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Cho oyu Expedition

One of the classic climbing expeditions to the sixth highest mountain of the world, Cho-Oyu (8150m\ 26658ft.) expedition provides you the panoramic views of many stunning mountains like: Cho you (8153m\26748ft.), Gyachung Kang (7955m\26099ft.), Everest (8848m\29028ft.), Lhotse (8501m\27890ft.), etc. along with beautiful ancient monasteries of Khumbu region : Thyangbochey and Dinbochey. Passing the main trade route between Khumbu and Tibet, you can get a great chance to explore wildlife habitat of this region including: wild deer, wolf, spotted deer, red panda, musk deer, wild yak etc. and culture of local people following their own different traditions, rituals and norms. You can get a chance to observe the amazing Gokyo Lake as well. The trek is technically difficult to climb and requires previous experience for climbing.

Cho Oyu Peak which is also called as Mt. Wowowuyag is the sixth highest mountain in the world which is located in the west of Mt. Everest. This peak requires serious and technical preparation and many knows, Cho Oyu 8201 m (26906 fit) should not be taken lightly despite it being hyped as easy peak to climb. The peak is situated Everest region just a distant from world’s highest mountain Everest (8848m) and fourth highest mountain (Lhotse). The west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La, a 19000 foot glacier pass, also the main trade route between the Sherpa’s of Khumbu and Tibet. First summit was made by Austrian team in 19658 and 1964 respectively. We can climb the peak from 5 different ridges – Northwest, Southeast, Southwest and West.

Likewise, this trek is best for trekkers who wish to take up more challenge and "stay off the beaten path". And climbing is best for those asking for easy yet challenging peaks to climb. It also offer chance to speculate the biggest monastery of Khumbu district – Tengboche Monastry. Experience the harmony of Hinduism and Buddhism during Kathmandu sightseeing which is also next experience of the trip. In Gokyo Lake, we get to enjoy the true scenery of Nepal and we can see mountains which includes Cho you (8153m), Gyachung Kang (7955m), Everest (8848), Lhotse (8501m), etc. Next ,one of the breathtaking moments is when you can enjoy the up close view of Mt. Everest and visit the biggest Sherpa village – Khumjung village which is another attraction during the trek because we can explore the village and visit exotic monasteries, the Hillary School and finally return to Namchhe for overnight stay after the successful summit of Cho Oyu, then back to Lukla and fly to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, however the trip ends, we arrange a small get-together party to celebrate the successful summit of Cho Oyu with Sherpa, climbing guides and other team members where special guest is you.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

Welcome to Kathmandu! Our airport representative picks you up from airport and transfers you directly to reserved hotel. A small meeting will be held in the evening to introduce with climbing guides and other staffs. Also, we discuss about the upcoming adventure depending upon your arrival time.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation

For the day time, you explore historically important monuments and heritages of Nepal while we prepare necessary equipments and gears for your smooth climb. Climbing equipment is inspected by licensed climbing guide and then only after his/her approval we finalize the gears to be equipped. Late in the evening, depending upon the situation, you take basic training of peak climbing.

Day 3
Fly to Lukla (2800) and trek to Phakding (2610m) – 34 min & about 5 hrs

We take dramatic flight to Lukla, one of the best parts of the trip. Lukla is famous as the village of Sherpa’s. Upon arrival, we arrange loads and commence our journey further ahead. Journey passes through Dudh Koshi (“Milk River”), and finally after hours of trek we reach to Phakding. Here, you can take rest to acclimatize or visit local monastery nearby. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 4
Trek to Namchhe Bazaar (3440m) – about 6 hrs

From Phakding, we trek to Namchhe Bazaar. The trail is uphill with downhill combined of crossing rivers and bridges. This way, our trekking permits are checked and pass some famous suspension bridge as well. Namche Bazaar is the main administrative and trading centre for the Khumbu region. With the inclusive of magnificent forests of blue pine, fir, juniper and rhododendron as well as first view of Everest, it helps you to control the anticipation of the thrilling journey. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 5
Namchhe Bazaar: Acclimatization

The acclimatization is best done with the hike that is by hiking up to the valley of Bhote Koshi River (“River from Tibet”) because according to the experts of mountains, they say that staying idle for the acclimatization is not good for the body. Therefore, we remain active throughout the day. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 6
Trek to Dole (4200m) 5-6 hrs

We trek to Dole from Namchhe Bazaar after acclimatization. It becomes easy for us to adjust with the trail after the acclimatization. The trail that we are about to take beautifully showcases Sherpa villages as we trek from Pangla and Luza. Amazing mountain views and mainly Sherpa villages are the highlights of today’s trek. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 7
Trek to Machhermo (4470m)

Through the forest of Rhododendron and passing several summer measures and grazing land takes us to Machhermo. Today, you see stunning view of Cho Oyu in front, this is sure shot to make you delighted and also build up the real anticipation to conquer the peak – Cho Oyu. You can see Thanmserku and Khantega from here. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 8
Trek to Gokyo Lake (4790m)

We move to Gokyo Lake. Passing through the charming trail to Pangka, we go uphill on a vertical rock by the face of the glacier. We then envelop up the first, second and third lakes gradually. Then we reach marvelous and enclosed Gyachung and Cho Oyu dominating the shades in of the beautiful lake. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 9
Trek to Mt Cho Oyu Base Camp

We trek to Mt. Cho Oyu Base Camp from Gokyo. We wake up early in the morning and then proceed toward the elevation of 5700 meter from 5000 meter. From here, we start our climbing journey to Mt. Cho Oye (8210m). Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 10
Rest day for preparation/acclimatization

We acclimatize here and make ourselves comfortable with new altitude. Sitting idle is not a proper acclimatization according to the experts so we stay active thoughout the day. We practice techniques and learn new moves to successfully excel Mt. Cho Oyu. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 11
Summit Mt Cho Oyu Expedition (8,201m) & return to BC Trek back to Gokyo

We trek back to Gokyo from the base camp. As we trek back you can see amazing views of mountains and get immense pleasure. Exploring around and learning new information from guides, we make our trek back to Gokyo. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 12
Trek to Dole

Overlooking the snow-capped mountains of Shanasa, we go though the loop of Namchhe Bazaar. We descend downhill to Mongla then from Phortse Thangna. This is amazing trail with views of mountains and villages with different culture and fairly spread tea houses offering basic servings. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 13
Trek to Namchhe Bazaar

We re-trace back from the same trail as we had made previous journey. We stop at Namchhe Bazaar for amazing views of mountains in populated small settlement. You can roam around the village, talk with the locals, shop for handmade things and make new friend in Himalaya. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 14
Trek to Phakding

We trek to beautiful village Phakding with green sceneries and humble villagers. This is our second last trekking of the trip so make most out of it because after this, we are going to the hustle and bustle of civilization of Kathmandu and live city life. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 15
Trek to Lukla

Descending steeply downward we take slow walk across the rocky terrain. Then we cross the suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi and take quite and charming route. The trail is same as we trekked uphill but the sceneries appear different and the rhododendron & pine forest makes this trail even interesting. You can see Sherpa culture with prayer stones and flags in the monasteries once you arrive Lukla. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 16
Flight to Kathmandu – 35 min

We take scenic flight back to Kathmandu. And you can do shopping or buy souvenirs for your friends and family. Better you can relax, have some massage and dine the best meals of the city in some of the best restaurants. We organize small get-together with Sherpa’s, climbing guides and other office staffs to celebrate our successful climbing with especial dinner program in Kathmandu.

Day 17

After winding up a successful trip, our representative drops you off to the airport for your further journey. You are dropped to the airport around 3 hours before the departure so that there may not be any delays. Have a safe journey!

Cost included

  • Arrival & Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals on tented camping & Lodge expedition
  • Accommodation on tented camp
  • Half day guided city tour as listed in itinerary
  • Peak Climbing Permit Royalty and other government tax
  • Group Climbing gear including climbing rope, ice axe, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, carabineer etc.
  • All camping equipment - 2-person member tent, dinning tent, kitchen tent, staff & porter tent, toilet tent with commode, dining table with backrest chair etc.
  • Free use of quality trekking gear - sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, insulated mat, down jacket, duffel bag etc during the trip
  • Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
  • Insurance of all staff including porters
  • Adventure Treks T-shirts / other seasonal gifts as perks
  • 10 % VAT and 13% TSC Taxes.
  • High altitudes chamber bags (PAC) for very high altitudes

Cost excluded

  • Nepal entry Visa fees, your travel insurance of any kind (emergency evacuation insurance is recommended as this is an adventurous trip and evacuation by Helicopter may be necessary)
  • International Airfare
  • Lunch and Dinner except mentioned itinerary
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips items for trekking crew members personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, Telephone, laundry, beverage drinks etc.

Useful information

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Kanchenjunga region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Kanchenjunga trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 5 – 7 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Kanchenjunga No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.


Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.


Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Kanchenjunga trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.


Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Kanchenjunga trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.


T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Kanchenjunga region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.


Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Kanchenjunga region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

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Trip Facts

  • 8201 meter
  • (1-18)+ member ( we organizes School , collage, University, private group, Family group and solo travelers as well )
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Nepal
  • Trekking , Hiking, Sightseeing,climbing
  • March to May and September to December
  • Flight, Bus, Tourist & private vehicle