Cho Oyu

Altitude 8201m, 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 the now compulsory 1:1 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
  • 1:1 Sherpa Support
  • High Quality Equipment including all new tents on the mountain and the fastest boiling stoves on the market (MSR reactor)

Trip dossier

Cho Oyu Dossier

  • 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 1:1 (in line with new TMA Regulations)
  • 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
  • Adventure Peaks 110 litre kitbag or logoed fleece.
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases
  • Oxygen (Summit Oxygen mask & 2×4 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 1-2 Fly to Chengdu
Day 3 Permit & Tibet Visa formalities
Day 4 Fly to Lhasa
Day 5-9 Drive to Cho Oyu BC with daily acclimatisation walks
Day 10 Preparations
Day 11-13 Trek to Base Camp via intermediate camps
Day 14-36 Ascent of Cho Oyu
Day 37-38 Return to Lhasa
Day 39 Return International flights out of Lhasa

Previous trip reports from Cho Oyu

cho-oyu14-sean-james87 Cho Oyu Expedition 25th Aug 2018 - 25th Sept Kirsty and Paula have reached the Summit of Cho Oyu.
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ChoOyu001 Cho Oyu 2017 - 20th May After a valiant attempt through deep snow, the effort was exhausting and our team has turned back from their summit attempt at camp 2. The team are now at ABC .
cho-oyu-summit Cho Oyu 2014 Expedition - 100% Cho Oyu Summit Success. Every member of the AP team and our sherpa, Onchyou summited Cho Oyu on a perfect day. The snow was crisp and good under food. a little wind blew the clouds away and we had views of almost every Himalayan mountain you can think of. We are looking forward to getting back to Kathmandu and the delights there.
cho-oyu7 Cho Oyu 2013 Expedition -

7th October: We are now all back in Kathmandu and enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of this wonderful city. We all enjoyed a wonderful meal catered by Mohan and then we went to the famous Rum Doodle to finish the night off...

Chooyu07ABC Cho Oyu 27th Aug 2011 Expedition News - 1st Oct - Rob called and left a message today to say that The team made their summit bid today. Jan turned around around before reaching the summit after not feeling so good, everyone else reached the summit. They are now down at Camp 2 and will clear down to ABC tomorrow. Well done to all the team.
cho-oyu-camp1 Cho Oyu Expedition News April 2010 - 24th May Congratulations to the team who made the summit at 4.00am GMT, all were in good spirits and should now be well on their way back to camp. If all goes well and the energy levels are maintained they will drop down to at least camp 2. More news later but well done.
cho-oyu-camp1 Cho Oyu Expedition News August 2010 - 28th Sept The team are now down at BC. There has been a sherpa & rope fixing meeting and due to the recent avalanche activities, the result of which it has been decided that there will be no further rope fixing for the foreseeable future. This has resulted in the majority of the teams, including our team, on the mountain deciding to abandon any further summit attempts and head back to Kathmandu.
cho-oyu-camp1 Cho Oyu Expedition News August 2009 - 24th Sep SUMMIT SUCCESS! Zac phoned this morning at 9am to say all four clients, two Sherpas and himself all summitted within 15 minutes of each other. They are all back down at Camp 3 basking in their glory. They aim to descend to Camp 2 later today and back to ABC tomorrow.
cho-oyu-camp1 Cho Oyu Expedition News August 2007 - 29th Sept Stu phoned from ABC early afternoon to say that the group are successfully back at camp having had an unsuccessful attempt at Cho Oyu summit. The weather has been bad, with heavy snow meaning that they had to break trail to Camp 2 and Camp 3. Once above Camp 3 the winds were so strong they were forced to abandon their summit bid, along with a number of other teams. All team members are safe and well and will make preparations to return to Kathmandu in the coming days.

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Cho Oyu Oxygen from £800.00 2 x 4 litre Oxygen uplifted to high camp. Supplied with Summit Mask and Regulator.


The Initial Deposits for this booking will be :£2000 per Person

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25th Apr 2023 - 3rd Jun 2023
29th Aug 2023 - 7th Oct 2023
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24th Apr 2023 - 4th Jun 2023
28th Aug 2023 - 8th Oct 2023