Cho – Oyu

Due to current political fragility of Tibet we are unable to obtain guaranteed access for expeditions. We are therefore not operating expeditions to Cho Oyu at present, but instead to Manaslu expedition as an alternative.

Same as our Everest trips we will be running our Cho Oyu Expeditions through Russell Brice, which has over 3 decades of experience in logistic support and expedition planning in the Himalayas and more experience than anyone as well.

Technically, it is a comparatively safe and easy route which enables climbers with determination but not necessarily a high degree of technical expertise to reach an 8,000m summit. The safety precautions and logistical preparations are, of course, the same as for Everest and the standard of equipment is equally high. This is an ideal opportunity to experience the world of 8,000m and above with the least possible danger.

Cho Oyo is relatively easy to climb with minimal objective danger. It is a great opportunity to experience the surreal world of extreme altitude, to train for an Everest climb or to achieve a first 8,000m peak. Along with Everest, we specialise in this classic route and have a very high success rate.

Route Description

Above ABC (5,600m) we use three camps. Camp 1 (6,400m) is at the top of a long scree slope.  From here the route is entirely on snow. We follow a gentle rounded ridge until we hit a short but steep ice cliff. We use a fixed rope to negotiate the cliff (normally about 20m) and then continue across a gentle glacier before we start another slightly steeper slope, again equipped with a fixed rope. Camp 2 (7,100m) is on an easy snow slope.

The day to reach Camp 3 (7,500m) is relatively short, about 3 – 4 hours, climbing more gentle snow slopes. From here we can reach the summit in 5 – 7 hours and return to Camp 2 for the evening. This final day consists of climbing intermediate snow slopes until we reach a series of rock bands, which we cross by way of their snow ledges. We come out onto a snow slope leading us to the summit ridge and then what is often mistaken as the summit. The real summit is still about 400m away on almost flat snow.  The retreat is then fairly fast but with time to enjoy the spectacular surrounding scenery.


  • Day 01Assemble in Kathmandu

  • Day 02Kathmandu

  • Day 03Fly Kathmandu – Lhasa

  • Day 04Sightseeing and acclimatisation in Lhasa

  • Day 05Lhasa

  • Day 06Drive Lhasa – Xigatse

  • Day 07Drive Xigatse – Tingri

  • Day 08Sightseeing and acclimatisation in Tingri

  • Day 09Drive Tingri – Base Camp

  • Day 10Base Camp to Interim Camp

  • Day 11Interim to advanced Base Camp

  • Day 12 – 35Climbing on peak

  • Day 36Advanced Base Camp to Base Camp

  • Day 37Base Camp

  • Day 38Drive Base camp – Zangmu

  • Day 39Cross border to Kodari, drive to Kathmandu

  • Day 40Kathmandu

  • Next DayDepart Kathmandu

Note: This itinerary is intended to be a guideline only. Weather days, rest days and some flexibility on the itinerary are always a possibility while on a climbing expedition.