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Cho Oyu (8201 m) guided climbing expedition

Local IFMGA-certified mountain guide Tshering and his group of guides invite you to climb 8201-meter Cho Oyu Peak, on the Tibetan-Nepalese border. An unforgettable 38-day expedition!

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38 Days

Apr, May, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Extremely Fit



  • Climb Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world.
  • Enjoy a unique mountaineering adventure on the Tibet-Nepal border.
  • Discover the amazing mountain culture of the Himalayas.


Would you like to join an amazing 38-day expedition to the Cho Oyu summit! This stunning mountain lies on the border between Nepal and Tibet and boasts an altitude of 8,188 meters (26,864 ft), making it the 6th highest summit in the world. In addition, it is also considered the most straightforward 8000m peak.

However, as with any mountain of such height, it is a serious climb that requires good preparation as well as an excellent fitness level. We’ll ascend through its northwest face, starting from Tibet. This route takes us up through easy snow slopes. There will be only one steep serac barrier that we must face at an altitude of 6400 meters (20997 ft).

As for the itinerary, we’ll meet up in Kathmandu where we’ll prepare our equipment and fly to Lhasa in Tibet. There, we’ll first do some previous acclimatization treks around Tingri. Our first-night camps will be at altitudes of around 4900m-16,072ft. We will then move to our base camp to finally spend 2 or 3 nights in intermediate campsites at altitudes of around 5400m (17,712ft). That way we will gradually gain altitude until we’re ready for our big goal. You can find a detailed day by day itinerary below.

Although Cho Oyu is a non-technical peak, it will be necessary to have some previous high-altitude climbing experience. And if you are and expert backcountry skier this mountain also gives you the chance of a fantastic ski descent!

Regarding the physical requirements, you will need to be extremely fit with a strong physical resistance. Of course, mental toughness also plays a big role. So you’ll need both a physical and mental preparation.

Want to join me on this real challenge in the Himalayas? Contact me now for further details. It’ll be my pleasure to be your guide!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Local flights

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

- Mountain guide expenses

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

The price is for minimum 2 participants. PRICE INCLUDES Mt. Cho-Oyu peak permit fee. Tibet visa fee.Transfer airport-hotel-airport in Kathmandu and Lhasa. Airfare Kathmandu-Lhasa one way. 3-star hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu for 5 nights.

Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lhasa, Shigatse, Tingri, and Kyirong on room sharing basis. Sightseeing in Lhasa with guide and transportation. Welcome group dinner in Kathmandu. Member’s personal luggage transfer from BC - ABC - BC. Kitchen equipment, kitchen tent, dining tent with heater, toilet tent, shower tent, chairs & tables. Solar panel at ABC for light and charging small electronics. (Mobile phones, amateur digital cameras and handheld video cameras). Food and fuel at BC-ABC during expedition. Spacious single tent with insulated floor and mattress for each member at BC-ABC. Services of one high altitude Sherpa between 2 climbers to carry all food and gear to higher camps. Also assist the member during climb and summit attempt. Climbing Sherpa climbing and summit bonuses. Insurance for climbing Sherpa including evacuation, hospitalization, medical and life insurance. High altitude tents, food and fuel for all members and climbing Sherpas. Common climbing equipment (Required rope, ice bar, ice screw, etc) fees for rope fixing. 2 oxygen bottles (4Lts) per climber and 1 oxygen bottle for Sherpa with mask and regulator (For use only). Walkie-talkie for each member and Sherpa partnered team. Services of Nepalese cook and kitchen boy.Equipment allowances, daily wages, food, and tents for the cook, kitchen boy, and Chinese Liaison Officer. Insurance of cook, kitchen boy, Liaison officer and porters including emergency evacuation, hospitalization, medical, and life insurance.Satellite phone for emergency available at ABC.High way and conservation charges. Garbage deposit fee.Welcome group dinner in Kathmandu. COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE International flights. Meals at the hotel/lodges in Kathmandu and in Tibet. Personal climbing gears.Personal calls made through satellite phone subject to charges at US$ 3 per minute.Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. Applicable permit fees and customs charges, etc. for SAT phone US$ 1000.00, communication equipment and commercial filming US$ 20,000.00 payable to CTMA. Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone and Email, etc. Applicable customs duty and import license fees for all expedition goods arriving in Nepal as air/road cargo. Personal solar pack for charging heavy electronics ( laptops, professional camera batteries etc ).Tips/gratitude for cooks and climbing Sherpa at the end of the trip.

All of the guides on the Tshering Pande Bhote Guiding Team have local mountaineering certifications and have summited Everest several times. The coordination is carefully supervised every step of the way by some of the top IFMGA guides in the region.


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel

Suggested arrival date.

Day 2 to 3: In Kathmandu for Tibet visa processing

Day 4: Fly Kathmandu Lhasa (3650m-11680ft), transfer to Hotel

Fixed departure date for Tibet (27/08/2021)

Day 5: Lhasa: Sightseeing

Day 6: Drive to Shigatse (3900m-12480ft)- O/N Hotel

Day 7: Drive to Thingri (4350m-13,920ft)- O/N Hotel

Day 8: Rest day in Thingri for acclimatization

Day 9: Drive to Cho-Oyu BC(4900m-16,072ft)

Day 10 to 11: At BC to acclimatize and preparing loads to ABC

Day 12: Trek to Intermediate camp (5400m-17,712ft)

Day 13: Arrive at ABC (5600m-18,368ft)

Day 14 to 15: At ABC for puja ceremony, acclimatization and climbing preparations

Day 16 to 37: Climbing period

Day 38: Trek to BC and drive to Thingri.

Day 39: Drive to Kyirong border 2700m-8856ft)- O/N Hotel

Day 40: Short drive to the Nepal-Tibet border and drive to Kathmandu.

Day 41: In Kathmandu

Day 42: International departure



Meeting point


About the guide

Hi! I'm Tshering, IFMGA/NNMGA certified mountain guide. I work together with a team of certified and professional mountain and trekking guides. If I'm not available to guide you, one of my colleagues will take great care of you.

I have been climbing since 1996, starting on the 8000m mountains in the Himalaya. I'm one of the few IFMGA/NNMGA certified mountain guides (Instructor) from south Asia, gaining my qualification from the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA) & Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA).

I have successfully guided on Mt Everest on multiple occasions, and other 8000m peaks such as Mt Cho-oyu (8,201m) (3 times), Sisha Pangma (8,013m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lhotse (8,515m) and many more.

I have have also a strong international climbing experience and extensive knowledge of the logistics, planning and group dynamic that are also very crucial to successfully lead adventures in the Himalaya and around the world. I guided in New Zealand, Norway, France, Scotland, Thailand, Bhutan, Pakistan, India and Tibet. I'm also a rescue expert and a technical trainer for the mountain guides training.

I very much like guiding my clients in remote places, where no tourist goes. I like also discovering new routes and peaks. Please have a look to the different trekking and mountaineering expeditions I propose and contact me if you want to discuss about them. I can of course also guide you in more 'classic' routes, just get in touch with me and let's talk about your wishes!

My team of guides consists of:

Climbing guides:

Chhiring Sonam Lama
Pasang Lama
Dukchung Lama
Pekma Lama
DAWA Chhedar Bhote
Wang Chhedar Bhote
DAWA Phinjo Bhote
Phurpu Thilen Bhote

Cook kitchen crew:
Jusbir Tamang
Sonam Bhote
Tenzing Bhote
Guru Bhote

All climbing guides have summited Everest several times.


Norwegian | Nepali | English




Kathmandu, Nepal

What people are saying about Tshering Pande Bhote Guiding Team

Steve Corroyer


December, 2022

It was a trip of a life time ! But unfortunately there was a few issues that I will list here : - Before booking, I specifically asked if our guide will really be Tshering Bhote, and you told me "yes". I book the trip, arrive in Kathmandu, and realize that our guide will NOT be Tshering... Not cool... - The "to buy" list we got from you (Explore Share) included ropes of certain diameter and certain length, and when you arrived in Kathmandu, the guide told us right away that it was not suitable ! We had to buy new ones. - Before leaving, I asked if I can rent some of the heavy gear (crampons, ice axe, also helmet) and I was told yes. Once in Kathmandu, they tell you that you cannot rent crampons, you need to buy them. This is not nice because then you don't get much choice in models and in prices... And I didn't allow for this extra weight in my bags too, which then creates problems at the airport on the way back home. But the worst was the helmet : the company lent me a helmet that was broken in many parts. I asked the guide several times to have another one, he didn't want to. I didn't pay for it, but the helmet was not comfortable and made me have sore head, and it was a serious safety issue. - The itinerary makes us climb LOBUCHE EAST first, then ISLAND PEAK, and finally AMA DABLAM last. Which makes sens because AMA DABLAM is the highest and more complicated mountain to climb, so it gives us time to acclimate, to get used to the mountain gear, and to gain confidence hiking in high altitude before trying the big one. But right from day 1, our guide's plans was not to do AMA DABLAM last (but he didn't tell us). Indeed, he forced us to go to AMA DABLAM before ISLAND PEAK, even though we didn't want to. And sad to say that on summit day, the weather was better on ISLAND PEAK than on AMA DABLAM. I later on learned that they always do it this way. So why not telling us right from the beginning and change the itinerary that we receive before booking ? The fact that they receive a summit bonus on AMA DABLAM and not on ISLAND PEAK could explain this... But then the hike is not done according to the hiker's needs and will, which is a shame. - After doing AMA DABLAM, we were then supposed to go to ISLAND PEAK. But to our surprise, our guide stayed in AMA DABLAM to guide another group ! (another summit bonus...). Instead, he asked one of the sherpas to guide us to ISLAND PEAK, along with 2 porters. The sherpa/guide is a really nice guy, trying hard to help, but could barely speak any English and had no mountain certifications at all. The trip advertises, in big block letters and in the trip's title, a guide with big fancy mountain certifications, and we ended up with someone not speaking English and with no certifications, to take us to the second highest mountain of the trip ! Not cool... The guide that I paid for is on AMA DABLAM, also getting paid by another group. How does this work ? - On LOBUCHE EAST, the guide also skipped the crevas rescuing training day. He explained that other people in the group didn't feel so well, that's why he preferred skipping it and doing it later on AMA DABLAM or ISLAND PEAK. The problem is that we never did this training day, even though we finished the trip with a few spare days left. Overall, it was still a great trip. The THG staff is great, nice, positive and helpful people. The cooking was just amazing ! The porters are always smiling, and everyone gets on well, making it a nice atmosphere. It's just lacking some communication between Explore Share and THG I think, and a guide maybe a bit more frank with his clients. Hope this helps ;-)

Frédéric DANIEL


December, 2022

It was an excellent trip with a good team to take care of us. I just didn't liked 2 things : - Hidden cost that were revealed at the last minute (differents bonus not talked before) - The guide that pushed us too fast even when i was feeling sick and knowing we got plenty of time... Else Tseering and his teams were always there to help and adapt to our need.

David Gahan


November, 2022

A truely amazing experience that I would recommend for anyone serious about climbing AMA Dablam. You need a very high level of fitness & mental strength to climb ama Dablam, it is not a beginner peak. Research the climb, gear required & treking around the Khumbu area before you desire to do this course so you are under no illusions prior to leaving for Nepal. If you have done the research, have all the right gear and have trained appropriately I guarantee you will love this. I recommend purchasing Uphill Athletes 24wk mountaineering training program to get you into mountain shape.

Mattias Gunnarsson


December, 2021

I had an amazing experience with Tshering’s experienced and highly qualified team including guide Sonam Shalaka and Sherpa Thomas Vechayba. I really enjoyed the concept of acclimating for Ama Dablam by doing the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes and climbing a number of peaks along the way, including Lobuche, rather than the typical repetitive climbs from base camp. It is always my preference to climb with local guides who intimately know the mountain and local customs and this was a perfect example of the benefits of that rather than going with a large group of westerners. Explore-Share always does a great job of facilitating those connections. This was an outstanding experience all around and I would gladly recommend Tshering and his team for any mountaineering experience in the Himalayas.

Charlotte Gevaert


November, 2021

I would definitely recommend booking with Tshering’s company, Top Himalaya Guides! He is very welcoming and due to his extensive experience with the mountains, he can help you with all the arrangements and any questions or other service requests you have. Due to his recommendation, we were able to change my itinerary to something that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on! He also provided excellent staff, my guide Namja was very experienced and qualified, which made me feel super safe in the mountains at all times. I can only look back on an incredible trip! Already looking forward to the next!

Matt Hook


January, 2020

I can't say enough about Top Himalaya Guides (THG)! Extremely knowledgeable and experienced guides with a genuine passion for the mountains. Our lead guide Sonam did a great job of managing expectations and ensuring that we stayed healthy and happy throughout the expedition. We were fortunate to summit all of our objectives including Ama Dablam, which was an experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend THG for any Himalayan experience and will definitely be using them again when I return to Nepal!!

John Jansen


December, 2019

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Caspian Nasser


January, 2019

Tshering was so great and informative. Very nice personal day out. He made sure everything was great and that we enjoyed ourselves! :)



October, 2018

Thanks for the email. After the initial confusion, climbing was great and Sonam was an amazing guide! Both Eveline and myself had a wonderful time and wish we could have kept climbing! Thanks for making our trips to Nepal even more unforgettable!!

Fabien Bousquet


November, 2017

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April, 2015

My self and two friends planned a trip to Everest region in December 2014. We were recommended Tshering of Tormod Granheim, a Norwegian who has been at Mt. Everest with Tshering. With ski ... Our trip was far far less demanding than that. But no less reason to be very pleased with Tshering. We walked from Lukla, to Namche Bazar, further to Everest View Hotel and then finally we reached our goal; Varak Peak. 4,618 meters above sea level. Tshering is in addition to being a pleasant companion also well known and experienced guy. Especially fun is it to be with him in this region where he knows "all" the local people. We had good days in the mountains, and were also lucky with the weather. To see Mt. Everest both in sunset and sun rice is amazing!



April, 2015

I am planning an expedition to Ama Dablam in 2016, I choose Tshering, because I met him in Norway and had a conversation with him. He then suggested that we could train together in Norway before I go to Nepal. We have done some climbing on glacier, some rock climbing and alpine ascents in Norway and I will never regret that I choose him and his company. He seems very professional and he is a very good instructor. Looking forward going to Nepal.



April, 2015

Tshering and his company was our guides during our Medical Aid Mountaineering trip in October 2014. Their way of preparing the trip, handling the challenges underway, securing our safety, including us in the process and taking care of us, in addition to sharing their knowledge of their culture and the Himalayas, was fantastic! I have been in the Himalayas in different countries and with other companies, but this company and Thsering was the best so far! Especially his knowledge about safety and climbing was essential for us as we where there during dangerous times, but his decisions got us safely through. In addition to that he and the rest of his guides where nice, open and smiling people, that we could laugh, have fun, enjoy the landscape and culture with, to the full! I would recommend him and his company to anyone travelling in the Himalayas and other places they arranged trips. Jimmy Westerheim


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