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Cho Oyu Expedition (North)

"Cho Oyu Expedition: North Route 8,188m."



45 Days


  • 44 BreakFast
  • 43 Lunch
  • 43 Dinner


  • Hotel accommodation + Camping


Starts at





Moderate to Adventurous

Group Size

Group Joining


8201 m



Optimal Season

Spring and Autumn



Daily Activity

peak climbing

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Salbin Basnet

Kathmandu, Nepal +977 9851102825


Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world, standing at an elevation of 8,188 meters (26,864 feet). The North route, accessed from Tibet, offers mountaineers an opportunity to summit one of the coveted 8,000-meter peaks and experience the thrill of high-altitude climbing.


Cho Oyu was first summited on October 19, 1954, by an Austrian expedition led by Herbert Tichy, along with Pasang Dawa Lama and Sepp Jochler. Since then, it has become a popular destination for climbers aiming to reach the top of an 8,000-meter peak.

Rules and Permits:

As Cho Oyu is located in Tibet, climbers need to obtain permits from the Chinese government and organize the expedition through an authorized operator. It is essential to follow the local regulations and respect the customs and traditions of the region.

Trip Highlights:

  • Technical Challenge: The North route of Cho Oyu presents challenging technical sections, including steep slopes and icy terrain, making it a thrilling and demanding climb.
  • Panoramic Views: The summit offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the Himalayan range, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.
  • Cultural Experience: Experience the unique Tibetan culture and interact with the warm and welcoming locals, gaining insights into their traditional way of life.
  • High Camps and Acclimatization: Set up high camps at strategic locations to acclimatize to the altitude and prepare for the summit push.
  • Less Crowded Route: Compared to other 8,000-meter peaks, the North route of Cho Oyu is generally less crowded, providing a more serene and intimate climbing experience.

Local Culture and Traditions:

The region around Cho Oyu is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Local communities hold deep religious beliefs, and monasteries play a significant role in spiritual life. Climbers may encounter religious sites and rituals during their journey, and it is essential to respect the local customs and traditions.

Please Note: The information provided is based on knowledge up to September 2021. Before planning a Cho Oyu Expedition (North), climbers should verify the latest regulations, permit requirements, and expedition details with authorized operators. Additionally, cultural sensitivity and adherence to safety guidelines are crucial while embarking on this challenging and rewarding adventure.

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  • Majestic Summit: Reach the sixth highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyu, standing at 8,188 meters, and experience the elation of standing on top of an 8,000-meter peak.
  • North Route Challenge: Conquer the technical challenges of the North route, including steep slopes and icy terrain, making it a thrilling and rewarding ascent
  • Stunning Panoramic Views: Enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding Himalayan range, with iconic peaks like Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu in sight.
  • Unique Cultural Experience: Immerse in the rich Tibetan culture and interact with friendly locals, gaining insights into their traditional way of life and customs.
  • Remote Wilderness: Experience the untouched and serene landscapes of Tibet, with vast glaciers, dramatic ridgelines, and impressive ice formations.
  • Less Crowded Route: Enjoy a more peaceful climbing experience compared to other crowded 8,000-meter peaks, with fewer teams attempting the North route.
  • High Camps and Acclimatization: Ascend through well-established high camps for proper acclimatization, increasing chances of a successful summit bid.
  • Expert Guiding and Support: Benefit from experienced guides and Sherpas who provide vital support, guidance, and knowledge during the expedition.
  • Personal Achievement: Challenge yourself physically and mentally, achieving a remarkable personal milestone by reaching the summit of Cho Oyu.
  • Adventurous Journey: Embark on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and exploration, pushing your limits in one of the world's most incredible mountain environments. Please note that the Cho Oyu Expedition (North) is a demanding and high-altitude undertaking that requires thorough preparation, proper training, and partnering with experienced expedition operators. Safety should always be the top priority, and climbers should adhere to cultural sensitivity while exploring the unique landscapes and cultures of Tibet.


  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from International Airport.
  • 5 nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on BB Plan as per category.
  • Kathmandu-Kyarung-Kathmandu transfer for logistics and staffs.
  • Tibet travel visa and permit for climbing member and involved staffs.
  • Cho Oyu climbing permit with Chinese Government Royalty (U$7500 per person).
  • Tibetan official Liaison officer for Cho-Oyu Expedition fully paid.
  • Kyarung-Tingri -Chinese Base Camp and all accommodation and transportation (BB Plan).
  • All camping equipment in Chinese Base camp and Advance Base Camp.
  • Food during expedition period for expedition members and staff cooked by our cook.
  • 1:1 experienced climbing Sherpa guide and base camp staffs sharing with team.
  • Cargo and duties clearing assistance service in Kyarung border.
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group.
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent in the ABC.
  • Insurance, wages, meal allowances for private Sherpa and sharing base camp staffs·
  • Icefall charges and all tent for camp 1, 2, 3 sharing with private Sherpa·
  • High altitude food for Sherpa and climbing member.
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mountain.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and Government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure assistance services (if necessary).
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Snowy Dream World Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.).
  • Our service Charges


  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Lunch and Dinner during your travel period in Tibet (Except camp site).
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips etc.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of any communication means.
  • Clothing, packing Items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking/climbing gears.
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations etc.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Oxygen bottles, mask and regulators as per demand.
  • Medical-travel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Airfare of international and domestic flights.
  • Nepal entry or re-entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival).
  • Icefall garbage deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Nepal custom duty fees for import of expedition goods.
  • Emergency/Rescue/Early Jeep cost (US$ 1200 approximately).
  • Summit bonus for the climbing Sherpa (US$ 1000.00 is minimum base.)
  • Tips for Base Camp Staffs shall be mandatory minimum US$ 200.00 per member.
  • Any other item not included in “The cost includes” Section.

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