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Mountain Name(s): Cho Oyu, Чо-Ойю, चोयु, ཇོ་བོ་དབུ་ཡ, jo bo dbu yag, 卓奧友山, Zhuó'àoyǒu Shān, Чо Ойю     Geology: Tectonic
Elevation: 8188 m / 26863.5 ft     Snow line: 5000 m / 16404.2 ft
Summit(s): Cho Oyu; (8 188 m /26 864 feet)
    Prominence: 2 344 m/7 690 ft
Location: China(Tibet Autonomous Region); Nepal(Eastern Region);     Isolation: 29 km/94 miles
Latitude/Longitude: 28°6'21.109''N
    Climbing Season(s): 01 Sep - 30 Nov;
15 Mar - 31 May;
Parent Range: Himalaya     Nearest Airport(s): Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA);
Range: Mahalangur Himal     Convenience Center(s): Zhangmu; Kathmandu;
First Ascent: 19/10/1954 Joseph Jöchlerand (Austria), Herbert Tichy (Austria), Pasang Dawa Lama (Nepal)... More     National Park(s): Sagarmāthā;

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Climbing is suitable for those who have never climbed the mountain so high, but wants to get this experience. This is the best choice because there are generally moderate slopes, no really technical sections and the objective dangers are close to non-existent. Due to this factors some climbers claim that Cho Oyu is the easiest 8000 meter peak (if anything over 8000 meters can be called easy!). Its relatively easy access makes it an attractive climb for someone with limited time, as it can be attempted in roughly 6 weeks round trip.

Description Edit

Pyramidal mountain with four edges. 3 sides of a "pyramid" are located in Tibet, one in Nepal. The classic route is from the Tibetan side. There is also a route from the Nepalese side, used less frequently. The peak is the sixth highest in the world. It’s very popular among the climbers. Many companies organize expeditions here.

Location Edit

Located in Khumbu-Himal region, 150 km from Kathmandu, 30 km from Namche-Bazzar, 20 km from Everest. The Nepalese-Tibetan border comes across the peak.

Getting there Edit

Flight with a small plane from Kathmandu to Lhasa. From Lhasa by car to Shigadse (3900) - Shegar – Old Thingry (4200)
By car: Kathmandu - Zangmu (2350m) - Nyalam (3750m) - Thingri (4300m) - Cho-Oyu Base Camp (4900m)

Red Tape Edit

Permits are required for climbers on both the Nepalese side of the mountain and the Chinese side. You can arrange all the permits via touristic agency. Or in Nepal Mountaineering Association/China Tibet Mountaineering Association office in Nepal.

Asia, Nepal: Eastern Region, China: Tibet Autonomo...

  • Cho Oyu
  • Mountaineering - 24 Day(s)
  • 1 Sep - 30 Nov
  • Extreme+ 
  • 1 people climbed it



DID YOU KNOW (1) Edit Add

• Just west of Cho Oyo, at about the location of Advanced Base Camp, is the Nangpa La, a 5500 meter glacier pass which is the main trading route between the Tibetans and the Khumbu's Sherpas. Nangpa La also is famous for illegal border crossings, but still authorities on both sides most of the time turn the blind eye on the trade. Long caravans with yaks can be seen here at all times of the year.
In climbing season of 2006 Chinese border police shot some refugees to death at Nangpa La.
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