Cho Oyu is the world's sixth highest mountain at 8201 m (26,901 feet), and lies 28 km west of Mt. Everest on the Tibetan plateau and is part of the Greater Himalaya, where the central Asia plateau meets the Indian subcontinent.. Cho Oyu is probably the easiest of the world's 14 8000m peaks, and is second to Everest for the most ascents. It is a technically straightforward climb with the best safety record for an 8000m mountain.
Location & Elevation: Cho Oyu - the "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan - is located at the frontier of Tibet and Nepal. At a height of 8201 meters, it belongs to the Himalayan range, about 30 km west of Everest. The peak itself straddles the Nepal Tibet border, and the peak can be approached on its south side from the Thame valley of the Khumbu region of Nepal leading up to the Lungsampa Glacier. From the north, the peak is approached from the Tingri Plain, to the Palung Glacier that lies below the peak's north face, and the Gyabrag Glacier that surrounds the Northwest face.
Climbing and View: Despite its size, the British India Survey did not at first assign Cho Oyu a peak number. Cho Oyu means 'Turquoise Goddess' in Tibetan, the peak glowing turquoise when seen from Tibet at sunset. As goddess in Tibetan is chomo and turquoise is yu, the contraction of chomo yu becomes Cho Oyu. Cho Oyu has three main ridges: the Northwest, the Northeast, and the Southwest.
The mountain was first climbed on October 19, 1954, via the north-west ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler 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.