8000m Peaks

Cho Oyu

A meeting with the
Turquoise Goddess.

Cho Oyu

Cho Oyu, which translates as “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan, straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet at the Western edge of the mountainous Khumbu region, around 20km from Everest. Widely regarded as the easiest of the 8,000m peaks, Cho Oyu is often seen as a stepping stone to further conquests. But this goddess still demands to be treated with respect.




33 days


Strenuous 4E

Max Altitude

8188 m
26906 ft

Daily activity

5 - 6hrs



Dates Available

28 Aug - 30 Sep

Starting from

USD $65,000

Aimed at climbers who’ve made ascents of 6,000m and 7,000m peaks. You must have mastered basic mountaineering skills and have a high level of fitness.

Stepping stone for higher 8000er peaks

Despite standing an imposing 8,188m above sea level, the world’s sixth highest mountain is actually a relatively straightforward climb - at least when compared to some of the other 8,000ers. Its flat summit plateau, and the relatively gentle slopes approaching it don’t require the same level of technical climbing expertise that, say, Kanchenjunga or Makalu do. It’s often the first 8,000m peak that climbers tackle, and is a popular preparatory peak for people training themselves to climb Mount Everest.

Despite its comparatively mellow reputation, this is still a significant mountaineering challenge, which involves spending long hours in the death zone. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can skimp on preparation or planning, just because it’s a popular peak. 

Elite Exped’s expert team of highly-trained mountain guides have extensive experience of climbing Cho Oyu, with multiple successful summits between them. We’re well aware of the pitfalls of underestimating this mountain, and will ensure that everyone on this expedition meets the required levels of fitness, and has the ability to make it to the summit and safely back home.

The Elite Exped Cho Oyu expedition tackles the conventional route up the mountain’s Northwest Ridge, and the relative accessibility of this peak means it can be completed in 47 days. Our approach to expedition planning means that we control every aspect of the trip, from the food provision to the fixing of ropes. We leave nothing to chance, controlling the controllable to ensure that your expedition experience runs as smoothly as possible.

Our leaders Nimsdai and Mingma David Sherpa have built their careers on careful planning and stringent safety standards. All our guides are trained in high-altitude rescue and recovery techniques. Nimsdai’s 100 percent summit record when tackling 8,000m peaks speaks for itself, but his and our team’s long history of conducting successful rescue operations - coming to the aid of other expeditions in need - is arguably more important. Simply put, you could not be in safer hands when attempting this 8,000m peak.

From our clients
Jeff Evans
Mera 2017

You can trust them with the safety and satisfaction of clients. Elite was nothing less than a 10/10 in every aspect of how they executed the expedition.

Steve Davis
Manaslu 2019

Manaslu was my first 8,000er and first time with Elite. They exceeded my expectations at every level and stage.  I would have no hesitation in booking with them again! Highly recommended!!!

Amy McCulloch
Aconcagua 2018

I often felt they went above and beyond to ensure we had a successful expedition. Excellent judgments throughout the expedition led us to reach the summit safely in extreme conditions. Highly recommend!

This tried and tested itinerary is informed by decades of mountaineering experience. As with all adventurous activities of this type however, circumstances may arise where Elite Exped is forced to make alterations, possibly at short notice. While making every effort to adhere to this published schedule, we kindly ask for your patience if the weather, or other naturally occurring circumstances, intervene.

Your daily schedule

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

  • Day 02

    Welcome brief, gear check and official formalities in Kathmandu

  • Day 03

    Tibet visa collection day and expedition briefing

  • Day 04

    Fly to lhasa and transfer to hotel

  • Day 05

    Drive to Shigatse

  • Day 06

    Drive to old Thingri

  • Day 07

    Acclimatisation / rest day in old Thingri

  • Day 08

    Drive to Cho Oyu chinese base camp via Rombuk Monastry

  • Day 09 - 11

    Chinese base camp

  • Day 12

    Drive to Cho-Oyu base camp

  • Day 13

    Acclimatisation/ rest day at cho-oyu base camp

  • Day 14

    Trek to intermediate camp

  • Day 15 - 41

    Climbing period (advance base camp – summit – advance base camp)

  • Day 42

    Descend to cho oyu basecamp

  • Day 43

    Drive back to Shigatse

  • Day 44

    Drive to Lhasa, overnight at hotel

  • Day 45

    Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

  • Day 46

    Leisure day in Kathmandu

  • Day 47

    Depart for the country of residence


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Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Elite Exped, what this expedition involves, and what is required. If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated FAQ support page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What skillset and fitness level are required?

All Elite Exped expeditions are within extreme high altitude environments, with differing requirements for ability. Due to the nature of these operational landscapes it is essential you provide concise, honest descriptions of relevant experience and current fitness levels. Upon receipt we will review your experience and respond accordingly. At this point if we consider there to be any shortfalls, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to achieve your goals.

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Why choose
Elite Exped?


Nimsdai Purja, Mingma David Sherpa’s and Mingma Tenzi’s mountaineering groundbreaking records speak for themselves, but our leaders are more than just supremely talented climbers.

While some choose to direct operations from back office, our three directors lead from the front. Their experience in every aspect of guiding and climbing — from fixing ropes to organising logistics — is unparalleled. It's no surprise that they have the industry-leading success rate when it comes to summiting 8,000m peaks.

Beyond this, our handpicked team of guides have also chalked up dozens of successful summits between them.

Safety through

If it’s controllable we control it: this is key to attaining and maintaining our industry-leading strategy for success and safety.

We maximise our options, agility and responsiveness by running self-sufficient expeditions that don’t rely on any other teams to achieve our objectives.

Our team is capable of setting up our own fixed lines (with a proven track record on all 8,000m peaks) and has backups to cover all scenarios. These include everything from secondary oxygen supplies to the ability and experience to operate our own rescue missions if the situation arises.

A unique

With his Nepalese roots and UK residency, our co-founder Nimsdai Purja brings a unique perspective and an unparalleled ability to bridge the gap between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures.

We can assemble trusted teams and networks anywhere in the world, but our founders’ roots are a particular advantage when it comes to summiting the world’s very highest peaks.

An intimate knowledge of how things work on the ground ensures that everything runs smoothly when you’re 8,000m above sea-level.

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