MT. CHO-OYU EXPEDITION (8188M)

45 Days
5 Excellent

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  • Max. Elevation:
    8188m / 26,863ft
  • Walking Per Day:
    4 - 5 Hours
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel + Lodge + Tent
  • Best Season:
    Autumn/Spring
  • Group Size:
    2 - 15 PAX

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Trip Overview

Country: China Peak Name: Mt. Cho-Oyu
Duration: 45 Days Route: NW Face / Northern Ridge
Rank: 6 Co-ordinates: 28°05'39"N 86°39'39"E
Weather Reports: Report Range: Mahalangur Range

Cho Oyu (8201m) is the sixth highest mountain in the world, located a short distance to the west of Everest in the Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal along the Tibetan border.

There are no technical sections and the objective dangers are close to non-existent. Its relatively easy access makes it an attractive climb for someone with limited time, as it can be attempted in roughly 6 weeks round trip. Base Camp is accessible by jeep and it is possible to reach Kathmandu on a very long day from Base Camp.  

Because of its ease of access, ABC is often crowded with a large number of expeditions. Just west of Cho Oyu is the Nangpa La, the old trade route between the Khumbu Sherpas and Tibet.

It was the third such peak climbed, and the first climbed by light expedition and in autumn. Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler, and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama of an Austrian expedition first climbed the mountain on October 19, 1954, via the northwest ridge.

Itinerary

  • 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) & Transfer to the Hotel
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • 2
    Rest day in Kathmandu: Tibet Visa Preparation
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • 3
    Tibet Visa Issue and Expedition Briefing
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • 4
    Rest in Kathmandu
    B/D
    Hotel

  • 5
    Drive from Kathmandu to Khasa Border (1,750m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • 6
    Cross the border of Nepal and Drive to Nylam (3,750m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • 7
    Rest in Nylam (3,750)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • 8
    Drive from Old Tingri (4,300m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • 9
    Acclimatization and Preparation day in Old Tingri
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • 10
    Drive from Old Tingri to Cho Oyu Chinese Basecamp (5,100m), Via Rombuk Monastery
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • 11-12
    2 more Nights Stay in Cho Oyu Chinese Basecamp (5,100m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • 13
    Trek from Cho Oyu Basecamp to Intermediate Camp (5,400m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • 14
    Ascent from Intermediate Basecamp to Advance Basecamp (5,700m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • 15-39
    Climbing Period [Adv. Basecamp - Summit (8,201m) - Adv. Basecamp]
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • 40
    Descend from Adv. Basecamp to Cho Oyu Basecamp
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • 41
    Drive back from Cho Oyu Basecamp to Old Tingri
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • 42
    Drive from Old Tingri to Zangmu
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • 43
    Cross the border and drive to Kathmandu (Overnight stay at Hotel)
    B/L
    Hotel

  • 44
    Leisure day in Kathmandu City
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • 45
    Transfer to International Airport for final departure
    Breakfast

Route Map

Cost Includes

  • AIRPORT PICK-UP & DROP : Kathmandu Airport - Hotel transfers – Kathmandu Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU : 6 nights hotel in Kathmandu (3-star category) on BB Plan-Twin Bed Room (sharing basis).
  • WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
  • CARGO CLEARANCE : Assistance for cargo clearance in Nepal’s Custom Department, clearance cost is subject to a charge. *before the expedition.
  • PERMITS : Expedition Royalty and permit of the Chinese Government (CMA / TMA) to climb Mt. Cho Oyu.
  • LIAISON OFFICER : 1 Government Liaison officer in Tibet with full equipment, salary, and accommodation.
  • GARBAGE DEPOSIT : Garbage Deposit fees.
  • RUBBISH COLLECTION FEE : $1000 USD Per Climber standard rubbish collection fee.
  • STAFF INSURANCE : Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and expedition.
  • MAP : Trekking and climbing map.
  • DUFFEL BAG : Seven Summit Treks Duffel Bag for each member.
  • TIBET VISA : Visa arrangement for Tibet including Visa fee.
  • MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : Land Transportation (Members): In a group drive by Jeep from Kathmandu to Chinese Basecamp via Khasa Border. And while returning Drive by Jeep from Chinese Basecamp to Kathmandu. (In case, if members have to return earlier than the team due to personal reasons, members have to pay their own transportation costs up to Kathmandu). Land Transportation (Staffs): Drive by Jeep from Kathmandu to Chinese Basecamp via Khasa Border and while returning Drive by Jeep from Chinese Basecamp to Kathmandu.
  • EXPEDITION STUFF TRANSPORTATION : Transportation of All Necessary expedition equipment & Foods for all Members and Staff from Kathmandu to Chinese Basecamp (by Jeep/Truck) - Basecamp to Advanced Basecamp (ABC) by Yak. – While returning: Advance Base camp (ABC) to Basecamp (by Yak), Chinese Basecamp to Kathmandu (by Jeep/Truck).
  • MEMBER LUGGAGE : Up to 70 Kg per member for personal baggage during the expedition period carried by Yaks. If luggage exceeds 70 KG then extra Yak is will be required. ($300 USD Per Yak and carry 40 KG).
  • FOODS & LODGING : 3 meals a day (BLD; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Tent (twin sharing basis) during the trail - Single room is subject to a charge. Well-managed base camp & ABC set up for member & Staffs.
  • YAKS : Yaks for the transportation of member personal luggage (70 Kg maximum) and expeditions stuffs from Chinese Basecamp – (ABC)Advance Basecamp –Chinese Basecamp.
  • BASE CAMP / ADVANCE BC STAFF : Experienced and well-trained Base camp / ABC Cook & kitchen Helpers as required.
  • STAFF SALARY & ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
  • BASE CAMP / ABC TENT : Each member will have an individual Yak Mountain or Kailas tent in Chinese Basecamp & Advance Basecamp
  • BASE CAMP / ABC EQUIPMENT : Foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning Tent, 1 Kitchen Tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower Tent, 1 Staffs Tent, 1 Tent for Nepalese basecamp staffs, Store tents, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
  • SOLAR/GENERATOR/LIGHT : 1 Solar panel / Generator for lights at base camp, battery charge, for laptop and other electronic devices.
  • HIGH ALTITUDE CLIMBING SHERPA : 1 veteran and Government Licensed per member. (1 Member: 1 Sherpa).
  • CLIMBING SHERPA SALARY & ALLOWANCE : Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
  • BONUS : Carry Bonus of Sherpas and Route Fixing Charges.
  • OXYGEN BOTTLE (O2) : Summit Oxygen cylinder: 2 oxygen bottles (4 ltrs.) for each member and 1-oxygen bottle for each high-altitude Sherpa, which has to be returned after the expedition. **
  • OXYGEN MASK & REGULATOR : 1 Set of Summit Oxygen masks & regulator for each member and high-altitude Sherpa, which has to be returned after the expedition. **
  • BACK UP OXYGEN : Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask, and regulator (with appropriate charge).
  • HIGH CAMP SERVICE : High Altitude Tent, Necessary cooking EPI gas, cooking pot for members, High food for a member, Sherpa, all climbing and cooking crew. (C1) (C2) (C3). Group climbing gears, and fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
  • ROPE FIXING : The team of experienced Sherpas will fix the route on Cho Oyu along with the help of members (no extra charge will be applied to members).
  • SATELLITE PHONE : Satellite Phone for emergency communication carried by Sherpa, also available for members with appropriate charge.
  • WALKIE-TALKIE : Walkie –Talkie for communicating from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp.
  • PERMITS : Walkie-talkie permit for all members and staff.
  • INTERNET SERVICE : In per order- an Internet facility (Thuraya Satellite) will be available at the Basecamp & ABC (subject to a charge).
  • WEATHER FORECAST : Weather forecast report from Meteotest, Bern (Switzerland) during the entire expedition.
  • MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit for the group and staff.
  • SUMMER CERTIFICATE : Mt. Cho Oyu climbing certificate issued by CMA (after climbing Mt. Cho Oyu successfully).

Cost Excludes

  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE : International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • NEPAL VISA FEES : Nepali Visa fee $60USD per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days $ 120USD).
  • LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
  • EXTRA NIGHTS 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.)
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES : Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will serve soft drinks for members at the base camp).
  • PERSONAL EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
  • FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
  • TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
  • INTERNET SERVICE : Not included during the trek and expedition.
  • SUMMIT BONUS : Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa- Minimum 1200 USD.
  • TIPS : Tips for Guide and Basecamp staff.
  • YAKS : Per yak, it’s $ 300 if required Extra, (1 Yak can carry up to 40 KG).
  • SATELLITE PERMIT : Satellite permit $ 500 / per.
  • EXTRA TRANSPORTATION : In case, if members have to return earlier than the team due to personal reasons, members have to pay their own transportation costs up to Kathmandu.
  • EXTRA : Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary. Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” Section.

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    Grading

    Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

    For Expeditions

    1. Easy (E): Climb requires one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with non-technical elements.
    2. Moderate (M): Either a serious one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with some technical elements. Requires an average level of physical fitness.
    3. Difficult (D): Multiday climbs with some moderately technical elements. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
    4. Hard Difficult (HD): Multiday, Highly technical climb. Requires high level of physical fitness and stamina.
    5. Very Difficult (VD): Multiday, Extremely technical climb. Requires very high level of Physical fitness and stamina.

    Grading

    Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

    For Trekking

    1. Light: Light walking and generally level hiking that is good for most fitness levels. During these trips, hill-walking experience is desirable.
    2. Moderate: Trek has various types of moderate to difficult terrain, including rough trails and normally 3 to 5 hours a day. Requires an average to above average fitness level.
    3. Moderate+: High altitude treks above 3000 meters or in fairly difficult terrain- normally 4 to 6 hours a day. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
    4. Extreme: These high altitude treks or passes are known to be the most strenuous and has difficult terrain and conditions. These treks may require a degree of mountaineering skills and you capability of carrying on normally at an altitude of 4000-5600 meters. Daily walking is 5-8 hours approx.