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“Save your time and budget and experience the summit of two (6th and the 8th highest peak) expeditions, Mt. Cho-Oyu and Mt. Shishapangma in a single itinerary and duration with the same acclimatization and efforts as a single mountain climb.”

Shishapangma is one of the most lovely mountains in the world with an altitude of 8012m. This Mountain lies in Tibet, the Autonomous Region of the Peoples Republic of China. Only very few people in the world have an idea about the Shishapangma before the Chinese opened Tibet to the western summiteers in 1980. The Tibetans regard it as the holy mountain. It is the youngest among fourteen mountains above 8000m. That lies in high Himalayan ranges. Mt. Shishapangma is located in the central Himalayas and lies totally inside Tibet. To the east of Shishapangma lies Mt Molamenchen, west lies Mt Xifeng and Mt Nandengri, and to the northwest Mt Kangbochen.

Meanwhile, the sixth highest mountain in the world is Cho Oyu (8201m).  Cho Oyu Expedition is a classic Himalayan climb and is considered the easiest 8000m peak to climb via its Northwest Ridge, with no technical climbing, big snowfields, and little objective danger. Cho-Oyu is easily accessed by a 4-wheel-drive vehicle from Tingri, often guided, and is the first 8,000-meter peak for most climbers. Mt. Cho Oyu is located 30km west of Mt Everest and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet.

Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition provides a perfect opportunity to ascend two peaks of 8000m in the same season, due to the proximity to Cho Oyu from Shishapangma, the infrastructure and logistics placed on both mountains by the company. The Chinese offer a modest discount on fees for climbers attempting more than one 8000m peaks in a season, but the permit will have to be finalized well before the first expedition. No reimbursement will be made to such climbers for not making an attempt on Cho Oyu or Shishapangma. For climbers considering both peaks, please contact us to determine if it is the right choice for you. 

The Shishapangma with Cho-Oyu (45 days) Expedition package with fixed departure dates in spring and autumn of Snowy Horizon is a group joining climbing package. We offer you special discount rates on group joining on this package however the royalty and permit fees are beyond our control and are already high. Shishapangma and Cho-Oyu Expedition also known as the Tibet Combined Expedition is one of the most popular expedition trails in Tibet. This Expedition combines technical alpine walking with majestic panorama and a combination of cultures unmatched by any other Expedition in Tibet. 

Approaches to Cho Oyu from North (Tibet): 

  • From the north, the peak is approached from the Tingri Plain to the Palung Glacier which lies below the peak's north face, and the Gyabrag Glacier that surrounds the Northwest face. 
  • Typically, it takes 3 days to drive to Tingri (4300m) from Kathmandu with acclimatization stops in Kerung (2850m). From Tingri expedition takes a day's rest at Chinese Base Camp (5000m), and Middle Camp (5300m) before arriving at Cho Oyu North Advanced Base Camp (5700m). It takes 09 days to reach ABC from Kathmandu.

Climbing Routes of Cho Oyu:

  • Cho Oyu has three main ridges: the Northwest, the Northeast, and the Southwest and the impressive Southwest face rising 3000m from the ABC. 

South Side: 

  • Southside of Cho Oyu is a great climbing playground for high altitude climbers because the cool face is relatively easily accessible for skilled climbers. In 1994, Yasushi Yamanoi has completed the first solo ascent via the South West face. On October 2, 2006, Slovenian Pavel Kozjek speed-climbed a new route on the Southwest Face in a single solo ascent from advanced base camp. The crux was a vertical icefall, which was bypassed with 5.6 rock climbing. He reached the summit in 14 hours.

North Side:

  • The Northwest Ridge is also known as Tichy Route. Tichy Route is a normal route for commercial operators and for first-time climbers of 8000m peaks. It doesn’t require technical climbing skills, as it is a less than 50deg snowfield with one very short section of yellow band rock with fixed lines. The route begins from the Gyabrag Glacier at the base of Peak 6395 and the location of the advanced base camp (ABC) at 5700 m (18,700').
  • The route skirts first and then ascends the screed and fern on the west side of the slope leading to Camp 1 at 6400 m (21,000') at the bottom of the Northwest ridge proper of Cho Oyu. Camp 1 location is very nice as it is well sheltered from the weather by the ridge itself and the rocks below the base of the Northwest ridge. 
  • From Camp 1 the route follows the Northwest ridge and then opens out onto the Northwest face of the upper mountain. About halfway between Camp 1 and Camp 2, there is a steeper 30-50m section consisting of a moderate ice cliff. Most of the route between Camp 1 and 2 is fixed with the rope because there are hundreds of unskilled mountaineers with a huge entourage of climbing Sherpa provided by commercial operators. 
  • Camp 2 is located at about 7200 m (23,500'). Some expeditions fix an intermediate temporary camp between C1 and C2, just below the ice cliff on the Northwest ridge at about 6600 m (21,600'), especially during the first or second acclimatization trip.
  • Most of the operators fix a high camp at about 7450 m (24,500') just below yellow bands to maximize the chance of success on summit day but occasional parties do the summit from C2. Usually, the yellow bands are fixed with rope, which requires some strenuous climbing. Above this, in more rocky bands there is a steep summit ridge snowfield. Expeditions usually continue up this steep snowfield to the crest of the Northwest Ridge and the false summit. From here climbers cross a broad plateau, with a very small rise to the true summit of 8201 m (26, 901 feet). From the true summit, there is an incredible view of Everest and Makalu. 

Other Possibilities:

  • Most of the climbing is on ice and snow slopes up to 50 degrees with a few very short sections of steeper rock and ice. 
  • The highest technical section is 6m high and can be safely climbed with fixed ropes. This makes it perfect for ski and snowboard descent. The first American ski descent of an 8,000-meter peak was on October 1, 2002, when Montana ski mountaineer Kristopher Erickson reached the summit of Cho Oyu and then skied down.
  • Speed climbing is another option on Cho Oyu. On October 2, 2006, Slovenian Pavel Kozjek speed-climbed a new route on the Southwest Face in a single solo ascent from advanced base camp. The crux was a vertical icefall, which was bypassed with 5.6 rock climbing. He reached the summit in 14 hours.

Approaches from Kathmandu to Shishapangma ABC: 

  • Our standard expeditions start from Kathmandu. We cross the border to Tibet in Rasuwagadhi. After 1 day of acclimatization at 2850m in Kerung we drive to Old Tingri for acclimatization and then we take 3hrs Jeep drive to the Drivers Camp at 4900m. Another possibility is to fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa/Tibet. From Lhasa, it takes 2 days to get to the Chinese Camp. 
  • The ABC is located 18km from the Drivers Camp. It takes two days to get to the Base Camp (5400m) 18 km away. From here we execute our climb through 3 camps arrangement

Climbing Route of Shishapangma:

  • Shishapangma is usually climbed via Northwest face and North ridge, which is the standard commercial route. This route is considered among the easiest routes to the summit of all the 8000m peaks and has often been skied. The greatest challenge of this route is traversing from the Central to Main Summits along a knife-edged ridge. 
  • The climb starts from the Base Camp (5800m) located on the lateral moraine of the Shishapangma glacier. We walk along the moraine and climb 20-30deg skiable and snow bondable snowfield to reach Camp 1.
  • Camp 1 (6200m) is located on a flat snowfield with plenty of space for tents. From C1 we cross a small plateau and climb up to Camp 2 on another-ski able and snowboard-able snowfield.
  • Camp 2 (6700m) is also located on a large flat platform. We cross a large snow plateau largely flat with some minor up and down the slope to eventually reach another 30deg headwall, one is marginal for skiing due to protruding rocks.
  • Camp 3 ((7400m) is located on a protected and safe rock-crowned flat buttress at the bottom of the North ridge.
  • Summit day is a steep ascend on a snow and rock ridge to the snow knob of the false central summit. Most of the climbers finish here and do not attempt the snowy knife-edge ridge to the real summit less than 15m higher. The view is tremendous from here on Cho Oyu, Everest and the number of 7000m satellite peaks surrounding Shishapangma.

Skiing Possibilities:

Most of the climbing is on ice and snow slopes up to 30 degrees with a few very short sections of steeper rock and ice. This makes it perfect for ski and snowboard descent. The first ski descent of an 8,000-meter peak was on September 19, 1987, when Polish climber Jerzy Kuczka reached the summit of Shishapangma and then skied down.

Need for Oxygen:

The Shishapangma ascents can be attempted with or without oxygen which depends on the climbers' experience, stamina and strength at altitude. The climber should take a final approval from our expedition leader about the need for oxygen. Apart from that, oxygen will be placed at high camp for all climbers, and no refund will be provided if it is not used. 

Is Climbing Shishapangma in Spring Better than in autumn?

On Shishapangma like Cho Oyu (it doesn’t matter), each season has slightly different weather and different attractions but for Shishapangma being lower than Everest the reliability of good weather is roughly smooth.

Spring starts cold and then warms up. So acclimatization is tough but the climb can be pleasant with slightly longer days and warmer temperatures. In spring you wait for the transition between winter winds and monsoon snowfall. You don’t want to get big a snow dump on Shishapangma because of objective avalanche danger on its 30deg slopes and the steep north ridge. The visibility in spring is usually not as clear as in autumn. The optimum spring summit usually is in around mid-May.

Autumn climbing is nice and comfortable. It is easy to acclimatize and you basically wait for the weather transition from monsoon to winter, when winds stop before they change direction. There is lots of snow and high objective avalanche danger, so you basically wait for snowfall to stop and snow to consolidate, and hope for no snow dump just before you are ready for your climb. The visibility is superb, crisp and crystal clear. The optimum autumn summit is around the end of September and early October before winter cold winds set in.

Day-to-Day Itinerary:

02 Sep: Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport & transfer to hotel (1350m).

03-06 Sep: Day 02-05: Rest, preparation, visa collection, assignment & briefing.

07 Sep: Day 06: Drive to Timure- Immigration formality and Drive to Kyorong, overnight hotel (BB Plan).

08 Sep: Day 07: Rest and Acclimatization in Kyorong (2850m), overnight hotel (BB Plan).

09 Sep: Day 08: Drive to Old Tingri (4390m); overnight hotel (BB Plan).

10 Sep: Day 09: Acclimatization at Old Tingri; overnight hotel (BB Plan).

11 Sep: Day 10: Drive from Tingri to Chinese Base Camp (4700m-3-4 Hrs.); Snowy camping.

12-13 Sep: Day 11-12: Rest and acclimatization at Chinese Base Camp; Provision of Yaks and preparation for  Advance Base Camp (ABC) trek.

14 Sep: Day 13: Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp (5300m) along the 4x4 track, Snowy camp.

15 Sep: Day 14: Trek from Middle Camp to the ABC (5700m) of Cho-Oyu, Main camping.

16 Sep-02 Oct: Day 15-31: Climbing Period--Summit Cho-Oyu (8201m).

03 Oct: Day 32: Trek down from ABC and drive to Tingri, overnight Hotel.

04 Oct: Day 33: Drive from Tingri to the Chinese Base Camp of Mt. Shishapangma, camping.

05 Oct: Day 34: Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp (5200m).

06 Oct: Day 35: Trek from Middle Camp to the ABC (5400m) of Shishapangma, camp.

07 -12 Oct: Day 36-41: Climbing Period--Summit Shishapangma (8012m).

13 Oct: Day 42: Dismantling ABC; drive to Kyorong; overnight hotel (BB Plan).

14 Oct: Day 43: Drive from Kyorong to Kathmandu; overnight hotel (BB Plan).

15 Oct: Day 44: Rest and leisure day and shopping in Kathmandu.

16 Oct: Day 45: Final departure to your port of destination.

Day-to-Day Itinerary:

08 April: Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport & transfer to hotel (1350m).

09-13 April: Day 02-06: Rest, preparation, visa collection, assignment & briefing.

14 April: Day 07: Drive to Timure- Immigration formality and Drive to Kyorong, overnight hotel (BB Plan).

15 April: Day 08: Rest and Acclimatization in Kyorong (2850m), overnight hotel (BB Plan).

16 April: Day 09: Drive to Old Tingri (4390m); overnight hotel (BB Plan).

17 April: Day 10: Acclimatization at Old Tingri; overnight hotel (BB Plan).

18 April: Day 11: Drive from Tingri to Chinese Base Camp (4700m-3-4 Hrs.); Snowy camping.

19-20 April: Day 12-13: Rest and acclimatization at Chinese Base Camp; Provision of Yaks and preparation for  Advance Base Camp (ABC) trek.

21 April: Day 14: Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp (5300m) along the 4x4 track, Snowy Camp.

22 April: Day 15: Trek from Middle Camp to the ABC (5700m) of Cho-Oyu, Main camping.

23 April-11 May: Day 16-31: Climbing Period--Summit Cho-Oyu (8201m).

12 May: Day 32: Trek down from ABC and drive to Tingri, overnight Hotel.

13 May: Day 33: Drive from Tingri to the Chinese Base Camp of Mt. Shishapangma, camping.

14 May: Day 34: Trek from Chinese Base Camp to Middle Camp (5200m).

15 May: Day 35: Trek from Middle Camp to the ABC (5400m) of Shishapangma, camp.

16 -21 May: Day 36-44: Climbing Period--Summit Shishapangma (8012m).

22 May: Day 45: Dismantling ABC; drive to Kyorong; overnight hotel (BB Plan).

23 May: Day 46: Drive from Kyorong to Kathmandu; overnight hotel (BB Plan).

24 May: Day 47: Rest and leisure day and shopping in Kathmandu.

25 May: Day 48: Final departure to your port of destination.

Full Board Service Cost : Please contact us by email or call us 

Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from International Airport.
  • 5 nights of Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on BB Plan as per the category.
  • Kathmandu-Kerung-Kathmandu transfer for logistics and staff.
  • Tibet travels visas and permits for climbing members and involved staff.
  • Cho Oyu-Shisha Chinese Government Royalty (U$14800 per person) for members.
  • Cho Oyu-Shisha Chinese Government Royalty (U$8000 per person) for Sherpa.
  • Cho Oyu –Shisha ABC permits (U$4000 per person) for each ABC Cook on sharing.
  • Tibetan official Liaison officer for Cho-Oyu and Shishapangma Expedition fully paid.
  • Kerung and Tingri all accommodation (Maximum 7 Nights) on BB Plan.
  • Kerung-Tingri -Chinese Base Camp and VV transportation by group sharing minibus (SUV).
  • All camping equipment in Chinese Base camp and Advance Base Camp in both mountains.
  • Food during the expedition period for expedition members and staff cooked by our cook in BC and ABC.
  • 1:1 experienced climbing Sherpa guide and base camp staffs sharing with the team in both mountains.
  • Cargo and duties clearing assistance services in Kerung border both ways.
  • Gamow bag available for expedition group at each ABC for emergency rescue.
  • Solar panel for light and battery charge available for expedition members at each ABC.
  • Each expedition member gets an individual tent in each ABC.
  • Insurance, wages, meal allowances for private Sherpa and sharing base camp staffs.
  • Icefall, garbage and environmental charges where applicable. 
  • Tent for C1, C2 and C 3 sharing with private Sherpa and related members in both mountains·
  • High altitude food for Sherpa and climbing members for C1, C2 and C3 in both mountains.
  • Per person max. 50kg personal baggage allowance carried by Yak from Middle Camp to ABC and VV. 
  • First Aid medical kits for the group and the staffs at ABC.
  • Satellite phone for communication available for members at the cost of US$ 5 per minute call.
  • All necessary paper works, office service charges and Government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information and visa extension procedure assistance services (if necessary).
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.).
  • Taxes and service Charges of Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Lunch and Dinner during your travel period in Tibet (Except campsite of Snowy Horizon).
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips, etc.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of any communication means.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking/climbing gears.
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Oxygen bottles, masks and regulators as per demand.
  • Medical-travel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Airfare of international and domestic flights.
  • Nepal entry or re-entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival).
  • Nepal custom duty fees for import of expedition goods if needed.
  • Emergency/Rescue/Early Jeep cost (US$ 1200 approximately from Cho &US$ 800 from Shisha).
  • Summit Bonus to the Personal Climbing Sherpa(Beginning from a minimum of US$ 1000 per Summit per Sherpa per mountain).
  • Tips to Base Camp Staffs(Per member beginning from Minimum US$ 200.00 in Total per mountain)
  • Any other item not included in the “The cost includes” Section.


  • Cost defers on Hotel Category for Hotels in Kathmandu.
  • The itinerary is changeable and modifiable as per the needs and time frame of the clients.
  • The cost will be re-calculated if the itinerary is changed or modified.
  • Additional activities may be added as per request with nominal additional cost.
  • For any kind of changes please contact us by email or call to us.
Trip Facts
  • Grade: Mountaineering
  • Elevation: Cho Oyu 8,201m/ Shishapangma 8012m
  • Location: Nepal/Tibet border, 30km west of Everest
  • Coordinates: 28°06′00″ N 86°39′00″ E
  • First Ascent: Joseph Joechler, Herbert Tichy (Italy), Pasang Dawa Lama (Nepal), October 19, 1954
  • Season: Late spring and autumn
  • Duration: 45 days (typically)
  • Group Size: 02-15 person per Group
Expedition FAQs

It all depends on the area. With most of the trekking routes having local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phones. Above the back and one climber to another we always provide radio set for expeditions.

Snowy horizon will provide thick quality base mat in the base camp and advance base camp but we request you to curry down filled Thermal rest style of airbed for the high camps.

The Advance Base Camp is always located at the glacier moraine and it is protected from landslides and avalanches. Camp 1 and 2 are also very safe location however camp 1 location has to be chosen wisely because some parts are prone to heavy snow accumulation during heavy snowfalls. Camp 3 is located below yellow bands and on a steep slope potentially prone to micro avalanches and sloth with fresh snow conditions.

8000m Expedition is the highest mountain expedition in the world. There are 17 mountains found located in Nepal. These mountain can be approached in a month to 45 days to summit from their base camp including return to the base camp. Generally 8000m mountains are between 8001m to below 8848.86m. The climbing permits for these peaks can be obtained from Department of Tourism in Nepal and Tibet Mountaineering Association in Tibet in co-ordination with Trekking and Mountaineering agencies like us.

It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of 8000 m peaks require 25-30 days to summit from the advance base camp summit and return. The access time varies also and depends on mountain location and elevation. The weather condition in the mean time will also allow taking few more days or less.

Yes, all climbers are required to purchase adequate Travel Insurance, which include helicopter emergency evacuation. Insurance is not expensive comparing to the cost of expedition and potential cost of evacuation. Please contact or search the proper international insurance companies which are authorized and offer the required insurance policy.

A licensed, trained and experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide will lead you while climbing 8000 m mountain above Base camp. Below base camp and on trekking route will be lead by licensed Sardar or professional mountaineering/trekking guide.

In high camps we use freeze dry packet food from USA, UK or different countries. They offer variety of flavors, good quality and tasty meals. Your personal climbing Sherpa climbing guide will also melt sufficient ice for hot water, tea, coffee and verity of juice. In camp one, it is also possible to supply food from base camp. Just warm it and can eat.

Yes you require Tibet Permit to enter Tibet and we will arrange that with Chinese Embassy during your preparation period in Kathmandu. So we are collecting your visa with assistance of climbing permit. So you do not need main land china visa which does not work in Tibet. So, this visa only issue when you have climbing/travel permit authorization in Kathmandu.

There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit. Anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt an 8000m mountain. However we require accepting the booking for 8000 m climbing, who have at list 6000m – 7000m previous climbing experience. The climbers have Basic training & knowledge about ice and rock climbing, can ascent and decent in fixed line and proper use of Ice axe and crampons. For adventure climbing always require good physical fitness and not suffering with existence patients. Here we have to say for 8000 m climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience. So climbing permit are the legal document and authorization to climb mountain from government of the particulars countries.

We employ trained high altitude expedition cook. In the kitchen we attempt to provide tasty, nutritious and healthy food. There will be lots of emphasis on carbohydrates, which is needed as a source of energy and they are also much easier to digest. We will attempt to provide fresh vegetable as much as possible. Cook will have a wide range of culinary repertoire and expedition members are encouraged to request their personal favorites to promote good appetite and consumption of adequate amount calories despite general high altitude lack of appetite. Different flavors of tea as well as coffee, snacks, juice and hot water will be available 24 hours.

Complete the booking form on the related and desired trip book page, select size of your group and required services and find out price for your group. Simply click on Make Inquiry/Book This Trip button and give us required details. We appreciate and value your business In order to secure your booking we require some deposit to be transfer to our bank account, scanned page of your passports, JPG format of your passport photos suitable for printing and your arriving flight details. Please do not forget to visit the link of our Terms and Conditions on this page.

At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sun block. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.

There are few options to acclimatize some 6000 m trekking peak before departure for 8000 m expedition. Some of our clients take advantage of our Mera peak, Lobuche peak, Island peak and Pisang peak climb scheduled in spring and autumn just before departure for the expedition. This will give you acclimatization to 6000 m peak, which is equivalent to the altitude between camp 1 and camp 2 on most of the 8000 m peak. If you don't have time or resources you will acclimatize during the trip from the border to the base camp. Most of the 8000 m expedition, you will be ascend and descend several time to camp 1, 2 & 3 before summit. So you will have auto 6000 m and 7000 m experience of same mountain before summit. We “Team Snowy Horizon” always provide services as per the requirements of our clients and suitable for their experience.

Our climbing Sherpa guides are experienced and highly qualified live in high mountain region and growing above 4000 m elevation. We provide extensive training to our staff in technical climbing as well as little spoken English, customer relationships and Mountaineering Outdoor First Aid. So apart of professionalism you can expect warmth and genuine hospitality of Sherpa and Nepali culture. The expedition going to be lead by professional and government license holder high mountaineering qualified guide who have previous summit success of particular 8000 m expedition and 3 attempts.

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by: • Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body • Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates • Drinking plenty of water; the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine • Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion • Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600 m above 2,400 m • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness WHAT IS THE TREATMENT? Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for AMS is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. Our guides have training and experience in AMS symptoms recognition, prevention and treatment. The guide will monitor your all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS. We ask you to cooperate with the guide by reporting any above described symptoms and allow your guide to undertake appropriate and timely action such as take a rest and have a drink or snack, help you to carry your day pack or change a pace, take extra day rest or descent if necessary. Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug. With severe cases of AMS our guide will contact our Kathmandu office and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

Yes the climbing permit is included in the package and we will organize the permit, visa and transport service from border to the base camp provided by CTMA (China Tibet Mountaineering Association). CTMA has the monopoly for the service as the Chinese government imposes strict control over foreigners travelling through Tibet.

The risks during the 8000 m climb are potential to develop AMS, gastric problems or physical injury such as bleeding or frostbites. Team Snowy Horizon maintains programs and procedures to prevent and avoid all the above. We always have appropriately equipped and up-to-date First Aid Kit with trained staff who knows how to use it effectively. We require each group member have valid Travel Insurance, which allows Medievac in case of emergency. We treat AMS, gastric issues, bleeding and frostbite. If required we activate emergency evacuation. There is no helicopter rescue available in Tibet and all rescues are to be done by Jeep and Manpower and by Manpower and Helicopters are used in Nepal. There are some risks associated with nature’s disaster such as snowfall, landslide blocking the path and potential earthquake. We have developed western style and quality emergency and evacuation procedures to ensure safety on our expedition, which includes double back-up communication-channels to our office in Kathmandu to assists you with any emergency. In case of road block during to massive landslide or earthquake we will evacuate the expedition members via plane through Lhasa and helicopter from Nepal Himalaya. Such a case is considered emergency evacuation due to natural disaster and the price of airfare or helicopter should be covered by your travel insurance.

There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group to climb mountain but Tibet mountaineering association generally require minimum 4 person to issue the climbing permit. However, climbing solo is an expensive as well as unsafe practice in 8000 m mountain. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes and join with group is more safe, secure and have better summit opportunity.

On popular trekking trails we will stay in lodges/ guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with menu meals often available including soups, noodles, rice, and chosen dishes. Some 8000 m trekking routes are with limited tea house and limited choice. Similarly, some remote trekking routes are without tea houses and thus our staff will provide you camping accommodation with 3 meals. In the expeditions our professional cooking team will prepare all 3 meals for you in Advance base camps. Above the base camp our climbing Sherpa guide will prepare you high altitude prepared meal with soups and hot drinks.

In the 8000 peak expedition, equipment, food, and climbing and personal gear will be delivered by jeep, truck and flight till available place and height. Afterwards, we will use Yaks/porters or mules to reach at base camp or high camp. When you use full board service with us, we provide personal climbing Sherpa guide (1:1 ratio or as per demand) your personal climbing Sherpa guide will take your camping gears and food to camps 1, 2, 3 and 4 (as required), setup your tents and prepare your high altitude food. If you share climbing Sherpa service you will be expected to contribute by carrying light load to high camps. If you use base camp logistic service only, then you have to manage and carry the food, equipment, tents, climbing gear by your own and open the route too. There will be zero responsibility with us for above Base Camp if you are using our base camp service facility only.

All foreign visitors except Indian nationals are requiring Nepalese visa. We have on arrival visa service for most of the countries except, Some African country, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These years, Nepalese Immigration has introduced online computerized automated visa system making arrival Immigration process fast and convenient. You can go to the link https://www.immigration.gov.np/ and get updated visa granting policy information.

Acute Altitude Sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen is available for the body to carry on normal functions. This is caused by decreased partial pressure of Oxygen, a difference between external and inter cellular pressures. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 3000 m meters (9,842 ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at the altitude thus it is vital you monitor your own health. In principle, higher cardiovascular fitness decreases susceptibility to AMS. Symptoms of AMS may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it ignored it could lead to serious health issues including death. All biking adventure participants are required to purchase adequate Travel Insurance, which doesn't exclude helicopter emergency evacuation. Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following: • Headache • Difficulty sleeping • Shortness of breath • Loss of appetite • Disturbed sleep or drowsiness • Irritability • Fatigue • Nausea/vomiting • Dizziness • Rapid pulse • Swelling of hands, feet & face Symptoms generally associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness include: • Bluish discoloration of the skin (cyanosis) • Chest tightness or congestion • Confusion • Cough • Coughing up blood • Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction • Grey or pale complexion • Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all • Shortness of breath at rest At high altitude all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and, if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)? • Breathlessness • A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva • Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue • Low fever up to 38°C/100°F • Severe fatigue, progressing to coma WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)? • Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down • Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness • Nausea/vomiting • Loss of balance or coordination • Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

We will take a jeep to Kerung the Tibetan boarder, from where our partner the Tibet Mountain Association (TMA) will provide transportation by jeep and hotel accommodation in Kerung and Tingri on the way to the Chinese base camp and back to the border. After 2 days acclimatization rest it will take 2 days trekking to arrive to the advanced base camp with the luggage carried by yaks to and from the ABC.

Please click on climbing equipment list, where you will find recommended climbing Gear List. If this information is not sufficient for you please e-mail us info@snowyhorizon.com We recommend you to purchasing down gear as well as fleece and Gore-Tex jackets from the brand quality such as North face, Ozark, Marmot. In 8000 m expedition we advice to use One sport millet or La-sportive climbing boots, personal gear is one of the major factor for mountaineering for successful summit opportunity. in personal gear for trekking, climbing and mountaineering due to innovative design and high quality manufacturing equivalent or better, for Himalayan use, to leading western brands. You will also require basic climbing gear such as helmet, Ice-axes, crampons, climbing and trekking boots and following climbing hardware: alpine style of harness (Black Diamond Alpine Bode), ascender device, rappel device, minimum 4 karabiners (2 locking and 2 non-locking) and 4 Prussic loops (2 long and 2 short). Your info pack will contain details.

Spring and autumn are the best seasons in Nepal, and in general September/October and April/ May are the best months among the year in Himalaya. However, in Pakistan Mountains are always open for climbing in rainy season like June, July and August.

To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to 8000 m elevation and route difficulty and length.

Yes, Snowy Horizon representative will waiting for you in International airport with your name card. Once you arrive in Kathmandu we will transfer you to the hotel. We monitor time of your arrival and we will be there on-time. All you need to do is to collect your luggage, clear customs and proceed to the outside of the terminal. Kathmandu International terminal is very small. Once you come outside the building you see your name displayed by our representative, who will transfer you to the hotel.

In Kathmandu we provide required category hotel accommodation which may locate in quiet part of city center Thamel. In Tibet CTMA provides transport and accommodation service between the border and the base camp. The accommodation in Tibet is better than in Nepal. However, due to CTMA monopoly we have absolutely no control and choice over that. As part of the service they will provide only bed and breakfast on Chinese style. During the travel you may have to pay the bill of your lunch and dinner as well as beverages you used.

Snowy Horizon Treks and Expedition operates 8000 m expedition in spring and autumn seasons exceptionally we may operate such expeditions in winter too. We operate mountaineering expedition offers a great introduction to 8000 m climbing in a quality and safe environment. 8000 m climb is a serious physiological undertaking with snow ridge climb and some simple ice-climbing. It is considered by many 8000 m climbing enthusiasts a pre-requisite for attempting Everest expedition. There is no other 8000 m climbing or mountaineering experience required, but high level of endurance fitness will be require to start 8000 m expedition. Previous 6000 m or 7000 m experience is fully supportive and confidence you for climb. Snowy Horizon will provide guided preparations for you. So, if you have good health, physical fitness and ice and rock climbing experience this will work.

As per our previous experience, we advise you to have 2 sleeping bags during expedition, eligible for -20-25°C in ABC and one is for high camps -30-40°C. There are blankets available at trekking trail however you may use -20°C sleeping bag in the lodges at Kerung and Tingri if you feel uncomfortable with blankest provided by the hotel.

Cho Oyu expedition is a very serious physiological undertaking with some technical aspect. You should be in general good physical shape to start with. Generally our customers for Cho Oyu expedition are bike riders or recreational runners and many test themselves with occasional 10 km city fun runs or 50 km mountain bike rides or 100 km road rides. Considerable number of clients have at some stage completed marathon run. You don't need to be competitive just to be able to complete run or ride within average event time. If you completed one of the above within last 6 months you are well pre-qualifying and ready for Cho Oyu expedition. If you are in a good shape, the only thing you have to do now is 3 month ramp-up before the adventure. You should aim to jog three to four times weekly trying to get your 10 km within 1 hour or 100 km road ride within 5 hours, which will mean that you can sustain continuous exercise. To prepare for that you should preference outdoor step training or riding hills minimum twice a week. The more hills and steps you manage to get in, the more enjoyable the ride will be and you will also get more benefits out of the adventure. There is section of 10 m ice cliffs from where you need to be able to rappel with confidence. We offer rappel clinics in Australia, so please contact us about it. Q. What weather should I expect during the trip? The adventure is scheduled during spring and autumn with the climbing window scheduled for monsoon change period, where wind stops at 8000 m for a week or so before the monsoon changes direction. Please check average temperature and precipitation in Tingri here. The difference between spring and autumn expedition is change of temperatures from cold to warmer and from warmer to cold respectively.

You need to obtain your travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover adequate search & rescue and evacuation cost for mountaineering in particular elevation where you go with necessary medication. Please contact or search the proper international insurance companies which are authorized and offer the required insurance policy.

Children below 15 Years are Restricted for 8000 m climbing in Himalaya from Nepal. Similarly it is not allowed to climb Tibet Mountain below 18 years. Above that age can climb without limitation.

Our high altitude Sherpa climbing guides are qualified through training with NMA, TAAN or NATHAM and have many years of experience and are highly skilled in all aspects of Mountaineering in Nepal and hold a Nepal Government License and Mountaineering Association Accreditation and Summit Certificates for Nepal Himalayan peaks. Government Licenses are displayed in our office. Our main objective is to provide quality of service with experience climbing staff where you have maximum enjoyable and unforgettable trips. Our first priority is for safety and secure Mountaineering. For that you always need experience climbing Sherpa guide. With our background in climbing and mountaineering logistics services, we understand requirements of independent climbers and employ climbing guides. Everest Submitter certified by Nepal Mountaineering Association and have certified skills in First Aid, Altitude/Mountain Sickness prevention, treatment training and Rescue Protocol training.

When you arrive at base camp, our staff set up the camp and you will be resting and prepare for proper acclimatization. Once all of the climbers, climbing Sherpa guide and base camp staff have worship (Pooja) at base camp, our Climbing Sherpa guide will open the route and proceed for fixing the Camp one. After supply the food and needed equipment by Sherpa guide you will be taken to acclimate at camp 1 for overnight. According to your physical fitness and reaction of your body our Sherpa guide may hold another night at camp one and next day hike up to camp 2 and descend down to base camp. Similarly, our high altitude Sherpa guide will open the route fix the camp 2 and then supply gears, equipment and meals. Afterwards you will be acclimatized likewise. If it requires and weather condition seems good, they will allow you to sleep one more night at camp 2 and return back to base camp via camp one right for rest. Similarly during your rest and recovering time at Base camp, our Sherpa guide will open the route for camp 3; fix the camp/line and supply food, oxygen, equipment they will come back to base camp and waiting for summit push. After your camp 1 and 2 acclimatization, our climbing Sherpa guide will check the weather forecast, group fitness and recovery condition. If upcoming weather reports, your physical fitness and Sherpa guide condition allow them to decide for summit push then, they start and planning for summit push. On the summit plan, you will be going to sleep camp 1, 2 and 3 before summit days. In the last night you will be resting till 01:00 am at camp 3. Your climbing Sherpa guide will prepare Dinner before sleep. Early in the morning our staff going to boil the water, prepare light breakfast and starting your mission of the summit. Some strong climbers start to summit push from camp 2 and may plan to return at camp 2, however we will not advice you to plan to summit form camp 2 in general. Hence, Team Snowy Horizon always fixes camp 3 at Cho-Oyu before summit unless you deny by your own. After the summit, we plan to come down at camp 2 but if you are unable to continue our climbing Sherpa prepare food and water for you at Camp 3.. Next morning clean the camp 3 and 2 and descend down to camp 1 and next day at Advance base camp. In case of some unforeseen circumstances due to any reason like bad weather, group physical fitness, accident, incidence we have to return back at base camp before summit push and cancel the summit plan. If we still have climbing duration, better weather condition and climbers are interested for re-try, we will provide you for one more opportunity to attempt the summit push. However, in our previous experience, more than 98% climbers are either success or give up the trip after first try.