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Cho Oyu Expedition

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Mount Cho Oyu (8210m) is the 6th highest peak in the world and is also one of the classic and famous expeditions. It lies between the Nepalese and Tibetan border about 20 miles northwest of Mt. Everest (8848m). Cho Oyu, also known as Turquoise Goddess, is worshipped all over Tibet as its splendid shadows appear this color in the light of the setting sun when viewed from Tibet. The mountain is also popularly known as Mt. Qowowuyag.  Cho Oyu is a popular destination for mountaineers who are looking to climb an 8,000-meter peak.

Expedition to Chu Oyu is one of the easiest and most accessible among other above 8000m peaks. Cho Oyu also has the highest success rate among rest of the peaks. The climb is also short with only 6m high wall and can easily be climbed using the fixed lines. The access has become so much easier as the base camp of the mountain can be reached by four-wheel drive vehicle. The route to Camp I (6400m) is through a steep trail which is often done in hiking boots.

The route to Mount Cho Oyu also takes through short ice cliffs, steep ice, snowy slopes of rock, and several crevasses. The peak is climbed by the mountaineers mostly to gain the experience before they attempt for Everest Expedition. Upon reaching the summit, we can also get the majestic view of Everest (8848m) and different other peaks.

Successful climbers of Cho Oyu are rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, as well as a sense of accomplishment that comes with reaching the top of one of the world’s highest mountains. However, the risks associated with climbing such a high peak should not be underestimated, and climbers must be well-prepared and experienced to undertake such an expedition.

Amble Himalya is a well-renowned travel agency based in Kathmandu.  Our main goal is to help our client summit successfully. We make sure our clients have an ultimate Himalaya experience. We help you with all kind of legal documentation and visa arrangements for the trip. We also provide you with necessary gears, equipment’s and transportation, and accommodate you to the best available place of the location.

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning views: Cho Oyu offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Himalayan range, including Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. Climbers can witness the sunrise over these peaks from the summit, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Cultural immersion: A trip to Cho Oyu typically involves passing through several small villages and towns in Nepal and Tibet, where climbers can experience the local culture and traditions.
  • Challenging climbing: Climbing Cho Oyu is a challenging and rewarding experience, with technical sections and steep slopes that require skill, strength, and endurance.
  • High-altitude camping: The expedition involves camping at high altitudes, which offers a unique experience and a chance to witness the beauty of the mountain up close.
  • Team building: The expedition requires teamwork and communication, as climbers rely on each other for support and safety throughout the journey.
  • Personal accomplishment: Successfully summiting Cho Oyu is a major accomplishment and a testament to the climber's strength and determination.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Lhasa and stay at the hotel (3600m/12,000ft)

Day 02-06: Drive to Cho Oyu base camp via Guatse, Shigatse, and Tingri

Day 07 -09: Ascend Advance base camp of Cho Oyu peak 5700 m

Day 10-31: Cho Oyu expedition climbing period

Day 32: Descend down to Cho Oyu Base Camp

Day 33-34: Drive back to Lhasa via Shigatse

Day 35: Fly to Kathmandu from Lhasa

Cho Oyu Expedition Trip Itinerary

On Day 1 of the Cho Oyu expedition, climbers typically fly to Lhasa, which is the capital city of Tibet. Lhasa is situated at an altitude of 3600 meters (12,000 feet) and is known for its rich cultural heritage, including the Potala Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in Lhasa, climbers will check into their hotel and spend the day resting and acclimatizing to the high altitude. It's important to take it easy on the first day and avoid any strenuous activity that could lead to altitude sickness. Climbers can use this time to explore the city and immerse themselves in the local culture. Some popular activities in Lhasa include visiting the Jokhang Temple, which is a sacred site for Tibetan Buddhists, and browsing the local markets for traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. It's also important to stay hydrated and eat light meals that are easy to digest, as the body needs time to adjust to the high altitude. Climbers should drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate the body and exacerbate altitude sickness symptoms. Overall, Day 1 is a crucial day for acclimatization and preparing the body for the challenging ascent of Cho Oyu. Climbers should take it slow and focus on taking care of themselves to ensure a safe and successful expedition. We fly to Lhasa of Tibet relishing the splendid view of Everest (8848m), Makalu (8481m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), and the Tibetan valleys throughout the flight. Overnight stay at a hotel in Lhasa.

On Day 2 of the Cho Oyu expedition, climbers will begin the journey to the base camp. The drive typically takes 5-6 days and passes through several towns and villages in Tibet, including Guatse, Shigatse, and Tingri. The drive to Cho Oyu base camp offers stunning views of the Himalayan range and the Tibetan Plateau. Climbers will pass through high mountain passes, remote valleys, and scenic landscapes along the way. In Guatse, climbers can visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, which is one of the most important monasteries in Tibet and the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. In Shigatse, climbers can visit the Shigatse Fortress and the Shalu Monastery, which is famous for its unique architectural style. In Tingri, climbers will be close to the base camp and can take a day to rest and acclimatize before continuing the journey. Tingri is situated at an altitude of 4300 meters (14,000 feet) and is a good place to prepare for the ascent of Cho Oyu. Overall, the drive to Cho Oyu base camp is a memorable and scenic journey that offers a glimpse into the local culture and traditions of Tibet. Climbers should take advantage of the stops along the way to rest, acclimatize, and prepare for the challenging climb ahead.

On Day 7 of the Cho Oyu expedition, climbers will arrive at the advance base camp (ABC) of Cho Oyu, which is situated at an altitude of 5700 meters (18,700 feet). The ABC is the starting point of the climb and serves as the base for acclimatization and preparation for the ascent. Climbers will spend the next 2-3 days at the ABC, acclimatizing to the high altitude and preparing for the climb ahead. This involves resting, hydrating, and doing light exercises to keep the body active. You will also spend a few nights at intermediate base camps at 5,200m and 5,450m During the stay at the ABC, climbers may also take short hikes to higher elevations to further acclimatize and scout the route ahead. This helps the body to adjust to the thinner air and prepares climbers for the high altitude conditions on the mountain. The ABC is also where climbers will set up their tents and establish a base camp for the expedition. The camp will include a kitchen area, dining area, and sleeping tents for the climbers and support staff. Overall, the stay at the ABC is a crucial part of the expedition, as it allows climbers to adjust to the high altitude and prepare for the challenging ascent of Cho Oyu. Climbers should take it slow and focus on acclimatization to ensure a safe and successful climb.

On this day, you will climb the lower part of the mountain for our first-day expedition and slowly proceed as high as possible, acclimatizing to the high altitude. During the climbing period, climbers will be supported by a team of experienced Sherpas and support staff who will provide food, water, and other supplies. They will also help to establish and maintain the high camps and assist with the technical aspects of the climb. Proper acclimatization is must and after proper acclimatization you will ascend higher and make our way to Camp I located at the top of the ridge. You will continue to follow the snow and ice ridge to reach Camp II followed by Camp III and the summit of the northern side of Cho Oyu through gentle glacial slopes and rocky steps using our gears and rope. On the final day of the climb, climbers will make a final push to the summit of Cho Oyu, which is situated at an altitude of 8201 meters (26,906 feet). The summit offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for many climbers. An incredible view of Everest (8848m) and Makalu (8481m) can be witness from the summit of Cho Oyu.

We retrace our trail back to Cho Oyu Base Camp relishing the view of glaciers and snow-capped mountains. This marks for the end of our Cho Oyu Expedition as we will be connected with road transport again. Overnight at basecamp.

climbers will pack up their gear and depart from the base camp, beginning their journey back to Lhasa. The journey will take them through the cities of Shigatse and Tingri, where they will have the opportunity to rest and replenish their supplies, relishing the view of Cho Oyu (8201m) and Everest (8848m) for the last time until we arrive in Lhasa.

You will catch the early morning flight to Kathmandu enjoying the stunning scenic beauty of the mountains, the hills, the rivers, the gorges, and the scattered settlements, throughout the flight. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Cho Oyu Expedition Trip Included

  • Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu flight ticket if Lhasa route is applicable.
  • Tibet travel visa and permit for climbing member and involved staffs.
  • Cho Oyu climbing permit with Chinese Government Royalty (U$7,500.00 Per/Person).
  • Tibetan official Liaison officer for Cho-Oyu Expedition fully paid.
  • Transportation from Lhasa-Tingri-Chinese Base Camp and all accommodation with BB Plan.
  • All camping equipment in Base Camp and Advance Base Camp.
  • 3 meals a day during expedition period for expedition members and staff cooked by our cook.
  • 2:1 experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide and Base Camp Staffs sharing with team.
  • Cargo and duties clearing assistance service in Kerung border.
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group.
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger for expedition members.
  • Each expedition member will have an Individual Tent in the ABC.
  • Insurance, wages, meal allowances for private Sherpa and sharing base camp staffs.
  • Ice falls charges and all Tent for Camp 1, 2, 3 Sharing with Private Sherpa.
  • High altitude food for Sherpa and climbing member.
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance carrying by Yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Communication device like Satellite Phone & Willkie-Talkie in case of emergency.(USE PAY)
  • Emergency Oxygen with regulator and mask while on mount Cho Oyu Expeditions.(USE PAY).
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and Government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information assistance services (if necessary).

Cho Oyu Expedition Trip Excluded

  • Accomodation and meals during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips etc.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of any communication means.
  • Clothing, packing Items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking/climbing gears.
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations etc.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Oxygen bottles, mask and regulators as per demand.
  • Medical-travel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Airfare of international and domestic flights other than specified.
  • Nepal entry or re-entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival).
  • Icefall garbage deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Nepal custom duty fees for import of expedition goods.
  • Emergency/Rescue/Early Jeep cost (US$ 1700 approximately).
  • Summit bonus for the climbing Sherpa (US$ 1000.00 is minimum base.)
  • Tips, gifts
  • Any other item not included in The cost includes Section.

General Packing List

Climbing Gear:

  • Climbing boots (double-layered and insulated for cold weather)
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Climbing harness
  • Carabiners
  • Helmet
  • Ropes
  • Ascender and descender devices
  • Trekking poles


  • Base layer tops and bottoms (synthetic or wool)
  • Insulating mid-layer (fleece or down)
  • Hardshell waterproof and breathable jacket and pants
  • Gloves (liner gloves, insulated gloves, and shell gloves)
  • Hat (warm and windproof)
  • Sunglasses with UV protection and side shields
  • Gaiters

Camping Gear:

  • High-altitude tent
  • Sleeping bag (rated for below freezing temperatures)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove and fuel
  • Cooking utensils
  • Water bottles or hydration system
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Solar charger or extra batteries for electronics

Personal Gear:

  • Sunscreen and lip balm (SPF 30+)
  • Personal first aid kit with medications for altitude sickness and common illnesses
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • Trekking towel
  • Sunglasses with UV protection and side shields
  • Camera and memory cards


  • Cash (Nepali rupees and Chinese yuan)
  • Passport and necessary permits and visas
  • Maps and guidebooks
  • Repair kit for equipment and clothing
  • Trash bags
  • Communication devices (satellite phone or radio)

It’s important to note that this is a general packing list and may need to be adjusted based on individual needs and preferences.

Cho Oyu Expedition FAQ's

On all of our expeditions, there is a requirement for each expedition member to have insurance to cover any personal or medical mishaps that may occur during the expedition. This should cover you for any costs incurred in the event of any illness, medical emergency, or evacuation that occurs while on the expedition.

Yes, most of our expedition guides take satellite phones and you are welcome to use these at US$3 to $4 per minute.

You should be in the best shape and should get checked with your physician before embarking on this strenuous journey. You should be comfortable walking for 5-9 hours. The challenges are different every day, but the more prepared you are, both mentally and physically, the smoother your trip will go.

All our guides carry extensive medical kits for any medical emergency. You need to bring any medications you regularly use plus extra (don’t forget to tell us about them).

Once we have received your application, we will send information pack which includes an assortment of information including detailed equipment lists.

You’ll get breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as snacks, and ample hot and cold drinks. Our cooks provide you with excellent local and western food. If you have special dietary requirement, please let us know so that we can work on it before the expedition kicks off.

You will have your own tent in Base Camp, but on the mountain, you will be sharing a tent with others. Depending upon the location, you might need to share a room in higher altitude. A single supplement is also available.

A typical Cho Oyu expedition takes about 6-8 weeks, including time for travel, acclimatization, and climbing.

Participants in a Cho Oyu expedition typically need to have prior experience with high-altitude mountaineering, as well as strong physical fitness and technical climbing skills. Some expeditions may also require participants to have completed other challenging climbs.

The best time to climb Cho Oyu is typically during the spring (April-May) or fall (September-October) climbing seasons, when weather conditions are generally more stable and the risk of avalanches is lower.

Participants in a Cho Oyu expedition typically need to bring a range of specialized mountaineering equipment, including climbing boots, crampons, ice axes, harnesses, ropes, and other technical gear. They will also need to bring warm clothing suitable for extreme cold weather and high altitude conditions.

Climbing Cho Oyu is a high-risk undertaking that requires careful planning, preparation, and execution. Risks include altitude sickness, falls, avalanches, and other hazards associated with high-altitude mountaineering. However, with proper training and experience, the risks can be mitigated to some extent.

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