Cho Oyu

Cho Oyu

From £26,000
Altitude 8,201m Grade: 3D

Adventure Peaks has had excellent success on our Cho Oyu expeditions. In 2013 and 2015 all team members reached the summit giving 100% success compared to our normal average of 80% success rate achieved between 2013 to 2016 and 2018.

Cho Oyu expedition success rate

Adventure Peaks has had excellent success on our Cho Oyu expeditions. In 2013 and 2015 all team members reached the summit giving 100% success compared to our normal average of 80% success rate achieved between 2013 to 2016 and 2018.

Adventure Peaks has been organising expeditions to Tibet (Everest North Ridge and Cho Oyu) for over 19 years making us the most experienced and valued British company operating in Tibet and we attract good International teams. There are those who scaremonger about Tibet giving indications that permits or visas won’t be available, this is a total nonsense. We are aware of the delicate visa process for entering the area and have been successfully sending teams twice yearly into Tibet without issue for over a decade. If for any reason access is denied we would be able to transfer the expedition to Manaslu. Our price includes 1:2 Sherpa.

Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world and, even though it is regarded as a technically straightforward 8000m peak, its altitude is a serious undertaking and requires careful preparation and a high level of fitness. It is said that Cho Oyu means ‘Goddess of Turquoise’, as its stark shadows appear this colour in the light of the setting sun when viewed from Tibet. This mountain is a vast bulk of sweeping snow slopes and clean glaciated lines; a most noble and impressive first 8000m peak.

The elegant North West face of Cho Oyu brings us up fairly easy angled 30 degree snow slopes. There is one steep serac barrier to negotiate at 6800m. Where necessary, fixed lines will be placed to aid us on steeper sections. Following our acclimatisation walks in Nylam and Tingri, we will arrive at the Chinese Base Camp where we begin our exciting preparations to move up to Base Camp at 5700m via an Intermediate Camp at around 5400m, to aid acclimatisation.

Camp 1 (6400m) is reached in 4-6 hours via an initial walk up the Gyabrag Glacier, up a steep scree to a broad snow shoulder and our first high camp.

Camp 2 (7100m) we follow the snow ridge out of Camp 1 to a steep 50 metre ice wall, which provides us with our most challenging climb on this route. To make this ascent safe we use fixed ropes.

Camp 3 (7500m) we are now on easier ground and we reach our third camp in around four hours. At this altitude there is a tremendous sense of effort to gain further height.

Summit Day: It takes 6-9 hours to attain Cho Oyu’s grand summit plateau. The route takes us over moderately easy snow and rock; it is now only the weather and altitude that can stand in our way of conquering this grand 8000m peak.

Additional costs

Oxygen: from £600.00

Why Climb with Adventure Peaks

  • High Level of client Summit Success (100% client success in 2013 - 2014, and 80% 2013-2016 and 2018)
  • 16 previous Cho Oyu Expeditions since the year 2001
  • British Expedition leader and English Speaking Team
  • 1:2 Sherpa Support
  • High Quality Equipment including all new tents on the mountain and the fastest boiling stoves on the market (MSR reactor)

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Dates & Prices

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Flight Inclusive
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Land Only
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26th Aug 2024 - 6th Oct 2024
£1500 Early Booking Discount Next 3 Places
Spaces42 £26,000
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25th Aug 2025 - 5th Oct 2025
£2000 Early Booking Discount Next 3 Places
Spaces42 £27,000
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* A deposit of £2,000 will be required at checkout.


Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

Cho Oyu Oxygen from £800.00 £800
Adventure Peaks Logoed Kit Bag (Non UK addresses + Postage) £85

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • International return airfares from the UK (unless Land Only).
  • Hotel/airport transfers (unless Land only)
  • British Expedition Leader
  • Approach via Lhasa to BC
  • Nepali Climbing Sherpa on a ratio of 1:2
  • Environmental Charges (in line with new TMA Regulations)
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  • 3 Hotel nights in Kathmandu on a Bed & Breakfast twin sharing basis
  • All accommodation on a full board basis to and from the Mountain
  • All road transport by private vehicles to BC..
  • Individual Tents in BC
  • 3 person tent for 2 people at ABC and above
  • Environmental Protection Fee
  • All communal equipment necessary for the climb.
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • VHF radio whilst on the mountain
  • Satellite Telephone and e-mail facilities at Base Camp
  • Weather Forecasting
  • Medical safety equipment and medical oxygen
  • All costs for yaks to move the team's equipment to Cho Oyu base camp.
  • All costs for leaders, guides and Sherpa’s
  • All team members will receive a free logoed trip T-Shirt with the name of your Expedition on it.
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases

What's Excluded

  • Oxygen (Summit Oxygen mask & 2x4 litre Bottles)
  • Transfers to and from the in country airport if booked as Land Only
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals.
  • Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Tips for porters and local guides & sherpa summit bonus
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early or you having to lead an expedition early
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances, including the cost of extra nights accommodation.
  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.


Day 1-2Fly to Chengdu
Day 3Permit & Tibet Visa formalities
Day 4Fly to Lhasa
Day 5-9Drive to Cho Oyu BC with daily acclimatisation walks
Day 10Preparations
Day 11-13Trek to Base Camp via intermediate camps
Day 14-36Ascent of Cho Oyu
Day 37-38Return to Lhasa
Day 39Return International flights out of Lhasa


It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

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For UK based clients:

Expeditions and Treks under 7000m - Campbell Irvine Direct :

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Travelex Ins. Services: Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
J S Insurance: Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

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HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: (Australian clients)

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