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Cho Oyu 2019

the sunrise view from Cho Oyu

Alpenglow’s next Himalayan expedition will take us to the 6th highest peak in the world, Cho Oyu. We’ve put together a full team this upcoming season, all of them ready to take on the 26,906’/8188m mountain in our Rapid Ascent style. The 2019 team will be led by Topo Mena, with Chad Peele as the second guide. Topo is currently on K2 with Adrian and Carla in a support role. Chad spends his summers in Colorado leading clients in the San Juan mountains.

Sun kissed on Cho Oyu
Sun kisses Cho Oyu

Starting July 28, the team will begin pre-acclimatizing with the help of Hypoxico tents to simulate altitude. The goal is to acclimatize at home up to a simulated altitude of 16,000’/4876m so they are prepared to safely arrive in Cho Oyu base camp within 3 days of landing in Tibet.

Many climbers on the team have their eyes on Everest at some point in the future. Experience on an 8000m peak is a requirement of Alpenglow’s prior to joining us on the Big E, and Cho Oyu is the perfect training ground. Widely regarded as the easiest of the 8000m peaks, it’s still no walk in the park. Climbers on Cho Oyu will be tested in many ways including altitude, long days of climbing, and the challenge of keeping calories going in when you’re not hungry due to altitude.

The expedition begins on September 8 and they will be there for 28 days. Stay tuned to our social media channels as well as blog posts to follow along with their progress.

For more information on our Cho Oyu, or any of our other international expeditions check the expedition finder on our website. For any questions call our office at 877-873-5376 or send us an email We hope to climb with you soon!