Cho Oyu is the world's sixth highest mountain and considered to be the easiest of the fourteen 8,000m peaks.
As with all ascents at high altitude, the climbing is strenuous and a high standard of fitness is required, but as a peak to experience the thin air at 8,000m for the first time, Cho Oyu is ideal. Many of our expedition members use the experience gained here as a 'stepping stone' to Everest - or climb it as their ‘once only’ 8,000m goal.
- Climb with the most experienced expedition operator on the mountain
- Experience high-altitude climbing on the world’s sixth highest peak and prepare yourself for Everest
- Visit the vibrant cities of Kathmandu and Lhasa
Our Cho Oyu expedition itinerary has been tailored to include a visit to the city of Lhasa, the heart of Tibetan culture. Here we explore the Potala Palace and other cultural sites while acclimatising for the journey ahead. We then travel overland to the base of the mountain followed by a short walk to Base Camp. The climbing route links features devoid of undue hazard with only a few short technical sections, yet the ascent path is direct, allowing climbers to gain altitude without covering a lot of distance.
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal 2 Commence Tibet Travel Permit process 3 Gear checks and sightseeing in Kathmandu 4 Sightseeing in Kathmandu, finalise Tibet Travel Permit 5 Fly to Lhasa (3,650m/11,975ft) 6 Sightseeing in Lhasa 7 Drive to Shigatse (3,800m/12,470ft) 8 Drive to Tingri (4,350m/14,270ft) 9 Rest day in Tingri 10 Drive to Road End Base Camp (4,800m/15,750ft) 11-12 Rest/acclimatisation at Road End 13 Trek to Valley Camp (5,300m/17,390ft) 14 Trek to Base Camp (5,650m/18,500ft) 15-16 Rest at Base Camp/organise equipment 17-30 Establish high camps and acclimatise 31-38 SUMMIT WINDOW 39 Return to Base Camp 40 Pack equipment 41 Trek back to road end and drive to Tingri 42 Drive to Nepalese border 43 Drive to Kathmandu 44 Depart from Kathmandu