Professional Indian mountaineer Arjun Vajpai today 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. With the Cho Oyu summit, Arjun has climbed five of the 14 highest mountains in the world that tower over 8000 mts and holds world records as the youngest summiteer on Mount Lhotse, Mount Manaslu and Mount Makalu.
Arjun, a Noida-resident, 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. After taking a 360 view from the summit, Arjun and the two Sherpa’s have begun their descent to Camp 1.