Thinking of climbing Everest someday? If you already have some altitude experience, consider trekking Cho Oyu first. Rising up from the border of Tibet and Nepal, the “Turquoise Goddess” is the sixth tallest mountain on Earth but considered the easiest of the 8000-meter peaks. Beyond astonishing views, the area is rich with cultural history – Nangpa La, a glaciated mountain pass to the west is the traditional trade route used by Tibetans and Khumbu sherpas. Before setting out from the basecamp into the home of the gods, participate in a puja ceremony where Buddhist lamas and monks bless mountaineers and their equipment for their journey ahead.