Cho-Oyu Expedition

The sixth-highest mountain in the world

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Trip Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey with Taktok Brothers to conquer the majestic Mt. Cho Oyu, standing proudly at 8,188 meters. Known as “the Turquoise Goddess” in the local Tibetan language, Cho Oyu offers a classic challenge among the 14 peaks above 8,000 meters. Nestled at the border of Nepal and China, it is the westernmost peak in the Khumbu sub-section of the Mahalangur Range.

Historical Ascent: The first attempt to summit Cho Oyu was made in 1952 by Edmund Hillary, Tom Bourdillon, and George Lowe. However, technical difficulties and the risk of avalanches forced a retreat. In 1954, Cho Oyu witnessed its first successful ascent via the North-West Ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler, and Pasang Dawa Lama in an Austrian Expedition. Since then, numerous expeditions have achieved remarkable success on Cho Oyu, establishing it as the second most climbed peak.

A Peak Above 8,000m: Cho Oyu provides an ideal opportunity to experience the thin air above 8,000 meters. Despite being one of the easier ascents among the 8,000-meter peaks, the climb is strenuous and challenging. Adequate acclimatization is crucial, and Taktok Brothers ensures ample time in the base camp and upper camps for proper adjustment before the summit push.

Borderland Beauty: Situated on the border of Nepal and China, Cho Oyu offers breathtaking views and a unique cultural blend. The expedition not only promises a challenging climb but also an immersive experience in the stunning landscapes of the Khumbu sub-section.

  • Season
  • Destination
  • Duration
    45 Days
  • Altitude
    8,188m / 26,863ft
  • Groups
    2 - 15 Peoples
  • Walk per day
    4 - 5 Hours


Upon your arrival at the airport, you'll need to obtain your Nepal Entry Visa at the counter. Following these procedures, one of our friendly representatives will be there to meet and greet you and transfer you to a comfortable 3-star hotel for your rest. Feel free to explore the bustling area of Thamel in the evening.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals N/A
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

On the second day, we'll assist you in completing all the necessary paperwork and obtaining the required permits. Meanwhile, you can take some time to shop for any personal items you might need during your upcoming journey.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

Our adventure begins early in the morning after a hearty breakfast at the hotel. We'll embark on a drive to Timure, a picturesque village located in the Gosaikunda Rural Municipality. While the journey may be a bit tiring due to bumpy roads, the natural beauty that surrounds you will quickly turn your discomfort into tranquility and peace.

  • Altitude 1742m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation hotel / lodge

After spending a night in Timure, we'll continue our journey to Kerung. Kerung is a village situated in the Solukhumbu District and serves as a significant trading route between Nepal and China. The road leading to Kerung is equally adventurous, adding to the thrill of your expedition.

  • Altitude 1962m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation hotel / lodge

Moving on from Kerung, we'll cross the border into Tibet, an autonomous region of China. The drive will take us uphill, leading us to Tingri. Tingri is a charming old settlement in Tibet, which used to be a crucial trading hub between farmers in Nepal and Tibet. The lush meadows, pristine rivers, and picturesque villages in Tingri make it a delightful place to pause and acclimatize.

  • Altitude 4300m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation hotel / lodge

From Tingri, we'll journey to the Chinese Base Camp for Cho Oyu and spend two more days for acclimatization. Since we will rapidly gain altitude while driving instead of trekking, it's vital to allocate sufficient time for acclimatization to avoid altitude-related issues.

  • Altitude 5100m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation full board camp service

While we will drive to the Chinese Base Camp, we'll begin trekking towards the Intermediate Camp after two additional days of acclimatization. Yaks and porters will be responsible for carrying our gear. We will establish our intermediate camp at an elevation of 5400 meters, providing you with full board tent service.

  • Altitude 5400m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation full board camp service

Following the intermediate camp, we'll ascend to the Advanced Base Camp, strategically set up at an altitude of 5700 meters. Here, we will organize our gear and equipment required for our Cho Oyu summit expedition.

  • Altitude 5700m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation full board camp service

The subsequent three and a half weeks are dedicated to the climbing period of Cho Oyu. During this phase, we adhere to a carefully planned acclimatization schedule that combines climbing with rest days. To reach the summit, we will establish three higher camps on the upper slopes of the mountain above the base camp.

  • Altitude 8188m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation full board camp service

With the exhilaration of your triumph, we'll retrace our path, trekking back to the Intermediate Base Camp.

  • Altitude 5400m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation full board camp service

After departing from the Intermediate Base Camp, we will take a drive back to Tingri, the charming old settlement in Tibet.

  • Altitude 4300m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation lodge / camping

Following the same adventurous route, we will drive back to Kerung, situated at the border of Nepal and China, where we'll spend the night.

  • Altitude 1962m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation hotel / lodge

We'll embark on a return journey to Kathmandu, navigating the same rugged and rocky path we took earlier. Upon arrival, you can relax in the comfort of your hotel.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast & Lunch
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

Kathmandu is a beautiful city filled with numerous attractions and cultural heritage sites. Many of these sites are included in the World Heritage List. You can explore locations such as Bhaktapur, Patan, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and Pashupatinath Temple. Alternatively, you can wander through the bustling streets of Thamel, indulging in exotic cuisines. Furthermore, Kathmandu offers a variety of beautiful souvenirs that you can take back home for your loved ones.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

If you haven't made arrangements for any additional adventure packages in Nepal, it's time to bid farewell. One of our courteous representatives will accompany you to the airport, ensuring you arrive with ample time, three hours before your scheduled departure. Have a safe journey!

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation N/A


  • Transfer costs to and from the airport
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu for 6 nights with breakfast (4 nights during the first visit and 2 nights during the second visit)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at a local restaurant
  • Land transportation from Kathmandu to Chinese Camp and return
  • Tibet Entry Visa Fee and Cho Oyu Climbing Permit
  • Charges for highway and conservation areas
  • Transportation and cargo for all members and staff
  • Yak carriage from Base Camp to Advance Base Camp and back
  • Three full-course meals with hot soups and drinks during the journey
  • High-quality food during trekking and the expedition
  • A professional Climbing Sherpa Guide
  • Professional Cook and Kitchen Helpers with experience
  • Daily wages, equipment, allowances, and logistics for all team members, including Sherpa Guide, Cook, and Porters
  • Medical Insurance for involved Nepali Staff during the expedition
  • Branded individual tents for each expedition member
  • Branded tents for Dining, Kitchen, Toilet, Ho Shower, Communication Room, along with comfortable mattresses, pillows, tables, chairs, and other necessary logistics at Base Camp and upper Camps
  • Generator or Solar Panels for charging batteries and other electronic devices
  • Three bottles of Oxygen (4 liters) for climbing members and two bottles for climbing Sherpa
  • Branded Top Out or Summit Mask and Regulator for each member and Climbing Sherpa
  • Reserve Oxygen Bottles and Masks Regulators available at the base camp (Extra cost applicable)
  • Logistics and equipment such as EPI Gas and Gas Burner, Dynamic Climbing Rope, Ice Screws, Snow Shovel, Snow Bars, Carabiners, etc.
  • Walkie-talkie per member and climbing Sherpa
  • Availability of Satellite Phones for emergencies (Extra Cost Applicable)
  • Daily Weather Forecast service during the entire Expedition
  • Garbage Disposal Fee
  • Government Taxes and Company Service Charge


  • International Flight Tickets
  • Nepal Entry and Re-entry Visa Fees
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Personal, medical, and Travel Insurance for you during the expedition
  • Customs Duty and Import Duty fees for Expedition equipment and stuff in Nepal by Air/Road
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, Internet Usage, Battery Recharge, Mineral Water, Hot Shower, Laundry, Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal Trekking and Climbing Gears
  • Drone and special filming permit
  • Internet and Data Service during the Trek and Expedition
  • Permit for Satellite phone if required at $500 per set
  • Summit Bonus for Climbing Sherpa $1500 (Mandatory)
  • Tips and Gratuities for General Staffs $250 (Mandatory)
  • Any service not mentioned in the Cost Inclusions section

Trip Notes

  1. Tailor-Made Options:Taktok Brothers understands that time availability varies for each adventurer. Hence, we offer tailor-made options in our expeditions to accommodate your schedule and preferences.
  2. Early Departure:Should a team member decide to depart earlier than the scheduled itinerary, kindly note that all transportation expenses from Cho-Oyu Base Camp to Kathmandu will be the responsibility of the departing member.
  3. Chinese Government Closure:In the event of the Chinese Government closing the entrance, an alternative route involves a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa and back, incurring an additional cost of $1000 USD. This cost includes a 2-night stay in Lhasa for your convenience.

Cost of Expedition

Expedition costs are subject to variations based on factors such as group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, category of hotel accommodation, Sherpa allocation, equipment, and package customization. To provide you with accurate cost details, we prefer discussing your specific requirements. Feel free to contact Taktok Brothers for comprehensive information tailored to your selected package.

At Taktok Brothers Expeditions, we are committed to offering you a personalized and unforgettable adventure. If you have any queries or require further information, don’t hesitate to reach out. We look forward to embarking on this extraordinary journey with you.

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Our client reviews

Lisa Ligina

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers made my trek in Nepal an unforgettable experience. The entire trip, from planning to execution, was seamless. The team’s deep understanding of the local culture added a unique layer to the adventure. If you want an authentic trekking experience, Taktok Brothers are the ones to go with!

David De-Gia

November 5, 2023

My trek with Taktok Brothers was a dream come true. The staff’s passion for the mountains and their commitment to responsible tourism shone through at every step. I’ll cherish the memories of this journey, and I’m already planning my next adventure with them.

Maria D-Closk

November 5, 2023

I can’t say enough good things about Taktok Brothers! Their attention to safety and the overall well-being of their clients is commendable. The trek was challenging yet rewarding, and I always felt in good hands. If you’re looking for a trekking company in Nepal, these guys are the real deal.

James Cook

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers provided a well-organized and memorable trekking adventure in Nepal. Their guides are not only experts in the trails but also wonderful companions. We trekked through remote villages and breathtaking scenery, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. This company comes highly recommended!

Sarah James

November 5, 2023

I had an incredible trekking experience with Taktok Brothers! From the moment I arrived in Nepal, their team took care of every detail. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and made the trek enjoyable. The stunning landscapes and cultural experiences made this trip unforgettable. I highly recommend them for your next adventure!

Luis Stitzinger

November 5, 2023

I am aware that even though being a mere entity in this cosmic drama, I have braved plethora of hardships and have languished at the other side of the rainbows.

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