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A while ago I showed you Cho Oyu as it is seen from the village of Machhermo. This time seen from above the fourth Gokyo lake.

Cho Oyu, or the Turquoise Goddess as Tibetans call it, is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8201 metres above sea level. Cho Oyu lies in the Himalayas and is 20 km west of Mount Everest, at the border between China (Tibet) and Nepal.

The mountain was first climbed on October 19, 1954, via the north-west ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph J÷chler 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 (at 5716 metres), 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 guided parties.

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  • Copyright: Ivana Krekanova (Elaine_Blath) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1231 W: 31 N: 1541] (8509)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-10-06
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-06-20 3:23
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