Survivors Safe on Lhotse; Mingote Ponders Next Move

Sergi Mingote
Sergi Mingote

Amid all the bad news of deaths in the high Himalaya, there is some good news: The four climbers who summited Lhotse without supplementary oxygen, then dropped out of communication for several hours, are fine and resting in Camp 2.

Sergi Mingote and Carlos Garranzo of Spain, Ali Sadpara of Pakistan and Juan Pablo Mohr of Chile (climbing independently but joining up for the last part of the climb) reached the 8,516m summit around 1pm local time on May 15, in worsening weather. Although they left Camp 4 at 3am, the last sections, which had no fixed ropes, took longer than expected. Nevertheless, they managed to top out and then descend to Camp 4, where they found shelter from the rising wind.

This morning, as they continued down between Camp 4 and Camp 3, they found two other climbers in need of help: Bulgarian Ivan Tomov and a Russian woman whom Mingote simply calls Nasha. Mohr and Mingote improvised a stretcher to carry Tomov and gave the Russian woman a hand.

After reaching Camp 2, Mingote told his wife over the satphone, “We managed to save Nasha, but the Bulgarian climber died in my arms. It’s been a very hard, sad day.” Mingote’s home team confirmed that Carlos Garranzo and Ali Sadpara also reached Camp 2 safely.

Mingote has not yet decided what to do tomorrow. His original plan was to head directly for Everest, without descending past Camp 2. It is currently unclear whether he might change his mind.

Ivan Tomov was part of a different group and perished of altitude sickness on his way down the mountain.

Ali Sadpara

Ali Sadpara.

About the Author

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

Leave a Reply

5 Comments on "Survivors Safe on Lhotse; Mingote Ponders Next Move"

newest oldest most voted
Notify of

Not all of them are fine. Ivan Tomov, who successfully summited Lhotse yesterday without O2, passed away during the descent today.

Jerry Kobalenko

Thanks for your comment; we’ve tweaked the story to avoid confusion.


R. I. P. Ivan Tomov


It is so sad, so many people died.

Good luck to other climbers.

Hope there is way to reduce and avoid such fatal end of the beautiful dream. That cost so much. Human life!

Hal Hill
It would be presumptuous of me to suggest that any alpinist at any level do, or don’t do, anything. But, Sergi Mingote is not any alpinist. He’s an elite climber who’s made his mark in mountaineering, and as a human being. I’ve never had anyone die in my arms. Ms. Benavides astutely comments that he hasn’t decided what to do tomorrow. I don’t know how he and partner Carlos Garranzo were able to fashion a stretcher and transport Mr. Tomov at that altitude–and help out Tomov’s own partner to boot. That sounds like an Alex Lowe story. Speaking with his… Read more »