Cho Oyu Expedition(North)



Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8201m (26,901ft) but it is considered the easiest 8000m peak to climb via its Northwest Ridge, with no technical climbing, big snowfields, and little objective danger. It is easily accessed by 4-wheel-drive vehicle from Tingri, often guided, and is the first 8,000-meter peak for most climbers. It is located 30km west of Mt Everest and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet. The peak can be climbed from both Nepalese side up on south face and north-east ridge routes and Tibetan side along the Northwest ridge route with North approach being an easier and a standard route, which was also the route of the first summit. The mountain is climbable during both spring and autumn seasons.


Nepal or South side of Cho Oyu has an impressive 3000m Southwest face and two Northeast and Southwest ridges containing technical routes. The approach to South side Base Camp is from Lukla through scenic Khumbu region.

Itinerary Details of Cho-Oyu Expedition

Day 01:    Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel transfer

Day 02/03: Preparation, Briefings, Last minute shopping and formalities

Day 04: Early morning departure from Kathmandu to Tibetan border at Kadari (720m); border formalities followed by drive to Zhangmu (1600m); overnight in hotel

Day 05:    Two hours drive by Jeep from Zhangmu to Naylam (3700m); overnight in hotel

Day 06:    Rest day for acclimatization; hike to the hill above the city; overnight in hotel

Day 07:    Four hours drive from Naylam to Tingri (4300m); overnight in hotel

Day 08:    Rest day for acclimatization; hike to the hill above the city; overnight in hotel

Day 09:    After breakfast four hours drive from Tingri to Chinese Base Camp (5200m); camp overnight

Day 10/11:Rest and acclimatization at Chinese Base Camp; Provision of Yaks and preparation for Advance Base Camp (ABC) trek

Day 12:    Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp (5300m) along the 4x4 track

Day 13:    Trek from Middle Camp to the ABC (5700m) of Cho Oyu

Day 14-38: Climbing Period – Summit Cho Oyu (8201m)

Day 39: Dismantling ABC; trek to Middle Camp; drive to Tingri; overnight in hotel

Day 40:    Six hours drive from Tingri to Zhangmu; overnight in hotel

Day 41:    Early morning drive to the border at Kodari; border crossing, immigration formalities, collection of Nepalese visa; drive to Kathmandu

Day 42:    Leisure day in Kathmandu(Contingency day)

Day 43:    Leisure day, sightseeing in Kathmandu (Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath); Fairwell-Celebration dinner

Day 44:    Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively join other activities
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