Choyu Expedition

49 Days

Choyu Expedition Introduction

Mt. Choyu expedition is the 6th most astounding crest on the planet, found a short separation toward the west from Everest (the most elevated) and Lhotse (the fourth most astounding) in the Khumbu district of Eastern Nepal along  the Tibetan border.

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Choyu Expedition is the sixth highest mountain in the world, located on the border between Nepal and Tibet.

Its towering pinnacle remains with Everest well over the encompassing mountains. It turned into a commonplace milestone to climbers rising Everest’s north face. Only west of the Choyu is the Nangpa La, a 19,000-foot ice sheet pass, the fundamental exchange course between the Khumbu Sherpas and Tibet.Cho Oyu’s nearness to the Nangpa La has earned it the qualification among a few climbers similar to the most effortless 8,000-meter crest. It was the third such pinnacle climbed, and the initially moved in harvest time.

Mt. Choyu, transcending ocean level at 86.9* E and 28* N, is located in the center area of the Himalayas. It is the 6th most elevated crest on the planet, found a short separation toward the west from Everest (the most elevated) and Lhotse (the fourth most noteworthy) in the Khumbu district of Eastern Nepal along the Tibetan border. Its towering pinnacle remains with Everest well over the encompassing mountains.

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Choyu Expedition a popular peak for mountaineering expeditions due to its challenging yet achievable nature compared to other 8,000-meter peaks.

Choyu is the sixth highest Himalayan peak and one of the most beautiful mountains of the world, which means “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan. It is one of the prominent Himalayan peaks for mountaineering expeditions. It has a great history of mountaineering right from the time when many mountaineers were trying their luck on Everest.

The date was on 19th October, 1954 Herbert Tichy, Sepp Jocher and Pasang Dawa Sherpa Lama (Austrian Expedition) had to reach the top of Mt. Cho Oyu. There was an interesting fact about the expedition that bottled oxygen was not used.

From that time onwards, more than 500 mountaineers have conquered successfully on top. Most of them have climbed from the Tibet side because the mountain is steep on the Nepal side but it looks fairly plain towards the Tibet side. The mountain was also undertaken by the well-known mountaineer Shipton in 1952.

At 8188 meters, Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world. It is located on the border of Tibet (China) and Nepal about 20 km to the west of Mount Everest.

Just west of Cho Oyu, at about the location of Advanced Base Camp, is the Nangpa La, a 5500 meter glacier pass which is a major trade route between the Khumbu Sherpas and Tibet. The border trade is a bit curious, as Nangpa La also is famous for illegal border crossings, but still authorities on both sides most of the time turn a blind eye on the trade. Long caravans with yaks can be seen here at all times of the year.

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In the post-monsoon climbing season of 2006 all this changed dramatically, when Chinese border police shot some refugees to death at Nangpa La.

Some climbers claim that Cho Oyu is the easiest 8000 meter peak (if anything over 8000 meters can be called easy!). There’s no really technical sections and the objective dangers are close to non-existent. Its relatively easy access makes it an attractive climb for someone with limited time, as it can be attempted in roughly 6 weeks round trip. Base Camp is accessible by jeep and it is possible to reach Kathmandu in a very long day from Base Camp.

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Climbing season for Cho Oyu typically runs during the spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October) when weather conditions are more favorable with clearer skies and milder temperatures.

Because of its ease of access, ABC is often crowded with a large number of expeditions. There have been well over 1000 ascents so far.

This mountain has also recently become popular with ski mountaineers and snowboarders due to its relatively low objective risk and good snow conditions, especially in the fall.

The name Cho Oyu is translated in Tibetan as “the Turquoise Goddess’ ‘, from chomo=godess and yu=turquoise. This derivation of the name is not certain and other “translations” of the name includes “Mighty Head” (Tichy) and “God’s Head” (Harrer). Another alternative translation of the name is “bald god”. This makes sense looking at a Tibetan legend, where Cho Oyu, the bald god, has his back turned to Chomolongma, the mother goddess, because she refused to marry him.

Choyu Expedition is one of the objective expeditions so nearly all the mountaineers are lure to accomplish this expedition. Do not miss the golden chance to be willing to know the beauty of nature and challenge of the Himalaya by setting into the Nepal trekking season in Spring and Autumn.

Outline Itinerary for Choyu Expedition

  • Day 1 – Arrive in TIA, Kathmandu
  • Day 2 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Day 3 – Official formalities and preparation
  • Day 4 – Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding
  • Day 5 – Trek to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 6 – Acclimatization day
  • Day 7 – Trek to Dole
  • Day 8 – Trek to Machermo
  • Day 9 – Trek to Gokyo
  • Day 10 – Trek to Mt Cho Oyu Base Camp
  • Day 11 – Rest day for preparation
  • Day 12 to Day 41: Climbing period for Mt Cho Oyu Expedition (8,201m) and return to Base Camp
  • Day 42: Trek back to Gokyo
  • Day 43: Trek to Dole
  • Day 44: Trek to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 45: Trek to Phakding
  • Day 46: Trek to Lukla
  • Day 47: Flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 48: Free day and farewell program
  • Day 49: Departure!!!!

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Arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu you will be received by the representative staff from Destination Nepal Trek. From the airport you will be transferred safely into the hotel. In the hotel you will be welcomed with evening dinner. Stay overnight at hotel.

Knowing the importance of sightseeing in Kathmandu, without any delay and careless we will set out for the sightseeing. Sightseeing includes most of the World Heritage Sites counting Swyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath with Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares. We will be more focused on the religious, spiritual and artistic values. It is for sure that accomplishing the sightseeing you will be aware about the social, political and religious state of Nepal since most of the durbar squares are affected by the Earthquake 2015. Then, you will return to hotel and start to prepare for the trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

On this day you will work on official formalities but it would not be hectic since we have worked on the paper in more organized way. Completing all the arrangements you will return to the hotel and pack your baggage. Stay overnight in hotel.

On the 4th day of Pumori Expedition you will drive to TIA from where you will take a flight to Lukla. You can observe high mountains, rivers and other beautiful scenery. Within 30 minutes of journey you will arrive in Lukla airport. From there you will start to walk Phakding and then enter into the lodge. Stay overnight in lodge.

This is the day where you go round from Phakding to Namche bazaar (3,400m), consuming 3-4 hours of time frame. Arriving at Namche Bazaar you will roam around the traditional villages just like Khunde and Khumjung. You will be amazed to view the monastery which contains Yeti Skull and then, finally you will arrive to Namche Bazaar, the busy bazaar. Stay overnight at guesthouse.

This is supposed to be the initial acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar as you are heading in new atmosphere your body cannot resist the prompt change. So, this is the way to adjust yourself along with your physical state. Today you will not carry out extensive stroll and will take rest if possible make sure that you walk nearby areas by visiting Khumjung. Stay overnight in guesthouse.

On the next day you will finish the trek and start to move further heading to Dole after getting acclimatization. It is positioned at an elevation of 4,200 meter. The trekking trail will illustrate the mode to Sherpa village all the way through the villages of Pangla, and Luza. The entire journey takes 5 to 6 hours of duration. Stay overnight in lodge.

Leave taking from Dole the journey move towards the Machhermo (4,470m) and it consumes 4 to 5 hours by soaring up all along facing valley and Rhododendron. The trail will take you into trail making you pass several summer measures, grazing land. The wonderful view of Cho Oyu in front of you will make you delighted where you can too outlook Thamserku and Khantega. Stay overnight in lodge.

On the following day you will start to move to Gokyo Lake (4,790m) which is a blessed land. After the charming trail to Pangka you will go up vertical rocky by the face of the glacier. You will envelop up the initial, second and third lakes. Then, be ready to see the enclosed and marvelous Gyachung and Cho Oyu whose manifestation can be screened in water. Stay overnight in tented camp.

From the Gokyo you will set out to trek the Mount Cho Oyu Base Camp by waking up early. It is positioned at an elevation of 5,000 meter with the advanced Base Camp at the elevation of 5,700 meter. The actual ascending sets us from the Base Camp at Camp I (7,000m). Stay overnight in tented camp.

On the following day you will get as a part of acclimatization which can be said as 2nd acclimatization day where you will stay in the camp and see the nearby sights. To ascend debate you need acclimatization. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Arriving at the Mt Cho Oyu Base Camp the actual phase of Cho Oyu Expedition starts to begin. From today and the day after today you will focus with full preparation with well training you will move progressing. It is true that at first you will concentrate for ascending High Camp but side by side your main goal should be for the Summit you need to have willpower and stamina. So, you will scale up to High Camp after completing the preparation given by our experienced professionals. You will enjoy ascend but at the same time you need to be alert since you are moving into the glacier trail. Completing the High Camp it’s time to attempt the Summit (8,201m) following the technical tips with passing two camps. Then, with progressing journey accomplishing the Summit you will return to the Base Camp. Stay overnight in tented camp.

From the Base Camp you will trek back to Gokyo and explore around it. Gokyo is another pleasing destination to start the trek so you will have immense things to look around here. Stay overnight in tented camp.

Once again from Gokyo you will move to Dole and from Dole you will head to Namche Bazaar on the next day so today you will stay at Dole, viewing the natural scenery. Stay overnight in lodge.

On the following day you will stroll back to Namche Bazaar from Dole and since you are already familiar with the setting of Namche it would be easy for you to stay and roam around the village. You can talk with the villagers and buy handmade things crafted by them. Stay overnight in lodge.

Collecting the good experiences at Namche Bazaar today you will move to trek to Phakding. Phakding is a beautiful village which is sufficient to give you the picture of simple village and humble native staying here. Stay overnight at lodge.

From Phakding you will set up for the trek to Lukla, which is supposed to be the gateway to Mount Everest. You can go for an excursion close to the village called Bom (3,000m). The interesting airport of Lukla is not compulsory but then if the trekkers wish to visit then it is included in the trek as well. As this is the last day of the trek you can spend it happily. Stay overnight at hotel.

On the following day you will take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu after accomplishing the adventurous trip. Even the flight to Kathmandu will bring lots of delightful things that you could not stop yourself from smiling. From the airport you will be transferred to hotel and you can cherish those precious moments lying on the comfortable bed. Stay overnight in hotel.

This is considered as free day since you have involved yourself in extensive trekking your body should take rest. In the evening you can move out but we request you to return soon as we are organizing a farewell program which includes cultural programs and dinner. Enjoy to the fullest you will pack your baggage since you will be leaving on the next day. Stay overnight in hotel.

This is the concluding day where you will check out from the hotel. You will be transferred into the Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu by the representative staff from Destination Nepal Trek. No matter how long you stay in Nepal throughout this tour package we will remember you and look forward to receive you very soon.


Mount Choyu is counted as the world’s 6th elevated mountain which is acknowledged as the sacred mountain for the native people. It positions as the lofty above the Tibetan plains standing on the border of Nepal and Tibet.

Choyu Expedition, designed by the knowledgeable team members of Destination Nepal Trek and our expedition team has achieved success all the time we have attempted to it. This is listed as the part of adventure trekking if you are looking for carrying out Nepal trekking.

The extensive days of Nepal trekking holidays in Choyu Expedition is thrilling one and you might be wonder how the mountain has got its name as ‘Choyu?’Solving your curiosity it means Mount Cho You is remembered as the Goddess of Turquoise that means in Tibetan terminology ‘Chomo’ signifies goddess and ‘Yu’ stands for Turquoise.

In additional it is also known as ‘Mighty Head’ or God’s Head. So, it has rooted with religious values and beliefs. In clear weather condition you can observe the breathtaking summit plateau along with the panorama of Lhotse, Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Chamlang along with further peaks that are positioned on Khumbu.

Discussing in relation to the trekking expedition in camp I you will stroll on the vague trail over the moraine enclosed glacier and is placed at the ridge 6,400 meter. On the edge of huge plateau you will encounter Camp II at 7,125 meter and at the lofty elevation of 7,550 meter Camp III is waiting for you.

Climbing History

Cho Oyu was the 5th of the 8000 meter peaks to be climbed. The order was: Annapurna, Everest, Nanga Parbat and K2.

  • 1921 Howard-Bury researched the area and got some good photos of Cho Oyu from the Nangpa La area. The access to the peak remained off limits from the Nepali side until 1951.
  • 1951-1952 Eric Shipton makes a recce to Everest and at the same time makes some research about Cho Oyu. He returns the year after with a strong team to make tests on gear and team members for the 1953 expedition.
  • 1954 Tichy and his team trespassed illegally into Tibet over the Nangpa La and started to climb on what later became the normal route on the west face. On the 19’th of October, 1954, Austrian climbers Tichy and Jochler, together with Indian citizen Pasang.
  • 1958 Pasang returned with Sonam and made the second ascent. The first death occurred on the peak during this expedition. After a highly disputed claim in 1964, the peak didn’t see any more ascents until the late 70’s.
  • 1978 Koblmüller and Furtner, two Austrians climb the SE face. They did it illegally and the ascent was disputed.
  • 1983 Messner, Kammerlander, Dacher climbed the peak alpine style with three bivouacs. It was Messner’s 10’th 8000’er. They climbed via a part new route on the south-west side.
  • 1984 Czechs Komarkova and Sterbova makes the first female ascent and repeated Messner’s line.
  • 1985 In Februari Cho Oyu was climbed for the first time in the winter. It was the fourth ever ascent of an 8000 meter peak in winter. On top of that, it was made on a new route, the hard south ridge. Berbeka & Pawlikowski summited the 12’th of February and Heinrich & Kukuczka followed three days later. This ascent made it 8000’er number 8 for Kukuczka and his second winter ascent that winter. The first was Dhaulagiri, the 21 of January with Andrzej Czok.
  • Cho Oyu got more and more popular in the 80’s and soon it became the 8000’er with the most ascents after Everest.
  • 1985 Jaromir Stejskal and Dusan Beck made the first 8000 meter peak winter ascent in alpine style.
  • 1988 Spanish climber Fernando Garrido was the first man who soloed a 8000 meters peak in winter.
  • 1988 The first ascent of the north face was made by Slovenians. Iztok Tomazin (solo) and in the next day’s Viktor Groselj, Koze Rozman, Rado Nadvesnik, Marko Prezelj, Blaz jereb and Roman Robas.
  • 1990 Lorethan, Troillet and Kurtyka climbed a difficult new route on the SW face. At the same time Yamanoi soloed a route just to the left of the above mentioned route in only two days
  • 1993 First female winter ascent was also on Cho Oyu. Swiss Marianne Chapuisat climbed the top in 1993.
  • 1995 A female Japanese expedition made an alpine style repetition of the 1990 route. Summit was reached by Takeo Nagao and Yuka Endoh after four days.
  • Laura Bakos recently became the first woman to ski down a 8000m peak.
  • Slovenian climber Pavle kozjek’s new route in late 2006The north face was climbed by Slovenian climbers in 1988.

Route to Choyu Expedition

The elegant North West face of Cho Oyu brings us up fairly easy angled 30 degree snow slopes. There is one steep serac barrier to negotiate at 6800m. Where necessary, fixed lines will be placed to aid us on steeper sections. Following our acclimatization walks in Nylam and Tingri, we will arrive at the Chinese Base Camp where we begin our exciting preparations to move up to Base Camp at 5700m via an Intermediate Camp at around 5400m, to aid acclimatization.

Camp 1 (6400m) is reached in 4-6 hours via an initial walk up the Gyabrag Glacier, up a steep scree to a broad snow shoulder and our first high camp.

Camp 2 (7100m) we follow the snow ridge out of Camp 1 to a steep 50 meter ice wall, which provides us with our most challenging climb on this route. To make this ascent safe we use fixed ropes.

Camp 3 (7500m) we are now on easier ground and we reach our third camp in around four hours. At this altitude there is a tremendous sense of effort to gain further height.

Summit Day: It takes 6-9 hours to attain Cho Oyu’s grand summit plateau. The route takes us over moderately easy snow and rock; it is now only the weather and altitude that can stand in our way of conquering this grand 8000m peak.

Looking forward

After a rich Himalayan trekking experience, our Choyu Expedition will end at the Lukla airstrip descending through the traditional trade center Namche Bazaar.

Nepalgram Adventure is glade to design your Choyu Expedition in Nepal as a complete Nepal travels with our experienced climbing/Trekking guides and expert staff for your satisfaction.

Climbing permit cost

ChoYou (8201M)$ 1800$ 900$ 450

Choyu Expedition cost details of Nepalgram Adventure

49 days trekking and climbing programs. Include Lodge, tent accommodations, Breakfasts, Lunch, Dinners, Porters’ High climbing guide & cook.

The price also includes fixed rope, main rope, ices crow, snow bar, ice hammer & all the group gears need while climbing the peak.

Hotel in Kathmandu as per our itinerary is included. Transport, Climbing permit and insurance is included in the cost for Choyu Expedition.

We assure kind hearted and experienced staff who knows how-to trace the route on glacier route, high pass route, and how to fix the rope for ice climbing, and how to climb the Choyu Expedition with minimal risk and precisely successful pattern.

Major Highlights of Choyu Expedition

  • Passing through terrace middle hills of Nepal, explore local custom, way of life, exploring Buddhists monastery, large numbers of panoramic Himalayan sights.
  • Climb Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world.
  • Enjoy a unique mountaineering adventure on the Tibet-Nepal border.
  • Discover the amazing mountain culture of the Himalayas.

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