Cho Oyu

Photo of Cho Oyu

Photo by Jan van der Meer

Details

Elevation (feet): 26906
Elevation (meters): 8201
Continent: Asia
Country: Nepal
Range/Region: Himalaya
Range/Region: Central Nepal Himalaya
Latitude: 28.094092
Longitude: 86.6608
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Year first climbed: 1954
First successful climber(s): Herbert Tichy, Joseph Joechler, Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama, (Austrian expedition)
Nearest major airport: Kathmandu, Nepal
Convenient Center: Namche Bazar, Nepal

Description

Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world, located a short distance to the west from Everest (the highest) and Lhotse (the fourth highest) in the Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal along the Tibetan border. Its towering peak stands with Everest well above the surrounding mountains. It became a familiar landmark to climbers ascending Everest's north face. Just west of Cho Oyu is the Nangpa La, a 19,000-foot glacier pass, the main trade route between the Khumbu Sherpas and Tibet. Cho Oyu's proximity to the Nangpa La has earned it the distinction among some climbers as being the easiest 8,000 meter peak. It was the third such peak climbed, and the first climbed in Autumn.

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