Cho-Oyu Expedition (8,188m)

Despite standing an imposing 8,188m above sea level, the world’s sixth highest mountain is actually a relatively straightforward climb – at least when compared to some of the other 8,000ers. Its flat summit plateau, and the relatively gentle slopes approaching it don’t require the same level of technical climbing expertise that, say, Kanchenjunga or Makalu do. It’s often the first 8,000m peak that climbers tackle, and is a popular preparatory peak for people training themselves to climb Mount Everest.

Despite its comparatively mellow reputation, this is still a significant mountaineering challenge, which involves spending long hours in the death zone. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can skimp on preparation or planning, just because it’s a popular peak.

Destination Holiday Trek & Expedition expert team of highly-trained mountain guides have extensive experience of climbing Cho Oyu, with multiple successful summits between them. We’re well aware of the pitfalls of underestimating this mountain, and will ensure that everyone on this expedition meets the required levels of fitness, and has the ability to make it to the summit and safely back home.

The Destination Holiday Trek & Expedition Cho Oyu expedition tackles the conventional route up the mountain’s Northwest Ridge, and the relative accessibility of this peak means it can be completed in 49 days. Our approach to expedition planning means that we control every aspect of the trip, from the food provision to the fixing of ropes. We leave nothing to chance, controlling the controllable to ensure that your expedition experience runs as smoothly as possible.

Our leader Furtemba Sherpa have built his careers on careful planning and stringent safety standards. All our guides are trained in high-altitude rescue and recovery techniques. Furtemba Sherpa has many summit record when tackling 8,000m speaks for itself, but his and our team’s long history of conducting successful rescue operations – coming to the aid of other expeditions in need – is arguably more important. Simply put, you could not be in safer hands when attempting this 8,000m peak.


Destination:Tibet China
Maximum Altitude:8,201 meters
Best Season:Spring & Autumn
Trip Grade:Hard
Group Size:1 – 15 people
Duration:45 Days


  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from the international airport with other necessary surface transportation as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the international airport by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking representative on arrival and departure.
  • 5-night request star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
  • Truck for expedition equipment from Kathmandu-Kerung-Kathmandu.
  • Land Transportation from KTM-KERUNG-KTM for Climbing members and Staff.
  • Chinese custom clearances at the border
  • Chinese Government Royalty for Cho-Oyu Expedition for a group and climbing Sherpa guide.
  • Chinese visa for a climbing period, both Base Camp staff, Sherpa and group;
  • 1:1 Climbing Sherpa guide each member and leaders will be included.
  • TMA or CTMA selected English speaking Chinese license officer and interpreter
  • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp;
  • Full Board hotel in route in Tibet: Lhasa, Tingri (B/L/D) (provided by CTMA);
  • Food during expedition period for expedition members and staff;
  • Tibet Visa and Travel Permit for expedition crew;
  • Expedition Permit to climbing Cho Oyu along northwest ridge route;
  • Permanent kitchen facilities at advance base camp.
  • All staff during Expedition period with an experienced guide (Base Camp Manager) as per group size.
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary;
  • Cargo clearance & duties assistance service free;
  • Daily wages, equipment allowance & insurance for expedition staff;
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members;
  • Quality personal tent at base camp and advance base camp
  • Permanent kitchen and dining facilities at advance base camp
  • Shower facility at base camp and advance base camp
  • All necessary climbing hardware and ropes.
  • Preferable meals at BC, ABC, higher camps, Hot drinks, and beverages, freeze-dried food during an expedition
  • 24 hours hot drinks and beverage during expedition
  • Quality high altitude freeze-dried food for Sherpa and staff;
  • 2 Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators (if requested by client)
  • We provide Sherpa’s tents, food for climbing, and insurance.
  • Icefalls charges, all high-quality tent for higher camps 1, 2, 3 ·
  • EPI gas and burners for cooking food above base camp;
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for the cook, climbing Sherpa guide and base camp staff.
  • All necessary camping equipment’s like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, kitchen tent, shower, toilet tents, etc.
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking-up and down carrying by Yak;
  • The truck will be provided at Kerung border -Chinese base camp and return Kerung for loads;
  • Yaks carry the loads from Chinese base camp to middle camp to advance base camp and return;
  • Required experienced, trained and Government Licensed climbing guide(s) during climbing period per person as per requirements.
  • First Aid medical kits for the group and the staff.
  • Satellite phone carrying by guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required. Emergency oxygen and mask regulator.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge, and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation, and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking special gift
  • Walki-talkie


  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking.
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses, tips.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations, etc.
  • Extra transportation then displayed in the itinerary program.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phone, and internet expenses
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, camera/video fees or trekking gear.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules. Minimum $1000.00USD per climbing Sherpa guide.
  • Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any other item not included in the Cost Includes section.


Itenary to Cho-Oyo Expedition as follows:


Day 1 : Arrival In Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,350m)


Day 2 : Rest day in Kathmandu: Tibet Visa Preparation


Day 3 : Tibet Visa Issue and Expedition briefing


Day 4 : Rest In Kathmandu


Day 5 : Drive from Kathmandu to Timure


Day 6 : Cross the border of Nepal and Drive to Kerung (1962m)


Day 7 : Drive from Kerung in Old Thingri (4,300m)


Day 8 : 8Acclimatization and Preparation day in Old Thingri


Day 9 : Drive from Old Thingri to Cho Oyu Chinese Basecamp (5,100m), Via Rombuk Monastery


Day 10 : Day 10 – Day 12 : 3 more Nights Stay in Cho Oyu Chinese Basecamp (5,100m


Day 13 : Trek from Cho Oyu Basecamp to Intermediate Camp (5,400m)


Day 14 : Ascent from Intermediate basecamp to Advance Basecamp (5,700m)


Day 15 : Day 15 - Day 39: Climbing Period [Adv. Basecamp - Summit (8,201m) - Adv.Basecamp]


Day 40 : Descend from Adv. Basecamp to Cho Oyu Basecamp


Day 41 : Drive back from Cho Oyu Basecamp to Thingri


Day 42 : Drive from Thingri to Kerung

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