Indian mountaineer Arjun Vajpai scales world's sixth highest mountain Cho Oyu

Oct 6, 2016 18:00 IST

Arjun Vajpai, the professional Indian mountaineer, on 4 October scaled the world's sixth highest mountain Cho Oyu. The mountain is located on the China-Nepal border at an altitude of 8188 meters above the sea level.

The 23-year-old reached the summit before dawn along with his sherpas namely Pasang Norbu Sherpa and Lakpa Sherpa after leaving from Camp 3 in mid-night.

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With the Cho Oyu summit, Arjun has climbed five mountains that tower over 8000 meters above the sea level. There are 14 highest in the world are over 8000 metres and all these mountains are located in the Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges.

Besides, Arjun also holds the world records as the youngest summiteer on Mount Lhotse, Mount Manaslu and Mount Makalu. He is also the third youngest Indian to scale the Mount Everest. He scaled the highest mountain of the world in 2010 at the age of 16 years, 11 months and 18 days.

The Mount Cho Oyu 2016 expedition was a personal challenge for the young mountaineer because he had suffered a paralytic attack during his first attempt in 2011 and Arjun had to work his way back to physical fitness to climb again.

Mount Cho Oyu

• It is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8188 metres (26864 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 kilometer west of Mount Everest.

• The mountain was first climbed on 19 October 1954, via the north-west ridge by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jochler and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama of an Austrian expedition.

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