Cho Oyu is the sixth-highest mountain in the world at 8,188 metres (26,864 ft) above sea level. Cho Oyu means “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan. The mountain is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu sub-section of the Mahalangur Himalaya 20 km west of Mount Everest. The mountain stands on the China–Nepal border.
Cho Oyu is considered the easiest eight-thousander, with the lowest death-summit ratio. It is the second most climbed eight-thousander after Everest (whose height makes it the most popular), and has over four times the ascents of the third most popular eight-thousander, Gasherbrum II. The mountain is marketed as a “trekking peak”, achievable for climbers with high fitness, but low mountaineering experience. The summit has a broadly flat plateau with no cairn (the traditional prayer flags on Cho Oyu’s summit plateau do not mark the “technical’ summit), which can be a source of confusion, and debate, amongst climbers.
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