Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure
Cho Oyu Expedition - 40 days

Cho Oyu Expedition is one of the most lifetime experience and we the Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure would be delighted to help you to explore this impressive region in Tibet.

The world's highest peak in the world Mt. Cho Oyu at 8,188 m (26,864 ft) , is located west of Everest and Lhotse along the Nepal-Tibet border. Cho Oyu means "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan terminology. This majestic Himalaya is accessible and safe to climb. Climbing Cho Oyu is considered as the easiest eight-thousander offers the memorizable views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and hundreds of other Himalayan peaks. The Cho Oyu climbing expedition exposes the ancient culture of Tibet. It is the second most climbed eight-thousander after Mt. Everest marketed as a "trekking peak", achievable for climbers. Climbing Cho Oyu is an achievable undertaking that provides the perfect entrance into the world of high-altitude Himalayan climbing. The route is composed of snow slopes with short sections of ice and rock scrambling. Spring and autumn is the perfect time for the Cho Oyu Expedition.

Our 40 days Cho Oyu Expedition begins from the vibrant capital city with a scenic mountain flight to the capital of Tibet, which offers a century’s old forts, magnificent monasteries en route to Base Camp. It provides an opportunity to see Buddhist art and cultures. Then after, we will begin our expedition towards Mt. Cho Oyu with scenic landscapes crossing several passes and visiting the fortresses of Shigatse and Gyantse, the second largest city of Tibet. The Expedition continues through Tingri, an old Tibetan settlement with typical clustered Tibetan styled housing at the foot of the small hillock. A short exploration in the settlement exposes a typical remote Tibetan lifestyle. From there we will see the Mt. Everest, Makalu, Gyan Kung, and Mount Cho-Oyu. The Cho Oyu Expedition is scenic treks to Cho Oyu basecamp, intermediate and advanced camp followed by 3 climbing camps that feature very limited and short steep and technical sections making it perfect to get used to the demands on extremely high altitudes. We will repeatedly move up and downs for the enhancement of strong acclimatization. Once our last camp is set our team will rest for a few days at Advanced Base Camp, then after we’ll be heading towards the Summit. After reaching the summit, our team will descend to Advanced base Camp to Base Camp and drive to Tingri. Our expedition ends with a scenic drive to Kathmandu.

Additional Optional Extended Route:
Here we have included 1 day Lhasa sightseeing tour at Tibet and additional days can be included in Lhasa as per the demand of the client's interest and do sightseeing on the Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery etc. The schedule of this expedition is to fly in and drive out, it means you are required to drive 3 days to reach Kathmandu(Tingri-Kerung-Kathmandu). You can also available Helicopter services from Syabru Besi to Kathmandu(30min) for your comfort rather than drive from Syabru Besi to Kathmandu. On your requirement we can also schedule fly in and fly out, it means you need to drive 1 day(Tingri-Lhasa). The Expedition can also be commenced as the drive-in and drive out with us rather than fly in from Gongar Airport at Lhasa and for that, you are required to drive 6 days(Ktm-Tingri & return).

Our climbing guide for the Cho You are highly skilled, regularly reviewed and re-trained and recognized for their training and experience throughout the profession. We only take the most experienced guides and staff to enable them to provide a dedicated level of security to you during the expedition to prevent serious consequences. That is why we highly focus on safety and accident prevention for both clients and guides. We use advanced climbing gear and train our team with attention before the climb. We provide all the kinds of logistic services through our vast experiences, dedication devotion, and leadership development programs. We guide every individual on an incredible adventure and to adore the expeditions to achieve the ultimate goals. Our cooks are regarded as the best providing hygienic and appetizing meals with an agreeable array of menus to suit all your food requirements. The meals you are offered are designed to sustain you for the rigors of the ascent.

We always try to keep our guests happy and satisfied, therefore we manage well-behaving friendly human resources, with the best cook, serving tasty foods to our valuable guests. We are waiting for you to join us for such an exciting and unforgettable trip.

Highlights

Fabulous flight over to the Tibet
Climbing considered as the easiest eight-thousander
Experience the unique culture, environment, and people of Tibet
Fabulous experience of mountaineering in extreme environment with climbing of Mt.Cho Oyu

Trip Facts

Duration: 40 days
Elevation: 1350m8818m
Difficulty: Hard
Accomodation: Hotel, Tent
Starting / Ending: Kathmandu
Transport : International flight & Private vehicle
Permits: Tibet Travel Permit
Season: Mar to May & Sep to Nov

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft. )

Flying into Kathmandu is a memorable experience with the Himalaya spread out. Timepass is so quickly, enjoying the views of marvelous Himalayan ranges along with the world's highest peak Mount Everest while being on this flight. The flight will land at (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport at 1350m after you will receive Nepal entry visa which can be obtained in advance or on entry and for the visa process at Kathmandu TIA, you will take around 45min, it depends on the number of people in a queue. For the Nepal entry visa information, have to visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. After you will exit from the gate, where you will see our company representative waiting for you withholding placard written with the company name. Company representative welcomes you by offering the holy Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. It takes around 30min to reach at Thamel from TIA via means of transportation. The scenes of Pashupatinath(sacred Hindu temple), city, full of various vehicles, peoples make our journey more enjoyable and amazing, then we reach the hotel and take rest. Thamel is full of restaurants, shopping centers, and good accommodation. Trek briefing and afterward invited to a host family for welcome dinner.
[Included meals: Welcome drink]
Overnight at hotel

Day 02-04: Free day at Kathmandu

On this day we will prepare our paper works and apply for Tibet visa, shopping and preparation for departure to the expedition. If you would like to explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu, you can do sightseeing tour on world's UNESCO Heritage sites or you can do 1hr Everest Mountain Flight tour or 3h30min Everest Helicopter tour or 1h30min Langtang Helicopter tour, rock climbing, etc.
[Included meals: bed and breakfast]
Overnight at hotel

Day 05: Scenic flight to Gonggar Airport (3570m/11712.6 ft.) of Tibet & drive to Lhasa (3650m/11975ft. ), 1hr 30min + 1hr drive

After having breakfast at the hotel, Kathmandu, we move toward Tribhuwan International Airport around 8 AM in the morning. We take 1hr 30min to land at Gonggar Airport of Tibet. Timepass is so quickly, enjoying views of marvelous Himalayan ranges along with the world's highest peak Mount Everest well-being on this flight. It takes around 1hr to reach Lhasa city from Gonggar Airport by means of transportation. The amazing scene of naked hills, the settlement at the bottom of fills, agriculture lands and full of crops makes the journey more enjoyable, then we reach the hotel and take rest. In Lhasa different kinds of foods are available. The rest of the day is free, you can either explore your own or our guide can assist you to visit some small temples close to your hotel.
[Included meals: Breakfast]
Overnight at hotel
Note: If he would like to extend 1 more day sightseeing tour in Tibet at Lhasa except the day 06 then he can do sightseeing tour on Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

Day 06: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa on Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & walk around Barkhor

In the morning, after having breakfast at the hotel, Lhasa, we visit the Potala Palace, the greatest monumental structure in all of Tibet. The Potala is 13 stories high and holds countless treasures in its many rooms. Built-in 637 AD, the Potala has been home to the Dalai Lama lineage for more than a thousand years. Also, visit the Jokhang Temple, the holiest temple in all of Tibet. From the rooftop, you will see pilgrims from all over Tibet prostrating in front of the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterward, walk through the Barkhor, a famous shopping street filled with goods and souvenirs from Tibet, Nepal, and India. Spend some time drinking sweet tea in a traditional tea house located on a rooftop overlooking the bustling Barkhor.
[Included meals: Breakfast]
Overnight at hotel

Day 07: Scenic drive to Shigatse (3900m/12795ft. ), 4hr drive

Today we will drive towards Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city. We drive along the banks of the Tsang Po river. The trail drives up-stream further to the southwest through barren desert-like valleys. We will visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the most prestigious Gelugpa monastery in Shigatse. The monastery is built in 1447, by the first Dalai Lama. You can explore the world’s largest future Buddha and do religious circumnavigation around white stupas and stroll in pencil-thin red alleys and visit the monks’ chanting room.
[Included meals: Breakfast]
Overnight at hotel

Day 08: Scenic drive to Tingri (4300m/140107ft. ), 7hr drive

We drive along the Friendship Highway to Tingri via Lhatse and Shegar filled with the panoramic views of Himalayan Massifs including Everest. Tingri is a small, gritty a town that is around a kilometer long, laid out along the sides of the road. Lying at an altitude of 4,300m, the most enchanting thing about the town is the ancient Shekar Dorje Dzong that lies above the town. The dzong houses the Shekar Chode Monastery, which was destroyed and is still in the process of restoration. Tingri is also notable for the excellent views of four of the highest mountains in the world, Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Cho Oyu, and Mount Makalu.
[Included meals: Breakfast]
Overnight at hotel

Day 09: Acclimatization

We will explore Tingri and its surroundings. The scenery is extremely beautiful with Shisha Bangma snow mountain on the right and Pekutso on the left. The journey to the highest plateau of the world offers the breathtaking panoramic beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Makalu(8464m), Mt. Lhotse(8516m), Mt. Cho Oyu(8201m) and Mt. Everest(8848m) & Mt. Xishapagma(8012m). From Tingri, we will enjoy the magnificence of Mt. Everest (8,848m).
[Included meals: Breakfast]
Overnight at hotel

Day 10: Scenic drive to Chinese Base Camp (5100m/16732ft. ), 5hr drive

We will further drive up to the Chinese Base Camp enjoying our interesting adventure. It offers great views of the surrounding Himalayan Giants, Everest, Cho Oyu, and Shishapangma. The trail drives further south involving a bumpy track before descending down to Cho Oyu.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 11-13: 3 Days Rest at Chinese Base Camp

Today we'll rest at Cho Oyu base Camp for acclimatization and make further preparations to move to Intermediate Base Camp. In the afternoon we load our equipment and gears on the yaks. The next day the yaks will carry our loads to the Intermediate base camp.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 14: Trek to Intermediate Camp (5400m/17716ft. ), 5hr walk

Today, from Base Camp we’ll trek to Advance Base Camp of Cho Oyu. The route will be followed by a train of yaks carrying the expedition’s supplies, we will trek up a long valley to Advance Base Camp.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 15: Trek to Advance Base Camp (5700m/18700ft. ), 4hr walk

On this day we’ll rest and hike around to acclimatize our body. Also, this is a time for conducting final gear checks and inspecting equipment. Our Sherpas guides will be establishing camps higher on the mountain in preparation for our climb rotations.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 16-36 Climbing period

The route from Advanced Base Camp climbs through moderate scree slopes to the shoulder at Camp 1 at 6,400m. After sleeping in C1 we return to Base Camp for a rest and begin our planning for the next climb to the higher camps. We return to the upper mountain, stopping in C1 and then climbing a steep step with a slow ambling rise to Camp 2 at 7,100m. After sleeping in C2 for several days we do another acclimatization climb up towards camp 3 before we return to Base Camp. Our last foray up the the mountain brings us to Camp 3 at around 7,500m. This will be our highest sleeping night in preparation for the summit push. On summit day we climb from our Camp 3, up through mixed terrain at an initial rock band that is fixed with a rope. The rock band consists of mixed rock and ice protected by fixed ropes and is a challenging first obstacle in the early morning, however, the route eases back from here. We continue over several moderate snow rolls to the summit plateau. We traverse for about 40 minutes across the broad plateau to the true summit of Cho Oyu at 8,201m.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 37: Retrace steps to base camp & scenic drive to Tingri (4300m/140107ft. )

From Advance Base Camp, we descend back following the same route to Cho Oyu Base Camp and scenic drive to Tingri.
[Included meals: Breakfast]
Overnight at hotel

Day 38: Scenic drive to Kerung(2700m/8858ft. ), 5hr drive

Early in the morning, we will enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Everest. We will drive through the dry and arid landscape of the Tibetan Plateau passing by Pekutso lake(4600M, a cobalt blue lake). The scenery is extremely beautiful with Shisha Bangma snow mountain on the right and Pekutso on the left. The journey to the highest plateau of the world offers the breathtaking panoramic beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Makalu(8464m), Mt. Lhotse(8516m), Mt. Cho Oyu(8201m) and Mt. Everest(8848m) & Mt. Xishapagma(8012m).
[Included meals: Breakfast]
Overnight at hotel

Day 39: Scenic drive to Kathmandu(1350m/4429ft. ), 7hr drive

After having our breakfast in the hotel at Kerung, we move towards driven to Kathmandu around 6 AM in the morning, we continue our journey and around 3hr drive-by means of transportation will bring us to the Rasuwagadhi(border of Nepal & Tibet), further 4hr of drive-through BoteKoshi River, some ups and downs hills drive on the road bring us to Trisuli Bazaar and finally, the last 3hr of the smooth drive will bring us to Kathmandu. We follow the Galchi and Pokhara road. We will get the opportunity to enjoy the views of Himalayan ranges, the amazing scenes of naked hills, settlements, agricultural land, full of various crops make our journey more enjoyable and exciting.
[Included meals: Bed & Breakfast]
Overnight at Hotel

Day 40: Final departure

A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle.
[Included meals: Breakfast]

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Ktm as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]

+ Sightseeing tour in Lhasa by professional Tibetan speaking government licensed guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance

+ Accommodation during the trek in a carefully selected hotel as per the itinerary

Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner/main course) during the camp

+ Flight from Kathmandu-Lhasa and drive from Kerung - Kathmandu

+ Tibet travel permit

+ Expedition Permit fee of Mt. Cho Oyu and Royalty

+ CE certified oxygen cylinders (6 x 4.3 lts. per member) with British top out mask and regulator

+ All rope fixing and icefall management charges in the Expedition

+ Complete camping setup with dining & kitchen tents, chairs and tables in Chinese Base Camp

Yaks & porters to advance base camp

+ Necessary shower and toilet tents, individual member tents

+ One each tent for member & Sherpa sharing in Camp

+ Solar panel/generator for light and battery charge in Base Camp

+ Duffel bag and trekking map (Duffel to be returned after trip completion)

+ First aid medical kit carried by the guide

+ Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes

+ Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu with the host family

 

Excluded Services

-  International Airfare and Tibet Visa Fee

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. For further more information, have to visit Nepal Immigration Department official website

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Heli Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Lunch & Dinner in Tibet

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, and boiled water as well as snacks, desserts, etc. during the trek

- Expenses by usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone and Internet

- Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, or personal climbing gears

- Rescue, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses of the member

Permits for walkie-talkies & filming if special camera

- Gratuity for Guide

- Hot shower, wifi, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather-related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs, etc

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt

Equipment

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring the following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality at a good price.

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. Incapacity or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.


Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. Sunglasses

3. Warm hat

4. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

5. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

6. An emergency light


Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves


Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm


Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket


Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp


Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.


Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius


Personal Medical Kit:

01. Bandage for sprains

02. Plasters/Band-aids

03. Iodine or water filters

04. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

05. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

06. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

07. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

08. Oral rehydration salts

09. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)


Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble


Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Useful Information

Tibet Visa and Travel Permit Information

All foreigners other than Chinese and Tibetan need to obtain Tibet visa and travel permit to enter the Tibet. Tibet travel permit is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau. Tourist cannot apply their travel permit themselves. Tibet Bureau only accept application from registered travel agencies like Global Holidays Adventure. Tibet permit or visa comes in paper, not in your passport.

(Note: It is very important that Tibet Travel permit and Tibet Visa is different. You can’t enter the Tibet just with Chinese Visa. Before entering Tibet you should obtain Tibet Travel permit.)

Require document for Tibet visa /Permit

  • At least six month valid clear scan copy of your passport.
  • Chinese visa copy by email (For those travelers who are entering Tibet from mainland China)
  • You have to fill up a form Chinese Embassy Kathmandu with your latest passport size of a picture. For those who are Travelling from Nepal. Global Holidays Adventure will manage it).

Tibet Tourism Bureau takes one week time to approve the travel Permit. Sometime it take more than a week so applying your Tibet permit before 15 days is safe way.

Diplomats Passport holders, journalists, professional media photographer and government officials are not able to issue their Tibet Travel permit through normal travel agencies. They are only able to get under the arrangement of foreign affairs. To ensure you receive the best service at an affordable price please contact us on: info@himalayansherpaadventure.com

Tibet Permit and Visa Fees:
American Passport Holders: Us $ 175 Per Person
Romanian Passport holders: Us $ 115 Per Person
Canadian Passport holders: Us $ 155 Per Person
Other Nationality: Us $ 85 Per Person

Duration

40 days

Season

Mar-May & Sept-Nov

Region

Tibet region

Grade

Medium to hard

Altitude

8188m

Walking

6hr drive

Accommodation

Hotel & Camping