Manaslu: Weather Not Cooperating

Manaslu Winter 8000ers
Climbers head up Manaslu today. Photo: Phelipe Eizaguirre

Alex Txikon, Cheppal Sherpa, and Gelum Sherpa left Manaslu Base Camp this morning, intending to advance one camp a day, pitching Camp 4 on Saturday and then summiting on Sunday, February 14.

But already on this first day, the going was tougher as expected. A snowstorm brought bitter cold and erased all their previous footprints, so the climbers have had to break a new trail.

Simone Moro in a snowy Base Camp today. Photo: Simone Moro

The unexpected snow has also stopped Iñaki Álvarez and Sherpas Kaldem and Namja. The threesome reached Camp 1 yesterday and were supposed to proceed to Camp 2 today, but decided to stay put.

Simone Moro is still in Base Camp but will set off tomorrow and plans to go all the way to Camp 2. Still, the relentless snowfall is making him hesitate. “If this goes on, we will start to worry,” he said. “We are making our plans, but it looks like the weather has a different goal.”

So far, the weather is expected to be “moderately favorable”, according to Txikon’s team, with light snow flurries only.

The climbers hope to seize their summit chance, but with “too many tragedies these weeks”, they say, they will above all play it safe.

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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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Tina
Tina
3 months ago

With all these deaths/ missing climbers how do they even dare do it?

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Kiper
Kiper
3 months ago

First the crevasses on the glacier, then the cold, now the snow that buried the trail. We do not need any more deaths in the mountains guys…! 30 people dead in the last 4 weeks is enough.

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Jodie
Jodie
3 months ago
Reply to  Kiper

30 people?! Wow! It does make you wonder while a pandemic is raging that these people are going up dangerous mountains in the middle of winter and sometimes very ill prepared.

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