Mt. Cho-Oyu Expedition 2020

Trip Overview

Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m-26,899ft) is the 6th highest peak in the world (8201 meters) and is part of the Greater Himalaya, located on the Tibet and Nepal border. Cho-Oyu means the “Turquoise God” in Tibetan. The mountain was first climbed on October 19, 1954, via the north-west ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler and SherpaPasang Dawa Lama of an Austrian expedition.

The normal climbing route is via the North West ridge and the peak is a technically easier peak than most other “8000ers,” It is a highly recommended for those who wish to extend their climbing experience to extreme altitudes or as a stepping-stone to an attempt on Everest. The route is of a reasonable difficulty, with few technical sections and the route has limited objective dangers as compared to other 8,000-meter peaks.

Expedition Schedule

24 Aug - 04 Oct, 2020

Trip facts


42 Days







Climbing route

North West Ridge normal route

Entry - exit

Lhasa - Kyirong



Grade V


  • Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel.
  • Day 2-3: In Kathmandu for Tibet visa processing.
  • Day 4: Fly Kathmandu Lhasa (3650m-11680ft), transfer to Hotel.
  • Day 5: Lhasa: Sightseeing.
  • Day 6: Drive to Shigatse (3900m-12480ft)- O/N Hotel.
  • Day 7: Drive to Thingri (4350m-13,920ft)- O/N Hotel.
  • Day 8: Rest day in Thingri for acclimatization.
  • Day 9: Drive to Cho-Oyu BC(4900m-16,072ft).
  • Day 10-11: At BC to acclimatize and preparing loads to ABC.
  • Day 12: Trek to Intermediate camp (5400m-17,712ft).
  • Day 13: Arrive at ABC (5600m-18,368ft).
  • Day 14-15: At ABC for puja ceremony, acclimatization and climbing preparations.
  • Day 16-37: Climbing period.
  • Day 38: Trek to BC and drive to Thingri.
  • Day 39: Drive to Kyirong border 2700m-8856ft)- O/N Hotel.
  • Day 40: Short drive to the Nepal-Tibet border and drive to Kathmandu.
  • Day 41: In Kathmandu.
  • Day 42: International departure.



Cost includes

  • Mt. Cho-Oyu peak permit fee. Tibet visa fee.
  • Transfer airport-hotel-airport in Kathmandu and Lhasa.
  • Airfare Kathmandu-Lhasa one way.
  • 3 star hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu for 5 nights.
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lhasa, Shigatse ,Thingri and Kyirong on room sharing basis.
  • Sightseeing in Lhasa with guide and transportation.
  • Welcome group dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Member’s personal luggage transfer from BC - ABC - BC.
  • Kitchen equipment, kitchen tent, dining tent with heater, toilet tent, shower tent, chairs & tables.
  • Solar panel at ABC for light and charging small electronics. (Mobile phones, amateur digital cameras and handheld video cameras).
  • Food and fuel at BC-ABC during expedition.
  • Spacious single tent with insulated floor and mattress for each member at BC-ABC.
  • Services of one high altitude Sherpa between 2 climbers to carry all food and gear to higher camps. Also assist the member during climb and summit attempt.
  • Climbing Sherpa climbing and summit bonuses.
  • Insurance for climbing Sherpa including evacuation, hospitalization, medical and life insurance.
  • High altitude tents, food and fuel for all members and climbing Sherpas.
  • Common climbing equipment (Required rope, ice bar, ice screw, etc) fees for rope fixing.
  • 2 oxygen bottles (4Lts) per climber and 1 oxygen bottle for Sherpa with mask and regulator (For use only).
  • Walkie-talkie for each member and Sherpa partnered team.
  • Services of Nepalese cook and kitchen boy.
  • Equipment allowances, daily wages, food and tents for cook, kitchen boy and Chinese Liaison Officer.
  • Insurance of cook, kitchen boy, Liaison officer and porters including emergency evacuation, hospitalization, medical and life insurance.
  • Satellite phone for emergency available at ABC.
  • High way and conservation charges. Garbage deposit fee.
  • Welcome group dinner in Kathmandu.

Cost does not include

  • International flights.
  • Meals at the hotel/lodges in Kathmandu and in Tibet. Personal climbing gears.
  • Personal calls made through satellite phone subject to charges at US$ 3 per minute.
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage.
  • Applicable permit fees and customs charges, etc. for SAT phone US$ 1000.00, communication equipment and commercial filming US$ 20,000.00 payable to CTMA.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone and Email, etc.
  • Applicable customs duty and import license fees for all expedition goods arriving in Nepal as air/road cargo.
  • Personal solar pack for charging heavy electronics (laptops, professional camera batteries etc).
  • Tips/gratitude for cooks and climbing Sherpa at the end of the trip.

Trip Grades

Grade I

  • Easy to moderate hiking and trekking
  • Light packs (10kg)
  • Elevations often below 2500m
  • Easy terrain
  • Trek duration less than a week in high altitude

Grade II

  • Moderate to strenuous trekking
  • May require carrying bag pack (10kg)
  • Elevations from 2500m to 5500m
  • Moderate terrain
  • Nights are spent in lodge or tents
  • Trek duration of two weeks in high altitude

Grade III

  • Moderate to strenuous trekking
  • May require carrying bag packs (12)
  • Elevations from 2800m to 5500m
  • Moderate to intermediate terrain with short scrambling and descent on moraine/scree sections
  • Nights are spent in tents or lodge
  • Three high passes above 4500m
  • May involve travel to remote areas
  • Trek duration up to three weeks
  • Average of six hours trek per day

    Grade IV

    • Strenuous trekking and climbing
    • May require carrying bag packs (12)
    • Elevations from 2800m to 5500m
    • Moderate to intermediate terrain with short scrambling and descent on moraine/scree sections
    • Terrain might be snow or ice or rock or all mixed including glaciers
    • Few nights are spent in tent at high altitude during peak ascent
    • Nights are spent in tents or lodge
    • Involves travel in remote areas
    • Trek duration of two to three weeks
    • Includes several high passes trek and 6000m peak ascent
    • Minimum seven hours of average trek per day

    Grade V

    • Strenuous climbing
    • May require carrying bag packs (15kg)
    • High or extreme altitude with elevation above 7000m
    • Intermediate to advance terrain
    • Nights are spent in tents
    • Moderate to extreme glacier travel is involved
    • Travel in remote areas
    • Usually expedition duration above four weeks

    Keshar Mahal, Thamel-26, Kathmandu, Nepal

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