Duration: 15 Days
Cho Oyu (8188 m, 26864 ft) is the 6th largest peak on planet Earth. As one of the popular mountains to climb, it was first achieved by the Austrian expedition in 1954. Since then many expeditions started climbing this summit. From 1958 to 1964, all the expeditions made to this peak were accomplished successfully.
Many of the voyagers' summit from the Tibetan side as it is easy to scale as compared from Nepal. The name Cho Oyu means “turquoise goddess” and is also called as Mount Qowowuyag in Tibetan. The location is accessible via a four-wheel drive but nonetheless scaling to this peak is very demanding as being easiest 8000 m peak to climb. It is situated around 20 km west of Mount Everest to the Nepal and Tibet border.
This Cho Oyu Expedition begins by visiting a couple of heritage site – Boudhanath Stupa and the Pashupatinath temple of Kathmandu. Subsequently, we fly to Lhasa, Tibet and explore the Lhasa most magnificent palace i.e. Potala palace and also adapt the altitude. Next, we drive to Shigatse, then to Xegar and head to the Chinese Base Camp (on the way we will also be acclimatizing).
Next, we trek to Cho Oyu Base Camp and for about three days or so we will be adapting the altitude and prepare equipment for our climbing. And next we summit to the North West face of Mount Cho Oyu and after reaching the summit, we will be spending some time there relishing the views. Then retrace back and trek to the roadside. Then we drive to Zangmu by crossing the Nepal border. From here we drive back to Kathmandu.
The favorable time to do this Cho Oyu Expedition will be in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). We Accent Himalaya will be providing you with expert climbing Sherpa guides and well-equipped climbing gears focusing your safety every step. It’s a 45 days journey where you get to experience the easy and exciting climbing experience and this also can be attempted by novice climbers with sound health. For further more details about this Mount Cho Oyu Expedition, please feel free to contact or email us.
Our detailed itinerary for Mount Cho Oyu Expedition is listed below:
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Day 01: International Arrival in Kathmandu - 1300m/4264ft
Day 02-03: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation for Cho Oyu Expedition
Day 04: Fly to Lhasa 3,600m/12,000ft
Day 05-06: Acclimatizing and discovering Lhasa
Day 07: Drive to Shigatse 3,900m/12792 ft: 6 hrs (3,900m/12792 ft)
Day 09: Acclimatization Day
Day 10: Arrive Chinese base camp
Day 11: Organization at Chinese base camp
Day 12-15: Trek to Cho Oyu base camp
Day 16-40: Climbing the northwest face of Cho Oyu
Day: 41: Return trek to road-head
Day 42: Drive into Nepal
Day 43: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 44: At leisure in Kathmandu
Includes and Excludes
- Expedition permit fees
- Accommodations in Kathmandu & Lhasa
- All overnight accommodations while on the trek and climb
- Meals in Kathmandu & Lhasa and while trekking and climbing
- Group equipment for the climb
- Qualified and Experienced guides
- Experienced Climbing Sherpas
- High Altitude Climbing Sherpas
- Airport transfers
- Satellite phone service
- Oxygen (2 4-liter bottles)
Not Included in the Cost
- International airfare and Nepal Visa
- Personal equipment and extra services
- Tips and Bonus for staff and guide
- Insurance and Trip cancellation
- Airport departure tax
Accommodation for Mount Cho Oyu Expedition
Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 star) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels. But once you set out for Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Trekking, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow.
Few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.
Meals and Drinks on Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Trek
All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. We will enjoy typical Nepalese cuisine, Tibetan, Italian, Indian, Continental and so on during the trek. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.
Best Season to Travel
The best Seasons for traveling in Nepal are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July, and August.
Luggage/Backpack on Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Trek
During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.
Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.
Guide/Porter on Trek
Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.
Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member
Accent Himalaya organizes Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Trekking from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 12 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.
Personal Expenses on Trek
Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs around $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.
Gears Available in Kathmandu
All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.
A Typical Day on Trek
On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day - you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.
Our Greetings at Airport
We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it
Our normal Itinerary includes 45 days package for Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.
Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall any time.
Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.
Booking and Payment
You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Mount Cho Oyu Expedition along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment.