Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world and is widely regarded as a technically straightforward climb. Cho Oyu is renowned as the ideal lead-up expedition for those preparing to attempt Mt Everest. Climbing Cho Oyu is the perfect way to experience life above 8000m for the first time.
Our adventure begins in Kathmandu where you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. You’ll spend town nights staying at The Radisson Hotel. We’ll cover all necessary preliminary logistics in Kathmandu in preparation for our expedition.
Our Cho Oyu expedition
From Kathmandu we’ll drive to the Nepal/Tibetan border at Kodari. We cross the friendship bridge then spend the night in Zhangmu. The next day we drive to Nyalam. We spend two nights at Nyalam as part of our important acclimatisation process and will undertake a number of walks in the surrounding hills as part of this program. The next day we’ll drive along the Tibetan Plateau to Tingri and take in views of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu and Mt Everest along the way. From Tingri we drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp where we spend a further 3 – 4 days as part of the essential acclimatisation process. A further 2 days is spent trekking to Advanced Base Camp (ABC) where we’ll establish our home and base for the coming month. The next month will be spent climbing the mountain.
Our Cho Oyu expedition itinerary includes plenty of rest days allowing for safe altitude acclimatisation. Nothing alters the fact that climbing an 8000m mountain is a dangerous undertaking with real risks. To join this trip, you must have sufficient experience and must have been above 6000m. You must be mentally strong, physically fit and believe in your ability to be successful. You must be capable of moving between camps unsupervised and possess sound mountaineering skills. Trek Climb Ski Nepal have prepared an extensive expedition dossier in relation to this expedition which will be sent to you upon booking. Watch Cho Oyu climbing videos on our YouTube channel.
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport and be transferred by Trek Climb Ski staff to your accommodation at The Radisson Hotel. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks hosted by your Sherpa leaders and guides.
A fantastic buffet breakfast at The Radisson followed by a morning sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure. Our staff will be available all day to assist any guests with final preparations and last minute purchases.
Drive to Friendship Bridge at Kodari then cross Tibetan / Chinese border into Zhangmu. Overnight in Zhangmu (2300m)
Drive to Nyalam. Overnight in Nyalam (3750m)
Rest and acclimatisation day in Nyalam. Overnight in Nyalam (3750m)
Drive to Tingri and overnight in Tingri (4300m)
Days 7 – 10
Drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp and acclimatisation days
Days 11 – 12
Trek to Cho Oyu Advanced Base Camp
Days 13 – 28
Climbing Cho Oyu, establishing high camps and acclimatisation
Days 29 – 36
Cho Oyu summit bid
Days 37 – 39
Return to Cho Oyu Base Camp
Drive to Nyalam
Drive to Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu and celebration
4 nights accommodation at Radisson Hotel (or equivalent) in Kathmandu
All breakfasts in Kathmandu
Welcome dinner and drinks with your Sherpa guides and leaders in Kathmandu
All ground transfers in Nepal
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu (includes entry fees and guide)
All road transport in private vehicles to and from Cho Oyu Base Camp
All lodge accommodation in Tibet / China
Chinese visa, climbing permit and liaison officer fees
All meals during the expedition
All camping facilities during the expedition
Experienced leaders and guides
All porterage and yaks
Insurance for climbing Sherpas
Emergency medical kit and gamow bag
Oxygen for climbing (2 X bottles and TopOut mask)
Complimentary Trek Climb Ski kit bag and T-shirt
All Nepalese tourist taxes and fees
International airfares to Kathmandu
Nepal visa costs
Personal climbing equipment
Emergency evacuation / early departure
Alcohol and soft drinks
Accomm + meals
This trip includes 4 nights at The Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu. We stay in lodges during our nights in Zhangmu, Nyalam and Tingri. All other nights are in tents. Transport to and from Cho Oyu Base Camp will be by private vehicles.