"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."
Mount Cho Oyu Climbing Expedition Questions Section
These photos were taken on our recent successful expedition where we put 6 members and 5 Sherpas on the summit, and the team returned home safely. Photos in slideshow: David Lepagne, Guntis Brands, Phil Crampton, Johan Frankelius, Herve Coron, & Thierry Auberson. For caption information, please visit our Cho Oyu photo gallery .
Full service includes: Sherpas, hotels, drive to basecamp (bc), yaks to advanced basecamp (abc), ropes, good food on trek, in bc, abc, & climb, group climbing equipment, tents, radios, satphones, etcetera.
Leader: Dan Mazur , Everest expert: 9 Everest expeditions.
Dan Mazur : Over 20 years experience leading climbs & treks in Nepal & Tibet.
2011 Expedition: 7 out of 9 members reached the summit.
World's sixth highest & most accessible 8000 metre/26,200 foot peaks. High altitude "easy" snow climb.
A great way to test yourself at a very high elevation in only 38 days.
All of our full-service expeditions include sherpas for the group. 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 of Cho Oyu. 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.
Is it possible to hire a sherpa to provide me a bit of extra help?
We are offering two different sherpa services to provide a bit of extra help and greatly increase chances for a successful summit to our members.
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: $5450 USD.
High altitude "personal-equipment-carriage-service"-
Divide the above price 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.
If you are thinking about either option, please let us know so we can find a sherpa most suitable to your needs. We must know two months before the climb. Please feel free to ask us any questions about sherpas and about which of our two options may be most suited to your needs. Thank you.
The above costs of hiring your own personal-private Sherpa include their equipment, food, accommodation, clothing, permits, visas, transport, and insurance. The above prices do not include oxygen (normally Sherpas do not use Oxygen on Cho Oyu), nor do they include gratuities, summit bonus, and tips. Please see our other questions about tipping and bringing gifts for sherpas .