Romanian-Slovakian Team Reach Dhaulagiri

Three amigos: Marius Gane, Horia Colibășanu and Peter Hamor in Nepal. Photo: Horia Colibășanu

Horia Colibășanu of Romania and Peter Hamor of Slovakia have arrived at an area known as the Japanese Base Camp on Dhaulagiri (8,167m). The long-term climbing partners plan to open a new route without oxygen or Sherpa support. Romanian high-altitude climber Marius Gane joins them on this project.

Between the team, they have over 25 ascents of 8,000m peaks and prior experience on Dhaulagiri. Says Colibășanu: “Peter and I have already climbed Dhaulagiri, while Marius specializes in technical and highly difficult routes. I only wish the weather would be on our side this year. We are confident and have been training for several months to face a route where no one has tread before.”

Before meeting his teammates, Colibășanu had been trekking in Nepal and passed by Annapurna Base Camp, which looks to have been partly destroyed by an avalanche.

Annapurna Base Camp post-avalanche. Photo: Horia Colibășanu

The three climbers have set up their own Base Camp on Dhaulagiri at the 4,200m Japanese camp, and will start acclimatizing over the next few days by equipping the route and installing intermediary camps.

Their planned summit push falls in the May 15-25 window, when the weather is often favourable for climbs above 8,000m.

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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.


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