Mount Cho Oyu

Mount Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain peak in the world after Mt. Makalu. It is at 8,188 meters (26,864 ft) above sea level. Cho Oyu means “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan. The mountain is also known as Mt Oowowuyag. It lies in the center of the Tibetan and Nepalese Himalayas. The mountain is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu sub-section of the Mahalangur Himalaya 20 km west of Mount Everest. It is known for its titanic structure and also known for its elegant beauty. The Cho Oyu peak radiates and sparkles its beauty in such a way that it undermines other towering Mountain Peaks like Everest, Ama Dablam, and others Mountain peaks. Every year this mesmerizing energy calls forward thousands of adventurers mountaineers and trekkers from all around the world.

This expedition is not only a just mountain climbing but also a cultural excursion for anyone, who are not familiar with this region. The expedition takes one from the scenic hilly region of Nepal to desert-like valleys of Lhasa filled with yaks. These places are inhabited by diverse communities or group of people who run lodges and hotels for accommodation to tired travelers. Their cultures are reflected by different monasteries and temples.

Climbing History of Mount Cho Oyu

Mount Cho Oyu was first attempted in 1952 by an expedition organized and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee of Great Britain as preparation for an attempt on Mount Everest the following year. The expedition was led by Eric Shipton and included Edmund Hillary and Tom Bourdillon but it was stopped due to technical difficulties and avalanche danger at an ice cliff above 6,650 m (21,820 ft).

The mountain was first climbed on October 19, 1954, via the north-west ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama of an Austrian expedition. Among all the fourteen eight-thousanders peak Cho Oyu is one of the easiest peaks to climb. Cho Oyu is known for novice climbers who are interested to learn the art of mountain climbing. It offers one of the easiest and safest climbing experience in the Himalayas with the highest chance of summit.

Climbing Routes of Mount Cho Oyu

Mountaineers have some mountaineering experience and must have been to 6000m before like Island, Lobuche, Mera, Chula peaks. They should be able to ascend and descend fixed lines independently and be skilled with crampons on steep ice or snow slopes. For an increased chance of success, members should also be in a good physical condition so they can hoist their feelings with pride.

After tripping preparation in Kathmandu for the expedition as well receiving of the permit to the summit. The adventure begins from Kathmandu with an early morning flight to Lhasa in China. It is because the road transportation between Nepal and Tibet are not still not fully operated after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Basecamp is a temporary but comfortable affair with Nepali cook and dining tent before hiking up towards the advance base camp begins. The Basecamp is in the heart of the Himalayas at 5700m; surrounded by celestial peaks. There is also the high pass called Nangpa La nearby which, an old but still used yak track trading route between Nepal and Tibet exists. From the base camp, we can see the superb scene of Cho Oyu. This is the main base camp. There are three Basecamps to follow to reach to peak, Camp 1 (6,400m), Camp 2 (7,000m) and Camp 3 (7,400m). After the successful journey through these base camps, it became easier for mountaineers to the summit and hoist their feelings with pride there.

Mount Cho Oyu Environment

As Mt. Cho Oyu is the easiest mountain for climbing, among 14 eight-thousanders peak of the world.  After having mountaineering skills you can easily trek to any peak and hoist your feelings with pride. The environment of the mountainous region seems to the coldest region of all time, where the temperature downs to minus which affects our body and leads to death. severe cold for our body is not too good. For your trails successful, first of all, you have to be familiar with the mountain region, which makes your trails successful.

Challenges in Cho Oyu

The challenges are like Altitude sickness, this affects many aspects of  mountaineers health, Temperature, as we go up temperature varies which direct affects our body parts and lead to certain death, Weather , weather changes time to time during mountaineering so mountaineers have to keep warm their bodies, Falls, most of the sudden death is caused by falling or slipping down while trekking, Avalanche, during time of trekking ice falls, Crevasses, cracks on ice lands over there which directly leads to death, Summit Fever, Hurricane, Frostbite etc.