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Cho Oyu - World`s Sixth Highest and Most Accessible 8000 Metre Peak

  • cho oyu photos Our comfortable ABC. Photo Fergal Savage.
  • cho oyu photos Grace showing her country flag after summit of Cho Oyu. Photo Grace
  • cho oyu photos Heading up to the high camps of Cho Oyu. Photo Vicen Jolis.
  • cho oyu photos Members heading down after a successful summit. Photo Vicen Jolis.
  • cho oyu photos Fergal Savage on the summit. Photo Fergal Savage.
  • cho oyu photos Member enjoying at camp 2. Photo Grace McDonald.
  • cho oyu photos Holly, Patch , Tenji and Ngima on the way to Camp 2. Photo John & Debbie.
  • cho oyu photos Climbing up for final push. Photo Stefanos Voutselas
  • cho oyu photos Wayne Herrick summit of Cho Oyu. Photo Tenji Sherpa
  • cho oyu photos Base camp and beautiful view. Photo Max
  • cho oyu photos Members enjoying inside the dining tent. Photo Max.
  • cho oyu photos Members enjoying in Basecamp. Photo Max.
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  • Full Service Cost: $14,850, £11,150, €12,450; Basic Climb Cost: $8,850,  £6,950, €7,450. (Converted 16/08/16)
  • Date: 28 August to 4 Oct, 2018. 38 days in Tibet & Nepal.
  • New Flexible Date Option: arrive anytime at your convenience during April-May or September-October.
  • Leader: 5 time Cho Oyu summiter Dan Mazur , 2 time Cho Oyu summiter. In 2016 - 12 on the summit. 10 used supplementary bottled oxygen. 2 did not 
  • Full Service Price Includes: Leader Dan Mazur, expert Sherpas, climb permits, transport from Kathmandu (KTM) to basecamp (BC), hotels in KTM and drive to BC, advanced basecamp (ABC), high camps, tents (individual ABC tent per member), expedition costs, meals & food, climb equipment, fixed ropes and fees, radios, internet, international phone, etc.
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  • Perhaps there is no better preparation for Everest than this high altitude "easy" snow climb.
  • The most accessible of the world’s fourteen 8,000 metre/26,500 foot mountains, located near Everest.
  • Our average team size is 8. During 12 prior climbs we put 84 members and 60 Sherpas on the summit.
  • We are available to help you buy & rent - hire inexpensive climbing gear, equipment, clothing, & boots.
  • Climbing Cho Oyu qualifies you for Everest from Tibet, Everest from Nepal or Lhotse .
  • Combine Shishapangma with Cho Oyu and earn a 20 percent discount.
  • Add an exotic and historical trip to the ancient Tibetan city of Lhasa. $2,450
  • Not ready for Cho Oyu summit? Need more training? Join our Everest Training Climb
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Cho Oyu Programme Description

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Cho Oyu Programme Description:
 
  • Introduction: Cho-Oyu at 8201 metres/26,906 feet has only recently become a popular mountain to climb. It is now known to be one of the most accessible of the world’s fourteen 8,000 metre/26,500 foot mountains. This is because the ascent to the summit plateau is short and direct, with a few small technical sections, less than 6 metres/20 feet high, climbed using fixed lines. Additionally, the mountain can be easily reached by four-wheel-drive vehicle, and the trail to camp 1 at 6,400 metres/21,100 feet, is basically a steep walk on talus slopes, often done in sturdy leather trekking boots with good ankle support (photo right by Guntis Brands: This photo is looking down on a climber ascending the 6 metre/20 foot high "ice step". On this day it was more of a "snow step". It's actually not very difficult, as the sherpas have cut large steps into the slope and a rope has been permanently attached).
    • Our proposed schedule allows for a careful and safe ascent, as well as multiple full descents to advanced basecamp.
    • The style of climbing is cautious and careful, with excellent leadership, organization, Sherpa climbers, 'walkie-talkie' radios, satellite telephones, the best oxygen bottles and apparatus available (about half of our members use oxygen), cooks and waiters, tasty food, the best equipment, a full kitchen in basecamp plus advanced basecamp (ABC), 4 camps on the mountain, 1000s of metres of fixed line, hundreds of rock, ice and snow anchors, top-quality high altitude tents and high altitude stoves, expedition mix gas, and full safety equipment: medical oxygen, gamow bag, and extensive medical kit.
    • This expedition maximizes experience gained over eight prior Cho Oyu expeditions with a strong record of reaching the top and descending safely. In addition to more than 25 Himalayan expeditions we have an intimate knowledge of the Tibetan officials who regulate the permit system, liaison officers, sherpas, cooks, yak drivers, and helicopters/restaurateurs. back to top
  • Leader and staff: During the drive, trek, in Chinese Base, ABC and on the climb, our experienced staff is with you all of the way. Our helpful climbing sherpas are some of the best. They are real high-altitude star-performers and very friendly. Our western leader is a highly experienced, friendly, and well-organized professional with multiple ascents of Cho Oyu. Our skillful basecamp and advanced basecamp cooks prepare delicious, fresh, tasty food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day (photo right David Lepagne: John Arnold and Tim Boelter at Camp 2, 7000 metres/23,000 feet).
    • On trek: Our western leader, together with friendly and helpful sherpas, cooks and local people leading yak caravans carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trek. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the trek.
    • Our comfortable basecamp and ABC: Our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals in our heated dining tent.
    • On the mountain: Our western leader and group sherpas will fix the route, set up the high camps and carry the group equipment, such as tents, stoves, etc. If you wish to help out, we welcome you to do so, otherwise just relax and focus on getting well acclimated and achieving your goals. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the climb.
    • Sherpas: We have many group sherpas to help the team. For an additional expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa. We now encourage members who wish to have a lighter rucksack to hire a 1/4 of a sherpa to help with high altitude equipment transport, carrying your extra weight both up and down the mountain. For information about hiring a personal sherpa, please click here to learn more (photo right by Guntis Brands: It's "easy" to walk to camp 1 at 6400 metres/21,100 feet wearing only sturdy leather trekking boots with good ankle support. You may wish to use a trekking pole to navigate through this uneven terrain). back to top
  • Cho Oyu National Park: The park is situated among rolling, vast green (in May, June and September) short-grass and boulder strewn valleys leading up to the basecamp. The environment is beautiful and stark, inhabited with wild birds and animals. Upon arriving in basecamp by vehicle, you trek towards the mountain, where the vegetation changes to become more alpine and rocky, with Cho Oyu and many smaller unclimbed peaks looming upwards above you. Plants in the park range from spruce, pine, a wide variety of evergreen trees, as well as coldbelt grasslands. Many precious animals inhabit Tibet, such as antelope, deer, fox, gazelles, yaks, and many species of birds.
  • Drive to basecamp: Our drive from Kathmandu, into Tibet and finally to basecamp is a relaxing and interesting adventure. We stop in medieval looking towns with dirt streets, experience Tibetan culture, while stopping to walk each day or so in the beautiful surrounding hills to acclimate to the rising altitude. It offers a great chance to encounter the vast Tibetan plateau and great views of the surrounding Himalayan Giants, Everest, Cho Oyu, and Shishapangma . We end at Chinese base camp at 4900 metres/16,000 feet, which is located just below the Jabula glacier, also known as the Kyetrag or Gyabrag glacier. Along the way we stay and eat at rustic hotels at the organizer's expense (photo right by Guntis Brands: The view from advanced basecamp at 5600 metres/18,400 feet. On the left side of the photo is the famous Nangpa La, where Tibetan traders carry goods to Namche Bazaar in Nepal. Many of the peaks in this photo have yet to be climbed). back to top
  • Lhasa option: If you wish to add on a tour of the ancient city of Lhasa before arriving at basecamp, this is easily arranged so please let us know. Most people will prefer to fly to Kathmandu first to take advantage of the excellent equipment shopping there, then fly to Lhasa. The price includes a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa over the Mount Everest massif. Some people prefer to fly to Lhasa from another city in China and we can also assist you with these arrangements.
  • Basecamp and advanced basecamp: Features your own private sleeping tent that will be all your own, not needing to be shared with anyone. We have comfortable, heated dining tents with tables and chairs where our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals
  • Trek to advanced basecamp: A beautiful trek to the base of the 6th highest peak in the world. This trek is very accomplishable by the average person who enjoys walking. Normally, you never step on snow and there is no climbing, only walking on moraine trails. There are gorgeous views of stunning peaks in the area, including Jobo-Rabzang, and many unclimbed and unnamed 6000 metre peaks. The trek is near the famous Nangpa La, an ancient route through the Himalaya where Tibetan traders carry goods to Namche Bazaar in Nepal and where many Tibetan refugees have fled for their lives. ABC is located at 5600 metres/18,400 feet.
  • Climbing to the high camps:
     
    • After ABC, walk up to camp 1, which is located in a saddle at 6,400 meters/21,100 feet, at the base of the north-west ridge. The trail to camp 1 crosses a flattish glacier, than a hill with loose scree and stone sometimes with snow. It is often referred to as the: "horrible hill" and is nearly always accomplished in sturdy trekking shoes, with good ankle support and a trekking pole for balance.
    • The northwest ridge opens onto the northwest face, and there is one easy 6 metre/20 foot high technical fixed ice/snow step tilted at 40-68 degrees. Camp 2 is located on a large flat plateau at 7,000 meters/23,100 feet.
    • Ubove camp 2, climb another headwall at about 28-46 degrees to camp 3 which is located on a flat space of the northwest ridge-face at 7,450 meters/24,600 feet. You shall attempt the summit from camp 3

Camp 3 at 7450 metres/24,600 feet. From this camp you will attempt the summit. In the centre left of this photo you can see Shishapangma, the lowest of the world's 8000 metre/26,000 foot peaks. On the right side of this photo the Tibetan plateau is visible (Guntis Brands). Tim Boelter climbing the headwall to Camp 3 at 7,500 metres/24,600 feet (David Lepagne).
  • Rest Days: We will be taking a lot of them throughout the expedition. During your rest days we encourage you to concentrate on recovering, eating and drinking, to read, relax, listen to music and stroll around visiting other teams. back to top
  • Summit attempt: You climb through a few small-easy rock steps (4 metres high) and mixed snow at a 28-46 degree angle to the wide summit plateau and make the long traverse to the little bump that marks the summit, at 8,201 meters/27,000 feet. You know you are on the true summit when you see the inspiring views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and the entire Khumbu valley, as well as great views across the Tibetan plateau to Shishapangma.
  • Who is this trip for?
    • We encourage men and women from around the world, of all ages to join us as an individual team member or with your own group, whether that is your spouse, partner, friends, sibling, clients, colleagues, etc. Most of our members join as individuals, our team dynamics work well, and we are able to build successful and safe groups that enjoy trekking, climbing, and traveling together (photo right by David Lepagne: Franck Pitula arriving in Camp 2 at 7000 metres/23,100 feet).
    • You should have previous high altitude climbing experience (such as Lhakpa Ri / North Col, Ama Dablam, Mustagata, Aconcagua, Denali, or other).
    • To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice. back to top
Clockwise from upper left: Johan Frankelius (Sweden) reached the summit with our team Sherpas. He has also climbed Ama Dablam with our team and took this black and white photo with a self timer. Andy Sloan from Sussex on the summit of Cho Oyu in September 2005. He is holding a good luck card his Mum gave him (Photo by our very strong and friendly Tibetan Sherpa Lobshang). Tunc Findik (Turkey) on the summit in September 2005. He has climbed Lhotse and Everest with SummitClimb (Thierry Auberson, Switzerland). Doug Cote from Colorado on the summit in September of 2005 (The photographer was Herve Coron from Paris). back to top

Please "click" one of the links on the column on the upper right of your screen under "Cho Oyu" to learn more about our expedition.

Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Climb Cost

* Our “full-service” expedition includes:

  • Leaders: Cost includes a very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader;
  • Climbing Sherpas for the group;
  • Transport to base camp for you and equipment to/from Kathmandu, including accommodation and meals on the road;
  • Yak transport of all equipment from the road to and from advanced basecamp;
  • Three hot meals per day in base camp. Comfortable tables and chairs and dining tent;
  • Skillful base camp cooks;
  • All mountain, and base camp food;
  • All permit fees and liaison officers;
  • Use of group gear and supplies: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; base camp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, solar charging system etc;
  • Emergency equipment and supplies: medical oxygen, gamow bag, base camp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
  • In addition to our top-quality high-altitude tents, we now provide an individual tent (1 tent per person) in base camp.
  • Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you want your own single room, the cost is an aditional $32 per night (during the included four free hotel nights) and for extra nights $65 per person for single occupancy. Please bring extra cash to pay for your extra nights and / or your single supplement. We often stay at the comfortable three star Hotel Shakti. Its an excellent and classic hotel surrounded by green gardens and located in the heart of the city action near many delicious restaurants, the city's best mountain equipment shopping, and abundant nightlife all within a few minutes walk. The Shakti also offers lots of entertaining day trip (and night outing) options such as city tours, walking tours, rock climbing, mountain biking, wild game safaris, horse back riding, art classes, volunteer opportunities at orphanages, hospitals, schools, women's centres, bird watching, cooking classes, sport fishing, day peak climbing, herbal medicine seminars, day hikes, pottery classes, car tours, sightseeing, temple tours, henna handpainting classes, massage, swimming, beauty salon, motorbiking, yoga retreats, river rafting, painting classes, golf, language courses, kayaking, writing seminars, bungie jumping, religious worship, canyoning, hot tubs, health club, saunas, fitness center, spa treatments, Mount Kailash Treks, night clubs, meditation retreats, gourmet restaurants, cultural dance performances, wine tasting, pedicures and manicures, casino gambling, barber shop, discotheques, airport transfers, Scenic flights around Mount Everest and much much more. Meals in Kathmandu are at your expense.

Organization: During this full-service expedition, you will benefit from the organization provided by Dan Mazur. He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with years of experience in getting people to the summit and back down with the highest attention to safety. He has been leading and organizing successful and safe overland, trekking, and mountaineering expeditions for over 20 years, to Tibet, Nepal, Tadjikistan, Pakistan, India, China, Africa, and North America. For more about Dan, please "click" on the Leadership link

Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our expedition includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to advanced basecamp, and returned to Kathmandu. We could also bring you to basecamp from Lhasa, Tibet. More and more members are choosing to take the Lhasa option. While climbing on the mountain, we try not to ask our full-service members to carry heavy group equipment (although it is an option if you really want to), such as tents, rope, fuel, food, etcetera. We employ climbing sherpas, and high-altitude porters, to carry group equipment and supplies. For a minimal expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa or personal climbing-guide. We now encourage members to hire a 1/4 of a sherpa, to help with high altitude equipment transport, both up and down the mountain.

Full personal-private sherpas-

  • For those who do not wish to carry their own rucksack, or prepare their own meals and drinks above basecamp, we offer full personal-private sherpas (or, you may wish to share one with another member). A personal sherpa climbs and camps with you at all times and carries approximately ten kilos/22 pounds of your personal belongings. He also helps with boiling water and making your meals on the mountain. The cost of hiring a personal-private sherpa is as follows.
  • A Nepalese sherpa is available for: $5950 USD.
    • High altitude "personal-equipment-carriage-service"-
  • Divide the above prices by four if you would like to have approximately 10 kilos of your personal equipment carried up and down the mountain, between camps. You must provide a 48 hour notice while on the mountain. Although the price is less than the full personal-private sherpa, the "personal-equipment-carriage-service" does not involve the additional services provided by the full personal-private sherpa. This service is mainly to help get equipment up and down between camps. If you need more help than this, please consider hiring a full personal-private sherpa

Cho Oyu. PhotoToni Spiri Camp two from Cho Oyu. Photo Erik

Cho Oyu. PhotoToni Spiri. Camp two from Cho Oyu. Photo Erik.

Oxygen: You should consider whether or not you wish to use supplemental oxygen. About half of our Cho Oyu team members do. Its not like Everest where oxygen is absolutely necessary, but some Cho-Oyu climbers like it because it gives them a little extra edge of "insurance" that they will be feeling as well as possible when resting in the high camp and on summit day, both climbing up to the summit and on descent. In addition, supplemental oxygen usage has been shown to markedly reduce the incidence of frostbite. Our sherpas will try to help you carry the oxygen, and a couple four-litre bottles should be more than enough, and you also need the mask, hoses, and regulator. Or, you can have the full set of three bottles, which includes mask-regulator-hoses (as well as carriage up to the high camps by our sherpas). All of the equipment is guaranteed to work well together, and it is easy to use, with simple threaded and snap-on fittings which require no tools. We have a 30% buy back policy bottles on unused oxygen, and masks, hoses, and regulators in good condition.

Here are the costings:

  • A. Three bottle set (we recommend a three bottle set for Cho Oyu): $2150 USD. The price includes three large 4 litre Russian Oxygen bottles, mask-regulator-hoses (as well as carriage up to the high camps by our sherpas). We have a 30% "buy-back" policy on masks, regulators, and unused oxygen bottles in good condition. Extra bottles: $510 USD each.

    If purchased separately:

  • B. Mask + Hoses (guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the bottles and regulator perfectly): We have a 30% buy-back policy on masks and hoses in good condition. $285 USD.
  • C. Regulator for high-altitude oxygen bottle (guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the bottle and mask and hoses perfectly): We have a 30% buy-back policy on regulators in good condition. $485 USD.
  • D. One large Russian Oxygen 4 litre bottle for high-altitude climbing (guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the regulator and mask and hoses perfectly): We have a 30% discount buy-back policy on unused oxygen bottles. $510 USD each

Cooks and Food: On the road we eat in the local restaurants as available. In basecamp and advanced basecamp our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh as well as tinned fruits, meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst). They supply you with unlimited hot-drinks, the key to successful acclimatization. We have large weather-proof kitchens and dining tents, with comfortable chairs and tables. On the mountain, above advanced basecamp, we provide you with abundant and nutritious locally available quick-cooking food, so that you may prepare at least three meals and lots of hot drinks each day, in our specially designed high-altitude stoves using our butane-propane expedition mix fuel.

Above advanced basecamp all of our team members cook their own food unless they have a personal sherpa to cook for them. For more about personal sherpas, please click here .

We provide you with a special high altitude stove and fuel canisters. Our stoves are of the "hanging" type, designed to be used inside the tent (well ventilated of course). We have found these to be the best possible stoves for high altitude use, as it is essential to cook inside the tent during stormy weather. Our stoves are suspended above the floor so you have room to sit comfortably and warmly in your sleeping bag while cooking.

Our high altitude fuel is of two types. Above 7000 metres/23,000 feet we use imported propane/butane 250 gramme canisters. Below 7000 metres/23,000 feet we refill the canisters with propane gas. Liquid fuel does not work above 6000 metres/19,700 feet so we don't use liquid fuel above basecamp or advanced basecamp.

Group Equipment: We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, advanced basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We now provide an individual tent for each member in basecamp, so you do not have to share. We also have shower and toilet tent for Basecamp. Please see the above EQUIPMENT link, to study what we bring for your use and safety.

Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma, are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, and permits.

Safety: BOTH full-service and basic expeditions are allowed access to our extensive communications equipment, medical supplies, first-aid kits, medical oxygen, and a gamow bag in case of emergency. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member! back to top

Note: You may have to carry some or all of your own oxygen on summit day, as well as up and down the mountain. If possible, the group sherpas will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you are concerned you might not be able to carry your own oxygen, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa. 

Oxygen buy-back policy: We have a 30% discount buy-back policy on unused oxygen bottles, regulators in good condition, and masks and hoses in good condition. Refunds take 90 days to process from the pre-planned expedition date to process.

*What is not included?

  • Your Nepal visa is conveniently purchased by you upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport. It is not necessary to purchase a Nepalese visa prior to landing in Nepal. In 2013, the cost of a 90 day visa was $100 USD & 30 days visa cost $60. Please bring cash and 2 extra passport-sized photos (extra photos are necessary to obtain the visa in the airport). Because the expedition is in Tibet, we provide special support to you in Kathmandu in organizing your Tibet-China visa. Be ready to pay up to $220 USD (US citizens) and $165 USD (non-US citizens) for your Tibetan visa. It may be cheaper, but we will tell you and provide a receipt. Thank you. Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months fom the END of the expedition and contain at least 2 blank pages.
  • Additional expenses like bottled or canned drinks on the trek, tips and gratuities, and expenses of a personal nature (ie: laundry or gift shopping) are not included.
  • We recommend the following tip for our group staff: Cho Oyu: $200. Expect to pay the above tip no matter what.
  • Tipping Climbing Sherpas on our peak climbs: for a group Sherpa (Tibetan or Nepalese), who helps you to climb above the high camp or up to the summit and back down, expect to pay a summit-attempt bonus as follows: Cho Oyu Summit Attempt Bonus: $200, Summit Success: $400.
  • Car or Jeep hiring for Tibet members: Please note that your amount of cash you need to bring is about $1000 more than our Nepal trips because it costs that much to hire a jeep to take you out early if you wish to leave before the scheduled end date of the itinerary.back to top

* Our "basic climb" includes:

  • Coordinator: Dan Mazur, relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with 18 years of Himalayan experience in getting people to the summit and back down with the highest attention to safety;
  • All permit fees and liaison officers;
  • Transport to base camp to/from Kathmandu, for you and personal equipment only (boots, ice axe, clothing, sleeping bag), including accommodation and meals on the road;
  • Yak transport for personal equipment only (boots, ice axe, clothing, sleeping bag) from the road to and from advanced basecamp;
  • A walkie-talkie radio is provided to stay linked-in with the leader of the full service expedition while on the mountain;
  • Emergency equipment and supplies: medical oxygen, gamow bag, base camp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
  • Access to team fixed ropes and camps (sites, not tents), coordinated with our own "full-service" climbing team.
  • Other necessary services and supplies (ie: extra yaks, trek services, basecamp meals, high altitude services and equipment), may be purchased and hired at minimal expense. We offer basic climb "packages" as noted below, or, we can furnish individual items such as tents, stoves, gas, food, etcetera.back to top
  • Airport transfers from Kathamandu Tribhuvan International Airport to your hotel and back at the end of the expedition.
  • Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you want your own single room, the cost is an aditional $32 per night (during the included four free hotel nights) and for extra nights $65 per person for single occupancy. Please bring extra cash to pay for your extra nights and / or your single supplement. We often stay at the comfortable three star Hotel Shakti. Its an excellent and classic hotel surrounded by green gardens and located in the heart of the city action near many delicious restaurants, the city's best mountain equipment shopping, and abundant nightlife all within a few minutes walk. The Shakti also offers lots of entertaining day trip (and night outing) options such as city tours, walking tours, rock climbing, mountain biking, wild game safaris, horse back riding, art classes, volunteer opportunities at orphanages, hospitals, schools, women's centres, bird watching, cooking classes, sport fishing, day peak climbing, herbal medicine seminars, day hikes, pottery classes, car tours, sightseeing, temple tours, henna handpainting classes, massage, swimming, beauty salon, motorbiking, yoga retreats, river rafting, painting classes, golf, language courses, kayaking, writing seminars, bungie jumping, religious worship, canyoning, hot tubs, health club, saunas, fitness center, spa treatments, Mount Kailash Treks, night clubs, meditation retreats, gourmet restaurants, cultural dance performances, wine tasting, pedicures and manicures, casino gambling, barber shop, discotheques, airport transfers, Scenic flights around Mount Everest and much much more. Meals in Kathmandu are at your expense.

Add the following services to the basic climb:

  • Basecamp & ABC: kitchen, cooks, meals, dining, toilette, shower and sleeping tents: $2950 USD.
  • High altitude leaders, sherpas, tents, equipment, walkie-talkies, food, stoves, fuel, etcetera: $3350 USD.
For more about our basic climb, please visit our "Notes for Basic Members" .

The team of our sherpas. PhotoToni Spiri

The team of our sherpas. PhotoToni Spiri. back to top

Please ask any questions regarding cost at info@summitclimb.com.

Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Climb Itinerary

Please click one of the links below to view that section of our Cho Oyu daily itinerary or scroll down. If you choose to do the Lhasa option, please note the slight itinerary alterations on days 3-7.

Please also visit our Cho Oyu route description for more about what to expect on the drive from Kathmandu, during the climb itself, etcetera.

Note: This is a proposed schedule, which has been developed through previous trips. The actual itinerary of your trip can differ depending on such factors as weather and local conditions. For example, the trip may finish earlier than these dates, or we may need every single day of the schedule. Thank you for being patient and flexible when coming to a foreign country like Nepal and Tibet.

Arriving in Kathmandu:

1) Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 metres /4,300 feet). Transfer to Hotel;

2) Briefing day in Kathmandu. This begins at breakfast time in the Shakti Hotel. Trip details are given and we check your gear before going shopping for any equipment needed. back to top

Driving to Basecamp:

3) Drive to the Nepal-Tibet border which we cross to Nyalam (3,750 metres/12,400 feet). Transport, restaurants and hotels in Tibet, at organizer's expense. Sleep in Nyalam

Lhasa option: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa if you coming from a city in China, arrive in Lhasa this day. Rest in Lhasa, tour Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, the most sacred building in all of Tibet.

4) Rest & Acclimatization in Nyalam (3,750 metres/12,400 feet). Walk in the surrounding hills, hang out in the Tashi Amdo teashop. Hotel;

Lhasa option: Lhasa option: Drive to Shigatse. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area. Visit the 15th century Tashilunpo Monastery, the largest active monastic institution in Tibet.

5) Drive to Tingri at 4,300 meters/14,100 feet. Hotel;

Lhasa option: Drive to Lhaze. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area. Visit the Changmoche Monastery.

6) Rest & Acclimatization in Tingri at 3900 metres/12,900 feet. Hotel;

Lhasa option: Drive to Tingri. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area.

7) Drive to Chinese Base, 4900 metres/16,000 feet, Camp;

8) Drive to Chinese Base, 4900 metres/16,000 feet, Camp; back to top

Moving to Advanced Basecamp:

9) Walk halfway to advanced base camp, camp at 5100 metres/16,800 feet;

10) Rest day & Acclimatization at "interim-camp" at 5100 metres/16,800 feet;

11) Walk to advanced base camp at 5600 metres/18,500 feet. Rest

12) Rest & Acclimatization, training, and organization at advanced base camp; back to top

Climbing Cho Oyu:

13) Walk to camp 1 at 6200 metres/20,450 feet, return to advanced base camp.

14) Rest in advanced base camp;

15) Walk to camp 1, Sleep;

16) Explore the route to Camp 2 at 6700 metres/22,100 feet. Return to advanced base camp.

17) Rest in advanced base camp;

18) Rest in advanced base camp;

19) Walk to camp 1 and sleep there;

20) Walk to camp 2 and sleep there;

21) Explore the route to camp 3 at 7400 metres/24,400 feet. Return to advanced base camp. Rest;

22) Rest in advanced base camp;

23) Rest in advanced base camp;

24) Rest in advanced base camp;

25) Walk to camp 1 and sleep there;

26) Walk to camp 2 and sleep there;

27) Walk to camp 3 and sleep there; back to top

Summit Days:

28) Summit attempt;

29) Summit attempt;

30) Summit attempt;

31) Summit attempt;

32) Summit attempt;

33) Summit attempt, descend to camp 2; back to top

Going Home:

34) Descend to advanced base camp, pack and prepare to depart;

35) Final packing, walk down from advanced base camp to Chinese base, drive to Tingri and spend the night;

36) Drive from Tingri to Kathmandu;

37) Celebration Banquet. Packing and final shopping in Kathmandu;

38) Say Good-bye to your new friends, Departure for home.

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Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Climb Route Description

Please click one of the links below to view that section the route on Cho Oyu, or scroll down.

Introduction-

Cho-Oyu has only recently become a popular mountain to climb. It is now known to be one of the most accessible of the world’s fourteen 8,000 metre/26,500 feet mountains. This is because the ascent to the summit is short and direct, with a few small technical sections, less than 6 metres/20 feet high, climbed using fixed lines. Additionally, the mountain can be easily reached by four-wheel-drive vehicle, and the trail to Camp 1 at 6,400 metres/21,100 feet, is basically a steep walk on talus slopes, often done in sturdy leather trekking boots with good ankle support. This expedition to Cho-Oyu maximizes our previous successful ascents on the peak itself, plus many years of accumulated wisdom of the high Himalaya, a strong record of reaching 8,000 metre/26,500 feet summits, along with an intimate knowledge of the Tibetan and Chinese officials who regulate the permit system. We must also give credit to our highly experienced and hard-working leaders, sherpas and staff. back to top

Itinerary-

The proposed itinerary allows enough time for proper acclimatization, rest days, and several returns to base camp, where the kitchen and base camp staff can look after all of your needs, and quell your appetite. The weather at this time of year is normally quite good and stable. However, we all know the global weather is changing, and in case of storms, you will note the proposed itinerary includes extra days as well. In previous expeditions, half of those who reached the summit needed every single "extra" day.

Weather-

At low elevation, the temperatures can vary from 27°c to -7°c ( 80°f to 20°f). At higher elevations, the temperature can vary from 16°c to -23°c (60°f to -10°f). The wind is the most chilling factor, and can be quite variable, with everything from a flat calm, to hurricane force on the summit. There may be deep snow, heavy rains, mosquitoes in wet areas, blowing dust, burning heat, bright sunshine.
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The route follows the left hand skyline, barely visible in this photo. (Photo: J. Otto). Route map, showing the three camps, and the normal route. The fixed rope pitches are just below Camp 2. (Web Collection). The ice step seen from below (Roland Debare). The ice step is considered to be the crux of the climb, although it is quite easy with no vertical climbing and perhaps 5 metres/17 feet of "steep" ice-snow, which is ascended and descended on fixed lines.

Arriving in Kathmandu-

The trip begins in the ancient and colorful city of Kathmandu (you could also start in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, or Chengdu and drive in from exotic Lhasa, and more and more of our members are doing just that). You stay in a comfortable, simple, clean hotel, and sample some of the tasty Nepalese, Tibetan and Western-Style cuisine. During your free days in Kathmandu, you shall finalize arrangements, including your group visa, and take some time out for trinket hunting, with potential visits to explore the 17th century splendors of the Monkey Temple, the Durbar Square and old Kings Palace, as well as the ancient city of Patan. back to top

Optional Tour of Lhasa-

Some members wish to add an optional trip to Lhasa before reaching basecamp. If this includes you, most members will fly to Kathmandu first, then to Lhasa. Some people prefer to fly to Lhasa from another city in China and we can also assist you with these arrangements. For those flying from Kathmandu, you take a 1 hour and 45 minute flight in a jet over Mt. Everest and the spine of the Himalaya, arriving in Tibet's capital city. In the past, we have had some fabulous views out of the plane windows during this flight. 

At 3650 metres/12,000 feet of elevation, Lhasa was established around 600 AD on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. The heart of the city is centered around the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred building in all of Tibet. Our simple hotel is not too far from the famous Potale palace, Jokhang palace and the renowned Barkhor Market, where you can shop for exotic handicrafts and religious art from all across Tibet, China, and Buddhist India.

After flying to Lhasa, upon arrival you will rest for 2 nights and one day. It's important that you use the rest day to get acclimated to the high altitude.

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Buddhist pilgrims from Amdo region circumambulating the Jokhang Temple in the Barkhor market. Photo: J. Otto.

It is a three day drive from Lhasa to basecamp. From Lhasa, you will set out in government cars across the Tibetan plateau to meet the rest of the team in Tingri, before reaching Cho Oyu basecamp.

The following morning after your day in Lhasa, you will drive to Shigatse at 3650 metres/12,000 feet, the second largest city in Tibet, with a famous Monastery. The road winds along the massive Brahmaputra River, past traditional warren-like Tibetan farm towns. In Shigatse, you can have a look around and try to visit the 15th century Tashilunpo Monastery, the largest active monastic institution in Tibet. Monks in maroon robes seem to be everywhere, going about their daily chores, praying, and practicing ceremonial music performances.

After Shigatse, you will make the scenic drive to the ancient city of Lhaze (Lhatse), at 4000 metres/13,100 feet . At the western end of town is the small Changmoche Monastery, which you may visit while there. You can see interesting views of the surrounding Tibetan plateaus and hills.

From Lhaze, it is another scenic drive to the town of Tingri at 4,342 meters/14,200 feet, where you will meet up with the rest of the team and continue towards Cho Oyu basecamp. back to top

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The Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse, where more than 700 monks live and worship in the Buddhist religion. (Photo: J. Otto)

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A Tibetan farmer brings his goods to market on the road near Lhaze. (Photo D.L. Mazur)

Driving to Basecamp-

Early in the morning you set out in a bus for the last Nepal town of Kodari at 1,770 meters/5,800 feet. If you are concerned about the altitude and have purchased Diamox (acetylzolamide), which is inexpensively available with no doctor's prescription in Kathmandu, this might be the time to begin taking it. For more information about Diamox, please click here . You clear Nepalese customs and immigration, then hire local porters and vehicles to carry your bags across the Bota Kosi River on the Friendship Bridge, to Zhangmu, the gateway town in Tibet. Upon entering Tibet, the clocks immediately go forward by 2 ¼ hours. Your liaison officer will meet you in Zhangmu. After clearing Tibetan customs and immigration, a Chinese bus takes you up the windy road through the rolling hills to Nyalam town at 3,750 meters/12,400 feet, and a basic "hotel". The smaller towns in Tibet are generally simple and rustic places, and this one is no exception. The topography here is quite interesting in that you are perched in the transitional zone where the Tibetan plateau rams into the Himalaya, then drops into the forested valleys and jungles of Nepal, and finally out into the Gangetic plain of the Terai and India. You stay over one extra day and night in Nyalam, to help adjust to the altitude. During your rest day in Nyalam, you might wish to hang out in the Tashi Amdo teashop, and enjoy a variety of pleasant treks on the hillsides, as well as explore some interesting small Buddhist gompas (temples). back to top

Yaks taking us to ABC at 5600 metres/18,480 feet (Roland DeBare). Walter walking through the moraine to camp 1 at 6400 metres/21,120 feet. You can normally do this part of the climb in a good sturdy pair of trekking shoes (DL Mazur). Paul hanging out in front of his tent at camp 1 at 6400 metres/21,120 feet (we provide a personal basecamp-advanced basecamp tent for each member, so you don't have to share). Dan from Colorado and Ron from Washington enjoying the sun at advanced basecamp at 5600 metres/18,480 feet. (Roland DeBare).

In the morning you continue your bus-ascent into the Tibetan plateau, to the town of Tingri at 4,300 meters/14,300 feet. There are superb views of Shishapangma , Cho-Oyu , and Everest as you drive into Tingri. The town itself is a very basic one-street hamlet surrounded by the tents of nomadic Tibetans. About ½ of all ethnic Tibetans living in Tibet are nomadic or semi-nomadic. Your extremely rustic little hotel has an adequate restaurant, and it will be interesting to see if the high altitude has quelled your appetite for tasty fresh food. There are the ruins of an old fortress on a rise above town, and from here you can see the finest views of Everest , Cho-Oyu, and Shishapangma . You stay over one extra day and night in Tingri, to help adjust to the altitude. During your rest day in Tingri, you might wish to walk around, visiting little shops and taking in the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

The following morning, after what for many is a relatively sleep-free night, you drive the 44 kilometers to Cho Oyu base camp at around 4900 metres/16,000 feet. The drive follows a dirt road along the Ra Chu Valley and has spectacular views of the Himalaya. Chinese base camp is located just below the Jabula glacier, also known as the Kyetrag or Gyabrag glacier (romanisations of Tibetan have not been finalized). You will rest for a day in Chinese base, to allow for packing and acclimatizing. back to top

Moving to Advanced Basecamp-

You then spend two days moving up to the "advanced basecamp" at 5,600 metres/18,500 feet, which is actually the true base camp for our climb. From here, you will complete your climb of Cho Oyu, not returning to Chinese base until your expedition is finished.

Climbing Cho Oyu-

Cho Oyu is basically a 10 to 50 degree mostly snow slope, with a few tiny pitches of steep rock, snow, and ice. The highest technical section is an "ice/snow-step" just six metres/20 feet high. These sections are 100 percent climbed on fixed lines, with the highest degree of safety. Camp 1 is located in a saddle at 6,400 meters/21,100 feet, at the base of the north-west ridge. The trail to Camp 1 crosses a flattish glacier, than a hill with loose scree and stone sometimes with snow. It is often referred to as the: "horrible hill" and is nearly always accomplished in sturdy trekking shoes, with good ankle support. back to top

Camp 1 in a saddle on the ridge at 6400 metres/21,120 feet. You can usually walk to camp 1 in just a sturdy pair of leather trekking boots with good ankle support. (DL Mazur). Our team of Sherpas and climbers moving from Camp 1 up to Camp 2 at 7000 metres/23,100 feet (Arnold Coster). Andy Sloan, Matt Ward, and Nick Williams (Sussex, Birmingham, and London) at camp 2 (7000 metres/23,100 feet) on Cho Oyu, September, 2005 (Photo by Phil Crampton from Texas and Nottingham). Camp 3 (our highest camp) at 7450 metres/24,585 feet. The peaks in the distance include the nearly 8000 metre Gyachung Kang. (DL Mazur).

High Camps-

The Northwest ridge opens onto the northwest face, and there is one easy 6 metre high technical fixed ice/snow step, then Camp 2 is placed just above a sloped section at 7,000 meters/23,100 feet. Camp 3 is located on the northwest ridge-face at 7,450 meters/24,600 feet. You shall attempt the summit from Camp 3. back to top

 

The most difficult part is the 10 metre/ 33 foot ice step at 6600 metres/21,120 feet, between camp 1 and 2. Here Tim Boelter from St. Paul and Phil Crampton from Nottigham and Houston and John Arnold from Alberta approach it on strong nylon ropes we fixed (Photo: Dan Mazur). Ben from Colorado and Thierry from Switzerland are ascending on solid anchors (Tunc Findik). A climber from a Chinese team ascending the ice step (Andy Sloan).

Summit Day-

On summit day, you climb through a few small-easy rock steps (4 metres high) and mixed snow to the wide summit plateau and make the long plateau traverse to the little bump that marks the summit, at 8,201 meters/27,000 feet. You know you are on the true summit when you see the inspiring views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and the entire Khumbu valley. back to top

Maya Sherpa, the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of Cho Oyu is a member of the SummitClimb team (Roland Debare). Dan and another one of our sturdy sherpas, Durga Tamang, on the summit, Mt Everest and Makalu in the background. We were lucky that we had very good weather with sunshine and little wind (T. Boelter and DL Mazur).

Going Home-

After packing up all of your equipment, supplies, and rubbish, you will make a short return trek and drive to Tingri, have a feast at the restaurant and stay in the hotel. The following morning, you are up early, and drive all the way down to Zhangmu, hire porters to carry everything over the Friendship Bridge, then catch a bus into Kathmandu, where you can enjoy a hot shower and a grand Nepalese western-style feast. In Kathmandu, you can have a day to relax, celebrate, tour the valley, write postcards, and do a bit more shopping, before heading home. We hope you had a safe, enjoyable, and successful adventure. Thanks for joining in! back to top

At our celebration upon return to Kathmandu. We had quite a welcome home party for the members and staff, who placed these silk scarves, known as "Kattas" around our necks, to honour us and wish us good luck in our return journey to our homes. Arnold, Maya, and Ryan, our leadership team. Roland, Caroline, and Jacques (Caroline and Jacques were married shortly afterward), the Belge and two French. back to top

Thank You for joining our Cho Oyu Expedition.

SummitClimb Mount Cho Oyu Climb Reviews, Testimonials, Complaints, and Comments

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Steven M. writes:  I will always remember Cho Oyu well as the greatest ever achievement. I returned last week from my 20th visit to Nepal. My heart is still there for an attempt at Everest. The SummitClimb leader's guidance and calm composure will always remain with me. Kind Regards, Steve M.

Here is what Stew says: A great climb, superb organisation and a fine leader. Thanks again!

Here is what Rasmus has to say: 
A couple of weeks ago I arrived back home after a succesfull Cho Oyu expedition in Tibet. I used summitclimb's basic climb service with a basecamp and ABC add-on for my solo-ascent. I was happy with the services and how the summitclimb concept worked.

This expedition on Cho Oyu is a part of a bigger project, aiming to ascent Everest from the north in spring.

The project as a whole is covering 3 expeditions, where 2 of them are meant as preparation for Everest;

  • Cho Oyu - already completed
  • Manaslu - autumn
  • Everest from north - spring

Because I liked the concept and services offered through summitclimb on my recent Cho Oyu climb, I'm considering to use you on both Manaslu and Everest as well. These expeditions will be with a basic climb setup with BC and ABC services as add-ons.
 
Best regards, Rasmus

 

 
Climbing to next camp. Photo Rasmus Kragh. Fredrik on the summit of Mount ChoOyu. Photo Fredrik Johansson

Here is what Alan has to say:

Hope you're well along with the rest of the team - big hello to ang pasang sherpa and jangbu sherpa please.

From a feedback perspective I can't offer more than - believe it or not you were right I doubt if I am finished with climbing and will be looking to return and who knows I might have a crack at Everest North side if that's acceptable - so as you suggested please tag my hardware and keep it in your store room.

I've just finished reading ed visteurs book about climbing all 14 8000 m - very inspirational read and includes all the feelings and emotions I got on cho oyu and my return - you feel quite empty when you get home - it took a while to realise what we achieved and what a buzz it was. A great team!!

Also I don't think I ever thanked you for sorting me out with the antibiotics for my chest so thank you.

Hope you have a great Xmas and safe new year and I'll be in touch - I know Dave is keen on Everest too.

Best wishes, Alan

Here is what Steve says:

Wanted to give you a quick shout and tell you what a fantastic time I had in Tibet. I've been climbing all over the world for 20 years...you win some you lose some. It was truly an amazing experience. When you get home lets chat more, go skiing, and bring your family over for dinner...I look forward to planning our next climb in the Himalayas...I'm sold...you guys did a great job...your outfit is just my style. oh and somehow I flew home with the helmet you lent me. I will get it to you this winter. Talk to you soon...make sure you get home in one piece -Steve

Steve Abseiling on the ice step above camp 1. Troy Bacon Photo Steve enjoys a yummy bite of Yak cheese in Camp 2. Troy Bacon Photo
 
Steve Abseiling on the ice step above camp 1. Troy Bacon Photo.  Steve enjoys a yummy bite of Yak cheese in Camp 2. Troy Bacon Photo.

Here is what Troy has to say:

Just want to again express thanks for everything. I enjoyed the Cho Oyu expedition. I'm glad I chose your company.

If you ever need anything please let me know.

Thanks, Troy

Glenn with view of Everest on summit of Cho Oyu. Jangbu Sherpa Photo. Andre Aaldering, Summit of Cho Oyu, 29 September. Hup Hup Team Holland. Allen Barclay Photo.

Glenn with view of Everest on summit of Cho Oyu. Jangbu Sherpa Photo. Andre Aaldering, Summit of Cho Oyu, 29 September. Hup Hup Team Holland. Allen Barclay Photo.

Here is what Dmitri our Cho Oyu member has to say: As regards the Shisha Pangma expedition,  I will certainly consider this mountain, amongst the other 8000- ers, for my future trips.

Thanks again for a great Tibetan experience this spring,

Dmitri on the summit 24 May. Pemba Sherpa Photo Parachutist on the flight from camp 2. Mount Gyachung Kang in background. Dmitri Nichporov photo
 
Dmitri on the summit 24 May. Dawa Lama Photo. Parachutist on the flight from camp 2. Mount Gyachung Kang in background. Dmitri Nichporov photo.

Here is what James has to say:

Regarding the trip to CHO OYU, I found this a thoroughly enjoyable experience and well planned. Thanks, James

Here is what Wayne says: 

Dear SummitClimb,

I've been meaning to drop you a note of thanks after Cho Oyu. That was a really great experience!  Wanted to compliment you and especially the leader for putting on a smooth trip. I know that comes from a lot of experience, planning and a high level of organization. You have a most excellent (and
entertaining) leader working for you. And it was reassuring to have the sherpas around. If anything went wrong I knew they would straighten it out.

It was nice having the support with everything taken care of so all I had to do was focus on getting myself up the mountain. We had an interesting group of climbers on the trip. Everyone got along perfectly which is not always the case. When I come back to the Himalayas it will definitely be with Summit Climb! Feel free to post this on your website. See you in the mountains!

- Wayne
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Wayne Herrick summit of Cho Oyu. Photo Tenji Sherpa Climbers atop on ice wall in the moraine. Dmitri Nichiporov photo

Wayne Herrick summit of Cho Oyu. Photo Tenji Sherpa. Cho Oyu cimbing route to summit seen from ABC. Dmitri Nichiporov photo.

Here is what Kurt from Durango, CO says:

"I enjoyed the trip to Cho Oyu. I felt that the leaders were all very effective and that they went above and beyond their duty to facilitate a successful expedition."

Here is what Krzysztof from Warsaw says:

"I very much enjoyed dealing with all the staff. The leader was very professional and helpful. The Leaders in training were also great and trustworthy guys. It is worth mentioning that the expedition is a good value for the price."  back to top

 

 

 

Yaks carry all of our equipment between basecamp at 4,800 metres/15,700 feet, and advanced basecamp at 5600 metres/18,400 feet. Cho Oyu is in the background..Climbers on the way to the ice step located between camps 1 & 2. This ice step is approximately 8 metres/25 feet high and reaches an angle of perhaps 70 degrees, but it is really more of a "snow step" and our sherpas cut large steps into the slope, as well as fixing a rope, so it is quite manageable.Photo David Lepagne

Here is what Vik from Seattle says:

 

"The leader was a fantastic climbing leader and I look forward to climbing with him again. The Sherpas and leaders in training were very helpful at taking us around Kathmandu to acquire last minute gear. The staff did a great job organizing the hotels in Kathmandu.

 

I was really impressed with the food at ABC.  It was good and there was plenty of it, all with good variety. It was great that we ran a ropes course down on the glacier for everyone. I think it was helpful to several people and also was a fun way to spend the day."

Here is what Mor says:

"I had a very good trip, I have nothing but good words about the organization and staff. I especially want to mention Arnold as a quite good and team organizer. I have no doubt I would not have succeeded in the climb if it weren't for him."

Here is what Neil, summiter, says about Cho Oyu:

"Reaching the summit was a fantastic feeling - and made even better by a swift descent to ABC knowing that I would not have to climb the scree hill on the way to Camp 1 again (you will get to know that hill very well during the expedition!). Back in basecamp there were celebrations to be had in ABC and yet another brilliant cake from the cook tent!! back to top

All in all, the Summitclimb expedition was a great experience - so much so that we are heading to Everest north side with them in the spring. Everyone at SummitClimb's enthusiasm, the attention to detail and most importantly the feel that the expeditions are put together with people who enjoy climbing and mountains and the people who work and climb there make Summitclimb a great choice.

Cho Oyu is one hell of a mountain. The feeling as you come up over the summit plateau and Everest pops into view beyond is amazing! Oh and when you see Everest clearly - stop climbing - you are on the summit!

Looking down on camp 2 from camp 3 at 7,500 metres/24,600 feet. In this photo it is possible to see the advanced basecamp, located in the centre of the photo, at 5,600 metres/18,400 feet. In the upper right of the photo, the largest visible mountain is Shishapangma, the lowest of the world's 8,000 metre/26,000 peaks. For more about our Shishapangma expedition.  Photo David LepagneClockwise from upper left:Johan Frankelius (Sweden) reached the summit with our team of Sherpas in September of 2005. He has also climbed Ama Dablam with our team and took this black and white photo with a self timer. Tim Boelter climbing the headwall to Camp 3 at 7,500 metres/24,600 feet. Doug Cote from Colorado on the summit in September of 2005 (The photographer was Herve Coron from Paris). Tunc Findik (Turkey) on the summit in September 2005. He has also climbed Lhotse with SummitClimb (Thierry Auberson, Switzerland). Andy Sloan, Matt Ward, and Nick Williams (Sussex, Birmingham, and London) at camp 2 (7000 metres/23,100 feet) September, 2005 (Photo by Phil Crampton from Texas and Nottingham).

Here is what Arnold, climber of Cho Oyu says:

  • "The western leaders are good.
  • Each member has their own private basecamp tent.
  • The food is good, with the cooks being skillful and friendly.
  • Basecamp is a comfortable place to relax.
  • The sherpas are excellent, strong and helpful.
  • Cho Oyu is a do-able 8000 metre peak.
  • Compared with other 8000 metre peaks, this is a short trip.
  • Within the team, members are very free to climb at their own speed, supported by sherpas and leaders.
  • Cho Oyu is a nice test if you are thinking of Everest.
  • The team members are friendly.
  • Tibet is special.
  • The cost for Cho Oyu is inexpensive compared to other 8000 metre peaks.
  • SummitClimb is very experienced." back to top

John doing Ice training in Base camp. Photo John & Debbie The winds are coming! Lenticular cloud over Cho Oyu when we knew we’d be sitting in ABC longer. Photo John Martersteck

John doing Ice training in Base camp. Photo John & Debbie. The winds are coming! Lenticular cloud over Cho Oyu when we knew we’d be sitting in ABC longer. Photo John Martersteck.

Here is what Rick W, climber of Cho Oyu says:

I thought the trip was great. The team selection was great and I really enjoyed everyone.  I thought the info we received pre-climb was very good and the suggestions for conditioning were right on.  The sherpas were really amazing people and I enjoyed all of them . The food was very good. Info for the trip during the climb was good. I am sure I will be back in the spring to maybe again in the fall.   My trip back to Kathmandu came off without a hitch.  Everyone was very helpful and things went smoothly.  The translator for CTMA was very kind and the people at the border were great.

If you would like to contact our previous members, please send an email to info@summitclimb.com

 

We take our member's feedback and testimonials seriously. These help us to refine and make our Cho Oyu expeditions a successful, safe, and enjoyable experience for our future teams.

Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Climb Leadership & Staff

 

Leadership: During this full-service expedition, you will benefit from the leadership provided by Dan Mazur. & Angel Armesto

Angel Armesto has been leading our Cho Oyu expeditions and Aconcagua climbs for several years. He is originally from Argentina and is a very friendly and experienced leader. He speaks English and Spanish, and is very helpful to all of our members and works well with the Sherpas. You will enjoy climbing with Angel. 

It is Dan's tenth Everest expedition. He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with over 20 years of experience in getting people to the summit and back down with the highest attention to safety. (Dan leading a meeting on the roof of our hotel, where we describe the plan of our expedition (Franck Pitula). Max on route to basecamp.

For more about Dan, please "click" on the Leadership link above.

Note: Our leaders are not guides. They are there to coordinate the expedition and may or may not climb with you personally on the mountain. Our leaders will try to do everything they can to help you, but it is your responsibility to have the skills, strength, equipment, etcetera to do this climb. If you are unsure, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa.

Organization: During this full-service expedition, you will benefit from the organization provided by Dan Mazur. He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with years of experience in getting people to the summit and back down with the highest attention to safety. He has been leading and organizing successful and safe overland, trekking, and mountaineering expeditions for over 20 years, to Tibet, Nepal, Tadjikistan, Pakistan, India, China, Africa, and North America. For more about Dan, please "click" on the Leadership link above.

Sherpas: We hire Sherpas and high altitude porters in a support capacity, and now have 23 of these very experienced, friendly, strong, helpful, and loyal people on our staff, including some of Nepal and Tibet's best climbers and some of Nepal's only women Sherpas. Some of our Sherpas have been to the summit of Cho Oyu more than 5 times. One of our lady sherpas just became the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit. Many of our sherpas have personally assisted foreign climbers to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya, and Cho Oyu as many as five times.

Note: We strive to provide one group sherpa for each 3-4 members. The group sherpa's duty is to carry group equipment such as tents, rope, food, and gas up and down the mountain. Group sherpas help to setup and take down camps. They are also there to try to assist in any rescues, so the other members may not have to give up their summit attempt to rescue a sick member. They may not be available to climb with members and in some instances, you may be called upon to help carry group equipment and help with group work. If you need more sherpa assistance, we encourage you to hire a personal sherpa.

Our friendly and helpful staff of sherpas, cooks, and porters. Along the trek they carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trip. On the mountain they establish the higher camps, while carrying all of our group equipment (Sam Mansikka).

For a minimal expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa or personal climbing-guide. We now encourage members to hire a 1/4 of a sherpa, to help with high altitude equipment transport, both up and down the mountain. For more information about hiring a personal sherpa, please click here to learn more.

Tibetan Mountain School-We have been working with the Tibetan Mountain School to educate and train extremely strong and helpful Tibetan climbers, staff, and cooks. They have climbed Everest Tibet , Cho Oyu, Shishapangma , Mustagata , Nojin Tangla and many other summits together with us. They are not only adept and fearless climbers, but they are also learning to cook and their English is getting better. They were born and raised in Shegar, Tibet, a town which lies above 4000 metres.

Our awesome Tibetan Sherpa team at Cho Oyu ABC at 5600 metres with Tunc (pronounced "toonch"). He is a strong friendly climber from Ankara. Here is what SummitClimb leader Phil Crampton has to say about the photo: "The names are from left to right: Wangdu (from Lhatze, Tibet), Tsering Dorje (Nyalam), Tashi Tsering (Shigatse), Tunc Findik (Turkey) and Aden (Shegar). Tunc has climbed Lhotse , Pumori, Broad Peak, Cho Oyu, Everest from Tibet and guides on Elbrus. All the Tibetan climbers came from the Tibetan Mountain School in Lhasa and have climbed Everest from Tibet at least once with Tashi making the summit three times. SummitClimb have been supporting the school since day one.

Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." in our busy agency office in Kathmandu is led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma. They are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, rescues, and permits.

Our staff in Kathmandu are available to assist you 24 hours per day, seven days per week. It does not matter which day nor at what time you arrive or depart Kathmandu, they will meet your flight, take you to the hotel, help you find essential things like money changing, shopping, arrange tours of the city, etcetera. 

We need individuals interested in becoming climbing leaders. The Leader-in-Training Programme is open to individuals to participate in any of the mountain expedition climbs offered by SummitClimb.com. If you are already a professional mountain guide, we are glad to offer you a 10% discount. We provide this on all trips to UIAGM, MLTB, AMGA, BMG, and all other certified climbing guides from every nation. Thank you for joining our team.

Top row from Left: Murari K. Sharma - Everest Parivar Exp. Pvt. Ltd(MD), Arnold Coster - Expedition Leader, Jangbu Sherpa - Climbing Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Dorjee Lama - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Tempa Sherpa - Basecamp Kitchen Boy, Krishna Rana Marag - Trekking Guide, Deha K Shrestha - Manager. Bottom row from left; Jens Vogel, Kandu Sherpa - Lady Trekking Guide, Cho-Wang Sherpa - Friend, Maya Sherpa - Lady Climbing Sherpa.

Our leaders, staff, and sherpas look forward to serving you on our expeditions to form a successful team and create a rewarding experience.

Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Climb - Your Experience & Training

Please "click" one of the links below to go directly to that information or scroll down.

Team Member Experience:

You should have previously climbed on a high mountain (such as Ama Dablam or Lhakpa Ri / North Col ).

Our goal is to work together as a team so that all members reach the top safely. We do not expect you to be expert (although some members are) but, nor are we a climbing school (although we do conduct one or two days of training at the beginning of each expedition, please see below). If you need fundamental technical training, and snow and ice experience, we urge you to participate in our Glacier School held each spring and autumn. Members need to have experience in being part of a team, working toward a common goal, and be ready to work with the group and be a good "team-player".

Our leaders and our team-climbing-sherpas are there to ensure (for our full-service members) you make it up to the summit and back down safely. However, this is not a guided expedition (although you could hire your own personal guide, sherpas , etcetera), and team members are expected to be able to care for themselves in a winter-camping and climbing environment. Although Cho-Oyu is considered to be the world's most accessible 8000 metre peak, there are hazards present, and members must have experience in roped rock and ice climbing techniques (to protect from falling down the mountain or into crevasses), and have winter-condition climbing experience in the greater ranges of the world, including placing and retrieving anchors, belaying, abseiling, glacier rescue and avalanche awareness. It is also required that all members will have knowledge of altitude sickness, frostbite, and the recognition of their symptoms, prevention, and treatment. When traveling above ABC, all members must climb with another team member or Sherpa at all times.

We welcome you to join our expedition as an individual and most of our members do. We plan to assemble our team members into groups so you should not have to climb alone, although occasionally it may happen. By the way, we are unable to accommodate 'soloists' who are not willing to climb together with other team members or sherpas from our team. The main expectation is that members will be prepared to climb with a team member or sherpa above basecamp if possible. This practice ensures that the entire team has a fun, successful, and safe time on the mountain. back to top

Fitness and Health:

To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Note: You can purchase all necessary medicines inexpensively with no doctor's prescription in Kathmandu. Please make sure you have physically trained yourself very thoroughly before joining this climb of the sixth highest peak in the world. For a list of the medications we recommend you purchase, please click here . We look forward to climbing together with you! back to top

Training Prior to the Expedition:

  • Firstly, you should always consult your doctor before starting a rigorous exercise plan.
  • In the beginning, to see how you handle the training, and to avoid muscle strains that could slow your training down, you may wish to use shorter more frequent but less taxing workouts, and take more rest. After you get "up to speed" as it were, you could increase the rigour. Older climbers and walkers please take note of the latter. Also remember that swimming is an excellent form of training because it does not put stress upon your joints. Thank you.
  • In order to train well for your trip you should work toward excercising 3 to 4 times a week for between 40 minutes and an hour and a half each time. You should expect to work hard, and try to keep your heartrate quite high and your breathing quite heavy.
  • Adequate rest and a well balanced diet are also essential to avoid injury and illness before the expedition. You should sleep at least 8 hours per night, and eat 3 nutritious meals a day. Don't forget that you will perspire when you train, so try to drink at least 4 litres/quarts of water a day.
  • You may wish to engage the services of a personal trainer, who could help you to fine tune your fitness to a higher level while minimizing strain and maximising your potential in ways you might not have imagined. Personal trainers can also be a great motivator, as you and the trainer have your weekly session, thus you will feel an incentive to complete your planned fitness programme for that week.
  • Utilising both gym equipment and the great outdoors will provide a more balanced exercise programme. You should try to accomplish at least half of your workouts outside. This could include walking and running (On stairs and hills too) and cycling, but above all should be fun! Hillwalking and climbing with a pack weighing 5-10 Kilos/10-20 pounds is essential. If you don't have hills, why not go for stairs, bleachers, viewing stands, stadiums, even the stairways in tall buildings? Don't forget to spend time directly working the muscles of the legs, back and shoulders, and remember that your own body weight can be just as effective as weights, or machines.
  • About 6 weeks before the expedition departure date, you may wish to do 1 full day each week of hill walking, climbing or an equivalent, with a light rucksack. On that day, you would want to eventually work toward six-eight hours of continuous walking or climbing up and down hill, with 4 to 6 separate ten minute breaks and a 1/2 to 1 hour lunch break midway through.
  • To minimize the chance of injuring yourself, consider starting with a half day and then if you do well, increase to 2/3, then eventually to a full day, once a week.
  • We want you to arrive for your expedition in top shape, so please take plenty of rest and do not over-do it.
  • Hint: when carrying a rucksack while descending, walking, or climbing down-hill, try carrying a bit less in your rucksack in order to save your knees. Many trainers advise carrying water bottles up the hill then emptying them at the top so your rucksack is lightened for the trip down. back to top

Training During the Expedition:

  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu and in the base camp, ALL full-service and basic-climb members are requested to participate in one to two days of orientation to how the trip will be operated. There will be plenty of time for discussion, question answering, and for equipment review and purchasing. Training will be conducted both in Kathmandu and in basecamp in the areas of climbing techniques, glacier travel, rope fixing, ascending, descending, safety techniques, rappels (abseils), belaying, medical equipment and procedures, communications equipment, camping techniques and high-altitude cooking. For the expert and beginner alike, it is important to review these techniques in order to enhance skills, ensure safety-awareness, and work together as a team.

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We hope that you will arrive for your Cho Oyu Expedition in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.

Mount Cho Oyu Climb - Personal & Team Equipment

Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for Cho Oyu and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click Link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):

Please go to our personal & team equipment section of the "Cho Oyu Questions" for additional information and detailed discussion of the equipment lists below.

Where should I purchase my equipment?
Please "click here" to view our list of recommendations on where to purchase kit from our Cho Oyu Frequently Asked Questions.

Climbing-

  • Climbing harness;
  • 5 metres / 15 feet of 6mm climber's accessory cord.
  • Figure 8/Abseil belay device;
  • 1 large mitten sized ascender (most members use the large petzl) and arm length leash;
  • 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small;
  • 4 regular carabiners;
  • Ice axe w/leash;
  • Crampons - must fit boots perfectly. Steel crampons with anti-balling (anti-bot) plates are the best;
  • Optional; Adjustable trekking poles; back to top

Upper Body-

  • 2 cotton t-shirts;
  • 1 polypropylene t-shirt;
  • 2 long sleeve polypropylene shirts, lightweight;
  • 1 polar fleece pullovers, medium weight;
  • 1 polar fleece jacket.
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable;
  • Lightweight down jacket for those chilly days in basecamp;
  • For high altitude use, 1 very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood, you may prefer a down/duvet suit; back to top
  • Umbrella (optional);

Hands-

  • 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts;
  • 1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner (For more about high altitude mitts, please click here).

Head-

  • Helmet;
  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears;
  • Balaclava;
  • Face mask;
  • Ballcap or brimmed suncap;
  • Glacier sunglasses with side shields (you can purchase these inexpensively in Kathmandu, including prescription sunglasses, which can be made for $20, it might take a week or two);
  • 1 pair ski goggles (Optional) with light and dark lens;
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs;
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions. back to top

Lower Body-

  • Cotton underwear briefs;
  • 1 pair walking shorts;
  • 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms;
  • 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms;
  • 1 pair polar fleece trousers;
  • 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
  • 1 pr. Goose-down (duvet) trousers , salopettes or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet) suit.

Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top

Feet-

  • 1 pair One-Sport Millet Everest boots or or similar design(plastic climbing boots are not warm enough, even with over-boots or over-gaiters);
  • 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (we mean leather trekking, not climbing boots) for the walk to advanced basecamp and to camp 1;
  • 1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp;
  • 1 pair down booties (optional);
  • 2 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks;
  • 2- pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool;
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool;
  • vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags;
  • Cotton socks for in town.
Sleeping-
  • For high altitude, 1 down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to – 20 Centigrade or -0 Fahrenheit). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down (duvet) clothing inside your sleeping bag;
  • 1 additional sleeping bag for basecamp (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
  • At least 3 closed cell foam kari-mats for use in basecamp and high altitude, We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu?
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Rucksack and Travel Bags-

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry);
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
  • 2 large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals;
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags. back to top

Personal Hygiene-

  • female or male hygiene supplies;
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min.factor 15);
  • anti-mosquito cream;
  • 1 toothpaste/brush;
  • 1 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
  • hand wipes. back to top

Medical-

Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription:

  • small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
  • 1 skin blister repair kit;
  • 1 small bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
  • 1 small bottle anti-headache pills;
  • 1 small bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
  • 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide. For more about this medication, please review the information in our Cho Oyu Questions .
  • 1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
  • Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant;
  • 1 small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter;
  • 1 set earplugs;
  • extra prescription glasses, contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu, Lhasa, or Kashgar for just $20. Please order upon arrival if you are interested. back to top

Personal Food-

On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.

Our skillful cooks prepare 3 delicious hot meals and plenty of drinks each day in basecamp and advanced basecamp.

  • We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We also ask members to bring 3 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for their summit attempt. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2-5 kilos is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.

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  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
  • 1 compass or GPS;
  • 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
  • 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
  • nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also;
  • 3 Water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle);
  • 1 plastic cup and spoon;
  • 1 small folding knife;
  • binoculars (optional);
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
  • passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
  • separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
  • dollars, pounds or euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts. Cho Oyu members are requested to bring at least $1000 cash with them to Tibet.
  • credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.;
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • basecamp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
  • travel clothes for basecamp and in town.
  • Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment. Thank you.

This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions. Thank you. back to top

Oxygen:

You should consider whether or not you wish to use supplemental oxygen. About half of our Cho Oyu team members do. Its not like Everest where oxygen is absolutely necessary, but some Cho-Oyu climbers like it because it gives them a little extra edge of "insurance" that they will be feeling as well as possible when resting in the high camp and on summit day, both climbing up to the summit and on descent. In addition, supplemental oxygen usage has been shown to markedly reduce the incidence of frostbite. Our sherpas will try to help you carry the oxygen, and three four-litre bottles should be more than enough, and you also need the mask, hoses, and regulator. Or, you can have the full set of three bottles, which includes mask-regulator-hoses (as well as carriage up to the high camps by our sherpas). All of the equipment is guaranteed to work well together, and it is easy to use, with simple threaded and snap-on fittings which require no tools. We have a 30% buy back policy bottles on unused oxygen, and masks, hoses, and regulators in good condition. For more information about Oxygen, please click here.

Note: You may have to carry some or all of your own oxygen on summit day, as well as up and down the mountain. If possible, the group sherpas will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you are concerned you might not be able to carry your own oxygen, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa. back to top

Group Equipment:

We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, advanced basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We now provide an individual tent for each member in basecamp, so you do not have to share. We also have a shower and toilet tent for Basecamp. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.back to top

Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@summitclimb.com

Mount Cho Oyu Climbing Expedition Questions Section

Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Climbing Video Clips

Below are some short video clips taken from our recent Cho Oyu expedition. Please click the picture or title in the left column to view each clip. In the right column is the description for each video.

 

If you wish to purchase our mountain climbing and trekking films, please contact Videoland Productions.

You can can go to their site www.videolandproductions.com and email info@videolandproductions.com or call (+1)360-491-1332 to buy any and all of the mountain climbing and trekking films we have. Please tell them we said hi!

We will be expanding with more Cho Oyu video Clips.

Mount Cho Oyu Climbing News & Expedition Dispatches - Stories

Archive news: Please click here

Thank you for reading about our past Cho Oyu Expeditions. To follow along with our ongoing trips around the world, please view our "Recent News" section.

 

Mount Cho Oyu Climb - International Members Application

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful expedition. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Cho Oyu "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Cho Oyu Frequently Asked Questions.

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download the PDF Form for International Applicants

 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment. Please restate payments you made and what those payments were for, ie full vs basic, sherpas, oxygen, etc.
[ ] Make your Oxygen order (if any) crystal clear at this time, number of bottles, masks, payment, etc.
[ ] Make your Sherpa order (if any) crystal clear at this time, personal sherpa, quarter sherpa, payment, etc.
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).
[ ] Doctor's letter which is required if you are climbing a Tibetan 8000 metre peak or Everest from Tibet.


Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.
 
Welcome to our team.

Mount Cho Oyu Expedition Climb - US Members Application

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful expedition. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Cho Oyu "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Cho Oyu Frequently Asked Questions.

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download the PDF Form for US Applicants

 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment. Please restate payments you made and what those payments were for, ie full vs basic, sherpas, oxygen, etc.
[ ] Make your Oxygen order (if any) crystal clear at this time, number of bottles, masks, payment, etc.
[ ] Make your Sherpa order (if any) crystal clear at this time, personal sherpa, quarter sherpa, payment, etc.
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).
[ ] Doctor's letter which is required if you are climbing a Tibetan 8000 metre peak or Everest from Tibet.


Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.

Welcome to our team.

What our clients say?

  • Here is what Rick from Iowa, USA says:

    "The trip was great! The team selection was great and I really enjoyed everyone. I thought the information we received pre-climb was very good and the suggestions for conditioning were right on. The sherpas were really amazing people and I enjoyed all of them. The food was delicious."

  • Here is what Kurt from Durango, CO says:

    "I enjoyed the trip to Cho Oyu. I felt that the leaders were all very effective and that they went above and beyond their duty to facilitate a successful expedition."

  • Here is what Krzysztof from Warsaw says:

    "I very much enjoyed dealing with all the staff. The leader was very professional and helpful. The Leaders in training were also great and trustworthy guys. It is worth mentioning that the expedition is a good value for the price."

  • Here is what Vik from Seattle says:

     

    "The leader was a fantastic climbing leader and I look forward to climbing with him again. The Sherpas and leaders in training were very helpful at taking us around Kathmandu to acquire last minute gear. The staff did a great job organizing the hotels in Kathmandu.

     

    I was really impressed with the food at ABC.  It was good and there was plenty of it, all with good variety. It was great that we ran a ropes course down on the glacier for everyone. I think it was helpful to several people and also was a fun way to spend the day."

  • Here is what Mor from Israel had to say:

    "I had a very good trip, I have nothing but good words about the organization and staff. I especially want to mention Arnold as a quite good and team organizer. I have no doubt I would not have succeeded in the climb if it weren't for him."

  • Here is what Neil, summiter, says about Cho Oyu:

    "Reaching the summit was a fantastic feeling - and made even better by a swift descent to ABC knowing that I would not have to climb the scree hill on the way to Camp 1 again (you will get to know that hill very well during the expedition!). Back in basecamp there were celebrations to be had in ABC and yet another brilliant cake from the cook tent!!

    All in all, the Summitclimb expedition was a great experience - so much so that we are heading to Everest north side with them in the spring. Everyone at SummitClimb's enthusiasm, the attention to detail and most importantly the feel that the expeditions are put together with people who enjoy climbing and mountains and the people who work and climb there make Summitclimb a great choice.

    Cho Oyu is one hell of a mountain. The feeling as you come up over the summit plateau and Everest pops into view beyond is amazing! Oh and when you see Everest clearly - stop climbing - you are on the summit!"

  • Here is what Arnold, climber of Cho Oyu says:

    • "The western leaders are good.
    • Each member has their own private basecamp tent.
    • The food is good, with the cooks being skillful and friendly.
    • Basecamp is a comfortable place to relax.
    • The sherpas are excellent, strong and helpful.
    • Cho Oyu is a do-able 8000 metre peak.
    • Compared with other 8000 metre peaks, this is a short trip.
    • Within the team, members are very free to climb at their own speed, supported by sherpas and leaders.
    • Cho Oyu is a nice test if you are thinking of Everest.
    • The team members are friendly.
    • Tibet is special.
    • The cost for Cho Oyu is inexpensive compared to other 8000 metre peaks.
    • SummitClimb is very experienced."