Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Cost for 2023
Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Cost for 2023
Mount Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world with an altitude of 8201 metres above sea level. Mt Cho Oyu lies in the Himalayas, 20 kilometres to the west of Mount Everest, in the border between Nepal and Tibet, above the famous Nangpa-La pass with an altitude of 5,716 metres. This glaciated pass serves as the main trading route between the Tibetans and the Sherpas of Khumbu. This mountain was first climbed on 19 October 1954 via the north-west ridge by an Austrian expedition naming it the fifth 8000 metres peak to be climbed, after Annapurna I in June 1950, Mount Everest in May 1953, Nanga Parbat in July 1953 and K2 in July 1954. Mount Cho-Oyu is a most accessible eight-thousand mountain with a straightforward climbing from the Tibetan side, an excellent Mountain for climbers willing to scale their first 8,000 metres peak.
Once we arrive at Kathmandu, we require to stay three days for the Tibet visa procedure with our original passport in the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. At the same time, we make sightseeing tours in its medieval villages, rest and make necessary preparations. We then take a direct flight to Lhasa (or else drive in via Kyirong and visit Lhasa at the end of the expedition). Some days will be spent in Lhasa visiting the main sacred places (Potala, Jokhang and the three great monasteries: Drepung, Sera and Ganden). On the way to Cho-Oyu, we stop at major towns (Gyantse and Shigatse) and visit the monasteries including the Sakya before approaching the Cho-Oyu base camp through Tingri, an old Tibetan settlement with typical clustered Tibetan styled housing at the foot of the small hillock. A short exploration in the village can expose us to a typical remote Tibetan lifestyle and acclimatize ourselves. Right from the roadside of Tingri, we can see Mt. Everest, Makalu, Gyan Kung and Mount Cho Oyu. From Dirngri we’ll enjoy an easy 5-day acclimatizing trek to reach the Cho-Oyu base camp where we will enjoy 22 days of climbing to get on top of the mount Cho Oyu, which is 8.201 meters high from sea level. The climbing and cooking staff will be experienced Sherpa staff from Nepal.
Expedition period: 41 Days
The world’s 6th Highest Mountain
Season: September – October, April- May
Route: Via Tibet
- Mount Cho-Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world with an altitude of 8201 metres above sea level
- Mount Cho-Oyu is a most accessible eight-thousand mountain with a straightforward climbing from the Tibetan side
- Mount Cho-Oyu is an excellent Mountain for climbers willing to scale their first 8,000 metres peak
- Mount Cho-Oyu expedition trip includes the visits of Kathmandu, Lhasa, Shigatse and Sakya.
- The total length of the trip: 41 days from arrival to the day of departure
- Number of the night in Kathmandu: 5-nights / visit UNESCO sites
- Number of the night in Lhasa: 3-nights / visit UNESCO sites
- Number of days to ascent Cho-Oyu: 22 days
- Expedition starting point: Arrive to Kathmandu, take a flight to Lhasa and drive to BC
- Expedition ending point: Drive to Kyirong (Tibet-Nepal border and drive to Kathmandu
- Highest elevation achievement: 8,201 metres summit of Mount Cho-Oyu
- Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, hotel on full board Tibet Part, expedition in a tented camp on a full board basis.
- Meals: Hotel meals while in the Hotel and each day a wide variety of complete meal will be prepared and served by our cook and kitchen staff while in the expedition.
- Trip grade:strenuous
- Best season to Climb: Autumn (from the end of August to the mid of November)
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m.
DAY 02: VISIT SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / PATAN / BASANTAPUR / ASHON
DAY 03: VISIT PASUPATINATH TEMPLE / BHAKTAPUR CITY
DAY 04: KATHMANDU / LHASA (BY FLIGHT) / DRIVE TO LHASA 3,650m. - 90KM
DAY 05: IN LHASA
DAY 06: IN LHASA
DAY 07: LHASA / YAMDROK 4,488m. / GYANTSE / SHIGATSE 3,900M/355KM
DAY 08: SHIGATSE - SAKYA - SHEGAR 4350m/360KM
Day 09: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
Day 10: DRIVE TO CHINESE BASE CAMP 4900M.
Day 11: ANOTHER ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
Day 12-13: TREK TO CHO-OYU BASE CAMP
Day 14: REST AND PREPARATION AT CHO-OYU BASE CAMP 5,600M.
Day 15 to 36: ACCENT OF MOUNT CHO-OYU
Day 37: TREK TO CHINESE BASECAMP
DAY 38: DRIVE TO KYIRONG 2,700m.
DAY 39: KYIRONG / KATHMANDU – 156KM.
DAY 40: REST DAY IN KATHMANDU – 156KM.
DAY 41: DEPARTURE
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m.Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport (TIA) to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will update you about the necessary formalities for your proposed trek. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of either visiting nearby shrines or rest back in your room.
DAY 02: VISIT SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / PATAN / BASANTAPUR / ASHONAfter breakfast, we'll drive to Swayambhunath. Located on a lovely little hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the fascinating architectural jewels of the country. This Buddhist shrine is said to build around 250 b.c. The white dome, the main feature of the Stupa, is identified with the spotless, pure jewel of Nirvana, and is crowned by a thirteen-tiered golden spire of conical shape. On the cube at the base of the spire is a pair of the Buddha's all-seeing eyes, painted on all four sides. The Stupa stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base, believed to have surfaced (self-originated) years ago from the lake that initially filled the Kathmandu Valley.
From the hilltop one can enjoy a panorama of Kathmandu and the rest of the Valley. A long stairway reaches the Stupa up the wooded hillside and past statues of the Buddha. But watch out for the monkeys! At the top, you'll see devotees making rounds of the Stupa, spinning the praying wheels as they go around and around.
Other significant things to be seen here is a magnificent two-tiered golden temple of Harati, the grandmother deity of children and smallpox, believed to be an Ogress until later converted into Buddhist and to be a great caretaker of the children. Next to the temple is the Dewa Dharma Monastery, noted for a bronze icon of Buddha and traditional Tibetan paintings, destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and reconstructed.
The huge gold-plated Vajra, set on the Dharmadhatu mandala at the side of the Stupa, the priestly symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism, is worth a close look.
Then we'll head on to Patan. Patan, located at a distance of 7-kilometres, was once an independent Buddhist city-state, and a rival of Kathmandu, from which it separated by the Bagmati River. It is also called Lalitpur, literally the City of the Arts. The old centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Patan boasts a multitude of temples and wonders of art in and around its Durbar Square (Palace square). We'll visit the Royal Palace, which occupies one side of the square, where works of art in every piece of wood, stone, and metal are in the exhibit in the open air. We also visit the temple of Krishna, the temple of Jagat Narayan, the Golden Temple and the Temple of Thousands Buddha, among other sites.
At around the end of the tour, we'll also visit the Museum of Patan, located inside the medieval Palace, is a must for anyone interested in Asian Art, history of Nepal, curatorial science, or religion. It is a world-class museum that displays the traditional sacred art of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. Its home is an old residential part of Patan Durbar, one of the royal palaces of Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. The gilded door and window face one of the most beautiful squares in the country.
The museum also exhibits a long span of Nepal's cultural history and some rare objects. Buddhism and Hinduism are explained in detail in extensive labels within the living traditions and context.
In the evening we'll visit Basantapur, Kathmandu Durbar Square, the old palace complex exhibits the multitude of temples and palaces. The main attractions are the Gaddi Baithak Durbar, a Palace constructed in the Rana style in 1908, Basantapur Durbar, the main building of the old Royal Palace, Kumari Chowk, the residence of the Living Goddess and Kumari Bahal, where the family of Kumari resides.
Some two hundred years ago, a Western visitor wrote that there were as many temples as there were houses and many idols as there were people, in the city. Indeed, Kathmandu boasts one of the largest assemblages of magnificent historical monuments and shrines ever built. Duly recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of the city. Locally, it is also called Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square. The fascinating part of this Palace complex is the towering Nine Storey Palace, overlooking the beautiful cityscape and the vast Basantapur Square. In 1768 A.D., King Prithivi Narayan Shah built a mansion to commemorate his conquest of the Valley is known for intricately carved wooden doors, roof struts and massive lattice windows full of mythical figures.
Finalize the tour and exit through Ason Bazaar, an old city centre and market, where one can see and experience a bit of what the Nepalese use in their daily life. The walk takes us to the hotel.
DAY 03: VISIT PASUPATINATH TEMPLE / BHAKTAPUR CITYAfter breakfast we'll set off to Pashupatinath temple, considered one of the holiest of Hindu shrines. Pasupathi has remained the presiding deity of all Hindu Nepalese royalty. The precinct occupies an area of 281 hectares. The main temple, displaying a golden tiled roof is off-limits to non-Hindus. To view the main temple and one of its few main gates you'll have to cross the river and climb steps to the terrace lying opposite. Along the way, you may come across Hindu sadhus and Santas there on a pilgrimage. These ghats (cremation group) along the Bagmati River are where the bodies of recently deceased Hindus of the Valley cremated.
The trip takes us on to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur, located about 15-kilometres east of Kathmandu, is the third major city of the Valley. Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon, literally "the City of Devotees", is truly a living museum. There is the 55-windowed Royal Palace, the temple of Taleju, the Palace of the Kumari, the temple of Pasupathi, the main square of Taumadhi Tole, Nyatapola (the temple of the Five Pagoda Roofs, the tallest such in all of Nepal), the temple of Akash Bhairab (the second most important temple of Bhadgaon). We will also visit the square of Dha Hateya and the Square of the Potters. UNESCO recognizes Bhaktapur as a World Heritage Site. Finalize the tour and drive back to Kathmandu.
DAY 04: KATHMANDU / LHASA (BY FLIGHT) / DRIVE TO LHASA 3,650m. - 90KMTransfer to the airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa on China Southwest Airlines. This one-hour trans-Himalayan flight will allow you to have an aerial view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks. We'll arrive at Gonggar airport at around 1.30 p.m., local time. After clearing immigration and customs, it will be a one hour drive to cover the 90 Kilometres to Lhasa. Arrive at Lhasa and check into your hotel. The rest of the time is in leisure for acclimatization.
Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, is located between 290 36'N and 190 06'E at the north bank of Kyichu river, a tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo river, at an altitude of 3650 meters above the sea level. The Lhasa has a history of more than 1300 years and has been the centre of politics, economy, culture, and religion in Tibet since ancient times. "Lhasa" in Tibetan means "the land of Gods". In Lhasa, there is a plentiful of scenic spots and historical attractions, among which Potala Palace, a thirteen-story, 1000 room Palace of the Dalai Lama, Norbulingka, the summer Palace of the Dalai Lama, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, the holiest shrine of Tibet, and the famous Ramoche temple.
DAY 05: IN LHASABreakfast and pay a visit to the Jokhang Temple, situated in the centre of the old section of Lhasa called Barkhor, was built in the mid-7thcentury AD. It was extended later by successive rulers and has now become a gigantic architecture complex. Located in the east, and facing the west, Jokhang is a four-storeyed temple with splendid golden roofs. Its architecture features art from the Tang Dynasty but also assimilated many features from both Nepalese and Indian Buddhist temples. The murals in the temple depict the life stories of historical and religious characters. The temple houses many ancient relics, including statues of King Shrongtsen Gompo, Princess Wencheng, Princess Brikuti Devi (Nepalese). Princess willow (a tree), and the Uncle–nephew Alliance Tablet. Jokhang is Tibet's spiritual centre and the holiest destination for Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims. It contained a sitting statue of Sakyamuni when he was 12 years old.
We then continue to Potala Palace, one of the most famous architectural works of the Tibetan World, which sits on top of the red hills in Lhasa. It was built in the 7th century after the Tibetan King Shrongtsen Gampo married Princess Wencheng of the Tang court. The Palace was built to provide a court with a place of worship and meditation. In the mid 17th century, it was rebuilt by the 5th Dalai Lama to its present size and became the winter Palace of the Dalai Lamas. The construction took fifty years from beginning to completion.
The Potala Palace is divided into two sections, namely, the red Palace and White Palace. The total height of the Potala is 117 meters spanning thirteen stories. The length of the Palace from east to west is 400 meters, and the breadth from south to north is 350 meters. The building was constructed with stone and timber with golden roofs. It is a majestic architectural masterpiece.
In the evening we visit Barkhor Street, the holiest pilgrimage site in Lhasa, with innumerable shops, and wayside peddlers intermingle with devotees walking clockwise around the Jokhang. There are four huge prayer flags in each corner of Bhakor square, known respectively as Gadhen Dharchen in the northeast, Juyak Dharchen in the west, Kelsang Dharchen in the southwest and Shar Kyaring Dharchen in the southeast. An evening walk (Kora) around the Jokhang Temple, together with the Tibetan pilgrims is a lifetime experience.
DAY 06: IN LHASAToday we will visit the Drepung Monastery, situated on the slope of Wuze Hill, five kilometres northwest of Lhasa. It was built in 1416 and is the largest of the monasteries of the Gelugpa sect. It covers an area of 250,000 square meters. In its heyday, it had more than 10,000 monks. After Drepung, we will visit the Sera monastery, founded in 1419, was the second Gelug monastery of Lhasa and once had 7,000 monks. Its main statue is of Hayagriva, the Horse-headed (protector of the Dharma).
DAY 07: LHASA / YAMDROK 4,488m. / GYANTSE / SHIGATSE 3,900M/355KMWe depart from Lhasa early in the morning. On the way, we'll see the Yamdrok holy lake, Nyochen Kansang, and its glaciers and Kumbum Chorten in Gyantse. Yamdrok Lake is one of the biggest and beautiful lakes in Tibet. We pass by this lake with about a 2 hours’ drive along its bank. Yamdrok means turquoise in blue during good weather days. This freshwater lake, unlike other Tibetan lakes, is sweet and non-saline, extending for 624 sq.km., in the shape of two pincers of a large scorpion. You can have a short stop at its bank and enjoy photography here.
After a short drive, we reach Nagartse, our lunch place. After lunch, we continue the journey through a narrow valley and cross the Nyochen Kansang mountain, a lovely area. We stop here for essential photography and continue toward Gyantse, a small Tibetan town between a monastery and fort and rich in agriculture and famous for its wool, carpets and its Kumbum stupa monastery.
In Gyantse, we visit the Kubum Stupa and Palchoe monastery. Phalkor Choide Chorten with a unique structure, built-in 1414, in collaboration with Newari artists from Nepal & Tibetan artists, with nine stories, 108 doors and 77 chapels containing clay sculptures and various murals. The pagoda is said to have 100,000 images, either sculptured or painted, the reason for its name "100,000 Image Pagoda". It is topped by thirteen rings, which symbolize the stages of advancement towards Buddhahood. There are 108 halls inside, each with frescoes and Buddha Shrines. Just to the next the Phalkor Monastery founded by Kedup Je of the Gelugpa sect and Rabten Kunsang of Sakyapa sect in 1418, the Phalkor Monastery has a special influence over Tibet's Buddhism owing to its unification of three different sects, the Gelugpa, the Sakyapa and Bhuton sects, in a single monastery.
After the visit, we continue the drive to Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest city, located 355 kilometres west of Lhasa. This town lies between 290 02 'N and 880 08'E in the southwest of the Tibet Autonomous Region where the Nyangchu river joins the Yarlung Tsangpo river. Shigatse is the centre of transportation and distribution of agriculture and husbandry products from the southeast part of Tibet. Shigatse in Tibet means the "Estate that fulfils one's wishes." Arrive at Shigatse and check into the hotel.
DAY 08: SHIGATSE - SAKYA - SHEGAR 4350m/360KMIn the morning we visit its famous Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is the biggest Gelugpa monastery in the Tsang region of Tibet. It is located in the town of Shigatse and was founded by Gedun Drup, a disciple of Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelugpa sect. Gedun Drup is recognized as the first Dalai Lama. It was first built in 1447 and continuously expanded by the successive Panchen Lamas. The most amazing image in this monastery is the statue of the giant Maitreya (Future Buddha) erected by the 9th Panchen Lama in 1914. It took four years to build this monumental statue which stands twenty-six meters high and is composed of 275 kg of solid gold, and a great number of precious things such as pearls, turquoise, coral and amber. The 4th Panchen Lama's funeral stupa was built in 1662, and it stands eleven meters high and is covered in solid gold and silver.
Finalize with the visit and start the journey of the day. Today we will visit one of the most valuable monasteries of Tibet, the Sakya Monastery. Sakya monastery is one of the most important historical sites of Tsang. Highlights the peculiar colour of the buildings, painted in ash grey with red and white vertical stripes to symbolize the trinity of Sakya, the Manjushree, Avalokiteshvara and Vajradhara. Its main claims are its northern and southern monasteries, located on both banks of the Trum-Chu (river).
Today there are only ruins in the northern monastery. The Southern Monastery was built in 1268 as a fortress and surrounded by a moat. They have a collection of numerous writings, murals of the Yuan dynasty, more than 3,000 Thangkas (tapestry or Buddhist flag), titles, stamps, crowns, porcelain items, embroidery of the Song and Yuan dynasty, clothing and ornaments and a Great Vermilion Pillar presented by the King Kublai Khan during his visit to Sakya. Kublai Khan, the grandson and the successor of Genghis Khan is the fifth emperor of the Yuan Mongol dynasty and reigned 1260–94. Kublai Khan completed the conquest of China, begun by Genghis Khan, in 1279 and became the first Yuan ruler of all of China.
After visiting one of the most important monasteries in Tibet, we continue to Shegar, an old Tibetan settlement with typical clustered Tibetan styled housing at the foot of the small hillock. A short exploration in the village can expose you to a typical remote Tibetan lifestyle. Right from the roadside of Dingri, you can see Mt. Everest toward the southern direction.
Day 09: ACCLIMATIZATION DAYAs we are nearing the giant mountain influence, today we take a rest day to let our body recharged and acclimatized to the local atmosphere. In the morning, before lunch, we will also take a hike to the monastery, at an altitude of 4,600 metres, overlooking the city and return to Shegar, which takes about 3 hours walk.
Day 10: DRIVE TO CHINESE BASE CAMP 4900M.This morning we will move forward toward the Chinese base camp, a 29-kilometres drive. The view of Mount Cho-Oyu appears in its full majesty. We arrive in the Chinese basecamp before lunch so we will have almost a full day of rest. We start the camping accommodation from here and all meals get cooked by our Nepalese cook, setting a rich table in every meal, breakfast to dinner.
Day 11: ANOTHER ACCLIMATIZATION DAYBefore approaching the advanced basecamp or the real basecamp, from where the climbing starts, we take one more day of rest at the Chinese base camp. It helps one to acclimatize and comfort the body in the local atmosphere. Those interested ones may take a hike to a hill bordering the valley and reach around 5,500 metres and back to camp for lunch. Today the Tibetan Yak drivers divide the loads to advanced basecamp which is always a colourful spectacle so the afternoon is better to spend in the camp.
Day 12-13: TREK TO CHO-OYU BASE CAMPWe continue the trek following a wide track used in the past by yak caravans coming and going to Namche Bazar, in Nepal. The Nangpa-la, one of the world-famous high passes, was the only trade route between the Sherpa and the Tibetan people. This trade route traces the important history of the Sherpa people, who had migrated from Tibet to Nepal via the Nangpa La. Many Tibetans and Sherpas cross this pass for centuries to be part of the open market in Tibet and Namche Bazar and further down to Solu. This trade facility, between Nepal and Tibet, has been closed since around 2010.
The easy walk allows us to appreciate the landscapes and to complete our acclimatization. We will spend an overnight at an intermediate camp, at an altitude of 5,400 meters, on the moraine of the Gyabrac glacier and continue the journey. The distance is coverable in a day but we do it in two days to let our body experience and accept the atmosphere as per its natural process and time required. These two days’ slow walking gives us enough time to enjoy the local scenery and early arrival to our basecamp.
Day 14: REST AND PREPARATION AT CHO-OYU BASE CAMP 5,600M.We give two more days to rest ourselves which is quite essential for our body and also for managing the climbing materials and to celebrate a traditional Buddhist ceremony (Puja) with our Sherpa team. The ceremony is to call the local deities for permission to climb and to request protection. In these two days, we do the required preparation including, rope management, final checking of technical equipment, group discussion, rest, acclimatization and Puja ceremony, before making our ascent.
Day 15 to 36: ACCENT OF MOUNT CHO-OYUThe accent to Cho-Oyu begins with the setting of a deposit camp and then immediately the camp-I. Our Sherpa guides and ourselves will do most of the rope fixing and transporting the equipment and other supplies to the higher Camps and fix the ropes, mainly between camp-1 and camp-2, at the most technical points of the climb. The C3, the base to the summit, gets set at 7600 metres on the north-east face following the 8000 metres ascending procedures, spending several nights at the different altitude camps and descending to lower camp for rest and to take the supplies to the higher camp for summit preparation. The above climbing procedure helps one to get acclimatized properly and to achieve the summit goal in one's best physical conditions. The final climb, to the summit of Cho-Oyu, requires 800 metres of climbing in altitude. The whole expedition period is tailored carefully to acclimatize, climbing in comfort and weather condition margin. Oxygen can be used from seven thousand, for faster climbing, and the last camp and from the last camp for the summit day, depending on one's physical demand. The climbing members reach the C3 at least once and return to basecamp for recharging rest for summit assault. The date for the summit attempt gets decided depending on the physical and weather conditions. The members who do not make the summit in their first attempt may take the second chance under the permission of the expedition leader and his/her climbing guide after evaluating the total expedition movement. On Mount Cho-Oyu normally three altitude camps are set as per following:
- Camp-I at 6,400m., known by the Messner camp.
- Camp-II at 7,200m., above the serac bar.
- Camp-III at 7,600m., the final camp to summit
Day 37: TREK TO CHINESE BASECAMPWe return down to the Chinese basecamp with the Yak caravan. Our vehicles will be waiting for our arrival to put us back at the Tibet Nepal border at Kyirong. The night at the Chinese Base camp will be our second night in Tibetan land and the last night in the tented comfort our cook prepared meals.
DAY 38: DRIVE TO KYIRONG 2,700m.Today we will drive 2010 kilometres to Kyirong, which is a newly opened border between Nepal and Tibet. The old border was closed due to the earthquake of April 2015. The entire trail is scenic with views of snow-capped mountains including Shishapangma, which is the only 8 thousand metres located in China / Tibet. On the way, we also get to admire a fantastic view of Lake Peikutso and the mountain behind the valley. The day is scenically rewarding and provides plenty of photographing opportunities. Stay overnight at Phuntsok Rebsal hotel, a basic hotel.
DAY 39: KYIRONG / KATHMANDU – 156KM.We'll leave Kyirong in the morning and head to the Nepalese border. Our guide and driver will help us to pass out of China customs and immigration. On arrival at the border, we fulfil Nepalese immigration formalities and change the cars. From Kyirong we'll enjoy driving through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. The Nepal side roads are not that good as in Tibetan plains and driving 150 kilometres could take a minimum of 5-6 hours! Arrive and check into the hotel. In the evening, welcome and farewell dinner at Kathmandu.
DAY 40: REST DAY IN KATHMANDU – 156KM.Rest day.
DAY 41: DEPARTUREHave breakfast and have some relaxing free time for yourself. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle will arrive at your Hotel to escort you to the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport (TIA), you will go through the immigration formalities and departure.
CostUS $22,000 (4-6 members)
US $21,100 (8+ members)
Additional cost not included in the above cost
- Extra Climbing Sherpa: $ 8.900.00 (Includes the daily wages, equipment allowance, insurance, high camps load ferry bonus to the higher-camps, Mountain Royalty, Visa and Tiber entrance fee etc)
- ABC support trekkers: US$ 5,700.00 per person
- All airport/hotel transport in a comfortable tourist vehicle in Nepal and Tibet
- Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu, Lhasa and on Shigatse and Sakya (guide, transport and entrance fees included)
- Meal and accommodation service: Hotel on BB in Kathmandu and Kathmandu to BC and Back to Kathmandu in hotels/tents (Full board basis), the hotel in Shegar and in Kyirong are basic and accordingly the meal service.
- Kathmandu to Lhasa flight (tax included) and group China visa and visa fees
- Border to border load ferry/porter charges and Chinese custom clearances at the border
- Mount Cho-Oyu climbing Royalty, peak registration fees, Chinese Liaison officer and interpreter
- Transport into Tibet in a comfortable tourist vehicle both for members and Sherpas and a Truck support for equipment: Kathmandu to base camp & back to Kathmandu
- A high altitude Cook from Nepal + Tibetan kitchen boys
- Sherpa climber: (1:2) climbing Sherpa and (1:1) climbing Sherpa with supplement changes
- Yaks for CBC-ABC-CBC (4 yaks per member and 1 yak per high altitude Sherpa)
- Daily wages, equipment allowance, insurance, high camps load ferry bonus to the higher-camps, visa, Mountain Royalty and Tiber entrance fee for Nepalese staff
- Best quality tents at Base Camp (Ozark 2-men for single use) with sleeping mattresses and Mountain Hardware tents above ABC
- Best quality dining tent (Carpeting inside) with a heater at Base Camp
- All necessary kitchen and camping equipment during the trekking & climbing
- Walkie-talkie set for communication and 1-Satellite phone for the emergency purpose
- Fresh and organic food at Base Camp and imported quality high-altitude food (individual packet)
- POISK Oxygen (03 Bottles per client & 01 bottles per Sherpa) with mask and regulator set + extra bottles for emergency use with mask and regulator sets + Gamow/PAC bag at Advance base camp
- Solar panel/Generator with accessories at base camp for recharging & power supply
- Enough numbers of Butane propane gas with MSR Reactor Stove set for higher-camps
- A portable, comfortable, toilet at base camp and shower facility at base camp
- Travel insurance (please also include the cancelation/trip interruption coverage).
- International air tickets
- Personal climbing equipment
- Summit bonus (1200$ minimum)
- Cost of emergency evacuation
- Expenses of personal nature
- Tips and those not mentioned in above cost includes section.
- As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of US $3000 per member for a non-refundable confirmation deposit.
- The final and total payment will require at least 35-days before the expedition commences.
- The banking transaction charges of each time payment will need to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will be deposited in the company account.
- Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
- Cancellation 25-days before the trip commences - 90% of the total cost
- Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
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The altitude Weather in the Spring season:
Mid-March to mid-May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal and first best season for mountaineering activities, especially for Mount Everest, Shisapangma, Cho-Oyu and Makalu. These months are also beneficial for climbers due to its long daylight period. In term of season, it is the pre-monsoon and post-winter weather season. In pre-monsoon, the mountain weather is still in full winter, and the temperature remains freezing. The hilly regions of above 4,000 metres and deep mountain valley remain under snow cover. There will be occasional light rain and hailing in the lowland bellow 2,500 metres and snowing on mountains. From around the mid-April to mid-May is the primary time of developing the monsoon weather in Bay of Bengal with several small to the significant cyclone and which may affect the high mountains above 6,800 metres. In 2019 Spring a hurricane named “Fani” developed in the Bay of Bengal and was predicted to enter to Nepal Himalayas from the eastern part of Nepal at around the mid-afternoon of 03 May 2019, Friday. Still, the cyclone arrived on Everest at 02:45 hours of 03 May 2019, twelve hours before it was supposed. In 2020, a hurricane named "Amphan", developed in the Bay of Bengal and classified as a super cyclone and first since 1999, landed on 20 May 2020 in India-Bangladesh border killing at least 84. It resulted in severe damage in the property and life base while the World was suffering from Covid-19 virus and fortunately/unfortunately all mountaineering activities in Nepal was closed.
Due to the sheer sizes of Himalayan range and vast valleys between and around them, a kind of local weather get developed and, it may affect the climb with unpredictable wind movements. Such local weather and cyclonic effect make the Himalayan weather pattern, most of the times, unpredictable. A Jet stream with high speed of wind could affect the climbing above 6,800 metres. Any significant cyclonic development far to the Sea of Japan, the Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea could affect the high mountains of the Himalayas with unpredictable changes in hurricane speed. Even the international weather giants do not map the route of such cyclones once it moves from its origin or even if they map the accuracy is not available. Still, sheer Himalayan barriers play a significant role to disrupt a part of such hurricanes but result in avalanches and fatality if coincided with a mountaineering movement in the Himalayas.
The altitude Weather in the Autumn season:
Mid-September to mid-November is generally the most stable weather even into the deep mountain valleys. The temperature above 5,400 metres starts dropping from the end of August while it is still part of monsoon in the lower altitude and may expect rain until the first week of October. The temperature in the Tibetan plateau starts dropping rapidly from mid-October, which means an extreme cold is developing in 8,000 metres. Above 5,600 metres one could expect occasional snowing until the first week of October and start stable and cold weather after that. A Jet Stream wind may also hit in autumn with a wind speed of 100+ miles per hour and which may result from delaying the summit several days back but it is also possible that the Jet Stream wind surface route is not centralised around Everest. For Everest climbing, the autumn season, after the end of monsoon, is regarded as more dangerous because there is much new snow accumulated by summer weather. But in the mountain atmosphere end of summer or the autumn is the pre-winter and the temperature start dropping from the end of August. This new snow and temperature phenomena also benefit for skiing, snowboarding, and other snow required activities. A sunny day temperature, in the mountain, may reach up to 26 degrees on exposed ridges and faces and 28 to 32 degrees into deep snowy valleys. The autumn season is also taken as the only best mountaineering seasons in the Himalaya. Autumn is also the best season to climb the technical routes in any mountain. The trekkers enjoy climbing Peaks of 5,800 to 6,500 metres, categorises as trekking peaks, in this season.
Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Lhasa, we stay in comfortable 3-5-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms, category selectable. In Shigatse, we stay in 3-4-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms. In Shegar and Kyirong we stay in guesthouses (Basic)
In Chinese Base Camp and above, we sleep in a comfortable camping tent (Ozark/Mountain hardware) with a hard and soft mattress for each. While in advanced base camp there will be a dining tent with tables and chairs where you can sit and take meals as at home with all available and anytime.
At Dhaulagiri Base Camp, we sleep in a single tent (big enough for 3-man). At Camp I, and above, we will use 3-man tents on a sharing basis.
What equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots for the trekking part. And a complete set of mountaineering equipment. A full equipment list gets supplied when you sign up.
Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange acclimatizing trekking or Everest climbing training climb, then there are a range of options to choose from. Please, let us know.
Do we join a group during climbing?
Yes, especially if you are alone or two, we need to join a group to form a minimum number of persons in the group, which also helps to minimize the climbing costs (sharing some expenses). However, during climbing, each climber will be climbing alongside a climbing guide assigned for one. Can I have a single room in Kathmandu and during the trek?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.
What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the Expedition that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for mountaineering to altitudes above 8000 metres and includes emergency evacuation. We do not sell insurance schemes so it is required to manage on your own.
All the emergency evacuation gets made by road transport, there is no helicopter service in Tibet. In case of needing an emergency evacuation by vehicle from BC to the nearest hospital or border, the clients are responsible to pay directly to Liaison officers at BC for the service of the Land Cruiser. Each vehicle cost is $ 600.00.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal and Tibet. Nepal visa you can obtain on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, US $125 for 90 days. Your travel document must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.
Note on Tibet Visa
Any foreigners entering Tibet from Nepal have to have a visa endorsed at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Please, apply for a double-entry visa for Nepal while applying for a visa in your country or Kathmandu airport. If any member holds a valid China visa then requires to cancel in the China Embassy of Kathmandu and issue a new visa. Chinese visa validity is only 45 days, and there is no individual visa (In the Passport) facility for the tourists. We obtain a group visa for the entire team.
What kind of food do you provide for high altitude at C1, C3, C4?
It is dried food where you only need to add water to the bag and eat directly. It saves your time and hassles to cook and carry cooking sets and plates. We serve very healthily and lots of energy-filled quantity food at base camp and the dried food, in an individual pack, for Camp I, II and III to promote your endurance in the altitude. Healthy and adequate food promotes health and happiness and helps to achieve your goal without much problem.
Can my friends/families accompany me to base camp?
Yes, you can take the same itinerary until basecamp and continue the circuit after spending a few nights at Cho-Oyu Base camp. Please, contact at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further detail you want to.
What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best to have Nepali currency for Nepal and Yuan (the Chinese currency) for Tibet to pay for everything, which you can convert after you arrive in Kathmandu and Lhasa. You can bring in euros or dollars or any convertible foreign currency. Most restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, trekking shops, and Tea-house Lodges (on the trekking trails) accept US Dollars, Euros, Canadian Dollars, UK Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan and Indian Rupees. But it is always better if you had their national currency. It helps to avoid the exchange rate fluctuations, which are not regarded reasonably in some places.
How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the Cho-Oyu Expedition Package. Please, check included and not included sections to be confirmed. Still, one will need extra money to bear the expenses of meals in Kathmandu and bottled drinks (Coke/Beer/Juice). In general, please, allow about 4,000$ per person, including the summit bonus and tips, which should be sufficient and + + if you have the plan to buy any mountaineering gears in Kathmandu and high-value souvenirs.
What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu, we use a comfortable, fully air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the number of persons travelling together. Between Kathmandu and Lhasa in flight and Lhasa to Cho-Oyu Base Camp in SUV land cruiser or bus; the luxury service includes SUV land cruiser (4-client each vehicle) and a bus in a group the standard service. For returning, Cho-Oyo BC to Kyirong and Kyirong to Kathmandu is the same.
What about the climbing Sherpa guides?
All the Sherpa guides we use have much experience in the mountaineering field and are exceptionally high quality in technical skills and altruistic behaviour. UIAGM certified Nepali Sherpa guides are included in this mountaineering price. Please, let us know if there is any Sherpa guide you have climbed together before and prefer to have him/her.
Can we buy some climbing gears in Kathmandu?
Yes, many local trekking shops sell and rent climbing gear, and there are some the branded shops as North Face and Mountain Hardware, only for sale. One can find or order things such as Down Jackets, Down suits, Down Sleeping bags, climbing boots and all kinds of technical gear. However, it is wiser to bring all of them from your country to avoid the risk of failing to find the one you have thought.
Do I need vaccinations to travel to Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest consulting with your doctor before travelling. You can get an injection in Kathmandu, but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.
What are the required documents to be sent before I come and after I arrive?
The documents required before your arrival are a copy of your passport having a validity minimum of six months from the entry date to Nepal. Other documents are recently taken passport size photograph in high resolution, a health certificate from your doctor certifying that you are fit to undertake any mountaineering activities above 8,000 metres, Bio-Data of Team Leader/Member, and a copy of insurance.
Additional information required is a list of all mountaineering or similar activities you completed, list of mountaineering courses you completed (if any).
The document required after your arrival is your original passport for the Tibet/China Visa application, contact number/email of your family member.
How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of a minimum US $ as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:
Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT
2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top, taken by Bank.
THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATIONS TO NOTE
Nepal and China visa:
Any foreigners entering Tibet from Nepal will have to have a visa endorsed at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Please, apply for a double-entry visa for Nepal when you apply for a visa in your country or Kathmandu airport. If any member holds a China visa then it will be required to cancel in the China Embassy of Kathmandu and issue a new visa. Chinese visa validity is only 45 days, there is no individual visa (in the passport) facility for the tourists. We obtain a group visa for the entire team.
All the emergency evacuations get made by road transport, there is no helicopter service in Tibet. In case of needing an emergency evacuation by vehicle from BC to the nearest hospital or border, the clients are responsible to pay directly to Liaison officers at BC for the service of the Land Cruiser. Each vehicle cost is $ 600.00.
Since there is no individual visa (in the passport) facility for the tourists, all members in the group should enter and exit the border at the same time. In case of early departure from base camp due to any reason, the cost of extra (US$ 600.00) per vehicle need to be borne by him/herself.
If any expedition member leaves the base camp earlier due to any reason, then he/she should pay Chinese currency 165/25$ at the Chinese immigration to split his/her visa from the group visa list.
Group split border to Kathmandu transport:
If any of the expedition members split from the main group and exit from the china border earlier than the main team, transport service charge from border to KTM is subject to chargeable USD 220.00 extra or on sharing basis if available.
Each member baggage allowance is a maximum of 50 Kg either from BC to ABC or ABC to BC. If the personal baggage exceeds 50-Kg, then extra yak cost is paid by the client himself/herself.
Our cook knows the quantity, hygiene and energy requirements while on a mountaineering expedition. The breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided with enough portions and filled with healthy energy. The basecamp dining table is always full of cookies, energy drinks, chocolates, tea/coffee, juice, fresh and dry fruits, hot water/milk etcetera and the access is open to every member whenever they feel like it.
Food for high altitude camps:
We provide high-quality Adventure food which is quite energetic and comfortable to prepare and eat. Most of the food packs need only to add water in the bag and eat directly from the bag, which saves the time to cook and require carrying pots, pans and plates. We also accept the food brought by the clients/agency from their country and refund equivalent to the person/agency, which helps to promote satisfaction/happiness of members for having the meals of their choice while on an adventure trip.
The basecamp tent is provided Ozark two-men dome tent for single use with soft and hard mattresses for warmth and comfort. The basecamp gets set with a big dining tent with tables and chairs with a gas heating system to maintain the temperature. A separate spacious kitchen tent with all utensils and a store tent, next to the kitchen tent, a shower tent and toilet tent gets fixed at the base camp, from the beginning to the end of the expedition. We provide the Mountain Hardware Tents for high altitude, which gets less freezing, comfortable to blow and high wind resistive for the high-altitude use.
If you are undertaking a mountaineering expedition, anywhere around the World at any height of the Mountain and with any pre-experience, personal health is the most critical factor for success and life safety. We suggest making full-body check-ups and consult with a regular physician. We don't recommend climbing mountains to those who are suffering from Asthma, or their Asthma is not in their control, persons with an allergy to cold weather, persons who suffered from severe altitude sickness in the past and those who have tonsil problems. And we suggest taking several days of rest and medication, if the symptom of the common cold is on the way to Kathmandu or while in Kathmandu, before heading to Mountain.
We suggest equipping oneself with comfortable and reliable equipment for personal comfort and safety in the mountains. A lightweight and warm climbing boot, a down sleeping bag to use above the basecamp, and one extra at basecamp. And a down jacket and down suit, and at least two pairs of warm gloves. Warm and comfortable equipment promotes climbers’ energy and confidence, which are the key factors of success. All the materials are available in Kathmandu, both for renting and buying, in trekking shops or with us. If one requires a lot of clothing/equipment then please let us know.
Booking Payment Conditions
Booking and payment conditions
To compensate for the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:
If any group postpones the trip for next season or the same season for next year, whatever may be the reason, then there will not be any cancellation charges. However, the payment made in advance will remain in our account for the same topic. In the case of changing the member in the group will attract the cancellation policy for the person (not the group) and replacement with another member is not accepted.
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary supplied in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.