What is the CHO OYU?

NEPAL, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country in the Himalayas, bordered by China to the north and India to the south. The country has a wide variety of landscapes in a palette ranging from mountains to the highest peaks in the world, hills and the TERRAI region to the south. The altitude varies from 60 m in the south to 8849 m with the EVEREST, first seen in 1847, which remains the highest peak in the world.

This country radiates a special attraction for mountaineers from all over the world. Among the 14 highest peaks of this Himalayan range is the CHO OYU, a peak at 8 201m, on the Nepal-TIBET (China) border, which makes it the six highest peak in the Himalayan range.

Etymologically, CHO YU comes from the Tibetan chomo which means goddess and from yu: turquoise, hence the name of Goddess Turquoise. Numerous expeditions were made, including one by a 7O year old man who said “I am the happiest man in the world, I have just climbed a beautiful mountain…”.







8 201m

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Highest summit in the world


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Ideal peak to climb among the fourteen 8000m summits. You can reach the Base Camp by road at 4900m,
Then, by trekking you can reach the advanced base camp (5650m) which is the real starting point of the ascent which is reached in two days.

Quote from HONG: “What does not succeed is not a failure, giving up the challenge is a failure”.

The most used route remains the west ridge and the north west face before reaching the summit, base camps are located at 64 OOm,765 Om,7450m. The serious difficulty remains the crossing of a serac zone (called YELLOW BAND) at 6600m where the use of ropes is necessary. But it is still a summit at 8000m.
There is also a danger of snow accumulations in case of heavy precipitations after the monsoon, in autumn.

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My instructor
Norbu Sherpa

Norbu Sherpa, the famous SARDAR (Head of Sherpas on expeditions) with an amazing journey. He travels around the world via Switzerland, France, China, Tibet, Sichian, Kyrgyzstan, India, Pakistan.
With determination and perspicacity, he quickly climbed to the top of the hierarchy to become SARDAR.

His track record is impressive:

– 8 times Everest (8848m)
– 1 times Lhotse (8546m)
– 4 times Choo you (8188m)
– 2 times Dhaulagini (8167m), 3 times Manaslu (8156m), 2 times Gasherbrum II (8035m), 1 times Shisapangma (8013m), 1 times le Muztagh Ata (7540m)
– 1 times Peak Lenin (7135m), 1 times Himlung Himal (7126m), 1 times Baruntse (7120m), 2 times Lakpa-Ri (7063m), 2 times Mount Kun (7035m), 2 times Ama Dablam (6856m)

« Une aventure humaine incroyable au sommet du monde »

My expedition

Climbing the sixth highest peak in the world, Cho Oyu or the “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan, is located on the Nepal-Tibet border. It is 20 kilometres west of Everest. Our expedition starts with an internal flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Until our arrival at Thangmar Camp, we will enjoy the first contacts with the local Sherpa population of the region, while discovering the colourful facets of the Buddhist culture.

Three days will be dedicated to a workshop at Base Camp, focusing on ladder climbing, radio handling, mental preparation and the use and adjustment of oxygen, especially the mask and regulator during our ascent.

After our acclimatisation, the ascent period will last 22 days in order to reach the summit. We will go from 4,700 metres to 8,201 metres, which is an ascent of 3,501 metres through three altitude camps.

The many prayer flags fluttering in the air are a colourful addition to the magnificent scenery. Five colours define the elements of life: blue for sky, white for air, red for fire, green for water and yellow for earth. In addition to the personal challenge, we will support the local economy (in association with The Butterfly Help Project).


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