Mt. Cho-Oyu Expedition - 0 Days

  • Trip Code HTA-42
  • Duration: 0 Days
  • Trip Grade NA

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Standing at 8,188 meters above the sea level, Mount Cho Oyu is ranked as the sixth highest mountain in the World. In Tibetan language, “Cho Oyu” means “Turquoise Goddess”. The mountain was first climbed, via the north-west ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler and Pasang Dawa Sherpa(Lama) of an Austrian expedition on October 19, 1954. Cho Oyu was the fifth 8000 meters peak to be climbed, after Annapurna in June 1950, Mount Everest in May 1953, Nanga Parbat in July 1953 and K2 in July 1954. Until the ascent of Mount Everest by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler in 1978, this was the highest peak climbed without supplemental oxygen.

Mount Cho Oyu lies 20 km west of Mount Everest and, is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu region and sub-section of the Mahalangur Himalaya. The mountain stands on the border of China and Nepal. Merely a few kilometers west from Cho Oyu, Nangpa La (5,716m/18,753 ft.), a glaciated pass that serves as the main trading route between the Tibetans and the Sherpas of Khumbu is located. This pass divides and the Rowaling Himalayas and Khumbu. Due to its closeness to this pass and the generally moderate slopes of the standard northwest ridge route, Cho Oyu is considered the easiest 8,000 metre peak to climb. It is a popular objective for professionally guided parties.

Cho Oyu's height was originally measured at 26,750 feet (8,150 m) and at the time of the first ascent was considered the 7th highest mountain on earth, after Dhaulagiri at 8,167 metres (26,795 ft) (Manaslu, now 8,156 metres (26,759 ft), was also estimated lower at 26,658 feet (8,125 m)). A 1984 estimate of 8,201 metres (26,906 ft) made it move up to 6th place. New measurements made in 1996 by the Government of Nepal Survey Department and the Finnish Meteorological Institute in preparation for the Nepal Topographic Maps put the height at 8,188 m, one remarkably similar to the 26,867 feet (8,189 m) used by Edmund Hillary in his 1955 book High Adventure.

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