Cho Oyu Expedition

Cho Oyu was first attempted in 1952 by an expedition organised and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee of Great Britain as preparation for an attempt on Mount Everest the following year. The expedition was led by Eric Shipton and included Edmund Hillary and Tom Bourdillon. A foray by Hillary and George Lowe was stopped due to technical difficulties and avalanche danger at an ice cliff above 6,650 m (21,820 ft) and a report of Chinese troops a short distance across the border influenced Shipton to retreat from the mountain rather than continue to attempt to summit. The mountain was first climbed on October 19, 1954, via the north-west ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama of an Austrian expedition. Most of the Cho Oyu expedition teams climb from the Tibet entry due a relatively comfortable climbing route.

Camp 1 is situated on the ridge at 6400m altitudes from where starts the real mountaineering. The ridge is now soft and easy enough for climbing. Then it widens out where you should take successive huge steps, up several of which probably require fixing a rope up there. You should fix a new rope in co-operation with other members on the expedition. Normally, one rope is used for ascent and another for descent. Although the route faces several crevasses however safety is ensured which hardly poses any threats.

Camp 2 is on the edge of a large plateau at 7125m altitude nevertheless, you can carefully assess as where the rope should be fixed. Depending on your conditions and fitness, you may attempt an ascent to the summit from here, or you may establish a light Camp 3 across the plateau and up on a minor ridge at an altitude of 7550m. Above Camp 3, are two rocky steps where you should fix another set of ropes prior to the ascent to the summit.


Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1350m.) transfer hotel.

Day 02 –03: Prepare Tibet visa & expedition, overnight hotel.

Day 04: Kathmandu (1310m)  - Kerung Border(2800m) 185Km. 07 – 08 Hours Drives, overnight hotel.

Day 05: Kerung Town(2800m) -  Tengri(4,300m)/ Lhatse(4,350m) 370 Km 05 -06 Hours Drive, overnight hotel.

Day 06: Rest day and explore around.

Day 07: Drive to Chinese Base Camp 5,000m. overnight Camping

Day 08: Chinese Base Camp, overnight Camping.

Day 09: Prepared load to Yak for ABC, overnight Camping.

Day 10: Base Camp - Middle camp, overnight Camping.

Day 11: Middle Camp - Cho Oyu ABC, overnight Camping.

Day 12-30: Climbing Period for Cho Oyu 8201m., overnight Camping.

Day 31: Advance Base camp - Chinese Base camp, overnight Camping.

Day 32: Base Camp - Drive to Tingri and Zhangmu, overnight Camping.

Day 33: Drive Zhangmu - Kathmandu – Hotel. 

Day 34: Kathmandu – Hotel.

Day 35: Final Departure.