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TibetExpeditions in TibetCho Oyu Expedition

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a staff / representative from Ang Rita Trek & Expedition as you come out at the airport after the immigration formalities. You will be transferred to a hotel. An orientation of the trip will be arranged at a convenient time.

Day 02 – 03: Tibet visa process and expedition preparation
We will apply for Tibet visa for the climbing members and the expedition staff at Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. We make the necessary preparation for the expedition, check the climbing equipments of the climbing members to ensure that the members have right and enough gears for the climbing.

Day 04 – 07: Drive to Cho Oyu base camp (4,900m.)
We depart from Kathmandu in the morning driving on Kodari highway passing old Newari town, Dhulikhel and then following the bank of Bhotekosi River  to Tatopani, Nepal – China boarder. After the immigration formalities at the border, we enter in China. As we drive we gradually gain altitude and stop in medieval looking towns and walk around and surrounding hills for acclimatization to cope with the altitude. We get fascinating views of great Himalayas, Everest, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma while driving on the high Tibetan Plateau. We arrive at Cho Oyu base at 4,900m. just below the Jabula glacier.

Day 08 – 09: Rest at base camp
We rest at the base camp for acclimatization. Loads will be arranged for the yaks and other preparation is made to move to the advance base camp.

Day 10 – 11: Move to advance base camp (5,600m.)
We trek to the intermediate camp on the first day and next day to the advance base camp. The trek is beautiful walking on the moraines. There will be no snow on the trail and no climbing will be required, it will be simply hiking which is accomplishable by any average hikers. The trek is near the Nagpa La, the ancient route which Tibetans use to trade their goods in Namche. There are magnificent views of snow capped peaks while trekking to advance base camp.

Day 12 – 32: Climbing.
From advance base camp we walk over the moraines, crosses a flattish glacier and then hill with loose scree and stones to camp I which is located in a saddle at 6,400m. The hiking to the camp I is better accomplished by good hiking boots. As we climb the ridges broadens out and the route follows the northwest ridge which opens out onto the northwest face of the mountain. The difficult section is the ice cliff with vertical of 50 – 70 degrees. Camp II is located at the large plateau at an altitude of 7,000m.

From camp II we climb more gentle snow slopes and another headwall at about 30 – 50 degrees to camp III which is located on a flat space of the northwest ridge face at 7,450m. Summit is pushed from this camp. We climb through a few small easy rock steps. We further climb on the intermediate snow slopes crossing though rock bands to the summit ridge and then ultimately to the flat snow, the summit. We will have the spectacular views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Amadablam, Khumbu valley and the great Tibetan plateau. We retrace to lower camp and finally to the advance base camp.

Day 33: Return to base camp
We return to base camp. The yaks carry our loads to the base camp.

Day 34 – 35: Drive back to Kathmandu.
We leave the base camp and drive to Zhangmu, the town at the border between China and Nepal. After the official formalities at the immigration at the border, we drive back to Kathmandu. You check-in the hotel and farewell dinner will be arranged in the evening.

Day 36: Airport Transfer
We transfer you to the airport for you to fly home.

Expedition Group Size

We organize expedition on Cho Oyu for any number of people above at least two pax. The cost of the expedition for the logistic support and the guided expedition will be high if the group consists of less than four climbing members.

Experience and Health Requirements

Cho Oyu is one of the popular mountains and the climbing is moderately technical with high success rates. Weather and snow condition play vital role for the success of climbing on Cho Oyu. The climbers must have prior experience of rock and ice climbing. As it is a 8,000m. peak, the climbers must feel comfortable with ascending and descending on the fixed lines along the steep technical snow slops and ridges. .It is highly recommended for the climbing members to consult with the doctors before coming for the expedition. Members who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution during the expedition.

Travel Insurance

Climbing members need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents.  Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the climbers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Ang Rita Trek will have accident insurance for the expedition staff.


Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the expedition in Kathmandu. Accommodation en route to the base camp in Tibet will be arranged at guest houses on full board. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at tents with fully equipped camping arrangement.


Members are provided with three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking to base camp. Our trained and experienced expedition cook prepares varieties of fresh and nutritious food from local to continental, Chinese, Indian food at the base camp during the expedition. Our cook will make sure that the members get high energy food required for the climbing. The meals en route in Tibet will be served at the restaurants and it will be mainly Chinese food.

Base Camp Arrangement

We arrange fully equipped base camp setting including spacious dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, member tents, chairs, tables, kitchen equipments including all cooking and catering utensils.   We provide individual member tents at the base camp with mattress for comfort of the members. We provide high tents as required to use above base camp if the arrangement is made for the group for the guided expedition.  Our trained and experienced expedition cook prepares varieties of fresh and nutritious food from local to continental, Chinese, Indian food at the base camp during the expedition. Our cook will make sure that the members get high energy food required for the climbing.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing and climbing gears are necessary for trekking and expedition While choosing the equipment we need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking and climbing gears that you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain.


1. Two sets polyprop shirts.
2. Two sets light weight shirts.
3. One heavy weight shirt.
4. One fleece jacket.
5. One wind jacket.
6. One  down jacket.
7. One pair down pants.
8. One pair light weight trousers.
9. One pair heavy weight trousers.
10. One pair fleece trousers.
11. One pair of wind pants.
12. Two sets polprop longjohns.
13. Underwear.
14. One pair shorts.
15. Two pairs light weight gloves.
16. One pair heavy mitts.
17. One pair down mits.
18. One pair ski gloves.
19. One sun hat.
20. One heavy weight warm hat.
21. One head band.
22. Four pairs light weight walking socks.
23. Six pairs climbing socks.


1. One pair plastic climbing boots.
2. One pair sport boots.
3. One pair gaiters.
4. One pair super gaiters.

Climbing Equipment

1. Harness.
2. Two plain karabiners.
3. Two screw lock karabiners.
4. One descender .
5. One pairs ascenders.
6. Two tape slings.
7. One ice axe.
8. One pair of crampons.
9. One head-lamp with spare bulbs.
10. One pocket knife.
11. A pair of sun glasses.
12. One pair ski goggles.
13. One pee bottle.
14. A large pack.
15. A day pack


1. Two sleeping bags ( one for Base Camp and other for high camps).
2. One foam mat.


1. Camera.
2. One repair kit.
3. One personal first aid kit.
4. Two sun and lip creams.
5. Two water bottles.
6. Head lamp batteries.

Trek and Climbing Leader(s) and Staff

Most of the leaders who lead climbing on Cho Oyu through Ang Rita Trek are the Sherpas from Khumbu region. Their in-depth knowledge about local culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality contribute to the success of the trip. Although our Sherpa leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. All climbing guides of Ang Rita Trek  are locally employed and are mostly trained by legendary Everest hero, Mr. Ang Rita Sherpa who climbed Everest for ten times without supplemental oxygen. All our climbing guides have gained extensive experience by successfully summiting Everest and other mountains. Safety is the prime concern in the expedition and all our climbing Sherpas give high priority for the safe climbing.

Climbing Season

The best season for climbing Cho Oyu is from mid August till the end of September in post monsoon season and from April to end of May in the spring season. Post monsoon season is the favorite season for climbing Cho Oyu compared to spring season.

Departures Cost
September 1, 2016 US $ 9400. Per person inquiry
Cost Includes
  1. Tibet visa and expedition permit
  2. Peak fee and administrative fee
  3. Three yak porters per member from BC to ABC and two yak porters from ABC to BC
  4. Nepalese Sherpa cook and kitchen boy at BC and ABC
  5. Food and fuel at the BC & ABC
  6. Dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, member tent, mattress, tables, chairs at BC & ABC
  7. Equipment allowance, daily allowance, insurance, food and tents for cook and kitchen boy
  8. Equipment allowance, daily allowance, insurance, food and lodging for the liaison officer and the interpreter
  9. High way and conservation charges
  10. Land transportation in Nepal and Tibet
  11. All accommodation on full board basis en route in Tibet
  12. Accommodation in Kathmandu at hotel on twin sharing on BB plan before and after the expedition
  13. Oxygen, mask & regulator at ABC for emergency ( needs to pay if used )
  14. Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes
  1. Nepal re-entry visa fee
  2. Climbing equipment, food and fuel above ABC
  3. Emergency evacuation
  4. Personal accident insurance
  5. Other expenses of personal nature such as: drinks, laundry, telephone call etc.

Trip Price

USD 9400 Per Person*

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Trip facts

  • Trip Area:: Tibet Region
  • Maximum Altitude:: 8201m.
  • Trip Duration:: 36 Days
  • Difficulty Level:: Difficult
  • Best Time:: April – May, August - September
  • Trip Mode:: Camping
  • Trip Highlights:: A popular 8000m. peak for straight forward climbing with minimal objective danger and high rate of successful ascents. Easy access to the base camp and comparatively short period for climbing.

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