Cho Oyu is the 6th highest peak in the world (8.201 meter) and is part of the Greater Himalaya, where the central Asia plateau meets the Indian subcontinent. It is located on the Tibet and Nepal border and is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu sub-section of the Mahalangur Himalaya, just 20 km west of Mount Everest.
The Tibetan folktale of Cho Oyu (meaning Turquoise God) is that he fell in love with the Goddess Chomolungma (Everest), who later married her closer neighbor to the southeast, Makalu. Cho Oyu never married and he now faces the opposite way of Chomolungma.
Some climbers claim that Cho Oyu is the easiest 8.000 meter peak (if anything over 8.000 meters can be called easy!). There are no really technical sections and the objective dangers are close to non-existent. Its relatively easy access makes it an attractive climb for someone with limited time, as it can be attempted in roughly 6 weeks round trip or in combination with Shishapangma.
Credits: Ivan Braun
Ivan Braun summited September 29, 2014 – 10:45 local time
The Nepal-Tibetan border, Tibet side