• Country: Tibet / China
  • Duration: 40 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* Hotels in Kathmandu / Chinese comfortable hotels / WYE Campsites
  • Prime Activity: Mountaineering
  • Minor Activity: Cultural and Trekking
Trip Price:
USD 26,900 per person
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Highlights of Trip

Culture and Mountaineering in the Himalaya

  • Introduction of Nepal with its people, culture and tradition before discovering the Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Guided sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and Lhasa
  • Drive through the highlands of the Tibetan plateau
  • Advanced Base Camp situated close to the world oldest trade route in the Himalaya: Nangpa-La
  • Fabulous experience of mountaineering in an extreme environment with the climbing of Mount Cho Oyu, 8201 meters above sea level, the fifth highest summit in the world
  • Extraordinary views of some of the highest peaks in the world: Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Shishapangma
  • The importance placed on high-quality organization, staff, equipment, and service to a small team of climbers

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


First of all, we start our expedition with the help of our Guides. Cho Oyu has the reputation to be one of the easier access and safe 8000-meter climbing mountains. Therefore, most of the climbing is in moderate ice and snow slopes up to 50 degrees. Finally, with a few short sections of steeper rock and ice, we move on.

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


For the safety, good ambiance, and flexibility, we focus on teams of 4 to 6 climbers, as well as:

  • Supplementary 4-liter Oxygen bottle with mask and regulator is part of the emergency kit
  • Means of communication
  • Similarly, good connections with the local rescue Team in high altitude emergency
  • Weather updates, in particular for the climbing period of Mount Cho Oyu
  • WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Team consists of highly trained and skilled new generation climbing Sherpas. They are educated and have numerous experiences of high altitude climbing. Furthermore, they are fluent in various languages, friendly and supportive
  • 1 Climbing Sherpa per 2 participants for the Summit days
  •  Finally, we provide a warm down sleeping bag and down jacket for the participants for the duration of the Expedition


Wild Yak Expeditions believes an adventure in the outdoors has benefits ranging from physical to mental to spiritual. Himalaya is also the best place where we have enough time to rejuvenate our life by positive well being. It is essential to make some space from worldly news, social media, and a busy life to be productive. Besides personal benefits, it contributes to helping the local economy by visiting the areas.

Going on adventures raises your tolerance for uncertainty. Even more, placing yourself in situations where things don’t always go as planned helps you learn in life. And there is no shortage of those adventures in Nepal.


WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Team welcomes you in the Himalaya. We commit to organizing small groups with high-quality services and security. These are essential for flexibility, good ambiance, and exchanges of cultural tradition with our Team and local guides. Finally, hospitality to our guest and economy to locals are part of our aspirations.

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Cho Oyu Expeditions

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 :
Fly to Kathmandu (1350m) / Transfer to Hyatt Regency
Day 2 :
Sightseeing day of Kathmandu & Chinese visa formalities / Hyatt Regency
Day 3 :
Chinese visa formalities / Hyatt Regency
Day 4 :
Fly to Lhasa (3600m) / Transfer to hotel
Day 5 :
Sightseeing of Lhasa (3600m) / Hotel
Day 6 :
Drive Lhasa to Shigatse (3800m), 5 hrs / Hotel
Day 7 :
Drive Shigatse to Tingri (4330m), 6 hrs / Hotel
Day 8 :
Tingri to Thangmar Base Camp (4700m), 2 hrs drive / Campsite
Day 9 :
Thangmar Base Camp (4700m), acclimatisation and rest day / Campsite
Days 10 :
Thangmar Base Camp to intermediate Camp (5300m) / Campsite
Day 11 :
Intermediary Camp to Advance Base Camp (5600m), 4-5 hrs / Campsite
Day 12 :
Advance Base Camp (5600m), Puja ceremony and preparation / Campsite
Days 13 :
Preparation/acclimatisation ABC / Campsite
Days 14-35 :
Climbing period (22 days)
Day 36 :
ABC packing day
Day 37 :
Back to Thangmar
Day 38 :
Back to Thangmar BC; Drive to Kerong (3600m)
Day 39 :
Drive Kerong - Kathmandu (1350m), 7-8 hrs / Hotel Yak & Yeti
Day 40 :
Departure international flight

Date & Price

The present price includes namely a high experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide Team with several 8000-meter Peaks successes, the flight to Lhasa, and the stay in the famous 5-star Hotel Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu.

We stay at your disposal for a customized Expedition on Mount Cho Oyu. The WILD YAK Team

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Price Includes

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

  • The organization of your Expedition
  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary in Nepal and Tibet (private vehicles)
  • Accommodation infamous 5-star Hotels in Kathmandu (Hyatt Regency and Yak & Yeti) including breakfast, on a sharing basis (4 nights). Note: Additional charges occur for a single room, upon request
  • 4 dinners in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu
  • China (Tibet) Visa, formalities, and fees
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • Guided sightseeing in Lhasa and entry fees to the different sites
  • Accommodation, including breakfasts, lunches, and dinners from Lhasa to Base Camp, on a sharing basis. Note: Additional charges occur for a single room, upon request
  • All necessary climbing permits in Tibet
  • Tented accommodation at Base Camp (individual dom tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, store tent, shower tent, toilet tent)
  • Tents (with isolation mattress), cooking stove (primus), butane gas and food for the high camps
  • All major meals during the climbing period
  • A well-experienced and trained Team:  Climbing Sherpa Team (1 climbing Sherpa for 2 participants for the Summit days); Kitchen Team with Cook and Kitchen boy(s), including their salary, summit bonus, insurance, equipment, transportation, food, and lodging
  • Transport of the collective material and personal luggage until ABC by yaks
  • Liaison Officer (fees, lodging, and transportation)
  • Fixing route costs
  • 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
  • Medical kit with Oxygen, mask, and regulator, in case of emergency
  • Warm big expedition jackets from Wild Yak Gear (on request, at the participants’ disposal for the duration of the Expedition)
  • Sleeping bag for the Base Camp from Wild Yak Gear (on request, at the participants’ disposal for the duration of the Expedition)
  • 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 *
  • Excess baggage charges and cargo fees for international flights, including local taxes
  • Multiple entries Visa fee for Nepal
  • Excess of 40 kg of personal luggage for the transport to the Base Camp/ABC, and back
  • Extra night(s) accommodation in Kathmandu (200$) or on the way to/from Base Camp due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain due to any reason which is not decided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS and outside the scheduled itinerary, or in case of early summit success
  • Any extra night in lower altitude for personal reason (altitude sickness, etc)
  • Lunches in Kathmandu (20$ per day), as well as all meals related to the previous two points
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing Sherpa (upon request) **
  • Oxygen bottle (4 liters), with mask and regulator (upon request)
  • Individual beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional trips and sightseeing, if extended
  • Tips
  • Any other expense that is not included in the above-quoted Expedition price.

*Please contact us for the booking of your international flight:

**To book at the latest 30 days prior to the departure date. 



WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on group sizes of 4 to 6 participants for its Cho Oyu Expedition because our experience has 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 local Team.

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 5-star Hyatt Regency on a sharing basis, including breakfasts to optimize your preparation for your 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 a 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 organized. Each participant has an individual extra double large tent where one can almost stand to change the clothes (about 165cm high). Light, insulation from the ground, and an extra-large thick mattress with a soft pillow are provided for each individual tent.

Our triple skin base Primaloft dining tent is heated in the evening (by the heater) at both places (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 heater) 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 hand sanitizer is at your disposal besides the dining tent. Similarly, a store tent and communication tent will be set up, depending on 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 bread 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.

Light and Generator: Base Camp and ABC are equipped with a solar charging system and a powerful generator (less noise but more power in the altitude).


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

  • 1 Climbing Sherpa for 2 participants for the Summit days
  • WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' Team consists of new generation climbing Sherpas who are highly trained and skilled in mountaineering, educated, with numerous experiences of high altitude climbing, are fluent in various languages and last but not least, friendly and supportive
  • Full-time Base Camp Manager for the logistic
  • We are flexible and supportive being a small group of climbers compared to other big outfitters which consist of more than 10 climbers in the team
  • First Aid medical box, including 2 oxygen bottles with mask and regulator for emergency
  • 24/24 hours high altitude consultant in case of emergency
  • 1 Radio set per 2 participants during the ascents
  • A 24-hour service based radio station at Base Camp
  • Satellite phone (personal communications on each participant's own charge)
  • Weather forecast
  • Fixing lines by our Sherpa Team, where necessary
  • 1-day workshop at Base Camp (the practice of gear technique, radio use, high altitude tricks, mental preparation guidance)
  • 1-day workshop before going to the final Summit push which consists mainly of giving advice for the appropriate handling of the personal things which may be effective during the climbing
  • We are associated with the Tibetan Mountain Rescue Team
  • Last but not least, pre-expedition meeting in Switzerland and specific advice on how to prepare for an 8000-meter Expedition


The success of this Expedition depends on both the personal condition of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ team has been carefully selected according to their experience in the specific environment and personal aptitudes. Our Team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous, and helpful.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.

Our Climbing Sherpas: is a professional qualified Team with great mountaineering experience and guiding at high altitude in the Himalaya. It is our Climbing Sherpas' role to fix the tents, the ropes, where necessary, and assist you all the way to the Summit.  It is always ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the climbing and monitoring as well as symptoms of high altitude sickness. Our team has deep knowledge about the culture and traditions of this part of the Himalaya. It is giving you interesting information about mountains, technics, culture, and traditions. It plays a vital role in taking care of the clients' needs, supervising the staff/porters, and assuring the safety requirements. It is also helping as interpret with the local population. The Sirdar of WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the progression of the Group throughout the Trip.

Our Kitchen Team: it plays a vital role during the entire Expedition. 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 Sirdar/Climbing 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.

Note: For the present Expedition, the collective material and luggage are carried by yaks until Advance Base Camp. The participants have then the choice to hire some local Tibetan porters from Advance Base Camp to Camp 1 (6300 meters) (to be requested on the place and paid in USD).



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 an 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 the Alps
  • 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 35-55 degrees
  • Ice Climbing Section: some parts of 10 to 15 meters and 35-50 degrees
  • A mix of Ice and Rock Climbing: few small sections
  • Altitude: 5000 meters to 8201 meters
  • Oxygen Level in the Body: 55% to 36%

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