45 days
Trip Level
Group Size
8201 m

Mount Cho Oyu is the 6th tallest mountain on the planet. It’s only the mountain over an altitude of 8000, which has such a high success rate and is situated between Nepal and Tibet but requires a permit to climb this beautiful peak known commonly as the Goddess of Turquoise. Many rise to this beautiful peak due to its easy climb and low fatality rate. The best route adoption the Northern route via the North West Face for the Cho Oyu Expedition Tibet face, an altitude of 8201 m, and the climb up to the Cho Oyu. It can’t merely be considered demanding; apparently, acclimatization and proper physical condition are mandatory.

The Itinerary

The Cho Oyu Expedition Tibet Face commences a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. It lies at a height of 3600 meters since it is the base for the acclimatization of the Tibetan plateaus. From here, a drive to Tibet’s largest city, Singatse, and a further drive to Xegar, at an altitude of 4000 m, with its beautiful monasteries. Acclimatization is mandatory here to reduce the effects of altitude sickness.

Furthermore, a drive is up to the Chinese Base Camp, which leads to the Cho Oyu Base Camp. The elevation is 5200 m from sea level as well as acclimatization. The climb is processing which is needed frequently. Then up lays the Advanced Base Camp at 5700 m situated near the Nangpa – La.

The ascent to the 1st Camp is easy and requires simple walking. From 1st Camp (6400 m) to 2nd Camp (7000 m) require ropes for support. This part has a few problematic sections technically. 2nd Camp to 3rd Camp also is relatively easy and requires reaching a height of 7400 meters. Many others 7000 meters peaks are visible while reaching the summit from 3rd Camp via bands and steep snowy slopes. The actual summit will come after crossing the false summit. The exact path retraces down. Cho Oyu expedition Tibet Face is regarded as a practice for the Everest Expedition and is relatively popular among mountaineers. Climbing up the Cho Oyu is recommendable for trekkers who need to experience climbing 8000 peaks, but with less difficulty.

Cho Oyu Expedition: Highlights

Cho Oyu – World`s Sixth Highest and Most Accessible 8000 Meters Peak
One base camp and three additional higher Camps to summit
Least visited – and waiting to rediscover
Expedition includes an historical tour in Tibet


Catering arrangement:
Himalayan Exploration provides all camping equipment and gear, including the tents (dining, toilets, and kitchen tents). We will have a giant mess tent well equipped with all necessary kitchen utensils at the base camp while good quality and healthful foods will serve by our trained and experienced expedition cook. The cook will prepare the menu to maintain the recipe for calories. Besides, for the different tastes, the cook will serve various food.

Prices are quoted and payable only in (US dollars). All published cost on our website is set as low as possible. The Prices may vary at any time due to currency fluctuation, fuel prices, and unforeseen economic circumstances. However, we guarantee our prices which already signed up for your tour. Please consult us for a custom quote.


Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will greet and welcome by our agency’s representative in front of Arrival gate with Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.

Day 2 - 3: Sightseeing and Preparation for Cho Oyu Expedition

Today, we are making preparation for Cho Oyu Expedition and sightseeing. While the leader attends a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism, we will explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. We will visit famous Stupa, Boudhnath and the popular Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath Temple. In the late afternoon, the leader will check everyone’s equipment before flying to Lhasa. Chinese Visas for entering Tibet will be acquired from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. We will also get introduced with support expedition members and guides.

Day 5: Fly to Lhasa 3,600m

Today, we fly to one of the highest capitals in the world: Lhasa of Tibet. We savor the extraordinary views of the Himalaya, including Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga, and the Tibetan valleys. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, we will be greeted and escorted to a good standard hotel in downtown Lhasa. We make Lhasa our base for acclimatization to the high Tibetan altitude.

Day 5 - 6: Acclimatizing and discovering Lhasa

While we acclimatize with the high altitude, we also visit important landmarks in Lhasa including the Dalai Lama’s Potala Palace. Lhasa life certainly offers glimpses into one of the most preserved ancient cultural heritage.

Day 7: Drive to Shigatse 3,900m 6h00

Today, we depart Lhasa for Shigatse, the Tibet’s second largest city. We even reach to the banks of the Tsang Po, which becomes the Brahmaputra River in India. We further drive up-stream for a while before turning southwest through barren desert-like valleys. Overnight stay in a Shigatse hotel.

Day 8: Drive to Xegar 4,000m 8h00

While continuing along the Tibetan highway views of the Himalaya unfold with a spectacular panorama of peaks including Everest. We stay overnight in a hotel outside the main town of Xegar. If time allows, we pay our visit to the downtown Xegar and its hilltop monastery.

Day 9: Acclimatization Day!

We acclimatize well before gaining height toward the Chinese base camp. At this juncture, we visit the main town and engage in a gentle hike up to its hilltop monastery.

Day 10: Arrive Chinese base camp

We further continue our drive to the Chinese base camp. While turning south along the bumpy track, the road leads us to the road-head below Cho Oyu.

Day 11: Organization at Chinese base camp

Today will be an important day for sorting out all loads. Yaks arrive in the afternoon. Yaks carry our loads to the base camp the next day.

Day 12 - 15: Trek to Cho Oyu base camp

We resume our trek up the long valley to base camp. For proper acclimatization, we spend three nights at intermediate camps at 5,200 and 5,450 meters before continuing to base camp. Move into the base camp. We engage the afternoon organizing climbing equipment for use on the mountain.

Day 16 - 40: Climbing the north-west face of Cho Oyu

At this juncture, we try the lower part of the mountain on the first day. We try to get as high as possible and have a good look at the route and the conditions on the mountain. At the evening, we return to base camp. After proper acclimatization, we climb higher and reach Camp 1 and camp 2. Upon arrival at these sites, we make our best attempt for the summit bids after a good period of rest at base camp. Return to the base camp by day 40.

Day 41: Return trek to road-head

Next, we return trek to the road-head with yaks carrying our equipment. Upon this trek, road transport awaits us. We spend the last night in tents.

Day 42: Drive into Nepal

The two days of road travel give passage us to Kathmandu. We drive for Zhangmu on the first day and cross the border into Nepal. Another 6 hours drive from the border all the way escorts us to Kathmandu.

Day 43: Arrive Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will return to the welcome haven of the Hotel. Once back in Kathmandu, Himalayan Glacier will host an evening barbecue to celebrate the expedition and as a farewell party to thank the Sherpa’s for their support and friendship.

Day 44: At leisure in Kathmandu

The leisure day just rest, relax and last minutes shopping if necessary.

Day 45: Final departure.

Free time in Kathmandu and transfer to the airport two hours before the departure of your flight


DEPARTURE/RETURN  Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.
Airport transfer Accommodations
Meal during the trek Cho Oyu Expedition permits
Transportation as per itinerary Professional guide & porters
A First Aid Kits Applicable Government Taxes
International Airfare Nepal Visa fees
Meals in City Personal Expenses
Travel Insurance Guide & Porter gratuity
Tibet Visa fees Climbing Sherpa fee
Extra Porter or Yak Personal climb equipment
Oxygen bottle with mask & regulator Individual beverages
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Cho Oyu Chinese Base Camp
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