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Cho Oyu Expedition

from $32,000.00

The Cho Oyu expedition is one of the most popular expeditions in Nepal among the eight-thousanders due to its high rate of success via the Tibetan side. Mt. Cho Oyu is the world’s 6th highest mountain with an elevation of 8,201 meters above the sea level which lies 20km west of Mt. Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border.

 

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All about the Cho Oyu Expedition.

OVERVIEW

The Cho Oyu expedition is one of the most popular expeditions in Nepal among the Eight-Thousanders due to its highest rate of success via Tibet side. Mt. Cho Oyu is the world’s 6th highest mountain with an elevation of 8,201 meters above the sea level which lies 20km west of Mt. Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. For those mountain dreamers who wish to climb one of the eight-thousander mountains, the Mt. Cho Oyu expedition is perfect for you! The standard route climbs the Nangpa La, the ancient trading route to Nepal which is the northwest face of Tibet. With a few small technical sections, the trail up to the summit is short and straightforward and can be summited using fixed lines. The drive will offer the vistas of green meadows, river gorges, snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and diverse flora and fauna while crossing the ancient valleys of Tibet’ Nyalam, Tingri, Zhangmu. You will witness the breath-taking views of Mt. Everest at 8,848m, Mt. Xishapagma at 8,012m, and Mt. Cho Oyu at 8,201m, and others. Discover the Tibetan ancient Buddhist culture, exotic cities, hidden valleys, and old monasteries via the Cho Oyu expedition with the Real Sherpa Adventures team. We provide highly experienced trekking guides, as well as a comfortable trekking itinerary in the Himalayan lands.

Who Can Climb Mount Cho Oyu?

 Even intermediate climbers who wish to accomplish one of the eight-thousanders mountains can climb Mount Cho Oyu. The route is composed of snow hills with small ice sectors and rock scrambling. The Mt. Cho Oyu expedition is considered the most accessible climbing peak compared to all the other peaks over 8,000 meters of elevation because of its hazardless climbing trail with little objective danger. Though the trail is non-technical, prior climbing experience at least over 6,000 meters of elevation like Island Peak, Lobuche Peak, or Mera Peak is mandatory. Before climbing the summit, we provide training in climbing techniques such as using fixed lines while ascending and descending. However, the climbers must have a basic knowledge of climbing. Climbers in sound physical, mental, and psychological health can summit Mt. Cho Oyu.

The Trekking Route to Mt. Cho Oyu Summit!

 The actual trekking route to Mt. Cho Oyu summit begins at the Chinese Base Camp. Mount Cho Oyu is comprised of five points: West, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast, with the Jabula Glacier on the north, the Lanba Glacier on the south, and the Gecongba Glacier. To reach this base camp, we take a flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu International airport. Arriving at Lhasa, we will drive towards Shigatse, Xegar, and then the Chinese Base Camp. We will move closer to the camp by acclimatizing to the higher altitude and exploring the popular tourist attractions of Tibet such as Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, the Tibetan Museum, and the Shalu Monastery. From the Chinese base camp, we will trace our steps towards the Cho Oyu base camp.

At the camp, we will spend long days on climbing preparation and altitude acclimatization. From the Cho Oyu base camp, we first climb to Camp I at 6,400m via the Gyabrag Glacier and then up steep rock to a broad snow shoulder. Reaching Camp I, we follow the snow ridge to a steep 50-meter ice wall using the fixed ropes to reach Camp II at 7,100. Climbing onward to Camp III at 7,400m, most of the climbers will feel the effect of the altitude. From Camp III to reach the summit of Mt. Cho Oyu, you will follow an easy snow and rock trail. Later, we will descend to the Chinese Base Camp following the same trail.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Greeting at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to the Hotel

Day 02 to 03: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Expedition Document Preparation

Day 04: Fly to Lhasa at 3,600m

Day 05 to 06: Acclimatization and Lhasa Exploration Days

Day 07: Drive to Shigatse at 3,900m

Traveling Duration: 5 to 6 hours.

Day 08: Drive to Xegar at 4,000m

Traveling Duration: 7 to 8 hours.

Day 09: Acclimatization Day in Xegar

Day 10: Drive to the Chinese Base Camp

Day 11: Climbing Preparation at the Chinese Base Camp

Day 12 to 15: Trek to Cho Oyu Base Camp

Day 16 to 40: Mt. Cho Oyu Climbing Period and Cleaning Up the Camp

Day 41: Return to the Chinese Base Camp

Day 42 to 43: Back to Kathmandu via Private Vehicle

Day 44: Free Day in Kathmandu

Day 45: Final Departure

Expedition Highlights

  • Expedition to the sixth highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyu
  • Explore one of the world highest cities in the world, Lhasa
  • Visit UNESCO world heritage sites in Tibet: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka Palace, and the Sera Monastery
  • The easiest trekking trail among the eight-thousanders in Nepal
  • Witness the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest from the north side
  • One base camp with three additional higher camps supported by highly experienced mountaineers and trekking guides
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • An experienced English-speaking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
  • An assistant guide depending on the groups size, (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • 2 times Hot shower anytime during the trek
  • 10 Gb Everest link wifi card for internet access
  • All government and local taxes
  • 2 times Battery charging anytime during the trek
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes (you are allowed to carry a maximum of 15 kg
  • luggage altogether in the duffel bag)
  • 3 nights accommodation (2 before/ 1 after) in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, Real Sherpa Adventures duffel bag and T-shirt
  • All accommodation in good lodges during the trek
  • Medical Kit carried by the guide
  • All necessary paperwork and permits
  • All meals during the trek
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Nepal Visa fee (please bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, drinking water, shower, bar bills etc)

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  1. Day 01 Greeting at Kathmandu International Airport and Transfer to the Hotel

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of the representatives from Real Sherpa Adventures will greet you at the exit gate and drop you off at the hotel in a private vehicle. After hotel check-in, take a rest in your hotel room and refresh yourself for a short introductory meeting with team members and your trekking guide. The meeting will brief you about the expedition and the equipment needed for the expedition. In the evening, we will organize a welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepali restaurants.

    Overnight in the Hotel. Dinner Included.

    Note: the meeting will be held on the next day if you arrive at night.

  2. Day 02 to 03 Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Expedition Document Preparation

    Before starting our voyage in the Himalayan lands, we will visit some of the historical and cultural sites around the Kathmandu valley. Our local and experienced tour guides will direct you. First, we will visit the sacred Pashupatinath temple where Lord Shiva is worshipped. Every year, thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit this temple. Though foreigners are not allowed to enter this temple from the main entrance, you can explore the temple from the eastern side. Lying on the banks of the Bagmati river, the Pashupatinath temple is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Religious site of Nepal. Our next destinations will be the Swayambhunath temple, the Boudhanath Stupa, and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. You will see fine arts and architecture in these sites which reflects the ancient Nepalese culture.

    The next day, we will prepare documents and equipment for the Cho Oyu expedition. Our trekking guide will check your equipment and arrange all the permits fulfilling the legal formalities before heading to Lhasa. You need a Chinese visa to travel to Tibet from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. If you need or lack any equipment, you can share with us or buy it from the Thamel area. Rest up and pack your bag for tomorrow’s morning flight!

    Overnight in the Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  3. Day 04 Fly to Lhasa at 3,600m

    After having breakfast, we will fly to one of the highest places in the world, Lhasa. You will witness the views of many snow-capped mountains including, Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and other Tibetan valleys. You will be welcomed by our representatives in Lhasa airport and then transferred to the hotel. After hotel check-in, take a rest for the remainder of the day!

    Overnight in the Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  4. Day 05 to 06 Acclimatization and Lhasa Exploration Days

    In the process of acclimatization to the higher altitude, we will visit some of the popular tourist attractions of the Tibet. Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, and the Tibetan Museum are today’s highlighted sites. After having breakfast, we will visit the Potala Palace which offers a wonderful view of the entire city of Lhasa. You will see the largest man-made garden in Tibet’s Norbulingka Palace. TheTibetan Museum displays several collections of ancient Tibetan Buddhist artifacts.

    Overnight in the Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  5. Day 07 Drive to Shigatse at 3,900m

    Traveling Duration: 5 to 6 hours.

    After an early breakfast, we will drive to Shigatse which is the second largest city of Tibet. We will drive along the banks of the Tsang Po and through barren desert-like valleys to reach Shigatse. On the way, we will visit GyantseDzong and the Shalu Monastery. You will see Tibetan and Chinese style arts in this monastery.

    Overnight in the Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  6. Day 08 Drive to Xegar at 4,000m

    Traveling Duration: 7 to 8 hours.

    Moving along the Tibetan Highway, we will enjoy the spectacular and panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks including a glimpse of Mt. Everest at 8,848m. We will traverse two spectacular passes, Nyalam Pass at 3,800m and Lalung Pass at 5,082m to reach Xegar. Explore around the place!

    Overnight in the Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  7. Day 09 Acclimatization Day in Xegar

    Today, we will visit the downtown and hilltop monastery. After having breakfast, we will continue our walk to these places.

    Overnight in the Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  8. Day 10 Drive to the Chinese Base Camp

    The way up to the Chinese Base Camp is blessed with the beautiful scenes of the  Himalayas and landscapes.

  9. Day 11 Climbing Preparation at the Chinese Base Camp

    From here, your actual trekking journey begins for the Mount Cho Oyu expedition. We will prepare for our climb preparations by hiking. From here, yaks carry your loads up to the Cho Oyu base camp.

    Overnight in the tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  10. Day 12 to 15 Trek to Cho Oyu Base Camp

    The trek up to the base camp of the sixth highest mountain is on the moraine, no snow. We will spend three nights here at the base camp for altitude acclimatization and climbing preparation. Enjoy the spectacular views of many well-known and lesser-known Himalayan ranges from the base camp. Stay active, get some rest, keep hydrated, and be careful with the altitude sickness!

    Overnight in the tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  11. Day 16 to 40 Mt. Cho Oyu Climb and Cleaning Up the Camp

    We will first climb the lower part of the mountain and then climb as high as possible. Slowly and carefully, we will hike towards the higher camp from the base camp. To adapt to the higher elevation, our body should be properly acclimatized. Follow the instructions and route provided by your trekking guides. After reaching the summit of Mt. ChOyu and spending some time there, we will descend to the base camp following the same trail. Relish the beauty of the Himalayan lands and keep it clean!

    Overnight in the tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  12. Day 41 Return to the Chinese Base Camp

    Following the same trail, we will return to the Chinese base camp from the base camp of Mt. Cho Oyu. Yaks will carry our loads up to this camp.

    Overnight in the tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  13. Day 42 to 43 Back to Kathmandu via Private Vehicle

    From the Chinese Base Camp, we will drive to Kathmandu via Nyalam at 25km and Zhangmu at 3750m along the friendship highway. We will make a stop to have lunch at Tingri and then drive on.

    Reaching Nyalam, we will stay here for the night. Saying goodbye to some of our Tibetan climbers, we will commence our journey towards Zhangmu along the friendship highway. After having lunch at Zhangmu, we will drive towards the Kathmandu valley over the friendship bridge on the BhoteKoshi River which separates Tibet and Nepal. A scenic 6 hour drive through the lush green landscapes will take us to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. While driving, you will enjoy the beautiful views of waterfalls, the BhoteKoshi River valley, and mountains. Arriving at the hotel, rest for the remainder of the day or explore around the city!

    Overnight in the Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  14. Day 44 Free Day in Kathmandu

    This day is reserved in case any changes occur on the day-to-day itinerary. You can utilize this day as you wish if you stay. Have some rest or explore around the city! You can buy some souvenirs for your friends or family. In the evening, we will have a true Nepali dinner with a live cultural performance in a typical Nepali restaurant.

  15. Day 45 Final Departure

    On your departure day, we will drop you off at the Kathmandu International airport three hours before your flight time. Have a safe flight to your next destination!

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be in a 3 or 4-star hotel.

Accommodation during the trek will be in tea house or lodges. Some accommodations at lower altitudes offer fully equipped rooms with electricity, western toilet facility, wi-fi, and hot showers. Whereas some tea houses, especially at the higher altitude offer very basic kind of services.

You will be accommodated on a twin-basis during the trek. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. If you want a single room for yourself, let us know in advance before the trek.

Normally, beds contain pillow and sheets. Almost all tea houses provide blankets but it is advisable to use your sleeping bag which will be provided by us in case it becomes too cold.

Some tea houses especially those at lower altitudes have proper western toilets. As you move higher some tea houses use squat toilet facilities. Also, it is important to know that some tea houses do not provide toilet paper in the toilets.

In higher altitudes, you will usually have to pay extra for charting electronic devices or taking a hot shower. Laundry services are also available in some lodges at an extra price. Wifi cards can also be bought at these lodges. There are multiple options available depending on the data limit and speed.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
What is included in this tour Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • An experienced English-speaking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
  • An assistant guide depending on the groups size, (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • 2 times Hot shower anytime during the trek
  • 10 Gb Everest link wifi card for internet access
  • All government and local taxes
  • 2 times Battery charging anytime during the trek
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes (you are allowed to carry a maximum of 15 kg
  • luggage altogether in the duffel bag)
  • 3 nights accommodation (2 before/ 1 after) in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, Real Sherpa Adventures duffel bag, and T-shirt
  • All accommodation in good lodges during the trek
  • Medical Kit carried by the guide
  • All necessary paperwork and permits
  • All meals during the trek
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Nepal Visa fee (please bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, bar bills etc)