Mount Cho Oyu is a beautiful mountain in Nepal. Similarly, Cho Oyu is the sixth-highest mountain in the world at (8,201 meters/26,906 feet). Cho Oyu Expedition lies on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Likewise, Mount Cho Oyu is about 30 kilometers west of Mt Everest. Most importantly, Cho Oyu means “Goddess of Turquoise,” as its stark shadows appear in the light of the setting sun when viewed from Tibet. Furthermore, the successful summit of Mount Cho Oyu was in 1954, by Austrian Joseph Joechler, Herbert Tichy, and Pasang Dawa Lama of Nepal.
Annually, many foreign including national tourists come to do this expedition. It is the easiest at 8000 meters plus due to its straightforward climb to its summit. Similarly, it’s less dangerous than the other 8000 meters plus peaks such as Mount Everest or Mount Annapurna. It is the main reason for this Cho Oyu Expedition peak being popular among foreigners.
There are mainly two climbing routes for Mount Cho Oyu. One is from Nepal and the other one is from Tibet. In addition, the famous route for this Expedition is from Nepal. Furthermore, the mountain is semi-technical with short ice cliffs, a rock band, and several crevasses. Additionally, We provide both full board and base camp logistic services on Cho Oyu.
We recommend using the top board services for safety, a secure mountaineering experience, and your best opportunity to reach the summit. However, some experienced climbers may opt for climbing without support above base camp from a guide or Sherpa.
The best time to do this expedition is during the spring and autumn season. Usually, during this time of the year, the climate is moderate and you will be able to climb in a clear sky.
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Who can do Cho Oyu Expeditions?
The challenge of climbing high altitudes cannot be underestimated. There can be several challenging obstacles during the trek. Although this expedition is hard, The Cho Oyu Expedition is not as hard as the Everest and Annapurna Expedition.
Saying that Mount Cho Oyu presents its challenges. Therefore you should be very careful on the journey. The route is composed of snow slopes with short sections of ice and rock scrambling. So, you should be knowledgeable about the climbing types of equipment. Otherwise, the expedition is going to be hard for you.
Similarly, before deciding to climb the Cho Oyu Peak, first, make sure you meet all the requirements. Your walk should be moderate to strenuous; this will be helpful for the journey. You have to be in good shape, healthy, fit, and passionate about the trek with good stamina and a never-give-up attitude. Mostly, the trek or climb is for almost eight hours a day. Similarly, you should be familiar with the atmosphere of the high altitude. But, the Mount Cho Oyu Expedition can be good preparation for big Expeditions like Mount Everest Expedition.
Why do Cho Oyu Expedition
There are several reasons to climb Mount Cho Oyu. Firstly, it is the sixth tallest mountain in the world. Secondly, while doing this expedition you will get a clear view of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and other high peaks. Similarly, you will travel with experienced guides and porters. You will get a sense of adventure during the trek. You will have fun and know the ultimate 8000m plus expedition.
Additionally, when traveling to Cho Oyu we will visit some of the local villages along the way. Which will give you knowledge about the traditional Sherpa and Tamang culture. Lastly, Cho Oyu Expedition is the safest 8000m plus expedition. When you climb Mount Cho Oyu you will feel like you are at the pinnacle of the world. You will see different varieties of flora and fauna in the place.
- Explore local culture (Sherpa and Tamang)
- Easiest eight-thousands plus peak in the world.
- Get a breathtaking view of the surrounding
- Professional and experienced Sherpa guides
- Observe different villages on the ascent and descent routes
- A good pick for a first-time 8,000-meter climb
- Feel the sense of adventure during the expedition
- Experience the natural beauty of the place
- View the abundant flora and fauna of the place
Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel (135M/4429ft)
Today is the first day of your Cho Oyu Expedition. So, today your airport arrival representative will pick you up and you will be transferred to the hotel. There the hotel staff will help you settle.
Rest and preparation day for assignment & briefing before departure from Kathmandu.
On the second day of the Cho Oyu Expedition, you will be doing the necessary preparation for the journey and you will be resting in the hotel. In addition, you will be given a briefing at the department of tourism. Lastly, today you will depart from Kathmandu and continue your journey.
Drive from Kathmandu to Syprubeshi (1460m/4790ft).
Today we will drive from Kathmandu to Syprubeshi which takes around 5-6 hours. After reaching Syprubesh we will rest there at a hotel. Similarly, the whole journey from Kathmandu to Arughat takes around 6 hours. Similarly, while you are on the journey you will see abundant flora and fauna of the place. There we will be resting at the local hotel and spending the night. The hotel will provide you with great hospitality.
Drive from Syprubeshi to Kerung Height(3200m/10499ft)
After having a light breakfast in the morning at the hotel of Syprubeshi. We head towards Kerung Height at an altitude of 3200m. Similarly, you follow the upstream trail to the small village of Syprubeshi. As you continue further, you encounter the natural beauty of Syprubeshi. Which will make you realize the worth of this trek. Likewise, you will see some of the suspension bridges on the way. Similarly, you will be climbing at the bank of the river. Similarly, after 5 hours of the long walk, the ascending trail will lead you to Kerung Height.
Drive from Kerung height to Tingri (4,348m/14,268 ft): Overnight at Hotel
Similarly, after having a good night’s sleep at Kerung Height. We will have a local breakfast in the morning and drive our way to Tingri at an altitude of 4348m. During your road journey from Kerung Height to Tingri, you will see abundant flora and fauna of the place. Likewise, after reaching Tingri you will be resting at a suitable hotel and enjoying the local food and hospitality.
Rest day at Tingri for acclimatization.
Today is the sixth day of your expedition. It is an important day for your expedition because today you will get familiar with the environment and the temperature of the surrounding which will help you on your further journey. In addition to all that you will also get a chance to climb Sirdar Hill which will take you up to 5000m altitude. In addition, you will acclimatize to a healthy breakfast at Tingri. Similarly, while you are at the hotel you will get to explore the local traditional food with some western foods. Here you will get to know the tradition of Sherpa and Tamang ethnic groups. Similarly, after having a wonderful time at the hotel you will go towards the attractions of Sirdar Hill and in the evening you will rest in a comfortable hotel that provides you great hospitality during your stay. So, make sure you enjoy your stay there and enjoy the time there.
After breakfast, drive from Tingri to the Chinese base camp (4800m/15750ft.)
Today, you will have a healthy breakfast in the morning at Tingri. Similarly, after enjoying the beautiful sunshine at Tingre we will drive to the Chinese Base Camp at an altitude of 4800m. Which takes around two hours of drive. Similarly, while driving you will experience the natural beauty of Tingre village. Likewise, you will see the different biodiversity of the place. In addition, after reaching Chinese Base Camp we will be camping there and sharing our experience of high peaks with each other so far.
Rest and acclimatization at Chinese base camp (4800m/15750ft)
Today is the eighth day of your expedition. So, today we will be doing our second acclimatizing of our expedition. It is an important day for your expedition because today you will get familiar with the environment and the temperature of the surrounding which will help you on your further journey. At an altitude of 4800m. In addition, today we will prepare and arrange yaks to go to advance base camp via middle camp. Here you will experience a yak ride which is going to be very fun.
Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp (5300m/17388ft.)
On day 9, after resting at Chinese Base Camp we will start our trek to Middle Camp. While you are on this journey you will travel through some snowy trails along with a 4×4 track. Here you will experience the ultimate beauty of the Himalayas.
Trek from Middle Camp to the Advanced Base Camp (5700m/18700ft) of Cho Oyu
Today, on day 10 we will trek from Middle Camp to the Advanced Base Camp of Cho Oyu at an altitude of 5700m.
Climbing Period –Summit Cho-Oyu (8201m/26906ft)
From day 11 to 39 we will have a climbing period of 28 days at Cho Oyu Summit at an altitude of 8201m. Similarly, we will be camping for Accommodation.
Dismantling ABC; trek to middle camp; drive to Tingri (4,348m/14,268 ft)
Likewise, on day 41 we will be dismantling ABC and after dismantling we will start our trek to middle camp. Similarly, after reaching middle camp we will start our drive to Tigri. In addition, the trek from ABC to middle camp takes around 3 hours. Similarly, the drive usually takes 6 hours to reach Tingri from the middle camp. Furthermore, while you are on your journey you will see different domesticated animals like yaks and donkeys. After reaching Tingre we will do an overnight stay at the hotel.
Drive from Tingri to Kerung Height(3200m/10499ft)
On day 42 we will continue our driving journey from Tingri to Kerung Height. The journey from Tingri to Kerung Height is mostly an uphill drive. Similarly, the road is at a very high altitude. So, you have to be very careful driving here. Similarly, after reaching Kerung Height at an altitude of 3200m. For night accommodation we provide a tea house for your rest with a B/B plan for the visitors.
Early in the morning drive from Kerung heights to Kerung border and drive to Kathmandu
On day 42, after having a light breakfast we will drive from Kerung height to the Kerung border. Similarly, on this day we will finish our immigration formalities to cross the border and then drive to Kathmandu. Likewise, after reaching Kathmandu we will transfer you to a suitable hotel.
Free day & shopping in Kathmandu
Today is the second last day of your trek. So, today you will be shopping in Kathmandu. Similarly, you will have a farewell celebration dinner with a culture program in the evening. Where you will experience different cultural foods with some cultural traditions.
Transfer to the airport for final departure.
Today is the last day of your expedition. So, your airport departure representative will leave you at the airport for your final departure. Similarly, until your flight has not arrived you can visit Kathmandu city as well.
- Arrival & Departure: Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu (3 Star Category) on bed & breakfast Basis- Sharing Twin Bed Room.
- Welcome Dinner: One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
- Permit All necessary paperwork: Cho Oyu climbing Permit from NMA, Garbage Management: Garbage Deposit fees.
- Insurance: Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and climbing.
- Map: Trekking and climbing map.
- Land Transportation: Private Vehicle
- Climbing Stuffs Transportation: Necessary all equipment Transportation for all Members and Staffs from Kathmandu to Chinese Base Camp (by private vehicle) and to Peak (by Porters)– While returning: Peak to Chinese Base Camp(by porters) and Chinese Base Camp to Kathmandu (by private vehicle).
- Member Luggage: Up to 25 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carried by porters.
- Food and Lodging: 3 Food 3 meals a day (BDL; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek.
- Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
- Porter: Porters (1 member: 1 Porter) during the trek.
- Climbing Sherpa: Veteran and Government Licensed Climbing Guide.
- Climbing Sherpa Salary & Allowance: Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
- Staff Salary and allowance: All Nepali staff & porters daily wages, salary, equipment, foods & clothing.
- Oxygen Bottle (O2): Oxygen bottles will be in stock at base camp in case of an emergency (with appropriate charge).
- High camp service: Necessary cooking gas, cooking pot for members, high altitude tent (sharing basis), high food for members, Sherpa, and climbing crews. Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
- Light: Necessary light at all tents. * if required.
- Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sight-seeing in Kathmandu valley.
- Valley Sightseeing: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley [Swoyambhu (Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square] by a professional guide.
- Comprehensive Medical kit.
- Certificate: Cho Oyu climbing certificate issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association (after climbing the Cho Oyu successfully).
- Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
- Nepal entry Visa fee: Nepali Visa fee is USD 60 per person for 30 days and to be applied for 60 days is USD 120.
- Lunch & Dinner: Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
- Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- Insurance: Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, helicopter medical & emergency evacuation. *Mandatory
- Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs, other costs.) Personal Expenses: Telephone, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will serve soft drinks for members in base camp)
- Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
- Toiletries: Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
- Filming: Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
- Internet Service: Not included during the trek.
- USD 25 for an extra porter per day (If extra porter demanded).
- Tips: Tips for Basecamp and other staff.
- Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
Best time for Cho Oyu Expedition
The best time to visit this place is during the autumn and spring season. During this time of the year the climate, temperature, and weather are stable and suitable in Nepal. Besides, if you travel here during this time of the year you will fully enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Therefore, if you travel here during this time then it can double your fun and experience. However, this trek also can be done during the monsoon season. Similarly, if you travel here during the off-seasons then you might not be able to find suitable weather to travel and enjoy the surroundings.
The difficulty of the Cho Oyu Expedition
This expedition is 44 days long. So, if you are a new trekker or climber then it is going to be very hard for you. However, if you decide to climb here then a local guide is very important(Sherpa or Tamang). Similarly, the Himalayan region is a very high-altitude climbing region. So, if you are not careful enough then you might fall victim to altitude sickness. Altogether, this climb is very difficult so make sure that you are fully prepared for its challenge. Furthermore, if you travel here during the on-season then it might be difficult for you to find suitable accommodation including experienced guides and porters because they might already get hired or booked by other trekkers. Furthermore, it is a long and steep trek that might challenge you during your trek. Similarly, if you travel during off-seasons then the climate might make your trek difficult because the weather gets cloudy and you cannot travel with clear visibility. So, you have to properly plan your trek.
Travel Insurance For Cho Oyu Expedition
Your travel insurance is one of the most important things that you should carry during your travel with us. If you don’t have your travel insurance with you then we are afraid that we cannot cooperate with you. In addition, to all that make sure that your travel adventure and trekking insurance above 4000m is covered. Similarly, make sure that your insurance policy covers all your hospital bills in case something bad happens to you during the trek and climb. But, if you don’t have your original insurance policy then make certain that you got a copy of the policy because it will help you choose a beneficial policy at the time.
Meals and Accommodation during Cho Oyu Expedition
We only provide meals and accommodation during the time of your trek. However, we don’t provide soft hard drinks, beers, and other alcoholic products. Because we understand that these things can hamper your tour. Instead, we provide you with healthy local and western food which can benefit you during your trek. Furthermore, most of the accommodation facilities are run by locals. You will get a chance to experience quality local food and hospitality. In addition, the locals there also provide western foods though it’s a bit expensive compared to the local meals. Local dishes are less pricey because they prepare them with their local farm produce and spices. Whereas, most of the ingredients for western foods are imported from cities. So, western foods are slightly expensive. Furthermore, as you go higher up the altitude the price of the meals also increases. Lastly, we provide a suitable camping facility at the base camp.
Fitness and Experience Requirement for Cho Oyu Expedition
This expedition is one of the hardest trekking routes in Nepal. Even some of the most experienced trekkers or climbers find it hard sometimes to travel through these trails. So, you have to be very experienced in this expedition. Similarly, you have to be physically fit for this climb. If you have some health issues, then it will be next to impossible for you to travel or complete this expedition. Likewise, make sure that you do a full body checkup before heading toward the journey. This will be beneficial for you. In addition, walking and jogging/running before your journey are very beneficial. Furthermore, having a little bit of knowledge of hiking and trekking is favorable. However, visitors with less knowledge find it hard to do this climb as well.
Climate and Weather For Cho Oyu Expedition
You will find the perfect climate for the expedition during the autumn and spring season. However, you will find perfect weather during the monsoon seasons as well. If you decide to do trekking here during this time of the year then you will be able to travel with clear visibility and you can enjoy your time here. You are going to travel very high altitudes during the trek. So, making sure you do it at a perfect time can double your experience and have fun. Furthermore, if you travel here during this season then you will be able to travel in a clear sky. During this time of the year, the weather is very pleasant and warm. However, it gets cold at night. It can probably show above 5000m altitudes. However, the climate of the Himalayas is unpredictable. It is usually warm during the day and cold during the night. So, you should have a reliable sleeping bag with you. But, it is quite warm if there is sunshine. Similarly, if there is sunshine during the trek then you can fully enjoy the view of the surroundings. Likewise, you will travel in clear visibility. But, if you travel here during the off-season then you might not find a suitable climate for your visit. So, assure that you choose your trek at the perfect time.
Safety and security for Cho Oyu Expedition
Safety and Security of our people are important factors for our company during the trek. Similarly, we take full care of our consumer and their property. Similarly, our trip constantly operates monitoring every area of our travel. So, don’t worry about a single thing and enjoy your time with us.
When is the best time for the Cho Oyu Expedition?
Autumn (September, October, November) and spring (March, April, May) are suitable for Cho Oyu Climbing. However, it is possible in monsoon seasons too.
How difficult is the Cho Oyu expedition?
The Cho Oyu Expedition is difficult. But, almost anyone can complete it with the help of a guide. You just have to be confident and believe in yourself.
How much will it cost to climb the Cho Oyu Expedition?
The average cost of the Cho Oyu Expedition is about USD 4500 per person for a 40 days itinerary.
Can you climb the Cho Oyu Expedition alone?
It is not possible. Similarly, this trek would be very difficult for a single person. So, we would recommend hiring a guide.
Do I need a climbing permit for the Cho Oyu Expedition?
Yes, it’s compulsory to have a Cho Oyu Expedition permit from Kathmandu.
Can you have altitude sickness on the Cho Oyu Expedition?
Altitude sickness is a common problem during the Cho Oyu Expedition. So, you should drink a sufficient amount of water.
What is the food price at Cho Oyu Expedition?
Food Prices differ from place to place. But, it usually costs USD 35 for lunch, dinner, and breakfast.
How many hours do I need to walk per day at Cho Oyu Expedition?
You usually walk about 5-6 hours on most of your trek days. The walks must be slow and
Can I carry children on the Cho Oyu Expedition?
It is an unwise decision to carry your children with you to the Cho Oyu Expedition. But, exceptions are made if they are old enough then you can take them with you following necessary protocols.
Is the Cho Oyu Expedition trail crowded?
Usually, the walking trail is not crowded but it is generally jam-packed with travelers during the peak trekking season.
What will happen If I get sick during the Cho OyuExpedition?
While climbing it is possible that you feel uncomfortable. But, don’t worry, your guide will be there for you.
Is charging my phones and batteries possible in the route of the Cho Oyu Expedition?
It is certainly possible to charge your phones and batteries in the tea houses and lodges during your trip to Cho Oyu Expedition but they might charge you some money.
Who can do the Cho Oyu Expedition?
A person who is physically and mentally tough can do this Expedition. Similarly, some knowledge about the Expedition is always helpful.