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Cho Oyu Expedition

Cho Oyu Expedition

45 Days
  • Trip Detail at-a-Glance

  • Advanced

    Since this is the most challenging category of climbing, climbers should be comfortable on 45 to 60 degree slopes and/or 5.6 rock at high altitudes and have a well rounded past history of past climbing experience. Your climbing experience should include some high altitude ascents and ability to climb technical rock, snow and ice. This includes climbing some notable mountains such as, or equivalent to, Ama Dablam, Cho Yuo, Baruntse etc. Mt. Everest, Makalu, Manaslu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lohtse, etc. belong to the advanced grade.


  • Trip Code: ATH347
  • Best Season: April to October
  • Country Visited: Nepal, Tibet
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends: Kathmandu
  • Destination: Summit of Mt. Cho Oyu ( 8,201 m /26899.28 ft)
  • Trip Route: Ktm-Lhasa-Cho Oyu Base Camp-Cho Oyu Summit-Zangmue-KTM
  • Trip Style: Overland Tour with stay at the Guesthouse and Tented Camp at the Base Camp and above
  • Activity: Climbing involve with Rope and Ice Axe, Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Max. Altitude:
    8,201 m /26899.28 ft
  • Group Size: Min. 2 pax pax
  • Activity Per Day: 4 to 5 hours of driving tour below base camp and 5 to 10 hours climbing. Summit day can be up to 15 hours
  • Trip Category: Climbing
  • Trip Highlight

    • Sightseeing in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist Stupa at Bodhnath.
    • Guided Sightseeing in Lhasa Tibet
    • Visit to Lhasa and Potala Palace
    • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalaya.
    • Climbing up to Cho Oyu Summit
    • Exclusive small team with a high guide to climber ratio.
    • High Sherpa ratio – 1 Sherpa with every climber
    • Lead by experienced guides who have stood on the summit of Cho Oyu and other 8000 meters peaks.
    • Best Sherpa, support staff and logistics.

The sixth highest peak of the world (8201m/26906ft) Cho Oyu stands for' Turquoise God’ which means the turquoise color of the peak in the afternoon sun from the Tibet side of the mountain. But in Nepal it is known as Qowowuyag by the Sherpas. The mountain lies in the Himalayas and is 20 km west of Mount Everest, at the border between China and Nepal. Though the expedition attempt was made by Eric Shipton in1952, an Austrian Herbert Tichy made the first successful ascent of Cho Oyu in 1954 with fellow Austrians Sepp Jochler and Helmut Heuberger.

Our sensitively designed 'Ace Cho Oyu Expedition' offers you an excellent opportunity for the climbers to extend their experience to extreme altitudes and is highly recommended as a first 8,000m Peak. Climbing Cho Oyu is one of the best practices for attempting the Everest. This is also one of the best attainable of the among world's highest mountains due to the lack of objective dangers in comparison to the other mountains. The terrain for this is uncomplicated, which makes the climbing assessable.

This trip starts from Kathmandu and ends in Kathmandu. It will be guided by our fully experienced Sherpa climbing guide. The indigenous Shepras were born in the Himalayas, reared in the Himalayas and involved in climbing and mountaineering occupation.

To begin this trip we fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and spend a few days exploring the ancient Tibetan capital, taking time to let our bodies acclimatize, before driving across the Tibetan Plateau to Chinese Base Camp. This is the place from where we load up Yaks and trek to Cho Oyu base camp, below the north-west face. The route above base camp consists mainly of low-angled snow slopes up to 30° with one short but very steep section to bypass a sérac barrier at 6,400meters. We use three camps on the mountain; the highest at 7,500m is the launch pad for the summit, which is reached in 5 to 8 hours under normal conditions.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 02 - Pre-trip meeting at 9:00 a.m. & Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03 - Official formalities and Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 04 - Final Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 05 - Fly to Lhasa. Over night at Lhasa. Overnight at Hotel in Lhasa
  • Days 06 and 07 - Guided sightseeing around Lhasa. Overnight at Hotel in Lhasa.
  • Day 08 - Drive to Shigatse. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse.
  • Day 09 - Drive to Xegar. Ovenight at hotel in Xegar.
  • Day 10 - Arrive at Chinese Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 11 - Rest and Acclimatization day in Chinese base camp. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 12 - Rest and Preparation day in Chinese base camp. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Days 13 to 16 - Trek to Cho Oyu base camp. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Days 17 to 40 - Climbing period of Mt. Cho Oyu. Overnight at Tented Camp.
  • Day 41 - Descend to Cho Yuo Base Camp and drive to Tingri. Overnight at hotel in Tingri.
  • Day 42 - Drive Zhangmu. Overnight at hotel in Zhangmu.
  • Day 43 - Arrive at Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 44 - Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 45 - Transfer to Int'l air port for your final departure.

Experienced Required
You must have a solid experience of climbing skills. It is suitable for experienced, self-sufficient mountaineers. Climbers who have already climbed the peaks like Mera Peak, Island Huascaran, Illimani, Denali, Muztag Ata, Spantik or similar, could well consider Cho Oyu. Climbers must be in excellent physical condition. Climbing an 8,000m peak is a tough test of endurance; both physical and psychological. Only having such condition, one has maximum chance of kissing on the top. Cho Oyu is the best mountain to train for the climbers who want to attempt the summit of Everest in future.

Our Cho Oyu expedition is not "guided" because this is not a realistic proposition in the high-altitude realm of 8,000 meters and above. "Guiding" and being "guided" implies the intimate supervision and care of a "client" by a "Guide" who can be responsible for the direct and immediate control of safety. On 8000 meters peak, such a direct duty-of-care, implicit in the traditional guide-client relationship, is not possible.

Important Note
The above itinerary is not a fixed program but is intended to give an indication of the likely events during the expedition. Please note that because of climbing High Mountain, it will be necessary to have a flexible plan in order to take the best advantage of situations as they present themselves. Any changes to the itinerary will be made with a view to maximizing the benefit to the team members and of ensuring their eventual success on the mountain.

Normally climbers will change their departure flights from Kathmandu when they know exactly when the expedition is going to end. We plan to stay at Base Camp for climbing as long as it takes for us to be successful.

Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called trip Cancellation insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent. 

What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal Foundation, a non-political and non-profit social organization. We contribute our support to the remote village of Arupokhari (Gorkha, Nepal) through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.

Ace the Himalaya donates a percentage of business profits to the foundation on a yearly basis, which supports the ongoing maintenance cost required for Bhairabi Primary school, a community-based school in Arupokhari (plus few other schools in the region).

One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in  Arupokhari village of Gorkha district, western Nepal.

For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website