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Cho Oyu Expedition (8201 M)

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Cho Oyu is the 6th highest mountain in the world claiming its height as 8201 M above the sea level. This giant peak lies in the Mahalangur Himalaya 20 Km west of Mt. Everest and on Nepal Tibet boarder. Even though it is the 6th highest mountain in the world it has very good success expedition rate as its paths are direct and with low technical sections. It is not technically difficult to climb because its base camp can be reached by driving and camp I is reachable in hiking boots.

Mt. Cho Oyu is also known as Mt. Qowowuyag and is situated in the middle section of Himalayas. Cho Oyu Expedition is relatively easy than other 8 thousanders and Austrian team was the first team to climb it in 1954 followed by many. It consist of mainly five ridges northwest, northeast, southeast, south west and west with the habula Glacier on the north, Lanba Glacier on south and Gecongba Glacier.

Outline Itinerary of Cho Oyu Expedition  

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival 

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Trek Preparation

Day 4: Kathmandu to Zhangmu

Day 5: Zhangmu to Nyalam

Day 6: Acclimatization Day

Day 7: Nyalam to Tingri

Day 8: Acclimatization Day

Day 9: Tingri to Chinese Base Camp

Day 10: Chinese Base Camp to Cho Oyu Base Camp

Day 11-13: Preparation Day

Day 14-36: Cho Oyu Expedition

Day 37-38: Back to Cho Oyu Base Camp

Day 39-40: Cho Oyu Base Camp to Tingri

Day 41: Drive to Lhasa

Day 42: Acclimatization Day

Day 43: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Day 44: Acclimatization Day

Day 45: Departure

Important Notice: You must have very good physical conditions and non health issues in order to perform this task. Besides there are several things you need to know before this expeditions such as experience, communication skills and leadership, trainings and briefings, planning, strategies and other vital aspects like weather, climate and regarding safety. While safety is our main concern, note that your leader has full authority to cancel or change any part of itinerary if it seems doubtful to perform.

Itinerary 45 Days

Day 1: Kathmandu arrival (1360 M)

You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing  (1360m)

Today you are going to  explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Trek Preparation Day (1360m)

With your usual routine today will be your trek preparation day. You will do shopping’s on your requirements and gather with your team and leaders and discuss on your itinerary. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Drive from Kathmandu to Zhangmu (4500 M) via Kodari (2515 M)

Today you start your journey to Zhangmu. After long drive of 4/5 hours you come close to border of Nepal/China. After immigration procedure at Nepal/China Border at Kodari, then you drive all the way to Zhangmu. Along the way you enjoy several stops and villages including majestic vistas of Himalayas. Stay overnight at Zhangmu.

Day 5: Zhangmu to Nyalam (3750 M)

Today you start your day with  breakfast followed by drive to Nyalam town. Along the way you enjoy several stops, beautiful landscapes, green hills and some vistas of Himalayas. Stay overnight at Nyalam.

Day 6: Acclimatization Day

Today is your rest day at Nyalam. You have attained enormous height while arriving till Nyalam so this day is designed for having rest and get a bit familiar with climate. Nyalam is a beautiful ancient town near Nepal border which we will explore during days rather than sitting idle. Stay overnight at Nyalam.

Day 7: Nyalam to Tingri (4300 M)

Today you will shortly visit the Nyalam villages and then followed by breakfast then to drive to Tingri which may take 5 hours of drive then we settle at Tingri. It is often used as a base by mountain climbers preparing to ascend Mt. Everest and Cho Oyu. Your purpose is Cho Oyu. Stay overnight at Tingri.

Day 8: Acclimatization Day

Today is your acclimatization day at Tingri but rather sitting idle you will explore the town. Stay overnight at Tingri.

Day 9: Tingri to Chinese Base Camp

Today you will headed to China Base Camp and organize our team, things, equipments. Stay overnight at China Base Camp.

Day 10: Chinese Base camp to Cho Oyu Base Camp (4900 M)

This day is designed to move from Chinese Base Camp to Cho Oyu base camp as you move all your necessities and gears here and prepare great base for out Cho Oyu Mission. Stay overnight at Cho Oyu.

Day 11-13: Preparation Day

These days will be for your acclimatization, trainings on using equipments, gears and other necessary elements for mountaineering. You will make strategic planning and build your team work and communications skills good. Most important is that being confident and giving minor care to each aspects remaining safety. Stay overnight at Cho Oyu Base Camp.

Day 14-36: Cho Oyu Expedition 

These days are designed for climbing the giant Cho Oyu Peak and getting victory over it.

Day 37-38: Back to Cho Oyu Base Camp (4900 M)

With successful victory and feeling proud you will head back to Cho Oyu base camp and celebrate your experience. You must have been got tired so you will rest here for another day. Stay overnight at Cho Oyu Base Camp.

Day 39-40: Cho Oyu Base Camp to Tingri (4300 M)

Drive Same way back to Tingri.

Day 40-43: Tingri to Lhasa (3650 M)

These days you will drive from Tingri to Lhasa enjoying several places along the way like Shigatse and Gyantse and finally to Lhasa. Along the way you will visit several cultural and historical places like Shalu, Sakya Monastery and some small villages, famous Tashilhunpo Monastery, the Gyantse Dzong, a restored fort; and the Kumbum Stupa, a magnificent six-storied landmark containing over seventy-five temples, Pekhor Chode Monastery,Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace and any more. Stay overnight at Lhasa.

Day 42: Acclimatization Day

Today is your leisure day at Lhasa. You can enjoy shopping, entertainment activities and other to get maximum fun and rest you.

Day 43: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu (1360 M)

You headed to airport then you will fly back to Kathmandu. The flights are conducted in mornings and can take you 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Kathmandu. Enjoy the great scenery of arlung Tsangpo River, Lake Yamdrok, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Mt. Makalu (8463m) and Mt. Everest (8848m) during your flight. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 44: Acclimatization Day

Today is your leisure day at Kathmandu you are free to enjoy any of the services and facilities at Kathmandu like sports games, shopping’s, movies, restaurants and bars and get your beloved and close one a memory of Nepal. You will be organized a great Nepali Dinner program with your crew member and team. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 45: Departure

Today your Cho Oyu Expedition comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting, bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.so that you can make your travel to Nepal memorable.

Services include:

Necessary Local Transport by Private vehicle

 Accommodation in Kathmandu at standard hotels with breakfast.

 Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide. 

Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks

 Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House/Tent while on treks. 

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.

 Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.

 Insurance of our field staff.

 Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit) 

Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu flight ticket including 15 kg Baggage’s 

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax & Permit.

Climbing Permit, Climbing Guide & Camping Equipment

Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee 

 International / any air fare. 

 Travelers insurance 

 Alcohol, hot and cold drinks) 

 Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 

 All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, Political Disturbances etc.

General Information:

A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.

Equipments Required

Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc

Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc

Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.

Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.

Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.

Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.


 Climbing Gears

1 Alpine climbing harness.

1 Ascender 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide)

1 Mountaineering axe with leash

1 Pair expedition style gaiters which fit perfectly over your boots

1 Pair of Steel crampons

1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners

2 D-Shaped locking carabineers 

2 Non-locking carabineers

Climbing helmet (optional)

Neck gaiter

Ski goggles (optional) 


Body Gears (Synthetic Recommended, No COTTON)

Two T-shirts

Light expedition thermal tops.

Fleece jacket or pullover.

Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).

Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.

1 pair liner gloves, 1 pair of warm gloves, shell gloves.

Warm wool or synthetic hat to covers your ears, warm neck warmer, 100% glacier glasses, balaclava, headlamps,

2 pair of nylon hiking pants, synthetic underwear’s, 2 pair of trekking pants, waterproof baggages, light long trousers, liner socks, 1pair of sandles, etc.

Optional like Binaculors, stainless steel thermos, hydration bladder, ipods and cards, fav. Snack foods, trekking poles, etc.


 Extra Strength Excedrin, Ibuprofen, Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules, Diamox, mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, 

Always Drink Safe Water

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.

About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek

Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.

Travel Insurance

Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

  Washing and Toilet facilities

Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.

 Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.

Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks

You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Treks suggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.

Trip Facts

 Trip Name: Cho Oyu Expedition

Trip Duration:  45 Days

Trip Area: Everest Region

Maximum Altitude:  8201 M

Minimum Altitude: 1310 M

Trip Type: Expedition             

Trip Grade: Difficult

Price: On Request

Suitable For:  Professionals

Best Season: Aug - Dec & Feb - May (12 Month Possible)

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