(26,906ft/8,201m) Tibet

Why Climb Cho-Oyu with Alpine Ascents?

I thoroughly enjoyed the expedition. Everyone was very supportive, considerate, and caring to the climbers on the expedition. Even though this is the first AA expedition where I did not summit, I will say it was one of my favorite in large part due to Ben, Lakpa, and Tshering. They were wonderful! Lakpa and Ben are great guides. They always were reminding us to eat, drink, and breathe. They were patient and always encouraging. I would find it an honor to climb with either one of them again. - 2013 Climber
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Summmit Success
Previous Cho-Oyu expeditions by Alpine Ascents have placed 77 members on the summit!
Summary of recent climbs:
2014: Lakpa Rita Sherpa and Ben Jones led our team of 9 to the summit.
2013: Lakpa Rita Sherpa and Ben Jones led 9 to the summit. Our Sherpa team took the lead in fixing the route.
2011: Brien Sheedy and Lakpa Rita Sherpa led our team to the summit. Most expeditions left well before Alpine Ascents without a summit attempt, but our team diligently hung in there and reached the summit on October 4, 2011. We look forward to similar success in 2016.
2009: Another outstanding year, with Michael Horst and Lakpa Rita Sherpa leading climbers to the summit. This season, Alpine Ascents had an eight-climber team, with six climbers reaching the summit (two left early in the expedition).

Key Elements of our Success

  • Unlike many outfitters, we use our Nepali (Sherpa) guides to assist with the expedition. This can result in a much higher quality expedition
  • Typically we operate at a 4:1 climber to guide ratio on this expedition.
  • We utilize the Alpine Ascents Himalayan Sherpa Team during the climb.
  • Slow acclimatization schedule: We believe there is no point in moving to a higher elevation unless climbers feel good where they are. Given this, we take the time needed early in the trip to establish a sound base of acclimatization.
  • Sherpa Leadership: The most experienced climbing Sherpa on the mountain (most with between 10 and 17 summits of Everest) these climbing Sherpa are able to move our gear and supplies up and down the mountain so you don't have to. They are also great friends and comrades on the mountain. In the Himalayas, our Sherpa team most often takes the lead in fixing the climbing routes for summit day and during the climb.
  • Base Camp: A permanent Base Camp is established for the duration of the expedition.
  • Communication: All guides are equipped with radios for communication on the mountain.
  • You are the climbing team: Alpine Ascents keeps its Base Camp small, and does not use it to support or house self-guided or partially guided teams.
  • Oxygen: This program utilizes 3 bottles O2 on summit day. High-altitude oxygen systems are used for the summit attempt, during the night at High Camp, and for medical emergencies should the need arise.
  • Wi-fi at Base Camp, satellite phones and cybercasts: Our team enjoys wi-fi internet connectivity while at Base Camp, allowing our climbers to bring their own personal electronic devices. We also have satellite telephones during the entire climb. This provides direct emergency contact with home, and is our regular link to the Alpine Ascents office. This depth of contact can only be had with a well-established, long-term guiding company. 
  • Administrative staff: Our tight-knit staff is always available to answer questions and address concerns. It is not uncommon for family members to contact us during the climb for information. There is always someone available, on cell phone, during non-office hours to handle lost luggage, make arrangements if flights are missed or delayed, relay messages directly to the team, or mitigate any of the numerous situations that may arise before, during and after the climb.
  • Tibet entry: We are aware of the delicate visa process for entering the area.
  • Additional Services: We also offer an extra oxygen and Sherpa support package.

Alpine Ascents Success on Himalayan Peaks
Our reputation for leading climbs in the Himalayas is superb and includes summits of Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam and Pumori. We've led more than a dozen successful guided climbs of Mt. Everest, with over 250 climbers reaching the summit of the world's highest peak. Some of our past Cho-Oyu climbs have 100% summit success. We encourage you to review our cybercasts from previous expeditions.

Our Guiding Team
Our guiding team is composed of world-renowned guides and full-time professional climbers. Many of these guides have historical climbing achievements synonymous with their names. They are part of Alpine Ascents because they understand and share our climbing principles. These individuals are dedicated to sharing their excellence with others. The role of an Alpine Ascents guide is to impart knowledge, use calculated judgment and assist with individual climber development. Our guides are experienced educators who evaluate their strengths by the achievements of their climbers. Ben Jones and Lakpa Rita Sherpa guided our 2013 and 2014 teams to the summit and they look to do the same in 2016.


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