• Country: Tibet / China
  • Duration: 44 Days
  • Region: Utsang
  • Max Altitude: 8,201 meters / 26,907 feets
  • Group Size: 4 to 6 People
  • Grade: II
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu All meals in the Expedition
  • Accommodation: 5* Hyatt Hotel / Chinese comfortable hotels / Camps
  • Prime Activity: MOUNTAINEERING
  • Minor Activity: Cultural and Trekking
Trip Price:
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Highlights of Trip

  • Introduction of Nepal with its people, culture and tradition
  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Drive through the Tibetan plateau, called the "Roof of the world"
  • Discovery of the Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Advanced Base Camp situated close to the world oldest trade route in the Himalaya: Nangpa-La
  • Fabulous experience of mountaineering in extreme environment with the climbing of Cho Oyu, the fifth highest summit in the world
  • Extraordinary views of some of the highest peaks in the world: Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Shishapangma
  • Importance placed on high quality organization, staff, equipment and service to a small team of climbers

Please note: You might have the possibility to combine the Cho-Oyu Expedition with the Shishapangma Expedition. Please contact WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' office for further information.

Trip Overview

Cho-Oyu also known as  “Turquoise Goddess” as named by the Tibetan, is the sixth highest mountain in the world. Cho Oyu stands on the Tibet-Nepal border, 20 kilo meters west of Mount Everest and Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain, in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal along the Tibetan border. On its west, you can see the Nangpa La, which was a major pass and trade route between the Khumbu Sherpa people of Nepal and Tibet from centuries.

Facts about Cho-Oyu

Cho Oyu has the reputation to be one of the easier access and safe 8000-meter climbing mountain. Most of the climbing is in moderate ice and snow slopes up to 50 degrees with a few short sections of steeper rock and ice.

The Mountain was first climbed by an Austrian expedition on 19 October 1954 via its northwest ridge. It was only the fifth successful expedition to climb an 8000-meter peak.

Wild Yak Expeditions offers 6th 8000 meter peak Cho Oyu climb with experienced staff and climbing Sherpa, excellent food and good lodges/Base camp during climbing Shishapangma, the appropriate medical and emergency aid, regular weather updates, means of communication and the necessary safety gear.

Come, climb and discover the magic of Himalayas with comfort and quality that you deserve with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS style

Altitude Chart of Trip

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1-2 : Fly to Kathmandu

  • Day 3 : At leisure in Kathmandu

  • Day 4 : Fly to Lhasa (3,650m)

  • Day 5-6 : At leisure/acclimatisation in Lhasa

  • Day 7-9 : Travel to Chinese Base Camp

  • Day 10 : Arrive Chinese base camp (4,900m)

  • Day 11 : Acclimatisation walk at Chinese base camp

  • Day 12-14 : Trek to Cho Oyu base camp (5,700m)

  • Day 15-40 : Climbing the North West Face of Cho Oyu

  • Day 41 : Return trek to road-head

  • Day 42 : Return drive to Lhasa

  • Day 43 : Fly to Kathmandu

  • Day 44 : Expedition ends. Homebound flight departures

Date & Price

The given prices are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price (USD) Voyage Status Book Now
11 Apr, 2017 24 May, 2017 N/A Book Now
04 Sep, 2017 17 Oct, 2017 N/A Book Now

Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that customers know the total costs of their adventure trip in advance!

  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • 4 nights in a 4**** hotel (Boutique) in Kathmandu , on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • 3 dinners in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the world heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • China Tibet Visa
  • Lhasa Flight and sight seeing in Lhasa
  • Accommodation, sight seeing fee, monastery entrance and dinners in Lhasa
  • All the meals, accommodation and transportation from Lhasa to Base Camp.
  • All necessary climbing permits in Tibet
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles in Kathmandu and Tibet
  • Single Tented accommodation from the Chinese Base camp/ABC, dining, kitchen, shower, toilet for group. (see “Base Camp/ABC”)
  • All major meals during the journey, including at the BC and ABC, except for Kathmandu
  • A well-experienced and trained Team: UIAGM Mountain Guide, 2  climbing Sherpa(s), cook, kitchen boy(s), including their salary, summit bonus, insurance, equipment, transportation, food and lodging
  • Yak transportations
  • Fee, salary and transportation of liaison officer
  • Fixing route costs
  • Tents (with isolation mattress), cooking stove (primus) with butane gas and food for the high camps
  • Handset radios for communication in the Mountain
  • Satellite phone (for personal use on the participants' own charge)
  • Solar equipment for light and charging of various electronic devices (as camera, I-pod)
  • Heater and hot electronic shower
  • Oxygen, mask and regulator in case of emergency
  • Medical kit
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Weather forecast
  • Wild Yak Expeditions postcards
  • Last but not least: a hot bag to be warm in the tent at ABC (if required)
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu *
  • International cargo fees, including local taxes
  • Multiple entries Visa fee for Nepal
  • Excess baggage charges for the international flight
  • Excess of 40 kg of personal luggage for the transport to the Base Camp/ABC, and back
  • Extra night(s) accommodation in Kathmandu or on the way to/from Base Camp due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain due to any reason which is not decided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS and outside the scheduled itinerary, or in case of early summit success
  • Any extra night in lower altitude for personal reason (altitude sickness, etc)
  • Lunches in Kathmandu, as well as all meals related to the previous two points
  • Individual beverages
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing Sherpa (upon request) **
  • Oxygen bottle (4 litres), with mask and regulator (upon request)
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, satellite communications, Internet, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, drinks, except what is mentioned above and all other personal items)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing, if extended
  • Tips (Climbing Sherpa team, Cook, Kitchen boys; porters/yak men/drivers/City and cultural guides, etc.)
  • Any other expense that is not included in the above quoted Expedition price.



WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on group sizes of 4 to 6 participants for Cho-Oyu expedition because our experience have found this to be the best way to have a successful trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our team and the climbing partners (climbing Sherpa) .

Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.


Kathmandu: We stay at the famous Hyatt 5-star on a sharing basis, including breakfasts to prepare the best for the present Cho Oyu Expedition. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screened by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

Lhasa to Base Camp: We Stay at a high standard hotel and experience real Chinese cuisine with mixture of Tibetan style with a b0wl of beverage along with each meal.

The individual beverages until Base Camp are on each participant's own charge.

Base Camp and ABC: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Base Camp is comfortable, warm and well organised. Each participant has an individual extra double large tent where one can almost stand to change the clothes (about 165cm high). Light, insulation from ground and an extra large thick mattress with soft pillow are provided for each individual tent. Our triple skin base primalofe -dining tent is heated at evening (by heater) at both place (Base Camp and at Advance Base Camp) and the ground is insulated and topped up with a Tibetan carpet. Our kitchen is hygienic, clean and equipped with modern utensils and stoves. Likewise the shower tent is facilitated with hot gas gijar (electronic water hearter) system with shampoo, shower gel, body lotion and mirror. The toilet tent is big enough to render a high altitude toilet comfortable, equipped with toilet paper and fresh Odinel. A water bucket with soap and sanitilizer is at your disposal besides the dining tent. Similarly, a store tent and communication tent will be set up, depending the number of participants. Radio, Internet, phone and batteries charging facilities are part of the Base Camp and ABC

During the Expedition, you can enjoy various kinds of food, from the typical Nepali food to all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, European, Indian, Japanese etc.) As we provide Oven so the team can enjoy fresh breads and cakes and cookies at BC and ABC, along with varieties of drinks, among others, hot chocolate, coffee and fruit juice. Fresh vegetables, fruits and meat are supplied as regularly as possible from our kitchen. On request, for higher camps, a freshly cooked hygienic food or a packed food (as per condition) can be provided from our kitchen team as well as drinks and snacks.

Lights and Generator: Base camp and ABC is equip with generator Hondo which has almost no noise and high power for the altitude. Solar will be from GoalZero brand. 


WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS believes in a high level of security while operating its Expedition to Mount Cho-Oyu and provides accordingly the Expedition members with all the necessary means in order to optimise their chance to summit Mount Cho-Oyu.

  • 1 UIAGM (mountain guide) for the Group 
  • WYE Sherpa team, our climbing Sherpas are all Everest, Cho-Oyu , Shishapangma and many 8000 peak summiteers, strong, advanced mountaineering and rescue trained, experienced and qualified with the handling of Oxygen, mask and regulator, friendly and supportive
  • Full time Base Camp Manager for logistic services and emergency
  • 2  brand new oxygen bottles for group for emergency
  • Mask and regulator for emergency for the group
  • We are flexible and supportive being a small group of mountaineers compared to other big outfitters which consist of more than 15 climbers in the team
  • Securing the route by Guide and climbing Sherpa in the technical section where it is necessary
  • Each 2 client shares  radio for communications while in the mountain
  • The Expedition is equipped with a satellite phone
  • A 24-hour service radio station at Base Camp and ABC
  • We are associated with the Tibet rescue mountain guides
  • Weather forecast from 2 different countries
  • 24-hour high altitude medical consultant for emergency or sickness cases, and medical first aid box for base camp and higher camps
  • Pre- acclimatisation training 
  • A 3-day workshop at Base Camp practicing high camps tricks and tips of gear management, radio use and guidance for mental preparation
  • A 2-day workshop before going to the final Summit push which consists mainly of giving advice for appropriate handling of personal things which may be effective during the climbing, handling of oxygen and mask regulator and the way to cooperate with the own Sherpa on the day of ascent


UIAGM Nepali Mountain Guide and his roleWILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ UIAGM Mountain Guide is a professional authorised mountain guide, authorise by International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) further more along with mountaineering experience in guiding around in the Himalaya. Our Guide leads you to the mountain, giving you interesting information about mountains, technics, culture, traditions and landscapes. He is also helping as interpret with the local population. He is always ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the climbing and monitoring as well symptoms of high altitude sickness. The Guide plays a vital role in taking care of the clients’ needs, supervising the staffs/ porters and assuring the safety requirements. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the group throughout the Climbing.

Climbing Sherpa(s): The number is depending on the size of the group of participants to this Expedition. Our climbing Sherpa team is a professional qualified team with great experience in guiding at high altitudes in the Himalaya especially  Mount Everest and other 8000 meters mountain and have deep knowledge about the culture and traditions of this part of the Himalaya. It is Sherpa's role to fix all the tents,  fix the rope at the necessary part of the mountain and assist you all the way to the summit.

Kitchen Team: Plays a vital role during the entire Expeditions. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Cooks are specialized, experienced and trained in outdoor cooking at high altitudes, respecting the fundamental principles of hygiene and proper management of the base camp and its surroundings. The Cook role is also to manage the base camp in the absence of the Leader/Sherpa team. Different types of cuisine and bakeries are served during the climbing period. Our Kitchen Team ensures also that the garbage is properly managed and the campsite is kept clean after its use.



Before we choose the mountain to scale, we want to know some important details about its climbing route.Considering the experience of the mountain guides and ascenders, we developed a simple system of grading, which may help you to choose the right Mountain to climb up depending on your aptitude. Our grading system consists
of 3 levels, which are I, II and III.


  • Fitness: very good body strength, endurance and stamina, high efficiency in the altitude, being mentally very-well prepared to deal with the strenuous situations of the high altitude.
  • Technical Skill: advanced climbing skill, able to ascend and descend independently with technical devices and ice axe, good use of climbing gear, basic knowledge of high altitude medicine.
  • Climbing Experience: at least a 6000 to 7000 meter peak climbing experience and some 4000-meter peaks in theAlps.
  • Strength: ability to carry an 8-15 kg backpack in the high altitude environments.
  • Climbing Distance between the Camps: 4-9 hrs
  • Summit Distance Overall: 10-15 hrs from the last High Camp, back to such Camp.
  • Number of Higher Camps: 3 camps
  • Degree of Objective Danger: medium
  • Steep Sections: quite long, sections of nearly 50 to 300 meters with a steepness of 35-55degrees.
  • Ice Climbing Section: some parts of 10 to 15 meters and 35-50 degrees.
  • Mix of Ice and Rock Climbing: few small sections.
  • Altitude: 5000 meters to 8250 meters.
  • Oxygen Level in the Body: 55% to 36%


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