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14 EIGHT-THOUSANDERS

Cho-Oyu 8,201 m

"I went with some friends and it was an enjoyable expedition, in a mountain that did not disappoint. It may be the easiest of the fourteen eight-thousanders, although I should put it into context when I say that a mountain of over 8,000 meters is easy. I had a good feeling about it."

Picture of Chooyu
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The third eight-thousander

  • Ranking: 6
  • Height: 8,201 m

First ascent: Cho Oyu was climbed for the first time on the 19th of October 1954 by the Austrian expedition consisting of Herbert Tichy, Joseph Joechler and the Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama.

In 2002, the Spanish mountaineer also reached the peak of Cho-Oyu, considered the easiest eight-thousander to climb. It has an elevation of
8,201 metres and a glaciated pass at an altitude of 5,716 metres that acts as a trade route between the Tibetans and the Sherpas.

The first attempt to climb Cho Oyu took place in 1952 and involved an expedition led by Eric Shipton, but technical difficulties at an ice cliff above
6,650 metres proved beyond their abilities.

Just a few kilometres west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La (5,716 metres), a glaciated pass that is the main trading route between the Tibetans and Khumbu's Sherpas. Due to its proximity to this pass, climbers consider Cho Oyu to be the easiest 8,000 metre peak to climb. Cho Oyu was the fifth eight-thousander to be climbed, after Annapurna (June 1950), Everest (May 1953), Nanga Parbat (July 1953) and K2 (July 1954).

Peak reached by Edurne Pasaban on
5 October 2002.

Photo gallery

  • Everest
  • Makalu
  • Cho Oyu
  • Lhotse
  • Gasherbrum II
  • Gasherbrum I
  • K2
  • Nanga Parbat
  • Broad Peak
  • Dhaulagiri
  • Manaslu
  • Kanchenjunga
  • Annapurna
  • Shishapangma

© 2017 Edurne Pasaban

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