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Climbing Cho Oyu – the ambition of every mountaineer

Cho Oyu There are only fourteen 8,000 meter peaks in the world. Climbing one of these giants is an ambitious goal often set by mountaineers. Cho Oyu, found on the Everest Massif at the China-Nepal border, is a name that more than often pops up in their mind. Why? Despite being the sixth highest mountain in the world with an elevation of 8188 meter? Cho Oyu is regarded as the easiest of 8000 meter peaks. An expedition on Cho Oyu is the best introduction in Himalayan mountaineering. If this expedition is on your list, here are a few things you should know. History As is the case with Everest, a 8000 meter peak that is considered to be ‘easy accessible’...

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Mountain Death Rate, The Dark Side of Mountaineering

Mount Cho Oyu Cho Oyu from Gokyo Ri Photo: McKay Savage Mt. Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest peak stands at 8,188m above sea level. It is located on the Tibet-Nepal border. At the Khumbu sub-section of the Mahalangur Himalaya, it is the westernmost major peak, 20km west of Mt. Everest. It is claimed to be the easiest eight thousander to summit due to its relatively easy access and minimal technical sections. Death Rate Cho Oyu 1.4% Mt. Cho Oyu has had about 3,138 successful ascents with 44 fatalities recorded. It has a death rate of 1.4% which is the least among the 14 - eight thousander peaks. Most of these deaths have been caused by falls, avalanches and altitude...

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Kailash

Surrounded by four holy rivers - Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and Karnali - the mount of Kailash is considered a sacred destination in three major religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. No wonder, the area around Kailash is incredibly popular among pilgrims and spiritual seekers. But wait - the top of the snowy peak is strictly prohibited to climb because of spiritual and religious reasons. The snow-white peak of Kailash Attempts to Climb There were a few plans to climb the holy mountain, but none of them even started. In 1985 the world-known alpinist Reinhold Messner received the long-expected permission to climb but refused at the last moment. Later on, the fabulous mountaineer said his famous phrase: ”If we conquer this...

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Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat is one of three the most dangerous eight-thousanders in the world. The altitude of 8126 meters makes the summit the second highest mountain in Pakistan and the ninth highest in the world. Geographic Location Located in the northwest of the Himalayas, the mountain belongs to the territory controlled by Pakistan. Once in 2013 ten innocent climbers became victims of the Taliban attack. Luckily, it was the only serious conflict in recent years. Thus it couldn't affect the popularity of the famous trekking to Nanga Parbat base camp. To attend the trekking, you don’t need any permission, but you need Pakistan visa to enter the country. Bear in mind; it’s not easy to get for some nationalities. Routes to...

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Annapurna I

Imagine for a moment: every third mountaineer didn’t return from Annapurna I. However, in 1950 it became the first eight-thousander on the planet ever climbed by people. Let’s figure out what is so appealing in the 8091-meter peak for thousands of mountain climbers in the world. How to Get There Located on the southern spur of the Main Himalayan Range, the Annapurna Massif is reachable from Kathmandu or Pokhara by bus. The mountain massif consists of 13 summits, but only one belongs to the top 10 highest peaks worldwide. Getting to the Top Unlike Cho Oyu, there is no easy way to the top of Annapurna I. It’s better to choose some other mountains to climb unless you have plenty...

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