Deposits have been made and reality is setting in. I’m a bit nervous, but ready to take on a challenge of this nature. Many of you don’t know about Cho Oyu–the sixth tallest mountain on Earth. Standing at 26,906 ft (8201m) above sea level, climbing Cho Oyu will push me past my previous altitude record of 19,849 ft (6050m), by more than a vertical mile.
Cho Oyu is on the border of Nepal and China, about 20 miles west of Mount Everest. I will be climbing from the Chinese side (see map below). I will fly into Kathmandu and make a several day bus ride from the city into Tibet, where we will trek into base camp.
Here is the route map for those interested.
- Base Camp: 18,865 ft (5750m)
- Camp 1: 21,000 ft. (6401m)
- Camp 2: 23,458 ft. (7150m)
- Camp 3: 24,442 ft (7450m)
- Summit: 26, 906 ft. (8201m)
Here are some photos from various people of Cho Oyu. I’m really looking forward to attempting to summit a mountain of this magnitude. This will be a training climb for Everest/Lhotse in the next couple years.