Standing 20 km to the west of Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border, Cho Oyu is a true Himalayan giant. At 8,201 m it is the 6th highest peak in the world and an excellent objective, be it for your once-in-a-lifetime 8,000 m peak, or as your final preparation before attempting Mount Everest.
We tackle the mountain via the NW ridge, which is the original route used by the Austrian team who were the first to climb the mountain in 1952. Access to the mountain is notoriously easy, as we drive from Kathmandu, cross the Himalaya and after some acclimatization stops and day hikes, arrive at Chinese Base Camp. A two day trek brings us to Advance Base Camp, from where we tackle the mountain via the placement of three camps. The climbing on the mountain is relatively straight-forward, with the two cruxes being a short but steep ice-cliff between Camps 1 and 2, and a prolonged, steep rock band directly above Camp 3.
Given the extreme altitude, the mountain is a very serious objective and neither the climb nor your preparation for the climb should be taken lightly. You’ll need to be as fit as you can possibly be, and when you’re climbing through the rock band above Camp 3 on your summit push, you’ll understand why! Once we reach the cusp of the summit plateau in the early hours of the morning, you’ll have to summon the energy to cross the wide plateau at over 8,100 m before finally standing on the main summit. If the weather is clear, once you are on the summit the spectacular panorama will make it all worth it. From the top you’ll be able to see Shishapangma, Gyachung Kang, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and of course, Mount Everest!
Why Himalayan Ascent?
Himalayan Ascent has been guiding on Cho Oyu since 2009 and we possess both the technical expertise and logistical know-how to make this a fantastic expedition experience for you. Out of all the 8000 m peaks, Cho Oyu is the one with the highest rate of success, and is thus an excellent option both for climbers looking to extend their experience to higher altitudes and for those training for larger objectives. We’ll take care of all the logistical hurdles of crossing the Chinese border and getting you to our comfortable basecamp, while you can focus on the climb ahead of you. Once on the mountain, our experienced guides will provide you with the support you need for your best chance of success.
This 5 ½ week expedition is suited to experienced Himalayan climbers with previous expedition experience to mountains of at least 6,000 m, but preferably 7,000 m.
- Stunning views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Oho Oyu, Makalu, Shispangma and Makalu
- Colourful Buddhist culture and spirited Sherpa people
- Summiting the highest mountain in the world
Day 2:In Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Lhasa
Day 4:In Lhasa acclimatise
Day 5:Drive to Shigatse
Day 6:Drive to Gyantse
Day 7:Drive to Tingri (4,300 m)
Day 8:Drive to Chinese Base Camp (4,800 m)
Day 9: Acclimatisation and prepare for higher camp
Day 10-11:Trek to Advance base camp (5,650 m)
Day 12:Acclimatise and Set up Advance Base Camp
Day 13-22:Acclimatise and set up higher camps
Day 23-29: Summit Cho Oyu
Day 30-31:Contingency days
Day 32: Pack up Advance Base Camp
Day 33: Walk to Chinese Base Camp and drive to Tingri
Day 34: Drive to Shigatse
Day 35: Drive to Lhasa
Day 36: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 37:Depart Kathmandu