16 +
March to Nov
45 Days
Climbing & Expeditions

Mt Cho Oyu Climbing Tibet side
The first person to get to the summit of Cho Oyu was from Austria and he succeeded in 1954. After his success an Indian and a German team also climbed this peak in 1958 and 1964 respectively and after that there were many expedition teams who have successfully reached on its summit. The year 2004 was regarded as the Golden jubilee of the Cho Oyu Mountain in the field of mountaineering. The golden jubilee ceremony was organized by Nepal Mountaineering Association with a grand fanfare and jubilantly. There were about 400 climbers from different regions of the World during this golden jubilee ceremony and most of them made the summit.

Most of the Cho Oyu expedition teams climb from the Tibetan side due its easy technique-climbing route. Since 1998, our company “Nature Trail Trekking and Expedition” is also conducting the expedition from the Tibet side. We also had a Golden jubilee Cho Oyu Expedition in the Autumn of 2004.

JOIN GROUP 3 before departure from Kathmandu.
All arrival and departure transfer services to and from international airport with other necessary surface transportation as per itinerary.
Assistance at the international airport by Nature Trail representative on arrival and departure.
4 night request star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
Truck for expedition equipment from Kathmandu-Kerung-Kathmandu.
Schedule flights from KTM-LHASA-KTM for Climbing members.
Chinese custom clearances at the border
Chinese Government Royalty for Cho-Oyu Expedition for group and climbing Sherpa guide.
Chinese visa for climbing period, both Base Camp staff, Sherpa and group;
TMA or CTMA selected English speaking Chinese liaison officer and interpreter
All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp;
Full Board hotel in route in Tibet:Lhasa, Sigatse,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 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;
Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group;
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 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.
Ice falls 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 cook, climbing Sherap 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
Truck will be provided at Kerung boarder -Chinese base camp and return Kerung for loads
Yaks curry 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.
Nature Trail Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.)
Nature Trail service charge
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 display in 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.
Wallie-talkies & Filming permit (if special camera or walkies-talkies).
Personal climbing gears;
Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkies-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears
Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules. Minimum US$ 1000.00 per climbing Sherpa guide.
Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff.
Airfare of international flights.
Nepal entry and re-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 “COST INCLUDES” section.

Climbing Route: Cho Oyu Climbing and Expeditions:

Advance Base camp: 5700m/18,700ft:
Cho-Oyu Advance base camp located below North West face route at elevation of 5,700m/18,700 feet is very comfortable and scenic. This location is surrounded by spectacular glaciers and peaks with full frontal view of the entire Cho Oyu route from the tent. The climbing route to the summit is approximately 12 km long with elevation gain of 2,501m. You will spend approximately 22 days here. Cho-Oyu advanced base camp is generally sunny due to its location with the sun being out early and staying late in the day. There are approximately 7-15 climbing teams each spring and autumn season.

Cho-Oyu Camp 1: (6,400m/20,997ft)
From advanced base camp to camp will take most people 4-6 hours. This trip starts out walking along the Gyabrag Glacier, before moving to a steep scree slope that takes you to the shoulder of a broad snow field and camp I. While camp I is set in a generally safe location, there are always risks of avalanche on any big mountain and proper safety precautions and tent set-up are important.

Cho-Oyu Camp 2: (7,100m/23,294ft)
Camp two is located at 7,100m/23,294 feet on a wide snow face just above a prominent 25 meter high ice cliff. To make climbing the ice cliff safer, we will fix a line up the cliff making this part of the trip safer and more enjoyable. From camp I to camp II will take most climbers 5 -7 hours on mostly 35-38 degree snow slopes.

Cho-Oyu Camp 3:(7,500m/24,606ft)
Camp III is located at (7,500m) which leaves the climbers with a 700 meter push for the summit day. Camp II is located just below the yellow band, which is a rock cliff that must be negotiated to reach the summit and is sometimes covered in snow. The climbing route is a straightforward, but steep snow slope above the yellow band, but very strenuous. Since we will only spend a short amount of time at camp III, this camp does not contain many amenities. Around 45% of climbers will utilize bottled oxygen above camp III. Most climbers will leave camp III for the summit around 0100 hours.

Cho-Oyu Summit: (8,201m/26,906ft)
Upon leaving camp III it will take you 7-9 hours of hard work to reach the summit of Cho Oyu. Most climbers will reach the summit between 0700 and 1000 hours if the weather is stable and conditions are good. After crossing the yellow band, which is not difficult at sea level, but can be challenging at 7,800 meters, the remainder of the summit day is a long steep snow slope that requires climbers to dig deep and keep focused.


Arrival day

Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel (135M/4429ft)

Rest day in KTM

Rest and preparation day for visa collection, assignment & briefing.

Fly to Lhasa

Fly from Kathmandu to Gongkar Airport (3650m/11975ft) Lhasa.Overnight at Hotel

Lhasa sightseeing

Sightseeing around Lhasa with Tibetan English speaking guide, Overnight at Hotel

Lhasa to Gyantse

Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12957ft, 05-06hrs) Overnight in Hotel.

Gyantse to Shigatse

Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse (Xigatse) in an altitude of (3,950m/12957ft, 4hrs) Overnight at Hotel.

Shigatse to Tingri

Drive from Shigatse to Tingri (4,350m/14269ft, 05hrs) Overnight at Hotel.

Rest day at Tingri

Rest day at Tingri for acclimatization.The climbing Sirdar will take you up to a (5000m/16404ft) hill for acclimatization after breakfast.

Tingri to Chinese base camp

After breakfast drive from Tingri to Chinese base camp (4800m/15750ft.) which is about two hour drive.

Rest and acclimatization day

Rest and acclimatization day at Chinese base camp (4800m/15750ft). Sirdar will arrange the yaks.

Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp

Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp (5300m/17388ft.) camping accommodation.

Middle Camp - Cho Oyu Advance Base Camp

Middle Camp – Cho Oyu Advance Base Camp 5700m.


Climbing Period for Cho Oyu 8201m.

Back to Tingri

Dismantling ABC;trek to middle camp; drive to Tingri (4,348m/14,268 ft)-takes about 04 hours trekking and 04 hours driving; overnight in hotel

Tingri to Shigatse

Drive from Tingri to Shigatse (Xigatse)(3,950m/12957ft, 7hrs) Overnight at hotel.

Sigatse to Lhasa

Early in the morning drive from Sigatse to Lhasa(3650m/11975ft), overnight at hotel

Lhasa to Kathmandu

Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu(1350M/4429ft) and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Free day

Free day in Kathmandu and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.

Final departure

Transfer to airport for final departure

Nature Trail has been organising expeditions to Tibet (Everest North Ridge and Cho Oyu) since last 23 years which makes one of the most experienced tibet tour operators. We make all your local arrangements as well as Tibet visa, all the permits and other documents that required. So all can be taken care.

Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at (8,201 meters/26,906 feet). Cho Oyu is known as being one of the easiest of the 8,000 meter peaks due to its straight forward approach and lack of objective dangers. Cho Oyu means “Goddess of Turquoise”, as its stark shadows appear this color in the light of the setting sun when viewed from Tibet. Cho Oyu It is located about 30 kilometers west of Mt Everest and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet. Mount Cho-Oyu was first climbed on on October 19, 1954 by Austrian Joseph Joechler, Herbert Tichy, Pasang Dawa Lama (Nepal).

There are two climbing routes, one from the south (Nepal side) and another from the north, which is the west ridge and commonly referred to as the normal route. The mountain is semi-technical with short ice cliffs a rock band and several crevasses. We provide both full board and base camp logistic services on Cho Oyu. We recommend using the full board services for safety, a secure mountaineering experience and your best opportunity to reach the summit. However, some experienced climbers may opt for climbing without support above base camp from a guide or Sherpa.

The team will assemble in Kathmandu and gather any last minute items. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, it will take 2 working days to obtain your Chinese Visa and climbing permit, but we will submit and take care of the details for you. The team will then travel overland via the Friendship Highway to Tibet.The journey takes you across the Tibetan Plateau, where you stop in Tingri and Nyalam along the way to acclimatize, before reaching the Chinese Base Camp. From the Cho-Oyu Chinese base camp, you will trek to middle camp for an overnight stay and next day make the journey to Cho-Oyu advance Base Camp, which sits below the North West face of the mountain.

The route above advanced base camp consists mainly of low-angled snow slopes up to 35° with one short but very steep section to bypass a Sérac barrier at 6,475 meters. Most of the climbers use two or three camps on the mountain before reaching the summit. Camp 1 is located at 6,400m, Camp 2 around 7,100 and the highest camp at 7,450m.Most of the climbers try to summit push from camp two and return to camp two. However, we like to make this decision based upon the health and fitness of the clients during the summit push. We are always flexible and the plan might change due to weather, fitness, illness or other unseen events. Generally the team will spend 22-23 days committed to the summit objective, with multiple equipment and supply carries and acclimatization climbs to camp 1, 2 and 3, before attempting the summit.

Nature Trail provides top quality service to ensure safety, comfort and support that will maximize each client’s chances of a successful summit. For us quality of the service means, we always use private transportation from Kathmandu to base camp in a comfortable Jeep, we only use experienced and trained climbing guides, an expedition cook and experienced base camp staff. Meals are freshly cooked, with snacks and drinks available 24 hours in your dining room. We only use the highest quality personal tents, a spacious and comfortable dining tent with functional and comfortable furniture and an efficient heater, showers, solar panel for charging and lighting are all part of our advance base camp facilities.

Our Cho-Oyu climbing guides are experienced and qualified. We provide extensive training to our staff in technical western style climbing, as well as English, customer service and Wilderness First Aid. Most of our guides are qualified via TAAN, NMA and NATHAM. They have many years of experience on big peaks and are highly skilled in all aspects of Nepal mountaineering and all hold a Nepal Government License, Mountaineering Association Accreditation and Summit Certificates of Nepal Himalayan peaks. They have thorough technical training and practical experience in rock climbing techniques, ice and snow techniques, and logistic knowledge and experience to setup and operate high altitude camps, experience in high altitude camping, techniques with fixed rope climbing, belay techniques, use of any type of mountaineering gear, use of Oxygen, high altitude food, avalanche and high mountain rescue techniques.

Climbing Mt. Cho Oyu
Cho Oyu Climbing Tibet
Climbing Mt. Cho Oyu

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