Mount Cho Oyu (8,201m)

Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain at 8,201 meters, lies on the Nepal/Tibet border. Interested in seeing how you do above 8000 meters? There is no better testing ground, ease of access and ease of route means that you can save your energy for the climbing. The North West Face, now considered the normal route, is fairly straight forward, with only a couple hundred meters requiring fixed rope.

The success rate on Cho Oyu is higher than any other 8000 meter peak, don’t be fooled though, it is still hard - requiring three camps, including one at 7500 meters. Camp one can usually be reached without climbing on snow. Advanced base camp offers a terrific view over the Nangpa La to Nepal and the Khumbu valley.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for preparation. O/N Hotel.
Day 03: Free day in Kathmandu for preparation. O/N Hotel.
Day 04: Drive Kathmandu / Zhangmu. O/N Hotel.
Day 05: Drive to Nyalam. O/N Lodge.
Day 06: Rest day at Nyalam for acclimatization. O/N Lodge.
Day 07: Drive to Tingri. O/N Lodge.
Day 08: Rest day at Tingri for acclimatization. O/N Lodge.
Day 09: Drive to Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 10: At Cho Oyu Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 11: At Cho Oyu Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 12: At Cho Oyu Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 13: Trek to Advanced Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 14: At Advance Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 15:  
To Climbing Period.
Day 39:  
Day 40: Return to Advance Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 41: Return to Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 42: Cleaning up Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 43: Drive back to Zhangmu. O/N Lodge.
Day 44: Drive back to Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.
Day 45: Free day in Kathmandu for independent activities. O/N Hotel.
Day 46: Transfer to airport for departure.
 Departure Dates  Availability
 24 Aug-08 Oct  Available
Day 01:

Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m. via respective airlines. O/N Hotel.

  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and escort you to the Hotel, where one of our leader or a Sherpa guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek/Camping, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal / Tibet.
Day 02-03:

Free day in Kathmandu preparation for the expedition. O/N Hotel.

  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest on request. Rest of the day is required in Kathmandu, checking on expedition's equipment and paper works. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it's late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice sleep and rest before you venture out of the Hotel for our interesting tour.
Day 04:

Kathmandu -Zhangmu (2,300 m)-123 Kms.

  Departure early morning from Kathmandu, drive towards Kodari (Tibet/Nepal border) through scenic countryside via Dhulikhel. After completion of immigration formalities at Kodari/ Zhangmu, we check in at hotel in Zhangmu. Overnight in hotel/guest house.
Day 05:

Zhangmu to Nylam 3,800m. 35 km. O/N Hotel / Guesthouse.

  Today's drive is shorter, drive leads up towards the long winding road passing through Zhangmu town, once off the town suburb the traffic gets better. The journey continues on the winding road with striking scenery of the surrounding landscapes and its verdant forest of pines, hemlock, oaks and rhododendrons trees the drive slowly enters the gorge with beautiful waterfalls looking down the Bhote Kosi river way down below once out of the tree line, the road leads up to Nylam town, a small town gradually growing every year. On arrival we will check in the best available Guest house or at Lodge in Nylam.
Day 06:

At Nylam for acclimatisation. O/N Lodge / Guest house.

  A necessary free day for acclimatisation, whole of Nylam elevation rises from 3,600m to 3,800m. For energetic people one can go for a good hike towards Shisapangma South trail for a few hours walk. The walk leads off the town just from the bridge or one can visit the holy meditation Cave of 11th, century Poet- Saint Guru Milerappa just few hours walk to and from the main Nylam town.
Day 07:

Drive to Old Tingri (4, 350 m)-205 Kms. O/N Hotel / Guesthouse.

  From Nylam, the drive passes through traditional Tibetan farm villages to Lalung-la Pass (5,050m) with outstanding view of Mt. Shisapangma (8013m highest within Tibet). Continue towards Old Tingri from where you can have a good view of Mt. Everest (8,850m) on a clear fine day. Overnight in Guest House.
Day 08:

At Tingri (Old Tingri). O/N Guest House.

  At Tingri for acclimatisation before heading towards Cho Oyu Base Camp and higher elevation.
Day 09:

Drive Cho Oyu Base Camp. 4-5 hrs journey. O/N Camp.

  Just few minutes from the main highway our route diverts towards South along the bumpy track that leads to the road head below Cho Oyu.
Day 10-12:   

At Cho Oyu Base Camp. O/N Camp.

  At Cho Oyu Base Camp, preparation for the big climb, sorting out the gear and to get fully acclimatised.
Day 13:

Trek towards Cho Oyu High Camp.

  After a good rest and preparation at the Base Camp, few hours of strenuous walk up leads you towards the High Camp for acclimatization and preparations for the final long haul to the summit of Cho Oyu.
Day 14:

At Cho Oyu high camp.

  A leisure day for the final preparations for the ascent.
Day 15-39:

Climbing Period.

Day 40:

Return Advance Base Camp.

  Descend to advance base camp and to organize all the equipments to lower down to  base camp and for the departure from Cho Oyu.
Day 41:

Return to Base Camp.

  Descent and trek back to Base Camp with all the remaining equipments for the final departure
Day 42:

At Cho Oyu Base Camp for clean up of all the unnecessary waste / garbage.

  At Cho Oyu Base Camp clean up and packing, rubbish to be dump at designated  dumping site, rest to be brought back to Kathmandu for proper Disposal.
Day 43:

Drive back to Zhangmu via Nyalam.

  Retrace the journey via Old Tingri and Nyalam for the drive back to Zhangmu the frontier town of Tibet - China.
Day 44:

Drive back to Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.

  Retrace the driving journey back to Kathmandu with the morning visa exit clearance formalities at Zhangmu immigration post, and then a short drive leads towards the Nepal-China Friendship Bridge over the torrent Bhote Kosi River and back to Nepal frontier post at Kodari for another passport and visa formalities and then 4-5 hrs of scenic drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 45:

In Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.

  A free day in Kathmandu for rest and independent activities.
Day 46:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, departure tax (in local currency) and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure.
The price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin room at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Lhasa.
 3.  Guided sightseeing tour as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Hotel / Guest House accommodation in Tibet as per itinerary on full board basis.
 5.  Transportation by private vehicle.
 6.  English speaking Tibetan Guide throughout the trip in Tibet.
 7.  Camping arrangement as per itinerary backed by Nepali Crew at Everest BC, Interim Camp, ABC and Higher Camps on full board basis.
 8.  All applicable Climbing Permit and Entry Fees.
 9.  Yak & Yakmen to carry loads between BC-ABC-BC.
 10. Transportation Kathmandu – Tibet Border – Kathmandu by private non AC Vehicle.
 11. Service of Nepalese Climbing Sherpas with their equipment allowance, daily wages and insurance.
 12. Royalty payable to Tibet Government for Nepalese staff.
 13. High Altitude Tents, Rations, EPI Gases, Pots and Pans for High Altitude Camps.
 14. Walkie Talkie for communication purpose.
 15. Supply of Satellite Phone for emergency use.
 16. Supply of Medical Kit for emergency use.
 17. Tibet Visa Fees.
However our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 6.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 7.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
 8.  Personal clothing and all sorts of personal climbing gear.

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Mount Cho Oyu (8,201m)
  • Trip Duration : 46 Days
  • Trip Grade : Challenging
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Climbing Trips
  • Highest Altitude : 8201 m
  • Month : Sep-Oct