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Stories: Cho Oyu

Mountain adventures create the best stories, and we want to share some of ours with you. Dive into Alpenglow Stories to stay up to date on expeditions in the field, read blogs, and get tips and tricks from guides.

Prayer flags on a Cho Oyu Expedition with tents in the background during a guided expedition with Alpenglow Expeditions.

A Brief History of Cho Oyu

The recorded history of Cho Oyu dates back to the early 20th century when British surveyors first began mapping the region. However, it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that the mountain truly captured the attention of the international climbing community.
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Adrian Ballinger climbing up Makalu during his ski descent of Makalu

Why Hire an IFMGA-Certified Guide for Climbing 8000-Meter Peaks?

In high altitude environments, having a skilled and experienced guide is not just beneficial: it’s crucial for ensuring safety and success. This is where the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) certification comes into play, providing assurance and expertise to stack every card in your favor while climbing at 8,000 meters.
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How to Climb Your First 8000er: Cho Oyu Rapid Ascent

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The ‘Easiest’ 8000er: Cho Oyu Rapid Ascent with Alpenglow Expeditions

Straddling the border between Nepal and Tibet, Cho Oyu is often regarded as the “easiest” 8,000-meter peak. For those drawn to its high reaches, Alpenglow Expeditions offers a unique opportunity to attempt its summit through our Cho Oyu Rapid Ascent Expedition.
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Revolutionizing High-Altitude Mountaineering: Adrian Ballinger’s Lightning Ascents of Cho Oyu & Everest

This blog encapsulates the groundbreaking achievements and innovative approaches of Adrian Ballinger’s Lightning Ascents, highlighting the transformational impact of these expeditions on high-altitude mountaineering.
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Cho Oyu Route, Map & Itinerary

Read about how we climb Cho Oyu in just 28 days including our route, map, and detailed itinerary.
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Alpenglow Is Returning to Everest and Cho Oyu

  After a recent announcement that China will be opening its borders to tourism, we are thrilled to share that Alpenglow is returning to Cho Oyu in 2023 and the…
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Why Climb Cho Oyu w/ Alpenglow?

When it comes to tackling the Himalayas, few mountains are as alluring as Cho Oyu. Standing at a staggering 26,864 feet tall, Cho Oyu is the sixth tallest mountain in…
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Cho Oyu vs. Manaslu

For many people trying to prepare for Everest, climbing an 8,000m peak the fall before heading to Everest is the best way to get the experience necessary to find success….
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Cho Oyu Team Update

  The Journey to Cho Oyu After months of endurance training, weeks of logistics planning, and days of travel, Alpenglow’s Cho Oyu Rapid Ascent expedition has begun their climb. The…
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