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Cho Oyu

Location Eastern Nepal, Nepal - Tibet Border
Altitude 8,201m
Importance Sixth Highest Peak of The World
Best Trek Season April To May & Late September To October

Cho Oyu is the perfect choice for the mountaineer with some experience at altitude who is looking to attempt an 8,000 meter peak. Climbers who have done well on Denali are good candidates to be successful on Cho Oyu. This is a classic Himalayan Giant and a great place to get experience with the extreme altitude found only in the Himalaya. Climbing Cho Oyu is commonly thought of as a pre-requisite for a realistic shot at Mt. Everest.

Cho Oyu, the world's sixth highest mountain at 8,201 meters, lies on the Nepal/Tibet border. Interested in seeing how you do above 8000 meters? There is no better testing ground, ease of access and ease of route means that you can save your energy for the climbing. The North West Face, now considered the normal route, is fairly straight forward, with only a couple hundred meters requiring fixed rope. Climbing Cho Oyu is a serious undertaking involving some technical terrain, mostly surmounted with fixed ropes and jumars, as well as extreme high altitude and potentially harsh weather. We will use oxygen for sleeping at High Camp and for the summit day. The entire expedition takes approximately six weeks, so it involves a high level of commitment, both physically and mentally.

Himalaya Journey Treks & expedition has catered the needs of mountaineers climbing Cho Oyu Expedition/Mountaineering in a professional and committed manner. Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m is the most popular 8000 meter peak for climbing in Nepal & Tibet. Cho Oyu expedition would be the best choice for the mountaineers who want to stand on the summit of 8000 meter peak due to its straight forward climbing with minimal objective danger and less technically demanding. Climbing on Cho Oyu has the higher rate of success than any other 8000 meter peaks in Nepal & Tibet. We arrange both the logistic support to ABC and fully guided climbing on Cho Oyu mountaineering. A short sightseeing tour can be arranged before proceeding to the climbing on Cho Oyu.

Just west of Cho Oyu is the Nangpa La, a 19,000-foot glacier pass, the main trade route between the Khumbu Sherpas and Tibet. Cho Oyu's proximity to the Nangpa La has earned it the distinction among some climbers as being the easiest 8,000 meter peak. It was the third such peak climbed, and the first climbed in Autumn. It was first climbed on October 19th 1954 by the Austrian Herbert Tichy, with Sepp Jochler and Pasang Dava Lama.

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