Ascent of Cho Oyu

7, Relatively Difficult ( technical 2 + altitudinal 5 ) | 42 Days

Relatively Difficult
8,201 mM
5-7 PAX

Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8201 meters above sea level. Cho Oyu lies in the Himalayas and is 20 km west of Mount Everest, at the border between China and Nepal.

Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8201 meters above sea level. Cho Oyu lies in the Himalayas and is 20 km west of Mount Everest, at the border between China and Nepal. Cho Oyu means "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan.

First submitted in 1954 by a small Austrian/Tibetan expedition, Cho Oyu is technically easier than most other “8000ers,” making it a great first 8000-meter peak for climbers with previous high altitude climbing experience. We will climb Cho Oyu via the West Ridge/West Face, which has two short technical sections. Advanced Base Camp (ABC) will be established at 5600 meters, Camp I at 6500 meters, Camp II at 7100 meters and Camp III at 7400 meters.

Our Cho-Oyu expedition will start in Kathmandu, Nepal. We will meet at our Nepal office to get our paperwork together, organize our gear, and enjoy the local customs & culture of Kathmandu before going to Zhangmu. We take a spectacular route from Zhangmu – Nyalam - Thingri. Our final rugged and rural village before Cho Oyu base camp. We spend two nights at base camp before we hire yaks to transport our expedition supplies to ABC. On this two day journey we will cross rivers, and hike over rocky moraine before we arrive at ABC, “our base camp” for 4 weeks.



Fitness Level and Technical Ability

Climbers wishing to join this expedition must already be experienced with rock and ice climbing and have successfully completed previous climbs at high altitude, over 4500m (15,000ft).

This expedition requires excellent levels of fitness to endure the extreme conditions of summiting big peaks. To prepare for this, climbers should undergo a regular and strenuous exercise regime for at least 6 months to build their strength, stamina and endurance.

Details Information

Price Includes

  • Transfer airport-hotel-airport. 
  • Peak permit fee. 
  • Tibet visa fee. 
  • Hotel accommodation twin sharing with breakfast in Kathmandu at a good tourist class hotel for 3 nights before and 2 nights after expedition and full board in Tibet. 
  • Transportation of members, staffs and food supply from Kathmandu- Base Camp - Kathmandu 
  • 3 Yaks per member from Base camp-Advance Base Camp and 2 Yaks per member Advance Base Camp -Base Camp. 
  • 1 Nepalese cook and 2 Tibetan kitchen boy. 
  • Equipment allowances, Daily Wages, Insurance, Food and Tents for cook, Kitchen Boy, Liaison Officer & Interpreter. 
  • Kitchen equipment. 
  • Dining tent, Kitchen tent, Toilet tent, Shower tent, Chairs & Tables. 
  • Generator and Solar panels at Base Camp for light and charging. 
  • Single tent with padded floor and Mattress for each member at Base Camp (North face or similar). 
  • Food and fuel at Base Camp and Advance Base Camp during the expedition. 
  • High way and conservation charges. Garbage deposits. 
  • Base Camp Big Radio.

Extra Equipement

  • Walkie-Talkie
  • Epi Gas / Pot & Stoves.
  • Mattress for high camps.
  • High Tent.
  • High foods.

By Air and By Land

Transportation from Kathmandu to BC
Meeting and seeing-off in the airports
Necessary transfers in Kathmandu
Bus and truck for the loads to Zhangmu and back to Kathmandu
One jeep (or minivan) for 4 members and truck from Zhangmu to BC and back
Transportation of the loads above BC Yaks carry loads from BC to ABC:

  • One yak (40kg) per member between BC and ABC
  • Yaks carry your personal equipment
  • High-altitude Sherpas help to carry all group equipment above ABC. They help to establish high camps and bring there tents, sleeping bags, foam pads, food, gas cartridges, stoves, kitchen utensils, snow shovels and ropes.

Good Advice

Climbing is a potentially dangerous pastime, high-altitude climbing is dangerous at all times. There can be no possible guarantee of your success and safety at the altitudes above BC and especially above 7000 and 8000m. So we strongly recommend you to hire a personal high altitude Sherpa guide-porter, especially if you do not have any experience in high-altitude climbing. This will increase immensely your safety and chances of summiting.

Necessary Travel Papers

  • Tibetan visa: We get a group one climbing permit
  • 4 passport photos - for Visas

Payment Procedure

Booking deposit:

10,000 USD.

The price increases by 10% if your booking application comes to us later than 30 days prior to the expedition. Balance payment is due not later than 30 days prior to the expedition. Cancellation more than 15 days prior to the expedition – 50% refund. Less than 10 days – no refund is given.

Price Does not Include

  • International flights 
  • Nepal entry visa fee. (can be obtained at the airport upon arrival) 
  • Reentry visa for Nepal. The re-entry visa can be obtained at the immigration office in Kodari. 
  • Meals in Kathmandu. 
  • Hotel after 5 nights stay in Kathmandu. 
  • Personal climbing gear above advance base camp 
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage 
  • Applicable permit fees and customs charges, etc. for SAT phone, communication equipment and commercial filming. 
  • International airport departure tax at Kathmandu Airport. 
  • 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 
  • Extra yaks 
  • Tips and bonuses


  • Hotel in Kathmandu B&B Basis. 
  • All hotels in Tibet: on 2-6 members to a room basis 
  • In BC and ABC: one member to a tent


  • In Kathmandu: breakfasts only 
  • In Tibet: three meals a day in restaurants 
  • In BC, IBC, ABC: three meals a day, cooked by Nepalese cooks and Tibetan kitchen-boys on gas stoves in special kitchen tents. Any amount of hot water for washing or boiled water for drinking is available. We eat in spacious mess tents equipped with tables and chairs. 
  • Food-stuffs for high camps is freeze-dried ones, which you cook (with the help of guides and Sherpas) on gas stoves. Water is melted snow.


  • Chinese liaison officer 
  • Nepalese cook 
  • Tibetan kitchen boys


As in all high mountains the weather in Shisha-Pangma region is very changeable.
Every day we will get forecasts from Internet and will choose the best period for acclimatization and ascent.

Booking procedure

If your decision to take part in our expedition if firm, please send us e-mail with:
Confirmation (in a form you prefer):


Ascent of Cho Oyu

Personal gear

Technical Equipment for the ascent

  • Crampons (e.g. Grivel G12) 
  • Rucksack 70-80 liters 
  • Rucksack 35-40 liters 
  • Harness 
  • Prussiks
  • Karabiners with screwgate lockers - 3 items 
  • Jumar (ascender) 
  • Telescope ski poles 
  • Thermos 
  • Rappel device 
  • Ice Axe 
  • Head lamp 
  • Photo camera 
  • Video camera and assessors 
  • Accumulators 
  • Personal crockery for high camps

Equipment for body and feet

  • Trekking shoes 
  • Boots of "Everest" Millet type 
  • Gore-tex jacket with wide hood 
  • Gore-tex trousers (better semi-overalls) 
  • Windblock jacket 
  • Windblock trousers 
  • Jacket "Polartec - 100" - 2 items 
  • Warm underwear - 2 sets 
  • Personal underwear 
  • Polartec gloves – 2 pairs 
  • Thinsulate gloves 
  • Thinsulate mittens - 2 pairs 
  • Warm woolen socks - 4-5 pairs 
  • Balaclava 
  • Warm hat 
  • Windblock face mask 
  • UV glasses 
  • Ski goggles (preferably) 
  • Gaiters
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