14 eight-thousanders

Cho Oyu

8.201 m

“I went with some friends, and it was a fun expedition which didn’t disappoint at all. Perhaps this was the easiest eight-thousander of the fourteen, but to say that a mountain over 8,000 metres is easy needs to be put into context. It made a lasting impression on me.”

The third eight-thousander

Ranking: 6 Elevation: 8.201 m
First conquered: Cho Oyu was climbed for the first time on the 19th of October 1954 by the Austrian expedition made up of Herbert Tichy, Joseph Joechler and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama.

In 2002, this Spanish mountaineer also reached the summit of Cho Oyu, regarded by climbers as the easiest of the ‘eight thous’. It measures 8,201 metres in altitude and has a glaciated pass at 5,716 metres that serves as a trading route between Tibet and the Sherpas.
The first attempt to climb Cho Oyu took place in 1952 on an expedition led by Eric Shipton. However, technical difficulties on an ice cliff at over 6,650 metres prevented them from completing it.


A few kilometres to the west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La (5,716 m), a glaciated pass which serves as a trading route between Tibet and the Khumbu Sherpas. Thanks to the proximity of Cho Oyu to this route, climbers consider it to be the easiest peak to climb out of all the eight-thousanders. 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).


Summit reached by Edurne Pasaban on the 5th of October 2002.