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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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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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Manaslu

“The Mountain of Spirits.” That’s how the name of Manaslu is translated from Sanskrit. No wonder it beckons all spiritual seekers. Who knows, maybe the sacred teaching and enlightening is waiting for you at the altitude of 8163 meters above the sea level?! How to Get There Manaslu belongs to the Central Himalayan Ridge, and it’s a real gem of the Gorkha District. You can easily reach Gorkha from Kathmandu by bus. The way to the Base Camp passes through rice fields, forests and local Nepalese settlements with original Buddhist traditions. Routes Go trekking to see the mountain from all the sides. The Manaslu Circuit that lasts about 14 days offers an excellent opportunity to contemplate the mountain all around....

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