Cho Polu

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Cho Polu
ChoPolu from southwest.jpg
Cho Polu from the southwest
Highest point
Elevation 6,735 m (22,096 ft)
Prominence 498 metres (1,634 ft)
Coordinates 27°55′09″N 86°58′55″E / 27.91917°N 86.98194°E / 27.91917; 86.98194Coordinates: 27°55′09″N 86°58′55″E / 27.91917°N 86.98194°E / 27.91917; 86.98194
Cho Polu is located in Nepal
Cho Polu
Cho Polu
Location in Nepal
Location Khumbu, Nepal
Parent range Himalaya
First ascent November 1984
Easiest route snow/ice climb by North face

Cho Polu is a mountain in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal. Southern neighbors include Num Ri and Baruntse while Imja Tse (a popular trekking peak) lies immediately to the west.

Climbing history[edit]

The Himalayan Index lists Edmund Hillary and George Lowe as first ascenders in 1954, as reported in 1955 in both Mountain World and the New Zealand Alpine Journal in 1955. In their book East of Everest, Hillary and Gregory wrote that Hillary had climbed a large domed ice peak of 22,060 ft with Sirdar Urkien on June 3, 1954 and that the "people in the Imja refer to this mountain as Cho Polu."[1] However, there is doubt about the true nature of the 1954 summit, as both he Himalayan Database maintained by Elizabeth Hawley and the editors of the American Alpine Journal hold that the first known ascent of Cho Polu took place in the autumn of 1984, when the Spanish climber Nil Bohigas soloed it unauthorized via the north face and northeast ridge.[2] It is possible that the British climber Trevor Piling also climbed the peak from the north in 1989, but he disappeared in the Annapurna Sanctuary shortly after and did not report on it.[2] The second confirmed ascent and first official ascent was made by the German team of Olaf Rieck, Dieter Rülker, Markus Walter (leader) and Günter Jung on November 12, 1999 by the north face.[3] The third confirmed ascent was made on November 12, 2011 by Spanish climber Jordi Corominas on the west face and southwest ridge.[2]


  1. ^ Edmund Hillary & George Lowe, East of Everest: an account of the New Zealand Alpine Club Himalayan Expedition to the Barun Valley in 1954, Hodder and Stoughton, 1956, p. 60
  2. ^ a b c Corominas, Jordi. Translated by Alex Horner. "2011: Cho Polu (6,700m), west face and southwest ridge". American Alpine Journal. American Alpine Club. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  3. ^ Walter, Markus (2000). "Cho Polu — Probable First Ascent". The Himalayan Journal. The Himalayan Club. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 

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