Cho Oyu Expedition (8201m)

Cho Oyu Expedition (8201m)

Cho Oyu (8201m), the sixth highest mountain in the world is also known for its beauty. Cho Oyu in Tibetan language means Turquoise Goddess. The peak stands along with Mt. Everest and today, it has turned out to be well-known landmark mountain for climbing and expeditions. Herbert Tichy, Sepp Jocher and Pasang Dawa Sherpa Lama had summated Mt. Cho Oyu on 19th October, 1954 for the first time. Moreover, Cho-Oyu lies in the center of the Tibetan and Nepalese Himalayas and bestows climbers to witness the gigantic peaks- Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and many other Himalayan peaks. The expedition also lets climbers to encounter the ancient way of life of Tibet.

Cho Oyu is one of the easier peaks to climb among the world's highest fourteen 8.000 m peaks since the climb to the summit is direct and short, with only few technical sections. Mountain Cho Oyu would be the best pick for the peak climbing enthusiasts who want to arrive at the summit through a straight forward mountaineering with least danger and less technically demanding trails. That is the reason Cho Oyu has the higher chance of success than any other peaks having an altitude of 8000 meter. The expedition offers an ideal access into the world of high elevated Himalayan mountaineering.

This 43-days Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition designed by Unique Adventure Trek will let you pass through Namche Bazaar which is the gateway to Mt. Everest; visit 200 years old Tyangboche monastery, Pangboche monastery; and see arresting views of the dozens of peak and Tibetan plateau. 

The conditions stated in the itinerary are applicable for the visitors who prefer full package programme. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. The selection of itineraries and the staff depends on your need and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement and financial condition.

Necessary Gears

Main rope, Down Sleeping, Bag, Down Jacket, Gore-Tex jacket, Trouser, Climbing boots, Trekking boot, ICE-axe with Ice hammer, Rucksack, Crampon, Stick, Harness, Get up (Boot clover), Snow Glass, ICE Screws, snow Shavel, Carbine Lock & unlock, Head Lights, Wind Proof Jacket & trouser, Down Trouser, Wind Proof Trouser, Water Bottle, Woolen Gloves, Bag Cover, Wind mask for climbing, Climbing gloves, Socks for climbing, Personal Medicine, Eight figure, Knife

Note: You can bring the necessary gears from your own country or can buy or hire from the stores of Kathmandu.


Itinerary Accuracy

Unique Adventure International always efforts to operate the itinerary as per the negotiation made. Not always, but extreme adventure activities being operated in remote mountain regions, bears high risk and needs to be flexible. Unpredictable incidents, accident, weather conditions or flight schedule may be the reason that forces us to make slight changes in our scheduled programs. We expect your patience and cooperation in such circumstances.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel
Soon after we land at Kathmandu International Airport, we meet our Nepali representatives who will clarify us about the tour. After the short description by our representatives, we are sent to our Hotels where we will be staying overnight.  

Day 02 - 03: Stay in Kathmandu for the official procedure
You will rest in Kathmandu for 2 days. You will be described about your trek and then complete some official procedure. Also, make all the preparations essential for trek. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 04: Fly to Lukla, same day walk to Phakding
Today we take wonderful and arresting flight early in the morning from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m) which takes 40 minutes. From the flight, we can see close view of enormous peak adjoining to Nepal and Tibet. We will reach in Lukla in the afternoon and we commence our stroll by moving downward to the Dudh Koshi River and catch the major path to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The track is trouble-free and after passing the tiny village of Ghat(2550m)  we take a short walk to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar, overnight at guesthouse
From Phakding, we go ahead with a slight climb to Jorsale we move further from a waterfall. Now, the trails of villages are united with wonderful forest of giant firs, rhododendron and magnolia trees. Afterward, we walk to Namche and cross few bridges and then go up few hundred meters and another steeper way up through the jungle. We walk for 4 hours and stay at Lodge.

Day 06: Rest at Namche Bazaar for the acclimatization, overnight at guesthouse
We have a rest day in Namche Bazar for acclimatizing in the height. Namche is a village situated in a large protected hollow. Over the village, there is a national park headquarters where one can view both the sunrise and sunset scenes. The wonderful vista includes scenery of the Khumbu peaks and fascinating views of Everest. After breakfast, we can either set off for a walk to Thami (3810m) over the arresting Bhote Khola River Valley or walk off to the national park headquarters to sight the unique Sherpa way of life and culture. Overnight at lodge in Namche Bazaar. 

Day 07: Trek to Dole, overnight at guesthouse / camp
Moving ahead from Namche Bazaar today, we will have a glimpse of appealing landscape as we follow the main path north out of Namche. The path to Everest moves down the hill, we turn here and ascend to traverse the Mon La before arriving at Phortse Tenga past the rhododendron and birch forest. Furthermore, we walk ahead from Phortse Tenga, the lane goes up abruptly to Dole. Overnight at guest house in Dole.

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo, overnight at guesthouse / camp
We, today, trek slowly from Dole at the side of the valley where the rhododendron forest give way ahead as the altitude increases. Terrific views of Cho Oyu and the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku are also attractive. After a short trek we arrive at Machermo. Today, we head for seeing the lakes at Gokyo, the river which flows down the west part of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We pass through the three beautiful Lakes and come crossways the third lake well-known as Dudh Pokhari and on the East shore, we will see the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by beside the lake, you will perceive the vista of wonderful peaks of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.T onight at guest house. 

Day 09: Acclimatization at Gokyo, overnight at guesthouse / camp
Today we have a day rest in Gokyo. Alternatively, we can go for a walk for two hours from Gokyo where you will you get to see fourth lake known as Thonak Tsho (4840m). We walk along the trek which leads us up to the next lake fifth lake, Ngozumpa Tso (4980m). We can see a small hill adorned with prayer flags on the periphery of the moraine to the east of the lake. From here, you will see the stunning views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Ngozumpa glacier, Gyachung Kang,  Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu etc. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10: Trek to Cho Oyu Base camp overnight at camp
We stop at the base camp that offers a great opportunity to come across the vast Tibetan plateau and enormous views of the surrounding Himalayan - Everest, Cho Oyu, and Shishapangma. Overnight at the base camp.

Day 11 - 12: Set up Base camp, overnight at camp
Taking two days we will set up base camp at an elevation of 4900m and prepare for climbing. Overnight at camp.

Day 13: Expedition ceremony and rest, overnight at camp
We celebrate expedition ceremony today. Since we are at high altitude, we need to be properly accustomed with the environment so that we don’t suffer from altitude sickness. Overnight ta camp.

Day 14 - 17: Set Advance base camp and transport equipment to ABC
We today ascend to set our Advanced Base Camp at 5600 meters. On the left side we can see the famous Nangpa La, which is the center for trade between Tibet and Nepal. Also we will transport equipment to ABC. And we have rest days for 3 days prior to ascending further.

Day 18 - 21: Camp I route fix and set up camp, overnight at camp
We take 3 days to ascend in order to reach camp I and our Sherpa guides will check our route to Camp II. Overnight at camp.

Day 22 - 25: Set up camp II, overnight at camp
We will take another 3 days to ascend with the fixed rope climbing in order to reach Camp II from Camp I.

Day 26 - 30: Back to base camp for final summit plan and rest,
We then return back to base camp in order to plan for final summit day. And then rest for few days to be physically fit.

Day 31: Camp I, overnight at camp.

Day 32: Camp II, overnight at camp.

Day 33: Summit and back to ABC, overnight at camp.
This is the most significant day of our trek. We will stand on the summit of the Mt Cho Oyu peak. And then, descend to Advanced Base Camp after witnessing Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and many other Himalayan peaks. Overnight at camp.

Day 34 - 35: Stay at base camp for cleaning and packing equipment, overnight at camp.
On this day, we will stay at base camp for cleaning the base camp and then pack our luggage to return back to Gokyo. Overnight at camp.

Day 36: Trek back to Gokyo, overnight at camp.
Today we will return back to Gokyo, Again we can see the terrific views of Cho Oyu and the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. Lakes at Gokyo, the river flows down the west part of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We pass through the three beautiful Lakes and come crossways the third lake well-known as Dudh Pokhari. Overnight at camp in Gokyo.

Day 37: Trek back to Dole, overnight at lodge / camp.

Day 38: Trek back to Namche, overnight at lodge / camp.
Today, we will pass all the way through stunning scenery of Sherpa villages, snow-capped mountains, lush hills, deep forests and more. Then we will reach Namche where we will stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 39: Trek back to Phakding, overnight at lodge / camp
On this day, we hike down, come across some suspension bridge and arrive at Monjo. After that another time our track descends downward to Phakding all along the Dudhkoshi river. Overnight at ledge in Phakding.

Day 40: Trek back to Lukla, overnight at lodge / camp
Today,  moving further on the track of Phakding we reach to Lukla  and see different Sherpa villages while crossing a suspension bridge over Thado Kosh. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 41: Fly back to Kathmandu        
Today you have a rest day in Kathmandu. Or, alternatively explore around Kathmandu valley which includes visit around historical and spiritual attractions; including Durbar Square, Bauddhanath; one of the largest stupas in Nepal, Swayambhunath; top on the hill in the city knows as the Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath; Hindus holy place. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 42: Stay at Kathmandu and rest
We have another day rest in Kathmandu. Today we will also pack our stuffs and make preparations for leaving Kathmandu the next day.

Day 43: Departure on your own destination
Our airport representative will shift you to the airport from the hotel for your way back to home country. 


What is included?

  • Airport transfers (domestic and international both).
  •  Press conference arrangement.
  •  4 nights hotel accommodation at Hotel Yak and Yeti or similar with breakfast.
  • Climbing Permit fee of Cho Oyu expedition.
  • Food & Fuel during the trek and expedition period.
  • Expert climbing Guide and porter.
  • North Face or similar quality high altitude tent for higher camps
  • Single tent for each member, staffs, climbing Sherpa at the base camp.
  • 4/4 bottles of oxygen per member and guide with mask & regulator.
  • Staff: Base camp Guide, Cook, Cook helper.
  • Porters/Yaks to and from base camp.
  • One high altitude Sherpa for one climber (1:1) who assist you whilst on climbing and summit attempt as well as carries food and gears to high camps.
  • Government liaison officer, his insurance, daily allowance, equipment allowance and flight fares.
  • Flight fare for member and staff (Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu).
  • Insurance, equipment allowance, wages and daily allowance for expedition staffs.
  •  All camping equipments: sleeping tents, mattress, dining tent, toilet tent, mess tent, store tent, table & chairs and other necessary kitchen utensils whilst on trekking and expedition.
  • Group climbing equipment such as necessary fixed rope, ice screws, ice bars etc.
  • First Aid kit bag and trekking map & duffel bag.
  • Solar panelat the base camp.
  • Restop toilet bag.
  • Satalite phone (Pay Call).
  • Walkie Talkie for each staff and member.
  • Mountain cans cleaning at high camps.
  • Cargo transportation to supply the food and gears to beni and back from Jomsom.
  •  All ground transportation
  • Necessary documentation and governmental official paper works.
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations.

What is not included?

  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Your international flight. 
  • Extra hotels in Kathmandu (after 4 nights).
  • Personal climbing insurance which covers travel, medical, accident, evacuation etc.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter.
  • Visa Fee.
  • Personal trekking Equipment, travel and medical insurance & helicopter rescue, personal expenses.
  • Applicable permit fees and custom charges for using communication equipment, commercial filming, satellite phone, radio etc.
  • Carrying bonus + Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills..
  • Custom clearances in Kathmandu airport.
  • Gratitute (tip) for the staff etc.

Why us? Is a conscientious question that requires an honest answer of integrity and devotion of the highest standards.  

We are what we were from the very beginning: Read on to know us the way we are…

At Unique Adventure International, We do not pretend to be what we are not, ours is a simple ethic, hospitality straight from the heart. When doing trips with us, you will soon find out excellence with us is not just a norm, it’s more a habit. 

We have walked the length and breadth of the Himalaya across Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan for over two decades…and still counting, we have enjoyed all of it so much; right to the hilt. We love our mountains and enjoy it so much when we tread its trails with our trekking guests, who also love these mountains as much as us or maybe even more. We have much knowledge of the land and meticulously plan things so our guests get the utmost from their sojourns with us; we know how chaotic it can be for our guests when they organise holidays so far from home…keeping this in mind, we sort out for the long haul and ensure our guests do not only have fun on the way but also get value for money with purposeful journeys. We know and understand that this may probably be a once in a lifetime holiday where you will explore a world not too familiar and its binding for us to make doubly sure you are completely safe throughout the whole course of your expedition when you are in Nepal. With each trip we do with you, we are constantly searching for ways to improve our services so that your expectations of us are met beyond what you could have ever expected on all fronts. We want that you go home with a happy heart and unforgettable memories of an odyssey well done. With Unique Adventure, this is central to all our thoughts when we meet you.  

A small business with big ideals…    

We are a small outfit with big ideas and we know how complex human nature can be; its only but human to understand your weaknesses and respect your strengths, both of which will be put to the test on the punishing trails of Nepal, but it’s always our mission to understand you and make your journey as calm as possible. 

This is the whole reason why we get repeat clients who never seem to get drained with the Himalayas and enjoy the way we guide them throughout the trip…

We know how worrisome it can be when you choose to live life on the edge… so we go the mile to make sure your holidays become more purposeful, more significant… 

We do not push you, no matter what the circumstances…

We know you want it slow and easy the moment your plane hits the tarmac in Kathmandu. We understand your instinctive curiosities and ensure you are left alone with enough space to do what we have planned for you – ‘your way’’.  You call the shots – it’s your trip – and we provide you enough freedom to make your own decisions in harmony with your group. We help you to become friends and bridge gaps; it’s a matter of pride for us to mention here that we created some of the best friendships where some morphed into lifetime partnerships and this is how things shape out with us when you assemble in our country. And when we are out with you in the country at high elevations, we ensure that our crew leads you in ways comfortable to your body and physical needs.

Our ‘True-to-Life’ practical itineraries…

Our itineraries are meticulously planned and based on the way you see it when your trip commences. Our themes are hands-on and we take you to some difficult but extraordinary places where some would likely pass by. We know you thirst for the unknown and interesting; your search for things that will ignite your emotions and imaginations, seeking for the ‘whys’, how’s and when’s’ into the mountain culture, lifestyles and traditions that you witness in territory you have never been familiar with. We put in a lot of effort to create astonishing one-off experiences which would make great notes for memorable stories to pass down to the coming generations. Each trip we design opens up new avenues to a whole new world that you are not familiar with…and when you discover the answers, it could be a life changing experience you would have never expected. 

Trips to match your time frames…

We are flexible in the way we operate our trips based on your exclusive needs. We understand the kind of pressure ridden world you hail from and know you have worked hard for your dream holidays. Our programs are typically designed to give you the most and the best based on your time limitations without any blemishes on the joys that come with your venture. 

You could be planning a budget trek or a luxury tour, maybe even a trekking peak; whatever the choice, we give you an extension combo so you have a scintillating mix of history, the outdoors and even jell in a jungle safari into the potpourri so you have varied experiences within the timeframe you’ve chosen. Our website is programmed to give you a host of options to make you smile…  

Accommodation: They say Home is where the Hearth is…and yes, the Pillow!!

We are extra wary when arranging your accommodation before you enter our country. We know we’ve got to give you something that’s closest to home. After consulting with you and being twice as sure about what you’re expecting when it comes down to that most important part of life: resting your body and mind at night, we make sure we give you the best accommodating facilities available at a hotel that’s not only comfortable but also a place that is spanking clean with fresh linen and staff who understand your needs and go the length in making sure you feel at home, no matter what the length of your stay with us.

This also includes the sanitized conditions of the food you are served. Even when on the trails, we go the mile to make sure you find a cosy teahouse with no dampness and enough ventilation to keep you healthy and warm with food that’s organic and clean. We know how important the hearth is wherever you stay. With us, be sure that all your personal needs are taken care of well. Ours is the kind of hospitality that comes straight from the heart… 

Safety and Security: This is mandatory and imperative…

Our safety and security arrangements for all our inbound guests cross all boundaries; from the moment your jet hits the tarmac at the airport in Kathmandu. This is a process that begins prior to your arrival in Kathmandu, when we design your itinerary based on the program you have chosen. It begins with choosing the right team for you, especially if it’s a trek. We make sure your crew is primed for any contingency when at altitude. We believe in following firm standards with focus on risk assessment knowing mountain climbing is always a risky business despite the excitement it offers. All the planning is done prior to your arrival so you have a carefree, footloose and fancy free journey, without any hassles.  

We always advise our guests to go through medical routines in their home countries before embarking on trips above 3000m. We also encourage our guests to get insured before coming to Nepal. 

Your entire stay in Nepal is monitored from day one, especially when you are on the mountains. We take nothing for granted, nature can be a monster when least expected. When booking your trip throughUnique Adventure, you are not just a client – you are more than all that - you are a parent, a brother/sister, a close colleague – in a word – ‘family’; and all our safety precautions and personalized services are purely based on this relationship.

We Respect and Care for the local folks and Love the Environment we operate in…

We are conscious in the importance of preserving the natural beauty and culture of Nepal, so that future visitors can also enjoy the wonders of this beautiful but fragile environment. We are sensitive and devoted to responsible travel with minimum impact on the environment and local communities. The planet is large enough for everyone to explore and it’s the curiosity of human nature to explore and discover the unknown. We are always careful about the ecosystems that surround us when we are on the mountains, but we don’t let this spoil the spirit for adventure. We seek to enjoy in ways beneficial to others and wish to respect this beauty that God created for us to appreciate; and we want to keep it that way. Equally important, we instruct our crew and travellers to be aware of the values of responsible travel, by: respecting people, cultures and local environments, in creating goodwill; with cross-cultural sharing and experiences; and helping make sustainable development practical, where we put in efforts to give back more than we take.    

Our Trekking crews are Principal to the Company…we’re Family… 

One paramount issue for trekking companies in Nepal are employees directly connected to guests when trekking in the Himalayas and this is key to any trip conducted anywhere on the Himalayas. Our staffs in general receive fixed monthly salaries and our trekking crews get special rates as defined by the Ministry of Labour in consultation with the Ministry of Tourism - Government of Nepal. 

This also includes the provision of Social Security for mountain workers as per government directives. In addition to this, we also provide climbing training to new comers listed on our payroll. All our seasoned guides are well trained in the use and application of First Aid in the event of any unexpected injuries that may occur in the course of the journey when at altitude. 

Field Employees are constantly upgraded for personal development, delivered via courses in English, about nature, history, and ongoing training as mountain guides with techniques based on safety precautions...along with this, our mountain crews are insured and covered against any eventualities. The insurance package covers the cost of health care if injured or sick and provides a lifetime gratuity if any employee is physically disabled. We treat our employees as valuable assets. We know their security and happiness is vital to ensure yours throughout your stay in Nepal… 

Innovation: We are constantly juggling new Products…   

Ours is a constant search for new trails in the great wilderness. We’re always innovating new areas for travel within and around the city limits and out on the mountains. Nepal has so much to offer in her ancient heritage cities and within the vast expanse of her Himalayas. We ceaselessly research new products in order to give our old clients new thrills; this has always been part of our company’s policies for giving more value for money. We know that many of our guests rarely get time to travel and when they do, they’d sure like to make the best of it; besides Nepal, we even cut across borders giving our guests unbelievable historical and cultural highlights of Tibet, Bhutan and India. We even design divine spiritual tours for the holy who’d sure like to hike down footsteps of ancient ancestors along the Mount Kailash Mountains so that they could come face-to-face with the gods. You even get opportunities to stroll down the cobbled stone Squares of Patan and Bhaktapur and slip into the Forbidden Temple of Pashupatinath. Beyond the spiritual of Kailash in Tibet, our programs take you to the highest region on earth, at an elevation of 4,900 meters (16,000 ft). Very much noted as the ‘roof of the world’, Tibet is symbolic of a mesmerizing culture seeped in spirituality and nature. From superb temples and tranquil monasteries to the Yangtze River and adorable Pandas, our products are molded in a way that  ensures you experience a whole new world of amazing discoveries that tells you about God’s gift of a wonderful planet we all live in.

‘Please visit our highly informative website for some of the most extensive information on some of the most stimulating holidays ever conceived’. Get friendly with us on:

We give you Mountain Yoga 

The Mountain Yoga we offer on the trail is an earthy, friendly and unassuming space, dedicated to healing and transformation as your mind battles the vagaries of nature while on your journey in the wild. When you decide to holiday on the mountains; it’s like a calling into the high and wild to experience Mother Nature at a higher level and to explore her true beauty. But there’s another calling that wants you to find release from your inner demons. It might be seen as the feeling that there has to be more to life than our day-to-day routines in the machine of modern day society. As you go higher above the tree-lines, our certified yoga guides give you the kind of alignment helpful to your body’s needs when adjusting to the thin air at altitude. They are compassionate, knowledgeable and guide you with postures and breathing exercises that promote physical fitness at higher elevations, keeping the mind calmer, making your self-awareness more acute, and help you get more balanced, while preventing you from having any problems with altitude mountain sickness. Yoga is an ancient practice known for thousands of years to clean out even the deepest mental grooves and rigid mindsets which may hamper your trip and spoil the fun on your trek.

We are the only adventure company in Nepal offering our guests mountain yoga which enhances hassle free trips and keeps our guests safe from common altitude problems. 

Our Success Ratio…

We’ve been through it all – the ups and downs have been full and plenty. The series of earthquakes of 2015 affected us bitterly; however, we kept the faith. We knew this was nature at its best and worst. We do not take anything for granted when it’s a tryst with Mother Nature, especially in the wilderness above the tree-lines. We knew we would still need these mountains more than they need us...These mountains teach us so much about life. It was Almighty God that created these mountains with all its stark beauty, but then a natural calamity can be lurking somewhere around the bend, and we must always be aware of the environment - and this comes with respect, consciousness and faith. 

Despite the hurdles and hiccups, our Success Ratio has been over 98%, why? Because experience has taught us the hard way to Love God, respect the mountains, to learn from our mistakes, and to always, at all times, be Honest with our Guests…and let God do the rest.     

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