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Cho Oyu

Cho Oyu, at 8201m, is the world's sixth highest mountain and a true Himalayan giant that straddles the Nepal/Tibet border. With one of the highest success rates, low technical difficulty and best safety records, it is an ideal first 8000m peak.

We climb Cho Oyu from the Tibetan side via the classic North West face. The expedition starts in Kathmandu where we make our final preparations before flying to Lhasa, the capitol of Tibet. Basecamp is high at about 5700m and so we take our time getting there, breaking the road journey up with opportunities for sight seeing and all important acclimatisation walks en route.

Base camp will be home for up to three and a half weeks while we climb the mountain and so will be as comfortable as possible with plenty of good food. Our strong sherpa team will prepare the route, fixing ropes and stocking our high camps with food, gas and oxygen so that everything is in place ready for our summit push - which they will accompany us on. With this state of the art support and leadership from an experienced Dream Guide your chances of success are as high as possible.


Who is it for?

To be prepared for climbing Cho Oyu, you will need a good grounding in mountaineering (typically climbing to 'AD' alpine standard and, ideally, have at least climbed to 6000m. Although the Cho Oyu expedition is often considered the easiest of the 8000m peaks, it is certainly not 'easy'. You will need strong determination and dedication, as well as good physical fitness and health to reach the summit.


State of the Art Support for your Cho Oyu Climb

3:2 Sherpa/leader:Climber ratio

3x4l bottles of oxygen with TopOut mask

Tasty, varied, plentiful and hygienically prepared food by our basecamp cooks

Very comfortable base camp set up with all modern expedition facilities

Unparalleled leadership from our Dream Guides team of leaders


Our Sherpas are Second to None

Our Sherpa team all come from Pangboche in the Khumbu and are some of the most experienced around. They all speak good english, are well versed in mountaineering techniques, are well versed in oxygen systems and have a proven, enviable record on Everest and other 8000m peaks - each Sherpa with multiple summits.

Above all, they are our climbing partners and friends, having worked with us for a number of years.

Typical Itinerary for Cho Oyu

Day 1 Depart UK/home

Day 2 Arrive Kathmandu, stay in Summit Hotel

Day 3 Final preparation in Kathmandu

Day 4-12 Fly to Lhasa (Tibet) and slowly make our way to Base Camp with plenty of time built in to acclimatise and sight see. We travel most of the way by car, staying in lodges - with the last few days trekking on foot and camping.

Day 13-37 Climb Cho Oyu! Upto 3.5 weeks to get to the top...

Day 38-40 Trek down from Base Camp and drive over 2 days back to Kathmandu

Day 41 Spare day in Kathmandu

Day 42 Fly home (early October)


Further Information

Download the Info Pack PDF and get in touch for more information. Contact us to discuss your application for this years' trip or a future trip.

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Course Detail
Price: $20000
Approx: £12,995.02 / €17,834.21
Ability level: Level 4
Technical climbing proficiency and previous experience at climbing alpine AD routes as well as a knowledge of ropework and glacier travel is required.
Fitness Level: D
Extreme altitude (8000m+) and living in an expedition environment for 6 weeks or more require the highest possible levels of fitness and resilience. Lots of training and experience are a must for these trips.
Guiding ratio: approx 1:1 sherpas or leaders
What's included:
  • full 'state of the art' expedition service
  • oxygen
  • sherpas
  • download info pack for details
What's not included:
  • travel insurance
  • travel to/from Kathmandu
  • tips & items of a personal nature
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Thank you. Our first experience of the real Himalaya has been's been a great warm up for the big one (Everest)!
Tori James, Cho Oyu
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