Now You Can Climb Himalaya’s Cho Oyu & Shishapangma Peaks With Granted Permission

Tibet Mountaineering
by Tejashee Kashyap

The towering giants of the Himalayas have long captivated the hearts and minds of mountaineers worldwide. Among these giants, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma stand as magnificent challenges. Now, the Tibet Mountaineering Association has announced that tourists wishing to climb the Cho Oyu and Shishapangma mountains have given official clearance to do so.

Tibet Mountaineering Association Grants Permission

The two 8,000-meter mountains in Tibet, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma, now have climbing permits granted by the Tibet Mountaineering Association. Cho Oyu is actually very close to the border, but because of how difficult it is to access from its Nepal-facing south, the customary approach is through Tibet.

Cho Oyu is the sixth-highest mountain in the world. Whereas Shishapangma, the 14th highest mountain in the world, often lingers in the shadow of its more famous counterparts.

Many seasoned mountaineers are prepared for the new adventure now that foreigners are permitted to summit these formidable mountains! There are climbers already waiting to reach this summit with this new permission from the Tibet Mountaineering Association.

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Climbing Cho Oyu & Shishapangma

Situated on the border of Nepal and Tibet, Cho Oyu offers climbers a formidable challenge, not to mention breathtaking views of the Himalayan panorama. Cho Oyu’s journey begins in the bustling city of Kathmandu.  Cho means turquoise and Oyu means the goddess in Tibetan, the origin of the name Cho Oyu. Turquoise Goddess is the mountain’s moniker as a result. The first successful ascent of Cho Oyu was made in 1954 by an Austrian team under Herbert Tichy.

The climbing season happens to be April through May and late September through early October are ideal climbing seasons for Cho Oyu. The ascent and descent of the mountain is an emotional moment, with fatigue and the unforgiving terrain conspiring to test the climbers’ resilience.

Climbing Shishapangma often begins in Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, where climbers can immerse themselves in the region’s unique culture and spirituality. Located entirely within Tibet, this peak offers a remote and captivating experience for climbers. The mountain is astonishingly high above sea level at an altitude of 8027 m (26,335 ft).

These expeditions are not merely about conquering peaks but about forging a profound connection with the world’s most magnificent landscapes. With permission from the Tibet Mountaineering Association, this will only scale more.

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