Cho Oyu 8201 meters is the sixth highest mountain peak in the world. Cho Oyu lies in the Himalayas and is 20 km west of Mount Everest, at the border between China and Nepal. Cho Oyu means "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan. Cho Oyu was first attempted in 1952 by an expedition organized and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee of Great Britain as preparation for an attempt on Mount Everest the following year. The expedition was led by Eric Shipton and included Tom Bourdillon, but technical difficulties at an ice cliff above 6650m (21820ft) proved beyond their abilities. (Today, these ice cliffs are normally ascended using fixed ropes.)
The mountain was first climbed on October 19, 1954 via the north-west ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jchler and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama of an Austrian expedition. Cho Oyu was the fifth 8000 meter peak to be climbed, after Annapurna in June 1950, Mount Everest in May 1953, Nanga Parbat in July 1953 and K2 in July 1954. The Indian and German team also climbed this peak in 1958 and 1964 respectively.