Cho Oyu Expedition 2019

45 Days 8,201m/26,907ft

Quick Facts

Trip Duration 45 Days Trip Grading Strenuous
Max Altitude 8,201m/26,907ft Best TimeSept-Oct
Trip ModeFully Tented Camping Group SizeMin 1 Max 12

Trip Highlights

  • Excellent preliminary peak for Everest
  • Easiest of the fourteen 8,000m peaks
  • Fully guided expedition with highest success rate
  • 6th highest mountain in the world

Trip Overview

Cho Oyu is the Tibetan term which means The Turquoise God. Cho Oyu Expedition takes us to the top of world’s sixth highest mountain that stands tall with 8,201m height. Cho Oyu Mountain receives more visitors in comparison to most of the other eight thousanders due to the easy access. Many Mountain climbers prefer to begin climbing 8000m+ Mountain with Cho Oyu.  It is because this mountain has highest success rate in comparison to other mountains.

Cho Oyu is located 70km west of Everest. The commercial climbing route for Cho Oyu begins from the northwest face.

Climbing Strategy:

We will spend few days at Cho Oyu Base Camp where pre- climb training will be organized. For maximum chances of successful climb, we will follow rotation of high camp technique. There will be one advanced base camp and three High Camps before climbing to the summit. We will follow the route through northwest ridge.

Why climb with us:

For over 30 yrs the people who helm this venture has been successfully organizing high altitude Expeditions ensuring safety first and service paramount. The success of expedition depends largely on carefully planned itinerary and best logistics and these are what we offer. We are committed in maintaining the expedition safe and success with quality of service. Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. You will be guided by highly professional mountain guides and they are one of the best in this field.

At Highland Expeditions, we provide 1:1 Sherpa to client and 1:4 climbing leader to client ratio. Compared to the facilities we provide; you will find our Cho Oyu Expedition cost to be very reasonable. We have no hidden fee. What you pay in the beginning is the final payment.

We are dedicated for providing highest professionalism throughout the expedition by taking utmost care of all the logistics needed for our Cho Oyu Expedition


Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 02-03 : Official formalities and climb preparation
  • Day 04 : Drive to Nyalam
  • Day 05 : Rest and Acclimatization Day
  • Day 06 : Drive to Tingri
  • Day 07 : Rest and Acclimatization day
  • Day 08 : Drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp
  • Day 09 : Trek to Advanced Base Camp
  • Day 10-11 : Rest and get organized/Puja Ceremony
  • Day 12-39 : Climbing Period
  • Day 40 : Depart Cho Oyu ABC and trek to Base Camp
  • Day 41 : Drive to Nyalam
  • Day 42 : Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 43-44 : Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 45 : International departure

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Your leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required

Map & Itinerary
  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions.
  • Day 02-03 - Official formalities and climb preparation

    These two days have been kept in Kathmandu for final preparation of Climb. Meet other team members, complete official and government formalities, final gear check and load. Upon your interest, an optional Kathmandu sightseeing can be arranged on these days. We will have a trip orientation and your trip leader will give you a brief about your climb before we head to our journey.
  • Day 04 - Drive to Nyalam

    We will leave Kathmandu and take 5hrs of drive along Araniko Highway to Kodari that is located near to Nepal- Tibet border. We will complete border formalities at immigration posts in Nepal and China and drive to Zangmu. We will be greeted by panoramic views of mountains as we enter China. From Zangmu, we will cross bridge and pass through forest area to reach Nyalam which is the starting point of Tibetan plateau. We will follow the highway to Nyalam. We will meet with Tibetan guide at Nyalam. Stay overnight in Nyalam.
  • Day 05 - Rest and Acclimatization Day

    It is recommended to take a day of rest at Nyalam. It helps in proper acclimatization to the high altitude of Nyalam. We can explore around Nyalam. Nyalam Pelgye Ling temple is the place of interest in Nyalam. The temple is linked with great Saint Milarepa. Stay overnight in Nyalam.
  • Day 06 - Drive to Tingri

    We will leave Nyalam and drive through world’s highest plateau to the high pass of Lalung La (5050 m). The high pass allows breathtaking scenes of surrounding mountains including Shisapangma Mountain, Dorje Lakpa Mountain, Gaurishanker Mountain, Melugntse Mountain and Langtang range and Cho Oyu (8201m). We will follow the scenic path all the way to Tingri where we will stay overnight.
  • Day 07 - Rest and Acclimatization day

    Going slow and steady is the secret to combat high altitude sickness. So, we will take rest on this day at Tingri. We can explore around Tingri for better views of spectacular mountains. Stay overnight at Tingri.
  • Day 08 - Drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp

    We will enjoy breathtaking sunrise view from Tingri before continuing our journey to Cho Oyu Base Camp. The path is crowded with visitors who are on their way or returning from Cho Oyu climb. We will stay overnight in Cho Oyu Base Camp.
  • Day 09 - Trek to Advanced Base Camp

    We will leave Base Camp and climb through moraine and boulders to Advanced Base Camp where we will stay overnight in a camp.
  • Day 10-11 - Rest and get organized/Puja Ceremony

    It is recommended to take rest so that you can mentally and physically prepare yourselves for the challenges proposed by Cho Oyu. Puja Ceremony will be organized according to the Sherpa ritual to ask for blessings for the successful ascend of Cho Oyu.
  • Day 12-39 - Climbing Period

    We will practice rotation of High Camps few times before actually making attempt to the summit. We will make climb to High camps and lower down to camps at less altitude for proper acclimatization. We will climb from base camp to camp III. Weather in mountain is unpredictable. We might need to stay in Base Camp for days to wait for favorable weather. There will be one Advanced Base Camp and three high camps before summit. Camp I will be located at 6,400 m Camp II will be located at 7,010 m and Camp III will be located at 7,437 m. It requires skill and strength to reach Camp II from Camp I. We need to fix ropes and conquer ice cliffs. Camp II will be located at the top of glacier plateau. Oxygen will be quite low after Camp II. We will climb to the summit and enjoy the epic views before descending to Advanced Base Camp where we will stay overnight.
  • Day 40 - Depart Cho Oyu ABC and trek to Base Camp

    Leaving Cho Oyu Advanced Base Camp early in the morning, we will follow the steep rugged terrain to the Base Camp. We will clear the Base Camp and dispose the garbage properly. We will celebrate the successful Cho Oyu climb in the evening.
  • Day 41 - Drive to Nyalam

    We will return from Cho Oyu Base Camp and follow six hours of drive to Nyalam via Tingri where we will stay overnight.
  • Day 42 - Drive to Kathmandu

    This is last day of Cho Oyu expedition in Tibet. We will leave Nyalam and drive to Zhangmu where we will complete visa formalities before driving back to Nepal. Crossing the bridge, we will drive along Bhotekoshi River to Kathmandu. It takes 5hrs to reach Kathmandu.
  • Day 43-44 - Free day in Kathmandu

    Enjoy 2 days of leisure day in Kathmandu.Spend these days as you like. Participating in a day tour in Kathmandu is a pleasant plan. You can also go for shopping in Thamel, a tourist hub where you can buy souvenir items like handicrafts and arts to your family. Enjoy farewell dinner in the evening of 44th day.
  • Day 45 - International departure

    Finally, the undeniable day of departure arrives. You will be assisted in your last minute preparation. Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Safe Journey!! We hope to see you again.
Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

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