First Estonian woman reaches 8,000-meter peak

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Anu Nõulik's ascent of the 8,201-meter Cho Oyu on Monday marks the first time ever that an Estonian woman conquers a summit higher than 8,000 meters.

Anu Nõulik and her husband, Uko Nõulik, reached the summit at 9:30 a.m. local time, Jaan Künnap, manager of the mountaineering club of the same name, told BNS.

Kunnap added that Anu Nõulik was not the first Estonian woman to cross the 8,000-meter mark, however. That title belongs to Helme Suuk, who reached 8,000 meters during a climb in the late 1990s but did not make the summit.

The Nõuliks have reached the third camp at 7,530 meters on their descent from Cho Oyu. "They can't come further down today because the weather deteriorated, but they hope to continue tomorrow," said Künnap.

Situated on the border between China/Tibet and Nepal, Cho Oyu is the sixth highest peak in the world. It was first climbed by Herbert Tichy, Sepp Jochler and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama on Oct. 19, 1954.

Cho Oyu is generally considered the easiest 8,000-meter peak to climb.