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.
Basecamp (4,900m/ 16,075ft)
As per our itinerary, you will reach Mt. Cho-Oyu Chinese basecamp (4,900m) between the days 10 to 12 days. You will be acclimatized for some days and further trek to advance basecamp. It will be a pleasant stay with the team. Puja ceremony will be made for the good luck before we head to the upper camps. Seven Summit Treks have the best base camp set up with big dining, kitchen, toilet, communication & member tent.
Advance Basecamp (5,700m/18,700ft)
ABC lies at the elevation of 5700m/18700ft. BC will be set up full of comfortable dining, kitchen, and member tents with scenic views of beautiful peaks surrounding Mt. Cho Oyu itself. This camp will be the base until the expedition is over. You will be spending about a month as your second home. There will be another team for climbing too.
Camp I (6,400m/20,997ft)
The route to Camp I will take about 4 to 6 hours. We will be walking up the main glacier and snow field and reach Camp I. The camp will be set up in a safe area by our experienced climbing guides/Sherpa.
Camp II (7,100m/23294ft)
Camp II lies at the altitude of 7,100m before we head up to the high altitude, once our climbing rope is fixed to the up route then we approach camp II in a group together. It will take about 6/7 hours. The snow slops will be 30-40 degrees. For acclimation, you will round up for 2 times. 1st time goes up there and back to ABC and again go camping II while you go for the summit push. The camp II field is a big ground.
Camp III (7,500m/24,606ft)
Camp III lies at an altitude of 7,500m. Camp III is just below the yellow band. The yellow band is a rock cliff that we must cross to reach Summit. It will take about 2 hours to cross the yellow band. Sometimes the rock can be covered by snow. You won't sleep at camp III so your summit push will begin from camp III. Most of the climbers will leave camp III at late night or early morning for a summit attempt and people start to use oxygen from camp III.
With the best weather forecast, once we leave Camp III for the summit, it will take about 6-9 hours of climbing to reach the summit. It’s a long walk, challenging, and adventurous. Most of the summit will be in the early morning around 7 to 10 am and back to camp II the same day after the summit of Mt. Cho Oyu. Which will take some hours for descending. Rope fixing up to the summit is the major duty of our climbing Sherpa so we highly admire our Sherpa to fix ropes, breaking trails, and making all the effort to get the group reaches to the summit of mt. Cho-Oyu.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) & Transfer to the HotelBreakfastHotel
Rest day in Kathmandu: Tibet Visa PreparationBreakfastHotel
Tibet Visa Issue and Expedition BriefingBreakfastHotel
Rest in KathmanduB/DHotel
Drive from Kathmandu to Khasa Border (1,750m)B/L/DLodge
Cross the border of Nepal and Drive to Nylam (3,750m)B/L/DLodge
Rest in Nylam (3,750)B/L/DLodge
Drive from Old Tingri (4,300m)B/L/DLodge
Acclimatization and Preparation day in Old TingriB/L/DTent
Drive from Old Tingri to Cho Oyu Chinese Basecamp (5,100m), Via Rombuk MonasteryB/L/DTent
2 more Nights Stay in Cho Oyu Chinese Basecamp (5,100m)B/L/DTent
Trek from Cho Oyu Basecamp to Intermediate Camp (5,400m)B/L/DTent
Ascent from Intermediate Basecamp to Advance Basecamp (5,700m)B/L/DTent
Climbing Period [Adv. Basecamp - Summit (8,201m) - Adv. Basecamp]B/L/DTent
Descend from Adv. Basecamp to Cho Oyu BasecampB/L/DTent
Drive back from Cho Oyu Basecamp to Old TingriB/L/DLodge
Drive from Old Tingri to ZangmuB/L/DLodge
Cross the border and drive to Kathmandu (Overnight stay at Hotel)B/LHotel
Leisure day in Kathmandu CityBreakfastHotel
Transfer to International Airport for final departureBreakfast
- 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).
- 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.