Cho Polu from the southwest
|Elevation||6,735 m (22,096 ft)|
|Prominence||498 metres (1,634 ft)|
|First ascent||November 1984|
|Easiest route||snow/ice climb by North face|
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." 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. 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. 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. The third confirmed ascent was made on November 12, 2011 by Spanish climber Jordi Corominas on the west face and southwest ridge.
- 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
- 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.
- Walter, Markus (2000). "Cho Polu — Probable First Ascent". The Himalayan Journal. The Himalayan Club. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
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