At twenty-two miles, the Ngozumpa Glacier is estimated to be the longest in the Greater Himalayan Region… Learn More
The Kyetrak Glacier (also known as the Gyabrag Glacier) runs along the Northern slope of Cho Oyu… Learn More
Cho Oyu, like Mount Everest, is part of theMahalangur Himal Range.
Located on the border between Tibet and Nepal, Cho Oyu lies just 20km west of Mount Everest. The mountain’s name means “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan, and, at an elevation of 8201 m above sea level, is the sixth highest peak in the world. To its west lies the Nangpa-La, a 5716 m trading pass used by Sherpas for generations. A British team made the first attempt on Cho Oyu 1952 but the expedition was forced back due to technical difficulties. The first successful ascent occurred on October 19, 1954 by an Austrian expedition including Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama. The team summited via the Northwest ridge, making Cho Oyu the fifth 8000 m peak to be climbed, after Annapurna, Mount Everest, Nanga Parbat and K2.
In the early morning we often caught glimpses of the Everest massif, and I can remember feeling a slight touch of envy that I wasn’t going there myself. But later on, the great ice-topped bulk of Cho Oyu came into view and our interest and enthusiasm flared to life.