CHO - OYU Non - Stop

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  • Year: 2008
  • Duration: 55 min
  • Format: HD
  • Languages: Spanish, català
  • Subtitles: English, spanish
  • Sale Rights: To consult
  • Productor: Xavier Arias, Jekaterina Nikitina, Victor Riverola
  • Director: Xavier Arias / Victor Riverola
  • Genre: Adventure Documentary
  • Music: Artur Prieto


On October 19th 1954, Joseph Joechler, Pasang Dawa and Herbert Tichy became the first alpinists to reach the Cho Oyu peak. In 1984, Antoni Llasera and Carles Vallés reached the peak through the normal passage followed by Jordi Pons and Jean Clemerson who climbed one day later. One year after that, Carles Vallés would reach the Everest peak. In 1989 Mónica Verge and Magda Nos, together with the sherpa Ang Phury, made it to the peak through the normal passage, becoming the first women of our country to reach the Cho Oyu peak; it was the first womens’ 8000m peak for Catalunya. On October 3rd 2007, the alpinist Xavier Arias would become the first Catalan and second Spaniard to reach Cho Oyu alone, without oxygen and in less than 24 hours from the advanced base camp up to the top. From that day on, Xavier would become part of a small group of alpinists capable to climb 8000m peaks in a frantic rhythm, touching the limit of human possibilities. Climbing the Cho Oyu in less than 24 hours was a difficult and compromising challenge. His success gives my great satisfaction because he has given it lots of hours’ work and lots of sacrifice. From the alpinist point of view, reaching an eight thousand meters peak all alone and in less than 24 hours is a task of high risk and difficulty. It’s an important feat for the Catalan Alpinism. It depends on mankind to offer to the mountain what it offers us, the peace of its peaks and the dream of some day returning to them.

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