Unfortunately didn't summit but made it to the 8000 meter mark without oxygen. Assisted with rescue.
One of those mountains that remind you that there is no easy eight-thousanders and climbing a mountain requires readiness to withstand "blood, sweat and tears". It's a long summit climb and you have to convince yourself to do the next step. Be prepared for the worse and that what you think is the summit is not really it yet. The summit view to Everest and Lhotse is definetely rewarding, also because you finally know that you made it to the top.
Please see my photostory from the expedition at www.lukaszstebelski.com
Prep climb for Everest after Shisha. 14 day expedition from start to end. Climbed standard route, no O2. Nice views, easy climb. Can see why many people don't actually reach the summit due to long, flat plateau- many didn't bother to cross it the day we topped out.
11 days from arrival to summit. No O2. Totally awesome mountain. I had a dog during the time I was on Cho Oyu and he adapted really well to altitude. His name was Tengri, named after the village we found him almost dead. I had to carry him out back to Tengri at the end of the trip. The dog had a broken hind leg. He was, actually, Willie Benegas' dog, but Willie left the mountain early due to a client's ailment so he gave the dog to me... Nice Willie. I had to attach the dog to my permit, it is the Chinese law, everyone climbing in Tibet, even animals, have to pay!
There was very good weather in the 2009 autumn season. Many climbers - me among them - reached the summit that day.
Best summit report I've seen lately, HAHA!
Bed weather was on this season.
Summited on a clear, windless day. A nice weeklong weather window opened on about October 1 and I made it to the top from Camp 3 in about six hours.
Turned around due to bad weather from Camp 2. Very dissapointed, especially as the weather cleared as we were packing up to leave.
Piotr Morawski and I attempted a variation of the upper SW face. We abandoned the climb at 7900m, though in retrospect it was a premature decision. (everythings' easier in retrospect) The next day Peter Hamor and Morawski summited via the standard route, while Piotr Pustelnik and I retreated at 7800m- my decision due to frozen toes. So much for bagging the easy 8Km peaks, but at least I can still count to 20 using the digit method. (Morawski can't)
Normal route - from camp 3. Poor weather this season, so took ages as everyone attempting same time.
Summit from C3 in 5 hours, mostly stuck behind crowds. Hope it's OK that I used O2 although that is considered cheating nowadays. Just thought I might need the extra brain cells someday although so far no special occasion has showed up.
I summitted Cho Oyu on October 3, 2006 without using oxygen.
After spending nearly 4 weeks climbing up and down Cho Oyu to acclimatise, and watching Tibetan refugees murdered by the Chinese Army right outside our camp, on the 3rd of October 2006 at 2.30am, and after a sleepless 8 hours 'rest', I set out from Camp 3, situated at 7560m, for the summit at 8201m with two members and two Sherpas, and only the light from our headtorches to show us the way. Within 3 hours both my water bottles had frozen solid, and it was only going to get colder as I moved upwards. At about 7900m the sun finally came up to my left, warmed my chilled body.
Climbing without supplementary oxygen, I finally reached the summit plateau in almost perfect, but very cold conditions. On the summit plateau I met my climbing companions on their way down from the summit.... they had been climbing with oxygen. As I made my way across the summit plateau I knew that in a few moments my life would never be the same again.
30 minutes later, at around midday, there was suddenly no higher to go, and I was standing on the true summit of the sixth highest point on the planet. For a while I was totally alone as my Sherpa had previously succumbed to altitude sickness on the summit plateau and descended. I found out later as I stood there looking at the most splendid panorama imaginable, that I was in fact the highest person on the earth at that time. Less than 20 kilometres away to the East I could see Everest in all its glory, confirming that I was on the true summit of Cho Oyu. Standing right next to Everest, and looking very small, (although if it had been anywhere else outside of Nepal or Tibet it would easily have been the highest mountain in the world in its own right), was Pumori 7167m, on which I had stood within 200m of the summit just 6 months earlier before aborting the summit attempt to rescue two injured sherpas after an accident on the icewall. There was a team on Everest, but in in the lower camps, and no other expeditions at that time on K2 8611m, Kanchenjanga 8586m, Lhotse 8516m or Makalu 8463m. I took a short video and luckily, just as I was leaving, two other climbers arrived and I was able to hand them my camera and pose for a summit photo before descending.
summited from camp 2, normal route, no oxigen, no sherpa, www.cloudclimbing.ro for expedition dispathches
Summitted from Tibet by Normal Route from Camp 2. Great Mountain and great trip.
Guided climb. The best thing I have ever done. So far i.e...
Summited on 22sept2005, 12:10 pm. We left camp three(7400m) at seven. With the fixed ropes, the rock band was not a problem at all. Some snow showers on the summit plateau and no clear views. We spent only three minutes on top before descending to camp II at 7100m.
Jan van der Meer, Almere, Netherlands. www.mountainpassion.net
Amazing warm, calm morning. 7AM and alone on the top for 10 minutes waiting to film my group.
Best 10 minutes of my life!
Made it to the summit plateau 26,600 but fatigue, earlier delays and closing weather forced us to return. Read about the climb at www.alanarnette.com