Cho Oyu 2018

Cho Oyu Expedition (8,201m).

We have a high success rate on Cho Oyo. Technically, it is a comparatively safe and easy route which enables climbers with determination, but not necessarily a high degree of technical expertise, to reach an 8,000m summit. The safety precautions and logistical preparations are, of course, the same as for Everest and the standard of equipment is equally high. This is an ideal opportunity to experience the world at 8,000m and above with the least possible danger.

Mountain Experience has run expeditions to Cho Oyo since 1996, most of which have seen clients reach the summit. Cho Oyo is relatively easy to climb with minimal objective danger. It is a great opportunity to experience the surreal world of extreme altitude, to train for an Everest climb or to achieve a first 8,000m peak. Along with Everest, we specialise in this classic route and have a very high success rate. Although the challenge is perhaps less than that of the Everest climb, we ensure the same care and attention in the preparation of Base Camp and Advanced Base Camp, the same detailed safety precautions on the mountain and, of course, the same degree of service from your guides and Sherpas.

Route Description

Above Advanced Base Camp (5,800m) we use three camps. Camp 1 (6,600m) is at the top of a long scree slope. From here the route is entirely on snow. We follow a gentle rounded ridge until we hit a short but steep ice cliff. We use a fixed rope to negotiate the cliff (normally about 20m) and then continue across a gentle glacier before we start another slightly steeper slope, again equipped with a fixed rope. Camp 2 (7,100m) is on an easy snow slope.

The day to reach Camp 3 (7,400m) is relatively short, about three to four hours, climbing more gentle snow slopes. From here we can reach the summit in five to seven hours and return to Camp 2 for the evening. This final day consists of climbing intermediate snow slopes until we reach a series of rock bands, which we cross by way of their snow ledges. We come out onto a snow slope leading us to the summit ridge and then, what is often mistaken as the summit. The real summit is still about 400m away on almost flat snow. The retreat is then fairly fast but with time to enjoy the spectacular surrounding scenery.

Trip Overview

Trip Duration: 
41 days


Trip Type:

Max altitude: 
8201 m


Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel
Day 2: Stay in Kathmandu for Tibet visa procedure
Day 3: Stay in Kathmandu for Tibet visa procedure
Day 4: : Fly to Lhasa Hotel
Day 5: Lhasa
Day 6: Lhasa  drive Xigatse
Day 7: Xigatse drive to Thingri (4300m)
DAY 8:In Thingri for acclimatization
DAY 9:Tingri – Hiking day    Hotel
DAY 10:Drive to Cho-Oyu BC    Camping
DAY 11:BC – Rest day    Camping
DAY 12:BC - Hiking    Camping
DAY 13:BC - Hiking    Camping
DAY 14:BC – Preparation day for ABC    Camping
DAY 15:BC to Palung    Camping
DAY 16:Palung to ABC    Camping
DAY 17:ABC – Rest day    Camping
DAY 18:ABC - Hiking    Camping
DAY 19:ABC - Hiking    Camping
DAY20:ABC – Rest Day    Camping
DAY 21:ABC – C1    Camping
DAY 22:C1 to C2 touch and back to C1    Camping
DAY 23:C1 - ABC    Camping
DAY 24:ABC – Rest day    Camping
DAY 25:ABC – Rest day    Camping
DAY 26:ABC – C1    Camping
DAY 27:C1 – C2    Camping
DAY 28:C2 – C3    Camping
DAY 29:C3  to Summit attract to C3    Camping
DAY 30:C3 – C1    Camping
DAY 31:C1 - ABC    Camping
DAY 32:ABC – Rest day    Camping
DAY 33:ABC – Rest day    Camping
DAY 34:ABC – Rest day    Camping
DAY 35:ABC – Rest day    Camping
DAY 36:ABC – Rest day    Camping
DAY 37:ABC – Rest day    Camping
DAY 38:ABC - BC    Camping
Day  39: Drive to Xigatse
Day 40: Drive to Lhasa
Day 41: Drive airport flight/Kathmandu
Day 42: in Kathmandu
Day 43: Departure.



What's Included?

Permit and Other Charge:- Cho Oyu Climbing Permit.
Hotel accommodation:- 4Night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at the Yak and or Annapurna Hotel in BB plan in twin sharing basis. Tibet hotel twin sharing basis ( Meals are not included)
All the transportation in Nepal and Tibet as per the program. 4 Yaks port per member from BC to ABC and 3 Yaks per member from ABC to BC.
Tibet visa fee and required expedition formalities permit in Tibet.
Nepalese Sherpa cook and two kitchen boy at BC and ABC. 1 member 1 climbing Sherpa and Bace camp and ABC cook and Kitchen helpers. Equipment allowances, daily wages.
Insurance: - For Sherpa and cook staff insurance, Emergency evacuation, medical.
Food and lodging for BC and ABC staff (cook & Kitchen Boy). Dining tent, Kitchen tent, toilet tent, Shower tent, chair & table, Mattress at BC & ABC. Base and ABC sleeping tents for member and all staffs.
Base Camp - Advance Base Camp 1 tent for 1 person
Food and fuel at BC and ABC during the expedition period and high altitude tents, food Epi gas, gas stoves, high cook pot set, Insulate mattress, Sleeping bag in mountain & fuel above ABC. Two ways base radios, Gammo bag (Chamber bag) at BC for medical propose, medical kits.
Oxygen: - 7 bottles oxygen.(5 bottles for member 2 bottles for Sherpa) 2 set mask and regulators. Emergency Oxygen – mask and regulator (If used, it will be paid it from user)
Light:- Solar panel light for BC and ABC
Rope fixing and garbage:- Member and Sherpa.
We support with heaters in BC and ABC



Trip Excludes

Air travel to and from Kathmandu. Air travel to and from Kathmandu and Kathmandu/ Lhasa/ Kathmandu flight.
Accommodation, Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Lhasa, Xigatse and Thingri.
Extra hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
Drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, and all other items of personal nature.
Entry visa into Nepal. 
This can be obtained at the airport upon arrival. Re-entry visa for Nepal.
Departure tax at Kathmandu airport. 
Personal travel, medical and rescue insurance
Satellite phone permit fee USD 500
Personal Climbing equipment.
Personal climbing clothing and equipment.
Extra Oxygen it cost USD500 per bottle
Summit bonus for Sherpa minimums level is USD500



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