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- Accommodations in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
- Airport – hotel -airport picks up and drops by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
- All land transportation as per itinerary
- All meals for members and staff during the expedition.
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- An experienced Government license holder guide.
- assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porters) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
- Go for Nepal duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required.
- National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, clothes etc.
- Trekking camping equipment (tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, all kitchen gear/utensils if necessary
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Personal climbing equipment.
- Personal expenses (Phone Calls, Laundry, bar bills during the trekking, Battery recharge of camera or mobile, extra porters if you wish to take, mineral water, Shower etc.)
- Personal trekking Equipment.
- Tips for guides and porter. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).
- Your Travel insurance.
- Day 01
- Day 02-3
- Day 04
- Day 05
- Day 06
- Day 07-8
- Day 09
- Day 10
- Day 11-25
- Day 26-27
- Day 28
- Day 29
- Day 30
- Day 31-32
- Day 33
Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
After your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will complete all the documentation process. One of our team representatives will welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to relax. In the evening, you will meet with your guide and have a welcome dinner organized by the company.
In Kathmandu preparation for Cho-Oyu Expedition.
These two days, you will be staying in Kathmandu to prepare for the expedition. You will check all the gears and buy a new one if needed. Your team leader will complete other necessary paper works and visa process. You will also get a chance to visit monuments like Swaymabhunath, Kathmandu Durbar square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, and Patan Durbar Square.
Drive to Nyalam (3,450 m) via Zhangmu (2,300 m); 6 hrs.
After having breakfast, you will drive to Nyalam, a Tibetan town. In four hours, you will reach the Kodari border of Nepal. Completing all the passport and visa formalities here, you will head to the entry point where a Tibetan guide and driver will wait for you.
From here, you will drive to Bhote Koshi upstream and reach Nyalam through a lovely forest of pine and rhododendron. On the way, you will get to see beautiful views of waterfalls.
At Nyalam free and rest day for acclimatization and local hike.
Today is your free day in Nyalam for acclimatization. You will go on a short excursion to an old holy cave. Likewise, you will also visit an 11th-century monastery, the monastery of saint Milarepa. You will explore around and get to know the people of this part of the world.
Drive to Cho-Oyu Base Camp (4,800 m) via Old Tingri; 6 hrs.
Leaving the main highway, you will drive in the east towards the base camp of Mt. Cho Oyu. During the drive, you will get to witness stunning views of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, etc. You will reach the old Tingri. From here onwards, driving on a bumpy road, you will reach the Cho Oyu Base Camp located near Nangpa La.
At Cho Oyu Base Camp rest and preparations.
You will spend a couple of days acclimatizing and preparing for the expedition. The guide will arrange all the gears and give you basic training of mountaineering. He will brief you about the path and all the possible dangers.
Climb to Advance Base Camp at (5,800 m); 5 hrs.
After two days rest, you will begin ascending towards the Advance Base Camp located at the foot of Nangpa La Pass. You will gradually move up following the lead of your team leader. All of the gears and other necessities will be carried on yaks and managed by the porters.
Rest and preparation for the climb of Cho-Oyu at (8,201 m/26,906 ft).
It is another rest day before you finally push towards the summit. You will move around and prepare for the climb.
Ascent of Cho-Oyu from North Col (15 days climb to the summit top).
In the coming few days, you will gradually move towards the summit of Mt. Cho Oyu. Before reaching the summit, you will establish two camps, Camp I at 6,400 meters and Camp II at 7,100 meters. Crossing scree slope, serac barrier, and huge crevasses, you will reach the summit. After spending some time at the summit, you will descend back to Advance Camp.
Descend to base camp.
In the next two days, you will descend to the base camp. You will be following the same route as before.
Pack up and cleaning the base camp.
This day is set apart so that you can pack up everything and clean the base camp before heading back. You will dispose of the garbage at the proper site or take back with yourself to Kathmandu to get it to dispose of nicely.
Drive back to Zhangmu (1,700 m); 6 hrs.
Today, you will drive back to Zhangmu. Passing by Laylung Pass (5,050 m) while enjoying impressive views of snowy mountains, you will descend to Nyalam. From here, you will drive by forest and waterfalls, and reach Zhangmu.
Drive to Kathmandu via Kodari; 6 hrs.
After a warm morning breakfast, you will complete your passport and visa formalities, and head to Friendship Bridge that separates Tibet and China with Nepal. Saying bye to your Tibetan guide and driver, you will drive back to Kathmandu via Kodari. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will head to the hotel and rest for the day.
Free day in Kathmandu to submit expedition report at concern department.
You will have two free days in Kathmandu if there will be no delays during the expedition. You will short your gears and the team leader will report expedition to the concerned department. You can spend the day exploring around Kathmandu valley, doing the shopping, and eating delicious food.
Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.
With a heart full of memories, you will head back to your home today. One of our team members will drop you at the terminal gate for your flight back to your home.
More about this tour
Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition will allow you to have a lifetime experience that will lead you to the top of the world's sixth highest mountain. This experience will surely transform your prospect of life and bring you closer to yourself. You will have ample time to look into you and understand your purpose in life. Plus, the incredible beauty of the Himalayas and the isolation of the region will increase the joy of the expedition. The alluring views of snow-covered mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Baruntse (7,162 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), etc will accompany you through the journey.
Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition landmark
The first and foremost landmark of this expedition is Mt. Cho Oyu itself. It is the sixth highest mountain in the world. Likewise, you will reach Naylam, a Tibetan town. Here, you will get to see the culture, tradition, and values of Tibetans. The next highlight of this expedition is Advanced Base Camp that is located at the foot of Nangpa La Pass. Here, you will stop for a couple of days to gear up yourself before heading towards the summit of Mt. Cho Oyu.
Culture and Ethnic Diversity
Cho Oyu Expedition will present you with a rich experience where you will get to see people of both Nepal and Tibet. During your drive to Nylam, you will see small settlements and Sherpa people. Likewise, as you will reach Nylam the lifestyle of Tibetans can be seen. You will not find a major difference between the way of life as that part of Nepal is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.
The trail takes you from the lower part of Tibet to the alpine zone where everything is cold and freezing. As you will be driving up to Cho Oyu Base Camp, the drive will go through busy towns. Likewise, you will get to see the beautiful Tibetan scenery during the drive. From Cho Oyu Base Camp onwards, you will walk on rugged, steep, and glacier paths.
Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition difficulty
Climbing 8,000 meters above the mountain is no doubt an easy thing. High stamina, lots of energy, patience, strong will power, and physical fitness is required to cross many crevasses, steep ascends, and narrow glacier paths. Plus, as you go higher the air gets thinner and oxygen level of your body drops down, so you have to use oxygen tanks to move further. With our proper guidance and expertise, you will complete this difficult journey without having any problem.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
High elevation journey carries risks of altitude sickness, which can occur to anyone regardless of their age and health. AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is no means a joke at more than 8,000 meters. If it happens to anyone immediate action has to be taken to control the situation before it goes out of hand. Proper acclimatization is very crucial to keep yourself moving ahead. Therefore, we, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition have designed our Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition itinerary with adequate acclimatization days.
Below is the symptom of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
- Difficulty sleeping
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Rapid pulse (heart rate)
- Shortness of breath with exertion
Preventive measures of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
- Inform your guide on time
- Climb slowly
- Eat carbs
- Avoid alcohol
- Drink plenty of water
- Take it easy, don't panic
- Sleep at a lower elevation
Transportation and Bag Pack
Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition begins with a long drive to Nylam. From here, you will drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp. After spending a couple of days in base camp, you will move ahead towards the Advanced Camp and then to the summit of Mt. Cho Oyu.
Below is the list of things that you should carry during Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition:
- T-shirts and Pants (Innerwear)
- Thermal Wears
- Breathable Underwears
- Trekking Pants/Shoes/Socks
- Insulating Jacket
- Rain jacket
- Warm woolen Gloves
- Sun hat/woolen hat
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Pole
- Ice Ax
- Climbing Boots
- First aid kit
- Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
- Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
Food and Accommodation during Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition
During the Cho Oyu Expedition, you will stay overnight in lodge or guest house up to Nylam. From here onwards, you will spend the night in tents. All the tents and other necessary equipment will be carried by our porters. Tents will be of high quality and insulating, so don't worry too much about the cold.
In the lower part, the food will be served as per the menu of the lodge or guesthouse. However, during the expedition, all the foods will be cooked and served by the porters. Our porters are professionally trained for cooking. They will make you appetizing meals that will warm your body and give you enough energy to move ahead.
Best Season to go on Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition
The best time to do Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition is in Spring. Many climbers take on this challenging venture from late March to May. The weather is much more suitable as well as enduring. Similarly, the lower part of the Khumbu region also bloomed up with lovely rhododendron making the trail more beautiful. Likewise, Autumn is another most preferable time for this expedition.
Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition Cost
Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition cost includes all the necessities that you will require for a successful expedition. From government permits to utensils for the preparation of the food, everything is in the cost. Likewise, to survive in that extreme cold, you have to have the warm sleeping tents, oxygens tanks, first aid, and lots of other equipment. All of these cost good money to take with yourself during the journey. You can contact us anytime for more detailed information about the Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition cost.
Here is the list of things that you have to carry during the expedition:
- Passport & Visa
- Travel Insurance
- Extra Photos
- Cash (as per need)
What is done in Base camp?
At the base camp, your guide will teach you basic uses of climbing gear. He will teach you how to properly use gears like harness, rope, ice-ax, etc. Likewise, he will brief you about the route and the issues you might have to face. You will go on a short hike or climb nearby small peaks to acclimate your body and increase your confidence level.
Training and Climbing Strategy
Advance Base Camp (5,700 m/18,700 ft):
Located at the northwest face at an elevation of 5,700m/18,700ft. From here, you will get to see wonderful views of the glacier and mountains. In the coming few days, you will spend learning basic mountaineering skills from your guide and acclimatize your body nicely with the altitude before moving forward.
Cho-Oyu Camp I (6,400 m/20,997 ft):
From the base camp, you will ascend for around 4 to 6 hours to reach Camp I. Walking along the Gyabrag Glacier, you will move on a steep scree slope that will take you to the shoulder broad of snow-field.
Cho-Oyu Camp II (7,100 m/23,294 ft):
On a wide snow face just above 25 meters high ice cliff, Camp II is located. Your Sherpa guide will fix the rope to make the climb safer. Camp I to Camp II will take most climbers 5 to 7 hours mostly on 35-38 degree snow slopes.
Cho-Oyu Camp III (7,500 m/24,606 ft)
Upon reaching Camp III, you will only have to ascend 700 meters to reach the summit. Camp III is located just below the yellow band, which is a rock cliff. You have to cross this cliff to reach the summit. You will spend a short time here, therefore not many amenities are needed to carry up here.
Cho-Oyu Summit (8,201 m/26,906 ft):
Leaving Camp III behind, you will reach the summit of Mt. Cho Oyu after 7 to 9 hours of hard climbing. The climbing route is a straightforward, but steep snow slope above the yellow band is very strenuous. After spending some time, you will safely descend to lower camps for night stay.
Extra Personal Expenditure
Do carry cash with yourself so that you can get the service you are in need of. Extra expenditure like food and drinks out of itinerary meals, hot shower, charging appliance may cost you a few bucks. With the increase of elevation, the facilities will get limited and little things will cost you a few extra bucks. Also, there are no ATMs available on the trail, and none of the teahouses accepts the card for payment.
Safety & Precaution in Expedition
Expedition in the Himalayas is a life-risking activity. With the surreal view and lifelong achievement comes lots of dangers and troubles. There are so many things that need to be taken care of before and during the expedition. From preparing the gears to set the ropes, everything should be perfect because the Himalayas do not accept any mistakes.
Here is the list of things that you can take into consideration for safety & precaution during the expedition:
- Make sure to take out insurance that includes emergency air evacuations
- Make sure to check your gears properly before the beginning of the journey
- Follow the lead of your guide
- Don’t rush, walk slowly & safely
- In case of any problem inform your guide imitatively
- Collect enough information on the weather and temperature
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated
- Take plenty of rest and acclimatize your body on the trail