Cho-Oyu Expedition (8201m) Spring 2019-44 Days

Mount Cho Oyu 8201 meters is the sixth highest mountain in the world situated 20 km west of Mount Everest at the border between Nepal and China.

  •   Destination: China, Tibet
  •  Group size: 02-08
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  •   Trip Level: Very Strenuous
  •  Max Altitude: 8201m / 26906ft
  •  Activities: Tour and Climbing
  •   Transportation: Private Car / Jeep, international flight

  Meals: BB plan in Kathmandu and All meals during the Expedition

  Accommodation: Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Teahouse basis accommodation during trekking

Trip Introduction

Mount Cho Oyu 8201 meters is the sixth highest mountain in the world situated 20 km west of Mount Everest at the border between Nepal and China. Cho Oyu was first attempted in 1952, lead by Eric Shipton and Tom Burdillon organized and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee of Great Britain, as preparation for an attempt on Mount Everest the following year.

Cho-Oyu expedition begins after your arrival in Kathmandu, where you will be picking up by airport representative of Utmost Adventure Trekking and the following day you will have introduction section with other climbers and expedition crew.

We drive you towards Nepal-Tibet border up to the Friendship Bridge through Arnico Highway after three days, where the Chinese liaison officer and Chinese transportation meet us there. The expedition gears go by truck but the members there Travel by Land cruiser 4wd. We take time to acclimatize for one night at Zhangmu (2300m) and two nights at Nylam (3750m).

Next day we drive to Tingri (4350m) where we spend further two nights to acclimatizing. Then we drive Tingri to Base camp 5000m along the rough way with jerking & bouncing experience through grassy plain which leads up to the Chinese base camp.

We set up our camp at Chinese Base Camp and stay two nights or more, which depends on the feeling of our members. We also make schedules of the yaks by that time. Base camp is a temporary but comfortable with our Nepali cook and dining tent. Now the two-day walk towards the advance base camp (ABC) begins.

Mount Cho Oyu Summit ABC is in the heart of the Himalayas at 5700m; surrounded by celestial peaks. There is also the high pass called Nangpa La nearby which, an old but still used yak track trading route between Nepal and Tibet exists.

From ABC, we can see the superb scene of mount Cho Oyu. This is the main base camp and we plan to stay there for the longer duration also to look the favorable situation for the expedition. From ABC it is several hours of tough walking on a vague path over moraine-covered glacier to the start of the mountaineering properly.

Camp 1 is either situated on some ridge at 6400m and the real mountaineering starts from here. The ridge is now soft and easy enough for climbing, then it broadens out and you should climb successive huge steps, several of which probably require fixing a rope up there. You should fix a new rope in co-operation with other members on the mountain. Normally one rope is used for ascent and another for descent, although the route is crevassed but normally these create no problem.

Mount Cho Oyu Panorama from Summit Camp 2 is on the edge of a large plateau at 7125m although you can carefully assess to put the rope where. Depending on your conditions and fitness you may attempt the summit from here, or you may establish a light Camp 3 across the plateau and up on a minor ridge at 7550m. Above Camp 3, there are two rocky steps where you should fix another set of ropes prior to our summit ascent.

Finally, you will start early in the morning from camp 3 for summit. Above the rock bands, the slopes are still steep and you may take a line to fix there, depending on conditions, however once on the crest of this ridge the terrain is straightforward along a long haul to the summit plateau.

The panorama is breathtakingly magnificent, including Everest 8848m, Lhotse 8501m, Nuptse 7855m, Chamlang 7319m, Ama Dablam 6856m and other peaks of the Everest region to the east and south. To the west, there are the Melungtse and Gauri Sankar massifs and to the north, there is all Tibet area. It is normal to descend to Camp 2 from summit and to continue down to the ABC.

Outline Itinerary

Spring 2019

07 April 2019 / Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1400m.) Transfer to hotel.
08 April 2019 / Day 02: Prepare visa & expedition. Overnight at hotel.
09 April 2019 / Day 03: Prepare visa & expedition. Overnight at hotel.
10 April 2019 / Day 04: Kathmandu final preparation. Overnight at hotel.
11 April 2019 / Day 05: Kathmandu (1300)- Syabrubensi (1460m). Overnight at guesthouse.
12 April 2019 / Day 06: Drive to Kerung border and after crossing border drive to Kyirung height (3200). Overnight at guesthouse.
13 April 2019 / Day 07: Kyirong-Tingri (4340/230Km). Overnight at hotel.
14 April 2019 / Day 08: Rest of day for acclimatized. Overnight at hotel.
15 April 2019 / Day 09: Drive to Chinese Base Camp 5000m. Overnight at tented Camp.
16 April 2019 / Day 10: Chinese Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.
17 April 2019 / Day 11: Prepared load to Yak for Advance Base Camp-camping. Overnight at tented camp.
18 April 2019 / Day 12: Base Camp – Middle camp with Yaks. Overnight at tented camp.
19 April 2019 / Day 13: Middle Camp – Cho Oyu A.B.C 5700m. Overnight at tented camp.
20 April 2019 / Day 14 – 15 May 2018 / Day 39: Climbing Period for Cho Oyu 8201m. Overnight tented camp.
16 May 2019 / Day 40: Prepared for return, trek to Middle Camp. Drive to Tingri. Overnight at hotel.
17 May 2019 / Day 41: Tingri to Kerung height (3200m). Overnight at guesthouse.
18 May 2019 / Day 42: Early morning drive to Kerung border, after complete the immigration formalities cross the border and drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
19 May 2019 / Day 43: Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
20 May 2019 / Day 44: Final Departure

Autumn 2018

Day 01/ 06 Sept 2018: Arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our staff, then transfer to Hotel.
Day 02/ 07 Sept 2018: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 03/ 08 Sept 2018: Preparation for expedition and official trip briefing.
Day 04/ 09 Sept 2018: Preparation for expedition and official trip briefing.
Day 05/ 10 Sept 2018: Fly to Lhasa (3600m). then transfer to Hotel Hotel.
Day 06/ 11 Sept 2018: Lhasa, visit Drepung and Sera monasteries. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 07/ 12 Sept 2018: Drive to Shigatse (3940m). Overnight in Hotel.
Day 08/ 13 Sept 2018: Drive to Shegar (4538m). Overnight in Hotel.
Day 09/ 14 Sept 2018: Drive to Cho Oyu Base Camp. (4700m)
Day 10/ 15 Sept 2018: Base Camp, rest day.
Day 11/ 16 Sept 2018: Trek to middle Camp.
Day 12/ 17 Sept 2018: Advanced Base Camp. (5200m).
Day 13/ 18 Sept 2018 – Day 38 / 13 Oct 2018: Days Climbing Period Mt. Cho Oyu.
Day 41/ 14 Oct 2018: Reserve day.
Day 42/ 15 Oct 2018: Return to Base Camp.
Day 43/ 16 Oct 2018: return trip to Sigatse
Day 44/ 17 Oct 2018: Return trip
Day 45/ 18 Oct 2017: Kathmandu
Day 47/ 19 Oct 2017: Kathmandu
Day 48/ 22 Oct 2017: Departure

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We will be staying at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu, all rooms are on twin-shared basis. Single room will be arranged on request and will cost additional. Utmost Adventure will arrange rooms with attached washrooms in Tibet; however, guesthouse at some places only has shared washing and toilet facilities. While we are climbing there will be sharing tent but single tent will be available on request.


All meals will be provided during climbing (On demand, we can arrange only breakfast during the driving tour and climbers can order lunch and dinner individually from the hotel menu). In Kathmandu, breakfast will be available. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners taking place for guests. While on tour, we have breakfast and dinner in the hotel / guest houses where we spend the night and lunch on our way to next destination. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan, continental meals and Indian cuisine are common choices in the menu in Nepal and while climbing. But there will be limited choice during driving tour in Tibet.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Mount Cho-Oyu Expedition is a strenuous expedition. Climbers who can walk / climb up to 7/8 hours a day on an uphill / downhill trail and vertical climbing in high altitude trail will find this expedition extremely fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Cho-Oyu Expedition by climbing, jogging and exercising regularly at least a few months prior to the start of the expedition. Climbing the Mount Cho-Oyu could be done by those who have experience in climbing/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past climbing, hiking experience would be an asset because technical skill (use of Jhumar in rope, ice axe, crampon, etc) is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Utmost Adventure before booking the expedition.

Best Time to Travel

The best time for expedition to Mt. Cho-oyu is during spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October). The temperature is moderate and guarantees amazing views throughout the trip. Although this expedition can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

equipment list

Date And Costs

The given cost is per person and excludes international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

Fixed Departure


NOTE:Trip Status

Booking Open: Anyone travelling solo or with groups the given date is available for join.

Join a Group: Anyone travelling solo or with groups interested in join. The given date travelers already have booked the trip.

Limited Space: There are limited seat available for the given date. Therefore, we suggest you to make your decision as early as possible.

Sold Out: The given date has reached max numbers. Please contact usif you still want to travel on this particular date.

Service included in the cost: 

  • 4 Nights hotel in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast tourist standard
  • Expert professional Nepalese expedition crews like Cook, Kitchen boy, ABC
  • guide & mountaineering gears till to the ABC Dining tent, Table, Chairs,
    toilet tent & Kitchen tent are provided; and our staff get all expedition facilities from our office itself
  • Tibet visa & Travel Permit for the expedition staff
  • Full board hotel in route to Tibet side Zhangmu, Nyalam & Tingri (bed & breakfast, Lunch, dinner)
  • Base Camp – Advance Base Camp 1 tent for 1 person (North Face brand or similar)
  • Per person’s (30 KG) Load is carried by the Yak till to the from BC-ABC
  • Per person’s (20 KG) Load is carried by the Yak on the way back to ABC to the BC
  • Kathmandu – Zhangmu – Base Camp – Zhangmu (vice versa) are provided the Mini bus or Jeep for the members & Truck for the equipment + expedition food carrying
  • Climbing permit for Cho Oyu 8201 meter
  • If join Trekker or BC – ABC member includes all services
  • Cook and Helper permit fee USD 3000 each staff is includes
  • One Senior climbing Guide and supporting climbing Sherpa
  • Tibet Visa for member + Nepali staff
  • Liaison officer & Interpreter
  • Nepalese staff life & medical insurance
  • ABC – Oxygen for Emergency but if use and pay it
  • Welcome dinner typical Nepali restaurant

Service not included in the cost: 

  • Air or land travel to and from Kathmandu
  • Laundry, telephone calls, all other items of personal nature
  • Entry visa and Re-entry visa for Nepal
  • Personal Expenses
  • Medical and rescue insurance
  • Personal Climbing equipment
  • Bar bills & Beverage
  • Medicine and first aid expenses
  • Personal Oxygen and Mask Regulator
  • Tips for Expedition staff
  • Emergency rescue jeep in case needed
  • Extra yak USD 150 & carrying load 40 KG
  • Rescue Jeep Cost
  • Any extra expenses

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Utmost Adventure has compiled a list of necessary equipment, personal medical supplies and symptoms of medical condition likely to face during trekking / peak climbing. Also, please do understand that items listed below should be considered as an essential summary.
We highly recommend you to be familiar with all of your equipment and basic understanding of medical Conditions related to high elevation.

Your document to travel to Nepal:
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards)

Personal Climbing gear:
Harness: A climbing harness should be lightweight and fully adjustable. Easy to put on and take off.
Ice axe: General mountaineering axe. Should be light and easy to use.
Crampons: It must fit boot perfectly and lighter is better.
Carabineers: Two large locking “pear” shaped 4 regular mountaineering carabineers
Prussik cord: You can use in many situation, carry couple more.
Ascenders: One left or right hand orientation, does not matter (Petzl)
Rappel device: Figure 8, ATC or similar. Very important to devices for descending.
Ascender / Jhumar: Must be comfortable to be use with gloves.
Helmet: It is very important to use while crossing areas through rock fall, ice cliff. Better light weight.
Walking pool: Adjustable types are the best, it will be very much helpful while walking through snow field or rocky trail.

Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottles
Small wash towel
Rain coat

Personal Clothing items.

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body:
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)

Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get asunburn
Anti-mosquito cream;
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer.
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.