overnight in hotel.
Day 05: Drive to Nyalam (3700m), 2 hours drive by private Jeep, overnight in hotel.
Day 06: Acclimatization Day or Rest Day. Today, we hike to the hillside above the city, overnight in hotel.
Day 07: Drive to Tingri (4300m), 4 hours of drive, overnight in hotel.
Day 08: Acclimatization Day or Rest Day. Today, we hike to the hillside above the city, overnight in hotel.
Day 09: Drive to Chinese Base Camp (5200m), 4 hours drive, overnight in camp.
Day 10 - 11: Acclimatization Day or Rest Day at Chinese Base Camp; Provision of Yaks and preparation for Advance Base Camp (ABC) trek
Day 12: Trek to Middle Camp (5300m) along the 4x4 track
Day 13: Trek to the ABC (5700m) of Cho Oyu
Day 14 - 38: Climbing Period – Summit Cho Oyu (8201m)
Day 39: Dismantle ABC; trek to Middle Camp; drive to Tingri; overnight in a hotel
Day 40: Drive to Zhangmu, 6 hours drive, overnight in hotel.
Day 41: Today, after early breakfast, we drive to the border at Kodari, we cross the border and complete all the formalities and collect Nepalese visa and finally drive to Kathmandu.
Day 42: Contingency day
Day 43: Full Day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley comprising Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. At the evening, we will have a  cultural program with farewell dinner.
Day 44: Final departure or you can extend your trip.

Starting Price

USD 17999 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in city with thousands temples; Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

A representative of Himalayan trekkers with your nameplate will be waiting for you. After arrival meets, greet, welcome, assist and transfer to the overnight staying hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing and expedition preparation.

Today after breakfast you will be picked up by your city guide and takes you to some of the landmarks of the Kathmandu Valley like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and so on.

You will visit some of these and the rest of the time you can do last moment shopping for an expedition by consulting with your expedition guide.

Day 3

Scenic flight to Gongkar Airport (3,650m) Lhasa.

Meals included: BB

After breakfast, you will enjoy the scenic flight to Lhasa and transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs flight and 30 min drive.

Day 4

Sightseeing of Lhasa.

Meals included: BB

After breakfast, we will visit the Potala Palace, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. This architectural masterpiece is the symbol of unity of the Tibetans. This palace was built by King Soongtsan Gampo, who was married to Princess Wen Cheng Tang in 641 A.D. It has got 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill with a red building on top. It is one of the grandest palaces in the world to date.

After lunch, we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple for Tibetan Buddhists. After spending some time at the Jokhang temple we will walk through Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5

Drive to Gyantse (3,950m).

Meals included: BB

We will make an early morning visit to the Tashilumpo Monastery and the market of Bazaar. We will drive further to Gyantse, a couple of hours drive In the 15th century it served as the capital of a small kingdom. Kumbum Chorten a 14th-century monument is a place worth visiting here.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs drive.

Day 6

Drive to Xigatse (3,900m).

Meals included: BB

The program starts today after we visit Khumbum Stupa & Palkor Monastery. After completing the sightseeing of the Gyantse we will drive towards Xigatse, 90 Km from Gyantse and about 2 hours of drive.

After check-in at the hotel and a brief rest, we will visit the free Tibetan Market and the Tashilumpo Monastery.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs drive

Day 7

Drive to Tingri (4,350m).

Meals included: BB

After breakfast, you will enjoy the scenic drive to Tingri where you will be spending overnight with your team members of the expedition.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs drive.

Day 8

Acclimatization day.

Meals included: BB

It is the free day where your leader will be taking you for a hill walk (5000m) to be familiar with the environment.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs hike

Day 9

Drive to Chinese base camp (4,800m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you can start your day a bit slower as you will have a short but interesting drive to Chinese base camp. 

Overnight.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs drive.

Day 10

Acclimatization and preparation for expedition.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is the free day for the arrangement of Yaks and other necessary goods required for the expedition periods.

You can hike to some nearby area and enjoy the environment. 

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp.

Day 11

Trek to middle camp (4,800m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a warm breakfast, we will move towards the middle camp which will be our next spot for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 12

Trek to Ad. base camp of Cho Oyu (5,700m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

With early morning breakfast, we will begin our trek to Ad. base camp of Mount Cho Oyu (5700m) where we will have our camps for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 13-39

Climbing period- Summiting Mount Cho Oyu (8,201m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

During this time frame, you will be more connected with expedition team members who will train, guide and assist you to meet your dream.

You will acclimatize, stay in various camps and conquer the summit of Mount Cho Oyu and return back to the Ad.base camp.

Celebration in the camp. Overnight.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 40

Trek back to middle camp and return drive to Tingri.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will clean up our campsite and trek back to Middle camp after our good breakfast.

Reaching the middle camp, we will enjoy a scenic drive back to Tingri for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs trek and 5-6 hrs drive.

Day 41

Drive back to Xigatse.

Meals included: BB

We will have a scenic drive back to Xigatse for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs drive

Day 42

Scenic flight or drive to Lhasa.

Meals included: BB

You can enjoy the scenic flight/drive to Lhasa from Xigatse. Free to explore on your own in Lhasa.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight/ 6-7 hrs drive.

Day 43

Scenic flight to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

After a warm breakfast, we will have a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, free on your own.

In the evening farewell dinner with cultural program.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs flight and 30 min drive.

Day 44

Departure from land of the majestic mountains.

Although, it is a sad moment for us to say goodbye however a representative from Himalayan trekkers will drop you at the airport before 3 hours of your flight and takes the feedback of the trip.

Hope to see you again in the next holidays!!

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, Lhasa, and Gyantse, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from the international airports with other necessary surface transportation as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the international airport by Himalayan Trekkers representative on arrival and departure.
  • 5-night request star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
  • Truck for expedition equipment from Kathmandu-Kerung-Kathmandu.
  • Land Transportation from KTM-KERUNG-KTM for Climbing members and Staff.
  • Chinese custom clearances at the border
  • Chinese Government Royalty for Cho-Oyu Expedition for the group and climbing Sherpa guide.
  • Chinese visa for the climbing period, both Base Camp staff, Sherpa and group;
  • Climbing Sherpa guide and leaders will be included.
  • Selected English speaking Chinese liaison officer and interpreter
  • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp;
  • Full Board hotel in route in Tibet: Lhasa, Tingri (B/L/D);
  • Food during expedition period for expedition members and staff;
  • Tibet Visa and Travel Permit for expedition crew;
  • Expedition Permit to climbing Cho Oyu along northwest ridge route;
  • Permanent kitchen facilities at advance base camp.
  • All staff during the Expedition period with an experienced guide (Base Camp Manager) as per group size.
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary;
  • Cargo clearance & duties assistance service free;
  • 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 facilities at advance base camp
  • All necessary climbing hardware and ropes.
  • Preferable meals at BC, Ad.BC, higher camps, hot drinks, and beverages, freeze-dried food during an expedition
  • 24 hours hot drinks and beverage during the expedition
  • Quality high altitude freeze-dried food for Sherpa and staff;
  • 2 Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators (if requested by client)
  • We provide Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance.
  • Icefalls charges, all high-quality tent for higher camps 1, 2, 3 ·
  • EPI gas and burners for cooking food above base camp;
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for a cook, climbing Sherpa guide and base camp staff.
  • All necessary camping equipment's like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, kitchen tent, shower, toilet tents, etc.
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking-up and down carrying by Yak;
  • The truck will be provided at Kerung border -Chinese base camp and return Kerung for loads;
  • Yaks carry the loads from Chinese base camp to middle camp to advance base camp and return;
  • Required experienced, trained and Government Licensed climbing guide(s) during climbing period per person as per requirements.
  • First Aid medical kits for the group and the staff.
  • Satellite phone carrying by guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Emergency oxygen and mask regulator.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge, and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation, and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  •  Service charges

Whats Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Extra transportation then displays in the itinerary program.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Walkie-talkies & Filming permit (if a special camera or walkies-talkies).
  • Personal climbing gears;
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules. Minimum US$ 1000.00 per climbing Sherpa guide.
  • Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa guide, minimum US$ 1000.00 per climbing Sherpa guide.
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu)
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any other item not included in the “inclusion” section.

 



GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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