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Cho Oyu Mountain

The Turquoise Goddess

Cho OyuCho 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.

Overview
Location Eastern Nepal, Nepal - Tibet Border
Elevation 26,906 feet (8201 m)
Region Khumbu Himal
Range Himalayas
Nearest Access Namache Bazar
Nearest Airport Kathmandu
Significance Sixth highest mountain in the world
Best Season to Visit April To May & Late September To October

Striking Features

Mountaineering Attemps & Expeditions
» First climbing expedition of Cho Oyu's Northwest face by Edmund Hillary and party.
» A small Austrian expedition, under the leadership of Herbert Tichy, make a spectacular first ascent without oxygen on the Northwest face. This new style of climbing big mountains with alpine techniques rewrote mountaineering history.
» Second ascent by an Indian expedition. Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama, who was part of the first ascent, reached the peak for the second time. First death on Cho Oyu.
» Four members of an expedition are killed in an avalanche during a failed international women's expedition.
» Controversial third ascent by a German expedition. No proof of reaching the summit. Two mountaineers die in Camp 4 of exhaustion at 7600 m (25,000 foot) height.
» The Austrian alpinists, Koblmuller and Furtner, succeeds in a spectacular ascent of the extremely difficult and dangerous southeast face.
» Reinhold Messner succeeds on his fourth attempt.
» First winter ascent of the South buttress by a Polish expedition. The South Buttress is the most difficult route on Cho Oyu to be completed successfully

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