Cho Oyu

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Cho Oyu
ChoOyu-fromGokyo.jpg
The south side of Cho Oyu from Gokyo.
Elevation8,201 m (26,906 ft)
Ranked 6th
Prominence2,340 m (7,677 ft)
ListingEight-thousander
Ultra
TranslationTurquoise Goddess (Tibetan)
Location
Cho Oyu is located in Nepal
Cho Oyu
Location in Nepal (on border with China)
LocationNepal / China (Tibet)
RangeMahalangur Himal, Himalayas
Coordinates28°05′39″N 86°39′39″E / 28.09417°N 86.66083°E / 28.09417; 86.66083Coordinates: 28°05′39″N 86°39′39″E / 28.09417°N 86.66083°E / 28.09417; 86.66083
Climbing
First ascentOctober 19, 1954 by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama
Easiest routesnow/ice/glacier climb
 
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Cho Oyu
ChoOyu-fromGokyo.jpg
The south side of Cho Oyu from Gokyo.
Elevation8,201 m (26,906 ft)
Ranked 6th
Prominence2,340 m (7,677 ft)
ListingEight-thousander
Ultra
TranslationTurquoise Goddess (Tibetan)
Location
Cho Oyu is located in Nepal
Cho Oyu
Location in Nepal (on border with China)
LocationNepal / China (Tibet)
RangeMahalangur Himal, Himalayas
Coordinates28°05′39″N 86°39′39″E / 28.09417°N 86.66083°E / 28.09417; 86.66083Coordinates: 28°05′39″N 86°39′39″E / 28.09417°N 86.66083°E / 28.09417; 86.66083
Climbing
First ascentOctober 19, 1954 by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama
Easiest routesnow/ice/glacier climb

Cho Oyu (Nepali: चोयु; Tibetan: ཇོ་བོ་དབུ་ཡWylie: jo bo dbu yag, ZYPY: Qowowuyag: Chinese: 卓奧友山; pinyin: Zhuó'àoyǒu Shān) is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8,201 metres (26,906 ft) above sea level. Cho Oyu means "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan. The mountain is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu sub-section of the Mahalangur Himalaya 20 km west of Mount Everest. The mountain stands on the Tibet-Nepal border.

Just a few kilometres west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La (5,716m/18,753 ft), a glaciated pass that serves as the main trading route between the Tibetans and the Khumbu's Sherpas. This pass separates the Khumbu and Rolwaling Himalayas. Due to its proximity 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,.[1] It is a popular objective for professionally guided parties.

Climbing history[edit]

Cho Oyu was first attempted in 1952 by an expedition organised 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 & Tom Bourdillon.[2] A foray by Hillary and George Lowe was stopped due to technical difficulties and avalanche danger at an ice cliff above 6,650 m (21,820 ft) and a report of Chinese troops a short distance across the border influenced Shipton to retreat from the mountain rather than continue to attempt to summit.[3]

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.[4] Cho Oyu was the fifth 8000 metre peak to be climbed, after Annapurna in June 1950, Mount Everest in May 1953, Nanga Parbat in July 1953 and K2 in July 1954.

Timeline[edit]

Viewing Cho Oyu via mountain flight
Viewing Cho Oyu via Tingri

View[edit]

Chomo LonzoMakaluEverestTibetan PlateauRong RiverChangtseRongbuk GlacierNorth Face (Everest)East Rongbuk GlacierNorth Col north ridge routeLhotseNuptseSouth Col routeGyachung KangCho OyuFile:Himalaya annotated.jpg
Southern and northern climbing routes as seen from the International Space Station. (The names on the photo are links to corresponding pages.)


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References[edit]

Sources
  1. ^ Cho Oyu on Peakware
  2. ^ Barnett, Shaun (7 December 2010). "Cho Oyu expedition team, 1952". The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. 
  3. ^ Hillary, pp. 79-80
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Everest News.com. "Cho Oyu History". Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Guest: Carlos Carsolio". Outside Online. 2000. Archived from the original on 13 August 2007. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  6. ^ Griffin, Lindsay (11 Oct 2011). "Piolets d'Or Asia honours Urubko". The British Mountaineering Council. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  7. ^ "Timeline Climbing Of Cho Oyu". blogspot.com. June 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  8. ^ "Dutch Climber Ronald Naar dies on Cho Oyu". The Outside Blog Dispatches. Outside Online. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  9. ^ "Dutch mountaineer Ronald Naar dies during China climb". DutchNews.nl. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 

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