Cho Oyu Expedition - 43 Days

In Cho Oyu Expedition, you climb the sixth highest mountain (8201 m) of the world. Literally, Cho – Oyu means a turquoise god. From the Tibet side, you can see the turquoise color of Cho – Oyu. During the expedition, you climb on ice wall, to the top of glacier, and on a scree. In addition to these, you also walk on a ridge, which leads you to a series of ice cliffs. At 6600 m, you climb a steep ice wall of 50 m, which poses challenge to you. From the ice cliffs, you see large crevasses.

Fixed ropes are placed in conjunction with other climbers. It is on the way to camp 3 that you see the southern mountains of Nepal, as well as, the arid plateau of the Northern Tibet. On the summit day, you see a magnificent view of mountains, such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Menlugtse, Gyachung Kang, and Gaurisankar. You also see the Khumbu Himal. The route from the base camp consists mainly of low-angled 30 degrees snow slopes. You come across a sérac barrier at 6,400 meters. The highest camp is located at 7,500 m, and it also stands as a launch pad for the summit.

Before Cho – Oyu Expedition, you fly across the scenic Tibetan Plateau. In Lhasa, you visit the Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery, which looks impressive with a golden roof. You also visit the Potala Palace, which is spectacular and which has staterooms and chapels. The palace stretches 400 m long from east to west and 350 m from north to south, and it also has sloping stone walls, whose thickness vary from 3 m to 5 m. The foundation of the Potala Palace is made of copper to protect the palace against earthquake. With 13 stories of building, over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues , the palace scales upto a height of 117 m, and the building is situated on top of the “Red Hill”.

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345 m).There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

Official formalities and Preparation day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 3

Final Preparation day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 4

Fly to Lhasa. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 5 and 6

Guided sightseeing around Lhasa. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 7

Drive to Shigatse. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 8

Drive to Xegar. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 9

Arrive at Chinese Base Camp. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 10

Rest and Acclimatization day in Chinese base camp. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 11

Rest and Preparation day in Chinese base camp. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 12 to 15

Days 13 to 16 Trek to Cho Oyu base camp. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 16 to 39

Climbing period of Mt. Cho Oyu. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 40

Descend to Cho Yuo Base Camp and drive to Tingri. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 41

Drive Zhangmu. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 42

Drive to Kathmandu.. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 43

Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Guided Sightseeing in Lhasa and Tibet
  • Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage
  • The Highest Tableland of the World
  • Cho Oyu Summit
  • Chinese Base Camp
  • Tashilumpo Monastery
  • Northern Edge of the Greater Himalaya
  • Gyabrag Glacier
  • Day 1Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m)

    The representative of Ace Holidays receives you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You see the representative displaying the signboard of Ace Holidays outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle of Ace Holidays. Before the trip, there is a meeting. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form, and a non – liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions of your trip. It is also in this meeting that Ace Holidays gives you gifts, such as a Duffel Bag and a Cap. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.(Breakfast Provided)

    Note:If you arrive late in the evening, you will be briefed about the trip by your guide at the hotel lobby.

  • Day 2 Official Formalities in Kathmandu

    There will be briefing at the Ministry of Tourism in Kathmandu. The expedition leader will check that everyone’s equipment is in working order. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 3 Final Preparation Day in Kathmandu

    The team of Acec Holidays will do last-minute purchases. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 4 Fly to Lhasa

    Early morning, you will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for a flight to Lhasa. This stunning flight takes you directly across the main Himalayan range, providing magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gonggar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, you will be driven to Lhasa. The remainder of the day is spent by resting and adjusting to Lhasa’s higher altitude. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 5 and 6Sightseeing Around Lhasa

    After breakfast, you will visit the popular and awe-inspiring Potala Palace, Lhasa’s most famous attraction. The palace was the seat of the Dalai Lama until 1959, and it has served as the final resting place for many Dalai Lamas. Today it is a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also visit the Jokhang Temple, the most respected religious structure in Tibet. You may also see Norbulingka Palace, the summer home of the Dalai Lamas, Tashilhunpo Monastery,and Drepung monastery. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 7Drive to Shigatse

    Today, you will enjoy a long drive across the Tibetan Plateau. Soon after leaving Lhasa, you reach the banks of the Tsang Po, which becomes the Brahmaputra River when it enters into India. There, you will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, built in 1447. This is the residence of the Panchan Lama, the second most influential religious figure of Tibet. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 8Drive to Xegar

    As you drive along the Tibetan Highway, you see the northern edge of the Greater Himalaya, including Mt. Everest. If time allows, then you will be able to visit the main town and its hilltop monastery. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 9Acclimatization Day

    Today is an acclimatization day. In this day, you will prepare to walk in a high altitude. For example, Chinese Base Camp. You are advised to avoid overexerting, but you are recommended to hiking up to its hilltop monastery (4,200 m). Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 10 Arrival at Chinese Base Camp

    Today, you will reach the Chinese Base Camp. Leaving Xegar, you turn south along the bumpy track that leads to the road’s end below Cho Oyu. Stay overnight in a tented camp (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 11 Organization at Chinese Base Camp

    Today is an important day for the preparation of the trek. Loads will be sorted out and readied for transportation, and the yaks that will carry them will arrive in the afternoon. Stay overnight in a tented camp (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 12 to 15Trek to Cho Oyu Base Camp

    With yaks carrying the expedition’s equipments, you trek up the long valley to the base camp. Three nights will be spent at intermediate camps, which are set up between 5,200 m and 5,450 m. Acclimatization will pay you off, and you can feel this as you head towards the base camp. You will spend the remainder of the day by organizing climbing equipment. On day 16 also, you will acclimatize. Stay overnight in a tented camp (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 16 to 39 Climbing up North-West Face of Cho Oyu

    From this point on, it is not possible to detail a climbing plan, because the pace will depend upon the leader and the particular team.

    You will acclimatize and learn mountain climbing skills, such as how to use the oxygen bottles and radios. The guide will also sort out climbing equipment and clothing needed for the mountain, setting aside the food you need for the upper camps (as this will be placed there ahead of time by the Sherpa).From the base camp, you climb along the glacier toward the mountain and Camp 1. Because of the high altitude, this first trip up the Gyabrag Glacier and onto the mountain itself is for familiarizing participants with climbing and their equipments. It provides an excellent opportunity to view the route that will be taken and assess the mountain conditions. Once the expedition leader is happy with the team’s acclimatization, you begin (weather permitting) to climb the mountain in earnest. In order to reach the position from where you can make successful summit, the Sherpas will make sure that all camp stores and food are taken care of. The expedition leader will check and make sure that everyone is in good health and is properly adjusted to the altitude.

    Throughout the climb, the leader will use a method that adjusts team members to the ever-increasing altitudes. This will be achieved by “climbing high and sleeping low,” until each person feels suitably well adjusted to make the next move up to a higher camp. At each camp, the team will climb high but then return to the lower camp to sleep. Finally, the team will return to the base camp for a prolonged rest of at least four days before moving to Camp 3 in preparation for the ultimate climb to the top. Mountain camps are situated as follows:

    Camp 1

    Camp 1 is at 6,400 meters and is five to eight hours from the base camp. The camp is reached by a steep climb from the head of the glacier at 6,100 m. From here, the route follows steep scree, which improves as height is gained. Camp 1 is located on a broad shoulder of snow, which leads up to a ridge above the camp.

    Camp 2

    Above Camp 1, a snow ridge leads to a series of ice cliffs. The way through these involves climbing a steep 50 m ice wall at over 6,600 m. Although straightforward, this is the hardest climbing on the route, requiring great effort to climb the steep ice at such an altitude. Improved acclimatization and greater familiarity make the prospect of subsequent climbs through the ice cliffs less daunting, but the challenge remains physically strenuous with each journey to Camp 2. Throughout this section, fixed ropes are placed in conjunction with other teams operating on the mountain at the same time. Above the ice cliffs, there are several large crevasses, which we make our way around until they finally give way, giving access to Camp 2 at 7,000 m. Depending upon the snow conditions, this can be a very demanding day of six to eight hours.

    Camp 3

    Camp 3 is at 7,400 m and roughly four hours above Camp 2. This camp is located beneath a rock band that cuts off the snow slopes of the upper basin. As we rise above beautiful Nangpa Gosum peaks, the mountains of Nepal can be seen to the south, and the arid Tibetan Plateau to the north. Although the distance to Camp 3 is short and easy, the high altitude makes the path more demanding.

    Once at Camp 3, you must make every effort to prepare for the following day. This means eating, drinking, and resting. To function effectively on Summit Day, it is vital for climbers to drink as much as possible in order to replenish the calories and fluids lost during the climb. This can be a challenge because of the altitude, which makes the physical work slightly difficult, and which makes water boiling slower than usual.

    Summit Day

    Summit Day begins early, as it takes several hours to make breakfast, to hydrate properly, and to fully prepare equipment before embarking. The camp faces west, so there is plenty of time for preparations before we depart as the sun rises. Once on our way, easily navigable snow and rock ledges lead through the short rock band above the camp. Gradually the angle of the slope relents until we emerge onto the broad windswept back of the mountain. Now it is only a matter of putting one foot in front of the other to slowly gain the towering distant summit of Cho Oyu, overshadowed only by Mt. Everest. The magnificent vista surrounds you as you cross the vast summit plateau toward the peaks, such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Menlugtse, Gyachung Kang and Gaurisankar, as well as the peaks of the Khumbu Himal. You reach the summit five to eight hours after leaving Camp 3.

    For the descent, the same route will be followed, with nights spent at Camp 3 and Camp 1.On day 40, all climbers should be back at the base camp with their belongings and equipment. If you are successful in completing the climb ahead of schedule, you will leave the base camp early and head back to Kathmandu. However, experience has shown that you will need all of the allotted days unless mountain conditions and the acclimatization process go exceptionally well. (High Quality Camping Tents will be provided in each camp)(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 40Trek back to road

    After finishing your climb, you will descend back to the road-head with yaks carrying your equipments. Your road transport will be waiting for you. Stay overnight in a tented camp (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 41 Drive to Zhangmu

    Although the road from Lhasa to Kathmandu is in good condition, we have broken the 14 hours drive and have allotted to 2 days. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 42 Drive to Kathmandu

    Enjoy a scenic drive from Zhangmu to Kathmandu. If you are interested in Jungle Safari, River Rafting, Paragliding, and Shopping, then you can start by hiring Ace Holidays. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 43Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure

    Today is the last day of your trip because you are departing from Kathmandu. You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport on time. (Breakfast provided)

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you see the guide holding the signboard of Ace Holidays, and your guide accompanies you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, your guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Important Note: The local porters at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, may ask tip/money to you. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THEM, not even to the person, who is holding Ace Holidays' sign board. Begging is one of the harsh realities of this country, Ace Holidays believes that it should be discouraged. Ace Holidays will also not repay you if you give money to anyone at Tribhuwan International Airport.

Accommodation

Accommodation includes in shared rooms in Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Lhasa on bed and breakfast. In Shigatse, Xegar, and Zhangmu the accommodation will be at basic guesthouse in twin sharing and at times even in dormitory, including breakfast

The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people to maximum 14 people, the average number is normally 9 people. Ace Holidays providse 1 lead guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more), Ace Holidays assigns 1 porter for 2 trekkers. For the climbing day we provide the experienced climbing Sherpa at 2:1 ratio (2 clients for one climbing guide)

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful guides make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these guides on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitudes. With an object of serving local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The trek, tour, and expedition leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training:

-Intensive Wilderness First Aid
-Trekking Guide Training
-Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
-English Language
-Conservation and Biodiversity
-Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Best Seasons

April to November

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.

Donation

Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program

The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in the villages of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

All the equipments like Base camp tents, kitchen accessories and all the group climbing equipments ( climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar, ice hammer) is provided by the company.

    Climbing Gears

    The Climbing equipments are much more expensive to buy. So, please let us know if you want to rent the equipments at the additional cost of USD 250 per person. The following equipments are essential for climbing Island peak.

  • 1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners
  • 1 Pair of crampons (steel, no aluminum)
  • 1 Alpine climbing harness
  • 1 Mountaineering axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
  • 1 Ascender (right or left handed as appropriate)
  • 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide are good options)
  • 2 D-Shaped locking carabiners
  • 2 Non-locking carabiners
  • 1 Pair expedition style gaiters (ensure fit over your boots)
  • Neck gaiter
  • Ski goggles (optional)
  • Climbing helmet (optional)
  • Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere, which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
  • Lower Body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool)
  • Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Climbing stick
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • Toiletaries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Hygeine

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • iPod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket Rental

    You can rent the good sleeping bag and down jacket from Ace Holidays. The price is USD 25 per person for the each item, total USD 50 per person for both items for the entire trip.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
  • Additional Information

    Have more questions and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability for it, please visit our FAQs page tab or contact us.

Ace Holidays has stated the price per person below. Group Discounts of 5% to 15% is available for booking of 4 or more than 4 persons. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. You can also customize a trip, according to your requirements.

Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their trips to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.

Private Journey

Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

You can also use this trip as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. You can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti River, the Trisuli River or the Bhote Koshi River. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in our tailor-made form.

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Price Includes
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by Tourist Vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in two star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • Two star hotel accommodation in Lhasa, including breakfast, and basic guesthouse accommodation in Shegar, Shigatse, and Zangmu including Breakfast.
  • Full board meal during camping at base camp, and while climbing, prepared by our cook with hot Tea & coffee.
  • All base camp and Advance base camp camping gears (We will provide fully water proof dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent at the base camp)
  • High quality tents for all camps.
  • Insurance for all Nepali staffs and porters including helicopter rescue provision.
  • Boiled and purify drinking water.
  • Expedition permits
  • Liaison officer and his round trip flight, insurance, wages, expedition equipments etc.
  • High altitude climbing food, fuel, Gas above base camp (you are also advised to bring some high altitude food yourselves)
  • Guide, cook, porters, helpers up to base camp
  • Climbing Sherpas (1 member = 1 Sherpa Ratio on climbing day)
  • A well stocked first aid and medical kit sufficient to counter any possible mountaineering ailments, from headache to serious injury.
  • Extra Oxygen equipment for medical use and summit (from 7,000m) only.
  • A portable hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag)
  • Emergency communications on the mountain and satellite communications link for helicopter evacuation.
  • Mask regulator
  • Power supply at Base Camp for charging electronics (solar backup)
  • Flight cost from Kathmandu - Lhasa including airport departure tax.
  • Chinese visa and permit. (We handle all the paperwork for the Chinese visa and all the Tibet travel and climbing permits)
  • All our government taxes and vat.
    Please Note :
  • USD 850 per person, if you want to upgrade to five star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and best possible accommodation in Tibet.
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)
  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos). Internet and telephone calls.
  • Lunch and dinner for the entire trip (It costs you roughly USD 15 to 20 per person per day for lunch and dinner).
  • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, cold drinks and laundry.
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and Driver. (Tipping is expected)
  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

Trip Highlights

  • Guided Sightseeing in Lhasa and Tibet
  • Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage
  • The Highest Tableland of the World
  • Cho Oyu Summit
  • Chinese Base Camp
  • Tashilumpo Monastery
  • Northern Edge of the Greater Himalaya
  • Gyabrag Glacier

How will the Expedition operate?

After meeting all your team and crew in Kathmandu, we fly directly from Kathmandu to Lhasa. After exploring Lhasa and Potala Palace, we drive to the base camp and after some rest and preparations, we begin the ascent. Base camp will be a collection of sleeping tents, as well as a large kitchen and dining tent. We utilize the services of specially trained Sherpa cooks. The guides and Sherpas will fix rope on the route and stock the camps with provisions and equipment. By utilizing fixed rope, we can climb in average weather, and, if necessary descend to base camp with little problem in case of a major storm. Two or three climbing Sherpas will assist with the load carrying, but no more will be engaged in order to avoid clogging the route and spoiling the nature of the climb. When the fixed line is in place, and the two camps are established and stocked, we will climb back up the ropes and make a bid for the summit. Sufficient supplies will be available to support all members. Guides and Sherpas will carry all group gears, but members are expected to carry their own personal gears. Radios will be used to co-ordinate the movements on the mountain and to provide a safety back-up for the lead team.

I want to climb Cho Oyu, but there are so many options and the cost is high! Why should I choose Ace Holidays? What makes you different to other companies out there?

As we all know that when you make a decision to climb any 8,000 m peak, it is one of the most financially challenging trips to come on. Our prices compared to other outfitters that provide the same product, services, if not a lesser product are actually less! We invite you to shop around and compare, both in price and quality. We feel strongly that you will find us to be the best in the business. One of the main things that set us apart is our attention to detail. Nowhere else you will find a team of people more dedicated to your success! From the time you contact the office to the time you step on the mountain, our customer service is the best. Another most important reason to choose is our community service. Our trip prices are much more reasonable compare to many global based companies; it is not because we are economical in service in which we operate. We are local operator therefore we DO NOT re-sell or use second party or agency. Many international companies will take anything from one third to three quarters of the profits this is how your trip price makes huge unusual.

Can my friends and family come along to base camp for the climbing?

Sure! This is one of the best parts points to start the expedition. Having family and friends trek to base camp to see you off on your journey. Base camp for non-climbers is not a very hospitable place, but we strive to make your guests comfortable and welcome. Guests for the duration of the expedition are allowed on a case by case basis. The reason for this is simple. On the trip, our job is to be climbing; spending time just at base camp can be quite boring sometimes, so we usually encourage guests to trek in at the beginning or end of the expedition, to join you during the most exciting parts of the trip! Contact us for details.

As the trip is so long, can I bring food and other gear not on the list?

Of course! Most people on the climbing, members end up bringing “the kitchen sink”!

Is there a private trip option too? If yes, how does that work and what are the costs?

Taking as your Cho Oyu climbing may be a once in a lifetime experience, we wanted to make sure you have every possible advantage. Some clients enjoy the added privacy and schedule flexibility that a private expedition allows. A private means you will have your own guides, your share of the Sherpa carry staff, a private dining tent, and optional private communication facilities. This allows you to climb at your own pace, and enjoy the mountain on your own terms. The costs vary depending on how many clients there are in your private group. Please contact the office for details.

Are the skills/prior experiences required for this climb?

You must have a solid experience of climbing skills. It is suitable for experienced, self-sufficient mountaineers. Climbers who have already climbed the peaks like Mera Peak; Island, Huascaran, Illimani, Denali, Muztag Ata, Spantik or similar, could well consider Cho Oyu. Climbers must be in excellent physical condition. Climbing an 8,000m peak is a tough test of endurance; both physical and psychological. Only having such condition, one has maximum chance of kissing on the top.

What are the conditions needed for this climb?

You should be in the best shape of your life! This is our long climb of the year. It requires patience, stamina, mental fortitude, and a strong will. Summit day can sometimes be over 15 hours long! Day by day the challenges are different, but the more prepared you are, both mentally and physically, the smoother your trip will go.

In a team, how many climbers will be on this climbing?

Maximum 10 members can be included in our Cho Oyu Expedition. This is to ensure that we can maintain safety and our attention on detail. There may be more in base camp and in the camps on the mountain if there are private expeditions, but they will generally travel separately from the main team.

Can I contact other climbers or guides for this climbing?

Yes, we encourage that. Perhaps there may be someone in your area that can become a training partner, perhaps they can help you source some hard to find gear. The bottom line is that it’s a good idea to have some contact with folks that you will share this experience with.

What kind of accommodation should I expect in Tibet and climbing? Is there a single room option on this trip?

Travelling in Tibet is one of the best experiences in life, the travelers are required to know that Tibet is located in a very high altitude. It is natural that most of the travelers have the more expectations while travelling any part of the world in terms of hotels, accommodations and the services as a whole. But what we have to consider that world is not perfect and no one is perfect. Since, Tibet is located in very high altitude, the hotels, accommodations and other services can't be expected deluxe similar to Kathmandu all the moment. We normally provide two star (as per Tibetan stander) hotel accommodation in Lhasa but the accommodation outside of Lhasa can be very basic and some time even dormitory style. All the accommodations are pre-booked before starting the trip. While in the tour, if you want to change the hotels, the additional cost should paid by you to our guide directly. You will have your own tent in base camp, but on the mountain and while one the 4WD tour in Tibet, you will be sharing a room with others. We generally book you in to a single room in the hotel in Kathmandu. A single supplement is available. Please contact us for further details.

How heavy will my pack be?

It will depend on the day. On a “carry” day, where you are moving your personal gear between camps, your pack can be 20-40lbs, equal to 9-18kg , sometimes higher if you choose to carry more of your equipment. On “move” days, the weight goes down significantly, to 10-15lbs., 5-7kg.

What kind of food do you have on the mountain? Or at the base camp?

All these will depend on what camp we are in. In the base camp, we import tons of food from Kathmandu. So don’t be surprised by our sushi nights, fresh muffins, yoghurt for breakfast, and pizza! On the mountain, we usually have a wide variety of meals; these are significantly tastier than freeze dried, as they are real food and ready to heat and eat! At our advanced base camp, we have Sherpa cook staff, who prepare more ‘base camp like’ food. Pizza, pasta, eggs and bacon! We work hard to make sure our food is second to none. We will arrange hotel and guesthouse accommodation including breakfast below base camp, however lunch and dinner in the hotel and guesthouse is not covered by our package price, you will be spending roughly US$ 14 to USU 18 per day for the lunch and dinner. From base camp and above until you return to base all the foods are provided.

How long will be a typical day on the mountain?

It depends on the day and your level of acclimatization. At the beginning of the trip, everything seems slower and longer, but as you get more adjusted to the mountain, the days go quicker. Average days can be 5-12 hours long. Summit day can be up to 15 hours long.

Is communication possible on the expedition? If yes, what its type?

Experience has shown how important it is on mountain to be able to talk to every team member, at all times. If you join Ace Holidays, you will have a dedicated radio. Each Sherpa will also have his own radio, so that at all times we can keep in touch with everyone, and everyone can keep in touch with each other.Expedition updates are then posted on the web and/or are sent to family and friends via email.

Can I use US$ in Tibet?

Besides Chinese Yuan, US dollars are accepted in Tibet. Also shops that accept American currency are very limited and you might not be able to get a good deal for an exchange rate. Credit cards can only be used at some hotels. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China (exchange rate between USD & RMB is 1:7.5 at the time of writing this text). While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes. Tibet is becoming more expensive every year. There are many shops in Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse that sell traditional Tibetan handicrafts. We recommend you to bring extra money to spend on souvenirs.

What sort of hotels do we stay at in Kathmandu?

We use standard rooms of 2 star hotel in Kathmandu, including breakfast.

What time should I arrive and where do I meet my guides?

There will be an Ace Holidays' representative at the airport to meet you, and the first of many team briefing occurs in the evening of day 1 and 2 in Kathmandu with our local Sherpa guides.

Do your guides have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?

Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Proflies and Training Certificates. Are there any volunteer projects that we could visit after the trek? Ace Holidays is one of the prime supporters of the social organization Sambhav Nepal. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari (Gorkha district) which you are more than welcome to visit or even volunteer. You will be able to gain a different insight into the lives of the people in the hills and also make a difference.

Is there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

No, you have to book your own International flight by yourself. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book from us. But we will book the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa and its price is included in the trip cost.

Will it be possible to get any clothes washed along the way, to enable load to be kept as light as possible?

Laundry service is difficult to find, except in cities like Kathmandu and Lhasa.

Can I rent climbing equipment from you?

Yes. Please contact us for the price. However, we strongly suggest bringing the good quality equipment by yourself.

What kind of guide do you have for climbing?

We have experienced local Sherpa guides, who have scaled the mountains of over 7,000 and 8,000 meters including Cho Oyu.

How much should I budget for this expedition? How much cash should I plan to bring?

Since this is our biggest and longest trip, we usually suggest our climbing members to bring USD $1500 - $2000. This will cover everything from gifts, to bottled drinks, tips, and anything else that catches your eye on the trail. ATM cash machines work in Kathmandu, but only pay the local currency, Rupees.

How much should I tip my guide staff?

The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide. Recommended tipping and Sherpa bonuses are as follow: • Allow $80-150 for general non-sherpa crew who stay at base camp. • Allow $150-250 for sherpas who go up to the base camp. • Summit climbing Sherpa US$ 400 – 600 per Sherpa

What if I arrive early or depart late?

As long as possible, we request you to arrive in Kathmandu on the assigned date, to assure your baggage makes it on time, and you have time to recover from jet lag before trekking. It is hard to catch the group if you are arriving late and still waiting for lost baggage! We can arrange extra nights in the hotel. Many people depart from our Nepal expeditions later, to enjoy the sights and sounds of Kathmandu, but do keep in mind that this is long expedition and we find that people want to head home as quickly as possible after the climb finishes.

Can i obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?

YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos. Please obtain the 90 days visa when you arrive because 30 days is not good enough for this trip. We will handle all the visa and travelling permit for Tibet and it is included in the trip price.

What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?

In major places, we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places, hotel water in bucket will be provided for shower. We will also have the shower tent at the base camp.

Is Ace Holidays' staff insured?

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.

Can I add extra days to my trip?

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trip we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food

Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

Depending on the group size we use both porter or Yaks to carry your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip

What is your cancellation policy? Refund policy?

Climbing member may cancel his/her participation on the following basis: • Two months before trip departure - 50% refund of the total cost. • After Two months - no refund will be made.

What immunizations will I need?

Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell us if you are suffering from any disease.

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