HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cho Oyu is a perfect starting point to begin climbing above 8,000m.
  • It offers an excellent combination of moderate technical difficulty and great altitude
  • Climbers experience stunning views on the Himalayas, including Everest
  • Full board and full support expedition from North face side of Tibet

At a glance

Avg. Distance per day
8 km
Starting Point
Kathmandu
Ending Point
Kathmandu
Average Time
5 hrs
Highest point
8201 m
Grade
Strenuous

Overview

Cho Oyu is the 6th highest peak in the world (8201 meters) and it is located on the Tibet and Nepal border. It was first summited in 1954 by an Austrian and Tibetan Expedition. Cho Oyu is technically easier than most other eight thousand meter peaks. We will climb Cho Oyu via the West Face. Advanced Base Camp will be established at 5800meters, Camp 1 at 6500 meters, Camp 2 at 7100 meters and Camp 3 at 7400 meters.

For anyone who has ever dreamed of climbing one of the highest 8000er mountains, Cho Oyu offers relatively easy access. Despite being the 6th highest mountain on the planet, Cho Oyu has the highest success rate among the world’s fourteen  8000er Himalayan peaks. The ascent to the summit is short and direct with a few small technical sections which can be climbed safely using fixed lines. The normal route may not be called a technically difficult climb. The access becomes easier also because of the fact that the mountain can be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicle and one can walk to the Camp 1 in 1 hiking boots. However, climbing Cho Oyu is still a demanding undertaking, the mountain being one of the highest on earth. Cho Oyu lies about 20km west of Mt. Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border.

Cho Oyu lies about 20km west of Mt. Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. The mountain is also known as Mt. Qowowuyag and is situated in the middle section of the Himalayas. An Austrian team first climbed Cho Oyu in 1954 followed by the Indian and German teams in 1958 and 1964 respectively. Cho Oyu consists mainly of five ridges – Northwest, Northeast, Southeast. Southwest, and West with the Jabula Glacier on the north, Lanba Glacier on the south, and Gecongba Glacier.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Take passport to Chinese embassy for visa
Day 03: Early morning power to Rusuwaghadi
Day 04: Enter Tibet, force to Gyirong
Day 05: Rest & acclimatization in Gyirong
Day 06: Drive to Tingri, 4,300 meters
Day 07: Rest and acclimatization in Tingri
Day 08: Drive to Chinese Base Camp
Day 09: Rest and acclimatization in Chinese base Camp
Day 10: Walk to interim-camp
Day 11: Walk to superior base camp
Day 12: Rest at superior base camp
Day 13: Walk to camp 1
Day 14: Walk to Camp two at 6,700 metres
Day 15: Rest in superior base camp
Day 16: Walk to camp 1
Day 17: Walk to Camp two
Day 18: Rest in superior base camp
Day 19: Walk to camp 1
Day 20: Walk to camp 2
Day 21: Walk to camp three at 7,400 metres
Day 22 - Day 24: Rest in superior base camp
Day 25: Walk to camp 1
Day 27: Walk to camp 2
Day 28: Walk to camp 3
Day 29 - Day 31: Summit attempt
Day 32: Summit attempt, descend to camp 2
Day 33: Descend to superior base camp, pack and put together to depart.
Day 34: Yaks transport equipment, materials and garbage to Chinese base
Day 35: Drive to Gyirong.
Day 36: Drive to Kathmandu

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