Jannu Climbers: Safe at Last

Sergey Nilov and Dmitry Golovchenko on Jannu.

For the past six days, fans of Himalayan mountaineering have held their breath as Sergey Nilov and Dimitry Golovchenko slowly made their way down the treacherous Southwestern side of 7,710m Mount Jannu.

Photo: Victor Gorlov/RussianClimb

Although winds were low, poor visibility up high made route finding difficult. They had to rely on their Base Camp team, who could study the lower part of their descent route, where visibility was better, and advise the climbers by radio how best to find their way down the unknown terrain.

Today, the Russian pair have finally met up with a member of their support team, Elisa Kubarska, on a glacier at around 5,000m. After 18 days at high altitude on the mountain, they are no doubt relieved to tuck into fresh food and ample water.

Expedition as weight-loss program: The svelte pair earlier today, happy to be down. Photo: Mountain.ru

The trio will now descend the Jeunes and Yamatari Glaciers to the village of Ghunsa, at 3,475m.

Although they didn’t summit, Nilov and Golovchenko made the first ascent of a prominent line, but missed out bagging their real prize, the headwall up the Southeast Face of Jannu.

About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com

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