- Zambuling Trekking offers Full Board Service for our entire range of flagship Mountaineering Expeditions to all 8000m peaks. Our Full Board service means that we will provide a Trekking service, an in-Base camp service and High camp service executed by your Sherpa Climbing Guide. All our Full Board clients will have a personal Sherpa Climbing guide exclusively dedicated to the client for the duration of the climb.
Our climbing Sherpa guide team will establish and secure climbing route in collaboration with other climbing teams participating on the route; Establish all high camps with camping equipment, provisions and oxygen and prepare high altitude food for his client; Assist his client on the route and ensure client safety and well being on the route through guiding and negotiating the route access priorities at pace and schedule determined by clients’ physical condition and preferred pace; Ensure total commitment to the client in case of emergency with clients’ safety and well being as overriding priority.
High camp service for Full Board Service clients will consist of provision of all equipment necessary to fix the route, all camping equipment, fuel and food for high camps as well as oxygen provision, including mask and regulator and latest model of Poisk oxygen, Summit system of Mask regulators in quantities specified in your climbing itinerary as per height of Mountain.
Full Board Service Cost Includes:
- Arrival and departure transfer services to and from both Domestic and International flight as per itinerary.
- Assistance at the International airport by Zambuling Trekking while arriving and departing in Kathmandu.
- 4 Nights hotels accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
- Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period.
- All trekking and mountaineering equipments like; kitchen tent, stores tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for advance Base Camp and camp two.
- Common climbing equipment (necessary fixed and main rope, ice bars, ice screws, snow bar etc)
- Services of cook and kitchen boy at Base Camp
- 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea/ coffee) in available tea house/hotel/lodge during the trekking
- 3 fresh meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners) will be serve at base camp, and camp two.
- All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during expedition for both members and crews.
- Per person 40kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak to climbing the Mt. Cho-Oyu.
- Daily Weather Report Services from Seattle based
- Trekking Permit
- TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
- Expedition Royalty and climbing permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Cho-Oyu
- Nepalese Government Royalty and fees;
- One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and at list 02 Times Summiteers Climbing/expedition Sherpa Guide per client.
- All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.
- Equipment allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpa’s, cooks, kitchen boys.
- Equipment allowances and wages for Government Liaison Officer.
- First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
- Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
- Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
- Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
- Heater will be provided at base camp for heating the dining room.
- Emergency Oxygen, mask and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge
- Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
- Solar panel for light and battery charger.
- All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3 for members and staff.
- Gamow Bags (Portable Altitude Chamber).
- Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance for staff
- Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude climbing Sherpa guide, cook and staff.
- Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.
- Fresh cooked food and kitchen will be provided at Advance Base camp.
- Trekking and Climbing map of the mount Cho-Oyu
- EPI Cooking gas, stove will be provided for high camp for cooking food, boiling water.
- Generator will be providing for back- up of lighting power and charging electronic tools.
- Transportation of food supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu
- Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
- Complete pre-departure information
- Flight ticket reconfirmation
- visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
- Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
Full board service Cost Exclude:
- Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)
- Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking.
- Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
- Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
- Extra transportation then display in itinerary program.
- Any additional staff other than specified.
- Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
- Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
- Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
- Filming permit (if special camera).
- Personal climbing gears;
- Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
- Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears
- Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
- Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules. Minimum US$ 1500.00 per climbing Sherpa guide, after summit.
- Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff.
- Airfare of international flights.
- Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu)
- Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any other item not included in “COST INCLUDES” section.
Zambuling Trekking provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.
In the Base camp our cooks and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24 hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.
In base camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.
Our camp manager as well as guides and climbing Sherpa’s have an extensive experience on multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and Base Camp organization. In base camp our guides will work with other teams to ensure contribution from all operators for tasks such as route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.
It is important for each climber to choose the right expedition guide service that not only suites their needs, but provides the best safely and secure mountaineering experience possible. There are more than 1,700 trekking companies in Nepal who offer 8,000 meter expeditions including Everest, but only about 30 companies who operate 8,000 meter peaks on a regular basis. We are proud to be one of these 30 companies and consistently offer, run and succeed at these types of expeditions year after year.
It is very important that the climbers who choose Zambuling Trekking for this trip of a lifetime experience have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition. We do not want to simply “fill our expedition”, but instead we want to comprise a team of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit with the highest level of support and safety standards that can be provided by a guiding service on Mt Everest. We team this with the best standards of food and quality equipment to further assist each client reach their full potential. We feel that we offer the best environment and opportunity for you to be successful on the world’s highest mountain.
Zambuling Trekking has not able to include the cost of each package in the company website. Many of our clients have the same query: why Zambuling Trekking has not included the price in the package. To provide you service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us breakdown the cost. That’s why; we have decided to clarify our customers that due to following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:
The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group, category of the hotel accommodation and the facilities that you aspire in the mountain.
We operate the peak climbing in full arrangement package and basic arrangement service (full board or base camp service) which directly affects the expedition cost.
The itinerary may be changed after reaching an understanding between the agency and the client. Other activities could be added or reduced as per the client's request before processing the trip. Price for reduced activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added in mutual understanding.
The number of climbing Sherpa guides, high altitude porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors can affect the cost of the trip.
Number of persons in group including; number of climbers, non-climber, base camp supporters, medical doctors, Alpine climbing guide also affect the cost.
Either you want to operate this expedition as international group joining basics of Zambuling Trekking or individual (private arrangement) expedition.
Request numbers of oxygen, mask regulators and the brands the clients require
Climbing season: normally most of the climbers climb Himalayas in the spring and the autumn season. The climbing permit royalty cost for mountain will be 50% less in the autumn than spring season.
Quality of food that client requires. Any specialized food that has to be ordered from foreign country will be costlier compared to the one available here.
Either any of the climbers intend to attempt any world records? If so, do they require special services or equipment?
Due to the above position the price range for the same trip can vary widely. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact Zambuling Trekking for any information about in your selected package.
Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at (8,201 meters/26,906 feet). Cho Oyu is known as being one of the easiest of the 8,000 meter peaks due to its straight forward approach and lack of objective dangers. Cho Oyu means “Goddess of Turquoise”, as its stark shadows appear this color in the light of the setting sun when viewed from Tibet. Cho Oyu It is located about 30 kilometers west of Mt Everest and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet. Mount Cho-Oyu was first climbed on October 19, 1954 by Austrian Joseph Joechler, Herbert Tichy, Pasang Dawa Lama (Nepal).
There are two climbing routes, one from the south (Nepal side) and another from the north, which is the west ridge and commonly referred to as the normal route. The mountain is semi-technical with short ice cliffs a rock band and several crevasses. We provide both full board and base camp logistic services on Cho Oyu.We recommend using the full board services for safety, a secure mountaineering experience and your best opportunity to reach the summit. However, some experienced climbers may opt for climbing without support above base camp from a guide or Sherpa.
The team will assemble in Kathmandu and gather any last minute items. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, it will take 2 working days to obtain your Chinese Visa and climbing permit, but we will submit and take care of the details for you. The team will then travel overland via the Friendship Highway to Tibet.The journey takes you across the Tibetan Plateau, where you stop in Tingri and Nyalam along the way to acclimatize, before reaching the Chinese Base Camp. From the Cho-Oyu Chinese base camp, you will trek to middle camp for an overnight stay and next day make the journey to Cho-Oyu advance Base Camp, which sits below the North West face of the mountain.
The route above advanced base camp consists mainly of low-angled snow slopes up to 35° with one short but very steep section to bypass a Sérac barrier at 6,475 meters. Most of the climbers use two or three camps on the mountain before reaching the summit. Camp 1 is located at 6,400m, Camp 2 around 7,100 and the highest camp at 7,450m.Most of the climbers try to summit push from camp two and return to camp two. However, we like to make this decision based upon the health and fitness of the clients during the summit push. We are always flexible and the plan might change due to weather, fitness, illness or other unseen events. Generally the team will spend 22-23 days committed to the summit objective, with multiple equipment and supply carries and acclimatization climbs to camp 1, 2 and 3, before attempting the summit.
Zambuling Trekking provides top quality service to ensure safety, comfort and support that will maximize each client’s chances of a successful summit. For us quality of the service means, we always use private transportation from Kathmandu to base camp in a comfortable Jeep, we only use experienced and trained climbing guides, an expedition cook and experienced base camp staff. Meals are freshly cooked, with snacks and drinks available 24 hours in your dining room. We only use the highest quality personal tents, a spacious and comfortable dining tent with functional and comfortable furniture and an efficient heater, showers, solar panel for charging and lighting are all part of our advance base camp facilities.
Our Cho-Oyu climbing guides are experienced and qualified. We provide extensive training to our staff in technical western style climbing, as well as English, customer service and Wilderness First Aid. Most of our guides are qualified via TAAN, NMA and NATHAM. They have many years of experience on big peaks and are highly skilled in all aspects of Nepal mountaineering and all hold a Nepal Government License, Mountaineering Association Accreditation and Summit Certificates of Nepal Himalayan peaks. They have thorough technical training and practical experience in rock climbing techniques, ice and snow techniques, and logistic knowledge and experience to setup and operate high altitude camps, experience in high altitude camping, techniques with fixed rope climbing, belay techniques, use of any type of mountaineering gear, use of Oxygen, high altitude food, avalanche and high mountain rescue techniques.
Advance Base camp: 5700m/18,700ft
Cho-Oyu Advance base camp located below North West face route at elevation of 5,700m/18,700 feet is very comfortable and scenic. This location is surrounded by spectacular glaciers and peaks with full frontal view of the entire Cho Oyu route from the tent. The climbing route to the summit is approximately 12 km long with elevation gain of 2,501m. You will spend approximately 22 days here. Cho-Oyu advanced base camp is generally sunny due to its location with the sun being out early and staying late in the day. There are approximately 7-15 climbing teams each spring and autumn season.
Cho-Oyu Camp 1: (6,400m/20,997ft)
From advanced base camp to camp will take most people 4-6 hours. This trip starts out walking along the Gyabrag Glacier, before moving to a steep scree slope that takes you to the shoulder of a broad snow field and camp I. While camp I is set in a generally safe location, there are always risks of avalanche on any big mountain and proper safety precautions and tent set-up are important.
Cho-Oyu Camp 2: (7,100m/23,294ft)
Camp two is located at 7,100m/23,294 feet on a wide snow face just above a prominent 25 meter high ice cliff. To make climbing the ice cliff safer, we will fix a line up the cliff making this part of the trip safer and more enjoyable. From camp I to camp II will take most climbers 5 -7 hours on mostly 35-38 degree snow slopes.
Cho-Oyu Camp 3:(7,500m/24,606ft)
Camp III is located at (7,500m) which leaves the climbers with a 700 meter push for the summit day. Camp II is located just below the yellow band, which is a rock cliff that must be negotiated to reach the summit and is sometimes covered in snow. The climbing route is a straightforward, but steep snow slope above the yellow band, but very strenuous. Since we will only spend a short amount of time at camp III, this camp does not contain many amenities. Around 45% of climbers will utilize bottled oxygen above camp III. Most climbers will leave camp III for the summit around 0100 hours.
Cho-Oyu Summit: (8,201m/26,906ft)
Upon leaving camp III it will take you 7-9 hours of hard work to reach the summit of Cho Oyu. Most climbers will reach the summit between 0700 and 1000 hours if the weather is stable and conditions are good. After crossing the yellow band, which is not difficult at sea level, but can be challenging at 7,800 meters, the remainder of the summit day is a long steep snow slope that requires climbers to dig deep and keep focused.
Facts of the Trip
Highest access:8,201m (26,906ft)
First Ascent:Austrian Joseph Joechler, Herbert Tichy (Italy), Pasang Dawa Lama (Nepal), October 19, 1954
Duration:46 (typically) Days
Group Size:01-10person per Group
Location:Nepal/Tibet border, 30km west of Everest
Departure From:Kathmandu (KTM)
Grade:Moderate Climb (PD++)
Accommodation:Three star to five stars as request
Meals:B/B plan in Kathmandu & B,L,D in during Driving and climbing period
Transportation:Car, Jeep, Mini Bus
Best season:Late spring and autumn
Include Activity:Zhangbu, Naylam and Tingri tour
Culture:Tibeten and Sherpa
Mode of Travel:Hotel/Guest house on route, camping during Climbing period
Climbing route:North-west Ridge
Himalayan sights:Friendship peak, Everest, Lhotse, Shishapangma
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel(1350m)
Day 2-3:Free day, Visa collection, Rest and prepare day for assignment and briefing
Drive from Kathmandu to Syprubeshi (1460m/4790ft) overnight at tea house accommodation.
Drive from Syprubeshi to Kerung Height(3200m/10499ft) hotel accommodation.
Drive from Kerung height to Tingri (4,348m/14,268ft) hotel accommodation.
Drive from Shigatse to Tingri (4,350m/14269ft,05hrs) Overnight at Hotel.
Rest day at Tingri for acclimatization.The climbing Sirdar will take you up to a (5000m/16404ft) hill for acclimatization after breakfast.
After breakfast drive from Tingri to the Chinese base camp (4800m/15750ft.) which is about two hour drive. camping accommodation.
Rest and acclimatization at Chinese base camp (4800m/15750ft). To arrange yaks to go to advanced base camp via middle camp.
Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp(5300m/17388ft.) along the 4x4 track. camping accommodation.
Trek from Middle Camp to the ABC (5700m/18700ft) of Cho Oyu camping accommodation.
20-17 May/13 -40:Climbing Period –Summit Cho-Oyu (8201m/26906ft)
Day 41:Dismantling ABC;trek to middle camp; drive to Tingri(4,348m/14,268 ft)-takes about 04 hours trekking and 06 hours driving; overnight in hotel
Day 42:Drive from Tingri to Kerung Height(3200m/10499ft) overnight at tea house accommodation in B/B plan .
Day 43:Early in the morning drive from Kerung height to Kerung boarder, finish immigration formalities to cross the boarder and then drive to Kathmandu,transfer to hotel.
Day 44:Free day in Kathmandu and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 45:Transfer to airport for final departure