Adventure Peaks has been successful on every previous Cho Oyu expedition In 2006 we put ten people on the summit. However, Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world and, even though it is regarded as a technically straight forward 8000m peak, its altitude is a serious undertaking and requires careful preparation and a high level of fitness. It is said that Cho Oyu means ‘Goddess of Turquoise’, as its stark shadows appear this colour in the light of the setting sun when viewed from Tibet. This mountain is a vast bulk of sweeping snow slopes and clean glaciated lines; a most noble and impressive first 8000m peak.
The elegant North West face of Cho Oyu brings us up fairly easy angled snow slopes up to 30 degrees. There is one steep serac barrier to negotiate at 6800m,where necessary, fixed lines will be placed to aid us on steeper sections. Following our acclimatisation walks in Nylam and Tingri,we will arrive at the Chinese Base Camp where we begin our exciting preparations to move up to Base Camp at 5700m via an Intermediate Camp at around 5400m to aid acclimatisation.
Camp 1 (6400m) is reached in 4-6 hours via an initial walk up the Gyabrag Glacier, up a steep scree to a broad snow shoulder and our first high camp.
Camp 2 (7100m) we follow the snow ridge out of Camp 1 to a steep 50 metre ice wall, which provides us with our most challenging climbing on this route. To make this ascent ok we use fixed ropes.
Camp 3 (7500m) we are now on easier ground and we reach our third camp in around four hours. At this altitude though, there is a tremendous sense of effort to gain further height.
Summit Day It takes 6-9 hours to attain Cho Oyu’s grand summit plateau. The route takes us over moderately easy snow and rock; it is only the factors of weather and altitude that can stand in our way of this grand 8000m peak.
Duration: 43 days
Program Type: Expedition
Max. Altitude: 7161m
Minimum Pax: 2+
Mode of Travel: Flight/Land
Start Trip: Zhangmu
End Trip: Cho Oyu
Trip Grade: 3
Day 1-2 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 3 Final preparations
Day 4 Drive to Friendship Bridge, enter Tibet overnight in Zhangmu
Day 5-6 Drive to Nyalam, acclimatisation walks
Day 7-8 Drive to Tingri, acclimatisation walks
Day 9 Drive to Chinese Base Camp 4900m
Day 10 Preparations
Day 11-13 Trek to Base Camp via intermediate camps
Day 14-39 Ascent of Cho Oyu
Day 40-41 Return to Kathmandu
Day 42 At leisure, evening flight
Day 43 Return flight