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Cho Oyu

“When we remember this time, it is not so much the extreme as the harmony and beauty of the hours, the landscape and the surrounding people that remain in our memory.”
– Herbert Tichy

Following the paths of Herbert Tichy…

The Cho Oyu, also called “Turquoise Goddess” or Qowowuyag, rises at the border between Nepal and Tibet with its breathtaking 8. 201m as sixth highest mountain towards the sky and already comes quite close to it. What is particularly important to us Austrians in connection with Cho Oyu: the legendary first ascent of Herbert Tichy, his Tyrolean mountain companion Sepp Jöchler and Sherpa legend Pasang Dawa in 1954. The Austrian writer, geologist, explorer, adventurer and mountaineer climbed Cho Oyu with much patience and without additional oxygen. The route chosen by the trio is still considered to be the “normal route” to Cho Oyu and will lead us to the summit. And Tichy’s stories make us really looking forward to our expedition into the middle of the Himalayas.

The Cho Oyu is perfect for preparing for one of the harder eight-thousanders, as it is considered one of the objectively safer and easier eight-thousanders. Nevertheless, this mountain must not be underestimated, because it is still one of the highest mountains in the world and therefore a challenging undertaking. However, through good preparation, a professional team and the appropriate equipment, the objective dangers of our expedition can be contained relatively well and that is what CHO OYU is all about:

Not much of a risk, but definitely fun!

See also our Cho Oyu Flash™ Expedition (Cho Oyo in only 22 days)

Adventure Factor courageous
Experience / Emotion lifechanging
Fitness / Struggle challenging
Risk low objective hazards
Comfort expedition style


  • One of the safest 8.000ers
  • 1:1 Member Sherpa ratio
  • IFMGA/AMGA lead guide
  • O2 included

Trip dates:

Booking code:-
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Price per person: 0

The exact schedule depends on weather and snow conditions as well as on the progress of the logistics and the group on the mountain. In addition, keep in mind that we are in a very remote and politically sensitive area where our freedom of movement may be limited at any time due to governmental or environmental restrictions.

The following schedule is planned:

Day 1-11: Arrival, Lahsa, acclimatization and ascent to the basecamp

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu or meeting point at the hotel in Kathmandu. Everyone will be picked up from the airport and taken to the hotel, whether the arrival was individual or with the group. And then everything begins in a very comfortable way… check in, get to know each other and enjoy the upcoming excitement.

Day 2: Free time in Kathmandu. Who does not know it yet, will love it. Relaxing, shopping in Thamel, cultural programme or simply soaking up the flair. Everyone as he wants.

Day 3: Flight to Lahsa. For the time being we say goodbye to Nepal and fly to Lhasa, the highest capital of the world. The centrally located hotel offers a good starting point to explore the city and to breathe Tibetan air for the first time.

Day 4: Free time. Also today there is still enough time to admire the former residence of the Dalai Lama and the countless monasteries and temples of the city, some of which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or to watch the everyday life of the Tibetans with a bowl of butter tea.

Day 5: Drive to Shigatse

Day 6: Drive to Tingri at 4300m. The accommodation is again very simple, the food is still very good! From here you can already see Cho Oyu!

Day 7: Rest day for acclimatization.  Also here beautiful 5.000m high hills to hike. One is surprised about the flocks of sheep with their shepherds, because it is even more barren here.

Day 8: Arrival in the drivers camp. After a long journey for acclimatization purposes we finally arrive today at the Cho Oyu Drivers Camp at 4.900m.

Day 9: Rest day: Another rest day for acclimatization and to organize the loads for the yaks.

Day 10: Departure for the intermediate camp at 5400m.

Day 11: Advance base camp at 5.650m. We reach the advanced base camp at 5650m. The sight of the mountain, which we can already enjoy here, is enormous!

Day 12-35: Ascent phase

There will be enough time to set up the route and the high camps and to wait for good weather and suitable snow conditions for a safe ascent to the summit.

The planned camps at Cho Oyu are as follows:

  • Camp 1 – 6.400m
  • Camp 2 – 7.000m
  • Camp 3 – 7.350m.

Day 36-40: Kyirong, Kathmandu and return flight

Day 36: Way back to the drivers camp, where the jeeps are waiting for us.

Day 37: Drive to Kyirong. Drive on to Kyirong and the rest of the day for rest.

Day 38: Drive to Kathmandu.

Day 39: Kathmandu. One breather… Whatever happened, the last 6 weeks, we will be happy about good food, a cool beer and a comfortable bed.

Day 40: Individual return flight. Today we have to say goodbye and start our journey home with many exciting memories in our luggage.

check_circle_outline  What the price includes:

  • Organisation of the expedition
  • IFMGA/AMGA lead guide
  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu in a single room
  • All transfers in Nepal and Tibet (jeep / private shuttle)
  • Fullboard during whole expedition (in Kathmandu only breakfast)
  • All drinks included in Basecamp
  • Double occupancy rooms/tents during journey to the mountain
  • Porter / Yak to basecamp and back (30kg personal gear / member) for both mountains
  • 1 tent each member in each basecamp
  • 1 tent each 2 members for approach and high camps
  • mat for approach and basecamp
  • High camp equipment (tents, stove, gas, dishes, food)
  • Fixed ropes, fixing material
  • 1 Sherpa each member
  • Gear, Insurance and helicopter rescue for all staff members
  • Medical emergency oxygen
  • Emergency medicine, pulseoxymeter
  • Kitchen staff
  • Comfortable, heated Dome tent in basecamp, shower tent
  • Satellite communication and WIFI for a fee and depending on availability
  • Oxygen
  • Radios
  • All fees and permits
  • weather forecast
  • organization and cost for the Tibetan visa
  • Safety and liability of an EU based tour operator
  • O2 Pack (newest oxygen system)

highlight_off  What the price does not include:

  • International Airfare to Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinnerin Kathmandu
  • personal insurance
  • Visa for Nepal
  • Personal medicine
  • Personal climbing sherpa (optional)
  • Oxygen (optional)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpas
  • Personal climbing gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • High camp mat
  • Fees for satellite communication
  • Helicopter flight basecamp – Kathmandu (optional)

info  General

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

An expedition to high altitudes still presents an enormous challenge despite modern equipment and tactics. Besides technical and fitness requirements, the high altitude still poses the largest hurdle. That is why we place great emphasis on prudent, slow acclimatization, and recommend our eight thousander expedition participants the possibility of pre-acclimatization in a high altitude tent at home (see also FAQ).

Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in the expedition lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.

If you are not sure that taking part in an expedition like this is the right thing for you, feel free to contact us on Tel +43 512 204134 or e-mail [email protected] for a personal consultation.

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

language   Entry Requirements

EU or Swiss citizens:

When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 more months. You can get a visa on arrival directly at the airport or in advance directly at your embassy. We recommend to get a “multiple entry” visa for 90 days.

Get further information directly on the official website:

Once you arrived in Kathmandu, we’ll apply for a group visa for Tibet. Necessary documents will be collected by Furtenbach Adventures in advance. The application process might take some days. Costs for the Chinese visa are included in the trip price.

Information about recommended vaccines and health regulations:

Travelers must be able to prove their return or onward ticket when entering the country.

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

https   Insurance possibilities

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) For this journey, the Global Rescue Signature Travel Insurance is suitable. The price of the insurance depends on the trip and the personal data of the traveller. We happily make you an offer after booking or upon request.

To cover search and rescue costs in the mountains, we ask our expedition participants to take out a “medical only”-membership at Global Rescue. This membership can be concluded here before departure: Further information are provided after your booking.

work  Equipment

Unless specified otherwise in the detailed program, all high camp equipment will be provided by us. You need to bring your own personal equipment such as down clothing, expedition shoes, an isolated sleeping mat and a sleeping bag with a comfort range of – 20 to -25 degrees Celsius for the high camp. Following your booking we will send you a detailed equipment list. We will be happy to advise you personally during the selection and purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what not.

insert_chart_outlined   Difficulty / Technique

The ascent always lies in the participants personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide and expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and – if required – independently build rope teams under the guidance of the mountain guide. Cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for all. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

For expeditions offered by us, unless otherwise specified in the detailed program, the following is required of participants: independent getting on and off the fixed ropes on cliffs, snow, ice and firn snow slopes, as well as the independent use of crampons and ice axes in mixed terrain. On climbing passages, as well as very dangerous and exposed places, fixed ropes are attached by mountain guides and by the Sherpa team.

perm_identity   Physical fitness

A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain, unless an optional personal Sherpa is booked. The porters are available for the group and set up the high camp and insure the route. We will gladly provide individual advice on how to best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

local_hospital  Health

We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

landscape  Experience

We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of an eight-thousander! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in our eight-thousander expeditions, you must already have collected some experience at high altitudes and mountaineering. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.

In order to participate in our seven-and six-thousander expeditions, you should have at least some experience on the four-thousander peaks of the Alps or other mountain ranges. Our offer for newcomers applies here as well, we can train you to become prudent and safe high altitude climbers!

We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about – or refresh their knowledge of – all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More info here.

payment  Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

directions_run  Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH.

For expeditions to 7000 and 8000 meter peaks the following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel: until 3 months prior to departure 50%, within 3 months prior departure 100%.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.