Cho Oyu

Cho Oyu evening light

Summit of Cho Oyu in beautiful evening light

Worlds sixth highest mountain – 8201 meter

Cho Oyu is a big and beautiful mountain on the border between Tibet and Nepal. The Nepalese side as seen from the Gokyo valley is steep and dangerous whereas the Tibetan side has an easy route (if anything in this altitude can be regarded as easy – but at least technically easy).

The climb of Cho Oyu successfully completed in 2014:

Beeing acclimatized in advance of arriving in Cho Oyu basecamp made it possible immediately to start a summit attempt. I had one trip to camp 2 sleeping in My super lightweight Nordisk Svalbard tent in advance of the actual push for the summit.

Before fixed ropes were attached on the yellow band I started My summit attempt from basecamp on september 26th 2014. I went directly to camp 2 for a nights sleep before continueing on the 27th for the summit.

At 7am I set out from C2 pasning the yellow band above C3 much to the left where it is quite narrow. The snow was often rather deep making it a tiresome and time consuming job to reach the summit plateau.

Finally there the summit was reached shortly after 4pm. Unfortunately monsoon clouds boiled on the southern side of the mountain obscouring the view to the nepalese side.

I was just exactly able to make it back to camp 2 at the onset of complete darkness finishing the first ascent of the fall season 2014.

The climb was done without help of sherpas, fixed ropes and oxygen bottles.

Previous experience with Cho Oyu:

I have had expeditions to this mountain previously, but they were cancelled by the Chinese authorities in the 2008 riots before the Olympic Games in Beijing. They didn’t allow us into the mountains telling us it would be dangerous for us. But of course it was only to avoid more demonstration of “Free Tibet” flags.

Therefore, I haven’t yet visited Cho Oyu although I’ve been pretty close going past it several times to and from other mountains in the Everest region. Autumn 2014 my next expedition for Cho Oyu is planning to leave.

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