The British Indian Survey did nit at first assign Cho Oyu a peak number.Thogh it was eventually assigned T45 (later changed MI) it must have originally seemed a minor peak among the giants spread across the Nepalese horizon from Makalu to Dhaulagiri.
The name is now invariably to mean ‘Goddess of Turquise’, the peak glowing turquoise when seen from Tibet in the light of an afternoon sun. As goddess is chomo in Tibet, and turquoise is yu,the construction of chomo yu to Cho Oyu seems conclusive.
A lama at Namche Bazaar told Herbert Tichy that the name mean ‘Might Head’ and Heinrich Harrer claimed that the real name was Cho-I-U meaning ‘God’s head’. Harrer’s suggestion is interesting because many early books have the peaks’s name as Cho Oyo, which would be a good phonetic approximation of the three Tibetan syllables.Harrer’s name is also close to the alternative Tibetan translation of the name as ‘bald god’.In Tibetan legend Cho Oyo,the bald god,had his back turned to Chomolungma,the mother goddess, because she refused to marry him.
Region:Cho Oyu Region Tibet side.
The route:Kathmandu-Kodari-Cho Oyu BC.
Best Season: Last Sept. to Oct. & April to May.
Program duration: 38 day.