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Altitude Diabetes - Marco Peruffo reached the summit of Cho Oyu (8201m)

On October 3, 2002, Marco Peruffo, from Vicenza, Italy, aged 32, with type 1 diabetes, has reached the summit of Cho Oyu, 8201m, "by fair means", i.e. without help of high altitude porters, and without oxygen.

The expedition named ADiQ was composed by 12 mountaineers, three of them with type 1 diabetes. Four of them have reached the summit. Marco is the first Italian with diabetes to reach the summit of a "8000", and probably the first in the world to do so "by fair means".

It’s one of the most fascinating mountain of the Himalayan chain, the most easterly of the triad including Chomolungma (Mt. Everest). Cho Oyu towers along the Tibetan-Nepalese border pointing out to the travelers coming from the west the huge mass of the highest mountains in the world, Mt Everest (8848m), Mt Lothse (8516m) and Makalu (8463m). Moving on from Karakorum Mt K2, the second highest mountain with its 8611m and continuing on east bound for the border, you find the Five Treasures of Great Snow , Mt Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain (8585m) in terms of height but not of difficulty. Then Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain with its 8201m. Reaching its summit means facing the highest mountain in the world.

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