Sergi Mingote to Climb All 8000’ers Without O2 in 1,000 Days

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Sergi "flying" on the top of Nanga Parbat in July this year. Photo: Sergi Mingote collection

After bagging a record number of six no-O2 8,000m summits in exactly one year and two days between summer 2018 and summer 2019, Sergi Mingote is now hoping to tick off the remaining 8,000m peaks. More precisely, he plans to complete all 14 without supplementary oxygen in less than 1,000 days.

“I have about 600 days left to complete the challenge, because the counter started with Broad Peak on July 16, 2018,” the 48-year-old Mingote told ExplorersWeb. “Climbing without bottled oxygen is essential for the project.”

Mingote on top of Nanga Parbat in July. Photo: Sergi Mingote

With such a tight calendar, the Catalan climber can’t afford to waste the current post-monsoon season. He’s flying to Nepal next week and heading for Dhaulagiri with partners Jesus Cordelles and Agustin Abanades. In Base Camp, he will join Moesses Fiamoncini — who summited Lhotse, Nanga Parbat and K2 this year, all without O2 — and Juan Pablo Mohr, who notched this spring’s only no-O2 Lhotse-Everest double-header.

The five-man team will share the mountain with groups that include Carlos Soria and Sophie Lavaud, who is going for her 12th 8000’er.

Mingote next plans to climb Annapurna and Kangchenjunga in spring 2020, Hidden Peak next summer, Shishapangma and Cho Oyu in fall and finally, Makalu and Everest in spring 2021.

In addition to the objective difficulties of the climb, Mingote may have to grapple with possible restrictions by Chinese authorities on Shishapangma and Cho Oyu and the (sadly) usual crowds on Everest in spring.

Sergi Mingote (centre) unveils his project today.

“Permit restrictions are, of course, beyond my control, so I guess we’ll see when the time approaches,” said Mingote. “As for Everest, I plan to climb from the north side, a route I know very well.” Before his current project, Mingote had summited Everest twice, once from the north side in 2001 and once from the south side in 2003.

Through his new project, Mingote will promote Barcelona-Pirineus’s bid for the 2030 Winter Olympic games.

Sergi Mingote explains how his climbing career has developed, and how he is equally motivated by helping disabled people to discover mountaineering and the outdoors. Video: Sergi Mingote/14x1000Catalonia Project.

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Sergi Mingote on Nanga Parbat, Nirmal Purja, and What’s Next

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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!

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Damien Francois
Damien Francois
1 year ago

Sorry, Nims did the incredible. Starting now to do all the 14 in this and that is just silly.
Ohh, will Wim Hoff attempt the 14 without clothes and O2 in 14 lifetimes?

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Guest
Guest
1 month ago

Completely different challenges with and without O2 my friend. Different timescales required for the body to recover after a O2 vs non O2 summit. What Nims did was very impressive but he wasn’t the first to climb all 14 either. I am sure you are aware Meissner did in 1986 without any use of O2. So by the same logic why did Nims bother? But he completed the unique challenge despite some doubters and made a place for himself in history and also raised the profile of Nepali climbers. There is no need to be so disparaging to one and… Read more »

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Guest
1 year ago

Bulgarian Atanas Skatov is currently in Nepal and also heading to Dhaulagiri. After he summited Kangchenjunga, GI and GII in 2019, if succeed, this would be his 10th 8000er.

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