Cho Oyu Expedition 8201 m

Trip Overview

Cho Oyu is the 6th highest peak in the world and is regarded as a classic Himalayan expedition. At an altitude of 8201 meters, it is considered as a stepping stone to prepare for the Everest summit. It is renowned for being the easiest 8000 m peak and it is quite convenient to carry out this trek. So, it is an excellent option for intermediate trekkers who wish to attempt an 8000 m peak.


The technical nature of ascent for this range is moderate. The journey is taken up by a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Various cultural sites such as the Potala Palace can be explored in Lhasa. From there on wards, the trek is carried out till Chinese base camp, traveling across the Tibetan Plateau. From there, a route to Cho Oyu base camp is taken, below the North-west face. It only has one small steep section at an altitude of 6400 meters. Primarily, there are three camps situated at 6400 m, 7000 m and 7400 m. The summit can be reached within 8-10 hours from Camp 2. Due to its rapid ascent and direct trails with few technical sections, it is one of the prominent trek routes.

Expedition Base camp

We set up a permanent Expedition base camp for as long as the Cho Oyu  expedition continues. Each of the members has a personal tent with comfort mattress and pillow. We provide a roomy dining hall with chairs and tables – carpeted, heated and we have communication tent a shower tent and toilet tent, all kept in hygienic order. All members of the climbing staff have their own tent along with kitchen and store tents. We have an excellent cook at base camp to provide the great meals and expedition team manager to deal with all the required logistics essential for a successful expedition.

Training and Climbing Approach

We spend several nights at base camp for proper acclimatization before we head to the higher camps. Upon arrival at base camp, we organize climbing training covering climbing techniques, glacier travel, rope fixing, ascending, descending, safety techniques, abseiling, belaying, use of oxygen, mask and regulator etc. We climb couple of times on our acclimatization hike to camp 1camp 2 and camp 3 to test your climbing skills before we head out on our attempt to Cho Oyu  Summit (8201 m), The summit day of annapurna, Most climbers begin their summit bid at 8:00 pm. If all goes well they reach the main summit between 7-10 am. It takes about Five hours to return to Camp Four from the summit and another Two hours to get to camp Three for overnight stay and next day walk to base camp.


The most suitable seasons to carry out this expedition is during Fall (September to October) or spring (March to May). Climbing Sherpas guide complete their Responsibility of preparation by ensuring that all the high camps are well stocked with tents, food for the summit push. We return to base camp for rest and recuperation before we make the summit attempt. After getting confirmation of a good weather forecast, we head up with our summit plan to base camp and then camp one, camp two, camp three and camp four then the Summit. There will be 1:1 one Climber and one climbing Sherpa guide ratio to help that every climber has complete support to go the summit and return back to base camp safely.



Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December – February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June – August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas. Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.

Climbing and Team Composition

The expedition leads by an English Speaking high altitude experience guide. In a group There will be 1:1 one Climber  during the Climbing. All climbing Sherpa guide have inclusive knowledge of wilderness medical training and they are competent to deal with the normal medical issues. This arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. One experienced cook & necessary Sherpa staff during the expedition. Assistants Sherpa who will assist in setting up camps during the climb and  Experienced base camp manager and necessary staff above base camp.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Previous rock and ice climbing and high altitude over 6000 m experiences will be an asset. Experience of walking on Glacier with crampon and using ascending, descending device in mountain. on the day of summit will be required to walk 8-9 hours ascending  and descending. The climbers need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along the steep technical terrain. It is important for medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctors before taking the trip.

Detail Itinerary

 1    Arrival In Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel   1300 m Hotel
 2     Rest day in Kathmandu: Tibet Visa Preparation   1300 m Hotel
 3    Tibet Visa Issue and Expedition briefing   1300 m Hotel
 4    Rest in Kathmandu   3500 m Hotel
 5    Drive from Kathmandu to Timure   1962 m Hotel
 6    Cross the border of Nepal and Drive to Kerung   3530 m Hotel
 7    Drive from Old Thingri   4,300 m Hotel
 8    Acclimatization and Preparation day in Old Thingri   4300 m Hotel
 9    Drive from Old Thingri to Cho Oyu Chinese Base camp   5100 m Tent
10-12    3 Nights Stay in Cho Oyu Chinese Base camp   5100 m Tent
 13    Trek from Cho Oyu Base camp to Intermediate Camp   5400 m Tent
 14    Intermediate base camp to Advance Base camp   5700 m Tent
15-39    Day 15 – Day 39: Climbing Period Base camp – Summit (8,201m) – Base camp]   8210 m Tent
 40    Descend from Adv. Base camp to Cho Oyu Base camp   5100 m Tent
 41    Drive back from Cho Oyu Basecamp to Old Thingri   5300 m Tent
 42    Drive from Old Thingri to Kerung Border   3530 m Tent
 43    Cross the border and drive to Kathmandu (Overnight stay at Hotel)   13oo m Hotel
 34    Leisure day in Kathmandu City   1300 m Hotel
 35    Transfer to International Airport for final departure   000 Home

Equipment List

Member Personal Climbing Equipment


S.No: Particular. Qty

(1) : Summit shoe La Sportiva – 1

(2): Summit down suit -1

(3) : Crampon – 1

(4) : Summit Glove (Mitten) – 1

(5) : Normal gloves – 2

(6) : Summit Snow goggles – 1

(7) : Glacier glasses – 1

(8) : Ice axe – 1

(9) : Harness & tapsling – 1

(10) : Jumer – 1

(11) : Carabiners (normal) – 3

(12) : Down filled Mattress – 1

(13) : Summit socks – 2

(14) : Normal socks – 6

(15) : Climbing bag (40 ltr) – 1

(16) : Helmet – 1

(17) : Down jacket – 1

(18) : Down trouser – 1

(19) : 8 finger / descender – 1

(20) : Headlamp (Icon or Spot) – 1

(21) : Gore-tex jacket – 1

(22) : Gore-tex trouser – 1

(23) : Fleece liner gloves – 3

(24) : Screw Gate Carabiner – 2

(24) : Balaclava (windstopper) – 1

(25) : Thermos bottle – 1

(26) : Base layer – 2

(27) : Swise Knife -1

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.


First Aid Kit:

1. Povidone-iodine cream -1 tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton- 1 roll.

For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze –5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage –2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid –10.

6. Dressing tape -1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin -1 packet:

 Great for treating chaffing and blisters.

Finger Pulse oximetry:

1. Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).

2. Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

4. Values under 90 percent are considered low.




8. Paracetamole 300mg -20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg -10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges -20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11.Decongestant -10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine -10 tablets:

 For allergies.

13. Antiemetic -10 –tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:

 For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg -10 tablets:

 For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg –3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg -10 tablets:

 To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg – 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Nepal - Tibet
  •  Activities: Climbing
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Best Seasons: Sprint - Autumn
  •   Accomodation: B/B plan in Kathmandu
  •   Transportation: Flight/Drive

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