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.
Adventure Peaks has been organising expeditions to Tibet (Everest North Ridge and Cho Oyu) for over 17 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.
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.
Sherpa 1:1 price: £3,000 (1:2 ratio included)
Oxygen: from £800.00
Why Climb with Adventure Peaks
- High Level of client Summit Success (100% client success in 2013 – 2014, and 80% 2013-2016)
- 13 previous Cho Oyu Expeditions since the year 2001
- British Expedition leader and English Speaking Team
- High Quality Equipment including all new tents on the mountain and the fastest boiling stoves on the market (MSR reactor)