Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world. Cho Oyu lies
in the Himalayas and is 20 km west of Mount Everest, at the border
between China and Nepal. Cho Oyu means "TurquoiseGoddess"
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climbing 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 Tom Bourdillon, but technical difficulties at an
ice cliff above 6,650m (21,820ft) proved beyond their abilities.
(Today, these ice cliffs are normally ascended using fixed ropes.)
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. 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.
Just a few kilometres west of
Cho Oyu is Nangpa La (5,716m/18,753ft), a glaciated pass that
serves as the main trading route between the Tibetans and the
Khumbu's Sherpas. Due to its proximity to this pass and the
generally moderate slopes of the standard northwest ridge route,
some climbers consider Cho Oyu to be the easiest 8,000 metre
peak to climb, and it is a popular objective for professionally