Current Affairs: India's Arjun Vajpai Climbed world's sixth highest mountain Cho Oyu
Indian Mountaineer Arjun Vajpai Scales World's Sixth Highest Mountain Cho Oyu -
to become the Youngest in the World to Climb the 27,000 feet Peak
Indian mountaineer Arjun Vajpai
- Professional Indian mountaineer Arjun Vajpai (06.10.2016) scaled the world's sixth highest mountain Cho Oyu. The 23-year-old reached the summit before dawn along with his sherpas and another expedition member after leaving from Camp 3 post midnight.
Arjun Vajpai climbed five of the 14 highest mountains in the world
- With the Cho Oyu summit, Arjun has climbed five of the 14 highest mountains in the world that tower over 8000 metres and holds world records as the youngest summiteer on Mount Lhotse,
Mount Manaslu and Mount Makalu.
- Arjun unfurled the Indian tri-colour on the little bump that marks the Cho Oyu summit after a 7 hour, all-night climb through rocky steps, mixed snow and a long traverse to the top.
- 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.
About Cho Oyu
- Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8,188 metres (26,864 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 km west of Mount Everest. The mountain stands on the China-Nepal border.
- Just a few kilometres west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La (5,716m/18,753 ft), a glaciated pass that serves as the main trading route between the Tibetans and the Khumbu's Sherpas.
- This pass separates the Khumbu and Rolwaling Himalayas. Due to its proximity to this pass and the generally moderate slopes of the standard northwest ridge route, Cho Oyu is considered the easiest 8,000 metre peak to climb. It is a popular objective for professionally guided parties.