Cho Oyu is ranked number 6 amongst the highest mountains of 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 "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan. 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.
Cho Oyu was first climbed on October 19th 1954 by the Austrian Herbert Tichy, with Sepp Jochler and Pasang Dava Lama. The second ascent was made by an Indian expedition in 1958. Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama reached the peak for the second time. First death on Cho Oyu was recorded during this expedition. Reinhold Messner climbed Cho Oyu in 1983 on his fourth attempt. First winter ascent was accomplished by a Polish expedition in 1985 via the South Buttress, the most difficult route on Cho Oyu.
May 23, 2011
The Netherlands most famous mountaineer, 56 years old Ronald Narr, has died descending the Cho Oyu on May 23, 2011. According to the reports, he had planned this to be his last expedition. The summit attempt had already been abandoned due to the terrible weather conditions. It was to be his last climbing expedition. Ronald Naar was the first Dutchman to climb the Seven Summits, the world’s highest seven mountains on different continents and Eiger North Face. In 1995, he climbed K2.
Cho Oyu Summit Video
2005 Australian Cho Oyu Expedition
2006 Cho Oyu Summit Video